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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 23, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 21 Est. 1995 Town Crier Farmers’ Market open Memorial Day Sartell’s Farmers’ Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Day at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Come for the food, stay for the fun. DNR lifts burning restrictions Burning restrictions have been lifted in 18 central Minnesota counties, including Stearns and Benton, due to decreased fire danger because of wet conditions and green-up moving northward, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Please check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning. Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start easily and burn quickly. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Auditions set May 27, 28 for GNTC’s Fiddler on the Roof Tryouts for the the Great Northern Theatre Company’s summer-show production of Fiddler on the Roof will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27 and 28, with call backs on Thursday, May 29 at the Rocori High School, Cold Spring. The production runs Thursday-Sunday, July 31-Aug. 3 and Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 6-8 with a Sunday matinee on Aug. 3. For more information, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron A bit of old Metrodome graces SHS lobby by Dennis Dalman Many people upon entering Sartell High School’s lobby will get a rush of nostalgia when they see a row of five seats that were once part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Who knows? They might be the same seats they once sat in when they enjoyed a Twins game or other event. The dome was torn down several years ago, and a new stadium, Target Field, was built. Many of the old dome’s fixtures, including its seats, were sold or given away as nostalgic souvenirs. Cori Schneider of Sartell managed to secure a row of seats and donated them to the Art in Motion program in the Sartell School District. Industrial-technical education instructor Joe Schulte and two of his advanced-welding students soon had a good idea. Transform the seats to become fixtures in the high school’s lobby. After a lot of brainstorming, they came up with a way to make their idea work. After securing the seats with a solid sitting platform, they put the final flourish on it – the Sartell Sabre logo on each end of the row of seats. Recently, the school hosted an “unveiling” of the refurbished seats. Schneider is the mother of two students in the Sartell school system. She is also an artist who began the Art in Motion program two years ago. It was, she said, “a vision to bring more art into the everyday school environment by collaborating with teachers, working with students and area artists to create fun projects that promote art, goodwill and enhance the sense of community.” Art in Motion is possible due to funding from the SartellSt. Stephen Education Foundation, the Central Minnesota Lobby • page 4 INSERT: Quiznos Dalton Foss (left) and Adam Dullinger, both advanced welders in Joe Schulte’s technology class, put together a row of five seats that once held fans in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Their creative work was one of the school’s Art in Motion projects. State gives more money for Sartell park by Dennis Dalman The Sartell city staff, council and administrator were elated to hear the Minnesota Legislature will give the city a grant of $500,000 for acquisition of more land for the development of Sauk River Regional Park. The money for the park is part of nearly $1 billion the legislature a p p r o v e d Degiovanni Great River Chorale to hold auditions May 28, 29, June 4, 5 Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, will hold auditions for the 2014-15 concert season from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29 and June 4 and 5 at Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE., St. Cloud The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high-quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. To schedule an audition or for more information, visit and click on Criers. contributed photo photo by Dennis Dalman Guest of honor U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar prepares to cut the ribbon during a ceremony May 16 at the Metro Bus Operations Center in southeast St. Cloud. The event was held to celebrate the bus company’s conversion to compressed natural gas fuel for its fleet of buses. To Klobuchar’s left is St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, a member of the Metro Bus Commission. Other members of the commission are Sartell City Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom (second from left); Waite Park Mayor Rick Miller, fourth from left; and (behind Klobuchar) Carolyn Garvin of Sauk Rapids. The president of Metro Bus, Ryan Daniel, is second from right. last week in its bonding bill for many projects throughout the state, including many others in the greater St. Cloud area. Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni said the grant was the result of an ongoing partnership with State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), who worked hard on behalf of getting the grant for the park. Degiovanni also praised landowners Ralph and LaVerne Dehler, brother and sister, who sold the city the 44-acre site; and Ernie Wollak, who sold a smaller parcel of land to the Park • page 8 by Dennis Dalman CNG that will be better for the environment and make the nation more energy-independent. Many dignitaries from the greater St. Cloud area attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and Sartell City Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom, who is vice chair of the Metro Bus Commission. St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, also a member of the commission, served as master of ceremonies at the ribbon-cutting. Kleis noted Metro Bus is the first public-transportation agency in Minnesota to have a fleet of buses fueled by CNG. The conversion, Kleis said, was an ambitious collaborative effort among Metro Bus, Xcel Energy, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Bus • page 3 Klobuchar guest of honor at Metro Bus ceremony Calling it a “major part of a big puzzle,” U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar cut the big red ribbon May 16 to introduce the new fleet of CNG buses at the Metro Bus Operations Center’s CNG fueling pump in southeast St. Cloud. CNG is short for compressed natural gas – the clean and efficient gas that will fuel the new buses. The conversion is expected to save Metro Bus $300,000 on fuel costs during the next 10 years. The buses previously ran on diesel fuel. Klobuchar noted the natural gas is derived from the oil-and-gas production area of North Dakota, another part of the “big puzzle” that will help America develop fuels such as

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