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Keep your pet healthy and keep yourself healthy, too — owning a pet is literally good for you. Veterinarian Nancy Altena, Companions Animal Hospital, will share tips for keeping the furriest member of your family as healthy as possible during “PAWS-itively Healthy” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Registration required. For more information, visit and click on Crier.

Preprinted tax forms not available at libraries

Preprinted tax return forms will not be available at area libraries in 2014. The library is discontinuing the provision of preprinted tax forms due to difficulties in obtaining forms and instructions. Federal and state agencies are encouraging people to complete their tax returns online. Preprinted tax forms will be available from government revenue departments by request. The IRS toll-free number to request forms and publications is 1-800-8293676. The Minnesota Revenue toll-free number to request tax forms is 1-800-652-9094. Taxpayers continue to have the option of printing tax forms using library equipment.

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‘Fore! Gone’ book talks about St. John’s golf course by Cori Hilsgen

Did you know St. John’s University used to have a golf course? The course is described in author Joe Bissen’s book called “Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999.” The book describes more than 80 abandoned courses in Minnesota, including the one at SJU and another that was at one time located in St. Cloud. It was called “Hillside Golf Course” and operated from 1930-45. “I did not write about the more than two dozen courses that have been abandoned since 2000, as I wanted to keep the book more historical in nature,” Bissen said. Bissen said SJU occupies a distinct position in Minnesota golf history. He believes it’s one of only two colleges or universities in the state that had its own golf course. The University of Minnesota-Bolstad course is

the other. The SJU course is described in his book in Chapter 26, “The Old College Try.” Much of the information Bissen used in his book about the SJU course is attributed to a book entitled “Scoreboard: A History of Athletics at St. John’s University,” published by Dunstan Tucker and Martin Schirber in the late 1970s. Tucker and Schirber gleaned much of their information from the archives of the St. John’s campus newspaper, The Record. They indicated the course occupied an area of the north lower campus, close to Stumpf Lake. An entry of Tucker and Schirber attributes the following statement to an April 1926 issue of The Record: “Every afternoon a cavalcade of students with caddies, bags and camp followers wend their photo contributed by St. John’s University Archives way to the hill. The present The St. John’s University golf course once located on its camcourse is in an ideal location pus was one of 35 Minnesota courses that closed during the Golf • page 5 Great Depression years.

Fire destroys part of SJU paint shop by Cori Hilsgen

A paint shop built on the southwest side of St. John’s University campus was recently damaged by fire. A sign on the building states it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Director of Media Relations Michael Hemmesch said the fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. The St. John’s

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Student artwork will be judged in four grade groups: kindergarten through third, fourthsixth, seventh-ninth, 10th-12th. Submitted artwork must feature a native North American waterfowl species. Three first-, three second- and three third-place, along with 16 honorable mentions will be awarded in each age group. A Best of Show entry will be selected from the 12 first-place winners and entered in the national contest held in April. The national winner’s artwork is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp each year. The stamp is available for $5, with proceeds used to support conservation education and contest awards. Entries must be postmarked by March 15. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

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Fire Department responded, and Avon and St. Joseph fire departments were also called to assist. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. Hemmesch said a cause of the fire and estimate of damages are unknown at this time. The building was designed by Fr. Raphael Knapp, OSB, and constructed in 1912. It was originally designed as a laundry and currently houses the paint and finishing department of SJU.

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At left: A large pile of debris from a St. John’s University paint shop fire is shown by the building. The fire damaged about twothirds of the building.

BMX racing mentor Cheryl Post dies of cancer by Cori Hilsgen

Cheryl Post, a local BMX racing mentor recently died after battling stage 4 melanoma for the past year. Post, 53, was diagnosed April 2013 and died at her home. She and her husband, Mark, were active with mentoring BMX racers. BMX is a type of off-road bicycle racing whose format was modeled from motocross racing. Races are sprint races done on off-road tracks.

