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Town Crier Safety training set for firearms, snowmobiles

Registration for safety training for both firearms and snowmobiles will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 in the St. Stephen City Hall. Firearm safety training will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 7, 9, 16 and 21. Snowmobile safety training will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

First-time homebuyer workshop set Jan. 15

Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Liberty Savings Bank downtown. In one day, you will learn about credit, qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. To register for the Home Stretch workshop and for more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Red Cross calls for Heroes Awards nominations

The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region announces its call for 2014 Heroes Awards nominations. The Red Cross Heroes Awards recognize everyday people who perform extraordinary acts of courage and kindness. The 2014 Heroes Awards winners will be honored at the sixth annual Heroes Breakfast, which will be held June 5 at the Hilton Minneapolis. There are several Heroes award categories including, Community, Good Samaritan, Give Life, First Responder, Military and Youth Good Samaritan. Please visit to see descriptions of award categories and to access the awards nominations forms. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

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Year in Review

Good omens for future popped up all over by Dennis Dalman

The year 2013 in Sartell might well be described as “onward and upward,” because so many positive trends set in earlier years were either growing by leaps and bounds or coming to fruition during the year. The year was filled with academic and athletic achievements by Sartell-St. Stephen students, with several teams going all the way to state tournaments. School test scores once again exceeded state standards, putting the school system among the best of all schools in the state. Businesses continued to grow, building permits increased from previous years, infrastructure was improved and the Sartell Senior Connection sponsored a string of successes. SummerFest 2013 and the Sartell Apple Duathlon again attracted thousands of people to Sartell for lots of family fun. Pinecone Central Park, which was once just a dream on paper, began to become a reality with its fourplex baseball fields and other amenities that are in the works, promising to make the summer of 2014 a banner year for fun and recreation as a regional park. Land was acquired for another regional park in South Sartell – Sauk River Regional Park, and plans are being made for its development. The city is also moving closer to a Sartell Community Center, which is likely to be constructed on the city-hall property. The defunct Verso paper-mill site is now undergoing demolition by American Iron and Metal Development, which is selling its thousands of tons of metal to recyclers.

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With true razz-ma-tazz and bursts of energy, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team performs its highkick number based on tunes expressive of the “Roaring 20s.” From left to right are Lauren Lauermann, Ashley Bartlett, Miranda Garmen and Jessica Meischsner. The year closed on a positive Sartell residents very much want took their seats in the first board note when the city council ap- a library and a senior center as meeting of the year are Jason proved a budget that will keep amenities in a proposed commu- Nies, Krista Laurich Durrwachter taxes flat or in many cases cause nity center. Among other items and Pam Raden. They joined intaxes to decrease. The city’s insur- on survey respondents’ wish lists cumbents Mary McCabe and Dan ance rating from Standard and for the city are a swimming pool, Riordan. Christian athletes meet every Poor’s was also increased to vir- a dog park, a downtown area and tually the highest possible rating development of property along Wednesday morning for “hudthe Sauk River for a regional park. dles” in the choir room of Sartell – double A. The year 2013 was brimming Another part of the survey asked High School. The 25 students, with optimistic indications that the residents to rate city services. all members of the Fellowship of long-time recession that plagued Eighty-seven percent rated servic- Christian Athletes, reach out to the nation is almost certainly lift- es as “good” or “excellent.” Eight other students and participate in ing, like a springtime thaw after a percent indicated “fair,” “poor” or activities designed to strengthen “don’t know.” their faith. mean, cold winter. Michelle Meyer is elected the Rep. Tim O’Driscoll, newly reThe following are some of the highlights of 2013 in Sartell as chair of the Sartell-St. Stephen elected congressman from Sartell, reported in the Sartell Newsleader: School Board by her fellow board takes the oath of office in St. Paul members. Meyer is among the to represent House District 13B. newly elected board members It’s his second four-year term in January chosen by voters in the November the House. A citywide survey indicates 2012 election. The others who Review • page 3

Sgt. Fortson honored at Timberwolves game A Sartell woman, Sgt. Shanae Fortson, was honored during a recent Timberwolves game. She was given a $500 grant thanking her for her military service by the “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.” The check was given in conjunction with the “Timberwolves’ Operation Minnesota Heroes” program. Fortson served with the U.S. Army’s 893rd Medical Detachment in Kuwait from August 2011 to August 2012. The MMAF is a statewide fundraising initiative on be-

half of Minnesota military personnel and their families. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, volunteer-run corporation that raises money for cash grants as a way of saying “thank-you” to those who served in a combat zone since September 2001. To date, MMAF has awarded nearly 15,000 grants, totaling more than $9 million. Efforts by the Sartell Newsleader to reach Fortson for a feature story were not successful. contributed photo

Sgt. Shanae Fortson of Sartell was among three who served their country to be honored at a recent Timberwolves game. The others are Matthew Foy (left) and Kristopher Francisco.

