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

Stearns Electric names new CEO

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Stearns Electric Association has named a new chief executive officer. Robin Doege, who currently serves as CEO of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, will replace current CEO Dave Gruenes on Aug. 13. Doege was chosen after the board of directors conducted a national search. Doege worked eight years at Todd-Wadena and 10 years at Connexus Energy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in

Stocks chosen as Y2K Lions July 4 parade royalty

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Members of the St. Joseph Y2K Lions Club appreciate their senior citizens and want them to be recognized for all the wonderful service deeds they do in the area. That’s a big reason why Y2K club members recently chose Dick and Joyce Stock to be this year’s Senior Queen and King for the annual Fourth of

Man saved as baby by Mother Teresa loves St. Joseph

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Patrick Norton’s life was quite literally saved by Mother Teresa, and Norton and his St. Joseph family were at the Vatican in Rome for the thrilling moment when she was officially named a saint by the Catholic Church. When Norton, an orphan in India for many years, saw and heard in news reports what is now

Council offers Pfannenstein chief’s position

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council chose Dwight Pfannenstein as the new chief of police at its June 18 meeting after wrestling with the question of whether or not the position should be posted and more applicants solicited. The council made the offer on the condition Pfannenstein announce publicly that he’s withdrawing as a candidate for Stearns

Still time to register for ‘Tour of Saints’

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com It’s no wonder the annual Tour of Saints, now in its 38th year, has become a generational event with adults still biking the tour who used to bike with parents or grandparents when they were children. Hosted by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, the Tour of Saints, is billed as a bicycle ride, not a race. It