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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, Nov. 1, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 43 Est. 1989 Third annual citywide food drive set for Nov. 9 by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com Daylight savings time, which started in March, ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Residents should turn clocks back one hour to reflect the ending of daylight savings time. Daylight savings ends Town Crier Snow-season parking, which means no on-street overnight parking, starts Nov. 1. Violators will be ticketed by the St. Joseph Police Department and towed. Snow-season parking starts Nov. 1 Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. Winter already? Getting ready for winter doesn’t have to take a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just a few little things that can make the difference between safety and suffering: having a survival kit in the car, changing the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector, staying well-hydrated during outdoor fun. Nov. 4-8 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Winter Hazard Awareness Week set Nov. 4-8 The St. Joseph area is coming together on Saturday, Nov. 9 to help others who are needing some extra help. The third annual citywide food-shelf drive will take place from 8 a.m.-noon in front of the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf on 25 1st Ave. NW, across the street from the St. Joseph Meat Market. Food or monetary donations will be accepted. Items needed include nonperishable food items in undamaged containers, personal-care items, paper products and cleaning products. The food shelf cannot accept open packages, home-canned food or expired items. Many area organizations are involved in this drive. They photo by Cori Hilsgen Food shelf coordinator Ann Scherer arranges items at the St. include the St. Joseph Catholic Joseph Community Food Shelf. Scherer and many other people Church, Resurrection Lutherare busy preparing for the third annual citywide food drive an Church, Gateway Church, American Legion, Knights of which will be held Saturday, Nov. 9. Columbus, Lions Y2K, St. Joseph Lions, local Boy Scouts, St. John’s University, College of St. Benedict, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. John’s Abbey, Sentry Bank, Central Minnesota Credit Union, St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, St. Joseph Police Department, senior citizens, radio stations and the St. Joseph Newsleader. People making donations do not even need to get out of their cars because volunteers will be on hand to collect and unload items and will also be serving coffee, juice and donuts at the food shelf. Tom Klecker, one of many organizers of the event recently spoke at a chamber meeting about misconceptions of the poor in our society. Having grown up in an inner-city neighborhood with some residents on welfare, he can relate to a time when there were no food Food Drive • page 3 Accident in class unleashes bullies in ‘Seven Chances’ by Dennis Dalman email@example.com For the first time, young anglers will be able to participate in a statewide youth ice-fishing season complete with coaches, teams and stats. The American Angler Leagues’ model introduces fishing to boys and girls ages 5 to 17 in a structured environment similar to youth sports. Registration for the season begins Nov. 1. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Minnesota youth ice-fishing season set contributed photo Author Slee One day in class, Abby, a 15-year-old shy girl, suddenly experiences confusion and terror when she realizes her classmates are laughing and sneering bullying, Abby clams up and says nothing, even after some girls call her names, vandalize her locker and put the embarrassing photo of her menstruation accident on Facebook. One day, her father, who knows something must be wrong, takes Abby to a new-age store to let her shop. Abby par- ticipates in a tarot-card fortuneteller’s reading by a mysterious woman at the store, and the woman gives her a pouch containing seven “magic” stones. For each stone, Abby can make a wish and change something from her past. At first Abby decides to use one stone to help make a decision to take revenge on the ringleader of her tormentors. But, alas, that doesn’t turn out so well. Abby learns, through the remaining six stones, to make wiser decisions. Readers will have to find out just how surprising the ending of Seven Chances is. Bullies • page 8 Accident causes car fire, traffic light malfunction VA to host caregiver celebration A Celebration of Caregivers Event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus, 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. Attendees can learn about VA services, network with other caregivers of veterans and discover tips for self-care. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. behind her back. Stricken by humiliation, not knowing why she is so suddenly a target, she rushes from the classroom and down to a bathroom where she discovers – to her horror –that she had had an accident due to menstruation. She then realizes one of her tormentors had taken a cell-phone photo of the bloodred accident. That traumatic dawning, that cruel behavior, is the catalyst in Seven Chances, a novel for young people written by Heather Slee, a graduate of St. John’s Prep School and the College of St. Benedict. Seven Chances explores the vicious world of bullying and how a young girl using wits, courage and wise decisionmaking can endure and survive bullies. Like many victims of contributed photo On Oct. 28, St. Joseph police officers were dispatched to a motor-vehicle accident at CR 75 and 20th Avenue SE intersection near Bee Line. A 29-year-old St. Cloud male was traveling eastbound and was unable to slow or stop for the red light, stating it was due to a vehicle malfunction. The vehicle hit another vehicle, driven by an 85-year-old St. Joseph female, who was northbound and then struck the left-turn lane signal, located in the median, causing the pole to fall over and the male’ s vehicle to start on fire. Minor injuries to the male were reported, however, he refused transport by Gold Cross Ambulance. The St. Joseph Police Department was assisted by St. Joseph Fire and Rescue, Waite Park Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance. www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Thomas W. Krebsbach, 80 St. Joseph Aug. 30, 1933 - Oct. 26, 2013 Obituary St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Brian Zenzen, son of Kathy Zenzen, St. Joseph, and Ronald Zenzen, St. Cloud, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud. Zenzen will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve Thomas W. Krebsbach, 80, St. Joseph, died Oct. 26, 2013. His funeral was held Oct. 29 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joseph. The Rev. Jerome Tupa