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Town Crier St. Stephen sets Centennial Planning meeting
The St. Stephen Centennial is planned for July 18-20. A meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8 at City Hall. No Parking Signs will be assembled – bring your stapler. Can’t attend but want to volunteer? Contact the St. Stephen clerk at 320-290-0424.
Summer reading program begins June 9 at GRRL
Great River Regional Library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens ages 0-18 on Monday, June 9, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 9. Two programs are offered, “Experiment with Reading,” for children birth through age 12, and “Read, Think, React,” for teens in grades six through 12. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have weekly and grand prize drawings for children and teens taking part in the program. Libraries across the entire region are planning fun kick-off programs and special events to encourage participation. The goal of the Summer Reading Program is to encourage children to continue reading during the summer. Numerous studies have found failing to read during the summer contributes to a summer slump that puts children behind when they return to school in the fall. Children who continue to read through the summer are more likely to maintain or even improve their reading skills. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 6 Criers.
ATV riders can explore Minnesota trails for free
New trail atlas available to help with trip planning Minnesotans with all-terrain vehicles registered for private or agricultural use won’t need to pay the additional registration fee to ride the state’s public ATV trails on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8. Out-of-state riders can explore Minnesota ATV trails that weekend as well, without the need for a nonresident trail pass. This is the second year Minnesota is providing ATV riders with free access to more than 3,000 miles of state forest and grant-in-aid trails during “No Registration Weekend.” Several riding destinations are featured in a new 72-page Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Atlas. The atlas includes maps, descriptions, parking and other information for 51 state and GIA trails for ATVs, off-highway motorcycles and off-road vehicles. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on June 6 Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
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Bruno teaches students about printmaking by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Mary Bruno, letterpress printmaker and owner of Bruno Press, recently taught Kennedy Community School third-grade students the art of print making. Teacher Jodie Kragness said Bruno taught students about her job. “The students were eager to learn about Mary’s profession through this artist-in-residence experience,” Kragness said. In their science class engineering unit, third-graders had studied how agricultural engineers design and improve technologies for agriculture. After studying about pollinating insects and how technology can imitate nature, they used the engineering design process to design hand pollinators, for various flowers. They studied shapes and sizes of flowers and created and tested pollinators
which would both pick up and drop off pollen. Bruno then assisted students in designing and creating posters for their hand pollinators. Each student then had a chance to print their hand pollinator poster on Bruno’s printing press. “It was really fun to use all the different utensils like the printing press and learn about the process of printmaking,” Brielle Rothstein said. “I learned about how Bruno Press uses tools to make awesome posters,” Liam Zenner said. “My favorite part was printing our own posters for our hand pollinators.” “The third-graders learned a lot from this wonderful opportunity,” Kragness said. “The posters are on display in the hallways at Kennedy. The thirdgraders and their teachers would like to extend a huge thank you to Mary Bruno and Central Minnesota Arts Board.”
Bruno Press is a small letterpress print shop in St. Joseph. Bruno uses traditional methods of printing, such as setting wood and lead type, carving linoleum blocks and printing on very old presses more than 70 years old.
Bruno offers internships and teaches poster and cardmaking workshops, sells cards and prints wholesale and retail items. Bruno’s artist-in-residency was funded by the Central Minnesota Arts Board.
