Middle School students earn Geography Bee honors

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contributed photoYazaan Anjum placed first at the Sartell Middle School Geography Bee on Jan. 13 offered by the National Geographic Society. Yazaan, who has twice qualified for the State Geography Bee, is pictured with Assistant Principal Abby Lyon. contributed photoSartell Middle School finalists form the Jan. 13 Geography Bee are (from left) Donovan Gerdes, third place; Nathan Ramberg, second place;

Presidential primary absentee voting began Jan. 17

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Absentee voting began Jan. 17, for the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary. Voting in the Presidential Nomination Primary will be different from a statewide primary election with the following differences: • The Democratic-Farmer-Labor  and Republican parties are the only major political parties that will participate in the Presidential Nomination Primary. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have decided only Trump’s

After delay, new Pine Meadow traffic plan begins

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com After a one-week delay waiting for signs and barriers, the new  student drop-off traffic plan at Pine Meadow Elementary School began Jan. 9. The change blocks left turns into the school from Fifth Street N. The change is needed, school and city officials said, because traffic is backing up on Pinecone Road as far south as

Donor offers matching funds for Riverview fundraising

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Thanks to a donor who has pledged up to $100,000 in matching funds, the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation launched a campaign to fund cutting-edge equipment and materials for Riverview Intermediate School. The effort is the group’s largest fundraising campaign and the first to target specific programs that will serve third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the district’s

Lions continue spirit of giving

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by Carolyn Bertsch news@thenewsleaders.com On a brisk, sunny Saturday morning, Jan. 4, Le Sauk Lions Club members drove up and down Sartell streets in four trucks with trailers to collect dry, brittle, expired Christmas trees to deliver to the city’s compost site. The trees were gathered from driveways in several neighborhoods in exchange for a minimum $7 donation and a

Sabres flex at Vex

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photo by Carolyn BertschSabres flex at VexSartell’s Raging Bulls Team gives “thumbs up” to compete against Ramsey’s Team Furious George Jan. 4 at the Vex EDR Tournament which took place at the Sartell Middle School. Thirty teams from seven middle schools competed in the all-day event and three Sartell teams, including Raging Bulls, qualified for the state tournament. Pictured are

New guidelines set for roadside memorials

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It’s one of the saddest sights along roadways: crosses, flowers and memorabilia “planted” in a ditch where a loved one died in an accident. However, such memorials are also a cause for public safety. That is why the Sartell City Council passed an ordinance at its Dec.9 meeting regarding roadside memorials. In a memo to the