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Common Ground asks for surplus produce
The Common Ground Garden at St. Benedict’s Monastery will host a space to share surplus produce. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m Mondays, anyone with surplus produce is invited to drop it off at the garden. Anyone is welcome to stop by and pick up surplus produce. You are then invited to share the produce with friends or family, help out in the garden, leave a donation to support the ministry, or pay the generosity forward and do something kind for someone in the community. The garden is located on the edge of the College of St. Benedict campus next to the big yellow barn.
Lymes Disease group meets July 8
Learn more about Lyme Disease by attending a support group meeting at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Good Earth Co-op at 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. The next meeting is July 8.
Library contest seeks blue-ribbon winner
Great River Regional Library is giving teens and children a chance to win a blue ribbon and visit the Minnesota State Fair this year. The library is having a Blue Ribbon Reader contest for children and teens ages 8 to 18. They are being asked to hand-write a one-page essay to answer this question: Why do you love to read? All entries must be completed on the official essay entry sheet available from the library. Entries must be submitted to a branch of Great River Regional Library on or before Saturday, July 27. Each of the library’s 32 branches will select a winner. A grand-prize winner will be selected from those, and he or she will receive four free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair together with a big blue ribbon. The Minnesota State Fair has a Read and Ride Day on Wednesday, Aug. 28. On that date, public library card holders will receive a discounted admission ticket price when they purchase a ticket at the gate and present a valid library card (one discount per card). For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
Group seeks funds to rehab vacant rental houses by Mike Nistler email@example.com
if the first five homes are fin- sota Housing Partnership of St. ished in a timely manner. Cloud. The local agency that will According to Jason KrebsWith a July 11 deadline loom- submit the application to the bach, community development ing, local realtor Cori Ehlert Minnesota Housing Finance director at the CMHP, the rehahopes to garner support for se- Agency is the Central Minne- bilitation funds would be used curing an application to receive state money that would help restore rental houses in the city. Ehlert is asking the City of St. Joseph, the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, the St. Cloud Area Association of Realtors, the College of St. Benedict and local civic organizations to back the project. And while some of those entities have verbally supported that effort, Ehlert is wanting them to put some financial backing on the table in the form of “participation funds,” which would make the application look even stronger. His goal is for at least $50,000 in backing to help bolster a chance of receiving state funds that could be used to fix a minimum of five homes out of the estimated 10 to 15 vacant rental photo by Cori Hilsgen houses in the city. Additional The All Saints Academy playground has been moved to a new homes could also be completed ready just in time for the July 4 celebration.
to address the city’s vacant rental housing issue brought on in part by new student-housing requirements at CSB. CMHP proposes to purchase Rentals • page 8
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St. Joseph area residents weather week of storms by Mike Nistler firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most part, St. Joseph residents were spared the worst when it came to last week’s stormy weather. A couple different rounds of storms knocked down trees and left some without power, but compared to other places in central Minnesota, that didn’t seem so bad. By early this week. Xcel Energy reported the number of Minnesota customers without power was down to about 60,000. photo by Mike Nistler
Crews worked to restore power to homes in St. Joseph that were left in the dark after last week’s volley of storms. Downed trees and branches were common but for the most part St. Joseph residents were spared the worst of the storm.
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The Minneapolis-based utility worked for days to restore power following a series of severe thunderstorms that swept through Minnesota from Friday to early Saturday. At the peak of outages more than 550,000 Xcel Energy customers were without service. The utility says it expects to restore power to the vast majority of its customers by Wednesday. The utility says it responds with top priority to situations that threaten public safety, such as downed wires. The next priority includes hospitals and nursing homes. Then crews focus on restoring service in densely populated areas. The St. Joseph area received upwards of five inches of rain during the turbulent weather. The moisture caused the groundwater to become over-saturated, which led to many trees toppling over in the high winds. From Friday through Monday, the area picked
up anywhere from 3.95 inches of rain (Collegeville) to 4.77 inches (Melrose), according to Bob Weisman, St. Cloud State University meteorologist. “The storms produced two waves of straight-line wind damage, the one affecting central Minnesota early Friday morning,” Weisman said. “This line of storms moved from the Morris and Benson area east and southeast throughout the St. Cloud area. Many large branches were torn off trees, trees with one- to twofoot trunks were snapped in half and a few large trees were completely uprooted.” Winds were measured at 85.5 mph at Benson, 64 at Paynesville and 53 at the St. Cloud Airport, he said. “Some of the responsibility for the large trees being down was the persistent heavy rains, softening the ground a bit, so large leafy trees were vulnerable,” Weisman said.
