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Holy Family School teachers Cindy Miller, Jen Wanderscheid and Marlys Marthaler were awarded Accelerated Reader Model Classroom certification by Renaissance Learning. Model Classroom Certification acknowledges these teachers’ efforts to promote personalized reading practices, assess comprehension and monitor progress, resulting in students’ measurable improvements in reading proficiency.

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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Jitters Java Cafe was recently given an award for outstanding achievement in food safety by the Stearns County Board of Commissioners. The award is given annually to one restaurant and one school in the county. Inspections are performed by Stearns County’s Environmental Services Department. Jitters was not even [...]

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  By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Even though he didn’t spend his childhood on a farm, Chris Barnier has 33 years of experience in the farm industry under his belt. When he was considering a direction for his life in the late 1970s, the agriculture outlook was good. “The Russian wheat deal had just [...]

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North Dakota-based organization plants and harvests for those in crisis By JENNIE ZEITLER Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com Farm Rescue began in the heart and mind of Bill Gross, a pilot with United Parcel Service (UPS), who wanted to spend his retirement helping people. After listening to a friend advise him that there is no time like [...]

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By John Michaelson Minnesota News Connection A big change is on the way for those Minnesotans who still receive paper checks for their Social Security benefits. Maribeth Farringer, an advocate for seniors, says as of March 1, all federal payments will be made electronically. “That includes Social Security, Supplemental Security Insurance, veterans’ benefits,” she said. [...]

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By Jennie Zeitler Staff Writer jennie.zeitler@ecm-inc.com It was a March of Dimes grieving packet placed in the hands of parents Aaron and Nicki Vogt of Sauk Centre, that led to the formation of Team Ivy Rose. The Vogts’ second child, daughter Ivy Rose, was stillborn in March 2009. “I was having a routine ultrasound at [...]

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The Stearns History Museum and Research Center (SHMRC) will turn into scrapbooking heaven for 30 hours between Friday, April 19, and Sunday, April 21. Scrapbooking can be done anywhere (and is!).  Scrapbooking at the SHMRC offers the opportunity to think about scrapbooking in its historical context.  Every scrapbook tells a story and most tell a [...]

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By Janelle Daberkow University of Minnesota Extension The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Benton County would like to invite you to attend their upcoming Spring Gardening Seminar.  There is no charge to attend this seminar, and it is open for any interested individuals to attend. The seminar will be on Tuesday, Feb. 26, [...]

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