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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 14, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 11 Est. 1995 Town Crier Community Ed offers retirement class “When Should You Begin Receiving Social Security Retirement Benefits?” a class by Marcus Anderson of Thrivent Financial, will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Anderson will discuss the following: What your full retirement age is and how your benefit is determined; how retiring earlier than, or later than, your full retirement will affect your Social Security benefit; why it’s important to plan together with your spouse, and strategies to boost your retirement and survivor’s benefits; and how working after you begin receiving Social Security could affect how much you receive. To register, call 320-253-4036 or visit DFL candidates seek March 15 endorsement On Saturday, March 15, 140 DFLers from Senate District 13, which includes Sartell and St. Joseph, will gather at 9:30 a.m. at Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. They will hear from congressional candidates, including Joe Perske of Sartell and Jim Read of Avon, seeking to replace Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is not seeking re-election for the 6th Congressional District seat. They also will select 14 delegates and 14 alternates to go to the May 3 congressional district endorsing convention in Monticello, which will endorse a DFL candidate for the open congressional seat. Sexual assault center seeks volunteer advocates Postal Patron Walesch, local talent to perform at ‘Pine Groove’ by Dennis Dalman One of the hottest bands in the Midwest, the Andrew Walesch Big Band, will perform at the Pine Groove Arts and Crafts Festival at Saturday, April 5 in Sartell. The two-part event is the annual fundraiser for the Sartell Music Association. Walesch, a graduate of St. John’s University, is a big-band leader, singer, composer and arranger who has garnered rave reviews for his renditions of bigband-era music, including his tributes to the likes of Frank Sinatra and George Gershwin. He is also skilled in just about every other genre of music and has recorded two CDs. Walesch has performed in cities throughout the Midwest, including prestigious venues in Nashville, Chicago and at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis. Walesch and his band will perform at 7 p.m. April 5 at Mulligan’s Event Center in Sartell. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Mulligan’s (320-656-9000) or on the Sartell Music Association’s website Mulligan’s is partnering for the event with the SMA so much of the proceeds will be donated to the SMA, which uses Walesch • page 5 Multi-talented musician and singer Andrew Walesch is wowing listeners throughout the Midwest with his piano-playing, singing, original songs and his big-band arrangements for shows that pay tribute to the greats of the big-band era, such as Frank Sinatra and George Gershwin. Walesch is a graduate of St. John’s University. Seven SMA students honored at science fair by Dennis Dalman Seven Sartell Middle School students returned home Feb. 22 with awards from the 68th annual Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair at St. Cloud State University. The winners premium awards are Peter Amundson, Peyton Braun, Kobey Cofer, Elizabeth Ruder and Madeline Thieschafer. Ruder and Thie- schafer also won the Broadcam Master’s Award. Zachary Christopherson won the Water Award, and Rory Spanier won the runner-up honor for the Minnesota Alpha Theta Mathematic’s Award. At the Science Fair, about 250 students from area schools presented their science projects, explained them to a panel of judges and answered judges’ questions. “The kids really enjoyed The Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center in St. Cloud is looking for individuals who would like to learn how to work with crisis calls, serve as sexual-assault advocates to victims at the hospital, and provide services to victims dealing with the criminal justice system. A 40-hour training is required and will be offered on Monday evenings starting March 17 for seven Mondays and two Saturdays. Call Renae to sign up at 320-2514357 or go online to www.cmsac. org for more information. it,” said Angela McSorley, who teaches eighth-grade science at Sartell Middle School. “They loved to explain to the judges how they set up their projects, what they learned from projects and how they came up with new ideas from doing those projects. They also enjoyed meeting other kids involved in science.” McSorley was at the fair, along with fellow SMS science instructor Gina Anderson, who contributed photo Luke Payne of Sartell plays radio disc jockey Vince Fontaine in the St. John’s Prep School musical, Grease, which will be performed at the Paramount Theater March 21-23. teaches seventh-graders. This was the third year SMS participated in the event at SCSU. The premium awardwinners can, if they choose, compete at the state science fair at the end of March. Three examples of the projects presented by the SMS students are the following: “To Build a Fire” by Peter Amundson. Through lots of experimentation, Amundson tried Science • page 4 Payne plays DJ in musical Grease by Dennis Dalman Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to news@thenewsleaders. com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. photo by Heidi Ross, Andrew Walesch website Luke Payne of Sartell has a minor but plum role in the popular musical Grease, which will be performed by St. John’s Prep School students March 22-23 at the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. Payne is one of five SJP students from Sartell who has roles in the play. The others are Kyra Hulsebus, Sydney Lo, Evan Morrison and Cormac Smith. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Tickets are available at Payne, the son of Sandy and Tom Payne, plays Vince Fontaine, a local radio disc jockey, who’s putting on a show for the teenagers in the play. “Vince is a kind of one-dimensional cardboard cutout character,” said Payne, who is 17. “He’s often heard in the play but not seen. He does appear in the dance contest scene because he’s the judge of it.” As Vince, Payne wears a loud blue-plaid suit, a kind of goofy-garish 1950s style. That suit and the other costumes in Grease were designed by Payne’s mother, Sandy, with help from other seamstresses and Sandy’s mother, Margaret Melcher. “I don’t sing any songs solo, but I do get to sing in the chorus,” Payne said. “The show is incredibly fun to be in. We really enjoy all the dancing, and it gets our energies up.” Payne has participated in theater productions since he was in seventh grade. He’s played roles in Peter Pan, Our Town, Damn Yankees, Beauty and the Beast and enjoyed the choice role of the Lion in The Wizard of Oz. In 1971, Grease debuted on Broadway and became a hit movie later, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The 1950s-style rock ‘n’ roll musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey has been an international favorite, and many of its songs have become classics. Grease • page 8

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