Post’s daughter, Alise, is a professional racer and a U.S. Olympian who competed in the 2012 Olympics held in London. The Posts played a large role in opening the Pineview Park BMX in 1999 and Mark is the track operator. The park was Post • page 2 contributed photos

Inset photo, Cheryl Post. Westin Hiltner (right) stands with Cheryl Post’s daughter, Alise, who is a professional racer and who competed at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Sister Martina (Agatha) Schindler, OSB St. Joseph, Minn. July 17, 1926 – Jan. 17, 2014

Sister Martina (Agatha) Schindler, 88, of St. Joseph, died Jan. 17 at St. Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud. Her funeral was held Jan. 22 in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery.Schindler was born July 17, 1926, to Henry and Theresa (Reischl) Schindler in St. Wendel, Minn. She attended St. Joseph Parish School and St. Benedict’s High School. Schindler entered St. Benedict’s Monastery on Nov. 1, 1946, made first monastic profession on July 11, 1948, and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1951.A graduate of St. Benedict’s Hospital School of Nursing in Ogden, Utah, Schindler was licensed as a registered nurse. She also studied at Weber College in Ogden; College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph; St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H. and


St. John’s University, Collegeville. Schindler’s healthcare ministry involved a number of clinical areas at St. Benedict’s Hospital in Ogden, where she also served as outpatient admission coordinator. In addition, she was director of nursing at St. Raphael’s Home, St. Cloud, and staff nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital. In 1991, Schindler was called home to St. Benedict’s Monastery where she took on responsibilities in the dining room, the sewing room and in care of plants. In 1995, she began part-time work in the monastery archives. Schindler moved to St. Scholastica Convent in 2007 where she continued to serve through a ministry of prayer and community living. Survivors include the members of her Benedictine community, three brothers: John, Alphonse and Albert, all of St. Joseph, and two sisters: Sister Dalene Schindler, OSB, of St. Scholastica Convent and Magdalene Schindler, St. Joseph. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Sister Elaine Schindler, OSB, and her brother Joseph. Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict Retirement Fund.

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Post from front page dedicated to the Posts by the City of St. Cloud last summer because of their many contributions. A USA BMX tribute to Post quotes her talking about their passion for the sport. She said they started racing when their son, Nick was 14 and Alise was 6. Three months after their children started racing, the Posts began looking into starting the track and 14 years later were still at the park even though they no longer had any children

racing there. Post said they were mom and dad to about 100-150 kids each night at the park. Local brothers Westin and Trentin Hiltner met Post while racing at the track. Westin, 11, started competing when he was 5, and Trentin, 6, started when he was 3. Trentin still races. “She helped me so much when I was 4,” Trentin Hiltner said. “She held me at the gate. She was awesome.” USA BMX said Post will long be remembered for her enthusiasm for the sport and encouragement to each and every rider she met.

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Local brothers (left to right) Trentin Hiltner, 6, and Westin Hiltner, 11, raced at the Pineview Park BMX, which Mark and Cheryl Post were instrumental in helping start. Trentin still races there.


People Calvin Birr, son of Joy and Leon Birr and grandson of Betty and Leonard Walz, all of St. Joseph, and grandson of Mary Birr, St. Cloud, recently earned for fall semester the distinguished honor and academic achievement of a grade-point average of 3.5 or more, which places him toward the top of all of the enrolled undergraduates in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University - Phoenix.

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If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 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.

Dec. 24 5:46 p.m. Custody. Baker Street E. Complainant called in a custody dispute because the father of her child took the child and did not return him at the agreed upon time. She stated there is no legal custody agreement in place. Officer recommended she contact her county social worker to assist in putting a formalized custody agreement in place. She was advised there was no criminal activity at this time, but the officer would do a report. Dec. 25 11:51 a.m. Motor vehicle crash. CR 134/CR 75. A vehicle driven by a 23-year-old male from St. Joseph was driving eastbound on CR 75 when he lost control of the car and began to spin. He hit a vehicle driven by a 72-year-old female from St. Cloud who was stopped in the left turn lane at the intersection of CR 134. She was treated at the scene by St. Joseph Fire and Rescue and transported to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. Dec. 26 3:52 p.m. Snowmobile. Iverson Street W. Complainant called to report their neighbor driving a snowmobile through the kids’ park and yards. Complainant asked him not to drive so erratically and the neighbor said he didn’t care and would not stop.