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Country Manor Health Care and Rehab Center celebrated St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6. St. Nick went from room to room greeting residents and presenting them with holiday gifts. Andrew J. Zondervan, son of Craig A. and Susan M. Zondervan of Sartell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Navy Seaman Zondervan completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ‘’Navy’’ flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Zondervan is a 2013 graduate of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Brittany Waldvogel of Sartell was inducted into Kappa Phi-atLarge, the local chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in November. Hoffman, a senior at St. Cloud State University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. STTI supports the educational and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. To qualify for membership, nursing students must demonstrate excellence in scholarship with at least a 3.0 grade-point average, be in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class and have completed at least half of the nursing program. St. Cloud State University is Minnesota’s secondlargest university, with more than 16,000 students and 200 programs of study. Culturally and academically diverse, SCSU prepares graduates for the challenges of working and living in a global community.

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The Sartell Middle School Knowledge Bowl students recently finished a successful season. This photo was taken after the final 5th-8th grade knowledge bowl meet Dec. 9 at Rocori Middle School, where the teams placed first and tied for third. Students from 5th- through 8th-grade teams include the following: (front row, left to right): David Zhang, Janagan Ramanathan, Julianna Moore and Luka Alexanko; (second row) Carter Vonderahe, Nora Steil, Alice Colatrella, Zachary Lindstrom, John Engelkes and Luc Westling; (third row) Matthew Lindstrom, Tina Chen, Jenna Yang, Cindy Zhang, Jacob Franzmeier and Katie Kelley; and (back row) Ben Meyer, Yash Hindka, Evan Gertken, Zach Christopherson and Michael Lindstrom. Not pictured: Dylan Krenz-Bertrand.


If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 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.

Dec. 11 1:37 a.m. Vehicle in ditch. 2nd Avenue. While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle stuck in the ditch. The officer provided safety lights while the vehicle was

removed. 7:35 p.m. Suspicious activity. 6th Street N. A report was made regarding a resident hearing his front door open and close. Officers checked the residence and found no one inside. Dec. 12 3:33 p.m. Theft. 4th Avenue N. A report was made regarding several items being taken from an unlocked garage. 8:45 p.m. Burglary. Sunset Avenue. A report was made regarding an adult male breaking into a residence and taking numerous items. Blotter • page 3

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Kids Country Child Care and Learning Center entertained families and friends with a festive Christmas concert Dec. 12 in the Country Manor chapel. Dressed in their Christmas best, the children proudly performed the Christmas songs rehearsed in preparation for the highly anticipated holiday event. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends watched with pride as the children happily sang each catchy, toe-tapping tune. The sounds of favorite holiday classics filled the chapel with joy and warmed the hearts of those who attended this special event.

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Review from front page The Sartell seventh-grade boys basketball team nabs first place at the Anoka Winter Classic by defeating North St. Paul, 50-42. The Sartell Sabre Swim team tallies an impressive 106-80 victory over St. Cloud Tech in the Central Lakes Conference meet. In 12 categories, the Sabres take eight first-place honors.


