With true razz-ma-tazz and bursts of energy, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team performs its high-kick number based on tunes expressive of the "Roaring 20s." From left to right are Lauren Lauermann, Ashley Bartlett, Miranda Garmen and Jessica Meischsner.

Sabre dancers earn 2nd, 4th at state tourney

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

After winning fourth-place in the jazz category Friday, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team came back Saturday like gangbusters and danced-kicked their way into second-place honors at the Class AA statewide high-kick competition.

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Blake Hawker, 8, of St. Joseph, shows off his hockey moves Feb. 16 during the Joetown Snowtown event in St. Joseph.

Joetown Snowtown draws some families

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

It was a sunny and crisp Minnesota day at Centennial Park last weekend in St. Joseph. Temperatures neared the 20s and a towering sledding hill was in full use by those attending Joetown Snowtown.

This was the first year the St. Joseph Park Board hosted the winter event in partnership with local sponsors. Those who came were glad they did. Park Board Chair John Anderson was pleased with the weather during the event.

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Jen Richason, Minnesota Social Studies Teacher of the Year, enjoys a laugh with two of her students, Turner Kuhn (left) and Jaren Martin. Kuhn is showing his painting of a World War I German soldier standing in a trench. The students have been learning about the famed Christmas truce of 1914 during which World War I soldiers on opposing sides climbed out of their trenches and enjoyed a soccer game right in the middle of the brutal, beastly "no man's land" between the trenches.

Richason named statewide social-studies ‘Teacher of Year’

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

Social studies and education are practically birthrights for Jen Richason, Sartell Middle School teacher who was recently honored with the Minnesota Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Richason’s father, Ben, is a geography teacher at St. Cloud State University. Her grandfather, whose name was also Ben, taught geography at Carrol College in Waukesha, Wis. Richason’s mother, Barb, has been a paraprofessional in the St. Cloud School District.

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Mitchell Schleper, 13, and his sister, Haley, 12 were two of the first patients to benefit from the care of the CentraCare Cleft Palate Team. Mitchell was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and Haley was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.

Lots of love, teamwork led to triumphant smiles

by Cori Hilsgen – news@thenewsleaders.com

Local residents Mitchell Schleper and his sister, Haley, will initiate a smile when they find something intriguing, humorous or are just excited about something. For the Schlepers, that smile was formed through the efforts of surgeries, therapies and a lot of hard work.

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Superintendent search in full swing

by Janelle Von Pinnon – news@thenewsleaders.com

The St. Cloud Area School District 742 School Board will conduct Community At-Large meetings with each of three prospective superintendent candidates from 5-5:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 25-27 (one candidate each day) at the District 742 Administrative Office in the Apollo High School Resource Center (enter doors 2, 19 or 35), 1000 N. 44th Ave., St. Cloud.

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Sister Pat Ruether, OSB and sister Dorothy Manuel, OSB (right) talk about the 2012 Women Build for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Feb. 15. Sisters hosted the 8th annual Nun Banquet to support the Women Build program.

Annual Nun Banquet provides fellowship while supporting a cause

by TaLeiza Calloway – news@thenewsleaders.com

For the more than 200 people who attended the eighth annual Nun Banquet in St. Joseph, the event serves as a family tradition, a way to support a good cause and a chance to visit with the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict.

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Bill Morgan, the author of four books, was born in Pipestone and taught American studies for years at St. Cloud State University. He is also a history columnist for the "St. Cloud Times" newspaper.

Morgan publishes book of history explorations

by Dennis Dalman – news@thenewsleaders.com

When Bill Morgan looks out the window of his home to watch the birds and hear their happy chatter at the bird feeder, he can also sometimes almost hear the snuffling, neighing and grunting sounds of cattle, horses and hogs.

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Turner Kuhn as "Nathan Detroit" and Quinne Ingemansen as "Miss Adelaide" rehearse a scene from "Guys and Dolls." The Sartell High School musical will be performed two more times, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Sartell High School. Tickets are available at the door.

Cast members react to ‘Guys and Dolls’ experience

by Todd Orth – news@thenewsleaders.com

(Editor’s note: The following sampling of quotes from crew and cast members of the Sartell Middle School musical, “Guys and Dolls,” was submitted by the show’s publicity director, Todd Orth of Sartell.)

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