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Callaway store to become youth center

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Just two months ago, Elaine Pechnik Reller was wondering how she was going to restore and transform her newly purchased Callaway store into a youth center called Callaway Corner.

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She got her answer when 22 kids from St. Cloud offered to come help work on the building this month.

Reller, pastor of the non-denominational God's Church in Bejou, bought the Callaway store looking to turn it into a youth center for area kids.

The St. Cloud kids from Joy Christian Center are coming at the end of the month to donate their time and help fix the roof, plumbing, etc.

Reller is also holding a Vacation Bible Study session from June 26-July 2 from 10 a.m. to noon in the White Earth Assembly of God Church, Ogema. There will be other activities from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Callaway Community Park, and evening classes from 6 to 8 p.m.

"We're reaching the world, one neighborhood at a time," she said.

A second group of people will be there to mainly work on the Callaway store building. Although grateful for the help, Reller said anyone is still welcome and encouraged to come help with the Callaway store. Painting, roofing, plumbing and cleaning needs to be done.

She said she chose the name Callaway Corner because she wanted to represent Callaway as a small town in America.

"Callaway is like so many blended families today -- the young and the old, generation to generation," she said.

"Callaway needs a place to buy the basics like bread and milk and yet have a place to call their second home."

For more information on the restoration of the store or the VBS program, call 218-983-4319.

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