Senate, sheriff top races for St. Joseph voters

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com A special election that will decide which party controls the Minnesota State Senate and a wide-open race for Stearns County sheriff are key races for St. Joseph voters in the Nov. 6 general election. In the Senate race, Republican Jeff Howe and Democrat Joe Perske are competing for the District 13 seat vacated by longtime Sen.

Fundraiser planned for St. Joseph man with ALS

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com After successful surgery for a non-cancerous brain tumor, Chris Stoeckel thought everything was fine. For three months. Then new symptoms appeared. His legs collapsed and his knees gave way. When he worked at his computer, he had a hard time focusing and he’d be sweating. “I couldn’t figure out why,” Stoeckel said. “Doing the dishes, I

What are the lessons of elections past?

Mike KnaakEditorial, Election 2018, Print Sartell - St. Stephen, Print St. Joseph0 Comments

What have we learned in the last two years? As we prepare to vote and then wait for this year’s election results, consider these lessons from 2016. Elections have consequences and every vote counts….just ask the people who stayed home last time or who voted for a protest candidate. The outcome of the last presidential election wasn’t determined by people

Dolores V. Lowell, 88, of St. Joseph

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Dolores V. “Paddo” Lowell, 88, of St. Joseph, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids. Her funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 12 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. The Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB, will officiate. Entombment will take place in the Parish Cemetery Mausoleum.

Ventura, Agnew were amateurs compared to Trump

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Enough. Enough of this. “Enemies of the people, lock her up, evil people, fake news, disgusting, low-IQ, crazy, mob, disgrace, a crazed and stumbling lunatic.” Donald Trump frequently uses these words to demonize people and news organizations he doesn’t like. Amid incendiary rhetoric, targets of Trump’s words became targets of 15 bombs. In Crazytown, it’s a short trip from words

‘Never again!’ has become ‘Ever again!’

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‘Never again!’ has become ‘Ever again!’ That historical vow “Never again!” might as well be “Ever again!” After the mass killings of  Jews during Adolf Hitler’s rampage of terror during World War II, a cry was heard by good people ‘round the world: “Never again!” But since then, butchery of people, including Jews, has happened again and again. Ever again.

Nov. 2 St. Joseph people

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Bonnie Supan has been promoted to vice president of Finance and Operations of Brenny Transportation Inc. in St. Joseph. Supan has been with Brenny Transportation since 1996. She has worked her way up from administration to management and now to vice president.

Soyka receives endorsement from sheriff’s union

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Joe Lichy, Sartell Steve Soyka is an outstanding member of our community and sheriff’s office. I believe he is the right person to lead our sheriff’s office forward. Steve’s dedication and commitment to Stearns County shows why he is my choice for our next Sheriff. Steve recently received the endorsement of the sheriff’s patrol, correctional and dispatch unions. As a retired sheriff’s