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Town Crier Local Blend hosts two musical performances

The Local Blend, downtown St. Joseph, will host two musical performances in early March. The first is original folk rocker “The Wrong Omar,” a solo acoustic show, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 1. Singer-songwriter Joey Shaheen, aka “The Wrong Omar,” continues his “Sled Dawg Slushy” tour in support of his recent release “Shoot Up The Town.” The Wrong Omar presents a night of roots/folk/rock with blues harp, stories and rock ‘n’ roll aphorisms. The second event is Iowa pop/folk duo Har-di-Har from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, March 9. All ages are welcome for this free event. For more information, visit

Dinner, auction benefits Avon child, parks

A spaghetti dinner and silent auction benefit for Isaac’s Journey (childhood cancer) and Avon Community Betterment (parks), sponsored by the Avon Women of Today, will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in Avon Community Church, 410 Avon Ave. N.

U of M seeks participants in teen-driver study

St. Joseph, Sartell, St. Cloud and surrounding areas have been selected as recruitment locations for a teen-driver study being conducted by the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the project is to understand teen-driver safety and behaviors as well as parental involvement with teens during the learning phase of driving. The university seeks to recruit 40 teen drivers from the St. Joseph and Sartell areas who currently have their learner’s permit, will receive their provisional driver’s license between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, are age 16 at that time, and are able to begin the study within one month of their licensure start date. As part of the study, teens will receive a free Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone and a monthly data, text and talk service plan for one year. Additionally, teens will receive a monthly $25 incentive at the end of the year-long study totaling $300. For more information, contact Nichole Morris at or call 612624-4614.


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Joetown Snowtown draws families by TaLeiza Calloway

It was a sunny and crisp Minnesota day at Centennial Park last weekend in St. Joseph. Temperatures neared the 20s and a towering sledding hill was in full use by those attending Joetown Snowtown. This was the first year the St. Joseph Park Board hosted the winter event in partnership with local sponsors. Those who came were glad they did. Park Board Chair John Anderson was pleased with the weather during the event. “It’s a great day for it,” Anderson said. “Whether you hold an event in the summer or the winter, it’s always dependent on the weather.” Marc Van Herr works at Kay’s Kitchen in St. Joseph. He recently discovered the sledding hill in Centennial Park and stumbled upon Joetown Snowtown with his 4-year-old daughter, Sophia. She enjoyed playing in the snow and has a pretty good arm for throwing Joetown • page 8

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Blake Hawker, 8, of St. Joseph, shows off his hockey moves Feb. 16 during the Joetown Snowtown event in St. Joseph. Inset: Sophia Van Herr, 4, of St. Cloud readies to throw a snowball at her father Marc on Feb. 16 in Centennial Park.

Lots of love, teamwork led to triumphant smiles by Cori Hilsgen

Local residents Mitchell Schleper and his sister, Haley, will initiate a smile when they find something intriguing, humorous or are just

excited about something. For the Schlepers, that smile was formed through the efforts of surgeries, therapies and a lot of hard work. Mitchell, 13, was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate, and Haley, 12, was

born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Mitchell was diagnosed after birth and Haley was diagnosed before birth. They were two of the first patients to be treated by and to benefit from the CentraCare Cleft Palate Team.

Jeanie Schleper said necessary surgeries included a lip repair that was done when her children were between 3 and 4 months old. The timing of the lip-repair surgery depends on the weight of Smiles • page 3

Superintendent search in full swing by Janelle Von Pinnon

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Mitchell Schleper, 13, and his sister, Haley, 12 were two of the first patients to benefit from the care of the CentraCare Cleft Palate Team. Mitchell was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and Haley was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.

The St. Cloud Area School District 742 School Board will conduct Community At-Large meetings with each of three prospective superintendent candidates from 5-5:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 25-27 (one candidate each day) at the District 742 Administrative Office in the Apollo High School Resource Center (enter doors 2, 19 or 35), 1000 N. 44th Ave., St. Cloud. Each of those evenings, the board will then take the prospective candidate to dinner at 6 p.m. at Cafe Renaissance, Waite Park, and then conduct a candidate interview at 7:30 p.m. back at the district office. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, a

special school board meeting to narrow the candidate choice to one will take place at 8:45 p.m. again in the district office. The board had already conducted candidate interviews this past Tuesday-Thursday to narrow the superintendent search from a field of seven candidates down to the final three. One of the seven is former Kennedy Community School Principal Diane Moeller, who is currently interim director of curriculum instruction and assessement for the St. Cloud school district. The seven candidates are as follows: Nettie Collins-Hart, a fifth-year superintendent in Forest Park, Ill. (5,000 students); John Engelking, a superintendent for the Proctor (Minn.) Superintendent • page 5

