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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 10, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 19 Est. 1995 Town Crier 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 Wal-Mart. 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. Athletic Hall of Fame accepting nominations Sartell High School is currently accepting nominations for the Sartell High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will recognize individuals in three categories: Student/Player/Athlete – An individual who has excelled in athletics and has been out of school for at least five years; Coach – A coach who has made a positive impact on the Sartell athletic tradition; and Community Member-at-Large – A member of the school or community who has made significant contributions to Sartell High School athletics. For a nomination form, visit www., and click on Latest News. Deadline is Wednesday, May 15. Postal Patron Hill resigns as superintendent of school district by Dennis Dalman Dr. Joe Hill, the superintendent of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, has resigned effective June 30, citing dif- Hill ferences with the school board over the future of the district. Hill had submitted a letter of resignation to the board during a special school-board meeting May 3, a meeting that was scheduled for only one agenda item: to consider Hill’s intention to resign. At that meeting, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation. Hill’s short-but-sraightforward letter states, “Through candid conversations with board leadership, I believe it is in the best interest of my convictions and the direction of the district that I step down as superintendent of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District at the end of June.” Hill was hired by the district in 2010. At this time, Hill said his future remains uncertain. In a statement he read to the board May 3, Hill stated, “I plan to take some time with my family to consider our next steps. I am grateful for the support and leadership of the many board members I have been privileged to serve through the past three years as together we have made significant progress in advancing the mission of the school Jakin and Nicole Koll enjoy a board game with their two sons – Kaden (on floor) and Conor. Tiny ticks cause big misery by Dennis Dalman Tiny ticks have caused big miseries for Jakin and Nicole Koll of Sartell. Both are suffering from Lyme disease, which is caused by infected deer ticks, so tiny they are slightly smaller than the head of a pin. The ticks, if they are on Culligan Toro the skin long enough, bite their hosts and then “drink” their blood. If the tick contains the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, the host will likely catch it. Education mission The Kolls are on a mission to share their story and others’ stories about what ongoing misery a tiny biting tick can cause. They hope by educating others, more can be active in informing others. The Kolls also recently started a Lyme Disease Support Group and are hoping others will be spurred to help them form and sustain such a group. Kolls’ chronic disease In most cases, Lyme disease, Ticks • page 3 Woman raised in St. Stephen mourns friend George Jones by Dennis Dalman Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel invites constituents to meet with him from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. The meeting is the latest in Bromenschenkel’s many get-togethers to learn what’s on the minds of the his constituents. Bromenschenkel represents Sartell, St. Joseph, Waite Park and the townships of Le Sauk, St. Joseph and St. Wendel. For more information, visit and click on Criers. INSERTS: renew Hill’s contract for three years with a $154,000 per-year Hill • page 2 contributed photo Bromenschenkel sets local meeting For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. district.” Just last October, the school board agreed, on a 4-2 vote, to photo courtesy Brittany Allyn website Brittany Allyn enjoys a humorous moment while singing with country legend George Jones, who died April 26. Allyn, who was raised in St. Stephen, sang with the traveling George Jones show for seven years. She walked along with the pallbearers at Jones’s funeral in Nashville May 2. A “little girl” who grew up in St. Stephen – now the brilliant singer Brittany Allyn – walked with pallbearers at the funeral of her “friend, mentor, employer, country music legend and American music icon” George Jones. “Many times I have wondered how a little girl from St. Stephen, Minn. could somehow wind up singing for what many believe to be the greatest country singer there has ever been,” Allyn wrote on her website. Jones, who died April 26, was mourned and praised May 2 at a public funeral at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The funeral was broadcast live by a Nashville radio sta- tion. Allyn (nee Trobec) had been a member of the George Jones touring show for seven years. In 1995, she was working as a back-up singer for Lorrie Morgan when she learned Jones had heard a tape Allyn had made and liked what he heard. Jones’ wife, Nancy, called Allyn and asked her if she would join Jones’ show. Stunned and honored as she was to be asked, she declined the offer out of deference to Morgan and stayed with Morgan, who herself had once sung in Jones’ band. Allyn was doubly stunned, once again, when 11 years later, in 2006, Jones’ bandleader called Allyn and asked if she’d join the touring show. “I’d been in this business Jones • page 8

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