Held wishes bullies would stop, but they don’t

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com All that 10-year-old Tom Held wants is to be treated as if he matters, so that other kids don’t just stand there and do nothing when he is bullied – or just as bad, join in the taunts and laughter. The teasing started when he was a kindergartner. A heartbreaking home-made video featuring Held has gone

School workers consider staging a strike

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Cooks, bus drivers and custodians of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District announced Dec. 9 they are ready to call a strike because of frustrating labor-contract negotiations. All of the 83 employees are members of Service Employees International Union Local 284. They include custodians, grounds workers, food service, and bus and van drivers for Sartell’s five schools.

Christmas-tree trends range from old to new

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com All you have to do is open a holiday home-décor magazine or step foot into the bustling Christmas aisles of any store to see the diverse spectrum of Christmas-tree styles and accessories for 2017. And whether your family leans toward the nostalgia of tradition, minimalist modern or even something a little more daring, there’s sure to be

Blue Line’s heart set on ‘giving back’

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com The company’s slogan reads “More than just a sports bar.” For Scott and Esther Widor, that motto does more than just provide a mission for their business. It’s a mission for how the two live their lives. And that mission includes not only family and sports, but community-building as well. “It’s the right thing to do,

Skalicky to match all food-shelf donations

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Contributions to several area food shelves, including the one in St. Joseph, will pay off nicely if people contribute by Jan. 1. The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation are once again doing their “Charity Challenge” through Dec. 31. The Skalicky Foundation will match every dollar donated to three area food shelves up to an amount of

Sartell Lions to host Dec. 16 fundraiser

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell Lions Club will hold a meat-raffle fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Blue Line Sports Bar & Grill in Sartell. Mike DeLuca, secretary-treasurer of the Lions, said the proceeds will be used for improvements of the walking-trail rails and green plantings at Lions Community Park across from Sartell City Hall, as

Thank you to Sartell residents, businesses

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We want to express our appreciation for a couple of major events brought to Sartell through the time, talent and generosity of our local residents and businesses. The Country Lights Festival holiday lighting around Lake Francis has drawn well over 1,000 people already, and it will continue through Dec. 31. And Liberty Bank Minnesota just organized and hosted a huge