Recently, Forte gave an inspirational pep talk to a gathering of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Sartell High School. Forte, a Sartell resident, is a teacher who is currently on leave from Kennedy Community School in St. Joseph. For years, a virulent form of cancer dogged Forte’s heels, but he fought back and won after a doctor told him he had six months at most to live. And that
was eight years ago. The rare cancer has the dreadsounding name of thymic carcinoid cancer, so rare there have been only 200 cases of it reported worldwide. Doctors removed Forte’s right lung, then he underwent radiation, chemotherapy and a whole series of tests and other procedures. As the tumors spread rapidly, the treatments became more intense. Those painful endurance tests
came on top of the 16 knee surgeries he needed. Everyone he knew – even strangers – asked Forte how he did it? How in the world could he face such a bleak prognosis, endure pain and weakness, and then seem to bounce right back? Through it all, Forte reminds others he relied upon the innate lessons he’d absorbed through his many years as an athlete and Faith • page 4
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act with such a great group of students and directors,” Figallo said. “Im thankful to St. John’s Prep for giving me the opportunity to perform on stage at the Paramount Theatre doing what I love to do – entertaining and making other people happy.” Honorable mentions in a leading role were for Tom Skahen’s performance of Danny and Young Hyun Lily Joo’s performance as Sandy. Honorable mentions in a supporting role were for Beccy O’Neil’s performance as Jan, Josiah Beretta’s performance as Doody, Sam Rogers’ performance as Roger and Ben Miller’s performance as Sonny. Honorable mentions in a featured role were for Reva Useh’s performance as Miss Lynch, Gabrielle Kolb’s performance as Patty Simcox, Cormack Grease • page 5
Left to right: Isaac Diehl, Sofia Ploof and Mary Bruno print on Bruno’s printing press.
Sports, faith can counter adversities
by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
With only one lung, Pat Forte said he can still ride a bicycle downhill as good as ever, but going uphill is the toughest part. His audiences always get a good laugh with that line – a line that encompasses Forte’s attitude about how he’s learned to live life – with persistence, practice, hard work and good humor.
Prep students honored for production of ‘Grease’
Above left: Skyler Figallo (left) performed the role of Kenicke and Ben Miller performed the role of Sonny in St. John’s Prep’s performance of Grease at the Paramount Theatre. Above right: Tom Skahen performed the role of Danny.
St. John’s Prep students received several awards from the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Musical Theatre Program for their production of Grease. SJP presented Grease at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud March 21-24. SJP students were recognized for the following honors: outstanding performance in a supporting role; and honorable mention for overall production, overall performance, performance by a student orchestra, performance in a leading role, performance in a supporting role and in a featured role. Outstanding performance in a supporting role was for Skyler Figallo’s performance as Kenicke. “I am so thankful and indeed honored to perform and inter-
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St. Benedict’s Monastery recognized its 60th jubilarians on May 3. They are (front row, left to right) Sisters Gretchen Jumbeck, Benet Frandrup, Jean Gibson, Cynthia Schmit and Ann Machtemes; and (back row) Sisters Joan Felling, Michon Lanners, Margaret Michaud, Michaela Hedican, Merle Nolde, Louise Koltes and Eunice Antony. St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler presided at Eucharist and joined the nuns for a celebratory lunch. St. Benedict’s will honor 50th jubilarians on July 20.
St. Scholastica Convent recognized its Jubilarians May 21. They are (front row, left to right) Sisters Gretchen Jumbeck, Shaun O’Meara, Jean Gibson and Hildebrand Eickhoff; Sisters Merle Nolde, Louise Koltes, Michaela Hedican, Dorothy Heinen and Maribeth Theis. Photographer: S. Karen Streveler
K a r a Hennes, OSB, St. Joseph, was recently awarded the Healthcare Hero – clinical professional award dur- Hennes ing St. Cloud Hospital’s annual Spirit of Women Awards Program. Celebrating the spirit of women, these awards recognize the talent and dedication of those who make their communities healthier, safer and more inspirational places to live. She will receive recognition from CentraCare Health Foundation and St. Cloud Hospital, along with a $1,000 award to further her commitment to her community. Hennes has worked at St. Cloud Hospital for 42 years in a variety
of capacities, including staff nurse, director of nursing, vice president for nursing, vice president for patient care, St. Cloud Hospital board member and most recently on the executive team as chairman of the board of trustees. Hennes worked “to ensure the most qualified staff serve the patients, bringing decision-making to the bedside.” This mindset founded by Hennes provided the strong nursing practice philosophy that helped St. Cloud Hospital achieve Magnet® designation in 2004, 2009 and 2013 for its continued excellence in nursing and patient care. About Spirit of Women St. Cloud Hospital is a member of Spirit of Women®, an elite network of American hospitals working together to achieve high standards of excellence in wom-
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 www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
Advised she was told two years ago to stop contact and if it happens one more time the complainant will be filing a harassment restraining order.
