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Sartell Hockey Association to host gun raffle

The Sartell Hockey Association is hosting a Scheels gun raffle with 100 firearms. Participants have a 1:20 chance of winning with the grand prize being a $1,749 Baretta A 300, 12-gauge. Winners may also use the gift card for any other merchandise in the St. Cloud Scheels store or online. To purchase tickets online, to see a list of firearms and values, or for more information visit

Birdhouse building project set March 19

A youth birdhouse-building project is scheduled from noon3 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at St. Stephen City Hall, 2 Sixth Ave. SE. The project is sponsored by the St. Stephen Sportsmen’s Club and the City of St. Stephen.

Empty Bowls set March 25

Empty Bowls, a soup benefit and arts and crafts fair, will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. There will be music, kids’ activities and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit Place of Hope Ministries. For more information, visit

April 1 deadline for disabled turkey hunt

The deadline is April 1 for people with physical disabilities to apply for a turkey hunt at Rockville County Park and Nature Preserve and Spring Hill County Park. The hunts will take place in April and May. Applications can be obtained through the website of Midwest Outdoors Unlimited,, or by calling the Stearns County Park Department at 320-255-6172. Applications can also be picked up at the park office located at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve, 1802 CR 137 in Waite Park.

Food Share Month matches donations

March is Food Share Month in Minnesota where donations are matched throughout the month. During this time of significant economic distress, many area families are using local food shelves more than ever before. Consider leveraging the match by running a food drive within your work place, church or service club and donate to your local food shelf. Food shelves include the following: Catholic Charities Emergency Services at 320-2294560; C.R.O.S.S. Center of Benton County at 320-968-7012; and The Salvation Army at 320-252-4552.

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Council approves major contracts for center by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell Community Center now under construction will have a management team and a form of library service in place after it opens, possibly as early as this September. At its March 13 meeting, the Sartell City Council voted 3-2 to approve a two-year contract with ProFields, an athletic-field management service based in St. Cloud. ProFields will staff, manage and seek rental contracts for the center. City Administrator and Financial Planner Mary Degiovanni said having a professional experienced service like ProFields manage the center for the first two years will be a good thing, giving the city time to learn how to operate such a center – something the city has never done before. Before the “hard opening” of the center, the city will pay

Artwork courtesy of the City of Sartell website

This is an artist’s conception of how the Sartell Community Center will look on a summertime day. about $53,000 in planning-management costs. After that, the fee for ProFields’ services will be determined month by month. It’s estimated operation and management of the center will cost about $297,000 per year, minus the $100,000 or so estimated income from rentals, ad-

vertising rights, sales of items and and other fees. The council also agreed to a five-year contract with the St. Cloud-based Great River Regional Library System for a type of outreach library service known as “Local Material Delivery Return,” dubbed “locker

system library service.” What it means is Sartell residents will be able to order library materials that will be delivered by GRRL staff to secure lockers within the community center. The residents, when done with the materials, can return them to the Council • page 4

MathCounts champ Zhang to compete nationally by Dennis Dalman

A Sartell Middle School eighth-grader, David Zhang, proved himself to be a math prodigy when he scored tops among 135 participants in the MathCounts competition March 11 in Plymouth.

Last year, Zhang placed second in the contest. This was his third consecutive year of competition. Z h a n g , Zhang son of Shiju Zhang and Saihua

Three youth hockey teams advance to state this weekend contributed article

The Sartell Youth Hockey Association has three teams advancing to the state tournament this weekend. The PeeWee A, PeeWee B, and Girls 15UB teams were either the first or second seed in their region to advance. It has been several years since the association has had this many teams advance. Qualifying for the state tournament requires the teams are first or second seed in their district and regional tournaments. Sartell is part of Minnesota State Hockey District 5, which has 11 teams competing in the state tournament at varying levels. This is a record number for the district. “The number of teams ad-

vancing this year is a true indication of the growth of the sport regionally,” said Dena Walters, president of the Sartell Youth Hockey Association Board. “We have had record numbers of Mite (entry level skaters) registrations for several years. As the kids age this means greater competition locally, which creates stronger players at all levels. “We are so proud of these teams and what they have accomplished this year. Many of the kids have been skating together since they were 3 years old. We are just beginning to see years of hard work payoff.” To read the entire article and view team photos, visit and search Three Sartell youth hockey teams advance to state.

