Matula’s body found in park north of Sartell

by Dennis Dalman

A tragic six-month-long mystery was finally solved on the afternoon of Oct. 26 after a hiking Boy Scout leader discovered a body in Mississippi River County Park five miles north of Sartell.

The body, which had been buried in a shallow grave, was later identified by the Ramsey County coroner as that of Mandy Marie Matula, a 24-year-old woman from Eden Prairie who had been missing since May 2. The coroner also determined Matula most likely died of a gunshot wound to the head.[...]   Read More -->

Accident causes car fire, traffic light malfunction

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On Oct. 28, St. Joseph police officers were dispatched to a motor-vehicle accident at CR 75 and 20th Avenue SE intersection near Bee Line. A 29-year-old St. Cloud male was traveling eastbound and was unable to slow or stop for the red light, stating it was due to a vehicle malfunction. The vehicle hit another vehicle, driven by an 85-year-old St. Joseph female, who was northbound and then struck the left-turn lane signal, located in the median, causing the pole to fall over and the male’ s vehicle to start on fire. Minor injuries to the male were reported, however, he refused transport by Gold Cross Ambulance. The St. Joseph Police Department was assisted by St. Joseph Fire and Rescue, Waite Park Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.[...]   Read More -->

NuVal gets boost at Sartell schools

by Dennis Dalman

Students arriving at Sartell Middle School Oct. 23 were surprised to see grinning students, all in blue T-shirts, handing out big, bright oranges to all who entered the front doors.

The students were NuVal ambassadors, promoting good nutrition with the good examples of oranges, which rate a perfect 100 on the NuVal nutritional scale.[...]   Read More -->

Third annual citywide food drive set for Nov. 9

by Cori Hilsgen

The St. Joseph area is coming together on Saturday, Nov. 9 to help others who are needing some extra help.

The third annual citywide food-shelf drive will take place from 8 a.m.-noon in front of the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf on 25 1st Ave. NW, across the street from the St. Joseph Meat Market.[...]   Read More -->

Accident in class unleashes bullies in ‘Seven Chances’

by Dennis Dalman

One day in class, Abby, a 15-year-old shy girl, suddenly experiences confusion and terror when she realizes her classmates are laughing and sneering behind her back.

Stricken by humiliation, not knowing why she is so suddenly a target, she rushes from the classroom and down to a bathroom where she discovers – to her horror –that she had had an accident due to menstruation. She then realizes one of her tormentors had taken a cell-phone photo of the blood-red accident.[...]   Read More -->

Allard teaches ASA students ‘Yoga Calm’ wellness

by Cori Hilsgen

Students at All Saints Academy are using ‘Yoga Calm’ relaxation and self-control techniques to calm themselves and to reduce testing anxiety and stress. They are learning about self-discipline, respect and patience.[...]   Read More -->

CSB celebrates Food Day

by Cori Hilsgen

Have you ever tried dried mangos or couscous salad with cranberries? Those were some of the foods visitors were able to sample at the College of St. Benedict Food Day Oct. 24.

CSB joined with hundreds of other college campuses to celebrate Food Day. More than 4,500 events in all 50 states were planned for the day.[...]   Read More -->

ASA students attend BizTown

by Cori Hilsgen

All Saints Academy students from the St. Joseph and St. Cloud campuses recently attended BizTown in Maplewood. Fifth- and sixth-grade students prepared for the visit for several weeks in their classrooms before attending and applying facts and information they had learned about running their own businesses. BizTown is sponsored by Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that uses hands-on learning for students to gain real world experiences.[...]   Read More -->