French conversation group meets at Local Blend

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Parlez-vous français? If so, you might be interested in joining a French conversation group that meets twice each month during the school year at The Local Blend in downtown St. Joseph. The group has been meeting since autumn 2015. Ana Conboy, assistant professor of French at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, said

St. Francis Xavier students meet ‘Saints in Service’ goal

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Although some of the work at job sites needed to be postponed due to snow, St. Francis Xavier School students still participated in a “Saints in Service” day Oct. 28, reaching their fundraising goal of $22,000. School Principal Kathy Kockler said students did even better than meeting their goal. They raised more than $29,000. She said

Nov. 17 Town criers

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Sartell Winter Market is this Saturday, Nov. 18 Sartell Winter Market will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 18 at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Some of the many items you will find include the following: eggs, vegetables from storage, canned goods, baked treats, breads and many craft items. Come start your holiday shopping early. All

Violent offender task force member to speak Nov. 13

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com A free presentation called “Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force” will be given from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in the Multi-Purpose Room at Sartell Middle School. This is the third of four programs sponsored by the Sartell-St. Stephen Drug-Free Coalition – one program each month through December. The Nov. 13 program features speaker Steve Soyka.

Officer Lundquist presented with thank-you quilt

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaeders.com Jill Lundquist, a Sartell-St. Stephen School District school resource police officer, received a pleasant surprise recently at Sartell Middle School. Students presented her with a handmade quilt in appreciation for her service to the school. Student Jenna Dahlberg presented the quilt, which was made by her grandmother, Deb Bomstad of Willmar. Students in the gymnasium cheered

Students raise more than $18,000 for ‘Make-A-Wish’

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Students in the Sartell School District once again showed their kindness and generosity when they greatly contributed to raising more than $18,000 for “Make-A-Wish.” Because of help from the Sartell High School Student Council, area residents, other students, faculty and staff in the district, organizers of the fundraising events are hoping 10-year-old Sophia (Sophie) Lathe, who

Jingle Bell/Toys Tots event set for Nov. 18

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com The annual Jingle Bell 5k Run/1k Kids Walk for Toys for Tots will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 right outside of St. Cloud Orthopedics in the Sartell Medical Campus. The event raises money for Toys for Tots and typically provides about one-third of toys for the program, all of which go to children

A long-gone gnome comes home at last

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com It was an ordinary October day for Jack and Suzanne Toftey of Sartell. They had just had a bite to eat at Arby’s in St. Cloud. Back at their car in the parking lot, Suzanne happened to glance across the street to a strip mall, and the ordinary day turned extraordinary. Suzanne became instantly flabbergasted, tongue-tied,