Board’s spring-break decision upsets hundreds

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Simmering dissatisfaction with the elimination of school spring break has boiled over into a virtual protest movement among many Sartell residents. More than 150 of those concerned citizens – students and parents – attended the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board meeting last Monday and presented signed petitions with more than 300 signatures. They came to request the

Survivor warns: Pay attention to your body

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.co Because of a sudden heart attack, Bruce Theisen of Sartell lost two days of his life to an oblivion close to death, but he’s happy to be back from that brink. Most of all, he is thankful for the two Sartell police officers who coaxed his stopped heart back to life by using a defibrillator. If

You can’t herd cats when they’re too smart

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Now I know what the phrase “herding cats” means. Literally. “Herding cats” is defined as “something virtually impossible to do.” Yes. Like catching the homeless cats in my backyard. Last summer, a little girl, selling stuff for school, knocked on my door and saw cats in the window. “Oh! You have two cats,” she said with that sweet, breathless excitement

Pre-existing condition? Check out PCIP

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If you’ve ever had a bout with cancer, as I have, you know how virtually impossible it is to find an insurance plan that is even remotely affordable, unless you’re rolling in dough. And who is these days? About a year ago, I had a cancerous growth removed from one of my vocal cords. I was lucky. It was early-stage.

Hughes recalls how Bob got the last laugh

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Margy Hughes admits Bob Zimmerman got the last laugh. Hughes, a St. Joseph resident, was a member of the Hibbing High School Student Council and gave a thumbs-down when Zimmerman auditioned for the school talent show one year in the late 1950s. “He got up on that stage, stood by the baby-grand piano and just pounded

Franzmeier wins bee by spelling ‘menagerie’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At the regional Spelling Bee, champion speller Alyssa Franzmeier of Sartell was nervous, but after she spelled “endemic” correctly, she felt a burst of confidence. “I wasn’t really familiar with that word, so when I happened to spell it correctly, I was happy and felt very confident,” she said. Alyssa’s confidence – not to mention her

Cathedral/Sartell skiers place in state meet

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Three of five top skiers from the Cathedral/Sartell Nordic Ski Team placed in the top 100 finishers in the State Nordic Ski Racing Meet held Feb. 17 at Giants Ridge Resort near Bibwabik in northern Minnesota. There were three events at the meet: a pursuit race, a freestyle race and a classic race. Greta Danielson of

Tea Party Patriots’ chairman to speak

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Walter Hudson, the chairman of the North Star Tea Party Patriots, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Michael’s Restaurant in East St. Cloud. Hudson, who lives in the Twin Cities, has been a radio commentator and is the editor of Sons of Liberty Media, as well as a contributor to PJ Media, True