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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 Sartell Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 1 Est. 1995 Town Crier Safety training set for firearms, snowmobiles Registration for safety training for both firearms and snowmobiles will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 in the St. Stephen City Hall. Firearm safety training will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7, 9, 16 and 21. Snowmobile safety training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. First-time homebuyer workshop set Jan. 15 Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Liberty Savings Bank downtown. In one day, you will learn about credit, qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. To register for the Home Stretch workshop and for more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. Red Cross calls for Heroes Awards nominations The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region announces its call for 2014 Heroes Awards nominations. The Red Cross Heroes Awards recognize everyday people who perform extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. The 2014 Heroes Awards winners will be honored at the sixth annual Heroes Breakfast, which will be held June 5 at the Hilton Minneapolis. There are several Heroes award categories including, Community, Good Samaritan, Give Life, First Responder, Military and Youth Good Samaritan. Please visit to see descriptions of award categories and to access the awards nominations forms. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. For more information, visit 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. Postal Patron Year in Review Good omens for future popped up all over by Dennis Dalman The year 2013 in Sartell might well be described as “onward and upward,” because so many positive trends set in earlier years were either growing by leaps and bounds or coming to fruition during the year. The year was filled with academic and athletic achievements by Sartell-St. Stephen students, with several teams going all the way to state tournaments. School test scores once again exceeded state standards, putting the school system among the best of all schools in the state. Businesses continued to grow, building permits increased from previous years, infrastructure was improved and the Sartell Senior Connection sponsored a string of successes. SummerFest 2013 and the Sartell Apple Duathlon again attracted thousands of people to Sartell for lots of family fun. Pinecone Central Park, which was once just a dream on paper, began to become a reality with its fourplex baseball fields and other amenities that are in the works, promising to make the summer of 2014 a banner year for fun and recreation as a regional park. Land was acquired for another regional park in South Sartell – Sauk River Regional Park, and plans are being made for its development. The city is also moving closer to a Sartell Community Center, which is likely to be constructed on the city-hall property. The defunct Verso paper-mill site is now undergoing demolition by American Iron and Metal Development, which is selling its thousands of tons of metal to recyclers. photo by Jack Hellie With true razz-ma-tazz and bursts of energy, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team performs its highkick number based on tunes expressive of the “Roaring 20s.” From left to right are Lauren Lauermann, Ashley Bartlett, Miranda Garmen and Jessica Meischsner. The year closed on a positive Sartell residents very much want took their seats in the first board note when the city council ap- a library and a senior center as meeting of the year are Jason proved a budget that will keep amenities in a proposed commu- Nies, Krista Laurich Durrwachter taxes flat or in many cases cause nity center. Among other items and Pam Raden. They joined intaxes to decrease. The city’s insur- on survey respondents’ wish lists cumbents Mary McCabe and Dan ance rating from Standard and for the city are a swimming pool, Riordan. Christian athletes meet every Poor’s was also increased to vir- a dog park, a downtown area and tually the highest possible rating development of property along Wednesday morning for “hudthe Sauk River for a regional park. dles” in the choir room of Sartell – double A. The year 2013 was brimming Another part of the survey asked High School. The 25 students, with optimistic indications that the residents to rate city services. all members of the Fellowship of long-time recession that plagued Eighty-seven percent rated servic- Christian Athletes, reach out to the nation is almost certainly lift- es as “good” or “excellent.” Eight other students and participate in ing, like a springtime thaw after a percent indicated “fair,” “poor” or activities designed to strengthen “don’t know.” their faith. mean, cold winter. Michelle Meyer is elected the Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, newly reThe following are some of the highlights of 2013 in Sartell as chair of the Sartell-St. Stephen elected congressman from Sartell, reported in the Sartell Newsleader: School Board by her fellow board takes the oath of office in St. Paul members. Meyer is among the to represent House District 13B. newly elected board members It’s his second four-year term in January chosen by voters in the November the House. A citywide survey indicates 2012 election. The others who Review • page 3 Sgt. Fortson honored at Timberwolves game A Sartell woman, Sgt. Shanae Fortson, was honored during a recent Timberwolves game. She was given a $500 grant thanking her for her military service by the “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.” The check was given in conjunction with the “Timberwolves’ Operation Minnesota Heroes” program. Fortson served with the U.S. Army’s 893rd Medical Detachment in Kuwait from August 2011 to August 2012. The MMAF is a statewide fundraising initiative on be- half of Minnesota military personnel and their families. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer-run corporation that raises money for cash grants as a way of saying “thank-you” to those who served in a combat zone since September 2001. To date, MMAF has awarded nearly 15,000 grants, totaling more than $9 million. Efforts by the Sartell Newsleader to reach Fortson for a feature story were not successful. contributed photo Sgt. Shanae Fortson of Sartell was among three who served their country to be honored at a recent Timberwolves game. The others are Matthew Foy (left) and Kristopher Francisco.

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