Fans -– and a loyal dog -– relax between games at Pinecone Central Park.

Pinecone Central’s baseball complex a hit with players, fans alike

by Dennis Dalman Sounds of the all-American sport of baseball resounded last weekend at the brand-new four-field baseball complex in Sartell’s Pinecone Central Park. From June 7-9, teams came from far and wide to participate in the Pinecone Park Inaugural Baseball Invitational tournament. The tourney served as a grand opening for the complex, which […]

Ride organizer Cliff Borgerding was on hand at the registration table in Albany bright and early Saturday to coordinate volunteers and get riders on their way. About 300 participants pedaled the trail in this 14th annual event.

It was a yummy, sunny day on the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail

by Mike Nistler Cliff Borgerding was a happy man last Saturday as the sun made an appearance for the 14th annual Caramel Roll Ride along stretches of the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. Nearly 300 bikers showed up in Albany to take part in what has become a yummy tradition. At the registration table and […]


Sartell boy gets hole-in-one, homer in same week

by Dennis Dalman Was it springtime skill or just plain luck? Trysten Bommersbach pondered that question a few seconds before answering. “I’d like to think it was skill,” he said with a chuckle. “But luck might have had something to do with it. Still, I think I deserved it because I play a lot […]


Man files sexual-abuse lawsuit against monk

by Dennis Dalman A 50-year-old man who alleges a monk sexually abused him 36 years ago recently filed a lawsuit against the monk and the Order of St. Benedict, which includes St. John’s Prep School and St. John’s Abbey. Ed “Troy” Bramlage, who lives in Sauk Rapids, alleges Order of St. Benedict officials at the […]

Bernie Sykora of Sartell was one of three women recently ordained as a priest.

Sykora looks forward to her ordination as priest

by Dennis Dalman For as long as she can remember, Bernie Sykora of Sartell wanted to be a priest. When she was a little girl playing in her mother’s hollyhock garden, she would pretend the cup-shaped flowers were little chalices, and she would use them in her play-imitation of saying the Catholic Mass. But […]

Kindergarten students Roe Hargrays (left) and Lily Schmitz share their favorite memories of the year at their recent graduation ceremony.

All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, graduates first kindergarten class

by Cori Hilsgen The All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, graduated its first kindergarten class on May 31. The kindergarten and sixth-grade graduation ceremony was held in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The kindergarten class, taught by Elisha Konz, had 13 graduates and the sixth-grade class, taught by Susan Huls, had 23 graduates. At […]

Marcus Oistad is now the head coach for the Sabres boys' basketball team.

Oistad ‘excited’ about his new coaching post

by Dennis Dalman Basketball coach Marcus Oistad said the past week or so has been one of the most “fun and exciting times” of his life – a virtual “whirlwind.” Oistad was recently named the new head basketball coach for the Sartell Sabres. He will replace previous long-time coach Dave Angell, who has retired […]