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Friday, May 23, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 21 Est. 1989

Town Crier Farmers’ Market open Memorial Day

Sartell’s Farmers’ Market will be open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Memorial Day at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Come for the food, stay for the fun.

DNR lifts burning restrictions

Burning restrictions have been lifted in 18 central Minnesota counties, including Stearns and Benton, due to decreased fire danger because of wet conditions and greenup moving northward, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Although the state burning restrictions are lifted in these counties, local areas, counties or municipalities may have specific regulations or restrictions that affect burning operations. Please check with local authorities to obtain proper permits before burning. Because fire danger can change quickly, DNR foresters are able to turn off burning permits in individual counties whenever conditions warrant. This could occur if there is a dry, windy day where fires could start easily and burn quickly. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Auditions set May 27, 28 for GNTC’s Fiddler on the Roof

Tryouts for the the Great Northern Theatre Company’s summershow production of Fiddler on the Roof will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27 and 28, with call backs on Thursday, May 29 at the Rocori High School, Cold Spring. The production runs Thursday-Sunday, July 31-Aug. 3 and WednesdayFriday, Aug. 6-8 with a Sunday matinee on Aug. 3. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Great River Chorale to hold auditions May 28, 29, June 4, 5

Great River Chorale, a select, auditioned 45-voice choral ensemble based in St. Cloud, will hold auditions for the 2014-15 concert season from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29 and June 4 and 5 at Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE., St. Cloud The chorale rehearses Sunday nights and holds extra rehearsals prior to concerts. Members are skilled professional and avocational musicians and choral enthusiasts who desire to sing high-quality repertoire at the highest level of excellence. To schedule an audition or for more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

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Council rejects bid for government center by Dennis Dalman

2. That the council used that unnecessary. spent nearly $500,000 in prep ex“I’m very happy,” said Mike penses, including buying and tear- room as a pretext, some oppoMcDonald, one of the plan’s op- ing down the credit-union build- nents claimed, for a plan to spend In a stunning moment, the St. ponents during an interview with ing on the corner lot. regional half-cent sales-tax money Joseph City Council voted 4-1 the St. Joseph Newsleader. He also McDonald said he and others for the project. at its May 15 meeting to reject a said the majority of the council had three major objections to the 3. A feeling among opponents low bid of $4.2 million for a new showed courage in backing down plan: the council had not communigovernment center. That bid had from a plan they had been so in 1. The community meeting cated well enough with its concome in about $300,000 under favor of and on which they had room concept. Center • page 2 the estimated cost of the planned center. Council member Dale Wick was the one who voted against by Cori Hilsgen rejecting the bid. Wick had said on several occasions he truly beThe St. Joseph citywide lieves a new government center is garage sale May 16-17 inwarranted. That council action means the cluded a youth group miscity’s former plans to build a sion fundraiser at the Resurgovernment center are, at least rection Lutheran Church. Susan Curtis, her daughfor the moment, dead. Or at least “shelved,” as the council put it. ter Alana Curtis, and 1-yearThe May 15 bid rejection is clearly old granddaughter Amelia a win for some St. Joseph resi- Curtis were busy working dents who have been fiercely op- the garage sale. Susan Curtis will be travposed to the government-center eling with the youth group plan. About 40 people attended the on the mission trips. In May 15 council meeting. One of June, the group will travel to them, Irene Reber, was prepared People’s Church in Bemidji to present nearly 1,000 petition to do a ministry with home- photo by Cori Hilsgen signatures to the council, although less people and with people Albany resident Rachel Ramacher, 15, visits with Susan Curtis, in light of the council’s action, the who have been incarcerated one-year-old Amelia Curtis and Alana Curtis (left to right) at petition presentation seemed to be Fundraiser • page 3 the Resurrection Lutheran Church garage sale.

Citywide garage sale includes mission fundraiser

Jensen to run for District 13A seat by Dennis Dalman

Emily Jensen, a coach who lives in St. Joseph, has announced her candidacy for the seat in Minnesota House District 13A, which is now served by Jensen

Rep. Jeff Howe (R-Rockville). Jensen is a coach for the St. Cloud YMCA swim team. She also coaches the Sartell High School speech team. District 13A includes St. Joseph, Avon, Collegeville, Rockville, Cold Spring, Kimball, Paynesville and 11 townships. “I am running for the Minnesota House District 13A seat because it’s time to give politics back to the people,” Jensen said in a statement. “Our state repre-

sentative should be accessible, visible and engaged with our district. Join me in giving our community a voice.” Jensen said family and friends have encouraged her to run for the legislative seat so she can help improve education, boost job opportunities and support issues that would strengthen families. “I want the kids I coach to have every opportunity to succeed,” she said.

