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SFX Church to present ‘Music for the Masses’
A “Music for the Masses” concert will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in conjunction with the parish’s fish fry to take place before and after the concert. Organizers of the concert are hoping a free-will offering as admission can raise enough for a “Pay It Forward for Lent,” which would be used to upgrade and to purchase television-related equipment so the St. Cloud Catholic Diocese can continue to televise Masses to elderly, hospitalized and homebound parishioners. Such televised Masses are especially crucial for those people during winter weather.
U of M seeks participants in teen-driver study
Sartell, St. Joseph, St. Cloud and surrounding areas have been selected as recruitment locations for a teen-driver study being conducted by the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the project is to understand teen-driver safety and behaviors as well as parental involvement with teens during the learning phase of driving. The university seeks to recruit 40 teen drivers from the Sartell and St. Joseph areas who currently have their learner’s permit, will receive their provisional driver’s license between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013, are age 16 at that time, and are able to begin the study within one month of their licensure start date. As part of the study, teens will receive a free Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone and a monthly data, text and talk service plan for one year. Additionally, teens will receive a monthly $25 incentive at the end of the year-long study totaling $300. For more information, contact Nichole Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-624-4614.
Sabre dancers earn 2nd, 4th at state tourney by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
After winning fourth-place in the jazz category Friday, the Sartell Sabre Dance Team came back Saturday like gangbusters and danced-kicked their way into second-place honors at the Class AA statewide high-kick competition. It’s the second consecutive year the team won second in the highkick competition at the Minnesota High School Dance Tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis. In 2011, the Sabre dancers won first place for high kicks. After their dance weekend, the girls and coaches celebrated in their Minneapolis motel with a pizza party. The dancers and coaches had a lot to celebrate, a lot to be proud about. The dance scores they received from judges were the best in the history of Sabre Dance Team competition. They received 96 out of a perfect 100 points for high-kick and 93 Dance • page 4
photo by Jack Hellie
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.
Concert to raise funds for televising Masses
by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
A “Music for the Masses” concert will take place at St. Francis Xavier Church at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, in conjunction with the parish’s fish fry. The fish fry in the school cafete-
ria will take place from 4-7 p.m., and the concert will begin right after that in the church. Besides being entertainment, the concert is a free-will offering fundraiser to improve and extend the St. Cloud Catholic Diocese’s recording and broadcasting Masses for homebound people.
hoping a free-will offering can raise enough for a “Pay It Forward for Lent.” One of the organizers is Kelly Marcum, who saw an advertisement about the “Pay It Forward For Lent” program in the St. Cloud Catholic Visitor. The ad said $100 would be given as seed money if Masses • page 3
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at a banquet March 10 in St. Cloud. The council also honored two other social-studies instructors as Teachers of the Year for the high-school and elementaryschool categories. Those honorees are Alan Amdahl of Albany High School and Mariah Singh of Pillsbury Elementary School in Minneapolis. “I was really, really surprised,” Richason said, on hearing she’d been honored. “It’s an honor even to be nominated. There are so many great socialstudies teachers out there and so it’s nice to be recognized by one’s peers.” Richason was nominated for the award by Rochelle Arellano, an intern in Richason’s classroom several years ago. Richason loves teaching so much she attributes her success and her recent honor to her parents from whom she developed a love of learning to her students, their parents and the Sartell-St. Richason • page 5
Richason named statewide social-studies ‘Teacher of Year’
Alzheimer’s Association hosts education series
“Get the Facts,” an educational series of free classes hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association MinnesotaNorth Dakota will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. monthly on Thursdays through May 23 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 CR 137, St. Cloud. Classes are designed for anyone concerned about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. No registration is necessary, and individuals can attend one, several or all of the classes. For information, call 320-257-0699 or visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
Already, people throughout the diocese, including many St. Joseph residents, have expressed interest in the concert since it will benefit parishioners far and wide, especially those who are elderly, physically disabled or shut-ins for other reasons. Organizers of the concert are
Jen Richason, (right) Minnesota Social Studies Teacher of the Year, enjoys a laugh with two of her students, Turner Kuhn (left) and Jaren Martin. Kuhn is showing his painting of a World War I German soldier standing in a trench. The students have been learning about the famed Christmas truce of 1914 during which World War I soldiers on opposing sides climbed out of their trenches and enjoyed a soccer game right in the middle of the brutal, beastly “no man’s land” between the trenches.
