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Friday, July 26, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 29 Est. 1989

Town Crier ‘Jam The Stands’ promotes cleaner biofuels

Fans can enjoy a free evening of high octane stock-car racing and learn about cleaner-burning biofuels at the Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids Sunday, July 28. Gates open at 2 p.m., racing begins at 5:30 p.m. The Biofuel Mobile Education Center will be at the Speedway giving folks the opportunity to learn more about ethanol fuels.

Household hazardous waste collection set Aug. 3 in St. Stephen

Stearns County’s Household Hazardous Waste truck will be at the St. Stephen City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. There is no charge. Items accepted include the following: paints, ag pesticides, cleaners, poisons, ink/toner cartridges, roofing tar, fuels, automotive chemicals, sealers, garden chemicals, pool chemicals, fluorescent bulbs, adhesives, aerosols, solvents, mothballs and mercury. Items not accepted include the following: used motor oil, antifreeze, explosives, furniture, household garbage, tires, medical waste, appliances or any other unknown products. Also not accepted is business waste. For those who cannot make this collection time, the TriCounty Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park, accepts products year-round. Visit for more info.

MN Bluegrass Fest set Aug. 8-11

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is a four-day music and camping festival Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Mañana, Richmond. The event includes 30 hours of live concerts; contests, crafts and games; 20 hands-on workshops; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; and dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace Area. To learn more, visit and click on Criers.

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Marker questions ‘lies’ about reunion expulsion

by Dennis Dalman

Although Patrick Marker has received an apology from the headmaster of St. John’s Prep School, he is disgusted the apology did not contain any mention of the “lies” that were told to Marker and others about the day he was removed from a Prep School reunion. Marker, 48, is a 1983 graduate of the Prep School. In 1991, he claimed he had been sexually abused when he was a student by Fr. Dunstan Moorse. Those charges were denied, but in 1992 Marker and St. John’s Abbey reached a legal agreement. Since then, Marker has become a widely known victims’ advocate, especially as that relates to abuse by clergy. His website, entitled Beyond the Pine Curtain, details the history of abuse by clergy and allegations against clergy, many of them current or former residents of St. John’s Abbey. Marker now lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash. He is a stay-athome dad, the father of two children and works from home as an Internet consultant. On April 4, 2013, he received an invitation in the mail to attend the 30-year reunion of his St. John’s Prep School class. Marker flew to Minnesota to at-

tend the event, eager to socialize with classmates he hadn’t seen in years. On Friday, June 28 he got together with some of his classmates at one of their homes in St. Paul. The next morning, they drove to the St. John’s Prep School and registered for the event at 10:40 a.m. He paid $20 for the lunch. While enjoying lunch under a large outdoor tent shortly after noon, a school official stepped up to the table where Marker was having lunch and chatting happily with classmates. The man, a member of the school’s “Life Safety” security unit, asked Marker if he could step outside the tent for awhile so they could have a conversation. Marker told the man whatever he had to say could be said right there and then, in front of his classmates. Finally, the man said to Marker he is trespassing and will have to leave the campus. Marker told the man he’d received a bonafide invitation and had paid for his lunch. The Life Safety man said he would call the sheriff’s department, which he did. Then Marker also called the sheriff’s department to request to talk to the sheriff about what was transpiring. A sheriff’s deputy arrived Marker • page 3

Patrick Marker (left) talks with a Stearns County deputy shortly before he is ordered to leave the St. John’s Prep School property during a school reunion June 29. Marker, who lives in Mt. Vernon, Wash., had received a mailed invitation to the reunion. A 1983 graduate of the prep school. Marker has become an active supporter of people who have been abused by clergy. He filed a lawsuit in 1991, alleging he had been sexually abused by a priest at the school. That lawsuit resulted in a settlement.

‘Summer Arts on the Farm’ held at Rocky Acres by Cori Hilsgen

Rocky Acres, north of St. Joseph, recently hosted works of eight artists during its “Summer Arts on the Farm.”

