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City asks help to prevent water line freezing

Area cities have all recently experienced water service lines freezing. The water line that runs from the city’s main to inside the building is the owner’s responsibility, and the best way to prevent the service line from freezing is to keep the water moving or running. A pencil or pinkie finger width is effective to prevent freezing. The cost of thawing service lines is expensive and it can take more than a day to get a contractor there to thaw it, so property owners should consider running their water, particularly if the property is on a cul de sac or if you notice any drop in water pressure, drop in water temperature and/or discoloration. For more information, visit

Know a woman with spirit?

Do you know a woman who makes a difference in her community? Nominate her for the Spirit of Women® Awards program. St. Cloud Hospital is now accepting nominations for women who perform extraordinary acts of service in their communities. The awards celebrate women who take action to make their community healthier, safer and a more inspirational place to live. Nominees will be recognized in one of three categories: a young person role model (ages 14-20); a community hero (at least 21 years of age); and a health care hero (clinical professional). All regional winners will receive recognition along with a $1,000 award to further their commitment to their community. Nominations are due by Feb. 28. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Junior Achievement seeks volunteers

Each year, Junior Achievement in the St. Cloud area partners with community volunteers to deliver programs to more than 29 local schools in 275 classrooms. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills, volunteers help local students learn the value of controlling their own financial future, while they acquire the important life skills of communication, teamwork, critical thinking and decision making. The time commitment is minimal, scheduling is flexible and training is provided. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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More than 250 people attend Avon Hills conference by Cori Hilsgen

More than 250 people, including 24 children, attended the “Living in the Avon Hills” conference held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at St. John’s University. Two local presenters at the conference included Susan Kroska and Peggy Roske. Kroska presented “Pretzels and More,” showing the audience how to make pretzels. She also gave out samples of the pretzels. “There’s nothing like the smell of a warm pretzel,” Kroska said. She shared various facts about pretzels, including that Pennsylvania produces 80 percent of all U.S. pretzels, that Anderson Pretzel in Lancaster, Penn. makes 65 tons of pretzels a day and that April 26 is National Pretzel Day among other fun pretzel facts. Kroska distributed her “Swiss Pretzel with Sponge” and “Best Soft Pretzel Recipe Ever” recipes. She discussed facts about

yeast, the importance of measuring in ounces for consistency, holding the salt back because salt inhibits yeast, experimenting with various grains to make breads healthier and more. Kroska, who owns “Susan’s Artisan Bread,” attended the San Francisco Baking Institute and classes in Canada and San Diego. She and her husband, David, have eight children. Dr. David Kroska also gave a presentation about “Plant Powered Health: Answers from the Garden.” Roske told about the history of Collegeville. She discussed the arrival of the Benedictines in St. Joseph and Collegeville and the site in “Lower Collegeville” where St. John’s monks settled Conference • page 3 photo by Cori Hilsgen

Susan Kroska spoke about pretzels at the Avon Hills conference. She gave out samples of her pretzels for attendees to try.

Living a mindful life to reduce stress by Cori Hilsgen

A stress reduction technique called “mindfulness” is gaining popularity in the healthcare field, wo r k p l a c e s and other Mahon areas. Certified nurse practitioner Kathleen Mahon recently presented that topic at the CentraCare Health Plaza. February is Heart Awareness Month. Mahon works at the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center. Mahon said at first she wasn’t sure if she would be able to interest enough people about the topic, but she shared it with a large crowd of 287 people. She decided to present on this topic because of the role stress plays both in the development of heart disease and most other chronic diseases. “It is now estimated more than half of the population has some form of chronic disease,” Mahon said. “Mindfulness is a great approach for stress management that everyone can do to promote their own health and well-being. Interest in mindful-

ness is growing exponentially as more research is done to justify its use as a viable option to complement medical care.” Mahon said heart disease is often related to lifestyle and can sometimes be prevented by making changes. One of those changes includes reducing stress. She said there’s been substantial evidence that links coronary artery disease and stress. Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a clinically proven, eight-week program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and others at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and has been practiced in hospitals, clinics, mental health centers and businesses for more than 25 years. According to Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way on purpose to the present moment, non-judgmentally. Seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness include no judgment, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and non-attachment. The technique requires focused training to teach your mind to stay in the present without thinking about the past or the future. “It’s about awareness and focus on the present moment,” Mahon said. “It’s training your

mind to spend more time in the present moment. You can’t be a perfectionist at this practice. Your mind will wander. When you realize it has wandered, don’t be frustrated. The realization is a moment of awareness.” She also said non-judgment is more about being aware of the fact we judge everything.