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Four St. Joseph students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Minnesota–Duluth. They and their major are as follows: Lauren Holan, sophomore, pre-business; Joseph Justin, junior, chemical engineering; Nicholas Maleska, sophomore, undeclared; and Jared Walz, sophomore, theatre. Students achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to earn the honor. Three St. Joseph students recently graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar. They are the following: Tyler Tabatt, who graduated with honors (3.5-3.74 grade-point average), Laura Scott and Lisa Worm. Knife River Corp.-North Central recently received a Governor’s Safety Award for
superior performance in workplace safety and health from the Minnesota Safety Council. “An effective safety program reduces injuries and costs, maximizes productivity and builds morale,” said Carol Butfon, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “Employers like Knife River understand protecting employees is not only the right thing to do – it’s also good business.” Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Knife River received a Meritorious Achievement Award.
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St. Joseph Police Chief Pete Jansky has been named grand marshal of the July 4 parade sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, which has been sponsoring the parade for many years. Jansky served St. Joseph as police chief since 2001. His responsibilities have changed during that time as the city has grown. He said he loves being with the people and being part of the city. He wanted to be available to people and to work
together as a team with the citizens. He and his wife, Peg, are looking forward to spending more time with their grandchildren when Jansky retires as chief Aug. 22. Jansky has always made the July 4 celebration in St. Joseph a high priority. Members of the St. Joseph Lions extend their congratulations and best wishes to Pete and Peg as Jansky serves as the 2013 July 4 Chief Jansky parade grand marshal.
If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-3638250 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.
underage consumption. 2:31 a.m. Traffic stop. Highway 23/Fifth Avenue S. Made a traffic stop for driving conduct. Subsequently driver was arrested for DWI; .17 BAC test. Car towed to city maintenance and plates impounded. 5:34 p.m. Alarm. Cedar Street E. Officer responded to alarm at business. Back door was unlocked and alarm was going off. No key holders answered and dispatch left a message.
June 13 4:47 p.m. Theft. Eagle Ridge Drive. Complainant, a member of the St. Joseph Fire Department, reported his Motorola XTS 1500 radio stolen out of his truck while parked in his driveway. June 14 7:08 a.m. Warrant. College Avenue S. Department of Corrections notified St. Joseph Police Department there was a warrant. Police made contact with person and he was arrested without incident and transported to Stearns County Jail. 1:41 p.m. Ordinance. Ash Street E. Reported ordinance violation by St. Joseph building inspector of a damaged garage in need of demolition. June 15 1:20 a.m. Medical. College Avenue S. Responded to CSB for a medical. An intoxicated male was throwing up. Arrived and identified him. He stated he was an international student from the Bahamas. PBT results indicated a reading of .15 BAC. He was checked by Gold Cross but refused transport. His friend agreed to take responsibility for him. He was issued a citation for
June 16 12:30 a.m. Animal bite. College Avenue S. Complainant was bitten by a gray and white pitbull. Minor injury to left wrist. Gold Cross dispatched; routine per victim’s request. He refused medical attention. Officer made contact with dog owner and advised he needed a current rabies certificate and advised she would be receiving a letter in the mail regarding a potentially dangerous dog. She stated the pitbull/boxer/bulldog mix is normally friendly. She was also warned about not having a city dog license. June 17 4:35 p.m. Phone. Twelfth Avenue SE. Complainant reported the number 480-390-2600 was calling his phone every 10 minutes. When he answered all it would do is beep. Officer called the number and spoke to an operator who told him a fax machine was trying to call. She apologized and advised the matter would be taken care of. June 18 2:28 a.m. Welfare check. College Avenue S. Officer went to Twelfth Av-
enue SE/Baker Street in an attempt to locate a vehicle with negative results and went to the last know address of a male at College Avenue S. When officer arrived he stood outside an open window and listened. He heard a lone male believed to be talking on the phone and officer believed he was in the apartment alone. At one point officer heard him ask to whomever he was talking to “they are out there now” or words to that effect. Officer did not hear him talk on the phone anymore, and knocked on the door several times, with no response. Lights were out in the apartment and the TV was still on. Officers had dispatch try the phone number and it was busy. Officer called the number again a few minutes later and it went right to voice mail. Without any further information or closer “ping” of the phone other than 1,500 meters from 12/Baker, no further action was taken due to the inability to locate anyone. 1:22 a.m. Vandalism. College Avenue S. Complainant reported sometime overnight, the van he has parked outside his apartment had the sliding door window damaged. Damage estimated at $200. Pictures taken. 6:02 p.m. Welfare check. Baker Street E. Complainant requested check on her neighbor’s kids because the mother looked intoxicated. Four children live at the residence. The mother was last seen standing outside on the porch. Officer spoke with her and she denied drinking and stated she was sick. Officer had here take a PBT test and she blew .000. She had a friend their helping take care of the kids. No further action.
