Kennedy students learn about ‘Ralph’ the mouse

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students at Kennedy Community school are learning some mouse trivia such as the average mouse will breathe 163 times each minute, their tails have scales on that help them climb, they can make their own vitamin C and more as they participate in the One District, One Book program during February. Media specialist Holly Nelson said

Whitby Gift Shop ‘reimagined’

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Shoppers will have a chance to check out new gift ideas at the recently “re-imagined” Whitby Gift Shop which opens Feb. 16. Although the gift shop has usually closed for inventory during January, it was closed a few more weeks this year to get ready for the “Reimagining of the Art and Heritage Place.” Sister Jean

Sartell students learn about ‘Humphrey’ the hamster

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district are learning about hamsters, hamster dances and more as they participate in the One District, One Book program. Sartell students at Oak Ridge and Pine Meadow elementary schools and their families are reading The World According to Humphrey, written by Betty G. Birney, for the program. “One District, One

ASA celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students, faculty and staff at All Saints Academy-St. Joseph celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 with a variety of activities. This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The week included themed days, fun activities, prayer and a service project. The week began with a Sunday Mass at the Church of St. Joseph

SFX celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students, teachers and staff at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 with many fun-filled activities. Principal Kathy Kockler said the week is a fun reminder of the school’s Catholicism. During the week, SFX students and staff celebrated with an all-school bingo event, a Drop Everything and Read event,

SMS students play ‘Stock Market Game’

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Adults aren’t the only people interested in what happens with the daily rise and fall of investments in the stock market. Several area students are also learning about the market. At Sartell Middle School, the students began playing the Stock Market Game from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday mornings in late January and will continue through May 2.

25th ice-fishing contest set Feb. 17 at Kraemer Lake

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com For area fishing enthusiasts, it’s time to get your jiggle sticks ready for the annual St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club fishing contest. The 25th annual ice-fishing contest will be from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 on Kraemer Lake. The event includes more than $3,000 in prizes. Pan-fish and game-fish payouts include $200 for first place,

Veterans Art show Feb. 7, 8

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com For many artists, their gifts and talents of expressing themselves through their work can also be a form a therapy. The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, nationwide, use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment for veterans recovering from and coping with physical and emotional disabilities. Veterans enrolled at Veterans Affairs health-care facilities