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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…