When will we see the last of firsts?

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After a 150 years, you’d think we would have lost our fascination with firsts. In its Jan. 28, 1869 edition, the St. Cloud Journal reported Carl Christian Schurz was the first German elected to the United States Senate. The good people of Missouri elected Schurz, described as a German revolutionary and American statesman and journalist. After emigrating from Germany, he

School levy cost too much

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Henry  Smorynski, Sartell The recent defeat of operating levy for District 748 likely has many reasons for individual voters. The school board and the superintendent need to consider some things before again requesting a new levy. First, a May 24, 2016, article on the new high school referendum noted the “district likely would be asking voters in the future to

Soyka is excited to get going as new Stearns County sheriff

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Steve Soyka has gone from learning about the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office as a teenage Explorer three decades ago to his election as sheriff on Nov. 6. Soyka, 49, defeated Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud to become the county’s first new, elected sheriff in 16 years. He’ll assume his new duties on Jan. 7. In

Nov. 16 St. Joseph people

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Stephanie Cofell of St. Joseph has been elected to the Board of Directors at Folk Alliance Region Midwest, a regional chapter and affiliate of Folk Alliance International. Cofell will be serving a three-year term beginning February 2019. Folk Alliance International is a nonprofit organization that sponsors an annual conference as an industry focal point for folk music and dance, based in

Nov. 16 Sartell people

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Two Sartell students are studying abroad during the fall semester 2018 through the Center for Global Education at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. Dean Amundson, son of Charmin and Ben Amundson, is studying in the Austria program. Amundson is a junior social studies/secondary education major. Matthew Immelman, son of Pamela and Aubrey Immelman, is studying in the Chile program. Immelman

Nov. 14 Sartell police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. This information is submitted by the Sartell Police Department. Nov. 7

Sartell girls finish 1st in section swim meet

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The Sartell High School swim and dive team finished in first place, set four new section and three new pool records at the Section 6A meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sartell High School. The state meet is Nov. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota. The Sabres qualified 17 swimmers for the state meet with at least one entry per