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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. 21, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 8 Est. 1995 Town Crier Senior Connection shows ‘King’s Speech’ at movie night Sartell Senior Connection hosts “The King’s Speech,” a British historical drama, during its movie night at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Sartell District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. The film follows George VI’s life while overcoming a severe stuttering condition he had endured since his youth. Winner of the Academy Award for best picture. Popcorn is provided but bring your own beverage. See you tonight. Registration now open for Summer Fastpitch Softball The Sartell Fastpitch Softball Association is forming girls 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U summer teams. Registration deadline is Monday, March 31. (Pay by Saturday, March 15 and receive last year’s rates.) For information about our league or to register, visit A parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Sartell District Office. If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact Bill Davison at 320-291-4069. Like us on Facebook! City asks help to prevent water line freezing Area cities have all recently experienced water service lines freezing, and Sartell is noticing a greater proportion occurring in cul de sacs. The water line that runs from the city’s main to inside the building is the owner’s responsibility, and the best way to prevent the service line from freezing is to keep the water moving or running. A pencil- or pinkie-finger width is effective to prevent freezing. The cost of thawing service lines is expensive and it can take more than a day to get a contractor there to thaw it, so property owners should consider running their water, particularly if the property is on a cul de sac or if you notice any drop in water pressure, drop in water temperature and/or discoloration. For more information, visit For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. See inside for child safety tips and answers to the Match the Love Song contest! Postal Patron Augustin leads tour down Oscar’s memory lane by Dennis Dalman Shirley Temple, the most world-famous and beloved of all child movie stars, won the first “Special Juvenile Oscar” at the 1935 Academy Awards ceremony. She died Feb. 10 at her California home at the age of 85. Temple was just 7 when she was given an Oscar, still the youngest winner in the 86-year history of Academy-Award recipients. That was one of many fun facts in a presentation about the history of the Oscars Feb. 11 by Sartell resident and former Sartell Middle School science teacher John Augustin at the Sartell Senior Connection. A long-time Oscar buff, Augustin was unaware Temple had died the day before and expressed stunned surprise when an audience member told him. He had already prepared to talk about Temple and even had a photo of her presenting a best actress Oscar to Claudette ColOscar • page 8 photo by Dennis Dalman Stunned by surprise, Jan Sorell accepts a best-actress Oscar from John Augustin for her role in “The Senior Connection.” At right is Bill Morgan, who won the best-actor Oscar for his performance, also in “The Senior Connection,” an intriguing mystery movie about a group of people, mainly elderly, who live in a Minnesota city named Sartell. Augustin, a former Sartell science teacher and long-time Oscar buff, invited his audience to pose and have fun spoofing with his “prop” Oscars after his talk about the history of the Academy Awards. Augustin was guest speaker for the weekly Thursday talk, Feb. 13, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection. Sartell joins ‘GreenStep Cities’ program by Dennis Dalman Sartell is now a participant in the “GreenStep Cities” program, which assists cities throughout Minnesota to develop “Best Practices” methods to enhance energy efficiency, economic development and all-around healthier cities and residents. At a recent meeting, the Sartell City Council voted 4-1 to join the program, at no cost to the city. Council member Sarah Jane Nicoll voted “no” because she said Sartell has already made great strides in “green” practices, Sartell would probably have to spend money to implement some GreenStep goals and even though the claim is no city money is in- volved, it would be unfair for Sartell to adopt a program it doesn’t need that would spend money from somewhere else. Sarah Hayden outlined the GreenStep program for the council. Hayden is the central GreenStep • page 5 Funds benefit teen’s dying wishes by Dennis Dalman contributed photo BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell was widely known among friends, family and strangers for her kind personality and her winning smile. She died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically at the age of 18 on Sept. 28, 2013. Family, friends and wellwishers of BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell are determined to raise funds in honor of the talented, widely beloved girl who died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically at the young age of 18. Her mother, Tami, found her dead in her room on Sept. 28, 2013. Tami had gone to BriAnna’s room and found her face-down on the carpet. She frantically tried CPR, but it was too late. The terrible and mysterious death could not be explained, but researchers now think it was almost surely a rare arrhythmia in BriAnna’s heart that stopped it so suddenly. The House of Pizza in Sartell will host a fundraiser in BriAnna’s memory from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. In the meantime, supporters are seeking silent-auction items for the event. Anyone with items to donate should call Tonia at 320-630-2257, Angie at 320-230-7985 or Tami at 320-492-4691. On that night, House of Pizza owner Brandon Testa will donate from each sale of food to the “BriAnna Rose Kruzel Memorial Fund.” That is the fund established so the Kruzels can donate money to BriAnna’s favorite, most passionate causes. One such cause is the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education’s Dance Program of which BriAnna was a dancer for many years. The Kruzels plan to buy a new sound system for the dance program. Another cause is the Girl Scouts because BriAnna was an avid Scout for 12 years and had just been honored as a lifetime member shortly before she died. Yet another cause was Big Brothers Big Sisters because BriAnna was a “Big Sister” during high school to a Sartell Middle School girl named “Samantha.” At the time, Samantha’s father was serving in Afghanistan. BriAnna could relate so well because her own father, Randy, had been deployed in Iraq in 2003-04. In 2013, BriAnna was nominated for and won the “Big Sister of the Year” award for central Minnesota from Big Funds • page 7

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