Verso workers say farewell

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com A medley of emotions – sadness, hope, disappointment and nostalgia – filled the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud Oct. 25 when former Verso employees gathered for an appreciation event. Workers and guests were invited to an evening of appetizers, drinks and DJ entertainment in appreciation for their service to the Sartell Mill. Conversations flowed as people

Verso bouja party

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Bryan Bidinger of Sartell recently hosted a bouja party for some former Verso employees and friends. Bouja is a soup made out of chicken, beef, celery, onions, potatoes and other vegetables and seasonings. Bidinger used a 30-gallon bouja kettle he had purchased from St. Francis Xavier Church a few years ago to cook the bouja.

Fall Festival at Collegeville Orchards is a hit

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More than 2,000 people visited Collegeville Orchards in St. Joseph for its Fall Festival on Oct. 13 and 14. Visitors could choose from 20 different varieties of apples, pick a pumpkin, visit the petting zoo, take a wagon ride, visit the vintage store and many other activities. Todd Beumer, co-owner of Collegeville Orchards, and family members were busy helping visitors

Itching to do some stitching in St. Joseph

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Barbara Howard has opened a new shop in St. Joseph and is itching to do some stitching. Through “Alterations by Barbara C.,” Howard will stitch a seam, sew on a button, alter an outfit, create a new outfit and will do many other fashion apparel changes that people want or require. A resident of the St.

Rolling for a cause

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Twenty-seven participants rolled along the Wobegon Trail on Sunday, Sept. 9 to raise funds for Adam Perkins, who has Type 1 Diabetes. Perkins is the son of Sgt. Michael and Amanda Perkins of Fort Polk, La. Adam was diagnosed with the disease at 18 months this past March and requires blood-sugar checks and insulin injections many

Sonrise National Park VBS points to Jesus

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Area children had an opportunity to explore camping and the outdoors during this year’s Vacation Bible School session. While studying aspects of nature, children learned how to turn to Jesus for direction in their lives. Ninety-six St. Joseph area children, ages four to sixth grade, participated in this year’s VB School program held Aug. 12-16. The

Knights of Columbus holds monthly burger/brat sale

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The Father Werner Council 7057 Knights of Columbus held a burger sale Aug. 17 in front of the St. Joseph Meat Market. KC members Lloyd Bruemmer (left) and Ron Rennie helped grill burgers to raise funds for various local causes. The KCs hold a burger/brat sale on the third weekend of every month. Bruemmer said the KCs donate the proceeds from

Catholic Worker House hosts prayer night

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The Catholic Worker House recently hosted its first family prayer night, which nearly 20 people attended to recognize and to pray for peace in families. Family Prayer Night is interdenominational and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The night includes a potluck meal from 6-7 p.m. and then includes activity and prayer from