Artists who displayed their crafts included Carol Spychala with watercolor paintings, greeting cards, cement garden art and glass garden art; Karen Adams and Nadine Nelson – Eklektik Kollektibles – with metal jew-

elry and wood-turned pens; Judy Schlief with painted greeting cards, scarves and necklaces; Mary Lynne Goenner with Scentsy candles; Sue Peschl with decorative glazed-glass containers and jewelry; and Anna Bleess-

Lahr with her stained glass and jewelry on display for sale. Mary Jo Huls also displayed her old time barn/silo greeting cards but did not attend the event. Rocky Acres • page 8

Joes advance to second round of playoffs by Mike Nistler

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This farm-themed garden with a cupola is one of the gardens the Lahrs have created at Rocky Acres.

After finishing the regular season in fourth place in the Sauk Valley League, the St. Joseph Joes have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. After defeating Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s 2-0 in a best-of-three playoff series this past weekend, the Joes now advance to play the No. 1-seeded Sartell Muskies in another best-of-

three series. The first game of that series is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Champion Field in Sartell. The second game will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Schneider Field in St. Joseph. The third game, if needed, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday back at Champion Field. If the Joes win the series, they would then advance to the regional tournament. However, it will be a momentous challenge to defeat Joes • page 4

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2 If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. July 1 3:23 p.m. Theft. First Avenue NW. Complainant reported gas being siphoned from her vehicle several times. Most recent was overnight 6/30/2013 to 07/01/13. She advised her brother had put 8 gallons in on 6/30 totaling $22.50 and this morning the tank was empty. She stated neighbors have been having the same problem. Officer


advised her and neighbors to watch at night and police will give extra patrol to the area. 9:31 p.m. Threat. College Avenue S. Caller said a neighbor threatened to damage his vehicles. Officer arrived and spoke with the complainant. He said he has been having issues with his neighbors for the past several months. This evening he took his dogs for a walk and the neighbors upstairs said they were going to damage his vehicles because his dog tipped over their chair they use to prop open the outside door. Spoke with the upstairs neighbor and they denied making any kinds of threats of that nature. July 2 10:49 a.m. Crash with injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Sartell

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July 3 11:20 p.m. Underage. College Avenue. Officer spotted female standing with two other females. When she saw the officer it appeared as if she was nervous while she was holding what appeared to be a can of beer. After watching her for a few minutes, she handed the beer to a friend and began walking away from the officer. Officer approached her and asked her if she was old enough to drink. She said yes and gave the officer a bogus date of birth. She was advised of false info and then she admitted to being underage. Officer escorted her to a squad and she was verbally identified. She was administered a PBT which indicated a BAC of .09%. She was issued a citation for underage consumption. Officer explained the citation to her and she was allowed to leave. The can of beer, Miller Lite “Harley Davidson” edition was dumped out. 11:01 p.m. Suspicious person. CR 133/19th Avenue NE. Individual was walking to Sartell after fireworks. He was intoxicated and looking for a ride. Adult male was identified by Arizona driver’s license. He was transported to Five Points and turned over to Sartell who gave him a ride to his destination. July 4 1:33 a.m. Verbal. Minnesota Street E. Responded to a verbal between a male and female. Located

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them in the backyard. Female said she and her husband got into a verbal argument over some stupid stuff and that he had too much to drink. Nothing physical. Told them to go inside and call it a night. 1:42 p.m. Trespass. Elm Street E. Male and female were in Coborn’s. Coborn’s requested St. Joseph Police Department while serving trespass notices to both. Service to both was made. He refused, she signed. Copies given to SJPD and both male and female. 11:38 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. First Avenue NW. Officer met with party in parking lot of Subway. Stated he was waiting to meet a friend to follow him to St. Cloud and would not be much longer. No further issues. July 5 8 p.m. Harassment. CR 75 W. Complainant stated his ex-girlfriend and her brother keep coming in his residence. Stated she wants her property back and stated they will be waiting for him to get off work. They also messed up the bathrooms. Advised him to call if they return and officer would try to be in the area at midnight when he gets off work.

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Anna Bernstetter, daughter of Chris and Joe Bernstetter, St. Joseph, was recently named to the dean’s list at Bethel University, St. Paul. She is a senior. Four St. Joseph students were recently named to the dean’s list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. They and their majors are as follows: Elaine Caspers, liberal arts; Samantha Evander, liberal arts; Chelsey Hinnenkamp, food, agriculture and natural sciences; and Evan Johnson, biological sciences.

