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Town Crier Holiday refuse schedule
Due to the July Fourth holiday, refuse collection has been rescheduled from Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6.
St. Anna holds church bazaar June 30
The St. Anna Church Bazaar will be held Sunday, June 30 at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Anna, 5 miles north of Avon. A dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; live music featuring the Gene Ostendorf Band will be held from 2-6 p.m.; and a raffle drawing will be held at 7 p.m. Other events include a silent auction, kids’ games, bounce house, bingo, cake walk, paddle wheel, country store, food court and beverage stands. A Mass will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 only. The 125th anniversary cookbooks will also be available.
Club Invention will reinvent summer club
The nationally-acclaimed Club Invention summer program will be held July 8-12 at the College of St. Benedict. Club Invention is a week-long summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
Leisurely ride raises awareness about Lady Slipper by Mike Nistler firstname.lastname@example.org
Dozens of bicyclists saddled up Saturday to hit the Lake Wobegon Regional Trail to not only enjoy its beauty, but to bring awareness to the plight of one of the trail’s gems — the Minnesota State Flower. The Pink and White Showy Lady Slipper, which grows in spots along the trail, including just a few miles west of Avon, was not in full bloom. But when it is, it’s spectacular, according to event organizer Cliff Borgerding. This was the second annual ride in honor of the state flower, and it was held in conjunction with Avon’s Spunktacular Days. The official start of the ride was in Avon. “It was a beautiful day to be out on the Lake Wobegon Trail,” Borgerding said. “Finally, we had sunshine and clear skies. This spring has been a long time coming and we haven’t had many sunny days. Unfortunately that means the Lady Slippers are behind as well so we didn’t have any in
bloom yet.” The past two years have seen the extremes of Mother Nature. The first Lady Slippers were in bloom in late May 2012 and this year in mid-June not a single plant was in bloom, Borgerding said. Nonetheless, the ride was a success, he said. “We had a lot of folks who did the whole ride from Avon to the Lady Slippers west of town and then out to the arboretum at St. John’s to see the prairie and the Lean-on-Me stickworks sculpture as well. We do have a few kinks to work out to make the ride even better next year, but overall it went very well.” Three local Minnesota master naturalists — Sara Groodrum, Phil Ringstrom and Mike Lady Slipper • page 7 photo by Mike Nistler
Participants in this past weekend’s Lady Slipper Ride not only were able to view nature’s beauty but also some creations that were made by human hands, including the Stickworks Sculpture at St. John’s University.
Former Newsleader reporter Calloway marries by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Former Newsleader reporter TaLeiza Calloway married Richmond Appleton June 15 at the St. Cloud Country Club. Calloway is a native of Ohio.
Her travels brought her to St. Joseph where she became a writer for the St. Joseph Newsleader. She met Appleton, who came to the United States from Liberia, Africa. The two met in St. Cloud. At the time, Appleton was working toward his master’s degree in
Host families sought for two July weekends
This summer, nearly 100 students from Okinawa, Japan will visit the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University for three weeks in July. As part of English as a Second Language program, the students will spend one weekend with a home stay family. For them, these threeweek programs provide motivation to continue their study of the English language and introduce them to aspects of American culture not revealed through TV and Hollywood. There will be two home-stay weekends this summer: July 12-14 and July 26-28. Interested families who would like to host a student, contact Mallory Smith, coordinator for short-term and exchange programs, at 320-363-5930 or email Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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San Diego, Calif. Calloway and Appleton wrote and shared their vows at the ceremony held on the outside deck. At the wedding the couple jumped the broom, which the Rev. Jayne Thompson explained is an African tradition symbolic of sweeping away the old and welcoming new beginnings. Thompson explained how remarkable it was these two people
came from various locations, met in St. Cloud by the Mississippi River and were married by the river. Guests travelled from many locations, including Ohio and Liberia, to attend the wedding. They were treated to a delicious meal of a fresh lettuce salad, warm rolls, pasta primavera and white cake with a taste of lemon. The couple plans to reside in California.
All Saints Academy names new president
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Former Newsleader reporter TaLeiza Calloway is escorted by her father, Arthur Calloway, at her marriage ceremony June 15 to Richmond Appleton.
Chris Schellinger was recently named the new president of All Saints Academy. He was chosen by the ASA board of directors and began his new position on May 28. ASA consolidated five parishes located in St. Joseph, St. Cloud and Waite Park and is a Catholic school which includes pre-school through sixth-grade students. It’s concluding its first year of operation. Schellinger will oversee and
work with the five parishes, employees, the board of directors and families. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and brings with him an extensive business background. Schellinger said his new position is a good fit for his background and experience. “I really have wanted to not just feel, but know I’m working with something that is very meaningful and will have an actual impact specifically in the local communities,” Schellinger said. “This certainly meets all of the criteria.” All Saints • page 5
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2 Christina Miller of St. Joseph was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn. Miller is a junior majoring in biology. Students need a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to receive this honor. Tyler Tabbatt, St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Ridgewater College in Willmar. He attained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to receive this honor. Two St. Joseph students recently graduated from North Da-
kato State University, Fargo. They and their major are as follows: Briana Goebel, bachelor’s degree in health communications, and Michael Stark, master’s degree in architecture. Two St. Joseph students recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. They and their majors are as follows: Rachel Warnert, magna cum laude, bachelor’s degree in relgion and biology; and Karla Lietzman, honors, bachelor’s degree in theater.
