Music, arts abound at two SMA fundraisers

by Dennis Dalman

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Lively music and a stunning variety of arts and crafts filled Sartell Middle School April 5 during the Pine Groove Art Festival, one of two fundraisers that took place on that day in Sartell for the Sartell Music Association.

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Petition calls for referendum on government center

by Dennis Dalman

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A petition is circulating in St. Joseph calling for a citywide referendum on whether or not to build a St. Joseph Government Center, as planned by the city council.

As of April 8, there were 377 signatures of city residents on the petition, with a goal of obtaining up to 700 signatures, according to Irene Reber, who is one of the petition coordinators.

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DeLuca shares sudden luck with others

by Dennis Dalman

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Mike DeLuca, who never had much luck winning anything, used to daydream about what he’d do if he ever did win something – giving at least some of the winnings to someone else who needs them more than he does.

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‘Lots of Socks’ at Kennedy

by Cori Hilsgen

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Students at Kennedy Community School arrived at school March 21 wearing a variety of brightly colored socks.

They wore unusual socks to draw attention to themselves so they could spread awareness of World Down Syndrome Day.

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Añejos offers authentic Mexican cooking

by Dennis Dalman

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Ramon Navarro is proud of what makes his new restaurant special – “authentic Mexican recipes.”

The restaurant, named Añejos Fine Mexican Cuisine, recently opened in the PineCone Marketplace mall on Pinecone Road S. in Sartell. It is the third Mexican-style restaurant at that location, the others being Little Fiesta and then Mi Rancho Grande.

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Second showcase draws a crowd

by Cori Hilsgen

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Almost 500 people attended the second annual St. Joseph Community Showcase April 5 at the Kennedy Community School gym.

The event is a chance for area businesses to connect and introduce themselves and their services to residents.

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School district, city gear up for ‘Safe Routes to School’

by Dennis Dalman

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Making sure all students who walk or bike to school can stay safe is a high priority of both the City of Sartell and the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.

At the March 17 school-board meeting, Dawn Moen presented an update to the board about latest efforts to initiate a “Safe Routes to School” plan. Moen is a program specialist with CentraCare’s BLEND program. BLEND, which stands for “Better Living: Exercise and Nutrition Daily,” promotes all aspects of wellness in central Minnesota and beyond, including the national Safe Routes to School concept.

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School board approves weighted-grade system

by Dennis Dalman

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Pressure to achieve high grade-point averages in high school can be so nerve-wracking that some students are hesitant to take the more challenging college-level courses.

That is why the Sartell-St. Stephen School District has recently approved a “weighted-grade” system for the next school year. With weighted grades, a student can get a B in a course and still maintain a perfect grade-point average if all of that other student’s grades are A’s. The weighted-grade concept will be retroactive to all students who took advanced-placement classes as early as in ninth grade.

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