Attract birds and butterflies no matter what size your landscape

by Melinda Myers Add a little extra color and motion to your summer garden with containers designed to attract birds and butterflies. Many garden centers continue to sell annuals throughout the summer and many of these mid-season annuals are a bit bigger, providing instant impact. It’s easier than you think to attract birds and butterflies […]

Officer Joel Klein works in his office April 20 in the St. Joseph Police Department. Klein will serve as the next police chief when current Police Chief Pete Jansky retires in August.

Klein excited about transitoning into police chief role

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com Joel Klein always wanted to be a cop. It was a career he knew would allow him to do what he enjoys – helping others. While a lot of what law enforcement includes is assisting others, he also admits it’s cool to catch the criminal. However, public safety is his number […]

At the finish line, Jereme Fimrite and his wife are jubilant after he finishes the Boston Marathon. Little did they know at the time that an hour later, a bloody horror would erupt when bombings killed three and injured almost 200 other people at the event.

After post-race exhilaration, terror explodes

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Quite exhausted, Jereme Fimrite of Sartell was in his Boston hotel room when he thought it felt like something hit the building, but he couldn’t tell what it was. About an hour earlier, he had crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He was tired; he was sweaty. He stepped […]


Earth Day Fun

contributed photo Earth Day Fun before another snowfall later that night! April 22, Allison Marker and her Little Tykes Daycare children had a fun morning outside checking out the nature around us and creating a fun chalk drawing to celebrate Earth Day 2013. The children learned about recycling and caring for our Earth. Little Tykes […]

Kendra Dierkes, 4, of St. Joseph, takes Ricky the Raccoon and Moobell to meet her mother April 20 during the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce community showcase.

Families flock to St. Joseph community showcase

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The gym at Kennedy Community School was often crowded April 20 during the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce Community Showcase. This was the first year for the event and judging from attendance, it was something many enjoyed. Between 400 and 500 people attended the event, which was designed to introduce new […]


At long last, community center starts to take shape in city

At long last, a Sartell Community Center is taking shape. The idea, which began as a shimmering dream, is now almost visible. If all goes as planned, the 10,000 square-foot center will be built probably on the north end of Sartell City Hall and be attached to the city-hall building. It’s a perfect location – […]

Community center moves to design process

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com By the end of 2014, there might be a community-resources center attached to the north end of Sartell City Hall. But, whoa, first things first. That is, at least, the hope of the members of the Sartell Community-Resource Facility Task Force. At the April 8 council meeting, one of the task […]


Community showcase is good addition to city

Cities pride themselves on what sets them apart from their neighbors. Whether it’s a vibrant arts community, good schools, good roads or affordable housing, a city’s amenities and overall vibe is what makes residents want to live there and visitors stop in. The St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a community showcase. What […]