OSB, officiated. A private burial will be at a later date in the St. Joseph Parish Cemetery Columbarium. Krebsbach was born Aug. 30, 1933, in St. Cloud, to Oscar and Susan (Kuebelbeck) Krebsbach. He married Helen Pfannenstein on June 18, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Krebsbach The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation announced the awarding of $23,375 during its fall Activities Fund granting cycle. Each year, LEAF awards supplemental funding to academic, activities, arts and athletic programming. Teachers, coaches and advisers submit grant applications for special projects twice during the academic year. Grants awarded this fall included funds for diverse projects including: • Apollo High School: funding for drama, robotics, swim team timing equipment, wrestling program sub-flooring, boy’s soccer uniforms, mentor musician for the fall musical, and an AV screen for the gym. • District-wide: funding for disadvantaged youth participation • Kennedy Elementary: busing to orchestra concerts and tickets. • North Middle School: afterschool arts program In addition to the Fall Activities Grant Cycle, the LEAF Learning Renaissance Fundraiser held on Oct. 13 at Café Renaissance Marco Inc. has been selected to receive the 2013 LEAF Charitable Giving Award from the Local Education and Activities Foundation for St. Cloud School District 742. The award will be presented at the LEAF Appreciation and Awards Reception at Apollo High School on Nov. 30. The award recognizes the significant contributions Marco has made to the LEAF Mission during many years of support of the LEAF Night of the Stars fundraiser for student activities and was a graduate of Cathedral High School and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended St. John’s University before signing a contract with the New York Yankees. Krebsbach played second base with the Joplin Miners from 195355. He served in the U.S. Army, spending most of his time based in Germany. Krebsbach co-owned and operated Krebsbach Chevrolet with his brothers Ray and John. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the American Legion Post 328 and the Albany Golf Club. Krebsbach is survived by his wife Helen, brother John (Marie), sister-in-law Mary Ann Krebsbach, and three generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ted and Ray and sister Mary Horsch. on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve. He will attend an officer basic course relating to his particular military occupational specialty/job. Afterward, he will complete advanced training by attending basic-officer-leadership courses for career-progression purposes. The ROTC curriculum prepares students with the tools, training and experiences to help cadets People Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 succeed as effective leaders in any competitive environment. Army officers serve as leaders, counselors, strategists and motivators who lead other soldiers in all situations occurring in ever-changing environments. As trained problemsolvers, key influencers and planners, they are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission. Blotter 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. Sept. 23 8:55 p.m. Gunshot. Second Avenue SE. Report of gunshot. Officer drove streets, parking lot and park around complainant’s address and found nothing suspicious. Talked to complainant and he stated it sounded like there was possibly more than one person. He was advised to call if he hears the noise again. Sept. 25 11:30 a.m. Barking dog. Able Street E. Upon officer’s arrival, dog was not barking. A short time after being there, a black lab began barking in the backyard. Officer contacted owner and advised him of the nuisance. He came home to fix the problem. 4:58 p.m. Suspicious activity. Gumtree Street E. Two large holes were dug in the sand on the volleyball court. Nobody was around the court at the time of officer’s arrival. Officer drove around the park and didn’t see anything suspicious. Sept. 26 3:18 p.m. Animal bite. Graceview Loop. Complainant called to report his son was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. He stated the bite broke skin but didn’t require medical attention. Officer spoke to the dog owner, who observed the bite. She stated she was letting one dog out when the boy was biking by and her other dog got out of the patio door and ran after the boy and bit his leg. She supplied the officer with current rabies vaccination forms. Potentially dangerous dog papers were issued to the dog owner at the police station. Sept. 28 12:00 a.m. Assist person. Minnesota Street W. Bouncer took complainant’s ID believing it to be fake. Officer verified the ID as valid and returned it to complainant. 1:42 a.m. Medical. Minnesota Street W. Party bus dropped off female at Sal’s Bar. Officer did not locate caller before bus left. Assisted female off the bus and into Gold Cross ambulance. Registered breathalyzer of .351. Transported to St. Cloud Hospital. 10:27 a.m. Property damage accident. College Avenue N/Elm Street W. Vehicle 1 was east bound on Elm Street and stated she was lost. She went through the stop sign and hit vehicle 2 which was northbound on College Avenue. 8:39 p.m. Flee on foot/narcotic possession. Second Avenue NW. Suspect was with a group of individuals that were walking east on Minnesota Street W. Some of the individuals had beer cans in their hands. Suspect took off on foot and was apprehended in Memorial Park. He was arrested and transported to the Stearns County Jail. Located pills on individual’s person at the jail. 10:18 p.m. Open container. Birch Street W./Old Hwy. 52. Officer observed female carrying a bottle of Sparkling Ice-Kiwi Strawberry as she was crossing Birch Street W. and heading up Old Hwy. 52. When she saw officers she attempted to hide the bottle from view. She was stopped and identified by her Wisconsin driver’s license. She admitted she had vodka mixed in with the Sparkling Ice. Citation was issued for open container and Sparkling Ice bottle was sealed and placed into evidence. 10:17 p.m. Underage consumption. Fourth Avenue NW/Birch Street W. While on bike patrol, officers observed three individuals in the area of the skateboard park. Officers saw the individuals stop under a street light and go into each other’s backpacks and get out cans. Once the individuals began drinking from them, the officers rolled up and investigated. All three had open containers of alcohol. One was identified by his North Dakota driver’s license and was determined to be underage and was issued a citation. 