Funeral for Violet ‘Vi’ M. Bidinger, 78, of Sartell

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Violet “Vi” M. Bidinger, 78 Sartell July 25, 1942-Oct. 14, 2020 Violet “Vi” M. Bidinger, 78, died Oct. 14 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Violet “Vi” M. Bidinger, 78, who passed away Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Ronald

Following school board vote, equity audit moves forward

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by Mike Knaak news@thenewsleaders.com The first steps in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s long-debated equity audit will begin in a few weeks when a newly formed Equity in Education Committee meets with the outside consultant hired to conduct the study. The equity-audit idea arose earlier this summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and a renewed interest on

High school football finally returns

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photo by Mike KnaakSartell High School football players and socially distanced fans cheer a score as the Sabres hosted the Apollo Eagles for the season's first home football game on Oct. 9. Sartell won the game, 35-13. Covid-19 restrictions limited attendance to 250 people. During the game, fans watched from outside the fence and from vehicles lined up on Second

Dance team performs short, special show

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photo by Mike KnaakSartell Sabre Dance Team members show off their steps for an audience of family and friends at the Community Center Oct. 6. The team usually performs at home football games but because of Covid-19 restrictions, those performances were canceled. photo by Mike KnaakThe dance team performed just one number to parents who took the opportunity to record

 Moms, kids grow stronger in MOMS Club

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-Sauk Rapids MOMS Club is comprised of women with a wide variety of life experiences. There are teachers, photographers, musicians and all manner of skills, talents, professions; some are stay-at-home moms; others have jobs away from home. Those differences enhance the dynamic cohesion of the group whose members all have the same ultimate aim. “The

What is true greatness?

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Amy Bergeron, Sartell GREAT again? Where did we start losing perspective in our thinking about “true” greatness? It wasn’t that long ago when we thought it honorable to consider less of ourselves and more about the common good in our religion and politics.  Minnesota had strong leaders like Hubert Humphrey and Arne Carlson who acted thus. President Kennedy famously stated,

Elect leaders who respect laws

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Leona Wieland, Sartell President Trump continues to lead rabble-rousing rallies, campaigning as a President has never done before. He incites people to be violent while claiming to be the candidate of “law and order.” The highest law is love. Our country, its government, states and people need no more violence, division or hypocrisy. Why does President Trump think he’s above the

Lewandowski works well with others

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David Hiedeman, Sauk Rapids I have known Alex Lewandowski since he was a student in my first-grade classroom. I have watched him grow up over the years to become the outstanding person he is today. I have also had the privilege of working with him as a coach in youth-sports programs. Through those programs he developed strong leadership skills, effective