Mindfulness is not about falsely pretending not to judge but more about being aware of the judging and taking a step back from it and not being so attached to it. Mahon gave examples of being more mindful in daily activities. She talked about listening Stress • page 4

Who gives a hoot? I do

photo by Kelly Brown

This snowy owl was captured on camera by Kelly Brown of St. Joseph. He had heard there were snowy owls in the area and so he went on a quest to find one, discovering this particular owl just north of St. Joseph. Brown is an avid photographer, mainly of wildlife.

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American Legion Post 328 of St. Joseph Membership Chairman Fran Court (left) and Post Commander Chuck Kern (right) receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger Feb. 5 for achieving a membership all-time high for the 27th consecutive year. Post 328 currently has 239 members and has been active in St. Joseph community service continuously since it was chartered 94 years ago on Sept. 14, 1920 by 15 St. Joseph veterans. The American Legion is an organization that is pledged to support veterans for their medical, physical, mental and social needs and performs numerous other community service functions primarily supporting youth activities such as Boy’s State, Scouts and Legion baseball. The local Legion Club is available to the public for various community functions. Aaron Goerger of St. Joseph was recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. A student’s grade-point average must be in the top 15 percent to qualify for this honor. Preston Schatz of St. Joseph was recently named to the fall semester president’s roll of honor at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. A student must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or higher to qualify for this honor.

Alex Generous of St. Joseph was recently named to the president’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Students must achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average to earn this honor. Kairsten Nelson, daughter of Ann and Robert Nelson of St. Joseph was recently named to the fall dean’s list at Concordia College, Moorhead. To qualify, she earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7. She is a graduate of Rocori High School, Cold Spring.

K a t h y Hendrickson, a College of St. Benedict alum who resides in New York, is directing “Clever Hendrickson Maids: Stories from the Brothers Grimm,” a CSB/ St. John’s University Theater Department production, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, Feb. 21-25 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23 at the Benedict Arts Center Colman Theater on the campus of CSB. “Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm” will feature original story theater adaptations of “The Golden Key,” “Little Red Cap,” “The Hare and The Hedgehog,” “Clever Gretel,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Four Artful Sisters.” These tales tell the stories of some of the women of the brothers Grimm: the tricksters, and heroines, mothers, and sisters, the wicked stepmothers and witches. As always in Story Theater, shadow imagery will be featured (this time under the supervision of New York Shadow Puppet Master Rachel Oakes) and special to this show, shadows will be designed, constructed and operated by the ensemble. Since graduating from CSB in

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Jan. 31 7:10 a.m. Medical. Elm Street E. Report of a mother ready to give birth in a vehicle in the CentraCare parking lot. Officer arrived on scene and after taking necessary precautions, assisted in the delivery of the baby. Officer had to unwrap the umbilical cord from around the baby’s neck and kept it warm until Gold Cross ambulance arrived. Later found out mother and baby girl were healthy. 5:25 p.m. Lost property. Second Avenue NW/Ash Street W. Complainant advised she lost her iPhone in the alley north of the post office. Because of the snow, she believed it is somewhere in the snowbank and the battery is dead. She attempted to find it with Find iPhone. 11:21 p.m. Intoxicated person.

