St. Joseph firefighters perform controlled burn of CSB’s Idzerda House

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The St. Joseph Fire Department hosted a controlled burn Aug. 3 at the Idzerda House, located on the south end of the College of St. Benedict campus. A controlled burn is when a fire department burns a structure to practice and prepare for firefighting. Avon, Waite Park and St. Cloud Technical College students also participated in the event. Various practice burns

Residents ‘bond’ with Mighty Miss at river event

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by Dennis Dalman Area residents, including many from Sartell, had a chance to “bond” with their great river, the Mighty Mississippi, last Sunday during the fifth annual “Take a Day Off at the River.” The event, once again, took place at the Stearns County Mississippi River Park on CR 1 north of Sartell. A combination of fun and learning

St. John’s Prep prepares for school year

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by Cori Hilsgen St. John’s Prep is gearing up for a new school year. The new year will include several changes. Beginning this year, SJP will start a new iPad program, will issue textbooks in electronic versions and will be using a new app. All students in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad to be used in their classes

Local resident Stanley Idzerda dies

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by Cori Hilsgen Local St. Joseph resident Stanley Idzerda died Aug. 6. Idzerda, 93, was the College of St. Benedict’s eighth president from 1968-1974. He was the first lay and first male president at the college. Idzerda was not from this area and was not Benedictine and really promoted and encouraged the college to grow during his tenure. Enrollment

Coborns hosts ‘Fuel up to play 60’ event

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by Cori Hilsgen St. Joseph Coborns was recently part of an all-Coborn’s-stores outdoor kids event, “Fuel up to play 60.” The event, for children 16 and younger, was held as part of a school-wellness program meant to encourage children to make healthy food choices and to participate in active play at least 60 minutes a day.  The program is

Student spotlight: Terhaar enjoys studying science and wants to develop new products

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders If you would like to recommend a student to be considered for this feature, please contact The Newsleader office at or call 320-363-7741. Justin Terhaar enjoys studying science and how things work. When he graduates he would like to get a degree in material science and work for a company such as 3M that allows

Walkers, exhibitors, prizes needed for ‘Woofstock’

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by Dennis Dalman As the 25th annual “Woofstock Companion Walk” approaches, organizers are seeking people who want to take part in the event and raise funds to help homeless animals. Still needed for the event, besides pledge walkers, are exhibitors, prizes, silent-auction items and donated food and beverages. For more details, see last part of this story. The 5k

Couple awarded bronze ‘Telly’ award for documentary

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by Cori Hilsgen Chuck Czech and Mary Christen Czech, husband and wife, were recently awarded a bronze “Telly” award for a documentary called “Arrival: Women’s Visions for a New Home.” “Arrival” was selected from almost 12,000 entries from 50 states and five continents. Telly awards are judged by a high merit standard and do not compete against each other.