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Police ask residents to lock vehicles

The St. Joseph Police Department is asking residents to please lock your vehicles and remove keys, purses, wallets and anything valuable from your vehicles. “During the past month, we have had several stolen vehicles and others that have been gone through and items stolen,” said Police Chief Joel Klein. “And no matter what time of day or night: ‘See it, Hear it, Report it!’ We need everyone’s help to fight crime and keep our community safe!”

Public works to flush hydrants Oct. 14-18

The St. Joseph Public Works Department will flush fire hydrants Monday-Friday, Oct. 14-18. During this maintenance process, property owners may experience discolored water and pressure differentials. It’s not uncommon to see discoloration after the fire hydrants are flushed in your area. If you notice discoloration, please bypass your water softener and open all your cold water faucets in the home. The water will clear up in a short period of time, shut all faucets off and put the water softener back in service. Maintenance staff flush the fire hydrants spring and fall of each calendar year. Flushing of hydrants helps remove stale water and natural sediment from the system. During this process fire hydrants are exercised to help ensure the proper operation for emergency use.

World Cafe encourages discussion on school district’s future by Janelle Von Pinnon

assistant director of curriculum coordinator between the district The district is developing a for the district. “At the evening and Transformation Systems, a strategic plan that will impact session, there were many high- company out of Ashville, N.C., the school community for the Nearly 100 St. Cloud School school students who attended. that’s facilitating the strategic future. District community members We had a nice representation planning. Susan Hintz, former “This will provide the filter gathered to share ideas, explore within the community and a superintendent from Minnesota to make great decisions and the opportunities and identify chal- very engaging conversation.” who works for Transformation framework for our actions as lenges at a “World Cafe” event Avenson is also the internal Systems, emceed the event. World Cafe • page 4 Oct. 8 at Whitney Center in St. Cloud. The participants included students, teachers, parents, school district personnel, school-board members, senior citizens, business owners and community leaders of various ages, both genders and a variety of ethnicities. This was one of two events held the same day as part of a comprehensive strategic visioning process to shape the future of the district, which includes eight elementary schools, two junior highs, two high schools, an alternative school and an early childhood education program. The afternoon event had an additional 100 participants. photo by Kathryn Bjorke “We are thrilled with the turnA resident of St. Joseph snapped this unusual cloud formation last week from her backyard on out and the diversity of the turnthe southeast side of St. Joseph. out,” said Shannon Avenson,

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Lyon retires after 20 years of firefighting

Library gives children, teens second chance to read down fines

Great River Regional Library is giving teens and children a second chance to read down their fines and become active library users again. The library held its initial Read Down Your Fines Week in June. The idea was for minor card holders ages 16 and younger to pay off any fines by reading at the library. For each 15 minutes of reading, $1 was waived from fines on their account for late return of materials. In the case of very young children with fines on their cards, parents could read down the child’s fines by reading to them in the library. A total of 173 cardholders took part. Due to a generous response to the Read Down Your Fines fundraising appeal and the positive responses from patrons, a second Read Down Your Fines week has been scheduled as part of Teen Read Week Oct. 14-19. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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Mike Lyon retired from the St. Joseph Fire Department after 20 years of volunteering. Lyon encourages anyone who is interested in joining to check it out.

Department, but one of his brothers is retired from the Melrose Fire Department. When he first joined the department, Lyon took a Firefighter 1 course and became state-certified. He also took first-responder courses. Minnesota requires all firefighters meet their minimum hours of training on firefighting. “This was met through attending the monthly drills,” Lyon said. “We also had training every year to keep our first-responder and CPR certifications current. To become an officer, you had to take Fire-

that took me under their wing and provided the training and mentoring,” Lyon said. “I only hope I have done the same for others.” He encourages anyone who is thinking of joining the fire department to check into it. “It’s good training and very rewarding,” he said. Lyon is adjusting to his retirement from the department. “It’s nice going to bed at night not wondering if the pager is going to go off,” Lyon said. “It has allowed me to focus more on the business. Lyon • page 8

