These bees make money – it’s a quilting bee

Dave DeMarsNews, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Dave DeMars It’s 8 a.m. Already the quilting ladies of the St. Joseph Parish Quilt Group have their large-sized quilting frame set up in Heritage Hall and are hard at work. They have been quilting since 7 a.m. They will continue working until 1:30 p.m. “Some of us are here at 7,” said Ellie Studer, one of the

Rice rec programs starting to boom

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by Dave DeMars It’s 3 p.m. on a warm spring afternoon. On the green grass of Rice Elementary School, Warren Ellingworth busies himself setting up the goal standards for the soccer game that will be held when school finally lets out. Ellingworth is the Rice recreation director and has been in the position about five months. It’s been a

Fishing, solar energy occupy SR City Council

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by Dave DeMars Two primary issues – the 2017 Governor’s Fishing Opener and the community solar subscriptions with the Geronimo Energy Co. – were the many topics discussed during the May 23 meeting of the Sauk Rapids City Council. John Libert, St. Cloud City Council member from Ward III, appeared before the Sauk Rapids council to inform its members

‘Up the Hill’ project marches forward

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by Dave DeMars The CSAH 3 or “Up the Hill” improvement project has been in the planning stages for some time, but the Sauk Rapids City Council received some good news at its May 9 meeting. Benton County Engineer Chris Byrd and Ron Bray, project manager from WSB & Associates Inc., made a presentation to the council as to what progress had

Rice council approves gas franchise

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by Dave DeMars Mark Osendorf of Xcel Energy was on hand May 2 when the Rice City Council took up the gas franchise agreement which had been expired since 2012. Osendorf apologized for the situation, explaining that non-renewal was the result of retirements and staff problems. Xcel has about 400 franchise agreements across the state and agreements are standardized

Police chief opens up about security, safety

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by Dave DeMars Police Chief Perry Beise’s desk is covered with neatly aligned sheafs of papers that are part of the day’s work, and by the end of the day, Beise will have sorted through, read, commented on and signed off on most of the material presented. It’s not his favorite part of the job, but it’s necessary. Beise has been in

Clean water efforts need to continue

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by Dave DeMars Minnesota is known as the”Land of 10,000 Lakes,” so it stands to reason the state has more than a little interest in the quality of that water. An open house was held concerning the Sartell Watershed District at the Rice Lions Club on April 27 with the focus of educating attendees about the watershed and water

Mayor Rogholt speaks on past and future policies

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by Dave DeMars After four years as the sitting mayor of Rice, Dale Rogholt confesses he will probably try for one more term as the town’s mayor. It’s not that he’s in love with the job or that the power of the office attracts him so much. It’s just that there are a few things he has left to