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Stunned by surprise, Jan Sorell accepts a best-actress Oscar from John Augustin for her role in "The Senior Connection." At right is Bill Morgan, who won the best-actor Oscar for his performance, also in "The Senior Connection," an intriguing mystery movie about a group of people, mainly elderly, who live in a Minnesota city named Sartell. Augustin, a former Sartell science teacher and long-time Oscar buff, invited his audience to pose and have fun spoofing with his "prop" Oscars after his talk about the history of the Academy Awards. Augustin was guest speaker for the weekly Thursday talk, Feb. 13, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection.

Augustin leads tour down Oscar’s memory lane

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Shirley Temple, the most world-famous and beloved of all child movie stars, won the first “Special Juvenile Oscar” at the 1935 Academy Awards ceremony. She died Feb. 10 at her California home at the age of 85. Temple was just 7 when she was given an Oscar, still the youngest winner […]

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Funds benefit teen’s dying wishes

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Family, friends and well-wishers of BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell are determined to raise funds in honor of the talented, widely beloved girl who died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically at the young age of 18. Her mother, Tami, found her dead in her room on Sept. 28, 2013. Tami had gone to […]

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More than 250 people attend Avon Hills conference

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com More than 250 people, including 24 children,  attended the “Living in the Avon Hills” conference held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. John’s University. Two local presenters at the conference included Susan Kroska and Peggy Roske. Kroska presented “Pretzels and More,” showing the audience how to make pretzels. She also gave out samples of […]

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Sartell Middle School students practice physical movements and singing during a rehearsal for "Seussical the Musical Jr.," the upcoming annual SMS theater production. The tuneful show is based on the books of famed children's author, Dr. Seuss.

Whimsical lunacy takes center stage in ‘Seussical’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The whimsical lunacy of the fabulous Dr. Seuss is unleashed full force in the play, Seussical the Musical Jr., a play to be performed for three shows starting Feb. 27-March 1 at Sartell High School. The production is the annual joint theater venture by the SMS seventh- and eighth-graders, with help […]

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Living a mindful life to reduce stress

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com A stress reduction technique called “mindfulness” is gaining popularity in the healthcare field, workplaces and other areas. Certified nurse practitioner Kathleen Mahon recently presented that topic at the CentraCare Health Plaza. February is Heart Awareness Month. Mahon works at the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center. Mahon said at first she wasn’t sure […]

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The Sartell Varsity Knowledge Bowl team took first-place honors Feb. 15 at its invitational. Its members are (left to right) Dawson Rogers, Sam Chappell, Dalton Foss (score-box operator), Quinn Skoog, Adam Dullinger and Curt Koopmeiners.

Sartell Knowledge Bowl teams excel at meet

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The members of the varsity team are Sam Chappell, Adam Dullinger, Curt Koopmeiners, Gopi Ramanathan and Quinn Skoog. That team earned 109 points to win first. Second was St. John’s Prep School with 96.5 points and third was Chaska with 94.5 points. Dullinger, Koopmeiners and Skoog are seniors. Chapell is a […]

Sartell joins ‘GreenStep Cities’ program

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell is now a participant in the “GreenStep Cities” program, which assists cities throughout Minnesota to develop “Best Practices” methods to enhance energy efficiency, economic development and all-around healthier cities and residents. At a recent meeting, the Sartell City Council voted 4-1 to join the program, at no cost to the […]