Here we go again! Reader expresses frustration about repeated special-use permits

Christian GilmanLetter to the EditorLeave a Comment

Ellen Wahlstrom, St. Joseph A special-use permit for a fourth used-auto sales establishment was approved by the St. Joseph Planning Commission over strong objections from the abutting neighbors. The site for the car lot is located on the east side of 8th Ave N.E. Yes, we understand a used-car-lot use was grandfathered in when the site was annexed to the

Stress transparency in government year-round

TaLeiza CallowayEditorial, OpinionLeave a Comment

Saturday (March 17) marks the end of Sunshine Week. You might be asking yourself, “What is Sunshine Week?” This week marks a time when transparency in government is stressed, highlighted and celebrated. Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote discussion of the importance of open government and freedom of information, according to www.sunshineweek.org. The week is not just for

Little things can make a big difference

TaLeiza CallowayColumn, OpinionLeave a Comment

Have you ever heard the expression, “Appreciate the little things?” No doubt it’s something you have heard a friend or loved one say when encouraging you to take a break from a rigorous schedule, or they might have said it as a gentle reminder. Well, I never really understood the true meaning of that saying until recently. Little things have

Don’t let bloody outrage sully deeds of good soldiers

Dennis DalmanEditorialLeave a Comment

This latest bloody lone rampage in Afghanistan must not be allowed to cast a shadow on American soldiers or American successes in that country. For more than 10 years, millions of expert, hard-working and courageous military personnel have served overseas – mainly in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. And now, once again, the actions of an obviously demented soldier have caused

Reader says ‘freedom of speech has certain defined limitations’

Christian GilmanLetter to the EditorLeave a Comment

Joe Blonski, Sartell Freedom of speech is a right that all Americans have to express their ideas (within certain defined limitations). Although I don’t agree with much of what Dennis Dalman places in his columns in the Newsleader, he certainly has a right to express his opinion. Interestingly Pastor Wright’s well-written commentary also doesn’t appear to have any problems with

Congregation stands behind Pastor in response to editor

Christian GilmanLetter to the EditorLeave a Comment

Paul E. Peterson, Abounding Joy Lutheran Church president, Sartell Our congregation, Abounding Joy Lutheran Church of Sartell, feels a need to point out some inaccuracies in your editorial of March 9, 2012.  First, you printed Pastor Tom Wright’s “personal e-mail” addressed to your Publisher Janelle and an ad person, Tara, as a letter to the editor. It was a message

CORRECTION to Editor’s response

Dennis DalmanOpinionLeave a Comment

In reply to the letter to the  editor from Paul E. Peterson: Yes, in writing his editorial, Dennis Dalman did believe Pastor Tom Wright was still affiliated with Celebration Lutheran Church. Although Wright did not state in his printed comment he was withdrawing his ad because he disagrees with Dalman’s opinions, he has stated several times in the past to

School district letter addresses community

Dennis DalmanLetter to the EditorLeave a Comment

Sartell-St. Stephen Community, The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board and Superintendent Dr. Joe Hill would like to publicly address our community on the topic of communication and transparency with respect to the district decision-making process. There has been contention regarding the decision made by the Board of Education with respect to our school-district calendar and the departure from a full-week spring