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Town Crier Senior Connection shows ‘King’s Speech’ at movie night

Sartell Senior Connection hosts “The King’s Speech,” a British historical drama, during its movie night at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at the Sartell District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. The film follows George VI’s life while overcoming a severe stuttering condition he had endured since his youth. Winner of the Academy Award for best picture. Popcorn is provided but bring your own beverage. See you tonight.

Registration now open for Summer Fastpitch Softball

The Sartell Fastpitch Softball Association is forming girls 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U summer teams. Registration deadline is Monday, March 31. (Pay by Saturday, March 15 and receive last year’s rates.) For information about our league or to register, visit A parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Sartell District Office. If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact Bill Davison at 320-291-4069. Like us on Facebook!

City asks help to prevent water line freezing

Area cities have all recently experienced water service lines freezing, and Sartell is noticing a greater proportion occurring in cul de sacs. The water line that runs from the city’s main to inside the building is the owner’s responsibility, and the best way to prevent the service line from freezing is to keep the water moving or running. A pencil- or pinkie-finger width is effective to prevent freezing. The cost of thawing service lines is expensive and it can take more than a day to get a contractor there to thaw it, so property owners should consider running their water, particularly if the property is on a cul de sac or if you notice any drop in water pressure, drop in water temperature and/or discoloration. For more information, visit

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Augustin leads tour down Oscar’s memory lane

by Dennis Dalman

Shirley Temple, the most world-famous and beloved of all child movie stars, won the first “Special Juvenile Oscar” at the 1935 Academy Awards ceremony. She died Feb. 10 at her California home at the age of 85. Temple was just 7 when she was given an Oscar, still the youngest winner in the 86-year history of Academy-Award recipients. That was one of many fun facts in a presentation about the history of the Oscars Feb. 11 by Sartell resident and former Sartell Middle School science teacher John Augustin at the Sartell Senior Connection. A long-time Oscar buff, Augustin was unaware Temple had died the day before and expressed stunned surprise when an audience member told him. He had already prepared to talk about Temple and even had a photo of her presenting a best actress Oscar to Claudette ColOscar • page 8

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Stunned by surprise, Jan Sorell accepts a best-actress Oscar from John Augustin for her role in “The Senior Connection.” At right is Bill Morgan, who won the best-actor Oscar for his performance, also in “The Senior Connection,” an intriguing mystery movie about a group of people, mainly elderly, who live in a Minnesota city named Sartell. Augustin, a former Sartell science teacher and long-time Oscar buff, invited his audience to pose and have fun spoofing with his “prop” Oscars after his talk about the history of the Academy Awards. Augustin was guest speaker for the weekly Thursday talk, Feb. 13, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection.

Sartell joins ‘GreenStep Cities’ program by Dennis Dalman

Sartell is now a participant in the “GreenStep Cities” program, which assists cities throughout Minnesota to develop “Best Practices” methods

to enhance energy efficiency, economic development and all-around healthier cities and residents. At a recent meeting, the Sartell City Council voted 4-1 to join the program, at no cost to the city. Council member

Sarah Jane Nicoll voted “no” because she said Sartell has already made great strides in “green” practices, Sartell would probably have to spend money to implement some GreenStep goals and even though the claim is no city money is in-

volved, it would be unfair for Sartell to adopt a program it doesn’t need that would spend money from somewhere else. Sarah Hayden outlined the GreenStep program for the council. Hayden is the central GreenStep • page 5

Funds benefit teen’s dying wishes by Dennis Dalman

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BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell was widely known among friends, family and strangers for her kind personality and her winning smile. She died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically at the age of 18 on Sept. 28, 2013.

Family, friends and wellwishers of BriAnna Kruzel of Sartell are determined to raise funds in honor of the talented, widely beloved girl who died suddenly, unexpectedly and tragically at the young age of 18. Her mother, Tami, found her dead in her room on Sept. 28, 2013. Tami had gone to BriAnna’s room and found her face-down on the carpet. She frantically tried CPR, but it was too late. The terrible and mysterious death could not be explained, but researchers now think it was almost surely a rare arrhythmia in BriAnna’s heart that stopped it so suddenly.

The House of Pizza in Sartell will host a fundraiser in BriAnna’s memory from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. In the meantime, supporters are seeking silent-auction items for the event. Anyone with items to donate should call Tonia at 320-630-2257, Angie at 320-230-7985 or Tami at 320-492-4691. On that night, House of Pizza owner Brandon Testa will donate from each sale of food to the “BriAnna Rose Kruzel Memorial Fund.” That is the fund established so the Kruzels can donate money to BriAnna’s favorite, most passionate causes. One such cause is the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education’s Dance Program of which BriAnna was a dancer for many years. The

Kruzels plan to buy a new sound system for the dance program. Another cause is the Girl Scouts because BriAnna was an avid Scout for 12 years and had just been honored as a lifetime member shortly before she died. Yet another cause was Big Brothers Big Sisters because BriAnna was a “Big Sister” during high school to a Sartell Middle School girl named “Samantha.” At the time, Samantha’s father was serving in Afghanistan. BriAnna could relate so well because her own father, Randy, had been deployed in Iraq in 2003-04. In 2013, BriAnna was nominated for and won the “Big Sister of the Year” award for central Minnesota from Big Funds • page 7

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Sartell-Sauk Rapids 10U Blue Stormin’ Sabres includes the following: (front row, from left to right) Rachel Lindmeier, Taylor Skepaniak, Hope Trelfa, Yun (Angelina) Qui, Hannah Trelfa, Payton Sabart, Emily Bakken, Tia Vogt, Ingrid Buiceag Arama, Lilly Wateland, Bella Leen and Jayden Lommel; (back row) Coaches Corey Skepaniak, Brian Lommel and John Lindmeier.

Sartell-Sauk Rapids 10U Blue Stormin’ Sabres bring home gold The 2013-14 Sartell-Sauk Rapids girls 10U Blue Stormin’ Sabres took the Bernick’s Arena ice on Feb. 2-3 to wrap up their open tournament competition for the year. After picking up secondplace trophies at Colder by the Lake tournament in Superior, Wis. and the All-American Girls Hockey Tournament at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, the girls brought home the gold, and hoisted the trophy as champions on their home ice in the StormnSabres 10U tournament. After cruising past the Fargo Freeze 5-0, the Stormin Sabres had all they could handle against Alexandria, and their goaltender’s 30-plus saves. Down 3-1 in the third period with less than four minutes Josh Hughes of Sartell, a senior psychology major at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, will present his undergraduate research entitled “Health Halo Effects from Diet and Zero Calorie Sodas at the state Capitol rotunda on Feb. 26. His faculty advisor is Scott Peterson. A total of 35 students will present research posters during the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event, which highlights the research of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students. The Capitol presentations allow students to share the results of the work with legislators and other leaders in state government and draws attention to the work being done on the MnSCU campuses around the state.

to play, it looked like Sartell/Sauk Rapids was heading for Sunday’s third-place game. With the goalie pulled, and an extra attacker, the girls pulled off the improbable and scored two goals, including the equalizer with 45 seconds to go. The players and home fans went crazy! The exhilaration carried the team into overtime when they buried the game-winner just two minutes in. The championship match-up on Sunday paired Sartell-Sauk Rapids against a formidable Hutchinson squad who prevailed 3-1 in previous competition. The two championship caliber teams did not disappoint and the closely contested match went to the Stormin’ Sabres 1-0. Alex Engelsgjerd, a Sartell student, will perform in “Clever Maids: Stories from the Brothers Grimm,” a Engelsgjerd College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University Theater Department production, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, Feb. 21-25 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23 at the Benedict Arts Center Colman Theater on the campus of CSB. Director Kathy Hendrickson is an alum of CBS who resides in New York. For more information, visit and click on Social/People.

