Peterson returns from Afghanistan

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Back from Afghanistan, David Peterson was sworn in once again as a member of the Sartell City Council at its March 12 meeting. Peterson was thanked for his service and welcomed back warmly by the council and city staff. For the past seven months, Peterson served as a member of the Minnesota National Guard in Afghanistan. A couple of years

Sartell graduate breaks 22-year high-jump record

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Sartell High School graduate recently broke a 22-year-old high-jump record at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Shortly after that feat, Ryan DeRoeck was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men’s track-and-field Athlete of the Week. DeRoeck, a 2009 graduate of Sartell High School, cleared the high jump at 6 feet, 4 inches, besting the previous record

Knowledge Bowl team advances regionals

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com One of two Sartell-St. Stephen High School Knowledge Bowl teams will compete in regional competition after winning the sub-regional tournament March 13 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. Team 1 beat out 10 other schools in a series of written and oral rounds to be named the champion in Tier III, the category for the largest

Sartell resident opens regional pharmacy

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell resident Mark Boe, in partnership with Guardian Pharmacy LLC, has opened Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota in St. Cloud. The pharmacy will serve residents of group homes, as well as assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities in St. Cloud and surrounding areas in the central Minnesota area. Boe is owner and president of Guardian Pharmacy of Minnesota. “After

Students make poems ‘come alive’ in performance

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At first they were a bit shy and hesitant, but within a few short minutes the fourth-graders were using their bodies, facial expressions and voices to make their own poems come alive in spoken-word performances. Their “pied-piper” who coaxed the children out of their shy cocoons was Frank Sentwali, a spoken-word performer, teacher, tutor and mentor

Cold Spring police chief to run for House seat

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Phil Jones, the police chief for Cold Spring, recently announced he is seeking the Republican endorsement for Minnesota House of Representatives District 13A. The City of St. Joseph is within District 13A, which used to be District 14A until the recent redistricting process. Larry Hosch (D-St. Joseph) is now serving his fourth term as representative for

Planning a trip to Mayo? Please be careful

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Please beware of the intersection of Hwy. 52 and County Road 9, which is 30 miles north of Rochester and nine miles south of Cannon Falls. “Why?” you may ask. “Why worry about an intersection in faraway Goodhue County?” The answer is because, especially at my age, I am aware of numerous friends and acquaintances in the central Minnesota area

Man charged with Sartell gas-station robbery

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell man accused of robbing the BP gas station in Sartell has been charged in Stearns County District Court with one count of second-degree aggravated robbery. Douglas Wayne Gravelle, 32, is charged with the robbery he allegedly perpetrated at 9:11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at the gas station, located at the intersection of Pinecone Road