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2012 is year of growth for St. Joseph by TaLeiza Calloway

ReStore seeks volunteers

ReStore is seeking one-time and ongoing volunteers to staff its store. All the proceeds from the ReStore go to Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity to build more houses. If interested in volunteering, call Melanie Blake at the Habitat office (320) 656-8890 ext. 104 or email melanieblake@

Furniture program neeeds donations

Community Furniture Program is in need of slightly used beds, dressers, and table and chairs. The Community Furniture Program in St. Cloud is a non-profit organization which provides gently used furniture to those who are living without beds and other basic furnishings. If you have gently used furniture to donate especially single beds, dressers and/or table and chairs, call (320) 656-9004. Pick-up service is available. Any donation is tax deductible.

St. John’s Prep hosts Discovery Day

Families interested in learning about the innovative curriculum, and other opportunities at St. John’s Prep, are encouraged to attend the upcoming Discovery Day on Friday, Jan. 11. Students currently in grades 5-11 and their parents are welcome to attend classes, meet the teachers and students, and experience what it’s like to be a part of the St. John’s Prep community. Registration is required. Call (320) 363-3321.

United Way opportunities

Help sick St. Croix Hospice is in need of people to volunteer their time visiting with terminally-ill patients and their families in the St. Cloud and surrounding areas. Training is provided. They also have volunteer opportunities in their office such as filing, answering phones, and special projects and events. Call Melissa, St. Croix Hospice volunteer coordinator, at (320) 252-2803. Food shelf help Catholic Charities Emergency Services is seeking volunteers to help staff with loading supplies and donations. The time commitment is approximately two to eight hours per week. Call Kathryn or Chad at (320) 229-4560.


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The horse-drawn casket of 31-year-old Cold Spring Police Officer Thomas Decker reaches its final resting place Dec. 5 at St. Nicholas Cemetery, south of Cold Spring where he grew up. State officials estimate several thousand people attended the funeral service for Decker, who was fatally shot in the line of duty Nov. 29 when he was called to check on a man’s welfare. The murder is still under investigation and no suspects have been charged.

The mark of a productive year includes the presence of growth, new direction and gained partnerships. All were a part of what occurred in St. Joseph in 2012. Delayed developments and road improvements were resurrected. Examples include the introduction of the new Stearns CR 2 bypass; the start of construction on Millstream Village, a housing development for seniors; and the beginning of an expansion of the Church of St. Joseph. An election could have shifted leadership positions, but incumbents maintained their seats while the community was introduced to newcomers along the way. The city welcomed a few new businesses, too. Those additions include the city’s first music store with the opening of Riff City Guitar and Music Co. in Northland Plaza; the arrival of Cone Castle, a restaurant known for its signature food and dessert cones; and Bello Cucina, a “Taste of Italy” that completed the Millstream Shops and Lofts development. These Review • page 3

Henry wants to help in a healthy way by Cori Hilsgen

Justina Henry is a certified massage therapist who wants to help people stay healthy. Henry recently dem- Henry onstrated her therapeutic massage at the Holiday Shopping Expo and Craft Fair at Joseph’s in Avon. “I firmly believe therapeutic massage can be beneficial to everyone, whether you simply want a relaxing massage, are dealing with an acute problem or have suffered with chronic pain for many years,” Henry said. Henry is a graduate of Sister Rosalind’s School of Massage in Sauk Rapids. After completing the professional program, she joined the staff and advanced her skills, until she began practicing on her own two years ago. Henry says many experts estimate 90 percent of disease is

stress-related and that stress can age us internally and externally. Henry said she believes therapeutic massage provides many wonderful health benefits. Some of the benefits include lowering stress levels, decreasing depression, increas-

ing joint flexibility, reducing blood pressure, improving posture, reducing pain and improving range of motion, improving sleep quality and others. Henry uses many types of massage which include different strokes, movement and application of pressure to specific

points. Some options include Swedish relaxation massage, deep-tissue massage, triggerpoint therapy, myofascial release, reflexology and prenatal massage. She discusses different methods with each client to help determine what is most Henry • page 4

Fundraisers continue to honor slain police officer

More fundraisers in memory of Thomas Decker have been scheduled. Decker is the Cold SpringRichmond police officer who was murdered in cold blood by an unknown assailant or assailants in downtown Cold Spring on the night of Nov. 29. Decker is the father of four young children. One fundraising event, a three-band concert, will take place at Rocori High School in Cold Spring at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. The bands that will perform are the widely popular Diamondback, the Fabulous Armadillos and Rocket Club.