5:09 p.m. Animal. Cedar Street E. Officer dispatched to contain stray dog. Complainant holding dog stated she found the dog at approximately 3:30 p.m. near the three-way stop on First Avenue NE. Dog appeared to be a male Labrador retriever with a black collar and shock collar attached. No identification on the dog. The dog was secured and fed. St. Joseph dog capture form filled out. Dec. 27 9:44 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. 19th Avenue NE. Officer observed three vehicles parked on the south side of the building. One of the vehicles had its lights on and was running. Door to business was unlocked as well. Found employee, new owner inside. He stated he just bought the business and is in the process of moving into the building. Dec. 29 2:52 a.m. Warrant. CR 3/CR 75. During traffic stop, a passenger in the vehicle was identified by his driver’s license. He had a confirmed Stearns County warrant. He was placed under arrest on the warrant and transported to Stearns County jail. Another passenger was identified by her Minnesota ID card. It was run through dispatch and it showed she had a felony warrant for fifth-degree controlled substance. She was arrested and transported to the Stearns County jail. 5:34 p.m. Medical. Sixth Avenue SE. Officer arrived on scene to find complainant sitting on a couch holding a bucket. She stated she was fine yesterday and was sick today and thought she needed to be hooked up to an IV. Officer stayed until Gold Cross ambulance arrived on scene and transported her to St. Cloud Hospital.

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Student Spotlight: Jacob Richter is an avid outdoorsman by Cori Hilsgen

J a c o b Richter is an active teenager – an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, ar- contributed photo chery and Richter other activities. He is also an athlete and plays hockey and baseball. Richter, 13, is in seventhgrade at Kennedy Community School. He is the son of Ladawna Ruth and Jeff Richter. He has one brother – Darryn, 5. Fun Facts about Jacob Richter : Favorite subject: Math “I enjoy crunching num-

bers,” Richter said. Activities he is involved with: Hockey, baseball, hunting, fishing, archery and trap shooting. Richter has played hockey for eight years. He plays defense. He has played baseball for the last two years and is a catcher for the team. “Being active is the best part of sports,” Richter said. Favorite leisure activity: Hunting, fishing, playing hockey, trap shooting and being outdoors. Richter does not favor being indoors, but would rather be active outdoors. He likes having quiet time by himself when he is outdoors. One of his favorite outdoor activities is fishing with his father and grandfather in the winter and summer. He has the best luck

early in both seasons. He also does trap shooting of clay pigeons behind his grandparents’ house in the country. Favorite movie: “Miracle” “Because it’s about hockey,” Richter said. Favorite music: Country Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings “Because I like hot wings,” Richter said. Favorite food: Hot wings

Favorite thing he likes to help other people do: Helping his grandfather split wood. Richter spends time helping his grandpa, “Ray,” split wood by hand and with a wood splitter. He also helps do yard work, recycles metals and does other jobs around the house. Favorite quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky What he wants to do when

he graduates: Go to college and possibly study agriculture Something he would change if he could: Eliminate school on Fridays What he would like to be doing five years from now: Graduating from high school The thing he likes best about St. Joseph: “Everyone is friendly,” Richter said.

St John’s Prep wins Knowledge Bowl meet by Cori Hilsgen

A St. John’s Prep School team was champion at the central Minnesota Knowledge Bowl invitational that took place Jan. 18 at Eden Valley-Watkins.

The meet included 52 teams that competed in varsity and junior-varsity divisions. Competition included a 60-question written round and four 45-question oral rounds. St. John’s Prep Team 1, with students Evan Morrison,

Tom Skahen, Alivia Tacheny and Steph Haeg, placed first at the varsity level. Sartell Team 1 placed second and Albany Team 1 placed third. St. John’s Prep placed first and second, and Sartell placed third at the junior-varsity level.

