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Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, clinical director at PineCone Vision Center, Sartell, helps fill a plate for a meal recipient Dec. 3 during a PhilanthroFEED at the Salvation Army, St. Cloud. Erika Kimber, optical supervisor at PineCone Vision, is in the forefront.

Restaurants, businesses pitch in through PhilanthroFEED

by Dennis Dalman The Salvation Army in east St. Cloud has a unique way of combining philanthropy with serving meals to those in need. The program is called PhilanthroFEED. For years, the Salvation Army has provided free meals to sometimes hundreds of people each day. Some are homeless, some are unemployed, many have come […]

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Minnesota Street Market displays AIDS quilt sections

by Cori Hilsgen Compassion, mercy and love is what is sought by those affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1987, in the early years of the disease, there were no medications available. Many people died and there were great fears and stigmas associated with the disease. Even as the number of cases increased, there was limited […]

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Ayleigh Hammond, a sixth-grader at Sartell Middle School, is raising money for her two-week ambassador journey to London and Paris next summer.

Dec. 6 fundraiser set for young ambassador

by Dennis Dalman At age 12, Ayleigh Hammond of Sartell will be one of the all-time youngest American ambassadors to Paris and London. Currently, Ayleigh, a sixth-grader at Sartell Middle School, is raising money for her planned ambassadorial journey. Now 11, the Sartell girl has been chosen for the “People to People” program to […]

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The St. Joseph City Council recently voted to upgrade the Lake Wobegon welcome center facility with heating and air conditioning so the city will be able to rent out the building year round.

EDA to use Lake Wobegon Trailhead building

by Cori Hilsgen The Economic Development Authority will use the Lake Wobegon Trailhead building as an office one day each week. St. Joseph City Council members voted to upgrade the facility with heating and air conditioning, with total costs not to exceed $20,000. Since it’s a regional facility, sales-tax funds can be used. EDA […]

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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 […]

City considers digital signs

by Cori Hilsgen The St. Joseph City Council has approved a temporary moratorium denying any new construction or modification of any sign which is illuminated, contains digital or electric lighting and/or contains dynamic features within St. Joseph. City council members determined that current law and ordinances have not kept pace with the digital world, electronic […]


Logan Mehr is a senior at Cathedral High School. He enjoys playing expressive, relatable music. He especially enjoys playing the guitar.

Student spotlight: Mehr wants to play expressive, relatable music

by Cori Hilsgen Logan Mehr is a musician who enjoys blues music. His goal as a musician is to be able to expressively play relatable music. He especially enjoys playing the guitar. Mehr is a senior at Cathedral High School. He is the 17-year-old son of Michelle and David Mehr. He has two sisters: […]

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The Great River Chorale performs a concert in a local church.

Great River Chorale to perform ‘Gloria’ Dec. 15

by Dennis Dalman Famed British composer John Rutter’s “Gloria” will be performed as the grand finale of the annual holiday concert by the St. Cloud-based Great River Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud. The concert is named “Gloria” after the Rutter work. Guest artists at […]