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Friday, June 28, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 26 Est. 1995

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‘BRAsterpiece’ brings hope to breast-cancer sufferers

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Paige Grabow works on an imaginative, wild bra.

Remember the market for your picnic

Market Monday has all you need for your 4th of July picnic. Beef, pork and chicken for the grill plus, produce fresh from the field. Also available, ice coffee concentrate, honey, syrup, baked goods, tea, dried and fresh herbs, your friends and neighbors and so much more. Come enjoy the park, trails and river near our new location at Sartell City Hall.

Newsleader closed July 1-5

The Newsleader office will be closed July 1-5. A July 5 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on July 8 and will resume weekly publications beginning July 12.

Furniture drive set Saturday

Messiah Lutherna Church, Sartell, is holding a furniture drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Items accepted include: couches, love seats, hutches, lamps, easy chairs, recliners, rockers, kitchen tables and chairs, end tables, night stands, accent tables, dressers, bed sets, TV stands, TVs (32 inches or smaller), head boards and matching bed sets, and microwaves. Items with rips, stains, rust or mold will not be accepted. Call Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project for more information or to schedule pick-up at 320-6569004.

Library contest seeks blue-ribbon winner

Great River Regional Library is giving teens and children a chance to win a blue ribbon and visit the Minnesota State Fair this year. The library is having a Blue Ribbon Reader contest for children and teens ages 8 to 18. They are being asked to hand-write a one page essay to answer this question: Why do you love to read? All entries must be completed on the official essay entry sheet available from the library. Entries must be submitted to a branch of Great River Regional Library on or before Saturday, July 27. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.

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Bras, bras and more bras – of all shapes, sizes and colors – will be exhibited starting July 1 in a show entitled “BRAsterpiece” at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. “BRAsterpiece” is a play on words for “Masterpiece,” and its BRA stands for Breast Reconstruction Awareness. The exhibit, which is designed to raise awareness about breast cancer, will run through Aug. 31. It will feature at least 50 bras. The bras are actual bras that have been turned into works of art by many local people. They range from whimsical to wildly comical, from thoughtful to stunning. Four of the bra artists hail from Sartell, the husband, son and two daughters of Jenny Grabow, who is a patient coordinator at MidSota Plastic Surgery, a place well known for breast-reconstruction procedures, mostly following mastectomies, partial

or radical, as the result of breast cancer. Grabow’s husband, Shawn, is an outdoorsman who collects things he finds, such as wildturkey feathers. Shawn decided to use those feathers for his artwork bra. He glued them on, then made a pair of eyes out of black felt. Son Brady helped his father design the feather “Hoot” bra, as they call it. Daughter Kenzie, 17, created a “bedazzled bra” covered in dazzling sequins; and daughter Paige, 12, made a “Pac Man Bra,” painted on one side to look like a Pac Man and the other side the Pac Man’s “enemy.” A good friend of the Grabows lost his wife to cancer when she was only 50. The entire Grabow family is well aware of breast cancer because of Jenny’s work at MidSota. They are all hoping others, too, will become more aware of the disease. Ruth Petermeier is a medical photographer at MidSota Plastic Surgeons, who is also in charge Bras • page 4

A wiggle and a walk, and a gaggle and a talk

Sartell Pediatrics makes magazine’s honor roll by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com

Sartell Pediatrics has been honored in a featured story in the monthly “Minnesota Physicians” magazine as one of eight architecturally superb health-care buildings in Minnesota. Sartell Pediatrics is owned by Dr. David Smith and his wife, Jill, program manager. The clinic is located on 2nd Ave. S. in Sartell in what used to be a drive-through bank and, later, a bar-nightclub. In November 2012, the Smiths

opened Sartell Pediatrics after a long process of considering precisely how to retro-fit a former drive-through bank and – years later – a bar into a homey, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing facility. Their patients and their parents have commented constantly how welcome they feel when they come there for diagnoses and treatments. Sartell Pediatrics was one of 50 submissions by health-care related facilities in the state for Minnesota Physicians magazine’s Pediatrics • page 3

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This line of Canada geese, mothers, fathers and children alike, stopped traffic along Pinecone Road as they strolled across at the school zone toward Pine Meadow Elementary School as if to enroll the young’un’s for fall classes.

