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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, June 7, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 23 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Kennedy students shave teachers’ heads Town Crier by Cori Hilsgen Farmers’ Market open The St. Joseph Farmers’ Market is open and runs every Friday through Oct. 18. Hours are from 3-6:30 p.m. The market is located north of St. Joseph on C.R. 2 next to the Wobegon Trail Center (near Resurrection Lutheran Church). Come and purchase locally grown produce and more while enjoying the great outdoors. All are welcome. Waite Park library offers June programs An adult writers group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, starting June 10 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Share your writing with other writers. Each meeting will feature a prompt for writing and an inspirational theme selected for the following month. Children’s programs include the following: Dig Into Reading with Magician Jared Sherlock from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11; Composing with Worms from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13; and Read to Basil the Therapy Dog from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15. To learn more, visit and click on Criers. Summer Reading Program begins June 10 at GRRL Great River Regional Library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens on Monday, June 10, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 10 at all 32 GRRL locations in Central Minnesota. Two programs are offered: “Dig Into Reading” for children from birth through sixth grade, and “Beneath The Surface” for children entering grades six through 12. Children entering sixth grade may choose to register for either program. “Dig Into Reading” includes a baby/ toddler program for children up to 3 years old to enjoy with their parents/caregivers. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Experience granite heritage June 15 at Quarry Park Come see the 100-year-old wooden Liberty Derrick at work at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 15 as part of Waite Park’s Spas Tag Festival. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Stearns County Fair Guide photo by Cori Hilsgen Students Haden Jansen (left) and Dallas Berg-Kalsheuer shave Mike Stuber's hair. Stuber OK'd the students to also shave his beard. Kennedy Community School students delighted in plopping pies into their teachers’ faces and shaving some hair at a recent fun fest. The May 31 event was a celebration of the end of their annual walkathon and an appreciation for the funds they raised. The pie in teachers’ faces and hair shaving took place in the gymnasium in front of students and staff. Students who were able to raise a determined amount of walkathon money were part of a drawing by the volunteering teacher participants. A few lucky students were chosen to perform the coveted tasks. Teachers who participated in the pie-in-teachers’ faces were Kristen Mattick, choir teacher; Diane Moeller, principal; Pat Forte, sixth-grade teacher; Rick Wilson, seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher; Dan Schaefer, instructional leader; and Kelli Maurer, seventh- and eighthgrade language arts teacher. Teachers who participated in the hair shaving were Wilson; Mike Stuber, seventhand eighth-grade social studies teacher; Tom Johnston, seventh-grade health teacher; and Jon Ritter, physical education teacher. Some of the students who participated in the hair-shaving event were Cassie Huckenpoehler, MacKenzie Huesers, Cole Stroot, Olivia Hoeschen, Joel Knopp, Kassie Voigt, Haden Jansen and Dallas Berg-Kalsheuer. Almost 750 Kennedy peers clapped their hands on the gymnasium floor and chanted encouragement as the participating students placed the pies and started shaving the hair. The first teacher to get Kennedy • page 8 Construction continues on Lake Wobegon Trail by Mike Nistler You may have noticed construction along the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail in St. Joseph. St. Joseph received $130,000 from the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization to construct a trail near the new Stearns County Road 2 bypass. In addition, what is even more exciting, talks continue to move forward between Stearns County and the Burlington Northern Railroad to take the LWRT into St. Cloud, according to Stearns County Parks Director Peter Theismann. Theismann said he didn’t have a timeline for such work, but he’s hoping the first 3-½mile leg of that trail would enhance the trail from St. Joseph to Waite Park sooner rather than later. “We’re in negotiation with Burlington Northern and nothing has been settled as of yet,” he said. “We’ve received both strong citizen support as well as support from legislators like Sen. (John Pederson) and others.” A total of seven miles of new trail would take the LWRT to the Mississippi River in St. Cloud. The City of St. Cloud is also working on bringing the north-south running Beaver Island Trail to join the eastwest running LWRT, Theismann said. Burlington Northern still uses the railway between St. Cloud and St. Joseph to service businesses such as Mathew Hall Lumber Co., Borgert Products Inc., Manion’s Wholesale Building Supplies and others. However, currently only about one train a day visits that area and it’s usually a slow-moving train. Theismann said generally railroads own somewhere near 100 yards of rights-ofway along the tracks. Since the tracks generally measure only about five-feet wide, that leaves another 50 feet or so on either side of the track that can be negotiated for and used. While Theismann said the leg from St. Joseph to St. Cloud might not be the most scenic of the LWRT, it would provide a safe and separate thoroughfare that would greatly benefit those in St. Cloud who want to take advantage of a regional gem. Bikers in St. Cloud who use the trail now either have to haul their bikes to St. Joseph and other points or they must risk riding on country roads and city streets to reach it. While some avid bikers might be able to maneuver those roads, the average 10-year-old Wobegon • page 3 All Saints Academy celebrates photo by Cori Hilsgen Some of the students and staff at All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, happily end the school day on May 31. It was the students’ last school day for the year and also the kindergarten and sixth-grade graduation day.

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