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Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader St. Joseph Postal Patron Friday, March 21, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 12 Est. 1989 Town Crier Lions seek involvement during open house March 27 The Lions invite community members to get involved by attending an open house at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in the American Legion, 101 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. Everybody is welcome to find out more about the Lions mission of helping others around the world. The St. Joseph Lions and the Y2K Lions have many fundraisers during the year like the Fourth of July parade, fish fries and brat sales to raise money for charities like the St. Joseph Food Shelf, Can Do Canines, Leader Dogs and many others. photos by Cori Hilsgen Equipment is stationed along Stearns CR 2 between St. Joseph and Cold Spring as work continues on the latest phase of the CapX 2020 project. Work continues on CapX 2020 Older worker opps available in county by Cori Hilsgen Older residents of Stearns County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that might be able to help. The Experience Works Community Service Employment Program, a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota, provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance for eligible individuals. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers. The Experience Works SCSEP is currently accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Stearns County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one ($19,663 for family of two). For more information, visit and click on Criers. People traveling on Stearns CR 2 between St. Joseph and Cold Spring have probably noticed work crews and helicopters working on the latest phase of the CapX 2020 highvoltage transmission line. CapX 2020 is a joint project of 11 utilities to expand the electric transmission grid to meet the increasing demand for energy in Minnesota and surrounding areas. When finished, it will run from Fargo through the St. Joseph area and to the Quarry power substation west of the city. The power lines are being strung on 120- to 150-foot single-circuit and 140- to 170foot double-circuit steel tower A helicopter pulls a conductor line wire to a tower located on land between St. Joseph and Cold Spring for the latest phase of work being completed for the CapX 2020 high-voltage transmission system. structures spaced 800 to 1,000 feet apart. Helicopters are often used to string the wires from tower to tower so drivers are cautioned not to be distracted by the work crews. The Upper Midwest electric transmission grid has not been updated in 30 years, but electricity consumption in the state has increased greatly. Much of this increased need is attributed to greater use of electronic items and appliances, along with increased size of homes. CapX 2020 line construction is expected to be completed in 2015. Council approves new townhomes by Cori Hilsgen The St. Joseph City Council approved a new townhome development at their March 6 meeting. The development by JLT Partnership will be located north of Elena Lane off 4th Avenue SE and includes two three-unit and two two-unit townhomes. The area currently includes single-family homes and a 60-unit apartment building, Graceview Estates Apartments. Council members also voted to move forward with bids for maintenance work on the existing water tower located near the Wobegon Trailhead. Council members also approved the staggering of terms for the Human Rights Commission. The Joint Human Rights Board requested member cit- ies to approve the amendment to the joint-powers agreement to stagger the terms for the commission. The staggering of terms will prevent all members’ terms from expiring at one time and help retain experience and knowledge of members as time goes on. Spring is near Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to news@ and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. photos by Kelly Brown These photos were taken on the Wobegon Trail. Kelly Brown often takes his bike or hikes from St. Joseph to Avon.

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