If elected, Jensen said she would work to expand apprenticeships, support accessible vocational and technical training, and fight for affordable college for anyone who wants to attend. Jensen majored in political science at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. “I come from a hard-working middle-class family, and I understand the importance of making sure career and family work together,” she said.

ASA Spring Showcase offers glimpse of projects by Cori Hilsgen

All Saints Academy hosted a Spring Showcase on May 15 to give parents and other visitors a chance to see how students have been spending their time at school. Parents and others could visit photo by Cori Hilsgen Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack and students work on and tour various projects which garden containers during the ASA Spring Showcase. Pictured included a Festival of Nations, (clockwise from lower left) are fourth-grader Mary Morris; Google Drive presentations Betty Pundsack; second-grader Gabriella Morris; and fourth- of Minnesota, state projects, planet presentations, writing graders Alaina Botz, Emma Kremer and Claire Sia Su.

projects and planting of garden containers. Montessori preschoolers in Cheri Burg’s classroom had their second annual Preschool Picassos gallery exhibit at the Satellite Gallery in the Millstream Shops on Minnesota Street. Students displayed artwork that reflected famous artists the students studied throughout the year. First-grade-teacher Joanne Schneider said students disShowcase • page 4

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City of St. Joseph Public Hearing Interim-Use Permit The St. Joseph Planning Commis- occupied, the owner must be a natsion shall conduct a public hearing ural person, and all owner(s) ocat 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 2 in the cupy the property as their principal St. Joseph City Hall, 25 College residence and have for at least two Ave. N. The purpose of the hear- years. The owners may not exceed ing is to consider an Interim-Use two in number. For the purpose Permit to allow a non-owner occu- of determining ownership, the pied rental at 308 - 10th Ave. SE. owner(s) must provide a copy of a The property is legally described recorded deed or recorded contract as Lot 1, Block 3, Cloverdale Es- for deed. A purchase agreement tates Fourth Addition. will not be accepted as evidence of ownership. St. Joseph Code of Ordinances 52.27 subd.5(b) allows for an Thomas Ortmann, Timothy OrtInterim-Use Permit as follows: mann and Ellen Ortmann, 7376 Residential Rental provided the 9thSt., Buffalo, MN 55313 have property owner is relocating and submitted the request for Interim the dwelling has been actively for Use. sale and on the market for at least three months. For purposes of es- Judy Weyrens, administrator tablishing if the property is owner

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stituents. In recent weeks, a growing number of opponents organized, collected signatures for a petition and voiced their opposition at meetings with the mayor and council. Their basic opposition is a new building would be too costly and it would contain a community room opponents claim nobody needs. The petition asked the council to put the governmentcenter on a referendum ballot. And now, it’s back to the drawing board for the council to come up with an alternative. One possible solution is to fix and expand the current city building, which houses city staff and the police department. It needs an estimated If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320363-8250 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.

Publish: May 23, 2014 CITY OF ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC HEARING The Planning Commission for the City of St. Joseph shall conduct a public hearing at 6:40 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2014 in the St. Joseph City Hall, 25 College Ave. N. The purpose of the hearing is to consider rezoning property recently

annexed south and abutting Minnesota Street W from the current Agricultural to a combination of B3, Highway Business and P, Public. Judy Weyrens, administrator

April 29 5:18 p.m. Dog at large. Officer met with complainant who found a stray dog. Dog had St. Joseph license affixed to collar along with rabies vaccination tag. Called vet and was able to get the name and address of the owner. She stated she didn’t know the dog was gone and it must have dug under the fence. She said the dog would be attached to a chain now when its out to prevent this from happening. After further investigation, records indicated she had already received a verbal warning for dog-at-large within the last year. Citation for dog-at-large issued. April 30 12:47 a.m. Ordinance violation. 2nd Avenue NW. Several kitchen chairs in yard. Officer made two separate attempts throughout shift to contact resident at home. Nobody answered door. Left red tag warning for violation of ordinance 107.04. Will follow up to see the matter is taken care of. Returned later and furniture in yard now gone. 6:22 p.m. Motorist assist. 12th Avenue NE/CR 75. Vehicle stopped in front of officer on CR 75 with four-way hazard lights on. Officer approached the driver who stated he just wanted the officer to know the turn signal at CR 75 and Northland Drive was not changing after three cycles of the other lights. He then had to go to the next set of lights to make a u-turn. Officer advised he would watch for more calls of

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$200,000 in repairs, including a new roof and HVAC system. To complicate matters, the building wasn’t designed for easy expansion and a second floor cannot be added. In addition, several council members, most notably Renee Symanietz, have noted it would cost more to re-do and expand the old building than to construct a new one. The city had purchased the credit-union building directly to its north, and that old building was torn down last year, with some kind of city-building expansion in mind. At the May 15 meeting, St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz said just about everybody in the city he has talked with opposed the government-center project. City council member Steve Frank has always opposed it, citing its expense and the urgency of other city needs.

