School district financially healthy, fighting for funds

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Cloud Area School District’s independent auditor gave the district positive news at its Nov. 18 Board of Education meeting. “It’s a clean bill of health, if you will,” said Nancy Schulzetenberg of BergenKDV. The report noted that per-pupil funding from the state would garner the same annual increase that it’s been receiving since

This weekend, shop small businesses

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This weekend, as we enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey and company in person or remotely, it’s important we consider another part of our local “family” – small businesses. This year has been tough for us all, with COVID-19 affecting almost every part of our lives. Schools and businesses have been closed, and important life events have been put on hold or

COVID-19 spikes block local playoff hopes

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com As COVID-19 cases spiked in Minnesota, Apollo volleyball players are among the many student-athletes who feel blocked by new requirements to slow the spread. A four-week time-out from all adult and youth athletic events was just one of many new requirements announced Nov. 18 by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.  The team was having a good

Catholic Community Schools move to distance learning

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Sartell, along with their sister schools in the Catholic Community Schools system, will begin distance learning Nov. 30 with the hopes for a possible return to in-person learning Jan. 19.  “We know people will be gathering over the holidays, although hopefully to a lesser

Suspect charged with 6 felonies

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com A suspect who assaulted a state trooper and spurred a daylong manhunt that locked down St. John’s University and Preparatory School campus Nov. 19 faces six felony charges and one misdemeanor. According to reports from the Minnesota State Patrol, Devan Dajon Wilson, 29, was arrested without incident at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening on the

Free COVID-19 exposure notification app announced

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com A free phone app is the latest tool announced by the Governor’s Office to help slow the spread of COVID in Minnesota. In the press briefing, Tarek Tomes, Minnesota’s chief information officer, shared details about the app called COVIDaware MN. COVIDaware MN runs on smartphones and notifies people who have downloaded the app and opted

Daylong manhunt ends with suspect in custody

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by Heidi L. Everett news@thenewsleaders.com UPDATE 7:44 p.m.: The State Patrol is reporting that a suspect is in custody after a daylong manhunt near St. Joseph on the campus of St. John’s University.   Devan Dajon Wilson, 29, was arrested without incident at around 6:30 Thursday evening near Sagatagan Lake on the campus of St. John’s University.   The manhunt