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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, Dec. 20, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 50 Est. 1989 Town Crier Farmers’ market hosts holiday activities Dec. 20 The St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market hosts folk singer, songwriter Cathie English on Friday, Dec. 20. Decorate a natural ornament at the “Kids Kraft” table with Lisa Wallin. Shop the market for local goods for your last-minute gifts – maple syrup, honey, candles, soaps, popcorn, herbal tea, preserved goods, massage oils, candies, artisan bread, holiday cookies, eggs, produce from storage and much more – available for your holiday celebration. Market is open from 3-6 p.m. and is located in Resurrection Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 610 N. CR 2. Charity Challenge matches up to $75,000 for food shelves The Norman C. Skalicky Foundation and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation recently announced a 50-percent increase in the annual Charity Challenge match for local food shelves to help more people in need this holiday season. The Skalicky Foundation will match every dollar donated to three area food shelves up to $75,000 this holiday season. A reduction in the food-stamp program that went into effect earlier this month is compounding the need. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 previously had provided additional dollars for the program. The change means a family of four with food stamps will receive $36 less a month. Donations for the Charity Challenge need to be received by Dec. 31. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Tales of the Carols set Dec. 20 “Tales Of The Carols,” two musicians who will play music and share the stories behind many beloved holiday songs, will be held from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, Waite Park. The program will be presented by orchestral musicians Carrie Vecchione and Rolf Erdahl who play the oboe and bass. They are professional music educators, and as a duo they perform as Pages of Music. Everyone is welcome. The event is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 320-253-9359. Postal Patron ‘Christmas in a Barn’ set for Dec. 23, 24 by Dennis Dalman An antique, straw-filled, wooden bread bowl serves as the cradle for baby Jesus. Children gather near, dressed up as Mary, Joseph, an angel, a shepherd and a donkey. The manger scene takes place in a very old dairy barn near St. Joseph. The seventh annual “Christmas in a Barn” will take place at the Chad and Amy Leither farmstead near St. Joseph at 7 p.m. on two evenings – Monday, Dec. 23 and Tuesday, Dec. 24. Everyone is welcome to attend the free ceremonies. The old-fashioned, rustic, humble Christmas ceremony, which annually attracts 250 to 300 people, is an experience that offers a narration of the Christmas story, along with Christmas songs sung a cappella, hot cider and the shimmering beauty of many ice candles. photo by Stuart Goldschen Pen n Pixels Photography The seventh annual “Christmas in the Barn,” depicting the original Christmas story, will take place Dec. 23 and 24 at the Leither farm just north of St. Joseph. Amy Leither said the tradition began many years ago at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring. One day, the pastor suggested holding the ceremony in a barn to evoke an old-fashioned stable ambiance, like in the Christmas nativity story. Leither and her husband agreed to try the service in the old, unused, dirt-floor dairy barn on their property. “There are big posts inside the barn holding up the haymow,” Amy said. “And there Christmas • page 5 woman was killed at the Minnesota Street intersection in November. According to the Public Works Department (Highway Department) Director Jodi Teich, all crashes have occurred during daylight hours. Crash reports indicate drivers approaching from the side streets are failing to yield to traffic on CR 2. It’s not known if drivers are failing to stop or are miscalculating the amount of time they have to pull out onto CR 2. When the bypass first opened, some drivers approached the intersection as if it were a four-way stop. The county has added intersection lighting, larger “Stop Ahead” signs and larger-sized “Stop” signs. They have also installed intersection warning signs on CR2 with speed advisory limits of 45 mph, hoping this will allow drivers more time to react to vehicles pulling out in front of them. Concerns have been ex- pressed about the super-elevation, or the way the road tilts in one direction. Teich said they have other intersections with the same design as this one, so they are trying to determine why this one is different. Things that are contributing to the crashes include the speed of traffic, the amount of traffic and the location and distance from the I-94 freeway entrance and exits among other things. County • page 3 request for bids out in early spring. If a bid is chosen and approved by the council, construction of the center could begin soon after. The estimated cost of the project is $4.4 million. That includes tearing down the current building, relocating staff and construction of the new center. The center would be less than 18,000 square feet and would be built on the current site, which includes a corner lot purchased last year. It would include all city and police-office facilities, a council chambers, a community room that could be used as two spaces, a lobby and a garage. City Administrator Judy Weyrens said the current center is between 8,000 and 9,000 square feet. It was purchased for $545,000 and was remodeled for $329,000. A combination of funds already established for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling, and the roof, tax levy and sales tax revenue will be used to build the new cen- ter. Mayor Rick Schultz said it’s hoped the new building will serve the City of St. Joseph for the next 40 or 50 years. The council has reviewed various alternatives including adding space on to the current facility, remodeling the current building, moving to a new site or building a new center. The St. Joseph Economic Development Authority recommended the government center continue to be located downtown. After a year of study and review of future space-needs, the council decided this was the best option and the right time to move forward. Council member Steve Frank voted against the motion. County is reviewing CR 2 bypass road by Cori Hilsgen Stearns County engineers are reviewing the CR 2 bypass road because of safety concerns. The new bypass road that was built to redirect traffic away from downtown St. Joseph opened last fall. There have been crashes at both the intersections where CR 2 meets 75 and where CR 2 meets Minnesota Street. A Cold Spring Council votes to move forward on new center by Cori Hilsgen The St. Joseph City Council recently voted in favor of having consultants prepare documents for a new government center/police station project to open for bids. City staff hopes to have the Newsleader closed Dec. 23-27 The Newsleader office will be closed Dec. 23-27. A Dec. 27 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on Dec. 30 and will resume weekly publications beginning Jan. 3. Deadline for the Jan. 3 edition is Monday, Dec. 30. See inside for our holiday greeting page! photo courtesy of HMA Architects Ltd. View of the proposed center from the northeast.

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