Vietnam veteran writes novel, donates proceeds

by Frank Lee

Michael P. Maurer lives in Sartell, but for the veteran-turned-writer-and-poet who recently gave a presentation about his wartime experience, it’s almost as if he had never left Vietnam.

Perfume River Nights is a novel he struggled nine years to write because of the emotional toll the war took on his mind, body and soul, and because he wanted to do right by his comrades-in-arms, especially those who didn’t get to return home to the United States like he did.

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Pumpkin patch primed for the picking

by Frank Lee

One could not have picked a better fall day to go pumpkin-picking, which is why many made the trip to Collegeville Orchards in St. Joseph with about a week left before Halloween.

Kim Gerads of Sartell heard about the child-friendly event through word of mouth and brought her two children – Owen, 4, and Ava, 7 – to the orchards Oct. 16.

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Police grant for ninth officer not approved

by Cori Hilsgen

St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein said a recent application for an Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant to hire a ninth officer for the department was denied.

It was hoped that the grant would cover about 75 percent of the new officer’s salary for about three years.

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‘Saints in Service’ workathon set for Oct. 29

by Cori Hilsgen

The St. Joseph All Saints Academy’s 33rd annual “Saints in Service” workathon day will take place Saturday, Oct. 29.

For many years, ASA-St. Joseph students have participated in the event to offer services such as raking leaves, clearing gardens, clearing brush, moving wood and more to assist elderly and disabled residents of the St. Joseph area, as well as raise money for their school.

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Fire Department open house packs in the people

photo by Mindy Peterson Nolan Evenson, 3, of St. Cloud, enjoys the view from behind the wheel of a St. Joseph Fire Department engine during the open house at the St. Joseph Fire Hall on Oct. 14.

photo by Mindy Peterson
Nolan Evenson, 3, of St. Cloud, enjoys the view from behind the wheel of a St. Joseph Fire Department engine during its open house Oct. 14 at the St. Joseph Fire Hall.

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‘Celebrate Young Adult Day’ set for Oct. 29 at CSB

by Cori Hilsgen

The second annual “Celebrate Young Adult Day” will be held from 12:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at the College of St. Benedict’s Haehn Center in St. Joseph.

Kent Schmitz, Diocese of St. Cloud Consultant for Adolescent Catechesis and Youth Ministry, said the goal of the event is to reach out to young adults ages 18-27 and bring them together for a day of fun, fellowship, prayer and faith sharing.

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St. Joseph woman walks to defeat ALS, honors late husband

by Mollie Rushmeyer

Receiving the diagnosis of ALS (or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nervous-system disease), could cause a person to turn inward with despair, but not so with Glenn Hommerding.

The late St. Joseph resident and his wife, Brenda, and their children chose instead to give back to the ALS Association through the St. Cloud Walk to Defeat ALS after Glenn’s 2010 diagnosis.

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Kennedy walkathon raises money for school

by Cori Hilsgen

Kennedy Community School students, staff and area residents raised almost $20,500 at an annual walkathon event held Sept. 30, the second-highest amount raised since the event was started.

Principal Laurie Putnam said all students and staff participated in the event. They were also joined by St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein and St. Joseph Fire Chief Jeff Taufen, who led the school in their first walking lap.

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