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Praise the Lord concert to feature two performances in Walker

The sixth annual P.T.L. (Praise the Lord) Concert, a fundraising event full of music, comedy and door prizes, will be Friday, Aug. 16, at Calvary Church in Walker. 

This year there will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. in addition to the traditional 7 p.m. concert.

The concerts are free and open to the public, but as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Faith in Action for Cass County, freewill donations will be accepted at the door. Funds collected at the concert directly support the work of Faith In Action for Cass County, the mission of which is “Compassionate Volunteers Serving People in Need: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”

Mona Bean of Backus will be concert emcee. Carol Gustafson and “P.J.” Matthews will provide pre-concert music.

Then the southern gospel quartet, Calvary Four Plus One, with Jeff Corn, Doug Pitt, Chet Kelm and Jim Olander, will perform. Other local talent performing for the fundraiser includes Theresa Eclov, Marilyn Bonk, Pamela Burnett, Ron Brauer, Russ and Loralee Torkelson, Pastor Judy Gustafson and Ryan Pels. 

“Mitzie Pearl” will return to share memories of Cousin Minnie. Minnie Pearl was a member of the Grand Ole Opry cast from 1940 until her death in 1996. She was one of country music’s most widely recognized comedians, and she always appeared in a straw hat with a $1.98 price tag hanging on it. 

“Mitzie Pearl,” a.k.a. Marilyn Bonk, will reminisce about the strange and comical situations the “Pearl Cousins” seemed to get themselves into.

Faith in Action For Cass County is a local collaborative effort among faith communities, community agencies, donors and individuals with gifts of service, to provide non-medical, neighborly assistance to older adults, adults with disabilities, and others experiencing difficult circumstances. 

Volunteers drive clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping and food shelves, as well as deliver Meals on Wheels, help with housekeeping or yard work, provide respite care, and help with minor home repairs, as well as building wheel chair ramps and railings.

Faith in Action relies on financial support from clients, individuals, churches, businesses, civic and community groups, as well as fundraising events. Call 218-675-5435 for more information about Faith in Action or check out

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