Retired deputy supports Soyka

Mike KnaakElection 2018, Letter to the Editor0 Comments

  Bruce P. Bechtold St. Joseph Last year I retired from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office after service for 32 years (the last 14 as chief deputy sheriff). During my career I had the opportunity to work with numerous law enforcement officers including all of the current candidates for Sheriff. I have considered the qualities of each of these men

‘Nobody’ wins when you don’t vote

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Opinion, Sartell – St. Stephen, St. Joseph0 Comments

Do you want to overthrow the government? Or maybe you think things are going just fine. Either way, Tuesday’s primary election is the time to take a stand. Midterm elections generally attract a low voter turnout. Primary election turnout is historically even lower. Voting is always the most important action of civic engagement, but because of a unique set of

Reader encourages to vote Bentrud for sheriff

Mike KnaakLetter to the Editor, Opinion0 Comments

Lowell Nielsen, St. Cloud We are having a primary election on Aug. 14 for Stearns County sheriff. We really need to have citizens get out to vote because like all midterm election years, people have a tendency to believe these times are less important. However, in the primary election on Aug. 14, we have Dave Bentrud as our Stearns County

New ruling opens courtroom doors just slightly to cameras

Mike KnaakEditorial, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

An open-government debate that has gone mostly unnoticed for the past 30 years cleared another milestone in early July. The Minnesota Supreme Court filed an order permanently opening up Minnesota’s criminal courts to cameras. The decision comes after a 2-1/2-year pilot program on camera access to criminal proceedings. The permanent rules take effect Sept. 1. The U.S. Supreme Court held