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Mayor: Sartell on track for bright future

Town Crier County Service Center now processes driver’s license renewals

Driver’s licenses and Minnesota ID cards can now be renewed at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 CR 138, Waite Park, one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South. Driver’s license renewals, lost cards, changes of name, class and address can all be processed at License Center West. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Older worker opps available in county

Older residents of Stearns County who are having difficulty finding a job have a local resource that might be able to help. The Experience Works Community Service Employment Program, a nonprofit organization operating in Minnesota, provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance for eligible individuals. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers. The Experience Works SCSEP is currently accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Stearns County, and have incomes of $14,588 per year or less for a family of one ($19,663 for family of two). For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Furniture movers needed

The Community Furniture Program is looking for volunteers and community service workers to help move furniture out of the St. Cloud Holiday Inn Express and Suites behind McStop and into the Community Furniture Program warehouse. They will be working from approximately 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through April 20. They will be moving 11 rooms of furniture each Sunday in that timeline until finished. This is an incredibly generous donation from the Holiday Inn, one that will help sustain the CFP for several months. Volunteers who can do heavy lifting or someone who can pick up a lamp, they need your help. If needed, transportation can be provided within the St. Cloud area. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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Sartell Mayor Joe Perske gives his annual State of the City speech to a luncheon of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce. by Dennis Dalman

The long, cold winter, which (according to the calendar, anyway) ended with the first day of spring, March 20, was a very expensive one for the City of Sartell. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske noted that fact when he presented his

annual “State of the City” address March 11 at a meeting of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce at city hall. Every time there is a heavy snowfall, it costs the city $9,000 just to clear the streets. If snow plows and street workers have to go onto streets on weekends or holidays, it costs an additional $9,000, Perske said. And that’s not the only cost. So far, this past season, more than 2,200 tons of salt were laid down on streets, which is three times more than during an average winter. In his speech, Perske presented noteworthy, ongoing and future developments within the city: Most Sartell residents should not see a rise in property taxes this year. City staff, department heads and the council worked hard to keep the budget flat. In addition, Sartell was given an AA credit rating by the rating agency of Standard and Poor’s last year. The rating is one of the highest ratings possible, shared by only

a few cities. One of the major criteria for such a high rating is fiscal responsibility of a city. The AA rating translates into favorable interest rates, saving the city thousands of dollars every year. The local economy continues to improve, as reflected in developments within Sartell. There was an increase of 71 more single-family homes in the city last year, which accounted for 40 percent of single homes built in the area. Some lots that had been foreclosed were purchased by developers and now have homes on them. More lots, through foreclosure, will become available this year. New commercial developments in 2013 include a major expansion at Country Manor and new projects such as Madison Crossing Apartments, East Side Convenience Store and Little Caesar’s Pizza. The diverging-diamond interchange was completed at Hwy. 15 and CR 120 near Epic Center, and motorists took to its

new configurations easily, with no serious accident reported. Pinecone Central Park officially opened last year. Its baseball complex had plenty of use, including four tournaments that attracted dozens of out-of-town teams. More fields, all-purpose ones and soccer ones, will open this summer. Also last year, Sartell purchased 38 acres of land on the north side of the park for a price of about $6,000 per acre. Plans for a dog park at Pinecone Central are in process. Sartell also purchased 44 acres for future development of Sauk River Regional Park at the scenic edge of the city next to St. Cloud. State Legacy funds paid $1.5 million for the land purchase, with another $1.5 million that will be available to develop the park, which will mean no extra tax liability for residents. The Sartell city budget is $5.7 million, and just about half of Perske • page 5

New Apple directors want to expand race by Dennis Dalman

The new co-directors of the Sartell Apple Duathlon hope to make the prestigious event even more local-friendly than it’s ever been, with more participation than it’s ever had, in its 32-year history. Lisa Bollinger and Adam Konczewski agreed to share directorship duties this year when the previous director, Brandon Testa, decided to resign. Testa became director several years ago after Daryl and Pam Stevens decided to call it quits. The Stevenses had been co-directors of the event since its inception. The new directors have hosted a seminar by a professional bike fixer and a recent bike clinic featuring former Apple Duahlon champions David Thompson and Dan Hedgecock, both of St. Paul. Those two duathletes talking about training, common injuries of duathletes, tips to fixing bikes and other helpful bits of advice. Both events took place at Williams Inte-

gracare Clinic, a major sponsor of the Sartell Apple Duathlon. Those seminars were open to anyone in the area. Konczewski and Bollinger have also scheduled two more events to which everyone is welcome. The first is a workshop to learn functional movements while biking and ways to correct muscular imbalances of the body. That is slated for 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 29, also at Williams Integracare Clinic. The second event, a Bike Rodeo for children, will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3 at Sartell Middle School. The rodeo will be a joint venture among the Sartell Police Department, the BLEND Foundation and the Apple Duathlon Committee. The events are free and open to anyone.


