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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, Sept. 30, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 35 Est. 1995 Muskies steamroll to state championship by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Town Crier Farmers’ Market hosts Harvest Fest The St. Joseph Farmers’ Market will host its 14th annual Harvest Festival from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at their usual location, north on CR 2 next to the Wobegon Trail under the water tower. The event will include live music, Scarlette the Firedancer, pottery and spinning demonstrations, children’s activities, petting zoo and more. Bring your chair and stay awhile. Senior Connection hosts local author Local author Dennis Herschbach will present “Writing a Book: a Novel from Beginning to End” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. (in the District 748 Center). He will focus on the steps in writing a book and what the requirements are for a book to be considered a novel. Herschbach will read excerpts from his latest mystery novel “Seven Graves, Two Harbors” and discuss it. Refreshments will be served. Foster grandparent volunteers needed (Editor’s note: The Sartell Newsleader is grateful for reports from several people who were at the state championship games, including coach-manager Randy Beckstrom, Pete Johnson and Kaye Wenker. Their information added greatly to the following story.) Steamrolling over their opponents, the Sartell Muskies clinched the Class C Amateur State Baseball Tournament Sunday after winning four games in a two-day tournament at Maple Lake’s Irish Stadium. In the final game, a real stunner, the Muskies scored 10-0 over the Belle Plaine Tigers. Firstbaseman Jake Sweeter started the Muskies’ scoring streak with a solo home run in the second inning, repeating that feat in the fourth inning. He finished the game with three hits, three runs-batted-in. Andrew Deters contributed three hits, and Jace Otto and designated hitter Tony Schmitz each added two hits. Veteran pitcher Dave Schlangen became the third Muskie to throw a shut-out at state competition, limiting Belle Plaine to contributed photo Muskies player Tim Burns (right) rounds the bases for his three-run homer, which scored runs for Bob Voshell (7) and Adam Schellinger (17). Jake Sweeter (40) was ready on deck to be the next Muskies batter. For more photos visit www.thenewsleaders.com. just two hits. The game ended at the seventh inning, according to the “10-run mercy rule.” A noisy, raucous jubilation followed the game, with Muskies fans hurrying from the bleachers into right field where they whooped, hollered, hugged, high-fived and gabbed with Muskies players for nearly 90 minutes. The state win was a grand finale for the Muskies’ season with 29 wins, two losses. It’s the second state title in the Muskies’ 35-year history. Later, back in Sartell, the players gathered at managercoach Randy Beckstrom’s house where they celebrated into the wee hours. At one point, the players poured a bottle of cold champagne over Beckstrom’s head. “It was cold, but it felt pretty darned good,” Beckstrom said. “We had food, lots of pizzas and sat around an outdoor fire, Muskies • page 3 The Foster Grandparent Program is seeking volunteers to mentor children in the classrooms for the 2013-14 school year at St. Francis Xavier School. Volunteers might help first-grade students with a reading assignment, work with preschoolers on crafts or give one-to-one help to a child who needs extra help in math. Adults age 55 and older can receive a tax-free stipend for volunteering 15 hours per week (or more) helping children with activities, reinforcing learning, helping with art projects and more. For more information, call Emily at Catholic Charities at 320-229-4597. Ross, Chall complete three-day walk for a cure by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com Bromenschenkel to meet with constituents Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel will host an informal public meeting with constituents from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Blue Line Bar and Grill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. Bromenschenkel represents Stearns County District 2, which includes the cities of Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park; and the townships of LeSauk, St. Joseph and St. Wendel. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Gretchen Ross, 65, and Joy Chall, 62, recently completed the Twin Cities three-day Susan G. Komen Walk for a Cure for breast cancer. Both women walked a revised 50 miles because of the high temperatures. The walking route was shut down on Sunday due to the statewide heat emergency. The third day of walking should have been 17 miles, but they reduced the last day’s walk to eight miles. “Saturday our walk was a little over 22 miles and when we completed the second day, the temperature was 91,” Ross said. “It was a ‘cooker’ on Sunday.” Ross and Chall said they will never forget what they have learned from their experience. “I have learned so much about love, generosity and endurance,” Ross said. “Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart to the bottoms of my soles. I thank Joy my teammate, who made the miles seem to go so quickly.” Ross said she learned about endurance – the endurance of being able to walk under incredible heat and the endurance of love. She also learned the endurance of generosity and an enduring special bond with those who walked, those they honored and those who so amazingly supported her and Chall. She said she also learned about kindness – the kindness of so many people