Dr. Danise Miller, OD joins PineCone Vision Center as director of vision therapy services. While prac- Miller ticing primary care optometry as a self-employed optometrist, she developed a passion for rehabilitative vision therapy for all ages which led her to specialization. Dr. Miller graduated with honors from St. Cloud State University and went on to graduate with honors from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. She is an as adjunct professor of optometry and has advanced training in vision therapy. She took applied concept classes attending courses at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, taught by industry leading doctors. This then led Dr. Miller to seek additional training at the Coleman Vision Improvement Center in Joplin, Mo. From there she completed an intensive, yearlong vision therapy workshop in San Diego, Calif. She is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Optometric Extension Program, College of Optometrist in Vision Development, American Optometric Association and Minnesota Optometric Association. She also volunteers for the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes health program, as well as, the American Optometric Association’s InfantSEE infant public health program. Miller also participates in Lions Clubs International and Brainerd Elks Lodge #615.

Kimberly (Thompson) Stommes has recently been named 2014 Mrs. St. Cloud and will repre- Stommes sent our community at the 2014 Mrs. Minnesota pageant where she will compete for a grand prize package and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the 2014 Mrs. International pageant. The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the St. Cloud State University Atwood Center Ballroom. Stommes graduated in 2006 from Sartell High School. She is the wife of Jeremy Stommes (from Richmond), and together they have a 5-year-old daughter, Ava. Kimberly recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was admitted into the Minnesota State Bar Association and is currently employed as a judicial law clerk. She is an avid volunteer in the community, volunteering most of her time with the American Diabetes Association and the Sauk Rapids Riverside Lions Club. The Mrs. International pageant system recognizes women for their commitment to family, profession, and community stewardship. Throughout her year, the new Mrs. St. Cloud International will not only compete for the state crown, but she will also be available to speak on her platform, Stop the Shots, which is about raising awareness for diabetes prevention and management. She will also make appearances, do special presentations and assist

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 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.

marijuana while driving. Officers located the females, who eventually admitted to smoking marijuana. They were both released to their families.

Feb. 1 9:37 a.m. Property damage. 1st Street NE. A report was made regarding three mailboxes hit overnight. All three mailboxes and a piece of the unknown vehicle were lying in the snow. 2:45 p.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue. A report was made regarding witnessing two juvenile females appearing to smoke


Feb. 2 1:54 p.m. Pinecone Road. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 64 mph in a posted 45-mph zone. The driver stated she was aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 5:17 p.m. Pinecone Road. Threat. A complaint was made regarding a vehicle tailgating her and then cutting in front of her and stopping. A male came and hit her window and yelled at her about her driving. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle by the description.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 with civic and non-profit-oriented projects. To schedule an appearance, contact the state office at 952-432-6758. Stommes is currently seeking sponsorship support as she prepares for the state competition. Those who have already pledged their support include the Sauk Rapids Riverside Lions Club (she is their treasurer and first vice president) as well as Showcase Properties Real Estate. If you are interested in sponsoring Stommes, or would like information about attending the Mrs. International pageant, call Pageant Unlimited at 952-432-6758. Paul Fenlason, a Sartell graduate, is a finalist in Innovation Challenge ’14. The third annual competition to be held March 3-6 at North Dakota State University in Fargo focuses on innovative work of students. It’s a featured event of NDSU’s Innovation Week, sponsored by the NDSU Research and Technology Park. The team of “Healthy Cake Co.” uses corn to produce healthier versions of desserts. The project is by Fenlason, who is advised by Pushparajah Thavarjah, assistant professor in the School of Food Systems. The finalists, including nine entries in the product track, six contenders in the service track and five teams in the corn track, will give an oral presentation to be judged on Wednesday, March 5. The Innovation Challenge ’14 awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 6. For more information on Innovation Week ’14, visit Pages/default.aspx.

Feb. 3 7:14 a.m. Welfare check. 12th Avenue N. A report was made regarding a vehicle that had been left running at a neighbor’s residence since the night before. An officer arrived and the resident stated he must have started the vehicle by accident with his remote starter. 3:08 p.m. Traffic stop. 2nd Street S. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 48 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver stated he wasn’t aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. Feb. 4 10:11 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 46 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver stated she was not

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Blotter from page 2 aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 1:45 p.m. Motorist assist. CR 120. A driver was locked out of her vehicle and an officer was able to unlock it for her. Feb. 5 12:39 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver stated he was unaware of his status and could not provide proof of insurance. The vehicle was towed and the driver was issued a citation for both violations. 10:47 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. A vehicle was stopped after a driver failed to use a turn signal. It was found the driver carried a suspended license. The driver was aware of her status. She was issued a citation and released to a valid driver. Feb. 6 7:44 p.m. 19th Avenue S. Disorderly male. An adult male was refusing to take his medication and was becoming out of his caretaker’s control. Officers were able to talk to the male, who agreed to take his medication. He was able to calm down and go to bed. 10:21 p.m. Twin Rivers Court. Suspicious person. A report was made regarding a male sleeping inside a vehicle parked in a business parking lot. An officer arrived and found the male was not intoxicated and had accidentally fallen asleep waiting for another person to arrive. Feb. 7 2:13 p.m. Snowmobile crash. CR 9. Two snowmobiles, one northbound and the other southbound on the same trail, met at the top of a small hill and collided. The 17-year-old driver from Sartell had injuries to his leg and was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital. The other driver, a 67-year-old male from Freeport, was transported to Albany Hospital by family members. 3:34 p.m. Highway 15. Welfare check. A report was made regarding a female slumped in her vehicle on the side of the road. Officers arrived and found an adult male assisting with her car. The female stated she was resting while waiting for him to arrive. It was found the male was in violation of a no-contact order. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. 9:53 p.m. Traffic stop. Hwy. 23. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 69 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. The driver stated he was not aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. Feb. 8 1:01 p.m. 6th Avenue N. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding someone hitting a resident’s door and yelling. Officers arrived and found an adult female was at the residence requesting property from an adult male. The officers were able to speak with the male who stated he did not have the property and the female left without further incident. 11:52 p.m. Horizon Avenue.

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Stalled vehicle. While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle stalled on the side of the road. The officer provided safety lights until the vehicle was removed. Feb. 9 3:14 p.m. Walmart. Theft. Two juvenile females were witnessed leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. Both females admitted to the theft. One was issued a citation and both were released to their parents. 9:46 p.m. 1st Street S. Personal assist. A report was made of an adult male yelling for help from inside his residence. Officers arrived and found the male lying on the floor and requesting help getting back into his chair. The male did not require any medical treatment. Feb. 10 9:20 a.m. Perimeter Drive. Threats. A report was made from an adult female, stating she believed an adult male was threatening and harassing her. The officer spoke with the adult male who stated he believed she was threatening and harassing him. Both parties stated they would not speak to each other again and would acquire a harassment restraining order if needed. 2:55 p.m. 1st Street N. Dog. While on patrol, an officer noticed a dog running in and out of traffic. The officer followed the dog to a residence and made contact with the homeowner. The owner was not aware the dog had gotten out. Feb. 11 6:21 a.m. 10th Street S. Suspicious sound. A report was made regarding loud noises coming from outside a home, which sounded as if someone were hitting the house. An officer arrived and could not locate any person outside the home. 10:18 a.m. 2nd Street S. Personal assist. A smoke detector was beeping that was wired through a residence and had a battery backup. All residents are elderly and were unable to reach the smoke detector so the officer changed the batteries. 4:02 p.m. 3rd Avenue N. Medical. An elderly female fell and had an arm injury. Officers stabilized her arm and she was transported to the hospital without further incident.

