‘We’ll get through this,’ says police chief of coronavirus

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com These days, the streets, sidewalks and parks of Sartell are sometimes eerily quiet, free of vehicles and pedestrians, said Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes. It’s because of the widespread stay-at-home isolation caused by the coronavirus crisis. But then, at other times, people are on the go, driving here or there, he added. Daytime and afternoon arrests

Police constantly adapting to virus threat

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Changes, adaptations, flexibility – those are the constant watchwords at the St. Joseph Police Department as its members cope 24-7 with the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. And it’s not just the police department; it’s the fire department, the ambulance crews, city hall, schools, businesses. The very fabric of daily life here, there and everywhere has

House-bound families improvise, adapt, make do

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com One day not long ago, it dawned on Trina Dietz with fresh clarity: “There are five people in our house; there are not five desks in our house.” The Dietz family is one of two Sartell families interviewed about how their lives have been upended by the coronavirus threat. Each family, like so many others, is

Council delays action on massage-business ordinance

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At a Sartell City Council public hearing April 13, several residents and business owners spoke up to question a proposed ordinance regarding massage businesses. Those who spoke up are Sartell residents Deb Frank and Angela Olson. Both own and operate therapeutic massage businesses from their homes. The Sartell City Council has been pondering a collaboration with

Financial director resigns for new job in Detroit Lakes

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Heidi Ostlie, Sartell’s finance director, has resigned to take a new job as finance director for the city of Detroit Lakes, which is close to her place of residence. Ostlie, who has been Sartell’s finance director for several years, had kept the Sartell City Hall staff closely posted on every step of her application with Detroit

Grizzly Lane stop signs OK’d

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Three stop signs will be installed in the Grizzly Lane area, a road that leads through The Wilds neighborhood of Sartell. The City Council approved those signs at its April 13 meeting. At a council meeting in March, several residents of that neighborhood urged the council to do something to make that area safer. The stop

Kremer honored as TCHS ‘Junior Volunteer of the Year’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Kaylan Kremer, a Sartell high-school student with an all-embracing love of animals, was recently named Junior Volunteer of the Year for 2019 by the Tri-County Humane Society. Kaylan, 17, the daughter of Shannon and Doug Kremer, is a senior at Sartell High School. For the past two-and-one-half years, every Monday from 4-6 p.m. she has volunteered