Roundabout landscaping causes rifts

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

A plan to spend up to $100,000 to landscape three roundabouts in Sartell has drawn vigorous disagreements from many residents who think the cost is far too high.

It’s also opposed by two city-council members (Mike Chisum and David Peterson). A third council member (Ryan Fitzthum) has expressed serious reservations about spending that much. All three said they have heard from residents who are totally opposed to spending that much on roundabout landscaping.

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YMCA Gators swim team honored at ceremony

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

The YMCA Gators swim team was recently recognized for its accomplishments on April 10 at the YMCA in St. Cloud.

Gator swimmer Emily Hammond, 11, daughter of Laura and Randy Hammond, St. Cloud, attends Kennedy Community School.

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‘International Festival’ set for April 23

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Eighteen countries and cultures will be represented when the “International Community Festival” takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.

The public is invited to attend the event to experience vicariously the extraordinary range of diversity of people living in and near the Sartell area.

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Financial auditor gives Sartell high praise

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Sartell received a glowingly positive audit report for financial year 2016.

At the April 10 city-council meeting, an overview and critique was presented by Steve Wischmann, audit partner with the St. Cloud-based financial firm of BerganKDV.

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Planning Board approves two variances

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

Variances for a cement-powder storage silo and a residential accessory building were both approved by the St. Joseph City/Township Joint Planning Board at its April 11 meeting.

One property is owned by Knife River Corp.; the other property is the homestead of Randon and Tracy Eiynck.

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Wood to read/perform at First United Methodist Church

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Local author and musician Douglas Wood will read his latest book in the Old Turtle series and perform a free concert with the Wild Spirit Band from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, April 21 at First United Methodist Church, located at 1107 Pinecone Road S. in Sartell.

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Music masters, Riff City continues to hit all the right notes

by Steven Wright

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It takes a lot of risks, hard work and a little bit of luck to start a business. For Joe Leach, his online marketing and business background provided him the essential tools to find success in a very competitive retail market.

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Leads sought in alleged kidnapping, assault

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Police officers and deputies are seeking leads to a kidnapping, physical assault and possible sexual assault that allegedly occurred the night of April 17 in Rice.

At 10:30 p.m. that night, officers answered a call about a male standing in the middle of Northeast River Road near the intersection of 119th Street NW. The man was wearing pajamas. Officers made contact with the 18-year-old man who said he had been kidnapped and assaulted.

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