Six St. Joseph residents are part of the Great Northern Theatre Company’s summer musical production, Guys and Dolls, which will be performed Aug. 1-4 and 7-9 at Rocori High School, Cold Spring. They are the following: Brad Busse, director; Carla Durand, promotions; Ethan Wittrock, lead character Sky Masterson; Dan O’Connor, Nicely-Nicely Johnson; Courtney Kroska, Hot Box Dancer; Andrew Kroska, Liver Lips Louie. All shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for the 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Aug. 4. Tickets on sale now. To July 6 order, visit or call 1:32 p.m. Stolen vehicle. Dale 320-241-4682. Street E. Caller is reporting his Jacob Wetterling Resource ATV was stolen from his driveway. Center was recently awarded the Caller last saw it parked in his prestigious 21st Century Commudriveway about 11 p.m. nity Champion Award from the 3:41 p.m. Lost property. MinneAmerican Association of Famsota Street. Complainant reported ily and Consumer Sciences. The he lost a set of keys in St. Joaward recognizes groups that seph while at the parade. It was described as a Disney keychain promote the connection between spelled out in the shapes of Disney strong families and strong commucharacters and had a key on it for nities by creating viable projects a GM product. Unknown where and activities that build communities in which families are valued, exactly he may have lost it. supported and strengthened. Evaluation criteria includes leadership, July 7 3:29 p.m. Dump. Minnesota inclusiveness, impact, visibility, Street SW/Second Avenue NW. Of- sustainability and involvement. ficer found a pile of used diabetes For more information, visit www. supplies dumped in front of the and click on door at JR’s Auto. There were no Social/People. identifying words on the supplies. Central Minnesota Credit Officer cleaned them up and threw Union, headquartered in Melrose, into garbage after speaking to the was recently selected as one of the owner of the building. Top 50 credit unions in the nation in 2012 according to analysis by SNL Financial. Ranked #22 nationwide, CMCU is one of three Minnesota credit unions to make the list. CMCU is a 74-year-old member-owned financial cooperative that offers a complete line of financial services at 16 branch offices including St. Joseph. For MIDWAY IRON & METAL CO. Family Owned & Operated more information, visit www.the648 NE Lincoln Ave., St. Cloud and click on SoSCRAP: 320-252-4002 • NEW STEEL: 320-258-3003 800-246-4002 • cial/People.


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and told Marker he would have to leave the campus immediately. But first, the d e p u t y Marker wanted Marker to step over to the parking lot as campus officials wanted Marker to sign some kind of document. Marker said he would not sign anything. Then, a campus man walked over and told Marker there is an active restraining order against him from campus authorities. Marker told the man that was a blatant lie. Marker agreed to leave the campus, even though he felt a sense of outrageous injustice was being perpetrated against him. There was a problem, however. Marker had been driven to the reunion in a classmate’s car. He did not want to spoil the classmate’s lunch and fun, so he told the deputy he would walk from the campus. As he walked, the deputy followed him. At the county road, the deputy told Marker he would have to keep walking as the county road is considered campus property. So Marker continued walking toward the I-94 freeway. By then, some of his classmates drove to pick Marker up on the freeway. He found out seven of his classmates, the ones he’d been enjoying lunch

St. Joseph Newsleader • with, decided to leave the reunion and never return to the school. They were disgusted by how Marker was treated, and they said they all experienced a sense of shame and embarrassment on their friend’s behalf. That night, many of the classmates decided to get together at a classmate’s home in Sartell. A day after Marker’s expulsion made the news, the SJU Prep School responded publicly with a terse two-sentence statement. “St. John’s Prep responded to a history of hostility in asking an alumnus (Marker) to leave our private event. We felt it was in the best interests of our guests to ask this person to leave so others could enjoy the reunion.” The charge of “hostility” is ludicrous, Marker told the Newsleader. He said not once did he bring up the subject of clergy abuse the night before the event or during the luncheon. Everyone, he said, was having a good time with no trace of hostility from him or any of the classmates. Any hostility, he said, came from the Life Safety official, not from the reunion revelers. “I had no intention of bringing up the subject of clergy abuse,” Marker said. “I went there to have a good time with classmates.” The actions by campus officials, he said, had one purpose and one purpose only, in his opinion. “They wanted to embarrass, humiliate and discredit me in the eyes of my classmates,” Marker said. “They knew I was coming. They knew they’d sent me an invitation. They planned

