Bus tour highlights community progress

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Two busloads of Sartell Chamber of Commerce members viewed updates on community developments during a tour led by city and school officials on July 10. On the way to the new high school site, riders saw the major construction work underway on Pinecone Road and navigated the detours on the north side of the city. At

Council approves Celebration drainage solution

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com By a unanimous vote, the Sartell City Council decided at its July 9 meeting to go ahead with the long-discussed drainage solution in the city’s Celebration neighborhood. The final proposal was outlined by April Ryan, a water engineer. The council approval happened at a public hearing on the matter. Two men, both Celebration residents, spoke at

Council frustrated with lack of annexation progress

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Frustrated by lack of action on annexation, the St. Joseph City Council issued an ultimatum to St. Joseph Township at its meeting July 2: either act on previous promises or face legal action and enforcement of the entire orderly annexation agreement. Council members expressed frustration and accused the township of dragging its feet after the city’s

Residents can help beautify city parks, trail areas

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com With the continued growth of the Sartell area, people who enjoy being outdoors can appreciate being able to spend time with nature in areas such as around Lake Francis, near the Sartell Community Center and Chateau Waters, and other parks and trails around the city. Sartell resident George Torrey is encouraging people to donate to help

St. Joseph man ready for 500-mile fundraiser

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Gene Boysen is getting ready to roll…and roll and roll and roll. Boysen takes off Sunday, July 15, for the 500-mile Habitat 500 Bike Ride. The 54-year-old St. Joseph veterinarian hopes to raise as much as $2,000 through pledges for Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit organization helps families build and improve affordable housing. “I’ve wanted to

And all that (Riverside) Jazz

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by Patric Lewandowski news@thenewsleaders.com There are many signs of summer in central Minnesota, from longer days, warm temperatures and the inevitable mosquitos to the various celebrations. But, for 16 Sartell and St. Joseph musicians, the surest sign of summer is coming together as Riverside Jazz. Riverside Jazz is the brainchild of Peter Olson, a retired band director from Sartell. “We

China’s cleanup raises recycling costs

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com China’s efforts to clean up its environment could hit St. Joseph residents in the pocketbook. The United States accounts for 40 percent of recyclables sent to China. In March, China lowered acceptable contamination levels from 3 percent to .5 percent in paper and plastic and banned all mixed paper. As a result, prices paid to recyclers