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 16, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 20 Est. 1995 Town Crier Duathlon set May 24; causes road closure The 32nd annual Apple Duathlon will take place Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24 starting at the Sartell Middle School, 627 3rd Ave N. The Apple Kid’s Duathlon begins at 6 p.m. Friday. The Apple Duathlon begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; it’s a 5k-run, 33k-bike, 5k-run event. All ages and abilities are welcome. Pinecone Road in Sartell will be closed to traffic between 15th Street N. and 40th Street N. from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24 due to the Apple Duathlon event. For more information, visit appleduathlon.com. CentraCare offers ‘Hit me with your best shot’ May 22 Practice simple, self-defense martial arts moves with your daughter and American Martial Arts instructor Claude Hancock at “Hit me with your best shot,” a free program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at CentraCare Health Plaza. Elizabeth Riesgraf, MD, CentraCare Clinic, will share how recommended immunizations function and how they protect you and your daughter at every age. Light snacks and a door prize included. Advanced registration is required. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Postal Patron Pinecone Park to host open house by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org A grand opening will take place for the public at Pinecone Central Park from 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, May 30. Organizers and volunteers are eager to show off the latest amenities at the park, the result of a massive amount of long-time planning, fundraising and hard work – much of it volunteer work or in-kind donated labor and supplies. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with socializing. At 4:30 p.m., the program will kick off with a welcome from Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and Pat Edeburn of Granite Equity Partners, who will emcee the program. At 4:45 p.m., Paul Hanson will give an update about the park’s progress and the overall vision for the facility. Gordy Meyer will then recognize the many contributors and hand out the honorary baseball bats. Hanson and Meyer, along with Greg Neeser, are founders of the Pinecone Central Park Park • page 3 photo by Dennis Dalman Parents and players chat in the bleachers during a tournament at Pinecone Central Park in the summer of 2013. The tourney took place during a grand opening of the park’s multiplex baseball fields. During the Friday, May 30 grand opening, the public will have a chance to see and/or experience even more amenities at the park. Nicoll files for mayor race Who Lived in My House? at Stearns History Museum Who Lived In My House?, a workshop designed for people interested in researching the history of their St. Cloud home, will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Ave. S., St. Cloud. In this class, archivist Sarah Warmka will explain the steps people should take when tracing a home’s past, and the many resources available in the Museum’s Research Center that help facilitate home history research. To register or for more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Hot off the press If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to email@example.com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. photo by Dennis Dalman Denise Uy beams with pride at her daughter, Amanda, who had just presented her mother with a homemade fancy hat. The event was a Mothers’ Day celebration created by the kindergartners and their teachers Jenna Courrier and Sherri Schmit of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Sartell. Students salute moms on special day by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Music and a few surprises delighted many mothers during a Mothers’ Day celebration May 9 at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School. In the Gathering Place af- ter Mass, mothers gathered in rows of chairs as their kindergarten children raised their voices in song, singing a wide variety of songs they had taken great pains to learn in previous weeks. The mothers smiled and Moms • page 8 S a r a h Jane Nicoll announced May 9 she will run forSartell mayor in the Nov. 4 general elecNicoll tion. Currently, Nicoll is a member of the Sartell City Council, serving her first term after being elected in 2010 for a fouryear term. So far, Nicoll is the only candidate who has filed for the mayoral position. Current Mayor Joe Perske is the DFLendorsed candidate for U.S. House District 6, a seat now occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater). His Republican opponent in that race is Tom Emmer. Nicoll said her experience in city government, her pride in Sartell and her business skills are all good attributes for being mayor. “I have decided to run for mayor because I believe strongly in the future of this city,” Nicoll said in her announcement statement. “I was privileged to grow up here and graduate from Sartell High www.thenewsleaders.com School and it’s where I have chosen to raise my family, so I have a vested interest in ensuring this remains a strong community. I believe my experience serving on the council, along with my previous experience as a business owner, has provided me with the skills necessary to lead Sartell.” Nicoll previously owned and operated Sarah Jane Nicoll Agency Inc., representing American Family Insurance, for 10 years. She provided insurance products and financial services. She is now a stay-athome wife and mother with three daughters. Nicoll serves on Sartell’s Economic Development Committee, the Personnel Committee and the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Committee, also known as S.A.L.T. Previously, she was a member on Sartell’s Public Works Commission and has served as the city’s acting mayor. Nicoll is on the Catholic Charities Board of Directors and serves on the supervisory committee for the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union.