1987, Hendrickson has worked as a performer, director and teacher in Minneapolis, New York (where she has lived since 1995) and all over the world. She is an expert in the fields of actor training, the improvisation games of Viola Spolin and Story Theater techniques. In 2011, Hendrickson assistant directed the Tony award-winning Broadway revival of “Death of A Salesman,” directed by Mike Nichols. From 2002-10 she acted as vice president and senior improvisation and acting faculty of the world-renowned New Actors Workshop in New York City, a two-year professional conservatory founded by George Morrison, Nichols and Paul Sills, who originated the Story Theater form in the 1960s. In addition to her work at New Actors Workshop, Hendrickson has been a guest artist/educator or director at Dartmouth College, Antioch University, Stella Adler School of Acting, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as internationally at the Metodi Festival in Tuscany, KHIO (National Conservatory) in Oslo, Artcenicas in Rio De Janeiro, and SPOLINIST in Istanbul. In 2011, Hendrickson co-founded and began her tenure as artistic director of Jersey City Children’s Theater, bringing


Baker Street E. Received report of an intoxicated female visiting residence. She did not want to stay at the residence and was unable to drive. Officers transported her to her residence in Sartell. Feb. 1 12:48 a.m. Suspicious activity. St. Joseph Park N Ride. Officer observed vehicle parked in the parkand-ride next to a trailer with some equipment on the trailer. Lights to the car were on. Made contact with parties who stated they were just talking. Sent them on their way. 7:01 p.m. Welfare check. CR 75 E./Northland Drive. Party was walking from St. Cloud to downtown St. Joseph to meed friends. Was unable to contact friends for a ride. Due to the cold, officer transported the party from CR 75/CR 133 to downtown St. Joseph. 9:57 p.m. DWI. Minnesota Street W./Sixth Avenue NW. Officer stopped vehicle for speed. Driver smelled of alcohol and also admitted to consuming alcohol. Failed field sobriety tests and then agreed to a breath test which indicated a blood alcohol of .18. Driver was transported to jail.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 the teachings of Neva Boyd, Spolin and Sills to the youth of Jersey City, N.J. in the forms of both education/ outreach and Story Theater performance. JCCT has served more than 12,000 Jersey City residents since its opening. Three St. Joseph students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Morris. They are Kathryn Evenson, Maryanna Kroska and Amanda Walz. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.66 or higher to earn this honor. Nine St. Joseph students recently graduated from St. Cloud State University. They and their majors are as follows: Tudor Flintham, master’s in sports management; Dylon Fuchs, bachelor’s in environmental studies; Ralph Hanson, master’s in biological sciences; Cody Happke, bachelor’s in recreation and sports management; Luke Klein, bachelor’s in studio art, cum laude; Kaula Loso, bachelor’s in psychology, cum laude; Molly McAlister, bachelor’s in communication studies, cum laude; Abdinoor Sigat, bachelor’s in international relations and bachelor’s in political science; and Perian Stavrum, master’s in business administration. Feb. 2 9:32 p.m. Traffic stop. College Avenue N./Minnesota Street E. Officer observed vehicle traveling north on College Avenue S. at a high rate of speed. Radar indicated a speed of 44 mph. Officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver by her Minnesota driver’s license. She stated she know the speed limit is 30 mph. Feb. 3 9:09 a.m. Property damage accident. CR 75/CR 2. Vehicle #1 was stopped at red light when vehicle #2 stated her anti-lock brakes activated and she couldn’t stop. Roads appeared to be wet, but no ice/ snow. Appeared to be no damage to vehicle #1. Vehicle #2 had broken license plate bracket. No state report due to very little amount of damage. Feb. 5 5:20 a.m. Hazard. Ninth Avenue SE. While on patrol officer observed a vehicle sitting in the middle of the roadway. It appeared the vehicle slid out of the driveway and onto the road. Made contact with the owner and it was moved back into the driveway.

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Conference from front page before their move to the Lake Sagatagan shores. Roske discussed the bridges on Lake Sagatagan’s Chapel Walk and other stonework on the grounds of the SJU campus. She showed old photographs of where the main entrance used to be, the stonework that graced the entrance of the football field and more. Roske also discussed where the fish hatchery on the east bank of Watab Lake was located and how its founders had planned to grow the fish population so students and monks could eat them. With the recent St. John’s paint-shop fire, she discussed the history of fires at SJU. Some included a fire at the north fork of Watab Creek in 1868, the saw mill in 1873, the Old Stone House (the first house the monks built on campus) in 1877, the first chapel in 1903, the woodworking shop in 1939, the first sugar shack in 1942, a roof fire of the old gym in 1988 and more. Roske is an archivist for St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. She and her husband, Mike, live in Collegeville. “The Avon Hills Conference is so packed with interesting sessions it can be hard to choose between them,” Roske said. “It brings people together for interesting experiences and topics, to visit with their neighbors and

