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First United Methodist hosts Laura Caviani concert

Celebrate the holidays with a new CD release from Laura Caviani: “Holly, Jolly and Jazzy,” featuring unique arrangements of such classics as “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Joy to the World,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Silent Night” to name a few. She will appear with her trio at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at her home church First United Methodist church, 1107 Pinecone Road S., Sartell. A free-will offering will be accepted, and a portion of the the proceeds will go toward upgrading the new church’s music library. For more information, call 320-251-0804 or visit and click on Criers.

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Eight 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt are on display Dec. 2-12 at the Minnesota Street Market.

Monthly workshop helps friends, family create intervention plan

Does a loved one suffer from alcohol or drug addiction? Come to a free intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month at Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud. Learn to use “care-frontation,” avoid enabling, and learn how to develop and implement an intervention plan. The next sessions will be Dec. 7, Jan. 4 and Feb. 1. No registration required. For more information, visit, call 320-229-3760 or 800-742-4357.

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Be on the lookout for Toys for Tots drop boxes. Asking your child to pick out a toy for a less-privileged child is a wonderful holiday activity. Toys can be dropped off at 157 Roosevelt Road in St. Cloud from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday or at numerous drop locations around the area. Help is needed with the distribution of toys. Volunteers must be over age 16. Distribution dates are Dec 12, 17, 19 and 23. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

by Cori Hilsgen

Compassion, mercy and love is what is sought by those affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1987, in the early years of the disease, there were no medications available. Many people died and there were great fears

EDA to use Lake Wobegon Trailhead building by Cori Hilsgen

The Economic Development Authority will use the Lake Wobegon Trailhead building as an office one day each week. St. Joseph City Council members voted to upgrade the facility with heating and air

conditioning, with total costs not to exceed $20,000. Since it’s a regional facility, sales-tax funds can be used. EDA Director Cynthia SmithStrack had met with the St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce representatives to discuss options for using city space for an office. The Lake Wobegon

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The St. Joseph City Council recently voted to upgrade the Lake Wobegon Trail welcome center facility with heating and air conditioning so the city will be able to rent out the building year round.

building and the city would rent the building year-round for the remaining dates. This will allow the building to be used for events, meetings and other gatherings.

Santa-to-Senior program brings cheer to elderly by Dennis Dalman

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and stigmas associated with the disease. Even as the number of cases increased, there was limited action by the government. To bring awareness of the epidemic and put a face to it, families, friends and partners made quilts of their departed loved ones. The overall theme of the quilts is that each person was cherished and loved. The quilts, along with 16,000 others, were displayed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. These quilts greatly increased awareness for the government and the general population. The Rural AIDS Action Network has a display of eight, 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Minnesota Street Market. Local RAAN representative Chris Bernard said this is the 25th year of celebrating World AIDS day on Dec. 1. According to a Minnesota-based census, at the end of 2012 there were 7,472 people living with HIV/ AIDS and another 20 percent who are estimated to have HIV  Quilts • page 8

Many lonely and needy senior citizens will get some holiday cheer this season, thanks to a program known as “Be a Santa to a Senior.” The program collects, wraps and delivers gifts to needy seniors in the greater St. Cloud and central Minnesota area. It started Nov. 11 and will run through Dec. 13. This is how the program works: On Nov. 11, Christmas trees were placed at area stores and businesses. The trees will be decorated with ornaments, each

of which features the first name of a senior and gifts that might be appropriate for him or her. Shoppers can then choose an ornament from the tree, buy the items listed and return them unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached. Retail employees, lots of volunteers and other “Santa helpers” will then wrap the gifts, which will be delivered to the seniors in time before Christmas Day. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program was started by Home Instead Senior Care, a network based in Omaha, Neb. that has locally owned fran Santa • page 3

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Gertrude C. Cremers, 92

Food shelf drive very successful

Gertrude “Gertie” Cresentia Cremers, 92, of St. Anthony, died peacefully at her home Dec. 1. Her funeral was held Dec. 5, 2013 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Anthony. The Rev. Michael Naughton officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Cremers was born Oct. 6, 1921 in Pittsville, Wis. to Joseph and Anna (Kirsch) Poxleitner. She married Alex Cremers on June 21, 1943 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. The couple took over the Cremers family farm north of Albany in St. Anthony where she worked as a homemaker and mother raising her four children. She was an active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, which was shown through her involvement in the choir and Catholic Aid groups throughout the years. Cremers had many activities that gave her joy in life including gardening, bowling, baking, knitting, crocheting and sewing. She also had a great love of driving.

