Judge rules Fischbach can serve dual roles

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Michelle Fischbach can keep her state Senate seat while serving as lieutenant governor. A Ramsey County District Court judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against Fischbach, a Republican who represents the Sartell and St. Joseph areas in District 13. The lawsuit challenging the dual roles was premature, the judge wrote, until the Legislature starts on Feb.

Time to turn talk into positive action

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Suspicion, fear, anger, even hate. When change and challenges confront us, those reactions sometimes follow. We’re again hearing white nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment across central Minnesota including recent posters on the St. Cloud State University campus and in St. Joseph. Last week, the St. Joseph City Council backed a motion to build “a friendly, inclusive and safe community for all

How will 2018 be remembered?

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Protests in the streets. Cries of racism. Conflict in Asia and the Middle East. Chaos in Washington. A description of 2018? Maybe. But that also describes 50 years ago….1968. Commentators have compared this year to 50 years ago as a time of political chaos and civic strife. In 50 years, will people look back on 2018 as another turning point

2 killed, 2 injured in CR 2 collision

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Two people from Utah died in a two-car collision on Stearns CR 2 near Island Lake Road north of Cold Spring Wednesday morning. The collision occurred when a driver traveling south lost control and slid sideways into the northbound lane about 8 a.m., according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle crashed in the ditch and rolled. Cody Randall,