CSB, SJU receive $600,000 grant

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University recently received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support initiatives focused on inclusive pedagogy and community building. The goal for “Becoming Community” is to teach and enable CSB and SJU faculty, staff and students to become agents of change by preparing them to dismantle oppression

Staying out of jail is easy: don’t lie to the cops

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Don’t lie to the cops. Talk about stating the obvious. But it’s a lesson apparently not widely learned. The current special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 tripped up some supposedly very smart people who didn’t learn that lesson. Trump campaign associates Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos and Richard Gates lied to the FBI and ended up pleading not guilty

Diocese to file for bankruptcy

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The Diocese of St. Cloud plans to file bankruptcy, according to Bishop Donald Kettler. The bishop made the announcement Wednesday, Feb. 28, at an Albany meeting with leaders of the diocese’s 131 parishes. Reorganization under Chapter 11 will allow the diocese to resolve the 74 civil claims filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The act lifted for three years

Sartell repeats as high kick champs

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell-St. Stephen High School’s dance team successfully defended their 2017 high-kick title at this year’s State Dance Team Tournament on Feb. 16-17 in Minneapolis. The Sabres won their second consecutive championship in the Class AA high-kick contest on Saturday. The title was the team’s fourth in high kick. The Sabres won third place in the jazz

St. Joe Vibe Feb. 23: Why people need to live downtown

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Note to our readers: This column is part of a series from a blog recently started by a loosely knit independent group of area business people and residents who love and want to promote the energy and enthusiasm of downtown St. Joseph: The Joe Town Vibe.  To find the column online or to read web-exclusive blogs posted every Tuesday please

Stearns sheriff race shaping up on ballot

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Stearns County will elect a new sheriff this fall. The race should be one of the most interesting and most important on the November ballot. For the first time since 2002, there won’t be an incumbent sheriff on the ballot. When John Sanner retired a year ago after serving for 14 years, the county board appointed Donald Gudmundson to fill

Gun debate is about dollars, cents

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Thoughts and prayers. We heard those words again last week after another angry man picked up his legally purchased battlefield weapon and attacked a Florida high school, killing 17. Thoughts and prayers from political leaders, again. What they really should be saying is “dollars and cents.” Because money, not logic, not sound public policy, not hollow thoughts and prayers, controls