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Photo by Rachelle Klemme The Rev. John Husband was one of the clergy members attending a long-term recovery dinner at Harvest Thyme Bistro on Dec. 7.

Burnout at the pulpit: Natural disasters take a toll on clergy

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The local pastors joke about holiday traditions like lutefisk, lefse and "A Prairie Home Companion." It is a time to unwind and take a break from tornado relief, which usually happens when they get together. Harvest Thyme Bistro hosted a Long Term Recovery Committee appreciation dinner on Dec. 7. They come from all walks of life, but many of their members are clergy. And if statistics from the 1997 Grand Forks flood repeat themselves, most of the clergy will be gone by summertime.

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