Three Sartell athletes make futures at SJU

by Mark Lauer

The time-honored tradition of high school football plays out on Friday nights all over the country. That includes Sartell Sabre field. Fans young and old, most of them dressed in royal blue, begin filling the stands as evening darkness begins setting in. The Sartell band and cheerleading squad perform in front of friends and family, urging the home fans to get excited about the game.[...]   Read More -->

St. Joseph Park and Ride has moved

by Cori Hilsgen

The St. Joseph Park and Ride facility has moved to a new location. Previously located at Interstate Highway 94 and CR 2, it is now located about one-third mile east of the old location on the right of Minnesota Street.[...]   Read More -->

Grays cut hair in tribute to boy with cancer

by Dennis Dalman

March 20 was a day of doom for the Tano and Julie Gray family of Sartell because that is the day they found out one of their two boys, 5-year-old Nathanial, is suffering from Stage 3 anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer.

“It came out of nowhere,” Julie said. “Our kids were always the healthiest of kids. I would never have thought in a million years this would happen. Those beginning days were really, really tough.”[...]   Read More -->

Atkins tells history of CSB women and times

by Cori Hilsgen

Annette Atkins knows history. She is a history professor at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and recently wrote a book about some of the history of the past 100 years of CSB. Her book “Challenging Women Since 1913: The College of St. Benedict” celebrates the college’s centennial and discusses the changing needs of women.[...]   Read More -->

Kids Country holds picnic

Kids Country holds a picnic in the park
contributed photo
Lacey Jensen, a Kids Country Child Care and Learning Center student from Sartell, plays during an afternoon of laughter, fun and relationship-building at Val Smith Park. Families and students were invited to a Kids Country picnic May 23 where all enjoyed summertime treats, played on the playground, shared stories and made new introductions while getting to know one another outside of the classroom. The child-care and learning center believes well-developed relationships between staff and parents play an important role in ensuring a positive experience for families, and especially students. Parent-teacher activities are held multiple times throughout the year in an effort to promote that philosophy.

Student spotlight: Berg-Arnold would like to study anesthesiology

by Cori Hilsgen


If you would like to recommend a student to be considered for this feature area, please contact the Newsleader office at or call 320-363-7741.

Rose Berg-Arnold enjoys working with children. She hopes to attend medical school for anesthesiology and would like to be able to work at a children’s hospital so she could help comfort children during stressful times.[...]   Read More -->

Brandt donates vast mug collection to church

by Dennis Dalman

Betty Brandt suffered many bouts of separation anxiety when she was faced with having to get rid of her vast collection of coffee mugs that number in excess of 2,000.

When she decided to move from her large home in Sartell to a small patio home in the city, she realized she had no choice. There would simply not be enough room for the mugs in her cozy but tight-spaced new home.[...]   Read More -->

‘Sound of Music’ a hit with audiences; 10 from Sartell are part of cast

A Two Rivers Community Theatre production of “The Sound of Music” is drawing large, appreciative audiences at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

There are still two performances of the musical – a 7 p.m. show Friday, Aug. 2 and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Aug. 3.[...]   Read More -->