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‘Mrs. Minnesota’ vows to help fight diabetes

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Attorney Kimberly Stommes was elated when she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota at last month’s pageant because it will give her a chance to advance her platform, dubbed “Stop the Shots,” to help educate people about diabetes. Stommes, St. Cloud, is a 2006 graduate of Sartell High School. Her family moved to […]

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Hinton chosen as 15th CSB president

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Mary Hinton has been chosen to be the 15th president of the College of St. Benedict. She will replace MaryAnn Baenninger, who plans to leave her position in June. Baenninger has served as president for 10 years. Hinton is currently vice president for academic affairs at Mount St. Mary College in […]

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Kristopher Lynk greets students on the first day of school 2012 in Eden Prairie, where he is the current principal. Lynk was recently hired as the new principal for Oak Ridge Elementary School starting fall of 2014.

School board chooses two new principals

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell’s two elementary schools will have new principals for the 2014-15 school year. Last week, the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board selected Kristopher Lynk of Eden Prairie and Sara Nelson of Sartell to become the new principals. Lynk, is the current principal for Eden Lake Elementary School in Eden Prairie. He was […]

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Volunteer Neal DeMars prepares a group to collect sap March 29 during the St. John's Outdoor University annual maple syrup festival. The festival continues from 1-4 p.m. April 5.

Locals gather to help with maple-syrup making

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Many people may have noticed pails hung on area maple trees to collect the sap that will be boiled down for maple syrup. Once again, it’s syrup-making time around the St. Joseph area. Maple syrup is made in the spring of the year when nighttime temperatures are below freezing and daytime […]

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Police officer succumbs to tragic death

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A Sartell police officer died March 27 after complications from surgery at the St. Cloud Hospital. Jeff Schmitz, 44, leaves behind his wife, Stacy Landborg-Schmitz, and 4-year-old son Andrew. He died with his family at his side. Schmitz was hired Sept. 24, 2012 by the Sartell Police Department. “Joe was an […]

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Kimberly Stommes, the new Mrs. Minnesota, derives energy and drive from the love for her family. At right is husband Jeremy. Their daughter is 5-year-old Ava.

Mrs. Minnesota vows to help fight diabetes

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Attorney Kimberly Stommes was elated when she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota at last month’s pageant because it will give her a chance to advance her platform, dubbed “Stop the Shots,” to help educate people about diabetes. Stommes, St. Cloud, is a 2006 graduate of Sartell High School who lived in St. […]

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Kennedy Community School sixth- through eighth-grade students performed a one-act play "The Miss High School U.S.A. Beauty Pageant" on March 14, 15 and 16.  Participants included (front row, left to right) Isiah Svoboda, Anna Penticuff, Caylan Guse, Lily Burrett, Andrew Theisen, Eryka Jansen and Austin Hagen-Young; (middle row) Sam Holthaus, Amina Jawando, Angie Stolt, Tyler Corrow, Kaitlyn Hoes, Monica Rodel, Amber Moon, Caitlin Peterson, Hazel Anderson-Larson, Sophie Houghton, Maison Zimmer, and Maura Rademacher; (back row) Logan Bakken, Greta Neigum, Haley App, Andrew Potter, Michaela Chandler, Hanna Haeg, Liz Wolff, Audrey Potter, MacKenzie Theisen, Caity Popp, Maddie Fowler, Shaelyn Hilbrands and Madison Klaphake.

Kennedy students perform ‘Beauty Pageant’ play

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Kennedy Community School sixth- through eighth-grade students spent five weeks rehearsing for a one-act play, The Miss High School U.S.A. Beauty Pageant, which they performed March 14-16. The play, directed by teachers Kristen Mattick and Kelli Maurer, was written by Kamron Klitgaard. It’s a comedy about a beauty pageant with 10 […]