Social studies and education are practically birthrights for Jen Richason, Sartell Middle School teacher who was recently honored with the Minnesota Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Richason’s father, Ben, is a geography teacher at St. Cloud State University. Her grandfather, whose name was also Ben, taught geography at Carrol College in Waukesha, Wis. Richason’s mother, Barb, has been a paraprofessional in the St. Cloud School District. “They all had an impact on me,” Richason said. “I’ve always loved geography.” Geography is an integral part of her social-studies classes. Richason was stunned to learn she’d been named a Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Council for Social Studies. The award will be presented officially
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2 Six Sartell students were recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at Concordia College, Moorhead. They are the following: Andrea Franz, freshman, daughter of Jody and Mark Franz; Aron Hoover, sophomore, son of Valery and Chris Hoover; Michelle Moran, junior, daughter of Kris and Ron Moran; Megan Osendorf, senior, daughter of Virginia and Mark Osendorf; and Richard Satterness, sophomore, and Robert Satterness, junior, sons
of Lori and Neil Satterness. To qualify for this designation, students must carry a minimum of 12 semester credits and have a grade point average of at least a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. Meg McClure, daughter of Noel and Matthew McClure, Rice, was recently named to the fall semester dean’s list at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. She is a sophomore at Luther. To achieve this honor, students
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
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If any readers have tips concerning must earn a minimum gradecrimes, they should call the Sartell Police point average of 3.5. Department at 251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
Jennifer Novak, practice administrator at PineCone Vision Center in Sartell was recently Feb. 6 elected president 3:49 a.m. Traffic stop. 6th Street S. of the Minne- Novak A vehicle was witnessed displaying an sota Optometric Association’s expired registration. The driver stated he Paraoptometric Section. was unaware of the expiration. He was
issued a citation and released. 4 p.m. Theft. Walmart. An adult male and female were witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. It was found the male had a warrant for his arrest. He was placed under arrest and given citation for drug paraphernalia, trespassing and theft and then transported to Stearns County Jail. The female was issued a citation for theft and released. Feb. 7 1:47 a.m. Suspicious activity. Kings Court. A complaint was made regarding the homeowner hearing noises behind their home. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate anyone. 10:38 a.m. Burglary. 1st Street N. A report was made of a stolen iPad from a home. The home was unlocked at the time and it’s the only item that was taken. Feb. 8 12:42 p.m. Traffic stop. County Rd 1. A vehicle was witnessed displaying an expired registration. The driver stated she was not aware the tabs were expired. She was issued a citation and released. 1:47 p.m. Traffic stop. County Rd 1. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a suspended license. The driver stated he was not aware of his license status. A citation was issued for driving after suspension and no proof
the driver was released. 6:54 p.m. Traffic stop. Boulder Drive. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 50 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated he was not aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released.
Feb. 9 6:23 p.m. Suspicious activity. 5th Street NE. A complaint was made regarding lights on inside a home that was vacant. Officers arrived and made contact with the homeowners who were just moving some more items out of the home. Feb. 10 3:51 p.m. Vehicle in ditch. Pinecone Road. While on patrol, an officer came across a vehicle stuck in the ditch. The driver stated they slid in and were stuck. At this time a truck stopped and offered to pull the vehicle out. Officers stood by with lights. 6:54 p.m. Loud music. McDonald’s. A complaint was made regarding teenagers in the parking lot playing loud music. Officers arrived and they agreed to turn down the music. Feb. 11 8:47 a.m. Vehicle in ditch. Heritage Road. While on patrol, officers came across a vehicle stuck in the ditch. Officers blocked traffic while the tow truck removed the vehicle. 1:13 p.m. Warrant arrest. County Rd 120. While off-duty, an officer recognized a male who had an arrest warrant. On-duty officers arrived and were able to ID the male and transport him to Stearns County Jail without incident. 1:46 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue S. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 43 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver was aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released.
