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Shalom Lutheran Church to host animal blessing

Shalom Lutheran Church will host a blessing of the animals celebration on Sunday, September 30 at 9:45 a.m. on the patio by the bell tower.

The blessing of the animals is a tradition that goes back to St. Francis of Assisi, who taught that God's love extends to everything God has made, including the animals.

Members and guests are invited to bring a pet or a photo of one to receive a blessing. Shalom is located at 800 County Road 44 Northwest, Alexandria.

For more information, call (320) 762-8641 or visit