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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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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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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Olson: Track is tough, but team spirit soars

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Thanks in large part to Carter Olson’s efforts, the Sartell Sabre boys’ track-and-field team placed among the top three for the past four years in True Team competition.

True Team is based on efforts of the entire team, not individual competitions.

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Miracle League bowling set for April 23

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

The annual Miracle League of Central Minnesota bowling event will take place from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Great River Bowl in Sartell.

The event is a kick-off event for the league’s baseball season so players can register for the upcoming season.

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