Goal near for Education Foundation’s Riverview campaign

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation campaign for Riverview Intermediate School has reached nearly three-fourths of its goal. As of mid-May, the foundation has raised more than $70,000 of its fundraising goal of $100,000. In addition, the foundation’s projects will be boosted by a matching grant of up to $100,000 from Pat Lynch and Granite Logistics. Even

Flour & Flower bakery opens

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Flour & Flower bakery, one half of a new St. Joseph food destination, opened last week and its partner business, Krewe, plans to offer a pickup menu starting this weekend. Serving artisan breads and pastries, fresh-cut flowers and coffee, Flour & Flower is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. “Nothing smells better than fresh

Wood-Fired Wednesdays look different than planned

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center owner Randy Schmitz had planned to open mid-May this year for Wood-Fired Wednesdays, but like many other businesses, was not able to do so because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Schmitz said four months of his wedding business has vanished. Until he can open for business again, Schmitz offered his patrons

Band director starts Facebook music show

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Dave Lumley of Sartell loves to perform music for audiences, but lately he has been doing it for remote listeners via Facebook. Lumley is the Sartell High School band director, a job he’s had for eight  years, and like other teachers he now communicates mostly online from his home because of the ongoing virus crisis. On

Legislative session ends without funding for St. Joseph projects

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Minnesota’s legislators ended their regular session without approving a bonding bill that included money for St. Joseph’s Community Center, but there’s still hope for money this year. Legislators are likely to return to St. Paul on June 12 and a $2 billion bonding bill for projects throughout the state will probably be on the agenda. Before

Buddies start mosquito, tick-control business

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com When good buddies Will McCabe and Lawton Miller are suited up with gloves, long sleeves and protective clothing, along with respirator masks on their faces, they look like they’re seeking to eradicate killer viruses. Well, in a way, that’s kind of what they’re doing. They are spraying to kill ticks and mosquitoes, those pesky critters that

Scout raising funds for community garden shed

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Sartell Boy Scout, Lucas Hintgen, has begun a campaign to raise funds to purchase and install a new storage shed at the Sartell Community Garden near Oak Ridge Elementary School. The shed is used for storing tools and supplies for Sartell residents who plant plots in the big garden. If more is raised than needed,

Don’t tie Postal Service fees, funding to politics

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In 1775, when the Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin the first postmaster general, the challenges facing today’s post office could hardly be imagined. The U.S. Postal Service is one of few federal agencies explicitly authorized by the Constitution. It is legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality. “Price and quality” are at the