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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, May 2, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 18 Est. 1989 Town Crier Rain could lead to unexpected flooding Much of Central Minnesota, including Stearns County, has seen rainfall and high winds which started last Sunday and continued through this past Wednesday. Water levels are rising. This rainfall may begin to cause isolated local flooding issues in low-lying areas, on certain roadways, as well as in lakes and rivers throughout the county. The National Weather Service indicates both the Sauk and Mississippi rivers rising to the “action stage” which is the water level immediately preceding flood stage. The county’s emergency management department also received a few reports of trees that have fallen due to high winds and saturated ground. Residents are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and remember it is never safe to walk or drive through flood waters. Additional information about flooding can be found on the Stearns County website at Pack the Mac – package food for local food pantries Volunteer to help Kids Fighting Hunger package Macaroni and Cheese meals to be distributed to local Central Minnesota food pantries who are in desperate need of child-friendly food for the summer months when students are not in school. The goal is to package 150,000 nutritious vitamin-fortified macaroni and cheese meals. Pack the Mac runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Volunteers are asked to sign up for a twohour shift and bring a suggested donation to help cover the cost of the food package. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. MS Walk 2014 seeks volunteers Volunteers are needed to assist at the annual MS Walk to be held on Sunday, May 4 at Apollo High School. Volunteers are needed for volunteer sign-in, walker registration, assist in running games for participants and clean-up between the hours of 6:30 a.m.-noon. Contact Brenda Eggerth at Opportunity Matters at 320-240-1900 ext. 205. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERTS: Bee Line Service Minnesota Street Market Postal Patron Big crowd debates government-center plan by Dennis Dalman At least one member of the St. Joseph City Council, Steve Frank, opposes a new city government center – at least as the plan now exists. At a public meeting April 29 at the St. Joseph Community Fire Hall meeting room, Frank, who was sitting in the audience stood up and told the audience that at this time the city cannot afford both a government center and a community center. Maybe in the future, Frank said, but not now. He also said adding a “community room” to a newly built government center is a “bastardization” of the meaning of a “regional” project, thus an excuse to use half-cent sales-tax money for a new government center. About 160 people attended the open meeting, which lasted one hour and 45 minutes. At least 25 people spoke, some of contributed graphic An artist’s conception of the St. Joseph Government Center shows how the facility would look from the east. The plans for the center remain controversial among many city residents. them several times. The mood of the meeting, especially as it began, was feisty and even angry, with some residents raising their voices in opposition to the center project and others demanding a referendum so the voters could decide whether or not to build one. The meeting was led by St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz. Besides Frank, who had to leave the meeting early, there were council members Bob Loso, Renee Symanietz and Dale Wick, and city administrator Judy Weyrens. Those members stood against the north wall of the meeting hall, along with many residents because of the standing-room only conditions in the room. Also attending the meeting were people known for their Center • page 8 Schug publishes seventh book of poems by Cori Hilsgen page long. He has been writing poems most of his life but began writLocal poet Larry Schug re- ing poetry for publication when cently published his seventh he was in his mid-30s. He said book of poems, At Gloaming. he turned to poetry to help him Schug’s poetry covers many deal with his grief of his partopics including baseball, na- ents’ deaths. His parents died ture, dealing with grief and within several years of each more. Most of his poetry is one other. Schug remembers his thirdgrade teacher telling him his contributed photo Local poet Larry Schug re- poem about a rainbow was cently published his seventh good. He said her comment book of poetry, At Gloaming he knew how to write poetry didn’t register until years later. by North Star Press. His first published poem, The Roots Know, was published in a magazine called Z Miscellaneous when he was in his mid30s. Schug published his first book, Scales Out of Balance, in 1990. Other books he has written include Caution: Thin Ice, Obsessed with Mud, The Turning of Wheels, Arrogant Bones and Nails. Schug has won two Central Minnesota Arts Board Individual Artist awards, a 2014 Central Minnesota Arts Board Schug • page 5 Smith receives first CSB Centennial Service Award by Cori Hilsgen College of St. Benedict junior Kathryn Smith received the first Centennial Service Award at the Bennie Day of Service March 22 at the CSB Claire Lynch Hall. The award recognizes a current CSB student for her service in the local area. Smith is studying nursing. She is the daughter of Lisa and Bart Smith of Hermantown. She was nominated by All Saints Academy Funzone Director Connie Bonacci. Smith has worked with the All Saints Academy aftercare program for three years and Bonacci is her supervisor. “I was very surprised and honored to be nominated for this award,” Smith said. “I did not know that an award was being presented until I received an email notifying me I would be receiving it. She said she was especially honored to find out Bonacci had nominated her. “Connie is one of the strongest, most generous and kindhearted people I’ve ever met, and I have been blessed to be Smith • page 5 contributed photo College of St. Benedict Dean of Students Jody Terhaar presents Kathryn Smith (right) with the first Centennial Service Award during the "Bennie Day of Service" on March 22. Smith was nominated because of her strong leadership skills and commitment to serving.

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