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Asseln’s art blends line between photography-painting

photos by Dennis Dalman

Above: Randy Asseln stands next to his photo of a ship in Duluth harbor hung above the guest book for his one-man show at the Great River Art Gallery in Little Falls. At right: this lateevening photo of Lake Osakis evokes a placid, restful mood in the viewer. by Dennis Dalman

Randy Asseln’s friends don’t know whether to call him a photographer or a painter. But that’s OK. Because Asseln is equally adept as a keen taker of photos and as an artist with a digital palette. Asseln, a St. Stephen resident, is the subject of a oneman art show entitled “Minnesota On Canvas,” which will be on display until March 1 at the Great River Arts Center in downtown Little Falls. The exhibit features 55 of Asseln’s photos and photo-paintings. What’s unusual about his art is he prints his photographs on artist canvas, including some that are very large. The result lends a “paintMatching Grant

erly” look to the stunning images: many views of the Split Rock Lighthouse near Duluth, a series of hockey arena photos, a series of pelicans, and several eye-popping sunsets and sunrises. Then there are Asseln’s photo-paintings. What he does is put the photo into his computer. Then, using the photo as a kind of outline of what effects he wants to achieve, he uses his computer “paintbrush” and palette of colors to alter (or perhaps emphasize is a better word) the reality of the photographic image. He changes colors, adds light and dark areas, enhances the depth of field. What results is a stunning transformation of what Asseln first saw through the lens of his camera. An example is “Old

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Willie,” a photo-painting of an old jeep he photographed on a patch of grass near Anton’s restaurant in Waite Park. Using his “paintbrush,” Asseln added bright, almost feverish colors so the image has been morphed almost into a cherished memory of the jeep and its surroundings. The bright pastel colors add a twinge of otherworldly nostalgia the original photo lacked. Showstoppers Two of Asseln’s “showstoppers” are two huge photos of the twisted, gnarled tree at Gooseberry Falls on the Lake Superior North Shore. The photos are veritable symphonies of shapes and autumnal colors that look so painterly many museum-goers have asked Asseln, “Is that a painting or a photo?” They seem surprised when he tells them, “No, that’s not one of my photo-paintings. It’s a photo.” The texture of the canvas on which the photo is printed is what gives the work – and most of Asseln’s other works – the look of an oil-oracrylic painting. Another showstopper that causes some museum visitors to gasp audibly is a photo of a sunset at the mouth of the Broule River at Lake Superior. The entire large canvas almost hurts the eyes with its vast expanse of radiant orange-yellow-pink colors. There is the sky, the river water and a spit of land jutting into the picture

horizontally. On the spit of land is the sillohuette of teepee-like poles sticking up, put there by teenagers. The work, which is also a photo not a painting, resembles – almost – a purely abstract painting. Two of Asseln’s other large-scale standouts are a crowded fleet of boats clustered at a sailboat dock at early sunrise on Lake Pepin and the photo of a ship ghostly gliding under the lift-bridge at Duluth harbor. An entire wall of the Little Falls art gallery is reserved for Asseln’s series of hockey photo-paintings. The images were taken of the five final Minnesota college teams in the Western Hockey Association, which dissolved last year. All of the photos were taken of the players in arenas when the National Anthem was playing. Again, Asseln’s added colors lend to the images a nostalgic twinge or two. Giant printing It takes him anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to do one digital photo-painting. Asseln lists the advantages of his unique kind of photography-painting. First of all, the canvases are so light and portable. Even the largest can be mounted on the wall using a single ordinary nail. Second, there is not glare from glass covering the photos. Third, it gives the “painterly” look to images. Fourth, the canvas and ink on it will last

