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Friday, July 25, 2014 Volume 25, Issue 29 Est. 1989

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Lindbergh State Park to host archaeology talk

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Rox players visit KIDSTOP program by Cori Hilsgen

St. Cloud Rox baseball players recently visited the KIDSTOP program at Kennedy Community School. Players Austin Caspersen, Mitchell Kranson and Reese Gregory, along with assistant coach Phil Imholte, played a game of kickball with the children and staff, answered questions, shared snack time and signed autographs. Gregory is a pitcher who grew up in the St. Cloud area, graduated from Apollo High School and attends St. Cloud State University. Imholte also grew up in the St. Cloud area, graduated from Cathedral High School and played for SCSU and the Rox before becoming a coach. Caspersen is a pitcher who attends Doane College in Nebraska, and Kranson is an infielder who attends the UniRox • page 3

Archaeologists from St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State Parks will present a special program about the archaeology they conducted at the Little Elk Unit of the park earlier this summer at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the picnic shelter at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. The site explored by the archaeologists was an early Christian Mission that was es- by Dennis Dalman tablished among the Ojibwe people who lived along the Mississippi River just north of present-day Little Falls. A rash of The program is free but a vehicle thefts from permit is required to enter Minnesota vehicles in State Parks. For more information, visit St. Joseph and click on July 25 Criers. has law-

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St. Cloud Rox players (left to right) Mitchell Kranson, Austin Caspersen and Reese Gregory sign autographs for children at Kennedy KIDSTOP during a recent visit.

Police advise (again): Lock vehicles!

enforcement personnel – once again – advising all resiLocal Shopko stores will collect dents to lock their vehicles. school supplies as part of the “Tools During the wee hours of for School” program for families served

Back to School collection to benefit local kids

July 7, there were about a dozen thefts from unlocked vehicles parked in the following places: Pond View Lane, Cedar Court, Morningside Loop, Hill Street and 2nd Avenue SW. The stolen items included the following: loose change and dollar bills, a wallet with a Social Security card and two debit cards (the owner later found the wallet tossed

by The Salvation Army. Lists of supplies needed and donation drop-off boxes will be located at more than 30 Shopko stores in the area. Simply shop and drop-off donations right at Shopko now through Aug. 8. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on July 25 Criers.

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The three Hartung girls (left to right) Anna, 9, Erin, 8, and Emily, 6 show off their new short hair styles after they each donated 10 inches to Locks of Love.

the owners admitted their vehicles had been left unlocked. Police advise people not to keep any valuables inside their vehicles, especially valuables that can be seen through the windows. People should also be sure to lock their vehicles, including when they are inside a garage. The garage should always be locked during the overnight hours.

Family donates hair to Locks of Love by Cori Hilsgen

Walk Across the World celebrates different cultures

Hands Across the World invites you to Walk Across the World, a community celebration from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31 in Wilson Park. This is a cultural event featuring the history and language of different countries. There will be games, music and vendors. Volunteer assistance is needed with setting up for the event, directing the crowd, distributing water and more. Have fun and learn about other cultures and gain experience with event planning. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www. and click on July 25 Criers.

near his parked car, but an expired driver’s license was missing from it), two boxes of ammunition, a $100 bottle of cologne, an older iPod, a purse (the owner found it later in the woods behind her house, and nothing was missing from it). All told, the thieves netted close to $40 in loose change. All of the thefts seem to be related, and all but one of

Local resident Ema Hartung and her three daughters each recently donated 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love. Daughters Anna, 9, Erin, 8, and Emily 6, along with Hartung, got their hair cut and donated it at Fantastic Sams in St. Cloud. The Hartungs have never donated hair to Locks of Love before. The idea to donate their hair came to Hartung when Anna, who had cut her hair about a year ago, decided she wanted shorter hair again.

