City Council approves construction of a meat-processing plant

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sauk Rapids City Council approved an expansion plan for Manea’s Meats in downtown Sauk Rapids at its June 27 meeting. Acting on recommendations from the planning commission, the council went ahead and approved a planned-unit development and the vacating of an alley first requested on June 13 to allow the building of a meat-processing plant by

Frustrations erupt over Little Rock Creek

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Frustrations erupted at a recent meeting in Rice about the Little Rock Creek Area Planning Project over what some say is a breakdown of communications and other problems among the agencies involved with the project. Officials from the Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Compost – dark matter that keeps on giving

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com In mid-summer, the dry dust of the roadway floats over the Sauk Rapids compost site. In early spring and late fall, the rains turn the site into a mud hole that at times could challenge a four-wheeler. And in the heat of summer, the smell is often remarked on by newcomers to the site. But the Sauk Rapids compost

Rice City Council revisits zoning, variance ordinances

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It looked as though the Rice City Council had a full slate of business at its June 20 meeting, but the business portion of the meeting was handled quickly and with little discussion – that is until the council took up a discussion on ordinances. The issue under consideration was an attempt to deal with comments

A sad farewell to Coach Magnuson

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com For Bill Magnuson, head football coach of the Sauk Rapids Storm, the year 2000 – the start of a new millennium – was really a time of change and uncertainty. Sixteen years ago, he donned the green and gold and thus began a long-time association with Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. But as the old saying goes,

SR Council holds hearings on growth issues

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At the June 13 meeting of the Sauk Rapids City Council, the council held public hearings for five building projects that will take place in the city in the coming year. The first of the public hearings dealt with dumping a large amount of fill in the empty lot near 50 Eighth Street. The lot covers

Rice Elementary principal reflects on past year, looks ahead

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and Christina Bemboom, principal of Rice Elementary School, is relaxing a bit and catching up on work that was interrupted the last few days. The school year ended just a few days ago, and the end of the year is a whirlwind of activity. This is the end of Bemboom’s third

Rice city council finds variance a tough nut to crack

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Rice City Council struggled mightily at its June 6 meeting to decide whether a variance for the property at 225 First St. SW should be granted. But in the end, the council followed the majority recommendation of the Rice Planning Commission and granted the variance. Gerald “Jerry” Legatt purchased the property with its quonset-style steel shed