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Town Crier Farmers’ Market hosts Harvest Fest

The St. Joseph Farmers’ Market will host its 14th annual Harvest Festival from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at their usual location, north on CR 2 next to the Wobegon Trail under the water tower. The event will include live music, Scarlette the Firedancer, pottery and spinning demonstrations, children’s activities, petting zoo and more. Bring your chair and stay awhile.

Bromenschenkel to meet with constituents

Stearns County Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel will host an informal public meeting with constituents from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Blue Line Bar and Grill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. Bromenschenkel represents Stearns County District 2, which includes the cities of Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park; and the townships of LeSauk, St. Joseph and St. Wendel. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

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Wickses’ garden on the cover of ‘Country Gardens’ by Cori Hilsgen

Tom and Vickie Wicks of Collegeville township recently won the “Best Edible Garden” in the “Country Gardens Annual Garden Awards.” Their garden was recently pictured on the cover of the magazine. The Wickses entered the “Country Gardens 13th Annual Garden Award” by submitting photos of their garden and a story about their garden and garden shed in August 2011. Early in 2012, the editor of “Country Gardens” called and notified them they had been selected as a winner of the Annual Garden Awards and they wanted to know when their garden would look its best for a photo shoot in the summer of 2012. The “Country Gardens” crew came out in the beginning of August 2012 to take the photos. Garden • page 4

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The Wickses’ garden is shown looking through the weathervane from the top of the shed.

Osendorf wins local bagger contest by Cori Hilsgen

Breanna Osendorf recently won the Coborn’s 24th annual Best Bagger Contest held at the

Sauk Rapids Coborn’s Superstore and also went on to compete at the Mall of America Aug. 17. Locally, she was one of 33 employees who were judged on

Donate your extra produce from your garden to your local food shelf. Favorites include carrots, beans, beets, kohlrabi, corn, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, onions and asparagus. Any produce that has a longer shelf life is accepted. This is an easy way to help our food shelves during the summer and fall. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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on every year to honor its baggers. She said the goal of the event is to have the fastest possible speed, proper bag-building technique, appearance and distribution of weight between the bags. The proper bag-building technique consists of placing heavy cans on the bottom of the bag, framing boxed items around the bag’s walls to create a cushion for other items, placing crushable items such as produce and eggs on the top and slipping Osendorf • page 8

Pets, owners get ready for Sept. 7 ‘Woofstock’ by Dennis Dalman

Place of Hope

Place of Hope is seeking volunteers in a variety of areas: front-desk help, meal preparation, serving and cleanup, clothing-room organizer, general cleaning, paperwork and children’s activity assistants. Help someone in need and volunteer at Place of Hope. Visit www.placeofhopeministries. org to complete a volunteer application or call 320-203-7881.

their bagging techniques. She won the contest and $100 cash for her efforts. At the Mall of America, Osendorf did not place at the MOA competition. “The people there were crazy good,” Osendorf said. Winners at the MOA won $500 and a trip to Las Vegas and a chance to compete in the national bagger contest in February 2014. The national winner gets $10,000. Osendorf said the bagging contest is something the Minnesota Grocery Association puts

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Breanna Osendorf recently competed in the Best Bagger contest locally and at the state level. She won at the local level, but did not place at the state level. Osendorf (right) and St. Joseph Coborn’s store manager Ryan Rothwell are pictured after she won at the local level. Osendorf is pursuing a degree in business management and hopes to one day manage a business.

The 25th annual “Woofstock Companion 5k Walk” will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at Wilson Park in St. Cloud. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and food and festivities will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The annual event is the most important annual fundraiser for the Tri-County Humane Society, based in St. Cloud, which serves the needs of animals and owners

in Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties. Teams of people will walk to raise money through pledges. Prizes will be given to the most successful fundraisers. The event also features dozens of exhibitors who will set up informational booths within the park, along with food, games and animal demonstrations. “Woofstock,” a canine pun on “Woodstock,” typically features owners and pets dressed up as “hippies” with tie-dyed clothing, bandannas, peace signs and othWoofstock • page 3

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Thank you for your donation

It takes a village to put on a benefit. We would like to thank our Resurrection Lutheran Church family, our friends and neighbors and our family. We would also like to thank all of the businesses and individuals who made financial and silent auction donations, the church for letting us have the benefit there, the many volunteers who work the benefit and the committee for the hundreds of hours they put in to make this possible. A special thank you to Cori Hilsgen writing an awesome article about Riley in the Newsleader. Most of all, to all who attended the benefit that made this a success! ~ The Riley Petron Family

