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County considers use of electric bicycles

Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to get input from residents on the use of electric bicycles on county trails at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Administration Center County Board Room, 705 Courthouse Square, downtown St. Cloud. The Stearns County Parks Department is considering allowing electric-assisted bicycles on trails maintained by local units of government, in most cases. Interested individuals can also send comments in advance to Stearns County Parks, 1802 CR 137, Waite Park, MN 56387 or to parkinfo@co.stearns. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Nominate your daycare 2013 Provider of the Year

Is your daycare provider outstanding? If you would like to nominate your licensed family child-care provider to be considered for the 2013 Provider of the Year, please download and complete a form at by April 15 and send it to Stearns Benton Child Care Association, P.O. Box 7721, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or email to Each May, daycare providers are honored by the two-county child care association during its banquet on Provider Appreciation Day which is Friday, May 9. If you have any questions about this form, please contact Stearns Benton Child Care Association President Karen Davis at 320-240-0281.

Volunteers sought to read to children

Reach-Up Inc. has multiple classrooms with lots of wonderful preschool-aged children who would love to have someone from the community come in and read to them. There is not a huge time commitment with this opportunity, nor do you have to make this an ongoing commitment. But if you have a love for reading and enjoy preschool-aged children, this is a perfect match for you. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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First ‘Joe Town Table’ meal a success by Cori Hilsgen

Volunteer Marjorie Henkemeyer said they couldn’t have predicted the first “Joe Town Table” meal would take place on such a bitterly cold and windy day, but she and other organizers were very happy with the turnout on Jan. 25 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. “It’s a wonderful turnout and people are warm and cozy inside,” Henkemeyer said. “It’s wonderful to see so many young people cooking and working together.” More than 85 people came out amid very blustery conditions to enjoy a warm meal, meet other people and just get out of their homes. Henkemeyer is the health and wellness minister for the Church of St. Joseph. She said she had visited with several people whom she thought

seemed lonely and was glad to see them at the meal. St. Joseph resident Mavis Bakken moved to the St. Joseph area about a year ago. She sold her house in Sauk Centre and moved to be closer to her son and daughter-in-law. Bakken, the mother of two sons and one daughter, said it has been somewhat hard for her to meet people so she decided to attend the meal. “I came to socialize,” Bakken said. “It’s a nice turnout (considering) the weather.” About 15 volunteers were busy dishing up spaghetti and salad, pouring beverages and organizing dessert trays. One of the volunteers, Toni Hudock of Albany, was busy dishing up her homemade spaghetti-sauce recipe. Gretchen Sitzer, a College of St. Benedict senior English and philosophy student, was busy serving beverages. “It’s quite a privilege to be a

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Marjorie Henkemeyer (right) serves Jack Schuh dessert. part of this,” Sitzer said. “Service brings everyone together.” Sitzer said she feels the best way to get involved and stay engaged is through community

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Moeller a contender for Sartell superintendent by Dennis Dalman

tendent of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. Moeller is among seven finalists chosen Jan. 27 by the school board from a slate of 38 online applications for the position. Moeller is currently serving as assistant superintendent of the St. Cloud School District. The search for a superintendent began last year when then-superintendent Dr. Joe Hill announced he would resign. A

D i a n e Moeller, the award-winning former principal of Kennedy Community School, is a candidate for the position Moeller of superin-

replacement for Hill could be announced as early as the end of the first week of February. Other candidates, besides Moeller, listed in the order they will be interviewed by the school board, are: John Engelkind, superintendent at Proctor, Minn.; Jenny Bushman, director of curriculum instruction and assessment in the Winona School District; Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent for North Scott Community

Schools in Eldridge, Iowa; Diane Moeller; Ron Wilkie, superintendent at La Crescent, Minn.; Paul Neubauer, director of curriculum and instruction at St. Francis, Minn.; Debra Lechner, director of teaching and learning for the Brainerd (Minn.) School District. “The board will be faced with tough choices,” consultant Dr. Greg Vandal told the Sartell Newsleader right after the Jan. Moeller • page 3

Local students rock with science at SCSU by Cori Hilsgen

Local fifth- and sixth-grade students were among the more than 720 students from 30 area school districts who attended the eighth annual "Science Rocks" day at St. Cloud State University in the beginning of January. The event offered students a chance to choose from attending several of 29 sessions related to science and nature. Sessions were 60-minutes long and were taught by professionals such as nurses, college professors, dairy experts, veterinarians, engineers, naturalists and others. The day was coordinated

by Resource Training and Solutions, whose Director of Educational Programs Sandra Cordie, said the day was about introducing the students to a variety of science and nature concepts they may otherwise never have seen. Sartell Academic Extensions Coordinator Lori Dornburg said 15 Sartell Middle School students and teachers Jen Olson and herself attended the event from 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Students attended four sessions of their choice. Some of the sessions offered included: "Milk: From Cow to You," "Furs, Fangs and Femurs," "High Energy," "Batty about Science • page 5

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Kennedy fifth-grade students (left to right) Jack Pelzel, Jared Hennigs and Carter Rothstein. attended the 8th annual “Science Rocks” event held Jan. 8 at St. Cloud State University. Students were able to choose from more than 30 sessions about science and nature to attend.

