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

by Dennis Dalman

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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 the St. Cloud State University campus.

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Baenninger to leave CSB next June

by Dennis Dalman

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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 concluded our centennial celebration year and a very successful decade for the college. My husband Ron and I are also ready to be closer geographically to our children and grandchildren at this point in our lives.

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Boys, girls soccer teams advance to state

by Dennis Dalman

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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. The two goals were scored by Abby Spanier and Sophie VanSurksum. Team captains are VanSurksum, Kelsey Frank and Katie Stuttgen. It’s the first time the girls’ soccer team earned state play since 2007.

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Collegeville credit union still serving members 75 years later

by Cori Hilsgen

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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 Rancher” candies  and he was happy about that.

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Anderson thrives as State Farm agent

 by Dennis Dalman

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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.

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We Day inspires ‘We Scare Hunger’ event

by Cori Hilsgen

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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 canned goods and donations for area food shelves.

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All Saints Academy celebrates grandparents

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Spencer Scholtz (left) and Logan Scholtz celebrated with their grandparents, Sandy Scholtz and Harvey and Carol Pfannenstein (left to right) during an afternoon honoring their special guests at All Saints Academy. Grandparents were honored with an afternoon of celebratory activities. The afternoon began with a noon mass, followed by a reception, classroom visits and a short program for the special guests. More than 139 grandparents of school children ages preschool through sixth grade attended the event.

Self-confessed ‘nerd’ loves computer trouble-shooting

by Dennis Dalman

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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, Computer Repair Unlimited, located at 24 Birch St. W. near downtown St. Joseph.

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