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Halloween party set for PineCone Marketplace

Shoppers will see plenty of little ghouls and goblins Saturday, Oct. 26 at PineCone Markeplace in Sartell. On that day, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., parents are invited to bring children to a free Halloween party throughout the shopping mall. All businesses will hand out treats to children, who are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes. PineCone Marketplace is located on Pinecone Road S.

CSB students gather canned goods Oct. 31

The Alpha Kappa Sigma service sorority at the College of St. Benedict is holding a food drive from Oct. 27-31 and will be trickor-treating Oct. 31 for canned food throughout the St. Joseph community.

Dale Street hosts walk-through haunt

The 11th annual Restless Souls Cemetery and Walk-through Haunt will be held from dusk until 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at 905 Dale St. E., St. Joseph. The event is free and all ages are welcome, although little goblins and ghouls are encouraged to come early as the haunt gets much scarier after nightfall.

Commissioner sets informal meeting

Stearns County Commissioner Steve Bromenschenkel will host another coffee meeting from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 2 at Cafe Renaissance in Waite Park. The commissioner is seeking input on the 2014 budget and levy, which will be developed in time for the December county board meeting. Visitors to the casual meeting are encouraged to bring up any subject or concern for informal one-to-one discussion. Bromenschenkel is commissioner for District 2, which includes Sartell and St. Joseph. Those who cannot attend the meeting can contact Bromenschenkel by phone at 320-493-9180 or at mark. bromenshenkel@co.stearns.mn.us.

Read Saturday, Nov. 2 with Blazers Tennis Team

Children ages 3 to 6 are invited to a storytime from 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Wait Park. Stories will be read by members of the women’s tennis team from the College of St. Benedict. The attendance limit is 25 and registration is required. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359. For additional criers, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.

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Baenninger to leave CSB next June

tend a special thank you to the family. comprehensively,” said Lynn board of trustees, the CSB cabiThe CSB Board of Trustees Newman, chair of the CSB net and our faculty and staff for will begin a search immedi- Board of Trustees. “She has M a r y A n n joining with me to provide an ately with the expectation a elevated the college nationally, Baenninger, exemplary liberal-arts education new president will take office financially and academically on July 1. in extraordinary ways. She has 14th presi- for our students.” been a champion for our stuBaenninger remains open “The college’s accomplishdent of the dents and passionate about our about her future plans but said ments under MaryAnn’s leadCollege of St. she plans to live in proximity to ership are too numerous to list Benedict, has Baenninger • page 3 informed the CSB Board contributed photo of Trustees Baenninger she will step down from the presidency on June 30, 2014. “I’ve made the decision this is the right time for a transition for me and for St. Ben’s,” Baenninger said. “We will have concluded our centennial celebration year and a very successful decade for the college. My husband Ron and I are also ready to be closer geographically to our children and grandchildren at this point in our lives. “We will forever love and remain connected to the wonderful community at St. Ben’s, contributed photo and in Central Minnesota,” she Spencer Scholtz (left) and Logan Scholtz celebrated with their grandparents (left to right) said. “I’m exceedingly proud of Sandy Scholtz and Harvey and Carol Pfannenstein during an afternoon honoring their special the many accomplishments durguests at All Saints Academy. Grandparents were honored with an afternoon of celebratory ing my tenure and grateful to all activities. The afternoon began with a noon mass, followed by a reception, classroom visits who have supported me and the and a short program for the special guests. More than 139 grandparents of school children aspirational vision I’ve had for ages preschool through sixth grade attended the event. the College of St. Benedict. I exby Dennis Dalman news@thenewsleaders.com

All Saints Academy celebrates grandparents

CCCU still serving members 75 years later

photo by Cori Hilsgen

Bob Dumonceaux, Hall Roske and Mark Douvier (left to right) stand in front of the Collegeville Community Credit Union. All have been members since they were young. Roske and Dumonceaux served on the Board of Directors and Douvier is the current president. The CCCU has been operating for 75 years. by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

Collegeville Community Credit Union president and CEO Mark Douvier remembers when he became a member in 1973. His mother gave him $5 for Christmas and marched him over to the CCCU and made him deposit it. He wasn’t very happy having to hand over the money, but the

