Volumne 17 Issue 44
Sartell Newsleader for the week of Nov. 9, 2012.
Reaching EVERYbody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader Sartell Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 44 Est. 1995 Town Crier Parking restrictions now in effect Winter-parking restrictions are now in effect and will remain so through March 2013. The winter-parking ordinance mandates parking is not allowed on any city streets betweeen the hours of 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Violators will be ticketed, and their vehicles will be towed, even if there is no snow on the ground. For more information about parking restrictions, call the Sartell Police Department at 320251-8186. To view the entire ordinance, go to the the city’s website at www.sartellmn.com. Compost site to close Nov. 17 The Sartell Compost Site will close for the season at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Those who want to take any last-minute yard waste to the site should remember they must first obtain a permit to do so. The permits are available at Sartell City Hall. For more information, call 320253-2171. Evening set with David Wellstone “Hope and Remembrance: an Evening with David Wellstone,” sponsored by DFL Senate District 13, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Sauk Rapids Government Center, 250 Summit Ave. N. A presentation by the son of Sen. Paul Wellstone will be based on his new book, “Becoming Wellstone: Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father’s Legacy.” Discussion and attendees’ sharing perspectives and memories will follow. For more information, contact Buzz Snyder, DFL chairman, at 320-253-3516. Ready for winter? It’s time to get prepared Like it or not, winter is coming. Minnesotans have learned to either love or live with the snowy season, and most don’t realize just how dangerous it can be. Each winter, adults and children are injured or killed because they are not aware of essential winter safety measures. Winter Hazard Awareness Week, Nov. 5-9, is about teaching adults how to behave safely and for children to learn to protect themselves. Stearns County Emergency Management reminds everyone winter can be a beautiful but dangerous season. People can take some simple precautions to have a warm, safe and enjoyable season. The Stearns County Emergency Management website offers a few winter safety tips to help get prepared for winter: www.co.stearns. mn.us. Postal Patron Fischer watches team lose from sidelines by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Fischer had to watch from the sideline, his heart sinking, as his teammates lost to Moorhead last Friday and blew their chances for a chance at the state football championship. On Nov. 2, the Sartell Sabres lost to the Moorhead Spuds, 35-21, in the Section 8-5A game played at Collegeville. The undefeated Spuds will play the Section 7-5A champion, Bemidji, Nov. 10 at Husky Stadium. “It was tough,” Fischer said of the loss. “It wasn’t fun to see that, that’s for sure.” Fischer, a receiver for the Sabres, had to sit out the game because his knee was injured in a previous game with St. Cloud Apollo two weeks ago. He underwent surgery for the knee injury Oct. 31 in the St. Cloud Hospital and is now recuperating at home. Watching his team go down to defeat was painful for Fischer. The first half of the game went Sartell’s way, with Parker Hagen making two touchdowns. By half-time, the Sabres were leading, 21-7. However, in contributed photo Patrick Fischer (number-2 in photo above), a wide receiver for the Sartell Sabres, had to sit out the team’s last game because of a knee injury he suffered a few weeks ago. He was injured during a game against St. Cloud Apollo. Fischer is now recovering from knee surgery. the second half, powerhouse Spuds running back Chase Morlock turned into a juggernaut, scoring a total of five touchdowns by the end of the game. Watching the loss was especially painful for Fischer be- cause the Sabres had experienced a phenomenal season that seemed to promise a good Fischer • page 5 City council and school board results in Voters elect Braig-Lindstrom, Hennes to city council; Durrwachter, Meyer, Nies, Raden make school board by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Political newcomer Amy Braig-Lindstrom and incumbent Steve Hennes were elected to the Sartell City Council in Tuesday’s election. Council incumbent Sandra Cordie and challenger Mike “Spike” Piotrowski failed in their bid for seats on the council. Braig-Lindstrom received 4,076 votes; Hennes garnered 3,750 votes; Cordie had 3,009 votes; and Piotrowski had 1,471 votes. Hennes has served on the Sartell City Council since he was first elected in 2006. Now retired, Hennes served for more than 30 years as director of the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. Braig-Lindstrom, a relative newcomer to Sartell, is the founder of the farmers’ market in the city. She is also a potter. The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board now has four new members: Krista Laurich Durrwachter, Michelle