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ID theft-prevention workshop Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran

“Identity Theft: What you need to know,” a free 50-minute workshop, created by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 N. C.R. 2, St. Joseph. The workshop is designed to help participants learn: how identity theft can occur, protection tips and steps to take if it happens. Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Don’t let it happen to you. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, contact Debbie Clausen, CLTC, at 320-253-4382 or

Early learning scholarships available to qualifying families

As the new school year swings into full gear, more of the state’s youngest learners will now have access to high-quality early education. Thanks to Governor Dayton and the Legislature’s $40-million investment during the next biennium in early education scholarships, more than 8,000 students will be given a better start. Low-income families are now able to apply for a scholarship. The funds are available for students, ages 3 to 5, with the highest needs in order to improve school readiness for all young children. Up to $5,000 per scholarship will be awarded and may be used at any early childhood program including Head Start, school-based prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child-care programs. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

by Cori Hilsgen

Volunteers gathered on Oct. 12 for the 30th workathon fundraiser held for All Saints Academy. Jobs were assigned and muffins were distributed. Each group of volunteers brought a plate of muffins to its job site as a token of appreciation. The peanut-free muffins were made by Mary Kay Pelkey, the school cook. Volunteers worked in windy 50-degree weather. They raked and hauled away leaves, cleaned gardens and did many other projects to help people who had requested assistance. The workathon is a service-oriented fundraiser held yearly. It gives students and families a chance to help with area needs and to raise funds

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Bee Line Service PineCone Marketplace’s Trick or Treat

photo by Cori Hilsgen

Karl Terhaar, ASA administrator, also known as “Leaf Man” appeared at a job site location to encourage workers (left to right) Vince Revermann, third grade; Taylar Schaefer, third grade; Sylvie Schmitz, preschool; and Lily Schmitz, first grade.

Let light shine Oct. 22 for Wetterling; all missing children

The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center is asking individuals to commit to leaving a porch light lit on Tuesday, Oct. 22 to create hope and light in the world in honor of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989, in St. Joseph. The case remains open and unsolved. Jacob’s story has left an indelible mark on the hearts of thousands, if not millions, of people throughout Minnesota, the United States and the Literacy, math tutors world. JWRC has always asked famneeded in St. Cloud ilies to leave a porch light on to Full-time AmeriCorps tutors honor Jacob on Oct. 22. In adare urgently needed to begin a year of service in a St. Cloud area school immediately. They help students grow toward becoming successful readers by the end of third grade, or toward math proficiency by the end of eighth grade. As a full-time tutor, you’ll receive training and get real experience. You’ll earn a biweekly living stipend of $480, an education award of $5,550 and can put federal student loans into forbearance while you serve. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

for the school. Several volunteers raked leaves at the home of Pete and Delores Giroux. Delores said they have been requesting help for about five years. “We felt sort of foolish the first year requesting help, but our house is close to school and the kids liked it,” Delores said. “It is a nice service and the kids are always so good.” David Nicoll and his two daughters – Ava, 6, and Grace, Students • page 8

dition to turning on an outside light, it encourages individuals to let their own lights shine. Help a neighbor, talk to your child about safety, support a local child-serving organization, the ideas are endless. We can think of no greater way to honor Jacob than to create a more hope-filled world. It’s very rare an abductor comes forward to confess to a crime like this one, but in most cases, the abductor tells someone what they did. If you are able to shine a light into this case by coming forward to law enforcement with information

that will lead to answers, JWRC encourages you to take that step. Leads on Jacob’s case can be called into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST. The JWRC, originally called the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, was founded in 1990 by Patty and Jerry Wetterling following their son’s abduction near St. Joseph. (www.jwrc. org). JWRC has a proven history of educating families and communities to prevent sexual exploitation and abductions of children and also provides victim assistance to families of the

missing. Jacob’s l e g a c y continues to be honored through JWRC, a program of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Their mission is to end all forms of child abuse, neglect and exploitation through training, education, advocacy, prevention and awareness, providing care and treatment for children, families and adult survivors.

