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 19, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 16 Est. 1989 Town Crier Community Showcase set April 20 at Kennedy The first annual Community Showcase, sponsored by the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held from 10 a.m.1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. Free Earth Day fun includes music, family fun, children’s games and school tours. Come support your local businesses. Hazardous Waste truck to stop in Rockville The Household Hazardous Waste truck will be in Rockville from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20 at Capital Granite. For a complete list of cities scheduled for stops, visit www.co.stearns. mn.us/Environment or call 320255-6140. Accepted items include adhesives, cleaners, fuels, aerosols, automotive chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, garden chemicals, mercury, mothballs, paints, poison, pool chemicals, roofing tar, sealers and solvents. SWCD seeks landowners for wetland restoration The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to locate landowners who are interested in completing a wetland restoration project on their property. Those who complete a wetland restoration project will generate wetland credits that can be used to offset wetland impacts resulting from qualifying road improvement and rehabilitation projects in Minnesota. BWSR has $5 million for wetland restoration projects. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Catch the Northstar to Twins games Every Twins home game this season will have bus and rail service. Baseball fans will be able to take the Northstar Link bus from St. Cloud or Becker to Big Lake to connect with the Northstar train, which takes them directly to Target Field in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Postal Patron St. Joseph students part of winning robotics team by TaLeiza Calloway firstname.lastname@example.org Andrew Abraham has always liked to build things. The St. Joseph resident said he used to take his toys apart just so he could put them back together. It’s no wonder the Apollo High School student was drawn to a robotics team. The 15-year-old is one of several local students from St. Joseph on the Granite City Gearheads F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team #3244. F.I.R.S.T. stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The St. Cloud team is made up of about 20 students from Apollo, St. Cloud Technical High School and Cathedral High School. The team is headed to a national competition April 24-27 in St. Louis thanks to a contributed photo first-place clinch at a regional Granite City Gearheads team members (left to right) Andrew Abraham of St Joseph, Kevin John- competition. son, Kevin Haack Jr., Calvin Birr (team captain) of St. Joseph and Frank Ross pose with their “I’m really happy and exrobot before their next match during a regional competition. Birr’s mom, Joy, coaches the team. Robotics • page 3 City offers Klein job as next police chief by TaLeiza Calloway email@example.com The St. Joseph Police Department will be led by one of their own when Police Chief Pete Jansky retires in August. The St. Joseph City Council offered patrol officer Joel Klein the position on Tuesday, April 16. The 38-year-old Freeport resident is pleased with the council’s decision. Klein was one of three finalists for the position. “I’m very excited about it,” Klein said. “I think it’s going to be a great experience. We have a great town, great people. I’m looking forward to working with the people I do because we have a great department.” The offer came after a meetand-greet with the public and interviews with city council members on Tuesday. The pool of candidates was narrowed from 19 to three. The other finalists for the job were St. Joseph police Sgt. Dwight Pfannenstein and Sgt. Erik Lee, of the Crosslake Police Department. Klein joined the department in 2001 as a part-time officer and has been a full-time patrol officer since September 2004. He and his wife Ann have four children: two daughters and two sons. Jansky has served as the city’s police chief since December 2001. He announced his retirement earlier this year. His last day is Aug. 22. photo by TaLeiza Calloway Officer Joel Klein will become St. Joseph’s next police chief when current Police Chief Pete Jansky retires in August. Community showcase set for this weekend by TaLeiza Calloway firstname.lastname@example.org The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will host its first annual community showcase this weekend at Kennedy Community School. The free event is slated for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 and promises to offer something for all ages. Randy Schmitz, a chamber For additional criers, visit www.the- board member, said plans for a newsleaders.com and click on Criers. showcase have been on the radar for a while. “We’ve been talking about INSERT: it for the last year-and-a-half,” Appliance Smart Schmitz said. “We decided we wanted to take a year to plan it. The goal is to bring new businesses who might be in the nooks and crannies of the community into one place.” Schmitz, of Scenic Specialties in St. Joseph, said the chamber modeled the event after similar area showcases such as those held in the cities of Sartell and Cold Spring. Exhibitors will not be selling items at the event but the idea is to make community connections. About 30 exhibitors are expected to participate in the event that will include refreshments and product samples. The Kennedy Booster Club will be on hand selling refreshments and providing entertainment. Schmitz said there will also be games for children and prizes. With the first-time event being held days before Earth Day, the showcase boasts that theme. With a theme that promotes environmental awareness, Kennedy Community School is a fitting site. The K-8 school was among more than 70 schools last year to be named as U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, which is a federal recognition program that opened in September 2011. www.thenewsleaders.com Honored schools exercise a comprehensive approach to creating “green” environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education to prepare students with the 21st-century skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy. During the showcase, tours of the school will be available, Schmitz said. For more information about the community showcase, visit www.stjosephchamber.com.