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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 19, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 28 Est. 1989 Town Crier Summer Gardens Tour set Saturday, Sunday The Summer Gardens Tour, cosponsored by Thomsen’s Greenhouse and Garden Center and Avon Area Arts, will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the Local Blend or Thomsens in St. Joseph, Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks or Green Ambiance in Avon, Byerly’s in St. Cloud, and Wild Bird Center in Waite Park,. The day includes a reception with music and refreshments from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Thomsen’s. All proceeds from the Summer Gardens Tour flow directly to Avon Area Arts, a 501C3 non-profit organization, to assist in operational costs, scholarships and stipends to artists and to encourage and nurture the creative spirit in and around the Avon area. For more information, visit www. WACOSA to benefit from Rox game WACOSA is partnering with St. Cloud Rox baseball to host WACOSA night at the 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, July 20. Rox baseball will donate $3 for every general admission ticket WACOSA sells. The public can purchase tickets at any WACOSA location. Children 4 and under are free. Old-timers reminisce about games gone by by Mike Nistler It was a grand old day at Schneider Field in St. Joseph last Saturday as old-timers who once donned the hometown uniform gathered to relive memories. Some took a few swings of the bat. Some brought their old uniforms and gloves. And others just swapped stories, shared laughs and had a great time. The event was organized by Mike Staller, who grew up just a baseball toss from the ballfield where his father, Tom, played ball. Tom Staller passed away on Christmas Day 2011. “My hero died that day,” Mike said. fighting back tears. By getting the old players back to reminisce, Staller was paying tribute to his father, he said. photo by Mike Nistler “I’m doing this more for me Lloyd “Papa Smurf” Pallansch was one of the old-timers who took part in a baseball reunion than anything,” he said. “By of former St. Joseph players last Saturday at Schneider Field. Pallansch got his nickname from Old-timers • page 4 former Minnesota Twin Al Newman because he resembles Papa Smurf of cartoon fame. All Saints teacher Huls keeps faith in cancer fight by Cori Hilsgen All Saints Academy teacher Susan Huls is keeping her faith as she battles Stage II breast National Night Out cancer. While chatting at lunch with set Aug. 6 National Night Out will be held her co-workers last Oct. 2, Huls from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Po- felt a sudden semi-sharp pain lice are inviting all neighborhoods under her left arm and also to do the following: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; found some lumps. The next generate support for, and partici- morning the pain was no longer pation in, local anti-crime efforts; bothering her, so she ignored it. strengthen neighborhood spirit and A short time later, she menpolice-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests and youth activities. Call 320-229-9426 if your neighborhood would like to participate. Same-sex marriage apps available at Stearns County The same-sex marriage licenses can be applied for prior to the Freedom to Marry law taking effect Aug. 1, but they will not be valid until Aug. 1. For customer convenience, Stearns County will distribute all same-sex marriage licenses applied for beginning Monday, July 29 provided the required five-day waiting period has passed. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron tioned it to her husband, Jerry, who insisted she have it checked out by her doctor. “The doctor showed immediate concern, but we were both puzzled because my June mammogram had been clear,” Huls said. “I had an ultrasound on Oct. 12 and a biopsy on Oct. 15 and I was called on Thursday, Oct. 18, with (the) news it was cancer.” Huls told her children Alex, 24, just graduated from college; Sean, 21, a junior in college; Laura, 15, a freshman at Royalton High School; and Carson, 12, in seventh-grade in Royalton, as soon as she got the news. Then she told her co-workers. She did not share the diagnosis with anyone else until she knew more. Huls met with her surgeon the following Tuesday and her oncologist on Wednesday. A PET scan indicated the cancerous cells didn’t appear to be located anywhere else. Another test, HER2 neu-gene, showed the cancer seemed to be a less ag- gressive type. Because of her strong Catholic faith, Huls contacted her parish priest the Friday after she learned her diagnosis. The Rev. Gregory Mastey anointed her and prayed with her after the weekend Mass. “Some definite comfort and the beginning of some peace of mind,” Huls said. “I decided not to keep this ‘bump in the road’ a secret from anyone – one of my wisest decisions – and at that Huls • page 5 ‘BRAsterpiece’ brings hope to breast-cancer sufferers by Dennis Dalman Bras, bras and more bras – of all shapes, sizes and colors – will be exhibited starting July 1 in a show entitled “BRAsterpiece” at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. “BRAsterpiece” is a play on words for “Masterpiece,” and its BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. The exhibit, which is designed to raise awareness about breast cancer, will run through Aug. 31. It will feature at least 50 bras. The bras are actual bras that contributed photo have been turned into works Barb Kettler of St. Joseph designed a “chicken bra” last year. of art by many local people. This year she is desiging a “wine-rack bra.” They range from whimsical to wildly comical, from thoughtful to stunning. One of the bra artists is Barb Kettler of St. Joseph. Kettler is a graphic artist who works for GMP Co. (formerly Golden Plump chicken company). Kettler is a good friend of Ruth Petermeir, a medical photographer at MidSota Plastic Surgeons, who is also in charge of marketing and communications for “Bra Day USA,” the national campaign to raise breast-cancer awareness. Inspired by Petermeier’s efforts, Kettler took up the challenge of designing two bras for “Bra Day USA” last year. One of the bras was a “chicken bra” covered with feathers; the other BRAsterpiece • page 3

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