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Friday, May 30, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 22 Est. 1989

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Families, veterans honor departed heros by Cori Hilsgen

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Brat sale benefits hanging basket project

A brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31 at the St. Joseph Meat Market. Proceeds will be donated to the St. Joseph Flower Project. Organizer Carol Theisen said, “We want to thank the Y2K Lions for their continued support and want to urge you to support their efforts toward this project and the other wonderful things they do for the people in this city. There will be sign-up sheets at the booth if you are interested in donating toward the almost 80 baskets. What a great way to honor someone you love and to be able to see the beautiful baskets in their memory for the next four months. Thank you so much to those who have already contributed.”

Take a kid fishing; fish free June 6-8

Minnesotans age 16 or older do not need a fishing license while taking a child age 15 or younger fishing during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This is an annual opportunity for an adult to introduce a child to fishing without the prior purchase of a fishing license,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “This is a great weekend to get friends and family involved with fishing.” For more information, visit and click on May 30 Criers.

Dollar Day set June 1 at Lindbergh Historic Site

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site shows its appreciation to the community for its support with $1 admission all afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the site at 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Tours of Lindbergh’s boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 p.m. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitors center, including the newly installed Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

Salute to grads See page 8


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The Honor Guard prepares for services on Memorial Day in the old St. Joseph cemetery.

Members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and families and friends gathered at the old cemetery in St. Joseph for the Memorial Day ceremony. Those who came honored departed service members who served in the armed forces, protecting our freedoms. Participants gathered for the ceremony stood in hot, humid weather under sunny skies. The Rev. Jerome Tupa from the Church of St. Joseph began the ceremony. Names of departed veterans were called out, Taps was played and a gun salute was performed. After the ceremony, participants were invited to the Heros • page 4

Assistant principal hired for Kennedy by Cori Hilsgen

Kennedy Community School Principal Judy Nagel recently sent out an announcement that an assistant principal has been hired for the school for the 2014-15 school year.

“We are excited to welcome Michelle Hanson as our new assistant principal at Kennedy,” Nagel stated in the announcement. Hanson is currently the dean of students at Fridley (Minn.) Middle School. She has worked as an interim ad-

ministrative assistant in Osseo (Minn.) High School, taught special education at various grade levels, has worked as a paraprofessional and is licensed for PreK-elementary in learning disabilities. “Michelle is an enthusiastic, student-focused educational

leader who will be a wonderful addition to our staff at Kennedy,” Nagel also stated. Hanson will be at Kennedy for a few days yet this spring, before the end of the school year, to transition into her new position.

A historical prospective from 25 years ago June 9, 1989

War continues in Collegeville Township by Stuart Goldschen

The peaceful, bucolic township of Collegeville has gone to war, and there’s little chance of peace before the end of June. An angry, insistent group of township residents have taken to the streets to prevent the installation of an asphalt plant and the operation of a gravel-crushing facility in their midst. They fear an attack on their environment and a threat to their health and safety. The residents’ declared enemy is Bauerly Bros. Inc., a Sauk Rapids gravel and asphalt company, that has already begun work at an existing Collegeville gravel pit. The pit is located on Stearns County Road 51 between St. John’s University and Big Watab Lake, about six miles west of St. Joseph.

Bauerly has leased the pit to do neighboring road work this summer for Stearns County. The firm began a controversial, 24-hour gravel-crushing operation there and is seeking a permit to construct an adjoining asphalt plant. Peace attempts by the township’s board of supervisors have proved fruitless to date, and both sides continue to face each other in an entrenched stalemate. Irate residents near the pit, first took up arms against Bauerly when the firm moved in to operate there during the week of May 22. Some 50 front-line opponents armed themselves with homemade posters and demonstrated in front of the photo by Stuart Goldschen site for two days during the Collegeville township residents demonstrate to stop gravel-crushing operation and proposed asphalt plant near their Memorial Day weekend. War • page 5 homes on County Road 51, six miles west of St. Joseph.

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St. Joseph postal carriers (from left to right) Fred Holthaus, Mark Glatzel and Todd Reugemer show off 875 pounds of food collected from St. Joseph area residents May 10 during the annual Stamp Out Hunger event. Post office workers say “thank you” to all who contributed.