“Anna wanted to cut her hair and then Emily started in about having short hair,” Hartung said. “I thought if the two did it, maybe we all could cut it enough to donate. I had not cut my hair in 20 years.” She said the employees at Fantastic Sams were easy to work with. “We thought they were great,” Hartung said. “They did the hair cuts for free and took care of sending in the donation.” Anna, Erin and Emily attend school in Holdingford. As a family, they enjoy walking, biking, puzzles, movies Locks • page 8



Two St. Joseph students recently graduated from Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples. They and their majors are as follows: Kelsey Bremer, associate’s degree in nursing, honors; and Melissa Koenig, diploma of occupational proficiency, practical nursing. Anna Bernstetter, daughter of Chris and Joe Bernstetter of St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Bethel University, St. Paul. She is a senior. Stu-

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St. John’s Prep places third in state Envirothon

dents must achieve a grade-point by Cori Hilsgen average of 3.6 or greater.

Alex Generous of St. Joseph The St. John’s Prep team placed recently earned a bachelor’s de- third in the state Envirothon comgree from the College of Arts and petition held this spring at St. Sciences from Drake University, John’s University. Des Moines, Iowa. The team included seniors Ashley Lench, daughter of David and Thomas Lemke, son of Mary Renata Lench of St. Cloud; Gwen and Lyle Lemke of St. Joseph, re- Saliares, daughter of Randy and cently earned a bachelor’s degree Jan Saliares of St. Cloud; and Stain nursing from Bethel University cey Spadafore, daughter of Joseph of St. Paul. and Linda Spadafore of Melrose; sophomores Lily Liang, daughter of Yiwu Liang and Mingzhong He of China; and Xiao Tan, daughter of Zhenyu Tan and Ye Chen of China. The team was coached by en-

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If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. June 17 8:43 a.m. Theft. Schneider Drive. Complainant told police sometime during the night her cars had been gone through. An unknown amount of change was missing and the glove boxes were gone through. Vehicles were unlocked. No suspects. Police advised complainant to keep cars locked and to pass the word on to friends and neighbors. June 18 1:22 a.m. Extra patrol requested. Date Street W. Complainant told police a man she knows is picking her lock and taping her phone. She says

vironmental science and biology instructor Mary Ellenbecker Johnson. “We are very proud of our Envirothon team,” Ellenbecker Johnson said. “They put in lots of extra hours, demonstrated great team work and represented Prep admirably.” The Envirothon is one of the state’s largest environmental education competitions for students in grades 9-12. During the competition, teams of five visit six learning stations, which test their knowledge in areas of soil and land use, wildlife, forestry, aquatics and a current topic that changes each year. This year the topic was sustainable ag-

riculture. At each station, students take a 25-point exam related to that station’s topic. At a sixth station, students give an eight- to nine-minute oral presentation about the current year’s topic. Test questions for the stations are prepared by natural resource professionals from Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other organizations. Twenty schools competed at the competition. Stillwater High School placed first; Hopkins High School placed second. As the firstplace team, Stillwater will advance to competition Aug. 3-8, where 10 teams will compete at Loyola University Chicago in Woodstock, Ill.

he enters her trailer when she’s not there but could not say what he did when inside her residence. She also said she has no proof other than him revving his engine when she says certain things on the phone, but she has never seen him by her residence. She did say she had her car rekeyed because she thought he had her car keys. She says he is an employee of a local locksmith who gave her a ride home when her car was being worked on and he got a copy of her car keys even though she could not provide any proof of this. She says when she calls the phone company he knows she calls and he takes the taping stuff off so there is no proof. Police advised her to call from another phone and said they would provide extra patrol of her residence when she is at work in the evening. She was pleased and said she would call if anything happens. 1:39 p.m. Suspicious act. 1st Avenue SW. Caller stated his storage unit was open. Police met caller who said he had been there on Father’s Day but

was sure he closed it. Police investigated and did not see anything out of the ordinary, replaced the cover and advised caller to get a latch system on the unit. May have been caused by wind.


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June 19 1:04 a.m. Disorderly conduct. College Avenue N. Caller said a male and female were making out on the front step of a house. Caller also said a male was in the bushes masturbating while watching the couple. Police arrived on the scene and observed female on top of male bouncing up and down. No body parts were visibly exposed. Male in bushes ran when police arrived but officers ordered him to stop and return. All parties were intoxicated with no one to take care of them. Witnesses undecided if they wished to give a statement. Both males were transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. The female became disorderly and was placed under arrest.

