Man’s rescue from lake forges bonds with life savers

by Dennis Dalman

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When Josh Johnson of Sartell fell through the ice, he struggled and screamed for help for 25 minutes until his strength gave out, and he sank under the icy water of Little Rock Lake near Rice.

He remembers, before he passed out, seeing the sandy bottom and thinking, “This is it; I’m going to die.”

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New baby barges into 11-below morning

by Dennis Dalman

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What kind of baby would want to be born in a Dodge Ram truck in 11-below-zero weather?

Well, tiny Neely Erickson didn’t seem to mind. Not at all. She was ready to barge into the world and so she did, thank you – in the parking lot in front of CentraCare clinic near the Coborn’s Super Store in St. Joseph.

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Perske begins the ‘toughest’ marathon

by Dennis Dalman

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Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, a long-time marathon runner, estimates he’s run close to 90,000 miles so far in his life, but recently he just started a marathon he says will be the toughest one – running for the Sixth U.S. Congressional seat.

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Panel demands stringent safety against clergy abuse

by Dennis Dalman

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There are 14 priests or monks living at the St. John’s Abbey who may still pose a danger to children, according to two attorneys, a former monk and two grown men who say they were abused by priests when they were children.

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Hiemenz has served rod, gun club for 40 years

by Cori Hilsgen

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St. Joseph resident Ken Hiemenz is a man who has served on several organizations for long periods of time. One of those organizations is the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club.

Hiemenz, 79, has been with the club since 1961 and has spent 40 of those years serving as president and other positions on the board of directors. At one time, he was asked to return to help the club get re-organized again. Hiemenz has also been the firearm safety instructor for the club since 1987.

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Superintendent finalists interviewed

by Dennis Dalman

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The choice for a new superintendent in Sartell was expected to be announced as early as Friday, Feb. 7.

As of Newsleader press time Wednesday morning, only one of the three finalists has been interviewed – Paul Neubauer, director of curriculum and instruction in St. Francis, which is in Anoka County just north of the Twin Cities.

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‘Crazy-but-smarter’ Munden to take icy plunge again

by Dennis Dalman

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MaryBeth Munden admits she’s crazy.

Every winter she willingly plunges into ice-cold water.

“Yes, I’m crazy,” she said, laughing. “But I’m getting smarter. This year I won’t be taking the plunge until March.”

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Water celebration set at United Methodist

“Water” will be the topic of much fun and education when First United Methodist Church in Sartell presents “Are You Thirsty? A Celebration of Water for all Ages.”

The program, to which all people of all ages are invited, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at the church, which is located at 1107 Pinecone Road S. People may register online at www.fumcscr.org or by calling 320-251-0804.

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