Meyer, Jason Nies and Pam Raden. Laurich Durrwachter, Nies and Raden were elected to four-year terms on the board; Meyer, who has served on the board previously, was elected to a two-year term. The two recent appointees to the school board, Chris Gross and Gary L. Schnellert, were defeated in the Tuesday election. They had been appointed toward the end of this year to fill in for two members who resigned – Julie Zupfer Anderson and Patrick Jacobson-Schulte. Throughout this year, controversy has raged around the school board, with many questioning the board’s decisions and what has been perceived as its members’ lack of communication with one another and the public. The board’s decisions to end spring break, its methods of appointing members and the way it went about renewing the superintendent’s contract caused divisions on the board and among the public. After Tuesday’s election, the only original members left on the board from this year are Mary McCabe and Dan Riordan, the board’s chairman. The following are the vote totals for each of the 10 candidates: Four-year terms: Pam Raden: 3,885; Krsta Laurich Durrwachter: 3,666; Jason Nies: 3,524; Molly Vogt: 2,658; Dan Goetz: 1,958; Keith Yapp: 1,912; Chris Gross: 1,320; and Christopher Condon: 967. Two-year term: Michelle Meyer: 6,079 and Gary L. Schnellert: 1,526. www.thenewsleaders.com photo by TaLeiza Calloway “I Voted” stickers were given to each voter after casting their ballots. Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 2 Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Volunteers sod four baseball fields in 30 hours by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org When Gordy Meyer told the Sartell City Council many times that volunteerism would be a huge part of developing Pinecone Central Park, he wasn’t kidding. In just a few days of work (30 hours all told), 120 volunteers sodded the four new youth baseball fields in the park. Altogether, they rolled out 12,000 rolls of sod, enough to fill 12 semitrucks. The work began Friday and lasted into Monday. The volunteers ranged in age from 8 to people in their 60s. Most of the people heard about the project through emails or from personal relationships of the many people belonging to the Pinecone Central Park Association, whose president, Gordy Meyer, was one of the volunteers. Some worked a few hours, others worked full-time through the 30-hour project. “The support was tremendous and exceeded our expectations,” Meyer said. “We want to give a big thank you to the community.” The quality mineral sod (as opposed to peat sod) came from a sod company in Forest Lake. By next early summer, the sod will be tough enough for baseball games to begin. The other six fields at Pinecone Central Park were seeded this summer and will be ready for play in 2014. Those fields are multipurpose fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse, football and other games. The sodding project is just the latest example of how Pinecone Central Park, which used to be the Sartell Golf Course, is being developed through a public-private partnership. The city bought the park land four years ago. So far, the Pinecone Park Association has raised $1.3 million for Phase I park development projects. In the last three years, Sartell has spent $200,000 on the park development, mainly for an eastwest road through it and a parking lot. Recently, the city authorized more funds, $795,000, for more park developments. The city’s contributions are dependent upon the association’s promises to raise enough private money. Those contributions continue to come in. For instance, the Minnesota Twins gave $5,000 to install dugouts at the baseball diamonds. Meyer said the association is hoping to raise another $150,000 for the rest of Phase I completions by April 2013. Association members have been raising money, grants and in-kind donations for the past three years. Obama throws electoral knock-out punch by Dennis Dalman email@example.com President Barack Obama delivered an electoral knockout punch to challenger Mitt Romney Tuesday, celebrating a re-election victory with a vast audience of cheering supporters in Chicago. Just minutes before, in Boston, Romney gave a gracious concession speech to a somber, subdued gathering. Obama scored 303 of the 270 electoral votes needed for a win, but the popular vote was not quite as decisive – as of Wednesday morning 58,720,000 to 56,146,000, or 50.1 percent to 48.4 percent of the vote. Obama won in virtually all of the nine or so crucial battleground states. He also won in Minnesota. Romney’s main support came from the American South and West, excepting Florida and the western coastal states. The stunning election night revealed a political irony, a confirmation of the adage “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Obama is still the president for four more years; the United States House remains virtually unchanged, still in Republican control; and the U.S. Senate still has a Democratic majority. The big post-election question, so evident Wednesday morning, was, “Will the president and the U.S. Congress begin to work together and learn to compromise after at least two years of virtual deadlock?” Pundits far and wide are doing political autopsies as to what went wrong with Rom- ney’s campaign. Most agree the Hispanic vote was crucial for Obama’s election triumph, especially in the states of Florida, Colorado and Nevada. There also seemed to be a consensus among political observers that Romney and the Republican Party had moved too far to the right-wing extreme regarding social and economic issues, thus alienating many groups of people, including women and ethnic minorities. Romney’s message about a stalled economy did not have a decisive effect on voters. 