First ‘Fare for All’ is a huge success

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The parking lot filled early and cars lined the road as people arrived at the first “Fare for All Express” food program held March 17 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. People arriving at the door were greeted by organizer Mary Plafcan who handed them a number. They were directed past the Tri-Cap information […]


O’Driscoll hopes to boost de-escalation training

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A bill authored by State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) would increase training funds for police who could find themselves in de-escalation crises with returned military veterans. O’Driscoll’s bill calls for increasing the amount of de-escalation training funds from $50,000 to $100,000. It would cover training costs at three police-officer schools in […]


Annual birdhouse event draws a crowd

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The back room of the American Legion in St. Joseph was filled with the sounds of shuffling boards, electric drills and lots of chatter March 17 at the 21st annual St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club birdhouse-building event. Al Kalla, chairman of the event, said they had a very good turnout. […]

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Sartell Public Works utility operators Aaron Hauser (left) and Jeff Bemboom dicuss the giant pumps that pump treated water to an outdoor, underground holding tank, ready for use by city residents. The pumps are located in one of the city's water plants – the western one.

Public Works report reveals lots of fun facts

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell has 96 miles of public streets, 27 miles of bituminous trails, 40 parks, 1,112 fire hydrants and three water-pumping plants. Those are just some of the interesting fun facts within the 2013 annual report of the Sartell Public Works Department presented to the city council at its March 24 meeting. […]

Council denies Legends’ expansion request

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com On a 3-2 vote, the Sartell City Council nixed a variance request by “Legends of Heritage Place” because of concerns about intrusion in a wetlands area. The decision happened at the March 10 council meeting. Members Steve Hennes and Sarah Jane Nicoll voted for the variance; members Amy Braig-Lindstrom, David Peterson […]

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Kate Ritger visits with Russ Willenbring from Produce Acres at the winter market. Ritger said Willenbring often has fabulous asparagus and sweet corn at the markets.

Farmers’ Winter Market held at Resurrection Lutheran Church

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph’s Farmers’ Market held its second-to-last indoor Winter Market March 14 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church fellowship hall. About 10 vendors were set up in the hall. Those vendors offered a variety of produce from storage, such as farm-fresh eggs, artisan breads and baked goods, mushrooms, sunflower oils, meats, maple syrup, […]

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The United Way of Central Minnesota honored four Sartell Middle School students for their essays and video they produced on the theme of "Live United." From left to right are essayists Alice Colatrella, Sarah Ofearo (honored for her video) and grand-prize essay winner Rachel Lindmeier. Not pictured is Ava Hommerding, who also wrote an essay.

Students honored for ‘Live United’ essays

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Collecting items for food shelves, helping at the humane society, lending a hand to neighbors in need – those are just three ways everyone can “Live United,” which is the theme of an award-winning essay by Sartell Middle School student Rachel Lindmeier. The daughter of Mary Kay and John Lindmeier of […]

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Cy Pfannenstein (left) and Jesse Stueve work in the sausage kitchen. Pfannenstein is the sausage department manager.

St. Joseph Meat Market brings home the ‘bacon’

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Once again, the St. Joseph Meat Market brought home some gold plaques to add to their wall filled with other state and national awards. The Meat Market won eight awards at this year’s Minnesota Association of Meat Processors’ annual convention held March 13-15 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. […]