Tricounty News

Teen Challenge choir to perform in St. Cloud

Inspiring choir is composed of teens and adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction

The Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge (MnTC) Choir will perform during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 15, at the St. Cloud Salvation Army, 400 Highway 10 South.

The MnTC Choir includes teens and adults who are recovering from a chemical addiction. The choir is known statewide, having performed at more than 230 churches in 2012.

The choir’s contemporary Gospel and Praise songs will be accompanied by inspiring client stories of addiction recovery. Afterward representatives from the program will be available to answer questions about the programs of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.

This free event is open to the public. For more information, call Major Lee Morrison at (320) 290-8150. 

Historic Salem Church Christmas Program Dec. 21

Everyone is invited to “Sing for Joy,” a Christmas Program to be held at the Historic Salem Church near Paynesville, Saturday, Dec. 21.
Sleigh rides with real reindeer will be available from 3-4:15 p.m. The program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Coffee, cider and Christmas cookies will be served after the program and everyone will receive a goody bag filled with fruit, candy and nuts to take home. Gifts of toys and non-perishable food items are welcome and can be placed under the brightly decorated tree for delivery to the Paynesville Community Center. A free-will offering will go for the restoration and preservation of the church and grounds.


World-changers in the Cold Spring area

The anticipation lingered in the air. Everyone had been questioning how much money one group of kids could raise in four weeks. The final cents were being counted … six, seven, eight. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, the world would be changed by a group of students.

Kirby St. John, the youth pastor of Breakthrough, at River of Life: Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, Minn., had announced the final tally of the money. A whopping $22,013.18 had been raised for Speed the Light (STL) 2013.

Black lights, confetti, balloons, music, and fireworks filled the dark room. Shouts of praise toned out any silence left. “It’s so fun to bless people we don’t know personally, but we know we are making an impact,” said Desiree
St. John, wife of Kirby.


Tatum Libbesmeier in Nashville!


Possibly millions watched the CMA Christmas show Monday evening on ABC, with lots of country and music stars singing their favorite Christmas songs. A true “star” of the two-hour show was Tatum Libbesmeier who got to meet Luke Bryan W-IMG 1758as her Make-A-Wish wish. Above, Tatum with Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”after the show; he signed and gave her his headband. Above right, Luke and Tatum after the show; he’s wearing her “Fight” bracelet. At right, Tatum and host Jennifer Nettles after the show. At far right, Luke and Make-A-Wish sponsor Macy’s treated Tatum to a makeover and a new outfit; Luke signed both of her brand-new boots. Luke has promised Tatum and her girlfriends a “girls’ night out” when he plays in Fargo in February; he’ll fetch them by limo at her Herman home. 


Heritage House of Kimball youth volunteer receives recognition

Care Providers of Minnesota recognized Madeline Rose Bollingmo with the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award at statewide convention W-Heritage-House-DSC03511

Heritage House of Kimball announced Nov. 26, that Madeline Rose Bollingmo was presented with a Youth Volunteer of the Year Award at a statewide senior-care convention held last week in Minneapolis. The Youth Volunteer Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the quality of life for residents or the working environment of staff in a long-term care setting.

Madeline was chosen for this award because of her commitment and dedication to the residents at Heritage House. She started volunteering when she was five and now, seven years later, Madeline is still helping wherever she can. She visits with residents, helps with meals and exercise time, and will come up with craft ideas and help residents with their projects. She even organized a tea for the residents from start to finish: she picked the date, designed the invitations, created the menu; the day of the tea, she was the greeter, hostess, and emcee for the entertainment. She helped serve the tea and then stayed to help clean-up. Her willingness to help and assist others is very much appreciated by residents, their families, and staff.