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Friday, April 25, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 17 Est. 1995

Town Crier Senior Connection presents Lemonade, Laughter May 13

The Sartell Senior Connection presents the sixth annual Lemonade and Laughter at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Gathering Space. The guest speaker “Shirley from Dez Moines” will tickle your funny bone with real life stories we can all relate to. We’ll laugh about the everyday occurrences and we may even laugh at ourselves. Don’t miss the fun! Admission is $3 at the door. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend. Everyone is invited.

Freedom concert to be held April 27

A Salute to Freedom concert, a grand musical celebration commemorating the upcoming 70th anniversary of D-Day, will be presented by the Great River Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Paramount Theatre, 913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. Special guests include the East Central Minnesota Chorale, a civic choir comprised of singers from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties, and the 34th Infantry Division Red Bull Band based in Rosemount, Minn. More than 130 performers will join together to present Randall Thompson’s seldom-heard masterpiece The Testament of Freedom, a fourmovement work for band and choir based on the writings of Thomas Jefferson. The concert also features patriotic and World War II-era popular music. There will also be an exhibit in the lobby displaying WWII uniforms, artifacts and information, courtesy of the Minnesota Military Museum. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers.

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Park visionaries named Citizens of the Year by Dennis Dalman

Three men have been named “Citizens of the Year” by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce for their years of hard work in bringing amenities to Pinecone Central Park. The three were hon- Hanson ored at the Chamber’s recent honors banquet at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course. The Citizens of the Year are Paul J. Hanson, Gordy Meyer and Greg Neeser. Hanson is the owner of the Paul Meyer J. Hanson State Farm Insurance Agency in Sauk Rapids; Meyer is president and CEO of eBureau in St. Cloud; and Neeser is executive vice president for eBureau. All three have had an Neeser enormous visionary impact in developing Pinecone Central Park, a 168-acre tract of land that used to be the privately owned Sartell Golf Course. The City of Sartell bought that land from its owner in 2008 for $3.4 million. When the city purchased that land, it was considered by the city an investment in the future, something that could be developed bit by bit as money became available. However, those who founded the Pinecone Central Park Association

thought, “Why not develop it now? Why wait? Why not have it for current families rather than wait for future families?” Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni said the association’s concept plan turned out to be better than the city’s initial plan for the park.

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Brother and sister Evan and Chloe Windahl of Sartell are avid motocross racers. He joined motocross when he was 5; she joined when she was 16.

Motocross a happy bonding sport for Windahls by Dennis Dalman

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s also true, in the words of Kala Windahl of Sartell, that “It takes a whole family to run a motocross race team.” For years, two of the Windahl children – Chloe and Evan – have participated

avidly in motocross racing. Their father, Russ, used to race, too, as an adult, but he decided to quit because of busier things on his schedule. Both children developed a hankering for racing when Russ and Kala would take them trail riding with them at their grandparents’ way up north. Motocross means motorcycle racing on Windahls • page 6

Kruzel benefit nets nearly $13,000 by Dennis Dalman

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“And besides raising money, the association (members) did a ton of volunteer work, including laying sod,” Degiovanni said. “And they also operate and maintain that park.” This summer, Degiovanni added, peo-

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Members of the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Dance Team proudly display the new sound system, purchased with funds raised by supporters of BriAnna Kruzel. Kruzel, who was an avid dancer in the dance program, died tragically and suddenly at age 18 last fall. From left to right are (standing) dance director Shelly Teff, Mya Schwab, Emily Locnikar, Kayla Beam and Jessica Tunnell; (in front row) Aleah Schwab, Sofia Gohmann, Cali Schwab, Sadie Bauman and Dana Justin.

Bunny winners announced! The winners for the Newsleaders’ Bunny Promotion are as follows: Wenner Cos., Joyce Birk, Kimball; Local Blend, Rylin Dierkes, St. Joseph; Auto Body 2000, Kennedy Beacom, Big Lake; St. Joseph Meat Market, Nadia Correri, St. Joseph; Russell Eyecare, Mike Simon, St. Joseph; and Once Upon a Child, Harlee Cleveland, Camby. Congratulations!

