Lots of love, teamwork led to triumphant smiles

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by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com Local residents Mitchell Schleper and his sister, Haley, will initiate a smile when they find something intriguing, humorous or are just excited about something. For the Schlepers, that smile was formed through the efforts of surgeries, therapies and a lot of hard work. Mitchell, 13, was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and

Local residents present at ‘Living in the Avon Hills’ conference

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by Cori Hilsgen – www.thenewsleaders.com Several St. Joseph residents recently presented reports at the “Living in the Avon Hills” conference held on Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. John’s University. Some of the presenters included Diane Hansgen, Steve Ruprecht, Susan Kroska and Dr. David Kroska. Hansgen presented “Lilies You Will Love,”  about successful planting methods and how to choose the right

Stewart’s classes improve driving skills

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by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com Drivers 55 and older are learning some new driving skills through classes taught by Ron Stewart, a St. Joseph resident. Drivers who take the eight-hour course, and renew it with a four-hour refresher course every three years, are eligible for a 10-percent-or-more discount on their auto insurance. The requirements and discounts are mandated by state

St. John’s Prep hopes to continue its winning tradition at Knowledge Bowl

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by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com St. John’s Prep High School is in the middle of its Knowledge Bowl season and is hoping to continue its winning tradition of competing for the state championship. SJP has won the “Class A” state tournament three times in the past seven years, including last year. At the recent Jan. 26 Elk River Invitational, SJP

Liberty Savings Bank to donate charitable grants to Sartell area

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by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com Liberty Savings Bank is celebrating the grand opening of its Sartell location in a unique way. Instead of a grand-opening event, a $1,000 Grand Opening Grant will be awarded to a deserving Sartell community organization for each month in 2013. President and chief executive officer Mark Bragelman said the first $1,000 will be donated to

Eight therapy dogs visit CSB students

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by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com Eight central Minnesota therapy dogs recently visited with some College of St. Benedict students before final exams. The dogs visited first-year students to help calm them before testing. Some upper-class students also came through to visit. One of the therapy dogs was Ella, a golden retriever owned by Marlene Dingmann. Dingmann said students told her

Lahr receives ‘Golden Crusader’ award

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com For his decades of quality coaching, St. Joseph resident Jerry Lahr recently received the “Golden Crusader” award, Cathedral High School’s highest honor. The award is given annually to one or more people who have helped the school achieve its goals throughout a long period of time. Cathedral President Mike Mullen said Lahr received the 2012 award for his decades-long

Henry wants to help in a healthy way

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Justina Henry is a certified massage therapist who wants to help people stay healthy.   Henry recently demonstrated her therapeutic massage at the Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon. “I firmly believe therapeutic massage can be beneficial to everyone, whether you simply want a relaxing massage, are dealing with an acute problem