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Students share views on Freedom Wall Town Crier in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 4 Est. 1989

by TaLeiza Calloway

St. Cloud schools host open houses Register for Kennedy An open house to register to attend Kennedy Community School will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the school, located at 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. For parents unable to attend, registration is available Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at the Welcome Center, 3015 3rd St. N., St. Cloud. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 320-3637791 or 320-202-6897.

Register for Spanish immersion An open house to register for Spanish immersion classes will be held from 7 a.m.-6 pm. Monday, Jan 28 at Clearview Elementary, 7310 Hwy 24 SE, Clear Lake. For parents unable to attend, registration is available Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at the Welcome Center, 3015 3rd St. N., St. Cloud. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 320-743-2241 or 320-202-6897.

K of C to sponsor youth free-throw championship

All boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus free-throw championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, Jan. 27 at the St. Joseph Lab School Gym. Registration and practice is at 12:30 p.m., and the contest begins at 1 p.m. The Knights of Columbus freethrow championship is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district and state competition. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the statelevel competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For any additional information, call Mark Berg-Arnold at 320-363-1077.

Wreath removal, flag disposal set Feb. 2

Removal of the 3,200 wreaths placed Dec. 15 on grave sites to honor our country’s fallen veterans as well as a flag disposal ceremony will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Minnesota State Veterans’ Cemetery in Little Falls. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

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Victoria Adofoli, a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict, signs the freedom wall Jan. 20. Students were asked to share what freedom means to them on the wall in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

When it comes to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the word “freedom” rings through his efforts for racial equality. Students at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University reflected on his efforts this week – a week the school dedicated to honoring his memory on campus. A collaboration between the Cultural Affairs Board, the Intercultural Center and the Joint Events Board, the week included musical and comedic performances, a soul-food dinner, a talent showcase and the Freedom Wall, a wall where students shared what freedom means to them. The wall, a large blue sign with the words “Freedom Wall” on it, hung in the lounge area of the Gorecki Center on CSB’s campus Jan. 20. At the bottom of the sign were the words, “I Wall • page 3

Vora recalls expulsion from happy home into living hell by Dennis Dalman

World War II was officially over, but unthinkable atrocities and hideous suffering continued for the Wenzel family, along with an estimated 15 million others – mainly women and children. Despite the horrors they witnessed and endured, the Wenzels were lucky. They survived; an estimated two million German refugees did not. One of those survivors is Dr. Erika Vora, who was just a baby at the time. During a recent Sartell Senior Connection guest-speaker day, Vora shared many heartbreaking passages from her book, “The Will to Live: A German Family’s Flight from Soviet Rule.” Her spellbound audience was stunned – horrified and saddened by what they heard. Vora wrote the book, she said, out of a deep-seated compulsion to let people know of the terrible suffering during one of the biggest mass migrations in history. It is an atrocity

largely unknown by the general public. Vora’s book is based on extensive interviews with her mother, who for many years refused to talk about or even think about the terrors she and her daughters had endured. Anyone who reads Vora’s book will immediately understand why her mother tried so hard to force those horrifying memories from her mind. Vora is a professor of intercultural communications at St. Cloud State University and has taught and done research throughout the world, including in Taiwan, Germany and South Africa. She is the author of many scholarly studies about intercultural communication. Vora’s book recounts the harrowing journey of her mother, her three sisters and herself from Poland as the Soviet Army moved westward toward Germany – many of its soldiers plundering, raping and committing murderous atrocities along the way. At that time, millions of Germans had been born and lived in Eastern European countries,

including parts of Poland, because many of those countries had long been part of Prussia (“Germany” before World War I). After World War I, the map of Europe was redrawn according to the victors’ dictates, and anger over those new boundary lines were partly what caused the rise of the Nazis. The Wenzel family was born and raised on a farm in a Polish

village 170 miles east of Berlin, Germany. It was an idyllic farm life, and they loved their farm, which included a lake to enjoy. One terrible day, however, in January 1945, three months before the final collapse of Hitler’s Germany, Polish men stormed onto the Wenzel farm and ordered the mother and daughters out of the house. Vora • page 4

St. Joseph police chief announces retirement by TaLeiza Calloway

Aug. 22 is the last day Pete Jansky will serve as police chief in the City of St. Joseph. Jansky, 55, announced his retirement Jan. 17 during a city council meeting. Elected officials thanked him for his years of service. “We accept your resignation with regret,” St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz said.

