Council sees revised arena expansion plan

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A newly revised plan for expansion of the Bernick’s Arena was presented to the Sartell City Council at its last meeting. The presenter was Chad Ritter, president of the Sartell Youth Recreation Center, also known as the Bernick’s Arena. Ritter said that after many listening sessions in recent months with the Sartell City Council members, the

Budget surplus, worker shortage, health, child care on legislators’ agenda

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com What to do with the state budget surplus as well as decisions on a worker shortage, lack of affordable child care and urgent health needs await St. Joseph area legislators when they return to the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 11. How to manage the state’s expected $1.3-billion surplus will be on the agenda and Sen. Jeff

Sartell leaders aim for careful growth

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum says most residents will be satisfied if the number on the city’s population signs don’t need to be changed for two years. That sentiment sums up city leaders’ strategy for development and growth. They are looking for careful, consistent growth. Recent state data predicts that Sartell’s population will grow from about 18,000

Buckvold plans to run for mayor

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph City Council Member Anne Buckvold says she plans to run for mayor in this fall’s election. Buckvold was re-elected to the council in 2018. She was appointed in May 2018 to fill out a vacancy created when Matt Killam resigned. Buckvold said her interest in being mayor is driven by a desire to form

Fun multiplies at PME Math Night

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photo by Carolyn BertschShannon Mohs, of Sartell, sets up a giant checker board Jan. 24 with his son, Julian, 8, at Math Night at Pine Meadow Elementary School. photo by Carolyn BertschFriends, Reagan Kimble (left) and Grace Magnuson, both age 8, of Sartell, react as a Mathnasium volunteer helps them play "Number Detective," Jan. 24 during Math Night at Pine

Students use leadership skills to help fill area needs

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School Student Council members and Ambassadors have been busy filling their leadership roles to organize projects to help fill area needs around St. Joseph. Activities these students have been busy organizing this year include competing to collect for a food drive where they donated 364 items to the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf, collecting

School Forest opens doors to outdoor classroom

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Many students need to hop a bus for a chance to learn in a forest or prairie. But starting next fall, students at Riverview Intermediate School will find the forest right outside the door. The outdoor classroom is now possible after wooded land west of the school was designated a School Forest by the Minnesota Department

Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Excitement was in the air as students, faculty and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-31 with a variety of activities. Once, again, the theme this year was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The week included themed days, fun activities, prayer and a service project. Fourth-grade teacher Theresa Fleege coordinated