CCCU had “Jolly Rancher” candies and he was happy about that. The CCCU has been operating for 75 years. After all those years, its board of directors continues to serve and operate in the best interests of its members. The CCCU opened in 1938 during a time when the economy was very depressed. Farmers, small business owners and

others in the area were having a hard time paying bills and getting banks to give them the loans they needed. Many people had lost money in the banks and did not trust the banking industry. Local town citizens formed the CCCU with St. John’s fifth abbot, the Rev. Alcuin Deutsch, as the first member. Fifty other local individuals invested $5 each in the new cooperative. Six of the 50 members were females. The purpose of the CCCU was to support and share in one another’s farm growth, business risks and successes. By joining resources, they were able to help families survive and grow during hard economic times. Former board members Harold “Hal” Roske, 84, and Robert “Bob” Dumonceaux, 74, both served on the CCCU board of directors. Roske is the only remaining living charter member. He was 9 years old when the credit union was formed. “I remember in the late 1930s or early ‘40s, my dad coming home buying sugar, gas and tires,” Roske said. “They had a

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way of community buying and purchasing things you couldn’t normally go to town and buy. They offered them to members. I remember that sugar and tires stood out to me when I was 10 years old.” Roske was born and raised in Flynntown, located by the university campus. He worked as an electrician at the SJU physical plant and served on the CCCU board of directors for 12 years. Roske said what sticks out in his mind is where it started and how it moved. Originally located on campus, the credit union moved several times, including into a mobile trailer, until the building on Fruit Farm Road was built in the 1980s. He also remembers why the CCCU became important to him. “I was two years out of school and I bought my first car through the credit union,” Roske said. “If it wouldn’t have been for the credit union, I’m sure it wouldn’t have been a new car. It would have been a hand-me-down somewhere along the line.” CCCU • page 4


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St. Stephen firefighters welcome new recruit, celebrate with badge ceremony

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Greg and Ema Hartung, St. Joseph, announce the birth of their son, Landon Sebastian, at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 in St. Cloud Hospital. contributed photos He weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces Above left: To close Fire Prevention Week, St. Stephen Fire and Rescue celebrated with a badge ceremony, introducing new fireand measured 19 inches. fighter Adam Seifermann to the retired firefighters. He received his badge from his mother, Julie Jarnot. Above right: The current He joins sisters Anna, 9, Erin, St. Stephen firefighters posed with the retired firefighters for a group photo (front row, left to right) Clarence Schuneman (20 years), 7, Emily, 6, and brother Seth, 3. Al Then (23 years), Ben Supan (35 years and ONLY charter member remaining since the department began in 1949), Dick SilberGrandparents are Jean Urness, nick (13 years), Tom Trobec (22 years) and Ray Vouk (34 years); (back row) Brian Quaal, Jeff Blenkush, Jeff Supan, John Knettel, St. Cloud, and Gerald and Bernice Jason Paggen, Gene Skaj, Al Vouk, Ralph Barhorst, Lauren Hoeschen, Rodger Bellinger, Aaron Rudolph, Chris Hoeschen, Aaron Hartung, Freeport. Seifermann, Jeff Jefferson, Jeff Drais.

Knights of Columbus clean up CR 75

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. tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

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On Oct. 19, the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus’s Council 7057 completed the autumn clean up of CR 75. The Council adopted the one-mile stretch between the American Burger Bar and CR 134 back in 2007. The clean-up crew included (from left to right): Kevin Kluesner, Troy Goracke, Gary Kuefler, Sue Kuefler, Amy Kluesner, Ray Ruekert and Mike Thell.

Correction In his Oct. 18 column entitled “Website unlocks magic ghosts of the past,” Dennis Dalman wrote about a website dedicated to old photos of St. Cloud and the surrounding area. The “website” is, more accurately, a Facebook page entitled “St. Cloud Remembered.” To find it, go to Facebook, sign in or sign up, then type “St. Cloud Remembered” into the search text box. It should pop right up.

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Sept. 19 2:57 a.m. Alarm. 19th Avenue NE. Officers checked exterior of building. All doors secured, no sign of forced entry. Was advised by alarm company no keyholders would be responding even though additional trips from the warehouse were coming in. Officer attempted to contact keyholders on their list with no answer. 10:11 a.m. Property damage accident. Cedar Street E. Officer was dispatched to a delivery truck that had caused a power pole to break. When officer arrived on scene, the delivery truck was pulled up to St. Joseph Liquor and the driver was waiting. The driver was new and said he went to turn around by a retaining wall area. There was a guide wire in the ground and he got too close. His driver drove over the wire pulling the pole toward him and the wires on top were pulling the other way, snapping the pole. Xcel was already on scene when the officer arrived. Officer took photos of the scene and filled out an accident info sheet. Xcel and the driver were each given a copy. All power had been returned to the city except for Cedar Street Salon and Omann Insurance. Sept. 20 7:14 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Elena Lane. Complainant stated there was a light blue four-door vehicle driving slow in the area. A male driver with a child in the car last seen going eastbound toward Seventh. Officer checked the area and east of the complaint with negative contact. 9:26 a.m. Intoxicated person. First Avenue NE/Ash Street E. Report of male asking people for money and falling over. Officer found him walking on First Avenue NE and issued a

