City of Sartell Partners with Tom Bearson Foundation to bring New Amenity to Pinecone Central Park

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2022

After several years of planning, it is with immense excitement the City of Sartell announces a partnership with the Tom Bearson Foundation to bring a new amenity to Pinecone Central Park, in memory of Tom Bearson, a Sartell High School graduate who unexpectedly passed away in 2014 while attending North Dakota State University.

This partnership will bring to Pinecone Central Park three full-size basketball sport courts, six basketball hoops, seating, landscaping, and a welcoming place for park users to enjoy basketball – Tom Bearson’s favorite past-time sport. One of the six basketball hoops installed will be Tom Bearson’s own hoop from his Sartell residence, which he used often throughout his childhood. Construction will begin this summer with the basketball sport court installation and will continue in phases over the next few years by adding seating and additional landscaping.

The Tom Bearson Foundation is dedicated to keeping Tom Bearson’s memory alive by providing funds for a variety of charitable community initiatives, including: several local scholarships, high school and youth basketball, personal safety programs and presentations, and now, bringing a new amenity to an already bustling hometown park. The Tom Bearson Foundation has committed $150,000 to this project.

The City of Sartell is honored to support the Foundation in keeping Tom’s memory alive by maintaining and growing the amenity for years to come.

In conjunction with this project, Pinecone Central Park will be receiving an additional parking lot on the south end of the property that will be used as a skating rink in the winter months. There will also be two playground structures placed on each side of the concessions building, which will be home to Mr. Twisty’s this summer. 

Check out the April 25th Council meeting, from minutes 9 to 26, to see the complete presentation by the Tom Bearson Foundation. The Tom Bearson Foundation has also created a video to show the vision for the basketball courts and surrounding areas and we encourage you to view that as well.

For more information on the project, please contact the City of Sartell at 320-253-2171 or the Engagement Director, Nikki Sweeter, at

Sartell Regional Parks Impacted by Reconstruction of County Rd. 1 to Temporarily Close in 2022

The Sartell City Council has elected to phase temporary closures of Regional Parks impacted by the reconstruction of County Road 1 and lift station #2 in 2022.

Watab Park to close April 18th to November 30th: Construction for the project will impact the entrance and parking lot of the park, making it unsafe for resident or visitor use of the park space or amenities.

Linear Park to close April 18th to November 30th: This park will be impacted by every phase of construction. By closing this park, it will limit safety liability and allow the planned park improvements to be made.

Veterans Park to close June 1st to November 30th: The Memorial Day service will still happen at the park on May 30th. By closing the park, it will limit safety liability and allow the planned park improvements to be made.

Rotary Park to close August 1st to November 30th: Lift Station #2 is located in the center of this park and will be undergoing improvements this summer. The fishing pier will still be available to use until the end of July. By closing the park, it will limit safety liability and allow for the lift station improvements to be constructed. 

Police will be monitoring the parks for trespassers throughout the closed timeframe. Thank you for staying off of these properties to allow for a safe and efficient construction season.

The County Road 1 Road Reconstruct project will include an 8-foot-wide paved trail from Sartell Street to 12th Street North, multiple overlooks of the Mississippi River, a “new” pedestrian bridge, a facelift to Veterans Park, reconstruction of the parking lot at Watab Park, and safety measures throughout the entirety of the project. 

Construction will begin this spring and will be substantially completed late in 2022 with final paving to take place in spring 2023. Detour information will be provided soon. If you have any questions about the project, please email us at

Jim Sattler to Retire from Sartell Fire Department after 33 years of service

Thank you Deputy Fire Chief, Sattler!

The Sartell City Council has accepted Deputy Fire Chief Jim Sattler’s resignation from the Sartell Fire Department, effective immediately.

Jim started his career in 1988 and has held every position on the fire department from firefighter to Fire Chief. He spent over six years as the volunteer Fire Chief and over twenty years as a Chief Officer.

Jim was an integral part of the transition from a volunteer Fire Chief to the department’s first full-time Fire Chief. The City of Sartell hired Peter Kedrowski last spring as the full-time Fire Chief and Sattler moved into the Deputy Chief role. The Sartell City Council and City Staff would like to extend a sincere appreciation to Jim for his dedication to the Sartell Fire Department and the safety of our community over the past 33 years.

Chief Kedrowski wanted to express his gratitude to Jim as well, “I am extremely thankful for the hard work that Jim put in as Fire Chief, setting the stage for continued success for the Fire Department and myself. He will be missed.”