What’s sadder than a kid without a toy?

Dennis DalmanColumn, Opinion, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Every Christmas season the twins Ken and Sandra cross my mind. They were two of the students in my third-grade class at Washington Elementary School in south St. Cloud way back in the 1950s. Christmas was always an exciting time in grade school. Our little heads were filled with happy thoughts of the toys “Santa” would be bringing us on

Christmas elves pay secret visit to Newsleader office

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After a long Thanksgiving weekend, I walked into the Newsleader office Monday morning, greeted the staff in my usual way and exclaimed, “Who put up the Christmas tree? What a nice surprise.” Smack in the middle of the front window stood a 5-foot tall imitation Christmas tree with brand new cinnamon-colored balls and baubles hung on its many branches. The

Scott Kalla, 38, Elk River

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Scott A. Kalla, 38 Elk River, Minn. Oct. 11, 1975 – Dec. 14, 2014 Scott A. Kalla, 38, of Elk River, Minn., died Saturday Dec. 14 at the University of Minnesota Hospital due to unexpected heart complications. Services will be held at Dare’s Funeral and Cremation Services in Elk River. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec.

Ask a trooper 2013

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If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.mn.us. Is the use of blinkers a state law or only an optional courtesy? Q: I’m wondering is the

List of ‘likely’ abusers a step in right direction

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Even though we knew it was imminent, the release of a list about priests and monks who had “likely” sexually abused children is still a shocker. It’s one thing to hear nameless statistics about clergy abuse, but it’s quite another to see this list of names, actual men who used their positions of authority to prey upon trusting boys or

Goodbye, Mandela: ‘When will we ever learn?’

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Why does it take this slow world so long to learn the lessons taught by visionaries like Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela? That lesson, briefly, is this: That violence begets violence and leads to misery; that peace when given a chance can have happy results for all. You would think after all the wars, border conflicts,

My Christmas wish list: peace, tolerance, love

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From my earliest memories, Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. As a child I remember Christmas was first and foremost a religious holiday. Secondly, it was about the Christmas tree and the presents. Then, of course, the food. How I have always loved the feasts that accompany this time of the year. As a child I always made up