The council has repeatedly said it carefully checked all options in trying to do something about the serious lack of space in the current building. Residents, council members said, have long wanted a community room, and so the council reasoned adding a community room would fill that need in a building that would also comfortably accommodate city offices and the police department. Opponents, however, in recent public meetings said the city does not want or need a community room but rather, if someday it’s affordable and do-able, a community center, not just a “room.” At its May 15 meeting, the council agreed to hold several working sessions to re-examine options on what to do about an all-too crowded government/police building.

this nature to see if it’s a continued problem. 9:09 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. CR 75. Officer met with two individuals who were parked in Millstream Park campground. Both were walking up from the river by the time officer approached the vehicle. Both stated they were looking for carp and were wondering if they could hunt the river for them. Two bows in back of truck, cased. They were told the park was in city limits and they were not allowed to hunt within the park.

tion other than “creepy.” Security checked the area and waited more than 20 minutes to inform police. Officer checked the area with negative contact. 10:30 p.m. Open container. 3rd Avenue SW. Officer observed a male walking in the alley carrying a clear plastic cup. He hid the cup from view when officers drove by. Officers turned around and as they approached he dropped the cup on the sidewalk spilling the contents. There was still a trace in the cup. Sample was taken and placed into evidence. He was issued a citation for open container in public.


May 1 4:19 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Eagle Ridge Court. Officer met with the owner of the vehicle and he found out his son was dropping off something for a girl and didn’t want her to see his car by her house, so he was parked in an area he wouldn’t be seen. Officer called the complainant and advised all was OK. 11:21 p.m. Unwanted person. Hackberry Drive. Officer was asked by complainant to remove an individual from her residence. She stated he paid rent and had lived there for two weeks. Officer stated he would ask him to leave, but he couldn’t make him. He advised her to go through the courts and have him evicted. The renter stated he would leave when he got his rent money back. Complainant stated she wouldn’t have it until Monday. As officers left and were returning to the squad, the renter called them back to the residence; he was standing outside. He stated she locked him outside with no shoes. He stated he was going to his mom’s in St. Cloud for the night to keep it simple. May 3 2:17 a.m. Suspicious activity. College Avenue S. Officer was informed by CSB Security that three female students were chased by an older male. Unknown descrip-

May 4 1:49 a.m. Underage consumption. Ash Street NW. Officer observed a group of girls walking, one of which was carrying what appeared to be an open beer can. When officer approached, she no longer had the can and it was noticed lying in a yard 10 yards behind the group. Officer asked for her identification and her driver’s license indicated she was under the age of 21. She admitted to drinking. A citation for underage drinking was issued and a warning given for having an open container of alcohol in public. She was allowed to continue walking with her friends. 4:03 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Jasmine Lane/Northland Drive. Complainant reported suspicious vehicle in area. Officers checked the area and the vehicle was delivering newspapers. 5:02 p.m. Medical. CR 75 E. Report of a male lying in parking lot vomiting and very intoxicated. Officer arrived and found him with his driver’s door open lying face down in vomit in the parking lot with his feet still in the car. He was uncooperative and spitting. Transported by Gold Cross to St. Cloud Hospital emergency room.

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8 a.m.-5 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Honors musicians’ concert, seventh-and eighth-graders, 7 p.m., Sartell Middle School multi-purpose room.

