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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 Postal Patron Groundbreaking ceremony held Town Crier for Army Reserve center Friday, April 12, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 15 Est. 1989 MN Street Market holds membership drive It’s a great time to become a member of Minnesota Street Market Food and Art Cooperative in downtown St. Joseph. The Market launches its membership drive from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Join us for food samples, specials and free reusable bags. New members receive a coupon for 15-percent off. All members can receive a coupon for 15-percent off on purchases of $35 or more. Five-dollar credit to current members for member referrals. Earth Day Run April 19-20 Central Minnesota’s largest running event returns with the April 19-20 Earth Day Run. About 4,500 runners, spectators and volunteers are expected to participate. For more information, visit and click on Criers. International Spring Festival The annual International Spring Festival will show how people share common experiences in family, workplace and religious settings across cultures from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Cloud State University’s Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. The event, “From Sunrise to Sunset,” is hosted by the International Students’ Association. The public is invited to experience music, performances and tasty cuisine from around the globe. Tickets may be purchased at the event. Help homeless students St. Cloud School District 742 and the Southside Boys and Girls Club are piloting a two-month afterschool tutoring program for homeless students from Talahi School. Responsibilities include helping students who are facing homelessness and need academic support. Students will be kindergarten through 5th-grade at the Southside Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers will receive instructional materials and coordination from a District 742 teacher. Volunteers are asked to commit to one or two shifts per week for the duration of the program, April through early June. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. Tax forms unavailable at GRRL after 2013 Preprinted income tax forms will not be available at Great River Regional Library locations after this current tax season. The library has made tax forms available at each of its 32 locations in Central Minnesota for many years, but has found the process increasingly burdensome. Beginning in 2014, library staff will provide assistance in locating the IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue sites online and taxpayers will be able to use library computers to print forms they need, but the library will not provide preprinted tax forms. For more information, visit and click on Criers. by Cori Hilsgen Lt. Col. Francis Court of St. Joseph has waited a long time for a new Army Reserve center. On April 5, he was a part of the gold-plated shovel ground-breaking ceremony for a new center. The new facility is scheduled to be built on 10 acres of land located along Hwy. 75. Funding for the $11.8 million project was received in 2012, and soldiers are expected to move into the center in late 2014 or early 2015. Plans for the center include 40,000 square feet of administrative and educational office space, a learning center, library, assembly hall, weapons simulator, fitness area, along with another 1,200 square feet of storage area for military and private vehicles. The current facility, located in St. Cloud, does not have enough space for units to meet their mission requirements. The new facility will provide the needed space. Speakers for the opening ceremony included Army Major Gen. Karen LeDoux of the 88th Regional Army Reserve Support Command of Fort McCoy, Wis. LeDoux, a two-star general, spoke about how important it is to have appropriately sized facilities that support the unit’s mission here in St. Joseph. “Our facilities are our homes for our Army families,” LeDoux said. “Their reserve center is their family-reunion location where they come together to form units to improve their readiness and to improve their training, but importantly also to form photos by Cori Hilsgen Above: Distinguished guests and members of St. Joseph put on hard hats and vests and picked up gold-plated shovels for the ground-breaking ceremony of a new Army Reserve center and storage building. Pictured (left to right) are Harry Sieben, civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army; Mayor Rick Schultz; Karen Miller, representative to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Army Maj. Gen. Karen LeDoux; Paul Monteen, state chair employer support to the Guard and Reserves; Col. Tom Haugo, Lt. Col. Francis Court, Col. James Lundell and Lt. Col. Eric Larson. At right: Lt. Col. Eric Larson, commander of the 367th Engineer Battalion, spoke about the process of acquiring the new center and thanked St. Joseph residents for their support. that important link with the community. Our soldiers are citizen soldiers. They are members of the military, but they are also members of the community. That is a unique relationship that we have in the Army Reserve.” LeDoux said the new cenCenter • page 4 Mayor solicits funds for community center by TaLeiza Calloway Plans to construct a community center in St. Joseph gained more visibility after St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz shared the city’s vision with a state Senate panel recently. That was the goal, he told elected officials. “This is the first time the For additional criers, visit www.thecity has gone through the and click on Criers. ing process,” Schultz said. “This was the first step. I wanted to get some visibility on what we’re trying to do.” Schultz testified April 4 at a legislative hearing for a bill that would provide $1.5 million in state bonding funds to help build a community center near the Lake Wobegon Trail Head. The mayor told elected officials he’s been working for the last few months with State Sen. Michelle Fischbach (R-Paynesville) on the bill. St. Joseph is in her district. The estimated cost to construct the community center is $2.5 million with a portion of that being covered by local half-cent sales tax, local fundraising and city financing, according to city documents. The cost includes land acquisition. The community center is projected to be a single-story, 28,100-square-foot building of meeting and activity space. A second phase of the project could include the addition of a government center. The government center would be adjacent to the community center. The existing city hall was built in 1979 as a bank building and converted to a city hall in Mayor • page 3

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