Dubbed “Donate to Decker: A Tribute to a Hero,” the concert is sponsored by Leighton Broadcasting. All funds raised will go to Decker’s family. There are three other fundraisers in memory of Decker. Two of them involve local salons. Styles Plus Salon in Cold Spring and Avanti Salon in Waite Park will do haircuts and eyebrow waxes from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9. The salons are requesting a minimum donation of $10. The money raised will be used for scholarships given by the Rocori Area Dollars for Scholars. The scholarships will be given to

students interested in going on to study law enforcement as a means of honoring Decker and his years as a public servant. In late December, the Richmond Fire Department began selling blue light bulbs to raise money for Decker’s family. People who buy the bulbs, for $5 each, are requested to put them in light sockets in front of their homes and let them glow in honor of Decker. The bulbs can be purchased at the city halls in Cold Spring, Richmond and Rockville. In addition, several banks are still accepting donations Officer • page 2

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can be written out to “The Decker Family” and deposited or mailed to one or more of the following banks. Any Wells Fargo banks in

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Clara Hilaria Schneider Gliebe, 88 Lancaster, S.C. Jan. 6, 1924 - Dec. 27, 2012 Clara Hilaria Schneider Gliebe, 88, of Lancaster, S.C., widow of the late Joseph E. Gliebe, died Thursday, Dec. 27 at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1924 in St. Joseph, Minn., a daughter of the late Norbert Schneider and Magdeline Meyer Schneider. Gliebe was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church. She was a loving wife, mother,


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Cold Spring, P.O. Box 416, Cold Spring, MN 56320. Coborn’s Inc. raised $186,000 The Central Minnesota Credat its 11th annual Grocers on the it Union, 202 Red River Ave. S., Green golf tournament on Sept. Cold Spring, MN 56320. 12. The funds will support the


Benjamin Evenson, son of Marne and Mark Evenson of St. Joseph, is studying in Chile during fall semester 2012 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, and St. John’s University in Collegeville. Evenson is a junior Hispanic studies major at SJU. The Chilean program is hosted by Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, a private university located in Viña del Mar, a city of 350,000 residents.

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or TriCounty Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

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The campus is situated in central Chile, 70 miles west of Santiago, the country’s capital. Students are encouraged to advance their Spanish language skills and integrate into the rich and diverse culture through service-learning opportunities and by living with Chilean host families. Marietta Franulic, adjunct instructor of Hispanic studies at CSB and SJU, is the director of the program for fall 2012.

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pediatric cancer program at CentraCare Health Plaza and Coborn Cancer Center, which allows Central Minnesota children and families to stay close to home while receiving treatment. The funds also will partially fund two professional child-life specialists. To date, the event has raised nearly $1.4 million. This past fall, Coborn’s and its vendors also raised $78,400 through its annual Food for the Cure promotion, which supports the Coborn Cancer Center.

Obituary grandmother and sister who loved vacationing in St. Joseph with family and friends. Gliebe loved to bowl, play bingo and bake; and also enjoyed shopping and eating at Ryan’s. She was proud to be a Navy Veteran and was very patriotic. Gliebe loved her poodle Zorro. Her funeral was held Dec. 31 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Lancaster, with the Fr. David Runion officiating. Burial was in the Lakeview Memory Gardens in York, S.C. Survivors include one son, Joseph E. Gliebe III and his wife Cay of Cumming, Ga.; five daughters,


Nov. 25 8:20 p.m. Assist Waite Park police. 620 Sundial Drive. Office assisted with an alarm at business. Found back gate open and door ajar. Checked inside business and all seemed fine. Nov. 26 5:45 p.m. Shoplifter. 1500 Elm St. E. Report of an adult female who took items without paying for them. She gave a statement to the responding officer. A citation was issued for misdemeanor theft of $10.45. Dec. 1 1:40 a.m. DUI. Mullen Road/CR 133. Officers observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on CR 75 that was throwing sparks. As officers approached the intersection of CR 133, they observed the vehicle was being towed by a tow truck that was all over the road and onto the shoulder several times. Vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested for DUI. 11:30 p.m. Noise complaint. 119 Minnesota St. E. Officer arrived and did not hear any noise coming from the residence, but did hear loud voices when someone left from the residence. Officer spoke with a tenant of the property and advised her of the complaint. He asked her to talk to her guests and have them be quiet when leaving from the residence.


