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Kennedy students shave teachers’ heads

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by Cori Hilsgen

Farmers’ Market open

The St. Joseph Farmers’ Market is open and runs every Friday through Oct. 18. Hours are from 3-6:30 p.m. The market is located north of St. Joseph on C.R. 2 next to the Wobegon Trail Center (near Resurrection Lutheran Church). Come and purchase locally grown produce and more while enjoying the great outdoors. All are welcome.

Waite Park library offers June programs

An adult writers group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, starting June 10 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Share your writing with other writers. Each meeting will feature a prompt for writing and an inspirational theme selected for the following month. Children’s programs include the following: Dig Into Reading with Magician Jared Sherlock from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11; Composing with Worms from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13; and Read to Basil the Therapy Dog from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15. To learn more, visit and click on Criers.

Summer Reading Program begins June 10 at GRRL

Great River Regional Library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens on Monday, June 10, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 10 at all 32 GRRL locations in Central Minnesota. Two programs are offered: “Dig Into Reading” for children from birth through sixth grade, and “Beneath The Surface” for children entering grades six through 12. Children entering sixth grade may choose to register for either program. “Dig Into Reading” includes a baby/ toddler program for children up to 3 years old to enjoy with their parents/caregivers. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Experience granite heritage June 15 at Quarry Park

Come see the 100-year-old wooden Liberty Derrick at work at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 15 as part of Waite Park’s Spas Tag Festival. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

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Students Haden Jansen (left) and Dallas Berg-Kalsheuer shave Mike Stuber's hair. Stuber OK'd the students to also shave his beard.

Kennedy Community School students delighted in plopping pies into their teachers’ faces and shaving some hair at a recent fun fest. The May 31 event was a celebration of the end of their annual walkathon and an appreciation for the funds they raised. The pie in teachers’ faces and hair shaving took place in the gymnasium in front of students and staff. Students who were able to raise a determined amount of walkathon money were part of a drawing by the volunteering teacher participants. A few lucky students were chosen to perform the coveted tasks. Teachers who participated in the pie-in-teachers’ faces were Kristen Mattick, choir teacher; Diane Moeller, principal; Pat Forte, sixth-grade

teacher; Rick Wilson, seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher; Dan Schaefer, instructional leader; and Kelli Maurer, seventh- and eighthgrade language arts teacher. Teachers who participated in the hair shaving were Wilson; Mike Stuber, seventhand eighth-grade social studies teacher; Tom Johnston, seventh-grade health teacher; and Jon Ritter, physical education teacher. Some of the students who participated in the hair-shaving event were Cassie Huckenpoehler, MacKenzie Huesers, Cole Stroot, Olivia Hoeschen, Joel Knopp, Kassie Voigt, Haden Jansen and Dallas Berg-Kalsheuer. Almost 750 Kennedy peers clapped their hands on the gymnasium floor and chanted encouragement as the participating students placed the pies and started shaving the hair. The first teacher to get Kennedy • page 8

Construction continues on Lake Wobegon Trail by Mike Nistler

You may have noticed construction along the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail in St. Joseph. St. Joseph received $130,000 from the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization to construct a trail near the new Stearns County Road 2 bypass. In addition, what is even more exciting, talks continue to move forward between Stearns County and the Burlington Northern Railroad to take the LWRT into St. Cloud, according to Stearns County Parks Director Peter Theismann. Theismann said he didn’t have a timeline for such work, but he’s hoping the first 3-½mile leg of that trail would enhance the trail from St. Joseph to Waite Park sooner rather than later. “We’re in negotiation with Burlington Northern and nothing has been settled as of yet,” he said. “We’ve received both strong citizen support as well as support from legislators like Sen. (John Pederson) and others.” A total of seven miles of

new trail would take the LWRT to the Mississippi River in St. Cloud. The City of St. Cloud is also working on bringing the north-south running Beaver Island Trail to join the eastwest running LWRT, Theismann said. Burlington Northern still uses the railway between St. Cloud and St. Joseph to service businesses such as Mathew Hall Lumber Co., Borgert Products Inc., Manion’s Wholesale Building Supplies and others. However, currently only about one train a day visits that area and it’s usually a slow-moving train. Theismann said generally railroads own somewhere near 100 yards of rights-ofway along the tracks. Since the tracks generally measure only about five-feet wide, that leaves another 50 feet or so on either side of the track that can be negotiated for and used. While Theismann said the leg from St. Joseph to St. Cloud might not be the most scenic of the LWRT, it would provide a safe and separate thoroughfare that would greatly benefit those in St. Cloud

