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 Seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Block a success Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 32 Est. 1995 Town Crier The seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Block party in Sartell was, once again, a success, despite the threat of rain shortly after it started at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9. The event is hosted by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce, along with more than two dozen business sponsors from the Sartell and greater St. Cloud area. At about 6 p.m., a very light drizzle of rain began to fall. Some people left the party, but many stayed and put up with the damp evening. As luck would have it, the rain stopped and by about 7 p.m. more people began to gather Franny Fest set this weekend Franny Fest, the St. Francis Xavier Parish Fall Festival, will be held Friday-Sunday, Aug. 15-17 on the parish grounds. Highlights include a Teen Night for grades 7-12 from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday; a 10K, 5K, 1K walk and run, food, refreshments, kids’ games, silent auction, a 4 p.m. Mass followed by live music by Tres and Big Toe and the Jam on Saturday; and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses, bake and plant sales, Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a raffle drawing on Sunday. For more information, visit stfrancissartell.org. Pinecone Central features music, movie Aug. 21 Music and Movie in the Park will be held Thursday, Aug. 21 in Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. Music in the Park at 7 p.m. features Gypsy Mania. Movie in the Park, sponsored by BankVista, features Despicable Me 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a snack or purchase one from the concession stand. Both events are free. St. Cloud hosts summer art crawl The annual St. Cloud Sizzlin’ Summer Art Crawl will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday Aug. 22 in Downtown St. Cloud. The Art Crawl features more than 30 selected artists around venues in historic downtown St. Cloud. There will be musicians, art demonstrations, performers and activities that are fun for the whole family. For more information, visit www.artcrawlstcloud.com. Meet the Lindberghs set Aug. 16, 30 Meet the Lindberghs, a character re-enactment, is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 16 and 30 at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a farm during World War I. Costumed characters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors will provide insights into young Charles’ interests in aviation, technology and nature. Try some of the chores Charles did around the farm. A nominal fee is charged for adults, seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free. For more information, call 320-616-5421. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. INSERT: Culligan in the field southeast of PineCone Marketplace in south Sartell. Participants enjoyed a fourhour block of time in the Kids’ Zone where inflatables were the center of attention. Many strolled the premises, checking out the many vendors, including a set-up by the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department. Others sat leisurely at tables and enjoyed snack foods and beverages. From 5-8:30 p.m., the band 90 Proof entertained the crowds; and from 9 p.m.-midnight, the stage was dominated by the music of the Fabulous Armadillos. photo by Dennis Dalman At left: Josie Barker, Sartell, savors a cold-sweet mouthful of a snow cone at the Rock ‘n’ Block party Saturday in Sartell. Early in the evening rain threatened the event, but an hour later it cleared up and all was well for the many people who enjoyed the event. For more photos, visit www.thenewsleaders.com. Mark calendars for ‘Back to School’ programs Parents should mark their calendars for some very important “Back to School” dates that will take place soon in the SartellSt. Stephen School District. The meetings will take place starting Aug. 19 running through August and into early September. The following is a list of the “Back to School’ meetings. New Family Meeting This get-together is for new families to the school district, and it will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the Pine Meadow Elementary School’s Media Cen- ter. School staff will share all kinds of information about school and programs available. For more information, contact the District Office at 320-656-3715. Athletic Information For parents of seventh- and eighth-graders who plan to par- Fire again strikes paper plant by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Seven fire departments responded to yet another fire at the former Verso paper mill in Sartell – a fire that started in the early evening of Aug. 6. According to the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department, two firefighters received minor injuries – an injury to one man’s shoulder, and a knee injury to another man. Nobody else was injured in the incident. It’s one of several fires that occurred at the plant during the ongoing demolition process of the past year. The Aug. 6 fire was started when sparks from a torch used in the demolition process ignited coal dust in a coal chute on the south end of the property, at the tall blue structure. The fire was difficult and awkward to fight, which caused firefighters to stay on site for five hours. Those responding to the fire, besides the Sartell-Le Sauk Fire Department, were the departments from St. Stephen, St. Joseph, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. Water had to be hauled in with trucks because there was no water access at the site of the fire. Black roiling smoke rose into the sky as bystanders gathered and watched, some of them from the bridge nearby. The smoke and sounds of fire trucks arriving were eerie reminders of what happened at that plant on Memorial Day 2012, when an explosion and fire killed one worker, caused massive damage and ultimately sealed the fate of the doomed paper mill. American Iron and Metal bought the plant and has been dismantling it to use its massive amounts of metal for recycling uses. After the site is cleared, a Canadian-based firm named Edmonton Trailer is expected to set up a plant there. The company manufactures a variety of rigs for semis. www.thenewsleaders.com ticipate in sports, there will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Sartell Middle School. The students are also invited to attend. For more information, contact the Activities Office at 320-656-3717. School • page 5 photo by Tara Wiese The spectral glow of lights through a haze of smoke dominates the scene at the Verso paper mill in Sartell after a fire broke out at the demolition site in the early evening of Aug. 6. It took firefighters from five departments five hours to put out the flames. Two Sartell firefighters suffered minor injuries.