Kennedy students salute veterans

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photo by Mike KnaakVeterans and students say the Pledge of Allegiance to open Kennedy Community School's Veterans Day program. photo by Mike KnaakKennedy Community School students pass out thank-you cards to veterans during the school's Veterans Day program. photo by Mike KnaakKennedy Community School third-grade choir sign patriotic songs during the school's Veterans Day program.

Middle School students salute veterans

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photo by Mike KnaakJohn Denney, an Army veteran and member of Sartell American Legion Post 277, carries the American flag to open Sartell Middle School's Veterans Day program. photo by Mike KnaakLynn Hanson and her sons, Samuel (left) and Joseph, receive Quilts of Valor during Sartell Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Samuel is a 2017 Sartell High School graduate and

Legislators visit Kennedy school

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Two local legislators visited Kennedy Community School Nov. 4 to learn about the school’s unique programs and hear from school leaders what state government can do to help education. Rep. Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring) and Sen. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville) toured the school with Principal Anna Willhite and Assistant Principal Richmond Tweh. On a walk through school,

School levy passes with clearer message

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Clear communication about the plan and more robust community support apparently turned around last year’s rejection of a school district operating levy into an approval in a Nov. 5 special election. Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s voters approved an operating levy that will raise $1.77 million for 10 years. There were 3,047 yes votes and 2,276 no

‘Veteran’ actor tries her hand at directing

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When Grace Radeke debuted on a theater stage 10 years ago, it was as dancing cutlery. At age 7, she played a fork in GREAT Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Now 10 years later, the Sartell junior is directing other young actors in “The Rainbow Fish Musical,” opening Saturday, Nov.

Refugee/immigrant news: Homework Helpers need more help

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Tani waa kuu muhiim adiga.  Fadlan aqri. Ogeysiis!  Importante para Usted, por favor léalo. Please read! Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community. by Dave Leitzman Not long ago I overheard one of our Homework Helper tutors working with a kindergartner during

Special state grant funds school safety upgrades

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Thanks to a one-time grant from the Minnesota Legislature, Sartell-St. Stephen schools will have money for a number of safety upgrades. At the school board’s Nov. 6 work session, Joe Prom, director of Business Services, said the district will receive $135,000. The money comes from $30 million that will be split among all Minnesota school districts