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 […]

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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. […]

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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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. Preble recently published his first book of poetry, “The Ruffed Grouse.” He began […]

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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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 […]

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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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 […]

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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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 […]

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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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. Lucy recently went missing […]