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Bundles of love surround Talia Lee Karki from her adoptive siblings (left to right) Chandler, Avah and Keegan.

At first sight of baby, Karki heard God’s whisper

by Dennis Dalman

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When Carrie Karki of Sartell first held the baby that was to become hers, it’s as if the voice of God was whispering in her ear, “This is the one.”

That surge of happiness occurred this past April in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Carrie and her husband, Allan, had gone there to adopt an orphaned baby. It was a crucial step on their long, long “adoption journey.” After spending time with their new baby, whom they named Talia Lee, they had to leave the child in Ethiopia for several weeks until the U.S. Embassy gave final approval for Talia Lee to come to the United States. In May, after the agonizing wait, the Karkis returned to Ethiopia to pick up their new daughter. The Karkis now have four children, Talia Lee and their three biological children – Chandler, 16; Keegan, 13; and Avah, 8.

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More than 30 booths drew crowds of visitors for the 14th annual Harvest Festival held on the Resurrection Lutheran Church grounds.

Harvest Festival draws a crowd

by Cori Hilsgen

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Brynn Hiltner, 2, and her mother, Amy, knelt close to the petting zoo fence to touch the animals. There were goats, a sheep, a rabbit and an alpaca provided by Collegeville Orchards. The Hiltners were among hundreds of other people who attended the 14th annual Harvest Festival held on the grounds of the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Friday, Sept. 13.

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This is the orphanage in Cameroon for which the Sartell Rotary, with help from others, is contributing money for a clean-water well. The orphanage was built with funds contributed by "200 Orphanages Worldwide," whose founder and director is Jan Hanson of Sartell.

Rotary extends helping hand to Cameroon orphanage

by Dennis Dalman

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The Sartell Rotary Club has extended its helping hands internationally with a water-well project at the Angels Home for Orphans in Cameroon, West Africa.

Thanks to a grant from the International Rotary Foundation and other donations, the project will be the local Rotary Club’s first project beyond the many local good deeds it has done.

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Grade-school friends (left to right) Heather Van Beck, Christa Pfannenstein and Stephanie Simon visited on the trail.

Rolling for Lindsey’s cause on the Wobegon

by Cori Hilsgen

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Twenty-five participants rolled along the Wobegon Trail Sept. 7 to raise funds for Lindsey Johnson, 22, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at the age of 21.

Johnson was told by her doctors in June they feel her cancer is now in remission. She was treated at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and had nine rounds of chemotherapy, numerous radiation treatments and a stem-cell transplant.

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Board approves two-year teachers’ contract

by Dennis Dalman

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The teachers in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District now have a new two-year contract, which was approved unanimously by the school board at its Sept. 16 meeting.

The teachers have already agreed to accept the contract.

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Sam Bechtold recently graduated from the nursing program at the College of St. Scholastica and has started his career working at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center. He says many of the world’s conflicts occur because of inequality. If he could change something, he would change that.

Student spotlight: Bechtold says inequalities cause conflicts

by Cori Hilsgen

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Sam Bechtold says many of the world’s conflicts occur because of inequality. If he could change something, he would change that.

Bechtold says financial inequality often causes many conflicts.

“So many people throughout the world never get a chance to reach their full potential because they don’t have the means,” Bechtold said. “This often leads to conflict between the haves and the have nots.”

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Mick and Rose Marsyla blend nutrition drinks for customers at their Rock Solid Nutrition shop in Sartell. The dramatic changes in their lifestyles due to proper nutrition inspired the Marsylas to open their club-shop.

Shop owners know first-hand benefits of nutrition

by Dennis Dalman

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Nutrition has reached a crisis point in a thicket of confusion in the modern world, and Mick and Rose Marsyla are determined to do something about it.

The Marsylas are the owners of Rock Solid Nutrition, a club-and-shop that recently opened at 101 7th St. N. across from Sartell Middle School.

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Chuck Kern, commander of the American Legion Club in St. Joseph.

Legion to host learning sessions on U.S. Constitution

by Dennis Dalman

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Hardly a day goes by that the national news does not simmer with issues relating to the U.S. Constitution, and yet polls show the average American knows next to nothing about that landmark document.

That is why Chuck Kern of St. Joseph decided to host a three-evening seminar dedicated to learning about the Constitution. Kern, who is commander of the American Legion Club in St. Joseph, is the first to admit he himself needs to learn more about the Constitution since he hasn’t read it closely or studied it since a brief course in high school.

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