Bollinger and Konczewski have both competed in the Apple in the past five years. Bollinger won the race twice, the first time in the age category of Females 25-29,

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Above left: Lisa Bollinger prepares to hop on her bicycle for the biking portion of the last Sartell Apple Duathlon. She is now a co-director of the Apple, along with Adam Konczewski. Above right: Sartell Apple Duathlon Co-director Konczewski stands next to his bicycle when he was in Klagenfurt, Austria last year for the Ironman Triathlon. the second time in Females 30-34. Last year, she placed second in that same age category. The first time she competed in the Apple Duathlon had a very special meaning for Bollinger because she did the middle biking portion, and her father, Dan Wildtraut, visiting from Florida, did the two running routes. Last year, the Apple was a world-qualifier, and Bollinger quailfied, getting a chance to run in

the international duathlon in Ottawa, Canada. “When I was in the Ottawa race, there were so many people wearing ‘Sartell Apple Duathlon’ T-shirts,” she said. “It just shows how the Apple race put Sartell on the map. And the Apple is right in our backyard. We’ve been so lucky to have it for 32 years. It’s a very well-run race, it’s non-profit and it’s all about giving back to the community.” Bollinger took up the

offer to be an Apple codirector because she believes in the race as a firmly entrenched tradition, which can draw in people from all ages. Her own son, Carter, 8, ran the Kids’ Apple last year, which always takes place on the Friday night before the adult duathlon. Bollinger and her husband, Jeff, also have another son, Drew, 6. One of the competitors who comes back to the Apple year Apple • page 4

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Two of Sartell Middle School’s Academic Triathlon teams will compete at the state competition on Saturday, March 22 in Cottage Grove after taking first place at their Regional Academic Triathlon meets Feb. 28 at Madison Elementary School and Sartell Middle School. The team who competed and took first place at the Madison Elementary School Regional Academic Triathlon Meet is (left to right) Ella Krauel, Amber Pietrowski, Jaden Nguyen, Ayleigh Hammond and Mallory Daniels.

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Above: Members of the St. Stephen Sportsmen Club (left to right) Ray Fiedler, Dan Grebinoski, Rick Justin, Dan Justin and Allen Justin assembled 100 bluebird houses and 26 wood duck houses on Feb. 23. Left: Additional members of the St. Stephen Sportsmen Club (left to right) Dan Grebinoski, Bruce Thom, Peter Schumer, Allen Justin, Dan Justin, Jim Schumer, Tom Schoenfelder, Rick Justin, Jerome Supan, Frank Vouk and Ray Fiedler. Every year since 1985 the club has made about 20 wood duck houses and 50 bluebird houses every year. Members take and put up houses as needed and the balance are sold as a fund raiser for conservation projects. If anyone would like houses they can call 320-469-1766.

Catholic Charities introduces new board members

Team that completed and took first place at the Sartell Middle School Regional Academic Triathlon Meet: (left to right) Brad Kalla, Elaine Lo, Janagan Ramanathan, Brannon Bjork, Adrienne Gefre. William Rasmussen of Sartell, has been accepted to and has chosen to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris. He will graduate from Sartell High School this spring and attend Morris beginning fall 2014.

Katie Shafer, of Sartell, recently earned a master’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis.


A correction is needed for a story headlined “Seven SMA students honored at the Science Fair” that was in the March 14 Sartell

Newsleader. Rory Spanier, one of the seven winners at the Science Fair at St. Cloud State University, won the Mu Alpha Theta Award.


If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those

responsible for crimes. March 5 8:35 p.m. Perimeter Drive. Juvenile problem. A report was made regarding a juvenile female who was yelling and becoming physically aggressive. Officers arrived and were able to calm her down without further incident.

