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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 26, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 29 Est. 1989 Town Crier ‘Jam The Stands’ promotes cleaner biofuels Fans can enjoy a free evening of high octane stock-car racing and learn about cleaner-burning biofuels at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids Sunday, July 28. Gates open at 2 p.m., racing begins at 5:30 p.m. The Biofuel Mobile Education Center will be at the Speedway giving folks the opportunity to learn more about ethanol fuels. Household hazardous waste collection set Aug. 3 in St. Stephen Stearns County’s Household Hazardous Waste truck will be at the St. Stephen City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. There is no charge. Items accepted include the following: paints, ag pesticides, cleaners, poisons, ink/toner cartridges, roofing tar, fuels, automotive chemicals, sealers, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives, aerosols, solvents, mothballs and mercury. Items not accepted include the following: used motor oil, antifreeze, explosives, furniture, household garbage, tires, medical waste, appliances or any other unknown products. Also not accepted is business waste. For those who cannot make this collection time, the TriCounty Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park, accepts products year-round. Visit for more info. MN Bluegrass Fest set Aug. 8-11 The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is a four-day music and camping festival Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Mañana, Richmond. The event includes 30 hours of live concerts; contests, crafts and games; 20 hands-on workshops; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; and dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace Area. To learn more, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Marker questions ‘lies’ about reunion expulsion by Dennis Dalman Although Patrick Marker has received an apology from the headmaster of St. John’s Prep School, he is disgusted the apology did not contain any mention of the “lies” that were told to Marker and others about the day he was removed from a Prep School reunion. Marker, 48, is a 1983 graduate of the Prep School. In 1991, he claimed he had been sexually abused when he was a student by Fr. Dunstan Moorse. Those charges were denied, but in 1992 Marker and St. John’s Abbey reached a legal agreement. Since then, Marker has become a widely known victims’ advocate, especially as that relates to abuse by clergy. His website, entitled Beyond the Pine Curtain, details the history of abuse by clergy and allegations against clergy, many of them current or former residents of St. John’s Abbey. Marker now lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash. He is a stay-athome dad, the father of two children and works from home as an Internet consultant. On April 4, 2013, he received an invitation in the mail to attend the 30-year reunion of his St. John’s Prep School class. Marker flew to Minnesota to at- tend the event, eager to socialize with classmates he hadn’t seen in years. On Friday, June 28 he got together with some of his classmates at one of their homes in St. Paul. The next morning, they drove to the St. John’s Prep School and registered for the event at 10:40 a.m. He paid $20 for the lunch. While enjoying lunch under a large outdoor tent shortly after noon, a school official stepped up to the table where Marker was having lunch and chatting happily with classmates. The man, a member of the school’s “Life Safety” security unit, asked Marker if he could step outside the tent for awhile so they could have a conversation. Marker told the man whatever he had to say could be said right there and then, in front of his classmates. Finally, the man said to Marker he is trespassing and will have to leave the campus. Marker told the man he’d received a bonafide invitation and had paid for his lunch. The Life Safety man said he would call the sheriff’s department, which he did. Then Marker also called the sheriff’s department to request to talk to the sheriff about what was transpiring. A sheriff’s deputy arrived Marker • page 3 Patrick Marker (left) talks with a Stearns County deputy shortly before he is ordered to leave the St. John’s Prep School property during a school reunion June 29. Marker, who lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash., had received a mailed invitation to the reunion. A 1983 graduate of the prep school. Marker has become an active supporter of people who have been abused by clergy. He filed a lawsuit in 1991, alleging he had been sexually abused by a priest at the school. That lawsuit resulted in a settlement. ‘Summer Arts on the Farm’ held at Rocky Acres by Cori Hilsgen Rocky Acres, north of St. Joseph, recently hosted works of eight artists during its “Summer Arts on the Farm.” Artists who displayed their crafts included Carol Spychala with watercolor paintings, greeting cards, cement garden art and glass garden art; Karen Adams and Nadine Nelson – Eklektik Kollektibles – with metal jew- elry and wood-turned pens; Judy Schlief with painted greeting cards, scarves and necklaces; Mary Lynne Goenner with Scentsy candles; Sue Peschl with decorative glazed-glass containers and jewelry; and Anna Bleess- Lahr with her stained glass and jewelry on display for sale. Mary Jo Huls also displayed her old time barn/silo greeting cards but did not attend the event. Rocky Acres • page 8 Joes advance to second round of playoffs by Mike Nistler For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Midcontinent Communications contributed photo photo by Cori Hilsgen This farm-themed garden with a cupola is one of the gardens the Lahrs have created at Rocky Acres. After finishing the regular season in fourth place in the Sauk Valley League, the St. Joseph Joes have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. After defeating Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s 2-0 in a best-of-three playoff series this past weekend, the Joes now advance to play the No. 1-seeded Sartell Muskies in another best-of- three series. The first game of that series is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Champion Field in Sartell. The second game will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Schneider Field in St. Joseph. The third game, if needed, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday back at Champion Field. If the Joes win the series, they would then advance to the regional tournament. However, it will be a momentous challenge to defeat Joes • page 4

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