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

Grandview Poets of Sartell hosts League of Minnesota Poets’ spring conference

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by Tracy Rittmueller news@thenewsleaders.com Poets from all over Minnesota will gather April 28-29 to read their poetry and write new poems during the League of Minnesota Poets annual spring conference. Sponsored by Sartell’s Grandview Poets, the event will be held at the Country Inn and Suites West in St. Cloud. St. Cloud-area poets, under the leadership of Dennis Herschbach of

St. Joseph’s Gaetz awarded national research fellowship

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Christian Gaetz, son of Rick and Rose Gaetz of St. Joseph, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Gaetz is currently pursuing a Ph.D in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He graduated from St. John’s Prep in 2012 and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2016. Gaetz applied

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,

St. Joseph resident featured in ‘Green Card Voices’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com “Green Card Voices,” a traveling exhibit featuring the lives of immigrants to central Minnesota, will be widely seen in Sartell during the month of May. One of the immigrants featured in the show is Ulises Ayala of St. Joseph, who came to the United States from Mexico and is now a captain in the National Guard

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

Long winter sets back high school construction

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell St. Stephen school board held its regular monthly meeting on April 16 with most of the meeting being taken up by reports. Of key concern was the report on the progress of the new high school. Lee Gruen, project manager at Winkelman Building Corp., related how the latest round of inclement weather has affected