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Sarah Jane Nicoll and Michelle Williams, both of Sartell, recently joined the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud board of directors. Catholic Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the Diocese of St. Cloud, a 16-county area across Central Minnesota. Nicoll is a current Sartell city council member and formerly owned and operated Sarah Jane Nicoll Agency Inc., insurance and financial services for 10 years. As a board member, she said she looks forward to joining Catholic Charities. “I am excited to give in meaningful ways and to model serving



others to my children,” Nicoll said. “It has been incredible witnessing the generosity of individuals across our region, and learning just how far-reaching Catholic Charities’ programs extend.” Williams and her husband helped start and expand Williams Integracare Clinic located in Sartell serving

patients for their medical, chiropractic and physical therapy care. As a current volunteer, Williams said, “I find partnering with Catholic Charities is an extension of the caring environment I was taught growing up.” Williams intends to spend time enhancing the programs to fulfill Catholic Charities’ mission. The mission of Catholic Charities is to build communities, promote family life and enhance human dignity by providing quality human services that meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs.

SSEF welcomes new board members Two new members were welcomed to the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation board for three year terms. They are Kristin Stebbins and Sarah Hovda. Stebbins is an insurance and financial services agent and owner of Kristen Stebbins State Farm Insurance Agency in St. Cloud/Sartell. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. She, her husband, Troy, and their two children moved to Sartell in 2008 to open Kristen’s business. Her



daughter, Leighton, attends the Sartell Middle School and son, Baylor, attends Oak Ridge Elementary. Kristen is a member of the Sartell Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

She said she believes in the mission of SSEF to financially support leading-edge ideas and programs for the students of School District 748 and hopes to leverage the business community to help achieve SSEF goals. Hovda is a mother of three children in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. She is active in the district as a PTO board member and a volunteer at the schools. She and her husband, Mike, moved into the district three years ago.

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LEgal notICE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 FEB. 24, 2014 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 7 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Meyer: Krista Durrwachter, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk; Mary McCabe, director; Pam Raden, director; Dan Riordan, director; and Michael Spanier, interim superintendent. Members absent: None.

Enrollment and Facilities Planning: Steve Wruck, director of Business Services, presented on enrollment trends and projections. Student Activity Report: Steve, Wruck, director of Business Services, reported on the 2013-14 student activity account.