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Cast members react to ‘Guys and Dolls’ experience
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(Editor’s note: The following sampling of quotes from crew and cast members of the Sartell Middle School musical, “Guys and Dolls,” was submitted by the show’s publicity director, Todd
Masses from front page an organization submits an essay on why money is needed for a “Pay It Forward” good cause. Marcum got to thinking, and an idea popped up in her mind. She is a member of the 20-member St. Francis Xavier Worship Ensemble, which sings at Mass during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Why not put on a concert?, Marcum asked herself. The other members, when they heard of the idea, were boundlessly enthusiastic, and they started
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Orth of Sartell.) “Guys and Dolls,” which opened Thursday, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Sartell High School. Tickets are available at the door. Senior citizens are admitted free. Directed by Rick Cicharz, the
perennially popular musical features 48 actors, three stage managers and a crew of 45. It’s one of the most ambitious theater productions in the history of Sartell, with 105 students having tried out for the roles. The following are reactions from those involved with the pro-
duction about “Guys and Dolls.” Blayne Gardner, lighting: “I love being in theater. It’s a great extracurricular activity.” Raija Layne, stage manager: “Mr. Cicharz (the director) makes each play his own.” Autumn Fosteson, who plays one of the Dolls: “I tried out for
another play, but I did not make it. My friends said I should try out for a part in ‘Guys and Dolls’ and so I went for it.” Katie Kulus, who plays Sarah Brown: “I love to sing and become a different person for awhile. I saw a little bit of myself Cast • page 7
the planning process. Soon others, also enthused, became involved. The Worship Ensemble choir has sung during recorded Masses, and Marcum knows how crucial recorded Masses are for so many people. In fact, some fellow parishioners have told Marcum how their elderly parents, who are not physically disabled, are afraid to leave the house on Sundays for Mass because they are afraid of slipping, falling and injuring themselves. The only way they can participate in a Mass, at least vicariously, is through television. Churches throughout the entire
St. Cloud Diocese take turns recording Mass. Every Tuesday, priests come from churches to the Pastoral Center right across from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud. There, they say Mass while it is recorded. Two liturgies are recorded prior to their respective air dates and are then later broadcast on local-channel TV stations throughout the diocese. The large St. Cloud Catholic Diocese extends as far south as Elk River, north to the Menagha area and west to Brown’s Valley. Marcum said the Mass-recording equipment is badly in need of upgrades, and some of it needs to
be new as it is beyond repair. “There are probably thousands of people -- at least -- who depend upon TV Masses,” said Marcum. “They are even shown in nursing homes.” The St. Cloud Diocesan TC Mass is even broadcast to houses and nursing homes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Marcum also noted as the population continues to age, with more baby boomers now over 60, there will be even more need for televised Masses. Besides Lenten music as sung by the Worship Ensemble, the “Mu-
sic for the Masses” concert will be performed by an ensemble of vocalists, guitarists, bassists, percussionists, keyboardists and other instrumentalists. Musicians from other parishes are welcome to bring their instruments and voices to add to the entertainment. Anyone who cannot come to the concert can, if they wish, send a contribution check written out to St. Francis Xavier Church (put “TV Mass” in the memo area) and send it to the church at 219 2nd St. N., Sartell, MN 56377. For more information, call the church at 252-1363.