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2 Friday, Feb. 22 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 610 North County Road 2, St. Joseph. Fish fry, 4:30-7:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, Collegeville. Night of the Stars, sponsored by District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation, 7 p.m., Paramount Arts Theater, 913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 320-259-5463. Saturday, Feb. 23 Gardening Knowledge for Free

Lori Raiber has been named executive director of TriCAP. She has a wide range of experience in the non-profit Raiber and government sectors of Human Services. Most recently, Raiber served as the human services supervisor for Stearns County in the gateway services division. Prior to working for Stearns County, she served as the housing and planning director for Heartland Community Action Agency Inc. in Willmar, Minn. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. Tri-CAP assists residents of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties, and beyond through the provision of a wide range of services that allow people to maintain or increase their economic self-sufficiency. Tara Bayerl, of St. Joseph, recently earned an associate’s degree in professional studies from Rochester (Minn.) Community If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or TriCounty Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

Jan. 24

4:37 p.m. Verbal dispute. College Avenue. Male and female parties were separated and male made arrangements to leave. 7:25 p.m. Fraud. 13th Avenue NE. Male reported he had listed a house on Craig’s List and some people with

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by Stearns County Master Gardeners, 8:15 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud. 320-255-6169. Sartell Community Showcase, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sartell Middle School, 627 Third Ave. N., Sartell. A free, family-focused event with a “Cirque du Sartell”(circus) theme includes booths from many area businesses/organizations, kids’ activities, games, inflatables, open swimming and door prizes. Entertainment from various groups will be held at 10 a.m. and noon. The LeSauk Lions will sell food at the event too. Call 320-258-6061, email or visit Night of the Stars, sponsored by District 742 Local Education and

and Technical College She will be recognized at the college’s 96th commencement ceremony May 16 in the UCR Regional Sports Center. Four St. Joseph students were recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. They are the following: Cody Athmann, junior, college of biological sciences; Samantha Evander, senior, college of liberal arts; Chelsey Hinnenkamp, senior, college of food, agriculture and natural resources science; and Evan Johnson, sophomore, college of biological sciences. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade-point average. Nicholas Kuefler, son of Karol Scherer, St. Joseph, has returned to the United States after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Operation Enduring Freedom middle-eastern accents were trying to scam him out of money. He stated he had reported the information to the FBI and was reporting as a matter of information. 7:31 p.m. Theft. Iris Lane E. Female reported her garbage can had been stolen sometime during the last week. Garbage can had Allied on the side and is valued at $65.

Jan. 25

5:18 p.m. Verbal dispute. College Avenue S. Male had punched a door several times damaging the door. Both parties stated there was no hitting, pushing or shoving by either party. There are three dogs in the apartment

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Monday, Feb. 25 Extension committee meetings, 9 a.m. Stearns County meeting; 10:00 a.m. Tri-county meeting, Midtown Office Complex, Room 108, St. Cloud. 320-255-6169. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

Wednesday, Feb. 27 GAPs: On-Farm Food Safety Workshop, sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Service, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stearns County Service Center, Waite Park. 320-255-6169.

Tuesday, Feb. 26 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Holy


is the official name given to anti-terrorism military operations involving U.S. troops and allied coalition partners. Active duty and reserve component members from all branches of the U.S. armed forces have been deployed to support the war against global terrorism outside the borders of the United States. U.S. troops serve in south, southwest and central Asia, the Arabian peninsula, the Horn of Africa, islands in the Pacific, and Europe. Army Spec. Kuefler is a weapon squad team leader assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. He has served in the military for two years. He is a 2010 graduate of Sartell High School. Anna Bernstetter, a junior and daughter of Chris and Joe Bernstetter, St. Joseph, was recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bethel University, St. Paul. Students must earn a gradepoint average of 3.6 or greater to qualify for the honor.


– two are under 6 months of age. Both parties were advised of the city dog ordinance and stated one of the puppies would be leaving within a couple of days. Photos of the apartment and damaged door were taken. 6:50 p.m. Civil dispute. 10th Avenue SE. Assisted grandfather with removing his 15-month-old granddaughter from the residence. Occupant was presented with a copy of the Ex Parte Order and was cooperative and polite. Child was safely removed.

Jan. 26

11:28 p.m. Unwanted persons. Minnesota Street W. Assisted person with clearing out a party at a rental house. House was cleared without incident.

