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Newsleader St. Joseph by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Postal Patron Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 37 Est. 1989 Harvest Festival draws a crowd Brynn Hiltner, 2, and her mother, Amy, knelt close to the petting zoo fence to touch the animals. There were goats, a sheep, a rabbit and an alpaca provided by Collegeville Orchards. The Hiltners were among hundreds of other people who attended the 14th annual Harvest Festival held on the grounds of the Resurrection Lutheran Church on Friday, Sept. 13. “We attended last year also,” Amy said. “It’s gotten bigger.” More than 30 booths offered a variety of produce, meats, dairy products, flowers, pottery, food and drink, activities and other items. The low 70-degree temperatures enticed the crowds to linger longer. Live music was provided by “Breakaway,” and a fire dancer, “Scarlette Revolver,” performed. One routine included a dance that involved coordinating movement of three large rings at the same time. “This is my third year per- Town Crier St. Stephen hosts citywide garage sales St. Stephen will host its citywide garage sales Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 26-28. Individual sales will be marked. Millstream Arts Fest set Sunday, Sept. 29 The Millstream Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in downtown St. Joseph. More than 40 artists will offer a wide variety of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber and other fine arts. The event will also include entertainment, kids’ art area, horsedrawn trolley rides, a vintage auto and tractor show and food vendors. Admission is free but food-shelf donations will be accepted at the information booth. For more information, visit www. millstreamartsfestival.org. photo by Cori Hilsgen More than 30 booths draw crowds of visitors for the 14th annual Harvest Festival held on the Resurrection Lutheran Church grounds. forming at the festival,” Revolver said. “It’s really fun and draws a great crowd. It keeps growing.” Mary Ann Friederichs and Kristina Timmerman were busy selling bread from the Collegeville Artisan Baker. This is the 10th year Friederichs and her husband, Steve Nelson, have had a booth at the festival. Friederichs is on the market board. “We appreciate everyone supporting our business and coming to the market,” Friederichs said. “We don’t have a retail store.” Harvest • page 5 VA women vets to host health, wellness event The sixth annual Women Veterans Health and Wellness Day, sponsored by the Women Veterans Program at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Building 96 on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus in St. Cloud. The event celebrates women veterans and their military service by emphasizing healthy lifestyles and medical care unique to women. ‘Caramel Apple Ride’ set for Oct. 5 by Dennis Dalman email@example.com What could be more “autumnal” than a leisurely bicycle ride through landscapes blazing with fall colors, along with relaxing reststops along the way which offer carameled-apple treats? That is the concept underlying the second annual “Caramel Apple Ride,” which will take place Saturday, Oct. 5 along the Wobegon Trail system. The ride is not to be confused with the long-time annual Caramel Roll Ride, which is held each spring on the same trail. The Caramel Apple Ride this year will have three options for participants. The event will start at 10 a.m. from Sinclair Lewis Park in Sauk Centre and will end at various options, depending on the routes chosen by bikers. Some will just bike the nine miles east to Melrose. Others will want to turn south at Melrose to go to special events at the Whispering Oaks Winery six miles south of Melrose. Still others will choose to take in the Freeport Oktoberfest that day six miles east of Ride • page 2 Prepare meals weekends for women’s shelter Anna Marie’s Alliance is looking for small groups of men and women (teenagers welcome if supervised by adult) to prepare meals for residents on the weekends. Volunteers will prepare a menu of their choice or one can be selected for them. Time commitment is three hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to eat with the residents. They ask groups try to commit to one shift a month. Anna Marie’s Alliance mission is to provide a safe place for victims of domestic abuse and to achieve change that reduces violence. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Rolling for Lindsey’s cause on the Wobegon by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org contributed photo Grade-school friends (left to right) Heather Van Beck, Christa Pfannenstein and Stephanie Simon visit on the trail. Twenty-five participants rolled along the Wobegon Trail Sept. 7 to raise funds for Lindsey Johnson, 22, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, at the age of 21. Johnson was told by her doctors in June they feel her cancer is now in remission. She was treated at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and had nine rounds of chemotherapy, numerous radiation treatments and a stem-cell transplant. Johnson is the daughter of Mary and Gary Johnson of St. Joseph. She attended All Saints Academy and Cathedral High School and recently graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish. She has one sister, Nicole. Johnson recently became engaged to Reggie Fraley. This is the fourth annual “Twenty-six in the Sticks” roller-blading marathon organized by Kari Jensen of Minneapolis, Christa Pfannenstein of St. Joseph and Mitch and Erica Evens (husband and wife) of St. Cloud. Organizers decided to donate this year’s funds to Johnson because she was a local resident whom they all knew and were close in age to. Marathon participants began the 26-mile ride in Holdingford at 8 a.m. and finished in St. Joseph about noon. Temperatures at the start Rolling • page 4 www.thenewsleaders.com 2 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Sister Dorothy (Louise) Noll, OSB, 80 Feb. 28, 1933-Sept. 17, 2013 Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 distance interview earlier this week. “We decided to get in the car and just drive.” Both Cliff and Linda are avid bikers and members of the Central Minnesota Bike Club. “We love to bike in groups and try to bike once a week,” he said. Even if the Borgerdings don’t make it back in time for the ride, they are certain their fellow bikers will have a ball. Last year, 35 bikers took part in the event. This year, Borgerding said, he expects anywhere from 75-100 bikers to join the fun. on Minnesota Street. She said she had sober roommates to take care of her. Transported her to her residence. Door was locked and no answer at the door. She did not have keys. Transported her to detox. Aug. 21 12:35 a.m. Verbal. Thirteenth Avenue NE. Complainant with ex-boyfriend who won’t give up the title to the car. She is waiting in her vehicle in the driveway. Spoke to boyfriend who stated he was willing to give her the title. He just wants her to sign the title before she takes the vehicle. Both parties signed the title and complainant left residence with vehicle. 6:35 a.m. Dog. Second Avenue SE. Complainant was walking northbound on Second Avenue SE at approximately 5:45 a.m. As she was walking an English Mastiff charged at her from a property, jumped and attempted to bite her. Her reflective vest was ripped and her T-shirt and shoes had teeth marks. She requested officer speak with dog owner. Owner was informed to expect a potentially dangerous dog notice and advised to keep the dog on a leash while outside. 2:30 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Fourth Avenue NE. Received a call of a suspicious blue jeep leaving Coborn’s parking lot that appeared to have a person laying down in the back seat. Found the vehicle on CR 75 and stopped it as it turned into Casey’s. Found the male in the back laying under a sheet. Identified the driver by her Minnesota driver’s license. She was unable to provide current proof of insurance. Also identified the passenger and found he had an active warrant. He was transported to the Stearns County jail. 4:31 p.m. Lost property. Elm Street E. Complainant lost her keys in Coborn’s. When she came out she said just the driver’s door was unlocked. She also thought she heard the doors unlocking while standing by her car. She did have a remote opener on her keys. Nothing was missing or gone through in her car. She left her name at the store in case someone turns the keys in. Aug. 22 9:42 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 75 E/ Fourth Avenue NE. Observed vehicle driving 58 mph in a 45-mph zone. Obituary Ride from front page Melrose. Early registration for the event is possible up until Sept. 22. To register, go to www. LakeWobegonTrails.com and click on the “Carmel Apple Ride” logo. That website will also have information about fees and amenities associated with the ride. There will be carameled apples and other treats and refreshments for bikers at 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 320255-1301 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. 15 10:27 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Graceview Loop. Complainant stated there was a van parked with lights on across the street in an empty lot area, and now the lights are off. Complainant did not want to speak to an officer, just have area checked. Officer located the Sister Dorothy (Louise) Noll, OSB, St. Joseph, died Sept. 17 in St. Benedict’s Senior Community, St. Cloud. Her funeral Noll will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in the Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at 10 a.m.4 p.m. Friday at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, or at 1:30 p.m. for a prayer vigil at St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Noll was born Feb. 28, 1933, to Peter and Thecla (Gertken) Noll in St. Martin, Minn., where she attended District 22 elementary school. She graduated from Paynesville (Minn.) High School. After entering St. Benedict’s Monastery on Sept. 12, 1958, she was