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phen team always competes in the AA category of high-school competition. The category is determined by the size of school. There are three categories: A, AA and AAA. The winner of the AA highkick competition last weekend was Chaska, which also took first place in the jazz-dance competition. Chaska was also tops last year. Totino-Grace of Fridley took third place in high-kick, followed by Austin, Benilde-St. Margaret’s of Faribault and St. Cloud Cathephoto by Jack Hellie The Sartell-St. Stephen Sabre dancers perform their high-kicks dral. In the jazz competition, Benilnumber at the statewide Target Center Dancing Tournament de-St. Margaret’s was runner-up last Saturday, a performance that earned them second place in to the champion, Chaska. Totinothe Class AA category. From left to right (in front) are Avalon Grace placed third, followed by Schlect, Hannah Carey, Jenna Klein and Paige Seegers-Kyle. Sartell-St. Stephen, Simley of Inwere competing against the best ver Grove Heights and St. Cloud of the best, and getting second Cathedral. Four Sabre dancers were place was quite an accomplishment. Just being at the event is an named by their peers to be on from front page amazing achievement. The whole all-tournament teams. Ashley team worked so hard, and they Bartlett and Ashley Regnier are for jazz. put so much heart in their per- on the all-tournament jazz team; “They were our best perfor- formances. So much power and and Jenna Runge and Amanda mances of the year,” said Head so much strength in their dance Smith are on the all-tournament Coach Kelly McCarney. “The moves.” high-kicks team. coaching staff is very proud of Dancing is based on a scoring McCarney is now in her 11th all the girls. They are the hardest- year as a Sabre dancing coach. system of up to 100. The jazz working group I’ve ever had. We The 34-member Sartell-St. Ste- category criteria are execution,
choreography, skills and difficulty of the dance. The high-kicks criteria are those four in addition to technique and height of kicks. McCarney is the head coach for the Sabre dancers, with assistance from coaches Brianna Hoffarth, Kelsey Keller and Molly Carey. Competing in the state tournament was “very exciting and even overwhelming,” said dancer Regnier, a high school senior. “There were definitely a lot of feelings in the Target Center,” she said. The wins for Sartell, she added, were the result of lots of hard work and team togetherness paying off. The Sabre dancers had a very busy season, with competition events just about every weekend. The girls would practice every day after school until 6 p.m. and sometimes early in the morning before school and on the rare weekends when there were no contests. “It takes a lot of time management,” Regnier said. “Dance is a big part of our lives.” The goal is to make all that hard work look “easy” for the
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 audiences. That hard work and resultant ease came shining through especially in their jazz number, Regnier said. “Even though we won fourth place, we were all so happy about that jazz performance,” she said. “It was a peak performance, and we are very proud and happy about it.” The jazz number was danced to the song “Jazz Shake It” by Florence and the Machine. The music for the team’s high-kick number was a medley of tunes from the movie “All That Jazz” and some music from the movie “Chicago.” For that number, the girls wore sparkly Roaring 20s flapper outfits created by Barb Fleck of Sartell, who has created, sewn and mended outfits for the dancers for many years. The dancers’ numbers are choreographed by a small group of junior and senior dancers, as well as the coaches. Dancing, Regnier said, will always be a part of her life, but she doesn’t intend to make it a career. Instead, she is going to study nursing, starting next year at the University of North Dakota.
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tant? “Regardless of what job you have,” Richason said, “we are all citizens, and we have a responsibility to vote and to work together to solve problems. We are all bound together by being part of society and that need to work together. Social studies really does help students become active participants in society.” Social studies, including geography, gives people a foundation of knowledge about the world so they can become informed, active citizens, she added. Social studies, in addition, also helps students learn about the increasing diversity of today’s world. Recently, Richason’s students read a novel entitled “Kimchi and Kalamari.” The book is about a Korean boy who was adopted by an Italian-American family in New Jersey. The boy Richason • page 8
from front page Stephen School District. “As a teacher, I feel a part of this community,” she said. “I feel the community’s supportive power from all the families. And the kids are so excited to learn I feel blessed to be teaching here. It’s not hard to be a good teacher with students like this.” And Richason’s students return that admiration all the time. After they heard she’d been named Social Studies Teacher of the Year, the students gave her a great big congratulations signed by them and other teachers. “That was really special,” she said. “It was so thoughtful of the kids. It was better than any award. Nothing is better than kids telling me they love my class.” Richason said her students are very much connected to the “now” and are aware of history and current events, which makes teaching a joy for her because her students are so keen on learning. Geography, like penmanship, seems to have become the “forgotten” subject in many schools’ curricula, but not in Sartell. Geography, Richason is quick to note, is more than just place names and features on a map. Richason weaves geography into a study of history, culture, economics, current events and other topics under the rubric of social studies. Recently, for example, her students studied the sinking of the ship Lusitania and how that tragedy helped bring the United States into World War I. Why is social studies impor-
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Children and teens should be taught to check first with parents and caregivers before going anywhere with anyone, accepting gifts or allowing someone to photograph them. If anyone attempts to force the child to go somewhere with them without being able to check first, they should be taught to yell “Call 911” or “Help” in a low, strong voice and run to another adult for help.