Candyce Thompson, St. Joseph, received a Carlson Family Foundation Scholarship from the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation. She attends attending Johnson and Wales University, Providence, R.I., and was one of
There is a law in Texas that children cannot ride in the front seat. What is correct in Minnesota? Q: We live in Minnesota six months and Texas six months. In Texas, children (infants) are not allowed to ride in the front seat of a car or truck. I’ve noticed, in Minnesota children in the front seat is common. What is correct in Minnesota? A: Minnesota does not have a law prohibiting this. It is considered safest and the best practice to keep children in the back seat until they reach age 13. Some states do prohibit transporting children in the front seat until they are 13 years old. A reminder that a vehicle is the most dangerous place for children — and crashes are the leading killer of children under
If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. June 5 1 a.m. Intoxicated person. Minnesota Street E/Third Avenue NE. Complainant stated an intoxicated male was staggering all over the roadway going from curb to curb. Last seen in the 200 block of Minnesota Street E. Checked the area and was unable to locate male. 5:23 a.m. Noise. Cedar Street E. Two males were standing outside a residence talking. They have been drinking and admitted they were talking very loudly. Asked them to go back inside. 10: 26 a.m. Fire alarm. First Avenue SE. Parties inside smelled propane. Alarm company was advised of a gas leak. Smell of gas in the building by the front doors. Building cleared. St. Joseph Fire Department and Xcel checked building. All clear. Turned out to be sewer gas. 3:05 p.m. Suspicious activity. College Avenue S. Complainant reported two juvenile females started a
24 students to receive a scholarship. Two local students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. They and
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age 14. Even for those “quick trips,” crashes and safety do not take a break from ANYONE! Minnesota statute requires children 8 and younger to ride in a federally approved carseat or booster, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller. Here are the restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow: • Rear-facing infant seats — Newborns to at least 1 year and 20 pounds; recommended up to age 2. It is safest to keep a child rearfacing as long as possible. • Forward-facing toddler seats — Age 2 until around age 4. It’s preferable to keep children in a harnessed restraint as long as possible. • Booster seats — Use once child outgrows a forward-facing harnessed restraint; safest to re-
phone book on fire on the back side of the apartment building he lives in. No damage to the building. He put the fire out with a shoe which caused minor damage to the shoe. Follow-up to continue. June 6 10:23 a.m. Custody. College Avenue N. Complainant stopped at office to report a custody issue. He stated he stopped at daughter’s school to pick her up and she was gone. He showed court papers he was to pick up his daughter every Wednesday unless given 24 hours notice in advance. He was not given notice. Officer spoke to girl’s mother and she stated she had her mother pick up her child due to an outburst the past weekend when the child’s father yelled at her. Officer advised complainant he would document the information. June 7 7:33 a.m. Dog complaint. Cypress Drive. Complainant stated neighbor’s shepherd was on the apartment property and came after her small dog. No bite. Neighbor was warned about keeping her dog on her property. 10:36 a.m. Suspicious activity. Kleinfelter Park. Complainant called citing a concern for a male sitting in the park who appeared to be watch-
Friday, June 21, 2013 their majors are as follows: Tasha Johnson, a sophomore elementary education major; and Troy Lundell, a senior marketing major. Students must achieve a 3.75 grade-point average or above to qualify for this honor.
main in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8. • Seat belts — A child is ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat, knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching, and feet touching the floor. Children 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller can correctly fit in a lap/ shoulder belt. Learn more at buckleupkids. mn.gov. If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ing the children. Officer arrived and found him sitting on a park bench. He stated he was out for a walk and was heading home. Nothing further. 9:52 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Baker Street E. Complainant stated neighbor has been yelling at her, tried to lunge at her and sent threatening text messages. She accused her of saying some nasty things about her on Facebook to her ex. She said she is not Facebook friends with him but she did receive some text messages from him and she told him she did not want to get involved with their affairs. Officer spoke with both parties. June 8 3:27 a.m. Suicidal person. Fourth Avenue SE. Received a report of a suicidal female. Caller stated female said she had a gun and was going to kill herself. Female located in her vehicle in her garage. Transported to St. Cloud Hospital for evaluation. 8:20 p.m. Fireworks. Dale Street E. Caller heard three gun shots and people screaming out their front window. Did not see or hear anything else. June 10 10 a.m. Assist person. Dale Street E. Officer requested to check on children until their mom could
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Fourth of July celebration just around corner Blotter by Mike Nistler firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t look now, but in just 12 short days the city of St. Joseph will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. And when you see Police Chief Pete Jansky wave you down at the parade, don’t be alarmed. Parade organizers have announced Jansky will be this year’s Grand Marshal in the Fourth of July Parade. MaryBeth Munden, the administrative assistant in the police department, said when parade organizers called and asked if Jansky would do the honor, he was a bit hesitant, saying he had too much work to do. But after a
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little urging from his comrades, he agreed. And Sandy Scholz, parish business director, is pleased to report the work that was being done on the parish playground and parking lot are now complete, much to everyone’s relief. This spring’s “rain, rain, rain,” was a bit disconcerting, Scholz said, but “now the weather is warming up, the sun is shining and we’re hoping for favorable weather during the festival.” And even though the next two weeks will be busy times for those taking part in the festival’s success, it’s not like the work started yesterday. In some cases, planning and preparing is a yearlong event,
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Scholz said. For instance, quilters who are responsible for the beautiful quilts raffled off have been working all year. This year, one unique quilt will display a number of the area golf courses. And builders who have to fix, refurbish and build items for the celebration did so during the winter months. When asked what percentage of church parishioners volunteer for the event, Scholz guessed about 40 percent work during the festival itself. But counting those who contribute yearround, the number skyrockets. And all parishioners, she said, have been asked to pray for a good festival all year long. So,
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I guess you could say there’s almost 100 percent parish participation, she said. Scholz said many are excited for the July 3 Joetown Rocks headliners, the Fabulous Armadillos and Collective Unconscious, who will perform their “Takin’ It To the Limits, A Tribute to the Eagles” concert. “They’re a local group so that makes it fun,” Scholz said. And when this year’s parade is over and the crowds and vendors have gone home, the work isn’t done. Cleanup begins immediately, depending on the weather, and is mostly completed by noon the next day. And then work on next year’s festival begins anew, Scholz said.