Drive Carefully! School is in Session

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. Aug. 2 1:51 p.m. Found property. Elm Street E. Coborn’s management called and had several items that had been found in the store over the past 6-8 weeks. The following items were described and placed into evidence unless otherwise noted on the evidence log. Two credit cards, one wallet, one ring, two sets of keys, one EBT card, one 2GB SD card, one black envelope with cash and lottery tickets, and one Florida driver’s license. 4:40 p.m. Minnesota Street E. Animal bite. Complainant reported he was jogging on Minnesota Street E. when a black and white dog ran up and bit him on the leg. He was unable to tell the officer an address of the incident. Officer had him ride with him to the area and he guessed it was in the 300 block. There were no dogs in the area on our arrival. Complainant advised the dog was on a retractable leash which was held by an older male standing in the front yard. Unable to find anything in dog licenses in that area matching. Advised complainant to speak with his parents and determine on his own what steps he wanted to take. At approximately 8 p.m. received a call from the complainant who said he believed he found the dog. He attempted to make contact with the owners, but they did not answer the door. Officer then went to the residence and made con-

The St. Joseph Fire Department recently purchased two rescue dummies with a casualty simulation kit to help with their training. The rescue dummies will help the department while doing their training in that they can be used in areas where it may not be safe to put a live person, they will be used during testing of possible new recruits and with the casualty kit, they can be used in many different medical training situations. The St. Joseph Fire Department would like to thank the St. Joseph Jaycees, St. Joseph Mutual Insurance and Grinnell Mutual Insurance for their donations to make this possible.


tact with the owner. He confirmed the rabies shot was current on the dog, and showed paperwork. Officer spoke to the complainant and told him the dog’s shots were up to date, and suggested he see a doctor just in case. He denied any medical attention. Aug. 3 2:26 p.m. Hazard. CR 75/CR 133. Officer observed cabinet door debris lying in the middle of the roadway on CR 75 westbound east of CR 133. Officer picked up the debris and threw it away. Aug. 5 3:29 p.m. Suspicious activity. Jasmine Lane. Report of a person with a European accent trying to sell books. Caller thought it may be a scam. We found the person doing it and advised she needed a peddler’s permit. Officer ran her name and it came back clear. No further. Aug. 6 7:48 a.m. Personal injury accident.

Seventh Avenue SE/Minnesota Street E. Officer called to a car vs. bicycle crash at the above location. Arrived on the scene and the bicyclist was standing and moving around. She advised officers she was OK and only had minor scrapes. She stated she was biking westbound on the sidewalk of Minnesota Street, crossing Seventh Avenue SE. She thought the driver of the vehicle saw her and he pulled out hitting her. The front tire on her bike was bent. The driver of the car advised he did not see the bicyclist. Accident information sheet exchanged. Aug. 7 9:09 p.m. Harassment. College Avenue N. Complainant stopped by office to advise he had been receiving harassing messages on Facebook. He sent a copy of the message to the officer’s email account. The message will be stored as evidence. The complainant was advised to obtain a HRO regarding the situation and to contact the police if the person harassing is in the area.

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Are city police officers allowed to patrol outside their jurisdictions? Q: I see a lot of city police officers out of their jurisdictions. Are they allowed to patrol outside the city and stop vehicles? A: Being I’m not familiar with what municipal police department you are referring to and their policy and procedures I will explain this simply, yes they can. Any “peace officer” with a current and upto-date Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training license has the ability. Again, this agency will have general limits in place for

their operations and patrol but due to the nature of this work, a peace officer can find themselves outside their general jurisdiction due to a variety of opportunities (training, court, warrant/prisoner transports and more). You may also see many more municipal agencies outside their city during enhanced enforcement Toward Zero Deaths projects for DWI, speed, distracted driving or other. The city, county and state

