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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 Perske, other mayors, vow to protect Mighty Miss. Friday, July 26, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 29 Est. 1995 Town Crier by Dennis Dalman Hazardous waste collection set Aug. 3 in St. Stephen The Stearns County’s Household Hazardous Waste Truck will be at the St. Stephen City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Items accepted include the following: paints, ag pesticides, cleaners, poisons, ink/toner cartridges, roofing tar, fuels, automotive chemicals, sealers, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives, aerosols, solvents, mothballs and mercury. There is no charge. Items not accepted include the following: used motor oil, antifreeze, explosives, furniture, household garbage, tires, medical waste, appliances or any other unknown products. Also not accepted is business waste. For those who cannot make this collection time, the Tri-County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park, accepts products year-round. Visit for more info. ‘Jam the Stands’ promotes cleaner biofuels Fans can enjoy a free evening of high octane stock-car racing and learn about cleaner-burning biofuels Sunday, July 28 at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids. Gates open at 2 p.m., racing begins at 5:30 p.m. The Biofuel Mobile Education Center will be at the Speedway giving folks the opportunity to learn more about ethanol fuels. Waite Park Library offers two programs The Waite Park Public Library is offering the following programs. “Sing, Play, Learn” for children 5 and younger will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. Early childhood music specialists will explore the magic of music and play through hands-on activities. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The attendance limit is 20 children and advanced registration is required. “Soil Rocks! Can You Dig It?” for children 3-12 will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. The attendance limit is 25 and advanced registration is required. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. photo by TaLeiza Calloway Tyler Rudderforth, 11, of St. Joseph, tries his hand at archery during last year’s “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” event. This year the event will be held Aug. 10 If people in the central Minnesota area foul up the Mississippi River, we have no one to blame but ourselves and Perske we cannot go pointing the finger of blame northwards, according to Sartell Mayor Joe Perske. “That’s because we are at the very top of the Mississippi watershed,” Perske noted. “If we take good care of the river, we can be good stewards and set examples for those further down along the river.” Perske was one of about 20 mayors from riverside cities who attended a three-day conference June 26-28 at the St. Cloud Riv- er’s Edge Convention Center. It was the second annual gathering of mayors in the ongoing “Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative,” a way for mayors to connect, share research and brainstorm about ways to protect and to enhance the mighty river as a great natural resource and a lifeblood of economic prosperity. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also a partner in the Initiative, and the mayors and the Corps. signed an agreement called the “Memo of Common Purpose.” Although only about 20 mayors attended the conference, there are at least 55 mayors in river cities all along the river who are actively involved in the Initiative. Next year, the conference will be held in Natchez, Miss. The Initiative ties in well to the work of several local groups that have Perske • page 5 Take ‘Day off on Mississippi’ Aug. 10 by Dennis Dalman More than 40 free family-fun activities will be available Saturday, Aug. 10 when the fifth annual “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” takes place again. The perennially popular event will take place, rain or shine, at Stearns County Mississippi River Park at 41300 CR 1, which is seven miles north of Sartell on the river road. Activities will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Many children will win prizes. Activities include fishing, river rides, archery, river education and much more. There will also be live, wild animals for visitors to enjoy. On-river fun will include canoes (such as a large voyageur-style canoe), kayaks, pontoon tours, pad- dle boards and an electro-fishing demonstration. No experience is necessary for any of the activities and all needed equipment will be provided. Other things to do are kids’ games, birdhouse building, nature art, laser shooting, park tours, river tours and more. Animals from the Minnesota Zoo can be viewed starting at 1 p.m. Special presentations will happen at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi” is sponsored by the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Stearns County Parks Department, Benton County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Cloud State University and many local businesses. Marker questions ‘lies’ about his reunion expulsion by Dennis Dalman Although Patrick Marker has received an apology from the headmaster of St. John’s Prep School, he is disgusted the apology did not contain any mention of the “lies” that were told to Marker and others about the day he was removed from a Prep School reunion. Marker, 48, is a 1983 graduate of the Prep School. In 1991, he claimed he had been sexually abused when he was a student by Fr. Dunstan Moorse. Those charges were denied, but in 1992 Marker and St. John’s Abbey reached a legal agreement. Since then, Marker has become a widely known victims’ advocate, especially as that relates to abuse by clergy. His website, entitled Beyond the Pine Curtain, details the history of abuse by clergy and allegations against clergy, many of them current or former residents of St. John’s Abbey. Marker now lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash. He is a stay-at-home dad, the father of two children and works from home as an Internet consultant. On April 4, 2013, he received an invitation in the mail to attend the 30-year reunion of his St. John’s Prep School class. Marker flew to Minnesota to attend the event, eager to socialize with classmates he hadn’t seen in years. On Friday, June 28 he got together with some of his classmates at one of their homes in St. Paul. The next morning, they drove to the St. John’s Prep School and registered for the event at 10:40 a.m. He paid $20 for the lunch. While enjoying lunch under a large outdoor tent shortly after Marker • page 4 contributed photo Patrick Marker (left) talks with a Stearns County deputy shortly before he is ordered to leave the St. John’s Prep School property during a school reunion June 29. Marker, who lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash., had received a mailed invitation to the reunion. A 1983 graduate of the prep school. Marker has become an active supporter of people who have been abused by clergy. He filed a lawsuit in 1991, alleging he had been sexually abused by a priest at the school. That lawsuit resulted in a settlement.

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