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Newsleader St. Joseph Postal Patron Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 33 Est. 1989 Nagel is new principal at Kennedy school by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org Town Crier Help reset child’s body clock for school If your children have been staying up late and sleeping in all summer, start planning now to reset their body clocks. Starting now, have them go to bed earlier each night and get up earlier each morning, until they match their school schedule. Inadequate sleep can have a negative effect on health, school performance, mood and ability to process information. For teenagers who can’t get out of bed before noon, avoid light at night and bring on more light in the morning. For more information and specific tips, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Heart Center offers outpatient nicotine-dependence program Quit tobacco through five weekly group sessions led by experts from the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital. The class will run for five consecutive Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Heart Center’s third-floor library. Deadline to register is Sept. 5. Find success through the program’s personalized treatment, support group, medication therapy, relapse prevention and self-help plan. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Dr. Judy Nagel began her new position Aug. 6 as principal at Kennedy Community School for the 2013-14 Nagel school year. Nagel will serve as interim principal and will replace Diane Moeller, who is now the district’s assistant superintendent. “I applied for the Kennedy position because of its excellent reputation, supportive community and the great things I heard about Kennedy Community School and St. Cloud Area School District,” Nagel said. She said she is working closely with Moeller, administrative assistant Patti Imholte and engineer Dave Ertl to ensure a smooth transition. She said she has heard from many people that she has some big shoes to fill by replacing Moeller. “She (Moeller) was very well respected,” she said. Nagel said the year will be a lot of look, listen and learn. “I hope to continue and build upon the culture of excellence and achievement at Kennedy Nagel • page 3 Terhaar prepares playground for school year photo by Cori Hilsgen All Saints Academy administrator Karl Terhaar was busy preparing the school playground for students for the 2013-14 school year. Terhaar biked to the playground on a recent morning and installed some chains. The playground was moved to its current location when the Church of St. Joseph’s new parish center was built. It was originally built in the late 1990s to replace a wooden structure. Much research was done to ensure solid and long-lasting equipment for children to enjoy for many years. School families, local residents and others spent many hours fundraising for the equipment. Jansky says goodbye as police chief by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com A Living History Day, complete with characters portraying family and friends of Charles Lindbergh, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Charles Lindgbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh when growing up on the family farm a century ago during World War I. A costumed character portraying Lindbergh’s mother, Evangeline, will provide insights to her son’s interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment. Visitors will also have the chance to hear inside stories about the Lindbergh family and try their hand at some of the chores young Lindbergh did around the farm. Come and experience the life of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things. Nominal fee per person. For more information, call 320616-5421. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Little Falls hosts Living History Day Midcontinent Communications INSERT: Pete Jansky said goodbye as St. Joseph police chief on Aug. 22. Officer Joel Klein will replace him as the new Jansky police chief. Jansky turned 56 on Aug. 23. He said when he started thinking about retiring and was trying to de- Klein termine what day to do so, he decided he wanted to wake up retired on his birthday. Jansky said some of the rewards and triumphs of his career have included having an excellent staff in St. Joseph that works together well. “That for any chief is a very big plus,” Jansky said. “I, myself, can’t and won’t take credit for what has happened here in the last 12 years – it has been a team effort. Everybody has pulled their weight and done an excellent job. We have built a very cohesive team of officers who I believe work very well at serving the community in which they work.” He said some of the toughest moments were dealing with young people who have been abused or hurt and dealing with physical injuries such as car accidents. “When you know a lot of the people in a community and something happens to one of them you know personally, that hits home a little bit,” Jansky said. “Certainly when I see the Tommy Decker and Brian Klinefelter tragedies – those are low