Jansky wanted to inform council members early so planning can begin photo by TaLeiza Calloway to find his Chief Jansky replacement. Elected officials will determine the hiring process in the future. Jansky • page 4

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OB triage center opens to care for expectant mothers

When expectant mothers, who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, arrive at St. Cloud Hospital, they will now be welcomed into the newly expanded and enhanced OB Triage Unit. The triage area opened Jan. 7 and is located just off the center elevator on the third floor, next to the Family Birthing Center. If experiencing signs of labor, women should check in with Patient Access staff (Admitting/Registration) at the hospital’s South entrance before going to the OB Triage Unit to be assessed. If in labor, patients will be admitted to Labor and Delivery in the Family Birthing Center based on the physician’s direction.

St. Cloud Hospital’s Family Birthing Center wants babies to have the best possible start. Our physicians support and manage all types of births. They work closely with our Perinatology Clinic and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Family Birthing Center is located next to the NICU to keep new moms close to their babies if the newborns require specialized intensive care.

When to go to OB Triage Unit

Pregnant women should go to the Patient Access area (Admitting/ Registration) and then OB triage if experiencing: Contractions that are strong and regular, every five minutes, lasting 55-60 seconds; leaking fluid; decreased fetal movement; bleeding, more than “show” or spotting; and unusual concerns and are not comfortable at home.

About the OB Triage Unit

Six private rooms provide dedicated space for each patient and family member; nurses with specialized OB training provide rapid assessment; and family members and visitors will be able to enjoy a roomy lobby equipped with comfortable seating, a large-screen television and an ice/water dispenser.


Six St. Joseph students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They and their major are as follows: Justin Anderson, sopho-

more, studio art; Lauren Holan, sophomore, undeclared; Joseph Justin, sophomore, chemical engineering; Nicholas Maleska, freshman, undeclared; Ryan Schleper, senior, accounting; and Allison Vogt, sophomore, undeclared.

Nabisco is a six-year-old neutered German Shepherd who was surrendered because his previous owner had to go to a nursing home. A few years ago Nabisco was accidentally hit by a vehicle which hindered normal use of his back legs. He shows no signs of pain and we’re told he’s even been spotted sprinting happily across the yard! Nabisco may exhibit an interesting gait, but his happy go lucky attitude is far more noticeable. He is sure to make someone a very dear friend. Even though he previously lived outdoors, Nabisco keeps his kennel clean so he’d probably pick up on housetraining very quickly.

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emergencies or when your physician is detained.

Case management

Case managers assist with highrisk pregnancies. These registered nurses have special training in prenatal, high-risk obstetrics, labor, delivery and postpartum care. If you have complex needs, a case manager will assist in coordinating your care — before, during and after your delivery. A case manager will work with you and your provider to create a personalized birthing plan. Our Family Birthing Center cares for women in Central Minnesota with both high- and lowrisk pregnancies. Each year, we bring nearly 3,000 little miracles into the world.

In-house obstetrician coverage

Your provider can reach one of our board-certified obstetricians 24 hours a day. They are available to consult on your plan of care or referral to St. Cloud Hospital in

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If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or Tri-County 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. Dec. 16 3:58 p.m. Alarm. College Avenue S. Officer arrived on scene and all appeared secure. No fresh tracks in snow. Went in with keyholder and found a live box elder bug on the sensor. No problems inside. Cleared. Dec. 19 7:57 a.m. Found property. Seventh Avenue NW. Homeowner found two throwing-type dagger knives on her sidewalk. Items were placed in found property. 12:51 p.m. Juvenile problem. Jade Road. Officer spoke to a juvenile along with staff. Juvenile was misbehaving in class. 1:26 p.m. Warrant arrest. Elm Street E. Called in a suspicious person. Officer arrived and identified the male by his driver’s license. He