A benefit in memory of BriAnna Kruzel was so successful that organizers were able to buy a new sound system for the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Dance Program. And there is still money left over in the BriAnna Kruzel Memorial Fund to help support other good causes that were dear to Kruzel’s heart in her young life before she died suddenly last year at age 18. On Sept. 28, 2013, BriAnna’s mother found her daughter face-down on the carpet of her bedroom. She had apparently died instantly, possibly of a rare heart arrhythmia. Her death, of course, devas-

tated her family, friends and everyone who ever met her. She was the kind of girl who had what’s known as personality-plus: always smiling, always helpful, never judgmental. BriAnna had been a student at St. Cloud Vocational College, taking general-education courses. Her parents and others decided to raise money for BriAnna’s favorite causes: the dance program, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Girl Scouts, to name three. At a March 18 fundraiser hosted by the House of Pizza in Sartell and from other donations, a total of close to $13,000 has been raised. From that money, the sound system for Kruzel • page 9

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St. Monica’s Christian Women of St. Francis Xavier parish present a $1,000 check to the Country Manor Foundation. Members of the Christian women group hosted a special bingo event to help raise money for spiritual care needs within the Country Manor Chapel. The check was hand delivered April 10 to Country Manor Campus and received by residents and tenants of Country Manor who used to be members of St. Monica’s Christian Women. The Country Manor Foundation is grateful for the effort and donation. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Lila Fasen, Gen Boerger, Mary Bronder and Joyce Gelle; (back row) Linda Kmitch, Bonnie Nies, Margaret Henning and Adam Sohre.

Country Manor Foundation proudly completes meaningful projects The Country Manor Foundation recently raised enough money to bring to life two exciting projects that will change hundreds of lives on a daily basis. Upon completion of the Country Manor Chapel expansion and renovation project, attendance at chapel services grew substantially. With frequent audiences of 400+ guests, Country Manor quickly found they did not have enough seating to accommodate attendees. The Country Manor Foundation began fundraising for this cause and is proud to introduce new chairs for the Country Manor

Chapel. In addition to the new chapel chairs, the Country Manor Foundation also purchased new technology for the chapel that will allow all services and events to be recorded and replayed in the rooms of guests who are unable to physically attend. Improvements such as these are made possible through the generous support of Country Manor Foundation donors. To learn more about the Country Manor Foundation, please visit or call 320-253-1920.

Clarification A clarification is needed for the story about a man going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. (“Borgert plans for Honor Flight” in the April 18 Newsleader). Some readers might have inferred from that story that the Honor Flight program

is affiliated with or sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Administration. It is not. The veteran in the story, Eugene Borgert, heard about Honor Flight from a woman who happened to work at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.

A group of Sartell Middle School students recently met with representatives from the city of Sartell to discuss their vision for the future. Pictured left to right are Anita Rasmussen, planning and community development director, seventh-grader Janagan Ramanathan, eighth-graders Tristen Nies, Alex Heckman and Emma Gunderson, seventh-graders Sarah Owens and Liz Millhouse, fifth-grader Julianna Moore and Theresa Haffner, city planning associate. Students said they would like to see more recreation facilities, more diverse restaurants and up-dated retail areas. Two Sartell High School students were among more than 2,000 students from Central Minnesota who competed at six different grade levels April 2 in the 47th SCSU Math Contest. The SCSU Math Contest was sponsored by the department of Mathematics and Statistics and the department of Computer Science and Information Technology. Many programs on campus provided activities for the students. Also attached is a program of activities that students participated in. Individual award winners were Austin Sura, sophomore, and Nathaniel Pfeiffer, junior, both top 10-percent winners.

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

April 9 11:20 a.m. 2nd Street S. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 40 mph in a posted 30mph zone and also failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver stated he was not aware of the speed limit or the sign. He was issued a citation for both violations and released. 12:45 p.m. 5th Avenue E. Domestic. A report was made regarding a male and female arguing and the fight possibly turning physical. Officers arrived and found the

Megan Huls, daughter of Mary Jo Huls of Sartell and Thomas Huls of Avon, recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Huls completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Huls is a 2002 graduate of Holdingford High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007 from St. Cloud State University.


argument was only verbal. The female agreed to leave the residence for the evening. April 10 7:12 a.m. 3rd Street S. Suspicious person. A report was made regarding an adult male sleeping in his vehicle in a business parking lot. Officers arrived and the male left the area without incident. 6:27 p.m. 2nd Avenue N. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding an adult male stopping and talking to neighborhood children earlier in the evening. He asked the children to come to his residence and eat. Officers were unable to locate the male. April 11 8:57 a.m. Threat. An adult female requested assistance due to her husband threatening her. She stated she was not able to drive and was fearful. An officer arrived