who want to take advantage of a regional gem. Bikers in St. Cloud who use the trail now either have to haul their bikes to St. Joseph and other points or they must

risk riding on country roads and city streets to reach it. While some avid bikers might be able to maneuver those roads, the average 10-year-old Wobegon • page 3

All Saints Academy celebrates

photo by Cori Hilsgen

Some of the students and staff at All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, happily end the school day on May 31. It was the students’ last school day for the year and also the kindergarten and sixth-grade graduation day.

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2 Nine St. Joseph students were among 1,408 students who were named to the spring semester dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. They and their major are as follows: Kylie Carlson, nursing; Chelsea Christman, English; Lukas Gohl, communication arts and literature; Payton Kalla, finance; Tyler Lahr, mathematics; Samantha Laudenbach, elementary/K-6 education; Kaula Loso, psychology; Adam Streit, community psychology; and Katelyn Tiffany, social work. To be eligible for the honor, students must have a gradepoint average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Chris Schellinger has been named the next president of All Saints Academy in St. Cloud effective May 28. Schellinger is a native of

Central Minnesota and a graduate of St. John’s University. Schellinger brings experience and proven success in business, entrepreneurism, fund raising, governance, volunteerism, leadership and communication. Most recently he has worked as a development consultant for a firm in St. Joseph. He will work with school families, the five parishes, employees, the Board, and the community-at-large to strengthen and to grow All Saints Academy which is just concluding its first year of operation. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the All Saint’s community and begin working with it’s dedicated professionals, families and supporters,” Schellinger said. All Saints Academy is a Catholic pre-school through grade 6 school of about 425 students



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serving St. Joseph, Waite Park and portions of St. Cloud. It’s a partnership among the Catholic Churches of St. Joseph, St. Joseph (Waite Park), St. Michael, St. Paul and St. Peter. The Cory and Larry Omann farm of St. Joseph has been honored as a Century Farm by the Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. It was one of 184 Minnesota farms recognized this year. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. They will

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. May 13 9:52 a.m. Theft. College Avenue N. Business reported sometime over the weekend, their yellow marquee sign was stolen from the front of the building. Sign worth $250. 12:04 p.m. Accident. C.R. 75/Northland Drive. Three-vehicle accident involving a city vehicle. Since a city vehicle was involved, Waite Park officers wrote up the crash. 1:51 p.m. Alarm. C.R. 75 E. Alarm at business. Owner of building set off alarm. All O.K. May 14 8:36 p.m. Hazard. Ash Street W. Barricades from roadwork on Minnesota Street were blown over. Caller was concerned someone might run over them. Road-closed signs were down on both ends of the construction. Officer placed them back up. May 15 2:46 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Iverson Street W. Woman stated her children were being harassed/bullied by other children. Spoke with several children within the complex about the issues. Nothing further. May 16 1:26 a.m. Vehicle fire. Sev-

receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by the State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Mark Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, more than 9,700 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms. Benjamin Carlson, son of Tom and Michelle Carlson of St. Joseph, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville. He graduated summa cum laude with a cumulative grade-point


enth Avenue SE. Responded to a vehicle on fire in the driveway. Arrived and vehicle was fully engulfed. Vehicle was parked about 15 feet from the residence. Occupants of residence were all outside. Spoke to owner of vehicle and he stated he parked the vehicle at approximately 12:30 a.m., locked the vehicle and had his iPod plugged in and charging inside the vehicle. He was advised to contact his insurance company. Vehicle towed away. May 17 9:40 a.m. Gas smell. 12th Avenue SE. Received a few calls of natural gas smell. Found maintenance being done by Xcel at border station on Ridgewood Road NE. Wind caused odor to drift over city of St. Joseph. Nothing further. 1:50 p.m. Dog. Sixth Avenue SE. Arrived at residence on a barking-dog complaint. Dog was barking on officer’s arrival. Nobody was home at the time. Office left business card in the door. Later spoke to owner about the barking dog and advised her to try and correct the problem. Warned her about citations if problems occur again. 3:59 p.m. Unwanted person. Minnesota Street E. Complainant called and stated a woman entered his apartment without permission the previous day. He stated she had come and gone from the apartment but not within the last month. On this date she entered the apartment, went to the kitchen and grabbed a large knife and started cutting her wrists. He had to physically wrestle the knife out of her hands to keep