at least 200 years. And fifth, Asseln loves the printing process itself. He has a printer 44 inches wide, which uses an inkjet printing process. Asseln came by his technique in an indirect, roundabout, interesting way. When his kids were grown and left the house 10 years ago, he decided to enlarge a photo of his son Jeff’s Sartell hockey team after it won a tournament in Little Falls. He was not happy with the enlargement and tried several other attempts. No go. He almost gave up. That is, until he discovered via Internet a group of engineers in the Netherlands who had developed a way to massively enlarge tiny little photos taken on cell phones. Asseln decided to email the engineers, asking them how he could enlarge a photo to a crystal-clear image at a dimension of 2 x 3 feet. They replied, saying they thought they could help him. They sent Asseln more information, and he was impressed by the “fantastic” results. It didn’t take him long to buy the software from the Dutch engineers. And he’s been happily printing ever since for his own collection and for those who want to buy canvas prints and or photo-paintings from him. “I work at it a few hours every night,” Asseln said. “It’s very relaxing, and I have the time; I don’t watch TV.” A knack for art It’s no surprise Asseln would be so drawn to art works involving a printer. After all, he’s been an electronic trouble-shooter for the printing equipment for the USA Today newspaper at its Maple Grove plant for many years. Born in Lincoln, Neb., he moved with his family to Osakis when his parents bought the “Head of the Lakes” resort on the north shore of Lake Osakis. He graduated from Osakis High School in 1971. “I always had an artistic ability as a kid,” he said. “I remember I drew all the U.S. presidents with pencil. I did a lot of cartoon characters too. I also fished every day on Lake Asseln • page 8

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Golf from front page and with some improvements can easily be the best desired.” Bissen said it is clear golf was being played on the SJU campus by 1925 or 1926. The layout of the course was improved with the assistance of Archie Houle, assistant professional at the White Bear Yacht Club, in the fall of 1926. Houle was the brother of SJU football coach Bill Houle. Bissen said Archie Houle would have been employed by Tom Vardon, the most distinguished designer of Minnesota golf courses in the first half of the 20th Century. “The course had a checkered history,” Bissen said. “It was sprinkled both with a collection of avid collegian golfers and, at times, the hoof prints and back-end deposits of cattle that grazed the grounds. By 1933, with interest in the game declining and with the Great Depression setting in – the Depression and the effects of World War II claimed more than 35 Minnesota golf courses – the St. John’s campus course disappeared. An attempt to revive the course in 1955 proved ill-fated.” When describing the SJU golf course, Bissen said one of his favorite passages was an account of the 1955 attempted revival of the course through the Tucker and Shirber account as it was told by the former St. John’s athletic director George Durenberger. “Work progressed slowly but surely. The workmen brought along their chain saws and opened up a fairway through the woods, though much of the area was clear. My son, David, remembers the Durenberger family out on the course evenings picking up stones,



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St. Joseph Newsleader • brush, etc. “Then came the letters. One said God had been good to St. John’s for ninety-nine years and we must not do anything to offend him. Another wrote golf was a game only for the wealthy people, so we would be doing our students an injustice, since most of them are poor, by creating an interest and skills for a game economically beyond their means. Another objected to the picnic area: ‘If we permit this to happen, the grounds will be surrounded by women in short skirts.’ “Some of this rubbed off on Abbot Baldwin, as I was instructed to stop the work on the course for the sake of peace, and we did.” Bissen’s book includes information from the Tucker and Schirber account along with his own added information of the course. He has included more background and context about the designer of the course, Archie Houle. Bissen, 56, is a Caledonia native and former golf letter winner at Winona State University who studied mass communications with a journalism emphasis. He is a sports copy editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a former sports editor of the Duluth News-Tribune. A former SJU graduate and newspaper colleague of Bissen’s at the Duluth News-Tribune told him about the course. Bissen does freelance golf writing and has written about golf courses for more than 40 years. In 2010, he was asked by


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Author, Joe Bissen has included the St. John’s University golf course and the “Hillside Golf Course” of St. Cloud in his recent book, “Fore! Gone. Minnesota’s Lost Golf Courses, 1897-1999.” the Minnesota Golfer, which is published by the Minnesota Golf Association, to write a story about lost courses of the Twin Cities. Bissen said he did so and was hooked on the subject. “I did casual research for the next two years and in July 2012 decided to dive into the topic headlong and write a book,” Bissen said. “Many dozens of road trips and library visits, hundreds of phone calls and emails and thousands of Google searches later, “Fore! Gone.” is the result.”


