Specialty courts save society lots of money

Dennis DalmanFrom the Bench, Opinion0 Comments

by Judge Frank Kundrat In Central Minnesota and other jurisdictions, various specialty courts have been instituted to address ongoing problems caused by addiction, substance abuse and family violence. Drug court has been in existence for about 10 years. It is a special court that handles cases involving drug-using offenders. These offenders are placed in comprehensive supervision, drug testing, treatment services

Baenninger, others, donate to fight poverty

Dennis DalmanNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

MaryAnn Baenninger, the president of the College of St. Benedict, is one of 28 leaders in higher education who recently founded “The Presidents’ Pledge Against Global Poverty.” The initiative is meant to help end poverty and to focus on the postive impact of personal philanthropy. Baenninger and the other 27 founding members from public and private universities all signed a

Hillary continues to be a trailblazer

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

It’s about time Hillary Clinton is receiving the widespread admiration she always deserved. She is, once again, on the top of the list as the world’s most admired woman. It’s a wonder she was able to endure all that baiting, hounding, heel-nipping and blind hatred aimed at her all through the 1990s when her husband was president. She not only

Jacobson-Schulte resigns from school board

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

Patrick Jacobson-Schulte recently announced he will resign from the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board because he and his family will soon move outside of the school district to a home that better meets the needs of his family. According to a news release from the superintendent’s office, Jacobson-Schulte will resign from the school board effective May 30. It is a requirement

SMS teams reap awards at Envirothon

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Fourteen Sartell Middle School students returned from an “Envirothon” competition bearing an armload of trophies, including a first-place honor. Twenty-six SMS students, grades 7 and 8, participated in the “Region 2 Junior Envirothon,” which was held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Center in Spicer. The competition was sponsored by the Area IV Soil and Water Conservation

Wilfahrt retires from St. Francis

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com After serving 17 years as the principal of St. Francis Xavier School in Sartell, Linda Wilfahrt will retire at the end of this school year. Wilfahrt described her mixed feelings about retiring as a combination of “sad” and “excited.” “On the one hand, I am sad,” she said. “The St. Francis Xavier School community – students,

Just for Kix dancers bring home slew of awards

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Cori Hilsgen news@the newsleaders.com Local dancers from Sartell, St. Stephen and St. Joseph recently competed with hundreds of Just For Kix dancers at three “United We Dance” competitions in March and brought home the top awards. Competitions were held in Bloomington, St. Cloud and Wahpeton, N.D. Dancers competed in various categories such as jazz, kick, lyrical and hip hop.