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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 3 Residents requested to fill in 15-queston survey by Nov. 15 by Dennis Dalman email@example.com All Sartell residents are encouraged to fill out a 15-question city survey regarding city services and amenities that could become a part of a possible Sartell Community Center. The city is taking the survey input until Nov. 15. The League of Minnesota Cities will compile data from the survey and release it sometime in early December. To take the survey, go to the city’s website at www.sartellmn.com. Hard copies to fill out are also available at Sartell City Hall. The survey actually has two purposes, said Sartell Planner and Developer Anita Rasmussen. An annual city survey is recommended by the State of Minnesota to gain input as to how residents rate their city services. That input, Rasmussen noted, can then help city officials best determine how to deliver those services – or others – most efficiently and effectively. This is the second year of such a survey for Sartell. And this year, Rasmussen added, city staff decided to include questions about which amenities residents would like to see in a community center, if one should be built. Currently, a communitycenter task force is gathering Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind Lic. #20594693 320-257-0100 CALL FOR A FREE HOME INSPECTION OR ESTIMATE www.jnsbuilders.com We install hail impact-resitant shingles. Check us out on facebook! Document Shredding Only 11¢ per pound for our drop off service! 321 Sundial Dr.,Waite Park (just east of Crafts Direct) 320-251-0087 10am -6pm Mon-Fri. Call for rates on pick up and corporate services. Bring in this coupon For 10 pounds FREE Document Shredding to WACOSA DocuShred. Only one coupon per household or organization please. Coupon Code WPNL WACOSA DocuShred provides employment to adults with disabilities. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! data for a potential center. The city council has decided to expedite the creation of a community center because it has been on the “back burner” for so many years. One of the task force’s duties is to determine if the city should build a new center or have one retrofitted into a current building. A center would be paid for by half-cent-sales-tax revenue to Sartell, in addition to some possible public-private partnerships. Years ago, the city conducted a community-center survey, as well as public-input meetings. On their amenities wish lists, residents mentioned library, senior citizen meeting area, youth recreation, a pool, kitchen-catering and a public meeting place as among the top priorities. The task force is assigned with determining which amenities are feasible and which are not. The task force will also explore the possibilities of partnerships between the city, the school district and private entities. The task force’s next meeting will be on Nov. 28. Soon, there will be announcements about public-input meetings. Family Owned and Operated $ 1550/mo. Water Softener Rental Expires: 12/31/12 685-8762 | 252-1358 | www.erkenswater.com 4 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Voters re-elect Bachmann, O’Driscoll, Fischbach, Klobuchar by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org Three Republican incumbents who represent the Sartell area – Michele Bachmann, Tim O’Driscoll and Michelle Fischbach – defeated DFL chal- lengers Tuesday. Another incumbent, Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was also reelected. Bachmann (R-Stillwater) squeaked by to a victory over Jim Graves (DFL-Minneapolis) on a slim vote margin of slighl- ly more than 4,000 votes. Her total was 180,131; Graves garnered 175,924. Bachmann will now serve her fourth two-year term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Minnesota’s 6th District. O’Driscoll, Sartell’s former mayor; and Fischbach (RPaynesville) handily defeated their challengers. O’Driscoll received 12,076 votes; Shannon Schroeder received 7,946. Fischbach garnered 26,015 votes; Peggy Boeck got 14,870 votes. O’Driscoll represents District 13B in the Minnesota House of Representives; Fischbach represents District 13 in the Minnesota Senate. Klobuchar easily beat back Republican challenger Kurt Bills by a vote of 1,850,820 to 867,748. Here comes Santa Paws Here comes Santa Paws, here comes Santa