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Lunch and learn starts June 16

Central Minnesota Worker is still accepting registrations for the Joe Town Summer Lunch and Learn. The program helps kids and teens ages 18 and younger have access to a free lunch from mid-June through mid-August. People can pick up and return a registration form at the Minnesota Street Market Co-op. Meals will begin on Monday, June 16 and be served at Centennial Park on Mondays and Thursday and Klinefelter Park on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information or to volunteer, contact or call 363-7505 ext. 350.

Autism group to hold picnic June 18

Carson’s Kindness, an autism awareness nonprofit group developed to give back to the Central Minnesota community, will hold a free picnic for families affected by autism from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Waite Park Community Park.

Project ASTRIDE sets training June 14

Project ASTRIDE is looking for new volunteers for its summer session and will hold its basic training at 9 .m. Saturday, June 14 at their barn near Avon. Project Adapted Specialized Training and Recreation Involving Disabled Equestrians is an all volunteer, nonprofit therapeutic horseriding program serving children and adults with developmental, physical or sensory challenges. Check out their website www. for more details. Contact Marti, Project ASTRIDE, at

Celebrate 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope for Red Cross

The American Red Cross is celebrating the start of summer with its 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope campaign. This summer, choose your own way to spread hope as follows: help save up to three lives by donating blood; make a financial donation so Red Cross is ready to help those in need; take a class (first aid, CPR and more); be prepared with our mobile apps; become one of 400,000 volunteers making our work possible; or invite others to support the 100 Days Campaign using #ChooseYourDay. For more information, visit and click on June 13 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.


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Second-grade students build a recess football field by Cori Hilsgen

Cody Adams, a second-grade student at Kennedy Community School, used skills he learned in his classroom to help build a recess football field at his school. Students in Kevin Beneke’s classroom had been studying how to write a persuasive letter. Adams, the son of Sean and Wendy Adams of St. Joseph, thought he and other students would benefit from a place to play football during recess. He wrote a letter to the school’s activities director Dan Schaefer. The letter stated Adams and his friends would like to play football at recess and would like a small field with lines and a goal post. It also stated when the field would be built it would need a fence around it. Adams asked Schaefer to consider the idea and the possibility of naming it Little Colts

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Cody Adams (holding the football) and other second-grade students at Kennedy Community School recently helped build a recess football field. Football Field. “As the activities director at Kennedy Community School, I decided to see if Cody’s feelings about a recess football field were shared by any of his

classmates,” Schaefer said. “I quickly discovered the majority of students, not just secondgraders, were in favor of having a place to play two-hand touch football.”

Schaefer invited any and all second-grade students to brainstorm ideas of where the field should go, the dimensions of the field, and the design logo Football • page 5

Lady Slipper Nature Ride set June 21 by Cori Hilsgen

The third annual Lady Slipper Nature Ride held in conjunction with Avon’s Spunktacular Days will take place on the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail on Saturday, June 21. Check in and registration is from 8-10 a.m. at the Wobegon Park in Avon. Helmets are required. When they are in full bloom,

the Minnesota State Flower – the Pink and White Lady’s Slipper – can be seen along the trail. The plant develops slowly, often taking

up to 16 years before producing its first flower. Some can live up to 50 years. It’s illegal to pick or dig up this protected wildflower. Riders can also enjoy St. John’s Outdoor University, which includes the Stickwork Sculpture completed by artist Patrick Dougherty, students and volunteers from the area. Minnesota Master Naturalists will be at the outdoor university and along the trail answering questions about the biological and natural beauty

found in the Avon Hills Area. This ride is a leisurely ride, between 6 to 20 miles round trip. Rest stops are located at the Avon Trailhead, St. John’s Outdoor University and near the Stickwork Sculpture. Avon Spunktacular Days events include many activities, such as a craft fair, food vendors, 5K run/ walk, a parade, fireworks and more. To register, visit

Kennedy celebrates Minnesota Native Americans by Cori Hilsgen

Kennedy Community School sixth-grade students recently completed a Minnesota Native American Cultures and Traditions artist-in-residency program. Teacher Michaelene Lucia said sixth-grade social studies standards focus on Minnesota. “This project was a great resource to teach those standards, especially the standards that look at the Dakota and Ojibwe people and their customs and way of life in Minnesota,” Lucia said. The grant focused on developing students’ understanding that Native people are still living.

