Levy offers Sartell-St. Stephen choices for school funding

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A vote on the Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s operating levy is being presented as a choice between raising new revenue or making additional cuts in the programs, services and building maintenance. The operating levy, which will raise $1.7 million for 10 years, is on a Nov. 5 special- election ballot. A year ago, district voters rejected

St. Joseph ranks high as a safe place to live

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph residents should sleep well tonight. The city has been ranked as one of Minnesota’s safest places to live. Behind No. 1 safe city Big Lake, St. Joseph ranked eighth, according to a study conducted by Security Baron, a company that specializes in home and cybersecurity issues. The rankings are based on FBI data for

Simon served with communications unit in Vietnam

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The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. Profiles of St. Joseph-area veterans published in each Newsleader during 2019. The Newsleader is joining with Post 328 to recognize veterans and Legion members who served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other theaters of conflict and Cold War tensions. by Tom Klecker Robert “Bob” Simon, 75 

Oct. 18 Sartell-St. Stephen people

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The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, in conjunction with CommunityGiving, has awarded $158,300 in academic scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 101 students. Samuel Larson of Sartell received $500 from the Brian Klinefelter Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund and $2,000 from the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation Scholarship Fund. Ashlee DesMarais of Sartell received $, from the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety

Refugee/immigrant news: English classes are underway

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Tani waa kuu muhiim adiga.  Fadlan aqri. Ogeysiis!  Importante para Usted, por favor léalo. Please read! Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community. Classes are well underway in St. Joseph for those learning English at the Spirituality Center of the Sisters of

Oct. 18 St. Joseph people

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Kateri Fischer of St. Joseph and a Cathedral High School graduate received a Chancellor’s Scholarship for the 2019-20 academic year from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Central Minnesota Community Foundation, in conjunction with CommunityGiving, has awarded $158,300 in academic scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to 101 students. Maggie O’Donnell of St. Joseph received $2,000 from the Bernick Family Scholarship

More cuts loom if voters reject school levy

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Sartell-St. Stephen school district’s voters will get a second chance on Nov. 5 to approve an operating levy that would raise $1.7 million a year for 10 years. A year ago, voters defeated a similar measure, forcing school leaders to cut $1.3 million from this year’s school budget. District voters should approve the levy this year. The money is needed

Bits, bites and cops make St. Joseph a thriving place to live

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Good news is stacking up for St. Joseph from a variety of unrelated actions that will help the city grow and attract new businesses and residents. Midco recently announced gigabit internet service is now available, which offers business and residents online speeds as much as 35 times faster than standard services. That technology upgrade should make St. Joseph an attractive