Friday, June 7, 2013 average of 3.90. Four local students recently graduated from the College of St. Benedict. They, their parents and degrees are as follows: Stephanie Gerlich, daughter of Elaine Eckstrom of St. Cloud, received a degree in nursing; Rebecca Huesers, daughter of Patrick and Tamara Huesers of St. Joseph, psychology; Lindsey Johnson, daughter of Gary and Mary Johnson of St. Joseph, psychology; and Gabrielle Volkers, daughter of Scott and Lisa Volkers of St. Joseph, management.

her from harming herself. She was later picked up by Sartell Police and brought to the ER for evaluation. May 19 2:24 p.m. Theft. First Avenue NW/Ash Street W. Stop sign at intersection was missing from the post. Contacted city maintenance to come and replace the sign. Approximate value of sign is $100. No suspects. May 20 7:39 a.m. Hazard. C.R. 75/C.R. 133. Report of bags of mulch in the roadway. Officer arrived on scene. It appeared a bag was hit and there was mulch left on the roadway. All bags were gone. County maintenance notified. 6:48 p.m. Gas. Fifth Avenue NW. Homeowner hit a gas line by his house while digging with a front-end digger. He did not call Gopher One for marking. Fire department stood by until Xcel arrived. Fire chief did not need officer to stay. 7:40 p.m. Disorderly. Minnesota Street E. Person was mad and thought other gentleman was cheating with his wife. Fight broke out between the two. Wife was able to get them apart prior to officer’s arrival. Officer took statement from all three. Wife left for the night with their two children. The two men were advised to stay away from each other. Sent to city attorney for possible charges. All refused medical. Photos taken. 8:08 p.m. Found property. Cedar Street E. Complainant noticed an in-transit plate on a Blotter • page 3

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Student spotlight: Thelen would like to eliminate bullying by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders

If you would like to recommend a student to be considered for this feature, please contact the Newsleader office at news@ or call 320363-7741. Josie Thelen is finishing her sophomore year at Apollo High School. If she could change one thing, she would eliminate bullying in schools and any other place. “There are so many tragedies that occur from these situations,” Thelen said. Thelen is active with Link Crew, which helps orientate

Wobegon from front page or 70-year-old may not. In addition, Theismann said, it’s those young bikers especially that trail organizers want to be able to use it. “It would be a big asset to the community,” Theismann said, while at the same time making highways less congested with bikers. The LWRT opened on Sept.

incoming freshmen at Apollo High School. Thelen is the 16-year-old daughter of Dave and Ann Thelen. She has one sister, Allison, 18. Fun facts about Thelen: Favorite subject: Choir. “I like to sing, and the group is very diverse, and (it’s) easy to meet new people.” Favorite movie: Bruce Almighty. “It is so funny and always makes me laugh,” she said. Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Thelen enjoys helping younger children in sports, school, church or babysitting.

Favorite restaurant and food: Noodles and Co. “My favorite food is the Pesto Cavatappi that I order from my favorite restaurant, Noodles and Co. (It’s) one of the few restaurants that offers a gluten-free menu for my newfound allergy.” The thing she likes best about St. Joseph: That it’s a smaller city. “St. Joe is small enough (and) since I’ve lived here my whole life, I know a lot of people around town. I also love the third and fourth of July festival when our small town turns into a known event.” Where does she see herself

