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Local legend Loso’s life, work honored in exhibit by Dennis Dalman

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Scout food drive this Saturday

The St Joseph Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are conducting their annual food drive. Pick up of non-perishable food items will start Saturday, Oct 5. Please place food bags on your front porch by 9 a.m.

St. John’s Abbey to auction firewood

St. John’s Abbey will be selling about 130 cords of hardwood firewood by sealed bid auction. The wood has already been cut and skidded into 16 different piles ranging from 5-12 cords per pile. All the piles are on accessible roads. The wood still needs to be cut into firewood lengths, split and hauled. The wood is mostly oak and maple occasionally mixed with other species. All wood is sold “as is.” Roads will be open for viewing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Bids are due by noon Monday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit and click on Crier.

4-H club hosts honeybee education

“Save the Honeybee,” sponsored by the Sartell Superstars 4-H Club, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Celebration Luthern Church in Sartell. Honeybee education will be provided by The Beez Kneez organization. Topics include the following: urban and rural beekeeping, Colony Collapse Syndrome, the role of pollination on our food system, and an active beehive model and bee suits. Honey samples and honey snacks are included in admission price. Honey available for purchase.

Sexual assault center to train advocates

Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center is in need of advocates to provide information and guidance to sexual assault victims on the 24-hour crisis phone line, at medical facilities and law-enforcement centers. A 40-hour training is required. The next training will start on Monday, Oct. 7. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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“The Loso Legacy Exhibition” features pottery and sculptures by St. Joseph native James Loso, shown above in a photo taken many years ago.

The memory of James Loso – artist, potter, teacher, mentor, family man and beloved friend to many – is being honored at a special exhibit in downtown St. Joseph. “The Loso Legacy Exhibit” is on display at the Satellite Gallery. Its opening coincided with the annual Millstream Arts Festival last Sunday, an event Loso helped start many years ago. Loso died suddenly, tragically on the morning of Nov. 4, 2012 two days after his 71st birthday. His wife, Jean, is not certain of the cause of his death but believes it was either a heart attack or a stroke. The night before, he was feeling just fine. He had returned home at about 9 p.m. from the Paramount Art Studios in St. Cloud where he was doing what he loved best – teaching pottery students. It was the last night of the class, and Loso and the students had just finished mak-

ing arrangements to have their pottery pieces fired at a kiln in St. Joseph. “Jim was vital right up until the end,” said Jean, his wife. “He was first and foremost a teacher. He derived a lot of energy from teaching.” Teaching, in fact, is what brought Loso and Jean Flahaven together years ago. He had been teaching art at Elk River High School since 1973. Jean, too, was a teacher there, for many years in special education and later in 10th-grade English. She hailed from South Dakota. Loso’s students relished his classes, partly because he was blessed with a wild, outrageous sense of humor and because his love for art, especially pottery, was a huge inspiration for students. Loso retired from teaching at Elk River in 2008. “He was so good at drawing the talents out of students,” Jean said. “He was not a quiet man. He was outrageous in a good way. Boisterous. A bit off Loso • page 10

395 ‘visions’ comprise massive mural by Dennis Dalman

The artistic visions of 395 artists will come together in a vast mural at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Artists from throughout the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell, contributed one by one to the ambitious project. All of the creators suffer from disabilities of one sort or another, and for some of them, participation in the mural project was their first artistic endeavor. The public will have a

chance to see the huge mural from now until Oct. 12 at Gallery Saint Germain, which is located right across the street from the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. The title of the exhibit is the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project.” There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 The gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Four months in the making, the mural project is sponsored by VSA Minnesota, a state organization whose mission

Twelfth firing of the Johanna Kiln held by Cori Hilsgen

The Johanna Kiln, which can “fire” thousands of works of pottery, was recently fired up for the 12th time in its 18-year history at St. John’s University. The kiln was designed and built by master potter and artist-in-residence Richard Bresnahan, with the assistance of

apprentices and volunteers. This firing honors Sister Johanna Becker, OSB, Mary Griggs Burke and Akiko Sako, all Japanese art scholars and supporters of SJU pottery. The kiln is named after Becker, who was Bresnahan’s instructor and arranged for his apprenticeship in Japan. All three women died in different months in 2012. Kiln • page 8

is to create the conditions in which people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and have access to the arts. The state organization is affiliated with the VSA Accessibility wing of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Education

Department in Washington, D.C. Each budding artist was given a 1-foot by 1-foot “tile” of masonite. The tile could be used for a painting, a drawing or a glued collage. Since June, 395 Visions • page 8 contributed photos

This surrealistic collage, created on a 1-foot by 1-foot masonite tile, features a sassy Minny Mouse among all sorts of apparently incongruous images taken from magazines and glued together in an expert dreamlike logic.

