Community education connects everything Sartell

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com This summer, Sartell Community Education moved to the Community Center where the staff is operating, managing and scheduling activities. “We want to improve on what’s here already and connect everything Sartell,” said Community Education Director Kris O’Brien. Summer recreational and daytime enrichment camps have filled the center and kept the staff busy, serving 518 children at

Local man receives Legion of Honor medal

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Like all true heroes, Boyd Sorenson insists he’s not a hero and brushes off extravagant praises. His attitude is that he just happened to be there in a war zone and did the best he could do, along with many others. But that’s not the attitude of others. They consider Sorenson to be an extraordinary, courageous man who gave his

A census undercount hurts us all

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Proposing a citizenship question on the 2020 Census is nothing but yet again another bright shiny object that distracts us from the real issue – the purpose of the census and the importance of an accurate account. An inaccurate count threatens our voice in government at all levels and could rob us of government funding for programs we all depend

Bench project helps Berndt earn Eagle honor

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell Boy Scout Anthony Berndt, 15, who will receive his Eagle Scout badge this fall, was thanked by the Sartell City Council for all of his work installing benches at Sauk River Regional Park. At the July City Council meeting, Berndt outlined the work he did for his bench project. The bench project was his community

Father, son muscle-car racers win at Brainerd

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com “Like father like son” describes Gary and Nate Olson of Sartell to a T. Both work at the same place and both emerged as winners, once again, at the Muscle Car Series Show & Go event at Brainerd International Speedway July 5-7. Driving his trusty 1979 deep-blue Camaro, Nate Olson was tops in the Strip Eliminator