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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. 15, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 7 Est. 1995 Town Crier Community Showcase planned for Feb. 23 Bring your family and friends to the 8th annual Sartell Area Chamber’s Community Showcase from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Sartell Middle School, 627 Third Ave. N. This free, familyfocused event includes booths from many area businesses/ organizations, kids’ activities, games, inflatables, open swimming and door prizes. Entertainment will be provided between 10 a.m. and noon. The LeSauk Lions will sell food at the event too. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. Home Stretch set Feb. 23 for first-time homebuyers Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the office of Central Minnesota Housing Partnership. Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. Framework is a new online tool to prepare you for successful homeownership. Framework will provide you with the facts you need to become a knowledgeable buyer. Many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer education requirements. For more information, visit and click on Criers. ‘Green Forum’ set for Feb. 26 at library All people who work with the area’s young people are invited to a “Green Forum” starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud. The conference, entitled “2013 Green Forum: Engaging Our Youth” teaches organizations how to reach out to youth and engage them in sustainability efforts. The event is sponsored by the St. Cloud Area Sustainability Committee. A free breakfast will be served. To learn more or to register, go to INSERTS: Appliance Smart Sartell Chamber Community Showcase Postal Patron Sartell approves purchase for Sauk River parkland by Dennis Dalman The City of Sartell, at long last, has finally reached an agreement to purchase 44 acres of land that will likely become Sartell’s Sauk River Regional Park. The city council approved the agreement unanimously at its Feb. 11 meeting. The cost of the land parcel will be about $948,000. That amount includes $908,000 for 40 acres of what is known as the “Dehler Property,” and $40,000 for the nearly five acres of the “Ernie Wollak” property. The land is located in south Sartell along the Sauk River and south of Stearns County Road 120. It abuts Whitney Park in St. Cloud. But it’s not quite the time to celebrate. First, the Minnesota Legislature must agree to extend $500,000 in bonding money for the park, a grant that expired at the end of December 2012. The bonding funds were granted to Sartell in 2008 but had to be used by the end of last year. Now that a purchase agreement has been reached, Sartell will request the legislature for an extension of the bond money. In addition, the city will use $500,000, a Legacy Grant from the state, to help pay for the park. That grant requires a 10 percent amount to be kicked in Parkland • page 3 ‘Sabres dance way to state contest’ contributed photo The award-winning Sartell Sabre Dance Team will once again compete for the state championship this weekend at Target Center in the Twin Cities. The team will be one of four other teams competing at the event in both the high kick and jazz categories. The other teams are St. Cloud Cathedral, Cold Spring Rocori and St. Cloud Tech. The 34 members of the dance team are led by head coach Kelly McCarney. Pinecone Park Association aims for $150,000 by April 1 by Dennis Dalman Come spring, when the shout of “Play ball!” rings in the air at Pinecone Central Park, they won’t be kidding. A total of 18 teams will play in a tournament on brand-new turf when the park hosts a grand opening during Sartell SummerFest, June 8-9. In the meantime, the Sartell Pinecone Central Park Association, is trying to raise $150,000 by April 1 to complete Phase I in time for the grand opening. The funding would pay for finishing the baseball fourplex site (concrete and other surface materials, $85,000); baseball scoreboards, $25,000; bleachers, $10,000; picnic tables, $5,000; portable pitching mounds, $5,000; and maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers and field-grooming equipment, $20,000). All donations to the Pinecone Central Park Association are taxdeductible. Donations can be made in two ways: 1. Electronically, via the Pinecone Central Park website at 2. Through the mail to: Pinecone Central Park Association; 2705 Winnebago Road; Sartell, MN 56377. All donors will be recognized on the website unless they prefer to remain anonymous. Those who contributed more than $1,000 will be recognized on a “Donor Wall” at the park. In addition, there are options for securing naming rights at the fields. All naming rights are good for at least 20 years. Park • page 8 by Dennis Dalman in her middle-school and highschool years. And she has not forgotten that pain. As a candidate for “Miss Minnesota International,” Olinger’s platform topic is “Bullying.” At the pageant, which will take place March 15 in St. Cloud (exact time and location to be announced), Olinger will give a speech about the crucial need for societal forces to get together to prevent bullying of children. She will be competing against young women from throughout Minnesota, each representing her own city. “I wasn’t bullied as badly as other girls,” she said, “but I want all girls to know they can survive bullying and become beautiful inside and outside. They can build their self-esteem even if they have been bullied physically, mentally or emotionally. I want to be a voice for those girls.” Olinger moved to Sartell from Westchester, because her boyfriend, who had completed his medical residency in New York, found a job in Sartell. Dr. Ken Anderson is an oral-facial surgeon at Central Lakes clinic in Sartell. Olinger is employed as a medical biller for Array Services in Sartell. As a relative newcomer to Sartell, Olinger has been busy learning about her new city and its people. She plans to become Olinger • page 3 Once bullied herself, Olinger to focus on issue of bullying contributed photo A relative newcomer to Sartell, Alanna Olinger, who hails from Westchester, N.Y., is a candidate for Miss Minnesota International. Many people mistakenly think pretty girls do not get bullied. It’s not true. Just ask “Miss Sartell” Alanna Olinger. As a girl growing up in Westchester, N.Y., she was bullied frequently, mainly by other girls in her middle school and some later in high school, who would disparage her because she was so thin. They’d call her names like “Skinny Winnie” – and worse. Olinger tried to hide the pain she felt, but sometimes – when alone – she would burst into tears. Her self-esteem began to plummet

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