30, 1998. The trail was originally the idea of the Albany Jaycees, who spent many hours raising money and support for the trail. Planning for the trail began in the fall of 1994, and fundraising began in the fall of 1995. Today the LWRT runs from St. Joseph to Osakis, a distance of 46 miles. Another leg of the trail travels from Albany past Holdingford. Therefore, the trail encompasses two counties (Stearns and Todd), eight towns and 62 miles. Hik-

ers, bikers, in-line skaters and bird-watching enthusiasts use it in the summer. During winter months, snowmobilers as well as the heartiest of bird watchers heavily use the trail. Besides traversing through scenic farmland and small towns, the trail winds through woods and around rivers. It’s home to some 258 species of birds, which is only 56 less than the 314 documented throughout all of Minnesota.

five years from now? Upon graduation from high school, Thelen would like to attend a school that offers a dietary program or personal-training program. “Five years from now, I hope to be on the right track in college for the career I choose,” Thelen said. contributed photo

Josie Thelen is a sophomore at Apollo High School. If she could change one thing, she would eliminate bullying in schools and any other place because there are so many tragedies that occur from these situations.

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Letter and check scanned into to the intersection. It had a laser fiche. No further action. manual transmission and was 5:30 p.m. Found property. unlocked, so officer was able to College Avenue N. License push it close to the curb so it no from page 2 plate found and turned over to longer posed a hazard. officer. Owner contacted. Plate 4:39 p.m. Vandalism. Third car at auto business. He took at front desk to be returned. Avenue NE. Sometime after 10 it so no one would steal it a.m. tires were stabbed while overnight. Will have day shift May 23 parked at the house. Both right return it. 11:11 p.m. Vehicle pursuit. side tires on his truck, both Attempted to stop motorcycle right side on his trailer and May 21 for traffic offense. Motorcycle right side on pop-up camper. 9:31 a.m. Welfare check. took off and officer pursued The tires were all facing the Third Avenue NE. Gentleman vehicle. Officer terminated pur- north. A beeper system on the reported his sister had not suit. mailbox was also broken. Value been seen for several days and of damage $1,000. Second time had not shown up for work. May 24 this has happened. Previous She sent him a text saying 3:37 p.m. Suspicious vehi- occurrence was in November she was fine and it was a long cle. Able Street E/Fifth Avenue 2012. story, but wouldn’t say where SE. Vehicle was parked close she was. He stated she had drug issues in the past and thinks she is back on them. She is depressed, diabetic and has none of her medication. Officer tried to contact her by Saturday, June 15 phone and tried to contact her 9 a.m.-4 p.m. friends with no success. Her cell phone was pinged in St. • Artisans’ items for purchase Cloud within 2,800 meters of • See artisans perform their work the tower. Officer advised he would try to locate her and Located on the grassy area in front of Anton’s and behind check her welfare. Riverwood Mall in Waite Park. Parking at Riverwood Mall. 2:09 p.m. Theft. First Avenue SE/Able Street E. Report of a stop sign taken from the intersection. Value $100.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Elvis ‘lives’ at Arlington Place assisted-living community by Cori Hilsgen

“Elvis” made an appearance at the annual summer picnic June 1 at Arlington Place assisted-living community in St. Joseph. Elvis circled the room and serenaded residents and guests as he draped scarves around women’s necks and even gave out a few coveted kisses. He sang Love me Tender to Clara Stueve, Helen Parich and Lenora Hilsgen and Young and Beautiful to Martha Kierzek. He continued to serenade residents Irene Haus and Luvern “Notchie” Kirscht. “We have to talk later,” Kirscht whispered. “Your room or mine?” crooned Elvis. Elvis kept on performing even as the temperature started to rise and Ken Krona, the maintenance man, turned the thermostat down. “It’s getting hot in here,” Elvis said. Elvis held the hand of Audrey Schroeder, Hilsgen’s daughter, as he sang Hold My Hand and gave a stuffed teddy bear to Hilsgen’s 8-year-old granddaughter, Amber Hilsgen, as he sang Teddy Bear. He continued to sing Can’t Help Falling in Love With You to resident Mary Pfeffer and Karen Hennessy, housing manager. Elvis had Hennessy and Krona participate in All Shook Up by asking them to do a little bit of shaking