Bursch Travel Agency Inc. has acquired Modrick Cruises and Travel of Rapid City, S.D. Modrick is the largest travel agency in western South Dakota and has been a Rapid City business for more than 20 years. Fred Bursch, president of Bursch Travel, stated “Modrick Cruise and Travel presented an excellent expansion opportunity for our business with many synergies. They are known for their cruise expertise and its staff of accredited cruise counselors. We plan no changes in the staff or the office location on Mt. Rushmore Road, the busiest street in Rapid City.” Owners of Modrick Travel, Lisa and Mike Modrick, who have taken more than 50 cruises and are accredited Elite Cruise Counsel-


told the officer he had a warrant. Warrant was confirmed and he was transported to Stearns County jail where he was held for court. Dec. 20 7:35 a.m. Suspicious activity. Second Avenue NE. Woman reported seeing a white male with black coat and black hair walking in her bedroom and then down the hallway. Officer checked the entire house and was unable to locate anyone. No sign if forced entry and no footprints outside the house. Cleared. Dec. 21 8:55 p.m. Dog. Minnesota Street E. Man called to report he saw a husky walking down the sidewalk alone. He called the dog and brought the dog inside and called the police department. Officer picked up the dog. It had a harness collar on with vet tags and city dog tag. Officer took the dog to the office to try to find the owner. The owner showed up to report the dog missing and saw the dog in the back seat. Dog and owner reunited. Dec. 22 5:50 a.m. Verbal domestic. Cal-

ors, will continue to host cruise groups throughout the world. Lisa Modrick commented “We are excited to have been selected to join with Bursch Travel, the leading travel company in the Upper Midwest.” Bursch Travel has 15 locations in the Upper Midwest states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Nebraska including a location in Waite Park. A secondgeneration family business for almost 60 years, Bursch Travel is a strong believer in providing knowledgeable, local service to both corporate and leisure travelers. Bursch Travel is an American Express Representative Travel office, and has won the prestigious Rep Excellence award each of the last 10 years.

laway Street E. Caller is a guest and has two children who live at the address with her in her car in the driveway. Officers arrived and spoke to couple separately. Female was leaving with a friend. Male had a fat lip and some blood and bruising on the bridge of his nose. When asked what happened he stated he would not talk about it. All parties involved refused to give statements or cooperate with officers. No weapons were present and both were drinking. Parties were separated for the evening. 1:23 a.m. Assist person. Baker Street E. Mother called and requested an officer talk to her 6-year-old daughter about her behavior. Officer did so and cleared. Dec. 27 4 p.m. Burglary. College Avenue N. Male reported the walk-in door on the house he rents was kicked in. He was unaware of anything missing. Footprints showed the suspect looking in the house windows, walking in his camper and around a pontoon and jet ski. Suspect also broke a security light/ camera off the garage. Value of the light/camera is $120.

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Council approves Wall social-host ordinance


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by TaLeiza Calloway

St. Joseph City Council members adopted a social-host ordinance Jan. 17. Elected officials voted 4-1 to approve the law that holds people criminally responsible for hosting events or gatherings where people under the age of 21 possess or consume alcohol regardless of whether the event’s host supplied the alcohol. City Council member Renee Symanietz voted against the move. Under the vote that was taken, officials also approved a disruptive-intoxication law and a requirement for residents to apply for permits to have a keg at gatherings. In St. Joseph, no more than one keg may be located on a single property unit. The keg permit will cost $5. The disruptive-intoxication law states no person, while intoxicated, in a public place shall conduct him or herself so as to be a danger to themselves or others and or engage in a public disruption. Symanietz asked each ordinance be discussed separately but was overruled. She said she opposes the so-

cial-host ordinance because it can be costly to uphold. “I am against underage drinking,” Symanietz said. “It’s just this puts people on the hook for other people’s children. I just think its not a fair law.” St. Cloud has a social-host ordinance in place. In talking with residents and area citizens, Symanietz said it often comes down to the word of a minor against a property owner. She said she’s heard stories about the ordinance being contested and cities going to court. “I don’t think taxpayers should have to pay for that,” she said. “Charge the minor for drinking, but if the person didn’t supply it, they should not be on the hook for it.” St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens said the new rules will take effect March 1. St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky said the next step is working with the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University to get this new information to their students. “We’ll be working with the college to get information on their listserv,” Jansky said.

