photo by Kathryn Bjorke
A resident of St. Joseph snapped this unusual cloud formation Oct. 2 from her backyard on the southeast side of St. Joseph.

Wild, wind-swept wisps

photo by Kathryn Bjorke A resident of St. Joseph snapped this unusual cloud formation last week from her backyard on the southeast side of St. Joseph.        

photo by Dennis Dalman
Five of the eight "Mahjong ladies" in the Sartell Senior Connection are (clockwise starting from woman in turquoise sweater) Rose Schulte, Gretchen Ross, Gerri Boser, Joy Chall and Lynne Willey. During this particular game, Boser was just sitting in as the other four ladies played.

Mahjong catches on at Senior Connection

by Dennis Dalman As the ceramic tiles click and clack, four women with intense faces choose and discard the tiles on the table, trying to achieve pongs, kongs and chows and even resorting at times to stealing in order to win the game. To an observer, it appears to be a mysterious, arcane ritual. […]


Lyon retires after 20 years of firefighting

by Cori Hilsgen Mike Lyon has retired from the St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department after serving the city and the area for 20 years. Lyon said he originally joined the department because he wanted to give back to the St. Joseph area, wanted to help people in need and wanted to get to know more […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
Zayda Thalacker of Sartell and her brother, Judson, prepare to put their skates on for some ice-skating fun Oct. 5 at the Bernick's Arena celebration. Judson is on a "Mite" team for the Sartell Youth Hockey Association.

Skaters celebrate hockey arena’s 10th birthday

by Dennis Dalman It was a big, happy party on ice Oct. 5 as skaters young and old, pros and beginners, zipped and zig-zagged on the indoor rink of Bernick’s Arena to celebrate its 10th birthday. The many skaters and onlookers cheered loudly when a 10th-anniversary “gift” was brought out onto the ice – […]

World Cafe encourages discussion on school district’s future

by Janelle Von Pinnon Nearly 100 St. Cloud School District community members gathered to share ideas, explore opportunities and identify challenges at a “World Cafe” event Oct. 8 at Whitney Center in St. Cloud. The participants included students, teachers, parents, school district personnel, school-board members, senior citizens, business owners and community leaders of various […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
The Sigurdson family of Sartell gathers for a group photo with Nordy the Minnesota Wild mascot during the 10th birthday celebration of the Bernick's Arena. The brand-new Zamboni is in the background of the photo. From left to right are Easton, Kristen, Colten, Talon, Quentin and Chris. The Sigurdsons are heavily involved in Sartell hockey, and all four boys are on teams of the Sartell Youth Hockey Association.

Hockey clinched family’s decision to move here

by Dennis Dalman Sartell hockey – and a highly rated school system – were the clinchers when the Chris and Kristen Sigurdson family decided to move to the city five years ago. The Sigurdsons and their four sons attended the Oct. 5 celebration of the Bernick’s Arena’s 10th birthday. (See related story.) All of […]

Seven authors to read from new works

Seven local authors will read from their new works at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Teresa Reception Center board room in the Main Building at the College of St. Benedict. The public is invited to attend the free event. The authors are current faculty, retired faculty and alumni of CSB and St. John’s […]

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The cast of "The Crucible" gathers for a photo right after their last rehearsal. The world-famous Arthur Miller drama, which deals with witchcraft, will be performed at Sartell High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Witch’s brew of fears, accusations erupts in ‘The Crucible’

by Dennis Dalman In a Puritan village in 1692, fearful suspicions lead to pointing fingers, betrayals and charges of witchcraft in “The Crucible,” a play which opened Oct. 10 at Sartell High School. The two remaining performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets are $5 […]