This month’s community meal adds holiday cheer

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photo by Mike KnaakFirst United Methodist Choir members sing during the congregation's community meal on Dec. 21. The singers are (from left) Jim Davis, Rick Lorenz, Carol Miller, Tom Sibley and Michelle Hedgren. Tess Kasling plays the piano. photo by Mike KnaakPeople line up for the community meal at First United Methodist Church. The congregation serves an average of 75

Public hearing to involve end to dog-license requirement

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The city of Sartell is considering dropping the requirement for dog licenses, and that proposal – along with some other proposed changes to the city’s animal ordinance – will be the topic of a public hearing at the Jan. 13 Sartell City Council meeting. In a memo to the City council, city staff stated, “The city

Next year’s school calendar approved

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Next year’s Sartell-St. Stephen school calendar is set. With a later Labor Day, school will start on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and the school year will end on Thursday, June 3, for a total 172 instruction days. Friday, June 4, will be a teacher in-service day. With major building moves planned over the summer, the later Labor

ConneX will continue but with reduced hours

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The ConneX on-demand bus service in Sartell will continue for another year, but with reduced hours and an expanded service area. The extension through Dec. 31, 2020, will provide Metro Bus staff an opportunity to gather information about the performance of the service. Service times will change starting Sunday, Feb. 2. Weekday service will be from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday

Facebook videos encourage ‘Shop Sartell’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A series of six videos have been posted on the Sartell Facebook page featuring businesses in the city, all of them with the hopes that people will shop locally – not just during holidays but all-year ‘round. The Shop Local, Shop Sartell effort is going well, according to Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum, who told the City

IT contract with school district works well

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The city of Sartell has been contracting for information-technology expertise from the Sartell-St. Stephen school district to the tune of $1,250 per month. The contract is more than paying for itself, according to information provided to the City Council from city staff. The cost savings come from a wide variety of services – a huge gamut

2019 Sartell Year in Review

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Jan. 11 edition In November, Brady Andel lost his bid for election to the Sartell City Council, but as of Jan. 14 he will take a place on the council, anyway. That’s because at a special Jan. 7 city-council meeting, members agreed to appoint Andel to fill a vacancy on the council rather than conduct another election. Andel received the