Rice City Council revisits zoning, variance ordinances

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It looked as though the Rice City Council had a full slate of business at its June 20 meeting, but the business portion of the meeting was handled quickly and with little discussion – that is until the council took up a discussion on ordinances. The issue under consideration was an attempt to deal with comments

A sad farewell to Coach Magnuson

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com For Bill Magnuson, head football coach of the Sauk Rapids Storm, the year 2000 – the start of a new millennium – was really a time of change and uncertainty. Sixteen years ago, he donned the green and gold and thus began a long-time association with Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. But as the old saying goes,

SR Council holds hearings on growth issues

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At the June 13 meeting of the Sauk Rapids City Council, the council held public hearings for five building projects that will take place in the city in the coming year. The first of the public hearings dealt with dumping a large amount of fill in the empty lot near 50 Eighth Street. The lot covers

Rice Elementary principal reflects on past year, looks ahead

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and Christina Bemboom, principal of Rice Elementary School, is relaxing a bit and catching up on work that was interrupted the last few days. The school year ended just a few days ago, and the end of the year is a whirlwind of activity. This is the end of Bemboom’s third

Rice city council finds variance a tough nut to crack

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Rice City Council struggled mightily at its June 6 meeting to decide whether a variance for the property at 225 First St. SW should be granted. But in the end, the council followed the majority recommendation of the Rice Planning Commission and granted the variance. Gerald “Jerry” Legatt purchased the property with its quonset-style steel shed

These bees make money – it’s a quilting bee

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It’s 8 a.m. Already the quilting ladies of the St. Joseph Parish Quilt Group have their large-sized quilting frame set up in Heritage Hall and are hard at work. They have been quilting since 7 a.m. They will continue working until 1:30 p.m. “Some of us are here at 7,” said Ellie Studer, one of the

Rice rec programs starting to boom

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It’s 3 p.m. on a warm spring afternoon. On the green grass of Rice Elementary School, Warren Ellingworth busies himself setting up the goal standards for the soccer game that will be held when school finally lets out. Ellingworth is the Rice recreation director and has been in the position about five months. It’s been a

Fishing, solar energy occupy SR City Council

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Two primary issues – the 2017 Governor’s Fishing Opener and the community solar subscriptions with the Geronimo Energy Co. – were the many topics discussed during the May 23 meeting of the Sauk Rapids City Council. John Libert, St. Cloud City Council member from Ward III, appeared before the Sauk Rapids council to inform its members