She put her love of driving her car to good use by visiting the sick and elderly, delivering meals on wheels, delivering parts or supplies to those on the farm and just being an allaround taxi to those who needed assistance. Any time she got to spend in her car, even if it was just for a relaxing Sunday drive enjoying the countryside, was time well spent. To those who knew her best, Cremers will always be remembered for being a patient, caring and loving woman. In life, she was a peacemaker. What Cremers loved most in her life was time she got to spend with her family and grandchildren whom she loved so much. Survivors include her children Jim (Joan) Cremers, St. Anthony; Bob (Ann) Cremers, St. Anthony; Mary Kay (Mark) Hoeschen, St. Joseph; Joyce (Fritz) Hoeschen, Freeport; and her 13 grandchildren and 23 (soon to be 24) great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Alex Cremers, who passed in 2006; her grandson Chad Cremers; and her siblings Ray Poxleitner, Ceil Schwinghammer, John Poxleitner, Theresa Forster, Joe Poxleitner, Mary Schiffler, Benno Poxleitner and Rita Groetsch. Arrangements were made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Albany.

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. Oct. 30 6:21 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Birch Street W. Complaint of suspicious vehicle in the area. Complainant stated this happens every morning. Vehicle turned out to be a paper delivery person. Oct. 31 2:23 p.m. Suspicious odor. Ash Street W. Complainant reported the smell of gas in the area of her home. On officer’s arrival, it was found a nearby farm was stirring their liquid manure pit. Nov. 1 2:08 p.m. Found property. Fourth Avenue NW. Female called and reported a bicycle in her lilac bushes in the backyard. Officer found a bicycle had been reported stolen. Officer called the owner of the stolen bike and found the bicycle matched the description of hers. Officer gave her

a ride to the location of the bicycle and she rode it home. Nov. 3 7:59 p.m. Custody. Hickory Drive. Complainant stated it was his day for visitation with his daughter. He stated the mother of the child is not telling child to go with him. Spoke to the mother. She stated it’s in fact his day to visit with daughter but daughter does not want to go. Child was dressed and ready. Mother again asked her to go with father and daughter refused. Officer asked child if she would like to go with dad, and she shook her head no. Father was advised and stated he would wait outside in hopes she would change her mind. Mother advised to call if issues arise with father. Father later left the scene. Nov. 8 6:17 p.m. Motorist assist. CR 133/19th Avenue NE. Red combine lost tire pressure on CR 133. When driver attempted to get it off the road, the combine slid down in the ditch and lost the front right tire. Corn was emptied from the combine and Andy’s Towing was called by the driver. Officer assisted with traffic control as combine was moved away from the telephone pole.

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Above left: Chuck Kern, a member of the American Legion of St. Joseph Post 328 presents a $500 check to Sr. Joyce Iten of the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Iten says “a huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make our St. Joseph area-wide Food Shelf Drive on Nov. 9 one of the most successful ever conducted.” Donations included more than 200 grocery bags, 10 large boxes of food and household items as well as $7,196. Above right: St. Joseph Lions Club member Joe Bechtold presents a $5,000 check to Ann Scherer of the St. Joseph Food Shelf. All food, household items and monetary donations have made it possible to restock the empty food shelves and storeroom at this time. The Area Food Shelf Board hopes to raise $15,000 by Dec. 31 through local donations which will help to keep our food shelves restocked. Scherer said, “Thank you one and all for your generosity for those in need.”

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Above: Kantorei, an a cappella choir led by Axel Theimer of St. Joseph, will perform holiday music by Minnesota composers and others Dec. 14 and 15. At left: Four central Minnesota residents carpool for Kantorei practices and performances in the Twin Cities: Amanda Culver of Avon, Kayla Ward of Cold Spring, Axel Theimer of St. Joseph and Marlene Dingmann of Cold Spring.

