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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. 25, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 4 Est. 1995 Postal Patron Sabre swimmers sink Tech, 106-80 by Dennis Dalman Town Crier Parenting class set Feb. 2 “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Resource Training and Solutions, 4150 2nd St. S., Ste. 550, St. Cloud. This class will help parents learn simple low-stress communication techniques that are effective with children from toddlers to teens. Topics covered include avoiding power struggles, guiding children to solve their own problems, modeling and teaching responsibility, and raising children without raising your voice or the roof. For more information, call 320255-3236 or toll-free 1-888447-7032. Wreath removal, flag disposal set Feb. 2 Removal of the 3,200 wreaths placed Dec. 15 on gravesites to honor our country’s fallen veterans as well as a flag disposal ceremony will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Minnesota State Veterans’ Cemetery in Little Falls. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. Educate, inspire students Junior Achievement’s mission is to educate and inspire students in order to prepare for the global economy. Junior Achievement is dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and workforce readiness skills. Volunteer to have the opportunity to go into a classroom five times for 30 to 45 minutes each session using curriculum provided by Junior Achievement. Curriculum is fun, grade appropriate, easy to use and enjoyed by the students. Make a difference in the lives of children by volunteering for JA. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. photo by Jack Hellie Sartell Sabres swimmer Conner Hollingsworth finishes first in the 100-yard butterfly event, which helped the Sartell team capsize St. Cloud Tech by a score of 106-80 at last week’s Central Lakes Conference meet between the two teams. The boys Sartell Sabre Swim Team tallied an impressive 106-80 victory over St. Cloud Tech last week in a Central Lakes Conference meet. In 12 categories, both individual and team medleys, the Sabres, led by coach Jason Anderson, took eight first-place honors. Midway through the swimming season, the Sabres now have a 6-1 record. So far, the top winning teams in the CLC are Sartell and the Brainerd Warriors with a 6-0 record as of press time Jan. 22. At the meet with Tech, the Sabres outswam their rivals in a number of categories, taking first place in the following: 100-yard butterfly (Connor Hollingsworth); 100-yard freestyle (Jack Hellie); 100-yard breaststroke (Ian Lawson); 50yard freestyle (Hellie); 200-yard individual medley (Lawson); 200-yard freestyle relay (Lawson, Ben Maurer, Jack Nieters and Chad Peichel); 200-yard medley Swim • page 3 Hughes gives tips to guard against workplace violence by Dennis Dalman The “fight or flight” response becomes instantly necessary if a shooter enters a workplace and starts firing, said Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes. Hughes recently gave his first informational meeting about workplace violence to employees of the Sartell and St. Joseph Newsleader office in St. Joseph. If someone enters a workplace and goes berserk shooting a gun, employees should immediately leave. However, if it’s possible to subdue or distract the shooter – for instance – by throwing heavy objects at him or spraying pepper spray, that should be done to protect others who might be trapped. Hughes said employee responses should depend on the situation. For example, if a frontdesk receptionist should happen to see through a front window an individual approaching with a gun, that is obviously a sign of imminent danger. The receptionist should lock the front door immediately, then yell or use an intercom system to warn everyone in the building to exit the building or to lock themselves in their offices. It’s a good idea for front-desk personnel to have something near them that could be used as a deterrent – scissors, pepper spray, a very heavy paperweight or heavy object of art. Hughes said he does not mean to alarm employees or to cause undue fears. After all, he said, workplace killings are very rare. Still, they can happen anywhere. In the past 20 years, 95 Minnesotans died in incidents involving workplace violence. Sixty-eight of those deaths were the result of shootings, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Labor and Industry. Such shootings most often occur in small- and medium-sized businesses. In the past five years, workplace shootings have averaged about 500 per year nationwide. On Sept. 27 at a signage company in Minneapolis, a former employee walked into the office, firing a gun. He killed five people, including a UPS driver making a delivery, and wounded three others, before killing himself. That shocking incident is what caused Hughes and others to encourage workplaces to do in-house training sessions. The man in Minneapolis was Albert Engeldinger, 36, who had photo by Dennis Dalman Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes leads an informational meeting about workplace violence during his visit Oct. 19 to the St. Joseph-based office of the St. Joseph and Sartell Newsleader newspapers. worked at the small signage company for nearly 20 years. Engeldinger’s parents said he had become increasingly mentally ill in the past two years, and they had begged him to get treatment. At work, he had become belligerent, unproductive and difficult to deal with until the point he was fired. Engeldinger is an example of the embittered, angry employee or ex-employee who turns homicidal. They are the most typical types who perpetrate workplace shootings or other violence. However, as Hughes noted, in some cases throughout the nation, workplace shooters have been men who were boyfriends or ex-husbands of a woman in the workplace. In their rejection and bitterness, they can lash out in the workplace, trying to kill that targeted person and, in some cases, anyone else who happens to be there. On Oct. 21, a man in a Milwaukee suburb killed four people at a spa business in a mall and wounded three others before Hughes • page 4

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