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topics,” Kremer said. “They enhanced their presentations by embedding video and adding pictures.” Fourth-grade teacher Theresa Fleege said students created a pizza box project with a study of Minnesota states. Each student selected a Mid-western or Southern state and researched its landform, a famous person, two tourist sites and a natural resource. They created brochures with all of these topics. “The pizza box had the state in homemade dough on the photo by Cori Hilsgen Grandparents Rosie Harren (front) and Del Brown admire the bottom,” Fleege said. “It inquilt that sixth-graders are working on during the ASA Spring cluded major cities, rivers and Showcase. Harren and Brown are grandparents of the same surrounding states. On the inside cover the students added four children who attend the school. fun facts.” “It was a great project for the Sixth-grade teacher Susan end of first grade,” Schneider Huls said 12 students particisaid. pated in the Festival of Nations. Third-grade teacher Robin “We have a lot that chose from front page Kremer said students created European countries,” Huls said. played a fictional writing proj- planet presentations using “They all picked ones they had ect they had worked on. Each Google Drive’s presentation. strong connections to. They did student drew the characters and Students also compared their a good job.” planned their setting and plots, planet to Earth and wrote paraThe students used Google wrote a rough draft, revised and graphs about the comparisons. Drive applications on school proofread, typed the story and “The planet’s moons, rings iPads to give their presentaadded illustrations and a cover. and movement were popular tions. The iPads are kept at school, and students worked on them during class time. At the Festival of Nations, sixth-grade student Kian Sia Su gave his presentation on Fiji. He said when he was in first All Designer Sunglasses grade he got a stress ball and are $ OFF! named it Fiji. Then when he was in second grade he learned it was actually a country. So, he thought why not do a report on Fiji? “It’s interesting learning Expires: May 31, 2014 about the language,” Sia Su (Cannot be combined with insurance) said. “It is quite different, but cool.” 15 E Minnesota St, Suite 107, St. Joseph He said they speak English, but also speak Fijian and Hindi (320) 433-4326 Christie Russell-Villnow, O.D. languages. Sia Su offered Fiji pudding or Purini for sampling. It is brownish in color and looks a lot like bread. “I really hope to go there someday,” Sia Sue said. “I like


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the architecture and cool buildings and would like to visit a beach and possibly go to Bua. It’s actually more interesting than I would have thought at the beginning of the project.” Sixth-grade student Rachael Terhaar gave her presentation on England. Terhaar said England is famous for soccer and she loves playing soccer, so that’s why she decided to study England. “I’ve always really wanted to go there,” Terhaar said. She said she found studying Guy Fawkes Day and how the English celebrate the failed attempt on the Parliament very interesting. Fawkes is a man who broke his neck jumping from the scaffolding where he was to be executed after being tried and convicted of plotting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Terhaar offered Toad-in-theHole for sampling. It is made of sausage, eggs, flour and milk. She made her samples in bitesized cupcake holders. “It is one of their most popular foods and is usually eaten at meals,” Terhaar said. Grandparents Del Brown and Rosie Harren attended the showcase. They had fun examining the quilt the sixth-grade class was making. “The showcase is great,” Harren said. “Those kids worked hard and their presentation is wonderful.” “They are so grown up with the way they gave their presentation and made their own food,” Brown said. Brown and Harren are grandparents of the same four Harren grandchildren who attend ASA. The four grandchildren are sixgrader Lance; fourth-grader Sam; and twin kindergartners Kolton and Kenzie Harren. Second-grade teacher Betty Pundsack was busy behind the school with students, planting

produce as part of a STEM science project. They were planting oregano and were also planning to later plant cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, muskmelon and cucumbers. “It’s about better eating, lifelong learning, getting exercise outdoors and using resources wisely,” Pundsack said. The Sauk River Watershed District donated a rain barrel students use to water the plants, and the school uses a compost bin to recycle lunches. The compost is used for the garden containers. The containers are located on the St. Benedict’s Monastery property, whose nuns are able to occasionally help themselves to a fresh tomato or other produce item. “The sisters are good neighbors,” Pundsack said. “They are very kind to share this space with us.” Pundsack said the school relies on ASA families to do the work during the summer months. They water and weed the plants each week and the gardens are harvested in the fall. ASA students were not able to do the planters last year because of the construction of Heritage Hall, and Pundsack said many families said they missed working on them throughout the summer. Pundsack starts many of the plants in her and her husband’s greenhouse. Much of the produce grown supplements the school’s food program. Parents often request some of the recipes, especially the one for salsa. Fourth-grade student Emma Kremer was helping with the planters. She said she especially likes to pick the green beans. “It’s a good idea,” Kremer said. Fourth-grader Claire Sia Su enjoys picking the tomatoes. “I like doing it,” Sia Su said.



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A historical perspective from 25 years ago May 26, 1989

Scout cleanup rids local parks of litter On May 13, more than 40 local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts spent their Saturday afternoon cleaning St. Joseph’s Memorial, Centennial and Millstream parks. The St. Joseph Parks Commission and Recreation Association held a picnic afterward as a reward for their efforts. Generous donations from the local Lions, Lionesses, Rod and Gun Club, Jaycees, Women of Today and the Knights of Columbus made the picnic possible. Special thanks is in order for the St. Joseph Recreation Association for providing the concession stand and staff as well as the pop and popcorn. Surplus contributions will be used for tree plantings in one or more of the parks. “It was fun cleaning the park and getting a treat was OK too,” said Alex Anderson of Den 4, May 12, 1989

Pack 84. An effort was made to coordinate the College of St. Benedict’s and St. John’s University’s cleanup with the Scout event, but the Scout Expo was held that same day. Plans for next year’s cleanup are already being made to ensure a joint effort and picnic. The St. Joseph Parks Commission thanks all organizations who made this event possible. Special thanks to the Scouts and CSB/ SJU students for caring about our parks. The Parks Commission is a citizens advisory board to the City Council and welcomes suggestions and ideas from residents about our parks. Members include the following: Joe Braun, John Anderson, Claudette Klein, Faye Gretsch, Jo Loscheider, Greg Henry, Nel Pfannenstein, Larry Christen and Steve Dehler.

