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Joetown ski camp held at Kennedy

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Ten fifth- and sixth-grade students at Kennedy Community School participated in a Joetown ski camp from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 25-29. Instructors Molly Weyrens and Dave Johnson held the camp to try to get more students interested in cross-country skiing. Weyrens and Johnson coached together at Apollo and Cathedral High School. Johnson […]

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St. Joseph ranked safest city in Minnesota

by Steven Wright news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph topped the list of safest cities in Minnesota in a new report released last Monday. Safewise, a home-security company, released the top 100 safest cities with a population of at least 5,000. The report used the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014 comparing the number of violent […]

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Gaetz named Region 5A Triple A Award winner

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com St. John’s Prep senior Marisa Gaetz was recently named the Region 5A Female Triple A Award winner and will advance to compete at the state level. The Minnesota State High School League Triple A Award recognizes high-school seniors who have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field and in fine […]

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The house at 24 College Ave. S., which sits on the future site of 24 North Lofts, across the road from City Hall and across the alley from La Playette, was demolished April 1, 2014. The previous owners of the house, the Loso family, gathered to watch the demolition.

Bayou project rebrands as 24 North

by Logan Gruber operations@thenewsleaders.com Colleen Hollinger Petters, Jon Petters and their team at Collegeville Cos. have been working on a new development in town for a number of years now. Bayou Alley Flats, a project which was planned to have both residential and business space, has changed its name as the project shifted focus. It will […]

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New book evokes fears, strengths of Somali girl

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com After so much day-to-day contact with Somali students, hearing and seeing their difficulties in adjusting to a new society, Tammy Wilson decided to write a book so others could open their eyes and hearts to these new immigrants to America. Wilson, a Sauk Rapids resident, is the principal of Discovery School […]

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Artisan Naan Bakery owner Tahir Sandhu holds some of their fresh-baked naan which is available at the Minnesota Street Market.

Artisan Naan Bakery expands to wholesale

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Owners of the Artisan Naan Bakery, Tahir Sandhu and his wife, Gwen Williams, are busy bakers, and as word spreads about their tasty fresh naan, they are becoming even busier. They opened their 400-square-foot bakery business located in the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph in November 2014. They make loaves […]

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A shock to the flesh, icy water has MaryBeth Munden and Rick Welch all a-shiver after their plunge for Special Oympics Minnesota recently in Sauk Centre.

Munden to ‘Plunge’ for seventh time

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph resident MaryBeth Munden admits it’s a bit crazy, but she just can’t stop doing it. Taking the plunge, that is. A plunge into icy lake water in the middle of winter. “No, I just can’t stop,” she said. “The cause is such a good one.” The cause is Special […]

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Telephone scams common this time of year

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office recently issued a warning of ongoing telephone scams which occur this time of year across the area. The sheriff’s office says scammers may call and try to inform residents they owe back taxes and if they do not comply the scammer will call law enforcement to arrest the resident. It’s […]