Soyka, Bentrud win Stearns sheriff primary

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

by Mike Knaak Steve Soyka and Dave Bentrud will compete for Stearns County sheriff in the Nov. 6 general election. Voters chose Soyka and Bentrud from a four-candidate field in the Aug 14. primary election. Soyka finished with 7,346 votes followed by Bentrud with 6,335 votes, Robert Dickhaus with 4,112 votes and Dwight Pfannenstein with 1,115. Although his name

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

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

‘Nobody’ wins when you don’t vote

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Opinion, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Do you want to overthrow the government? Or maybe you think things are going just fine. Either way, Tuesday’s primary election is the time to take a stand. Midterm elections generally attract a low voter turnout. Primary election turnout is historically even lower. Voting is always the most important action of civic engagement, but because of a unique set of

Trobec appointed to St. Stephen City Council

Mike KnaakElection 2018, News, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

The St. Stephen City Council on Aug. 1 appointed Steve Trobec to the council’s open seat. He will serve until Dec. 31. The council opening was created when Jeff Blenkush was appointed to be the city’s mayor after Cindy VanderWeyst resigned on July 11. The two appointments changed the lineup for this fall’s general election. There will be two council members

More hours added for absentee voting

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

The Stearns County Auditor’s Office and Stearns County Service Center will be open on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, for absentee voting for the primary election. Residents may cast their absentee ballot in person at the Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office or the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park.   The auditor’s