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First all-school reunion at CSB to be held as part of centennial by Cori Hilsgen firstname.lastname@example.org
The first all-school reunion will be held this weekend, June 28-30, as part of the centennial celebration at the College of St. Benedict. More than 1,300 alumnae will be returning for a wide variety of events. St. Joseph businesses can expect to see some increased business patronage as “Bennies” from 38 states and four countries return for the reunion. CSB Director of Media Relations Diane Hageman said they had been anticipating between 700-1,000 alumae to re-
turn for the reunion, but as of Tuesday, 1,324 had registered. Two alumnae from the class of 1939 and two from the class of 1940 are planning on attending. Almost 500 are staying on campus Friday evening and 600 are staying on campus on Saturday evening. One person is traveling from Australia. photo by Cori Hilsgen
More than 1,300 College of St. Benedict alumnae will return to St. Joseph for the first allschool reunion to be held this weekend as part of the college’s centennial celebration.
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Moeller says ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’ to Kennedy, St. Joseph by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
D i a n e Moeller is saying “goodbye” and “thank you” to Kennedy Community School and St. Joseph. Moeller’s contributed photo official last Moeller day was June 7, the last day of the school year. “It was an incredibly difficult day for me,” Moeller said. “Saying good-bye to the student body was too hard, I cried. Saying good-bye to the staff after the buses left – again, I broke down. I love this school, all the kids and families. The staff is like my family. Leaving is an incredibly emotional experience for me.” If it were easy to walk away, then the experience would have been meaningless, she said, adding it is good to sometimes cry
and experience sadness. “It says it was a great job,” Moeller said. Moeller will miss everything about Kennedy – the children, staff and families. She loves being around the children – they give purpose to the work. The camaraderie of the staff was fun – they work hard and play hard. Many of the families and Moeller have been through a lot together. She has come to call many of them friends. She never felt like it was a job, because she loved the people she was with every day. She wants to say “thank you” to the students and staff for giving her that. “I love everything about my role as principal with you,” Moeller said. “It’s a calling inside of me to serve in a larger capacity, to help our district with a big achievement gap and to help all our students learn and be able to graduate.” Leaving the school has been a difficult decision, but Moeller said she feels she can work for
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the district kept their word and built it as an award-winning green school. This past year Moeller left Kennedy for four months to accept another position in the district. Dave Earp filled in as principal, but when he retired in April. Moeller completed the school year covering both positions. Moeller said the process is in place to find a new principal, but she is still at Kennedy until a replacement is named. She will be directing summer school, getting staff ready for the next year, doing the schedules and many of the other duties she has performed in the past. “I’m hoping to have all this in place for the new person,” Moeller said. Moeller has been doing both jobs since April 1 and said Kennedy staff is amazing. They work hard and go above and beyond what they need to do. The staff at the district office also helps. With that kind of support in both positions she said she could make it work. “I also made lots of lists of details and worked some pretty long days – still am actually,” Moeller said. “There is a lot to do in both worlds.” Some of Moeller’s most rewarding experiences at Kennedy, she said, were any time the students and staff gathered or any event that brought all the families together. She said she always feels a sense of pride seeing people have a good time together and always feels rewarded when the staff comes together for the children. For her, it’s rewarding to see that strong network.
