Student shares pie-throwing prize with a friend

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A Pine Meadow Elementary School fourth-grader’s decision to pass on a chance to throw a pie in the principal’s face surprised teachers and students. Nathan Boesen raised the most money in the Parent Teacher Organization’s annual fundraiser. When the time came for him to collect on his prize, he decided to offer it to a classmate.

Interest in SaveStations expands far and wide

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Interest in AED SaveStations is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Sartell City Council members are now expressing a keen interest in setting up some of them. At the Aug. 26 council meeting, two SaveStation experts – Rich Feneis of Sartell and Joel Vogel of St. Joseph – gave a presentation about the stations. Previously,

City tax rate to decrease slightly

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com After months of work, the Sartell city staff and the City Council presented a preliminary budget and levy for 2020, and the council approved it unanimously at its Sept. 23 meeting. The good news is the tax rate will decrease by about 0.60 percent from this year’s rate. The city’s general fund budget would increase by

Substance-free meeting focuses on vaping

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com As news of vaping-relating illnesses and deaths mount, an Oct. 8 program in Sartell takes on added urgency. The Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s Substance-Free Coalition has scheduled Summer Hagy from the American Health Association to speak on the health dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. The event is 6 p.m. at Sartell Middle School and the public

With winter coming, homeowners fear more frozen pipes

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com While most homeowners this time of year are thinking about keeping their lawns mowed and anticipating the fall leaves, homeowners in Sartell’s Oak Pond neighborhood have their minds on the future and the frozen days of winter. Four neighbors on Oak Pond Court have struggled for years with frozen water lines during the winter and they

Council declines to revisit ‘chickens’ issue

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell City Council will not be discussing chickens in the city limits – at least not anytime soon. At its Sept. 23 meeting, members voted unanimously not to pursue that topic at upcoming meetings. Mayor Ryan Fitzthum and council member Mike Chisum said that issue – whether to allow chickens in yards of city residents

Eisenschenk receives Unit Member of the Year award

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Elaine Eisenschenk, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 328 in St. Joseph, received the Unit Member of the Year award from the state Department of Minnesota American Legion Auxiliary. Eisenschenk received the award after being nominated for her volunteer service at St. Cloud VA Health Care System and collecting almost $7,000 in donations for