Seven authors to read from new works

Seven local authors will read from their new works at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Teresa Mike Lyon has retired from Reception Center board room in the St. Joseph Volunteer Fire the Main Building at the College Department after serving the of St. Benedict. The public is invited to atcity and the area for 20 years. Lyon said he originally tend the free event. The authors are current facjoined the department because he wanted to give back to the ulty, retired faculty and alumni St. Joseph area, wanted to help of CSB and St. John’s University. Sponsored by the Literary people in need and wanted to get to know more people. No Arts Institute, the readings will other family members of his involve the following: Mara Faulkner, OSB, who rehave joined the St. Joseph Fire by Cori Hilsgen

fighter II courses.” Lyon said the hardest part about being on the fire department was the time commitment involved. “The department requires a lot of time,” Lyon said. “If you truly are active on the department, it takes a lot of time. My daughter has always said, ‘Dad either you are at work, at the fire department or hunting.’” Lyon said there will always be some medical and fire calls that will stick with him, but for him the friendships built are the most memorable. “I will not forget the people

tired last May from her job as associate professor of English at CSB/SJU. She will read from her new poetry chapbook, “Still Birth.” Karen Erickson, a professor of French and chair of the languages and cultures department, will read from her new poetry chapbook, “Dwellings.” Betsy Johnson-Miller an English instructor, will read from her book of poetry, “Fierce This Falling.” Rachel Marston, an assis-

tant professor of English, will read from her novel-in-progress, “How to Speak to God.” Bob Thimmesh, an SJU alumnus, will read some poems from his new book, “Hear a Silence Roar.” Mary Willette Hughes, a CSB alumnus, will also read poems from her book, “The Shadow Loom Poems.” Larry Schug, a retired CSB recycling coordinator, will read from his upcoming book of poetry, “At Gloaming.”

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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 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. 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 Food Shelf would like to thank the Boy Scouts and the community for a great food drive!” said Ann Scherer, food shelf coordinator. Above, the bare shelves are As part of “Family Weeknow full. Above right: The cupboard is bare. end,” the College of St. Benedict will host a book signing for Annette Atkins from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The event will take place in Mary Commons on the CSB campus. Atkins will be signing copies of her “Challenging Women Since 1913: The College of Saint Benedict,” “Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out” and “The State

CSB to host Atkins book signing We’re In: Reflections on Minnesota History,” which she co-edited with Debbie Miller. Atkins teaches history at CSB and St. John’s University. She often appeared frequently on Minnesota Public Radio and served as interim executive director of the Stearns History Museum and Research Center in St. Cloud. The event is open to the public.

Sept. 8 12:20 a.m. Verbal. College Avenue S. Responded to report of a domestic. Officer arrived and spoke with College of St. Benedict Security who was on the scene. Identified the male and female. Male stated he was slapped in the face a couple of times by the female but did not want anything done about it. He said he probably deserved it. The female had some abrasions on both knees that she said she got from falling down. She also did not want anything done. Officer stopped at CSB security office to get more information and they were once again dealing with the male. He was trespassed from campus for 30 days. He signed the notice and received a copy of it. Officer transported him to the Holiday station per his request. 12:27 a.m. Suspicious activity. Caller stated she first thought she heard someone tap on her bedroom window. She then stated she heard someone knock and then pound on the window. Officer arrived and checked the exterior of the building and everything appeared all right. All the doors and windows secure. He walked around in the area and could not find anyone walking around. Made contact with the caller and advised her to call if she hears anything again. 1:25 a.m. Assist person. Minnesota Street W. Officer was flagged down by a female requesting some assistance with getting her Minnesota driver’s license back from Sal’s Bar. She stated apparently someone found her driver’s license and attempted to use it to get into Sal’s and the employee checking licenses at the door kept her license. Officer spoke to the manager and got her license back for her. Manager did not seem too happy about giving her driver’s license back. Sept. 9 9:47 a.m. Theft. College Avenue N. Sometime overnight a 1.5-foot planter with dirt was taken from near the sidewalk on the east side. Officer checked the area and did not find it. Value of $40. Business called and stated they found the planter in a yard on College Avenue N. Officer went there and no one was home. Planter was there with the store tags on it yet. Took the

