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Town Crier Here comes Santa Paws

Here comes Santa Paws, here comes Santa Paws, right down Santa Paws Lane at the Tri-County Humane Society. In what has become a happy annual tradition, pets and their owners can get their Christmas photos taken with “Santa Paws” on Nov. 16-18. Times are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. To schedule an appointment, call 252-0896. On those days, two local professional photographers will donate their time to take the high-quality photos. Customers will get five portraits on a CD for $35. All proceeds will go to the TCHS. Each year, many customers have the photos made into seasonal greeting cards. The photos may be taken with people and/ or pets and with or without Santa. This year’s background set will be of an outdoor snow scene. To see some of last year’s Santa Paws photos, visit the TCHS website at www.tricountyhumanesociety.org.

Evening with David Wellstone

“Hope and Remembrance: an Evening with David Wellstone,” sponsored by DFL Senate District 13, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in Sauk Rapids Government Center, 250 Summit Ave. N. A presentation by the son of Sen. Paul Wellstone will be based on his new book, “Becoming Wellstone: Healing from Tragedy and Carrying on My Father’s Legacy.” Discussion and attendees’ sharing perspectives and memories will follow. For more information, contact Buzz Snyder, DFL chairman, at 1-320-2533516.

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Voters line up to cast their vote Nov. 6 in one of two precincts in St. Joseph.

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“I Voted” stickers sit on a voting machine on Election Day at the St. Joseph Fire Hall.

retain their council seats by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com

Experience dominated the St. Joseph City Council race Tuesday. Incumbents Bob Loso and Renee Symani- Loso etz reclaimed their seats on the city council and will lead for another four years. With all precincts reporting, Loso received 1,214 votes while Symanietz received 1,199 votes. “I would like to thank everyone who supported me and voted for me,” Symanietz said, “and all the volunteers who helped me campaign. I am very excited to be staying on the council, fighting to get the Wobegon Trail extended to Waite Park and planning for a community center.” This marks Symanietz’s third council term. She has served on the St. Joseph City Council since 2004 and was re-elected in 2008. The 44-yearold has previously served as acting mayor, on the city’s park board, hiring committee and currently serves on the facilities committee that is leading the

charge on the community center project. The mother of two is a sales and marketing professional for Arvig Communica- Symanietz tions. Bob Loso is relieved now that the election is over. He said he didn’t think he would win because he didn’t campaign as much as his opponents. “I prevailed and I’m glad,” Loso said. “I’m honored to serve the next four years.” Loso’s priorities include continuing to watch the budget and coming up with ways to set funds aside for projects, he said. Loso and Symanietz were challenged by newcomers Matt Killam, a loss-control analyst, Troy Goracke, a technology education teacher and Thomas Gustafson, a retired businessman. Killam trailed closely in the race with 1,127 nods. Goracke came in fourth place at the polls, receiving 707 votes. Gustafson garnered 518 votes. Killam, 29, is a loss-control analyst for Coborn’s Inc. in St. Cloud. Despite his defeat he Council • page 3

St. Joseph resident Jessica Larson listens as election judge Gerry Klaphake explains voting rules Nov. 6 at the St. Joseph Fire Hall. Election judge Jane Reber prepares ballots in the background.

Resident will serve on school board by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com

The third time around was all it took for newcomer Allen Dahlgren to clinch a seat on the St. Cloud School Board. The 53-year-old St. Joseph resident will take his post in January. Dahlgren and newcomer Dennis Whipple defeated opponent Daniel Brill and will serve

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610 N. County Road 2, St. Joseph. Breast cancer survivors’ retreat, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., CentraCare Health Plaza. Reservations required. 320-251-2700, ext. 70659. Holiday Bazaar, hosted by the St. Paul’s Christian Women, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. For luncheon tickets or other information, call 320251-4831. Image transfer quilting workshop, 2-5 p.m., Al Ringsmuth Public Library, Waite Park. Registration is required. 320-3561061. Sunday, Nov. 11 Turkey and Cash Bingo, 1 p.m., St. Francis Xavier cafeteria,

