Fall election looms over legislative session

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The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes on Feb. 20 for a three-month election-year session. With a wide-open governor’s race and control of the state House of Representatives on the line, the November election will drive the debate. Kicking off the action, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a $1.5-billion bonding bill for more than 218 public-works projects across the state. Later this month, legislators

Sartell friends plan to double the size of their Waite Park salon

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Three women who became friends when they were students at Sartell High School have plans to double the size of their salon business with a move to a new location. Sisters Alex and Jackie Hyndman and Nikki Kruger started Poppy Salon in Waite Park five years ago. By April 1, the women plan to move to

Sartell eye doctor plans mission trip to Mexico

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A Sartell doctor leaves Saturday for a nine-day trip to Mexico to provide vision care to residents of Gomez Palacio. Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer will join three other doctors on the trip. She expects the team will treat 2,000 patients. The doctors will do eye examinations and treat children and adults for diseases of the eye including

Make your voice heard at precinct caucuses

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The midterm elections are 10 months away, but the first chance for voters to shape the ballot takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 6. That’s when political parties conduct precinct caucuses to begin the process of endorsing candidates, selecting delegates to conventions and staking out positions on key issues. Turnout for midterm elections is consistently lower than presidential years. But these

Encore career takes me back to my roots

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You’ve heard about encore careers? That’s the work in the second half of life after retirement. A lawyer becomes an organic farmer, a stockbroker pursues an encore career as a sculptor…you get the idea. In your encore career, you’re supposed to find a job that provides greater personal meaning and social impact. It turns out my encore career….Newsleaders editor…is pretty

Community reacts to white nationalist posters

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Community leaders are speaking out and planning action after white nationalist posters appeared on main streets in St. Joseph last week. About two dozen members of Cultural Bridges, a group formed more than a year ago to help immigrants, plans to ask the St. Joseph City Council to support a resolution affirming St. Joseph as a

Fischbach’s new role needs Constitutional solution

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Constitutions are meant to be vague. Those documents are foundations for our state and national governments. They set down the basic principles and powers of our governments. The legislature, executive and courts decide the details. That works fine until something odd happens. Something odd has happened and it’s time for an update to Minnesota’s Constitution. The chain of unusual events