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Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 planter back to the business. They identified it as theirs and stated no other planters had been purchased yet so there should be none out that had been purchased. 2:06 p.m. Tamper with vehicle. Cypress Drive. Complainant stated sometime last Thursday night someone was prying on her car window. Neighbor fixed it for her. No photos taken because damage was fixed. No suspects. Sept. 12 8:38 p.m. Alarm. Elm Street E. Officer checked outer perimeter. Building secure. Keyholder arrived and let officer into the building. Cleared building. Nothing out of place. Sept. 13 9:42 a.m. Unwanted person. Minnesota Street E. Complainant wanted roommate out because she felt she was taking advantage of her. Roommate knew the law of the eviction process and questioned officer about it. After discussion of the issues at hand, she decided she would leave. Complainant gave her a ride to St. Cloud. 6:29 p.m. Suspicious person. CR 75/Coborn’s. Individual was stopped while walking down the middle of CR 75 by St. Cloud police. Officer stated he registered a .14 on the breathalyzer test. Individual stated he didn’t have a home and wanted to be dropped off at the park. He became agitated on the way to detox and stated he wanted to go to jail instead for disorderly. When asked if wanted to hurt the officer or staff he stated no, but he wanted to have a cigarette and Gatorade. He was advised staff would have to make that call. He appeared calm before letting him out of the squad car and was calm and respectable toward staff. Reading of .155 upon arrival at detox. Sept. 14 10:26 a.m. Ordinance violation. Old Hwy. 52. Spoke to two males about furniture and refuse outside their properties. Both agreed to clean the items up. Officer explained properties need to stay cleaned up or citations would be issued. 11:51 p.m. Intoxicated person. Individual was confronted by St. Ben’s campus security after he wanted to sleep in his car in the parking lot. He registered .222 on the breathalyzer reading and was given time to contact a sober driver. After he could not find a ride from a sober driver or a place to stay, he was transported to St. Cloud detox.

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we move forward to serve our students and community,” said St. Cloud School District Superintendent Willie Jett. “In order to create a strategic plan that best reflects the hopes and dreams of our community, we’ve requested the participation of our community members committed to the future success of our school.” Throughout the evening, participants met in intimate four-person roundtables then rotated several times to give their input on four specific questions. Included below is a small sampling of discussions on those four questions: What would you want the students of St. Cloud Area School District to thank us for as they graduate? One father and former teacher mentioned schools need to have positive energy so students are excited to learn. A male student said he wanted to be appreciated and respected for his ideas and opinions. A male school employee said he felt St. Cloud schools do a lot to help students feel safe in schools and while coming from and going to buses, and the community may not be aware how much effort is put into that. A mother mentioned

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 all students should come away from school knowing they received the best education and are on a par with their contemporaries coming from other parts of the state, nation and world. What do you believe will be our greatest challenges and our greatest opportunities, as a school community, in the next three to five years? The consensus of one small group agreed this was a difficult question because most challenges can become opportunities if cast in a positive light. One mother said keeping up with technology is an ongoing battle and yet the possibilities are staggering. A male business owner said preparing students for real-life jobs and the responsibilities that go with that. A male student said with the intensity and grind of Advanced Placement and Post-Secondary Education Opportunity within the academic rigor, students need to be taught some practical, everyday-life components such as cooking, financial and basic shop skills. Another mother said with English-as-a-secondlanguage learners and the high rate of students on free and reduced-lunch programs, it’s hard for those families to make education a number-one priority when they are in survival mode. What do you really value

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Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 about our schools that you would not want to see change as we plan our future? A mother said she appreciates good communication between teachers and parents so parents understand what is expected of their children and know if the child is communicating this correctly to the parents. A student said he enjoys discussion in English literature class but because of budget constraints some of the “fun” English classes are being eliminated. A school employee said she would like the district to hang on to its heritage, including the Tech High School buildings and Clark football field, but she added she had recently heard there is an effort in the works to renovate the existing Clark Field. What are the greatest untapped resources of our staff and community that will contribute to the success of our students? A Somalian male interpreter said the diversity of our district’s families because everyone has a story and if we meet one-on-one we can learn a lot from each other’s backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. A female business owner said she thinks there are a lot of multilingual residents whom students and the community at large could benefit from. One senior citizen

said the district’s best assets are its teachers and that we, as a society, need to encourage our best and brightest to go into education as a priority goal, not an afterthought. He continued by saying we need to reward excellent teachers and weed out those who are mediocre. About 25 tables of four or more people discussed each question. The strategic plan will include the district’s mission, strategic objectives, action plans

and the measurement tools to chart progress. “We need your thinking about what works well at our schools now and what we should consider for the coming years,” Jett said. Those who were unable to attend the World Cafe can still complete the survey at isd742. org. Click on “World Cafe survey” to provide your thoughts. The district is also asking for nominations from citizens to put forth some time and energy on


one of three essential teams: the Core Planning team, which will contribute to the creation of a long-term vision and plan; the Action Team, which will create specific steps to accomplish the strategic plan; and the Measurement Team, which will develop the tools to monitor and assess progress. To be considered as a member of a working team, please review the obligation necessary for each team described on the application/nomination

form on the district’s website, complete the nomination form by Monday, Oct. 21 and email it to shannon.avenson@isd742. org. Questions may also be directed to Avenson at that email or by calling 320-253-9333 ext. 1268. Members selected for the Core Planning Team will be informed on Monday, Oct. 28. Those selected to participate on the Action and Measurement teams will be informed on Friday, Nov. 1.

