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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 Former mill workers’ memories needed Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 30 Est. 1995 Town Crier Don’t forget to register for Bluegrass tickets The Newsleaders has a limited amount of FREE tickets to the Minnesota Bluegrass and OldTime Music Fest, a four-day music and camping festival Aug. 7-10 at El Rancho Manana, Richmond. For tickets, please email news@ with your name, phone number and amount of tickets requested or like the Newsleaders on Facebook by noon Monday, Aug. 4. Your name will be placed in a drawing and winners will be notified. Music in park features Belle Amour Aug. 7 Music in the Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 features Belle Amour in Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. This event is free. Celebrate Aug. 6 with root beer floats In honor of National Root Beer Float Day, A&W Sartell at 230 Pinecone Road will provide free root beer floats from 2 p.m. to close on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Limit one per person. Donations are encouraged and will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2013, A&W donated more than $100,000 to WWP. For more information, visit rootbeerfloatday. com. 5K to support Sartell-St. Stephen schools The Back to School 5K and Kids 1K Obstacle Course, sponsored by PineCone Vision Center and Dentistry for Children, will raise funds for Sartell-St. Stephen School District Early Childhood Center. The funds will be used for the purchase of large-motor, sensory and fine-motor equipment including trampoline, bean bags, ride-on toys, writing center, tent and gym items. There is a discounted registration fee if registered before Friday, Aug. 15. For more information, visit www. and click on Aug. 1 Criers. Whitney hosts nature walk Join an experienced Master Naturalist on a group walk from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Whitney Park to experience the natural beauty right in Whitney Center’s backyard. Study insects, birds, geology and plants on this guided outdoors adventure. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. by Dennis Dalman Former employees of the defunct Verso paper mill in Sartell are invited to bring their favorite mill stories, photos and other memorabilia to share with others from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4 at the House of Pizza in Sartell. At the meeting, several artists will listen to the former employees in order to get a better idea of the part the mill played in the lives of so many people, as well as the mill’s long-time importance to Sartell. Those artists are about to launch into a “repurposing” art project – using old gears, steel parts and pumps to create bike racks and benches for six city parks. Known as The Mill Project, the functional art works will be a form of memorialization of the mill, its workers and the man who died in a May 28, 2012 explosion that started a fire that caused the plant to be shut down permanently after being a Sartell icon for more than 100 years. Jon Maus of Albany died contributed photo Artist-sculptor Kyle Fokken sands part of one of his metal sculptures-in- in the disaster. Memories • page 6 progess. Park projects get nod from council by Dennis Dalman Two planned park projects – one at Champion Field, the other at Val Smith Park – received updates at the last Sartell City Council meeting. Construction of a park shelter with bathrooms at Val Smith Park on Sartell’s east side is expected to begin sometime in the first half of August. The roofcovered facility will be built just north of the existing park shelter, which will be demolished once the new one is up and operating. The new shelter will include the following: male and female bathrooms, a large kitchen with stainless-steel counters and two large open serving areas to the outside of the structure, a concrete picnic slab with picnic tables on it and a roof (possibly metal, copper-colored like the one at city hall). The building was meticulously designed to discourage any sort of vandalism: concrete-block construction with burnished blocks on the outside for aesthetic purposes. The roof will cover the main building but will extend over the concrete-slab picnic area for shelter from rain. The building, which will be available for renting, is designed so it can be expanded if that need arises in the future. The other park development is a concessions stand-bathroom facility in Champion Field at Northside Park. For years, residents and baseball fans and players have rued the lack of indoor bathroom facilities at Champion, and now, at long last, one is about to be built. The cost, up to $130,000, will be paid for by the city’s regional half-cent sales-tax fund. Pete Johnson, member of the Sartell Youth Baseball Association Board, outlined the project for the city council. He and others, with help from a volunteer draftsman, have scaled back the original plans for the facility made several years ago. For example, they decided to go with a one-story, rather than two-story, structure. The 36- x 24-foot building will Park • page 3 Paper-mill print to be unveiled Aug. 3 by Dennis Dalman A limited-edition artist’s print commemorating the Sartell paper mill will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3 at the Sauk Rapids VFW lodge during a meeting of Engine Company 844 Retired Sartell Firefighters. Everyone is invited to come see the new print, which was commissioned by the retired firefighters and created by Iowa artist J.D. Speltz. People who want a framed copy of the print can order one at the Aug. 3 meeting. There are only 300 of the prints available. About three months ago, a group of retired Sartell-LeSauk firefighters decided to commission Speltz to do a painting-print of the paper mill. Twice before, the firefighters paid Speltz to do paintings commemorating the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department – in 2000 and again in 2005. Those two prints, also contributed photo limited editions, were sold and raised money for the A Time to Remember is the name of the commemorative print created by department. Iowa artist J.D. Speltz. Sartell retired firefighters commissioned the print in Proceeds from the sale of the paper-mill print, honor of the Sartell paper mill and its thousands of employees who worked Print • page 3 there during the plant’s more than 100-year history.

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