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A historical prospective from 25 years ago - July 7, 1989

Stueve proposes Minnesota Street beautification by Janelle Von Pinnon

Dennis Stueve, owner of Stueve’s Garage Inc., St. Joseph, recently proposed a downtown beautification project to city council members and area organizations. His plan is to beautify the boulevard area in front of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church along

Minnesota Street from College Avenue W. to First Avenue N.W. “I proposed we remove the grass and sidewalk presently located there and replace it with paving stone sidewalk,” Stueve said, “then provide additional trees planted along the boulevard where the grass is now, surrounded by bench

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seating. “Red maple or sugar maple trees have been recommended for the project because they are colorful during one or more seasons.” On May 19, Stueve received unanimous approval by the city for permission to pursue the project. “There seemed to be a lot of interest from many clubs for this type of project,” Stueve continued. “The Rod and Gun Club, the Lions, Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce have already shown support. I still need to speak to the Legion, VFW and other interested organizations.” Stueve became interested in beautifying the city when he and two other chamber members Sharyll Isakson and Janelle Von Pinnon attended a Minnesota Partners in Progress convention in April. The convention dealt with various types of projects to improve small-town living such as beautification, restoration and pollution-control efforts. “The starting of the beautification project is pending on the city’s water tower project,” Stueve said. The new, larger water main will have to be installed along Minnesota Street before installation of the water tower and the beautification project can

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Dennis Stueve shows the location for his future beautification project idea along Minnesota Street between College Avenue and First Avenue NW. be started. Recent governmental funding attempts for the water tower were turned down, but the city has reapplied for next year’s funding. “A starting date for both projects is unknown at this

time,” Stueve said. “We’re looking toward assistance in funding for next summer – 1990. Proceeds will hopefully be paid for with gambling money from assisting city clubs – gambling money can be used toward this type of project.”

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St. Joseph heritage chronicled in Loso’s book July 7, 1989

by Janelle Von Pinnon

A chronicle of the history of St. Joseph called St. Joseph: Preserving a Heritage by Idelia Loso will be available in book form. Nearly five years ago, the Stearns County Historical Society requested each community record a history of their area to be preserved at the Heritage Center, St. Cloud. Several local society members approached Loso to work with them to attain this goal. The original group, consisting of Rose Gohman, Steve Dehler, Rose Mayer, Iver Linnemann, Myra Scherer and Harry Knevel, became a steering committee for the project. Other interested individuals – Alois Bechtold, Jack Blommer, Sr. Camille Hilgers, Agatha Gertken, Sr. Imogene Blatz, Bob Johnson, Ken Kuebelbeck, Mike Loso, Esther Reischl, Father Vincent Tegeder, Wendelin Walz and Bill Wasner – soon became involved.


“The history became a reality with the cooperation of the community, St. Benedict’s College and Convent, St. John’s University and Abbey, and St. Cloud State University,” Loso said. “The support of SCSU was invaluable in making this volunteer project possible.” The group at first decided a twopart videotape would be the best documentation process and easiest for interested viewers to use. Fred Polesak, SCSU, took charge of the videotaping and script writing. The first part of the video covers the 1854 to 1920 period and was completed in 1985. The second part covers the 50 years remaining to the present and was released in early 1987. Additional volunteers for compilation of the second tape were Edith Hiemenz, Mark Loso, Rose Schneider, Sr. Jocelyn, Al Theisen, Tillie Wasner, Kathy Bruns, Kay Derkheising and Sr. André Marthaler. “Both tapes were well received and were shown to many community organizations,” Idelia Loso said.

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When the tapes were completed, several people approached members of the committee indicating they would like a book written of the history. The committee agreed to assist Loso in doing the book. Loso was born in St. Joseph and is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict where she majored in history. She went on to receive two master’s degrees, one in history, the other in educational psychology, from the University of Minnesota. She also obtained a doctorate in higher education at the U of M. “I became involved because of my interest in history and I’ve always been active in volunteer service,” Loso said. Sr. Marthaler offered to edit and assist in writing the book. Knevel volunteered to take charge of marketing the book. The group has incorporated, in both tapes and now the book, old pictures, home movies and oral his-

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Our View Use knowledge as power when dealing with cons

