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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. 21, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 8 Est. 1989 Town Crier City asks help to prevent water line freezing Area cities have all recently experienced water service lines freezing. The water line that runs from the city’s main to inside the building is the owner’s responsibility, and the best way to prevent the service line from freezing is to keep the water moving or running. A pencil or pinkie finger width is effective to prevent freezing. The cost of thawing service lines is expensive and it can take more than a day to get a contractor there to thaw it, so property owners should consider running their water, particularly if the property is on a cul de sac or if you notice any drop in water pressure, drop in water temperature and/or discoloration. For more information, visit Know a woman with spirit? Do you know a woman who makes a difference in her community? Nominate her for the Spirit of Women® Awards program. St. Cloud Hospital is now accepting nominations for women who perform extraordinary acts of service in their communities. The awards celebrate women who take action to make their community healthier, safer and a more inspirational place to live. Nominees will be recognized in one of three categories: a young person role model (ages 14-20); a community hero (at least 21 years of age); and a health care hero (clinical professional). All regional winners will receive recognition along with a $1,000 award to further their commitment to their community. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Junior Achievement seeks volunteers Each year, Junior Achievement in the St. Cloud area partners with community volunteers to deliver programs to more than 29 local schools in 275 classrooms. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills, volunteers help local students learn the value of controlling their own financial future, while they acquire the important life skills of communication, teamwork, critical thinking and decision making. The time commitment is minimal, scheduling is flexible and training is provided. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. See inside for child safety tips and answers to “Match the Love Song” contest Postal Patron More than 250 people attend Avon Hills conference by Cori Hilsgen More than 250 people, including 24 children, attended the “Living in the Avon Hills” conference held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. John’s University. Two local presenters at the conference included Susan Kroska and Peggy Roske. Kroska presented “Pretzels and More,” showing the audience how to make pretzels. She also gave out samples of the pretzels. “There’s nothing like the smell of a warm pretzel,” Kroska said. She shared various facts about pretzels, including that Pennsylvania produces 80 percent of all U.S. pretzels, that Anderson Pretzel in Lancaster, Penn. makes 65 tons of pretzels a day and that April 26 is National Pretzel Day among other fun pretzel facts. Kroska distributed her “Swiss Pretzel with Sponge” and “Best Soft Pretzel Recipe Ever” recipes. She discussed facts about yeast, the importance of measuring in ounces for consistency, holding the salt back because salt inhibits yeast, experimenting with various grains to make breads healthier and more. Kroska, who owns “Susan’s Artisan Bread,” attended the San Francisco Baking Institute and classes in Canada and San Diego. She and her husband, David, have eight children. Dr. David Kroska also gave a presentation about “Plant Powered Health: Answers from the Garden.” Roske told about the history of Collegeville. She discussed the arrival of the Benedictines in St. Joseph and Collegeville and the site in “Lower Collegeville” where St. John’s monks settled Conference • page 3 photo by Cori Hilsgen Susan Kroska spoke about pretzels at the Avon Hills conference. She gave out samples of her pretzels for attendees to try. Living a mindful life to reduce stress by Cori Hilsgen A stress reduction technique called “mindfulness” is gaining popularity in the healthcare field, wo r k p l a c e s and other Mahon areas. Certified nurse practitioner Kathleen Mahon recently presented that topic at the CentraCare Health Plaza. February is Heart Awareness Month. Mahon works at the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center. Mahon said at first she wasn’t sure if she would be able to interest enough people about the topic, but she shared it with a large crowd of 287 people. She decided to present on this topic because of the role stress plays both in the development of heart disease and most other chronic diseases. “It is now estimated more than half of the population has some form of chronic disease,” Mahon said. “Mindfulness is a great approach for stress management that everyone can do to promote their own health and well-being. Interest in mindful- ness is growing exponentially as more research is done to justify its use as a viable option to complement medical care.” Mahon said heart disease is often related to lifestyle and can sometimes be prevented by making changes. One of those changes includes reducing stress. She said there’s been substantial evidence that links coronary artery disease and stress. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a clinically proven, eight-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and has been practiced in hospitals, clinics, mental health centers and businesses for more than 25 years. According to Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose to the present moment, non-judgmentally. Seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness include no judgment, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and non-attachment. The technique requires focused training to teach your mind to stay in the present without thinking about the past or the future. “It’s about awareness and focus on the present moment,” Mahon said. “It’s training your mind to spend more time in the present moment. You can’t be a perfectionist at this practice. Your mind will wander. When you realize it has wandered, don’t be frustrated. The realization is a moment of awareness.” She also said non-judgment is more about being aware of the fact we judge everything. Mindfulness is not about falsely pretending not to judge but more about being aware of the judging and taking a step back from it and not being so attached to it. Mahon gave examples of being more mindful in daily activities. She talked about listening Stress • page 4 Who gives a hoot? I do photo by Kelly Brown This snowy owl was captured on camera by Kelly Brown of St. Joseph. He had heard there were snowy owls in the area and so he went on a quest to find one, discovering this particular owl just north of St. Joseph. Brown is an avid photographer, mainly of wildlife.

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