Sheriff candidate Bentrud favors holistic concept

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(Editor’s note: Two candidates have announced plans to run for Stearns County sheriff. This week Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud is profiled. Next week Lt. Robert Dickhaus of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office will be profiled.,) by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The surest path to effective law enforcement, not to mention crime prevention, is a tightly interconnected, collaborative approach, according

Paggen treated to ‘shock of a day’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com On her birthday, on her last day of work, Sandy Paggen of rural St. Stephen gave a flurry of hugs to a circle of misty-eyed co-workers, then looked out the front door, and through eyes still wet with tears, she saw a sleek white stretch limo parked there. Someone unrolled a red carpet from the limo.

Judge rules Fischbach can serve dual roles

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Michelle Fischbach can keep her state Senate seat while serving as lieutenant governor. A Ramsey County District Court judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against Fischbach, a Republican who represents the Sartell and St. Joseph areas in District 13. The lawsuit challenging the dual roles was premature, the judge wrote, until the Legislature starts on Feb.

Sartell students learn about ‘Humphrey’ the hamster

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district are learning about hamsters, hamster dances and more as they participate in the One District, One Book program. Sartell students at Oak Ridge and Pine Meadow elementary schools and their families are reading The World According to Humphrey, written by Betty G. Birney, for the program. “One District, One

SFX celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students, teachers and staff at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 with many fun-filled activities. Principal Kathy Kockler said the week is a fun reminder of the school’s Catholicism. During the week, SFX students and staff celebrated with an all-school bingo event, a Drop Everything and Read event,

Hartwig succeeds in goal to play college baseball

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Baseball scholarship recipient Riley Hartwig of Sartell has to search for words to explain why he loves baseball so much. During an interview with the Newsleader, Hartwig paused for a long time. “Well, I . . . I can’t put it into words,” he said. “I guess it’s just being with people you know and like,