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Lloyd "Papa Smurf" Pallansch was one of the old-timers who took part in a baseball reunion of former St. Joseph players last Saturday at Schneider Field. Pallansch got his nickname from former Minnesota Twin Al Newman because he resembles Papa Smurf of cartoon fame.

Old-timers gather to reminisce about games gone by

by Mike Nistler news@thenewsleaders.com It was a grand old day at Schneider Field in St. Joseph last Saturday as old-timers who once donned the hometown uniform gathered to relive memories. Some took a few swings of the bat. Some brought their old uniforms and gloves. And others just swapped stories, shared laughs and had a […]

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In Sierra Leone, Bethany Fristad cools off with several children.

Fristad to start ’round-the-world mission trip

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Bethany Fristad of Sartell is about to set off on an around-the-world trip with extended stops in 11 countries for an 11-month period. But it won’t be the typical sight-seeing pleasure trip – well, not exactly, anyway, although in one way it will be a pleasure trip because Fristad’s greatest pleasure […]

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A large portion of the ASA student body and alumni wore pink in support of women who are facing breast cancer. Six-grade girls, including those from Huls' class, are shown here.

All Saints Academy teacher Huls keeps faith in cancer fight

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com All Saints Academy teacher Susan Huls is keeping her faith as she battles Stage II breast cancer. While chatting at lunch with her co-workers last Oct. 2, Huls felt a sudden semi-sharp pain under her left arm and also found some lumps. The next morning the pain was no longer bothering […]

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Amanda Stewart is known by family and friends as having a "thumbs-up" attitude as she battles cancer day by day. In the photo above, she is receiving yet another round of chemotherapy at the Coborn Cancer Center.

Benefit set for woman in second cancer battle

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Amanda Stewart conquered colon cancer five years ago, and after a four-year respite during which she was cancer-free, she is now battling the disease again. Friends, family and acquaintances will host a benefit for Stewart from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park. The event will […]

Barb Kettler of St. Joseph designed a "chicken bra" last year. This year she is desiging a "wine-rack bra."    

‘BRAsterpiece’ designed to bring hope to breast-cancer sufferers

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Bras, bras and more bras – of all shapes, sizes and colors – will be exhibited starting July 1 in a show entitled “BRAsterpiece” at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. “BRAsterpiece” is a play on words for “Masterpiece,” and its BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. The […]

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Tyrants everywhere should heed Malala’s United Nations speech

The standing ovation received by Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations last week was a tremendous moment for humanity. Yousafzai is the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was viciously shot in the head by Taliban thugs while she was sitting on a bus taking her to her school. The Taliban, a radical Islamic sect, is not […]

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Riley Petron, 2, has been diagnosed with a rare form of neuroblastoma. He is one of 80 cases known worldwide. A carnival benefit will be held from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Riley Petron carnival benefit set July 27

 by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Family and friends of Riley Petron, 2, have organized a carnival benefit from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Riley is the middle child of Jake and Sadie Petron, both age 25, of St. Joseph. He has an older brother, Landon, 4; and a younger sister, […]

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Could Trayvon Martin incident happen here?

This country is a bit uneasy these days following the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. His accussed killer, George Zimmerman, was aquitted of all charges by a six-person jury. Zimmerman shot Martin, he said, in self defense, as he patrolled a neighborhood. He thought Martin was a thug. He said Martin attacked him and […]