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Steve Howard (third from left), executive director of WACOSA, recently accepted a $20,000 grant from Otto Bremer Foundation member (left to right) Kurt Hunstiger, Curt Gainsforth, Howard and Tom Rickers to support a vocational skills training program for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism, who are otherwise unemployed. “The Otto Bremer Foundation has been a longtime supporter of adults with disabilities in our community,” Howard said. “We appreciate the commitment they have made to all of the communities they serve. With help from this grant we will be able to provide job opportunities that we would not otherwise be able to fund.”

Three St. Joseph students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. They are the following: Tasha Johnson, Courtney Malikowski and Paul Friebe. The Stearns History Museum and Research Center in St. Cloud recently received a $9,069 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage grant from the Legacy Amendment to digitize part of Myron Hall’s 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

large collection of photo negatives in order to broaden public accessibility. The Minnesota Historical Society, the organization responsible for administering the grants, recently awarded 111 grants and more than $4.2 million for non-profit and educational organizations, government units and tribal organizations to preserve and share the state’s history and cultural heritage. The grants are awarded according to professional standards and criteria. responsible for crimes. Dec. 31 3:28 a.m. Warrant. Elm Street E. Complainant called stating there was a male and female sleeping in a vehicle that was running in the parking lot for at least an hour. Requested officers check on parties. Officers

Tori came to the shelter with her sister Olivia due to a child in the home developing an allergy to cats. She is a spayed 4-and-ahalf-year-old brown and white tabby who is described as friendly and social. During meal time, Tori’s known to sit under the table and help with clean up should you drop any food. She doesn’t mind an occasional belly rub and is used to being around children. “Helping one animal won’t change the world … but it will change the world for that one animal!” Dogs - 14 Puppies - 5

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The Central Minnesota Builders Association recently announced its 2014 Board of Directors who took the oath of office on Jan. 8. Officers are as follows: Gary Bechtold, president, St. Cloud Overhead Door Co.; Craig Schoenberg, first vice president, Schoenberg Construction Inc.; Matt Cecko, second vice president/treasurer, Home Check Plus; Holly Ruether, associate vice president, Mathew Hall Lumber Co.; and Kevin Maleska, past president, Maleska Custom Builders Inc. Re-elected directors include the following: Sue Lentner, TriCounty Abstract and Title Guaranty; and Rachel Thoennes, secretary, Birchwood Electric Inc. Newly elected directors include


made contact and occupants of vehicle stated they were waiting for friends to return to their residence and they would be going there. Male party had two felony warrants and was arrested on the warrants. Female’s drivers license was revoked. Owner of vehicle came and picked up the female and retrieved the vehicle. 2:27 p.m. Property damage. Date Street E. Complainant called to report someone had cut the tank-heater cord on her vehicle. She stated she didn’t know if it had happened earlier or where but she noticed it this morning. She gave a name of the person she believes caused the damage. Officer advised her to call back with the price to fix it. Jan. 1 9:27 p.m. Verbal. Elena Lane. Parties were arguing over rent. Renter was the most upset. She was under the impression she was getting kicked out of the house, but in fact they just wanted her

the following: Ron Euteneuer, Great Northern Environmental Solutions, and Chris Froelke, RetroGreen Energy who join Jason Dale, J. Dale Builders Inc., Nicholas Delaney, RinkeNoonan; Keven Dunlap, Liberty Savings Bank fsb and Pam Petron, Gopher State Contractors Inc. making up the 13-member board. CMBA is a non-profit trade association with approximately 400 builder and associate mem-

ber companies representing 23,000 employees involved in all phases of the building industry. The CMBA strives to improve the Central Minnesota building industry by advocating for the industry at the local, state and national levels; educating members about building industry best practices; and engaging members in activities that strengthen competitiveness, professionalism and the public’s confidence in the industry.

to be quiet and go to bed. Confirmed several times, no threats, nothing physical took place. Renter agreed to go to bed and in the morning was leaving to go to the airport to return to China.

Vehicle #1 slid on the ice and struck the rear end of a tan truck which left the scene. Vehicle #1 was also struck from behind by a white truck which also left the scene. No injuries, minimal damage.

Jan. 2 11:53 a.m. Assist person. Elm Street E. Employees were concerned about an unknown vehicle in the parking lot. Officer arrived and found the vehicle unoccupied. Employees requested the officer stand by as they left. Jan. 3 3:50 a.m. Alarm. 15th Avenue NE. Officer arrived on scene and the building was secure. Just as the officer was wrapping up, an employee pulled in with his semi and said he tripped the alarm and did not know how to stop it or reset it. Jan. 4 10:38 a.m. Hit and run. County Road 75 E/Northland Drive.