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 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. Oct. 30 9:29 a.m. Traffic stop. Minnesota Street. A police officer was observing traffic at the intersection of Minnesota Street and Second Avenue. The officer saw a blue car drive through the intersection without stopping or slowing down. It appeared the car

Sartell. Proceeds benefit Project for People of Paraguay. Monday, Nov. 12 55+ driver safety class, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 (must attend both nights), Kennedy Community School, St. Joseph. Ron Stewart at 320-249-4971. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Wednesday, Nov. 14 St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. www. stjosephchamber.com.

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went through the intersection at 30 mph. The officer stopped the car and identified the person driving by their driver’s license. The person said they did not see the stop sign but had been through the area many times. A citation for failure to obey a stop sign was issued. Nov. 2 3:20 a.m. Assist agency. Minnesota Street. A person flagged down a police officer to advise the officer he struck a deer on 7th Street in Waite Park and the deer was not dead. The officer notified Waite Park police and assisted with the dispatching of the deer. Nov. 3 3:12 p.m. Vandalism. 3rd Av-

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 Thursday, Nov. 15 Evening book club, book discussion on “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Al Ringsmuth Public Library, Waite Park. St. Joseph City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 363-7201. Friday, Nov. 16 St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fellowhip Hall, 610 N. County Road 2, St. Joseph. www. stjosephfarmersmarket.com Art Crawl, 5-9 p.m., Downtown St. Cloud. www.artcrawlstcloud.com.

enue. A person called the police department and notified them he was watching his neighbor’s house while they were away hunting, when he noticed some of the tires on their vehicles were cut. He believes it happened sometime overnight. Two cars and one trailer had two tires each punctured on the sidewalls, flattening them. Photos were taken.

Nov. 5 10:50 a.m. Mail. Graceview Drive. A woman called the police department to report someone had gone through a cluster of four mailboxes by her residence. She told the officer there was mail scattered on the ground and some had been opened. The mail had been cleaned up by the time the officer arrived but the woman wanted it reported for information at the time of the incident.

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Former Kennedy site is not an option by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com

Remodeling the former Kennedy Elementary School for a future government/community center is no longer an option. St. Joseph City Council members unanimously voted to remove the

Council from front page said he is grateful for the support and opportunity he had to build relationships within the community. “It’s a double-edged sword,” Killam said. “It feels really good to see the huge support from the community and for it to be such a close race …I wish it went a different way.” It’s too soon to determine if Killam will run again but he plans to stay active. He’s interested in serving on the St. Joseph Economic Development Authority Board. “I just have to find another way to serve the community,” he said. This will be the fifth term for

option from future discussions Nov. 1. A cost analysis showed the preliminary construction cost to remodel Kennedy could be about $9.2 million for a 30,000 squarefoot building. About $3 million of this projection is land costs. The building is currently oc-

cupied by Little Saints Academy and Headstart. It’s about 7,000 more square feet than the roughly 22,000 square feet planned initially for a new government/community center. In addition to the cost of remodeling, the age and the shape of the building were Center • page 4

Loso, who was first elected to the city council in 1990. Loso served on the city council from 1990 to 2002. He took a break, was also re-elected in 2008 and ran for mayor in 2010. He has served two stints on the St. Joseph Planning Commission, is a member of the Area Planning Organization and sits on the St. Joseph Community Fire Board. The 60-year-old is a material handler at T.O. Plastics. St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz, who ran unopposed, received 2,668 votes on Election Day. He will serve an additional two-year term. Major decisions ahead include the building of a new government/community center, maintaining fiscal responsibility and revitalizing the downtown to spur economic development. City-council officials receive

a monthly payment and a meeting fee per meeting. Mayor Rick Schultz gets $524 monthly, and council members are paid $314 monthly. All are paid $35 per meeting in addition to the monthly salary. Election results are unofficial until they are approved by the city council. New terms kick in Jan. 1. Elected officials will approve the appointments at their first meeting in January.