while he sang. He sang The Wonder of You to his wife, Sharon. Elvis and Sharon have been married for 42 years. Arlington’s 20 residents and about 50 other friends and family listened and laughed as Elvis performed many other songs, including Don’t be Cruel, Loving You, Blue Suede Shoes, Am I Ready, You Don’t Know Me, Just Pretend and many others. He also sang a set of gospel music, including How Great Thou Art, Peace in the Valley, If We Never Meet this Side of Heaven and others. Elvis ended the performance with a song his brother, Jerry, wrote called I Miss Elvis Presley. Hennessy, who has been the housing manager since December 2012, said the theme for this year’s annual picnic was “Elvis Lives.” “I think everyone had a great time,” she said. Prior to Elvis’s performance, residents and guests had enjoyed picnic food consisting of barbecues, hot dogs, potato salad, watermelon and other items. They were treated to icecream cones after the Elvis performance. Members of the St. Cloud Antique Auto Club, nicknamed “The Pantowners,” displayed some classic cars of the 1960s in the Arlington Place parking lot. Cars on display included a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1960 Chrysler Saratoga, both owned by Randy

photos by Cori Hilsgen

Above: Elvis asks Ken Krona (left) and Karen Hennessy to help him perform All Shook Up by doing a little shaking. Below: The St. Cloud Antique Auto Club, nicknamed “The Pantowners,” displayed classic cars from the 1960s at the Arlington Place annual picnic. This 1960 Ford Thunderbird, owned by Randy and Karen Marchand, was the favored car. Inset left: Elvis sings to Clara Stueve, 100. Inset right: New resident Mary Bailey, 82, enjoys the picnic with her daughters and granddaughter (left to right) Mary Brown, Karen Marks and Kyndra Sing. Bailey moved to Arlington a month ago.

and Karen Marchand, a 1970 Chevy Impala owned by Larry Hennessy, a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville owned by Larry Engel and a 1963 Chevy Impala owned by

Jim Zwilling. Residents and guests voted on their favorite cars. The first- place winner was the 1960 Thunderbird; the second- place winner was

the 1961 Pontiac Bonneville. Owners of the cars received trophies from Hennessy. Elvis performer Jim Schmidt is a 66-year-old

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Friday, June 7, 2013 St. Cloud Tech High School graduate who has been performing since 1995. Schmidt’s wife accompanies him when he performs. Schmidt said he enjoys performing. He said his mother recently died, and he and his 90-year-old father just rode his father’s two motorcycles to California. Schmidt said at times he had a hard time keeping up with his father. He hopes to remain as active as his father as he ages. Clara Stueve and Helen Parich, both 100, are the two oldest residents at Ar-

lington. Irene Haus, 54, is the youngest resident. Haus said it took her a little while to get used to living at Arlington, but she likes it there now. Long-time St. Joseph resident Bert Zimmer just recently moved to Arlington. He said he likes his new home. He eats his meals with his first cousin, Hilsgen. They are both 94. Arlington Place, located at 16th Avenue SE in St. Joseph, opened in 1999 and offers a one-level living option for individuals.


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At left: Lenora Hilsgen, 94, sings along with Elvis to the song Love Me Tender. Above: Elvis sings to Audrey Schroeder whose mother, Lenora Hilsgen, lives at Arlington Place.

Volunteers needed for cancer study St. Joseph is blooming by Dennis Dalman

A historic cancer study is about to be launched nationwide by the American CanBeckermann cer Society, including central Minnesota, and volunteers are needed between June 11-20. The 20-year study is known as "Cancer Prevention Study-3" (CPS-3). It's an effort to find out which, if any, factors contribute to causing cancer and perhaps which factors might help prevent cancer. Those factors include genetic, environmental, nutrition and lifestyle. Researchers are seeking men and women, ages 30-65, who have never had cancer. Volunteers will be asked to fill out a survey about themselves and visit a local site for an interview and to give a blood sample. Then, during the course of the next 20 years, those volunteers will be sent questionnaires in the mail every few years to update their information. Anyone interested should make an appointment as soon as possible by going to: or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888. People can make appoint-

