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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, Nov. 1, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 43 Est. 1995 Matula’s body found in park north of Sartell by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Connection hosts orthopedic golfing expert Town Crier The Sartell Senior Connection will host a talk on how to improve your golfing while battling arthritis and back pain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Sartell Senior Center in the District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Zac Coauette from St. Cloud Orthopedics works with athletes and older adults to help them reach their fitness goals. Snowbirds heading south to golf and Minnesota golfers preparing for spring with arthritis and back pain will learn how to continue golfing with specific exercises. Coauette will demonstrate along with giving other tips on relieving pain during rotation and enhancing your balance. All are welcome. Call 320-2534036 for more information. Sartell Youth Wrestling hosts three-day intro Sartell Youth Wrestling invites children in grades K-6, to a free three-day introduction to the wrestling program from 5-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12 and 13 in the Sartell High School wrestling room. Participants will learn the fundamentals of wrestling and learn how to become part of the youth wrestling program. Daylight savings ends Daylight savings time, which started in March, ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Residents should turn clocks back one hour to reflect the ending of daylight savings time. If you’d like to receive the Newsleader hot off the press, send us your email address and we’ll notify you with a link when our website is updated, which is typically by noon a day in advance of the print edition. Send your email to email@example.com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. Hot off the press A tragic six-monthlong mystery was finally solved on the afternoon of Oct. 26 after a hiking Boy Scout leader Matula discovered a body in Mississippi River County Park five miles north of Sartell. The body, which had been buried in a shallow grave, was later identified by the Ramsey County coroner as that of Mandy Marie Matula, a 24-year-old woman from Eden Prairie who had been missing since May 2. The coroner also determined Matula most likely died of a gunshot wound to the head. Although the body, which had been wrapped in a blanket, had decayed to skeletal remains, authorities found an Eden Prairie High School class ring with the body as well as a decayed but readable pullover with the words still visible: “University of Minnesota Duluth Fastpitch #14.” A positive identification was made Oct. 27 through a check of dental records. A memorial service is slated for Nov. 9 in Matula’s home town, Eden Prairie, a city in south Stearns County. The man who allegedly killed her, David Marshall Roe of Victoria, shot himself in the head May 3, the day after Matula was reported missing, while he was in his car in the parking lot of the Eden Prairie Police Department. Roe had been summoned by the police that day to answer some questions. After shooting himself, he was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died. A handwritten note was found in his car notifying police to check his cell phone, on which he had left a farewell message to his family. Matula was the object of a massive hunt by friends, family and strangers. Last summer, they searched many areas, including parks in the St. Cloud and ones between Sartell and Rice. Matula’s brother, Steven, was instrumental in leading the searches and in distributing thousands of “missing person” flyers. According to law enforcement reports and comments on Steven Matula’s Facebook, the following is an account of what led to Matula’s death. Matula is the only daughter of Wayne and Lisa Matula of Eden Prairie. Matula and Roe had been dating, but the relationship was Matula • page 3 NuVal gets boost at Sartell schools contributed photos Above: Grinning students bearing oranges (from left to right) Ezra Forthun, Shaelyn Hagen, Grace Radeke, Emma Gunderson, Megan Stark, Dylan Kranz-Bertrand, Brooke Eibensteiner and Bailey Guggisberg greet fellow students at Sartell Middle School during “NuVal Relaunch Day,” an effort to remind students to stay aware of good nutritional values in their daily food choices. At right: A NuVal poster hangs on the wall of the Sartell Middle School entrance during a nutritionalpromotion day last week. by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Students arriving at Sartell Middle School Oct. 23 were surprised to see grinning students, all in blue T-shirts, handing out big, bright oranges to all who entered the front doors. The students were NuVal ambassadors, promoting good nutrition with the good ex- amples of oranges, which rate a perfect 100 on the NuVal nutritional scale. The day before, Tuesday, the