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Peter Shulzetenberg (left), of the human resources department of Central Minnesota Credit Union, presents a check for $600 to Pete Theismann, a Stearns County Parks Department member. Central Minnesota Credit Union recently donated $600 to the Stearns County Parks Department in appreciation for their work in the upkeep and maintenance of the Wobegon Trail. “The Wobegon Trail is an amazing resource for the communities here in Central Minnesota,” said Peter Shulzetenberg, a human resources representative with CMCU. “We understand the importance of that and in the spirit of wellness, we wanted to say thank you.” According to Pete Theismann, a member of the Stearns County Parks Department, the idea for the trail came from the Albany Jaycees. They went out and raised $150,000 in local match money and challenged Stearns County to build and operate the trail. The trail was built in stages, is

open year-round, and is now 54 miles long in Stearns County. It’s used by hikers, bicyclers, snowmobilers, walkers and joggers. Last year a trail counting project estimated there are 311,000 trail users between April and October. The Lake Wobegon trail connects to the Soo Line and Central Lakes trails thus providing more than 120 miles of continuous paved trails and multiple opportunities to stop for ice cream. The next planned phase of the trail is from St. Joseph to Waite Park. The money donated was raised from CMCU’s second annual 5K run which was held in Melrose on Aug. 11. A portion of the route utilized for the event took place on the Wobegon Trail. More than 150 people participated in the event which continues to grow in participation each year.

St. Cloud State University has entered the Guinness World Records for the most people howling. The official record states the Department of Campus Involvement at SCSU is “officially amazing” having achieved the record with 296 participants. Previously, no record existed for the most people howling. A minimum of 250 participants was required for consideration. The 296 students and community members gathered on Atwood Mall for the Husky Howl on April 26 to set the record. Guinness approved the record Aug. 19 after examining videos, photos and witness statements for verification. “As our students know, there’s

no pride like St. Cloud State pride anywhere else in the world,” said Lindsey Rogers, marketing coordinator for the Department of Campus Involvement. “And we have the record to prove it.” This is the university’s first Guinness World Record, however previous record-setting attempts have taken place. According to Guinness World Records, 60,000 applications for record attempts are received each year, but only a few are approved and even fewer are successful. The department will receive its official Guinness World Records certificate within the next couple of weeks. It is not yet known if the record will be included in the print edition of the Guinness World Records book.

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Woofstock from front page er paraphernalia popularized by the massive music festival near Woodstock, N.Y., in 1969. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, typically raising about $50,000 for the animals in our care,” said Vicki Davis, executive director of the Tri-County Humane Society. “It’s also one of our most nervewracking fundraisers because we never know how successful it will be until the day of the event – when all of the hard-earned donations you have helped us collect are turned in and added up. My faith is strong, however, that this will be one of our best walks in 25 years.” The Tri-County Humane Society has been helping animals since it opened in 1974. Since then, it has made giant strides to help thousands of homeless animals, to increase pet adoption and to teach animal education. The non-profit organization’s mission statement is “We believe

Trooper from page 2 patrol are all partners when working these TZD projects. One of the requirements for all of the agencies that receive grant funding for TZD projects is we work “high visibility” enforcement projects in high-crash areas. It’s a data driven approach to solving crash-causing issues. The areas all of these agencies are working have been identified based on crash data and, specifically, crash severity. By work-

in the human/animal bond, and we exist to support central Minnesota by practicing and promoting quality adoption service and education programs.” The humane society has expanded its programs throughout the years. They now include off-site adoption programs (at pet-supply stores, for example), many outreach education programs at schools, ongoing care for impounded animals in the shelter, a policy of having every pet spayed or neutered and chip-implanted before adoption and many ongoing fundraisers to help cover the cost of the many services and programs. The organization is also a clearing house for information and advice on the care of animals. Another function of the society was to offer courses on dog obedience, problem-solving and animaltricks sessions. However, in 2010, the dog-obedience building was turned into a surgery facility for spaying and neutering animals. A more recent project is the opening of the “For Pets’ Sake Thrift Store” in Waite Park from which sales proceeds go to help fund the

society. A common misconception about the humane society, Davis said, is that most of the animals in the shelter are strays. In fact, only about 15 percent are strays. Most are pets that have been surrendered for one reason or another, with the most common reasons being “moving, can’t afford to keep, not enough time for and allergies.” Each year, an average of 4,500 animals find comfort at the TriCounty Humane Society. At any given time, there are from 75 to 100 animals available for adoption. The staff goes to great lengths to try to match pets to people’s specific lifestyles so both owners and pets will be mutually happy. Those who cannot attend the Woofstock 5k walk can still donate by going to the society’s website at: or by sending a check to “Tri-County Humane Society,” P.O. Box 701, St. Cloud, MN 56302. The society is located at 735 8th St. N.E. in east St. Cloud. The phone number is 320-252-0896.

