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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. 10, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 2 Est. 1995 Town Crier Jan. 11 winter market celebrates heat wave The Sartell’s Winter Market will celebrate the heat wave from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 inside City Hall. Start your year off right by shopping locally and eating healthy. Many of your favorite summertime/Market Monday vendors will be there with a wide array of products. Jan. 12 breaksfast to benefit Dirkes family A benefit breakfast for the Ben Dirkes family of Sartell will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 12 at St. Augustine Church Parish Hall, 442 2nd St. SE, St. Cloud. Dirkes is recovering from three surgeries for a brain tumor. For his story visit the Caring Bridge site: www.caringbridge. org/visit/bendirkes. Senior Connection hosts “Visiting Cuba” Jan. 14 Jim O’Neill will present his personal experiences in Cuba at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Based on his recent trip to Havana in September 2013, O’Neill will offer three views of Cuba: Cuba as presented by the government, Cuba as seen by the tourist and Cuba as lived by the everyday citizen. This will be a great opportunity to hear more about our neighbors so close yet so far away. Cuban food samples and refreshments with be served. Call 320253-4036 for more information. St. John’s Prep hosts Discovery Day Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep are encouraged to attend the upcoming Discovery Day on Friday, Jan. 17. Students currently in grades 5-11 are welcome to attend classes, meet the teachers and students and experience what it’s like to be a part of the St. John’s Prep community. Parents are also invited to attend an information session with administrators of the school. Registration for Discovery Day is required; For more information, visit www. or call 320-363-3321. Postal Patron Hammer-Cofell to perform at ‘Local Roots’ concert by Dennis Dalman When Adam Hammer of Sartell was challenged in a “Songwriters’ Contest” to write a song about “skinny-dipping,” he accepted the challenge. In 20 minutes, seemingly without any effort, the song just came to him, and it remains a favorite of his listeners. “Underwater Love Song” Hammer describes as a “tonguein-cheek sweet little love song.” Audiences will have a chance to hear Hammer’s skinny-dipping ditty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, the latest “Local Roots” concert at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. Hammer and his friend and musical colleague, Dave Cofell of St. Joseph, will perform a set of their all-original songs that night. Tickets may be purchased at Both Cofell and Hammond are songwriters who have been honored as a duo for three consecutive years (20011-13) as “Best Original Music” by the annual “Best of Central Minnesota” poll. The duo will be backed by guest bass player Jeff Engholm of St. Joseph and by Bennett Velline, the 12-year-old grandson of rock-pop legend Bobby Vee. Also on the night’s program is “Harper’s Chord,” a bluegrass-folkcountry blues band comprising lead singer Jill Moore and seasoned musicians Roger Fink and Paul Drinkwine – all long-time performers from the St. Cloud area. Their latest CD collection is called “Natural Bridge.” Hammer and Cofell also have their own CDs, which have received warm reviews and frequent radio play. Cofell’s CD is entitled “No Substitute (For You).” Hammer’s is entitled “Broken Like You.” Raised in Henning, Hammer grew up in a family brimming with musical talent. Playing an instrument and singing were as natural, to him, as breathing. He’s played guitar since age 12. “I like to play progressive folk and blues and tend toward the more modern folk style,” he said. “Dave (Cofell) goes more for traditional folk and blues, but our two styles overlap Concert • page 5 Year in Review: Part 2 For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Adam Hammer (left) and Dave Cofell rehearse at Rockhouse Productions in St. Joseph to prepare for their upcoming Paramount Theatre show. Good omens for future popped up all over by Dennis Dalman July Joe Perske, the Sartell girls’ soccer coach, retired after 10 years of coaching. The new coach is Carrie Raehsler, who was coached by Perske during his second year of coaching. Perske has taught physical education at Sartell Middle School since 1990. He is now serving his second term as mayor of Sartell. The city council approves, on a 3-2 vote, plans for a seven-acre dog park to be installed in Pinecone Central Park. Cindy Fitzhum of Sartell pub- lishes a novel entitled “How Do You Choose the One?” It is a “young-adult” novel about a young woman facing a crisis as she is torn between two boyfriends. The city council approves allowing some non-city residents to use the Sartell Compost Site. For a $61 annual fee, up to 200 permits will be issued to residents of LeSauk Township or other area cities to use the site. Sartell residents pay $31 to use the site. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and 20 other mayors from cities along the Mississippi River vow to protect the quality of the Review • page 4 A monster almost killed a husband and daddy by Dennis Dalman 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. Send your email to news@thenewsleaders. com and yowu should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. photo by Graham Burnett contributed photo The Ben and Kerri Dirkes family of Sartell has faced many terrifying “life-and-death moments “ in recent years. Fortunately, they have many moments now to be thankful and happy about. From left to right are father Ben, Elijah, Dakota, Zoey and mother Kerri. For many harrowing days and nights, Ben Dirkes faced imminent death from a threatening monster, and every dreadful minute his wife, Kerri, faced that monster with him. And now, thankfully, the monster has been destroyed and Ben is still alive. There will be a benefit breakfast for the Dirkes family from 8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Jan. 12 at St. Augustine Parish Hall at 442 2nd St. SE in St. Cloud. There will be pancakes, sausages, hash browns and fruit, as well as a silent auction and bake sale during the event. Monster The monster that almost killed Dirkes was a fast-growing mass of tissue in Dirkes’s brain that doctors described as a “monster tumor.” It was so large and so embedded it took a team of experts to decide just how to go about removing it. The terrifying journey began last October when Ben began Dirkes • page 2

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