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IN THE SPIRIT: Seeing the fruit makes Eunita yearn to do more

January 12, 2013 in Grand Forks Herald

Never will she leave permanently. Never will she forsake her people her mother country. It is for them that Eunita Odongo is temporarily away, learning in the United States what she can do with her heart and hands to improve the lives of people in her beloved Kenya. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: Trip to Norway provides heritage enlightenment

November 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

In a picturesque country setting within a triangle formed by the towns of East Grand Forks, Alvarado and Oslo, sits a 132-year-old house of worship known as Kongsvinger Lutheran Church. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: My sister, my friend, my mentor

October 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The memory is as clear to me as if it’s happening as we speak. The door opens and in walks someone who brightens my day like a beacon in the night. She has come from her upstairs classroom to wrap an arm around me and assure me that all is well. She is my one and only sister! Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: From the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee

August 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For a homebody, I’ve been gone a lot lately. This year’s travels began the end of March with a trip to West Virginia when I was invited by John Reitmeier to be there when he met his biological brother for the first time.
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IN THE SPIRIT: Golden opportunities lead to golden celebration

July 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

We’re speaking here of Holy Family Catholic School whose name became Holy Family-St. Mary’s Catholic School in 2005 when St. Mary’s School in downtown Grand Forks closed its doors and its students were welcomed into Holy Family School. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: Found: Long lost words of wisdom

June 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For starters, I asked my grandchildren, Elyn and Ethan, if they knew the meaning of the word “multitude?” Two little heads shook from side to side.
Ethan just completed first grade and Elyn third. I guess those words are yet to come for them. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: A ‘bonus family’ for John Reitmeier

April 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Crookston man finds his biological family at age 60Anyone who knows John Reitmeier knows he’s never lost for words. Otherwise known as the Cool Site Pick of the Day guy for 1310 KNOX radio, Reitmeier has quick and witty comebacks for everything, stemming from many years in radio.
But on the evening of April 13, John was somewhat subdued as we neared a white house with a full-width front porch situated on a flower laden street in Charles Town. When John spoke it was softly. As our car pulled into the driveway, a man and his wife came down from the porch to welcome John. Over the past few months they had spoken on the phone several times and now, John, 60, and Michael Terry, 63, were meeting for the first time. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: Church body vows to wipe our malaria

April 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

For what’s believed to be the first time in the history of an individual church denomination, a vow has been made to wipe out a devastating disease within a certain time period. The church body: United Methodist. The disease: malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The time period: three years.
Christened, “Imagine No Malaria,” this mission project has been wholeheartedly embraced by Thief River Falls United Methodist Church, which just last weekend exceeded $10,000 on its way to its total pledge of $20,000. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: Redemption story with charming, awkward, tearful parts

March 9, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Sometimes we go looking for a story and sometimes the story finds us.
Such is the case with Andy and Jon Erwin, Birmingham, Ala., brothers who grew up playing with cameras in the studio where their dad was a television and radio broadcaster. Continue Reading

IN THE SPIRIT: New book on faith, motherhood makes impact

January 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It was a decade long labor of love that sometimes required burning the midnight oil. And now, Barbara Lea Goetz’s book is impacting people. A grandmother from Harvey, N.D., purchased 18 copies to give to all the mothers in her family including her great granddaughters. Others are buying them five and nine copies at a time. Released the end of September, “Adventures in Faith & Motherhood” is in its second printing. Continue Reading