who emailed and texted words of encouragement and the kindness of people who showed up all along the route and offered kind acts such as a cold wet paper towel and bags of ice. Ross said some people brought their dogs for them to pet – some of them were even dressed in costumes. One person brought a rabbit to support them. “One little boy came out to support us by hula-hooping his heart out at the end of his driveway,” Ross said. She said a funny moment occurred when a woman in downtown Minneapolis asked her where the Neiman Marcus store was located. “I replied ‘I don’t know, I am just walking through town,’” she said. Chall said it was hard to put into words the emotions and feelings that came from her experience. She said she first began the walk as a personal fulfillment of being able to walk 60 miles in three days. Walk • page 8 Gopi finds time to reflect on his world championship contributed photo Team U.S.A., the world-champion Geography Bee team, is comprised of Gopi Ramanthan (right) of Sartell, along with Neelam Sadhu of Bedford, N.H. (left) and Asha Jain of Menocqua, Wis. The team earned the championship recently in St. Petersburg, Russia. Interestingly, all three winners are of Indian descent. See full story on page 4. www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Anna Wenzel, daughter of Theresa and John Wenzel of Sartell, will participate in the White Coat Ceremony at North Dakota State University on Sept. 21. She is a student in NDSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Wenzel is among the NDSU pharmacy students who will take the oath of a pharmacist during the ceremony. Each student will receive a white coat symbolizing Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com his or her duty to patients and colleagues as they enter the pharmacy profession. The White Coat Ceremony is an opportunity to officially welcome students into the profession of pharmacy and instill an attitude of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Jacob Walls, son of Freddi and Dennis Walls of Sartell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Navy Seaman Recruit Walls completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations.” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 People Kelsey Pedersen, daughter of Janice Pedersen, Sartell, was recently accepted for admission for the 2013-14 academic year at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is a graduate of Sartell High School, where she participated in yearbook, school paper and school TV channel. She is currently undecided on her major. Caroline Stutsman was recently named to the treasurer position on the board of the Sartell-St. Stephen EduStutsman cation Foundation. Stutsman is a CPA at KDV, who specializes in auditing governmental entities. She and her husband, Mike, have three children. One is part of the early childhood and two attend Oak Ridge Elementary in the SartellSt. Stephen School District. St. Cloud State University has entered the Guinness World Records for the most people howling. The official record states the Department of Campus Involvement at SCSU is “officially amazing” having achieved the record with 296 participants. Previously, no record existed for the most people howling. A minimum of 250 participants was required for consideration. The 296 students and community members gathered on Atwood Mall for the Husky Howl on April 26 to set the record. Guinness approved the record Aug. 19 after examining videos, photos and witness statements for verification. “As our students know, there’s no pride like St. Cloud State pride anywhere else in the world,” said Lindsey Rogers, marketing coordinator for the Department of Campus Involvement. “And we have the record to prove it.” This is the university’s first Guinness World Record, however People • page 3 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: firstname.lastname@example.org POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ST. JOSEPH NEWSLEADER, P.O. Box 324, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com came the team’s manager in 2006. He recalled fondly the Muskies’ last state championship way back in 1992 when Beckstrom was the team’s key pitcher and outfielder. The number “21,” he figures, must be lucky. That championship was 21 years ago, Beckstrom was 21 years old at the time and his jersey number was (and is) 21. It was good, he said, after all those years to win the state title again last weekend. “We are happy to win for this community,” he said. “There were a lot of people from Sartell at the state tournament, and that was good to see.” Beckstrom now has a big trophy sitting in his garage. Each player received a bat with all the Muskies’ names engraved on it, few are approved and even fewer are successful. The department will receive its official Guinness World Records certificate within the next couple of weeks. It’s not yet known if the record will be included in the print edition of the Guinness World Records book. and each player also received a state-championship plaque. Four Muskies have been named to the All-Tournament Team for their outstanding performances. They are pitcher David Deminsky (two wins, 13 innings, 0 earned runs, six hits, six walks, 18 strikeouts); first baseman Jake Sweeter (batting average .368, two homes runs, five runs-batted-in): outfield Dan O’Connell (batting average .353, four runs scored); and second baseman Andrew Deters, who was named the tourna- 3 ment’s most valuable player for his excellent defense (batting average .450 in the tournament with four runs-batted-in). The two-day weekend tournament at Maple Lake wowed the crowds with many highMuskies • page 5 Muskies from front page talking about the high points of the season.” And it was indeed a season of one high point after another. Beckstrom groped for words to express it. “It was really a dream season from the start to the end,” he said. “We just played consistent baseball, the pitches were good, we hit the ball well. It was truly a team effort.” Beckstrom then chuckled. “Oh, yeah, and I can’t forget the ‘lucky’ green new uniforms we were wearing,” he added. Beckstrom has coached the Muskies for 25 years and be- People from page 3 previous record-setting attempts have taken place. 