Sartell celebrates Hockeyville prize money

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com To thank the community for the runner-up finish in the Kraft Hockeyville contest, Sartell hockey boosters hosted a community thank you July 16 at Bernick’s Arena. The event featured free food including hot dogs and pizza before presentation of the $10,000 prize money won in the contest. Bernick’s arena was the only Minnesota arena to advance

Bernick’s arena to host Hockeyville check presentation, community ‘thank you’

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A $10,000 check for rink upgrades at Bernick’s Arena will be presented Tuesday, July 16, after Sartell’s runner-up finish in the Kraft Hockeyville competition. Bernick’s Arena was the only Minnesota arena to advance as a finalist. To thank the community for support in the contest, there will be free pizza, hot dogs, chips and beverages from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

Sartell woman takes silver at Senior Games

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Violet Halverson returned to the medal winners stand, this time for a Silver Medal at the National Senior Games. Halverson, 94, of Sartell won her medal in shuffleboard competing against other women in the 90-94 age group. The games took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 14-25 with more than 14,000 competitors. She played seven games

Walls keep rising at safety facilities’ site

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Walls keep rising practically overnight at the site of Sartell’s Public Safety Facilities campus along Pinecone Road N. and Heritage Drive. A ground-breaking ceremony took place at the site about a month ago and already the two buildings are visually definable. The site will be the new home for both the Sartell Police Department and the

Home-builder Reker’s death saddens council

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A man who was very much a part of Sartell’s remarkable residential building boom for the past three decades died July 4, and his death brought sadness to the Sartell City Council at its July 8 meeting. Martin “Marty” A. Reker, 55, died at St. Cloud Hospital due to an undisclosed illness. City Council member Tim

Whose voices should shape the image of Central Minnesota?

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A front-page story in the June 21 New York Times reported on St. Cloud’s anti-Muslim, anti-immigration advocates. It’s not the first time Central Minnesota’s racist and xenophobic attitudes have received statewide and even national attention. In the print edition, the headline read “Resettled refugees unsettle a mostly white city.” The online story carried a more detailed headline: “These People Aren’t

July 10 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. July 3 12:35 p.m. Intoxicated person. Pinecone Road. Officers were dispatched