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|Thankful for their miracle|
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Being a new parent is something miraculous in and of itself, but for Tracy Stover and Billy Brown the arrival of their son brought an incredible amount of thankfulness - and a miracle.
September 7 started out as a normal day for Tracy. They were awaiting the arrival of their son, Ronin Carver, who was due on Sept. 20. However, Tracy began having labor pains which she initially believed were normal, except they were constant and did not let up the way normal contractions do.
Eventually the pain became unbearable and Tracy and Billy rushed to Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Once there, Tracy was put on a monitor to assess Ronin’s condition.
“His pulse was 50 beats per minute and they said he needed to be delivered right now,” recalls Tracy.
A normal fetal heart rate is between 110 bpm (beats per minute) and 160 bpm.
Ronin’s low heart rate indicated he was in severe distress.
|Dr Bob Edwards to make presentation on suicide prevention tonight at Zion Lutheran.|
Dr. Bob Edwards will be at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mohall tonight, Wednesday, December 4th, to give a presentation about suicide prevention and other related topics that deal with the wholeness and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Bob Edwards holds a master of divinity and a doctorate of psychology in counseling. He is an avid pet lover, a singer, author, lecturer, humorist, radio talk show host, and director of Upwards Living.
He has done extensive work in the field of mental health, over the years, and talks on the subject in a very real and personal way. Dr. Bob likes to help and interact with people of all ages and from all walks of life. His presentations are very informative and motivational.
There will be a light soup supper beginning at 6:00 p.m., with the presentation starting at about 6:30 p.m. This is open to the public and all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
As the holiday seasons draw closer, stress tends to build because of all the demands that are placed upon us, so come and find out ways to help cope with the stressors in your lives so that you can find wholeness and wellness as you go forth on your daily journeys of life and faith. More
Local Ghost Hunters Investigate
By Marlena Chaboudy
I recently had the opportunity to once again tag along with local ghost hunters Carol Arden and Cheryl Flores to investigate the old Bank building in the center of Antler. Also present on the investigation was Bunny Rainwater, sister to Carol and Cheryl, and she is also a paranormal investigator in Colorado where she lives.
The State Bank of Antler, located on Antler Square in Antler, North Dakota, was built in 1905. Also known as the Antler Square Building, it is in Classical Revival architecture. It was also known as the Customs House, an American flag and a Canadian flag are still seen waving situated out front of the building to this day. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. With a road circling around it, It was also used as a Post Office, Rooming House, and Telephone office.
When the building was used as the post office for many years, a faint light could be seen from one of the upper windows as postmaster's would be sorting mail at all hours of the night into the wee morning hours because the mail came on the daily train (The Galloping Goose) during the evenings. Can this faint and flickering light sometimes still be seen late at night? Some can speculate that it is the reflection of the street light, some will say that it is the illumination of the moon, some can also say they believe that it's the postmasters still keeping their nightly routine, you decide.
The evening began with the preparation of several devices to be used during the investigation. Several new items were used, one was an Ovilus, a device containing a pre-programmed dictionary, quite a few investigators have had some success with the device commonly known as a digital "ghost box". Also among the arsenal was a few things that Bunny had brought that I was very interested in... the "old school" items used in ghost hunting, divining rods or dowsing rods, dowsing has been used for many centuries by many different cultures. The L-shaped rod is probably the most ancient of all dowsing instruments. Energy fields around you cross the rods, making it possible to ask simple yes or no questions to spirits.
Two crystal bells were also used during the evening in hopes that placing them in definitive areas that a curious spirit would happen to ring one of them. A crystal pendulum was also incorporated during the night's hunt. These are devices that are usually a delicate chain with a crystal or a weight on the end. These are used sort of like divining rods. One holds the pendulum out and asks a question. If it moves clockwise it’s “yes,” counterclockwise it’s “no.”
As we travel from room to room, having to watch our steps as the inside of the building is in a dilapidating state, questions were asked for any lingering spirits to come forward and make themselves known. Sharon Tennyson, Antler historian and owner of the building for the past eight years, was on the investigation as well and asked questions having to do with the people from the past that once occupied the dwelling.
In 1945 Alice and Arnold Thorpe bought the square when it still contained the post office, U.S. Customs office, and the rented rooms. While living there themselves, Alice Thorpe died of a heart attack in the kitchen upstairs, this is where we concentrated our efforts of communication.
As we stood in the kitchen bantering back and forth and asking a barrage of questions to the unseen, I stared blankly at Bunny as the diving rods she was holding began to cross, and to my right the crystal began to spin when it was asked if Alice Thorpe was still there, although the activity was brief and after reviewing the recordings there was no answer, you could plainly hear a whistling that could be heard for 11 seconds in length on the recorder. Sharon later stated that the Thorpe's son, Harold, was known for whistling.
Although it was a quiet night in all, there was one piece of evidence found on the voice recorders other than the whistling. When Sharon was asked, "So, the Thorpe's are the ones that made the apartments?" A man's voice clearly responds "That's right" .
Are the Thorpe's still residing within these walls? Are the postmaster's still sorting through the nightly mail? I can't really tell you the answer to that for sure, but I do know that it does give me the creeps when I look up at the windows on the second floor... it has ever since I was growing up in Antler so many years back.
Sharon Tennyson has future plans to restore this great building back to its prime. A great piece of Antler history, with or without all the bells and whistles.
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