The Verso paper plant in Sartell has been sold to AIM Development, a Montreal-based company that specializes in recycling scrap metals. The Verso plant was shut down permanently in 2012 after an explosion and fire on Labor Day 2012 killed one employee and ruined the plant beyond repair. The traumatic news was devastating to so many residents whose family members or relatives had worked at the paper mill, under various ownerships, for more than 100 years. Meantime, some Verso papermill employees who lost their jobs after the plant was shut down have found other jobs, some have enrolled in classes or specialized training and some are still looking for work. First-grade students at Pine Meadow Elementary School have a lot of fun while learning about the huge continent of Africa. In the media center, they get to walk, crawl and stand on a giant 25-foot by 35-foot portable plastic map of Africa. The map was provided courtesy of the St. Cloud State University geography department and the National Geographic Society. The students learned about border lines, lakes, rivers, mountains, savannah grasslands and deserts – all notable features of the African landscapes. Rich Welch of Sartell takes the “Polar Plunge” to help raise money for the Minnesota Special Olympics. The event, which involves plunging into ice-cold lake water, took place in Maple

Blotter from page 2 The male was located and placed under arrest without incident. Dec. 13 8:09 p.m. Juvenile problem. Sartell bridge. A report was made regarding juvenile males throwing rocks off the bridge. Officers arrived and were not able to locate anyone in the area. 5:02 p.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue. Several reports were made regarding a bus traveling with “Call 911” as a message on the board. It was found to be a training bus and the message was taken down. Dec. 14 12:24 a.m. Traffic stop. Heri-

Sartell Newsleader • Grove where more than 1,000 people dared to “take the plunge.” Welch’s team raised $1,700. The Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Danceline celebrates its 25th birthday with a big bash at Sartell High School. Its founder and dance coach, Shelly Teff, is just as enthusiastic about the danceline as when she started it. Her students, too, show unbounded enthusiasm, not to mention talent, when they entertain cheering packed crowds for their dance shows. Erich Martens contributed photo of Sartell is named Holding hands and gritting their teeth, Rick “Minnesota Princi- Welch of Sartell and MaryBeth Munden of St. pal of the Year” by Joseph prepare to take the plunge Feb. 2 at 1,300 of his peers a lake in Maple Grove. The couple and their in the Associa- teammate, Jill Vonfeldt of Colorado, raised tion of Secondary nearly $1,700 for the Minnesota Special OlymSchool Principals. pics for their brave participation in the “Polar Martens is princi- Bear Plunge.” pal of Sauk RapidsRice High School. Martens was years to develop the park, which lauded for his emphasis on stu- used to be land belonging to dent achievements, for promoting the privately owned Sartell Golf volunteerism and for big increases Course, until the city bought the in test results at the school. site for park and recreational deSartell approves the purchase velopment. of 44 acres of land for what will Sartell Middle School students eventually become the city’s Sauk perform the famed musical “Guys River Regional Park. The cost of and Dolls.” the land parcel is estimated at The Sartell Sabre dancers take $948,000. The land is located in second- and fourth-place awards south Sartell along the Sauk River at the Class AA state dance meet. and south of CR 120. The city They won second in high-kick hopes to pay for the land mainly competition and fourth in jazzthrough state bonding money, but dance competition. It’s the second the state legislature must first year in a row the dancers won renew that bonding amount of second at state in high-kick. $500,000. There was a deadline to Jen Richason, Sartell Middle use that bonding money. School teacher, is named “MinneThe Pinecone Park Associa- sota Social Studies Teacher of the tion announces it intends to raise Year” by the Minnesota Council $150,000 by April 1 to pay for for Social Studies. Richason said more improvements at the base- she developed a love of learning ball fourplex site in Pinecone and teaching from her parents. Central Park. The association has Her father is a geography teacher Review • page 4 been raising funds for several

tage Drive. A vehicle was witnessed failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver admitted to failing to stop. He was issued a citation and released. 8:43 p.m. Assist. Pinetree Court. A report was made regarding smoke detectors and carbonmonoxide alarm consistently beeping for an unknown reason. An officer arrived and could not get a detectable reading for carbon monoxide. The alarms were found to be more than 10 years old and needed to be replaced. Dec. 15 4:25 a.m. Domestic. Perimeter Drive. An emergency call was placed stating an adult male and female were physically fighting. Officers arrived and found evidence showing a physical argument. The adult male was placed under arrest without further incident.

Dec. 16 12:35 a.m. Noise. Troop Drive. A complaint was made regarding loud noise coming from a nearby residence. An officer arrived and spoke with the occupants and they apologized and agreed to keep it down. 9:26 p.m. Welfare check. 11th Avenue E. A welfare request was made from a juvenile male after receiving social media messages that his girlfriend had harmed herself. The juvenile female was found to be healthy and was unaware of the messages that had been sent. Dec. 17 11:42 a.m. Fire. Coborn’s, 1st Avenue N. A small fire caused the building to fill with smoke; all employees were cleared from the building. Sartell and Sauk Rapids fire departments arrived and confirmed the fire was out and began to ventilate the building.











