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Newsleader Sartell Postal Patron Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 33 Est. 1995 ‘Free at Last’ evokes fears, hopes of refugees by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Town Crier Market Monday partners on building project Market Monday, the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project and Cherrico Pottery will partner to host a community coil building project at farmers’ market on Monday. Come and help create a large planter. Market Monday is held from 3-6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Tryouts for 2014 Gopher State travel teams will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at Oak Ridge Elementary in Sartell at the following times: 15U at 10 a.m., 14U at 11:30 a.m., 10U at 1 p.m., 11U at 2:30 p.m., 12U at 4 p.m. and 13U at 5:30 p.m. You are encouraged to arrive at least one-half hour prior to your scheduled time. Saturday, Sept. 14 will be a callback date. More information can be found on our website at http://syba.atomicleagues.com/page/gopherstate. Sartell baseball to hold gopher state tryouts Heart Center offers outpatient nicotine-dependence program Quit tobacco through five weekly group sessions led by experts from the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital. The class will run for five consecutive Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Heart Center’s third-floor library. Deadline to register is Sept. 5. Find success through the program’s personalized treatment, support group, medication therapy, relapse prevention and self-help plan. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. A stunning exhibit in images and text will tell the story of the hopes, fears, accomplishments, disappointments and dreams of immigrant refugees who came so far to a new world called America. “Free at Last: Journey of Hope” will open Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. The free exhibit, which was installed by curator Carol Weiler of Sartell, will continue through Oct. 31. Most of the artists/participants in the exhibit are Somali refugees who live in the greater St. Cloud area, although there is also art by an African immigrant and a Japanese immigrant. There are 60 artworks in the show, along with 14 biographical essays written by the immigrants. The concept for “Free at Last” began with “Hands Across the World,” a St. Cloud-based agency that serves the needs of refugees new to the area. The agency enlisted the help of five Breakfast rallies support for breast-cancer walk by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org local artists to help new residents develop language, social and work skills while at the same time having an outlet for their artistic expressions. The art-making and learning workshops took place in autumn 2012 at the Paramount Theater art studios. The resultant artworks include weavings, paintings, ceramics, appliques, fabric constructions and drawings. There are also many photographs in the exhibit, many of them showing the refugee/artists in the process of creating their works. Faces and name identities (other than first names) are scarce in the exhibit as most Somalis are leery of getting their photos taken for political and/or cultural/religious reasons. Some of the biographies are so traumatic and emotionally turbulent that many who have read them began to cry. The artworks, in vivid shapes and colors, reflect the deep roots of Somali agrarian culture in which animals and nomadic lifestyles play an integral part. Refugees • page 4 contributed photo A banner comprised of artworks made by immigrants graces the lobby of the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. Girl Scout info. night set Aug. 29 Girls interested in joining Girl Scouts are invited to a fun-filled registration/information night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at St Francis Xavier School in Sartell. This is for all girls K-12 of Sartell, St Stephen, Sauk Raids, Rice and Royalton. If you decide to join Girl Scouting, there is a fee. Little Falls hosts Living History Day A Living History Day, complete with characters portraying family and friends of Charles Lindbergh, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Charles Lindgbergh Historic Site, Little Falls. Visitors will also have the chance to try their hand at some of the chores young Lindbergh did around the farm. For more information, call 320-6165421 or visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. On the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society, fundraisers and researchers are determined that breast cancer and other forms of the disease will be extinct as dinosaurs long before another 100 years rolls around. That determined hope was apparent Aug. 14 at the kickoff-breakfast for “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central Minnesota” at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. The event was hosted by Shelly Teff of Sartell, a volunteer who has known many people suffering from cancer. Teff is a receptionist at Midsota Plastic Surgeons, which is a regional center for breast reconstruction. She is also a long-time volunteer at a Sauk Rapids nursing home, where she has known many people battling cancer. Teff