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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. 24, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 4 Est. 1995 Town Crier Elementaries hold kindergarten round-ups Sartell elementary schools will host kindergarten round-ups this week. Pine Meadow’s is on Jan. 28; Oak Ridge’s is on Jan. 30. For more information, call 320-2538303 for Pine Meadow; 320-2583693 for Oak Ridge. CentraCare offers PAWS-itively Healthy Keep your pet healthy and keep yourself healthy, too — owning a pet is literally good for you. Veterinarian Nancy Altena, Companions Animal Hospital, will share tips for keeping the furriest member of your family as healthy as possible during “PAWS-itively Healthy” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Registration required. For more information, visit and click on Crier. School district hosts special needs council A council meeting for parents of students with special needs will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the Sartell District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. For more information, contact Marlene Grindland at 320-2900277. RSVP: Jody 320-252-8427. Preprinted tax forms not available at libraries Preprinted tax return forms will not be available at area libraries in 2014. The library is discontinuing the provision of preprinted tax forms due to difficulties in obtaining forms and instructions. Federal and state agencies are encouraging people to complete their tax returns online. Preprinted tax forms will be available from government revenue departments by request. The IRS toll-free number to request forms and publications is 1-800-829-3676. The Minnesota Revenue toll-free number to request tax forms is 1-800-652-9094. Taxpayers continue to have the option of printing tax forms using library equipment. 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 news@thenewsleaders. com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. Postal Patron Asseln’s art blends photography-painting by Dennis Dalman Randy Asseln’s friends don’t know whether to call him a photographer or a painter. But that’s OK. Because Asseln is equally adept as a keen taker of photos and as an artist with a digital palette. Asseln, a St. Stephen resident, is the subject of a one-man art show entitled “Minnesota On Canvas,” which will be on display until March 1 at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls. The exhibit features 55 of Asseln’s photos and photo-paintings. What’s unusual about his art is he prints his photographs on artist canvas, including some that are very large. The result lends a “painterly” look to the stunning images: many views of the Split Rock Lighthouse near Duluth, a series of hockey arena photos, a series of pelicans, and several eye-popping sunsets and sunrises. Then there are Asseln’s photo-paintings. What he does is put the photo into his computer. Then, using the photo as a kind of outphoto by Dennis Dalman line of what effects he wants to achieve, he Randy Asseln (left) and museum-visitor Dale Hellickson of St. Cloud enjoy a brief uses his computer “paintbrush” and palette chat during Asseln’s one-man exhibit at the Great River Art Gallery in Little Falls. Asseln • page 4 Sartell hopes to get ‘Safe Routes to School’ grant by Dennis Dalman An application for a “Safe Routes to School” grant was approved by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting. If the city receives the grant, it plans to use it to construct a 7-foot wide sidewalk along the south side of 2nd Street S. from Pinecone Road east to 4th Avenue S. Currently, there is no sidewalk or trail on that side of the street. There is only one crosswalk on that busy roadway – the one located at 4th Avenue S. by the Middletown Apartments. A sidewalk would serve the Sundance Business Center and lead to the semaphore-lighting intersection at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street S. A Minnesota Department of Transportation study in 2009 determined there was an average of 10,900 vehicles per day on 2nd Street, which is a twolane road with left-turn lanes in some places. The speed limit on that road is 40 mph. The sidewalk project is estimated to cost $544,459. The city hopes a grant, if received, would cover most of that cost. The terms of the grant specify the city must chip in 20 percent of the cost of any project. This year, there is no maximum amount associated with a SRTS grant, which previously had a maximum amount of $100,000. The grant is administered by the Minnesota Department of Transportation with funding provided by the federal government. Founded in 2005, The SRTS program is a national and statewide effort to make improveGrant • page 3 Quilters bring warmth, kindness to people in need by Dennis Dalman Ardelle Amundson loves to get “thank-you” notes, especially from children. One of them said, in a childish scrawl, “Thank you for giving my mom and I a quilt. It’s really nice and warm.” – Marcus. Another one said, “Thanks for the quilt. Now I don’t have to share with my mom.” Amundson, a Sartell resident, is a founding member of the Rice Area Mission Quilters, a group of about a dozen women who have made and donated thousands of quilts to people who are down on their luck. People receive the handmade quilts at about two dozen places in central Minnesota, including the Veterans Administration hospital, battered-women shelters, nursing homes, schools, food shelves, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. Amundson and the other quilters frequently receive so many grateful notes from quilt recipients they know they are on the right track on what Amundson calls “God’s project.” Some recipients had never owned a quilt in their lives. Quilts, Amundson well knows, can help people feel warm, happy and comforted. The Rice Area Mission Quilters • page 4 photo by Dennis Dalman Ardelle Amundson of Sartell (at right) helped form the Rice Area Mission Quilters 11 years ago. The group has lots of fun when they gather to make quilts, all of which are donated to good causes. From left are Breanna Motshke, John Borash (Motshke’s boyfriend), Edris Weinand, Cherie Ablan, Theresa Duea, Eveyln Kirchner and Amundson.

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