“Native people were here long before European settlers, and students will understand the environment is central to native culture and their art,” Lucia said. Local artist Anne Meyer taught the students about the Native Americans’ use of clay from the earth. Students worked on three art projects with Meyer. They learned about the uses and construction of indigenous pottery of Minnesota tribes and tried out the techniques by hand-building a pot of their choice. They used clay Meyer had dug and processed on her family’s farm, which is located close to Kennedy. St. Cloud State University asKennedy • page 5

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Local artist Anne Meyer works with sixth-grade students during an artist-in-residency program at Kennedy Community School. The program focused on Minnesota Native American cultures and traditions.

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dent David Anderson told the graduating seniors,”The habits of mind and heart are the elements of your St. Olaf education that will accompany you the longest after you leave campus and they will provide life direction for you. They include the ability to think analytically, to be creative and imaginative, to listen thoughtfully and with compassion, and to commit yourself to a set of values that guide your behavior.”

and son of Joan and Patrick Pfannenstein; Emily Powers, junior, daughter of Bridget and James Powers of Collegeville; Sarah Schrup, junior, daughter of Myra and Tom Schrup; Justin Terhaar, sophomore, son of Jody and Karl Terhaar; and Anja Wuolu, sophomore, daughter of Lorie and David Wuolu. Students attaining the headmaster’s honor roll have earned a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.

Eighteen St. Joseph students were recently named to the headmaster’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. They are: Leela Cofell, senior, daughter of Monica Cofell and David Cofell; Marisa Gaetz, sophomore, daughter of Rose and Rick Gaetz; Lauren Kissela, freshmen, and Joel Kissela, seventhgrader, daughter and son of Marcia Allard and Chad Kissela; Ben Lepinski, freshmen, son of Lois and Alan Lepinski; Gabrielle Martone, senior, Grace Martone, freshman, John Martone, eighth-grader, daughters and son of Lisa and Mark Martone; Haley Moog, sixth-grader, daughter of Gina Loxtercamp and Joe Moog; Taylor Nydeen, freshmen, and Reid Nydeen, seventh-grader, daughters of Pam and Lance Nydeen; Savannah O’Hare, sophomore, daughter of Amy O’Hare of St. Joseph and Peter O’Hare of Hixson, Tenn.; Clare Pfannenstein, junior, and Cole Pfannenstein, freshmen, daughter

Six St. Joseph students were recently named to the principal’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. Andre Estevez, senior, son of Ellen Estevez and Joe Estevez; Adam Lepinski, freshmen, son of Lois and Alan Lepinski; Olivia Schleper, seventh-grader, daughter of Susan and Alex Schleper; Caitlin Skahen, seventh-grader, daughter of Jennifer and Sean Skahen; Kathleen Walz, sophomore, daughter of John Walz of St. Joseph and Susan Walz of St. Cloud; and Lawson Wheatley, eighthgrader, son of Parker Wheatley and Jennifer Jimenez-Whitley of St. Joseph and Caroline Yaun of Northfield, Minn. Students attaining the principal’s honor roll have a grade-point average of 3.0 to 3.4999. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion in St. Joseph.

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or TriCounty 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.

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American Legion Post 328 commander Chuck Kern (right) presents a certificate for 60 consecutive years of Legion membership to Al Torborg at the May 27 membership meeting. Torborg served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era and joined the Legion upon return from active duty. Two St. Joseph students recently graduated from St. Cloud Christian School. They are Kristen Heinen, daughter of Bobbi and John Heinen, and Cecilia Schmit, daughter of Laura and Ralph Schmit. Moriah Novacinski, daughter of Cheryl and Grant Novacinski of St. Joseph, was among 782 students who recently graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology. St. Olaf Presi-

Community Calendar

Friday, June 13 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Brat and hot dog sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Sartell SummerFest Libertyville, 5-9 p.m., Pinecone Regional Park in front of Bernick’s Arena, Sartell. Free family event with music, games and much more. 5K run/3K walk, 1K Kids’ Fun Run, 6 p.m., starts at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Saturday, June 14 Celebration of the Arts, highlights artists from the Avon area, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wobegon Trailhead Park, Avon. Brat and hot dog sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Sartell SummerFest parade, 10 a.m., Riverside Avenue from Sartell Street to 7th Street N. ending at Sartell Middle School. Sartell SummerFest Street Dance, 5 p.m.12:30 a.m., Great River Bowl and Partner’s Pub parking lot. Monday, June 16 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3.-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. www.marketmon-

Wednesday, June 18 SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Justin Ploof & the Throwbacks.

