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Pastor hopes to inspire with prayer signs posted on Detroit Lake beaches

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Barry Schoder, a preacher, recently erected these Lord's Prayer signs on a stretch of Detroit Lake. Photo courtesy of WDAY. 2 / 2

DETROIT LAKES—Thousands will be hitting the beaches in Detroit Lakes as the Independence Day holiday approaches.

When they do, sun-seekers will have a little Bible lesson to go with their holiday vacation.

Along the busy West Lake Drive, a stretch of highway along the beach, is now home to some summer scripture.

"It's a very giving thing and a good idea, I think." says Gayle Seter.

Lake home owner Gayle Seter is talking about her neighbor, Barry Schoder.

"I designed it in such a way that the first sign says, "Our Father, which art in heaven" on the front of it. And on the back of it." says Barry Schoder of the Lord's Prayer Project.

Barry talked with a dozen of his neighbors along West Lake Drive, and all agreed to let him post the Lord's Prayer signs on their land, across the road, near the beach.

Barry, an evangelical preacher, has found healing in this prayerful project.

His much-loved wife Sharon recently died from cancer.

A woman of great faith, Barry knows Sharon would have approved of this Burma Shave-type faith lesson.

Barry's hope is that someone who drives, walks or runs by on the beach of this busy stretch of Detroit Lakes finds a word phrase that might just leave them better.

Barry got the green light from Detroit Lakes planning and zoning, since the signs are not on public property.

Kevin Wallevand

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia and the Middle East. He is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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