We can learn a lot from Henrietta

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, St. Joseph0 Comments

I recently discovered a must read. My book club read the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by science writer Rebecca Skloot. Published in 2010, the book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951. Those cells became one of the most important tools in medicine. The

State Fair outing brings back memories, new experiences

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, St. Joseph0 Comments

Nothing says fair season like a deep-fried delicacy served on a stick. At least that’s what I had heard, being from Ohio, when people told me about the Minnesota State Fair. Well, I feel like a true Minnesotan; I finally experienced the tradition recently. I heard about all the things you could try deep-fried at the fair. Many of my peers

Romney a good man with bad ideas

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s speech at the Republican Convention was everything his supporters hoped for – and then some. He was very convincing as a nice guy who was formed by a loving family, a good work ethic and a deep faith in his religion. That speech was – for the most part – by far the best one I

My first cultural wedding provides unique experience

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, St. Joseph0 Comments

I recently attended the wedding of my fiancé’s cousin. I was so excited to see what differences there might be between an African and an American wedding. My fiancé, Richmond, is from Liberia, a country in West Africa. His sister often tells me, “Get ready. We have a really big family.” I believed her when she told me that. However,

Please stick to word limit for letters to editor

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Among newspaper people, it has long been recognized letters to editor are the “lifeblood” of the Opinion Page and the “heart” of newspapers. It is so exciting to see so many competing views from letter writers, especially as election season heats up. This column is a brief review of the Newsleaders’ policy on political letters to editor. We hope our

Let’s condemn Russian trio’s conviction

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

The ghost of Josef Stalin still stalks Russia. Last week, a female punk-rock trio named “Pussy Riot” was convicted of “hooliganism” and sentenced to two years in prison. In the West, hooliganism has come to mean rowdy, disruptive or vandalistic behavior, usually by groups of youth. In the Soviet Union, hooliganism has long meant any kind of behavior or speech

Music makes Sparkle remake memorable

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, St. Joseph0 Comments

It can be hard for writers and directors to remake films. They have to worry about staying true to the original work while giving it a new spin at the same time. Characters have to be researched and plots thoroughly developed. While it can be challenging to pull this off, the remake of the 1976 film, “Sparkle” did just that