same thing happened at Sartell High School. The two events were dubbed the “NuVal Relaunch” effort, a way to remind all students and staff about the NuVal tags on items in the schools’ a la carte menu line and the vending machines. NuVal is a system that rates foods according to their nutritional value. Little NuVal tags, numbered 1-100 are placed by each food item. Oranges and broccoli, for example, rate very high while fatty or highcalorie foods, like bacon and pancake syrup, rate very low. Two years ago, the SartellSt. Stephen School District was the second in the nation NuVal • page 5 Sabres play Moorhead Saturday The Sartell Sabres’ football team, at seven wins and three losses, will compete for the Section 8-5A championship when it plays Moorhead at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The game will take place in Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus. Last Saturday, the Sabres pummeled St. Cloud Tech, 3210, in the semifinals, the sixth straight win for Sartell thus far in the season. For the Sabres it was a sweetly coveted victory because earlier in the season Sartell lost its first game to Tech, 14-0. Sartell’s wins this season have been Alexandria, 27-19, Grand Rapids, 55-24, Sauk Rapids-Rice twice, 56-??? and 28-6, Rocori 55-24, St. Cloud Apollo, 21-17, and St. Cloud Tech, 3219. The Sabres’ losses were St. Cloud Tech (mentioned above), Willmar, 46-7, and Bemidji, 31-24. Scott Hentges is the head coach for the team. Culligan INSERT: www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 People Blotter If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 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. Oct. 16 2:56 p.m. Domestic. Connecticut Avenue. A report was made of a male hitting a female inside a parked vehicle. Officers arrived and both parties denied a physical fight. There were no visible signs of a fight. 11:54 p.m. Domestic. Evergreen Drive. A report was made of several people fighting outside of a parked vehicle. Officers arrived and arrested a female for an outstanding warrant and another female for assaulting a male. Both females were transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. Oct. 17 2:07 p.m. Open door. 12th Avenue N. Officers were called to check a residence. The homeowner came home to find their sliding glass door open. Nothing appeared to be out of place or taken. 3:51 p.m. Juvenile runaway. Sunset Avenue. A report was made a juvenile female had ran away from home. The female was later found at her boyfriend’s house in St. Cloud. She was returned home safely. Oct. 18 2:31 a.m. DWI. Evergreen Drive. A report was made regarding an intoxicated female driving away from a business. Officers were able to locate the vehicle. She was unable to complete sobriety testing. She was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. 1:25 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A female attempted to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female was issued a citation and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. 11:49 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver’s license had been revoked. The driver stated he was unaware of his revoked status. The officer also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver admitted to having a drink before leaving. He passed roadside sobriety testing and tested under the legal limit. He was issued a citation for driving after revocation and released. contributed photo Country Manor resident Rose Groneau proudly displays her tie blankets and needlework which earned her awards at the Benton County Fair. Country Manor Health Care and Rehab Center residents anxiously gathered in the Teacup and Vineyard dining rooms Aug. 22 to explore the “Fair Exhibits” that were on display proudly provided by the employees of Country Manor Campus. In true county- and state-fair spirit, the residents were treated to an array of fascinating pieces of memorabilia and what clearly appeared to be exhibitor’s most prized possessions in the uniquely created “fair atmosphere” which was quickly brought to life on campus. The variety of antique knickknacks and collectibles were a hit with the residents who were given a first-hand look at the collections that were on display ranging from hobbies to crafts, and everything in between. Employees of Country Manor shared special items such as purses, quilts, dolls, taxidermy, hats, record-album collections, sporting goods and attire along with many unique antiques and collectibles. contributed photo Pine Meadow Elementary School students who are part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota include the following: (front row, left to right) Hunter Wahl, Andrew Gritman, Tyler Phelp-Knoll, Parker Knutson and Alex Ehrlichman; (middle row) Brayden Nelson, Riley Edberg, Blake Bierscheid, Larkin Lang, Mason Horgen and Tommy Franke; and (back row) staff Dillon Menson and Derek McMartin. Pine Meadow Elementary was recently part of a $2,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota for an All-Stars flag football program this past fall which was awarded by Buffalo Wild Wings. As part of a larger commitment to Boys and Girls Clubs of America through its Team Up for Kids™ initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings has committed a minimum of $650,000 to BGCA in 2013 to fund All-Star programs around the country. The Club’s flag football program began in September and ended with an inter-club tournament Oct. 8-10. A total of 12 teams participated in the tournament, with six squaring up against each other on Tuesday, and an additional six on Wednesday. The four winning teams played each other on Thursday in a championship tournament on Thursday at the Southside Boys and Girls Club. These teams included Clearview and Pine Meadow KIDSTOP and Eastside and Southside Boys and Girls Club. The sportmanship award went to Clearview KIDSTOP and the winning trophy went to Southside. All championship participants received medals and jerseys. The national partnership also includes education and training programs for administrators and volunteer coaches to use across all team sport programs through the National Alliance for Youth Sports, a non-profit focused on creating positive and safe team sports experiences. “It is incredibly important to teach our youth about the importance of team sports and sportsmanship at a young age,” said Geri Bechtold, Boys and Girls Club’s Director of KIDSTOP Operations. “Through the All Stars program, Buffalo Wild Wings is providing an opportunity for kids to enhance their social skills, actively participate in sports and create friendships and memories that last a life time. Our Club is excited to get this season started, and is looking forward to recognizing the sports champion in every child.” For more information about this program, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on People Nov. 1 Sartell. 7 nn th A ual FREE Vendor/Craft Event Friday, Nov. 8 • 4-8 p.m. Sauk Rapids VFW Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Origami Owl & many more! Ladies Night Out Family Owned and Operated Hearing Center • Free Hearing Screenings • Hearing Aid Sales & Service • Clean & Check All Hearing Aid Brands 320-258-4494 or 1-888-407-4327 161 19th St. S. • Ste. 111 • Sartell www.accuratehearingservices.com P r o G r o w t h Insurance Agency, with offices in Sartell and Gaylord, Minn. welcomes the addition of Castellano Michele Castellano as a newly licensed insurance agent to their team. Castellano brings eight years of experience in the insurance industry with expertise in personal lines. “I like working with different types of people with different needs,” she said. “My goal is to find my clients an insurance product that’s affordable and is there when they need it.” Castellano has lived in the local Sartell area for 19 years. 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, Nov. 1, 2013 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com phone to the greater St. Cloud area, and that is why this area became the focus of so many searches throughout the summer. The Matula family members, though in grief, have reported to the media a sense of closure, relieved that they know Mandy’s fate and can finally give their loved one a proper burial. Matula 3 Matula disappeared. All who knew Roe, including Matula’s family, described him to the media as a very nice from front page young man who did not seem broken off, although they re- to have any sort of mean streak mained friends. Both graduated in him. from Eden Prairie High School While investigating Matula’s in 2007. Both were very ath- disappearance, Roe immediately letic. He played football in high became a prime suspect. Police school and later for the Col- traced the pings from his cell lege of St. Thomas. She was a softball-baseball fan and played outfielder and pitcher for the University of Minnesota, Duluth, What many worried would be from 2008-11. In the months “road confusion” has turned out before her death, Matula had just fine – at least so far. been enrolled at St. Cloud State The newly opened divergingUniversity. diamond intersection in south On the night of May 1, at Sartell (Hwy. 15/CR 120) has about 11 p.m., Roe stopped at caused no accidents or other Matula’s parents home, and she serious problems, Sartell Police and Roe left in his car. The Chief Jim Hughes informed the next morning, Matula did not city council Oct. 28. report for work at her job as a Hughes said the signage there park-maintenance worker for the and people directing traffic have City of Eden Prairie. Her parents called the police. Later that night, after 1 a.m., some neighbors not too far from the Matula residence reported hearing what they thought was a gunshot. An unfired bullet was found in the parking lot of a Lutheran church in that area, although it has not been definitely linked to the Matula case. According to Steven Matula and others, Roe had purchased a