photo by Dennis Dalman
Major David Peterson chats with Snuffy Putnam, a member of the American Legion of Sartell, at Sartell Middle School's "Salute to Veterans" events on Veterans Day. Peterson, a member of the Sartell City Council, is a 16-year member of the Minnesota Army National Guard who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also an attorney and human-resources supervisor for the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

Veteran urges students to do the best they can

by Dennis Dalman Years ago when he was in law school, it never once crossed David Peterson’s mind he would someday be using his legal expertise in a faraway country in the midst of war. But that, in fact, is what happened. Not once. But twice. Monday, at a Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by […]

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American Legion of St. Joseph member Al Torborg helps set up flags at the home of Darol and Ellie Studer.

Studer flies flags in honor of veterans

by Cori Hilsgen Motorists driving on CR 51 Sunday may have seen many flags flying on the front lawn of Darol and Ellie Studer’s home. Both are longtime residents of St. Joseph.  Darol has been flying the flags for many years, and this November was no different. On Sunday, Nov. 10, four members of […]

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Holly Cofer of Sartell, a U.S. Army National Guard member, stands in the Sartell Middle School lunch line with her brother, Kovey, who is an eighth-grader at the school.

Veterans, students enjoy lunch together

by Dennis Dalman A good time – and a good lunch – was had by all when Sartell Middle School sponsored its annual “Lunch with a Veteran” last Monday, Veterans Day. At some of the tables in the large lunch room, veterans sat with students. The veterans were related to one or more students […]


Twin sisters chosen to greet new bishop

by Cori Hilsgen Amber and Allie Hilsgen, both 8, were chosen to be door greeters at the solemn vespers service for the installation of the ninth bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Bishop Donald Kettler. Amber and Allie are the twin daughters of Mark and Lisa Hilsgen of St. Joseph. Lisa Hilsgen said […]


Local groups work to de-stigmatize mental illness

by Dennis Dalman Mike Stringer knows all too well the tragedies that can happen when mental illness goes untreated. One of his grandfathers, an uncle and a cousin all committed suicide. More than 90 percent of those who take their own lives suffer from untreated mental illnesses, according to the National Alliance on Mental […]


Heidi: ‘Learn to speak up for the mentally ill’

(Editor’s note: The following is a personal-testimony story on a website called, a site dedicated to efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness. The true story was written by a woman whose first name is Heidi.) Some days, a girl can beg for peace of mind and wish to be saved from a day of total […]

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Colleen Hollinger Petters stands in the dining room of the shared-care cottages at the Mill Stream Village. Residents in both the assisted living cottages and private homes can use the dining room.

Mill Stream Village is open

by Cori Hilsgen If you are interested in living in the heart of a thriving and vibrant college town, than Mill Stream Village might be a good option for you. The Village is a place for both working and retired adults. So far, three private homes and eight shared-care cottages have been built. One […]

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In their brand-new high-kick uniforms, some of the Sartell Sabre Dance Team members practice for the 12th annual dance show this Saturday. From left to right are (barely visible at left) Amanda Yackley, Sarah Erickson, Taylor Pasell, Avalon Schlect, Hannah Carey, Amanda Burge, Jenna Klein and Lauren Lauermann.

Sabres to host big dance show Nov. 16

by Dennis Dalman The Sartell Sabre Dance Team will host its 12th annual gala fundraising show in two performances at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Sartell High School. Tickets for the show are $5 for students K-12, $7 for adults and free for children 4 and under. “It’s our biggest […]