New YMCA hopes to bring health, fun together for families

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com A lazy river; a water slide; a two-story rock-climbing wall; the bright, shining floor of a new basketball court; a running/walking track; three gyms – oh, my! The brand new 106,000-square-foot St. Cloud Area YMCA (compared to the 40,000-square-foot space now) held its open house to show off those new features and others May 20 and opened May

New YMCA hopes to bring health, fun together for families

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com A lazy river; a water slide; a two-story rock-climbing wall; the bright, shining floor of a new basketball court; a running/walking track; three gyms – oh, my! The brand new 106,000-square-foot St. Cloud Area YMCA (compared to the 40,000-square-foot space now) held its open house to show off those new features and others May 20. Hundreds of eager

For decades, St. Joseph man makes a living by mushroom farming

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com For an organism found in the most seemingly indiscriminate places in nature, one wouldn’t assume mushrooms to be particular when cultivated by human hands. But as Kevin Doyle can attest, mushroom-growing is indeed a delicate process and brings many health and environmental benefits with it. Doyle is a St. Joseph mushroom farmer and Minnesota Department of Health-certified mushroom

Sartell couple among first to visit post-embargo Cuba

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com After 55 years of a U.S. embargo preventing trade and travel to Cuba, Kent and Barb Nelson of Sartell made one of the first treks to Cuba as part of a tourist group last year in April. The couple explained the history of the embargo as well as their trip to the previously closed-off country during

St. Joseph teen undergoes first-of-kind spinal surgery

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com After years of physical pain due to her Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Makayla Keehr, 15, of St. Joseph, is standing taller these days, literally, thanks to her spinal surgery from St. Cloud Orthopedics’ Dr. Trevor McIver. Prior to Keehr’s scoliosis surgery in August 2016, there had not been this type of procedure done at the St. Cloud

Get down in Sabre Town with swing dance

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell-St. Stephen Middle and High schools are bringing the love of jazz music and swing dancing to a new generation with their upcoming “Swing Dance” event, featuring free dance lessons starting at 6 p.m. and a main dance from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the Sartell High School Commons. David Lumley of St. Cloud, the

Daddy Daughter Date Night set Feb. 25 forges good bonds

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com Christian Medford, event director for Leighton Broadcasting, set out five years ago to create what he calls his passion project, Daddy Daughter Date Night, to show his daughters not only how much they mean to him but how they should be treated in the future. The fifth annual Daddy Daughter Date Night for fathers and father

Safe house for victims of sex-trafficking to open

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com With an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 people sexually exploited each day in Minnestoa, according to service organization Breaking Free, CeCe Terloux, a long-time advocate of forced-prostitution victims, felt the timing was right to open a shelter and transitional home called Terebinth Refuge, to benefit not only the greater St. Cloud area but much of the state.