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      Teens will provide free home repairs this summer

      Norman and Cookie Rouse of Channing said it was too good to be true. But the truth is, they could now get their necessary house repairs done for free.

      ??I??m disabled and we wanted to get the house painted, and we kept talking about it,?? explained Norman, ??and then this just came up. It was a big surprise to us."

      That big surprise is called Teen Serve. It??s a Christian mission outreach program. Teens from all over the Midwest are heading up to North Dickinson County to provide free labor on home repairs for a week.

      Pastor Joel Smeby is helping to organize the event and says it's been a huge community effort to get the teens up here.

      ??We??ve got Catholics involved, we've got Baptists involved, we've got Mission Covenant folks involved,?? said Smeby. ??All of the churches in the community are really involved."

      There are over 400 teenagers signed up for Teen Serve who will be camping out at the North Dickinson County School for the week-long program. They will receive all of their meals here and will be able to listen to guest speakers and musicians. The teens are doing the labor, but the community is responsible for donating materials for the projects.

      ??All of the money that we raise for the materials stays in the community,?? Pastor Smeby explained. ??We need a lot more volunteers; we need a lot of donations to fund the building supplies that go into this whole project.??

      If interested in donating to Teen Serve, an account has been made at the First National Bank of Crystal Falls, P.O. Box 130, Sagola, MI 49881. All checks can be made out to ??Teen Serve Project in Felch??.