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Ruth Wakefield (played by Zoe Goetz) invented the Toll House chocolate-chip cookie quite by accident one day in 1930 at her inn in Massachusetts.

‘Waxwork’ inventors speak about their great inventions

by Dennis Dalman 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.” All […]

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Kristen Bauer challenged her Kennedy fourth-grade students to expand their Native American music-and-culture unit by choosing one of nine options to show what they had learned. Shown here are fourth-grade students with a variety of projects including games, posters or Native American flutes: (front row, left to right) Aaliyah Mixteco, Taylor Wald, Grant Roob, Lindsey Zimmer, Magdalen Brands, Taylor Thoma, Alexis Waverek, Destiny Mays and Jasmine Wiener; (back row) Alex Beumer, Kaitlyn Rangel, Haley Jonas, Kiley Swenson, Garrett Munkholm, Connor Motschke, Miles Carlton, Maya Peterson, Tiegen Drontle, Ethan Wolff, Dominic Ethen, Tyler Theis, Taya Stroot-Duea and Brandon Zimmer.

Bauer challenges students’ music experience

by Cori Hilsgen 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. This is Bauer’s first year teaching at Kennedy. She teaches general music to grades 1-4. She has taught at Lincoln […]

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Jim Wasdyke of Sartell paints a musical-themed oil painting featuring a violin, an instrument he enjoys playing. To his left is another oil painter, Sartell resident Judy Frampton. Wasdyke's wife, Shirley (right) joins the painters as she does her crosstitch. The visual artists meet every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Sartell Senior Connection Center in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District Services Building. Any artists, from beginners to accomplished pros, are welcome to join the Wednesday get-togethers.

Wasdyke’s paintings reflect his varied, interesting life

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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St. Joseph resident Jo Schwalboski sketched this self portrait. Her paintings and sketches are on display at Cream City Tattoo, where she is the featured artist for November.

Constant changes help Schwalboski create art

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]

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John Taylor of Sartell (right) is congratulated by former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer after Taylor was honored for his contributions to renewable heating and cooling systems that are state-of-the-art environmentally friendly technologies. Latimer was one of the founders of integrated heating and cooling systems in St. Paul, which are now acclaimed far and wide.

Sartell man honored for work in renewable heating, cooling

by Dennis Dalman 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. Taylor, who is currently serving as board chair for Ever-Green Energy, recently received the George Latimer Leadership Award. […]

Lawsuit claims priest abused boy

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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Cheryl Thiele and her father, Floyd Hinkemeyer, bundle a tree at Hinkemeyer Tree Farm. Cheryl and her husband, Randy, purchased the 30-year-old business from Cheryl's parents and will operate it starting Sunday, Nov. 24.

Tree farm changes ownership but remains family tradition

by Dennis Dalman 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. Cheryl and her husband, Randy Thiele, recently purchased the tree farm from Cheryl’s parents. During an interview […]

Parents should plan for winter school emergencies

by Dennis Dalman 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. The […]