Winter Extravaganza brings families together

Carolyn BertschFeatured News, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

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Rocco Dale, 3, of Sartell, poses with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 10 during the Winter Extravaganza event at the City of St. Stephen.

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The Hengel family of Sartell works on gingerbread ornaments Dec. 10 at the Winter Extravaganza event at St. Stephen City Hall. From left to right are twins Benjamin and Natalie, 5; their mother, Jenn; and Jack, 6.

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Lisa Schliecher of St. Stephen pauses amidst the hustle and bustle to enjoy a peaceful moment of snuggling with her daughter Adlie, 15 months, during the Winter Extravaganza Event Dec. 10 at St. Stephen City Hall. The event, which included sleigh rides, crafts and visits with Santa in exchange for a toy for the Giving Tree, drew hundreds of people from all over central Minnesota.

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Easton Paggen (right), 3, of St. Stephen, asks his friend, Eva Huls, 1, of Brockway Township if she’d like to hold his hand during a sleigh ride given by Donnor and Blitzen Dec. 10 at the Winter Extravaganza event at St. Stephen City Hall. She said “Yes.”

Author: Carolyn Bertsch

Bertsch has worked for the Newsleaders since 2015. She and her husband, Matt, and their three children live in Sartell where they also own and operate Four Seasons Window, Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning. Bertsch also stewards the “Reads and Seeds and Other Needs” Little Free Library in Sartell. The “Other Needs” portion of the library functions as a collection site for donations to the Salvation Army where Bertsch serves as a board member. Her other hobbies include volunteering at the food shelf, cooking, baking, and growing a vast array of fruit in her backyard orchard. Bertsch believes that every single person can choose to make the world a better place for someone else and at the end of the day the only question that matters is, “What kind of difference did you make?”

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