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.
Holiday cookie exchange brings tasty treats and love to those serving in the armed forces overseas
What started as a group of friends gathering nine years ago to make Christmas cookies for family and friends has turned into an event that helps soldiers away from home during this joyous season taste some Holiday love.
Jean Reinert of Watkins first organized a cookie exchange for the purpose of socializing before the “Holiday craziness,” she said. “That first year I had 30 people
attend, each baking 12 dozen cookies.”
However, as the years passed, so did the mission.
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 as 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.
Kimball police chief Jim Frilstad helped to install the city’s Christmas lighted decorations on Main Street with Ed Borman driving the city’s tractor. Now that there’s snow, it’s beginning to look more Christmassy everywhere. With frigid temps on their way, many may start to dream of spring already. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Santa Claus is coming to town! The festivities begin with the Watkins Lioness hosting Christmas shopping for kids from
9-11 a.m. in the Watkins Village Hall. Bring your children to buy gifts for parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. All gifts are $1 and Lioness members will help wrap and tag them.
The Watkins Theater Group will be hosting their annual Christmas play at 1 p.m. This year’s production is “Disorder in the Court”. Admission is free, but food shelf donations are greatly appreciated. There will be random drawings for prizes after the play and Santa will stop in for pictures. Bring your own camera, please. The Watkins Chamber of Commerce will also be handing out bags of candy.
Following the program, the Watkins Lions will be providing free hot chocolate and hot dogs at the skating rink with horse drawn sleigh rides by Windy River Percherons. Everyone is welcome.