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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. 14 2014 Volume 25, Issue 7 Est. 1989 Town Crier Dollars for Scholars apps now online 2014 Scholarship applications are available online at: http:// 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 320363-7721. Documentary explores hunger issues Feb. 17 Join the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker for a look at hunger by viewing the documentary “A Place at the Table” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 in Heritage Hall at the Church of St. Joseph in St. Joseph. For more information, email Join Arbor Day Foundation in February, receive free trees Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Minnesota who joins the Foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the non-profit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Book-reading program brings readers together by Cori Hilsgen Kennedy Community School is joining many other schools in the St. Cloud School District to participate in an all-school book club called “One District One Book.” Fourth-grade teacher and instructional leader Kelli Ritter said every family received a copy of the book “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. Ritter and a committee of Kennedy teachers have been working on the project. The book is a story about a hamster named Humphrey, who gives readers his views of school, families and other things. The book tells of his classroom adventures and his experiences as he sleeps over at students’ houses on weekend visits. Families were asked to read Books • page 3 Printer omission Due to a printing glitch last week, page 3 of the Feb. 7 Newsleader was not published. So the same lower half of the front page and the story’s jump are printed in full in this week’s edition. Digital technology is a love/hate relationship. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Culligan contributed photo Principal Dr. Judy Nagel was a guest reader for Sandy Mergen’s second-grade students for the kick-off of the “One District One Book” program at Kennedy Community School. Speed enforcement at the speed of sound Thanks to a new speed-measuring device provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, law enforcement officers in St. Joseph are better equipped to identify vehicles driving at illegal and unsafe speeds. The police department is one of only contributed photo Chief Joel Klein holds the new Stalker mobile traffic radar unit awarded to the St. Joseph Police Department. 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. Postal Patron nine law enforcement agencies in Minnesota being awarded a Stalker mobile traffic radar unit for participating in the Towards Zero Deaths enforcement effort that took place during the 2013 Labor Day Mobilization. “Traffic enforcement may not be the most glamorous job in the department” said Chief Joel Klein, “but it is more likely to save a life than nearly anything else we can do. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesotans usually consid- ered too young to die – those between one and 34 years of age.” “It’s impossible to tell exactly how many or whose lives are saved when we emphasize traffic enforcement,” he continued, “the result is a crash that doesn’t happen. We just know it changes drivers behaviors – people buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired.” Tom Kummrow, law enforcement liaison, with the MinSpeed • page 5 Kennedy fourth-graders participate in math dance by Cori Hilsgen 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 kinesthetic 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 move ments. Students traveled to the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud to experience dance in the rehearsal hall. Ramler said students learned about Kabuki, a Japanese form of drama/dance on the stage. They also created six-pointed stars in one of the art studios. DeBlieck also worked with the students in each of the fourth-grade classrooms teaching the transformations through dance and movement. Students created a dance that had translations (slides), reflections Dance • page 5 contributed photo Kennedy fourth-grade students get ready to do a translation (slide) during their math dance performance at a concert on Jan. 30.

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