11:07 p.m. Urination. Second Avenue NW. While on bike patrol, officers observed an individual urinating in Memorial Park. He was identified by his Minnesota driver’s license and issued a citation for public urination. Sept. 29 12:01 a.m. Tamper with vehicle. Old Hwy, 52/Cypress Drive. Officer observed three male individuals attempting to break into a car on Old Hwy. 52 parked at the Projects. Officer stopped and detained the individuals. Smelled odor of alcohol and issued a breathalyzer test to all three. One had a reading of .074. Individuals stated car was their friend’s who went to jail earlier in the evening and they needed to get the keys out of the vehicle. Could not verify their story at that time. Issued citations to all for tampering with motor vehicle. 12:10 a.m. Flee on foot/underage consumption. Ash Street W./Second Avenue NW. While on patrol on Old Hwy. 52, a group of people yelled obscenities at the officers. Officers stopped to talk to them and three males took off running on foot. Officer yelled “police stop” and they continued to run. Officers stopped two of the three at Second Avenue NW and Ash Street W. They were identified by their driver’s licenses. Both males were intoxicated. Citations were issued for underage consumption and fleeing on foot. 11:03 a.m. Medical. Elm Street W. Officer responded to find female in bed semi-unresponsive. Gave oxygen and gathered medical info prior to St. Joseph Fire Department and Gold Cross ambulance arrival. Transported by Gold Cross to hospital. 7:59 p.m. Verbal. Able Street E. Verbal dispute between male and female. He was told to leave as he was unwanted and not to return. Officer stood by until he left. He was very uncooperative with officers. LEAF announces a total of $39,251 in fall 2013 grants awards in Waite Park raised $15,876 that was, as promoted, divided between the following: 1. District 742 One District/ One Book Initiative 2. Ninth-graders and the Community Read: “To Kill a Mockingbird” production tickets and transportation 3. Robotics program supplies and equipment About LEAF The District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation was founded in 1993 as a fully independent, non-profit organization for the purpose of promoting and enhancing school-based, extra-curricular activities and academic opportunities in District 742 public schools. LEAF’s endowment fund provides supplemental funding for academic, activities, arts and athletic programming in the district’s schools. Since 1996 LEAF has been able to contribute $900,029 to projects in District 742. Check out the LEAF Grant History at www.leaf742.org. People the LEAF Learning Renaissance fundraiser for academic programming. Marco has been a member of the Minnesota Keystone Program since 1981, donating at least five percent of its annual profits to the communities they serve. Marco also takes its community involvement to the next level through sponsoring community events, participating in fundraising and encouraging employees to serve on boards for non-profits on company time. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ST. JOSEPH NEWSLEADER, P.O. Box 324, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Food Drive from front page shelves. Klecker said the idea of the poor being a set group of people is a myth. He said when talking about the poor and the rich, we should talk about a dynamic population as opposed to a static population. People move up and down. When retirees are no longer generating income, they start liquidating their assets so they start moving down and other people start moving up. There is fluidness between the levels of income. Based on a number of older studies, only about 5-6 percent of those defined in the lowest level of poverty stay there. Within seven years, many people who are in the lowest level move up to the highest level. Klecker reflected on a time when he served on the Stearns County Corrections Board and spoke about the connection of poverty to criminality. One of the judges on the board told him he himself had at one time lived in one of the poorest areas Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com of Minneapolis. This man had moved out of that income level to the income level of a judge. Klecker said a vast majority of the people who are in poverty move up and out. He said it’s harder with the recession for some people to find better-paying jobs and there is a greater separation between the wealthy and the poor because of the type of jobs available. There no longer is as much of a need for skilled laborers like there had been in the past, and there is more of a disparity between the skills that are needed as opposed to the work force that is available. We are more of a service economy now as opposed to a manufacturing economy. Klecker is the oldest of six children. For a short while he worked to help support his family. Many of his family have had prestigious positions including vice president of a bank and also the principal owner and architect of a large architectural firm. He said this is an example of how people can rise to higher-paying positions. He went on to say there is a difference between the possibility and the probability of being destitute. Sometimes people remain poor because of choices they make instead of missed opportunities. Some people do not always have experience to know how to anticipate consequences and to defer instant gratification. Klecker shared some points from the U.S. Census Bureau research on ways parents can reduce the chance of their children being raised in poverty to 1 percent or less. He included these four points: 1. Graduate from high school (no GED); 2. Stay at one job full- or part-time for one year; 3. Don’t have your babies until you are married; and 4. Get married and stay married. He said he did not want people to stay in abusive relationships but added a family of four’s disposable income drops by 30 percent when a couple divorces. “We have to look out for those people who do not have the capacity, motivation or who opportunities are not there for,” Klecker said. “By the same token, it needs to be understood there is a sense of dynamic fluidness. It is so easy to stereotype people.” Klecker said sometimes all it requires is a little bit of help for people to move out of poverty. The food shelf can help to ensure a person has enough nutritional intake at the end of the month when funds are running short. He said two years ago when they did the food-shelf drive, a man stopped at the food shelf and unloaded a carload of canned goods and other groceries. The man said he previously had needed to use the food shelf, but now had a good-paying job. The man said his bills 3 were paid and his stress level was at a point he didn’t have to worry about those things. He wanted to give back something to those who had provided for him at a time when he really needed it. “That’s what I think community is about,” Klecker said. “The food shelf is a good example of how the community really comes together to help people.” Klecker and his wife, Meg, have lived in the St. Joseph area for 34 years. He is a retired clinical social worker/psychologist. Meg is a retired teacher. They have two children and six grandchildren. Earn up to $10/hour! Full- and part-time positions in a variety of