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 in the event. Various practice burns took place starting about 8 a.m. Combustibles were loaded in and the final burn started about 11:30 a.m. and most of the house was burned within an hour. High plumes of smoke brought a steady stream of onlookers driving through campus. A number of people lined the perimeter and watched for various lengths of time. Also, ironically, the man for the whom the house was named, Stanley Idzerda, died three days later on Aug. 6.[...]   Read More -->

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.[...]   Read More -->

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.[...]   Read More -->

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.[...]   Read More -->

Rock N Bounce

photo by Jack Hellie
A catapulted balloon water fight was one of the many fun activities Saturday at the annual Rock ‘n’ Block party in South Sartell.

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 grow during his tenure. Enrollment at CSB almost doubled during Idzerda’s third year as president.[...]   Read More -->

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 had agreed, in the closed session, to purchase the property for $208,870. The mayor then asked the council to approve or disapprove the motion. It was approved 4-1 with council member Sarah Jane Nicoll voting against it.[...]   Read More -->

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 a day.  The program is a partnership with the Minnesota Dairy Association and the Minnesota Vikings.[...]   Read More -->