beforehand to do that to me.” Marker wrote a letter and sent copies to SJU President Michael Hemesath and to St. John’s Abbey Abbot John Klassen. In the letter, Marker specifies which “lies” the campus should confess to and apologize for. Among the lies, Marker claims, are the active restraining order against him, the claim Marker had received a notice weeks before about not being allowed to come to the reunion and examples of the so-called “history of hostility.” In the letter, Marker also asks SJU officials to apologize to his classmates for ruining their reunion. For more about Marker and his expulsion from campus, including deputy dispatcher transcripts, see Marker’s website at www.behindthepinecurtain. com.

Waite Park Library offers two programs

The Waite Park Public Library is offering the following programs. “Sing, Play, Learn” for children 5 and younger will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. Early childhood music specialists will explore the magic of music and play through handson activities. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The attendance limit is 20 children and advanced registration is required. “Soil Rocks! Can You Dig It?” for children 3-12 will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. The attendance limit is 25 and advanced registration is required. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359.


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Joes Anglers, volunteers enjoy Fishing Without Boundaries

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Albie and Kathy Kraemer by Mike Nistler

It may have not been the sunniest day of the summer on July 13 on Big Fish Lake, but to the 28 anglers and the 50 volunteers who participated in “Fishing Without Boundaries,” the day couldn’t have been better. Held on Albie and Kathy Kraemer’s lake property, this was the second year the event was held. “We started this because we feel it is nice to share when you can,” Kathy Kraemer said. “We have lived on the lake for over 40 years and have enjoyed it. We wanted to share the enjoyment of being on a lake with others.” The Kraemers met Woody Sankey, the executive director of the Central Minnesota chapter of Simply Outdoors Experiences, at a different fishing event and the seed was planted. “We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to

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Albie and Kathy Kraemer hosted the second annual Fishing Without Boundaries event at their home on Big Fish Lake. Twenty-eight anglers and 50 volunteers participated. bring the event to our home,” Kraemer said. This year, just like last, 28 anglers and approximately 50 volunteers attended. “Our goal is to increase the number of anglers each year,” Kraemer said. The day begins around 8 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast. There is a starting ceremony/information meeting around 9 a.m. Boats start heading out on the lake shortly after. Each boat has a boat captain, a first mate and two to three anglers. The boats are on the water for a couple hours and then come back in for a lunch. Anglers have the opportunity to go back on the water for another couple hours

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after lunch. The day concludes around 3 p.m. with a closing ceremony during which the anglers are presented with a medal of participation, a photo of the anglers and a gift bag. The event is open to anyone with a disability (physical, emotional, cognitive or other) Anglers pay a fee of $35, which covers the cost of insurance, T-shirt, bait, fishing equipment and more. Attendants who accompany anglers pay a fee of $20, which covers the cost of insurance, Kraemer said, adding they also offer scholarships for those who can’t afford the fee. “We want anyone who is interested in fishing or who would like to spend a day at the lake to have that opportunity,” Kathy said. To help raise money for the fishing outing, the Kraemers also organize a charity golf tournament and silent auction. This year that event will be held at River Oaks Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 21. Anyone interested in participating in the golf tournament can contact the Kraemers at 612-865-3334 or 320-250-6363.

