Buckvold, Schultz file for St. Joseph mayor

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St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz says he’s running for another term. He will face at least one challenger. City Council member Anne Buckvold says she filed for the post too. “I love this place,” Schultz wrote in a statement. “I love being St. Joseph’s mayor. It is profoundly enjoyable and engaging, while at the same time, one of the most

Accountability, transparency, leadership would improve with added positions

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph City Council is considering plans to increase accountability, transparency and leadership in two city departments. During a work session July 27, Police Chief Dwight Pfannenstein told council members he wants to add a second sergeant to his department and Public Works Director Terry Thene proposed a supervisor. In addition to better supervision of

2 people hurt in 3-vehicle collision

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Two people were injured in a three-vehicle collision July 24 on CR 2. Loren Notsch, 75, of St. Joseph was driving his SUV north on CR 2 and stopped to make a left turn. A second vehicle, driven by Joann Thielen, 52, of Cold Spring was safely stopped behind him when a third vehicle, driven by Evan Jolly, 21 of

5 injured in CR 75 collision

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Five people were injured July 24 in a collision at the intersection of CR 75 and CR3. Calvin Coplan, 18, of Holdingford, was driving west on CR 75 about 10:35 a.m. He drove over the fog line and corrected the vehicle back into its lane, crossed the center line and quickly moved the vehicle back into its lane and over

Consultant details education equity audit for school board

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com As a first step toward addressing its education equity issue, the Sartell-St. Stephen school board heard a proposal from Equity Alliance MN. The Woodbury-based consultants work with schools to research and develop plans to provide equitable education for all students. The issue arose earlier this summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and a

St. Joseph police will add another officer

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Soon there will be another police officer patrolling the streets of St. Joseph. Thanks to a federal COPS grant approved by the City Council at its July 20 meeting, Chief Dwight Pfannenstein will be hiring an additional officer. The four-year federal grant pays 75 percent of the wage and benefit package the first year, 50 percent

Council agrees to conduit financing for Scheels Complex

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com An ambitious expansion project next to Bernick’s Arena in Sartell will be paid for via a city-backed financing method known as a “conduit bond lease.” The name of the project is Scheels Athletic Complex, so-named because of  a major corporate donor. At its July 13 meeting, the council voted 4-1, with member Mike Chisum voting no,

Joetown Rocks raffle, online quilt auction results were successful

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Most of the results are in for the Church of St. Joseph raffle, T-shirt sales and online quilt auction and organizers got successful results. These were the events parishioners were still able to conduct when the Joetown Rocks concert, Church of St. Joseph festival and the St. Joseph Lions annual parade were canceled because of the