In a moving display of interchurch solidarity, three Lutheran churches in Minnesota felt compassion for their fellow ranchers in dought-striken Western North Dakota and decided to gather hay to share with them. Faith Lutheran in Wolverton, Comstock Lutheran of Comstock, and Hoff Lutheran of Rustad each prepared hay offered by their members and prepared to ship. The C-W Valley Co-op of Comstock heard about the effort and matched the gift. Ross Aigner of Faith Lutheran organized the operation.
So it was that on September 19th seven semi-loads of hay were seen rolling down highway 85 into the heart of the drought country. It was divided among four churches, Lebanon Lutheran of Amidon, Bowman Lutheran of Bowman, First Lutheran of Rhame, and Bethany Lutheran of rural Rhame. Each congregation used their own method to further designate recipients, and twenty ranchers were ultimately chosen. It was a deeply appreciated gesture of kindness and fellowship in a time of need.