Thursday, Feb. 28 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Time Management, professional development for busy people, noon-1 p.m., Resource Training and Solutions, 4150 2nd St. S., Suite 550, St. Cloud. 320-255-3236. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Practice Tips for Caregivers; caregiver panel, 6:30-8 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 C.R. 137, St. Cloud. 320-257-0699. Friday, March 1 World Day of Pray, an ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. 10 a.m. Love of Christ Lutheran Church, 1971 Pine Cone Road, St. Cloud. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 145 2nd Ave. NE, Rice. Saturday, March 2 Sartell Farmers’ Market

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All-Star Honors Band students from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, include Mallorie White (second from right). Mallory White, St. Joseph, who’s majoring in manufacturing engineering, recently performed with the state 2013 College AllStar Honors Band. White played the clarinet. A total of 95 students were chosen from 15 state colleges and universities including White who is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. The group rehearsed and performed a concert over three days in January in Wisconsin Rapids during Jan. 27

12:48 a.m. Public urination. Minnesota Street W. Officer observed male urinating on the west side of the building. Male tried to avoid officer, but officer caught up with male who still had his belt, button and zipper still undone. Officer placed male in the back of his squad car and issued a citation for public urination. Citation was explained and male was released. 12:46 a.m. Alcohol minor consumption. Minnesota Street W. Male who appeared under age was observed in bar. Officer checked and he had a Texas driver’s license stating he was 20 years old. Officer escorted male from bar to squad car and issued a citation.

the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter meeting. Students were selected based on accomplishments, awards, past musical participation and a recommendation by their director. Aaron Durst, who attended the state event, is UWStout’s instrumental music director. The band was led by guest directors from Marquette University, Lakeland College, Carthage College and UW-River Falls. The College All-Star Band began in 2002. Jan. 28

9:07 p.m. Domestic dispute. 2nd Avenue SE. Female stated ex-husband, who lives with her, threw a wine glass at her hitting her with it. She indicated she was afraid at the time. Officer transported male to jail and took photos and obtained a statement. 11:04 p.m. Accident. Minnesota Street W. Driver going west lost control due to icy roads, slid through the intersection of 2nd Avenue NW and struck a stop sign pole owned by the city of St. Joseph and a utility pole. The stop sign was knocked over. No visible damage to the utility pole due to low speed of the vehicle. Damage over $1,000.

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Smiles from front page the child and how they eat. A palate repair was done at one year and bone grafting was done at seven years. For the bone grafting, a piece of bone is taken from the child’s hip and grafted in the child’s gum line to close the affected area. Schleper said her children received braces, on the top of their mouths where it affected the cleft, before the bone grafting. Mitchell now has a full mouth of braces – his second experience with wearing them. Mitchell and Haley also had ear tubes placed in their ears, requiring additional surgeries. Jeanie Schleper said it’s also sometimes necessary to do a jaw alignment when patients are done growing. She said her children did not require speech therapy, but many children do. “You have a window of time when you can do the surgeries,” Jeanie said. “It’s a lot to take in.” She said the first year is really difficult until the cleft lip and palate are repaired. Schleper said having all the specialties in one area and working locally with the CentraCare team helped to reduce a stressful situation.

St. Joseph Newsleader • “The facial dental clinic at CentraCare, which is coordinated by Terri McCaffery, is very resourceful,” Schleper said. “Going to a facility where all the doctors are in one area lets you know when and where your next step will be for the care of your child. The team lets you know when your next procedure will take place. This way nothing gets missed.” “After the first couple of surgeries in their first year, we felt our children were like any other children growing up,” Schleper said. “As of right now, we just wait for the team of doctors to advise us on future procedures.” Mitchell is in eighth-grade and Haley is in sixth-grade at Kennedy Community School. Mitchell enjoys baseball, playing video games and fishing with Grandpa. Haley enjoys sports and dogs. She currently plays Junior Olympic volleyball and softball. Their father, Roy, works for Cold Spring Granite Company and their mother, Jeanie, works for pediatric dentist Dr. Joseph Wenner. Schleper said she was fortunate to be offered a position in Wenner’s office when the company she had been working for, Fingerhut, closed. Wenner had treated her children. Haley was only 6 days old when Wenner put a mouth appliance in her mouth.

