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St. Stephen prepares for centennial celebration

2014 marks the centennial year for the City of St. Stephen. On May 2, 1914, an election took place at the Hall of Frank Vouk on the second floor for the purpose of voting for or against the incorporation of the Village of St. Stephen. Of the 41 votes cast, 30 were for incorporation.

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Rodney and Lori Welch, members of the St. Stephen River Runners snowmobile club, drive about 1,500 miles most winters on their machines. Their two children are also avid snowmobilers.

River Runners to host ‘Community Day’ March 8

by Dennis Dalman

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While most central Minnesotans are grinning and bearing this winter, the members of the St. Stephen River Runners are grinning and loving it. In fact, they couldn’t be happier with all the snow and more snow.

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In the cafeteria, seventh-grader Kami Counter, who pays full lunch prices, enters her pin number at the Sartell Middle School's cashier's station. The cashier is Sharon Schnapp. The Sartell-St. Stephen School District serves 2,500 lunches each day.

Empty lunch accounts can lead to sandwiches only

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

Every school day, lunch workers in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District serve 2,500 hot lunches, and about 500 of those meals are free or reduced-price lunches for students from low-income families.

Every now and then, some of those low-income students do not get a hot lunch. Instead, they are given a choice of a peanut-butter sandwich or cheese sandwich, along with a carton of milk. Each student has a lunchroom pin number. After they fill their hot-lunch trays, they enter their pin numbers at the end of the line where the cashier sits. The cashier can then see instantly on the computer screen the status of any student’s hot-lunch account. If the account is delinquent, the cashier will set the student’s food-filled tray aside, and the student is given a certificate-coupon, which is good for the sandwich lunch. Using the certificate, the student also has the option of going to the office to call parents to remind them the account is empty. If a student makes that call, he or she can return to the cafeteria, give the certificate-coupon back to the cashier and receive the hot lunch.

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Award-winning actress Geena Davis spoke about gender equality Feb. 25 to a crowd of more than 500 people at the College of St. Benedict.

Actress Davis talks about media gender equality at CSB

by Cori Hilsgen

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Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis spoke to a large crowd Feb. 25 at the College of St. Benedict and dazzled the audience with her humor to get an important message out about gender equality in the media.

She said she started noticing the role women played in the media nine years ago when her daughter was 2. Davis began asking questions, gathering research and founded the “Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.” The institute, which targets children 11 and younger, works to increase female character representation in children’s media and to reduce female stereotyping in a male-dominated profession.

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Police continue work on alleged abduction case

by Dennis Dalman

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Sartell police investigators are still trying to piece together information about the alleged abduction of a woman in Sartell on Feb. 12.

Police have reviewed surveillance videos from businesses along the routes where the woman and her two captors had driven, but they were unable to establish any good leads.

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Kennedy Academic Triathlon team takes second place

by Cori Hilsgen

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A team of Kennedy Community School students took second place at the U.S. Academic Triathlon meet held Feb. 1 at Kennedy.

Team members include Hanna Haeg, Caitlin Popp, Monica Rodel, Jamie Deuhs and Hazel Anderson-Larson.

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In debate, verbal football tossed back and forth

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

Has football become too dangerous to remain a high-school sport.

That was the lively topic of the second “Sartell Says” debate that took place Feb. 19 at Sartell City Hall.

Before and after the debate, the overwhelming majority of the audience (close to 80 percent) were in favor of football remaining a high-school sport. However, the other side of the debate – those who argued against the resolution – were declared the winners of the debate because more people changed their minds during the debate to jibe with their way.

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‘Fare for All’ coming to St. Joseph

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

A local food program created to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable to families in the Twin Cities is coming to St. Joseph.

“Fare for All Express,” will have a grand opening from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 17 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church.

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