ing together even outside of our normal jurisdictions, we create a much more visible patrol presence (the number one best way to gain voluntary compliance) even with the limited resources many agencies are faced with. In greater Minnesota, one agency alone cannot typically provide enough staffing for these projects and that is why we work as partners. It puts extra law enforcement officers out on patrol to focus on traffic safety while the regular-shift officers take the normal calls for service peace officers provide. Traffic safety is everyone’s business and is not just

limited to a specific jurisdictional area. By working with our city and county law enforcement partners, we are creating a much safer environment in specific areas that have high crash and severity rates. If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.

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The Wickses purchased and restored a fishing cabin into their garden shed called the “Sugar Shack.” Tom Wicks (center) is shown with friends Joe Warner (left) and Sam Warner (right) installing the weathervane on the cupola on top the shack.

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Tom and Vickie Wicks’ garden was featured on the front cover of “Country Gardens” magazine for the “Best Edible Garden” in the “Country Gardens” annual garden awards. Their garden produces more food than they can eat, so they donate any extra.

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The story written for the magazine tells about the abundance of produce the Wickses have grown in their garden. The Wickses both enjoy gardening and have had numerous gardens throughout the years. In April and May, the Wickses often plant seeds and later transfer them to the greenhouse as the weather warms up. In early June, they usually plant vegetable, pumpkin and flower seeds directly in the ground.

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“We never seem to get our potatoes planted early enough, but when those new potatoes come, they are worth the wait,” Tom said. “We have battled with potato bugs picking the pillow bugs one at a time. It’s well worth the time to watch for the beetles and catch them before they lay eggs.” This is the first experience the Wickses have had at winning any gardening awards. They subscribe to the ‘Country Gardens’ magazine and enjoy reading about other gardens. The Wickses grow mammoth sunflowers; sweet corn; red, white and Yukon gold potatoes; five varieties of summer squash; four varieties of winter squash; radishes; peas; beans; beets; carrots; broccoli; brussel sprouts; peppers; dozens of tomato plants; bok choi; cab-

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bage; five varieties of pumpkins; many herbs; onions of all colors; lettuce; cucumbers; kale; Swiss chard; kidney beans; sweet potatoes; zinnias; marigolds; petunias; gladioli; geraniums; canna lilies; hollyhocks; calendula; dahlias; mandovila; and morning glories in their garden. They have fun trying as many varieties of vegetables as they can learn about, and they would like to expand the garden and add a plot for raspberries, strawberries and asparagus. Their garden produces much more than they can eat, so they share it with friends, neighbors, family and the Catholic Charities Food Shelf. They have been sharing their vegetables for six years since they started to oversize their garden. The Wickses share several hundreds of pounds of produce each year. In addition to sharing their vegetables, Vickie also likes to share her favorite recipes to use the produce. “Many first time zucchini users are surprised at all the great dishes and desserts that can be made,” Tom said. “Some people actually believe zucchini brownies are good for you. Well, I guess it’s true; they make you smile.” Vickie enjoys cooking vegetables that are freshly harvested from the garden. “It’s handy just stepping out the front door and being in the produce section,” Vickie said. She freezes many of the garden vegetables to use throughout the year. Their potatoes and onions last through the winter. Three years ago, the Wickses found an old 10-by-12-foot

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find. They found a listing for 100-year-old redwood beer vat staves, bought them and resawed them into decking material. They have named the cabin their “Sugar Shack” because they use it to make maple syrup. The Wickses tap maple trees and boil the sap down for pure maple syrup. They made an evaporator that sits in the

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Vickie Wicks is shown with a cabbage freshly harvested from their garden. fishing cabin on one of their “Craig’s List” adventures. “The fishing cabin was in need of a lot of work and we spent a couple of summers fixing it up,” Tom said. “We put

new shingles on as a first project, then replaced the windows and siding.” The deck they added to the front of the garden shed came from another “Craig’s List”

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shack and vents the steam out of the cupola on top. “We finished nine gallons of syrup this past spring by boiling down 324 gallons of sap,” Tom said. “Vickie will tell you she does most of the weeding (of the garden) while I plant and do a lot of the work on the ‘Sugar Shack.’” The Wickses have lived south of St. John’s University since


they were married in 1982. Tom is the director of operations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota. Vickie is the owner and operator of “Golden Shears Dog Grooming,” which she operates from their home. She has been grooming dogs since 1980 and started her business in 1991. They have one daughter, Jess, and a granddaughter, Clara.

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Opinion Our View

Silence must not reign in wake of Assad’s crimes

It’s sometimes said the biggest crime of the 20th Century was silence. Silence when millions of Jews were put to death, silence when the Turks perpetrated genocide against Armenians, silence when the Pol Pot regime tortured and butchered Cambodians, silence when rival ethnic groups in Uganda went on murderous rampages. Silence – the turning away from such atrocities – amounts to complicity. Such vicious crimes and their innocent victims scream out for world attention, for people and countries far and wide to demand of the perpetrators: “Stop! Enough! End this killing now!” That is why President Barack Obama is correct in calling for strikes against the Assad regime in Syria after his military used nerve gas against civilians, killing nearly 1,000 people, including more than 400 children. It was a monstrous crime that makes one’s blood run cold. Assad has been committing atrocities against his people for years with bullets and bombs, as well as previous smaller-scale uses of chemical weapons. Unfortunately, that brutal tyrant has the backing of Russia, China and Iran – countries notorious for their flagrant disregard for human rights. There ought to be a global howl of outrage about this crime. But, fortunately at least, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Turkey, the United States and some other countries have condemned Syria’s use of chemical weapons. Sadly, the outcry should be louder and totally universal, and there should be a unanimous demand to punish the Assad regime. Let us hope the U.S. Congress approves limited strikes against Assad’s war machine. The American people, rightly so, are opposed to getting involved in another Mid-East war. However, limited air strikes against carefully chosen targets (military installations) are not going to lead to any sort of “boots-on-the-ground” involvement in Syria. Such strikes would be a decisive way to demonstrate to Assad that his use of chemical weapons is a vicious violation of international accords and that it won’t be tolerated. Yes, it is possible, once the strikes have taken place, that Assad could thumb his nose at the world and use chemical weapons again. But if he does, such a repeated atrocity is likely to outrage more and more countries that will, collectively, finally come down hard on that violent regime. There is no perfect, easy way out of this dilemma. Obama is, indeed, between a rock and a hard place. And there is no guarantee punishment strikes would “work.” But to remain silent, to not do anything, is to be indirectly complicit in these crimes against humanity. It’s true the United States cannot be global “police officers.” But, at the very least, this nation (ideally with the help of other countries) can register outrage and help become a conscience for the world. Assad and other tyrants should not be allowed to get away with such atrocities; they should be punished; they should be made to suffer because of the hideous deaths they have visited upon their people. Other murderous tyrants, waiting in the wings with their chemical weapons, must be made to take notice.

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Tuff was amazing, but gun laws still needed The only solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. So said Wayne LaPierre, smug vice president of the National Rifle Association, in the wake of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. In that monstrous crime, a madman armed with an assault rifle slaughtered 20 students and six staff members. Last week, a courageous, wise bookkeeper proved LaPierre wrong. It wasn’t a “good guy with a gun” that stopped the would-be shooter at a school near Atlanta. What stopped him was a vast reservoir of concern, kindness, empathy and level-headed common sense coming from a remarkable woman whose name is Antoinette Tuff. A phenomenal example of exquisite grace under pressure, Tuff succeeded in calmly, rationally and kindly talking the 20-year-old mentally ill school intruder into surrendering to police. The taped transcript of her talking to the gunman is nothing less than astonishing, especially considering the fact she knew she could have been blown away any second. Tuff is, indeed, a rare and true hero. What’s most impressive is some law-enforcement officials go through intensive training to “talk down” hostage takers and other unstable people in crises. Tuff did it apparently by a deep-seated genuine human instinct. She came across as a stern but loving mama to the young man. “Baby, everything’s gonna be OK,” she said with such sweet conviction. Later, Tuff acknowledged being petrified with fear inside but that faith in God and lessons she learned