Hundreds view fall colors at SJU by Cori Hilsgen

Hundreds of people walked the woods of St. John’s University and its arboretum Oct. 13 to view the array of fall colors. Many came to attend the 11th annual Collegeville Colors event hosted by St. John’s Preparatory School and St. John’s Arboretum. SJP students were involved contributed photo with the event which included A trail through the trees reveals a blend of fall colors and offers hiking, music, games and a hikers peaceful serenity. variety of foods.

Visitors were able to view the colors along hiking trails that wind through many wooded acres, along Lake Sagatagan and to the Stella Maris Chapel. Colors were at their peak, and the warm, sunny 50-degree weather added to the scenic experience. Former St. Joseph resident Melanie Hilsgen enjoyed hiking the trails. “It was the perfect fall day to check out all the fall colors,” Hilsgen said. “It was beautiful out.”


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National Karate students competed at the Diamond Nationals Tournament this October. The students took 12 first-place trophies, 17 second-place trophies and 26 third-place trophies. Congratulations to: under black belts: Dolan Binder, Christina Binder, Gabi Lietz, Quinn Skoog, Adam Pocklington, Abby Silman, Chris Silman, Wyatt Kern, Mitch Shimak, Nicole Shimak, Joshua Hoekstra, Broden Lemke, Harry Mitchell, Nolan Houghton, Travis Biery, Allie Chapman, RJ Carstensen-Boe, Allyson Carstensen-Boe, Summer Burton, Katie Chapman, Bailey Guggisberg, Brooke Jacobsen, Sharon Botz, Tabby Botz, Sara Jansky, Roman Pugachenko, Taylor Evans, Brooklyn Norton, Justin Robertson, Devin Corrigan, Shauna Corrigan, Colin Heydman, Ryan Heydman, Claudia Warzecka, Shannon Vadnie, Caleb Kudrna, Heidi Austin and Miah Sack, and black belts: Anne Nelson, Rosanna Lee, Brandon Robertson, Cassie King, Samantha King, Julie Gadient, Jessica Fasen, Christa Halonen, Evan Bell and Taylor Mastey. The students are from St. Joseph, Sartell, Annandale, Albany, Becker, Clearwater, Cold Spring, Kimball, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Watkins and all attend either the Sartell or St. Cloud karate schools.

The St. John’s Prep theater program in Collegeville has been named as one of the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Schools for 2014. This prestigious program supports Minnesota high school musical theater organizations. St. John’s Prep is the only school in Stearns, Sherburne or Benton counties to receive this recognition. It’s one of just eight Catholic schools recognized. Becoming a Spotlight School for the Hennepin Trust means St. John’s Prep will be given special access to professional workshops,

mock auditions, backstage tours and technical training. The Hennepin Trust will also offer professional critiques of St. John’s Prep’s performances. The Hennepin Trust is the owner of the Minneapolis’ historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century theaters. Its goal is to foster the arts and foster cultural development. St. John’s Prep has a strong performing arts curriculum. The school stages two large theater productions each year on its Collegeville campus as well as at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud. This year, it will perform Blithe Spirit Nov. 11-18. The school’s spring musical, Grease, is scheduled for March. “This honor showcases Prep’s commitment to theater and further strengthens our status as an advocate for theater arts,” says Assistant Principal Paul Menard. “It shows we have an established, reputable program not just in Central Minnesota, but also in the entire state. “Kids with all sorts of different talents and exposure to theater come together to perform at St. John’s Prep. I’m always impressed with the cooperative efforts of our students, parents and staff. I’m also proud of our ability to stage such large well-known productions with such a small student body. Our students like to get involved in our shows. Of our 315 students about 100 are involved in our productions each year.” Besides support from the Hennepin Theatre Trust, the Spotlight School honor also connects St. John’s Prep with other Spotlight schools and fosters relationships to share resources. Spotlight schools will often collaborate on buying or sharing costumes, props, set pieces and more. St. John’s Prep has already begun to reach out to schools to donate or rent out costumes, props and sets from previous productions. VOTED BEST SOUP IN TOWN!





