Council wrestles with 2019 budget

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council tackled the city budget for 2019 at the Aug. 20 meeting. This is the first in a series of budget discussions that will take place over the coming months. The budget does not have to be finalized until December. The budget discussions were wide and far-ranging and at times seemed to

Lumberjacks rob Joes 5-3

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Foley Lumberjacks managed to string their nine hits together in just the right way as they stole the game with a ninth-innning rally and beat the St. Joseph Joes 5-3 in the Aug. 11 game in St. Joseph. Baseball legend Yogi Berra must have had such a game as this in mind when he said,

St. Joseph Council members heat up over cooling system

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Aug. 6 meeting of the St. Joseph City Council started smoothly enough before Mayor Rick Schultz and Council member Bob Loso began questioning Public Works Director Terry Thene. At issue was the heating and cooling system in the new city office building in which they were conducting the meeting. The building, which houses council and

Joes begin state baseball tournament run

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph Joes have not been idle these past few weeks. They have been swinging the bat well according to Manager Pat Schneider, and pitching has been in top form. And that helped to put them in the middle of the dogfight for a league title. Joes take second-place honors in Sauk Valley league, losing

St. Joseph Township approves annexation plan

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com A crowd of about 200 St. Joseph Township residents gathered in the AMI Auction Facility on July 17 for a public hearing on what was going to become of the township and how it might change and affect them. After a long, raucous meeting, the St. Joseph Township Board voted 3-0 to accept the resolution for

Board OKs tax increase related to new high school

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen school board voted on July 16 to implement the planned increase for additional revenue to finance school operations. The annual financial impact is projected to be an additional $82 per $100,000 of assessed value, according to the district. The revenue authorization would be applicable for 10 years. The levy will appear on the

Muskie baseball roundup

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell Muskie bats pound the Becker Bandits 14-0 John Schumer was the winning pitcher June 6 as he pitched six innings and gave up two hits while striking out seven in a lopsided 14-0 shutout against the Becker Bandits. The Muskie bats were merciless and scored four runs in the first inning. They failed to score

Community satisfaction with education programs at a high level

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com At its June 19 regular meeting, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board received reports on the Community Survey and on a year-old program called the Circle of Friends. Kay Nelson, assistant superintendent of learning services, along with school officials Brenda Steve, Kurt Stumpf, Kip Lynk, Sara Nelson and Kris O’Brien shared the highlights of the 2017-18 District