African Students Find Home at Hillcrest 100 Years After Trailblazing Missionary

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African Students Find Home at Hillcrest 100 Years After Trailblazing Missionary

In 1914 Berge Revne sat in a stuffy classroom in Grand Forks, North Dakota listening to a tear-filled teacher. Revne's collared shirts were tucked into his slacks, and his blue eyes and boyish blonde hair gave away his Norwegian roots. His chruch history class was taught in his native tongue, and through the Norwegian language, and this simple course in church history, Revne’s heart was pricked for the African continent.

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Depression Era Instructor Highlights Spiritual Growth at Hillcrest and Foreshadows Continued Formation

S.L. Klyve stands in front of his class in the 1940s as they practice a written exercise in his Bible course.

In 1922 S.L. Klyve was added to the Lutheran Brethren Bible School faculty. He served in teaching and training ministry-minded individuals.

His class record book documents a difficult time at Hillcrest. Klyve was known as a man with keen spiritual insight, added to the Lutheran Brethren School’s faculty to enhance the Bible training for pastors in an era of growth and expansion in the Lutheran Brethren church.

However, in 1931, Klyve took a leave from the Bible School due to the impact of the Depression on the schools. He returned in 1936 to once again bolster and enhance the pastoral training. He noted in 1929 that the school was taking on a different look than many thought. While many thought of LBS as a Bible school, he noted that the high school department was growing at a larger and faster rate than the Bible school, concerning to some who saw the schools as a primary training ground for pastors.

A common sight in evenings around the Castle, night gatherings for communication, prayer, and singing have been an ongoing tradition at Hillcrest. Here, Janet (Monson) Aasby, leads the girls in a chorus during her time as an assistant dean.

Klyve would later write a testimony to the importance of the high school department in the Bible School for young individuals, noting that, “What we have is a high school with a Bible department.”

Kylve would go on to note that this change didn’t impact the spiritual emphasis of the school, but more was a remark to the age of the students who were attending the school at that time. It was said that one could be as godly as seventeen as at twenty-seven, but he would express his Christian faith and life somewhat differently.

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Eternally Significant with Everlasting Splendors

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Eternally Significant with Everlasting Splendors

President Brad Hoganson gave the address below as part of his introduction to the staff at Hillcrest. Speaking to his time at Hillcrest where he gained a perspective that he has "never met a mere mortal," Brad draws from Acts 1 and 2 to give a small picture of what it means to give someone an eternally significant gift when they may be looking for something simple. 

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Students Prepare for 100 Year old Tradition in Welcome Week

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Students Prepare for 100 Year old Tradition in Welcome Week

It was way back in the fall when we first stood in line to register. Some of us stood there with great big lumps in our throats and felt as if we were only hands and feet. Then after registration we went up to our bare rooms, threw ourselves on the bed and cried oceans of tears. After a while a friendly senior came in and persuaded us to come out and meet some of the nicest girls we have ever seen, and before long we began to feel right at home.

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Looking to the Master Gardener

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Looking to the Master Gardener

To my disappointment, a week later the flowers seemed smaller and faded. I took a closer look and discovered several plants were lying on top of the ground and other flowers were dry. Hungry rabbits had chewed and jerked some, and the others were suffering from days without rain.

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President Egge Considers Rights and Privileges of Graduation

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President Egge Considers Rights and Privileges of Graduation

The phrase “its rights and privileges” has often intrigued me. You have heard the phrase. On May 28th, I will address the HLA Class of 2017 “Upon recommendation of Mr. Isaac, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Principal, and by virtue of the authority…granted by the Hillcrest Board of Directors, it is my privilege to award you the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy High School Diploma with all of its rights and privileges.”

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Hillcrest Prof. Chastisement of Modern Christianity Rings True 75 Years Later

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Hillcrest Prof. Chastisement of Modern Christianity Rings True 75 Years Later

In spite of the frantic attempt to get away from being "Old Fashioned", we are not very successful. We are very much "Old Fashioned" after all, evidenced by the facts that we enter the world in the old fashioned way, we are nourished and grow in the old fashioned way, we rejoice and laugh, we suffer, weep, sorrow, die, all in the "Old Fashioned" way. Why, then, all this make-belief!

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President Egge Considers the Power of Tests

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President Egge Considers the Power of Tests

What would you imagine if I said, “Test?” My guess is you thought of a driver’s license or classroom examination if you are in your teens or early twenties. Maybe you remembered a recent eye exam if you’re in your forties. I chose not to mention the variety of tests doctors order for people my age.

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President Egge Shares Thoughts on Inauguration

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President Egge Shares Thoughts on Inauguration

“Inauguration” is defined as “an introduction into office,” “a ceremonial opening,” and “putting something into operation.” A new USA President is being inaugurated today, January 20, ’17. It’s a time when the country expects her chosen leader to say, in Paul’s words, “forgetting those things that are behind, I press on to lay hold of that for Christ took hold of me” (Phil. 3:12).

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Hillcrest's History Shines Torch of Christian Ed. During Dark Times in Depression

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Hillcrest's History Shines Torch of Christian Ed. During Dark Times in Depression

In 1931, the teachers agreed to keep on teaching “even without a guaranteed salary.” In the 1932-1933 school year, the teachers and administration had a total of $1,930 of salary left unpaid. In the 1933-1934 school year, they were paid less than half of their contracted salaries. They had been paid a total of $4,776.32, but $5,871 had been left unpaid. In the 1934-1935 school year, the teachers were paid a total of $5,647.40, with a total of $4,196.44 left unpaid.

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