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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 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Sept. 15 3:03 a.m. Phone harassment. College Avenue S. Complainant stated he was receiving unwanted phone calls and text messages from his ex-girlfriend. He said nothing threatening was said. Officer advised him there was not much that could be done for him. Advised him to change his number or to block her number. Also told him to look into an HRO against her. 8:51 a.m. Intoxicated person. College Avenue N. Officer observed a male stumbling down the road. Officer stopped and spoke to him and he was obviously intoxicated. He had dried vomit on both sides of his face and his clothing was soiled. He stated he was coming from the projects. He agreed to a breathalyzer test which showed his blood-alcohol content at .203. As officer was talking to him one of his friends walked up and agreed to take custody of him until he was sober. Sept. 16 12:06 a.m. Assist person. Dale Street E. Female complainant requested officers stand by while she retrieved some of her property her estranged husband had thrown out in the front yard. He was not at the residence when officers first arrived, but came back home shortly after. The complainant and her friend picked up her property from the front yard. She then wanted some other property that was in the residence. She started to remove some firearms from the house and her ex-husband became very angry. He agreed to let some of the firearms go but not all. He requested the 30-06 stay and she did not want to give it back to him. He stated her boyfriend is a convicted felon and cannot have the guns in his vehicle. The officer told her the 30-06 will stay at the residence and if she wanted

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any more property out of the residence he did not want removed, she would have to go through the courts because it’s a civil matter. 12:12 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. 17th Avenue SE/Minnesota Street E. Officer met with driver. she stated she was there talking to her boyfriend after work. No issues noticed. 6:01 p.m. Found property. Fourth Avenue NE. While parked at Sentry Bank, a male individual handed an officer a check he found by Casey’s gas station. Check was in the amount of $620.86. Officer delivered the check in person to the owner. 6:26 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Birch Street W. Employee concerned about black vehicle parked in lot for several hours. Stated they may tow the vehicle. Officer called owner of vehicle and she is the sister of a different employee who stated she could park there. Complainant was notified of the situation. No issues noted. Sept. 17 6:02 p.m. Traffic stop. College Avenue S./Hill Street W. Officer observed a black car traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. He activated squad radar and got a reading of 46 mph. It was the only car in the area of the 30-mph speed zone. After activating emergency lights, officer increased speeds to more than 40 mph for approximately four blocks before catching up with said car. When asked, she stated she knew why she was being stopped. Citation was issued for speed. 6:16 p.m. Suspicious activity. Fourth Avenue NW. Complainant stated an older male in a gray car has followed her the past two days while she was jogging. She stopped at the police department to report this during her jog. Officer drove her around the area she was jogging and was unable to locate the vehicle. She will contact the police department if it happens again. Sept. 18 2:52 a.m. 911 help. College Avenue S. Officer arrived and could hear a male and female arguing inside the apartment. Knocked on the door and met with male who said he and the female got into an