handgun just a week before Winter Market Fridays 3-6 p.m. Nov. 8 & 22 Dec. 6 & 20 Jan. 17 Feb. 21 March 14 April 11 Diverging diamond works just fine been excellent in helping motorists negotiate the interchange with no problems. Some council members noted there are some minor glitches that need to be worked out, such as better coordination of the timing between the two sets of stoplights. Hughes agreed and said experts are working on that. Things are improving quickly, he said. Produce from storage • Meat, eggs • Artisan breads & baked goods • Syrup, honey, candies, caramel corn • Sunflower oil, mushrooms, wild rice • Herbal tea, dried herbs & spices, preserved goods • Pottery Fellowship Hall • 610 N. Co. Rd. 2, St. Joseph Resurrection Lutheran Church www.stjosephfarmersmarket.com 4 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Building permits show healthy growth first nine months of 2013. So far, in the first nine months of 2013, 49 building permits for single-family homes have been issued, compared to 38 in the same time period last year. The total value of those permits just for the month of September 2013 was $2,577,000, which is $1.1 million more than September of 2012. The year-to-date amounts are $11,213,000 for the first nine months of this year, compared with $8,174,000 for last year’s first nine months. Permits for multi-unit family construction also increased, from five projects in the first nine months of last year to 15 so far this year. The total number of multi-family living units is 94 from January through September of 2013, compared While it can hardly be called a building boom as in days of yore, there have nevertheless been some healthy spurts of growth in Sartell, according to building permits issued in the ................ 320-253-0400 • 1-800-777-0422 305 4th Ave. S., Ste. 3 • Sartell www.utopiatours.com 3015 Hwy 29 S., Ste. 4038 • Alexandria, MN 56308 Utopia Tours www.utopiatours.com MOTORCOACH TOURS 320-763-8687 • 1-800-872-8445 Alex Travel DAY TRIPS to 38 for the same period in 2012. The total value of those permits is slightly more than $12 million, about the same as the value in the same period last year. Other permits issued by the city include those for remodeling, fire-alarm systems, plumbing, mechanical, commercial and zoning. The total value of all permits issued so far this year is $36,845,000, up about $5 million from the same period last year. 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Spring East Coast Tour-DC...........................March 24-April 1 Washington, DC & NYCity Tour.................March 28-April 7 SARTELL IMPACT JUNIOR OLYMPIC VOLLEYBALL Upcoming tryout dates are Nov. 23 & 24 Sartell High School Auditorium For information regarding team formations, practices and club news, visit our website at www.sartelljovolleyball.com J.O. Volleyball is for young women ages 11 (or currently in 5th grade) through 18. If you have questions, please contact Diane Winter, Club Director, at 224-2464 or email@example.com. PARENT/PLAYER MEETING 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 MOTORCOACH TOURS *Christmas Branson Tours............Nov. 12-17 and Nov. 18-23 6 days 5 shows! Find us on Affordable Senior Housing Fifty-five and older One bedroom$ 540 Secured building • Section 8 welcome Pets allowed includes heat, electric, a/c Call Joyce at 252-0880 ext. 144 to learn more! 101 Riverside Drive SE • St. Cloud Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com NuVal from front page to adopt the NuVal rating system. It is not used in the regular lunch lines, however, as it’s impractical to use it based on recipes of many ingredients that go into each food entree. The “NuVal Relaunch” featured the blue NuVal T-shirts, a series of NuVal posters and a video challenge for highschool students to create videos of from 15 to 60 seconds that promote NuVal nutrition. Winners will be announced Nov. 20. “NuVal Relaunch” was activated by a CentraCare Health Foundation project dubbed BLEND, for “Better Living Exercise and Nutrition Daily.” BLEND is funded mainly from grants made by Medica and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Kelly Radi, program specialist for BLEND, said she is convinced as children move through grades at school into the future, they will gradually become much more nutritionally educated and thus, healthier. “Our goal is to empower these kids to make educated choices,” Radi said. “We give them the chance to do that without telling them what to eat.” For more information about NuVal and BLEND, go to www.blendcentralmn.org. 5 contributed photos Above: Liz Millhouse, Sarah Owen and Courtney Halverson (from left to right) also greet fellow students at Sartell Middle School during "NuVal Relaunch Day," an effort to remind students to stay aware of good nutritional values in their daily food choices. Lower right: Many people at Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School wore blue NuVal T-shirts during last week’s nutritional-promotion events, dubbed “NuVal Relaunch “ at each school. Earn up to $10/hour! 