Cofell’s concert blend of Christmas cheer

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by Patric Lewandowski news@thenewsleaders.com The holidays come with all types of traditions, from caroling to cookie making. One St. Joseph tradition is entering its ninth year: the Dave Cofell Christmas Show at Local Blend. “It started small nine years ago but it has really grown,” said Dave Cofell, founder and host of the Christmas show. “The Local Blend didn’t have

Barron to discuss normal, not normal aging Dec. 22

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com You forget what you wanted when you walked into a room or you misplace your keys, phone or other items. Are those considered “normal” signs of aging? Krisie Barron, a caregiver specialist from Embrace, will discuss what is considered “normal” and “not normal” aging at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at the Church of St. Joseph

Christmas-tree trends range from old to new

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com 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

Skalicky to match all food-shelf donations

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Contributions to several area food shelves, including the one in St. Joseph, will pay off nicely if people contribute by Jan. 1. The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation are once again doing their “Charity Challenge” through Dec. 31. The Skalicky Foundation will match every dollar donated to three area food shelves up to an amount of

Dec. 15 St. Joseph people

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Katie Schleper of St. Joseph, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology on Dec. 9 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Schleper was among 75 students who earned a minimum 3.8 grade-point average to earn the honor of summa cum laude.                                  

Freedom Flight seeks help to find stolen equipment

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Freedom Flight POW/MIA, a group that honors and tries to increase awareness of soldiers missing in action or prisoners of war, is asking for help in locating equipment worth thousands of dollars that was recently stolen. President Luke Cesnik said someone broke into their trailers at the McKay’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram FIAT car dealership in

SJU faculty member brings Beer Choir craze to central Minnesota

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com It’s a phenomenon that has been sweeping craft breweries across the country since 2014. And no, it’s not just the uniquely brewed adult beverages. From New York City to Seattle, beer aficionados have come together to express their love of a good brew. But in addition to chatting with friends and strangers over a stout or

Kennedy students collect toys for those in need

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Once again, students at Kennedy Community School are busy helping people in need in the area. Seventh- and eighth-grade students who are part of “WE Act” have been collecting toys for the local Toys for Tots drive. They started collecting toys Nov. 13 and will stop Dec. 8. That will ensure items can be picked up,