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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, Aug. 2, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 30 Est. 1995 Town Crier MN Bluegrass Fest set Aug. 8-11 The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is a fourday music and camping festival Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Mañana, Richmond. The event includes 30 hours of live concerts; contests, crafts and games; 20 hands-on workshops; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; and dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace Area. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. MN Bluegrass, Old-Time Fest ticket giveaway The Newsleaders has a limited amount of FREE tickets to the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Fest Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Manana, Richmond. Anyone interested, please email with your name, phone number and amount of tickets requested or like the Newsleaders on facebook by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Your name will be placed in a drawing and winners will be notified via email no later than noon Thursday, Aug. 8. Back to School 5K seeks sponsors A Family 5K and Kids 1K Obstacle Course, sponsored by PineConeVision Center and Dentistry for Children, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Sartell Middle School. Please help support Sartell-St. Stephen School District Health Services by becoming an event sponsor. The health department is in need of pediatric recovery cots for the preschool health office, regular size cots for the middle school health office, fingertip pulse oximeters and a few other health-related needs. Sponsorship deadline is Aug. 15. Visit for sponsorship, registration and event details or contact Cathy at 320-291-9331. Wiggle, Jiggle, Jam set Aug. 6 at library Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam, for children ages 3 to 12, will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Every child at the show gets an opportunity to dance, jump, move and be a part of the concert. Advanced registration is required. Call 320-253-9359. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. INSERT: Schultz Soft Water Postal Patron Three Sartell athletes make futures at SJU by Mark Lauer The time-honored tradition of high school football plays out on Friday nights all over the country. That includes Sartell Sabre field. Fans young and old, most of them dressed in royal blue, begin filling the stands as evening darkness begins setting in. The Sartell band and cheerleading squad perform in front of friends and family, urging the home fans to get excited about the game. Those Friday night memories are pleasant ones for three Sartell High School graduates. Rob Voshell, Paul Plombon and Sean Tillman have moved on to collegiate football these days. Their playing field is no longer the familiar gridiron along 7th Street North in Sartell. Now their home turf is at St. John’s University’s Clemens Stadium, a place commonly known as the Natural Athletes • page 6 photo by Evan Gruenes, St. John Rob Voshell performs in a 2012 game at St. John’s University. Grays cut hair in tribute to boy with cancer by Dennis Dalman March 20 was a day of doom for the Tano and Julie Gray family of Sartell because that is the day they found out one of their two boys, 5-yearold Nathaniel, is suffering from Stage 3 anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. “It came out of nowhere,” Julie said. “Our kids were always the healthiest of kids. I would never have thought in a million years this would happen. Those beginning days were really, really tough.” But the Grays took a very deep breath and decided they would have to deal with it as best they could. And thanks to the medical staff, good friends and supporters, and a kind and caring church, they are all doing well as a strong and happy family. Their other son is 2-year-old Aaron. Nathaniel’s lymph-node cancer is in his chest and across his inside abdomen area. He is not in pain now, despite frequent chemotherapy treatments. At one time, the pain was terrible. Before the disease was diagnosed, Nathaniel would sometimes wake up at night screaming and crying with horrible stomach pains. At first his frantic parents thought it might be constipation, and even doctors were puzzled at first. Then, after a CT scan, the nodes didn’t look right. The images were sent to the children’s oncology unit, and the dreaded diagnosis was given. Nathaniel lost all of his hair due to chemotherapy. One day on a playground, one kid called him a bald baby. Another boy asked why he has no hair. “It’s because I have cancer,” he said to the boy, who did not really understand. As a show of love and solidarity, Nathaniel’s mother decided to get a buzz cut. The boy’s father and brother followed suit. Julie said she’ll never forget the first time Nathaniel saw her with her buzz cut. He and his father had been to a ballgame in Minneapolis, having taken the North Star commuter train from Big Lake. When Julie picked them up, Nathaniel walked around the car and stopped in his tracks, beaming when he saw his bald mother. He took off his baseball cap and said, “Mom, you have hair now just like me – I mean you DON’T have hair like me!” Nathaniel takes his chemo treatments at Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, but sometimes he goes to the “Short Stay” program at St. Cloud’s CentraCare Plaza, which is a blessing for the whole family Grays • page 3 Kids Country holds a picnic in the park contributed photo Lacey Jensen, a Kids Country Child Care and Learning Center student from Sartell, plays during an afternoon of laughter, fun and relationship-building at Val Smith Park. Families and students were invited to a Kids Country picnic May 23 where all enjoyed summertime treats, played on the playground, shared stories and made new introductions while getting to know one another outside of the classroom. The child-care and learning center believes well-developed relationships between staff and parents play an important role in ensuring a positive experience for families, and especially students. Parent-teacher activities are held multiple times throughout the year in an effort to promote that philosophy.

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