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
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 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Is the use of blinkers a state law or only an optional courtesy? Q: I’m wondering is the
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
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,
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
Nancy Ebel and Lynn Valek, St. Joseph The McDonaldʼs Corp. has filed a request with the city of St. Joseph to erect a new 40-foot sign on their property on Hwy. 75. (The current city ordinance for business signs in St. Joseph is 15 feet.) The St. Joseph Planning Commission voted (3-2) on Dec. 2 to forward this request to