New Sartell welcome sign brings praise

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The new welcome-to-Sartell sign near the city’s new high school is a hit with residents, and the City Council is considering putting up more of the signs elsewhere at entrances to the city. The sign is comprised of metal letters, about  3 feet tall, that spell S-A-R-T-E-L-L in a curved configuration. It was installed on the

Sen. Howe honored by Sartell council

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum read a city proclamation honoring State Sen. Jeff Howe at the close of the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. Fitzthum noted Howe was recently honored as a Legislator of Distinction by the League of Minnesota Cities. The mayor said a proclamation from Sartell should concur with that recognition. Fitzthum and others worked

Verbal ping-pong reigns at ‘Squiggle Farkle’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com They call the game Squiggle Farkle, but anyone who hears the group of people huddled in the southeast corner of the Local Blend would swear they’re playing not a dice game but fast-and-furious verbal ping-pong. They sound like a bunch of lippy overgrown kids being given a time-out in the corner. Between rolls of the dice,

St. Stephen family to welcome exchange students

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com One day last year, senior Meghan Hicks was walking past a classroom at Holdingford High School when she heard someone in the room say, “Maybe Meghan would do it.” A bit startled, Meghan poked her head in the doorway and said, “I would do what?” As she soon learned, there was a foreign exchange student named

Popular Farmer Bob’s fertilizer still for sale

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Thanks to “Farmer Bob’s” secret recipe, many homeowners for decades have been keeping their lawns as green as Ireland, but not too long ago those homeowners just about had panic attacks when they heard Farmer Bob was ending his local fertilizer business. Not to worry. All is well. Farmer Bob, also known as Bob Schefers of

Supan says goodbye to 70 years of fair work

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It’s fair to say Dolores Supan of St. Stephen has been more times to the Benton County Fair than anyone else around – about 80 times, at least. She not only attended all those fairs each year since the mid-1940s, but she worked there, too, each summer since 1949. And now, as of early August, she

Benefit breakfast for Terebinth Refuge set for Sept. 12

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The second free annual “Rise” benefit breakfast for the Terebinth Refuge program will take place from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in downtown St. Cloud. The breakfast venue is Regency Plaza, 912 St. Germain St., with free parking in the St. Mary’s parking lot in back. The breakfast is free, but registration is required. To register,

No parking ordered for stretch of 19th Avenue

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com As of Monday, Aug. 19, there will be a permanent no-parking zone along a 167-foot stretch on the west edge of 19th Avenue in west Sartell. The Sartell City Council voted 4-4 (council member Tim Elness was not at the meeting) in favor of the no-parking recommendation at its Aug. 12 meeting. That portion of 19th