Council approves deal for sports complex

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A former plan to secure a loan with the city’s help to build a sports complex in Sartell has been abandoned, and the funds to build it have been secured by the Sartell Youth Hockey Association via private financing with city involvement, according to Sartell City Administrator Anna Gruber. Even though the City Council voted 4-1

Westlund challenges Demuth for House 13A seat

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Two women – one incumbent and a newcomer – are competing to represent the residents of Minnesota House District 13A starting in January of next year. That seat will be determined in the Nov. 3 general election. The two candidates are incumbent Lisa Demuth (R-Cold Spring) and Katy Westlund (DFL-Paynesville). District 13A includes the cities of

Huntington residents voice concerns about density zoning

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Many of the residents of the Huntington neighborhood residents in Sartell spoke up to share their concerns about a major new zoning plan at the Sept. 14 City Council meeting. “Huntington,” as it’s known, is a residential area in south central Sartell, east of Pinecone Road, connected to roadways such as Heritage Drive and Roberts Road.

Handbags of hygiene

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photo by Carolyn BertschMembers of the St. Joseph Women of Today fill handbags with hygiene products Sept. 14 at Millstream Park in St. Joseph. They are (left to right) Frances Nelson and Charity Hunter, both of St. Joseph; and Rubi Delgato, St. Cloud. The club will donate 30 handbags to AnnaMarie’s Alliance.

Carollo: Legislators must help workers find path to success

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Benjamin Carollo of Sauk Rapids, who is challenging Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) for the District 13B House seat, is fascinated by “the intersection of people and technology, how they impact each other and what problems arise as we advance as a society and a planet.” He also said he strongly believes in these difficult and contentious

O’Driscoll: Mending state deficit should be top priority

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a multi-billion-dollar state surplus to plunge to a multi-billion-dollar state deficit, and that will be the biggest challenge in the near future, said State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), who is up for re-election Nov. 3. “That will be the top priority during the 2021 legislative session – dealing with that large

Podi: Community center would boost students’ success

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Omar Abdullahi Podi, a candidate for the St. Cloud school board, believes a community center would provide after-school educational programs and skill learning to supplement what students learn in classrooms. Podi is one of seven candidates, including three incumbents, vying for four open seats on the school board in the Nov. 3 general election. Born in

Haws: All can reach excellence despite backgrounds

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Shannon Haws of St. Cloud, a candidate for the St. Cloud school board, strongly believes with a strong beginning and lots of support, every child can achieve educational excellence regardless of socio-economic-demographic backgrounds. An incumbent board member, Haws, 55, is one of seven candidates vying for four seats on the school board in the Nov. 3