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

‘Up the Hill’ project marches forward

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The CSAH 3 or “Up the Hill” improvement project has been in the planning stages for some time, but the Sauk Rapids City Council received some good news at its May 9 meeting. Benton County Engineer Chris Byrd and Ron Bray, project manager from WSB & Associates Inc., made a presentation to the council as to what progress had

Rice council approves gas franchise

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Mark Osendorf of Xcel Energy was on hand May 2 when the Rice City Council took up the gas franchise agreement which had been expired since 2012. Osendorf apologized for the situation, explaining that non-renewal was the result of retirements and staff problems. Xcel has about 400 franchise agreements across the state and agreements are standardized

Police chief opens up about security, safety

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Police Chief Perry Beise’s desk is covered with neatly aligned sheafs of papers that are part of the day’s work, and by the end of the day, Beise will have sorted through, read, commented on and signed off on most of the material presented. It’s not his favorite part of the job, but it’s necessary. Beise has been in

Clean water efforts need to continue

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Minnesota is known as the”Land of 10,000 Lakes,” so it stands to reason the state has more than a little interest in the quality of that water. An open house was held concerning the Sartell Watershed District at the Rice Lions Club on April 27 with the focus of educating attendees about the watershed and water

Mayor Rogholt speaks on past and future policies

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com After four years as the sitting mayor of Rice, Dale Rogholt confesses he will probably try for one more term as the town’s mayor. It’s not that he’s in love with the job or that the power of the office attracts him so much. It’s just that there are a few things he has left to

Myers named Sauk Rapids Citizen of Year

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Smiling faces and helium-filled mylar balloons inhabit the room. On a somewhat overcast day on April 25, the Sauk Rapids Government Center Community Room and all of Sauk Rapids itself were brightened by the smile of their own April Myers, who was named Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year 2016. Myers is housing director for Good

April Myers – a lesson in citizenship

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com April 25, Sauk Rapids Government Center. 70 or so friends and neighbors gather to pay tribute to the newest Citizen of the Year, April Myers. The history of the Citizen of the Year stretches back some 30 years to 1986. Art Daniels, a recipient of the honor in 1994, was in attendance. And Myers herself will