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First-time homebuyer classes set Aug. 24, Sept. 4, 5

Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process. The next workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Liberty Savings Bank, St. Cloud and from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4 and 5 at the Little Falls Middle School. Registration is required; participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. To register for either course, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.

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Car seat recycling program starts

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility will begin accepting child car seats as part of its recycling program. Beginning Aug. 19, Stearns, Benton and Sherburne county residents can drop off their used car seats at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park. Currently, there is no permanent recycling program in place for car seats in this area. The Household Hazardous Waste Facility is located three blocks south of the Stearns County Service Center, at 3601 5th St. S. in Waite Park. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.

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Firefighters perform controlled burn

The St. Joseph Fire Department hosted a controlled burn Aug. 3 at the Idzerda House, located on the south end of the College of St. Benedict campus. A controlled burn is when a fire department burns a structure to practice and prepare for firefighting. Avon and Waite Park firefighters and St. Cloud Technical College students also participated in the event. Various practice burns took place starting about 8 a.m. Combustibles were loaded in and the final burn started about 11:30 a.m.; most of the house was burned within an hour. High plumes of smoke brought a steady stream of onlookers driving through campus. A number of people lined the perimeter and watched for various lengths of time. Also, ironically, the man for whom the house was named, Stanley Idzerda, died three days later on Aug. 6. The Idzerda House was built in 1959, using an original design including broad cantilevers Burn • page 4

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Above: St Joseph firefighters Joe Bye (left) and John Prom keep water on the perimeter during the controlled burn of the Idzerda House on CSB campus Aug. 3. At right: St Joseph firefighter/ excavator Justin Honer begins clean up around the perimeter as the fire starts to dwindle.

St. John’s Prep prepares for school year by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

St. John’s Prep is gearing up for a new school year. The new year will include several changes. Beginning this year, SJP will start a new iPad program, will issue textbooks in electronic versions and will be using a new app. All students in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad to be used in their classes and other activities and will keep their iPads with them. SJP principal Matthew Reichert said current enrollment is around 310 for the coming academic year. He said enrollment is flexible at this time of year and they often enroll students up to and even slightly beyond the first day. SJP chose to use iPads instead of laptops in response to current trends. Research of toptier colleges and universities, professionals, organizations, effective teaching strategies, student creativity and brain development led to the decision. As a college preparatory school, SJP felt it was their responsibility to respond to the iPad usage trend. Reichert said iPads will allow

students to interact with their textbooks and applications in a more dynamic way and will help with their organization and notetaking. He said iPads are proven to improve critical thinking and mind-mapping skills and will make learning accommodations for all students more equitable and more readily available. “We have chosen to use iPads so we can issue all our textbooks in an electronic interactive format, so students can take notes and submit assignments digitally, and so we can take advantage of cutting-edge learning applications,” Reichert said. He said he believes it’s important to have SJP’s entire instruction and learning move forward at the same pace and same level. “Because it’s a very cooperative style of curriculum with shared teachers, mixed-grade courses, lots of electives, activities and other things, it’s important everyone is on the same page or, in this case, the same screen,” Reichert said. Teachers will still have the freedom to teach and aren’t outsourcing instruction to ma-

chines, he said. “Students and families choose the Prep School because we have a fantastic faculty of very qualified and exceptionally gifted educators,” Reichert said. “We didn’t want to get in the way of our most important activity.” SJP faculty has been training for the last year for the new

program. They participated in training with Apple technicians about how to use iPad unique software programs and also trained with using iPads and assistive technology for students who need learning modifications and accommodations. Reichert said faculty is creating its own instructional mateSchool • page 3

Local resident Stanley Idzerda dies by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

Local St. Joseph resident Stanley Idzerda died Aug. 6. Idzerda, 93, was the College of St. Benedict’s eighth presi- Idzerda dent from 1968-1974. He was the first lay and first male president at the college. Idzerda was not from this area and was not Benedictine and really promoted and encouraged the college to grow

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during his tenure. Enrollment at CSB almost doubled during Idzerda’s third year as president. Throughout Idzerda’s tenure at CSB, new programs in nursing, East Asian studies, physical therapy and liberal studies were added to the current 29 majors. CSB’s first study abroad program, summer classes and employment of student workers began under his leadership. It was also during his presidency that the Benedictine Academy, the high school, closed in 1973 because of rising costs and Idzerda • page 4