Jan. 6 12:45 a.m. Verbal. Baker Street E. Responded to a report of a verbal argument out in the parking lot. Officer spoke with three of the individuals who were outside. Argument was between two guests of a resident over a cell phone. The cell phone was returned and everything was all right between them. Nothing physical and no threats were made. 7:05 a.m. Domestic assault. Elena Lane. Officers responded to a report of physical domestic assault. Male was transported to jail and held for court. Photos were taken of bruises on female’s arms and side. Also collected a shirt and photo of son’s injuries.

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Weather closes schools again Precinct caucuses to be held Feb. 4 For the fourth time this winter, schools in the St. Cloud School District, including Kennedy Community School, and also the private schools of All Saints Academy, the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, were closed because of bitterly cold, snowy and windy weather. School was cancelled for

two consecutive days, Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 and 28, when wind-chill temperatures dipped to 40-below zero and even lower at times. Schools were also closed Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 6 and 7 for the same weather-related reasons. Friday, Jan. 17 was a makeup day for students. The school board has also designated Mon-

day, April 21 and Friday, May 30 as a make-up day. Throughout the months of December and January, two of the coldest months in Minnesota history, there were frequent closings and cancellations not only of schools but also of events, meetings and activities throughout central Minnesota and elsewhere.

Read makes U.S. House bid official Jim Read, a political science professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Collegeville, has officially contributed photo filed his canRead didacy for the U.S. House in Minnesota’s 6th congressional district. A resident of Avon, Read is running for the seat currently held by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, who is retiring. Read will seek the endorsement of the Democratic-FarmerLabor Party. No other Democrats have formally filed their candidacies, though Judy Adams of Circle Pines has said she is running. Republicans Tom Emmer, Phil Krinkie, Allan Levene and Rhonda Sivarajah are vying for the Republican endorsement. Read got into the race because the 16-day government shutdown, when Bachmann was the only member of the Minnesota congressional delegation to vote against reopening the government. “To refuse to fund essential government operations and threaten default on the national debt unless the other party does what one demands,” Read said, “is an illegitimate political tactic that should never be used again. Such tactics, if successful, would soon be imitated by every political party to get its way on anything.” “Defaulting on the nation’s debt, as a small minority threatened to do,” Read continued, “would have been far worse than the shutdown, endangering a fragile economic recovery while actually increasing the size of the debt through higher interest and late-payment penalties. The way to reduce a deficit is by changing future expenditures and revenues, not by refusing to honor past obligations.” And the problem continues, said Read: “Our shutdown politics have not disappeared but merely changed their form. Congress has not passed a budget. It has not passed a farm bill. The same battles that triggered the shutdown will resume in early 2014. The behavior of Congress will not change unless voters send a clear message they want it to change.”

Background Read was raised with three brothers and a sister near the small town of Chesterton, Ind., where he attended public schools. His mother, Charlotte (Johnson) Read, was the daughter of Swedish immigrants. His father, Herbert Read, went to college on the GI Bill and became an architect. In high school, Read worked as a bus boy and dishwasher. To attend college, he took out National Direct Student Loans and won a National Merit Scholarship. During the summer he worked on a paving crew and as a seasonal employee for the National Park Service. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago, where he was the Midwest conference champion in 400-meter hurdles and played football. Jim and his wife, Pia, met in college and celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. He went on to earn a doctorate degree in political science from Harvard University. For the last 25 years, Read has taught political science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. He teaches students of all political persuasions about their rights and duties as citizens. He also writes and teaches about the ideas and arguments behind

the U.S. Constitution. He is the author of three books, including “Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland,: an account of his door-to-door campaign for the Minnesota Legislature in 1992. Though the shutdown and threat of default on the nation’s debt drew Read into the race, his campaign is focused on expanding economic opportunity. Read said, “I grew up believing in economic opportunity for all who were willing to put in the effort, regardless of wealth or family background. I took for granted the public investments that paved the way for me. I enjoyed good public schools, attended university at a time of generous financial aid and entered the job market without great anxiety for the future. Today the road is much more difficult for high school and college graduates just entering the job market. The students I teach every day have a harder road to travel than I did. It is equally challenging for midcareer adults seeking new employment following a layoff or relocation.” In the last month, Read has been traveling the district, speaking to local meetings, neighborhood groups and house parties, and hearing voters’ issues and concerns.

