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11.29.21New Single: '83 & '84, Complete Library Deal
11.29.21Get Over 1425 Tracks for $100 This Week
11.29.21Get Multiple Downloads for One Donation
11.27.21Christmas Playlist: A Month's Worth of Parodies
11.27.21Bible-Reading Update: Jeremiah 7-48
11.27.21Influential Albums: 561-567
11.27.21Kansas Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.27.21How to Help the Studio Where We Record (It's Free)
11.27.21New USBs Include New CD and Latest Single
11.23.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.20.21This Week's ApX Radio Show: Thanksgiving
11.20.21How to Get the New ApX Digital Interactive Songbook
11.20.21How to Donate Online or by Mail
11.20.21How to Donate & How to Get Multiple MP3s
11.20.21Wyoming Fan Lists Her ApX Top 10
11.20.21Prayer Update on Bill Turner
11.19.21Influential Albums: 554-560
11.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
11.13.21Influential Albums: 547-553
11.13.21New CD BOGO Extended by Request
11.13.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 19th Single
11.08.21New Single ('80 & '84)
11.06.21We Changed Two Songs on Our Last Two Singles
11.06.21Serious Prayer Update: Bill Turner
11.05.21Influential Albums: 540-546
11.03.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.30.21Happy Prayer Request Update: Bill Turner
10.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 18th Single
10.30.21Influential Albums: 533-539
10.25.21New Single: '86 & '89
10.22.21Four Members Celebrate ApX Anniversaries
10.22.21Sad Prayer Request Update: Angela Walker
10.22.21Influential Albums: 526-532
10.21.21Clues for 2021 Single #18
10.16.21Prayer Request Updates: Angela Walker & Bill Turner
10.15.21Another Rieger Daughter Becomes a Bride
10.15.21Influential Albums: 519-525
10.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 17th Single
10.13.21New Single: '85 & '86
10.09.21Updated on Three Prayer Requests from Last Week
10.08.21Influential Albums: 512-518
10.08.21What's on the Never, but Then Again Before CD?
10.04.21This Week's News Bulletin
10.03.21Important Prayer Requests from Three Fans
10.03.21Influential Albums: 505-511
10.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 16th Single
09.30.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
09.28.21New Single: 80's Solo Superstars
09.25.21Next CD Coming Next Month
09.25.21Influential Albums: 498-504
09.25.21New USB Flash Drives Include New CD & Single
09.20.21Couple Will Match All Donations Thru Thursday
09.17.21Urgent Prayer Request for Bill Turner
09.17.21From a Native American ApX Fan in Montana
09.17.21Influential Albums: 491-497
09.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 15th Single
09.15.21New Single: 80's One-Hit Wonders (Almost)
09.12.21Clues for 2021 Single #15
09.12.21Influential Albums: 484-490
09.07.21This Week's News Bulletin
09.04.21Super Sentiments from 16 States & Saskatchewan
09.04.21Another Praise Report from Darnell Cline
09.04.21No Single This Wkd: Here's Why & What's in the Works
09.04.21Influential Albums: 477-483
08.27.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 14th Single
08.27.21Influential Albums: 470-476
08.24.21New Single: 2 from 1986
08.22.21New CD BOGO Ends Wednesday
08.22.21Big Bunch o' Books: What J.'s Been Reading Lately
08.20.21Influential Albums: 463-469
08.16.21This Week's News Bulletin
08.14.21Influential Albums: 456-462
08.14.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 13th Single
08.10.21New Single: 2 Top 10 Hits from 1985
08.07.21Rich Gets Quick: Fastest ApX Member to 100 Songs
08.07.21Influential Albums: 449-455
08.07.21New CD in Stock: Buy 1, Get 1 of 33 CDs Free
08.02.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.30.21More Prayer Needed for Darnell Cline
07.30.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 12th Single
07.30.21Influential Albums: 442-448
07.27.21New Single: More Mid-80's Music
07.25.21Influential Albums: 435-441
07.25.21What's on the Get Rich Quick CD?
07.22.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.17.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 11th Single
07.16.21Father of the Bride (and Father of the Bride 2)
07.16.21More Info on the Upcoming ApologetiX CD
07.16.21Influential Albums: 428-434
07.12.21New 80's Single: #1 Hit and a One-Hit Wonder
07.10.21Darnell Cline: Encouragement from Other ApX Fans
07.10.21Update on Last Week's Appeal Letter
07.10.21Get Ready for Our 62nd CD
07.10.21Remembering ApX Fan Steve Fagan
07.10.21Influential Albums: 421-427
07.08.21Clues for 2021 Single #11
07.05.21This Week's News Bulletin
07.02.21Darnell Cline: Continued Improvement, Long Way to Go
07.02.21The Stories Behind the Songs on Our 10th Single
07.01.21Influential Albums: 414-420

