Grocer, benefactor Coborn dies at 86

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Daniel Coborn, a resident of Sartell and a local grocery-store entrepreneur and benefactor, died March 15 at the age of 86.

Coborn developed the chain of Coborn’s grocery stores far and wide in the many decades after his grandfather, Chester, started the first Coborn’s store in Sauk Rapids in 1912. When Chester died in 1921, his sons Chester Jr. and Duke, became the business’s owners/managers.

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Bertsch’s gardening a hobby, a job

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

When people describe Alex Bertsch as “down to earth,” they’re not kidding. He’s been working closely with the good earth for years, growing good foods and even starting his own earth-based business, “Epic by Nature Farm.”

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Preview of community center set for April 6

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

St. Joseph residents can get a sneak-peek of plans for the proposed community center at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the St. Joseph Government Center.

The public-information meeting was announced at the March 20 city-council meeting.

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Funfest raises more funds for Jackson’s golf cart

by Dennis Dalman

reporter@thenewsleaders.com

A Sartell fourth-grader will soon have his wish come true, thanks to members of the Sartell High School Student Council.

On March 18 at the high school, the student council sponsored Funfest, an event to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Kids have a ball birdhouse-building

Birdhouses were pre-cut by retired carpenter and St. Joseph Rod and Gun members Ron Rennie, Peter Giroux, Mike Westerhoff, Niel Loso, Marvin Bierschback and Al Kalla. Supplies were donated by Ace Hardwear St. Joseph and Manions St. Cloud. All wood was donated by the Rod and Gun Club.

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Two Sartell robotics teams to compete at world level

by Darren Diekmann

news@thenewsleaders.com

Two teams from Sartell’s Boy Scout Troop 211 have qualified to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 19-25 in Louisville, Ken.

The high school-aged team, called BeatBotz, earned its way to the world championship by placing first, and earning the Excellence Award at the state competition Feb. 3 and 4 at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. In the middle-school competition, team Metal earned its way with a fourth place in the qualifying rounds and performed well in a separate skills field.

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Residents find their artistic flair at local painting classes

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Many local residents are finding they have a bit of an artistic flair when it comes to creating works of art during Julia Olson’s paint-party classes held at the Bad Habit Brewing Co. in downtown St. Joseph.

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Fredrickson nominated as Teacher of Year

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

Sitting in her high school Leadership and Personal Development class, teacher Karrie Fredrickson agreed to do an interview with the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader, but she had little time to talk. Her students, spread out in groups, worked diligently on a project, and Fredrickson had to juggle her time between the interview and her work as a hands-on kind of teacher, constantly helping the groups of students in their problem-solving projects.

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