will be an agent of change.” As students and visitors passed by, student organizers asked if they wanted to sign the wall. Some were moved to sign without invitation. That’s what CAB member Ashley Yang wanted. The senior elementary education major was the lead organizer for the week of events. “We could’ve had students just sign their names,” Yang said. “ but we wanted them to think about what freedom means to them. For me, I hope this week allows students to challenge themselves and their views.” This is the first year the college put up the Freedom Wall and hosted events honoring Martin Luther King Jr., said Tiffany Vang, chair of CAB. In the past, the school has hosted a soul-food dinner but that was it, she said. The senior peace studies major said she was pleased with the turnout for the events that cost between $15,000 and $20,000 to pull off. “The Cultural Affairs Board felt it was needed and is important,” Vang said of commemorating King. ”We never really had anything to honor Martin Luther King. We decided this was the time to do something.” Students were glad they did.

‘I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!’

photo by Tara Wiese

This stop sign at the intersection of 16th Avenue SE and Minnesota Street needs a little help. Sometime during the past few weeks the top bolt gave way, creating a new message of “POTS” for motorists arriving at the corner. St. Joseph Public Works will no doubt right the sign shortly. “Equality for all.” “Being able to love who I want.” “Peace.” Those were just some of the written samples of what freedom means to students via their handwriting on the wall.

Cindy Gonzalez, student assistant for the Intercultural Center at CSB, was determined to sign the wall. “He did a lot,” Gonzalez said, “and not just for the black community but for all students of color.”

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Dr. Erika Vora autographs her books for well-wishers after her talk recently at a meeting of the Senior Connection in Sartell. Vora, as a baby, along with her mother and three sisters, survived a hellish journey of cold, hunger, fear, pain, horrors and utter deprivation right after World War II. against the Poles and others. make the brutally difficult trek Because they happened to be west, hoping to find freedom or Germans, the Wenzels’ father, at least safety in ruined Germany like most men and even boys, and beyond. from front page had been forced to join Hitler’s Vicious eviction “Out! Out, you Hitler folk!” army. As Hitler’s regime began to After they angrily ordered the Poles screamed at them. crumble, no Germans anywhere the Wenzels out of their happy “You have no place here any- in Eastern Europe were safe home, the Polish men took all from the wrath of Poles and the the family’s beloved horses exmore!” At that time, many Poles invading Soviets – even though cept for two; they also took the hated Germans – any Germans those Germans had nothing to cattle and shot all of the barking – because of Hitler’s earlier in- do with Hitler’s murderous ram- dogs to the horror of Mrs. Wenvasion of Poland and because pages. Fifteen million women zel and her daughters. of German atrocities committed and children tried desperately to It was a January day on one



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of the coldest Januarys on record. Quickly gathering a few skimpy belongings, the terrified mother Leokadia helped bundle up her daughters, including baby Erika, in many layers of clothing. Then they climbed onto the wagon, hitched their only two horses to it and set off – disoriented by fright, shock and disbelief – into the bitterly cold, snowy day. The three older daughters were Edith, 12; Lilli, 11; and Sophie, 9. Also along was Anton, 39, a German who was mentally challenged who the Wenzels had been taking care of and who was placed in hiding before the angry Poles arrived that day. As they left, the mother took one long look a the home she knew she would never see again, and then she began to pray with great intensity she and her daughters would all be together, no matter what lay ahead. Hours later, more and more wagons – all filled with terrified German women, children and the elderly – were going down the same road. Someone rode up to warn them to split up in different directions to avoid a massacre by the approaching Soviet soldiers. Anton, who was driving the wagon, took a different road. Soon, they were assaulted with such hideous sights their minds and hearts recoiled. All along the road were bodies, the snow and ice covered with blood everywhere. Most of the dead women and girls had been raped and then shot to death. In other places, they saw people who had collapsed from cold and hunger and who had lain there with no hope or help as they froze to death. Leokadia (Mrs. Wenzel) was thinking in a panicked frenzy: “How can I explain this to my little girls? How will this affect the rest of their lives? What is yet to come? I must not think of that. I must think of this moment and this moment only where we are still together. I must not think of my dear mother and grandmother. I must hold

