A blend of local talent percolates at open mic

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by Patric Lewandowski news@thenewsleaders.com There’s a special tradition that’s grown up during the past eight years in St. Joseph. Whether it’s the dead cold of winter or a beautiful summer evening, every Tuesday, performers gather at Local Blend for one of the longest continuous open-mic nights in Minnesota, hosted by Dave Cofell and Adam Hammer. “We get players of all

Area disc golfers brave the cold for charity

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com The colder the better. Because for Sauk Rapids resident Cody Parsons, it’s not truly an Ice Bowl tournament unless the mercury in the thermometer dips below zero. And on Saturday, Jan. 13, it did just that. With temps around seven below zero, about 80 avid disc golfers from around the area – including a man who

CMYO, Wood make orchestra ‘rock’

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photo by Carolyn BertschMark Wood plays the violin he invented called "The Viper," which contains the sounds of an entire orchestra in a single instrument during the Jan. 13 "Electrify Your Strings" concert at Ritsche Auditorium-Stewart Hall, St. Cloud. photo by Carolyn Bertsch Young strings musicians from across central Minnesota spent the afternoon of Jan. 12 in Ritsche Auditorium-Stewart Hall

Leander Eisenschenk served in Vietnam, Honor Guard

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The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. In addition to national and statewide activities commemorating this milestone, American Post 328 of St. Joseph is planning a number of festive and patriotic activities for the community.   One of those special events will be profiles of St. Joseph-area veterans published in each Newsleader during 2019. The Newsleader is joining

Sometimes no money equals no lunch, but not here

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com No one likes to think of a child going hungry or being shamed for not having money in his or her lunch account. Unfortunately, that’s the public concern in some school districts, as seen in recent headlines across the United States and even within our own state. But thankfully, in the central Minnesota school districts of

YIR Part 3: 2017 filled with growth, changes for St. Joseph

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(The Year in Review: Parts 1 and 2 covering January-August were featured in the Jan. 5 and 12 editions of the Newsleader and may be read in their entirety by visiting thenewsleaders.com.) September Kennedy Community School fifth-grade student Carlee Reber has a need for speed. At just 10-years-old, Reber has taken to the sport of drag racing. She participates at

Name added to ‘likely abusers’ list

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com The name of another priest has been added to a list of about 40 area Catholic clergy “likely to have abused minors,” according to a recent announcement from Bishop Donald Kettler, head of the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud. The priest is Fr. Antonio Marfori, who was ordained in 1978 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St.

Council enters competition for DEED grant

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com With the temperature inside its chambers hovering at a chilly 60 degrees, the St. Joseph City Council opened its first meeting for 2018 on Jan. 16 and after holding a brief public hearing proceeded to authorize becoming involved in a Community Block Grant Program through the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the purpose of which