Four Kennedy students place in spelling bee

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

You can tell what time of year it is without even looking at the calendar. Just ask what’s happening at the local schools. Winter Snow Festival? Valentine’s Day Dance? Spelling Bee?

Yes indeed. If it’s February, it’s spelling-bee time. And this year St. Joseph’s Kennedy School sponsored a team. While the emphasis on spelling is not what it used to be, and spell check helps many of us through much of the tedium of proofing our writing, a good speller can save time just by knowing how to spell a word without using the spell-check crutch.

[...]   Read More -->

He was driving fine, then he was sinking

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Duane Scepaniak of St. Joseph was driving his new red GMC Sierra across the ice on Big Swan Lake near Grey Eagle in Todd County.

“I was driving along just fine,” he said, “but then all of sudden I wasn’t driving anymore. I was sinking. There was a thin spot on that ice and obviously I found it.”

[...]   Read More -->

Daddy Daughter Date Night set Feb. 25 forges good bonds

by Mollie Rushmeyer

news@thenewsleaders.com

Christian Medford, event director for Leighton Broadcasting, set out five years ago to create what he calls his passion project, Daddy Daughter Date Night, to show his daughters not only how much they mean to him but how they should be treated in the future.

[...]   Read More -->

Defunders, defenders rally at Planned Parenthood

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

To defend or to defund? That question hung in the nippy air when nearly 150 people carrying signs stood in front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic in east St. Cloud last Saturday morning.

The demonstration lasted from 10 a.m. until noon.

[...]   Read More -->

Sweetheart Selfie Contest submissions

Featured are this year’s 2017 “Sweetheart Love Selfie” contest submissions.

Congratulations to Candice Larson and her daughter Sierra Jones, both of St. Joseph, who won first place, Mike Myers-Schleif and his daughter Kylie, both of Sauk Rapids, who won second place, and Cindy and Brandon Reichel, both of Sartell, who won third place. Thank you to all who entered our Love Selfie Valentine’s contest. Watch the Newsleaders for our next contest due out in March.

[...]   Read More -->

Cathedral works toward $16.5-million goal

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

The board of directors, national volunteer chairs Bob and Kathy Lahr, president Mike Mullen and many others involved with the success for Cathedral High School hope to finish raising $16.5 million in the months ahead as part of its Campaign for Cathedral Master Plan 2018.

[...]   Read More -->

Safe house for victims of sex-trafficking to open

by Mollie Rushmeyer

news@thenewsleaders.com

With an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 people sexually exploited each day in Minnestoa, according to service organization Breaking Free, CeCe Terloux, a long-time advocate of forced-prostitution victims, felt the timing was right to open a shelter and transitional home called Terebinth Refuge, to benefit not only the greater St. Cloud area but much of the state.

[...]   Read More -->

Kuebelbeck offers new menu at Sliced

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

If you notice a few changes to the menu at Sliced in downtown St. Joseph, it’s because new owner Mary Kuebelbeck and her team have been busy preparing new options.

Kuebelbeck, a St. Joseph resident, recently purchased the business.

[...]   Read More -->