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Gates Foundation a big plus for helping the world’s people Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is not only a billionaire – he’s also an extremely generous philanthropist, a global visionary and a myth-buster. In this day and age, when we hear so much about greedy Wall Street crooks and irresponsible corporate plunderers, it’s refreshing to read about someone like Gates – a rich man with a global conscience who puts his money where his mouth is. In the late 1990s, Gates and his wife formed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment fund of almost $40 billion. Besides donating much of their own wealth, the foundation has been strengthened by more than $1 billion from another rich man, Warren Buffett. Many others – businesses and individuals – have contributed to the foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors many programs to help save the world’s poor from death and debilitating poverty, both at home and abroad. There are programs to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and polio. Immunizations are a big part of the ongoing successes. The foundation also funds research into widespread tropical diseases that kill so many people. In addition, there are programs for financial aid, agricultural development, hygiene and sanitation and many programs for educational enhancement in the United States and elsewhere. On a Jan. 21 TV appearance on the “Morning Joe” show, Gates discussed several myths that need to be debunked. Myth 1: The United States throws away too much money on foreign aid. Truth: This nation spends less than 1 percent on foreign aid. Less than 2 percent of the money and other forms of aid that are given end up diverted into fraud schemes. The aid, Gates said, has done wonders to help the people in poor countries through the decades. Myth 2: There is no hope for Third World poor countries as they keep going from bad to worse. Truth: Wretched poverty has improved in most countries in the world in just the past couple of decades, especially in the formerly poor countries of China, Mexico and Brazil. Open markets combined with foreign assistance and trade have drastically decreased the rates of abject poverty. Myth 3: The more children saved from death will lead to massive increases in population and thus, more misery, in Third World countries. Truth: Gates said a surprising fact is health improvements and children being spared from poverty and forms of death actually decrease population because parents tend to have more children when they see so many of their children dying. As usual, some of these myths have been perpetrated by cynics or those who don’t believe we have a responsibility to help our fellow human beings. Thank goodness for philanthropists like the Gateses, like Buffett, like Bono and many others who are rich and generous, visionary and determined to make the world better. And, not to forget, we who are not rich can also make huge differences, collectively, through even the smallest of donations and volunteer efforts. There is indeed hope for this weary world. That hope resides in each and every one of us.

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Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Opinion Parental ghosts pop up for sweet revenge When my bloated gas bill arrived the other day, I just about fainted. “Well, (expletive deleted)!” I said out loud in a clenched-teeth growl. “Just can’t win! They gotcha comin’, they gotcha goin.’ It’s one thing after another. What next?!” At that moment, I felt as if I’d been struck my lightning. In that flash, I knew my dead Dad lives. I was startled; I sounded just like him. He’s been reincarnated. Into me! His cantankerous ghost was afoot, and I was channeling his voice, his words. Spooky. It’s so strange how our departed parents resurface. They’re waiting in the wings, teasing us, surprising us, popping up when least expected, playing peek-a-boo as we discover, with an odd mixture of dread and delight, we are them. Their sweet revenge. Once upon a time, I used to think my parents were hopeless. So uncool. They’d get tears in their eyes watching the Lawrence Welk Show. What squares. They hated early rock ‘n’ roll and later complained when we kids played Beatles, Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Come on now, jeez, how dumb can you get? Mom, a farm girl from Benson, graduated from St. Cloud Teachers’ College (SCSU now) and worked as a grade-school teacher until she met Garrett “Mike” Dalman, a musicloving auto-mechanic and life-lovingsometimes-grumpy wild card. They had six kids. Ma was a housewife, but in later years she worked as a clerk in several stores. Born in Maple Lake, Dad was a fun-loving but hard-working man who loved playing violin, clarinet and saxophone when he wasn’t working

