Refuse piles strain curbside pickup service

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Managers for Republic Services presented St. Joseph City Council members with options for improving the twice-yearly refuse pickups after some residents created larger-than- expected piles of trash last week. Jon Snyder, general manager for Republic Services, said his crews collected 77 tons of refuse during pickups on May 17 and 18. “That’s a staggering amount for

Election filing period continues until June 5

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The filing period for this fall’s election continues through June 5 for offices with potential primaries, including Sartell city officials. Minnesotans will elect a governor, lieutenant governor and other constitutional offices as well as members of the state House of Representatives. Minnesota’s two U.S. Senators and all eight U.S. House of Representative seats will be on

No state bonding money for St. Joseph projects

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Legislators passed an $825 million bonding bill in the final hours of the session that ended May 21 but none of that money is coming to St. Joseph. The city had asked for $3.8 million for three different projects. The city intended the money would help finance the Jacob Wetterling Community Center, East Park and a

Marine Corps painting unveiled at veterans cemetery

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The fourth of five paintings in the Veterans Historic Art Monument will be unveiled Saturday, May 26. The paintings are installed at Committal Hall at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, north of Little Falls. The unveiling of the most recent painting, which captures significant events in Marine Corps history, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Previous

City Council backs Gun Violence Awareness Day

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A St. Joseph woman’s effort to raise awareness about gun violence got another boost at the May 21 St. Joseph City Council meeting. The council voted 4-0 to recognize Friday, June 1 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day with a proclamation. Cindy Abercrombie told council members more than 20 local businesses have agreed to use orange

Legion plans Memorial Day honors

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The American Legion of St. Joseph will hold three events at area cemeteries to honor 514 veterans on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. The day begins at 8:45 a.m. when Legionnaires, members of the Legion Auxiliary and sons of the American Legion march to the 9 a.m. service at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Following the service, participants will go to

Sports should be about fun, not foul mouths

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You kids get off my lawn! That’s a phrase we’ve all heard as a shorthand description for cantankerous, aging baby boomers who can’t tolerate young people having fun. At the risk of being tagged with this stereotype, I’d like to offer some observations on youth sports. I don’t think I’m cantankerous or aging, so I’ll push ahead with my comments.