Like a ghost of its former self, the defunct Verso paper mill can be seen across the river during a commemoration ceremony in Sartell's Veterans Park, attended mainly by former Verso employees, their families and friends.

Former Verso employees mourn losses, celebrate good times

by Dennis Dalman At times, the gathering seemed like a funeral, with tears falling and speakers choking back emotions. Later, at the picnic that followed, the sadness was replaced with plenty of happy memories and laughter. The gathering was a reunion of sorts for former Verso paper-mill employees, who got together May 27 for […]

Boy Scouts salute during the Memorial Day ceremony in Satell's Veterans Park.

People gather to honor all who served country

by Dennis Dalman The weather was chilly, the wind was brisk, but the band played on at the Memorial Day service May 27 in Sartell’s Veterans Park. Audience members, speakers and musicians stoically braved the nippy morning weather to honor all those who served the cause of freedom throughout the nation’s history. Overcast skies […]

The Honor Guard marched into the old St. Joseph cemetery to prepare for services on Memorial Day.

Veterans and residents honor departed heros

by Cori Hilsgen Members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and families and friends gathered at the old cemetery in St. Joseph for the Memorial Day ceremony. Those who attended came to honor departed service members who served in the armed forces to protect our […]

During an emergency drill, members of Sartell Boy Scout Troop 11 carry a supposedly "injured" Scout to help in this photo that was taken several decades ago. The Sartell troop members past and present will celebrate the troop's 50 annivesary June 15 at the grounds of the Bernick's Pepsi Arena in Sartell.

Troop 11 members, past and present, invited to birthday bash

by Dennis Dalman The search is on for former Boy Scouts who were, at one time or another, members of Sartell Boy Scout Troop 11, which is about to celebrate its 50th birthday. Any former Scouts or people who know where they now live should contact current Scoutmaster John Burnett at 320-293-9852 or at […]

Kennedy students and staff were asked to wear black on May 16 in their participation of a blackout day planned by the eighth-grade Youth Energy Summit team to conserve energy. What made the day especially interesting was Stearns Electrical Co. had a power outage to areas of St. Joseph on the same day.

Kennedy students experience double blackout day

by Cori Hilsgen   Students at Kennedy Community School recently experienced a double blackout day. A blackout day had been planned by the eighth-grade Youth Energy Summit team to try to conserve energy on May 16. Interestingly, a contractor cut a wire to Stearns Electric Co.’s electrical power to areas of St. Joseph on […]


Police department to begin enforcing parking-pad ordinance June 1

by Cori Hilsgen St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky wants to remind people his department will begin enforcing the new parking-pad ordinance beginning June 1. Ordinance 52.10-7 was determined last year, but Jansky said the department wanted to give city residents some time to save money to bring their parking pads up to code. […]

Father and son, Myron and Dennis Ayer, attended two ceremonies in Sartell – the Memorial Day event and the commemoration of the tragedy at the Verso paper mill. The mill, which had been an economic bedrock of Sartell for more than a century, was ruined by an explosion and fire right after last year's Memorial Day ceremony. The disaster killed an employee, Jon Maus of Albany. Myron Ayer was an employee at the mill for 34 years.

Father, son – both veterans – attend ceremonies

by Dennis Dalman Myron and Dennis Ayer, father and son, who were born and raised in Sartell, had a lot to remember on Memorial Day last Monday. Both are veterans, and Myron worked for 34 years at the Sartell paper mill. The two men attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park. Then immediately […]

Connor May, son of Kathy and Stephen May, created a painting that was inspired by artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Budding preschool Picassos display artwork

by Mike Nistler You would think children 3- to 5-years old might be a bit overwhelmed studying and then trying to duplicate the work of such artists as Georgia O’Keefe and Marc Chagall. You would be wrong. This past week, teacher Cheri Burg’s students at All Saints Academy presented their work as part of […]