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Citywide garage sale set for May 17-18

The St. Joseph Citywide Garage Sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Jaycees, will be held May 17-18. Registration forms are available at Sentry Bank and the City of St Joseph. Registration deadline is Monday, May 6.

Tickets available for ‘Wine, Kibbles, Bits’

Tickets are now available for the annul “Wine, Kibbles and Bits” fundraiser for the Tri-County Humane Society. The event will take place starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3 at the Gorecki Center on the campus of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

Help with Home Repairs

Great River Area Faith in Action is seeking men and women with trade-specific talents such as painting, plumbing and carpentry skills to join their team and assist with home repairs and basic maintenance projects. They also welcome those with basic handy-person skills to join their team. Formal orientation process and background check required. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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Klein excited about police chief role by TaLeiza Calloway

Joel Klein always wanted to be a cop. It was a career he knew would allow him to do what he enjoys – helping others. While a lot of what law enforcement includes is assisting others, he also admits it’s cool to catch the criminal. However, public safety is his number one priority. “My number one goal is always public safety,” Klein said. “I always want to make sure people feel safe where they live and they can enjoy where they live.” The crime he hates the most is theft because it takes away a sense of security and the culprit is often faceless. One thing he wants residents to know about him is his door is always open. Drawn to serve Klein was recently asked to serve as the next police chief when current Chief Pete Jansky retires in August. The St. Joseph City Council offered him the job April 16. The 38-year-old was one of three finalists for the position. The other finalists for the job were Sgt. Dwight Pfannenstein of the St. Joseph Police Department and Sgt. Erik

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Officer Joel Klein works in his office April 20 in the St. Joseph Police Department. Klein will serve as the next police chief when current Police Chief Pete Jansky retires in August. Lee, of the Crosslake Police Department. Because he already works in the department, the transition

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tails of his contract including the start date. The starting salary for the position is about $65,000, Klein • page 8

Families flock to community showcase by TaLeiza Calloway

Hospital offers group on eating disorders

The St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:30-6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month beginning May 2 at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Leonard, Street and Deinard room, 1900 Centracare Circle, St Cloud. There will be no support group in July. Groups are led by a licensed psychologist or registered dietitian and provide support to friends and family through education and sharing with others who also have a loved one with an eating disorder. Each month a different topic will be explored. Attendees will take away tips for making mealtimes less stressful, how to respond to food and body image struggles and what to say or not to say. There is no cost to attend. For more information, please call Bette Bakke, PhD, LP, at 320-2294918.

into the chief position will be gradual. St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens said the city is still working on the de-

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Kendra Dierkes, 4, of St. Joseph, takes Ricky the Raccoon and Moobell to meet her mother April 20 during the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce community showcase.

The gym at Kennedy Community School was often crowded April 20 during the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce Community Showcase. This was the first year for the event and judging from attendance, it was something many enjoyed. Between 400 and 500 people attended the event, which was designed to introduce new businesses in the city and to make it possible for visitors to mingle with people from familiar businesses, as well. About 30 businesses staffed display booths and shared information on their services. Organizers were pleased with their first run. “This is an exciting turnout,” Vicki Dahl said. “This was a test to see how it goes, and it passed.” Dahl is a member of the planning committee for the showcase. Chamber board member

Randy Schmitz shared Dahl’s excitement about the turnout. “This has been great,” Schmitz said. “We had a lot of people coming in during the first hour.” Schmitz said he heard positive feedback during the event and got some suggestions for improvements for next year’s event. They hope to have more entertainment throughout the event and add more games for children in the future. Attendees not only had a chance to try samples and learn about businesses within the city but could also tour Kennedy school. Since the event had an Earth Day theme, the school tour was fitting as the school boasts environmentally-friendly features. In addition to tours, kids’ games and refreshments, there was also some live entertainment. Third- and fourthgrade students at Kennedy performed for guests, singing songs that included the “Star Spangled Banner” and “This Land is Showcase • page 4

