St. Joseph seeks bonding money to help fund underpass

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The city of St. Joseph will formally ask the state of Minnesota to pay half the $3 million cost of a pedestrian underpass under CR 75, according to Mayor Rick Schultz. State bonding money would pay half the cost while the 1/2 –cent sales tax would pay the rest. After looking at several options, Schultz said

Long-planned lofts become reality

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Construction will begin soon on a 17-unit residential and retail complex on College Avenue North. Developers of 24 North Lofts announced Tuesday, March 6, that after four years of planning, the project will soon be a reality. Partners Jon Petters and Dr. Gustavo Peña announced in a press release that financing and the construction contract are

Township elections are Tuesday

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Area townships conduct elections and annual meetings on Tuesday, March 13. Poll hours vary by township. There are no contested elections in any of the area townships. Brockway: Town Hall, 43710-85th Ave. 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Both offices unopposed. Clerk: two-year term – Connie Pesta. Supervisor: three-year term – George L. Fiedler. Collegeville: Town Hall,

Meth found, arrests made in police raids

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A region-wide investigation of methamphetamine sales and distribution included police action in the 100 block of Second Street South in Sartell. The Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force executed 11 search warrants at nine different locations in Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud and Benton and Stearns counties on Feb. 28 and March 1. Officers found more

Time to act on 15-year-old school safety report

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It’s no surprise that gun safety measures aren’t going anywhere fast in Washington, D.C., or St. Paul. Republicans have shown little interest in action. In St. Paul, a sixth measure gun-related bill has been introduced by five House Republicans that would allow trained and permitted school staff to carry firearms. It’s HF3286 and no committee action has been scheduled. Like

We’re No. 2

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Top 10s, Favorites and Bests lists rank just about everything from cars to college degrees. Some of these are truly silly such as David Letterman’s nightly rankings on late-night TV. Lists aim to inform but more often entertain. Some are serious and useful while others are meant to energize debate and discussion. U.S. News and World Report has for years

March 9 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 www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime. Feb. 19 8:26 a.m. Suspicious man. 213 Cedar St. E.