Yes, Virginia, we do turn into our parents

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It’s often said we turn into our parents. Thus, in a kind of sweet revenge, they get the last word, the last laugh. Time and again, I hear myself “channeling” my parents’ words and phrases: “Where does the time go?” “Oh sure, you might know!” “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another!” “What is this world coming to?” My parents

Sartell graduate wins first in art contest

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Award-winning artist Jabreel Abdi of Sartell loves to extend his cultural horizons in directions that lead him to new ideas, new techniques, new styles. Abdi, a graduate of Sartell High School, recently won first place in an art contest titled “Be HumanKIND: A Way to Honor Community Healing.” The contest at St. Cloud Technical & Community

Tofteys’ artworks enchant smiling viewers

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Entering the home of Jack and Suzanne Toftey in Sartell is a bit like entering an enchanting storybook world that causes visitors to smile and sometimes chuckle and laugh with wonderment. Everywhere on display are whimsical bowls, plates, paintings and wood-carved figures, and each one of them evokes the magical delights of Norwegian folk scenes: children

Knights donate to help Puerto Rican school

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Members of the St. Joseph Catholic Parish, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, raised and donated nearly $3,000 to help repair a school in Puerto Rico that was devastated by Hurricane Maria last fall. Funds for the school were raised mainly at a Knights of Columbus breakfast in January. The school has a connection to the

Reedstrom proud, happy to be in Hall of Fame

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It’s a rare honor for somebody at the age of 85 to be inducted into a Hall of Fame, but that’s what happened to Don Reedstrom of Sartell. He is now one of 33 former athletes inducted into the Sauk Rapids High School Storm Athletic Hall of Fame since 2012 when the honorary program began. At

Lathe wins Daily Double – a trip to Disney World

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com An energetic, loud, rambunctious pep rally at Sartell Middle School Jan. 26 suddenly morphed into a big win for fifth-grader Sophie Lathe. Lathe was one of four students chosen to participate in a Disney-themed version of the TV game show Jeopardy. On the gym floor, in front of hundreds of cheering peers, the four students looked

Council considers Sauk River Park amenities

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com A pedestrian bridge – to have or have not – was at the center of a Jan. 8 Sartell City Council discussion about improvements at Sauk River Regional Park. The city has about $950,000 in state grant money to spend for improvements and amenities at that park, which is located north of CR 120 across from

Council approves 2018 budget, levy

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell City Council approved a tax-and-levy budget for 2018 with a 1.2 percent tax-rate increase at a recent meeting during a Truth-in-Taxation public hearing. There were no comments from the audience. It passed on a 4-1 vote. Council member David Peterson voted no. He said he is happy how the city staff and council keep