School improvement projects forge ahead

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A tour of the Sartell-St. Stephen District Office Building last week was like watching an old, broken patient being patched up — head to toe — by a team of busy doctors. The building is being almost totally redone, in major and minor ways, to modernize it and to accommodate the Early Childhood programs of the

Cookout with Cops set for Aug. 23

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The annual “Cookout with Cops” event for Sartell senior citizens will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 in Watab Park. In case of inclement weather, the cookout will be moved to St. Francis Xavier Church. The event is free and open to anyone who is 55 or older. It is sponsored by Seniors and Law Enforcement Together,

A digital book club takes away from ‘club’ experience

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Snacks. Fellowship. Good conversation. Those are just a few perks that can come from a monthly book club. Think about it. If you’ve read the book and are actually prepared for the discussion, book clubs can be thought-provoking and even inspiring. And if it’s really good, snacks are served last. I just don’t see how digital book clubs can provide

Frankie Ring tourney raises $12,000 for scholarships

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com More than $12,000 in scholarship money was raised July 13 at the Frankie Ring Memorial Golf Tournament at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell. Golfers came from as far away as Woodbury and Forest Lake to participate in the fundraising event in honor of Frankie Ring, a Sartell High School student who committed suicide in 2011.

Sartell water supply adequate in heat wave

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Thanks in huge part to the relatively new water plant in Sartell, the city has weathered July’s relentless heat spell well when it comes to water usage. The highest water-usage in July was a day when 5.7 million gallons of water was pumped, said Brad Borders, director of Sartell Public Works. That was a “manageable” amount, Borders added, mainly because

Council agrees on trails-repair plan

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com On a vote of 4-0, a compromise of sorts for fixing hiking-biking trails in Sartell was agreed to by the Sartell City Council at its July 23 meeting. The trails to be repaired are located along 2-1/2 Street, in the Regional Medical Arts campus and near Grizzly Lane in the Wilds neighborhood. The total cost is

Scout leads gazebo project for top award

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This mama is supposed to send 2 photos. Scout leads gazebo project for top award by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At the tender age of 14, Ryan Williams is about to receive a prestigious Eagle Scout award. Williams, who lives in Sauk Rapids, is creating a project in Sartell for one of his Eagle Scout qualifications. He is a member of

UBJuly 27. Widow angry about what she views as unjust

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Widow angry about what she views as unjust by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Feelings of profound loss and unrelieved grief keep sneaking up on Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph. Some days are better than others, but too often — out of the blue — the reality that her husband is really gone hits her again, like a blow that knocks the