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 Market vendor grows everything from A-Z Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 31 Est. 1989 Town Crier by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Lucky winners of Bluegrass tickets Ticket recipients of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival giveaway are as follows: Jennifer Burrows, Mark Conrad, Brian Czech, Jeff Davis, Katie Ellering, Susan Glazos, Jerry Guerrero, Chap Hiza, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Merry Hoppert, Mary Gilbert, Karna Kiplinger, Sandy Lalim, Matt and Lynn Larson, Lawrence LeClaire, Brenda Orth from Facebook, Diane Stommes, Clint Vastag and Rocklyn Woods. Additional hours for absentee balloting The Stearns County Auditor’s Office, Room 148, 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 and until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 for absentee voting. For information, call Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 320656-3920 or email elections@ co.stearns.mn.us. Arts board seeks members The Central Minnesota Arts Board is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. The CMAB has served more than 34 years as one of 11 regional art councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The CMAB supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. For more information, call the CMAB office at 1-866-345-7140 or visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 8 Criers. Expo for Seniors focuses on State Fair The 12th annual Expo for Seniors will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. This is a free event with free parking available in the River’s Edge Ramp. Free shuttle service will be provided from the Center Square ramp (located by Herberger’s) and St. Mary’s Church parking lot (Swan Lot). The featured speaker is reporter Boyd Huppert from KARE 11 TV’s “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 8 Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. photo by Dennis Dalman Todd Beumer of Collegeville Orchards near St. John’s University holds one of the bottles of his own honey at Market Monday, the farmers’ market in Sartell. Beumer is one of many vendors who sells fresh, home-produced products at the market, now in its fourth year. Standing by his fresh mounds of colorful produce, Todd Beumer enjoys exchanging pleasantries with his customers at farmers’ markets. “I want to thank my customers,” he said. “With them, there would be no farmers’ markets.” Last Monday, during National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 3-9), Beumer was selling his products at Market Monday, the farmers’ market on the ground of Sartell City Hall. That market is open from 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday. Beumer and his wife, Cherie, own and operate Collegeville Orchards, west of St. Joseph, near St. John’s University. Beumer is a friendly regular at Market Monday in Sartell. He also sells his foods at the farmers’ markets at St. Joseph and St. Cloud State University. In addition, from late August through October, there is a sales store open at Collegeville Orchards, a 14-acre spread where the Beumers grow everything from apples (24 varieties) to zucchini, and just about everything in between: carrots, cucumbers, gourds, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, potatoes, peppers, pumpkins (lots and lots of pumpkins), and more – not to mention grapes, strawberries and raspberries. Beumers’ crops are chemical-free, though not officially certified as “organic.” One exotic item Beumer sells is peacock feathers. He currently has one male peacock at his farm, and his parents, who live near Rockville, have 15. The Beumers also produce maple syrup for sale, as well as honey produced by the bees from the Beumers’ five hives. The couple has two children – Alex, 10; Maya, 5 – who help out in any way they Market • page 5 Grell participates in National Special Olympics games by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com Local resident Maxx Grell recently brought back the “Gold” to his father for Father’s Day after scoring multiple medals in the 2014 Special Olympics USA games held June 13-21 in New Jersey. Grell’s mother, Sharon, said he was one of eight swim- mers selected from the state of Minnesota to participate in the games and that each state brought at least four swimmers to participate. Pam Bergerson, vice president of sports and education for Special Olympics Minnesota, said Grell was one of eight chosen from 225 athletes who participated at the state event and earned a gold medal in a qualifying event to attend nationals. Minnesota had athletes that competed in seven different sports. A total of 86 people, including athletes, coaches and others, travelled from Minnesota to this year’s games where more than 3,500 athletes participated. Grell participated in swimming and received a gold medal in the 100-yard freestyle, a Widow hopes new workzone law will save lives by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph is hoping with all her might that a stricter work-zone traffic law will prevent roadway workers from being killed the way her husband was three years ago. Rajkowski is proud of the new law, which she helped push for. “It’s good,” she said. “Good. Good. We played a part in it, and I think it’s a start. It might not stop people from doing it (speeding in work zones), but it will make them more aware and hold people accountable for their actions.” Ron Rajkowski, 44, died Oct. 13, 2011 when a car veered off the road and killed him and a fellow worker, Craig Carlson. Both employees of the Egan Co. in Minneapolis, the two men were doing some work just off of a roadreconstruction project near the Twin Cities. The man who hit them was from another state. He said he was adjusting his cruise control when his car veered to the left and, overcorrecting his steering, he caused the car to veer off the road, hitting and killing Carlson and Rajkowski. Rajkowski’s tragic, sudden death left his wife a widow and his two boys fatherless. Blake is now 11; Chase is 8. The new law requires posted signs saying that exceeding the posted speed limit in work zones will be punishable by a fine of a minimum of $300. Research by the Minnesota Department of Transportation has shown that signs saying “fines will be doubled” in work zones have little or no effect on many drivers, many of whom tend to mimic other drivers who are driving too fast through the zone. Since 2010, Minnesota has Work zones • page 5 www.thenewsleaders.com gold in the 25-yard backstroke, a bronze in the 50-yard freestyle and a bronze in the 4-by100 medley relay. To qualify for the national games, Grell had to first win a gold medal last year in his sport of swimming. He next completed the application paperwork, got three letters of recommendation and was inGrell • page 4 contributed photo Chase Rajkowski, 8, proudly stands next to a photo of his father, Ron, at a “Road Workers Memorial Event” in the Twin Cities. Ron was killed when a driver veered into him and a coworker when they were working in a construction zone. Ron’s wife, Jodi, was instrumental in getting stricter laws passed regarding workzone driving violations.