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An artist's conception of the St. Joseph Government Center shows how the facility would look from the east. The plans for the center remain controversial among many city residents.

Big crowd debates government-center plan

by Dennis Dalman

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At least one member of the St. Joseph City Council, Steve Frank, opposes a new city government center – at least as the plan now exists.

At a public meeting April 29 at the St. Joseph Community Fire Hall meeting room, Frank, who was sitting in the audience stood up and told the audience that at this time the city cannot afford both a government center and a community center. Maybe in the future, Frank said, but not now. He also said adding a “community room” to a newly built government center is a “bastardization” of the meaning of a “regional” project, thus an excuse to use half-cent sales-tax money for a new government center.

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Some paper mill’s metal to become bicycle racks

by Dennis Dalman

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Heidi Jeub is a firm believer that public art can bring a sense of “livability” to a place and can even help ground people in their cultural and historical framework of that place.

That is why Jeub is happy she was chosen, along with teacher Joe Schulte, to use scrap metals from the now-defunct Verso paper mill to create bicycle racks for the City of Sartell. Jeub, who lives in St. Cloud, is a 1995 graduate of Sartell High School. Schulte, who teaches technology education at Sartell High School, is a 1997 graduate of the high school.

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‘Make a Wish’ Kaylee goes for Bahamas cruise

by Dennis Dalman

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Eight-year-old Kaylee Condon of Sartell always wanted to take a cruise on beautiful tropical waters, and this week her wish is coming true.

Condon and her family left May 2 for a Disney cruise in the waters in the Bahamas east of Florida. On the trip are her parents, Nick and Sarah, and her two sisters, her twin Annabelle and Kianna, 9.

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Schug publishes seventh book of poems

by Cori Hilsgen

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Local poet Larry Schug recently published his seventh book of poems, At Gloaming.

Schug’s poetry covers many topics including baseball, nature, dealing with grief and more. Most of his poetry is one page long.

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Bradford J. Folta Jr. has spent much of his life being around rocks. The geologist will lead a granite-history tour Saturday, May 10 at Quarry Park.

Take a tour of billion-year-old rocks

by Dennis Dalman

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Granite quarry rocks have a big story to tell – a billion-year-old story. They also have a shorter story to tell, one that started a mere 130 years ago.

People in the greater St. Cloud area are invited to “Geology in the Park,” a free guided tour of what the quarry rocks have to tell us. It will take place Saturday, May 10 at Stearns County Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The four-hour adventure tour will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One-hour tours will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

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College of St. Benedict Dean of Students Jody Terhaar presents Kathryn Smith (right) with the first Centennial Service Award during the "Bennie Day of Service" on March 22. Smith was nominated because of her strong leadership skills and commitment to serving.

Smith receives first CSB Centennial Service Award

by Cori Hilsgen

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College of St. Benedict junior Kathryn Smith received the first Centennial Service Award at the Bennie Day of Service March 22 at the CSB Claire Lynch Hall.

The award recognizes a current CSB student for her service in the local area.

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One of artist Heidi Jeub’s acrylic abstract paintings is a mysterious, atmospheric blue expanse with swatches of color and scritch marks that draw the viewers into its shimmering depths.

Jeub’s works featured at the Veranda

An exhibit by local artist Heidi Jeub is now being shown in the Veranda at Pioneer Place on Fifth in downtown St. Cloud.

Jeub, a Sartell High School graduate, was chosen to help create bike racks from scrap metals salvaged from the Sartell paper mill now under demolition. (See related story in today’s paper.)

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The St. John's Prep Knowledge Bowl team recently won the state title in Brainerd. The winning team includes (left to right) Assistant Coach Jen Daiker, Amelia Broman, Sam Rogers, Marisa Gaetz, Justin Terhaar, Nick Haeg and Coach Charles Miller.

SJP knowledge bowl team wins at state

by Cori Hilsgen

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The St. John’s Prep knowledge bowl team, competeing against more than 40 other teams, won the State Knowledge Bowl Meet held April 11 at Cragun’s Resort by Brainerd.

The SJP winning team consists of one freshman – Amelia Broman, daughter of Evelyn Erickson and Bruce Broman of St. Cloud; and four sophomores – Sam Rogers, son of Sara and Joe Rogers of Avon; Marisa Gaetz, daughter of Rose and Rick Gaetz of St. Joseph; Justin Terhaar, son of Jody and Karl Terhaar of St. Joseph; and Nick Haeg, son of Claire and Benedict Haeg of Sauk Centre.

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