Stearns Electric brings a spark of fun to kids’ safety education

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by Mollie Rushmeyer With more than 30,000 electric shock accidents and 2,555 children treated every year for shock injuries because of wall outlets, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, Stearns Electric Association is seeking to educate area children about safety around electricity as well as energy efficiency. For Theresa Fleege, fourth-grade teacher at All Saints Academy in St.

Parent group creates camaraderie in St. Joseph

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by Mollie Rushmeyer 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

Sometimes no money equals no lunch, but not here

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by Mollie Rushmeyer No one likes to think of a child going hungry or being shamed for not having money in his or her lunch account. Unfortunately, that’s the public concern in some school districts, as seen in recent headlines across the United States and even within our own state. But thankfully, in the central Minnesota school districts of

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

Sartell organization cuts fear, myths of dementia

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by Mollie Rushmeyer For many, there is both fear and misconceptions wrapped into the words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s.” What the Central Minnesota Council on Aging and Dementia Friends Minnesota, an ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative, are trying to do is educate people on memory loss through gatherings like the Coffee and Conversation at Country Manor in Sartell, which took place

Morel hunting – the Minnesota forest treasure hunt

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by Mollie Rushmeyer Deer-hunting season isn’t the only anticipated hunting season of the year in Minnesota. For many people, like Mark Christensen, who lives on the border between Sartell and St. Cloud, early to late spring means a whole different hunting experience – morel mushroom-hunting season. The popularity of foraging for mushrooms and other edible native plants has grown

Owning a restaurant a life goal for St. Joseph man

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by Mollie Rushmeyer For many high-school graduates, the first order of business is deciding what they’d like to do with the rest of their lives. But for Roger Steichen of St. Joseph, owner of Gary’s Pizza, it was an easy choice. In 1988 at the age of 19, Steichen bought Gary’s Pizza in St. Joseph from Gary Schyma, the original

New programming boosts graduation rate

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by Mollie Rushmeyer New and better programming has been named as a factor in the continual increase in high-school graduation rates for the past several years in School District 742, which encompasses nine cities/townships in the greater St. Cloud and St. Joseph areas. The Minnesota Department of Education released information earlier this spring showing the 2016 graduation rate for District