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Collegeville Township recently honored three retiring members (from left to right) Allan Davisson, planning commission chairperson for 35 years; Linus Heinen, supervisor for 36 years; and Ken Hanson, supervisor for 22 years. A big thank you to these board members for their service and dedication to Collegeville Township. 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. July 18 5:21 a.m. Assist person. First Avenue SE. Officers assisted complainant in getting to his chair. He had fallen out of it and could not get up due to bad knees. July 19 8:52 a.m. Alarm. Minnesota Street W. Received an alarm at the American Legion. Arrived and found the side door unlocked. Checked the building and found nothing out of place. Spoke to Torberg who came and reset the alarm and locked the building. July 20 2:30 a.m. Intoxicated person. First Avenue NW. Officer came across male lying on the ground in the gravel parking lot south of the Meat Market. Another officer arrived shortly thereafter and both determined he needed to be transported to the hospital after a few attempts by his friend to get him to stand up. Officer was able to get a passive breath sample which indicated a .052 by a very weak sample. He eventually had to be handcuffed for his own safety after becoming belligerent and taking a swing at the officer. After he was handcuffed and set back on the ground, he kicked the officer

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twice in the leg forcing the officer to restrain his leg and keep man down until Gold Cross arrived. He eventually had to be restrained on the cot and Gold Cross sedated him prior to transport because of his combativeness. Despite being sedated with several medications he was still extremely combative and fought with staff all the way to the hospital. After arrival at the hospital he was transferred to a bed and restrained. 5:09 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Iverson Street W. Officer spoke with complainant who stated a person ringing their doorbell was looking for a person who lives at a different address on their street. Arrived and observed a white Taurus pulling out of driveway. Stopped the vehicle and he stated he was attempting to find his girlfriend’s residence. Located her at the correct address on Iverson. She stated she did not want him at her residence. He was asked to leave and did so. 12:56 p.m. Theft. Cypress Drive. Complainant reported her car stereo/CD player was stolen out of her vehicle overnight. Dashboard was left pulled away from the dash. Wallet and other items in the vehicle were untouched. Value of stereo is $60. Entered as stolen. 5:15 p.m. Theft. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market. Complainant stated she was at the farmers’ market the previous day around 3:20 p.m. Stated she left her car unattended for 10 minutes and when she came back her purse was gone. Only had one credit card, health card and approximately $30 cash in it. Described as purple in color and brand is Healthy Back. Total value loss is $100.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 Scherer and Sons Trucking Inc. of St. Joseph recently earned a platinum award from Great West Casualty Co. as part of its National Safety Awards Program. “It has been my honor to serve as their agent for many years,” said Rick Albrecht from the Sherman Insurance Agency. “They are well deserving of this recognition and I congratulate all of the folks at Scherer and Sons for a job well done.” The National Safety Awards program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results. This past year, the NSA program drew more than 750 participants from across the country.

6:34 p.m. Ellie Court. Complainant thought they had a bobcat lying in their backyard and it was possibly injured. It was just a large orange stray and ran off when officer walked outside. No further action. Aug. 7 5:09 p.m. Personal-injury accident. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury accident on CR 2 at Minnesota Street W., St. Joseph Township. A 2005 Pontiac G6 being operated by Patricia Schueller, 46, Wayzata, Minn. was attempting to make a left turn from Minnesota Street to go south on CR 2. A 1997 Pontiac Bonneville operated by Charles Grow, 22, Sartell, was northbound on CR 2 and struck Schueller’s vehicle as the vehicle pulled onto CR 2. Schueller was transported from the scene by Gold Cross Ambulance Service to CentraCare Hospital, St. Cloud. Grow was not injured. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by St. Joseph Police, St. Joseph Fire and Rescue along with the Minnesota State Patrol. Aug. 8 9:02 p.m. DUI. Dustin John Calgaro, 28, Biwabik, Minn., was flying an ultralight aircraft over the Minnesota Bluegrass and OldTime Music Festival and buzzing the crowd. Suspect eventually landed at the campground. Investigation by the deputy at the festival indicated the pilot was under the influence. The pilot was arrested and charged with operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol.

