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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, July 12, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 27 Est. 1989 Town Crier Intro to essential oils scheduled July 17 “Live Life Better: Intro to Essential Oils,” will be presented by Dr. Melissa Brown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Solomon Centre, 1621 Sixth St. S., Sartell. Essential oils can be a healthy, natural solution for everything from anxiety to asthma and allergies, arthritis, depression and more. Learn practical applications to help achieve health and wellness goals using essential oils. Power outage causes food shortage The St. Cloud Salvation Army is looking for food donations after their supply of food has dwindled after recent power outages. “More than 120 families requested emergency food assistance due to the power outage and it’s expected the number will increase during the week,” said Major Lee Morrison. “Not only are we receiving more requests for food, but we also lost all of the food in our own walk-in cooler because of the outage.” Even before the outage the needs from the Corps for the basic essentials have been increasing. In the first five months of 2013, the Salvation Army in St. Cloud experienced a 25-percent increase in food requests and meals served and a 36-percent increase in the number of people needing shelter. The St. Cloud Salvation Army served more than 50,000 meals in the last 12 months and distributed more than 240 tons of food from their food pantry. They also have a 64-bed emergency shelter with an occupancy rate in the high 90s, 1220 percent of which were occupied by children. Contact Morrison at the Salvation Army at 320-252-4552 for ways you can help. You can also donate “on-line” at www.SalvationArmyNorth/ Furniture Drive scheduled July 13 A furniture and household goods drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the WACOSA Thrift Store, 310 Sundial Drive, Waite Park. Accepted items include the following: couches, love seats, hutches, lamps, easy chairs, recliners, rockers, tables and chairs, dressers, bed sets, TV stands, TVs 32” or smaller, head boards and matching bed sets and microwaves. The drive cannot accept items with rips, stains, rust or mold and reserves the right to refuse any items. To schedule pickup, call 320-656-9004. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Large crowds turn out for two days of festivities by Mike Nistler Picture-perfect weather, great food and wonderful entertainment drew thousands to St. Joseph for what is becoming one of the best small-town festivals in Minnesota. An estimated 35,000 people poured into the city for the event that was held under sunny skies and temps in the low 80s — a welcome relief after last year’s humidity-filled 100-degree temps that kept many folks away. The festival is a fundraiser for the Church of St. Joseph, and it all starts with the Joetown Rocks Concert the night before Independence Day. As a rule, enough sponsorships help pay for the musical offerings with the church getting the money raised from concessions. Volunteers fuel the events as more than 1,000 help to run concessions, work security and, of course, clean up. Again this year, the Joe Burgers were a hot seller as could be attested by the number of people carrying them around in stacks and dishing them out to family and friends. The musical offerings of the first evening were provided by a local group of four youngsters called 4 Below Zero. Of course, in all of the music there had to be a member of Bobby Vee’s family and there was. His grandson, Bennett Vee, only 11, played drums. His grandfather and grandmother fondly looked on as the next generation took over the baton. In past years, Bobby Vee and his sons have entertained the crowds. 4 Below Zero consists of a couple of other St. Joseph residents: Will Leach, 14, on lead guitar and Travis Brattensborg, 14, on bass. The group is rounded out by vocalist Charlie Stuck, 13, St. Cloud. The next group to take the stage was the Receders, a St. Cloud-based band who has been entertaining local audiences for Festivities • page 4 Where there’s smoke… photo by Mike Nistler Firefighters take a breather after they battled a controlled burn June 29. Smoke • page 8 Sisters pass torch at CSB centennial reunion by Cori Hilsgen The Benedictine sisters passed the torch to College of St. Benedict alumnae during the centennial reunion kickoff ceremony held June 29. The Sisters passed their light to Bennie alumnae and each Bennie passed her light to the next woman, by an electronic votive candle, until the entire Benedicta Arts Center auditorium was filled with light. Class of 1989 graduate Kim Motes, vice president of institutional advancement at the college, said the passing of the light is symbolic of the alums taking up the torch and accepting the responsibility to light the path for future generations of Bennies. The college motto is “So let your light shine,” and the passing of the torch symbolized the sisters passing the torch to the alumnae to be strong leaders for the next century, Motes said. “We need to become the sisters of the next century,” Motes said. “It is up to us to carry the legacy forward.” Before the passing of the torch, alumnae lined up and proceeded into the BAC by decades. Women walked or danced their way up the BAC steps to decade-themed music and were greeted by the CSB dance team, president MaryAnn Baenninger and others. Motes talked about the Benedic- tine sisters’ foresight and courage to build and establish the college during a time period when women did not have the rights they have Centennial • page 5 photo by Mike Nistler Cheerleaders from the College of St. Benedict show their spirit during the school’s 100-year anniversary and class reunion on June 29.

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