photo by Dennis Dalman
Immediately following the debate, a woman passes a tray for which people in the audience toss pennies if they agree or disagree with one side or the other in the debate. It's a way the audience can add their "two-cents worth" to the issue.

Debate: Should chickens be allowed in backyards?

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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Larry Tillemans, shown here in his Country Manor apartment, has given more than 450 talks about the importance of remembering the Holocaust and its more than 10 million victims. Next to Tillemans is one of his posters he displays during his presentations. Tillemans, who lived for many years in St. Joseph, was a clerk typist for the U.S. Army who typed up and prepared transcripts during the trials of Nazi war criminals at the end of World War II.

Tillemans, man of conscience, subject of documentary

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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Painter Paul Oman, who lives in Deer Park, Wis. paints this landscape in the open air in Door County, Wis. Oman excels in a number of art genres, including landscapes and religious themes from the Bible.

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

by Dennis Dalman 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. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, which will take place at 6:30 […]

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Paula Woischke (center) instructs a fitness class for seniors. She is currently teaching "Forever Fit" classes at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She encourages individuals to attend a session to learn more about the program.

Residents are staying ‘Forever Fit’

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]

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Rosemary Winch (left) and Jan Farley check out a quilt made by their group, the Celebration Lutheran Quilters Group. The 75 quilts they've made during the past year will all be donated through World Lutheran Relief to needy people in Third World countries. As this photo shows, all of the quilts are traditionally shown once a year draped over the pews at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.

Sartell quilters donate quilts to Third World

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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Employees of the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union are helping customers balance their lives and finances through a program they call "Financial Fitness." Three of the Sartell branch employees are (left to right) Duane Otremba, vice president of marketing; Tammy Butler, Sartell office supervisor; and Bridget Deutz, social-media marketing coordinator.

Credit union trumpets importance of financial fitness

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]

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, […]

Cold Spring woman dies in St. Joseph car accident

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]