to learn about nature, the local community, sustainability and ways to tread more softly upon the land.” Other local presenters included Steve Heymans about “Small-scale Prairies and EcoFriendly Landscapes,” Diane Hansgen about “Peonies: King of the Perennial Garden” and Steve Saupe about “charming” and interesting plants in the Avon Hills. The keynote presentation, “The Wonderful World of Raptors: Predators of the Sky,” was given by the Wildlife Science Center of Forest Lake. It offered an up-close learning experience about many characteristics of raptors, fables and stories, conservation, falconry and more. The day was broken into four 45-minute sessions. Conference attendees were able to choose to attend any session on a firstcome, first-served basis throughout the day. The event included 40 presenters and offered 44 different sessions. Fifteen area business vendors also had tables set up for guests to visit. Some of them included Carol Theisen and Doug DeGeest. Theisen is a 10-year cancer survivor who sells “daisyblue” 100 percent natural and glutenfree products through expos, home parties and from her home. Products include essential oils, lotions, soaps and others. “What you put on your body goes through your system,” Theisen said. DeGeest is the vice president and general manager of the “Third Street Brewhouse” brew-

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ery. He offered information about the brewery and some of its new beverages, including seasonal options available to customers. The 2014 Initiative Awards, which recognize extraordinary people in the Avon Hills area, were given to the following: Don Otte, the “Lifetime Initiative Award” for recognition of his thoughtful, forward-looking support for the preservation of the rural character of the Avon Hills Landscape; Richard Bresnahan, the “Public Service Initiative Award” in recognition of his community leadership to Avon Township and the environment of the Avon Hills; Sister Phyllis Plantenberg, OSB, the “Lifetime Initiative Award” for growing healthy food and a healthy community; and the Stearns County Department of Environmental Services, the “Conservation and Land Stewardship Initiative Award” for innovation, leadership and service in assuring a healthy Avon Hills Landscape to citizens. The annual Initiative awards celebrate individuals or organizations who are developing or preserving jobs, preserving open land or promoting the rural character, beauty and ecological health of the environment and livable communities in Avon Hills. The Avon Hills Executive Committee accepts nominations each year, and nominees are evaluated on the significance of their contributions. The conference is organized by St. John’s Outdoor University environmental education coordi-


3 rural and natural character of the Avon Hills, an area of about 50 square miles of land located in St. Joseph, Collegeville, Avon and St. Wendel townships. AHI members communicate with involved individuals to try to preserve the history, natural beauty and different biological elements of the hills for future generations, while at the same time respecting the individual landowner’s rights. For more information visit

nator, John O’Reilly, and Outdoor U staff, the Avon Hills Initiative and other individuals. O’Reilly said the best reward for all of the work that goes into planning this event is to see and feel the excitement as people and conversations move from session to session throughout the day. He said the level of engagement is exactly why he and others do this each year. The conference has been held since 2005. It originally dealt mostly with land use and land-planning issues, but in 2009 it was changed to include a wider variety of educational topics. It is held on a Saturday each winter and usually covers a variety of topics about natural history, alternative energy, land use, the arts and more. The intent of the conference is to educate the whole family. The AHI is an organization of concerned citizens who works toward the preservation of the

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Local Blend wins food-safety award by Dennis Dalman

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The Local Blend was honored recently with the annual “2013 Food Safety Award” by the Stearns County Board of Commissioners. Its owners, Jeff and Stacie Engholm, accepted the award on behalf of their coffee house and its 13 employees. The county’s Food Service Award has been presented to one restaurant and one school annually since 2003. The Local Blend is one of about 400 restaurants in Stearns County that is inspected every year by an inspector from the county’s Environmental Services Department. The St. Mary’s Catholic School in Melrose was honored with the 2013 food-safety award in the “schools” category. That school’s food-services manager, Karen Goebel accepted the award on behalf of the school. Stacie Engholm, who owns the Local Blend with her husband, Jeff, said she and the staff were pleased to be honored. The entire staff, she said, knows the critical importance of maintaining a clean place and the highest standards of hygiene. “We also prepare for inspections,” Engholm said in an interview with the St. Joseph Newsleader. “Whenever the inspector finds even a minor problem, we correct it immediately.” The Engholms opened the Local Blend on St. Joseph’s downtown Minnesota Street six years ago. The coffee house special-

