New chief, city have grown together

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When Dwight Pfannenstein was growing up in St. Joseph, most of the town’s 2,500 residents in the 1980s knew each other. Now, as the city’s new police chief, Pfannenstein, 43, is responsible for a much larger city, with almost 7,000 residents, with more diversity and newcomers than during his childhood. “When I grew up, the population

Sartell man who helped build atom bomb has lifetime of problem-solving

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Wilbur Wright solves puzzles and problems. His challenges include fixing failed rockets in Brazil, coaxing more milk out of cows in Portugal and helping companies get off the ground in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. His career of problem-solving started with a bang. He was one of the scientists who designed and built

Jobs panel is next step to help immigrant workers

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The next step in an effort to connect St. Joseph’s immigrant population with employers seeking workers takes place on Monday, Aug. 13. Cultural Bridges and Career Solutions are hosting a panel for employers from 2 4:30 p.m. at Resource Training and Solutions, 137 23rd St. S., Sartell. As of earlier this week, five employers who are

New ruling opens courtroom doors just slightly to cameras

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An open-government debate that has gone mostly unnoticed for the past 30 years cleared another milestone in early July. The Minnesota Supreme Court filed an order permanently opening up Minnesota’s criminal courts to cameras. The decision comes after a 2-1/2-year pilot program on camera access to criminal proceedings. The permanent rules take effect Sept. 1. The U.S. Supreme Court held

July 27 St. Joseph people

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Gabrielle Martone of St. Joseph was recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits. Each school or college sets its own grade-point requirements. Connor MacKinney of St. Joseph graduated with honors May 5 from Montana State University in Bozeman. The partners, associates and

July 27 Sartell people

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Five Sartell students were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To be eligible, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits. Each school or college sets its own grade-point average requirements for students to be eligible. The students are Chasee Boyd, Holly Greer, Morgan Gugger, Matthew Murphy and Jacob Schumacher. The Sartell-St. Stephen

July 27 criers

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Sheriffs’ forum to be held Aug. 6 On Monday, Aug. 6, the League of Women Voters, St. Cloud Area, will co-sponsor with the Whitney Senior Center, a forum featuring Stearns County Sheriff candidates Dave Bentrud, Bob Dickhaus and Steve Soyka. The event will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Candidates Bentrud, Dickhaus and