Jarrett Crue of St. Joseph was recently named to the honors list at Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa. Students must attain a minimum 3.65 grade-point aver-

age to earn this honor. Christina Miller of St. Joseph was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Concordia University, St. Paul. Miller is a senior majoring in biology. Students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher receive this honor.. Stephanie Kellner, daughter of Kay and Mike Kellner of St. Joseph, recently earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of St. Benedict. CSB President MaryAnn Baenninger recently received an honorary degree from the college in recognition of her 10 years leading CSB. Four St. Joseph students recently graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville. They are the following: Zachary Eiynck, son of Sandy and Jeffery Eiynck, bachelor’s degree in economics; Benjamin Evenson, son of Marne and Mark Evenson, bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies with the honor magna cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75); Spencer Frie, son of Elaine and Roger Frie, bachelor’s degree in music with the honor egregia cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade-point average of 4.00); and Daniel Larson, son of Deb Stumvoll and Keith Larson bachelor’s degree in music.


Thursday, June 19 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Car Seat Clinic, 3-6 p.m, certified technicians check the safety and fit of your car seat in your car, Gold Cross Ambulance garage, 2800 7th St. N., St. Cloud. Free service. 320656-7021. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201.

May 19 7:11 a.m. Ordinance violation. Old Hwy. 52. Officer spoke to property resident and advised him and his friends they had until 9 a.m. to clean the yards or be charged. Some of them were getting uncooperative, but they were advised a citation could be written now or they could have the time to clean up. They agreed to use the time to clean.

toric Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-616-5421. 55+ Driver Improvement program (fourhour refresher course), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza community room, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294.

May 21 3:36 p.m. Theft. Second Avenue NW. Complainant stated his black iPod was taken in the last few months. He has spoken

May 20 7:20 p.m. Found property. Cedar Street Friday, June 20 E. Complainant located five metal signs St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., in the dumpster at the apartment complex. near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Signs were removed from the dumpster. One sign was from Sunset Manufacturing. Saturday, June 21 Living History: Meet the Lindberghs, Unknown where other signs came from. costumed characters and stories, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Signs placed in property room of the Police (last tour at 4 p.m.), Charles A. Lindbergh His- Department.

to roommates and friends and all stated they did not have it. Nothing special about the iPod and at this time the serial number is unknown. He will call if he locates the number. Value four years ago was $400. No suspects. May 23 7:56 a.m. Theft. Second Avenue NW. Complainant had his truck at repair shop for the last six months. During that time his license plates were taken. He already got new plates and also told the DMV they were stolen. No suspect at this time. Value $45. 10:17 a.m. Fraud. Third Avenue SE. Complainant reported he needed a police report in reference to a case with Charter Communications. He was charged for services at a residence from Feb. 2-May 27, 2010 that he has not lived at since 2006. Complainant has been in contact with Charter. 5:41 p.m. Animal. Minnesota Street W. Complainant called about two dogs in the back of a vehicle, possibly in distress. Officer arrived on scene and located the vehicle. Went into the Middy and Local Blend looking for the vehicle owner. Was advised he may be at the VFW. Went to the VFW to look for the suspect. Returned to the Local Blend and the vehicle was gone. Officer called the complainant and advised her of the findings and to call again if she sees the dogs in distress again.

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A historical prospective from 25 years ago most likely better educated than most people in the mid-1800s. But little is known about the legalities as to how a person became a lawyer in the 1800s. “He was educated in the old country and they didn’t have extra schooling if you wanted to become a lawyer,” said Wendelin Walz, John’s grandson and Gregory’s father. Yet John pursued a career in addition to his family’s tradition of farming. After living in Germany for 31 years, John moved his family to John Walz, great-grandfather Gregory Walz, great-grandson America in 1850 upon receiving letters from Father Francis Pierz June 9, 1989 urging settlers to come to Clinton, Minn., now St. Joseph. by Janelle Von Pinnon But he isn’t the only lawyer in Pierz wrote, “More than half his family. His great-grandfather, the open meadows in Minnesota Gregory Walz of Cold Spring John Michael Walz, a native of have an excellent black, loamy is the newest attorney at the Retzstadt, Germany, also prac- soil, with a splendid mixture of Willenbring, Dahl, Wocken and ticed law. sand and clay and a rich topZimmermann law firm in Cold Having attended school for soil formed by the plant decay Spring. nearly 12 years, John Walz was of thousands of year, so that it

