In 1988, a group of dancers performs the Cyndy Lauper song, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

Teff’s danceline to celebrate 25th birthday

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

After 25 years as a dance teacher, Shelly Teff likes to tell her friends she “has grown old in the gym.”

They laugh at her because there is nothing “old” about Teff. Her love of dancing and the joy of working with students keeps her young, and those who know Teff know there is enough passion and energy in her to teach dancing for another 25 years – at least.

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Munden a top fundraiser in polar plunge

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

For taking an ice-cold plunge, MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph raised almost $1,700 for the Minnesota Special Olympics.

She was one of the two top fundraisers among the 1,000 “plungers” who took an icy dip into a lake at Maple Grove Feb. 2. It was the third of 16 “Polar Bear Plunge” events scheduled for this winter throughout Minnesota. Sponsored by law-enforcement agencies, the plunge events raise funds, through pledges, for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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Sartell man takes the plunge

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

For taking an ice-cold plunge, a Sartell man helped his team raise almost $1,700 for the Minnesota Special Olympics.

It was one of the top two amounts raised that day.

Rick Welch was one of almost 1,000 “plungers” who took a dip through a hole in the ice Feb. 2 on a lake in Maple Grove. It was the third of 16 “Polar Bear Plunge” events scheduled for this winter throughout Minnesota. Sponsored by law-enforcement agenies, the plunge events raise funds, through pledges, for Special Olympics Minnesota.

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Rajkowski reacts to sentencing of man who caused her husband’s death

by Dennis Dalman– news@thenewsleaders.com

Jodi Rajkowski knows all too well the sentencing of the man who caused her husband’s death won’t bring her husband back, but she’s hoping Ron’s death might cause drivers to slow down and not drive foolishly – especially in work zones.

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Verso plant purchase still shrouded in mystery

by Dennis Dalman – www.thenewsleaders.com

Many people, including Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), are trying to find out more details about the purchase of the Verso paper mill in Sartell. It appears, however, the mill will be torn down and sold for scrap metal. If there is a definite use planned by the purchaser after demolition, nobody at this point knows.

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Martens named Minnesota Principal of the Year

Erich Martens, Sartell resident and principal of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School, has been named Minnesota High School Principal of the Year.

Martens was honored by more than 1,300 of his peers at the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals, which met Jan. 30. Martens was lauded for “consistently articulating organizational purpose and priorities to his staff, the district, the community and the media.”

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Award named for Rajkowski, Carlson

by Dennis Dalman– news@thenewsleaders.com

Two men who were killed at a construction site in Burnsville are being honored by having an award named after them.

Ron Rajkowski of St. Joseph and Craig Carlson of Ramsey were killed on Oct. 13, 2011 while working at a roadside construction project when a car veered out of control and struck the two men. (For more details, see related story in today’s Newsleader.)

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St. John’s Prep hopes to continue its winning tradition at Knowledge Bowl

by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com

St. John’s Prep High School is in the middle of its Knowledge Bowl season and is hoping to continue its winning tradition of competing for the state championship.

SJP has won the “Class A” state tournament three times in the past seven years, including last year.

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