Sheri Pfau of Sartell used acrylic paints to do this nearly abstract rendition of a landscape in autumn beneath a glimmering, silvery sky. Pfau is one of the two master teachers who oversaw the creation of nearly 400 artworks that comprise a giant mural.



David McPherson of St. Joseph recently graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He earned a doctorate in philosophy.

CentraCare Clinic, St. Joseph, was recently recognized by the Minnesota Health Action Group, Minnesota Bridges to Excellence and the State of Minnesota with a quality award for meeting their improvement goal in depression care. To be eligible for a reward, clinics must have a certain percentage of patients at optimal levels of care or significantly increase the number over the previous year. Depression measurements include remission,

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response and use of the PHQ-9. Both the remission and response measures are based on the patient’s improvement in their PHQ-9 score over a six-month period of time. The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program, which was established by the Minnesota Health Action Group in 2005, and the State’s Quality Incentive Payment System implemented in 2011, relies on clinical data that is publicly reported to identify clinics that qualify for a reward for meeting or exceeding optimal care standards for a specified percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.

Stearns County holds seized, surplus auction Stearns County will hold a fall auction to sell seized and surplus goods beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Stearns County Public Works building, 455 28th Ave., Waite Park, three blocks south of Mill’s Fleet Farm. For sale are numerous vehicles, PCs, lap-

tops, office furniture, a John Deere tractor and numerous miscellaneous shop and yard items. For more information on the auction, a list of what is for sale and to see some photos, check out the auction flyer on the Stearns County website at

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or TriCounty 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 crimes. Sept. 1 9:42 a.m. Harassment. Minnesota Street E. Complainant wanted to report a male had been texting and calling her many times overnight and into today. She wanted it documented in case something else came up. Officer took photos of the text messages and made contact with the sender. He was advised to stop making contact with the complainant. He stated he would. Officer advised complainant to let the police know if anything further happened. 8:18 p.m. Dog. Ninth Avenue SE. Complainant stated he was in his backyard and the black lab from behind him came into his yard barking at him. He stated the dog did not bite or attack them and did go home when the dog’s owner called the dog back. He stated his dog was off a leash and did run into the neighbor’s yard about 10-15 feet and did come back when he yelled for the dog. He admitted it has happened in the past. Officer advised him to keep the dog in the yard and under control or risk a citation. Sept. 2 12:13 a.m. Welfare check. Minnesota Street W. Complainant stated they could hear someone screaming from outside the residence. Complainant had not gone outside because two cars pulled up outside the house and occupants were looking into their windows. Officers checked the area and were not able to locate any woman in distress. Officers made contact with complainant and advised of their actions. 8:10 a.m. Theft. Minnesota Street E. Complainant reported sometime overnight, someone stole the fire station sign that was posted in the boulevard in front of his house. Whoever took the sign used tools to get the bolts out, left the posts and just took the fire truck sign and firestation-worded sign. $150 prop-


erty loss. City maintenance was notified and posts picked up by them. Sept. 3 1:22 p.m. Warrant. College Avenue S. Female stated male whom officers were looking for was not in the apartment and stated they could look. Officers found him hiding under the kitchen sink. Confirmed warrants and transported and booked him into Stearns County Jail. 10:06 p.m. Suspicious activity. Ash Street E. Complainant stated she left the house at about 9:20 p.m. and returned at about 9:45 p.m. When she left her garage door was down and the garage light on. When she returned the door was down and the light on. She went into the house and turned off the light. She took a shower and when she got out the garage door was open and the light was on. Officer checked the area by foot and another officer checked by squad. Nothing suspicious found. Officer asked if a neighbor came home at about the same time she did and they opened their garage door with an opener. It’s possible the rolling codes may have opened her door. She was then asked if she was 100-percent certain she turned the garage light off and she stated it was possible she might not have. Officer told her extra patrol would be provided for the night. She also stated she had not had any unusual phone calls or visitors lately. Sept. 4 4:58 p.m. Intoxicated person. CR 121/Jade Road. Male was walking northbound on CR 121 on the shoulder. Officer passed by and observed him stumbling all over the shoulder walking his bike. He attempted to get on his bike and fell down in the middle of the roadway. He was transported to detox. Sept. 5 7:14 p.m. Medical. Minnesota Street E. Complainant stated the subject’s boyfriend called stating subject wanted to kill herself. She stated several times she had nothing to live for. She stated she has no one and is going to be kicked out of her house. Decision was made to transport her to St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation. She continued arguing with boyfriend during transport to hospital making several suicidal comments. She was delivered to the ER without incident.

