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I just returned from a trip to Disney World with part of my wife’s family. We spent a week in hot and humid Florida enjoying one another’s company and four of the parks. There were long days of walking, meeting characters, riding the rides, and enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells. Though…

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This week and weekend have been a very busy time for me, so I didn’t get to the movie theater until Sunday night. I was about twenty minutes early to the movie and for the longest time I was the only one in the theater. Right before the film started a couple came in and sat down behind me. N…

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I think it is safe too say that we have officially entered the fall/Halloween/horror season with our first blockbuster candidate It Chapter 2. The first film, It, featured a rag tag group of kids, who called themselves the Loser Club, that defeats a monster who only appears every 27 years. U…

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"If we love one another, if we care for each other, will our sons and our daughters heed the call!" Lyrics from Hymn "The Harvest is Plentiful" Borning Cry Songbook, by John Ylvisaker, Lutheran Hymn Writer.

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. My wife and I were finally able to take a trip with her parents and grandparents up to the family cabin in Cable. We had been trying to find a weekend that would work best for everyone all summer, and we finally took our chance.

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This week is a bittersweet one for me. It’s my last week as the sales consultant for the Baldwin Bulletin. In what seems a whirlwind, I was offered a position with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service.

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This time of year we typical run into a lull of new and must see movies because we have just finished with the Summer Movie season and are anticipating the Fall/Halloween season. So, as I was looking at the new movies that were released this past week and I was really disappointed with my ch…

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It’s not a secret that I LOVE to golf. What most people probably do not know is that it is on the golf course where prayer happens most naturally for me. And by prayer, I mean conversation with God. Is it okay for a pastor to say that he prays the most not in his office, the sanctuary, or ev…

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Well, this is it. This paper marks my first full year as editor of the Baldwin Bulletin.

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I have always liked action movies such as First Blood, Commando, Die Hard and even Gerard’s Butler’s action flick 300. There is just something about one person, or small group of heroes fighting against the odds that I find interesting and entertaining. As I have been watching more and more …

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I remember how much ambition I had in the summer of 2004 as I launched my own landscaping business. Rumor had it that the landscaping crews in Fargo, ND, were all full and I discovered that if I was going to work as a landscaper, I would be working for myself. So, I quickly landed a few smal…

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This last weekend only confirmed my suspicions that the “world wide web” (more specifically social media), is a rather scary place to venture. Without getting into the specifics, I made a slight error on a post made to the Baldwin Bulletin Facebook page making it seem as though I, or the Bul…

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If you like my column for its focus on rural issues, you may enjoy a gander at the Daily Yonder, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news and analysis website for rural affairs in America. This week, the article that stuck out to me was a collection of perspectives from experts answering what they thin…

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The reason, I know we are getting to the end of the summer movie season, is that we finally have our shark movie out in theaters. It has seemed over the last couple of years that the movie studios are fishing for another surprise hit about one of the Earth’s perfect eating machines, the shar…

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Do you remember when George W. Bush ran for president and agreed with the vast scientific evidence that humans are accelerating Earth’s warming? Remember when he vowed to work toward a solution?

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Seminary is a school for pastors. It is one of my life’s great blessings to have had Gerhard Forde (pronounced FUR-dee) as one of my Seminary professors. Almost everybody called him by his last name. Forde was all about faith. Faith is simply believing something that you have not seen. In th…

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I think we are at a point where enough is truly enough. It makes me sick that I have become desensitized to seeing that another shooting has taken place. Of course, I am saddened and haunted at the reality that these tragedies take place, but I would be lying if I said they shock me like the…

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At this point I think we can all agree on how terrible our current president is doing at his job. Sure, we all get a few extra dollars in our paychecks, there are a few more jobs available out there, but at what cost, we all hate each other. This is his doing, not Obama's or anyone else, it'…

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is actually a children’s book series written in 1981 by Alvin Schwartz and contained creepy illustrations by Stephen Gammell. According to the American Library Association it is the most challenged book from the 1990s on school library shelves, due to the su…

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According to a 2017 poll done by the Washington Post, 10% of people who live in the center of a large metro region consider themselves rural. How could someone living downtown think they live in a rural area? Granted, at least a few people there may not know the definition of rural. But othe…

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Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,

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Growing up some of my favorite movie were 80s action movies, where one or two heroes took on the legions of evil henchmen as well as diabolical villains with their teamwork, countless weapons, and snappy one liners. In this same vein I also really like buddy cop shows where there was banter …

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I don’t buy much new. And when I do, I try to buy it at smaller local shops. There was one item that I just couldn’t find without heading to a big-box store. It was a light-up watch with a timer. I needed it for a job. I asked at three local stores and called three more before giving up and …

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“I didn’t know where you were going at first…” remarked one of my congregants after a recent sermon. Most people who listen to sermons have probably thought that before…and so have the pastors preaching them. I’m a “manuscript preacher,” meaning I write out my sermons every week. There are d…

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Last night, my wife and I had a casual conversation like any other married couple about a very normal topic: God. I hope, dear reader, that you can pick up on my sarcasm a bit. I do realize that this is often not a common casual topic of conversation – especially when spouses differ in their…

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Let me just start with Go Blackhawks! I love Baldwin and Woodville. But when we think strategically about keeping small towns thriving, I have no time for talking down a neighboring town over another. In fact, if someone is considering moving to the area, I’ll try to sell them on Baldwin and…

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After reading last week’s letter it’s quite apparent the writer hates this President. But over the last three plus years, he has gotten this country back to being respected and not taken advantage of - 180 degrees from Obama. Despite every trick played by the left and the democrats in Congre…

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I have been asked to submit a letter to the editor on my thoughts about the current events so dominant on the news presently. The President of the U.S.A. is very slowly alienating almost every element of the American society. Putting a tariff on a great deal of goods imported from China (rai…

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If you have been to the theater lately or caught any commercials, you will see that Disney is remaking all their classic movies into live action movies. Some critics of Disney have said this is simply a cash grab by the company because many of these movies were fine when they were first aire…

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Part of the fun of my job is that I get to go around the region and do a fair amount of networking. Recently, the job called me to a nearby college town with a population four times the size of Baldwin. At the event, a couple of area business leaders were lamenting that “it’s tough in a smal…

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The day I write this, July 17 in 2014, a tragic death was caught on film that shook the nation. Then 44-year-old Eric Garner, an African American man in New York City, was confronted by New York City Police Officers after he was alleged to have been selling untaxed cigarettes outside of a St…

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If you’ve read my column, you know I like to talk about supporting local businesses. I often meet people of a certain distinguished age who blame my generation for purchasing from Amazon too often. But I tend to think that, although there are differences between generations, most of our prob…

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