“I love seeing the positive climate,” Moeller said. In spite of the growth of St. Joseph, Moeller feels it’s still a tight-knit city. One moment that stands out for her, she said, was when the entire school went to the corn field to break ground for the new school. Seeing the buses drive up with children eager to see where their new school would be, having children from each grade dig with a gold shovel, getting to dig the first hole herself with a backhoe were very rewarding experiences. “Then to work incredibly hard for the next year-and-a-half to that rewarding opening of the new school – indeed a highlight of my career,” Moeller said. Challenges during her time at Kennedy, she said, included any time the resources didn’t stretch to meet the needs or class sizes were larger than she agreed with. She said funding formulas working the way they do tied her hands. “I feel frustrated when staff, parents and others come to me to try to convince me the classes are too large,” Moeller said. “I get it, and feel frustrated to be operating out of my belief system.” Other challenges, she said, were when she and staff faced some challenging student needs. She said sometimes it takes a long time to figure out what works and that is hard. “I also see the urgency on the part of the parent, and that creates a challenge for me personally as well,” Moeller said. She said she grew in many ways during her years as principal. The biggest change was she realized she could empower oth-
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Friday, June 28, 2013 ers to be leaders. She also grew in how to deal with behavior issues. She discovered the “cookbook” approach did not work for her. Moeller learned each child had unique needs and maybe needed some different approaches. “Overall, I think it was effective,” Moeller said. “We get many compliments on our Kennedy students’ behavior. If a child could learn from a mistake by visiting with me, I felt successful.” When Moeller began her career at Kennedy in 1999, it was a kindergarten through fourth-grade school with about 220 students. Pre-school was added and then fifth- and sixth-grade was brought back. Within a few years, portable classrooms were added. The town grew and the school ran out of space. St. Joseph supported the building of a new school which served pre-school through eighth-grade. Enrollment is approaching 800 students for next year. Moeller’s new position is assistant superintendent and her role is to support the superintendent. She is most responsible for teaching and learning. Moeller works with curriculum, instruction, assessment, Title I, interventions and pretty much anything having to do with the work that is done as a school district. “As difficult as it is for me to leave Kennedy, I feel I can really make a difference for students and teachers in this role,” Moeller said. “Having been a teacher for 22 years, I knew how to support teachers when I became a principal. Now, having been a principal for 14 years, I feel like I understand what schools need to be successful. My goal is to support the good work already taking place in all our schools and to build on that with resources that can enhance learning. In a positive way, I hope to still be impacting the Kennedy kids, as well as the 9,000 others.”
Monastery oratory/archives flooded in storm contributed by Sister Gen Maiers, OSB
had affected others, the word ing to dance in the rain.” The archives staff need office ‘gratitude’ was fitting, even as we all pitched in to do what we could spaces. Again, it was amazing Are you – 150 years of our history – we how members of our develophaving these surely wanted every bit to be pre- ment/communications staff ofexperiences? served. At this time, we are not fered to move, to share spacI n t e r r u p t e d sure of the extent of the damage. es during the reconstruction. sleep, watchOn Saturday morning a quote Throughout this crisis, the coing the light- from Vivian Green struck me. It operation of every department ning, listening says it all: “Life is not waiting for has amazed and inspired me. to the rolling the storm to pass, it’s about learn- Sisters and lay staff pitched in to thunder, hearing the downWith the upcoming warmer into contact with infectious material pour, taking contributed photo weather, there will be an increase (such as saliva), it’s important the shelter, prayMaiers ing God keep in wild-animal activity resulting in animal be collected for quarantine more interactions between humans or testing. your family safe. Losing sleep To report a potential rabid animal and wild animals. The Health and is nothing in comparison to de- Inspections Department wants to or to report a bite, please notify your stroyed homes, trees down, no caution the public to take special local Health Department or Animal power or electricity and more. care to avoid contact with any wild Control for more information or asWhen I was at home and there animal and to report any animal act- sistance. As a reminder, children should was bad weather at night, my ing abnormally or appearing sick. If you are bitten by any animal, be taught never to handle unfamiliar mom would light a candle and get us up to sit (not kneel) around wild or domestic, or if you come animals, wild or domestic. Rabies in the living room to pray for Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows safety. My dad watched the storm • Metal Roofs • Borgert Pavers • Willow Creek • Versalock Block and told us when to move to the HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors basement while he kept watch. for hail/wind As I arrived at the monastery CALL FOR A FREE on Friday morning, Sister Pat HOME INSPECTION Lic. #BC594693 Kennedy greeted me with some OR ESTIMATE bad news: the oratory and ar320-257-0100 NO SHINgLE chives were flooded. The reality MIDWAY IRON & METAL CO. CONTRACTOR Family Owned & Operated of what this meant only hit later www.jnsbuilders.com wILL SERvE yOu 648 NE Lincoln Ave., St. Cloud bETTER. when the Sisters were called after SCRAP: 320-252-4002 • NEW STEEL: 320-258-3003 Check us out on facebook! 800-246-4002 • www.midwayiron.com prayer to help remove materials from the archives to safe places. Sister Michaela Hedican, an early riser, discovered the water before 5 a.m., as she went to the Oratory. Immediately she called Chris Eisenbacher, assistant director of the physical plant; he was there in no time, along with the repair men, plus a crew of many helpers who worked and worked. It was worse than any of us could imagine. Early Sunday morning, 2-3 inches of more rain – dirty and muddy. This time water was contained in one of the monastery’s tunnels – praise God! As we became aware of how the storm
