Minnesota Starwatch for August 2021

By Deane Morrison, University of Minnesota Jupiter and Saturn are at their best of the year this month, thanks to Earth lapping them in the race around the sun. When Earth laps a planet, the event is called opposition because Earth passes directly between the planet and the sun, making the planet appear opposite the…

Luxemburg Parish Festival, June 25

The Church of St. Wendelin held their parish festival on Sunday, June 25. It was a beautiful, warm day for a festival, and it was a good crowd perhaps especially since the 2020 festival was canceled because of COVID-19. Staff photos by Anton Matua.

Discover ‘Missing Pieces’ at Stearns History Museum

Educator discusses lack of equity in St. Cloud’s History Annette Atkins will present “Missing Pieces” at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Stearns History Museum’s Breakfast Club. Atkins, who is the -Stearns County Historian Laureate, recently turned her 2020 walking tour into a presentation. She will highlight area stories about race, racism, and structural…

National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 3

Zion United Methodist Church will host Neighborhoods throughout Minnesota are invited to join over 38 million neighbors across 16 thousand communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie and connections to make our neighborhoods safer, more…

Entrants requested for the McLeod County Fair talent contest

Singers, musicians, comedians, and entertainers of every age are encouraged to put their talents before a live audience by taking part in the 41st annual talent contest at the McLeod County Fair Sunday, Aug. 22. Prizes are awarded to the top three winners in each category. This year only, both the first- and second-place winners…

Great Northern Theatre Company back on stage

There are many special things about the “Wizard of Oz” which is this year’s Great Northern Theatre Company’s summer production. The idea of leaving the mundane and the every-day behind to experience something colorful, creative, and fantastical might be one of its most enduring themes. Take Dorothy Gail and her posse as they journey to…

‘Weaving Wonders’ brunch

Come one, come all to the “Weaving Wonders” brunch at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale. Zane Schaefer of Annandale Arts and Textiles will present the age-old art of weaving, and perhaps tweak your interest to try it. Rachel Pletke of Waconia will present beautiful music, and speaker Rite…

52nd SalemFest Sunday, Aug. 8

Come for a potluck picnic at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, at Salem Church, 28547 220th Street, north of Paynesville. Directions: Hwy. 23 bypass to Stearns County #33 north for 4 miles to 220th Street, left on 220 (a gravel road) for 1/2 mile. Look for the steeple. Please bring food to share. All plates,…

According to nature

By Pastor David Buchs, Concordia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fair Haven Getting back to normal is a good goal, so long as we know what normal is. Unfortunately, we live in a world where we have grown accustomed to many abnormal things. They’ve begun to feel normal, even if they are not. That’s what I want…