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Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 Volume 28, Issue 38 Est. 1989
Happy boy remembered with love at memorial by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
The radiant smile of Jacob Wetterling brought sunshine again and again on a gloomy day during a Sept. 25 community memorial service for him at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. Photos and videos of Jacob, taken so many years ago, were projected onto a huge screen throughout the service in the Clemens Fieldhouse on the CSB campus. All of the images showed an energetic, friendly, happy boy in love with life – a boy with a smile that could light up a room and with a sometimes-impish sense of humor. The service, with many musical interludes, was a joyous celebration of Jacob’s 11 years of life and of the hopes he inspired worldwide encapsulated in the slogan of “Jacob’s Hope.”
Political signs not allowed in highway rights-of-way
Stearns County would like to remind property owners that placement of campaign signs and other unauthorized objects in highway rights-of-way is prohibited under Minnesota State Statute 160.27. In addition, campaign signs may not be placed on private property outside of the right-of-way limits without landowner consent. Highway rights-of-way typically include the driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and sight corners at intersections. Crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them at one of the county’s local maintenance garages. County staff will hold the signs at the garage for a period of 10 days. During that time, the owners may come to claim the signs. If not claimed after 10 days, county staff may discard the signs. Violation of this law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor-vehicle crash and injures a person or damages a motor vehicle that runs off the road.
Mental Illness Awareness Week starts Oct. 2
National Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 2-8. This week is marked by community education efforts in all 50 states to raise awareness that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions, and that there is help and hope for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For more information, visit thenewsleaders.com and click on Sept. 30 Criers.
Recovery night scheduled at St. Cloud VA
The Veterans’ Mental Health Advocacy Council is hosting Recovery Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Building 96, St. Cloud Veterans’ Administration Medical Center, located at 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. Developed and presented by veterans, Recovery Night features several veterans who will share their stories of recovery. For more information, visit thenewsleaders.com and click on Sept. 30 Criers.
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Above: Patty Wetterling at the memorial service for her son speaks to the audience right after 11 candles were lit to honor Jacob. At right: Many candles have been lit in memory of Jacob Wetterling during the past 27 years.
At the service, those happy images of Jacob growing up were underlined by sorrow because the thousands who attended the service were all too well aware the remains of the happy boy of more than 27 years ago were found Sept. 1 in a pastureland near Paynesville. Jacob’s abductor and killer, Danny Heinrich confessed to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and shooting the boy to death on the same night as the abduction, Oct. 22, 1989. A plea agreement led the 52-year-old to reveal what happened on that night, and though Heinrich on the terms of the agreement cannot be prosecuted for Wetterling’s murder, he faces up to 20 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Formerly of Paynesville, Heinrich’s last place of residence was in Annandale. Happy • page 2
Dayton proclaims Oct. 22 ‘Jacob Wetterling Day’ by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Gov. Mark Dayton, who attended the Jacob Wetterling Memorial Service on Sept. 25, stated in an official state proclamation that Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, will be “Jacob Wetterling Day.” On that day, there will be a “Running Home for Jacob”
race at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center in St. Paul. Oct. 22, 1989, was the date Jacob was kidnapped near his hometown of St. Joseph, and sexually assaulted and fatally shot by Danny Heinrich of Annandale. The 52-year-old confessed to killing Wetterling after previously leading investigators to his remains at a Paynesville farm, part of a Sept. 6 guilty
plea to a federal child pornography charge. In his proclamation, Dayton mentioned how the Wet- Dayton terling abduction profoundly affected the lives of Minnesotans and that Jerry and Patty Wetter-
ling, Jacob’s parents, dedicated their lives to the advocacy for children’s safety. They helped create the Jacob Wetterling Act of 1994 and the start of a state registry to help keep children safe. Dayton urged all in Minnesota to commit their lives to fairness, kindness and compassion – all qualities Jacob and his family always held dear.
Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story set Oct.1-30 at History Theatre by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
A musical about Bobby Vee will be performed from Oct. 1-30 at the History Theatre in St. Paul. Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story was written by Bob Beverage in collaboration with Vee’s sons, Jeff and Tommy Vee, and is directed by Ron Peluso. George Maurer, who has been Vee’s musical arranger for many years, provides musical direction and arrangements for the production. The production follows the life of 15-yearold Bobby Velline who charmed audiences at the Winter Dance Party in Moorhead on Feb. 3, 1959, when local talent was asked to fill in after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper were killed that same day in a plane crash. Vee, as he became known by, became a teen idol appearing on American Bandstand
with Dick Clark, as well as grew to be an international star entertaining audiences with Top 40 hits. From 1959-70, he produced 38 Top 100 hits, including many certified as gold records. From his first hit single, “Suzie Baby,” in Minneapolis, Vee’s musical journey included performances with pop stars like Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ronnie and The Ronnettes, Dion and Del Shannon. The musical honors many of those artists including Del Shannon, Little Anthony of The Imperials, Ronny of The Ronettes, Dion, Leonard Nimoy, Bob Dylan, Shirley of The Shirelles and Chubby Checker. The musical is also a story about the love between Vee and his wife, Karen, who died in 2015 after receiving a lung transplant about three years before. It also is a life story and moves through the later years with joys and hardships. Vee • page 3
photo courtesy of Bobby Vee website
The musical, “Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story,” also tells the love story of Bobby Vee and his wife, Karen, (pictured in an Aug. 29, 1963 photo). The musical will be performed from Oct. 1-30 at the History Theatre in St. Paul.
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Obituaries Carol J. Mertes, 71 St. Joseph Jan. 22, 1945 - Sept. 29, 2016 Carol J. Mertes, 71, of St. Joseph, died on Sunday, Sept. 29 at her home. Her funeral will be held Sept. 29 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie. The Rev. Julius Beckermann, OSB, officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Mertes was born Jan. 22, 1945 in Schuyler, Neb. to Ladislav and Magdalen (Novotny) Hanel. She was a beautician for 21 years. She
Barbara M. Campbell, 68 St. Joseph Oct. 17, 1948 - Sept. 14, 2016 Campbell was born in Fergus Falls, Minn. to Howard and Margarit (Rommelfanger) Melby. Survivors include the following: her children, Shane (Me-
owned and operated a beauty shop in Columbus, Neb. for 19 years. She met Joseph on a trip to Germany, and moved to Minnesota and married him on March 23, 1987. They farmed near St. Joseph and Carol also worked for Coborn’s for 18 years. She enjoyed her companions Cricket and Sasha. Carol also enjoyed gardening, her flowers, reading, traveling with her son Bill, NASCAR and football. Mertes is survived by her husband, and son Bill, both of St. Joseph; stepson, Mario, St. Cloud; brother Frank Hanel (Rosie) Omaha, Neb.; sister Mary Munter (Mike) Lincoln, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. lissa) Commerford of Anchorage, Alaska, Shawn (Erin) Commerford of Belgrade, Minn., and Samara Commerford of Las Vegas; brother, Bryan (Renee) Melby of Dalton, Minn.; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service to be announced at a later date.
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Happy from front page The Jacob Wetterling service was at long last a form of closure for the Wetterling family as well as for thousands of people who wondered and worried for 27 years what had become of the boy. An estimated 2,800 people were inside the Clemens Fieldhouse for the 75-minutelong memorial service, and about 3,000 people watched a simulcast of the service at viewing areas in St. Joseph. Many more thousands also watched the service telecast live on some
If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301, 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 crime. Aug. 5 7:12 p.m. Gunshot. College Avenue S. A complainant called authorities after claiming to have heard two gunshots. Police checked the area and spoke with several people who did not hear anything. The complainant was advised of this. No further action was taken. Aug. 6 7:31 a.m. Welfare check. Minnesota Street W. While on routine patrol, authorities were approached by a complainant who stated her friend
television stations. Jacob’s parents, Jerry and Patty, spoke at the service, as well as his siblings – older sister Amy, younger brother Trevor and younger sister Carmen. Jerry and Patty thanked all the law enforcement personnel at the service who had worked so hard for years to solve Jacob’s abduction and his fate. They also thanked all of the people who volunteered time to look for Jacob, giving time and effort in a ceaseless determination to bring Jacob home. “We could not have survived for 27 years without the love and support of all of you,” she told those assembled.
Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 Then Wetterling focused on the subject of other missing children, a dedicated mission she has kept close to her heart for every day of the past 27 years. “Our hopes and prayers go to all the families who are still searching,” she said, fighting back tears. “We won’t ever give up. Jacob, we will always carry you in our hearts, and our love for you will never die.” The Wetterling family, along with friends, lit 11 candles in honor of the 11 years of Jacob’s life in St. Joseph. One of the candle-lighters was Aaron Larson, a best friend of Jacob’s who was with Jacob, along with Happy • page 5
was feeling depressed and putting herself down. Officers spoke with the individual who stated she was fine. She had been drinking the night before but was sleeping when police had arrived to speak with her.
Aug. 8 7:25 p.m. Medical. Fifth Avenue N.W. Police were dispatched to a resident who had fallen in his backyard. They assisted the man who refused additional medical attention.
Aug. 7 12:53 a.m. Noise complaint. Ash Street E. A complainant stated he had heard loud engine noises in the area. Police were one block away at the time of the call but heard nothing. 1:16 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Minnesota Street E. While on patrol, authorities spotted a truck with the name “Fruit Club” on the side. Police checked with the city, and it appeared no one had a vendor’s license to sell fruit in St. Joseph. Officers made contact with the driver and explained he needed a license to lawfully sell fruit in the area. He packed up and left.
Aug. 9 9:29 p.m. Alarm. First Avenue S.E. Officers responded to an alarm at Colts Academy. Upon arrival, the building was cleared with the keyholder present. No further issues arose. Aug. 10 12:08 p.m. Property damage. 15th Avenue N.E. Authorities responded to a complainant who experienced property damage to his vehicle. The man stated his vehicle had chips in it and a scratch on the driver’s side. Police explained it will have to be covered by insurance.
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Vee from front page Jeff and Tommy Vee said in a press release that the play is a window in a special time in the history of rock ‘n’ roll and in American pop culture – rooted right here in the Midwest, the place where their parents were so proud to call home. The Vee brothers toured with and managed their father’s late career and said it has been an exciting ride. Besides being Bobby Vee’s fans because he was their father, they said the fact he was a “multi -million record-selling rock ‘n’ roll star is something else entirely.” The brothers said the fact their father managed to be the same sweet person through all of this is his greatest achievement and in their view it clearly comes across
St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com in the production. Jeff Vee said they were approached by Beverage and Peluso about the play more than two years ago. They liked the theater’s mission of “real stories about real people in Minnesota” because it stressed the importance of accurate history, as well as entertaining and compelling theater. They began the process shortly thereafter, doing interviews with many people close to their father and piecing the story together. They said their father’s story is unique, and there is much people do not know. “We lost our mother just over a year midway through the process,” Jeff Vee said. “Dad, of course, is in memory care and cannot participate at this point.” When reflecting on the musical, the brothers said it was cathartic and therapeutic to journey back in time through their
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family’s personal history, which connects to the special memories of generations of music fans spanning the world. “Our goals and hopes for this project were to celebrate their legacy, to make them proud, and in a sense, to keep them alive,” Jeff Vee said. “We do feel like we have accomplished that. I am certain that family, friends, fans and even casual theater-goers will be touched by the production and take a few pieces with them when they leave.” At the first reading of the musical script, they said it was hard to keep dry eyes. They had just lived the latter part of the story and to see it come to life again was like a bittersweet dream. Jeff Vee said the show is full of phenomenal music by their father and many of his contemporaries. For Baby Boomers, they hope
the production will be an exciting trip down memory lane, and for all else a fun and touching rock ‘n’ roll history lesson. “We were blessed to have them, and so fortunate to have the memories that remain for all time,” the Vee brothers said in a production reflection release. “It is an honor to share this story with all as a part of the Minnesota History Theatre’s 2016-17 season. Everyone should be so lucky as to celebrate their family history on the stage. We hope these memories inspire and know our parents would be proud.” In recent years, Vee was involved in production of various musical projects at his Rockhouse Recording Studio in St. Joseph. He retired in 2011 after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease but performed at various retirement shows, including
3 Joetown Rocks during the St. Joseph Parish Festival Fourth of July. Joetown Rocks is an annual event Vee and his sons were instrumental in establishing as a town tradition. Vee also recorded music with his family in Tucson, Ariz., known as The Adobe Sessions, which is available on CD. Vee has another son, Rob; one daughter, Jennifer; three daughters-in-law; one son-in-law and five grandchildren. Ticket prices for the musical range from $10 for children to $37-$52 for adults. Discounts are offered for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. The History Theatre is located at 30 E. 10th St. in St. Paul. For more information, visit historytheatre.com or call 651292-4320.