A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to amend Report on Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards: Brenda Braulick, director of Food Service, reported the following items on the agenda: on the Smart Snacks in School Nutrition Standards to be implemented July 1, 2014. A. Resignations/Retirements Kay Nelson, Sartell Middle School, Teacher, Effective June 4, 2014 A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. New Employees or Changes: A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to approve con- Amanda Ahrndt, ORE, LTS elementary education, $13,769/BA, S1, replacing Sophie Lohn sent items a-d as presented below: Kevin Green, SHS, assistant girls softball, $3,337/BS3, replacing Dave Driste a. Minutes of the Special Board Meeting held on Jan. 27, 2014; Aaron Johnson, SMS, LTS physical education, $13,769/BA, S1, replacing Joe Perske the regular school board meeting held on Jan. 27, 2014 and the Kay Nelson, DSC, director of Learning Services, $91,729 for 2014-15, replacing Michael Spanier Special Board Meeting held on Feb. 6, 2014. Margie Pikus, PME, para, increase of 1 hr. per day@ $15.44/R4,S1, increased need for students b. Checks in the amount of $1,325,436.60 as presented: General 1,056,987.89 Leave of Absences: Food Service 85,315.03 Amanda Doll, SHS, teacher, leave , May 5-June 5, 2014 Transportation 95,321.18 Therese Nierengarten, SMS, social worker, leave, extended leave until April 1, 2014 Community Service 35,781.29 Capital Expenditure 46,762.76 A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE PAY EQUITY REPORT Summer Rec Agency 5,268.45 AS PRESENTED. All in favor. Motion carried. Check numbers 155058 to 155416. Receipts in the amount of $3,124,245.17 as presented: A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE PROPOSED 2014-15 ACADEMIC CALGeneral Fund 2,678,836.73 ENDAR FOR THE SARTELL-ST.STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT 748. Yes votes by Meyer, Durrwachter, Food Service Fund 179,596.04 Nies, Raden and Riordan. No vote by McCabe. Vote is 5-1. Motion carried. Transportation Fund 29,506.42 Community Service Fund 144,457.71 A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE NEGOTIATED CONTRACT Capital Expenditure Fund 1,129.54 WITH JEFF SCHWIEBERT. All in favor. Motion carried. Building Fund .69 Debt Service Fund 87,418.04 The board had the first of two readings of revisions of the following policies: 406, 414, 506, 509, 516 and 521. Summer Rec Agency Fund 3,300.00 Receipts 39420 to 39535 Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings Wire transfers in the amount of $153,008.26 as presented: March 4 at 4:15 p.m. – Policy Committee, District Service Center General Fund 145,448.16 March 10 at 4:15 p.m. – Finance Committee, District Service Center Food Service Fund 3,219.55 March 18 at 7:45 a.m. – Technology Committee, District Service Center Community Service Fund 4,340.55 Wire transfers 201300050-201300056 Chair Meyer entertained a motion to close the meeting pursuant to Minnesota Statue Section 13D.03. Motion c. Accept the following donations: made by Nies and seconded by McCabe to close the meeting at 8:30 p.m. All in favor. Motion carried. Oak Ridge Elementary PTC, Oak Ridge Elementary, $304.68 – Folding table and chairs A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riordan to reopen the meeting at 9:19 p.m. Sabres All Sport Booster Club, Sartell High School, $15,983.75 Scoreboard payment A motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m. was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter. All in Sabres All Sport Booster Club, Sartell High School, $1,000.00 – favor. Motion carried. Hand Dryers d. Accept the resignation of Kay Nelson, SMS, teacher, effective 06- Jason Nies, clerk 04-14; retirements of Cathy Ballard, SMS, teacher, effective 0616-14 and Mary Louise Peach, ORE, teacher, effective 06-04-14. Publish: March 21, 2014 Student Representative Report: Mary Lindell, senior at Sartell High School • Elementary students are celebrating ‘I Love to Read’ month by having guest readers, additional reading time and special activities to highlight reading. • Seussical the Musical will be performed by 7th- and 8th-grade students on Feb. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and March 1 at 2 p.m. • Mac Dockendorf competed in the State Nordic Ski Competition. • The Dance Team placed third at State in the Jazz competition and second at State in High Kick. This is the first time the team has medaled in Jazz in school history. • Anna Neeser and Clair Boschee will be competing in the State Gymnastics Tournament. • Boys Swimming placed first at Sections and qualified 16 individuals in the State competition. • Danny Vitale, Riley Molitor, John Pelach and Zach Motschke will be competing at the State Wrestling tournament. • Student Council had their State Conference. Abby Spanier was elected as president of the Central Minnesota Association of Student Councils and Gopi Ramanathan was elected as the delegate at-large. • Student Council will be hosting a blood drive this week. • The students who met with the superintendent candidates during the interview process appreciated the opportunity and enjoyed the time interviewing each candidate. School Board Committees Benton Stearns Education District • The group elected the executive board. Dr. Riordan will be serving as clerk. • BSED will be hosting another paperwork night to support Special Education staff completion of paperwork • BSED hosted their conference which received positive feedback Community Outreach Committee • The collaboration between the district and the city in supporting the Summer Recreation agreement, including structures and funding, was discussed. • The Sartell Senior Connection will continue to be supported in the current format. • There was discussion of supporting a community-wide calendar. Policy Committee • Review all policies within a three-year rotation: March-Reviewing Policies 100-206 and April –Reviewing Policies 207-306. Negotiations Committee • The committee continues to move forward with multi-unit 284 group. Facilities Committee • The committee looked at capacity concerns and discussed options and safety.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Man charged with shooting death in Sartell by Dennis Dalman


As of press time March 19, there was no more new information regarding the shooting death that happened March 13 in Sartell. Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes told the Newsleader the police department is not ready to release

any more information to the press or public at this time. He did say the police know the identity of the man who was driving a van just before the shooting, but that man had not been charged with anything and is not in custody. According to a complaint filed by Sartell Police Investigator Dan Miller, just before noon Thursday, March 13, a man was shot with a handgun during an alleged scuffle with another man on the asphalt lot behind the Sprint store in PineCone Marketplace in Sartell. The wounded man, 20-yearold Maurice Galvin Jr., who’d been shot in the chest, was driven to the CentraCare Health Plaza in

north St. Cloud, next to Sartell, where an ambulance rushed him to the hospital. He died at 7:30 p.m. that night. The man who allegedly shot Galvin, 23-year-old Demetrius Anthony McGinnis, was arrested when he returned to the scene later that afternoon sometime after 3 p.m.. He was placed in the Stearns County Jail and charged in Stearns County District Court March 20 with second-degree murder. His bail was set at $1 million. McGinnis was working in the Sprint store and had gone outside, behind the back of the store, to talk to the two men in a van, one of which was Galvin.

Police said the victim and the alleged shooter knew each other. Demetrius claimed the scuffle happened while he was defending himself from being robbed by Galvin, whom Demetrius claimed was wielding the gun. No weapon has been found yet. According to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office, Galvin, while mortally wounded, told law-enforcement officers he had been shot by “Demetrius.” Officers found two spent shell casings and blood behind the Sprint store. In court, during the bail hearShooting • page 7


and together they have runs for fun in their neighborhood. “It’s fun,” she said. “We’re so lucky here to bike in this beautiful scenery. We like to get the children involved, too.” Bollinger is a stay-at-home mom, mainly, but she is also a trainer-coach at Granite City Crossfit in Waite Park.