Like great-grandfather, like great-grandson

would be hard to find anywhere in the world a soil better suited to yield a rich return for the farmers’ toil.” Another time he wrote: “Hasten then, my dear German people, those of you who have in mind to change your abode and settle in Minnesota. Do not delay to join the stream of immigration, for the sooner you come the better will be your opportunity to choose a good place to settle.” During the later months of 1861, John and his family arrived and settled in the town of St. Joseph. They built their own farm which was located in St. Joseph where the St. Benedict Convent barn is currently located. John spent the remaining 47 years of his life in St. Joseph. He was a lawyer and a farmer for many years and later became a judge for the town. On Jan. 29, 1890, John helped form the first city council of St.

Joseph. He became the justice of the peace and remained on the council until his death in 1908. John was married three times having outlived two of his wives. He fathered 15 children between the three marriages. Gregory Walz followed in his great-grandfather’s law footsteps because, he said, he was interested in helping other people and in seeing that justice is done. Greg was born and raised in St. Joseph. He graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School in 1976 and earned his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in 1980. He then received his master’s from St. Cloud State University and went on to obtain his law degree in 1987 from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. After a year of practicing law in Paynesville, Minn., Greg and his wife, Sandra Theis Walz, who is originally from Richmond, returned to their native area so Greg could continue his career nearer to home. “In the (Twin) Cities, people walk around like robots,” Greg said. “When you walk down the street here, even after being away for two years, people recognize you and say hello. “My favorite part of the job is meeting clients – being with people,” he continued. “And some negotiation acts are exciting. There’s a certain amount of freedom in being an attorney. It’s not a normal 9-to-5 job, yet there is some weekend work. And to be an effective attorney, you have to keep updated, continuously educating yourself by being aware of new statutes and case law.” Greg said the law profession is a bit over-dramatized on TV shows, such as “L.A. Law. “It’s a show that brings up issues,” he said, “but it has more drama than realism to catch appeal. Their expectations of what the legal system is all about, positive or negative, is somewhat unrealistic. Generally less than five percent of all cases go to trial, because basically, in most cases, it is advantageous financially for the client to settle out of court.” Greg’s associates include Kirby Dahl, Mark McKeon, Paul Wocken, Dan Zimmermann, all active attorneys, and Joseph Willenbring, of counsel. “It is important to like people you work with,” he said. “At this firm (Willenbring), I like the people and it’s a quality firm. My long-range goal is, and has been for a long time, to set up an office in St. Joseph.” Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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Kennedy from front page tronomy professor Annette Lee taught the students about Native Skywatchers. Lee, who is also a painter, is of part Dakota heritage. Students studied the Ojibwe and Dakota beliefs and knowledge of the stars and created their own “Star Plan.” Lee’s husband, Ojibwe painter William Wilson, also shared stories with the students about his traditional upbringing and his style of painting. Another art project students worked on was beading a band on a loom. Students converted shoeboxes into a simple loom and designed their own pattern to bead. Dakota beader Grace Chianelli visited with students about beading. After students learned traditional techniques, they were

St. Joseph Newsleader • encouraged to create their own images, forms and designs rather than mimic Native American beadworks. SCSU professor Darlene St. Clare finished the sessions with the students and discussed their experiences. “The grad standards that sparked this residency, as well as the project we designed, both seek to make students more aware of Minnesota’s own Native cultures, as they make up an important part of the multicultural communities we belong to,” Meyer said. “The project aimed to replace stereotypes of Native people with meaningful interactions with Minnesotans who celebrate their cultural heritage as Dakota or Ojibwe people. The students meeting people from their own community was essential to creating a human connection and a real bridge which they could connect with and appreciate a culture which


