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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, Oct. 4, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 39 Est. 1995 Postal Patron 395 ‘visions’ comprise massive mural by Dennis Dalman Town Crier Senior Connection hosts vet Bryant Oct. 8 Veterinarian Dr. Deborah Bryant will discuss the world of veterinary behavioral medicine at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. She will talk about the process of evaluating and making recommendations in cases of animal behavior problems. Presentations of previous and ongoing cases may be included. There will be time for questions and answers, although this session is not designed to address specific concerns involving personal animals. All ages welcome. Call 320-2534036 for more information. Student council hosts tailgating event Oct. 4 A tailgating event prior to the Sartell High School homecoming football game, sponsored by the high school student council, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 by the concession stand on the picnic tables behind the fields. Burgers, chips, pop and cookies will be for sale. A limited amount of burgers is available so will be distributed first come first served. St. John’s Abbey to auction firewood St. John’s Abbey will be selling about 130 cords of hardwood firewood by sealed bid auction. The wood has already been cut and skidded into 16 different piles ranging from 5-12 cords per pile. All the piles are on accessible roads. The wood still needs to be cut into firewood lengths, split and hauled. The wood is mostly oak and maple occasionally mixed with other species. All wood is sold “as is.” Roads will be open for viewing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Bids are due by noon Monday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit and click on Crier. 4-H club hosts honeybee education “Save the Honeybee,” sponsored by the Sartell Superstars 4-H Club, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Celebration Luthern Church in Sartell. Honeybee education will be provided by The Beez Kneez organization. Topics include the following: urban and rural beekeeping, Colony Collapse Syndrome, the role of pollination on our food system, and an active beehive model and bee suits. Honey samples and honey snacks are included in admission price. Honey available for purchase. See inside: Firefighter Salute contributed photo Sheri Pfau of Sartell used acrylic paints to do this nearly abstract rendition of a landscape in autumn beneath a glimmering, silvery sky. Pfau is one of the two master teachers who oversaw the creation of nearly 400 artworks that comprise a giant mural. The artistic visions of 395 artists will come together in a vast mural at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Artists from throughout the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell, contributed one by one to the ambitious project. All of the creators suffer from disabilities of one sort or another, and for some of them, participation in the mural project was their first artistic endeavor. The public will have a chance to see the huge mural from now until Oct. 12 at Gallery Saint Germain, which is located right across the street from the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. The title of the exhibit is the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project.” There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 The gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Four months in the making, the mural project is sponsored by VSA Minnesota, a state organization whose mission is to create the conditions in which people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and have access to the arts. The state organization is affiliated with the VSA Accessibility wing of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Education Department in Washington, D.C. The two teaching artists for the mammoth project were Sheri Pfau of Sartell and Stacey O’Connell of St. Cloud. Pfau has multiple sclerosis and O’Connell has muscular dystrophy. Both are long-established artists. Since June 22, the two women have been conducting many workshops at places where people with disabilities either Mural • page 2 Heins says family sacrifices vital to firefighters by Dennis Dalman For many years, on some nights, Bob Heins would get up out of bed, leave his wife snoozing as he put his Heins clothes on. Then he would hurry out of his house and return sometimes hours later to crawl back into bed next to his stillsleeping wife. No, Heins wasn’t some kind of midnight rambler. He was out on wee-hour fire calls. After 32 years as a volunteer member on the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department, Capt. Heins is now retired. Having to leave his sleeping wife in the middle of a night is just one example of how families of firefighters also make sacrifices for the safety of their cities. Quite often, family plans are disrupted when a fire call comes in. Such unexpected calls can happen during dinners, picnics, special events and, yes, even in the middle of the night. In some of the talks he’s given since retiring, Heins is quick to thank his family – wife Cindy and daughter Miranda – for their steadfast support through more than three decades. “The whole family is part of a firefighters’ job,” Heins said. “There’s not only fire calls but also training nights and meeting nights when firefighters are away from their families.” Cindy has been a cook at Sartell Senior High School for 20 years. Miranda, who was just a toddler when her father joined the fire department in 1980, now works for the city of Tulsa, Okla. Before joining the department, Heins served for four years as a volunteer reserve officer for the Sartell Police Department. Heins loved his job on the fire department for a number of reasons. First, he enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork with the other firefighters as they became a virtual extended family. Second, he liked the satisfaction of helping people in crises. And third, the job helped keep him in shape. Needless to say, fighting fires and helping out at other emergencies is very physical work. “It was almost like an excuse for me to stay in shape,” he said. “I can still do that kind of physical work, but I just felt it was time for me to retire.” At age 59, Heins still keeps in shape. He still likes to ride bike and to “keep moving,” which is his two-word recipe for avoiding the sloth that can lead to medical problems – and worse. He and Cindy enjoy their motorcycle trips to Rapid City, S.D., a virtual mecca for them for the past 27 years. Another way Heins “keeps moving” is his love of hunt- ing, which took him as far as Saskatchewan, Canada quite a few times throughout the years. Two fire calls Heins remembers most vividly are a recent one (the explosion and fire at the Verso paper mill last year) and one that happened about 20 years ago. That fire happened in Rockwood Estates mobileHeins • page 3 Fire departments to host open houses Two open-house events have been scheduled for area fire departments. The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department will host its annual open house from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the fire hall. The St. Stephen Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the fire hall. In addition, there will also be a “Firefighters’ Breakfast” for the public from 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 6 at the St. Stephen Parish Hall. Everybody is welcome to attend both open houses to check out all the departments’ firefighting vehicles, to socialize with firefighters and to learn many safety tips from information booths that will be set up onsite. The Sartell Police Department will also be represented. There will be a variety of attractions and learning experiences for young children. For more information, see the Firefighters Salute on pages 6 and 7.

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