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Community garden plans on hold by TaLeiza Calloway

Plans for a community garden in St. Joseph are on hold until the city can find a partnership to assist with the cost to maintain it. St. Joseph City Administrator Judy Weyrens said an attempt was made to share garden space with St. Benedict’s Monastery, but it was not feasible. Issues include concerns about space and cost. It would cost the city between $3,000 and $5,000 to have a community garden, Weyrens said. The

proposed garden is also something that was not included in the city’s 2013 budget. Without funding or more interest in use, the project can’t move forward, she said. “We will seek alternatives for funding,” she said. “It’s on hold for now.” The city first solicited interest in the park amenity in 2011 in its newsletter. About 12 residents expressed interest in starting a community garden in town at that time. The initial location of the garden was projected to be adjacent

to the city’s water-treatment plant south of Interstate 94 on the frontage road. Plots would be 20 feet by 20 feet and were anticipated to cost about $25 annually. The St. Joseph Park Board had previously discussed the possibility of adding a community garden to Cloverdale Park. Board members decided the residential neighborhood park might not be an appropriate location for the amenity. Area cities with community gardens include Sartell, St. Cloud and Little Falls.

Sartell woman wants to organize volleyball teams by Dennis Dalman

A Sartell woman is inviting guys and gals over the age of 30 to join a “just for fun” volleyball team. Julie Jacobs has played volleyball for a couple of years. Her husband, Jeff, is also a member of her team, along with four others – a couple from Rice and a couple from Sauk Rapids.

Jacobs’ team used to play in various cities throughout the area, but she recently decided it would be fun to compete closer to home, right in Sartell’s Watab Park. “It’s hard to play against 21-year-olds,” she said, laughing. “Let’s play right here. For fun. And exercise.” Jacobs is hoping enough people will be interested so that several teams can be formed. If interested, call Julie at 320-



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March of Dimes raises $125,000+ at walk

Blowing snow and cold could not stop more than 600 people for walking together for stronger, healthier babies at the St. Cloud March for Babies Saturday, April 13 at St. Cloud State University’s Halenbeck Hall Fieldhouse. Walkers raised more than $125,000 to help babies be born healthy.

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St 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. April 10 00:34 a.m. Traffic stop. Minnesota Street W and C.R. 2. Traffic stop for violations. Driver of the vehicle did not have a Minnesota driver’s license and his driving status in California was suspended. Front-seat passenger stated she owned the vehicle and it’s registered under her mother’s name. Passenger stated she was aware the driver did not have a valid license. Citation was issued for allowing unauthorized driver.

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DuWayne D. Warzecka, 68 St. Joseph Dec. 23, 1944 - April 18, 2013

D u Wa y n e David Warzecka died peacefully surrounded by his family in his home April 18 after a courageous battle with cancer. His funeral was held April 22 in St. Columbkille Catholic Church, St. Wendel. The Rev. Mark Stang officiated; burial will be at a later date in the parish cemetery. Warzecka was born Dec. 23, 1944 to Bernard and Salomae (Kroll) Warzecka in St. Wendel. He married Karen Schmidt on June 13, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. He lived his entire life in the St. Wendel area where he helped raise his four sons and also worked for the Minnesota DOT for 39 years. He also dug graves by hand for 40 years in St. Wendel. After his retirement in 2007, Warzecka drove school bus for Holdingford Public Schools. Warzecka was known as an avid sportsman who loved to hunt, fish and go camping. He also loved watching Karen’s beautiful gar-


