Candidates fill for offices with primary elections

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Filings closed June 2 for elected positions with a potential primary on Aug. 11. Here are the filings for offices as recorded by the Secretary of State. U.S. Senate DFL incumbent Tina Smith will be challenged by Steve Carlson, Ahmad R. Hassan, Paula Overby and Christopher Lovell Seymore Sr. Republicans will have a choice between the party

St. Joseph council approves citizen-friendly budget software

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com 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

Flour & Flower bakery opens

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com 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

Wood-Fired Wednesdays look different than planned

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by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com 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

Legislative session ends without funding for St. Joseph projects

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Minnesota’s legislators ended their regular session without approving a bonding bill that included money for St. Joseph’s Community Center, but there’s still hope for money this year. Legislators are likely to return to St. Paul on June 12 and a $2 billion bonding bill for projects throughout the state will probably be on the agenda. Before

Don’t tie Postal Service fees, funding to politics

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In 1775, when the Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin the first postmaster general, the challenges facing today’s post office could hardly be imagined. The U.S. Postal Service is one of few federal agencies explicitly authorized by the Constitution. It is legally obligated to serve all Americans, regardless of geography, at uniform price and quality. “Price and quality” are at the