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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 12, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 15 Est. 1995 Town Crier CSB’s Gorecki hosts Bert Blyleven Circle Me History with Bert Blyleven fundraiser for Stearns History Museum will be held Wednesday, April 24 at Gorecki Center, 37 S. College Ave. N, St. Joseph. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Stearns History Museum at or 320-253-8424. Compost site opening delayed Because of the nasty vagaries of Mother Nature, the Sartell Compost Site will not open Saturday, April 13, as earlier planned. As soon as the weather starts acting like spring, the site will open. To find out when, visit the City of Sartell website at www.sartellmn. com, watch local-cable Charter Channel 19 or keep an eye on the community digital sign on Pinecone Road S. City seeks volunteer for park commission The City of Sartell is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Park Commission due to a recent resignation. The person would fill out the remaining nine months of a three-year term. To obtain an application, visiting or stop by City Hall. Deadline to apply is noon Monday, April 15. SHS performs ‘Fiddler on Roof’ Sartell High School will perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 18-20 and at 12:30 p.m. April 20. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Earth Day Run is April 19-20 Central Minnesota’s largest running event returns with the April 19-20 Earth Day Run. About 4,500 runners, spectators and volunteers are expected to participate. To register and for more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www. and click on Criers. Postal Patron Four residents prepare for Boston Marathon by Dennis Dalman As she looks forward to running in the Boston Marathon, Laura Nordby of Sartell feels a mixture of nervousness and excitement. It will be the Sartell woman’s first time in the world-famous event. “I’m nervous, thinking this can’t be real,” she said. “But I’m very excited after all I’ve heard about the Boston marathon.” Nordby is one of five Sartell residents who qualified for this year’s marathon, which will take place in the greater Boston area on Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15. The others are Jereme Fimrite, Shane Johnson, Curt Karolus and Dr. Liliana Lucas. Although Lucas, who participated in last year’s marathon, did qualify again, she had to change her plans. She will, however, take part in the Boston Marathon next year. Nordby has been training for the big event all winter. Her training, indoor treadmill and outdoor running, is based on a marathontraining book suggested by Dr. Liliana Lucas, who has been a running partner – usually on weekends – for several years. Nordby qualified for the Boston event by her performance at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. “I’ve always liked running, ever since I was in track in high school,” Nordby said. “Since then, I’ve just kept running. I love running because all it takes is yourself and a pair of shoes.” She and her husband, Sam, will fly to Boston on the weekend of April 12. Their young chil- dren – Dutch, Anna and Lincoln – wish they could go, too, but they will have a chance to see the marathon, and perhaps “mama,” on YouTube or on a television Marathon • page 4 ‘What’s the buzz, DON’T tell me all about it’ photos by Jack Hellie Above: Minnesota State Trooper Tony Mazzone talks with a student following an assembly April 5 at Sartell High School. Mazzone visited the school to share insights about the dangers of distracted driving, including texting while driving. He also emphasized the importance of wearing seatbelts for the driver and all passengers in any vehicle. Left: Mazzone answers a question from the audience. Chamber honors Hurd as ‘Senior Volunteer of Year’ by Dennis Dalman One morning recently, Ron Hurd was enjoying a morning ritual – having a chat session and coffee with his retired buddies – when a woman popped in holding a bunch of balloons. To Hurd’s surprise, the woman from the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce announced to Hurd he had been selected as the chamber’s “Sartell Senior Volunteer of the Year.” He will be formally honored, along with other honorees, in April at the annual Chamber Banquet. Hurd was surprised; his pals weren’t. Even though they joshed him, they knew he deserves the award, aware as they are of all the volunteerism he does. In fact, Hurd’s life practically revolves around volunteering. He has learned how to combine volunteer tasks with his hobby, woodworking, and how to make volunteer work not “work” but lots of fun. His “reward,” he said is seeing smiles on the faces of those who benefit from his volunteering. One of those tasks was to build a wheelchair ramp at the home of an 8-year-old handicapped girl. When she took her first “trip” down that ramp in her wheelchair, she looked up at Hurd, smiled and said a big “thank you!” “That smile said it all,” Hurd said. “That smile was the best thank you I could ever get.” Another time he built a wheelchair ramp in the dead of winter for a Vietnam veteran, who hadn’t been out of the house in four months. The man was as eager as a caged tiger to scoot his wheelchair down the ramp, get on a bus at the end Volunteer • page 5 Vagle humbled by ‘Citizen of Year’ award by Dennis Dalman Pastor Doug Vagle was stunned with surprise when one day recently someone showed up at his office carrying balloons and telling him he has been honored as “Sartell Citizen of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce. Vagle was stunned and surprised because he never expects to be rewarded for the kinds of service he loves to do anyway. “I was absolutely so humbled,” he said to the Newsleader. “I’m never looking for an honor. I love to serve because it’s my calling.” Vagle, who is the pastor of The Waters church, was officially recognized April 11 at the annual Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce banquet, along with “Senior Citizen Volunteer of the Year” Ron Hurd. The winner of the “Sartell Business of the Year” was announced as a surprise on the banquet night (to be featured in the April 19 edition as winner’s name was unavailable at press time). Vagle was honored for his many volunteer activities that help make Sartell a better place to live. He serves, for example, as the Sartell Police Department chaplain. He, his family and parishioners, also do a tremendous amount of volunteer activities for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District – its students, staff and teachers. “We love to give back to Sartell,” Vagle said. One of the mottos of The Waters church is this: “Families are Citizen * page 8

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