Benton County Sheriff’s Office lobby reopens

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The Benton County Sheriff’s Office lobby is now open to the public. Lobby hours are 8-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. People who have been exposed to Covid-19 in the preceding 14 days or those who are exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms are asked to refrain from entering the building. Floor markings, reduced seating capacity, increased sanitizing and other infection control strategies

Absentee voting for Aug. 11 primary begins

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Absentee voting for the Aug. 11 primary election is underway. Because of the current pandemic, residents who wish to vote by absentee are encouraged to request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org. To vote absentee by mail, voters should apply for an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org or contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office and an application will be mailed or faxed.

Stearns sheriff lobby reopens July 6

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On Monday, July 6, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office returns to normal lobby hours – 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fingerprinting will resume with a modified process. Those wishing to obtain fingerprints will need to call 320-259-3760 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 8-11:30 a.m. Masks are

EdVenture Club to start (hopefully) Sept. 8

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Parents of school children ages 3 to 5 can now register for an upcoming enrichment and activities program dubbed “Sabre EdVenture Club” that will start in the upcoming school year. EdVenture is short for “Education Adventure.” It will take place at Riverview, the newly remodeled former Sartell Middle School. There is an “if” attached, however. EdVenture

St. Stephen Legion has urgent need for officers

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com The American Legion Post 221 of St. Stephen is in danger of fading away after thriving for 61 years. And the reason? None of its members has yet agreed to serve as post officers. “Nobody wants to volunteer,” said current commander Michael Legatt, a veteran who served in Germany during the Vietnam War era. “At the

Sartell hires new financial director

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by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Sartell now has a new financial director, who happens to be a graduate of Sartell High School. Robb Voshell’s hiring was approved by the Sartell City Council at its June 22 meeting. Voshell was hired to replace Heidi Ostlie, who resigned to take another job. Voshell graduated from Sartell High School, then furthered his education at

‘We need to do better’ school board members told at listening session

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and a renewed focus on racial justice, the Sartell-St. Stephen school has taken two actions to address local concerns. The board conducted a listening session June 24 to hear about how schools should address equity issues. On June 15, the district published a statement that emphasized “as a