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

Mahjong catches on at Senior Connection

by Dennis Dalman

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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.

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Lyon retires after 20 years of firefighting

by Cori Hilsgen

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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 people.  No other family members of his have joined the St. Joseph Fire Department, but one of his brothers is retired from the Melrose Fire Department.

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Skaters celebrate hockey arena’s 10th birthday

by Dennis Dalman

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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 – the new Zamboni whose price tag was about $100,000. Money for the ice-surfacing machine, which is Sartell Sabres’ blue-and-white, was raised through several years of donations from sponsors, families, individuals and proceeds from a variety of events held at the arena.

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World Cafe encourages discussion on school district’s future

by Janelle Von Pinnon

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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 ages, both genders and a variety of ethnicities.

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Hockey clinched family’s decision to move here

by Dennis Dalman

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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 the Sigurdson boys play as members of the Youth Hockey Association. They are Colten, 13; Talon, 11; Quentin, 10; and Easton, 5.

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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 University.

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

by Dennis Dalman

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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 for adults, $3 for students and free for senior citizens.

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