Question: Would you tell me the significance of the color maroon for the Minnesota State Patrol please? I travel around all over and never saw another agency with this as their primary color for uniform or squad car.Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol was created in 1929. The original trooper…

LA CRESCENT — Arlene M. Moore, 82, of La Crescent died Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Crucifixion Catholic Church, La Crescent. Burial will follow in Crucifixion Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to service time with rosary …

Of all the commercials during this year’s Super Bowl, Toyota’s “One Team” commercial was my favorite. It features four religious leaders leaving their places of worship to arrive at a football game together.

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Earl Joseph Welch, 87, of La Crescent passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths…

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — Earl H. Schrandt, 93, of La Crescent passed away Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the Hillview Healthcare Center in La Crosse.

Attention is an increasingly rare commodity these days. When money is short we are careful how we spend it. When attention spans shrink the questions become: What do we invest our devotion on? Who gets our best energy? How do we deploy our awareness?

Marilyn Therese Conway, 85, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen.

On Christmas Eve I had an embarrassing accident following our first worship service. When blowing out one of the advent candles on the altar, I blew hard enough that a pool of hot purple wax splattered back onto my white pastor’s robe and the handwoven white stole I wear around my neck. With…

LA CRESCENT, Minn. — La Vern W. Cass, 92, of La Crescent died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse.

The new year is coming. The people of God continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the days are getting longer. There is a spirit of hope present in our world that flows from the gift of God’s love. The Child of Bethlehem brings the good news that all things are possible for God. Even th…

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Donald Myron Radtke, 75, of Glendale passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.

This Sunday many of us will find ourselves among congregations humming with excitement, singing boldly, lighting candles and listening to the good news of a great joy. Some will have the story down, word for joyful word. For others the story may have flattened over the years, the expectation…