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Socccer coach Joe Perske huddles with his players during a game.

Perske fondly recalls ‘craziness’ of coaching years

by Dennis Dalman

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After trying to retire twice before, Sartell soccer coach Joe Perske is fairly certain this time they’ll let him do it, although he can’t help but chuckle, wondering if some crazy fluke would put him at the helm again.

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Firefighters take a breather after they battled a controlled burn June 29.

Where there’s smoke…

by Mike Nistler

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The St. Joseph Fire Department conducted a controlled burn of an abandoned building on June 29, and the windy weather didn’t help when it came to dealing with the smoke.

While firefighters battled the blaze of the building, hundreds of onlookers gathered, trying to figure out what was happening.

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Sartell woman’s novel began as a stress-reliever

by Dennis Dalman

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Even though Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published novel is a work of fiction, some family members and acquaintances swear they see themselves in some of the characters.

Fitzthum is amused.

“It’s fiction,” she tells them. “I created those characters.”

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An estimated crowd of 15,000 watched and listened to the muscial offerings July 3 in St. Joseph. This young fan was dressed in a patriotic outfit and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Large crowds turn out for two days of festivities

by Mike Nistler

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Picture-perfect weather, great food and wonderful entertainment drew thousands to St. Joseph for what is becoming one of the best small-town festivals in Minnesota.

An estimated 35,000 people poured into the city for the event that was held under sunny skies and temps in the low 80s — a welcome relief after last year’s humidity-filled 100-degree temps that kept many folks away.

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Cheerleaders from the College of St. Benedict show their spirit during the school's 100-year anniversary and class reunion on June 29.

Sisters pass the torch to ‘Benny’ alumnae at centennial reunion

by Cori Hilsgen

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The Benedictine sisters passed the torch to College of St. Benedict alumnae during the centennial reunion kickoff ceremony held June 29. The Sisters passed their light to Bennie alumnae and each Bennie passed her light to the next woman, by an electronic votive candle, until the entire Benedicta Arts Center auditorium was filled with light.

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Cassie Raehsler

New soccer coach Raehsler will stress peak fitness

by Dennis Dalman

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Cassie Raehsler describes herself as a “very technical coach” who wants her players to be fit, fast and aggressive.

Recently, Raehsler was named to replace Sartell High School Soccer Coach Joe Perske, who announced he will retire as head coach after 10 years in that position. (For more about Perske, see related story in today’s paper.)

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Old-timers to be honored at Saturday’s baseball game

by Mike Nistler

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“Is this heaven?” the old ballplayer asked.

“No, it’s St. Joe,” came the reply.

Well, maybe that’s not quite the way is was in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but for at least this Saturday that will be the case when the St. Joseph Baseball Reunion will be held.

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Council approves plan for dog park

by Dennis Dalman

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The woofs have it. By a vote of 3-2, the Sartell City Council at its July 8 meeting approved a seven-acre dog park for Pinecone Central Park.

Mayor Joe Perske and council member David Peterson voted “no,” not because they are opposed to a dog park, but both said they are concerned about parking problems in that part of the park and because a dog park might perhaps be a better fit in some other available park.

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