St. Joe Vibe Feb. 23: Why people need to live downtown

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Note to our readers: This column is part of a series from a blog recently started by a loosely knit independent group of area business people and residents who love and want to promote the energy and enthusiasm of downtown St. Joseph: The Joe Town Vibe.  To find the column online or to read web-exclusive blogs posted every Tuesday please

Stearns sheriff race shaping up on ballot

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Stearns County will elect a new sheriff this fall. The race should be one of the most interesting and most important on the November ballot. For the first time since 2002, there won’t be an incumbent sheriff on the ballot. When John Sanner retired a year ago after serving for 14 years, the county board appointed Donald Gudmundson to fill

Gun debate is about dollars, cents

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Thoughts and prayers. We heard those words again last week after another angry man picked up his legally purchased battlefield weapon and attacked a Florida high school, killing 17. Thoughts and prayers from political leaders, again. What they really should be saying is “dollars and cents.” Because money, not logic, not sound public policy, not hollow thoughts and prayers, controls

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