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 20, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 25 Est. 1995 Postal Patron Rain almost drowns SummerFest – but not quite by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Town Crier Outdoor University hosts Collegeville Kidstock Collegeville Kidstock, sponsored by St. John’s Outdoor University, is a family-friendly outdoor festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Watab Picnic Grounds in St. John’s Abbey Arboretum, Collegeville. Register by June 25 and save 50-percent off the gate price. Bring a picnic supper, or purchase concessions from St. John’s Parish Center at the event. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, a bonfire with s’mores, educational tables, bouncy houses, lawn games and more throughout the afternoon. Parking will be available at the St. John’s Parish Center and at SJU. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be moved indoors to the Warner Palaestra on the St. John’s University campus. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 20 Criers. SCSU hosts 41st Lemonade Concert, Art Fair St. Cloud celebrates the 41st annual free Lemonade Concert and Art Fair from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at St. Cloud State University. More than 200 vendors will display their arts and crafts including pottery, photography, stained glass, clothing, woodwork and various sculptures. Food vendors will provide freshsqueezed lemonade, reuben sandwiches, cheese curds and more. Farmer’s Market vendors will offer fresh local produce, hand-made fudge and prepackaged gourmet cooking spices. A free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on June 20 Criers. County posts ‘No Wake’ lakes Stearns County area lakes are currently experiencing unusually high water levels. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of placing “No Wake” signs in certain lake areas. The Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to exercise restraint, good judgment and common sense. Boat operators should reduce their speed to create no wake or waves from their boat. Water patrol officers will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these recommendations. The Stearns County area continues to receive large amounts of rain and other lakes may be added as needed. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on June 20 Criers. photo by Jack Hellie A virtual stampede of children dash off from the starting line of the 1k Kids’ Fun Run Friday by Sartell City Hall. The fun run is one of three races-walks that occurred during the opening night of SummerFest 2014. Unfortunately, rain washed out most of the festival’s events, including the parade Saturday morning. For more event photos, visit www.thenewsleaders.com. SummerFest 2014 last weekend turned out to be a rainy shame. Well, mostly, anyway. A series of off-and-on rains forced the cancellation of the traditional Grand Day Parade, sponsored by St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. For two decades, that parade attracted thousands of people who lined the streets to watch parade floats, variety acts and highschool bands strut their stuff. The Grand Day Parade was cancelled because of rain only once before in the 23-year history of Sartell SummerFest. That was in 1994. The fireworks show, scheduled for Saturday night, also had to be cancelled. Sponsored by Blue Line Bar and Grill, the show was supposed to have wowed the crowds at dusk south of Great River Bowl. That’s the bad news. The good news is the Libertyville Family Fun Extravaganza not only took place Friday night, but it was a resounding success with thousands of people showing up for music, face-painting, tattoos, picnics on the grass and several spectacular inflatables. The sunny, warm weather held SummerFest • page 5 Debate to dive into topic of swimming pools by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Should cities build swimming pools? Or have pools gone the way of the horse and buggy? Those are the questions that will be debated starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Sartell City Hall. Everyone is invited to the free debate, which will explore the pros and cons of the following question: “Does it make sense for a city to build and support an outdoor public pool?” The “pool debate” will be the third of “Sartell Says” debates, which are produced and moderated by Sartell resident Patty Candella. The first debate was about whether or not to allow the raising of chickens in residential yards. The second explored the dangers of head injuries caused by football and other sports. The pool debate is a timely one because the Sartell City Council has been pondering if and when an aquatic facility (swimming pond or pool) is feasible in Pinecone Central Park. There are also plans for a regional aquatics center in St. Cloud, to be built with halfcent sales-tax funds. “We hosted a community forum at our home recently,” Candella said, “and the ubiquitous topic was a community pool. Most adults can remember fondly and vividly the com- Volunteers attack pesky, prickly, nasty buckthorn by Dennis Dalman email@example.com The hot, sweaty, prickly work was as bad as chopping through a thick jungle, but the 27 diehard volunteers managed to get the job done in about three hours. The volunteers toiled on the evening of May 29. For additional criers, visit www. Thanks to them, Sartell Lithenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. ons Community Park can thrive a bit better without the pesky bush known as buckthorn. Although there is still plenty of buckthorn to be removed, the volunteers made a good head start on eradicating, eventually, all of the invasive plant. The volunteers were mostly Lions Club members from Sartell, St. Joseph and Sauk RapBuckthorn • page 4 munity pool of their youth. Why did they go away? Did they just not make sense anymore? Should we bring them back? Are they expensive? Do municipalities owe it to their citizens to teach them to swim? So I felt like we needed a way to explore this topic in a thoughtful, friendly and open manner.” Audience members at the debate will have a chance to ask panelists questions. The panelists will be the following: David Wall, St. Cloud State University professor. Dan Eckberg, head swimming and diving coach at the College of St. Benedict. Bill Glahn, former commerce commissioner for the Gov. Tim Pawlenty administration. Jim Moser, retired director of parks and recreation for the City of Foley. In a press release, Candella wrote: “‘I am bored; there’s nothing to do!’ Is there a parent alive who hasn’t endured Debate • page 4 Residents warned to lock vehicles Law-enforcement officials are reminding residents in the Sartell and St. Stephen areas to be sure to lock their vehicles. In recent weeks, there have been an increasing number of thefts from vehicles reported to the police and sheriff departments. In almost every case, the items were stolen from vehicles that had been left unlocked – usually on the streets by owners’ homes or in home www.thenewsleaders.com garages. Just last week in St. Stephen, there were four incidents of thefts from vehicles. Among the stolen items were cash, paperwork for a bank account, two iPods, several power tools, a Ruger Mark 1 .22 caliber pistol and a Ruger model 03313 9 mm pistol. If anyone knows anything about those thefts, they should call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240.