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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. 10 2014 Volume 25, Issue 2 Est. 1989 Town Crier 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. 17. Students currently in grades 5-11 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. Parents are also invited to attend an information session with administrators of the school. Registration for Discovery Day is required. For more information, visit or call 320-363-3321. St. Joseph Lions host buffet Jan. 17 St. Joseph Lions will host a chicken and ham buffet from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 in the El Paso Club, St. Joseph. There will also be a meat raffle, silent auction, winter raffle and bake sale. GRRL reading program in full swing through Feb. 22 Between the holidays and the spring thaw stretches a period of dark nights and cold days that may be the best reading time of the year. You can make it even better by taking part in Great River Regional Library’s Winter Reading Program. The program is in full swing at all 32 library locations and ends Saturday, Feb. 22. The program is for adults and teens in sixth-grade or older. Its theme is “Make Tracks to Your Library.” For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Kids Fighting Hunger sets Jan. 20 event A Kids Fighting Hunger packaging event will be held Monday, Jan. 20 at Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE, St. Cloud. In addition to food packaging, educational breakout sessions will be available to allow volunteers to learn about hunger. Volunteers can sign up for two-hour shifts, individually or in groups and can be as young as 6, if accompanied by a parent. A suggested donation is asked to help cover the cost of ingredients used for packaging meals. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunites, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Poet Marwitz respects cold weather by Cori Hilsgen My Cold Footsteps Speak St. Joseph resident and poet Will Marwitz has a great deal of respect for cold weather – the kind we have been experiencing this week. Both Marwitz’s father and brother died in cold weather. His father was 85 and had been out walking when he tripped and fell on ice. His brother was 52 when he slipped from a ladder and fell. Both were alone at the time and were not discovered until they had frozen to death. “I have great respect for the weather,” Marwitz said. Marwitz, 73, is a semiretired educator who has published two books of poetry: “Turning the Cup,” published in 2010, and “The Light Within,” published in 2012. Both books were published by Northstar Press and contain about 60-65 pages of poetry. Some of his poetry has appeared in the St. Cloud Times newspaper and Minnesota Moments magazine. Marwitz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees by Will Marwitz from his book “Turning the Cup.” I have world-of-work to enjoin As I awaken from my alarm and body clock jarring my head. Oh, to stay in bed! No, I must tug into layers of cloth, contributed photos St. Joseph resident Will Marwitz has written two books of poetry. from Bemidji State University. He taught English, including creative writing, speech; and he directed plays in Warroad, Ada and Pipestone and then went on to do some teaching at community colleges and universities. He spent 40 years teaching full-time and 10 years doing part-time adjunct work. Marwitz currently supervises student teachers at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He was already interested in writing poetry when he was in college and published some poetry in the college magazine, but he didn’t actually start writing prolifically until recent years. Poet • page 3 Shove white feet into hide-bound boots. Outside, my cold footsteps speak while crunching into snow, Breath crystallizes into foggy glow As sewer exhales white vapors from tunnel belly below. My black frost-sheeted car sleeps along billowy white curb Like a bear burrowed into raw protecting cave hide. Grasping steering wheel, I insert key to avoid plodding To my coffee hole and conversation and breakfast laughter. My engine snorts in irritation, grumbling, rumbling, Separating from his dream-filled hibernation. Again, I turn brassy-cold key; Engine releases a disgruntled snort. About to let this critter expire, I turn my hopeless key one more time – A spark, a fire! Old Black rolls over in awkward protest, Agrees and surrenders to sunrise and me As we lumber toward morning café steaming with fried eggs, toast and Joe. Some regulars brag, others complain – fifty below. I only know the cold of this ring-spun surly son of a sun-dog day. It’s here, by ovens and griddles I want to stay. Cofell-Hammer to perform at ‘Local Roots’ concert by Dennis Dalman It’s a rare writer who would pen a song that includes a chorus sung by rotten-food items, but Dave Cofell of St. Joseph is just such a writer. Almost anything can spark a song in his head, including the time a friend had to leave New Orleans in a heckuva hurry when Hurricane Katrina came howling in. The friend left food in his fridge – food that quickly rotted. Right away, Cofell decided to write about the man’s dilemma and the fate of the abandoned food by including the chorus sung by rotting-food items. People will have a chance to hear that tune, “The Fridge Song” during the latest “Local Roots” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. Cofell and his friend and musical colleague, Adam Hammer, will perform as a duo a concert of all-original songs. Both are songwriters who have been honored as a duo for three consecutive years (20011-13) as “Best Original Music” by the annual “Best of Central Minnesota” poll. Tickets are available at Joining the duo at the Paramount show will be Jeff Engholm, bass player from St. Joseph; and drummer Bennett Velline, the 12-year-old grandson of rock-pop legend Bobby Vee. Another star act that night will be “Harper’s Chord,” a bluegrass-folk-country blues band comprising lead singer Jill Moore and seasoned musicians Roger Fink and Paul Drinkwine – all long-time performers from the St. Cloud area. Their latest CD collection is called “Natural Bridge.” Cofell and Hammer also have their own CDs, which have received warm reviews Concert • page 5 photo by Graham Burnett Adam Hammer (left) and Dave Cofell rehearse at Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph to prepare for their upcoming Paramount Theatre show.

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