It was an eerie feeling, standing in Veterans Park right after the Memorial Day ceremony Monday and seeing several speakers and audience members choke up with emotion as they talked about the Verso paper-mill disaster and its aftermath. The ceremony for former Verso employees immediately followed the annual Memorial Day ceremony that had just taken place in the same park.
One of the cultural landmarks of the 20th Century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, turned 100 just two days ago. And what a cataclysmic birth it was! The equivalent of an earthquake, a volcano, a revolution, all happening at once. The Rite is a 35-minute ballet/orchestral work first performed in a Paris theater May 29, 1913, choreographed by legendary
Gerri Boser, Sartell Senior Connection The Sartell Senior Connection would like to thank the Sartell Newsleader for your tremendous support this past year for our projects. We especially want to thank you for the recent ads for our Lemonade and Laughter event which was a great success. We appreciate all that the Newsleader does for our organization!
It would be interesting to read the results of a study about the benefits of summer activities programs for children. We are not aware any such study has been done, but we would bet the beneficial outcomes of summer programs are significant. Children who partake in structured summer activities, we would wager, turn out to be more successful, healthier, happier
This is my open letter to President Barack Obama: Dear Mr. President, Why are you playing right into the hands of your enemies? For years, I have been defending you in print and verbally against the jerks who have been hounding you, nipping at your heels, sabotaging everything you proposed and accusing you of insanely ridiculous charges – everything from
Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota Legislature, which approved a landmark same-sex marriage bill this week. A lion’s share of credit for the bill’s success goes to Richard Carlbom, the former mayor of St. Joseph, who is campaign manager for “Minnesotans United for All Families.” Carlbom and his staff worked hard to change minds and hearts toward passage of this
Ever since the slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I cringe every time there is a “breaking news” bulletin on TV, fearing it might be news of another school shooting. I cannot figure out why, in all the discussions after Sandy Hook, commentators and others have not brought up another elementary-school shooting that seems to have been completely
George Jones, the greatest country singer of all time, was a cat with nine lives – at least. He was the real thing; he sang what he knew. His own messy life, like an out-of-control carnival ride, is right there in those songs. Anyone who’s heard a Jones’ song would have to conclude so many other country singers, compared to