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Documentary explores hunger issues Feb. 17
Join the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker for a look at hunger by viewing the documentary “A Place at the Table” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 in Heritage Hall at the Church of St. Joseph in St. Joseph. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Book-reading program brings readers together by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Kennedy Community School is joining many other schools in the St. Cloud School District to participate in an all-school book club called “One District One Book.” Fourth-grade teacher and instructional leader Kelli Ritter said every family received a copy of the book “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney. Ritter and a committee of Kennedy teachers have been working on the project. The book is a story about a hamster named Humphrey, who gives readers his views of school, families and other things. The book tells of his classroom adventures and his experiences as he sleeps over at students’ houses on weekend visits. Families were asked to read Books • page 3
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Principal Dr. Judy Nagel was a guest reader for Sandy Mergen’s second-grade students for the kick-off of the “One District One Book” program at Kennedy Community School.
Speed enforcement at the speed of sound Thanks to a new speed-measuring device provided by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety, law enforcement officers in St. Joseph are better equipped to identify vehicles driving at illegal and unsafe speeds. The police department is one of only contributed photo
Chief Joel Klein holds the new Stalker mobile traffic radar unit awarded to the St. Joseph Police Department.
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nine law enforcement agencies in Minnesota being awarded a Stalker mobile traffic radar unit for participating in the Towards Zero Deaths enforcement effort that took place during the 2013 Labor Day Mobilization. “Traffic enforcement may not be the most glamorous job in the department” said Chief Joel Klein, “but it is more likely to save a life than nearly anything else we can do. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesotans usually consid-
ered too young to die – those between one and 34 years of age.” “It’s impossible to tell exactly how many or whose lives are saved when we emphasize traffic enforcement,” he continued, “the result is a crash that doesn’t happen. We just know it changes drivers behaviors – people buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired.” Tom Kummrow, law enforcement liaison, with the MinSpeed • page 5
Kennedy fourth-graders participate in math dance by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Kennedy Community School fourth-grade students have been busy learning about transformations in math through movement and dance with artist-in-residence David DeBlieck. DeBlieck is a dance instructor who works with teachers to improve student proficiency and attitude in math and dance while reducing performance anxiety in both. He and teachers collaborated to include kinesthetic activities to reach a wider range of learners. Fourth-grade teachers Carol Ramler, Mary Radunz and Kelli Ritter, along with music teacher
Kristen Bauer and art teacher Peggy Eigen, helped the students learn the dance move ments. Students traveled to the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud to experience dance in the rehearsal hall. Ramler said students learned about Kabuki, a Japanese form of drama/dance on the stage. They also created six-pointed stars in one of the art studios. DeBlieck also worked with the students in each of the fourth-grade classrooms teaching the transformations through dance and movement. Students created a dance that had translations (slides), reflections Dance • page 5
Kennedy fourth-grade students get ready to do a translation (slide) during their math dance performance at a concert on Jan. 30.
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Volunteers sought for activities with kids The Boys and Girls Club can always use volunteers at any of their 16 sites. Whether you’re interested in playing basketball with
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The St. Joseph Fire Department recently received a grant from Archer Daniels Midland-Benson Quinn, also known as ADM. The grant, ADM Cares, allowed the fire department to purchase two new water curtains and a new portable ground monitor. Pictured are the following: Tommy Christensen, ADM superintendent; Mark Joplin, ADM commodity manager; Sarah Lindbloom, ADM scale operations; Jeff Taufen, St. Joseph fire chief; and Justin Honer, St. Joseph assistant chief.
