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Workers from Minnesota Native Landscapes, a full-service ecological restoration company in Otsego, burn the prairie surrounding Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph around noon May 4 to maintain the ecosystem as students, teachers and spectators watch from a safe distance.

Prairie burn healthy for ecosystem, lessons for students

by Frank Lee Smoke and fire surrounded Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph on May 4, but instead of driving people away, the controlled burn of the landscape attracted a large crowd. Principal Laurie Putnam even encouraged students, parents and the public to “enjoy the beauty and excitement” of the prairie burn at the 36-acre […]

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St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens gets up from her chair May 2 to talk to the City Council about relocating the polling places from Kennedy Community School and St. Joseph Fire Hall to other locations amid concerns about security and space limitations.

Voters to cast ballots in new polling places

by Frank Lee St. Joseph residents who have voted in past elections and want to participate in future ones will find themselves in a different part of the city this year. During its May 2 meeting, the St. Joseph City Council authorized a resolution to create new polling locations for the 2016 election, including […]


Ball-fields’ revitalization project to keep children playing

by Frank Lee Parents, students and coaches spent the afternoon of April 19 sprucing up the baseball field and the softball field at Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph in order to stay competitive. Principal Laurie Putnam and Mayor Rick Schultz agreed earlier this spring to revitalize the fields. The school district would pay […]

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Clara Kroska (second from left) with her fellow missionary sisters and new friends.

Kroska gets ‘a clue’ during Argentina mission

by Darren Diekmann St. Joseph resident Clara Kroska returned home March 29 from the most difficult and rewarding experience of her young life, an 18-month mission trip to Argentina with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Kroska, 21, is a 2013 graduate of Albany High School and is the daughter of Susan and […]

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Kim Poganski, volunteer chamber president of the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, and Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel introduce themselves May 2 at the St. Joseph City Council meeting featuring U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, Minnesota's 6th District freshman congressman.

Rep. Emmer talks to council about transportation

by Frank Lee U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer talked about transportation and the needs of a growing Central Minnesota population at the May 2 St. Joseph City Council meeting. The congressman was invited about three months ago to appear before the council by Mayor Rick Schultz. Emmer succeeded one-time presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. “I’ve been […]

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Investigators say boys admit to setting bridge on fire

by Dennis Dalman Two juveniles have admitted to setting the Lake Wobegon Trail walking-biking bridge on fire, according to Stearns County officials on May 3. Investigators from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the two boys about the April 30 fire and obtained admissions they were responsible for the arson that damaged the bridge, which caused its temporary closure during the weekend. […]

St. Joseph City Hall on College Avenue North

Credit union offers to buy city hall, police station

by Frank Lee Collegeville Community Credit Union will likely buy the historical building that houses St. Joseph’s city hall and police station. This was announced at a city-council meeting April 20. The credit union presented a purchase agreement for the existing city hall and police station at 25 College Ave. N.  and plans to turn the building […]


Tractors blessed in St. Stephen after Mass

by Dennis Dalman After Catholic Mass, blessings abounded the morning of April 24 in St. Stephen when the Rev. Robert Harren, followed by his congregation, crossed the street from the church and blessed a long line of tractors with his handheld holy water sprinkler. The ceremony was performed in honor of St. Isidore the […]