Ramanathan not among top three

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

Gopi Ramanathan was not among the top three winners of the National Geography Bee May 24 in Washington, D.C. The Sartell eighth-grader was named one of the 10 finalists May 22 after competing with 53 other students in grades 4-8. Those state winners were the tops of the more than 4 million students who competed in geography bees throughout the

Veterans honored on beautiful morning

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com On a beautiful morning, several hundred people gathered for a Sartell Memorial Day ceremony Monday to honor all military personnel who served their country and the world in wars throughout American history. Since the United States declared its Declaration of Independence, almost 500,000 Americans have died in wars, and many more have suffered injuries from mild

Neighbors puzzled, at first, by loud boom

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by Dennis Dalman and Candi Vlasaty news@thenewsleaders.com At first Stacey Duane assumed the big boom she heard must be a Memorial Day gun salute echoing from a Sartell cemetery or park. The time was about 11:20 a.m. Monday morning. Duane, who lives in Evergreen Village, was visiting a next-door neighbor, Rita Heinen. They were sitting on her cement patio with

City amazed by expert responses to tragedy

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Investigators are marshalling forces, trying to determine what caused an explosion that killed one employee and injured five others on Memorial Day at the Verso paper mill in Sartell. Jon Michael Maus, 50, of Albany, died in the explosion. Five other employees were injured. Four of them were treated and released from the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mettler, Eide take tops in Kids’ Apple Duathlon

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A 9-year-old Chanhassen girl and a 14-year-old Avon boy were the overall winners in the Kids’ Apple Duathlon that took place Friday in Sartell. Jennifer Mettler crossed the finish line after doing the short course with a time of 14:20. Noah Eide, who took part in the longer course, had a time of 21:29. The kids’

Parish, Brennen Morrey top winners of Apple Duathlon

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Bloomington man broke a record time to win the Sartell Apple Duathlon last Saturday. Patrick Parish, 27, outpaced all of nearly 300 competitors to cross the finish line with a time of 1:21-04. He shaved off 27 seconds from the record set last year by Dan Hedgecock of St. Paul. The female winner of Saturday’s

Is Opinion Page too opinionated?

Dennis DalmanColumn, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

It’s always perplexing and a bit amusing when some readers call the Newsleader Opinion Page “too opinionated.” After all, it’s not called the Opinion Page for nothing. Some other readers like to criticize Opinion Page writers for being “too one-sided” or “too partisan” or “too negative” or “unfair and irresponsible.” When letter-to-editor writers or angry callers use those terms, they