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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, April 5, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 14 Est. 1995 Town Crier Senior Connection hosts presidential museums talk Steve Hennes will speak on presidential libraries/museums during the Sartell Senior Connection meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 in the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Recently Hennes and his wife visited the Eisenhower Museum in Abiline, Kan. Come and learn first-hand about history while he shares photos and stories of all his tours to presidential libraries/ museums. Refreshments will be served. Postal Patron Yet another mural graces Sartell High School by Dennis Dalman contributed photo This is the new mural at Sartell High School. The winding birch tree in a landscape was created with acrylic paint on panels made of masonite and pine boards. The interior of Sartell High School is beginning to resemble a veritable art museum. A couple of months ago, Deb Rolling’s art students completed a dazzling mural in a stairwell. The blazing-blue underwater scene was created under the guidance of an artist in residency. Last week, the students created another mural – this one under the tutelage of a different artist-in-residence – Dan Mondloch of St. Cloud, Rollings and art liaison Cori Schneider. Both projects were funded by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board. The new mural is a depiction, in multi-panels, of a birch tree within a landscape. The panels are acrylic paintings on masonite and pine boards. Sportsmen’s hold breakfast April 7 The St. Stephen Sportsmen’s Club Breakfast will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 7 in the St. Stephen Parish Hall. A free-will offering will be accepted. Methodist congregation eager to worship in new church Independent Lifestyles offers ‘Train the Brain’ “Train the Brain” is an educational group for individuals who have suffered a mild brain injury and their families/friends. The group provides education on various topics to help assist people who have suffered a brain injury gain back their independence and function in everyday life. Classes will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 and May 14. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. March for Babies set April 13 at SCSU A March of Dimes Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at St. Cloud State University. Residents may sign up as individuals or a team of co-workers, family or friends at www.marchforbabies. org. For more information, visit and click on Criers. St. Stephen youth ball sets registration deadline The St. Stephen Athletic Club will begin taking registration forms for the 2013 summer ball program. Available will be T-ball, pitch ball, baseball and softball for boys 5-14 years of age and girls 5-15 years of age. Forms will be available at Conomart in St. Stephen and the City of St. Stephen website ( through April 15. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Czarnetzki’s Hardware Hank Art instructor Rollings said the art works are part of a larger arts efforts in Sartell High School known as “Art in Motion,” which seeks to include the arts as an integral part of daily life for students, teachers, staff and visitors. Art in Motion is funded partly through a grant from the SartellSt. Stephen Education Foundation. The students who had a hand in the mural painting are Katelyn Dykhuizen, Mikayla Gessell, Rachel Stroh, Kaylin Meyer, Tyler Dockery, Kasey Muellenbach, Morgan Forbes, Kylee Bommersbach, Ann Malin, Rachel Teigland, Kyah Bengston, Jenna Bohlman, Kacy Dobe, Taylor Harren, Brett Jackels, Bree Kreutzer, Katherine Muntifering, Darien Prow, Alyssa Schoon, Jamal Skoog, Brandon Snoberger, Katelyn Evenson and Erin Deters. Parents’ input needed for school calendar by Dennis Dalman An online survey about the 2013-14 school calendar is now available online for parents, guardians and staff of the SartellSt. Stephen School District. The survey, which became available April 4, can be filled out online until noon Monday, April 8. The reason for the survey is for school-board members to get a good idea of what people expect in the way of a school calendar. The official calendar will be considered and possibly approved at the Monday, April 15 school-board meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. at St. Stephen City Hall. The school board has created a district-calendar committee to consider all of the survey input and other factors. Last year, the board voted to end the traditional spring break in favor of a series of extended weekends. That decision caused a furor, with many parents and students claiming the decision was made too quickly without enough public input. Many also accused the board of poor communication and of ignoring the needs and wishes of parents, students, staff and teachers. The current board is comprised of several new members who were elected in last November’s election. In their campaigns, those board members vowed to expand communication between the board and those it serves. The school-calendar survey is just one of those new communication efforts. On April 4, the school district sent out, via email, invitations to take the survey to parents and guardians whose email addresses are maintained in the district’s information-management system (known as “Skyward”). Invitations were also sent to staff members. Hard copies of the surveys were sent home to parents or guardians who do not have email addresses on file at the schools. What’s needed via the surveys is information about what parents/guardians would like the school calendar to be. Those options are: 1. A series of long vacation weekends in February, March Calendar • page 7 by Dennis Dalman It was a long time coming, but members of First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud are ready and The Rev. Meier eager, at long last, to move into their new “home” in Sartell – a brand-new building on Pinecone Road S. “We’re thrilled to see the quality of the building and what it will provide for our ministry,” said Rev. William Meier after paying a visit to the new facility last week. “It will be fun to see our ministry thrive in that space and that location.” For more than 100 years, First United Methodist Church was located in St. Cloud in four successive buildings, the first in a house. The current church, built more than 50 years ago, stands at 302 5th Ave. S. in St. Cloud, just south of the downtown area. In the past 10 years or so, the building had become woefully too small for the needs of the congregation. As early as 2007, the congregation at that site was faced with two choices: try to expand Church • page 4 contributed photo The west wall stained-glass window from the previous church will be moved to the new Sartell church and reinstalled there. The window is more than 50 years old.

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