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September 24, 2012
River Falls United Methodist Pastor Steven Kaehr (pronounced Car) succeeded Janet Ellinger in July. Kaehr, who had youthful ambitions to be a serious musician, stands by the church altar with one of his Native American flutes, this one is hand carved out of cocobolo, a tropical hardwood. Kaehr, 52, plays the flute during memorial church settings, prayer litanies, and for hospital and hospice visits.
Ministry's call became unmistakably clear to this new pastor
<i>Phil Pfuehler photo</i>
Ministry's call became unmistakably clear to this new pastor
September 24, 2012 - 9:09am
September 21, 2012
Luther Memorial Church takes on a 31-week book study of "The Story." The collection includes books for different age groups. Pictured, from left in the top row, are the books: "The Story for Little Ones," preschool age; "The Story for Children," 1st-3rd graders; and "The Story for Kids," 4th-6th graders. In the bottom row, from left: "The Story: Teen Edition," 7th-12th graders; "The Story" on CD; and "The Story."
<i>Jillian Dexheimer photos</i>
Church uses new book for Bible guidance
September 21, 2012 - 9:50am
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.
<i>Phil Pfuehler photo</i>
How do you handle life's thorns? New ministry offers hope and resolve
August 21, 2012 - 9:10am
July 30, 2012
A group of 15 people from the First Congregational United Church of Christ in River Falls attended the church's National Youth event on the campus of Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. July 10-14. Church Pastor Chris Myers said it was a "great conference with incredible speakers." Thousands of teens from across the country went to workshops, helped with service projects and worshipped. The young locals listened to a talk by JR Martinez of Dancing with the Stars, heard gospel music played by Vy Higgense...
National conference inspires church youth
July 30, 2012 - 10:24am
A cleanup crew of Kinnickinnic Historical Association volunteers stands in front of the memorial garden while preparing the old church for next month's ice cream social. Shown are, in back: Amy Thurston, Dick Tresselt and Ellen Rider; middle: Mary Murphy and Shirley Tresselt; front: Laura Bond.  
<i>Phil Pfuehler photos</i>
Back to the future: Historic church still beckons
July 30, 2012 - 10:21am
July 2, 2012
In June The River Falls United Methodist Church celebrated Peace with Justice Sunday by dedicating a Peace Pole, a six-foot tall, six-sided granite pole just south of the church's steeple. The words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" are inscribed in 12 languages or formats: Latin, music, English, German, French, sign language, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean and Lakota Sioux. In 1955 Masahisa Goi, a Japanese poet and philosopher, erected a peace pole at Hiroshima in response to the bombings on Hirosh...
Church dedicates Peace Pole
July 2, 2012 - 8:53am
On the left is Diane Clark and her horse; on the right is Pastor Sandy Johnson and her husband, Jed Reiten.
<i>Submitted photos</i>
Animals receive blessing
July 2, 2012 - 8:34am
May 30, 2012
Pastor gets prison for discipline advice
May 30, 2012 - 11:28am
May 16, 2012
Letter: Gay marriage: Where is the common ground?
May 16, 2012 - 2:37pm
May 11, 2012
Woodworking: Pass the sausage: They sure fit in better than anyone could have imagined
May 11, 2012 - 3:16pm
May 10, 2012
Revelation quizzers and coaches celebrate their first ever National Championship. Back Row: Jon Magnuson, Elisha Wright, Coach Jim Cicchese. Front Row: Asst. Coach Tim Magnuson, Asst. Coach Gabrielle Weir, Corrie Stevens, Sarah Magnuson, Ellen Weir, Liana Zook, Captain Grace Cooper. Submitted photo.
These kids know their Bible
May 10, 2012 - 12:58pm
This 1984 Chevrolet Corvette, with only 14,416 actual miles, is among seven classic cars and 10 tractors Harvey Hielkema is offering for auction to raise money for Feed My Starving Children. The John Deere G in background will also be sold.
<i>Judy Wiff photo</i>
Doing the right thing: Widower sells precious cars to feed starving children
May 10, 2012 - 9:30am
May 3, 2012
First Covenant poised to expand
May 3, 2012 - 11:58am
May 1, 2012
River Falls church unveils huge addition
May 1, 2012 - 7:35am
April 16, 2012
The United Methodist Church prepares for Lazarus, a musical written by Joel Underwood for Bread for the World.  Euge Isherwood, John Weihing and Dean Henderson begin stage construction.
<i>Submitted photo</i>
Hunger-relief efforts spur Lazarus show
April 16, 2012 - 9:06am