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The nine department heads at Sartell City Hall will get salary increases in 2013, as approved by three of the five city council members. Those approving the increases noted department heads’ salaries had been virtually stagnant since 2008. The new salaries range from $59,800 for the deputy clerk to $115,000 for the city administrator. The increases range from 2 percent to 6.3 percent, depending on various factors and step adjustments. Kris Roberts-Cornett, a Sartell resident, starts a local 4-H club dubbed “Sartell Superstars.” Her son, Josh, is a member of 4-H and raises chickens and goats, among many other projects. Sartell Middle School gets top honors at the Central Minnesota Regional Science Fair and Research Paper Competition at St. Cloud State University. Nine of the SMS students won purple ribbons, and many others won ribbons of other colors for their projects and papers. The Sartell Sabre boys swimming team takes fifth-place at the state swim meet. Students at Sartell High School complete a stairwell mural as part of the “Art in Motion” program at the school, which is led by visiting artists. It’s official: The American Iron and Metal Co. has agreed to purchase the defunct Verso paper mill in Sartell. AIM, whose company headquarters are in Montreal, Canada, plans to demolish most of the paper-mill site and salvage for recycling almost all of its metals. The process will take up to 18 months. AIM officials take a tour of the plant in early March. Adam Johnson, Sartell Middle School eighth-grader, spells the word “Schnauzer” to win first place at the Region 5 Spelling Bee. Blackberry Ridge Golf Course hires a new executive chef, Charles Gibbons, and a new golf pro, Brock Swanson. An early spring party allows the public to meet the two new employees. Bill Morgan, Sartell resident and long-time historian, publishes “Earth, Wood, Stone: Volume II,” a second book-length exploration of the people and places in central Minnesota. Lydia Anderson, fifth-grader at Sartell Middle School, wins first place in the national “Image Maker Photo Contest.” Her intriguing photo is of her own shadow as reflected onto the summer ground while she was up in a tree at her grandparents’ yard. Doug Krebs of Sartell is named “Volunteer Coach of the Year” by the USA Archery organization,

based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Krebs is a member and active volunteer archer with Junior Olympic Archery Development, based in Sauk Rapids. Krebs’ daughter, Hannah, is also a dedicated archer. The City of Sartell wants to form a Dog Park Committee because a group of people wants to install a dog park in Pinecone Central Park. The park would include walk-and-play areas for the dogs and their owners, as well as other amenities. Three students (Brady Anderson, Sienna Schneider and Hannah Tilstra) take turns serving as student representatives on the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board. It is the first time the board has invited students to serve on the board as an effort to open communications. Seven Sartell public employees, including Mayor Joe Perske, visit Atlanta, Ga. and later Anniston, Ala. to take part in a disaster preparedness course paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. What they learned was an eerie deja vu of what they had previously seen in their own city when the Verso paper mill explosion and fire on Labor Day 2012 caused a massive emergency requiring a week-long series of emergency responses and cleanup. Fr. Tim Baltes of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and its parishioners hail the election of a new pope in the Vatican in Rome. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, is a Jesuit cardinal from Buenos Aries, Argentina. He is the first nonEuropean pope to be appointed in 1,200 years. Baltes and parishioners say they have high hopes that Bergoglio, who chose the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, will be a powerful force for good in the worldwide Catholic Church. Bill Riner of Sartell is recognized for his outstanding role as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Riner has been matched with Little Brother Skyler Figallo of St. Joseph for five years. Even though the Sartell Sabres’ boys basketball team did not win at the 3A State Championship competition, they are all extremely proud for the chance they had to compete. It was the first time the basketball team made it to state, the first in 43 years. Sabres Head Coach David Angell called the chance “a dream come true.” Meetings of the Sartell-St. Stephen School Board can now be viewed online. The taped meetings are uploaded within 48 hours after each meeting. The board decided televising the meetings would increase communications between the board and the public it serves.