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Local Blend owners Stacie and Jeff Engholm (right) accept a food safety award in the restaurant category Feb. 11 from Stearns County Board of Commissioners Chair Mark Bromenshenkel. izes in a variety of coffees, of course, along with sandwiches, breads, muffins, cookies, pizza, breakfast items and ice-cream treats. Many of the baked goods, as well as soups and stews, are made right on the premises. The Local Blend prides itself on using locally produced or locally processed food items, including roasted coffee beans, honey, maple syrup, hormonefree milk, fresh breads and croissants and local fruits and vegetables. In addition to local, organic products, The Local Blend is also well known for providing a wide variety of music by mostly local singers and musicians. The coffee house, in fact, has become a prestigious venue for singer-songwriters throughout

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Stress from front page to the person you are conversing with instead of being distracted by other things in the room. Listening without judgment often results in better conversations. Another example is to focus on the food you are eating and to chew more slowly to really savor the taste of the food so you can develop healthier eating habits. Benefits of mindfulness include a decrease in physical and psychological symptoms, increased ability to relax, reductions in pain levels and enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain, greater enthusiasm and energy, increased selfesteem and ability to cope. The results of the practice of mindfulness are showing up at Fortune 500 companies, such as Google and General Mills, on sports teams such as the Seattle Seahawks and other areas. Worker productivity increases when workers are happier at the workplace and athletes perform better when they are in the present. “The beauty of mindfulness is you can do it anywhere, you don’t need a prescription, and the only side effect is it just might transform your life,” Mahon said. Mahon earned her mindfulness training from Massachusetts General Hospital, a master’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She is the coordinator of the Women at Heart Project at the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center. In spring, Mahon plans to complete training to become a certified holistic nurse practitioner in addition to her current certification as an adult nurse practitioner.

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Douglas Wood performs at St. John’s Prep by Cori Hilsgen

Local author and artist Douglas Wood recently performed at St. John’s Prep School to more than 500 students from local Catholic schools. He introduced students to folklore, history and inspirational life stories about nature, wildlife and the earth. He also led the audience in a few rowdy tunes which involved hand and arm gestures. Wood is an author, artist,

musician, naturalist and wilderness guide. He has written both adult and children’s books and currently has more than 2.5-million copies of books in print. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Christopher Medal for “Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth” and the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award for “Old Turtle.” Wood plays 12- and 6-string guitars, banjo and mandolin. He has a special passion for communicating with words and

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St. Joseph City Council member Bob Loso updated council members about the Feb. 5 Fire Board meeting at a recent council meeting. He said the board approved two people to attend the State Fire Convention in Owatonna, the purchase of 10 new pairs of fire boots and a monthly stipend for one firefighter who is required to do a lot of data

entry after fire calls. He said the department is also retiring some out-of-date surplus items. Loso said the St. Joseph Fire Department is seeking two new members. There is also a possibility of two more members retiring this year. The department currently has 28 members and is hoping the new applicants could start June 1. If anyone is interested in joining the fire department, they should apply online or at the St. Joseph City Hall.

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music the inspiration he finds in nature, not just as a place to visit, but as a place to call home. His talent for storytelling helps him to discuss the beauty and mystery of nature and how it relates to the human spirit. SJP National Honor Society students served as hosts and discussion leaders for the program. Visiting elementary students were divided by grade level, and other SJP students also joined the elementary student groups. SJP students led their groups of students through a series of discussion questions about the stories and helped the younger students grasp a deeper meaning behind Wood’s stories. Wood’s presentation was part of SJP’s visiting author program.

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Principal Paul Menard said they were thrilled to welcome Wood and the visiting schools to SJP. “We look forward to our students interacting with and serving as mentors and role models to young people,” Menard said. The five visiting schools included All Saints Academy from St. Joseph, St. Mary’s from Melrose, St. Boniface from Cold Spring, Holy Family from Albany and Sacred Heart from Freeport. Each student received a SJP cinch sack. contributed photo

Local author and artist Douglas Wood recently performed at St. John’s Prep School to more than 500 local Catholic school students.