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Sept. 7 12:58 a.m. Minor consumption. Minnesota Street W. Officer met with individual who had the odor of an alcoholic beverage outside Sal’s Bar. Asked his name and date of birth. After running through dispatch and National Crime Information Center, his address and date of birth matched the information he gave. Individual was under the age of 21 and had a bloodalcohol content of .123 from breathalyzer reading. Also, when asked if one of the open beer cans in the car was his, he stated yes. He was given a citation for open bottle and minor consumption. 10:19 a.m. Welfare check. Courthouse Square. As officer was clearing the jail, he was approached by a woman in reference to a younger child in a vehicle alone. Officer approached the vehicle and observed a child in the vehicle. He spoke to the child and he told the officer he was 7 years old. He was observed to be perspiring heavily. Temperature was approximately 84-degrees F. The child stated his mother was in the jail visiting his father and he wanted to see his father but mom said no. Officer contacted dispatch about the incident and they dispatched St. Cloud Police to the scene. Stood by with St. Cloud Police until contact with mother was made and she was with the child. 4:11 p.m. Safety detail. CR 75/CR 3. Officer assisted with a motorcycle group in crossing CR 75 and CR 3. 8:20 p.m. Welfare check. CR 3/CR 75. Received a report of a family camping out at Millstream Park with two young children. Both parents were extremely intoxicated. Father fell with kids in his arms and they were now starting a campfire. Complainant asked if an officer could make sure they were OK to have children with them at this point. Officer arrived and checked the campground. He spoke to several campers who stated the family had left 10-15 minutes prior. 9:45 p.m. Vandalism. Birch Street W./Second Avenue NW. Report of glass in the roadway. Officer met with several tenants of the apartment complex and they stated they didn’t know who threw the bottles in the road. Tenants cleaned the glass off the road.

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Children create ‘grape abstract’ watercolor masterpieces by Cori Hilsgen

More than 10 young artists, ages 6 and up, recently gathered on a Saturday morning at the St. Stephen City Hall to create a “grape abstract” masterpiece. Natural sunlight filtered into the windows as the artists painted, dried and waited to see their final creations. Papers were wetted down, leaves were placed on the paper and primary colors were mixed to create colors such as purple; gold paint was sprayed on each painting; blow dryers were used to help dry the projects; and “Magic Eraser” sponges were used to create grapes. Excited chatter and movement of bodies increased as the class progressed. St. Joseph resident Olivia Spychala, 7, said she signed up for the class because her grandmother, Carol Spychala, was one of the instructors. Spychala is the daughter of Stephanie and Gary Spychala and attends Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sartell. “Art is my favorite class in school,” Olivia said “I took the class because I wanted to have fun painting.” Sartell resident Emily Crandall, 9, was surprised they used the hair dryers in the painting class. Crandall is the daughter of Sarah and Aaron Crandall and attends Pine Meadow Elementary School in Sartell. “I really like art, so I decided to do it,” Crandall said. “I did not know we would use blow dryers to dry our leaves.” Holdingford resident Breanne Skroch, 10, attended the class because Carol Spychala is her aunt. Skroch is the daughter of Janet and Dale Skroch and attends Holdingford Elementary School. She was surprised the class was more fun than she thought it would be. “I love to do art,” Skroch said. “It’s my favorite class in school.” Rice resident Lily Schmitz, 6, said she was enjoying the

Breanne Skroch (left) and Olivia Spychala wait to remove their leaves from their paintings.


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Instructor Carol Spychala demonstrates how to make grapes with a “Magic Eraser” sponge. class. Schmitz is the daughter of Nancy and Randy Schmitz and attends All Saints Academy in St. Joseph. “I like painting and I’m having fun,” Schmitz said.

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Firefighters deserve utmost appreciation

During “Firefighters’ Week,” we hope all residents everywhere, especially in the Newsleader readership area, will thank their firefighters with a call, a card, an in-person meeting or with a donation. Firefighters, like police, soldiers and other public servants, often do not get the recognition they deserve. It’s not that people are callous and ungrateful; it’s because – first of all – firefighters never expect special thanks and do not like being made “a fuss of.” Another reason is because we’ve all learned to take them for granted, as we do such people who are always “there” when we need them. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous occupations in this world. These good men and women volunteers risk their lives just by being firefighters, even in smaller towns where frequent fire calls or other crises are less likely to happen. The fact is, every firefighter everywhere is always facing the unexpected that lurks in the future. We have all heard of the tragic, heartbreaking instances of deaths: the many firefighters who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City, the many who die throughout the nation when building walls or roofs collapse on them and, more recently, the horrifying deaths of 19 firefighters who died while fighting a wildfire in central Arizona. Since 1981, when Minnesota began keeping records on firefighting-related deaths, 207 firefighters have lost their lives in the state. That’s a terrible toll in just three decades. Imagine how many lives have been saved by firefighters in that same time period. Besides risking their lives, firefighters also deal stoically with other forms of sacrifice on the home front. Many times, even during important occasions, firefighters must leave their families at a moment’s notice to hurry to a fire or other disaster. Such on-call duty is a daily contingency, night and day, for these outstanding men and women. In addition to emergency calls, firefighters dedicate many a long hour to education and ongoing training, another activity that keeps them away from their families. As many firefighters have often remarked, without the full support of families, their service would not be possible. We encourage all readers to thank these selfless firefighters and their families during “Firefighter Appreciation Week.” We depend upon their constant readiness to keep us safe and sound. They are public servants in the noblest sense.