Historic women-priest ordination takes place by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com

During the ordination of three women priests last Sunday, there were tears flowing throughout the church, Sykora

but they were tears of joy. The ordination, which is not recognized as valid by the Roman Catholic Church, took place at a “guest” church, St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud. One of the ordained priests is Bernie Sykora, 80, of Sartell. The other women priests are Martha Sherman of Salem, S.D. and Corene Besetzny of Red Wing, Minn. The three were ordained

by Bishop Regina Nicolosy, also of Red Wing. Almost 250 people attended the historic ceremony in St. Cloud, which has long been a bastion of Catholicism. The ordination of women priests is punishable by excommunication from the Vatican-based Catholic Church. That is, those involved in the ordination, cannot take the holy sacraments, such as

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the Eucharist during the Mass, but the women do anyway in purposeful disobedience of orthodoxy. “I was exuberant, exhilarated and delighted all through the ceremony,” said Jeanette Blonigen Clancy of Avon, an author on religious and spiritual issues who has a master’s degree in theology. Blonigen Clancy is a Sykora • page 8

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Fourth-grade Girl Scout Koester finds turtle eggs Scott Steffes, Sartell, was recently named to the University of Minnesota-Morris spring dean’s list. To be eligible for the dean’s list students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.66 or higher. Natilie Hughes, Sartell, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Students needed a grade-point average of at least 3.5 to make the list. Hughes is majoring in pre-medicine.

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Girl Scout Andria Koester shows off her turtle egg findings June 20 while swimming during the Girl Scout Camp at Camp Sanderson in Spicer. Koester, 9, Sartell, will be entering fourth grade at Pine Meadow Elementary. She is entering her fourth year as a Girl Scout and recently bridged to the Junior level.

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Jacqueline Helm, of Sartell, recently graduated from the Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn. with a degree in youth. Fatumo Abdulkadir, Sartell, recently graduated from South Central College in Faribault, Minn. with a degree in community health. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at the Univer-

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sity of Wisconsin-Madison. They and their majors are as follows: Meghan Carey, nursing; and Kiley Sullivan, science.

lege, Willmar. They are the following: Jodi Dybsand and Bailey Hollencamp.

Jeff Bohlman, Sartell, recently graduated from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. with a degree in liberal education.

Jacobs Financial, St. Cloud, raised $30,000 to benefit Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity during its ninth annual Swing Fore Charity Golf Tournament June 7 at Territory Golf Club. David Jacobs, Sartell, is an advisor at Jacobs Financial.

Twelve local students were recently named to the spring dean’s list (GPA of 3.5 or higher) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. They and their majors are as follows: Rachel Corcoran, sophomore, exercise science; Samantha Dullinger, junior, graphic design; Haley Guetter, sophomore, undeclared; Tara Haakonson, sophomore, molecular biology; Michael Kampa, senior, athletic training; Kyle Mareck, junior, economics; Hanna Pasell, senior, molecular biology; Allison Rengel, sophomore, pre-business; Kayla Sattler, senior, accounting; Ryan Schefers, junior, mechanical engineering, all of Sartell; Ashley Sylte, senior, finance, of St. Stephen; and Abigail Whitney, sophomore, biology, of Sartell. Tom Reed of Sartell was recently named to the Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council by Gov. Mark Dayton. Two Sartell students recently graduated from Ridgewater Col-

Knife River Corp.-North Central recently received a Governor’s Safety Award for superior performance in workplace safety and health from the Minnesota Safety Council. “An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Carol Butfon, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers like Knife River understand protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.” Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Knife River received a Meritorious Achievement Award.