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School from front page rials and electronic textbooks. After many hours of training, its utilizing digital technology while maintaining its own distinct character and identity. He said colleges have high expectations for freshman when they arrive in the fall. “As a college preparatoryschool, we direct our efforts toward meeting and exceeding these college expectations in every way we can,” Reichert said. “Colleges are expecting students to be able to collaborate, to think critically, to map concepts, to interact with emerging technology that’s constantly turning over, and to perform traditional operations (such as) notetaking, planning, writing, reading and discussion in a dynamic way. As we see more and more top-tier colleges and universities using iPads or encouraging their use, it’s a natural fit for us and for our mission to create an experience in high school that will set our students up for success in college.” The iPad program is being funded through the SJP operat-

ing budget. Students will pay a small technology fee to cover the cost of insuring the iPads. Because of the high cost of traditional technology such as desktops, laptops and other things, SJP was able to eliminate some of the existing computers students used and use that money toward the new iPad initiative. It expects the iPads will increase literacy access and help increase “green classrooms” while actually saving on long-term technology expenses. Having iPads will help stretch SJP state funding dollars further. Each student receives a dedicated allocation for textbooks that often doesn’t cover the cost of purchasing one hard-cover textbook. That amount will go further when purchasing electronic textbooks which are cheaper, Reichert said. SJP will also be using a new app called “St. John’s Preparatory School.” It’s an iPhone, Android and iPad app for current students, parents, staff as well as for alumni, benefactors, prospective families and other people interested in SJP. The app is meant to keep up with changing technology and maintain constant and effective communication with all SJP

students, families and other interested people. “This app will help us parallel the changing ways we interact with one another,” Reichert said. “For many, our cell phones or iPads are increasingly becoming our primary portals to the world – for better or for worse. This app helps us stay current and utilizes current communication trends as well as allowing us to put our own stamp on the technology.” SJP used a company called Straxis Technology to help create the app, which is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes store or from the app store on an Android device. It will be used by current students for course information, accessing grades, communicating with faculty, news and announcements, campus ministry resources, library resources and even a recording of the school song. Parents and families can use the app for multimedia and social-media functions, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It also has interactive versions of the SJP student and parent handbooks and a virtual tour of the campus and classrooms.

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Burn from front page and a significant wooden beam structure. The house was purchased by St. Benedict’s Monastery in 1966, and four CSB presidents lived in the home between 1968 and 1996. CSB acquired the home in 1981 and named it for former president Stanley Idzerda who lived in the house with his family from 1968 to 1974. The Idzerda House became student housing in 1996, and the house accommodated 12 students during the academic year. The house was being demolished due to structural problems. The cantilever structures had rotted over time, primarily due to the method of construction and design. The nature of the design and building prac-

Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 tices of the era made any repairs or updates quite costly. In addition, the home was not energy efficient and, due to construction methods, could not be improved. After the burn, the area near the campus’ south entrance will be restored to grass. Furthermore, the college’s Campus Facility Master Plan calls for removal of the house to accommodate future renovation and expansion of the Haehn Campus Center. The community building within Centennial Commons has been named Idzerda Community Center, honoring the legacy of Stanley Idzerda, CSB’s first non-monastic president. A dedication ceremony was held with the Idzerda family on July 12. Currently, 124 students live within the Centennial Commons townhomes and use the Idzerda Community Center for studying and socializing.

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Far left: Flames out the rear of the building take on the image of a man in the window during the Aug. 3 controlled burn. At left: The chimney and brick foundation of the Idzerda House remain among the smoldering ashes. Brooklyn, N.Y. As a child, he worked with his father on the fishing boat that was their family business. He joined the Navy ROTC program at Notre Dame and was on the USS Arizona ship bombed at

Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Idzerda married his wife, Geraldine, in Ohio in 1945 and earned a PhD in from front page history at Western Reserve University in 1951. He condeclining enrollment. verted to Catholicism as an Idzerda was born in adult. Idzerda was a man who believed in speaking his KIDS mind and wanted other peoGLASS ’ ple to speak theirs also, acES Specia cording to Annette Atkins l! $ “Challenging Women Since 1913.” (single-vision, polycarbonate with scratch-resistant coating) Idzerda, his wife and their with frame purchase seven children moved to St. Add anti-reflective Joseph in 1968 when he becoating for $50 came the CSB president. After retiring as CSB president, *17 years and younger. Cannot be combined with any discounts he returned to CSB as a or insurance. history professor and taught until 1990. CSB recently honored his leadership at a 15 E. Minnesota St., Suite 107, St. Joseph critical time in the college’s (320) 433-4326 www.russelleyecare.com Christie Russell-Villnow, O.D. history by naming the Idzerda Community Center in Centennial Commons. 60 years family business CSB president MaryAnn Baenninger said Idzerda was inspirational to her. “Dr. Idzerda’s leadership Men: (5-person teams) Ladies: was transformational for Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 1 & 9 p.m. (4-person teams) Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. (5-person teams) the College of St. Benedict Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and inspirational for me as a president of the college,” Mixed - Two couples: (meets twice a month) us on Facebook for Baenninger said in a news Fridays at“Like” 9 p.m. exclusive deals and updates! Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. release. “I’m so pleased we were able to celebrate the Subs, part-time and new bowlers always welcomed 100th birthday of the college with him in June and the 320-685-8150 dedication of Idzerda Community Center in July. Dr. Idzerda’s legacy will continue through the success of the college he loved and • Borgert Pavers • Willow Creek • Versalockhis Block leadership the alumnae touched.” A mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in the Sacred Heart Chapel at St. Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation will be held at the Chapel beginning at 9 a.m.

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Coborns hosts ‘Fuel up to play 60’ event by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

St. Joseph Coborn’s was recently part of an all-Coborn’sstores outdoor kids event, “Fuel up to play 60.” The event, for children 16 and younger, was held as part of a school-wellness program meant to encourage children to make healthy food choices and to participate in active play at least 60 minutes a day. The program is a partnership with the Minnesota Dairy Association and the Minnesota Vikings. Each child who attended the event received a passport. If they participated in five activity stations and received a total of five stamps on their passport, they received a prize of an apple, water and string cheese. Outdoor activities included a basketball and football toss, Frisbee throw, mini golf, jump rope and a bounce-house station. Kim Dezelske is the frontend manager and bookkeeper at the St. Joseph Coborn’s and organized the event. This is the second children’s event Dezelske has organized. The first one was held in indoors in the winter. Dezelske said more than 30 children participated in the outside activities until the weather changed and the event was moved indoors due to rain and thunderstorms. “The kids enjoyed being outdoors and being physically active instead of it being an indoor carnival type of event,” she said. “Fuel up to play 60” is about encouraging children to be active for 60 minutes a day. Kids don’t get outside as much as they used to. This is a good way to encourage them to have fun and be active outdoors, Dezelske said. “I think it’s important,” she said. Dezelske is the mother of five children who are now ages 18 to 25. She said she used to encourage her own children to play outside every day. She doesn’t think children are getting that opportunity as much and felt the “Fuel up” event was a good activity to promote outdoor activities. Corey Geers and James Ano helped at the basketball toss station. Geers is a cashier, bag-

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ing active and helping them,” Ano said. St. John’s football player and wrestler Paul Plombon also attended the event to encourage children to stay active. He is a senior at SJU studying communications and says it’s important to stay active to be healthy. A drawing to win two tickets to this year’s Vikings-Packers football game, and $100 and $75 gift cards for Viking’s apparel was also held. The winner of the tickets was Ron Delinski.

