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Schools seek tutors, mentors

St. Cloud Area Schools are looking for volunteers to support elementary-age students in summer school. Volunteers will assist with daily activities in the classroom. One-on-one and small group activities may be included. Volunteers are needed between 8-11:30 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 18. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift per week for the duration of the summer program. To learn more about this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Artists sought for BRAsterpieces exhibit

An art exhibit of BRAsterpieces, sponsored by Visual Arts MN, Breastoration and Midsota Plastic Surgeons will be shown during July and August at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. Artists are being sought to create BRAsterpieces or bra art, a novel medium used to bring about public awareness. BRAsterpieces need to be turned in to Midsota Plastic Surgeons by June 17. The deadline will be extend up to July 1, but artists must contact organizers to let them know. For more information, call Ruth at 320-529-4262 or visit www.

‘Shop for a Cause’ June 20-21

Looking for a way to support worthy causes while having fun? Plan your next shopping adventure June 20 and 21 and “Shop for a Cause.” This first time event will benefit many worthwhile programs while saving you 20 percent storewide (some exclusions apply) at the Gift Gallery located at St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health Plaza and the Gift Shop at St. Benedict’s Senior Community – St. Cloud. The shops offer many unique items for your next special occasion including great wedding gift ideas. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

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Ride organizer Cliff Borgerding was on hand at the registration table in Albany bright and early Saturday to coordinate volunteers and get riders on their way. About 300 participants pedaled the trail in this 14th annual event.

Man files sexual-abuse lawsuit against monk by Dennis Dalman

A 50-year-old man who alleges a monk sexually abused him 36 years ago recently filed a lawsuit against the monk and the Order of St. Benedict, which includes St. John’s Prep School and St. John’s Abbey. Ed “Troy” Bramlage, who lives in Sauk Rapids, alleges

Order of St. Benedict officials at the school and abbey knew about Father Gilbert Allen Tarlton’s history of abusing children and did nothing about it, making it possible for him to abuse more boys, including Bramlage, the suit alleges. Bramlage, is asking for $50,000 in damages. At a press conference June 5 in Waite Park, Bramlage said

the reason he filed the lawsuit is to give hope to other children who were or are being abused so they can come forward and get help and so their perpetrators can be stopped. He said if he can help even one victim of abuse feel less fearful to come forward to get help, his effort will have been worth it. Bramlage’s lawsuit was made possible by a new Min-

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nesota law that went into effect May 31. Dubbed the “Child Victims Act,” it removes the statute-of-limitations restrictions for filing lawsuits regarding past sexual abuse. For cases that occurred in the past, victims who are now older than 24 will have up to three years to file lawsuits. That is the case with Bramlage, who is now 50. The Child Victims Act also allows any person now 18 or under an unlimited amount of time to file lawsuits. At the press conference, Bramlage was accompanied by Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney; and Michael Bryant, an attorney with the Waite Parkbased law firm of Bradshaw and Bryant. This is the fifth time Anderson has been involved in sexual-abuse complaints filed against Tarlton.

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Cliff Borgerding was a happy man last Saturday as the sun made an appearance for the 14th annual Caramel Roll Ride along stretches of the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. Nearly 300 bikers showed up in Albany to take part in what has become a yummy tradition. At the registration table and along the various routes of the ride, gooey caramel rolls are available to participants. Borgerding, the man in charge of the event, couldn’t have been happier the cold, wet spring weather central Minnesota has been experiencing decided to take a hiatus for at least one day. “We didn’t have as many as Wobegon • page 5

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The sun shone on Saturday and the water was perfect on Achman Lake. It was just the perfect setting for Richard Gryczkowski of St. Cloud to dip his line into the water with the hopes of catching a big bass or two. But fishing was really secondary on this day, he said. He was just enjoying the serenity of the lake.