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deterring factors, architectural officials said. The cost to remodel the existing city hall is estimated to be $3.6 million; to construct a new building on site would be about $4.3 million; and to construct a new building off-site would be about $5 million, said Murray Mack of Hagemeister Mack Architects. “One thing you should recognize is when we look at the square footage of this building is how much square footage do we end up with because of the odd shape (of Kennedy),” Mack said. There are benefits and chal-

and electrical updates. Commercial funding is being requested for two target areas 1) along Cedar Street SE between 1st Avenue NE and 4th Avenue NE and 2) along Minnesota Street between 2nd Avenue NW and College Avenue; and College Avenue from Minnesota Street north one block. The Program provides commercial dollars as 0-percent deferred, forgivable loans and low-interest loans to address a building’s exterior needs. These may include new roofing, exterior siding or brickwork, windows, doors, awnings and signs. Some interior items may also be approved. As part of the preliminary proposal, the Central Minnesota Housing Partnership must show residents are interested

in the program. “It’s really the important aspect of the preliminary proposal showing residents are going to utilize the funding” says Jason Krebsbach, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Community Development director. “City officials and I can say there is a need for this program, but unless residents show an interest, a proposal will not be funded.” All homeowners and commercial business owners interested in the program are encouraged to contact Laurie Ziebell, CMHP program manager. By contacting Ziebell by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, you will help strengthen the proposal for funding and you will be placed on a preferred applicant list. Ziebell can be reached at (320) 259-0393.

lenges to staying on site and moving to another location. Building on-site keeps the connection to the city’s downtown while moving off-site could provide more parking options. One perk of the former Kennedy site was its gymnasium and cafeteria. However, the kitchen would need to be upgraded. Council members also have to consider the $200,000 the city bonded for improvements to the HVAC and roofing system at city hall. Staff did not want to authorize that work if the council decides to expand city hall. The money must be spent by the end of 2013. St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz wanted to make sure whatever option is chosen, plans are made with attention to the

future. “Our goal is to accommodate growth,” Schultz said. “ I just don’t want to get into the same boat we’re in now.” Schultz also reminded officials the idea of keeping a government/community center downtown increases foot traffic in the area. With consideration to the growing aging population, Frank thought about accessibility to the center if it was built somewhere other than downtown. City council members looked at schematic drawings for each scenario but no decision was made. Officials met Thursday Nov. 8 to narrow options, after the St. Joseph Newsleader went to press. The results will be reported in the upcoming edition.

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742 from front page gren was in fourth place for one of four seats on the school board. The regional finance manager eagerly awaited final results but was pleased to see an early lead. “I’m hopeful,” Dahlgren said. “I’m excited that I get on. It’s looking better for me.” His hope was restored. With all precincts reporting, Dahlgren maintained the early lead he had over fellow newcomer Brill and ended the race with 17,307 votes, 17.8 percent of the vote. Brill trailed closely with 17,043 votes. Whipple came in third place receiving 20,011 votes. Dahlgren looks forward to contributing to the management of the district. He doesn’t mind being in fourth place. “One of the areas I’d like to see changed is better communication and participation with parents and schools,” Dahlgren said, “better communication between the schools and the parents about students and

their performance and what is going on in the curriculum and the school at all times.” Whipple, 37, sees his victory as an exciting opportunity to work with school board officials to make St. Cloud the best school district it can be. Whipple is the executive artistic director of Great River Educational Arts Theatre in St. Cloud. “I’m very excited for the win,” Whipple said. “Really excited to get to work in helping (increase) student achievement and creative thinking and getting technology for our students.” Les Green received the majority of the votes Tuesday. The 69-year-old received 22 percent of the vote with 21,267 votes. Harner, the current chair of the school board, came in second with 20,800 nods, about 21.4 percent of the overall vote. The 45-year-old mother of three is advertising manager of Minnesota Trails Magazine. Green, a retired St. Cloud State University administrator and faculty member, used one word to describe his victory: “Fantastic.”

