Local grad dives into DIII competition, soaks up honors

Darren DiekmannNews, Sauk Rapids – Rice0 Comments

by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Jackie Braun, a 2014 Sauk Rapids-Rice High School graduate and accomplished diver in high school, qualified for the NCAA Division III national regional competition. Diving for the University of Wisconsin-Steven’s Point at a meet in La-Crosse, Braun scored a 266.95 in the one-meter springboard event to win first place. The score was well above the 255

Robotics class builds skills at Oak Ridge

Darren DiekmannNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Recently an after-school community-education class at Oak Ridge Elementary School has been running an introductory robotics class, using a toolless system, where students can snap plastic parts together to make a mobile robot. The class is the result of efforts by local parents and volunteers, intended to develop STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and cooperative

For the ‘grandma’ of KidStop, every day is Christmas Day

Darren DiekmannNews, Sauk Rapids – Rice0 Comments

by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com A half dozen children are gathered around her, their excited young voices calling, “Grandma, Grandma,” hoping to get the elderly woman’s attention. She listens intently to one and then another, gently asks one little boy to wait while another finishes. This is routine for the foster-grandparent volunteer who is known as Grandma to kids and staff