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Van Bergen’s gift yields message of hope for Finland

August 15, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

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Zion Lutheran fire is not the end of the story

July 11, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Zion Church in Finland is gone. On Saturday night it was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. A friend called us on Sunday to tell us the sad news. I could hardly believe it and couldn’t picture it, so we drove into Finland to see it.
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Finland fire destroys building, but not spirit

July 11, 2013 in Lake County News-Chronicle

Just days before a fire destroyed the only church in Finland, Zion Lutheran Church Pastor Tom Murray sent out a newsletter to his parishioners.
The July 1 missive proved to be prophetic. Continue Reading

Finnern retires after 38 years of ministry

May 3, 2012 in Alexandria Echo Press

Zion Lutheran Church pastor looking forward to more time with family Continue Reading

Buried by water: Devils Lake swallows cemeteries and tradition

May 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For the past 25 years, Sylvia Helgeseth has placed flowers at the gravesite of her first husband and for many years before that at the plots of other relatives at Antiochia Cemetery south of Churches Ferry, N.D., for Memorial Day. That tradition is ending this weekend. Continue Reading

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