work settings. • Customer Engagement Reps • Production at QUAD Graphics Gather pets for ‘Santa Paws’ portraits Once again, it’s time to gather precious pets together for a trip to the Tri-County Humane Society to get festive family portraits taken for the holiday season. The 28th annual “Santa Paws” holiday portrait sessions will take place Nov. 22-24. It’s one of the society’s main yearly fundraisers, with 100 percent of all proceeds going to help fund its volunteer needs. For $35, people will get five professional, high-resolution digital photos on one CD. The photos can be edited at home and emailed to friends or family, or they can be made into greeting cards. The photos can be taken with people and/or pets, with or without Santa. Large groups can also be accommodated. The set design for the portraits is of a vintage living-room scene with deep reds, greens and browns. All photos are taken at the Tri-County Humane Society at 735 8th St. NE, St. Cloud. Professional photographers donate time and talents to take the photos. They are Lisa Crayford and Brian Leither of Country Gallery Photography and Sue Dropp of Dropp’s Unique Portrait Design. The Camera Shop also donated CDs for the digital proofs and offers a 20-percent discount on Santa Paws holiday cards. It’s best to make a Santa Paws portrait appointment as early as possible. Call 320-2520896. Are you energetic with a positive attitude? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a senior? Home Instead Senior Care is looking for experienced Caregivers in St Cloud and surrounding areas including Sartell and St. Joseph. We have a variety of shifts available. Must be experienced with Senior Care. • All departments and shifts! Immediate openings! Walk-in Wednesdays! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 4150 2nd St. S., Ste. 425, St. Cloud OR Call today for an interview! 320-253-7430 Writing workshop Nov. 4 with Bill Meissner A Writing Workshop for adults will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. Bill Meissner, author and director of the creative writing program at St. Cloud State University, will facilitate the first hour, reading from his work and answering questions about writing. During the second hour, participants will share their writing and talk with fellow writers about the writing process. The attendance limit is 12 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359. Nov. 28! 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Spring East Coast Tour-DC...........................March 24-April 1 Washington, DC & NYCity Tour.................March 28-April 7 CSB celebrates Food Day 4 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 photos by Cori Hilsgen CSB nutrition student Molly Johnson (left) and Common Ground Garden manager Kate Ritger discuss the garden at Food Day. by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org Have you ever tried dried mangos or couscous salad with cranberries? Those were some of the foods visitors were able to sample Oct. 24 at the College of St. Benedict Food Day. CSB joined with hundreds of other college campuses to celebrate Food Day. More than 4,500 events in all 50 states were planned for the day. Food Day is a nationwide effort to promote healthy, affordable and sustainably produced foods and a grassroots campaign for improved food policies. It was launched in 2011 by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Various tables were set up in the Gorecki Center Fireside lounge, including the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, Common Ground Garden, CSB/SJU Nutrition Club, CSB/ SJU Sustainability Alliance and Minnesota Street Market. Common Ground Garden manager Kate Ritger and CSB senior nutrition student Molly Johnson spoke to visitors at their tables about the garden. This is Ritger’s third season with the garden. She talked about the community supported agriculture program, which directly links farmers and consumers, and how a family-of-four membership can purchase 18 weeks of fresh produce for $450. Single people can purchase a half share for $270. Chanti Calabria and Ellyn Holliday shared information at their table about the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. This project connects peo- Nutrition Club treasurer Melissa Bradley dishes out a couscous and cranberry salad Myra Schrup (left) and Mary Johnson discuss the Minnesota to Food Day visitors. Street Market with SJU physics major Stephen Katz. ple with land and provides the supplies and knowledge to grow healthy, chemical-free foods. Myra Schrup and Mary Johnson offered dried mangos at the Minnesota Street Market table. They introduced visitors to the market and discussed investing in the co-op. The co-op supports local farmers and artisans, keeping money local. A lifetime membership can be purchased for $100 and students can purchase an annual membership for $20. Andee Holdener introduced Community Kitchen, a new initiative to deliver CSB’s unused food to needy families. She discussed the pilot program serving food twice each week at local events. CSB/SJU Nutrition Club treasurer Melissa Bradley was busy passing out samples of couscous salad with cranberries. Visitors commented on how “tasty” the salad was. Also planned was a food documentary, “A Place at the Table,” for visitors to view. CSB/SJU associate economics professor Parker Wheatley was scheduled to present “Playing with Food Policy and Politics of the U.S. Food and Nutrition Programs.” Wheatley’s research includes household decision and consumption among low-income areas and the study of the structure, pricing and location of financial institutions that service low-income areas. Food Day organizers aim to help people eat “real” by cutting back on overly salted packaged foods, sugary drinks and fatty, factory-farmed meats. It encourages eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and sustainably-raised protein. A dream of Food Day organizers is to see more crowds at area farmers markets and co-ops and less at fast-food restaurants. Today’s average American diets greatly contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other health issues. Organizers hope to change that. Food Day organizers list the following as their priorities: promote safer, healthier diets; support sustainable and organic farms; reduce hunger; reform factory farms to protect the environment and farm animals; and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers. Food Day has organized a school initiative called “Get Food Education in Every School.” One-third of United States children are overweight. Because of obesity-related diseases, today’s students are predicted to be the first generation to die at a younger age than their parents. Food education in every school aims to make children aware by incorporating hands-on cooking and food skills in the schools. It tries to give children the chance to learn about food and nutrition and the results of food waste. Promoters believe children who learn about food and nutrition will eat more fruits and vegetables and will appreciate a variety of healthier foods. By learning about food waste, less children will be hungry. Currently, 17 million United States children are hungry. Resurrection Lutheran Church’s LARGEST All-Time Indoor Garage Huge selection from household to furniture and everything in between. Fall Garage Sale / Bake Sale / Craft Sale Friday, Nov. 15 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 8 a.m.