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St. John’s abbey sets archery-only deer hunt
Archery deer hunters are invited to apply for permission to hunt deer on St. John’s Abbey property in Stearns County. This year, the abbey is using an archery-only hunt beginning Oct. 18 and ending Dec. 31. The goal is to assure a population level that will allow both adequate regeneration of the forest and a healthy deer herd in the Abbey Arboretum’s 2,500+ acres. Applications to hunt at St. John’s must be received no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. For more information visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 1 Criers.
Whitney hosts nature walk
Join an experienced Master Naturalist on a group walk from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Whitney Park to experience the natural beauty right in Whitney Center’s backyard. Study insects, birds, geology and plants on this guided outdoors adventure. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
‘Coffee with Cop’ stirs plenty of interest by Tara Wiese email@example.com
At a recent Coffee with a Cop event, St. Joseph Police Chief Joel Klein was asked his favorite part of the morning. He shared a heartwarming response: “Four children, Hannah Mondloch and her siblings, arrived and presented me with scrolls. On each scroll was hand-drawn artwork. That made my day.” One scroll in particular had a message that read “To St. Joseph Police, May God bless you and your families. Thank you for all you do!” Klein made those comments during Coffee with a Cop, a morning event held July 24 at McDonald’s in St. Joseph. The event was sponsored by the St. Joseph Police Department and by the Metro Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. It was a time for St. Joseph residents to join Klein in a discussion of topics such as the upcoming National Night Out, the new traffic diversion in front of McDonald’s, traffic concerns on Highway 75 and the Metro Citizens Police Academy that will take place in September. Besides discussing serious concerns, there was also time for just getting to know Klein on a one-on-one basis.
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Residents discuss topics such as upcoming National Night Out, the new traffic diversion in front of McDonald’s, traffic concerns on Hwy. 75 and cooking with St. Joseph Police Chief Klein at the Coffee with a Cop event July 24 at McDonald’s in St. Joseph. From left to right are Fred Hinkle, Metro Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association president; Leonard Walz, a St. Joseph Lions Club member; Klein; and John Miller, a new resident of St. Joseph. St. Joseph will celebrate National Night Out with “Movie in the Park” at dusk Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Millstream Park. There will be a family-friendly movie called Free Birds showing, free to the
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More than 140 years after the Catholic church in St. Joseph was built, parishioners will no
longer have to sweat it out in church. The Church of St. Joseph is installing air conditioning. Business manager Sandra Scholz said Precise Refriger-
ation, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. of St. Joseph, and Thielen Electric Inc. of St. Cloud did the installation last week and Phillip Construction of St. Joseph worked on the
carpentry work this week. Scholz said they have studied how air conditioning could effectively be installed in the church without greatly disturbChurch • page 3
Arlington Place hosts hoedown picnic
The St. Cloud Hospital Behavioral Health Clinic is offering a Family and Friends Support Group for Eating Disorders from 4:306 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at CentraCare Health Plaza in the Leonard, Street and Deinard room. Upcoming meetings are Aug. 7, Sept. 4 and Oct. 2. This group is intended for family members and friends of a person with an eating disorder and is NOT appropriate for people who currently struggle with an eating disorder. There is no cost to attend. For details, call 320229-4918 and ask for Bette Bakke, Lauren Forest or Barbara Carver or visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 1 Criers.
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park on Highway 75. Klein said there will be officers directing and assisting traffic and parking available throughout the park. Walz also spoke about the Lions’ Coffee • page 8
Catholic church installs air conditioning
St. Cloud Hospital offers family support group for eating disorders
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public. Leonard Walz, a member of the St. Joseph Lions Club, expressed his concerns to Klein about parking for the event as he said he felt it wouldn’t be safe to
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Arlington Place resident Clara Stueve (right) enjoyed the summer hoedown with her daughter, Doreen Honer (left), and daughter-in-law, Kathy Stueve (center). Clara will turn 102 in August.