This Past Weekend in North Dakota
Tue., Dec. 13. 2005 12:54am EST

As the old saying goes, "Things go better with North Dakota." Well, actually, the old saying was "Things go better with Coca Cola," but regardless of that, things did go better in North Dakota this past weekend than they did the last time we were there. But wait ... wasn't Friday's concert in Fargo our first ever in the Peace Garden State? Yes, indeed, but it wasn't our first flight to Fargo nor was it our first overnight stay there. That was back in July 2003, when we flew there to play Spirit Fest Midwest, a festival in Detroit Lakes MN, right over the North Dakota state line.

On that trip, we made it to Fargo a day before our luggage, prompting one of our favorite newsletter story headlines, "No Cargo in Fargo." But the rest of that story was even better. Without luggage and a car, we walked to a nearby Outback Steak House for dinner that night, and our waiter just happened to be the brother-in-law of a famous Christian rocker, Audio Adrenaline's lead guitarist, Tyler Burkum! Even though we'd just met, he actually let us borrow his car so we could go to Wal-Mart and buy clothes, toiletries, etc. That got us through the night, and our clothing and equipment arrived in time for the show the next afternoon. God is good.

This past weekend's headline almost wound up being "Fargo via Chicago is a No Go" or "Fargo: Too Far to Go." Both Pittsburgh and Chicago (the location of our connecting flight) got belted with snow Thursday night, canceling our 5 a.m. Friday flight. Thankfully, we were able to to get rescheduled for a noon flight, but that flight got into Chicago later than expected, which didn't matter that much, because our flight from Chicago to Fargo was delayed several times, and after we boarded, we had to wait on the runway for almost an hour. We finally touched down at the Fargo airport at about the time our opening band, Unshaded Lamps, went on stage.

Praise God we had an opening band and such a helpful staff of volunteers at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Fargo. They fell upon us like a NASCAR pit crew and helped us set up our equipment and merchandise in a flash. Thanks to Dawn, Jay and Nancy for coordinating the event, to Fargo Jody and Fargo John for acting as our chauffeurs, and to Michelle, Ruby, Sue, Barb, and Jean, for running the merchandise table.

As a matter of fact, all three North Dakota concerts last weekend were both well staffed and well attended. ApologetiX superfans Jon, Carol, and Missy Eklof did their part by coming to all three concerts. Having seen us play in 13 different states, Jon is now in a three-way tie with Larry Davis and Chris Christopherson for second place on the all-time list. Carol and Missy aren't far behind, either.

On Saturday, we embarked for Bismarck, with a last-minute stop at the Fargo Burger King. The lady behind the counter asked, "Are you guys from here? You have this ... accent." If you're familiar with the famous Fargo accent, you'll appreciate the irony. Thanks to Jim Koch for coordinating the Bismarck concert, and to Lynn and Mickey for running the merchandise table. After the concert, ApologetiX bassist Keith Haynie picked up yet another name for his collection when somebody mistakenly called him "Kelly," continuing a long tradition (See the FAQ on our site titled "How Did Keith Get So Many Names?")

Sunday's concert in Jamestown ND was our 100th of the year and our 777th all time. Thanks to Kelvin Friesen and Pastor Randy for coordinating the event, to Michele and Ruby for running the merchandise table, and to J.P., Bernie, and Zack for making the sound run smoothly. Thanks also to Jimmy Tanner, who has been filling in on drums for Bill "Moose Rieger" since late October, has now played 15 concerts in 11 states with us!