7:58 a.m. Assist. 2nd Avenue NW and Minnesota Street W. Assisted with traffic control for medical on C.R. 51. 2:38 p.m. Found property. A college ID and a Minnesota driver’s license were found. Male student was emailed he could pick up his ID and female student was mailed her driver’s license. 9:38 p.m. Assist. C.R. 75 and C.R. 3. Assisted with traffic stop. Driver tested and arrested for DWI. Waited for vehicle to be towed. No report. April 11 4:11 a.m. Alarm. Elm Street. Responded to a business alarm. Store-room door on the west side of the building was ajar. Manager stated they are having some issues with that door not closing properly. We were finally able to get the door to latch. Since it was very windy outside it’s possible the wind blew the door open because it was not latched.

dens grow. Above all things though, Warzecka loved spending time with his family. He was a past member of the Mud Slinger Four-Wheel-Drive Club, a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, a past board member of Helping Hands and also a member of St. Columbkille church where he participated in the church choir. Survivors include his wife Karen Warzecka, St. Joseph; his children Brian (Jodi) Warzecka, Keith (Sandy) Warzecka and Todd, all of St. Joseph; and Scott (Wendi) Warzecka, St. Cloud; his eight grandchildren; his siblings Dolores Huls and Phil Stegura, both of St. Joseph; Lorrayne (Vic) Traut, Sauk Centre; JoAnn (Loren) Philippi, Avon; his brother-inlaw Art Theisen, Waite Park; and his mother-in-law Clara Donnelly, Holdingford. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother Herbert; his sisters Corrine Borresch and Janet Theisen; his sister-in-law Angie Warzecka; and his brothers-in-law Math Huls, Joe Stegura and Bob Borresch. Arrangements were made by Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Holdingford.

6:49 a.m. Vehicle in the ditch. C.R. 75 and C.R. 133. Officer came across a vehicle in the center medium. Vehicle was traveling East on C.R. 75 and lost control, sliding into the medium. Driver stated she had AAA and towing was dispatched. Stood by for additional lighting. 11:21 a.m. Fire report. 1st Avenue NE. Report of loud pop and then smoke in house. Everything OK. Assisted with traffic for St. Joseph Fire Department. 11:16 a.m. Assist. Park Meadows Drive. Assisted Waite Park Police Department on an assault call. Found male walking Northbound on 2nd Avenue S. Officer stopped to talk to male who started throwing punches and kicking. Officer took male to the ground and controlled him until additional units arrived. Male was taken into custody by the Waite Park Police Department.

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Cone Castle will host grand opening May 3-5 by Cori Hilsgen

Cone Castle in St. Joseph will host a spring grand opening May 3–5. The grand opening will offer 50-percent off menu items, and will feature “Back to the 50s” music and entertainment, and rides for children will be available through “Party Time Inflatables.” Cone Castle opened March 14. “We thought spring was here,” said Aaron Holthaus, one of five owners of the Cone Castle. He said their menu this year will include fresh-baked food cones. “This year we are baking our food cones fresh in the store and providing a more consistent

and higher-quality product,” Holthaus said. He said Cone Castle is the only place where all food items are served in a cone. By baking their cones fresh in the store, Holthaus said, they will improve their service and provide fresher food with a fast, friendly atmosphere. St. Joseph residents have been very supportive of the Cone Castle business. The owners said they would like to give something back to them. “We want to host fundraising events to donate proceeds to local charities, youth groups and more,” Holthaus said. A catering trailer will soon be available to bring products to customers. Beginning in June, Cone Castle will team up with Party Time

Inflatables every Monday to create a fun, family atmosphere. “The kids can come for a treat and burn off some energy all in one great location,” Holtaus said. The St. Joseph Cone Castle is the only location currently open. The business is owned by five partners who include Aaron, Tom and Josh Holtaus, Jason Neuerburg and Miguel Campa. Holthaus said the Cone Castle concept was created with families in mind. Each of the partners has families with children who love the outdoors, fun music and ice cream. “We are very impressed with the support of the St. Joseph community,” Holthaus said. “Please help us serve you in the best possible way. Our team is

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Cone Castle will host a spring grand opening May 3-5. Menu items will be 50-percent off. They will also feature “Back to the 50s” music and entertainment, and rides for children will be available through Party Time Inflatables. receptive to comments, questions and concerns to make Cone Castle a great family at-

mosphere. We look forward to a great summer, when it gets here, of course!”

