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Iowa church illuminated by lights paid for by fund

BURLINGTON (AP) -- St. John's Catholic Church has always been a beacon of hope for many in the southeastern Iowa city of Burlington.

Thanks to denotations that helped buy eight high-powered lights, its 150-foot- steeple this weekend became an actual beacon of light for the entire community.

More than 100 people stood on nearby sidewalks Saturday night to see the new lights switched on. People cheered as the front of the church was drenched in light.

A memorial fund started by former church member John Kelso to honor his parents paid for the lights.

Dozens of Kelso family members came from across the country to attend the lighting ceremonies. John Kelso's 87-year-old mother, Lorraine Kelso, was among those in attendance.

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