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It’s a staggering achievement, considering in the United States alone about 4.5 million students compete every year at one level or another in the Geography Bee. Gopi said he is grateful for the support and goodwill he received from so many people. “I want to thank the entire Sartell-St. Stephen community in all my years of competing in National Geographic bees,” he said. “At times my teachers pushed me to the limit, and friends and the community cheered me on when I got to the higher levels.” The Geography Bee is part of the Academic Extensions program that is funded partly by the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation. Gopi’s world-champ team members were Asha Jain, 13, of Minocqua, Wis.; and Neelam Sandhu, 14, of Bedford, N.H. Gopi, the son of Gajen and Vasugi Ramanathan, is a 15-yearold sophomore at Sartell High School. There were several strange but wonderful coincidences about the American team. For one thing, all three members are of Indian descent. Gopi’s relatives originated in Sri Lanka, an island off of the southern tip of India. For another thing, contestant Asha Jain is the younger sister of the boy who placed second in the National Geography Bee of 2012 – the bee in which Gopi also participated, placing seventh. The three members of Team U.S.A. were chosen by the National Geographic Society, based on their past performances in bees during the past two years. Gopi, for example, has won numerous geography bees at every level since he was in fourth grade. He competed twice in the National Geography Bee in Washington, D.C. At the world bee in St. Petersburg, there were teams representing 18 countries. Besides the three finalists (U.S.A., Canada, India), the teams represented Australia, Bulgaria, China, Chinese Taipei, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Gopi and his two team members are likely to remember two words – Equatorial Guinea – for a very long time. That is the name of the West African country that was their winning answer. It occurred during a bidding round during which teams could bid points for a series of five clues, losing one point for each time they bid for a new clue. The first clue, for five points, was “This country’s flag includes six small stars, representing the mainland and five offshore islands.” After a couple more clues, a collective “light bulb” lit up Team U.S.A. After a brief huddle, the team agreed on their answer: Equatorial Guinea.” In just those two words, they had become the world champs. “We were shocked,” Gopi recalled. “But we didn’t really celebrate much because we had to go back to the hotel and get ready to do some sightseeing in St. Petersburg.” As he begins his sophomore year, Gopi is not sure what he wants to pursue for a career, although geography, obviously, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 has always been and probably always will be a big part of his life. It seems to have been practically a genetic birthright as his younger brother, Janagan, is also superbly knowledgeable in the subject and has also competed in bees. Last year, he placed fifth in the state bee. “I’m not sure what I’ll study in college,” Gopi said. “But I do love geography, and I love science and education.” Gopi said he will always be alert to the possibility of competing again in some geographic contest, although because of his age and grade level he can no longer compete in the National Geographic Bee. To prepare for the world event, Gopi studied six hours each day, using atlases, quizzes and maps, mostly on the Internet. Gopi’s team’s win is the sixth time the United States has won the World Geography Bee, which takes place every two years. In its first year, 1993, London was the venue, and the U.S.A. was the champion. Throughout the years, other champs were Australia, Mexico, Canada (twice) and Russia (the winner in 2011). This year’s bee was sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the Russian Geographic Society and Google. In a recent essay written by Gopi about his National Geographic Bee experiences, he shared this with his readers: “Although I’ve never won the National Geographic Bee, I am very happy with what I have done over the past five years. It was a very thrilling ride that hopefully will never end, as I plan to keep on learning more and more about the world and everything that comes with it. I am grateful to my family, friends and teachers for pushing me onward to try my hardest. To the kids who are or will be in fourth through eighth grade, I would encourage them to try the Geography Bee. It’s a great way to learn anything you ever wanted to know about our world. You never know how far you might go unless you try it!” Gopi from front page by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Now that Gopi Ramanathan has had a few weeks at home to relax, he can finally reflect on his triumph as one of the three young world champions in geography. On July 29 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Gopi was part of a threemember team