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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, March 22, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 12 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Big Brother recognized for guidance by Cori Hilsgen Town Crier Empty Bowls set March 24 The Empty Bowls Soup Feed Benefit and Silent Auction will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St Cloud. Empty Bowls is an internationally recognized program designed to draw attention to the problem of hunger in the United States and the world. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Give GRRL a High $5 Several branches in the Great River Regional Library system will feature local programming in March, funded by “High $5” contributions from library users. The High $5 March fundraising campaign began in 2005 to encourage library patrons to make donations to GRRL to help support library services. Donations stepped up when each branch was told to keep 40 percent of donated funds for local purposes. The remaining 60 percent goes to help fund library operations and collections that benefit the entire region. If all library cardholders stopped by in March and donated $5, it would have a huge impact. Individuals wishing to make a High $5 donation may stop by their closest GRRL branch library. The library also accepts donations online at on its “Support the Library” page, where patrons may indicate a branch location via an “Instructions/Comments” line. Hope for Recovery workshop set March 30 The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota will hold a free, one-day education workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies and hope for recovery. The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Great River Public Library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, call Nick at 320-253-6212. Wildland firefighter training A 40-hour online course to being trained as a wildland firefighter is available Monday, April 1 during a one-day field session at Camp Ripley. Upon completion, you will be qualified at the base level for wildland firefighting work anywhere in the United States. Visit for course instructions, tips and registration for the field session. contributed photo Bill Riner of Sartell recently received statewide recognition for his role of mentoring Skyler Figallo in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The two have spent time together learning new hobbies such as fishing and other activities. Sartell resident Bill Riner was recently recognized for his outstanding role as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. BBBS of Central Minnesota recognizes a “Big Brother” and “Big Sister” annually. Riner and Julie Hentges of Richmond were selected to receive the honor and to represent BBBS of Central Minnesota in the statewide competition. Both Riner and Hentges were chosen as the sole winners in their respective categories. Riner has been matched with his little brother, Skyler Figallo of St. Joseph, for five years. A friend of Riner’s referred him to the progam. “Skyler and I are certainly glad they did,” Riner said. Riner said besides the chance to make a difference in a young person’s life, he has had a whole lot of fun. “How many senior citizens get to enjoy navigating through Big Brother • page 2 Local leaders pleased with new pope by TaLeiza Calloway The world watched and waited as a new pope was selected. Local faith leaders in St. Joseph and beyond watched as well and are pleased with the choice. The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (pronounced BerGOAL-io), chose Francis as his pontical name. He is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The 76-year-old is also the first non-European pope to serve in more than 1,200 years and the first member of the Jesuit order to lead the church. Father Jerome Tupa, OSB, is the pastor of the Church of St. Joseph. He said he is excited about the arrival of Pope Francis. “I think it’s a delightful choice for the universal church,” Tupa said. “He seems to be warm and has some spontaneity to him, which is kind of different from the former pope.” Tupa said he was a bit surprised by the choice but views it as a great opportunity not only for the United States but for Argentina. In conversations Pope • page 7 Despite state loss, season was a winner by Mark Lauer When you're driving through St. Paul, it doesn't take very long to realize what takes center stage in Minnesota. It seems no matter which direction you look, especially if you're anywhere near the Xcel Energy Center, home of the Minnesota Wild, you are always reminded you are in the "State of Hockey." If St. Paul had an official seal, it would probably feature a pair of crossed hockey sticks positioned over a large, slowmoving Zamboni machine. (And if you don't know what a Zamboni is, you're in the wrong place.) Many kids in Minnesota grow up with dreams that someday they'll take the ice at Xcel Energy Center, playing for their school in what many feel is the grandest spectacle of any high-school sport – the Minnesota State Boys High School Hockey Tournament. St. Cloud Apollo's hockey program originated in 1972. But for the kids who have worn the Eagles' red, white and blue sweaters, nearly all of those 40 seasons have ended with unfulfilled dreams – and no trip to St. Paul. Apollo's only appearance in the tournament happened in 1984. If you look up toward the rafters of the Municipal Athletic Complex, which is home ice for all three St. Cloud high schools (Apollo, St. Cloud Tech and St. Cloud Cathedral), you can see banners honoring the championship teams of the in- contributed photo Apollo’s Jordan Keller (left) and Brandon Bloch (right) battle a St. Thomas Academy player during the Eagles’ first round state tournament game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on March 6. tercity rivals. During the 1970s and 80s many of those banners were won by Apollo teams. Eagles' Coach Pete Matan- ich used those banners to give this year's team something to aim for. Apollo • page 8

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