Friday, February 23, 2018
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The skinny: Unexpected gift for wedding delights couple

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Unexpected gift for wedding delights couple

A wildfire that disrupted an Oregon couple's wedding also gave them the photograph of a lifetime. A fire truck rolled up at Rock Spring Ranch near Bend with sirens blaring Saturday and the wedding party was told to evacuate, the Oregonian. The minister conducted an abbreviated ceremony. Everyone cheered and began to evacuate to downtown Bend's Drake Park for the reception. As guests headed for the cars, wedding photographer Josh Newton took some photos of the couple with the wildfire raging in the background. Michael Wolber called it "the most beautiful ceremony either of us could have ever imagined." He and his wife, April Hartley, live in Aloha. "It's terrible to be evacuated from your own wedding," said Lisa Clark, a fire information officer with the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. "But it's a story for the rest of their lives."

Keeping a promise

Chaplain's beard cut after 32 years

The chaplain at an Iowa hospital has lost his beard of 32 years after hospital staffers surpassed their food drive goal. The Rev. Ken Gehling good-naturedly sacrificed his long, white beard Monday in the main lobby at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, the Globe Gazette. Gehling said it wasn't too big of a loss. "It will come back."

Caught on video

A dramatic rescue not to soon forget

A backpacker who narrowly avoided plunging to his death from a waterfall at Yosemite National Park was hoisted to safety by a helicopter crew in an operation captured on video. Footage of the May 28 rescue shows the helicopter hovering over a gorge at the base of Upper Yosemite Fall. The backpacker is on a boulder that he was able to scramble onto after falling into the rapids, officials said. They said he would have died if he had not been able to get onto the boulder. See the rescue at tampabay.com.video.

Compiled from wire services

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