News Sartell — 14 August 2014
Seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Block a success

The seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Block party in Sartell was, once again, a success, despite the threat of rain shortly after it started at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

The event is hosted by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce, along with more than two dozen business sponsors from the Sartell and greater St. Cloud area.

At about 6 p.m., a very light drizzle of rain began to fall. Some people left the party, but many stayed and put up with the damp evening. As luck would have it, the rain stopped and by about 7 p.m. more people began to gather in the field southeast of PineCone Marketplace in south Sartell.

Participants enjoyed a four-hour block of time in the Kids’ Zone where inflatables were the center of attention. Many strolled the premises, checking out the many vendors, including a set-up by the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department. Others sat leisurely at tables and enjoyed snack foods and beverages.

From 5-8:30 p.m., the band 90 Proof entertained the crowds; and from 9 p.m.-midnight, the stage was dominated by the music of the Fabulous Armadillos.

photo by Dennis Dalman
Hallie and Aubrie Skudlarek, daughters of Jeremy and Leanne Skudlarek of Sartell, boogie up a storm to the music of 90 Proof, one of the bands that played Saturday at the annual Rock ‘n’ Block party in south Sartell.

photo by Dennis Dalman
Josie Barker, Sartell, savors a cold-sweet mouthful of a snow cone at the Rock ‘n’ Block party Saturday in Sartell. Early in the evening rain threatened the event, but an hour later it cleared up and all was well for the many people who enjoyed the event.

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Morgan Winters, daughter of Rick and Tracy Winters of Sartell, flies fearlessly with the greatest of ease at the flying contraption Saturday at the Rock ‘n’ Block party in Sartell. Despite a very slight drizzle of rain in early evening, the event turned out to be a success. The rain let up at about 6:30 p.m.

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Jordy the dog waits for someone to stop to visit the DogPAC booth at Saturday’s Rock ‘n’ Block party in Sartell. Members of DogPAC have been raising funds for construction of a fence at the dedicated space for a dog park in Pinecone Central Park. From left to right are DogPAC members Kim George, Lisa Pederson and her son Preston (behind her), Sherry Thien Grother and her husband, Scott Grother.

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Natalie and Benjamin Hengel of Sartell enjoy views of Rock ‘n’ Block from their duo-stroller. They paid a visit to their father, David Hengel, a firefighter who was helping at the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department booth.

photo by Dennis Dalman

Staff and volunteers for the MIA/POW hot-air balloon pack up the balloon as it begins to drip rain early evening at the annual Sartell Rock ‘n’ Block party Saturday in south Sartell. After an hour or so, the light drizzle stopped and people gathered to enjoy kiddie games, vendor booths, food and entertainment. The night’s topper was a performance by one of the most popular local bands, the Fabulous Armadillos.

photo by Dennis Dalman
Tiffany Baker of Sartell hands an ice cone to her daughter, Josie, at the Mini Donuts vendor at the Rock ‘n’ Block party Saturday in Sartell. Josie’s father, Ryan, is at the right.



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Dennis Dalman
Dennis Dalman Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.

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