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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 11, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 15 Est. 1989 Town Crier Postal Patron Petition calls for referendum on government center by Dennis Dalman A petition is circulating in St. Joseph calling for a citywide referendum on whether or not to Ken Ramler will demonstrate build a St. Joseph Government how to grow your own sweet potatoes at the Sartell Farmers’ Market Center, as planned by the city from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, council. April 12 at Sartell City Hall, 125 As of April 8, there were Pine Cone Road N. The 2014 Min- 377 signatures of city residents nesota Grown catalogs are in and on the petition, with a goal of free. Anita Rasmussen, planning director for the City of Sartell, will be obtaining up to 700 signatures, available to answer your questions according to Irene Reber, who is and provide you an opportunity to one of the petition coordinators. weigh in on the future growth plans Opponents of the governin Sartell. And, as usual, there will ment-center project want a refbe free food samples. erendum on the Nov. 20 ballot. Here is what the petition St. Stephen Legion states: holds steak fry “As a resident of the City of The St. Stephen Legion Steak Fry will be held from 4:30-8 p.m. Satur- St. Joseph, Minn., I support a day, April 12 at the Rusty Nail, St. referendum to be held regardStephen. There will be door prizes, ing construction of a new city a raffle and music. building and that it be put on the Nov. 20, 2014 ballot. Also let St. Stephen sets centennial planning meeting it be noted any and all spendA City of St. Stephen centen- ing on this building project be nial planning meeting will be held halted until after the results of Lots going on April 12 at Sartell Farmers’ Market at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13 at City Hall. If unable to attend but interested in helping, please contact Cindy at 320-529-8498 or Cris at 320-253-7946. Dollars for Scholars apps now online The St. Joseph Fire Department will host a CPR training class free to residents of St. Joseph and St. Joseph and St. Wendel townships from 6-9:30 p.m. April 22 and 24 at the fire hall. Only one day is required. Space is limited to 30. To register, call the city at 320-363-7201. Congratulations to our Globetrotter ticket winners They are St. Joseph winner Eric Schwegel and online winner Becky Frank, St. Cloud. 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@ and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. View of the proposed center from the northeast. the referendum be known.” “We don’t need all that fancy-looking stuff,” Reber said, referring to plans for a new government center. “There are people here who have lived here 50 or 60 years or more, she said, noting she herself is 85. “There’s a lot of widows and widowers living here who can’t afford these raised taxes. Even many people who are younger can’t afford more taxes.” It’s not just increased taxes Reber is concerned about. She said she and many other residents do not see the need for a new government center. “Fix the one we have,” Reber said. “Why tear it down? The city spends money and spends services to residents. About 33 booths were set up to share information. Many, such as the Coborn’s booth, offered treats and other items to visitors. Coborn’s offered apples and cake. Others gave away balloons, candy, writing pads and more. Maya Beumer, 4-year-old daughter of Cherie and Todd Beumer, enjoyed bouncing in the Party Time Inflatables Bounce House. “It’s nice. We’ve never been here before,” Cherie said. “We are having a good time.” Judy Netter attended with her daughter, Terra Nothangel, and grandchildren Cailin, 10, Avery, 7, and Landon, 3. She enjoyed the Styles, Cotton and more money, then there’s nothing left for us.” Background These are the bare-boned facts about the plans for a St. Joseph Government Center, as planned by the city council. The estimated $4.5-million center would be constructed on the current city-hall site, afCenter • page 3 Second community showcase draws a crowd by Cori Hilsgen Almost 500 people attended the second annual St. Joseph 2014 Scholarship applications are Community Showcase April available online at: Click 5 at the Kennedy Community on: Students and Parents tab. Click School gym. on: Click to Login. Click on: “click The event is a chance for here” above Student Login to regisarea businesses to connect and ter. If you need assistance call 320introduce themselves and their 363-7721. Fire department hosts CPR training class photo courtesy of HMA Architects Ltd. Milbert Dental and Cedar Street Salon and Spa booths. “I liked the free candy and apples,” Cailin said. “This is the first year we’ve attended,” Netter said. “We’ve enjoyed it a lot.” Marjorie Henkemeyer and Bert Bliss were at the All Saints Academy booth offering inforShowcase • page 4 ‘Lots of Socks’ at Kennedy by Cori Hilsgen Students at Kennedy Community School arrived at school March 21 wearing a variety of brightly colored socks. They wore unusual socks to draw attention to themselves so they could spread awareness of World Down Syndrome Day. Speech language pathologist Kirsten Doering and fourthgrade teacher Mary Radunz, along with Radunz’s students, worked together on the effort. Radunz’s students made posters to hang around the school. The posters featured a photo of fourth-grade student John Paul “JP” Schmit who has Down Syndrome, with other classmates. Doering and the students wrote scripts about the event and shared them on the morning announcements. Radunz showed video clips in her class throughout the day. “Students with Down Syndrome want to feel included,” Doering said. “They want to learn and have friends and be Socks • page 5 contributed photo Students at Kennedy Community School wore brightly colored footwear to spread awareness of World Down Syndrome Day which is celebrated on March 21 because people with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome on their 21st pair of chromosomes.

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