received into the novitiate in June, 1959, as Sister Louise. She made her first monastic profession July 11, 1960, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1963. S. Dorothy reverted to her baptismal name in 1969. During her religious life, Noll served in a variety of ministries. At St. Benedict’s Monastery, she was housekeeper and assistant sacristan. She was nurse’s aide at St. Raphael’s Home, St. Cloud, and at Mother of Mercy Home, Albany. At Cathedral High Convent, St. Cloud, she took care of the elderly nuns and was housekeeper. In 1977, she returned to St. Benedict’s Monastery where she took charge of the monastery mailroom as postal clerk. In 2008, she became supervisor of the post office, working with a team of volunteers. Noll is survived by her Benedictine community; two sisters: Bernelda Kuhl, Cold Spring, and her twin, Dolores Petermeier, Melrose; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers: Alcuin, Ralph, Donald and Florian. Memorials may be directed to the St. Scholastica Wellness Center Project. all of the reststops along the routes. Cliff Borgerding of Avon is the ride director and volunteer president for the event. He and his wife, Linda, hope to take part in the event, if they get back from a motor trip first. Currently, to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, they are taking a spontaneous traveling trip through Michigan and maybe as far as Niagara Falls and then Vermont. “We’re just taking our time as we go,” Borgerding told the Newsleader during a longvehicle and spoke to the driver who stated she was not comfortable parking the vehicle on the street because of its length. Officer told her it was private property and as long as the owner does not complain it was OK to park there. Both parties in the vehicle admitted they were drinking. Driver stated she had less than two beers. Officer ran a field sobriety which did not indicate intoxication. No citation issued. Aug. 16 2:36 p.m. Domestic assault. First Avenue NE. Complainant stated her boyfriend pushed her head into the back of the car while at the above location. Officer took statement. She showed no sign of injury but was very fearful and scared. St. Cloud police arrested him and took him to jail. 11:48 p.m. Suspicious activity. Dale Street W. Complainant stated she was standing by her stove and heard her cat hissing after jumping up by the window. She turned around and saw a white male looking at her in the window. She yelled at the male and he left heading toward Subway, unknown direction from there. Complainant is concerned due to her neighbors moving out two days previously and a single mom with five kids moving in. Officer drove the area and was unable to locate the male. Aug. 18 7:49 p.m. Hit and run. Minnesota Street W. Complainant said his neighbor came over and told him someone just hit his vehicle and took off the side mirror. Officer met with him. Mirror was broken off car and what appeared to be the suspect vehicle’s mirror was lying under the victim’s vehicle. He stated his neighbor heard the car get hit. Spoke with neighbor and she stated she didn’t get a chance to see the vehicle drive away, but knew that it happened around 7:35 p.m. Pictures were taken of the vehicle. Aug. 20 1:33 a.m. Citizen contact. College Avenue N/Minnesota Street W. Officer observed female stumbling, talking to herself and pulling on doors on Minnesota Street E. Officer made contact and observed her to be highly intoxicated. PBT of .210 BAC. She stated she was trying to get to her residence Blotter Blotter • page 3 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. Student spotlight: Bechtold says inequalities cause conflicts Bechtold is the 22-year-old son of Bruce and Pat Bechtold. He has three siblings: Mary, 20, Ted, 18, and Kate, 15. Bechtold has been active as a nursing teaching assistant and playing intramural football, basketball, volleyball, kickball and ultimate Frisbee. He was the captain and coach of the 2011 intramural football champions called “The Blueberry Mancakes.” Fun Facts about Bechtold: Favorite subject: Nursing “My favorite subject is nursing, of course,” Bechtold said. “It’s what I decided to do with my life and I love it.” Favorite leisure activity: Physical workouts, watching or playing sports, hanging out with friends, playing video games and watching television are all activities Bechtold said he enjoys. Favorite movie: The Princess Bride “It’s a love story, but isn’t too sappy and it has great action and witty dialogue,” Bechtold said. Favorite music: Johnny Cash “He is great road-trip music,” he said. Favorite restaurant and food: Gary’s Pizza “I like the ‘House special’ from Gary’s,” Bechtold said. Favorite thing he likes to help other people do: “I enjoyed helping the younger nursing students learn through my teacher’s assistant position,” Bechtold said. Where he sees himself five years from now: “Maybe back in school to get an advanced degree,” Bechtold said. “I also would like to try flight nursing at some point. Hopefully have a family started by