is chair of the annual breast-cancer walk. Teff told the audience about a woman who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and who came to Midsota Plastic Surgeons. The woman, completely devastated, began sobbing, terrified of what the diagnosis would mean. Teff gave her a hug and told her that despite the cancer she will always, always be the woman she always was. Teff in no uncertain terms told the woman she and her support- ers will fight as hard as they can and “we’re going to win this one!” That woman, like so many Walk • page 8 Sartell Muskies head to state contributed photo After winning first-place at regionals at Hinckley last week, the Sartell Muskies are heading to the state tournament at Delano on Saturday, Aug. 24. Team members include the following: (kneeling, left to right) Jace Otto, Andrew Deters, Travis Weaver, Drew LaBeaux, Jake Sweeter, Shawn Schoen and Rob Voshell; (standing) Dan O’Connell, Brian Schellinger, Tony Schmitz, David Deminsky, Luke Sweeter, Tim Burns, Adam Wenker, Adam Schellinger, Cole Jenkins, manager Randy Beckstrom and draftee Chad Schwegel. Team members not pictured are Dave Schlangen and Booner Lewllyn. This is manager Beckstrom’s 25th year with the Sartell Muskies. www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 People Alexandra Murray of Sartell recently graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. Murray is the daughter of Judy and Michael Murray and attended Sartell High School. She will begin the doctorate program this August at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Rebecca Pareja of Sartell was recently named to the summer dean’s list at North Dakota State University, Fargo. Pareja is majoring in pharmaceutical sciences. A student must earn a 3.50 gradepoint average to qualify. Two Sartell students recently graduated with master’s degree in social work advanced standing from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. They are as follows: Tracy Ketzeback and Stephanie Larson. Local CMYS U16 boys soccer travel team Thunder wins championship against Ecuador at Schwan’s contributed photo The CMYS 16U boys soccer travel team, Thunder, recently played in the weeklong tournament starting on July 16 against teams from Columbia, Ecuador, Eagan and Calgary during the Schwan’s Cup in Blaine, Minn. After defeating Colombia in the playoffs they went on to win the champtionship game against Ecuador in the final game on July 20. Team members are the following (front row, left to right) : Andrew McGee of Cold Spring, and Carter Kasianov, Collin Johnson, Brandon Schuchard and Kempton Schneider, all of Sartell, and Josh Fleegel of St. Cloud; (back row) David Verwijs of Avon, Connor Waldron of St. Cloud, Leighton Lommel of Waite Park, David Marquez (player from Mexico), Michael Jacobs of St. Joseph, and Logan Raygor, Joey Froelich and Grady Ewing, all of St. Cloud, and Coach Ed Johnson. Sartell teammate Caleb Forberg is not pictured. The Schwan’s Cup is the greatest international youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere. The event showcases more than 950 teams and 14,000 soccer players from more than 20 states and 16 countries. If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Aug. 7 7:42 p.m. Juvenile problem. Amber Avenue S. A complaint was made regarding three juvenile girls loitering in the parking lot and making threats towards management. The girls denied the threats but agreed to stay away from the buildings. The parents were notified of the complaint. 11:06 p.m. Loud noises. 11th Avenue E. A complaint was made regarding loud music and noises coming from a residence. Officers arrived and found young children running and playing in the hallway. The children were able to tell them where they lived and the babysitter was unaware the children had snuck out. Aug. 8 11:43 a.m. Suspicious person. 4th Street N. A complaint was made regarding a female soliciting and asking odd questions. The female was registered for solicitation in Sartell. 9:10 p.m. Dog bite. 2nd Street S. A complaint was made regarding a dog that had bitten a female as she walked past a home. The owner stated she was unaware the dog had bitten anyone and was able to provide proof the dog was up to date on his shots and registered. Aug. 9 12:30 a.m. Person assist. CR120. A female had locked herself out of her vehicle. An officer was able to unlock the door. 12:55 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 76 mph in a 55-mph zone. The driver stated she was unaware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. Aug. 10 2:03 a.m. Property damage. 17th Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding two trees and a bush that were pulled from the ground. A third tree was also broken. 5:30 p.m. Warrant arrest. Troop Drive. An arrest warrant was issued for an adult male. The male was located at his home and placed under arrest without incident. 7:16 p.m. Intoxicated male. 2nd Street N. A complaint was made regarding an adult male who was intoxicated and out of control. Officers arrived and were able to calm the male down. A sober party agreed Blotter to care for him for the night. Aug. 11 12:55 a.m. Found property. Scout Drive. A jacket, which was found at the Rock N Block party, was turned in to an officer. It’s being held at the Sartell Police Department. 