is not their own. I believe it will help them live and contribute to their multi-cultural communities and the greater world.” One of Meyer’s favorite parts of this project was being able to work in media the sixth-graders had very little exposure to, such as clay and beading. “Some students commented this type of art wasn’t as intimidating as drawing and painting,” she said. Meyer also enjoyed the showand-tell visits of the native artcontributed photo ists. “They each seemed to really Students (left to right) Asher Smith, Mackenzie Lee and Jayda appreciate the opportunity to Satzer work on their clay projects. share their artworks and culture with the students,” Meyer said. “The students seemed very engaged with the exchange, asked Novak’s Grown Right Vegetables in Foley, MN is hiring four temporary phenomenal questions and left workers from 7/20/2014 to 9/30/2014: 40 hrs/wk. Worker will manually plant, cultivate and harvest vegetables and fruits. Use hand tools such inspired.” The residency was funded as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears and knives. by the Central Minnesota Arts Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning or pruning crops; applying pesticides; cleaning, gradBoard.

Football from front page for the end zones. Students built the field in spring after the snow melted. “The field was completed in early May and has been used every day since,” Schaefer said. “The project taught students many valuable lessons. The first lesson – the power of words and how to write a persuasive letter. One student’s persuasive letter ended with a completed project that benefits all Kennedy students. Other lessons included how to brain- contributed photo storm ideas, teamwork and co- Second-graders recently built this recess football field at Kennedy Community School. operation.”

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ing, sorting, packing and loading harvested products. Workers should be able to lift 50 pounds. Must have one month experience. $11.49/ hr (prevailing wage). Guarantee of 3/4 of the workdays. All work tools, equipment and supplies are provided without cost to the worker. Free housing is provided to workers who cannot reasonably return to their permanent residence at the end of the workday. Transportation and subsistence expenses to the worksite will be provided or paid by the employer upon 50% of the work contract, or earlier.

Send resume or contact Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Foreign Labor Certification, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101, Phone (651) 259-7506, Fax (651) 297-7722 or your nearest State Workforce Agency and reference job order number 7688478.

Accounting and Business Manager We are looking for someone to help drive our company and become a functioning business partner. Strong knowledge of financial reporting including month-end and year-end close, GAAP, budgeting and forecasting, creating and implementing accounting/finance and general business best practices. Must have strong analytical and reasoning skills, good communication skills and strong business acumen. Will perform or oversee all accounting/finance functions with the assistance of an Accounts Payable Associate. Will also be responsible for benefits administration and general Human Resources functions as well as Office Administration. A college degree in a business-related area, preferably in Accounting/Finance required. Previous experience in a leadership role and working with owners is preferred. This is a full-time position working 35 hours per week with the opportunity to increase as the company and position grow. Compensation is very competitive for a person with the right experience. Interested and qualified candidates should apply by sending a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to or:

Playhouse Child Care Centers Attn: Human Resources P.O. Box 368 Sartell, MN 56377

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‘Now Hiring’ signs as welcome as robin’s, spring’s harbingers It’s so good to see “Now Hiring” signs in the windows and lobbies of so many businesses in the area lately. Like robins in spring, those signs are a good omen that a springtime of economic recovery is arriving in this area, this state, this country. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That’s disappointing, of course, because the “normal” unemployment rate is considered to be about 4 percent in non-recessionary times. In Minnesota, we’re doing better than the national average, with the unemployment rate under 5 percent. This has been the slowest recovery in history, according to economic experts. It’s not surprising, considering the depths of the 2008 economic catastrophe, when the entire banking system, weakened by reckless speculations, unethical chicanery and corrupt practices, hovered at the edge of a cliff. Once again, we the taxpayers had to come to the rescue when it was decided the banks were “too big to fail.” The good economic news – at least as regards employment data – has slowly but surely improved. In the past six months, hiring has increased – to the tune of 200,000 or more hires each month. In May, that number was 217,000, more than expected by economic forecasters. Since February 2010, nearly 9 million jobs were added in the nation. However, the down side is many high school and college graduates and others who recently entered the work force are still seeking jobs that don’t seem to be there. The down news is the population of work-age people increased, and there is more evidence many people, discouraged at not finding a job, have dropped out of the work force and are probably depending upon friends or family. So what we have in the economic picture is a kind of teeter-totter of good news/bad news. For example, the four-week average for new unemployment claims in the past few months is 310,250. That’s the lowest level in six years, says the Labor Department, but, all the same, that’s way too many people out of work. The good news is the stock market continues to do well and 401k investments are earning money; the bad news is Wall Street successes outpace Main Street successes and money at the top is generally not being reinvested in ways that create jobs on the lower rungs. In other words, the ol’ vaunted “trickledown” theory, so heralded in the 1980s, is not working. Money is not circulating and re-circulating the way it should be. Economists argue fiercely about the causes of that, but whatever the cause, it’s a major ongoing problem if this country wants to maintain and grow its vital middle class. We can resign ourselves, with some satisfaction, to the fact the good news in recent months is better than expected and the bad news is not as bad as we’d feared. In the meantime, let’s keep our fingers crossed. It’s time for some guarded optimism. Yes, indeed, there is hope rising after so many bleak economic seasons. It’s like watching the sun rise and flowers blooming after enduring a long, miserable winter.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Opinion What’s the big deal with Bob Dylan?

