Speech class debates physician-assisted suicide

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell High School seniors recently tackled the difficult issue of physician-assisted suicide in the form of debate in a partially-filled auditorium of teachers and fellow students. The debate was part of a college speech class the seniors are taking through Southwest Minnesota State University through the College Now program. The class is taught by Sartell English

Sartell firefighter fundraiser exceeds expectations

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photo by Darren DiekmannLinda Heinen of Sauk Rapids, mother of firefighter Mark Heinen, enjoys breakfast with her grandchildren at the annual Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department Waffle-Breakfast fundraiser April 23 at St. Francis Xavier School. The children are (from left to right) Breanna Heinen, her sister Cassidy and brother Michael, all of Sartell. With 540 people served, the turnout was larger than

Two Sartell robotics teams to compete at world level

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Two teams from Sartell’s Boy Scout Troop 211 have qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 19-25 in Louisville, Ken. The high school-aged team, called BeatBotz, earned its way to the world championship by placing first, and earning the Excellence Award at the state competition Feb. 3 and 4 at River’s Edge Convention

Molitor wins 150th high school wrestling match

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com On Jan. 19, Sartell senior Rylee Molitor won his 150th high-school wrestling match against Trent Kerzman of Rocori High School. He won on what’s called a “technical fall” in 5:06 minutes. To achieve this milestone, a high-school wrestler must be a dominant wrestler for at least three years. Molitor’s milestone win was fairly typical for him.

Mrs. Minnesota speaks on sex trafficking

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Melissa Brenny of Sauk Rapids has taken every opportunity to make use of her platform as the reigning Mrs. Minnesota America. When asked to speak, she chooses the topic to which she feels a particular duty — sex trafficking. She was especially pleased to speak Jan. 25 to the senior class at Sartell-St. Stephen High School

Kylie works her magic to lift aunt’s spirits

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Most people would be intimidated singing for the first time to a crowd of more than 200 people. But when 6-year-old Kylie sang “You Are My Sunshine,” she had no fear. Because she was not singing to the crowd, she was singing to her much-loved Aunt April and saw only her. She knew the people gathered

Author’s latest work starts as letter to grandchild

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Best-selling author Douglas Wood loves his home. He lives with his wife “in an old log cabin under some tall pine trees right by the river” north of Sartell. It’s this idyllic location that allows him time for contemplation and inspires his work. But it was far from here, in a place as unlikely as New

Sauk Rapids couple set for tasty adventure

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(Editor’s note: Tracy Rittmueller, one of the subjects in the following story, worked as a freelance writer for a time for the Newsleaders newspapers under the name of Tracy Lee Karner.) by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleader.com What do you do if you love a good burger but can never find a restaurant that serves one that meets your high standards? For