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A near-tragedy last year on Little Rock Lake near Rice brought the victim, Josh Johnson of Sartell (center), and his two rescuers together after Johnson was released from the hospital. On Nov. 15, Johnson came very close to death when the ice on the lake gave way under his feet. Two long-time buddies from Rice – Shane Sabraski (left) and Neil Maidl (right) – saw the accident and hurried to the rescue.

Man’s rescue from lake forges bonds with life savers

by Dennis Dalman When Josh Johnson of Sartell fell through the ice, he struggled and screamed for help for 25 minutes until his strength gave out, and he sank under the icy water of Little Rock Lake near Rice. He remembers, before he passed out, seeing the sandy bottom and thinking, “This is it; […]

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Joe Perske is flanked by his family as he formally kicks off his campaign Feb. 1 for the Sixth U.S. Congressional seat. His daughters (left to right) are Greta, Jenna and Michaela. His wife, Janet, is at right.

Perske begins the ‘toughest’ marathon

by Dennis Dalman Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, a long-time marathon runner, estimates he’s run close to 90,000 miles so far in his life, but recently he just started a marathon he says will be the toughest one – running for the Sixth U.S. Congressional seat. A campaign kick-off took place with Perske, family, friends […]

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Officials gathered Feb. 3 in Waite Park to discuss security issues concerning priests who have records of sexually abusing minors. From left to right are Mike Bryant, Waite Park-based attorney; Jeff Anderson, Twin Cities attorney; Peggy LaDue, executive director of the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center; and Bob Ethan, a victim of sexual abuse when he was a child.

Panel demands stringent safety against clergy abuse

by Dennis Dalman There are 14 priests or monks living at the St. John’s Abbey who may still pose a danger to children, according to two attorneys, a former monk and two grown men who say they were abused by priests when they were children. A press conference Feb. 4 at the Bradshaw and […]

Superintendent finalists interviewed

by Dennis Dalman The choice for a new superintendent in Sartell was expected to be announced as early as Friday, Feb. 7. As of Newsleader press time Wednesday morning, only one of the three finalists has been interviewed – Paul Neubauer, director of curriculum and instruction in St. Francis, which is in Anoka County […]


‘Crazy-but-smarter’ Munden to take icy plunge again

by Dennis Dalman MaryBeth Munden admits she’s crazy. Every winter she willingly plunges into ice-cold water. “Yes, I’m crazy,” she said, laughing. “But I’m getting smarter. This year I won’t be taking the plunge until March.” On March 8, Munden will take a deep breath and then jump into a lake at Eden Prairie, […]