Weis vividly remembers WW II as if it were just yesterday

by Dennis Dalman

A World War II veteran who was honored with nine battle stars for fighting in the Pacific will be the keynote speaker at the Sartell Memorial Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 in Veterans Park.

Rollie Weis of Sartell is the only surviving World War II veteran in the Sartell American Legion, a group Weis joined 68 years ago shortly after he was married. Like other veterans, Weis knows first-hand, deep in his heart, the meaning of Memorial Day. In the war, he lost not only many buddies but his own brother, Phillip, who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge. Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice should forever be honored and remembered, Weis said.

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Members of the Church of St. Joseph were able to take guided tours after weekend Masses to see the progress that has been made on the new parish center.

Church members tour new parish center

by Cori Hilsgen

Members of the Church of St. Joseph Catholic church toured its new parish center after masses this past weekend.

Tour guides explained the progress of the building, plans for items not yet completed and equipment and furniture that is still needed. Tour participants received a list of things still needed.

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Dan Whitson, a Sartell police officer and leader of the Police Activities League, talks with a gathering of youth at a meeting in Sartell's Val Smith Park, where the participants meet every Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Now 20, PAL to kick off season June 11

by Dennis Dalman

Local children have no excuse to be bored this summer – at least not on Tuesday and Thursday evenings when the Sartell Police Department hosts its Police Activities League.

PAL, as it’s commonly known, is now celebrating its 20th year. For most of those years, it has taken place in East Sartell’s Val Smith Park. The free program is held every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer months from 6:30-8 p.m., with this season’s first PAL event set to begin June 11 with a free family picnic to start at 7:30 p.m. The last session will be July 25, an annual time of celebration with staff, children and parents, who all enjoy a big picnic in the park.

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These black leather children's boots were among the antique items that Cara Schmidt was selling. The high-top, button-up boots belonged to her mother, Penny Bottorff, Brainerd.

Treasures galore available at Communitywide Garage Sale

by Mike Nistler

Hundreds of St. Joseph residents opened their garages Friday and Saturday for the Communitywide Garage Sale.

A walk-through of any neighborhood promised a treasure trove of items.

In one neighborhood alone, this is what we found:

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You can make a difference by being aware

Recent news out of Cleveland, Ohio, about the discovery of three women who had been missing for more than a decade has caused many locally to pause.

St. Joseph and the surrounding area have had its share of tragedy and heartbreak when it comes to missing people. Of course, Jacob Wetterling is the name that everyone knows and thinks of when abductions are mentioned. However, let’s not forget Joshua Guimond who also disappeared from nearby Collegeville and St. John’s University in 2002.

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Happy birthday, Sartell PAL, and may you have many more

It would be interesting to read the results of a study about the benefits of summer activities programs for children.

We are not aware any such study has been done, but we would bet the beneficial outcomes of summer programs are significant. Children who partake in structured summer activities, we would wager, turn out to be more successful, healthier, happier and more socially connective than children who do not have an option for healthy summer activities.

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Dancers bow to the crowd after finishing their performance at the 25th annual Community Ed Dance Show in Sartell.

Teff, dance program, earn raves at anniversary show

by Dennis Dalman

If it weren’t for the passion and persistence of Shelly Teff, the 25th annual Community Education Spring Dance Show would probably have been cancelled.

A relentless bout of snowy cold spells in April just about spelled doom for rehearsals for the April 20 show, which typically draws standing-room-only audiences at Sartell High School.

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A group from the PickItUp Foundation spruced up the Sartell
fishing pier park on May 8-9. More than 110 pounds of
garbage was collected and disposed of. Pictured above are
(left to right) Teagen South, 11; Scott Sutton, operations director,
and Treydon South, 14.

PickItUp Foundation collects 110 pounds of trash at Sartell pier park

A group from the PickItUp Foundation spruced up the Sartell fishing pier park on May 8-9. More than 110 pounds of garbage was collected and disposed of. Pictured are Teagen South, 11 (green day-glow vest); Scott Sutton, operations director, and  Treydon South, 14.

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