Blotter If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. June 12 10:34 p.m. Traffic stop. 2-1/2 Street N. An officer observed a vehicle with a defective headlight. The driver received a citation for expired registration and a warning for the defective headlight, no driver’s license in possession and obstructed view due to numerous items on the dashboard of the vehicle. 11:04 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. June 13 1:03 p.m. Dog complaint. 8th Street NE. A complaint was made of a barking dog inside a rental property. Contact was made with the renter and they were advised of the city’s dog barking policy. 11:10 p.m. Noise complaint.2nd Street S. A call was received of loud

music coming from a nearby residence. Contact was made with homeowner who agreed to turn down the music. 11:38 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 1. A vehicle was witnessed with expired registration. The driver was issued a citation for the expired registration and released. June 14 6:18 p.m. Vandalism. Scenic Drive S. A complaint was made sometime between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday a vehicle had received a broken rear passenger light. 7:24 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A woman was witnessed walking past an empty register with a shopping cart full of unpaid merchandise. The woman said she was on her phone and was distracted and forgot to pay. An employee said she had done something similar the week before. She was issued a citation and released. June 15 1:24 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed with a defective headlight. The driver was aware of it and said it had just happened. She received a verbal warning. No further action taken. 4:23 p.m. 2nd Street S. Vehicle assist. Officer provided flashing safety

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Pediatrics from front page Health Care Architectural Honor Roll. The article praised Sartell Pediatrics’ “unique” and “challenging” way of retro-fitting an older building into a new clinic that is pleasing, comfortable and welcoming to patients. The magazine staff also praised the ways in every step of the design process the Smiths and their architects emphasized functionality combined with warmth and comfort. The panel of architectural judges praised the opening of space and natural lighting on the south wall, the high ceilings, the

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Paige, Shawn and Brady Grabow hold the weird-andwacky bras they designed and created for the “BRAsterpiece” exhibit at the River’s Edge Convention Center, which starts July 1. Paige (left) holds a pink-sequined bra that she titled, “It’s not the size of the girl, but the size of the fight in the girl.” Shawn (middle) is displaying a feathered bra he and son Brady made. It’s called “Give a HOOT in the fight against breast cancer.” Brady is holding a Pac-Man bra, made by sister Paige.

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of marketing and communications for “Bra Day USA,” the national campaign to raise breastcancer awareness. Bra Day actually started two years ago in Canada. This is its second year in the United States, Petermeier said. Although the BRAmeister exhibit will mention Bra Day USA, the actual Bra Day is slated for Oct.

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16 at Le St. Germain in St. Cloud and will feature a presentation by a breast-reconstruction plastic surgeon. MidSota Clinic is well known for plastic-surgery procedures, including breast reconstructions. Petermeier said only seven of 10 women are informed of the option of breast reconstruction at the time of their breast-cancer diagnosis. “It’s something all women should be made aware of,” she said. “Not every woman chooses that option, but for many who do, it gives them something to look forward to after treatment. Many women are also uninsured or underinsured, and they tend to be forgotten.” Eve Wallinga, a breast-cancer survivor who lives in St. Cloud, is another bra artist whose work will be featured in “BRAster-

piece.” Her work of art expresses the idea that “the lowest ebb is the turn of the tide,” a message of hope for breast-cancer victims. The bra shows a little seashore with waves lapping onto it and is decorated with actual little seashells Wallinga has collected. “Breast reconstruction is important because it’s a way of taking control of one’s body again,” Wallinga said. Wallinga was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, two years after one of her best friends, Jane Bennett of Sartell, was diagnosed with the disease. Bennett died of breast cancer two years ago after a long struggle. “I’m doing really good,” Wallinga said. “It’s been seven years since I was diagnosed. Just five years of being cancer-free is a big milestone, so hopefully it’s all behind me.”

