Math wiz Sura competes again at state

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com For the second time in two years, Austin Sura of Sartell once again competed at the Minnesota Math Counts competition. Sura, 14, is an eighth-grade student at Sartell Middle School. His brother, Brandon, achieved the same feat, two years in a row, when he was a student in 7th and 8th grade. Brandon is now a

Floral-shop owners want community to love them back

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Friends and business partners Jodi Wilken and Sue Mishow of Sartell are busy nearly ’round the clock, preparing their shop, “Enchanted Floral and Gifts,” for the spring-and-summer season. However, sometimes they get a sinking feeling their dream shop might be on a list of doom — the list of floral shops that have closed in Sartell.

Sartell woman opens ‘J-Whitty’ boutique

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Joy Landeen-Shea of Sartell has just embarked on a new adventure — opening her own business. Located in Sauk Rapids, it’s called “J-Whitty Creations and Boutique.” She decided to name the shop after her children — the “J” for Jacob, 12, the “Whitty” for the nickname of daughter Whitney, 11. Some people have asked Landeen-Shea, “Why Sauk

Christensen receives chamber’s success award

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Jim Christensen, owner of Array Services Group in Sartell, is the 2012 Entrepreneurial Success Award Recipient. The award is presented annually by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and honors a business that starts out small and becomes large under the same leadership. In 1977, Christensen knew he wanted to own a business. He had worked in a variety

Chef Koster cooks meals in homes

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Some people day-dream about a fabulous chef magically appearing in the home kitchen to whip up a delicious dinner. As a long-time caterer, Nina Koster of Sartell has made that dream come true for families – many times. And now, she is about to launch her own business called “My Chef.” There will be a party

McGoldrick enters Sixth District race

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Seeks DFL endorsement to defeat Michele Bachmann in November There are millions of reasons why Brian McGoldrick shouldn’t run against Michele Bachmann, but even more reasons why he is. And why he’ll win. Successful businessman and Democrat Brian McGoldrick recently announced he is seeking the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor endorsement to run for the U.S. House of Representatives this November, on behalf

Death raises questions in gun-crazed culture

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The murder of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has rightfully raised howls of outrage far and wide. His senseless death, hopefully, will not be forgotten. Maybe, just maybe, we can all learn something from it and start facing head-on the problems caused by this gun-crazed culture. Martin’s killer – 28-year-old George Zimmerman – was not arrested simply because he claimed

Community Gardens has waiting list

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Even though there is a waiting list for the Sartell Community Gardens, city residents are welcome to add their names to the list – which is a fairly short list. There is always a possibility those who have signed up might move or decide they don’t want a patch after all, as planting time approaches – sometime in mid-May. There