Kennedy named among first-ever Green Ribbon schools

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School is among more than 70 schools recently named as U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools. The announcement came earlier this week. Minnesota is among 29 states and Washington, D.C. with schools receiving the first-ever awards. Other state schools honored include North Shore Community School in Duluth and Garlough Environmental Magnet School in

Volunteerism should be celebrated year-round

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, St. Joseph0 Comments

April might have marked National Volunteer Week, a time to hail the contributions of citizens who donate their time, but giving back to your school, church or community is something that should be done and celebrated year-round. National Volunteer Week 2012 was recognized April 15-21. While the week of appreciation ended six days ago, it cannot be disputed volunteers deserve

Earth Day celebrated in many ways

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The rain was no damper on efforts to help clean up Millstream Park recently. About 70 volunteers and members of the St. Joseph Summer Recreation program stepped up to pick up trash along the Wobegon Trail, the ball fields and other surrounding park areas in celebration of Earth Day. St. Joseph Park Board Chairman John Anderson

Fundraiser to benefit Stride Academy

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The idea grew from a casual conversation between friends over dinner. That conversation led to sending an email and then to the planning of their first fundraiser. Staci Theisen of St. Joseph and Kari Roberts of the Brainerd area thought about raising money to help their friend Jodi Rajkowski and her two sons Blake and Chase.

Dick Clark had no right to die

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

How dare Dick Clark die? He wasn’t supposed to die. He had no right to die. When we baby boomers were young, that’s what we’d say, “Dick Clark will never die. He never ages. He’ll stay young forever.” That youth-obsessed delusion was our Peter-Pan goal once upon a time: never grow old, never die. That was then when the world

Franken: Celebrating a healthier Minnesota

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor, Opinion, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Sen. Al Franken It has been two years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, and even though it won’t be fully implemented until 2014, millions of Americans and Minnesotans are already enjoying benefits from important provisions in the law. For example, no child in American can now be denied health insurance coverage because he or she has

Resident finds new way of potting plants

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

Cutline: John Kalla talks April 18 about how he discovered a new way of potting plants. by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com On an early April morning you can catch John Kalla working in his yard. The St. Joseph resident waters his grass and the vibrant yellow, red and orange tulips bordering his driveway. In his backyard his deck is lined with