Paws, right down Santa Paws Lane at the Tri-County Humane Society. In what has become a happy annual tradition, pets and their owners can get their Christmas photos taken with “Santa Paws” on Nov. 16-18. Times are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. To schedule an appointment, call 252-0896. On those days, two local professional photographers will donate their time to take the high-quality photos. Customers will get five portraits on a CD for $35. All proceeds will go to the TCHS. Each year, many customers have the photos made into seasonal greeting cards. The photos may be taken with people and/or pets and with or without Santa. This year’s background set will be of an outdoor snow scene. To see some of last year’s Santa Paws photos, visit the TCHS website at www.tricountyhumanesociety.org. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 5 Two amendments rejected by voters Bob Heurung shares Vietnam War stories by Dennis Dalman email@example.com Bob Heurung will share his personal Vietnam stories and photos based on his experiences near DaNang in 19681969 during a Sartell Senior Connection event from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Sartell City Hall. Heurung lives in Royalton and started posting his memories with photos on the website Wardogs.com in 1998. Heurung will show his war pictures taken with his Nikon F camera on a large screen while sharing incredible stories of bravery and patriotism. Call Gerri Boser at 320260-4817 for more information. Minnesota voters defeated two proposed constitutional amendments in Tuesday’s election. One amendment would have legally defined marriage as only between one man and one woman, thus barring the possibility of same-sex marriage, which is already not legally possible in the state. The other amendment would have required people to have a photo ID when they vote. Many political observers were stunned at the two amendment proposals’ defeat. That is because polls had shown fairly strong statewide support for them in the past few months. The two proposals had been placed on the ballot by a Republican-controlled Minnesota Legislature. Tuesday’s election reversed that control, giving Democrats control of both the state Senate and House. Richard Carlbom, former mayor of St. Joseph, was instrumental in helping defeat the marriage amendment. Carlbom was campaign manager for Minnesotans United for Families, which organized against the marriage amendment. “This conversation doesn’t end tonight. It’s only just begun,” Carlbom was quoted as saying in an Associated Press story. “Because we beat this amendment, Minnesota is in a position to ensure the next generation can participate in the conversation about who can participate in marriage.” Requiring voter IDs has become law in several states, but controversy has surrounded the effort in many places with opponents claiming it is an example of “voter suppression.” Proponents, however, insist a voter ID requirement would ensure the integrity of every election by preventing voter fraud. Voters defeated the marriage amendment by 1,506,302 to 1,398,500 (51.32 percent to 47.64 percent). The photo ID amendment was voted down 1,534,551 to 1,361,082 (52.28 percent to 46.37 percent). Democrats take control The Minnesota House of Representatives is now controlled by Democrats. Two years ago, voters gave Republicans the majorities in both the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House. That was reversed in Tuesday’s election. That outcome was made possible by the defeat of Re- publicans in several Twin Cities suburbs, as well as outstate areas such as Moorhead, Owatonna and Willmar. Gov. Mark Dayton hailed the outcome because he and legislative Republicans have been at loggerheads for two years in disputes, one of which led to a statewide shutdown. Dayton is hoping the Democratic-controlled legislature will help him pass a tax increase on wealthier Minnesotans. The exact number of Democratic winners to the legislature was not known as of press time early Wednesday. There are 67 senators and 134 representatives in the Minnesota Legislature. Fischer from front page chance at making the state playoffs. “Yes, it was tough,” Fischer said. “But the season was great. It was fun, and we had a good group of guys this year. I wouldn’t take back any of it.” Memories of that excellent season will follow Fischer throughout this year and into his first year of college at Bemidji State University next fall. Fischer learned recently he had been awarded a basketball scholarship to BSC. He will sign an agreement in mid-November to play combo guard for the college team. In the meantime, Fischer will be spending a lot of time and energy conditioning himself for basketball. As soon as his knee is healed, which might take up to two more months, he will be able to lift weights, run and practice basketball in preparation for his college career. He is not certain yet what degree he will pursue. Fischer has always loved sports. When he was a tyke, he was seldom seen without a bat or ball in his hands. He loved to play