Bramlage, who was born and raised in St. Paul, was a student at St. John’s Prep School in 1977 when he was 14 and when the alleged multiple acts of sexual abuse occurred, according to the lawsuit. At the time, Tarlton taught English at the prep school. Bramlage said his life had many times spun out of control because of feelings related to the sexual abuse. At the time he told nobody because of shame and because he thought he would not be believed. In the years following he often felt a Lawsuit • page 8

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People Twenty St. Joseph students were recently named to the headmaster’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. They and their parents are as follows: Sarah Bresnahan, senior, daughter of Colette and Richard Bresnahan; Leela Cofell, junior, daughter of Monica Cofell of St. Joseph and David Cofell of St. Cloud; Zachary Dehler, senior, son of Mary and Al Dehler; Marisa Gaetz, freshmen, daughter of Rose and Rick Gaetz; Lauren Kissela, eighth grade, daughter of Marcia Allard and Chad Kissela; Adam Lepinski and Ben Lepinski, eighth grade, sons of Lois and Alan Lepinski; Gabrielle Martone, junior, Grace Martone, eighth grade, and John Martone, seventh grade, children of Lisa and Mark Martone; Taylor Nydeen, eighth grade, daughter of Pam and Lance; Savannah O’Hare, freshmen, daughter of Amy O’Hare of St. Joseph and Peter O’Hare of Hixson, Tenn.;

Clare Pfannenstein, sophomore, and Cole Pfannenstein, eighth grade, children of Joan and Patrick Pfannenstein; Emily Powers, sophomore, daughter of Bridget and James and Powers; Sarah Schrup, sophomore, daughter of Myra and Tom Schrup; Robin Swingley, post grad, son of Catherine Petters; Luke Teigen, senior, son of Marcia and Cliff Teigen; Justin Terhaar, freshmen, son of Jody and Karl Terhaar; and Anja Wuolu, freshmen, daughter of Lorie and David Wuolu. Students attaining this achievement have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

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.

After losing seller’s phone number and having an interest in the items, he went to the seller’s home to contact her. She did not want him at her house and didn’t want to pursue the sale of the items. 8:18 p.m. Suspicious odor. College Avenue S. Caller reported strong smell of marijuana coming from an apartment and stated it’s an ongoing problem with the same person. Several residents in the hallway who refused to be identified said this unit had been condemned several times and he’s not to be living there. Complainant called back and stated a male came out of a neighboring apartment and her mother is talking to him and the male is getting upset with her mother. Officer was re-dispatched. The female and male were arguing in the hallway. Officer spoke to the male and was invited into his apartment. Officer was unable to detect any odor of marijuana inside the apartment.

May 24 8:30 p.m. Assist person. North College Avenue. Woman locked out of her apartment. Officer was able to get a hold of manager to come and assist her. 10:50 p.m. Suspicious activity. Iverson Street W. A woman was in her garage and stated it sounded like someone pounded on the overhead door. Officer checked the area and did not locate anybody. He also checked inside residence. She thought it might be her exboyfriend, but unknown. Officer advised there would be extra patrol and told her to call again if needed. May 25 12:30 a.m. Fire alarm. First Avenue NW. Responded to address for a fire alarm. Knocked on both upstairs apartments and received no answer. Went to the Middy and contacted worker who lives at address. He had keys to check the building. Everything was OK. Advised dispatch. 11:42 a.m. Harassment. Able Street E. Gentleman responded to a Craigslist ad about some items.

Six St. Joseph students were recently named to the principal’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. They and their parents are as follows: Ilia Bauer-Jones, freshmen, daughter of Stacy Bauer of St. Joseph and Zack Jones of St. Paul; Elizabeth Costa, junior, daughter of Jeff Eiffler;

May 27 4:31 p.m. Found property. Elm Street E. McDonald’s employees stated a customer left a purse behind. Officer looked inside and found a phone number to call. Will be entered into property and owner stated her daughter would pick it up in the morning. May 28 6:05 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. 10th Avenue SE. Complainant said there was a blue four-door vehicle parked in the parking lot playing loud music and occupied by three

Andre Estevez, junior, son of Ellen Estevez and Joseph Estevez; Elizabeth Larson, senior, daughter of Deb Stumvoll and Keith Larson; and Brenna Skahen, eighth grade, and Thomas Skahen, sophomore, children of Jennifer and Sean Skahen. Students attaining this achievement have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.499. Margaret Henry of St. Joseph recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in practical nursing from Central Lake College, Brainerd and Staples.

sota in Winona. Students who earned a grade-point average of 3.6 or better qualified for the honor. Three St. Joseph students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

They and their majors are as follows: Andrew Hellmann, psychology; Eric Schleper, computer engineering; and Danielle Thiessen, public relations and advertising. A student must earn a 3.50 grade-point average or higher to qualify.