points.” Jansky said that is one of the things you know could happen when you put on the badge. When new people are hired at the police department, they are asked if they have a problem carrying a gun or using it. In 35 years of police work, Jansky has never had to shoot anyone. “I had to threaten deadly force, but by the grace of God, I have never had to use deadly force on anyone,” Jansky said. Humor has played a big role in his getting through some of the worst times. “We see the best of the best and the worst of the worst and you can’t let it get to you,” Jansky said. “Sometimes humor plays a big part in getting through some of the toughest things you are going to see. It is often a coping mechanism.” Jansky grew up in Avon. He is the oldest child in his family and has one brother and two sisters. He graduated from Albany High School in 1976 and married his high school sweetheart, Peggy, in October 1976. Jansky was the class president and Peggy was the class secretary/treasurer. After graduation, Jansky worked for his father in his oil distribution business before he became a patrol officer and the police chief in Holdingford. He next became a patrol officer in St. Joseph and then became the police chief in Lakefield, Albany and St. Joseph respectively. He became the St. Joseph police chief in 2001. Jansky said he observed his father as a police officer in Avon and became interested in law enforcement because of him. At the time, Jansky was working as a dancehall deputy with the Stearns County Sheriff’s department. It was a state law at the time to have an officer present at Jansky • page 4 Church dedicates new parish center by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org The Church of St. Joseph dedicated its new parish center on Thursday, Aug. 15. The celebration began with a Mass, followed by the dedication and an appreciation picnic meal. The Rev. Jerome Tupa, OSB, of the Church of St. Joseph, along with Abbot John Klassen, OSB, and Joseph Feders, OSB, from St. John’s Abbey, were present for the dedication. Feders was the pastor before Tupa and was involved with some of the ini- tial planning of the center. Tupa recognized and thanked many of the people who were involved in planning and construction of the center. The event was well attended by about 500 parishioners. Bishop John Kinney had been scheduled to attend, but cancelled due to his health. Parishioners had a chance to view the “Heritage Hall” gathering space of the new center and were also able to enjoy a picnic lunch which included hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob, chips and cookies. Some ate in the new hall Church • page 5 www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Michael Jacobs, St. Joseph, was a member of the local CMYS U16 Boys travel team Thunder which recently won the championship against Ecuador at a weeklong Schwans Cup Competition in Blaine. The Schwans Cup is the greatest international youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The event showcases more than 950 teams and 14,000 soccer players from more than 20 states and 16 countries. The CMYS Thunder team played People St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com in the weeklong tournament starting on July 16 against teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Eagan and Calgary. After defeating Colombia in the playoffs they went on to win the championship game against Ecuador in the final game on July 20. If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Aug. 13 Found property. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who had found a handgun on CR 4 in St Wendel Township. The handgun was turned over to the Sheriff’s Office; the owner has not been identified. If anyone has lost a handgun recently please call 320-259-3700 and identify it . July 21 12:27 a.m. Intoxicated person. College Avenue S./W. Minnesota Blotter Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Street. St. Ben’s campus security requested an ambulance for an intoxicated male, 21, Sartell. Upon arrival, blood alcohol level tested at .237. Male was unable to stand on own and very incoherent. Subject was also combative. He was transported to St. Cloud Hospital by GoldCross. 2:59 p.m. Car accident. Elm Street E. Vehicle 1 was parked in the Coborn’s parking lot when vehicle 2 pulled into the next spot. It struck the passenger side door of vehicle 1. Minor damage. July 22 3:07 p.m. Suspicious activity. 295 Street/Kiwi Court. Several reports of a male selling brand new construction equipment out of the back of his truck. Identified the male by his Arizona driver’s license. He stated he came to sell Blotter • page 3 Provides early childhood education for children ages 3-5 years old in the Melrose Head Start classroom. BA/BS degree required in Early Childhood Ed or related field. Bilingual Spanish skills preferred. Wage scale starts at $17,031/year, 32 hr/wk, 9 mo/yr. Teacher/Family Advocate Cultural Navigator Assist teacher in the Cold Spring Head Start classroom with Spanish-speaking children and families. Bilingual Spanish and English skills required. 