ments for enrollment as a volunteer at one of six area sites from June 11-20. The sites are at Automotive Parts Headquarters and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud; St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring; Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids; Rejuv Medical and Anytime Fitness, Waite Park. The times and dates for appointments at those places is listed on the website listed above. An estimated 300,000 people nationwide will take part in the study. It's the third such study by the American Cancer Society. The first study, which began in the late 1940s, helped establish the link between smoking and lung cancer. The second study showed links between larger waist sizes and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, as well as the impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The study will help

researchers connect a myriad of dots that may lead to cancer causes and prevention strategies. Corrie Beckermann, director of Student Health Services at St. Cloud State University, is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society who is trying to enlist people's interest in CPS-3. The central Minnesota area, she said, is one of three areas in the state where the study will be initiated. The others are Duluth and the Twin Cities. "The researchers put all the information into a huge data bank from all over the country," Beckermann said. "All the things that might contribute to cancer or prevent it. Over a long period of time, researchers can discover connections they did not know about before."

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Opinion Our View

Oklahoma devastation warns all to have a plan The devastation across parts of the country this spring due to severe storms and tornadoes has been striking. Towns in Oklahoma and other states have suffered severe damage. Lives have been lost. It’s only a matter of time before Minnesota is hit by bad weather. It’s imperative every household has a plan to ensure the safety of residents. What can you do? First, keep your eyes and ears open. During any storm you should listen to local news or a weather radio to stay informed about watches and warnings. Know your community’s warning system. Many communities, such as St. Joseph, have sirens that will alert residents when severe weather is threatening. Pick a safe room in your home and instruct members of the family how to get there and when. This room is often in a basement, a storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor of the house without windows. Stock that safe room with the supplies you may need to ride out a storm. An emergency medical kit is a must. Bottled water and flashlights should be at the ready. And shoes and rain gear could be needed as well. Practice periodic tornado drills. This may seem like a minor thing, but once a storm threatens, there may not be a lot of time to prepare. Any practice before will hasten a path to safety. Consider reinforcing that safe room. Storms this spring have shown even people who have sought shelter were in danger from the strongest tornadoes. The stronger the safe room, the better your chances for survival. Plans for such precautions can be found at the website www. You can also prepare the outside of your house from high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees, which are more likely to become projectiles that could cause damage. Move and secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind. Watch for tornado danger signs such as dark, often greenish clouds, (wall clouds which are an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm) and funnel clouds (rotating extensions of the base clouds). And most importantly, talk to all members of the family about the possibility of severe storms. It’s better to be prepared and not need the training than the other way around.

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Why don’t Oklahomans build tornado shelters? People in Oklahoma must all be dumb because they don’t have tornado shelters or even basements. I get mad when I hear people say that. I have a kinship with Oklahoma, a state I’ve visited quite a few times since 1963. My oldest brother, Jimmy, met his future wife in Chickasha, Okla. when he was in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s, stationed at nearby Fort Sill. Tina, his wife, was born in Holland. After World War II, her large family emigrated to Australia and later to Oklahoma. During my visits to that state and their visits to Minnesota, I cannot count how many times we talked about tornadoes. Tina had a trembling, terrible fear of them. We would tease her, laugh at her and call her a “weather paranoiac.” Even Jimmy, who ought to have known better, teased her. After they moved to Oklahoma City, it took Tina 15 years to talk Jimmy into building a smallish storm cellar in their backyard. Finally he did. And good thing, too. The monstrous F5 tornado in 1999

Dennis Dalman Editor shrieked and roared past their house, less than a mile away, as Tina, kids, grandkids and neighbors jam-packed together in that shelter. Jimmy had died of a heart attack nine years earlier, but he would be happy, knowing Tina was right to insist on having a shelter. We in Minnesota thought it odd they and others in Oklahoma didn’t have basements, like “civilized” Minnesotans did. Such was our cocky Yankee attitude at the time. Jimmy always said something about soil conditions. Too wet or something. Basements would leak. After a second monster twister devastated Moore two weeks ago, I decided to research the lack of shelters.