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Local arts festival keeps hometown feel
photos by Carolyn Bertsch
At left: The children of Daryl and Heidi Schaefer of St. Joseph enjoy the work of local artist Joel Cherrico at the Millstream Arts Festival on Sept. 25. Pictured from left to right are Taylar, 11; Zac, 5; and Keaton, 2. This was the family’s second trip to visit Chericco during the festival. The Schaefer children said their favorite part was watching the clay spin. At right: Newlyweds Naquita Rodriguez-Kue of St. Joseph and Rony Kue of St. Cloud spend the second day of their honeymoon sharing a lemonade and perusing the work of various artists Sept. 25 at the Millstream Arts Festival held in downtown St. Joseph.
Construction starts on Fortitude Senior Living project by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
Construction on the Fortitude Senior Living of St. Joseph apartment building, located in Graceview Estates, began in the middle of August and is expected to be finished next May. The building, owned by Tom Opatz and Fred Struzyk, is three stories and 40,000 square feet. It includes 47 units and an elevator. The estimated cost of the building is $5.5-$6.5 million. Apartment units range in size from 400 to 1,100 square feet, and include full kitchens and private bathrooms. Opatz said rental prices for apartments will vary depending on the services needed and what unit is rented. Units include one bedroom, one bed-
room and den, or two-bedroom apartments. He said they can provide services like those offered in nursing homes, such as transportation assistance, toilet and bathing assistance, medication setup and management, 24hour on-site nursing staff and more to allow tenants to age in place. Ten of the apartment units will be dedicated for income-qualified residents under a group residential-housing and elderly-waiver program. “We are pleased to be entering the St. Joseph market, providing housing and care options to allow seniors to age in place regardless of their financial means,” Opatz said. “We are also pleased to expand in a community that has such a need for this type of senior housing.” Opatz and Struzyk purchased the eight acres, a tax-forfeited property, from the State of Minnesota.
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Work has begun on the Fortitude Senior Living of St. Joseph apartment building located in Graceview Estates. Construction began in the middle of August and is expected to be finished next May. The building is three stories and 40,000 square feet. It includes 47 units and an elevator. They received tax-increment financing for 14 years with the city of St. Joseph. The facility is eligible for tax-increment financing because 20 percent of the apartment units are dedi-
cated to income-qualified seniors who don’t have the financial means to pay privately. Before receiving approval from the city council, some residents in the area had expressed
concerns about the height of the building, requesting it instead be a two-story building. Opatz and Struzyk also own Hilltop Health Care Center of Watkins.
