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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, Nov. 1, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 43 Est. 1989 Town Crier Daylight savings ends 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. Snow-season parking starts Nov. 1 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. 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 and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. Winter Hazard Awareness Week set Nov. 4-8 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 and click on Criers. Minnesota youth ice-fishing season set 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 and click on Criers. 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 and click on Criers. Postal Patron Third annual citywide food drive set for Nov. 9 by Cori Hilsgen 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 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 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 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 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.

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