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CentraCare Health Foundation recently donated 500 children’s helmets to Sartell St. Stephen Physical Education Department, Rocori Community Education, Big Lake Middle School’s Academic Achievement Celebration and the St. Cloud Family YMCA. The donations totaled more than $5,000 and are designed to encourage safety along with active lifestyles in young people. Above: Recipients of the donated CentraCare Health helmets ride their bikes safely indoors at St. Cloud State University. “Wearing helmets correctly could prevent one death every day and one head injury every four minutes,” said Dawn Moen, Better Living: Exercise and Nutrition Daily specialist. “About 600,000 people go to the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries each year and 58 percent of those are children younger than 16. Sadly, 250 of these children will die from their injuries. We want children to ride their bikes, but we want them to do it safely. It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet.” CentraCare Emergency Trauma Services, in partnership with the CentraCare Health Foundation, provides complimentary helmet fittings and education as well as a limited supply of helmets for children that would otherwise be unable to afford one. To arrange an event or classroom visit, please call 320-251-2700, ext. 53807. Two Sartell students recently received the D.J. Robertson Award for earning “straight A” averages for the fall semester at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. They are Ashley Regnier and Brandon Yurczyk. Two Sartell students who attend St. Cloud State University were recently awarded Philip Halenbeck scholarships. They are Brandon Burggraff, a junior, and Andrew Hessler, a sophomore. The scholar-

ships are available to full-time undergraduate students who have displayed a high level of academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and graduated from a Central Minnesota high school. Seven Sartell students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. They are the following: Jenna Flynn, Amanda Maricle-Roberts, Jessica Mastey, Christian Murray, Hayley

Schuchard, Hannah Tilstra, and Erin Windschitl. Students must earn grade=point averages of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Three Sartell students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. They are the following: Jack Hellie, Emily Marincic and Madison Thompson. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor.

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Opinion Our View

Learn safety precautions to avoid fiends among us The shocking abduction of a woman in Sartell the evening of Feb. 12 should be a reminder to one and all that despicable crimes can – and do – happen anywhere. Thank goodness the woman is alive. Imagine the trauma – the stark terror – that 56-year-old woman endured at the hands of those two psychotic thugs. That trauma will most likely hound her for the rest of her life. One of the jerks hid in the back seat of her vehicle. When she got into her car, he confronted her and forced her to drive to meet an accomplice. They demanded money and drove around the St. Cloud area for several hours, finally throwing the woman out of her own car in Sauk Rapids. Fortunately, she wasn’t tossed out in the middle of nowhere or she might have frozen to death. The woman had been assaulted and choked until she lost consciousness. What kind of fiends would commit such an abominable crime against a human being? It’s downright frightening “people” like that are in our midst. The only thing we can do to protect against those fiendish predators is to prepare ourselves as best we can by always taking safety precautions. The following are tips gleaned from law enforcement and safety websites: Always be aware of what’s going on around you, especially in public places and on the streets. If someone or some situation seems suspicious, avoid it at all costs. Go immediately to an area where there are other people. Try not to shop alone at night. Even in the day, it’s best to go shopping with someone else if at all possible. Before entering a store, always lock your vehicle’s doors. When getting into your vehicle, even when it’s parked by your home, always glance through the window into the back seat to make sure nobody is hiding there. In parking lots, try to park in the brightest illuminated place. When leaving a store, try to leave when at least one other person is also leaving. That way, other people can help or call for help if someone should attempt to abduct you. Needless to say, keep all your doors at home locked and make sure your security system is in working order. If you do not have a security system, consider investing in one. Also consider signing up for a self-defense course. Carry a siren-like noisemaker with you. You might also think about carrying Mace spray. All parents should discuss those and other safety precautions thoroughly with their children. One cannot be too careful these days. It’s a crying shame we have to become so suspicious, untrusting and afraid of others in this society. There is no end to the vicious things some psychopaths do to their fellow human beings. And the sheer sadistic viciousness seems to be getting worse all the time. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever to remind ourselves most humans, overwhelmingly, are good, kind, caring people. And yet, we are compelled to be on our guard against the fiends among us. Let’s all help one another by always reminding others, again and again, to use sensible safety measures. It cannot be repeated often enough. Please stay safe!

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Hillary haters could help her win big Even though Hillary Clinton has not announced a presidential run, the Bill and Hillary haters are already squeezing forth their old venom, trying to poison the wells. A recent anti-Hillary salvo comes from presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, who indulged in a despicable “guiltby-association” tactic, trying to smear Hillary because of husband Bill’s tawdry affair with Monica Lewinsky. Republicans are afraid of Hillary because they know she has ranked highly, in poll after poll, as one of the most admired women in the world. Of course, cynics note one reason she may be so popular is she has not been in the running, yet, for the presidency. Just the same, Republicans think she just might destroy any chances of a Republican being elected as president in 2016. Many view Hillary as a Goliath that must be stopped by a David or an entire army of little Republican Davids. And, thus, the onslaught has begun. What’s almost amusing is this time around their slings and arrows are likely to backfire and boomerang right back into the faces of the Hillary haters. Good rational Republicans have been warning for several years the Republican Party has become fractured and disunified – pulled apart like Turkish taffy by radical, obstructionist Tea Party forces on the far right. It’s widely acknowledged Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency because his elitist attitudes did not jibe well with most voters – mainly AfroAmericans, Hispanics, women and the economically disen-

Dennis Dalman Editor franchised. With every passing year, too many Republicans continue, almost gleefully, to alienate those voters, and several caveman candidates were so despicably anti-women, they were soundly drubbed in the last elections. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has warned the party it must broaden its tent to welcome all people and to address universal concerns. In most quarters, that call for unity has fallen flat. In fact, Priebus himself has been known to ignore his own advice, such as when he blamed the shutdown of the WWII Veterans’ monument on President Obama rather than the Tea Party obstructionists who forced a government shutdown. Those kind of tactics and antediluvian attitudes are not winning strategies; they are a virtual guarantee of more failures to come. Because both Clintons are so popular these days, it’s easy to forget how some Clinton haters whipped up such a frenzy of charges, rumors and lies against them during their years in the White House. They were accused of complicity in the murder of friend and aider Vince Foster who, in fact, committed suicide. They cooked up and investigated charges Hillary had been embroiled in legal and fiscal corruption in Arkansas. They constantly tried

to paint Hillary as a version of Lady Macbeth, a power-mad wench working behind the scenes. They excoriated her for chairing a health-care reform committee. When she demonstrated intelligence, insight and resolve, they called her pushy, aggressive and power-hungry. In recent years, these desperadoes have transferred their contempt for the Clintons to hatred of Obama. But make no mistake: Those old hatreds will explode again like firebombs if and when Hillary announces her candidacy. And the old hatreds and baseless accusations are not going to “stick” with a critical mass of voters, no matter how much the Koch brothers spend on smear ads. It could be voters won’t want another Bush (Jeb) or Clinton (Hillary); they might opt for someone with a new last name. On the other hand, plenty of voters would be happy to see not one but two Clintons back in the White House so this country could get back on track again. A reasonable Republican candidate, advocating rational mainstream policies, could well win the next presidential election. But where is such a contender? That bright hope, Chris Christie, has been tarnished if not ruined. A viable Republican candidate will have to be in step with the progress of history, not a reactionary backslider. If we keep getting more extremists and Hillary haters, stuck in the stale past of discredited accusations, their nonsense will ensure the White House once again remains a receding mirage for Republicans. And Hillary, if she’s in the race, will almost certainly win.