St. Joseph Rod, Gun Club 21st annual ice fishing contest
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Jerrell “Jerry” K. Setten, 76 St. Joseph July 14, 1937-Feb. 6, 2014
Jerrell “Jerry” Kenneth Setten, 76, St. Joseph, died due to health complications, surrounded by his loved ones, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. His funeral was held Feb. 10 at Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. Entombment was in North Star Cemetery, St. Cloud. Setten was born July 14, 1937 in Warren, Minn. to Julius S. and Florence C. (Jenderseck) Setten. He married Shirley A. Sweeter on Sept. 27, 1958 at Salem Lutheran Church. He was employed by Herberger’s, as a merchandiser, for more than 40 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Salem church. Jerry served on the boards of Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and Salem church. He supported research funding for Huntington Disease through the Jerry-Shirley Setten Family Fund at Central Minnesota Community Foundation and many other charities. Setten
Ethan Carlson of St. Joseph recently signed with Mayville (N.D.) State University to play baseball. Carlson, a senior outfielder, has been a mainstay for Apollo High School Eagles since his sophomore year where he has put together a great career. In 221 at-bats, Carlson hit .301, 19 BB, two doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 21 single bases, 15 runs and 27 RBI’s playing for both Apollo and Waite Park American Legion teams. Carlson will be entering his second year as a captain of the Apollo High School baseball team. He will be a three-year starter this spring in the outfield for the Eagles. “He was a crucial part of the team’s success in 2012 with a Central Lakes Conference championship and Section Runner-Up,” said Apollo Head Baseball Coach Adam Savolainen. “He has the rare combination of deadly speed, a strong arm and a wonderful passion for the game of baseball. Carlson’s leadership and experience will be of great importance this upcoming season.” Mayville Assistant Coach Pete Pratt said, “Ethan has been on my radar since his freshman season at Apollo and we look for a big senior year out of him. We fell in love with his athleti-
Above: Chad Stehovich, first-place game fish. Top right: Jack Taufen of St. Joseph, first-place pan fish. Right: Myron Schmitz of Cold Spring, grand-prize winner. The 21st annual St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club ice fishing contest was held Feb. 1 at Kraemer Lake, St. Joseph. The winners of the contest for game fish were as follows: Jack Taufen, St. Joseph, first-place pan fish with a 9-ounce crappie and Chad Stehovich, first-place game fish with a 3-pound 6-ounce northern pike. Myron Schmitz, Cold Spring, won the grand prize drawing of a one-day fish house rental for four people on Upper Red Lake. A total of 685 fish were caught. The ice this year was 32 inches thick.
supported his family in their daily life events and sporting activities. He always welcomed his friends and family with an uplifting smile and caring personality. His free time was spent visiting with close friends and family at his lake home or in the stands at a ball game. Survivors include the following: daughters, Lynn (Kevin Holden) Gregory of Sartell; Deborah (Mark) Setten-Petroske of St. Cloud; Kerry (Daniel) Setten-Hoffstrom of Eden Prairie, Minn.; brother, Will Setten of Sun City West, Ariz; four grandchildren, Ryne (Jillian), Ashton and Reese Gregory, and Tanner Petroske; and one great-granddaughter, Aviona. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley on Feb. 16, 2001; brother, Richard Setten; grandson, Gerrit Gregory; and son-in-law Michael Gregory. Pallbearers were Mark and Tanner Petroske; Dan Hoffstrom; Kevin Holden; Ryne, Reese and Ashton Gregory; and Aviona. The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the St. Cloud Hospital, with a special thank you to Dr. Roske, for the care and support they provided Setten. Memorials are preferred.
cism and think he has a chance to develop into a fine outfielder for us. We know the drive to succeed is there with the weight gain and overall strength which is exactly what we wanted him to do when verbally committing to us. Ethan is a young man I have watched closely throughout his career and I’m hoping it will pave the way for many more student athletes from what I truly believe is a baseball hotbed in Central Minnesota.” And Mayville Coach Scott Berry said, “Ethan was a recruit of Coach Pratt’s home town in St Cloud and we are pleased to open a Central Minnesota connection.” Bryce Kirchner of St. Joseph, recently signed with St. Cloud State University to wrestle. He is a senior at Apollo High School. Kirchner began wrestling in ninth grade and by 10th grade he earned a trip to wrestle in the Minnesota state tournament. As a junior, he placed fifth in the state AAA at 220 pounds. Currently, Kirchner is ranked fourth in the state at heavyweight with a record of 25-3. Bryce is a three-year allconference selection and is a fouryear letterman in both football and wrestling and carries a 3.5 gradepoint average.
