Knotty Paws relocates to east side

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com There will be new signs of thriving life in May when Knotty Paws, a pet-grooming and pet-supply business, reopens at its new location – the rather forlorn-looking former convenience store building on Benton Drive across from the paper mill site. The site and building used to be home to the Benton Mini-Serv convenience store and gas

Academic Triathlon team competes at state

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contributed photoThe seventh/eighth-grade Academic Triathlon team of (from left) Taylor Chaika, Isabelle Schlangen and Lydia Wilson competed at the state meet in Woodbury on April 6. Taylor earned an honorable mention for a Mary Ann Berdan Creativity Award. Two Sartell Middle School teams tied for first at regions March 1. This team won the tie-breaker for the opportunity to compete

Sartell senior wins Grand Prize at juried exhibition

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Gillian Orth, a Sartell High School senior, won the Grand Prize at the Paramount Center for the Arts’ High School Juried Art Exhibition on March 29 with her piece, He Walks You Home. Deb Rollings, Gillian’s Advanced Placement art teacher who selected works from four high school students for the competition, said, “it was pretty obvious from when Gillian was

Sartell-St. Stephen school board approves budget cuts

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen school board approved April 15 a list of budget cuts and revenue increases that fully fund the Academic Extensions program but increases fourth-grade class sizes. The nearly $1 million in budget cuts and fee increases were needed after district voters defeated an operating levy last November. On April 8, the board failed to

School board hears plans for school names, pre-K to 2nd grade

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com With a new high school coming on line next fall, Sartell-St. Stephen board heard two recommendations that address reconfiguring the district’s buildings. A committee that has been studying where to house pre-kindergarten through second-grade students recommended splitting the students between the district’s current elementary schools. Elementary principals Sara Nelson and Kip Lynk recommended using Oak Ridge

Sartell-St. Stephen school board will consider other budget cuts at Monday meeting

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen school board will try for a second time to plug a $1.3 million deficit in next year’s budget when the board meets Monday, April 15, in St. Stephen. On April 8, the board failed to approve a list of proposed budget cuts and revenue increases presented by school administration on a 3-3 vote.