“It’s a good duty,” Green said. “It’s always fun to work with people who are thoughtful regardless of whether they agree or disagree with you.” Managing the growing diversity of the school district and making sure all students are educated while improving student performance is Green’s focus. Superintendent Bruce Watkins announced his retirement in September. Green said he is not concerned about filling the vacancy. He says the challenge will likely be having too many good candidates to choose from. “Bruce Watkins is a very unique person,” Green said. “He’s moved the district to a level that is very good. Now we’re involved in looking for leadership that will start where he left off and take us further.” Newly elected members will join current members Peter Hamerlinck, Bruce Mohs and Jerry Von Korff, whose terms expire Jan. 5, 2015. This board will be in charge of finding a new superintendent for the district as well as deciding whether to seek another operational levy.

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Now’s a good time to stop squabbling Hurricane Sandy, of course, was horrific, but there was a silver lining, too. Not since Sept. 9, 2001 has this nation seen the kind of pitch-in-and-help togetherness that we witnessed during coverage of Sandy’s damage. Case in point: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and President Barack Obama. They stood together, side by side, and actually said very nice things about each other. They also worked together to coordinate state and federal aid to help the victims of the hurricane and to start planning for ways to help recover a devastated economy and infrastructure. It was a sight for sore eyes. Here was Christie, who has lambasted Obama for so long with pointed criticisms, at one point comparing the president’s “lack of leadership” to a man in a dark room fumbling for the light switch. And there was Obama, who has dished out plenty of pointed criticisms of Republicans. Suddenly, there they were amidst scenes of wreckage, getting along, smiling at each other, as if they’d been the best of buddies since boyhood. Why, oh why, can’t the U.S. Congress follow that example and start getting along for a change? A huge part of the problem for the past two years has been an obstructionist House of Representatives under the naysaying influence of Tea Party members. They would apparently rather toss themselves over a cliff than compromise one whit with anything the president ever proposed, even when – sometimes – they actually agreed with proposals. There entire reason for being, or so it seemed anyway, was to see to it that Obama would fail. However, this deadlock was not just the Tea Party folks’ fault. There were plenty of Democrats, too, who became locked into a stubborn unwillingness to compromise with Republican proposals, at least on some occasions. Wherever the fault lies, most Americans have become plumb sick of it. Naturally, not everyone is happy with the election results of last Tuesday. Well, we’re all going to have to grin and bear it, like it or not. Get on with it. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all buried the hatchet, so to speak, and started working together for the benefit of everyone? America should be embarrassed because here we have a great country that is being demeaned in the eyes of the rest of the world by all of this vicious and sometimes petty squabbling. It’s not becoming to a great nation. We should tell our president, senators and representatives in no uncertain terms we want the squabbling to stop and the compromises to begin. Let’s show ourselves, once again, proud to the world.

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Opinion Veterans’ Day salute to those who served One of the things we older people do for entertainment is sit around and remember. We think back on our earlier days. One of my favorite pastimes is considering the decisions I’ve made that have brought me to this point in my life. I recollect my choices. I ponder what life would have been like had I picked a different path. Of course we cannot live life over again but it’s sometimes good to recall how our lives have turned out. Today I can honestly say one of the best decisions I’ve ever made was to join the military service at the ripe old age of 17. I remember at that time the draft was a clear reality. If you were like me, healthy, unmarried and without rich parents to get you out of it, you were probably going to be drafted. We were told by joining, we would have much better choices. That turned out to be not so true, but I was a country boy who had never been away from home and I thought I was ready for adventure. That’s exactly what it turned out to be. I learned more about weapons than I ever thought I could know. I learned discipline. I learned leadership. Mostly I learned what it means to be an American and what we all owe for that privilege.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer Upon reflection, I can honestly say I received so much more from my military service than I ever gave. Even today I am cared for by the VA where I get the best care one could receive. I will always be grateful for this benefit from my service. Nov. 11 is a day chosen to honor our veterans. As a veteran I’m honored by just being associated with such a group. I know my service was appreciated as I appreciate all the others who served. Today though, I think of all who have fallen on foreign soil or on far away oceans. I think of all who returned with physical and mental challenges occasioned by the horrors they had to deal with. I think of the families who gave their sons and daughters so we could all be free. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. We honor them all. We have all heard freedom is not free and truer words were never spoken. There is a price to be paid for the freedoms we