Friday, April 25, 2014 Twenty-five Sartell Middle School students were among more than 2,000 students from Central Minnesota who competed at six different grade levels April 2 in the 47th SCSU Math Contest. The SCSU Math Contest was sponsored by the department of Mathematics and Statistics and the department of Computer Science and Information Technology. Many programs on campus provided activities for the students. Also attached is a program of activities that students participated in. Seventh-grade individual award winners included the following: Cindy Zhang, first-place winner; and Tina Chen, thirdplace winner. Top 5-percent winners included Colin Hommerding, Patrick Stalboerger, Alissa Teigland and Jenna Yang. Top 10-percent winners included Patrick Eichler, Isabel Gugger, Jack Hennemann, Bennett Hill, Kristin Martens, Megan Mechelke, Jacob Miller, Alex Nemeth and Gillian Orth. Seventh-grade team award winners included Zhang, Chen and Teigland, firstplace team. Eighth-grade individual award winners included the following: Top 5-percent winners Peter Amundson, Nicholas Juntunen, Trent Meyer, Colin Nord and Samuel Peterson; Top 10-percent winners Kobey Cofer, Sam Fleischhacker, Alexis Koltes and Gavin Kreutzer. Ninth-grade individual award winner was Rory Spanier, thirdplace winner.

and was able to assist the female with information and transported her to a safe location. 8:23 p.m. Amber Avenue S. Juvenile problem. A mother requested assistance with her juvenile son refusing to leave the residence. Officers arrived and were able to speak to the child and get him to leave with his mother. April 12 12:31 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Abandoned bike. A bike was located lying in weeds behind a business. Residents stated the bike had been there for approximately two weeks. The bike is located at the Sartell Police Department. 11:17 p.m. 27th Street N. Suspicious vehicle. While on patrol, an officer located a vehicle parked in an empty developmental area. The males stated they were just talking and agreed to leave the area without incident.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Waters Church holds funeral for Jesus by Dennis Dalman

James read the obituary, Peter delivered the eulogy and Mary Magdalene sang a song at the funeral for Jesus Christ on Good Friday at the Waters Church in Sartell. At the beginning of the ceremony, casket bearers carried an oak coffin topped with a bouquet of flowers to the front of the church as more than 400 members of the congregation stood to show their respect. Jesus had been placed in the coffin after being crucified the night before by Romans at Golgotha, the Place of Skulls. James, Peter, Mary and other speakers at the Waters Church funeral were, of course, roles played by members of the congregation. Their purpose was to celebrate Jesus in a new way, as if he had just died, to be buried only days before his resurrection. In his homily, John spoke of how he was just a humble fisherman ready to launch his boat from the marina when Jesus walked up to him and said to him, “Follow me.” John said he was stunned because he’d heard how this Jesus was a fantastic leader and maybe even the messiah, so why would he take interest in a simple fisherman? But John followed him, as did others, and some of them, John noted, were “journalers” who

wrote down everything they saw and experienced pertaining to Jesus. “That was three years ago,” John said. “Jesus was a great man, and he will be missed. Just the other night we all had dinner together, and Christ got up and washed our feet. He told us he would be betrayed, and yet he put Judas right by him in a place of honor at the dinner. It was a crazy night.” Then John told how Jesus seemed to be so stressed, so tired, during the night in the Garden of Gethsemane, and then the authorities came to arrest him. “They didn’t take his life,” John said. “He gave it.” Kidding James, Peter and Thomas, John said, “I was pretty much Jesus’s favorite. Sorry, guys.” Mary Magdalene said she was unworthy of Jesus, yet he taught her the true meaning of love, of spiritual love. Faltering for words, she began to sing a mournful song entitled Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord? During the funeral service, a giant video of scenes from the life of Christ was shown on the screen at the front of the church. The video portrayed Christ washing feet, doing miracles, helping the sick and the poor and then, finally, as the victim of a blood-drenched scourging and gruesome crucifixion. The congregation ap-

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peared stunned by the violence of the nailing of Jesus to the cross. Another special memory was given by Thomas, always the doubter, who told how astonished he was when Jesus multiplied a few loaves and fish to feed a large, hungry crowd that had gathered to hear him speak. “Talk about amazing!” Thomas told the audience. In the eulogy, Peter remembered how just a week before Jesus, he and other followers all walked into Jerusalem. He told how Jesus had protected a woman accused of adultery from being stoned to death and how he had raised Lazarus from the dead, among other miracles. Jesus had sought out the scorned, wept with Martha and Mary, played with children and healed the sick. “Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God,” Peter said. “I’ve never been so sure of it as now. There’s only one word to describe him: love. A compassionate, singular form of love. It was his very purpose. He always saw the heart of the matter, not the look of it. He leveled the playing field.”


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After the funeral at the Waters Church in Sartell, the body of Jesus Christ in a casket is about to be placed inside the limousine that will take it to the cemetery. Members of the congregation performed as friends of Jesus during the “Funeral for Jesus,” which was intended to make the Easter story a part of the here and now. Peter said Jesus promised before his death he would rise from death on the third day. “I don’t know about you,” he said, “but I’m banking on that.” After more music and the close of the ceremony, the casket bearers carried Jesus’s coffin out of the church to a

waiting hearse, ready to go to the burial site at a cemetery. Members of the congregation stood and watched as the casket bearers did their task. Their names were Andrew, James, John, Matthew, Nathaniel, Peter, Philip, Thomas and – yes – even Judas was there.

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Our View

State’s anti-bullying law should be lauded, supported

Minnesota’s new anti-bullying law for schools is long overdue. It will require training for administration, teachers and staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of bullying behavior, which are often not easily seen. It will also require schools to come up with very specific and – hopefully – effective ways to deal with incidents of bullying. No child who goes to school should ever be bullied, period. Most people, we’d like to think, would agree with that, but for far too long the old lame (and even cruel) responses persisted: “Oh, well, being bullied is part of growing up. It makes for true grit in a kid.” “We were bullied when we were in school, and we turned out just fine.” “If kids would learn to fight back against the bully, it would stop.” “Just ignore the bullies and they’ll stop.” It’s a sure bet people who went to school even a couple decades ago, if not last year, have heard those lame excuses, all of which were pathetic rationales to protect the bully, not the bullied. Many of us can remember teachers or staff witnessing incidents of bullying in hallways or playgrounds and doing nothing about it, not even scolding the bullies. It’s shameful how what we’ve learned not to tolerate in the workplace, some people tend to wink away when it comes to schools and children. The legislature’s law emphasizes creating detailed policies and rapid responses to deal with bullying for all parties involved, and that includes incidents of bullying via texting and on social media. Detractors of the bill, naturally, have been howling about how the law is a big over-reach, an unfunded mandate, a time-destroyer. One of them, Rep. Jim Newberger (R-Becker) even compared the law to George Orwell’s nightmare novel about Big Brother, 1984. It’s true there’s a blurry line about how far should schools pursue investigations into out-of-school bullying via cyberspace, but if it harms students it absolutely should be pursued by parents, the schools and the law. The two Columbine killers, by the way, had extensive threats and detailed hideous plans about how to kill their fellow students – plans spelled out on their computers and their texting chat. At least two parents complained, the police investigated and then did nothing about it. They dropped the ball, and we all know what happened. Detractors of the law say all the state’s schools have bullying policies and so there is no need for any state mandates. On the contrary, many school districts have “policies” that are a few sentences long, so vague as to be meaningless. The much-touted “local control” often means, in reality, “lack of control” over festering problems, including bullying. If the state or the federal government has to step in to fix those problems, so be it, just as they will have to step in to combat cases of voter suppression growing rampant these days. “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” Absolutely not true. Even if bullying doesn’t lead to violence, it can still cause emotional discomfort, fear and in some cases lifelong lack of confidence in students who should feel at all times comfortable, safe and secure both in and out of schools. That is what the Minnesota law now acknowledges, and we should, too. We should acknowledge the bullying problem by welcoming and supporting this new law.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Opinion Gabriel Marquez, a giant, has fallen One day in November 1922, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egyptian King Tut, filled with dazzling treasures. Carter poked a hole through a wall of rubble and thrust a flickering candle into the tomb’s chamber, sealed in darkness for nearly 3,000 years. Then he peered through the hole. “Can you see anything?” someone asked impatiently. His voice quaking with excitement, Carter answered: “Yes, wonderful things!” Carter had been “struck dumb by amazement,” as he put it. That is exactly how I felt one day in September 1980 when I opened a novel entitled One Hundred Years of Solitude. It was like opening a treasure chest filled with wonderful things. Amazing things. Utterly new and never-beforeimagined things. I had read so many classic books in the decades before 1980, but nothing prepared me for the astonishing, gorgeous, dreamlike prose of that novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marquez died in Mexico City last week at the age of 87. A giant has fallen. Marquez has now joined the pantheon of the greatest writers of all time, the best of the best. He wrote in a style often dubbed “magic realism,” a mystical brew that combines the real with the unreal, the mundane with the extraordinary – a blend of realism, myth, magic, legend and hallucinatory phantasmagoria. Reading Marquez is like experiencing an extremely vivid, bizarre but wonderful dream-nightmare while fully