Yu, is now a member of the Minnesota MathCounts team that will compete nationally May 13-16 in Tampa, Fla. The other three members of the team were the top winners, after Zhang, in the Plymouth competition. The four-member Sartell team, which included Zhang,

placed fourth in the math meet. The Sartell team placed third in 2015, also when Zhang was a member. MathCounts, founded in 1984, is a national program that promotes mathematical excellence. It’s sponsored and coordinated by volunteers from the Zhang • page 3

Oak Ridge hosts Family Bingo Night

photo by Jenny McDermond

Nine-year-old Mylie Parker plays bingo at Family Bingo Night March 10 at Oak Ridge Elementary School. The event is a fundraiser for the Parent-Teacher Organization, which funds all field trips, audio systems in the classrooms, supplies for incentive programs as well as school community events and more. For additional photos, visit

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The Sartell Sabres Pee Wee B1 White hockey team took home the title of District 5 Pee Wee B Champions Feb. 26 after defeating St. Michael Albertville at the District Championship game at the Municipal Ice Arena in St. Cloud. Congratulations on a great season Sabres. Team members include the following: (front row, from left to right) Connor Freeman, Charlie Lindell, Camron Rohe and Beau Supan; and (back row) Ben Cihlar, Drew Ritter, Anna Lundeen, Blake Legatt, Trey Hilger, Elias Hill and Sam Lemieur. Not pictured: Anden VanDenBerg.

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Congratulations to the fourth-grade Boys Blue Team, ending the basketball season on a high note with a third-place win at Big Lake’s Hornet Hoops Classic Tournament. A great season overall with a season record of 8-9, outscoring their opponents 420 to 352. The team took home one second-place medal and two third-place medals. Thanks to coaches, Dan, Andy, Marc and Trisha for a great season. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Ashton Kodet, Jalen Schumann, Calen Cone, Brayden Simones and Coach Dan Schumann; (back row) Coach Andy Cone, Jacob Ertl, Mason Wiechmann, Andrew Nelson, Ben Lawson, Joshua Orjansen and Coach Mark Orjansen. Not pictured Coach Trisha Schumann.

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Ida Sass (second from right) received the Spirit of Aging award at the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, the state’s largest and most comprehensive aging services conference attended by more than 4,200 older-adult-services professionals. Pictured (left to right) are the following: Libbie Lindberg, chair, LeadingAge Minnesota Stars Among Us Awards Committee; Gayle Kvenvold, president and CEO, LeadingAge Minnesota; Sass; and Mark Anderson, chair, LeadingAge Minnesota Board of Directors. Ida Sass, a resident and active volunteer at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids, was recently honored by LeadingAge Minnesota with the Spirit of Aging Award. The award honors an older adult who exemplifies the concept of positive and active aging. Sass was selected from a pool of nominations submitted by a field of 750 senior-care organizations throughout the state. “When it comes to identifying an exceptional older adult who embodies the proactive and positive attributes of energized aging, it’s Ida Sass,” said Barb Rebischke, vice president of Outreach Services at Good Shepherd Community. “She has made a positive difference in the lives of others, and brings her optimistic view of life to everyone.” Sass’ vibrant energy helped her survive the Spanish flu era, the Dust Bowl, the Depression and two World Wars. She has always led an active family and personal life, started the

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March 1 1:01 a.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. While on patrol, an officer located a vehicle with a license-plate light not working. The officer conducted a traffic stop and learned the driver had a suspended license. A K9 was called to the scene to perform an exterior sniff on the vehicle and indicated positive for narcotics. A baggy containing methamphetamine was located. The passenger admitted ownership of the drugs and was arrested and charged with fifth-degree controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was issued a citation for driving after suspension. 5:40 p.m. No-contact-order violation. High Drive. Officers were dispatched for a report of a no-contact-order violation in progress. While attempting to make the arrest and upon searching their person, the suspect pulled a small bag of methamphetamine out of their pocket, chewed and swallowed it. The suspect was transported to the hospital by ambulance and once released, transported to jail. March 2 5 p.m. Juvenile runaway. 1700 block of Pinecone Road S. Officers were dispatched for a juvenile runaway who was seen inside a local business by the parent, refusing to return home. Upon arrival, officers and the parents located the juvenile and spoke with them regarding their behavior. The juvenile was transported home by the parents and upon arrival, attempted to run away again. The juvenile then went inside their home and no further assistance was needed from police. 6:29 p.m. Stalled vehicle. Hwy. 15 Bridge of Hope. While on patrol, an officer located a

