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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 18, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 16 Est. 1989 Town Crier Burning restrictions in effect in central Minnesota The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has burning restrictions in place over the central part of the state including Stearns County because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt. The burning restrictions mean the state will not give out burning permits for burning brush or yard waste. Spring fire restrictions limit open burning until summer green-up occurs. Traditionally, most wildfires in Minnesota occur during April and May. More than 95 percent of these fires are caused by human error. The restrictions normally last from four to six weeks until sufficient green vegetative growth occurs. Campfires are still allowed. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 21-25 April 21-25 is Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time to remind Minnesotans about inevitable storms, lightning, wind, floods and tornadoes, and to provide people with information necessary to protect their lives when severe weather threatens. Stearns County’s Emergency Management Department encourages every family and business to take the opportunity during this week to build awareness of storm dangers and to put weather emergency plans into action. Subjects for Severe Weather Awareness Week are: Monday: Alerts and warnings; Tuesday: Thunderstorms, Lightning and Hail; Wednesday: Floods; Thursday, Tornadoes; and Friday: Heat. Two statewide tornado drills will take place on Thursday. The first drill is at 1:45 p.m. and allows schools and businesses to practice their emergency plans. The second drill is at 6:55 p.m. This drill allows families to practice their plans at home. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. 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 and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Waterford of Country Manor Postal Patron Students start new organics recycling program by Cori Hilsgen Students at Kennedy Community started a new organics recycling program on March 20. They are taking all organic material and rerouting it to a composting facility, away from a landfill. The program is coordinated by science teacher Rick Wilson, head engineer Dave Ertl and the Youth Energy Summit students. “I am always looking for ways to improve and get better in terms of personal self, curriculum and instruction, and whole school,” Wilson said. He has been researching organic recycling for several years. Wilson and El Haus, the district building and grounds supervisor, coordinated to allow Kennedy students to be the first school to try organic recycling. “I knew this was something simple everyone could do and Recycling • page 8 contributed photo Cole Stroot (left) helps with the silverware return while Sophie Houghton (in pink) talks a student through the process for a new organic recycling program at Kennedy. Both Stroot and Houghton are Youth Energy Summit students. Borgert plans for Honor Flight by Dennis Dalman machines. He’d learned all those which was founded by his fa- in his basement wood shop is skills at the Great Lakes Naval ther, Lawrence, nearly 100 years his main hobby, along with “a Base before being assigned to ago. Gene worked there for 27 little fishing” now and then. But It’s been the U.S.S. Newport News. years. Later, he sold his share of his all-time favorite hobby is his decades “I heard about the Honor the company to his brother, and membership in the Lions Club. since Gene Flight program more than a year the company still thrives after all He’s been a member of the SarBorgert vistell Lions Club for 35 years, then ago, so I talked to a woman at those years in St. Joseph. ited the nathe VA (Veteran’s AdministraBorgert moved to Sartell after later he joined the Sauk Rapids tion’s capital tion) Center about it and was ac- buying two acres of property for Riverside Lions Club about 10 in Washingcepted to go along on a flight,” just $600 north of the town on years ago. He was at one time a ton, D.C. He Borgert said. “Am I exited about the County Road 1 river-road. district governor for Lions Club was there the trip? You better believe it!” He and his wife, Lynn, have International. quite a few “In 47 years as a Lion, I Born in St. Cloud, for many lived there every since. Borgert times when years Borgert was one of the Borgert has several retirement haven’t missed a single meethe was in the U.S. Navy dur- owners of Borgert Concrete, hobbies: making wooden bowls Borgert • page 3 ing the Korean War in the early 1950s. Now he gets to go there again as a member of an “Honor Flight,” a program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to allow them to tour the capital and to see the monuments there that honor all the nation’s veterans. Borgert will leave April 22 on a flight with about 100 other veterans from the central Minnesota area. They’ll take a direct chartered flight from St. Cloud to a Maryland airport, then take a bus into Washington, D.C. He will be accompanied by one of his sons. Nearly 70 years ago, Borgert, now 82, served mainly on the Atlantic Ocean on the U.S.S. Newport News, a heavy cruiser. contributed photo As a machinist mate, he repaired New traffic signal lights at the intersection of CR 2, 3 and Highway 75 were activated last engines, air-conditioning units, week. The intersection has been the site of several crashes. airplane cranes and even ice Traffic lights activated at CR 2, 3 on Hwy. 75

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