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SSEF thankful for support this year The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation is thankful for another record-breaking year. Through the kindness and generosity of its supporters, the organization is able to raise more than $67,000 to support leading-edge ideas and programs in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. ••• SSEF supports artist-in-residence at SHS Congratulations to Aleysha […]

Smoke billows up from the Verso plant as seen from this view taken from the west side of the Mississippi River.

Year in Review Part 1: Verso tragedy dominated news in 2012 (January-June)

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The year 2012 in Sartell will forever be known as the year the paper mill died. On May 28, Memorial Day, an explosion and fire at the Verso paper mill resulted in the death of an employee, Jon Maus of Albany, injuries to several employees and – ultimately – to the […]

The horse-drawn casket of 31-year-old Cold Spring Police Officer Thomas Decker reaches its final resting place Dec. 5 at St. Nicholas Cemetery, south of Cold Spring where he grew up. State officials estimate several thousand people attended the funeral service for Decker, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Nov. 29 when he was called to check on a man's welfare. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been charged.

Year in Review: 2012 is year of growth for St. Joseph

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The mark of a productive year includes the presence of growth, new direction and gained partnerships. All were a part of what occurred in St. Joseph in 2012. Delayed developments and road improvements were resurrected. Examples include the introduction of the new Stearns CR 2 bypass; the start of construction on […]

Justina Henry, a certified massage therapist who operates her business from her home in Pleasant Acres, recently demonstrated her therapeutic massage at a Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon.

Henry wants to help in a healthy way

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Justina Henry is a certified massage therapist who wants to help people stay healthy.   Henry recently demonstrated her therapeutic massage at the Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon. “I firmly believe therapeutic massage can be beneficial to everyone, whether you simply want a relaxing massage, are […]


Residents deck the halls during Hometown Christmas

contributed photo Laura Dohrman (left) strings colorful holiday beads with her grandparents Donald and Rose Dohrman (grandma) during the 13th annual Hometown Christmas event held Dec. 8 at Country Manor Health Care Center and Rapid Recovery and Aquatic Center. Hundreds of family members and friends of Country Manor residents and guests gathered to celebrate Christmas. […]

Help at the food shelf

Catholic Charities Emergency Services is looking for volunteers to help at the food shelf. Responsibilities include the following: unpacking grocery donations, repackaging bulk products under the proper sanitary conditions, informing staff when running low on certain items, and cleaning up area at the end of the shift. This opportunity requires lifting, reaching and the ability […]

CMAB conducting arts needs assessment survey

The Central Minnesota Arts Board is requesting feedback from area residents on regional needs and priorities to help determine their upcoming 2014-15 programs and services beginning July 1. The CMAB has served Region 7W, which includes the counties of Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright, for more than 33 years as one of Minnesota’s 11 regional […]

Survey shows residents want library, senior center

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com If wishes become realities, then a senior center and a library will be part of a Sartell community center, when and if one is built. A recently released survey indicates residents definitely want a library and senior center as amenities within a center. Among other items on people’s wish lists, according […]