Letter to editor

Reader starts petition to legalize medical marijuana Elayne Lappi Virginia, MN I am asking Gov. Dayton to reconsider his position and to commit to signing legislation produced in the upcoming 2014 session that would legalize the careful, physician-prescribed, state-agency-controlled and taxable use of medical marijuana. Thousands of Minnesotans are pleading to have access to medical marijuana to help ease excruciating chronic pain, cope with cancer or treat conditions for which prescription medications have not proven effective. It would also have the potential to greatly lessen the number of veteran suicides, since marijuana has been reported effective in treating PTSD, a tragic condition which affects too many of our courageous veterans. A vast majority of Minnesotans

support this legislation. Recent opinion polls have reported as many as 76 percent of Minnesota voters are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. People in state after state are now moving forward to make medical-marijuana use legal across much of America. Sadly, many Minnesota families are being forced to leave our state to one with legalized medical marijuana in order to save the lives of their children or loved ones. This law is about compassion in so many ways. Gov. Dayton, a huge majority of voters will support you if you sign the legislation to be passed in the upcoming session. However, Dayton says he will not sign any bill the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association will not support. Thus, I am asking the MLEA to cooperate with legislators in crafting strict regulations into the proposed regulation that will,

indeed, satisfy their concerns. A percentage of tax money collected from medical marijuana sales could go to MLEA agencies, as compensation for the loss of income due to cessation of the current law-enforcement practice of seizing and selling property of individuals arrested for illegal marijuana use. With MLEA-legislature cooperation, the public safety concerns will be addressed – and those Minnesotans who genuinely need marijuana for medical conditions will be able to obtain it legally.PS. If the reader would like to help in the fight to legalize marijuana, I have a petition to Gov. Dayton asking him to show compassion and pass the bill. Visit legalize-medical-marijuana-22 to show your support. My goal is to have 2,000 signatures by the end of February, when I will deliver the petition to Dayton. The reader is also invited to share this petition.

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GreenStep from front page Minnesota region coordinator for what’s called a Clean Energy Resource Team. GreenStep, she said, is sponsored and supported by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Isaac Walton League, the Walmart Foundation and the McKnight Foundation. It’s led by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Basically, GreenStep has a roster of several dozen “Best Practices” for cities to work toward – all practices that would enhance energy efficiencies, land use, business, daily life of residents and the environment. The best-practices list includes five categories: efficient use of existing buildings and private buildings, land use, wise land use, transportation and environmental management. There are many subcategories under those five topics – such things as wastewater management, efficient city fleets, promotion of trails, development of a comprehensive city plan, construction of “green” buildings, policies that protect natural spaces and more. Each member city can start by choosing eight best practices to work on, setting goals to achieve each one. Once a city has achieved those goals, it’s honored with a “Green Star.” Hayden said the program works through networking with other cities of similar size and through the help of 76 experts

who can give cities free advice on any number of topics. There are 56 Minnesota cities signed up so far as GreenStep members, including Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Willmar, Brainerd, Grand Rapids and Nisswa. The only drawback to GreenStep, Hayden noted, is if a city doesn’t achieve its goals, it won’t be recognized officially as a GreenStep city. There is also no obligation to continue with the program if a city decides to drop out, she said. Hayden said recognition as a GreenStep city can enhance the city’s reputation among people and businesses thinking of relocating, it can help cities attain grants and other forms of funding and it can help harness the energy of a city’s staff, residents and businesses. A GreenStep staff person will help coordinate the goals and work in each city. As Nicoll pointed out, Sartell has made great strides in many of the best practices recommended by the GreenStep program, such as development of trails, working to create a comprehensive five-year city plan, requirements that protect green spaces, ambitious park developments and many energy-saving programs and policies. Sartell City Planning Director Anita Rasmussen agreed Sartell has achieved at least 14 of the best practices, but she said it would be beneficial to examine the other best practices to find out, through networking and GreenStep assistance, how they, too, could be implemented.

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Two much-needed amenities at Pinecone Central Park – a concessions stand and attached restrooms – will be constructed this spring, thanks to an amended agreement between the City of Sartell and the Pine Central Park Association. The city council approved the agreement at its Jan. 27 meeting. The facilities will cost $250,000, although additional costs will be incurred to bring city water and sewer lines to


the improvements. As part of the amended agreement, the City of Sartell will pay for the construction of the facility from half-cent salestax revenue, in the amount of $225,000. The association will be in charge of contracting work for the building, with city approval. Once the facility is completed, it will be turned over to city ownership. As part of the agreement, the city will forgive a $25,000 loan it gave to the association in lieu of pledges that were late in coming in. Pinecone Central Park, the

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The whimsical lunacy of the fabulous Dr. Seuss is unleashed full force in the play, Seussical the Musical Jr., a play to be performed for three shows from Feb. 27-March 1 at Sartell High School. The production is the annual joint theater venture by the SMS seventh- and eighthgraders, with help from some high school students. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27; 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. The colorful, tuneful show boasts the largest cast in the history of plays at SMS. There are 55 on-stage performances, 42 crew members and six Sartell High School student coaches. Seussical Jr. is directed by theater-arts instructor Rick Cicharz. The play’s musical director is Kirstin Welz; choreographer is Luke Anderson; costumes/props are by

Pat Cicharz; production manager/set designer is Tracy Watkin; publicity manager/acting coach is Jeff Anderson; painting designer is Erin Nordmark and painting assistant is Liz Inveiss. Seussical The Musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2000, was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. The “Jr.” in the title of the SMS production means the production has been abridged, with permission of its authors, from a full-fledged Broadway production to a one-act show. The characters and plot of the musical are a combination of many of Dr. Seuss’s well-loved books. The entire phantasmagoria is conjured up on stage by The Cat in the Hat, who takes the audience on a journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus. The Cat tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who is determined to protect the tiny people of Who-ville, who live on a single speck of dust. One of the Who-ville residents is Jojo, a child who

gets into trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton has a tough task because, besides protecting the people of Whoville, he must also nurture an abandoned egg that’s been left for his care by Mayzie LaBird. Horton faces many crises that include ridicule, dangers, kidnapping and even a trial. However, through all of his challenges, Gertrude McFuzz, his neighbor, stands steadfast by him and even begins to fall in love with him. Will friendship, loyalty, family and community win out over the chaos? Well, theater-goers will have to find out for themselves. Among the Dr. Seuss books that figure in Seussical the Musical Jr. are Horton Hears a Who!, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The Cat in the Hat, If I Ran the Circus, McElliot’s Pool, Green Ham and Eggs, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, I Had Trouble in Getting Solla Sollew, and Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

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Brothers Big Sisters. She also was honored with the “Youth Appreciation Award” by the St. Cloud Optimist Club for her hard work with Big Brothers Big Sisters. When she wasn’t volunteering for the organization she so loved, BriAnna enjoyed scrapbooking, crafting and being around animals. “She was a very happy person who had an infectious smile,” her mother said. “That smile! It could just light up a room. In an attempt to honor her legacy of giving back, the goal of the BriAnna Rose Kruzel Memorial Fund is to continue giving back.” The Kruzels also want to set up a “BriAnna Kruzel Scholarship” at Sartell High School, from which BriAnna graduated just last year. At the time of her death, she was a student at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College where she was taking general-education courses.