MFB recognizes Glatzels as sesquicentennial farm

Alan and Caroline Glatzel of St. Joseph were among 15 state recipients recently named a Sesquicentennial Farm by the Minnesota Farm Bureau. They were selected in Stearns County; Ashley Horsch recently grad- their farm originated in 1860. uated with a bachelor’s degree A commemorative certificate in animal science and a master’s signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, degree in food science and hu- Minnesota Department of Agman nutrition from Iowa State riculture Commissioner Dave University in Ames. Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation PresiNicholas Thell, son of Mi- dent Kevin Paap was awarded, chael and Janelle Thell of St. along with an outdoor sign sigJoseph was recently named to nifying Sesquicentennial Farm the spring semester dean’s list at recognition. Information on all St. Mary’s University of Minne- Sesquicentennial Farm families

will be available online at www. Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, specialinterest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children.

people. Officer arrived and found nobody in any of the vehicles in the parking lot. Caller met the officer in the parking lot and stated the occupants just went inside the apartment building. Caller said just the way they were acting led him to believe they were doing drugs or something in the vehicle. Officer attempted to make contact with someone in the apartment. Could hear voices and radio playing. Knocked on door and radio shut off and the apartment went quiet. No one would answer the door. 10:51 a.m. Assist persons. County Road 2 and Country Road 75. Officer assisted All Saints Academy first-graders crossing County Road 75 on a field trip. 1:41 p.m. Theft. Second Avenue SE. Person reported an iPod missing from his vehicle which was parked on the street. He stated it was an older iPod and charging cord. Value was $150. No suspects and no damage to vehicle.

barricade. Officer checked the area around the theft and was unable to locate it. Value $125. 5:07 a.m. Theft. Elm Street E. A male and female entered the store. Employees saw male take plastic plates and put them in his pants. Male left the store without paying. Employee followed him to his car and was able to get the plates back. Vehicle left east on CR 75. They were in the store three different times that morning. Car was a Kia. Officer will follow up with Kia to find out who bought the car. Value $2.99. Also taken were cold meds, value $6.99. Person was located and citation was issued. 2:45 p.m. Animal. St. Joseph BP. Anonymous complaint about a dog left in a closed up/locked up vehicle. Arrived on scene and found the vehicle in the lot with a Great Dane in it. Dog did not look in distress, so waited for the vehicle driver to return. Driver came and was identified via his driver’s license. Verbal warning was issued and he was allowed to continue on his way fishing.


May 29 9:44 a.m. Unwanted person. College Avenue S. Person reported an ex-girlfriend was in his apartment without his permission. After officer talked with him, he took his key from her keyring and locked complainant’s apartment and waited for him to return and assist her with removing her belongings. 7:32 p.m. Suspicious activity. Seventh Avenue SE. Complainant stated she watched a young boy carry bikes from the residence and never return on any all night long.

Made contact with the boy’s mother. She stated her parents have a large shed on Fourth Avenue SE and he was taking them all to clean up their garage. Cleared. May 31 11:43 a.m. Barking dog. C.R. 2. Complainant stated dog keeps barking all the time. Officer was in the area for 15 minutes and did not hear it bark. Advised her dog is in the township and gave her township supervisor’s number. June 1 7:19 p.m. Lost property. Elm Street E. Woman called to report she had lost her debit card. She stated she had last had her card about 3 p.m. May 31. Officer advised her to immediately call the debit card company and report the loss and he would do a report in case someone turned it in. 9:31 p.m. Traffic stop. Baker Street E/College Avenue S. Officer noticed a silver vehicle on College Avenue. He personally knew driver’s license to be revoked and or only a permit. Driver admitted to being revoked and also no proof of insurance. The owner of the car stated she had insurance. Officer called and the insurance was canceled in February. Vehicle towed by All Care. June 2 3:57 a.m. Theft. Minnesota Street/Second Avenue NW. Sometime during the night or early morning someone stole a road-closed

June 3 2:02 a.m. Suspicious activity. Seventh Avenue NW. Complainant hears a car alarm going off and dog barking. She also thinks she sees a person looking in cars. While checking the area, officer met gentleman coming out of his house. He stated his daughter’s car alarm went off and he was the one checking it out. Stated alarm has gone off by itself in the past.

