City administrator to retire after serving 30+ years

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com After 33 years, Judy Weyrens will say goodbye to city hall, retiring as city administrator this summer. The City Council accepted Weyrens’ resignation at Monday’s meeting, with a vote of four to one, with council member Troy Goracke dissenting. “We accept this with regret, Judy,” said Mayor Rick Schultz. “I’m overwhelmed with the amount of work

City Council moves forward with affordable housing plan

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com Despite concerns over new road and infrastructure costs, the St. Joseph City Council is moving forward with its support for a new affordable housing development on the city’s east side. The council voted 4-1 to support the project at a meeting May 6 with council member Brian Theisen dissenting. The project includes a 48-unit apartment building

Police will soon have new tool to catch red-light runners

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com Local law enforcement will soon have some help cracking down on drivers who run red lights. Stearns County received federal funding to install traffic-confirmation lights on several county-owned traffic signals, including some in St. Joseph, said Randy Sabart, the city’s engineer. A light is installed on the back of a traffic signal. It turns blue when

A place to call home: Group highlights need for affordable housing in St. Joseph

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com What does “home” mean to you? Molly Weyrens asked that question to a group at the Church of St. Joseph Sunday night, April 14. Community members gathered to learn more from Weyrens about the need for affordable housing in St. Joseph. Weyrens, of Central Minnesota Catholic Worker, is part of Faith in Housing, a group of

St. Joseph city council considers affordable housing project on east side

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph could get some much-needed affordable housing, if local governments support a new project proposed by Sand Cos. City council and economic development authority members heard preliminary details about an apartment building project on the east side of St. Joseph at a special joint meeting Tuesday, March 19. Megan Carr, a senior business development manager

Council considers new ‘shovel-ready’ industrial park on east side of city

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph could soon be home to new industrial businesses, if a plan to develop an industrial park comes to fruition. The City Council approved March 4 a preliminary plat of an industrial park development southeast of CR 133 and east of 19th Avenue NE. The development is just northeast of the St. Joseph Coborn’s. If

Renovation confirms Church of St. Joseph’s foundations run deep

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.om Locals have always known the foundations of the Church of St. Joseph run deep. But a recent renovation has confirmed it. Underneath the worship space runs two hand-built, stone-wall foundations the length of the church. The foundations have held up the roof for 150 years, but are getting an update this winter. Construction crews will reinforce the