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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. 22, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 33 Est. 1995 Town Crier Disaster relief grants set for veterans, families Stearns County veterans, their families and surviving spouses may be eligible for a disaster relief grant as a result of recent flooding and storms. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs is offering disaster grants of up to $1,000 for reimbursable expenses to veterans and their families who have not received other state or federal assistance. If interested, visit and click on Aug. 22 Criers. Survey sheds light on health concerns in area Results from a Stearns County 44-question area-wide health survey have been compiled and the results posted online. Approximately 12,000 random households were asked to complete the survey, with a wide array of questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, financial stress, tobacco or drug use, driving behaviors, bullying, and other social, physical and mental health-related issues. Responses are being analyzed and used to put together a five-year Health Improvement Plan. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Aug. 22 Criers. County warns: no campaign signs in rights-of-way Stearns County reminds property owners that placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in highway rights-of-way is prohibited. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road. For more complete information, visit www. and click on Aug. 22 Criers. Distribute snacks to children The Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers to help count and disburse snacks for each KIDSTOP location. This volunteer position would be located at the administrative office in the Roosevelt Boys and Girls Club. Vendors deliver weekly snack needs. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Aug. 22 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Reunion celebration planned for 1994 championship by Dennis Dalman Adam Herbst remembers Nov. 25, 1994 as if it were yesterday. That’s the magic day he and his fellow Sartell Sabres won the Class A State Football Championship at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. It’s the only time in the nearly 50-year history of Sartell High School the football team took top state honors. That victory was the culmination of a 14-0 season for the Sabres. To this day, there is an unbreakable camaraderie – a strong bond – among those players, Herbst noted, and that is why that moment in history will be celebrated during a halftime show at a Sartell Sabres home game vs. Grand Rapids Friday, Sept. 26. After the game, athletes from 20 years ago, their spouses, parents, children, friends and supporters are encouraged to gather at the House of Pizza in Sartell for more reminiscences and celebrating. Reunion • page 3 contributed photo Twenty years ago, the Sartell Sabres football team hoisted its state Class A championship trophy after a win over Northfield in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. From left to right (starting with #78) are Jesse Reinert, Tom Stark, Steve Kimball (behind Stark), Paul Trobec, Jeff Muntifering, Jeff Blenkush (#7), Aaron Walters and Adam Herbst (#5). It was Sartell’s only football state championship in the nearly 50-year history of the high school. Coach Dean Taylor led the team to its victory. Degiovanni gets topnotch review for work Sartell City Administrator/Financial Director Mary Degiovanni received a topnotch work review Degiovanni from the Sartell City Council at its last meeting. Earlier, the council had met in closed session to discuss Degiovanni’s annual work performance. The review of her work stated she is “commendable and routinely exceeds expec- tations.” That was the unanimous opinion of the council members and mayor. Degiovanni has been Sartell’s financial director for years. When Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland stepped down last year to take another position, Degiovanni was appointed by the council to fill the administrator job temporarily. However, within weeks, the council began to consider letting Degiovanni do both jobs permanently – administrator and finance director. She agreed to take on that task. ‘Back to School’ event to help Childhood Center by Dennis Dalman Children of all ages will get a chance to participate in the second annual Back to School 5k Race and Kids’ 1k Obstacle Course Saturday, Sept. 13 at Sartell Middle School. Same-day registration will take place from 7-8:30 a.m. on that day. The 5k race will begin at 9 a.m., and the 1k obstacle course will start at 10 a.m. on the middle-school track field. Awards will be given at ceremonies after each event. Following the 1k obstacle course, there will be a raffled-prize giveaway. All participants will get T- shirts, and each 1k obstacle participant will get a ribbon. Besides combining fun and fitness, the event raises funds for much-needed amenities at the Sartell-St. Stephen School District’s Early Childhood Center. The event is co-hosted by PineCone Vision Center and Dentistry for Children, with contributions from many area businesses and with assistance from the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education program. Besides the races, the family-oriented day will feature vendors who will distribute information on aspects of Event • page 5 contributed photo Children set out on the Back to School 5k Run at Sartell Middle School during the event in 2013. The event raises funds for the Early Childhood Education Center.

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