First of all, Oklahomans are not dumb. A good many of them cannot afford underground shelters, of which the most basic kind costs about $3,000 minimum. Poverty in that state is more widespread than here. Aside from expense, there are other factors that explain the problem: 1. Unlike northern climates, where pipes must be installed beneath the frost line, homes in more temperate areas, such as Oklahoma, can be built on just a slab. 2. Many of the soils in Oklahoma are very clay-like. As they swell with water and then dry out, they expand and contract, which can wreak havoc on basements and foundations. Water tables tend to be higher in the South. Thus, basement leaking and mold can be ongoing problems. 3. Building basements in Oklahoma, Texas and elsewhere is certainly not an impossibility, despite problems. However, most builders (and buyers) figure Shelters • page 7

Letter to editor

Reader says politics is always dirty business (Editor’s comment: Mr. Kluesner, you are conveniently forgetting virtually every initiative proposed by Obama was obstructed and undermined by Republicans in Congress, even some initiatives that had at one time been championed by the Republican Party. One of their weapons, to prevent any good legislation from passing, was the filibuster used repeatedly by Republican obstructionists, especially Tea Party crazies, whose only goal was to squelch any legislation to deny Obama any successes. These obstructionists have proposed absolutely nothing to make this country better. Their do-nothing, balking, obstructionist tactics were caused by one thing and one thing only: an irrational, paranoid, deepseated hatred of Obama. In short, they couldn’t tolerate the fact a great man was elected, not once but twice.) Kevin Kluesner, St . Joseph Dennis Dalman’s May 24 column is

of interest insofar as, as a liberal he lets the so-called “ultra-right-wing-paranoidfantasy fringe” (URWPFF) get under his skin, when in reality, politics has always been and will always be a dirty business. Every president before and after Lincoln has been pilloried by the other side. (Experience the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Ill. to see how bad he had it). Overreacting to one’s political enemies just feeds the flames of polarization! What should be an affront to liberals is the president not delivering on much of what he promised. (Yes, Mr. Dalman will blame the Republican Party. No news there). The president has been elected twice and should be held accountable by his liberal base and by all citizens for not effectively leading the nation. The president had a unique opportunity in his first two years, with all three branches of government, to do something more than pass the health-care bill on a partisan vote. Liberals should be asking why the unemployment rate is too high (es-

pecially for young college grads and young African-Americans); Gitmo is still opened; U.S. citizens are killed by U.S. drones; no climate-change legislation has passed; and no gun-control legislation has passed. Much of what the president has done has been by executive order. From a leadership standpoint, whereby a president leads the entire country, not just the voters he’s pandering to, he has failed. Reagan/O’Neil, Bush/Mitchell, Clinton/Gingrich, Bush/Kennedy are examples of previous presidents/congressional leaders working with one another. Some liberals get upset with the “URWPFF.” Other liberals are disappointed with the president. He is popular. He is cool. However, at the end of the day, he lacks in leadership. The writing was on the wall when the Nobel Committee awarded him the Peace Prize before he entered the White House. The U.S. has twice elected a “Celebrity in Chief,” not a Commander in Chief.

‘Guy talk’ can make me feel inadequate Sometimes, as I guy, I feel a little inadequate. Those occasions usually occur when I am hanging around other guys and guy things are being discussed. You know the kinds of things I’m talking about: anything to do with cars or trucks and things like engines or rear differentials and stuff like power tools, guns ,and stocks and bonds. I do OK with talking about sports. However, ask me what’s under my vehicle’s hood and I’m perplexed. I usually try to change the subject rather than expose my lack of knowledge. For example, some guy will say to me: “That’s a nice truck. What size engine does it have?” Seems like a harmless enough question. However, I know deep down the guy is trying to expose me as a fraud, a hoax, not a “real guy.” My responses to these types of questions vary, depending on the place, time of day and weather conditions. I’ve been known to do the following: • Let out a loud scream, bend over