Residents and staff of Arlington Place Assisted Living, along with other guests, recently celebrated an annual summer “hoedown” picnic. Arlington Place housing manager Karen Hennessy said they had a great time and a great turnout. “We invite all residents and their families and all staff and their families,” Hennessy said. “Last year we served about 70 people and this year we served 96. Everyone enjoyed the hoedown theme, complete with cowboy hats and boot can
coolers.” The lunch menu included hot dogs and burgers made on the grill, pasta salad and watermelon. Picnic guests were entertained by the Slew Foot Family Band from Grey Eagle. This is a family with eight children who all perform in their program. The family adds dancing such as clogging, square dancing, line dancing and more into their program. They also play a variety of instruments including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, harmonica and more. “The residents loved them and really enjoyed that the chilHoedown • page 5
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Left to right, Heidi Hagen from Heartland Hospice, Karen Hennessy, Housing manager from Arlington Place and Chris Buley from Heartland Hospice.
Christian Gaetz, son of Rose and Rick Gaetz of St. Joseph, was recently named to the spring dean’s list Gaetz at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is a sophomore in the College of Science and Engineering, has a 4.0 gradepoint average and is majoring in mathematics. He also received a math department scholarship of $3,500 for 2014-15 academic year.
Arlington Place Assisted Living Community recently earned a Champion of Care award from Heartland Hospice. Arlington received this honor in recognition of their dedication and excellence in care practices and services to their
residents and families. Arlington is an active senior community located in St. Joseph, Minn., which offers a wide variety of living rooms and suites with services, including partnering with Heartland Hospice when needed.
A correction is needed for a story about the St. Cloud Rox that was published in the July 25 St. Joseph Newsleader. The Rox team is a summer collegiate league team. It is not a professional minor-league team.
If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
let that was in the center counsel was still there. Complainant will call back with serial numbers of stolen property. Later, complainant called to say she did remember her vehicle was unlocked while she went to use the restroom when she first arrived but then was locked prior to leaving for her bike ride. She stated she was also missing a medium beige tote with pink letters saying “Lozilu Women’s Mud Run” (valued at $10).
property but that second neighbor started yelling at him. First neighbor said second neighbor had recently thrown dog poo and grass clippings on first neighbor’s yard.
June 21 3:55 p.m. Traffic stop. College Avenue S./Iverson Street. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a 30-mph zone. The driver stated she was not aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 7:47 p.m. Noise complaint. Iverson Street W. When offender was confronted, she stated it was her anniversary. Party was advised to keep noise down. June 22 8:04 p.m. Theft. 1st Avenue NE. Theft of a 2008 white Apple laptop (valued at $1,200), a white Galaxy S4 cell phone with turquoise blue soft cover (valued at $600) and a white USB charger cord (valued at $20) while vehicle was parked and locked at the Wobegon Welcome Center parking lot while complainant was on a bike ride sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. No damage incurred to vehicle so caller unsure how thief got in. Items were sitting on the front passenger seat. A wal-
June 23 1:32 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Elm Street E. Manager of a local business called to say there was a semi parked in the business parking lot. He said they have a company policy that states employees cannot leave premises until the lot is cleared. Officers contacted semi driver who agreed to move the rig. 2:57 a.m. Driving complaint. Ridgewood Court. Call from offduty dispatcher who witnessed a semi go through a red light by Mill’s Fleet Farm. Officer stopped semi at CR 75 and CR 3. Driver stated he noticed light changing but did not have time to stop because he was loaded with more than 22,500 pounds of product. Warning issued. 7:37 p.m. Neighbor dispute. First neighbor was mowing. Second neighbor called to say first neighbor was spraying dirt and leaves toward his property. First neighbor told officers he was going to clean other neighbor’s
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June 24 1:01 a.m. Dog. Iverson Street W. Caller had small white dog with a pink collar contained in his garage. No ID tags were on dog. Caller seemed to know which address dog came from. Officers left voicemail for dog owners and instructions no ticket would be issued for this event, but warned citation would be issued if future occurrences. Upon contact with dog owner, owner said they plan to install underground fencing for dog but in the meantime dog has been getting out of kennel without their knowledge. Officer explained dog-at-large ordinance. 12:45 p.m. One-car accident. Minnesota Street E. St. Joseph male driver was traveling eastbound and light was red. He said he didn’t notice other vehicle when turning until last second and struck a curb and street sign trying to avoid the vehicle. County maintenance was notified. 4:23 p.m. Verbal. 3rd Avenue NE. St. Joseph male called the police and had an open line. Dispatcher could hear verbal argument. Upon arrival, officers witnessed verbal between father and son. Son had a laceration on his neck he stated was from a knife he used to try and kill himself. Son
Fifth Avenue Fest features music, history, food, fun St. Cloud’s Fifth Avenue Fest will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 2. The event, the second annual summer celebration of the thoroughfare’s heritage as a significant dining, entertainment and business center; historic south side/university neighborhood and home of St. Cloud’s oldest public park, will feature family fun and refreshments along Fifth Avenue from Pioneer Place to Barden Park, featuring local and regional musicians; a walking tour of downtown landmarks led by historian Bill Morgan; specials at eateries along
the way; an extended Farmers’ Market; skateboarding events at City Hall; photos and activities highlighting the old neighborhood, including historic First Presbyterian Church and the Islamic Center in the city’s oldest church; refreshments and boutique at the Welcome Center; SCSU Community Garden and Women’s Center stops; and children’s activities, history stations and lively music at Barden Park. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Aug. 1 Criers.
