Another season, another opener

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It’s Saturday morning of opening fishing and it’s 50 degrees with a light breeze from the north, which follows the Mississippi River down through Sartell. It’s pretty good weather for an opener. At least it isn’t snowing or raining like it has been some past years. Tanner Brugh and his buddy Dominic Castellano picked their way nonchalantly

St. Joe Council earns a clean bill of financial health

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council learned they have been doing a pretty good job of keeping revenues and expenses in check at their regular May 5 meeting. With one chair on the dais sitting empty because of the recent resignation of Matt Killam, the council heard Janel Bitzan of BerganKDV auditing firm. Bitzan summarized the 134-page

Long winter sets back high school construction

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell St. Stephen school board held its regular monthly meeting on April 16 with most of the meeting being taken up by reports. Of key concern was the report on the progress of the new high school. Lee Gruen, project manager at Winkelman Building Corp., related how the latest round of inclement weather has affected

School district to explore new curriculum delivery model

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com “One of our most common forms of instructional practice is ‘sit and knit.’ I’m really good at that,” Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert told the Sartell school board at its March meeting at St. Stephen City Hall. “I sit and talk to a whole group, and they are supposed to get it,” he said. “Well, for a lot

Update, photo tour of new high school

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com All photos by Dave DeMars Six months ago there were large earth-moving machines pushing mounds of dirt, loading trucks and readying the site. Today three skeleton frameworks mark the classroom portions of what will be the new high school. Behind the framework sits other enclosed portions of the school. Today is a tour of the construction

School board hears chance to host student conventions

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The highlight of the Feb. 26 school board meeting was the presentation of members of the Sartell High School Student Council requesting that the board permit them to host the 2020 Minnesota Association of Student Councils -Minnesota Association of Honor Societies (MASC-MAHS) State Convention. The convention would be sometime in April and the Sartell chapter of

Strong feelings voiced at annexation meeting

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Taxes? Regulation? Land rights and zoning? Lifestyle changes? Benefits? Government overreach? These were just a few of the concerns and questions 60-80 St. Joseph Township citizens had for the members of the St. Joseph City Council during the Feb. 15 open meeting dealing with the Orderly Annexation Agreement. But layered underneath the questions and statements was

Council asked to declare St. Joseph welcoming and inclusive

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com About 75 residents and students packed the Feb. 5 St. Joseph City Council meeting to ask the council to pass a resolution declaring St. Joseph “a welcoming and inclusive community.” Raj Chaphalkar, spokesperson for Cultural Bridges and a self-identified member of the staff of St. John’s University outlined the group’s purpose saying “St. Joseph is already