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St. Joseph Park and Ride has moved

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by Cori Hilsgen

Wiggle, Jiggle, Jam set Aug. 6 at library

The St. Joseph Park and Ride facility has moved to a new location. Previously located at Interstate Highway 94 and CR 2, it is now located about onethird mile east of the old location on the right of Minnesota Street. Jodi Teich, highway engineer for Stearns County Department of Highways, said the new location was built to accommodate more motorists. The existing lot was too small for the amount of vehicles using it. The department had also received some complaints about the lack of lighting in the parking lot. When the CR 2 St. Joseph bypass was built, additional land was purchased to build the new facility. Teich said parking will be more organized at the new facility because it’s much larger than the old one and is paved, striped and has better lighting. Motorists should begin using the new lot immediately. All vehicles should be removed from the old facility. Please contact the Stearns County Highway Department at 320-255-6180 with any questions or concerns.

Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam, for children ages 3 to 12, will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Wendy’s entertaining and interactive musical program inspires children to move, create and listen. Every child at the show gets an opportunity to dance, jump, move and be a part of the concert. The event is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The attendance limit is 30 and advanced registration is required. 320-253-9359.

Basil the Therapy Dog visits library Aug. 10

Basil the Therapy Dog will be looking for children, ages 5 to 10, to read to her from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Call 320253-9359 or stop by the library to register. The limit is four.

Fun at Arc Buddy Walk

Join the fun at Arc Midstate’s annual community picnic and Buddy Walk and Roll scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Help with activities, cheer participants, help serve food. Enjoy music and dancing. Arc Midstate provides support and advocates to secure and enhance opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to choose how they live, learn, work and play in their communities. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

MN Bluegrass, Old-Time Fest ticket giveaway

The Newsleaders has a limited amount of FREE tickets to the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Fest Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Manana, Richmond. Anyone interested, please email with your name, phone number and amount of tickets requested or like the Newsleaders on facebook by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Your name will be placed in a drawing and winners will be notified via email no later than noon Thursday, Aug. 8. For additional information and criers, visit and click on Criers.


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Above, the old St. Joseph Park and Ride facility has been moved to a location on Minnesota Street. All vehicles should be removed as soon as possible. At right, the new Park and Ride facility, now located on Minnesota Street, is open and motorists should begin using it. The new facility is larger and can accommodate more vehicles.

Atkins tells history of CSB women, times by Cori Hilsgen

Annette Atkins knows history. She is a history professor at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and recently wrote a book about some of the history of the past 100 years of CSB. Her book “Challenging Women Since 1913: The College of St. Benedict” celebrates the college’s centennial and discusses the changing needs of women. Atkins said the book is about CSB in a larger context, but the book is also about what happened in the United States during the last 100 years. One change she discusses is the 1972 Title IX of the Education Amendments and women’s roles in athletics. The legislation significantly changed the environment for women’s sports. More options for girls at the grade- and high-school levels, created more demand

for college-level sports and offered many more opportunities for females. Another change she talks about is women’s sexuality. Atkins discusses how the student and sexual revolutions of the 1960s created all sorts of controversy on college campuses, including CSB. This led to discussions about birth control, the AIDS epidemic, “hooking up” and other topics. She goes on to explain a kind of postsexual revolution had taken place by 2010 and the pendulum seems to have swung from one extreme to the other. What was once considered taboo has shrunk, and women are now more confident to talk about and express their feelings on the subject. Atkins states that likely neither characterizes the typical CSB woman. She explains that how a college relates to students who they expect will never be sexually History • Page 3

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Annette Atkins recently wrote a book about the history of the College of St. Benedict. Her book “C h a l le n ging Women Since 1913: The College of St. Benedict” celebrates the centennial of the college and discusses changing women’s issues during those years.