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Their manic obsession sinks the ship It’s a mutiny staged by bullies. That’s how I would characterize the disgusting behavior by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. They have shut down the federal government because they did not get their way – their obsession to kill ObamaCare. Their obstructionist scheme was highlighted last week when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – Tea Party hero – talked himself silly for 21 hours in what was a fake filibuster. In his meandering delirium, he told one whopper after another about ObamaCare. Cruz and other Tea Party ideological “purists” (“crazies” is more like it) have bullied reasonable Republicans that they had better get into lock step or else be defeated in primaries or elections back home – defeats engineered by ultra-right-wingers and the tons of corporate money they have been generating for smear ads. What’s really disgusting is this entire Tea Party clamor to stop ObamaCare is a charade. They know they cannot de-fund or stop it, but they make the noise anyway because their grand-standing false bravado plays well with their base back home – those in-grown toenails who think the federal government is evil and Obama is a foreign-born socialist-communist devil. Some of these inflammatory bellyachers have even bragged about how great it would be if their tantrum tactics caused the government to shut down. House Republicans have voted 42 times to repeal ObamaCare; it’s no wonder they don’t get anything else done. They cite public opposition to the law as their rationale. While it’s

Dennis Dalman Editor true the Affordable Care Act, so far, has less than majority public support, it’s also true the law has been so slandered by the far-right in a barrage of relentless fearmongering and lies, it’s no wonder so many Americans are confused about the law or are against it. A recent poll clearly reveals the confusion. In that poll, 46 percent of people oppose ObamaCare, and 37 percent of people oppose the Affordable Care Act – ironic results because the two are different names for the same law. Millions of dollars have been spent to demonize ObamaCare. Such lies include death panels, people losing their current health insurance, a government takeover of the health-care system and thousands of companies laying off workers right and left to avoid having to comply with the law. None of that nonsense is true. The latest stupid efforts are the TV ads featuring Uncle Sam as a sinister gynecologist who is about to “treat” a young woman (an ObamaCare enrollee) who is squirming with terror. The message, of course, is “Don’t sign up, young folks!” These grinches should be encouraging more people to sign up for health care. They should be defending the law, not de-funding it. Instead, they are – in the most mean-

spirited ways – trying to gut the law while offering no solutions of their own to what has become a longtime moral and ethical disgrace – a lopsided access to health care in this great country. The law’s detractors call it a “horror,” a “disaster,” a “train wreck.” They became more desperate in their apocalyptic rhetoric day by day as the law’s start-up date approached. These naysayers fear the ACA will prove to be a success, not a “train wreck.” And heaven forbid any Obama program should be popular. Horrors! Of course, there will be glitches, setbacks and tweaks as the ACA develops. That is to be expected. And it’s understandable the law (or parts of it) will have its sincere critics. But the tidal wave of irrational hatred it has spawned among right-wing crazies is ridiculous, especially when they obviously haven’t read the bill or choose to purposely misrepresent it through lies, distortions and bogus fears. These purveyors of doom were even more ridiculous when they trashed the law, giving false drastic conclusions about it as if it had already been fully implemented.. If these grumbling bullies want to scream about train wrecks, they should just once consider the wrecks they themselves are causing to the U.S. Congress, to representative democracy and to the full faith and credit of this nation. Like monomaniacs, like off-course Captain Ahabs, these wreckers are willing to sink the ship in order to destroy their whale of an obsession, ObamaCare. The sooner these hellbent harpooners are dis-elected, the better for everyone.