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Forte appreciates help from his Kennedy co-workers by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Pat Forte gets by with some help from his friends and sometimes needs a little extra help. His friends and co-workers recently convinced him to let them hold a benefit for him to help cover medical expenses and to show their support. The benefit was held at the Eagles Club in St. Cloud. The event was attended by many students, staff and other supporters. Forte’s students worked hard to show him how much they appreciate and value him as a teacher. At the benefit, sixthgrade students sang a song called ‘Hockey Town’ about hockey in his hometown of Eveleth. Since Forte appreciates quotes, benefit organizers sold bracelets at the benefit inscribed with the quote “When the well runs dry, dig deeper.” Forte said the recent benefit was unreal. “So many people put so much of their time into it that it’s overwhelming to think about it,” Forte said. He said stories he is hearing include first-grade students who made bracelets and sold them door-to-door to raise money and two students who set up a lemonade stand on a weekend to raise money for him. Forte, 47, was diagnosed with thymic carcinoid cancer on Feb. 28, 2006. He was told there are less than 200 cases of that type of cancer in the world. Forte is a teacher at Kennedy Community School. He graduated from Bemidji State Univer-
sity in 1989 and has been teaching for 24 years. Nine of those have been at Kennedy where he teaches sixth grade. Forte said he was admitted to the St. Cloud Hospital in 2006 because of shortness of breath due to an enlarged heart. He was diagnosed with pericarditis effusion, which is fluid around the heart. After two weeks of treatment and two stays in the hospital, the fluid did not decrease. After further testing, a tumor was discovered. “The doctor gave me six months to live, due to the size and the location of the tumor, which was above the heart and near major organs,” Forte said. Forte was referred to the University of Minnesota Hospital. The tumor was diagnosed as a carcinoid tumor. “In 17 years of practice, the doctor stated he had never seen a carcinoid tumor of this size,” Forte said. He later learned it was a thymic carcinoid – a very rare tumor. Forte said it was so rare that at the time they did not have any information to share with him. He had surgery in March 2006 to drain the fluid around his heart caused by the pericarditis. At that time, Forte began taking a new cancer drug called Sutent to try to shrink the tumor so it could be removed. In August 2006, doctors performed a 12-hour operation during which they removed Forte’s right lung. They replaced the pericardium around his heart and two main veins with Gor-
Kennedy sixth-grade students sing a hockey song called ‘Hockey Town’ to Pat Forte at his recent benefit held at the Eagles Club in St. Cloud. The song is about hockey in his home town of Eveleth. tex. His major pectoral muscle was removed and reconstructed into his chest and tied off on the bronchus stub left behind from the lung removal. This left live tissue in his chest to help fight infection and to promote healing. During a follow-up scan in 2009, doctors discovered Forte’s cancer had returned in multiple locations. He has since taken multiple chemotherapy drugs, had 10 rounds of radiation and has had five sessions of cyber-knife radiation. “There have been a lot of ups and downs the past seven years,” Forte said. “There have been a lot of adjustments not only with living with one lung, but living with cancer, as well as being on chemotherapy. The support I have received from the Kennedy staff and school community is the reason I am still able to teach full time.” Forte said as crazy as it
sounds, having cancer has been a blessing in many ways. He said it’s allowed him to see the absolute best in people. “They have all pitched in to make my life easier while at the same time it adds one more or several things into their already busy lives,” Forte said. He said people like Diane Moeller and Patti Imholte have made his life easier; Moeller, by being very flexible with him for scheduling doctor appointments, and Imholte, by always finding ways to do more things to help him. Forte said Imholte always does it with a smile on her face, even though she has a very busy job. He said his teaching partners, Kris Sowada and Mikey Lucia, continue to adjust and try to make life easier for him. Lucia covered Forte’s bus duty all year and is the person that walks the sixth-grade students from point A to point B
Pat Forte (left) and Kennedy principal Diane Moeller greet at a recent benefit held for Forte, who has been fighting cancer for the past seven years.