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Goebel advises others not to be afraid to change their college major 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. Briana Goebel would like to advise students not to be afraid to change their college major if they lose interest or become interested in a different one. Originally, Goebel thought she would be interested in the pharmacy field. After working in a pharmacy for five years, she decided that was not the career she wanted to pursue. Goebel recently graduated from North Dakota State University in Fargo with a bachelor’s degree in health communication. “I wish I would have listened to my gut sooner, to change my major,” Goebel said. Goebel is currently working as a nanny in St. Joseph for two children ages 4 and 8. She would like to find a job in her field in the areas of patient advocacy or consulting, possibly managing some type of health-care setting. “After working in a pharmacy for five years, I changed my career path and am now contemplating graduate school in health communication,” Goebel said. Goebel is the 23-year-old daughter of Dan and Cindy Goebel. She has one sister, Tiffany, 29; one brother, Darin, 26; and a sister-in-law, Carissa, 26. Fun facts about Goebel: Favorite subject: During college, small-group communication was her favorite class. Favorite leisure activity: Playing with her puppies. Goebel



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Briana Goebel recently graduated from North Dakota State University and would like to advise students not to be afraid to change their majors if they lose interest or find something else they are more interested in studying. She recently graduated with a degree in health communication after first considering the pharmacy field. has two puppies, Deeno and Dixie. Both are adopted. Deeno is a chihuahua mix and Dixie is a daschund-chihuahua mix. Favorite music: Country “It has a home-town feel and it is what my family listens to,” Goebel said. Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember “It is relatable and reminds me of the drive I have to help people I care about,” Goebel said. Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Organize, clean, re-organize and repeat. Favorite restaurant and food: Olive Garden and pasta The thing she likes best

A matching grant hike to raise awareness, funds and hope will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 in Boundary Creek Neighborhood Park, 10122 104th Ave. N., Maple Grove. Proceeds will benefit Place of Hope Ministries. Join the hike or support a hiker by visiting or make a check out to Place of Hope Ministries and mail it to 511 9th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303. For more information, visit or call 320-203-7881. Proceeds will benefit women’s and girls programming.

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SJP graduates first class of IB Diploma program by Cori Hilsgen

The first group of students to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma program graduated from St. John’s Prep school this spring. Eleven SJP students completed the full IB diploma program. All of the students are local students from St. Joseph, Avon, St. Cloud, Kimball, Collegeville, Pearl Lake and the Twin Cities. One IB graduate from the Twin Cities lived on campus. Principal Matthew Reichert said this is a “remarkable” number of graduates since this is the first group of students who had the chance to complete the full program. “We have about 20 students who will pursue the full diploma in next year’s senior class,” Reichert said. The IB program is designed for college preparation. Students in the program are able to take single IB classes or they can earn a second diploma by taking a collection of classes in six different subject areas. Reichert said the program is demanding and students are asked to participate in the work of their subject areas. He said this differs from Advance Placement classes where students often take multiple-choice exams. “Students actually conduct scientific research, analyze musical compositions, create exhibits of their own artwork, write literary analysis, engage in service, and participate in extracurricular activities and athletics,” Reichert said. One IB graduate felt the program was challenging but it taught good time-management skills. “The IB diploma is very challenging,” Caz Novak said. “One of the best things I gained from it was a real understanding of how to manage my time and find balance. This is going

