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Pastor Wilshusen welcomed at Emanuel Lutheran Church

by Katy Heinecke
Courier Staff Writer

Emanuel Lutheran Church recently welcomed a new pastor and his family to fill the vacancy they’ve had for the past year at their church. Jim and Pam Wilshusen arrived in Sisseton on July 10, 2105 from Missouri and went right to work the minute their feet hit the ground. Jim was born and raised in Mora, MO, and as he says, “It was just a wide spot in the road.” The family operated a dairy farm, and Jim thoroughly enjoyed that up until he entered the seminary in St. Louis in 2010. His father passed away in 2009, and his mom still lives on the farm and works part-time. His brother also had helped on the farm and is now a Naval Officer in San Diego, CA. The Wilshusen family experienced a large adjustment when they left the 285 acre family farm to relocate to an apartment in St. Louis so Jim could enter the seminary. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Pam and Rev. Wilshusersen

Answering the Call - Pictured above are Pam and Rev. Jim Wilshusen. Rev. Wilshusen is the new pastor at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Sisseton and also serves a congregation in Waubay. ~ Courier Photo

SWO Chairman removed from office by Tribal Council

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Chairman Bruce Renville has been removed from office by the Tribal Council as the result of a hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 17. This was the second time in recent months that Chairman Renville had faced a suspension and hearing before the Tribal Council.
The first suspension on Sept. 4 was for ordering surprise mass drug testing of tribal government employees and the procedures surrounding that testing, but after a hearing by the Tribal Council regarding that first suspension, Renville was re-instated as Tribal Chairman on Sept. 18.
The nature of the charges surrounding the second suspension and resultant removal from office are as yet unclear, as the Tribal Council hearing took place behind closed doors. Renville does have the right to appeal to Tribal Court should he choose to do so.

Peterson among the cowgirls vying for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2016

For 61 years, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant has hosted hundreds of beautiful and talented cowgirls from across the country. Hopefuls converge annually for a week long competition to select one deserving young woman to represent and promote America’s Original Professional Sport-RODEO. For the rest of this story please buy a copy of this weeks Sisseton Courier on news stands now.

Kendra Peterson

Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Kendra Peterson

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