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Y2K Lions crown Senior King, Queen

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 Theisens celebrate 50 years Aug. 10

Al and Laura (Zimmer) Theisen, St. Joseph, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 in the El Paso Bar and Grill, 200 NW 2nd Ave., St. Joseph. Dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Their children and grandchildren will host the event. No gifts please. The Theisens were married Aug. 20, 1963 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. contributed photo

Lloyd and Nita Bruemmer were named the Senior King and Queen for the St. Joseph 4th of July parade and were sponsored by the Y2K Lions.

Ross part of event honoring 25 Minnesota vets of recent wars Ryan Ross, Army, of St. Joseph, was among 25 veterans of recent wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, who was recently nominated by veterans from across Minnesota for making outstanding contributions to their communities and who will receive honors Sept. 11 during the 25 Veterans’ Voices Award Ceremony held at the Minnesota Humanities Center on the east side of St. Paul. More than 60,000 Minnesotans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and there are more than 381,000 veterans of all wars residing in Minnesota. Adding their voices to public discussions is crucial to the democracy they have fought to preserve. The Humanities Center recognizes and is committed to the contributions of Minnesota veterans and will create new opportunities for veterans to

speak in their own voice and connect with other Minnesotans. This event launches a longterm, statewide program — Veterans’ Voices — that uses the power of the humanities to bring the voices of veterans out of the shadows into the light. The Humanities Center focuses on bringing into public life the stories and experiences of people and communities that have been missing. The veterans being honored will tell their own stories — how they found their new mission in life — to increase public understanding and inspire other veterans. The Humanities Center is working with veterans of various wars to introduce Veterans’ Voices to Minnesota communities where they live and work, so that they will not remain marginalized.

SCSU moves up in Forbes’ ‘Top Colleges’ list St. Cloud State University remains in the top 5 percent of the most affordable colleges in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list for 2013 and improved from 611 to 504 in the overall ranking. SCSU’s increase points to a statistical trend for public schools in the “Top Colleges” rankings this year. State schools offer an excellent education for much lower tuition bills than their average private counterparts, according to the Forbes’ article. The 650-school ranking features just four Minnesota public universities: University of Minnesota (109), University of Minnesota-Morris (386), St. Cloud State (504) and Minnesota State University-Mankato (595). The “America’s Top Colleges”

rankings include an elite 24 percent of U.S. colleges and universities based on five criteria: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards. SCSU earned five nationally competitive awards in 2012-13, including the Simon, Heiskell and HEED Awards for international efforts, the Hobey Baker Award and Innovative Program of the Year Award. Forbes promotes its 2013 ranking with the taglines “The Only Schools That Matter. The best years of life are also among the most expensive. Choose with care.” Only 23 of “America’s Top Colleges” cost less than SCSU, on an annual basis. That puts SCSU among the top 4 percent of most affordable colleges.


Tishel Schwegel of St. Joseph, a member of the Minnesota National Guard E Company 134th Brigade Support Battalion, recently completed her annual training at Camp Ripley, Minn. At the final

Battalion formation Sgt. Schwegel was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. The award authorized by Lt. Colonel Chad Sackett stated “Sgt. Schwegel’s attention to detail, leadership abilities and profession-

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 www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. July 9 10 a.m. Citizen request. Tenth Avenue SE. Daycare provider requested a presentation from a St. Joseph police officer. Presentation done by officer Joel Klein. 11:07 a.m. Theft. Ash Street. Complainant stated someone took a hanging flower basket sometime between July 4 and July 5. Basket is valued at $150. Unknown suspects. 2:36 p.m. Fire alarm. Jefferson Lane. Complainant stated she had been hearing fire alarms going off since noon. No smoke or fire. Officer waited for fire department to arrive. No further action. 4:34 p.m. Disorderly. Second Avenue NW. Complainant called and stated a male was swinging a cane around and acting weird. Officer spoke to him and he stated he saw karate moves in a movie with a cane and was practicing. He was from California in town visiting. No other problems. 6:15 p.m. Fraud. College Avenue N. Caller reported lost debit card. Card was used July 4 for 59¢ and another for $53. Holiday station will get video to police department.

