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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, Feb. 1, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 5 Est. 1989 Town Crier Sue Borgeson benefit A taco bar benefit and silent auction will be held for Sue Borgeson from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Westside Learning Center, 1001 2nd St. S., Sartell. Organizers are requesting those attending to pick up food tickets in advance to plan for the amount of people attending. Borgeson, a paraprofessional at Apollo High School and a Sartell resident, has battled breast cancer for the past year and won, and now has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery on Jan. 16 and is recovering. Proceeds will go toward her medical costs. St. Cloud Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match funds up to $2,000. Cash donations may be dropped off at Liberty Savings Bank, Sartell. Comments or donations may be directed to Jen Fox at 612-719-2707 or email Living with Parkinson’s under the age of 60 A newly formed support group for those under 60 who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at Saron Lutheran Church in Big Lake, Minn. Specific topics will be scheduled along with an open forum. For more information, visit and click on Criers. St. Joseph Rod, Gun hosts fishing contest tomorrow The St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club will hold its 20th annual ice fishing contest from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Kraemer Lake. Prizes for the three largest fish in each category of game and pan fish will be awarded. More than $3,000 worth of prizes, including a grandprize drawing for a free one-day fishhouse rental for four on Upper Red Lake, will be given away. The first 200 kids (15 and under) will receive a free piece of fishing equipment. Lunch, refreshments, restrooms and warming house are available. If the event is canceled due to poor weather, the club will not reschedule. For more information, call 320363-8803 or 320-251-2881. Transportation volunteer for veterans Transport veterans to their appointments at the medical center with a VA vehicle or drive a golf cart around the medical-center grounds to pick up and deliver patients, visitors and items throughout the medical center. Transportation volunteers require a driver’s license, safe driving record, physical exam and defensive driving course. Contact Patricia Aljets, St. Cloud VA Health Care System, at 320-255-6365 or INSERT: Midcontinent Communications Postal Patron Students compete in free-throw championship by TaLeiza Calloway Nathional Basketball Association All-Star LeBron James needs to be on the lookout for Jon Ethen. In a matter of years he could be sharing the basketball court with him. If it was up to Ethen, they would be teammates. Ethen, 13, of St. Joseph, was one of nine youths who participated in a free-throw championship Jan. 27 at All Saints Academy. The local event is hosted by the St. Joseph Council of the Knights of Columbus. Boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14 were competing at the local level in hopes of advancing to the district championship to be held in Sartell later this month. The Knights of Columbus Free-throw Championship is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district and state competition. International champions are announced by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters based on scores from state-level competitions. Students took three practice shots and then had to shoot 15 free throws. At the district level, participants will make 25 shots to see who advances to the state championship, Mark Berg-Arnold said. Berg-Arnold is a member of the St. Joseph Council of the Knights of Columbus and organized the event Jan. 27. Ethen said this was his third year participating in the event. He enjoys it every time. “I’ve been playing since third grade,” he said of his love for the sport. When asked if it’s hard to shoot 15 free throws in a row, his response was easy: “No.” It wasn’t hard for Hallie Hupf, Abbey Medelberg or Maggie O’Donnell of St. Joseph, either. This was their first year participating in the free-throw championships. The girls were glad they came. “It was fun,” Hupf said. For O’Donnell, basketball is her recreation so she was eager to participate in the recent championship. The 11-year-old advanced to the district level. Knights of Columbus member Vince DeVargas of St. JoStudents • page 4 photo by TaLeiza Calloway Hallie Hupf, 11 of St. Joseph, shoots the ball during the 2013 Knights of Columbus Free-throw Championship at All Saints Academy. Vora recalls expulsion from happy home into living hell by Dennis Dalman Battle That same day, Leokadia’s wagon came across a battle that was in progress – Ger- mans and Russians battling to the death. The Wenzels quickly got out of their wagon and huddled underneath it as bullets and explosions ripped through the cold air. Leokadia told Erika years Governor appoints St. Joseph resident by TaLeiza Calloway St. Joseph resident William Rudolph said he takes good news as it comes. contributed photo So when Rudolph Gov. Mark Dayton announced his appointment to the statewide Independent Living Council this week, he was not sur- prised but eager for the new experience. “It’s another challenge in life,” Rudolph said. “It’s a good thing. It will be a learning experience.” Rudolph was one of 10 people appointed to the statewide council Jan. 28. He replaces council member Roberta Cich as the Center for Independent Living Representative for the council. This was the second time Rudolph applied for the position. The term is a threeyear commitment. Rudolph • page 4 later: “Bodies were lying all around us, everywhere blood, the fresh-fallen snow had turned into a field of blood, blood everywhere we looked, bodies and blood.” By that time, they had only one horse for their wagon. Earlier, a Russian had taken one of the horses. After the battle, Polish men took the last horse and the wagon, tossing the Wenzels’ last possessions onto the road. Still later, another Pole came by and tossed the bundles of goods onto his wagon, saying it’s better he take them than the Russians. The Wenzels had nothing left except the clothing they were bundled in. Leokadia at least had the knee-high heavy boots she was wearing. But not for long. Later, a Pole took them, too. She wrapped her feet with her shawl and trudged on, holding her cold baby tightly to her, with the children following – all freezing, hungry, terrified. (Part 2) Kind-hearted Pole Then they came upon a Polish woman with a kind heart, who gave Leokadia a pair of wooden shoes. They were far too big, and Leokadia’s feet kept coming out of them in the snow, but at least they kept her feet from freezing completely. Still later, they met another kind Polish woman who suggested the family take immediate shelter at a nearby dairy farm. On a hay pile in a barn, the Wenzels collapsed from hunger, cold and exhaustion – so grateful to be out of the cold outside air. Next morning, shaking with fright but determined, Leokadia found the courage to go knock on the door. She asked the people if she and her daughters could do some work for a bit of food. They agreed. They worked very hard at some chores, but in return did not get a bite to eat – except for a bowl of dried Vora • page 5

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