Kennedy students outperform overall district scores

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School students performed better than the overall St. Cloud school district scores but below the statewide average in the latest statewide test scores released on Aug. 28 by the Minnesota Department of Education. The state performance scores are based on five indicators – achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time,

Sartell students perform well on statewide tests

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The latest statewide school test scores showed students in the Sartell-St. Stephen district continue to exceed state averages and overall show a high level of performance. The state Department of Education released on Aug. 28 the latest performance scores based on five indicators – achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress

Band hits the road to play for the troops

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com For this travelin’ band, playing a Friday night gig in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and then appearing the next night 500 miles away in Brice Prairie, Wisconsin, is no big deal. But earlier this summer Sweet Siren really took their act on the road. The Top-40 and classic-rock band played for U.S. troops at two stops in

Refugee news: Potluck and ESL classes

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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. On Aug. 25, Cultural Bridges sponsored a potluck meal for all St. Joseph residents at Resurrection Lutheran Church to welcome our newer neighbors from Somalia.

Klein served 22 months in Vietnam as a Seabee

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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

Korean War veterans honored by Post 328

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American Legion Post 328 in St. Joseph honored Korean War veterans during its 100th anniversary dinner on Aug. 24. Of the 31 Korean War era members remaining in the post, 12 attended the dinner. After dinner the veterans were introduced and they spoke about their military service. contributed photo Korean War veterans honored include (from left) John Athman, Carl Stich,

School test scores provide a tool to close performance gaps

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For those of you who like to keep score, the latest test results for Minnesota’s schools were released last week. Called the Minnesota Report Card from the state Department of Education, the scores measure the performance of the state’s 890,000 students based on five indicators – achievement and progress on state reading and math tests over time, progress toward English