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Award-winning fundraiser Emily Dauw of Sartell stands by the official vehicle for the "Making Strides" against breast cancer event – a hot-pink Chevrolet Corvette.

Sartell girl raises $1,440 for breast-cancer research

by Dennis Dalman When 9-year-old Emily Dauw, a spunky go-getter, says she’s going to do something, you better believe she’s as good as her word. Last week, Emily raised $1,440 for breast-cancer research. It was the third highest amount of the 533 walkers in the annual “Making Strides” breast-cancer 3.2-mile walk Oct. 19 on […]


Baenninger to leave CSB next June

by Dennis Dalman MaryAnn Baenninger, 14th president of the College of St. Benedict, has informed the CSB Board of Trustees she will step down from the presidency on June 30, 2014. “I’ve made the decision this is the right time for a transition for me and for St. Ben’s,” Baenninger said. “We will have […]

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After the statewide soccer banquet in St. Paul, the Sartell Sabre girls' and boys' soccer teams got together for a photo to celebrate a unique achievement. Both teams won the regionals and are now in state competition. From left to right (front row, starting with girl kneeling with white sweater and print dress) are Lauren Williams, Sophie VanSurksum, Katie Stuttgen, Kyle Erickson, Abby Spanier, Mac Nies, Alayna Paulson-Trombley, Kenzie Schad and Caitlin Halupczok; (front row starting at far left, standing) Clare Minnerath, Bria Ferns, Molly Mahowald and Allie Hemmesch; (second row) Amanda Flemming, Megan Cook, Maia Trombley, Greta Evavold, Kelsey Frank, Grace Kuhl, Olivia Garner, Elli Johnson and Tessa Hager; (three boys standing in the very middle in front of the back row) Kellen Cameron, Austin Sura and Tim Levandoski; and (back row) Jacob Lund, Trevor Erickson, Caleb Forberg, Brandon Schuchard, Kempton Schneider, Carter Kasianov, Zach Spanier, Colin Johnson, Ben Veitch, Matthew Michaud, Turner Kuhn, Cullen Chisholm, Logan Pederson, Harris Mian, Shawn Sullivan, Zach Jacobson, Alec Adelman and Carlos Rico Lozano. Not pictured: Jacob Koltes and Darrin Lunde.

Boys, girls soccer teams advance to state

by Dennis Dalman It was a stunning double triumph when the Sartell boys’ and the girls’ soccer teams won Section 8A games late last week that launched them into Class A state competition. The girls’ team defeated Alexandria, then went on to trounce St. Cloud Cathedral 2-0 at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium. […]

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Bob Dumonceaux, Hall Roske and Mark Douvier (left to right) stand in front of the Collegeville Community Credit Union. All have been members since they were young. Roske and Dumonceaux served on the Board of Directors and Douvier is the current president. The CCCU has been operating for 75 years.

Collegeville credit union still serving members 75 years later

by Cori Hilsgen Collegeville Community Credit Union president and CEO Mark Douvier remembers when he became a member in 1973. His mother gave him $5 for Christmas and marched him over to the CCCU and made him deposit it. He wasn’t very happy having to hand over the money, but the CCCU had “Jolly […]

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The Dan and Melissa Anderson family members are (left to right) Melissa, Brady, Hunter, Dan and (in front) Connor.

Anderson thrives as State Farm agent

 by Dennis Dalman In the tiny town of Tyler, Minn. people teased Dan Anderson with wicked but affectionate jabs, calling him a big TV star and a hotshot. All because Anderson and his new baby went to Hollywood to be in a State Farm insurance commercial that was seen far and wide. Anderson, who […]

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More than 40 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Kennedy Community School attended We Day at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul. Students returned to school inspired to take action in St. Joseph. As their first action project, students will be trick-or-treating on Halloween for canned goods and  donations for area food shelves.

We Day inspires ‘We Scare Hunger’ event

by Cori Hilsgen More than 40 Kennedy Community School students who recently attended We Day at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul returned to school motivated to take action. One of the actions they are taking is to participate in a project called “We Scare Hunger.” Students will be trick-or-treating on Halloween for […]

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Blake Thoennes (left) and his assistant, Dustin Pede, work on a computer board in Thoennes' shop, Computer Repair Unlimited, in St. Joseph. Thoennes said he feels so fortunate that his passionate hobby is also his full-time job.

Self-confessed ‘nerd’ loves computer trouble-shooting

by Dennis Dalman With a smile and a chuckle, Blake Thoennes describes himself as a nerd. “I don’t have a pocket protector,” he said. “But I’ve wrecked a lot of shirts from ink pens.” Thoennes, 26, thrives on his “nerdiness.” It’s what made him a computer expert and what brought about his successful business, […]