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Dec. 2 1:45 a.m. Intoxicated male. Gore-

Sue Ann Branstein and her husband, Gary of Mentor, Ohio, Jeanne Gliebe of Blue Ridge, Ga., Rosemarie Clawson of Lancaster, Joanne Shields and Lori Ann Green and her husband, Michael all of Rock Hill, S.C.; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to Agape Hospice, 815 W. Meeting St., Lancaster, S.C. 29720. Notes to the family may be made at

cki Center, CSB. Assisted St. Ben’s security with an intoxicated male. Security stated male was underage and was identified by his driver’s license. He appeared to be quite intoxicated. Officer could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his person and he was vomiting. Citation issued for underage consumption and he was turned over to a sober friend. Dec. 3 6:40 p.m. Gunshot. Ash Street/College Avenue N. Caller heard what he believed to be one gunshot near this intersection. Officer checked the area and did not see or hear anything odd. Other people in the area also heard the shot. 9:20 p.m. Medical. 37 College Ave. S. Woman took approximately 30 overthe-counter sleeping pills. She was alert and talking when officers arrived and was able to provide information. She stated she was tired. Officer monitored until rescue arrived and she was transported by Gold Cross. Dec. 5 4:30 p.m. Hazard. 26 First Ave. NW. Report of a truck that was stuck on a guidewire and blocking the alley. Officer arrived on the scene and met with the driver who stated the wire was in his blind spot and he got caught in it. A tow truck was able to lift the truck above the wire and remove it without incident.

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Review from front page are just some of the examples of growth that occurred last year. Here’s a look back at what else happened:


St. Joseph firefighters celebrate 94 years of combined service with the retiring of Bill Wasner, Brian Orcutt and Jeff Karnik. Catholic Worker, a community dedicated to living and serving others through prayer, opens a Catholic Worker house in St. Joseph. St. Joseph resident Rick Wieber dedicates the ice rink he’s built on the side of his home for six years to Jack Jablonski. Jablonski, 16, was paralyzed from a hit during a hockey game in December 2011. A “13” was painted at the center of the rink. Area hockey players took a picture on the rink to send to Jablonski. Former resident Jennie (Lahr) Friedrich is inducted into Apollo High School’s Hall of Fame. Friedrich lettered eight times at Apollo and broke the school’s record in the 1,600-meter race. She also qualified for NCAA championships and earned Division II All-American honors in the mile event as a college student. Construction begins on a second location for Little Saints Academy in St. Cloud.


The city starts the negotiation process for the design of future city offices and a community center. Elected officials purchased the former Central Minnesota Credit

Union for the possible expansion of city offices. St. Joseph is the first city to vote on the hiring of a lobbyist to advocate on behalf of area cities for a sales tax extension. Efforts by St. Joseph Township residents to get the state Public Utilities Commission to change the route of a high-voltage power line are unsuccessful. Plans are to build the line from Monticello to Fargo. A local family (Dan, Josie and Madeline Muyres) is named the Ambassador Family for the St. Cloud March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Brian Jose, executive director of Fine Arts Programming at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, is elected to the national Association of Performing Arts Presenters Board. Bill Scherer, a singer in the Fabulous Armadillos band, stops by the St. Joseph Lab School (All Saints Academy) to offer a lesson on blindness. Scherer, who is blind, is a family man and has always loved music.


