Kennedy Community School fifth-grader Heather Kirchner (center) feels the inside of a pig’s heart Jan. 10 during a science session called, “It Makes Your Blood Run,” at St. Cloud State University. Fellow Kennedy fifth-grader Keardyn Hawker does the same.

St. Joseph students turn into scientists during event at SCSU

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

From determining how to survive a zombie apocalypse, examining the inside of a pig’s heart and  learning how to make ice cream in a plastic bag, the students who participated in the Science Rocks! educational event learned a lot.  Twenty fifth- and sixth-graders from Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph were among area students who journeyed Jan. 10 to St. Cloud State University to see just why science rocks.

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Five members of the Sartell Fellowship of Christian Athletes pose for photos to promote an upcoming fundraiser at Great River Bowl. The students are (front row) Jake Nelson and Derek Mumm; (back row) Kylee Bommersback, Izzy Plaine and Erin Deters.

Christian athletes ‘huddle’ Wednesdays at high school

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

The “huddle” includes about 25 athletes, who meet at 8 a.m. every Wednesday morning before school in the choir room of Sartell High School.

All are Christian athletes who want to strengthen their faith and be mentors to others in an effort to spread the word of Jesus Christ. They are members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which began 18 months ago in Sartell through the efforts of Craig Mabis, the Central Lakes Area director of the FCA.

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Animal-assist therapy dog, Spencer, comforts College of St. Benedict students Emma Fering (left) and Emily Dallager (middle) before final exams.

Eight therapy dogs visit CSB students

by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com

Eight central Minnesota therapy dogs recently visited with some College of St. Benedict students before final exams. The dogs visited first-year students to help calm them before testing. Some upper-class students also came through to visit.

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Shortly after being officially sworn in, Rep. Tim O'Driscoll and his nephew, Grayson O'Driscoll of Woodbury, pause for a photo at O'Driscoll's seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

O’Driscoll works on budget, school funding

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Incumbent Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) was one of 134 newly elected representatives (newcomers and incumbents) who were sworn in last week in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

In the House chambers, at the swearing-in ceremony, O’Driscoll was accompanied by his nephew, Grayson O’Driscoll of Woodbury, a senior at East Ridge High School.

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Wilhelmina Moos

Flu inspires woman to pen a poem

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

It’s not every day (or night) that a miserable case of the flu inspires a poem, but that’s what happened to Wilhelmina Moos of Sartell.

Deep in the middle of the night of Jan. 8, Moos was tossing and turning, unable to sleep, coughing, wheezing, sniffling and feeling like she was about to breathe her last. Words kept stumbling through her head as she groped for ways to describe such flu-borne misery. All of a sudden, her parade of words began to rhyme. The rhymes then settled themselves into a poem.

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Samuel Engelsgjerd performs in St. Olaf Christmas Festival

Samuel Engelsgjerd, son of Nancy Engelsgjerd and Mark Engelsgjerd of St. Joseph, recently performed in the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival in Northfield, Minn. He is a member of the St. Olaf Choir, and a chemistry and mathematics major.

The St. Olaf Christmas Festival is one of the oldest musical celebrations of Christmas in the United States. Started in 1912 by F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf College Music Department, the festival features more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

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Park board plans winter community event for Feb. 16

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

Plans continue to take shape to bring a winter community event to St. Joseph next month.

St. Joseph Park Board members voted at their last meeting to host Joe Town-Snow Town, a fun-filled outdoor event aimed at bringing the community together and getting people in the parks. The date of the event is Feb. 16. Times of scheduled activities are still being determined.

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MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph (right) walks briskly from icy waters after her Polar Plunge last winter in Burnsville.

Munden to take the plunge for Special Olympics

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Some of MaryBeth Munden’s acquaintances are beginning to wonder if she’s part polar bear.

Why else would she enjoy plunging into arctic-icy waters every winter?

Well, as she likes to remind folks, she takes the “plunge” not because she’s part polar bear but because she likes to do it, gladly, for a good cause – to raise money for the Special Olympics.

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