School leaders closely watch Covid case rates

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com With Sartell-St. Stephen schools set to open Sept. 8 using a mix of in-person and hybrid learning, school administrators are closely watching the Covid-19 case numbers in Stearns County. “The best we can do is encourage our neighbors, particularly this Labor Day weekend, to keep masks on and social distance,” Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert told school board

Police, firefighters move to space designed for the future

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell police officers and firefighters are finding more space, new technology and a design for the future in their new home on Pinecone Road. Not all the boxes have been unpacked and a few details need finishing, but both departments are now operating out of the new Public Safety Facility. In addition to more space –

Ground broken for new arena in Sartell

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com After several years of planning, fine-tuning and fundraising, a groundbreaking ceremony took place Aug. 26 in Sartell for a new sports arena – a private/city partnership project. As attendees looked on and applauded, a long row of participants turned over spadefuls of dirt on the site of the project, just south of the Bernick’s Arena in

School lunch adapts to safety rules

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When students return to school next week, they’ll find changes in how they eat lunch. Some students will be eating in their classrooms, there will be fewer menu and a la carte options and transactions will be touchless and cashless. “We’ve been working hard on developing a plan to make sure they are able to social

Dahlgren: Finance skills a boost for school board

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Al Dahlgren of St. Joseph is gratified his extensive knowledge of business and accounting can help the St. Cloud school board “unravel the incredibly complex business of school finance.” Dahlgren, 61, is treasurer of the school board and is vying for re-election, competing with six other candidates, including two other incumbents. There are four seats open

Andreasen: Reading mastery is key to all students’ successes

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Even though his 2016 bid for a seat on the St. Cloud school board failed, Scott Andreasen of St. Joseph remains active in the school district. He is one of seven candidates, three of them incumbents, competing for four open seats on the board. Andreasen is a community member of the district’s board finance committee and

Council approves downtown streetscape plan

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A proposal to improve the look of downtown St. Joseph moved ahead when the City Council approved the final plan and bidding for the streetscape project. The improvements include repairs to the existing street-scape on the south side of Minnesota Street from Chapel Lane to First Avenue NE. The work includes replacing pavers, tree planters, benches