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Zhang from front page Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers. An average of 1,200 Minnesota middle-school students are MathCounts competitors every year from various chapters within the state, although only about 150 or fewer of them qualify for state competition. Sartell had another individual winner in statewide MathCounts in 1992 – Wesley Terwey, who placed third in the contest in 1991. Zhang and his three team members moved on to state competition after winning the chapter meet earlier this year.

In Plymouth, the meet consisted of mostly written questions and concluded with oral questions. “It felt good to win,” Zhang told the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader in a March 13 interview. “I was not nervous because I competed in it three times before.” Zhang’s favorite school subject is science. He plans to study engineering, hopefully at the prestigious, world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Zhang’s father, a statistics professor at St. Cloud State University, is the volunteer coach for Sartell MathCounts. David has an older sister, Cindy, and a younger sister, Allison, both of whom also excel at mathe-


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The Sartell Middle School MathCounts team took fourth place at the 2017 statewide MathCounts competition in Plymouth. One of its members, David Zhang (second from right), was the top scorer of 135 participants in the event and will go on to national competition with the four-member Minnesota team. The Sartell team members are (left to right) sixth-grader Emma Yao; and eighth-graders Alice Colatrella, Will Yu and David Zhang. The team’s coach is Shiju Zhang, father of David.

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The community-center management contract is the second the city has agreed to with Pro-

Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader • Fields in the past month. At its Feb. 27 meeting, the council agreed to a joint contract for ProFields to do turf management for athletic fields at Pinecone Central Park, the Champion baseball field and some school-district fields. The other two signatories on the turf contract are the school district and the Pinecone Central Park Association. ProFields had done turf control last

year on those fields. The city’s share of the contract is $19,800. At the March 13 meeting, ProFields owner Brian Deyak spoke to the council and gave some background about himself and his company, which he started about three years ago. For 26 years, Deyak helped manage the St. Cloud Municipal Athletic Complex, which involved all phases of manage-

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ment, mostly concerning Joe Faber Field and Dick Putz Field. In 2004, with just four days notice, Deyak helped make the complex arrangements required by candidate George W. Bush for a campaign rally on Dick Putz Field during Bush’s successful re-election effort. In 2015, Deyak resigned to form his own turf-management company, ProFields, which now has about 20 employees. Deyak, a married father of two grown children, is a graduate of Apollo High School and St. Cloud State University.

Library service

The city will pay about $71,000 for the start-up costs of the library locker system, according to Degiovanni. In the second year, the city would pay about $22,500, and in subsequent years GRRL would be financially responsible for continuing service, to be negotiated with the city. Degiovanni said contributions to the city already committed for the center will more than pay for the $71,000 needed for start-up costs. Council member Ryan Fitzthum said he finds that cost for library service “discomforting.” He said so many residents want “premiere fields” in the city and he does not consider a library locker system “premiere.” Putting so much city money into that library service puts a burden on other organizations in the city, Fitzthum said, which does not seem fair because so many people he’s talked with are absolutely opposed to the funding of a library service for Sartell.

Council member David Peterson took issue with Fitzthum’s contention about the city putting so much up-front money into a library service. The city, Peterson said, has spent much more up-front money for the center itself, not even including the locker-library system. Fitzthum said he understood the GRRL had decided not to allow a branch library in Sartell. Degiovanni said no, that GRRL policy is that a branch library must be at least 15 minutes away from another branch library. That would not disallow a branch library somewhere in Sartell, but the location of the community center, as has been understood from the get-go, is too close to the St. Cloud and Waite Park libraries for it to house a branch library under GRRL rules.


