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Holiday mural with a local touch

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A giant mural used as the backdrop for a Christmas concert viewed by thousands has a local connection. Paul Johnson, a commercial art instructor at Alexandria Technical College, designed the 176-foot-wide, 24-foot-high mural for this year's Concordia College Christmas Concert in Moorhead. The college has been putting on the concert for 80 years. This year's event, featuring 450 musicians, was viewed by 13,000 audience members. A taped version of the concert will also be distributed nationwide on PBS in 2010.