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Kennedy student wins district spelling bee by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Kennedy sixth-grade student Andrew Theisen won the district spelling bee held Feb. 6 at St. Cloud North Junior High School. Theisen first competed locally at Kennedy with other fifth- and sixth-grade students. Sixth-grade teacher Michaelene Lucia said the first round of the bee was a written round in which all of the fifth- and sixth-grade students participated. The second round was held in the cafeteria with the
Books from front page it at home over the month of February which is “I Love to Read Month.” “We are inviting everyone to be involved in the reading of this book,” Ritter said. She said reading out loud at home is valuable because it better prepares children to be effective readers and is a fun family activity. “With the program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school,” Ritter said. She said everyone, including students, parents, teachers and administrative staff will be participating and will reap the benefits. The program began with guest readers in each classroom reading the first chapter. Those guest readers included current and former Kennedy teachers, custodians, paraprofessionals,
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top 10 fifth- and sixth-grade students competing. Theisen won first place and Savannah Henkel won second place. Both sixth-grade students received ribbons. Theisen then went on to win the district spelling bee. At the district level, Theisen competed against Lincoln fifthgrade student Simon Jordon for 15 rounds before winning in round 23 with the championship word “chocolate.” He advances to the regional spelling bee, which was held Feb. 13 at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell.
“All of us at Kennedy are proud of Andrew and wish him success in the regional meet,” Lucia said. Seventh-grade Kennedy student Beth Voigt also competed at the district level. Voigt was the winner of the Kennedy seventh- and eighth-grade spelling bee. Language -arts teacher Kelli Mauer said 20 students participated in the Kennedy bee, 10 from each grade. Voigt was the winner and the runner-up was Caity Popp, both seventh-grade students.
current and former students, administration, school board members, firefighters, police officers and more. The books were then sent home with students. Families received a bookmark with a suggested reading schedule to follow listed on it. About 15 minutes or a chapter of reading each night is recommended. Students can also complete weekly trivia questions. That is being done to encourage and reward attentive and active listening. The program is unique because children at all grade levels will be listening to the same book. “Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense,” Rit-
ter said. “Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level.” She said “The World According to Humphrey” can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students but will still captivate and stimulate older children.
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Savannah Henkel (left) and Andrew Theisen (right) were the winners for the fifth- and sixth-grade spelling bee held at Kennedy Community School. Theisen went on to compete at and win the district spelling bee.
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‘Stuck in Motion’ raises $23,000
Above left: Lisa Seifert biked on the “SPOT Rocks” team for the 16th annual United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota “Stuck in Motion” bike race on Jan. 25. Her mother, Kathy Seifert (far back), served on the UCP board for 33 years. Above right: “Tinker Belles” team pedaled the most miles at the UCP “Stuck in Motion” bike race. by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org
The 16th annual “Stuck in Motion” bike race for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota held on Jan. 25 met its fundraising goal of $23,000. Ninety people, divided into teams of 10, participated in the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
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the gym at St. Cloud Whitney Senior Center. “It was a wild and crazy event and I believe everyone had a great time,” said executive director Judy Moening. Many participants dressed in costumes such as super heroes, formal wear and others. Participants used stationary bicycles loaned by Fitness Evo-
lution for the event. Riders collected pledges to race. Each racer biked for 20 minutes. Tenminute breaks between participants were allowed to help the next racer get set up. The racers biked to music played by Lindsey Graske, a volunteer DJ. Graske is a student at the College of St. Benedict. The event was emceed by motivational speaker Aaron Cross who is a three-time paralympian in the sport of archery. Many participants raced for family and friends. Some racers required assistance to get the pedals in motion. Lisa Seifert, daughter of Al and Kathy Seifert of St. Joseph, has participated in this event for the last six years. Seifert, 47, has cerebral palsy.