The two council members who voted no to the above proposals are Mike Chisum and David Peterson. Voting for them were Ryan Fitzthum, Pat Lynch and Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll. Peterson, in voting no, said he thinks the council should have had more time to study the ProFields proposal, that it was presented too suddenly to the council and that other companies should have been considered, perhaps as part of a bidding process. He also said the council should have had more time to find out how other cities handle management and operation of their community centers. Peterson also disagreed with the library “locker system,” stating Sartell residents in surveys and in voting twice for the re-

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Friday, March 17, 2017 gional half-cent sales-tax referendum made their feelings known – that they wanted a branch library, which was consistently among the top three resident priorities in citywide surveys. Peterson said if the city spends all of its sales-tax money without saving some for a potential branch library some day, a branch library would be impossible, barring property taxes to pay for one. Council member Mike Chisum gave similar comments. A “locker library” service, he said, would likely preclude the possibility of someday getting a branch library in Sartell. Chisum said while a locker system is the best alternative for library service at the moment, it shouldn’t be a long-term be-all, end-all substitute for a bricksand-mortar branch library. Chisum said residents should be surveyed again as to whether they want a branch library. He said while campaigning door-to-door for his city-council seat, the split about the library was about 40-40-20, with 40 percent strongly in favor of a branch library, 40 percent strongly against one and 20 percent not expressing an opinion. Chisum said his conclusion is not scientific, therefore a survey should be conducted. And even if 40 percent of people are against a library, does that mean one should never be built?, he asked. Degiovanni said it’s difficult to do a survey on a library because every person has his or her own idea of what a “library” should be. She and several council members said the locker-library service will likely

spark interest from residents as to whether they are satisfied with it or want some forms of expanded library services. Mayor Nicoll said there actually will be a library in the center – a 2,500 square-foot space with the locker system, donated books along the walls, space for storybook get-togethers for children and quiet spaces for people to read or work on their iPads or other activities. “It is a library, no doubt about it,” Nicoll said. “The locker system is just an addition to it (a library).” Nicoll also said the locker-service will have more open hours than a library branch would. Council member Pat Lynch also expressed approval for the locker system, which he said will be about one-tenth of the cost of maintaining a branch library.



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Residents of Sartell and LeSauk Townships are invited to give input to a corridor-study project involving the possible extension of 15th Street N. at an open house from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at Sartell City Hall. At issue is the possible extension of 15th Street between Pinecone Road on the east to Township Road/75th Avenue to the west. Although there are no current plans for the extension, the city, the township and SRF Consulting Group Inc., the three hosts of the open house, want citizen input about several factors if the extension should someday be realized, including

identification of a feasible alignment and design elements such as roadway lighting, sidewalks/ trails, landscaping and so forth. At the meeting, there will be informational maps, diagrams of possible configurations and city, township and consulting-group people to answer questions next to the information booths in city hall. Although there are no current plans for that extension, it’s mentioned in both the city’s comprehensive plan and in the financial-management plan for future construction.

Despite no definitive plans at this time, the project potential has been divided into Phase I and Phase II. The first phase would most likely be from Pinecone Road to 19th Avenue because that’s where traffic needs are greatest now. Phase II (from 19th Avenue to Township Road/75th Avenue would be done only as development would happen in that area; 15th Street N. would run south of Baker’s Lake and just north of Pinecone Central Park on its eastern half. Input • back page

