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Girl Scouts Ally Haas, Emily Hoppe, Jessica Mergen and Kali Enstad gather to fill a tree-watering bag at Huntington Park. The four girls are working hard to add some amenities to the park, including 10 shade trees.

Girl Scouts transform neighborhood park

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Q: How many Girl Scouts does it take to transform a neighborhood park? A: Four Girl Scouts – Scouts with vision, determination and hard work. Thanks to the four Scouts, the Huntington Park neighborhood park in south Sartell is receiving a new-and-improved look. The Scouts are Kali Enstad, Emily Hoppe, Ally […]

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Kathy (left) and Mike Lehn of St. Joseph get ready to ride their tandem bike on the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail Ride.

Reiland organized regional trail ride after Sept. 11

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com More than 130 people biked the Wobegon Trail on Sept. 7 to raise funds for children. Riders started in St. Joseph, Avon and Melrose, and ended in Sauk Centre. The eighth annual Lake Wobegon Regional Trail Ride is a family-fun event that benefits the Catholic Charities St. Cloud Children’s Home, a […]

Gary Fasching (above) said he is eager to get to work on his new career as head coach of the St. John's Johnnies football team. Fasching was selected to replace long-time legendary coach John Gagliardi, who announced his retirement last November after a phenomenal coaching record.

Fasching has ‘large pair of shoes to fill’

by Mark Lauer news@thenewsleaders.com What if you were picked to take over for someone who was so honored, so well-respected, that the very thought of being that person’s “replacement” seemed out of the question? And that no one, no matter how qualified, could ever fill those shoes again? Welcome to Gary Fasching’s world. Last November, […]

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“Retail Therapy Boutique” owner Kayla Welz-Schultzetenberg straightens jewelry displayed in a five-generation pie safe.

New boutique store offers ‘Retail Therapy’

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com A new boutique store located at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue is offering customers a little “Retail Therapy.” In fact, the name of the store is “Retail Therapy Boutique.” Owner Kayla Welz-Schultzetenberg is excited to meet and get to know new customers. The boutique is the result of […]

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Above, Claire Miller of Sartell won four ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair for ninth-grade art. She won second place in pastel for "The Ballerina" (pictured on top row far left) and third place in charcoal for her portrait "The Stoic."  She won two honorable mention awards for oil/acrylic for "The Crane" and for watercolor for "The Green Fairy" (pictured in second row far right). Below, in July, Miller won the second-place award in Little Falls at the Great River Arts Association Summertime in Minnesota Exhibition, a state-wide juried competition for artists. Her winning work was done in watercolor pastel, entitled "The Bee."

Ninth-grade artist wins five awards

contributed photos Above, Claire Miller of Sartell won four ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair for ninth-grade art. She won second place in pastel for “The Ballerina” (pictured on top row far left) and third place in charcoal for her portrait “The Stoic.” She won two honorable mention awards for oil/acrylic for “The Crane” and […]

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On a hot Saturday morning, thirsty pooches lap up some water just before setting out on a 5k walk from Wilson Park in St. Cloud. More than 500 people and nearly 300 pets took part in "Woofstock," the annual humane-society fundraiser.

‘Woofstock’ event exceeds goal of $50,000

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It looked like a gathering of the tribes – what with colorful banners, tie-dyed costumes and music drifting in the air. And it was, in fact, a “tribal” meeting – “Woofstock,” the annual fundraiser of the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud’s Wilson Park. The Sept. 7 event attracted at least […]

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The USS Minnesota, an attack submarine, is shown surfacing during training tests. The submarine was the subject of a ceremony in Norfolk, Va., which was attended by many Minnesota lawmakers, including Rep. Tim O'Driscoll of Sartell.

Local lawmakers attend ceremony for USS Minnesota

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com For the first time since 1907, an advanced naval warship was named after the State of Minnesota, and the new ship is the most state-of-the-art attack submarine in the United States Navy’s arsenal. State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) was one of several local lawmakers who attended the commissioning ceremony of the […]