“It’s a fun event and people should come out and try it,” Seifert said. Seifert biked on the “SPOT Rocks” team. She required some assistance and got it from other team members. Physical therapist Sue Peck of SPOT Rehab was the head of this team that collected $2,060 in pledges. Kathy Seifert is a former UCP board member. She served on the board for 33 years and chaired some of the fundraisers. She said it was always a goal of UCP to have board members from all areas of occupations. Seifert is a nurse who worked for 43 years in the Family Birthing Center at the St. Cloud Hospital. She now has health conditions which
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no longer allow her to serve on the board. Kathy said the bike race has been a wonderful fundraiser. “It gets family and other friends of people who have children with cerebral palsy involved,” she said. Sartell residents Cathy Thompson, Tracy Arduser and Kristie Hassebrock brought a team to the bike race. All three work together in Pediatric Rehabilitation for the St. Cloud Hospital, which is located at the CentraCare Health Plaza. Thompson is a physical-therapist assistant. She is the UCP secretary and is also a board member. Thompson has participated in the bike race since 2006 and Pediatric Rehabilitation has had a team at the race for the past 11 years. She said adolescent children who have seen their parents riding at the event have also recently begun riding. “Stuck in Motion is always a fun and upbeat fundraiser,” Thompson said. “It’s a friendly competition as we see who can get the most miles. There is always great music and great prizes. I highly believe in UCP’s mission as I work directly with young patients who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. I feel my involvement with UCP assists my patients (to) achieve a higher quality of life.” Arduser is a physical therapist and started with UCP in 1998 as a board member and served until 2010 at which time she transitioned to the advisory board. She participated in her first bike race in 1999 and has participated in the race at some level every year since 1998. Hassebrock is a speech and language pathologist. “I have been biking for Stuck in Motion off and on for the past 10 years,” Hassebrock said. “I started biking in order to help raise awareness of and support for the needs of individuals with cerebral palsy. Motion • page 8
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(flips) and rotations (turns). “The students enjoyed learning math through dance with David,” Ramler said. “One of the highlights was visiting the Paramount and seeing where the artists rehearse and perform.” “My students enjoyed the museum we made, using our bodies as the statues,” Ritter said. “Three students created three-dimensional shapes with their bodies and the rest of the class visited the museum. Another treasure of this ex-
Speed from front page nesota Department of Public Safety said, “The St. Joseph Police Department is receiving this radar in recognition of their commitment to enforcing traffic laws every day, not just when we’re able to pay for overtime hours. This is so important to upholding the motto “to protect and serve” – it keeps our families complete and our friends healthy.”
perience was to see all the students participating and responding to David in such a positive manner. The students mentioned they could tell he enjoyed teaching because he was always smiling.” “What a great time we have had with David,” Radunz said. “The students chant ‘We do math, we do dance, we do math and dance. This is fun.’” DeBliek said he especially enjoyed observing the students using their imaginations. “It has been a treat investigating the authentic intersections between dance and math with Kennedy fourth-graders,” DeBliek said. “I have really enjoyed their imaginative ideas
and inquisitive reflections.” Weather closings made it somewhat difficult for DeBlieck, teachers and students to coordinate the time needed to learn the dance, but students performed their new dance at the Jan. 30 third- and fourthgrade concert. DeBlieck’s residency was made possible through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board grant and the Kennedy Parent Teacher Association. Resident artists are chosen for their ability to enhance programs and curriculum design and increase interactions between students, residents and professional artists.
The St. Joseph Police Department is currently a partner on a Towards Zero Deaths enforcement grant with St. Cloud Police Department. The grant provides overtime funds to place officers on the roads of Stearns and Benton counties. The dual-antenna feature of St. Joseph’s new radar allows the officer to check the speed of the vehicles behind the squad as well as those in front of it. The unit is a “state-of-the-art” radar which will compliment St. Joseph’s current traffic enforce-
ment equipment inventory. Towards Zero Deaths is a statewide and national law enforcement campaign designed to increase seat belt and child seat use, lower speeds, detect distracted drivers and decrease the incidence of impaired driving. The radar was presented to the St. Joseph Police Department at the regular St. Joseph City Council meeting on Feb. 6.
