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Wykoff woman interrupts college for inner-city mission work


Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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By Carol ThouinMonday, January 28, 2002

Jenny O'Byrne, 19, is getting used to all the idiosyncrasies of living with five roommates (three of which are guys) in her inner city apartment on Chicago's West Side. It's been nearly six months since the group of young adults -- strangers from various states across the nation -- moved in together. It didn't take long, however, before their proclivity toward household chores became apparent.

"Some of us like to cook and kind of take over in the kitchen," said O'Byrne, a 2000 graduate of Kingsland High School. Others are better suited to keeping their humble quarters neat and clean. With no TV to vegetate in front of, the team has been forced to learn how to interact and get along.

Sound like an episode of the popular reality-based TV show Real World? Not quite, but O'Byrne and her roommates are getting a healthy dose of reality. She and her housemates are living in a genuine inner city community as part of Mission Year, a twelve-month Christian discipleship where young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 sign up to live and work in inner cities across America. For O'Byrne, who grew up on a quaint farm in rural Wykoff, interrupting her sophomore year at Northwestern College in St. Paul to temporarily move to Chicago was a no-brainer.

"I had traveled to Chicago on two mission trips with my church during high school," she said. That's when she first got introduced to the Mission Year organization. With such positive memories, O'Byrne didn't hesitate to take a year off from college to follow her dream. "God has given me a passion for this," she said. And even though inner city Chicago couldn't be further from rural Wykoff, O'Byrne's parents are proud of the choices their daughter is making.

Mission Year operates like this. Teams, like those O'Byrne lives with, are connected to a local church in inner city communities in Atlanta, Philadelphia, California or Chicago and devote themselves to community service in area schools, hospitals and other social service agencies.

The teams also receive ongoing training, team-building, and personal devotions. The host cities have three to five teams working under the direction of a full-time city director. The teams, comprised of an equal number of men and women, are led by a team leader who acts, in part, as their mentor. The team's goal? To become the best, most helpful, most openly loving neighbors they possibly can b .....
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


We offer a plan service ..... 
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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
Bell Pul ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesotas scenic family camping area.

Come discover 185 acres of lush, bountifu ..... 
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Sheridan ~ Hansen

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Daniel Hansen and Michelle Sheridan were married on January 5, 2002 at Rochester Assembly of God. Pastor Randy Stoecked and Pastor Steve Kuno officiated at the wedding.

Daniel is employed at Rochester Meat and Michelle is currently employed ..... 
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Birth Announcements

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Byran and Teri Benson of Lanesboro would like to announce the birth of their daughter Payton Rae, born Monday Jan 21, 2002. She was 7 lbs, 3 ozs and was 20. Paternal Grandparents are Roger and Helen Benson of Lanesboro. Maternal Grandparents are Ro ..... 
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College/School News

Fri, Jan 25th, 2002
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Trinity J. Johnson of Harmony has been named to the fall 2001 semester Deans List at Ridgewater College, Willmar & Hutchinson.

Mitchell R. Berry and Michael W. Root, both of Preston were named to the Honors List for the fall 2001 sem ..... 
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