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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 23, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 21 Est. 1989 Town Crier Farmers’ Market open Memorial Day Sartell’s Farmers’ Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Day at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Come for the food, stay for the fun. DNR lifts burning restrictions Burning restrictions have been lifted in 18 central Minnesota counties, including Stearns and Benton, due to decreased fire danger because of wet conditions and greenup moving northward, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Please check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning. Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start easily and burn quickly. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Auditions set May 27, 28 for GNTC’s Fiddler on the Roof Tryouts for the the Great Northern Theatre Company’s summershow production of Fiddler on the Roof will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27 and 28, with call backs on Thursday, May 29 at the Rocori High School, Cold Spring. The production runs Thursday-Sunday, July 31-Aug. 3 and WednesdayFriday, Aug. 6-8 with a Sunday matinee on Aug. 3. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Great River Chorale to hold auditions May 28, 29, June 4, 5 Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, will hold auditions for the 2014-15 concert season from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29 and June 4 and 5 at Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE., St. Cloud The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high-quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. To schedule an audition or for more information, visit www. and click on Criers. Postal Patron Council rejects bid for government center by Dennis Dalman 2. That the council used that unnecessary. spent nearly $500,000 in prep ex“I’m very happy,” said Mike penses, including buying and tear- room as a pretext, some oppoMcDonald, one of the plan’s op- ing down the credit-union build- nents claimed, for a plan to spend In a stunning moment, the St. ponents during an interview with ing on the corner lot. regional half-cent sales-tax money Joseph City Council voted 4-1 the St. Joseph Newsleader. He also McDonald said he and others for the project. at its May 15 meeting to reject a said the majority of the council had three major objections to the 3. A feeling among opponents low bid of $4.2 million for a new showed courage in backing down plan: the council had not communigovernment center. That bid had from a plan they had been so in 1. The community meeting cated well enough with its concome in about $300,000 under favor of and on which they had room concept. Center • page 2 the estimated cost of the planned center. Council member Dale Wick was the one who voted against by Cori Hilsgen rejecting the bid. Wick had said on several occasions he truly beThe St. Joseph citywide lieves a new government center is garage sale May 16-17 inwarranted. That council action means the cluded a youth group miscity’s former plans to build a sion fundraiser at the Resurgovernment center are, at least rection Lutheran Church. Susan Curtis, her daughfor the moment, dead. Or at least “shelved,” as the council put it. ter Alana Curtis, and 1-yearThe May 15 bid rejection is clearly old granddaughter Amelia a win for some St. Joseph resi- Curtis were busy working dents who have been fiercely op- the garage sale. Susan Curtis will be travposed to the government-center eling with the youth group plan. About 40 people attended the on the mission trips. In May 15 council meeting. One of June, the group will travel to them, Irene Reber, was prepared People’s Church in Bemidji to present nearly 1,000 petition to do a ministry with home- photo by Cori Hilsgen signatures to the council, although less people and with people Albany resident Rachel Ramacher, 15, visits with Susan Curtis, in light of the council’s action, the who have been incarcerated one-year-old Amelia Curtis and Alana Curtis (left to right) at petition presentation seemed to be Fundraiser • page 3 the Resurrection Lutheran Church garage sale. Citywide garage sale includes mission fundraiser Jensen to run for District 13A seat by Dennis Dalman Emily Jensen, a coach who lives in St. Joseph, has announced her candidacy for the seat in Minnesota House District 13A, which is now served by Jensen Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville). Jensen is a coach for the St. Cloud YMCA swim team. She also coaches the Sartell High School speech team. District 13A includes St. Joseph, Avon, Collegeville, Rockville, Cold Spring, Kimball, Paynesville and 11 townships. “I am running for the Minnesota House District 13A seat because it’s time to give politics back to the people,” Jensen said in a statement. “Our state repre- sentative should be accessible, visible and engaged with our district. Join me in giving our community a voice.” Jensen said family and friends have encouraged her to run for the legislative seat so she can help improve education, boost job opportunities and support issues that would strengthen families. “I want the kids I coach to have every opportunity to succeed,” she said. If elected, Jensen said she would work to expand apprenticeships, support accessible vocational and technical training, and fight for affordable college for anyone who wants to attend. Jensen majored in political science at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. “I come from a hard-working middle-class family, and I understand the importance of making sure career and family work together,” she said. ASA Spring Showcase offers glimpse of projects by Cori Hilsgen All Saints Academy hosted a Spring Showcase on May 15 to give parents and other visitors a chance to see how students have been spending their time at school. Parents and others could visit photo by Cori Hilsgen Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack and students work on and tour various projects which garden containers during the ASA Spring Showcase. Pictured included a Festival of Nations, (clockwise from lower left) are fourth-grader Mary Morris; Google Drive presentations Betty Pundsack; second-grader Gabriella Morris; and fourth- of Minnesota, state projects, planet presentations, writing graders Alaina Botz, Emma Kremer and Claire Sia Su. projects and planting of garden containers. Montessori preschoolers in Cheri Burg’s classroom had their second annual Preschool Picassos gallery exhibit at the Satellite Gallery in the Millstream Shops on Minnesota Street. Students displayed artwork that reflected famous artists the students studied throughout the year. First-grade-teacher Joanne Schneider said students disShowcase • page 4

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