Candidates begin filing for election

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by Mike Knaak Filings for local public offices with primary elections continue through June 5. Here are the people who have filed through noon on Wednesday, May 30. The individual listing includes information from the candidate’s voluntary disclosure form if they filed one with the secretary of state.   Senate District 13 Jeff Howe, Republican. House District 13A Jim

Flammable solvent starts storage unit fire

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by Mike Knaak A man using a flammable solvent accidentally started a fire that extensively damaged at least three storage units May 29 at Ridgewood Self Storage. The storage renter, Christopher Johnson of St. Joseph, was using the solvent to clean camping equipment when the fire started at 10:57 a.m., according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. Fire departments

St. Stephen Steves playing .500 baseball at midseason

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by Mike Knaak Halfway through the amateur baseball regular season, the St. Stephen Steves are playing .500 ball in the Victory League after a recent three-game losing streak. The most recent loss was an 11-2 defeat by the Avon Lakers on Memorial Day. The Steves’ 3-3 record put them in third place in the Victory League South, trailing Avon

Ask candidates if they are ready for compromise

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Which political environment produces results? Some people argue that divided government – one party controlling the executive branch and the opposition controlling the legislative – works because the opposing parties serve as a check on the extreme stands of the other and the result is a middle-ground compromise. The alternative viewpoint – one party controls both the executive and legislative

Readers’ letters round out opinion page

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Informed opinions, vigorously argued, form the foundation of democracy. The opinions appearing on this page (and sometimes the next page as well) are offered in that spirit. The editorial that regularly appears to the left of this column represents the Newsleader’s view of current events. Newspaper editorials aren’t meant to tell readers how to think, but instead serve as a

June 1 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 Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime May 11  11:21 p.m. Driving after suspension. CR 75. An

Pawlenty picks Fischbach as his running mate

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by Mike Knaak Republican candidate for governor Tim Pawlenty announced May 31 that former state senator and current Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach will be his running mate. Fischbach, who has represented portions of Stearns and Benton counties since 1996, resigned her Senate seat on May 25. Senate District 13 includes the cities of Sartell and St. Joseph. When Lt.

Fischbach resigns Senate seat; Howe, Perske, Willemsen will run in special election

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by Mike Knaak Michelle Fischbach’s resignation from the Minnesota Senate means there will be a special election this fall for Senate District 13. Fischbach resigned May 25 and took the oath of office for lieutenant governor, a post she’s legally held since January. Current District 13A Rep. Jeff Howe and two democrats, Michael Willemsen and Joe Perske, have filed