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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. 30, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 34 Est. 1989 Town Crier Walk for Thought to raise funds, awareness of brain injuries The fourth annual St. Cloud Walk for Thought, sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at CentraCare Health Plaza. Every year, at least 1.7 million people in the United States suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths. This one-mile walk will celebrate the strengths and successes of thousands of individuals who have experienced brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who support them. For more information, call 612-378-2742, 800-699-6442 or visit Mental Health Support Group for Families meets 2nd, 4th Wednesdays The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th Ave. N, Sartell. For information, call Chuck at 320-290-7713. Learn about Dust Bowl quilting at Waite Park Library A historical quilting program for teens and adults will be held from 6:15-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library. Part history lesson, part craft class, the program will feature information about quilting and the Dust Bowl during the Great Advanced registration is required. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. SEE INSIDE: Back-to-School Safety Tips INSERT: Appliance Smart Postal Patron Project ASTRIDE offers equine-assisted activities by Cori Hilsgen Five new potential volunteers recently attended a training session to work with the Project Adapted Specialized Therapeutic Riding Involving Disabled Equestrians program at Avon Hills Paints and Quarter Horses, owned by Rick and Marlys Backes. Project ASTRIDE offers equine-assisted activities for individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities from ages 3-103. ASTRIDE riders must have a cognitive or physical disability and are screened by the program director. Levels of skills vary. The program is a non-profit organization and is organized entirely by volunteers. The local ASTRIDE program began in 1986. Sartell resident and owner of Tandem Orthotics and Prosthetics Lisa Schnoonmaker said ASTRIDE has been helping disabled individuals in Central Minnesota for almost three decades and people should consider volunteering and becoming a part of this wonderful organization. “Project ASTRIDE is the perASTIRDE • page 5 contributed photo St. Joseph resident Meg Schneider, 15, rides horse “Taffy” through the Project ASTRIDE program. Volunteer Becca Justin, St. Cloud, is leading “Taffy” and Lisa Schnoonmaker, Sartell, is the volunteer side walker on the far side of the horse. Lawmakers to attend ceremony for USS Minnesota by Dennis Dalman For the first time since 1907, an advanced naval warship will be named after the State of Minnesota, and the new ship is the most state-of-the-art attack submarine in the United States Navy’s arsenal. State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) will be one of several local lawmakers who will attend the commissioning ceremony of the “USS Minnesota” Saturday, Sept. 7 at the naval shipyard at Norfolk, Va. The submarine was officially christened Oct. 27, 2012. Others who plan to attend are State Rep. Tama Theis (RSt. Cloud) and State Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville), who represents the St. Joseph and surrounding area. The keynote speaker at the commissioning ceremony will be U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. O’Driscoll said he is proud and honored to be able to attend the Sept. 7 event. “I am honored to join Minnesota’s elected leaders in support of this truly historic ship and its crew of brave men and women who will travel the world to protect America’s interests,” he said. “It’s important to stand behind the crew of the USS Minnesota and all those who protect our freedoms at home and abroad.” Lawmakers • page 3 St. John’s Prep to use flipped classroom model by Cori Hilsgen St. John’s Prep plans to use a flipped classroom model for the 2013-14 school year. SJP Principal Matthew Reichert explained that means traditional classroom instruction is flipped on its head. “Instead of coming to class each day, feverishly writing notes without really absorbing what is being presented, then contributed photo going home and trying to deciThe USS Minnesota, an attack submarine, is shown surfacing pher the information in order to during training tests. The submarine will soon be the subject complete a homework assignof a ceremony in Norfolk, Va., which will be attended by many ment alone, this model rotates Minnesota lawmakers, including Rep. Tim O’Driscoll of Sartell. the process,” Reichert said. At home the students will watch or listen to short videos, produced by their instructors, which contain the information for that day. While the students are watching or listening to a file they can stop, restart, listen again, slow down, translate or take notes from it. They can also archive the files so they always have that information available to them. In class the next day, students work on hands-on or interactive activities where they apply and combine the content they learned the night before. Students work together with others SJ Prep • page 3

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