Census, redistricting questions are hidden election issues

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

The future of Minnesota’s representation in the next decade will be decided with this fall’s elections and with decisions being made now about how Census 2020 will be conducted. How many members of Congress Minnesota will have and how their districts will be drawn will be determined by the census. The decennial count also affects drawing boundaries for other elected

Should sheriffs be elected or appointed?

Mike KnaakColumn, Election 2018, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Twenty-seven men – yes, they’ve all been men – have served as Stearns County sheriff. On Nov. 6, Stearns County voters will elect the 28th sheriff. In recent times they’ve been elected, but the job didn’t start that way. On March 3, 1855, three Stearns County commissioners appointed Luther B. Hammond as the county’s first sheriff. The three commissioners were appointed

Klobuchar, DFL candidates, visit St. Joseph

Cori HilsgenElection 2018, News, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited campaign headquarters (the former Newsleaders office building) of Minnesota Senate candidate Joe Perske in St. Joseph the morning of Sept. 15 to help rally democratic volunteers. They were joined by Minnesota House of Representatives District 13B candidate Heidi Everett and 13A candidate Jim Read, former House Representative Bill Luther, senators Kari Dziedzic,

Former chief endorses Bentrud for county sheriff

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Bob Ringstrom, St. Joseph My name is Bob Ringstrom, retired Police Chief of Sartell.  I strongly endorse Dave Bentrud to be elected as the Sheriff of Stearns County. I first met Dave when he was a St Cloud police patrol officer. He was promoted to sergeant in the St Cloud Police Department where I had the opportunity to coordinate with him

Soyka has sheriff’s department experience

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Richard Soyka, Sauk Rapids The primary voting is over. Steve Soyka was first for Steams sheriff. Only one candidate remains for Stearns County sheriff who has sheriff-department experience. That is Patrol Sgt. Steve Soyka. He previously had four years with the Benton County Sheriff Department and currently has 23 years with the Stearns County Sheriff Department. His opponent has NO county

Reader urges to vote Peterson for Sartell mayor

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen0 Comments

Glenn Persen, Sartell Staying current, forward planning and being steady yet responsible defines David Peterson. David has represented Sartell on the city council for almost 12 years and has seen a great deal of changes during that time. “Sartell is a growing community. People want to move here and raise their families and start businesses,” Peterson said. Rapid growth has created

Change needed in District 13B, vote Everett

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Sartell - St. Stephen0 Comments

Barb Nelson, Sartell If the political scene in Minnesota is ever going to change, then a change in the personal makeup of the legislature needs to change. Legislators on both sides feel what they are proposing and enacting is best for the people of Minnesota. Unfortunately, the Republicans believe the following: eliminate health care for thousands by destroying the Affordable Care

Perske has experience needed for state Senate

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor, Print Editions, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

Jim Graeve, St. Joseph We in Senate District 13 have a golden opportunity to elect Joe Perske to the Minnesota Senate on Nov. 6. Joe proves his electability by being the former mayor of Sartell and our current county commissioner. These two jobs give him hands-on experience of the needs of our communities. Joe knows how to save a buck. Many