the Muskies, who finished the league season a perfect 12-0 and sport one of the state’s best pitchers in David Deminsky, a former St. Cloud State University pitcher who was drafted in the 44th round of the Major League Draft by the Minnesota Twins and spent a short time in their minor league system. The last time the Joes faced the Muskies in St. Joseph on July 13, Deminsky shut them down in a 6-0 Muskies win, allowing only three hits. Deminsky, a 2006 Sartell High School graduate and former St. Cloud River Bat and Northwoods League AllStar, is 7-0 this season. In his Muskie career he is 18-3 with an ERA of 1.23. The Joes know they have their work cut out for them if they are to beat Deminsky and the Muskies. “Sartell was already arguably one of the best teams in the area, if not the state, so adding a dominant lefthanded pitcher like Deminsky this year made them a lot better and serious state-tournament contenders in Class C,” said the Joes Brent Schloe. “They mash at the plate, have a lot of speed, a solid defense and a very deep pitching staff outside of Deminsky as well, so we definitely have our work cut out for us.” Schloe said in both games against the Muskies this year, Deminsky was “on his game,” able to locate his pitches no matter what he threw and no matter what the count. “We only had two hits against him the first time back in May, one of which was a solo home run by Brandon Bloch, and we managed just three singles the second time around two weeks ago when he shut us out. In our defense, though, it’s not like he just has our number . . . He’s dominated every team he’s faced this year as evidenced by his 0.60 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 60 innings.”

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Schloe said it’s important for the Joes to stay aggressive at the plate. “He’s always around the zone, and we can’t let the mental part of facing him get the best of us either because it’s still baseball and any team can beat any other team on any given day.” Joe’s Manager Pat Schneider said the two teams are very familiar with one another. “We have played them quite often over the years, and each team respects each other and is well aware of player personnel on both teams,” Schneider said. “I’d say we have a very healthy rivalry. Regarding pitching, there certainly is some truth to the fact Deminsky is always a challenge for us. His professional baseball career has certainly been impressive. However, our Chad Schwegel will be a significant challenge for them as well. In Chad’s eight-year career with St. Joseph, he has earned a 2.17 ERA and this year he is 5-0 with a 2.21 ERA. Those numbers bode well for his ability to shut teams down. It’s a best-of-3 playoff series so anything can happen. We hit the ball well in our series with Sauk Rapids this past weekend, so we hope we are peaking at the right time.” Schneider said the team’s season has been a bit of a rollercoaster, mainly due to injuries to pitcher Scott Sand (back) and Bubba Hollenhorst (torn labrum). “Plus, for the first time we signed seven very talented local high school seniors from Apollo and St. John’s Prep to our roster,” he said. “Their legion and high school schedule came first before playing amateur baseball. Thus, we struggled with available players early in the season causing our win/loss record to suffer. Our 20-man roster is now in tack and we plan to make a serious bid for the 2013 region tournament held in Hinckley, beginning Aug. 3. Of course, to do that we need to beat Sartell two out of three games starting this Saturday.”

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Rox pitchers play bingo SJP to expand art, music programs at Arlington Place by Cori Hilsgen

At a time when many schools are cutting art and music programs, St. John’s Prep School is expanding its programs. Principal Matthew Reichert said each year the school has more students who want to participate in music, visual arts and theater. SJP plans to increase the number of art classes students are required to take in order to graduate. It’s also planning on expanding the music-lessons program. Currently, all SJP students qualify for weekly lessons. SJP wants to increase the availability of instructors for students in all grade levels. The SJP music department has already added a course in music theory and analysis, and the art department has added high-level visual-art classes with the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Theatre classes will be reintroduced. Reichert said the studio space for visual arts will be remodeled during the next year or two, and some new equipment and a digital photography lab will be added. He said there has been an increase in digital photography and film production in art classes and also for use in other courses and departments. Document cameras, projectors and smart-board technology for more dynamic music instruction will be added to the music classroom and rehearsal halls. The use of an iPad application named “Smart Music,” which will increase individualized music lessons and music theory, will be added. All SJP students will be using iPads beginning next year. Because of the increased need for music lessons, SJP is considering adding hourly staff to help with instruction.

After taking a leave to cover the vocations director position, Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB, is returning as the director of the school musical program. Br. Richard Crawford, OSB, has been hired for a new theater position to coordinate sets, lights, sound and other technical production. Crawford has many years of experience in fine-arts programming at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. “Students are required to take two years (four semesters) of art classes – music, visual art and/or theater,” Reichert said. ”We are looking to increase this requirement to be more in keeping with other content areas. The majority of our students in the upper school participate in at least one school music ensemble, and dozens of students each year participate in one of our theater productions. Reichert believes the arts are an important component of any well-rounded academic program. “It’s impossible to be truly college preparatory, or to really fulfill our mission as a school, without high-quality arts programs,” Reichert said. “A strong background in, and experience of, the arts changes the way students learn and come to understand other subject areas (such as) physics, mathematics, literature and history.” Reichert said it’s important SJP invest in all of their programs in order to keep them strong, dynamic and growing. “While this might be an unusual step for other schools, even other private schools, it’s a natural and necessary step for Prep,” Reichert said.