enjoy. Fortunately, when the call has gone out, Americans have responded. Today we have the finest, best-equipped military in existence. They stand at the ready to do anything necessary to make sure our way of life continues. When you see a member of the military, show your appreciation. Thank them for their service. Thank them for the gift they are giving to all of us. Thank them for your freedom. Today as we remember veterans, we think of those who didn’t return home, those who returned with severe challenges and we also remember those who just put their lives on hold to serve as a deterrent to the evils of this world. How fortunate we are as a country to have such people willing to serve. Today we thank the families for their sacrifices. You gave this country your children, your brothers and sisters, your parents. You gave so we all could live. No greater love exists. Today we honor you too. In November we celebrate veterans and we also set aside a day of Thanksgiving. We should all be thankful for our military and, because of them, our way of life.

Cons are trickier so please be careful As a reporter, I’ve often said I could spend all week, every week, writing stories warning readers about scams that come down the pike. I cannot count how many scam-warning stories I’ve written in 30-plus years. Well, here I go again. I myself just about fell for a scam yesterday, and so I want to warn all readers to be on guard because these crooks are getting crookeder by the day. Yesterday, as I often do, I ordered some books on amazon.com. An hour later, in my email inbox, I noticed an item sent from amazon.com with a tag line about how I should verify my credit-card account with amazon.com. When I opened the email, a message said the company had to limit my credit to protect me because there may be fraudulent activity by someone using my credit card at Amazon. The message asked me to verify my account information. I was leery about the request. But the webpage it was on looked EXACTLY like amazon.com’s pages, right down to its font styles. It must be legit, I was thinking. So I began filling out the blank boxes: name, address, phone number and more. Then I came to a box asking for my Social Security number. “Whoa!” I said. “There’s something fishy about this.” I called amazon.com and spoke with someone who checked my account. There was no verification request sent to me.

Dennis Dalman Editor She said amazon.com never sends such a request and never asks for a customer’s Social Security number. Then she told me she’d send me a follow-up message. Here’s what the message said: “The email you received wasn’t from Amazon.com. We recommend you delete the email. For your protection, do not respond to it, and do not open any attachments or click any links it contains . . . If you responded to the email or visited a linked website but didn’t provide any personal information (such as your login or password), your Amazon.com information should still be safe . . . If you provided financial information, you may want to contact your bank or credit-card provider . . We also recommend running anti-virus or anti-malware software whenever you receive a suspicious email, especially if you opened an attachment or visited a website that was linked in the email.” The message also suggested I change my amazon.com password, which I did right away. That advice should be heeded by everybody, no matter which “verification”

messages are received via computer, snail-mail or telephone. In fact, the very word “verification” should tip you off that’s something’s fishy. These crooks play upon fear (“My account’s about to be wiped out!”) in order for you to play into their clutches. I can imagine some people get so worked up when they come to the request for Social Security and credit-card numbers, they give them without thinking. I’m almost certain if they had not asked for my Social Security number, I would have gullibly proceeded to the end and sent the information right back. But I had written so many scam-warning stories about never giving out your Social Security number that, fortunately, a red flag popped up at that request. What’s disturbing about that verification message is how the site was identical to the amazon.com site, which I’ve seen hundreds of times throughout the years. And it’s a site I’ve long trusted because I’ve had nothing but excellent service from it. It sure looked like the real thing. There’s the old scam-warning that still holds true: If it looks too good to be true, it is.” We should add to that: “If it looks like the real thing, it might not be.” These larcenous creeps have become so sly, so devious, so expert you’ve got to be on your toes at all times to avoid their dirty little scams. Please be careful.