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City has chance to rehab vacated student rental
The City of St. Joseph has a wonderful opportunity in front of it. Now it’s time for the St. Joseph City Council, the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, the College of St. Benedict and the local realtor’s association to step up to the plate and put their money where their mouth is. All have verbally supported the opportunity the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership has to apply for state funding to rehabilitate houses that once were used for student rentals. These houses, left vacant when CSB changed its on-campus living requirements, are becoming a blight to the city. Some are larger structures, once outfitted to house several students. They are not in the best of shape and not configured for single-family housing. The CMHP is intending to apply for state funding to rehab as many as five of those houses. It’s estimated there are between 10 to 15 of these houses in the city. The application deadline is July 11. The CMHP’s application would look stronger to the state if the local entities above would not only be verbally supportive of the rehab project, but if they would put up some money as well to show their support. We’re not talking about a lot of money, either. A total of $50,000 is the CMHP’s goal. That means if the city, chamber and realtors put up $5,000 each, and CSB and it’s counterpart down the road, St. John’s University, added an additional $20,000 each, the goal would be exceeded. And the money doesn’t need to be delivered in cash. According to local realtor Cory Ehlert, who is working with the CMHP to secure funding, “participation funds” could be offered as support. That means, for instance, the city could reduce some of the fees likely to be incurred in the rehab process, such as inspection fees and costs for building permits or more. CSB/SJU is being asked for more money because it’s a tax-exempt entity and the institution and its 4,000 students benefit greatly from the city for a variety of services, not the least of which are police and fire department protection. With these vacant houses rehabilitated, everyone wins. Neighborhoods will look nicer. They will attract new residents who will pay taxes. Those new homeowners will bring money to businesses right here in St. Joseph. A little money invested now will bring returns down the road. And if this initial phase is completed, maybe all of the vacant rentals will one day be able to be resurrected.
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Opinion Fourth of July wasn’t always that fun
I remember when I was growing up on a farm in central Minnesota that the Fourth of July wasn’t always a real fun time. In many ways, it was just another summer day. Besides working on the farm, my dad also worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud. He often worked on July 4. My mom didn’t have a driver’s license during my childhood years so that meant when Dad left for work, our means of leaving the farm were limited. So, on those festive Fourth of July holidays, I was stranded. As cars drove by our house headed for parades and for fun on the area lakes, all I could do was watch. And even when Dad arrived home, and going to a firework’s display was still an option, he was tired and had to head to work the next day. And since fireworks don’t occur until after dark, we often were in bed trying to fall asleep as the bursting of fireworks could be heard coming from a distance. So, we were often left to our own devices to find entertainment. My mom was aware of our plight so she tried to make things as merry as possible. When I was real young, I remember her giving me and my siblings a cap gun that didn’t hold up to use very well
Mike Nistler Reporter and was soon broken. We improvised by taking the caps and exploding them by hitting them with a rock on the sidewalk. This of course made a noise, but it also left cap residue and marks on our sidewalk. This was not OK with Mom. So, we wandered out to the road that ran in front of our farm and smashed the caps there. This also was not OK with Mom. After all, she didn’t want to end up celebrating the Fourth in the hospital emergency room if one of us youngsters was hit by a passing car. If we wanted a more safe activity, we could always wander out to the cornfield and measure the height of the corn to our knees. The adage is corn should be kneehigh by the Fourth of July. Often, the corn was up to our waists, so this gave us a passing moment of pleasure and pride. But really, how much of a celebration is that? One year I remember my younger
brother, Kevin, and I finding a stash of firecrackers my older brother, Dick, had purchased out of state. These were illegal in Minnesota at the time, which made finding them all that more intriguing. Kevin and I knew we couldn’t light the fireworks at our farm or they’d be heard and we’d be busted. So, we biked to our uncle’s neighboring farm and went deep into his meadow to ignite the firecrackers. I would hold the little stick of paper-wrapped powder and Kevin would strike the match. I would then fling it into the air and it would explode. This worked fine until one of the wicks on one of the firecrackers extinguished as I threw it. I picked up the unexploded firecracker and noticed a bit of the wick remained. Since we only had a few firecrackers, we decided not to waste this one so I told Kevin to light it again and I would fling it fast. Well, he did just that and as I drew my arm back to throw it, the firecracker exploded right by my right ear. I was not only deaf in my right ear for the rest of the day, but my right hand stung like crazy. That ended our thrill-seeking for the day and no one ever found out until years later when we confessed to our chicanery. Here’s wishing you all a SAFE and happy Fourth of July holiday.
