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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 Sartell Postal Patron ‘Mrs. Minnesota’ vows to help fight diabetes Friday, April 4, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 14 Est. 1995 Town Crier Community Showcase set April 5 at Kennedy The second annual Community Showcase, sponsored by the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. The free event includes entertainment, food, children’s games and prizes. Come support your local businesses. Sportsmen host breakfast April 6 The St. Stephen Sportsmen Club hosts a breakfast from 8:3011:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6 at St. Stephen Church Parish Hall on CR 2, St. Stephen. A free-will offering is suggested. Eggstravaganza is April 11 at Winter Farmers’ Market It’s an “Eggstravaganza” at the St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the fellowship hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 C.R. 2 N., St. Joseph. Activities will include free egg decorating for children, live music by guitarist Nick Koopmeiners, and food samples and recipes. CSB/SJU Jackson Fellows will present a photo project on Food Justice. There will be goods available from area growers including eggs, artisan bread, baked goods, lefse, meats, preserved goods, produce from storage, sunflower oil, maple syrup, pottery, popcorn and more. by Dennis Dalman Attorney Kimberly Stommes was elated when she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota at last month’s pageant because it will give her a chance to advance her platform, dubbed “Stop the Shots,” to help educate people about diabetes. Stommes, St. Cloud, is a 2006 graduate of Sartell High School. Her family moved to Sartell from St. Joseph when she was a seventh-grader. In January 2014, she was crowned as Mrs. St. Cloud. Then she went on to win the Mrs. Minnesota title at a March 8 pageant at St. Cloud State University. First runner-up was Amy Nelson, Mrs. Sherburne County, and second runnerup was Larissa Oliphant, Mrs. Hennepin County. Stommes will compete with 50 other women from the nation’s 50 states for the title of Mrs. International July 22-27 in Jacksonville, Fla. “It was surreal,” Stommes said of her big win at SCSU. “Such a surreal contributed photo feeling to hear my name announced Kimberly Stommes registers delight as she is crowned with my family, friends and my young Mrs. Minnesota during a pageant at St. Cloud State daughter there.” University. She will go on to compete for the title of The pageant was a rigorous, someMrs. International in July in Jacksonville. Fla. times nerve-wracking process, she said. Police officer succumbs to tragic death by Dennis Dalman A Sartell police officer died March 27 after complications from surgery at the St. Cloud Hospital. Jeff Schmitz, 44, leaves behind his wife, Stacy Landborg-Schmitz, and 4-year-old son Andrew. He died Marketplace to be held with his family at his side. Schmitz was hired Sept. 24, 2012 April 5 at Celebration by the Sartell Police Department. Drops of Power Spring Market“Joe was an outstanding officer place with more than 30 vendors will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road N., Sartell. Proceeds from the event will go toward a well to be built in Uganda. for the Sartell Police Department,” said Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes in a statement to the media. “He was tall in stature with a big heart and a smile just as big. Even though Joe was only with Sartell for under two years, he stepped right in as a seasoned, experienced officer. He will be missed by the people he was sworn to protect and by the members of the department.” Schmitz, who hailed from Paynesville, had worked for 19 years for the Paynesville Police Department and part-time for the Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department. A funeral for Schmitz was held March 31 at Paynesville Lutheran Church. Schmitz, the son of Clarence and Martha (Thielen) Schmitz ,was born in Paynesville Aug. 7, 1969 and grew up in Roscoe. After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force Schmitz • page 8 Schmitz School board chooses two new principals by Dennis Dalman 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 and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. She had to do five-minute personal interviews with each of the five judges. Then there were the on-stage questions when she was asked questions “out of the blue.” When Stommes told the judges her platform is the subject of diabetes, she was then asked how she could help lower the chances of someone getting diabetes by making changes in the workplace. Stommes suggested several pro-active things to do: taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking further from the building and walking, going for a brisk walk on lunch breaks. Diabetes is a subject dear to Stommes because her stepfather, Scott Reinert, was diagnosed with that disease (Type 2) several years ago. Stommes and her mother, Lori, in solidarity with Scott, learned as much as they could about diabetes and made healthy lifestyle changes themselves based on what they learned, including dietary changes and exercise regimens. Stommes lost 46 pounds in the process. The Reinerts still live in Sartell. They own Showcase Properties, a real-estate business. “I’m glad to say my (step)father is doing fine now,” she said. “He has his diabetes under control. He’s lost Stommes • page 5 photo by Paul Groessel, courtesy of Sun Newspapers Kristopher Lynk greets students on the first day of school 2012 in Eden Prairie, where he is the current principal. Lynk was For additional criers, visit www.therecently hired as the new principal for Oak Ridge Elementary and click on Criers. School starting fall of 2014. Sartell’s two elementary schools will have new principals for the 2014-15 school year. Last week, the Sartell-St. Nelson Stephen School Board selected Kristopher Lynk of Eden Prairie and Sara Nelson of Sartell to become the new principals. Lynk, is the current princi- pal for Eden Lake Elementary School in Eden Prairie. He was chosen to replace Randy Husman at Oak Ridge Elementary School. Nelson, the principal at Madison Elementary School in St. Cloud, was selected as principal of Pine Meadow Elementary School to replace Greg Johnson. Those are the latest of three major new hires by the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. In April, the board hired Jeff Schwiebert to become the new superintendent to replace Joe Principals • page 8

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