Sartell March for Our Lives planned for Saturday

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A march is planned in Sartell for Saturday, March 24, as part of the national March for Our Lives movement. The Sartell march will start at 10 a.m. at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., and end at First United Methodist Church. Sartell resident Angie Trulson organized the event. “I heard some people were going

Math Night counts as fun at Pine Meadow

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Parents and students gathered Friday, March 16 at Pine Meadow Elementary School for the first Math Night. The event, sponsored by the school’s Parent/Teacher Organization and Mathnasium, aimed to show math can be fun. “We want to help encourage STEM skills and community outreach to get kids excited about math,” said Julie Schmidt, PTO president. Students

Families gather for birdhouse building

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by Dennis Dalmannews@thenewsleaders.comElectric drills whirred loudly and the city council chambers smelled of fresh-cut wood during Birdhouse Building Day March 18 at St. Stephen City Hall.Sponsored by the St. Stephen Sportsmen’s Club, the annual activity is always popular with children, parents and grandparents.“I like building a birdhouse,” said Aiden Schmitz, 5, of St. Stephen. “I did this before. I think

Craft beverage reform act helps local businesses

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Local breweries such as The Bad Habit Brewing Co. are enjoying some of the benefits of the passage of recent H.R. 1 Tax Cuts Jobs Act. Included with the passage of the act, which became effective Jan. 1, was the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which helps lower the federal excise tax for breweries,

Luck of the Irish tested during Sartell scavenger hunt

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com The ultimate prize might not have been a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But for the hundreds of participants in Sartell’s first city-wide scavenger hunt, a family getaway to Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria was just what the leprechaun ordered. Coinciding with the Bernick’s Family Fitness Series’ Pot O’ Gold

Schmitz family, others to host Imagination Library dinners

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Because Randy and Nancy Schmitz and their children love to read, they leaped at the chance to host an Imagination Library dinner. The Schmitzes, who live in rural St. Joseph, own and operate the Rolling Ridge Wedding and Events Center in St. Joseph. At their home, they will host a main-course dinner. It will be a

Shobes return from ‘exciting’ Olympic games

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It was a proud family moment when Carl Shobe and his grandfather showed up together at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Carl, 12, is a student at Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. His grandfather on his mother’s side is Gene Sandvig, 87, of Minneapolis, who was a competitor as a speed skater for

Center aims to end youth homelessness

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A community problem that advocates say is largely hidden will soon get a highly visible solution. Pathways 4 Youth, a resource center founded by central Minnesota’s Rotary clubs, plans an open house from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The center, 203 Cooper Ave. N., Suite 206, St. Cloud will open for clients the week of March