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Happy from page 2 Jacob’s brother, Trevor, at the time of the abduction. All three boys were riding bicycles home from a convenience store when the masked gunman appeared on the road out of the darkness. The St. John’s Boys’ Choir sang a sacred song, “Pie Jesu,” during the candle-lighting ceremony. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also attended the ceremony, along with Minnesota’s two U.S. senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. Earlier in the week, Dayton declared Saturday, Oct. 22, as “Jacob Wetterling Day” throughout the state. Other dignitaries at the service included St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall and Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner. The featured speaker was Jacob’s cousin, Allen Overturf, now of Walker, Colo., who told some of his favorite Jacob memories from when he was growing up with his St. Joseph cousin: Jacob “the funny boy with twinkling eyes” who loved to put peanut butter on top of his cereal; Jacob often coming home from school and telling his mother something happened at school that “just wasn’t fair.” “He (Jacob) taught us how to live,” Overturf said. One of the highlights of the event, which brought smiles and laughter from the audience, was a video of Jacob and his siblings, which they made for their father for Father’s Day. In the video, Jacob pretends to be his father, Jerry, reading a newspaper and listening one by one to the children, until at one point, not liking what he hears, he leaps up and says, “You’re grounded!” Another special moment of the service was when Red Grammer, a singer/songwriter from New Jersey, sang Jacob’s favorite song, “Listen,” which Grammer wrote. As Grammer strummed his guitar and sang his iconic song, the St. John’s Boys Choir backed him with choruses of the song. “Listen, can you hear the sound
Of hearts beating all the world ‘round? Down in the valleys, out on the plains. Everywhere around the world a heartbeat sounds the same. Black and white, red or tan It’s the heart of the family of man, Wo-oh, beating away Wo-ho, beating away. Wo-oh-ho, beating away.” Another emotional moment, combining sadness and spiritual uplift, was when author and singer/songwriter Douglas Wood of Sartell sang the song he wrote for Jacob not long after his abduction, a song called “Jacob’s Hope: The Missing Children’s Song.” “There’s a child all alone in the world tonight He was stolen away and we cry for his plight. But he’s not really gone ‘Cause we won’t let him go. We are Jacob’s Hope.” Other moving musical moments were provided by Robert Robinson, the great Minnesota gospel singer; the St. Benedict Women’s Choir; several songs by the St. John’s Boys’ Choir and a couple of other musical performers. The memorial service was opened and closed by comments from College of St. Benedict President Mary Dana Hinton who talked about the promise of hope and of how grief and courage had lasted so long for the Wetterlings and others – 27 years. At the close of the service, Hinton said how important it is to find comfort in community and how the process of healing and peace must begin. She then invited all present to meet on the commons area outdoors for free ice cream bars, another way to celebrate the life of Jacob Wetterling. There were also speakers representing the Baha’i faith of which the Wetterlings are members and a woman representing the Dakota Nation, who quoted a Dakota poem: “Do not think of me as gone. I am with you still at each dawn.” The memorial service was almost visibly cathartic as participants worked through their sadness and, together, spoke of and sang the praises of the happy little boy from St. Joseph who is finally, at long last, back home.
photo courtesy of Wetterling, Robert Robinson, Red Grammar’s websites and Mindy Peterson
Clockwise from top left: Jacob is rarely seen in his photos without a happy smile on his face; Renowned Minnesota gospel singer Robert Robinson sang two powerful songs at the Jacob Wetterling Memorial Service; Red Grammer sang Jacob Wetterling’s favorite song “Listen.” Grammar wrote that song decades ago; Days after a Sept. 25 community memorial service for Jacob Wetterling that was attended by thousands in St. Joseph, and was simulcast on TV and on the web, a digital billboard along busy westbound CR 75 between Waite Park and St. Joseph honors the St. Joseph boy who was abducted on Oct. 22; Jacob and his father, Jerry, share a fun moment; Jacob loved outdoor activities, including riding horse.
