Stone Poneys lose to Lakers, 11-6

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The game was tight for the first three innings. The Poneys even filled the bases in the second, but alas, those runners died on base. It was Clear Lake that managed to crack a blooper into short left field and loaded the bases with a walk and a bunt. With the bases loaded, the Lakers cracked

Cuts, food service, more occupy board

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Cuts in probationary personnel were among the actions taken by the Sartell-St. Stephen school board at its May 21 meeting in the Sartell-St. Stephen High School Media Center. Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert said it’s one of the most unpleasant tasks he has to perform, but it’s something that has to be done in order to right-size the

Town ball season kicks off

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com With the frost barely out of the ground and a brisk March wind still blowing in May, the St. Joseph Joes kicked off their baseball season. Arms are still a little sore, legs stiffen and cramp easily, and the bat speed isn’t quite what it was last summer at season’s end. But the grass is green

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