U.S. Rep. Larry Hosch of St. Joseph announces he is not seeking re-election. The decision stems from a wish to spend more time with his family. He joins the city’s Economic Development Authority Board in April. St. Joseph resident Tim Cooney escapes injury after crashing his vehicle into Traut Wells in Waite Park Feb. 20. Construction of Cone Castle begins. An 8-year-old St. Joseph Lab School student requests donations for the local food shelf in-

stead of birthday gifts. Kenzie Finken and her fellow classmate delivered the food donations and a monetary donation of $175 on Feb. 23 that she collected for her eighth birthday. CSB/SJU wins the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The award is given by the Association of International Educators. Christian Gaetz, a student at St. John’s Preparatory School, is one of the top 400 physics students in the country. The St. Joseph resident is a semi finalist for the U.S. Physics Olympic Team. Bethany Beniek, a St. Joseph native, is crowned Miss West Metro.


Area schools continuously make news in 2012. Kennedy Community School is among more than 70 schools named as U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools. The firstever awards honor schools who exercise a comprehensive approach to creating green environments. St. John’s Preparatory School welcomes new leadership. Matthew Reichert was selected as the new principal. St. John’s University also gains new leadership this month with the selection of the first layperson as its president. Michael Hemesath, a 1981 alumnus, took his post July 1. The city votes to demolish the former Central Minnesota Credit Union building for the proposed expansion of city offices. Officials spent $9,000 on the demolition. The annual Fourth of July parade gets new parade categories. The St. Joseph Lions Club created the new categories to garner more Review • page 4








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sessions. After sessions, clients will report slowing down initially and then having increased energy. Henry said some report experiencing a freedom from long-term aches and pains which they developed from tension or repetitive activity. Since Henry has portable equipment that allows her to travel to locations, she offers on-site massages such as an onsite chair/table massage. This massage is performed while a person is sitting in a special chair that allows the person to learn forward. The massage directly treats the neck, back and shoulders, which are areas affected by office work. Many private businesses will hire a massage therapist to offer chair massages for their employees. Henry said studies have shown these employees have less muscle tension and greater productivity.

Henry, who grew up in Sauk Rapids, was previously an inhome personal-care attendant for children of mental disabilities for eight years. She is married to Scott, who is a copy technician in the area schools for CMERDC. They have two children – Isabel, 11; and Rune, 6. Both children attend the Sauk Rapids/Rice school system. Henry says she wants to help people stay healthier and happier and believes her services are worth the time and money. “I want to help in a healthy way,” Henry said. “I truly believe massage should be a part of everyone’s life. I would be honored to be a part of your journey toward a new you.” Henry operates her massage business out of her home in Pleasant Acres, St. Joseph. She only takes scheduled appointments. She can be reached by telephone at 320-492-6035.

Review from page 3 participation from businesses. The new categories are Wow! Extreme!, Best Dressed Business, Classy Vehicles, Cool Youth, Animals and a Fourth of July theme. The St. Joseph Meat Market wins seven awards during the 72nd annual convention sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Meat Processors. 10-year-old drummer Bennett Velline, the grandson of rock legend Bobby Vee, steps in as lead drummer for a CD-release event when his uncle had to leave town unexpectedly. He stole the show. Ashley Irons and Maggie Niebur reflect on their experience in Tanzania during a service trip. The two were evacuated from the country due to conflict. Despite an early departure, they valued the experience.


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The St. Joseph Saints baseball team gets the green light for the installation of a new electronic scoreboard. Elected officials approved a building permit for the addition in May. Cone Castle opens May 7 at 118 First St. NW. The restaurant has a walk-up and drive-through window and offers food and dessert cones. As the community welcomed a new business, it embraced the return of Energy Avenue, a nutrition club. The city applies for Legacy Amendment funding to restore the monument at Centennial Park. The monument is a historical marker that commemorates the Sioux Uprising of 1862 in Minnesota. The year 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the war, also known as the “Dakota Conflict.” Students at Kennedy witness a prescribed burn of about 46 acres surrounding the school. It was the first time the environmental process occurred since the school opened. The city supports volunteer efforts to bring hanging flower baskets to the city’s downtown. A new social group emerges. Led by Rex and Diane Tucker of St. Joseph, “Drinking Liberally” meets to talk and share ideas while keeping an open mind. An explosion at the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell takes the life of one man and causes an estimated $50 million in damage May 28. The tragedy was caused by oil vapor from an overheated air compressor, according to a Matching Grant

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 report by an investigator with the State Fire Marshal Division of the Department of Public Safety. This started a series of events which led to Verso closing the Sartell plant in August after 106 years of being a part of the community.


