Debate: Should chickens be allowed in backyards?

by Dennis Dalman

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Be it resolved: Chickens should be able to roost in residential areas.

That assertion was the topic of a lively, engaging debate Nov. 20 in the Sartell City Hall chambers, attended by about 70 people. It was the first of a planned series of debates organized by local residents, some of whom have connections to the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University00.

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Tillemans, man of conscience, subject of documentary

by Dennis Dalman

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A lunch at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph three years ago led to a television documentary about a local man renowned for sharing his first-hand knowledge of Nazi war crimes.

Chuck Czech is a producer at KSMQ, the public television station in Austin. When he and his wife stopped at Kay’s Kitchen three years ago, he noticed a flyer on the wall about a public open-house birthday party for a man by the name of Larry Tillemans. The flyer included a few mentions about how Tillemans is one of the only known living survivors of the Nazi war-crimes trial in Nuremberg, Germany. Tillemans, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, served as one of the clerk typists at that trial, as well as at the war-crimes trial at Dachau, site of a Nazi death camp.

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‘Drawn to Word’ to feature Bible-story painting in action

by Dennis Dalman

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People will have a chance to see a Bible story “come alive” in the form of a colorful painting in action when Paul Oman presents “Drawn to the Word” three times at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.

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Residents are staying ‘Forever Fit’

by Cori Hilsgen

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A number of area residents are trying a “Forever Fit” approach to exercising and staying healthy by participating in exercise classes held at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall.

The class, instructed by Paula Woischke, is part of the Whitney Senior Center’s “Whitney WithOut Walls” program, an outreach activity that brings Whitney-type programming to local areas.

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Sartell quilters donate quilts to Third World

by Dennis Dalman

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Though it might be hard for most Americans to realize, a good quilt is so prized by impoverished people in Third World countries it literally becomes a coveted life-and-death object.

A quilt is often used for the birth of a child, and that same quilt – years later – can be used as a “shroud” in which to wrap someone who is deceased.

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Credit union trumpets importance of financial fitness

by Dennis Dalman

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Moderation in spending can lead to financial fitness just as moderation in eating can lead to physical health.

The employees of the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union and its two branches, including the Sartell one, have launched a program they call “Financial Fitness.” It’s an effort to help all of their customers better manage money to bring their lives into balance financially. They believe when a good financial balance is achieved, other elements important to a balanced life (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) will more easily come into a harmonious balance.

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Sabre swim team places third at state

The Sartell Sabre girls swimming-diving team placed third in the Class A state competition last week.

For the past five years, the team has done exceedingly well in state competition. In 2009 and 2011, the girls won first at state. In 2012, they earned second place. This year was just one of many third-place finishes, the others being in 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2010.

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Cold Spring woman dies in St. Joseph car accident

by Cori Hilsgen

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Marcella Cheeley, 90, of Cold Spring, died Nov. 21 in a car crash at the bypass near Interstate-94.

The collision occurred at the intersection of CR 2 and Minnesota Street W., west of St. Joseph.  It was reported at 9:20 a.m. Several deputies from Stearns County were at the scene of the crash.

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