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Beginning Experience to offer series

Widowed, divorced, separated? Beginning Experience SW Minnesota, a peer ministry support group, is offering the Rebuilding series for 10 weeks beginning Monday at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and A streets in Marshall. The support group is open to people of all denominations. There is a fee of $75 to cover the cost of materials. This series is designed for those who are past the initial pain of losing a partner and are working to put their lives back together. To pre-register or if you have questions, contact Cyndi P: 507-401-3666, MaryAnn S: 507-828-2866, Tim L: 507-530-6379.

Maine man charged with hate crime in Black church arson

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man accused of setting fire to a Massachusetts church with a predominantly Black congregation been charged with hate crime offenses, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Dushko Vulchev is charged in federal court with four counts of damage to religious property involving fire and one count of use of fire to commit a federal felony stemming from the Dec. 28, 2020, blaze at the Martin Luther King Jr. Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

Activist who opposed mosque confirmed to textbook panel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An activist known for her fight against the establishment of a mosque in Tennessee a decade ago has drawn state lawmakers’ approval to serve on a commission that recommends textbooks and instructional materials for K-12 schools, despite opponents saying she espoused anti-Muslim views.

The Tennessee House voted 66-26 on Monday evening to confirm Laurie Cardoza-Moore to the post on the state’s Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission, following a similar vote by the Senate last week. Both chambers have a supermajority of Republicans.

Remains of priest considered for sainthood coming to Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The remains of the Rev. Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest who died in a prison camp during the Korean War, will be returned to his native Kansas, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita announced Monday.

Kapuan, of Pilsen, is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic church because of his selfless service during the war. His remains were identified in March.

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