Along with the rest of the state, precinct-level caucuses will convene in central Minnesota at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. Precinct caucuses will be held as follows: St. Joseph Precincts 1 and 2, St. Joseph and St. Wendel townships: Democratic Farmer/Labor Party meets at Kennedy Discovery School, 1300 Jade Road; Republican Party meets at Sal’s Bar, 109 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph; St. Joseph Township Precinct 2 DFL meets at Discovery, 700 7th St. S., Waite Park; and Collegeville Townships Precincts 1 and 2: DFL meets at the P. Engel Science Center, St. John’s University; Republicans meet at Sexton Commons, SJU. District 13 encompasses 47 city and rural precincts in western Benton and eastern Stearns Counties, including St. Joseph, Sartell and Avon cities, and surrounding rural Stearns County townships. Party caucuses are held in February each election year and represent the kick-off of the political campaign season for both major Minnesota political parties. For both political parties, the caucuses are the occasions for choosing local party leaders, discussion and voting on resolutions for possible inclusion in the state party platforms, as well as election of delegates to district conventions. Two DFL candidates have announced their intentions for

the 6th Congressional District House seat, now occupied by Rep. Michele Bachmann (RStillwater), who announced she will not seek a fifth term. The two candidates who are seeking the DFL endorsement for that seat are Sartell mayor Joe Perske and St. John’s University professor Jim Read, a resident of Avon. Four Republican candidates – Tom Emmer, Phil Krinkie, Allan Levene and Rhonda Sivarajah – are vying for the Republican endorsement for that 6th District Congressional seat. For more information, visit

Moeller from front page 27 meeting. “Sartell-St. Stephen has a great reputation, and lot of people are interested in being part of the school system.” Vandal, former superintendent of the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District, is a member of the consulting firm of “School Exec Connect,” which was chosen last year by the school board to help in the search for a new superintendent. Vandal has worked side by side with another School Exec Connect consultant, Dr. Ken Dragseth, director of administrative licensure at the University of Minnesota’s School of Education and retired superintendent of the Edina School District.

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Ice Bowl raises $9,323 for local food shelves

Ninety-three people participated in the 22nd annual St. Cloud Ice Bowl tournament held Jan. 18 at the Millstream Lion’s Park in St. Joseph. A total of $9,323 and 125 pounds of food were contributed photos collected for local food shelves, including the St. Joseph Area Todd Grundhoefer (left) of Sartell received the “Top FundFood Shelf. raiser” trophy from Ice Bowl organizer Rick Rentz at the 22nd annual St. Cloud Ice Bowl held at the Millstream Lion’s Park by Cori Hilsgen “The theme for the day is in St. Joseph. no wimps, no whiners,” Rentz said. Ninety-three people particsomeone whines about IREFIGHTERS A N T E D ipated in the 22nd annual St. theIfweather, snow, ice or other The St. Joseph Volunteer Fire Department is now Cloud Ice Bowl held Jan. 18 at things during the bowl, they the Millstream Lions Park in are required to pay a “tax.” accepting applications for two Firefighter positions. St. Joseph. Donations collected That was one of the many Application deadline is: 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. from the Bowl totaled $9,323 ideas event organizers used for area food shelves. to help raise extra funds for Pick up/drop off applications Other people also came to the Bowl. A silent auction at City Hall, 25 College Ave. N., offer their help, donate food also brought in $969. Many or access online and collect money. Thir- local businesses and players at ty-seven people donated 125 donated auction items. pounds of food. Rentz said they collected $13 After a night of heavy for the whining tax this year. snowfall, some people might “It was a beautiful day, have wondered if the Ice Bowl however, trudging through the would still be held. Organizer snow for four hours took a Rick Rentz wasn’t worried. He great deal of energy,” Rentz knew the city of St. Joseph said. maintenance crew would do The disc-golf tournament, a good job of getting the park sponsored by the St. Cloud ready for the disc-golf tourna- Disc Golf Club, is part of naPhone Ahead... ment and they did not disap- tional fundraising efforts to (320) 363-4431 point. support local charities. TourWe’ll have it ready! “The city did a wonder- naments are played at courses ful job of clearing the snow,” in the United States, Canada Rentz said. “They are a won- and Europe between Jan. 2 235 Cedar St. E. • St. Joseph, MN Now g derful crew and always take and Feb. 28. The St. Cloud Disc n i pt Acce T! On frontage road just off CR 75 good care of us.” Golf Club has been the world’s EB He said temperatures for top fundraiser in 2005, 2006, the Bowl were 17 to 20 de- 2007 and 2008. grees with 10-mph winds creLocally, it supports the St. ating a 10-degree-below-zero Joseph Area, Catholic Charities WWW.STCLOUDFLORAL.COM JOIN US ON FACEBOOK wind chill. The park grounds and the Salvation Army food were covered with 12 inches shelves. of snow. Rentz said the organization



