Hughes recalls how Bob got the last laugh

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Margy Hughes admits Bob Zimmerman got the last laugh. Hughes, a St. Joseph resident, was a member of the Hibbing High School Student Council and gave a thumbs-down when Zimmerman auditioned for the school talent show one year in the late 1950s. “He got up on that stage, stood by the baby-grand piano and just pounded

Franzmeier wins bee by spelling ‘menagerie’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At the regional Spelling Bee, champion speller Alyssa Franzmeier of Sartell was nervous, but after she spelled “endemic” correctly, she felt a burst of confidence. “I wasn’t really familiar with that word, so when I happened to spell it correctly, I was happy and felt very confident,” she said. Alyssa’s confidence – not to mention her

Cathedral/Sartell skiers place in state meet

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Three of five top skiers from the Cathedral/Sartell Nordic Ski Team placed in the top 100 finishers in the State Nordic Ski Racing Meet held Feb. 17 at Giants Ridge Resort near Bibwabik in northern Minnesota. There were three events at the meet: a pursuit race, a freestyle race and a classic race. Greta Danielson of

Tea Party Patriots’ chairman to speak

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Walter Hudson, the chairman of the North Star Tea Party Patriots, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Michael’s Restaurant in East St. Cloud. Hudson, who lives in the Twin Cities, has been a radio commentator and is the editor of Sons of Liberty Media, as well as a contributor to PJ Media, True

‘Lucky’s’ makes cats, families very happy

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com In her six years as the owner of Lucky’s Place, Janet Hansmeier has made a lot of cats happy – not to mention the happy families who adopted them from her cat shelter. That’s 500 happy cats and several hundred families, including some in the St. Joseph and Sartell areas. Hansmeier’s non-profit Lucky’s Place has a

Pristine’s ‘Mud Hen’ causes a stir

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Meyers of St. Joseph – Joe, Pete, Todd – have caused a worldwide interest in their new product – the “Mud Hen.” At a recent trade show in Las Vegas, the Meyers were pleased with the keen interest in the “Mud Hen,” a portable machine that can recycle slurry water on-site for concrete projects. The

Extremists should stop attacks against women

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The right-wing extremists are at it again. Like termites, they are determined to unravel and then destroy all the rights the people in this country have secured through so many struggles. In the past year, they have tried to whittle away access to voting by creating all sorts of registration barriers, including the need for photo IDs to prevent election

Be sure to save your receipts

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They say you get what you pay for. Not these days you don’t. Nowadays you can spend an arm and a leg and still end up with a piece of junk. Recent examples: one telephone, three phone batteries, two coffee makers, a CD player, a baker’s dozen of kitchen utensils – to name just some. Good thing I keep receipts.