by Dennis Dalman
The City of Sartell agreed to purchase 38 acres of property adjacent to Pinecone Central Park.
At its Aug. 12 meeting, the council called a closed-session meeting to discuss the price of the property with the sellers. When the council reopened its meeting to the public, the mayor announced the city had agreed, in the closed session, to purchase the property for $208,870. The mayor then asked the council to approve or disapprove the motion. It was approved 4-1 with council member Sarah Jane Nicoll voting against it.
The acreage is known as the “Vilcheck” property. The roughly rectangular-shaped land is located right next to Pinecone Central Park, along its northwest side.
Council members have not determined what the land will be used for, although it will almost certainly be park-related. The land is located next to Celebration Lutheran Church. It’s a mixture of woodland and wetland.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.