Restaurants, businesses pitch in through PhilanthroFEED

by Dennis Dalman

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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 to a difficult place in their lives and all are in need of sustenance.

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Minnesota Street Market displays AIDS quilt sections

by Cori Hilsgen

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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 action by the government.

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Dec. 6 fundraiser set for young ambassador

by Dennis Dalman

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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.

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EDA to use Lake Wobegon Trailhead building

by Cori Hilsgen

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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.

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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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City considers digital signs

by Cori Hilsgen

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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.

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Student spotlight: Mehr wants to play expressive, relatable music

by Cori Hilsgen

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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: Baylee, 23, and Taylor, 22.

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Great River Chorale to perform ‘Gloria’ Dec. 15

by Dennis Dalman

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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.

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