The CentraCare Cleft Palate Team, which is a part of the St. Cloud Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Center, was recently designated as a Cleft Palate Team by the Commission on Approval of Teams. The four-year designation assures patients and families the team provides high-quality care and meets the standards established by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation. The center offers coordinated pediatric specialty care for children with facial differences. Many cases can be diagnosed prenatally in the perinatal clinic, at the time of birth or in infancy. The center offers care for differences such as cleft lip or cleft palate, syndromes of the face, and head and trauma injuries. The center has used a multi-disciplinarian team approach and has provided diagnosis and treatment in a family-oriented program since 2000. The team includes a clinical nurse specialist/coordinator; ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist); geneticist; nurses; dietician; oral surgeon; speech therapist; pediatric dentist; orthodontist; physical therapist; plastic surgeon; pediatrician; primary-care doctor and psychologist. “The providers were so reassuring,” Schleper said.


“They gave us a timeline of what to expect and prepared us for what was happening right now. This helped us to not dwell on things or worry about the future.” The center accepts refer-

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Annual Nun Banquet provides fellowship

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Sister Pat Ruether, OSB, (left) and sister Dorothy Manuel, OSB, talk about the 2012 Women Build for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity Feb. 15. Sisters hosted the eighth annual Nun Banquet to support the Women Build. by TaLeiza Calloway

For the more than 200 people who attended the eighth annual Nun Banquet in St. Joseph, the event serves as a family tradition, a way to support a good cause and a chance to visit with the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict.

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This year’s banquet served as the first of many for novice Tamra Thomas. Thomas is preparing to take her first vows as a nun. She and her family attended the banquet for the first time Feb. 15. Thomas’ parents, Linda and Dave Thomas, have lived in St. Joseph for nearly 20 years and had not heard about the banquet. They were glad

Joan VanGrisen (left), a senior at the College of St. Benedict, collects Stephanie Hart’s dinner ticket Feb. 16 at the eighth annual Nun Banquet in St. Joseph. Sister Karen Streveler, OSB looks on in the background. they decided to come. “I was a little leery about trying different foods but it was good,” Linda Thomas said. “It’s nice.” There were about eight different types of soups prepared by local businesses and the monastery. This is the first year local business helped out, organizers said. Dave Thomas said he learned one of the keys to enjoying the banquet is dressing for the occasion. “The secret to coming here is wearing a shirt that blends in with the soup,” he joked about possible spills. Tamra said she looks forward to future banquets. Before she made the decision to become a nun, the 30-year-old was a special-education teacher and a home-health aide. Deep thought and consideration coupled with encouraging conversations with her parents helped her reach her new path. The annual Nun Banquet supports Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity and raised $1,442 this year. Specifically, nuns support the organization’s Women Build Project, a program that fits nicely with

the mission of the Benedictine sisters to support and be involved in the community, said Sister Pat Ruether, OSB. Several sisters helped with the Women’s Build last year by assisting with painting, and have assisted with other building projects previously. Women Build celebrates women working together in building community. It provides women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to come together to build not just homes but friendships and networks, personally and professionally, according to Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s website. Those who participate support the building through gifts of cash and volunteering. Ruether and Sister Dorothy Manuel, OSB, are two of several volunteers who work on the Women Build. Manuel couldn’t say enough positive things about the Women’s Build project experience. Manuel said often it’s believed benefiting families are just given a home. “You don’t just give them a house,” Manuel said. “You’re enabling them to buy a home. The nice thing is you’re enabling them to be successful.”

One of the requirements of the building project is the future resident invest sweat equity. They work alongside volunteers on the home they will someday live in. For Cecilia Prokosch, OSB, this is an attractive component of the effort. “The most wonderful part of building a Habitat home is working with all the people who will live there,” Prokosch said of the 2012 Women Build. “It was a delightful kind of day.” Friends Louise Theisen and Mary Leisen of St. Cloud have attended the banquet every year. “It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years,” Leisen said of their annual routine. “We come because it’s good,” Theisen said of the event. “We used to volunteer and help clear tables.” Joan VanGrisen, a senior at the College of St. Benedict, volunteered by collecting tickets Feb. 15. She is a member of AKS, a service sorority. “This group doesn’t get to do a lot with the monastery so it’s nice to make that connection,” VanGrisen said.

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013


Morgan publishes book of history explorations ton and Sherburne counties. Morgan concentrates on natural landmarks (such as Peace Rock above the river near Sartell), interesting people (such as Ann Petrich of St. Stephen), unique historic buildings (such as the Davidson Opera House in St. Cloud) and special topics (such as when the circus came to town in 1895). “Earth, Wood, Stone: Volume II” reads like a leisurely stroll from place to place, so many of them familiar at first sight and yet unfamiliar, too, until Morgan excavates the past for the readers and helps them see through time, far beneath the glancing familiarity. Born in Pipestone, Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree from Macalaster College, then a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. He taught American Studies at St. Cloud State University from 1978 to 2000 and then taught as an adjunct professor at SCSU from 2001 until 2009. Morgan is the author of four books, all dealing with some form of history. He still writes a monthly history column for the St. Cloud Times. Bill and Judy Morgan, who are very active in the Sartell Senior Connection, have lived in Sartell for 13 years. The following are samplings of some of the chapters that deal with the Sartell-St. Stephen area in Morgan’s latest book: Clarke As noted above, the Morgans live on land that once was a vast farm founded by Nehemiah P. Clarke, a human dynamo who

