How to stay safe from Covid-19 infection

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The following are prevention tips on how to best stay safe from the Covid-19 virus. These tips are based on information from the National Centers for Disease Control, based in Atlanta. Wash hands repeatedly all day with soap and hot water, and avoid touching one’s face. Do not shake hands or give hugs. Try to maintain

Mayor asks for community support

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by Ryan Fitzthum Sartell mayor As businesses and residents are reeling from the effects of Covid-19, the city of Sartell is taking a stance on support and encouragement.  Sartell mayor Ryan Fitzthum has asked the community to join together and use #SartellSupport to show community connectedness and support during this time.  “I have spent the past few days connecting with

Sartell schools gear up for distance learning

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen school district is making plans for distance learning when students return from spring break on March 30. Sartell-St. Stephen school board members met with community leaders March 15 to begin working out details on implementing the governor’s order to shut down schools and plan for the coronavirus epidemic. The Sartell district, along with

Sartell schools make plans for closing schools, distance learning at emergency meeting

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell-St. Stephen school board members met with community leaders Sunday night to begin working out details on implementing the governor’s order shutting down Minnesota schools during the coronavirus pandemic. The Sartell district, along with St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids-Rice and area Catholic schools, will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. The Sartell discussion centered

Sartell closes City Hall, Community Center

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The city of Sartell closed public access to city facilities effective March 16. This includes City Hall and the Community Center. This will be in effect until further notice. Essential public safety services will continue and public safety personnel will follow their own set of protocol for responses. City Hall employees will continue to serve the public via phone or

Emmer votes against coronavirus legislation passed by the House

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Rep. Tom Emmer was one of 40 Republicans who voted against a bill to address the coronavirus pandemic. The measure passed the House late March 13 by a vote of 363-40 and awaits Senate action. Donald Trump supports the bill. The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances unemployment insurance, expands food security initiatives

Area schools to close starting Monday, March 16

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Schools in Sartell, St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids districts and Catholic Community Schools will close for all students starting Monday, March 16, school leaders announced Sunday, March 15. Unlike public schools, the Catholic schools will use distance learning. Cathedral High School will start on Wednesday, March 18, and all but one elementary schools will start distance