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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. 30, 2012 Volume 23, Issue 47 Est. 1989 Postal Patron St. Joseph company is leader in ‘green’ building by TaLeiza Calloway Town Crier Wrappers needed for humane society Wanted: people who like to wrap gifts and want to volunteer their talents. The Tri-County Humane Society needs gift wrappers to wrap presents for shoppers at Crossroads Center in St. Cloud. A giftwrapping booth will be open during Crossroads business hours in the mall by the Target store from Friday, Dec. 7 to Monday, Dec. 24. The gift wrapping is one of the humane society’s annual fundraising activities. The specialty gift wrapping costs $2 for a small package, $4 for a medium and $6 for a large one. For more information or to volunteer, call Kim at the humanesociety shelter at 252-0896. Donations sought for Place of Hope Place of Hope is in need of donations for the holiday season including the following: gift cards, winter hats, coats and mittens, new gifts for children to give to their parents and siblings, backpacks, personal-care items, sponsors for Adopt a Family for Hope, food for meals served on site and $10 gift cards for food. Contact Pastor Carol at Place of Hope at (320) 203-7881. Bell ringers wanted for Salvation Army Volunteer to ring The Salvation Army bells over the Christmas season. They have 22 locations within St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. It can be cold outside, so volunteers must be able and willing to stand outside for at lease two hours at a time. Contact the Salvation Army at (320) 252-4552. Transportation needed for veterans Transportation assistants are sought and will ride along with the transportation volunteer to monitor safe loading and unloading of passengers, lock-down wheelchairs and interact with riders during transport to the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. Transportation assistants should be interested in providing a highquality experience for riders and be in tune to rider safety at all times. On-the-job training will be provided. Volunteers should be physically able to push, pull, bend and sit for periods of time. Contact Patricia Aljets at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System at (320) 255-6365 or patricia.aljets@ photo by TaLeiza Calloway Above: Jesse Raden, yard manager for Borgert Products Inc. in St. Joseph, dumps hundreds of gallons of water on a permeable interlocking concrete paving system Nov. 13 to show how quickly it absorbs the water. Left: PICPs are installed at Borgert Products Inc. in St. Joseph. The paving system is considered a best-management practice for stormwater management. City leaves area human rights commission by TaLeiza Calloway Members of the St. Joseph City Council voted 4-1 to leave the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Commission. Council member Renee Symanietz voted against the move to discontinue membership. The commission was created to supervise the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Office. The About 20 men and women in the construction industry recently journeyed to St. Joseph to get a lesson in a growing area of environmentally friendly building practices. Hosted by Borgert Products Inc. of St. Joseph, the two-day school offered an introduction to permeable-interlocking-concrete-pavement installation, a practice that helps reduce the amount of run-off in rivers, that can save money and provide a natural groundwater filter. Susan Borgert, chief executive officer for Borgert, a concrete manufacturer, said the company started the “Borgert Technical School” a few years ago to certify contractors on the installation of concrete paving stones. They held their fourth class Nov. 12-13. “We are the first company in the nation to have our own PICP class,” Borgert said. “We’ve had four classes so far. We are one of the original manufacturers of concrete paving stones in the U.S. and the first west of the Mississippi.” Green • page 3 Students gather to celebrate office opened in September 2010 and provides outreach, education and intake functions for St. Cloud-area residents. St. Joseph was the only area city to enter a joint powers agreement with St. Cloud for the commission. It is funded by St. Cloud, St. Joseph and a Community Development Block Grant. Symanietz, who served on the regional board, said the city City • page 5 Survey to help city prioritize services by TaLeiza Calloway Residents have a chance to share their thoughts on city services in an effort to make them better. The city is participating in an online survey offered by the League of Minnesota Cities. Specifically, the survey looks at city services and how they can be improved. This is the second time the city has participated. The LMC coordinated the survey for the first time earlier this year due to a new requirement for cities to receive state aid. Some of the areas the survey looks at include rating the apSurvey • page 5 photo by Dennis Dalman The CSB Christmas tree contains more than 3,000 white lights. When CSB President Mary Ann Baenninger turned the tree’s lights on, the crowd of students cheered at the sight. Students • page 4

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