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When Bill Morgan looks out the window of his home to watch the birds and hear their happy chatter at the bird feeder, he can also sometimes almost hear the snuffling, neighing and grunting sounds of cattle, horses and hogs. Morgan, after all, is a historian. Throughout his life, he has developed a knack for seeing “through time” so he can see in his mind’s eye what’s here now, what was here before and what was there even before that. For example, the Sartell patio home of Morgan and his wife, Judy, sits on what used to be – in the late 19th Century – a cattle farm owned by fearless Minnesota pioneer Nehemiah P. Clarke. The site was then called Meadow Lawn Farm. The Morgans’ home is located in Meadowlawn Village, named in honor of Clarke’s farm. The story of Clarke and Meadow Lawn Farm is just one of 66 explorations of central Minnesota’s past in Morgan’s just-published book, “Earth, Wood, Stone: Volume II.” The first volume was published in 2008. Both books are compilations of Morgan’s history columns written for the St. Cloud Times, a job he began in 1998. The newest book, of large format and 166 pages, is brimming with old photographs, many dating back to the very advent of photography, as well as some color photos of a more recent vintage. Morgan’s book explores fascinating tidbits of history concerning many of the cities and townships of mainly Stearns, Ben-

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blew into Minnesota from Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. In 1856, he and a friend, John Proctor, decided to walk to St. Cloud from Minneapolis. By the time they reached Monticello, the exhausted friend begged Clarke to stop and wait for a stagecoach. “Rather than wait for a coach,” Morgan wrote, “Clarke hoisted Proctor on his back and carried him the rest of the way.” At the time, St. Cloud was just a scruffy sprawl of houses along the river, which caused the minds of Clarke and Proctor to go into high gear. They erected a building from which they sold hardware and farming implements. Later, Clarke was awarded a government grant to develop a state route from St. Cloud all the way to the Black Hills. Mules and oxen carried goods to government posts throughout the Dakota territory. There seemed to be no end to Clarke’s ambition and entrepreneurial ways. He was a farmer, a banker, an animal-stock breeder, a lumberman and a corporate director for several Red River railroads.

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Bill Morgan, the author of four books, was born in Pipestone and taught American studies for years at St. Cloud State University. Clarke was nationally known as a breeder of Clydesdale and Hambletonian horses, shorthorn and Galloway cattle, Berkshire hogs and Cotswold sheep. He would sail to England now and then to select “the choicest animals, regardless of cost, for the Stearns County farms,” said historian William Bell Mitchell. Clarke’s name for his shorthorns Morgan • page 7 the District of Columbia School District (43,000 students). The St. Cloud School District currently enrolls nearly 9,500 students. The board is replacing Bruce Watkins, who served as superintendent from November 2004 to June 2008, then was rehired as superintendent in 2010 and will retire June 30. The three finalists’ names were not available as of press time Wednesday.

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013


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New collaboration tool is helpful resource There’s an old saying, “Never let your right hand know what the left is doing.” Well, that’s OK in certain situations but when it comes to knowing what’s going on in your town, that approach might not be the best one to take. It can also be helpful to cities who might be strapped for new ideas. Area cities work together on projects all the time. However, residents might not know about it until it appears on a city council agenda or in the local paper. Well, for those residents who want to keep a better eye on collaboration in their community and for cities who might need more inspiration about teaming up, the League of Minnesota Cities can help. The LMC has created the City Collaboration Lookup. It allows users to search for examples of collaborations by city name, service category (for example police, parks, housing, sanitation), or both. There are more than 1,900 examples in the lookup tool’s database that come from several sources, according to the LMC website. On both the 2004 and the 2008 State of the Cities surveys, the LMC asked member cities to identify cooperative service delivery arrangements in which they participated with other public or private entities. This is a useful tool for area communities. Sometimes all it takes is seeing an example to spark an idea elsewhere. St. Joseph is not new to the idea of collaboration. A recent example is the city’s partnership with the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership to help property owners with rehabilitation projects like roofing and siding improvements. A sample search in the City Collaboration Lookup for Sartell, a neighboring city of St. Joseph, in the category of parks and recreation brought up an example of a tri-recreation agreement. The agreement is between two cities, a township and a school district, according to the entry’s description. That is just one example. Cities that want more information about how the agreement works or want to explore other examples are advised to contact cities directly. The lookup is just a tool to see what other cities are doing. The next step after finding an idea is for officials to follow up on examples they might want to implement in their communities. The LMC is a membership organization that promotes excellence in local government through effective advocacy, expert analysis and trusted guidance for all Minnesota cities, according to its mission. For more information about the lookup tool, visit www.lmc. org. Search for City Collaboration Lookup. It’s worth the click.