Some young people these days – people under 60 – have asked me, “What’s the big deal with Bob Dylan? What makes him so great?” I can understand their questions because most haven’t heard a lot of Dylan songs, and others don’t like his singing voice. I try to explain to young doubters why Dylan is so special. Here’s why: • The brilliance of his lyrics in songs are often composed of utterly original blendings of street slang, intense poetry, biblical references and allusions to a wild profusion of sources (to name just some: card games, carnival images, politics, visual art, courtrooms, jails, storybook characters, outlaws, saints, the animal world, landscapes). • His raw-but-evocative singing style. He’ll never make the Sunday choir, but his voice is perfectly suited to evoke the subtle nuances of the meanings and emotions in his songs. • The staggering variety of musical genres he explored, absorbed and reconfigured, including his stunning marriage of folk with rock. • His audacious way of thumbing his nose at convention, breaking the rules and making up his own time and again. • His uncanny knack for expressing what’s “really” happening beneath the surface of society and in “reading” the future like a cranky, wise prophet. • Last not least, (and this can’t be said about many singers-songwriters), Dylan’s songs have changed the way we see and react to the world around us. He is one of the most quoted writers since Shakespeare. I’ve long considered him a modern, hipster Shakespeare. Music in the last century (at least popular music) can be divided into B.D. and A.D. (Before Dylan and After Dylan – post 1963).

Dennis Dalman Editor It’s a far cry from “Hot diggity, dog diggity, boom, what you do to me . . . “ (Hot Diggity, 1956, Perry Como) to “They’re selling postcards of the hanging; they’re painting the passports brown; the beauty parlor’s filled with sailors, the circus is in town . . .” (Desolation Row, 1965, Dylan) This is from a B.D. song, Little Deuce Coupe, 1962, Beach Boys. “Well I’m not braggin’, babe, so don’t put me down But I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town When something comes up to me he don’t even try Cause if I had a set of wings, man, I know she could fly She’s my little deuce coupe . . . “ Like many Beach Boys songs, that one’s a toe-tapping charmer, but it’s just about like every other pop tune of its time: sophomoric lyrics, teen-oriented, basically “bubble gum.” Here’s a verse from a Dylan song, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. “Oh, God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son.’ Abe says, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on.’ God say ‘No.” Abe say ‘What?’ God say, ‘You can do what you want Abe, but The next time you see me comin’ you better run.’

Well, Abe says, ‘Where you want this killin’ done?’ God says, ‘Out on Highway 61.’ That jaunty, nerve-jangling rock-blues gem showed a new, complex way of songwriting. Dylan alludes to the Bible’s Abraham-Isaac story, but he frames it in a startling “hip” modern context complete with street slang, with the third line echoing the rhythm of a “knock-knock-who’s-there?” joke. The song is sinister, but it’s couched in Dylan’s trademark sly, cheeky, hipster humor. Here’s the opening from an A.D. song, A Whiter Shade of Pale, 1967, Procol Harum: “We skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor. I was feeling kinda seasick but the crowd called out for more. The room was humming harder as the ceiling flew away . . . “ That song’s kind of hushed, mysterious, surrealistic lyrics, evoking a post-midnight mood, are definitely influenced by Dylan. It’s similar to his breathtaking surreal hymn, Visions of Johanna, 1966. In this A.D. world, a lot of music is obviously not influenced by Dylan, at least not directly, although some claim that even rap music can be traced way back to Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, 1964. Diehard Dylan fans (dubbed “Bobsters” these days) know how difficult it is to explain or to summarize his achievements. Those songs, more than 1,000 of them thus far, are so original, so varied, so dazzling, so influential it takes the breath away. Suffice to say some of the very best songwriterssingers in the world wouldn’t be working their magic if a young Minnesota college drop-out hadn’t grabbed his guitar, bound for glory in Greenwich Village way back in 1959.

