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Multi-talented musician and singer Andrew Walesch is wowing listeners throughout the Midwest with his piano-playing, singing, original songs and his big-band arrangements for shows that pay tribute to the greats of the big-band era, such as Frank Sinatra and George Gershwin. Walesch is a graduate of St. John's University.

Walesch, local talent to perform at ‘Pine Groove’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com One of the hottest bands in the Midwest, the Andrew Walesch Big Band, will perform at the Pine Groove Arts and Crafts Festival at Saturday, April 5 in Sartell. The two-part event is the annual fundraiser for the Sartell Music Association. Walesch, a graduate of St. John’s University, is a big-band […]

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St. John's Prep School students Tom Skahan of St. Joseph and Lily Joo of Collegeville have the two lead roles as Danny and Sandy in the perennially popular musical, Grease, a rollicking and tuneful send-up of teenagers in the 1950s.

Skahen plays lead role of ‘Danny’ in ‘Grease’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Tom Skahen of St. Joseph gets to have fun strutting around as a 1950s cool-dude greaser in the St. John’s Prep School version of the rock ‘n’ roll musical, Grease, which will be performed by St. John’s Prep School students March 22-23 at the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. Performances […]

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Payne plays disc jockey in musical ‘Grease’

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Luke Payne of Sartell has a minor but plum role in the popular musical Grease, which will be performed by St. John’s Prep School students March 22-23 at the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. Payne is one of five SJP students from Sartell who has roles in the play. The […]

Smith-Strack says city on rebound

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph is rebounding from the long recession. That’s the good news, according to St. Joseph Economic Development Authority Director Cynthia Smith-Strack, who  presented the 2013 annual report to the city council at its March 6 meeting. Smith-Strack said the EDA typically  focuses on four types of core functions: organizational, business, market and […]

Schools alive with sound of music

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell schools are alive with the sound of music. Concerts for the public are scheduled right through to the very end of May. Residents may want to clip this article to remind themselves of the musical delights that await them. Monday, March 17: 7:30 p.m. in high-school auditorium. High School and […]

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Science Express visits ASA

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com All Saints Academy first-graders Ethan Brown, Sylvie Bechtold, Austin Baird and others couldn’t wait for their turn to try out the dynamometer and thermometer connected to the graphing screen Feb. 25 in the St. Cloud State University Science Express bus. Before Brown got his chance to try, he questioned whether another […]

Sartell KB team to compete March 17

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell Varsity Knowledge Bowl team will compete against nine area teams in the sub-regional Knowledge Bowl competition Monday, March 17 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. The team members are Sam Chappell, Adam Dullinger, Curt Koopmeiners, Gopi Ramanathan and Quinn Skoog. In February, that team placed first in an invitational […]

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The Sartell Middle School participants in the St. Cloud State University Central Minnesota Science Fair are (front row, left to right) Paige Harmon, Samuel Fernholz, Ashley Bieniek, Libby Crandall, Katelyn Goodwin, Peter Amundson and Jack Engle; (middle row) Lydia Anderson, Hayden Roelofs, Tina Chen, Abigail Veitch, Caity Elwell, Cindy Zhang, Elizabeth Ruder, Jacob Miller and Tyree Thompson; (back row) David Anderson, Nick Juntunen, Aidan Speckhard, Rebekah Kucala, Blayne Gardner, Anna Lehto, Kylie Zochert, Jack Hackenmueller, Sean Kurvers, Montgomery Belmont, Madeline Thieschafer, Alexis Koltes, Peyton Braun and Kobey Cofer. Not pictured: Zachary Christopherson and Maia Kurvers.

Seven SMA students honored at science fair

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Seven Sartell Middle School students returned home Feb. 22 with awards from the 68th annual Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair at St. Cloud State University. The winners premium awards are Peter Amundson, Peyton Braun, Kobey Cofer, Elizabeth Ruder and Madeline Thieschafer. Ruder and Thieschafer also won the Broadcam Master’s Award. Zachary […]