Attention and affection trap
Adults use attention and affection as the primary way to exploit children and teens. Tell your child adults who have your best intentions in mind want to be a mentor and not a significant other. Talk to your teen about the dangers of being in a “relationship” with an adult. If your child or teen suspects an adult is attempting to start a “romantic relationship” with them, they should talk to a parent right away.
Hang-out in groups
Know all about you
Encourage children and teens to walk to and from school, wait at the bus stop, go out into the community and spend recreational time in groups. It’s not only a safe idea – it’s also more fun. Parents should know the names and contact information for who their child likes to spend time with both in-person and online.
Children and teens need to know their phone number, address, parents’ or caregivers’ numbers, along with other important contact information like their school information and numbers of trusted adults. Practice making a 911 call with your child as a way of practicing reciting the information in case of emergency.
Trust your instincts
Remember to talk about online safety
Teach your children how to recognize their gut instinct or “uh-oh” feeling. If a child or teen is in a situation where their gut is telling them something is wrong they should leave and check in with a parent or caregiver. If a certain individual gives your child that “uh-oh” feeling, make it a family policy they are not allowed to spend time with that person unless the parent/caregiver is present.
Talk about all secrets
Children and teens need to be taught not to give out personal or emotionally private information online. Youth should not meet people from online in real life without parental permission and involvement. If children see themselves as a part of the solution to keep the Internet safer they may be more likely to report inappropriate emails and communication to a parent. Parents can use www.cybertipline.com to report online luring or other illegal online behavior that puts children and teens at risk.
Mentors are important
Parents/caregivers should help children and teens develop a list of five trusted adults and their phone numbers so they can contact them if they ever need additional help or guidance.
Say no, get away, tell an adult
Parents should talk to their children about times when they may need to say no to an adult. If a child is being tricked into confusing or harmful touch s/he should be taught to say ‘no’ loudly. Then s/he should get away from the situation and tell a trusted adult. Reinforce with your child if they are ever tricked into a harmful touch it’s not their fault and you will love them no matter what.