Street sweeper delivered

by Janelle Von Pinnon

The City of St. Joseph recently made the decision to obtain a street sweeper. The renovated machine was delivered April 26. “The city is renting with the option to buy,” said Rachel Stapleton, city clerk. “Though no set schedule has been determined as yet, we plan to use it at least twice a month, especially in the business district,” said Jim Marthaler, both street sweeper and waste water plant operator. “Right now, we’re trying to clean up the salt and sand from county and

city sanding this past winter. The city spread nearly 150 tons alone. “We’ll clear out the thick stuff in the gutters first and then fine-tune for the finer sand,” Marthaler continued, “that way we’ll pick up the bulk of it and keep it out of the city storm sewers.” City maintenance spent nearly 20 hours cleaning the streets last week, with respites due to rain. “We’re new to it so it’s hard to say how often we’ll be using it (the sweeper),” Marthaler said, “but we have put a few

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Combined clean-up efforts by local Boy, Girl and Cub Scout troops were rewarded by the St. Joseph Parks Commission and Recreation Association. On May 13 this group scoured St. Joseph’s three parks – Memorial, Centennial and Millstream – for litter and other pollution, then enjoyed treats for their labors. 11- and 12-hour days in already. We’ll try to do a lot of the sweeping at night on business streets and the highway, and stick to the residential areas during the day so as not to disturb the traffic flow.” The sweeper is equipped with a few extra niceties, air conditioning and hydrostatic (automatic) drive among them. “It’s one of the nicer machines,” Marthaler said. “A new one would probably cost between $75,000 and $80,000.” Though Stapleton would not reveal the exact cost of the street sweeper because bids will be let soon, she said the one now being rented costs considerably less than a new one should the city decide to buy it in the future.

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Our View

We can be proud of our legislature

If only the U.S. Congress could function like the Congress in St. Paul, many of the nation’s problems could be solved or on their way to being solved. During the last session of the Minnesota Legislature, many achievements were made, some of them with bipartisan support in a Democratically controlled House and Senate. The following are some of the major achievements: Raising the state minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016 and then linking that wage to the inflation rate. This boost will help some of our hardestworking Minnesotans, many of them single mothers and young people, lift themselves somewhat above the poverty rate. It was long overdue. How anyone actually thinks anybody can live on $6 or $7 an hour is shameful. Giving back half of the $1.2-billion surplus as tax relief. That surplus also made possible undoing previous legislation that required increases in sales taxes paid by businesses for certain items and services – a tax that was lopsided, arbitrary and just plain unfair. Legalizing medical marijuana for medical use. The time was right. It has been proven by now that marijuana can help some people with acute medical conditions. The new law is very strict on how marijuana can be used – through liquid, pill form or vapor. Any further legalization of the drug must be based on ironclad research, including the effects of legalization in states like Colorado. Strengthening the state’s requirements regarding school bullying. New legislation requires schools to train teachers and staff and to investigate and then do follow-through on all cases of reported bullying. This is a mandate many oppose for fear of timeconsuming bureaucratic tasks. However, we have all seen the devastatingly emotional and physical effects of bullying physically and emotionally on vulnerable students. Thus, this is a most important step in making all students feel safe and comfortable in and out of schools. Parents will be able to take up to 12 weeks off work after a birth or adoption. That is six weeks more than now. This is good news because studies have shown how important parental-child bonding is in the first few months of a baby’s life. Providing nearly a billion dollars for projects throughout the state, including many in the greater St. Cloud area, such as a parking ramp at the River’s Edge Convention Center and $500,000 for development of Sauk River Regional Park in south Sartell. The legislature has tasks remaining in its work hopper, tasks that can be revisited in the next session. But what the legislature accomplished is most impressive, and we can be proud of our lawmakers. Now if only national lawmakers would pay attention and quit their obstructionist tactics. Well, we can dream, can’t we?