Health insurance raises cost of medicine How much do you suppose a doctor’s visit would cost if there was never health-care insurance? What would it cost to go to the dentist if there was no dental insurance? How much would your prescription cost if health-care insurance didn’t pay a portion of it? The fact these insurances exist actually causes the costs to rise. So you say to me, “If there were no insurance, no one could afford to go to the doctor.” I think the truer statement would be, “If there were no insurance, medical-care costs would plummet and be much lower, even affordable.” The cost of medical school would also tumble. Health-care insurance is really nothing more than a prepayment for medical care. It became popular when employers started offering it to some employees in lieu of wage increases. That became especially helpful during times of wage and price freezes. Today, most employees and unions believe they are owed this coverage as a part of their employment. The medical industry has taken advantage of this pot of money. Obamacare is nothing more than a scheme to get young healthy people to pay for the increasingly high cost of medical care for older and generally less-healthy people, as well as those who either cannot afford insurance or

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer refuse to buy it. Health insurance has become so common many people just think it’s a necessity of life. The reality is health-care insurance serves only to continue the increasingly high cost of the medical industry. Health-care insurance is the subsidy that keeps their ship afloat. It’s their golden goose. Without it, they would have to compete in the free marketplace and their costs would necessarily come down. Some of you will say the cost is high because of research and development. If that were true, medical costs would be the same regardless of which country you lived in. Of course we know that is just not true. So, why do our doctors and our hospitals and the pharmaceutical companies charge what they do? The answer is, because they can. That’s the only answer available. If it were not for medical insurance, prices would sink to levels where average people could and would afford them.

Personally I applaud any attempt to help make medical care available to the poor. But I believe Obamacare will prove to be a complete and unmitigated disaster. The industry needs to be governed and reined in, but Obamacare is not the answer. Making more money available to that industry through more insurance subsidy will only serve to cause the costs to continue to rise. This is what I know. Medical care costs too much. But medical care is a necessity of life. Because it’s a necessity, perhaps it should also be treated like a public utility. Government regulates what our public utilities cost because there is no competition. The medical industry has so organized itself. It also has no competition. They can set prices as they wish knowing we, through our various insurances, will pay the cost. As much as I detest government involvement in private business, something has to be done. Clearly I don’t have all the answers. I do know this, however. If we keep allowing the medical industry to increase its costs by subsidizing those increases through insurance, they will have no incentive to lower them. That alone will doom Obamacare. We need a better answer.

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It’s not an invasion; it’s the power project underway by Dennis Dalman

Some St. Joseph residents may soon notice helicopters hovering near tall towers south of the city and explosive-sounding booms coming from high in the air. Not to worry; it’s not an alien invasion. It’s the latest phase of the Excel Energy CAPX2020 power-transmission system that, when completed, will run from Fargo through the St. Joseph area and to the Quarry power substation west of the city – a distance of 210 miles. The route generally follows the I-94 freeway. There is also a route from Monticello to St. Cloud. Construction of the towers and lines has begun between the stretch between Melrose and St. Cloud and should be completed this fall. Nearly onethird of the line is completed, and work is either finished or nearly finished from Fargo to Alexandria, according to an update from CapX2020 released this month. The line will run west to east a few miles south of the City of St. Joseph. Work on the line began in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2015. It originates in the Bison substation just west of Fargo. CapX2020 is a joint project of 11 transmission-owning util-

ities that will expand the transmission grid to meet an ever-increasing demand for energy in Minnesota and the surrounding region. There are five major transmission-line routes being constructed throughout the state, including the one from Fargo to St. Cloud. The utilities involved are investor-owned electric cooperatives and municipals. The power lines will be strung on top of steel towers that will vary in height from 75 feet to 150 feet. They will be placed anywhere from 700 feet to 1,000 feet apart. Helicopters are often used in the stringing of wires to the towers. In addition, implosive connectors are used to splice conductor joints and to connect conductors securely to the towers. That process creates a brief detonation accompanied by a bright flash and a loud “boom.” CapX2020 officials have assured landowners and customers the lines are safe, and in case of some emergency the electricity can be quickly shut down in problem areas. Acquiring easements from landowners for the transmission lines’ corridors was a lengthy, difficult process with some landowners reluctant to grant easements for safety concerns and other reasons. The project is the first major grid upgrade in the state in 30

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years. CapX2020 officials say 25 percent of the electricity on the lines will originate from renewable energy sources, most from wind turbines. The cost of the current phase of CapX2020 projects total about $1.7 billion, plus $200 million more for upsizing to doublecircuit structures. Transmission

costs of energy can comprise anywhere from 7 to 10 percent of a customer’s electric bill. According to CapX2020 officials, that would translate into about $2 more per month during the peak of line construction this year and next year. The sheer size and extent of the Fargo to St. Cloud and St. Cloud to Monticello projects

can be realized through the following statistics: 1,400 tower structures will be erected. 9 million feet of wire will be strung. 170,000 cubic yards of concrete will be poured. That is enough to build a 4-foot-wide sidewalk from Minneapolis to Toledo, Ohio.