Candyce Thompson of St. Joseph was one of 42 students who recently won a scholarship from the Hospitality Min- Thompson nesota Education Foundation. Scholarship recipients have plans for careers as restaurant owners and managers, chefs, bakers, ho-

tel administrators, event planners, food and beverage managers or caterers.

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 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

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Friday, May 30, 2014 Friday, May 30 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Brat Sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Donations, tips and portion of profits contributed to St. Joseph city flower baskets. Friday Enrichment: Farmers’ Markets, 10-11 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Discover benefits, find local markets. 320-255-7245. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, May 31 Brat Sale, sponsored by St. Jo-

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Tuesday, June 3 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Beautiful Africa; A New Generation, presented by Watoto, 7 p.m., Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road N, Sartell. Original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories. Heritage Singers, from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown,

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Fare for All keeps growing by Cori Hilsgen

The Fare For All Express food program continues to grow. Organizer Amanda Roles said volunteers sold 666 packs of food, 573 a la carte items and served about 409 households. Two trucks of food did not fulfill the amount of food that was needed for everyone to buy the packs they wanted. Roles said a contact from Fare for All said this – that a site continues to get better photo by Cori Hilsgen Veterans listen as names of departed veterans are called out each month – usually does not at the Memorial Day ceremony in the old St. Joseph cemetery. happen. Usually the first two distributions are large and then it begins to taper off a little and women who have died in mil- stays there until the holidays. “We ran out of the meatitary service for our country. Originally known as Decora- only packs at about 5:30 p.m. from front page tion Day, it became Memorial and the grill packs and produce packs at about 5:45 p.m.,” American Legion in St. Joseph Day after World War II. for refreshments. Many people visit memori- Roles said. “Some people again Memorial Day is known as als and cemeteries on Memo- did not have the option to buy what they had desired to.” a holiday to honor all men and rial Day.


She said Fare for All will bring two large trucks next month. For the May distribution, they brought one large and one smaller truck. “We continue to grow and grow,” Roles said. “What’s happening at Resurrection is eye-popping.” Organizers are making new plans for the June distribution. If weather permits, a new sidewalk will be installed to help with the Fare for All distribution flow. Organizers are also looking at putting in a new set of double doors instead of the single door that is currently there. They are seeking donations to help fund this cause. Roles would like to extend a huge thank you to the volunteers who made this distribution possible even in the misting rain. “You are greatly appreciated,” she said. Roles said they are seeking

volunteers at the next distribution. Volunteers can sign up at the following link- http:// w w w. s i g n u p g e n i u s . c o m / go/8050E48A4AE2AA46-volunteer, by contacting Roles at or by calling Mary Plafcan at 320249-5718. If you would like to donate to the cost of the double doors, contact Roles at her email address. Fare for All aims to provide affordable, healthy foods to all. The program is meant to supplement people’s grocery purchases and provides produce and meat items that many might not be able to otherwise afford – often at up to a 40-percent discount of grocery-store prices. The program is open to everyone and does not require any registration. Future distribution dates are June 9, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 15, Oct. 14, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Watoto to perform concert in Sartell

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The Watoto Children’s Choir delivers concerts filled with song, dance and story-telling. It will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.

The world-famous Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. The name of the choir’s nationwide tour is “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.” Everyone is invited. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive care

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group for another encounter. The board’s planning commission, which tabled the matter last month for 30 days, will from front page try again to end hostilities at its The latest salvos from both June 20 meeting. The commissides were fired May 30 during sion will review new environa public township board meet- mental study data, including ing. More than 100 people filled aerial photos and topographical the hall’s seats and available maps of the pit site submitted standing room for a three-hour by Bauerly Bros., and make a recommendation to the townverbal scuffle. State Rep. Jeff Bertram ship board. The board, meanwhile, and Sen. Joseph Bertram, both DFL-Paynesville; Stearns wants to confer with its attorCounty Commissioner Rose Ar- ney, Kirby Dahl of Cold Spring, nold; and the Stearns County who was on vacation at the inEngineer Doug Weiszhaar ception of the battle. The board witnessed the fracas and pro- hopes to present a peace treaty at its next meeting on June 27. claimed their neutrality. At the May 30 meeting, both When the smoke cleared, little had changed. But the res- sides fired continuous rounds idents did win a small victory of facts and feelings, but opthrough the board’s vote to ponents of the plant far outlimit Bauerly’s gravel-crushing numbered Bauerly Bros. and its operation to the hours between township allies. The majority 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., five days army brought their attorney, Denis Hynes of St. Cloud, and a week. Unable, however, to score a submitted a petition against the fatal blow that evening, both plant signed by 250 persons. Opponents claim a 1979 sides retreated unhappily to re-