5:17 p.m. Driving complaint. Pebble Creek Court. A complaint was made regarding a young male who was driving at a high rate of speed through the neighborhood. An officer went to the registered address and spoke to the mother, who stated her son did have the car and she would speak to him about his actions. Aug. 12 4:55 a.m. Unwanted person. Walmart. A complaint was made regarding a male who had become confrontational with the staff and refused to leave the premises. An officer arrived and the male left without incident. 10:47 a.m. Burglary. 7th Street N. A report was made sometime during the weekend, a model home was entered and kitchen appliances, along with a TV and a Blue-ray player were stolen. 11:10 p.m. Arrest warrant. Lawrence Circle. An arrest warrant was issued for an adult female. The female was located at her residence and placed under arrest without incident. Published each Friday by Von Meyer Publishing Inc. Publisher/Owner Janelle Von Pinnon Contributing Writer Cori Hilsgen Design/Layout Tara Wiese Advertising Sales Assistant Kathryn Bjorke Delivery Glen Lauer Newstands Country Store and Pharmacy Holiday on Riverside Drive Holiday on 7th Street N House of Pizza JM Speedstop Little Dukes on Pinecone Sartell City Hall Sartell-St. Stephen School District Offices Walgreens Editor Dennis Dalman www.thenewsleaders.com P.O. Box 324 • 32 1st Ave. N.W. • St. Joseph, Minn. 56374 Phone (320) 363-7741 • Fax (320) 363-4195 • E-mail address: email@example.com POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ST. JOSEPH NEWSLEADER, P.O. Box 324, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com LEgal notICE 3 REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 JULY 15, 2013 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 4 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Meyer; Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/ treasurer; Pam Raden, director; Krista Durrwachter, director; Dan Riordan, director; Shawn Sullivan, student representative and Mike Spanier, interim superintendent. Chair Meyer thanked staff, guests and students for attending the Board meeting at 4 p.m. Special welcome to Spanier the district’s new interim superintendent and Sullivan, student representative. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to approve consent items a-c as presented below: Minutes of the meeting held on June 17, 2013 and June 26, 2013. Checks in the amount of $1,916,427.74 as presented: General Fund 1,332,782.89 Food Service Fund 22,414.16 Transportation Fund 39,515.31 Community Service Fund 27,827.17 Capital Expenditure Fund 189,044.36 Building Fund 264,755.68 Scholarship Trust 20,650.00 Summer Rec Agency Fund 19,438.17 Check numbers 152384 to 152649 Receipts in the amount of $2,964.329.85 as presented: General Fund Food Service Fund Transportation Fund Community Service Fund Capital Expenditure Fund Building Fund Debt Service Fund Scholarship Trust Summer Rec Agency Fund Receipts 38714 to 38804 1,563,933.06 63,035.98 377.37 68,016.81 4,653.00 73.07 1,216,566.20 11,750.00 35,924.36 • The committee is meeting with the paraprofessional union to discuss the process moving forward Community Resource Facilities Task Force • The task force recommends the city pull back on moving forward with a community resource facility and focus on space for senior citizens Leading and Learning Technology Plan Update: Kyle Breitkreutz, director of Technology Services, shared an updated report about the district’s Leading and Learning Technology Plan. Teacher Induction Program: Kay Nelson, director of Learning Services, and Peggi Fogarty, teacher at Pine Meadow Elementary, presented information on the Teacher Induction Program, progress for the 2012-13 school year and changes for the upcoming school year. Review and Update on Final Apple Technology Lease: Steve Wruck, director of Business Services, shared the final lease information. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE MILK AND BRAD PRODUCT CONTRACTS. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Nies to APPROVE STUDENT AND ATHLETIC HANDBOOK. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF MSBA MEMBERSHIP 2013-14. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Durrwachter to RENEWAL OF RESOURCE TRAINING MEMBERSHIP 2013-14. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE MDE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM BUDGET AND REVIEW POLICY. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE JOINT POWERS AGREEMENT WITH MNSCU FOR TPI FUNDS. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APPROVE THE REVISED POLICES 902, 903 AND 907. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. New Employees or Changes: Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Barb Eckberg Andria Kelley Bldg. Position DSC DSC ECFE coordinator ECFE Vocal music Compensation Change $BA+30, Step 7, Replacing Gayle Smoley $29,203 (.65 of $44,927) BA, Step 1, $22.65 New position BA, Step $34,013 2, Replacing Garrett Lathe Replacing Mike Spanier Replacing Joe Perske Replacing Marcus Oistad Wire transfers in the amount of $1,447,494.13 as presented: General Fund 298.50 Debt Service Fund 1,447,195.63 Wire transfers 201200068 to 201300004 c. Accept the following donations: Name To Donation Purpose Shredder ORE PTC Sartell-St. Stephen $778.99 School District Brennan Michaels SHS Kay Nelson Cassie Raehsler Mike Sieben Brittney Soldner Jenna Stoneking Kirstin Welz DSC SHS SHS DSC ORE SMS DSC Student Representative Report: Sullivan • Student council representatives had the opportunity to attend the National Student Council Conference and gathered several ideas and further developed leadership skills • The theme for Homecoming has been established: White and Blue: We’re the Sabre Crew • National Honor Society has recently cleaned up their adopted highway and will be having team building opportunities in August • Captains’ practice has started for Fall sports • Several students of all ages are participating in Summer Recreation Activities • The first training for Sabre Splash will be Aug. 5 with a Hawaiian theme Director of Learning $87,236 Services Head girls soccer 10th-grade football ECFE teacher Special teacher BS1 (12.5%) BS11 (9.5%) BA, Step 1 $22.65/ Rehire hr 1, Replacing Tessa Scheffler 2, Replacing Kay Nelson New Position education BA, Step $33,158 Vocal and classroom BA, Step music – LTS $34,013 IT help desk $17.38/per hour 10. Andy Zilka Superintendent Report: Spanier, interim superintendent Leave of Absence: • The District Early Childhood Program received a four-star recogniName Bldg. Position Action Expected Duration tion, the highest possible rating, from Parent Aware, a program supported through the Minnesota Department of Education 11. Kay Nelson SMS Teacher Leave of Absence 07-01-13 to 06-30-14 • The construction on the parking lots at Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School should be close to completion in mid-August • The roofing projects at Sartell Middle School and the District Ser- A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE NON-UNION CONTRACTS. All in favor. Motion carried. vice Center are currently on time Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings: 1. Work session – Monday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. 2. Policy Committee – Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. Board Policy Committee 3. Negotiations – • The Policy Committee continues to review policies on a routine basis a. Sartell Education Association – Tuesday, July 23, at 9 a.m. b. Paraprofessionals – Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. SEE Committee • All-day, every-day kindergarten will be funded starting the 2014-15 The Board completed official review of Policies 203.5, 205, 405 and 413. School Year • The weighted student funding system has been updated to fund The Board had first of two readings of revisions of Policies: 406, 407, 414 and 417. schools • School boards are now able to authorize referendums to certain A motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:45 p.m. was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan. All in favor. Motion carried. amounts based on new language passed by the legislature ___________________________________________________ Negotiations Committee • The committee continues to work with the Sartell Education As- Jason Nies, Clerk/Treasurer sociation School Board Committee Reports: 4 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 ed States. Many of the immigrants came eventually to the United States, with a large percentage of them settling in the Twin Cities and the greater St. Cloud area. One of the 14 biographies in “Free at Last” was written by a Somali woman whose first name is Maryama. Here is her essay: “My name is Maryama. I was born in Somalia in El Birde. I have an older brother and an older sister. I was 17 years old when my parents passed away. I moved to Ethiopia with my older sister afterward. All I remember from my home country is the civil war, the collapsing of the government, the dispersion of families and the destruction of lives. Most of these experiences terrified me greatly. During the war, my siblings and I lost contact. Everyone went their own way. As of today, I still do not know where my siblings are. The United Nations helped me settle in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. The camp in which I took refuge was called Kabribayax. I got married in the camp. I gave birth to a boy Refugees from front page Both the art and the biographies also evoke a sense of exile, displacement, fears and hopes as these refugees went from place to place – among alien cultures – during their long journeys and their struggles to adapt in such foreign places. That journey included a series of daunting barriers that involved stark differences in language, culture, society, education, employment and even climate. the project are Dan Mondloch, Jeri Olson-McCoy, Solveig Anderson, Melissa Gohman and Weiler, who took hundreds of photos of the creation process in action and of the finished works. Somalia Maryama Artist reactions The artists who conducted the workshops were all moved deeply by their experiences in working with people from such different cultural backgrounds. “From the first invitation to participate in this program, I was excited about how it would challenge me as a teaching artist,” said LeAnn Goerss. “I had no idea how deeply it would touch me personally. I was fearful of the language barrier. However, the experience of communicating one