At 92, Halverson brings home the gold

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

At age 92, Violet Halverson of Sartell has become something of a celebrity, with her pastor at First Presbyterian Church asking her to stand for a rousing round of applause from the congregation, with news stories published about her and with a flurry of phone calls from people giving their congratulations.

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Wetterlings to be July Fourth parade grand marshals

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

The St. Joseph Lions Club recently announced Dr. Jerry and Patty Wetterling will be the grand marshals of the upcoming July Fourth parade.

In an interview with the Newsleaders at Jerry’s clinic, the St. Joseph Family Chiropractic office, the Wetterlings said they were honored to be the grand marshals because they feel it will give them a chance to say “thank you” to the people of St. Joseph and elsewhere who have given so much to them.

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Activities director Ross to step down

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

The June 19 Sartell-St. Stephen School Board meeting revealed Sartell-St. Stephen School District Activities Director John Ross will step down and take on the role of associate activities director and management for the middle school’s activities program.

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Robins provide hours of entertainment

photo by Tara Wiese
Newsleader staff was entertained this spring by a pair of robins who built their nest and raised four chicks from birth to flight right outside the office front door.

Muskies making up for rain-outs

(This is the first of three stories about three area adult baseball teams. Stories on the Sartell Stone Poneys and the St. Stephen Steves will be published in the near future.)

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

After its first five scheduled games were rained out, the Sartell Muskies baseball team has a lot of catching up to do but as far as winning, so far so good.

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Kerns chosen as Y2K Lions parade royalty

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Members of the St. Joseph Y2K Lions Club think if you are a senior who has volunteered many hours helping and serving others, you deserve to be treated like royalty. Perhaps like a king and queen.

That’s a big reason why Y2K club members recently chose Mary Kay and Chuck Kern to be this year’s Senior Queen and King for the annual July Fourth parade.

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Botz: Blood is the gift of life – literally

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Everyone has a great gift to give that’s coursing through their veins, but most never think about it. The gift is blood, the most precious gift of all, said Mary Botz of St. Joseph.

Botz is a prime organizer of an upcoming blood drive, dubbed “Kids Can,” at Resurrection Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. It will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 29. Botz and others are hoping people who’ve given blood before and those who never have will come to the blood-collection site to give what she described as the “gift of life – literally.”

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Lentz named chief deputy for Stearns

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Stearns County now has a new chief deputy – Jon Lentz.

He was recently appointed by interim Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson.

“The sheriff’s office has a lot of things to accomplish in my 19 months as interim sheriff, and it made sense to me to promote an inside candidate who knows the issues, personalities and the citizens of Stearns County to be the next chief deputy,” Gudmundson stated in a press release.

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