Muskies steamroll to state championship

by Dennis Dalman

(Editor’s note: The Sartell Newsleader is grateful for reports from several people who were at the state championship games, including coach-manager Randy Beckstrom, Pete Johnson and Kaye Wenker. Their information added greatly to the following story.)[...]   Read More -->

Wickses’ featured on the cover of ‘Country Gardens’

by Cori Hilsgen

Tom and Vickie Wicks of Collegeville township recently won the “Best Edible Garden” in the “Country Gardens Annual Garden Awards.”  Their garden was recently pictured on the cover of the magazine.

The Wickses entered the “Country Gardens 13th Annual Garden Award” by submitting photos of their garden and a story about their garden and garden shed in August 2011. Early in 2012, the editor of “Country Gardens” called and notified them they had been selected as a winner of the Annual Garden Awards and they wanted to know when their garden would look its best for a photo shoot in the summer of 2012.[...]   Read More -->

Gopi finds time to reflect on his world championship

by Dennis Dalman

Now that Gopi Ramanathan has had a few weeks at home to relax, he can finally reflect on his triumph as one of the three young world champions in geography.

On July 29 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Gopi was part of a three-member team representing the United States that won the Gold Medal at the 11th annual National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee. Canada placed second, and India took third place. The Russian team, competing on its own turf, came in fourth.[...]   Read More -->

Student Spotlight: Osendorf wins local bagger contest

by Cori Hilsgen

Breanna Osendorf recently won the Coborn’s 24th annual Best Bagger Contest held at the Sauk Rapids Coborn’s Superstore and also went on to compete at the Mall of America Aug. 17.

Locally, she was one of 33 employees who were judged on their bagging techniques. She won the contest and $100 cash for her efforts. At the Mall of America, Osendorf did not place at the MOA competition.[...]   Read More -->

Ross and Chall complete three-day walk for a cure

by Cori Hilsgen

Gretchen Ross, 65, and Joy Chall, 62, recently completed the Twin Cities three-day Susan G. Komen walk for a cure for breast cancer. Both women walked a revised 50 miles because of the high temperatures.

The walking route was shut down on Sunday due to the statewide heat emergency. The third day of walking should have been 17 miles, but they reduced the last day’s walk to eight miles.[...]   Read More -->

St. Joseph resident runs Food Dudes Delivery

by Cori Hilsgen

St. Joseph resident Dave Carlson has been offering his “Food Dudes Delivery” business services to the St. Cloud area for the past four years. Food Dudes Delivery provides delivery and catering from a variety of local restaurants to homes or offices.[...]   Read More -->

Pets, owners get ready for Sept. 7 ‘Woofstock’

by Dennis Dalman

The 25th annual “Woofstock Companion 5k Walk” will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Wilson Park in St. Cloud.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and food and festivities will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.[...]   Read More -->

Silence must not reign in wake of Assad’s crimes

It’s sometimes said the biggest crime of the 20th Century was silence.

Silence when millions of Jews were put to death, silence when the Turks perpetrated genocide against Armenians, silence when the Pol Pot regime tortured and butchered Cambodians, silence when rival ethnic groups in Uganda went on murderous rampages.[...]   Read More -->