Riverview selected as Sartell intermediate school name

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Riverview will be the name of Sartell-St. Stephen’s intermediate school when it opens next fall to serve students in grades three through five. The name was revealed Monday, Sept. 16, at Sabre Stadium with games that slowly uncovered the letters spelling out the name. Current second, third and fourth-graders gathered at the stadium for the games

Did the drawdown work? Time will tell

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The six-week drawdown project on the river north of Sartell and on Little Rock Lake is now over. Did it produce good results? Time will tell, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The lake and Mississippi River will be closely monitored periodically, but the intended result of the project won’t be fully understood until

Family again pleads to keep pet chickens

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Siemens family returned to the Sartell City Council at its Sept. 9 meeting to ask the council again to allow chickens in the city – or at least to make an exception for the Siemens’ three pet chickens. According to Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni, there has never been a specific chicken ordinance or amendment

Open house draws a crowd

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photo by Carolyn BertschThe Steinkopf family of Sartell eagerly make their way through the high school. They are anxious to transition to the new high school in a few years. They are (left to right) Gabbie, 10; Jen; Tom; and Remi, 9. photo by Carolyn BertschLeanne Skudlarek (left) and Angela Paulson, both of Sartell, lean over a second-floor railing in

FACT helps feed hungry school students

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It all started in 2018 when some students in the St. Cloud school district came home to tell their parents they’d seen some kids at school eating left-over food from the garbage. That’s when a few alarmed and concerned parents organized a volunteer program dubbed FACT – Feeding Area Children Together. It is a way to

Sartell schools report fall enrollment data

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Total enrollment in Sartell-St. Stephen schools increased by 64 students compared with the end of last school year. The district now services 4,098 students in kindergarten through grade 12. Enrollment at Oak Ridge Elementary School increased by 46 students to a total of 790, including an increase of 31 kindergartners for a total of 171. Pine

Sartell schools adjust to growth, new high school

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com As students settle into their new high school, the Sartell-St. Stephen school district is experiencing some growing pains. At the new high school at 3101 Pinecone Road N., there’s been a traffic jam in the student drop lane that features a roundabout. Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert suggests parents dropping off students wait outside the roundabout in the

‘Bark to Future’ raises $51,000 for TCHS

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The annual “Bark to the Future” fundraiser raised $51,000 for the Tri-County Humane Society at its Sept. 7 companion walk involving almost 500 people and 200 pets (mostly dogs) at St. Cloud’s Wilson Park. “That’s just about what we were hoping to raise,” said Tauna Quimby, director of philanthropy for the humane society. The money was