Tractors blessed in St. Stephen after Mass

by Dennis Dalman After Catholic Mass, blessings abounded the morning of April 24 in St. Stephen when the Rev. Robert Harren, followed by his congregation, crossed the street from the church and blessed a long line of tractors with his handheld holy water sprinkler. The ceremony was performed in honor of St. Isidore the […]


John Deere wannabe grabs attention

by Dennis Dalman Some farmers are sold on John Deere tractors; some swear by International Harvester Farmall tractors, and that kind of fierce favoritism has verged on fightin’ words at many shoot-the-breeze sessions in St. Stephen farmyards, not to mention elsewhere. So it’s no wonder an upstart pretender has caused so much commotion at […]


Work to begin in June on 5-legged roundabout

by Dennis Dalman Work will begin sometime in mid- to late June on road reconfigurations and a five-legged roundabout designed to relieve severe traffic congestion and dangers on County Road 1 (Riverside Drive S.) in Sartell near where it connects with Highway 15. Roadways that will converge at the roundabout will be CR 1, LeSauk Drive, […]


Perske asks council to delay community center

by Dennis Dalman Former Sartell Mayor Joe Perske has again asked the city council to postpone present plans for a community center until after the May 24 school-bond election. During the public forum portion of the April 11 city council meeting, Perske said two other cities in the area – Sauk Rapids and St. […]

photo by Dennis Dalman
Sartell friends Helen Gehrts (left) and Luby Hollenhorst enjoy the beauty of red daisies at Fairview Gardens greenhouse in rural Sauk Rapids.

Succulents popular at area greenhouses

by Dennis Dalman Succulents are hot on the minds of eager spring planters, according to owners of area greenhouses. Succulent plants are those that have parts that are fleshy and thickened, allowing them to hold and store water in arid climates and soil conditions. The most typical ones most people would know are cacti, […]


Boy Scouts compete against other robot builders from around the world

by Frank Lee Six boys from Boy Scout Troop 211 are hoping to make history by beating the world’s best robot-building teams in a four-day completion in Louisville, Ky., that ends Saturday, April 23. St. Cloud Technical and Community College were among the institutions who provided a couple of dozen robot-building kits to the […]


Beloved coach, teacher Taylor dies at 70

by Dennis Dalman Dean Taylor, known as the “Father of Sartell football,” died at age 70 on April 14 at the Country Manor Health and Rehab Center in Sartell. Tributes from saddened fans are pouring in for the beloved coach and teacher of history and social studies at Sartell High School. During his career, […]


Pirate’s Cove – a phoenix rising from the recession

by Dave DeMars Sit down and talk with Jim Brownson about Pirate’s Cove, and it becomes apparent the man has a love affair with the place. “I spent a lot of time here,” Brownson said. “We came up here a lot because there seemed to be so much to do up here.” That was […]