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Junior Anna Lindstrom (right) cheers on teammates Anna Lindell (freshman, front), Halie Kaufman (freshman, middle), and Kayla Larsen (eighth-grader, back) as they race in the mile event April 21 at Sartell Middle School. With snow on the field, this was the Sabre track-and-field team's first outdoor meet. The Sabres hosted the Holdingford Huskies and runners grades 7-12 competed as the temperature hovered at a frigid 37 degrees.

Extended winter squelched April sports activities

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Winter, the guest that stayed too long, put the kibosh on outdoor sports activities all through April, including sports in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. As a result, athletes and coaches in most sports are now trying to “catch up” as best they can. The district’s activities director John Ross said […]

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The Kennedy Colts Honor Choir in St. Joseph rehearses for an upcoming concert with the Great River Chorale. Students Gavin Buersken (left), Eryka Jansen, Monica Rodel and Haley App review sing a song April 30.

Students will take part in ‘Great American Sing’ concert

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The Great River Chorale will present “The Great American Sing” concert this weekend with the help of some special guests. These guests include the Kennedy Colts Honor Choir from Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph and the Mustang Choir from Meadowvale Elementary in Elk River. The concert is at 4 p.m. […]

St. Joseph Catholic Church quilters gathered at the St. Joseph Fire Hall on a recent Monday morning to put stitches in an 18-hole golf course quilt. Stitching quilters are (left to right) Irene Symanietz, Delrose Fischer, Barb Heltemes, Geri Schwab, Dolores Lowell (hidden from view), Marilyn Brinkman and Josie Meyer.

Area quilters create an 18-hole golf-course quilt

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph Catholic Church quilters recently created a golf quilt for the upcoming church bazaar July 3 and 4. The quilt reflects life on an 18-hole golf course. It shows four different golfers golfing, carts waiting to be driven, a cardinal perched in a tree, sand traps, water ponds and other […]

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School board approves superintendent contract

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Cloud School Board recently approved a three-year contract for incoming superintendent Willie Jett. The vote was unanimous. Jett was chosen Feb. 27 to serve as the next superintendent of St. Cloud area schools. He will replace Superintendent Bruce Watkins, who will retire June 30. The 48-year-old is currently the […]

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Administrator Gartland to take new job June 1

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com In a stunning surprise announcement last week, Sartell City Administrator Patti Gartland announced she has accepted another job as president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. Gartland, who’s has been Sartell’s administrator of 12 years, served during the mayorships of three men – Bob Pogatshnik, Tim O’Driscoll and current mayor […]

Dr. Contardo working with St. Joseph resident Sara Gideon.

Dentist Contardo beats odds after facing oral cancer

by Angelica Gentile news@thenewsleaders.com Dr. Michael Contardo intends to break the silence surrounding his own personal survival of oral cancer with hopes of raising awareness and helping others diagnosed with the disease. Forty-three percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive more than five years, according to statistics from the Oral Cancer Foundation. […]