Helping others provides fulfillment for Sartell student

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Since her days at Sartell Middle School, Lauren Lindmeier knew she had a calling to help others. Lindmeier was recently named Sartell Student Volunteer of the Year by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce. “I really always had that sort of sense (to give back),” Lindmeier said. “And as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized there are

Clark receives $40,000 Presidential Scholarship

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Hard work and determination recently paid off for Apollo High School senior William Clark of St. Joseph. Clark was recently awarded a $40,000 Presidential Scholarship for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. “I’m really excited to go to the University of Minnesota,” Clark said. “I’m extremely interested in the nursing field and excited to learn more.” Clark

Wolf sighted in Sartell

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com When most people look in their backyards, they don’t expect to see a timberwolf. That is why Marcia and Nick Gaetz, who live west of Sartell City Hall, were so surprised Dec. 8 when they spotted one in their backyard at about 3 p.m. The wolf walked into their yard and hung around for a few

Resurrection hosts Christmas community meal

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by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleaders.com Every year for the past five years Resurrection Lutheran Church puts on a community meal on the third Saturday of December as part of Joe Town Table, a monthly buffet-style meal served free to the public on the fourth Sunday of the month, except in November and December. St. Joseph Catholic Church serves the November, or

Volunteering gives CDS employee sense of purpose

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by Vicki Ikeogu news@thenewsleaders.com Ryan Holter vowed never to become a personal tax accountant again. Growing up in Willmar, Holter, now 37, had got his start in the field at the Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing location in his hometown right out of college. Soon after, he began his career by doing accounting work for several companies in the Twin Cities.

Morcomb is a winner of United Way essay contest

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School fifth-grader Gage Morcomb believes people should “live united” and not judge others no matter who they are. He was recently chosen as one of the runner-up winners of the Central Minnesota United Way “Live United” essay contest and was recognized Dec. 7 at the school for his accomplishment. Kennedy Assistant Principal Anna Willhite

Sometimes no money equals no lunch, but not here

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by Mollie Rushmeyer news@thenewsleaders.com No one likes to think of a child going hungry or being shamed for not having money in his or her lunch account. Unfortunately, that’s the public concern in some school districts, as seen in recent headlines across the United States and even within our own state. But thankfully, in the central Minnesota school districts of