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breathalyzer test with a result of .382. He asked to be taken to the hospital and officer transported him there. 3:54 p.m. Welfare check. Baker Street E. Mother asked officer to check daughter’s welfare. Officer went to the apartment. The vehicle she drives is not there and no answer at the door. Apartment appeared dark inside and the doors were locked. Her mother was notified and advised to call back later if needed. Sept. 21 6:42 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Schneider Drive. Complainant stated the neighbor’s kids have been hitting his trailer with balls and have also been climbing on his back steps. He stated he asked them to stop but they have ignored him. Officer spoke to neighbor. They stated complainant came out and gave them dirty looks but did not ask them to stop. Neighbor stated kids have been playing in the road to keep away from complainant. They stated they would keep the kids away from the complainant’s trailer. 9:13 p.m. Gunshot. Fourth Avenue SE. Received report of possible gunshot in area. Officer located shooter who stated he was shooting a paint-ball gun. He stated it made a “popping” sound and could see why someone thought it was a real gun. He was advised of the city ordinance in relationship to shooting and was warned to not do it again. He was cooperative and agreed.

Sept. 22 7:45 a.m. Stolen vehicle. 17th Avenue SE. Complainant reported sometime after 8:30 the previous night their car was stolen from their driveway. Keys were left inside and the doors were left unlocked. Vehicle valued at $28,000. 9:18 a.m. Vehicle theft. 17th Avenue SE. Complainant stated sometime overnight his unlocked pickup was gone through. Taken was one set of speakers valued at $600, a cell phone charger valued at $10 and a full carton of cigarettes valued at $75.

Oct. 16 11:30 a.m. Shooting incident. 69th Avenue, St. Augusta. A male from St. Cloud, 30, and a male from Sauk Rapids, 21, drove to a residence in St. Augusta to collect money owed to them. The 30-year-old male entered the home armed with a handgun and wearing a bandanna over his face, while the other waited in the vehicle. While in the residence he encountered the victim and a struggle ensued over the handgun. The gun discharged striking the victim in the abdomen. He admitted to taking two bags containing methamphetamine before leaving the residence. Witnesses in the home called 911 and gave a description of the vehicle and its occupants to the 911 operator. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to that residence to administer aid. The victim was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Upon hearing the call, a Stearns County Deputy Sheriff began to search for the suspects using a route he believed would be a logical escape route. Approximately 15 minutes later, the deputy encountered a vehicle in St. Joseph Township that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The deputy followed the vehicle until other officers arrived and then stopped the vehicle on College Avenue S. in St. Joseph. Both males admitted to their involvement to investigators. Evidence linking them to the crime was found in the car, which included an empty holster, a sawed-off shotgun, suspected methamphetamine and a bandanna. They admitted throwing the weapon used in the assault out of the vehicle window and showed deputies the area where the gun was discarded. They were booked into the Stearns County Jail on first-degree assault charges. Deputies searched the area where the gun was discarded and did find a loaded revolver submerged in water in a roadside ditch in St. Joseph Township. A search warrant was executed at the victim’s residence and evidence was gathered in relation to this incident. Other evidence was also gathered and deputies are continuing the investigation which could result in additional criminal charges.

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Baenninger from front page mission as a residential liberal-arts college.” Baenninger began at CSB on Aug. 1, 2004. She has the most years of service of any of the lay presidents to lead the college. Baenninger leaves CSB in a strong position, overseeing an impressive set of accomplishments: • Financial. During her tenure, the largest capital campaign in the college’s history was completed in 2008, the college’s endowment doubled. Its annual fund grew by 62 percent, its bond rating was upgraded, its net operating revenue increased and annual contributions to capital reserves increased by more than $1 million. • Enrollment. CSB has experienced increases in the academic preparedness of entering students, a more national and international geographic profile and a marked increase in student diversity. When Baenninger arrived at CSB in 2004, the entering class included 22 American students of color. In fall 2013 there were 99 first-year American students of color, representing 18 percent of the entering class. • Facilities. Under Baenninger’s leadership, the college built the $12 million Gorecki