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Opinion Brain damage? Look who’s talking Mud-flinging Meister Karl Rove is stooping to new lows, demonstrating once again the insecurities that shiver through the Republican Party as the 2016 presidential election draws closer. Rove, long-time Republican political strategist and fundraiser, was a senior advisor to President George W. Bush. He is now a contributor to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek magazine. Rove’s despicable dirty tricks are in direct proportion to his party’s insecurities, especially after losing in the last two presidential elections, despite Rove’s often sly, nasty campaign trickery. If the divided Republican Party lacks coherent, unified policies, one good way to distract from that dilemma is to pump out distortions, outright lies and then drop innuendoes to discredit the opposition: Was former Texas Gov. Ann Richards a lesbian? Is Obama a Muslim and a communist? Where was he really born, by the way? Does Hillary Clinton suffer from brain damage? Not? Well, then why has she been wearing those “brain-damage” glasses? And brain-deficient or not, wasn’t she the one involved in financial corruption years ago in Arkansas? And didn’t she and husband Bill have something to do with the death of Vince Foster shortly after Clinton was elected president? Oh, sure, they claim it was a suicide, but some still think it was a murder. Fling the mud and hope it sticks. That’s the modus operandi of Rove and his minions. Despicable innuendoes, but sadly they “work” all too well because there are too many gullible voters willing to be swayed by that kind of crap. Political campaigning has always

Dennis Dalman Editor been a dirty business, on both sides, with an anything-goes attitude. Like his partner in sleaze, the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater, Rove has perfected all the smear strategies, turning dirt even dirtier – to vile filth. It works like this: Choose a little bit of reality (Hillary falling down, hitting her head and requiring a three-day hospitalization), then use that as a basis for innuendoes (Is she suffering from brain damage?) It doesn’t matter how far-fetched, cruel or ridiculous the innuendo is; it doesn’t matter if people slam Rove for playing dirty; he doesn’t care. What he cares about, above all, is that enough voters, the ones who now view Hillary favorably, will start thinking, “Well, Hillary is getting older. Who knows, could her brain be fading or damaged? After, all Reagan was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease toward the end of his last term. Should we really take a chance on voting for Hillary? Someone with brain damage?” In Rove’s playbook, the end (winning) justifies the means (lies and filthy tricks). Gov. Chris Christie, once considered the shoo-in for the next presidential candidate, has been tarnished by Bridgegate and/or by his blithe unawareness of what happens under his own nose in his office. The rational, reasonable, likable Jeb Bush is wavering

about entering the race. Potential nominees like Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz consistently trail Hillary in polls. And beyond all those considerations, it’s almost certain the Republican Party will continue to be divided by a tug of war between the forces of traditional moderate conservatism that could appeal to mainstream voters and the radical ultra-right-wing extremists typified by Tea Party fantacists like Michele Bachmann and Ted Cruz. When mainstream Republicans started courting those radicals some years ago, it was bound to bring problems of electability. Yes, it is quite probable Republicans will take back the Senate this November, thus controlling both houses of Congress. But their chances in 2016 are anything but certain, especially if Hillary joins the race. A massive election turnout for her is likely to propel many other Democrats to victory, too. With that gloomy prospect looming, enter Karl Rove and the other filthy tricksters. Attack Hillary like a pack of wild dogs; nip at her heels; hamstring her until she is so exhausted and disgusted, she’ll have to decide not to enter the race. Even if she does run, keep up the attack with lies and innuendoes so she has to spend most of her time denying the relentless accusations. In reply to Rove’s brain-damage innuendo, former President Clinton said there will be more lunatic accusations aimed at his wife in the coming months. No doubt. But it sounds like the Clintons are ready for it. The pack of roving wild dogs will keep attacking, but they will not succeed in bringing Hillary down.

From the Bench

What does a judge actually do? “What do you do as a judge?” I’ve been asked that question many times. The answer is “many different things.” I serve as a district-court judge. My position is also commonly referred to as a “trial-court judge.” My fellow Minnesota district judges and I are based in the various county courthouses. District judges preside over cases and trials of many types: criminal, family, civil, probate, juvenile. I often refer to the wide variety of criminal cases we hear as “misdemeanors to murders.” For example, in recent weeks, I heard criminal cases involving domestic violence, murder, leaving the scene of an accident, terroristic threats, assault, theft, robbery, drunk driving and other traffic offenses, criminal sexual offenses, violation of protective orders, felony possession of firearms and many other crimes and misdemeanors. In the family-law area, trial judges hear and decide cases involving divorce, child custody, parenting time, property division, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony) and other disputes and issues involving family relations. We also hear civil claims and trials involving medical malpractice, auto accident and other injury claims, fights over boundary lines and real property ownership, small claims, employment termination, contract dis-