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On her license, Watts had long used her maiden name as her middle married name, Sandra Lee Watts. Her voter-registration name for decades had been Sandra Lee. Ironically, a 1964 Texas law requires women to use their maiden names on their drivers’ licenses. Watts was allowed to vote after signing an affidavit stating that she was really she. An election judge decides in each case if the “match” between names is good enough. If there is doubt, the person can still cast a vote (provisional ballot), which won’t be counted unless the person returns within six days with proof that the two names signify the same person. This onerous law will mainly affect women because of name changes due to marriage or divorce. Such hurdles strike directly at the core of democracy – the right of every citizen to vote without undue interference, the right of all people to freely and fairly choose a destiny. About 1.4 million Texans will be affected. The state has promised to provide – free – the matching photo IDs needed. So far, 50 IDs have been Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 With a sudden nippy chill in the air and the sun sinking faster, we all know what we’re in store for – brrr! – another long winter. That nip in the air, however, is nature’s way of reminding us to get prepared. Any long-time Minnesotan knows – or ought to know – fall is the best time to get ready for the long, cold season. Once the bitter cold sets in, it becomes much harder to make preparations and to fix things. An ounce of prevention, as they say, is worth a pound of cure. Perhaps the most important winter-readiness procedure is to make sure to get a complete all-systems check and tune-up for vehicles. There aren’t many things worse than getting stuck in the middle of nowhere during arctic weather with a brokendown car. Preventive maintenance for vehicles is essential for a safe, hassle-free winter. Another vehicle-related form of preparedness is to make (or re-stock) a car-emergency kit. A plastic tote or coffee can should be filled with such items as a flare, matches, candles, quarters for phone calls and a bright-red thin banner to attach to a car antenna. Several heavy-duty blankets should be packed in the trunk to stay warm with until help arrives. Other preventive maintenance involves the home: Now is a good time to check the roof for any leaks, which can wreak havoc just when snow and ice prevent fixing them. Unrepaired leaks can seriously damage ceilings and walls come spring. Make sure all water pipes in the home are warm enough or insulated to prevent freeze-ups that can cause pipes to burst and a big expensive headache of a mess. That is especially true of mobile-home residents. They should double-check heating tape around pipes is working and the undersides of their homes are either insulated or the trailer skirting is intact. Heating systems, such as stoves and furnaces, should be double-checked to be sure they are in working order and free of hazards. Chimneys can be especially hazardous if they have creosote build-ups inside them. Be sure to check all smoke alarms and carbonmonoxide detectors. Even if the battery detectors aren’t bleeping their warnings, it’s best to buy all new batteries to be sure they will last through the winter. Fires and monoxide-poisoning cases tend to increase in the winter months, and so – of course – it’s crucially important to be prepared. And speaking of fire, all families should plan and rehearse a fire drill this time of year, making sure everyone understands in case of a fire, they should evacuate the house immediately and go to a place in the yard or at a neighbor’s where all can meet and be accounted for. Finally, for comfort as well as savings, be sure all windows and doors in a house or apartment are checked for air leaks. Even the smallest air leak can add a hefty amount to heating costs. Inspect all places in a residence where cold air can get in or warm air can get out, and then use weather stripping or caulking to seal them. To many people, winter is a long, cold, miserable season. Diligently completing the preventive measures listed above can make it much, much less miserable. Dennis Dalman Editor issued. What a grim joke. Why care about Texas? Because similar efforts have been happening across the nation, especially during the last presidential election. Suppression is now on a drastic increase since the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year tossed out a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That act was passed to protect the voting rights of blacks, who had been the victims of vicious votersuppression in the Jim Crow South through poll taxes and literacy tests – not to mention violence and threats of violence. One provision of the act was to require federal pre-approval any time a jurisdiction wanted to change its voting