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Our View Thank you, Wetterlings, for sharing pain, hope The Sept. 25 community memorial service hosted by the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph for Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted as a child from St. Joseph and killed in 1989, was a cathartic experience – a long-delayed cathartic experience – 26 years and 11 months delayed, to be exact. The service was, of course, very sad. However, more than the sadness that crept in, the event was a triumphant celebration of Jacob’s short life. And that boy crammed a lot of living into those 11 years: so much fun with his brother and sisters, his parents, his friends; involvement in sports he loved, like hockey; a plethora of school activities; and all kinds of merriment, monkey shines, mischievous pranks and all-around good humor. Those who knew him will never forget his “twinkling eyes” and that wonderfully contagious smile. Jacob was a good boy, a kind and caring, intelligent boy who used to come home from school and tell his mother quite often that something that happened to someone at school was “just not fair.” Even at his young age, he had a keen sense of fairness and justice. We are happy the Wetterling family now has Jacob home at last. They now know where he is and what happened to him. Yes, it’s a horrible outcome filled with unthinkable hideous acts of cruelty against him. But at least there is a semblance of closure for the family and for so many, especially in St. Joseph and Central Minnesota, who loved Jacob even if they didn’t know him personally. And, not to forget, Jacob touched to the core so many people worldwide, and “Jacob’s Hope” became the slogan for so many missing children and grief-stricken parents. Thanks to the Wetterlings, especially the relentless hard work of tireless Patty, Jacob’s mom, there have been huge strides made in helping children stay safe and in finding them quicker when they go missing. At the service, the series of photos of Jacob and his family, projected onto a giant screen, were so effective in “bringing to life” during that service a most incredible, fun-filled, life-loving boy. Those who were at the event or who watched it live via web streaming or on TV will likely never forget what an excellent service it was. Moving speeches, wonderful memories, heart-warming songs. It became apparent even early on in that ceremony that we are all better off for having known of the Wetterlings, personally or through the media. They are the family who never gave up hope after 27 years of the most unimaginable anxieties, terrors, never-ending anguish, all the while keeping hope alive for Jacob and for all other missing children. Even after the terrible and sad outcome in early September when his confessed abductor and killer led investigators to Jacob’s remains, the Wetterlings refused to cave into despair. They honored Jacob and his memory with such exuberance, and in doing so and sharing it with so many people, they transcended sadness and once again brought hope – “Jacob’s Hope” – to one and all. We say kudos to the Wetterlings; we say thank you, Wetterlings, for sharing your pain and your hopes with all of us. You have literally helped change this world for the better, with an unwavering “hope” being the key.
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Down, down, down with pop-up ads! Is anybody anywhere as irritated as I am by pop-up ads? If so, please write me and share your annoyance, your outrage. Maybe, together, we can do something about them. They are reproducing worse than Tribbles in that classic Star Trek episode. Let’s unite, join forces and banish from the universe that dastardly pop-up practice once and for all. First, I must emphasize I’m not against advertisements. Obviously not. I have worked on newspapers for almost four decades and am well aware ad revenue pays the lion’s share for the production of newspapers. I actually enjoy advertisements, except for the increasingly obnoxious TV ads, which I loathe more than words can express – at least polite words. However, in newspapers, magazines and online, I scan ads often, learning what’s going on, looking for good deals, clipping coupons. Ads – good ones – can be a form of news. Very informative and often cost-saving. What I don’t like, what irritates me to no end, what wants to make me pull out my hair (what’s left of it) are the pop-up ads. They are like rude slaps in the face. You open a newspaper or magazine website, then you click on a story’s headline and – Blam! Pow! Punch! – you are slapped in the face with a pop-up ad.
Dennis Dalman Editor While cursing (well, maybe you don’t, but I do), you have to put your cursor on the little “X” on the upper right of the sickeningly jolly colorful ad pitch and click on the “X” to get rid of the slambang intruder. However, sometimes, if you don’t click dead center on the “X,” the ad pitch opens, and you have to try to get out of the ad’s gushy visual-textual promises and return to the news story you wanted to read in the first place. I guess this relentless ad intrusion, these constant slaps in the face, could be rationalized away, excused by newspapers and online magazines because they might claim they so badly need the revenue and that some advertisers insist their ads be pop-up ones. OK, fair enough. But where, oh where, is the courtesy and consideration for subscribers, like you and me, who pay hard-earned bucks to access the news online? For years, I have paid sometimes in excess of $100 per year to several newspapers and magazines to access
their online stories. This year, I have dropped three of them because of their onslaught of pop-up ads, which are the equivalent of blood-sucking mosquitoes on an otherwise pleasant day. You have to keep swatting them to kill them or make them go away. And sometimes swatting, these days, doesn’t even work. Recently, go figure, some newspaper and magazine digital geniuses (I use the term loosely) have figured out that mere swatting won’t kill or even deter the pests (the in-your-face intrusive ads). Now, on some newsy websites, you can put your cursor on the upper-right “X” and nothing happens. The mosquito keeps buzzing, humming, threatening to bite, to suck your blood. So you have to scroll down to the story you wanted to read to begin with. I know, I know – this all sounds to some readers so mundane, trivial, such a petty complaint. But believe me, it’s not petty, and it’s not just my pet peeve. I have talked with scores of people in just the past few months who are just as hopping mad about these pop-up ads as I am. Please write me, share your opinions, and maybe together we can start a Ban Pop-Up Ads Revolution. Our rallying cry will be “Down, down, down with pop-up ads!”
Letters to the editor:
Community memorial service for Jacob was ‘incredible event’ Mayor Rick Schultz, St. Joseph The Jacob Wetterling Memorial Service was simply spectacular from beginning to end. Please accept my
gratitude for everyone who helped pull off this incredible event. I cannot possibly thank everyone in this note. Nevertheless, I will highlight the incredible work of President Mary
Hinton, the College of St. Benedict and the St. Joseph Police Department. The service was a visible sign of what we can do as a community when we pull together.
Let’s send Anne Buckvold to St. Paul this November Diana Klisch, St. Joseph It is no wonder we only see Anne Buckvold lawn signs across the city of St. (Joseph) and across our district. She cares, she is reasonable, she works hard and she gets things done. These are all qualities I would like to see reflected at our Minnesota Legislature. On the issue of the Northstar extension, she brought people together across party lines – in our community and at the Legislature. I know she will be a great representative because she listens
well and knows compromise is part of good statesmanship. She wants to work for the people to get the best possible outcome for us all. She helped get Republicans leading on this issue of rail investment. A lead Republican-created legislation to extend Northstar, and a majority of Republicans went along with the bill, HF3691. Then it passed all committees in the Republican-led house. What has happened to derail this initiative? Republican rhetoric has been anti-rail since the session blew up. Republicans are divided – our Legis-
lature is stuck. We need government for the people by the people that works together as a team for the common good. Anne is the one to represent us to work to solve the problems with good policy creation and get things done. Let’s send Anne Buckvold down to St. Paul so she can help pull apart the log-jam and work in a spirit of collaboration on the many problems that face our cities, state and ultimately the country and world. I support Anne and hope she will get your vote in November.
Buckvold will provide strong voice for Central Minnesota Jim Graeve, St. Joseph Anne Buckvold is running for the Minnesota Legislature in Senate District 13A and has as her motto “Buck the System.” What a great idea: Buck the System. The Minnesota Legislature failed to get its job done on time and still may require a “special session” to complete a funding bill for transportation and other matters. Anne works for the non-profit organi-
zation “GRIP” or “Great River Interfaith Partnership.” She saw first hand the “politics of blame” being played out in St. Paul. She was angry and frustrated by the fact that we, Minnesotans, had a chance to get passenger service to the Central Minnesota area via the North Star commuter rail. With Anne Buckvold in the Legislature, we in Central Minnesota will know we have a strong representative there. Right now, if you stop someone on the
streets of St. Joseph and asked them who their state representative was, the chances are very good they could not tell you who he/she is. That will not be the case if we elect Anne. She will hit the road running because of her experience this past session representing GRIP. We need a strong, new voice in St. Paul in 2017. Anne will live up to her motto and shake the system up. Please vote Nov. 8 for Anne Buckvold.
‘Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?’
