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CHRISTMAS

GoldPine Home resident Dorothy Smith and her nurse Julie Miller still maintain their teacher-student relationship.
In his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, he called on individuals and world leaders to talk to each other rather than dig in their heels.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack says traditions might change after losing loved ones, but joy and good memories are still possible during the holidays.
Most Christmas Eve church services for children years ago were held in front of standing room only crowds.

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City residential refuse customers will have regular refuse pick up on Thursday, Dec. 23, and Thursday, Dec. 30. Customers who are normally picked up on Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31, will be picked up on Monday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
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Children from the Pine Pals Intergenerational Learning Child Care and Preschool put some smiles on faces last week when they decorated trees for the holidays outside the adjacent GoldPine Home.

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The Mistic Christmas Tree Village opened for the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 26, and is set to open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19.
The 25th anniversary of the First City of Lights came in with a literal bang on Friday.
Festivities will kick off Friday morning, Nov. 26, in the Tourist Information Center with Santa’s Workshop and the Carts of Care Food and Toy Drive. Then, in the evening, the Night We Light Parade will travel through the downtown area, leading up to the Night We Light Ceremony in Paul Bunyan Park, which will feature a fireworks display over Lake Bemidji.

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