14 hrs/wk. Wage scale starts at $10.64/hr. Applications available at Reach-Up Inc., 350 Hwy 10 S., St. Cloud, MN 320-253-8110 or download from www.reachupinc.org Deadline is noon Friday, Aug. 30. EOE Foster Home Direct care ProviDer Find a rewarding job assisting four clients with developmental disabilities in maintaining their independence in the foster home while providing a safe, supportive environment. Also assist clients w/ social activities in the community. 34 hr/wk per week: Monday-Thursday 3-10 p.m. and every other weekend (earn $10.74 on weekends). Req’s HS diploma or equiv. with one-year related experience. Please contact: Janet at 320-685-7899 at Bethany Home or HR at 320-650-1529. Apply on-line at: www.ccstcloud.org EEO/AA Published each Friday by Von Meyer Publishing Inc. Publisher/Owner Janelle Von Pinnon Contributing Writer Cori Hilsgen Design/Layout Tara Wiese Advertising Sales Assistant Kathryn Bjorke Delivery Glen Lauer Newstands BP Gas Station Casey’s General Store Holiday Gas Station Kay’s Kitchen The Local Blend St. Joseph Meat Market St. Joseph Newsleader Office Editor Dennis Dalman www.thenewsleaders.com P.O. Box 324 • 32 1st Ave. N.W. • St. Joseph, Minn. 56374 Phone (320) 363-7741 • Fax (320) 363-4195 • E-mail address: email@example.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ST. JOSEPH NEWSLEADER, P.O. Box 324, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com education (emotional/behavioral disorders) from Mankato State University and a doctorate in education leadership, policy and administration from the University of St. Thomas. She is licensed to teach Emotional Behaviorial Disorder and learning disabilities and has administrative licenses as a K-12 principal, director of special education and superintendent. Nagel said she has taught and enjoys every grade level. She believes there are lots of opportunities, growth stages and transitions that occur at each level. After graduating from college, Nagel worked as a paraprofessional with early childhood and elementary students while she completed her coursework for her teaching credentials. Her first teaching position began in Winsted-Crow River schools where she taught K-12th grade. Nagel next worked at Prior Lake-Savage schools and taught K-6th grade. She then taught 9-12th grade at Minnetonka High School until she became the district supervisor of student support services. Nagel next became the assistant principal at Chaska Middle School East and also Waconia High School. She has also served on several boards. Nagel lives in St. Cloud. She has one sister who teaches third grade. Her mother is a retired medical secretary and her stepfather is a semi-retired farmer. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends and attending various activities, collecting antiques and reading. Other Kennedy staff employees are scheduled to return to school for staff development on Aug. 26. 3 Nagel from front page with our students, families and staff,” Nagel said, “and look forward to working with everyone.” Nagel earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, majoring in psychology and minoring in health education. She earned a master’s degree in special Blotter from page 2 equipment that was at a show and couldn’t be shipped due to Haz Mat. Photos taken. Nothing further. July 23 1:13 p.m. Fraud. 12th Avenue S.E. Complainant referenced fraudulent activity that is occurring over the internet and now over his phone regarding EZ PayDay Loan calling and informing him of large balance that he owes. He verified this was a scam. Male, 37, stated he wanted the complaint documented in a police report. 5:20 p.m. Theft. Ridgewood Court. Complainant stated the manager of the storage units called complainant and stated when he drove by on his rounds, he noticed a lock was missing. Complainant responded and stated a black electric guitar and Wii were missing. Approximate value $500. July 24 12:36 p.m. Welfare check. College Avenue S. Female, 19, stated she was experiencing a high from marijuana for the first time. Gold Cross arrived and female signed off. Nothing further. July 26 5:27 p.m. Found child. Baker Street E. Management found a naked 3-year-old boy by the play area with no parent around. Officer arrived and started to walk around to find the parents. Mother came running out of her apartment yelling he was gone. Officer brought her to the office where her 3-year-old was. Mother stated child got out of the tub and was to be getting dressed but walked out. Child was out of the house for 20 minutes before she realized he was missing. Everything was fine, so officer cleared. 