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, 48F 101 SMALL TOWN PAPERS «(3005 927 w RNLRDAD AVE snare», WA 935234.334? SINGLE COPY $ | .00 WALSH COUNTY, RES VOL. I38 - ISSUE 26 - PARK QRIVER‘, NORTH DAKOTA L l’ Above: Those that traveled to Fordville to see Santa Claus this past Saturday also were treated to a hayride around Fordville. Called back to a fa mar-3r place: 1mm ‘ . churches gain new pastor mid-pandemic ’ Photo: Larry Blri By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. — In 1987, Kevin Borg helped with a construction project in Park River. He helped hang sheetrock in the building that would become the site of Vic- tory Free Lutheran Church. Today, he is building the church in a different way, as pas- tor. Borg came to speak in Park River in May prior to the retirement of Pastor Mark An- tal, as he hoped to make Walsh County his new home. Antal retired in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the state. It was unknown as to what the tran- sition would look like for the congregations of Victory Free Lutheran Church in Park River and Grace Free Lutheran Church in Edinburg, both part of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. Borg grew up on a farm outside of Val- ley City, N.D. He first met Pastor Antal when Antal was student teaching in Valley City. “He was actually married in my home congregation,” Borg recalled. He still refers to Antal as “a friend of mine.” Borg said that as a kid he had a love for . the church and God’s people. When he was a teen he felt the call to be a pastor “And I resisted the call for many, many years.” It was his home congregation in Valley City that issued a call for him. Borg said that ‘ they saw his interest and he was called to be an associate pastor. When Antal was look- ing to retire, “I was feeling the need to move on,” he said. So he put his name out there. The Walsh County churches expressed irr- terest in bringing Borg to fill Pastor Antal’s place. He was not able to make that transi- tion until the fall. Borg said that as his two older daughters were to be married during the summer, the move was temporarily off the table. Kevin and his wife, Tina, have four children ages 21,20,18, and 15. . He walked each daughter down the aisle and joined the pastor to help many the girls to their respective husbands as he per- formed the vows. The second wedding Borg Cont. page Left: Rev. Kevin Borg and wife Tina are happy to join Edinburg, Park River communities. Obituaries See page there was no Hagen signs with UND See page Alas! How dreary would be the world if Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. Francis P. Church Photo Courtesy of State Historical Society of North Dakota Photo: Larry Biri Above: Shown is the former Icelandic Evangelical Lutheran Church, and former Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of St. John in Pembina, N.D., which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Pembina group named UCI award recipient PEMBINA, N.D. — The Fort Pembina Historical Society (FPHS) of Pembina, ND, is the first recip— ient of the Ukrainian Cultural In— stitute's Ukrainian Spirit Award. In 2018, FPHS board members began the process of getting the for— mer Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. John at Pembina listed on the Na- tional Register of Historic Places. They were successfiil with the effort ' Ukrainian Cont. page Distance Makes us Closer See page Crazy for a beautiful cause ' See page I4 v-