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Sartell Muskies Coach-Manager Randy Beckstrom signs baseballs for two boys right after the Muskies won the state championship at Maple Lake.

Beckstrom wants to grow up, but they won’t let him

by Dennis Dalman Randy Beckstrom’s friends sometimes tease him about how someday, way in the future, he ought to be buried under centerfield in Champion Field in Sartell. Good-natured Beckstrom always laughs. “Well, yes, might as well get buried there,” he told the Sartell Newsleader, chuckling. “I’ve spent at least half of every summer […]

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Joel Cherrico holds one of the thousands of small coffee mugs he has made in his nearly four years as a full-time, self-employed potter in St. Joseph.

Cherrico happy to reach goal as full-time potter

by Dennis Dalman Years ago, when he enrolled in St. John’s University as a pre-med student, little did Joel Cherrico know at the time he would become totally hooked on pottery, drop his major to study art and become a full-time potter after graduation. As a high school student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cherrico […]


Braulick’s constant challenge: making meals nutritious but tasty

by Dennis Dalman Families that eat together stay together. That’s an old adage that Brenda Braulick believes. For years, Braulick has been promoting family togetherness centered around food issues: parents and children grocery-shopping together, gardening together, trying new foods together, cooking together, enjoying at least one daily meal together. Braulick, food-services director for the […]

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Blake Thoennes (left) and his assistant, Dustin Pede, work on a computer board in Thoennes' shop, Computer Repair Unlimited, in St. Joseph. Thoennes said he feels so fortunate that his passionate hobby is also his full-time job.

Self-confessed ‘nerd’ loves computer trouble-shooting

by Dennis Dalman With a smile and a chuckle, Blake Thoennes describes himself as a nerd. “I don’t have a pocket protector,” he said. “But I’ve wrecked a lot of shirts from ink pens.” Thoennes, 26, thrives on his “nerdiness.” It’s what made him a computer expert and what brought about his successful business, […]


Post office promotes breast-cancer stamps

by Dennis Dalman Sartell postal workers are confident city residents will step up to the plate again and hit a home run for the fight against breast cancer. Each year, October is the month the U.S. Postal Service and all of its branch offices, including the one in Sartell, promote sales of its “Breast […]

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Ashley Jonas enjoys a dressage, or English riding, event on her horse, "Gem." The horse was a former racing horse from Hollywood, Calf.

Student spotlight: Jonas enjoys working with, rescuing horses

by Cori Hilsgen Ashley Jonas enjoys riding her two horses and hopes to become an equine veterinarian like her mentor Dr. Nicole Eller-Medina. Jonas and Eller-Medina sometimes show their horses at the same place, the “Rocking R Farm” by Foley. Eller-Medina is Jonas’s horses’ veterinarian and is involved with the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue […]

Get ready, get set, go for ObamaCare

by Dennis Dalman Tuesday, Oct. 1 was the big day for the most major health-care reform program in nearly a half century – the federal Affordable Care Act, also dubbed “ObamaCare.” On that day, the marketplace exchanges started in Minnesota and elsewhere across the nation. Those without health insurance now have a chance to […]

Waving red flags save man from being conned

by Dennis Dalman Fortunately, red flags of warning popped up in Douglas Gravelle’s head when he received a certain phone call one afternoon recently. The Sartell man was notified by a male voice on the phone that a virus was attacking his computer system. The man then told Gravelle to start up his computer […]