Humblest of homes brings joy to El Salvadorans

by Dennis Dalman

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Steve Reetz of Sartell was not surprised why El Salvadorans are so happy when they lend a hand building a new, nice, earthquake-proof home.

That’s because that Central American country’s landscape is littered with humble homes damaged or destroyed by earthquakes, mudslides or hurricanes. Many of the homes are patchwork hovels made of corrugated steel sheets, tin signs, scrapwood and even cardboard. Most have dirt floors. Many are in the process of constant makeshift repairs, damaged again and again by storms. Others are heaps of rubble, abandoned forever.

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Kennedy students plop pies in teachers’ faces, give them haircuts

by Cori Hilsgen

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Kennedy Community School students delighted in plopping pies into their teachers’ faces and giving some of them haircuts at a recent fun fest.

The May 31 event was a celebration of the end of their annual walkathon and an appreciation for the funds they raised.

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Smiles are constant reward for daycare provider

by Dennis Dalman

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Sherry Larson has done day care for so long – 33 years – that she now looks after two children of a woman she took care of as a child many years ago – Joey and Brianna Neumann.

“Their mother, Stephanie, I did daycare for when she was just a baby, and I also did daycare for Stephanie’s brothers.”

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Elvis ‘lives’ at Arlington Place assisted-living community

by Cori Hilsgen

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“Elvis” made an appearance at the annual summer picnic June 1 at Arlington Place assisted-living community in St. Joseph.

Elvis circled the room and serenaded residents and guests as he draped scarves around women’s necks and even gave out a few coveted kisses.

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Energy, optimism abound among DogPAC members

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

Energy and optimism abound among the 30 or so members of the Sartell DogPAC, which is a tongue-in-cheek double play-on-words (“pack” and “political action committee”) for “Dog Park Committee.”

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St. Joseph is blooming with colors (photos)

[/media-credit] Hanging flower baskets adorn St. Joseph city streets and can be viewed by walkers, bikers and drivers.

Hanging flower baskets adorn St. Joseph city streets and can be viewed by walkers, bikers and drivers.

With 70 varieties, Duncan is a ‘born’ soup-maker

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

Sometimes Deb Duncan feels as if she’s been born to be a soup-maker.

And it’s no wonder. She’s spent countless hours in her life making soup, soup, soup – 70 varieties of soup to date, and counting.

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