Members of the First United Methodist Church are excited about their new church in Sartell – a brand-new building on Pinecone Road S. “We’re thrilled to see the quality of the building and what it will provide for our ministry,” said the Rev. William Meier. The church was located in St. Cloud for more than 100 years

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at four sites. It had been on a site at 5th Avenue S. for 50 years when the congregation decided the quarters were far too cramped for its services and programs. Four Sartell residents intend to run in the Boston Marathon April 15. They are Jereme Fimrite, Shane Johnson, Curt Karolus and Laura Nordby. Ron Hurd is named “Senior Volunteer of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards banquet. Pastor Doug Vagle of The Waters church is named “Sartell Citizen of the Year.” Hurd has done countless volunteer projects for friends, family and complete strangers. Vagle is known for leading his congregation toward many forms of social and spiritual outreach programs throughout the Sartell area. The Sartell High School Student Council wins a National Gold “Council of Excellence Award” from the National Association of Student Councils. The Sartell Knowledge Bowl heads to Cragun’s Resort at Brainerd to compete in the statewide competition. Later, it’s learned the team took sixth place at the meet. The four Sartell runners who competed in the Boston Marathon return home, thankfully all safe and sound. Two brothers, domestic terrorists, set off bombs at the event that killed three people, including a 10-year-old boy, and severely injured many others, some of whom had to have their limbs amputated. One terrorist was killed later at a police barricade. His brother was found hiding inside a boat in a yard and arrested. The Sartell-St. Stephen School Board reinstates an annual tradition – spring break. Prior to elections in fall 2012, the board decided to end spring break in favor of vacation weekends staggered throughout the year. That action caused outrage among many residents and led to other accusations against the board for not being open and transparent with those the board serves. A newly elected board in fall 2012 was determined to revisit the spring-break issue. They determined a spring break would be in the best interests of students and parents alike. Mayor Joe Perske gives a very upbeat “State of the Union” address at a meeting of the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce. Sartell, he said, still has the lowest property-tax rate of the five area cities. He also praised new developments that put Sartell on the cusp of an even brighter future. A Sartell Community-Resource Facility Task Force has been busy working to get designs for a potential building. The group strongly agrees on one point: the center should be built on the city-hall property.


Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland stuns everyone when she announces she will take a new job as president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. Gartland served as Sartell administrator for 12 years. After her an-

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Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 nouncement, bouquets of praise were showered on Gartland, who was credited with helping Sartell weather recessionary forces and attracting many new businesses and other opportunities to the city. Liquid Assets, a long-time Sartell coffee shop, was named “Business of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce. The shop, which had gone through several ownerships, is now owned by Bob and Linda Feuling. Those who chose it for top business noted it is a popular meeting place with a down-home ambience. Sartell Middle School students compete in Envirothon competition in Spicer. Dr. Joe Hill, superintendent of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, announces he will resign. The school board unanimously accepted his letter of resignation. Hill was hired by the district in 2010. In his letter, Hill wrote, “Through candid conversations with board leadership, I believe it’s in the best interest of my convictions and the direction of the district that I step down . . . at the end of June.” Meantime, the search for a new superintendent begins. A committee was formed to find the best way to do just that. Mike Spanier is named interim superintendent. Brittany Allyn of St. Stephen mourns the loss of her boss and friend, country singer George Jones, who died April 26. Allyn (who was born Patty Trobec in St. Stephen) was a long-time backup singer for Jones’ road shows. She sang with Jones and his band for seven years. Allyn walked along with the pallbearers at Jones’ funeral in Nashville May 2. Jessie Kovall and Bonnie Schraut resign after 10 years with the Sartell Volunteer Garden Club, which has beautified the city every spring and summer. Both have served as officers and decided it’s time for some “new blood” leadership for the club. Audrey Olson-Drake of Sartell sells 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and receives the “Top Seller” award from the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes Pine Region. She is a member of Troop 458. World War II veteran Rollie Weis, who was raised in Sartell and still lives there, is the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day service in Veterans Park. At the ceremony, Weis shares the remarkable story of his brother, Phillip, who was missing in action for years until someone walking through a forest found Phillip’s body. He had been killed during the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg. Rollie Weis served with distinction in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Mary Degiovanni, Sartell’s financial director, is appointed to serve as interim city administrator following the resignation of previous administrator Patti Gartland. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater), who represents District 6, including the Sartell





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On April 22, Allison Marker and her Little Tykes Daycare children had a fun morning outside checking out the nature around and creating a fun chalk drawing to celebrate Earth Day 2013. The children learned about recycling and caring for our Earth. Little Tykes is a small local in-home daycare in Sartell. Children in the photo (left to right) are Keagan Voigt, Benjamin Hiltner, Emma Voigt and Laila Marker, all from Sartell. area, announces she will not file for re-election in 2014. BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell is named Big Sister of the Year for her work for the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Kruzel is a high school student. The Sartell boys track team wins the Central Lakes Conference championship by a mere two points, beating Brainerd by 129-127 for top honors.