on one with a woman from across the world; exchanging, word by word, English for Somali, although intimidating, was also energizing. All my class participants were female, and I could feel the delicate threads of sisterhood across oceans, continents and language difficulties, weaving a beautiful pattern into my life. Opening the heart allows all of us to be ‘free at last.’” Other artists involved with Somalia is a country with a population of about 10 million located on the ocean-edge of the Horn of Africa, bordered by Ethiopia to the west and Djibouti to the northwest. An important stop on ancient trade routes, Somalia was later the subject of imperial manipulations, mainly by the British and Italians and neighboring Ethiopia. It gained independence in 1960. In the 1990s there began a long civil war among many rival factions and clans, which resulted in a famine causing the deaths of an estimated 300,000 Somalis, as well as many deaths of civilians through deliberate acts of terror. Two terrible droughts in 2011 further exacerbated famine and instability. During those turbulent, dangerous years, many people left Somalia, seeking refuge from famine and death in other countries, including the Unit- Help reset your child’s body clock for school If your children have been staying up late and sleeping in all summer, start planning now to reset their body clocks. Starting now, have them go to bed earlier each night and get up earlier each morning, until they match their school schedule. Inadequate sleep can have a negative effect on health, school performance, mood and ability to process information. For teenagers who can’t get out of bed before noon, avoid light at night and bring on more light in the morning. For more information, including specific sleeping tips, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 and two girls. While I was in the camp, my husband and I worked for the UN. We were specialized in the food distribution area. My husband passed away in the camp due to natural causes. After his death, we started processing to come to the United States. It took us three years to finally get our travel documents ready to come to the U.S. In April 2011, my children and I traveled from Ethiopia to Denver, Colo. In Colorado, it was hard for us to feel comfortable because there is barely any Somali population. I got in contact with a friend who suggested I should move to St. Cloud, Minn. With the help of my friend, I am here today. I am happy to live here in Minnesota because I have friends around. I worked at Jennie-O for a while but I had to stop because of medical reasons. I am currently going to school at Hands Across the World. I started in January 2013. My children go to Tech High School, South Junior High School and Talahi Elementary School. My wish is to get a higher education and a job. I am wishing that my children will go further with their educations so we can be at peace all together. I also wish to find my siblings somewhere one day.” Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 5 contributed photos Above: Two finished ceramic pots are part of the upcoming exhibit. At right: Issaq holds up his finished creation – a carrying bag. At far right: A woman sews part of what will become a stylish carrying bag. Funding for the exhibit came from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, the Otto Bremer Foundation, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Social Innovation, the Central Minnesota Arts Board, the Westside Liquor is the only establishment that failed an identification check during a citywide compliance check in July by the Sartell Police Department. A clerk at the store sold alcohol to a compliance-check person without asking for idenSt. Cloud Lions Club and the St. Cloud Optimists Club. In the future, “Free At Last” will also be displayed at other venues, including the St. Cloud Public Library. Westside fails compliance check tification. The person was a minor. Westside Liquor paid the $250 first-offense fine. The good news is on July 29, during a police compliance check of all places in Sartell that sell tobacco products, all of the stores passed the compliance checks. Cruise Night! 5 p.m. to close Local classic car owners will be at Thursday, Aug. 15 Future displays “Free At Last” is a collaboEverything you want... in a cone! Everything you want... in a cone! ration among Hands Across Buy any Twister the World and the Paramount ¢ only Get any Twister of equal or lesser value Education Outreach DepartOffer expires August 31, 2013. Not valid in combination with any other offers. ment, under the guidance of project director Jane Oxton. 