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Reaching Everybody! WIN $1 00 the Lo Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader Match St. Joseph Friday, Feb. 7 2014 Volume 25, Issue 6 Est. 1989 Town Crier Dollars for Scholars apps now online 2014 Scholarship applications are available online at: http:// StJosephAreadollarsforscholars. org. Click on: Students and Parents tab. Click on: Click to Login. Click on: “click here” above Student Login to register. If you need assistance, call 320-363-7721. Anna Marie’s seeks support for new pet shelter Local domestic violence nonprofit is seeking community support to raise funds for a new pet shelter to be built onsite, which will provide women fleeing domestic abuse with a safe place to keep their pets. Approximately 48 percent of domestic violence survivors delay leaving an abusive relationship because they do not have a safe place for their pets. Anna Marie’s Alliance is upgrading its current pet facilities with the help of PetSmart, who has already donated $10,000 and Cheryl Lightle, who has agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations in honor of her schnauzer, Willie. Anna Marie’s is asking the community to step up to this generous challenge match and consider a donation in any amount. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the 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 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 New baby barges into 11-below morning by Dennis Dalman What kind of baby would want to be born in a Dodge Ram truck in 11-below-zero weather? Well, tiny Neely Erickson didn’t seem to mind. Not at all. She was ready to barge into the world and so she did, thank you – in the parking lot in front of CentraCare clinic near the Coborn’s Super Store in St. Joseph. Her parents, Kristian and Monica, were quite surprised. In fact, they were shocked. And so was St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein, who masterminded the sudden delivery. It happened on the morning of Friday, Jan. 31. On that bitterly cold morning, Kristian and Monica were at their home in Sauk Centre when suddenly Monica started feeling unmistakable labor contractions. The baby’s delivery date was esBaby • page 11 contributed photo Baby Neely Erickson nestles snugly in the arms of her mother, safe and sound in the St. Cloud Hospital after coming into the world in her father’s Dodge Ram truck during an 11-below morning in St. Joseph. St. Joseph Police Officer Matt Johnson (left) and Police Chief Joel Klein assisted with the surprise birth. The Ericksons said they want to thank all of the St. Joseph agencies who arrived at the birth scene for their kindness, expertise and professionalism. Hiemenz has served rod, gun club for 40 years by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders St. Joseph resident Ken Hiemenz is a man who has served on several organizations for long periods of time. One of those organizations is the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club. Hiemenz, 79, has been with the club since 1961 and has Great River Area FIA seeks volunteers Great River Area Faith in Action is looking for volunteers to complete light housekeeping, routine cleaning and other light chores for an older adult or person with a disability. Volunteers must enjoy working with people, a desire to establish a relationship with an older adult or physically challenged person and comfortable with physical disabilities. The time commitment is about two hours per week or as needed. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. ve Song -7 pages 6 photo by Cori Hilsgen Ken Hiemenz has been involved with the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club for 52 years and has served on its board for 40 years, many of those years as the club president. spent 40 of those years serving as president and other positions on the board of directors. At one time, he was asked to return to help the club get re-organized again. Hiemenz has also been the firearm safety instructor for the club since 1987. The club was formed after 58 citizens met to form a sportsman’s club in 1954. Three citizens – Cyril Schneider, Frederick J. Reber and Elmer Reber – executed articles of incorporation Aug. 12, 1954. Hiemenz became the club president in 1961 after he returned from active duty in the U.S. Army. He had been sta- tioned in Germany and was sent on tours to France. He has been with the club for 52 years. Hiemenz said he was able to help organize the club. When he first became a member, club membership included 35 people. Membership has grown to 600-650 and now includes females and families. Other things that were accomplished while Hiemenz was president include paying for property on Kraemer Lake, purchasing property for an access on Watab (Long) Lake and building club funds through fundraisers. Hiemenz • page 10 Kennedy fourth-graders participate in math dance by Cori Hilsgen contributed photo Kennedy Community School fourth-grade students have been busy learning about transformations in math through movement and dance with artist-in-residence David DeBlieck. DeBlieck is a dance instructor who works with teachers to improve student proficiency and attitude in math and dance while reducing performance anxiety in both. He and teachers collaborated to include kin- Kennedy fourth-grade students get ready to do a translation (slide) during their math dance performance at a concert on Jan. 30. esthetic activities to reach a wider range of learners. Fourth-grade teachers Carol Ramler, Mary Radunz and Kelli Ritter, along with music teacher Kristen Bauer and art teacher Peggy Eigen, helped the students learn the dance moveDance • page 3

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