Ten-year-old steps in as lead drummer for show

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com When drummer Jeff Vee had to leave town shortly before a CD-release event for songwriter Adam Hammer, Hammer didn’t have far to look for a replacement. Ten-year-old Bennett Velline, the nephew of Jeff Vee and grandson of rock legend Bobby Vee, came to the rescue. He went from being expected to play 12 bars of drums

Expansion helps St. Joseph Meat Market clinch seven state awards

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Seven gold plaques have been added to the wall above the service counter at the St. Joseph Meat Market. Last year, only one plaque was added to the  wall, but the wall is now running out of space to hold the business’s many state and national honors. The St. Joseph Meat Market won seven awards this

Spring’s arrival is celebrated with open house

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com As if the smell of fresh flowers is not enough to greet customers at Floral Arts in St. Joseph, there was the added aroma of wood-fire-baked artisan bread luring visitors during a recent open house event at the business. Floral Arts hosted its first open house with the theme, “Welcome Spring,” as part of an effort

St. John’s wrestlers congratulated with lunch from fan

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com One of the first things Scott Wierschem will tell you up front is that he likes wrestling. The second is that he is St. John’s University’s wrestling team’s biggest fan. His love for the team has nothing to do with the fact his nephew, Chad Henle, is a member. As a former champion wrestler himself, the

McGoldrick enters Sixth District race

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Seeks DFL endorsement to defeat Michele Bachmann in November There are millions of reasons why Brian McGoldrick shouldn’t run against Michele Bachmann, but even more reasons why he is. And why he’ll win. Successful businessman and Democrat Brian McGoldrick recently announced he is seeking the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement to run for the U.S. House of Representatives this November, on behalf

Arlington Place residents celebrate with Hawaiian luau

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Twenty residents at Arlington Place Assisted Living Community recently celebrated with a Hawaiian luau. Pat Flicker, housing manager, said the event was originally planned to bring summer fun during the usually cooler month of March. This year the temperatures were in the high 60-degree range. Arlington residents and their families and friends enjoyed Hawaiian-theme decorations and

Annual birdhouse event connects community

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Area wood ducks, wrens and bluebirds will be living in style after the annual Birdhouse Night at the American Legion in St. Joseph earlier this month. The event is sponsored by the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club and has attracted hundreds of families and community members for the last 19 years. Such was the scene

Warm weather doesn’t stop syrup festivals UB: 3/30

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The making of maple syrup is a tradition in the St. Joseph area. It needs a good freeze-thaw cycle to help lock in the taste that many love to add to their pancakes or French toast. Boiling down the sap of the maple tree makes pure syrup. Lessons like this and more were recently available just