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Jan Murch of Sauk Centre admires a vase created by potter Peder Hegland of Sartell at his booth at the Pine Groove Art Festival April 5 in Sartell.

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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View of the proposed center from the northeast.

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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Mike DeLuca (left) is a winner of Coborn’s Food Club drawing, winning $500 in gift certificates, which he is going to give to people in need. At right is Ryan Rothwell, the store manager of the Coborn’s Super Store in Sartell, where DeLuca entered the drawing.

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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Students at Kennedy Community School wore brightly colored footwear to spread awareness of World Down Syndrome Day which is celebrated on March 21 because people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome on their 21st pair of chromosomes.

‘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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Ramon Navarro, owner of Anejos Fine Mexican Cuisine in Sartell, takes an order from a couple from Rice – Yvonne and John Ferche – who recently stopped in for lunch.

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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Cathy Studer of St. Joseph accepts a gift apple at the Coborn’s booth at the St. Joseph Community Showcase April 5 at Kennedy Community School.

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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