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Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, sitting at his mayor's chair in the council chambers, recently delivered a highly positive State of the City speech to a luncheon gathering of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor: Sartell on track for bright future

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

The long, cold winter, which (according to the calendar, anyway) ended with the first day of spring, March 20, was a very expensive one for the City of Sartell.

Sartell Mayor Joe Perske noted that fact when he presented his annual “State of the City” address March 11 at a meeting of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce at city hall.

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A helicopter pulls a conductor line wire to a tower located on land between St. Joseph and Cold Spring for the latest phase of work being completed for the CapX 2020 high-voltage transmission system.

Work continues on CapX 2020 project

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

People traveling on Stearns CR 2 between St. Joseph and Cold Spring have probably noticed work crews and helicopters working on the latest phase of the CapX 2020 high-voltage transmission line.

CapX 2020 is a joint project of 11 utilities to expand the electric transmission grid to meet the increasing demand for energy in Minnesota and surrounding areas. When finished, it will run from Fargo through the St. Joseph area and to the Quarry power substation west of the city.

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Lisa Bollinger prepares to hop on her bicycle for the biking portioin of the last Sartell Apple Duathlon. She is now a co-director of the Apple, along with Adam Konczewski.

New Apple directors want to expand race

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

The new co-directors of the Sartell Apple Duathlon hope to make the prestigious event even more local-friendly than it’s ever been, with more participation than it’s ever had, in its 32-year history.

Lisa Bollinger and Adam Konczewski agreed to share directorship duties this year when the previous director, Brandon Testa, decided to resign. Testa became director several years ago after Daryl and Pam Stevens decided to call it quits. The Stevenses had been co-directors of the event since its inception.

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These photos were taken on the Wobegon Trail. Kelly Brown often takes his bike or hikes from St. Joseph to Avon.

Spring is near

photo by Kelly Brown
These photos were taken on the Wobegon Trail. Kelly Brown often takes his bike or hikes from St. Joseph to Avon.

photo by Kelly Brown
These photos were taken on the Wobegon Trail. Kelly Brown often takes his bike or hikes from St. Joseph to Avon.

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Law enforcement officers discuss a tragic shooting March 13 on the asphalt lot behind the Sprint store in PineCone Marketplace. One man later died of a handgun wound in the St. Cloud Hospital after what has been described as a scuffle during an attempted personal robbery.

Man charged for shooting death in Sartell

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

As of press time March 19, there was no more new information regarding the shooting death that happened March 13 in Sartell.

Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes told the Newsleader the police department is not ready to release any more information to the press or public at this time. He did say the police know the identity of the man who was driving a van just before the shooting, but that man had not been charged with anything and is not in custody.

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Student spotlight: Thelen says college life brings more responsibilities

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Allison Thelen is a busy college student who says college life brings many more responsibilities to stay on task and succeed.

Thelen is the 19-year-old daughter of Ann and Dave Thelen of St. Joseph. She is a sophomore studying veterinary technology at North Dakota State University, Fargo. Thelen has one sister, Josie, 16.

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Austin Haus of Sartell (left) and his sister, Alyssa, learn to band ducks during a Ducks Unlimited gathering. The man showing them how to do it is a Ducks Unlimited biologist from the Fergus Falls area.

Ducks Unlimited banquet set for March 27

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

An avid duck hunter since he was 16 years old, Mark Haus of Sartell decided to join Ducks Unlimited because he wanted to give something back for the sake of the sport he loves.

It’s become a family tradition. Haus’s son Austin and daughter Alyssa hunt, too. Austin bagged seven ducks in his second year of hunting.

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Mark Welch of Sartell and MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph take the "Polar Plunge" together to raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

Munden’s team tops goal for Special Oympics

by Dennis Dalman

news@thenewsleaders.com

MaryBeth Munden was a bit disappointed she didn’t meet her goal, but she’s still happy her ice-cold lake plunge raised $1,285 for Special Olympics Minnesota. Her goal this year was $1,500.

Her team, however, did in fact collectively raise more than the goal – a total of $1,665.

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