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Klein said it’s been somewhat hard for Jansky to transition out. “When someone dedicates their life to a profession like he has, and has done so wholeheartedly, it’s been very difficult for him to step away from that and none of us blame him for that,” Klein said. “He put a lot of heart and soul into every place he has worked and spent many sleepless nights.” Jansky said the transition has been going well, but agreed with Klein. “I couldn’t be any happier for who is going to be taking over my department,” Jansky said. “Joel will do a great job and people are going to be very pleased. Turning the reins over is going to be very difficult, not because of who I am turning them over to, but because for the last 28 years I have been the chief. But I also know that it’s time.” “I still like what I am doing and I still enjoy my job and that’s why I decided to retire,” Jansky said.” I did not want to become cynical.” Klein hopes the department, which consists of eight full-time officers, two part-time and seven reserve officers, will stay strong. “My hope for the department is we keep a strong team and we continue to work together well and provide the best service we can to this community,” Klein said. “I have built a lot of good relationships here and I enjoy that.” He plans to lead by example, fairness and lots of communication. His main goal is public safety and making people feel secure where they live. Klein enjoys farming, fishing, movies and spending time with family. Klein’s wife, Ann, is a Stearns County deputy. They have two daughters, Amber and Tiffani, and two sons, Casey and Samuel. Jansky from front page ballroom halls. Jansky is among the last of the grandfathered police officers. He started his career after attending some training sessions with the Waite Park Police Department reserve force through the Avon Police Department. In 1979, he was accepted to Alexandria Technical College, but was offered a patrol officer position with Holdingford. He started that position 15 days prior to new licensing guidelines going into effect. Most of his training came from veteran officers and • Borgert Pavers • Willow Creek • Versalock Block C O N S T R U C T I O N Lic # BC631037 LLC (320) 980-2710 Free estimates www.jklandscape.com Heritage Village Luxury Apartments in Sartell 18 different floor plans, to fit Your lifestyle the first month’s rent through August Elevators • Community Rooms Fitness Rooms • Heated Garages ½ OFF We pay the electric! Call Nancy 320-249-8186 for a private showing. training classes he attended. “I am the last of the cops who got handed a gun and a badge and were put on the street and told to go to work,” Jansky said. Jansky said he had great mentors. Among them he listed Keith Dickinson, Kenny Dickinson, Mark Arnold, Charlie Grafft, Bill Lorentz and many deputies who were working the road at that time. “When they were willing to teach me something, I listened,” Jansky said. “I do that to this day. There are things you can pick up from different officers and things you can learn every day. You are learning in this job all the time.” Jansky’s public-relations experience came from his involvement with his father’s oil business. His father taught him how to work with people. During his time as St. Joseph police chief he has seen huge growth in the city and the department. Technology has played a significant role in changes that have occurred in the department. Jansky said they have moved from patrol cars with just a few radio channels to patrol cars with hundreds of talk groups and computerization. Information is now available at a keystroke. Jansky plans to take at least a month, possibly all of fall, off to adjust to his retirement as police chief. He plans to hunt, fish, travel and spend some time with his nine grandchildren. Jansky also plans to return to work in a different profession, but isn’t sure what that will be yet. Peggy, a design engineer, does not plan to retire yet. The Janskys have three children -Jennifer, Robin and Casey. Jennifer is a school social worker, Robin is a deputy sheriff and Casey is a police officer. Klein, 38, was hired by Jansky as a patrol officer in Albany in 1998 before he had completed school. He attended Albany High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University and studied law enforcement at Alexandria Technical College. Klein said he always knew he wanted to study law en- Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 5 photo by Cori Hilsgen Many parishioners decided to take advantage of the sunny weather by enjoying their picnic lunch outdoors. photo by Cori Hilsgen Pastor Jerome Tupa (left) observes as Abbot John Klassen honors the new parish center with incense. Church from front page and others enjoyed the sunny weather outdoors. The new parish center space will be used for gatherings before and after weekend and daily Masses, funeral lunches, faith formation programming, parish groups and meetings. Individuals can also schedule private parties and gatherings such as wedding receptions, anniversaries and other events. Business manager Sandra Scholz said any member of the parish and St. Joseph area is welcome to consider the parish center as a possible location for an event they are planning. The parish council and finance council determined a fee would be charged to use the space. The fee will cover the cost of heat, air conditioning, electricity, water, paper products and cleaning of the facility. Fees will also cover the cost of someone to oversee events, which is required by the church’s insurance provider. Parish center policies will be reviewed after a year. Church • page 8 Cruise Night! 