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Bongo now enjoys the loving care of his new Sartell family.

Sept. 30

The 12U Sartell Swarm Fast-pitch Team Noble/Gack, took second place in the Fall Metro State Tournament held in Lexington/Circle Pines on Sept. 24.

Team members include Morgan Guggisberg, Megan Guggisberg, Morgan Gill, Lexi Noble and Molly Stein, Coach Greg Gack, Kaitlyn Lysen, Kaia Gack, Ava Tavale, Jocelyn Simones, Coach Andy Noble, Courtney Stutsman and Megan Hess.

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Sept. 23

contributed photo Ryan and Cindy Fitzthum, Sartell, were awarded the Optimist Clubs 'Respect for Law Award'. They were nominated for their work in getting police and firefighters paired up to do bell ringing together in 2014 for the Salvation Army. In 2015, they were also the responsible persons behind 'Operation Blue Christmas' in which officers handed out Walmart gift cards to those in need while on calls for service and traffic stops. Their generosity to the community has been tremendous and our nomination was the least we could do for them. Thank you Ryan and Cindy.

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Ryan (right) and Cindy Fitzthum (not pictured) of Sartell were awarded the Optimist Clubs ‘Respect for Law Award’. They were nominated for their work in getting police and firefighters paired up to do bell ringing together in 2014 for the Salvation Army. In 2015, they were also the responsible persons behind “Operation Blue Christmas” in which officers handed out Walmart gift cards to those in need while on calls for service and traffic stops. Their generosity to the community has been tremendous and our nomination was the least we could do for them. Thank you, Ryan and Cindy.

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Cole Fibranz, a sophomore from Sartell High School, recently earned the title of All-American taking eighth place at the ASICS Cadet Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D. Fibranz took fourth at Northern Plains Regional Freestyle Championships to qualify for nationals. He also took first at Cadet Greco-Roman state, second at Freestyle state and first at MN/USA Folkstyle state. In order to wrestle at the national tournament, wrestlers must complete a week-long training camp and must qualify at a regional tournament or be selected for the Minnesota Storm team. Fibranz is the fifth Sartell wrestler to achieve the All-American title along with the following: Dustin Coffin, eighth cadet greco 2000; Daniel Vitale, sixth cadet freestyle 2011 and fifth cadet freestyle 2012; Josh Halicke, fourth junior greco 2012; and Rylee Molitor, sixth cadet greco 2014.

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Sept. 23

contributed photo Members of the Ringers of Rice Horseshoe Club pose for a photo earlier this summer.

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Members of the Ringers of Rice Horseshoe Club pose for a photo earlier this summer.

The Ringers of Rice Horseshoe Club held its 2016 league meeting on May 9 to review policies and pay sanction fees and dues. Regular pitching began on May 16 and concluded on Aug. 15. This year, 28 pitchers took part in two shifts each Monday evening at the club courts located at O’Brien’s Pub in Rice. The group had only one stormy night that prevented play.

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Sept. 23

CORRECTION

In the Sept. 16 St. Joseph Newsleader, a story entitled “Jaycees Fall Fest set for Sept. 24” inadvertently stated that there would be a bouncy house. There will not be a bouncy house at the run this year.

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Sept. 16

Four members of Shepherd of the Pines Church in Rice were among 350 pastors and congregation leaders at a Stephen Series Leader’s Training Course held recently in Pittsburgh, Penn. The next step for the leaders will be to recruit, select and train members of the congregation to be Stephen Ministers. The ministers will provide one-to-one care with ongoing supervision and continuing education.

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Sept. 16

Abby Gessell, of Sartell, a sophomore volleyball player at Beloit (Wis.) College, has been named the first Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the 2016 season. Gessell played all 14 games to help lead the Bucs to a 3-1 record and a share of the Buc Blast Tournament’s top record last weekend in Flood Arena. She made 70 digs, including 32 in a five-set win over Illinois Institute of Technology and also served three aces as Beloit recorded its best record in the history of the Buc Blast.

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Lo Mein enjoying quality time with his new owners.

‘Feel Good Friday’ from Vicki Davis

by Vicki Davis, Tri-County Humane Society

Lo Mein was transferred to us after being held as a stray by Mille Lacs County Animal Control. Since an owner did not come forward to claim him, Lo Mein was transferred to TCHS and placed for adoption. After a short five-day stay, Lo Mein found his new home with St. Joseph residents. Here is an update his new humans shared with us:

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Sept. 9

contributed photo North Iowa Area Community College's Hailey Winter, Sartell, recorded 20 assists with eight digs, two kills and two ace serves in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Ellsworth Community College in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference match.

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North Iowa Area Community College’s volleyball player Hailey Winter of Sartell recorded 20 assists with eight digs, two kills and two ace serves in the 3-0 victory over Ellsworth Community College in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference match held Aug. 31.