Bombings make Lemke even more determined by Dennis Dalman

Erin Lemke of Sartell missed qualifying for the Boston Marathon by three minutes. It might have been a blessing in disguise. After she ran the Lake Wobegon Marathon last year, she was disappointed for many months that she had missed qualifying for the legendary event. If she had, she and her husband, Chad, planned to take their two young children to Boston, where they could enjoy a brief vacation in the city they’d never visited. On Monday afternoon, April 14, Lemke received a text message from a friend asking if she’d heard from any of their mutual friends, who were running in the Boston Marathon. At the time, Lemke was busily involved, helping her 10-year-old son, Jacob, with his homework. The friend texted something awful had happened. Lemke turned on the TV and saw scenes of pandemonium. She

watched in stunned disbelief. “Mom, is that the race we were supposed to go to?” Jacob asked. Lemke’s heart sank in a strange mixture of relief and horror. “Yes,” she told Jacob. “It is.” Lemke still dreads to think what might have happened if her husband and beloved children had been eagerly watching to see her as she approached the finish line that day. Two explosions near the finish line that day killed three people, including an 8-yearold boy, and hideously injured scores of others. Later, Lemke was vastly relieved to learn her fellow runners were all OK. Since then, the vicious acts of bombers only made Lemke, like other runners, more determined than ever. She is going to work hard to qualify at the next Lake Wobegon Marathon, and if she does, she and her family will take that Boston vacation, after all – she, Chad, Jacob and 12-year-old Jessica. That kind

of determination, she said, is a way all can show the coldblooded destroyers they are not going to gain or win anything and that runners and spectators will not allow acts of evil to strike fear into them. Despite her sense of horror at what happened, Lemke was moved and inspired by the heroic efforts of so many people at the finish line when bloody havoc exploded. To honor them, she came up with the idea of having a Boston Marathon logo printed on T-shirts. She contacted Kevin Hardy, owner of Endurance Run shop in St. Cloud, and he agreed to produce the shirts. They quickly sold 100 of them. At the Earth Day Race Saturday in St. Cloud, they sold even more. And the shirts can still be purchased at Endurance Run at 117 Fifth Ave. S. in St. Cloud. The T-shirts are gray with the Boston skyline printed in that city’s royal-blue signature color. Above the skyline is the date of the marathon: 4-15-13. On the skyline is the word

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Erin Lemke (right) wears a Boston Marathon T-shirt as she runs in the Earth Day Run in St. Cloud last week. She came up with the idea for the T-shirts as a way to honor those who died or were wounded in the bombing attacks in Boston. The shirts also honor the many heroes who showed courage and kindness that day. “Boston,” and under that are the words: “Runners United to Remember.” Lemke is a member of two running clubs: the St. Cloud River Runners and DUTRI Club.

“The T-shirts,” she said, “are a way we can honor the people in the Boston Marathon – the runners, the ones who died and the ones who were injured.”

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Showcase from front page Your Land.” Jeremy Palmer of Sartell liked that the event offered something for everyone. As his son Isaac, 3, conquered the beanbag toss, his other children shot some hoops. Vendors were also grateful for the chance to meet residents. Melody Clark, bakery manager at Coborn’s in St. Joseph, saw some new and familiar faces at the event. “It’s a nice thing for families to do on a Saturday,” Clark said of the event. Jami Trenam was glad to

see so many people interested in what their city has to offer. Trenam is on the board for the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph, a local food and art cooperative. “For this to be the first year, I didn’t really know what to expect but this is phenomenal,” Trenam said. “It really builds community.” Kendra Dierkes met some interesting characters at the showcase. When the 4-year-old St. Joseph resident ran into “Ricky the Raccoon” and “Moobell” from the local Coborn’s, she just had to show her mother. “She was supposed to be at the kids’ games,” her mother, Amy, said with a smile. “She wanted them to meet me.”

