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home : columns : columns July 26, 2017

7/12/2017 10:21:00 AM
Revival coming together
It was announced late this spring that native son, Dewey Moede, would be returning to Windom for a second revival. His first was held last August and his second will be held over Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 10-11.
Dewey called last week and then again on Monday to share with me some of the speakers, musicians and people involved with this year's event.
For starters, Nita Killebrew, the wife of late Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, will be speaking at the revival in November. She will be sharing her testimony and no doubt a few tidbits about the Twins Hall-of-Famer.
Dewey and the Killebrews became friends before Harmon's death and now Dewey has stayed in contact with Nita. Nita agreed to come to Windom to share what the Lord has done in her life as well as how He touched Harmon.
Dewey also said that the revival will be an opportunity to honor Gene and Margaret Duerksen of Delft. The Duerksen family has long been involved in ministry and for many years spoke, sang and shared their talents and testimonies through their own Maranatha Ministries.
The Duerksens' daughter, Lynn Stoneking, an accomplished Christian singer/songwriter, also will share during the Saturday night gathering of the revival.
A couple of others returning for the weekend include Windom's own Pat Fisher on the piano and Shari Hardaway Johnson on the violin. A harp player is also scheduled to be a part of the worship team.
Dewey already has a name for this revival: "Blessed Are the Peacemakers Revival." The revival will return to the BARC Auditorium.
These are just a few of the details that already have been arranged. Watch for more details here as they become available.
Pencil the dates on your calendar now - Nov. 10-11, BARC Auditorium, Windom.
Happy showman
The 2017 Cottonwood County Fair, which is coming up on Aug. 16-19, will be the first for our grandson, Wilson Hochstein, in which he will be able to show livestock in competition.
For the past couple of years, he has been a part of the Cloverbud program, but now that he's completed third grade, he will be able to show animals with the veterans. He will be showing a hog and cattle at the county fair next month.
Wilson got in a little practice over the weekend by showing his hog at an open class swine show at Oleson Pavilion on Saturday. The show was a chance for any young livestock producer from around Southwest Minnesota, especially 4-H'ers, to receive some feedback on their animals and experience showmanship in the ring.
Wilson told his grandma that he would really like to win one of the silver mugs the show was giving away to those who claimed a championship.
Well, lo and behold, competing in his first showmanship competition, Wilson was named junior division champion and, indeed, received one of the mugs. He very calmly and graciously shook the judge's hand and received his mug.
When I caught up to him outside the show barn, I congratulated him. His responding ear-to-ear grin and excitement was better than a couple million words.
Nice job, Wilson!
Pirates prep for playoffs
The Windom Pirates' amateur baseball regular season is quickly drawing to a close.
The Pirates play at Worthington tonight (Wednesday) and then finish the regular season at Truman against the Martin County Foxes on Sunday. Going into tonight's game, the Pirates are 11-7 overall and 10-7 in league play.
Then it's on to the playoffs beginning Wednesday, July 19. The Pirates are presently in a three-way tie for second place in the First Nite League. While there's a very remote chance they could still win the league title, their most likely finish will have them hosting a first-round playoff series. Those first-round pairings between the First Nite and Gopher leagues will be announced Sunday evening.
First-round series' have the higher seeded teams hosting Game 1 on July 19, playing at their opponent on July 21, then hosting Game 3, if necessary, on July 23.

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