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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. 17 2014 Volume 25, Issue 3 Est. 1989 Town Crier K of C to sponsor Youth Free-throw Championship All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free-throw championship, which will be held Sunday Jan. 26 at the gym at All Saints Academy, St. Joseph. Registration and practice is at 12:30 p.m.; the contest begins at 1 p.m. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For details, contact Mark Berg-Arnold at 320-363-1077 or visit www. and click on Criers. Newsleader website down for maintenance The Newsleader has been notified by our internet provider that our website at will be down for maintenance from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-19. The staff apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Kids Fighting Hunger sets Jan. 20 event A Kids Fighting Hunger packaging event will be held 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 per child, college student and/or adult volunteer is asked to help cover the cost of ingredients used for packaging meals. Kids Fighting Hunger of Central Minnesota is a volunteer led, international hunger-relief campaign committed to combating hunger and poverty worldwide and locally by providing nutritious meals to those in need. Sign up to volunteer at For more information on this and other United Way opportunities, visit and click on Criers. Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the St. Joseph Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to news@thenewsleaders. com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Community meal to be held in St. Joseph by Cori Hilsgen All are welcome to a community meal that will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. The meal will be spaghetti, but a vegetarian option will also be offered. Various St. Joseph organizations and residents, who have been meeting for several months, are involved in the planning and promotion of the “Joe Town Table” community meal. Organizations involved include the College of St. Benedict Community Kitchen, Church of St. Joseph, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Central Minnesota Catholic Worker and the College of St. Benedict Monastery. Central Minnesota Catholic Worker member Kevin LaNave said he wants people to know the meal is for everyone and is meant as a way for all people in the area to gather to share the meal and get to know one another better. It’s not just intended for those dealing with low-income situations. “I hope the community meal becomes a space in which the distances between us – whether Meal • page 3 contributed photos Central Minnesota Catholic Worker member Kevin LaNave hopes many people will attend “Joe Town Table,” a community meal from 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. LaNave Keane He and other organizers hope it will bring people in the area together so they can bridge differences and accomplish productive goals. Community Kitchen organizer Natalie Keane is also hoping for a good turnout at the community meal. Community Kitchen is a new program on the CSB campus that addresses the problem of food waste and food insecurity, with an emphasis on rural Stearns County. Meeting seeks input on sales-tax projects by Dennis Dalman What do St. Joseph residents want as a regional sales-tax project in the greater St. Cloud area? Sprawling theme park? Gigantic athletic multiplex? Riverside arts-and-entertainment plaza? Aquatics center? At this point, it’s OK to daydream. That is why there will be a brainstorming open house from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the St. Cloud Public Library. Everyone in the six cities in the greater St. Cloud area is invited to attend to give ideas for regional projects. An aquatics center has been high on the “wish list” for many years. Residents’ input is important because all six cities are making plans for a half-cent sales-tax referendum. That sales tax was first approved in 2002 by most cities. St. Joseph, however, did not approve the tax until 2005. Voters approved an extension of the tax in 2006. That latest extension is due to expire in 2018 unless voters once again approve it. The Minnesota Legislature has given approval for the six cities to extend the tax if voters so choose. The six cities are St. Joseph, Sartell, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. August. A sales-tax referendum could occur as early as this November or as late as 2016. This is how the regional halfcent sales tax works. One or more big regional projects must be built that would benefit all the cities’ residents. The major projects must be approved by the voters. Previously, that is how the St. Cloud Regional Public Library was funded, as well as major expansion at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Once the major regional project is funded, the rest of the salestax money is divided up among the participating cities, according to a formula partly based on population. The revenue comes from the extra half-cent added to a sale every time someone buys something taxable in any of those six cities. Those cities can then use the money for their own projects, as long as such projects have a more or less “regional” Sales tax • page 5 ASA students donate shoeboxes to ‘Place of Hope’ by Cori Hilsgen All Saints Academy students donated 132 shoeboxes to Place of Hope for an Advent project, surpassing their goal of donating 100 boxes. Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack organized the project with some help from school cook Mary Kay Pelkey and other staff members. For the project, students in preschool through sixth grade were encouraged to bring small items that would fit into a shoebox. Items were collected in bins labeled according to age and gender. Students also created wrapping paper. On a selected day, donated items were placed on tables in the school lunch room and the shoeboxes were divided among the tables. Students contributed photo Sixth-grade student Claire Kissela (left) and her first-grade buddy from each grade placed a variety of items in the boxes. Staff Belle Pennings work on the shoebox project together. members checked the boxes to make sure items were equally distributed. Parent volunteers and student ambassadors coordinated the wrapping of the boxes. Children in all grades helped with wrapping and labeling the boxes. After the boxes were wrapped, they were transported by the school custodian Andy Loso to the Place of Hope for the children’s’ Christmas event. The boxes donated included various small toys, stuffed animals, hats, gloves, socks, candy, pencils, notebooks, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Pundsack said ASA has participated in this project for more than 10 years. She said they chose Place of Hope because of its programs involving children; many of whom are homeless and living on site, Shoeboxes • page 5

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