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Patrick Marker (left) talks with a Stearns County deputy shortly before he is ordered to leave the St. John's Prep School property during a school reunion June 29. Marker, who lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash., had received a mailed invitation to the reunion. A 1983 graduate of the prep school. Marker has become an active supporter of people who have been abused by clergy. He filed a lawsuit in 1991, alleging he had been sexually absued by a priest at the school. That lawsuit resulted in a settlement.

Marker questions ‘lies’ about his reunion expulsion

by Dennis Dalman Although Patrick Marker has received an apology from the headmaster of St. John’s Prep School, he is disgusted the apology did not contain any mention of the “lies” that were told to Marker and others about the day he was removed from a Prep School reunion. Marker, 48, is a 1983 […]

Mayor Joe Perske

Perske, other mayors, vow to protect Mighty Miss.

by Dennis Dalman If people in the central Minnesota area foul up the Mississippi River, we have no one to blame but ourselves and we cannot go pointing the finger of blame northwards, according to Sartell Mayor Joe Perske. “That’s because we are at the very top of the Mississippi watershed,” Perske noted. “If […]

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Jerry and Anna Lahr offer themed garden retreats at Rocky Acres. Jerry moved this “Old Log Cabin” from the “Anton’s” restaurant property in Waite Park.

‘Summer Arts on the Farm’ held at Rocky Acres

by Cori Hilsgen Rocky Acres, north of St. Joseph, recently hosted works of eight artists during its “Summer Arts on the Farm.” Artists who displayed their crafts included Carol Spychala with watercolor paintings, greeting cards, cement garden art and glass garden art; Karen Adams and Nadine Nelson – Eklektik Kollektibles – with metal jewelry […]

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Tyler Rudderforth, 11, of St. Joseph, tries his hand at archery last year during the "Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River" event. This year's event will take place Aug. 10.

Take ‘Day off on Mississippi’ Aug. 10

by Dennis Dalman More than 40 free family-fun activities will be available Saturday, Aug. 10 when the fifth annual “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” takes place again. The perennially popular event will take place, rain or shine, at Stearns County Mississippi River Park at 41300 CR 1, which is seven miles […]

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Rox pitcher Kyle Fischer helps residents Emily Hlebain, 98, (left) and Flores Ottenhoff, 98, play Bingo.

Rox pitchers play bingo at Arlington Place

by Cori Hilsgen Pitchers from the St. Cloud Rox baseball team visited Arlington Place Assisted Living on July 8 to play bingo with the residents.  Rox players also passed out ice-cream cones afterward. Housing manager Karen Hennessy used baseball-themed bingo cards for the event. Caller Eric Nyquist would call out “catch,” “throw,” “steal,” “dugout” […]


Mighty river’s potential finally being realized

Our Mighty Mississippi is indeed a mighty river. It contributed mightily to this nation’s greatness – as a transportation corridor; as a nurturing water supply for so many cities, towns, villages and farms; as a limitless resource for recreation; as a power source for industries; and last but not least, as a mighty nurturer of […]