St. Joseph council approves citizen-friendly budget software

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by Mike Knaak 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.

Some restaurants, bars to ease into outdoor options

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by Dennis Dalman 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 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 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

Wood-Fired Wednesdays look different than planned

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by Cori Hilsgen Rolling Ridge Wedding and Event Center owner Randy Schmitz had planned to open mid-May this year for Wood-Fired Wednesdays, but like many other businesses, was not able to do so because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Schmitz said four months of his wedding business has vanished. Until he can open for business again, Schmitz offered his patrons