118 1st Ave. N.W. • St. Joseph • www.conecastle.com with this coupon Cone Castle 99 CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB www.thenewsleaders.com Spacious Oak Hill Home 513 9th St. N. • Sartell $309,900 SingleFamily Home Quiet, friendly neighborhood Large, private, wooded lot Updated and custom built Room for the whole family Expansive kitchen & deck ideal for entertaining Walking distance to Sartell Schools 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms P.O. Box 324 • 32 1st Ave. NW • St. Joseph, MN 56374 • 320-363-7741 To schedule a showing, call 320-253-5842. For more information, visit www.zillow.com. 6 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Opinion Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to imagine what it feels like to be a refugee in a strange land. That is why everyone should go see (and absorb) a stunning exhibit entitled “Free at Last: A Journey of Hope,” which opens Wednesday, Sept. 4 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud. The free show will run through Thursday, Oct. 31. The exhibit contains about 60 artworks and 14 biographical narratives created and written mainly by immigrant refugees from Somalia, that strife-torn tragic country on the eastern edge of the Horn of Africa. “Free at Last” is a real eye-opener because it invites us into the hearts and minds of these refugees whose lives have been marked by constant turbulence, dangers, insecurities, fears and – last but not least – infinite hopes. Most of these Somalis have not only been uprooted from their homes because of a brutal civil war but many spent years in refugee camps inside neighboring Ethiopia before finding refuge in other countries. Many witnessed their own loved ones killed in violent confrontations and acts of sheer terror. Most have been separated from parents, siblings and other close-knit relatives whom they may never see again. After all of those unimaginable physical and emotional traumas, these people made the long journey to a country utterly alien to them – in language, social customs, education, culture, religion and laws. They have had to adapt, slowly and painfully, to one obstacle after another. It has been very, very difficult for them, and most continue the daunting struggle to adapt, to succeed, to be happy. Even though such traumas punctuate “Free at Last,” the exhibit also evokes vast hope. The vivid artworks with their stunning folk designs and brilliant colors show the depth of Somalis’ cultural backgrounds and an unquenchable zest for life. The written biographies, many of them heartbreaking, also evoke hopes for the future – for higher education, for gainful employment, for a desire to improve society and for successful adaptation for them and their children to adapt happily to a new and often alien American world. In other words, the things all of us strive for. Everyone living in the greater St. Cloud area is well aware of the presence of the many Somali immigrants in our midst. That presence has spawned some cruel prejudices, with claims these refugees are aloof, arrogant, stuck up or welfare cheats. Such claims are often made by people who have no idea about who these people are or what they have endured. Because of such starkly different cultural backgrounds, Somalis tend to be shy and hesitant, unlike talkative, outgoing, extroverted Americans. That shyness is often mistaken for “aloofness” or “arrogance.” The charge of being welfare cheats is equally absurd. Yes, of course, these immigrants have had necessary help from social agencies, churches, businesses and individuals, but to call that “cheating” is adding insult to injury. A good way to counter such harmful prejudices is to go see “Free at Last.” Viewers are sure to come away with a renewed respect – and compassion – for these refugees, these good fellow human beings in our communities. ‘Free at Last’ exhibit can help squelch prejudices Our View I quit smoking; you can too! I quit smoking. Twice. The first time was in 1987. For six months. All it took is “just one” cigarette. Hooked again. The second time was five years ago, and I haven’t had so much as a whiff since. Several doctors and nurses I’ve met recently suggested I should write a list of cessation tips to share with others. Here is my tip list. 1. First, remember it’s never too late to quit. As one gets older and keeps smoking, the chance of horrible adverse effects increases, including debilitating emphysema. 2. Before you quit, make a list of all the bad things about smoking: wheezy breathing, hacking cough, bad breath, stained teeth, smelly clothing, filthy ash trays, stinky house, danger of starting a fire, exposing others to your smoke, the escalating cost of buying cigarettes and last but not least, the likelihood of developing diseases. My “bad” list contained 50 bad things. My “good” list contained exactly one item: the pleasure of smoking a cigarette with a cup of coffee or glass of beer. Stick your list on the refrigerator. 3. Quit smoking on a weekend. That is because you will become very crabby for a few days so it’s best to stay away from people. During the first few days you will feel as if you are turning into a werewolf that snarls, curses, kicks furniture and scares any human in sight. 4. I chose cold turkey as my quitting method because I purposely wanted to go through a withdrawal hell so I would never be tempted to take up smoking again, not wanting to re-experience that Dennis Dalman Editor withdrawal again. If I’d chosen gum or patches, knowing me I’m sure I would’ve thought, “Oh, well, I’ll just have one or two smokes, then I can always get some more patches, like, next week, maybe.” That’s an example of what addiction experts call “stinking thinking.” I recommend cold turkey but choose any method you feel is best for you. 5. Before your last cigarette, get ready to hunker down with your favorite snacks, hobbies or tasks to keep you busy. Such “alternatives” are essential for success. They are things you can do when a craving strikes. When it does, instantly move to another room or another place, away from the place that set off the craving. If you’re in a chair, get up immediately and do something else, such as a brisk walk around the block, doing the dishes, vacuuming and more. The alternative must involve some kind of movement. 