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Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11

In observance of Veterans Day, St. Cloud Hospital will honor men and women for military service during a special ceremony from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in Hoppe Auditorium. Family members, patients and employees are invited to honor our American heroes, including veterans, active military, Reservists and National Guard. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

St. Cloud Hospital offers health-care directive assistance

As part of Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month, throughout November St. Cloud Hospital is offering information and free assistance on how to set up a health-care directive. Health care directives help communicate the wishes of a person who may not be able to communicate or make decisions for themselves because of an illness or injury. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Film series focuses on newsreel footage

“Yesterday’s Witness: A Tribute to the American Newsreel,” part of the Lindbergh Historic Site film series, will be shown from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Admission is free. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site hosts a free monthly film series.

Adopt a Family starts

Catholic Charities Share the Spirit program is looking for people to adopt families this Christmas. It may seem early, but the earlier those who wish to adopt a family sign up, the more families can be adopted through the program, which matches individuals, families or groups wanting to provide gifts and food to families in need. Each donor is given information and a holiday wish list for a family. For information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

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Dierkhising learns he was 1942 CSB practice baby by Cori Hilsgen

Imagine learning that you had gone to the College of St. Benedict when you were a mere infant. Drake Dierkhising recently learned he had been an honorary member of the CSB class of 1942. He was the home-management department’s baby and served as a practice baby for the seniors who took the class. Dierkhising, now 72, was a virtual guinea-pig baby in 194142. As the home-management baby, he was the object of each senior’s undivided attention for one week at a time. That included feeding, dressing and changing him. Dierkhising spent his days in the home-management house and his nights in the infirmary. The class of 1942 had 47 members, but only about 12-15 seniors took the home-management class. Each class lasted for

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Sister Clarus Himsl and the 1942 Home Management CSB students gather around Baby Drake. several months. The class including caring for baby Drake, cooking, cleaning, doing household laundry, man-

levels each week, ranging from 25 to 40 cents each day. Other babies also served as Dierkhising • page 5

Lake Wobegon trail is seeing some wear and tear by Cori Hilsgen

Some cracks have started to appear and tree roots are pushing up through the surface of the much-used Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. The trail, which opened 15 years

ago, extends from St. Joseph to Osakis and has a branch that extends northeast of Albany to Morrison county. Used by several hundred thousand walkers, in-line skaters, bicyclists and others yearly, the rough and uneven surfaces can be a problem for those on

the trail. Stearns County is working to repair spots and has identified places where the surface needs to be repaired. Some repairs have already been done. Others will be done next year, along with other construction projects to save on expenses.

The trail, which was once an abandoned railroad corridor from Avon to Sauk Centre, opened in September 1998. It has trailheads in St. Joseph and other places such as Avon, Albany, Bowlus, Freeport, Holdingford, Melrose, Osakis, Sauk Centre and West Union.

Eiyncks share interest in Native American artifacts by Cori Hilsgen

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aging household accounts and sewing to decorate the rooms of the house. The household family operated under set income

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Jeff Eiynck (left) and Sandy Eiynck, husband and wife, sit inside their tepee which is located in their backyard. Jeff Eiynck tells All Saints Academy fifth-grade students about the tepee during a recent field trip.

Jeff Eiynck has a photo of himself when he was almost 2 years old dressed in a Native American headdress. He and his wife, Sandy, think this is when his interest in the Native American heritage began. Eiynck is also an avid hunter and trapper so he can relate to some of the Native American traditions. He has been collecting and making Plains Native American artifacts for more than 30 years and has many of them. The inventory changes continuously. Some of the items he owns are arrowheads, hammer stones, an elk-bone scraper, trade beads, beaver top hats, assorted beads and other things. Some artifacts are extremely difficult to find and are not legal to possess, so Eiynck makes

many of the items himself after viewing them at museums or in books. He tries to replicate them as closely as possible to the originals. He does a lot of research and views several photos before making anything. Besides making their own items, the Eiyncks have also visited a few auctions that sell collections and have been able to pick up some artifacts. “He’s lucky his wife also has an interest in history and enjoys and supports his interest in the culture,” wife Sandy said, tongue-in-cheek, winking. “I have been known to collect and make a few items myself.” Sandy has also started to add to Jeff’s collection by collecting women’s articles, such as scissor cases, knife sheaves and awl cases. An awl is an instrument used by Native Americans to punch holes in leather to help Eiyncks • page 4