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 argument because her estranged husband showed up outside the residence. He wanted to leave the residence but she would not let him. He stated he dialed 911 and then his phone cut out. She stated she did not want him to leave because he had been drinking. He stated he had some beers earlier. Breathalyzer test results showed a blood-alcohol content of .000. He then left the residence. After he left, she then started to say he had grabbed her, hit her and headbutted her. She kept adding more things he had done to her and kept changing locations of possible injuries. Officers could not see any marks or redness on her. Officers then left. 4:32 a.m. Assist business. College Avenue N. Report of a no-pay at Holiday station. Employee stated a white male pumped $51.75 worth of fuel into a dark-colored jeep. He came into the store and bought other items. He was not asked if he had any fuel when purchasing the other items. Employee gave a license-plate number but the plate did not match the vehicle description given. Employee will have the manager review video and call the police station when they have further information. 8:28 p.m. Harassment. Fifth Avenue NW. Complainant picked up mail from old roommate’s residence and found vulgar comments written inside of a magazine. Complainant texted old roommate and she apologized stating her boyfriend must have done it. Officer spoke with old roommate’s boyfriend and he admitted writing the comments. He was informed a report would be forwarded to the city attorney for possible charges. 9:21 p.m. Welfare check. Tenth Avenue SE. Officer arrived on scene and spoke with victim. She stated people are worried about her because she is living alone. She stated she doesn’t feel like harming herself and would definitely get in contact with officers if she did. She also stated she was not on drugs, nor did she appear to be under the influence. She was the only person present at the residence and appeared in good spirits prior to officer leaving. 10:39 p.m. Animal complaint. Minnesota Street W. Complainant had cat locked in office of bar. Cat removed from bar.

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013


Student spotlight: Amber Moon enjoys music, science


by Cori Hilsgen

Licensed Mental Health Clinician

Amber Moon enjoys studying music and science. She’s looking forward to doing dissecting projects in her science class this year. Moon is in seventh-grade at Kennedy Community School. She is the 13-year-old daughter of Julie and Chad Moon. She has two sisters Kelly, 20 and Allison, 9. Fun Facts about Moon: Favorite subject: Science “Every time I do experiments, I feel like I really enjoy it,” Moon said. “I am looking forward to dissecting things.” Activities she is involved in: Plays the violin, saxophone and piano “When I play the violin and piano, I like to think of songs and memorize them in my head,” she said. “I was in karate and I am thinking about

joining track.” Favorite Leisure Activity: Reading “I like to read books and go on my dad’s Kindle,” Moon said. Favorite movie: “Oz the Great and Powerful” Favorite music: “Daft Punk” “I love their music,” she said. Favorite restaurant: Fuji Steak House “I love how they cook the shrimp, chicken and other food,” Moon said. Favorite food: Blueberries Favorite thing she likes to help other people do: Help others “At school friends ask me to help them with projects and other things,” Moon said. What would she like to do when she graduates: “I really like helping animals a lot, so I might like

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to be a veterinarian,” Moon said. “I also would like to be a really good pop star singer. I like to sing.” What she would like to be doing five years from now: “I would like to drive and drive a limo for my family,” she said. The thing she likes best about St. Joseph: “I love the school I am going to right now,” Moon said. “It’s awesome and I have so many good friends.” photo by Cori Hilsgen

Amber Moon enjoys music and science. She enjoys science experiments and is looking forward to doing dissecting projects.

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Le wants customers to relax at Solar Nails

Solar Nails strives to give customers a relaxing experience that they will want to repeat. by Cori Hilsgen photos by Cori Hilsgen

Hoang Huynh (left) and Brandon Le opened Solar Nails April 28. They want customers to enjoy their experience at the salon.

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Brandon Le wants customers to enjoy their experience at Solar Nails. He wants them to get comfortable and relax. Le believes nail care should be a pleasant and memorable experience – one customers will want to repeat. He doesn’t want their experience at Solar Nails to be a one-time occurrence. “If you are going to open a business, that business has to represent who you are,” Le said. “I take my work very personally. Every client that (comes) here, I see them as my sister or my mom. I put my feelings into it and I do a good job.” Le said he likes to set his salon apart as different and doesn’t want to rush people through. He makes it a point to try to remember customers’ names so they feel more welcome. He encourages employees to interact with the customers and not with each other. He wants them to speak English.

