Township resident says annexation doesn’t make sense

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Len Bechtold, St. Joseph The city of St Joseph has notified the township it intends to annex all of the property in the Orderly Annexation Area. At meetings on May 25, 2017, attended by approximately 50 people; a meeting on Jan 25, 2018, attended by approximately 100 people; and a meeting on Feb. 15, 2018 attended by approximately 75 people, all

Reader believes President Trump’s Twitter account is threatening our democracy

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Amy Braig-Lindstrom, St. Joseph Hey Twitter, Enough is enough! The @realdonaldtrump account should have been left behind with civilian life. Instead, it is the single biggest threat against our already obviously fragile democracy. Join me in demanding Twitter enforce its sanctions for violating the rules in its terms and agreements for abusive behavior. Twitterʼs rules and policies state, “…we prohibit

Government operates best in sunshine, not darkness

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Every March, journalists celebrate Sunshine Week. It’s not about a Florida vacation but more importantly about the public’s right to know about what our government is doing in our name. Government works best for all of us when it operates in sunshine, not darkness. Journalists constantly challenge government officials for access to documents and meetings. But this effort is not

Morals, sex used to matter in politics

Mike KnaakColumn, Opinion, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph, Uncategorized0 Comments

Poor old Nelson Rockefeller. I’ve been thinking of him lately. Here’s why. My interest in politics and political journalism dates to the mid 1960s. In September 1968, Rockefeller visited St. Cloud, making him the first national politician I saw in person. In those days, the St. Cloud airport was on the north side. Now its former hangers house the Whitney

St. Patrick’s Day is about more than green beer

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by Connor Kockler Recently, an invasion of green in what has otherwise been a white winter took over the United States. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a spell of warm weather, but an event we know as St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday with an interesting history.  If you’ve heard about St. Patrick, you may have encountered the story in which he banished

Why St. Joseph resident believes annexation is not the answer

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Len Bechtold, St. Joseph In December 2017, the city of St. Joseph notified St Joseph Township of the intent to annex all of the property located within the Orderly Annexation Agreement area. This area includes all the property in St. Joseph Township lying north of the Sauk River and north of I-94, an area of several thousand acres. At the March