"Thrivent Builds" team members pour concrete for the foundation of a home in a neighborhood in northern El Salvador. In April, two such homes were constructed in the same neighborhood.

Humblest of homes brings joy to El Salvadorans

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com 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 […]


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

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com 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. The pie in teachers’ faces and […]

Lenora Hilsgen, 94, sings along with “Elvis” to the tune of "Love Me Tender."

Elvis ‘lives’ at Arlington Place assisted-living community

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com “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. He sang Love me Tender to Clara Stueve, […]


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.” DogPAC has its own facebook page: www.facebook.com/SartellDogPAC. Within just a couple of months, the idea for a dog park in Pinecone Central […]

In a lifetime of soup-making, Deb Duncan's soup repertoire now contains 70 kinds of soups, some of them wild but delicious creations of her own. Duncan, who first learned soup-making from her mother and grandmother, is the manager of Liquid Assets in Sartell.

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. Duncan is the manager of Liquid Assets in Sartell, where her soups are in […]