May 12 8:18 p.m. Eighth Avenue SE. Harassment. Complainant stated her son is being harassed by a girl he used to go to school with. She stated her daughter attends school with the suspect and she also harassed her daughter and trys to get her to pass messages to her son. Son blocked suspect from Facebook after receiving numerous messages from her dating back to June 2012. Complainant received a phone call tonight claiming to be suspect’s mother demanding son call and apologize to suspect for calling here a “psycho” in the past. Complainant stated the voice sounded like a young girl. Officer spoke with suspect and her father at their residence. She denied making the phone call and later admitted to contact when confronted with the phone number the call came in on.
May 13 7:36 a.m. Welfare check. Fourth Avenue NE. Report of female sleeping in vehicle at gas pumps. She was unresponsive when officer arrived. Called for SJFD and Gold Cross. She was also speaking at times unaware of where her kids were. They were located by Albany Police. Transported her to hospital via Gold Cross. Issued citation for drug paraphernalia for a pipe and straw found on the driver’s seat. Items placed into evidence. 10:55 a.m. Phone complaint. Able Street E. Complainant has been getting text messages of a sexual manner. Officer tried to call the number and left a message on voice mail to call police office. Advised complainant to call his cell company to get the number blocked and told him to stop answering the text and call police if it continues. May 14 10:24 a.m. Suspicious activity/ welfare check. College Avenue S. Complainant received a text message
en’s health. Created in 1998 by Spirit of Women, the Spirit of Women Awards are held annually by Spirit hospitals to honor unsung heroes in communities across the United States. So far, more than 900 women have been recognized and awarded for their efforts. Amber Sunder, of St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Eligibility is based on a 3.5 grade-point average. Andrew Hellmann, St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at North Dakota State University, Fargo. He is majoring in psychology. A student must earn a 3.50 grade-point average or higher to qualify. that sounded like suicidal comments. Complainant didn’t know who’s number the text came from. Had Stearns dispatch get phone info for the unknown number and tracked it to a student at Chanhassen High School. Spoke to officer at the high school who spoke to the person who sent text and all was OK. May 15 4:37 p.m. Property damage. Fifth Avenue NW. Complainant stated she heard a bang on the front door window at 8:30 p.m. the previous day. When she looked at the glass, there was a small hole and cracks that extended from it. She thought it was possibly a bird or maybe a BB gun pellet. No pellet found. Pictures of crack and hole taken. Complainant stated she would call when she gets estimated cost of damage. May 16 9:21 p.m. Vandalism. Third Avenue NE. Complainant stated the previous evening someone wrote with ketchup on his trailer. They also dismantled a child’s play set what was on complainant’s deck. Complainant had no potential suspects. No monetary damage.
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Above, after an inspirational talk by teacher, coach and cancer survivor Pat Forte, members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathered to say a prayer for the graduating seniors at Sartell High School. At right: teacher, coach and courageous cancer survivor Forte inspires a group of students during one of his many pep talks about life, adversity and the true meaning of “winner.”