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Give ACA a fair trial before death sentence

Most people – civilized ones anyway – would agree no person should be condemned to death without a fair trial. But that is exactly what so many otherwise fair-minded, civilized people are doing with the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare). They’re like a lynch mob in the old West. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas calls the law a “horror,” among other fearful names. Many letter-to-editor writers to newspapers, including this one, roundly condemn the ACA long before it’s had its “fair trial.” And, of course, the distortions, misconceptions and even outright lies against the law continue: It will skyrocket everyone’s insurance-premium costs. It will bankrupt the country. It will institute death panels. It will allow illegal aliens to be on the program. It will be a government takeover of the healthcare system. On Oct. 1, the ACA got off to a rocky start, to be sure, because of computer-site problems. Of course, the law’s close-minded critics took that as a sure omen the entire ACA is nothing but a biggovernment, bureaucratic boondoggle. Some critics of the ACA are sincere and reasonable, and many criticisms might prove to be accurate. Like any innovative program, there are bound to be problems along the way, just as there were when the Medicare program began in 1965. In the 1980s, Republican President Ronald Reagan and Democratic Rep. Tim O’Neill put their heads together to make Medicare more long-term solvent by increasing the qualifying retirement age, among other fixes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those Republicans, so scornful of the ACA, would get together with Democrats (including some skeptical Democrats) to improve the law? Of course, that kind of cooperation is not going to happen because those who made up their minds to hate the ACA from the get-go (three years ago) will continue to fume about it. What’s interesting is the sheer hand-rubbing glee some of these haters express when there is a glitch (such as the computer problems on start-up day). Again, some criticisms of ObamaCare may prove to be spot-on. Such sincere criticisms, no doubt, will lead to many improvements in the program. We should listen to and heed the constructive criticisms. Will it, for example, succeed in lowering overall health-care costs, as planned? But in the meantime, the most destructive critics should consider taking a more open-minded attitude, at least until they have positive proof about what a “horror” it is. In other words, good folks, let’s at least give the ACA a fair chance before condemning it to death.

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World Cafe a veritable United Nations There was a palpable energy as I walked into the evening session of the World Cafe. A gathering of close to 100 people, organized by St. Cloud School District 742, met the evening of Oct. 8 at the Whitney Senior Center to discuss ideas and share experiences of what our schools mean to each, how they would like others to perceive them and what we can do to improve our local education system. As I glanced around the large room, I saw familiar faces such as new Superintendent Willie Jett; former St. Joseph Kennedy Community School Principal Diane Moeller, who now acts as the district’s assistant superintendent; several school board members; and even some St. Cloud Tech High School students whom I’d met through my daughter, who graduated from there this past spring. Groups of four introduced one another, then focused on a specific question for about 15-20 minutes. Once each had had a chance to express his/her concerns, the groups would

Janelle Von Pinnon Publisher stand, then individuals would move to another table to mingle and discuss another thought-provoking topic and diligently record each person’s input. The interaction that transpired was polite, respectful, thoughtful and thoroughly stimulating. I met people who spoke sparse English (with interpreters who assisted); parents of current students; some teachers (present and former) and staff of the school district; the students themselves; and even a few senior citizens among the crowd. I saw people in three-piece suits, some in native African garb, some in jeans. Young and old, natives and transplants, male and female assembled with one common goal – a concern for the future education of our youth.

As a group, we could have given some lessons to our current politicians on how to interact and cooperate. The hum of speech vibrated soothingly throughout the room. Granted, we were all there with the same purpose and intent. However, we were a mixture of backgrounds, personalities and experiences – a veritable United Nations. Granted, that evening was just one component of the vision quest for the school district. Many more are still to follow prior to reaching the ultimate goal of a strategic plan. But I believe this was probably one of the more meaningful aspects of the process, and I commend Jett and our current school board members for including the community at large in their efforts in achieving a broad spectrum of ideas. In the words of famous anthropologist Margaret Mead, who had a lot of noteworthy things to say about education and society, “Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