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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
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Ability to work together makes Sartell special The reason Sartell is such a thriving, dynamic, wonderful city to live in is very simple, really. Its people are adept at working together. One can see that in how the city staff works together as a unit to solve problems and to explore opportunities. That team spirit came to the forefront in the wake of the Verso paper mill disaster last year, but it’s been there all along. The police and fire department personnel, along with city staff, worked incredibly as a team during those long, anguished days and nights. The ability to work together is everywhere evident in Sartell’s schools, and it’s no wonder at all most people who move to the city cite “excellent school system” as their reason. The newspaper hears that again and again from new residents and from those who have lived in the city for a long time. This working together in community spirit is especially evident to the Newsleader news staff. Through hundreds of Sartell-based stories throughout the years, that community spirit has been a constant, recurring theme. Typically, when there is a triumph or success of some kind, people involved are quick to give credit to others or to laud the team effort. The following are just two recent examples. In a news-story interview with teacher Jen Richason, who was named statewide Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, she praised her students, their parents and the Sartell community for the honor that was bestowed upon her. Those supportive qualities, especially her keenly interested and bright students, create an environment in which it’s “easy” to be a good teacher, Richason said. And this was not false modesty at all. Richason, in a kind of hushed voice of awe, elaborated on how and why Sartell is such a supportive place to work. Such strong support, she said, naturally brings out the best in people’s efforts. Another Newsleader story is about the Sabre Dance Team, who took two honors at the state tourney at Target Center last weekend. One of the dancers interviewed, Ashley Regnier, gave credit to the hard work of all of the team dancers. And so did the head coach, Kelly McCarney. The dancing awards, she said, are a direct result of tight teamwork, Regnier said, giving special praise to the teamwork of the coaches. That theme surfaces again and again in news stories about school successes – academic, athletic and in all extracurricular programs. Students and teachers and other residents give credit where credit is due, to individuals involved, but they always underline the importance of the team and the support system that helped individuals achieve what they did. They make it abundantly clear that success does not occur in a vacuum – that many sources nourish it and make it possible. Such sterling qualities, of course, are not unique just to Sartell. But anyone who has worked in the city and observed its workings for any length of time will testify the spirit of community in Sartell is indeed remarkable. Alive and well. And it’s refreshing these days to hear people not crow about “me, me, me” but rather “us, us, us.”
Should students have to learn foreign language? Should study of a foreign language be required in high school or college? I used to think so; now I’m not so sure. After all, how many foreign-language students go on to advanced study of a language to become fluent enough to use that language in their lives? Most who took a year or two of a language can remember only a phrase or two of what they’d learned. Those “Rosetta Stone” commercials imply acquiring language proficiency is a snap. When the people on that commercial say they learned to “speak” a language, what do they mean by “speak?” Do they mean a handful of handy phrases to be used abroad when shopping or asking directions to the nearest bathroom? Do they mean an ability to carry on a deep conversation or merely a kindergarten-level give-and-take with native speakers? Now don’t get me wrong. Rosetta Stone is as good or better than any language-learning program available. However, I think people should know that learning a language – truly learning it – is a lot more difficult than they would suppose. It takes extended time, effort and dedicated study. I took two years of French in high school. I chose that language because I admired the French painters and authors so much. My high-school hope was to learn French well enough at least to read
Dennis Dalman Editor some of those writers in the original. It was a thrill, many years later, when I visited France, to be able to speak “un peu de francais” (a little French), and I do mean “a little.” I knew enough to get by – barely. Crude as my language skills were, it was exhilarating to hear living French all around me – the language I’d only known as classroom-textbook exercises years before. “J’entre dans la salle de classe,” is what the stunning Ms. Schneiderhan said to us as she entered that classroom at St. Cloud’s South Junior High School the first day of French class in 1961. “I’m entering the classroom” is what the words meant. In those school days, I never even imagined I’d someday get to go to France. When I did, in 1981, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. After my visit to France, I was determined to improve my French. I studied vocabulary, pondered lists of verb tenses, listened to all kinds of videocassettes (and later CDs) similar to Rosetta Stone. After all these years, I’m still studying French with no illusions that I will come even close to mastering it. It’s
an ongoing struggle I enjoy. I can now read French novels fairly well, although with a French-English dictionary ready at one elbow and sometimes even the English version of the novel propped up nearby on the table. Reading French is still one of my methods of studying it, trying to improve. Another method is to order French movies via Netflix so I can try to understand the dialogue without peeking at the subtitles. I peek a lot, partly because there is so much slang, which French characters rattle off at such lickety-split speed. Some people, including most kids, have an inborn facility for quickly learning languages. How I envy them. What a pleasure it would be to spend another lifetime mastering many languages. It’s not to be, but meantime I’m enjoying my adventures in French studies. I’ve always been grateful for my “professeurs de francais” – Miss Schneiderhan and Mr. Fortier. They encouraged me to keep studying the language. I’m glad French was an academic offering in high school. Otherwise, I’m sure I would never have pursued it. I hope lots of students get “hooked” on a foreign language the way I got hooked on French. I’m still not sure foreign languages should be required, but I do hope they will at least be always and everywhere available for any student eager to embark on a lifetime language adventure.