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Le encourages strict sanitization policies of all of his equipment. All metal tools are sterilized, and buffers and pumices are replaced instead of being reused. Le, 34, opened Solar Nails on April 28 because his grandfather said that would be a good day to open the business based on the year Le was born and other things. “We are really superstitious,” Le said. This is Le’s first experience as a business owner. He currently employs three people. Much of his business comes from wordof-mouth and experiences people have had at the business. “We believe if you do a nice, pleasant service – a memorable one – they will recommend us to their families and relatives,” Le said. “We also don’t want to let the client down who referred somebody. It’s the best advertising.” Le immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1990 when he was 10 years old. His

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mother, sister and him stayed at a refugee site for a short period of time. He said they arrived in Fargo right before Christmas. It was the first time Le had seen snow. He remembers going to Kmart to shop for a toothbrush and couldn’t believe how many options there were to choose from. One of the first things he noticed in his new Fargo home was electricity and lights. He and his family spoke very little English when they arrived in the United States. He was thankful they had a translator at first, but that was only for a certain period and then he had to learn English. On his first day of third grade, he followed body language. His teacher would point when it was time for him to sit down. “Each day you pick up a word like yes, no, maybe and then you add on,” Le said. A younger brother was born in the United States and is now attending West Point. Le said his brother was attending the University of Minnesota but felt lost. Le said he recommended he join the Army National Guard, which he did. The brother later applied to West Point. “I’m really proud of him,” Le said. “It is a good way to pay back what we owe the United States. They gave us an opportunity to be here.” Le said his sister’s son is also in the Marines. His mother worked very hard to support their family while they were growing up. “I appreciate each dollar my mom makes and I make,” Le

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 said. Le began working when he was 16 and was employed as a table buser, worked at a car wash, at a printing company, several factory positions, collections and others. “I tried to make myself and my family better by getting a better job,” Le said. He experienced several layoffs and saw how unhappy it made people, especially those who had families to support. One day a college student toured one of the businesses he was working at. Le decided he was still young enough to go to college and was encouraged by his older co-workers to do so. Le graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He decided to pursue business because he does not want to be the type of manager that lays people off. “To me, we have to come up with something better than laying people off,” Le said. He had worked at Walgreen’s in both Fargo and St. Cloud. After graduating from SCSU, he applied for a position which he did not get. He was told someone who was related to a manager had been offered the job, even though Le had more experience. “I felt kind of hurt and I fell back on to nails which I was doing part time,” Le said. “I started doing it full time.

I worked at various salons in Willmar, Hutchinson, Marshall and Monticello. Then I got the opportunity to take over this salon. This place was vacant.” Le’s previous supervisor in Monticello encouraged him to take a risk and said this was his chance. Le said he now helps his mom out because she helped him out. In his culture children take care of their parents when they get older and it’s considered an honor to do so. His mother lives with him, his partner, Hoang Huynh, and their 16-month-old son, Aiden. Le and Huynh met on a karaoke website. They talked on the phone for six months before he drove to Alabama to take her out on a date. When they met, Huynh thought he was shorter in person than he looked in his photo. Le said he has returned to Vietnam many times to visit his family and tries to help them out a little. He enjoys learning about his heritage. Located on Stearns CR 75 in St. Joseph, Solar Nails is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 10 a.m.6 p.m. Saturday. Le offers discounts for wedding and birthday parties and for students, who must show their IDs. For more information, call 320-2713117.

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J.F. Powers’ daughter discusses new book The daughter of a former St. John’s University teacher who is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the English language will discuss her new book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Gorecki Family Theater on the College of St. Benedict campus. Katherine Powers, the daughter of J.F. Powers, is the author of “Suitable Accommodations: An Autobiographical Story of Family Life: the Letters of J.F. Powers 1942-1963.” The presentation is free and open to the public. Katherine, the eldest daughter of Powers, is a writer, editor and book reviewer who lives in Boston. Her book is a collection of edited letters from her father that are compiled to show the true essence of Powers as a writer, an unorthodox Catholic and a family man. These letters show the undiscovered side of Powers. Powers (1917-99) won the 1963 National Book Award for his first novel, “Morte d’Urban.”

Although he won immense praise for his novel, Powers always considered himself first and foremost a short-story writer. His short story, “Death of a Favorite,” was included in John Updike’s list of “The Best American Short Stories of the Century” in 2000. The topic of his writings usually centered on Catholic priests living in the Midwest. Powers spent his adult life in modest conditions, moving his family of five children across Minnesota. Powers’ family moved back and forth from Ireland three times before finally settling in Collegeville in 1975, where he died. This event is part of a weeklong celebration of the life and work of S. Mariella Gable, OSB. Gable was a revered member of the CSB monastic community who was a poet, writer, editor, Dante scholar and specialist in new fiction. She was an English professor at CSB, teaching at the school from 1928-73. Gable played an important role in

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Katherine Powers the early careers of writers that included Powers, Powers’ wife Betty Wahl and another towering short-story writer, Flannery O’Connor. Wahl, a CSB alumna who was married to Powers was a noted writer of fiction. Katherine Powers’ book includes a story of Gable introducing her parents to each other. Gable asked Powers to read the manuscript of a novel written by a recent graduate – Wahl. After several false starts, Powers met Wahl on Nov. 10, 1945, and proposed to her two days later.

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Let’s hope ACA designers fix all the glitches, confusion The Oct. 1 start-up of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act was a virtual disaster with its widespread computer glitches, confusion and a lack of one-to-one personal help. It’s a lot like those public meetings at which a large audience is eager to hear the speakers when all at once the microphone system does not work, and nobody can hear a thing until they fix the system. Very frustrating, to say the least, especially in our high-tech age. These techno-glitches happen more often than not at such meetings. As all ACA supporters have long said, there are bound to be glitches in the program, but the rocky debut was inexcusable. All the same, there is a bright side. There appears to have been a widespread and keen interest in the ACA by the millions who are desperate to get some form of affordable health insurance. That interest, which generated so much computer “traffic,” is one reason, we’re told, for the glitches. We’re also told at this point, most of the problems have been resolved. Let us hope so. Ideally, as many as 30 million people nationwide will be able to get insurance plans through the ACA exchange marketplaces. Here in Minnesota, through the MNsure Exchange, people will be able to choose among 140 plans offered by five companies. That’s a daunting task, to pick just the right insurance plan, from among so many. That is why, the ACA is supposed to make available “assisters” or “navigators,” as they’re called – people who can offer help in person or via the telephone to people perplexed by the process. However, at start-up time, most of those helpers were not up-to-snuff on their training and were unavailable, which gave another black eye to the program. That, too, was inexcusable. At least 5,000 people in Minnesota have enrolled as of last week. The actual number of enrollees nationwide is supposed to be announced in November. The hope is if and when all the glitches are cleared up and all the helpers are up to snuff and ready to go, the number of enrollees will increase exponentially. The success of the ACA will depend upon a critical mass of people enrolled, especially young people, who will expand the insurance pool, hopefully making possible a downward trend both in premiums and medical costs. That is an optimistic “IF.” But the good news is we have already heard of instances of that downward trend. The cost of ACA plans’ premiums via MNsure, for instance, are among the lowest in the nation. The other good news is some ACA plans have already gone into effect, including allowing children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health plans, prescription-cost relief for senior citizens and enrollment by people with pre-existing conditions. The biggest hope, perhaps, is those who are enrolled will help others enroll. Good word-of-mouth should be a great impetus for the ACA. The insurance plans will go into effect Jan. 1. However, people will still have until the end of March to enroll. To learn more or to enroll, go to:

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Opinion Website unlocks magic ghosts of past If you’re in the mood to take a trip down Memory Lane, by all means check out a wonderful website called “Remembering St. Cloud.” It’s a nostalgist’s dreamsite. For those born and/or raised in the greater St. Cloud area, visiting that website is like opening a big, long-locked memory trunk. It’s like stepping into a time machine and pressing the fastbackward button. The site contains hundreds of photos and comments from site browsers, not just of St. Cloud but about virtually all the towns in the central Minnesota area. I’ve spent hours wandering through that site, relishing things I thought had long been erased from my memory bank. Here is just one example: I was raised in a house on St. Cloud’s 5th Avenue S. near Barden Park. Every weekend in the 1950s, we kids would walk up 5th Avenue to downtown to go to the movies at one of the three theaters: Paramount, Eastman, Hays. Adjacent to the east side of the Hays was Grundman Motors where my dad worked as a mechanic. In fact, I was named after Denny Grundman. We kids would stop there to weasel money off of Dad and get candy from those old clunky-nifty dispensers. What a thrill it was to put nickels into them and then turn the red knob to watch the candy bars or Planter’s salted peanuts in their window-boxes take an “elevator” ride down to the dispenser window. To this day, the smell of mechanic’s grease-gasolineconcrete floors reminds me of that candy machine. When we’d leave Grundman’s and the Hays Theater after the movie, the

Dennis Dalman Editor first thing we’d see is the big usedcar lot across the street with its line of colorful plastic pennants fluttering on the breeze, flapping in the wind. That lot was where the Radisson hotel is now. I’d forgotten all about that car lot and the hundreds of times I’d seen it – that is, until I saw a very old photo of it on the “Remembering St. Cloud” website. I was stunned. It was like seeing a glimpse of a forgotten vanished world come back to life. It’s odd but wonderful how an old photo can instantly unlock the sweetdeep past. That is why “Remembering St. Cloud” is such a treasure trove. Most of its photos are from people who found them in photo albums, attics and elsewhere. What’s really neat is people keep adding photos all the time. Here are some favorite memories sparked by the photos on “Remembering St. Cloud.” Walking to the east-side quarries every summer day to swim and lounge around on the hot flat granite slabs with friends on soggy towels, listening to our cool transistor radios (“KDWB! Channel 63!” was the station’s jingle). Walking every night in belowzero weather to Lake George for iceskating. Putting our skates on in the warming house blazing with warmth

from its red-hot stove, then zipping onto the ice to play crack-the-whip and tag while from the warming house wafted corny, rinky-tinky organ music. That warming-house smelled of old wood, wet woolen socks and a metallic-hot-steamy smell when skaters would spit on the big stove to watch the spit sizzle. Going to the municipal swimming pool every day in the summer, putting our clothes in wire baskets, pinning the basket-number safety pin onto our swim trunks, then getting the courage up to dash through the shock of cold-shower water in a walkway that led from the damp-cement locker room to the sun-drenched, sky-blue pool. Afterwards, red-eyed, clutching our wet towels, we’d stop at the concession stand for frozen Snickers, Old Dutch potato chips and Orange Crush pop. Walking across the old rickety 10th Street bridge after stopping at Gussie’s Grocery next to it to get some candy. The bridge had a woodplank walkway through the cracks of which you could see the brownish swirling water. There was the smell of fish and creosote. On the other side of the river, we would hike along to the Beaver Islands where we would fish happily all day long. Nowadays, when I visit south St. Cloud, it’s so utterly altered from the magic past. And yet, beyond the changes, beneath them, I can still see and hear the happy ghosts from a vanished world. I urge my readers to visit “Remembering St. Cloud.” I can bet you’ll find many of your own good memories awaiting you therein.

These are the best years of my life Someone recently asked me, “If you could go back and re-live any period of your life, what would it be?” That started me thinking. I believe I have had a good life. I enjoyed my childhood. My brothers and I played all the normal childhood games. We also went hunting and fishing at what would now be considered a very young age. My school days were mostly normal. I didn’t take school too seriously but I was able to get through with decent grades because I paid attention in class. I played sports, which helped. I remember my teen years. I recall my clumsy and somewhat comical attempts at dating. At the time I thought I was the only one who was that clumsy. It turns out the young ladies were equally uncomfortable with the whole dating thing. But, as always seems to be the case, I managed, as did my friends. Then there were my years in the military. Again there were wins and there were losses. As do most people, I have some regrets. While I was serving in the Army I was appointed to go to West Point Military Academy. Thinking back, that was quite an honor but I turned it down. Maybe that was a good choice and maybe it was a bad one. Who knows? I could have ended up

