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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. 14, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 7 Est. 1995 Town Crier Travel Talkin’ guys speak on Turkey Sartell Senior Connection hosts Travel Talkin’ guys as they take you to Turkey with a history dating back 8,000 years at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the Sartell District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. You will visit the biblical city of Ephesus and follow up visiting Abraham’s birthplace along with the Blue Mosque and other iconic landmarks. You will discover Cappadocia where people lived underground during the crusades. Mike and Jim make history entertaining and fun. We can guarantee an interesting evening; no passports needed. Sign up now for garden plots Even though some may have forgotten what springtime is, it’s reportedly on its way, and it’s time to start thinking about gardening. There will be some community-garden plots available in Sartell this spring. Anyone interested should be sure to put their names on the list by emailing gardencoordinator Kaye Wenker at They should include their email address, mailing address and phone number. There will also be an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Westside Liquor Learning Center that everyone is welcome to attend. There are two community gardens in Sartell – a north one by Oak Ridge Elementary School containing 96 plots and an east one by the water plant with 10 plots. Join Arbor Day Foundation in February, receive free trees Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from Minnesota who joins the Foundation in February will receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the non-profit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. Deadline is Feb. 28. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Board chooses Schwiebert as superintendent by Dennis Dalman After two weeks of intensive interviews with three finalist candidates, the SartellSt. Stephen S c h o o l Schwiebert Board selected their choice for a new superintendent – Jeff Schwiebert of Eldridge, Iowa. The board made the decision Feb. 6, the third of three full days of interviews and meet-the-public sessions with the three candidates. The board’s vote to choose Schwiebert was 6-0. Schwiebert is not yet officially the new superintendent. He and the board must arrive first at a satisfactory workcontract agreement. If that occurs and Schwiebert accepts, he will begin his duties in July. Schwiebert was most recently superintendent of the North Scott Community School District in Eldridge. He announced his intention to resign from that position just before INSERT: Culligan tion at St. Francis, and Debra Lechner, director of teaching and learning for the Brainerd School District. Lechner was director of teaching and learning for Sartell schools before taking the Brainerd job 12 years ago. Before the vote, the board Schwiebert • page 3 Sibling potters contributed photos The three Lolmasteymaugh siblings enjoy their first-ever fling with clay on a potter’s wheel at the Feb. 8 Sartell Farmers’ Market at City Hall. From left to right are Eve, 5; Anna, 3; and Warner, 8. They are the children of Ken and Rachel Lolmasteymaugh of Sartell. The pottery demonstration was set up and operated by Amy Braig-Lindstrom, a professional potter and organizer of the Sartell Farmers’ Market. The winter market will be open again from 10 am.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, again in Sartell City Hall. That date was added due to popular demand. The remaining dates are March 8, April 12 and May 3. Survey shows high satisfaction with city services by Dennis Dalman Most Sartell residents appear to be very satisfied with city services and even more of them feel they are safe living in the city, according to survey results recently released by the city’s planning department. There were some slight disappointments noted, however, in the areas of satisfaction with street conditions, snowplowing and recreational offerings. Although the 2013 survey was not scientific, it still gives an indication of what residents like – at least the 194 who decided to take the survey either online or on paper. It is the third such survey in three years. The surveys give city staff and department heads some idea of where they can make improvements to city services. There were nine questions on the survey. In each, a hefty majority of respondents checked with “Excellent” or Survey • page 4 Debate to tackle issue of football safety 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, 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. the start of the 2013-14 school year. The other two candidates were Paul Neubauer, director of curriculum and instruc- contributed photo Patty Candella is the executive producer of the “Sartell Says” series of debates. The next one, the second, will address concerns about the safety of football and other contact sports in schools. It will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Sartell City Hall. Should the sport of football be banned from all public schools? Should its playing rules be changed? Will today’s football concussions lead to more serious health problems in the future for today’s young players? How many concussions are “too many?” Those disturbing questions and many others will be addressed during an upcoming debate at Sartell City Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19. It’s the second debate in the “Sartell Says” series that began in late 2013. The first debate’s topic was whether or not the raising of chickens should in allowed in the yards of Sartell residential areas. That debate was videotaped and later picked up by Minnesota Public Radio, which broadcast it statewide at noon Feb. 10. The debate about football dangers and safety concerns will be debated by the following four experts in their fields: • Julie Alexander, the chief athletic trainer at St. Cloud State University. • Dave DeLand, sports editor for the St. Cloud Times newspaper. • Tony Cunningham, former boxer and current philosophy professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. • Dr. George Morris, sports and family-medicine physician at CentraCare. The debate will be moderated by Sartell resident Patty Candella, who moderated the last debate and who is executive producer for the “Sartell Says” debate series. In Candella’s press release for the upcoming debate, it states: “In living rooms around Sartell and across central Minnesota parents are already deliberating whether to let their kids play football in middle school and high school. Families are carefully weighing the risks and rewards of the game. Are we creating character? Are we injuring our children? Can they get a college scholarship? How many concussions are too many?” The audience that evening will have a chance at the conclusion of the debate to ask questions of the panelists. Then the audience Football • page 8

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