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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 19, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 28 Est. 1995 Postal Patron Fristad to start ‘round-the-world mission trip by Dennis Dalman Town Crier Bethany Fristad of Sartell is about to set off on an aroundthe-world trip with extended stops in 11 countries for an 11-month period. But it won’t be the typical sight-seeing pleasure trip – well, not exactly, anyway, although in one way it will be a pleasure trip because Fristad’s greatest pleasure is connecting with and helping others. Fristad is a member of an organization called “World Race,” which is a Christian mission that sends young people, ages 21-35, in teams throughout the world that help others in a variety of ways: construction projects, work in nurseries or hospitals, teaching English, helping work against human trafficking, building relationFristad • page 4 Summer Gardens Tour set Saturday, Sunday The Summer Gardens Tour, cosponsored by Thomsen’s Greenhouse and Garden Center and Avon Area Arts, will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the Local Blend or Thomsens in St. Joseph, Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks or Green Ambiance in Avon, Byerly’s in St. Cloud, and Wild Bird Center in Waite Park,. The day includes a reception with music and refreshments from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Thomsen’s. All proceeds from the Summer Gardens Tour flow directly to Avon Area Arts, a 501C3 non-profit organization, to assist in operational costs, scholarships and stipends to artists and to encourage and nurture the creative spirit in and around the Avon area. For more information, visit www. WACOSA to benefit from Rox game WACOSA is partnering with St. Cloud Rox baseball to host WACOSA night at the 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, July 20. Rox baseball will donate $3 for every general admission ticket WACOSA sells. The public can purchase tickets at any WACOSA location. Children 4 and under are free. National Night Out set Aug. 6 National Night Out will be held from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Police are inviting all neighborhoods to do the following: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests and youth activities. Contact Officer Rob Lyon at 320-251-8186 if your neighborhood would like to participate. Same-sex marriage apps available at Stearns County The same-sex marriage licenses can be applied for prior to the Freedom to Marry law taking effect Aug. 1, but they will not be valid until Aug. 1. For customer convenience, Stearns County will distribute all same-sex marriage licenses applied for beginning Monday, July 29 provided the required five-day waiting period has passed. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. contributed photo In Sierra Leone, Bethany Fristad cools off with several children. City raises permit limits for compost site by Dennis Dalman Fifty more non-Sartell residents will be able to use the Sartell Compost Site for a fee during the rest of 2013. A couple of years ago, there were requests from residents who do not live within the Sartell city boundary lines to use the compost site along CR 4. The council decided to allow up to 200 non-resident permits for that purpose either from neighboring cities or from people who live in LeSauk Township.. So far this year, that number was reached, and 200 permits were issued. The Sartell Public Works staff agreed raising the number of permits issued would be no problem so the city administrator suggested the limit for this year be 250 nonresident permits. The council agreed. Later, the council can decide whether to have a new limit for 2014 or to expand the limit even further. City residents pay $31 per Single-family permits up from last year by Dennis Dalman Single-family permits in Sartell increased in June – seven, compared to three in June 2012. The number of singlefamily housing permits from January-June of this year is 21, four more than during the same period of last year. The year-to-date valuation of those permits totals $4.6 million compared to $3.4 million during the same period last year. Three multi-family-unit permits (apartment buildings) were issued in June compared to one permit in June 2012. Year to date there were eight permits issued for multi-family housing compared to five in the same period of 2012. The total valuation of permits so far in 2013 is $882,000 compared to $12.3 million in the first six months of 2012. Commercial permits remained steady – seven in June 2012 and seven in June 2013. Total valuation of those permits was $1.2 million in June compared to $4.2 million in June 2012. Year-to-date evaluation for commercial permits is $3.2 million compared to Permits • page 7 year for a car-sticker compostsite permit. Non-city residents pay $61 for a permit. The per- mits can be purchased at Sartell City Hall or online at Benefit set for woman in second cancer battle by Dennis Dalman Amanda Stewart conquered colon cancer five years ago, and after a four-year respite during which she was cancerfree, she is now battling the disease again. Friends, family and acquaintances will host a benefit for Stewart from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park. The event will feature a barbecue dinner, dessert bar, silent auction and photo booth. A free-will offering will be accepted. Stewart (maiden name Struzyk) grew up in Sartell and graduated from Sartell High School in 2005. She joined the Army National Guard and served a year in Iraq. After marrying Cody Stewart, also a Guard member, she gave birth to their son, Aiden, five years ago. In the months after the birth, she began to experience abdominal discomfort. She and her doctors figured it was the result of her having had a C-section for Aiden’s contributed photo Amanda Stewart is known by family and friends as having a “thumbs-up” attitude as she battles cancer day by day. In the photo above, she is receiving yet another round of chemotherapy at the Coborn Cancer Center. birth. But further tests and a colonoscopy, seven months after the birth, showed she was suffering from colon cancer. She had to endure a couple of surgeries, and part of her colon had to be removed because the tumor was so large. She also Stewart • page 5

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