Bentrud’s experience, leadership needed

Mike KnaakLetter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Kris Dickhaus, Melrose   I am a business owner with a degree in education, looking for the sheriff candidate that will best serve and enforce the law in Stearns County.  Dave Bentrud has the knowledge, commitment and experience to do just that.  As a former educator, I can’t even fathom the thought of moving from classroom to superintendent position without

Good news Sartell-St. Stephen school district

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At its regular Sept. 17 board meeting the Sartell-St. Stephen school board heard a good news report in the form of a comprehensive 2017-18 District Assessment Results. The report detailed results from the Northstar Ratings Every Student Succeeds Act, the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and the American College Testing. The report was presented by Kay Nelson, assistant

Census, redistricting questions are hidden election issues

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

The future of Minnesota’s representation in the next decade will be decided with this fall’s elections and with decisions being made now about how Census 2020 will be conducted. How many members of Congress Minnesota will have and how their districts will be drawn will be determined by the census. The decennial count also affects drawing boundaries for other elected

Should sheriffs be elected or appointed?

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

Twenty-seven men – yes, they’ve all been men – have served as Stearns County sheriff. On Nov. 6, Stearns County voters will elect the 28th sheriff. In recent times they’ve been elected, but the job didn’t start that way. On March 3, 1855, three Stearns County commissioners appointed Luther B. Hammond as the county’s first sheriff. The three commissioners were appointed

Former chief endorses Bentrud for county sheriff

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Bob Ringstrom, St. Joseph My name is Bob Ringstrom, retired Police Chief of Sartell.  I strongly endorse Dave Bentrud to be elected as the Sheriff of Stearns County. I first met Dave when he was a St Cloud police patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in the St Cloud Police Department where I had the opportunity to coordinate with him

Soyka has sheriff’s department experience

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Richard Soyka, Sauk Rapids The primary voting is over. Steve Soyka was first for Steams sheriff. Only one candidate remains for Stearns County sheriff who has sheriff-department experience. That is Patrol Sgt. Steve Soyka. He previously had four years with the Benton County Sheriff Department and currently has 23 years with the Stearns County Sheriff Department. His opponent has NO county