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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, Feb. 8, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 6 Est. 1995 Town Crier Senior connection hosts cardiac arrest program A sudden cardiac arrest program will be held during the Sartell Senior Connection at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Sartell Senior Center. It will be moderated by Suzie Osaki-Holm of the Central Minnesota Heart Center. Two survivors will tell their story of being saved by bystanders who provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation and paramedics who gave them several shocks with an automated external defibrillator. They will educate about sudden cardiac arrest and how it differs from a heart attack. There will be a CPR and AED demonstration as well as time for questions. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. Visit the Sartell Senior Connection website at Sartell Senior or call 320-260-4817 for more information. Wanted: former dancers Wanted: Former dancers of the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Danceline. The program’s director, Shelly Teff, (see related story) is asking everyone’s help to contact as many as possible of the thousands of dancers who were in the program during the past 25 years. Teff would like to have them dance together during the annual spring show, which will also be the program’s 25th birthday bash. The dancers will gather for a quick-and-easy alumni rehearsal 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 19 for the show, which is set for the next day, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Sartell High School. Danceline alumni can check out the danceline’s Facebook on the Sartell St. Stephen Community Education website: www. For more information, they can also call the communityeducation office at 253-4036. Candlelight trails night set Feb. 15 Ski, snowshoe or hike 1.4 miles of trails by candelight from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in Charles Lindbergh State Park, Little Falls. Afterward, visitors can relax in a 1938 wood-heated log-cabin-style shelter building. Ski rentals are available in Little Falls. Snowshoe rentals and vehicle permits are available at the park office. In case of bad weather call 320-6162525. The park is located at 1615 Lindbergh Drive S., on the southwest side of Little Falls. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Teff’s danceline to celebrate 25th birthday by Dennis Dalman After 25 years as a dance teacher, Shelly Teff likes to tell her friends she “has grown old in the gym.” They laugh at her because there is nothing “old” about Teff. Her love of dancing and the joy of working with students keeps her young, and those who know Teff know there is enough passion and energy in her to teach dancing for another 25 years – at least. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Program Danceline. It was started by Teff when her daughter Missy was in second grade in what is now the District Services Center. At that time, Teff decided Missy and her friends needed something, a special and creative activity beyond what the school offered. The dance classes were a hit and soon they filled with other girls. contributed photo In 1988, a group of dancers performs the Cyndy Lauper song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” The program has grown every year and now averages 210 girls ages pre-school through senior high school for a variety of agecategory classes three times a week. Missy, the daughter Teff taught way back then, has been her loyal dance-instruction assistant throughout all those years. Besides serving as emcee for the shows, Missy choreographs the ever-popular dazzling lightshow dance every year. She lives Danceline • page 4 Sartell man takes the polar plunge by Dennis Dalman contributed photo For taking an ice-cold plunge, a Sartell man helped his team raise almost $1,700 for the Minnesota Special Olympics. It was one of the top two amounts raised that day. Rick Welch was one of almost 1,000 “plungers” who took a dip through a hole in the ice Feb. 2 on a lake in Maple Grove. It was the third of 16 “Polar Bear Plunge” events scheduled for this winter throughout Minnesota. Sponsored by law-enforcement agenies, the plunge events raise funds, through pledges, for Special Olympics Minnesota. Originally from Chicago, Welch now lives in Sartell and is employed by Target in St. Cloud. He’s studying to be an accountant. This was Welch’s first polar plunge. He decided to do it this year because his girlfriend, MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph, convinced him it’s not only fun but for a good cause. This was Munden’s fourth plunge. Munden’s and Welch’s third team member was Jill Vonfeldt, a long-time friend of Munden’s who flew to Minnesota from Colorado for the event. Munden, who grew up in Colorado, is the police dispatcher for the St. Joseph Police Department. Munden raised the lion’s At right: Holding hands and gritting their teeth, Rick Welch of Sartell and MaryBeth Munden of St. Joseph prepare to take the plunge Feb. 2 at a lake in Maple Grove. The couple and their teammate, Jill Vonfeldt of Colorado, raised nearly $1,700 for the Minnesota Special Olympics for their brave participation in the “Polar Bear Plunge.” share of the money for her team. “It was a good time with that big crowd of people,” Welch said of the Maple Grove event. “It was fun seeing all the goofy outfits the plungers wore.” The three team members agreed that taking the plunge “was cold but fun.” In Maple Grove, the temperature that day was about 15 degrees. They didn’t stay cold for long, though. Right after the plunge, they “plunged” into a hot tub for awhile before putting back on some winter-weather clothing. Welch said he will definitely participate in the polar plunge next year. His mother and stepfather, who live in Maple Grove, also plan to “plunge” next winter. So far, the Maple Grove Polar Plunge raised $126,231, but those Plunge • page 4

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