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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Pastor Ralph Stuebs to celebrate 40 years in ministry 2011.07.13

Written by David Green.

Pastor_StuebsPastor Ralph Stuebs of Morenci’s Trinity Lutheran Church, WELS, will celebrate his 40th year in the ministry with a special worship service at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17. 

Pastor Jeff Bolwerk of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera, Ohio will serve as guest preacher and Pastor Robert Krueger of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio, is the scheduled guest liturgist.

The Trinity Choral ensemble and the Trinity Kids will perform selections in Pastor Stuebs’ honor. Friends and colleagues will also be invited to speak.

A meal, prepared by members of the church, will be served following the worship service.

Pastor Stuebs, and his twin brother Ron, were born Aug. 27, 1945, in Kewaunee, Wis. They are the oldest of 11 children.

Ralph was received into God’s family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on Sept. 9, 1945, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaunee.

He attended various schools throughout northeastern Wisconsin. His family finally settled near Newtonberg (Manitowoc) Wis. He was received into communicant membership at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newtonberg through the rite of confirmation on May 24, 1959.

Ralph graduated from Northwestern Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., in 1963. He graduated from Northwestern College in Watertown in 1967 and completed his ministry training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis., in 1971. During his seminary training, he served as a vicar at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll, Ill.

Pastor Stuebs has served in the following congregations: St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belview, Minn., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Seaforth, Minn.; Immanuel Lutheran Church in Globe (Neilsville), Wis.; St. John’s Lutheran Church in Christie, Wis.; Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Urbana, Ill.; and Grace Lutheran Church in Kenton, Ohio.

Since moving to Morenci, Pastor Stuebs is a member of the Wauseon Lions Club and serves as a Little League umpire.

Pastor Stuebs has four children, Kent of Kenton, Ohio; Kevin (and Teresa) of Greenfield, Ohio; Kate of Findlay, Ohio; and Kyle (and Jenna) of Marysville, Ohio. He also has 12 grandchildren.

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