After chaos, ‘competent’ looks appealing

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When it’s time for your annual job review at work and your boss rates you “competent” that’s not a time for celebration. A “competent” rating means you won’t be fired, but you probably won’t be getting a raise or promotion either. A competent performance is indeed a low bar…everywhere but in politics where it appears beyond reach. No wonder only

Pine Meadow drop-off route changed

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A new traffic pattern for dropping off students at Pine Meadow Elementary School will begin on Thursday, Jan. 2. Drivers will no longer be allowed to turn left from Fifth Street North into the parking lot and barriers will placed in the middle of Fifth Street to block the entrance. The change is needed, school and

This month’s community meal adds holiday cheer

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photo by Mike KnaakFirst United Methodist Choir members sing during the congregation's community meal on Dec. 21. The singers are (from left) Jim Davis, Rick Lorenz, Carol Miller, Tom Sibley and Michelle Hedgren. Tess Kasling plays the piano. photo by Mike KnaakPeople line up for the community meal at First United Methodist Church. The congregation serves an average of 75

Kuebelbeck creates cards for students at Kennedy

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Grace Kuebelbeck of St. Joseph set an ambitious goal for herself and accomplished it. She planned to spread not just a little, but a large amount of kindness. Kuebelbeck planned to do this by making a card for each student who attended school with her at Kennedy Community School, before they all left for winter break

Public hearing to involve end to dog-license requirement

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The city of Sartell is considering dropping the requirement for dog licenses, and that proposal – along with some other proposed changes to the city’s animal ordinance – will be the topic of a public hearing at the Jan. 13 Sartell City Council meeting. In a memo to the City council, city staff stated, “The city

ConneX will continue but with reduced hours

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The ConneX on-demand bus service in Sartell will continue for another year, but with reduced hours and an expanded service area. The extension through Dec. 31, 2020, will provide Metro Bus staff an opportunity to gather information about the performance of the service. Service times will change starting Sunday, Feb. 2. Weekday service will be from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday