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Town Crier Millstream Arts Fest set Sunday, Sept. 29 The Millstream Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in downtown St. Joseph. More than 40 artists will offer a wide variety of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber and other fine arts. The event will also include entertainment, kids’ art area, horse-drawn trolley rides, a vintage auto and tractor show and food vendors. Admission is free but food-shelf donations will be accepted at the information booth. For more information, visit www.millstreamartsfestival. org.

Caramel Apple Ride set Oct 5 along Wobegon trail A Caramel Apple Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 along the Lake Wobegon Trail from Sauk Centre to Freeport. The ride is a chance to enjoy the fall colors and some apple refreshments at each rest stop. Freeport has its annual Oktoberfest event this weekend as well. Riders may also ride off the trail to the Whispering Oaks Winery, just south of Melrose, to sample some local award-winning wines. Register online at www.lakewobegontrails.com. For more information, contact Cliff Borgerding at 320293-9364.

Cherrico happy to reach goal as full-time potter by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com

Years ago, when he enrolled in St. John’s University as a pre-med student, little did Joel Cherrico know at the time he would become totally hooked on pottery, drop his major to study art and become a full-time potter after graduation. As a high school student in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cherrico was introduced to pottery in art class and enjoyed it very much. In fact, he made 100 pots in his senior year. At this point, about six years later, Cherrico has created at least 10,000 pieces of pottery that include mugs, cups, plates, casserole dishes, vases and various clay sculptures. Cherrico is a familiar face at area farmers’ markets, including the one in St. Joseph. He loves to meet people who come to the markets and sells his pot- photo by Dennis Dalman tery less expensively, without Joel Cherrico holds one of the thousands of small coffee mugs he has made in his nearly four Cherrico • page 5 years as a full-time, self-employed potter in St. Joseph.

Get ready, get set, go for ObamaCare by Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com

Tuesday, Oct. 1 is a big day for the most major health-care reform program in nearly a half century – the federal Affordable Care Act, also dubbed “ObamaCare.” Submit fall photos On that day, the marketplace exchanges will start in Minnesota for county contest For the fourth consecutive and elsewhere across the nation. year, Stearns County is asking Those without health insurance area photographers to submit their favorite photos for a countywide contest, with this year’s theme being “2013: Fall Favorites.” The fall photos can include the following subjects: back-toschool, fall harvest, Halloween, hunting, pumpkin patches, home and/or garden projects, leaf colors, apple orchards and Halloween. Photographers, however, do not have to limit themselves only to those topics. The only rule is the photos must be taken within Stearns County. There is no limit to the number of entries for each person. Deadline to submit is Nov. 15. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.

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will have a chance to do online comparison shopping for a health-care insurance policy best suited to their needs. In central Minnesota, five private insurance companies will offer, in total, about 140 policy plans that range from basic to more comprehensive. Once people choose and sign up for insurance policies, they will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. People will have from Oct. 1

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the Internal Revenue Service, which could deduct fine amounts from tax refunds. Those who already have insurance can keep exactly what they have. The rationale underlying the ACA is that more people with health insurance will widen the insurance pool, translating into lower premium costs for all and a downward push on medical ObamaCare • page 3

Self-confessed ‘nerd’ loves computer trouble-shooting

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to March 31 to sign up for some form of health insurance without being penalized for not having any. The ACA requires all Americans to have an insurance plan by next year. Those who don’t (except for some hardship or religious exemptions) will be fined, and the fines will increase from $5 the first year to several hundred dollars in subsequent years. Fines would be levied through

Blake Thoennes (left) and his assistant, Dustin Pede, work on a computer board in Thoennes’ shop, Computer Repair Unlimited, in St. Joseph. Thoennes said he feels so fortunate his passionate hobby is also his full-time job.

With a smile and a chuckle, Blake Thoennes describes himself as a nerd. “I don’t have a pocket protector,” he said. “But I’ve wrecked a lot of shirts from ink pens.” Thoennes, 26, thrives on his “nerdiness.” It’s what made him a computer expert and what brought about his successful business, Computer Repair Unlimited, located at 24 Birch St. W. near downtown St. Joseph. Besides his computer savvy, intense dedication and very hard work has defined the course of his life. Born in Alexandria, Thoennes’s family moved to Sartell when he was 10. He went to Sartell Middle

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School and graduated from Sartell High School and St. Cloud Technical College at the same time during the same month. He managed to earn his twoyear computer networking technical degree while taking a full load of high-school courses. As if school work weren’t enough, Thoennes had a series of jobs at food-service places during and after his school years. He worked at McDonald’s, Subway, Mongo’s Grill and more. In the meantime, he was fixing and fine-tuning computers for family, friends and neighbors. Thoennes also attended St. Cloud State University, where he earned a computer-business degree in 2010, specializing in design and implementation, as Thoennes • page 8

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Millstream children’s run set for Sept. 29 by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

The Millstream Mile, a funevent run for children 12 and under, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at the College of St. Benedict. The run

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.

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Above: The St. Joseph Jaycees hosted its annual Punt-PassKick competition Sept. 22. Participants included (front row, left to right) Noah Klein and Chase Jacobson; (middle row) Cody Adams*, Ethan Chaudhary, Tayden Christians, Hunter Heidgerken*, Jason Fischer* and Grant Roob; and (back row) Jake Krekelberg, Mason Wolf*, Ali Kouroum, Cody Stoermann* and Tanner Roob. Those with * are the winners in their age Aug. 23 category and are eligible to compete at regionals Saturday, 3:54 p.m. Verbal. CR 75/CR Nov. 9 at Mall of America Field. Below left: Tayden Christians practices his kick before competition. Below right: Tanner Roob 133. Received a call of people fighting while driving. Officer completes his practice punt. spoke to them. They stated it was only verbal and nothing physical. He was missing a lens in his glasses but both stated it fell out while they were driving. No signs of anything physical. Warned both about being verbal and driving. They were also advised people with cell phones called??? and they need to be aware. Both stated the verbal was over and they wanted to be on their way. Just verbal warning to both from officer. 10:35 p.m. Elena Lane. Report of loud music in the above area. Officer located the noise. There St. Cloud State University is ing services SCSU provides for was a live band that had just finamong the nation’s top 20 percent veteran students such as offering ished. The homeowners advised of schools that deliver the best in-state tuition and waiving ap- they were shutting things down for experience for military students, plication fees for all veterans, the the night. according to the 2014 Military Veterans Resource Center is makFriendly Schools list from Victory ing plans for peer-to-peer mentorAug. 24 Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. ing, veteran alumni services and 1:17 p.m. Found property. CR Victory Media describes its mil- more. 3/CR 75. Caller found a wallet at itary-friendly list as schools that “There are initiatives coming the park. Officer came to pick it up offer military students the best that will significantly excel our and left his card at the address in services, programs, discounts, impact,” Coleman said. the wallet. Phone number listed no scholarships, clubs, networking The 2014 list of nearly 1,880 longer worked. She contacted and and staff. schools represents the top tier identified wallet. Officers returned “Being included in the mil- of U.S. colleges, universities and her wallet with all items inside. She itary-friendly list is recognition trade schools, as certified by Ernst stated everything was there and that St. Cloud State is in sup- and Young, one of the world’s nothing missing. She had reported port of all veterans, including the largest accounting and profes- it stolen to St. Cloud police earlier. Reserves, National Guard, Coast sional services firms. Now in its She will call them and advise it Guard and dependents of veter- fifth year, the Military Friendly was found and returned. ans,” said Monique Coleman, di- Schools list targets brick-and8:13 p.m. Found property. Colrector of the Veterans Resource mortar schools and virtual schools lege Avenue N. A part-time city Center at SCSU. Coleman started approved for Veterans Adminis- employee that waters the plants as the center’s first director in tration tuition funding. handed an officer a St. John’s UniJuly. The Military Friendly Schools versity student ID that he found St. Cloud State, which serves list will be highlighted in Vic- while working in the morning. Ofabout 700 student veterans each tory Media’s “Guide to Military ficer turned the ID card over to school year, has earned the mil- Friendly Schools,” which will be College of St. Benedict security. itary-friendly designation each distributed to hundreds of thouyear since 2009. sands of active and former miliAug. 25 Besides the already outstand- tary personnel in early October. 7:09 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 75/

is being held on the morning of the annual Millstream Arts Festival. The run route will go around the campus and will end on the corner of 3rd Street NW and Minnesota Street. Hosted by the CSB Centennial, the event is free. Regis-

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CR 134. Officer observed the traffic light turn yellow and saw a vehicle proceed through the semaphore which had a pizza delivery sign on the roof. The light next turned solid red and approximately 2-3 seconds afterward, officer observed a car enter on a solid red light. Officer identified the driver by her Minnesota driver’s license. Driver stated she thought the light was still yellow. Citation given to driver. Aug. 26 2:33 p.m. ID theft. Hickory Drive. Complainant stated she has been receiving calls representing the law office of John A. Best stating she needs to pay cash owed for a Pay Day loan in the amount of $579.90. She stated she never took out a Pay Day loan and she believes someone stole her Social Security number. While viewing the website of John A. Best, the law firm placed a notice on their homepage stating their name is being fraudulently used. An impersonation complaint has been filed by the law firm against the scam located in California. I advised the complainant via voice mail of the number for the FTC and reference number supplied by the law firm. I also advised the complainant to call if any further questions. Aug. 28 9:38 a.m. Civil matter. Cedar Street E. Complainant wanted to report the large amount of garbage left behind by a tenant at St. Joseph Student Housing. She will be forwarding photos to St. Joseph Police of the mess. Aug. 29 9:34 a.m. Warrant. Minnesota Street E. Female was arrested for an outstanding Todd County warrant while dealing with an unrelated incident. After confirmation of the warrant, she was transported to the Stearns County jail without incident. 9:39 p.m. Suspicious activity. Ninth Avenue SE. Female called stating she heard a female scream loudly for about 2-3 seconds. She stated she thought the female sounded in distress. May have

tration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Haehn Campus Center. The first 150 registered runners will receive free T-shirts. To register online, visit www. csbsju.edu/CSBCentennial/ Millstream-Mile.

come from Klinefelter Park area. Officer checked the area and did not hear any screaming. No other calls on the matter. 10:33 p.m. Assist person. BP gas station. Officer assisted driver and his vehicle. He accidentally put gasoline in his diesel vehicle. Nothing further. Aug. 30 11:02 p.m. Traffic hazard. Old Highway 52/Cypress Drive. Officer drove to area. Hundreds of students out in the area. Got out and patrolled on foot. Individuals dispersed from the area. Aug. 31 2:11 a.m. Intoxicated person. Minnesota Street W. Officer found a party passed out on the bench in front of the Minnesota Street Market. Identified him and his friend took responsibility for him and took him to his residence. 9:04 a.m. Disorderly conduct. Old Highway 52/Cypress Drive. Officer observed female and male who appeared to be very intoxicated and appeared under age. Made contact. Female began to walk away and officer attempted to stop her. Male hip checked officer into the wall and attempted to block him from detaining the female. Male was restrained, became disorderly and was arrested for obstruction and disorderly conduct. 1:53 p.m. Custody. Minnesota Street E. Report of father trying to take the kids. Mother was on site and doesn’t want him to take them. He dropped off his kids and then was pulled over by 6101???. He was transported to Coborn’s so he could meet his new girlfriend. He walked back to residence and wanted to take the kids. Kids were with mom already. There was no paperwork for custody. Kids stayed at house. Officer told father to leave. Both were advised to settle custody themselves or go to court. 10:54 p.m. Noise violation. First Avenue NE. Complainant reported excess noise. Officer arrived on scene and observed a few students who were in fact being noisy. They were asked to leave, which they did. Spoke with a renter who was warned on the noise violation.

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ObamaCare from front page costs, largely through the benefits of preventive care and healthier lifestyles. Starting Oct. 1, small employers (those with 50 or fewer employees) will also be able to shop on the online market exchange, which in Minnesota is known as MNsure. Larger employers, those with more than 50 employees, can start choosing group insurance polices through ACA starting in 2017. About one in five Minnesotans do not have health insurance or have plans that are very inadequate. Up to an estimated 1.2 million Americans are eligible for the ACA.

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The first step toward seeking coverage under the ACA is to determine one’s eligiblity for tax credits, which are federal subsidies to help people who need help paying premiums. The whole idea behind the Affordable Care Act is the word “affordable,” making it possible, through subsidies, for everyone to have care that costs a set portion of annual income. For most people of very low incomes in Minnesota, there are two programs they are already enrolled in or are eligible for: MinnesotaCare or Medicaid. Those people will stay on those programs as long as their annual incomes remain within the low limits. Affordability, under terms of the ACA, is paying no more than 9.5 percent of annual income for an insurance policy. For the rest of the uninsured, calculating annual incomes is very important. On the marketexchange website (www.MNsure. com), there will be a “calculator” function available on which people can enter their income information and which will in-

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stantly calculate eligibility for a federal subsidy and how much. People can also determine subsidy eligibility through an insurance broker. Murray Herstein, who lives in the Twin Cities, is one of many brokers throughout the state connected to a hotline help number to assist seekers of insurance through the ACA. Specially certified and trained as a MNsure agent, Herstein and a newly hired assistant expect hundreds if not thousands of calls in the coming three months. In an interview with the Newsleader, Herstein emphasized how important it is for people to find out if they are eligible and for how much. That information, he said, is vital so when shopping on the MNsure marketplace website, people will be able to balance what they have to spend with the type of insurance policy they decide to choose. The MNsure site will also inform seekers about “navigators” and “assistors,” a network of specially trained helpers throughout the state, many of them employees of clinics, hospitals and organizations. They, too, will be able to help someone determine subsidy eligibility. Herstein noted eligibility for subsidized premiums can be up to 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. An individual who makes $46,000 annually or less in gross adjusted income is eligible for a federal subsidy. The less that person makes under that amount, the more the subsidy. A family of four that brings in $94,000 or less in annual income is also eligible. Under the ACA, each member of a family can, if they choose, pick a different plan, Herstein noted. To get an idea if you are subsidy eligible, the gross adjusted income is located on tax forms (Line 4 on 1040EZ form, Line 21 on 1040A form and Line 37 on 1040 form).

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Another important step before you begin shopping on the MNsure exchange is to examine your health, habits and lifestyle. Such factors will help you know which level of health insurance best fits your needs. Prospective health-care shoppers should make a list of health factors, asking themselves the following questions: • Do I live a sedentary lifestyle or an active lifestyle or somewhere in between? If someone is too sedentary, there could be lurking health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more. If a person is very active, such as an athlete or an adventurer-daredevil, the person might be prone to serious injuries. • Do I drink to excess? Do I smoke cigarettes or abuse drugs? All are risk factors. • What is my family background? Which relatives suffered or died because of certain medical conditions? Are those factors perhaps hereditary? • When was my last medical check-up? What were the results? It’s a good idea to get a new medical check-up before shopping for a policy. That way, you will have an idea of your overall general health and if medical issues need some attention. After an honest assessment of risk factors, those who have a more healthy lifestyle might want to choose a less costly insurance plan. Those with high-risk factors or a history of medical issues probably need a more comprehensive plan. There are four levels of health policies to choose from, rated from least expensive to most expensive: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. A bronze policy will cover 60 percent of medical costs, a silver 70 percent, a gold 80 percent and a platinum 90 percent. The ACT, however, mandates all

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plans and all levels must offer certain “essential benefits” that include preventive care, maternity care, prescription drugs, lab tests and more. In addition, the ACT requires the insurance plans to accept people with pre-existing medical conditions and prevents companies from placing lifetime cost limits on medical care. Companies, under the ACT law, must put caps on out-of-pocket costs, must let children stay on their parents’/guardians’ policies until they are 26 and requires 8085 percent of every dollar paid in premiums be spent solely on delivering medical care or improving health care – otherwise refunds will be mandated. The ACT also requires the products on marketplace exchanges to be written in layman’s language so shoppers can compare the plans side by side – apples to apples, so to speak. It must be plain to each shopper exactly what each plan does (and does not) offer. Because of ACT mandates, even the least expensive insurance plans on the online marketplace were designed to offer good value for the premiums paid, according to MNsure advocates.

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On the marketplace, there are nine regions in the state for which plans are offered. Central Minnesota is in Region 8 of the state’s nine geographical regions. Shoppers should be sure they are perusing plans within their region because costs vary region to region. The private insurance companies for Region 8 are Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, Medica, PreferredOne and UCare. Each offers dozens of varying plans, a total of about 140. Premiums (not counting subsidies) range from as low as $91/ month for an individual bronze policy to as high as $634/month or more for a family of four on a

3 platinum policy. Before shopping, people should learn certain health-care terms, especially the following two: Deductible: This is the amount you are required to pay for medical services before the insurance company kicks in with its payments. Generally, the lower the deductible, the higher the premium you will pay and vice versa. Co-payment: A usually fixed amount you pay for a covered health-care service. That amount varies plan-to-plan, but a typical one is $15. For other insurance-policy terms, refer to the “Glossary’ on the marketplace website. Co-insurance: Once you’ve met your deductible amount, the co-insurance is the amount you would pay after the insurance company pays its share. For a silver plan, for example, the company would pay about 70 percent, and you would pay about 30 percent of the cost of medical procedures. As you peruse and compare health plan to health plan, take notes on the ones that most appeal to you. Later, revisit them while considering the factors you have determined: eligibility or not for subsidies; your general health, habits and lifestyle; and what you can afford (with or without subsidies). People who have a favorite doctor or clinic should call that doctor or clinic to find out if they will accept insurance from the plan you favor choosing. It is highly recommended people spend time reading the background information on the MNsure site before beginning to shop for a plan. On the MNsure site, there will be instructions as to how and where to sign up for a plan. On the marketplace website, there will also be, under “Help,” numbers to call and places to contact for assistance. Some valuable ObamaCare • page 5

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Student spotlight: Jonas enjoys working with, rescuing horses contributed photos

At left: Ashley Jonas enjoys a dressage, or English riding, event on her horse, “Gem.” The horse was a former racing horse from Hollywood, Calf. At right: Jonas enjoys jumping with her horse “Oreo.” She received the horse as a gift for her 13th birthday. by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

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Ashley Jonas enjoys riding her two horses and hopes to become an equine veterinarian like her mentor Dr. Nicole Eller-Medina. Jonas and Eller-Medina sometimes show their horses at the same place, the “Rocking R Farm” by Foley. Eller-Medina is Jonas’s horses’ veterinarian and is involved with the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation. Jonas is interested in trying a Trainer’s Challenge. This program allows a person to retrain one of the rescued horses and compete for a prize at the end of the summer. She would also like to acquire one or two foster horses. Jonas is a resident of St. Joseph and is a senior at Holdingford High School. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Janet Jonas. She has two sisters, Holly, 30, and Sarah, 21; and one brother Troy, 23. Another sister, Jessica, is deceased. Jonas has been riding since she was five. She received riding lessons for her birthday. Her mother says they are the present that never ended. Jonas got her first horse, a paint horse, “Oreo,” in

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2008 from her mother for her 13th birthday. Janet bought the horse from the owner of “Fieldstone Farms” in St. Joseph. Oreo was 9 years old when she purchased her and is now 14 years old. Jonas got her second horse, an off-the-track-Thoroughbred bay, “Gem,” last year. Gem’s previous owner moved to Texas and needed to sell her. Gem is 15 years old. She was originally from the racing tracks by Hollywood, Calf. Her full name is “Jean’s Lucky One.” Gem raced in 52 races and was retired at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee with a shoulder injury when she was 6 years old. Gem’s first owner trained her in stadium jumping. She can clear 4-foot-high jumps. Jonas is now training her to do dressage or English riding. Jonas especially enjoys three-day dressage event riding, stadium jumping and cross-country. Currently she boards her horses, but she and her mother hope to buy 10 acres of property in the near future. Jonas’s horses are currently boarded, but she helps create their grain bags for “Up Front Horses” to feed them. Both horses have special dietary needs. Oreo needs something to

control her weight and Gem needs something to keep her weight on. Jonas works part-time at Mills Fleet Farm in the farm department. Fun Facts about Jonas: Favorite subject: Science “Because it’s interesting,” Jonas said. Favorite leisure activity: Spending time with her horses and hanging out with her friends. Favorite movie: “John Tucker Must Die” “It’s hilarious,” Jonas said. Favorite music: Eminem Because he was an underdog and became successful even through all the ups and downs. Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse Favorite food: Taco pizza with my friend Gen while watching “Vampire Diaries” Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Jonas says she enjoys helping her horse friends get ready at horse shows. She said she also likes volunteering at horse shows. Favorite quote: “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” from a Kelly Clarkson song. The thing she likes best about St. Joseph: “It’s a small town and everyone knows you,” she said.

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Cherrico from front page the need for overhead costs, to his customers. He also likes demonstrating shaping pottery on his wheel at the markets, especially for children who seem to have an inborn affinity for the joys of clay. On Sept. 14, Cherrico hosted an outdoor pottery show on the “Wooden Deck” in downtown St. Joseph. Even though it rained, driving most visitors into the sheltered warmth of Cherrico’s small storage-photography room, everyone had a good time socializing, munching on snacks, listening to music by local musician Dan Cofell and buying some of Cherrico’s highly functional pottery. In his very small apartment off of St. Joseph’s Minnesota Street, Cherrico – despite the small space – manages to create an amazing, prolific output of pottery. His electric kiln, however, he must keep on a balcony outside of his third-floor apartment. Cherrico, in that apartment, spends many happy hours at his potter’s wheel, constantly honing his art, shaping clay with his hands, always experimenting and looking forward to the happy accidents (examples of serendipity) that so often happen in pottery, especially during the kiln process. Cherrico mixes his own glazes, which include wood ashes he gets from a friend at the St. John’s Arboretum. He combines other ingredients that can include silica, crushed clay or limestone, cobalt blue, iron and copper red. Most of his finished products have white or gray backgrounds with glazed colors of blue or rust or burgundy-red over the lighter surfaces. “Wood-ash glazes are a key Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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A cup, a teapot and dinner plates are some of the many pottery items that were created by potter Joel Cherrico for frequent use. Cherrico enjoys combining aesthetic values with the dayto-day “practical” in his stoneware. component to my works,” he said. Once he finishes shaping a piece on his potter’s wheel, he lets them air-dry for a day or two. He then adds appendages (such as coffee-mug handles) onto the pieces. Then he puts them in the very hot kiln where they dry slowly for two or three days. After cooling, the pieces are dipped in glaze and/or brushed with a glaze and fired again. Cherrico gets his clay from a supplier in Minneapolis, sometimes up to 2,000 pounds at a time. He will never forget the happy rush he felt the first time he visited the kiln at the College of St. Benedict. His high-school love of pottery came rushing back at full force at that moment. When he sat down at a potter’s wheel, he knew he would pursue the art for a long time. When he changed his major to art, Cherrico pondered becoming an art teacher, thinking it would help him support his true love – pottery. But more and more, he steeled up a determination to try to make a living as a full-time potter. To that effect, he took

two classes in business management, learning information about how to make it in one’s own business. “So far, I’ve been a full-time potter for three years and four months,” Cherrico said. “I love to wake up in the morning and go to work at the wheel.” His artistic influences include famed potter Richard Bresnahan of SJU and two of Bresnahan’s apprentices with whom Cherrico learned from – instructors Sam Johnson and J.D. Jergenson. Another influence is pioneering American abstract-expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, whose

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Visitors to Joel Cherrico’s pottery open house Sept. 14 brave a dripping rain to check out Cherrico’s many examples of his stoneware pottery. He often uses a glaze containing “among other ingredients” wood ashes and cobalt blue for his stunning blue colors. action-drip paintings still inspire Cherrico’s penchant for the spontaneous glaze drips on the surface of so many of his works. Cherrico is also a music buff, who was first-chair trumpet in high school and who now likes to play rock and blues guitar. While working at his wheel, he often listens to music, and one of his favorites, especially when he’s working quickly, is the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Currently, one of Cherrico’s

major projects is to create 100 beer mugs for Brother Willie’s Pub at SJU – mugs students have the option of buying. Depending on how they sell, Cherrico is likely to make several hundred more in the coming months. “I love the fact people are eating and drinking with my pottery,” he said. “My pottery is definitely made to be used.” To see more of Cherrico’s pottery, go to the following website: www.cherricopottery.com.

