photo by Dennis Dalman
Andrae Asmus beams as he emerges from the Winter Wonderland "Ice Cave."

Children wowed by PME’s ‘Winter Wonderland’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com When Pine Meadow Elementary kindergartners entered “Winter Wonderland” Dec. 17, they “oohed” and “ahhed” as if they had just seen Santa land in his sleigh. “Wow!” many of them blurted out, wide-eyed. “I just can’t believe my eyes!” said one little girl. “This is awesome!” a little boy exclaimed. The Pine […]

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The seventh annual “Christmas in the Barn,” depicting the original Christmas story, will take place Dec. 23 and 24 at the Leither farm just north of St. Joseph.

‘Christmas in a Barn’ set for Dec. 23, 24

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com An antique, straw-filled, wooden bread bowl serves as the cradle for baby Jesus. Children gather near, dressed up as Mary, Joseph, an angel, a shepherd and a donkey. The manger scene takes place in a very old dairy barn near St. Joseph. The seventh annual “Christmas in a Barn” will take […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
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 news@thenewsleaders.com 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 […]

photo by Cori Hilsgen
Several crashes and a fatal accident at an intersection west of St. Joseph where CR 2 connects to Minnesota Street have prompted more review because of safety concerns. Stearns County has installed intersection lights, larger  "Stop Ahead" signs, larger "Stop" signs and 45-mph speed advisory signs to help drivers be more aware.

County is reviewing CR 2 bypass road

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Stearns County engineers are reviewing the CR 2 bypass road because of safety concerns. The new bypass road that was built to redirect traffic away from downtown St. Joseph opened last fall. There have been crashes at both the intersection where CR 2 meets 75 and where CR 2 meets Minnesota […]

Scam call causes sweaty panic – at first

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At first, Francis Gomes of Sartell was so rattled by the phone call, he broke out in a sweat. He was utterly incredulous when the official-sounding woman on the other end of the line told him the police would soon be at his house, his assets would be seized, his driver’s […]

photo courtesy of HMA Architects Ltd.
View of the proposed center from the northeast.

Council votes to move forward on new center

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council recently voted in favor of having consultants prepare documents for a new government center/police station project to open for bids. City staff hopes to have the request for bids out in early spring. If a bid is chosen and approved by the council, construction of the […]

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Marty Martinen, along with wife Dayna and son John, own and operate four Little Caesar's pizza places, including the new one in Sartell. The other ones are in St. Cloud, Brainerd and Willmar.

New Little Caesar’s does brisk business in Sartell

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The new Little Caesar’s pizza place in Sartell is a dream-come-true for its owners, Marty and Dayna Malinen. It has been doing a brisk, steady business ever since it recently opened. To the Malinens, the new business has the “right feel.” That’s because Marty designed the business, and Dayna was born […]

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Josh Smithers of St. Cloud rings the Salvation Army red-kettle bell in front of Walmart in Sartell. On a bitterly cold Dec. 10, Smithers rang the bell from 3-8 p.m. His twin brother, Justin, also rang the kettle bell at the same time on the west entrance of Walmart. The Smither twins' mother, Shannon, is the coordinator for 150 bellringers this season in the greater St. Cloud area.

Red-kettle donations down for this time of year

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com When people see Salvation Army bell-ringers standing in front of area stores, they often think of holiday presents for the needy or of aid during natural disasters. Most probably do not think – or know about – the following reasons for the Salvation Army red-kettle donations: The 12 to 15 homeless […]