Children are great examples of bravery News reporters are often sent all over the world. Sometimes they can control where they go depending on the beat they have but often each assignment is an adventure. That’s just one of the many perks of journalism. I’ve been a reporter in Minnesota for the last four years, and one thing I’ve observed in that time is children are great examples of what it means to be brave and try new things. I was reminded of this recently. The St. Joseph Park Board hosted the first Joetown Snowtown event last week in Centennial and Memorial parks. Packed with outdoor winter activities, festivities included sledding, skate races and snowshoeing. Seems pretty harmless, right? As I tiptoed down the side of a hill in Centennial Park to get in a position to take a photo, I was shocked at how little the riders were standing at the top. Clearly, this hill is taller than me. I know I’m taller than them, but their rosy cheeks glowed and they smiled as they flew down this gigantic hill, laughing all the

TaLeiza Calloway Reporter way. I don’t remember being that adventurous when I was little. My thing was coloring books. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Every time I gripe about how cold it is in Minnesota, I’m reminded by peers, “Hey, it snows in Cleveland.” Yes, it does, but I have no memory of ever going sledding. I tried ice skating once as an adult and it ended badly. I didn’t see my first sledding hill until I moved to Minnesota. Even though it looked scary to me and I’m 29, those children – some rode down with and without their parents – looked like they were having so much fun. I met an 8-year-old who tried snowshoeing and sledding for the first time in one day. She thought it was great. The temperature outside was no deterrent for her outdoor fun. It didn’t matter to her the snowshoes were a little bulky or that she

fell while trekking through the snow. She got back up and finished the course. As I thought about that little girl’s resilience, I was reminded of another assignment I recently had where children let nothing get in their way when it came to learning something new. They were fearless and kept an open mind during the whole experience. At this event I covered, area students were attending a hands-on science course and learning about the anatomy of the heart. The learning aide for this lesson was a real pig’s heart. I know many adults who get squeamish just thinking about blood. These students didn’t just look at pictures as they listened to the instructor. They held, poked, prodded and examined those pig hearts like pros. I was proud of them. I don’t know if I could’ve joined them though. Those are just two examples of how children prove to be fearless sometimes. I like making these discoveries. Next time, I might put on a pair of snowshoes myself and give it a whirl. I’m still thinking about the sledding hill. Maybe next year.

Letters to editor

Lines of opportunity abound with wind industry by John Crabtree, Center for Rural Affairs

Tapping America’s vast wind resources requires a commitment to building high-capacity transmission infrastructure. An improved electrical grid will create rural jobs in both transmission and wind industries, bring more wind energy online and help secure a clean energy future in regions rich in wind potential. Unfortunately, the existing transmission network was not designed to penetrate lightly populated regions of the Midwest and Great Plains, a region brimming with wind-energy potential. Instead, the grid was designed to connect large, individual generating units

with specific population centers. Consequently, states like Minnesota, with the 10th best wind-development potential among the states, are leaving too much on the table when it comes to economic development and energy independence. Transmission lines of 400 kV or larger are needed in greater numbers if these states hope to integrate more wind power into their energy portfolio. But a recent Center for Rural Affairs report ( found current transmission infrastructure in the 10 states with the highest potential for wind development have only 6 percent of such high-capacity transmission lines - 2,348 of 37,736 miles nationally. Moreover, of the 3,710 miles of lines

with carrying capacity greater than 600 kV across the country, only 9 miles are located in states that lead the nation in wind potential, accounting for less than 0.3 percent of the total. More efficient use of infrastructure now in place is a crucial first step, and commitment to an improved, expanded grid must come next. The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as an unaffiliated nonprofit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for Rural Affairs was formed by rural Nebraskans concerned about family farms and rural communities, and we work to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

Reader shares link to test motion-induced blindness Ken Hiemenz, St. Joseph

I write this in the hope it will keep people safe while driving. Some of you may already know this. This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle) and not see you. From a former naval aviator. This is a

great illustration of what we were taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the 1950s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII vet-

erans with years of experience, instructed us to continually “keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel” because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience it for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time. Go to the following link below for a demonstration,

Reader says new web layout is far superior to former one Mike McDonald, St. Joseph

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.

