Neighbors puzzled, at first, by loud boom

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. StephenLeave a Comment

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

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. StephenLeave a Comment

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

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. StephenLeave a Comment

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. JosephLeave a Comment

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

Connection seeks bag-stuffers

Dennis DalmanCriers, Sartell – St. StephenLeave a Comment

Volunteer bag stuffers are needed by the Sartell Senior Connection. Some of the Connection’s members will stuff bags with gifts for the runners at the upcoming Sartell SummerFest Mayor’s 5k run and the Kids’ 1k Fun Run Friday, June 8 at Sartell City Hall. The bag-stuffing has become an annual tradition by some members of the Sartell Senior Connection. Anyone

Memorial Day 2012 will long be remembered

Dennis DalmanEditorial, Sartell – St. StephenLeave a Comment

Memorial Day 2012 in Sartell is a day every resident will likely remember for a long, long time. To paraphrase novelist Charles Dickens, it was the best of days; it was the worst of days. May 28 began in Sartell with a moving, well-attended Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans Park. The night before, it had rained cats and dogs, but