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Andrae Asmus beams as he emerges from the Winter Wonderland "Ice Cave."

Children wowed by PME’s ‘Winter Wonderland’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com When Pine Meadow Elementary kindergartners entered “Winter Wonderland” Dec. 17, they “oohed” and “ahhed” as if they had just seen Santa land in his sleigh. “Wow!” many of them blurted out, wide-eyed. “I just can’t believe my eyes!” said one little girl. “This is awesome!” a little boy exclaimed. The Pine […]

Scam call causes sweaty panic – at first

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com At first, Francis Gomes of Sartell was so rattled by the phone call, he broke out in a sweat. He was utterly incredulous when the official-sounding woman on the other end of the line told him the police would soon be at his house, his assets would be seized, his driver’s […]

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View of the proposed center from the northeast.

Council votes to move forward on new center

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council recently voted in favor of having consultants prepare documents for a new government center/police station project to open for bids. City staff hopes to have the request for bids out in early spring. If a bid is chosen and approved by the council, construction of the […]

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Marty Martinen, along with wife Dayna and son John, own and operate four Little Caesar's pizza places, including the new one in Sartell. The other ones are in St. Cloud, Brainerd and Willmar.

New Little Caesar’s does brisk business in Sartell

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The new Little Caesar’s pizza place in Sartell is a dream-come-true for its owners, Marty and Dayna Malinen. It has been doing a brisk, steady business ever since it recently opened. To the Malinens, the new business has the “right feel.” That’s because Marty designed the business, and Dayna was born […]