-noon ! Baby Bounce set Nov. 5 Family Owned and Operated Hearing Center • Free Hearing Screenings • Hearing Aid Sales & Service • Clean & Check All Hearing Aid Brands 320-258-4494 or 1-888-407-4327 161 19th St. S. • Ste. 111 • Sartell www.accuratehearingservices.com 610 N. Co. Rd. 2 • St. Joseph Winter Market Fridays 3-6 p.m. Nov. 8 & 22 Dec. 6 & 20 Jan. 17 Feb. 21 March 14 April 11 Infants up to 18 months old are invited to a Baby Bounce program from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. Caregivers and infants will enjoy short stories, action rhymes, songs and play time together. The attendance limit is 12 pairs and registration is required. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359. Growing cabinet shop in St. Joseph is looking for an HELP WANTED experienced Cabinet /Drafter Programmer • Competitive pay • Vacation • PTO • Stable and great work environment Produce from storage • Meat, eggs • Artisan breads & baked goods • Syrup, honey, candies, caramel corn • Sunflower oil, mushrooms, wild rice • Herbal tea, dried herbs & spices, preserved goods • Pottery Fellowship Hall • 610 N. Co. Rd. 2, St. Joseph Resurrection Lutheran Church Please apply on our website at www.acabcustom.com or stop in and fill out an application. 30701 Pearl Dr. #3 St. Joseph www.stjosephfarmersmarket.com Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Allard teaches ASA students ‘Yoga Calm’ wellness by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 5 Students at All Saints Academy are using ‘Yoga Calm’ relaxation and self-control techniques to calm themselves and to reduce testing anxiety and stress. They are learning about self-discipline, respect and patience. Marcia Allard teaches Yoga Calm classes to students at ASA. Allard started practicing yoga five years ago after hearing about and attending the first in a series of three weekend classes – ‘Yoga Calm Wellness I.’ She soon realized how beneficial it could be for children. Yoga Calm uses a combination of basic breathing techniques, yoga poses and games to teach body awareness, self-regulation and social/emotional skills. It’s based on five wellness principles – strength, listening, stillness, grounding and community. Several school districts in Minnesota, including the Minneapolis public schools, are incorporating Yoga Calm into their curriculum. Teachers, counselors and therapists are finding success with yoga to help students focus better in the classroom, manage emotions and behavior, and cope with stress. When Allard first began volunteering to teach the classes, all three of her children were students at ASA. She offered the class as a fun activity for Catholic Schools Week in January 2011. It wasn’t long before Allard was teaching each class for 30 minutes every other week. In 2012, Allard began teaching a class once each week for all grade levels, preschool through sixth grade. She also completed the requirements to be a Yoga Calm certified teacher. This year, she has been providing weekly, 20-30 minute sessions for each grade level at ASA. The time allotted depends on the grade level and the teacher’s scheduling preference. Currently, Allard has a shoulder injury and is unable to demonstrate some of the yoga poses. She has been instructing only second-grade and older students. “The younger ones don’t know the poses as well and tend to copy whatever I do,” Allard said. “The older students, however, know the poses and with a little extra prompting, can do the yoga even when I’m not doing it.” Allard hopes to resume teaching kindergarten and first grade again in November. She teaches classes one day each week, both morning and afternoon. ASA teachers appreciate Allard’s time and the principles the children are learning. Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack said she makes use of the Yoga Calm teachings all day long. She said she can see the benefits of students knowing they have the discipline to calm themselves, especially for testing and after physical education. Students who are restless are able to use the breathing and relaxation techniques. “As a staff, we are so grateful Marcia gives of her time to do this,” Pundsack said. Music teacher Mary Schumann said the classes teach self-discipline and self-control which can be helpful in students’ daily lives. Allard’s yoga sessions begin with a student leader striking a chime to get everyone’s attention, followed by simple breathing exercises to calm and bring attention inward, a brief warmup, active yoga poses and/or games and ending with at least one relaxing pose followed by a short period of relaxation. “Because children aren’t used to lying still with nothing to do, I often talk them through a short story or meditation as they relax,” she said. This year Allard is incorporating a student playing a drum beat during the active segments instead of background music. “The drum beat really seems photos by Cori Hilsgen Marcia Allard poses with ASA second-grade students during a recent Yoga Calm session. positive warrior qualities. Allard said it’s a year-long learning process. “Of course, I will use these methods and others with girls as well, but I’m happy to have methods created specifically for boys,” Allard said. ASA students are enjoying the calming classes. Secondgrade students Joe Hess, Hannah Fremo, Kylie Smith and Mary Clare, all 7, recently commented during a yoga session. “It helps you get the anger out of you and calm down,” Hess said. “It helps your muscles.” “It helps you get relaxed, feels good on your body and it’s good for you,” Fremo said. “It’s sometimes fun,” Smith said. “It just feels relaxing when you do it,” Clare said. Allard said she feels she is fortunate to have begun her career in wellness as a volunteer so she has been able to start gradually and prioritize her family as she needed to. “In the future I see myself continuing to teach Yoga Calm and helping schools and kids’ clubs set up their own wellness programs,” Allard said. “This could include topics such as nutrition, experiencing the outdoors and nature, and environmental education. I hope healthy communities will be our reward for teaching our children to be physically, emotionally and socially competent.” Allard has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and also in biology and French. She previously worked in nursing and has been a full-time mother for the past 15 years. Allard is married to Chad Kissela and