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my tears back and concentrate on the immense challenges of the moment.” Wisely, Leokadia painstakingly taught her daughters to twist their faces into ugliness and to flail their limbs about spastically while stumbling along in a hunchbacked fashion. It was a way of dissuading any Russians they might come across from raping the girls, and the ingenious ruse worked. Leokadia, too, pretended to be an oldwoman hunchback. Not long after those scenes of horror in the roadways, three Russians happened along. They began to taunt the Wenzels and Anton. Then they began to slap and beat Anton while spitting on him. Leokadia begged them to leave him alone. He was a friend, she said, not quite right in his head. The Russians, believing him to be the father and husband, shot Anton repeatedly, kicking his body. Fortunately, the Russians had had their “fun” and then left. Then the Russians decided to take the Wenzels’ pregnant mare, who did not want to go with them. So the Russians, who were drunk, began to whip and beat the horse until it bled. The horse looked back as if thinking “Why do you let this happen?” The mare was Edith’s favorite horse and she considered it a best friend. For every day for the next 60 years, the sight of that poor horse haunted Edith. “Yes, horses do cry, just like people,” Edith wrote later. “But I am telling you, horses would never do what those Russians did to her, what they did to us. No horse is capable of such cruelties.” After the Russians’ stark brutality, killing Anton and beating a horse until it died, the Wenzels were frozen by fright and grief. Leokadia had to “bury” Anton under snow and some branches. And then they had to move on, more worried and terrified with every slow mile. For the rest of the story see next week’s Newsleader. 1981-87 and has been the city’s police chief since 2001. He also previously served as police chief in Albany and Lakefield. Why retire now? “There comes a time when you just know it’s time,” Jansky said. “It seems surreal.” He looks forward to trying something different – maybe a second career, he said. He doesn’t know what that is just yet but is eager to find out. More importantly, he said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. He and his wife, Peggy, have two daughters – Jenniferand Robin and a son, Casey. Casey is a police officer in Avon, Robin works in law enforcement for Sherburne County; and Jennifer is a school social worker in southern Minnesota, He and Peggy have eight grandchildren – four boys and four girls.

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Annual disc golf tournament supports local charities by TaLeiza Calloway

There’s no room for wimps or whining in disc golf. At least that was the motto for the 21st annual St. Cloud Ice Bowl held Jan. 19 in St. Joseph’s Millstream Park. The event is about more than battling winter winds while throwing a flying disc. Sponsored by the St. Cloud Disc Golf Club, the disc golf tournament is part of a national fundraising effort to support local charities. This year more than 100 people participated and raised more than $10,000, organizers said. Tournament Director Rick Rentz said these funds will benefit Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and the St. Joseph Food Shelf. In the last 15 years, the organization has raised more than $130,000 for local charities. “It’s just a fun day,” Rentz said. “It’s about golf, friendship and camaraderie.” Travis Mick is not fond of the cold weather. However, the St. Joseph resident is fond of disc golf and even qualified for

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Rick Rentz, tournament director for the annual St. Cloud Ice Bowl, gives disc golf players instructions for the event Jan. 19 in St. Joseph. the 1999 amateur world championships in Kansas City. He said he’s taken a break from competitive play and participates in a few local leagues. “It’s a big party for the golfing community,” Mick said of the Ice Bowl. “We’ve done well (fundraising).” Todd Grundhoefer of Sartell has been playing the sport

St. Joseph resident Adam Gorres takes his stance Jan. 19 as he prepares to throw his disc during the 21st annual Ice Bowl at Millstream Park in St. Joseph. The disc golf tournament is sponsored by the St. Cloud Disc Golf Club.

