delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:25:29 +0000 Recapping the Academy Awards Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:25:50 +0000 Ryan Anderson
First, we must deal with the host, which the Academy can’t seem to get right--at least in the eyes of the critics and the Twitter trolls. When they go edgy, like Seth MacFarlane last year, people carp that he defiled a classy event. When they opt for safe, like Billy Crystal or Ellen DeGeneres, they’re [...]]]>
The Magic of Reading Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:43:33 +0000 Ryan Anderson
This project was made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library System and is funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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Author Stopping at St. James Library Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:56:36 +0000 Ryan Anderson
Anne Lundquist, the library’s assistant director, said Helget’s book is historical fiction, and it concerns two brothers separated at birth.

"Clement and Angel, a pair of newborn twins, are abandoned and then separated in the logging [...]]]>
Dinner and a Show Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:21:55 +0000 Ryan Anderson
"Who Killed the Rock Star?" is a Mystery Dinner Theater production, and it starts at 6:30 p.m. each night. Attendees can enjoy a four-course meal as they attempt to solve the crime.

Linda Becken, a member of the church, has directed the previous handful of shows at Presbyterian, but she’s also a theater veteran, having directed [...]]]>
Books Aplenty Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:47:24 +0000 Ryan Anderson
The St. James Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the St. James Library, is holding a book sale Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Proceeds from the sale are used to help promote library programs.
Saintettes Enjoy Florida Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:06:30 +0000 Ryan Anderson “We would like to especially thank the entire St. James community for their support in helping us make this dream come true,” said coach Beth Johnson. “The support we received was amazing and we could not have made it without it!”
The Saintettes performed with dancers from 12 [...]]]>
Super Bowl: Bad Game, Lackluster Commercials Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Ryan Anderson Super Bowl advertizements set another record this year, at a cool $4 million for 30 seconds of air time. The cost of a 30-second ad has skyrocketed an astounding 70 percent since 2004, when the price tag was $2.3 million. Judging by the quality of the ads Sunday, it wasn't money well spent.
Right off the bat, you know it was going to be a rough night with that [...]]]>
Eagles Swoop in to Help one of their Own Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:41:25 +0000 Ryan Anderson Hudson, 74, has spent her life in St. James, and she's been part of the Eagles Club since 1976--where she'd worked many benefits for other people.
“I never thought anything like this would ever happen to me,” she added. “It's kind of a shock to realize you just never know what's going to happen (to you). [...]]]>
Anytime Fitness named Business of the Year Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:49:35 +0000 Ryan Anderson The award is voted on by other chamber businesses, so it's peer-given, said Jennie Firchau, the chamber's executive director. Anytime Fitness beat out other finalists, like Edward Jones and The Stray Cat Coffee House--among others--to join past winners like St. James Electric, Johnson's Meat Market, True Value Radio Shack, and the Good Samaritan [...]]]> Early Oscar Predictions and Reactions Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:18:44 +0000 Ryan Anderson Because I haven't yet seen all the major players, I'll save final predictions--and who I think should win--in the major categories until my column the Thursday before the show.
For most of the Academy's history, there were five Best Picture nominees. Then, a few years ago--in an ill-conceived blunder--they upped it to 10. When the public rightly complained that it only diluted the product, [...]]]>
Youngest Contestant is Crowned Champion of Spelling Bee Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:29:13 +0000 Marissa Hennen The Bee started out with seven students being eliminated in the first round. The words that stumped students were shy, July, lace, wee, brew, crane and pulp. The next two rounds knocked off twelve and the remaining students made it through the fourth round with no students [...]]]> Pool Master Wows with his Skills in La Salle Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:49:08 +0000 Ryan Anderson La Salle--Dave Pearson, a world-renowned speed pool champion, gave lessons to Kristy Bloomquist and some of her pool aficionado friends Saturday in La Salle.
“This is a once in a lifetime [...]]]>
SJA Gymnastics Pull Off Highest Score of the Season Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:48:17 +0000 Marissa Hennen
"This is the highest score we've had all season," said Head Coach Rachel Aamot. "Some of the girls even had season highs in some of the events."

Winning the first place individual score overall was St. [...]]]>
Pulling Their Weight Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:10:16 +0000 Ryan Anderson Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. Pulls last about three hours, and the Saturday pull begins at 1 p.m., while the Sunday pull starts at 9 a.m.
Ed Connell, who moved to St. James in 1952 and still lives on a farm four miles south of town, is leading the pull, and he highly recommends people bring ear protection if they're planning on attending. [...]]]>
Roman Holiday Thu, 09 Jan 2014 10:58:51 +0000 Ryan Anderson Harris, a junior at Iowa State University, will discuss her time in Italy, where she studied in the fall of 2013. I.S.U.'s Design School has a college in Rome, and Harris, an interior design major, said the chance to study in Rome was one of the primary factors that drew her to Ames.
“I.S.U. is great for my program, and I heard [...]]]>
High School Students Tackling Bullying with Theater Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:23:59 +0000 Ryan Anderson Students spent December 11-12 workshopping the play, and they hope to perform it for third-eighth graders sometime in January. They worked with Illusion Theater's Executive Director Karen [...]]]> Rotary Club Hosts Annual Christmas Party Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:59:35 +0000 Marissa Hennen
The club held a luncheon for members and had live entertainment from St. James Choir groups "Limited Edition" and "Madrigals."
For the full story, see Thursdays print edition of the St. James Plaindealer.
Cold Can't Kill Christmas Spirit Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:56:10 +0000 Ryan Anderson During the parade, participants tossed and handed out candy, and Santa Claus also made an appearance.
Dave Ciske, pastor at the Assembly of God church in St. James, was out on the sidewalk a few minutes before the parade rumbled through with his wife, Stevie, and his children, Zech, 8, Lily, 7, Ruby, [...]]]>
Hot Deals Inside on a Cold Day Outside Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:53:52 +0000 Ryan Anderson This was the first time for this event, but organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.
“We enjoy doing this, and we try to get all local vendors,” said Monica Fischer, one of the women responsible for putting the event together. “It was good to [...]]]>
What a Difference a Day Makes Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:00:28 +0000 Ryan Anderson Nevertheless, Black Friday shopping has evolved into a tradition for my mother and I, and I'm hardly alone.
According to the National Retail Foundation, those ages 18-34 shopped the most this weekend.
As Mikael Thygese told USA Today Monday, [...]]]>