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2 If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320363-8250 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. 29 8:19 a.m. Property damage. Birch Street W. Maintenance reported some time over the weekend a water pump pipe was bent to about a 45-degree angle. Unknown suspects. Valued at $100. 9:38 a.m. Lost property. Bars in St. Joseph. Complainant stated she had her Minnesota driver’s license at the Middy bar at about 11:30 p.m. She is unable to find it and needed to report it as lost. She was informed if it was turned in, she would be called, but would need to go and get a new license. 3:02 p.m. Ordinance violation. Ash Street E. Homeowner was given a citation on Sept. 26 and advised the ticket would be paid and the area cleaned up by Sept. 29. As of Sept. 29 nothing had been taken care of. Another citation was issued with a deadline of Oct. 16. If that deadline was not met, the city would clean it up and bill it back to the homeowner. As of Oct. 18 the area was not cleaned up and the fine not paid. The matter was turned over to the city for clean-up and billing. Sept. 30 3:29 p.m. Found property. First


Avenue NW/Minnesota Street W. A lost cell phone was turned in to an officer by a passerby. The phone was a red Samsung. Officer made contact with the phone owner’s mother who passed the message on to the owner. The phone was picked up by the owner later that day. Oct. 1 12:20 a.m. Domestic assault. College Avenue S. Complainant stated her husband had placed his fist in her face and pushed it into her face hard enough that she thought he broke her tooth. He also grabbed her by her shoulder hard. Complainant stated she was in fear for herself and child. The husband was placed under arrest and transported to jail. A citation was issued for two counts of domestic assault. 3:22 p.m. Welfare check. Tenth Avenue SE. Complainant stated they could not make contact with a woman. Officer checked the house and no one came to the door. The windows were covered and the door locked. Spoke to neighbors who stated they saw her leave Saturday with a bunch of bags. They stated she left with a male in possibly a blue car. They also stated she leaves a lot for long times. Officer called complainant and informed them of this. Oct. 3 7:09 p.m. Animal complaint. Fifth Avenue NW. Complainant had two stray dogs contained in her garage. Collars were on both dogs, but no identification. Complainant stated she tried looking in the area for the owner but had no success.

Both dogs were brought to Becky’s Bed and Biscuit in St. Joseph. Oct. 4 10:46 a.m. Civil issue. Birch Street W. BP gas station reported a male pumped $20 in gas and had only $8 cash. On officer’s arrival the male had found a person to come pay the difference for him. Nothing further. 1:15 p.m. Suspicious person. College Avenue S. A female was sleeping in a chair at CSB Haen Campus Center. A CSB security officer and St. Joseph police officer spoke to her. She stated she was there to watch some sporting events and do some research on her deceased uncle who was a monk at St. John’s Abbey. CSB was OK with her staying there. 2:13 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Minnesota Street W. Complainant called to report a vehicle parked in the grass of an alley behind Minnesota Street W. Officer arrived and found the vehicle unlocked and could see a wallet inside the vehicle. The officer opened the door and found a Minnesota drivers’ license inside the wallet and several parking tickets from CSB/SJU. SJU located the car owner. He was advised of the complaint, moved the car and said he wouldn’t park it there again. 3:21 p.m. Found property. CR 2/Robert Road. A social security card and old SJU ID card were found. The items were brought to the SJPD. The owner was contacted and the items were picked up.