Letters to editor
Lines of opportunity abound with wind industry by John Crabtree email@example.com, Center for Rural Affairs Tapping America’s vast wind resources requires a commitment to building high-capacity transmission infrastructure. An improved electrical grid will create rural jobs in both transmission and wind industries, bring more wind energy online and help secure a clean energy future in regions rich in wind potential. Unfortunately, the existing transmission network was not designed to penetrate lightly populated regions of the Midwest and Great Plains, a region brimming with wind-energy potential. Instead, the grid was designed to connect large, individual generating units with specific population centers. Conse-
quently, states like Minnesota, with the 10th best wind-development potential among the states, are leaving too much on the table when it comes to economic development and energy independence. Transmission lines of 400 kV or larger are needed in greater numbers if these states hope to integrate more wind power into their energy portfolio. But a recent Center for Rural Affairs report (http:// files.cfra.org/pdf/OpportunityontheLine. pdf) found current transmission infrastructure in the 10 states with the highest potential for wind development have only 6 percent of such high-capacity transmission lines - 2,348 of 37,736 miles nationally. Moreover, of the 3,710 miles of lines
with carrying capacity greater than 600 kV across the country, only 9 miles are located in states that lead the nation in wind potential, accounting for less than 0.3 percent of the total. More efficient use of infrastructure now in place is a crucial first step, and commitment to an improved, expanded grid must come next. The Center for Rural Affairs was established in 1973 as an unaffiliated nonprofit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3. The Center for Rural Affairs was formed by rural Nebraskans concerned about family farms and rural communities, and we work to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.
Reader offers link to test motion-induced blindness Ken Hiemenz, St. Joseph I write this in the hope it will keep people safe while driving. Some of you may already know this. This is frightening! It works exactly like it says, and is one major reason people in cars can look right at you (when you’re on a motorcycle or bicycle) and not see you. From a former naval aviator. This is a great illustration of what we were
taught about scanning outside the cockpit when I went through training back in the 1950s. We were told to scan the horizon for a short distance, stop momentarily, and repeat the process. I can remember being told why this was the most effective technique to locate other aircraft. It was emphasized (repeatedly) to NOT fix your gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. The instructors, some of whom were WWII veterans with years of experience,
instructed us to continually “keep our eyes moving and our head on a swivel” because this was the best way to survive, not only in combat, but from peacetime hazards (like a midair collision) as well. We basically had to take the advice on faith (until we could experience it for ourselves) because the technology to demonstrate it didn’t exist at that time. Go to the following link below for a demonstration, http://www.msf-usa.org/ motion.htm.
15 issue. It is wonderful to hear the voice of reason in what sometimes seems to be
the headquarters for illogical and narrow-minded thinking. (I live in Stearns County).
Reader says fabulous opinion column in the Feb. 15 issue Fairness and ethics
Newsleader staff members have the responsibility to report news fairly and accurately and are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers are encouraged to take complaints to the Minnesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the public and the media and resolve conflicts. The council office may be reached at 612-341-9357.
Judith Bergerson, Sartell Fabulous opinion column in the Feb.
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Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
from page 3 in the character.” Friday, Feb. 22 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall, 610 North County Road 2, St. Joseph. www.stjosephfarmersmarket.com. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 145 2nd Ave. NE, Rice. Night of the Stars, sponsored by District 742 Local Education and Activities Foundation, 7 p.m., Paramount Arts Theater, 913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 320-259-5463. Saturday, Feb. 23 “Gardening Knowledge for Free” by Stearns County Master Gardeners, 8:15 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center,
Turner Kuhn, who plays Nathan Detroit: “I watched my sister play Sarah Brown a few years ago, and I wanted to play a character that was far from that part. It’s been fun.”
