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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, Sept. 20, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 37 Est. 1989 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. 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. 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 and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Harvest Festival draws a crowd by Cori Hilsgen 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- 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 ‘Caramel Apple Ride’ set for Oct. 5 by Dennis Dalman 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 Rolling for Lindsey’s cause on the Wobegon by Cori Hilsgen 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

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