Kirk Nelson of St. Paul aims for the next hole during the 21st annual Ice Bowl Jan. 19 in St. Joseph. Blaine Eggersgluess of St. Cloud looks on in the background. since 1996. His wife’s cousin introduced him to it and he’s been playing ever since. He’s a lifetime member of the St. Cloud Disc Golf Club and helped bring a disc golf course to Northside Park in the city of Sartell years ago. “I love it,” Grundhoefer said. “It’s for a good cause, it’s good camaraderie and it’s a fun time to spend.” Both Mick and Grundhoefer were top fundraisers this year.

This was the 15th year Adam Gorres of St. Joseph played in the Ice Bowl. Also a member of the St. Cloud Disc Golf Association, he plays the sport year-round. He said it’s nice to play the sport with new people and catch up with those you haven’t seen for a while during the annual event. This year’s event drew people from North Dakota, South Dakota, Austin, Minn., and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. All

unite for the cause of helping others. This unity is what the Ice Bowl is about. “The main goal is raising money for the food shelf,” Rentz said. “It’s also about bringing people together.” The St. Cloud Disc Golf Club organizes recreational play year-round. For more information about how to get involved, visit: All levels are welcome.

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Our View

New laws show commitment to change Underage drinking is a serious issue and is one that plagues many communities if left unaddressed. Elected officials in St. Joseph recently adopted three alcohol-related laws to deter underage drinking and assist law enforcement with upholding the rules about this issue. Good for them. Their proactive approach is commendable. The 4-1 vote taken earlier this month put in place a requirement for a permit when having a keg at a gathering. The permit fee is $5. The City of St. Cloud also requires residents to purchase a permit for kegs in the city. In addition to the keg permit, city council members also approved a public-intoxication law and a social-host ordinance. St. Joseph joins other cities that include St. Cloud, St. Paul, Chaska and Minnetonka, whose councils also thought this law was worthy of implementation in their community. It took some time before city officials decided to adopt it, an observation that shows they thought about it thoroughly before introducing it to citizens. The social-host ordinance is a law that holds people criminally responsible for hosting events or gatherings where people under the age of 21 possess or consume alcohol regardless of whether the host of the event supplied the alcohol. This ordinance applies to situations in which the social host knows or has reason to know that alcohol is being possessed or consumed by persons under 21 years of age at the gathering. Under this law, the social host does not have to be present at the party, event or gathering to be criminally responsible. The ordinance does not apply to conduct solely between an underage person and his or her parents in the parents’ household and legally protected religious observances. If a parent is away for the weekend and does not know about a party, their underage child had, they are not liable, according to the ordinance. In addition to the host of meetings officials had about these laws, they also held a public hearing during their last meeting. No one attended. The laws recently adopted in the city show a commitment to change and to maintaining a safe community. Take the time to learn about them and how they will affect you. Call your city officials and ask them why they thought these laws were important. These changes affect your life and for some residents, the lives of their children. The new laws will take effect March 1.

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Opinion A grandparent’s job is never done Grandparents are gifts that keep on giving. Literally. They give without requesting anything in return. However, this unconditional love can come with a price. I recently read about how grandparents who are raising their grandchildren face increased health risks. I never thought about this as I watched grandparents in the grocery store with their grandchildren or those who read to them faithfully at the local library. I just commended them for being there for children who might have lost a parent or need a safer home environment. My Aunty Mimi is a grandmother and a great-grandmother. Growing up, I would marvel at how much her grandchildren loved her and vice versa. My cousins visited often and never wanted to go home. After all, the fun was at Grandma Mimi’s house. My aunt is in her 70s, and the fun has slowed down a little. She is as active as she can be for her age, but I have noticed she can’t do what she used to. I used to ask her, “Why don’t you just say ‘no’” when she was asked to take my cous-