Dennis Dalman Editor about reaching out and connecting with the less fortunate came to the forefront during that tense time. Tuff even shared with the armed man tragedies from her own life: her husband leaving her, her decision at one time to commit suicide and the sorrows of having a child with multiple disabilities. It was a magnificent example of a human being, a survivor of pain and disappointment herself, connecting on a gut level with another human being in deep hurt. It’s so appropriate Tuff’s name rhymes with “tough” because her connection to the wouldbe killer was a perfect example of the power of “tough love.” That woman deserves all of the bouquets of praise coming her way, including that personal congratulatory phone call from President Obama. We should all learn from her masterful, deeply human response to a crisis. However, it’s too much to hope there will be an Antoinette Tuff on hand the next time a deranged shooter enters a school. And even if there is someone of that extraordinary quality present, chances are sadly all too possible she would be blown away by the madman. All of the wonderfully positive news about Antoinette Tuff has obscured a very big question. I’m still trying to determine through media

reports where that 20-year-old wouldbe killer managed to get his hands on an AK-47 rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition. We have heard almost nothing about him, his background or his motivations – at least not at the point I’m writing this column, nearly two weeks after that incident. The horror that Tuff prevented in that school is, once again, frightening to think about. But, predictably, once again, it reminds us how we flunked the course last time, in the months after the killings at Sandy Hook when gun lobbyists and their minions in Congress defeated proposed gun-safety laws. This Georgia incident was a frightening close call. It should boost the passionate determination of good Americans fighting for gun-safety laws, including the still-grieving parents of the children butchered at Sandy Hook. Gun safety, sadly, is not a headline issue lately. It soon will be, and this time around, thanks to so much hard work and ongoing networking by gun-safety advocates, laws will eventually be passed requiring universal background checks, a boost in mental-health treatments and bans on assault weapons and highcapacity ammo clips. It’s time to open the eyes of the willfully blind Wayne LaPierre. Let’s tell that rhetorical gunslinger that one of the best ways to prevent gun violence is not a shoot-’em-up but a civilized combination of the insightful connective compassion of people like Antoinette Tuff combined with the long overdue legislation that will keep such assault weapons and ammo out of the hands of unstable people.

Letter to editor

Reader scolds Newsleader for liberal views Bob Grise, St Joseph

Another week passes, and another scolding by the Newsleader lands in our mailboxes, led by that Keith Olbermann wanna-be, Dennis Dalman. The Propaganda Leader, oops, Newsleader, would now have us believe all good Democrats thought it wise that public workers be allowed to collectively bargain. Such Hooey. “All government employees should realize the process of collective bargaining, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” Says who? Says many, but the specific quote is from President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR, the patron saint of unions, opposed government unions because the workers in effect elect their bosses. Municipal bankruptcies are on the rise due to these cozy arrangements. President Roosevelt recognized working for the taxpayers was a privilege, and not a civil right! In the OlberDalman view, asking for ID before you vote equals suppression, (renting a movie requires ID, so I must be suppressed). The Propaganda Leader claim “there is no voter fraud.” For Pete’s sake, we have it right in our own backyard. Google the Wall Street Journal story called “Mischief in Minnesota” on how Al Franken got elected. The left benefits from voter fraud. That is why they vehemently smear anybody who wants to do something about it. It’s

an “all out assault against women’s reproductive rights,” says Dalman. Hyperbole or hot air? It’s both. Editor Dalman, attempts to educate us that corporations are not people. Then what are they? A herd of goats? The left simply doesn’t want an organized opposition to their pro-big government, anti-business, (read anti-job) agenda. Dalman is right we have seen a trend of the rich owning a greater share of the nation’s assets but it is a direct result of big government policies promoted by Obama and his ilk. All labor has dignity says Martin Luther King. But Obama says I will put two people on food stamps for every job I create!! OK, he didn’t say that but that is what has happened. In the past five years the poor stayed poor, the rich stayed rich, and many in the middle class have moved down. The worker participation rate is at a 34-year low! That is Obama’s baby, not George Bush’s. That baby is now entering Kindergarten with no change foreseen, meaning no tax cuts coming that led to the Kennedy and Reagan booms, no Keystone pipeline, (a jobs bonanza) which would/ help get us get off Middle East oil, the job-killing Obamacare is still on track, plus a host of new federal regulations enacted by Obama and his pals has caused industry to downsize or move overseas. Over regulation

caused great job loss In the copper mining, steel, textile, furniture, coal mining and forest-products industries says the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Regulators assume displaced workers will find new work quickly. In reality, unemployment often has serious, continuing impacts on workers and their families. In addition to loss of income, many workers never return to full-time work. Of those who found full-time re-employment, 54 percent were earning less, and one-third were earning at least 20 percent less – once again says the Chamber. Why does Obama continue us down this ruinous path? Since Martin Luther King’s famous speech, there has been a great melding of the races, but racial progress has come to a halt due to Obama’s constant playing of the race card against White Americans and due to his economic policies. Black unemployment has skyrocketed since Obama was elected. Not because of racism, but because of the implementation of the left’s agenda, as detailed above. Can the country survive three mores years of this disastrous divisive presidency? I wonder. It was said the way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Supposedly Lenin said that. That Lenin guy must be Obama’s economic adviser.

