Blue Line’s heart set on ‘giving back’

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com The company’s slogan reads “More than just a sports bar.” For Scott and Esther Widor, that motto does more than just provide a mission for their business. It’s a mission for how the two live their lives. And that mission includes not only family and sports, but community-building as well. “It’s the right thing to do,

Sartell woman brings Beer Choir craze to central Minnesota

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com It’s a phenomenon that has been sweeping craft breweries across the country since 2014. And no, it’s not just the uniquely brewed adult beverages. From New York City to Seattle, beer aficionados have come together to express their love of a good brew. But in addition to chatting with friends and strangers over a stout or

Investing in Sartell important to St. Cloud Orthopedics

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Since moving to its current location about seven years ago, staff members at St. Cloud Orthopedics have taken a vested interest in promoting the well-being of Sartell. It’s a mission, St. Cloud Orthopedics Administrator William Worzala said the health-care provider is committed to upholding. “We really wanted to become part of the community,” Worzala said. “So,

Sartell Chamber salutes leaders, businesses

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell residents Ryan Holter, Lauren Lindmeier and Gayle Smoley, along with local businesses Blue Line Sports Bar & Grill and St. Cloud Orthopedics, have some new hardware to display on their walls. As of Nov. 16, the three individuals and two businesses have joined an elite club, having been recognized for their efforts to help improve

Holiday Art Crawl tradition continues in St. Joseph

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com When all is said and done, Mary C. Bruno estimates she will have put in about 100 volunteer hours coordinating the annual holiday art crawl. But for her it is a labor of love. “There are definitely test-of-strength moments,” Bruno said. “But I do enjoy, on some level, organizing stuff like this.” For the sixth consecutive

Sartell High School Honor Society recognizes scholars

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Nearly 300 Sartell High School students were recognized for their academic achievements during the past year at the annual Academic Breakfast Nov. 22. Advance placement psychology and leadership class teacher Karrie Fredrickson said the recognition of students has been happening at the school since before she started teaching more than 20 years ago. “I think a

St. Joseph business owners share importance of shopping locally

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Seven years ago, credit-card company American Express started a movement to counteract the holiday push of big-box retailers on Black Friday. It was a movement that put more of an emphasis on the corner markets and local boutiques than the mega shopping malls and doorbuster deals. That movement has since sparked an increase of money being