by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Two men, each with nearly three decades in law enforcement, are competing to be the first new sheriff elected in Stearns County in 16 years. Dave Bentrud, Waite Park police chief, and Steve Soyka, a Stearns County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, are on the ballot Nov. 6. One of them will replace Don Gudmundson who was appointed
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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The first tour of the new Sartell high school started in the parking lot of Oak Ridge Elementary School and lasted about an hour. To prepare for any future tours, be sure to bring your curiosity, a sense of wonderment and a sharp imagination. Right now the school is a world of girders and beams, conduit
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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At its regular Sept. 17 board meeting the Sartell-St. Stephen school board heard a good news report in the form of a comprehensive 2017-18 District Assessment Results. The report detailed results from the Northstar Ratings Every Student Succeeds Act, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and the American College Testing. The report was presented by Kay Nelson, assistant
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  by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com It’s always fun to uncover buried treasures, but for Andy Loso, president of the St. Joseph Historical Society, a recent discovery of a buried church mural was especially interesting. While renovating the vesting Sacristy, workers uncovered a painting that was part of the mural at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Loso, who is the church’s
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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The staff and friends of the Tri-County Humane Society are ecstatic about the resounding success of “Bark to the Future,” the biggest annual fundraiser for the organization. The walking event for both people and their pets came within a hair’s breadth of its goal –$60,000, with $55,500 raised at last count, said Kate Kompas, volunteer and
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The Sartell High School Student Council, proving homecoming is more than theme days, football games and welcoming back alumni, has continued the tradition of designating a recipient for fundraising during the week. The Student Council decided funds would be donated to the ALS Association – Minnesota/North Dakota/South Dakota Chapter, which “supports people living with ALS and their loved ones through
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Janagan Ramanathan, son of Vasugi and Gajen Ramanathan, and a junior at Sartell High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1–36.
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