Sisters share special relationship

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Sisters often share special bonds and friendships. Two local sisters, Lucy Laudenbach and Dorothy Schulte, have shared many memories during their lifetime.

The two women have lived about one-half mile apart on the same road as neighbors for the last 40 years, not far from where they grew up as children.

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Gritty St. Joe team grabs second place in league

–by Dave DeMars

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It’s been a heck of a season for the St. Joseph Joes and they have come a long way since the beginning. At least that is the opinion of Manager Pat Schneider.

“We ended the season this past Sunday and we took a doubleheader at home” Schneider said.

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Council approves costly water-plant fix

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

The St. Joseph City Council didn’t flinch when it came to approving some $355,000 in rehabilitation funds for Water Treatment plant number one (WTP #1) at the July 17 council meeting.

After receiving the background data from City Engineer Randy Sabart and Public Works Director Terry Thene, the council came to a clear understanding of the importance of addressing the water issue. In a memo, Thene and Sabart detailed the background.

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July best time to donate to Catholic Charities Food Shelf

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Catholic Charities’ recently announced its seventh annual Food Shelf Challenge Grant during which, through July, donations will be matched by up to $5,000.

The St. Cloud-based Catholic Charities provides food for the hungry and homeless throughout the greater St. Cloud area.

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Serenity Place offers quiet comforts of home

by Dave DeMars

news@thenewsleaders.com

It’s a quiet sunny day as housing manager Matt Imdieke sits in his office. Outside, workmen are placing shrubs and bushes and raking out the last of the bare earth before the planting of lawn begins at one of the newest buildings in St. Joseph called Serenity Place on Seventh.

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Thousands of mink released from mink farm

compiled by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

As many as 40,000 mink were released sometime July 16 or 17 by a vandal or vandals at a mink farm near Eden Valley in Stearns County. Eden Valley is located on the southern border of Stearns County right next to Meeker County.

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County board approves quarter-cent tax increase

by Dennis Dalman

editor@thenewsleaders.com

Starting Jan. 1, shoppers will pay a quarter-cent more for each dollar they spend in Stearns County for the next five years for a roadwork fund.

The five-year tax is estimated to raise about $23 million.

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to initiate the quarter-cent sales tax, which is expected to raise nearly $5 million per year in revenue for roadwork.

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Bike-repair stations installed on trail

by Cori Hilsgen

news@thenewsleaders.com

Bicycling enthusiasts who ride the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail now have more options to repair their bikes if they break down on the trail.

The Lake Wobegon Trails Association recently teamed up with local Lions clubs and private donors to install Fixit bike repair stations in seven towns on the trail.

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