December 25th, 2016
Christmas is: “A Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together and exchange gifts.” - History (history.com)
From 12/22: “Despite the harsh winter, people opposed to the Dakota Access oil pipeline remain camped out on federal land along the Missouri River south of Bismarck. Police have stopped manning a roadblock near the camp in what they said is an effort to de-escalate tensions.
But law enforcement authorities are still facing intense criticism, including a class-action lawsuit after a number of protesters were injured during confrontations.
For months, the Backwater Bridge has been the line of scrimmage between protesters and police. About three quarters of a mile north of the main protest camp, the small concrete span carries North Dakota Highway 1806 over a narrow creek. The highway is the shortest route to Bismarck, about 41 miles to the north, but it remains closed to all traffic.” - MPR News/ Matt Sepic
Please give to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: 262 Danny Thomas Place/ Memphis, Tennessee 38105 / (901) 595-3300
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