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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, July 12, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 27 Est. 1995 Town Crier Mahjong, games at Sartell Senior Center Are you interested in Mahjong or other games like Rummikub, Scrabble, dominoes or a game of your choice? Currently a group of seniors plays Modern American Mahjong from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday mornings at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. They would like additional players who already know the game. This fall other games as mentioned will be held. Visit for more information in late summer. All games will be free and scheduling will be flexible. Call Gerri Boser at 320-260-4817 regarding Mahjong or to show interest in any of the other games. Or grab a good book during summer from our library; hours are from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday. Introduction to essential oils scheduled July 17 “Live Life Better: Intro to Essential Oils,” will be presented by Dr. Melissa Brown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Solomon Centre, 1621 Sixth St. S., Sartell. Essential oils can be a healthy, natural solution for everything from anxiety to asthma and allergies, arthritis, depression and more. Learn practical applications to help achieve health and wellness goals using essential oils. Furniture Drive scheduled July 13 A furniture and household goods drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the WACOSA Thrift Store, 310 Sundial Drive, Waite Park. Accepted items include the following: couches, love seats, hutches, lamps, easy chairs, recliners, rockers, tables and chairs, dressers, bed sets, TV stands, TVs 32” or smaller, head boards and matching bed sets and microwaves. The drive cannot accept items with rips, stains, rust or mold and reserves the right to refuse any items. To schedule pickup, call 320-656-9004. Postal Patron Perske fondly recalls ‘craziness’ of coaching years by Dennis Dalman After trying to retire twice before, Sartell soccer coach Joe Perske is fairly certain this time they’ll let him do it, although he can’t help but chuckle, wondering if some crazy fluke would put him at the helm again. But thanks to the appointment of a new coach, Perske can indeed rest easy. He will, in fact, retire from his 10-year job as head coach for the Sartell High School Girls Soccer Team. It’s a sure thing. For sure. Many people have kidded Perske about his retirement “attempts.” In fact, some of them tease him by calling him the “Brett Favre of the Central Lakes Conference.” Twice, after he announced he would retire, there was nobody to take his place and so he was called upon to continue. Perske really didn’t mind continuing because he has always loved the job. But this time around, he was determined since he wants to spend more time on other pursuits, including more time with his family, his teaching job, his mayoral position and possibly a broadening involvement in the world of politics. Perske has taught physical edu- For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Soccer coach Joe Perske huddles with his players during a game. cation at Sartell Middle School since 1990. He is now serving his second term as the mayor of Sartell. The new head girls’ soccer coach is Cassie Raehsler, who was coached by Perske during his second year of coaching. (For more on Raehsler, see story in today’s paper.) “She was a team captain and a great leader,” Perske said. “I’m sure she’ll continue that leadership.” If Perske hadn’t had daughters, he probably would never have been a soccer coach. He and his wife, Janet, have three daughters: Michaela, Jenna and Greta. All were on the traveling soccer team at one time or another. Perske agreed to help coach the team, along with Josh Anderson, but Perske • page 4 Council approves 3-2 plan for dog park by Dennis Dalman The woofs have it. By a vote of 3-2, the Sartell City Council at its July 8 meeting approved a sevenacre dog park for Pinecone Central Park. Mayor Joe Perske and council member David Peterson voted “no,” not because they are opposed to a dog park, but both said they are concerned about parking problems in that part of the park and because a dog park might perhaps be a better fit in some other available park. Council members Amy BraigLindstrom, Steve Hennes and Sarah Jane Nicoll all expressed positive support for a dog park within Pinecone Central Park. The plan also received unanimous support from the Sartell Park Commission in late June. Currently, the Dog Park Action Committee is trying to raise $150,000 for dog-park fencing and for other amenities that could include water stations, a shelter and a dog-agility course with equipment. Fencing, DogPAC members noted, Park • page 5 Sartell woman’s novel began as a stress-reliever by Dennis Dalman Upcoming programs at Waite Park Library The Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park is offering the following programs: Read to Basil the Therapy Dog for children ages 5-10 from 11 a.m.-noon July 13; and Preschool Storytime featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 16. Advanced registration is required for both events. Call 320253-9359 to register. contributed photo contributed This is the cover of Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published youngadult novel. E v e n though Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published novel is a work of fiction, some family Fitzthum members and acquaintances swear they see themselves in some of the characters. Fitzthum is amused. “It’s fiction,” she tells them. “I created those characters.” While it’s true that some real-life bits and pieces, in one way or another, worked their way into her novel, it’s still a work of fiction, Fitzthum noted. The book, titled “How Do You Choose the One?” was published recently by North Star Press of St. Cloud. The novel is so new Fitzthum has not had many reactions to the book yet, except by family and friends who’ve read it before its publication day. The book is a “young-adult” novel. Its main character is Ellie, who is in her 20s and has just finished college with a degree in finance. She faces several crises because she is torn between two men, Dalton and Shane, whom she both loves dearly, and she must also make path decisions regarding her career. “How Do You Choose the One?” begins in the present when Ellie is an older woman. Much of the novel is told in memoir-style flashbacks as Ellie looks back and ponders the decisions she made in her life that brought her to her present situation. There are many surprises for readers along the way stemming from the twists and turns at critical junctions in Ellie’s long and complicated life. Some of the book’s other prominent characters are Ellie’s friends and confidantes – Katie, Libby and Betsy. Fitzthum began to write “How Do You Choose the Novel • page 8

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