St. Joseph choral director Theimer directs Kantorei holiday concerts Two holiday concerts will be performed by Kantorei, the Minnesotabased a cappella choral ensemble led by Axel Theimer, professor of music at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. Three other Central Minnesota residents sing in the choir: Amanda Culver, Avon, and Kayla Ward and Marlene Dingmann, Cold Spring. “Celebrating the Mystery: Choral Music of Advent and Christmas” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Sat-

urday, Dec. 14 at St. Joseph Parish, 8701 36th Ave. N. in New Hope, and at 4 p.m Sunday, Dec. 15 at the St. Paul Seminary, Chapel of St. Mary, 2260 Summit Ave. in St. Paul. Kantorei’s performances combine the ancient singing traditions of Europe with modern choral works and hymn favorites, weaving an experience audience members have called “intimate, joyous, peaceful and reverent.” Theimer, a native of Tirol, Aus-

tria and alumnus of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, has led Kantorei since it was founded in 1988. “Our ensemble of about 40 voices pursues the highest standard of musical expression and artistry,” Theimer said. “During this hectic time of year, our concerts offer a musical oasis of peace and joy to audience members.” For more information, visit and click on People.

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Santa from front page chises throughout the country, including one in Waite Park. Home Instead Senior Care is dedicated to finding, maintaining and staffing in-home care for senior citizens. “Be a Santa to a Senior” has brought a touch of holiday cheer to many seniors. One of them was an 87-year-old woman named Mary, as told in a story on the Home Instead Senior Care website. Mary was at a nursing home when a Santa-to-Senior deliverer brought her a card and a gift. Mary was overwhelmed by the kindness. The next Christmas, deliverers brought Mary another card and gift and noticed she only had one card on her bulletin board, the very one they’d brought her the Christmas before. The deliverers had a talk with Mary’s caretakers who said, with sadness in their voices, that Mary never gets any mail or cards. That card,


they said, was the only mailed item she’d received in the past year. They said Mary cherished the card and would read it over and over. The caregivers said that one card warmed Mary’s heart with the memory of total strangers making her Christmas a bit special. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program has 60,000 volunteers nationwide who make possible the giving of 1.2-million gifts for more than 700,000 seniors. An estimated 27 percent of people 65 or older (10.8 million people) are widowed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 11.8 million non-institutionalized people 65 and older live alone. The following is a list of where shoppers can find “Be a Santa to a Senior” trees on display: The Walgreen’s stores in Sartell, St. Cloud, Waite Park and Sauk Rapids; Cash Wise Foods in Waite Park; and Duet Internet and Phone at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud.

The “Be a Santa to a Senior” participating partners in the greater St. Cloud area are: Carefree Living, David F. Day Apartments, Good Shepherd Senior Community, Mother of Mercy Campus of Care, Ridgeview Place, Nature’s Point, Talahi Care Center, Sterling House of Sauk Rapids, Sterling Park, Sterling Park Commons, The Legends at Heritage Place and the Minnesota Department of Corrections at St. Cloud. “Be a Santa to a Senior” gives back to older adults in our area, many of whom have had significant, positive influences on our lives,” said Daniel Arnold, owner at the Waite Park Home Instead Senior Care office. “During this season of giving, we encourage shoppers to buy a little extra to say thank you to these community members.” For more information about the program, visit or call 320-2583055.


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Great River Chorale to perform ‘Gloria’ Dec. 15

by Dennis Dalman

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The Great River Chorale performs a concert in a local church.

Famed British composer John Rutter’s “Gloria” will be performed as the grand finale of the annual holiday concert by the St. Cloud-based Great River Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown St. Cloud. The concert is named “Gloria” after the Rutter work. Guest artists at the concert will be the Concert Choir and Choristers of St. Cloud State University’s Cantabile Girls’ Choirs. Members of the choirs hail from throughout central Minnesota, including the Sartell and St. Joseph areas.

