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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 Postal Patron Peternell, 102, plans to attend Centennial Friday, July 11, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 27 Est. 1995 Town Crier Sartell celebrates National Night Out Neighborhoods throughout Sartell are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities from across the nation for the 31st annual National Night Out, a program where neighborhoods are invited to hold social gatherings within their community. From 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, residents in neighborhoods throughout Sartell are asked to lock their doors, turn on their porch lights and spend the evening visiting with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Sartell will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks and contests. Officers from our department and the Sartell Fire Department will make the attempt to stop at each social gathering. Please contact Officer Rob Lyon at 320-251-8186 if your are interested in hosting and/or organizing a block party for your neighborhood or apartment complex. Stearns County lifts ‘No Wake’ restrictions The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office recently lifted the “No Wake” restrictions throughout the county. While still a bit high, lake levels have decreased to levels more consistent with pleasure boating. Sheriff Sanner urges boaters to boat safely and sensibly and to avoid creating a wake near shorelines. Marked “No Wake” zones will still be enforced. Walkabout set July 12 in downtown St. Cloud A walkabout, which creates a safe, fun, open space for people to get out, be active and learn more about the resources within the community, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 in downtown St. Cloud. Bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters and wheelchair users will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy St. Cloud’s Downtown neighborhood without the presence of motorized traffic. In addition to walking, biking and skating, there will be programmed activities along the streets, including yoga, dancing, music, classes, games, an animalfriendly bark park, a farmers market and healthy-living exhibitors. The event is free. For more information, phone 320-255-7245. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Culligan by Dennis Dalman If Eddie Peternell, age 102, rides in the St. Stephen Centennial Parade Saturday, July 19 – and chances are he will – he’s likely to nab the grand prize for the parade’s theme of “Old, Antique, Classic.” Peternell, St. Stephen’s longest-living resident, is definitely “old” and “antique,” but he is a “classic” example of someone who’s managed to keep the “young kid” inside of him alive and well and thriving. Currently, Peternell is in an Albany nursing home, recovering from a fall that broke one of his hips about six weeks ago. His children say he is recovering nicely and doing his physical therapy five days a week. He’s told his children he would be happy and honored to ride in the big parade. Peternell, widely considered as the venerable St. Stephen patriarch, is supposed to ride in an antique truck that is as old as he is – 102. contributed photo “He’s getting back to his old self,” said one of his Eddie Peternell operates an old-fashioned threshing binder during a threshdaughters, Helen Frie of St. Wendel. “If he feels up ing festival, the kind he used for many decades of his long life. Peternell • page 6 Whereabouts of Sartell woman sought A woman from Sartell has been reported as missing, and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department is ask- Winscher ing the public to help find her. On July 5, the department received a missing-person report from the family members of Sara Winscher, 36, of 1891 40th St. N., Sartell. Her family had not heard from her for two weeks and began to worry about her. They said she may be living out of her vehicle and noted in the past she has frequented the Clearwater Travel Plaza and the Uptown area of Minneapolis. Her car is described as a 1998 green Toyota Corolla with hail damage. The license plate is 605 JVK. Anyone with information as to Winscher’s whereabouts should contact the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department at 320-251-4240. The department wants to contact her only to check on whether she is safe and free from harm. Perske keeps running – in more ways than one by Dennis Dalman When Sartell Mayor Joe Perske said he was running for elective office, he wasn’t kidding – in more ways than one. So far this season, the DFL’er has run in five marathons while campaigning for the U.S. Sixth Congressional House seat now occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater). On June 29, Perske ran an 8k race in the Spud Fest Lakers Run in Big Lake. He crossed the finish line with John Bruns, Big Lake High School’s crosscountry coach. On July 4, he ran a 5k race down the parade route in front of thousands just prior to the parade in Delano. Perske’s previous races were in the Old Glory Run 5k in Cold Spring, the Killebrew Root Beer Run 5k in St. Francis, and the Sartell SummerFest 5k, which he ran with two of his three daughters, Jenna and Michaela. Perske, a former teacher and coach, has run 100 marathons Perske • page 3 contributed photo Sartell Mayor Joe Perske (right) crosses the finish line in the 8k Spud Fest Lakers Run in Big Lake. Also crossing the line is John Bruns, cross-country coach at Big Lake High School. Perske has participated in many marathons during his run as DFL candidate for the U.S. House Sixth Congressional seat. St. Stephen eager to welcome Slovenian ambassador by Dennis Dalman The St. Stephen Centennial party planners were delighted when their invitation was accepted by Dr. Bozo Cerar, the ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia. The distinguished ambassador said he was more than happy to take a trip to St. S t e p h e n , Cerar Minn., the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States. It will be the second time a Slovenian ambassador has visited St. Stephen. Cerar was appointed ambassador to the United States in September 2013. Born in 1949 in Ljublijana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia, Cerar is highly educated, with a master’s degree in diplomatic studies from Westminster University, London; and a doctorate in law. He has had a long, honored career in foreign service, inCerar • page 8

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