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Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and to those who made the day special. Turning 29 doesn’t feel any different than 28. Except for the fact that when I was in high school I … more
Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the … more
I have now been able to mow my lawn at the new house twice. I found out real quick that purchasing a new riding lawn mower was a great investment. Even with a rider, it takes about forty-five minutes … more
I think we’ve all been enjoying the sun lately. The older kids are breaking in the bikes they got for Easter and my 1 year old who just learned to walk is adjusting to walking with shoes on and … more
The legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once observed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Brandeis was not talking about everyday cleaning around the … more
Let me introduce myself, for those who don’t know me.  I am Deacon John Rudd.  I serve St. Patrick’s Estherville and St. Mary’s Armstrong as the Parish Deacon. … more
Last week our home celebrated Mother’s Day, as did many homes. A week or so before Mother’s Day, I ran to Fairmont and found a candy bar bouquet at HyVee. I thought this would be a great … more
Last fall a member of my church brought into my church office two sunflower stalks that he had pulled up from his garden.  It was not hard to notice the root mass that was found at the bottom … more
My youngest son, Calvin has turned 1-years-old as of May 2nd. Crazy to think that one year ago I was typing this column announcing the birth of our second son. A lot has happened in the past year. … more
I’m confused.  Some of our political leaders seemed to be talking out of both sides of their mouths about why it is wrong for public school employees to engage in what the leaders think … more
Here is your friendly reminder that this week is teacher appreciation week. Now that I have kids of my own I have a whole new appreciation for teachers. I know I couldn’t have taught my son the … more
A common refrain from Democrats during Donald Trump’s years in the presidency was that he was undermining public trust and confidence in our courts with his talk of judges being biased and … more
Well, week 15 is in the books and unfortunately, there isn't much to report on.  A few policy bills were debated but there still has not been any movement on the budget bills coming from the … more
I’ve titled todays message; He will not let us go, as we look at two encounters of Jesus and his chosen disciples. These encounters have happened after Jesus’s resurrection from the dead … more
One week ago we had some family photos taken, along with Calvin’s one-year-old photos. Bailey Mitchell has taken photos of our family since Hartley’s newborn photos back in 2016. She has … more
We had a nice Easter weekend. The bits and pieces of the church service I caught while wrestling our one year old were good. The bunny was good to my kids, restocking their sidewalk chalk and bubble … more
How well do you remember things; really important things? We write things on calendars, make notes, etc. to help us remember and yet sometimes we still forget. The title above comes from a Bible … more
Another week finished and session is nearing an end. The House has passed all of the proposed budgets and we are now waiting on the Senate to either pass them or add an amendment and send them back. … more
Through history, some political leaders have been outstanding orators. Boy, could they talk. They knew how to mobilize and move people with their words.  Think of Franklin Roosevelt and, … more
Look out world. More accurately, look out Davis house on Adams Street. Calvin James has learned to crawl. By this age (11 months) Hartley was walking and running around. But crawling for Calvin is a … more
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