Konczewski liked to run in elementary school and high school in Poland. In the United States, he developed a love of bicycling and enjoyed swimming “just for fun” in college. Those skills led him to participate in many triathlons and duathlons, including the Apple. He also did the Ironman Triathlon in Austria last year and the Ironman in Louisville, Ken. His wife, Rachel, used to compete with him in triathlons, but she was hit by a car while biking in Avon at the end of April and has not yet recovered enough for the rigorous physical condition needed for such races. Rachel is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at the St. Cloud Hospital. Like Bollinger, Konczewski is dedicated to expanding the Apple race to attract more competitors and a wider age range of participants who can enjoy the race without necessarily trying to be among the top finishers. This year the 32nd annual Sartell Apple Duathlon will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 24, starting on the grounds of Sartell Middle School. The children’s Apple race will begin the night before, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, also at Sartell Middle School.

from front page after year is a man in his 80s, Bollinger noted. Besides competing in the Apple five times, Bollinger has participated in many other races: the Earth Day, the Granite Man, the Ironman in Wisconsin and the Half Ironman in Chicago and in Liberty, Minn. Running is very much a part of her everyday life. She often gets together with neighbors


Like Bollinger, Konczewski is also impressed by how well known the Apple is internationally. “Last year’s race was a worldqualifer,” he said. “There were 400 people in the race and only about 110 of them were from Minnesota. A lot of people know about the race and about Sartell. It’s international.” Konczewski, 31, has lived in Sartell for five years. He was born and raised in southeast Poland and earned a degree in photography and graphic design from Minot (N.D.) State University, where he met his wife-to-be, Rachel, who is originally from Melrose. Konczewski works for the Media Services Department at the College of St. Benedict. Always athletically inclined,

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Friday, March 21, 2014


Ducks Unlimited banquet set for March 27 by Dennis Dalman

An avid duck hunter since he was 16 years old, Mark Haus of Sartell decided to join Ducks Unlimited because he wanted to give something back for the sake of the sport he loves. It’s become a family tradition. Haus’s son Austin and daughter Alyssa hunt, too. Austin bagged seven ducks in his second year of hunting. “We eat them,” Mark said. “We like duck better than steak.” Haus, a chapter officer of the organization, is one of many Ducks Unlimited members who will sponsor the 8th annual banquet of Central Stearns County Ducks Unlimited Thursday, March 27 at the Blackberry Ridge Golf Course in Sartell. The event will start with cocktails at 5:30

Perske from front page that is spent for public safety in all of its aspects, including police work. Last year, the department responded to 11,618 calls or other requests for assistance. Police Chief Jim Hughes oversees a staff of 17 officers and 12 reserve officers. In 2013, the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department responded to 144 emergency calls. Fire Chief Ken Heim heads the department, with 30 volunteer firefighters. Their average callresponse time is six minutes. Heim is currently trying to recruit more firefighters, mainly those who can respond easily during daytime hours.

p.m., the dinner at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. To find out more about ticket prices and how to register for the event, go to www.ducks. org. Or call Kathy Struffert at 320249-8204. Haus joined DU in 2011. He likes the conservation emphasis of DU, which spends close to $50 million each year to preserve habitat for ducks and other animals, thus helping to safeguard water and open spaces. So far, DU has helped preserve more than 184,000 acres of natural habitat, Haus noted. Fully 83 percent of money donated to DU goes for water-and-wetland conservation projects and for environmental education, he added. Only 3 percent of money goes for administrative costs. While growing up near Pearl Lake, Haus took to duck hunting

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Looking forward:

regional half-cent sales-tax. It can be used for such things as land acquisition, park development, roads and – as in the plans now – for a branch library and senior center, possibly both within a community center. Sale-tax revenue in the coming decade or so could bring in as much as $70 million. Perske said he and many others hope there will be a road extension built soon from the police station south to the roundabout at Roberts Road and Heritage Drive. Some federal funds should be available for that project. In the next general election, Nov. 4, voters will decide a new mayor for Sartell, as well as two city-council seats. Anyone who wants to file to run for office can do so at Sartell City Hall. The filing fee is $5.