Letter to editor

Reader says Emily Jensen is political breath of fresh air Jim Graeve, St. Joseph DFL Chair Precint II What a breath of fresh air and excitement Emily Jensen brought to the democratic process when on May 12 here in St. Joseph she announced her campaign for the Minnesota Legislature as our Representative for Senate District 13A. Us “old codgers” get reassured in how democracy is supposed to work when we see the likes of the younger generation like Jensen getting involved.

She is not only a hard worker, but a sensible, respectful person. I met Emily’s mother and grandmother while working on the Jim Reed for Congress campaign. Emily, her mom and her grandma are so warm and welcoming – made me feel like I had known them for a long time. Talk about a hard worker – while carrying a full load of classes at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Emily coached high school speech at Sartell, coached YMCA swimming, was a field director for the Read Campaign, and coached and life guarded at SJU.

You are all invited to meet Emily personally when she has her official kick-off to her campaign at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at Centennial Park here in St. Joseph, right across the street from the El Paso Bar, just south of Minnesota Hwy. 75. This kick-off will be a low-budget potluck affair. Bring your favorite dish and meet our next great state representative, play some games, exchange ideas and pick up the energy that makes democracy work. Any cynical feelings one has about the political process will melt away when you meet Emily Jensen.

zenry kindly stays out of politics. But building political legitimacy on economic progress can be an awfully risky endeavor, as Putin will soon learn. And while it’s possible Russia may have untapped natural gas resources, the country is not competitive in developing them – nor is it likely to be. Russia’s political class is heavily entrenched in its business sector, which is as corrupt as Siberia is cold. Efficiency isn’t the country’s strong suit. Don’t expect any new infrastructure to be built without the Kremlin’s friends siphoning off a bit of cash first. Russia’s Soviet-era energy infrastructure is aging, and was of questionable quality even when it was first erected. There’s reason to believe Russia is already performing at capacity, adding further questions to its competitive potential. In 2007, when TIME named Putin its Man of the Year, two of its correspondents remarked to the man himself that he “must feel lucky that the price of oil is so high.” “Fools are lucky,” Putin responded. “We work day and night!” And yet, a savvy observer might note, Russia continues to fall behind in the energy-export race. And keep in mind the United States is beating Russia on price, too. The price of American natural gas is about a third of Russia’s. International buyers are catching on. Where Russian gas giant Gazprom once fulfilled the orders for 37 percent of Europe’s natural gas supply, it now sells only 25 percent. This extra competition is internationally disruptive. The Kremlin has long used its near-

monopoly in the energy sector as a tool to assert its global power. For example, in 2006 and 2009, Russia tried to strong-arm Ukraine by shutting off its gas supplies, leading to energy shortages across Europe. Putin used this geopolitical move to underscore his influence throughout the region, winning diplomatic points at the expense of Europe’s shivering families that winter. Russia’s move was retaliation against the Ukrainian government, which has been leaning westward since the Orange Revolution. Likewise, Russia has used energy prices to try to control its neighbors. After the 2003 Rose Revolution, Georgia too began to orient its foreign policy toward the West and away from Russia. The Kremlin promptly responded by announcing significant price increases for gas. However, despite this move, Georgia has been able to supplant its supply somewhat, thanks to its neighbor Azerbaijan. This alternative has given the local government confidence to hold firm against Russian pressure. These are just two examples among many demonstrating how Russia’s energy policy supports – and sometimes drives – its foreign policy. But as the global energy equation tilts toward the United States, Russia’s influence and international leverage diminishes. The United States must continue to develop its natural gas supply. The benefits redound far beyond the domestic sphere. Chris Faulkner is president and CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas.