“Gloria,” Rutter’s 15-minute, three-movement composition for orchestra and choir has been performed throughout the world as one of the staples during the Christmas season. Rutter is widely acclaimed for the many carols he has written. He was commissioned to write an anthem for the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 in London’s Westminster Abbey. The Great River Chorale, founded in 2001, performs concerts year-round, often with area and regional guest artists. It also occasionally gives free outreach concerts, which were described by one critic as “vibrant singing, thrilling brass, inspiring narrations and sing-

along carols.” The Great River Chorale has been featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Regional Spotlight program and was recently named the principal choral partner of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. There are 45 singing members of the Great River Chorale. Its current artistic director is Dr. Mary Geston, an adjunct professor of music at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. She has been a guest conductor in places as far away as South Korea and Taiwan. To order tickets for “Gloria,” go to the chorale’s website at and click where it says “Tickets.”

City considers digital signs

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The St. Joseph City Council has approved a temporary moratorium denying any new construction or modification of any sign which is illuminated, contains digital or electric lighting and/or contains dynamic features within St. Joseph. City council members determined that current law and ordinances have not kept pace

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with the digital world, electronic media capabilities or what should be considered acceptable for digital or electronic signs within the city. The council recently extended a current special-use permit for a billboard owner who is converting his sign from standard canvas to digital. Mayor Rick Schultz said the sign is a non-conforming use within the city and, thus, current ordinances address that

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Student spotlight: Mehr wants to play expressive, relatable music by Cori Hilsgen

group). He is also captain of the cross-country team. “I play the guitar, piano, drums, bass and I sing,” he said. Favorite leisure activity: Playing guitar “I play a lot of guitar,” Mehr said. “Most of my time is spent practicing for more gigs and for different groups.” Favorite movie: Spacejam “My dad loved that song when I was little, so every time it comes on TV we end up watching it,” he said. Favorite music: Blues “I really like blues music such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and others,” Mehr said. “I love how relatable the music is. When you listen to these guys play, every note they play is showing another emotion and trying to make people feel how they (the musicians) feel. That’s my goal as a musician. I want to express my feelings and have my music be relatable.” Favorite restaurant: “Buffalo

L o g a n Mehr is a musician who enjoys blues music. His goal as a musician is to be able to expressively Mehr play relatable music. He especially enjoys playing the guitar. Mehr is a senior at Cathedral High School. He is the 17-yearold son of Michelle and David Mehr. He has two sisters: Baylee, 23, and Taylor, 22. Fun Facts about Mehr: Favorite subject: Any music class “I’ve been involved in music since my freshman year,” Mehr said. “It’s become a passion.” Activities he is involved with: Jazz band, Minnesingers, Jazz Dot Combo (an area jazz

Wild Wings because the wings or I go to college. I would like to What he would like to be doare unmatchable,” he said. play music for the rest of my life.” ing five years from now: HopeFavorite food: Anything Italian Something he would change fully playing music somewhere. The thing he likes best about Favorite thing he likes to if he could: help other people do: Teaching “I would want St. Joe to be a St. Joseph: “I love how together we are,” music big concert site,” Mehr said and “I love teaching people mu- laughed. “Have names like John Mehr said. “Everyone seems to sic,” Mehr said. “Whether it’s Mayer come and play a concert know each other in some way or helping them learn a specific in- without having to leave my back- another. It’s cool to see how nice everyone is to each other.” strument or helping them under- yard would be great.” stand the way they solo. It’s my favorite thing to do.” Favorite quote: “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this from world, then it can only happen through music.” – by Jimi HenAvon Elementary School • 410 Avon Ave., Avon drix Lots of Crafters and Vendors! What he wants to do when he graduates: Play music Great way to finish your holiday shopping “I would like to play music,” with great stocking stuffers. he said. “Whether I just start Don’t forget that gift for yourself. playing right out of high school