sports with neighborhood buddies. In school, he was on the track team from eighth grade until 11th grade. In his sophomore year, he started playing basketball and football. This summer, Fischer will also get a chance to kick back and relax at the Fischer family cabin up north. Born and raised in Sartell, Patrick is the son of David and Dana Fischer. Featuring our Perfect Margarita 4190 West Division Street St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-251-8686 Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 6 Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Opinion Our View Now’s a good time to stop squabbling Hurricane Sandy, of course, was horrific, but there was a silver lining, too. Not since Sept. 9, 2001 has this nation seen the kind of pitch-in-and-help togetherness that we witnessed during coverage of Sandy’s damage. Case in point: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama. They stood together, side by side, and actually said very nice things about each other. They also worked together to coordinate state and federal aid to help the victims of the hurricane and to start planning for ways to help recover a devastated economy and infrastructure. It was a sight for sore eyes. Here was Christie, who has lambasted Obama for so long with pointed criticisms, at one point comparing the president’s “lack of leadership” to a man in a dark room fumbling for the light switch. And there was Obama, who has dished out plenty of pointed criticisms of Republicans. Suddenly, there they were amidst scenes of wreckage, getting along, smiling at each other, as if they’d been the best of buddies since boyhood. Why, oh why, can’t the U.S. Congress follow that example and start getting along for a change? A huge part of the problem for the past two years has been an obstructionist House of Representatives under the naysaying influence of Tea Party members. They would apparently rather toss themselves over a cliff than compromise one whit with anything the president ever proposed, even when – sometimes – they actually agreed with proposals. There entire reason for being, or so it seemed anyway, was to see to it that Obama would fail. However, this deadlock was not just the Tea Party folks’ fault. There were plenty of Democrats, too, who became locked into a stubborn unwillingness to compromise with Republican proposals, at least on some occasions. Wherever the fault lies, most Americans have become plumb sick of it. Naturally, not everyone is happy with the election results of last Tuesday. Well, we’re all going to have to grin and bear it, like it or not. Get on with it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all buried the hatchet, so to speak, and started working together for the benefit of everyone? America should be embarrassed because here we have a great country that is being demeaned in the eyes of the rest of the world by all of this vicious and sometimes petty squabbling. It’s not becoming to a great nation. We should tell our president, senators and representatives in no uncertain terms we want the squabbling to stop and the compromises to begin. Let’s show ourselves, once again, proud to the world. Fairness and ethics 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. Cons are trickier so please be careful As a reporter, I’ve often said I could spend all week, every week, writing stories warning readers about scams that come down the pike. I cannot count how many scam-warning stories I’ve written in 30-plus years. Well, here I go again. I myself just about fell for a scam yesterday, and so I want to warn all readers to be on guard because these crooks are getting crookeder by the day. Yesterday, as I often do, I ordered some books on amazon.com. An hour later, in my email inbox, I noticed an item sent from amazon.com with a tag line about how I should verify my credit-card account with amazon.com. When I opened the email, a message said the company had to limit my credit to protect me because there may be fraudulent activity by someone using my credit card at Amazon. The message asked me to verify my account information. I was leery about the request. But the webpage it was on looked EXACTLY like amazon.com’s pages, right down to its font styles. It must be legit, I was thinking. So I began filling out the blank boxes: name, address, phone number and more. Then I came to a box asking for my Social Security number. “Whoa!” I said. “There’s something fishy about this.” I called amazon.com and spoke with someone who checked my account. There was no verification request sent to me. Dennis Dalman Editor She said amazon.com never sends such a request and never asks for a customer’s Social Security number. Then she told me she’d send me a follow-up message. Here’s what the message said: “The email you received wasn’t from Amazon.com. We recommend you delete the email. For your protection, do not respond to it, and do not open any attachments or click any links it contains . . . If you responded to the email or visited a linked website but didn’t provide any personal information (such as your login or password), your Amazon.com information should still be safe . . . If you provided financial information, you may want to contact your bank or credit-card provider . . We also recommend running anti-virus or anti-malware software whenever you receive a suspicious email, especially if you opened an attachment or visited a website that was linked in the email.” The message also suggested I change my amazon.com password, which I did right away. That advice should be heeded by everybody, no matter which “verification” messages are received via computer, snail-mail or telephone. In fact, the very word “verification” should tip you off that’s something’s fishy. These crooks play upon fear (“My account’s about to be wiped out!”) in order for you to play into their clutches. I can imagine some people get so worked up when they come to the request for Social Security and credit-card numbers, they give them without thinking. I’m almost certain if they had not asked for my Social Security number, I would have gullibly proceeded to the end and sent the information right back. But I had written so many scam-warning stories about never giving out your Social Security number that, fortunately, a red flag popped up at that request. What’s disturbing about that verification message is how the site was identical to the amazon.com site, which I’ve seen hundreds of times throughout the years. And it’s a site I’ve long trusted because I’ve had nothing but excellent service from it. It sure looked like the real thing. There’s the old scam-warning that still holds true: If it looks too good to be true, it is.” We should add to that: “If it looks like the real thing, it might not be.” These larcenous creeps have become so sly, so devious, so expert you’ve got to be on your toes at all times to avoid their dirty little scams. Please be careful. Veterans’ Day salute to those who served One of the things we older people do for entertainment is sit around and remember. We think back on our earlier days. One of my favorite pastimes is considering the decisions I’ve made that have brought me to this point in my life. I recollect my choices. I ponder what life would have been like had I picked a different path. Of course we cannot live life over again but it’s sometimes good to recall how our lives have turned out. Today I can honestly say one of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to join the military service at the ripe old age of 17. I remember at that time the draft was a clear reality. If you were like me, healthy, unmarried and without rich parents to get you out of it, you were probably going to be drafted. We were told by joining, we would have much better choices. That turned out to be not so true, but I was a country boy who had never been away from home and I thought I was ready for adventure. That’s exactly what it turned out to be. I learned more about weapons than I ever thought I could know. I learned discipline. I learned leadership. Mostly I learned what it means to be an American and what we all owe for that privilege. Ron Scarbro Guest Writer Upon reflection, I can honestly say I received so much more from my military service than I ever gave. Even today I am cared for by the VA where I get the best care one could receive. I will always be grateful for this benefit from my service. Nov. 11 is a day chosen to honor our veterans. As a veteran I’m honored by just being associated with such a group. I know my service was appreciated as I appreciate all the others who served. Today though, I think of all who have fallen on foreign soil or on far away oceans. I think of all who returned with physical and mental challenges occasioned by the horrors they had to deal with. I think of the families who gave their sons and daughters so we could all be free. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. We honor them all. We have all heard freedom is not free and truer words were never spoken. There is a price to be paid for the freedoms we enjoy. Fortunately, when the call has gone out, Americans have responded. Today we have the finest, best-equipped military in existence. They stand at the ready to do anything necessary to make sure our way of life continues. When you see a member of the military, show your appreciation. Thank them for their service. Thank them for the gift they are giving to all of us. Thank them for your freedom. Today as we remember veterans, we think of those who didn’t return home, those who returned with severe challenges and we also remember those who just put their lives on hold to serve as a deterrent to the evils of this world. How fortunate we are as a country to have such people willing to serve. Today we thank the families for their sacrifices. You gave this country your children, your brothers and sisters, your parents. You gave so we all could live. No greater love exists. Today we honor you too. In November we celebrate veterans and we also set aside a day of Thanksgiving. We should all be thankful for our military and, because of them, our way of life. Got a comment? Visit www.thenewsleaders.com The Sartell Newsleader invites readers to comment on the newspaper’s content via its reader-friendly website: www. thenewsleaders.com. The site, on average, receives more than 18,000 “hits” monthly. To comment on stories, columns, editorials or any of the other content, here’s what you do. Click on Sartell Newsleader, then click on whichever category you wish to read (Stories, Opinion, Records or more). Click on the bar of your choice. 