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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 Postal Patron St. Joseph Coalition Town Crier wants splash pad Friday, July 18, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 28 Est. 1989 Independent Lifestyles holds fundraiser July 19 Independent Lifestyles will hold its Summer Nights fundraiser, featuring 176 Keys Fun Pianos Show and silent auction, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post 428, 9 18th Ave. N. All proceeds will go to veteran retreat center. For tickets, call 320529-900 or visit Coffee with a cop set July 24 at McDonald’s Join your neighbors and Police Chief Joel Klein for coffee and conversation from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at McDonald’s Restaurant, St. Joseph. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Contact 320-230-2433 or 320-363-8250 for additional information. St. Stephen Centennial in full swing this weekend St. Stephen, the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States, will kick up its heels for a three-day bash this weekend to celebrate its 100th birthday. There will be literally something for everyone during the fest: a parade, car show, tractor show, polka Mass, lots of music, raffles, food, baseball, Centennial books for sale, baseball and softball games and a breakfast featuring Slovenian specialties. A shuttle service will provide pick-up and drop-off service after the 2 p.m. parade until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the following locations: Church of St. Stephen, Schmidty’s, Trobec’s Bus Service, City Hall, Smoley Fields and the crossroads of CR 2 and 5. For a complete list of events, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and search “Birthday bash.” Garage sale to benefit Roosevelt School St. Cloud School District 742 Extended School Year programs at Apollo High School will host a garage sale, July 31 and Aug. 1, to benefit Roosevelt Community School. Donations will be accepted from 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 22-24 in the back of Apollo, east side by the back door of the DAO. Students and staff will be available to take your donations. No need to price donated items. Garage sale will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 31 and Aug.1 in the Apollo High School Commons, enter Door 7. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on July 18 Criers. INSERT: Gruber’s Quilt Shop by Cori Hilsgen A group of local citizens has formed a coalition to try to bring a splash pad to St. Joseph. Two members of the St. Joseph Splash Pad Coalition are Matt Killam and Jen Warnert. Both said they believe forming a coalition is beneficial to all. Killam is a member of the St. Joseph Lions Club, and Warnert is the president of the St. Joseph Jaycees. Killam and his wife, Michelle, have three sons ages 7, 4 and 3. Warnert and her husband, Abe, do not have any children. Killam has discussed the proposed project with Mayor Rick Schulz and has presented ideas to him. Warnert said he believes a splash pad would be a good way to bring people together, keep people in the city and bring oth- ers to the city to patronize businesses. “Right now there really are no options in St. Joe other than neighboring towns, and I would like to bring it here,” Warnert said. The coalition is reaching out to contacts, has gathered information and has compared materials and costs of other splash pads. The coalition members recently gave a presentation to the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce and were able to gain some new members. “With a project of such magnitude,” Killam said, “we want the city involved.” Killam said they have formed a plan and are following a progression but are not scheduling any time frames until they have received approval from the park board and the city. Splash • page 4 Volunteers needed for kennel project Thanks to a grant, the TriCounty Humane Society will be able to repaint its dog kennels and spruce up its walking path, but volunteer human labor is needed. The Society is asking for able-bodied adults who will be able to prep the kennels for painting and/or who can help widen and spread mulch on the dog-walking trail. The work will take place from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. There will be a free lunch for participants. To sign up, contact Kim at 320-252-0896. The Society received a $5,000 shelter-renovation grant from the Pedigree (pet food company) and, as well as $5,000-worth of Pedigree dog food. The kennel rooms will have to be emptied for re-painting. That is why Society members contributed photo Y2K Lions member Bernice Heim restocks the fruit table with freshly washed strawberries at the Collegeville Orchards rest stop, which riders reach at the 27mile mark. Y2K Lions members help at this rest stop, and the Tour of Saints makes an annual donation to the Y2K Lions which then uses its funds to help others. Little Saints celebrates family contributed photo Three-year-old student Liam Emery, son of Jennifer and Chad Emery of St. Joseph, enjoys a burger and chips as he shows off his face painting at the July 9 family night at Little Saints Academy. Children and their families had the chance to watch a clown create balloon animals and to dance to music from the Teddy Bear Band. Face painting was provided by Jamie Conway; the meat served was from the St. Joseph Meat Market. are hoping adoptions will happen – the very best way to “empty” a kennel. From now through the month of July, all dog-adoption fees will be discounted. Those who want a dog can take 1 percent times the number of days a dog has lived in the shelter, and that number in dollar terms can be deducted off the adoption fee. For example, a dog that has been at the shelter for 50 days would translate into 50 percent off the fee. Dogs for adoption and other animals can be seen at the TriCounty Humane Society’s website at Tour of Saints set July 20 by Cori Hilsgen The 34th annual Tour of Saints will be held July 20. Riders from 200 Minnesota cities gather in St. Joseph for this ride through rolling hills. Event director Michael Doyle said more than 1,000 riders participated last year. “St. Joseph has always been a very welcoming community to cyclists,” Doyle said. “Many participants who travel here from other parts of Minnesota, and neighboring states, arrive on Saturday afternoon and stay overnight at the College of St. Benedict to be ready for the ride on Sunday morning. They have a chance to relax and enjoy the town, often by bicycle or on foot. The Local Blend, Bo Diddley’s Deli, Kay’s Kitchen and Bello Cucina are all popular destinations for tour participants, both on Saturday and after they’ve finished Tour of Saints on Sunday.” The event, which is not a race, begins and ends at CSB. The course travels 35 miles of scenic byways and includes 18-, 35- and 50-mile options. The ride is held, rain or shine. Check-in for the tour begins at 6:30 a.m. Riders can enjoy food and drink at various Saints • page 4

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