then, too.” The thing he likes best Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 3 about St. Joseph: “St. Joe is such a great town,” Bechtold said. “It has that small-town feel, but it’s close to St. Cloud. It’s really the best of both worlds.” VOTED BEST SANDWICH IN TOWN! VOTED BEST SOUP IN TOWN! VOTED BEST QUICK LUNCH IN TOWN! contributed photo Sam Bechtold recently graduated from the nursing program at the College of St. Scholastica and has started his career working at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center. He says many of the world’s conflicts occur because of inequality. If he could change something, he would change that. by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org SUBS • POCKETS • GYROS • SCHWARMA at Downtown St. Cloud Location Try our Tuesday-Thursday Midweek Specials • 50¢ Wings • $2 Stuffed Crab • $2 Breaded Shrimp • $2 Shrimp Cocktail • $1 Jumbo Egg Roll • $5 Flatbread Pizzas • $2 Mozzarella Stix • $2 Chips ‘n Cheese • $2 Onion Rings • $1 French Fries NEW PUB GRUB MENU 50% OFF Any Sandwich With purchase of sandwich of equal or greater value Expires 10/17/13 More New Menu Items Coming Soon! • 3 AREA LOCATIONS • Sam Bechtold says many of the world’s conflicts occur because of inequality. If he could change something, he would change that. Bechtold says financial inequality often causes many conflicts. “So many people throughout the world never get a chance to reach their full potential because they don’t have the means,” Bechtold said. “This often leads to conflict between the haves and the have nots.” Bechtold recently graduated from the nursing program at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. He is a registered nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital Emergency Trauma Center. “I’m really excited to be starting in the ER,” Bechtold said. ”It’s where I have wanted to work for awhile. I love the fast-paced atmosphere and never knowing what I will do or see.” Blotter from page 2 Stopped vehicle and identified the driver by her Minnesota driver’s license. Observed her eyes to be blood shot and watery and detected an odor of alcohol emitting from her breath. Agreed to and failed sobriety tests. Agreed to breath test. Test results indicated a BAC of .12. Transported to Stearns County jail for booking. Sept. 12 11:27 a.m. Vehicle crash. CR 133. The Stearns County Sherriff’s office responded to a one-vehicle rollover on CR 133 just NE of 322nd Street in St. Wendel Township. A male was driving NE when he got distracted by a bee inside the vehicle. When he was distracted he drove his vehicle off the road into the right ditch, which caused the vehicle to roll over. He was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. Assisting the Stearns County Sheriff’s office was Gold Cross Ambulance and St. Joseph Fire/Rescue. 4 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 ing when coming across that finish line and especially exciting to see Lindsey standing among the crowd.” “I enjoyed spending time on the trail with friends, but the heat was terrible this year,” Simon said. “It was for a good cause and was a lot of fun, but I very much appreciated shade trees and the water stations this year,” Van Beck said. This was the first year Niki Lanctot, 40, and Terrie Braegelmann, 38, participated in the marathon. “It was a great accomplishment,” Lanctot said. “It was great and a lot of fun,” Braegelmann said. Travis Pogatschnik and Jessica Patrick participated in the marathon because of a friendly bar bet. A group of friends had been sitting around at a bar when a conversation about the marathon was discussed. Pogatschnik commented he thought he could do the marathon. A friend said he didn’t think he could. The friend paid for Pogatschnik’s and Patrick’s entrance fees. Pogatschnik’s wife, family members and friends watched him leave the Holdingford starting line. They thought they would be picking him up at the Avon checkpoint but were surprised to see him roller-blade effortlessly through Avon. They met him at the finish line in St. Joseph. Johnson was very grateful to everyone who skated for her cause. She did not know she was the beneficiary of the cause until the day before the event. When Johnson found out she was the recipient, she wanted to be at the finish line. She greeted several participants as they rolled across the finish line. “I really appreciate the community support,” Johnson said. “It’s people like this that really got me through the hardest times.” Rolling from front page were in the mid 70s but climbed to the high 80s at the finish. The hot and humid temperatures bothered many participants and many commented on it. “Hydration was paramount this year,” Mitch Evens said. Checkpoints included Albany, Avon and Collegeville. Participants were able to pick up water at five water stations and were encouraged with the sound of a ringing cowbell when they passed a checkpoint and at the finish line. Several participants said they had to navigate road construction and other debris on the trail. Roller bladers said they saw insects, snakes and a deer along their ride. contributed photo The “26 in the Sticks” roller-blade event organizers are pictured with Lindsey Johnson. This year’s marathon proceeds were donated to Johnson who was diagnosed and treated for bone cancer. Her cancer is currently in remission. Pictured (left to right) are Erica Evens, Mitch Evens, Christa Pfannenstein, Johnson and Kari Jensen. Family Owned and Operated Hearing Center • Free Hearing Screenings • Hearing Aid Sales & Service • Clean & Check All Hearing Aid Brands HELP WANTED (based out of Waite Park, MN) • 4 day/night work week • MUST have class A CDL Apply online at www.farner-bocken.com or call 800-555-1088(x289) Pre employment physical and drug screen required. 