It was calm on the St. Louis River early Saturday and you could hear Dylan Perbonich arguing with his buddies from 200 yards across the water. “I told you it was a fish!” Prebonich, of Eveleth, yelled at his buddies sitting in the same 12-foot boat right near shore. They had argued it was a snag. “I know what a fish feels like!” Of course his buddies, Evan and Jake Schaller of Duluth, didn’t believe them until they saw the 26.5-inch walleye on the surface. “I told you!”‘ Prebonich said again, later noting he caught the fish on a pink jig and nightcrawler “First walleye of the season.” So started the Minnesota fishing opener on the wide, high and fast river in Duluth’s Fond du Lac neighborhood, a Saturday morning that brought light winds and sunshine — the kind of opening day everyone agreed we had earned after a cold, snowy spring so far. Just upstream, Kevin Sailor of Superior was on the Department of Natural … [Read more...] about Minnesota fishing opener brings sunshine and (some) walleyes
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Published 9:37 am PST, Monday, February 25, 2019 Church members watch as student pastor Craig Blaylock, left, baptizes Blake Brown, at the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. The church, in the background, was destroyed by a tornado Saturday afternoon, but church members opted to go ahead with the baptisms as planned. less Church members watch as student pastor Craig Blaylock, left, baptizes Blake Brown, at the First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Miss., Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2019. The church, in the background, was destroyed ... more Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 Church members watch as student pastor Craig Blaylock, left, baptizes Blake Brown, at the First … [Read more...] about Rivers rising in the South as 2 missing people sought
Columbus, Miss. — Weekend storms raked parts of the Southeast, leaving deaths and injuries in their wake as a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city and drenching rains fed a rising flood threat. The twister destroyed one church – but a baptism went ahead as scheduled the very next day. At First Pentecostal Church in Columbus, Mississippi, the Rev. Steve Blaylock said the building was "a total loss," with a wall pushed in, holes in the roof and substantial water damage. He and his congregants tried to salvage what they could on the morning after the storm. But he said they still held a Sunday prayer service and even went ahead with a scheduled baptism, using a borrowed portable baptismal pool."We will rebuild. We've got a good church here," Blaylock said. "It'll be a testimony of God."A woman was killed when a tornado hit Columbus, and a man died when he drove into floodwaters in Tennessee, officials said.Columbus Mayor Robert Smith Sr. … [Read more...] about Tornado in Columbus, Mississippi destroys church. A baptism was held the next morning.
QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli and foreign engineers sounded the all-clear on Sunday around three churches on the western bank of the Jordan River, near where Jesus is believed to have been baptised, after mines that had marooned the shrines for decades were cleared.The river banks were once a war zone between Israel and Jordan, and were littered with thousands of landmines and unexploded ordnance. The two neighbours made peace in 1994 but it took many years before the defusing and clearing began.gi Seven churches have lain abandoned for more than 50 years in the area of operations, about a kilometre (half-mile) from the Qasr al-Yahud baptism site in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, which is a major draw for Christian pilgrims. Israel's Defence Ministry said on Sunday that mine-clearing had been completed around three of the shrines - belonging to the Franciscan order and the Greek Orthodox and Ethiopian churches - though they have yet to be formally opened to the clergy … [Read more...] about De-miners sound all-clear at marooned Jordan River baptism shrines
0 Have your say The lilting voices of two dozen Muscovite pilgrims rise up from the muddy waters of the River Jordan. Clad in oversized white T-shirts and smocks, they might be mistaken for hospital patients were it not for the vibrant paintings of the Baptism of Christ emblazoned on their fronts. Singing prayers from the Russian Orthodox service, they stand amidst the reeds and wet their heads – a symbolic act at the spot where John the Baptist is believed to have performed the ritual on his cousin Jesus in around 25AD. As they do so, a piteousness of doves takes to the desert sky; time seems to bend and, for a fleeting moment, ancient and modern fuse into one. “We have been following the route of Christ in Jerusalem,” Maria Yuryeva tells me, as she steps back, dripping, on to the wooden decking. “It is very special here. It makes you feel – not stronger in your beliefs, maybe, but more spiritually connected.” I am … [Read more...] about Insight: Clearing the West Bank of bombs for baptisms