Area students attend young authors/artists conference

by Cori Hilsgen

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More than 1,400 students, along with teachers and chaperones from area schools, including St. Joseph and Sartell, participated in the 13th annual Young Authors Young Artists conference held May 17-19 on the campus of the College of St. Benedict.

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Interim sheriff appointed for Stearns County

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Stearns County now has an interim sheriff, Don Gudmundson.

The county’s board of commissioners appointed him May 23 to serve out the remainder of the term of John Sanner, who announced he would resign as sheriff several months ago.

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Lodermeier family would like eagle statue returned

by Cori Hilsgen

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Memorial Day is a time when many people visit gravesites and other memorials to remember and honor deceased loved ones.

For one family, that will be harder this year because a statue honoring its brother and son has been taken from the family farm.

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New YMCA hopes to bring health, fun together for families

by Mollie Rushmeyer

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A lazy river; a water slide; a two-story rock-climbing wall; the bright, shining floor of a new basketball court; a running/walking track; three gyms – oh, my! The brand new 106,000-square-foot St. Cloud Area YMCA (compared to the 40,000-square-foot space now) held its open house to show off those new features and others May 20.

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Lions, pillows and plants – Oh my!

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Nathan Stewart and Ann Reischl, both of St. Joseph, discuss pillows at the St. Joseph Y2K Lions Club Pillow Cleaning and Plant Sale which took place May 19 at the St. Joseph fire hall.

‘Jacob’s work is not done yet’

by Dave DeMars

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“Jacob loved St. Joe,” said Jerry Wetterling. “He went to school on this property of the old Kennedy Elementary here and had so many of his closest friends from here. We can think of no better way to honor him and all that he stood for. Patty and I are so grateful and will do whatever we can to help make this happen.”

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Chief Klein stresses safety

by Cori Hilsgen

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In Minnesota, residents tend to spend more time outside gathering and celebrating memorable occasions when the weather is nice. Many of those occasions include drinking adult alcoholic beverages.

St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein said behavior with alcohol is always a concern, and he would like to remind people to behave responsibly when they drink.

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SummerFest to celebrate 25 years June 9-11

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

A big parade, street dance, fireworks, golfing, a bike rodeo, a kids’ run and the Libertyville party are all part of Sartell SummerFest 2017, which will take place Friday through Sunday, June 9-11.

This will be the 25th annual Sartell SummerFest.

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