Family, students and staff packed into the Butterfield-Odin gymnasium December 17 for the Elementary Holiday Concert.Director Caley Danielson lead the students through an array of Christmas songs, including popular favorites such as"Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," and "Silent Night."
The Saints hit the road December 19 to take on the New Ulm Eagles in hopes to grab a conference victory, but came out in an upset of 37-43."We struggled shooting tonight," said Head Coach Adam Schroeder. "When we shoot 22 percent from the field and go four for 16 from the free throw line, it's...
Lord's & Lady's Hairstyling is back in business, and Owner Sarahi Showalter is doing her best to spread the word; she had a grand re-opening celebration Saturday, and she hosted the St. James Salutators December 10.
Though she was content managing the marketing side of Cutting Edge Fitness in Fairmont and working daily with her boyfriend, Owner C.J. Johnson, Marissa Hennen decided late this summer that she wanted to forge her own identity, which launched her into the field of journalism.
We have all tried them. The newest, latest and greatest diet that will blast fat, flatten your stomach by tomorrow, or promise that you'll look like a Victoria's Secret model or David Beckham in just two short weeks.Yeah right.The truth is, many...
Fifth and sixth grade basketball players from the St. James Youth Basketball Association had the opportunity of a lifetime December 10, as they got a chance to play on the same court that generations of Minnesota Golden Gophers have inside historic Williams Arena.
With Tuesday's city council meeting-being the last of the year, many resolutions were passed and budgets and salaries were set.The city of St. James passed the resolution with a 5-0 unanimous vote setting the proposed property tax levy and city budget for 2014. The city will have a total tax...
In a battle of the Saints, the St. James Area Saints topped the St. Peter Saints 44-34 in varsity wrestling Tuesday night.Prior to the match, coach Les Ziem said he expected “a tight match,” and--afterword--he was glad to get revenge on a team that beat St. James last year.
During their meeting Tuesday morning, the Watonwan County Board approved the 2014 levy and budget proposed during their December 3 meeting, approved a motion to build three new recycling sheds, and declined to proceed with implementation of an E-Timecard system.
It was all cozy and warm inside the First Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon as members of the St. James Choir performed at the annual Rotary Club Christmas party.The club held a luncheon for members and had live entertainment from St. James Choir groups "Limited Edition" and...
Les Zellmann, who became the coach of the boys tennis team at St. James High School all the way back in 1979 and is basically the czar of tennis in this community, has been awarded the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Northern Section's Wolfenson/Ratner Community Service Award.
First Avenue Styles has a new cosmetologist, and 20-year-old Emily Evans is combining her youthful vibrancy with a built-in knowledge of the community.Evans knows St. James well, because she was “born and raised here,” she said. “It feels like home, and everyone is so welcoming.”
Many people have superstitions about Friday the 13th, and for one Idaho man those superstitions became reality.It was one for the record books Friday afternoon when a truck driver attempted to drive over the tracks and got stuck in the deep snow on the other side, pinning his truck and...
The Saints came out ready to play in their game against Waseca on Thursday. Going into the game knowing they were lacking height and experience compared to the depth of the Bluejays didn't seem to dull the Saints' confidence as the nail-biter game stayed close right up until the final minutes.
Since we're in the Christmas season, I thought I'd toss up my list of best Christmas movies.I know these types of lists stir immense passion and debate, but what better way to ring in the holidays than some arguments, right? If you vehemently disagree with my lists, you know where to send the hate mail.
Despite a temperature colder than a frozen mug and a wind that rattled through town with all the subtlety of a Joe Frazier left-hook, the St. James Christmas parade pressed on Friday evening.During the parade, participants tossed and handed out candy, and Santa Claus also made an appearance.
Marian Hall in St. James was the site of a Winter Carnival Saturday, where numerous businesses selling everything from crafts to clothes joined together to offer a one-stop-shopping experience a couple weeks before Christmas.This was the first time for this event, but organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.
The Hickory Inn played host to the St. James Salutators December 4, as the local bar and restaurant was recognized by the goodwill ambassadors for a recent remodeling effort.“We appreciate you investing in the community,” said Salutator Molly Westman.
The Watonwan County proposed gross net levy will be $7,893,222 in 2014, an increase of 5.3 percent over the 2013 rate, according to the financial statement discussed during the county board's Truth in Taxation public hearing Tuesday evening.
The city of St. James has budgeted for a total increase in general fund revenue for 2014 of $544,647 and a total general fund expenditures increase of $546,647, the city noted during their 2014 Tax Levy public hearing Tuesday night.
Pioneer Bank, which has offices in multiple Minnesota cities including St. James, has reached an agreement to acquire Farmers State Bank of Madelia, their Madelia and Lewisville locations, and their Lake Crystal loan production office.
For the seventh year in a row, I braved the crowds to go out shopping Black Friday; I'm a bit of a diva, so I actually enjoy shopping, although, to be fair, I'm usually shopping for myself--and it's always more fun to shop for yourself than others.
Northside Elementary's annual winter showcase is approaching rapidly, with the kindergarten performing December 11 and first-fifth grades performing December 13.The kindergarteners will be in St. James High School's Little Theater at 2 p.m., while the older students will perform in the high school gym at 7 p.m.
Pennies for Peace, an outgrowth of the Watonwan County Peace Committee, recently concluded another drive, and both the Butterfield-Odin Public School first grade and grades two-four at St. Paul's in St. James were recognized for their efforts.
First Presbyterian Church again hosted their annual Thanksgiving feast Thursday, and diners could eat at the church, order take-out, or even have food delivered.Mary Shupe launched the event about 15 years ago, and she's been church secretary for 42 years.
As part of the ongoing 50th anniversary celebration at Pleasant View, the facility has raised the funds for 50 televisions in 50 resident rooms, and the facility honored donors during a luncheon Tuesday.
Winston Churchill was referring to the bombed House of Commons when he said, “We shape our buildings, and, afterward, our buildings shape us,” but he really could've been speaking about any venerable, historic, character-filled edifice.
Nearly 200 people turned out for the 17th annual Opera House Gala--the St. James Opera House Restoration Committee's biggest fundraiser of the year--Saturday night, and, for the first time, the public was welcomed in for the dance portion and performance of the band at 9 p.m.
Sophomores in Steve Chapin's health class put on their annual Health Fair Friday in the St. James High School gym, and they tackled an impressive array of subjects, from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and brain tumors, to food allergies and multiple sclerosis.
The fall bazaar at Good Samaritan Society--St. James has been running almost as long as the facility has been in existence, 50 years, and this year again brought a bountious crop of arts, crafts, and treats.