Jan. 10 St. Joseph people

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Central Minnesota Arts Board awarded $119,388 in support of 19 regional arts projects. Criteria used in evaluating applications include: artistic quality and merit, demonstrated need, outcomes and evaluation, and ability to complete the proposal. Grants were awarded to these three St. Joseph-area groups: Athena Music and Leadership Camp, $7,000, a five-day residential summer program for middle and high school female-identifying

Jan. 10 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Three Sartell students graduated on Dec. 14 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. A previous news release by the university included incorrect information. They are the following: Hannah Lakmann, bachelor’s degree; Kristen Manning, bachelor’s degree, cum laude; McKenzie Specht, bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude. Central Minnesota Arts Board awarded $119,388 in support of 19 regional arts projects. The grants included Central Minnesota Youth

Dec. 13 – Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Three Sartell Middle School students won the top three honors at the Patriot’s Pen Awards. This VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “What Makes America Great.” Isabelle Schlangen, Lilly Houghton and Brett Schlangen were honored Nov. 20 at the Sauk Rapids VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Dec. 13 – St. Joseph people

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Henry Kuperus who drives for Brenny Specialized, was selected by the National Association of Small Trucking Companies as a Driver of the Year. The association represents more than 11,000 trucking companies in the US and Canada. Kuperus has driven for Brenny Specialized for more than six years and has been a professional driver for more than 22 years. He has

Nov. 29 – Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Nicole Kern of Sartell has been appointed by Gov. Tim Walz to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council and the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care. The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Council and the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care will make recommendations to support community engagement and work of carrying out Executive Order 19-34 across state government. Delaney

Nov. 15 St. Joseph people

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Stephanie Tresco of St. Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University. The online university conducted commencement ceremonies to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 10,000 students from across the country.

Nov. 15 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Eight Sartell students earned academic honors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for spring semester of 2018-2019 academic year. The students are: Claire Boschee, College of Agricultural and Life Science, dean’s list; Holly Greer, College of Agricultural and Life Science, dean’s list; Jacob Schumacher, College of Agricultural and Life Science, dean’s list; Brandan Carlson, College of Engineering, dean’s honor list;  Morgan Gugger, College of Letters

Nov. 1 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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Keenan Lund, a 2016 graduate of Sartell High School, entered the U.S. Air Force Academy on June 27. He completed five weeks of basic cadet training that culminated in formal acceptance into the Air Force Academy on Aug. 6. Keenan began his Division 1 College Hockey career with the  Air Force Academy this fall.  As a freshman, he played in