Muskies head to state baseball tourney; Joes eliminated

Mike KnaakFeatured News, Sports0 Comments

The Sartell Muskies play in the first round of the state Class C amateur baseball tournament Saturday, Aug. 11, at Shakopee. The Muskies play Carver at 7:30 p.m. The Muskies beat the Cold Spring Rockies 9-0 on Aug. 10 before losing to Kimball 6-5 on Aug. 12 in the regional tournament. The St. Joseph Joes were eliminated in the regional

Retired deputy supports Soyka

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor0 Comments

  Bruce P. Bechtold St. Joseph Last year I retired from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office after service for 32 years (the last 14 as chief deputy sheriff). During my career I had the opportunity to work with numerous law enforcement officers including all of the current candidates for Sheriff. I have considered the qualities of each of these men

Suspicious fire destroys family landmark

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by Mike Knaak The little metal bridge over Watab Creek stood tall for 100 years. It survived farm work and fun with four generations of Trauts but it didn’t survive a suspicious fire that burned the beams and boards. Early on the morning of July 24, Larry Traut was startled when a Sartell police officer drove into his yard

Vandals cause costly cleanups at two parks

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by Mike Knaak A recent run of vandalism at two city parks has cost the city of St. Joseph thousands of dollars for repairs and has led  to a cutback in services. Fixing damage to the restrooms at the Wobegon trailhead cost about $8,000 to repair. Vandals damaged the fixtures, electric heater, a hand dryer and power outlets. The

Primary ballot features races for sheriff, school board and state offices

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Featured News, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Mike Knaak Local races on the ballot for the Tuesday, Aug. 14, primary election include choosing a new Stearns County sheriff and electing St. Cloud school district board members. For the first time in 16 years, there’s no incumbent sheriff on the ballot. Four men have filed for the office and the primary will narrow the field to

Do you love kids? the foster grandparents program wants you

Mike KnaakFeatured News, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Mike Knaak When Sartell students return to class in a few weeks, they’ll find foster grandparents welcoming them back along with their classroom teachers. Foster grandparents assist teachers and help with instruction but most importantly they form relationships with students. Foster grandparent Penny Lundblad joined students at Oak Ridge Elementary School last January. “I love the kids,” Lundblad

Drop box built for used flags

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A drop box for used American flags was installed on June 14, Flag Day, at the American Legion Club in St. Joseph. The box for collecting used flags was built and installed by Lee Eisenschenk. In 1937, the American Legion national convention passed a resolution encouraging the proper disposal of a flag that is no longer fit to be displayed.

Shoe Bus joins Fare for All

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The Shoe Bus will be part of the Monday, Aug. 13, Fare for All program. The event runs from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2. Fare For All has teamed with Good in the Hood to support their Shoe Away Hunger Campaign. Gently used shoes will be available for purchase. Adult shoes cost $5 and children’s shoes go