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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 STATE OF MINNESOTA DISTRICT COURT

In Re: Estate of Lorella Clara Pundsack, Deceased.

representative of the estate of the above named decedent in unsupervised administration, and that any objections thereto must be filed with the Court. That, if proper, and no objections are filed, a personal representative will be appointed to administer the estate, to collect all assets, pay all legal debts, claims, taxes and expenses, and sell real and personal property, and do all necessary acts for the estate.

ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING ON PETITION FOR FORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS

Notice is further given that ALL CREDITORS having claims against said estate are required to present the same to said personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this notice or said claims will be barred.

TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS AND CREDITORS:

Dated: 10-30-12

PROBATE DIVISION COUNTY OF STEARNS SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court File No. PR-12-10080

It is Ordered and Notice is hereby given that on the 30th day of November 2012, at 8:45 a.m., a hearing will be held in the above named Court at St. Cloud, Minn., for the formal probate of an instrument purporting to be the will of the above named decedent, dated Sept. 11, 1996, and for the appointment of Kris Pundsack whose address is 41448 Woodview Road, Freeport, Minn. 56331 as personal

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The time allowed by law for redemption by the mortgagor or mortgagor’s personal representatives or assigns is six (6) months after the date of sale.

John Sanner Sheriff of Stearns County, Minn.

THE TIME ALLOWED BY LAW FOR REDEMPTION BY THE MORTGAGOR, THE MORTGAGOR’S PERSONAL REPRESENENTATIVES OR ASSIGNS MAY BE REDUCED TO FIVE WEEKS IF A JUDICIAL ORDER IS ENTEREED UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 582.032, DETERMINING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT THE MORTGAGED PREMISES ARE IMPROVED WITH A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING OF LESS THAN FIVE UNITS, ARE NOT PROPERTY

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IF PART OF THE PROPERTY TO BE SOLD CONTAINS YOUR HOUSE, YOU MAY DESIGNATE AN AREA AS A HOMESTEAD TO BE SOLD AND REDEEMED SEPARATELY. YOU MAY DESIGNATE THE HOUSE YOU OCCUPY AND ANY AMOUNT OF THE PROPERTY AS A HOMESTEAD. THE DESIGNATED HOMESTEAD PROPERTY MUST CONFORM TO THE LOCAL ZONING ORDINANCES AND BE COMPACT SO THAT IT DOES NOT UNREASONABLY REDUCE THE VALUE OF THE REMAINING PROPERTY. YOU MUST PROVIDE THE PERSON FORESLOSING ON THE PROPERTY, THE SHERIFF, AND THE COUNTY RECORDER WITH A COPY OF THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE HOMESTEAD YOU HAVE DESIGNATED BY TEN BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE THE DATE THE PROPERTY IS TO BE SOLD. Property Address: 2575 Arrowwood Road, South Haven, Minn. 55382. Dated: Oct. 25, 2012

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Local construction projects continue by Cori Hilsgen news@thenewsleaders.com

Local construction projects continue in the St. Joseph area. Various projects include the addition of a gathering space for the Church of St. Joseph, the bypass at Stearns CR 2, the new McDonald’s and the CapX 2020 powerline project.

The gathering space for the St. Joseph Catholic Church parish construction is taking place between the church and All Saints Academy School on Minnesota Street. It will connect the church and the school and includes a gathering space, handicap-accessible restrooms, fellowship hall and a kitchen. Construction is scheduled to be

completed in June 2013. 75 and CR 133. The road construction byThe CapX 2020 345-kilovoltpass connects CR 2 to CR 75 in transmission-line project is the area of CR 3. This construc- being built through parts of tion is located west of St. Joseph and will bring truck traffic around St. Joseph instead of through the downtown area. The new St. Joseph McDonald’s restaurant will be located on the northwest corner of CR

St. Joseph Township. The St. Cloud-Fargo line is estimated to cost $255 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Council wages go unchanged by TaLeiza Calloway news@thenewsleaders.com

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