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<i>Phil Pfuehler photo</i> Friends of a local woman suprised her with a supportive message on a big birthday.

After innocently going to church Sunday morning, Wendy Querna returned home to this "supportive" birthday greeting at 217 Hamilton Drive. "It took me a couple of seconds to process it all. There was underwear everywhere -- in the trees, on the roof, in the backyard," said Querna, who works at River Falls State Bank and just turned the big 50. The perpetrators were relatives from Prescott and Hastings, Minn., along with her son, David, a 2009 River Falls High School graduate and the "inside man," giving the signal when Querna left the house. Querna said neighbors enjoyed the revealing spectacle and it was all a "good laugh." The cleanup, which she said was easier than being teepeed and removing toilet paper, netted her a garbage bag stuffed with bras.