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

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

How to stay safe from Covid-19 infection

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The following are prevention tips on how to best stay safe from the Covid-19 virus. These tips are based on information from the National Centers for Disease Control, based in Atlanta. Wash hands repeatedly all day with soap and hot water, and avoid touching one’s face. Do not shake hands or give hugs. Try to maintain

Covid-19 virus fears cause closings, cancellations

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com What started a couple of months ago as a trickle of concerns about the Covid-19 virus had become by the second week of March a wave of infections, illnesses, deaths, closings and cancellations nationwide and nationally, including preventive reactions right here in Central Minnesota. The virus, which was first known in China, has now shown up

Council votes to appoint Gruber as city administrator

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Anna Gruber has been offered the job as the new Sartell city administrator after the City Council voted unanimously at its March 9 meeting to appoint her. Council members interviewed Gruber March 5, and all members said they are very impressed by Gruber’s credentials. “I think she will do an outstanding job,” said council member Mike

Watershed health requires citizen involvement

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The lands and waterways in the Mississippi-Sartell Watershed have greatly improved, but there is still a lot of work to do to preserve them as a precious resource, said a spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. At the Sartell Community Center Feb. 27, Phil Votruba presented a slide show and talked about efforts to protect

911 system bridges response time to cardiac arrest

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Time is of the essence, and that is seldom truer than in the case of a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. That is why the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department and its sheriff, Steve Soyka, saw the need to quicken response times for those who collapse during SCA (sudden cardiac arrest). Throughout Central Minnesota – especially in