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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, June 6, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 23 Est. 1995 Town Crier St. Stephen sets Centennial Planning meeting The St. Stephen Centennial is planned for July 18-20. A meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8 at City Hall. No Parking Signs will be assembled – bring your stapler. Can’t attend but want to volunteer? Contact the St. Stephen clerk at 320-290-0424. Movies in the Park begins June 12 Come snuggle up outside in your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor cinema experience. BankVista presents Movies in the Park June 12 and Aug. 21 at Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. The June 12 movie is Up; Aug. 21 movie is Despicable Me. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a snack or purchase one from the concession stand. This event is free. ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free New trail atlas available to help with trip planning Minnesotans with all-terrain vehicles registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee to ride the state’s public ATV trails on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass. This is the second year Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails during “No Registration Weekend.” Several riding destinations are featured in a new 72-page OffHighway Vehicle Trail Atlas. The atlas includes maps, descriptions, parking and other information for 51 state and GIA trails for ATVs, off-highway motorcycles and offroad vehicles. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 6 Criers. CMAB to showcase artists during June 13 art crawl The Central Minnesota Arts Board showcase to be held Friday, June 13 during the St. Cloud Art Crawl at Falcon National Bank will feature Established Artists Award recipient: Larry Schug, Avon, and Samuel Spiczka, Sauk Rapids; Emerging Artist Award recipients include Heidi Jeub, St. Cloud, and Johnne McMahan and Jill Dubbeldee Kuhn, both of St. Joseph, and others; and Artist Career Development recipients including JD Jorgenson, Avon, Chuck Norwood, St. Cloud, and more. For more information, visit and click on June 6 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Park’s grand opening brings praise, thanks by Dennis Dalman help Sartell move forward for decades, places, with not enough playing fields Perske said, noting that for many years of their own. so many Sartell children had to leave Perske said that without the halfThey built it, they came and they’re still the city to play games on fields in other Park • page 6 coming – by the thousands. The success of the baseball fields in Pinecone Central Park echo the one in the famed movie Field of Dreams, as Greg Neeser pointed out during a May 30 grand opening of the park. Neeser is one of three Sartell businessmen who formed the Pinecone Central Park Association. Through a partnership with the City of Sartell, Neeser, Paul J. Hanson and Gordy Meyer developed and built facilities in the park. The nearly 40 acres of private golf-course land was purchased in 2008 by the city with money from the half-cent regional sales tax. Last Friday’s grand opening, emceed by Sartell resident Pat Edeburn, took place at the park’s large concession stand, dubbed Park Café. About 75 people gathered there to hear speeches from many people involved with development of the park. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske said, “This is contributed photo the happiest and one of the greatest days A flurry of high-fives followed the Sartell Muskie’s first-place win in the Omann Sartell has ever had.” Baseball Tournament last weekend. See page 3 for team photo. The park and its athletic facilities will Muskies clinch tourney title So far, four have filed for city positions Nicoll Peterson Lynch Fahrney So far, as of press time this week, only one person has filed to run for the position of Sartell mayor, and three people have filed for two city-council seats. Another candidate, Dustin Johnson, filed but then withdrew because, being under 21, he later learned he is not old enough to qualify – candidates must be age 21 or older. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 3. Filings opened May 20. Sarah Jane Nicoll, a current council member, filed for the mayor slot. Another current council member, David Peterson, filed for re-election. The two others who filed for council seats are former council member Pat Lynch and newcomer Bill Fahrney. The seats that will be up for election Nov. 4 are those now held by Peterson and Nicoll. Thus, two of the three who filed will be elected to the atlarge seats. To file for mayor or council, a person must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of Sartell for at least 30 days before the general election in November. Sports, faith can counter adversities by Dennis Dalman With only one lung, Pat Forte said he can still ride a bicycle downhill as good as ever, but going uphill is the toughest part. His audiences always get a good laugh with that line – a line that encompasses Forte’s attitude about how he’s learned to live life – with persistence, practice, hard work and good humor. Recently, Forte gave an inspirational pep talk to a gathering of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Sartell High School. Forte, a Sartell resident, is a teacher who is currently on leave from Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. For years, a virulent form of cancer dogged Forte’s heels, but he fought back and won after a doctor told him he had six months at most to live. And that was eight years ago. The rare cancer has the dread-sounding name of thymic carcinoid cancer, so rare there have been only 200 cases of it reported worldwide. Doctors removed Forte’s right lung, then he underwent radiation, chemotherapy and a whole series of tests and other procedures. As the tumors spread rapidly, the treatments became more intense. Those painful endurance tests came on top of the 16 knee surgeries he needed. Everyone he knew – even strangers – asked Forte how he did it? How in the world could he face such a bleak prognosis, endure pain and weakness, and then seem to bounce right contributed photo After an inspirational talk by teacher, coach and cancer survivor Pat Forte, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathered to say a prayer for the graduating seniors at Sartell High School. back? athlete and coach. One such Through it all, Forte reminds lesson is this: If you strike out, others he relied upon the in- don’t get discouraged; rather, nate lessons he’d absorbed live to fight again another day. Forte • page 10 through his many years as an

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