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Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Opinion Our View

‘Teach’ tackles what it takes to become an effective teacher We’ve all had a teacher who’s shaped us, inspired us, even scared us, and whom we can credit with having empowered us to become who we are today. In the next 10 years, America will need more than two million new teachers. And though the old adage says “If you can’t achieve, you can always teach,” this is truly a sad commentary on our society. We should be encouraging our best and brightest to engage our young leaders of the future. Whether you are a lifelong learner, a parent, a role model or a teacher yourself, we strongly recommend watching “Teach” by American film director/producer Davis Guggenheim. In his third documentary to look at education in America, Academy-Award winner Guggenheim asks the question: what does it take to be a teacher? Offering a rare glimpse inside four public-school classrooms, Guggenheim invites us to follow the struggles and triumphs of America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource: teachers. The two-hour program debuted Sept. 6 during prime-time television but may be accessed on YouTube and will be aired on Pivot several times throughout October. Intense and emotional, this year-in-thelife of four public school teachers illustrates how tenacity, innovation and a passion drives these educators as they navigate the ups and downs of the 2012-13 school year. Throughout “Teach,” viewers are taken into the publicdistrict school classrooms of the following: Matt Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher at McGlone Elementary in Denver; Shelby Harris, a seventh-grade math teacher at Kuna (Idaho) Middle School; Joel Laguna, a 10th-grade Advanced Placement World History teacher at Garfield High in Los Angeles; and Lindsay Chinn, a ninth-grade algebra teacher at MLK Early College in Denver. These educators mentor their students to overcome obstacles and strive for success. While they all aspire to be the best at their jobs, Guggenheim’s subjects are diverse in every way, implementing unconventional and collaborative methods, teaching different subjects and age groups in a range of communities. Yet, they all have one common denominator – the grit and resolve to hang in and make a difference to their students. Teaching is truly not a job, it’s a mission. And we can all affect change by supporting our current teachers – socially, economically and politically – and motivating our future problem solvers to consider teaching an ultimate goal, not an afterthought. For more information on this and other social issues our society must address, visit www.takepart.com.

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Punish the hungry; it’s their fault What’s even worse than blaming people for something that isn’t their fault is punishing them for it. And that’s exactly what the U.S. House Republicans are trying to do to food-stamp recipients. On Sept. 19, all but 15 Republicans in the House voted to cut $39 million from the food-stamp program during the next 10 years. The vote was 217 to 210. No Democrats voted for the meanspirited measure, and the 15 Republicans who voted against it deserve our applause. The three Republicans from Minnesota (Bachmann, Kline, Paulsen) voted for the cuts. Have they no shame? Action on the cuts now proceeds to the U.S. Senate. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. Let us hope so. Tea-Party extremists, led by Rep. Eric Cantor, claim the food-stamp program is out of control. What’s really out of control are well heeled (and well fed) politicians, like Cantor, who treat the working poor like distasteful pests. Here are the facts: A virtual economic melt-down in 2008 caused mainly by Wall Street excesses sent this country to the brink. Unemployment skyrocketed. Those struggling below the poverty level increased to 49 million people. As the economy slowly improved, Wall Street and the wealthiest have made out like bandits while most people’s incomes have stagnated or declined – that is, those people who were fortunate enough to find any jobs at all. Some have no choice but to work part-time or

Dennis Dalman Editor low-wage jobs, leaving them struggling to pay bills and survive. Far and wide, parents and children are going hungry. About 3.8 million people will lose food stamps if those House Republicans have their way. Nearly half of food-stamp recipients are children and about 10 percent are seniors and/ or disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is true the cost of the food-stamp program has more than doubled since 2008, from $38 billion to $78 billion a year. As of now, the number of people on food stamps (at its peak about 47 million) appears to be leveling off as the economy improves. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that within a decade the number of recipients will drop to about 34 million, at which time the program will cost less than it does now. By the way, one interesting fact about food stamps is for every dollar spent, $1.72 is generated in general economic activity, according to Moody’s Analytics. Those in favor of cuts and tighter eligibility requirements point to rampant fraud in the program. Of course, any abuse is wrong. However, in fact, studies show 98 percent of recipients truly qualify under guidelines, and only 1 to 2 percent of recipients

cheat or “traffic” in food stamps (sell them for money). That abuse has declined drastically after most states switched from stamps to debit cards. This charge of food-stamp fraud is so much like the allegations of widespread voting fraud used by losers to justify outrageous voter-suppression efforts. What’s really sad about these cuts is they are part of a long-cherished plan instigated by conservatives who believe government should drastically cut, privatize or abolish social programs. They include – among many others – Social Security, Medicare, ObamaCare and food stamps. The conservative rationale is unfettered free-market forces will naturally provide jobs and living security for all people willing to work. Government, they claim, just gets in the way of that anything-goes utopia. Government, they swear, is the real culprit; it coddles do-nothings and creates dependency. (Never mind corporate welfare.) That is why Tea Party ultraright-wingers, do-nothings like Sen. Ted Cruz, are not the least concerned about an imminent government shutdown. Some, fiddling while Rome burns, would be thrilled by a paralyzed government. Meantime, back in the real world, Americans who believe in a social contract (that we are all in this together and should help one another) must continue to fight for jobs, affordable education, access to health care and food for the hungry.

How much would you charge for your legs? How much would you charge for your legs? How about your arms or your eyesight or hearing? Then after we had made a deal for these body parts and functions, how long would you wait for payment? One year? Two years? How about five years or even longer? It has recently been reported nearly 600,000 veterans today are backlogged and waiting for their VA benefits. These are our warriors who made a contract with you and me, joined the military, went to war to help save our freedom, were wounded or harmed in some way in that service and are now waiting for us to fulfill our end of the contract. Our end is to help them with their expenses and their medical costs. Our end is to assist them in their return to mainstream life. Our end is to help them with education so they might figure out a way to earn a decent living in light of possible disabilities. Our end is to be grateful for their service and their sacrifice. These are our warriors. These are our champions. We should be ashamed. Their body parts are scattered all over the Middle East. Their sense of sight and their sense of hearing are

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer lying on the sands of the Iraqi and Afghani deserts. In many cases their sense of worth is also lying there. And so the question: How much would you charge for your legs? How long would you wait for your contract to be honored? I never cease to be amazed we, in our zeal to stay free, send our military into harm’s way with the promise we will be there for them when they need us and then we turn our backs on them. Our politicians and bureaucrats say to these champions, be patient, we will get around to you in time. Most of these slick little dudes who fill the offices and bureaus of our government never actually see war. They never actually feel the pain of limbs lost. All they apparently see is paperwork. They read statistics. Here’s a thought: Get them out of their little cubicles. Get them out of

their offices. Send them to the hospitals and rehab centers and let them see what war is really all about. Let them walk with the veteran who experiences artificial limbs for the first time. Let them read to the veteran who gave his sight for their freedom. Let them comfort their spouses and children as they face an uncertain future. Then send them back to their little offices and see if they are not in some way a little more compelled to speed up the process of caring for these warriors. When they understand these are real people with real issues and not just numbers on a sheet of paper, they might try a little harder. The military did their job, now it’s time for civilian bureaucrats to do theirs. Here is a little exercise. Look down at your legs. Take a long look at your arms. Gaze out at your spouse and your children. Listen to some great music. Now imagine what you would charge to give any or all of that up and how long you would wait for your agreed-upon benefits. How patient would you be? How long would you wait before you got really angry? It’s a fair question.

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Community Calendar

Friday, Sept. 27 Rummage sale, 7-11 a.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, Fruit Farm Road, Collegeville (just west of St. John’s University). Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph. All profit, tips, donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Saturday, Sept. 28 Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph. All profit, tips, donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Sunday, Sept. 29 Coin Show, sponsored by the Great River Regional Coin Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kelly Inn, Hwy. 23 & 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud. Millstream Mile, a free fun run for children 12 and under, 10:30 a.m., Haehn Campus Center, College of St. Benedict.

Monday, Sept. 30 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www. marketmonday.org. Tuesday, Oct. 1 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

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Thursday, Oct. 3 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Dinner and a movie “The Story of Luke,” sponsored by DisAbility Awareness Task Force, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. movie. 320-529-9000. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-363-7201. Friday, Oct. 4 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Benefit dinner, silent auction, live music for Joleen (Lauer) Krueger, a young wife and mother battling Stage 4 cancer, 4-9 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 14241 Fruit

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CITY OF ST. JOSEPH PUBLIC HEARING ON ZONING AMENDMENTS The St. Joseph Planning Commis- • Ordinance 52.34 clarifying lansion will conduct a public hearing guage on exterior requirements on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 7:15 and permitted uses p.m. in the St. Joseph City Hall, 25 College Ave. N. to consider • Ordinance 56 modifying the amendments to the following Zon- footings for a fence and clarifying ing Ordinances: fence material • Ordinances 51; Ordinance 52.07; Ordinance 54; Ordinance 55.04 and Ordinance 57 to include a provision whereby the City can withhold a permit or land-use application for an outstanding invoice or bill due and payable to the City • Ordinance 52.12 adding a provision to require a zoning permit for all accessory buildings less than 120 square feet • Ordinance 52.32 clarifying language on exterior requirements in commercial zoning districts

