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“Arrival” is a documentary about four women’s stories before they came to the United States and how they are creating a better life for themselves and their families. Chuck Czech (left) is shown recording some of these women working together during a canning class.

Couple awarded bronze ‘Telly’ award for documentary

by Cori Hilsgen Chuck Czech and Mary Christen Czech, husband and wife, were recently awarded a bronze “Telly” award for a documentary called “Arrival: Women’s Visions for a New Home.” “Arrival” was selected from almost 12,000 entries from 50 states and five continents. Telly awards are judged by a high merit standard and do […]

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Well-wishers applaud the newlyweds, Wanda (left) and Kathy Horner Carlson as they walk down the aisle after being united in marriage at the Unity Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota, Sartell. At the altar is the Rev. Barbara Winter Martin, who performed the historic ceremony.

Reverend pronounces Wanda, Kathy ‘wife and wife’

by Dennis Dalman When Kathy Horner and Wanda Carlson were pronounced “wife and wife,” the congregation burst into applause as the two women kissed each other at the altar before walking down the aisle to more smiles and even louder applause. The historic same-sex wedding ceremony took place Sunday at the Spiritual Unity Center […]


Three spend National Night Out behind bars

contributed photo From front to back, Cailin and Avery Nothnagel and Aaliyah Mixteco are banished like criminals to the back seat of a St. Joseph Police Department squad car Aug. 7 during National Night Out. The Morningside Loop Group of St. Joseph invited Police Chief Pete Jansky and members of the St. Joseph Volunteer Firefighters […]

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Head Coach Brett Weaver of the Granite City Renegades was recently named Coach of the Year by the Midwest Premiere Football League. The Renegades won the West Division with a 5-1 record and finished the regular season 5-3 overall.

Weaver named league’s ‘Coach of the Year’

by Dennis Dalman Brett Weaver of Sartell, who was named “Coach of the Year” by the Midwest Premiere Football League, said this season was a “dream come true” for him and his team. Weaver is head coach for the semi-pro Granite City Renegades. He and his wife, Danelle, also own the team, which they […]

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Vacation Bible School participants (front left to right) Lexi Wiesser, J.P. Schmit and Bethany Knopp enjoy using hand actions to the new praise and worship songs they learned this year. Many children continue to perform the songs after their VBS experience has ended.

Ninety-three children unite for 30th year of VBS

by Cori Hilsgen Ninety-three St. Joseph area children, ages 4 through sixth grade, united to celebrate Vacation Bible School July 28-Aug. 1. Held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph, VBS is coordinated between three area churches: RLC, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Gateway Community Church. The coordinators of VBS were Rachel Kuebelbeck […]


Memory loss sparks memoirs for Sartell woman

by Dennis Dalman What started as a therapeutic mental exercise for Millie Hoelscher Moran of Sartell turned into a full-fledged 245-page book of personal memoirs. She will sign copies of her new book from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Liquid Assets coffee shop in Sartell. That book, entitled “Socially Challenged,” was just […]

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More than 200 bow hunters applied for St. John’s Abbey’s first archery hunt. The entire Arboretum is in a Department of Natural Resources-managed area to help cull the deer population.

More than 200 apply for first archery hunt at SJU

by Cori Hilsgen More than 200 bow hunters have applied for a chance to hunt at St. John’s campus land this year. St. John’s Abbey is offering the hunt to 100 hunters to help cull the deer population to a healthier number. This is the 12th controlled deer hunt since 1933. Controlling the deer […]


Moran’s book illuminates struggles women faced

It’s frightful to imagine how many women were robbed of their potential because of the ingrained male-chauvinistic attitudes of the past. That is one good reason to read a just-published book by Millie Hoelscher Moran of Sartell, a book entitled “Socially Challenged.” (See related story.) Mind you, Moran does not blame anybody for being denied […]