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Sunday, Nov. 11 Turkey and Cash Bingo, 1 p.m., St. Francis Xavier cafeteria, Sartell. Proceeds benefit Project for People of Paraguay. Monday, Nov. 12 55+ driver safety class, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 (must attend both nights), Kennedy Community School, St. Joseph. Ron Stewart at 320-249-4971. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 253-2171. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 253-2171. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. REAL ESTATE CLASSES PLAT BOOKS with 911 addresses, legal descriptions. Stearns County. Other counties available by order. Available at the Newsleaders, 32 1st Ave. NW, St. Joseph. Regular price $40; $30 spiral bound. NO REFUNDS. tfn-f MUSIC LESSONS FOR ALL AGES! Find a music teacher! TakeLessons offers affordable, safe, guaranteed music lessons with teachers in your area. Our pre-screened teachers specialize in singing, guitar, piano, drums, violin and more. Call 1- 888-687-0047! 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This dynamic duo came to us because their previous owner could no longer afford to care for them. Rocky is a neutered 3-year-old male Australian Shepherd Mix and Shampoo is a spayed 3-year-old female Domestic Shorthair. Rocky and Shampoo are inseparable and would love to be adopted into the same home, although it is not required. They are often found racing around the house and then cuddled up together after playtime is over to take a snooze. Rocky is housetrained and does better with older children rather than toddlers because fast movements tend to startle him. His ideal home would be one with a fenced-in yard and an owner with an active lifestyle. Shampoo enjoys chasing laser pointers and is accustomed to getting her nails trimmed on a regular basis. Her ideal home is one with her best friend Rocky! Shampoo still qualifies for our “Name Your Own Price” promotion! “Helping one animal won’t change the world … but it will change the world for that one animal!” Dogs - 10 Mice - 1 Cats - 19 Kittens - 37 Guinea Pigs - 2 Rabbit - 1 Tri-County Humane Society 735 8th St. NE • PO Box 701 St. Cloud, MN 56302 252-0896 www.tricountyhumanesociety.org Hours: Monday-Thursday Noon-6 p.m., Friday Noon-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday Noon-5 p.m. ATTENTION DIABETICS with Medicare. Get a FREE talking meter and diabetic testing supplies at no cost, plus FREE home delivery! Best of all, this meter eliminates painful finger pricking! Call 888-4412313. (MFPA) PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? A childless, successful, 40-yr-old single woman seeks to adopt. Financial security. Will be hands-on mom. Expenses paid. Wendy. 1-888-990-0282 (MFPA) 7 IN SARTELL. Two-bedroom apartment. Spacious. Many newly remodeled! Pets Welcome. Heat paid, fireplace, d/w, balconies. Quiet, residential area. Free cable! $619-$669. Garage included! Call 320-281-5101. Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com 8 East-side voters help approve levy Voters on Sartell's east side (Benton County) helped elect four Sauk Rapids-Rice School Board members and helped approve a school-levy question in Tuesday's election. That part of Sartell is in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District. The four elected to the board are Jan Solarz with 5,881 votes; Tracy Morse with 5,701 votes; Mark Hauck with 5,569 votes; and Tracy Feireck with 5,259 votes. Jon Hull garnered 4,222 votes. Voters approved a request to provide an extra $380-per-pupil funding. The vote was 6,417 yes and 5,274 no. ................ 320-253-0400 • 1-800-777-0422 305 4th Ave. S., Ste. 3 • Sartell www.utopiatours.com Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 320-763-8687 • 1-800-872-8445 Alex Travel 3015 Hwy 29 S., Ste. 4038 • Alexandria, MN 56308 Utopia Tours www.utopiatours.com s! 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Thursday, Jan. 17 Nashville, Memphis & Branson...........................................April 25-May 2 Mall of America or Mystic Lake Casino.....Mondays, Jan. 14 & Feb. 18 Pella Tulip Festival................................................................................May 1-3 $35 pp........Spend a day at the Mall of America or get $15 Mystic Cash at Mystic Lake 2013 Winter Motorcoach Tours Receive $100 discount on the following three winter tours with sign-up by Nov. 20! Florida Shores & Keys Tour......Feb. 8-23 • Texas & New Orleans Tour......Feb. 14-March 1 • Best of the Southwest Tour......Feb. 27-March 16 News Tips? Call the Newsleader at 363-7741