BriAnna’s bright life

Needless to say, BriAnna’s family, friends, relatives and many others are still mourning her shocking, sudden loss. Her mother works as a

Sartell Newsleader • nurse in the telemetary unit at the St. Cloud Hospital; her father is a worker for the Stearns County Highway Department. They have two sons: Joshua, 23: and Brandon, 16. “We try to live every day as best we can,” Tami said, choking back tears. Tami still remembers how bad she and the family felt in January 2013 when they lost Oliver, their house cat of 17 years. “I remember thinking at that time that Oliver dying is as bad as losing a child,” Tami recalled. “But it’s not. Of course it’s not.” Again and again, BriAnna’s mother remembers how bright and beautiful her life was. She was the kind of girl who would never gossip and say mean things about others, Tami noted. She always found the “good” in everyone and would literally go out of her way to help anyone else. BriAnna’s kind and radiant smile, Tami noted, “said it all.” At first, the Kruzels had no idea what had taken their daughter’s precious life. That made the sorrow even more difficult to cope with. Later, doctors and researchers agreed it was almost certainly arrhythmia of the heart. That cannot be proven in a post-mortem state. However, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have samples of BriAnn’s DNA, and they

are studying it, along with other people’s DNA, to see if they can determine some gene that might be responsible for causing arrhythmia. BriAnna’s brothers, since their sister’s death, have gone through extensive tests to find out if heart arrhythmia may be a problem for them, too. Nothing definite has been found. People have been so supportive through all the grief and sorrow, Tami noted. A woman who grew up in the same town as Randy Kruzel – Sobieski, Minn. – heard about the House of Pizza fundraiser and wanted to help out. The woman, Barb Zapzalka, owns the Pump House Creamery in Minneapolis. She called to say she wants to donate all the ice cream served the day of the benefit. People will be invited to give a free-will offering in memory of BriAnna in exchange for the ice-cream treats. The March 18 fundraiser will be just three days before what would be BriAnna’s 19th birthday, March 21. Tina feels confident BriAnna would be proud of what so many people are doing in her name – helping others. “She was such a sweetheart,” her mother said. “She had the biggest smile. And she laughed all the time. She was just so amazing.” Anyone who cannot at-


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One of BriAnna Kruzel’s many passions was dancing for the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Dance Program. In this photo with BriAnna is the program’s long-time director, Shelly Teff. Kruzel’s family and friends are raising money to donate to the dance program as well as some of BriAnna’s other passions, which include Girl Scouts and the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. tend the March 18 fundraiser is welcome to donate to the “BriAnna Rose Kruzel Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo

bank. Or they can send a contribution to the “BriAnna Rose Memorial Fund,” 334 Pine Ridge Road, Sartell, MN 56377.

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Actor Gig Young shows off his Oscar for best-supporting actor shortly after his win at the Academy Awards show in 1970. He won the honor for his role as a sleazy emcee in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), a grim drama about a 1930s dance marathon, which starred Jane Fonda, also nominated that year for her role. Young, who was born and raised in St. Cloud as Byron Barr, had a successful career in the movies until his decline from chronic alcoholism. In 1978, he killed his wife of three weeks, then shot himself to death in their Manhattan apartment.

Oscar from front page bert during the 1935 ceremony. Augustin gave his talk Feb.

11 because the 86th annual Oscar show is about to be broadcast March 2 from Los Angeles. Along with the Super Bowl, the Oscar telecast has long been the most widely watched annual program in television history.

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When he was young, growing up in New Ulm, Augustin loved movie-going and relished watching the Oscars, although one night he was sent to bed and had to listen to most of the program on the living-room TV while crouched in the dark at the top of the stairs. The first Academy Awards broadcast was in 1955 when On the Waterfront garnered the Oscar for best picture, with best actor and actress awards going to Marlo Brandon in Waterfront and Grace Kelly for The Country Girl. That ceremony, Augustin said, resulted in one of the biggest “upsets” in Oscar history. Judy Garland was widely considered certain to win best actress for her stunning performance in A Star is Born. During the telecast, Garland was in the hospital, recovering from the birth of her third child. Camera set-ups were all over her hospital room, preparing for the big moment when Garland would give a live telecast acceptance speech from her bed. When the presenter opened the envelope and said, “The winner is Grace Kelly,” many people were left speechless with disbelief, including Garland.


In 1927, famed movie studio mogul Louis B. Mayer gathered together some movie people and decided to initiate a recognition award to honor excellence in film. Cedric Gibbons, an art director at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, sketched out his idea on a napkin during a banquet of what an award should look like, and Mayer agreed. The design was of a stylized man with a rather flattened head, holding a long

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sword vertically, its point resting on a film can under his feet. A Los Angeles sculptor, George Stanley, then morphed that sketch into three dimensions and Oscar was born, although it wasn’t called Oscar until the 1935 ceremony. For the first six years, the statuette was called the “Academy Award of Merit.” No one is sure as to how the statue came by its name, but the most famous claim is by actress Bette Davis, who said the statuette’s rear-end reminded her of her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson. The first statuettes were made of 90 percent tin and 10 percent pewter. During World War II, they were made of plaster. Later and now, they are made of brittanium covered with highly polished coats of silver, copper and gold. The base is black-coated bronze. Each stands 13.5 inches tall and weighs 8.5 pounds.

Augustin’s “Oscars”

For his presentation, Augustin brought two of his own “Oscars.” They are actually replicas he bought on ebay. One, made of plastic, was used in a Henry Fonda movie, whose name Augustin could not remember. The other, a gold-painted plaster one, was used in another movie, but Augustin is not sure which one it was.


To determine nominations, votes are cast within each category only by those who are members of that category (i.e. actors vote for actors, art directors vote for art directors, and so forth). For the final vote, all members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences can vote for all the categories. There are currently about 6,000 members of the Academy.

First ceremony

The first Oscar ceremony took place in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. It was strictly a movie-world gathering with no hoopla or press attention from the rest of the world. All of the nominees were silent films as the “talkies” had not yet made their big splash. The first movie to win an

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 Academy Award was Wings, a movie about ace pilots in World War I that contains what many still consider to be the greatest aviation footage ever filmed. The first acting honors went to Emil Jannings for two performances – The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh; and to Janet Gaynor for three movies – Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise. The latter film, a dark and moody love story directed by F.W. Murnau, is to this day widely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Winner Jannings, disillusioned with Hollywood, returned to his home country, Germany, where Hitler’s regime, impressed by Jannings talent, put him to work starring in anti-Jewish war-propaganda films, even though he himself had some Jewish blood in his veins. After the war, nearly charged as a war criminal, he was forbidden to work anymore in movies. He carried his Oscar around with him, to show it to the Allied soldiers and to prove he once lived in Hollywood as a good American and outstanding actor. He died in 1950 in Austria. His Oscar is now on display at a Berlin film museum.