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They’re convenient, but they’re also dangerous – even potentially deadly. They’re called “laundry pods, and they’ve made the news in recent weeks because since 2012, poison-control centers nationwide have received reports of nearly 7,700 pod-related poisonings of children ages 5 and younger. There has been at least one pod-caused death widely reported. At a battered women’s shelter in Kissimee, Fla., a boy less than 1 year old grabbed a pod that was in a laundry basket on a bed where the child had been sleeping. The mother saw the child eating the pod and dialed 911. The boy was rushed to the hospital but later died. The National Center for Disease Control in Atlanta called the pod poisonings “an emerging health hazard” and just recently issued a widespread safety alert about the pods. It’s true liquid and powdered laundry detergents have also been ingested by children, but usually they cause only mild stomach upsets and/or vomiting. The pods, however, can cause excessive vomiting, lethargy and gasping for breath. In some cases, victims stopped breathing and needed ventilation support. Pods, at this point, have only about a 6 percent share of the laundry-detergent market, according to Consumer Reports, and yet the pods are responsible for a hugely disproportionate share of detergent-poisoning illnesses. The reason for that? Most believe it’s because the pods resemble brightly colored and alluring pieces of candy. Children, naturally, want to taste the bright “candies.” Fortunately, most laundry-detergent companies who make the pods are now working on ways to make packages child-proof, to put warning labels on them for parents and to make the pods appear less like delicious, brightly colored candies. Even if those changes are made, parents should still keep containers of laundry pods in a high cupboard, preferably locked, or at least inaccessible to little ones. In the meantime, the news about laundry pods should remind all parents to do a childsafety inventory of all household products. Such potentially toxic products include all soaps and detergents, ammonia, bleach, cleansers, paints and varnishes, scent products, deodorants and virtually any kind of cleaning products. Many of those products do have child-safety caps on them, but as many adults know, children are often more adept at opening such products than their parents are. Compared to even a decade ago, there has been a proliferation of products dangerous to children and pets. Therefore, now is a good time, before the new year arrives, to do a thorough inventory of each home and apartment for such potentially toxic (or even lethal) products. They should be placed in out-of-the-way places: the highest shelves out of sight of children, in locked cabinets or – whenever possible – in locked storage sheds. Let’s start the new year right by keeping all children safe and sound.

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Take stock, do research before adopting pets As Christmas approaches, some parents are probably considering buying a dog or cat as a “gift” for their children. Such a sweet sentiment, however, is not necessarily a good idea. While it’s wonderful, ideally, for a family to adopt a pet as one of its beloved members, all families should carefully consider the time, expenses and potential problems related to pet ownership. It should be obvious dogs and cats are not stuffed cuddly toys to be placed in a toy box when not wanted. Two winters ago in my neighborhood, a family, before moving out, abandoned all of their 10 cats (yes, 10 cats!) to the cruel, cold outdoor world. Neighbors and I did what we could to help those pitiful cats who wandered through yards, frantically seeking hunger, warmth, a new home. Some of them we managed to live-trap and bring to the humane society and to a farmer near Sartell. Some we couldn’t catch. That next spring, one cat that managed to survive gave birth to six kittens we found traipsing around in our backyards. Three we took to the humane society, next-door neighbor Marty kept two; I kept one. We neighbors are still angry about that family who convinced themselves cats are “naturally” wild and will survive nicely in the outdoor world. They won’t. How would those people like it if they were dumped off in a blizzard miles from home? That family must have enjoyed having cats – lots of cats – around the house – that

Dennis Dalman Editor is, until the cats became unwanted and disposable. Therefore, the first rule when considering adoption is to be sure the dog, cat or other pet will be truly wanted for the long term, not just as a cute, cuddly Christmas-time whim. So many “cute puppies” and “adorable kittens” are, to some people, not quite as “cute” or “adorable” when they are full grown. Sadly, so many of them become ignored, uncared for, abused or abandoned. There are other reasons never to adopt animals on a whim. From personal experience, I know all too well the challenges pets can bring. There are expenses (pet food, kitty litter, spaying and neutering, vaccinations, other veterinary bills now and then). I’ve had two cats for eight years. The stray kitten I took in 16 months ago is now a good cat, but she’s scratched up many a rug and other household objects. The other two cats I’d had declawed years ago, before I learned declawing is not recommended. However, I would warn all prospective cat owners cats’ scratching behavior can be a problem. I also have one dog. The summer before last, a young woman in the neighborhood could not handle a 6-month-old puppy she’d bought. She was hardly ever

