God bless the animals

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Spirit Lake Presbyterian Church is still holding drive-up services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The service is broadcast on 88.1 F.M. radio and livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. Adult Sunday school takes place at 9:30 a.m. Last week, the church held a “blessing of animals” ceremony.

The Rev. Dick Poppen speaks at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays over KWAT radio. Rev. Terri Akkerman was the guest speaker at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday.

Luke and Janice Poppen announce the birth of their first grandchild — a boy born to James and Amanda (Poppen) Schwader of Winfred. Owen Joseph was born Sept. 30 weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Paternal grandparents are Joe and Tera Schwader of Winfred.

Visitors this past week at the Cork Poppens were their grandson Tyler of Watertown and Dorothy Haug of Willow Lake.

The weather has certainly been favorable for the farmers as they are busy combining soybeans and some corn. It is dry, and rain is needed. A promise of precipitation is in the weekend forecast. The fall colors are beautiful and some of our landscapes have changed from green to yellow and brown — and some black as farmers work up the harvested soybean fields. The leaves keep falling, and that leads to work raking them up, not the most favorable task.

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