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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. 2, 2012 Volume 23, Issue 43 Est. 1989 Moose on the loose in St. Stephen Town Crier by Dennis Dalman Daylight savings ends When Don Smoley came running up at noon to Randy Asseln’s house – as if the house was on fire – Asseln knew something was up. “Quick! Grab your camera,” Smoley shouted. “You’ve got to get over to Larry Omann’s farm a mile west of town. There’s a moose in his cornfield.” It didn’t take long for Asseln, a passionate photographer, to grab his camera gear. Just minutes later, at the cornfield, sure enough, there was a moose, but all Asseln could see is a pair of ears sticking up from the corn tops. There were a few other people at the cornfield on a “moose watch.” Smoley made moose-call sounds, but the creature didn’t heed them. The animal, perhaps spooked, would not come out of the field. That early afternoon, Smoley and Asseln decided to leave and come back about an hour before sundown. Then they waited about a half an hour, Smoley on one end of the field, Asseln on the other. Smoley was again making moose calls. The moose Daylight savings time, which started in March, ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Residents should turn clocks back one hour to reflect the ending of daylight savings time. Winter parking rules are in effect Winter parking rules are in effect in St. Joseph. Rules kicked in Nov. 1. Parking on any city street is prohibited between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m. The winter parking rules are in effect until April 1. If residents have questions about the parking rules, they can call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250. United Way gives competitive grants Competitive grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the United Way of Central Minnesota service area for funding in 2013-2015. Funding will be awarded within the five aspirations community volunteers, service providers, subject experts and business leaders have established. A complete listing of the aspirations, outcomes and expectations can be found at www. Applications are due Nov. 16. For more information, visit www. and click on Town Crier. Bromenschenkel to host meeting Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel will host another citizen meeting to hear from the people in his district. Residents of Stearns County District 2 are invited to attend “Coffee with Commissioner Bromenschenkel” from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Local Blend Coffee Shop on Minnesota Street in St. Joseph. Anyone not able to attend the meeting can contact Bromenschenkel at P.O. Box 190, Sartell, MN 56377, by phone at 320.493.9180 or by email at mark. bromenschenkel@co.stearns. INSERTS: Festival of Cultures Riff City Guitar State Sen. Candidate Peggy Boeck State Rep. Rich Bohannon Postal Patron would stop and look at the two men and then keep on walking slow as could be, toward the east. Finally, the moose had reached the western edge of the field. He then proceeded to walk across the road. At that point, Asseln, camera ready, was standing 50 feet from the animal ready to “shoot” it, using his zoom lens. He kept snapping his camera and “captured” the moose in a series of photos. The moose was plodding slowly to the east, toward St. Stephen. A full moon had risen, and it looked as if the moose was heading straight for that moonrise. The two men watched the moose with rapt attention as it walked all the way to the tamarack swamp at the edge of town. Then, the moose walked right into that swamp and disappeared from sight. Asseln and Smoley weren’t the only ones to see that moose. He had been sighted in the Sauk Centre area a week before. There were also sightings in Melrose and Freeport, Asseln noted. Asseln knows it was the same moose because it’s a rather peculiar-looking animal. On its left side, he sports just one 18-inch photo by Randy Asseln After crossing the road, the moose heads east toward a tamarack swamp next to St. Stephen. The creature had also been spotted in and near Sauk Centre, Melrose and Freeport. antler and on the right side there is just an antler stub of only four or five inches. “He looks a little goofy,” Asseln said. “That’s why we call him the ‘one-horned wandering moose.’” Asseln figures the bull moose weighs about 600-800 pounds. Asseln works as an industrial electronic technician for “USA Today” newspaper operations in Maple Grove. He also has an athome business focused on his art photography and his own specialized method of printing large photos onto canvas. To see more of his photographic art, go to Hours extended for absentee ballots Hours have been extended for absentee balloting at the Stearns County and Benton County auditor’s offices. The offices will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 for absentee voting by those who, for one reason or another, will not be able to vote at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6. Nov. 5 will be the last day to cast an absentee ballot in person at the auditor’s office. Many absentee voters vote via mailed ballots, but as of today, Nov. 2, it is unlikely, if not impossible, to get ballots, fill them in and send them back by mail in time. However, ballots can also be emailed or faxed to absentee voters. Ballots can be returned by scanning them and emailing them to elections@ They can also be faxed to 320-656-3916. All ballots must be received at the auditor’s office by Election Day, Nov. 6. Residents of Benton County can email their absentee ballots to karri.thorsten@co.benton. or fax them to 320-9685337. An alternative is to vote an absentee ballot in person at the auditor’s office. It’s located in the Stearns County Administration Building, Room 148, 705 Courthouse Square in downBallots • page 2 Christmas at Whitby opens by TaLeiza Calloway The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict are already thinking about the holidays. The Christmas at Whitby Gift Shop in St. Joseph will open Saturday, Nov. 3 with new offerings. In addition to pottery, silk scarves, needlework, candles, jewelry, cards and more made by the nuns, customers will find homemade candy made Whitby • page 7 New road to reroute truck traffic, increase efficiency by TaLeiza Calloway Residents might be wondering about why dirt has been moved west of town and what appears to be a new road. The work going on is the fruition of a plan to create a bypass at Stearns County Road 2. City Engineer Randy Sabart said the project has been planned for years with the most physical part of the work starting this year. The county project is expected to be completed this fall. What Stearns County wanted to do is direct increased truck traffic around St. Joseph on the west side. So, instead of CR 2 wrapping into the west side of St. Joseph, it will continue north after drivers cross under the bridge at Interstate-94 and it will connect to CR 75 in the vicinity of CR 3, Sabart said. “There will be a brand new intersection where CR 2 and CR 3 are connecting at CR 75,” he said. The connection point is located on the land of the former King’s Trucking site, west of Millstream Park. The bypass will bring truck traffic directly to CR 75 and it won’t route it through downtown or the College of St. Benedict area. Specifically, the intersection at CR 3 near Millstream Park will move to the west. Construction crews are aligning CR 3 and CR 2 across from each other. The portion of CR 3 along Millstream Park will no longer be there for people to travel on from CR 75. With increasing traffic volume, safety is always a concern. Sabart said the county also saw the project as a way to help with efficiency of moving vehicles. Even with the new road and realignments, some things will Road • page 4

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