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Third- and fourth-grade students from Kennedy Community School perform for guests April 20 during the first annual community showcase in St. Joseph.

Hundreds attend the first community showcase April 20 hosted by the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce at Kennedy Community School.

Isaac Palmer, 3, of Sartell, readies to toss bean bags during the community showcase.

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Residents take the stage in production of ‘The King and I’ by TaLeiza Calloway

Local theater lovers are in for a treat this weekend with an upcoming performance of “The King and I.” GREAT Theatre will present the musical Saturday, April 27. The show will run through May 12 at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. This is the first time the theater troupe will present the Broadway musical. “The King and I” is the story of a British governess named Anna brought into the court of Siam (now Thailand) to tutor the king’s many children. Once within the royal palace, Anna and the king grow to understand one another and learn about each other’s cultures. The show features a cast of 52 local actors ranging from age 7 through adult who were cast through open auditions. Attendees might see a few fa-

miliar faces on stage as St. Joseph residents Mark and Maria Reber are cast members. Their mother, Anita, and younger brother, Luke, are working behind the scenes as part of the crew. “The whole family is involved,” Anita Reber said. “They love it.” Reber said her children have been in at least 20 shows, many with GREAT Theatre. Maria Reber has been acting for the last 10 years. It all started at the suggestion of a family friend for an audition. She hasn’t looked back. The 19-year-old will play the role of Tuptim, one of the female leads in the musical. While she has always enjoyed singing and dancing, what draws her to acting is the opportunity to become a character. “I like you get to play someone you’re not,” Maria said. “You get to go back to the past

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or a different land. It’s great.” Even though Mark is the older sibling, he said it was sister Maria who got him interested in theater. When he saw her on stage he thought he might like to try it too. So he did. “It’s a big family thing,” Mark said. “We’ve done a few shows together, with at least four of us in the cast and two as crew. It’s really cool.” He plays the part of Captain Orton and opens the play by bringing Anna to the king. The 21-year-old also plays a priest in the musical. What he likes most about performing is the rush from being on stage and working with fellow castmates. “I like to see how they progress through the production,” he said, “and help them to be contributed photo more confident in their ability Maria Reber, 19 and Mark Reber, 21, of St. Joseph, are part of the 52-member cast performing in GREAT Theatre’s production to act.” of the “King and I” at The Paramount Theatre. The siblings have been acting for years.


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Our View

Community showcase is good addition to city Cities pride themselves on what sets them apart from their neighbors. Whether it’s a vibrant arts community, good schools, good roads or affordable housing, a city’s amenities and overall vibe is what makes residents want to live there and visitors stop in. The St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a community showcase. What better way to show off what St. Joseph has to offer? It was the first year for the event that was designed to introduce new businesses and allow residents to see changes in familiar establishments. About 30 businesses participated in what chamber board members hope to make an annual event. It should definitely be an annual event. Why not? As city officials talk economic development and ways to attract people to the city for longer than a day, an offering like the community showcase can show people why coming to town is worth the trip. During the past five years, 251 jobs have been added in the city. Of those, most were added from the expansion of business versus businesses starting up, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, highlighted in the city’s 2012 annual report from the Economic Development Authority. More jobs were lost from decreases in business volume than the closing of businesses. In the first and second quarter of 2012, there were 1,798 employees, 125 business establishments and an average weekly wage of $666; all three are up from 2011, according to the report. These numbers were reflected in the businesses at the showcase. St. Joseph joins other cities in the area that hold similar events. The cities of Sartell and Cold Spring also host community showcases to share what makes those communities unique. Local vendors have an opportunity to share samples of products and attendees get to put a face to the business that’s just down the street. It was a good idea to host one in St. Joseph. Hundreds came out to support the event and their attendance symbolizes support. Chamber members took a year to research and plan how to pull it off. That year was time well spent. Next year is sure to be bigger and better with the support of local businesses and residents. While it can be hard to sustain events due to rising costs and/or lack of volunteers, this is one tradition that should be preserved.

