photo by Jack Hellie
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

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.

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photo by TaLeiza Calloway
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

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. Sunday, May 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.

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photo by Dennis Dalman
Sandy Wolter happily presents a cup of coffee to a customer at Liquid Assets in Sartell. The coffee shop was recently named "Business of the Year" by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce.

Down-home ambience helps shop win ‘Business of Year’

by Dennis Dalman

Some Sartell residents just cannot start the work day without first stopping at Liquid Assets for a morning boost – a cup of freshly brewed coffee and maybe a roll to go.

Many loyal regulars visit the shop as almost a ritual in their daily living. It’s a place to relax, enjoy a good chat, eat a light meal, read a newspaper or plug in a laptop to Liquid Assets’ free high-speed internet service.

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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

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 things.

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School board approves superintendent contract

by TaLeiza Calloway

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.

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Administrator Gartland to take new job June 1

by Dennis Dalman

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 Joe Perske. Before her tenure as administrator, she worked for 13 years as the development and planning director for St. Cloud.

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Meeting set to consider Hill resignation

A special school board meeting was set for today – Friday, May 3 – to consider acceptance of the resignation of Sartell-St. Stephen School Board Superintendent Dr. Joe Hill.

The meeting will start at 4 p.m. in the board room of the District Services Building.

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

Dentist Contardo beats odds after facing oral cancer

by Angelica Gentile

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. An oral cancer survivor himself, Contardo, who practices in St. Joseph and is a resident of Sartell, has defied these odds. Fourteen years cancer-free, he continues to practice dentistry using the tools at his disposal to instruct his patients in preventative oral health and performing oral-cancer screenings.

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