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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, April 4, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 14 Est. 1989 Town Crier Community Showcase set April 5 at Kennedy The second annual Community Showcase, sponsored by the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. The free event includes entertainment, food, children’s games and prizes. Come support your local businesses. Sportsmen host breakfast April 6 The St. Stephen Sportsmen Club hosts a breakfast from 8:3011:30 a.m. Sunday, April 6 at St. Stephen Church Parish Hall on CR 2, St. Stephen. A free-will offering is suggested. Eggstravaganza is April 11 at Winter Farmers’ Market It’s an “Eggstravaganza” at the St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 11 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 guitarist Nick Koopmeiners, and food samples and recipes. CSB/ SJU Jackson Fellows will present a photo project on Food Justice. There will be goods available from area growers including eggs, artisan bread, baked goods, lefse, meats, preserved goods, produce from storage, sunflower oil, maple syrup, pottery, popcorn and more. Hinton chosen as 15th CSB president by Cori Hilsgen Mary Hinton has been chosen to be the 15th president of the College of St. Benedict. She will replace MaryAnn Baenninger, who plans to leave her position in June. Baenninger has served as president for 10 years. Hinton is currently vice president for academic affairs at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. She will begin her new position July 1. She and her family will be welcomed to campus June 15. The CSB Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Hinton. Lynn Newman, chair of the board of trustees and a co-chair of the presidential search committee, made the announcement March 19. "The CSB Board of Trustees was impressed with Dr. Hot off the press 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 news@thenewsleaders. com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Hinton's breadth and depth of experience as a scholar and senior-level administrator in higher education," Newman said in a news release. "Her commitment to residential, liberal-arts education is evident, and her passion for the advancement of women and her belief in our Benedictine values align well with the CSB mission. We are confident she will be an outstanding president of CSB." In the release, Hinton said she is humbled by the chance to lead an institution with such a powerful liberal-arts tradition that is grounded in the Benedictine values of the founding order. "CSB was built by strong and courageous women who knew the value of educating women and who celebrated and engaged both their intellectual and spiritual lives," she said. Hinton was on campus during the February snow storm, and the campus was closed the second day of her interview at CSB. In a phone interview with The Newsleader, Neuman said Hinton came to the interview extremely well prepared and was very impressive. Neuman said the board felt she had a really good understanding of challenges facing higher education and how CSB might deal with some of them. "She has a very warm and authentic style of communicating," Neuman said. At Mount St. Mary College, a Dominican college, Hinton provides senior administrative leadership for academic affairs, enrollment management, planning and more. Her leadership oversaw the contributed photo Mary Hinton has been chosen to serve as the 15th president of the College of St. Benedict. She made her first appearance on campus March 26 and was met with a standing ovation. development of the Center of Student Success, a program Hinton • page 3 Mrs. Minnesota vows to help fight diabetes by Dennis Dalman Attorney Kimberly Stommes was elated when she was crowned Mrs. Minnesota at last month’s pageant because it will give her a chance to advance her platform, dubbed “Stop the Shots,” to help educate people contributed photo Kimberly Stommes registers delight as she is crowned Mrs. Minnesota during a pageant at St. Cloud State University. She will go on to compete for the title of Mrs. International in July in Jacksonville. Fla. Waite Park library sets April programs The Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park, is offering the following programs: Gelatin printing, April 7; Basic computer and internet help, April 8; Teen outdoor wordplay game, April 10; and Llama Llama storytime, April 12. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Postal Patron about diabetes. Stommes, St. Cloud, is a 2006 graduate of Sartell High School who lived in St. Joseph and attended Kennedy Elementary School when she was in third and fourth grades. In January 2014, she was crowned as Mrs. St. Cloud. Then she went on to win the Mrs. Minnesota title at a March 8 pageant at St. Cloud State University. First runner-up was Amy Nelson, Mrs. Sherburne County, and second runner-up was Larissa Oliphant, Mrs. Hennepin County. Stommes will compete with 50 other women from the na- Locals gather to help with maple-syrup making by Cori Hilsgen Many people may have noticed pails hung on area maple trees to collect the sap that will be boiled down for maple syrup. Once again, it’s syrupmaking time around the St. Joseph area. Maple syrup is made in the spring of the year when nighttime temperatures are below freezing and daytime temperatures rise above freezing. After a tree is large enough to be tapped, it can be used year tion’s 50 states for the title of Mrs. International July 22-27 in Jacksonville, Fla. “It was surreal,” Stommes said of her big win at SCSU. “Such a surreal feeling to hear my name announced with my family, friends and my young daughter there.” The pageant was a rigorous, sometimes nerve-wracking process, she said. She had to do five-minute personal interviews with each of the five judges. Then there were the onstage questions when she was asked questions “out of the blue.” When Stommes told the judges Stommes • page 4 after year. Tapping is done by drilling a hole in the tree and gently tapping a spile in place. The sap flows from the tree through the spile into a bucket or bag. The sap is then heated to evaporate the water and boiled to a point where syrup is created. It takes almost 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. There are several options to learn about the syrup-making contributed photo process around the area. Volunteer Neal DeMars prepares a group to collect sap March April 5 is the second Ma- 29 during the St. John’s Outdoor University annual maple Syrup • page 5 syrup festival. The festival continues from 1-4 p.m. April 5.

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