Russia’s energy market is running on fumes by Chris Faulkner Guest writer Russian president Vladmir Putin has won some begrudging admiration for his strategic triumph during the Syria crisis. Let him have his moment. It won’t last long. A new development threatens to rob Putin of a significant part of his international heft. That development, of course, is America’s energy revolution. By ExxonMobil’s estimates, natural gas is on track to becoming the second-largest energy source in the world by 2025, outpacing even coal. And the United States just became the biggest natural gas producer on the globe, overtaking – you guessed it – Russia. While the United States will benefit economically, politically and diplomatically from this energy revolution, Russia will come out the biggest loser. Start with simple economics. As much as 40 percent of Russia’s economy is dependent on its oil and gas sales. According to some experts, the U.S. shale boom could undermine this source of growth, causing Russian oil exports to plummet by as much as 25 percent during the next several years as other nations embrace the American energy alternative. There’s a political factor at play, too. The postSoviet government has sought a social contract that goes something like this: The Kremlin will ensure economic stability, just so long as the citi-

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Friday, June 13, 2014 LEgal notICE


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





Lot 2 Block 2 Braden and Bennet Place, Stearns County, Minn.

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




Attorneys for Mortgagee/Assignee of Mortgagee


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;

LEgal notICE 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.

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 the2 ofSheriff of Stearns County, Minnesota, at public auction on July 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at Conveyancing Stearns County Sheriff’s Office Minnesota Uniform Blanks Form 60.2.1 Page 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

4500 Park Glen Road #300 Minneapolis, MN 55416 (952) 925-6888 30 - 14-002722 FC 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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Friday, June 13, 2014

At 90, Sullivan keeps fit as a fiddle by Dennis Dalman

At a spry 90 years old, Dewey “Sully” Sullivan won’t use the elevator at his assisted-living home, the Legends of Heritage Place, in Sartell. He prefers to walk up and down the stairs. And he also loves to go to The Legends’ exercise classes. That might explain why Sullivan, who is nearly as old as the City of Sartell, is so healthy and so alert for his age. Recently, his family and friends hosted a surprise 90th birthday party for him at the House of Pizza in Sartell. “Dad is the nicest man in the world,” said his daughter, Colleen Schwegel of St. Joseph. “Just ask anybody. He’s so calm. Always on an even keel. He seldom gets mad or angry. When mom was ill, he took such good care of her and never once complained about it.” Born in Montevideo, Sullivan moved to the St. Cloud-Sartell area as a young man to begin working at Sears and Roebuck, first in downtown St. Cloud, later at the Crossroads mall. Sullivan kept that job for 30 years. For many years, he lived in a house on Riverside Drive in Sartell, then on 1st Avenue just off of Riverside Drive and later in the Oak Hill Apartments. Most Sartell old-timers know

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Sully Johnson, the great-grandson of Dewey “Sully” Sullivan of Sartell, holds up his great-grandpa’s medals earned when he was a bull-turret gunner in World War II. Sully is the son of Cassie Schwegel and Dustin Johnson. Sullivan well. He was at one time the Sartell village clerk when people would go to his house to pay their water bills. He also owned and operated Sully’s True Value Hardware in the Riverside Shopping Plaza. His wife, Irene (Shank), was raised with 12 other siblings in a house within a block from the old Sartell School, now the school district’s Services Building. Irene passed away in December 2011. Sullivan served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane ball-

turret gunner, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Sullivan, who was honored with many medals, was happy to go on a Freedom Flight in 2012 to Washington, D.C. to see the war monuments and other sites with fellow veterans. It was, he said, “an incredible and amazing trip.” Sullivan likes to go to casinos now and then, and he loves to watch sports on TV – any sports except golf. The Sullivans have three children: Mike, Pat and Col-

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At his 90th birthday party at House of Pizza in Sartell, Dewey “Sully” Sullivan and his sons and daughter gather at the mementos table, which displayed old photographs, World War II medals and of course a birthday cake. From left to right are Mike Sullivan, Dewey Sullivan, Pat Sullivan and Colleen (Sullivan) Schwegel. leen. Mike and Cecelia Sullivan live in Walnut Creek, Calif.; Pat and Kathy Sullivan live in Sartell and have four children – Shane, Blake, Mitchell, Caitlin; Colleen and Rob Schwegel live in St. Joseph. They

have a daughter Cassie, whose boy, born on Christmas Day 2011, was named Sully after his great-grandfather. Colleen and Rob’s son Chad and his wife Tishel, have one daughter, Tanya.

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