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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, Oct. 4, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 39 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Local legend Loso’s life, work honored in exhibit by Dennis Dalman Town Crier Scout food drive this Saturday The St Joseph Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are conducting their annual food drive. Pick up of non-perishable food items will start Saturday, Oct 5. Please place food bags on your front porch by 9 a.m. St. John’s Abbey to auction firewood St. John’s Abbey will be selling about 130 cords of hardwood firewood by sealed bid auction. The wood has already been cut and skidded into 16 different piles ranging from 5-12 cords per pile. All the piles are on accessible roads. The wood still needs to be cut into firewood lengths, split and hauled. The wood is mostly oak and maple occasionally mixed with other species. All wood is sold “as is.” Roads will be open for viewing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Bids are due by noon Monday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit and click on Crier. 4-H club hosts honeybee education “Save the Honeybee,” sponsored by the Sartell Superstars 4-H Club, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Celebration Luthern Church in Sartell. Honeybee education will be provided by The Beez Kneez organization. Topics include the following: urban and rural beekeeping, Colony Collapse Syndrome, the role of pollination on our food system, and an active beehive model and bee suits. Honey samples and honey snacks are included in admission price. Honey available for purchase. Sexual assault center to train advocates Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center is in need of advocates to provide information and guidance to sexual assault victims on the 24-hour crisis phone line, at medical facilities and law-enforcement centers. A 40-hour training is required. The next training will start on Monday, Oct. 7. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. See inside: Firefighter Salute photo by Dennis Dalman “The Loso Legacy Exhibition” features pottery and sculptures by St. Joseph native James Loso, shown above in a photo taken many years ago. The memory of James Loso – artist, potter, teacher, mentor, family man and beloved friend to many – is being honored at a special exhibit in downtown St. Joseph. “The Loso Legacy Exhibit” is on display at the Satellite Gallery. Its opening coincided with the annual Millstream Arts Festival last Sunday, an event Loso helped start many years ago. Loso died suddenly, tragically on the morning of Nov. 4, 2012 two days after his 71st birthday. His wife, Jean, is not certain of the cause of his death but believes it was either a heart attack or a stroke. The night before, he was feeling just fine. He had returned home at about 9 p.m. from the Paramount Art Studios in St. Cloud where he was doing what he loved best – teaching pottery students. It was the last night of the class, and Loso and the students had just finished mak- ing arrangements to have their pottery pieces fired at a kiln in St. Joseph. “Jim was vital right up until the end,” said Jean, his wife. “He was first and foremost a teacher. He derived a lot of energy from teaching.” Teaching, in fact, is what brought Loso and Jean Flahaven together years ago. He had been teaching art at Elk River High School since 1973. Jean, too, was a teacher there, for many years in special education and later in 10th-grade English. She hailed from South Dakota. Loso’s students relished his classes, partly because he was blessed with a wild, outrageous sense of humor and because his love for art, especially pottery, was a huge inspiration for students. Loso retired from teaching at Elk River in 2008. “He was so good at drawing the talents out of students,” Jean said. “He was not a quiet man. He was outrageous in a good way. Boisterous. A bit off Loso • page 10 395 ‘visions’ comprise massive mural by Dennis Dalman The artistic visions of 395 artists will come together in a vast mural at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Artists from throughout the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell, contributed one by one to the ambitious project. All of the creators suffer from disabilities of one sort or another, and for some of them, participation in the mural project was their first artistic endeavor. The public will have a chance to see the huge mural from now until Oct. 12 at Gallery Saint Germain, which is located right across the street from the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. The title of the exhibit is the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project.” There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 The gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Four months in the making, the mural project is sponsored by VSA Minnesota, a state organization whose mission Twelfth firing of the Johanna Kiln held by Cori Hilsgen The Johanna Kiln, which can “fire” thousands of works of pottery, was recently fired up for the 12th time in its 18-year history at St. John’s University. The kiln was designed and built by master potter and artist-in-residence Richard Bresnahan, with the assistance of apprentices and volunteers. This firing honors Sister Johanna Becker, OSB, Mary Griggs Burke and Akiko Sako, all Japanese art scholars and supporters of SJU pottery. The kiln is named after Becker, who was Bresnahan’s instructor and arranged for his apprenticeship in Japan. All three women died in different months in 2012. Kiln • page 8 is to create the conditions in which people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and have access to the arts. The state organization is affiliated with the VSA Accessibility wing of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Education Department in Washington, D.C. Each budding artist was given a 1-foot by 1-foot “tile” of masonite. The tile could be used for a painting, a drawing or a glued collage. Since June, 395 Visions • page 8 contributed photos This surrealistic collage, created on a 1-foot by 1-foot masonite tile, features a sassy Minny Mouse among all sorts of apparently incongruous images taken from magazines and glued together in an expert dreamlike logic. Sheri Pfau of Sartell used acrylic paints to do this nearly abstract rendition of a landscape in autumn beneath a glimmering, silvery sky. Pfau is one of the two master teachers who oversaw the creation of nearly 400 artworks that comprise a giant mural.

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