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

Stearns honored for solar-power developments

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Stearns County was honored with a “Silver” designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar. A massive solar-energy “garden” was recently installed near St. Joseph, and solar-panel installations are becoming as common a sight as telephone poles in area landscapes. Stearns County, as

Winter Extravaganza brings families together

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photo by Carolyn BertschRocco Dale, 3, of Sartell, poses with Santa and Mrs. Claus Dec. 10 during the Winter Extravaganza event at the City of St. Stephen. photo by Carolyn BertschThe Hengel family of Sartell works on gingerbread ornaments Dec. 10 at the Winter Extravaganza event at St. Stephen City Hall. From left to right are twins Benjamin and Natalie,

Robotics students return with heaps of honors

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by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell fourth- and fifth-grade students came away with armloads of honors from the Vex IQ Robotics competitions that took place at St. Cloud’s Apollo High School and in Princeton earlier this month. The Sartell Middle School teams consisted of three teams comprised of fifth-graders, and the teams excelled beyond their expectations at Apollo – with first-,