St. Joseph Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Dining and Conference Center and Centennial Commons, the first LEED Platinum student residences in Minnesota. In addition, the award-winning Benedicta Arts Center underwent an $8.9-million expansion and renovation. • Academics. Many academic advances during the past decade have been transformational for CSB, including the establishment of a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in 2009, the 2012 Sen. Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, the Intercultural LEAD program and the Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program. Significant National Science Foundation grants were awarded to create the Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science Research Scholars (MapCores) and Future Chemists Scholarships and Support (FoCuS) programs. During her tenure as CSB president, Baenninger has served on numerous boards including Minnesota Public Radio, Council of Independent Colleges, American University of Sharjah, Women’s College Coalition and the Minnesota Private College Council, on which she served as chair. Baenninger’s leadership at CSB has been recognized with local and national awards. In 2010, she was honored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as an “Industry Leader” at the Women in Busi-

ness Awards, and in 2013, she received the William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education, presented by the National Society for Experiential Education. Baenninger was a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, leading a group of now 675 college and university presidents in formally committing to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate all of the college’s global warm-

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ing emissions. Newman and Barbara Melsen, trusteeship committee chair, will co-chair the presidential search, and the search committee will include representatives from all constituencies of the college. Campus updates regarding the search will be posted on a dedicated website that will go live in the near future. “The board of trustees is appreciative of MaryAnn’s remarkable tenure and I extend

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Many members of Roske’s family are credit-union members – some living as far away as California. Dumonceaux, 74, is a St. John’s University math teacher. He also served on the CCCU board for 36 years, retiring two years ago. Much of his time on the board was spent serving as the board chair. “I was at St. John’s from 1957 and on,” Dumonceaux said. “When we got into the parish there were people like Hal, Wally Goerger, Al Vogel and other people we became friends with and lived next door to. I was so impressed with these men and when I saw they were involved in the credit union, I thought, well that’s a good thing for me to be involved with.” Dumonceaux said he became a member in the 1960s when another member asked him to be on the board of directors. When he first started on the board, he brought an Apple com-

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puter over to work on loans. He said they always tried to get the members the best deal and remembers when they went to daily interest and other things that were in favor of the members. “It was the example of people I admired and the concern for their neighbor, the helping to serve the community and to serve its members,” Dumonceaux said. “All those years I was on the board it always made me feel good when the emphasis was on how is this going to benefit our members, not are we going to have a profit at the end of the year. The members always came first. I think that is something that hasn’t changed. The members are the number one concern.” Many of Dumonceaux’s family members also belong to CCCU. Some of them live in Germany. “I wouldn’t have my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren members of this if it wasn’t important to me,” he said. Dumonceaux was on the board that hired the current president, Mark Douvier. Douvier was also born and raised in Flynntown. He attended

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 SJU for his bachelor’s degree and St. Thomas for his graduate degree. Douvier worked in several bigger financial institutions, including banking, before becoming president of the CCCU in January 2005. He said his position at the CCCU requires a variety of skills to serve members. “It’s not only a banking job, it’s a job that requires a unique skillset to be a jack-of-all-trades,” Douvier said. All three men spoke of the changes they have seen at the CCCU. Douvier said the first meeting of the CCCU was held on Sept. 15, 1938. It was organized by mostly citizens from the community and employees of SJU. He explained a movement to form credit unions started on the East Coast in the late 1930s. People felt like they were taking control of their destiny and could help other members of the community. “People were very angry at their banks and we didn’t have the insurance programs we have today so people lost money in banks,” Douvier said. “At the same time, banks weren’t borrowing money so people couldn’t borrow money. Credit unions popped up through church organizations. Our initial charter was employees of SJU and the College of St. Benedict and the three Catholic parishes of St. Joseph, Avon and St. John the Baptist here in Collegeville.” He said it’s an interesting parallel to what has happened here in the last five years. Many people are keeping their money local because they feel they have better control of it. “In a credit union, the members own the credit union,” Douvier said. “Members have a right to become involved in the operations of the credit union and set policies by being a member of the board or any other committee. It really is an interesting parallel and it has benefited us greatly.” Because of the 75th anniversary, Douvier has been reviewing past board minutes. He said the university had a real vested interest in helping their employees succeed. They were concerned about their employees and the


