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Sunday speaking series to begin

The Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Detroit Lakes, is hosting a Last Sunday at the Library series, beginning Jan. 28.

The last Sunday of January, February and March speakers will come in to talk about "trouble spots around the world," head librarian Mary Haney said.

Jan. 28, Mark Kuether, pastor of the Congregational Church, Detroit Lakes, will speak about his journey to Palestine and Israel.

Last April, Kuether took a trip to the Holy Land for 10 days, visiting Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee.

Kuether said he decided to take the trip because since he preaches about the Holy Land, he felt he should experience the area firsthand.

Feb. 25, Robin Adams will speak about her trip to North Korea.

Adams visited North Korea in October as part of a humanitarian delegation with Lighthouse Foundation.

March 25, Liz Maleki will speak about her multiple trips to Iran. A Detroit Lakes native, Maleki now lives in West Fargo with her husband, who is from Iran. She will speak about being received as an American while in Iran.

She will also tell how the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring, is celebrated.

All presentations will begin at 2 p.m.

Kuether and Adams are scheduled to show slides of their trips, and Maleki will show video.

Haney said the talks are more than just lectures -- they're more like interactive speeches.

Each Sunday, food from a typical family from the countries being discussed will accompany the program.

"It's good to learn more than just what's on the nightly news," Haney said.

The presentations are open to the public.