Telephone scam calls by scoundrels seem to come in waves, like contagions of the plague. Just in the past week or so, residents in Sartell and St. Joseph have reported attempts by phone crooks to weasel money out of them or to steal personal financial information. The scams can range from misleading trick calls to blatant threats, almost as bad as a robber sticking a gun in your face and demanding your money. The misleading trick calls amount to sly ways to get you to answer your phone. For example, on your caller I.D. it might say “John Johnson” (along with his phone number). Since John Johnson is a spouse, friend or relative, the caller will pick up the phone, and a voice will ask: “Do you want to lower your credit-card rate?” These hucksters use a wide variety of actual names, companies and numbers to get people to answer their pitch calls. Among the ones people have reported are the St. Cloud VA Hospital and Red Lobster. Neither of those two places has anything to do with these “spoof calls,” as they’re dubbed. Using people’s or business numbers to get people to answer their phones is clearly fraudulent, but it’s difficult to pin down these pests to make them stop doing it. Another type of scam call, much more serious, purports to be from the federal Internal Revenue Service. The creep tells the caller he or she will be arrested within a matter of hours, that agents and police are about to storm their home, unless the person gets the money owed and pays it via credit or debit card over the phone or sends a bank draft immediately. Most who answer these calls are baffled, knowing they don’t owe the IRS any taxes, but they are also fearful because the threats sound so serious and frightening. Most people, taken so aback, stay on the line, trying to convince the caller they do not owe money, and some – in the process – might give personal financial information away in an effort to clear up the matter. Of course, these vicious cons are all ears, eager to get any money or financial-personal information they can squeeze out of the caller. The theft of personal information, the theft of money, is on the increase by these unscrupulous jerks, via phone and via Internet. It’s more important than ever for all people to learn about these types of devious thievery and how to prevent it. Here are some general tips all people should emblazon on their brains: • Never ever give out personal information of any sort to unsolicited offers via phone or Internet. • Remember that financial institutions and the IRS never make phone calls demanding money or personal information. • Unless you yourself initiate transactions with people or businesses you know and trust, don’t fall prey to calls or offers out of the blue. • Keep a record of all your financial information in a safe place, and do not carry credit cards or debit cards in a purse or wallet. Try to keep them in a pocket on your person. Take credit cards with you only when needed. Then when you get home, put them in a secure place until the next time you need them. • Be skeptical, with your common sense turned up at all times: If any offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on how to avoid being “took,” there are many good websites to peruse. Just google “Tips to avoid being scammed,” and you will see many of them. Take notes, remember what you learn and then put that knowledge into action. Knowledge is power, especially when dealing with those sneaky, devious scammers who prey upon good, trusting people.

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Newsleader staff members have the responsibility to report news fairly and accurately and are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers are encouraged to take complaints to the Minnesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the public and the media and resolve conflicts. The council office may be reached at 612-341-9357.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Opinion Thanks, St. Stephen, for so much fun Happy Birthday, St. Stephen! What a pleasure it was to spend most of Saturday in your celebratory city. Leaving my house near Rice that morning, I was almost certain I would have to drive back home or seek shelter, nearly positive it would rain cats and dogs, ruining the St. Stephen Centennial Parade the way rain washed out Sartell SummerFest 2014. I parked near the Cenex station, grabbed my lawn chair and set it up near the parade route. The overcast sky was scowling, threatening rain. I waited for about a half hour, exchanging pleasantries with other parade-goers. Then along came the long parade with its many visual surprises and delights. I enjoyed every minute of it. The parade truly reflected the spirit of the people of St. Stephen. By that I mean the floats were inventive and in many cases brimming with sly, playful humor. It must be Slovenian genetics that make so many people in St. Stephen so talented. Some are ingenious inventors (like one man whose name escapes me who invented a musical instrument, among many other new things), some are supremely good at fixing or improving stuff (like 102-year-old Eddie Peternell), others are loaded with musical and artistic talents (like the Tom and Nettie Trobec family) and still others have a genius for cooking (like bread-baker and all-around chef Alice Supan, known to have “the best buns in town.”) After years of covering stories in St. Stephen, I’ve always been impressed by the feisty, clever, make-do inventiveness of its residents. For me, there were so many highlights in that parade. Here are just some: • An aqua-blue Volkswagen bug pulling an aqua-blue Volkswagen RV. In the window of the RV was a red bikini hanging up to dry near an ice bucket of cham-