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has raised more than $130,438 for local food charities during the past 16 years. The tournament originally was held at Riverside Park in 1993, then moved to Calgary Hill in 1998 and then St. Joseph in 2001, where it’s been held for 14 years. Players participate in one round of 20 holes. Thirty of the players had people sponsor them per hole, often $1 per hole. Regular golf rules, with the lowest score winning, apply to the Bowl. Divisions included “Open Pro,” “Master Pro,” “Advanced,” “Amateur,” “Youth” and “Women.” The top three winners in each division, except the Open Pro, received trophies. The winners were “Master Pro” - Brian Gustafson; “Advanced” Jeremy Wilcox; “Amateur” - Rob Denton; “Youth” - Devon Carozzi; “Women” - Jessica Critz; and “Open Pro” - Ross Brandt. Many players donated their winnings which amounted to $485. Rentz said they set a fundraising record in 2007 when they raised $21,610 with a matching grant from the Norman C. Skalicky Foundation. The deepest snow they competed in was 50 inches in 1997, and a 29-degree-below-zero wind chill was a factor in 1996. Top fundraisers included Todd Grundhoefer with $1,625, John Grether with $673, Aaron Habor with $600, Tony Schmitz with $415, Rentz with $400, Adam Kushiol with $360, Jason Kolskin with $250, Brian Gustafson with $230, Mike Kurzhal, Matt Roscoe, Nate Ramacher, Joel Bryant, Mary Bodelson and Greg Stein all with $200. A Sartell resident, Grundhoefer has raised more than $13,000 in the past 13 years. He won this year’s “Top Fundraiser” trophy. Grundhoefer has been playing disc golf since 1996 and is a lifetime member of the St. Cloud Disc Golf Club. Rentz has been organizing the Bowl since 2002. Other organizers include Adam Gorres, Tim Mackey and Anton Tomonavich. All are welcome to the Ice Bowl, but it is not recommended for beginning golfers. For more information about year-round disc golf options, visit www.stclouddiscgolfclub. com.

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Table from front page Dennis Stueve, who has lived in St. Joseph all his life. She said for people who are new to the area, people such as Stueve are a wonderful connection to make. Cold Spring residents Joe and Ellen Chovan, husband and wife, attended with their friend Jack Schuh. Joe and Jack play pickleball together at Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. The Chovans are members of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and Schuh is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. “We are enjoying the meal very much,” Ellen Chovan said. St. Stephen residents Tim and Mary Drake heard about the event when they were out

Science from front page Bats," "Buzzed and Drugged by Water Pollution" and others. She said the keynote speech of the day was "Spectacles of Physics-A Mini Circus," which was presented by Jack Netland and Hank Ryan from the University of Minnesota. "Their show was a combination of interesting, sometimes spectacular demonstrations of physics concepts combined with humor and some slapstick comedy to help students understand and appreciate some physics concepts," Dornburg said. SMS students Jordan Wenshaw and Brandon Kempenich said they thought Science Rocks was a good experience. "Science Rocks was really fun," Wenshaw said. "I enjoyed the physics session the best. The demonstrations were really cool." "Science Rocks was fun because there were a lot of things about science I didn't know could happen," Kempenich said. "It was a great experience." St. Francis Xavier School Principal Kathy Kockler said 21 students participated in the event. "For many of our students,

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St. Joseph Newsleader • sledding with their children (Elias, Isabel, Peter, Elena, Claire) and decided to check it out. Mary Drake said they saw a lot of familiar faces in the crowd. “It’s very nice,” she said. “The young people serving are so friendly.” Central Minnesota Catholic Worker Molly Weyrens was very pleased with how the first meal went. “We have good momentum as we head into the next one,” Weyrens said. “This meal is but a first step in what we hope will be further conversations on how to create a healthier and more vibrant community for all.” Weyrens said many partners are needed. They hope during the next few months they will have a better picture of where

people are finding support and where there are gaps. “No one should have to struggle alone, especially in a small community like St. Joe,” Weyrens said. “There are many generous folks waiting to reach out. We just need to work on organizing and mobilizing the

this was the first time they were on a college campus experiencing learning and how fun it can be for them," Kockler said. "They were intrigued by the wonders of science and loved the 'Fun with Physics' session. The beauty of science is it is all around us and real-world applicable. What a great way to teach them how to think and solve problems." Several SFX students commented about the day. "Science fills you with a new type of energy of excellence and learning," Tim Haas said. "(I am) much more interested in science after seeing all I can do," Faith Van Erp said. "They make it fun like my teacher Mrs. Winters does." "(I) discovered new fields in science I never knew existed and that excites me," Tricia Castro said. Kennedy Community School teacher Kristin Sowada

said 20 students and herself attended the event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She said students attended three sessions of their choice. Sowada said some of the sessions they attended included "Spectacles of Physics," "JELL-O Roads," "Live Eagle Program," "Birds in Your Backyard," "Build-a-Bug Workshop" and others. "Science Rocks was a wonderful experience to inspire the students and for them to learn more about different areas of science and nature," Sowada said. Kennedy students had the following comments about the event. "Loved making my own 3D model," Carter Rothstein said. "One thing I enjoyed was Spectacles of Physics," Emma Zimmer said. "It was amazing watching them do exciting experiments. I loved Science Rocks." "I liked the class with Spec-


