A novel idea

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photo by Carolyn BertschAddy Meier, 5, (center) points to an illustration from the book "Love You Forever" while Anna Lang, 4, looks on during a visit Feb. 1 from Gabi Schumann, 10, as part of Sartell School Readiness. Members of the Pine Meadow Elementary Student Council paired with younger students to read several books together. Schumann, Meier and Lang are all

Council asked to declare St. Joseph welcoming and inclusive

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com About 75 residents and students packed the Feb. 5 St. Joseph City Council meeting to ask the council to pass a resolution declaring St. Joseph “a welcoming and inclusive community.” Raj Chaphalkar, spokesperson for Cultural Bridges and a self-identified member of the staff of St. John’s University outlined the group’s purpose saying “St. Joseph is already

SMS students play ‘Stock Market Game’

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Adults aren’t the only people interested in what happens with the daily rise and fall of investments in the stock market. Several area students are also learning about the market. At Sartell Middle School, the students began playing the Stock Market Game from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday mornings in late January and will continue through May 2.

Parent group creates camaraderie in St. Joseph

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com A sense of belonging and having confidantes in the sometimes turbulent waters of parenthood is important for many moms and dads. That’s why Lisa Wolf of St. Joseph decided to create her own parent group, St. Joseph Parish Family Fun, when she moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin last year. “I was involved in a parent co-op and

Sartell graduate wins first in art contest

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Award-winning artist Jabreel Abdi of Sartell loves to extend his cultural horizons in directions that lead him to new ideas, new techniques, new styles. Abdi, a graduate of Sartell High School, recently won first place in an art contest titled “Be HumanKIND: A Way to Honor Community Healing.” The contest at St. Cloud Technical & Community

25th ice-fishing contest set Feb. 17 at Kraemer Lake

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com For area fishing enthusiasts, it’s time to get your jiggle sticks ready for the annual St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club fishing contest. The 25th annual ice-fishing contest will be from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 on Kraemer Lake. The event includes more than $3,000 in prizes. Pan-fish and game-fish payouts include $200 for first place,

Tofteys’ artworks enchant smiling viewers

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Entering the home of Jack and Suzanne Toftey in Sartell is a bit like entering an enchanting storybook world that causes visitors to smile and sometimes chuckle and laugh with wonderment. Everywhere on display are whimsical bowls, plates, paintings and wood-carved figures, and each one of them evokes the magical delights of Norwegian folk scenes: children