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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. 28, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 9 Est. 1989 Town Crier Summer Rec opens ball registration Registration for the evening ball program for boys and girls ages 5-14 will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at the St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. For more information or questions, call Sharon Young at 320-293-3278 or Amanda Lopau at 320-260-1598. Resources for individuals, families experiencing homelessness Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event for individuals and families experiencing or near homeless, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at River’s Edge Convention Center, downtown St. Cloud. The event, sponsored by United Way of Central Minnesota in partnership with Tri-County Action Program and Stearns County Human Services, provides a welcoming environment and a way to connect individuals with needed resources in the community. The Wilder Homeless Study conducted in Minnesota in October 2012 reflects the growing needs. Consider the following stats: from 2009-12, long-term homelessness increased faster in greater Minnesota (28 percent) than in the metro region (1 percent); children with their parents represented the fastest-growing segment of the long-term homeless population today statewide (26 percent increase from 2009-12); last year, 325 children experienced homelessness in Central Minnesota. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Widow supports proposed work-zone bill by Dennis Dalman A state bill that would ban cell-phone use by drivers at roadway work zones and decrease the speed limit by such zones has the full support of Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph. Her support is not surprising, considering her husband, Ron, was killed while working at a construction site two-anda-half years ago. Rajkowski testified in favor of the bill at a House committee meeting on the bill at the St. Paul Capitol earlier this month. “Our hearts ache forever for Ron, no matter how life changes or moves on,” Rajkowski said at the hearing. On Oct. 13, 2011, Ron Rajkowski and another man died after a driver from Missouri veered off the road, traveling at 70 mph, and slammed into the two workers. Craig Carlson of St. Paul, a project supervisor, was killed instantly. Rushed to a hospital, Rajkowski died shortly after of massive internal injuries. The collision happened on Interstate 35 at Burnsville. Rajkowski, an employee of the Egan Co., was helping install fiber-optic cable at that site. The man who hit them, 21 at the time, said he realized his car was getting too close to a retaining wall when he overcorrected his steering, sending his vehicle into the two men working off the side of the road. There is no evidence that man was using a cell phone, although a cell phone was found later on the front seat of the car. In Missouri, the man was fined $100, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and served 30 days of a work-release sentence in jail. At the time of the collision, the orange work-zone speed sign said 60 mph, but the customary white 70 mph sign had not been taken down yet, Rajkowski told the Newsleader. “If the speed limit had been Work-zone • page 2 contributed photo Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph is strongly in favor of a law intended to make roadway work zones safer. Her husband, Ron, was killed by a car that veered off the road while he was working at a site near Burnsville two-and-a-half years ago. Their children are Blake (left) and Chase. Baenninger to lead Drew University by Cori Hilsgen Drew University in New Jersey. Baenninger announced in October she would step down from her position as CSB president effective June 30. Her new position starts July 21. In a recent press release, Baenninger said she wanted to be closer to family. “As I explained when I announced this would be my last year at CSB, my husband and Current College of St. Benedict President MaryAnn BaenninPiano supervisor sought ger has acat Discovery Kidstop cepted a Children at Discovery Elemen- position as tary School who attend Kidstop on president of Baenninger a regular basis are being selected to participate in a music program, Piano Education Reaching Kids, to learn how to play piano. Children will receive a 30-minute lesson, one day each week during Kidstop hours. Volunteers are asked to help one day a week, 2:30-5 p.m. to supervise students while they practice. For information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron I want to be close to our family at this time in our lives,” Baenninger said. “This is a perfect ‘fit’ for both Drew and for me. The university has a rich history, very strong academic programs and an abiding sense of community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve Drew and to get to know the members of its community.” The CSB presidential search committee will continue to move forward in the process of hiring Baenninger’s replacement. Chair of the CSB Board of Trustees Lynn Newman commented in a recent press release. “The CSB Board of trustees is delighted MaryAnn has accepted another college presidential position, especially one so close to her immediate Baenninger • page 7 Alumni pets wanted for portrait sessions by Dennis Dalman Adopted pets are wanted for an “Alumni Photo Shoot” March 8-9 at the Tri-County Humane Society. The idea for the photo shoot is to get updated photos of animals Hot off the press that have been adopted so they If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send can be added to the “Before” us your email address and we’ll photos that are already at the notify you with a link when our humane society, which always website is updated, which is typi- photographs animals before they cally by noon a day in advance of are adopted. The “Before” and the print edition. Send your email to and “After” photos can then be comyou should start receiving your bined for a crowd-pleasing slide reminder at that address within a show at the society’s next Wine, week. Notify us otherwise. Kibbles and Bits annual fundFor additional criers, visit www. raiser, scheduled for April 25 and click on Criers. this year. The photographs will be taken free of charge, and both photographers will give the pets’ owners a free 8” x 10” portrait of their animals, with an option to buy more prints if the owners so choose. To make an appointment for a photo session, call 320-252-0896. Those who already have professional-quality photos of their pets are encouraged to email them with the owner’s name, the pet’s name and when they were adopted. Then put “WKB Slideshow” in the subject line and send them to tchs-events@ The two photo sessions at the Tri-County Humane Society are Pets • page 3 contributed photos These three cats and three dogs are featured on a poster about photo sessions for “Pet Alumni” for the Tri-County Humane Society. The Society is asking people who have adopted pets there to bring them back in for free photo sessions so a series of “Before” and “After” shots can be made into a promotional slide show.

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