Mayor Joe Perske

Perske throws his hat in the ring

by Dennis Dalman

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In a stunning announcement Jan. 14, Sartell Mayor Joe Perske said he intends to seek the DFL endorsement to compete for the 6th U.S. Congressional District seat.

That seat is currently occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is now serving her fourth term and who said she would not file for re-election.

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Community meal to be held in St. Joseph

by Cori Hilsgen

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All are welcome to a community meal that will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. The meal will be spaghetti, but a vegetarian option will also be offered.

Various St. Joseph organizations and residents, who have been meeting for several months, are involved in the planning and promotion of the “Joe Town Table” community meal. Organizations involved include the College of St. Benedict Community Kitchen, Church of St. Joseph, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Central Minnesota Catholic Worker and the College of St. Benedict Monastery.

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The warmer temperatures Jan. 12 brought Caleb Countryman outside to build this shark.  He is an 11-year-old student at Sartell Middle School. The warmer temperatures Jan. 12 brought Caleb Countryman outside to build this shark. He
is an 11-year-old student at Sartell Middle School. Beware pedestrians and drivers rounding the corner at 5th Street and Bechtold Drive or you may be eaten too!

Mr. Jaws ate Frosty?

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The warmer temperatures Jan. 12 brought Caleb Countryman outside to build this shark. He is an 11-year-old student at Sartell Middle School. The warmer temperatures Jan. 12 brought Caleb Countryman outside to build this shark. He
is an 11-year-old student at Sartell Middle School. Beware pedestrians and drivers rounding the corner at 5th Street and Bechtold Drive or you may be eaten too!

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Third-grade students (left to right) Henry Ebel and Emanuel Kutzera show what they have placed in several shoeboxes to be donated to Place of Hope.

ASA students donate shoeboxes to ‘Place of Hope’

by Cori Hilsgen

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All Saints Academy students donated 132 shoeboxes to Place of Hope for an Advent project, surpassing their goal of donating 100 boxes.

Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack organized the project with some help from school cook Mary Kay Pelkey and other staff members.

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The Bernick's Arena in Sartell was the first of many projects made possible partly through half-cent sales-tax funding. The arena was a joint project between the city, private fundraisers and volunteerism.

Share wish-list ideas at sales-tax meeting

by Dennis Dalman

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What do Sartell residents want as a regional sales-tax project in the greater St. Cloud area? Sprawling theme park? Gigantic athletic multiplex? Riverside arts-and-entertainment plaza? Aquatics center?

At this point, it’s OK to daydream. That’s why there will be a brainstorming open house from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the St. Cloud Public Library. Everyone in the six cities in the greater St. Cloud area is invited to attend to give ideas for regional projects. An aquatics center has been high on the wish list for many years.

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Meeting to seek input on sales-tax projects

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

What do St. Joseph residents want as a regional sales-tax project in the greater St. Cloud area? Sprawling theme park? Gigantic athletic multiplex? Riverside arts-and-entertainment plaza? Aquatics center?

At this point, it’s OK to daydream. That is why there will be a brainstorming open house from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the St. Cloud Public Library. Everyone in the six cities in the greater St. Cloud area is invited to attend to give ideas for regional projects. An aquatics center has been high on the “wish list” for many years.

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Students ponder a map during the Jan. 13 Geography Bee at Sartell Middle School. From left to right are Grant Schleper, Jenna Merrills, Janagan Ramanathan, Anna Pille and Nick Juntunen. Not pictured are Kobey Cofer, Dylan Cummings, Connor Hacker, Alex Hinnenkamp, Jordan Och and Luc Westerling.

‘China’ puts Ramanathan in winner’s seat

by Dennis Dalman

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It was a perfect case of grace-under-pressure when 11 students competed Jan. 13 in the Geography Bee at Sartell Middle School.

There was no sweating, hand-wringing or exclamations of disappointment. Instead, coolly and calmly each student answered the questions, and when they lost they didn’t look the least bit devastated. Nor did the winning students cheer or gloat. Rather, they humbly accepted their awards with calm dignity.

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The Rural Stearns Faith in Action Team from the Cold Spring office includes (left to right) Lindsey Sand, program coordinator/caregiver consultant; Laura Sakry, service coordinator; Sadie Anderson, support planner/caregiver consultant; and Serena Robak, volunteer coordinator. The Cold Spring office serves the St. Joseph area.

Faith in Action helps people maintain independence

by Cori Hilsgen

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As the “Baby Boom” generation continues to age, “boomers” are going to require more help and assistance in their homes and other places of residence. Local Faith in Action participants are often able to maintain their independence and remain in their homes longer because of new services offered.

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