The Church of St. Joseph bids farewell to Father Joseph Feders. He goes on sabbatical and is replaced by the Rev. Jerome Tupa. St. Joseph resident Sally Larson is named Stearns County Child Care Provider of the Year. She received the honor from the Stearns-Benton County Child Care Association. City officials hold a joint meeting with boards and commissions to create a shared vision for the city’s downtown. That vision includes better signage at the entrances of the city, improved parking and marketability. When faced with parking-pad issues, council members also end confusion about what a parking pad is so the city ordinance can be enforced. The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University receives $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is a part of a cluster of programs called TRIO which were established by the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. Its goal is to help low-income and firstgeneration students — students whose parents did not attend college — attend college. The St. Cloud Area School District extends the lease of Little Saints Academy from October 2012 to April 2013. The site of the former Central Minnesota Credit Union is demolished. Members of the St. Joseph Historical Society stand in the rain and take photos to document the building’s exit.


The annual “Joetown Rocks” event does, in fact, rock with performances by Emma Kay and the Long Way, the Liverpool Legends Beatles Tribute Band and Shalo Lee and the Rush River Band during the Fourth of July Parish Festival and Joetown Rocks concert. The filing period opens for local mayor and city-council races. Five people will go on to vie for two open four-year council seats. Elected officials approve a rezoning request and special-use permit for the expansion of the Church of St. Joseph. The request allows for the addition of a fellowship hall to connect the Review • page 5

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Review from page 4 church and school The Millstream Arts Festival receives a $2,000 grant from the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. Organizers said the grant will help with advertising and entertainment for the annual event held in September. After 10 years of planning, construction begins on Millstream Village, a housing development for those aged 55 and older. The project is led by Collegeville Cos. in St. Joseph. The EDA surveys local businesses to gauge retention and growth. St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz trains for the “Mud Man,” an intense obstacle course event held in Kimball.


“National Night Out” events increase in St. Joseph. Police Chief Pete Jansky recalls attending one event previously but had three to attend in 2012. He was encouraged to see increased interest in getting to know law enforcement. City council members contract with R.A. Morton for construction management services for the city-hall project. The second annual “Weekend of Songs: Songwriters’ Festival” event debuts a songwriter challenge as part of the weekend-long events. Residents of the St. Joseph Mobile Home Community start a Rib-Cook-Off tradition. Three participants competed for the bragging rights that came with the winning ribs. Louis James was

the big winner. St. Joseph resident Molly Roske reflects on her experience helping Guatemalans preserve precious rainforest while serving in the Peace Corps. The Catholic Worker House hosts its first Family Prayer Night. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann wins the primary election by defeating Stephen Thompson and Aubrey Immelman.


The St. Joseph mayor race goes from two candidates to one after challenger Jennifer Lieser withdraws from the race. St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz ran unopposed in the general election. The city sets the preliminary budget and tax levy for 2013. The preliminary budget was about $2.42 million and the preliminary levy was $1.77 million. Council members approve the return of a city archery range. The city partnered with Archery Country of Waite Park for the addition to the southeast corner of the city. The Oscar Mayer ‘Weinermobile’ visits St. Joseph during its Midwest tour. The vehicle stands 11 feet high or the equivalent of 24 hotdogs high. It is 27-feet long and 8-feet wide. “Alterations by Barbara C” opens in town. The business shares office space with the Newsleaders at 32 1st Ave. NW. Twenty-seven people rollerblade down the Wobegon Trail as part of a fundraiser for Adam Perkins, who lives with Type I diabetes.


Candidate forums pick up in the area as the election day draws near. St. Joseph police respond to an

emergency situation that involved a suicidal man. After more than a four-hour standoff, officers were able to coax the man out of his residence safely. Work to bring a McDonald’s restaurant begins along CR 75. It is set to open at 1180 Elm St. E. Improvements to Northland Park near completion. Updates include the addition of new playground equipment. CLIMB Theatre performs a series of plays to provide lessons about bullying for students at Kennedy. The Science Express, a mobile science lab from St. Cloud State University, also made its first visit to Kennedy. The St. Joseph Community Food Shelf hosts its second annual food drive to target a growing community need. The food drive raised more than $1,500. Local students at Apollo High School decide to collect foodshelf donations versus Halloween candy.


