Council approves money for combined police/fire building

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by Mike Knaak The Sartell City Council unanimously approved at its May 14 meeting spending up to $13.12 million for a new public-safety building after getting a look at design plans. The new building will house the fire and police departments, combining all emergency operations in one building with space to grow. Both departments will share training and conference

Foster families needed in St. Joseph

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by Mike Knaak Jennifer Thelen is looking for a few good families. Thelen of St. Joseph is a social worker with Stearns County Human Services. Although recruiting and licensing foster-care families is a year-round job, Thelen is trying to get the word out during May, Foster Care Appreciation Month, about the need for families to care for children. Currently,

Election filings kick off official campaign season

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Now it gets real. Although many candidates running for election this fall have been campaigning for months, Tuesday, May 22, marks the official beginning of the election season. On that day, candidates can begin filing with the secretary of state or local officials for positions up for election this fall. The early filing period, which ends June 5, is for

Never miss a chance to celebrate Statehood Day

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So how did you celebrate Minnesota Statehood Day? Did you bake a Minnesota-shaped cake or do something more appropriate such as cooking wild rice soup? May 11 marked the 160th anniversary of Minnesota’s entry into the union as the 32nd state. Our family celebrated by participating in two uniquely Minnesotan experiences. Last week, our younger daughter returned home for a short vacation.

Ethens named family of the year

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Bernadette and Robert Ethen have been named the Knights of Columbus Father Werner Council Family of the Year for 2018 for exemplifying the value of faithful Christian living, according to a recent announcement from the Knights. Robert has been a member of the Father Werner Council for 31 years. The Ethens have five children and 17 grandchildren. Robert has been