Absentee voting starts Sept. 21

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

Stearns County will have three locations available for absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election. Absentee voting starts Friday, Sept. 21. Here are the three locations for absentee voting in person: Stearns County Administration Center Auditor’s Office, Room 148 705 Courthouse Square, St Cloud 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Stearns County Service Center West License Center 3301 CR 138, Waite Park

Compromise, cooperation should be key issues for voters

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

It’s hard to turn down a gift of $6 million. But that’s what happened because Minnesota’s political leaders couldn’t agree on a compromise spending bill. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature included measures they knew the DFL governor and legislators wouldn’t support. The omnibus spending bill also contained noncontroversial items such as the formal request for  Minnesota’s share of

Incumbents file for St. Stephen offices

Mike KnaakElection 2018, News, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

St. Stephen’s city government will look the same after the Nov. 6 election. Incumbents filed for the open positions of mayor and the three city council seats. Gene Skaj and Danita Traut filed for re-election to serve four-year terms on the City Council. Stephen J. Trobec, who was appointed Aug. 1, filed for a two-year council term.  Jeff D. Blenkush,

In search of votes, Read meets voters one-on-one

Mike KnaakColumn, Election 2018, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Jim Read has walked many miles since last winter and, at least figuratively, it’s mostly been uphill. He’s running as a Democrat for a seat in the state House of Representatives in the deeply red District 13A. He intends to knock on the doors of at least two-thirds of the district’s 13,000 households with registered voters by election day. So

Soyka, Bentrud win Stearns sheriff primary

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

by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com 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