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KRLC Recent Events

We are excited about all that God does through this little church each year. We are an active congregation and God surprises us by all He does as we walk by faith on our journey together. This recent history was compiled from the Secretaries minutes and the annual Congregational Reports. The history of our church in the earlier years is further summarized on the Church History page.

Knife River Lutheran Church​​ Recent Events


  • We hired Hannah Weishaar as our custodian and it's a blessing to have her taking care of those details.

  • The Men's group hosted a chili feed as a community-wide gathering in winter.

  • Holy Cow!!! We were presented with this award at the NE MN Synod Assembly based on the highest 2022 per capita confirmed member giving to ELCA World Hunger! What a great cause!


  • Praise God that we were able to transition into an endemic status for Covid-19 this year. We are blessed and appreciate all the programs that by the end of the year felt back to normal: educational, music, fellowship time, full worship services and our groups that started meeting in-person again and sometimes without making.  

  • The synod recognized our congregation with the LSS Servant of Christ award for our social outreach efforts.

  • We were able to pay off all our debts undertaken to construct the Columbarium and our Kitchen remodel.

  • We enjoyed worship services in the garden all summer long, which are so lovely enjoying the fresh air and beauty of our surroundings.

  • We hosted several community-wide gatherings at our monthly church picnics.

  • Confirmation was held this year once again.

  • Served a full Scandinavian Meatball Dinner in the fall, with good attendance even though we weren't able to serve fishcakes this year.

  • We were blessed to have a special wedding in November between two of our members, Lawrence and Randi.

  • Work on a new photo directory was completed reflecting all our new members and updated information.

  • We welcomed 11 new members this year! We are so blessed to have them join!


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  • Laurie Jackson retired in October after nearly 30 years of service as our church custodian! We celebrated with an appreciation brunch and enjoyed stories from her years of service, ending with the rousing hymn Laurie, Laurie Hallelujah that had many in stitches and a few shedding tears of joy! What fun!

  • Our annual Fishcake Dinner was another success against all odds. We served nearly 300 meals even though we had no heat in the building (yes, the furnace was out again)! But we were rejoicing in our new kitchen as it was fully functional and used to make meatballs and other goodies.

  • Our September Fall Food and Fun Fest was certainly an extravaganza!!! And we raised over $7,000 towards our kitchen renovation. Young and old tried their luck at the cake-walk while Delores and Carol kept the music playing and the cakes coming. The yard sale kept on going with treasures galore and lots of helpers. The real fun and laughter was found at the dunk-tank while Captain Plunger-Sword, the African Queen, Princess Kate, Sir I.M. Mature and the Swedish Chef plunged into the cold water several times!!! The mini-farmer's market was full of the bounty from God's creation. Our chef extraodinaire kept everyone fed, we had fund face painting and games for the kiddos, and a rousing silent auction. Wow, what a fun and glorious day!

  • KRLC contributed almost $700 to the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf! We also have five members who volunteer weekly - thanks Kay, Diane, Lillian, Scott & Anne!

  • Knife River wins the 2018 Holy Cow Award!!! Our average per person giving toward world hunger was the highest in our synod for the first time ever!!! Thanks to the youngsters who inspire us to give to those who are hungry in developing nations. Holy Cow...what God can do through our little church!

  • Fellowship farewell for DeWayne and Maurine Rubedor in May as they move south.

  • Celebrated Palm Sunday with our traditional waving of palms as the children entered the sanctuary and the men served a glorious pancake breakfast following the service.

  • Good Friday Tenebrae service foreshadowed the joy to follow at we celebrated Easter with festive music from bells, choir, piano, organ and clarinet!

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  • Seven new members were welcomed into our church family on June 30th.

  • Garden service in June 30th with guest speaker Dan Schutte talking about gardening.

  • Most everyone joined in to wear red celebrating Pentecost and we even had red balloons and of course gave away red flowers to each family! We were so blessed to listen to John 3:16 in eight different languages...all at the same time! We have many very talented members who can speak multiple languages! How lovely it is to hear God's word and feel the Holy Spirit move through others.

  • Hymn-based sermons in July taught us how some of the good-old favorites came about in such unusual ways and how they teach us about God's hand in our lives too.

  • VBX was a huge success with 13 children attending at no cost to them. The Noah's Ark skit on Friday evening was not to be missed! And the VBX children raised $581.09 for God's Global Barnyard, which will purchase 11.6218 goats to help with world hunger!




  • Celebrated our 90th Anniversary with a wonderful program on June 10th, with presentations on the historical eras of the congregation. Also produced a commemorative 90th Anniversary book. Read the 90th Anniversary Celebration Program here.

  • Dedicated the Columbarium after the service on September 16th.

  • 17 children participated in Vacation Bible School.

  • Celebrated Lyle Northey's 80-1/2 birthday (he skipped out of town on his 80th) as well as celebrating all the many blessing that Lyle has provided to the church.

  • The congregation unanimously approved the kitchen remodel project.

  • Heard the inspiring tale (told by Carol Carlson) about the search and finding of one of our community's members', Raymond Martinson, resting place in the Normandy WWII graveyard. Raymond is memorialized within a stained glass window in the sanctuary. When Raymond died our church would have been less than 20 years old. This was a story of a how small group of us working against all odds through persistence and faith located Raymond's gravesite to give remembrance and reflection at his graveside. It highlights our deep sense of community and faith through our history. We just passed our 90th anniversary more than 70 years later and if our faith in the Lord can bring us together through the long years in far off lands there is nothing that this faith cannot do.

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