March 25 – Sartell police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. March 17 7:45 p.m. Welfare check. Eighth Street N. A complainant

Sartell-St. Stephen school board readies distance learning plans

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com In what will become the standard at least for the near future, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board conducted its meeting via video conference March 23 and discussed the district’s coronavirus plans. School board Chair Jeremy Snoberger, Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert and Business Services Specialist Josh Bentley gathered in the board room at the District Service Center and

Class sizes, school day times set for Sartell-St. Stephen schools

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The start and end times for next year’s classes as well as the number of sections of each class and class sizes were approved by the Sartell-St. Stephen school board at its March 23 meeting. When school starts next year, the last step in the district’s massive building and class realignment takes place. When school starts

School meal delivery expanded for Kennedy students

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. Cloud school district is expanding locations and delivery for meal distribution while schools are closed. Starting Wednesday, March 25, grab and go meals will be delivered by school bus to neighborhood stops surrounding Kennedy Community School. Meals are free to all St. Cloud school district students and distributed Monday through Friday. On March 20,

Lunches provided to Sartell-St. Stephen students during spring break

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A steady stream of cars rolled through the Sartell Middle School parking lot Monday, March 23, as people stopped by to pick up lunches for students during the district’s spring break. The district has worked with area businesses to provide pickup lunches for students who need them. Brandon Testa, House of Pizza/Pacific Wok,  organized the effort.

ConneX on-demand ride service fare increases April 1

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The fare for riders on the ConneX on-demand ride service in Sartell will increase to $2.50 per ride beginning April 1. Metro Bus said there will continue to be free transfers during the two-hour window from when the original fare was paid. Passengers will be able to transfer between fixed routes and ConneX for free within the transfer window as

High-school-to-middle-school transformation nears completion

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The last big project in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s multi-year building and reconfiguration plan is nearing completion on Seventh Street N. Remodeling and construction work converting the 1993 high school that served grades nine through 12 to a middle school for sixth- through eighth-graders is more than 75 percent complete. “There’s more open access for

Residents urge fixes for dangerous Grizzly Lane

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Grizzly Lane used to be a pleasant road winding through the Celebration neighborhood in southwest Sartell, but in recent years it has morphed into a virtual speedway, making that route a potential death zone. At the March 9 City Council meeting, two Celebration residents spoke about their deep concerns during the Open Forum portion of the