Warm weather doesn’t stop syrup festivals UB: 3/30

TaLeiza CallowayNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com The making of maple syrup is a tradition in the St. Joseph area. It needs a good freeze-thaw cycle to help lock in the taste that many love to add to their pancakes or French toast. Boiling down the sap of the maple tree makes pure syrup. Lessons like this and more were recently available just

Heed spring burning restrictions

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, Opinion, St. JosephLeave a Comment

The weather this winter has no doubt been a little warmer than expected. Many might not complain about this. Others still long for the snow that has been absent. The warm weather has not only affected the scheduling of events or natural processes but has forced the implementation of spring burning restrictions. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources started to

House approves O’Driscoll-authored bills

Dennis DalmanNews, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Two bills, both mainly authored by Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), passed the Minnesota House of Representatives on the same day last week – March 20. Both bills moved on to the Minnesota Senate for consideration. One of O’Driscoll’s bills, which has won both support and opposition statewide, is the School-Trust Land Bill, HF 2244, that proposes

Award-winning Brenny calls for respect for truckers

Dennis DalmanNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com Some truckers feel as if they are living their lives under a microscope, wondering from day to day who is going to harass them next. That is the opinion of Joyce Brenny, who spoke on that subject last week during a “Salute to Women in Trucking” truck show in Louisville, Ken. Brenny has been named the

Listening party held at Local Blend

Cori HilsgenNews, St. JosephLeave a Comment

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Local musicians, Adam Hammer and Dave Cofell, recently held a listening party at the Local Blend to celebrate the release of their solo CDs. Listeners were able to hear selections from Hammer’s “Broken Like You” and Cofell’s “No Substitute (For You)” solo CDs. Hammer and Cofell, who were voted Best Original Music in the St. Cloud

Good customer service is scarce

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, Opinion, St. JosephLeave a Comment

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, one definition of the word courtesy is “polite behavior.” Some might think to themselves, I know what courtesy is supposed to look like, but a sad reality is it is becoming harder and harder to spot when it comes to customer service. Whether you’re shopping in the grocery store, your local mall or driving through