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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. 29, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 47 Est. 1989 Postal Patron Tillemans, man of conscience, subject of documentary by Dennis Dalman Town Crier Christmas Tree Lighting A tree lighting ceremony and caroling will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 in downtown St. Joseph on the corner of Minnesota Street and College Avenue on the Bello Cucina patio. The tree is donated by Dr. Joseph Styles. A gathering with Santa, refreshments and ornament making will be at 7 p.m. in the social area of the La Playette. The event is sponsored by the St. Joseph Action Group with assistance by Sentry Bank and Central Minnesota Credit Union. St. Joseph survey helps guide city services City of St. Joseph taxpayers are encouraged to participate in a community survey to aid elected officials in determining the efficiency of city services and measuring residents’ opinions of those services, along with assisting in determining community amenities. The survey contains 12 questions and takes less than five minutes to complete. A link to the survey is provided on the city’s website at Paper copies are also available at city hall. Short-call sub training to be held Dec. 9-10 People who want to teach but don’t have the full credentials will have an opportunity to become certified as short-call substitute teachers under the Minnesota Limited Short-call Substitute program. A four-year bachelor’s degree is required to qualify. Resource Training and Solutions in St. Cloud has announced it has coordinated a two-day program on Dec. 9-10 to prepare individuals to apply to become short-call substitute teachers. Training will cover topics such as the substitute teacher’s role in the classroom and district, basics of classroom management and instruction, basics of child development, and communication skills. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. 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 by 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. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. photo by Dennis Dalman Larry Tillemans, shown here in his Country Manor apartment, has given more than 450 talks about the importance of remembering the Holocaust and its more than 10 million victims. Next to Tillemans is one of his posters he displays during his presentations. Tillemans, who lived for many years in St. Joseph, was a clerk typist for the U.S. Army who typed up and prepared transcripts during the trials of Nazi war criminals at the end of World War II. A lunch at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph three years ago led to a television documentary about a local man renowned for sharing his first-hand knowledge of Nazi war crimes. Chuck Czech is a producer at KSMQ, the public television station in Austin. When he and his wife stopped at Kay’s Kitchen three years ago, he noticed a flyer on the wall about a public open-house birthday party for a man by the name of Larry Tillemans. The flyer included a few mentions about how Tillemans is one of the only known living survivors of the Nazi war-crimes trial in Nuremberg, Germany. Tillemans, a sergeant in the U.S. Army, served as one of the clerk typists at that trial, as well as at the war-crimes trial at Dachau, site of a Nazi death camp. At Kay’s Kitchen, Czech’s wife noticed her husband’s instant fascination with the flyer. Tillemans • page 3 Credit union trumpets importance of financial fitness by Dennis Dalman Moderation in spending can lead to financial fitness just as moderation in eating can lead to physical health. The employees of the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union and its two branches, including the Sartell one, have launched a program they call “Financial Fitness.” It’s an effort to help all of their customers better manage money to bring their lives into balance financially. They believe when a good financial balance is achieved, other elements important to a balanced life (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) will more easily come into a harmonious balance. Recently, the Newsleader interviewed three credit-union employees at the Sartell branch office about Financial Fitness – Duane Otremba, vice president of marketing; Tammy Butler, Sartell office supervisor; and Bridget Deutz, social-media marketing coordinator. “Financial fitness means more than just getting out of debt,” Deutz said. “It’s a lifestyle, like eating healthy every day. It’s a cycle, an ongoing process.” Many people, Butler said, live paycheck to paycheck, which means they can be just one paycheck away from disaster, unless they have prepared for financial fitness. Most importantly, all three Credit Union • page 4 Residents are staying ‘Forever Fit’ by Cori Hilsgen A number of area residents are trying a “Forever Fit” approach to exercising and staying healthy by participating in exercise classes held at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall. The class, instructed by Paula Woischke, is part of the Whitney Senior Center’s “Whitney WithOut Walls” program, an outreach activity that brings Whitney-type programming to local areas. Woischke is a certified fitness instructor who has a master’s degree in gerontology. She has been teaching fitness classes and working with seniors for more than 10 years. “I love what I’m doing,” Woischke said. “I cannot imagine myself giving up teaching my classes due to all of the friendships and the opportunity to see the impact of the benefits of the exercise, as well as the social part of the classes.” Sue Meers from St. Joseph has been attending the classes. Meers is in her mid-70s. She couldn’t start the classes when they first began because of other commitments but has been attending for about two months. Meers said she enjoys the classes because it’s exercising with other people which is easier than exercising alone. She said it can be hard to motivate herself when she is exercising Forever Fit • page 8 contributed photo Paula Woischke (center) instructs a fitness class for seniors. She is currently teaching “Forever Fit” classes at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She encourages individuals to attend a session to learn more about the program.

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