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Gail and Randy Baar have lived through tough, debilitating times during their 38-year marriage, including Randy's ongoing struggle with depression, which leaves him susceptible to mood swings. Randy, with Gail's help, is embarking on a new ministry designed to emphasize easing the effects of mental illness. Phil Pfuehler photo

How do you handle life's thorns? New ministry offers hope and resolve

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Randy Baar once had a thriving local and then regional TV ministry that seemed destined for national syndication. That destiny crumbled when Randy's bipolar disorder flared up so bad he nearly gave up on living.


A new dosage of drugs and a healthy dose of renewed faith restored his will to live again.

That was in 2009. Since then Randy's heard a "continual calling" from God to create something out of this personal recovery -- something to be used for the greater common good.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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