Board chooses Schwiebert as superintendent

by Dennis Dalman After two weeks of intensive interviews with three finalist candidates, the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board selected their choice for a new superintendent – Jeff Schwiebert of Eldridge, Iowa. The board made the decision Feb. 6, the third of three full days of interviews and meet-the-public sessions with the three candidates. The […]

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Principal Dr. Judy Nagel was a guest reader for Sandy Mergen's second-grade students for the kick-off of the "One District One Book" program at Kennedy Community School.

Book-reading program brings readers together

by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy Community School is joining many other schools in the St. Cloud School District to participate in an all-school book club called “One District One Book.” Fourth-grade teacher and instructional leader Kelli Ritter said every family received a copy of the book “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. […]


Debate to tackle issue of football safety

by Dennis Dalman Should the sport of football be banned from all public schools? Should its playing rules be changed? Will today’s football concussions lead to more serious health problems in the future for today’s young players? How many concussions are “too many?” Those disturbing questions and many others will be addressed during an […]

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Kennedy fourth-grade students get ready to do a translation (slide) during their math dance performance at a concert on Jan. 30.

Kennedy fourth-graders participate in math dance

by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy Community School fourth-grade students have been busy learning about transformations in math through movement and dance with artist-in-residence David DeBlieck. DeBlieck is a dance instructor who works with teachers to improve student proficiency and attitude in math and dance while reducing performance anxiety in both.  He and teachers collaborated to […]


Speed enforcement at the speed of sound

Thanks to a new speed-measuring device provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, law enforcement officers in St. Joseph are better equipped to identify vehicles driving at illegal and unsafe speeds. The police department is one of only nine law enforcement agencies in Minnesota being awarded a Stalker mobile traffic […]

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Brian Jose of Sartell recently won a top honor for "Presenter of Fine Arts" in New York City. Jose is executive director of Fine Arts Programming for St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.

Jose accepts top ‘arts presenter’ award

by Dennis Dalman Sartell resident Brian Jose was recently honored as the top North American “Presenter of Fine Arts” at an awards banquet at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. Since 2008, Jose has served as executive director of Fine Arts Programming for St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. The […]

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Savannah Henkel (left) and Andrew Theisen (right) were the winners for the fifth- and sixth-grade spelling bee held at Kennedy Community School. Theisen went on to compete at and win the district spelling bee.

Kennedy student wins district spelling bee

by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy sixth-grade student Andrew Theisen won the district spelling bee held Feb. 6 at St. Cloud North Junior High School. Theisen first competed locally at Kennedy with other fifth- and sixth-grade students. Sixth-grade teacher Michaelene Lucia said the first round of the bee was a written round in which all of […]