6. Be on guard against “stinking thinking.” During the first few days, you will become light-headed and ornery, and your mind will play all kinds of sneaky tricks. In my case, I kept having a foolish obsession to hurry down to the mobilehome-park communal mailbox to mail letters or bills. Even though I had nothing to mail, I kept feeling a jittery mania to get down to that mailbox. And then it dawned on me: the mailbox is 30 feet from the store where I always bought my Basic menthols. The “devil” inside me knew if he could get me down to the mailbox, he could unleash temptations that would push me toward that store, and I would probably cave in, thinking, “Oh, what the heck, why not just buy a pack. Just one pack. I can always quit later. Sometime.” Those kinds of temptations will plague you for awhile. They are so sneaky and persistent. But outwit them! Be strong and tell that nicotine devil to get lost! Shout it! 7. Kindly ask smokers to stay away for a week or so, or at least request them to smoke outside, away from you. 8. Keep reviewing your bad/good list and keep doing activities (brisk walks are the best). Meanwhile, avoid any smoking-related things, especially your favorite smoking chair or that cup of coffee or glass of beer. 9. Indulge often in positive projections. Visualize how your lungs are going from tar-black to healthy pink. Think how the chance of disease is diminishing. Picture what you’ll be able to buy in place of cigarettes. For example, a pack-aday smoker could easily afford a fabulous two-week trip for two to an exotic locale for what is spent in one year on smokes. 10. I wish you the best of luck. I’ve often said if I could quit smoking, anybody can. And please remember, through your first days of struggle, how happy you’ll be you finally, finally achieved the “impossible.” You quit! Congratulate yourself. Reader lauds editor for insight on women’s issues, feminist movement Ruth Bollig, Sartell The extent of your understanding of the plight of women and the bias they withstood in the early 1900s is amazing to me. I lived through that time, in fact, I lived almost a generation before Millie Moran’s writings in her book “Socially Challenged.” Your editorial Aug. 9, 2013 about “Just the way it was back then” captured the situation with such an understanding and in insight I have never seen in print before, especially in a small-town newspaper. Your credit given to the feminist movement of the 1970s to promote change is so true as well as your quotes ‘it was hard to see these social forces because they had become such an integral part of the world and us in it that we were mostly blind to it and its deleterious effects,” and also “potential unrealized.” Your editorial brought tears to my eyes because it’s so true and my esteem for your writings is still further enhanced. Letter to editor Publisher to reach half-century mark; life’s still an adventure I’ve never been one to do things easily. When I was in elementary school, my librarian couldn’t feed me enough books. I devoured them with a vengeance and enjoyed every minute of it. During my high school years, I wasn’t satisfied to just attend school (with decent grades I might add). I had to be part of a touring choir group, spent hours on the yearbook staff, was the first to earn my driver’s license (because I was the eldest in my peer group), worked a part-time job at McDonald’s (best training ground to build a good work ethic if ever there was one), volunteered as a candy striper and at church, raised money, trained for and participated in a 500-mile crossstate bike tour, and hosted a foreignexchange student from France during my senior year. College years saw me pursuing a dream of becoming a veterinarian, writing and editing for the college newspaper, lots of late study nights and early morning science labs, working three part-time jobs while carrying a full load of credits, still thoroughly involved with music groups and volunteering for a local animal shelter. Maybe I should chalk it up to my ancestral mix of German tenaciousness and Scotch-Irish spiritedness, sprinkled with a dash of French flair. I’ve been lucky enough to always have strong female role models to look up to in my Janelle Von Pinnon Publisher life. Like my great-grandma Theresa Skelly, who ventured from Ireland to California as a child bride, was widowed in her 40s but somehow managed to find productive work in a turnof-the-century world where women weren’t given many opportunities. My dad always describes “little grandma” as a spitfire. My other paternal greatgrandma who after being widowed at a young age in Chicago also ventured to California with her five children and ended up marrying her sister’s foreman. And then there was my maternal great-grandmother Inez McCullagh who earned a college degree in the late 1800s (from St. Cloud State to be exact), was married to a doctor (who