home and so the poor pup was often left alone. I bought “Daisy” from her. It was a skinny, nervous, cute little black Schipperke. She settled down here happily. But I quickly discovered Daisy is a “chewer.” She’s a canine paper shredder. She’s chewed to bits-and-pieces dozens of ink pens. She’s chewed the white fluffy stuffing out of countless quilts. Daisy is also untrainable. I’ve tried everything. I even took her to a pottytraining course. It didn’t work. So she relies upon the “pee-pee pads” I put down daily in one corner of the house. Some of these pet challenges can be exasperating. But one thing’s for sure: I will never abandon or sell these pets. From the get-go, I vowed never to give up on them. I’m glad they’re here in the house – safe, warm, happy – unlike the many abandoned creatures in this cold world. I certainly don’t intend in this column to discourage pet adoption. On the contrary, I am a passionate adoption supporter. However, I do want to warn wellmeaning people to do some soul-searching and lots of research before adopting. A good place to start is the Tri-County Humane Society in east St. Cloud. All of the cats and dogs there are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and implanted with identity chips before adoption. The Society’s excellent staff and volunteers are eager to share accurate information about what pet-care entails – the joys and the challenges. Call them at 320-252-0896.

Letters to editor

Readers respond to electronic billboard letter Michael McDonald, St. Joseph I respect the fact Ms. Ebel does not like billboards, however the limited remaining five billboards within the city limits provide an important function for local St. Joseph businesses. Due to easements and set-back requirements the area along Highway 75 in St. Joseph will never become “another Division Street” as she indicated. The decrease of home values that were cited in the editorial appear to be unrealistic. The $31,000 decrease in value of homes within 500 feet of a billTom Klecker, St. Joseph This is in response to a letter composed by Nancy Ebel entitled: “Electronic billboards – maintenance or madness?” printed in the Nov. 29, 2013 Newsleader. I concur with Ebel’s basic premise as to the potentially adverse financial consequences of the electronic billboards, and also how they compromise the aesthetics of the community. I would however wish to add another concern – namely that billboards by their very nature are inherently and purposefully intended to distract one’s attention. Approximately a month ago, the St. Cloud Times ran an article about all the distractions within a moving vehicle. As I recall there was the radio, phones, twittering and more. No mention was made as to distractions outside the vehicle. The specific intent as to the manufacture, purchase and utilization of the aforementioned within the vehicle were primarily

board might be accurate but the reason is more likely due to the fact the home is located close to a busy street or commercial area rather than just being close to a sign. I also don’t think the county assessor or a real estate agent would agree my home is worth $5,000 less just because there are five billboards in town. Minnesota state statutes (462.357 Subd. 3) states any establishment or amendment to a Zoning Ordinance MUST have a public hearing before implementation. Yet the city placed an up to one-year moratorium Zoning Or-

dinance on any new illuminated sign last month with no such opportunity for public input. They side-stepped the public input by citing a provision of Minnesota law dealing with Comprehensive Plans (note: Comp Plans deal with broad visions of the city and not details such as illuminated signs). I agree with Ebel the public should be heard, but disagree with her statement the billboard company representatives “are at every meeting.” The only time I have seen them at a meeting were a couple of times when the specific billboard items were on the agenda.

provided for other purposes. Whereas there is evidence of irresponsible use of these devices while operating a vehicle, they were not specifically created as a distraction per se. Billboards on the other hand were created for the express purpose of creating a distraction. Anyone familiar with the basic principles of perceptual psychology know full well what is operating here. Billboards, not unlike other forms of advertising, are created for the expressed purpose of distracting one’s attention away from whatever he or she would otherwise be attending to, such as operating a vehicle. I suspect some measure of hypocrisy on the part of those that lecture us on how we need to minimize distractions while operating a vehicle but fail to mention one of the major distractions, namely electronic billboards. Relative to the remarks there is es-

sentially “…no difference between these electronic distractions and their traditional counterparts,” I simply say, “Yeah, you betcha.” The initial costs and subsequent maintenance of electronic signs is significantly greater than traditional billboards. I suspect these business decisions to incur increased costs for advertising via electronic billboards were made in anticipation of a greater return on the investment made in these electronic signs. Why else would a person in advertising make such a decision? The reader is encouraged to go online and check out arguments against electronic billboards. Currently there are cases pending in Los Angeles (assembly bill 109) that would basically prohibit digital billboards from being built. Other cities are also debating the issue of electronic billboards.