Mike Nistler Reporter and grab my chest while breathlessly beseeching, “Which side of the chest is the heart on again?” • Look past the guy and say “Are my eyes deceiving me or are those the Victoria’s Secret models? • Or, if all else fails: “Want another beer?” Usually, one of those responses will get me off the hook long enough to change the subject to something I feel more comfortable talking about such as sports, or maybe sports. But I’m not always successful disguising my lack of guy knowledge. A while back, I was in the laundry room of my house looking for the valve that would shut off the water flow to the outside spigot. I was having an irrigation

installer measure for water pressure outside and he asked me to turn off the water for a bit so he could do some testing. Have you ever noticed how many dials, knobs and switches are in a laundry room leading to the various pipes? It’s amazing. It’s as if some sadistic plumber increases the number options just to confuse guys like me. I can just hear him talking to his plumbing partner: “Let’s put a couple extra knobs up there in these incredibly hard-to-reach places just to mess with the guy who buys this house.” And of course, these knobs are never marked. Eventually I thought I’d found the valve to shut the water off to the outside. I told the irrigation guy the water was off. Shortly after, I heard a splashing sound. I looked outside just in time to see water coursing onto the guy’s work boots. I think I may have even heard a swear word or two. I’m not sure, I couldn’t hear clearly over the roaring sound of the water.

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Tuesday, June 11 Home Stretch, a workshop for first-time homebuyers, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. Registration required. 320-258-0681. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Bus to see the Twins, leaving St. Stephen at 4:30 p.m. 320-260-4000. 55+ driver improvement course, (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Wednesday, June 12 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. 55+ driver improvement course, (four-hour refresher course), 6-10 p.m., Luther Honda, 1805 Hwy. 23 NE, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294.

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Celebration Lutheran Church, Sartell.

Thursday, June 13 55+ driver improvement course, (eight-hour first-time course), 8 a.m.5 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 55+ driver improvement course, (4-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Gilleland Chevrolet, 3019 Division St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud.

Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15 Rummage sale, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, Homemade pizza available

Friday, June 14 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 15 Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market.



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and Dallas Berg-Kalsheuer they could shave his beard so they began working on the beard. The last teacher to get his hair cut was Johnston. Cole Stroot and Hoeschen shaved his head. Moeller said walkers logged 2,302 miles and raised almost $20,000. Money collected is used to support the Kennedy Parent Teacher Association. This year’s funds will be used for library books. The PTA is responsible for various fundraisers and activities throughout the year. Some of them include an ice-cream social, fall fundraiser, book fair, reflections photo by Cori Hilsgen program, dance, family bingo Students plop pies in the faces of teachers (left to right) Rick Wilson, seventh-and eighth-grade night and the walkathon. science teacher; Dan Schaefer, instructional leader; and Kelli Maurer, seventh-and eighth-grade language arts teacher.

from front page his hair cut was Ritter. Joel Knopp and Kassie Voigt were the chosen students to start shaving his hair. His co-workers – Wilson, Stuber, Johnston – watched apprehensively as they waited their turns. When students Cassie Huckenpoehler and MacKenzie Huesers started shaving Wilson’s hair, audience participants started chanting for them to shave his beard too. He quickly pulled his plastic cape up to cover his beard; they did not shave his beard. Sitting next to Wilson was Stuber, who also had a beard. Stuber told Haden Jansen

Y2K Lions raise money for ‘Wings of Mercy’ by Cori Hilsgen

photos by Cori Hilsgen

various eye banks; hearing and service dogs; a thermal-imaging camera for the St. Joseph Fire Department; Project New Hope, which is a retreat for returning veterans and their families; Miracle Field, a ball field for the physically disabled; the Cerebral Palsy Halloween party and the St. Joseph Area Community Food Shelf.

St. Joseph Y2K Lions members recently held a brat-sale fundraiser in front of the St. Joseph Meat Market to raise money for the Wings of Mercy organization. Wings of Mercy is a group of volunteers who donate time, planes and skills to provide free air transportation for people with limited financial funds who need treatment at distant medical facilities. are Federal Pavers • Willow Creek Pilots • Versalock Block Aviation Administrationcertified and the volunteer professionals are trained and licensed. The Y2K Lions was founded in 2000. Other Y2K Lions brat-sale proceeds have been donated to


At left: St. Joseph Y2K Lions’ members Virginia Meier (left) and Kay Lemke volunteer at the brat sale stand to help raise money for the Wings of Mercy organization. Below: Morgan Dale, Steve Dale and Dan White (left to right) stop to eat at the Y2K Lions brat sale. Morgan is studying elementary education at the College of St. Benedict. All three are from Jamestown, N.D.


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