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Friday, June 28, 2013 Friday, June 28 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “The Cloud of Unknowing: The Practice of Spiritual Maturity,” a retreat and presentation, 9 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Spirituality Center. 320-363-7112. Travel Talkin’-Egypt, 10 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Sunset stages, performance by Alison Scott, 7:30 p.m., Darnall Amphitheater, College of St. Benedict. Saturday, June 29 Granite City Days 5K Walk/Run, 8 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Advanced registration required. 320-2557245. Furniture Drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 320 4th Ave. N. Sartell. 320-656-9004. Monday, July 1 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m.,

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Community Calendar

Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 9 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www.marketmonday.org. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240.

Tuesday, July 2 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., CentraCare Health Plaza, 1900 Centracare Circle, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wednesday, July 3 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Belladiva. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m.,

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City Hall. 251-0964.

Thursday, July 4 July 4th Fest, all day, St. Joseph. Friday, July 5 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, July 6 The WPA and Minnesota’s Greatest Generation, living history demonstrations, guided walking tours, and historic films, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindebergh Drive, Little Falls. 320616-5421. Free family concert featuring Mr. David and Growing Sound, 11 a.m.noon, Once Upon A Child Store, 110 2nd St. S., Waite Park. Monday, July 8 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 9 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud.

8 a.m. Mass 10 a.m. Parade - Sponsored by the Lions Club 11 a.m. Bingo, games, food & refreshments (on parish grounds) 11:30 a.m. LIVE Music with Smoke ‘n Guns 2 p.m. Quilt Auction 3:30 p.m. Raffle Drawing -

Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www.marketmonday.org. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Lyme Disease Support Group, 7 p.m. tonight and second Monday each month, Good Earth Co-op, 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. nichole.koll@ hotmail.com. Tuesday, July 9 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Wednesday, July 10 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. www.stjosephchamber. com. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live

concert by Johnny Holm.

Thursday, July 11 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Community Church, 204 Avon Ave. N., Avon. 1-800-733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Sunset stages, performance by Nachito Herrera Trio, 7:30 p.m., Darnall Amphitheater, College of St. Benedict.

Friday, July 12 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

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Court’s decision a blot on rights in this nation

The trouble with the U.S. Supreme Court, at least in recent years, is that it’s too arcane for its own good – or for this nation’s. “Arcane” means “understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric.” In other words – in plain words – it means “abracadabra” nonsense. On Tuesday, the high court ruled, in Shelby County v. Holder, that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional. That provision requires some states to get pre-approval from the federal government for any changes to their voting-rights laws, based on those states’ discriminatory policies in the past. In a 5-4 ruling, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, the court ruled Section 4 is no longer required because the times, more or less, have changed and the need to defend minority voting rights is no longer needed, the way it was in the racist South of the 1960s and before. Typically, to no one’s surprise, the majority members of the court – all appointed by conservative presidents, it should be noted – did at least admit “voting discrimination still exists,” but the Civil Rights Act of 1965 does not respect states’ rights because it requires only some states to justify certain aspects of their voting-access laws. In his written opinion, Roberts resorts to arcane arguments and invokes “states’ rights” to justify his and the court’s majority decision. The basic argument of the majority court is that almost all of the discriminatory laws against free voting by one and all have disappeared, that times have improved form those old ugly Jim Crow racist days, that we all live in a more egalitarian society. Tell that to those Afro-Americans who had to wait in line for hours and hours to vote in the last election. Those conservative justices should toss off their magisterial robes and visit the “real world” more often. They are apparently oblivious to the infinite variety of tactics tried in the last presidential election to keep ethnic minorities from full access to their voting rights. Such attempts were disgustingly blatant, from Pennsylvania to Ohio to Florida – in other words, in states where Republican Romney was in the most electoral trouble. The long and bloody struggle for voting rights for all Americans (the very basis of our democracy) has just been delivered a serious setback because of this lamentable court decision. It’s even more shameful than the court’s “Citizens United” decision of a couple of years ago, which declared sky’s the limit for anonymous corporate donors in elections. In their tortured reasoning, the court members who made this decision probably did not mean to be discriminatory, but – let’s face it – the end result amounts to the same thing. More people because of ethnic background or because of poverty will have more obstacles placed in their way when it comes to voting. The throw-back reactionaries and historical revisionists have won again, thanks to this unfortunate court decision. In other words, the long struggle for voting rights for all Americans will have to be waged all over again, like so many other great struggles we Americans thought had been waged and won.

