Funeral service for Borghild M. Gabrielson, 94, Sartell

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Borghild M. Gabrielson Sartell Feb. 6, 1923 – Dec. 13, 2017 Borghild “Borgie” Mathilde Gabrielson, 94, of Sartell, formerly of Litchfield, Minn., died Dec. 13 at Country Manor Health Care Center, Sartell. Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 at the Country Manor Chapel, Sartell. Visitation will start at 10 a.m., and a luncheon will follow

Held wishes bullies would stop, but they don’t

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by Dennis Dalman 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

Cofell’s concert blend of Christmas cheer

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by Patric Lewandowski 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

School workers consider staging a strike

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by Dennis Dalman 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.

Barron to discuss normal, not normal aging Dec. 22

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by Cori Hilsgen 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

Christmas-tree trends range from old to new

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by Mollie Rushmeyer 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

Blue Line’s heart set on ‘giving back’

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by Vicki Ikeogu 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,