Zimmerman got the last laugh

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Bob Zimmerman got the last laugh I’ve always wanted to interview Bob Dylan, but since that’s not in the cards, Margy Hughes is the next best thing. Hughes lives in St. Joseph and taught physical education at the College of St. Benedict for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Hibbing High School Student Council and gave

Board’s spring-break decision upsets hundreds

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Simmering dissatisfaction with the elimination of school spring break has boiled over into a virtual protest movement among many Sartell residents. More than 150 of those concerned citizens – students and parents – attended the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board meeting last Monday and presented signed petitions with more than 300 signatures. They came to request the

New pastor happy to be at Celebration Lutheran

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Even during his interview for the job, Pastor Jeff Sackett said he felt he and the people of Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell “just clicked.” When he landed the job, he was very happy. “It’s a lovely place,” he said. “I’m just getting my feet wet, but I feel so warmly welcomed by these great people.

Thompson can’t seem to stop winning

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Jennifer Thompson just can’t seem to stop winning. Not long after being part of the Sartell Sabre Swim Team’s state championship, she went on to win two of three individual swimming events in the YMCA competition last week at the University of Minnesota. Thompson, a ninth-grader at Sartell High School, placed first in the 50-yard freestyle

Soccer player honored with prestigious ‘Warter Scholarship’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Alyssa Frank of Sartell feels like one of the luckiest young women in Minnesota, having just won the “Mike Warter Scholarship” from the State High School Soccer Coaches’ Association. It’s a rare honor. Only one female and one male in the state receive the $1,000 scholarship each year. It takes more than “luck” to win that

Sabre dancers place 2nd, 6th at state dance meet

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Although they didn’t kick their way to top glory, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team was ecstatic when they won second place in the Class 2A “high kick” division in state competition last week at Minneapolis Target Center. The coaches and dancers all agreed it was their best performance through an award-winning year. They were there to

Heart-attack survivor warns: ‘Pay attention to your body’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Because of a sudden heart attack, Bruce Theisen of Sartell lost two days of his life to an oblivion close to death, but he’s happy to be back from that brink. Most of all, he is thankful for the two Sartell police officers who coaxed his stopped heart back to life by using a defibrillator. If

Dingmann retires after 30 years as mail carrier

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Although she has lived in St. Cloud for most of her life, Evie Dingmann considers Sartell her second home – a home she learned to know door-to-door, mailbox by mailbox. After 30 years as a mail carrier for Sartell, Dingmann retired recently at age 72. “It was a great job,” she said. “I really loved it