Your new web layout is far superior to your former one. Thanks for the change.

I just registered and will try out a “comment” to a news article as soon as I dig out a couple more facts. I’m interested

to see if the comments portion of the website also took a quantitative leap with the new design.

Send it to: The Newsleaders P.O. Box 324 St. Joseph, MN 56374

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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013



was “Meadow Lawn,” and one of them (Dorothea II) won more than two dozen championships. Clarke’s prized animals were raised and bred on 3,800 acres located in sections 16 and 17 in LeSauk Township, and the acreage was divided into three farms that Clarke named Nether Hall, Clyde Mains and Meadow Lawn, on which now sits the patio home occupied by Bill and Judy Morgan. Clarke and a partner, T.C. McClure, owned lumber mills in St. Cloud, Minneapolis, Perham and Manitoba, Canada. In 1892, Clarke hired a prominent architect to design a home for his wife, Caroline, and their three children. The stately, threestory mansion, which still stands at 356 3rd Ave. S. in St. Cloud, is considered one of the finest Victorian-style mansions in the entire area. Morgan closes his column on

Clarke this way: “As I look out my window today, I see a row of patio homes called Meadowlawn Village, where the chirping of birds on my feeder have replaced the sounds of cattle, horses and hogs.” Petrich Morgan’s book is dedicated to two inspiring women, both now deceased – Sister Justina Bieganek, who was brought to Minnesota on one of the “orphan trains” in the early 20th Century; and Anna Poglajen Petrich, a resourceful woman who lived as an old-fashioned “pioneer” in a log house near St. Stephen. Morgan’s column on Petrich is a virtual valentine to a one-of-akind woman. He begins his column with these words: “Although she died in 1994 at age 99, I still think about Anna Petrich almost every day. I met Anna and her husband, John, in 1980 when they were living in the log house that Anna’s father built near St. Stephen, Minnesota in 1883.” Born in St. Stephen in 1895, Anna was the daughter of immi-

grants from Slovenia in eastern Europe. They arrived in the St. Stephen area in 1883. Before moving, they had read about the area in an article written by Father Francis Xavier Pierz, which was published in a Cincinnati newspaper. Pierz, who also hailed from Slovenia, lived in central Minnesota and befriended immigrants and many Native Americans. He was instrumental in convincing many in Eastern states to move to central Minnesota – especially Slovenians in the Cincinnati area. As a result of Pierz’s efforts, St. Stephen became the first Slovenian settlement in the nation. Anna’s husband, John Petrich, was also born in Slovenia, just a few miles from Anna’s parents’ farm, as strange coincidence would have it. John’s family emigrated to Minnesota’s Iron Range. His father owned land near St. Stephen and young John often accompanied him to that area when he had business there. That is how John met Anna, whom he married when she was 17. They lived in Northome for seven years where John worked

in the iron mines for 14 cents an hour, 10 hours a day. In 1918, the couple moved to St. Stephen and moved into the same log house where Anna had been born. Even when she was in her 80s, Anna still grew a large garden, raising vegetables as well as flowers, including gladioli that were used to decorate the altar in the Church of St. Stephen. For several years, she wrote the church’s newsletter, read widely to keep up with current events and tended to John’s needs after he suffered a massive stroke. During the last years of their lives, John and Anna lived in the Country Manor nursing home in Sartell. “Anna told me,” Morgan wrote, “how much she appreciated running water and a flushing toilet, but missed driving her old Chevy.” In the following paragraph, Morgan gives a vividly detailed description that evokes Anna’s pioneer way of life. “The kitchen was the family hearth. It contained a wood-

fed Monarch range from which Anna baked delicious cookies, pastries and breads made from Slovenian recipes that had been passed down through the generations. The range was also used to heat old-fashioned flatirons, light was produced by kerosene lamp, and the kitchen sink filled by water drawn from an outdoor well. In the parlor a potbellied stove provided heat for a downstairs bedroom and for a sleeping loft above.” How to get the book The best way to get a copy of “Earth, Wood, Stone: Volume II” is to call Morgan at 320-253-6412. The Morgans can mail the books, autographed, to customers. Morgan can also be emailed at: The book is also available at the historical societies in Benton and Stearns counties, Walgreen’s on Division Street in St. Cloud, Books Revisited in downtown St. Cloud (and the one in Crossroads), the Paramount Theater bookstore and Cold Spring Bakery.





