May 19

 CentraCare Health receives Minnesota Job Honor Award

CentraCare Health was selected as a top honoree for the inaugural Minnesota Job Honor Awards.In the employer category, CentraCare was recognized for its recruitment, hiring and retention programs that reduce racial and ethnic disparities.

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May 19

Jordan Lindboe of St. Joseph was recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at Ridgewater College-Willmar.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges that recognizes students for their academic achievements, as well as leadership, service and scholarship. Full-time students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 to qualify.

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May 12

CMAB awards grants to three organizations with St. Joseph ties

The Central Minnesota Arts Board  recently awarded $131,885 in support of 20 regional arts projects. Four criteria are used in evaluating applications: artistic quality and merit, demonstrated need, outcomes and evaluation, and ability to complete the proposal.

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May 12

Ally Haas from Girl Scouts’ Lakes and Pines and Sartell High School received the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, after completing a Take Action Project. Haas’ Girl Scout Gold Award Project was named Agiascendit which is Latin for “moving up.” Her project’s goal is to help struggling students at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School pair up with high school and college students for tutoring.

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May 5

CLARIFICATION

Many people helped make the “International Community Festival” in Sartell a crowd-pleaser, but they were not mentioned in the April 28 Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader story about that event. They included, besides Dr. Zurya Anjum, Celebration Lutheran Church Pastor Elizabeth Strenge, as well as the organizing committee for the festival that included church staff and Sartell residents who gave so much time and input to make the event the success it was.

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May 5

Paramount Center for the Arts will have a new director of performing arts, effective June 5. According to Bob Johnson, executive director, “Gretchen Boulka, former marketing and communications director for the National Lutheran Choir will join the Paramount replacing long-time performing arts lead, Laurie Johnson (no relation) who is retiring.” Boulka comes with an extensive background in contracting, marketing, budgeting and more and holds a master’s in arts administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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April 28

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Speicher honored as Sauk Rapids’ Ciizen of the Year

Jodi Speicher of Good Shepherd Community was recently named Sauk Rapids’ 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Sauk Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

She was honored at a reception April 24 in the Sauk Rapids Government Center as well-wishers, city staff, friends and family sang her praises. The Sauk Rapids City Council also gave her a tribute at its April 24 meeting.

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April 28

Knights select Joseph, Shirley Miller as Family of Year

The Family of the Year for 2017 exemplifies service to the church and community and is respected by many. Joseph Miller, better known as Joe, and his wife Shirley exemplify the value of faithful Christian living. They generously serve each other and others with love that extends out to their church and the greater community. Joseph has been a member of the Father Werner Council for 53 years.

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