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St Joseph firefighters Joe Bye (left) and John Prom keep water on the perimeter during the controlled burn of the Idzurda House on CSB campus Aug. 3.

St. Joseph firefighters perform controlled burn of CSB’s Idzerda House

The St. Joseph Fire Department hosted a controlled burn Aug. 3 at the Idzerda House, located on the south end of the College of St. Benedict campus. A controlled burn is when a fire department burns a structure to practice and prepare for firefighting. Avon, Waite Park and St. Cloud Technical College students also participated […]


Residents ‘bond’ with Mighty Miss at river event

by Dennis Dalman Area residents, including many from Sartell, had a chance to “bond” with their great river, the Mighty Mississippi, last Sunday during the fifth annual “Take a Day Off at the River.” The event, once again, took place at the Stearns County Mississippi River Park on CR 1 north of Sartell. A […]


St. John’s Prep prepares for school year

by Cori Hilsgen St. John’s Prep is gearing up for a new school year. The new year will include several changes. Beginning this year, SJP will start a new iPad program, will issue textbooks in electronic versions and will be using a new app. All students in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad to […]

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Gretchen Ross, 65, (left) and Joy Chall, 62, plan to participate in the Twin Cities three-day Susan G. Komen walk for a cure for breast cancer Aug. 23–25. Each walker must raise a minimum of $2,300 to participate in the event. Both plan to walk 20 miles each day, a total of 60 miles.

Curves members walk for breast cancer cure

by Cori Hilsgen Neighbors Gretchen Ross, 65, and Joy Chall, 62, plan to participate in the Twin Cities three-day Susan G. Komen walk for a cure for breast cancer Aug. 23–25. Both are members of the Sartell Curves. Ross has been a member for five years and Chall joined this year. Each walker in […]


Local resident Stanley Idzerda dies

by Cori Hilsgen Local St. Joseph resident Stanley Idzerda died Aug. 6. Idzerda, 93, was the College of St. Benedict’s eighth president from 1968-1974. He was the first lay and first male president at the college. Idzerda was not from this area and was not Benedictine and really promoted and encouraged the college to […]

City to purchase 38 acres of land

by Dennis Dalman The City of Sartell agreed to purchase 38 acres of property adjacent to Pinecone Central Park. At its Aug. 12 meeting, the council called a closed-session meeting to discuss the price of the property with the sellers. When the council reopened its meeting to the public, the mayor announced the city […]

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Corey Geers (left) and James Ano hosted the basketball toss station for the “Fuel up to play 60” outdoor event encouraging children to be active for 60 minutes a day.

Coborns hosts ‘Fuel up to play 60’ event

by Cori Hilsgen St. Joseph Coborns was recently part of an all-Coborn’s-stores outdoor kids event, “Fuel up to play 60.” The event, for children 16 and younger, was held as part of a school-wellness program meant to encourage children to make healthy food choices and to participate in active play at least 60 minutes […]