Whitney hosts author, nutrition series Join discussion on The Last Ferryman
Join local author Gregory Randle in a discussion of his book, The Last Ferryman, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Hear excerpts from this compelling saga, and discuss the story as it relates to the universal story of change in which people are displaced by new developments and technology, and how we survive difficult times by the power of human compassion.
Whitney series focuses on nutrition
Join others to view board-certified family physician, New York Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher Joel Fuhrman, M.D., who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8. His PBS television shows and DVD series Focus on Nutrition! bring nutritional science to homes all across America. One topic will be viewed and discussed each week.
fled on foot but was apprehended by police and ultimately transported to St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation. June 25 8:05 p.m. Extra patrol request. Northland Drive. Apartment manager requested extra patrols at the complex due to an increase in thefts from vehicles. 8:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle. Northland Drive. Complainant said her vehicle had been broken into sometime between 6:30 a.m. and noon. No sign of forced entry. Her husband’s subwoofers, amplifier and speaker box were stolen from the trunk. No serial numbers or model numbers were available. No suspects. June 26 1:51 a.m. Illegal burn. Minnesota Street W. Officer was driving west on Minnesota Street and observed black smoke. Contacted tenants and found they were burning prohibited materials. Citation was issued. 8:47 a.m. Suspicious persons. Ridgewood Court. Owner stated two males in full tattoos were inside the store just walking around and not talking. He thought they might be casing the place. When they went back to their van, they sat inside for about three minutes then drove away right when officer arrived. Officer could not locate van.
June 27 7:14 a.m. Hazard. Ridgewood Court. Excavating vehicle dropped rock across CR 75 intersection. Officer directed traffic while excavators used a front loader and shovel to remove debris. 11:26 p.m. Date Street W. Missing person. Welfare check on individual caller knew was intoxicated previous evening and had not heard from. Missing person was also known to have taken seizure medication, had left on foot and did not have cell phone. Caller found individual on the afternoon of the next day and reported he was fine. 2:39 p.m. Theft. CR 75 W. In the past month, caller reported a duel-axel trailer was stolen from his property. The 6-foot by 10-foot black trailer has wood sides and flooring, older chrome wheels, a spare tire mounted on the front and is missing the rear ramp. Value $1,500. 5:05 p.m. Two-vehicle accident. CR 133 S./15th Avenue NE. Vehicle 1 was pulled off on shoulder. Vehicle 2 was traveling in lane of traffic. Vehicle 1 began to make a U-turn. Vehicle 2 attempted evasive action by crossing into opposite lane to avoid collision. Vehicle 1 struck vehicle 2 in the passenger side sustaining severe front-end damage. Vehicle 2 sustained severe passenger-side damage. No injuries. Driver of vehicle 1 issued citation for illegal U-turn.
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from front page ing the interior and exterior aesthetics of the building for many years. She said she believes they have found a way by installing the Mitsubishi split-type air-conditioner units mounted under the balcony – units that were suggested by Precise. “It’s exciting to envision how comfortable people can be now when they are here for Mass, weddings and funerals during the hot summer months,” Scholz said. The church was built and consecrated in 1871 and is the first consecrated Catholic church in Minnesota. According to its website, this Roman Catholic church has more than 3,200 registered members. Starring St. Joseph resident Brad Busse!
