St. Joseph council approves citizen-friendly budget software

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Ways to open up city government and encourage more citizen participation were the focus of the June 1 St. Joseph City Council meeting. Members approved one new service but postponed a decision on a second plan so they could do more research. The council unanimously approved paying $7,000 a year for budgeting software that will provide

CR 133 resurfacing between St. Joseph and Sartell begins

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Resurfacing will begin on CR 133 between St. Joseph and Sartell on Tuesday, June 2. The work will approximately take two to three weeks to complete. Expect lane closures if driving through the area, according to the Stearns County Highway Department. Drivers should find alternate routes, expect delays and use caution while traveling through the work zone area.

Photo gallery: Sartell High School graduation

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Sartell High School seniors graduated with a unique drive-in-movie style ceremony in the high school parking lot on May 30. Social distancing guidelines ruled out the traditional indoor event. Families lined up their cars to watch the program on three giant screens and stayed with their vehicles during the event, which featured student speakers, a roll call of graduates and

Goal near for Education Foundation’s Riverview campaign

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation campaign for Riverview Intermediate School has reached nearly three-fourths of its goal. As of mid-May, the foundation has raised more than $70,000 of its fundraising goal of $100,000. In addition, the foundation’s projects will be boosted by a matching grant of up to $100,000 from Pat Lynch and Granite Logistics. Even

Flour & Flower bakery opens

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Flour & Flower bakery, one half of a new St. Joseph food destination, opened last week and its partner business, Krewe, plans to offer a pickup menu starting this weekend. Serving artisan breads and pastries, fresh-cut flowers and coffee, Flour & Flower is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. “Nothing smells better than fresh

Legislative session ends without funding for St. Joseph projects

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Minnesota’s legislators ended their regular session without approving a bonding bill that included money for St. Joseph’s Community Center, but there’s still hope for money this year. Legislators are likely to return to St. Paul on June 12 and a $2 billion bonding bill for projects throughout the state will probably be on the agenda. Before

Borgert family gathers at Country Manor

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contributed photoThe extended family of Eugene and Marilyn Borgert gathered outside County Manor in Sartell on May 25 to greet Eugene, who is being treated for back issues. Marilyn died on May 22 and his family was not able to be with him because of Covid-19 restrictions. The staff moved his bed closer to the window so he could see