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Ed and Lori Davis of Zimmerman, Minn., and Carl and Linda Erickson of Princeton, Minn., announce the engagement of their daughter Leah Davis to Vern Roske, son of Harvey Roske of St. Joseph. Davis is a Class of 2000 graduate from Elk River High School. She attended Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated in 2005, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She currently teaches and coaches in the Maple Lake School District. Roske is a Class of 1999 graduate from Apollo High School. He operates Roske Farm’s raising beef cattle, growing crops and providing custom chopping and

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combining for other local area farms. The wedding will be held at Jack and Jim’s Event Center in Duelm, Minn. in July 2014. The couple will reside in St. Joseph.


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St. Joseph Y2K Lions presented a check in the amount of $1,064 to Ann Scherer for the St. Joseph Food Shelf at their meeting on Oct. 16. Pictured (from left to right) are Ginger Meier, Scherer, Kathi Schmidt and Kay Lemke. The money was earned at a brat sale at the St. Joseph Meat Market and included all profits, donations and tips from the event.


A correction is needed for a story headlined “Third annual citywide food drive” in the Nov. 1 St. Joseph Newsleader. One sentence in that story should be the following: “There is no longer as much need for unskilled workers as there has been in the past.”

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Get the scoop on MNsure by Cori Hilsgen

If you are one of the many people who are curious about the new MNsure Health Insurance Exchange, then you might want to attend Ralonda Mason’s upcoming presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 at the St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. The information presented will answer questions about the federal health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and how it will impact uninsured individuals and those who purchase insurance in the private market. Minnesota’s new Health Insurance Exchange, how it works, who should use it, possible financial supports and what will happen in the future with public programs such as Medical

Assistance and Minnesota Care will also be discussed. Appointed by Gov. Dayton to serve on the 2012 Minnesota Health Reform Task Force, Mason is an advocate for healthcare access issues at the state legislature and with state agencies. The information session is presented by the Central Minnesota Catholic Worker, Church of St. Joseph and others. Molly Weyrens, a Central Minnesota Worker member, said this is a way to bring information to people who could be affected by it. “Since MNsure is something many people could be affected by, we decided to offer a session that would help to alleviate some of the confusion and also bring people together to hear more about the program from

folks who have been working with it,” Weyrens said. “Sometimes there is a disconnect between our faith and our dayto-day lives and this type of offering allows us to see how faith communities can help people navigate practical matters beyond worship. The more we can find ways to connect what happens outside of our church buildings with what we are reflecting on inside, the stronger both our civic community and our faith lives can be. That is really what the heart of the gospel is about.” Mason is a supervising attorney at the St. Cloud Office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. She has more than 25 years of experience working with public benefit programs, including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.


Women’s risk for cancer talk set Discover the most common cancer risks faced by women today and symptoms for early detection from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Windfeldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Early screening

and prevention for breast, ovarian, uterine, lung, colon, cervical and skin cancers will be discussed. For more information, visit and click on Criers.


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A Sioux woman’s household knife case and knife are part of the Eiynck collection. The case shows the detailed beadwork used by the Sioux culture. All Saints Academy fifth-grade students and parents (left to right) Jimmy Young, Nancy Ebel, Naveah Bonacci, Josie Meyer and Ellie Schleper listen to Jeff Eiynck talk about the tepee they are sitting in during a recent field trip to the Eiyncks.

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them sew. Depending on their schedules, the Eiyncks often invite school classes to participate in field trips of their many artifacts. Some years they have had as

many as four classes visit. All Saints Academy fifth-grade teacher Tess Koltes recently took her class on a field trip to view the artifacts. She said this experience ties in well with the Native American unit the students are studying. “This is by far my all-time favorite field trip,” Koltes said.