Camilo Hernandez, who plays Sky Masterson: “I usually do sports. This winter, I either did swimming or I did this play. Being in a play is not tough, but it’s harder than it looks. Learn-
ing lines is more difficult than it seems. This is my first play so I was curious as to what it would be like. I like singing best.” Quinne Ingemansen, who plays Miss Adelaide: “I have high
energy, and a good New York accent. My brother and I talk in a New York accent a lot for fun. I like meeting people I have not known before. When I got the Cast • page 8
St. Cloud. 320-255-6169. Sartell Community Showcase, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sartell Middle School, 627 Third Ave. N., Sartell. A free, family-focused event with a “Cirque du Sartell”(circus) theme includes booths from many area businesses/organizations, kids’ activities, games, inflatables, open swimming and door prizes.Entertainment from various groups will be held at 10 a.m. and noon. The LeSauk Lions will sell food at the event too. Call 320258-6061, e-mail info@sartellchamber. com or visit www.sartellchamber.com.
Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171.
Thursday, Feb. 28 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Time Management, professional development for busy people, noon-1 p.m., Resource Training and Solutions, 4150 2nd St. S., Suite 550, St. Cloud. 320-255-3236. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Practice Tips for Caregivers; caregiver panel, 6:30-8 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 C.R. 137, St. Cloud. 320-257-0699.
St. Cloud. Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 145 2nd Ave. NE, Rice.
Monday, Feb. 25 Extension committee meetings, 9 a.m. Stearns County meeting; 10:00 a.m. Tri-county meeting, Midtown Office Complex, Room 108, St. Cloud. 320255-6169. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud Blood Donation Center, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Blood drive, 12:30-6:30 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2405 Walden Way, St. Cloud. 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org. Wednesday, Feb. 27 GAPs: On-Farm Food Safety Workshop, sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension Service, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stearns County Service Center, Waite Park. 320-255-6169.
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Turner Kuhn as “Nathan Detroit” and Quinne Ingemansen as “Miss Adelaide” rehearse a scene from “Guys and Dolls.” The Sartell High School musical will be performed two more times, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Sartell High School. Tickets are available at the door.
from page 7 role of Adelaide, I was super happy. I was jumping up and down! I have six costumes to get in and out of. Sometimes it’s hard to get in full character, and sometimes it’s hard to get back out of character.” Aidan Speckhard, who plays Nicely Nicely: “Singing is the easiest. I am trying out for ‘Les Miserables.’ I like being a part of a group of students who shares an interest in theater, students I
can rely on.” Nikki Walters, stage manager: “Mr. Cicharz the director makes the play a lot of fun. He makes it unique. We get to meet students we did not know in seventh and eighth grades. I love working with people.” Tracy Watkin, set design: “The crew really worked hard to put the set together. I put drills in their hands and they just went at it.” Rick Cicharz, director: “This is a great cast. They are fun to work with. Many students put in 70-80 hours of rehearsals.”
Richason from page 5 undergoes some cultural-identity problems he tries to resolve. When his teacher asks him to write an essay about culture and ethnicity, the boy writes he has decided he is, like many others, a human version of a layered cultural ethnic “sandwich.” The title of the book refers to a spicy fermented-vegetable Korean dish (kimchi) and cooked squid (kalamari) so popular with many Italians.
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The theme of that novel, Richason said, is becoming increasingly apparent in the greater St. Cloud and Sartell area, with people of varying ethnic backgrounds and so many ethnic foods now available in markets and restaurants. That diversity, she said, is one of the main reasons for teaching and learning social studies, so people can become aware of and understand other cultures. Richason assigned a “cultural sandwich” essay to her students similar to the one assigned to the Korean boy in “Kimchi and Kalamari.” She was tremendously ill e-w ing e r r F ffe o
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impressed by how the students, in their essays, described with keen insights and understanding the many forms of diversity in Sartell and the surrounding area and their belonging within it. Born in Michigan, Richason earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies with an emphasis on history from SCSU. Right after graduating, she landed her job in Sartell and has been teaching there happily for 15 years. She and her husband, Glen Tautges, have two children – Will, a fourth-grader; and Annabelle, a first-grader, both at Pine Meadow Elementary School.
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