St. Joseph resident Cindy Lindbloom plays with one of the serenity babies she and her husband Daryl make at Loving Hearts Nursery. Though life-life, the babies are three-dimensional interactive art.

Serenity babies: Peace through the gift of art

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

The babies born at the Loving Hearts Nursery in St. Joseph look and feel so real you wouldn’t know you were holding a doll until someone told you so. That’s the point.

St. Joseph residents Cindy and Daryl Lindbloom create the three-dimensional interactive art so others can experience the comfort and healing that can come from holding a baby.

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This photo won Lydia Anderson the top prize in a national photo contest sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club.

Girl wins national photo contest

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Lydia Anderson’s parents had to play hush-hush around her for weeks and keep their lips zipped to make sure they wouldn’t spill the beans.

What they knew –but Lydia didn’t – is that she had won first place in the national “Image Maker Photo Contest” sponsored by the local Boys and Girls Club and its Kidstop programs. Her parents, Jason and Gina of St. Joseph, had to keep it a secret so Lydia would be surprised at a special presentation Feb. 28 at the Food Court in Crossroads Center. And surprised she was! She was very pleased and honored to get such an award.

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American flags and flower baskets decorate street lights throughout downtown St. Joseph, adding a splash of color to “main street.” Additional baskets will be added this spring.

Flower baskets will return to city’s downtown

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

Beauty will return to the city’s downtown with the return of hanging flower baskets along Minnesota Street and College Avenue.

St. Joseph resident Margy Hughes told city council members March 7 that more baskets will be available this year with plans to have them up by Memorial Day. After discovering vivid flower baskets in the city of Red Wing, Carol Theisen brought the idea of adding similar baskets in St. Joseph. The venture started last year with the purchase of 30 baskets. This year, 50 baskets will be available for purchase and on display this summer.

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Hannah Krebs, a senior at Sartell High School, takes aim at a target 20 yards away at the Voyageurs Cup tournament last week. Her father, Doug, has been her trusty coach for six years.

USA Archery names Krebs as ‘Coach of Year’

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Longtime archer Doug Krebs of Sartell hit a bullseye without even trying when he was named “Volunteer Coach of the Year” recently by the USA Archery organization, based in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Lisa Anderson, a WACOSA Thriftworks team leader, shows off several new displays recently set up in the Thriftworks store which is scheduled to open May 4. Thriftworks is in need of donations.

New Thriftworks store seeks donations

by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com

Ask Ann Kennedy and her co-workers such as Lisa Anderson about re-using and thrifting, and you will see excitement on their faces and hear it in their voices.

Kennedy is the sales and marketing manager at WACOSA, and Anderson is a team leader. Both are excited about a new business opportunity, “Thriftworks,” which is a training program to help those without county funding find gainful employment.

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Sabre Field to get state-of-the-art scoreboard

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

The new-and-improved football field at Sartell Middle School will soon have a new-and-improved, state-of-the-art scoreboard.

The “Sartell Sabres” board, which will be 35-feet high (including its 10-foot pole), will display digital images and will broadcast sound. It will display live video of the ongoing games; scores, of course; student and program highlights; upcoming events; and some advertisements.

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Meeting set to talk about future of government center plans

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

Members of the St. Joseph City Council will have an informal meeting to discuss the future of a new government/community center next week. The meeting is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at city hall. Council members will talk with members of the city’s facilities committee to determine the next step in the process.

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The student representatives on the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board are (left to right) Hannah Tilstra, Brady Anderson and Sienna Schneider.

Three students alternate as student reps on school board

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Three Sartell High School students “take turns” being the student representative on the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board meetings. It’s the first time in its history the board includes a student representative.

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