TaLeiza Calloway Reporter ins to school or to summer camp. Her response was, “If I take them, I know they’re safe.” I couldn’t argue with that and she was right. According to data from AARP, across the United States there are almost 7.8 million children who are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are the household caregivers. There are more than 5.8 million children living in grandparents’ homes and nearly 2 million children live in other relatives’ homes. These families are often called “grandfamilies.” More than 2.5 million grandparents are taking on the responsibility for these children. Many other relatives also take on this responsibility, too. They often assume this responsibility with neither of the children’s parents present in the home. In fact, nearly 1 million children are living in homes where the grandpar-

ent is the household caregiver and neither parent is present in the home, according to AARP. These numbers say a lot about the men and women who are committed to caring for their grandchildren, sometimes at the cost of their own health. A Chicago woman interviewed in the news article I read said, “I guess all would be good if I was 35 and I had the energy to keep up. I don’t have the energy, but I love them.” She is 64 years old and up until two years ago had been raising six children, including twin granddaughters, a niece and the girl’s three siblings. No one could doubt her love, and I’m sure those children appreciate her. Grandparents serving as parents are part of an ongoing and increasing trend. They have become so much more than a routine visit during the holidays or the occasional weekend getaway hosts. They have become parents for life, in a sense. Those caring for grandchildren take on this responsibility for a variety of reasons. No matter the reason, they are to be commended for their dedication and deserve our respect. I know they will always have mine.

How many diplomas come courtesy of SparkNotes? How many students actually read the novels they are assigned to read? Not as many as should, I would guess. It seems we’re galloping headlong into some kind of Post-Literate Age in which words – pitifully butchered words – are used for texting, mainly. The Age of Post-Literacy will be one in which images (photos, movies, graphics) reign supreme in people’s lazy minds while classic literature falls by the wayside. From my high school years I vividly recall some students scrambling to get copies of CliffsNotes just before English exams, hoping they could bluff their way through the tests by getting some rough idea of the plots of the novels and their characters – great novels such as “The Red Badge of Courage” and “The Scarlet Letter.” I happened to love literature so I never resorted to CliffsNotes, even though they can be helpful for learning about the books’ backgrounds. Just recently, for example, I was re-reading “The Scarlet Letter” for the fourth or fifth time in my life. To refresh my mind about its historical background, I googled the novel’s name and up came “SparkNotes,” which is like CliffsNotes. There, I found an intriguing summary of Puritan New England, just what I was seeking. I also found some nearly illiterate comments from SparkNotes website users. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but I just had to laugh. Here is what one student wrote:

Dennis Dalman Editor “SparkNotes is the best! The Scarlet Letter has the most confusing Olde English I think I’ve ever had to muddle through. Thankfully, SparkNotes broke it down for me and explained what’s going on when, ‘cause you just can’t understand with all the beating around the bush! The SparkNote was amazingly easy to understand, I just wish someone would rewrite the book with modern English. But anyway, the SparkNote quizzes are SUPER (Let me stress that super) helpful. Since the chapter summaries are so well written, I was actually able to come to class prepared, and not sounding stupid! Thanks a million, SparkNotes!! We students really appreciate you and the hard work you put in so that school actually can make sense, especially Literature!” It sounds like that young gal might have to push a wheelbarrow full of SparksNotes around with her for the rest of her confusing life so she can figure stuff out. She believes “The Scarlet Letter” was written in “Olde English.” And then she says she’s had to “muddle through” Olde English before. Apparently, anything written in English she

doesn’t understand must be “Olde English.” I got a real hoot from the way she added the “e” to “Old,” giving the word the antique flavor of genuine old English (mid-4th Century to mid-12th Century). I imagine that student’s touching wish for a “modern English” version would sound something like this in the book’s famous, eerie scaffold scene: Mr. Dimmesdale stood on the wooden scaffold on a spooky night. He acted, like, really scared. He’s that minister dude that had sex with Hester and that’s how come she has to go around wearing that scarlet letter all the time right over her boobs. Just then, at the platform, Hester and her weird kid Pearl showed up. “Hester, is that you?” Dimmesdale asked. “Yup, me and Pearl,” she said. “Why don’t you both come up and stand here with me?” “OK, why not? Cool! Be right up.” When that poor gal graduates from high school – if she ever does – there should be embroidered on her graduation gown in bright red, as blazing and bold as Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter, the following words: “Diploma courtesy of SparkNotes.” How many others are cheating their way through high school these days? It’s so sad they don’t realize it’s really themselves they are cheating.

