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Northwest Salmon

 

Editorial

From cyclists to alumni, all are welcome

by John Suhr
surhs@reporterandfarmer.com

It was a great experience for Webster to host over 150 cyclists from not only across the state, but the nation. Yes, this was an opportunity to showcase our community and we did so with great pride.

There was a lot of work that went into putting together this trek across the state. Many of these bikers, towards mile 420, were tired and could even be a little testy. But from what I have heard and seen, they were treated great along the way.

From the people who helped arrange and provide an experience on our lakes, fishing and just touring, it was a big hit for those with tired legs and backsides.

While this is the second organized bike tour to come through Webster, we welcome them back anytime.

This weekend Webster again will be playing host to many people as it is alumni weekend.

While the alumni know the community and places, things do change and I hope they find the change to be positive.

Webster continues to grow and progress and we are always looking at not only trying to keep the people we have, but to add more – from alumni to new residents. I hope you feel welcome and even consider coming back for more than your class reunion.

While we may offer some of the best fishing and waterfowl hunting in the state, I believe we also offer one of the most friendly areas in the state.

We hope everyone enjoys their stay in the community, be it a former resident or someone and their family looking to call Day County home.

 


Columns

Believers mask massacre by forgiveness

by Amanda Fanger
reporter@reporterandfarmer.com

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the events of June 17 when a young man walked into a church and shot to death nine people who were gathered there for worship and fellowship.

My heart breaks and goes out to the families of the victims of the African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Last week, President Obama was set to give the eulogy for one of the victims, the church’s pastor, whom he and first lady Michelle Obama say they knew along with other members of the congregation.

“To say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger we feel,” Obama said. “Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy... There is something particularly heartbreaking about the death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship.”

Anger would seem an appropriate response to direct towards the 21-year-old accused shooter Dylann Roof who has been charged with nine counts of murder. But the believers of the AME Church have chosen to forgive instead, I’m sure remembering the passage of scripture which says, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath...” (Romans 12:19)

As believers in Christ, our job here on earth is to love one another – “even those who persecute you,” Christ told us in Matthew 5:44.

While pain and fear are no doubt feelings the AME church members are experiencing, hatred is one feeling they have chosen to forsake through forgiving the man responsible for the deaths of their brothers and sisters.

The lyrics of one of my favorite contemporary Christian songs says, “God put a million, million doors in the world for his love to walk through...one of those doors is you.”

My prayer is that we may all be one of those doors for His love, even through tragedies such as this.

 

 

Mother Nature is on a diet

by Emre K. Erku
sports@reporterandfarmer.com

Early Monday morning. Bristol. Fast asleep. Pleasantly dreaming before working another Monday night- mare. The mind will be well intact for this week. Sedated sloths don’t sleep this well. Snow White doesn’t sleep this well.

1:33 a.m.

Boom... Boom... Boom...

Boom, ba-boom. ba-boom, ba-boom, boom, boom, boom!

Woken up to a cold sweat beading down the forehead. The building sounds like it’s been disturbed from a half century-long slumber. Its walls are finally talking, and they’re angry. The building is on a warpath.

Ba-boom, boom, boom, boom...

Rise alarmingly fast from the bed. Open the curtains in complete panic. Outside looks like its getting electrocuted, as if the great Zeus himself is punishing the lands with his lightning bolts. Science-fiction beyond the glass. It’s a driving range of hail.

What to do? Could this be the end? Being saved from a pile of rubble half naked isn’t ideal. Plus, those Purple People Eaters haven’t gotten their rings yet. More time is much needed.
Remembering elementary tornado drills, the fridge door flies open. Three beers left and two packs of ketchup. A last meal fit for a king.

Wait.

This isn’t important. Either think harder or think less, you fool. Eighty mile an hour winds can mash a building up; shoot shards of glass into tattoos; cut tears into eyes. Two hundred fifty mile an hour winds decimate buildings. Your move, young blood.

Get to the bottom center of your building. That’s your best bet for survival. Stay away from windows and take cover under the sturdiest item you can find. Fair warning: there’s not much wiggle room under a farmhand.

Before all this happens – out of shock you imagined this entire scenario in a span of 36 seconds, standing dumbstruck near the living room windows – the hail dies out. The powerful derecho continues due east, steamrolling parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

At this time, the transmission lines of Day County powered down for its rural residents. It was pitch black in the land of the pitchforks as city folk sat under their favorite lamps, suffering from a mixture of both stress and relief.

If the internet is out, keep battery-powered radios near your bed. If you don’t own a radio, assume the worst and take cover. Actually, whatever you have: Assume the worst and take cover.

In the end, no one lost their lives, but many Day County gardens lost their crops. Mother Nature must have been hungry.

“Ray.”

Fiksdal Funeral Home

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