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The film ‘42’ proves some stories are worth retelling

The recent release of a documentary on legendary athlete Jackie Robinson has me ready to swing a bat and break out my old catcher’s mitt. Growing up, baseball wasn’t really my sport. I tried to play softball in a summer league but have to admit what I liked most was the ice-cream sandwich the team got after a win. Looking back, I think we might have gone out for icecream sandwiches even when we lost. It was an attempt to reward our efforts and bring the team together. I think it worked for us. The just-released movie, “42,” chronicles the life of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in major-league baseball. During its opening weekend, the movie took in $27.3 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers It was predicted to bring in less money for a baseball film but exceeded expectations. In fact, the film scored the largest debut on record for a baseball film last weekend, according to media reports. Film experts say it set a record for a baseball flick in terms of straight dollars, topping the $19.5 million debut of “Moneyball” in 2011. Considering higher

TaLeiza Calloway Reporter ticket prices, the $13.7 million debut of 1992’s “A League of Their Own” would have been on the same level with “42” in terms of inflation-adjusted dollars. “A League of Their Own,” was a film about women in baseball. The film “42” stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers boss Branch Rickey, who brought Robinson onto the team in 1947 as the major leagues’ first black player. While big names likes Harrison Ford often attract audiences, I think Robinson’s story is what drew millions to the film last weekend. It’s a story of hope and triumph despite adversity. A story like this is worth retelling. Robinson not only broke the color barrier in baseball but inspired and laid the foundation for others to follow in his footsteps. With Robinson, the Dodgers won six pennants in its 10 seasons.

He dominated games on the basepaths, stealing home 19 times while riling opposing pitchers with his daring unique baserunning style, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ( Robinson was named National League Most Valuable Player in 1949, two years after he changed the game. He is also known for his advancements off the field. He was the first black television analyst in Major League Baseball and the first black vice president of a major American corporation. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-Americanowned financial institution based in Harlem, N.Y. Robinson made history, and his story is worth telling. And in this case is worth retelling. While other versions of his story have been documented in books and other films, “42” looks to be just as compelling. I have seen previous films about the famous baseball player but look forward to seeing “42” to see what I can learn from this rendition. I’m sure other sports fans and lovers of history feel the same way. Batter up!

Boston wins; terrorists lose – again What does Chechnya have to do with runners and spectators in the Boston Marathon? For that matter, what does Chechnya have to do with the United States or anything else other than Russia? The Boston bombings typify, once again, the insanely twisted thinking of terrorists. Everybody is wondering what was the motive of the two brothers who set off their bombs? I don’t like the word “motive,” especially when it comes to terrorist attacks, because it almost implies a motive can somehow explain away or minimize the appalling effects of mass violence. Still, I can’t help but wonder: Why did those two killers take out their rage on good fellow human beings – spectators and runners? Were they trying to exact revenge for what happened in their home country of Chechnya? Talk about misplaced rage! The sheer viciousness of killing and maiming people for any reason on that beautiful Boston day is beyond comprehension. Perhaps the brothers’ motive had less to do with Chechnya and more to do with extremist interpretations of Islam. In that case, they might have considered anybody non-Muslim (runners and their loved ones, as they stupidly assumed) to be the infidel, the “other,” the enemy to be destroyed. It’s the same demented line of reasoning used by al Qaeda, the Taliban and so many other “religious” sects that seem to worship violence, not peace.

