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Church group lends a helping hand

Pictured (left to right) are the participants in a recent missions trip through Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond. (Front) Wendy Dadez, Bob (Batch) Baczynski, Kathy Brossmer, Matt Blietz, Cari Giannini; middle Mel Riel, Sherry Halonen, Lisa Johnson, Maria Medini, Chelsea Blietz, Catherine Magler, Kelly Bibeau, Carly Ferguson, Michael Medini, Zach Schoepke, Sam Krueger, Jessica Zipperer, Ally Halonen, Melissa Graham, Lizzi McKinney; (back) Cliff Tenner, Sam Charbonneau, Brittany Weninger, Aaron...

In mid June, 32 teens and nine adult chaperones traveled to Omaha, Neb. for a Group Workcamp home repair youth mission trip.

They were sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond and worked with more than 300 teens and adults from all over the country.

Group Workcamp is a non-denominational Christian service foundation that sponsors small home repair missions in communities throughout the United States and Canada, and fosters the growth of the Christian faith in our youth.

The teens grew in their faith while learning that there is something powerful about serving others in need while also learning valuable skills doing home repair: basic carpentry, roof repair, painting and drywall.

They helped many elderly and disadvantaged families fix sagging porches, rebuild unsafe steps and wheelchair ramps, and paint houses that would otherwise continue to go neglected.

To learn more about this opportunity go to, or contact Cliff Tenner at 715-246-7671 or

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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