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Pitchers from the St. Cloud Rox baseball team visited Arlington Place Assisted Living on July 8 to play bingo with the residents. Rox players also passed out ice-cream cones afterward. Housing manager Karen Hennessy used baseball-themed bingo cards for the event. Caller Eric Nyquist would call out “catch,” “throw,” “steal,” “dugout” and other baseball-related terms until residents got a “Bingo.” Pitcher Kyle Fischer, a New Ulm native and St. Cloud State University player, attended the event. “There are 16 pitchers and 14 position players on the roster,” Fischer said. “We play 70 games in 75 days. Half of those games, 35, are


Above: St. Cloud Rox baseball pitchers played Bingo and served ice cream cones to residents at Arlington Place assisted living in St. Joseph. At right: Rox pitcher Kyle Fischer helps residents Emily Hlebain, 98, (left) and Flores Ottenhoff, 98, play Bingo. played in St. Cloud and the other half are played on the road. Rox public relations person Jake Brown said they visit several places a week during the summer. They visit libraries, assisted-living facilities, the Boys and Girls Club and other places. “We feel as an organization it’s important to show our face in the community and to be involved in the community,” Brown said. “That’s how fans get to know us.” Hennessy said Brown had contacted her several weeks

ago to see if they could come and do something with the residents. She said bingo draws the most participants of any of their events. Hennessy said the residents commented it was fun to do something different and it was a nice party. The Rox is a summer collegiate baseball league that plays in the Northwoods League. Current standings are 18-23, 4-2 second half and home games are played at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.

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Toddler’s death could have been avoided

This has been a sad past couple of weeks for the folks in western Wisconsin and for all of those who have been following the news of the death of 2-year-old Isaiah Theis. Isaiah was reported missing first on the evening of July 16. His body was found in the truck of a car that his father was repairing on the family’s property the next day — 30 hours after he was reported missing. During that time no one searched the vehicle. In fact, hundreds of people walked by the car on numerous occasions during that time frame. Thousands of searchers looked for the young boy for nearly two days in the fields and woods and waters near Isaiah’s home in Centuria, Wis., about 60 miles northeast of St. Paul. Preliminary autopsy results showed the boy died from hyperthermia. It still isn’t certain how Isaiah got into the trunk. We may never know. Some speculate the young boy grabbed the keys, opened the locked trunk, crawled in and closed the trunk, locking himself in the deadly chamber. Temperatures at the time were stifling. Initial reports said Isaiah was playing with his 7-year-old brother. After the boy’s body was found, sheriff’s deputies said they regretted not looking in the vehicles parked on the property immediately. The body wasn’t discovered until the vehicle’s owner came to claim his car from Justin Theis, Isaiah’s father. In hindsight, Sheriff Peter Johnson said he wished the car would have been searched immediately, but he was told the trunk was locked and it was unlikely the boy could have been inside. Isaiah was laid to rest this past week. His, like so many who are taken way too early, was a death that could easily have been avoided. This week was a time to grieve. In coming weeks, we hope, some answers may be forthcoming and hopefully lessons that have been learned through this tragedy are not soon forgotten.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Opinion I’m happier in a boat than on a golf course I always find it interesting the hobbies people embrace and the reasons behind that decision. For instance, I used to golf, not very well mind you, but I tried. For a number of years I went golfing with friends. They were all better than me. That didn’t really matter; I could accept my deficiency at the game. I grew up playing baseball and didn’t golf until I was in college. I might have golfed once or twice a year at that time. As I got older I made friends with guys who were avid golfers, and I tagged along with them. I’d do OK. I’d always have the high score, but occasionally I made a great shot, which gave me hope there might be more to my game. I even took a few lessons to get better, but somehow I think they hurt more than helped. I started worrying about my knees and hips and back and head and swing and follow-through. The more I thought, the worse my game got, it seemed. And then, the nightmare of all nightmares happened. I went golfing with a couple buddies, and one of them brought his brother along. His brother, it turned out, was a golf pro at a local