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The first group of students to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma program from St. John’s Prep graduated May 25 in the Abbey Church at St. John’s University. The 11 graduates are (front row, left to right) Sam Schrup, Maria Sebas, Clare Culligan, Abigail Erickson and Zoe Novak; (back row) R.J. Alpers, Connor Stark-Haws, Patrick Arnold, Luke Teigen, Caz Novak and Lucas Schaper. to be a really important lesson for me as I move on to Boston College this fall. Another graduate thought the IB diploma really helped prepare her for college. “The IB diploma is hard, but the preparation you get for college makes it a worthwhile challenge,” Clare Culligan said. “After all of the research papers, essays, projects, experiments and activities I know I am ready for next year. It’s like I spent a year in college already. Some graduates get worried because they don’t know what to expect in college, but I think all of us are ready because we know what to expect.” According to Reichert, the entire SJP graduating class is planning to attend a four-year college or university. Universities recognize IB as an exceptional course of study for students who seek admission to college-level study. Students who take IB exams are often given credit or requirements are waived by the colleges they attend. “Some colleges and universities, such as Oxford University or Harvard College, will waive

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the entire first year of requirements for freshmen students who have successfully completed the IB diploma in high school,” Reichert said. The IB graduates are planning to attend the following schools next year, St. John’s University, University of San Diego, University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara, Purdue University, Georgetown University, Boston College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. SJP is the only private high school in Minnesota that offers the IB program. A growing number of Catholic high schools now offer the program. The IB program is not meant to be just for international students or students who wish to live abroad. The program is internationally benchmarked meaning the curriculum, content, skills and instruction are developed according to the most demanding college preparation programs around the world. The majority of SJP students who take IB classes are from Central Minnesota or elsewhere in the United States.

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All Saints Academy graduates first kindergarten class by Cori Hilsgen

The All Saints Academy, St. Joseph campus, graduated its first kindergarten class on May 31. The kindergarten and sixthgrade graduation ceremony was held in the St. Joseph Catholic Church. The kindergarten class, taught by Elisha Konz, had 13 graduates and the sixth-grade class, taught by Susan Huls, had 23 graduates. At the ceremony, kindergarten students were asked to share their favorite memories of the year. “Learning about animals and the classroom’s pet hamster – named ‘Zero’ – because that‘s how old it is, and pet fish,” Lily Schmitz said. “Counting to 100,” Roe Hargrays said. The 13 kindergarten graduates included Austin Baird, Sylvie Bechtold, Annie Funk, Maria Glatzel, Hargrays, Sophia Hess,

Wobegon from front page last year — 331 or the year before 396 — but a good showing nonetheless, and everyone had a great time on the trails,” Borgerding said. Riders could choose to explore three different stretches of the LWRT, all leaving from Albany. The northern ride took riders on a 10-mile trek to Holdingford and then continued on to Bowlus (7 more miles), to the Mississippi River (4) and to U.S. Highway 10 (2) for a total of 23 miles one way or a 46-mile roundtrip. The western excursion went west to Freeport (6) and to Melrose (6) for a 12-mile ride or 24mile roundtrip. And the eastern ride traveled to Avon (6), and then to Collegeville/SJU link (6) and to St. Joseph (3) for a 15-mile ride or 30-mile roundtrip. Funds raised during the ride help provide funding for the trail association to continue to promote the trail. Part of the proceeds will support efforts of local communities and groups to plant more trees and shrubs and to fund the “Saintly Seven” project to extend

Wyatt Kutzera, Ava Nicoll, Belle Pennings, Searlait Sanvik, Schmitz, Maleah Thielen and Maya Williams. The ceremony was followed by brunch at the ASA school cafeteria where sixth-grade students shared their favorite memories of the year. The 23 sixth-grade graduates included Tyler Beuning, Joel Ebel, Kateri Fischer, Nicole Fish, Riley Glatzel, Molly Herker, Carson Huls, Hallie Hupf, Joel Kissela, Kira Kutzera, Abbey Medelberg, Sara Morris, Hannah Nierenhausen, Ben Meyer, Greta Neigum, Reid Nydeen, Maggie O’Donnell, Molly Ophoven, Sam Revermann, Olivia Schleper, Sam Schneider, Jared Scholz and Caitlin Skahen. contributed photo s