Faith from front page coach. One such lesson is this: If you strike out, don’t get discouraged; rather, live to fight again another day. Another lesson: You must fight adversity head-on. Yet another: Work hard and don’t make excuses. One of his first lessons he learned from his father. At the time, Forte was a sixth-grade hockey player. Toward the end of the game, Forte played only 11 seconds. He complained to his father, who abruptly asked him how much he’d practiced, and then his father said it wasn’t enough, that he should practice hard, then harder. He did. The next year, as captain of the team, he led it to the state tournament. “My father said we’d never have that conversation again, and we didn’t,” Forte told his listeners. “I’d learned the lesson.” Adversity, he said, is part of life. “If it doesn’t grind you down,
it’ll polish you up,” he said. Forte said there are three things to remember, three ways to counter adversity. “Do what’s right, avoid what’s wrong and consult the Bible.” The good thing about doing what’s right is it’s ultimately easier to do than doing what’s wrong, Forte noted. Do everything to the best of your abilities, and don’t compare yourself to others. Hang out with people who are heading in the good direction you want to go. The best bet for friends is to choose athletes and Christians. Born in Evelyth, Forte has had a distinguished, award-winning career as a hockey player, teacher and coach. From 1984 to 1986, he played hockey for the American International College in Springfield, Mass. He was head coach for Brainerd (Minn) High School from 1991 to 1997 and led the Brainerd Warriors to two conference titles. From 1999 to 2004, he coached the Minnesota Elect 17s at the National Festival. He also managed the Upper Mid-
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west Elite League’s North team for two years, earning a playoff championship berth. Forte coached St. Cloud Apollo in 2000 and brought its Eagles to a conference title. From 2001 to 2013, he was assistant coach at St. John’s University, Collegeville. Forte said he is convinced everything happens for a reason, and that is a cornerstone of his Christian faith. He noted every time adversity came pounding into this life, like the time his cancer reappeared, there was someone there – friends, doctors, acquaintances, strangers – out of the blue, to help him through it. One woman named Jean Jaeger called him one day, and said she wanted to pray for him. They met at a church and prayed, and to this day, after nearly four years, they meet at that church to pray. Some people who knew Forte were never very dedicated about going to church or praying. After they witnessed the effects of faith in his own life, some now pray regularly with their families. Faith • page 5
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Plant sale draws a crowd Faith by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
St. John’s Outdoor University’s 12th annual plant and garden tool sale held May 10 drew a crowd of about 100 people. Many of them came early. Department coordinator Jenny Kutter said the native grasses and flowers have been a popular request at previous sales and more were offered at this year’s sale. Several area nurseries donated various plants such as Coneflowers, Butterflyweed, Sneezeweed and more. Other plants offered included Rainbow Sen Weigela, Endless Summer and Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangeas, Royalty flowering crab, Kentucky coffee tree, raspberries and more. Tools offered at the sale included rakes, hand trowels, watering wands and more. Plants and tools were sold at a 15-percent discount off retail prices. Outdoor U members received 50 percent off pricing.
Kutter said all proceeds from the sale go toward funding Outdoor University education programs. “There’s nothing like watching your garden blossom out of your support for local environmental and outdoor education in the community,” Kutter said. Outdoor University memberships were offered during the plant sale. “A membership is a donation in support of the environmental and outdoor education and land stewardship projects that we do for preK-12, college students and the general community,” Kutter said. Benefits to membership also include discounts at events like the plant sale, special invitations and more. “We recommend memberships at levels of $25 for individuals, $40 for families, and more,” said Kutter. “But a membership gift of any amount is welcome.” Memberships are also available by calling 320-363-3163.
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Forte’s long illness has brought out the best in people. His fellow staff members at Kennedy Community School voluntarily gave up their own sick days to fill in for Forte during his absences. Friends, neighbors, even strangers helped with cooking, shoveling, mowing and other tasks. The vast and interconnected support system just seemed to happen, out of the blue. “We are totally dependent on God for our next breath,” Forte said. Sports, along with faith, is the absolute best preparation for life’s adversities that are bound to come to everyone, he told his listeners. Sports rapidly teaches players the value of good habits, the danger of bad habits. The
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people: those who do the work; those who take the credit. “It’s easier and better to be the first type of person,” he said. A winner, he added, is one who says, “I was wrong.” A loser says, “It wasn’t’ my fault.” Forte’s parting advice to the students was this: “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Shoot for the stars.” After Forte’s talk, the 50 students in the auditorium walked down to the front where they joined in prayers for the seniors about to graduate.