around the school because he is often too tired. Lucia even brings his lunch to his classroom when Forte is too tired to go downstairs. Forte said Lucia has never complained and often offers to do more to keep him going. Lucia said Forte enjoys quotes, and so they use them for inspiration. “A quote that reminds me of Pat is ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” Lucia said. “And something we try to remind each other of each day, ‘This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.’” Other staff members donated sick days when Forte used all of his so he could attend doctor appointments without having to take time off without pay. “They give me words of encouragement that I love,” Forte said. He said students and parents have also been very wonderful. Many have been following his situation since he was first diagnosed. Parents often invite Forte and his 12-year old son, Nico, to meals and family outings. Forte said the support he is receiving makes it much easier to keep the fight up day in and day out because he knows he’s not fighting the cancer alone. He wants people to know how appreciative he is for everything they have done for him the past seven years. “I am just so grateful I teach in such a wonderful community and school,” Forte said.
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Brophy to be inducted into trapshooting hall of fame tered events — it is not because of his shooting Brophy is being inducted into the hall of fame. Rather, it is for his involvement Ed Brophy with children. But, more about of St. Joseph that later. picked up his Brophy was born and raised Winchester in Brainerd. He attended St. shotgun this Cloud State University, where past Sunday he met his wife-to-be, Carol. and went He was hired to teach industrial trapshooting. arts in the newly formed Sartell It was the School District, where he taught first time he from 1970-78 and earned the did so after distinction of designing the Sara stroke in photo courtesy Denise Gagtell school logo which is still in the fall of ner/Studio D use today. 2005 almost Ed Brophy Design work has always been claimed his life. Tears come to Brophy’s eyes a love of Brophy’s, and he was able to combine it with his love when he talks about it. “I broke 88 of 100,” he said. for trapshooting. Having been a leather en“I wanted to break at least half thusiast for many years, Brophy of them.” Brophy, who will be inducted saw a way for his talents in into the Minnesota Trapshooting leather to be applied in building Association Hall of Fame next a product, namely the leather month, never thought he would shell bag. During the summers while off from his teaching job, ever shoot trap again. “The stroke took a year and a Brophy would grow his business — Shamrock Leathers — by half out of my life.” And while he once was a attending various trapshooting very good shot — he guesses he events. His reputation as an arhas taken aim at some 110,000 tisan grew and by 1976, he was trap in both league and regis- making three times his teacher’s
salary with Shamrock Leathers. The next year he and Carol both quit their teaching jobs to focus on Shamrock full time. The late 70s saw a dramatic increase in the price of silver, which was used as a popular shooting trophy. Brophy, a natural-born salesman, convinced several state trap associations to use his leather products as trophies. As an enticement, he offered the engraving of the state logo, which he developed. Many states signed on and Shamrock Leathers grew steadily. Today, Shamrock Leather’s clients and individual customers span all 50 states and six countries. Last year, the company surpassed the $10-million mark in gross sales. Brophy, Carol and a son, Bryan, are part of a staff of more than a dozen who are dedicated to the quality and service established more than 40 years ago. After he left teaching, however, Brophy did not lose sight of the young people. In 1996, Neil Winston, who had been appointed by the American Trapshooting Associa-
“That is a testament to Cheri Berg who is tremendous with her Montessori preschool program,” Schellinger said, who as the new president has the opportunity to meet students and staff and observe year-end school activities. “One of the things that differentiates us is that our teachers are tremendous.” The ASA teachers work very hard to get to know students, he said, and that’s the reason stuAll Saints • page 8
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from front page He previously worked as the vice president of business development for a St. Joseph firm, working with nonprofit organi- photo by Cori Hilsgen zations across Schellinger the country. He has experience with fundraising, volunteerism, leadership and other areas. Schellinger said he does not foresee any big changes with ASA but expects to see additional growth this year. He said the consolidation of the schools creates many opportunities they can take advantage of. “The first year is really a lot of organization forming, getting through some of the initial big changes, and the second year will be a year of less change,” Schellinger said. Because he is not an educator, he said he brings a different perspective. His focus will be working very collaboratively with the educators, the principals and teachers, as well as the parents. “My background is in business and primarily organizational leadership and business development,” Schellinger said. “A big part of what I will be doing is working with everyone to move us forward to continue to grow the school and continue to develop the vision and plan for the future of what we hope ASA to look like three to five years from now.” Schellinger also hopes to grow enrollment and encourage people
to support ASA. He said the support can be in the form of time, talent or financial. “We want to grow our school substantially in all these areas,” Schellinger said. ASA enrollment, which is at about 425 students, has increased five percent he said in the last three weeks. Schellinger said the ASA St. Joseph preschool program is currently filled for next year and it has a waiting list.
