Country Lights Festival donations help needy families

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Sartell firefighters prepared s’mores over an open fire for Dec. 7 visitors to the Country Lights Festival. Donations totaled $300 and the fire department will use the money to help families in need. The check was presented to the fire department on Dec. 11. A visit from Santa and a variety of games attracted visitors to the annual light display around

Bids approved for safety facility

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 by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Bob Strack, construction manager for the Public Safety Facilities project in Sartell, brought what he called “very good news” to the City Council at its Dec. 10 meeting. Strack is the head of Strack Construction Co. Inc., the company what will build the facility to house the police department and fire department in Sartell. The good

New council member Theisen views his role as a problem solver

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com When new St. Joseph City Council member Brian Theisen is sworn in Jan. 7, he’ll bring years of problem solving and public-service experience. Theisen, 40, is a Stearns County deputy and member of the St. Joseph Fire Department. “I’ll be problem-solving for the city. That’s what I do 50 hours a week as a deputy,” Theisen

Good tidings, merriment at Winterwalk

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photo by Carolyn BertschMoved by the live jazz band playing the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Wesley Hazen, 2, grabs the hands of Eddie Marie Thomes, 2, (left) and Sophia Nordmann, 1, to dance Nov. 30 at the St. Joseph Winterwalk event. All three children are from St. Joseph. photo by Carolyn BertschThere was a new tree and location for

Girl Scouts from the ’70, ’80s plan reunion

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Newsleaders staff report news@newsleaders.com Were you a Girl Scout in the ‘70s and ‘80s in St. Joseph area? If so, former Troop Leaders Delores Giroux and Sharon Toogood Froehle would love to see you again.   The event will be from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Giroux’s home, 103 Minnesota St. E. RSVP  by Thursday, Dec. 20, to Froehle at 320-493-8493

Veterans profiles will mark American Legion’s 100th anniversary

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The American Legion will be celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. In addition to national and statewide activities commemorating this milestone, American Post 328 of St. Joseph is planning a number of festive and patriotic activities for the community.   One of those special events will be profiles of St. Joseph-area veterans published in each Newsleader during 2019. The Newsleader is

Jeff Howe sworn in to the Senate

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contributed photoLt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach (left) issues the oath of office to Jeff Howe (right) as his brother, John Howe (center) looks on. Howe (R-Rockville) was sworn in to the Minnesota Senate on Dec. 11. Howe, who was elected in a November special election for the seat formerly held by Fischbach, represents District 13, which includes communities in Benton and