W. Received a complaint via St. Joseph website of a dog at Millstream campground. Complainant stated the pit bull was acting aggressively toward them. Spoke to dog owner and advised the dog needed to stay on a leash or they would be asked to leave the campground. 3:12 p.m. Warrant. C.R. 75 W. While on a dog complaint at Millstream campground, officer identified one of the dog owners by his Minnesota driver’s license. Officer ran the male on his computer and found he had an active warrant. Officer advised him of his warrant and transported him to the Stearns County jail without incident.

July 10 5:25 p.m. Stray dog. Northland Drive. Female yellow lab found. Officer took the dog to Becky’s Kennel when the owner could not be located. Dog had a collar but no tags. Owner of the kennel was present when officer arrived and took custody of the dog after the dog impound sheet was completed. July 11 3 p.m. Dog complaint. C.R. 75


July 12 12:42 p.m. Property damage accident. C.R. 75/Ridgewood Road. While on patrol officer came upon the accident. In speaking with the drivers, both vehicles were westbound on C.R. 75 approaching Ridgewood Road when the streetlight turned yellow. Vehicle #1 braked and vehicle #2 rear-ended vehicle #1. Witness stated he was at stoplight and saw vehicle #1 slow and vehicle #2 brake at the last minute and try to swerve but struck #1. No injuries. 1:08 p.m. Traffic stop. Fourth Street NE. While finishing another stop on C.R. 75 eastbound at Cedar Street, officer was on the shoulder with lights activated. A vehicle stayed in the right lane and drove past the officer. There were no other vehicles other than her and she had ample room to move over to the left lane as she passed. As she passed, officer observed her to be on her cell phone. Officer stopped her vehicle and ID’d her by her Minnesota driver’s license. She advised the officer she knew the law and saw the officer but just didn’t move over. Citation issued for passing a parked emergency vehicle without changing to far lane. 4:49 p.m. Civil. Minnesota Street E. Officer stood by while female

alism brings great credit to herself, the Bearcat Battalion, the 34th Infantry Division, the Minnesota National Guard and the United States Army.” Schwegel was one of three soldiers to receive the medal. moved her property out of the residence. July 13 2:59 p.m. Theft. Minnesota Street W. Complainant reported being pickpocketed on July 11 at approximately 6 p.m. His wallet contained $180 in cash, two credit cards, his Minnesota driver’s license and a VA vets card. No suspects. 3:05 p.m. Assist person. Callaway Street E. Caller said he talked to the police chief last week and was told an officer would assist with moving a building across C.R. 75. Officer assisted. Nothing further. 3:47 p.m. Found property. Birch Street W. Male was at Centennial Park and had a family member bring him a wallet that was near the swings. Officer contacted male who stated he couldn’t find his wallet and was at the park swinging the previous night. He came to the police department and picked up his wallet after he was identified by his Minnesota driver’s license in the wallet. 9:40 p.m. ATV. Second Avenue SW. Report of an individual driving his four-wheeler while intoxicated down the street. Driver fell off it once already. Upon arrival officer met with complainant who said he parked it about five minutes before officer got there. Looked in the area, but could not find a four-wheeler. July 14 12:46 p.m. Crash with injuries. C.R. 75/C.R. 3, St. Joseph Township. Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash. Assisting at the scene were St. Joseph Police, Minnesota State Patrol, St. Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross ambulance. Vehicle #1 was eastbound on C.R. 75 and struck vehicle #2 which was attempting to cross eastbound C.R. 75 to go south on C.R. 2 causing both vehicles to go into the south ditch of the intersection. Both drivers were transported to St. Cloud Hospital.

