Kennedy eighth-graders lead Project Kindness

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by Mike Knaak edtior@thenewsleader.com Four Kennedy Community School eighth-graders, troubled by social issues in their school and in the world at large, decided to take action. The result, a day informally named Project Kindness. While students around the country walked out of class on April 20 to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, the Kennedy students instead pulled

Police chief on leave as investigation continues

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph city attorney is investigating claims made against St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein after the City Council voted to keep him on paid administrative leave. The City Council met in a closed session April 23 to consider allegations made against Klein. Klein was placed on leave April 19. Sgt. Dwight Pfannentstein remains acting

Bike-to-School event planned for May 9

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleader.com Organizers of Sartell’s Bike-to-School Day celebration hope the event puts the community on a path to being a more bike-friendly community. Bike-to-School Day is scheduled for 2:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Lion’s Park, 1030 First St. N. Events at the park, that can be reached on the trail along Pinecone Road, include an obstacle course,

Sartell’s Knowledge Bowl team wins state championship

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell’s Knowledge Bowl team won this year’s Class AA championship at the state meet in Brainerd April 12-13. The top 40 teams, out of more than 1,000 statewide, competed in one written round and four oral rounds. Team members are Janagan Ramanathan, Nathan Schmidt, Jacob Fandel, Yash Hindka and Mohannad Alkhatib. Luke Walker coaches the team. The

New program will train students to create businesses

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Business and education leaders in Sartell, Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud are in the early stages of launching a program that will teach high school seniors to be entrepreneurs. Called Great River CEO, the program will welcome its first students in fall 2019. Right now, organizers are raising funds to train and market the effort and