Patriot Act powers must be scrutinized I wasn’t very surprised to learn the National Security Agency had such an all-inclusive surveillance network that included virtually every American’s phone calls and internet interactions. I wasn’t too surprised because as soon as I saw the Twin Towers falling down on 9-11, my dread horror was instantly followed by the thought our civil liberties are bound to be infringed upon. Such a vicious attack out of the blue sky, I just knew, would require a massive retooling of all intelligence-gathering methods, foreign and domestic. And most of that gathering of information would, by necessity, require lots of secrecy and lots of spying. Prompted by the terrorist attacks, the so-called Patriot Act was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2001 and allowed the NSA to expand its massive surveillance powers. The Patriot Act is troublesome because it’s too open-ended and it grants powers that are kept from our scrutiny. Such powers can be dangerous and downright sinister, as has been proven time and again in the world’s vile dictatorships. We Americans would like to think proper congressional oversight and built-in checks and balances would prevent such abuses, but how can we know that for sure? Why, for example, does the NSA need to have access to virtually every phone call in the United States? As I understand it, by compiling lists of all phone numbers and calls made, experts can “connect dots” concerning terrorist communications and find out what they’re plotting. I don’t understand that and probably never will,
Dennis Dalman Editor because their explaining exactly how it works would tip off terrorists. In cases of widespread spying, some say, “Well, if you are doing nothing illegal, you have nothing to worry about.” That’s a foolish reassurance. In the 1970s, a “no-knock” drug law was approved that gave agents the right to burst into suspected drug places without knocking. We were told only the bad-guy druggies should fear such a law. Not so. On many occasions, drug agents mistakenly broke down the doors of innocent, law-abiding residents. In one tragic incident, agents shot and killed a grandmother who was rocking her grandbaby. The trouble with the Patriot Act – and all other powers that have no direct citizen oversight – is such powers can be extended and used at the slightest pretext and can quickly reach the point of overkill. It’s a bit like letting a mad genii out of a bottle. The visionary British author George Orwell continues to “speak to us” across time. His cautionary novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, is about a society controlled by massive surveillance and all forms of mind control under the power of Big Brother, the Inner Party
leader. Besides constant surveillance into people’s private lives, the Big Brother functionaries keep people cowed through the complete degradation of language so words come to mean the opposite of what they should mean. The Ministry of Love, for example, conducts torture and brainwashing. The Ministry of Truth takes care of propaganda and historical revisionism. The world of the novel, eerily so, is very much like that of North Korea. Orwell wrote his sinister book long before ubiquitous computers and decades before the internet and cell phones. Big Brother’s surveillance methods were rather “quaint” at that time – big TV monitors aimed at people in every nook and cranny of their lives, and people snooping and tattling on one another as they did under Hitler and Stalin. Today’s dazzling technology makes the possibility of massive, intrusive, unnecessary surveillance much more likely. Of course, we would like to think there are good, responsible people overseeing these spy programs, but how can we know that? Another great novelist, Sinclair Lewis, wrote a book entitled It Can’t Happen Here, in which he proceeds to show quite convincingly the forces of fascism could, indeed, “happen here.” There’s no doubt we need some Patriot Act provisions in the (probably never-ending) fight against terrorists, but we’ve reached the time when that Act must be scrutinized to ensure it can stop the bad guys dead in their tracks without trampling wholesale on good people’s liberties. And that’s a tall order.