requirements. In its recent decision, the court majority claimed the provision isn’t needed anymore because voting access has improved so much for all citizens. Another grim joke. Those court justices obviously weren’t paying attention to the “real” world and the suppression schemes hatched during the last presidential election – against not just blacks but the old, the poor and the young. Their decision now gives aid-and-comfort to any suppression law that comes along. What’s worse, that decision came in the wake of another bad-news judgment – the “Citizens United” case that gave the green light to a spending orgy of corporate money to influence election outcomes. Witness the notorious Koch Brothers. Big money and votersuppression go hand in hand, like kissin’ cousins. Suppression efforts, in states far and wide, include the following: limiting or getting rid of early-voting days; shutting down Sunday voting options, especially in some areas where black Americans traditionally vote after church services, sometimes in car-pooling caravans; putting the crimps on college students voting in the cities where they attend schools; all types of convoluted photoID requirements that adversely affect ethnic minorities, the poor, senior citizens and younger people. What’s so devious about these newfangled laws is their advocates make them sound so “reasonable.” What’s wrong, they ask, with requiring every voter to prove identity at polling places? The answer is these new laws are “solutions” in search of a problem. Widespread reports show cases of voter impersonation are virtually nonexistent. Phony concerns about voter fraud are nothing but excuses to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for so many of our fellow Americans to cast hasslefree votes. Voter-suppression undermines our democracy in two ways – by making voting needlessly difficult for many and thus poisoning people’s trust in electoral outcomes. That’s the last thing this country needs right now – more poisoning of the wells. We must pay close attention to these suppression schemes and demand they be stopped wherever they occur. Our precious democracy is at stake. What 11-year-old boys are made of As I walked our dog the evening of Oct. 22, I noticed all the outside lampposts and house lights that had been turned on in our neighborhood as a show of support for Jacob Wetterling and all missing children. I said a short prayer for them and their families while making a mental note that my 11-yearold son is the same age Jacob was when he was abducted 24 years ago. I never dreamed I’d be the mother of a boy because both of our children joined us through adoption from India and there’s a misperception that mostly female children are given up for adoption in developing countries. Our 19-year-old daughter was 8 when her brother entered the scene. And I can say now, all of us, including my husband, were not prepared for the whirlwind that lay ahead. From the day he arrived in Minnesota as a rambunctious 17-month-old who hit the tarmac running, I’ve always said my son is all boy – a rough and tumble, guts and glory, devil-may-care boy, through and through. This little boy, who’s so close to becoming a young man now, is definitely made of frogs and snails and puppy-dog tails. From playing neighborhood football and baseball from dawn to dusk, when not in school; to water-balloon and snowball fights; to chasing toads, bats and fireflies in the dark; to a fast-paced game of “Horse” or “Pig” at the basketball hoop in our driveway, my son’s boundless energy, natural curiosity and enthusiasm of the great outdoors is contagious. I marvel at teachers, who know boys Janelle Von Pinnon Publisher this age are a challenge because most won’t sit still and conform to the rules, and yet those dedicated teachers are still willing to help mold them while nourishing that love of life. Leonardo da Vinci once claimed the secret to happiness is curiosity; boys, especially pre-teens, have it in spades. My son’s physical appearance is definitely changing too – from the lowering of his voice and the first signs of a light mustache on his upper lip to his growth spurt this summer when it seemed he grew three inches and three shoe sizes overnight. The other day, he said to us casually over breakfast, “Am I getting puberty?” We laughed but reassured him “yes, but everyone goes through this when they are your age.” Still, the kitchen – and our pocketbook – have taken a beating because the refrigerator and cupboards are forever being opened and raided by him and his friends. His sister, like PigPen in the Peanuts comic strip, says “When is he going to start liking girls so he showers more often and doesn’t just swim in cologne to try to cover up his BO?” But there is a sweeter side to these pre-teens too – sitting on grandpa’s lap reading the Sunday comics together, sharing corny jokes or sports statistics of his favorite teams with dad, just 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 beginning to understand his sister’s dry sense of humor AND now being able to conjure a quick-witted retort. And though he’d never let mom hug, or (heaven forbid!) kiss him in public, he still likes to cuddle and read a good book or enjoy those hugs and kisses while at home. “Jacob was only 11 when he disappeared,” says a blog on the Lighting Their Way Home website. “His mother Patty recalls, ‘He was young and sweet and still liked to be hugged. His voice hadn’t changed. He had a girlfriend. He was almost my height.’ The blog continues, “His family fondly reflects on just how incredible this young man truly was. They share that Jacob could be stubborn, and when he made up his mind, there was no negotiating with him. His mother now believes that stubborn streak just might have worked in Jacob’s favor. It’s amazing what an 11-year-old can do when they make up their minds. They are still too young to worry about what every person on the face of this earth will think about what they do, and yet old enough, smart enough and mature enough to pursue their passions endlessly. “ Jacob’s abduction devastated a family and an entire community. Speaking on behalf of all mothers and fathers, we miss you Jacob – your wit, your laughter, your innocence. And we’ll do the only thing we can in such horrible circumstances. We’ll hope – and we’ll keep the light on. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Friday, Nov. 1 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., variety of items made by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. Post-Polio Support and Education Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Independent Living Center, 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids. Saturday, Nov. 2 Men’s Sexual Assault Support Group, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Dr, NE, St. Cloud. Call 320-251-4357 to sign up, www.cmsac.org. Eagles’ Auxiliary Craft Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., lunch served 11 a.m.-2 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com p.m. Eagles Club, 41st and 8th St. N., St. Cloud. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, variety of items made by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 Second St., St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. Monday, Nov. 4 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240. Community Calendar Tuesday, Nov. 5 “Iran and the Greater Middle East,” Tuesday Humanities, 9:3011:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Friends of Sartell Library meeting, 7 p.m., informal meeting for Sartell residents to discuss starting library services in Sartell, City Hall. 7 Saturday, Nov. 9 Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., artisans, crafts, bake sale, St. Paul’s Parish Center, 1125 11th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-251-4831. Retro trail run/walk, 10:15 a.m. 1.5-mile run/walk for kids and adults, 11 a.m. 5-mile run/2.5-mile walk for kids and adults, Warner Lake County Park, 1485 CR 143, Clearwater. Sunday, Nov. 10 “Night of Broken Glass” 3 p.m. commemorates in music and images the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a coordinated series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. Free and open to the public. James W. Miller Center second floor reading court, St. Cloud State University. 320-308-3223. Wednesday, Nov. 6 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. John’s University Great Hall, Abbey Road in Collegeville, 1-800733-2767. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964. Thursday, Nov. 7 Coffee and Conversation, a se- nior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Rasmussen College, 226 Park Ave. S., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “Living our Legacy,” Thursday Humanities, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. 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Kempton Schneider scored the lone Sartell goal in that game, as well as the goal in the game against Rochester. The Sartell Sabre girls also lost their state championship bid when they lost to the Blake Bears, 3-0, at Musky Stadium Oct. 24. Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Are you energetic with a positive attitude? Do you want to make a difference in the life of a senior? Home Instead Senior Care is looking for experienced Caregivers in St Cloud and surrounding areas including Sartell and St. Joseph. We have a variety of shifts available. Must be experienced with Senior Care. Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Growing cabinet shop in St. Joseph is looking for an HELP WANTED experienced Cabinet /Drafter Programmer • Competitive pay • Vacation • PTO • Stable and great work environment Apartments IN SARTELL. Two-bedroom apartment. Spacious. Many newly remodeled! Pets Welcome. Heat paid, fireplace, d/w, balconies. Quiet, residential area. $639-$699. Garage included! 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