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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 26, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 17 Est. 1995 Town Crier Sartell-St. Stephen makeup day is May 31 Due to school being cancelled April 19, the make-up day for all Sartell-St. Stephen students and staff will be Friday, May 31. Lemonade, Laughter hosts author V.J. Smith Author V.J. Smith will speak during the fifth annual Lemonade and Laughter, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 in the Gathering Place in St. Francis Xavier Church, Sartell. Smith is the author of “The Richest Man in Town,” which is based on the life of “Marty,” a memorable man who ran a cash register at Walmart. He was considered rich because he was loved and respected. Audience members will go on an emotional roller coaster ride when they hear about Marty’s philosophies. Tickets will be sold at the door for a nominal fee. Come early to enjoy refreshments and visit the Regifting and Local Authors’ Tables. For more information, call Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education at 320-253-4036. The event is co-hosted by community education and the Waterford. Bike Rodeo set for May 4 The annual “Bike Rodeo” will take place at the parking lot of Sartell City Hall from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, May 4. All young people and their parents are welcome to bring their bikes and learn about a variety of biking-safety tips, under the direction of Sartell Police Officer Dan Whitson. There will be drawings for prizes, including bicycle helmets. No registration is required. Young people of any age can just show up. U of M seeks teens for driving study Sartell has been selected as a recruitment location for a teendriver study being conducted by the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the project is to understand teen-driver safety and behaviors as well as parental involvement with teens during the learning phase of driving. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron After post-race exhilaration, terror explodes by Dennis Dalman Quite exhausted, Jereme Fimrite of Sartell was in his Boston hotel room when he thought it felt like something hit the building, but he couldn’t tell what it was. About an hour earlier, he had crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He was tired; he was sweaty. He stepped into the shower. When he stepped out, he was puzzled when he noticed a slew of phone calls on his cell phone. He quickly gave a “what’s up?” call to his father in St. Cloud. There was an uncustomary silence after his father answered. “I’m just glad to hear your voice,” his father said after a long pause. “What?” Fimrite asked, puzzled. His father asked him, “Don’t you know?” And that is when Fimrite contributed photos At the finish line, Jereme Fimrite and his wife are jubilant after he finishes the Boston Marathon. learned about the bombs that Little did they know at the time that an hour later, a bloody horror would erupt when bombings rocked Copely Square during killed three and injured almost 200 other people at the event. Inset: Jereme sails along at Mile the Boston Marathon, which he Fimrite • page 8 22 of the Boston Marathon, with about four miles to go to the finish line. Community center moves to design process by Dennis Dalman By the end of 2014, there might be a community-resources center attached to the north end of Sartell City Hall. But, whoa, first things first. That is, at least, the hope of the members of the Sartell Community-Resource Facility Task Force. At the April 8 council meeting, one of the task force members, architect Dan Tideman, presented Tykes enjoy Earth Day Fun the plan to council members and city staff. After checking a number of potential sites in Sartell, the task force strongly agreed on one point: the center should be built on city-hall property, preferably attached to the current city hall. They prefer that site for a number of reasons: central location, visibility, convenience and utilities hook-ups present. The task force is recommendCenter • page 5 D.K. says AA is city’s ‘best-kept secret’ by Dennis Dalman “D.K.,” a recovering alcoholic who lives in Sartell, keeps hoping more people will come to the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Sartell. Many people, he presumes, do not even know there is an AA meeting place in Sartell and so attend meetings in other cities or do not attend meetings at all. Every Thursday, at 6:30 p.m., recovering alcoholics meet in the base- ment of “The Gathering Place,” the building on the east of the St. Francis Xavier Church grounds. Anywhere from eight to 15 people, whom D.K. calls the “regulars,” meet there. Some nights, other people, new ones, drop in for a meeting or two, but usually it’s the same people, which is fine, D.K. said, although it would be nice to have more people come, he added. “We’re not a clique,” he said. “We welcome anybody with open Secret • page 4 contributed photo On April 22, Allison Marker and her Little Tykes Daycare children had a fun morning outside checking out the nature around and creating a fun chalk drawing to celebrate Earth Day 2013. The children learned about recycling and caring for our Earth. Little Tykes is a small local in-home daycare in Sartell. Children in the photo (left to right) are Keagan Voigt, Benjamin Hiltner, Emma Voigt and Laila Marker, all from Sartell.

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