township ordinance prohibits operations like Bauerly’s gravel-crushing pit. They further contend Bauerly’s effort to receive a conditional-use permit to operate an asphalt plant there for 21-and-a-half working days is a “foot-in-the-door approach for further similar permits.” “There’s some question in my mind whether what is happening now is permissible photo by Stuart Goldschen under your ordinance,” Hynes Bauerly Bros. secretary Mark Bauerly defends his company’s told the board. “The ordinance position in Collegeville “war” before packed house at the townallows for a small gravel pit. It ship’s board of supervisors meeting May 30. doesn’t permit enlargement or expansion. What’s happening would be temporary and have strife. Board members feared out here, from all appearances a minimal impact on residents legal repercussions, however, to me, is strip mining.” should they terminate the war and the environment. Bauerly Bros. secretary Mark “If the operation were out- then and there, before consultBauerly, who supervises the side the township, there would ing their attorney. pit site, said the ordinance’s be an increase in damage and “There’s lots of legal work grandfather clause permitted exposure to traffic,” Bauerly to do,” said Eldred Ruegemer, the gravel-crushing work his said. “We can avoid traffic and a township board member. “It company is doing because it is safety problems by being as doesn’t look like we’re going to not unlike work done there be- close to our projects as possi- settle anything quickly. It may fore the ordinance was passed. ble.” be months – or a year – before He said he feels his application Watching both sides thrust we decide what to do here.” for an asphalt plant should and parry, the township board The war, meanwhile, goes be approved because the plant struggled for an answer to the on.

Caramel Roll Ride set for June 14 by Cori Hilsgen

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Care for veterans must match our rhetoric

It would be interesting to know how many speakers at Memorial Day ceremonies across this country mentioned the explosive news about how some veterans of our wars have died while waiting endlessly for treatments. That tragic, unforgivable fact was surely an elephant in the room at many of the ceremonies. The disgrace was only underlined by all the heartfelt tributes to veterans and how much they deserve our undying gratitude. The gratitude should include the very best possible post-service medical and psychological care. Otherwise, all of the tributes and thanks amount to nothing much more than lip service. The top management in the Phoenix, Ariz. Veterans Affairs Health Care system devised an elaborate scheme to hide the fact 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait for months even to just consult with a doctor. At least 40 veterans died while patiently waiting for care. The jerks who ran that center had two lists: a fake waiting list designed to show watchdogs in Washington, D.C. that all was going just fine; and a real waiting list that shows waiting times can easily last more than a year. The Veterans Administration mandates patients must be seen in a timely manner, from 14 to 30 days. Obviously, some top officials, at least in Phoenix, not only scoffed at that mandate; they developed an elaborate system to sabotage it. Other stories about inexcusably long waits – and deaths – are surfacing from other areas of the country, and it’s the most disturbing news. Disturbing that these men and women, who sacrificed so much, are treated with such dismissive carelessness. There is absolutely no excuse for it. So far, here in Minnesota, our VA centers have received quite good marks. However, who is to say with certainty there are no schemes or “secret” waiting lists going on? We also know most veterans have had many good things to say about the treatment they’ve received at centers. However, even one incident of cruel waiting and/or death is one too many. We wonder about the high rate of suicides among veterans. How many of those might have been prevented with prompt professional attention rather than interminable waits? It’s with such patriotic hoopla we send men and women off to war, some of them wars that are unpopular and/or unwise. How easy it is to forget them when the hoopla dies down, when the sick and wounded return, many of them living in a bleak, lonely world of their own, often without jobs or any kind of trusting support system. It’s nothing less than a national disgrace. The president should appoint a commission and hold hearings that could root out every last vestige of this kind of cruel and rampant corruption. Those who indulge in it should be fired and even arrested and tried before a court of law. Such abuse is downright criminal.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Opinion Let’s heed Martinez’s angry questions We should all listen carefully to Richard Martinez, and we should keep listening with a resolute intention to help alleviate that man’s anguish and outrage. Martinez is the 61-year-old father of Chris Martinez, the 20-year-old college student who was murdered in cold blood while entering a convenience store last week during a madman’s killing spree in Santa Barbara. The berserk gunman killed seven people, including himself. He wounded 13 others. Clearly staggered by the death of his beloved son, Martinez struggled to regain control at a press conference. Saying his family is now “lost and broken” and his only son now dead, Martinez broke down, choking back tears, during a heartrending mixture of grief, anguish and rage. “Why did Chris die?” he asked. “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA (National Rifle Association). They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves: Not one more. You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.” Martinez’s anger and tears peak when he talks about that he had 20 good years with his son, unlike the parents of the little children slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, unimaginably horrible killings that Martinez thinks should have persuaded politicians to pass stricter gun laws. Martinez’s series of impassioned questions (“When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness; we don’t have to live like this?’”) are all too familiar questions. They were asked after Columbine; they were asked after Virginia Tech; they were asked after Aurora; they were asked after Sandy Hook. The answers,