Dennis Dalman Editor pagne bottles, and on the back of the RV was a sticker that said “Fully Loaded.” I later found out the “RV” was, in fact, created from an old Volkswagen van. The unit reminded me of the inventiveness and humor referred to above. • A float of a pioneer family: a Ma trying to calm down a fussy baby, bearded Pa sitting there doing nothing, a neglected Granny off to the side wheedling and whining. • The Sartell High School Marching Band. This is the first season in many years the high school has had a marching band and the first time I saw and heard it. Its planned performance at SummerFest was washed out. It was a treat to see it perform in St. Stephen. • The Case steam-engine tractor. It was quite a sight to see that wonderful old monster rolling down the parade route. Like the other agrarian-related units in the parade, it was a towering testament to St. Stephen’s heritage as a vibrant farming area from the mid-1800s onward. Those tractors also reminded me, nostalgically, of the threshing gatherings at Grandpa Saunders’ farm near Benson in the 1950s. • Eddie Peternell, 102, St. Stephen’s oldest and finest, riding on a tractor. I’ve done several stories about Eddie throughout the years. He’s a long-living example of the kind of feistiness, hard work, creativity, family togetherness and down-home humor so abundant in St. Stephen – qualities that made it such an enduring place.

• The appearance of Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, now running for the U.S. House Sixth District seat. He’s been campaigning so heavily, he seems to be everywhere at once these days. It’s always a treat to see down-home Joe. We shook hands, and I asked him, “Hey, Joe, aren’t you sore from shaking so many hands?” He smiled, laughed and said, “Guess how many hands I’ve shaken since I started campaigning? 140,000!” As I stood there speechless, he shook my hand again, gave his gleeful big broad smile and went on down the line, happily shaking more hands. After the parade, I hugely enjoyed the country-western concert. It was a real pleasure to see and hear Sherwin and Pam Linton and their energetic band perform such toe-tapping, rockin’ country songs. When Sherwin, Pam and her sister, Brittany Allyn sang together, they belted out those songs as if there were no tomorrow. It was riveting. Later, I chatted a bit with Pam and Brittany, whom I’d written stories about in the past and was eager to meet in person. They’ve done St. Stephen proud. As I sat enjoying the concert, Glen Lauer sidled up to my chair to say hello. Many people know good ol’ man-abouttown Glen, who is a school-bus driver for Sartell and who also delivers copies of the Newsleader to post offices and various other places. Lauer informed me the four Trobec sisters – Pam, Patti (on stage singing), Peggy and Penny) – all rode his school bus way back when, which was news to me. I had no idea Glen is that old. Thanks, St. Stephen, for such an entertaining weekend. As they say, a good time was had by all. And may you continue to thrive for another century – at least.

No political party owns the IRS The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Congress in 1907 and ratified four years later in 1913. This amendment established the income tax, which then created the need for the Internal Revenue Service. The mission of the IRS is simple. They must collect the taxes that are due and enforce the laws regarding income tax. The IRS doesn’t belong to any political party, least of all the party in power, and must be completely apolitical. The IRS is not, nor should it ever be, a tool in the hands of any president to be used against his “enemies.” Unless you have been living in the wilderness, you are doubtless aware the IRS has some serious problems. In a nutshell, they have been accused of targeting conservative groups for particular scrutiny and even harassing some of them. When called before the Congress to account for their actions, they have failed to cooperate and instead have attempted to stonewall. The former head of the IRS, Lois Lerner, has even pleaded the Fifth Amendment to keep from answering questions of the American people. Now they are claiming their e-mails concerning this action have been lost due to computer crashes. This, they allege, happened to seven computers at once and it happened after the Congress asked for a copy of those e-mails.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer I am offended on two fronts. First that they would lie to America, and secondly that they would think we would believe such nonsense. They are obviously covering up. The next obvious thing is this is not going to work. Cover-ups always turn out to be worse than the original crime. Two separate federal judges have just ruled the IRS must answer the allegations of lying and of hiding the e-mails, under oath and under the penalty of perjury, and do so in writing within 30 days. There now is no place to hide. Some have said the IRS will still weasel out of this, that they will find a way to duck this court order. I don’t agree and here’s why. For the IRS to get out of this they would have to get several employees, career civil-service employees, to lie and commit perjury in a federal court. Those employees would do so in the knowledge they could then be prosecuted and spend their retirement in federal prison. They might get one or maybe even two to do