Oscar moments

Augustin shared with his audience some of his Oscar stories: Hattie McDaniel In 1940, Hattie McDaniel won the best-supporting actress award for her role as the family slave, Mammy, in the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind. She was the first black performer to win an Oscar. During the ceremony, she had to sit way in the back of the ballroom, away from the other nominees toward the front of the room. Adding insult to injury, her speech was written for her by the movie’s studio officials because they wanted her to say only what they wanted her to say. Sidney Poitier The first black man to win Best Actor was Sidney Poitier for the 1963 movie, Lilies of the Field. Ann Bancroft, who had won the previous year for The Miracle Worker, presented the Oscar to Poitier on the stage,

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 giving him a kiss on the cheek as she did so. In the American South, some TV station officials were outraged a white woman would kiss a black man on national TV. Many stations, incensed by the “outrage,” unplugged the rest of that night’s Oscar telecast. Barry Fitzgerald Barry Fitzgerald won a 1945 best-supporting Oscar for his role as a boozy priest in Going My Way. Back home he was practicing his golf swing in his living room when the club hit the statue, flinging it across the room, where it hit a wall, decapitating it. At that time, during the war, the Oscars were made of gold-gilded plaster. Augustin shared an old photo of Fitzgerald, puffing on a pipe and looking quizzically at Oscar’s detached head, which Fitzgerald is holding in his right hand, Oscar’s body in the other hand. Claudette Colbert During the 1935 Oscar night, best-actress nominee Claudette Colbert (for It Happened One Night) was certain she wouldn’t win and did not attend the ceremony. Everybody, including Colbert, was positive the winner would be Bette Davis for a sensational, ground-breaking performance as an acid-tongued prostitute in Of Human Bondage. Davis had been snubbed by the Academy, and it was decided not to nominate her, most likely because of the controversial nature of her incendiary performance. However, a huge uproar followed about her not being nominated, and the Academy was compelled to add Davis’s name as a write-in nominee on the ballots. Believing Davis would cinch the honor, Colbert went to the train station and boarded a train for a cross-country trip. When her name was announced as the winner, an Academy Award official, with police escort, hurried to the train station and hustled a stunned Colbert back to the banquet. Dressed in her sensible two-piece traveling suit, she was handed her Oscar by little Shirley Temple, who herself won a special Oscar that night.

Sartell Newsleader • Gig Young St. Cloud’s Byron Barr (aka Gig Young) won the best-supporting actor Oscar in 1970 for his role as the cynical emcee of a 1930s dance marathon in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, which starred Jane Fonda, a best-actress nominee that year. Young had been nominated for best-supporting actor twice before – for his performance as a drunk in Come Fill the Cup, 1951; and his turn as a boozy intellectual in Teacher’s Pet, 1957. Born in St. Cloud in 1913, Barr graduated from Tech High School and was a member of the “Peppy Techs” male cheerleading team. Augustin met Young years ago when he attended a performance of the play Harvey in Denver,. Young and famed actress Shirley Booth were starring in that classic comedy. Booth, by the way, was a best-actress Oscar winner for her great performance as a dowdy, lonely housewife in Come Back, Little Sheba. That night in Denver, Young had heard someone from St. Cloud was in the audience. Right after the play, someone announced, “Would the people from St. Cloud please come back-stage?” Augustin and his mother were impressed with Young’s kindness. He asked them if teenagers still cruised in their cars up and down St. Cloud’s downtown main street, as he and his friends had done once upon a time. When Augustin said “yes,” Young’s face beamed with his broad, likable wide-screen smile. In a tragic ending in 1978, Young shot his wife of three weeks (Kim Schmidt) to death and then shot and killed himself in their New York City apartment. He had been married five times, including to Elizabeth Montgomery (of TV’s Bewitched fame). Young had one daughter, Jennifer Williams Young, born in 1964. Like many others, Young often said Oscar was a “kiss of death” because so many actors, including himself, had a string of bad luck after being nominated or winning the award. Following his 1970 win, Young’s life, which had always been plagued by alcohol abuse, spiraled out of control in a worsening whirlwind of alco-


Supporting roles

In 1935, Academy Award officials decided to add two new categories: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. They did so because they agreed some of the finest performances are given by actors and actresses in smaller roles within movies. The first two to win those awards, at the 1937 ceremony were Walter Brennan and Gale Sondergaard. Brennan won for Come and Get It. Sondergaard won for Anthony Adverse, which was her first movie. She was, incidentally, born in Litchfield, Minn. in 1899. Sondergaard was originally cast as the wicked witch in the classic The Wizard of Oz, but she backed out when she learned she would have to wear makeup that could possibly be disfiguring. The iconic role then went to Margaret Hamilton. Sondegaard received a second Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her performance in Anna and the King of Siam, 1946.

Oscar buffs, including Augustin, enjoy pondering annual “snubs” – actors or movies that were passed by for nominations. This year, Augustin said, the two biggest snubs were The Butler and Oprah Winfrey for her much lauded performance in that film. Winfrey did, however, earn a previous best-supporting nomination for her role in The Color Purple, 1985. The movie had been well received by movie critics, but for some odd reason it did not get any Oscar nods. Some speculate movies released early in a year tend to fade in voters’ memories. In addition, 2013 was one of the best years in recent memory for a high number of critically acclaimed movies,

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Oscar records

Three movies are tied for winning the most Oscars, 11 each: Ben Hur, 1959; Titanic, 1997; Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003. Two films earned 14 nominations: All About Eve, 1950; and Titanic, 1997. Most awards won by an individual: Walt Disney with 22 Oscars. Katherine Hepburn won the most best-actress Oscars – four of them. Daniel Day Lewis has the most best-actor Oscars – three. The most-nominated actress in Oscar history is Meryl Streep with 18 nominations, including one for the March 2 ceremony. She has won three. The most-nominated actor is Jack Nicholson with 12. He also won three. Three movies won the “Big Five” top awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay. Those movies are It Happened One Night, 1934, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975; and The Silence of the Lambs, 1991.

Augustin predicts

After his Feb. 13 talk, Augustin made his Oscar predictions for 2014: Best Movie: 12 Years a Slave. Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave. Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine. Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbinder for 12 Years a Slave. Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave. Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. Augustin said it’s very possible Matthew McConaughy might win best actor for Dallas Buyers Club, and Jerod Leto could win for best supporting actor for that same movie. Both actors, Augustin noted, have received rave reviews and other awards, but Augustin has not seen Dallas Buyers Club yet and so was hesitant to predict its actors as winners. Augustin said 12 Years a Slave is one of the most emotionally powerful movies he has ever seen, and he predicted it would come to be recognized as the greatest movie ever made about the horrible injustice of slavery.


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Sartell Knowledge Bowl teams excel at meet by Dennis Dalman

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The Sartell Varsity Knowledge Bowl team took first-place honors Feb. 15 at its invitational. Its members are (left to right) Dawson Rogers, Sam Chappell, Dalton Foss (score-box operator), Quinn Skoog, Adam Dullinger and Curt Koopmeiners.