“Jeff and Sandy are very gracious hosts, who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge about the Plains Indians that they have learned over the years. Every time I visit with my fifth-grade class, Jeff tries to add some new piece of information I don’t already know about. Or, he introduces a new addition to his

collection that he has acquired over the years. All of the students love sitting inside the tepee. It is an excellent educational opportunity. I feel very fortunate to be able to take my students to visit them year after year.” Koltes said the students are always amazed by Eiynck’s wealth of knowledge. Fifth-grade students Jimmy Young, Caleb Leinz and Eli Ebel commented on the field-trip experience. “I thought Jeff’s collections and tepee were awesome,” Young said. “Going there helped me learn how hard a Native American’s job was. I now know how lucky we are to have technology and all the modern stuff.” “I thought it was really cool people would give artifacts to Jeff because they know he was interested in learning more about Native Americans,” Leinz said. “I thought it was fun because we got to feel the artifacts instead of just seeing a picture of one,” Ebel said. “We also got to go in a tepee and have a fire.” The Eiyncks said they enjoy sharing their collection. “I enjoy seeing the excitement of the children when they come

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 to visit,” Jeff said. “They always have really good questions and they are always very respectful.” The Eiyncks live near St. John’s University on Jeff’s family’s original home place where he has lived his entire life. Jeff is a cook at SJU dining services, where he has worked for 28 years. For 25 years, Sandy has been the director of finance and operations for the SJU Liturgical Press. The Eiyncks have been married 24 years and have one son who is a senior at SJU. They also have a dog, Ellie. Throughout the years, the Eiyncks have participated in rendezvous, which are re-enactments from the 1840 mountain era. They also participate in a trade show each year in New Ulm where Jeff sells, trades and barters items he has made. “Not only are these events fun, but they are also very educational,” Jeff said. “The events are open to the public and take place throughout Minnesota, as well as nationwide. The Eiyncks would like to visit many other museums and historical sites. “You can never have too much information,” Jeff said.

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Dierkhising from front page the “home-management” baby, including some from the St. Cloud Orphanage. Dierkhising’s mother, Katherine Lodermeier Dierkhising, was not very happy about this arrangement. He was her firstborn child and was not even a year old, but Katherine’s mother, Sophie Lodermeier, couldn’t say “no” to the nuns. The family had many connections at CSB and St. John’s University. Katherine was living with her parents at the time because Drake’s father O.C. (Dirk) Dierkhising was at sea with the Pacific Fleet in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1943. Dierkhising was born in June 1941 and by September his father was in the Pacific. Dirk was at sea when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred and then he immediately went to Australia. Dierkhising’s mother came back home to live with her parents, Mike and Sophie Lodermeier of St. Joseph. He is the oldest of eight children – five boys and three girls. Dierkhising said he grew up as a U.S. Navy “brat.” After the war, his father was transferred to Great Lakes, Ill. From 194749, he attended Great Lakes School in north Chicago. His father was then transferred to Egypt for three years while he worked in medical research. Derkhising was the only American student in a school by the airport. He said he enjoyed going to school in Egypt. “Most of my friends were pilots’ children,” Dierkhising said. “I never worried about anything. As kids, we rode the trolley about a mile to a sporting club.” Dierkhising returned to Egypt in 1998. He was able to


locate the school very easily, walking the five blocks right to it, but he was shocked to see the school complex had 10 foot walls around it. After living in Egypt, Dierkhising’s family returned to Great Lakes and then his father retired from the U.S. Navy. His parents moved the family to St. Joseph where the Dierkhising family owned Kay’s Kitchen and LaPlayette Bar in St. Joseph. All of Dierkhising’s family members went into the restaurant business, some of them becoming accomplished chefs and culinary experts. He and all of his brothers and sisters started out in the food business in the “bottle chute” at LaPlayette. In the middle of the bar there was a hole in the floor (bottle chute) that his father had built, so they could drop the beer bottles down. “It was like a wood(en) structure the bottles would roll down and the kids would have to put them in the boxes,” Dierkhising said. “That was everyone’s initiation in the food business and after that they became dishwashers, cooks and servers.” Dierkhising attended SJU for high school and college. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and spent three years at Norfolk, Va. on ships and then three years in the north of Spain in communications. Dierkhising met his Navy roommate’s sister, Madeline, and married her. They have two sons, Adam and Justin. After leaving the navy, he co-owned LaPlayette and the Silverado Restaurant and Tavern with other family members for short periods of time. He also worked at a winery. “The LaPlayette was prob-