Dennis Dalman Editor on everybody’s cars – except ours. He enjoyed his snorts of brandy – too much so – but he never missed a day of work in his life. He worked hard, played hard. He was a member of an old-time band and sometimes sat in as a clarinet player with the St. Cloud Municipal Band when they’d play in the 1950s in the bandshell in St. Cloud’s Barden Park, a block north of our house. Mom and Dad loved to go out on weekends, especially when Dad was playing at some ballroom or another. We kids loved it, too, because when they were away, we mice would play. The house was all ours and – oh boy! – did we let loose. We’d rearrange the furniture and play a hooligan game of house tag, leaping like monkeys from one piece of furniture to the next, using the beds as trampolines, having pillow fights, sneaking snorts of Dad’s brandy that he dumbly hid in the most obvious corner of the kitchen cupboard. Then, at the Pumpkin Hour, near 1 a.m. – quick, hurry up, they’ll be home soon! – we’d put the house back in order, sort of. Then we’d rush to our beds and pretend to be sleeping. Fake snores. Our complicit, naughty babysitters were always in on the fun and mayhem. In the morning, we’d wake up to a sweet variety of treats our parents would leave for us on the diningroom table: Snickers, Mars bars, Walnut Crush, Old Dutch chips. Sweet-

tooth rewards for being good kids? Oh, if they only knew. When I was in my 30s, I realized my gray-haired parents were smarter than I’d thought once upon a time. One day, I apologized for all the grief we kids caused them. “Golldarn it, sonny!” said Dad (he called everybody “sonny.”) “We did the same things when we were kids.” Mom flickered a mischievous smile. “Son-of-a-gun, have a snort!” said Dad, chuckling, pouring me a snifter of Petri’s brandy. The older I get, the more I miss my parents. I miss their humor, their voices, their lively conversations. When I was a pre-teen, so many late nights I would lay on the floor of my upstairs bedroom, next to the stovepipe vent, to overhear my parents having a roaring good time talking and laughing with their guests in the room below. The sound and mysterious meanings of adult conversation both puzzled and mesmerized me. I can still hear their voices channeled through me when I say: “You just never know.” “They gotcha comin’, they gotcha goin’.” “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.” “You just can’t win.” “NOW what?!” I can hear Mom’s weary sigh; I can hear Dad spit those phrases out in a kind of dog’s growl, usually preceeded or followed by a few scorching unprintables. I can just hear Mom saying: “Mike, watch your mouth!” In fact, I can still hear her saying it (“Denny, watch your mouth!”) every time I add a scorching word, just like Dad, to one of their sayings.

Letters to editor

Governor should support ‘Safe Routes to School’ David Tilstra, MD, CPE CentaCare Clinic President While controversial to some, Gov. Dayton took an important step recently to protect the safety of Minnesota children by canceling school due to the cold weather. That decision demonstrated the governor’s willingness to step up and take leadership for the health and welfare of our children. He also could help to protect the health and safety of Minnesota’s children by including $6 million in his bonding proposal to fund the infrastructure needed to support Safe Routes to School. We need to encourage our children to be physically ac-

tive every day. As a community, it’s important we provide our children safe opportunities to walk and bike. We can’t hold out an expectation of daily physical activity without providing safe alternatives for them to achieve that goal. While the immediate safety of our children is crucial, funding Safe Routes to School in the bonding bill also has a long-term impact on our children’s health. With childhood obesity rates tripling since 1980, we must make daily physical activity part of the routine for a lifetime. Walking and bicycling to school offer those opportunities. The health of Minnesota’s econo-

my is another persuasive reason for Gov. Dayton to support Safe Routes to School in his bonding bill this year. The American Heart Association estimates if current obesity trends continue, total health-care costs attributable to obesity could exceed $861 billion by 2030, which would account for at least 16 percent of U.S. health expenditures. Obesity is replacing tobacco use as one of the key cost-drivers behind escalating health-care costs. Gov. Dayton has the chance to make children’s health and safety a priority every day of the year by investing in Safe Routes to School.

Food shelf says thank you for freezer donation Ann Scherer, coordinator St. Joseph Community Food Shelf On behalf of the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf volunteers, as also those served, I wish to acknowledge

our heartfelt appreciation to Electrolux Home Products Corp. Recently they provided a much-needed new freezer at no charge. Here is yet another example of how businesses in the St. Cloud community continue to

provide assistance to those in need. And not unlike numerous times in the past, they do so without fanfare and attention seeking. Again, thank you!