The Sartell Varsity Knowledge Bowl team took first-place honors Feb. 15 at its invitational Knowledge Bowl meet, and Sartell’s junior-varsity team took third place in the junior category. The members of the varsity team are Sam Chappell, Adam Dullinger, Curt Koopmeiners, Gopi Ramanathan and Quinn Skoog. That team earned 109 points to win first. Second was St. John’s Prep School with 96.5 points and third was Chaska with 94.5 points. Dullinger, Koopmeiners and Skoog are seniors. Chapell is a junior, and Ramanathan is a sophomore. The members of the junior team are Dawson Rogers, Derek Schmidt, Adam Schroer, RJ So-

bania and Michael Volgman-Mercuri. The first-place winner in the junior-varsity category was St. John’s Prep School with 93.5 points, and second-place was Big Lake with 86 points. The Sartell team had 78 points. All of its members are sophomores. The invitational meet at Sartell involved 69 teams who competed in a written round of 60 questions, followed by four oral rounds of 45 questions. The Sartell Knowledge Bowl coach is Luke Walker, a science teacher who has coached the teams for three years. The win by the varsity team was a sweet-revenge victory over St. John’s Prep School. Before the Feb. 15 Sartell Invitational meet, the Sartell-St. Stephen varsity team took second-place at a

meet at Eden Valley-Watkins High School where 52 teams competed. In that face-off, St. John’s Prep took first. The Sartell-St. Stephen junior-varsity team took third at Eden Valley-Watkins. So far, Sartell-St. Stephen Knowledge Bowl teams have competed in three invitational meets – one in Buffalo, one in Big Lake and the last at Eden Valley-Watkins. The Big Lake meet was one of the largest in Knowledge Bowl history, comprising 97 teams in competition, Walker noted. In the second week of March, there will be a sub-regional meet after which up to five teams from each of the state’s regions will go on to state competition. At the state level, competition will be separated into small schools and larger schools.

laneous expenses. For a contract with YMCA, aside from the nearly $17,023 in wages, it would cost the city (with the same city expenses added) $28,857. A YMCA contract, in other words, would cost only about $1,800 more than what the city spends now per summer. However, council members and Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni noted costs could be higher if there should be an occasional need for two lifeguards at a pool and if the city decides to add more open days after Labor Day. That has often been discussed and considered – adding more days in September when the weather can be very hot. Council member Nicoll asked why there would ever be a need for more than one lifeguard since they are not deep pools and that

many parents are always there watching the children. Have there been any unfortunate incidents?, she wondered aloud. Park Department Director Brad Borders said there haven’t been any. Council member Steve Hennes noted, however, when the weather gets very hot, the pools can be very busy, very crowded, which might require more supervision. Mayor Joe Perske, noting he himself is a trained lifeguard, said it’s not so much water accidents that are a danger – it’s children indulging in antics and horseplay on the concrete that could lead to trouble. That, he said, might justify constant vigilance by lifeguards. Council member David Peterson said he has trouble justifying entering a contract for more money than what they city pays

now for the same services. Nicoll agreed with him, saying she is not comfortable with the proposed contract until she finds out answers to the council’s questions. Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom said she is in favor of the contract because it would give the city a chance to start a partnership with the YMCA, it could extend pool days for a longer season and give city workers a bit more time for other duties. The council voted to give Degiovanni permission to visit again with YMCA officials to find answers to their questions, mainly about the variables that could cause the cost to increase. She will bring the matter back for the council’s consideration at an upcoming meeting.

Council ponders lifeguard contract for wading pools by Dennis Dalman

On a sub-zero, bitterly cold evening, Jan. 27, the Sartell City Council members seemed to have summer on their minds as they spent a good deal of time discussing wading pools in the city. The topic was a bid proposal from the St. Cloud Area YMCA to provide lifeguards this summer at the two wading pools in the city – the one at Watab Park, the other in the Celebration neighborhood. After a lengthy conversation, the council voted 4-1 to consider the bid but only if city staff can obtain more precise information about what such a contract would entail. Council member Sarah Jane Nicoll voted against the resolution. Here are the basics of the

YMCA offer: Lifeguards would supervise the two pools from May 26 to Sept. 1, 2014, with hiring and scheduling of one guard per pool from 11:30 .m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The lifeguards would be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of defibrillators. The total cost would be $16,684 to the city. That cost could increase if the YMCA decides, on very busy days at the pools, that more than one lifeguard might be required from time to time. It costs the city, on an average year, about $27,000 to operate the pools, including trained college-student lifeguards, supplies, communications, liability insurance, utilities, repairs and maintenance and other miscel-



Enjoy fried fish, potato salad, potato chips, coleslaw, baked beans, bread and homemade desserts

Friday, March 7 4-7:30 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier School 219 2nd St. N. ~ Sartell

Adults $8 ~ Seniors 60 & older $7 Children 6-12 $4 ~ 5 and under FREE Tickets sold at the door

Proceeds go to SFX School and Religious Education Program, plus Catholic United Financial will provide matching funds up to $1,000.

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Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Community Calendar

Friday, Feb. 21 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767 St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2 N., St. Joseph. “Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm,” 7:30 p.m. College of St. Benedict, Benedicta Arts Center Colman Theater, St. Joseph. 320-363-5777 or www. “Random Road,” 7:30 p.m., fundraising concert, Unity Spiritual Center, 931 5th Ave. N., Sartell, 320-255-9253.

Saturday, Feb. 22 Gardening Knowledge for Free, 8:15-11:45 a.m., workshops presented by Stearns County Master Gardeners. Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Workshop is free, but advance registration is required. 320-255-6169 or online at http://z. Sartell Farmers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. “Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm,” 2 and 7:30 p.m., Benedicta Arts Center Colman Theater, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. 320-363-5777 or Sunday, Feb. 23 “Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm,” 2 and 7:30 p.m., Benedicta Arts Center Colman Theater, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. 320-363-5777 or


Monday, Feb. 24 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph, 1-888-234-1294. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Tuesday, Feb. 25 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767 Blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2405 Walden Way, St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767 Teen Battle of the Books, 6-7 p.m., teens ages 13-17 take part in a trivia contest based on three books, “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman, and “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen, Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park. Registration required. 320253-9359. “How I Learned to Drive,” 7:30 p.m. SCSU Theater Department, Arena Stage, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University. Play runs through Saturday, March 1. 320-308-4636 or Wednesday, Feb. 26 “How I Learned to Drive,” 7:30 p.m. SCSU Theater Depart-


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ment, Arena Stage, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University. Play runs through Saturday, March 1. 320-308-4636 or Thursday, Feb. 27 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767 “How I Learned to Drive,” 7:30 p.m. SCSU Theater Department, Arena Stage, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University. Play runs through Saturday, March 1. 320-308-4636 or Friday, Feb. 28 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767 “How I Learned to Drive,” 7:30 p.m. SCSU Theater Department, Arena Stage, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University. Play runs through Saturday, March 1. 320-308-4636 or Saturday, March 1 “How I Learned to Drive,” 7:30 p.m. SCSU Theater Department, Arena Stage, Performing Arts Center, St. Cloud State University. Play runs through Saturday, March 1. 320-308-4636 or


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‘Dyslexia’ and ‘genre’ winning words at Bee by Dennis Dalman

The words “dyslexia” and “genre” were the keys that unlocked wins for a girl and boy at the Regional Spelling Bee that took place Feb. 13 in Sartell. Jessica Scheer, an eighthgrader from Annandale, spelled “dyslexia” correctly to win the morning session at the event, which took place at Resource Training and Solution, the sponsor of the Bee. Kyle Little, an eighth-grader from Dassell-Cokato Middle School, earned second place. In the afternoon session, Covin Bell, a Rush City eighthgrader, was the top winner after he spelled correctly the word “genre.” Jacob Huotari, a

Delano eighth-grader, was the second-place winner. There were three Sartell Middle School students in the competition – Jake Anderson, Mara Borgeson and Jacob Franzmeier. There were 50 contestant all told, about half of them in the morning session, half in the afternoon session. The four winners of the Bee will proceed to the MultiRegional Spelling Bee Feb. 25 in Fergus Falls. The winner of that Bee will go to the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 2531 in Washington, D.C. The event in Sartell has long been coordinated by Sartell resident Sandra Cordie, who is the director of educational programs for Resource Training and Solutions.