From the Bench

Frank Kundrat District Court Judge agreements and many other disputes. District-court judges also handle juvenile-delinquency cases; child-protection cases, often involving the removal of children from an unsafe or abusive home; and school truancies, runaway children, terminating parental rights to children, and other court hearings to protect and advance the best interests of children. Probate law involves overseeing the administration of estates, family trusts, guardianships and conservatorships for those needing help and protection in their daily affairs, adoptions and name changes, commitment of people to institutions for their protection and that of the public, disputes over wills and trusts and the proper division of a deceased person’s assets. As you can imagine, these matters can get quite contentious, and the intervention of a court is often necessary to keep peace among the parties. The district judges also oversee what are called master calendars, where people make their initial appearances before the court. In the

criminal context it usually takes place soon after a person is charged with an offense. It could be a relatively simple matter like a traffic ticket to a very serious felony crime involving the setting of bail to help ensure a person released from custody will return back to court for further proceedings. There are also family master calendars, which involve petitions for orders to stop harassment or for protection against threats or violence from a domestic partner or family member. Commitments, adoptions, name changes, an occasional wedding, and other matters not heard on the other calendars are also usually scheduled to be heard on the family master calendar. In addition to hearing the cases described above, district judges also have other duties. We rotate being on call and available in the evenings, at night and on weekends for issuing search warrants, reviewing the possible release of those in law-enforcement custody on weekends and other emergency situations needing a judge’s immediate attention. Being a district court judge is a 24/7 job. We judges wouldn’t have it any other way. Judge Frank Kundrat serves in the 7th Judicial District of Minnesota, chambered in St. Cloud.

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Friday, May 23, 2014



PURSUANT to the power of sale contained in said mortgage, the above described property will be sold by the Sheriff of said county as follows: DATE AND TIME OF SALE: July 9, 2014 at 10 a.m.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that default has occurred in conditions of the following described mortgage: DATE OF MORTGAGE: Dec. 19, 2008 MORTGAGOR: Tabitha A. Sullivan, a single person. MORTGAGEE: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded Jan. 2, 2009 Stearns County Recorder, Document No. 1275371. ASSIGNMENTS OF MORTGAGE: Assigned to: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association successor by merger Chase Home Finance LLC. Dated Dec. 3, 2010 Recorded Dec. 9, 2010, as Document No. A1332151. And by Assignment: Dated Jan. 10, 2013 Recorded Feb. 4, 2013, as Document No. A1390562. TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. TRANSACTION AGENT’S MORTGAGE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ON MORTGAGE: 100429600000004307 LENDER OR BROKER AND MORTGAGE ORIGINATOR STATED ON MORTGAGE: BankVista RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE SERVICER: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association MORTGAGED PROPERTY ADDRESS: 606 Minnesota St. E., St. Joseph, Minn. 56374 TAX PARCEL I.D. #: 84534700203 LEGAL DESCRIPTION PROPERTY:


Lot 2 Block 2 Braden and Bennet Place, Stearns County, Minn. COUNTY IN WHICH PROPERTY IS LOCATED: Stearns ORIGINAL AMOUNT OF $81,632.00


PLACE OF SALE: Sheriff’s Office, Law Enforcement Center, Room S-136, St. Cloud, Minn. to pay the debt then secured by said Mortgage, and taxes, if any, on said premises, and the costs and disbursements, including attorneys’ fees allowed by law subject to redemption within six (6) months from the date of said sale by the mortgagor(s), their personal representatives or assigns unless reduced to Five (5) weeks under Minn. Stat. §580.07. TIME AND DATE TO VACATE PROPERTY: If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, unless otherwise provided by law, the date on or before which the mortgagor(s) must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property is not redeemed under section 580.23 is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2015, unless that date falls on a weekend or legal holiday, in which case it is the next weekday, and unless the redemption period is reduced to 5 weeks under Minn. Stat. Secs. 580.07 or 582.032. MORTGAGOR(S) RELEASED FROM FINANCIAL OBLIGATION ON MORTGAGE: None “THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS, MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTERED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, AND ARE ABANDONED.” Dated: May 13, 2014 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P.


Minnesota Uniform Conveyancing Blanks Form 60.2.1 (2009)

May 9, 2014


YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT default has occurred in the conditions of the following described Mortgage: INFORMATION REGARDING MORTGAGE TO BE FORECLOSED 1.

Date of Mortgage: April 8, 2004


Mortgagors: KAASI, Inc., a Minnesota corporation


Mortgagees: Plaza Park Bank, a Minnesota banking corporation

4. Recording Information: Recorded on April 14, 2004, as Document Number 1107512, in the Office of the Stearns County, Minnesota 5.

