Dec. 28 Town criers

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Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Contest to be held Saturday, Jan. 12

All girls and boys ages 9-14 in the Sartell/St. Stephen community are invited to the local level of competition for the 2019 Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Championship. The local competition will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 in St. Francis Xavier School, 219 Second St. N. This event is sponsored annually by the Knights of Columbus with winners from the local level advancing to district, region and state competitions. All contestants from the local level are recognized for their participation in the event and the winners at each level receive a trophy. Participants register at the event and must have written consent and age verification from a parent or guardian. Please contact Jake Schneider at 320-761-7143 with any questions.

St. Stephen newsletter postponed to Jan. 11

The City of Sartell January newsletter, which normally would be inserted in this edition of the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader, will be inserted in the Jan. 11 edition of the Newsleader instead. St. Stephen residents should look for it then.

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2019 school levy approved by board

The Sartell-St. Stephen school board approved the district’s levy for taxes payable in 2019 following its truth in taxation hearing Dec. 17.

The levy totals $10,194,085.83, an increase of 4.08 percent. The vote was unanimous.

For the owner of a $250,000 home with no change in assessed value, the tax will be $1,425, a drop of 1.86 percent from this year’s school tax bill.

Next year’s school calendar approved

Next year’s Sartell-St. Stephen school district calendar is all set. The school board approved the calendar Dec. 17.

Key dates:

Sept. 3 school begins.

Oct. 17-18 for statewide teacher meetings, no school

March 23-27 spring break.

April 20 no school for grades nine-12 during the state student council convention. There will be class for grades kindergarten-eight.

May 25 no school Memorial Day.

May 29 last day of school for kindergarten through grade 12.

May 30 Graduation.

Christmas tree collection is next week

Curbside collection of Christmas trees will be Thursdays, Jan. 3 and Jan. 10. Place the tree at the curb and remove all bags, stands and decorations.

When it snows, shovel within 24 hours

St. Joseph city ordianance requires that property owners need to clear snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours of a storm. If the snow or ice is not cleared, the city will remove it and the owner will be charged for the service. It’s against the law to push snow from driveways and sidewalks onto a public road.

Utility bills available by email in January

St. Joseph residents will have the option of receiving utility bills be email instead of mail starting with the January bill. To receive email bills, create an account on the city’s website, Click on the “Online Bill Pay” link.

Help prepare taxes

The Tri-CAP Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is looking for volunteers to provide customer service, prepare taxes and review taxes for filing. Training is provided and preparers become IRS certified. Contact Tri-CAP at 320-251-1612 or visit

Birthing center guides needed

St. Cloud Hospital is seeking volunteers for the Family Birthing Center. Volunteers assist by welcoming expecting parents and families to the center and providing a basic introduction to the department. A script and training are provided for volunteers.  This opportunity is currently available on various weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. Contact Volunteer Services at or 320-255-5638.

Volunteers needed at St. Cloud VA

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System needs volunteers for assignments throughout the health care system and demand for volunteer assistance continues to grow. Call the Voluntary Service office at 320-255-6365 or email

Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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