has three children: Lauren, 15, Joel, 13, and Claire, 11. This is Allard’s last year as an ASA parent, but it might not be her last year of teaching yoga at the school. “Wouldn’t it be grand if our well-balanced children could, in the future, contribute to healthy political systems where people on opposing sides could respectfully disagree and find middle ground with practical solutions to problems,” Allard said. Second-grade student Joe Hess, 7, strikes a yoga pose. to help them stay on task as we move from one pose to the next and hold each pose for a few beats,” Allard said. She has also started, this year, to separate boys and girls in fifth and sixth grade after participating in a Yoga Calm class called “Boys, Coyotes and Other Wild Creatures.” Allard said the extra focus on boys was inspired by statistics that show much higher rates for boys of discipline referrals, suspensions and special-education needs. “At the class, I picked up new ideas for working with boys’ natural tendency to be active,” she said. Allard works with a warrior archetype because she feels it aligns with boys’ natural love of competition, intense physical activity and weapons. She likes to include modern warrior stories and characters from movies such as “Star Wars,” and other super heroes and ninjas. With this archetype, Allard teaches boys that warriors are protectors and not aggressors. She teaches besides being strong and courageous, warriors also need to exhibit self-discipline, self-control, respect and patience. 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The law is supposed to prevent voting fraud, even though there has been only one – repeat, ONE – conviction of someone impersonating another voter since 2000 in that state. Judge Sandra Watts was flagged because the law requires the names on drivers’ licenses or other photo IDs match the names on voter-registration forms. On her license, Watts had long used her maiden name as her middle married name, Sandra Lee Watts. Her voter-registration name for decades had been Sandra Lee. Ironically, a 1964 Texas law requires women to use their maiden names on their drivers’ licenses. Watts was allowed to vote after signing an affidavit stating that she was really she. An election judge decides in each case if the “match” between names is good enough. If there is doubt, the person can still cast a vote (provisional ballot), which won’t be counted unless the person returns within six days with proof that the two names signify the same person. This onerous law will mainly affect women because of name changes due to marriage or divorce. Such hurdles strike directly at the core of democracy – the right of every citizen to vote without undue interference, the right of all people to freely and fairly choose a destiny. About 1.4 million Texans will be affected. The state has promised to provide – free – the matching photo IDs needed. So far, 50 IDs have been With a sudden nippy chill in the air and the sun sinking faster, we all know what we’re in store for – brrr! – another long winter. That nip in the air, however, is nature’s way of reminding us to get prepared. Any long-time Minnesotan knows – or ought to know – fall is the best time to get ready for the long, cold season. Once the bitter cold sets in, it becomes much harder to make preparations and to fix things. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure. Perhaps the most important winter-readiness procedure is to make sure to get a complete all-systems check and tune-up for vehicles. There aren’t many things worse than getting stuck in the middle of nowhere during arctic weather with a brokendown car. Preventive maintenance for vehicles is essential for a safe, hassle-free winter. Another vehicle-related form of preparedness is to make (or re-stock) a car-emergency kit. A plastic tote or coffee can should be filled with such items as a flare, matches, candles, quarters for phone calls and a bright-red thin banner to attach to a car antenna. Several heavy-duty blankets should be packed in the trunk to stay warm with until help arrives. Other preventive maintenance involves the home: Now is a good time to check the roof for any leaks, which can wreak havoc just when snow and ice prevent fixing them. Unrepaired leaks can seriously damage ceilings and walls come spring. Make sure all water pipes in the home are warm enough or insulated to prevent freeze-ups that can cause pipes to burst and a big expensive headache of a mess. That is especially true of mobile-home residents. They should double-check heating tape around pipes is working and the undersides of their homes are either insulated or the trailer skirting is intact. Heating systems, such as stoves and furnaces, should be double-checked to be sure they are in working order and free of hazards. Chimneys can be especially hazardous if they have creosote build-ups inside them. Be sure to check all smoke alarms and carbonmonoxide detectors. Even if the battery detectors aren’t bleeping their warnings, it’s best to buy all new batteries to be sure they will last through the winter. Fires and monoxide-poisoning cases tend to increase in the winter months, and so – of course – it’s crucially important to be prepared. And speaking of fire, all families should plan and rehearse a fire drill this time of year, making sure everyone understands in case of a fire, they should evacuate the house immediately and go to a place in the yard or at a neighbor’s where all can meet and be accounted for. Finally, for comfort as well as savings, be sure all windows and doors in a house or apartment are checked for air leaks. Even the smallest air leak can add a hefty amount to heating costs. Inspect all places in a residence where cold air can get in or warm air can get out, and then use weather stripping or caulking to seal them. To many people, winter is a long, cold, miserable season. Diligently completing the preventive measures listed above can make it much, much less miserable. Dennis Dalman Editor issued. What a grim joke. Why care about Texas? Because similar efforts have been happening across the nation, especially during the last presidential election. Suppression is now on a drastic increase since the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year tossed out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That act was passed to protect the voting rights of blacks, who had been the victims of vicious votersuppression in the Jim Crow South through poll taxes and literacy tests – not to mention violence and threats of violence. One provision of the act was to require federal pre-approval any time a jurisdiction wanted to change its voting requirements. In its recent decision, the court majority claimed the provision isn’t needed anymore because voting access has improved so much for all citizens. Another grim joke. Those court justices obviously weren’t paying attention to the “real” world and the suppression