Granite City Gearheads team members (left to right) Andrew Abraham of St. Joseph, Kevin Johnson, Kevin Haack Jr., Calvin Birr (team captain) of St. Joseph and Frank Ross pose with their robot before their next match during a regional competition. Birr's mom, Joy, coaches the team.

St. Joseph students are part of winning robotics team

by TaLeiza Calloway – Andrew Abraham has always liked to build things. The St. Joseph resident said he used to take his toys apart just so he could put them back together. It’s no wonder the Apollo High School student was drawn to a robotics team. The 15-year-old  is one of several local students […]

Mayor Joe Perske

Perske gives upbeat ‘State of the City’ address

by Dennis Dalman – In his annual “State of the City” address, Sartell Mayor Joe Perske had mostly good news to share with his listeners. Perske was guest speaker recently at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce.     Among Perske’s comments are the following: Sartell residents continue to […]


City offers Klein job as next police chief

by TaLeiza Calloway – The St. Joseph Police Department will be led by one of their own when Police Chief Pete Jansky retires in August. The St. Joseph City Council offered patrol officer Joel Klein the position on Tuesday, April 16. The 38-year-old Freeport resident is pleased with the council’s decision. Klein was one […]

St. Joseph Chamber community showcase set for this weekend

by TaLeiza Calloway – The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual community showcase this weekend at Kennedy Community School. The free event is slated for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 and promises to offer something for all ages. Randy Schmitz, a chamber board member, said plans for a showcase […]

Sartell runners OK after Boston Marathon blasts

by Dennis Dalman – The four Sartell runners who participated in the Boston Marathon April 15 are thankfully all safe and sound, according to several sources. The four are Jereme Fimrite, Shane Johnson, Curt Karolus and Laura Nordby. The area near the finish line of Monday’s Boston Marathon, usually the scene of much jubilation, […]

Market manager Terri Emmerich assists Karen Mahlich April 5 at the St. Joseph Farmers' Market.

St. Joseph Farmers’ Market expands offerings

by TaLeiza Calloway – Today (April 19) marks the last day for the indoor St. Joseph Farmers’ Market. When it returns next month to kick off its outdoor season, visitors should prepare for new offerings to enhance the market experience. Market organizers have the help of their first intern this year as part of […]