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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. 22, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 8 Est. 1995 Town Crier SFX Church to present ‘Music for the Masses’ A “Music for the Masses” concert will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in conjunction with the parish’s fish fry to take place before and after the concert. Organizers of the concert are hoping a free-will offering as admission can raise enough for a “Pay It Forward for Lent,” which would be used to upgrade and to purchase television-related equipment so the St. Cloud Catholic Diocese can continue to televise Masses to elderly, hospitalized and homebound parishioners. Such televised Masses are especially crucial for those people during winter weather. U of M seeks participants in teen-driver study Sartell, St. Joseph, St. Cloud and surrounding areas have been selected as recruitment locations for a teen-driver study being conducted by the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the project is to understand teen-driver safety and behaviors as well as parental involvement with teens during the learning phase of driving. The university seeks to recruit 40 teen drivers from the Sartell and St. Joseph areas who currently have their learner’s permit, will receive their provisional driver’s license between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, are age 16 at that time, and are able to begin the study within one month of their licensure start date. As part of the study, teens will receive a free Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone and a monthly data, text and talk service plan for one year. Additionally, teens will receive a monthly $25 incentive at the end of the year-long study totaling $300. For more information, contact Nichole Morris at or call 612-624-4614. Postal Patron Sabre dancers earn 2nd, 4th at state tourney by Dennis Dalman After winning fourth-place in the jazz category Friday, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team came back Saturday like gangbusters and danced-kicked their way into second-place honors at the Class AA statewide high-kick competition. It’s the second consecutive year the team won second in the highkick competition at the Minnesota High School Dance Tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis. In 2011, the Sabre dancers won first place for high kicks. After their dance weekend, the girls and coaches celebrated in their Minneapolis motel with a pizza party. The dancers and coaches had a lot to celebrate, a lot to be proud about. The dance scores they received from judges were the best in the history of Sabre Dance Team competition. They received 96 out of a perfect 100 points for high-kick and 93 Dance • page 4 photo by Jack Hellie With true razz-ma-tazz and bursts of energy, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team performs its highkick number based on tunes expressive of the “Roaring 20s.” From left to right are Lauren Lauermann, Ashley Bartlett, Miranda Garmen and Jessica Meischsner. Concert to raise funds for televising Masses by Dennis Dalman A “Music for the Masses” concert will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in conjunction with the parish’s fish fry. The fish fry in the school cafete- ria will take place from 4-7 p.m., and the concert will begin right after that in the church. Besides being entertainment, the concert is a free-will offering fundraiser to improve and extend the St. Cloud Catholic Diocese’s recording and broadcasting Masses for homebound people. INSERT: Appliance Smart hoping a free-will offering can raise enough for a “Pay It Forward for Lent.” One of the organizers is Kelly Marcum, who saw an advertisement about the “Pay It Forward For Lent” program in the St. Cloud Catholic Visitor. The ad said $100 would be given as seed money if Masses • page 3 by Dennis Dalman at a banquet March 10 in St. Cloud. The council also honored two other social-studies instructors as Teachers of the Year for the high-school and elementaryschool categories. Those honorees are Alan Amdahl of Albany High School and Mariah Singh of Pillsbury Elementary School in Minneapolis. “I was really, really surprised,” Richason said, on hearing she’d been honored. “It’s an honor even to be nominated. There are so many great socialstudies teachers out there and so it’s nice to be recognized by one’s peers.” Richason was nominated for the award by Rochelle Arellano, an intern in Richason’s classroom several years ago. Richason loves teaching so much she attributes her success and her recent honor to her parents from whom she developed a love of learning to her students, their parents and the Sartell-St. Richason • page 5 Richason named statewide social-studies ‘Teacher of Year’ Alzheimer’s Association hosts education series “Get the Facts,” an educational series of free classes hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association MinnesotaNorth Dakota will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. monthly on Thursdays through May 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 CR 137, St. Cloud. Classes are designed for anyone concerned about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. No registration is necessary, and individuals can attend one, several or all of the classes. For information, call 320-257-0699 or visit and click on Criers. Already, people throughout the diocese, including many St. Joseph residents, have expressed interest in the concert since it will benefit parishioners far and wide, especially those who are elderly, physically disabled or shut-ins for other reasons. Organizers of the concert are contributed photo Jen Richason, (right) Minnesota Social Studies Teacher of the Year, enjoys a laugh with two of her students, Turner Kuhn (left) and Jaren Martin. Kuhn is showing his painting of a World War I German soldier standing in a trench. The students have been learning about the famed Christmas truce of 1914 during which World War I soldiers on opposing sides climbed out of their trenches and enjoyed a soccer game right in the middle of the brutal, beastly “no man’s land” between the trenches. Social studies and education are practically birthrights for Jen Richason, Sartell Middle School teacher who was recently honored with the Minnesota Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Richason’s father, Ben, is a geography teacher at St. Cloud State University. Her grandfather, whose name was also Ben, taught geography at Carrol College in Waukesha, Wis. Richason’s mother, Barb, has been a paraprofessional in the St. Cloud School District. “They all had an impact on me,” Richason said. “I’ve always loved geography.” Geography is an integral part of her social-studies classes. Richason was stunned to learn she’d been named a Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Council for Social Studies. The award will be presented officially

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