On trip, fun activities banish the need for words

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Take groups of young people from two widely different cultures, put them together for games and music and then watch the differences vanish as the fun begins. Words, they quickly realized, aren’t the only means of communication. That was the recipe for success when Sartell students visited a school recently in Punta Cana in the Dominican

Sartell introduces new, interactive web page

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The City of Sartell now has a new streamlined, interactive web page that city officials hope will be easier for city residents to navigate. The new webpage even has two Facebook Pages. One is for the City of Sartell, the other for the Sartell Police Department. Visitors to those Facebooks can submit comments, questions and suggestions.

Titanic keeps sinking in my mind

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Why am I still riveted by anything to do with the sinking of the H.M.S. Titanic, as if that disaster happened just yesterday? I’ve been pondering that question for the past week, prompted by the centennial of that ship’s sinking on April 15, 1912. Whenever I happen to channel-flip through TV and glimpse something about the Titanic, I always think,

All of us should re-learn tornado-survival tips

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Although Minnesotans – famously so – are a weather-hardened species, this past winter, which was practically “balmy,” has probably spoiled us to some extent. But let’s not fool ourselves. A benign winter is not necessarily the harbinger of a balmy, pleasant summer. A drought is possible, as are destructive floods. A lethal heat wave could develop, not to mention –

Graves endorsed to challenge Bachmann

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A former St. Cloud resident, Jim Graves, was endorsed last Saturday as the DFL candidate to challenge incumbent Rep. Michele Bachmann for Minnesota’s 6th District congressional seat in the Nov. 6 election. Graves, who was endorsed at the 6th District DFL Convention in Blaine, is the owner of Graves Hospitality, a company that builds and maintains

Knowledge Bowl team ties for 9th at state meet

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell Knowledge Bowl team tied for ninth place (with two other teams in Class AA division) at the Minnesota Knowledge Bowl meet April 12-13 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd. Twenty-four statewide teams competed at the event. The members of the Sartell team are Bailey Evenson, Joseph Lawson, Kyle McIllwain and Laura Somppi. their coach is

St. John’s Prep team earns state championship

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The St. John’s Prep School Knowledge Bowl team won the state championship in the Class A division at the Minnesota Knowledge Bowl meet April 12-13 at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd. The team was tops of 24 teams that competed in its division. Its members are Isaac Bohart, Emiliana Cofell, Hank Dudley, Christian Gaetz and Brenden Wichman. The

School-trust land reform on verge of approval, local politician asks support

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

by Reps. Tim O’Driscoll (R) and Denise Dittrich (DFL) Many times those who hold public office are labeled as being too partisan and not willing to work together to solve problems. We’d like to share with you a story of how the Minnesota Legislature is working together in an unprecedented bipartisan fashion this session to bring about change that will