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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 Postal Patron Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 Christian athletes ‘huddle’ Wednesdays at high school Town Crier the FCA. The international Fellowship of Christian Athletes started in 1954 and now has thousands of chapters throughout the world with athletes and coaches as members. It’s the largest Christian sports organization in the world. Mabis said there are 25 chapters, including the one in Sartell, in central Minnesota. In Sartell, there are up to 40 members, but some of them cannot make every Wednesday meeting because of occasional scheduling conflicts. Even though athletes lead the FCA Wednesday-morning huddle, anyone can join the group, Mabis noted. The Sartell group decided to reach out and mentor to athletes at the Sartell Middle School level and because of that, the middle school may have its own FCA contributed photo huddle within a month or so. Five members of the Sartell Fellowship of Christian Athletes pose for photos to promote an Originally from Colorado upcoming fundraiser at Great River Bowl. The students are (front row) Jake Nelson and Derek Springs, Mabis moved to SarMumm; (back row) Kylee Bommersback, Izzy Plaine and Erin Deters. tell 18 months ago when he ing before school in the choir of Jesus Christ. They are mem- became Central Lakes Area by Dennis Dalman room of Sartell High School. bers of the Fellowship of Chris- FCA director. After making All are Christian athletes tian Athletes, which began 18 quiries and meeting with many The “huddle” includes who want to strengthen their months ago in Sartell through people, including coaches, he about 25 athletes, who meet at faith and be mentors to others the efforts of Craig Mabis, the heard Sartell has a strong ath8 a.m. every Wednesday morn- in an effort to spread the word Central Lakes Area director of Athletes • page 3 Volume 18, Issue 3 Est. 1995 Open house honors Lutz A retirement open house for Patti Lutz, a Sartell High School health instructor of 38 years, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Learning Center, 1001 2nd St. S., Suite 1005, Sartell. All Sartell, grads, students and parents are invited. The former Patti Olsen, now Lutz, began teaching in 1974 and is a past gymnastics and swimming coach at Sartell High School. No individual gifts. Cards may be sent to Patti Lutz, 2721 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301. Flu shots urged Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country and the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region urges people who have not yet had a flu shot to get vaccinated. The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States. Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states, including Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota. For more information on steps to prevent flu, signs of the flu and when to call the doctor, visit and click on CRIERS. New 4-H club focuses on robotics A new 4-H club has started in Stearns County. The focus of the club is about robotics and is named “Robot X.” At one of its most recent meetings officers were elected. For more information, contact Sara Budde, 4-H program coordinator, at 320-2556169. Drivers needed St. Cloud Hospital is looking for STEP Force volunteers, which means speedy, transport and escort pool. STEP Force volunteers transport and escort patients, families and visitors throughout the facility. Volunteers will transport patients, deliver flowers and mail, and assist with other deliveries. Volunteers will get plenty of exercise and make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Contact the St. Cloud Hospital Volunteer Services at (320) 255-5638. INSERTS: Appliance Smart Culligan O’Driscoll works on budget, school funding by Dennis Dalman Incumbent Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) was one of 134 newly elected representatives (newcomers and incumbents) who were sworn in last week in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In the House chambers, at the swearing-in ceremony, O’Driscoll was accompanied by his nephew, Grayson O’Driscoll of Woodbury, a senior at East Ridge High School. O’Driscoll won the Nov. 6 general election by a hefty margin over Democrate challenger Shannon Schroeder. This is O’Driscoll’s second four-year term in the Minnesota House, representing House District 13B. A former Sartell mayor, he was first elected as a state representative in 2010. District 13B includes the cities of Sartell, St. Stephen and Holdingford and the townships of LeSauk, St. Wendel, Holding, Avon and Brockway. O’Driscoll said the 2013 legislative session, which began after the swearing-in ceremony, is concentrating mainly on two important issues – the state budget and school funding. Legislators, he said, are working out a plan to repay school districts for money used by the state to help try to balance the state budget during the economic crunch of 2011. In the new legislature, which is now controlled by Democrats, O’Driscoll was appointed to the following committees: Government Operations, Elections, State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs. He is the leading Republican on the Labor, Workplace and Regulated Industries Committee. And he was also appointed to serve on two commissions: the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement, and the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission. The latter commission is one that came about because of a bill mainly authored by O’Driscoll and approved last year in the Minnesota Legis- lature. The bill is the School Land Trust Reform, which revoked management of schoolland trusts from the Department of Natural Resources and put those lands under the management of a School Fund Board and the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission. Based on a similar law in Utah, the school-land trust reform aims to increase the amount of money on those lands realized through a wider effort in land investments. The resultant funds are then divided up among school districts to be used for education. In 2012, the Sartell-St. SteO’Driscoll • page 4 Flu inspires poem by Dennis Dalman It’s not every day (or night) that a miserable case of the flu inspires a poem, but that’s what happened to Moos Wilhelmina Moos of Sartell. Deep in the middle of the night of Jan. 8, Moos was tossing and turning, unable to sleep, coughing, wheezing, sniffling and feeling like she was about to breathe her last. Words kept stumbling through her head as she groped for ways to describe such flu-borne misery. All of a sudden, her parade of words began to rhyme. The rhymes then settled themselves into a poem. She wrote down the poem, which she called “Ode to the Yuckies,” a good example of misery redeemed by humor. The poem is written from the point of view of two of Moos’ adopted teenage daughters, Jackie and Brooke, who were also suffering from a terrible bout with the flu. Here is the poem: Poem • page 5

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