Bill Riner of Sartell recently received statewide recognition for his role of mentoring Skyler Figallo in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The two have spent time together learning new hobbies such as fishing and other activities.

Big Brother Riner recognized by BBBS for guidance of Little Brother Figallo

by Cori Hilsgen – Sartell resident Bill Riner was recently recognized for his outstanding role as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. BBBS of Central Minnesota recognizes a “Big Brother” and “Big Sister” annually. Riner and Julie Hentges of Richmond were selected to receive the honor and to represent BBBS of […]

Apollo's Jordan Keller (left) and Brandon Bloch (right) battle a St. Thomas Academy player during the Eagles' first round state tournament game at the Xcel Engergy Center in St. Paul on March 6.

Despite state tournament loss, season was a winner for Apollo

by Mark Lauer – When you’re driving through St. Paul, it doesn’t take very long to realize what takes center stage in Minnesota. It seems no matter which direction you look, especially if you’re anywhere near the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, you are always reminded you are in the “State of […]


Baltes, parishioners hail election of new pope

by Dennis Dalman – The election of a new pope has made Father Tim Baltes of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and many others in Sartell very happy. Members of the congregation are also pleased with the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io) as the new pope of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. […]

Sabres left Tuesday for state tourney

The Sartell Sabres boys’ basketball team had a rousing send-off  Tuesday when they headed out for the state championship tournament in the Twin Cities. It is the Sabres’ first time at a state tourney. The school gave the players a lively pep rally in the gymnasium before they left for Minneapolis at 6 p.m. Tuesday. As […]

Local leaders pleased with new pope

by TaLeiza Calloway – The world watched and waited as a new pope was selected. Local faith leaders in St. Joseph and beyond watched as well and are pleased with the choice. The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced Ber-GOAL-io), chose Francis as his pontical name. He is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic […]

Elizabeth Larson (Glinda) and Zoe Novak (Dorothy, right), both of St. Joseph, discuss witches and munchkins during a rehearsal.

St. John’s Prep to present ‘Wizard of Oz’ this weekend

by TaLeiza Calloway – As flying monkeys practiced Tuesday (March 18) at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB, gave directions about a cue for an upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz.” St. John’s Preparatory School is producing the musical, which opens this weekend. Shows are slated for 7:30 p.m. […]