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    Spotlight on sweethearts: Dean and Marlene Stine

    Dean and Marlene Stine met as schoolchildren in Edna, Kan. The sweethearts began dating in high school and married in 1952. They’re still together 67 years later.Their wedding took place while Dean was on leave from the Navy.   Read More...

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    Spotlight on sweethearts: Jim & Gayle Roose

    Jim and Gayle Roose met at the University of Sioux Falls, where they were both students. “I spotted her sitting with a bunch of girls, and went right up and talked to them,” Jim said.Gayle’s girlfriends discouraged her from seeing Jim, but a few days later he was out driving when he spotted the young woman who had caught his eye.“I stopped and asked if she wanted to go to church,” Jim said. “And that did it for her.” He jokes that his red and white ’56 Chevy might have also been a contributing f...  Read More...

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    The symbol of Santa Claus inspired resident’s treasured collection

    He goes by Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas. And Santas of all sizes, shapes and materials have been a part of the Moore’s collection of Santas for the past 30-some years.“I think it was the 1980s when I started collecting them. My parents brought me a tiny Santa from Europe, I don’t know why they picked it up because I wasn’t collecting them at the time, but it was a little glass Santa not more than 7/8 of an inch tall,” said resident ...  Read More...

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    Life experience and a little competition inspired Margo Imes to write

    It all started in 1998 when Westerly resident Margo Imes attended a Baxter Black show. There was a poet that opened up for Baxter and Margo thought to herself, “I can write better than that.”So, she did. Margo wrote poetry for years and decided to try cowboy poetry since she had 16 years of experience with horses, cows and farm work.   Read More...

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    Resident’s book holds mirror up to modern Christianity

    In her new book, “Seeking to Become Whole: Creating a Transformed Church for All the Children of God,” resident Pat Welker explores how the actions of modern-day Christians match up to the parables of Jesus’ life and what can be done to create a more inclusive church.Finished nearly a year ago, the book just began hitting shelves this past June. But while such a delay may frustrate some authors, Pat believes the message behind her book is actually more relevant now than ever be...  Read More...