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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. 4, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 1 Est. 1989 Town Crier Postal Patron Year in Review 2012 is year of growth for St. Joseph by TaLeiza Calloway ReStore seeks volunteers ReStore is seeking one-time and ongoing volunteers to staff its store. All the proceeds from the ReStore go to Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity to build more houses. If interested in volunteering, call Melanie Blake at the Habitat office (320) 656-8890 ext. 104 or email melanieblake@ Furniture program neeeds donations Community Furniture Program is in need of slightly used beds, dressers, and table and chairs. The Community Furniture Program in St. Cloud is a non-profit organization which provides gently used furniture to those who are living without beds and other basic furnishings. If you have gently used furniture to donate especially single beds, dressers and/or table and chairs, call (320) 656-9004. Pick-up service is available. Any donation is tax deductible. St. John’s Prep hosts Discovery Day Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum, and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep, are encouraged to attend the upcoming Discovery Day on Friday, Jan. 11. Students currently in grades 5-11 and their parents are welcome to attend classes, meet the teachers and students, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the St. John’s Prep community. Registration is required. Call (320) 363-3321. United Way opportunities Help sick St. Croix Hospice is in need of people to volunteer their time visiting with terminally-ill patients and their families in the St. Cloud and surrounding areas. Training is provided. They also have volunteer opportunities in their office such as filing, answering phones, and special projects and events. Call Melissa, St. Croix Hospice volunteer coordinator, at (320) 252-2803. Food shelf help Catholic Charities Emergency Services is seeking volunteers to help staff with loading supplies and donations. The time commitment is approximately two to eight hours per week. Call Kathryn or Chad at (320) 229-4560. INSERT: Appliance Smart See inside for our Year in Review! photo by Janelle Von Pinnon The horse-drawn casket of 31-year-old Cold Spring Police Officer Thomas Decker reaches its final resting place Dec. 5 at St. Nicholas Cemetery, south of Cold Spring where he grew up. State officials estimate several thousand people attended the funeral service for Decker, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Nov. 29 when he was called to check on a man’s welfare. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been charged. The mark of a productive year includes the presence of growth, new direction and gained partnerships. All were a part of what occurred in St. Joseph in 2012. Delayed developments and road improvements were resurrected. Examples include the introduction of the new Stearns CR 2 bypass; the start of construction on Millstream Village, a housing development for seniors; and the beginning of an expansion of the Church of St. Joseph. An election could have shifted leadership positions, but incumbents maintained their seats while the community was introduced to newcomers along the way. The city welcomed a few new businesses, too. Those additions include the city’s first music store with the opening of Riff City Guitar and Music Co. in Northland Plaza; the arrival of Cone Castle, a restaurant known for its signature food and dessert cones; and Bello Cucina, a “Taste of Italy” that completed the Millstream Shops and Lofts development. These Review • page 3 Henry wants to help in a healthy way by Cori Hilsgen Justina Henry is a certified massage therapist who wants to help people stay healthy. Henry recently dem- Henry onstrated her therapeutic massage at the Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon. “I firmly believe therapeutic massage can be beneficial to everyone, whether you simply want a relaxing massage, are dealing with an acute problem or have suffered with chronic pain for many years,” Henry said. Henry is a graduate of Sister Rosalind’s School of Massage in Sauk Rapids. After completing the professional program, she joined the staff and advanced her skills, until she began practicing on her own two years ago. Henry says many experts estimate 90 percent of disease is stress-related and that stress can age us internally and externally. Henry said she believes therapeutic massage provides many wonderful health benefits. Some of the benefits include lowering stress levels, decreasing depression, increas- ing joint flexibility, reducing blood pressure, improving posture, reducing pain and improving range of motion, improving sleep quality and others. Henry uses many types of massage which include different strokes, movement and application of pressure to specific points. Some options include Swedish relaxation massage, deep-tissue massage, triggerpoint therapy, myofascial release, reflexology and prenatal massage. She discusses different methods with each client to help determine what is most Henry • page 4 Fundraisers continue to honor slain police officer More fundraisers in memory of Thomas Decker have been scheduled. Decker is the Cold SpringRichmond police officer who was murdered in cold blood by an unknown assailant or assailants in downtown Cold Spring on the night of Nov. 29. Decker is the father of four young children. One fundraising event, a three-band concert, will take place at Rocori High School in Cold Spring at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. The bands that will perform are the widely popular Diamondback, the Fabulous Armadillos and Rocket Club. Dubbed “Donate to Decker: A Tribute to a Hero,” the concert is sponsored by Leighton Broadcasting. All funds raised will go to Decker’s family. There are three other fundraisers in memory of Decker. Two of them involve local salons. Styles Plus Salon in Cold Spring and Avanti Salon in Waite Park will do haircuts and eyebrow waxes from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. The salons are requesting a minimum donation of $10. The money raised will be used for scholarships given by the Rocori Area Dollars for Scholars. The scholarships will be given to students interested in going on to study law enforcement as a means of honoring Decker and his years as a public servant. In late December, the Richmond Fire Department began selling blue light bulbs to raise money for Decker’s family. People who buy the bulbs, for $5 each, are requested to put them in light sockets in front of their homes and let them glow in honor of Decker. The bulbs can be purchased at the city halls in Cold Spring, Richmond and Rockville. In addition, several banks are still accepting donations Officer • page 2

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