A moose is loose in St. Stephen and is photographed about a mile west of the town. The creature was also seen in the MelroseAlbany area before its visit to St. Stephen. Plans to create a bypass at CR 2 come to fruition. The new intersection at CR 2 and CR 3 connects at CR 75. Specifically, the county wanted to direct truck traffic around St. Joseph on the west side. Meanwhile the city votes to replace the welcome sign at the entrance of the city with an electronic one. Election Day is filled with new names and familiar ones on the ballot. Five vie for two four-year council seats. Incumbents Bob Review • page 8









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Obstructionism bodes ill for future of America

During the “fiscal cliff” crisis, the Tea Party was once again playing its favorite contrarian game: stone-wall obstructionism. In this new year, we’re going to see more of the same-o, same-o from legislative obstructionists. The original Tea Party goals had at least a semblance of merit: fiscal responsibility, a limited role for government, trimming spending. Soon, however, giddy with their victories, most morphed into do-nothing, dead-end obstructionists dedicated to the proposition of No, No, No. The following would seem to be the new “principles” of most Tea Party members: starve social programs, privatize everything in sight, bring the government to a standstill and – at the tip of that lopsided iceberg – further aggrandize millionaires and billionaires, especially by not raising their taxes by so much as a dime. These self-described neo-patriots, united by their sacred motto of “No New Taxes,” are beholden to Grover Norquist, the tin god who convinced so many Republicans to sign his “no-tax” pledge. They are also united by a deep-seated contempt for President Obama. They were enraged when he was first elected, even more enraged by his re-election. The Tea Party is dedicated to making Obama look bad by nixing anything he proposes in a constant jeering chorus of “Nays.” One of those naysayers is the titular head of the Tea Party, our “very own” Rep. Michele Bachmann, who squeaked through in the last election thanks hugely to campaign bucks from super-rich outstate organizations. One of the bullying tactics of the Tea Prty is to challenge moderate, intelligent, rational Republicans in primaries, replacing them with zanies – many of whom, fortunately, lost elections thanks to voters, including some right-wing ones, who rightly view such candidates as beyond the pale. There is a bloc of about 50 Tea Party folks in the U.S. House who strong-arm their fellow Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, into giving the thumbsdown on anything proposed by the Obama camp. How sad it is for America this damaging obstructionism will continue. It will likely sink any progress toward the upcoming debt-ceiling resolution (as happened in 2011, thus deflating the nation’s credit rating). Tea Party obstructionism will also probably put the kabosh on gun control, immigration reform, tax-code changes, cleanenergy proposals, reasonable spending cuts and longoverdue infrastructure improvements. The Tea Party doesn’t just want to limit government; it wants to weaken or destroy it by undermining representative democracy. These perpetual naysayers are not fit to govern us. They are not part of the solution; they are the problem. Wouldn’t it be nice if these mule-headed politicians would have enough sense to heed the prescient warning of Bob Dylan when, a half century ago, he sang these words: Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, Don’t block up the hall. For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled. There’s a battle outside And it’s ragin.’ It’ll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin.’

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Mailbox brings rude reminders of mortality These days, at my age, I’m leery when I approach my mailbox. I never know what nasty surprise awaits me there. This week it was an offer for a free hearing test. Last week there were several offers for pre-planned burials and a bunch of pitches for life-insurance policies. The week before that it was an offer from the Lakes Area Cremation Society. I haven’t even kicked the bucket yet and already somebody wants to torch me. Yikes. In the upper-left corner on the back of the large-sized postcard is a photo of a graying couple. A little girl is hugging the man around his neck. The man and woman both have their eyes closed? Are they dead? Ready for the flames? Below the decrepit couple are four box options to check: 1. I would like to hear how Lakes Area Cremation Society and Purple Cross can help with this decision. 2. I am interested in how the Trust is protected from nursing homes. 3. Easy payment plans available. 4. I am interested in a green burial. What, I’d like to know, is a “green” burial? It sounds a wee bit better than terminal incineration. There should have been a fifth box on that card, one that says, “I am not interested in being burned or

