Development gets several approvals from council

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Plans for a proposed housing development received several approvals from the St. Joseph City Council this month. City officials on March 15 approved a planned-unit development rezoning request to allow for townhomes, and a preliminary plat for the Villages at CSB. The Village at CSB – to be built at 37 County Road 121 – will

Hosch looks forward to more time with family

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com For Rep. Larry Hosch (D-St. Joseph), the decision not to seek re-election came down to one important factor: family. The 34-year-old announced March 10 he will not run for a fifth term as representive for District 14A. “The biggest reason is it’s gotten too hard to be away from my family,” Hosch said. “It’s time to

Sartell piper to perform in Ring of Kerry show

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Joe Linneman, who is a highland bagpiper from Sartell, will join Ring of Kerry and the St. Paul Irish Dancers for a rousing St. Patrick’s Day celebration concert at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). In what has become an annual St. Cloud

Frank honored with Warter scholarship

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Alyssa Frank of Sartell feels like one of the luckiest young women in Minnesota, having just won the “Mike Warter Scholarship” from the State High School Soccer Coaches’ Association. It’s a rare honor. Only one female and one male in the state receive the $1,000 scholarship each year. It takes more than “luck” to win that

Sartell graduate breaks 22-year high-jump record

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Sartell High School graduate recently broke a 22-year-old high-jump record at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Shortly after that feat, Ryan DeRoeck was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men’s track-and-field Athlete of the Week. DeRoeck, a 2009 graduate of Sartell High School, cleared the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches, besting the previous record

Knowledge Bowl team advances regionals

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com One of two Sartell-St. Stephen High School Knowledge Bowl teams will compete in regional competition after winning the sub-regional tournament March 13 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. Team 1 beat out 10 other schools in a series of written and oral rounds to be named the champion in Tier III, the category for the largest

Sartell resident opens regional pharmacy

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell resident Mark Boe, in partnership with Guardian Pharmacy LLC, has opened Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota in St. Cloud. The pharmacy will serve residents of group homes, as well as assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities in St. Cloud and surrounding areas in the central Minnesota area. Boe is owner and president of Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota. “After

Students make poems ‘come alive’ in performance

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At first they were a bit shy and hesitant, but within a few short minutes the fourth-graders were using their bodies, facial expressions and voices to make their own poems come alive in spoken-word performances. Their “pied-piper” who coaxed the children out of their shy cocoons was Frank Sentwali, a spoken-word performer, teacher, tutor and mentor