Mayor-elect Fitzthum has busy, good week

Dennis DalmanElection 2018, News, Sartell – St. Stephen0 Comments

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com After Sartell City Council member Ryan Fitzthum learned late in the evening of Nov. 6 that he will soon be called officially Sartell Mayor Ryan Fitzthum, he didn’t celebrate; he couldn’t. He had to be up at 9 a.m. the next day to fly to Las Vegas for a business convention about heavy machinery. The week

School leaders asking why levy failed

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by Dave DeMars news@thenewsleaders.com The votes are in and tabulated and the leaders of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District are asking themselves what went awry with the attempt to pass an operations levy referendum in the district. The proposed levy, titled Levy for Learning, was defeated by more than 1,600 votes. What happened? “Well, I’m not sure,” said Superintendent Jeff

Voters choose Elness, Kolb for city council

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Two candidates – Tim Elness and Jeff Kolb – were elected Nov. 6 to two seats on the Sartell City Council. They defeated two other candidates – Brady Andel and Barika Davis. Of the four, Elness received from voters in Sartell’s seven precincts the most votes – 3,571 (30.67 percent of the total votes cast). Kolb

Soyka is excited to get going as new Stearns County sheriff

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Steve Soyka has gone from learning about the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office as a teenage Explorer three decades ago to his election as sheriff on Nov. 6. Soyka, 49, defeated Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud to become the county’s first new, elected sheriff in 16 years. He’ll assume his new duties on Jan. 7. In

Sen. Howe has hopes, concerns for next session

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Jeff Howe’s Nov. 6 special-election victory as senator for District 13 is a momentous tie-breaker for the Minnesota State Senate. Starting in January, Republicans will control the Senate by one vote – 34 to 33. Howe’s election is what made the difference. He will serve the last two years of the four-year term begun by Sen.

Dorholt, Ringsmuth, Green elected to school board

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Zachary Dorholt and Les Green, both of St. Cloud, and Natalie Ringsmuth of Waite Park were elected to three seats on the St. Cloud school board in the Nov. 6 general election. They outpolled the other three of six competing candidates – Peter Hamerlinck and Larry Hosch, both of St. Joseph; and Beth Schlangen of St.

Soyka elected Stearns sheriff

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Steve Soyka will be Stearns County’s new sheriff. Soyka, a Stearns County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, beat Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud. Soyka won 56 percent of the vote. He collected 34,771 votes while Bentrud picked p 26,309 votes. Soyka will replace Sheriff Don Gudmundson, who was appointed in May 2017 after John Sanner retired midway through his term. The

Howe wins Senate special election

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The state Senate will remain in Republican control after Jeff Howe beat Joe Perske in the Senate District 13 special election. Howe, who currently represents District 13A in the state House, collected 57 percent of the vote. Perske, a current Stearns County commissioner and former Sartell mayor, received 16,108 votes to Howe’s 21,714 votes. The special election was needed when