ably one of the 10 best restaurants in the state of Minnesota,” Dierkhising said. “ The Minnesota Symphony used to stop when they passed through. Everyone in the family basically started at the La. First it was just the bar, then we added the back room and then the other room was added and we started serving food in 1962.” Dierkhising has lived in California since 1973. He and his wife own the Cafe Sarafornia in the Napa Valley. “We’ve had the place since 1979,” Dierkhising said. “The space itself, I claim, is the oldest continuous restaurant in the Napa Valley. It’s been there at least since 1900. We’ve got pictures back from 1906 and we know there were two fires before that. It has been rebuilt.” The Cafe serves breakfast and lunch. The Dierkhisings have 16 employees, including four waitresses who have been with the Cafe for 20 years. Dierkhising likes to see people leave the Cafe happy so he offers discounts. He said they especially offer discounts to sailors, Johnnies and Bennies. “You’d be surprised how many I have had to give,” Dierkhising said. “In fact I had a man from St. Joe, a Reber from St. Joe last week. When I


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Drake Dierkhising, 72, was the College of St. Benedict “Home Management baby” in 1942. He recently visited “Kay’s Kitchen” which was named after his mother. asked him where he was from. He said I’m from Minneapolis. I said, well, I’m from St. Joe and he said I’m from St. Joe. He knew the family and I knew his family.” Dierkhising said they have many people who return to visit for anniversaries, repeat vacations and other occasions. The Cafe is located in the spa town of Calistoga. Many women’s groups come for weekend spa

treatments. Dierkhising’s son, Adam, works in commercial real estate in San Francisco. Dierkhising doesn’t believe Adam will go into the food business. His youngest son, Justin, is currently in construction management. He has his own company, but Dierkhising said he will eventually take over the Cafe Sarafornia.

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Our View

Food-stamp cutbacks spell sad day for America

Nov. 1 was a sad day for America. That’s the day the federal government made the first of a series of cuts in funding for food stamps, leaving 47.7 million Americans more vulnerable than they were just a day before, Oct. 31. Food-stamp cuts will amount to about 5 percent. That doesn’t sound like much to most people, but to people struggling to exist it’s worrisome indeed. Here in Minnesota where 556,000 have received food stamps last year (10 percent of the state’s population), the average monthly amount in stamps was $236. Recipients included 239,000 children and 114,000 elderly or disabled people. The federal government gave a total of $55 million to Minnesota food-stamp recipients in 2012. Those statistics come from Stateline, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. For every food-stamp dollar spent, an estimated $1.70 is generated in local economies. Thus, these cuts will adversely affect more than hungry people. In addition, pressures on already strapped food shelves will become extreme. In some states, mostly in the Deep South, foodstamp recipients comprise as much as 22 percent of those states’ populations. That itself is a sad irony since many of the politicians most opposed to food stamps are from those states. There are some representatives and senators who want to get rid of the food-stamp program entirely, along with virtually every other social-net program ever invented, including Social Security and Medicare. Their scheme to abolish those programs is to starve them through lack of funding and then, perhaps, privatize them with some help from government-disbursed vouchers. Food-stamp detractors claim too many recipients are slackers who simply don’t want to work. Statistics, however, show time and again there is a mere fraction of “cheating” going on – 2 or 3 percent at most. The truth is most on food stamps are working people, often stuck in low-wage jobs or temporarily unemployed because of a depressed job market. Food-stamp detractors like to cite statistics about the huge growth of the food-stamp program. And they are correct; the program has hugely increased since 2008, the year when reckless behavior by the hotshots on Wall Street caused a near collapse of the financial system, plunging this nation into the worst recession since the 1930s. Is it any wonder that human needs – and food stamps – have increased? In an ideal world, there would be no need for food stamps. Most people, even now in this far-from-ideal world, would prefer to have the dignity of buying their food with their own hard-earned money. But to hear some of the well-heeled demagogues in the U.S. Congress tell it, food-stamp recipients, when they’re not lazy spongers, are people who don’t know how to budget their money. As if they should talk! Some of those politicians receive agricultural and other subsidies to the tune of millions of dollars. They know nothing about the struggles of the working poor and don’t want to know. They cultivate a willful blindness and even contempt toward anyone not in their rarefied class stratum. These political Scrooges should be ashamed of themselves. But of course they’re not; they’re proud to punish the working poor, and they’re vowing to force more and more cuts. The poor, the hungry, the dispossessed must vote these mean-spirited overlords out of office. That’s the real solution.