Mike Nistler Reporter course. This must have really messed me up because somewhere along the course I couldn’t hit the ball off the tee. I swung and missed. Tried again but whiffed again. I knew my friends and the golf pro were watching me. Let me tell you they were great about it. They didn’t say anything until I asked for help. The golf pro gave me a few friendly suggestions. I think I finally squirted the ball off the tee. That was good enough for me, but that’s the last time I picked up a club. I still have them in my storage shed. I’m not sure why. Maybe I think someday I’ll take up the sport again. Meanwhile, I now fish with my brothers on a regular basis during the summer. I find this much more enjoyable. Again, I’m not a professional angler, and I’ll probably never go fishing

with one. But I have my share of success. And if we don’t catch anything, at least we have the beauty of the lake to enjoy. When you do catch a fish that puts up a bit of a fight, it’s exhilarating landing it. Probably because you never know what you’re going to pull into the boat from the waters below. It’s sort of like that children’s game at carnivals — the wishing well. When they put that hook behind the curtain you never know how big a prize you’re going to reel in. Another distinct advantage I think fishing has over golf is when you go fishing you can eat the rewards from that day. You can’t eat a scorecard. Well, maybe you can, but I’m sure it tastes nowhere as wonderful as a bunch of pan-fried fresh fish. And while you can have a beer or two on the golf course, the more you drink while golfing, the harder it is to hit the ball where you want it to go. Having some beers while fishing, well, the fish don’t seem to mind one bit. This column may start a debate. I’m sure there are tons of folks who would prefer a day at a golf course over one in a boat on a lake. I’m just not one of them.

Letter to editor

Resident thanks emergency responders

Evelyn Pueringer, St. Joseph

I want to thank the St. Joseph Rescue Squad and first responders for their quick

action and their professionalism during my stroke emergency last week. I’m doing

well and should soon be running around again.

Republicans should put up or shut up The U.S. House Republicans are like a colony of termites, voraciously nibbling away at the foundations of ObamaCare. Their latest dirty little tactic is to try to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. They are angry about ObamaCare becoming the law of the land, and they are doubly bitter ever since the U.S. Supreme Court, to their dunderheaded disappointment, upheld the Act’s key provision – the mandate. It’s time for Republicans to either put up or shut up. If they detest ObamaCare so much, it’s time for them to come up with solutions of their own. But of course that will never happen, because these smug legislators, whose health-care packages are part of their many perks paid by taxpayers, have the selfish notion the health-care system is not broken. Their smarmy attitude is if nearly 50 million people have no insurance, it’s their own fault. They are deadbeats and freeloaders who are not working hard enough. If they would get two or three minimum-wage jobs, surely they could then afford insurance. And plenty of non-legislators have that same attitude – “I got mine, you get yours!” Some day, if those people lose their jobs, they or their loved ones might be high-and-dry, without the means to buy insurance. They’ll be singing a different tune, maybe, when that sad day comes. Remember, there but for fortune go you and I. So many people have said to me in the past few years, “ObamaCare is a

Dennis Dalman Editor disaster.” “Why? What don’t you like about it?” I ask, genuinely open-minded as to their objections. “Well, um . . . well . . . “ they stammer. “It’s run by the government; it’s socialism. They’ll take my insurance policy away. I won’t be able to have my choice of doctors. It will be way too expensive. We’ll have to wait in long lines. There’s a death panel that will decide who gets treatment. Why should I pay for someone else’s health care?” It’s so obvious they are parroting buzz phrases they heard from extremists like Gasbag Rush Limbaugh. Here is how I verbally slap back: “Listen, until you can do some research and learn some facts about ObamaCare, would you please stop spouting those lies?” They don’t like to hear that. Tough. Obama himself was the first to say the Affordable Care Act will have to undergo plenty of tweaking in its first years. Every major program, such as Medicare, required adjustments. You would think Republicans would roll up their sleeves and brainstorm, along with Democrats, as to how to improve the law. But think again. Their sole purpose is to savagely sabotage Obam-