Dennis Dalman Editor buried just yet, thank you.” On the front of the card is another old couple, but unlike the couple on the back, these two look fairly chipper and cheerful. I suppose we are to think they are happy, now that they’d made the big decision to go up in smoke. To the left of the couple, it says, “For some people ‘the traditional’ funeral just never seemed right. For those preferring cremation, we can help!” Gee, aren’t they kind? Aren’t they caring? Oh, sure, they can help, all right. They can light the match after I finish making those easy payment plans. Ah, the indignities of old age. Just because some of us baby boomers are turning 65, does that give all these mail-box hucksters the right to assume we are all at death’s door? Shame on them. I remember Dad used to rage against the thought of people trying to make money off of someone’s dead body. He always vowed he would be buried in a wooden crate. Poor Dad. He didn’t get his wish. It’s illegal to just go bury somebody

in the backyard. Dad, like Mom, was cremated. My oldest brother, Jimmy, was buried with his carpentry tools, including his pencil tucked behind his ear. His wife and kids insisted on it. Oh, well, when it comes to the rituals of death, each to his own. Another brother, Michael, was cremated, which he had requested. Dad, Mom, Jimmy and Michael all had one thing in common. They were forever cracking macabre but funny jokes about death. In that respect, they were very like the Irish who have a knack for ridiculing death and even celebrating it at boozy wakes. I have to admit I did get a few chuckles out of the cremation offer, especially a return address on it that reads, “M-spark - ignite results” of Helena, Ala. Ignite results, indeed! Well, I have news for the M-spark folks: You’re not going to make a crispy critter out of me. Not yet! Meantime, getting the mail is no fun anymore. It’s rarely checks and never a love letter. It’s mainly bills, along with these rude reminders of decrepitude and mortality. What cruel surprise next awaits me in that box? The mailbox, I mean. Will I soon find in it a hip-replacement package? Or worse, a can of kerosene and a book of matches – a do-it-yourself cremation kit?

From the Bench:

Minnesota is a leader in victims’ rights Crime victims have rights. It’s the law in Minnesota. Chapter 611A of the Minnesota Statutes is entitled “Crime Victims: Rights, Programs, Agencies.” The first provisions were enacted by the state legislature in 1983. In the intervening years, this chapter has been expanded and revised. The provisions of Minn. Stat. 611A address victims of both adult and juvenile offenders. A crime victim may be “heard” at multiple stages of a criminal prosecution. Crime victims have the right to be advised by prosecutors (the attorneys for the State) of a plea agreement and to voice objections at the plea hearing. Crime victims have the right to be heard at sentencing hearings. Sometimes the victim presents his or her comments in writing, sometimes in person and sometimes through the comments of the prosecutor. The crime victim is typically contacted as well by probation officers in the course of completing a pre-sentence investigation report for the court before the sentencing hearing. In addition, a crime victim may seek restitution for

Ann Carrott District Court Judge monetary damages or losses due to the defendant’s criminal conduct. If an offender is sent to jail or prison, a crime victim may request notification of the offender’s upcoming release. Many prosecutors have victim/witness staff in their offices. Victim advocates routinely attend court proceedings to monitor the progress of cases and communicate with crime victims. The state legislature established a Crime Victims Reparation Board. That board provides compensation to crime victims for economic loss when the crime victim suffers personal injury or a person is injured when engaged in a “good-faith effort” to prevent a crime or to apprehend a person suspected of having committed a crime. The person seeking reparation must apply to the

board and then a determination is made as to whether the applicant qualifies and how much reparation is reasonable. Frequently, the reparation board will seek restitution from the offender for money paid out to the victim. In addition, to direct crime victim services and programs, mediation and restorative-justice programs may be established to create alternative options for victims to resolve issues with offenders. Restorative-justice programs have been successful in many communities. Crime victims and offenders meet with criminal justice professionals and discuss the impact of the crime on the victim. The goal is to reduce recidivism and prevent further victimization. This has had profound personal impact on many offenders and victims. The State of Minnesota has been a leader in the recognition of victims’ rights during the past 25 years. If you are a crime victim, know your rights. The Hon. Ann L. Carrott is a Seventh District Court Judge chambered in Douglas County.

