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ST. CLOUD – The intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 95 in Foley was the site of a two-vehicle collision around 9 p.m. June 22, which resulted in a Foley woman’s admittance to the St. Cloud Hospital.

Foley Fun Days 2023

FOLEY – Foley’s newest ambassadors and Little Miss Foley representatives have been crowned, medallion sleuths have earned $100, the parade’s grand marshal was honored, and the city of Foley is leaping into summer with momentum after another successful Foley Fun Days in the books for 2023.

Pages from the Past

75 years ago

FOLEY – Many who participated in Foley’s city-wide garage sale over the weekend took part in a peculiar experience. No matter the zip code, garage sales are usually a dime a dozen, where those looking to buy may have an idea of what they are walking into.

FOLEY – In a rousing ambassador crowning ceremony, the city of Foley had its two ambassadors, junior ambassadors and little miss representatives finalized for the next year.

Meditative movement

FOLEY – No matter the age or level of experience, Caitlin Lashbrook said the many benefits that come along with practicing yoga, from body to mind to soul, can prove resourceful for everybody. It is a form of movement that warps the lines between exercise and a meditative experience that can impact a person’s emotional wellbeing and cognitive function.

FOLEY – Travis Boyle is no stranger to the leadership responsibilities inherent to a presidency. After serving as the Foley High School 2023 senior class president, Green Acres 4-H Club president and Benton County Horse PDC president, he was selected in April for an even greater accomplishment: President of Minnesota FFA Region 4.

Community Stars

SDSU names Talberg to dean’ list

FOLEY – What is 4-H all about? What exactly are performing arts? What are some projects a 4-H’er could do this year? Those interested in participating in 4-H were able to get these questions answered and many more by attending the fifth annual Benton County 4-H Showcase and Performing Arts Night June 7 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Sauk Rapids.

Foley American Legion Earl James Howe Post 298 American Legion Auxiliary, SAL Vietnam Veterans of America-Central Minnesota Chapter 290 Military veterans Foley Police Department …

FOLEY – The city of Foley is breathing a sigh of relief after the Minnesota Legislature passed, at the end of session, the long-awaited bonding bill, which guarantees $7 million in Point Source Implementation Grant money for Foley. The funds will go toward the city’s wastewater regionalization project, in which the city of Foley approved a $27.7 million construction project to connect its wastewater system to St. Cloud. “I won’t feel the best until it’s in our hands and done, but this feels really good,” city administrator Sarah Brunn said at a June 6 council meeting. “It was a scary couple of weeks.”

FOLEY – Although Clifford Balder has since passed, he left behind for the St. Lawrence Church of Duelm community a masterpiece of craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and respect for what was his church home. Over a span of decades, Balder constructed an exact scale model, one-half inch to the foot, of the St. Lawrence Church of Duelm, which was razed in 1985 for structural safety concerns. The church replica went on display at the Benton County Historical Society after the Stearns County Historical Society transferred it to Benton County in November 2022. Balder, who grew up and lived in Duelm, was also a special education teacher at Foley Public Schools.

The Benton County Attorney’s Office has started its analysis of Minnesota’s recently approved marijuana legalization. Land services director Roxanne Achman provided a cannabis update during a June 6 board of commissioners meeting. After Gov. Tim Walz signed the 300-plus page bill into law May 30, local government sprang into action.

FOLEY – With sewer fees on the rise in Foley, residents were hoping for relief when they packed the council chambers for the city’s June 6 meeting, which included a public hearing regarding sewer rates and charges for outdoor watering activities.

Crime & Public Safety

Rice motorcyclist killed in Maywood Township crash FOLEY – A Rice man is dead following motorcycle versus vehicle crash June 4 in Benton County. Ricky Lee Karsch, 57, was transported by air ambulance to the hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Community Stars

Area students graduate from college

FOLEY – New Life Church in Foley is no stranger to increasing space needs. Ever since the church obtained its charter in May 2001 to plant a church in Foley, it has outgrown every space it has inhabited: a building in downtown, a space rented from Foley Public Schools and the very building the church operates from today. Even after holding its first church service Dec. 22, 2015, in the current 16,000 square foot space, leaders at New Life Church knew it was not going to be enough. So, they made plans for five phases of expansion, and June 4, the church broke ground on phase three – an 8,200 square foot addition geared for elementary-age children. Not only is it a sign that the church is thriving, the Rev. Jim VonWald said, co-pastor at New Life, but it is also a sign that it will thrive for generations to come. The current phase of the expansion – a $1.2 million construction project with funds donated by the congregation – is to open more space for the 500 children and youth, from early childhood to teenagers, that call New Life their church home on Wednesday nights.

The art of the card

FOLEY – For many, receiving a card in the mail or accompanied with a gift is a delightful and increasingly surprising occurrence. Growing up, some see the card as nothing more than an obstacle to get past in route to opening the gift or obtaining the money hidden inside. However, with age comes a greater appreciation for the sentiment of a card’s message. The words inscribed on a card – detailed with messages of love, appreciation and congratulations – oftentimes end up being more impactful and held in higher regard than the utility of the accompanying present or monetary gift. So, when it comes time to put pen to paper, Foley resident Chester Potuzak believes it is important the stationery such heartfelt messages are written on have as much care, effort and time put into them as do the messages held within.

Pursuing his passion

FOLEY – When A.J. Rahm played the saxophone for the first time in fifth grade, though he did not realize it at the time, it was the beginning of a relationship with music that would forge a clear path into the business world for the Foley High School senior. Now having earned a $1,500 scholarship April 12 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board to continue with his pursuit in the music industry, that sentiment has only been solidified. Rahm was one of 20 central Minnesota students awarded with a scholarship, which was geared toward those pursuing the arts in college. As an application, Rahm recorded himself playing a self-transcribed rendition of “Wrinkle” by Thank You Scientist. He said the transcription was a grueling, two-year process, and it started out of affection for the music and his favorite instrument.

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