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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 abbot was always at the meetings. The abbots would often speak and commend the board on how well they did. Douvier was quick to point out different business models work for different people. He said at the time the CCCU was formed there was only one other model available. Douvier said the CCCU continues to serve the area well. Membership has grown from the original 50 to a couple hundred and then to thousands in the 1970s. Current membership is around 2,200 and is split between young and old members. It now costs $25 to join. The money is placed in a share account. That share is the member’s ownership interest in the CCCU. Membership is open to surrounding areas including Sartell, Albany, Cold Spring, Rockville, St. Augusta and others. In 2010, membership also became available to students. Douvier said there have been many changes in banking, which is much more formal than it used to be. He said all the new banking regulations are much more difficult to stay abreast of and new technology changes are a big deal. The CCCU used to offer savings accounts and loans. It now has full-service checking accounts, online banking and bill pay, debit cards and all the services that other financial institutions offer. Changes are constant and they have to constantly keep refreshing themselves and rein-

venting themselves. “It’s definitely a more challenging business landscape these days,” he said. “The credit union works hard to offer good services such as lower loan rates and better dividend rates to members. We work to help members get through financial situations and pride ourselves on doing so. No transaction is too small or too large.” Douvier said the CCCU has always worked for its members. “We are here for our members first and foremost and we don’t care if that member has $25 or $25,000, they get treated the same,” he said. “We have relationships with these members over many many years. We have relationships with their greatgrandchildren. That relationship is what differentiates us with other institutions. We pride ourselves with that and try to keep those relationships.” Douvier shared his first experience of the CCCU board values. “Those values were instilled in me by the person I took over from,” he said. “I got my first

car loan from him. Not only did he give me the car loan, but he taught me how to manage my credit and how to handle things correctly. He gave me that car loan right when I graduated from college when other financial institutions wouldn’t give me that car loan. I really took pride in that and I knew I would pay that back because I almost, in a way, wanted to make him happy that I would do this because he believed in me.” Douvier gave examples of members stopping by just to say “hi,” dropping off fruit when they return from winter snowbird vacations, calling to get a calendar and other things. It’s those types of things that keep the CCCU special and unique and they are in no way interested in letting that go. That is what stays the same. For a while new people didn’t see that as a benefit, but Douvier said he thinks they have had an influx with a lot of younger members who now do see that benefit. “I am not saying others aren’t like that, but that is our difference,” Douvier said. “That’s what

“The people on the board and myself – we are just stewards of this place,” Douvier said. “We’re just really trying to keep it for the next generation. It’s sort of a gift and it’s a precious thing. We don’t want to take it for granted.”

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The College of St. Benedict will host its 24th annual Halloween in the Halls event from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in the Gorecki Center. The event, recommended for children 10 and under, is sponsored by the CSB Residential Life and is free to the public. Children who attend will be encouraged to trick-or-treat in the campus first-year resident halls of Aurora, Corona and Re-

gina. CSB students will decorate their resident halls and pass out treats. Upper-class students will escort children in their areas. The trick-or-treating tours will begin at 1:10 p.m., and will leave Gorecki every 15 minutes. The event also includes a carnival which will feature games, activities and prizes. The carnival is hosted by various members of CSB clubs and organizations. The CSB Office of Sustainability will donate reusable water bottles to the first 300 participants.

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Drop in child obesity is truly good news

In this time so often filled with news of tragedies and problems, it’s so refreshing to hear some good news, and it’s very good news to hear childhood obesity may be on the decline, at long last. Obesity in children nationwide had been dubbed “an epidemic.” However, federal researchers have found evidence the epidemic may be waning. The obesity rate for preschool children from poor families declined in 18 states between 2008 and 2011, according to a study. It’s the first time such a decline was reported after decades of rising rates among low-income children. We can be proud Minnesota is one of those 18 states in which there was a drop in obesity among low-income children. The rate in Minnesota fell from 13.4 percent in 2008 to 12.6 percent in 2011, which is one of the sharpest drops nationally. One in eight preschoolers is obese. Among low-income children, it is one in seven. The rate is highest for blacks (one in five) and for Hispanics (one in six). “We’ve seen isolated reports in the past that have had encouraging trends, but this is the first report to show declining rates of obesity in our youngest children,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which prepared the report. “We are going in the right direction for the first time in a generation.” No one is certain exactly why a decrease is happening, although theories abound: less intake of sugary soda drinks, healthier foods available from federal nutrition programs and increased breast feeding (which can lead to healthier weight gain among young children). Other possible reasons are increasing nutritional awareness in daycare homes and centers and improved nutrition in preschool programs. A nationwide anti-obesity program started and promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama may also have helped, the study noted. That program emphasizes wise eating and exercise habits. One reason health experts worry about lowincome children is in many cases their parents cannot afford to buy high-quality nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables or they have no ready access to such foods in innercity neighborhoods. Whatever the reasons, the news is good. The obesity epidemic may be permanently on the decrease. We should never rest on laurels, however. We must continue to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for people – children and adults – across all income groups. That will take time; it’s a slow, incremental process, but a big part of this good news is it appears that healthy trend has already begun to take hold.