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Community Calendar p.m., Community Fire Hall, 401 7th

Friday, Dec. 6 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “The Aging Brain”, 9:30-11 a.m., information related to normal aging versus not normal aging, discussion includes depression and dementia. Church of St. Joseph, Heritage Hall, 12 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. Post-Polio Support and Education Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, lunch and evalutation of the year, Ace Bar & Grill, 423 St. Germain St. E., St. Cloud. “Encounters in the Republic of Heaven…all the colours of speech…,” eight-channel surround sound opera in four acts, noon, free and open to the public, room 158, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University, 320-308-3291. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2 N., St. Joseph.

Saturday, Dec. 7 Holiday Vendor Fair, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., fundraiser for the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, Center Square Mall, 601 1st St. S., St. Cloud (outside Herberger’s store). For more info Intervention workshop, 9 a.m.noon, alcohol- or drug-addiction intervention workshop facilitated by trained specialists. Free. No registration required. Recovery Plus, 713 Anderson Ave., St. Cloud, 1-800-7424357 or visit “How do you give a birthday


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Sunday, Dec. 8 Laura Caviani Trio, 4 p.m., Holly, Jolly and Jazzy CD release concert, free will offering. First United Methodist Church, 1107 Pinecone Rd. S., Sartell. 320-251-0804. Monday, Dec. 9 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Tuesday, Dec. 10 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud, 1-888-234-1294. 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., Westside Learning Center, Sartell. 320-253-2171. Forever Fit, a senior fitness class, 1:30 p.m., exercise for older adults adaptable for all fitness levels. Church of St. Joseph Parish Center, St. Joseph. 320-363-4588. St. Joseph Senior Citizens, 2

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St. S., St. Joseph. 55+ Driver Improvement program (eight-hour first-time course), 5-9 p.m., today and Dec. 11, Apollo 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. “Blue Planet,” 7-8:30 p.m., free monthly film series reveals the Earth as only 300 people have ever seen it: from space, presented by the Charles A. Lindberg Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive. 320-616-5421. 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.

7 LEgal notICE

RESOLUTION 2013-059 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUMMARY PUBLICATION OF ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS WHEREAS, on Nov. 21, 2013, the City Council for the City of St. Joseph amended the following ordinances:

the City of St. Joseph - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land- use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee

Ordinance 14: Penalties and Fees

Ordinance 65: Regulation of Cigarette Sales - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee

Ordinance 51: Building Ordinance - Correcting an error and include a provision that the City can withhold a permit for outstanding invoices/fees.

Ordinance 52.07: Administration Add a provision whereby the City Wednesday, Dec. 11 can withhold a land-use applicaSt. Joseph Area Chamber of tion due to an outstanding invoice/ Commerce, 11:30 a.m., Gorecki Din- fee ing Center, College of St. Benedict. Reservations required.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Forever Fit, a senior fitness class, 1:30 p.m., exercise for older adults adaptable for all fitness levels. Church of St. Joseph Parish Center, St. Joseph. 320-363-4588. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

Ordinance 52.11: Signs - Correct the size of sign, should be 200 not 250 Ordinance 52.12: General Performance Standards - Requires a zoning permit for accessory buildings under 120 square feet and greater than 50 square feet; removing the fence provision as they are in a separate Ordinance.

Ordinance 52.32: B-2 Highway 75 Business District - Clarified Friday, Dec. 13 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Amer- language on exterior requirements ican Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain and accessory uses. St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Holiday Party, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 5-, 6-, 7-grade students, entertainment, dancing, games, prize drawings, food, drink and more, Rockville Parish Center, Broadway Street, Rockville.


Ordinance 52.34: LI-Light Industrial District – Clarified language on exterior requirements, accessory buildings and uses regarding fire-arms facilities and bio-medical opportunities.


