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.

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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. There will also be crafts for sale, cookies and hot chocolate. Santa will distribute gift bags for children.

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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 hosted by the Church of St. Joseph in partnership with other community organizations.

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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 to the murder of officer Brian Klinefelter, who was shot to death by a suspect he stopped on Hwy. 75 in St. Joseph. That murder occurred on Jan. 29, 1996. Since then, 10 law-enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire in Minnesota, including a woman – Melissa Jayne Schmidt, a Minneapolis officer shot to death on Aug. 1, 2002.

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