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tion Hall of Fame as its youth director, asked Brophy to help him create guidelines for the young program. “Ed helped sign youth up, had the major job of figuring out the winners and would haunt the central building to get the score sheets,” Winston said. “He got the trophies to the kids properly, got the pictures taken — all the mechanics of it working were done by Ed. He did that for 15 years, from 1987 to 2002. He made the youth program what it is today.” Again, tears came to Brophy’s eyes as he talked about working with children. “Trapshooters are the most friendly, hospitable people in the world. And the young people are our future.” Brophy mentioned a young man he knew years ago he’d helped in his work with the ATA. That man, now 38, was recently on vacation from his Iowa home going to northern Minnesota and made a point to
stop and introduce himself to Brophy. “He introduced his wife and kids to me. That meant a lot.” Brophy said when he shot his gun this past week, it was a joy. “Oh, it was fun!” Though the stroke has left him a bit weaker — he almost fell once after discharging his gun but caught himself — every day he is getting better. And not only is he shooting again, he’s back working in his home-based business making trophies. He makes between 4,000 to 5,000 wood and leather plaques a year and “I only hit myself once a week or so with the hammer,” he said. Brophy said he was always an emotional person, but since the stroke, the tears come more quickly. Part of that is because he’s grateful to be alive. “Everything is different now,” he said. “The stroke was a wake-up call. I have a whole different perspective now. Every day the sun is shining.”
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Friday, June 21, 2013
Let’s put an end to deaths of children, pets It’s a sad blot on humanity some people just never learn; they keep leaving their children and/or pets in hot cars where they die from the heat. Just last week, a 4-month-old boy died in California after his father, who had driven to a train station, left the baby in his car. Later, when the mother learned the boy was not at his daycare center, she drove to the train station. It’s painful to think of the mother’s devastation when she found the baby – dead. About 36 children die in hot cars every year, and so far this year, 22 have died. One would think these parents are a bunch of dumb, uncaring, unloving types. But for the most part, that is untrue. They are, in fact, usually highly educated, loving, doting parents who experience a moment of fatal forgetfulness – a child in the backseat, often strapped in a child-safety seat. Parents of children who died such hideous, agonizing deaths include pediatricians, principals, lawyers and even a NASA engineer. Many tend to lead busy, even hectic lives, including lots of travel time and appointments, which naturally causes occasional memory lapses, especially when daily routines are involved. It is downright heartbreaking to read the details of each death of a child left in a hot car. It can make a person’s flesh crawl with horror and panic when one realizes what terrible suffering these helpless children endured as they slowly suffocated, wondering why their parents aren’t there to help them. Even though there are no reliable statistics about how many pets die, trapped in hot cars, there can be no doubt it happens to dogs and other pets far more than it does to children. Many pet owners mistakenly think animals “can take” the heat when, in fact, animals can overheat very, very easily. As summer heats up, every parent should take the time to devise foolproof strategies for ensuring a child, or pet, is never left in a hot car. Here are some excellent tips from a website called “Mom Logic.” 1. Put a large teddy bear in the child’s car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the teddy bear in the front seat and learn to glance over every time you leave the car. If the bear is there, the child is in the back seat. 2. Learn to look in the back seat, even at times when you are “sure” the child is not with. That way, your checking the back seat will become almost an automatic reflex. 3. Never leave car doors unlocked at home or elsewhere. In some cases, children have crawled into unlocked cars, then accidentally locked themselves in and died. 4. Learn to communicate at all times with your spouse or significant other as to where children are. If a parent takes a child somewhere in the car, there should be constant reminders and checks as to the child’s whereabouts and safety. 5. Many children die in cars when parents forget to drop them off at daycare centers. It’s a good policy to have the daycare provider make an immediate call to a parent to find out why the child was not dropped off, as usual. 6. Leave your lunch bag, employee badge, purse or briefcase in the back seat of your vehicle. That way, you’ll have to check the back seat before leaving your car. 7. Don’t leave children in cars on hot days, even for shorter periods, as cars heat up to dangerous levels very quickly, even when windows are partially open. 8. It’s best to leave pets at home on hot days. Never leave them alone in cars, even for a short time. Share the information above with loved ones, friends and acquaintances. Let’s all make a concerted and determined effort to end, once and for all, the tragic and terrible deaths of children and pets in vehicles.
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Helmets offered protection but caused problems as well I drove past a park in town the other day and noticed two young boys playing catch with a baseball. One of the young boys was wearing a batting helmet that appeared to be about six sizes too big for his noggin. Boy, did that bring back some great memories. I remember as a youngster playing what we called “Little League,” having a heck of a time finding the appropriate head gear to wear. For starters, our small-town team could only afford four helmets. And that made sense since each hitter and base runner was required to wear protective headgear. So, with a hitter at the plate and the bases loaded, all you would need would be four helmets. The problem was the helmets came in three sizes. There was one small helmet for those kids with really tiny heads; two medium helmets for us average guys; and one large helmet for the boys with big melons. And, when all four helmets were needed, that presented an issue. Regardless of your head size, you had to wear what was available. That sometimes meant squeezing into the small helmet. That was not a fun experience as that helmet would pinch your head so tight your ears hurt and your eyes were compressed to the point you would
Mike Nistler Reporter be lucky to focus on the pitched ball. I’m not sure that was better or worse than having to wear the large helmet, which was so wobbly because of the extra space that when you swung the bat and moved your head the helmet would wobble. Sometimes the helmet would fall over your eyes as the baseball approached home plate. Talk about a difficult way to make hand-eye contact with the pitched ball. Thinking back on that experience, I now think I know where they came up with the idea of bobble heads! Then there was the issue of having to share a helmet with a teammate who may have had issues with perspiration. Often you would slide on a helmet and the excess moisture would run down your forehead. Granted, young boys are not that into hygiene so we really did not worry about that too much. However, thinking back on those times, it kind of makes me shudder. It’s no wonder that major-league players have their own helmets with their numbers emblazoned on them. Big leagu-
ers are too rich to have to suffer like we did. Besides, can you imagine your Minnesota Twins playing a game and Joe Mauer comes into score and tosses his helmet to Justin Morneau who is waiting in the on-deck circle? Not only would it look ridiculous, it would probably lengthen each game by a half hour or more. I can understand why we were required to wear helmets as base runners, but as a youngster, we thought that was a stupid rule. Often, those helmets fell off as we ran the bases. Sometimes we assisted them in coming off to make it look like we were running at the speed of light. As bad as our team had it, I always felt bad for the kids in a nearby town. They didn’t have the traditional batting helmets like most of the modern world used. Their helmets resembled the headgear worn by high school wrestlers. They had ear covers but nothing else except straps, which ran over the top of the head and under the chin. I’m sure the devices they wore did the job of protecting the ears and temples, but they looked so goofy it was hard not to laugh. I actually felt sorry for them when we beat them. But when we lost to them, it just made me want to tease them all that much more.