aCare at all costs. And why? It’s very simple. It is Obama’s law, and anything to do with Obama that might prove to be a success must be trashed, tossed out like baby with bathwater. These Republicans are so deeply bitter about Obama’s re-election they would vote against a cancer cure if Obama came up with one. For five years these do-nothings have been naysaying, poo-poohing and rigidly obstructing any legislation that comes down the pike. And their rationale for their obstructionism is anything Obama proposes, they will oppose – no matter what it is. Compromise is not a word in their vocabularies. Sen. Mitch McConnell, one of the worst obstructionists, vowed two years ago his prime purpose as a senator was to do everything in his power to defeat Obama in a re-election bid. It was a nasty vendetta that backfired on him and other Obama-haters. And now, of course, they are more obstructionist than ever – utterly determined to sink the Affordable Care Act, which is Obama’s signature legislation and the most important health act since Medicare. We keep hearing, “Why doesn’t Obama spend more time explaining how ObamaCare will work?” He has. Many times. There have also been many excellent media explanations. But the trouble is too many people aren’t paying attention. The real question should be, “Why do so many people prefer lies over facts?”

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Rocky Acres from front page The two-day event offered visitors a chance to see and purchase the various artists’ creations, including garden metal floral art and refurbished junkables, home-farmed honey, samples from “Anna’s Wedding Cakes,” container gardens, succulents and other plants. Visitors took self-guided garden tours, which offered a chance to sit in the Old Log Cabin or the gazebo and to explore the manythemed gardens, including a farmer’s garden with a cupola, fairy garden, children’s garden with vintage toys, succulents gardens and others. Owners Jerry and Anna Bleess-Lahr are hoping more people will want to spend time in their gardens. The Lahrs own 40 acres of property next to Jerry’s childhood home. It’s a working farm and includes cattle, fainting goats, peacocks, guinea chickens and two cats. Anna operates a licensed home bakery called “Anna’s Wedding Cakes” on the property. When the couple married five years ago, Jerry gave his third “Harley” garage stall to Anna to operate a home bakery. Anna, a retired nurse, previously owned a coffee shop in Mankato. “I have had a licensed home bakery since 1989,” Anna said.



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St. Joseph Newsleader • The gardens are part of the Lahr’s semi-retired adventures. They have a vision and hope people will come to Rocky Acres to enjoy a country retreat-like experience. “It would be almost a sin not to share it,” Anna said. “It’s like a small-scale ‘Munsinger Gardens,’” Spychala said. She said the event was well attended by interested buyers and said she wanted people to know what a beautiful place the Lahrs have. The garden tours include a chance to sit in the Garden Cafe in the Old Log Cabin and sample some of Anna’s pastries and Jerry’s home-farmed honey. Jerry moved the Old Log Cabin from the Anton’s restaurant property in Waite Park. They replaced the old floor and restored the cabin. Anna furnished it with a pastry cupboard that she got from her aunt and uncle and had previously used in her Mankato coffee shop called “Anna’s Pastry Cupboard.” The Lahrs plan to set up a partial boutique and sell arts and craft items in the cabin. “Our intent is to have intimate little gatherings,” Anna said. “If someone would want to celebrate a birthday or two women would want a girlfriend date or maybe somebody just by themselves would want to come out and enjoy the gardens. It would be by reservation and I could have pastries prepared. They could enjoy it in the cabin

Friday, July 26, 2013

Jerry Lahr creates garden sculptures such as this from refurbished junkables and vintage antiques. photos by Cori Hilsgen

or pick out a seating area outside Jerry and Anna Lahr offer themed garden retreats at Rocky in the gardens. They could have Acres. Jerry moved this Old Log Cabin from the Anton’s a little country retreat.” restaurant property in Waite Park. Besides her cakes and pastries, Anna creates stained-glass He also tends to his bees to cre- for garden tours. Currently, they do not charge a fee to enjoy the works of art and jewelry and nur- ate his home-farmed honey. The Lahrs use a lot of old gardens and Old Log Cabin, but tures succulents and other plants refurbished items for their gar- donations are accepted. Rocky in her greenhouse. Jerry creates metal floral art dens. They accept orders for Acres is located at 35282 CR 2, St. Joseph. Their telephone numand refurbishes junkables and their creations. The Lahrs require reservations ber is 320-259-8282. vintage antiques into sculptures.

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