Veteran survives Vietnam War, has stroke stateside

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com “Thank you for your service.” Gary Reberg was one of the 2.7 million uniformed military personnel who served in Vietnam. But now Reberg needs more than just a thank you for his service because Reberg suffered a stroke that almost cost him his life. A benefit to help defray medical costs and some home modifications so

SR Council approves preliminary tax levy

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At its Sept. 26 meeting, the Sauk Rapids City Council scrutinized adjustments to the budget laid out in July, then passed the preliminary property tax levy for 2017 and will send it on to Benton County for collection. Under the direction from the council, staffers reviewed revenues and costs, and were able to find $169,000 in

Rice CC approves 2017 preliminary budget, levy

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Rice City Council met Sept. 20 prior to its regularly-scheduled meeting for a “working business meeting” to discuss the city budget. The council then unanimously approved the 2017 budget and adopted the resolution for certification of the 2017 preliminary levy. The proposed budget increase for 2017 was $24,252 more than in 2016. During the course of the

SR Council considers more improvements

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sauk Rapids City Council received a briefing from City Engineer Terry Wotzka at its Sept. 12 meeting about the plans for upgrades and improvements dealing with Second Avenue South in and around the Coborn’s Superstore. The improvements would include installation of streets, water main, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, sidewalks, street landscaping and street-lighting improvements. A portion of First Street

ISD 47 earns high marks on programs, planning

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sauk Rapids-Rice Independent School District 47 has just concluded the 2016 fiscal year as of June 30 of this year and is now about two months into the new 2017 fiscal year. It’s also the beginning of a new school year with school actively commencing shortly after Labor Day. With the two different beginnings for

Rice softball team captures two championships

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com A local Rice softball team sponsored by O’Brien’s Pub and C & L Excavating recently won the Minnesota Sports Federation 2016 Class E Men’s Slowpitch East State Championships Aug. 13-14 held in Stacy. The team also won the Minnesota Sports Federation 2016 Masters M 35-Over Slowpitch State Championships July 30 at Bob Cross Field in Sauk

Reactions to a rural narrative

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Having listened to Ben Winchester’s presentation on Aug. 17 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring on “Rewriting the Rural Narrative,” Dave Leitzman and his wife, Jane, both of the Collegeville and St. Joseph area, shared their insights. One of the items that caught Jane’s attention was the lack of a library in St. Joseph. While

Small towns must change to find new life, vitality

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Our rural towns and villages are not dying, they are merely victims of the narrative used to describe them. It’s a narrative that is straight out of the 1950s, according to Ben Winchester of the Center for Community Vitality, which is part of the University of Minnesota Extension program. Winchester presented his ideas at an Aug.