Sartell graduation rate dips, but still remains high

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell High School’s graduation rate took a slight dip in 2019, but still remained well above the state average. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, 96.5 percent of students graduated in four years, compared with 83.7 percent statewide. The Sartell score dropped from 98.2 percent in 2018. Compared with other area districts, Sartell ranked behind

Graduation gap still exists between white students, black students

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Cloud’s two public high schools improved their four-year graduation rates in 2019, but there’s still a significant gap between white students and black students. At Apollo High School, the overall graduation rate was 79.4 percent, compared with 77.4 percent a year earlier. At Tech High School, the overall graduation rate was 81.4 percent compared with

March 20 – St. Joseph people

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Shelbi Keehr and Rachel Zimmer of St. Joseph were named to the fall semester dean’s honors list at Bemidji State University. To be eligible for the list, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and earn a 3.5 grade-point average during the semester. Margaret Donnay of St. Joseph was named to the fall semester president’s list honors at Bemidji

Refugee/immigrant news: summer soccer league planned

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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. ••• Cultural Bridges is sponsoring a summer soccer program for all children who live in and around St. Joseph.

Accurate census headcount vital for Minnesota

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This count really counts. In the past 10 days, most people received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau asking for participation in the 2020 Census. While public health stories dominate the daily news, the census deserves some attention too. Every 10 years, the federal government counts how many people live here. Governments use that data to fund and plan

Do your part to keep voting efficient and secure

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Based on the number of citizens who turned out, Minnesota’s March 3 Presidential Nominating Primary was a success. This year’s primary was the first since 1956 that binds the parties to the election results. For years, Minnesota’s political parties chose their candidates at precinct caucuses where participants literally stood up for their candidates. Parties conducted caucuses this year but the