Local legend Loso’s life, work honored in exhibit

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The memory of James Loso – artist, potter, teacher, mentor, family man and beloved friend to many – is being honored at a special exhibit in downtown St. Joseph. “The Loso Legacy Exhibit” is on display at the Satellite Gallery. Its opening coincided with the annual Millstream Arts Festival last Sunday, […]


Heins says family sacrifices vital to firefighters

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com For many years, on some nights, Bob Heins would get up out of bed, leave his wife snoozing as he put his clothes on. Then he would hurry out of his house and return sometimes hours later to crawl back into bed next to his still-sleeping wife. No, Heins wasn’t some […]

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A long line forms in front of a food booth serving Greek gyro pocket sandwiches. On a beautiful early-autumn day, the Millstream Arts Festival in downtown St. Joseph attracted thousands of people who sauntered down main street to enjoy art works, music and food.

In blissful weather, thousands gather for arts, music, food

Made-to-order autumn weather – warm but breezy – blessed the annual Millstream Arts Festival, which attracted thousands to downtown St. Joseph on Sept. 29. For six hours, visitors strolled up and down the city’s main street and onto its side streets to enjoy dozens of exhibits of arts and crafts, a variety of live music […]

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Sheri Pfau of Sartell used acrylic paints to do this nearly abstract rendition of a landscape in autumn beneath a glimmering, silvery sky. Pfau is one of the two master teachers who oversaw the creation of nearly 400 artworks that comprise a giant mural.

395 ‘visions’ comprise massive mural

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The artistic visions of 395 artists will come together in a vast mural at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Artists from throughout the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell, contributed one by one to the ambitious project. All of the creators suffer from disabilities of one sort or […]

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Instructors Carol Spychala (left) and Carole Euerle (far back) help Emily Crandall (front) dry her painting during a young artist class at St. Stephen.

Children create ‘grape abstract’ watercolor masterpieces

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com More than 10 young artists, ages 6 and up, recently gathered on a Saturday morning at the St. Stephen City Hall to create a “grape abstract” masterpiece. Natural sunlight filtered into the windows as the artists painted, dried and waited to see their final creations. Papers were wetted down, leaves were […]

Fire departments to host open houses

Two open-house events have been scheduled for area fire departments. The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department will host its annual open house from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the fire hall. The St. Stephen Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the fire hall. In addition, there will […]


Student spotlight: Allison Moon enjoys helping people

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Allison Moon, also known as Allie, enjoys helping and being kind to people. Moon is in fourth-grade at Kennedy Community School. She is the 9-year-old daughter of Julie and Chad Moon. She has two sisters Kelly, 20, and Amber, 13. Fun Facts about Moon: Favorite subject: Art and spelling Activities she […]

Get ready, get set, go for ObamaCare

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Tuesday was a 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 do online […]