Unity Foundation luncheon

Al Lindner, inventor of the Lindy Rig fishing lure, will speak at The Unity Foundation's monthly Faith @ Work Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at the Broadway Ballroom.

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Lindner, a sportsman, television and radio personality, and fishing industry innovator, has created many fishing lures and rigs with his older brother, Ron Lindner. The Lindy Rig, which has been used by tens of millions of anglers to catch walleye, was featured in the Minnesota State Historical Society's 2008 list of "Minnesota's 150 - The people, places, and things that shape our state."

Lindner says he gave his life to Jesus in 1982 with the help of his wife, family and a local preacher.

He credits God will allowing him and his brother to use their successful sport fishing careers to share their faith in Christ.

"When I first started to share my faith in Christ with others, I found myself naturally using fishing experiences to illustrate and explain God's kingdom," Lindner said in a Unity Foundation news release. "God has used the gift he has given Ron and me in this sport, and has taken the fishing-related experiences we've had through our years as professional anglers for His own purposes."

Three fishing halls of fame have inducted him as a member. He also co-owns Lindner Media Productions which specializes in producing educational fishing programs (such as "Angling Edge" and "Fishing Edge"), DVDs, videos, national TV commercials, and more.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at the door. The ballroom is at 115 30th Ave. E. in Alexandria.

Spruce Hill Church Christmas

This historic Swedish church will open for a traditional Christmas service and hymn sing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 at 13148 Spruce Hill Park Road NE near Miltona.

The service includes a reading of the Christmas story as well as piano, organ, mandolin and vocal music, and the congregation will sing favorite carols. It's a non-denominational event that welcomes all ages. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

Now owned by the Douglas County Historical Society, the Spruce Hill Church building was completed in 1902. Important features include a detailed altar panel carved by a Swedish immigrant who was a skilled woodcarver. It opens for traditional Easter and Christmas services, and a mid-summer hymn fest takes place each year. It's also available for funerals, weddings and other events approved by the historical society's board of directors.

Organizers will accept a free-will offering, which will help fund the special Spruce Hill Church services. For more information, call 320-762-0382 or email historic@dchsmn.org.

"The setting gives one a feeling of long standing tradition and a glimpse into how families worshipped over a century ago," the historical society says on its website.

The site notes that Spruce Hill Church has no indoor plumbing.