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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. 21, 2012 Volume 23, Issue 50 Est. 1989 Town Crier GriefShare starts Jan. 2 Hope Covenant Church will offer “GriefShare,” a 13-week support group to help those who have suffered the death of a loved one. The session will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2 and meet every Wednesday night from 6:15-8 p.m. at the church at 336 4th Ave. S. in St. Cloud. To register, call 2574673. More information can be found at Resurrection hosts blood drive Dec. 28 Resurrection Lutheran Church will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at the church, located at 610 N. County Road 2 in St. Joseph. Give one last gift this holiday season, give blood. Make an appointment to donate by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. For more information, see ‘Christmas in barn’ sets two services The 6th annual “Christmas in the Barn” service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 at the home of Chad and Amy Leither, approximately 4 miles north of Cold Spring on County Road 2. Signs will be posted. This unique service offers a simple narration and re-enactment of the Christmas story with familiar hymns, handmade ice candles, hot apple cider and the rustic atmosphere of an old barn. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring blankets if needed, as the barn is not heated. For more information, contact Peace Lutheran Church at (320) 685-7656 or Postal Patron Co-op adds jam sessions to the market by TaLeiza Calloway Marilyn Krzenski is not a silent shopper. When the St. Joseph resident thinks of something, she has to share it. Her latest suggestion to add jam sessions to the Minnesota Street Market is one she recently shared with store officials and in less than a week they embraced it. As customers stroll in on Tuesday nights, they will now hear original tunes from musicians playing near the front of the store. When Krzenski’s son, David Krzenski, heard of the jam-session idea, he was not surprised. His mother is always coming up with cool ideas, he said, and the fact they were supported is even more exciting. David, 24, has been playing the guitar since he was in fourth grade. He now plays a six-string. He participated in the first jam session and is eager for the sessions to catch on in the community. “Just getting the music comCo-op • page 3 contributed photo Musicians Mikael Ballantine and David Krzenski (right) play music Dec. 4 during the first Tuesday night jam session at the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph. Community talks focus on new superintendent by TaLeiza Calloway Intelligent. Culturally aware. Approachable. Transparent. These are just some of the qualities parents and community members want to see in the next superintendent of St. Cloud Area School District 742. At least this is what they told officials from School Exec Connect, a superintendent search firm, on Dec. 18. “We’re really looking for common threads in these sessions,” Greg Vandal said. “Diversity is a common thread that has come up in discussions.” “What is your relationship to people of color? How do you feel about immersion education? What are your thoughts on wellness beyond physical education? Those are some of the questions attendees told search committee members to consider asking canSuperintendent • page 3 Local resident turns poet by TaLeiza Calloway Newsleader closed Dec. 21-28 The Newsleader office will be closed Dec. 21-28. A Dec. 28 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on Dec. 31 and will resume weekly publications beginning Jan. 4. See inside for our holiday greeting page. Some of the questions asked during input sessions Tuesday called on participants to list goals for the district in the next three years, the strengths and challenges of the district in achieving these goals and questions they would ask the candidates if possible. photo by TaLeiza Calloway St. Joseph Township resident Charles Preble reads a poem Dec. 14 from his first book of poems, “The Ruffed Grouse.” Charles “Charlie” Preble doesn’t have too far to look for poetic inspiration. The 76-yearold retired pastor can simply reflect on the woods and fields that surround his blue farmhouse in St. Joseph Township or remember his many travels. Preble recently published his first book of poetry, “The Ruffed Grouse.” He began writing poetry at the age of 73. Writing a book was something he always wanted to do but felt he couldn’t, he said. While he was anxious about publishing the 46-page book of poetry, he said the ride has been worth it. “It’s just been amazing,” Preble said of the response to the book. “It’s been a real rush. Very gratifying.” He and his wife, Jana Bollman, have lived in rural Minnesota since 1986 on a 19thcentury farmstead surrounded by nature. It’s this place with its solitude, quiet and wilderness that inspires the writing and reading of poetry for him. Preble didn’t find poetry. It found him. Bollman was taking a few writing classes in the Twin Cities a few years ago. He would ride along and wait for her in a coffee shop in the same location. She noticed he’d be writing as he waited, and she eventually convinced him to take a writing class as well. They took a class together a few years ago, and when it would come time for writPoet • page 3

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