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‘Day at River’ great way to experience grand resource It was heartening to see so many people of all ages and walks of life have a happy time at the fifth annual “Take a Day Off at the River” last Sunday north of Sartell. The event gave people a chance to unwind and relax within the natural beauty of Stearns County Mississippi River Park on CR 1, which is right on the western edge of the mighty river that runs through it. There is something about such natural, magisterial scenery that seems to bring out the best in people. How good it was to see parents and children fishing, baiting their hooks, casting out from the steep river banks, trying their luck. Kids had a blast shooting arrows at the archery range. The excitement of adults and children was fun to observe as they oohed-and-ahhed over the animals brought from the Minnesota Zoo. Groups of people thoroughly enjoyed pontoon rides, kayaking, canoeing and hiking tours. There were more than 40 “stations” at the event – hands-on activities and educationalinformational booths and a combination of both. “Day at the River,” which began five years ago, has grown into a perennially successful event, with attendance numbers increasing by leaps and bounds every year. It’s one of those events that’s so successful, so much fun, that good word-of-mouth is its best advertisement. What’s more, the event is free, and who can argue with that? In recent years, there has been a wonderful resurgence of interest locally in the Mississippi River, a growing awareness of what a priceless resource it is. There are innovative efforts underway to maintain and improve its water quality and to develop it wisely as a recreational asset. It’s a slow, incremental process but a very good one. “Day at the River” is just one way to allow local people to experience that great resource first-hand. Sadly, too many people in the area have experienced the Mississippi River as merely something they cross on a bridge daily or from time to time. As knowledge and awareness of the river increases, more and more people will begin to understand why we are so fortunate to live in the heart of central Minnesota near or next to our magnificent river. Hats off to the event’s sponsors: Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stearns County Parks, Benton County, St. Cloud State University and the Department of Natural Resources. Also deserving of thanks are the scores of volunteers who made the day such a success. Being part of “Day at the River” was a bit like getting a glimpse of a better, more harmonious world in which all people get along so well in an idyllic environment. At the event, there were Caucasians, Somalis, African-Americans, Native Americans and people of all ages from babies to oldsters. All of them intermingled, exchanged pleasantries, had a good time. Wouldn’t it be nice if that kind of peace, harmony and happiness could be spread everywhere into the wider world?

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Opinion Cancer Center staff, patients are tops I miss going to the Coborn Cancer Center. “What?!” people ask. “How can you MISS going to a CANCER center?” These are people who, understandably, have a phobia about that dreaded “C” word. As a patient with colon cancer, I “graduated” from the Coborn Cancer Center Aug. 8 after undergoing 28 radiation treatments and two bouts of chemotherapy. My prognosis, I’m told, is excellent. Let me try to explain why I miss the cancer center. For one thing, I have never met so many wonderful people in one place. In six weeks, I had the good fortune to meet at least 40 of them: receptionists, nurses, aides, technicians, doctors. There is not a one of them I did not enjoy meeting and talking with. They are not only experts, they are passionately committed to what they do day in, day out – helping others through the “journey” of cancer. What is extraordinary – beyond words – are their teamwork, their communication skills, their compassion, their personalized attention for each patient and their good humor. There is nothing worse than going to a clinic where everyone is funereal serious and long-faced. When they say “humor is the best medicine,” they’re not kidding. It really is. I used to accuse cancer-center employees of taking happy pills every morning. How can they keep up such good-humored spirits all day long, working as they do with pain and suffering? They are true pros, and so if you want to see shining examples of grace under pressure, just pay the cancer center a visit.

Dennis Dalman Editor Aside from that phenomenal staff, the other reason I miss the cancer center is because of the fellow patients I would meet and chat with in the lobby as we all waited our turns for this or that procedure. Many were bald or balding, with bandannas or caps on their heads. I didn’t go totally bald, although my hairstyle can now be described as the “wispy look.” Some of those patients looked so weak, tired and forlorn, it was enough to break your heart. My side effects weren’t that bad, but they were sometimes unpleasant enough that I could deeply relate to how some of the weakest patients must have felt. However, like the graceunder-pressure of the staff, the patients also demonstrated remarkably upbeat attitudes and good humor. Three of my favorites are what I call the Kimball Family. There was Mr. Kimball, Mrs. Kimball and their 20-something daughter, Ms. Kimball. Mrs. Kimball was undergoing treatments for breast cancer. (She’s doing fine now, thank goodness.) I called them the Kimballs because they mentioned they hail from Kimball. And they, in turn, called me Mr. Rice because I live in Rice. “Well, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Kimball!” I’d say in the lobby. “How you doin’?” “Oh, just fine, Mr. Rice. And how ‘bout you?”

“Oh, fair to middlin’, thank you.” Then we’d sit and shoot the breeze, usually about pets, as they have a night job cleaning the Kimball Veterinary Clinic, where I had my four pets “fixed.” Two other favorite “lobby people” were my neighbor Marty Dubbin and her sister, Mary Kay Tretter. Marty’s younger brother, Dean, a farmer who hails from Genola, is suffering from throat cancer. His relatives would take turns bringing him to the center. It was such a pleasure when I’d arrive at the center to see Dean, Marty and Mary Kay waiting in the lobby like old friends. And I never tired of playing mischievous verbal hi-jinx with them, especially me bragging about the spiffy new boxer underwear I had to buy and how good they look on me. They would groan and giggle, and Mary Kay would dare me to show off my hubba-hubba knickers. Then she’d giggle and blush like a naughty school girl. I will never forget my first visit to the center. A woman walked past as I was sitting there and gave me the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen. A blue bandanna on her head, she was thin, pale, ghostly and obviously feeling so very low. She smiled so weakly, but the smile was absolutely radiant, coming as it did from that thin, pained face. I wanted to give her a hug, and now I wish I would’ve. I’ll never forget that incandescent smile. It was exactly like seeing the triumphant human spirit shining through a veil of pain. And now, dear readers, I think you can understand why I miss that cancer center.

