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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 Friday, Jan. 3 2014 Volume 25, Issue 1 Est. 1989 Town Crier CSB hosts St. Joe Day The College of St. Benedict Atheltic Department will host St. Joseph Day at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6 in Claire Lynch Hall on the CSB campus. The Blazer basketball team hosts Augsburg. Free admission for St. Joseph residents and employees. First-time homebuyer workshop set Jan. 15 Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Liberty Savings Bank downtown. In one day, you will learn about credit, qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. To register for the Home Stretch workshop and for more information, visit and click on Criers. Commissioner to meet with citizens Jan. 4 Stearns County residents are invited to have coffee with Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel and discuss county-related issues from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 4 at American Burger Bar, 2010 CR 75 in St. Joseph. Citizens are encouraged to stop in anytime to discuss their issues, share what’s on their minds, raise concerns they may have or simply meet the commissioner. Coffee with Bromenschenkel is generally held the first Saturday of every other month and alternates between three locations in District 2 – St. Joseph, Waite Park and Sartell. Anyone who isn’t able to attend can contact him anytime at P.O. Box 190, Sartell, MN 56377, by phone at 320-493-9180 or by email at mark. Commissioner Bromenschenkel represents the Cities of St. Joseph, Sartell and Waite Park and the Townships of St. Joseph, St. Wendel and Le Sauk. Snow removal help sought Volunteers are needed to help with snow shoveling and other outdoor chores to help people remain independent in their homes. Responsibilities include volunteer orientation, snow-removal services, be respectful of the care receiver’s home and aware of safety procedures. For information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Year in Review 2013 brings changes, continued growth for St. Joseph by Cori Hilsgen 2013 brought much expansion and change to St. Joseph. The completion of projects such as Mill Stream Village, a housing development for seniors; the Church of St. Joseph parish center; continued construction for a new Army Reserve center and storage building; a new police chief; a new bishop and pope; a new principal at Kennedy Community School; a new superintendent for St. Cloud School District 742; a new headmaster at St. John’s Prep School; a new president for All Saints Academy; a new football coach at St. John’s University; the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant and a new boutique store; and the adoption of a social-host ordinance are just some examples of some of the expansions and changes that occurred last year. photo by Mike Nistler All of those expansions and Firefighters take a breather after they battled a controlled burn changes illustrate how St. JoThe St. Joseph Park Board King Jr. and the school dediseph is a thriving city. Here is sought volunteers to assist cated a week to honoring his a look back at what else hap- with Cloverdale Park improve- memory on campus. pened: Dr. Erika Vora, a St. Cloud ments. The board had budgeted woman, shared her story about $25,000 for improvements. January Eight Animal-Assisted Ther- her family’s journey from PoThe beginning of the year apy program therapy dogs vis- land as the Soviet Army moved brought fundraisers – including ited College of St. Benedict westward toward Germany afa three-band concert at Rocori first-year students to help calm ter World War II in her book High School and several at them before testing. “The Will to Live: A German local salons – for slain police Kennedy fifth- and sixth- Family’s Flight from Soviet officer Thomas Decker, who grade students participated in Rule.” was killed in the line of duty on the Science Rocks! educational St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Nov. 29, 2012. event at St. Cloud State Uni- Jansky announced his plans to Gary Fasching was hired to versity. The event included retire in August after 34 years. fill St. John’s University’s foot- more than 30 different science St. Joseph City Council ball coach position when John sessions. members adopted a social-host Gagliardi retired after spending Kennedy principal Diane ordinance. This law holds peo60 years at SJU. Prior to Ga- Moeller was named the 2013 ple criminally responsible for gliardi’s retirement, Fasching science, math Principal of the hosting events or gatherings had been his defensive assis- Year. Third-grade teacher Jodie where people under the age tant for 17 seasons. Kragness nominated her for the of 21 possess or consume alJerry Lahr received Cathe- award. cohol regardless of whether dral High School’s highest CSB students shared their the event’s host supplied the honor, the Golden Crusader views on a Freedom Wall in alcohol. award, for his many years of honor of Dr. Martin Luther The 21st annual St. Cloud coaching and supporting the school. Joseph and Valerie Silva opened a McDonald’s restaurant in St. Joseph and planned by Cori Hilsgen and surrounds St. John’s Unia grand-opening fundraiser for versity. the Brian Klinefelter FoundaOU offers environmenThe St. John’s Abbey Ar- tal and outdoor education tion. The couple moved from Chicago to central Minnesota boretum announced last week through events, classes and it has changed its name to St. other programs with St. John’s before opening the restaurant. The Amber Wiese family John’s Outdoor University. University and the College of The OU includes more than St. Benedict. thanked the Giving Tree project for their generosity. They were 2,500 acres of lakes, oak savanDirector Tom Kroll stated one of five families who bene- nah, prairie and woods which the new name better reflects is owned by St. John’s Abbey what they do and inspires a fited from the program. June 29. Ice Bowl disc golf tournament was held at Millstream Park. This tournament is part of a national fundraising effort to support local charities. More than 100 participants raised more than $10,000. President Obama was expected to name St. John’s University graduate Denis McDonough as his chief of staff. McDonough was a key advisor to Obama during the 2008 campaign and after the election was named to the new administration’s National Security Council as head of Strategic Communication. February Governor Mark Dayton appointed resident William Rudolph to the statewide Independent Living Council. Rudolph was one of 10 people appointed 2013 • page 3 Arboretum changes name growing vision of the OU and their place in the area. Because of the growth they have seen in all aspects of their programming, he said they believe the name will identify them as leaders in environmental and outdoor education, leadership development and land stewardship.

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