representing the United States that won the Gold Medal at the 11th annual National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee. Canada placed second, and India took third place. The Russian team, competing on its own turf, came 17th Annual 25 off % Sept. 7 and 8 Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Adam Schellinger each had two hits. Pitcher Adam Wenker went eight innings for the win. He allowed six hits and one earned run. The next game was against the Jordan Brewers, which the Muskies won 1-0. Minnesota amateur baseball uses a unique drafting system, which came into play in this game. Teams in the state tournament draft up to three pitchers from teams they defeated in the playoffs. In this game, the third of the weekend, the Muskies gave the ball to draftee Asa Patterson of the Mora Blue Devils, who proceeded to deliver one of the best pitching performances of the tournament. With the help of excellent defense, Patterson shut out a superb Jordan team, scattering seven hits and striking out 13 players. Otto provided heroics, saving a Jordan run in the eighth inning with a diving catch that turned into a double play. With the game still tied 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, catcher Luke Sweeter led off with a single. He was advanced to second base on a sack bunt and moved to third base on a ground-out. With two outs, Otto delivered his third big play of the day, driving the game-winning hit over the Jordan left-fielder and setting off an on-field victory celebration by the team. Otto and right-fielder Dan O’Connell led the Muskies with two hits in the game. The next game, also on Sunday, was the Muskies’ championship win – 10-0 over Belle Plaine. Remarkably, the Muskies outscored their tournament opponents by a combined 30-5, and Muskies’ pitchers combined to allow just three earned runs, good for a 0.63 earned-run average. It’s a triumph and a seasonal record the Muskies players and their fans will never forget. Muskies from page 3 lights. Here are some of them, as reported by Pete Johnson: On Saturday, the Muskies defeated the Sobieski Skis 2-1. Deminsky won a pitcher’s duel, allowing only three hits and one unearned run while striking out 11 players. Brian Schellinger and Rob Voshell put the Muskies ahead right at the start, leading off the game with a single and runs-batted-indouble respectively. Tim Turns singled and scored an insurance run on a Sobieski error in the eighth inning. On Sunday, the Muskies trounced the Fergus Falls Hurricanes 11-4. Third baseman Jace Otto’s error allowed Fergus Falls to take an early 1-0 lead, but Otto more than atoned with a fourth-inning grand-slam homer. Burns hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to break open the game. Second baseman Andrew Deters led the team with three hits. 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It wasn’t a “good guy with a gun” that stopped the would-be shooter at a school near Atlanta. What stopped him was a vast reservoir of concern, kindness, empathy and level-headed common sense coming from a remarkable woman whose name is Antoinette Tuff. A phenomenal example of exquisite grace under pressure, Tuff succeeded in calmly, rationally and kindly talking the 20-year-old mentally ill school intruder into surrendering to police. The taped transcript of her talking to the gunman is nothing less than astonishing, especially considering the fact she knew she could have been blown away any second. Tuff is, indeed, a rare and true hero. What’s most impressive is some law-enforcement officials go through intensive training to “talk down” hostage takers and other unstable people in crises. Tuff did it apparently by a deep-seated genuine human instinct. She came across as a stern but loving mama to the young man. “Baby, everything’s gonna be OK,” she said with such sweet conviction. Later, Tuff acknowledged being petrified with fear inside but that faith in God and lessons she learned It’s sometimes said the biggest crime of the 20th Century was silence. Silence when millions of Jews were put to death, silence when the Turks perpetrated genocide against Armenians, silence when the Pol Pot regime tortured and butchered Cambodians, silence when rival ethnic groups in Uganda went on murderous rampages. Silence – the turning away from such atrocities – amounts to complicity. Such vicious crimes and their innocent victims scream out for world attention, for people and countries far and wide to demand of the perpetrators: “Stop! Enough! End this killing now!” That is why President Barack Obama is correct in calling for strikes against the Assad regime in Syria after his military used nerve gas against civilians, killing nearly 1,000 people, including more than 400 children. It was a monstrous crime that makes one’s blood run cold. Assad has been committing atrocities against his people for years with bullets and bombs, as well as previous smaller-scale uses of chemical weapons. Unfortunately, that brutal tyrant has the backing of Russia, China and Iran – countries notorious for their flagrant disregard for human rights. There ought to be a global howl of outrage about this crime. But, fortunately at least, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Turkey, the United States and some other countries have condemned Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Sadly, the outcry should be louder and totally universal, and there should be a unanimous demand to punish the Assad regime. Let us hope the U.S. Congress approves limited strikes against Assad’s war machine. The American people, rightly so, are opposed to getting involved in another Mid-East war. However, limited