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importance of team-playing, in which all win as a team, is similar to how doctors and patients work together to beat back illness. “You might not like your teammates or your coach,” he said. “It will grind you down or polish you up, depending on what you’re made of. It is OK to fail; learn from failure. And it’s OK to make mistakes; learn from them. It’s too easy to sit back and cut down and criticize.” Forte’s father always told him there are basically two types of
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Miscommunication, misinformation clouded government-center issue Due to a verbal tug-of-war, it’s now back to Square 1 for the St. Joseph City Council to determine what to do about creating a new (or refurbished) government center. A citizen outcry against plans to tear down the old city center and build a new one on the same site recently caused the council to reject all bids for a new government-center project. By all admissions, the current building, which houses both city staff and police-department staff, is terribly tight for space. The structure has problems: leaks, heating-ventilation flaws and more. For at least two years, the council studied options, considering what St. Joseph residents wanted, according to citizen surveys, input at public meetings and other information. The council’s conclusion: tear down the current city building and on its site build one what will include a communitycenter meeting room. Whoops. That’s when the public outcry began. Who, asked the opponents, wants or needs a community room? Was the inclusion of a community room just a ruse so the city could use half-cent sales-tax funds, whose expenditures must be “regional” in nature, to justify using those funds for the government-center project? As confrontations intensified, it became startlingly obvious the rancor was caused largely by ongoing miscommunications and misunderstandings. Apparently, St. Joseph residents wanted a community center, not a community room. At a public meeting led by St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz, those divisive attitudes became more focused. Opponents accused the council of not communicating well with the public it’s supposed to serve. The mayor and council emphasized repeatedly the public was given chances, time and again, to express opinions but almost nobody showed up at council meetings. And that is so true. Too often, in all cities – not just St. Joseph – people do not pay attention to city business or never attend council meetings. The common excuse is “they won’t listen to us, anyway.” As a result, many townspeople are taken by surprise when they learn, months or years later, what they should have known all along – that, in this case, for example – the council decided to build a new government center with a community room. Another excuse is this: “There was nothing in the newspaper about it.” Some of the people who never attend council meetings don’t read their weekly or daily newspapers, either. Of course, there was “nothing in the newspaper” if people neglected to read what was, in fact, in the newspaper. A former St. Joseph Newsleader reporter, TaLeiza Calloway, reported several times on the government-center plans. Then she got married and moved away. The other reporter, in her place, is a superb human-interest feature writer, but is not trained in city-government coverage. The Newsleader has been seeking to fill that gap. In the meantime, people should not carp too much about their city council. That second-guessing carping happens in cities far and wide. Citizens who are apathetic should not blame the powers that be, once a decision has been made and after people have had many chances to give input. In no way, shape or form did the St. Joseph council or staff try to bamboozle or mislead city residents. They acted in good faith based on the research they had in hand, and they made a decision, rightly or wrongly depending on who is judging it, while being squeezed between a rock and hard place. Building a new government center is not necessarily constructing a “Taj Mahal,” as it’s so often termed. Retrofitting a current building can be prohibitively expensive, a fact many do not understand. Too many citizens think a homely quonset hut is the way to go, the uglier the better to defray expenses. That doesn’t always translate into sense (common) or cents (monetary). What’s ironic is at the mayor-led meeting with the public, time and again people said they do not need or want a community-meeting room. At that meeting in the St. Joseph Fire Hall, people were lined up around the cram-packed room, standing because there were no chairs or any other kind of space to sit. One gentleman, at the end of the meeting, piped up with this: “Could you please get a bigger room when you hold a meeting like this again?” It’s good the council is going back to the drawing board. It’s also good perhaps St. Joseph residents have learned to attend council meetings, special public-input meetings and to keep informed about what their city government is doing. That’s the very foundation of democracy on every level. It’s called well-informed participation.