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Opinion Patriot Act powers must be scrutinized I wasn’t very surprised to learn the National Security Agency had such an all-inclusive surveillance network that included virtually every American’s phone calls and internet interactions. I wasn’t too surprised because as soon as I saw the Twin Towers falling down on 9-11, my dread horror was instantly followed by the thought our civil liberties are bound to be infringed upon. Such a vicious attack out of the blue sky, I just knew, would require a massive retooling of all intelligence-gathering methods, foreign and domestic. And most of that gathering of information would, by necessity, require lots of secrecy and lots of spying. Prompted by the terrorist attacks, the so-called Patriot Act was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2001 and allowed the NSA to expand its massive surveillance powers. The Patriot Act is troublesome because it’s too open-ended and it grants powers that are kept from our scrutiny. Such powers can be dangerous and downright sinister, as has been proven time and again in the world’s vile dictatorships. We Americans would like to think proper congressional oversight and built-in checks and balances would prevent such abuses, but how can we know that for sure? Why, for example, does the NSA need to have access to virtually every phone call in the United States? As I understand it, by compiling lists of all phone numbers and calls made, experts can “connect dots” concerning terrorist communications and find out what they’re plotting. I don’t understand that and probably never will, because their

Dennis Dalman Editor explaining exactly how it works would tip off terrorists. In cases of widespread spying, some say, “Well, if you are doing nothing illegal, you have nothing to worry about.” That’s a foolish reassurance. In the 1970s, a “no-knock” drug law was approved that gave agents the right to burst into suspected drug places without knocking. We were told only the bad-guy druggies should fear such a law. Not so. On many occasions, drug agents mistakenly broke down the doors of innocent, law-abiding residents. In one tragic incident, agents shot and killed a grandmother who was rocking her grandbaby. The trouble with the Patriot Act – and all other powers that have no direct citizen oversight – is such powers can be extended and used at the slightest pretext and can quickly reach the point of overkill. It’s a bit like letting a mad genii out of a bottle. The visionary British author George Orwell continues to “speak to us” across time. His cautionary novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, is about a society controlled by massive surveillance and all forms of mind control under the power of Big Brother, the Inner Party leader. Besides constant surveillance into people’s private lives, the Big Brother

functionaries keep people cowed through the complete degradation of language so words come to mean the opposite of what they should mean. The Ministry of Love, for example, conducts torture and brainwashing. The Ministry of Truth takes care of propaganda and historical revisionism. The world of the novel, eerily so, is very much like that of North Korea. Orwell wrote his sinister book long before ubiquitous computers and decades before the internet and cell phones. Big Brother’s surveillance methods were rather “quaint” at that time – big TV monitors aimed at people in every nook and cranny of their lives, and people snooping and tattling on one another as they did under Hitler and Stalin. Today’s dazzling technology makes the possibility of massive, intrusive, unnecessary surveillance much more likely. Of course, we would like to think there are good, responsible people overseeing these spy programs, but how can we know that? Another great novelist, Sinclair Lewis, wrote a book entitled It Can’t Happen Here, in which he proceeds to show quite convincingly the forces of fascism could, indeed, “happen here.” There’s no doubt we need some Patriot Act provisions in the (probably never-ending) fight against terrorists, but we’ve reached the time when that Act must be scrutinized to ensure it can stop the bad guys dead in their tracks without trampling wholesale on good people’s liberties. And that’s a tall order.

