Park visionaries named Citizens of the Year

by Dennis Dalman

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Three men have been named “Citizens of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce for their years of hard work in bringing amenities to Pinecone Central Park.

The three were honored at the Chamber’s recent honors banquet at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course.

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Bit by history bug, Court relishes discoveries

by Dennis Dalman

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One day about three years ago, when Rosie Court walked into the St. Joseph Historical Society’s museum, she became hooked on local history, and it was contagious as a flu bug – a good flu bug.

When Darol and Ellie Studer greeted Court, she was bowled over by their friendly welcome and then by their nearly encyclopedic knowledge of and love for local history.

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Motocross a happy bonding sport for Windahls

by Dennis Dalman

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They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s also true, in the words of Kala Windahl of Sartell, that “It takes a whole family to run a motocross race team.”

For years, two of the Windahl children – Chloe and Evan – have participated avidly in motocross racing. Their father, Russ, used to race, too, as an adult, but he decided to quit because of busier things on his schedule.

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Run the world with ‘She’s the First’ 5K at SJP April 26

by Cori Hilsgen

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St. John’s Prep High School juniors Sarah Schrup of St. Joseph and Gabrielle Kolb of St. Cloud, along with the SJP “She’s the First” Chapter, will host a 5K run/walk. It will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 on the logging trail behind the Tower Field at the St. John’s Outdoor University, Collegeville.

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Kruzel benefit nets nearly $13,000

by Dennis Dalman

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A benefit in memory of BriAnna Kruzel was so successful that organizers were able to buy a new sound system for the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Dance Program.

And there is still money left over in the BriAnna Kruzel Memorial Fund to help support other good causes that were dear to Kruzel’s heart in her young life before she died suddenly last year at age 18. On Sept. 28, 2013, BriAnna’s mother found her daughter face-down on the carpet of her bedroom. She had apparently died instantly, possibly of a rare heart arrhythmia. Her death, of course, devastated her family, friends and everyone who ever met her. She was the kind of girl who had what’s known as personality-plus: always smiling, always helpful, never judgmental.

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Soldiers walk to raise awareness

by Cori Hilsgen

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More than 15 soldiers walked a 12-hour-trek from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 to honor fallen soldiers and to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

The walkers traveled from the American Legion in Albany to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428 in St. Cloud. Each of the walkers carried a 30- to 50- pound backpack during the trek.

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Hornung to star as ‘Curly’ in musical

by Dennis Dalman

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Chris Hornung, a senior at Cathedral High School, hadn’t performed in a school play since he was in sixth grade. He thought it would be fun to do again and so he tried out for the school musical Oklahoma! And, much to his surprise, he landed the plum lead male role as Curly McLain.

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ASA celebrates National Nutritional Awareness Week

by Cori Hilsgen

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All Saints Academy students recently celebrated National Nutritional Awareness week March 24-28 by assisting food-service coordinator Mary Kay Pelkey with serving fresh fruits and vegetables during lunch last week.

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