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. 18, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 41 Est. 1995 Town Crier ID theft-prevention workshop Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran “Identity Theft: What you need to know,” a free 50-minute workshop, created by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 N. C.R. 2, St. Joseph. The workshop is designed to help participants learn: how identity theft can occur, protection tips and steps to take if it happens. Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Don’t let it happen to you. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, contact Debbie Clausen, CLTC, at 320-253-4382 or email@example.com. Early learning scholarships available to qualifying families As the new school year swings into full gear, more of the state’s youngest learners will now have access to high-quality early education. Thanks to Governor Dayton and the Legislature’s $40-million investment during the next biennium in early education scholarships, more than 8,000 students will be given a better start. Low-income families are now able to apply for a scholarship. The funds are available for students, ages 3 to 5, with the highest needs in order to improve school readiness for all young children. Up to $5,000 per scholarship will be awarded and may be used at any early childhood program including Head Start, school-based prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child-care programs. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Literacy, math tutors needed in St. Cloud Full-time AmeriCorps tutors are urgently needed to begin a year of service in a St. Cloud area school immediately. They help students grow toward becoming successful readers by the end of third grade, or toward math proficiency by the end of eighth grade. As a full-time tutor, you’ll receive training and get real experience. You’ll earn a biweekly living stipend of $480, an education award of $5,550 and can put federal student loans into forbearance while you serve. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. INSERT: PineCone Marketplace’s Trick or Treat Postal Patron Determination, faith in God leads to joyous adoptions by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org For their deep love for children, for their determination to adopt despite great odds against them, Tony and Lisa Schneider of Sartell were honored with an “Angels of Adoption” award last week in Washington, D.C. The award was presented by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents Sartell and other areas of the 6th Congressional District. Bachmann, the mother of five biological children, has also done foster care throughout the years for 23 foster children. She and her staff nominated the Schneiders for the “Angel of Mercy” award because they had become familiar with the Schneiders who had sought help for adoption through contributed photo Bachmann’s office. Bachmann For the first time, Lisa and Tony Schneider meet their future adopted son in an orphanage in is co-chair of the U.S. House Krygystan, a country in Central Asia. It took many ups and downs and setbacks before the of Representatives’ CongresSchneiders brought their new boy back home to Sartell, but all the disappointments along the sional Coalition on Adoption. way were well worth the end result, the Schneiders assure people. Adoptions • page 6 Six people give input at superintendent-search meeting by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Was it the dreary, drizzly night? Was it because people have unbounded confidence in their school district? Or was it because residents decided to fill out a superintendent search questionnaire via the district’s website? Are those the reasons only six people showed up for the superintendent-search public meeting at Sartell High school Oct. 15? Well, maybe. Who knows? But not to worry, said Greg Vandal, meeting facilitator. As a consultant Vandal, former superintendent of the Sauk RapidsRice School District, has helped in six superintendent searches in various Minnesota districts. At one public meeting, only one person showed up. Sparse attendance is not untypical, and it does not mean people do not care about their school districts, he said. Vandal is a consultant with “School Exec Connect,” along with Dr. Ken Dragseth, former Edina superintendent. The two men are working with the Sartell-St. Stephen School District to facilitate the search for a superintendent to replace Dr. Joseph Hill, who resigned earlier this year. Dragseth and Vandal had a very busy Oct. 15. They met all day with groups of people: city officials from both Sartell and St. Stephen, teachers, interns, support staff, administrators, mem- bers of the Sartell-St. Stephen Foundation and other school organizations. At noon they met with 10 students for lunch at the high school. They gathered input from those “stakeholder” groups that will be shared with the school board, as will be the input gathered from the six people at the Oct. 15 meeting. The board expects to choose a new superintendent by midFebruary, one who can begin his or her job July 1, 2014. Meeting • page 3 Let your light shine Oct. 22 The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center is asking individuals to commit to leaving a porch light lit on Tuesday, Oct. 22 to create hope and light in the world in honor of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989, in St. Joseph. The case remains open and unsolved. Jacob’s story has left an indelible mark on the hearts of thousands, if not millions, of people throughout Minnesota, the United States and the world. JWRC has always asked families to leave a porch light on to honor Jacob on Oct. 22. In addition to turning on an outside light, it encourages individuals to let their own lights shine. Help a neighbor, talk to your child about safety, support a local child-serving organization, the ideas are endless. There is no greater way to honor Jacob than to create a more hope-filled world. It’s very rare an abductor comes forward to confess to a crime like this one, but in most cases, the abductor tells someone what they did. If you are able to shine a light into this case by coming forward to law enforcement with information that will lead to answers, JWRC encourages you to take that step. Leads on Jacob’s case can be called into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST. The JWRC, originally called the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, was founded in 1990 by Patty and Jerry Wetterling following their son’s abduction near St. Joseph. (www.jwrc. org). JWRC has a proven his- www.thenewsleaders.com tory of educating families and communities to prevent sexual exploitation and abductions of children and also provides victim assistance to families of the missing. Jacob’s legacy continues to be honored through JWRC, a program of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Their mission is to end all forms of child abuse, neglect and exploitation through training, education, advocacy, prevention and awareness, providing care and treatment for children, families and adult survivors.