Some motorists confused by left-turning light

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Some Sartell residents – and visitors to the city – are confused about a new traffic light, according to Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, who has heard from the concerned citizens. Perske suggested the Newsleader clarify the proper way for motorists to comply with the left-turn light. Recently, a left-turn traffic-light addition was installed by the Stearns

Students experience Uganda during visit

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com It will be hard for Aliyah Price to forget the beat of the African drum and the voices of the Spirit of Uganda. The 12-year-old student ambassador at Talahi Community School was one of more than 100 students who witnessed a performance by the 22-member performance troupe Feb. 16 at Talahi. The 22-member group from Uganda,

Three wrestlers thrilled to compete at state

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com After 22 years, it was a thrill for the Sartell Sabre Wrestling Team to send three of its best to the state tournament. It was the first time since 1990 three wrestling Sabres made the state cut. In other years, one or two went to state from time to time, but not three. The last time

O’Driscoll announces good news

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Like a good omen of spring, Minnesota has two harbingers of good news – another budget surplus and a greatly improved unemployment rate. Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) announced the good news in an email letter to his constituents earlier this week. The unemployment rate is now 5.8 percent, three points lower than the national average –

Redistricting to cause incumbent face-offs

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Every 10 years in the United States, a series of mapping-earthquakes shakes all of the 50 states, rearranging the boundary lines of Congressional and Legislative districts – the way actual earthquakes can change landscape features. That process, called “redistricting,” is meant to be a way to ensure fair political representation, based on population shifts within districts.

City considers revamping website

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Some might say a city’s website is an introduction to a community. If so, St. Joseph has plans to roll out the red carpet and brush off its doormat. St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens told city council members March 1 it can take several hours for the site to work at times. She also said

Local student is U.S. Physics Olympic Team semi-finalist

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by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Christian Gaetz has always liked the sciences. Whether it’s math, physics, chemistry or biology, it doesn’t matter. That’s his world. This might explain why the 17-year-old St. Joseph resident said he isn’t nervous about an upcoming 3.5-hour exam to become a finalist for the U.S. Physics Olympic Team. After all, he has already been named a

KASM host exhibits at Central MN Farm Show

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph resident Cy Pfannenstein recently exhibited for KASM –WQPM AM and BOB FM radio station at the Central Minnesota Farm Show held at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. KASM-WQPM AM1150 and AM1300 are the local agricultural news, weather, sports and information stations for central Minnesota and BOB FM 105.5 is