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Community members (from left to right) Mavis Bakken, Laryn Kragt Bakker, Danielle Taylor and Kate Ritger enjoy visiting together at the first “Joe Town Table” meal. generous spirit that’s here.” Organizers of the event include the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Gateway Church, St. Benedict’s Monastery and the College of St. Benedict Community Kitchen

program and others. These organizers hope to continue the event from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at the American Legion in St. Joseph. For more information, contact

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Kennedy fifth-grade students (left to right) Lydia Peters and Paige Cox attended “Science Rocks” which was held Jan. 8 at St. Cloud State University on Jan. 8. Students were able to choose from more than 30 sessions about science. tacles of Physics," Abby DierCordie said the event rekes said. "My favorite thing quires many hours and many they did was with a barrel people, but she said she feels and a fog machine. They put it's very worthwhile when she fog inside a barrel and hit it reads the evaluations she receives. to make fog rings come out."

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Friday, Jan. 31, 2014


Our View Can we truly address poverty issues head-on?

We commend Central Minnesota Catholic Worker members and all others involved for their successful efforts at last Sunday’s Joe Town Table, a community meal that organizers hope to conduct on a monthly basis. Despite bitterly cold temperatures, more than 85 attendees ventured to the American Legion to meet and enjoy one another’s company, along with a hot meal. The free event is open to anyone, regardless of need, and is a way for residents to connect. The goal is to engage the community – young and old; students, families and seniors; employed and unemployed; natives and transplants – in the thoughtful pursuit of addressing, discussing and ultimately improving the quality of life for all involved. On the surface, quality of life may include simply an act of kindness: offering a helping hand, a smile, a salutation or even just acknowledging someone’s presence with eye contact. We all know everyone of us could benefit greatly by extending and receiving more compassion and consideration toward and from others. On a deeper level, some of the most basic social issues – hunger, poverty, unemployment and low-wage jobs, domestic violence, substance abuse, crime and the snowball effect they create when combined – are truly the most difficult to dismantle and dissect. These topics are tough, especially if one is personally dealing with or is associated with another facing one or more of them. When people are in “survival mode,” trying desperately to put food on the table, find a job or suitable living conditions, and many other factors which play into all of that, it’s very difficult for most to dream, let alone set goals to attain those dreams. And bearing witness to such formidable obstacles can make the strongest, most optimistic person feel like one person just doesn’t have the ability to make a difference. Yet, each of us has the capability to do what we’re able in the circumstances we encounter: babysit for a single mother interviewing for a job, offer to pick up a few grocery items for a shut-in next door, shovel or snowblow a neighbor’s driveway, volunteer to help serve at one of the community meals. When we take action, it empowers us to tackle even more challenges. A community meal is a baby step toward confronting the larger issues. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction. We hope all residents, at one time or another, invest in themselves and their neighbors by attending one of the upcoming meals held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Sunday of each month at the American Legion in St. Joseph. See you there!

Fairness and ethics

Newsleader staff members have the responsibility to report news fairly and accurately and are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers are encouraged to take complaints to the Minnesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the public and the media and resolve conflicts. The council office may be reached at 612-341-9357.

Old duffers earned bragging rights You know you’ve turned into an old-duffer Minnesotan when you find yourself sitting at the kitchen table on a snowy day, discussing the nasty winters of yore. The conversation, windy with bragging rights, goes something like this: “Oh, this winter’s nothing! Winter of 1965. Now that was a bad one.” “Yeah, these kids nowadays are spoiled. Closing schools just because it’s cold. How ridiculous. They don’t know what a cold winter is. We had to walk to school when we were kids.” OK, I plead guilty. I’m an old Minnesotan, but I’ve earned my bragging rights, having endured some of the worst winters in history. And, trust me, 1965 was really as bad as we duffers claim. I was a junior at St. Cloud Tech High School. During that raging, brutal winter, I walked 10 blocks to and from school, an acutely painful trek. On the way, other students would join in at various intersections and walk along: Mark, Paul, Billy, twins Judy-Janey, Kay, Delores. The gals’ bare legs were covered only by their nylons. That sight made the howling winter mornings seem even colder. We did have a sweet respite, however – our “short cut.” We would walk, slowly like frozen zombies, through the main hall of our old grade school, Washington Elementary, which gave us a chance to warm up a wee bit before once again braving the Arctic blast that hit us full-force when we opened the school’s west doors. On those frigid mornings, it took

Dennis Dalman Editor me two hours to thaw out once inside the school. My toes and ears felt as if a swarm of bees had stung them. There was a stabbing pain in the middle of my forehead worse than a raging headache. Fortunately, my soft-hearted parents would let us kids stay home when it was really, really cold – like 40-below zero with 30-mph winds. Of the winter of 1965, my most vivid memories are of shoveling snow and more snow, doing homework late nights in my chilly bedroom while hearing winds shrieking at the frosty windows, of rushing downstairs in the morning to huddle around the toasty kerosene-burning stove. That winter, one of many blizzards literally covered our garage with a giant dune of windwhipped snow. I remember that winter with pain and pleasure – pleasure because the extreme cold and relentless snow drew so many friends and neighbors together in homes for happy sessions of board games, cards, jigsaw puzzles and rollicking conversations. The worst winters happened always at mid-decade: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995. An exception was 2005, which I recall as bearable.