that but to get them all on board is a pipe dream. The truth will be known. This is the reality. Income tax is the law of the land. Some will agree there are better ways to fund our government than the stifling effect of taxing income. Taxing income kills incentive. Different methods of government funding have been proposed but, unless and until those changes are enacted, we are left with income tax and the IRS. It’s precisely for that reason this agency must absolutely be above reproach. There can be no question as to their integrity. In our local towns the mayor doesn’t own the police department, and in our federal government the president doesn’t own the IRS. In fact no one, no political party, no elected official and no government employee owns the IRS. That agency is owned by us the American people and we demand they do their jobs with honesty, integrity and accuracy. No political party may use them as a tool for their benefit. They absolutely must be independent of any politics. Scarbro is retired and spends most of his free time with his grandchildren having moved from Sartell to St. Simons Island, Ga.. Writing and commenting on the news of the day is a pastime. Visit his weekly blog at for more commentary.

St. Joseph Newsleader •

Friday, July 25, 2014

Community Calendar {a WHOLE new

LEgal notICEs STATE OF MINNESOTA COUNTY OF STEARNS IN DISTRICT COURT SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT In Re: Estate of Theodore Joseph Duncan, deceased Court File No.: 73-PR-14-4674 ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS: It is Ordered and Notice is hereby given that on the 15th day of August, 2014, at 8:45 o’clock a.m., a hearing will be held at the above named Court at Long Prairie, Minnesota, for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the Will of the above named decedent, dated March 3, 2005, and for the appointment of Marion M. Duncan, whose address is 1408 East Main Street, St. Joseph, Minnesota, as personal representative of the estate of the above named decedent in unsupervised administration, and that any objections there-

to must be filed with the Court. That, if proper, and no objections are filed, a personal representative will be appointed to administer the estate, to collect all assets, pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, and sell real and personal property, and do all necessary acts for the estate.

/s/ Vicki E. Landwehr Judge of District Court /s/ Timothy Roberts Court Administrator /s/ Janine Gully Notary Dan A. Eller #26438 Attorney at Law 2103 Frontage Road N. Suite 25 Waite Park, MN 56387 (320) 253-3700 Publish: July 18 and 25, 2014

CITY OF ST. JOSEPH ELECTION NOTICE The City of St. Joseph will con- Offices. Interested persons are enduct a test of the electronic vote couraged to witness the testing. tabulators at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in the St. Joseph City Of- Judy Weyrens fices. If the equipment fails, a sec- Administrator ond test of the equipment will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Publish: July 25, 2014 July 30, 2014 at the St. Joseph City TRAILER SALE! Steel & Aluminum utility trailers, 6’x12’x72” enclosed cargo trailers; 12’ & 14’ 14,000# dump trailer with tarp; 102”x25’ Hi-deck gooseneck with spare. Motorcycle pull behind trailers. 515-972-4554 (MCN) CASH FOR CARS: Any Make, Model or Year. We Pay MORE! Running or Not Sell your Car or Truck TODAY Free Towing! Instant Offer: 1-888-420-3805 (MCN) CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks Wanted. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Any Make/Model. Call For Instant Offer: 1-800-870-9134 (Minnesota Only) (MCN) ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLES WANTED. Cash paid for Harley Davidson, Indian or other motorcycles and related parts from 1900 thru 1970. Any condition. Midwest collector will pick up anywhere. Phone 309-6454623 (MCN) INJURED? IN A LAWSUIT? Need Cash Now? We Can Help! No Monthly Payments to Make. No Credit Check. Fast Service and Low Rates. Call Now 888-271-0463 www. (Not available in NC, CO & MD) (MCN) Experienced TRUCK DRIVERS needed to drive the Midwest. Driver friendly company with good pay and benefits. Call 507-4379905 (MCN) IOWA-BASED REEFER COMPANY hiring OTR solos and teams to run our Midwest and West Coast routes. Competitive pay, 3000+ miles/week, newer equipment, scheduled home time. Call 1-800-645-3748 (MCN) GREAT MONEY FROM HOME with our Free Mailer Program. Live Operators on Duty NOW! 1-800-707-1810 EXT 801 or Visit WWW.PACIFICBROCHURES.COM (MCN)