5 p.m. to close Local classic car owners will be at Buy any Twister Get any Twister of equal or lesser value Thursday, Aug. 15 Everything you want... in a cone! hing you want... in a cone! only with this coupon Cone Castle 99¢ Offer expires August 31, 2013. Not valid in combination with any other offers. 118 1st Ave. N.W. • St. Joseph • www.conecastle.com County Road 75 & Northland Drive AND TANNING 363-8485 St. Joseph STOP IN FOR BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS ESTATE & CONSIGNMENT AUCTION 241-1200 WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! 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That is why everyone should go see (and absorb) a stunning exhibit entitled “Free at Last: A Journey of Hope,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. The free show will run through Thursday, Oct. 31. The exhibit contains about 60 artworks and 14 biographical narratives created and written mainly by immigrant refugees from Somalia, that strife-torn tragic country on the eastern edge of the Horn of Africa. “Free at Last” is a real eye-opener because it invites us into the hearts and minds of these refugees whose lives have been marked by constant turbulence, dangers, insecurities, fears and – last but not least – infinite hopes. Most of these Somalis have not only been uprooted from their homes because of a brutal civil war but many spent years in refugee camps inside neighboring Ethiopia before finding refuge in other countries. Many witnessed their own loved ones killed in violent confrontations and acts of sheer terror. Most have been separated from parents, siblings and other close-knit relatives whom they may never see again. After all of those unimaginable physical and emotional traumas, these people made the long journey to a country utterly alien to them – in language, social customs, education, culture, religion and laws. They have had to adapt, slowly and painfully, to one obstacle after another. It has been very, very difficult for them, and most continue the daunting struggle to adapt, to succeed, to be happy. Even though such traumas punctuate “Free at Last,” the exhibit also evokes vast hope. The vivid artworks with their stunning folk designs and brilliant colors show the depth of Somalis’ cultural backgrounds and an unquenchable zest for life. The written biographies, many of them heartbreaking, also evoke hopes for the future – for higher education, for gainful employment, for a desire to improve society and for successful adaptation for them and their children to adapt happily to a new and often alien American world. In other words, the things all of us strive for. Everyone living in the greater St. Cloud area is well aware of the presence of the many Somali immigrants in our midst. That presence has spawned some cruel prejudices, with claims these refugees are aloof, arrogant, stuck up or welfare cheats. Such claims are often made by people who have no idea about who these people are or what they have endured. Because of such starkly different cultural backgrounds, Somalis tend to be shy and hesitant, unlike talkative, outgoing, extroverted Americans. That shyness is often mistaken for “aloofness” or “arrogance.” The charge of being welfare cheats is equally absurd. Yes, of course, these immigrants have had necessary help from social agencies, churches, businesses and individuals, but to call that “cheating” is adding insult to injury. A good way to counter such harmful prejudices is to go see “Free at Last.” Viewers are sure to come away with a renewed respect – and compassion – for these refugees, these good fellow human beings in our communities. help squelch prejudices I’ve never been one to do things easily. When I was in elementary school, my librarian couldn’t feed me enough books. I devoured them with a vengeance and enjoyed every minute of it. During my high school years, I wasn’t satisfied to just attend school (with decent grades I might add). I had to be part of a touring choir group, spent hours on the yearbook staff, was the first to earn my driver’s license (because I was the eldest in my peer group), worked a parttime job at McDonald’s (best training ground to build a good work ethic if ever there was one), volunteered as a candy striper and at church, raised money, trained for and participated in a 500-mile cross-state bike tour, and hosted a foreign-exchange student from France during my senior year. College years saw me pursuing a dream of becoming a veterinarian, writing and editing for the college newspaper, lots of late study nights and early morning science labs, working three part-time jobs while carrying a full load of credits, still thoroughly involved with music groups and volunteering for a local animal shelter. Maybe I should chalk it up to my ancestral mix of German tenaciousness and Scotch-Irish spiritedness, sprinkled with a dash of French flair. I’ve been lucky enough to always have strong female role models to look up to in my life. Like my great- Von Pinnon Publisher grandma Theresa Skelly, who ventured from Ireland to