To be honest, let’s quit abusing English Every few months or so, a language-misusage fad comes down the pike. About six months ago, for some strange reason, many people were sprinkling semicolons incorrectly throughout their email messages, memos and press releases. It was like a measles epidemic with semicolons being the measles spots. Here’s just one example of that craze, during which semicolons began to take the place of just about any form of punctuation: “We went to Germany; and then Austria; before we boarded a plane to St. Petersburg; Russia.” Thankfully, the semicolon plague appears to have passed. However, we are now in the midst of a rampant “honesty” pestilence. Many people are preceding their comments with the words “Honestly . . . “ or “To be honest . . . “ You can hear it on talk shows all the time. They’ll say sentences like this: “To be honest, it’s supposed to warm up next weekend.” Or: “Honestly, the store doesn’t open until 9 a.m.” What does honesty have to do with stores opening or warming forecasts? I suppose it’s a way of people trying to “underline” what they’re saying, rather like putting an exclamation mark at the end of a sentence or typing a sentence in bold print. People who really want to get your attention will say something like this: “To be perfectly honest, people of all ages are invited to the concert.” There are times when “honesty” has its place in language, as in the following sentence: “OK, to be honest, father, I did chop down that cherry tree.” However, unless a person is ‘fessing up or down on his knees doing penance, it’s best to avoid those “honesty” intros.

Dennis Dalman Editor We can only hope a brisk winter wind blows away this new word flu. The following are other languagemisusage trends, some of which I fear may become permanent: More people are starting to say “conscious” for “conscience.” I can’t count the number of political leaders on TV who have said, “My conscious won’t allow me to vote for that bill.” This misusage popped up especially during the government shut-down when politicians were blaming one another for not having a “conscious.” I’m just waiting for one of them to say, “To be honest, he has no conscious.” “Conscious” for “conscience” is similar to the time politicians were saying “eminent” strike for “imminent” strike when the Syrian crisis was at its peak. Another apparent trend is to say something like this: “The students will tore France next month.” They say “tore” for “tour” and “torenament” for “tournament.” They’ll also say “shore” for “sure.” That pronunciation just might be an example of regionalism, probably indigenous to the New England area. An example of a regionalism is the way some people, including Bostonians like President John F. Kennedy, would say “Cuber” for “Cuba.” If it’s a regionalism, “tore” for “tour” is not incorrect. However, I don’t recall having heard that pronunciation at all before the last year or so. Besides, many people on TV are saying “tore” who are not

New Englanders or Easterners. Then, alas, there are the old misusage bugaboos that stubbornly persist, and I’m afraid there may never be a vaccine to prevent them. The worst is the widespread habit of using apostrophes to make singular words plural words. That mistake has become rampant these days. Here is an example I noticed recently on a fundraising poster: “We collect supply’s for the charity’s at the door also.” The writer of that sentence mistakenly thought the way to form a plural word is to add an apostrophe, then an “s” on a singular word: one supply, two supply’s. It’s doubly wrong because to make a plural word out of most singular words that end in “y,” the writer must drop the “y” and add “ies.” It should have been: “We collect supplies for the charities at the door also.” The other day I saw this sign: “Tenant’s must park in the back.” That’s an example of using a possessive apostrophe where it does not belong – in a non-possessive plural word (tenants). It should be: “Tenants must park in the back.” As a lifelong student of the magnificent English language, what most perturbs me is these misusages seem to be the new norm. Some people like to excuse the use of sloppy language by saying, “Oh, well, it’s no big deal. Everyone knows what it means.” That’s not necessarily so. Such inaccuracies can change the meaning of phrases and sentences. When it comes to language or anything else, none of us is perfect, but wouldn’t it be nice if more of us would learn to respect our language by learning to use it correctly?

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Friday, Oct. 11, 2013 Friday, Oct. 11 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Saturday, Oct. 12 Firefighters open house, sponsored by St. Stephen Firefighters, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fire Hall, St. Stephen. Sunday, Oct. 13 Collegeville Colors, 1-5 p.m., St. John’s Prep School. Rain or shine. Hiking, art, music, games, theater, bouja. 320-363-3321. Sunday at the Abbey, 7 p.m. St. John’s Abbey Chapter House, Collegeville. Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, “The Art of Improvisation –Music and Spirituality.”

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Community Calendar

Health Plaza, 8:15-4:30 p.m., CentraCare Clinic, 1360 Elm St. E., St. Joseph. 320-363-7765. 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.

