St. Joseph council approves citizen-friendly budget software

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Ways to open up city government and encourage more citizen participation were the focus of the June 1 St. Joseph City Council meeting. Members approved one new service but postponed a decision on a second plan so they could do more research. The council unanimously approved paying $7,000 a year for budgeting software that will provide

CR 133 resurfacing between St. Joseph and Sartell begins

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Resurfacing will begin on CR 133 between St. Joseph and Sartell on Tuesday, June 2. The work will approximately take two to three weeks to complete. Expect lane closures if driving through the area, according to the Stearns County Highway Department. Drivers should find alternate routes, expect delays and use caution while traveling through the work zone area.

Photo gallery: Sartell High School graduation

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Sartell High School seniors graduated with a unique drive-in-movie style ceremony in the high school parking lot on May 30. Social distancing guidelines ruled out the traditional indoor event. Families lined up their cars to watch the program on three giant screens and stayed with their vehicles during the event, which featured student speakers, a roll call of graduates and

Goal near for Education Foundation’s Riverview campaign

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation campaign for Riverview Intermediate School has reached nearly three-fourths of its goal. As of mid-May, the foundation has raised more than $70,000 of its fundraising goal of $100,000. In addition, the foundation’s projects will be boosted by a matching grant of up to $100,000 from Pat Lynch and Granite Logistics. Even

Some restaurants, bars to ease into outdoor options

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com A certain amount of downtown vitality might soon return to St. Joseph starting Monday, June 1, when some bars and restaurants will start offering outdoor service. Business owners and managers plans to open their services ranged from no to probably not, from maybe to definitely yes. Gov. Tim Walz announced that the state’s restaurants and bars

Flour & Flower bakery opens

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Flour & Flower bakery, one half of a new St. Joseph food destination, opened last week and its partner business, Krewe, plans to offer a pickup menu starting this weekend. Serving artisan breads and pastries, fresh-cut flowers and coffee, Flour & Flower is open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. “Nothing smells better than fresh

Pundsack retiring after 42 years of teaching in St. Joseph

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Not everyone can say they have been employed at the same place for more than 40 years, but Betty Pundsack can. After 44 years of teaching, 42 at St. Joseph Catholic School, and two at St. Mary’s in Melrose, Pundsack will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. When she decided to retire, she