Consultant details education equity audit for school board

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com As a first step toward addressing its education equity issue, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board heard a proposal from Equity Alliance MN. The Woodbury-based consultants work with schools to research and develop plans to provide equitable education for all students. The issue arose earlier this summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and a

St. Joseph police will add another officer

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Soon there will be another police officer patrolling the streets of St. Joseph. Thanks to a federal COPS grant approved by the City Council at its July 20 meeting, Chief Dwight Pfannenstein will be hiring an additional officer. The four-year federal grant pays 75 percent of the wage and benefit package the first year, 50 percent

Council agrees to conduit financing for Scheels Complex

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com An ambitious expansion project next to Bernick’s Arena in Sartell will be paid for via a city-backed financing method known as a “conduit bond lease.” The name of the project is Scheels Athletic Complex, so-named because of  a major corporate donor. At its July 13 meeting, the council voted 4-1, with member Mike Chisum voting no,

Joetown Rocks raffle, online quilt auction results were successful

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Most of the results are in for the Church of St. Joseph raffle, T-shirt sales and online quilt auction and organizers got successful results. These were the events parishioners were still able to conduct when the Joetown Rocks concert, Church of St. Joseph festival and the St. Joseph Lions annual parade were canceled because of the

Council votes to keep Wilds court in place

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The outdoor basketball court in The Wilds neighborhood of Sartell will stay where it is. At its July 13 meeting, the Sartell City Council voted unanimously to keep the court as is rather than moving it to Watab Park as once proposed. The council’s action apparently put an end to some rancorous, emotional controversy in recent

Having a ball at Sartell’s Community Center

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photo by Carolyn BertschAvery Olson, 13, of Willmar bumps a ball July 17 during volleyball camp at the Sartell Community Center as Tsseganesh Schwitters, 13, of Clara City looks on. photo by Carolyn BertschMelissa Preiss (left) of Sartell and Elizabeth Pederson of Sauk Rapids play pickleball July 17 at the Sartell Community Center. The women previously frequented the courts in

Strolling through summer

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photo by Carolyn BertschCousins take a stroll along 9th Avenue North in Sartell July 17. They are (left to right) Zoey Mugg, 10; Adeline Loehrer, 10; Dexter Loehrer, 9, and (in the stroller) Charlie Hagberg, 1, all of Sartell.

Celebrating summer

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photo by Carolyn BertschPaul Lieser, 2, of Sartell enjoys candy under the pavilion July 17 at the Celebration neighborhood wading pool in Sartell. photo by Carolyn BertschJohnny Schneider, 3, of Sartell, cools off July 17 at the Celebration neighborhood wading pool in Sartell.