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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 Postal Patron Sartell Sabres Town Crier clobber Moorhead Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 44 Est. 1995 Senior connection shares soldier’s story Bill Morgan, retired SCSU history professor, will share the stories of his grandfather who fought and was wounded in the Civil War during a talk, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Morgan was only 4-years-old when his grandfather died at age 92 but he can vividly recall the story of his Civil War wound. Morgan said he feels he has a special link to the Civil War not many people alive today have had. He will also discuss his family’s legacy of military service. For more information, call 320-253-4036. Senior Connection hosts genealogy speaker Nov. 12 Sarah Warmka, an archivist at the Stearns History Museum will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Warmka will give information about the museum archive with many genealogical resources. She will also detail new features about the museum, the archive and the library. The event is sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection. Call 320-253-4036 for more information. The Sartell Sabre football team is now officially in competition for the state championship title. On Nov. 2, the Sabres enjoyed a spectacular win over the Moorhead Spuds at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus. That win, 24-16, made the Sabres the winners of the Section 8-5A title. As of press time Wednesday, the Sabres, who have a seasonal 8-3 record, were slated to play St. Michael-Albertville Thursday, Nov. 7, also at Husky Stadium. The winner of that game will proceed to the semi-finals, which will take place in the Twin Cities Metrodome. For more photos, see page 5. photo by Greg Kremer Sartell Sabre Ben Rengel recovers a fumble in the first quarter of the game against the Moorhead Spuds. Commissioner Jesson visits ‘Panda Playhouse’ by Dennis Dalman Sartell survey helps guide city services From Nov. 1-15, Sartell citizens and business owners are encouraged to participate in a community survey to aid elected officials in determining the efficiency of city services and measuring residents’ opinions of those services, along with assisting in determining community amenities. The survey contains 10 questions and takes just a few minutes to complete. In order to participate in the survey, you must be a resident or business owner in Sartell. Participation is limited to one survey per resident or business. A link to the survey is provided on the City’s website at Paper versions of the survey are also available at city hall and the police station. Hot off the press 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 and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. contributed photo Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has a ball visiting with daycare children Nov. 1 at Panda Playhouse daycare in Sartell. People encouraged to attend veterans’ parade Sunday A veterans’ parade will take place starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Veterans Administration Health System campus. National Veterans Day is Nov. 11. This event will be the sev- enth annual local veterans’ parade, which has been spearheaded each year by the St. Cloud Times. After a social gathering at the VA at 1 p.m., the parade of veterans, along with their loved ones and supporters, will wend its way to nearby Apollo High School. All people are encouraged to attend the event, which is a way to show support and thanks to all veterans who have served their country. As a daycare operator, Amanda Rupar of Sartell said she feels as if she has five or six arms and then, at the end of day, when she says goodbye to the last child, she reverts to being “a normal human with two arms,” as she described it. As busy as she is, she loves her job, she loves the children. “That’s my reward – the kisses, hugs and loves from the children,” she said. “When they do something new, something they’re proud of and I see that look on their faces, that’s all the reward I need.” Rupar’s dedication to her daycare children was recognized Nov. 1 when a special guest visited. Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson spent some time at Rupar’s home to interact with the children, chatting with them and taking part in a fingerpainting session. Jesson visited Rupar because her daycare, “Panda’s Playhouse,” has a prestigious top four-star rating from “Parent Aware,” a statewide service that rates daycare businesses for their expertise in preparing pre-school children for kindergarten. Parents seeking quality daycare providers can go to the Parent Aware website to find out if there are Parent Aware- rated services in their areas. Commissioner Jesson, during her visit to central Minnesota and other areas, was also promoting a $19.4-million investment by the state legislature and governor for increasing access to quality early education for children with high needs. Daycare providers who voluntarily join the Parent Awareratings program are an important part of the renewed state emphasis on pre-school readiness. After interacting with the children, Jesson asked Rupar about why she chose to participate in Parent Aware and what benefits she has experienced. Rupar told Jesson she had always wanted to have the very best daycare services for the children, including school readiness. “I’ve always wanted to get them started on both feet in the right direction,” she said. “I want to make sure they are all ready so they don’t get behind in school. If they are the best they can be, they will always be ready no matter what comes in the schools.” She told Jesson the benefits are many: seeing the children learning so much, watching their social skills develop and the hugs, warmth and affection they give back. Jesson, said Rupar, was “fantastic” and a welcome guest. “She sat right down with the Daycare • page 4

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