The paper-mill site remains a question mark, with hopes for some kind of commercial use on the grounds of the historic plant, which shut down almost two years ago after a fire and explosion there that killed one worker and made the business no longer viable. Perske called finding a use for the site “Sartell’s biggest challenge.” He went on to say, “The mill has meant a lot to this community, and I hope to see a development plan come forward in the next month.” The paper-mill plant is currently under demolition by a company that will recycle almost all of the materials. Input from residents is needed as the city develops a comprehensive plan for the next 10 to 20 years. The city will make sure citizens have adequate input on how to spend future revenue from the


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Austin Haus of Sartell (left) and his sister, Alyssa, learn to band ducks during a Ducks Unlimited gathering. The man showing them how to do it is a Ducks Unlimited biologist from the Fergus Falls area. like a duck takes to water. “It is always fun setting up decoys to get those ducks to come alive,” he said. “And it’s great in the early-morning sunrise watching all of nature come alive.” And nature is central to Ducks Unlimited’s mission. The organization restores grasslands, replants forests, restores watersheds, acquires land, obtains conservation easements, works out management agreements and meets landowners. Ducks such as mallards, pintails and teal like to nest in dense, grass-filled areas near wetlands.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Opinion Our View Jet’s disappearance reminds us once again of dark forces afoot

The baffling disappearance of Flight 370 and its 239 passengers is like something out of that old TV series, The Twilight Zone. In some episodes of that series, people or objects would vanish into another dimension. Flight 370 is just as perplexing, maddening and mysterious as anything in the realm of science fiction. For weeks, questions – questions seemingly without answers – have abounded, leaving mostly nothing but guesses and wild speculations. It was a massive in-flight mechanical failure. The plane suddenly depressurized, causing everyone in it to lose consciousness as the plane kept flying on auto-pilot to its doom. The plane was commandeered by terrorists. One of the pilots was in a plot to hijack the plane. Hijackers landed the plane on a remote air strip so it can be used as a weapon in a future attack somewhere. No one, not even aviation experts, has any good answers. There is something very disturbing, sinister and downright spooky about the disappearance. And the final explanation, we must suspect, will not be a good outcome. It is sadly and tragically likely all people on that plane are dead. The suffering they must have endured is unimaginable. If a catastrophic malfunction had downed that jet, there would be evidence by now, on land or sea, under its designated flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. At this point, it’s almost certain something sinister occurred. But what? We may never know. When the Titanic went down on its maiden voyage, the entire world was shocked because that ship was supposed to be “unsinkable.” Its sinking was a terrible reminder even the best and most up-to-date technology can, indeed, be catastrophically fallible. The Challenger shuttle disaster was another reminder of the limits of so-called “foolproof” technology, as was the explosion near re-entry of another space shuttle years later. The disappearance of Flight 370 is a reminder, once again, of how just one or two terrorists, hijackers or extortionists – in other words, obsessive and vicious criminals – are more than willing to risk the lives of so many people or to purposely bring those people to their deaths. That conclusion, of course, depends on whether someone purposely caused the tragedy. It’s such a depressing thought. Flight 370, in any case, is a chilling reminder of just how dangerous this world can be and how fleeting and vulnerable is human life. It’s so ironic, in this wondrous Age of Marvels, we can be hounded and plagued by murderous zealots. All it takes is a few to wreak such destruction and death. Probably the only lesson we can learn from such horror is to enjoy every minute of life, to stop worrying about petty things and to develop more love, respect and kindness for our fellow human beings.

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After March 31, what then? Let’s see now if I have this straight. About four million people have signed up for Obamacare, but no one seems to know how many have actually paid. The original goal by March 31 was eight million. That was changed to seven million, then six million, and now they will be lucky if they get five million, and who knows how many of those will actually pay their premium? In the meantime, approximately six million existing policies have been cancelled because they don’t measure up to Affordable Care Act requirements. Initially the Administration said they needed a large majority of the sign-ups to be young healthy individuals, but that isn’t happening. Estimates are somewhere around 25 percent. These are not good numbers. Let’s face it, this whole deal is an unmitigated disaster. It’s no wonder Kathleen Sebelius is trying to hide the numbers. If I were in charge of this mess, I would try to hide them too. One of the big problems with all this is Democrats cannot run from it. They and they alone caused it and they and they alone are responsible for it. There will be no place to hide. No amount of spin is going to fix this mess.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer So if you are a Democrat and you want to win an election, what do you do? What if you are an incumbent and you want to run for re-election, what do you do? Do you run as a supporter of Obamacare? Do you brag you voted for this turkey? Do you invite Obama to your district to campaign for you? Far be it from me to offer help to the Democrats, but to all of the above, I think I would just say no. President Obama and his programs have become a boat anchor to the Democrat party. The smart ones will run in the opposite direction. Another big problem for the country is Obama surely knows his days are numbered. He has to know that after this midterm election, he will not have a supportive Congress to rubber-stamp his programs. So he has apparently decided to “use his pen” to enact legislation and get what he wants. I am sure he believes the Democrat Senate will let him get away with it. I offer this bit of cau-