air strikes against carefully chosen targets (military installations) are not going to lead to any sort of “boots-on-the-ground” involvement in Syria. Such strikes would be a decisive way to demonstrate to Assad that his use of chemical weapons is a vicious violation of international accords and that it won’t be tolerated. Yes, it is possible, once the strikes have taken place, that Assad could thumb his nose at the world and use chemical weapons again. But if he does, such a repeated atrocity is likely to outrage more and more countries that will, collectively, finally come down hard on that violent regime. There is no perfect, easy way out of this dilemma. Obama is, indeed, between a rock and a hard place. And there is no guarantee punishment strikes would “work.” But to remain silent, to not do anything, is to be indirectly complicit in these crimes against humanity. It’s true the United States cannot be global “police officers.” But, at the very least, this nation (ideally with the help of other countries) can register outrage and help become a conscience for the world. Assad and other tyrants should not be allowed to get away with such atrocities; they should be punished; they should be made to suffer because of the hideous deaths they have visited upon their people. Other murderous tyrants, waiting in the wings with their chemical weapons, must be made to take notice. Dennis Dalman Editor about reaching out and connecting with the less fortunate came to the forefront during that tense time. Tuff even shared with the armed man tragedies from her own life: her husband leaving her, her decision at one time to commit suicide and the sorrows of having a child with multiple disabilities. It was a magnificent example of a human being, a survivor of pain and disappointment herself, connecting on a gut level with another human being in deep hurt. It’s so appropriate Tuff’s name rhymes with “tough” because her connection to the wouldbe killer was a perfect example of the power of “tough love.” That woman deserves all of the bouquets of praise coming her way, including that personal congratulatory phone call from President Obama. We should all learn from her masterful, deeply human response to a crisis. However, it’s too much to hope there will be an Antoinette Tuff on hand the next time a deranged shooter enters a school. And even if there is someone of that extraordinary quality present, chances are sadly all too possible she would be blown away by the madman. All of the wonderfully positive news about Antoinette Tuff has obscured a very big question. I’m still trying to determine through media reports where that 20-year-old wouldbe killer managed to get his hands on an AK-47 rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition. We have heard almost nothing about him, his background or his motivations – at least not at the point I’m writing this column, nearly two weeks after that incident. The horror that Tuff prevented in that school is, once again, frightening to think about. But, predictably, once again, it reminds us how we flunked the course last time, in the months after the killings at Sandy Hook when gun lobbyists and their minions in Congress defeated proposed gun-safety laws. This Georgia incident was a frightening close call. It should boost the passionate determination of good Americans fighting for gun-safety laws, including the still-grieving parents of the children butchered at Sandy Hook. Gun safety, sadly, is not a headline issue lately. It soon will be, and this time around, thanks to so much hard work and ongoing networking by gun-safety advocates, laws will eventually be passed requiring universal background checks, a boost in mental-health treatments and bans on assault weapons and highcapacity ammo clips. It’s time to open the eyes of the willfully blind Wayne LaPierre. Let’s tell that rhetorical gunslinger that one of the best ways to prevent gun violence is not a shoot-’em-up but a civilized combination of the insightful connective compassion of people like Antoinette Tuff combined with the long overdue legislation that will keep such assault weapons and ammo out of the hands of unstable people. Medias varying views on the cat and the mouse The cat killed and ate the mouse. That’s the whole story. Let’s see how this news might be reported to the public from the standpoint of the left, the elite media, and the right, Fox News and talk radio. As seems to be the case in events like this, no verification of the actual crime was ever pursued. The story was just made available to the media by anonymous sources. Information has reached the newsroom of a recent tragedy. A mouse, from all indications an innocent victim, was reportedly killed and then eaten by a mighty and cunning predator. The mouse, in an effort to feed his hungry family and provide a better life for them, broke into the home of a wealthy Wall Street banker. It’s important to know the mouse was hungry and was only eating scraps the rich homeowners and their cat would not eat. Upon discovery, the innocent victim mouse was pounced upon by the stronger and better equipped cat, dispatched and eaten by the greedy predator. It’s clear to this reporter that if the cat had been better cared for by his wealthy owner this tragedy could have been averted. Instead another innocent victim, one who could have possibly become a contributing member of rodent society, has forever been removed Ron Scarbro Guest Writer just to satisfy the greed of the fat cat. The wealthy owner, when asked to comment, said only cats do what cats do and I am grateful the mouse has been removed from my house. Grateful? Really? Grateful? We here