Sartell resident Steve Reetz helps build earthquake-proof homes for people in El Salvador in Central America. He is a member of “Thrivent Builds,” a partnership with “Habitat for Humanity.” While the homes are basic and humble, to the El Salvadorans they are a dream come true. Sartell DogPAC members are simmering with good ideas for a proposed dog park within Pine-

cone Central Park. The group is trying to raise $150,000 to start the fenced-in park on a seven-acre site. The City of Sartell has committed to pitching in $10,000 for the project. Sartell’s new fourplex baseball facility is a hit with locals and visitors alike. From June 7-9, Sartell hosted the Pinecone Park Inaugural Baseball Invitational Tournament, which attracted 14 teams from cities throughout central and western Minnesota. Trystan Bommersbach was more stunned than anyone when he got a hole-in-one and a baseball homer in the same week. Bommersbach, 13, was the first player to hit a homerun in the newly opened baseball complex in Pinecone Central Park. Days later, while golfing at Oak Hills Golf Course near Rice, he hit a hole-in-one. His friends now think he is charmed by luck. Review • page 8


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Legislators deserve scorn for assault against the poor It is to be hoped our legislators, especially Tea Party Republicans, during their at-home recess, hear howls of righteous outrage from good citizens Coast to Coast in this nation. Republicans in the U.S. Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million American workers, who were hung out to dry right after Christmas. Talk about Scrooge and lumps of coal in stockings! After cutting food stamps, the Republicans and some Democrats, in their despicably misplaced “wisdom,” have now fired another salvo, this time at unemployed workers. The very victims of a massive Wall Street-induced recession of almost six years ago are being villainized by ultra-right-wingers. Here is their twisted rationale: People who receive food stamps, at least “most” of them, are lazy whelps who lay around, allergic to work. People who receive unemployment benefits have become soft and shiftless and want to keep collecting government handouts rather than go to work. These right-wingers have become adept at convincing too many gullible citizens that “some” is “most.” Of course there are some lazy do-nothings in this country, most notably (ahem!) in the U.S. Congress. But using the “lazy” label to deny working people food and to cut off financial life support to so many willing workers looking desperately for work is absolutely unforgivable and immoral, especially coming from a right-wing faction that constantly gives lip service to family values and Christian compassion. These Republican naysayers have said they might go along with an unemployment extension if they and their colleagues can come up with an offset to pay for the estimated $24-billion bill. OK, that’s fine. It’s a no-brainer. Just revoke some of the billions in welfare and tax breaks for the super rich. Cancel those extravagant and needless subsidies so freely given to giant corporations that spend so much money to keep these legislators elected and dancing to their tune. Some of these mean-spirited right-wingers have become nearly vicious, advocating an economic-social Darwinism comparable to dogeat-dog. Theirs is a “tough luck, buddy” policy that says, in so many words, “If you’re broke and hungry, you must be lazy, so get a job or maybe two jobs and quit your whining.” Never mind there are three applicants for every one job in many states these days. This assault against the working poor and the unemployed has increased to cruel proportions in recent years, with right-wingers adamant against even increasing the pathetic federal minimum wage, which most Americans do favor. Their rationale for their do-nothingness on that issue is the government should not be in the business of helping people – just businesses. Wouldn’t it be sweet justice, some fine day, if these mean-spirited grinches were all dis-elected from their do-nothing congressional jobs? And wouldn’t it be nice to see the worst of them standing in a soup line and begging for work, even for a job with a pathetic minimum wage? It’s called “bad karma.” And their day is coming.

