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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Herschbach recenlty penned his second book, entitled "Seven Graves, Two Harbors."

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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St. Joseph Township resident Charles Preble reads a poem Dec. 14 from his first book of poems, "The Ruffed Grouse."

Local resident turns poet

by TaLeiza Calloway

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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Musicians Mikael Ballantine and David Krzenski (right) play music Dec. 4 during the first Tuesday night jam session at the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph.

Co-op adds jam sessions to the market

by TaLeiza Calloway

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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A percussion group at Sartell Middle School practices on drums and xylophones.

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

by Dennis Dalman

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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Diane Moeller, Kennedy Community School principal, is surrounded by fourth-grade students who are asking many questions as to why she is leaving the school. Moeller is filling in as interim director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for six months and then plans to return to Kennedy.

Moeller leaving Kennedy for six months

by Cori Hilsgen

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, a pet cockatiel, recently spent a cold and windy night outdoors before being found. Eight-year-old Anna Lahr was upset when her pet bird went missing. Her mother, Teresa Lahr, desperately searched to find her. After many Facebook and email postings, Lucy was located.  Pete Jansky, St. Joseph Police Chief, was able to give Lahr the good news that Lucy had been found.

Lucy the cockatiel is found

by Cori Hilsgen

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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