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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, Nov. 29, 2013 Volume 18, Issue 47 Est. 1995 Town Crier Candle-lighting ceremony remembers deceased children Parents, siblings and grandparents of children who have died are invited to attend a candle lighting ceremony from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, 1911 4th Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. Loved ones may bring a single framed photo of their child for display if they wish. Special music, readings, time for sharing reflections and memories will be part of the evening as well. Out of respect for the newly grieving and in keeping with the reverent nature of the event, please consider finding alternative care for younger family members. Candle lighting will begin at 7 p.m. traveling through each time zone illuminating the globe in a 24-hour wave of light. For more information, call the Living Waters church office at 320-255-1135 or visit www. and click on Criers. Wrap gifts to benefit animals The Tri-County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to staff gift wrapping shifts at Crossroads Center (near Target) during mall hours. This is a fundraiser to benefit animals at the Tri-County Humane Society. You need not be a current volunteer to help. For more information on this or other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers. 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 news@thenewsleaders. com and you should start receiving your reminder at that address within a week. Notify us otherwise. Harpist plays Dec. 4 Enjoy a concert of harp music by harpist Andrea Stern from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park. Stern has been a professional performing artist for more than two decades performing with symphonies throughout the world, and she has performed as principal harpist for the Minnesota Opera. Her delightful music puts the audience in the holiday mood. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers. Postal Patron Debate: Should chickens be allowed in backyards? by Dennis Dalman Be it resolved: Chickens should be able to roost in residential areas. That assertion was the topic of a lively, engaging debate Nov. 20 in the Sartell City Hall chambers, attended by about 70 people. It was the first of a planned series of debates organized by local residents, some of whom have connections to the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. Moderator Patty Candela of Sartell said the debates are planned to foster a community engagement with issues that could directly affect Sartell residents. In the debates, she said, residents can meet to listen to and discuss issues in a direct, polite way. Before the debate, as audience members arrived at city hall, each was given two pennies. On a table inside the entrance were three plastic trays. One was marked in favor of allowing chickens in yards, another was marked opposed to chickens in yards, the third was marked undecided. Each person was invited to put one of the two pennies into a bin coinciding with his or her opinion before the debate. An hour later, after the debate was finished, those same trays were passed around through the audience members who were asked to put the other penny into the tray that coincides with their opinions after hearing the debate. The point of the “two-cents worth” exercise was to determine how many minds were changed among the listeners during the debating process. Those who debated the pro side of the “chicken” question were Jean Lavigne, an environmental- photo by Dennis Dalman Immediately following the debate, a woman passes a tray for which people in the audience toss pennies if they agree or disagree with one side or the other in the debate. It’s a way the audience can add their “two-cents worth” to the issue. science professor at CSB/SJU, and Matt Lindstrom, a political-science professor at CSB/SJU. Debating the con side were Lisa Schreifels, director of health for the City of St. Cloud, and King Banaian an economics professor at St. Cloud State University, radio personality and former state representative. Lindstrom and Schreifels are Sartell Debate • page 4 Sabre swim team places third at state The Sartell Sabre girls swimming-diving team placed third in the Class A state competition last week. For the past five years, the team has done exceedingly well in state competition. In 2009 and 2011, the girls won first at state. In 2012, they earned second place. This year was just one of many third-place finishes, the others being in 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2010. Visitation won the state Class A meet with 300 points. Mankato West was second with 168 points. Sartell earned 161 points. There were 39 teams competing for the Class A state title this season, including teams in this area from St. Cloud Apollo, Cold Spring Rocori, Sauk Rapids and Becker. None of the Sartell divers qualified for the finals. The Sartell team’s outstanding performances at the state meet include the following: 400-yard freestyle relay, third place, team members Anna Ellis, Gaby Hagen, Marena Kouba and Paige Pawlenty, 3:37.37; 200-yard freestyle relay, fourth place, team members Hagen, Lindsey Martens, Pawlenty and Jennifer Thomp- son, 1:38.33; 100-yard backstroke, second place: Ellis, 57:13. seventh place: Kouba, 1:00:25; 200-yard freestyle, 11th place, Pawlenty, 1:59.78; 200yard individual medley, 13th place, Hagen, 2:16.38; 100-yard butterfly, 13th place, Hagen, 1:00.22; 100-yard freestyle, seventh place, Thompson,53:52.8; and 100-yard breaststroke, 10th place, Martens, 1:07.55. Artist paints Bible in action by Dennis Dalman People will have a chance to see a Bible story “come alive” in the form of a colorful painting in action when Paul Oman presents “Drawn to the Word” three times at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. Everyone is welcome to attend the free program, which will take place at contributed photo Painter Paul Oman, who lives in Deer Park, Wis. paints this landscape 6:30 p.m. on three consecin the open air in Door County, Wis. Oman excels in a number of art utive Wednesdays: Dec. 4, 11 and 18. genres, including landscapes and religious themes from the Bible. Oman, who hails from Deer Park, Wis., is a former teacher and pastor who is now a full-time freelance watercolor and acrylic artist. For his “Drawn to the Word” events, he travels to churches, schools and other organizations throughout the Upper Midwest where he displays his expertise in painting. During “Drawn to the Word” events, people ask him to evoke a Bible story through his watercolor painting on a Artist • page 3

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