Mary Radunz’s fourth-grade class creates a three-dimensional pose and holds it for 5-10 seconds.
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Lenora Hilsgen turns 95 by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org
child still living. Hilsgen said she never expected to reach this age. L e n o ra “I always thought I would Dorothy Hilslive to about 85,” Hilsgen said. gen, a resident She said it’s sometimes hard of Arlington when you get older because a Place Assisted lot of your friends and family Living, turned have already died. 95 in January. Hilsgen married Chris Hilsgen was Hilsgen in June 1946. They had born Jan. 28, Hilsgen five children, 14 grandchildren 1919. She was and 13 great-grandchildren. Unthe ninth of 11 children born til last April, when she moved to Michael Zimmer and Mary to Arlington Place, Hilsgen lived Himsl Zimmer and is the only independently.
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Local newspapers are still best place for public notices There is currently a bill in the Minnesota Capitol that would allow local governments to publish their official public notices on their own government websites rather than in newspapers and on newspaper websites, as state law has long required. The purpose of printed public notices is to publicize information about government actions in places where the public is most likely to see that information, allowing citizens to make well-informed decisions and be active participants in a democratic society. Governments, by law, must provide that information so it’s transparent and easily accessible. The proposed public-notices bill is known as SF 1152. It’s a bad bill for the following good reasons: • One of the first things the fledgling American government did in 1789 was to order the publication of every bill, order, resolution and congressional vote in at least three public newspapers. There was a healthy distrust of the newly formed government they were in the process of forming, and they did not want to leave notices of governmental actions to be left up to the government alone. The founders of our government knew all too well what happens when there is not public transparency; shady dealing and corruption can quickly set in. There is no guarantee governments will publish notices in a timely manner and nothing to prevent those notices from being incomplete or even changed. By having newspapers publish notices, there is a healthy “watch-dog” function in place. Very strict standards are in place for newspaper publication of notices. • Governments are already allowed to place public notices on their websites, and newspapers, by the way, have encouraged them to do so in addition to publishing them in papers. Few governmental entities have done so. Newspapers publish notices on their websites at no additional cost. • The supporters of SF 1152 claim it will save government costs. That has never been established. Newspapers currently charge for public notices at rates below standard news advertising. The cost of newspaper public notices is a tiny fraction of every governmental budget. The cost of designing and maintaining websites in proper working order would likely be far more expensive on an ongoing basis than paying to have them printed in newspapers. • People far and wide have become accustomed to viewing public notices in a place they won’t have trouble finding them – in their local newspapers and on newspapers’ websites. It has, in fact, become an American tradition and one of the wellsprings of democracy. • Another big plus for newspaper publication of public notices is they then become part of history, stored as newspaper archives for all to see well into the future. There is no guarantee and no requirement for governments to archive such notices for future generations. • Almost 30 percent of Minnesotans have no easy access to the Web. Many low-income and senior citizens don’t have computers and don’t know how to use them. They depend on newspapers to get their information. In Minnesota, there are 342 newspapers read by 2,354,034 households, according to the last U.S. Census. Contrary to popular belief, newspaper circulation and readership has increased and visits to newspaper websites have skyrocketed. • Democracy, in order to thrive, requires absolute transparency and accountability. Public notices printed in newspapers, not in government offices, is a very important way to be transparent and accountable so readers can be informed reliably. We hope the people of this great state contact their legislators and tell them to vote “NO” to SF 1152. The bill is expected to come before the Senate State and Local Government Committee Feb. 26, which is “Local Government Day” at the State Capitol. That committee, along with all state senators and representatives, should deep-six that bad bill. Names and addresses for local government officials voting on this bill: Sen. Michelle Fischbach, 15 State Office Building, Room 15, St. Paul MN 55155. 651-296-2084. sen. email@example.com AND Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, 357 State Office Building, St. Paul MN 55155. 651-296-7808. rep.tim.odriscoll@house. mn.