tion to the Democrats, however. Be very careful. Just look at what this blind approval has already caused. True to his word, Obama promised to fundamentally change America and change it he has. Now it will take years to fix the mess he’s created. When Obamacare was first introduced, there were supposedly some 30 million uninsured people in this country. Now, with the number of sign-ups and the number of cancellations, the problem is only worse. Today if a gangbanger in any major city gets shot or stabbed, will he go to the emergency ward and be treated? Do you really think he will have insurance? Will the illegal alien who has an accident while driving on our highways without a license be treated? Will he have insurance? How about all the others who refuse to buy insurance protection, will they get treatment? Of course they will and nothing that has happened will change that. All of the drama caused by Obamacare is so unnecessary. The fundamental change offered by Obama is also unnecessary. Granted, the medical industry in this country needs reform. Obamacare isn’t the answer. After March 31, what then?

After March 31, it’ll get better In his column attacking ObamaCare on this page, guest writer Ron Scarbro asks, in his headline, “After March 31, what then?” Like all those who act as if our president is evil incarnate, Scarbro is licking his chops at the prospect of Republicans taking control of the Senate and House after the mid-term elections. Perversely, ironically, the giddy naysayers love the very thing they profess to hate (ObamaCare), because they see it as their ticket to electoral success, sweet revenge after losing the last two presidential elections to – horrors! – Obama. Yes, Republicans might well take over Congress. But in the meantime, sorry Ron, ObamaCare is here to stay. With a mixture of crocodile dread and gloating glee (mainly gloating glee), Scarbro asks us: “After March 31, what then?” I’d be glad to answer that question: After March 31, at least 4.2 million people will have health-care insurance, many of them for the first time in their lives. That number will grow; good things take time. Of course, post March 31, as previously, Mr. Scarbro won’t need to get insurance on the ObamaCare exchange. That is because he’s already ensured by Medicare, a government program he’s championed in previous columns, a program started under Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, a program that was vilified as “communist,” “unworkable” and a “disaster” in its early years by the same kinds of people who now call ObamaCare a “train wreck.” After March 31, as now, there will

Dennis Dalman Editor be many more millions, thanks to the ACA, who cannot be denied insurance due to pre-existing conditions, young people who can stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 27 and women who won’t pay higher rates just because they’re women. In addition, millions of the working poor will have insurance through the expanded Medicaid program. After March 31, millions of people will start getting free preventive checkups to catch serious health problems before they get worse – and hugely expensive. After March 31, many uninsured people in states like Texas are going to start wondering why they can’t get affordable health insurance as easily as people elsewhere. After March 31, there will be more people dedicated to fixing the problems in ObamaCare, unlike the demagogues ranting rabidly against it without offering alternative ideas of their own on how to improve access to health care. After March 31, as now, overall medical costs as a share of Gross Domestic Product will keep declining, compared to the years before the ACA was enacted. After March 31, there will be fixes for those whose insurance plans were cancelled, many of them cancelled not

because of ObamaCare but because cancellations have been common for years, long before the Affordable Care Act. Many of the people who had cancellations, including some featured in smear advertisements, will discover they can get less expensive and better policies through ACA insurance exchanges. After March 31 and beyond, more people are going to understand how, in the long run, the ACA, despite problems and ongoing adjustments, will be accepted as a big plus for this country, just the way Medicare is widely popular now. Those who carp and curse about ObamaCare now just might realize what a good thing it is so many fellow Americans have insurance like they do. After March 31, sad to say, Republicans and their big-spending shills, like the billionaire Koch brothers, will spend even more obscene amounts of money to accelerate their ad campaigns of sneering contempt aimed at the president, the ACA and any and all Democrats. After March 31, Obama-haters are going to keep pounding their voodoo drums even louder, shouting their silly claims that our president is a socialist, a communist, an America-destroyer, a secret Muslim, a Kenyan-born devil and – horrors! – maybe even the antiChrist who will precipitate Armageddon. What’s most pathetic of all is that after March 31, as now, there will still be gullible alarmists eager to believe such anti-Obama garbage.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Community Calendar Friday, March 21 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Fish Fry, 5-8 p.m., St. Joe Baseball fundraiser, El Paso Sports Bar & Grill, St. Joseph. Saturday, March 22 Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 145 2nd Ave. NE, Rice. 320-393-2725. Sunday, March 23 Benefit for Brandon Ertl, 4-8 p.m., Eagles Club, 730 41st Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-260-0649. St. Joseph resident recovering from a lengthy hospital stay and therapy with Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Burgers, silent auction and raffle. Concert, 6 p.m., Hip hop/rock artists KJ-52 and Jason Dunn, Avon (Minn.) Community Church. 320356-9001.

Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Legion, 17 Second Ave. N., Waite Park. 1-800-733-2767. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Tuesday, March 25 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Wednesday, March 26 Part-time and seasonal summer job fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Atwood Ballroom, St. Cloud State University. Desiree at 320-3083756.

Monday, March 24 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St..

Thursday, March 27 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Cloud Technical College, 1540 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m.,



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Shooting from page 4 ing, a prosecutor said McGinnis is a threat to public safety and he has a previous conviction for aggravated assault and a drug charge pending in Isanti County. McGinnis is scheduled for an-

other court appearance March 28. Right after the shooting, law enforcement agencies rushed to the scene. They included Sartell police, as well as police officers from St. Joseph and St. Cloud. Members of the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department were also at the scene, as well as the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping in the case.

LEgal notICEs ASSESSEMENT NOTICE CITY OF SARTELL, BENTON COUNTY PARCELS Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization for the City of Sartell in Benton County, will meet at the city hall in said city at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said city for the assessment year 2014.

No complaint that another person is assessed too low will be acted upon until the person so assessed, or his agent, have been notified of such complaint.

All persons considering themselves aggrieved by said assessment, or who wish to complain the property of another is assessed too low, are hereby notified to appear at said meeting, and show cause of having such assessment corrected.

Mary Degiovanni, Sartell City Administrator

Given under my hand this 21st day of March, 2014.

125 Pinecone Road N., Sartell MN 56377 Publish: March 21, 2014

CITY OF SARTELL, STEARNS COUNTY IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ASSESSMENT AND CLASSIFICATION OF PROPERTY This may affect your 2015 property taxes Notice is hereby given the Board of Appeal and Equalization for the Stearns County portion of Sartell shall meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Sartell City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether taxable property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor, and to determine whether corrections need to be made. If you believe the value or classification of your property is incorrect, please contact your assessor’s office to discuss your concerns. If you are still not satisfied with the valuation

or classification after discussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board shall review the valuation, classification, or both if necessary, and shall correct it as needed. Generally, an appearance before your local board of appeal and equalization is required by law before an appeal can be taken to the county board of appeal and equalization. Mary Degiovanni, Sartell City Administrator 125 Pinecone Road N., Sartell MN 56377 Publish: March 21, 2014

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WANTED The City of St. Stephen is in need of new membership on its Park Board & Planning Commission Committee: Park Board: 2nd Monday of the month, meetings at 7 p.m., City-wide events throughout the year Planning Commission: 2nd Tuesday of the month, meetings at 7:30 p.m., Ordinance & Building/Business issues reviewed Please contact City Clerk Cris Drais Email: • Phone: 320-290-0424 Mail: St. Stephen City Hall, 2 6th Ave. SE, St. Stephen, MN 56375

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Blotter from page 2 March 6 9:12 a.m. Brookwood Lane. Property damage. A mailbox was broken sometime overnight. 8:47 p.m. 15th Street S. Suspicious person. A report was made regarding a suspicious male standing in the road. Officers arrived and could not locate anyone in the area.

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March 7 5:04 p.m. Connecticut Avenue. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding an adult male at a residence asking for a female who did not live there. The male was witnessed sitting in his vehicle and talking to himself. An officer arrived and could not locate the vehicle. A neighboring agency was notified about the incident as there was an active restraining order in place. 8:51 p.m. CR 120. Suspicious vehicle. A report was made regarding a vehicle continually driving around in the roundabout. An officer arrived and was not able to locate the vehicle.

March 8 1:28 a.m. 2nd Street S. Fight. There was a report regarding a physical fight in progress at a local business. Officers arrived and were able to separate the two males. Neither male wanted to pursue charges or had any visible marks. Both males were transported to detox without further incident. 10:40 p.m. Killdeer Avenue S. Welfare check. A husband requested officers check on his wife when he was not able to contact her after several hours. Officers were able to speak with her and found she had fallen asleep and did not hear her phone.

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