St. Joseph City Council approves preliminary street improvement plan

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Presented with three street improvements options with price tags ranging from $1.5 million to $2.8 million, St. Joseph City Council members choose the middle ground at the Jan. 16 meeting. The proposed street improvement plan selected by the council comes in $2.1 million with a $2.1 million price tag. The next step in the approval process

Plowing plan approved for former St. Joseph Township

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Residents in the recently annexed portions of St. Joseph Township should continue to see the same level of snow plowing service after the St. Joseph City Council acted Jan. 16. The council voted to continue contracting with Astech Corp. for snow removal in portions of the former township. According to documents submitted to the council, a

St. Joseph joins police joint powers agreement

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph police will now be part of a joint powers agreement that will make crime-fighting easier after City Council action Jan. 16. Police Chief Dwight Pfannenstein asked the council to approve the agreement with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office to share investigative data such as booking photos among a number of agencies in central Minnesota.

Kennedy VEX Robotics gearing up for competitions

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com VEX Robotics students at Kennedy Community School have been busy gearing up for competition. Robotics students competed Jan. 5 at the Sartell Sabres VEX Turning Point Tournament in Sartell. Two Kennedy teams won two awards presented by VEX judges after judges’ interviews. The sixth-grade girls team won the VEX Robotics Energy Award and the sixth-grade boys

Jan. 11 news for refugees

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Ogeysiis!  Importante para Usted, por favor léalo  Please read! Announcements brought to you by Cultural Bridges of St. Joseph, a volunteer-run organization and committee of Central Minnesota Community Empowerment Organization. We are dedicated to easing your transition into our community. Check this space to make announcements that especially apply to our Refugee Neighbors in St. Joseph as well as those whose first

Soyka sworn in as Stearns sheriff

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photo by Mike KnaakNew Sheriff Steve Soyka takes the oath of office from District Court Judge Sarah Hennesy on Jan. 8. photo by Mike KnaakAn overflow crowd watches as newly elected Stearns County officials were sworn in on Jan. 8. Taking the oath of office were County Attorney Janelle Kendall, Sheriff Steve Soyka, Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels and commissioners Tarryl Clark