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 18, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 28 Est. 1995 Town Crier Independent Lifestyles holds fundraiser July 19 Independent Lifestyles will hold its Summer Nights fundraiser, featuring 176 Keys Fun Pianos Show and silent auction, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post 428, 9 18th Ave. N. All proceeds will go to veteran retreat center. For tickets, call 320-529-900 or visit independentlifestyles.org. St. Stephen Centennial in full swing this weekend St. Stephen, the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States, will kick up its heels for a three-day bash this weekend to celebrate its 100th birthday. There will be literally something for everyone during the fest: a parade, car show, tractor show, polka Mass, lots of music, raffles, food, baseball, Centennial books for sale, baseball and softball games and a breakfast featuring Slovenian specialties. A bus shuttle service will provide pick-up and drop-off service after the 2 p.m. parade until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the following locations: Church of St. Stephen, Schmidty’s, Trobec’s Bus Service, City Hall, Smoley Fields and the crossroads of CR 2 and 5. For a complete list of events, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and search “Birthday bash.” Postal Patron After son’s suicide, mother asks questions, gets no answers by Dennis Dalman email@example.com After her 14-year-old son, Taylor, committed suicide, the grieving process is never-ending for Kristine Brugh of Sartell, who keeps asking herself questions that have no answers. “Why didn’t I tell him I love him the last time I saw him?” “Were his problems diagnosed incorrectly?” “How could such a sweet boy turn into somebody I didn’t know?” “Why do so many people, including schools, want to avoid the topic of teen suicide?” Taylor’s taking of his own life remains a heartbreaking mystery to his mother. The unthinkable tragedy happened May 14, 2013 when Taylor shot himself in a basement area of his father’s house in St. Cloud. Kristine and Taylor’s father had been divorced years ago. Taylor and his brother, Tanner, then 12, shared a bedroom at their father’s house when they would visit him. It was Tanner who found Taylor dead. He frantically called his mother. At first, Kristine thought Tanner was yelling something about how Taylor had “cut” himself since he had been known to do “cutting” before – making cuts or scratches on his skin, a compulsive behavior that afflicts some young people. Then Kristine, in another split second, heard the word “dead,” and in that split second her world reeled crazily, crashing down in devastation, and then her heart broke. What was so horrible and baffling for Kristine is that just two days before, on Mother’s Day, Taylor was his loving sweet old self again, and he and his mother had the most pleasant time, going to church, talking, laughing. INSERT: Gruber’s Quilt Shop Suicide • page 3 Shine on like a supermoon “We all shine on like the moon and the stars and the sun.” ~John Lennon contributed photo A “supermoon” rises over Ruth Lake near Emily, north of Crosby-Ironton. This photo was taken by Mary Reinke of Rice, who was vacationing with her family at that lake when this moon appeared at about 9 p.m. Friday, July 11. A supermoon is the name for the moon when it is full and during its closest approach to Earth during its elliptical orbit. Quan Li K’an hosts free martial arts seminar Quan Li K’an Martial Arts Group will host a free MultiStyle Martial Arts Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at 416 12th St. N, Sartell. Unlike other seminars, this seminar does not promote competition or any single style. Instead, it promotes education, openness and cooperation between styles by offering teaching from many different viewpoints in a noncompetitive format. The seminar is popular with martial artists of many styles because of the level of instruction. In recent years it has attracted both students and instructors from many styles in the surrounding states as well as from England and Germany. Presenters this year will be Chuck Phillips (Mushin and Kobudo), Chris McWethy (Eskrima), Bob Odegard (Kama), Sifu Rick Jacobson (Sanchin) and Bruce Miller (efficiency in martial arts). Water and snacks will be provided; bring a dish to share if you would like to participate in a potluck starting at 6:30 p.m. A music jam session led by Dave Cofell will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on July 18 Criers. But then the very day after Mother’s Day, Taylor plunged into a dark side again. She found out he’d left school Sex-trafficking: ‘Our’ girls could become ‘those’ girls by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org photo by Dennis Dalman Dennis Herschbach, Sartell novelist and poet, reads from his new novel, A River Through Two Harbors, a suspense-mystery novel about the crisis of sex-trafficking between Thunder Bay, Canada, and Duluth harbor. The meeting took place July 9 at Celebration Lutheran Church. With his Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln freed slaves, but slavery continues widely in the United States in the form of sex-trafficking. That was the topic of discussion July 9 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell when more than 100 people gathered to learn about what many do not like to think about – that young girls and boys are being used as sex slaves far and wide, including right here in Minnesota. Sex-trafficking thrives on the coercion of vulnerable young people who are troubled and hurting. Some are moneyless and hungry; others are homeless; still others have run away from abusive families; and in some cases they have been abducted, especially young girls or boys who “met” predators disguised as “loving protectors” via the Internet. The informational meeting in Sartell was hosted by “Celebrate Freedom,” a group of Celebration Trafficking • page 5 Volunteers needed for kennel project Thanks to a grant, the TriCounty Humane Society will be able to repaint its dog kennels and spruce up its walking path, but volunteer human labor is needed. The Society is asking for able-bodied adults who will be able to prep the kennels for painting and/or who can help widen and spread mulch on the dog-walking trail. The work will take place from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. There will be a free lunch for participants. To sign up, contact Kim at 320252-0896. The Society received a $5,000 shelter-renovation grant from the Pedigree (pet food company) and GreaterGood. org, as well as $5,000-worth of Pedigree dog food. The kennel rooms will have to be emptied for re-painting. That is why Society members are hoping adoptions will happen – the very best way to “empty” a kennel. From now through the month of July, all dog-adoption fees will be discounted. Those who want a dog can take 1 percent times the number of days a dog has lived in the shelter, and www.thenewsleaders.com that number in dollar terms can be deducted off of the adoption fee. For example, a dog that has been at the shelter for 50 days would translate into 50 percent off the fee. Dogs for adoption and other animals can be seen at the Tri-County Humane Society’s website at www.tricountyhumanesociety.org.