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. Last week, a Dakota County judge sentenced Kirk Edward Deamos, […]

Erich Martens

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 […]


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. At the recent Jan. […]