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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, Aug. 16, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 32 Est. 1989 Town Crier First-time homebuyer classes set Aug. 24, Sept. 4, 5 Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process. The next workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Liberty Savings Bank, St. Cloud and from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4 and 5 at the Little Falls Middle School. Registration is required; participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. To register for either course, visit and click on Criers. Big Bro, Sis, Couple, Family, Grandparent sought Make a new friend by mentoring a child. The most important things you can offer a child are support and quality be there as a friend. A few things their matches like to do are: biking, shooting hoops, baking cookies, grabbing a bite to eat and visiting a park. Big Brothers Big Sisters works to match mentors with children who have similar interests. This opportunity is flexible, fun, and most importantly, changes both your life as a volunteer and the life of your Little. Mentors must be able to commit a minimum of two hours a week for 12 months. Training is provided as well as monthly support. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. Car seat recycling program starts The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will begin accepting child car seats as part of its recycling program. Beginning Aug. 19, Stearns, Benton and Sherburne county residents can drop off their used car seats at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park. Currently, there is no permanent recycling program in place for car seats in this area. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located three blocks south of the Stearns County Service Center, at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Great Clips Postal Patron Firefighters perform controlled burn The St. Joseph Fire Department hosted a controlled burn Aug. 3 at the Idzerda House, located on the south end of the College of St. Benedict campus. A controlled burn is when a fire department burns a structure to practice and prepare for firefighting. Avon and Waite Park firefighters and St. Cloud Technical College students also participated in the event. Various practice burns took place starting about 8 a.m. Combustibles were loaded in and the final burn started about 11:30 a.m.; most of the house was burned within an hour. High plumes of smoke brought a steady stream of onlookers driving through campus. A number of people lined the perimeter and watched for various lengths of time. Also, ironically, the man for whom the house was named, Stanley Idzerda, died three days later on Aug. 6. The Idzerda House was built in 1959, using an original design including broad cantilevers Burn • page 4 photos by Rose Janssen Above: St Joseph firefighters Joe Bye (left) and John Prom keep water on the perimeter during the controlled burn of the Idzerda House on CSB campus Aug. 3. At right: St Joseph firefighter/ excavator Justin Honer begins clean up around the perimeter as the fire starts to dwindle. St. John’s Prep prepares for school year by Cori Hilsgen St. John’s Prep is gearing up for a new school year. The new year will include several changes. Beginning this year, SJP will start a new iPad program, will issue textbooks in electronic versions and will be using a new app. All students in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad to be used in their classes and other activities and will keep their iPads with them. SJP principal Matthew Reichert said current enrollment is around 310 for the coming academic year. He said enrollment is flexible at this time of year and they often enroll students up to and even slightly beyond the first day. SJP chose to use iPads instead of laptops in response to current trends. Research of toptier colleges and universities, professionals, organizations, effective teaching strategies, student creativity and brain development led to the decision. As a college preparatory school, SJP felt it was their responsibility to respond to the iPad usage trend. Reichert said iPads will allow students to interact with their textbooks and applications in a more dynamic way and will help with their organization and notetaking. He said iPads are proven to improve critical thinking and mind-mapping skills and will make learning accommodations for all students more equitable and more readily available. “We have chosen to use iPads so we can issue all our textbooks in an electronic interactive format, so students can take notes and submit assignments digitally, and so we can take advantage of cutting-edge learning applications,” Reichert said. He said he believes it’s important to have SJP’s entire instruction and learning move forward at the same pace and same level. “Because it’s a very cooperative style of curriculum with shared teachers, mixed-grade courses, lots of electives, activities and other things, it’s important everyone is on the same page or, in this case, the same screen,” Reichert said. Teachers will still have the freedom to teach and aren’t outsourcing instruction to ma- chines, he said. “Students and families choose the Prep School because we have a fantastic faculty of very qualified and exceptionally gifted educators,” Reichert said. “We didn’t want to get in the way of our most important activity.” SJP faculty has been training for the last year for the new program. They participated in training with Apple technicians about how to use iPad unique software programs and also trained with using iPads and assistive technology for students who need learning modifications and accommodations. Reichert said faculty is creating its own instructional mateSchool • page 3 Local resident Stanley Idzerda dies by Cori Hilsgen Local St. Joseph resident Stanley Idzerda died Aug. 6. Idzerda, 93, was the College of St. Benedict’s eighth presi- Idzerda dent from 1968-1974. He was the first lay and first male president at the college. Idzerda was not from this area and was not Benedictine and really promoted and encouraged the college to grow during his tenure. Enrollment at CSB almost doubled during Idzerda’s third year as president. Throughout Idzerda’s tenure at CSB, new programs in nursing, East Asian studies, physical therapy and liberal studies were added to the current 29 majors. CSB’s first study abroad program, summer classes and employment of student workers began under his leadership. It was also during his presidency that the Benedictine Academy, the high school, closed in 1973 because of rising costs and Idzerda • page 4

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