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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Father George Michael, third from left, in front of the outdoor altar at St. Lawrence Catholic Church with a few of the Polka Mass organizers, left to right, Carol Ogroske, Marlene Boedigheimer and Patty Doll.

Polka Mass an annual gathering of friends, neighbors

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For most people, most of the time, the thought of church brings to mind things like sermons, Sunday school, choral music and spiritual connection.


But for the parishioners and visitors to St. Lawrence Catholic Church, for one day every summer, the thought of church brings to mind something quite different – polka.

That’s because, once a year for the last 27 years, St. Lawrence has held a fun-filled outdoor Polka Mass.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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