schemes hatched during the last presidential election – against not just blacks but the old, the poor and the young. Their decision now gives aid-and-comfort to any suppression law that comes along. What’s worse, that decision came in the wake of another bad-news judgment – the “Citizens United” case that gave the green light to a spending orgy of corporate money to influence election outcomes. Witness the notorious Koch Brothers. Big money and votersuppression go hand in hand, like kissin’ cousins. Suppression efforts, in states far and wide, include the following: limiting or getting rid of early-voting days; shutting down Sunday voting options, especially in some areas where black Americans traditionally vote after church services, sometimes in car-pooling caravans; putting the crimps on college students voting in the cities where they attend schools; all types of convoluted photoID requirements that adversely affect ethnic minorities, the poor, senior citizens and younger people. What’s so devious about these newfangled laws is their advocates make them sound so “reasonable.” What’s wrong, they ask, with requiring every voter to prove identity at polling places? The answer is these new laws are “solutions” in search of a problem. Widespread reports show cases of voter impersonation are virtually nonexistent. Phony concerns about voter fraud are nothing but excuses to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for so many of our fellow Americans to cast hasslefree votes. Voter-suppression undermines our democracy in two ways – by making voting needlessly difficult for many and thus poisoning people’s trust in electoral outcomes. That’s the last thing this country needs right now – more poisoning of the wells. We must pay close attention to these suppression schemes and demand they be stopped wherever they occur. Our precious democracy is at stake. What 11-year-old boys are made of As I walked our dog the evening of Oct. 22, I noticed all the outside lampposts and house lights that had been turned on in our neighborhood as a show of support for Jacob Wetterling and all missing children. I said a short prayer for them and their families while making a mental note that my 11-yearold son is the same age Jacob was when he was abducted 24 years ago. I never dreamed I’d be the mother of a boy because both of our children joined us through adoption from India and there’s a misperception that mostly female children are given up for adoption in developing countries. Our 19-year-old daughter was 8 when her brother entered the scene. And I can say now, all of us, including my husband, were not prepared for the whirlwind that lay ahead. From the day he arrived in Minnesota as a rambunctious 17-month-old who hit the tarmac running, I’ve always said my son is all boy – a rough and tumble, guts and glory, devil-may-care boy, through and through. This little boy, who’s so close to becoming a young man now, is definitely made of frogs and snails and puppy-dog tails. From playing neighborhood football and baseball from dawn to dusk, when not in school; to water-balloon and snowball fights; to chasing toads, bats and fireflies in the dark; to a fast-paced game of “Horse” or “Pig” at the basketball hoop in our driveway, my son’s boundless energy, natural curiosity and enthusiasm of the great outdoors is contagious. I marvel at teachers, who know boys Janelle Von Pinnon Publisher this age are a challenge because most won’t sit still and conform to the rules, and yet those dedicated teachers are still willing to help mold them while nourishing that love of life. Leonardo da Vinci once claimed the secret to happiness is curiosity; boys, especially pre-teens, have it in spades. My son’s physical appearance is definitely changing too – from the lowering of his voice and the first signs of a light mustache on his upper lip to his growth spurt this summer when it seemed he grew three inches and three shoe sizes overnight. The other day, he said to us casually over breakfast, “Am I getting puberty?” We laughed but reassured him “yes, but everyone goes through this when they are your age.” Still, the kitchen – and our pocketbook – have taken a beating because the refrigerator and cupboards are forever being opened and raided by him and his friends. His sister, like PigPen in the Peanuts comic strip, says “When is he going to start liking girls so he showers more often and doesn’t just swim in cologne to try to cover up his BO?” But there is a sweeter side to these pre-teens too – sitting on grandpa’s lap reading the Sunday comics together, sharing corny jokes or sports statistics of his favorite teams with dad, just 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 beginning to understand his sister’s dry sense of humor AND now being able to conjure a quick-witted retort. And though he’d never let mom hug, or (heaven forbid!) kiss him in public, he still likes to cuddle and read a good book or enjoy those hugs and kisses while at home. “Jacob was only 11 when he disappeared,” says a blog on the Lighting Their Way Home website. “His mother Patty recalls, ‘He was young and sweet and still liked to be hugged. His voice hadn’t changed. He had a girlfriend. He was almost my height.’ The blog continues, “His family fondly reflects on just how incredible this young man truly was. They share that Jacob could be stubborn, and when he made up his mind, there was no negotiating with him. His mother now believes that stubborn streak just might have worked in Jacob’s favor. It’s amazing what an 11-year-old can do when they make up their minds. They are still too young to worry about what every person on the face of this earth will think about what they do, and yet old enough, smart enough and mature enough to pursue their passions endlessly. “ Jacob’s abduction devastated a family and an entire community. Speaking on behalf of all mothers and fathers, we miss you Jacob – your wit, your laughter, your innocence. And we’ll do the only thing we can in such horrible circumstances. We’ll hope – and we’ll keep the light on. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Friday, Nov. 1 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., variety of items made by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. Post-Polio Support and Education Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Independent Living Center, 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids. Saturday, Nov. 2 Men’s Sexual Assault Support Group, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Dr, NE, St. Cloud. Call 320-251-4357 to sign up, www.cmsac.org. Eagles’ Auxiliary Craft Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Eagles Club, 41st and 8th St. N., St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com St. Cloud. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, variety of items made by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 Second St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Monday, Nov. 4 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Tuesday, Nov. 5 “Iran and the Greater Middle East,” Tuesday Humanities, 9:3011:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. Community Calendar Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Friends of Sartell Library meeting, 7 p.m., informal meeting for Sartell residents to discuss starting library services in Sartell, City Hall. 7 Saturday, Nov. 9 St. Joseph citywide food shelf drive, 8 a.m.-noon, drop off at front of food shelf location (across from St. Joseph Meat Market). Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., artisans, crafts, bake sale, St. Paul’s Parish Center, 1125 11th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-251-4831. Retro trail run/walk, 10:15 a.m. 1.5-mile run/walk for kids and adults, 11 a.m. 5-mile run/2.5-mile walk for kids and adults, Warner Lake County Park, 1485 CR 143, Clearwater. Sunday, Nov. 10 “Night of Broken Glass” 3 p.m. commemorates in music and images the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a coordinated series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. Free and open to the public. James W. Miller Center second floor reading court, St. Cloud State University. 320-308-3223. Wednesday, Nov. 6 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. John’s University Great Hall, Abbey Road in Collegeville, 1-800-7332767. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964. St. Joseph Area Historical Society, 7 p.m., Old City Hall, St. Joseph. www.stjosephhistoricalmn.org. Thursday, Nov. 7 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ras- mussen College, 226 Park Ave. S., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “Living our Legacy,” Thursday Humanities, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Gilleland Chevrolet, 3019 Division St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201. Friday, Nov. 8 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. MISCELLANEOUS STRUGGLING WITH YOUR MORTGAGE and worried about foreclosure? Reduce your mortgage and save money. Legal Loan Modification Services. Free consultation. Call Preferred Law 1-800-952-5147. (MFPA) REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL! 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One of the themes of the 146-page novel is young people must learn to be true to themselves and do the right thing, even when making the right decisions must be achieved under adverse conditions. Slee said her novel was inspired by a female relative of hers who had been teased and bullied in school. The cruelties made the young woman so self-conscious and guarded it took her years to learn to accept herself again and to re-establish any kind of self-confidence. Some of Abby’s personality traits are similar to Slee’s. Both love animals and both volunteer at local humane societies. Born in Willmar, raised in Atwater, Slee earned a bachelor-of-arts degree in English from CSB, then earned a master’s degree, also in English, from St. Cloud State University. She also studied art. Now a Waite Park resident, Slee works for the Little Fallsbased Atomic Learning and teaches teachers how to incorporate technology into the classroom. Her husband, Ryan, is an electrician for Al’s Electric in St. Cloud. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Nora. Slee wrote her novel, on computer, mostly during lunch breaks at work or after putting her daughter to bed. “I kind of winged it,” she said. “It started with the embarrassing incident (menstruation accident). I’d asked women I know what would be the absolutely most humiliating incident they could think of to happen in school, and that was the incident almost all of them mentioned.” Slee worked hard on her novel, rewriting much of it until she felt it was just right. Seven Chances is available at North Star Press of St. Cloud, which is its publisher; and also 8 St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com at Barnes and Noble and amazon.com. The following are excerpts from the embarrassment scene in the opening pages of Seven Chances: “Oh my God!” I was jolted back from a daydream from a loud whisper followed by a stifled giggle. Then another whisper: “Shh! Tell Brittney.” “Brittney!” a hushed voice called. Snickers followed. I started to feel hot but I kept telling myself that they were probably laughing at someone else. Why would they bother with me? Did they even know my name? “Oh my God!” Another quiet burst, followed by even quieter laughter. I tried to focus on Ms. Brown’s writing on the board. Just ignore them, I told myself. Someone probably has a bit of paper in their hair or something stupid. Maybe I have paper in my hair. Big deal. Now I heard shuffling behind me, like people turning around, someone slowly unzipping a backpack. More whispers. I was frozen – I couldn’t turn around and look or ask what was so funny. I just sat with my eyes forward, my face getting hotter and hotter. It couldn’t be about me, could it? Soon it almost sounded like a huge crowd at a stadium, even though in reality it was just whispers. But the sound was deafening. It seemed as if the whole class was in on something. The whole class but me. I started to sweat and sunk my thumbnail into the eraser on my pencil repeatedly. Then I heard it. The fake shutter click sound from a phone’s camera . . . Finally, Ms. Brown noticed the uproar. Or at least she couldn’t pretend to ignore it anymore. She turned around, looking irritated . . . Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peanut pumpkin on display contributed photo The cover of Heather Slee’s novel shows its main character, Abby, examining a bag of stones her father had bought for her. The stones figure prominently into the story of Abby, a shy girl who is mercilessly bullied by classmates. photo by Cori Hilsgen This peanut pumpkin is on display at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph. Peanut pumpkins are heirloom pumpkins covered with bumps that look like peanut shells, which are formed by sugars in the skin. ASA students attend BizTown contributed photos Above, left, parent volunteer Molly Posch (far left) assists students (left to right) Owen Miller and Joe Loso as Naveah Bonacci and Leighton Hackett begin working their jobs in the Cafe. Above right, Lucy Hawkins (front) checks orders as Eli Ebel enters finance information on a computer. by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com All Saints Academy students from the St. Joseph and St. Cloud campuses recently attended BizTown in Maple- wood. Fifth- and sixth-grade students prepared for the visit for several weeks in their classrooms before attending and applying facts and information they had learned about running their own busi- nesses. BizTown is sponsored by Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization that uses hands-on learning for students to gain real world experiences.