Dennis Dalman Editor “Jihad,” an Islamic term for “struggle” (which can mean “spiritual struggle”), is often interpreted by violent extremists to mean “holy war.” Don’t these so-called religious adherents understand “holy war” is – or ought to be – an oxymoron? No, of course they don’t. Crusading Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Era didn’t understand that, either. Another possible “motive” is this: The brothers’ attacks had nothing to do with Chechnya or political/religious extremism. Maybe – who knows? – they set off their bombs for the rotten spite of it, for the “kick” of killing people for no particular reason. That seems to be a widespread “motive” these days, in what might as well be called the “Age of Random Hatred.” Investigators will spend a lot of time with the surviving terrorist. I’m glad he survived, only because experts may possibly discover more information, connecting more dots, so future attacks might be prevented. They might even uncover a motive, but rest assured any motive will be utterly criminal, with no basis whatsoever in the realm of reason.

What a lunatic irony these sly-butstupid killers never learn the catastrophic errors of their ways. We should be happy most killers are so stupid. After all the terrorist attacks since 9/11 (and even before), you’d think they’d learn their acts are not only absurdly futile but ultimately self-destructive, no matter what their motives, no matter what their causes. Their baseless violence makes victims stronger, not weaker. It’s almost symbolic that during their shoot-out with police, the younger brother, in his cowardly get-away attempt, slammed the accelerator of a hijacked vehicle to the floor and ran over his brother. It’s a symbol of how violence rebounds on killers and even destroys one’s own brothers. That’s a lesson al Qaeda is still not learning. Maybe some day, they will truly become enlightened through an “inner jihad” and learn how to love and respect all their brothers and sisters – worldwide. In the meantime, until that sadly distant day arrives, the Boston bombers, like their al Qaeda “brethren,” have won nothing and have proven nothing – well, that is, except for one thing: What rock-bottom losers they are. Just seconds after the Boston explosions, so many people on the scene demonstrated tremendous courage and a third-wind strength to help the wounded. Good people like that are the winners, and they will always be winners, no matter how many times stupid bloodthirsty spoilers throw their murderous tantrums.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Community Calendar

Friday, April 26 Rummage Sale, 7–11 a.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Center, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph. Located just west of St. John’s campus, in Collegeville. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. Cloud 1-800RED CROSS or Brat Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW, St. Joseph. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones will be collected. Kennedy/South Junior High Career Exploration Event, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call for exact locations 320-202-6892.

Saturday, April 27 Rose Education Day, 8:1511:45 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-6169. Brat Sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW, St. Joseph. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones will be collected. Stearns County auction, surplus and seized property, 10 a.m., Stearns County Highway Department, 455 28th Ave., Waite Park. Spring Fling, sponsored by Beginning Experience, 6:30-8:30 p.m. silent auction, 8 p.m.-midnight dance, Moose Lodge, 1300 3rd St. N, Waite Park.

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fast, sponsored by the Metro Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, noon, K-9 demonstration at 11 a.m. Moose Lodge, 1300 3rd St. N, Waite Park. 320-291-5303. Traumatic Brain Injury inaugural fundraiser, live and silent auction, spaghetti dinner, 2:30-6 p.m., VFW Granite Post 428, 9 18th Ave. N., St. Cloud. For tickets call 320-253-4321. Monday, April 29 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. Cloud. 1-800RED CROSS or

Tuesday, April 30 Broadway: The American Musical documentary film, 9:3011:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320- 255-7245. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St. Cloud 1-800RED CROSS or Blood drive, 2-8 p.m., St. Mary’s Help of Christians Parish, 24588 C.R. 7, St. Cloud. 1-800RED CROSS or Wednesday, May 1 Civil War Quilting Program, 6:15-8 p.m., Great River Regional Library, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park, 320-253-9359. St. Joseph Area Historical Society, 7 p.m., Old City Hall, St. Joseph. www.stjosephhistoricalmn. org.