Dancers take second, third at state The Sartell Sabre Dance Team took second in high-kick and third in jazz at the statewide dance meet Feb. 14-15 at Target Center. The Sabre dancers compete in Class 2A. There are 31 members on the team, 24 in highkick and 11 in jazz. Their head coach is Kelly McCarney. The winner of the high-kick competition was Totino-Grace, followed by the Sartell Sabres


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Deloera plans to ‘paint town’ by Dennis Dalman

Sauk Rapids will be spruced up good this summer with a new coat of paint, if Elizabeth Deloera has anything Deloera to say about it. Well, more precisely, many of the homes will be spruced up, that is. Deloera is now organizing a marketing campaign for her new business, “College Works Painting,” a project for her finance studies at St. Cloud State University, where she is a sophomore. Deloera is currently an intern at St. Cloud Federal Credit Union in Sartell where she is a memberservices representative, working in the lobby, at the drive-through facility and helping customers open new accounts. Although she works in Sartell, she lives in Sauk Rapids with her mother. The two moved to this area from Florida about a year ago. “My goal,” she said, “is to manage a company that does $100,000-worth of business.” She started her direct-marketing campaign last week. It involves enlisting the help of others to go door-to-door with flyers, as well as other forms of advertising. She is also seeking professional painters or painters willing to be trained. She has been networking on the Internet and Facebook to help spread the word. She is hoping to hire college students so they can make some extra money this summer for their ongoing schooling. “College Works Painting,” her business, will offer exterior painting

of homes mainly in Sauk Rapids, although she will accept work projects from any place in the area, including Sartell. “It’s important I get the word out to let people in this area know about the quality painting, reasonably priced, that I’m going to offer. We’re going to do a very thorough, professional job using the top brands of paint.” Interested homeowners will have a chance to meet with a painter at their homes for a detailed estimate, and that estimate will be completely free of charge. The prospective customer is also free to decline the offer after an estimate is given. Even the sound of Deloera’s voice is unmistakably energetic, upbeat and optimistic. “It’s all about motivation,” she said. “I have a motivation to excel. There is so much a person can do here in America.” Deloera credits her experiences as a student in South Africa for showing her, by contrast, how many chances to succeed exist in America compared to very poor countries. That knowledge, she said, energized her and forged a sense of motivation within her. Her dream job is to open her own Mexican restaurant someday, which she will call “Taqueria Tito’s.” Deloera, 20, who has a Hispanic heritage, speaks fluent English and fluent Spanish. On the SCSU TV station, UTVS, she served as an anchor for a Spanish-language segment of the programming. Anyone interested in becoming a painter, helping do marketing or becoming a painting customer for “College Works Painting” should call Deloera at 320-291-5116. The best time to call is in the early morning or evenings due to her college classes and credit-union work schedule.

Congratulations to Jeanne Jaeger of Sartell, winner of $100 in the “Name that love song” contest. All entries with correct answers were placed in a drawing. See the answers below: 1. Local Blend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg 2. Dr. Contardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S “Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow 3. Russell Eyecare. . . . . . . . . . . . . E “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison 4. On A Lark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac 5. Simple Escape Salon . . . . . . . . . P “Escape” by Rupert Holmes 6. Spicer Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M “Theme Song” from Ice Castles by Melissa Manchester 7. Auto Body 2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . Q “Every Time Two Fools Collide” by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West 8. Northway Eye/Gaida . . . . . . . . I “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel 9. St. Cloud Federal Credit Union . G “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” by the Beatles 10. St. Cloud Floral . . . . . . . . . . . . J “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond 11. For Little Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . R “Puppy Love” by Paul Anka 12. TMT Tree Service . . . . . . . . . . . F “Knock on Wood” by David Bowie 13. Daisy A Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H “Daisy Jane” by America 14. Weddings and More . . . . . . . . . C “Going to the Chapel” by the Dixie Cups 15. CSB Book Lover’s . . . . . . . . . . . A “More Than Words” by Extreme 16. Jack Splash Swim School . . . . . T “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees 17. Robert’s Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . B “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles 18. Movies Etc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . N “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something 19. Wine Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . D “Red Red Wine” by UB40 20. Synergy Chiropractic. . . . . . . . . L “Get Back” by the Beatles

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Prevent abductions: n e r d l i h c r u o y educate RECOGNIzING dANGERS

Just over half of abductions are committed by strangers. While it’s important to keep all the probabilities in balance and to not let fear take over, parents can talk to children about how to recognize some dangers. Tell your children their gut feelings are important. If they don’t feel comfortable responding to an unknown adult’s greeting, children should respect their instincts. Children should never accept a ride from a stranger, even if it’s a plea for help of some kind. Instead, they should run or walk away immediately. Encourage your children to feel confident saying a clear and definitive “no” to strangers. They needn’t feel guilty for refusing any such kind of offers or requests. Teach children if an adult is following him or her on foot they must get away as quickly as possible and get help from a friend’s parent, shopkeeper or a nearby group of adults. If someone follows them in a car, your children should change directions abruptly and avoid any kind of contact. If an adult tells your children someone in their family’s been hurt, such as a parent or a pet, tell them they should always check home to confirm the facts before leaving with the adult to go anywhere, especially if it’s an adult they don’t know very well. The best all-around guideline to teach your children is that feeling safe trumps being polite. Rudeness can be apologized for later, but a sixth-sense about danger is a skill that will serve your children well. Beside abduction and sexual exploitation, Internet dangers are the main societal threat to children’s well-being. To minimize these dangers, there are some precautions parents can take and guidelines

they can offer kids for their use of the Internet. Make sure you know where and when your child is accessing the Internet, whether it’s at school, at a friend’s house, community center or library. Computers outside your own home might not have suitable content filters, so talk to your child about the possibility of coming across inappropriate content. This might be in the form of pornographic images, sexist commentary or hate literature about religions or ethnic groups. Install your own filters and blocking software on home computers so accidents can be minimized. Unfortunately, even with filters some inappropriate images of nudity or sexuality are still just a click away. Talk to your child about what to do if they come across such content. Encourage them to seek out an adult, such as a parent or teacher, immediately. If you sense they wouldn’t be comfortable doing so, try to find out why and make it safe for them to come to you for information or discussions about what they’ve seen.




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Administrative Office 345 30th Ave, N., St. Cloud 320-252-7616 • Eastside Unit - 320 Raymond Ave. N.E. Roosevelt Unit - 345 30th Ave, N. Southside Unit - 1205 6th Ave. S. Discovery KIDSTOP - 700 7th St. S. Kennedy KIDSTOP - 1300 Jade Road Lincoln KIDSTOP - 336 5th Ave. S.E. Oak Ridge KIDSTOP - 1111 27th St. N. Pine Meadow KIDSTOP - 1029 5th St. N. Talahi KIDSTOP 1321 University Drive S.E. Additional sites available!

Center for Diagnostic Imaging Sartell/St. Cloud/Alexandria/ Willmar 320-251-0609

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