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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com All that 10-year-old Tom Held wants is to be treated as if he matters, so that other kids don’t just stand there and do nothing when he is bullied – or just as bad, join in the taunts and laughter. The teasing started when he was a kindergartner. A heartbreaking home-made video featuring Held has gone
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by Patric Lewandowski news@thenewsleaders.com The holidays come with all types of traditions, from caroling to cookie making. One St. Joseph tradition is entering its ninth year: the Dave Cofell Christmas Show at Local Blend. “It started small nine years ago but it has really grown,” said Dave Cofell, founder and host of the Christmas show. “The Local Blend didn’t have
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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Cooks, bus drivers and custodians of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District announced Dec. 9 they are ready to call a strike because of frustrating labor-contract negotiations. All of the 83 employees are members of Service Employees International Union Local 284. They include custodians, grounds workers, food service, and bus and van drivers for Sartell’s five schools.
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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com You forget what you wanted when you walked into a room or you misplace your keys, phone or other items. Are those considered “normal” signs of aging? Krisie Barron, a caregiver specialist from Embrace, will discuss what is considered “normal” and “not normal” aging at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at the Church of St. Joseph
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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com There is no greater joy for Sartell resident Gayle Smoley than to see a young child pick up a book and start reading. “It’s the heart of it all,” she said. “If you can read and write, you’ve got it made.” For most of her adult life, Smoley has been on the front lines of many
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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com All you have to do is open a holiday home-décor magazine or step foot into the bustling Christmas aisles of any store to see the diverse spectrum of Christmas-tree styles and accessories for 2017. And whether your family leans toward the nostalgia of tradition, minimalist modern or even something a little more daring, there’s sure to be
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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com The company’s slogan reads “More than just a sports bar.” For Scott and Esther Widor, that motto does more than just provide a mission for their business. It’s a mission for how the two live their lives. And that mission includes not only family and sports, but community-building as well. “It’s the right thing to do,
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Contributions to several area food shelves, including the one in St. Joseph, will pay off nicely if people contribute by Jan. 1. The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation are once again doing their “Charity Challenge” through Dec. 31. The Skalicky Foundation will match every dollar donated to three area food shelves up to an amount of
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