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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, May 9, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 19 Est. 1995 Town Crier Senior Connection presents Lemonade, Laughter May 13 The Sartell Senior Connection presents the sixth annual Lemonade and Laughter at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Gathering Space. The guest speaker “Shirley from Dez Moines” will tickle your funny bone with real life stories we can all relate to. We’ll laugh about the everyday occurrences and we may even laugh at ourselves. Don’t miss the fun! Admission is $3 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend. Everyone is invited. Summer farmers’ market opens today, Friday, May 9 The St. Joseph Farmers’ Market summer market opens today from 3-6:30 p.m. and will run every Friday into October. The market is located north of St. Joseph on C.R. 2 next to the Wobegon Trail Center (near Resurrection Lutheran Church). All are welcome – come on out, rain or shine, and purchase locally grown produce and more. Follow the market at to stay informed. Stamp Out Hunger food drive set May 10 On May 10, postal carriers across the country will collect food for families in need. It’s easy to help. Collect and bag non-perishable food items. Place items by your mailbox for letter carriers to deliver to a local food bank or pantry. Fishing opener creates traffic safety concerns The fishing opener weekend of May 10-11 will be a busy traffic period, especially in northern Minnesota. According to Regional Public Information Officer Sgt. Jesse Grabow, “Some of the main concerns are drivers who are not paying attention, following too closely and speeding, especially around the lakes areas. Drivers are strongly encouraged to buckle up, take your time and pay strict attention to your driving.” Drivers are also asked to keep an eye on their following distance and stay back far enough to prevent a crash with the vehicle ahead. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERTS: Czarnetzki’s Hardware Hank Toro Postal Patron Children lift hearts, instill pride on Grandparents’ Day by Dennis Dalman The afternoon was gloomy and nippy, but there was plenty of sunshine in the Gathering Place in Sartell – sunshine in the form of bright tuneful music and grandparents beaming with pride. It was the annual “Grandparents’ Day” May 2 at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. After a 1 p.m. Mass led by fourthgrade teacher Mary Winter and her students, all 212 students in the school (pre-K through 6) met in the Gathering Place to entertain their grandparents with song and dance. At the front of the room, standing on risers, each grade sang a song. The songs ranged from humorous to serious, from Spanish to English, from playful to spiritual. One group played recorders to the tune of Shall We Gather at the River? Another group played tone chimes as they sang The Pretty Planet. Enthralled by the music, so Grandparents • page 8 photo by Dennis Dalman St. Francis Xavier students perform a song-and-dance from the mountainous Andes region in South America. From left to right, clockwise, are Taylor Vos, Tricia Castro, Elizabeth Hamak, Tim Haas, Ricky Emslander and Frankie Tomczik. The dance was part of the entertainment provided for Grandparents’ Day at the school. Perske wins DFL endorsement by Dennis Dalman Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, who has run more than 90,000 miles as a marathon man, is not done running Perske yet – not by a long shot. After winning the DFL endorsement last Saturday, Perske told his applauding supporters he will “run until he drops” for the U.S. Sixth Congressional seat now occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater). Perske called it the “race of a lifetime.” Bachmann announced last year she would not seek a fifth term. That seat will be determined in the Nov. 4 election this year. Perske’s Republican opponent will be Tom Emmer, who won the Republican endorsement. After his endorsement triumph, Perske told the audience if he is to win, it has to be a race in which others are running, too, along with him. “This race is not about me,” he said. “It is about you, your kids, your grandkids, the elderly and the kids who haven’t been born yet. It’s about coming together to solve problems.” Saturday, May 3 was a very big day for Perske, Sartell mayor, middle-school teacher and long-time soccer coach in Sartell. In Monticello, the Sixth U.S. House District delegates voted four times until, on that fourth voting round, Perske garnered 62 percent of the votes. He needed 60 percent to win the endorsement. The other contender was Jim Read, a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. Read promptly announced he would support Perske throughout the election season. Endorsing Perske on stage at the district convention in Monticello were former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther and Twin Cities businessman Jim Graves, who Perske • page 11 photo by Dennis Dalman Sartell Police officer Dan Whitson chats with Luke Hintgen of Sartell at the annual bike rodeo on the grounds of Sartell City Hall. To the left are Luke’s mother, Julie Hintgen, and his brother, Leo. Bike rodeo boasts record turnout by Dennis Dalman Young bikers galore showed up May 3 for the 10th annual bike rodeo in the parking lot of Sartell City Hall. The Sartell police officers, who conducted the rodeo, said they had never seen such a good turnout in the 10 years they’ve offered the event. People from the CentraCare Health Foundation and Emergency Trauma Services fitted and adjusted more than 100 helmets and gave away 40 helmets to children who didn’t have any. There was a pedestriansafety trivia wheel and blinky Rodeo • page 5

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