still made house calls) and taught in a one-room schoolhouse for years while raising four children of her own. Or maybe it’s just that I’m pigheaded and when someone tells me I can’t, it just spurs me on to prove them wrong. After all, life is an adventure. For some reason, the milestones in my life have always seemed to come in threes. At the ripe age of 25, I met and married my husband (and became Newsleader staff members have the responsibility to report news fairly and accurately and are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers are encouraged to take complaints to the Minnesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the public and the media and resolve conflicts. The council office may be reached at 612-341-9357. Fairness and ethics a stepmother to my then 6-year-old stepdaughter), started the St. Joseph Newsleader, and bought, remodeled and moved into our first home. As I headed into my third decade, I expanded my business to include publishing the Sartell Newsleader, headed up the MS Tram that came through St. Joseph that year and added my daughter by way of adoption to our growing family. At 40, I bought, remodeled and moved into our office building, moved our whole household to St. Cloud (from Sauk Centre where I commuted from for the previous 12 years) and added my son through adoption. (Oh, and maybe I need to mention a fourth achievement when I climbed two-thirds of the way up Chichen Itza in Mexico on our 15th wedding anniversary. And by the way, I’m scared of heights.) Now on the cusp of turning the big 5-0, my husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, the Newsleaders will celebrate 25 years in the community, my daughter starts her freshman year in college (at SCSU where, incidentally her great-great-grandmother graduated from) and my son is entering middle school. I can’t wait to see what new adventures await us all. They say when you look back on your life, you usually only regret the things you haven’t done. No, I’ve never been one to do things easily. But then where’s the fun in that? Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 Friday, Aug. 23 Casting for a Cure Catch-PhotoRelease Fish-A-Thon, anglers of any age can begin fishing on any body of water in Minnesota. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Wendlin Parish Center, 22714 State Hwy. 15, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, Aug. 24 First-time Homebuyer Education class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Liberty Savings Bank, St. Cloud. 320-258-0681 or www.cmhp.net. Casting for a Cure Catch-PhotoRelease Fish-A-Thon, anglers of any age can begin fishing on any body of water in Minnesota. Anglers, families and community members alike then meet at the Blue Line Sports Bar in Sartell starting at 2 p.m. to turn in the Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com fish logs with digital pictures and join in the outdoor activity area, the silent auction, Party Time Inflatables, casting contest, crafts, games and hourly door prizes. An evening Awards Ceremony and Celebration of Hope is open to the public and free. Monday, Aug.26 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www.marketmonday.org. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Tuesday, Aug. 27 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2405 Walden Way, St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Community Calendar Wednesday, Aug. 28 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Fabulous Armadillos. Thursday, Aug. 29 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Girl Scout Registration/Information Night Girl Scouts registration/information night, 6:30 p.m., St Francis Xavier School in Sartell. For all girls K-12 of Sartell, St Stephen, Sauk Raids, Rice and Royalton. Friday, Aug. 30 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. 7 Cloud Hospital, 1406 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, Aug. 31 Living History Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Charles Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a family farm a century ago during World War I from characters portraying Lindbergh’s mother and tenants who rented from the Lindberghs. 320-616-5421. SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 AUG. 1, 2013 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The special school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 10:10 a.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Meyer; Krista Durrwachter, director; Pam Raden, director; Dan Riordan, director; and Michael Spanier, interim superintendent. Members absent: Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/treasurer. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to approve the agenda and close the meeting for negotiations strategy pursuant to MN Stat. 13D.03. All in favor. Motion DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR BOAT to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3-day vacation. Tax deductible. Free towing. All paperwork taken care of. 1-800-423-0656. (MFPA) Medical Alert for Seniors – 24/7 monitoring. FREE equipment. FREE shipping. Nationwide service. $29.95/ month. Call Medical Guardian today. 1-888-721-6758. (MFPA) carried. 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