Preservationists are civilization’s true heroes Precious cultural heritages are constantly under the threat of eradication from intolerant religious radicals. Case in point: Two years ago radical Islamist invaders occupied the city of Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa for 10 months. While in control there, they conducted a sickening assault on that city’s monuments, shrines, religious sites and manuscripts. They were out to destroy anything that did not fit into their narrow and twisted interpretations of Islamic teachings. In January, Mali troops assisted by French soldiers retook the city. Before fleeing north, the rebels set fire to the Ahmed Baba Institute, which housed many thousands of historically important manuscripts, dating as far back as the 13th Century. Fortunately, thanks to the dedicated but dangerous work of so many people, the manuscripts had been smuggled out of the Institute and other places in Timbuktu and squirreled away for hiding in various faraway places. The rebels succeeded in destroying only an estimated 2,000 manuscripts of the 300,000 that were saved. Many foot lockers stuffed with texts were smuggled out of the city, sometimes right under the noses of the nasty rebels. Timbuktu is a very dry, hot place on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Its aridity is a major factor in why those manuscripts lasted so long in good condition. The city was a major stop on ancient trade routes and a book exchange there flourished – thus the extraordinary collections of manuscripts on subjects that include religion, astronomy, medicine, commerce, diplomatic relations and Arabic linguistics. In their hiding places, the manuscripts are in danger of deteriorating from mold because they are in humid areas, unlike the preservative aridity
Dennis Dalman Editor of their long-time home, Timbuktu. Knowing time is of the essence, knowledge-loving people from throughout the world are coming to the rescue. Some of those heroes include the staff of the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library right here at St. John’s University. Recently, the Rev. Columba Stewart, HMML executive director, returned with a team of workers to Bamako, Mali. There they have set up two digitizing studios to copy manuscripts. They’re also doing training sessions for local librarians who will continue to digitize all the manuscripts smuggled out of Timbuktu earlier. Enlightened people and organizations from many countries are paying for the rescue and preservation of that treasured cultural heritage. The gratifying result is copies of all of those manuscripts will be preserved digitally forever, safe from the vagaries of the weather or fires or the wanton destruction by rebels determined to destroy what they don’t understand and do not want to understand. Those forces of ignorance and intolerance have been beaten back, at least for now. And the best outcome is there is no way those wreckers can destroy digitized copies all over the world, including at the St. John’s Hill library, which houses one of the most magnificent collections of manuscripts and copies of manuscripts in the world. The HMML is completely dedicated to preserving manuscripts, especially those in threatened places throughout the world, such as Timbuktu. The library
contains more than 140,000 medieval, renaissance and early-modern texts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. It’s an ongoing labor of love by scholars passionately dedicated to keeping alive the shining torch of culture, enlightenment and civilization. Such courageous acts of preserving knowledge has made our civilization possible. During the so-called Dark Ages, for example, monks in monasteries throughout Europe laboriously, day and night, copied ancient manuscripts, often having to hide their work when knowledge-hating barbarians invaded to wreak havoc. Thanks to the labor of those copyist monks, ancient knowledge, most of which would have been forever lost, was later disseminated, including the works of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabic philosophers, all of whose ideas led to the Age of Enlightenment and made possible our modern world. Later, the invention of the printing press was another great advancement, making multiple copies of books possible and thus making it more difficult for plunderers to destroy them. That goes for works of art, too, as evidenced in the current movie, “The Monuments Men,” which is about efforts to save European art treasures (paintings and sculptures) from the destructive, plundering, thieving Nazis in World War II. In a very real sense, the history of the world has always been a struggle between good and evil, life and death, tolerance and intolerance, enlightenment and ignorance. Every time enlightenment wins out, as it did in Timbuktu, we should shout our praises to the skies and give our thanks to these intrepid, courageous preservationists who are the true heroes of civilization.
