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Rev. Steve Berntson, Fargo, Published March 18 2013

Letter: Forum’s ‘Weather Talk’ feature much appreciated

I’m writing to express my thanks to John Wheeler and Daryl Ritchison for their daily “Weather Talk” in The Forum. It can’t be easy coming up with a fresh topic every day, and I know they put a great deal of research into each day’s column.

I especially appreciated Ritchison’s article Monday, March 11, about the two deadly March 15 blizzards that hit this region. My mother (the late Norma Berntson), was 14 in 1941 and was milking cows with her dad (they farmed near Fairdale, N.D.) when, at about 5 p.m., the storm slammed into the side of the barn “like a train.” Her father was holding a lantern, but it blew out as soon as they stepped out of the barn, and she immediately lost sight of him. She might have been lost in that storm, had she not tripped over the tongue of the wagon and corrected her course back to the house.

Mom also told us kids the story of Hazel Miner, a true North Dakota hero and martyr, who, on March 15, 1920, gave her life that her younger siblings might live. How good to be reminded of that story in this Lenten season. Just wanted our faithful meteorologists to know their efforts are appreciated.

Rev. Berntson is pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church.