China’s cleanup raises recycling costs

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com China’s efforts to clean up its environment could hit St. Joseph residents in the pocketbook. The United States accounts for 40 percent of recyclables sent to China. In March, China lowered acceptable contamination levels from 3 percent to .5 percent in paper and plastic and banned all mixed paper. As a result, prices paid to recyclers

July Fourth parade winners announced

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The St. Joseph Lions Club announced the winners in the July Fourth parade. Winners selected by independent judges in the following categories were:  Wow Extreme!!  1. Skatin’ Place  2. Ringsmuth Riders   Cool Youth  1. St. Joseph Cub Scouts  2. Chinese Immersion #742   Fourth of July Theme 1. Foley Ambassadors 2. Sauk Rapids Ambassadors   Best-Dressed Business 1. Woods Farmers Seed and Nursery 2. SuperAmerica  

Funeral service for Loran T. Hall, 62, of Sartell

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Loran T. Hall, 62 Sartell Nov. 22, 1955 – July 4, 2018   Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud, celebrating the life of Loran T. Hall, age 62, who passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 4, at his home. The Revs. Steven Binsfeld, Scott Pogatchnik,

St. Joseph approved for home improvement grant

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A federal grant will help low- and moderate-income St. Joseph homeowners repair and improve their homes. The city of St. Joseph and the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership have been approved for a grant of $178,624. There are some final steps to complete before the money is available from Minnesota’s Small Cities Development Program. The program provides homeowners with zero-interest, forgivable

Pfannenstein sworn in as police chief

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Mayor Rick Schutlz swore in new St. Joseph Police Chief Dwight Pfannenstein at the July 2 City Council meeting Pfannenstein replaces Joel Klein who resigned May 31 in the midst of an investigation of a complaint against him. Pfannenstein, who had been serving as acting chief, was offered the job June 18. He joined the police

Lobbyist offerings suggestions to secure bonding money

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The city’s lobbyist provided an update and offered advice on how to again seek legislative funding for bonding projects that were turned down during the 2018 session. 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 CR

Old city hall sale pushed to August

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The St. Joseph City Council agreed to push back the official sale of the old city hall, 25 College Ave. N., to Bad Habit Brewing Company. Bad Habit owner Aaron Rieland asked for an extra 30 days to complete due diligence on the property, according to the amended purchase agreement submitted to the council July 2. The new closing date

Funeral service for Roman Buermann, 91, of St. Joseph

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Roman Buermann, 91 St. Joseph July 29, 1926 – June 30, 2018 Mass of Christian Burial for Roman Buermann, 91, of St. Joseph, will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Church of St. Joseph in St. Joseph. He died Saturday at Assumption Home in Cold Spring surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with lung