March 24

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Ella Morris of St. Joseph participated in the 50 Fly as part of the YMCA Gators swim team’s state competition held in Rochester. The Gators brought 10 swimmers to the meet and all but one earned points for the team, which brought home the third-place finish for points in the A Division. Morris also competed in the 100 Back, taking fourth place; 50 Back, placing eighth; 100 Free, placing 18th; 50 Free, placing 20th; 100 IM, placing 23rd; 100 Fly, placing 24th; 50 Breast, placing 42nd; and 200 Free Relay, placing 24th. The YMCA Gator swimmers, who also competed the weekend before at the USA Senior State Meet in Rochester,  took third place in points. A banner ceremony will be held at 5:30 Monday, April 10 at YMCA to celebrate the team’s accomplishments.

March 24

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The Sartell seventh-grade B team played in a B tournament March 18 in Marshall finishing second to New Ulm. Team members include (front row, from left to right) Will Hoekstra, Jacob Merrill, Eric Liveringhouse, Zach Mathiasen and Jalen Vorpahl; and (back row) Larking Lang, Aiden Oglesby, Steven Brinkerhoff, Jackson Vos and Ben Karasch. Not pictured: team member Connor Eischens and Coaches Tosh Brinkerhoff, Jason Merrill and Troy Hoekstra.

Two Sartell students recently graduated with bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

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March 17

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The Sartell Sabres Pee Wee B1 White hockey team took home the title of District 5 Pee Wee B Champions Feb. 26 after defeating St. Michael Albertville at the District Championship game at the Municipal Ice Arena in St. Cloud. Congratulations on a great season Sabres. Team members include the following: (front row, from left to right) Connor Freeman, Charlie Lindell, Camron Rohe and Beau Supan; and (back row) Ben Cihlar, Drew Ritter, Anna Lundeen, Blake Legatt, Trey Hilger, Elias Hill and Sam Lemieur. Not pictured: Anden VanDenBerg.

Ida Sass, a resident and active volunteer at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Spirit of Aging Award.

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March 17

For sixth year in a row, Thrivent named a ‘World’s Most Ethical Company’

Thrivent Financial was recently recognized again by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company. The designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. For six years in a row, Thrivent’s commitment to operating with ethical business standards and practices has been highlighted by this honor. This continued recognition ensures long-term value to members, employees, suppliers, regulators and investors. Thrivent is one of only seven companies in the Financial Services category honored this year. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10 percent) and provided to all companies who participate in the process. To read the entire story, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on People.

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Jean Marie Harlander, 64, St. Joseph

Jean Marie Harlander, 64, died March 3, 2017, at her home in St. Joseph. A private service will be held at a later date.

Harlander, daughter of Carl Joseph and Ruth Ann (Akin) Jensen, was born Aug. 3, 1952, in Long Prairie. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1970 and lived in the St. Joseph/St. Cloud area most of her adult life. She was employed for 26 years at St. Cloud Area Planning Organization, retiring in 2004. After retiring, she enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph Lab School (now All Saints Academy) for several years.

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March 10

The St. Joseph Lions Club raised $3,407.36 during their chicken-and-ham-dinner fundraiser held Jan. 20 at Sal’s Bar & Grill.  The money will be donated to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

Twelve St. Joseph and St. Cloud students are part of the St. Cloud YMCA Gator Swim team, which competed Feb 19 at the YMCA State Meet at the University of Minnesota. The Gators brought home the high points per capita trophy, again! It’s the fifth time in the past six years. What this means is 29 swimmers earned more points per kid than any other team there. The Gators were the seventh-smallest team with 29 swimmers. They took fifth place overall out of 19 teams.

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March 10

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Good Shepherd Community recently received its Quality Award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference attended by more than 4,200 older-adult-services professionals. Pictured are the following: (left to right) Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota; Mark Anderson, chair, LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors; Tami Kolbinger, Cottage Life Enrichment coordinator; and Sabrina Keller, Cottage care manager.

Good Shepherd Community receives LeadingAge Minnesota Quality Award

Good Shepherd Community recently received a Stars Among Us Quality Award from LeadingAge Minnesota for its Her Story, Her Song: An Intergenerational Music Project.

“The Quality Award recognizes progressive and exceptional initiatives that result in meaningful impacts to aging Minnesotans,” said Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO of LeadingAge Minnesota. “Through its Her Story, Her Song project, Good Shepherd used intergenerational learning to explore the issues surrounding memory loss and the positive effects of music on those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”

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David J. Guggenberger, 89, Sartell

David J. Guggenberger, 89, Sartell

Jan. 18, 1928 – March 6, 2017

David J. Guggenberger, 89, of Sartell died March 6 at his residence. His funeral was held March 9 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. The Rev. Timothy Baltes officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

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