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Learn safety precautions to avoid fiends among us The shocking abduction of a woman in Sartell the evening of Feb. 12 should be a reminder to one and all that despicable crimes can – and do – happen anywhere. Thank goodness the woman is alive. Imagine the trauma – the stark terror – that 56-year-old woman endured at the hands of those two psychotic thugs. That trauma will most likely hound her for the rest of her life. One of the jerks hid in the back seat of her vehicle. When she got into her car, he confronted her and forced her to drive to meet an accomplice. They demanded money and drove around the St. Cloud area for several hours, finally throwing the woman out of her own car in Sauk Rapids. Fortunately, she wasn’t tossed out in the middle of nowhere or she might have frozen to death. The woman had been assaulted and choked until she lost consciousness. What kind of fiends would commit such an abominable crime against a human being? It’s downright frightening “people” like that are in our midst. The only thing we can do to protect against those fiendish predators is to prepare ourselves as best we can by always taking safety precautions. The following are tips gleaned from law enforcement and safety websites: Always be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in public places and on the streets. If someone or some situation seems suspicious, avoid it at all costs. Go immediately to an area where there are other people. Try not to shop alone at night. Even in the day, it’s best to go shopping with someone else if at all possible. Before entering a store, always lock your vehicle’s doors. When getting into your vehicle, even when it’s parked by your home, always glance through the window into the back seat to make sure nobody is hiding there. In parking lots, try to park in the brightest illuminated place. When leaving a store, try to leave when at least one other person is also leaving. That way, other people can help or call for help if someone should attempt to abduct you. Needless to say, keep all your doors at home locked and make sure your security system is in working order. If you do not have a security system, consider investing in one. Also consider signing up for a self-defense course. Carry a siren-like noisemaker with you. You might also think about carrying Mace spray. All parents should discuss those and other safety precautions thoroughly with their children. One cannot be too careful these days. It’s a crying shame we have to become so suspicious, untrusting and afraid of others in this society. There is no end to the vicious things some psychopaths do to their fellow human beings. And the sheer sadistic viciousness seems to be getting worse all the time. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to remind ourselves most humans, overwhelmingly, are good, kind, caring people. And yet, we are compelled to be on our guard against the fiends among us. Let’s all help one another by always reminding others, again and again, to use sensible safety measures. It cannot be repeated often enough. Please stay safe!

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Hillary haters could help her win big Even though Hillary Clinton has not announced a presidential run, the Bill and Hillary haters are already squeezing forth their old venom, trying to poison the wells. A recent anti-Hillary salvo comes from presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, who indulged in a despicable “guiltby-association” tactic, trying to smear Hillary because of husband Bill’s tawdry affair with Monica Lewinsky. Republicans are afraid of Hillary because they know she has ranked highly, in poll after poll, as one of the most admired women in the world. Of course, cynics note one reason she may be so popular is she has not been in the running, yet, for the presidency. Just the same, Republicans think she just might destroy any chances of a Republican being elected as president in 2016. Many view Hillary as a Goliath that must be stopped by a David or an entire army of little Republican Davids. And, thus, the onslaught has begun. What’s almost amusing is this time around their slings and arrows are likely to backfire and boomerang right back into the faces of the Hillary haters. Good rational Republicans have been warning for several years the Republican Party has become fractured and disunified – pulled apart like Turkish taffy by radical, obstructionist Tea Party forces on the far right. It’s widely acknowledged Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency because his elitist attitudes did not jibe well with most voters – mainly AfroAmericans, Hispanics, women and the economically disen-

