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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 21, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 12 Est. 1995 Postal Patron Mayor: Sartell on track for bright future Town Crier County Service Center now processes driver’s license renewals Driver’s licenses and Minnesota ID cards can now be renewed at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 CR 138, Waite Park, one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South. Driver’s license renewals, lost cards, changes of name, class and address can all be processed at License Center West. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Older worker opps available in county Older residents of Stearns County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that might be able to help. The Experience Works Community Service Employment Program, a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota, provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance for eligible individuals. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers. The Experience Works SCSEP is currently accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Stearns County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one ($19,663 for family of two). For more information, visit and click on Criers. Furniture movers needed The Community Furniture Program is looking for volunteers and community service workers to help move furniture out of the St. Cloud Holiday Inn Express and Suites behind McStop and into the Community Furniture Program warehouse. They will be working from approximately 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through April 20. They will be moving 11 rooms of furniture each Sunday in that timeline until finished. This is an incredibly generous donation from the Holiday Inn, one that will help sustain the CFP for several months. Volunteers who can do heavy lifting or someone who can pick up a lamp, they need your help. If needed, transportation can be provided within the St. Cloud area. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. contributed photo Sartell Mayor Joe Perske gives his annual State of the City speech to a luncheon of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce. by Dennis Dalman The long, cold winter, which (according to the calendar, anyway) ended with the first day of spring, March 20, was a very expensive one for the City of Sartell. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske noted that fact when he presented his annual “State of the City” address March 11 at a meeting of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce at city hall. Every time there is a heavy snowfall, it costs the city $9,000 just to clear the streets. If snow plows and street workers have to go onto streets on weekends or holidays, it costs an additional $9,000, Perske said. And that’s not the only cost. So far, this past season, more than 2,200 tons of salt were laid down on streets, which is three times more than during an average winter. In his speech, Perske presented noteworthy, ongoing and future developments within the city: Most Sartell residents should not see a rise in property taxes this year. City staff, department heads and the council worked hard to keep the budget flat. In addition, Sartell was given an AA credit rating by the rating agency of Standard and Poor’s last year. The rating is one of the highest ratings possible, shared by only a few cities. One of the major criteria for such a high rating is fiscal responsibility of a city. The AA rating translates into favorable interest rates, saving the city thousands of dollars every year. The local economy continues to improve, as reflected in developments within Sartell. There was an increase of 71 more single-family homes in the city last year, which accounted for 40 percent of single homes built in the area. Some lots that had been foreclosed were purchased by developers and now have homes on them. More lots, through foreclosure, will become available this year. New commercial developments in 2013 include a major expansion at Country Manor and new projects such as Madison Crossing Apartments, East Side Convenience Store and Little Caesar’s Pizza. The diverging-diamond interchange was completed at Hwy. 15 and CR 120 near Epic Center, and motorists took to its new configurations easily, with no serious accident reported. Pinecone Central Park officially opened last year. Its baseball complex had plenty of use, including four tournaments that attracted dozens of out-of-town teams. More fields, all-purpose ones and soccer ones, will open this summer. Also last year, Sartell purchased 38 acres of land on the north side of the park for a price of about $6,000 per acre. Plans for a dog park at Pinecone Central are in process. Sartell also purchased 44 acres for future development of Sauk River Regional Park at the scenic edge of the city next to St. Cloud. State Legacy funds paid $1.5 million for the land purchase, with another $1.5 million that will be available to develop the park, which will mean no extra tax liability for residents. The Sartell city budget is $5.7 million, and just about half of Perske • page 5 New Apple directors want to expand race by Dennis Dalman The new co-directors of the Sartell Apple Duathlon hope to make the prestigious event even more local-friendly than it’s ever been, with more participation than it’s ever had, in its 32-year history. Lisa Bollinger and Adam Konczewski agreed to share directorship duties this year when the previous director, Brandon Testa, decided to resign. Testa became director several years ago after Daryl and Pam Stevens decided to call it quits. The Stevenses had been co-directors of the event since its inception. The new directors have hosted a seminar by a professional bike fixer and a recent bike clinic featuring former Apple Duahlon champions David Thompson and Dan Hedgecock, both of St. Paul. Those two duathletes talking about training, common injuries of duathletes, tips to fixing bikes and other helpful bits of advice. Both events took place at Williams Inte- gracare Clinic, a major sponsor of the Sartell Apple Duathlon. Those seminars were open to anyone in the area. Konczewski and Bollinger have also scheduled two more events to which everyone is welcome. The first is a workshop to learn functional movements while biking and ways to correct muscular imbalances of the body. That is slated for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 29, also at Williams Integracare Clinic. The second event, a Bike Rodeo for children, will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3 at Sartell Middle School. The rodeo will be a joint venture among the Sartell Police Department, the BLEND Foundation and the Apple Duathlon Committee. The events are free and open to anyone. Bollinger Bollinger and Konczewski have both competed in the Apple in the past five years. Bollinger won the race twice, the first time in the age category of Females 25-29, contributed photos Above left: Lisa Bollinger prepares to hop on her bicycle for the biking portion of the last Sartell Apple Duathlon. She is now a co-director of the Apple, along with Adam Konczewski. Above right: Sartell Apple Duathlon Co-director Konczewski stands next to his bicycle when he was in Klagenfurt, Austria last year for the Ironman Triathlon. the second time in Females 30-34. Last year, she placed second in that same age category. The first time she competed in the Apple Duathlon had a very special meaning for Bollinger because she did the middle biking portion, and her father, Dan Wildtraut, visiting from Florida, did the two running routes. Last year, the Apple was a world-qualifier, and Bollinger quailfied, getting a chance to run in the international duathlon in Ottawa, Canada. “When I was in the Ottawa race, there were so many people wearing ‘Sartell Apple Duathlon’ T-shirts,” she said. “It just shows how the Apple race put Sartell on the map. And the Apple is right in our backyard. We’ve been so lucky to have it for 32 years. It’s a very well-run race, it’s non-profit and it’s all about giving back to the community.” Bollinger took up the offer to be an Apple codirector because she believes in the race as a firmly entrenched tradition, which can draw in people from all ages. Her own son, Carter, 8, ran the Kids’ Apple last year, which always takes place on the Friday night before the adult duathlon. Bollinger and her husband, Jeff, also have another son, Drew, 6. One of the competitors who comes back to the Apple year Apple • page 4

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