Bungled Wetterling investigation went ‘off the rails’ from the start, sheriff says

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The investigation of Jacob Wetterling’s 1989 abduction and killing “went off the rails” from the beginning and the sheriff at the time, Charlie Grafft, lost control of his investigation to the FBI in the first few weeks. That’s the judgment of current Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson. Before releasing more than 47,000 documents on Thursday, Sept.

Dollars, cents and the operational levy

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com “What we want is for people to get as informed as they can be, and then to make an informed decision,” said Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert when talking about the upcoming Levy for Learning. The Levy for Learning is basically another name for an operational levy to allow the district to keep buildings in operation. “Our position

Candidate Everett promises ‘Civility in Action’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Heidi Everett of St. Wendel Township, a candidate for Minnesota House District 13B, intends to put her decades of communications skills to good use if elected Nov. 6. She is a professor of communications and journalism at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Everett, a DFLer, is challenging incumbent Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) for the legislative seat.  District

If re-elected, O’Driscoll plans to build on successes

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Long-time Minnesota Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) is hoping for another go-round for his fifth consecutive bid to represent the people in House District 13B in the state legislature. O’Driscoll, 54, was elected to that position four times, every two years, since his first try in 2010. O’Driscoll, a former real-estate agent, is a corporate trainer for

St. Joseph council candidates answer tough questions

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com There are three people running for election to the St. Joseph City Council in the coming Nov. 6 election. They are Dale Wick, Brian Theise and Anne Buckvold. Wick and Buckvold are both incumbents while Theisen is running for election for the first time. Wick has served for 16 years on the council. Buckvold was appointed

DeZURIK opens plant to public for 90th birthday

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com New York City would likely be a big, leaky, soggy mess of a city if it were not for the DeZURIK company in Sartell. That’s because DeZURIK manufactured to precise specifications all the valves that are used in the Big Apple’s water-distribution system. That is one of the intriguing fun facts visitors learned when DeZURIK opened

Meemken still going strong at 90

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com If 70 can be considered to be the new 65, then Judy Meemken, 90, could be an example of the new 85. Meemken, who turned 90 Sept. 6, continues to stay very active with various projects she is involved with. She is a Sacristan and sings in the choir at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Meemken

There’s no place like Homecoming

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photo by Carolyn BertschThe Sartell Dance Team performs during the Sept. 21 Homecoming Parade. Members include (from left to right) Lexi Rudnitski, Ava Scheffler, Reese Schwarzentraub, Amber Teer, Olivia Plamann, Kaylee Ringstad, Izzy Kucala and Juliana Reitz along with the many of the rest of the team (further back). photo by Carolyn BertschSartell homecoming royalty Carlie Hansen and Mo Alkhatib