320-258-4494 or 1-888-407-4327 161 19th St. S. • Ste. 111 • Sartell www.accuratehearingservices.com Line Haul Driver St. Joe’s Best Kept Secret Robin Vettleson, 34, of Cold Spring, finished first with a time of 2.00. Her friend, Angela Viere, 34, finished second with a time of 2.06. Viere told Vettleson about the event and had finished in second place last year also. Vettleson said she has participated in 5k runs and one 10k run before and said she did a little training before the event. “I thought it would be fun to do something different,” Vettleson said. She said she fell on the trail at the beginning and had some scrapes on her hands. She borrowed her roller blades for the event and thought they might have been just a little bit too small. Viere said she and Vettleson saw a buck along the trail. “I love this event,” Viere said. “It’s such a great cause.” Viere also commented it was “ridiculously hot” this year. Grade-school friends Stephanie Simon, Christa Pfannenstein and Heather Van Beck visited on the trail. All three have participated in past marathons and felt the heat was a major factor this year. “It was a lot of fun again this year,” Pfannenstein said. “Although the weather was a bit warm, it was a beautiful day on the trail. It’s always a great feelRoofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind CALL FOR A FREE HOME INSPECTION OR ESTIMATE Lic. #BC594693 EOE www.jnsbuilders.com Check us out on facebook! 320-257-0100 NO SHINgLE CONTRACTOR wILL SERvE yOu bETTER. Heritage Village Luxury Apartments in Sartell 18 different floor plans, to fit Your lifestyle the first month’s rent through October Elevators • Community Rooms Fitness Rooms • Heated Garages ½ OFF We pay the electric! Call Nancy 320-249-8186 for a private showing. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com they always have the fresh produce I need.” Dale Klein of St. Joseph found some onions, radishes and scone poppers. Klein said he had never tried the scone poppers before. “I try to stop in and look around,” Klein said. In another booth, licensed massage therapist Justina Henry of St. Joseph was busy giving chair massages. Next to her, Barb Lyndgaard of Avon was spinning Icelandic wool on a spinning wheel. She said Icelandic sheep are smaller and provide long wool in natural colors. Lyndgaard likes to attend the market when the weather is somewhat cooler. “It’s certainly a fall festival with so much local produce,” Lyndgaard said. “It’s really terrific to have this in St. Joseph.” Sister Pat Ruether and Sister Phyllis Plantenberg were busy visiting the booths. Plantenberg was one of the founding members of the market. “We couldn’t have custom-made a day nicer than this,” Ruether said. Harvest from front page Chris and Heather Stanley and their daughter Ruby, 1, of Sartell have been attending the festival for a few years. They said they come for the Artisan Bakery bread. Ava, 4, Eli, 3, Noah, 2, and parents Leif and Julie Spore of Rockville were busy at the Waite Park Library booth. The three children were coloring, and Eli was making sure his tractor was a “John Deere” tractor. “We always come,” Leif said. “We love this event,” Julie said. “It’s so good to have this available and be able to support our local area farmers.” The younger crowd also had opportunities to visit the craft table and decorate pumpkins. Janis Buchheit of St. Cloud was busy looking for fresh peppers and garlic. “I’ve been coming for the last three weeks,” Buchheit said. “I like to make salsa, and 5 Donald Jones from SmokeIn D’s BBQ of Albany was busy making ribs, shrimp and chicken for his booth. This was his first year at the festival. He said they also had a booth set up at “Albany Pioneer Days” so he was busy. “I love it. We’ll have to do more,” Jones said. Tracey Birr was busy at her homemade lefse booth. “I’ve been making lefse for five years,” Birr said. “People keep calling me, so I keep making it.” Birr is a market board member. “I booked the musicians and I just love them,” Birr said. “We all multi-task and work together toward one goal. We want to make it a good festival and make sure people come.” photo by Cori Hilsgen The St. Joseph Farmers’ Mar- Sister Phyllis Pantenberg (left) and Sister Pat Ruether visit ket is open from 3-6:30 p.m. several booths. Plantenberg is one of the