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Owners John and Patty Nefstead have spent more than three years transforming the former Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian into an event center. Just this weekend the couple came up with a name for their enterprise: the Kermit Burton Big House. A view of the main floor here shows the choir loft and the roof beams, both of which were preserved. (Tribune photo by Anne Polta)

Born again: Local couple transforms Lake Lillian church into event center


LAKE LILLIAN -- In what used to be the choir loft at Grace Lutheran Church, intimate tables for four are clustered under the rafters of the sloping ceiling.

Church pews have been replaced with an eclectic mix of antique tables and chairs.

And the sanctuary is now occupied by a 110-year-old wooden bar discovered at an auction in Stewart.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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