Mental-health meeting set for Oct. 8 A session entitled “Community Conversations on Mental Health” will take place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Whitney Senior Center in Sartell. The session, sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Health, will feature a guest speaker followed by a group discussion. The meeting is

one of a series of “Community Conversations” throughout the state. The goals are to rally communities to encourage people to talk about mental health and mental illnesses; challenge misperceptions, myths and misinformation; increase knowledge and support; make communities inclusive and free

from discrimination; promote prevention and early intervention; and develop strategies for all of the above. Anyone is welcome to attend the session. The Whitney Senior Center is located at 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud.

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St. Joseph Firefighters!

Jim Marthaler, 36 years

Bill Lowell Jr., 28 years

Randy Torborg, 24 years

Paul Phillipp, 14 years Captain

Keith Simon, 13 years Captain

Andy Loso, 11 years

Mark Winter, 21 years Captain

Shirlie Brill, 9 years

Justin Honer, 17 years Assistant Fire Chief

Jeff Taufen, 17 years Fire Chief

Kurt Krekelberg, 14 years

Amanda Cherne, 9 years

Ken Jacobson, 9 years Captain

John Prom, 9 years

St. Stephen Firefighters! Jarret Crue, 8 years

Dan Muyres, 8 years Captain

Brian Arms, 3 years

Brent Johnson, 3 years

Dave Salzer, 8 years Captain

Mike Schmotzer, 3 years

Josh Schloemer, 8 years

Sharon Young, 2 years

Not pictured are new members: Joe Bye Brian Theisen

Eric Gillitzer, 5 years

Greg Koutoupas, 4 years

Mike Folkerts, 1 year

Cory Molitor, 1 year

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Local scouts are collecting for the food shelf by Cori Hilsgen

Local Boy Scouts of America are collecting for the St. Joseph Community Food Shelf. Area Scouts are asking people to double-bag and place any donated items outside their front door by 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Scouts will pick up the donations and deliver them to the food shelf. Items donated should be non-perishable foods in undamaged containers. The food shelf cannot accept open packages,

home-canned food or expired items. Items that are needed include canned fruits, vegetables and meats, pasta and pasta sauces, soups and stews, cereals, paper towels, toiletpaper, tissues, diapers and others. Cash donations to the food shelf are also accepted. St. Joseph resident and food shelf coordinator Ann Scherer said times are tough and donations are way down. The food shelf currently serves 6070 families each month, which

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has been a consistent trend for more than 18 months. Foodshelf clients must live in the St. Joseph area. Shelves are very empty. Scherer said they are buying 90 percent of everything families are using. Much of the money used to purchase needed items is from a matching grant that usually comes in December. Scherer said she has to buy many items that did not have to be purchased in past years – items such as maca-

roni-and-cheese, tuna, canned corn and others. “I really appreciate all the people in the community who are supporting the food shelf,” Scherer said. Scherer has been volunteering with the food shelf for the past 13 years. She said the food shelf is totally staffed currently by about 30 volunteers. The food shelf was started by the St. Joseph Catholic Church and has been serving individuals in need for 28 years. The


St. Cloud area schools to hold two World Café events

from front page The kiln is usually fired in the fall. Once the doors are closed, the lighting ceremony begins. After a prayer and a Japanese traditional ritual purification with rice, salt and sake, the kiln is lit with a handmade torch. The brick kiln has three chambers and is fueled with Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood from the St. John’s Abbey forest. Many volunteers are involved with the firing process. The kiln takes at least six weeks to load, and the firing continues for 10 days. The 87-foot-long, brick kiln is the largest one in North America and was first fired in 1995. It can hold almost 12,000 works of pottery and sculpture. Using local clay, Bresnahan created 9,000 of the pieces of pottery being fired. His pieces include cups, bowls, teapots and other items. Bresnahan also invited more than 30 other artists to contribute to the firing, for a total of more than 12,000 pieces. Bresnahan is an SJU graduate who apprenticed in Karatsu, Japan with a 13th-generation national-living-treasure potter’s family. That experience and the knowledge gained earned him the title of “Master Potter. “ He has served as the director of the St. John’s Pottery program since 1980 and lives with his wife, Colette, and family in Avon.

Resurrection Lutheran Church and other organizations, businesses and many individuals also work together with the Catholic church to keep the food shelf stocked. Located at 25 1st Ave. NW, the food shelf is open from 1-3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. For more information, contact the St. Joseph Catholic Church at 320-363-7505 or Resurrection Lutheran Church at 320-363-4232.