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Opinion Driverless cars? They’re already here! While breezing down Highway 10 the other day on my way to Sartell, I turned on Minnesota Public Radio and heard a woman talking about how “driverless cars” are in store for us in the future. I laughed so hard I almost lost control of my Dodge, almost veered into the ditch. “Driverless cars in the future?” I thought to myself. “They’re already here!” Oblivious people sitting behind steering wheels texting, gobbling down junk food, fiddling in purses or pockets, reading newspapers, putting on makeup and in some cases even indulging in awkward hankypanky, so to speak. Those are the driverless drivers who do just fine, thank you – that is, until their fast-moving machine comes to an instant stop when it collides with another fast-moving machine, at which time phones, newspapers, fast food and – horribly – sometimes even body parts go flying. The woman on the radio said they’re already making driverless cars, which are kind of roundish comfy pods with no steering wheels. Sounds a bit like the kiddie bumper cars at county fairs. The new vehicles can go up to 25 mph. Fat chance they’ll sell any, not with the speed fiends who burn rubber on roads around here and have no clue what a speed-limit sign is, especially on that race track known as Highway 10 where “65” means you have to go faster than that – much faster – to get from here to hell and back in time for supper. As speed demons kept passing me, the radio woman kept talking, telling me there’ll be a lot of tweaking before the driverless car
Dennis Dalman Editor hits the roads. Well, I guess! Like getting its speed up to at least 80 mph so some hurryup folks can get to places faster, like they do now. Maybe the driverless car, I’m thinking, is not such a bad idea, after all. Maybe with its super-smart radar beams, it could see stops signs, yield signs, no-passing zones, yellow and red lights – the things so many blinddummy “drivers” don’t see now. The new car might be an improvement, but what if its complex circuitry has a breakdown, and everything goes haywire like the mental lapses of some of these current driverless vehicles? Whoops. More accidents, more phones, more newspapers, more junk food going flying. On the way home from Sartell, with demons still whizzing past, a couple of them flipping me off for being an old 65-mph slowpoke, I kept thinking about a book I read way back in 1970 called Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. It’s one of the most fascinating but confounding books I’ve ever read – fascinating because it gave a tantalizing glimpse of what the future would look like, confounding because it reminded me of how I would’ve been much happier living in the
19th Century. I was – and am – a true victim of “future shock.” In his book, Toffler and his wife, Heidi, predicted such future developments as cloning, home-schooling, constructs of Internet and YouTube, therapeutic drugs for just about every condition, people having 18 jobs in a lifetime, an increasingly throwaway society, same-sex marriages, transient relationships and living conditions, artificial intelligence, constant mobility and flurries of information overload. Some of the Tofflers’ predictions made sense to me. Others I laughed at, dismissing them as preposterous. That’s mainly because my 19th Century mind-set couldn’t grasp anything technological beyond an electric typewriter or a four-slice toaster. When the Tofflers asked readers to believe a flying car will become a future reality, I lost it. “That’ll be the day,” I scoffed derisively. “If it’s so, I hope I’m dead by then.” Could it be the driverless car will be just a transition to the ultimate mode of transportation – the flying car? I shudder to think of it. Let me put it this way: Thank goodness I’m getting old – whoops, I mean even older. Someday, you can all zip around in your driverless pods; you can zoom into the wild blue yonder with your flying cocoons. As for me, when that future shock arrives, you can bet your bottom buck I’ll be driving a horse and buggy, galloping backwards, fast as hell, right back into the middle of the 19th Century.
Letter to editor
Tri-Cap director thanks Central Minnesota Lori Schultz Tri-Cap Executive Director As Community Action Turns 50, TriCounty Action Program Inc. would like to reflect on its service to the residents of Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. On Aug. 20, 1964 in Washington, D.C., President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act. The EOA created a variety of programs – including Community Action Agencies – as part of his War on Poverty. Tri-CAP was one of those agencies established to address local poverty problems in rural, urban and suburban communities across the country. Tri-CAP got its start on Jan. 12, 1965 as the first Community Action Agency in a non-metro area in Minnesota. The agency’s
creation was due to efforts of then St. Cloud Mayor Ed Henry, who called together a group that included representation from all three counties and worked hard to cajole and convince others that having this agency would be beneficial to area residents. The agency started with no staff and a $10,000 budget to “research problems relevant to the antipoverty program.” From that point, the agency grew as programs and services developed. In the first year of operation, the organization had total revenues of $16,480. Forty-nine years later, Tri-CAP has grown into an agency that provides more than 20 different essential services all geared toward helping people and changing lives. The agency’s most recent fiscal audit showed total revenues of more than $5.8
million directly serving more than 22,000 people in Central Minnesota. Our staff prides themselves on providing exceptional customer service through a professional and kind approach as people build their skills and work toward economic and social stability. The unrelenting duties of volunteers who served the agency during the past years are invaluable. The commitment of the board of directors and the community have kept us on the path toward maintaining family stability, while endeavoring daily to assure all of our practices are transparent and sound. Community Action changes lives every day, one person at a time. Thank you Central Minnesota for supporting our endeavors now and into the future.