The 13 graduates are (first row, left to right) Lily Schmitz, Austin Baird, Ava Nicoll, Maleah Thielen, Belle Pennings and Annie Funk (second row) Maya Williams, Sylvie Bechtold, Sophia Hess, Wyatt Kutzera, Maria Glatzel, Roe Hargrays, teacher Elisha Konz and Searlait Sanvik. Kindergarten students Hargrays (left) and Schmitz share their favorite memories of the year at their recent graduation ceremony. the trail to the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Borgerding said. And while most of the volunteers wore bright-yellow Caramel Roll Ride T-Shirts, Borgerding was decked out in a T-shirt that promoted another ride to be held this Saturday called the Lady Slipper Nature Ride. That second annual affair is intended to bring attention to the Minnesota State flower that grows along the trail and needs protecting. Borgerding said the Lady Slipper Ride will be a more leisurely pace with the focus on enjoying the natural beauty of the trail. Riders will visit St. John’s Abbey Arboretum, including the Stick-

work Sculpture. Minnesota Master Naturalists will be on hand to explain the biological and natural beauty found in the Avon Hills area Borgerding is one of the trail’s biggest supporters, and after only a few minutes of talking with him, you can tell why. He has grand ideas to increase ridership on the trail, which this year has been down due to the weather. For more information on the Spunk Days Lady Slipper Nature Ride, visit You can register online or the day of the ride. Official check-in is between 8-10 a.m. at Lake Wobegon Park in Avon.



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Some vacation spots are right here at home It is family vacation time. Instead of traveling to the NorthShore or the Black Hills or some other Minnesota hot spot, this summer you might want to consider vacationing closer to home. There is a “hidden” gem right here in central Minnesota and St. Joseph many of you might not have considered — the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. As often can be the case, destinations close to home can often be overlooked and taken for granted. The LWRT has so much to offer, it’s amazing. First, consider the trail starts right here in St. Joseph. Second, it meanders through some of the most scenic countryside in the state. Third, it connects eight cities and covers more than 62 miles. If you are a biker or a walker, a hiker or a bird-watcher, a small-town enthusiast or a nature lover, there could not be a better destination for you to enjoy. In addition, with the price of gas sometimes skyrocketing during the summer months, it will not cost you very much at all. There are so many special events taking place along the trail and in those small towns during the summer months, it will make you feel like you have stepped right into a Norman Rockwell painting. And do not forget all the people you could meet as you enjoy the trail. There are the locals, of course, and the quaint restaurants and shops, but there are also thousands of folks who visit the trail from far and wide. There are oodles of hidden gems. Did you know you can find stands of Lady Slippers growing in spots along the trail? The Minnesota State flower can sometimes be a difficult flower to locate. Many Minnesotans have never even seen the elusive plant in the wild since the soil conditions needed for them to grow are unique, making them virtually impossible to duplicate in man-made settings. There are also one-of-a-kind items to peruse, such as the longest covered bridge in Minnesota just down the trail in Holdingford. You do not have to travel to Iowa if you want to enjoy a covered bridge like the type made famous in the book and movie, “Bridges of Madison County.” You may not bump into Clint Eastwood as you traverse the trail, but you might see other famous folks like Garrison Keillor, who created the fictional town of Lake Wobegon the trail is named after. So put away your suitcase, load up the bike and the family, and this year enjoy a summer on the trail right in St. Joseph’s backyard.

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Swing set brings back fond memories The house I live in came equipped with a swing set. The family who had owned the house before I moved in left it behind. There is not only a swing set and slide, but also a sandbox and fort. It’s really nice, but since my children are grown and on their own, I really do not have any use for it, other than to look at it and remember when my kids were little. I assembled a rather large swing set with a slide for my daughters. I remember setting it up in the middle of my yard, which had a lush growth of grass I was very proud of and worked hard to maintain. I also remembered when the girls started using the swings how they would scrape their feet on the grass to stop their movement. It did not take long before the pristine crop of grass started to wear away and dirt ruts appeared. I was mortified. I do not know why this seemed like a surprise to me. I’m also not sure why this seemed problematic. However, it did and I told my daugh-

