High-school-to-middle-school transformation nears completion

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The last big project in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s multi-year building and reconfiguration plan is nearing completion on Seventh Street N. Remodeling and construction work converting the 1993 high school that served grades nine through 12 to a middle school for sixth- through eighth-graders is more than 75 percent complete. “There’s more open access for

Residents urge fixes for dangerous Grizzly Lane

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Grizzly Lane used to be a pleasant road winding through the Celebration neighborhood in southwest Sartell, but in recent years it has morphed into a virtual speedway, making that route a potential death zone. At the March 9 City Council meeting, two Celebration residents spoke about their deep concerns during the Open Forum portion of the

Sartell graduation rate dips, but still remains high

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell High School’s graduation rate took a slight dip in 2019, but still remained well above the state average. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, 96.5 percent of students graduated in four years, compared with 83.7 percent statewide. The Sartell score dropped from 98.2 percent in 2018. Compared with other area districts, Sartell ranked behind

Graduation gap still exists between white students, black students

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Cloud’s two public high schools improved their four-year graduation rates in 2019, but there’s still a significant gap between white students and black students. At Apollo High School, the overall graduation rate was 79.4 percent, compared with 77.4 percent a year earlier. At Tech High School, the overall graduation rate was 81.4 percent compared with

Borgerding urges, ‘Become friend of Wobegon Trails’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Little did Cliff Borgerding realize in the 1970s that a railroad bed one-half mile from his home in Avon would someday become a bicycle trail he would come to know and love. At that time, Borgerding worked for the Fingerhut company in St. Cloud, with lots of employees that commuted from cities to the west: Sauk

Virus utterly changes world – at least for a while

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com By mid-March, the world had utterly changed – at least for the time being – with the closings of schools, churches, nursing homes, hospitals, community events and some work places, as well as unprecedented changes in how and where people meet. There are candidates debating without audiences, sports teams playing without spectators, students at home instead

Lions donate to send Explorer to state competition

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The Y2K Lions recently donated $400 to the Stearns County Explorer Post 250 to help fund expenses for an Explorer to attend the April 24-26 state competition in Rochester. St. Joseph resident Stearns County Deputy Sheriff Brian Theisen attended the March 11 Y2K Lions meeting to discuss the program and accept the donation. Theisen is one