founding members of every Friday in the Resurrection the market. Lutheran Church parking lot now through Oct. 18, according to the market’s website. For more information, visit www. stjosephfarmersmarket.com. 6 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 Opinion Our View Affordability issues hinder great American middle class Many Americans are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to becoming thriving members of a middle class. Study after study shows the American middle class has been shrinking, forcing more and more people into a reliance either on sub-standard wages or dead-end jobs. There are many reasons for middle-class shrinkage: a more or less stagnant economy since the virtual financial collapse of five years ago; a lopsided economic recovery in which the top 1 percent of wealthy people and corporations gained about 30 percent in income compared to 0.4 percent for the lowest-income Americans; fierce competition for available jobs (even entry-level ones); increases in the costs of necessities such as gasoline, groceries and health care; and – last but not least – the escalating costs of post-secondary education. For success in life, a high-school diploma was always vital for most people. Nowadays, partly because of the scrambling competition for all jobs, some employers require a college diploma even for jobs that never before needed one. In the “good old days” of the 1950s and 1960s, many people (mainly men at that time) earned enough in flourishing factory jobs to support their families in a comfortable lifestyle. All it took was a high-school diploma and a willingness to work diligently. Those “good old days” are sadly, for the most part, gone with the wind. As a college degree becomes the “new” highschool diploma, there is relentless pressure on young people (not to mention many older ones) to get post-secondary education. Such education and skill-enhancements are almost always good ideas and big employment pluses. In fact, post high-school education nowadays is the single most important factor for advancement within a middle class or above. However, a college education has become so expensive many people find themselves saddled with decades of loan debt. It’s estimated collegeloan debt nationally totals about $1 trillion, a truly frightening amount. And college costs keep rising. The “American Dream” has long been the envy of the world. Even the communist theorist Karl Marx said in mid-1800s he was impressed by the rise of the American middle class and predicted a proletarian revolution could not happen as long as a thriving middle class remained a reality in the United States. The factors causing a shrinking middle class will not be easily solved, as complicated and inter-related as they are. The “old-fashioned” stepping stones to success (hard work, innovation, flexibility, personal responsibility, education, skills enhancement) are still the prime requisites. However, the right conditions must exist for those qualities to flourish, and those conditions include access to opportunities, including affordability of post high-school education options. Many people, including political leaders and educators, are brainstorming on that very problem. Let’s hope they make progress and let’s all help keep such issues on the front burner. Thank goodness for TV mute button Elvis Presley, I’ve heard, used to take a gun sometimes and shoot out his TV screen when something on it irritated him. My “gun” is the mute button on my TV remote. I can zap any commercial into sweet, silent oblivion. TV commercials are my biggest pet peeves. They are a relentless barrage of noise and nonsense. Some of them are shown as often as five or six times an hour. The mute button, to me anyway, is the greatest invention since the wheel. It really came in handy to zap time and again what was the most irritating ad in TV history – that Progressive insurance ad with the “robot” man yelling, “Get ready to bunnnnnnnnnddddllllle!” It went on and on and on, and it was worse – far worse – than fingernails on a chalkboard. I emailed Progressive twice, begging them to take that sickening thing off. I know others who did the same. At first we thought we’d “won.” It wasn’t on for a week or so, then to our disgust it returned again and again and again. One time that vomit-inducing thing came on while I was in the kitchen. Slipping on the kitchen floor, I sprained my ankle as I ran like a sprinter into the living room to grab my remote and “mute” that mindless piece of puke. During those times when I couldn’t get to the mute, I’d have to plug my ears with both hands tight over my head to keep from hearing it. It was worse than awful, so much so I live in dread the fools might put it on again. Dennis Dalman Editor Other commercials I constantly mute are these: There are those All State insurance ads that dub the deep, deep bass voice of a black man onto the moving lips of other people. In one of them, a young woman is at lunch with her boyfriend. As she talks, her own voice suddenly morphs into the man’s