Letters to editor
Readers say thanks for benefit support, poppy program for vets
Pat Forte, Kennedy teacher A special thank you to all those involved in planning and participating in the Fun with Forte cancer benefit held on my behalf on May 31. Also, a special thank you to the staff at Kennedy Community School and the Mark Zimmer Foundation for hosting the event. All of you who came to celebrate
made it a very special evening for me. Thanks again! Elaine Vogel, Poppy Program chair American Legion Auxiliary, St. Joseph I have been negligent in my duty. My only excuse is I spend so much time volunteering at the St. Cloud VA Health Care Center, I forget to do certain jobs. That, however, is one of the connec-
tions between my poppy card enthusiasm and me. I see the good work done with the money the businesses donate to the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program. I am so grateful to the 116 businesses who so generously donated to the poppy program this year and made it the success it was. A million thanks!
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Friday, June 28, 2013
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., 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. Travel Talkin’-Egypt, 10 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Sunset stages, performance by Alison Scott, 7:30 p.m., Darnall Amphitheater, College of St. Benedict. Saturday, June 29 Granite City Days 5K Walk/ Run, 8 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Advanced registration required. 320-2557245. Furniture Drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 320 4th Ave. N. Sartell. 320-656-9004. Brat sale, sponsored by the Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. A portion of the pro-
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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. www.marketmonday.org. Lyme Disease Support Group, 7 p.m. tonight and second Monday each month, Good Earth Co-op, 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. nichole.koll@ hotmail.com. Tuesday, July 9 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201. Wednesday, July 10 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. www.stjosephchamber.com. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Johnny Holm.
nior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Community Church, 204 Avon Ave. N., Avon. 1-800-733-2767. 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. Sunset stages, performance by Nachito Herrera Trio, 7:30 p.m., Darnall Amphitheater, College of St. Benedict. Friday, July 12 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. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Sunday, July 14 Church festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Avon.
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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
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
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. Under Minn. Stat. §§ 435.193 to 435.195 and city Ordinance No. 38, the council may, in its discretion, defer the payment of this special assessment for any homestead property owned by a person 65 years of age or older or retired by virtue of a permanent and total disability for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments. 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. An owner may appeal an assessment to district court pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the mayor or clerk of the city within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the district court within 10 days after service upon the mayor or clerk. Judy Weyrens Administrator Publish: June 21 & June 28, 2013
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Rentals from front page vacant single-family rental homes in designated areas of the city. The homes would be purchased based on a review of all the vacant rental properties, the property owners' interest and the overall home condition. Ehlert, a St. Joseph resident and a realtor with Edina Realty, would assist the CMHP in home-purchase transactions, Krebsbach said. Once a home is purchased, the CMHP would perform a complete Housing Quality Standards inspection and have a lead-paint-risk assessment completed. Based on inspection results and lead assessment, the CMHP would complete a plan to rehabilitate the property. The CMHP, with Ehlert’s assistance, would then determine if there are any rehabilitation items to be addressed in regard to conversion from a rental property to an owner-occupied home.
Friday, June 28, 2013
St. Joseph Rod, Gun Club fish with Boys, Girls clubs
Once the rehab on the house is done, the home would be put up for sale. The sale price would be determined by a market analysis of similar properties, Krebsbach said. “Homes will be eligible for purchase by homebuyers with gross annual incomes of 115 percent of area median income or less,” he said. “Our target homebuyer will be those with gross annual incomes of 80 percent of area median income or less. Homebuyers at these income levels will have access to "needs-based" down payment/ entry cost assistance.” Ehlert said the homes in need of rehab were once used for student rentals. They are larger homes with several bedrooms and bathrooms, which are not in the best condition and thus not likely to currently make good family housing. By fixing the homes and making them more likely for resale, the effort becomes a win-win situation for everyone involved, including the neighborhood, the new residents of the home and the city.
The St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club held its annual Take a Kid Fishing event with the St. Cloud Boys and Girls Clubs June 15 at Kraemer Lake. There was a good amount of fish caught. They were cleaned and served to the kids along with pop, chips and hot dogs.
Above: Joe Miller and Ray Bechtold of St. Joseph assist the young anglers. At right: Bob Valek and John Melancon of St. Joseph also lend a hand.
Wednesday, July 4
8 a.m. Mass 10 a.m. Parade - Sponsored by the Lions Club 11 a.m. Bingo, games, food & refreshments (on parish grounds) 11:30 a.m. LIVE Music with Smoke ‘n Guns 2 p.m. Quilt Auction 3:30 p.m. Raffle Drawing -
Enjoy Food, Fun and More at the Parish Festival!
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