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History from front page active is very different to how it relates to women who will be. “It’s a women’s book and I write about women’s issues,” Atkins said. “You don’t have to be a CSB graduate to find things in this book of interest to you. If you are a woman in the United States, there are things for you. If you were raised Catholic, there are things for you. It’s about CSB but tries to illuminate larger issues as well.” Atkins said CSB President MaryAnn Baenninger asked her if she would write this history. “I had published several books before this, so I think

St. Joseph Newsleader • she knew what she was getting into,” Atkins said. “She knew my approach was kind of a story-telling approach. She gave me complete freedom, and I really appreciated that.” Atkins said it took her almost five years to write the book. She wasn’t paid to write the book but was given a reduced teaching load at the college so she would have time to write. Much of the work was done in the summer months when she could have more uninterrupted time. “A real gift MaryAnn gave to me and to the college was to say ‘You write the book the college deserves,’” Atkins said. She said it deserves an interesting, thoughtful, perhaps even provocative book and it needs to be as smart as the

students, faculty and administration deserve. Atkins said the book was harder to write than she had expected it to be. Atkins said she felt it matters in a very personal level to so many people and she asked herself who she was leaving out. “Every author makes lots of choices about what to include, which means there are so many things you can’t include,” she said. “So who’s story has been most important is one of the questions I am asking myself and then am I saying by implication that other people’s stories aren’t as important and how do you balance those things?” She said so many of the leaders of the college have poured their life into the college and

thousands of students have been shaped by it. For many years the staff, people of St. Joseph, the faculty, religious members, SJU and many other individuals have been wrapped up in the college. “Every sentence I wrote I didn’t just have to think about who is this going to touch, but who am I leaving out by writing this sentence rather than that sentence,” Atkins said. When writing the book, she was surprised to discover what a huge financial obligation the nuns took on in order to found, develop and run the college. Amid so many other obligations, such as staffing grade schools and high schools, nursing at hospitals and other locations and various types of missions, the nuns kept the college


going. CSB was one tiny part of what the nuns did. So many of them were working for a very small salary and they then gave so much of that small salary back to support the college and lived on very little income. Atkins said the first male president of the college, Stan Idzerda played an important role in the college. Idzerda was appointed in 1968 and brought new perspectives to the college. Currently still a St. Joseph resident, Idzerda was not Benedictine and was not from the area so he didn’t need to be humble and he could brag up the college. He both promoted the college outside and also persuaded the people in the college it was a really good college. History • page 8

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History museum to host free open house Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud will host an open house Monday, Aug. 5 during which visitors will be able to tour the museum for free. Visitors will also have a chance to meet the museum’s new director, Tim Hoheisel. The open-house hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All of the museum’s exhibit galleries and its research center will be open during the

open house. Anyone who is a member of the museum is invited to a luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Hoheisel as the honored dinner guest. Members should respond by calling the museum at 320-253-8424 or emailing To become a museum member, visit, or fill out a form and join at the museum.

Police Academy accepts applications St. Joseph residents are welcome to submit an application to join the next Metro Citizens Police Academy, which will run from 6-10 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 5 to Oct. 24 at the St. Cloud Police Department. The annual academy is an eightweek course in which participants learn about police work and have a chance to experience many aspects of it. The classes are similar to actual police-training courses.

Police Academy is strictly an informational course and does not give participants the right to act as officers away from the classes. Other cities involved with the Police Academy are Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Cloud. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have no criminal record. St. Joseph residents can apply by calling 320-363-8250.

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Humane society hopes facebook will boost feline adoptions by Dennis Dalman Facebook posting just might be the cat’s meow. Members of the Tri-County Humane Society, based in St. Cloud, are hoping so, anyway. They are promoting “Cat Marathon: A Race to the Adoption Line.” Each adoptable cat and kitten will be posted on the humane society’s facebook page. Viewers should click “SHARE” to promote favorite cats and kittens on their own facebook walls. As soon as the creatures are adopted, humane-society volunteers will announce the adoption dates and the time it took to get them adopted from facebook posting to final adoption. The goal is to