Ordinance 54: Subdivision Regulations - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee

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Ordinance 55.04: Licensing of Rental Units - Refer rental in zoning districts back to the district provision to prevent errors, as current; add a provision whereby the City can withhold a rental license for outstanding invoices/fees Ordinance 57: Excavation Ordinance - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee Ordinance 61: Licensing and Bonding of Individuals, Firms, Corporations and Subcontractors doing or performing work within


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Ordinance 66: Regulation of Amusement Devices - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee Ordinance 68: Regulation of Tattooing - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee Ordinance 71: Licensing and Regulation of Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor - Add a provision whereby the City can withhold a land-use application due to an outstanding invoice/fee WHEREAS, the City of St. Joseph desires to publish the Ordinances by Summary Publication; and WHEREAS, the full text of the amended Ordinances are available at the City Offices, 25 College Ave. N. or on the City website, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED: The City Council has reviewed the proposed Summary Publication and finds the summary of the Ordinances clearly informs the public of the intent and effect of the Ordinance. The City of St. Joseph directs the City Administrator to publish the Ordinance by Summary Publication.

Adopted this ­­­21st day of November, 2013, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed. CITY OF ST. JOSEPH Rick Schultz, Mayor Judy Weyrens, Administrator Publish: Dec. 6, 2013

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Quilts from front page and don’t know their status. HIV testing is very important to discovering a person’s status and seeking care. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, which is the full-blown disease that jeopardizes the victim’s immune system. Unlike other diseases, HIV/ AIDS symptoms might not show up for many months or even years. If treated, medications allow a person to live a near-normal life. So far, there is no cure, but many advancements have been made. “The quilts on display are very significant historical milestones in the progress of fighting this disease,” Bernard said.

The quilts are available for viewing from Dec. 2-12. The Minnesota Street Market will host events each of those days. The schedule includes: Dec. 2 – Opening Night Reception/Stories from the Quilt Dec. 3 – Prevention and HIV/ AIDS in greater Minnesota. Dec. 4 – Social Work Night – Discussion of case management services for those with HIV/ AIDS Dec. 5 – HIV Testing Demonstration and testing discussion with Thu Danh Dec. 6 – Movie Night: “And the Band Played On” – early history of HIV/AIDS epidemic and response in USA Dec. 7 – 10 a.m.-noon quiltmaking workshop – hands-on project. Dec. 8 – 2 p.m. Dr. Jon

Decker remembered at vigil by Cori Hilsgen

People gathered at the city -hall parking lot in Cold Spring for a one-year anniversary vigil remembering police officer Tom Decker, 31, who was shot in the line of duty Nov. 29, 2012. The vigil was organized by city staff at the request of Decker’s widow, Alicia. She spoke during the vigil. Decker, a Cold Spring-Richmond police officer, was responding to a report of a possible suicidal man that family members were concerned about when he was shot. The man lived above Winner’s Sports Bar and Grill in Cold Spring.

During the past year, a part of Minnesota Highway 23 was renamed the Officer Tom Decker Memorial Highway. Decker’s name has also been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial. So far, nobody has been charged with the crime, but one man was arrested and released; and another man who was a suspect committed suicide after authorities tried for a couple of hours to convince him to turn himself in. Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 877-782-5683 or the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 877-996-6222.

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One of the 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the 54-ton AIDS Memorial Quilt on display Dec. 2-12 at the Minnesota Street Market. Vener will discuss the history of RAAN and the early epidemic in Greater Minnesota Dec. 9 – Tim Heymans, State of Minnesota – HIV/AIDS prevention in Greater Minnesota Dec. 10 – Advocacy for change and role of Minnesota HIV Planning Council Dec. 11 – Church and Community Support by Michael Graham MA, LPC Dec. 12 – Candlelight vigil All events are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The Market, located at 27 Minnesota St. W. in downtown St. Joseph, is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Shopping Expo/Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 14 10 a.m-3 p.m

40+ Vendors Homemade Crafts & MORE! Free admission! Lots of door prizes!

Looking for more vendors, Kim 320-333-2004 Westwood Church 5719 Walnut Drive St. Cloud

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