Why is the front page blank today?

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Hey, what gives? Why is the front page of this newspaper blank?

Good question; we have a good answer.

It’s Minnesota Newspaper Week (Aug. 13-19), and so we at the Newsleaders want to remind people of the importance of newspapers in everyone’s daily life and of newspapers as a foundation for an informed electorate in grassroots democracy.

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U.S. history rife with power vs. press skirmishes

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

It’s no accident the Founding Fathers saw fit to enshrine Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Those revolutionary makers of a new country knew all too well how tyrannical rulers in the “Old World” squelched free speech and free press to retain their power over others.

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Westra: Key to happy long life? Work, connect, don’t mope

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

At the age of 88, Mary Lou Westra of Sartell sometimes feels a strong sense of sorrow, what with so many funerals, as many as three in one day recently – all three the funerals of dearly departed friends she’s known throughout the years.

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School board to choose a new member

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Seven people have filed for one open seat on the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board

The application period for the position opened July 19 and closed Aug. 14.

Those who filed are Amanda Byrd, Franco Cusipag, Thomas Ebnet, Cindy Fitzthum, Taryn Gentile, Joe Hengel and Jeremy Snoberger.

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Why do you read newspapers? Sartell

The following three quotes could be used in both papers:

“I read newspapers because the story is not there and gone, as it is on television. I can re-read and soak it up at my own pace. And even though there is advertising, it isn’t constantly interrupting the story I’m trying to read. I also find I’m able to be more objective when I’m reading a news story, because I’m not being influenced by the personality, voice inflection or mood of the person telling the story.” ~ Ken Rittmueller, Newsleader reader

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Excitement mounts about Sartell Center

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Excitement is building about the long-awaited Sartell Community Center, which is expected to be the site of a grand opening sometime in late August or early September.

The time and date will be determined and announced soon.

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A family a-fair

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
Kassy Johnson of Sartell and her daughter Ava, 5, and stepson Odin Welte, 10, enjoy a snack of cheese curds at the Benton County Fair Aug 5. The fair ran from Aug 2-5 and included various exhibits, competitions and shows for all ages.

Michaud named as interim activities director

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District has an interim activities director, Jim Michaud, who was hired Aug. 2 by the school board.

“I am happy to be here and contribute to a great school district,” Michaud said. “I am looking forward to the work ahead.”

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