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Newton chosen as grand marshal of Fourth of July parade

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com Dr. Thomas Newton was chosen to be the grand marshal of the July 4 parade organized by the St. Joseph Lions Club. Lions member Joanne Bechtold said he was selected because he spent so many years in the area serving others. Since Newton is also planning to retire from CentraCare Health […]

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Woman campaigns because of Northstar commuter rail line

by Frank Lee operations@thenewsleaders.com Anne Buckvold of St. Joseph recently received the endorsement of DFL Central Committee of Minnesota House District 13A in her bid to unseat Rep. Jeff Howe in November. The committee met June 8 in St. Joseph and unanimously endorsed Buckvold to challenge the incumbent Howe, a Rockville Republican, for a seat […]

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Joetown Rocks to kick off Fourth of July

by Dennis Dalman editor@thenewsleaders.com Musical tributes to Neil Diamond and Queen, along with the bands Maiden Dixie and The Graduates will kick off the free two-day Fourth of July bash in St. Joseph. The 11th annual Joetown Rocks concert will feature music to satisfy just about every taste the evening of Sunday, July 3. The […]

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Provider of chicken products issues food safety recall

GNP Co., a Cold Spring facility, is recalling about 55,608 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced June 18. The chicken products were produced on various dates from June 6 to June 9, 2016. GNP Co. is a well-known provider of “premium branded and […]

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Caramel Roll Ride – a sweet journey

by Frank Lee operations@thenewsleaders.com Success was never so sweet for those who, during one of the hottest days in St. Joseph, finished the 17th annual Caramel Roll Ride sponsored by the Lake Wobegon Trail Association. The ride started in Albany June 11, but participants could choose their routes and make their way to Holdingford, Bowlus and […]

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St. Joseph PD adds woman patrol officer

by Ben Sehnert news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph Police Department has added a new member to its roster of patrol officers. Celeste Walz has been working with the department on a part-time basis since February, but the Sauk Rapids resident became a full-time employee on June 1 and is the only female police officer on staff. “We do […]

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Lions Club surpasses $1 million in service contributions

by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com The St. Joseph Lions Club, organized in 1964, has surpassed $1 million in local service contributions. Public Relations Officer Fran Court said as of Jan. 1 of this year, contributions totaled $1,016,780.94. The list of contributions from March 1964 – December 2015 is extensive and includes the following: the American Legion; […]

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Guest columnist debuts today

Newsleader readers will notice a new columnist on the Opinion Page in today’s paper – Connor Kockler of Sauk Rapids. Kockler (pronounced Coke-ler), 17, is a student at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School who has done extensive writing for school assignments on many topics. After reading the wide-ranging political and other opinions on the Newsleader Opinion […]