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Thursday, May 2 “A Local Treasure: Pioneer Place on Fifth,” 9:30-11:30 a.m.,Whitney Senior Center 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320255-7245. Golden Tones Chorus of Golden Valley Lunch Serenade, 11:1511:45 a.m., Whitney Senior Center 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud. 1-800RED CROSS or St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201. Friday, May 3 Cinco de Mayo in Central Minnesota, 10 a.m., Whitney Senior Center 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320- 255-7245. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud. 1-800RED CROSS or Saturday, May 4 4-H Camp Counselor Training, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Midtown Square, 3400 First St. N., Room 218, St. Cloud. www.extension.

Sunday, May 5 Matching-grant breakfast, 8:30 a.m.-noon, St. James Church, 25042 C.R. 2, Jacobs Prairie. Registration deadline for Communitywide Garage Sale to be held May 18-19. www.cityofstjoseph.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE ST. JOSEPH CITY COUNCIL STEARNS COUNTY, MINN. NOTICE is hereby given the City available at City Hall located at: Council of the City of St. Joseph, 25 College Ave N., St. Joseph, MN Minn., will meet at 7 p.m. Thurs- 56374. day, May 2, 2013, in the Council Chambers at the St. Joseph City All interested parties are urged to Hall located at 25 College Ave. N., attend these hearings or submit St. Joseph, MN 56374 to consider written comment to be read at the the following document: Wellhead hearing. If you have questions reProtection Plan Part II. garding the Plan or desire to submit comments in advance of the The Plan is posted to the City web meeting, please contact Erik Tomsite (http://www.cityofstjoseph. linson at 612-354-2549 or erik@ com) and is available for review and comment by residents. A hard copy of the Plan Update is also Publish: April 26, 2013


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Klein from front page according to the job description. Klein joined the St. Joseph police department in 2001 as a part-time officer and has been a full-time patrol officer since September 2004. The youngest of three children, he is the only one in his family working in law enforcement. However, he and his wife Ann share an interest in the career field as she is a deputy for Stearns County. They have been married since 2001 and have four children. All are excited about the transition ahead. The family lives on 10 acres of woods near Klein’s brotherin-law’s farm in Freeport. After a stressful day, he just likes to hop on a tractor and take to the field. It’s one of his main hobbies. “It just clears the mind,” he said. The patrol officer can also relate to those who choose to stay close to home. He grew up near a farm in Albany and attended Albany High School. He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville and has a degree in psychology. He then earned a law enforcement degree from Alexandria Technical College. Leadership He’s not looking to change things when he transitions to his new role. He said he wants to maintain the good team he’s a part of and continue to keep the city safe. When asked to describe his leadership style, his reply is three-fold. “I think it’s important to lead

by example, to be fair and to communicate,” he said. “Those are the top three things I believe in.” The St. Joseph police department has seven full-time officers including the police chief and two part-time officers and reserve officers. The only thing he’d like to see more of is officers out in the community talking to residents. It’s something officers do now, but he’s hoping to see more interaction. While he plans to sustain what works, he believes the department will continue to move forward with the times. Whether its technology or changes in policy, the goal is to be forwardthinking. “I’m looking forward to keeping a good department going,” he said. “We’re a good department and we have some good people here. They know how to do their jobs and when it comes down to really get(ting) it done, they get it done.” Like other city departments, maintaining a budget is also a priority. As things come up, he says he will work with officials to deal with shifting costs. “We had a homicide in 2006, there was overtime, (and the expense of) sending things off to labs for examination,” he said. “These are things you can’t plan for. It’s always a concern to make sure you stay on budget because people are trusting you with their money to do the best thing possible. We’ve got to remain fiscally responsible and stay within the budget to the best of our ability.”

Name: Joel Klein Age: 38 Hometown: Albany; currently resides in rural Freeport. Family:

Wife: Ann. Children: daughters Amber, 17 and Tiffani, 16; and sons Casey, 11 and Samuel, 9.

Hobbies/Likes: Farming, fishing, activities with his family and going to movies.


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