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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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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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 named Teacher of the 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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Red Carpet event showcases local businesses

photo by Mindy Peterson
Jack Hengel (center), a 6-year-old boy from Sartell, tries his balance at a business booth emphasizing rehabilitation while his 4-year-old brother Benjamin (left) looks on at the 12th annual Red Carpet Showcase inside the Sartell Middle School gymnasium Feb. 25 that drew more than 2,000 people and more than 75 business booths.

Can Sartell expect more local-government aid?

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Will local-government aid to Sartell increase this year?

According to a bulletin from the League of Greater Minnesota Cities, there is a proposal to try to increase local-government aid. However, there is nothing certain yet, according to Mary Degiovanni, city administrator and financial director for Sartell.

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