Time comes to a dead stop inside MRI
“Time flies,” they say. Well, let me assure you, it doesn’t fly inside an MRI; it comes to a dead stop. MRI is short for a “magnetic resonance imaging” machine, which resembles something from Stanley Kubrick’s great mind-blowing movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Last week, I had to take a “ride” in an MRI. First the technician had me lie down on a long gurney-like device that resembles the sinister plank they put a victim on just before his head is shoved under the blade of a guillotine. Then he tried – several times – to put an IV tube into my left arm. As always, there was trouble finding a vein. At one point, I let out a howl of pain and barked an expletive not fit for a family newspaper. I told that vampire he’s not getting a gold star on HIS chart. He chuckled, showing his big teeth. Then, before entering the guillotine – whoops, I mean MRI – Count Corpuscle’s assistant asked me if I’d like to hear music and what kind. “Have any Beatles? Any Dylan?” “Will classic rock do?” Igor asked. “Sure,” I said. Then my journey into timelessness began. My horizontal body was no sooner in the donut hole then, to my amazement, Bob Dylan’s “Pledging My Time” began to play. It was like an injection of a happy drug. But the rush didn’t last long. That’s
Dennis Dalman Editor because Ol’ Needle Sticker would interrupt the songs to give me orders, “Now breathe in, breathe out, then breathe in, now hold it!” He was, he said, taking MRI pictures. Lots of pictures. And it was so exhausting. As I tried mightily to hold my breath for up to 30 seconds at a time, I felt I was suffocating or drowning. During the picture-taking, the machine would make loud metallic rattling sounds like 27 wrenches dropped into large whirring fan blades. I kept thinking, “This machine’s due for repairs; it sounds worse than my car.” Then I recalled what the technician had said in another lifetime, the one I was living in before he condemned me to the machine. He’d said they’d made great improvements in MRI machines, all except for the sound. They are, he said, still very loud. After about 20 photos, at least, Nosferatu said (through the headphones I was wearing) there would be a 12-minute pause. I quivered inside with a jellied panic. Even 30 seconds inside that narrow prison seemed like a miserable eternity. The music, thank goodness, did
help – somewhat. I was grooving to John Lennon’s “Come Together” and after that Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” but then I began to feel utterly forgotten. “Where did the Count go?” I kept wondering. “He must have dashed off to the local Walgreen’s to develop the pictures. Or did Dracula decide to take a nap? What if he doesn’t wake up and I die in this contraption?” I was too shy to yell out, “Hey, you! Is there anybody out there?” Then a long Led Zeppelin song began. Brilliant. But it was filled with eerie, anxiety-riddled sounds – actually, come to think of it, the perfect soundtrack for a life sentence inside an MRI. Finally, finally, at long last, I heard The Voice telling me to take another breath and hold it. Just then the MRI made a violent rumbling commotion, along with the wrench-clanking, so loud I thought the machine was going to launch me into orbit. About two years after I entered the MRI, they freed me. My body was numb from not moving. I glanced in a mirror, shocked I hadn’t aged much. I grabbed my watch and kept checking it, unconvinced my “ride” had been only 30 minutes. But I was so relieved to be free again, I told Vlad the Impaler I’d give him a gold star on his chart, after all, just for releasing me from his ghoulish clutches.
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Friday, June 21, 2013 Friday, June 21 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. Collegeville Kidstock, featuring the Okee Dokee Brothers, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Watab picnic grounds, St. John’s Aboretum, Collegeville. arboretum@ csbsju.edu. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 22 Hike to raise awareness, raise funds, raise hope, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Boundary Creek Neighborhood Park, 10122 104th Ave. N., Maple Grove. Proceeds benefit Place of Hope. Donate at razoo.com to help meet the $13,000 matching grant challenge. www.placeofhopeministries.org.
Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. Dan Hylton concert, 8-10:30 p.m., Local Blend, 19 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. No cover. Monday, June 24 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., 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www. marketmonday.org. Tuesday, June 25 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-
Wednesday, June 26 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. 55+ driver improvement course, (4-hour refresher course), 8 a.m.noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. 4-H Camp Counselor training, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Val Smith Park, Sartell. www.extension.umn.edu. Thursday, June 27 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. Lemonade Concert and Art Fair,
11 a.m.-9 p.m., St. Cloud State University. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “Dig into the Garden,” 2:30-3:30 p.m., Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Registration is required. 320-253-9359. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, including patriotic songs and popular pieces, 8 p.m. St. Cloud State University. Friday, June 28 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.,
7 Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Brat sale, sponsored by the Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “The Cloud of Unknowing: The Practice of Spiritual Maturity,” a retreat and presentation, 9 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Spirituality Center. 320-3637112. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 29 Brat sale, sponsored by the Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected.
LEgal notICES CITY OF ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED ASSESSMENT - 2013 BITUMINOUS OVERLAY TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
all unpaid installments.
Notice is hereby given the council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the St. Joseph City Hall, 25 College Ave. N. to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for the 2013 Bituminous Overlay Improvement which impacts the following areas: Baker Street, from 2nd Avenue SE to 7th Avenue SE; 7th Avenue SE from Baker Street to Minnesota Street E; Ridgewood Court, from Ridgewood Road (CR 134) to the cul-de-sac, approximately 1,100 feet west of Ridgewood Road (CR 134); Cedar Street E, from 1st Avenue NE to Northland Drive; 1st Avenue NE, from Cedar Street to Date Street E; Date Street E, from College Avenue N (CSAH 2) to 1st Avenue NE; Date Street W, from 1st Avenue NW to College Avenue N (CSAH 2); and 1st Avenue NW, from CSAH 75 to Date Street W.
You may at any time prior to certification of the assessment to the county auditor, pay the entire assessment on such property, with interest accrued to the date of payment, to the City of St. Joseph. No interest shall be charged if the entire assessment is paid within 30 days from the adoption of this assessment. You may at any time thereafter, pay to the City of St. Joseph the entire amount of the assessment remaining unpaid, with interest accrued to Dec. 31 of the year in which such payment is made. Such payment must be made before Nov. 15 or interest will be charged through Dec. 31 of the succeeding year. If you decide not to prepay the assessment before the date given above, the rate of interest that will apply is 5.5 percent per year. You have the right to partially prepay the assessment with any balance being certified to the County Auditor for collection under the terms described above.
Adoption by the council of the proposed assessment may occur at the hearing. The area listed above is proposed to be assessed. The proposed assessment is proposed to be payable in equal annual installments extending over a period of 10 years, the first of the installments to be payable on or before the first Monday in January 2014, and will bear interest at the rate of 5.5 percent per annum from the date of the adoption of the assessment resolution. To the first installment shall be added interest on the entire assessment from the date of the assessment resolution until Dec. 31, 2013. To each subsequent installment when due shall be added interest for one year on
Lady Slipper from front page Burzette — were along the trail as nature guides to help riders enjoy the experience and learn about the native plants and
The proposed assessment roll is on file for public inspection at the city clerk’s office. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $ 338,808.00. Written or oral objections will be considered at the meeting. No appeal to district court may be taken as to the amount of an assessment unless a written objection signed by the affected property owner is filed with the municipal clerk prior to the assessment hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the hearing. The council may upon such notice consider any objection wildflowers. Even though the Lady Slippers were not in bloom, “we did have marsh marigolds, wild geraniums, golden alexanders, red columbine and even a few prickly wild roses already in bloom on the trail,” Borgerding said.
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The St. Joseph Planning Commis- will be heard with oral testimony sion shall conduct a public hearing limited to five minutes. Written at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at testimony may be submitted to the St. Joseph City Hall. The pur- the City Administrator, City of St. pose of the hearing is to consider a Joseph, P.O. Box 668, St. Joseph, Special-use Permit Use to allow a MN 56374. non-owner occupied rental at 504 Minnesota St E. The property is Keith Eisenschenk, 310 – 9th Ave. Under Minn. Stat. §§ 435.193 to legally described as Lot 1 Block 1 S., Cold Spring, MN 56320 has 435.195 and city Ordinance No. Braden and Bennet Place. submitted the request for a Spe38, the council may, in its discial-Use Permit. cretion, defer the payment of this St. Joseph Code of Ordinances special assessment for any home- 52.28 subd. 3(n) identifies Non- Judy Weyrens stead property owned by a person owner occupied rental as a use Administrator 65 years of age or older or retired only permitted through the issuPublish: June 21, 2013 by virtue of a permanent and total ance of a special-use permit. disability for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments. All persons wishing to be heard When deferment of the special assessment has been granted and is terminated for any reason provided in that law and Ordinance (Resolution), all amounts accumulated plus applicable interest become due. Any assessed property owner meeting the requirements of this law and Ordinance No. 38, may, within 30 days of the confirmation of the assessment, apply to the city clerk for the prescribed form for such deferral of payment of this special assessment on his/ her property. CERTIFICATE OF ASSUMED NAME STATE OF MINNESOTA An owner may appeal an assessment to district court pursuant to The filing of an assumed name 4. I, the undersigned, certify that Minn. Stat. § 429.081 by serv- does not provide a user with exclu- I am signing this document as ing notice of the appeal upon the sive rights to that name. The filing the person whose signature is remayor or clerk of the city within is required for consumer protec- quired, or as an agent of the person 30 days after the adoption of the tion in order to enable consum- whose signature would be required ers to be able to identify the true who has authorized me to sign this assessment and filing such notice owner of a business. document on his/her behalf, or in with the district court within 10 both capacities. I further certify days after service upon the mayor 1. List the exact assumed name that I have completed all required or clerk. under which the business is or will fields and that the information in be conducted: Omega Wellness this document is true and correct Judy Weyrens Designs LLC. and in compliance with the applicable chapter of Minnesota StatAdministrator 2. Principal place of business: utes. I understand that by signing Publish: June 21 & June 28, 2013 1013 23rd Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN this document I am subject to the 56303. penalties of perjury as set forth in Section 609.48 as if I had signed “The late spring will com- 3. List the name and complete this document under oath. press the blooming window street address of all persons conand we should see a burst of ducting business under the above Dated: June 6, 2013 blooming flowers along the trail Assumed Name, or if an entity, provide the legal corporate, LLC, Filed: June 6, 2013 in the next week or two as the or Limited Partnership name and sun continues to warm the soil registered office address: Steven /s/ Steven Michael Hoover and give the plants some en- Michael Hoover, 1013 23rd Ave. Owner ergy to send out blooms.” N., St. Cloud, MN 56303. Publish: June 14 & 21, 2013 to the amount of a proposed individual assessment at an adjourned meeting upon such further notice to the affected property owners as it deems advisable.