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A historical prospective from 25 years ago - July 21, 1989
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responsibility to find a site for the new armory,” Court said. “During the past five years, 13 sites were chosen – the St. Joseph site wasn’t even one of them – at first. “After all 13 had been rejected for one reason or another, the reps wanted to tour the St. Joseph area maintenance shop, which repairs military equipment for all reserve units north of the Twin Cities. That’s how the St. Joseph land was spotted. “Someone said, ‘Hey, why isn’t this on the list? It’s a perfect site’ and it was unanimous,” Court continued. “It has visibility, good traffic accessibility, good freeway access for transporting equipment and it’s an easy place to come to for drilling reserves.” Last December, the money was appropriated by Congress and the 8.6-acre plot of land was acquired from the Lahr family. Construction will include a maintenance facility for AMSA 23 which is presently located east of Gohman Construction on CR 133. The site was originally scheduled for construction in 1989, but backlogging of reserve construction, due to
most buildings in use today having been built in the 1950s and beginning to crumble, has put it off until 1995,” Court said. The armory will support 150 members in St. Cloud’s two Army Reserve units – the First Battalion of the 409th Infantry and the 377th Medical Detachment Hospital Dispensary. “The armory should benefit the community in many ways,” Court said. “If present trends continue, by the time the facility is built there will be 30 full-time employees on staff. Right now, there are already 21 employees. “Drilling reserves only meet once a month so availability of the facility is extensive for community utilization. The facility would charge no rent, only utility costs. “It will be available for civic activities, and possibly intramural sports activities such as basketball or volleyball,” Court concluded. “Other armories are used regularly for school programs, Red Cross blood donation drives, food fests, teen dances, and auto and boat shows.”
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Arlington Place residents, staff and guests enjoyed the summer hoedown entertainment outside.
The Slew Foot Family Band from Grey Eagle provided the entertainment for the annual summer hoedown picnic at Arlington Place Assisted Living.
Hoedown from front page dren were a huge part of their performance,” Hennessy said.
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“We intend to have them back in September during National Assisted Living Week.” Hennessy said the weather kept them indoors for lunch, but they were able to enjoy the entertainment outside.
She said she is already busy planning next year’s annual picnic and has the theme picked out and the entertainment booked.
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St. Joseph can share credit for St. Cloud’s good ranking
St. Cloud has been ranked #24 in Forbes magazine’s newest list of the best of 184 smaller cities in the nation for business and careers. Fargo, N.D. is tops this year, Mankato is third and Rochester is 23rd. Minnesota is named by Forbes as #3 for the best state for the potential for people to make a decent living. Congratulations are in order, especially since St. Cloud’s #24 ranking is 31 places higher than it was in the Forbes’ list in 2013. Forbes has been publishing this particular list annually since 1998. Of course, none of this good news should come as a surprise to those who live and work here. After a miserable recession that began in 2008, it took awhile for St. Cloud to make a comeback, but that comeback is clearly underway. Job growth is up, unemployment is down and “For Hire” signs can be seen just about everywhere in this area. Forbes’ rankings are based on factors that include job growth, income growth in the past five years, education and the presence of colleges, cultural and recreational activities, mobility patterns, projected growth and the cost of living. It’s not just St. Cloud that deserves kudos for the impressive Forbes’ ranking. Surrounding cities are definitely part of this ongoing success story. St. Joseph, for example, is a big plus to the greater St. Cloud area because of its academic, cultural and economic bedrocks – the College of St. Benedict and nearby St. John’s University. In just the past few years, St. Joseph has experienced some exciting downtown developments right along main street that make the area a magnet for people far and wide, including that city’s hugely successful Millstream Arts Festival. St. Joseph has become one of the finest cities in the state for nurturing all of the arts – music, painting, pottery, poetry and more. The proximity of the colleges has much to do with that success. Sartell, too, is a good example of the winning criteria on the Forbes survey, everything from job growth to quality education, from extraordinary health-care facilities to recreational and cultural activities via the city’s park development, made possible by innovative public-private partnerships, as well as the regional half-cent sales tax. St. Joseph’s and Sartell’s progressive successes are very much part of St. Cloud’s successes and vice versa. St. Joseph and Sartell were often considered so-called “bedroom communities” at the edges of big St. Cloud, where people would come to go to work in the day and then return to their bedroom communities to sleep until the next work day. Sartell and St. Joseph are certainly bedroom communities no longer. Each city has a unique identity and dynamism, and plenty of St. Cloud residents, in fact, are going to work in those two cities. Another reason for St. Cloud’s ranking in the Forbes Top 25 is the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp., now headed by Patti Gartland, former Sartell city administrator. That organization networks with area businesses, industries and movers-and-shakers to attract and retain businesses and to help create a positive climate, in all respects, for businesses to thrive. Those attractive factors include all of the criteria for the Forbes listings. The development corporation, in doing its work, benefits not just St. Cloud but other area cities in the most inclusive, mutually beneficial fashion. Yet another reason for local success is the area planning meetings that take place with the cities’ mayors and council members. That kind of networking and cooperation ensures, generally, that what’s good for one is good for all. And thus, all of the cities in the Greater St. Cloud area can take a bow for the excellent Forbes’ rating.
