Suspicious fire destroys family landmark

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The little metal bridge over Watab Creek stood tall for 100 years. It survived farm work and fun with four generations of Trauts but it didn’t survive a suspicious fire that burned the beams and boards. Early on the morning of July 24, Larry Traut was startled when a Sartell police officer drove into his yard

Primary ballot features races for sheriff, school board and state offices

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Local races on the ballot for the Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election include choosing a new Stearns County sheriff and electing St. Cloud school district board members. For the first time in 16 years, there’s no incumbent sheriff on the ballot. Four men have filed for the office and the primary will narrow the field to

St. Stephen National Night Out goes wild

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photo by Carolyn Bertsch Jacquline Poepping of Hemker Zoo opens a tub of cockroaches for a group of girls to see Aug 7 at the St. Stephen City Hall National Night Out event. They are (left to right) Maggie Shae, 7; Bryn Patrick, 5; and Rya Rudolph, 4, all of St. Stephen. photo by Carolyn BertschReese Peabody, 4, of St.

Do you love kids? the foster grandparents program wants you

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When Sartell students return to class in a few weeks, they’ll find foster grandparents welcoming them back along with their classroom teachers. Foster grandparents assist teachers and help with instruction but most importantly they form relationships with students. Foster grandparent Penny Lundblad joined students at Oak Ridge Elementary School last January. “I love the kids,” Lundblad

It’s a field day at the fair

Carolyn BertschNews, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

photo by Carolyn BertschTwins Sienna and Levi Nordmark, age 5-1/2, of Sartell, pet a tortoise Aug. 1 at the Benton County Fair. photo by Carolyn BertschMark Beeler, 9, (center) of St. Joseph, experiences the Benton County Fair for the very first time Aug. 1 with Heidi Everett and her son, Boothe Towner, 9, also of St. Joseph. Everett is the

Council endorses ‘Complete Streets’ policy

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Complete Streets policy was endorsed unanimously by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting. The vote was 4-0. Council member David Peterson was not at the meeting. The Sartell Planning Commission and the Sartell Economic Development Commission had earlier agreed to recommend the policy be adopted by the council. The Complete Streets policy is

Council rejects bike-rack proposal

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A request for an ordinance requiring bicycle racks under certain conditions was rejected by the Sartell City Council during a public hearing at its last meeting on a 4-0 vote. Council member David Peterson was not present at that meeting. No member of the public voiced opinions during the hearing. The concept was presented to the