t. ted lightning rods and the company which installed then had never had a similar

Seventeen clergyman have served the Covenant Church to date. The first pastor, A. Swanu strom, was a farmerflpreacher and bricklayer. R. Peterson scrv d his parish while driving a horse called Mobile, the standing joke being he should get a second one called Otto so he'd own the first "automobile." 0.0. Hofstrand was a farmernteacher-prcacher from Sweden initi— ating the first Bible school here. G. Hawkinson was the first driver of a sparkling new Mo- del T-Ford-purchased by the cougregaticn to aid his ministry. Elderly G.A. Wilson,ku)hailed from an American oilmproducing state,was instrumental in forming a company Whichfirstdril— led fer oil here. The congregation grew steadily under D.N. Ericson, R. Johnson, J.S. Pet- erson,.C. Sturdy, Aofl..Stiller. E.B; Anderson served during the Sec0nd Wprld Wax-when.;that congregation was especially active in missionary and related work abroad. A. Pedcrscn paved the way for relocating in town while E. Oman was the youngest of the pastors.

Five years before we came to Minnedosa Rev. K. Englund moved here. His ministry seems to have left a deep impression on people of all faiths due to the occurrence ofseveralhighly- unusual miraclemtype phenomena» While building a church in Edmonton he fell and broke his knock, lived in a cast for a long time and following its removal required constant medical care because of violent headaches. He came to Minnedosa hoping a smaller charge might alle— viate his illness but with no success. In despair he resigned but before the resignation

.could take effect he Was returning fron Neepawa with an Anglican colleague, Rev.Hales,when

the car was struck by lightning. After suffering from severe electrical shock and returning

I home Rev. Englund realized to his amazement his illness had vanished completely'and joyfully

continued serving his congregation. Less than a week later the Smoland church1uu1was struck by lightning, burning from the-steeple down. The building was equipped withrecentlyinspec— case in 50 yearssof-businessq These strange acts of nature impressed even the most irreligiousandnon- superstitious cynics° p -

. The previous two clergyman were D, Johnson and C. Campbell, both of whom I knew-and re-

. ,spected personally for their obvious sincerity and genuine concern for people while thocur-

rent cne's J. Stone. Particularly meaningful to our family was the fact that though members of the United Church we hadnft lived here for a week before Rev. Johnson called to welcome us to-Minnedosa. As a former collegiate teacher here and later a family counsellorw-writer the past decade's convinced me the work done with children and young adults by this congre-

= gation is exceptionally effective. May the red cross shine long and brightly on this church "and continue to welcome strangers to our town and valley for many nights to como.'


> We all know French—Canadian culture's not confined simply to the spoken language; that it's the ovar~all behavior and mentality of a whole group consisting of factors like'reli—

M,gion, education, politics, tradition, memories:and aspirations. We're vaguely aware of this

in a semi—detached intellectual sort of way but few of us English—speaking ‘Canadians‘ ever

'really.make a conscious effort to learn more about this remarkable culture by deliberately

placing ourselves into close contact with ite One Minnedosa high school class recently dc—

Icided to change this, with some intriguing resultss

Our collegiate was lucky in 1970 to acquire the services of an exceptionallyfineFrench— Canadian teacher, Martial Marcoux. Not only is he an excellent teacher of French, he's also an equally able onemman bilingual and bicultural force in this English-speaking community.

..His profound conviction of the desirability of student exchange programs betweenrmrfiischools Igo£VCanada's two founding languages received strong support frOm principal Max Schatz,€imost .._capable educator instrumental in initiating two progressive educational programs—-responsi~ ”_.ble attendance and the semester systemm-into our collegiate. When the administration Of St.

Anne collegiate (40 miles southeast of Winnipeg) recently expressed interest iJLlearningxnore about these programs Marcoux and Schatz recognized a heavennsent opportunity for a student exchange programo ~

On Jan. 2, 21 Minnedosa Grade it students studying French travelled to the French—Cana-

E‘dian town on the Seine River, were paired with 2t St. Anne collegiate studentsjilwhosehcmes 'they lived, whose classes they‘attended, in whose extra—curricular activities theyiiparti— 1“c:i_pated,.and whose churches many visited. On Jan. 8, the 21 students with partners came to

Minnedosa to repeat the experience for a further week with our students as hostsrstgAnne's

Iguidance counsellor Miss Gilberto Proteau-—a Masters graduate from University .of-AOttawa—— raccompanied the group while their student council president Rachel Massicotto was a part1» '-_.Viipd‘tinarmemberp " r

Because-our oldest daughter Verna and son Lory were involved in the programliwas able to

[get to know two St. Anne studentsmmvivacious attractive Jeannine Audettc and husky‘handsomc