In 1975, I woke up one morning to a front door that could not be opened because of a massive snow build-up on the other side of it. In 1985, I was one of only two of 30 employees who made it to work at the Alexandria news office. I lived in a downtown apartment a block from work, but it took me 20 minutes to body-plow through snow up to my waist to get there. The downtown cityscape looked eerily like a lost civilization, with parts of some buildings peeking out of polar snowdrifts. In the viciously cold winter of 1995, I had to rent a delivery box at the post office because, without access to a snowplow, there was no room left to hand-shovel the mountains of snow by my buried roadway mailbox and thus the carrier would not deliver there. I will probably remember this miserable winter for having to roof-rake tons of snow off of my house, an exhausting job. Thank goodness for Richard the kind neighbor who came to the rescue and finished the job by getting on top of the roof, his snow shovel in hand. He’s an old-duffer, too, but he has the true grit of a Minnesota whippersnapper. It would be fun someday, years hence, to sit around the table on some blizzard day and hear what today’s young-uns have to say about the longago winter of 2014. By then, they will have become dyed-in-the-wool oldduffer Minnesotans; they will have earned their bragging rights.

Letter to editor

Reader urges all residents to attend area caucuses Feb. 4 Jim Graeve, St. Joseph Democrats from the St. Joseph area are invited to come to Kennedy School at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 4. It’s an opportunity to pick the delegates who will go to the Senate District 13 gathering March 15 at Kennedy Community School. These folks help form the party platform. There is no charge or fee to partici-

pate in the process of our democracy. This meeting is called a caucus, which is a neighborhood meeting. This Feb. 4 meeting is as “grassroots” as it gets. Anyone who is 18 or older can be a delegate. High school students are encouraged to come. We in St. Joseph are eligible to have more than 50 delegates to the District 13 meeting on the Democratic side. Republicans will meet at Apollo High School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4.

We need good participation at the local level to offset the influence of “Big Money” on our democracy. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision stating corporations have the same voting rights as individuals puts our democracy in jeopardy. We can stop this by getting out next Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans alike, and make our voices heard.

My father has been visiting lately My father has been gone for several years now. Both he and my mother lived long and happy lives. They were married as very young kids and stayed together for more than 60 years, parting only by their deaths. I bring this up because I have become aware of recent visits from my father. In fact, he seems to show up almost every time I look in the mirror. When I shave, he seems to be looking back at me. When I get out of the shower, I can’t seem to hide from his prying eyes. When I was a young man, I never thought I resembled my dad very much. It’s only as I have gotten older and my hair – what is left of it – has grayed that I have seen this uncanny resemblance. The bags that have appeared under my eyes are the same bags that were under my father’s eyes. The skin on my cheeks that used to be tight and taut has recently sagged in the same way my father’s skin sagged. Muscles which once helped me in my hard labor as a young man have softened. My chest which once stood tall in its place has slipped to become a stomach. And a rather substantial one at that.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer When I was a young man I never thought much about the changes I noted in my father as he aged. I just felt it was a normal progression. It never occurred to me that same change was to be my heritage. Now, I am not saying aging is bad. It certainly beats the alternative. So many of my friends and relatives never had the opportunity. It’s just that age seems to creep up on us. It seems I sleep better in my recliner in the afternoon than in my comfortable bed at night. I have aches and pains in places where I never even knew I had places. Bette Davis once said getting old was not for sissies. I can attest to that. My father lived into his 90s, and insurance actuarial tables suggest I will probably do the same. The last two years of my father’s life were difficult for the family because he only visited

our world on occasion. I hope I can pass peacefully into that gentle sleep and not be a bother to anyone. Lately my wife and I have been examining our lives. We have been together for more than 51 years so I think we can say we will probably stay together for what’s left of our tour on this earth. Like so many, we have tried to plan our finances around taking care of ourselves until the last days. We have planned for the future but have decided recently we might as well try to enjoy the present more. We are going to treat ourselves better. There are restaurants we haven’t visited. There are places we haven’t seen. This kind of crazy thinking would never have occurred to my father’s generation. I don’t know if they would have approved. This is my plan. The next time I look into the mirror and have yet another visit from my dad, I will look to see if there is a disapproving stare. Who knows, that mirror might be on a wall of a resort on a beautiful beach, or in the home of an old friend I haven’t seen in too long a time. I think he will approve. Maybe he will even smile. I know I will.

