The great George Jones sang what he lived

George Jones, the greatest country singer of all time, was a cat with nine lives – at least. He was the real thing; he sang what he knew. His own messy life, like an out-of-control carnival ride, is right there in those songs. Anyone who’s heard a Jones’ song would have to conclude so many […]

Farewell Minnesota, it’s been ‘nice’ knowing you

I will soon trade in the snow and cold for wind and possible earthquakes. Yes, you read correctly. I’m moving to a place where earthquakes are more prevalent than the blizzards I’ve become accustomed to here in Minnesota. I will be married next month. The big day is June 15. That’s approximately 35 days away […]

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Reader says ‘tear down that wall’

Paul Ritzenthaler, St. Joseph I remember my first impression of St. Joseph. It came after my wife convinced me that my world went through a small community that wasn’t even a post office zip code…Pleasant Acres. I had set my eyes on a home in Cold Spring, but my wife fell in love with Pleasant […]

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Sartell schools fall short, fail to live up to reputation

Melissa Pickens, Sartell When my family decided to move, we chose Sartell because of the school system. Having four children (two older and two preschool age at the time), we knew education was an important factor in our decision about where to buy a house. Newspaper articles boasted about the high test scores of Sartell students. […]

The St. Benedict College and Academy as it was in 1911.

College of St. Benedict kicks off centennial year

by Cori Hilsgen The College of St. Benedict is planning a celebration, and St. Joseph will be experiencing many of the benefits. After several years of planning, excitement is in the air because the festivities are about to begin. CSB will kick off its centennial celebration after the last graduation commencement ceremony of the […]

Jakin and Nicole Koll enjoy a board game with their two sons --  Kaden (on floor) and Conor.

Tiny ticks cause big misery for Koll family

by Dennis Dalman Tiny ticks have caused big miseries for Jakin and Nicole Koll of Sartell. Both are suffering from Lyme disease, which is caused by infected deer ticks, so tiny they are slightly smaller than the head of a pin. The ticks, if they are on the skin long enough, bite their hosts […]


Spring at last?

People enjoyed Sunday’s warm weather by stopping for treats at the Cone Castle grand opening. Jakob Schmitz enjoyed sliding down one of the Party Time Inflatables. “It’s really fun,” Schmitz said.

Brittany Allyn enjoys a humorous moment while singing with country legend George Jones, who died April 26. Allyn, who was raised in St. Stephen, sang with the traveling George Jones show for seven years. She walked along with the pallbearers at Jones's funeral in Nashville May 2.

Woman raised in St. Stephen mourns friend George Jones

by Dennis Dalman A “little girl” who grew up in St. Stephen – now the brilliant singer Brittany Allyn – walked with pallbearers at the funeral of her “friend, mentor, employer, country music legend and American music icon” George Jones. “Many times I have wondered how a little girl from St. Stephen, Minn. could […]