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Sartell schools fall short, fail to live up to reputation

Melissa Pickens, Sartell When my family decided to move, we chose Sartell because of the school system. Having four children (two older and two preschool age at the time), we knew education was an important factor in our decision about where to buy a house. Newspaper articles boasted about the high test scores of Sartell students. […]

The St. Benedict College and Academy as it was in 1911.

College of St. Benedict kicks off centennial year

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The College of St. Benedict is planning a celebration, and St. Joseph will be experiencing many of the benefits. After several years of planning, excitement is in the air because the festivities are about to begin. CSB will kick off its centennial celebration after the last graduation commencement ceremony of the […]

Brittany Allyn enjoys a humorous moment while singing with country legend George Jones, who died April 26. Allyn, who was raised in St. Stephen, sang with the traveling George Jones show for seven years. She walked along with the pallbearers at Jones's funeral in Nashville May 2.

Woman raised in St. Stephen mourns friend George Jones

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A “little girl” who grew up in St. Stephen – now the brilliant singer Brittany Allyn – walked with pallbearers at the funeral of her “friend, mentor, employer, country music legend and American music icon” George Jones. “Many times I have wondered how a little girl from St. Stephen, Minn. could […]