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

Christmas magic on display in St. Joseph home

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com As the classic carol exclaims “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” With a dusting of snow on the ground, the temperatures dipping and holiday music slowly making its long-awaited return to the radio airwaves, central Minnesotans are slowly embracing the fact the holiday season is just around the corner. And for members of the

Sartell residents adjust to new traffic signal

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Motorists travelling through portions of Sartell have had to make a slight adjustment when navigating portions of Stearns CR 78 and Second Street S./CR 133. It’s an adjustment Sartell Community Development Director Anita Archambeau hopes will be a good enhancement for a busy intersection. On Oct. 31, Sartell officials, along with Stearns County, unveiled the new

Rifle deer season means a busy St. Joseph Meat Market

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleader.com Many hunters have already started packing up their blaze-orange gear after a successful (or not so successful) deer-hunting season. But for staff at the St. Joseph Meat Market, the conclusion of rifle season equals the kick-off to the busiest time of the year. “Usually we really start getting busy in November with the first few weeks

Renewed interest sparked in possible central Minnesota saint

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Sister Annella Zervas may have physically left this earth almost a century ago, but people like St. Cloud’s Brendan King and Avon’s Patrick Norton believe she is still working miracles. Zervas died in 1926 in a painful and drawn-out suffering caused by Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris, which is a rare skin disorder that causes inflammation of the