California as a child bride, was widowed in her 40s but somehow managed to find productive work in a turn-of-thecentury world where women weren’t given many opportunities. My dad always describes “little grandma” as a spitfire. My other paternal greatgrandma who after being widowed at a young age in Chicago also ventured to California with her five children and ended up marrying her sister’s foreman. And then there was my maternal great-grandmother Inez McCullagh who earned a college degree in the late 1800s (from St. Cloud State to be exact), was married to a doctor (who still made house calls) and taught in a one-room schoolhouse for years while raising four children of her own. Or maybe it’s just that I’m pigheaded and when someone tells me I can’t, it just spurs me on to prove them wrong. After all, life is an adventure. For some reason, the milestones in my life have always seemed to come in threes. At the ripe age of 25, I met and married my husband (and became a stepmother to my then 6-year-old stepdaughter), started the St. Joseph Newsleader, and bought, remodeled and moved into our first home. As I headed into my third decade, I expanded my business to include publishing the Sartell Newsleader, headed up the MS Tram that came through St. Joseph that year and added my daughter by way of adoption to our growing family. At 40, I bought, remodeled and moved into our office building, moved our whole household to St. Cloud (from Sauk Centre where I commuted from for the previous 12 years) and added my son through adoption. (Oh, and maybe I need to mention a fourth achievement when I climbed two-thirds of the way up Chichen Itza in Mexico on our 15th wedding anniversary. And by the way, I’m scared of heights.) Now on the cusp of turning the big 5-0, my husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, the Newsleaders will celebrate 25 years in the community, my daughter starts her freshman year in college (at SCSU where, incidentally her great-greatgrandmother graduated from) and my son is entering middle school. I can’t wait to see what new adventures await us all. They say when you look back on your life, you usually only regret the things you haven’t done. No, I’ve never been one to do things easily. But then where’s the fun in that? I quit smoking; you can too! I quit smoking. Twice. The first time was in 1987. For six months. All it took is “just one” cigarette. Hooked again. The second time was five years ago, and I haven’t had so much as a whiff since. Several doctors and nurses I’ve met recently suggested I should write a list of cessation tips to share with others. Here is my tip list. 1. First, remember it’s never too late to quit. As one gets older and keeps smoking, the chance of horrible adverse effects increases, including debilitating emphysema. 2. Before you quit, make a list of all the bad things about smoking: wheezy breathing, hacking cough, bad breath, stained teeth, smelly clothing, filthy ash trays, stinky house, danger of starting a fire, exposing others to your smoke, the escalating cost of buying cigarettes and last but not least, the likelihood of developing diseases. My “bad” list contained 50 bad things. My “good” list contained exactly one item: the pleasure of smoking a cigarette with a cup of coffee or glass of beer. Stick your list on the refrigerator. 3. Quit smoking on a weekend. That is because you will become very crabby for a few days so it’s best to stay away from people. During the first few days you will feel as if you are turning into a werewolf that snarls, curses, kicks furniture and scares any human in sight. 4. I chose cold turkey as my quitting method because I purposely wanted to go through a withdrawal hell so I would never be tempted to take up smoking again, not wanting to re-experience that withdrawal Dennis Dalman Editor again. If I’d chosen gum or patches, knowing me I’m sure I would’ve thought, “Oh, well, I’ll just have one or two smokes, then I can always get some more patches, like, next week, maybe.” That’s an example of what addiction experts call “stinking thinking.” I recommend cold turkey but choose any method you feel is best for you. 5. Before your last cigarette, get ready to hunker down with your favorite snacks, hobbies or tasks to keep you busy. Such “alternatives” are essential for success. They are things you can do when a craving strikes. When it does, instantly move to another room or another place, away from the place that set off the craving. If you’re in a chair, get up immediately and do something else, such as a brisk walk around the block, doing the dishes, vacuuming and more. The alternative must involve some kind of movement. 