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Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

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Friday, Jan. 31 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. SJU student Noah Speeter performs, 8 p.m., Local Blend, downtown St. Joseph.

Saturday, Feb. 1 Intervention workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, alcohol- or drug-addiction intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Free. No registration required. Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud, 1-800-742-4357 or visit Monday, Feb. 3 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Tuesday, Feb. 4 55+ Driver Improvement program


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ASA students display knowledge at science fair by Cori Hilsgen

The start of Catholic Schools week at All Saints Academy offered visitors a chance to view students’ Science Fair projects Jan. 26. School Administrator Karl Terhaar said 44 projects were on display in Heritage Hall. First-grade teacher Joanne Schneider said kindergarten through third-grade students were able to view the projects earlier. “They are amazing projects,” Schneider said. “The children worked very hard and the Heritage Hall space is a nice place for the displays. Tyler Meyer, 18, came to view the projects his siblings had worked on. Tyler is a senior at Cathedral High School and has two siblings Josie and Max who attend ASA. “I love looking at these,” Meyer said. “It brings back a lot of memories.” Meyer’s grandmother, Josie Meyer, also attended the fair. Meyer, 84, said a wood-splittingproject display brought back memories of when she used to ride the sleigh and help her father split wood. Lance Harren is a sixth-grader who did his project on wood splitting. He chose this topic because he helps his father and uncle split wood after school. He said the family just bought a new wood boiler and it saves them a lot of money. While doing his project he learned that ash wood splits easier than pine wood which he had thought would split easier. “I thought it was very interesting,” Harren said. “My dad and brother all had fun helping me with the project.” Fifth-grader Josie Meyer researched roof colors to see if colors effected the temperature of the house. Her grandmother needs a new roof on her house and she thought this would be a fun project. Meyer worked with the colors of white, green, blue, red and black. Her grandmother, who is also named Josie Meyer, said she hadn’t yet decided what color she was going to choose. She said she would probably choose



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Fifth-grader Josie Meyer shows her grandmother, also named Josie Meyer, her project about roofing colors. something that matched the color of her house. Sixth-grader Carter Botz did his project on basketball because he’s a huge sports fan and it’s the middle of the basketball season. He questioned if surface and air pressure affected the bounce of a basketball and

discovered basketballs bounced best on wood laminate floors with no base underneath. “The experiment was fun,” Botz said. “I did eight or nine tests before the actual experiment.” Sixth-grader Andrew Weisser also did his experiment about

Sixth-grader Lance Harren learned that ash wood splits easier than pine wood does. basketball. He wondered if using backspin improved his chances of making a basket. He was surprised to learn it did help to put backspin on the ball. “I learned it wasn’t that bad to do a big project and I really enjoyed it because I am really in to basketball,” Weisser said.

Fifth-grade teacher Tess Koltes said students used “Google Drive” and “EasyBib” to work on papers and their bibliographies. She said this allowed teachers to view and offer suggestions as students worked on their projects.

eight children win free-throw competition by Cori Hilsgen

Cold weather and blowing winds didn’t keep area youth away from the annual Knights of Columbus Basketball FreeThrow championship Jan. 26. The All Saints Academy thirdfloor gym was filled with bouncing balls and eager boys and girls waiting for their chance to compete for trophies at the local level. Eight children, ages 9 to 14, were named local champions and are now eligible to compete at the district level. The winners who are eligible to participate at the district level include: Teresa Ethen - 9-yearold girls and Andrew Moneypenny - 9-year-old boys; Reese Moneypenny - 10-year-old boys; Eli Ebel - 11-year-old boys; Rachael Terhaar - 12-year-old girls and Sam Schneider - 12-year-old boys; and Corrie Ethen - 14-yearold girls and Jon Ethen -14-yearold boys. Knights of Columbus member

photo by Cori Hilsgen

Winners of the 2014 Knights of Columbus Free-throw Championship held Jan. 26 included (left to right) Teresa ethen, 9; Andrew Moneypenny, 9; Reese Moneypenny, 10; eli ebel, 11; Sam Schneider, 12; Rachael Terhaar, 12; Corrie ethen, 14; Jon ethen, 14; and Mark Berg-Arnold, Grand Knight and organizer of the event. Mark Berg-Arnold organized the event and awarded certificates and trophies. He said participants are allowed three practice shots and then shoot 15 freethrow attempts in the contests. Ties are determined by successive rounds of five free throws per participant until a winner


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emerges. At the district level, participants will make 25 freethrow attempts. Some of these youth, such as Jon Ethen, have been competing for several years. This is his fourth year in the event, which is hosted by the Father Werner Council 7057 of the Knights of

Columbus. It’s open to boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 14. These youth compete at the local level in hopes of advancing to the district level held in February. If they win at the district level, they go on to compete at the regional and state levels held in March.

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