St. Joseph man ready for 500-mile fundraiser

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by Mike Knaak Gene Boysen is getting ready to roll…and roll and roll and roll. Boysen takes off Sunday, July 15, for the 500-mile Habitat 500 Bike Ride. The 54-year-old St. Joseph veterinarian hopes to raise as much as $2,000 through pledges for Habitat for Humanity. The nonprofit organization helps families build and improve affordable housing. “I’ve wanted to

China’s cleanup raises recycling costs

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by Mike Knaak China’s efforts to clean up its environment could hit St. Joseph residents in the pocketbook. The United States accounts for 40 percent of recyclables sent to China. In March, China lowered acceptable contamination levels from 3 percent to .5 percent in paper and plastic and banned all mixed paper. As a result, prices paid to recyclers

Voters do have a choice in future Supreme Court cases

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The debate about how Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat should be filled and how an expected “conservative” justice might rule on past issues misses the point. Voters don’t get to decide who Donald Trump nominates or who the Senate approves. But voters do have a voice. Many issues that reach the high court end up there because of a

Back on the trail, Pawlenty campaigns by asking questions

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Not all political campaigning happens at rallies for thousands of supporters or in summer festival parades. Sometimes, politicians seek votes in very small informal groups. Recently, I followed Tim Pawlenty and Michelle Fischbach on two St. Cloud visits focused on jobs and workforce development. Pawlenty served two terms as governor, from 2003 to 2011. He bypassed the state Republican convention

Don’t blame Trump for following the law

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Nancy Schramel, Sartell Our President Donald Trump is the voice of the patriotic American people! We proudly stand with him to honor and defend our country, flag and veterans. He won the election which speaks volumes. He is strong and a very great leader. He is not racist. He is stopping Planned Parenthood from killing babies of EVERY race. He is

July 13 Sartell people

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Eight students from Sartell graduated May 12 from the College of St. Benedict on May 12. The graduates are: Alexis Flaherty, daughter of Robert and Stacie Flaherty, bachelor’s in nursing; Lauren Hennen, daughter of Gregg and Amy Hennen, bachelor’s in biochemistry; Kathryn Hoppert, daughter of Richard and Merry Hoppert, bachelor’s in accounting; Anna Lindstrom, daughter of Matt Lindstrom and Amy Braig Lindstrom, bachelor’s in psychology; Elizabeth Plaine, daughter of Kelly and Cara Plaine,

July 13 St. Joseph police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 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. June 4 2:56 a.m. Gunshot. Second Avenue NW. An officer