get each cat or kitten adopted within a week from the time of the posting. The need for adoptions is crucial. The Tri-County Humane Society is currently caring for 107 felines, 52 of which are available for adoption. As if that’s not crucial enough, there are 59 felines scheduled to arrive at the society in the next week or so, but there is no extra room to put them. Foster homes could help, but adopters could help even more. Organizers of the adopt-thecat program via facebook sites do not themselves have to be cat lovers, but they can help save cats’ and kittens’ lives by posting them on their facebooks. The current adoption promo-

tions at the Tri-County Humane Society are these: Kittens under 6 months are two for the price of one. Cats that are 6 months or older can be had by adopters naming their own price. Cats 2 years old or older are free for seniors, veterans and any military personnel. For more information, call the Tri-County Humane Society Shelter at 320-252-0896 or stop in for a visit. To participate in the facebook adoption effort, visit the society’s facebook at Then follow directions to get your favorite cats shared on your own facebook pages.

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Student spotlight: Berg-Arnold would like to study anesthesiology by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders If you would like to recommend a student to be considered for this feature area, please contact the Newsleader office at or call 320-3637741.

Rose Berg-Arnold enjoys working with children. She hopes to attend medical school for anesthesiology and would like to be able to work at a children’s hospital so she could help comfort children during stressful times. Berg-Arnold recently finished 12 years of homeschooling and plans to attend St. Mary’s Unicontributed photo versity in Winona in the fall. Berg-Arnold is the 18-year-old Rose Berg-Arnold plans to attend medical school for anesthesiology and would like to be able to work at a children’s hospital daughter of Mark and Brenda Berg-Arnold. She has five brothso she could help comfort children during stressful times. ers: Louis, 25; Owen, 16; Simon,

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14; Abraham, 8; and George, 6; and two sisters Emma, 23; and Anna, 12. Fun Facts about Berg-Arnold: Favorite subject: math “I like math because I like solving number problems,” she said. Favorite leisure activity: Berg-Arnold enjoys spending time with her siblings, downhill skiing, tubing and swimming on the lake that her family lives on and ice-skating in the winter. She also played Ultimate Frisbee with Cathedral High School for three years and dove for the Apollo High School swim team for five years. Favorite movie: “I like a lot of the ‘basedon-a-true-story’ movies because they can be really inspiring,” she said.

Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Berg-Arnold really enjoys helping people, especially children. She has volunteered at nursing homes, the food shelf, Vacation Bible School, does babysitting and taught swimming lessons. Favorite restaurant and food: Panera Bread She enjoys ordering a mango smoothie and turkey sandwich. What she would like to be doing in five years: “Hopefully, I will be attending medical school for a degree in anesthesiology,” Berg-Arnold said. What she likes best about St. Joseph: She said she enjoys the St. Joseph July 4 celebration. “I always love going to the 4th of July festival, getting Joe burgers and watching the parade with my family and grandparents,” Berg-Arnold said.


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Time is ripe to approve Klubuchar’s energy bill