in the newsroom are saddened by this tragic event. So much for the elite media. Now for the other side. Information has reached the newsroom of yet another illegal breaking and entering and its justifiable results. Unknown sources have reported to us that a mouse, by all indications an illegal alien, has attempted to subvert our system and steal the resources of a hard-working family and their beloved pet. This illegal mouse was spotted by the resourceful and diligent cat who then defended his domicile and was further rewarded by a tasty morsel. To those who attempt to defend this mouse it should be noted he was not alone. He was attempting to find a new home for his entire family. And, by the way, he had not just one family but many, 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 many families and none by benefit of marriage. It’s reported he has sired as many as 50 or more offspring and all of them are now continuing in their father’s illegal footsteps. The cat’s owner, a local businessman currently employed by a family owned and operated neighborhoodfriendly bank, was justifiably happy with his pet’s ingenuity and skill. His comment, “If we had more capable and aggressive cats, this would be a better place to live. Vermin everywhere should take notice. We will not put up with your illegal activities.” We here in the newsroom extend our congratulations to the owner and his fine cat. Our future is indeed brighter because of this tremendous act. It gives us all renewed hope for America. The news was that a cat killed and ate a mouse. That is not the story here. The story is how news is reported by different media. It’s therefore incumbent on all of us to be very careful with what is reported as news and to cull out what is opinion and agenda from both sides of issues. To media of all sorts, listen up. Report the news as news and I will formulate my own opinion. I don’t need your help. 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Wednesday, Sept. 11 St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. www.stjosephchamber.com. National Active and Retired Federal Employees meeting, 12:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Community Calendar Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 7 Joseph Meat Market. Pottery on the Deck, 4-9 p.m., Minnesota Street (between the Laundromat and Minnesota Street Market), downtown St. Joseph. Sunday, Sept. 15 Camp Ripley Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., featuring Heroes of the Homefront Ceremony at 1 p.m., and the following: classic car show, inflatable obstacle course, rock climbing wall, state patrol display, environmental display, military museum, HMMV, tank and helicopter display, food and beverages, Camp Ripley. 320-6162714. Quilt bingo, 1 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Parish, 219 N. 2nd St., Sartell. ican Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Thursday, Sept. 12 Brat sale, sponsored by the St. 55+ driver improvement course Joseph Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. (eight-hour first-time course), 8 a.m.- Joseph Meat Market. 5 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888- 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail 234-1294. Center, C.R. 2. Coffee and Conversation, a seGrilled Pork Chop Dinner, 4:30nior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country 7:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, Manor, Sartell. 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph, Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Ameri- west of the St. John’s University camcan Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain pus. St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Dennis Warner in concert, 7 55+ driver improvement course p.m., Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Gil- Ave. N., Sartell. 320-255-9253. leland Chevrolet, 2019 Division St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. 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Heritage Village Walk from front page “I never expected to finish with having feelings of inspiration and hope,” Chall said. “Meeting people from all over and hearing their stories, having communities cheering us along the way and thanking us for walking, having cars drive by as we walked with women hollering out the window a ‘thank you for walking for me’ were very powerful. The number of male walkers at the event was very inspirational as well. Many of them were repeat walkers. One man was participating in his 19th walk. Ross said 1,000 walkers at the event raised $2.5 million. “What we can do,” Ross said. At the closing ceremony, walk- ers got down on one knee and raised a walking shoe to heaven to honor the survivors. “We are family and we had all our sisters with us,” Ross said. “Since I finished the walk, many have commented on what an accomplishment I have done,” Chall said. “Yes, I was able to walk the revised 50 miles in the heat, but more than that I learned of the unselfish love and generosity this family of walkers shared and the strong feeling of hope that through Walking for the Cure we will make a difference.” For more information visit the 3day.org website. There are many stories of those who lost their battle to breast cancer. Ross said one story is about a “Star Wars Storm Trooper” man who wore his costume the entire three-day walk because of the love he had for his wife who died in November. Luxury Apartments in Sartell 18 different floor plans, to fit Your lifestyle Call for specials! Elevators • Community Rooms Fitness Rooms • Heated Garages We pay the electric! 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