Asseln’s art blends line between photography-painting

by Dennis Dalman 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. Asseln, a St. Stephen resident, is the subject of a one-man art show entitled “Minnesota […]

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The St. John's University golf course once located on its campus was one of 35 Minnesota courses that closed during the Great Depression years. Joe Bissen has included the course and the "Hillside Golf Course" of St. Cloud in his recent book, "Fore! Gone. Minnesota's Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999."

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

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
Ardelle Amundson of Sartell (at right) helped form the Rice Area Mission Quilters 11 years ago. The group has lots of fun when they gather to make quilts, all of which are donated to good causes. From left are Breanna Motshke, John Borash (Motshke's boyfriend), Edris Weinand, Cherie Ablan, Theresa Duea, Eveyln Kirchner and Amundson.

Quilters bring warmth, kindness, comfort to people in need

by Dennis Dalman 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. Another one said, “Thanks for the quilt. Now I don’t have to share with my mom.” […]

photo by Cori Hilsgen
A large pile of debris from a St. John's University paint shop fire is shown by the building. The fire damaged about two-thirds of the building.

Fire destroys part of SJU paint shop

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]

Sartell hopes to get ‘Safe Routes to School’ grant

by Dennis Dalman 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 […]


BMX racing mentor Cheryl Post dies of cancer

by Cori Hilsgen 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 […]

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 movie to be shown on ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’

by Dennis Dalman “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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Jacob Richter is an active teenager who is an athlete and enjoys spending time outdoors. He also likes to help his grandfather, Ray, split firewood.

Student spotlight: Jacob Richter is an avid outdoorsman

by Cori Hilsgen 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, […]