City Council moves forward with affordable housing plan

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com Despite concerns over new road and infrastructure costs, the St. Joseph City Council is moving forward with its support for a new affordable housing development on the city’s east side. The council voted 4-1 to support the project at a meeting May 6 with council member Brian Theisen dissenting. The project includes a 48-unit apartment building

Marathon weather

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photo by Mike KnaakMay 11 was a great day for a 26-mile run. Some 294 people participated in the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon. Dan Feda, 44, Rochester, finished the course with a time of 2:45:30. The runners started in Holdingford and followed the trail through Albany and Avon before reaching the finish line in St. Joseph.

Police will soon have new tool to catch red-light runners

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by Stephanie Dickrell news@thenewsleaders.com Local law enforcement will soon have some help cracking down on drivers who run red lights. Stearns County received federal funding to install traffic-confirmation lights on several county-owned traffic signals, including some in St. Joseph, said Randy Sabart, the city’s engineer. A light is installed on the back of a traffic signal. It turns blue when

WWII vet, Wahlstrom wanted to be part of the action

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The American Legion is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2019. In addition to national and statewide activities commemorating this milestone, American Post 328 of St. Joseph is planning a number of festive and patriotic activities for the community.   One of those special events will be profiles of St. Joseph-area veterans published in each Newsleader during 2019. The Newsleader is joining

Legion plans Memorial Day events

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St. Joseph American Legion members will honor veterans with a series of events on Memorial Day, May 27. At 8:45 a.m., Legionnaires, members of Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion will march to the 9 a.m. Service at St.  Joseph Catholic Church. After the service, Legion members families and guests will move to the St. Joseph Cemetery

As session deadline nears, budget deal pushes aside policy goals

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The end is near. Legislators are heading toward a deadline of midnight Monday, May 20, to finish their work. Despite the best intentions at the start of the session to look for early compromises and stick to a deadline to wrap up committee work, the big decisions will happen at the last minute. Last year, the Republican-controlled Legislature and DFL

Passion for sports led women’s quest for equality

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The short history of equality for female athletes was showcased recently at Stearns History Museum’s History Maker Gala. The event honored local women who pioneered equality and athletic opportunity for girls and women. For today’s female high school and college athletes, it must be hard to imagine a world where their “athletic” opportunities were limited intramural teams, powder-puff football and

Mary Lou, now 90, is unforgettable

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Happy Belated Birthday, Mary Lou Westra! Of the many, many thousands of people I’ve interviewed and written about in my four decades of reporting, there are several standouts. Though there have been so many favorites, three of them often spring to mind. One was singer Tammy Wynette, whom I interviewed sometime in the mid-1980s in her luxury RV between her