St. Cloud area schools invite all students, parents, staff and community members to attend one of two World Café events to be held from 2:30-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. at Whitney Senior Center, St. Cloud. This gathering is aimed to provide thoughts and ideas about what works well at our schools now and what should be considered for the coming years. As the school dis-

trict begins a comprehensive strategic visioning process the World Café will focus on conversations that help the planning process. The ideas that emerge from the World Café will be shared with the district’s strategic planning team. We invite all interested individuals to come and help us shape the future of St. Cloud area schools. For more information, visit

Miss Teen Stearns County is seeking individuals who are single, never been married and between the ages of 13-18 years. The individual chosen will represent her county at the Miss Teen Minnesota pageant to be held March 8 in Ritsche Auditorium, St. Cloud State University campus, St. Cloud. The young lady cho-

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to the arts mean to you?” But it wasn’t long before ideas “clicked” and participants began to paint, draw and cut out collages. Magazine photos featuring food, music-makers and animals were popular choices as things that made the creators happy. Besides VSA Minnesota, other contributors to the project are Arts Access, the Paramount Theater and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Legacy Grant program authorized by taxpayers and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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from front page 395 tiles have been created, and all of them were hung on wires to comprise the giant collage at Gallery Saint Germain. The tiles later will be taken to Minneapolis and combined with a similar massive project done by people with disabilities who live in that area. Some of the participants, at first, were stumped. The maker of each tile was asked to express in visual terms the question, “What does access

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

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Student spotlight: Allison Moon enjoys helping people by Cori Hilsgen

Allison Moon, also known as Allie, enjoys helping and being kind to people. Moon is in fourth-grade at Kennedy Community School. She is the 9-year-old daughter of Julie and Chad Moon. She has two sisters Kelly, 20, and Amber, 13. Fun Facts about Moon: Favorite subject: Art and spelling Activities she is involved in: Volleyball and swimming Favorite leisure activity: Working on projects, singing and baking “I like to create things like crafts,” Moon said. “I also really like to sing and bake.” Favorite movie: “Dispicable

Masterpieces from page 3 Jenny Smith and Dan Paggen and attends school in Maple Lake. “I love it,” Paggen said. “I think it’s a good idea. I was surprised with the leaves and gold. I thought we were going to make grapes or something. I didn’t know (about) the leaves.” When the paintings were dried, leaves were removed and Spychala had shown the students how to make the grapes with the Magic Erasers, many students were surprised how the colors had blended. They “oohed” and “awed” as Spychala demonstrated how to make the grapes. Students paid $30 to attend the three-hour class. When the class was finished, each student received an 8” x 10” matted and framed painting, two greeting cards and a book marker. The class was taught by Spychala and Carole Euerle. The two long-time friends are selftaught and have been painting for at least eight years. They have taken several workshops

Me 2” Favorite music: “I like learning new songs,” she said Favorite restaurant: Which Wich Superior Sandwiches in Maple Grove. Favorite food: Watermelon Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Solve their problems “I like to bring people together,” Moon said. “I helped a student that was new to school. I could tell right away she didn’t like being in a new school, so I introduced her to a lot of new people. Sometimes I bring people together and tell them to talk to each other.” Moon also likes to bake and share pumpkin bread with her friends and neighbors. This is the recipe she uses: (Recipe makes three - 3- x

7-inch loaf pans) 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 1/3 cup water 3 cups white sugar 3 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three, 3- x 7--inch loaf pans. 2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl,

whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans. 3. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. An award she recently received: Academic All-Star Award “I got a certificate and I was on stage at the Mall of America,” Moon said. “It was fun to see my family there. Some of my friends got awards too.” What she would like to do five years from now: Volunteer at the humane society. The thing she likes best

together and belong to Central Minnesota Watercolorists. Spychala is a St. Joseph resident and is married to Chuck. Euerle is a Richmond resident and is married to Merle. The two women have also taught a class in Cold Spring at the district office and have a gallery set up there. Spychala said she paints with her grandchildren and thought she would like to see other children do this also. “It’s so fun to watch them get excited when the water hits the paint,” Spychala said. Eurele said she enjoys watching the excitement on the children’s faces. “I get the most out of their excitement and bringing out

their creativity,” Euerle said. “When they take the leaves off all the magic begins.” “Watching their self-confidence build is really amazing,” Spychala said. “They come in so unsure and leave so proud. It’s just so fun to watch.” Spychala and Euerle also offer classes for adults called “Uncorked Artists.” Classes cost $40 and they provide the place, paint supplies, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The host or hostess provides the eight or more friends for the class. Uncorked Artists will leave the class with a 16” x 20” semi-abstract watercolor they will be able to frame. Spychala and Euerle believe everyone is an artist and will go home with

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Allison Moon enjoys helping and being kind to people. She recently helped a new student at school by introducing her to other people. about St. Joseph: “I love my school,” Moon said. “It’s very big and all the staff and friends are nice.” For more information, contact Spychala at (320) 252-4672 or Euerle at (320) 597-3260.

