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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. 21, 2012 Volume 17, Issue 50 Est. 1995 Postal Patron SMA helps keep music in school district by Dennis Dalman Town Crier ‘Christmas in barn’ sets two services The 6th annual “Christmas in the Barn” service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 at the home of Chad and Amy Leither, approximately 4 miles north of Cold Spring on County Road 2. Signs will be posted. This unique service offers a simple narration and re-enactment of the Christmas story with familiar hymns, handmade ice candles, hot apple cider and the rustic atmosphere of an old barn. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and bring blankets if needed, as the barn is not heated. For more information, contact Peace Lutheran Church at (320) 685-7656 or GriefShare starts Jan. 2 Hope Covenant Church will offer “GriefShare,” a 13-week support group to help those who have suffered the death of a loved one. The session will begin Wednesday, Jan. 2 and meet every Wednesday night from 6:15-8 p.m. at the church at 336 4th Ave. S. in St. Cloud. To register, call 257-4673. More information can be found at Nominate family docs for state award The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians wants you to tell us why your family physician should be named 2013 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a doctor who specializes in family medicine. This doctor should represent the highest ideals of the specialty. Dr. Andrew Burgdorf of Buffalo, Minn., was honored in 2012. Nominations will be accepted in writing through Jan. 4. For more information, visit Newsleader closed Dec. 21-28 The Newsleader office will be closed Dec. 21-28. A Dec. 28 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on Dec. 31 and will resume weekly publications beginning Jan. 4. See our Greetings page inside INSERT: Pine Cone Vision Center contributed photo A percussion group at Sartell Middle School practices on drums and xylophones. Music is one of the crowning glories of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, and Jody Pasell wants to keep it that way. Pasell, who has had a lifetime passion for all things musical, is president of the Sartell Music Association, which raises about $10,000 annually to help music programs in all grades in Sartell schools. Although the school district and its board members have always been very supportive of music programs, school budgets are tight, as they are in almost all school districts. The Sartell Music Association, keenly aware of pinched school finances, has long filled certain gaps and needs in the programs. What concerns Pasell, however, is if contributions dwindle or more money can’t be realized through fundraisers, the SMA might have to cut back on some of its projects. For example, the SMA gives two $1,000 scholarships to two SMA • page 5 Sartell man responds to horror through poetry The killings of school children and teachers in Connecticut continues to elicit powerful responses Herschbach nationwide – sorrow, outrage, tears, calls for reforms and, in the case of a Sartell man, poetry. Dennis Herschbach was so disturbed and saddened by the cold-blooded killings he felt compelled to channel his emotions into the form of poetry. Before moving to Sartell a few years ago, Herschbach had been a high-school teacher for many years at Two Harbors on Minnesota’s North Shore. He is the award-winning author of four books – most recently a suspense-mystery novel entitled “Convergence at Two Harbors.” His other books are a prosepoetry meditation on the loss of a loved one, “Grief Journey;” a memoir about growing up, “Brown Sugar Syrup and Jack Pine Sand;” and a book of po- etry inspired by Two Harbors, “South First and Lakefront.” The following are Herschbach’s two poems about his reactions to the school shootings. Dec. 14, 2012 by Dennis Herschbach I know that the willow weeps, its branches draped down, sweeping the ground like a mother’s hair when she mourns, forming a canopy where children once played games of come find me. I know that the ice groans in the face of bitter north winds piling slabs like blue-glass on shore, plates that grind against each other in a cold too bitter to bear. I know that rocks slide down mountain slopes tearing saplings from shallow soil before they’ve had time to root. Seems they cannot be stopped, move under their own weight, follow an entrenchment like the blind following the blind who cannot hear. I know that the river floods. Like the tears of a father cannot be dammed, will make no difference when the flood is forgotten. These answers I know – but today, I don’t know the question; I don’t know the question. Poetry • page 12 Schools continue as usual in wake of tragic shootings by Dennis Dalman Administrators and teachers in Sartell’s public schools met before classes began Monday to share Oak Ridge t h o u g h t s Elementary Principal about school Randy Husmann safety. They also met after the school day to share any ideas of how school safety policies can be strengthened. No definite conclusions were drawn or adopted, but school safety will certainly be revisited by administration, staff, teachers, parents and school board members in the future. In fact, school emergency procedures at the schools are always in a state of being fine-tuned and reviewed. The horrific killings of 20 school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. on the morning of Dec. 14 by a school shooter continue to sadden and Schools • page 5

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