Mike Nistler Reporter ters to try not to rub their feet on the grass. This was idiotic of me, of course, because that does not work, especially when you have short legs and no concern at all for what the ground under the swings looks like. I remember going out at night and sprinkling grass seed in the bare spots, covering it with a fine layer of dirt and sprinkling the ground to get the grass to grow again. The next day, the girls would be out and playing on the swing set and regrowing grass was impossible. My wife told me to let it go. She said someday when the girls were grown and not using the swings any more I would be sad. She was right. Eventually the day

came when they were too old to swing. The grass started growing and filling in the ruts as they left for college. I was devastated. I would have given anything for them to be little and digging up my lawn. However, there was no going back. Now, I am living in a house with a huge yard and the above-mentioned swing set and there is no activity. Well, I shouldn’t say any activity. I do have three dogs that do their fair share of damage to the lawn — it’s just not on the swing set. In addition, the mess the dogs leave behind is not quite as pleasant as a few ruts made by tiny tennis-shoe-clad feet. There aren’t any grandchildren yet in my life to play in the sandbox, slide down the slide or swing merrily and dig up the grass. I wish there were. Someday, if I’m lucky enough to have grandchildren, I will be out there with them imploring them to do as much feet dragging as possible. However, until that time, I will just remember how simple lessons are learned.

Letters to editor

W h a t ’s w r o n g w i t h t h i s p i c t u r e ? Vera Theisen, St. Joseph It was impressive to read about Kennedy Community School’s recent walkathon and the large amount of money collected for school programs. It shows students, administrators and teachers worked very hard to make the event a success. And they created a good fundraising model for other schools to follow. But my admiration for the event comes to an abrupt stop at the pie-inthe-face throwing. Is this supposed to be funny and entertaining? Well, in my view it isn’t. True, in this country there’s a long tradition of pie throwing both in the

political world and in movies, starting in the 1930s with Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges. It may have been funny then, when “slapstick” comedy was popular and people enjoyed a quick, easy and cheap prank. But today? I don’t think so. Pie-throwing is quite a degrading and unkind act both for the doers (the students who volunteered) and for the willing “victims” (the teachers). It’s hard to imagine what it must feel like to have one’s breath momentarily cut off by the messy pie ingredients and to be gasping for air. And what a waste of food; the pies could be auctioned and sold to the highest bidder. Or there could be a “pie walk,” similar to cake walks at summer

fairs. The teachers showed real humility and a willingness to help when they volunteered for the event and that’s admirable. The haircuts seemed like a cooperative effort all enjoyed. But there are more creative ways for teachers to get involved: why not run a 5K on the school grounds, be quizzed by students on history and geography, take part in a challenging spelling bee or race in gunny sacks? By choosing pie-in-the-face throwing and considering it funny, we’re teaching our kids to passively accept some of the worst and less inspiring aspects of our cultural history, instead of highlighting the many that are positive and affirming.

Letter in response to ‘reader says politics are always dirty’ Bob Grise, St. Joseph I found Kevin Kluesner’s recent letter to the editor to be a fairly mild rebuke of President Obama. Funny how editor and noted extreme liberal Dennis Dalman was so desperate to defend his hero Obama, that he put his rebuttal ahead of Kluesner’s letter. Obama a great man says Dalman. No, Steve Jobs, who created great products, employment and wealth for many was a great man. What Obama is most noted for is telling tall tales. A short list of Obama’s tall tales would include his claim he would put the economy back on the rails. Instead we have the slowest recovery from a recession in history. Record numbers on food stamps is the result. But don’t worry, we will save up to $2,500 per family with Obamacare.

Oh, never mind, it isn’t so, just another Obama tale. “The public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk.” Ya right. “Make government open and transparent.” Instead it is the citizenry who have become transparent with Big Brother spying on us. Promise to have us “go all in on energy.” Except for Keystone. Promise to cut the deficit in half. Ha Ha Ha Ha. What Dalman calls Republican obstruction has kept Obama from blowing even more of our tax dollars on his “green” energy boondoggles and other programs we can’t pay for, without borrowing from China. “If you like the healthcare plan you have, you can keep it.” Sounds great, but it wasn’t true. But Obama did keep his promise to raise taxes, apparently the IRS needed the money to play pretend Star Trek and to attack Obama’s political opponents,

