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. 22, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 33 Est. 1989 Town Crier Open house to ready students for school An open house for Project Kids Connect will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday Aug. 22 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2, St. Joseph. The event includes free haircuts for kids from Cedar Street Hair Salon, a clothing swap for sizes 4 and up, free backpacks full of school supplies for the first 10 girls and boys, and a free giveaway. Project Homeless Connect helps kids who may not have resources to get ready for school. Brat sale proceeds to help build Place of Hope wing Y2K Lions will host a brat sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave NW. Proceeds will be donated to help Ralph and Jan Boeckers to build a memorial wing to those who struggle with overwhelming life problems so they have a safe, secure and inviting place to rebuild, repair and restore their lives at the Place of Hope in memory of their son, who killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones will also be collected. Disaster relief grants set for veterans, families Stearns County veterans, their families and surviving spouses may be eligible for a disaster relief grant as a result of recent flooding and storms. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering disaster grants of up to $1,000 for reimbursable expenses to veterans and their families who have not received other state or federal assistance. If interested, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 22 Criers. Survey sheds light on health concerns in area Results from a 44-question Stearns County area-wide health survey have been compiled and the results posted online. Approximately 12,000 random households were asked to complete the survey, with a wide array of questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, financial stress, tobacco or drug use, driving behaviors, bullying, and other social, physical and mental health-related issues. Responses are being analyzed and used to put together a fiveyear Health Improvement Plan. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 22 Criers. For additional criers, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Postal Patron New school year means many changes at Kennedy by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com needed. Parents will continue to have ware program. the option to add money to their child’s Parents will sign up for fall conferlunch account through the Skyward ences through the Skyward program. Kennedy Community student management computer softKennedy • page 3 School Principal Judy Nagel said there is a lot happening at Kennedy during the summer and many great things are coming for the 2014-15 school year. The student day has inNagel creased for all grades, kindergarten-eighth grade. The school day will begin at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m. Staff hours are 7:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Buses will begin arriving at Kennedy at 7:20 a.m. The earlier school start brings some changes for the breakfast program. The program will begin a weekly breakfast menu where students can get a grab-and-go breakfast meal in the cafeteria and eat it in their classrooms. In addition to the primary lunch served each day, the lunch program will offer a salad bar for students in fourth-eighth grades. Because of lack of interest, some sandwich choices previously offered three days each week will no longer be offered. photo by Kelly Brown The milk/juice district-provided options When the sun sets on the Lake Wobegon Trail you never know what you will with snack will also be discontinued. Teachcapture. The photographer was lucky enough to spot this pair of sandhill cranes ers will continue to have snack breaks in recently as they finished their evening feeding. If you stop, look and listen natheir room as they have in the past and ture always has a way of rewarding you. will address beverage and water breaks as Craning to watch a Wobegon sunset All Saints Academy offers new academic options by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org All Saints Academy School administrator Karl Terhaar said the St. Joseph site is offering some new aca- Tehaar demic options for the 2014-15 school year. New options include an extended day, which adds 50 more minutes to the school day. The school day will run from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. ASA teachers had requested more time to work with students, and this will allow them additional time. A Spanish specialist will teach Spanish weekly to preschool through sixth-grade students who will receive lessons three times each week for 30 minutes. Students who struggle with reading will have a chance to work with a reading specialist who is trained in the Barton Reading Program, a program that helps students learn phonics so they can decode words easier and also teaches the rules of spelling. The teaching staff at ASA will continue attending workshops related to the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Intermediate teachers will begin their third year of math workshops, and primary teachers will begin their second year of science workshops. Terhaar will train teachers on Project Lead the Way. This is a STEM program many area high schools use and elementary schools are beginning to use. Since transportation to halfday preschool can be a challenge for some families, ASA will offer shuttle-service transportation to families who have children in the preschool program. The Waite Park ASA campus site closed last year. That meant consolidating three schools to the two locations of St. Joseph and St. Cloud. President Chris Schellinger said the decision to close the location was a very difficult one for everyone and hard on many people. “Fortunately, we have been able to welcome more than 70 percent of the Waite Park students to either the St. Cloud or St. Joseph campus,” Schellinger said in an email. “Also, due to a number of retirements, we were able to retain nearly all of our teachers and staff.” He said a positive result of Waite Park closing is ASA has been able to offer teachers and staff raises for the first time in many years. The school is also investing in teachers through professional development and continuing education during the school year. Schellinger said the St. Joseph ASA location has a 10-percent increased enrollment from last year. “It looks like that will be the trend for some time,” Schellinger said. Yussuf wins over Andreasen by one vote Who says one individual’s vote doesn’t make a difference? Not Hassan Abdullahi Yussuf. After a suspenseful St. Cloud School District recount Aug. 19, Yussuf won the opportunity to be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot over fellow candidate Scott Andreasen by only one vote – Yussuf with 1,317 and Andreasen with 1,316. In the recent primary election, there was a field of seven at-large candidates, but only six of them can be listed on the November ballot. Among the candidates’ vote totals in the primary, Andreasen came in at sixth place, and Yussuf was in seventh www.thenewsleaders.com place. There was a paper-thin difference of four votes between the two, Andreasen with 1,321 and Yussuf with 1,317 which prompted the recount. The votes were recounted at the Stearns County Administration Center in St. Cloud with all votes scrutinized from the 59 precincts in the three-county area involved with the schoolboard primary election. The other candidates whose names will appear on the November election for St. Cloud School Board are Michael Conway, Peter Hamerlinck, Bruce Hentges, Bruce Mohs and Jerry VonKorff.