Annual event celebrates local artists

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Jim Poff has been creating art through drawing and watercolors for about 12 years. The St. Joseph resident showcased his work recently at the sixth annual Celebration of the Arts in Avon. The event is sponsored by the Avon Area Arts Association. This year was Poff’s first time participating in the event and he was glad

Kennedy celebrates last day of school with carnival

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Parent volunteer Alicia Peters paints flames on the other side of Westin Stock-Hiltner’s (right) face at an end-of-the-year carnival June 6 at Kennedy Community School. Second-grade student Destiny Mays (left) and kindergartner Warren Flaten (right) battle it out on an obstacle course June 6 at Kennedy Community School. Students Elle Buersken (center) and Alexis Waverek (right) race to see who

Goodbyes are essential

Christian GilmanLetter to the Editor, St. JosephLeave a Comment

Nancy Streng, ISD 742 elementary counselor It is striking to me, during the last days of school, how essential goodbyes are. Non-school folks might not understand. They might say “the last days are wasted,” “the kids have already checked out,” or “it’s just babysitting,” but then, they would be missing the real impact of what is taking place. What might

Milbert joins father’s dental practice

Cori HilsgenNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Kelsey Milbert will join her father’s dental practice on July 2. Milbert is the daughter of Dr. Curt Cotton, who currently practices dentistry with Dr. Joseph Styles. The two have been practicing together at 1514 E. Minnesota St. in St. Joseph for 34 years, since July of 1978. Milbert graduated from ROCORI High School, earned a

Tragedy provides example of unity

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, St. JosephLeave a Comment

Our hearts go out to the family of Jon Michael Maus. Maus, 50, died on Memorial Day after an explosion at the Verso Paper Mill. The tragedy took Maus’ life and injured five others. It is an event branded in the memories of area residents for surely years to come. From this tragedy one cannot ignore how it united communities

Pre-planning keeps children safe when flying

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by Amber Roerick news@thenewsleaders.com Imagine being 12 years old, strapped into an airplane seat listening to a person you have never met talk about things you do not understand. Think if this was your first time flying alone to a country you have never been to before. Sounds like a scary thought, right? Given the well-known difficulties that come with

Family members shave heads in support of sister, aunt

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Julie and Ciera Ehlert of St. Joseph rock their buzz cuts with pride. The mother and daughter shaved their heads recently, along with Julie’s sister Susan Rajkowski. Rajkowski would have been cancer-free for 10 years if it hadn’t returned a few months ago. The 39-year-old is being treated for stage-three breast cancer. Shaving off their locks

Little Saints Academy lease won’t be renewed

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com 150. That is the number of students who attend Little Saints Academy in St. Joseph. 32. That is about the number of staff members who work at the child-care center. 2-1/2. That is the number of years the child-are center has been housed in the old Kennedy school in St. Joseph. The center’s three-year lease expires