Catholic Charities seeks holiday donations

Catholic Charities is in need of donations for the Holiday Season. Needs include: sponsors for the Share the Spirit program, personal care items, new toys, children’s coats, boots, food donations, new socks/underwear (all sizes), gift cards for teens, extra large coats for men and women. Contact Kathryn, Catholic Charities Emergency Services, at (320) 229-4560.

Santa, Mrs. Claus to visit St. Stephen

Santa and Mrs. Claus will pay another visit to St. Stephen when the city hosts its third annual “Winter Extravaganza” from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. Stephen City Hall. The event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend. There will be reindeer sleigh rides, courtesy of the Hemker Zoo in Freeport. […]

Respect for caregivers deepened by assignment

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said,  “There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” I learned of this quote while covering a local presentation for caregivers in St. Joseph. The event was […]

Decker’s murder should remind us to be grateful for law enforcement

The tragic, disturbing murder of Cold Spring-Richmond police officer Tom Decker is yet another reminder of how dangerous are the jobs of law-enforcement personnel. In Minnesota, 124 officers have been killed by gunfire since 1881, according to the “Officer Down Memorial” webpage. The cold-blooded killing of Decker was, for those who remember, a traumatic flashback […]