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We spend five years of life waiting, waiting . . . It’s no wonder the most emblematic play of the past century is Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” first performed in 1953. It’s about that inescapable fact of all of our lives: waiting. In that strange work, two hapless vagabonds, Vladimir and Estragon, wait constantly for the arrival of a mysterious somebody called Godot (pronounced Goh-DOH), who turns out to be a no-show. As they keep waiting, the two curmudgeons indulge in all sorts of verbal banter and deadpan hijinks just to pass the time. “Godot” is about time, about waiting, about grasping for straws of meaning to ward off nothingness. It’s typically Irish – that is, bleakbut-funny. These days, Vladimir, Estragon and Godot often tramp across my mind. It’s because I’ve learned as one gets older, one becomes all too aware of how waiting can kill time – precious time dwindling away like sand through an hourglass. Time experts claim the average person spends the equivalent of fiveyears’-time waiting for this, that and the other thing: red lights, traffic jams, doctor appointments, check-out lines, for the phone to ring when expecting good news (or bad), for someone to arrive who’s habitually late (or like Godot, doesn’t show, period). That’s depressing news: FIVE years of time, just waiting. Imagine that. Horrors! It’s even more depressing for us reporters, who – I would bet – spend SIX years, at least, waiting. I cannot count the hundreds if not thousands of meetings I have covered for news-

Dennis Dalman Editor papers. Some – a few here and there – were interesting; most were not. Not at all. There was a five-hour schoolboard meeting one time that was not only dull, it was so intolerable I swear I felt wrinkles growing on my face, my hair turning grayer. I sat there, waiting for board members to say something, to make up their minds as they ahemmed-and-a-hawed, or to get to the point of what they were trying to say. What’s worse is that after their marathon gab-fest, nothing was resolved. Reporters also frequently have to hurry-up-and-wait – especially for certain photo-taking assignments. You arrive on time, but then the herding-ofcats begins. “Mr. Reporter, could you wait awhile? Judy’s not here yet. OK, here comes Judy. Now where did Charlie go? Gotta wait for Charlie. Hey, you kids – could you go see where Tom and Chelsea are?” Finally, cats all herded and grinning, you take the photo. “Whoops, can you take the photo again? Because here comes Hannah. She really should be in the picture, too.” Other waiting ordeals that rob my time are variations of the ones all mortals endure, reporters or not:

Waiting for decent spring weather so I can finally plant a garden. Waiting for the water to boil for my cup of morning coffee. It’s an absolute truism a watched pot never boils! As soon as I turn my back on that pot of water, it boils over. Waiting in grocery-store lines when my luck always turns abysmal, when “problems” occur in the line ahead of me: haggles over expired coupons, price checks, misers picking out coins – slowly! – one at a time from little coin purses, people indulging in slow-asmolasses penmanship demonstrations as they fill out their checks. Meantime, the sand is falling fast through my hourglass. I’ve learned to avoid some timekiller situations. One is the set of lights at Division Street and Waite Avenue in Waite Park. Never has an avenue been so aptly named: Waite, wait and wait some more. That red light there has to be the longest-timed one in the universe. I’ve grown old waiting there: more wrinkles, more sagging jowls, more white hairs. I’ve considered bringing one of those long Russian novels to read while waiting for that light to change. I’ve worried about running out of gas while stuck there. I’ve thought about taking naps, my wake-up alarm being the angry honks behind me to get a move on. I finally had sense enough to solve that dilemma. I now avoid Waite Avenue like the plague. I figure I’ve added a week, at least, to my life.

Revisiting a hero, celebrating all veterans Back in 2009, I had the very good fortune of meeting St. Joseph resident Larry Tillemans. I was researching a column about WWII veterans and was introduced to Larry. I was able to spend some time with him and hear his stories and let me tell you they were exciting. I wrote a column about Larry, which was published in The Newsleaders back in 2009 entitled “A Witness To History.” At the close of World War II, Larry was an Army stenographer/clerk typist whose job was to record the testimony during the Nuremberg trials of the Nazi war criminals. He sat in the courtroom and witnessed the Nazi thugs being tried for their war crimes. During our visits, he also reminded me of the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, first saw the Nazi prison camps and the gas chambers. He told me how Eisenhower called for photographers and reporters to record the camps in detail. He wanted a complete record of everything he saw. He didn’t want the world ever to forget the atrocities that lay before him. This was the Holocaust. After Larry got out of the Army, he became an activist. He decided to take Eisenhower’s orders seriously. He made it his life’s mission never to let the world forget the Holocaust. He

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer made up pamphlets and CDs. He spoke to groups, entertaining and teaching them. Larry had had a front-row seat to history. He looked into the eyes of the Nazi monsters as they squirmed in their chairs and as they tried to explain away their murderous activities. He decided to spend his life keeping this story alive and vivid. I choose to revisit Larry Tillemans today because, like so many WWII veterans, he is not getting any younger. In 2009 when I wrote that column, I spoke about the fact we are losing these heroes everyday. Soon there will be none left. Will the horrors Larry and his fellow soldiers witnessed be forgotten when those good men have all gone to their reward? Will the devastation leveled by one dictator and his henchmen against the rest of the world just disappear with the witnesses? Already some schools are removing the Holocaust from their curricula. Some Middle Eastern dicta-

tors are claiming the whole thing was a fraud and it never happened. Eisenhower was right when he proclaimed, sure enough, someday down the road some SOB (his words) would say it never happened. You see ugliness like the Holocaust is just not very politically correct. But enough about the tyrants and despots of the world. We need to celebrate the heroes, the veterans and especially the WWII veterans. We celebrate Larry Tillemans and people of his ilk. The people who sacrificed their limbs, their lives and their security so we might have the lives we have had. So we might have the freedoms we enjoy. When this country needed them and made the call, they came by the thousands and the tens of thousands. They stopped the Nazi murderers in their tracks and made our world a safer place to be. Here during this time of celebration of veterans I ask you to remember them. When you breathe free air, think of them. When you swell with pride hearing a patriotic song or view “Old Glory,” think of them. If you have a chance, visit a veteran and thank him or her for the life you get to live. God bless Larry Tillemans and all veterans.

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Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 Friday, Nov. 8 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2 N., St. Joseph. Saturday, Nov. 9 St. Joseph citywide food shelf drive, 8 a.m.-noon, drop off at front of food shelf location (across from St. Joseph Meat Market). Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., artisans, crafts, bake sale, St. Paul’s Parish Center, 1125 11th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-251-4831. Craft and vendor sale, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m., American Legion, 415 Benton Dr. N., Sauk Rapids. Sartell Farmers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Retro trail run/walk, 10:15 a.m. 1.5-mile run/walk for kids and adults, 11 a.m. 5-mile run/2.5-mile walk for kids and adults, Warner Lake County Park, 1485 CR 143, Clearwater. Sunday, Nov. 10 “Night of Broken Glass” 3 p.m.