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Joetown from front page snowballs – but only at her dad. “This was a bonus,” Van Herr said. “It’s nice to have this daddy-daughter time.” Dave Landry of St. Joseph lives a few blocks away from Centennial. He brought his daughter Britta,

St. Joseph Newsleader • competed in the skate races with friend Samantha Webb, 12, of Sartell. Webb said she has been ice skating since she was 5. “It’s really a lot of fun,” Webb said of the event. “I learned how to skate from my grandpa.” Webb said she comes to Centennial Park often with her grandparents. She liked the idea of seeing how fast she could skate through the cones Feb. 16.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Teaching children about safety Check first

Children and teens should be taught to check first with parents and caregivers before going anywhere with anyone, accepting gifts or allowing someone to photograph them. If anyone attempts to force the child to go somewhere with them without being able to check first, they should be taught to yell “Call 911” or “Help” in a low, strong voice and run to another adult for help.

Attention and affection trap

Adults use attention and affection as the primary way to exploit children and teens. Tell your child adults who have your best intentions in mind want to be a mentor and not a significant other. Talk to your teen about the dangers of being in a “relationship” with an adult. If your child or teen suspects an adult is attempting to start a “romantic relationship” with them, they should talk to a parent right away.

Hang-out in groups

photo by TaLeiza Calloway

Shane Collett, 5, of St. Joseph walks up a sledding hill Feb. 16 with his mother Kelly Motschke-Collett in Centennial Park. 8, and son Jensin, 3, to test out the sledding hill for the first time. Britta also tried snowshoeing for the first time, too. Jensin was content making snow angels. Sledding is always a fun activity for the Collett family of St. Joseph. “We come here every year,” said Kelly Motschke-Collett. “It’s a blast.” The height of the hill was not a deterrent for 5-year-old Shane Collett. The outdoor activity was one word to him: “F-U-N,” he said before running back up the hill for another ride. In addition to sledding, festivities included skating races and snowshoeing during the day and a chili-tasting event in the evening. Blake Hawker, 8, of St. Joseph, was keen on showing off his hockey moves on the ice. His sister, Keardyn, 10, also a veteran skater,

Jodi Keehr, the newest appointed member of the St. Joseph Park Board, was glad to see the board host the winter event. The sun was an added plus to the vibes of the day, she said. “I like to be outdoors during winter,” Keehr said. “You can’t always do that. It’s good to have events like this.” Despite low attendance, Keehr said it was a good start to a future tradition. Anderson said the park board hopes to partner with St. Joseph Recreation to host a summer event with family activities. As he looks ahead, he still would have liked to have seen more people show up. “I’m a little underwhelmed with the attendance, but it’s the first year,” Anderson said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes and next year we’ll be bigger and better.”

Children and teens need to know their phone number, address, parents’ or caregivers’ numbers, along with other important contact information like their school information and numbers of trusted adults. Practice making a 911 call with your child as a way of practicing reciting the information in case of emergency.

Trust your instincts

Remember to talk about online safety

Teach your children how to recognize their gut instinct or “uh-oh” feeling. If a child or teen is in a situation where their gut is telling them something is wrong they should leave and check in with a parent or caregiver. If a certain individual gives your child that “uh-oh” feeling, make it a family policy they are not allowed to spend time with that person unless the parent/caregiver is present.

Talk about all secrets

There is never a good reason for a child or teen to keep secrets from their parent. If your child is asked to keep a secret, that is a red flag for them to leave the situation and talk to you immediately. It’s a good idea to teach your child the difference between a secret and a surprise so you can keep the lines of communication open without learning what you are getting for your birthday.


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Parents/caregivers should help children and teens develop a list of five trusted adults and their phone numbers so they can contact them if they ever need additional help or guidance.





Mentors are important

Parents should talk to their children about times when they may need to say no to an adult. If a child is being tricked into confusing or harmful touch s/he should be taught to say ‘no’ loudly. Then s/he should get away from the situation and tell a trusted adult. Reinforce with your child if they are ever tricked into a harmful touch it’s not their fault and you will love them no matter what.

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Children and teens need to be taught not to give out personal or emotionally private information online. Youth should not meet people from online in real life without parental permission and involvement. If children see themselves as a part of the solution to keep the Internet safer they may be more likely to report inappropriate emails and communication to a parent. Parents can use to report online luring or other illegal online behavior that puts children and teens at risk.

Say no, get away, tell an adult

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Encourage children and teens to walk to and from school, wait at the bus stop, go out into the community and spend recreational time in groups. It’s not only a safe idea – it’s also more fun. Parents should know the names and contact information for who their child likes to spend time with both in-person and online.


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