Dennis Dalman Editor of course, are never forthcoming. People, including craven, irresponsible politicians drift off whistling Dixie. NRA officials keep saying the same insultingly stupid things: More guns is the answer, more guns in the hands of good people is the only thing that will stop bad people from killing others. So says the ultimate parrot, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. Martinez’s painful, anguished pressconference comments should be televised immediately after every self-serving bilge that comes out of the mouth of LaPierre, the darling of gun manufacturers. We can be sure LaPierre will, once again, claim it was severe mental illness – not guns – that pushed that deranged Santa Barbara gunman over the edge. And, of course, that’s true, partly. He did purchase the guns legally, and he was very adept at hiding his mental illness, not mentioning his treatments and medications he was supposed to be taking. And yet, still, Martinez’s cry of anger and anguish cannot be dismissed. His outrage goes right to the heart, to the gut. It’s the unbearable grief experienced by every parent who has lost a child to these gun-blazing fiends. Martinez vented the anger that all parents feel, and we should all listen to it and heed it. We’ll never stop all rampage killings, but the least the U.S. Congress can do is beef up the laws governing access to guns, insist on universal background checks, give more

funding to vital mental-health services and quit kowtowing to the NRA and its supposed defense of the Second Amendment when it is, in fact, gun manufacturers it seems most eager to serve and to protect. Beyond the issues of guns and mental illness, this country has got to get over its obsession with violence. One TV commentator, noting how the Santa Barbara killer had repeatedly watched violent video “games” said his own sons watch the same videos with no ill effects. That kind of blithe dismissal, an implicit condoning of violent videos, is despicable. And it’s not just violent videos that should turn our stomachs. A recent TV ad features men and women on a company “vacation,” playing a game of “Paintball” in the woods, with “bullets” banging into chests, fake blood splattering everywhere and shot-up victims jerking spasmodically in slow motion. That disgusting ad is “brought to us” by You see, after their sportive, gun-fun bloodbath, the “warriors” emerge from the woods, happy to see the swank hotel in the distance their company had booked for them. It’s interesting the killer’s father was the assistant director of the hit movie Hunger Games, yet another Hollywood saga of murder and mayhem. With that kind of vile crap saturating American culture, is it any wonder in this gun-crazed nation that kids – and adults – can go so wrong? And, by the way, what kind of “adult” would enjoy the vicarious slaughtering that occurs in these video “games.” Mr. Martinez, keep talking, keep expressing your anguish and outrage. Maybe, just maybe, some of those craven, irresponsible scoundrels (aka politicians) will start listening.

