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Reaching Everybody! Look insid for a chanc e e to Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader IN GlobW etrott ticket er s! Sartell Friday, March 28, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 13 Est. 1995 Town Crier Maple syrup operation tours set at Kraemer Lake County Park The public is invited to tour the maple syrup operation from 1-4 p.m. the last weekend in March and first two weekends of April at Stearns County’s Kraemer Lake – Wildwood County Park, southwest of St. Joseph off CR 51 at 29709 Kipper Road. Tours are free. Look for signage. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Tillemans to be featured on ‘On the Road’ March 30, 31 Sartell resident Larry Tillemans will be featured in a three-minute interview about the Nuremberg War Crime Trials by TV journalist Jason Davis on KSTP Channel 5 at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30 and at 11 a.m. and noon Monday, March 31 in Davis’ “On the Road Again” segment and also on his website. Read to children for Llama Llama Read-A-Rama Llama Llama Read-A-Rama is a St. Cloud Area community initiative to encourage reading with children, starting at birth. Volunteers can read to children and assist with projects in preschools, Head Start Reach Up Inc. and Boys and Girls Clubs on April 10-11. All readers are encouraged to talk about their work/daily life as part of their volunteer experience so children hear about the importance of reading in everyday activities. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www. and click on Criers. Training set April 5 for therapeutic horseback riding Volunteer training for Project ASTRIDE will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5 at Avon Hills Paints and Quarter Horses in Avon. This is a 100-percent volunteer organization providing therapeutic horseback activities to individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. Contact the program at or visit 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. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Public Works report reveals lots of fun facts by Dennis Dalman Sartell has 96 miles of public streets, 27 miles of bituminous trails, 40 parks, 1,112 fire hydrants and three water-pumping plants. Those are just some of the interesting fun facts within the 2013 annual report of the Sartell Public Works Department presented to the city council at its March 24 meeting. The report gives an outline of all of the factors – often taken for granted or out-ofsight –that keep the city up and running. The Public Works Department is headed by Brad Borders; the assistant director is John Kothenbeutel, with 12 other employees. The following are some of the statistics from that report. Streets There are five full-time workers and three seasonal street workers for the city (two in the summer, one in the winter). Works • page 4 photo by Dennis Dalman Sartell Public Works utility operators Aaron Hauser (left) and Jeff Bemboom discuss the giant pumps that pump treated water to an outdoor, underground holding tank, ready for use by city residents. The pumps are located in one of the city’s water plants, the western one. O’Driscoll hopes to boost de-escalation training by Dennis Dalman A bill authored by State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll ( R- S a r t e l l ) would increase training funds for O’Driscoll police who could find themselves in de-escalation crises with returned military veterans. O’Driscoll’s bill calls for increasing the amount of deescalation training funds from $50,000 to $100,000. It would cover training costs at three police-officer schools in Alexandria, Fond du Lac and Hibbing. Last year at the Minnesota Legislature, a woman testified before the House Finance Committee, of which O’Driscoll is a member, about the time her husband, a war veteran, was under extreme duress, leading to a call to the police. When the police came, the woman said, they handled the crisis situation so professionally with such calmness, they succeeded in defusing a potentially dangerous situation. It was that woman’s testimony that con- vinced O’Driscoll the de-escalation training funds should be increased. O’Driscoll, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, has been widely honored for his legislative and personal work on behalf of military veterans. The bill he proposed is currently making its way through committees. Recently, on a unanimous vote, it was approved by the State Finance and Veterans Affairs Committee. It’s now due to go before the Public Safety Committee. The Minnesota Senate is also working on a similar bill. If the House and Senate can agree on a bill, it will go before the Legislature for a vote in both chambers. Previously, for two consecutive years, $50,000 was given for de-escalation training. O’Driscoll, in an interview with the Sartell Newsleader, said he is hoping the amount can be doubled. He met personally with police chiefs from throughout Stearns County, and they are all in favor of the increased training amount. O’Driscoll said there is an immediate need for it because an increasing number of veterans are returning home after serving overseas in war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of those veterans, he said, have trouble adjusting back into civilian life. The mounting stresses of some, O’Driscoll said, can lead to emotional crises that require understanding and calm expertise from professionals, including police officers, who can help veterans in crisis situations. “Veterans need a voice to be represented in St. Paul,” O’Driscoll said. A good development, he added, is many more returning veterans are becoming aware of the many kinds of help available for them, and the old stigmas against asking for that help have been diminishing. Council denies Legends’ expansion request by Dennis Dalman On a 3-2 vote, the Sartell City Council nixed a variance request by “Legends of Heritage Place” because of concerns about intrusion in a wetlands area. The decision happened at the March 10 council meeting. Members Steve Hennes and Sarah Jane Nicoll voted for the variance; members Amy Braig- Lindstrom, David Peterson and Mayor Joe Perske voted against it. “Legends” had requested a variance from the city’s wetlands ordinance in order to construct a building that would join the two buildings currently there. The new building would include 24 more residential units and new amenities. It would also be a connection for the two buildings that are now separated. “Legends” is a residential complex that includes units for people suffering from memory loss. It includes a memory-care unit, an assisted-living unit and an independent-living unit – two home-like buildings located at 673 Brianna Drive. Sartell City Planner Anita Rasmussen noted the request had been unanimously approved for recommendation to the council by the city’s planLegends • page 5

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