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St. Mary’s School kindergartners snacked on berries and milk last Friday. Teacher Sue Helgeson (center) and cook Lynn Lesnau (right) served the healthy snack. Lesnau said she’s received a lot of positive feedback from parents who appreciate the healthy snack efforts. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

A push for better health

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A multi-million grant from the state will help carry on local efforts to promote healthy lifestyles.


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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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