Sartell woman’s novel began as a stress-reliever

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Even though Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published novel is a work of fiction, some family members and acquaintances swear they see themselves in some of the characters. Fitzthum is amused. “It’s fiction,” she tells them. “I created those characters.” While it’s true that some real-life bits and pieces, in one way or another, worked their way into her

Large crowds turn out for two days of festivities

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by Mike Nistler news@thenewsleaders.com Picture-perfect weather, great food and wonderful entertainment drew thousands to St. Joseph for what is becoming one of the best small-town festivals in Minnesota. An estimated 35,000 people poured into the city for the event that was held under sunny skies and temps in the low 80s — a welcome relief after last year’s humidity-filled 100-degree

Sisters pass the torch to ‘Benny’ alumnae at centennial reunion

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The Benedictine sisters passed the torch to College of St. Benedict alumnae during the centennial reunion kickoff ceremony held June 29. The Sisters passed their light to Bennie alumnae and each Bennie passed her light to the next woman, by an electronic votive candle, until the entire Benedicta Arts Center auditorium was filled with light. Class of

New soccer coach Raehsler will stress peak fitness

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Cassie Raehsler describes herself as a “very technical coach” who wants her players to be fit, fast and aggressive. Recently, Raehsler was named to replace Sartell High School Soccer Coach Joe Perske, who announced he will retire as head coach after 10 years in that position. (For more about Perske, see related story in today’s paper.)

Old-timers to be honored at Saturday’s baseball game

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by Mike Nistler news@thenewsleaders.com “Is this heaven?” the old ballplayer asked. “No, it’s St. Joe,” came the reply. Well, maybe that’s not quite the way is was in the movie “Field of Dreams,” but for at least this Saturday that will be the case when the St. Joseph Baseball Reunion will be held. If you remember when baseball was played

Council approves plan for dog park

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The woofs have it. By a vote of 3-2, the Sartell City Council at its July 8 meeting approved a seven-acre dog park for Pinecone Central Park. Mayor Joe Perske and council member David Peterson voted “no,” not because they are opposed to a dog park, but both said they are concerned about parking problems in

Wobegon Trail repair work begins

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Hikers and bikers on the Lake Wobegon Trail should be mindful of repair work that is now underway. Portions of the trail will be closed sporadically throughout the summer for pavement repairs. The trail, according to Stearns County officials, is in need of some significant work, including crack-and-hole filling, as well as the complete resurfacing of some segments. If trail

Student Spotlight: Ruegemer would change the way humans automatically judge

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com If Gaby Ruegemer could change something, she would change how humans automatically judge everyone. Ruegemer said people tend to judge others by certain looks; she thinks they should not “judge a book by its cover.” She is a senior at Sartell High School who, after graduation next year, hopes to attend college in Rochester to become