Asseln’s art blends line between photography-painting

by Dennis Dalman

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Randy Asseln’s friends don’t know whether to call him a photographer or a painter.

But that’s OK. Because Asseln is equally adept as a keen taker of photos and as an artist with a digital palette.

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‘Fore! Gone’ book talks about St. John’s golf course

by Cori Hilsgen

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Did you know St. John’s University used to have a golf course? The course is described in author Joe Bissen’s book called “Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999.”

The book describes more than 80 abandoned courses in Minnesota, including the one at SJU and another that was at one time located in St. Cloud. It was called “Hillside Golf Course” and operated from 1930-45.

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Quilters bring warmth, kindness, comfort to people in need

by Dennis Dalman

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Ardelle Amundson loves to get “thank-you” notes, especially from children.

One of them said, in a childish scrawl, “Thank you for giving my mom and I a quilt. It’s really nice and warm.” – Marcus.

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Fire destroys part of SJU paint shop

by Cori Hilsgen

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A paint shop built on the southwest side of St. John’s University campus was recently damaged by fire. A sign on the building states it’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Director of Media Relations Michael Hemmesch said the fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. The St. John’s Fire Department responded, and Avon and St. Joseph fire departments were also called to assist. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

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Sartell hopes to get ‘Safe Routes to School’ grant

by Dennis Dalman

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An application for a “Safe Routes to School” grant was approved by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting.

If the city receives the grant, it plans to use it to construct a 7-foot wide sidewalk along the south side of 2nd Street S. from Pinecone Road east to 4th Avenue S. Currently, there is no sidewalk or trail on that side of the street. There is only one crosswalk on that busy roadway – the one located at 4th Avenue S. by the Middletown Apartments. A sidewalk would serve the Sundance Business Center and lead to the semaphore-lighting intersection at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street S.

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BMX racing mentor Cheryl Post dies of cancer

by Cori Hilsgen

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Cheryl Post, a local BMX racing mentor recently died after battling stage 4 melanoma for the past year. Post, 53, was diagnosed April 2013 and died at her home.

She and her husband, Mark, were active with mentoring BMX racers. BMX is a type of off-road bicycle racing whose format was modeled from motocross racing. Races are sprint races done on off-road tracks.

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Tillemans movie to be shown on ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’

by Dennis Dalman

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“Never forget!”

That is the oft-repeated advisory that followed the systematic butchery of Jews and other “undesirables” and ethnic minorities during World War II in Europe.

Larry Tillemans is one man who has dedicated a major part of his life to ensure people never forget what happened in those death camps.

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Student spotlight: Jacob Richter is an avid outdoorsman

by Cori Hilsgen

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Jacob Richter is an active teenager – an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, archery and other activities. He is also an athlete and plays hockey and baseball.

Richter, 13, is in seventh-grade at Kennedy Community School. He is the son of Ladawna Ruth and Jeff Richter. He has one brother – Darryn, 5.

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