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Community Calendar

Friday, Jan. 25 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800RED CROSS or visit Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gorecki Conference Center, 37 S. College Ave., St. Joseph. 1-800RED CROSS or visit Open house, 4:30-6 p.m., All Saints Academy, St. Joseph. www. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 610 North County Road 2, St. Joseph. Saturday, Jan. 26 Stuck in Motion, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota’s annual stationary bike race, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Whitney Recreation Center, St. Cloud. 320-253-0765. Monday, Jan. 28 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800RED CROSS or visit

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Wednesday, Jan. 30 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800RED CROSS or visit Fundraiser (burger night and meat raffle) for Weyer family, who lost their home in Rice of 39 years in a Christmas night fire, 4:30-8 p.m., VFW Post 6992, Sauk Rapids. Thursday, Jan. 31 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. 1-800RED CROSS or visit Recipes for a healthy life: Brain food, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CentraCare Health Plaza-River Campus, 1200 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-229-5139.

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Obama expected to name SJU grad as chief of staff by Mark Lauer

A man with ties to St. John’s University is expected to become President Barack Obama’s righthand man in the coming days. Denis McDonough, who is the deputy national security advisor and one of the president’s closest and most trusted aides, will likely be named as the new White House chief of staff, according to reports coming out of the nation’s capitol. McDonough would succeed Jacob J. Lew in that position, after Lew was recently nominated as Treasury secretary. The 43-year-old McDonough, a native of Stillwater, is a 1992 graduate of SJU. He earned bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish at SJU, graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors). As a post-graduate student, McDonough received a master’s of science degree and foreign service degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The MSFS program at Georgetown is reputed to be one of the most exclusive at any university. McDonough has established a career in foreign policy at the highest level. He served as an aide to the House International Relations Committee and later served as a foreign-policy and legislative advisor to several U.S. senators, including Obama in 2007. McDonough was a key advisor to Obama during the 2008 campaign and after the election was named to the new administration’s National Security Council as head of Strategic Communication.

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His expected appointment to the position of chief of staff would put a national-security expert in a position that would require him to handle a variety of complicated domestic issues, ranging from the budget and dealing with gun violence to dealing with the U.S. Congress. During his time on the National Security Council, McDonough has been involved in every major foreign policy crisis of Obama’s first term and has been allowed a very high level of access to the president. He has a reputation as an intense loyalist of the president and would likely take on jobs that no one else wants to tackle. McDonough was a part of a small group of Obama aides who were involved in the planning of the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan in May 2011. He is pictured in a widely publicized photo of President Obama and his staff watching the raid by Navy SEAL Team 6 members from the White House Situation Room. He has also taken a role in a series of meetings to redefine the American mission in Afghanistan and has been a key player in assembling Obama’s second-term national security team. McDonough’s career has certainly taken him a long way from his days as a freshman at SJU. Ken Jones, history professor

at the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University, remembers McDonough as a very bright firstyear history student at SJU. Jones taught an introduction to U.S. History class that McDonough enrolled in, and he recalls his student as one of only two first-year students to receive an A grade in the class. “He was very dedicated as a student, very focused,” Jones says. “He was very smart and was interested in knowing about a lot of things, asking a lot of questions.” Jones added: “I think he saved his intensity for the football field.” As a Johnnie, McDonough played all four years on the SJU football team as a defensive back under John Gagliardi. The White House chief of staff is the highest-ranking employee of the White House Office, but the duties of that position can vary greatly from one administration to another. As an assistant to the president, the roles of the chief of staff can be both managerial and advisory in nature. They generally consist of tasks such as: selecting key White House staff members and supervising them; controlling the flow of people into the Oval Office; managing the flow of information; protecting the interests of the president; and advising the president on various issues.

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In this famous photograph, Denis McDonough is seated just behind Hillary Clinton as President Barack Obama and his staff watch, in real time, the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan. The terrorist leader was killed during the SEAL raid. In 2012, McDonough was a recipient of the SJU Alumni Achievement Award, along with eight other fellow Johnnie graduates. The award recognizes SJU alumni who have been successful in their careers and/or active in church or community service.

Jones was asked if he could ever have foreseen his student taking his talents to the national level of government. “We have lots of very talented students,” he said. “You just never know where they might go someday.”

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