deep voice. I don’t get it. Is it supposed to be funny? Well, it’s not. It’s just plain creepy. And it’s following a current tiresome TV-ad trend – people talking with others’ voices, like the toddlers in cribs talking with adult male voices. I’ve had it up to here with that Aflac-insurance duck! At first, some years ago, a couple Aflac ads were kind of “cute,” but the trouble with cute commercials is they become intolerably irritating after having to see and hear them a thousand times. The Aflac duck, as you may well know, was “injured,” and so the newest ads show him undergoing therapy in a hospital, including speech therapy. It’s stomach-churningly stupid. Like most TV commercials, those ads insult one’s intelligence and sour one’s patience. There’s a new ad that has me leaping for my remote. To a mind- less jingle being sung in the background (the tune kind of sounds like that “bama-bama bo-bama” song), a giddy camera on steroids goes zooming through a series of car interiors and exteriors showing young people having fun: barbecue, movie, beach, etc. Then the camera zooms up to the back of a blue Nissan from which a young attractive couple hops out carrying guitars in front of a theater plaza. They are apparently “stars” ready to perform. I suppose this ad is supposed to convey the message if you buy a Nissan, your life is going to be just chock-full of fun and artistic success. Yeah, right! The Marriott Inn ads drive me up a wall. One shows an elephant in a motel room, another shows a giraffe getting ready to leave the room and yet another shows a bunch of penguins cavorting in the room. The penguins, like the Aflac duck, went from being sort of “cute” to intolerably annoying. Yet another ad I always zap into silence is the Rosetta Stone languagelearning ad. At first, the ad was fine. It doesn’t sing, dance or contain any lamebrain, ludicrous special effects (as most ads do), but it has long worn out its welcome. It’s got to be the most frequently shown ad of them all; it’s been on over and over and over again for years. Enough! I actually like ads in newspapers and magazines. They’re blessedly quiet and often informative. But TV ads?! They’re a form of torture. Spare me! Whoever invented the mute button has my undying gratitude. Judge explains difference between two kinds of juries You may be called to serve on one of two types of juries: a petit (trial jury) or a grand jury. Most people understand the purpose of a trial jury but few have ever served on a grand jury. The purpose of a grand jury is very different. The prosecutor can request a grand jury be convened to hear any type of case. A grand jury has the authority “. . . to inquire as to public offenses committed or triable in the county....” If the grand jury determines a person should be charged with a crime or crimes, the charging document is called an indictment. Only a grand jury can indict someone for a firstdegree murder offense. In so-called greater Minnesota, grand juries are rarely convened. In Hennepin and Ramsey counties, grand juries are frequently in session. Grand-jury members are summoned annually from the same databases as petit jurors. A grand jury must have at least 16 members but not more than 23 members. A dis- From the Bench: From the Bench Ann Carrott District Court Judge trict-court judge instructs the grand jury on its duties and appoints a foreperson to lead the grand jury. The only persons permitted in the grand jury room are the grand jurors, the prosecutors, the witness under examination, “qualified interpreters for witnesses disabled in communication, or for jurors with a sensory disability” and a court reporter. A designated peace officer may also be present as approved by the court for security purposes. A witness may have his or her attorney present while he or she testifies but the attorney cannot participate in the proceedings, except to advise his or her client. Unlike trial jurors, grand jurors may ask witnesses questions. An indictment may be issued only if at least 12 of the jurors agree. The grand jury does not have to return an indictment, which is called a “no bill,” meaning no one is charged with a criminal offense. As with a jury trial, a verbatim record is kept of all grand-jury proceedings, except for deliberations and voting. However, unlike a jury trial, the grand jury record is not public. Grand-jury proceedings are secret, and disclosures are limited to the prosecutor and the defense if an indictment is returned. An indictment is secret until the defendant is arraigned on the charge(s). Violation of the secrecy of the grand jury is a criminal offense. If you are summoned to serve as a grand juror, you will participate in a unique process few citizens ever experience. Ann L. Carrott is a Seventh District court judge chambered in Douglas County. 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. 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St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Saturday, Sept. 21 Halen’s Hankies of Hope garage sale to raise money to help families struggling with childhood cancer, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. American Legion Post 254, 415 N. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. www.halenshankiesofhope.org. Gardening Knowledge for Free, sponsored by the Stearns County Master Gardeners, 8:15-11:45 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Aglow gathering, SCSU Students Against Trafficking presentation, 9:30 a.m., Michael’s Restaurant, 510 Hwy. 10, St. Cloud. 320-253-5351. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. CMBA Fall Tour of Homes, noon-5 p.m. Pick up guides at area Community Calendar Holiday Stations or www.cmbatour. com. Sunday, Sept. 22 CMBA Fall Tour of Homes, noon-5 p.m. Pick up guides at area Holiday Stations or www.cmbatour. com. Monday, Sept. 23 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, 24588 CR 7, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www.marketmonday.org. Tuesday, Sept. 24 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. St. Cloud Area Job Fair, 12:30- 7 donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Saturday, Sept. 28 Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph. All profit, tips, donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. 4:30 p.m., River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud. 320-308-2929. 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NO REFUNDS. tfn-f Legion to host learning sessions on U.S. Constitution by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org 8 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 Hardly a day goes by that the national news does not simmer with issues relating to the U.S. Constitution, and yet polls show the av- contributed photo erage Amer- Chuck Kern, ican knows commander of next to noth- the American ing about that Legion Club in l a n d m a r k St. Joseph. document. That is why Chuck Kern of St. Joseph decided to host a three-evening seminar dedicated to learning about the Constitution. Kern, who is commander of the American Legion Club in St. Joseph, is the first to admit he himself needs to learn more about the Constitution since he hasn’t read it closely or studied it since a brief course in high school. The three-part “U.S. Constitution” seminar will take place starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. The other two sessions are also set for Tuesday evenings, also at 7 p.m. both times – Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. The courses are free, and participants will not take any tests. Everyone of any age is welcome to attend, Kern noted. At each session, participants will view a one-hour video about the history and meaning of the Constitution. After the video, people may join an informal discussion session on what they have seen. Kern said the sessions will be conducted in the spirit of a friendly, nonpartisan attitude. “As a citizen and a veteran, it interests me as to how the Constitution has evolved,” he said. “There are many various interpretations of it. Some think it’s a living, changing document, but others think it means, word for word, what it says and should not be subject to so many inter- pretations.” Kern was referring mainly to various courts throughout the nation, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices wrangle constantly with how laws do or do not meet the standards of legal constitutionality. The high court has made a series of monumental decisions in 200-plus years of American history, with the U.S. Constitution a basis for the decisions. Such decisions have far-reaching effects on all Americans. Such recent decisions involved a key part of the Affordable Health Care Act being declared constitutionally acceptable and the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act. The U.S. Constitution is the rock-bottom basis for the supreme law of the United States of America. It was created at a convention in Philadelphia by the Founding Fathers in 1787 and ratified by the states (11 states at the time) in 1788. The document spells out the separation of powers for the nation (legislative, judicial, executive). The first 10 amendments to the document are known as the Bill of Rights. Since the adoption of the Constitution, it has been amended 27 times. The sessions at the Legion, Kern noted, are meant to be a very basic introduction to the great document and serve as a springboard for discussion and further study. “We encourage everyone who has an interest to attend,” Kern said. “They can have a pop or a drink and a light snack. The videos will be shown on a bigscreen TV in our meeting room.” Kern said he is often taken aback at how the U.S. Constitution is not taught adequately in schools. “I would like to see it mandatory in all schools so students would have a quarter or even a semester dedicated to it,” he said. Kern has been commander of the American Legion in St. Joseph since July 1. He is retired from his job as a nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in St. Cloud. 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