Buckvold plans to run for mayor

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph City Council Member Anne Buckvold says she plans to run for mayor in this fall’s election. Buckvold was re-elected to the council in 2018. She was appointed in May 2018 to fill out a vacancy created when Matt Killam resigned. Buckvold said her interest in being mayor is driven by a desire to form

Fun multiplies at PME Math Night

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photo by Carolyn BertschShannon Mohs, of Sartell, sets up a giant checker board Jan. 24 with his son, Julian, 8, at Math Night at Pine Meadow Elementary School. photo by Carolyn BertschFriends, Reagan Kimble (left) and Grace Magnuson, both age 8, of Sartell, react as a Mathnasium volunteer helps them play "Number Detective," Jan. 24 during Math Night at Pine

Students use leadership skills to help fill area needs

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School Student Council members and Ambassadors have been busy filling their leadership roles to organize projects to help fill area needs around St. Joseph. Activities these students have been busy organizing this year include competing to collect for a food drive where they donated 364 items to the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf, collecting

School Forest opens doors to outdoor classroom

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Many students need to hop a bus for a chance to learn in a forest or prairie. But starting next fall, students at Riverview Intermediate School will find the forest right outside the door. The outdoor classroom is now possible after wooded land west of the school was designated a School Forest by the Minnesota Department

Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Excitement was in the air as students, faculty and staff at St. Joseph Catholic School celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-31 with a variety of activities. Once, again, the theme this year was “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The week included themed days, fun activities, prayer and a service project. Fourth-grade teacher Theresa Fleege coordinated

Degiovanni: partnerships, people, enliven Sartell

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com People then and people now are what Mary Degiovanni enjoyed most and still enjoys about her longtime job serving the city of Sartell. Degiovanni announced she will retire as early as July after 16 years as a city-staff employee. She was financial director and city administrator, and for numerous years held both of those jobs at

Valentine’s card leads to love, marriage

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com In kindergarten in Albany, way back in 1986, a little girl named Stefanie Krebs received a whole bunch of cards on Valentine’s day from class chums, but she later threw them all away – all but one. The card showed cartoon character Garfield the cat next to a Teddy bear. On the back it was signed,

Stock named All-American honorable mention

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com St. John’s University senior Joey Stock, who is a designated hitter/pitcher for the college’s baseball team, was recently named 2020 D3baseball.com Preseason All-America honorable mention. The Preseason All-America team is selected from previous years’ All-American and All-Region nominations. “The chance to be named a preseason All-American is definitely a great opportunity,” Stock said. “It is awesome