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Tuesday, Oct. 15 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Walk-in flu vaccine clinic, (no appointment necessary) for Women and Children patients at CentraCare Health Plaza, 5-7 p.m., 1900 CentraCare Circle, Suite 1300; enter through Prairie east or west doors and register in the Pediatrics Clinic. 320-2294917. 55+ driver improvement course (eight-hour first-time course), 5-9



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p.m., tonight and Oct. 16, Apollo High St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., Market. School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. City Hall. 320-363-7201. 55+ driver improvement course 1-888-234-1294. Friday, Oct. 18 (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Burger and brat sale, sponsored Miller Auto Plaza - Community Wednesday, Oct. 16 by the St. Joseph Knights of Colum- Room, 2930 Second St., St. Cloud. Job and Volunteer Fair, over 40 bus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat 1-888-234-1294. Senior housing tour, Legends non-profits and employers. 1-3:30 Market. at Heritage Place, noon-4 p.m., 677 p.m. Job seeker workshops 10:30 Brianna Dr., Sartell; Sterling House, a.m.-4 p.m. St. Cloud Library. Saturday, Oct. 19 Burger and brat sale, sponsored 1325 Summit Ave. N., Sauk Rapids; Thursday, Oct. 17 by the St. Joseph Knights of Colum- Cherrywood Advanced Living, 1036 55+ driver improvement course bus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Voyageur St., St. Cloud. (eight-hour first time course), 8 a.m.5 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 LEgal notICE Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888CITY OF ST. JOSEPH 234-1294. NOTICE OF HEARING ON PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT Coffee and Conversation, a sePark Terrace Improvements nior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Notice is hereby given the City W and a point 200 feet northwest Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., Ameri- Council of St. Joseph will meet of Birch Street W by constructing can Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, sanitary sewer, water main, storm 2013 in the City Hall Council drain, grading, bituminous street St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Community Chambers, 25 College Ave. N., with concrete curb and gutter, and Church, 204 Avon Avenue N., Avon, to consider the making of an im- surface-restoration improvements 1-800-733-2767. provement of the public street and pursuant to MN Statute § 429.011


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alley rights-of-way and associated public utilities located in the front and rear yards along the north side of Minnesota Street (CSAH 2) between a point 400 feet west of 4th Avenue NW and 3rd Avenue NW, along 4th Avenue NW between Minnesota Street W (CSAH 2) and Birch Street W, along Avenue NW between 4th Avenue NW and a point 200 feet north of Birch Street W, along Ash Street W between 5th Avenue NW and 2nd Avenue NW, and along Old Highway 52 between Birch Street

to 429.111.

The estimated cost of the improvement is $ 2,100,000.00. A reasonable estimated cost of the impact of the assessments will be available at the hearing. Such persons, as desire to be heard with reference to the proposed improvement, will be heard at this meeting. Judy Weyrens Administrator Publish: Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, 2013



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more of my time.” Lyon owns Precise Heating, Air Conditioning, Plumbing from front page and Refrigeration. He started Lyon said the main reason the business out of his garage he decided to retire after 20 11 years ago. The business, years was because of the time located in the St. Joseph Induscommitment. He said staying trial Park, is now staffed by 22 active took a lot of time. employees. “I did not want to be a memLyon has been married to ber and only meet the mini- Lori for 23 years. They have a mum requirements it took to daughter, Mariah, who is curstay on the department,” Lyon rently attending St. Cloud Techsaid. “Being the owner of a nical and Community College. growing business was requiring

Humane society offers cat/kitten sale

There is a cat-and-kitten sale at the Tri-County Humane Society now through Oct. 30. Adoption fees will be waived on all adult cats, and kittens under 6 months old will be adopted for 50 percent off. To view cats, kittens – and other potential pets – for adoption, visit Or call 320-252-0896 after noon Monday-Sunday.

Come See What Today’s Assisted Living Looks Like, Here. Cottages Available Now.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Dining Service The Department of Dining Service at Saint John’s University is seeking energetic and dedicated individuals to fill two provisional Food-Production positions. The positions will be responsible for the food production and service for meals served in the Abbey and University dining areas as well as the Abbey Retirement Center. For more information and to apply online, visit Women, individuals of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Saint John’s University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Open Houses

Tuesday, Oct. 15 & Thursday, Oct. 17 from noon-2 p.m. & by Appointment

308 College Circle, at Callaway Street and College Avenue, St. Joseph 320.363.7656

Live in a Home This Beautiful, Right Here in St. Joseph. Association-Managed Grounds. Never Mow or Shovel Again!

Private Cottages for Sale and Rent. Open Houses

Tuesday, Oct. 15 & Thursday, Oct. 17, noon-2 p.m. & by Appointment

145 Colman Court, at Callaway Street and College Avenue, St. Joseph 320.363.7656

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