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SSEF thankful for support this year

The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation is thankful for another record-breaking year. Through the kindness and generosity of its supporters, the organization is able to raise more than $67,000 to support leading-edge ideas and programs in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

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Smoke billows up from the Verso plant as seen from this view taken from the west side of the Mississippi River.

Year in Review Part 1: Verso tragedy dominated news in 2012 (January-June)

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

The year 2012 in Sartell will forever be known as the year the paper mill died.

On May 28, Memorial Day, an explosion and fire at the Verso paper mill resulted in the death of an employee, Jon Maus of Albany, injuries to several employees and – ultimately – to the permanent shut-down of the iconic factory, which is as old as the City of Sartell ) – 106 years.

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The horse-drawn casket of 31-year-old Cold Spring Police Officer Thomas Decker reaches its final resting place Dec. 5 at St. Nicholas Cemetery, south of Cold Spring where he grew up. State officials estimate several thousand people attended the funeral service for Decker, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Nov. 29 when he was called to check on a man's welfare. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been charged.

Year in Review: 2012 is year of growth for St. Joseph

by TaLeiza Calloway

news@thenewsleaders.com

The mark of a productive year includes the presence of growth, new direction and gained partnerships. All were a part of what occurred in St. Joseph in 2012.

Delayed developments and road improvements were resurrected. Examples include the introduction of the new Stearns CR 2 bypass; the start of construction on Millstream Village, a housing development for seniors; and the beginning of an expansion of the Church of St. Joseph. An election could have shifted leadership positions, but incumbents maintained their seats while the community was introduced to newcomers along the way. The city welcomed a few new businesses, too. Those additions include the city’s first music store with the opening of Riff City Guitar and Music Co. in Northland Plaza; the arrival of Cone Castle, a restaurant known for its signature food and dessert cones; and Bello Cucina, a “Taste of Italy” that completed the Millstream Shops and Lofts development. These are just some of the examples of growth that occurred last year. Here’s a look back at what else happened:

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Justina Henry, a certified massage therapist who operates her business from her home in Pleasant Acres, recently demonstrated her therapeutic massage at a Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon.

Henry wants to help in a healthy way

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Justina Henry is a certified massage therapist who wants to help people stay healthy.

Henry recently demonstrated her therapeutic massage at the Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon.

“I firmly believe therapeutic massage can be beneficial to everyone, whether you simply want a relaxing massage, are dealing with an acute problem or have suffered with chronic pain for many years,” Henry said.

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Residents deck the halls during Hometown Christmas

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Laura Dohrman (left) strings colorful holiday beads with her grandparents Donald and Rose Dohrman (grandma) during the 13th annual Hometown Christmas event held Dec. 8 at Country Manor Health Care Center and Rapid Recovery and Aquatic Center. Hundreds of family members and friends of Country Manor residents and guests gathered to celebrate Christmas.

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Help at the food shelf

Catholic Charities Emergency Services is looking for volunteers to help at the food shelf. Responsibilities
include the following: unpacking grocery donations, repackaging bulk products under the proper sanitary conditions,
informing staff when running low on certain items, and cleaning up area at the end of the shift. This opportunity
requires lifting, reaching and the ability to work an average of two to four hours per shift. An understanding, nonjudgmental
attitude toward low-income persons or toward people in crisis is also important. Contact Kathryn or Chad, Catholic Charities Emergency Services, at (320) 229-4560.

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CMAB conducting arts needs assessment survey

The Central Minnesota Arts Board is requesting feedback from area residents on regional needs and priorities to help determine their upcoming 2014-15 programs and services beginning July 1.
The CMAB has served Region 7W, which includes the counties of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright, for more than 33 years as one of Minnesota’s 11 regional arts councils.
Anyone residing in one of the four counties served by the CMAB can participate in the brief survey by going to http://www.centralmnartsboard.org/pressroom/index.html or by contacting the CMAB office for a paper copy.
The deadline to complete the survey is Jan. 10.
A study completed in 2006 showed nonprofit arts and culture as an $838.5 million industry in the State of Minnesota with 22,095 full-time jobs, generating $94.1 million in local and state government revenue. Minnesota has a vibrant cultural industry that has grown even larger since the study.
For more information about the Central Minnesota Arts Board programs and services, visit www.centralmnartsboard.org or call the office toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

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Survey shows residents want library, senior center

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

If wishes become realities, then a senior center and a library will be part of a Sartell community center, when and if one is built.

A recently released survey indicates residents definitely want a library and senior center as amenities within a center. Among other items on people’s wish lists, according to the survey, are a swimming pool, a dog park, a downtown area and development of property along the Sauk River near Whitney Park for a regional scenic park with trails and river access.

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