by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni confirmed Jan. 23 that she will retire sometime this next summer or early September. Degiovanni, who has worked for the city of Sartell for more than 20 years, told the Newsleader she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren and indulging herself in her longtime passion, gardening. As city administrator,
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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Two longtime St. Joseph dream projects moved one step closer to reality last week when the governor included them in his bonding list for the legislature. Gov. Tim Walz requested $4 million for the Community Center expansion and $300,000 for East Park, part of $2.028 billion general-obligation bond proposal supporting local jobs and projects. Area lawmakers
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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Some people can walk and chew gum at the same time, but they’ve got nothing on Paulette Levasseur of Sartell who can crochet and go sightseeing at the same time. She recalls a trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota, when she crocheted for hours without missing a stitch while looking out the passenger window
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St. Joseph Catholic School fourth-graders learned about energy efficiency and electrical safety on Jan. 15 from Stearns Electric Association employees. Prior to the presentations, students learned about basic electricity principles as part of their school curriculum. Throughout the one-hour sessions, students reviewed the things they had learned, including the different types of electricity, conductors and insulators and sources of energy.
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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 tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. Jan. 8 4:30 p.m. Warrant. Second Street N.  An agency sent
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Absentee voting began Jan. 17, for the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary. Voting in the Presidential Nomination Primary will be different from a statewide primary election with the following differences: • The Democratic-Farmer-Labor  and Republican parties are the only major political parties that will participate in the Presidential Nomination Primary. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have decided only Trump’s
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A St. Joseph woman was injured Jan. 10 when the vehicle she was driving hit a patch of ice, crashed into the ditch and rolled onto its roof, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. The driver, Caitlin Popp, 18, crawled out the vehicle and walked to a nearby residence for help. The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on
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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com After a one-week delay waiting for signs and barriers, the new  student drop-off traffic plan at Pine Meadow Elementary School began Jan. 9. The change blocks left turns into the school from Fifth Street N. The change is needed, school and city officials said, because traffic is backing up on Pinecone Road as far south as
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