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Mama mia! It’s pizza to die for If I were on death row, and the warden, keys jangling, walked up to my cell to ask me, “Dalman, what do you want for your last meal?,” I wouldn’t pause for a second. “Pizza,” I’d say. “A really good pizza.” I’ll never forget tasting my first pizza in the mid-1950s. A place called Sammy’s opened in St. Cloud, and my oldest brother would order this yucky-looking horror he called pizza. It resembled squashed road kill. One night, though, I dared to take a nibble. It was love at first bite. I never managed to make a really good pizza. Three years ago, I was determined to master pizza-making. I came somewhat close, but it was hit-and-miss – mostly miss. But now, dear readers, I am happy to report I can finally make pizzas that are as good as any I’ve ever tasted, including one I ate in Naples, Italy – the birthplace of the pizza. I can’t take any credit for my success. That honor goes to a book entitled “The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Dr. Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe François. That book proved to be a revelation. Thanks to its good tips, I now make pizza fit for a king. The secrets are these: that book’s recipe for pizza dough, anise seeds, a superhot oven, a baking stone, a pizza peel and corn meal. A baking stone is a non-glazed tile on which to bake the pizza. A pizza peel is shaped like a large wooden paddle from which you gently slide the pizza onto the stone.

Dennis Dalman Editor I would like to share the keys to my success with my pizza-loving readers: First, the dough. This recipe can easily be halved. Olive-Oil Dough 2-3/4 cups warm water (100 degrees or less). 1 Tbsp. dry yeast. 1 to 1-1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt. 1 Tbsp. sugar. 1/4 cup olive oil. 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour. In a 6-quart bowl or food container, mix all ingredients except the flour. Then add flour gradually while stirring constantly. Do not knead the dough. Cover with a towel and let sit at room temperature for two hours, then place in the fridge. It can sit, covered, in the fridge for up to 12 days, and thus you can use as much or as little of it whenever you like. Preparing the pizza Place the stone on the very lowest oven shelf. Turn the oven to 500 degrees to heat the stone for at least 20 minutes. Meantime, take a glob of dough about the size of an orange and press it out on a floured surface into a thin

circle. Sprinkle with flour now and then as you press it out. Get all ingredients handyready: pizza sauce (I use Contadina squeeze-bottle sauce), shredded mozzarella, about 1/8th tsp. of anise seeds, red-pepper flakes (if you like them; I do), a pinch of salt, a bit of fresh-ground black pepper and any toppings you like (my favorite happens to be fresh mushrooms sautéd briefly in a bit of olive oil, butter, a dash of salt and a pinch of dried thyme). Don’t overdo the toppings. Remember, you are making a pizza, not a deep-dish casserole. Put about a teaspoon of corn meal on the pizza wheel and spread it all over. You can use a rimless cookie sheet or stiff piece of cardboard if you don’t have a peel. The corn meal acts like tiny “ball bearings” so the pizza slides right off. (Note: You will have to clean the scorched corn meal off the stone and the oven bottom after every pizza, but it takes only a minute.) Rub a thin layer of flour on both sides of the dough circle. Then transfer the circle onto the peel. That is when you’ll put on the ingredients. Open the oven and holding the peel at a 15-degree angle above the baking stone, gently wiggle the peel, then while pulling it back, let the pizza slide gently onto the very hot stone. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Your happy nose will tell you when it’s ready. Open the oven, slide the pizza onto a large plate and – Mama mia! – you’ll die of joy and go to heaven every time.

2014 will be a very interesting year Did you know 98 state legislators from 32 states met in December in Mt. Vernon, Va. to discuss the possibility of the states calling for a “Constitutional Convention” for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution? To remind you of high-school American history, our constitution can be amended by a two-thirds vote in congress and then ratified by three-fourths of the states. But you may not remember that according to Article Five of our constitution, if two-thirds of the states call for a “Constitutional Convention,” they can make amendments to the constitution with the ratification of three-fourths of the states without the involvement of congress. Neither the congress nor the president can stop it or do anything about it. The amendments then become law. You might be interested to know that two of the proposed amendments by these state legislators are term limits on congress and a required balanced budget each year. It’s obvious congress would never pass such legislation on its own so it will be left to the states under Article Five to handle it. Reaction from the liberals is typical and expected. “These are just disgruntled Tea Partiers” and “This will all go away.” They had better

