Council OKs water main extension

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Construction of a water main extension near 20th Avenue SE will go ahead after the St. Joseph City Council approved on a split vote the project’s assessments and low bid at its Sept. 8 meeting. The approval came after a public hearing on the project, which will pay for a construction of a looped water main

School leaders closely watch Covid case rates

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com With Sartell-St. Stephen schools set to open Sept. 8 using a mix of in-person and hybrid learning, school administrators are closely watching the Covid-19 case numbers in Stearns County. “The best we can do is encourage our neighbors, particularly this Labor Day weekend, to keep masks on and social distance,” Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert told school board

Police, firefighters move to space designed for the future

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Sartell police officers and firefighters are finding more space, new technology and a design for the future in their new home on Pinecone Road. Not all the boxes have been unpacked and a few details need finishing, but both departments are now operating out of the new Public Safety Facility. In addition to more space –

School lunch adapts to safety rules

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When students return to school next week, they’ll find changes in how they eat lunch. Some students will be eating in their classrooms, there will be fewer menu and a la carte options and transactions will be touchless and cashless. “We’ve been working hard on developing a plan to make sure they are able to social

Council approves downtown streetscape plan

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A proposal to improve the look of downtown St. Joseph moved ahead when the City Council approved the final plan and bidding for the streetscape project. The improvements include repairs to the existing street-scape on the south side of Minnesota Street from Chapel Lane to First Avenue NE. The work includes replacing pavers, tree planters, benches

Does racial injustice happen here?

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Could it happen here? That’s the question civic and law enforcement leaders have heard from citizens since George Floyd’s killing and the protests that followed. The question brought new attention to how Central Minnesota’s police and sheriff’s departments operate so incidents of racial injustice don’t happen here. The Central Minnesota NAACP chapter organized a Zoom discussion on Aug. 1 with

Aug. 31 St. Joseph police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. Aug. 20 3 a.m. Attempted entry. First Avenue NW. The