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There are many things that come to mind and this has been on my mind for a long time, but it is kind of controversial because there are two sides to think about.

On the front of our newspaper was a great story about the church. My thought: at a time when we need them more than ever, too often they are too empty, some close, some consolidate to make things better. 

Never in my lifetime have I seen more need for churches filled to capacity and people working together to try and ease the pain that is generating all around us.

When I was a child we had two services, sometimes standing room only. The churches were filled with happy, laughing children in Sunday School and activities that left little room for the unwanted activities we face today.

I find myself praying to God as this isn’t something we can do alone – we need His Scriptures and we need His people to join together to ease some of the anxiety and tension surrounding us.

I am thankful for those loyal parishioners who take an active part in preserving and meeting the needs of today’s church. It made me feel good to see the youngsters who took part in Bible School this year. We need the unity that a church provides. Yes, I know God is everywhere, but there’s unity in numbers.

Another thought comes to mind: it saddens me to see alcohol become such a part of the media. Are we so dumb we don’t realize that wine and beer are more dangerous than even sugar filled pop and sports drinks?  Here I am talking health, but there are more dangers to consider.

How many fatal accidents and incidents are related to alcohol?   People abuse, children are misused and killed because alcoholic overdose can change a mind into a monster. Why do we celebrate with liquor? Where is there happiness in a misguided mind because alcohol has taken over an otherwise righteous person?

Everything in moderation. Some people are not able to handle that and should consider moderation a goal. Law alone is not the answer. The attitude and behavior of people is also an important factor. If one hasn’t the ability to control, do something about it, recognize the weakness. I’ve known people who could sit for hours enjoying company and conversation with one drink. I’ve also known people who consumed beyond their limit.

I’m glad to see liquor establishments changing into “bars and grills” with other activities drawing people in – bingo, pool, bean bags, games and charity affairs. Hopefully it fills a void that doesn’t need overindulging in alcohol and other drugs. It is good to see people enjoy getting together with others, the food, and the fun – not a distorted mind. Good people think about what it does to their lives and the lives of their children.

So who does she think she is, preaching a sermon, speaking out? I read the papers, I watch television. I see the sorrow on the faces and the lives of other people who have to live forever with an incident like Jacob Wetterling, assault, murder of children, robbery and vandalism when alcohol seems to have played a part.

God forgive them for they know not what they do. But give them the power to resist. Wouldn’t it be nice to know your children can play, go to college, and date without having to wonder what if?

Austin is celebrating an interest in a new business, a brewery. They are looking at the upside. I see a downside.

And another thought comes to mind.

Look at the change, the fight, to defeat smoking in public places. It will always be ongoing, but it has certainly helped. It is nice to breathe clean air – to go in a building, or home, or car without being overcome by smoke. Smoke ruins people’s health, destroys buildings, forests, homes and lives.

This is my opinion. These are things that make me anxious and angry.  You are entitled to yours, as long as it doesn’t endanger someone else’s life. I would not like to live with that on my conscience the rest of my life.

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements.  In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you know of an event that is upcoming or have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know.  Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries just the same.

Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, September 15th: Korbin Wayne, Aiden McClasky, Daniel Hemingway, Ryan Johnson, Nancy Nelson, Tyrel Peterson, Wendy Schultz, Eric Nelson, Jarred Hanson, Roger & Patty Langlie

• Friday, September 16th: Evon Damon Lucas, David L. Christenson, Carmon Fetterly, Emily Laudon, Howard & Carrie Peterson, Shane & Kelly Christensen

• Saturday, September 17th: Duane Edwardson, Karen Hemingway Core, Al Routh, Kara Ladlie, Allen Brandt, Sue Tasker, Brock David Routh, Terry & Marlys Van Kampen,

• Sunday, September 18th: Torsten Wayne, Laura Groth, Carla  Scripture, Kevin Christenson, Ron Farr, Chris Larson, Becky Axmann, Laura Davis, Julia Spande, Randy & Cindy Horan, Andrea & Nick Miller, Todd & Mary Wayne, David & Malinda Hanson, Jill & Brian Wolff, Nicholas & Katie Wayne

• Monday, September 19th: Vicki Hill Kress, Carol Anderson, David Deml, Ben Cerney, Dan Underland, Kristine Sorenson, Bill Hatch, Jennifer Johnson, Gerald Trandem, Cindy Morris Erickson, Scott & Tracy Tracy, Kelly & David Wacek, Jill & Dustin Johammsem

• Tuesday, September 20th: Trinity Starr Wocelka, Jade Hill, Tricia Wayne, Sarah Mills, Cheryl Lonning, Bruce Born, Jennifer Thorn, Jason & Michelle Gordon

• Wednesday, September 21st: Addie Haugen, Tiffany Shelton, Tim Sorenson, Dan Richards, Ann Hamilton, Margaret Deml, Thomas O'Conner, Pastor Richard Spande, Richard Axmann, Ashley & Anthony Cookas, 2014; Sherri & Chad Fritz, Jodi & Brandon Wayne, Marty & Karen Johnson

• Thursday, September 22nd: Noah Rasmussen, Lee Nelson, Gary Jenkins, Kaleb Christensen, Diane Stollard, Kathy Underland, Doris DeNeui, Mark & Rachel Lee

• Friday, September 23rd: Aiden James Manges, Allison Groth Muilenburg, Melissa Lonning, Sara Cornelius Routh, Kristin Hamberg, Lance Jepson, Theresa Langlie, Debra Harding, James Robertson, Galen Montanye, Elizabeth Lageson, Mark Kasper, Robin Christensen, Judy & Tad Lunning

May your special day hold the promise of many bright tomorrows! 

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