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer in Vietnam with a target on my back. Also, had I gone to West Point I probably wouldn’t have met the love of my life. That happened soon after I got out of the Army. We have been married more than 50 years now. After meeting and marrying my wife, we set about making a life together, which included two children and working for a living. Those were all good years. Now my children are grown and have families of their own and our nest is empty. That is a lot better than it sounds. And so I am left to examine what are the best years of my life. I had a great childhood. I enjoyed my teen years even though they were clumsy. I even liked my time in the military. I didn’t think so at the time, but the years have allowed me to re-examine that time. I got more than I gave. My years with my wife have been a picture of ideal. Norman Rockwell,

the artist who painted scenes of idyllic Americana, would have been proud. My working life, while in the past, was a time of learning and doing. There were good times and bad. There were successes and there were failures. I suppose that’s the way it is with most people. This then is what I have concluded. Everything I have ever done, every decision I have ever made, every choice I have chosen, has brought me to this point in my life. When I turned to the right instead of the left, I got here. When I went up instead of down, I got here. When I said yes instead of no, that brought me here. And this point in my life is the best time of my life. I am living in the best years of my life. I have definitely had some regrets. I have definitely had some victories. But, whatever the choice I made, I am here and loving my life. Had I chosen differently, my outcome wouldn’t have necessarily been different. I was discussing this column with my little granddaughter and she offered this brilliant comment. “Grandpa, how can you know when you have lived your best years. They may not have happened yet.” Ah, yes, out of the mouths of babes ...

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from front page 5 – raked and bagged leaves. “I think it’s a great program that helps our kids learn to give back to the community and to help people,” Nicoll said. Nancy Ebel and her two sons – Henry, 9, and Eli, 11 – also helped rake leaves. Ebel has been helping for 13 years. “I am a seasoned worker,” Ebel said. “I enjoy it every year.” Henry Ebel has been helping with the workathon for nine years. He said he enjoyed working in the gardens the most. Sartell resident Chantel Braegelmann, and her family were busy raking leaves at the home of Herb and Darlene Bechtold. The Bechtolds have participated in the workathon ever since it began, first as volunteers and now they offer their yard as a location for students to do service work at. “They are always welcome and it’s nice to see young families working together,” Darlene said. This is the fourth year Braegelmann has volunteered with the fundraiser. “The workathon is a great way to show the kids a sense of community and charity,” Braegelmann said. “My kids look forward to this every year

Delores Giroux (back left), David Nicoll and daughters Ava, 6, (front left) and Grace, 5, helped with yard work at the home of Pete and Delores Giroux.

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Volunteers (left to right) Anthony Botz, 11, Sophia Botz, 8, Chantel Braegelmann, Jayden Haukos, 10, and Hannah Haukos, 10, work at the home of Herb and Darlene Bechtold. because they enjoy meeting the homeowners. Karl Terhaar does a great job making it a fun experience for the students and families.” Sophia Botz, 8, said her favorite job was raking. She also wanted to volunteer so she could help other people. Students and families were on the lookout for school administrator Karl Terhaar dressed as “Leaf Man.” He was busy making surprise visits at job sites to offer words of encouragement. Chairperson Denise Klein said volunteers included 70

adults and 101 children who completed or will complete 30 jobs. Klein, who has been chairing the fundraiser for four years, said some job requests such as washing windows will be completed at the end of the month. She said several ASA graduate students returned to volunteer for the fundraiser. This year’s goal of $19,000 has been met. If students are able to raise $20,000, Terhaar Nancy Ebel (right) and sons Eli, 11 (left), and Henry, 9, rake has offered to dye his beard leaves for the 30th annual Workathon fundraiser. pink.

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