There it was again, that song. It always happens this time of year, the anniversary of my brother’s untimely demise. It’s inevitable that that song dances through my ears. It was playing on the music machine at a local gin joint. Brother Don was an early genius and late bloomer in his personal life. He joined the Catholic Order of Christian Brothers when he was 14 years old. Understand, the Christian Brothers do more than make booze. They are a teaching body, accepting the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Don
Paul Ritzenthaler Guest Writer excelled in learning and teaching. His doctorate was advanced calculus. After 30 years of rave reviews for his teaching activities, Don was offered a job by a major oil company at a ridiculously high salary. Goodbye poverty, hello outside world. Don left the
Christian Brothers. He bought a house overlooking the top ski resort near Buffalo, N.Y. and became an avid skier. One of his skiing ventures took him to Colorado, where he met an attorney from Florida. They hit it off big-time. Goodbye chastity, hello Wendy. It was a delightful wedding and country club reception near Tampa. Throughout the next six years, we kept in touch (perhaps not enough). Then came the call. Don had a form of bone cancer and was given two years to live with no chance of a cure. My
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Dance from page 6 other brother and I offered to provide bone marrow, but the doctors said it was too late. Cancer can happen to a nonsmoker, non-drinker and physical fitness exemplar. Don defied the two-year sentence and six years later he was still on this earth and determined to grab all the gusto of life he could. He and Wendy were invited and came to one of my daughters’ wedding and reception. It was apparent when he arrived in Minnesota he was much weaker and frailer. He came to the wedding and left immediately afterward to go lie down. He showed up for picture-taking and light lunch and
again left for their motel room. Finally, he and Wendy showed up for the reception dinner followed by music provided by a DJ. It was not too far into the reception that he had to, again, withdraw from the activities. Not too long after they left we got a call at the reception venue (an Eagles Club). They were missing a rather expensive camera. We found it, and I offered to have my son run it out to them. They didn’t want to take anyone away from the gathering, and decided to return and retrieve the camera. It was apparent when they showed up Don was extremely fatigued. But, by happenstance, just as they were heading toward the door, the DJ played Don and Wendy’s wedding song. Camera in hand, they clasped each other and hugged and danced their way down
the hallway and out the door to that wedding song. It is (and remains) one of the greatest memories of my brother and what true love is all about. The following day, they headed to the airport, and the next time we met — a short few months later — I delivered his eulogy. Did I mention the name of their wedding song? “Could I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life?” Paul Ritzenthaler has spent most of his life working in broadcasting before retiring but still keeps himself busy by announcing baseball games at the Municipal Athletic Center in St. Cloud, golfing and trying to keep up with his two dogs Dani, a Sheltie, and Tucker, a Shi-Tzu, at his home in Sauk Rapids.
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CITY OF ST. JOSEPH NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VACATION OF DRAINAGE & UTILITY EASEMENT OF OUTLOT C, COLLEGE SECOND ADDITION The St. Joseph City Council shall conduct a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at 6 p.m., or shortly thereafter, at the St. Joseph City Hall. The purpose of the hearing is to consider the vacation of the drainage and utility easement for Outlot C, College Second Addition.
All persons wishing to be heard will be heard with oral testimony limited to five minutes. Written testimony may be submitted to the City Administrator, City of St. Joseph, P.O. Box 668, St. Joseph, Minn. 56374. Judy Weyrens Administrator/Clerk
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‘Stepping On’ classes ‘Rock for Alzheimer’s’ raises funds at Heritage Hall begin Oct. 6 with a rockin’ good time by Cori Hilsgen email@example.com
A seven-week “Stepping On” class will begin from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Church of St. Joseph Heritage Hall in St. Joseph. The class will be instructed by Paula Woischke and Marjorie Henkemeyer. “This seven-week class provides expert coaching on falls prevention and ways to increase physical activity to help prevent falls,” Henkemeyer said. “Coaching
and instruction is provided by physical therapists, pharmacists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses and falls-prevention specialists.” The class is designed to improve participants’ confidence, increase physical activity, and offer group support and expert coaching. It’s also designed to reduce participants’ risk of falls, and individuals who are at risk of falling or have a fear of falling are encouraged to attend. The fee for the class is a voluntary contribution.
Jaycees 5k attracts runners from St. Joseph area
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At left: Irene Linn’s five sons – Steve, Phil, Sam, Eric and Mike – brought along their father’s 1980 Chevrolet Scottsdale pickup truck to the inaugural “Rock for Alzheimer’s” event held Sept. 24 at the Bad Habit Brewing Co. in St. Joseph. The Linns spent three years restoring the truck to try to cope with their mother’s diagnosis.
At right: Crowds of people were invited to come and join the families of Bobby Vee and Irene Linn, both of whom were diagnosed with the disease, for an event filled with music, beverages and more to help raise awareness and funds.
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