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Be ready for Social Security earnings limits I’ve been advising fellow Baby Boomers to think twice before signing up for Social Security retirement benefits. I chose early retirement at age 62 only because I needed some income to supplement my half-time-job earnings. If you can, it’s probably best to wait until you are at or near full retirement age as your checks will be much bigger. If you change your mind midstream on that score, you’ll have to pay back in lump sum all the money you received. What I most want to warn about is the “earnings limit” if you retire before full retirement age. The earnings limit for 2013, on which this year’s Social Security payments are based, was $15,120. If you made more than that, Social Security will adjust your benefits accordingly this year, keeping back half of what you earned above that limit. At full retirement age (66 for my age group), those earnings limits don’t apply. But, don’t forget that in the year of your full retirement age, the Social Security checks you receive in that year will be based on the income you made the year before (when you were 65). That was the nasty surprise for me this year. So let’s say your work income in 2013 was $16,120, which was $1,000 above the limit. Social Security will keep back $500 from one of your monthly $1,000 checks for this year. If it’s more, depending on how much, they’ll keep two or even more checks. In the year AFTER your full retirement year, you won’t have to worry about limits on what you made at age 66. The good news is when you reach full retirement, your monthly benefits will be increased a bit to take into account the previous months in which you received no benefits or reduced benefits (because of earnings limits). The bad news is when Social Security
Dennis Dalman Editor sends you letters explaining (trying to explain) how they will adjust the amounts of your checks, you will likely tear out your hair (or what’s left of it) trying to make heads or tails out of those letters. They read as if they were written by the Mad Hatter. I’ve been getting such letters for the past three years, and they are virtually indecipherable. I’ve shared them with people I know who are wizards at math, accounting, finances, logic, and more, and they were all not only stumped but stunned anyone could write letters so needlessly confusing and even contradictory. In recent months, I received three letters telling me I made too much money last year so they’ll have to adjust my checks. I’ve gone through baffling hoops and hurdles trying to figure out exactly what those letters mean. I was on the phone for an hour one day, obeying the commands of a robo-voice at the national Social Security headquarters. After all the rigamarole, Mr. Robo asked me for my Social Security confirmation number. My what?!, I wondered. Then Robo explained it’s the number I was given when I signed up, a number I was never told to save or remember. Because I didn’t know that number, I could proceed no further and had to hang up on robot. Then I learned the Social Security office in St. Cloud has no local number. You’ve got to call the national number to speak to a “real” person, (such as to make an office appointment), but to do
that you first have to deal with Robo’s commands, and if you don’t know your confirmation number don’t even bother dialing. People kept telling me, “Just go to the local office; they’ll explain what the letters mean.” No thanks. A few years ago, I brought reasonable questions to that office, and the man who was supposed to help, a man who could barely speak English, harangued me verbally, telling me repeatedly “You no unnerstan’ the concekt.” (Translation: You don’t understand the concept.). I was so disgusted by his arrogant, unhelpful attitude, I left that office, vowing never to return. I’m not disputing Social Security rules. What I do take issue with are those crazily confusing letters. What I needed to know was so simple: Will I get a check in July and how much? Will I get a check in August and how much? Knowing that, I would be able to tighten my budget to tide me over until full benefits are restored. I was actually relieved when I checked my bank July 23 and discovered a Social Security check had not been auto-deposited – relieved because now, at last, after months of wondering, I now know the answer: No July check. IF I’m reading the latest letter correctly (a big IF), I will get $69 on my August check. And then, September will be the full amount again, I presume. I still have no idea how they did their math, but one might as well try to fathom the ways of God. I repeat: If you do retire early, try to stay under the earnings limit to avoid those maddening confusions. Other than that, Social Security is a wonderful program, and I am grateful it exists. The checks arrive like clockwork – unless, of course, you “made too much.”