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer hope this will all just go away. My opinion is even if it doesn’t get off the ground, it’s at the very least a “shot across the bow” not just to the Democratic Party and their agenda, but to the entire congress as well. Polls today are not good news for any of them. They will all be held accountable for, among other things, Obamacare and the runaway spending. Not a very good position for any of their re-election bids. Of course Obamacare will continue to dominate the news. The success or failure of this gigantic effort to “fundamentally change America” is going to be interesting to watch. The smart money sees Obamacare collapsing under its own weight. As people discover the costs as well as the restrictions, not to mention the increasing lack of medical-care providers, what little popularity it has had will fade quickly. This, along with other noteworthy scandals, will continue to be thorns in the side of our elected “leaders.” The polls are showing Obama sink-

ing faster than the Titanic. Politicians will be politicians, which means they will abandon Obama like rats from a sinking ship for their own political futures. Polls today have the Republicans defeating the Democrats in the next election primarily because of Obamacare. This brings us to the next interesting event for this year, the 2014 elections. There is a strong move all across this country to get rid of all sitting congress members. Throw all the bums out and start over. In reality I don’t think that’s going to happen, but there will be some surprises this next election. Members who believe they are secure in their jobs will be unemployed. Many, many people are fed up. We expect more from our elected representatives. We expect oversight, which has been missing. We expect integrity, which has been absent. Most believe we are not getting our money’s worth. The big news coming out of the 2014 election is how 2016 is going to look. If the Republicans do well, that portends well for their presidential hopes in 2016. Of course they are going to have to put forth a candidate who reflects the values of all America, not just special-interest groups. Any way you look at it, 2014 is going to be a very interesting year.

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Community Calendar

gram (four-hour refresher course), 5:30-9:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud, 1-888-234-1294. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 2483240.

Monday, Jan. 6 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767 Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 1036 CR 4, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767 55+ Driver Improvement pro-

Tuesday, Jan. 7 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud, 1-888-234-1294. 55+ Driver Improvement pro-



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Marcus Oistad is named the new head basketball coach for the Sartell Sabres. He will replace long-time coach David Angell, who retired after 31 years of coaching in Sartell. The Sartell City Council gives a fond “adieu” to Patti Gartland, city administrator who served the city for 12 years. She resigned to become president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. Council member Steven Hennes, who presented her with a plaque, said, “You’ve done a great job

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Sartell Newsleader • leading our city.” Melissa Nelson of Sartell pens a novel about a bullied girl. The book, entitled “Seasons of Raina,” is the product of 25 years of pondering and writing. The story traces the development of a young girl from humiliation to triumph after suffering traumatic bullying at her school. Sartell SummerFest 2013 is once again a hit with participants, who enjoyed the Grand Parade and lots of family fun at the “Libertyville” event on the grounds of Pinecone Regional Park. SummerFest also featured an evening street dance and a fireworks display.

Sartell Pediatrics, owned by Dr. David Smith and his wife, Jill, is honored as one of eight architecturally superb buildings in the state by “Minnesota Physicians” magazine. The clinic on 2nd Street S. was created uniquely from a building that had been at that site for many years, first as a bank, then as a series of bars. Bernie Seykora, 80, of Sartell, is one of three women ordained as Catholic women priests in a ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud. More than 250 people attend the ceremony. The ordinations, which are not recognized as official by the Vatican in Rome, were con-

ducted by Corene Besetzny of Red Wing. Seykora said she had always wanted to be a priest, ever

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

since she was a little girl. For the rest of Year in Review, please see next week’s edition.

Commissioner to meet with citizens Jan. 4

Stearns County residents are invited to have coffee with Commissioner Mark Bromenschenkel and discuss county-related issues from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 4 at American Burger Bar, 2010 CR 75 in St. Joseph. Citizens are encouraged to stop in anytime to discuss their issues, share what’s on their minds, raise concerns they may have or simply meet the commissioner. Coffee with Bromenschenkel is generally held the first Saturday of every other

month and alternates between three locations in District 2 – Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park. Those unable to attend can contact him anytime at P.O. Box 190, Sartell, MN 56377, by phone at 320-493-9180 or by email at mark. bromenschenkel@co.stearns. Commissioner Bromenschenkel represents the Cities of Sartell, St. Joseph and Waite Park and the Townships of Le Sauk, St. Joseph and St. Wendel.

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