Willhite and Tweh lead Kennedy students, staff for the new school year

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com A familiar face greeted students and staff at Kennedy Community School when Anna Willhite, principal, welcomed everyone for the 2019-20 school year. Willhite was previously an assistant principal at the school for three-and-a-half years, working with Laurie Putnam as principal. Effective in July, Putnam is now the assistant superintendent for secondary education for the St. Cloud

Vogel continues to promote SaveStations, quick response times

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Joel Vogel of St. Joseph spoke at the Aug. 14 St. Joseph Y2K Lions meeting about outdoor automatic external defibrillator SaveStations in the area and the quick response time needed with sudden-cardiac-arrest and heart-attack victims. AEDs are portable machines that are used to deliver electrical shocks through the chest to the heart to people who have

Still time to join nature hikes at St. John’s Outdoor University

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com If you missed the first hike, you still have a chance to catch the next four at St. John’s Outdoor University. The Outdoor University is hosting its first hiking series using the book “The Nature of St. John’s” as a guide. “This is a series ‘where book club meets hiking club,’” said Jenny Kutter, department coordinator

Zimmer builds memorial pergola at Kennedy for his Eagle Scout project

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Tenth-grader Brandon Zimmer is an ambitious Boy Scout who recently completed building an outdoor pergola to earn his Eagle Scout award. By completing the Eagle Scout Service project, Zimmer was able to show his leadership skills while building a project for the benefit of others in the St. Joseph area. His project included building and installing

Children travel ‘To Mars and Beyond’ at Vacation Bible School

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Fifty years after American astronauts landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, Vacation Bible School participants and volunteers were busy traveling “To Mars and Beyond” Aug. 4-8 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. While Americans remembered the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, 80 Vacation Bible School participants were busy learning about scripture stories that included

Bikes, bikes and more bikes visit St. Joseph

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Local residents might have wondered if bicycles were going to be the new form of transportation when about 300 cyclists rode into St. Joseph on Aug. 14 for the Bicycling Around Minnesota Tour. “We had a wonderful time in St Joseph,” said Lisa Austin, a member of the Bicycling Around Minnesota board of directors and volunteer

51 quilts to be auctioned at St. Stephen festival

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com If you missed out on getting the highest bid at a recent quilt auction, you still have a chance to pick and choose from a large selection of quilts at the St. Stephen Catholic Church’s annual parish festival which will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day). At the festival, attendees will have