1992, wasn’t that just last week? I recently visited a convenience store and noticed near the check-out a sign which read, “All alcohol purchasers born after 1992 must show ID.” 1992? Wasn’t that last week? It caught me off guard. It wasn’t that long ago when I met and married my wife, and now we just celebrated our 50th anniversary. I remember the birth of my children and how scary that all was. Now they are adults with children of their own. I remember the birth of my grandchildren. It seems like it was just the other day. I guess when you are over the hill, everything but you speeds up. I know time has certainly sped up. There is nothing particularly significant about 1992 except that it was 21 years ago. People born in that year are today’s new adults. These new adults are facing a world being left to them by my generation and my children’s generation and frankly, I’m not too thrilled by what we are leaving. I doubt future people will ever know the America of my youth. There were fears to be sure. We faced polio and nuclear war and many other seemingly unsolvable problems. But we faced them in stride. Let me tell you about the good times, though.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer In the ‘50s the cars were cool, period. You could tell them apart. You knew the difference between a Ford and a Chevy and their year model. You could drive up to the gas pump and get a dollar’s worth of gas and drive for miles and miles. And speaking of driving, we had driveins, drive-in restaurants and drive-in movies. And the music. The music was great. We had rock ‘n’ roll. I’m talking about the real rock ‘n’ roll – Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and too many others to count. We danced. Most often we danced without ever touching our dance partner. You would have to have been there. Then came the ‘60s and everything started to change. There was the Vietnam War. There were the protestors, the dropouts and the hippies. Many of us sensed the changes we were seeing were not good. People seemed to worship the ugly and the dirty. Many young people found drugs. In the ‘70s and ‘80s things contin-

ued to deteriorate. During this period the hippies who survived their drugaddled youth, grew up and became the lawyers and politicians of today. Now, sadly, they and their offspring are the so-called leaders who are creating the ongoing mess we are leaving our children. I often long for the America of my youth. I miss the simple life. I miss the security we all knew. I worry for my children and grandchildren. When I see kids glued to a computer screen instead of going outside to run and play, I worry. I know many things in today’s world are improved. I believe our lives are being extended by the comforts we enjoy like air conditioning and central heating. Medical science is creating great new cures. Cancer may soon be a thing of the past, who knows? Even with all that is good today, why would I miss yesterday? Many of you who will read this will understand and probably feel the same way. Realistically, I know we cannot go back. The ‘50s will just have to be a memory. Still I hope we have not squandered our beautiful country. I hope we have not wasted our heritage. I hope in the future we will rediscover what it means to be an American. I can only hope.


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Walkers, exhibitors, prizes needed for ‘Woofstock’ by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com As the 25th annual “Woofstock Companion Walk” approaches, organizers are seeking people who want to take part in the event and raise funds to help homeless animals. Still needed for the event, besides pledge walkers, are exhibitors, prizes, silent-auction items and donated food and beverages. For more details, see last part of this story. The 5k fundraising walk for the Tri-County Humane Society will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Wilson Park in St. Cloud. The festive fundraiser is named “Woofstock”

Friday, Aug. 16 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, Aug. 17 Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294.

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as a pun on “Woodstock,” the famed 1960s music festival. Each year, Woofstock is a riot of color as owners and their pets often show up wearing hippy-type paraphernalia: headbands, tie-dyed T-shirts, love beads, peace signs. This year, registration will take place from 9-10 a.m.. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. Food and lots of fun festivities will happen from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Many prizes will be awarded to top money raisers. Those who raise $75 will receive a Woofstock tote bag: $150 a tote bag and pet microchip; $200 a tote bag, microchip and Woofstock T-shirt; $300 a tote bag, microchip, T-shirt and entry in the grand-prize drawing.

