Catholic Community Schools move to distance learning

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Sartell, along with their sister schools in the Catholic Community Schools system, will begin distance learning Nov. 30 with the hopes for a possible return to in-person learning Jan. 19.  “We know people will be gathering over the holidays, although hopefully to a lesser

Suspect charged with 6 felonies

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com A suspect who assaulted a state trooper and spurred a daylong manhunt that locked down St. John’s University and Preparatory School campus Nov. 19 faces six felony charges and one misdemeanor. According to reports from the Minnesota State Patrol, Devan Dajon Wilson, 29, was arrested without incident at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening on the

Free COVID-19 exposure notification app announced

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com A free phone app is the latest tool announced by the Governor’s Office to help slow the spread of COVID in Minnesota. In the press briefing, Tarek Tomes, Minnesota’s chief information officer, shared details about the app called COVIDaware MN. COVIDaware MN runs on smartphones and notifies people who have downloaded the app and opted

Daylong manhunt ends with suspect in custody

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: The State Patrol is reporting that a suspect is in custody after a daylong manhunt near St. Joseph on the campus of St. John’s University.   Devan Dajon Wilson, 29, was arrested without incident at around 6:30 Thursday evening near Sagatagan Lake on the campus of St. John’s University.   The manhunt

Governor says 4-week dial back to control COVID spread

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com Gov. Tim Walz announced a four-week dial back to control the spread of COVID-19 Nov. 18. This new guidance, which took effect Friday, Nov. 20, pauses all adult and youth sporting events, in-person social gatherings, dining, sports and fitness centers. Retail, salons, places of worship and other activities may continue to operate under current restrictions.

Families cope with Kennedy online

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com Holly Zabinski’s initial anger has subsided since the announcement that St. Cloud Area School District will move to distance learning Nov. 30 for preschool and elementary students. “I anticipated it but was still disappointed,” she said. “It seemed like Kennedy wasn’t having as many COVID cases or we weren’t hearing about them. It wasn’t welcome

Write-in candidate wins mayor of St. Stephen

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com Used to be that several people vied to be mayor of St. Stephen. In 2020, not so. Long-time resident Lisa Marvin won an election in which nobody even put their name on the ballot. Marvin received 48 of the 185 write-in votes that were cast on election day. The second largest number of write-in votes

Distance learning teaches self-reliance

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com In the Braegelmann household, four boys camp out around the house as each tackles distance learning in Sartell. Tyler, 17, is a senior, and Riley, 15, is a sophomore at Sartell High School. Calvin, 13, is an eighth grader at Sartell Middle School. Kolby, the fifth grader, attends St. Francis Xavier. “We are blessed,” said