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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Opinion Will Tea Party cause another shutdown? Our elected are supposed to be public servants – not bullies, not grandstanding stars, not scoundrels. But that’s just the way the Tea Party faction in Congress has been behaving for the past three years. I’m sick and tired of hearing how the government shutdown and the threatened rejection of the debt limit was caused by the president and the Democrats. That’s like saying if everybody’s guilty, nobody’s guilty. The recent inexcusable crisis was caused by the vast majority of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, whipped by the Tea Party upstarts, all of it orchestrated by a self-serving egotist and presidential hopeful by the name of Sen. Ted Cruz. Some say the president and the Democrats wouldn’t compromise. While it’s true the president, thankfully, stuck to his guns, refusing to cave into the Tea Party extortionist scheme, he did, in fact, meet many times with Republicans, and every time they balked. First, the Tea Party insisted on defunding ObamaCare, even though they knew that was a no-go, no matter how much they whined, wheedled and plotted. Then, they proposed incremental changes to ObamaCare, hoping to whittle away at its foundation like famished termites. When that appeared to be a no-go, they proposed budget cuts and all manner of manipulations to frustrate Congress and the president. The Tea Party’s ultimately self-defeating tactics were obvious from the beginning when Ted “Fake Filibuster” Cruz talked nonsense for 21 straight hours to make a name for himself in the spotlight, like a copycat of movie star Jimmy Stewart in the famous filibuster scene in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Dennis Dalman Editor The Tea Party and some of their Republican minions were completely reckless, not caring one whit for the sufferings their shutdown caused. Indeed, some of them, like our “very own” Rep. Michele Bachmann gleefully gloated about how the shutdown had made Republicans “so happy.” We should demand a recall election to get rid of her. It was nauseating to see these Tea Party types, after they’d caused the shutdown, scurrying around at the World War II Veterans Monument expressing phony outrage about how the president caused the memorial’s closure. One congressional creep even berated a woman parkdepartment employee at the monument, telling her she should be ashamed of herself, as if SHE had anything to do with the shutdown. And there was Bachmann, of course, for yet another photo op, hugging and kissing veterans. Later, Cruz and other Tea Party rabblerousers gathered near the White House. One protest sign depicted Obama as a kind of mentally retarded monkey. Another riff-raff hooligan held up a confederate flag by the White House gates. For three years, Tea Party rallies far and wide have attracted riff-raff elements displaying ignorant, blatantly racist behavior – as ugly as a lynch mob. What drives these people is a blind, irrational, rabid hatred of Presi-

dent Obama. They are fueled by lunatic lies about him, lies they either invent or parrot after hearing them on right-wing hate radio shows. What’s worse, the Tea Party never berates these crude ralliers; Tea Party leaders not only tolerate them but slyly encourage them through the use of dog-whistle code words. It’s a disgusting irony the Tea Partiers and intimidated Republicans, who pretend to care so much about wasteful spending, caused this nation to lose at least $24 billion in the shutdown, according to Standard and Poor’s, a respected, nonpartisan financial research company. Because of their implied threat on the debt limit, they also sent jitters of uncertainty through companies and financial markets worldwide. These jokers claim ObamaCare will ruin the economy when they themselves came close to tanking the economy big-time in one fell swoop. And what if these reckless wreckers cause another shutdown come January? I get very upset when I hear people say, “That blankety-blank Congress. They’re all crooks. All useless.” That is simply not true. There are many hard-working, good public servants in Congress on both sides of the aisle. There is hope that reasonable, decent Republicans will stand up to these extortionists and tell them just where to go. The Tea Party has hijacked the Republican Party, and it’s the party’s fault because it has courted these obstructionist rebels for too long. If good Republicans want to win in presidential elections, they better start soundly rejecting the Tea Party, which has become a millstone around Republicans’ necks.

