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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 25, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 17 Est. 1989 Town Crier Meeting set to discuss proposed government center A meeting explaining the proposed plans for a new government center for the city of St. Joseph has been scheduled by the city council and city staff at 6 p.m. Monday, April 28 at the St. Joseph Community Fire Hall, 323 4th Ave. NE. The meeting is to provide residents with information regarding the proposed plan and an opportunity for questions and ideas from residents. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. Freedom concert to be held April 27 A Salute to Freedom concert, a grand musical celebration commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, will be presented by the Great River Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Paramount Theatre, 913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Special guests include the East Central Minnesota Chorale, a civic choir comprised of singers from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties, and the 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band based in Rosemount, Minn. More than 130 performers will join together to present Randall Thompson’s seldom-heard masterpiece The Testament of Freedom, a fourmovement work for band and choir based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. The concert also features patriotic and World War II-era popular music. There will also be an exhibit in the lobby displaying WWII uniforms, artifacts and information, courtesy of the Minnesota Military Museum. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. Bunny winners announced The winners for the Newsleaders’ Bunny Promotion are as follows: Angel’s Touch Massage, Abby Dierkes, St. Joseph; Wenner Cos., Joyce Birk, Kimball; Casey’s General Store, Simon Batterberry, St. Joseph; Local Blend, Rylin Dierkes, St. Joseph; Auto Body 2000, Kennedy Beacom, Big Lake; St. Joseph Meat Market, Nadia Correri, St. Joseph; Avon State Bank, Jack Welle, Freeport; Russell Eyecare, Mike Simon, St. Joseph; Once Upon a Child, Harlee Cleveland, Camby; McDonald’s St. Joseph, Debbie Emery, St. Joseph. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Culligan Postal Patron Bit by history bug, Court relishes discoveries by Dennis Dalman One day about three years ago, when Rosie Court walked into the St. Joseph Historical Society’s museum, she became hooked on local history, and it was contagious as a flu bug – a good flu bug. When Darol and Ellie Studer greeted Court, she was bowled over by their friendly welcome and then by their nearly encyclopedic knowledge of and love for local history. Court, who was raised in St. Joseph, stopped at the museum that day because she was researching her father’s years as manager of the St. Joe Baseball team in the Great Soo League in the late 1930s and 1940s. Darol and Ellie Studer were two of the founders of the historical society nearly 15 years ago. “The Studers are a wealth of knowledge and so interesting to converse with,” Court said. “It was amazing how much I learned in that hour. Because of their dedication and commitment I wanted to be part of that organization to help preserve the history of St. Joe.” After meeting the Studers, Ellie mentioned she was planning to do a tour of the three local cemeteries where some Civil War veterans are buried. Court was pleasantly stunned because she herself had been doing research about Civil War veterans from the St. Joseph area. Since Court had written an essay for the St. Joseph Newsleader about the Dakota Native American conflict in Minnesota in 1862, Ellie suggested she write another essay about Civil War veterans. Court’s essay and Studer’s Civil War cemetery tour will coincide. The tour will take place on Memorial Court • page 4 contributed photo To most people, hiking in Death Valley doesn’t sound like much fun. Rosie Court, however, hiked all through the Death Valley’s Painted Canyon and was awe-struck by the uniquely beautiful setting. The harsh terrain and extreme temperatures required careful preparation. Run the world with ‘She’s the First’ 5K at SJP April 26 by Cori Hilsgen St. John’s Prep High School juniors Sarah Schrup of St. Joseph and Gabrielle Kolb of St. Cloud, along with the SJP “She’s the First” Chapter, will host a 5K contributed photo St. John’s Prep High School students Sarah Schrup (left) and Gabrielle Kolb held a cupcake bake sale fundraiser earlier this year for “She’s the First” which educates girls in developing nations. They are also hosting a 5k run/walk April 26. run/walk. It will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26 on the logging trail behind the Tower Field at the St. John’s Outdoor University, Collegeville. Participants can choose to walk or run the event. The event supports the SJP chapter of the “She’s the First” organization. All proceeds from the event will go toward sponsoring girls’ education in developing countries. “She’s the First” works to educate girls from the middle school years through graduation. The organization sponsors girls’ education and gives many of them a chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. Schrup and Kolb are both full International Baccalaureate Diploma Program students at SJP. In order to receive an IB diploma, students are required to organize creativity, action and service projects. The 5K is their CAS project. It’s also the spring semester fundraiser for SJP’s chapter of “She’s the First,” of which Kolb is the president. She established the chapter this past summer, and this is SJP’s first year as Run • page 3 Soldiers walk to raise awareness by Cori Hilsgen contributed photo Soldiers continue on their walk past St. Joseph March 29. More than 15 solders walked a 12-hour-trek from Albany to St. Cloud to honor fallen soldiers and to raise awareness about veteran suicide. More than 15 soldiers walked a 12-hour-trek from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 to honor fallen soldiers and to raise awareness about veteran suicide. The walkers traveled from the American Legion in Albany to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Granite Post 428 in St. Cloud. Each of the walkers carried a 30- to 50pound backpack during the trek. The walk was part of a national event called “Carry the Fallen” to raise awareness for veterans suffering from post-traumatic Soldiers • page 5

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