Have we become two Americas? Are we becoming two Americas? Are we half liberal, Democrat, progressive and the other half conservative, Republican, traditional Americans? And if we are, can we ever get together at some level for the good of the country? In my several years on this planet, I’ve seen many presidential administrations come and go. I’ve seen successful Democrat presidents and I’ve seen successful Republican presidents. I fondly remember Democrat Harry Truman and I also fondly remember Republican Ronald Reagan. Some of the administrations had like-thinking Congresses and some had to deal with opposition in Congress. Regardless, most of these administrations were capable of governing and successful with their attempts. Don’t get me wrong. Most elected administrations have had to work to get the job done. But the job, for the most part, got done. In my lifetime, America has been involved in several major wars and many more so-called police actions. Most, but not all, were concluded with America and her influence intact. Today we have evolved to a state of debilitating non-compromising, party-firstcountry-second, I-win-you-lose politics. The people we’ve hired to govern seem to prefer their political party over their country. Bickering has become the order
Ron Scarbro Guest Writer of the day. We are involved in an interminable war in the Middle East that has lasted more than 10 years, the longest war in our history, and there seems to be no end in sight. Scandal after scandal keeps popping up. Government agencies and lifelong civil servants seem incapable of doing their jobs and even less interested in the good of the country. Poll after poll finds the American people fed up. Fed up with both the president and the Congress. Today President Obama has the lowest approval rating of his presidency. Congressional approval ratings are much lower yet. The people are also fed up with civil servants who refuse to answer questions and explain their mistakes and misjudgments. Have we gone too far to recover? Can people of good faith, people who love this country, sit down and work out satisfactory solutions to our problems? Everything isn’t politics. For the good of the country, sometimes the Republicans have to win.
For the good of the country, sometimes the Democrats have to win. The most important thing is that the country wins. Today we have major problems facing us. Our never-ending war in the Middle East for one. We have scandals which will not go away and they must be resolved. Now we are faced with possibly the most dangerous issue we have seen for decades. That is the invasion on our southern border of illegal aliens from all over the world. We absolutely cannot afford this influx of illegals. They are who knows who from who knows where. They bring nothing to this country but problems and costs. It’s past time for adults, liberal and conservative, to get together and fix the messes. They are not going away. We are not two Americas. We are one country that needs to resolve its differences for the good of the whole. 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 ronscarbro.blogspot.com for more commentary.
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Community Calendar 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, 4:30-7:30 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. Monday, Aug. 4 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Legion, 17 N. 2nd Ave., Waite Park. 1-800-7332767. 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. Fare For All, 4-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2, St. Joseph. 1-800-5824291 or www.fareforall.org. Tuesday, Aug. 5 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wednesday, Aug. 6 Blood drive, 2-7 p.m., St.
Stephen Catholic Church Annex, 103 S. Central Ave., St. Stephen. 1-800-733-2767. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Boogie Wonderland. St. Joseph Area Historical Society, 7 p.m., Old City Hall, St. Joseph. www.stjosephhistoricalmn.org. Thursday, Aug. 7 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. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201. Friday, Aug. 8 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Grilled brat and hot dog sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. St. Joseph Farmers’ Mar-
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St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com dows open and you walk by the window and smell what’s cooking,” he said. “At Coffee with a Cop or any day, I’m here to get to know you and be available to answer any questions. And there’s always the topic of cooking.” Traffic concerns have become a big topic in St. Joseph recently. “I’ve had residents talk to me about traffic speeding on Hwy. 75, the lack of using headlights during appropriate times and U-turns in the St. Joseph area.” Klein said. “We are currently working to control the traffic and U-turns in front of McDonald’s, as well, and are increasing the patrol.” Fred Hinkle is president of the Metro Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association of St. Joseph, Sartell, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park. He attended Coffee with a Cop to
inform local people about the academy and also just to chat with residents. The next academy training will begin in September. It’s a free, eight-week course intended to help train citizens similar to how a peace officer is trained in Minnesota. Any St. Joseph resident who would like more information or to apply to the Metro Citizens Police Academy should contact Klein at 320-363-8250 or visit www.cityofstjoseph.com. “This was the first year St. Joseph had the Coffee with a Cop event and not the last,” Hinkle said. “We’ve seen ages 2-70 at today’s event; this is the most well-attended event (of MCPAAS) so far.” St. Joseph plans to hold one more Coffee-with-a-Cop event yet this year and hopes to continue this new tradition annually, Hinkle said.
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
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