Participants in this past weekend's Lady Slipper Ride not only were able to view nature's beauty but also some creations that were made by human hands, including the Stickworks Sculpture at St. John's University.

Leisurely ride through nature helps raise awareness about Lady Slipper

by Mike Nistler

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Dozens of bicyclists saddled up Saturday to hit the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail to not only enjoy its beauty, but to bring awareness to the plight of one of the trail’s gems — the Minnesota State Flower.

The Pink and White Showy Lady Slipper, which grows in spots along the trail, including just a few miles west of Avon, was not in full bloom. But when it is, it’s spectacular, according to the event organizer Cliff Borgerding.

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Council honors Gartland with farewell praise

by Dennis Dalman

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The Sartell City Council warmly thanked long-time Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland and presented her with a ceramic artwork at the last council meeting.

Gartland recently resigned as administrator to accept an offer to be president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. She had served as administrator of Sartell for 12 years.

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Former Newsleader reporter TaLeiza Calloway is escorted by her father, Arthur Calloway, at her marriage ceremony to Richmond Appleton.

Former Newsleader reporter Calloway marries

by Cori Hilsgen

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Former Newsleader reporter TaLeiza Calloway married Richmond Appleton June 15 at the St. Cloud Country Club.

Calloway is a native of Ohio. Her travels brought her to St. Joseph where she became a writer for the Newsleader.

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Five-year-olds Addie Thomes (left) and Molly Chappell model their face and body painting designs they received during June 7 Libertyville events. Libertyville was a new addition to this year’s Sartell SummerFest. The girls will attend Pine Meadow next fall.

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photo by Polly Chappell

Five-year-olds Addie Thomes (left) and Molly Chappell model their face and body painting designs they received during June 7 Libertyville events. Libertyville was a new addition to this year’s Sartell SummerFest. The girls will attend Pine Meadow next fall.

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Kennedy sixth-grade students sing a hockey song called ‘Hockey Town’ to Pat Forte at his recent benefit held at the Eagle’s club in St. Cloud. The song is about hockey in his home town of Eveleth. Forte has been battling cancer for seven years.

Forte appreciates help from his Kennedy co-workers

by Cori Hilsgen

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Pat Forte gets by with some help from his friends and sometimes needs a little extra help.

His friends and co-workers recently convinced him to let them hold a benefit for him to help cover medical expenses and to show their support. The benefit was held at the Eagles Club in St. Cloud. The event was attended by many students, staff and other supporters.

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Tom and Sandra Cordie stand by their "Little Free Library" in their yard in Sartell.

Cordies host party to unveil their ‘Little Free Library’

by Dennis Dalman

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After a lifetime love of books and reading, Sandra Cordie of Sartell finally has her own library, right in her front yard.

More precisely, though, it’s not just her library. It belongs to anyone and everyone in the neighborhood who wants to stop by and donate or borrow a book.

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Chris Schellinger was named as the new president for All Saints Academy which includes five parishes that consolidated last year. He started his new position May 28 and says he's excited for the growth and opportunities he sees for the future of the school and parishes.

All Saints Academy names new president

by Cori Hilsgen

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Chris Schellinger was recently named the new president of All Saints Academy. He was chosen by the ASA board of directors and began his new position on May 28.

ASA consolidated five parishes located in St. Joseph, St. Cloud and Waite Park and is a Catholic school which includes pre-school through sixth-grade students. It’s concluding its first year of operation.

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The cover of the new novel, "Seasons for Raina," is graced by a niece of the author. The book, about the emotional troubles and triumphs of a young girl, was written by Milissa Nelson of Sartell.

Sartell woman pens novel of bullied girl

by Dennis Dalman

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It was a long time coming, but finally Milissa Nelson of Sartell opened a big cardboard box and there they were — fresh-off-the-press copies of her very first novel she’d been working on for almost 25 years.

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