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Granite City Renegades football team on sure footing

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The Granite City Renegades semi-pro football team has a good combination of team chemistry and is performing well this season. On July 9, they beat the West Central Broncos, 40-6. Currently, the team is in the No. 3 seed in the Northern States Football League. Their final game is Saturday, July 23 […]

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Council gives green light to senior-living complex

by Frank Lee operations@thenewsleaders.com Residents near a senior housing development objected to the height of the three-story, 40,000-square-foot building in Graceview Estates at a July 18 meeting of the St. Joseph City Council. But the city council voted 3-2 to give the green light to Tom Opatz of Watkins, owner and developer of the Fortitude […]

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Credit union backs out of buying city hall

by Frank Lee operations@thenewsleaders.com The building that houses St. Joseph City Hall remains on the market after the purchase agreement with Collegeville Credit Union fell apart last week for the structure, which includes a drive-through. “We gave them a really sweet deal,” Mayor Rick Schultz said at the July 18 city council meeting. The building at […]

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‘Spider-Man red’ will dominate at Ride for Cody fundraiser

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com When motorcyclists sport red bandannas and T-shirts on July 23, thoughts of Cody Nuckolls will be on their minds. Cody the lively kid with the big laugh. Cody the boy who was so eager to start kindergarten. Five-year-old Cody was struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident on April 13, 2015, in […]

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A canoe loaded with children approaches the landing at Mississippi River Park north of Sartell during a previous “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi” family-fun day. The next “Day Off” is set for Saturday, July 30 at the same park.

‘Take a Day Off’ set for July 30

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com An annual family-fun event, dubbed “Take a Day Off at the Mississippi River,” will again take place Saturday, July 30, at Stearns County Mississippi River Park. The free event is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine. The park is located seven miles north of Sartell along the River Road […]

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Jugfest celebrates friendship with music, food, beer, games

by Darren Diekmann news@thenewsleader.com If you missed out on Joetown Rocks or if you prefer a celebration with a smaller and more intimate group – plus a chance to make new friends – Jugfest may be the summer event for you. Jugfest is held at Millstream Park in St. Joseph to celebrate friendship with live […]

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Hugs, tears abound at deployment ceremony

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com There were speeches, handshakes, hugs, little kids waving little flags and more than a few tears when families gathered to say goodbye to loved ones – soldiers on their way to a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The deployment ceremony took place the morning of July 7 at the National Guard […]