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Hoping to avoid a repeat performance

Volunteers set up the wall of Jerusalem and shoveled snow off a city block last weekend in preparation for the Passion Drama put on annually by Zion and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches of Alexandria. This year’s event is Sunday, April 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (Jeff Roste | Creative Impact Design)1 / 2
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Preparations are under way for the annual Passion Drama presented by members of Zion Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches of Alexandria.

Organziers regularly check the forcast, hopeful for some warmer temperatures. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the cold.

“This is our 18th year, and we’ve only had to cancel once,” noted event organizer Jeff Roste. “We postponed it twice but were still able to put it on those years.

“Right now, we are planning to go ahead with it,” he added. “The forecast is looking good, with [projected] temps in the 40s to 50s. Obviously, something could take a turn, but we’re hoping for the best.”

Roste said volunteers have staged the annual Passion Drama in temperatures as low as 25 degrees and as warm as 70 degrees.

“There were people getting sunburned one year,” he said of the unpredictable spring temperatures. “Twenty-five degrees is about the coldest we’d go, and that’s with no wind. You factor in wind chill and that’s just too cold for something like this.”

This year’s Passion Drama is set for Sunday, April 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Zion Church, 300 Lake Street in Alexandria.

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Tara Bitzan

Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.

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