Jan. 16 Sartell police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. This information is submitted by the Sartell Police Department. Jan. 9

Sartell-St. Stephen schools plan app launch

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com An app that will tie together school news and information for parents and community members will be launched by the Sartell-St. Stephen school district on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Parents will receive an email with credentials to set up a password-protected portal to track student details such as attendance, lunch account and checked out library books. Parents

Agreement on voting measure could give both parties an early win

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When the Minnesota Legislature convened this week, legislators focused on how state government will deal with a $1.5-billion budget surplus. Democrats will demand increased funding for programs such as education and health care and Republicans will urge a tax cut. A Democrat sits in the governor’s office and Democrats control the House, but the Republicans hold a one-seat majority in

Now we’ve really lost Tom Emmer

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We’ve lost Rep. Tom Emmer. We’ve never really had him you say, and there could be an argument for that position. Emmer rarely visits central Minnesota and much of his financial support comes from outside our area and outside the district. But now we’ve really lost him. Emmer’s GOP colleagues recently appointed him to lead the National Republican Campaign Committee.

Following ‘house rules’ can needlessly prolong family Monopoly games

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During the holidays, my extended family engaged in one of our annual traditions, a game of Monopoly. Though my family has played many times before, there is often confusion about the exact rules, as many people have house rules they are used to. With this in mind I decided to read through the official rules once again, and clear up

Dec. 28 Sartell people

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CORRECTION to the Dec. 14 Holiday Greeting page We hope your holidays abound  with good cheer and good things! ST. JOSEPH ROD & GUN CLUB Duane Scepaniak, president P.O. Box 374, St. Joseph • 320-251-2881 www.stjoerodandgunclub.org  

Soyka sworn in as Stearns sheriff

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photo by Mike KnaakNew Sheriff Steve Soyka takes the oath of office from District Court Judge Sarah Hennesy on Jan. 8. photo by Mike KnaakAn overflow crowd watches as newly elected Stearns County officials were sworn in on Jan. 8. Taking the oath of office were County Attorney Janelle Kendall, Sheriff Steve Soyka, Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels and commissioners Tarryl Clark

Nies will continue to chair school board

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At its organizational meeting, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board again elected Jason Nies as board chair. Newly elected member Amanda Byrd took her seat on the board at the special Jan. 7 meeting. Byrd will serve as treasurer. She replaced  Mary McCabe. The board heard a presentation and discussed pre-kindergarten through second grade building configuration but did not make a