6. Be on guard against ���stinking thinking.” During the first few days, you will become light-headed and ornery, and your mind will play all kinds of sneaky tricks. In my case, I kept having a foolish obsession to hurry down to the mobile-home-park communal mailbox to mail letters or bills. Even though I had nothing to mail, I kept feeling a jittery mania to get down to that mailbox. And Newsleader staff members have the responsibility to report news fairly and accurately and are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers are encouraged to take complaints to the Minnesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the public and the media and resolve conflicts. The council office may be reached at 612-341-9357. Fairness and ethics then it dawned on me: the mailbox is 30 feet from the store where I always bought my Basic menthols. The “devil” inside me knew if he could get me down to the mailbox, he could unleash temptations that would push me toward that store, and I would probably cave in, thinking, “Oh, what the heck, why not just buy a pack. Just one pack. I can always quit later. Sometime.” Those kinds of temptations will plague you for awhile. They are so sneaky and persistent. But outwit them! Be strong and tell that nicotine devil to get lost! Shout it! 7. Kindly ask smokers to stay away for a week or so, or at least request them to smoke outside, away from you. 8. Keep reviewing your bad/good list and keep doing activities (brisk walks are the best). Meanwhile, avoid any smoking-related things, especially your favorite smoking chair or that cup of coffee or glass of beer. 9. Indulge often in positive projections. Visualize how your lungs are going from tar-black to healthy pink. Think how the chance of disease is diminishing. Picture what you’ll be able to buy in place of cigarettes. For example, a pack-a-day smoker could easily afford a fabulous two-week trip for two to an exotic locale for what is spent in one year on smokes. 10. I wish you the best of luck. I’ve often said if I could quit smoking, anybody can. And please remember, through your first days of struggle, how happy you’ll be you finally, finally achieved the “impossible.” You quit! Congratulate yourself. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Friday, Aug. 23 Casting for a Cure Catch-PhotoRelease Fish-A-Thon, anglers of any age can begin fishing on any body of water in Minnesota. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Wendlin Parish Center, 22714 State Hwy. 15, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, Aug. 24 First-time Homebuyer Education class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberty Savings Bank, St. Cloud. 320-258-0681 or www.cmhp.net. Casting for a Cure Catch-PhotoRelease Fish-A-Thon, anglers of any age can begin fishing on any body of water in Minnesota. Anglers, families and community members alike then St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com meet at the Blue Line Sports Bar in Sartell starting at 2 p.m. to turn in the fish logs with digital pictures and join in the outdoor activity area, the silent auction, Party Time Inflatables, casting contest, crafts, games and hourly door prizes. An evening Awards Ceremony and Celebration of Hope is open to the public and free. Community Calendar tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Fabulous Armadillos. Friday, Aug. 30 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 North- 7 way Drive, St. Cloud. 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Scholz said the total cost of the building project was more than $1.846 million. The majority of the funding for the center came from capital campaign pledges and donations. Funding also came from cash reserves from bequests and parish festival proceeds. “The entire process of planning and building took a long time and this past year of construction was very difficult for many of our parishioners, especially for the school and faith formation families and those needing handicap access,” Scholz said. “I hope we can all say it was well worth the effort as we enjoy more and more wonderful parish functions like the dedication meal in our new Heritage Hall.” Only one person had signed up to help parish staff with the cleanup after the event, but many people stayed to help and the clean-up was quickly completed. “It was beautiful to see how much people cared about the Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Church from page 5 Fees will vary depending on the number of people using the facility, space needed and length of time the facility is being used. “It’s so wonderful to finally Family night at Little Saints Academy new parish center and the joy in which they used it,” Scholz said. The building still needs some additional items. The center was constructed with the ability to install partition walls to create four smaller rooms and to divide the corridor from the larger Heritage Hall space. Scholz said the cost of the partitions is approximately $100,000. The kitchen needs additional equipment including a dishwasher, freezer and cooler. It also needs a stainless-steel counter and storage cabinets which are estimated to cost $50,000$60,000. The Church of St. Joseph is the first consecrated church in Minnesota and was dedicated 157 years ago on June 29, 1871 by Bishop Thomas Grace of St. Paul. contributed photos It’s Back-to-School time. $ Hey Moms and Dads! Above, Little Saints Academy parents and children hop, jump and tumble during a sack race at family night held Aug. 20. 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