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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 8, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 10 Est. 1995 Town Crier 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. Girls summer fastpitch registration Sartell is forming 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U girls summer fastpitch softball teams. Registration deadline is March 22. For more information and registration forms, to to Nominations sought for Child Care Provider Members of the community are encouraged to nominate their provider for this well-deserved recognition. Licensed providers within Stearns and Benton counties who have had at least three years experience are eligible. Letters should describe how a caregiver exhibits special competency, demonstrates professional skills or has made a positive impact on the lives of young children. Each county’s recipient of this award will be honored at the annual Provider Appreciation Banquet Friday, May 8 in the St. Cloud area. Letters can be emailed to Provider of the Year Committee at Letters must be received by April 1 in order for a provider to be considered for the 2013 Provider of the Year. For more information, visit AgStar now accepting senior scholarship apps The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is now accepting applications for its high school senior scholarship program, which awards up to 20 students with $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and live in AgStar’s local service area. Applicants are selected based on academic achievement, leadership characteristics and community involvement. Four winners will be chosen from each of AgStar’s five regions. Applications must be postmarked by April 1 to be considered. For more information, visit and click on Criers. INSERTS: Culligan Spring Resource Guide Postal Patron Sabre swimmers place fifth at state meet The Sartell Sabre Boys Swim Team took fifth-place in the Class A category in the state meet last weekend at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The swimmers took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay and third in the 200-yard medley relay, garnering 130 points total for those two events. The freestyle relay swimmers were Jack Hellie, Ben Maurer, Jack Nieters and Drew Reitz. The medley relay team members were Hellie, Nieters, Reitz and Ian Lawson. Individually, Hellie placed 8th in the 100-yard butterfly, and Ian Lawson placed 7th in the 100-yard breaststroke. In 2000 and 2001, the Sartell swimmers-divers took third place. Daylight Savings begins Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Residents should turn clocks ahead one hour. St. Thomas Academy won the Class A category with 263 points, followed by Monticello, Breck-Blake (177 points) and Faribault (131 points). Those teams show scored below Sartell, in the following order, were Fergus Falls, Richfield, Hutchin- son, Simley, Dassel-Cokato-Litchfield, Melrose-Sauk Centre, Sauk Rapids-Rice and St. Cloud Apollo. Students complete school mural contributed photo Students are happy and proud about the mural they helped creat in the stairwell of Sartell High School. The art project is part of “Art in Motion,” a program sponsored and funded by the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation. Artist Willicey Tynes of St. Cloud conceived and supervised the painting. From left to right are Allie Juntenen, Taylor Daniels. Tynes, Mckenzie Fossen, Anni Henrickson, Katelyn Tragiai and Sienna Schneider. AIM officials visit paper-mill site by Dennis Dalman Sartell city staff, including Sartell City Administrator Patti Gartland, recently met with the chief executive officer of American Iron and Metal Co., which is purchasing the Sartell paper- mill site. In a memo to the city council, Gartland said he met with the CEO and six other members of his development team during a lunch session at city hall in mid-February. That same day, the AIM officials toured the paper-mill site. The Verso paper mill was shut down permanently after an explosion and fire on Memorial Day 2012 caused a massive amount of damage and resulted in the death of a Verso employee. The company, AIM, plans to demolish most of the paper- mill site and salvage what it can, such as metals that can be re-used. The process will take from 12-18 months, officials told Gartland. AIM is based in Montreal, Canada. Its CEO is Herbert Black. He and the six others Mill • page 2 ‘Schnauzer’ propels Johnson to first-place win by Dennis Dalman A d a m Johnson has a veritable instinct for spelling, so much so that he can spell words correctly he’s never heard Johnson of before or of which he is only vaguely familiar – words such as “kudzu” and “chutney.” Although Johnson did not win or place in the state competition a few days later, his win in the regional contest is considered a triumph by all who know him. The state winner is Emma Greenlee from Mesaba East (Aurora). It was the word “schnauzer” that propelled Johnson into one his first-place win Feb. 1 at the Region 5 Spelling Bee championship competition at St. John’s University. Johnson, an eighth-grader at Sartell Middle School, won the morning session. Ali Ophoven, a homeschooled eighth-grade girl from St. Joseph, placed second in that event. Both advanced to the multi-regional state competition, which took place Feb. 26 in Fer- gus Falls. There were two other Sartell Middle School students who competed in the morning session at SJU -- Maia Kurvers and Monte Belmont, both seventh-graders. In the afternoon session at SJU, the first-place winner was Madison Daniels of the Watertown-Mayer School District (in Watertown); the runner-up was Morgan Tasler of East Central Schools (in Banning). They, too, participated in the multi-regionals in Fergus Falls. The reason there are two spelling-bee sessions, morning and afternoon, is because of the high number of students who compete in the competition. “It was fun,” Johnson said of the SJU spelling bee event. “Toward the end I was a bit nervous. Most of the words I knew the meanings of and how to spell them. I wasn’t sure about chutney and kudzu. I never heard of kudzu before.” Kudzu is a fast-growing vine common in the American South and in Asia. Chutney is a sweetand-sour relish that originated in India. One reason Johnson was quite comfortable with the spelling bee is that he participated in the regional bee last year and the Johnson • page 3

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