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Jenny Schlecht explains how a "where are you" call led to an evening of protecting barn cats and hunting raccoons.
In 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. November then is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories and to acknowledge the significant contributions of Indigenous people. I have been blessed to have known many people from various cultures during my seven decades on planet Earth. This past month reminded me how much I have learned from them, especially from my Native American friends.
I know that Bemidji isn’t perfect, and I completely understand why this town isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I think it’s important for those of us who live here to embrace all the great things Bemidji has to offer.
"The inner peace that Jesus promised the faithful pulled us away from our fears of scarcity, a root motivator initiating our domination instinct over others, and helped us to realize that our neighbors were actually part of the same great big body of believers."

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Ann Bailey explains why she's thankful for agriculture in professional and personal life.
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"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Katie Pinke looks at the positive impact of 4-H on youth.
"Six Nations speak of a principle called the seventh-generation teaching, where leaders are instructed to 'consider the impact of their decisions on the seventh generation from now.' That’s a profound teaching, and a stark contrast to America’s current political promises, four-year terms, special interest lobbying and decisions based on quarterly profits. How about if we thought long term?"

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"It's pretty easy to forget that the rest of us can stay inside and not deal with these things only because there are people who willingly go outside every day and do the work. When you pull a package of hamburger or a steak from your freezer, remember the ones who raised the cattle and say a little prayer for their safety and well-being."
Yes, I have Georgia on my mind. No, I am not talking about a person named, Georgia, nor am I talking about the state of Georgia, I am talking about the country of Georgia. It’s a beautiful small country about the size of Illinois with a population of 3.5 million.
This fall we asked for your help in filling out educational benefit forms in the hope of increasing state aid. I am happy to report that your efforts have significantly helped our school district.

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