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Left: This unique pottery item was created by James Loso during America’s Bicentennial in 1976. Above: A gold interior gleams in one example of James Loso’s black-and-gold pottery pieces. Loso mastered a variety of pottery techniques, which he shared with students and interns for many decades. Right: Nancy and Don Bellmont of St. Cloud peruse the pottery of the late James Loso during a special tribute exhibition of his works Sunday during the Millstream Arts Festival.

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As an art student at St. Cloud State University in the 1960s, Loso loved all kinds of art, especially print-making, but in time he gravitated very strongly to pottery to the point where it became his favorite. And that was the beginning of his lifelong passion for pottery and for teaching. At the current Loso exhibit at the Satellite Gallery are dozens of Loso’s works, along with large black-and-white photos of Loso that evoke his zest for life, his love of his work and his “outrageous” personality. One of the photos shows Loso sitting at a table full of pottery, at the edge of a graveyard, a wry smile on Loso’s face. The gallery exhibit gives a good idea of the sheer range of Loso’s work. The pottery ranges from solid-white porcelain to strikingly bold works in blackand-gold. Some of the vases are adorned with filigree that is delicate and strong at the same

time. The designs on some of the works have a hint of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, popular in the early 20th Century. Loso was very intrigued by those two art movements, his wife noted. As a potter working for half a century, Loso mastered stoneware and porcelain, which is very difficult to handle on a potter’s wheel. He also excelled at works in the Japanese “raku” style – more porous types of works that produce, in the kiln firings, astonishing colors, some of them metallic reds and golds. Loso and Jean have one son, Jay, who lives in the Twin Cities and recently graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy. His wife, Genevieve, is a parttime potter. “The Loso Legacy Exhibition” is showing through Sunday, Oct. 13. It’s located at 15 Minnesota St. E. For open hours, call 320309-1529.

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N., Sartell. Operation Christmas Child informational meeting, 7 p.m., Westwood Church, 5719 Walnut Drive, St. Cloud. Speaker is fresh from a shoebox distribution trip to Uganda. Lyme support meeting, 7-8:45 p.m., Good Earth Food Co-op, 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud.

Monday, Oct. 7 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

Tuesday, Oct. 8 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. World Cafe events, a St. Cloud School District 742 comprehensive strategic planning process for parents, students, staff, community members, 2:30-5 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. World Cafe events, a St. Cloud School District 742 comprehensive strategic planning process for parents, students, staff, community members, 6-8:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Lyme Disease class, “Under Our Skin documentary and talk by Jakin and Nicole Koll, 6 p.m., Sartell-St. Stephen School District Office. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. “Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby,” film series, 7-8:30 p.m., Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-6165421. Community conversation about



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St. Joseph Newsleader •

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

In blissful weather, thousands gather for arts, music, food A “honey” named Ellie Studer gets ready for a snooze next to jars of honey at the Millstream Arts Festival in St. Joseph. Ellie is the daughter of Chris and Esther Studer of Becker, and the granddaughter of Darol and Ellie Studer, long-time St. Joseph residents who were also at the festival.

photos by Dennis Dalman

Festival-goers casually wander, checking out arts and crafts on the east end of main street during the annual St. Joseph Millstream Arts Festival.

Made-to-order autumn weather – warm but breezy – blessed the annual Millstream Arts Festival, which attracted thousands to downtown St. Joseph on Sept. 29. For six hours, visitors strolled up and down the city’s main street and onto its side streets to enjoy dozens of exhibits of arts and crafts, a variety of live music and plenty of food from food vendors. The arts and crafts included a mind-boggling variety of offerings: paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, plaques, photogra-

phy, wood products, textiles and even handmade canoes. Special features this year included a tribute exhibition to the late James Loso, a long-time St. Joseph potter who died a year ago, a series of nine paintings of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” in the St. Joseph Catholic Church’s Gathering Place and an open-mic session for readings of prose and poetry.

Check out your local optometrist! During the Millstream Arts Festival in downtown St. Joseph, Paul Imholte entertains visitors by performing tunes on his dulcimer.


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A long line forms in front of a food booth serving Greek gyro pocket sandwiches. On a beautiful early-autumn day, the Millstream Arts Festival in downtown St. Joseph attracted thousands of people who sauntered down main street to enjoy art works, music and food.

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