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Our View

It would be sheer folly to kill arts organization

The current Republican majority in the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration are considering putting an end to the National Endowment for the Arts, which would be a most unfortunate decision. Since 1965, when the NEA was founded by an act of Congress, the agency has given a couple of hundred thousands of grants that have helped keep alive this great nation’s vibrant arts, both traditional and cutting-edge. As often happens, unfortunately, when talk comes down to budget-cutting, the arts are often first on the chopping block, with too many uninformed people considering arts as frivolous fluff, not essential or – worse – subversive of traditional values. Years ago, in the late 1980s, there was a big push to end the NEA because of a handful of controversial art works, some of them denounced as blatantly obscene and/or disturbing. Some were, in fact, disturbing. And many great artworks, such as Picasso’s monumental Guernica, are disturbing – goads to our conscience. Such strange works three decades ago outraged some conservatives who were eager to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Fortunately, the NEA survived, largely because many enlightened conservatives who cherish and nurture the arts yelled “Whoa!” The arts have enriched all of our lives in ways we don’t often think about. Some of the arts supported by the NEA include the following: folk and traditional arts, literature, local art agencies, museums, media arts, design, arts education in schools, dance, theater, opera, music and visual arts such as painting, print-making, sculpture and so much more. Arts are what help make us fully-realized human beings in a civilized society, and every great society in history all the way back to antiquity has supported and nurtured the arts, as the world’s magnificent museums so eloquently testify. Societies that are not civilized, that thrive on barbarism, cannot tolerate art works because they view the arts as a threat to their twisted ideologies. Hitler’s regime and ISIS are two examples of art-haters that went on rampages, smashing and destroying as ISIS goons recently did in the ancient ruins of Palmyra, and in Syrian and Iraqi museums. Thriving arts are dependent upon open minds and vigorous democracies. People who interact with arts and are enlivened by arts have a low tolerance for rigid ideologies and intolerant behaviors. The NEA is “dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education.” The annual budget of the NEA is about $146 million, a tiny fraction of the entire national budget. To kill the NEA would be a grave mistake, cutting off nose to spite face, a cynical move, a darkening of the light of American civilization. We should loudly oppose ending this indispensable arts agency. Tell national legislators, “Do not kill the NEA.”

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Forget iPhone; get a piggy bank Mrs. Anderson gathered her three children into the living room. “Well, we can forget about that iPhone we planned to buy next month,” Mrs. Anderson told them. “But why, mom?” they asked all at once. “Because the $700 we saved so long to buy it will have to be used for health insurance,” she said. “The Congress is about to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with another health-care plan. We have to save every cent we can.” “Well, that’s not fair!” said Johnny, the fourth-grader. “Fair or not, we have no choice,” the mother said. “Just yesterday, a congressman, some guy named Jason Chaffetz of Utah, said low-income Americans (that’s us, kids!) should not buy an iPhone and instead save the money for our health-care premiums and co-payments.” “I suppose that means we can’t get that new car we were going to buy,” said Judy the teenager. “New car?” said her mother, laughing. “You mean that 2001 Dodge Stratus we checked out? The one with 89,000 miles on it? We’ll probably have to stick with the old Ford beater that’s nickeland-diming us half to death.” “Oh, whatever,” scoffed Judy. “Hey, Daddy’s home,” shouted Chucky, the first-grader. “Daddy, what’s that in your arms? Is that a present for me?” “Son, it’s a present for all of us,” Mr. Anderson said. “It’s a jumbo piggy bank. It’s also known as a healthsavings account. From now on, I want you kids to put half of your allowance money in this bank. No more bubble gum. No more candy bars.”

Dennis Dalman Editor “C’mon, dad, that’s not fair!” Judy shouted. “Life’s not fair,” he said. “Do you think it’s fair your mother and I work minimum-wage jobs? Do you think it’s fair we sometimes have to go to the food shelf? What’s fair about your mother getting breast cancer last year? Is it fair that Chucky broke his arm on the playground? And this isn’t fair, either, but you might have to get a job, Judy.” “Why?” Judy replied. “Because – sorry, Judy – but you might have to help us pay health-care premiums,” he said. “Well, how come we managed before?” she asked. “Because we had Obamacare,” he told his daughter. “We still do, but that might be repealed soon by Congress. The politicians say their new plan will give us more competition, more freedom, more quality. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced today that everybody – even the poorest (that’s us, kids!) – will be able to afford it if we save enough, but they’ll help us with tax credits. We can choose our own doctors. That’s what our new president promises, too. More choices.” “Choices? No iPhone? No car? Not even candy, for cryin’ out loud?” Judy scoffed. “Some choices! Why do those politicians get spiffy health care and live so high-on-the-hog, and we have to

