New high school, fundraising and calendar occupy board attention

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board had a full menu of items that occupied its attention at the regular Jan. 22 meeting. Those concerns included the progress of the new high school, fundraising for a new athletic complex and school calendars for 2018 through 2020. Lee Gruen, project manager for the new high school, presented the board

Council enters competition for DEED grant

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com With the temperature inside its chambers hovering at a chilly 60 degrees, the St. Joseph City Council opened its first meeting for 2018 on Jan. 16 and after holding a brief public hearing proceeded to authorize becoming involved in a Community Block Grant Program through the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the purpose of which

Council gives final nod to 2018 budget

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council held a truth-in-taxation hearing regarding the 2018 city budget and then gave its final approval to the 2018 city budget at the Dec. 4 meeting. When solicited, no public comments about the budget came from the audience. Total budget increases for 2018 were $3.1 million dollars compared to $2.9 million for

Annual audit shows district up to snuff

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The highlight of the Nov. 20 Sartell-St. Stephen School Board was the presentation of the 2016-17 yearly audit by Nancy Schulzetenberg of Bergan KDV Auditors. The district is doing remarkably well in managing its affairs, according to Schulzetenberg. The complete audit can be found at the following website: http://www.sartell.k12.mn.us/sites/default/files/ckeditor/20170748SartellFinStmDistrict.pdf Some of the key financial highlights included:

Council wrestles with CUP for Lanigan Way property

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council members had barely settled in their seats for the Nov. 6 meeting before a parade of concerned citizens addressed them over a proposed rental of the property at 329 Lanigan Way SE. Background  The Lanigan Way development was originally approved in 2010 as the Rivers Bend Plat 2 subdivision and zoned

School board approves upgrade to website

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com After welcoming new member Jeremy Snoberger to fill a vacant seat, a full-strength Sartell-St. Stephen School Board met last month and approved the redesign of the the district website. After a short presentation by Sarah Kleppe, district communications coordinator, on the need for an upgraded website, the board approved a contract with Blackboard to host the new-and-improved

Council approves Field Street assessments, building-plan changes

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com With the minimum quorum of three, the St. Joseph City Council approved changes Oct. 24 in the Southview Heights Concept Plan, approved changes in the Bayou Alley Flats building plans and held a special hearing on the final assessments for Field Street. Field Street  The council held a public hearing on the final assessments for the

Utility-communications upgrades approved by council

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At its Oct. 2 meeting, the St. Joseph City Council took major steps in approving upgrades that would improve the operational efficiency of the water-utilities communications system in the city. With city utilities such as water plants, lift stations and other related utilities scattered at various sites throughout the city, the monitoring of the performance of