Camp Invention head thanks St. Joseph Susan Clarke Regional Consultant for Camp Invention I would like to thank the College of St. Benedict for hosting the Camp Invention program this summer. Camp Invention allows children to transform their natural curiosity into big ideas by presenting real-

world challenges that require them to use creativity, innovation, problem-solving skills and teamwork. This summer, 72 local elementary students at College of St. Benedict joined more than 77,000 students nationwide in exploring STEM concepts through exciting, hands-on, problem-solving activities.

I especially want to thank the Camp Invention Director Missy Tellinghuisen, the talented local teachers and youth staff for inspiring the St. Joseph students, who displayed amazing creativity and resourcefulness throughout the week.

Beware of nonprescription contact lenses Don’t buy contact lenses from any store or website if it doesn’t require a prescription Selling lenses without a prescription is illegal and can put consumers’ eye health at risk, warns the Minnesota Optometric Association. Halloween is all about trick-or-treating and finding a creative costume, but before playing dress up, consumers need to heed health and safety first. Some enthusiastic partygoers may wear decorative contact lenses as part of their costume, which can change a person’s eye color or create the effect of being a character like a cat, zombie or vampire. However, if these lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from your eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage your eyesight. The Minnesota Optometric Association urges you to talk to your eye doctor first and obtain a prescription before incorporating decorative contact lenses as part of your costume. Decorative contact lenses purchased over-the-counter put the wearer at risk for bacterial infections, allergic reactions and/ or significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss. All contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whether they correct your vision or are worn simply for fun or a special occasion, like prom or a wedding. However, some decorative lenses are sold

Dr. Nicholas Colatrella Guest Writer illegally through flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons and convenience stores. The MOA warns that you should never buy lenses from these sources. It’s important to have a medical eye and vision examination from your optometrist to be sure you are a good candidate for contact lenses. Your eye doctor will also make sure your lenses fit properly and teach you how to safely care for your lenses. Even though these are non-corrective lenses, they still pose the same potential health and safety risks as other contact lenses. Don’t buy contacts from any store or website that doesn’t require an eye doctor’s prescription. If you can walk in off the street, or log-on to a website and buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2013 American Eye-Q® consumer survey, 17 percent of Americans have worn non-corrective, decorative contact lenses. Of those individuals, 24 percent purchased them illegally without a prescription and from a source other than an eye doctor. The MOA offers the following recom-

mendations for all contact lens wearers: wear contact lenses only if they are fitted and prescribed by an optometrist; do not purchase contact lenses from gas stations, video stores or any other vendor not authorized by law to dispense contact lenses; never swim while wearing contact lenses – there is a risk of eye infection when contact lenses come into contact with bacteria in swimming pool water; make sure contact lenses are properly cleaned and disinfected as instructed by your eye-care professional; make sure you wash your hands before handling and cleaning your contact lenses; never swap or share contact lenses with anyone; and never sleep while wearing contact lenses unless they are extendedwear lenses specifically designed for that purpose. For more information about the risks associated with decorative contact lenses, or to find additional resources about contact lens hygiene and safety, please visit www. aoa.org or http://Minnesota.aoa.org. The Minnesota Optometric Association has more than 400 member doctors of optometry around the state. The MOA is committed to furthering awareness of optometrists as primary eye care or family eye doctors and to bringing about change that positively impacts the MOA member doctors and their patients. Dr. Nicholas Colatrella is owner and medical director of PineCone Vision Center, Sartell, and vice president of the Minnesota Optometric Association.


Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

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Community Calendar

Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Walk-in flu vaccine clinic, (no appointment necessary) for Women and Children patients at CentraCare Health Plaza, 8:15-4:30 p.m., CentraCare Clinic, 1360 Elm St. E., St. Joseph. 320-363-7765. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation, 3725 12th St. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., College of St. Benedict, 37 S. College Ave., St. Joseph. 1-800-733-2767. Octoberfest, German inspired meal and silent auction fundraiser, 4-8 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph. Family Fun Night, including turkey bingo, a kids’ costume contest and games and bake sale, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opole, Minn.

“Identity theft happens: What you need to know,” 6 p.m. shredding; 6:30-7:30 p.m. workshop, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2, St. Joseph. 320-253-4382 or deborah. clausen@thrivent.com.

Saturday, Oct. 26 Sartell Area Churches craft and bake sale, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., wild rice soup luncheon, St. Francis Xavier School, 308 2nd St. N., Sartell.

