Opinion

From the Featherduster


Christmas is coming. Shortly. Searching for the perfect gift is pretty difficult when considering the high bar that God set with the very first Christmas. But we can try to do well. The closest we may have come happened in 1982. Pauline Holsti was becoming less and less enthralled with the station wagon. It was a lemon from the start […]

Pastors Corner

Waiting for Christmas

In the life of a church, the time leading up to Christmas is its own season. This season is known as Advent, and it is considered a time of waiting and preparation. And as a kid, the wait for Christmas always felt like it was taking forever. Now, as an adult time passes in a completely different way. It seems […]

North Dakota Outdoors

There’s no party hunting allowed in North Dakota


From deer to ducks and pike to perch, hunters and anglers must take only their own daily limit or fill their own deer tag. For as long as I can remember, party hunting, group fishing or any other way to describe it has never been legal in the state. In North Dakota there is no legal distinction between shooting someone […]

From the Featherduster


Thanksgiving! Can you believe it? It is here. And we have ever so much to be thankful for. (I know that is not a proper sentence grammatically but just bear with the thought). Most importantly we are thankful that our God put into action the plan for our salvation. We are thankful for those who have gone on before us. […]

Dakota Datebook

Calmer Times

November 25, 2022 — Early in September of 1917, as the units of the North Dakota National Guard awaited orders, the Fargo Forum published an editorial cautioning the citizens of North Dakota that now was the time to address the feelings toward friends and neighbors who were German immigrants. It stated that, “… they were now enjoying a moment when […]

WRHS foundation is back for 5th consecutive Giving Hearts Day



West River Health Services Foundation is now in its 5th year of being a member of the Impact Foundation. This fundraising coaching Foundation was created by the Dakota Medical Foundation and the Alex Stern Family Foundation to foster educational growth for nonprofit organizations in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Our $825 annual membership allows us to be part of the […]

Pastors Corner

Hunger for God’s word

I want to reflect on my recent trip to Ethiopia where I had the privilege of teaching a theology class at the AG Bible College in Addis Abba last month. To hear from students, faculty, and staff how the economy has been affected was sad. The purchasing power of their currency has been cut in half in only three years. […]

From the Featherduster


Sisters. They are God’s gift to those of us lucky enough to have one, or several (in my case, 4!) Mine have pulled me out of some pretty precarious situations as you have read here before. I am eternally grateful to them for this. But I know I have overstepped my bounds when they say, “All right then. You do […]

From the Featherduster


Once in awhile a person feels the need to question other people’s choices. Just in case I might get a little too persnickety, my siblings can give me a level gaze and say one thing. Powder River Cows. Back in the day, Greg had a lot more trust in me than he should have. We had a flock of sheep […]

Pastors Corner


I hate to admit it, but we live in a time that faith is clearly not the most important thing in many people’s lives. We see people placing many other things before the simplest aspects of their faith; sleeping in on Sunday over going to church, placing more importance on sports than practices of faith, being too busy with many […]


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