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Friday, Jan. 4 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit


Saturday, Jan. 5 Citizen meeting with Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel, 11 a.m.-noon, Café Renaissance, 2140 Frontage Road N., Waite Park.

WHEREAS, on Dec. 6, 2012, the City Council for the City of St. Joseph adopted Ordinance 45, entitled” Storm Water Utility”; and

Monday, Jan. 7 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

WHEREAS, the proposed amended prescribes the purpose, need and structure for creating and maintaining a Storm Water Utility and collecting a fee for the utility.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 55+ Driver improvement course, four-hour refresher course, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-(888)234-1294. A Matter of Balance, 9-11 a.m., today and Jan. 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 and 31, Realife Cooperative at Mueller Gardens, 6670 Northwood Lane, St. Cloud. 320-229-4591. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Wednesday, Jan. 9 St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. www.stjosephchamber. com. Thursday, Jan. 10 St. Joseph Holiday Tree Collection. The city refuse contractor will collect holiday trees curbside. Trees must be free of all decorations, bags and stands. Blood drive, noon.-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit 55+ Driver improvement course, four-hour refresher course, 5-9 p.m.. Gilleland Chevrolet, 3019 Division St., St. Cloud. 1-(888)-234-1294. St. Joseph Action Group, 7 p.m., American Legion, St. Joseph. 363-7666. “Oklahoma,” performed by Homeschool Theatre, a group of home-educated youth from central Minnesota, 7 p.m., Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. Friday, Jan. 11 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 610 North County Road 2, St. Joseph. Bingo party, a matching grant event sponsored by Catholic United Financial, 6-9 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, Collegeville. All proceeds go to religious education. “Oklahoma,” performed by Homeschool Theatre, a group of home-educated youth from central Minnesota, 7 p.m., Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud.


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WHEREAS, the City of St. Joseph desires to publish the Ordinance by Summary Publication; and


1. The City Council has reviewed the proposed Summary Publication and finds the summary of the Ordinance clearly informs the public of the intent and effect of the Ordinance.

2. The City of St. Joseph directs the City Administrator to publish the Ordinance by Summary Publication.

Adopted this 6th day of December 2012, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed. CITY OF ST. JOSEPH

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1. The City Council has reviewed the proposed Summary Publication and finds the summary of the Ordinance clearly informs the public of the intent and effect of the Ordinance.

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Adpopted this 6th day of December 2012, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed. CITY OF ST. JOSEPH Rick Schultz, Mayor Judy Weyrens, Administrator Publish: Jan. 4, 2013

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Loso and Renee Symanietz defeat challengers Matt Killam, Troy Goracke and Tom Gustafson. St. Joseph resident Allen Dahlgren is elected to the St. Cloud School Board. The city leaves the St. Cloud Regional Human Rights Commission. St. Joseph was the only area city to join the commission in the

Diane Moeller, principal of Kennedy Community School, announces she will leave the school for six months for an assignment with the St. Cloud School District. Moeller will take over assistant superintendent Julia Espe’s duties as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She will serve from Jan. 2-June 30. She’s been Kennedy’s principal for 14 years. A record snowfall drops more than 11 inches of snow Dec. 9. The snowfall broke the record of Dec. 9, 1961, which amounted to 5.1 inches, according to St.

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 Cloud State University meteorologist Bob Weisman. The College of St. Benedict doubles its annual donation to the city from $15,000 to $30,000. The Minnesota Street Market adds jam sessions to the store at the suggestion of member Marilyn Krzenski. She and her son David organize the sessions. The next jam session is Jan. 8. Sessions are 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Poetry shines in December with two residents sharing their work. Charles “Charlie” Preble debuts his work in “The Ruffed Grouse,” a collection of poetry that touches on various areas including nature and social justice. Preble found poetry in his 70s and isn’t looking back. Poet and author Susan Sink sat down with the St. Joseph Newsleader to talk about her latest book, “Habits.” It’s a collection of 100-word stories that chronicle the lives of the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict. Sink was once the communications director for the nuns and learned much about their journeys. Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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