Fourth of July wasn’t always that fun

I remember when I was growing up on a farm in central Minnesota that the Fourth of July wasn’t always a real fun time. In many ways, it was just another summer day. Besides working on the farm, my dad also worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud. He often worked on July 4. My mom didn’t have a driver’s license during my childhood years so that meant when Dad left for work, our means of leaving the farm were limited. So, on those festive Fourth of July holidays, I was stranded. As cars drove by our house headed for parades and for fun on the area lakes, all I could do was watch. And even when Dad arrived home, and going to a firework’s display was still an option, he was tired and had to head to work the next day. And since fireworks don’t occur until after dark, we often were in bed trying to fall asleep as the bursting of fireworks could be heard coming from a distance. So, we were often left to our own devices to find entertainment. My mom was aware of our plight so she tried to make things as merry as possible. When I was real young, I remember her giving me and my siblings a cap gun that didn’t hold up to use very well

Mike Nistler Reporter and was soon broken. We improvised by taking the caps and exploding them by hitting them with a rock on the sidewalk. This of course made a noise, but it also left cap residue and marks on our sidewalk. This was not OK with Mom. So, we wandered out to the road that ran in front of our farm and smashed the caps there. This also was not OK with Mom. After all, she didn’t want to end up celebrating the Fourth in the hospital emergency room if one of us youngsters was hit by a passing car. If we wanted a more safe activity, we could always wander out to the cornfield and measure the height of the corn to our knees. The adage is corn should be kneehigh by the Fourth of July. Often, the corn was up to our waists, so this gave us a passing moment of pleasure and pride. But really, how much of a celebration is that? One year I remember my younger brother, Kevin, and I finding a stash of

firecrackers my older brother, Dick, had purchased out of state. These were illegal in Minnesota at the time, which made finding them all that more intriguing. Kevin and I knew we couldn’t light the fireworks at our farm or they’d be heard and we’d be busted. So, we biked to our uncle’s neighboring farm and went deep into his meadow to ignite the firecrackers. I would hold the little stick of paper-wrapped powder and Kevin would strike the match. I would then fling it into the air and it would explode. This worked fine until one of the wicks on one of the firecrackers extinguished as I threw it. I picked up the unexploded firecracker and noticed a bit of the wick remained. Since we only had a few firecrackers, we decided not to waste this one so I told Kevin to light it again and I would fling it fast. Well, he did just that and as I drew my arm back to throw it, the firecracker exploded right by my right ear. I was not only deaf in my right ear for the rest of the day, but my right hand stung like crazy. That ended our thrill-seeking for the day and no one ever found out until years later when we confessed to our chicanery. Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday.

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dinant if she was ready to become a priest, each said, “Yes, I am ready.” After Sykora answered yes, there came time for a laying on of hands during which members of the congregation came forward to touch the heads of the women and say a few words. Sykora’s nephew came forward. “That’s when I lost it again,” Blonigen Clancy said. Sykora has been one of her friends for several years. She knew what a powerful moment the ordination was for Sykora and for women worldwide.

“I found it beautifully inspiring and joyful and uplifting to think women were doing in that church what we have been barred from doing for thousands of years,” Blonigen Clancy said. “That laying on of hands was so moving, it easily got to me.” During the service, Blonigen Clancy sang in the choir – songs that had been chosen by the three ordinants, songs that had been edited slightly to change male pronouns to female ones. One song, for example, contains the line, “God my Mother come to me, lift me up so tenderly.”

Friday, June 28, 2013 In other songs, the word “Lord” has been changed to “God.” Blonigen Clancy was impressed people came from such a wide area to attend the ordination: including from the Twin Cities and South Dakota. She was also pleased USA Today published a story about the ordination and the story had been translated into Spanish and published in Colombia in South America. “It was a ceremony of emotion-filled joy and awe,” she said.


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