Gift gallery volunteers needed

Volunteers are being sought to help run the Gift Gallery in a friendly and positive manner. Volunteers must be able to feel comfortable approaching customers, running the cash register and dealing with sales while providing excellent customer service. They need people for their Gift Gallery either at St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health Plaza or St. Benedict’s Senior Community. Contact the St. Cloud Hospital Volunteer Office at (320) 255-5638.

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Twas’ 11 days before Christmas

Twas’ 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38 when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air. They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there. They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say. They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. “Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse. “This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.” When what to their wondering eyes did appear, but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same. Then He opened His arms and He called them by name, and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring, those children all flew into the arms of their King.

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Sartell man responds to horror through poetry

The killings of school children and teachers in Connecticut continues to elicit powerful responses nationwide – sorrow, outrage, tears, calls for reforms and, in the case of a Sartell man, poetry.

Dennis Herschbach was so disturbed and saddened by the cold-blooded killings that he felt compelled to channel his emotions into the form of poetry.

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Local resident turns poet

by TaLeiza Calloway

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Charles “Charlie” Preble doesn’t have too far to look for poetic inspiration. The 76-year-old retired pastor can simply reflect on the woods and fields that surround his blue farmhouse in St. Joseph Township or remember his many travels.

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Co-op adds jam sessions to the market

by TaLeiza Calloway

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Marilyn Krzenski is not a silent shopper. When the St. Joseph resident thinks of something, she has to share it.

Her latest suggestion to add jam sessions to the Minnesota Street Market is one she recently shared with store officials and in less than a week they embraced it. As customers stroll in on Tuesday nights, they will now hear original tunes from musicians playing near the front of the store.

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SMA helps keep music as one of the glories of school district

by Dennis Dalman

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Music is one of the crowning glories of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, and Jody Pasell wants to keep it that way.

Pasell, who has had a lifetime passion for all things musical, is president of the Sartell Music Association, which raises about $10,000 annually to help music programs in all grades in Sartell schools. Although the school district and its board members have always been very supportive of music programs, school budgets are tight, as they are in almost all school districts. The Sartell Music Association, keenly aware of pinched school finances, has long filled certain gaps and needs in the programs.

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Moeller leaving Kennedy for six months

by Cori Hilsgen

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Diane Moeller, Kennedy Community School’s principal, will leave Kennedy for six months to cover another position in the St. Cloud School District.

Moeller will take over Assistant Superintendent Julia Espe’s duties as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Moeller said her position will not be as assistant superintendent. The position is expected to last for six months, from Jan. 2 through June 30.

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Lucy the cockatiel is found

by Cori Hilsgen

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After spending a cold and windy night outdoors, Lucy has been found.

Lucy is a white, gray and yellow cockatiel. She is 8-year-old Anna Lahr’s pet. Anna is in second grade at Kennedy Community School and is the daughter of Andy and Teresa Lahr of St. Joseph.

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