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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. 11, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 2 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Fasching has ‘large pair of shoes to fill’ by Mark Lauer Town Crier Hospital requests healthy visitors only To protect our patients and staff, St. Cloud Hospital is discouraging visitors with fever or cough from visiting hospitalized patients. Visitors who are healthy are advised to do the following: • Clean your hands after arriving and before leaving. • Always cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. • Clean your hands after coughing and sneezing. Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging flu season. Individual tax preparer, tax site assistants sought Volunteers are needed at the St. Cloud VITA free tax site locations to assist as individual tax preparers and tax site assistants. Tax preparers are responsible for completing individual tax returns for low-income individuals and families. An all-day training session will be offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and three evening sessions, Jan. 22, 23 and 24. If a volunteer cannot attend those sessions, alternate training is available. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. Farmers asked to remit apps for conservation The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications to help farmers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations and achieve other environmental benefits. Funds are available for conservation activities, such as irrigation water management, reduced tillage, field buffers, rotational grazing systems and much more. The deadline for the next sign-up period in Minnesota is Jan. 18. Additional sign-up deadlines include: Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. INSERTS: Culligan Midcontinent contributed photo On the sidelines, Gary Fasching (front, in white) motions as he keeps a keen eye on the progress of a football game. What if you were picked to take over for someone who was so honored, so well-respected, that the very thought of being that person’s “replacement” seemed out of the question? And that no one, no matter how qualified, could ever fill those shoes again? Welcome to Gary Fasching’s world. On Nov. 19, St. John’s University’s football coach, John Gagliardi, announced his retirement after spending 60 years at the school. Just say that to yourself once. Sixty years. Who stays at a job, any job, for 60 years? And during that time, plus four earlier seasons at Montana’s Carroll College (1949-52), Gagliardi established himself as the winningest college football coach of all time, compiling a record of 489-138-11 with 30 conference titles (27 of them at SJU), plus four national championships. And in 2006, he was also Fasching • page 4 Council hopefuls join city boards, commissions by TaLeiza Calloway St. Joseph residents Troy Goracke and Matt Killam didn’t let defeat in the November general election deter Goracke their efforts to serve the community. The two will serve for the next three years on the city’s park board and Killam planning commission. St. Joseph City Council members unanimously approved several new appointments to the planning commission, park board and economic development authority Jan. 3. Those appointments include adding Gary Osberg to the EDA lineup, Goracke to the park board and Killam to the planning commission. The park board also gained new leadership with the addition of Jodi Keehr. Planning commission members will see a familiar face as Ross Rieke was reappointed. Chad Hausmann and Killam were also welcomed. Dale Wick will serve as acting mayor, city administrator Judy Weyrens said. There were three open seats on the city’s planning commission. Those seats are held by commission chairwoman Sister Kathleen Kalinowski and member Rieke, whose terms expired this month; and one additional open seat that ends in 2014. Planning commission members serve for three years. The planning commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at city hall. It’s an advisory board that manages city growth through implementation of the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance. The St. Joseph Park Board had two vacancies to fill. Sharon Young and Lonnie Abbot’s terms expired this year. The five-member board is charged with helping the city provide well-maintained parks, open spaces and trail systems to the community. Park board members serve three-year terms and meet the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. Osberg was the only appointment to the EDA. The EDA is a five-member board Council • page 2 Gift-giving tree recipients thank community photo by TaLeiza Calloway The Wiese family of St. Joseph smiles during a family holiday photo. They are: Amara, 6; Amber; Morgan, 1; and Dominic, 9. Tree • page 5

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