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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. 24 2014 Volume 25, Issue 4 Est. 1989 Town Crier CentraCare hosts PAWS-itively Healthy Keep your pet healthy and keep yourself healthy, too — owning a pet is literally good for you. Veterinarian Nancy Altena, Companions Animal Hospital, will share tips for keeping the furriest member of your family as healthy as possible during “PAWS-itively Healthy” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Registration required. For more information, visit and click on Crier. Preprinted tax forms not available at libraries Preprinted tax return forms will not be available at area libraries in 2014. The library is discontinuing the provision of preprinted tax forms due to difficulties in obtaining forms and instructions. Federal and state agencies are encouraging people to complete their tax returns online. Preprinted tax forms will be available from government revenue departments by request. The IRS toll-free number to request forms and publications is 1-800-8293676. The Minnesota Revenue toll-free number to request tax forms is 1-800-652-9094. Taxpayers continue to have the option of printing tax forms using library equipment. Postal Patron ‘Fore! Gone’ book talks about St. John’s golf course by Cori Hilsgen Did you know St. John’s University used to have a golf course? The course is described in author Joe Bissen’s book called “Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999.” The book describes more than 80 abandoned courses in Minnesota, including the one at SJU and another that was at one time located in St. Cloud. It was called “Hillside Golf Course” and operated from 1930-45. “I did not write about the more than two dozen courses that have been abandoned since 2000, as I wanted to keep the book more historical in nature,” Bissen said. Bissen said SJU occupies a distinct position in Minnesota golf history. He believes it’s one of only two colleges or universities in the state that had its own golf course. The University of Minnesota-Bolstad course is the other. The SJU course is described in his book in Chapter 26, “The Old College Try.” Much of the information Bissen used in his book about the SJU course is attributed to a book entitled “Scoreboard: A History of Athletics at St. John’s University,” published by Dunstan Tucker and Martin Schirber in the late 1970s. Tucker and Schirber gleaned much of their information from the archives of the St. John’s campus newspaper, The Record. They indicated the course occupied an area of the north lower campus, close to Stumpf Lake. An entry of Tucker and Schirber attributes the following statement to an April 1926 issue of The Record: “Every afternoon a cavalcade of students with caddies, bags and camp followers wend their photo contributed by St. John’s University Archives way to the hill. The present The St. John’s University golf course once located on its camcourse is in an ideal location pus was one of 35 Minnesota courses that closed during the Golf • page 5 Great Depression years. Fire destroys part of SJU paint shop by Cori Hilsgen A paint shop built on the southwest side of St. John’s University campus was recently damaged by fire. A sign on the building states it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Director of Media Relations Michael Hemmesch said the fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. The St. John’s Draw a duck to conserve wetlands The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Student artwork will be judged in four grade groups: kindergarten through third, fourthsixth, seventh-ninth, 10th-12th. Submitted artwork must feature a native North American waterfowl species. Three first-, three second- and three third-place, along with 16 honorable mentions will be awarded in each age group. A Best of Show entry will be selected from the 12 first-place winners and entered in the national contest held in April. The national winner’s artwork is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp each year. The stamp is available for $5, with proceeds used to support conservation education and contest awards. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Fire Department responded, and Avon and St. Joseph fire departments were also called to assist. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. Hemmesch said a cause of the fire and estimate of damages are unknown at this time. The building was designed by Fr. Raphael Knapp, OSB, and constructed in 1912. It was originally designed as a laundry and currently houses the paint and finishing department of SJU. photo by Cori Hilsgen At left: A large pile of debris from a St. John’s University paint shop fire is shown by the building. The fire damaged about twothirds of the building. BMX racing mentor Cheryl Post dies of cancer by Cori Hilsgen Cheryl Post, a local BMX racing mentor recently died after battling stage 4 melanoma for the past year. Post, 53, was diagnosed April 2013 and died at her home. She and her husband, Mark, were active with mentoring BMX racers. BMX is a type of off-road bicycle racing whose format was modeled from motocross racing. Races are sprint races done on off-road tracks. Post’s daughter, Alise, is a professional racer and a U.S. Olympian who competed in the 2012 Olympics held in London. The Posts played a large role in opening the Pineview Park BMX in 1999 and Mark is the track operator. The park was Post • page 2 contributed photos Inset photo, Cheryl Post. Westin Hiltner (right) stands with Cheryl Post’s daughter, Alise, who is a professional racer and who competed at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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