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Joe Perske, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives' District 6, bid an emotional farewell to coaching and refereeing adaptive floor hockey on Feb. 18 at North Junior High. For many years, Perske has been involved in adaptive floor hockey, which offers special-needs kids a chance to play in a competitive sport, build physical and social skills, and work as a team. Tuesday’s game was an exciting one because Perske’s team, the St. Cloud Slapshots, fell behind early in the game, but they fought back in a valiant effort, bringing the score from 7-1 to 7-6, but the team ultimately lost to the Maple Grove Crimsons. The demands of a full schedule of campaign activities for a seat in the U.S. House has forced Perske to limit his coaching activities. Perske is the current mayor of Sartell.

Perske referees last game

  Joe Perske, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives’ District 6, bid an emotional farewell to coaching and refereeing adaptive floor hockey on Feb. 18 at North Junior High. For many years, Perske has been involved in adaptive floor hockey, which offers special-needs kids a chance to play in a competitive sport, build physical and […]

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Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph is strongly in favor of a law intended to make roadway work zones safer. Her husband, Ron, was killed by a car that veered off the road while he was working at a site near Burnsville two-and-a-half years ago. Their children are Blake (left) and Chase (right).

Widow supports proposed work-zone bill

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A state bill that would ban cell-phone use by drivers at roadway work zones and decrease the speed limit by such zones has the full support of Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph. Her support is not surprising, considering her husband, Ron, was killed while working at a construction site two-and-a-half years […]

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Sartell Supt. Schwiebert to start July 1

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com As of July 1, the Sartell-St. Stephen School District will have a new superintendent. At the Feb. 24 school board meeting, members unanimously agreed to a three-year work contract negotiated between the board and Jeff Schwiebert, who is now officially superintendent of Sartell schools. Mike Spanier has been interim superintendent after […]

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Baenninger to lead Drew University

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Current College of St. Benedict President MaryAnn Baenninger has accepted a position as president of Drew University in New Jersey. Baenninger announced in October she would step down from her position as CSB president effective June 30. Her new position starts July 21. In a recent press release, Baenninger said she wanted […]

City agrees to YMCA lifeguard contract

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The two wading pools in Sartell will be staffed by certified lifeguards from the St. Cloud Area Young Men’s Christian Association. At its Feb. 24 city council meeting, members voted unanimously to sign a one-year contract with the YMCA to provide a lifeguard at each of the city’s two kiddie pools […]

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These three cats and three dogs are featured on a poster about photo sessions for "Pet Alumni" for the Tri-County Humane Society. The Society is asking people who have adopted pets there to bring them back in for free photo sessions so a series of "Before" and "After" shots can be made into a promotional slide show.

Alumni pets wanted for portrait sessions

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Adopted pets are wanted for an “Alumni Photo Shoot” March 8-9 at the Tri-County Humane Society. The idea for the photo shoot is to get updated photos of animals that have been adopted so they can be added to the “Before” photos that are already at the humane society, which always […]

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The old Kennedy School building is getting a new name. Upon school board approval, the building will be called "Colt's Academy."

Old building – new name

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The old Kennedy School building is getting a new name. St. Cloud School District 742 Executive Director of Business Kevin Januszewski said the district is in the process of renaming the building to avoid confusion for the location of the two Kennedy buildings. A naming of the old Kennedy building event […]