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commemorates in music and images the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a coordinated series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. Free and open to the public. James W. Miller Center second floor reading court, St. Cloud State University. 320308-3223.

Monday, Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony, 10-11 a.m., Hoppe Auditorium, St. Cloud Hospital. 320-251-2700 ext. 28762. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. 55+ driver improvement course (eight-hour first-time course), 5-9 p.m. tonight and Nov. 12, Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. 1-888-234-1294. Tuesday, Nov. 12 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Apollo


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High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Lecture on the U.S. Constitution, 7 p.m. big screen, one-hour DVD lecture, free coffee and light snacks. American Legion Post #328, 101 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. “Yesterday’s Witness: A Tribute to the American Newsreel,” 7-8:30 p.m., free admission, Charles A. Lingbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-616-5421.

(four-hour refresher), noon-4 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 90 Riverside Drive SE, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Senior Citizens, 1:30 p.m., Community Fire Hall, 401 7th St. S., St. Joseph. “The Good Woman of Setzuan,” 7:30 p.m., presented by CSB/SJU Theater Department, Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. Tickets call 3635777.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. Ice fishing seminar, 7-9 p.m., fishing pro Dave Genz, CentraCare Health Plaza, St. Cloud. 320-2512700, ext. 54345.

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7 Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., El Paso Sports Bar and Grill, St. Joseph. The Arpeggione Duo, a cellist and guitarist, 7:30 p.m. concert, Stephen B. Humphrey Auditorium, St. John’s University, Collegeville. “The Good Woman of Setzuan,” 7:30 p.m., presented by CSB/SJU Theater Department, Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. Tickets call 3635777. Sunday, Nov. 17 Turkey Bingo, 1 p.m., St. Francis Xavier, 219 2nd St. N., Sartell. A portion of proceeds goes to the Project for the People of Paraguay. “The Good Woman of Setzuan,” 2 p.m., presented by CSB/SJU Theater Department, Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. Tickets call 363-5777. Sunday at the Abbey, 7 p.m. St. John’s Abbey Chapter House, Collegeville. Dr. Jennifer Beste, “The Integration of Spirituality and Sexuality on Today’s College Campus.”


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New Bishop Kettler installed by Cori Hilsgen

Bishop Donald Kettler, 68, was installed as the bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud this week. He will be the ninth bishop to oversee the 131 Catholic parishes in the diocese. Installation included solemn vespers, an evening prayer and an installation Mass, all held at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The Mass was by invitation only, but Kettler requested a lay representative from each parish attend. Other invited guests included cardinals, archbishops and bishops in the United States, people from Fairbanks, Alaska and Sioux Falls, S.D. and other friends and family. Following

the Mass, and the bishop’s blessing of the city and the diocese, an open-house reception with a receiving line to meet the new bishop was held. The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women hosted an open house reception after vespers. Following the Mass, and the bishop’s blessing of the city and the diocese, an openhouse reception was held at the Church of St. Paul in St. Cloud. Kettler was born in Minneapolis, attended St. John’s Seminary and School of Theology in Collegeville and was a transitional deacon at St. Paul’s before being ordained a priest in 1970. He served parishes in Aberdeen, S.D. and Sioux Falls and was a bishop in Fairbanks. Kettler replaces John Kinney,

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Bishop Kettler who has served as bishop for 18 years. The new bishop’s mother, Marguerite Kettler, recently died in October at the age of 100.

People encouraged to attend veterans’ parade A veterans’ parade will take place starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Veterans Administration Health System campus. National Veterans Day is Nov. 11. This event will be the sev-

enth annual local veterans’ parade, which has been spearheaded each year by the St. Cloud Times. After a social gathering at the VA at 1 p.m., the parade of veterans, along with their loved ones and supporters, will wend

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