Letters to editor
Readers says Read will stand up to Washington bureaucrats Charles Pults, Collegeville St. John’s University Fearlessness. The timidity we have seen in Washington out of our leaders is disturbing to me and many other proud men and women of my generation. This is why I have decided to place my support behind Jim Read in his quest to replace Michele Bach-
mann. When the government was shutdown, Jim stepped up to the challenge. I watched him in class continually get frustrated and annoyed with the lack of courage in today’s congressional leaders. His willingness to step up to the plate, and announce his plan to fight for the 6th district when he did in October is inspirational and should be respected by all. I
will stand behind Jim Read in the upcoming elections and believe he will be the one to finally stand up to the bureaucrats in Washington in order to get something done. His fearlessness and experience as a constitutional scholar is what we need to fix the broken congressional system we have put up with for far too long.
Police chief gives kudos for new baby article Chief Joel Klein St. Joseph Police Department Thanks for a great article in this (past) issue (St. Joseph Newsleader, Feb. 7) about the birth of
Neely Erickson. I don’t know that I was a mastermind in all of this, but the birth of this little girl absolutely made my day on that cold Friday.
Keep warm everyone! To read the article in its entirety, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on 2014 02 07 in the bottom right-hand corner.
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Daisy is an 8-year-old Black Lab mix who came to the shelter because her owner felt their home was too small for a dog her size. Daisy did great with the older children in her previous home, walks easily on a leash and loves to play in the snow. She’s gotten along well with some dogs and not as well with others, so if you have a resident dog, a meet-and-greet would be recommended. Daisy seems to be housetrained and has done very well keeping her kennel clean. She hasn’t been on too many car rides so she’s still a little unsure of them. Taking Daisy on short little trips to a fun destination might help lead to longer road trips. “Helping one animal won’t change the world … but it will change the world for that one animal!” Dogs - 9 Puppies - 1 Guinea Pig - 1
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Motion from page 4 UCP’s events are near and dear to me since my nephew was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth. As a result, my nephew has a lot of needs for various equipment as well as support for his family. Since he and his family have relocated to Minnesota, UCP has been helpful in getting the things he and my patients need for good quality of life.” Moening said participants used various means to collect pledges, including online internet access. The “Never Say Never” team held a weekly meat raffle in January to raise money for their team. Others brought in company donations to match individual donations.
St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Seifert’s friend, Marianne Arnzen, brought in a company match donation from Macy’s. Arnzen met the Seifert family when she was a college student at the College of St. Benedict. She taught swimming lessons to Lisa and her sister, Sara, and has stayed in touch with the family. Medals and prizes were awarded and recognition was given to teams and individuals. Some of them included the following: Team “Tacy” raised the most pledges – $7,335, and team “Tinker Belles” raised the second most pledges – $3,896. Brianna Mastey pedaled 8.18 miles for the most female miles pedaled, Cliff Robbins pedaled 10.91 miles for the most male miles pedaled and Aaron D’Allesandro pedaled the most miles in the 15-and-under age group with 8.16 miles.
The spirit award went to team “Tacy,” which had a prom theme and dressed in formals and tuxedos and pedaled in their formal attire. Emily Salzbrun was the person with the highest pledges of $3,726, and Keenan Nichols had the second most pledges of $1,760. The “Tinker Belles” team pedaled the most miles – 78.92. Moening said money collected stays in the area and is used for local programs and services. Thirty-four volunteers helped with the event. Proceeds help serve people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in central Minnesota through financial grants for specialized equipment, assistive technology demonstrations and equipment loans, recycled quality computers to persons
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with disabilities, Super Strikers bowling for children with special needs and others. Cerebral palsy is a central motor dysfunction caused by damage to the motor-control centers of the developing brain.
It can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or after birth up to age 3. It affects muscle tone, posture and movement. UCP of Central Minnesota has been serving families in the area for 60 years.
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