Planning commission approves zoning amendments to accommodate annexation

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Integrating St. Joseph Township into the city of St. Joseph took another step Aug. 27 when the Planning Commission approved amending three zoning ordinances. The ordinance updates come after a July vote by the township approving annexation. The amended ordinances are intended to ease the annexation process for residents and businesses. The three ordinances addressed concerns

Closures planned for I-94 in Monticello

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Traffic on Interstate Highway 94 will be reduced to one lane and intermittently closed in Monticello beginning Monday, Aug. 27. The lane closures are needed while crews work on a bridge for the new overpass at Fallon Avenue. Both directions of I-94 between Hwy. 25 and CR 18 will be intermittently reduced to a single lane at 9:30 p.m. All

Comprehensive plan up for approval

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph Planning Commission will discuss and possibly adopt the latest version of the city’s comprehensive plan at a 6 p.m. meeting Monday, Aug. 27 at the Government Center. If the planning commission adopts the plan, it will move on to the City Council for approval. The plan was on the agenda for the commission’s

Incumbents file for St. Stephen offices

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St. Stephen’s city government will look the same after the Nov. 6 election. Incumbents filed for the open positions of mayor and the three city council seats. Gene Skaj and Danita Traut filed for re-election to serve four-year terms on the City Council. Stephen J. Trobec, who was appointed Aug. 1, filed for a two-year council term.  Jeff D. Blenkush,

Government shouldn’t try to censor social media

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Misconceptions about free speech and the First Amendment are getting tangled up in the growing controversy over the role of social media companies in public debate. Don’t let confusion about free speech, companies’ business decisions and technology lead to government regulation. Let’s start with the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the

In search of votes, Read meets voters one-on-one

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Jim Read has walked many miles since last winter and, at least figuratively, it’s mostly been uphill. He’s running as a Democrat for a seat in the state House of Representatives in the deeply red District 13A. He intends to knock on the doors of at least two-thirds of the district’s 13,000 households with registered voters by election day. So

Aug. 24 Sartell people

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Patricia Conrad, a teller at Deerwood Bank, has been promoted to retail manager in the Sartell office. Conrad has worked with Deerwood Bank, formerly Plaza Park Bank, for several years in both the Sartell and Waite Park offices before being promoted to this position. Deerwood Bank has 13 bank locations throughout Minnesota. contributed photo Dr. James DickinsonDr. James Dickinson joined

Aug. 24 news for refugees

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Ogeysiis!  Importante para Usted, por favor léalo  Please read! Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a volunteer-run organization and committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to ease your transition into our community. Check this space to make announcements that especially apply to our Refugee Neighbors in St. Joseph as well as those whose first