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2767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. “The Crash of 1929,” part of the film series, 7-8:30 p.m., Charles Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-6165421. Wednesday, Sept. 11 St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. National Active and Retired Federal Employees meeting, 12:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Thursday, Sept. 12 55+ driver improvement course (eight-hour first-time course), 8

Friday, Sept. 13 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-7 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail



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St. Joseph resident runs Food Dudes Delivery by Cori Hilsgen

St. Joseph resident Dave Carlson has been offering his “Food Dudes Delivery” business services to the St. Cloud area for the past four years. Food Dudes Delivery provides delivery and catering from a variety of local restaurants to homes or offices. Carlson, 28, started the business

Osendorf from front page small items such as packs of candy or gum in the spaces in the bag. All contestants should also present a neat appearance, be polite and convey a customer-oriented attitude. They are also judged on their composure and self-confidence. Contestants need to know how to distribute groceries among sacks so all sacks in an order are about equal in weight. Osendorf also competed in the 2012 contest and got second place. A senior at the College of St. Benedict, Osendorf is pursuing a degree in business management and hopes to one day manage a business. Osendorf, 21, is the daughter of Rose and Bruce Osendorf. She has two sisters – Kelsey, 19, and Shannon, 17. Osendorf said she is currently busy working, finishing school and hanging out with family before she gets out into the real world. Fun Facts Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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when he graduated from college. He currently has three locations of Food Dudes Delivery – St. Cloud, Sioux Falls and Fargo. Carlson has managing partners in the Sioux Falls and Fargo locations. “While in Colorado on a ski trip, I ordered from a similar service and was very impressed,” Carlson said. “After developing a business plan and speaking with restaurants, I decided to open the business after

Favorite leisure activity: Osendorf enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being on the lake and hanging around a campfire. Favorite music: Country Favorite quote: “Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe everything happens for a reason. If you get the chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it’d be easy; they just promised it would be worth it.” Anonymous Where she sees herself five years from now: “I hope to have a steady job (and) a family,” Osendorf said. The thing she likes best about St. Joseph: “I love how everyone knows everyone in St. Joe,” Osendorf said. “It’s a small town and that is what I like.”


finishing school in the fall of 2009.” The St. Cloud Food Dudes Delivery services the St. Joseph, Sartell, Waite Park, St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids areas. Currently, 23 restaurants are available through the delivery service. Carlson employs three employees in customer service representative and dispatcher positions. Food Dudes Delivery office business hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 3-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Food Dudes Delivery offers delivery from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 4-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. “Our busiest time for deliveries is during lunch between 11 a.m.noon and dinner from 5-8 p.m.,” Carlson said. Deliveries usually take about an hour, but can vary based on the volume and the time of day. Carlson strongly recommends placing lunch, catering and larger orders in advance to secure your desired delivery time. The delivery fee is $4.99 with a $15 minimum order fee. Carlson said he offers licensing and partnership opportunities. Two former St. Joseph residents, Tom Spaniel and Peter Burg, will soon become partners in a Duluth loca-

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The St. Cloud Food Dudes Delivery services the St. Joseph, Sartell, Waite Park, St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids areas. Twenty-three restaurants are currently available through the delivery service. tion the three plan to open this fall. “Food Dudes” was the original name for the business, and “Delivery” was added later. Carlson’s younger brother, Dan, designed the logo for the business. Carlson graduated from St. Cloud State University with degrees in accounting and management. He always wanted to own his own business and gained some experience during his college years when he owned and operated his “CK SealCoating” business for three years, from 2006-09, before graduating and starting Food Dudes. Carlson grew up in the St. Joseph area. He attended All Saints Academy and Cathedral High School. His parents, Gregg and Vicki Carlson, are also St. Joseph

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