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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. 22, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 8 Est. 1989 Town Crier Local Blend hosts two musical performances The Local Blend, downtown St. Joseph, will host two musical performances in early March. The first is original folk rocker “The Wrong Omar,” a solo acoustic show, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1. Singer-songwriter Joey Shaheen, aka “The Wrong Omar,” continues his “Sled Dawg Slushy” tour in support of his recent release “Shoot Up The Town.” The Wrong Omar presents a night of roots/folk/rock with blues harp, stories and rock ‘n’ roll aphorisms. The second event is Iowa pop/folk duo Har-di-Har from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, March 9. All ages are welcome for this free event. For more information, visit Dinner, auction benefits Avon child, parks A spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Isaac’s Journey (childhood cancer) and Avon Community Betterment (parks), sponsored by the Avon Women of Today, will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in Avon Community Church, 410 Avon Ave. N. U of M seeks participants in teen-driver study St. Joseph, Sartell, St. Cloud and surrounding areas have been selected as recruitment locations for a teen-driver study being conducted by the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the project is to understand teen-driver safety and behaviors as well as parental involvement with teens during the learning phase of driving. The university seeks to recruit 40 teen drivers from the St. Joseph and Sartell areas who currently have their learner’s permit, will receive their provisional driver’s license between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, are age 16 at that time, and are able to begin the study within one month of their licensure start date. As part of the study, teens will receive a free Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone and a monthly data, text and talk service plan for one year. Additionally, teens will receive a monthly $25 incentive at the end of the year-long study totaling $300. For more information, contact Nichole Morris at or call 612624-4614. INSERT: Appliance Smart Postal Patron Joetown Snowtown draws families by TaLeiza Calloway It was a sunny and crisp Minnesota day at Centennial Park last weekend in St. Joseph. Temperatures neared the 20s and a towering sledding hill was in full use by those attending Joetown Snowtown. This was the first year the St. Joseph Park Board hosted the winter event in partnership with local sponsors. Those who came were glad they did. Park Board Chair John Anderson was pleased with the weather during the event. “It’s a great day for it,” Anderson said. “Whether you hold an event in the summer or the winter, it’s always dependent on the weather.” Marc Van Herr works at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph. He recently discovered the sledding hill in Centennial Park and stumbled upon Joetown Snowtown with his 4-year-old daughter, Sophia. She enjoyed playing in the snow and has a pretty good arm for throwing Joetown • page 8 photos by TaLeiza Calloway Blake Hawker, 8, of St. Joseph, shows off his hockey moves Feb. 16 during the Joetown Snowtown event in St. Joseph. Inset: Sophia Van Herr, 4, of St. Cloud readies to throw a snowball at her father Marc on Feb. 16 in Centennial Park. Lots of love, teamwork led to triumphant smiles by Cori Hilsgen Local residents Mitchell Schleper and his sister, Haley, will initiate a smile when they find something intriguing, humorous or are just excited about something. For the Schlepers, that smile was formed through the efforts of surgeries, therapies and a lot of hard work. Mitchell, 13, was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and Haley, 12, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Mitchell was diagnosed after birth and Haley was diagnosed before birth. They were two of the first patients to be treated by and to benefit from the CentraCare Cleft Palate Team. Jeanie Schleper said necessary surgeries included a lip repair that was done when her children were between 3 and 4 months old. The timing of the lip-repair surgery depends on the weight of Smiles • page 3 Superintendent search in full swing by Janelle Von Pinnon contributed photo Mitchell Schleper, 13, and his sister, Haley, 12 were two of the first patients to benefit from the care of the CentraCare Cleft Palate Team. Mitchell was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and Haley was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. The St. Cloud Area School District 742 School Board will conduct Community At-Large meetings with each of three prospective superintendent candidates from 5-5:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 25-27 (one candidate each day) at the District 742 Administrative Office in the Apollo High School Resource Center (enter doors 2, 19 or 35), 1000 N. 44th Ave., St. Cloud. Each of those evenings, the board will then take the prospective candidate to dinner at 6 p.m. at Cafe Renaissance, Waite Park, and then conduct a candidate interview at 7:30 p.m. back at the district office. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, a special school board meeting to narrow the candidate choice to one will take place at 8:45 p.m. again in the district office. The board had already conducted candidate interviews this past Tuesday-Thursday to narrow the superintendent search from a field of seven candidates down to the final three. One of the seven is former Kennedy Community School Principal Diane Moeller, who is currently interim director of curriculum instruction and assessement for the St. Cloud school district. The seven candidates are as follows: Nettie Collins-Hart, a fifth-year superintendent in Forest Park, Ill. (5,000 students); John Engelking, a superintendent for the Proctor (Minn.) Superintendent • page 5

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