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Some people claim the devil himself visited the tiny town of Villisca, Iowa, that summer night in 1912, when 8 people were killed by an ax murderer. Others say he already lived among them. After more than a century of idle gossip and speculation, some amateur sleuths might have just figured it out.
You could pack a lot into a single summer, and we did, but even with nostalgia goggles on, the realities of summer never quite matched that awesome potential you looked forward to on that last day of school.
Worthington’s skate park hasn't changed much since it was built 20 years ago, but it could get an upgrade if local skateboarders can secure funding.
You and I, who are Gentiles and outsiders and foreigners, have been included in God’s family. Considering God’s amazing gift of welcoming us, the only response that makes sense is for us to welcome all people.

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The peach crops from the south have been slow because of a variety of weather problems, Jenny Schlecht learned. It was a good reminder that farming isn't easy whether you've got wheat fields or orchards.
“I don’t like it. It’s not right,” World War II veteran Vern Otterson said. “We were fighting against the Nazis. They were horrible. Why should anyone be running around selling Nazi stuff?”
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A summer trip offered a much greater appreciation of the vastness of God’s creation on earth, while also putting things into perspective.
A couple of weeks ago, Huntress was added to the list.
"An 80 mph wind ripped through our farmstead near Larimore, North Dakota, toppling trees, some of which landed in inopportune places."

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On the surface, Ecclesiastes seems really depressing, concluding that life under the sun is hevel: a vain meaninglessness that, like a wisp of steam or smoke, you can see and feel, but never actually get a grip on.
"Despite attempts by people like Winona LaDuke to try to confuse, mislead or misrepresent, reality is something that thankfully cannot be ignored," says Thief River Falls Mayor Brian Holmer.
"Much of the trouble with religion is that we’ve convinced ourselves that we can know an infinite God, a God who created the entire universe that is billions of years old and which still reveals mysteries to us that we cannot solve. And in our hubris, we believe we can also know all of the answers about faith, especially about who is right and, more importantly, who is wrong."

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