grovel down in the dumps?” Mrs. Anderson scolded her daughter. “Judy, now stop that,” she said. “Those politicians work harder than we do. They are smarter than we are. They know best. Well, at least that’s the way they act. That’s what they say.” “Yeah, well talk is cheap,” Judy said. “Maybe so, but we cannot do without health care,” Mrs. Anderson said. “What would I have done without Obamacare? Thanks to that, they caught my breast tumors early, or I probably wouldn’t be here to tell about it.” Mr. Anderson went out to the car and brought a package into the living room. “Oh, daddy, a present for me!” Chucky squealed with delight. “No, son, it’s a home-health-care kit,” he said. “If we can’t save enough money in Mr. Piggy, we might have to depend upon this kit.” “Well, what’s in it?” Chucky asked, eyes wide. Mr. Anderson began taking items out of the big box. “Aspirin, Band-Aids, gauze, cotton balls, Ace bandages, rubbing alcohol, splints, clamps and a bunch of other things,” said Mr. Anderson. “This doit-yourself health kit might come in handy some day, in a pinch. Look, there’s even a pliers here for pulling out loose teeth.” “But what if we get really, really sick, like mom did last year?” Judy asked. “If we can’t save enough for health care, we can’t get sick,” he said, pointing to the new piggy bank. “So don’t you dare get sick, kids. And that’s an order!”

Minnesota is filled with seasonal surprises

Once again, March has come upon us. The season of winter is coming to a close, especially with such high temperatures during the past few weeks. It almost feels like winter has already come to an end, despite Punxsutawney Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog’s Day. The change of season can bring, for me at least, some mixed feelings. Don’t get me wrong, there are many things that winter puts a stop to, or makes a little harder. Driving in slippery conditions is one thing I won’t miss, as well as digging out the driveway from a big snowfall. It’s always tricky watching out for icy patches while walking on sidewalks as well. I can hopefully rest easy knowing I should have some good footing under me for the next few months. Winter can be a lot of fun, though. Snowmobiling, as well as the brilliant lights and decorations in our neighborhoods, usually make it very enjoyable. That is why some of our latest winter cycles during the last few years have been a bit unusual. There seems to be less snow but more bitter cold. To me, snow is what makes winter the wonderful season it is. Driveways and slippery roads aside, it makes the landscape fit the part of the season. I especially remember how fun it was when I was younger. Sledding down snow hills was the best thing in

Connor Kockler Guest Writer the world, and I did it every chance I got. The occasional snowball fight also brings back good memories. Now, most of the kids my age are too old for such activities, but you can still hear the excitement whenever snow starts falling outside the high-school windows. People never stop anticipating a snow day, but with how tough Minnesotans are, we almost never have them. That to me, is one of the best parts of living in Minnesota. Here, we have all four seasons, but each of them can also bring challenges. The winters are cold, snowy and long. The summers can be extremely hot. Spring and fall can have temperatures fluctuating all over the place. I can understand wanting to live in a place that has a constant warmer climate, but I would be lost without a change of seasons. It ties everything together, and it means that something new and exciting is always around the corner. Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to gear up for all the things we can do once again when the ground thaws.

Taking walks in the park, bicycling, golf, baseball, the list goes on. Each one is made all the better by the fact of it being much too cold outside to enjoy any of these activities comfortably during the last few months. Too often, I think things get too busy that we don’t always see what changes there are before us. In more literary terms, it can be hard to stop and smell the roses, especially with all the distractions of everyday life. Frequently, I’ll marvel at how accustomed I am to sunrises, sunsets or tree leaves budding during spring. I always try to take a moment to realize things we take for granted as normal and regular are actually quite extraordinary. I’m going to make the most of that effort this spring. To watch the last of winter slip away and observe the everyday wonders as the seasons begin their changes. The return of the birds and the buds on the plants bursting back into bloom. To jump headfirst into the new spring-time activities, but to remember also what was fun about the season that came before. After all, being in Minnesota, we have no idea what next week might bring. Connor Kockler is a Sauk RapidsRice High School student. He enjoys writing, politics and news, among other interests.