Friday, July 25 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. All donations, tips and a portion of profits will go to Leader Eye Banks. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

Notice is further given that ALL CREDITORS having claims against said estate are required to Saturday, July 26 present the same to said personal Archeology presentation, 7 p.m., representative or to the Court Administrator within four months af- picnic shelter at Charles A. Lindbergh ter the date of this notice or said State Park, Little Falls, Minn. 320532-3269. claims will be barred. Dated: July 9, 2014

Monday, July 28 Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat


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Thursday, July 31 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Brat and hot dog sale, sponsored by Apollo High School Spanish Club, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

Tuesday, July 29 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Tours of Anna Marie’s Alliance, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration required. 320-251-7203, jacquef@

Friday, Aug. 1 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Grilled pork chop dinner, 4:307:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

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PORK CHOP DINNER Fundraiser Friday, Aug. 1 Take-out available

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Menu: Grilled pork chops (from the St. Joseph Meat Market), cucumber pasta salad, tomatoes, corn, dinner roll, rhubarb crisp with whipping cream, coffee and water.

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St. Joseph Newsleader •


Friday, July 25, 2014

Police department Locks purchases new squad from front page


by Cori Hilsgen

tories on such topics as early Indian history, geography, education, farming, city and township government, business, development, organizations, arts and crafts, recreation, and the colleges and convent influence throughout the past century. St. Joseph is the third community in Central Minnesota to tackle such a project, according to John Decker, archivist at the Heritage Center. Richmond pioneered with an audio visual history produced in 1978. Freeport did the same for its centennial in 1981. Printing of the St. Joseph book is scheduled for October and copies will be available by Christmas. Excerpts from various chapters will be published in upcoming editions of the St. Joseph Newsleader.

The St. Joseph Police Department recently purchased a 2014 Ford sport-utility vehicle to replace squad unit 704, a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria. Police Chief Joel Klein said Ford no longer makes the 704 model, and it was scheduled to be returned because of a leasing agreement. Klein said the SUV is safer and easier for officers to handle. The new vehicle will be leased from the State of Minnesota for $568.75 per month for four years or 90,000 miles. “The only costs the city has to worry about are tires, fuel or insurance,” Klein said. “Otherwise, every repair is covered through our lease contract.” He said it’s quite a savings to the city and makes it easier to budget expenses. The department currently has five squad vehicles. A Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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Officer Shane Vernier shows off the St. Joseph Police Department’s newest squad unit, a 2014 Ford sport-utility vehicle. four-wheel drive GMC Yukon, two all-wheel drive Ford SUVs and two Chevy Tahoes which are two-wheel drive. The Yukon is used more for bad weather – such as snow, major events and sometimes with shift work. Klein has noticed the department is able to get more

miles on the four-wheel drive vehicle tires. Eventually, he would like to have all squads with all-wheel drive because they cling to the road better and are safer in rain or snow. If feasible, Klein hopes to replace one squad each year.

St. Joseph Outdoor Movie Night! Tuesday, Aug. 5 at dusk • Millstream Park FREE Admission • FREE Parking Bring your own chair • No Bugs! Refreshments! Sponsored by: C&L Excavating • Central Minnesota Credit Union • Collegeville Community Credit Union JKA Attorneys at Law • CMS Auto Body • Cory Ehlert, Edina Realty • St. Joseph’s Lions Club Russell Eyecare & Associates

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and more. Hartung is a self-employed bookkeeper and payroll specialist and has her own business, Ema’s Bookkeeping. She is married to Greg, who manages the Casey’s store in St. Joseph and who is a relief delivery driver for the St. Joseph and Sartell Newsleaders. They live in St. Joseph and also have two sons, Seth, 4, and Landon, 9 months. Locks of Love is a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces, made from donated ponytails, to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada. Recipients are under age 21 and suffer from long-term medical hair loss from various illnesses. Through the hairpieces, the organization hopes to restore self-esteem and confidence for children.

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