Dennis Dalman Editor franchised. With every passing year, too many Republicans continue, almost gleefully, to alienate those voters, and several caveman candidates were so despicably anti-women, they were soundly drubbed in the last elections. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has warned the party it must broaden its tent to welcome all people and to address universal concerns. In most quarters, that call for unity has fallen flat. In fact, Priebus himself has been known to ignore his own advice, such as when he blamed the shutdown of the WWII Veterans’ monument on President Obama rather than the Tea Party obstructionists who forced a government shutdown. Those kind of tactics and antediluvian attitudes are not winning strategies; they are a virtual guarantee of more failures to come. Because both Clintons are so popular these days, it’s easy to forget how some Clinton haters whipped up such a frenzy of charges, rumors and lies against them during their years in the White House. They were accused of complicity in the murder of friend and aider Vince Foster who, in fact, committed suicide. They cooked up and investigated charges Hillary had been embroiled in legal and fiscal corruption in Arkansas. They constantly tried

to paint Hillary as a version of Lady Macbeth, a power-mad wench working behind the scenes. They excoriated her for chairing a health-care reform committee. When she demonstrated intelligence, insight and resolve, they called her pushy, aggressive and power-hungry. In recent years, these desperadoes have transferred their contempt for the Clintons to hatred of Obama. But make no mistake: Those old hatreds will explode again like firebombs if and when Hillary announces her candidacy. And the old hatreds and baseless accusations are not going to “stick” with a critical mass of voters, no matter how much the Koch brothers spend on smear ads. It could be voters won’t want another Bush (Jeb) or Clinton (Hillary); they might opt for someone with a new last name. On the other hand, plenty of voters would be happy to see not one but two Clintons back in the White House so this country could get back on track again. A reasonable Republican candidate, advocating rational mainstream policies, could well win the next presidential election. But where is such a contender? That bright hope, Chris Christie, has been tarnished if not ruined. A viable Republican candidate will have to be in step with the progress of history, not a reactionary backslider. If we keep getting more extremists and Hillary haters, stuck in the stale past of discredited accusations, their nonsense will ensure the White House once again remains a receding mirage for Republicans. And Hillary, if she’s in the race, will almost certainly win.

Letter to editor

Reader starts petition to legalize medical marijuana Elayne Lappi Virginia, MN I am asking Gov. Dayton to reconsider his position and to commit to signing legislation produced in the upcoming 2014 session that would legalize the careful, physician-prescribed, state-agency-controlled and taxable use of medical marijuana. Thousands of Minnesotans are pleading to have access to medical marijuana to help ease excruciating chronic pain, cope with cancer or treat conditions for which prescription medications have not proven effective. It would also have the potential to greatly lessen the number of veteran suicides, since marijuana has been reported effective in treating PTSD, a tragic condition which affects too many of our courageous veterans. A vast majority of Minneso-

tans support this legislation. Recent opinion polls have reported as many as 76 percent of Minnesota voters are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. People in state after state are now moving forward to make medical-marijuana use legal across much of America. Sadly, many Minnesota families are being forced to leave our state to one with legalized medical marijuana in order to save the lives of their children or loved ones. This law is about compassion in so many ways. Gov. Dayton, a huge majority of voters will support you if you sign the legislation to be passed in the upcoming session. However, Dayton says he will not sign any bill the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association will not support. Thus, I am asking the MLEA to cooperate with legislators in crafting strict regulations into the proposed regulation that will, indeed, satisfy their concerns.

A percentage of tax money collected from medical marijuana sales could go to MLEA agencies, as compensation for the loss of income due to cessation of the current law-enforcement practice of seizing and selling property of individuals arrested for illegal marijuana use. With MLEA-legislature cooperation, the public safety concerns will be addressed – and those Minnesotans who genuinely need marijuana for medical conditions will be able to obtain it legally. P.S. If the reader would like to help in the fight to legalize marijuana, I have a petition to Gov. Dayton asking him to show compassion and pass the bill. Visit to show your support. My goal is to have 2,000 signatures by the end of February, when I will deliver the petition to Dayton. The reader is also invited to share this petition.

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Arlington Place crowns king and queen

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Prevent abductions: n e r d l i h c r u o y e t educa RECOGNIzING dANGERS

Arlington Place Assisted Living crowned “Bert” Zimmer, 94, (left) and Mary Pfeffer, 88, as Valentine’s Day king and queen. Names were picked from a drawing to choose both. by Cori Hilsgen

