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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, March 7, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 10 Est. 1995 Town Crier Centennial plans underway March 9 The City of St. Stephen will be celebrating its Centennial on Saturday, July 19. A planning meeting for residents interested in helping with the event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9 at City Hall. Sr. Connection hosts Pat McNeal’s ‘Journey to the End of the World’ “Journey to the End of the World,” sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection, will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Pat McNeal will start in Buenos Aires, fly to Calafate and visit world heritage sites such as Los Glaciers National Park and the Puerto Moreno Ice Field. Then we will travel through the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Glacier Alley and follow the route of Darwin through Beagle Channel. The highlight will be visiting the southernmost city in the world, landing on Cape Horn. Then we will take a hike to the tip of South America. Enjoy a fun trip in the middle of winter in the comfortable setting of the Sartell District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Daylight Savings begins Sunday Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. Residents should turn clocks ahead one hour. Commissioner to meet with constituents Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel will meet with constituents for an informal coffee chat from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Blue Line Sports Bar & Grill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. The commissioner generally holds the coffee get-togethers on the first Saturday of every other month in three cities of his district: Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park. Bromenschenkel, a Sartell resident, represents Stearns County District 2 on the county board. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Empty lunch accounts can lead to sandwiches only by Dennis Dalman Every school day, lunch workers in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District serve 2,500 hot lunches, and about 500 of those meals are free or reduced-price lunches for students from low-income families. Every now and then, some of those low-income students do not get a hot lunch. Instead, they are given a choice of a peanut-butter sandwich or cheese sandwich, along with a carton of milk. Each student has a lunchroom pin number. After they fill their hot-lunch trays, they enter their pin numbers at the end of the line where the cashier sits. The cashier can then see instantly on the computer screen the status of any student’s hot-lunch account. If the account is delinquent, the cashier will set the student’s food-filled tray aside, and the student is given a certificate-coupon, which is good for the sandwich lunch. Using the certificate, the student also has the option of going to the office to call parents to remind them the account is empty. If a student makes that call, he or she can return to the cafeteria, give the certificate-coupon back to the cashier and receive the hot lunch. Before the sandwich option goes into effect, however, each family is allowed to have up to three hot lunches charged, until they put more money in their students’ lunch accounts. In kindergarten through fourthgrade, students’ families can have an unlimited amount of charges. In the meantime, the schools notify the families up to twice a week via phone calls or emails that the lunch photo by Dennis Dalman accounts must be paid, other- In the cafeteria, seventh-grader Kami Counter, who pays full lunch pricwise the students cannot have es, enters her pin number at the Sartell Middle School’s cashier’s station. The cashier is Sharon Schnapp. The Sartell-St. Stephen School District hot lunches. Lunch • page 5 serves 2,500 lunches each day. Police continue work on alleged abduction case by Dennis Dalman Sartell police investigators are still trying to piece together information about the alleged abduction of a woman in Sartell on Feb. 12. Police have reviewed surveillance videos from businesses along the routes where the woman and her two captors had driven, but they were unable to establish any good leads. The 56-year-old woman, whose name and city of residence have not been released, said she was abducted in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in Sartell at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 12 after she got into her car. A masked man hiding in the back seat sprang up and ordered the woman to drive. After driving around, he ordered her to go to another location where another masked man got into the car. They demanded money from the INSERT: Spring Resource Guide into the Coborn’s store where she called police. She was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital, treated for injuries and released. Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes has been reluctant to release any more information about the alleged abduction until more facts of the case can be pinned down. Anyone who knows anything about the incident should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186. by Dennis Dalman are eager to show off the new machine and have scheduled “Community Day” for that purpose from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Trobec’s Bar in St. Stephen. All past and present club members are invited to attend. Landowners who live along the St. Stephen snowmobile trail have been invited to the gathering at Trobec’s, along with anyone else who wants to show up. A Polaris snowmobile will be raffled, with a limit of 650 tickets sold. Thanks to the new used groomer, several members can take turns keeping the trails in good order. The main groomer is Mark VanderWeyst, whose wife, Cindy is the mayor of St. Stephen and president of the River Runners. There are four other groomers who help out, including Randy Welch, the husband of Lori Welch. River Runners to host ‘Community Day’ March 8 Huge snow banks prevent snowmobile trail grooming Wayne Resseman of the Holdingford Snowfliers Snowmobile Club has informed the Stearns County Park Department they are unable to groom portions of the Lake Wobegon trail between Albany and Holdingford for snowmobiling. They report drifts on the trail so large grooming machines are not able to groom the trail. All snowmobilers are warned to watch for trail re-routes. woman. At one point, she said, one of the men choked her until she lost consciousness. After nearly four hours of more driving around in the St. Cloud area, the men forced her from her car by the Coborn’s Super Store in Sauk Rapids, then they took off in the car. The vehicle was later found by Sauk Rapids police with much of the insides burned out. After the men pushed her from the car shortly before 2 a.m. Feb. 13, the woman fled contributed photo Rodney and Lori Welch, members of the St. Stephen River Runners snowmobile club, drive about 1,500 miles most winters on their machines. Their two children are also avid snowmobilers. While most central Minnesotans are grinning and bearing this winter, the members of the St. Stephen River Runners are grinning and loving it. In fact, they couldn’t be happier with all the snow and more snow. “We’re loving it,” said Lori Welch of St. Stephen. “This winter we can actually ride right from our house to the snowmobile trail. We don’t even have to use the (snowmobile) trailer.” It’s quite a change from the winter of two years ago when there were unusually warm temperatures and virtually no snow for most of the season. The River Runners, a group of about two dozen snowmobile hobbyists, recently purchased a used 200 model Tucker grooming machine with drag from a company in Bloomington. 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