Fleck, Verso colleagues find new futures

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

One of these days Lyle Fleck of Sartell is going to call one of his school chums, whom he hasn’t seen in years, to tell him some startling news.

“Hey, guess what?” he’ll tell him. “I’m a barber now!”

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Students compete in local free-throw championship

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

Nathional Basketball Association All-Star LeBron James needs to be on the lookout for Jon Ethen. In a matter of years he could be sharing the basketball court with him. If it was up to Ethen, they would be teammates.

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Eager students get to tiptoe through Tanzania

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

When the children visited Africa, they snapped like crocodiles, they grunted like gorillas and then they tiptoed through Tanzania.

The “Africa” the children experienced came in the form of a giant map of that continent, which filled the entire floor of the Pine Meadow Elementary School Media Center. The huge plastic map, 25 feet by 35 feet, is a learning device provided by the National Geographic Society. Thanks to Sartell resident and St. Cloud State University Social Studies Methods Professor Kyle Ward, the map was enjoyed by students during its recent two-day visit to Sartell Middle School and PME. Ward’s daughter, Annika, is a first-grader at PME in Peggy Fogarty’s class. That class of 21 students took their African safari on the afternoon of Jan. 29.

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Vora recalls expulsion from happy home into living hell (Part 2)

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Battle– That same day, Leokadia’s wagon came across a battle that was in progress – Germans and Russians battling to the death. The Wenzels quickly got out of their wagon and huddled underneath it as bullets and explosions ripped through the cold air.

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Governor appoints St. Joseph resident to statewide council

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

St. Joseph resident William Rudolph said he takes good news as it comes. So when Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment to the statewide Independent Living Council this week, he was not surprised but eager for the new experience.

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SJU graduate named as White House chief of staff

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

It’s now official. A St. John’s University graduate is President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff.

Last week, Obama named Denis McDonough to that position after weeks of speculation he would do so. McDonough replaces Jack Lew, whom Obama has nominated to become the new U.S. Treasury secretary.

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Grand opening kicks off effort to keep Klinefelter’s memory alive

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

About 50 people packed into the lobby of the McDonald’s restaurant in St. Joseph Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the business and to remember Brian Klinefelter. Tuesday marked 17 years since the St. Joseph police officer was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle carrying three liquor store robbery suspects.

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LaFountaine, trailblazer for women’s sports, honored with ‘Breaking Barriers Award’

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

When it comes to sports and Title IX women’s rights, Janna LaFountaine has achieved a long-time steady series of goals that brought her this year’s “Breaking Barriers Award” from the College of St. Benedict.

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