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is right on when it comes to the tyranny of spiking gasoline prices. In a recent opinion column, she addressed the many factors that contribute to gas prices that periodically skyrocket as they did here in Minnesota this spring. In that case, we’re told, it was caused by the simultaneous shut-down of several oil refineries in the Upper Midwest, causing a slump in supply and an increase in prices in excess of $4 per gallon. Klobuchar has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would require refineries to report to the Energy Information Administration any scheduled maintenance that might shut down their operations. The bill would also require them to give immediate notification of any unplanned outages. That information could serve as an early-warning system to protect consumers from problems in the refinery industry. That way, the Energy Information Administration can work to make sure scheduled refinery shutdowns don’t send gas prices skyrocketing. Klobuchar’s bill would also call for more fuelstorage capacity in the Upper Midwest, which lags behind storage capacity of refined fuels in other parts of the nation. That makes us more vulnerable to refinery outages. As Klobuchar rightly points out, spikes in fuel prices can weaken Minnesota’s economy because of the unanticipated, sudden cost increases that adversely affect all forms of economic activity, including workers’ discretionary income. Thus, it’s about time Congress demands some accountability and transparency from oil companies. Too often, they trot out excuses for skyrocketing prices. They will blame the Arab oil cartel; they will blame the weather or natural disasters; they will blame onerous governmental regulations. In some cases, yes, those can be factors, but most often oil companies either exaggerate those causes or just plain lie about them. They never, of course, mention a cause called greed, especially the greed of Wall Street hotshots who can manipulate the price of oil through their devious speculations. According to Klobuchar, 56 cents of every gallon of gas can be attributed to that kind of speculation. Klobuchar is calling for a new-and-improved national energy policy that would address the problems listed above, as well as the promotion of more domestic oil drilling, development of more biofuels and other energy alternatives and more fuel-efficient vehicles. There is good news, to be sure. Our dependence on foreign fuels declined from 60 percent to 40 percent in recent years in large part because of increased production in North Dakota, use of homegrown fuels and better gas mileage in vehicles. However, good as that news is, it won’t be good for long unless a national energy policy requires accountability. Otherwise, gas prices, no matter where the fuel is pumped and refined, will continue to increase and to spike, beyond our control. Three cheers for Klobuchar and her energy bill. She is a great Minnesota progressive who focuses consistently on all the right problems. What a pity other do-nothing representatives don’t follow her lead.

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Opinion ‘Ranger’ Kruze always makes my day Receptionists are greatly undervalued. When a newcomer arrives at a business, a receptionist is the first contact, and that first impression (good, bad, nasty) can have a huge impact on whether the newcomer will feel welcome and comfortable. The Coborn Cancer Center is filled with good receptionists who are smiling, helpful and (so importantly) lots of fun. The one I see every day is Denell Kruze at the Radiation Oncology wing. We love to play verbal tennis. Several weeks ago, on my first visit there, the woman at that reception desk looked so familiar. Then she gave me a big smile and said, “Dennis Dalman, I THOUGHT that was you.” I drew a blank. Then she reminded me we’d had a good chat a couple years ago at the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department Open House when I’d taken news photos of her two children, Maggie and Ryan. Denell lives in Sartell. As we gabbed, I learned she is a “Ranger,” meaning she hails from Minnesota’s Iron Range – Hibbing to be exact. “Hibbing?!” I asked. “No kidding! Do you like . . .?” “Bob Dylan?” she asked, stealing my thought. “No! I can’t stand his music.” Then she made an icky-sticker face, like the kind you see on bottles of rat poison. “Shame on you!” I scolded. “How dare you not like Dylan? Something’s wrong with you. You need musical therapy immediately.” “I bet you like Tom Petty, too,” she said. “I do! In fact, I saw him and Dylan

Dennis Dalman Editor performing together back in 1987.” She gave me a sympathetic look, as if I had endured hell on earth. “You don’t like Petty?” I asked. “Oh, gosh no!” she said, making another icky-sticker face. “Horrible! He’s as bad as Dylan!” “Well, who DO you like?” I asked. “Beyonce, Madonna and Pink,” she said. It was my turn to make an ickysticker face. Every day at the cancer center, Denell and I (and sometimes her “sidekick,” fellow receptionist Tracy Rothstein) exchange smarty remarks. “Denell will NEVER let anyone forget she’s a Ranger from Hibbing,” Tracy said, sighing. “Say, Denell,” I asked. “I forget. WHERE did you say you’re from?” “Oh, c’mon, you guys,” she said, groaning. “Gimme a break.” One day, Denell told me her mom, Kathleen Clark, attended high school with Robert Zimmerman. Clark was a string bean then, only 90 pounds. One day in study hall, the always-quiet boy who sat in front of her suddenly turned around, touched Clark’s blouse and said a crude comment about her body. “He said WHAT?!” I asked. “What did your mom do?” “She was so shocked she said nothing.”

