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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 Postal Patron City department heads Town Crier to get salary increases Friday, March 1, 2013 It looks like Narnia! Volume 18, Issue 9 Est. 1995 Senior Connection hosts speech team Enjoy a fun afternoon listening to the Sartell High School Speech Team students present their meet speeches, which include dramatic and comedic presentations, during the Sartell Senior Connection meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Refreshments will be served. Alleged ‘peeker’ arrested in city An alleged window-peeker was arrested in Sartell on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21 and booked into the Stearns County Jail. Shortly after 9 p.m. on that night, the Sartell Police Department received a call about a male looking into a window in a home on the 700 block of 7th Avenue S. An officer arrived quickly and stopped a man on foot for questioning. The man’s boot treads matched the tread patterns left in the snow at the residence, according to a police report. The man, Vinh The Vu, 22, of St. Cloud, was then arrested. He is expected to be charged with trespassing and interfering with privacy. by Dennis Dalman The Sartell City Council voted 3-2 Feb. 25 to give the city staff’s nine department heads salary increases for 2013. Voting for the increase were council members Amy BraigLindstrom, Steve Hennes and Sarah Jane Nicoll. Voting against it were council member David Peterson and Mayor Joe Perske. The final resolution for the salary increase was suggested by council member Nicoll, who is a member of the city’s personnel committee, along with Braig-Lindstrom and Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland. That committee had studied salaries for department heads in other cities, as well as other employment factors, such as experience and job performance, that might influence salary levels. Salary adjustments have been more or less level during the past five years for department heads in Sartell. In 2009, there was a voluntary freeze in salary increases as the council agreed that was the right thing to do in light of a serious recession. The nine Sartell department heads are not unionized employees. Many city employees, such as clerical, are members of the Teamsters’ union, and most police employees are members of the Law Enforcement Labor Services Union. Non-union employees received wage increases as low as 1 percent during the past few years. Records show salaries for the nine department heads remained virtually stagnant since 2008, with, at most, increases of only $2,000 to $3,000 from the total 2008 salaries to the 2012 salaries. During that time, for example, the salary of the public-works director went from $73,900 in 2008 to $76,150 in 2012. The average amount of wage increases for union employees (both unions combined) in the last three years was 4.3 percent each year, said Sartell Finance Increase • page 5 Sartell High School sophomore Sam Chappell took this photo on his walk to school Feb. 14 along the walking path for students behind the high school around 7:45 a.m. Woman starts ‘Sartell Superstars’ 4-H club Register to be bone marrow donor Register to become a bone marrow donor on Tuesday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Aspen Room at St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 6th Ave. N., (park in the North parking lot/ramp and enter at North lobby) or from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, 1540 Northway Drive. All you need to provide is a cheek swab sample. You will be contacted if you are a possible match for a patient. There is no cost to participate. Candidates should be between the ages of 18 and 44. Every four minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Many will need a bone marrow transplant to survive. About 70 percent of people in need of a transplant do not have a matching donor in their family. For more information, call 320-654-6195 or visit and click on Criers. photo by Sam Chappell contributed photo Josh Maricle-Roberts loves animals. He raises chickens and these goats as 4-H projects and even makes a bit of extra money by selling the fresh eggs from his chickens. by Dennis Dalman Sartell now has a fledgling 4-H club, the “Sartell Superstars,” thanks to a woman and her son who thought it was about time 4-H members have a close-to-home place to meet. Kris Roberts-Cornett and her son, Josh Maricle-Roberts, an eighth-grader at Sartell Middle School, live at the very western edge of Sartell. Before moving there a few years ago, they lived in St. Joseph, and Josh was a member of a 4-H club in Rockville. After moving to the Sartell area, it was a long trip – at least once a month – to drive to and from the Rockville club’s meeting place. “That drive got to be a bit much in the winter,” RobertsCornett said. She and Sara Budde decided it would be a good idea to form a club in Sartell. Budde, an employee of the Stearns County Extension Service, is the county coordinator for 4-H clubs. Roberts-Cornett agreed to become leader of the club. She was a 4-H leader years ago when she lived in Iowa and was also a leader of the Sauk Valley 4-H club. In addition, she was leader of the Rockville club for a couple of years. So far, organizers have not publicized the Sartell Superstars 4-H club very much, although there are already two families interested in it. “It’s seems like I’ve been a member of 4-H forever,” Roberts-Cornett said. Daughters Megan and Amanda, now grown, were 4-H members for years. Josh remains an avid member. He has been doing 4-H woodwork projects and is also raising chickens and goats. Josh is keen about the subject of robotics and is pondering a plunge into the study of genealogy for a 4-H project. At one time, many years ago, 4-H clubs largely centered around agricultural pursuits, such as raising animals and pets as hobbies and growing vegetables and fruits. Decades ago, the organization mainly attracted parents and children from family farms. Everyone is familiar with 4-H from visiting the 4-H exhibit barns at county and state fairs. Typically, they contained a wealth of exhibits – prize-winning vegetables, flowers and animals, along with some scientific-type projects done by youth. In the last few decades, 4-H is no longer tied solely to agriculture-related topics. It has expanded hugely to accommodate a proliferation of hobbies and interests that were virtually unheard of years ago, such projects as those dealing with computerization, robotics and rocketry – to name just three. And, throughout the years, an increasing number of city children have joined 4-H clubs. Some of the subjects pursued by today’s 4-H children include photography, writing musical plays, arts and crafts, 4-H • page 5

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