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.

Viral Facebook post helps family find stolen fish house

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleader.com Letting go of a loved one’s belongings after they pass away can be hard to face, but the added pain of having a precious, memory-filled possession stolen is something Meghan Wiebe’s family experienced Dec. 16. After Wiebe’s father, Dennis Arndt, a retired Sauk Rapids teacher, passed away, he left behind a love of the outdoors and a hand-crafted

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.

Shop-with-a-Cop program spreads holiday cheer

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com A swarm of police officers inside a department store might typically be cause for concern, but from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 20 the Sartell Police Department hosted the Shop-with-a-Cop program at the Sartell Walmart to ensure kids with extra needs were able to enjoy the gift-giving of the holiday season. Thanks to a grant the Sartell Police

St. Joseph woman walks to defeat ALS, honors late husband

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com Receiving the diagnosis of ALS (or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nervous-system disease), could cause a person to turn inward with despair, but not so with Glenn Hommerding. The late St. Joseph resident and his wife, Brenda, and their children chose instead to give back to the ALS Association through the St. Cloud Walk to Defeat ALS

Teen dancer photographed in national park, arts fundraiser

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com What do dance, national parks and photography all have in common? To Ashley Gonzalez, a Sauk Rapids teen dancer, the correlation spells Dance Across the U.S.A., an awareness and fundraising campaign in which dancers are photographed in the natural beauty of national parks in all 50 states to benefit the National Park Foundation and the National

Teen raises money for rescue boat for fire department

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com While many of her peers were basking in the freedom of summer break and taking time off from deadlines, Madelyn Adamski, a 16-year-old from Sauk Rapids, spent her summer vacation raising money for the Sauk Rapids Fire Department to purchase a new emergency rescue boat by Sept. 10. So far, Adamski has raised an impressive $66,756

City employee’s resume includes working in Antarctica

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com Most Minnesotans have probably complained about the length and temperatures of our winters, but if you once lived at the U.S. McMurdo Station for science research in Antarctica like Sauk Rapids Public Works Director Peter Eckhoff, Minnesota winters may not seem so bad. Before Eckhoff became a city employee — budgeting, maintaining, and repairing roadways and