“What a jerk!” I said. “I thought you liked Dylan?” she asked. “Well, I did – I mean, I still do, but that was totally uncalled for.” “You can say that again,” she said. One morning, I walked up to the reception desk to see Denell smiling brightly. “Guess what?!” she said. She told me she’d been at mother-in-law Mary Kruze’s house in Rochester the previous weekend. Mary was playing piano, and Denell was moved by the beauty of the song. She walked over to the piano and peered at the sheet music to see what song it was. She saw “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. “I couldn’t believe it!” she said. “I told myself I’ve got to tell Dennis this.” “Well, you mean to tell me you’ve never ever heard that song?” I asked. “No, and it was so beautiful!” she said, quickly adding, “But I wouldn‘t want to hear Dylan singing it – or Tom Petty.” Last Monday I walked past the reception desk. “Dennis, you must have cut your hair,” Denell said. “Yup.” “That’s good,” she quipped, with a sneaky smile. “Now it won’t be blowin’ in the wind.” We both cracked up. There’s nothing better during a visit to the Coborn Cancer Center to encounter such a wisecracking smarty-pants as Denell Kruze. But, oh!, if I could only force that Ranger to enroll in a musical-therapy course.

Letters to editor

Reader says Obamacare must be defeated; direct violation of religious freedom Ruth Wochnick, St Joseph

Obamacare MUST be defeated. It’s a direct violation of our religious freedom. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) that requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and

abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. The ministries of institutions like Catholic schools, hospitals and charities — educating the young, caring for the sick, feeding the hungry — are not considered sufficiently religious to qualify for the Mandate’s narrow “religious exemption.” Not only will such institutions be forced to provide services that directly

contradict the teachings of their faith, but — more alarmingly — the federal government is claiming the right to decide for religious institutions what constitutes their ministry. More importantly, as described above, the American ideal of religious liberty is at stake. This isn’t really about contraception — it’s about the First Amendment.

Reader lauds editorial on medical care act; says it’s about time William L. Cofell, St. Joseph

Thank you for the editorial in the Friday, July 26 issue of the St. Joseph Newsleader. The medical care act is

critical in providing care to all on a somewhat equal basis. It seems to me it affords an excellent way of avoiding problems that impact the lives of too many people. It brings between 40-50 million people some protection against

serious illness. It’s about time that provision for illness, serious or not, be part of a rational and national system. You did a fine job expressing a view regarding this issue.

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Baenninger is also able to promote the college and has made the college stronger and more vibrant and visible. Atkins has been teaching at the colleges for 33 years. She was offered a one-year position at SJU in 1980 and has been teaching there ever since. She began her career as one of about 12 women on a faculty of 120 men. Atkins earned her degrees from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall and Indiana University. She is married to Tom Joyce who is a 1961 SJU graduate. Atkins met her husband when she went with a study abroad group to London in 1992. Joyce practices American law for European companies. His first wife died

shortly after that trip. Atkins and Joyce later married. Joyce has two daughters from his first marriage and Atkins said they are now the proud grandparents of three grandchildren who live in Washington, DC. She divides her time between Collegeville, St. Paul and England. Atkins enjoys antiquing, she often speaks on national public radio as a history “go to” person and she just finished an interim position as the director of the Stearns History Museum. The 266-page book includes many illustrations and a forward and afterward by Baenninger. The book is available at both CSB and SJU bookstores and sells for $24.95.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Driver of runaway truck injured A semi-tractor trailer rolled out of control at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 at the Tiremaxx Service Center on CR 75, west of St. Joseph. The semi had been parked in the Tiremaxx parking lot while the driver was inside the business. When the driver saw the semi rolling on its own, he ran outside and attempted to hop in the cab to stop it, but it was too late. The vehicle rolled onto CR

75, crossing both lanes of traffic and ended up in the north ditch. The driver, William Pike, 70, of Stanchfield, was taken via ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital. St. Joseph police, fire and rescue units responded, as well as Stearns County Sheriff’s Department deputies. The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s office.


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