Hurricane Harvey disaster relief need is ongoing

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by Cori Hilsgen Disaster-relief cleanup will be needed for years to come after Hurricane Harvey left many people devastated in Texas. Husband and wife Jim and Flo Kruse, and Vicki Ferkinhoff, members of the Park Fellowship Church in Sartell, recently returned from helping with the Texas disaster relief. The three left for Texas Sept. 10 and returned to St.

Principal dresses as chicken for Kennedy walkathon

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by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy Community School Principal Laurie Putnam kept her promise of dressing as a chicken and performing the chicken dance after students met their fundraising goal of $25,000. Students in grades pre-K through eighth grade, faculty, staff and area residents participated in the school’s annual walkathon Sept. 28. They were joined by St. Joseph Police Chief Joel

Skuzas complete motorcycling ‘bucket list’

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by Cori Hilsgen Loyal Skuza, 85, and Sandy Skuza, 70, aren’t exactly the average age of motorcyclists who are often seen out on the highways, but the couple recently completed Sandy’s cycling “bucket list” of traveling across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. A “bucket list” is a term often used for a list of things people have decided

Farmers can be compensated for ‘living’ snow fences

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by Cori Hilsgen As farmers harvest fall crops, those who are interested in helping keep winter roads open in Minnesota, can do so by leaving standing corn rows, hay bales and silage tubes along roadways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will pay farmers to leave these “living” snow fences along selected state roads to help with blowing and drifting

ASA students learn about line art

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by Cori Hilsgen Creating a drawing with a pencil, without stopping and starting again, can be a challenge. Fifth- and sixth-grade students in Tess Koltes’s and Susan Huls’s classrooms at All Saints Academy recently met that challenge when they learned about the element of line through art. Local artist Carol Euerle taught the students how to create wire drawings.

Local organizations first to receive volunteer certification

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by  Cori Hilsgen Many helping hands are often needed to help agencies accomplish all the goals they set. Several area agencies, including Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, CentraCare Health, College of St. Benedict, Ruff Start Rescue, St. Cloud Area School District 742, United Way of Central Minnesota and WACOSA, recently collaborated to train for certification and are now

Theisens updating homes to give people a chance at home ownership

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by Cori Hilsgen Todd Theisen and his wife, Sarah Theisen, recently created a new business venture, “Future Equities,” which involves buying foreclosed homes, refurbishing them and selling them contract-for-deed to give people with poor credit a chance to own their own homes. One of the goals of Future Equities is to give people a second chance. It’s for people

Raptor system provides better security for Kennedy

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by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy Community School is a little safer and more secure for students, faculty and staff this year because of a new Raptor Visitor Management System. The system, which was installed two years ago and implemented this fall, is the core of an integrated set of technology solutions that were designed to protect students, faculty and staff.