Sept. 27

Millstream Arts Festset Sunday, Sept. 29

The Millstream Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in downtown St. Joseph. More than 40 artists will offer a wide variety of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber and other fine arts. The event will also include entertainment, kids’ art area, horse-drawn trolley rides, a vintage auto and tractor show and food vendors. Admission is free but food-shelf donations will be accepted at the information booth. For more information, visit

Lyme Disease: You’re Not Alone

Join Jakin and Nicole Koll for a presentation on the symptoms and effects of Lyme Disease from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District Service Center, Sartell. You will view the dramatic documentary “Under Our Skin,” talk about the struggles of diagnosing this disease and find support from others with the disease. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. To register, call the Community Education office at 320-253-4036.

Johanna Kiln opening at St. John’sJoin community friends on Friday, Oct. 4 for a trip to view the opening of the Johanna Kiln at St. John’s University. The Johanna Kiln is the largest kiln of its kind in North America and is fired only one time each year. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Sartell Senior Center located at the District Service Office, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell to car pool. Call 320-253-4036 to reserve a spot. Be prepared with warm clothing and comfortable shoes to walk on some uneven outdoor surfaces. This is a great opportunity to see pottery in a very historic setting.

Scouting for Food starts Sept. 28
The two Cub Scout Packs and two Boy Scout Troops of Sartell will participate in Scouting for Food. This annual service project is part of the many activities that encourages the boys to “Do a Good Turn Daily” for others. Between Saturday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Oct. 4, the Scouts will distribute door hangars throughout Sartell explaining to leave the items in bags in front of residences’ homes. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Scouts in the area will collect all the donations and deliver them to local food shelves. It’s incredible to see the total amount of donations collected when the whole community works together, each contributing a small part.

Caramel Apple Ride set Oct 5 along Wobegon trail

A Caramel Apple Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 along the Lake Wobegon Trail from Sauk Centre to Freeport. The ride is a chance to enjoy the fall colors and some apple refreshments at each rest stop. Freeport has its annual Oktoberfest event this weekend as well. Riders may also ride off the trail to the Whispering Oaks Winery, just south of Melrose, to sample some local award-winning wines. Register online at Early registration ends Sunday, Sept. 22. For more information, contact Cliff Borgerding at 320-293-9364.

Submit fall photos for county contest

For the fourth consecutive year, Stearns County is asking area photographers to submit their favorite photos for a countywide contest, with this year’s theme being “2013: Fall Favorites.”

The fall photos can include the following subjects: back-to-school, fall harvest, Halloween, hunting, pumpkin patches, home and/or garden projects, leaf colors, apple orchards and Halloween. Photographers, however, do not have to limit themselves only to those topics. The only rule is the photos must be taken within Stearns County.

There is no limit to the number of entries for each person.

The top five winners, including the grand-prize winner, will receive a prize package with a fall theme.

All entries will be featured on the home page of the Stearns County website, and all of them will also be featured in the online Stearns County photo gallery on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Google and Tumblr. In addition, there will be exhibitions of the photos in the entry-ways of the Stearns County Administratioin Center and the Stearns County Services Center.

The contest will be open from now until Friday, Nov. 15. Winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 22.

Photographers of any skill level can submit their photos by uploading them on the Stearns County website: Details and contest rules, as well as past photos and winners, can also be found on that website.

“This is a fun competition that strengthens the connection between Stearns County and its citizens,” said George McClure, the county’s information-services director. “Every year we get some amazing and creative photographs; it makes the judging process very difficult.”

Janelle Von Pinnon

Janelle Von Pinnon

Publisher/CEO at Newsleaders
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.
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