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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 20, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 25 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Ballou hopes to build a play area for children by Cori Hilsgen Town Crier Outdoor University hosts Collegeville Kidstock Collegeville Kidstock, sponsored by St. John’s Outdoor University, is a family-friendly outdoor festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Watab Picnic Grounds in St. John’s Abbey Arboretum, Collegeville. Register by June 25 and save 50-percent off the gate price. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, a bonfire with s’mores, educational tables, bouncy houses, lawn games and more throughout the afternoon. Parking will be available at the St. John’s Parish Center and at SJU. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be moved indoors to the Warner Palaestra on the St. John’s University campus. For more information, visit www. and click on June 20 Criers. Catholic Charities program to help Roosevelt rise from ashes In order to begin again from the June 14-15 fire, the staff of Roosevelt Early Childhood is scrambling to secure a number of books, clothing and play items for pre-school children and is asking the public for help (visit for a complete list). Donations may be delivered between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to Catholic Charities Administrative Offices, 911 18th St. N, St. Cloud. District 742 is also accepting monetary donations sent to 1000 44th Ave. N., Ste. 100, St. Cloud, MN 56303. Please make checks payable to ISD 742/Roosevelt. contributed photo Dominic Ballou accepts a donation from Eric Medelberg at Medelberg Chiropractic in St. Joseph. Ballou is collecting donations to build a playground, barbecue area, bus shelter and more for low-income housing families. Items stolen from the Catholic Church by Cori Hilsgen The Catholic Church recently experienced a robbery. Items taken include an old monstrance, a set of handbells and a microphone. Pastor Jerome Tupa said the monstrance is valued at around $11,000, the hand bells at between $10,000-$14,000 and the microphone $150-$200. The items were noticed missing June 3. The monstrance, SCSU hosts 41st which is used to display the Lemonade Concert, Art Fair consecrated Eucharist host during St. Cloud celebrates the 41st adoration or benediction, is at annual free Lemonade Concert and Art Fair from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at St. Cloud State University. More than 200 vendors will display their arts and crafts including pottery, photography, stained glass, clothing, woodwork and various sculptures. Food vendors will provide freshsqueezed lemonade, reuben sandwiches, cheese curds and more. Farmer’s Market vendors will offer fresh local produce, hand-made fudge and prepackaged gourmet cooking spices. A free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event. For more information, visit and click on June 20 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Howe for House Dominic Ballou isn’t your average 10-year-old boy. He has already experienced some difficulties in his life and is working hard to make changes. Ballou wants to make a difference for himself and other children by fundraising for playground equipment for a low-income housing development. He has started his own nonprofit, called “Kids 4 a Safe Place to Play.” Ballou lives in the development with his family. He hopes to raise enough money to buy a Rainbow Play System. The company has offered to match funds. So far he has raised $2,000. Other donations have come in, but he is waiting to open those envelopes with children from the neighborhood. He hopes to have a celebration party with the other children after he raises $5,000 for one playground area or $10,000 for two playground areas. Ballou also hopes to put in a barbecue area, community garden and a bus shelter. The barbecue area is for residents of the complex to gather and share food. Ballou’s mother, Amber Wiese, believes the garden would help with sustainability and would add self-worth to residents. Ballou is working with St. Cloud State University to implement the garden. The bus shelter would keep more than 15 children warmer on cold Minnesota winter mornings. If Ballou receives enough donations, he plans to donate them to a local mobile-home park that does not have a play area so they can also get equipment, a garden and other needed items. Ballou is in the Chinese immersion program at Madison Elementary School – a program he has been in for five years. Through the program, he is receiving written and oral education in the Mandarin Chinese Ballou • page 5 least 50 years old or more. The parish has had the choir bells about 20 years. Both items were kept in a locked cabinet in the front sacristy. The monstrance is in a large black case, weighs at least 25 pounds and the case about five pounds. The bells are kept in three black cases and weigh around 35-45 pounds. “These items are precious heirlooms of the parish because of their beauty and also how they enhance our liturgies,” Tupa said in an email. Because of the weight of the items, the thieves had to be strong enough to carry them for a distance. They also must have been familiar with the church to know where the items were stored. Tupa did not think anything else was touched or disturbed. Tupa thought disposing of the items would not be easy for thieves. The monstrance is ornate and would most likely cause people to question it. It does not contain gems or precious metal such as gold or silver. The bells are heavy and made of solid metal. They are finely tuned and would only be valuable to certain buyers. A police report has been filed and they are investigating the matter. Jim and Carol Kuebelbeck izens organized the club, hoping to improve the quality of life in St. Joseph. Club members celebrated their 50th anniversary in May. In the 1960s, the annual July 4 parade had become very small. Lions charter members Kuebelbeck, Ray Krebsbach and Leo Sadlo approached the club to try to make the parade an event people would want to attend. Their request did not receive an enthusiastic response because the club lacked the funds needed to attract marching bands, floats and more. Kuebelbeck’s father mentioned to him the St. Joseph Boosters Club had tried a similar effort, but the club had become inactive. He thought, however, that there might still be some funds from that club in the bank. After meeting with then bank president Claude Crever, Kuebelbeck and others learned there were some funds in a dead account. Crever was receptive to transferring those funds to the newly formed Lion’s Club if the inactive members of the Boosters Club would hold a meeting to officially disband the organization and approve the transfer of funds. Kuebelbeck sent letters to all members of the inactive Boosters Club, asking them to meet one more time to officially consider the proposal. The group met, Kuebelbeck • page 8 contributed photo The 50-year-old monstrance and handbells taken from the Church of St. Joseph. Jim Kuebelbeck chosen as grand marshal by Cori Hilsgen Jim Kuebelbeck doesn’t usually like to be the center of attention, but this year on July 4 he will be. Kuebelbeck has been selected to be the grand marshal for the annual July 4 parade. His wife, Carol, said she isn’t sure if she or their grandchildren will be riding with him in the parade. Kuebelbeck was chosen by St. Joseph Lions Club President Keith Schleper, who nominated him because he has been a dedicated Lions Club member, helping with many fundraisers and other events throughout the past 50 years. Kuebelbeck is the only charter member of the St. Joseph Lions Club still active with the organization. He signed up the first year the club was founded and is still a member today. The Lions was chartered in March 1964 when a group of cit-

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