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Community Calendar Is your event listed? Send your information to: Newsleader Calendar, P.O. Box 324, St. Joseph, MN 56374; fax it to 320-363-4195; or, e-mail it to news@thenewsleaders. com. Friday, March 17 Benton County Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 218 First St. N., Sauk Rapids. 320-253-9614. Tae Guk Kwon Do, 3-4 p.m., Independent Lifestyles, 215 N Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. 320-2677717. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church fellowship hall, 610 CR 2. St. Cloud Singles Club Dance, 8 p.m.-midnight, American Legion, 17 Second Ave. S., Waite Park. 320339-4533. Saturday, March 18 Mothers of Multiples Kids Used Clothing and Equipment Sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Discovery School, 707 7th St. S., Waite Park. Community Meal, 11:30 a.m.12:45 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1107 Pinecone Road S., Sartell. Maple Syrup Open House, 1-4 p.m., Kraemer Lake-Wildwood County Park, 29709 Kipper Road, St. Joseph. 320-363-7784. Sunday, March 19 B u i l d - y o u r- o w n - o m e l e t t e breakfast, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 a.m.-noon, 17 Second Ave. N., Waite Park. 320-251-5498. Collaborative performance by poet Susan Stewart and artist Ann Hamilton, 4 p.m., Alumnae Hall, Haehn Campus Center, College of St. Benedict. Monday, March 20 Benton County Museum, 10 A U TO M O B I L E S / M O TO R C Y C L E S WANTED MOTORCYCLES: TOP CASH PAID! For Old Motorcycles! 1900-1979. DEAD OR ALIVE! 920-371-0494 (MCN) ADOPTION PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Call us first. Living expenses, housing, medical, and continued support afterwards. Choose adoptive family of your choice. Call 24/7. 855-390-6047 (Void in IL & IN) (MCN) A childless married couple seeks to adopt. Will be hands-on mom & devoted dad. Financial security. Expenses PAID. Call Holly & Tiger. 1-800-790-5260 (ask for Adam) (MCN) Is having your HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA a New Year’s Resolution for you? FREE BROCHURE! 904-381-1935 or visit on the web at: www.FCAHighschool.ORG First coast Academy Nationally Accredited (MCN) AUTOMOBILES DONATE YOUR CAR TO CHARITY. Receive maximum value of write off for your taxes. Running or not! All conditions accepted. Free pickup. Call for details. 855752-6680 (MCN) DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK OR BOAT TO HERITAGE FOR THE BLIND. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 1-800-283-0205 (MCN) EMPLOYMENT/HELP WANTED TRUCK DRIVERS. CDL-A Company Drivers and Owner Operators. Great pay and benefits. Driver friendly. All miles paid. Many bonuses. Home when needed. Nice

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PROPOSAL FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE Resource Training & Solutions, District 0923 (“District”) requests proposals for group health insurance coverage for the plan year beginning Oct. 1, 2017. Sealed proposals will be accepted in paper form until 5 p.m. central time on Friday, April 14, 2017 by Mark Olsen, 137 23rd St. S., Suite 201, Sartell, Minn 56377. Copies of the request for proposal and exhibits

may be requested from Olsen at, and will be sent electronically at no charge. The District reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. The District reserves the right to select the proposal it determines to be in the best interest of the District. Publish: March 17, 2017

NOTICE TO Stephen and Dorothy Stumpf OF SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Evergreen Village, hereby gives notice that at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 76 Willow Lane, in the City of Sartell, County of Benton and State of Minnesota, the following described property, to-wit 1987 Friendship Manufactured Home, 16’x80’, serial #MY874520V, located at 76 Willow Lane will be sold at public auction to be conducted by the Sheriff of Benton County, Minnesota: that said sale will be conducted for the purpose of foreclosing the lien upon said property by Evergreen Village arising by virtue of Minnesota Statues Section 514.18 through

514.21 inclusive, as amended, because Evergreen Village has incurred unreimbursed fees for rental fees, storage charges, legal fees and interest as results of Stephen and Dorothy Stumpf’s failure to pay said charges on said manufactured home lot in the amount of Two Thousand One Hundred Eighty-One 19/100th Dollars ($2,181.19). Dated at Sartell, Minnesota this 14th day of March 2017. Publish: March 17, 24 & 31, 2017

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Bertsch speaks on organic gardening

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Sartell High School junior Alex Bertsch, 17, speaks to an audience about organic gardening at the Central Minnesota Builders’ Association’s Home Show on March 11. Bertsch is the owner of Epic by Nature Farm, a business he started when he was 15 years old.


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activities! 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Family fr iendly! Calvary Community Church 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud

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