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LEgal notICE City of St. Joseph Public Hearing The St. Joseph Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the St. Joseph City Hall, 25 College Ave. N. to consider a special use and variance to allow the operation of an events center at 31101 County Road 133, St. Joseph. The variance is being requested to relieve strict enforcement of the parking-lot regulations. St. Joseph Code of Ordinances 52.32 Subd. 4(j) requires issuance of a special-use permit for recreations services such as theaters, bowling establishments, and clubs and lodges. The proposed events center is similar in nature to the aforementioned. St. Joseph Code of Ordinances

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Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Tillemans movie to be shown on ‘Holocaust Remembrance Day’ by Dennis Dalman

“Never forget!” That is the oft-repeated advisory that followed the systematic butchery of Jews and Tillemans other “undesirables” and ethnic minorities during World War II in Europe. Larry Tillemans is one man who has dedicated a major part of his life to ensure people never forget what happened in those death camps. And now, Tillemans is getting help making his message travel far and wide. A documentary about him and his life’s work, entitled “The Typist,” will have a public showing at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at Atwood Center on the St. Cloud State University campus. The movie and a discussion afterward will be part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Jan. 27, the anniversary date of the liberation by the Allies of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945. One of the

people featured in “The Typist” is Dan Wildeson, director of the Holocaust and Education Center at SCSU. In the movie, Wildeson has high praises for Tillemans who single-handedly showed such determination to share the knowledge of what he knew about the horrors of the Holocaust. “The Typist” was also shown Jan. 23 at the St. Cloud Public Library. There will soon be showings of the film throughout the state and the nation. Tillemans, now 87, lived for years in St. Joseph but now lives in Country Manor in Sartell. Despite some health setbacks, he is as eager and willing as ever to keep talking about what he knows about the mass exterminations in Europe. Tillemans was a U.S. Army typist during the Nuremburg War Crimes trials that took place in Nuremburg, Germany after the war ended in 1945. He and other typists transcribed a virtual mountain of papers detailing evidence of unspeakable crimes revealed during the trials of Nazi criminals, many of them directly responsible for the “Final Solution,” a Nazi term for the systematic butch-


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ery of at least 6 million people in forced-labor camps and death camps in which so many people – men, women and children – were sent to their deaths in gas chambers. Tillemans was outraged and horrified by the evidence he learned about. That passionate determination to not let people forget has grown stron-

Asseln from page 4 Osakis. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.” After high school, Asseln earned a degree in electronics at the Willmar Technical Institute. Then he took a job at Fred’s TV Warehouse in St. Cloud. Later, he met his wifeto-be, Peggy Schuneman of St. Stephen. They dated for 18 years before finally getting married. They’ve lived in St. Stephen for 33 years and have two sons: Jason, 34, and Jeff, 30. Asseln and his wife love to go on trips that almost always involve Asseln’s love of pho-

ger in him as the years have passed. Tillemans is saddened by the fact many young people don’t seem to know about the Holocaust. He is angry some so-called scholars and even a recent leader of Iran claim the Holocaust never happened. “The Typist” was produced by Chuck Czech, a producer from a public television station

in Austin, who happened to learn about Tillemans when he and his wife were having dinner at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph. The film was made with the help of co-producer and freelancer David Klassen. It took them three years to complete.

tography. “We love going to the North Shore and also love it here, right on the Mississippi River,” he said. Asseln, like any nature photographer, well knows the value of quietude and patience. “There are only about eight minutes in a day when there is ideal light for outdoor photography,” Asseln said. “Four minutes in the morning, four minutes at night. Those are the most opportune times, as a general rule, I mean.” At a photo scene, Asseln waits breathlessly for just those right moments. He takes hundreds of photos, snapping the shutter (usually with a remotecontrol device) over and over as the light rises or the light

dies. And voila, one of the hundreds of photos usually turns out to be the one that’s “just right.” The newly remodeled and expanded Great River Arts Gallery is located at 122 1st St. SE just a block south of Little Falls’ main street, Broadway. It is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Also at the gallery, now on display, are the paintings of three artists – Kathy Brand, Sandra Driscoll and Shelly Leitheiser. The dozens of canvases include mainly watercolors and acrylics of flowers, landscapes, exotic locales and surrealistic dreamscapes.

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