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Second Annual German Festival, Saturday, September 11

Classes have begun at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Perham, but that doesn't mean the fun is over yet.

Starting at 5 p.m. on September 11, a remembrance ceremony will be held for the families and friends of those lost during the terrorist attacks that felled the Twin Towers and stunned America.

The American Legion of Dent will be presenting colors, followed by the melodic voice of Patty Klatt as she delivers the Star Spangled Banner.

Bratwurst, beans, sauerkrat, chips and cookies will be available while Dale Lubitz's band plays old-time gospel music. Beer is also on the menu, with root beer available for children.

"It is so great that people can sit back and have fellowship with members of the community and not just the congregation," said Christopher Brown, Director of Christian Education.

Donna Ebeling, secretary of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and School, commented, "Our first annual festival far surpassed our expectations on turnout, community engagement, and fun."

Children's activities will continue through the festival, offering a large amount of entertainment for the young crowd.

A silent auction will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. One of the items, donated by the member of the congregation, is a gift basket containing a BBQ apron, utensil set, pot holders, seasonings, a utility rack, a cabob set, Bull's Eye BBQ sauces (Carolina, Kansas City, Memphis, Texas), Famous Dave's Rib Rub, a grill brush, and every other item one would need to cook, serve, and eat.

"Last year we played Bingo, but the silent auction will allow a lot more time and flexibility to mingle. It gives more time to catch up with old friends and meet new people," said Brown.

There are over thirty-six items available through the raffle at the event. Businesses and anonymous donors have donated everything from a notebook computer to rounds of golf, gift cards, artwork, food and quilts, among other items.

Tickets are only $1 are can be purchased until 3:30 p.m. on the 11th. Winners need not be present to win and can purchase the tickets in advance through the Church's main office.

For more information on the German Festival, please call the Church's main office at 218-346-7725.