Look past shenanigans for enduring Washington inspiration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Watching from Area Code 320, the nation’s capital appears to be the land of shenanigans and ridiculousness. Consider these recent events: • For the first time, a House of Representatives chaplain was fired, apparently because he offered a prayer that was not sufficiently supportive of the Republicans’ tax plan. The chaplain is a Jesuit, a religious order

May 11 St. Joseph police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 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. April 17 6:08 p.m. Burglary in progress. 329 Seventh Ave.

Business changes underway in downtown St. Joseph

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Several significant business and commercial plans are changing the look of downtown St. Joseph. Construction is well underway on the long-planned 24 North Lofts project on College Avenue. Across the street the old city hall could have a new owner. Aaron Rieland of Bad Habit Brewing is negotiating with the city of St. Joseph to buy

First United plans Garden Sanctuary

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com First United Methodist Church announced plans for a Garden Sanctuary as part of the church’s master plan. The congregation’s plans include a memorial garden, where cremains will be interred; a large patio with a wood-fired bread oven; outdoor worship and concert space; and a labyrinth. The plan and fundraising efforts were announced April 29, with a

Officers certified to teach women defense tactics

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Two St. Joseph police officers are now trained to teach women how to defend themselves from an attacker. Officers Celeste Walz and Dan Magaard attended a three-day course to earn Basic Certification in the Rape Aggression Defense program – called RAD. “We learned how to teach women to use their voice and (some) maneuvers like punching,

Applications open for vacant City Council seat

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council is accepting applications to fill a newly created vacancy. Council member Matt Killam resigned at the end of April. He is moving out of the area. The city is accepting applications until 3 p.m. Friday, May 11. The council will interview applicants and aim to swear in the new member at

Court orders release of Wetterling case files

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleader.com A district court judge’s ruling on April 19 that investigative records in the Jacob Wetterling case must be made public still does not end the dispute. No date for the release will be set until the 60-day appeal period passes or until parties indicate they don’t plan to appeal, according to Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall.