Arndt will be Middle School principal

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The Sartell-St. Stephen school district selected Laura Arndt as the new Sartell Middle School principal beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. Arndt served as an assistant principal at Sartell Middle School this past year and previously served as an instructional coach for three years at Oak Ridge Elementary School. Prior to her time in the district, Arndt was employed in

Sartell man injured in collision

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A Sartell man and a Rice girl were injured in a head-on collision in Sauk Rapids Township on Wednesday, according to Benton County Sheriff Troy Heck. When deputies arrived, they found a pickup with significant front-end damage stopped in the 800 block of 35th Street NE facing east in the westbound lane. A car with significant front-end damage was facing

Sartell seniors honored for planning teaching careers

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photo by Mike KnaakSartell High School honored seniors in the Future Educators Club at a “signing ceremony” on May 15. McKenna Rohe (left) talked about her plans to attend Bemidji State University. Each student described college plans and talked about who influenced the decision to pursue a teaching career. The event was sponsored by the Club and the Sartell-St. Stephen

WWII vet, Wahlstrom wanted to be part of the action

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The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. In addition to national and statewide activities commemorating this milestone, American Post 328 of St. Joseph is planning a number of festive and patriotic activities for the community.   One of those special events will be profiles of St. Joseph-area veterans published in each Newsleader during 2019. The Newsleader is joining

Legion plans Memorial Day events

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St. Joseph American Legion members will honor veterans with a series of events on Memorial Day, May 27. At 8:45 a.m., Legionnaires, members of Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will march to the 9 a.m. Service at St.  Joseph Catholic Church. After the service, Legion members families and guests will move to the St. Joseph Cemetery

As session deadline nears, budget deal pushes aside policy goals

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The end is near. Legislators are heading toward a deadline of midnight Monday, May 20, to finish their work. Despite the best intentions at the start of the session to look for early compromises and stick to a deadline to wrap up committee work, the big decisions will happen at the last minute. Last year, the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL

Passion for sports led women’s quest for equality

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The short history of equality for female athletes was showcased recently at Stearns History Museum’s History Maker Gala. The event honored local women who pioneered equality and athletic opportunity for girls and women. For today’s female high school and college athletes, it must be hard to imagine a world where their “athletic” opportunities were limited intramural teams, powder-puff football and

Mueller Report deserves proper resolution

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In April, after almost two years of investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election was released. After the release, further argument has been underway between Republicans and Democrats about whether President Donald Trump was vindicated or implicated by the conclusions, respectively. Wherever the country goes from here, any actions based on the report should