Arlington Place Assisted Living residents celebrated Valentine’s Day by crowning a king and queen at their Valentine social. Housing manager Karen Hennessy said staff had drawn from the male residents names for the king. They chose Albert “Bert” Zimmer. Hennessy crowned Zimmer and asked him to draw a female for the queen. Zimmer chose Mary Pfeffer, and Hennessy placed a crown on her head. Zimmer, 94, said he didn’t expect it but felt honored to be selected. Pfeffer, 88, said she was surprised. Since they were sitting at different tables, she moved to sit by Zimmer because she felt the king and

queen should sit together. Zimmer’s granddaughter, Joan Stock, was visiting for the social and congratulated him on being crowned king. Residents enjoyed ice cream with sliced strawberries and cookies they had decorated the day before. Laura Stommes, 96, just recently moved to Arlington. “I think it’s great,” Stommes said. Jim and Kathy Stueve were visiting Jim’s mother Clara Stueve, 101. Stueve, who has seven children, especially loves the coffee at the social gatherings. “It was nice,” Stueve said. “I liked it all.” Hennessy said they currently have 20 residents at Arlington, and 23 people are on a waiting list.

Congratulations to Deanna Zinken of St. Joseph, winner of $100 in the “Name that love song” contest. All entries with correct answers were placed in a drawing. See the answers below: 1. Local Blend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg 2. Dr. Contardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S “Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow 3. Russell Eyecare. . . . . . . . . . . . . E “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison 4. On A Lark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac 5. Simple Escape Salon . . . . . . . . . P “Escape” by Rupert Holmes 6. Spicer Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M “Theme Song” from Ice Castles by Melissa Manchester 7. Auto Body 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . Q “Every Time Two Fools Collide” by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West 8. Northway Eye/Gaida . . . . . . . . I “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel 9. St. Cloud Federal Credit Union . G “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles 10. St. Cloud Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . J “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond 11. For Little Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . R “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka 12. TMT Tree Service . . . . . . . . . . . F “Knock on Wood” by David Bowie 13. Daisy A Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H “Daisy Jane” by America 14. Weddings and More . . . . . . . . . C “Going to the Chapel” by the Dixie Cups 15. CSB Book Lover’s . . . . . . . . . . . A “More Than Words” by Extreme 16. Jack Splash Swim School . . . . . T “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees 17. Robert’s Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . B “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles 18. Movies Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something 19. Wine Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D “Red Red Wine” by UB40 20. Taco John’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L “Mexican Food Love Song” by My Anchor Holds

they can offer kids for their use of the Internet. Make sure you know where and when your child is accessing the Internet, whether it’s at school, at a friend’s house, community center or library. Computers outside your own home might not have suitable content filters, so talk to your child about the possibility of coming across inappropriate content. This might be in the form of pornographic images, sexist commentary or hate literature about religions or ethnic groups. Install your own filters and blocking software on home computers so accidents can be minimized. Unfortunately, even with filters some inappropriate images of nudity or sexuality are still just a click away. Talk to your child about what to do if they come across such content. Encourage them to seek out an adult, such as a parent or teacher, immediately. If you sense they wouldn’t be comfortable doing so, try to find out why and make it safe for them to come to you for information or discussions about what they’ve seen.


photo by Cori Hilsgen

Just over half of abductions are committed by strangers. While it’s important to keep all the probabilities in balance and to not let fear take over, parents can talk to children about how to recognize some dangers. Tell your children their gut feelings are important. If they don’t feel comfortable responding to an unknown adult’s greeting, children should respect their instincts. Children should never accept a ride from a stranger, even if it’s a plea for help of some kind. Instead, they should run or walk away immediately. Encourage your children to feel confident saying a clear and definitive “no” to strangers. They needn’t feel guilty for refusing any such kind of offers or requests. Teach children if an adult is following him or her on foot they must get away as quickly as possible and get help from a friend’s parent, shopkeeper or a nearby group of adults. If someone follows them in a car, your children should change directions abruptly and avoid any kind of contact. If an adult tells your children someone in their family’s been hurt, such as a parent or a pet, tell them they should always check home to confirm the facts before leaving with the adult to go anywhere, especially if it’s an adult they don’t know very well. The best all-around guideline to teach your children is that feeling safe trumps being polite. Rudeness can be apologized for later, but a sixth-sense about danger is a skill that will serve your children well. Beside abduction and sexual exploitation, Internet dangers are the main societal threat to children’s well-being. To minimize these dangers, there are some precautions parents can take and guidelines


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