The clock is ticking for Mexico to release Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is sitting in a Mexican jail for the crime of accidentally entering Mexico at a legal entry gate with three completely legal firearms in his vehicle. According to his phone call to his mother, he got into the wrong lane and could not turn around quickly enough. The Mexican authorities pounced upon him and hauled him off to their jail. That happened two months ago. As I write this column, there has been no resolution and he’s still there. I think it’s important to report Tahmooressi was in San Diego for medical treatment. He had just returned from several tours in combat. It’s been reported he was being treated for PTSD. If you are like me, you are probably wondering where are the people we pay to handle situations like this? Well, our U.S. Senate has been extremely busy. Not working on this marine’s situation, no, they have been diligently working on a letter signed by 50 intrepid U.S. senators. That letter was directed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding the Washington Redskins, a privately owned professional football team, change its name. It seems these politically correct morons believe the most important thing on their agenda is not an American hero who has been kidnapped by a foreign
Ron Scarbro Guest Writer government and held for two months. No, the most pressing item in their thoughts is not offending a few American Indians. Is it any wonder the Congress of this great country has the reputation it has? I’ll bet if you polled Native Americans across this country, the vast majority would think this is just political nonsense. Here are some interesting facts: Illegal aliens living in our country send $22 billion to Mexico every year. U.S. tourists spend more billions in that country annually. U.S. companies are building manufacturing plants in Mexico and employing thousands of their citizens. What if all that came to an abrupt halt? Here is what should happen and should happen immediately. Our ambassador to Mexico picks up his phone and calls the Mexican ambassador and gives him this simple message. You have one hour to deliver Sgt. Tahmooressi and all his pos-
sessions, including his firearms, to the U.S. border. Failure to do so will activate a plan designed to bring Mexico to her knees. Tourism will end. Illegals will be rounded up and returned to Mexico and our border will be sealed. American companies will be faced with tariffs that would essentially eliminate any possibility of a profit. Mexican agricultural products will rot in the fields. Oh, and the clock is ticking. There is another option, of course, and that is for the Marine Corps to go into Mexico in force and retrieve their brother marine. I’m pretty sure Mexico would not like that. Now some may feel these are extreme measures, and I can understand how you would come to that conclusion. But here is a reality. Mexico, as well as the rest of the world, should understand who they are dealing with. We absolutely will not tolerate this kind of treatment of our citizens, period. To Sen. Harry Reid and to the signers of the infamous letter to Commissioner Goodell, we are not paying you to go to Washington to interfere with private businesses and their choice of brand names. Let the market decide. You have real problems to deal with. Deal with them. Get your job done and get this Marine home. Oh, and your clock is ticking also.
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St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com LEgal notICE
NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE THE RIGHT TO VERIFICATION OF THE DEBT AND IDENTITY OF THE ORIGINAL CREDITOR WITHIN THE TIME PROVIDED BY LAW IS NOT AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION.
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 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
AMOUNT DUE AND CLAIMED TO BE DUE AS OF DATE OF NOTICE, INCLUDING TAXES, IF ANY, PAID BY MORTGAGEE: $78,038.67 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;
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.
NOTICE OF MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Minn. Stat. 580.025, 580.04
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.
Registrar of Titles of
INFORMATION REGARDING MORTGAGED PREMISES 6.
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
OTHER FORECLOSURE DATA 9.
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.
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. Name and address of Attorney for Mortgagee or Mortgagee Assignee: Stinson Leonard Street LLP (ADM/RLG) 150 South Fifth Street, Suite 2300 Minneapolis, Page 3 of 3 MN 55402
Name of Attorney for Mortgagee: ____________________________________________ Minnesota Uniform Conveyancing Blanks Form 60.2.1 Adam D. Maier, Attorney
EXHIBIT A Legal Description
4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 30 - 14-002722 FC THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR.
Publish: May 23 & 30, June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014
Assignments of Mortgage, if any: None.
Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee
Document version 1.1 Dec. 11, 2013
Publish: May 9, 16, 23 & 30, June 6 &13, 2014
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