4500 Park Glen Road #300

That prior to the commencement of this mortgage foreclosure proceeding Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee complied with all notice requirements as required by statute; That no action or proceeding has been instituted at law or otherwise to recover the debt secured by said mortgage, or any part thereof;

30 - 14-002722 FC


Tax parcel identification number of the mortgaged premises: 04.01752.0001 and 04.01752.0002.


Legal description of the mortgaged premises: See Exhibit A Check here if all or part of the described real property is Registered (Torrens)


The physical street address, city, and zip code of the mortgaged premises: 38440 55th Avenue North, Sartell, MN 56377


The person holding the Mortgage: (check one) is a transaction agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30 The name(s) of the transaction agent, residential mortgage servicer, and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02 is/are _______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The transaction agent's mortgage identification number, if stated on the Mortgage, is __________________________


is not a transaction agent, as defined by Minn. Stat. 58.02, subd. 30 The name(s) of the residential mortgage servicer and the lender or broker, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is Not Applicable 10. If stated on the Mortgage, the name of the mortgage originator, as defined in Minn. Stat. 58.02, is Not Applicable.

INFORMATION REGARDING FORECLOSURE 11. The requisites of Minn. Stat. 580.02 have been satisfied. 12. The original principal amount secured by the Mortgage was $375,000.00. 13. At the date of this notice the amount due on the Mortgage, including taxes, if any, paid by the holder of the Mortgage, is: $470,619.65. 14. Pursuant to the power of sale in the Mortgage, the Mortgage will be foreclosed, and the mortgaged premises will be sold by of Stearns County, Minnesota, at public auction on July 1, 2014, 10:00 Uniform a.m., atConveyancing Stearns County Office Minnesota BlanksSheriff’s Form 60.2.1 Pagethe 2 ofSheriff 3 Civil Division, 807 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303.

15. The time allowed by law for redemption by Mortgagor or Mortgagor's personal representative or assigns is six months after the date of sale. Page 1 of 3


16. Minn. Stat. 580.04(b) provides, "If the real estate is an owner-occupied, single-family dwelling, the notice must also specify the date on or before which the mortgagor must vacate the property if the mortgage is not reinstated under section 580.30 or the property redeemed under section 580.23." If this statute applies, the time to vacate the property is 11:59 p.m. on Not Applicable.


Name of Attorney for Mortgagee: ____________________________________________ Minnesota Uniform Conveyancing Blanks Form 60.2.1 Adam D. Maier, Attorney

EXHIBIT A Legal Description

Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888

THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. Document version 1.1 Dec. 11, 2013 Publish: May 23 & 30, June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014

Registrar of Titles of

Assignments of Mortgage, if any: None.

Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee


County Recorder

Publish: May 9, 16, 23 & 30, June 6 &13, 2014

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When renovatIng becomes profItable Are you thinking about selling your home? Whether they are short-or-long term projects, renovations are always a good way to increase the market value of your home. They will also make your home more comfortable and practical while you are still there to enjoy it.

According to the experts, making improvements to the kitchen and bathroom and refreshing the interior and exterior paintwork are the most profitable renovations to undertake. With a potential to recoup between 75 and 100 percent of your investment, these three golden renovation projects should cerA few well-planned renovation projects tainly be at the top of your list. in the kitchen and bathroom can boost The kitchen is probably the busiest area your home’s resale value.

Is It better to add a fIreplace or a pool? Several elements can affect the resale value of your home, starting with its surface area, location and its age. Renovating bathrooms, kitchen and paintwork are good resale investments, as are a wide array of other improvements that can increase market value.

Among the renovation projects that represent the best return on investment (between 50 and 75 percent), experts A finished basement, a fireplace, garage recommend replacing the heating sys- and hardwood flooring will usually increase tem, finishing the basement, adding a the market value of your home. have little effect on the resale value of fireplace and a garage, and installing solid wood flooring, new doors and win- your home include the addition of a pool or a skylight. Of course, work that is done dows, and good quality exterior siding. poorly or in bad taste will negatively affect Other projects include replacing the roof- the potential sales value of your property. ing shingles, adding a patio and a central Another thing to keep in mind is if you air-conditioning system (25 to 75 percent) entrust some of your renovations to a proand, to a lesser extent, the addition of a fessional, always insist on a written agreehome cinema and a fence as well as land- ment with a clear completion date. scaping and a paved or asphalted driveway Wherever possible, opt for eco-energy (25 to 50 percent). solutions that will allow you to sell more According to the experts, projects that quickly and at a higher price.

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