Lyle Fleck, former union president (center), hosted a press conference in October, 2012 to discuss issues concerning the closure of the Verso paper mill.

Fleck, Verso colleagues find new futures

by Dennis Dalman – One of these days Lyle Fleck of Sartell is going to call one of his school chums, whom he hasn’t seen in years, to tell him some startling news. “Hey, guess what?” he’ll tell him. “I’m a barber now!” The friend, who is a barber in Duluth, will stammer and […]

Jon Ethen, 13, of St. Joseph prepares to shoot the ball during the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free-throw Championship Jan. 27 in St. Joseph. The annual event was held at All Saints Academy.

Students compete in local free-throw championship

by TaLeiza Calloway – Nathional Basketball Association All-Star LeBron James needs to be on the lookout for Jon Ethen. In a matter of years he could be sharing the basketball court with him. If it was up to Ethen, they would be teammates. Ethen, 13, of  St. Joseph, was one of nine youths who […]

Students in Peggy Fogarty's first-grade class learn about border lines on a huge map of Africa. The adult in the photo is Kyle Ward, Sartell resident and professor of social-studies methods at St. Cloud State University. Ward, who brought the giant map of Africa to Pine Meadow Elementary School, is the father of Annika Ward, one of the students in Fogarty's first-grade class.

Eager students get to tiptoe through Tanzania

by Dennis Dalman – When the children visited Africa, they snapped like crocodiles, they grunted like gorillas and then they tiptoed through Tanzania. The “Africa” the children experienced came in the form of a giant map of that continent, which filled the entire floor of the Pine Meadow Elementary School Media Center. The huge […]

Dr. Erika Vora, as a baby, along with her mother and three sisters, survived a hellish journey of cold, hunger, fear, pain, horrors and utter deprivation right after World War II. Her book “Will to Live” is her testimony of the events.

Vora recalls expulsion from happy home into living hell (Part 2)

by Dennis Dalman – Battle– That same day, Leokadia’s wagon came across a battle that was in progress – Germans and Russians battling to the death. The Wenzels quickly got out of their wagon and huddled underneath it as bullets and explosions ripped through the cold air. Leokadia told Erika years later: “Bodies were […]


Governor appoints St. Joseph resident to statewide council

by TaLeiza Calloway – St. Joseph resident William Rudolph said he takes good news as it comes. So when Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment to the statewide Independent Living Council this week, he was not surprised but eager for the new experience. “It’s another challenge in life,” Rudolph said. “It’s a good thing. […]

In this famous photograph, Denis McDonough is seated just behind Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama and his staff watch, in real time, the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. The terrorist leader was killed during the SEAL raid.

SJU graduate named as White House chief of staff

by Dennis Dalman – It’s now official. A St. John’s University graduate is President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff. Last week, Obama named Denis McDonough to that position after weeks of speculation he would do so. McDonough replaces Jack Lew, whom Obama has nominated to become the new U.S. Treasury secretary. McDonough […]

Ronald McDonald helps Sydney and Savanna Silva cut a ribbon during the St. Joseph McDonald's grand opening event Jan. 29.

Grand opening kicks off effort to keep Klinefelter’s memory alive

by TaLeiza Calloway – About 50 people packed into the lobby of the McDonald’s restaurant in St. Joseph Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the business and to remember Brian Klinefelter. Tuesday marked 17 years since the St. Joseph police officer was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle carrying three liquor store robbery […]


LaFountaine, trailblazer for women’s sports, honored with ‘Breaking Barriers Award’

by Dennis Dalman – When it comes to sports and Title IX women’s rights, Janna LaFountaine has achieved a long-time steady series of goals that brought her this year’s “Breaking Barriers Award” from the College of St. Benedict. LaFountaine and others will be recognized during the CSB Blazer basketball game vs. Concordia at 7:30 […]