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Mueller, Commissioners Agree On Schools

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Jennifer Mueller, interim administrator of the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department, reported on COVID-19 numbers, vaccine distribution and other related topics during last Thursday’s County Commission meeting. She also saw her 2021 budget request approved. Mueller reported that the cumulative number of total cases in the county was 1,574. There were…

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Government Meetings Return In Full Force

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com After the extended holiday period, Ste. Genevieve’s elected officials and government workers have returned to matters at hand. Last Thursday, the Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning Commission had its first meeting of the new year. (Read a story on the meeting elsewhere in this edition.) On Tuesday night, it was…

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County Goals Include Resuming Paving, Health Department Fix

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Getting back to normal seems to be the goal for 2021. Garry Nelson, Ste. Genevieve County presiding commissioner, listed a handful of priority goals for the county. “My main goal is to get back on our paving policy,” he said. “We had to back off of it last year because we…

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Public Health, Street Paving Among Hassler’s 2021 Goals

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com Keeping the city safe is Mayor Paul Hassler’s No. 1 goal for 2021. “If we talk about 2021, for me that’s first and foremost out there, to be diligent with the COVID and work with the Health Department and the county and keep people safe and try to keep our community…

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County License Office Reopens After More Than Nine Months

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com After more than nine months, the Ste. Genevieve County License Office is open for business this week. A ribbon-cutting and private open house was held at the new 753 Ste. Genevieve Avenue location Dec. 30 as final preparations were being made for a Jan. 4 opening. Crystal Ogden, who had previously…

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Year 2020 Saw Many Positives, Negatives

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com In addition to battling COVID-19, seeing the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park established, the Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center and the new art guild museum open and other accomplishments previously listed, several other noteworthy things took place in 2020. One notable thing did not take place. For once, the Mississippi River,…

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Niche Ranks R-II Among Missouri’s Top 20

By ERIC X. VICCARO eviccaro@stegenherald.com While faculty and administration were on holiday break, the Ste. Genevieve R-II school district received exemplary distinction. Niche, a Pennsylvania-based research firm, rated Ste. Genevieve 20th in its list of the year’s best school districts in Missouri. The top-3 districts in Missouri are all in St. Louis County, with Ladue,…

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Library Launches Homebound Program

FROM STAFF REPORTS County residents unable to get around will have an opportunity to enjoy library materials at home. Ste. Genevieve County Library is launching a new Homebound Program beginning this month. “We are excited to kick this program off in 2021,” said Shawn Long, library director. The program is made possible by a grant…

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County Commissioners, Schmeider Brace For Winter Weather

By MARK EVANS mevans@stegenherald.com With the first winter weather predicted for the county, Ste. Genevieve County commissioners wanted to make sure road and bridge foreman Scott Schmieder was prepared at last Thursday’s commission meeting. Schmieder said his crews were already putting salt on hills and curves and would be ready for snow or ice over…

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Planning & Zoning Will Meet Thursday

FROM STAFF REPORTS After the extended holiday season, the city of Ste. Genevieve will return to matters of government this week. The city of Ste. Genevieve Planning and Zoning Commission will convene at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at City Hall. The meeting will feature citizen input, old business and one new item of…

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