Friday, Nov. 1 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., variety of items made by the Sisters of

Monday, Oct. 28 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

Thursday, Oct. 31 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Women’s Sexual Assault Support Group, 3-4:30 p.m. every Thursday for 12 weeks, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Drive NE, St. Cloud. Call 320-2514357 to sign up, www.cmsac.org. Restless Souls Cemetery and walk-through haunt, dusk-8:30 p.m., all ages welcome, 905 Dale St. E., St. Joseph.

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the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. Post-Polio Support and Education Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Independent Living Center, 215 N. Benton Dr., Sauk Rapids. Saturday, Nov. 2 Men’s Sexual Assault Support Group, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Dr, NE, St. Cloud. Call 320251-4357 to sign up, www.cmsac.org. Eagles’ Auxiliary Craft Sale, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Eagles Club, 41st and 8th St. N., St. Cloud. Holiday Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, variety of items made by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica Convent, 1845 20th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. 320-251-2225. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 Second St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294.

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Public Hearing City of St. Joseph The St. Joseph Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing at 7:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the St. Joseph City Hall. The purpose of the hearing is to consider a Special-use Permit replacing an existing billboard with a digital face. The property is legally described as Lots 7 & 8 & E2 of West St, Blocks 2 & 3 Less HWY Block 2, Loso’s 7th Addition, located at 320 Old Highway 52, St. Joseph, MN 56374. St. Joseph Code of Ordinances 52.27 subd. 3(k) identifies uses which in the judgment of the Planning Commission and City Coun-

The St. Joseph Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. The purpose of the hearing is to consider an Interim-use Permit to allow an owner occupied rental at 321 Jasmine Lane. The property is legally described as Lot004 Block 001, Northland Plat Eight. St. Joseph Code of Ordinances 52.27 subd. 5 allows for an Interim-use Permit as follows: Residential rental provided the unit is owner occupied and provided the room(s) rented does not contain separate kitchen facilities and is not intended for use as an independent residence. For purposes of establishing if the property is

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Mike Deutz, P.O. Box 639, St. Joseph, MN 56374 has submitted the request for a Special-use Permit. Judy Weyrens, administrator Publish: Oct. 25, 2013

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Note: Minnesota Statute requires mailed notice to all property owners within 30 feet of a variance, special-use, interim-use or rezoning request.

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owner occupied, the owner must be a natural person, and all owners must occupy the property as their principal residence. The owners may not exceed two in number. For purposes of determining ownership, the owner/owners must provide a copy of a recorded deed or recorded contract for deed. A purchase agreement will not be accepted as evidence of ownership. Adam Silvers, 321 Jasmine Lane, St. Joseph, MN 56374 has submitted the request for Interim-use. Judy Weyrens, administrator Publish: Oct. 25, 2013


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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

We Day inspires ‘We Scare Hunger’ event by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

More than 40 Kennedy Community School students who recently attended We Day at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul returned to school motivated to take action. One of the actions they are taking is to participate in a project called “We Scare Hunger.” Students will be trickor-treating on Halloween for canned goods and donations for area food shelves. Mike Stuber and Jesus Sandoval, both teachers at Kennedy, accompanied the students. Stuber teaches social studies and Sandoval teaches math. This is the first year Kennedy has been involved with the event. Stuber said there was a short application process to attend. Many speakers and artists attended We Day – some very popular. “The students are really energized and excited,” Stuber said. “They really heard a positive message that young people can have a huge impact and help others.” The WE Day event was organized with Free the Children and the We Act Program, which works to help young people get involved in social change through volunteering and fundraising. It’s a movement empowering a generation of young people through an inspiring event and a year-long educational initiative called We Act. This initiative offers resources and other materials to

turn this day of inspiration into continued activation. Organizers believe this is the first generation that can end the worst forms of poverty and empower young people to embrace new actions that remove barriers that prevent youth from creating social change. The worldwide movement puts into action the philosophy anyone can change the world. The students take their ideas back to their own towns and cities to help inspire change. These participants commit to completing one local action and one global action. They share their action plans and the results with other We schools. “I was impressed how motivated students can and are willing to help others,” Stuber said. Students from Kennedy, St.

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More than 40 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Kennedy Community School attended We Day at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Students returned to school inspired to take action in St. Joseph. As their first action project, students will be trickor-treating on Halloween for canned goods and donations for area food shelves. John’s Prep, North and South junior highs, and Apollo, Tech, Cathedral, Sauk Rapids and Sartell high schools attended the event. The students want to get involved and do things in their areas. Throughout the school year, the schools will host projects. They are also looking for other ways they can make a difference.

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