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Reaching Everybody! Look insid for a chanc e e to Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader St. Joseph Friday, March 28, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 13 Est. 1989 Town Crier Maple syrup operation tours set at Kraemer Lake County Park The public is invited to tour the maple syrup operation from 1-4 p.m. the last weekend in March and first two weekends of April at Stearns County’s Kraemer Lake – Wildwood County Park, southwest of St. Joseph off CR 51 at 29709 Kipper Road. Tours are free. Look for signage. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Tillemans to be featured on ‘On the Road’ March 30, 31 Sartell resident Larry Tillemans will be featured in a three-minute interview about the Nuremberg War Crime Trials by TV journalist Jason Davis on KSTP Channel 5 at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30 and at 11 a.m. and noon Monday, March 31 in Davis’ “On the Road Again” segment and also on his website. Training set April 5 for therapeutic horseback riding Volunteer training for Project ASTRIDE will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at Avon Hills Paints and Quarter Horses in Avon. This is a 100-percent volunteer organization providing therapeutic horseback activities to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Contact the program at or visit MAT scholarship apps now available IN GlobW etrott ticket er s! First ‘Fare for All’ is a huge success by Cori Hilsgen The parking lot filled early and cars lined the road as people arrived at the first “Fare for All Express” food program held March 17 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. People arriving at the door were greeted by organizer Mary Plafcan who handed them a number. They were directed past the Tri-Cap information table to learn about services available. Tri-Cap self-sufficiency counselor Janel Heinen and St. Cloud State University intern Chelsea Anderson explained some of the services available, including Financial Fitness, Wings, Energy Assistance and more. Shoppers proceeded into the church to wait in pews and view an overhead screen about options of food products available and their costs. Food options included a produce pack of five varieties of fresh vegetables and two varieties of fresh fruit for $10, a minimum of 3-5 pounds of four assorted meat items for $11 and more. The products usually vary at each event. Volunteers explained products and directed people to a room where they placed their orders and paid for them. Then, volunteers loaded and pushed carts out to vehicles for shoppers. MaryLynn Roles and Joan Holtz volunteered at the information table. “We’ve answered a lot of questions about the products people are getting,” Roles said. “It’s really good products at reasonable prices.” Laura Hern and Laurie Birr by Cori Hilsgen The St. Joseph’s Farmers’ Market held its second-to-last indoor Winter Market March 14 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church fellowship hall. About 10 vendors were set up in the hall. Those vendors offered a variety of produce from storage, such as farmfresh eggs, artisan breads and baked goods, mushrooms, sunflower oils, meats, maple syrup, dried herbs, herbal tea, pottery, wild rice, preserved goods and more. Volunteers Bea Imholte (left) and Delores Stang sort various bread products. were obtaining email addresses so shoppers could be notified about other sites where Fare for All also stops. “It’s just awesome,” Hern said. “It’s just a blessing there are so many people here.” Judy Herdan was helping direct people into the product room. “It’s a great turnout,” HerFare • page 5 Terri Emmerich from Emmerich’s Produce, located between Avon and Albany, said she offers 50 varieties of herbs. She had many dried herbs, herbal teas, fresh eggs, jams, popcorn and more to offer. She has been selling at the market for 10 years. “This is the time of year the chickens are starting to get very active,” Emmerich said. Cathie English played her guitar and sang at the market. Her children bought her the guitar for her 50th birthday, and she has been learning and Market • page 3 Annual birdhouse event draws a crowd by Cori Hilsgen Hot off the press For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. photo by Cori Hilsgen Farmers’ Winter Market held at RLC The Minnesota Association of Townships is again offering a township scholarship program for high school juniors in the state of Minnesota. Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship Program is designed to heighten awareness among young people about Minnesota’s Grassroots Township government. The program encourages high school juniors to participate in this scholarship program. Deadline is May 1. For more information, visiti www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. Postal Patron photo by Cori Hilsgen Chris Westerhoff helps his daughter, Morgan, 7, put together a birdhouse. The back room of the American Legion in St. Joseph was filled with the sounds of shuffling boards, electric drills and lots of chatter March 17 at the 21st annual St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club birdhouse-building event. Al Kalla, chairman of the event, said they had a very good turnout. Kalla was busy helping Charlene Harker, 19, put her bluebird house together. Harker was busy drilling nails while Kalla put the boards in place and held them together. Next to Kalla was Ray Bechtold with his two grandsons – Maison Zimmer, 12, and Brandon Zimmer, 10, who were busy assembling wren and bluebird houses. Their mother, Kristi Zimmer, had just left the event after helping put together a woodduck house. “We enjoy it, otherwise we wouldn’t be back every year,” Bechtold said. “It’s kind of fun to take time out of our day to build a house,” Brandon Zimmer said. “It’s really fun when the birds go in them and when you find cracked egg shells in them.” Jeff Brody brought his 3-yearold grandson, Easton Frieler, to build some bird houses. Brody said his daughter, Kelli Frieler – Easton’s mother – lives in St. Joseph. Easton put together wren and bluebird houses. This was the first year they attended the event. Chris Westerhoff was busy helping his daughter, Morgan Birdhouse • page 4

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