Letters to editor

Reader thanks residents who signed city hall petition Irene Reber, St. Joseph I would like to thank all the citizens of St. Joseph who have signed the petition to save the city hall from being demolished. It’s a beautiful granite building and if it needs

fixing, fix it. I think the city council priority should be the Police Department now. Build a police station. I’m sure it wouldn’t cost $4.5 million. Everyone I’ve talked to said if they build a police station that would give the city

hall more room. I have met so many wonderful people going around with the petition. St. Joseph is a really nice community to live in. Thank you everyone.

Can a Common Joe replace Michele Bachmann? Ronald Dixon University of Minnesota student Michele Bachmann is considered to be one of the most radical members of Congress. Now that she is retiring, we should rally behind an individual who will not succumb to petty politics or corporate interests. This person is Joe Perske. Since 2010, I have volunteered in the efforts to try and oust Bachmann, both when Tarryl Clark (2010) and Jim Graves (2012) made great efforts to defeat her. When I was first contacted by the Perske campaign, I instantly knew he would be a great leader for the Sixth Congressional District, and I am

proud to have voted for Perske at the DFL Sixth Congressional District convention. Unlike Bachmann, Perske rises above partisan politics and empty rhetoric in order to achieve goals that benefit his constituents. He has proven this multiple times, both as a city council member and as the Mayor of Sartell. His commitment to public service began years ago when he first began teaching middle school and coaching girls soccer. Perske is a pragmatic “Common Joe” who understands the needs of Minnesotans, and he will push for policies that will directly benefit his constituents, including improvements to infrastructure, funding education, protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act and preserving the social safety net.

As a college student, I know Perske will also work to help improve the outlook for young Americans, a group that has been increasingly burdened by a lackluster job market and unsustainable debt. The time is now to elect Perske to Congress. As more Americans are getting tired of partisan politics and Tea Party-sponsored agendas, such as repealing the ACA and obstructing jobs bills, we need someone who represents the populous. If elected, Perske will reach across the aisle to achieve progress, and he will always act with the best interests of ordinary Americans in mind, as opposed to the lobbyists, the rich and everyone else who belongs to the “Top 1 Percent.”

Reader endorses Perske for U.S. House seat Pauline Bratt, St. Cloud

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Joe Perske, Sartell mayor, teacher and coach, is the endorsed DFL candidate for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. Perske has deep roots in the 6th District. He grew up in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud and was a teacher and coach with the Department of Defense in Germany and in Sartell for 37 years. As mayor of Sartell, Perske was there when the town’s major business, a paper mill, was destroyed by an explosion and fire. It was devastating to the community.

He led the coordination of more than 100 fire departments there to help, and he led the effort in finding jobs for hundreds of displaced workers. Perske is a marathon runner, having run more than 90,000 miles. “This race will be the race of a lifetime,” Perske said. “I will race until I drop.” Fixing a broken system in Washington is what motivates Perske to seek election, the candidate said. “This race is not about me,” Perske said. “It is about you, your kids, your grandkids, the elderly, and the kids who haven’t been born yet. It’s about coming together to solve

problems.” Perske says he is passionate about caring for the elderly, the vulnerable, the young and the veterans who have served our country. He wants to improve the Affordable Care Act so it covers more people more efficiently. “This great nation cannot survive the collapse of its middle class,” Perske said. “As a representative of the 6th Congressional District, I will work with others to restore the middle class and provide families the opportunity to realize the American Dream. This is an issue that stokes a fire that burns inside me and drives me to run for Congress in this election.”

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Friday, May 30, 2014 LEgal notICE

LEgal notICE


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.

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.

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.

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.

TRANSACTION AGENT: Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc.




DATE AND PLACE OF RECORDING: Recorded Jan. 2, 2009 Stearns County Recorder, Document No. 1275371.






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


Dated: May 13, 2014 JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Mortgagee/Assignee gagee



USSET, WEINGARDEN AND LIEBO, P.L.L.P. Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee


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

PURSUANT to the power of sale



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.

County Recorder

Registrar of Titles of

Assignments of Mortgage, if any: None.


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

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