Year in Review: 2013 brings changes, continued growth for St. Joseph

by Cori Hilsgen 2013 brought much expansion and change to St. Joseph.  The completion of projects such as Mill Stream Village, a housing development for seniors; the Church of St. Joseph parish center; continued construction for a new Army Reserve center and storage building; a new police chief; a new bishop and pope; a […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
Sgt. Shanae Fortson of Sartell was among three who served their country to be honored at a recent Timberwolves game. The others are Matthew Foy (left) and Kristopher Francisco.

Sgt. Fortson honored at Timberwolves game

A Sartell woman, Sgt. Shanae Fortson, was honored during a recent Timberwolves game. She was given a $500 grant thanking her for her military service by the “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.” The check was given in conjunction with the “Timberwolves’ Operation Minnesota Heroes” program. Fortson served with the U.S. Army’s 893rd Medical Detachment in Kuwait […]

Arboretum changes name

by Cori Hilsgen The St. John’s Abbey Arboretum announced last week it has changed its name to St. John’s Outdoor University. The OU includes more than 2,500 acres of lakes, oak savannah, prairie and woods which is owned by St. John’s Abbey and surrounds St. John’s University. OU offers environmental and outdoor education through […]


Legislators deserve scorn for assault against the poor

It is to be hoped our legislators, especially Tea Party Republicans, during their at-home recess, hear howls of righteous outrage from good citizens Coast to Coast in this nation. Republicans in the U.S. Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million American workers, who were hung out to dry right after Christmas. Talk about […]


Mama mia! It’s pizza to die for

If I were on death row, and the warden, keys jangling, walked up to my cell to ask me, “Dalman, what do you want for your last meal?,” I wouldn’t pause for a second. “Pizza,” I’d say. “A really good pizza.” I’ll never forget tasting my first pizza in the mid-1950s. A place called Sammy’s opened […]


2014 will be a very interesting year

Did you know 98 state legislators from 32 states met in December in Mt. Vernon, Va. to discuss the possibility of the states calling for a “Constitutional Convention” for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution? To remind you of high-school American history, our constitution can be amended by a two-thirds vote in congress and then […]

Jan. 3 Sartell

  Andrew J. Zondervan, son of Craig A. and Susan M. Zondervan of Sartell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Navy Seaman Zondervan completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and […]


Jan. 3 Sartell

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Dec. 11    1:37 a.m. Vehicle […]