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Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
August 24, 2016
Hawk Creek Lutheran plans 'celebration' Sunday
SACRED HEART—Atop the ashes of its beloved church building, which burned down weeks ago from a lightning strike, the Hawk Creek Lutheran...
August 24, 2016 - 11:50pm
July 28, 2016
Parishioners salvage items from fire-damaged Sacred Heart church
SACRED HEART -- It’s possible there will be a new Hawk Creek Lutheran Church one day. It just may not look the same as its 140-year-old predecessor....
July 28, 2016 - 8:15pm
July 24, 2016
UPDATED: Rural church near Sacred Heart destroyed by fire
Updated post as of 7 p.m.: SACRED HEART -- A rural church near Sacred Heart was ravaged by a fire Saturday morning after it was struck by lightning...
July 24, 2016 - 11:49am
June 16, 2016
Vigil to be held at Willmar church for Florida shooting victims
WILLMAR — Willmar area residents will join together Sunday to hold a vigil for the Orlando, Florida, shooting victims. An outpouring of grief...
June 16, 2016 - 11:14pm
June 9, 2016
Volunteers help Willmar church build new sanctuary
WILLMAR — Grace Baptist Church of Willmar is growing along with its population of Karen worshipers. Karen people, an oppressed minority in...
June 9, 2016 - 10:58pm
April 8, 2016
Former Watkins church secretary sentenced for $21K theft
LITCHFIELD — The former Watkins church secretary who pleaded guilty to transferring herself over $21,000 in church funds was sentenced Friday...
April 8, 2016 - 2:23pm
March 19, 2016
Minnesota church unveils 37,800-pound 'organ on steroids'
It isn’t the Westminster Abbey, but Holy Rosary in Detroit Lakes will soon be sounding a lot like it. A new pipe organ is being built and installed...
March 19, 2016 - 11:03am
March 17, 2016
City of New London makes offer to church for property
NEW LONDON — The New London City Council is haggling with a local church over the price of a piece of hilltop property that the church owns...
March 17, 2016 - 10:38pm
February 10, 2016
PHOTO: Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent
Ash Wednesday opens the 40-day lenten journey, a time of fasting and prayer.
February 10, 2016 - 10:23pm
February 1, 2016
Historic St. Paul church is for sale
ST. PAUL — For sale: A 103-year-old church on St. Paul’s most prestigious street, designed by the same architect who created the Cathedral...
February 1, 2016 - 9:16pm
December 25, 2015
Video: "The Force Awakens" Sermon
Fr. Steve Verhelst tells the Willmar, Minnesota, congregation at the Church of St. Mary's 9 a.m. Christmas Day Mass that "The Force" for Good...
December 25, 2015 - 12:15pm
October 23, 2015
Kiwanis recognizes Willmar man for community service
WILLMAR — Wayne S. Nelson of Willmar has received the 2015 Kiwanis Touch-A-Life Award. According to the announcement from the Willmar Noon...
October 23, 2015 - 2:38pm
October 7, 2015
Ghost hunters sentenced for damaging church
LITCHFIELD — Three men have been sentenced after pleaded guilty to a felony charge of damaging a historic rural Litchfield church that they believed was haunted. The last of the three “ghost hunters” was sentenced last week. Todd Everett Suurmeyer, 23, of Brandon, South Dakota,...
October 7, 2015 - 10:53pm
August 3, 2015
Former church secretary accused of check forgery to have a jury trial
LITCHFIELD — A jury trial has been scheduled for the former church secretary alleged to have stolen more than $21,000 from a Watkins church. Renee Cecilia Miller, 52, of Watkins, has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of theft of a check and seven counts of check forgery. A...
August 3, 2015 - 8:42pm
June 14, 2015
All in the family
ATWATER — One cannot drive too far in rural Minnesota without spotting a little white church. They’re everywhere. To non-members, they probably...
June 14, 2015 - 11:53pm