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Council to investigate building new government center by Mike Nistler firstname.lastname@example.org
It appears the City of St. Joseph could soon have a new government center. On Monday, the city council discussed replacing the present government center, which is badly in need of repair, with a new building that could cost up to $4 million. The new facility would be located at the location of the current structure. Construction could begin as soon as this fall. The city council wants to ensure whatever facility is built is useful for years to come and can handle any growth the city may see in the coming decades. As Mayor Rick Schultz explained, in 2000 the current city offices were purchased from Sentry Bank, allowing the bank to build at its current location. In addition to the purchase price, there was a $900,000 cost to remodel the
All Saints from page 5 dents can get the right amount of attention. Teachers know their students well and can offer help if students need it in certain areas or help the student to excel in other areas. Schellinger said he isn’t sure if that opportunity is always available with other school options. As part of its mission to educate the whole child, Schellinger said it will be important for ASA to continue to improve in the areas of art, music, foreign language, physical education and more. Schellinger lives south of Avon. He has been married to Cathy for 22 years. They have two daughters, Jordan and Leah. Jordan is studying anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa and will be studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan in
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building. “This remodeling was done to make it functional but also leave as much in place should the building be sold to a future financial tenant,” Schultz said. The remodel was not done with a long-term plan or the functional needs of a city in mind, Schultz said. In 2008, the city undertook a space-needs study for city, public works, park and related footprints, for future planning and growth. At the time, city staff and police-department personnel felt space-constrained. After Schultz took office, some emphasis was put on a community center. A facilities committee was formed to re-examine the downtown and other city buildings. The city purchased the building and lot directly north of the current government center to allow for a potential community-center building, which would be connected to the current government
center. The facilities committee, council members and staff recommended keeping the city-government center in downtown, but because of the limited space, a community center would need to be built somewhere else, Schultz said. “The most recent emphasis has taken more than a year to come to where we are today,” Schultz said, adding this past Monday night’s meeting “was a culmination of all the thoughts, actions, concepts and facts coming to a head on where do we go and how much does it cost?” Schultz said the new government center comes with some “hard take-aways: In order to make the current site work, including basement remodel, the site must be demolished; the price tag will be big — $4 million to $4.5 million; there is no way to do it in stages, it is an all-or-none proposal.”
the fall. Leah is a senior at St. John’s Prep. Schellinger enjoys reading and has a large vegetable garden. He also enjoys hunting and fishing and has two red lab hunting dogs named ‘Copper’ and ‘Red.’ “I am truly excited about this school and its future,” he said. “There are so many opportunities we have the chance to take advantage of in coming together as one school such as the talent we have with the committed parents
and teachers. It’s a very strong organization at the ground level and we are in our second year of growing. He said it’s going to be an exciting future and he hopes people will take a look at ASA. “Keep watching and see some of the things we will be developing over the next year and beyond,” Schellinger said. “I am always open to hear from people to see what their ideas and thoughts are.”
Schultz said the facilities committee led by Dale Wick and Renee Symanietz, has been meeting on a regular basis with staff and the design team. Schultz said his “walking orders” are simple. Make the facility work for the next generation of people who will be using it and do not make the center a “Taj Majal.” He said he wants to “keep it simple, usable, functional and community friendly, and keep the cost in check.” “Frankly, the price tag scares me,” Schultz said. “With 44 percent of our tax base being tax-exempt, the burden for most of this type of capital investment is borne by the residents. So, we will go over the financials with a finetooth comb before any decision to
actually construct is agreed upon.” Schultz said that recent positive changes which have occurred in and around downtown St. Joseph, the looming presence of expansion at the I-94/CR 2 corridor and the enrollment growth at Kennedy Elementary has led him and other members of the council to wonder “if it is time to invest in our own resources.” “There is a need to make this site more functional and prepare for what I perceive as long-range expansion,” Schultz said. “It will make a big statement we are here to stay and this is where we will be.” The facilities committee will come back to the council within a month with plan options and cost estimates.
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