First ‘Country Lights Festival’ set Dec. 2-31

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The lights around Lake Francis, located on Pinecone Road by the new community center in Sartell, will be shining brightly throughout December to liven up the holiday season. The first “Country Lights Festival” will debut Saturday, Dec. 2 and continue throughout the rest of the month.  Activities planned include an Angel of Hope candlelight vigil (with

Dezurik’s jig hobby-job now in 50th year

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com It’s probably no accident Jim Dezurik of Sartell is an expert maker of fishing jigs because he has always been very good at “catching” what he needs and wants, whether it’s fish or – yes – even a wife. Growing up just north of Sartell next to the Mississippi River, Dezurik developed an almost uncanny sixth

‘Plowing Vets’ plows free for public servants

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Public servants and/or their families can get their driveways plowed free this winter, thanks to a volunteer program known as Plowing Vets. Such public servants in the greater St. Cloud area who include veterans, families of veterans stationed elsewhere, police officers, firefighters and first-responders. It’s the second year of the free service, which was founded by

Annual audit shows district up to snuff

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The highlight of the Nov. 20 Sartell-St. Stephen School Board was the presentation of the 2016-17 yearly audit by Nancy Schulzetenberg of Bergan KDV Auditors. The district is doing remarkably well in managing its affairs, according to Schulzetenberg. The complete audit can be found at the following website: http://www.sartell.k12.mn.us/sites/default/files/ckeditor/20170748SartellFinStmDistrict.pdf Some of the key financial highlights included:

SCSU’s U-Choose to explore binge drinking

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com A free presentation called “St. Cloud State University’s IMPACT Diversion Program” will be given from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the Multi-Purpose Room at Sartell Middle School. This is the last of four programs sponsored by the Sartell-St. Stephen Drug-Free Coalition, which has presented one program each month September through December. The Dec. 11 program features

Kowalkowski chosen for All-American Bowl

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Kristoff Kowalkowski, a Sartell ninth-grader, has recently received a prestigious honor – an invitation to compete in Football University’s All-American Bowl Dec. 17-21 in Naples, Florida. “I was really amazed,” Kowalkowski told the Newsleader. “I’ve worked with the (Football University) program, and I’m very happy, honored and excited.” Kowalkowski is the son of Dr. Tom and

Dec. 1 Sartell police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. This information is submitted by the Sartell Police Department. Nov. 15

Dec. 1 Town criers

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Winter Market set Dec. 2, 16 The Sartell Winter Market will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2 and 16 at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Some of the many items you will find include the following: meat, eggs, vegetables from storage, micro greens, canned goods, baked treats, breads and many craft items. Come complete your