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, March 15, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 11 Est. 1989 Town Crier Dollars for Scholars applications available Applications for Dollars for Scholars are now available to pick up at the Newsleaders office located at 32 1st Ave. NW, north of the St. Joseph Meat Market, or Sentry Bank, 400 4th Ave. NE, St. Joseph. The application deadline is Monday, April 8; applications must be mailed to the P.O. Box on the front of the application or delivered to Doug Danielson at Sentry Bank. Winter farmers’ market sets ‘Eggstravaganza’ It’s an “Eggstravaganza” at the St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market from 3-6 p.m. Friday, March 22 in the fellowship hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 C.R. 2 N., St. Joseph. Activities will include free egg decorating for children, live music by Ordinary Folk, food samples and recipes, and the RLC youth group returns with their homemade soup. There will be goods available from area growers including eggs, artisan bread, meats, preserved goods, honey, sunflower oil and more. Maple Syrup fests set March 16, April 6 Maple syrup season is a celebration that gives true meaning to the phrase “Home, sweet home.” If you’re looking for a family event to give you a sweet taste of home, join St. John’s Arboretum for the annual Maple Syrup Festivals from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and April 6, at St. John’s Abbey and University. Registration will be near St. John’s Prep School. Advanced registration is the Friday before each date. Call 320-363-3163 or visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. 55+ driver course offered at Kennedy A 55+ driver improvement eight-hour first-time course will be held from 5-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19 in the media center at Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. Registration is required. A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Postal Patron Serenity babies: Peace through the gift of art by TaLeiza Calloway firstname.lastname@example.org The babies born at the Loving Hearts Nursery in St. Joseph look and feel so real you wouldn’t know you were holding a doll until someone told you so. That’s the point. St. Joseph residents Cindy and Daryl Lindbloom create the three-dimensional interactive art so others can experience the comfort and healing that can come from holding a baby. “They give a comforting, relaxing mood,” Daryl said. “They’re kind of like a de-stressor.” “They are serenity babies,” Cindy said. “They bring peace to people wherever they are.” Cindy said they have made babies for a variety of clients that include mothers who have lost children, as well as for nursing-home residents in the Babies • page 4 photo by TaLeiza Calloway St. Joseph resident Cindy Lindbloom plays with one of the serenity babies she and her husband Daryl make at Loving Hearts Nursery. Though life-like, the babies are three-dimensional interactive art. Meeting set for future of government center plans by TaLeiza Calloway email@example.com Members of the St. Joseph City Council will have an informal meeting to discuss the future of a new government/ community center next week. The meeting is slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at city hall. Council members will talk with members of the city’s facilities committee to determine the next step in the process. “It will be an interactive meeting,” St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz said. “It’s open to the public.” INSIDE: Easter Bunny Giveaway ernment/community center. To date, only a rough schematic drawing has been provided to show a possible layout for the building. The existing city hall was built in 1979 as a bank building and converted into a city Meeting • page 2 Flower baskets will return to city’s downtown by TaLeiza Calloway firstname.lastname@example.org Beauty will return to the city’s downtown with the re- turn of hanging flower baskets along Minnesota Street and College Avenue. St. Joseph resident Margy Hughes told city council mem- Bankruptcy, credit issues seminar set March 18 A community-education seminar on bankruptcy and credit issues, sponsored by the Volunteer Attorney Program for Central Minnesota Legal Services in St. Cloud, will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 18 at the Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Last month, council member and facilities committee member Dale Wick said they are at the point where contractors need direction to move forward. Members of the city’s facilities committee held two open houses to see just what residents want in the new gov- photo by Christian Gilman American flags and flower baskets decorate street lights throughout downtown St. Joseph, adding a splash of color to “main street.” Additional baskets will be added this spring. bers March 7 that more baskets will be available this year with plans to have them up by Memorial Day. After discovering vivid flower baskets in the city of Red Wing, Carol Theisen brought the idea of adding similar baskets in St. Joseph. The venture started last year with the purchase of 30 baskets. This year, 50 baskets will be available for purchase and on display this summer. Organizers are working with Thomsens Greenhouse and Garden Center of St. Joseph to provide the flowers for the baskets this year. Hughes said they ordered an additional 10 brackets that will be added along the designated streets. Their goal is the beautification of the downtown area, she said. “We just wanted to add more,” Hughes said. “They look(ed) so nice and we www.thenewsleaders.com thought we didn’t have that many going north on College Avenue or west on Minnesota.” Businesses, local service organizations and individuals can purchase a flower basket at the cost of $150 for a full basket and $75 for half of a flower pot. Individuals can purchase a pot in honor of someone and/ or in memory of a loved one. Hughes also said those who purchased baskets previously will be contacted to see if they would like to continue their support of the project. Then, donor applications will be sent to them. Those supporting the project through donations will be featured in a paid advertisement in the St. Joseph Newsleader. For more information about purchasing flower baskets, call Theisen at 320-249-7676.