Orndorff’s light shines bright despite blindness

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

When 21-year-old Kelly Orndorff woke up groggy from brain-cancer surgery, she opened her eyes, blinked, then looked around without seeing anything and with a quickly dawning horror she realized she was blind.

There was no word for her terror. Devastation didn’t even come close. She wailed, and a whirlwind of dark thoughts scurried through her mind:

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Under-river gas line nears completion

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

A new natural-gas line is now being extended 50 feet under the Mississippi River in Sartell.

The project, undertaken by Xcel Energy, has been close to two months in progress. From a point east of the river by the city’s east water plant on Benton Drive, workers about eight weeks ago began precise directional drilling into the granite bedrock below the river. The drilled “tunnel,” which houses the gas line, is about eight-inches wide below the river and four- to six-inches wide where it branches off for distribution, said Mark Osendorf, Xcel community-relations manager, in a Jan. 17 interview with the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader.

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Sartell residents win ‘Under’ awards

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

(Editors’ note: Information and photos for the following story were provided via stories about the award-winners as published in the St. Cloud Times.)

Three Sartell individuals – one a businessman, the other a young student and another whose hometown was Sartell – will be honored in the 11th annual “Under 20” and “Under 40” award categories for 2016 by Times Media starting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in downtown St. Cloud.

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Pinecone project focuses on traffic control

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

In a joint work session, the Sartell City Council and the Sartell–St. Stephen School Board met Jan. 9 in the school-district board room to hear and discuss information on the Pinecone Road Project. The project is considered necessary as a result of District 748 building a new high school, which is expected to result in a much heavier traffic flow on Pinecone Road.

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K. of C. basketball winners move onward

photo by Carolyn Bertsch
With intense concentration and determination, Emily Crandall, 12, of Sartell, readies to throw the basketball into a hoop on Jan. 14 at the Knights of Columbus Free-throw Competition at All Saints Academy in St. Joseph. Crandall won the round in her age bracket. Her sister, Libby Crandall, 14, also from Sartell, won in her age bracket, as well. Both will go on to compete at the district level in February.

Residential plat approved for Town Square area

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

A final plat for a residential project dubbed Ferche SW Plat 2 was approved unanimously by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting.

The preliminary plat for that project was approved last summer, said Sartell Planner/Developer Anita Archambeau, who outlined the project for the council members.

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Sartell 2016 Year in Review – Part 2

(This is Part 2 of a two-part series. Part 1 was published Jan. 6.)


July

Krista Durrwachter resigns from the school board because she is about to launch a career that could give rise to questions of conflicts of interest. Durrwachter is a staff attorney for the St. Cloud-based Stinson Leonard Street Law Firm. She served on the board since January 2013. Lesa Kramer, a former board member, was appointed to fill in the position until it can be decided by voters in the next election.

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Chisum, Fitzthum welcomed to city council

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Two new Sartell City Council members – Mike Chisum and Ryan Fitzthum – took the oath of office Jan. 9 at the first council meeting of the new year.

Both men were elected to the council in the Nov. 8 general election. The Jan. 9 meeting was Chisum’s first, although Fitzthum was welcomed to the council in November to fill in for the seat left vacant by Amy Braig-Lindstrom, who resigned from the council because her family moved to St. Joseph. Chisum replaces the seat held by Steve Hennes, whose council seat was up and who decided not to file for re-election.

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