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Members of all ages helped break ground for a new addition at Oscar Lake Lutheran Church in rural Farwell last Sunday. The new narthex will be completely built through volunteer labor by church members. (Tara Bitzan/Echo Press)

‘Sheer determination’

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While many small country churches are struggling to stay alive from year to year, Oscar Lake Lutheran in rural Farwell continues to stand strong and even expand.


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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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