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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 Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 46 Est. 1995 Postal Patron Sabres take second at state swim meet by Dennis Dalman Town Crier There was a time, when she was a very young girl, when Ellen Bloom cried all the way to swimming lessons. Not anymore. The swimming champ came back to Sartell all smiles when the Sartell Sabres earned second place, behind champion Northfield, in the Class A state championships last weekend in the Twin Cities. It’s hard to believe Bloom wasn’t born swimming and loving every minute of it. At the Minneapolis Aquatic Center last weekend, she won first place in the 200-yard individual medley (the second time in two years she has done that), and she also won first place in the 100-yard backstroke race. She was also champ in those two races last year, helping bring the Sabres to their second state championship. Their first was in 2009. “I didn’t like swimming lessons,” Bloom recalled. “I took them when we lived in Wisconsin. But when I was about age Swim • page 3 School district hosts staff wellness fair The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is hosting a staff wellness fair on Jan. 17. Does your group/organization/business deal with wellness? Wellness = physical fitness, nutrition, stress-reduction, relaxation and more. If so, the school district invites businesses to have a table at its wellness fair. The goal is to increase staff knowledge about local wellness choices. Also, you can get the word out about your group/ organization/business. If interested in participating, please call or email Asha at 656-3701 X1208 or by Dec. 20 for more information. Important property tax notice announced An important property tax notice will affect the amount of property tax paid in 2013, and may affect eligibility for a property-tax refund. Property owners in Stearns County who need a homestead classification have until Dec. 17 to file the application. Contact the county assessor at 320-6563680 or stop in their office to file a homestead application if one of the following applies: • A property was purchased in the past year and the owner, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1; or • The property owner or a qualifying relative occupies a property for homestead purposes on Dec. 1 and the property was previously classified as non-homestead. The Stearns County assessor must also be contacted by Dec. 17 by the property owner or a qualifying relative of the property owner if the use of the property has changed during the past year. If the property owner should sell, move or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, they are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. Failure to notify the county assessor within this 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits. SEE INSIDE FOR: Riff City Guitar Small Business Solute contributed photo Ellen Bloom competing in the 200-individual medley final. Spiritual Unity Center continues to thrive in Sartell by Dennis Dalman The Rev. Barbara Winter Martin never dreamed when she and her husband, Stephen, moved to Grandview Estates in Sartell, they would be living just two miles from their future church site. They moved from St. Louis Park to Sartell three years ago. About five years ago, they purchased a small building near Lake George in St. Cloud as a site for their church, Uni- Six Sartell residents have roles in ‘Christmas Carol’ by Dennis Dalman One of the great Christmas classics – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – will be performed by Great River Educational Arts Theatre as a musical at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. Among the large cast are six actors from Sartell. The play will open Nov. 24 for 10 public performances. Tickets can be obtained online at or by calling the box office at 2595463. “A Christmas Carol” features spectacular sets, costumes, music and special effects, including flying. Directed by Linda McGowan with music director Kevin Stueven and choreographer Molly MacNeil, “A Christmas Carol” boasts a cast of 50 members ranging in age from 7 to adult. The six Sartell residents with roles in the play are Shelby Rahm, a fourth-grader at St. Francis Xavier School, who plays Fan (Scrooge’s sister); Ellie Karasch, a sixth-grader at Sartell Middle School, who is a member of the chorus; Brad Hoelscher, a student at St. Cloud State University, who plays Fred (Scrooge’s nephew), Mackenzie Hansen, a sixth-grader at St. Francis Xavier School, who plays Mary Cratchit, a daughter of Bob Cratchit and the fatherdaughter duo of Phil and Megan Corbett. Phil plays Dick Wilkins, Carol • page 2 ty Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota. Many years ago, that white stucco building once housed the Christian Science church. Winter Martin commuted from St. Louis Park to St. Cloud for two years to the church. The commute was necessary because they were trying to sell their St. Louis Park home in a time that was far from ideal for home sales. It was a relief to be living in Sartell, closer to their church Center • page 7 contributed photo Tiny Tim yells his warm Christmas greeting during a rehearsal for “A Christmas Carol,” which opens Nov. 24 at the Paramount Theatre.

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