Music, arts abound at two SMA fundraisers

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->

Petition calls for referendum on government center

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->

DeLuca shares sudden luck with others

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->

‘Lots of Socks’ at Kennedy

by Cori Hilsgen

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.[...]   Read More -->

Añejos offers authentic Mexican cooking

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->

Second showcase draws a crowd

by Cori Hilsgen

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.[...]   Read More -->

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

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->

School board approves weighted-grade system

by Dennis Dalman

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.[...]   Read More -->