(the Chicago way). I’ve gone easy on our golfer and chief. A more complete list of Obama tall tales can be found on the internet, including his Benghazi whopper about the video nobody saw. The biggest scandal of all is ignored by Dalman and his ilk and that is our 18.5 million unemployed, (says AOL). We better get focused on pro-growth policies or soon it will be 25 million unemployed. The answer to our 10-percent drop in income under Obama isn’t more EPA and IRS workers and higher taxes. We need to grow the private sector. Like Reagan did. And no more tall tales. Publisher’s note: On Dalman’s behalf, the editor’s note should have been listed below the letter last week, but was inadvertently moved to the front during production.

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Community Calendar

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.

Monday, June 17 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 9 a.m.-noon, 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. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion, Post 328, 101 W Minnesota St., St. Joseph. Tuesday, June 18 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ameri-


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Lawsuit from front page

sense of self-loathing and disgust because he would think the abuse was his fault. His silence troubled him because he thought it might have allowed his perpetrator to keep harming other boys. Other suits against Tarlton have been settled or dropped because the statute of limitations had run out. In 1992, a civil suit alleged Tarlton had abused a boy in 1982 when he was the boy’s teacher and counselor, but that suit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations. Anderson and Bryant praised Bramlage for his courage in coming forth. The Order of St. Benedict, Anderson said, had developed a clerical culture that protected predators in a shroud of secrecy and denial. Officials at the prep school and university, Anderson claims, were fully aware of Tarlton’s past and the many accusations that had been leveled against him. The parents of students were never warned and the abuse of boys and the cover-ups continued, Anderson alleged in the lawsuit. In 2002, the Order of St. Benedict faced a lawsuit and began to cooperate with those concerned about reports of abuse, Anderson noted. A list of known offenders was released by the abbey, and Anderson was allowed to appoint half of the members of a board of review that examined past and ongoing cases of alleged abuse. It was a very positive step, Anderson said, but he quickly added that, in his opinion, the promise of a new open process and a new spirit of cooperation have notCreek been fulfilled. Pavers • Willow • Versalock Block

graphs are from the abbey statement: “We hope everyone concedes the difficult challenge of determining the facts of incidents alleged to have occurred in 1977, nearly four decades ago. As Mr. (attorney Jeff) Anderson’s client (Bramlage) himself acknowledged in today’s press conference, his own memory of the facts is incomplete. In spite of these shared challenges, our commitment is to be guided by compassion and our pastoral responsibilities. “In the past we have worked in good faith with Anderson and other attorneys. We have been forthcoming and acknowledged the occasions when members of our community harmed others. The agreements we have made with Anderson, other attorneys and clients have been faithfully fulfilled. Mr. Anderson is incorrect in suggesting otherwise. We hope as this case moves forward, Mr. Anderson will be guided only by the best interests and eventual healing of his client. “We will thoroughly research and review the allegations presented today against Fr. Allen Tarlton. He was removed from duties at Prep (school) more than two decades ago. He lives in a restricted environment under close supervision and has not had contact with the students at St. John’s Prep or St. John’s University.”

Tarlton Tarlton joined St. John’s Abbey in 1948. In 1953, he was assigned as an English teacher to the St. John’s Prep School. Two years later, he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. In 1957, he began work as an



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alcohol and sexual issues, and some of the treatments were extended, lasting up to a year. His jobs included teaching English at St. Augustine’s College in the Bahamas (1964-65 and again in 1967-68). According to information in the lawsuit, he was removed both times from the teaching assignments in the Bahamas for personal problems, once because he allegedly struck another teacher. He also was an assistant pastor and a teacher at a grade school, both in Cincinatti, Ohio (1969); and he taught at a school in Louisville, Ken. (1972).

Friday, June 14, 2013 Tarlton currently lives under restricted conditions at St. John’s Abbey.

The attorneys Jeff Anderson, a St. Paulbased trial lawyer, is internationally known as a pioneer in sexual-abuse litigation. He has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy. Michael Bryant, St. Cloud, has more than 20 years of experience as a personal-injury attorney and has teamed up with Anderson to help sexual-abuse survivors in Minnesota.

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