‘Waxwork’ inventors speak about their great inventions

by Dennis Dalman

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The United States is a country of ingenious inventors and landmark inventions, a fact underscored by dozens of Pine Meadow Elementary School fourth-graders during a special event Nov. 7.

On that day, in the school’s gymnasium, the students and their teachers created what they called “The Great Inventors Wax Museum.”

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Bauer challenges students’ music experience

by Cori Hilsgen

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Kristen Bauer wanted to challenge Kennedy Community School fourth-grade students with an interesting experience in her music room. Instead of a more traditional test, Bauer challenged her students to show their learning.

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Wasdyke’s paintings reflect his varied, interesting life

by Dennis Dalman

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When Jim Wasdyke was a kid in math class in New Jersey during WWII, he wasn’t paying much attention to math. Instead, he would daydream and draw pictures of German war planes being shot down.

His attraction to drawing and painting never left him. Now, decades later, Wasdyke doesn’t have to contend with any math class. He can paint to his heart’s content whenever he pleases, and he enjoys painting from 9-11:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Sartell Senior Connection Center in the School District Office Building.

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Constant changes help Schwalboski create art

by Cori Hilsgen

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Local artist Jo Schwalboski’s creativity is fueled by constant change from her travels and life experiences. Much of her success has come as a result of her mixing up her media when she lost interest in one project and moved on to work on another one. Schwalboski is constantly exploring different kinds of pencils and paints, as well as different settings because much of her creativity is affected by what is going on around her.

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Sartell man honored for work in renewable heating, cooling

by Dennis Dalman

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A Sartell resident, John Taylor, has been honored as a leader in the nation’s largest integrated hot-water energy system that put St. Paul at the forefront of environmentally sound heating and cooling systems.

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Lawsuit claims priest abused boy

by Dennis Dalman

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Another former St. John’s Abbey monk and priest has been charged with sexual abuse in a civil lawsuit filed in St. Paul Nov. 19.

Fr. Francis Hoefgen is accused by a plaintiff known as “Doe 27” with abusing him when he was a youth in a parish in Hastings. Hoefgen had also been accused in 1984 of sexually abusing a boy at St. Boniface in Cold Spring.

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Tree farm changes ownership but remains family tradition

by Dennis Dalman

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A 30-year-old family business, Hinkemeyer’s Tree Farm near Rice, has been sold, but it will remain part of the family tradition because its new owner is Cheryl Thiele, one of the Hinkemeyers’ two daughters.

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Parents should plan for winter school emergencies

by Dennis Dalman

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Howling blizzards, arctic cold, near-zero visibility – all are factors that could cause disruptions to schools in the coming winter. That is why the Sartell-St. Stephen School District is asking all parents to be weather-aware, to plan for emergencies and to work with schools for the safety of all concerned.

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