St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market starts at 3 p.m. today

The St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in the fellowship hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. Angela Ringsmuth and Emmett Doyle will perform holiday music including vocals, guitar, piano and accordion. Many vendors will be present with locally produced goods that make great gifts, including holiday gift baskets, garden produce from storage, artisan breads, cookies, fudge, lefse, meats (chicken, lamb, beef, pork), goat cheese, sunflower oil, herbal teas, honey, handmade soaps and much more. Homemade soup will be offered by the church youth group as a fundraiser.

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Array Services Group encourages healthier living

Array Services Group, a leader in revenue cycle, accounts receivable management and call-center solutions, recently finished a six-month weight-loss challenge in its strides to promote healthier living among employees.

Array began the challenge in June with more than 100 participating in the contest; by the end of November, participants had lost a total of 1,024.4 pounds.

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GriefShare starts Jan. 2

Hope Covenant Church will offer “GriefShare,” a 13-week support group to help those who have suffered the death of a loved one. The session will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2 and meet every Wednesday night from 6:15-8 p.m. at the church at 336 4th Ave. S. in St. Cloud. To register, call 257-4673. More information can be found at

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Annual tree-lighting event draws families

The third annual tree-lighting and caroling event in St. Joseph was a hit this year with more community collaboration to help ignite the holiday spirit.

Sponsored by the St. Joseph Action Group, the tradition included appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a Living Christmas Tree. Hundreds came out to support the event, organizers said.

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When it comes to lefse, Birr just can’t say ‘no’

Tracey Birr is a woman who just can’t say “no.”

Not when it comes to lefse, that is.

“Do you have any lefse, Tracey?”

“When are you going to make another batch of lefse?”

“I’ve just got to have some lefse, Tracey. Can you make me some?”

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Singers bring lots of fun to audiences

In their many performances, it’s obvious to audience members why “Fun” is the key word in St. Cloud Area Fun Singers.

It’s because the singers and their audiences have lots of fun at their hour-long concerts, which combine lively tunes, folksy humor and plenty of surprises.

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Vendors have field day Saturday in Sartell

It seemed to be “Vendors’ Saturday” in Sartell Dec. 8 as vendors set up their wares on two ends of the city – the debut of the Winter Farmers’ Market in Sartell City Hall to the north and the fourth annual Firefleyes Market Place 2012″ in the Boy Scouts’ Building to the south.

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Trobec’s Bar hosts world premiere of ‘Catalog Bride’

About 100 people gathered at Trobec’s Bar Tuesday night for the world premiere of “Catalog Bride,” a movie conceived and directed by Ben Ferche of St. Stephen.

The audience took its leisurely time eating big steak suppers, sipping drinks and chatting merrily. Then there was a stir in the crowd when it was announced one of the movie’s two stars, Angie Reisinger of Sauk Rapids, was about to arrive in a sleigh pulled by a horse. In the frosty air, a gaggle of papparazzi jostled on the sidewalk in front of Trobec’s Bar, their camera flashes brightly flickering, as Reisenger stepped down to the curb. Then her co-star, Ben Ferche, gallantly accompanied her into the bar where groups of people gathered ’round to greet her.

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