The top 40 pledge raisers will all receive prize packages and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses that regularly support the efforts of the local humane society. The goal of this year’s Woofstock is to raise $50,000 that will be used to spay and neuter and for other forms of care for the thousands of animals the humane-society shelter receives every year. Last year 500 pet lovers and 300 animals enjoyed the 5k walk. There are many ways to help make Woofstock a success. The following are ways to help: • To become a walker, print out a pledge form at www.

tricountyhumanesociety.org/ events/companion-walk. Then submit all donations you receive the day of Woofstock between 9-10 a.m. There is no minimum amount to raise. • For online donations, go to givemn.razoo.com/ team/25th-Annual-WoofstockCompanion-Walk-1. Then add your name to the leader board under “Join This Team.” Click “Fundraise.” Type your first and last name under “Fundraiser Name.” Then click “Start Fundraising.” You will be able to customize your fundraising page and send invites to friends and family asking them to sponsor you by making a donation to the Tri-County Humane Society online. To qual-

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Monday, Aug. 19 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 17 N. 2nd Ave., Waite Park. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group features a specialist on swallowing, 1 p.m., Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud. 320-968-4606. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., American Red Cross, Grace United Methodist Church, 2615 Clearwater Road, 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.

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Tuesday, Aug. 20 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wednesday, Aug. 21 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud.

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Student spotlight:

Terhaar enjoys science, developing new products by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders

If you would like to recommend a student to be considered for this feature, please contact The Newsleader office at news@thenewsleaders.com or call 320-363-7741. Justin Terhaar enjoys studying science and how things work. When he graduates he would like to get a degree in material science and work for a company such as 3M that allows him to develop new products. Terhaar will be a sophomore at St. John’s Prep School in the fall. He is the 15-year-old son of Jody and Karl Terhaar and has a brother Jeremy, 19, and a sister Rachael, 11. Facts about Terhaar: Favorite subject: Science “”I’ve always been inclined toward it and it allows me to see the finer points of how things work the way they do,” he said. Favorite leisure activity: Lots of different things. He is involved with Knowledge Bowl, Nordic skiing and games club. “My hobbies come and go,”

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Justin Terhaar enjoys studying science and how things work. When he graduates, he would like to get a degree in material science and work for a company that allows him to develop new products. Terhaar said. “However, drawing has been a fairly consistent interest of mine.” Favorite music: Alternative “It’s unique and different and it’s not mainstream,” he said. Favorite movie: Princess Mononoke “It was the first film directed by Miyazaki I ever saw and will always be my favorite work by him,” Terhaar said. “The soundtrack is also amazing.”

of food and beverages are always welcome, even if it is only a case of soda pop. Call the TCHS if you have a food from page 7 or beverage donation to make. Organizers are still seeking TCHS website: www.tricountymore gift certificates to local humanesociety.org. restaurants and businesses. • To be an event contribuAt the end of the event tor: Monetary donations can be mailed to the Tri-County Humane Society, P.O. Box 701, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or online at: givemn.razoo.com/ story/25th-Annual-WoofstockCompanion-Walk-2. Donations

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Favorite thing he likes to help other people do: Learn new things Favorite restaurant and food: Terhaar’s favorite food is his mom’s coffee cake when it’s fresh out of the oven. His favorite restaurant is Fugi’s Steak House. “I enjoy the sushi,” he said. Something he would change if he could: The shortmindedness of today’s society. “Many of the things we do aren’t sustainable and there are many alternatives where the only downside is extra effort required in the short term,” Terhaar said. Something he can do that many people can’t: He has double-jointed shoulders. ”It isn’t every day you get to see someone lick their elbow, which is what I can do,” he said. What he would like to be doing five years from now: Attending college or working at an introductory job in the field of science. The thing he likes best about St. Joseph: “It’s a nice town where it’s small enough that you can get to know it,” Terhaar said. there will be a silent auction. Auction items are still being accepted. The items can be picked up by TCHS volunteers. Call Marit Ortega, TCHS manager of fund development, to contribute donations, prizes or for more information, at 320252-0896.

Pete Jansky Retirement

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Thursday, Aug. 22 2-4 p.m. St. Joseph Fire Hall Please join us in thanking Pete Jansky for his many years of service in St. Joseph!


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