Sunshine and warm temperatures greet vendors and visitors alike to the first outdoor St. Joseph Farmers' Market of the season May 10.

Farmers’ Market opens

Sunshine and warm temperatures greet vendors and visitors alike to the first outdoor St. Joseph Farmers’ Market of the season May 10.                  

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Eager-beaver bikers set out on an obstacle course at Sartell City Hall during the annual Bike Rodeo held May 11.

Despite threats of rain, bike rodeo gets big turnout

by Dennis Dalman Sartell Police Officer Dan Whitson was determined to go ahead with the May 4 annual “Bike Rodeo,” come rain or shine. The annual event, sponsored by the Sartell Police Department, has become something of a springtime ritual in Sartell. Whitson’s rain-or-shine decision paid off. Despite a gloomy morning with a constant […]

Camp Invention, a week-long science day program, is coming to the College of St. Benedict again this year. These children attended last year’s camp and are playing creative outdoor games and practicing teamwork. The camp is scheduled for July 8-12. A discount is offered to those who register before May 30.

Camp Invention coming to St. Joseph July 8-12

by Cori Hilsgen Does your child want to experience some hands-on learning this summer? If so, then Camp Invention might be a good option. Camp Invention is a week-long science day program that is returning to the College of St. Benedict again this summer. The camp is for students entering grades one through six. […]


Girl Scout sells 1,500 boxes of cookies

by Dennis Dalman Audrey Olson-Drake not only sold 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, but she had the happy chance to meet many people and pets along the way. Olson-Drake, a second-grader and one of eight members of Sartell Girl Scout Troop 458, received the “Top Seller” award from the Girl Scouts of Minnesota […]

Fourth of July Festival activities on track despite construction

by Mike Nistler It may not seem like it now, but in less than two months when as many as 50,000 people are expected to invade St. Joseph for the July Fourth celebrations, the construction work at the St. Joseph Parish grounds should not be too much of a hindrance. Site work is expected […]


Minnesota leads again by approving marriage bill

Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota Legislature, which approved a landmark same-sex marriage bill this week. A lion’s share of credit for the bill’s success goes to Richard Carlbom, the former mayor of St. Joseph, who is campaign manager for “Minnesotans United for All Families.” Carlbom and his staff worked hard to change minds and […]


Slow down and enjoy spring

With our long winter that seemed like it would never end, the warm weather of the past couple of weeks has been an incredible enticement to get outdoors. In our hurry to embrace the warm weather, sunshine and longer days, let’s remember to SLOW DOWN and enjoy it. Too often people are in a hurry […]

Kent Nelson of Sartell, a retired principal and superintendent, practices putting during a long-overdue beautiful day Apirl 29 at Pine Ridge Golf Course. Like many golfers, Nelson was chomping at the bit to get out and golf, but wintry weather all through most of April prevented him. The unseasonable spring put a financial crunch on the course, and partly because of that factor the city council agreed April 22 to amend the golf-course operators long-term lease with Sartell.

City amends lease for Pine Ridge Golf Course

by Dennis Dalman The terms of a lease between the City of Sartell and the operators of the Pine Ridge Golf Course in the city have been changed to give the operators a bit of financial breathing room. A long, extended spell of winter weather through April had an influence on the decision. At […]