• Ordinance 52.30 discussion on whether or not non-owner-occupied rental should be permitted in R4 Zoning District. All persons wishing to be heard will be heard and oral testimony will be limited to five minutes. Written testimony may be mailed to: City of St. Joseph, P.O. Box 668, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Judy Weyrens Administrator Publish: Sept. 27, 2013

City of St. Joseph Public Hearing - Sign Variance The St. Joseph Planning Commis- cated at 1180 Elm St. E.; legally sion will conduct a public hearing described as Lot 001 Block 001 at 7:05 p.m. Monday Oct. 7, 2013 of ST JOSEPH PROFESSIONAL in the St. Joseph City Hall, 25 Col- PLATP/O LOT 1 BLK 1 LYING lege Ave. N., to consider a 15-foot SLY OF FDL:COM NE COR-SE variance on the maximum height ALG E LN 248.99’ TO POB-S89D of a sign and to allow a pylon sign. W 181.78’ TO W LN & TERM. St. Joseph Code of 52.32 subd. 11(b)[5] states: The maximum The request for variance has been height of a Business Sign shall be submitted by McDonalds, 1650 15 feet in height; and section 52.32 W. 82nd St., Bloomington, MN Subd. (d) states: Advertising or 55431. pylon signs shall not be permitted. The variance is being requested to Judy Weyrens allow the construction of a sign Administrator 30 feet in height. The property for which variance is sought is lo- Publish: Sept. 27, 2013

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Thoennes from front page well as documentation. One day, four years ago, he decided to quit his foodservice “day job” and open his own business, the one in St. Joseph. He’s never looked back and never regretted it. That’s because computers are his passionate hobby, his life’s blood, and going to work is like going to a place to have even more fun. He and his one assistant, Dustin Pede, have an astonishing number of customers – 1,500 of them. They live in places all the way from the Twin Cities to Alexandria. Eight percent of them are at-home customers (about 900 homes), and the rest are business clients (about 200 of them). Thoennes and Pede are experts at what they offer: computer networking, all forms of computer-related business services, servers, data recovery, wireless networking, mobile devices, tune-ups, virus removal and virtually any other problems having to do with computers. Their most common service is tune-ups and virus removals, mainly for athome customers and students. Computer viruses are a

modern curse, according to Thoennes. He has seen several women burst into tears because they lost stored photos of their loved ones due to some devious cyber virus. “It’s infuriating,” he said. “They (virus creators) are hurting innocent people. I feel so bad for those people. The culprits, he said, are mostly Russians and Chinese who steal data from computers worldwide. They then sell the data to marketers and others and make money while those who buy the data use it for damaging purposes. Mostly, they don’t want ordinary household computer data, but when putting out their viruses they cast a “wide net” that includes at-home computers, too, he explained. Thoennes has spent so much time studying and tracking down viruses and how they work, he and Pede know instantly what to do when they come across one in some hapless victim’s computer. “It takes me at most an hour or two to get rid of them,” he said. Computer gaming is one of Thoennes’s hobbies. It combines fun, detective work and learning. He loves to go to Las Vegas – not to gamble at casi-

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nos – but to participate in the annual Consumer Electronics Show where he learns the latest in cutting-edge technologies – his stock-in-trade. “I do play some video poker there, but that’s because I understand the odds,” he said. “I’d never play games like black jack or roulette. They’re losers.” Thoennes is constantly giving preventive tips to not just customers but to anyone who will listen. “My major tip of the day,” he said, “has to do with computers overheating when people do not keep them free of dust. That’s the number-one failure of laptops. It affects many desktop computers, too.” Apple computers, Thoennes said, are notorious for break-

downs caused by overheating. “They have just a tiny fan in them,” he explained. “Keep them clean and they’ll last twice as long.” The best way to clean computers is to use canned air to blow the dust out of areas where it could clog and “suffocate” cooling fans. Major tip number-two is to use an external hard drive to backup computer data. Many people, Thoennes noted, use “flash drives” (sometimes called “thumb drives”) to store data. The devices are tiny and very inexpensive, but they are also unreliable, he added, because factors such as heat or magnetic exposure can completely erase anything that is on them. An external hard drive, available at any electronics-computer store,

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 is available from anywhere from about $60 to $100 or so – more expensive than thumb drives and larger (about the size of a large cell phone) but worth it, Thoennes said. Thoennes’s tip number-three is an anti-virus program dubbed “AVAST,” which can be downloaded free on the Internet. There is a version that costs money, but the free one, Thoennes said, is perfectly good. It is, he added, the very best anti-virus program and protects against all viruses. To download “AVAST,” go to www.avast.com and follow instructions. Thoennes said he and his assistant are more than willing to give free information to people on the telephone. Call 320-4922814.


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