Annual diabetes fundraiser set for Dec. 2

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The second annual Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation event will take place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Bad Habit Brewery in downtown St. Joseph. St. Joseph City Council member Matt Killam will host the event, which is sponsored by the Bad Habit Brewing Co., Sliced, Scherer Trucking and the St. Joseph Lions Club. The

Ringstrom coordinates Toys for Tots

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com U.S. Marine veteran Bob Ringstrom, a St. Joseph resident, is the new coordinator for the St. Cloud Area Toys for Tots. Ringstrom, who was the Sartell police chief before retiring in 2004, has been working with Toys for Tots for almost 20 years. During those years, he was a Sartell route volunteer for Steve Titus of

Millstream Park shelter grand opening Nov. 27

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com People who are curious about the new park shelter in Millstream Park will get a chance to tour it at a grand opening at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27. The St. Joseph Lions Club will present a $40,000 donation to the City of St. Joseph at the event. Matt Killam, who is a member of the

Sartell students participate in National STEM/STEAM Day

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Creating structures from marshmallows and toothpicks might not sound like school work to everybody, but to Sartell students, it is and was part of National STEM/STEAM Day Nov. 8. The St. Francis Xavier fifth-grade science class participated in a STEM activity that challenged groups to design a structure using marshmallows and toothpicks that would remain standing

Kennedy celebrates veterans

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Wanting to thank veterans for their service, Kennedy Community School students, faculty and staff celebrated local veterans and their families Nov. 10 during an all-school assembly to honor Veterans Day. School Principal Laurie Putnam said almost 50 veterans attended the event. They shared memories of their service time, which included those who served in the 1950s

Kennedy students celebrate National STEM/STEAM Day

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Does creating towers from spaghetti and marshmallows or sticky structures from gum drops and toothpicks sound like school work to you? It was for students at Kennedy Community School. They had a chance to study and learn about new science, technology, engineering, art and math innovations and recently had a chance to explore more options in

‘MinnesotaCare Buy-In’ hopes to improve state healthcare

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Hoping to improve Minnesotans’ access to healthcare, state officials Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper held a town hall meeting Nov. 6 at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College to discuss the “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” proposal. A panel of speakers included Smith, Piper, State Rep. Clark Johnson, Senior Policy Advisor Lauren Gilchrist,

St. Francis Xavier students meet ‘Saints in Service’ goal

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Although some of the work at job sites needed to be postponed due to snow, St. Francis Xavier School students still participated in a “Saints in Service” day Oct. 28, reaching their fundraising goal of $22,000. School Principal Kathy Kockler said students did even better than meeting their goal. They raised more than $29,000. She said