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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, Dec. 14, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 49 Est. 1995 Town Crier Everyone’s a member in December At the Minnesota Street Market, everyone is a member in December. Enjoy member discounts, PLUS spend $50, receive a gift certificate for $10 to the Market; spend $100, receive a gift certificate for $25. Use our handy online shopping form for holiday shopping. Gift sets available. Eat good food from the Market! Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Downtown St. Joseph. St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market set The St. Joseph Winter Farmers’ Market will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 in the fellowship hall of Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. Angela Ringsmuth and Emmett Doyle will perform holiday music including vocals, guitar, piano and accordion. Many vendors will be present with locally produced goods that make great gifts, including holiday gift baskets, garden produce from storage, artisan breads, cookies, fudge, lefse, meats (chicken, lamb, beef, pork), goat cheese, sunflower oil, herbal teas, honey, handmade soaps and much more. Homemade soup will be offered by the church youth group as a fundraiser. Postal Patron Singers bring lots of fun to audiences by Dennis Dalman In their many performances, it’s obvious to audience members why “Fun” is the key word in St. Cloud Area Fun Singers. It’s because the singers and their audiences have lots of fun at their hour-long concerts, which combine lively tunes, folksy humor and plenty of surprises. The “Fun Singers” are 37 senior citizens, 13 of them from Sartell, who perform about 45 concerts during their season, which runs from September through May. The group is especially active in December when it gives holiday performances at nursing homes, assisted-living complexes, service clubs and churches throughout the area, including frequent performances at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. The singers are led by musical director Becky Adams and pianist Sharron Schlagel. One must be 55 or older to join the group. The oldest member is Tom Clark, 93, of Sartell. Clark’s special friend, Violet Singers • page 3 photo by Dennis Dalman The St. Cloud Area Fun Singers perform at Ridgeway Place, an assisted-living complex in Sauk Rapids. The choir is comprised of 37 members, 13 of them from Sartell, including Joyce O’Driscoll (right) who serves as emcee of the popular choir’s shows. Sandy Hurd of Sartell also serves as emcee for about half of the performances. Snowfall sets record for Dec. 9 date by Dennis Dalman Sartell residents woke up Sunday to a record snowfall – more than 11 inches. The snow fell steadily through GriefShare starts Jan. 2 Hope Covenant Church will the night, starting at about midoffer “GriefShare,” a 13-week night, and continued to fall support group to help those who throughout most of Sunday. have suffered the death of a Travel was virtually suspendloved one. The session will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2 and meet ev- ed in the wee hours of Sunday and during the day. Temperatures plunged, winds increased, making visibility a problem for motorists. There were reports of some accidents and vehicles in ditches, but there were no serious injuries or deaths in the area. Thanks to early warnings, most would-be motorists wisely decided not to drive anywhere. The snowfall was an all-time record for that date, Dec. 9, in ery Wednesday night from 6:15-8 p.m. at the church at 336 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud. To register, call 2574673. More information can be found at Toys for Tots donations = free Northstar rides Northstar Link, Metro Transit and BNSF Railway have teamed up to offer free rides on select bus and train trips this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, in exchange for donations to Toys for Tots. For the commute on Friday morning, Dec. 14, and for the Holidazzle trip Saturday afternoon, Dec. 15, people boarding Northstar Link buses with new, unwrapped toys to donate will ride for free and receive a ticket for a free return trip. The train schedule is available at or by calling 612-373-3333. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit photo by Dennis Dalman Bethany Fristad of Sartell (right) speaks passionately about her organzation, “Firefleyes,” which held a fundraiser Dec. 8 at the Boy Scouts’ Building in Sartell. Fristad is the founder and director of “Firefleyes,” which helps orphans in Sierra Leone, Africa and also, more recently, helps in the fight against malaria in Ecuador. At the left is friend Jane Bishop of Tomah, Wis.; and vendor assistant Avery Atkinson of Sartell. the greater St. Cloud area, according to St. Cloud State University’s meteorological service. The snowfall beat the record of Dec. 9, 1961, which amounted to only 5.1 inches, according to SCSU meteorologist Bob Weisman. The last time there was more snow on one calendar day in the area was on March 1, 1965, when 14.5 inches of snow fell and again that same month on March 17, with 13 inches of snow. So far this winter, St. Cloud has received 14.8 inches of snow, which is at this date 2.8 inches above average and more than half of the 27.4 inches of snow that fell last winter, which was virtually snowless until toward the end of the season. Temperatures were in the sinRecord • page 2 by Dennis Dalman organizer of the event, Amy Braig-Lindstrom, said she was overwhelmed and elated by the excellent turnout for the first Winter Farmers’ Market. The city-hall venue, she said, was ideal. Originally, the event was slated for the golf pro building on the site of Pine Cone Regional Park, but later city staff and the city council decided the city-hall locale might be an even better location. Braig-Lindstrom agreed. The dozen or so vendors, too, were happy with the venue, and all expressed their happiness with the great turnout. Hundreds Vendors • page 4 Vendors have field day Saturday in Sartell It seemed to be “Vendors’ Saturday” in Sartell Dec. 8 as vendors set up their wares on two ends of the city – the debut of the Winter Farmers’ Market in Sartell City Hall to the north and the fourth annual Firefleyes Market Place 2012 in the Boy Scouts’ Building to the south. Both events were happening simultaneously, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., although the Firefleyes one was open until 3 p.m. The Winter Farmers’ Market is an extension of the summer farmers’ market in Sartell. The

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