Jan. 25 St. Joseph people

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Three St. Joseph students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for fall semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve a 3.5 minimum grade-point average. The students are: Tyler McElwee, Sierrah Skudlarek and Abigail Thomas. Five St. Joseph students have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University,

Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is a stunning book

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Many people assume life in the White House is a constant glamorous whirl of interesting meetings, fancy dinners, ballroom dances and dazzling entertainment. Ask former First Lady Michelle Obama. She’ll tell you the White House can too often be a kind of limiting prison in which one’s natural spontaneity is constantly squelched by the need for security agents watching every

St. Joseph City Council approves preliminary street improvement plan

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Presented with three street improvements options with price tags ranging from $1.5 million to $2.8 million, St. Joseph City Council members chose the middle ground at the Jan. 16 meeting. The proposed street improvement plan selected by the council comes with a $2.1 million price tag. The next step in the approval process will be a

Plowing plan approved for former St. Joseph Township

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com Residents in the recently annexed portions of St. Joseph Township should continue to see the same level of snow plowing service after the St. Joseph City Council acted Jan. 16. The council voted to continue contracting with Astech Corp. for snow removal in portions of the former township. According to documents submitted to the council, a

St. Joseph joins police joint powers agreement

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by Mike Knaak editor@thenewsleaders.com St. Joseph police will now be part of a joint powers agreement that will make crime-fighting easier after City Council action Jan. 16. Police Chief Dwight Pfannenstein asked the council to approve the agreement with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office to share investigative data such as booking photos among a number of agencies in central Minnesota.

Agreement on voting measure could give both parties an early win

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When the Minnesota Legislature convened this week, legislators focused on how state government will deal with a $1.5-billion budget surplus. Democrats will demand increased funding for programs such as education and health care and Republicans will urge a tax cut. A Democrat sits in the governor’s office and Democrats control the House, but the Republicans hold a one-seat majority in

Now we’ve really lost Tom Emmer

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We’ve lost Rep. Tom Emmer. We’ve never really had him you say, and there could be an argument for that position. Emmer rarely visits central Minnesota and much of his financial support comes from outside our area and outside the district. But now we’ve really lost him. Emmer’s GOP colleagues recently appointed him to lead the National Republican Campaign Committee.

Following ‘house rules’ can needlessly prolong family Monopoly games

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During the holidays, my extended family engaged in one of our annual traditions, a game of Monopoly. Though my family has played many times before, there is often confusion about the exact rules, as many people have house rules they are used to. With this in mind I decided to read through the official rules once again, and clear up