Dennis Dalman Editor awake. Marquez is haunted by the past (personal, cultural, political, historical). He reminds me of a sleight-of-hand magician who weaves the strands of his spell to evoke tales of love and death and violence, of hope and despair, of rollicking humor, of passionate obsessive characters living their lives in the strangest settings. There is an incredible tropical, exotic luxuriance in Marquez’s prose that he must have internalized while growing up among the hothouse eye-popping flora and fauna of the Latin American places where he lived, most especially his native Colombia. His prose is so brilliant that each stunning sentence is like a jewel that you want to turn over and over until you have absorbed all of its sparkling facets. It’s for that reason I could never read his novels quickly. It’s best to take your time, to relish every sentence a dozen pages at a time. Then put the book down and come back to it the next day or week. First published in 1967, Solitude was translated into 37 languages, with 30 million copies sold. It’s a rare example of a masterpiece finding favor with everyday readers, despite some of the book’s difficulties. Solitude is the spellbinding saga of

seven generations of the Buendia family in the mythical town of Macondo, a mirage of a rainforest city visited by ghosts, illusions, lust, revenge, pride, foolishness, cycles of history, colonial oppression and a heavy sense of impending doom. It’s not a depressing novel, however. It’s a work bursting with exuberant life and brimming with humor, like all of Marquez’s books. Another of his sumptuous novels is Love in the Time of Cholera, also a bestseller. It’s about an interrupted love affair in all of its obsessions, disappointments, quirks and little triumphs. Love in Marquez is never a mere Valentine. It can at times be corrosive and even sinister. Blocked by 50 years of separation, the affair begins again when the couple is in doddering old age. It’s so difficult to describe Marquez’s writing style. The best way is to dip into his fabulous books and discover the magic for yourselves. Here’s a passage about aging from Cholera: “A few years later, however, the husbands fell without warning down the precipice of a humiliating aging in body and soul, and then it was their wives who recovered and had to lead them by the arm as if they were blind men on charity, whispering in their ear, in order not to wound their masculine pride, that they should be careful, that there were three steps, not two, that there was a puddle in the middle of the street, that the shape lying across the street was a dead beggar, and with great difficulty helped them to cross the street as if it were the only ford across the last of life’s rivers.”

Letter to editor

Thank you to the small percentage of drivers who ‘get it’ Mark Bergerson, Sartell I would like to thank a percentage of the drivers in our area. I applaud the way you think while you drive. I love the way you yield at a yield sign and merge when there is a merge sign. I know you understand the difference. I also want to thank all of the actual users of the turn signal. You use it whenever you are supposed to use it. You signal lane changes (ahead of time), you signal well before a turn, not as you are turning or while stopped at a light in

the turn lane. And, you actually use your signal to indicate to the rest of us (yes, there are others driving on the road!) that something is about to happen – whether we are behind you or approaching you. You actually use that turn signal; it’s not a lot of extra work. You never drive selfishly, without thinking other drivers might need a clue about what you are about to do. You never text, use the phone, shave, apply makeup or try to eat a Big Mac while driving, and you actually keep your eyes on the road. You stay out

of the passing lane if you are not passing, and you let faster people by without venting some anger. You know driving is a dangerous, fulltime job and you are responsible for not injuring or killing anyone. You realize there are millions of other drivers out there (not all in cars) trying to remember all of these things also. Thank you again to that smallish percentage of drivers who drive sensibly. May you hopefully spread that sensibility into the minds and actions of that higher percentage of drivers who don’t get it.

I will fear the bomb, Russia’s aggression no more I was born and spent my early childhood in East Tennessee. My home was just a few miles from a little town known as Oak Ridge. At that time Oak Ridge was the home of the development of the atomic bomb. Little was publicly known or reported, but everyone who lived near there knew. My father worked as a guard there. He didn’t talk about it but we all knew. I point this out because I remember well the fear we all had. We knew in the event of an attack from anyone, Oak Ridge would have been the first target. In our school we had bombattack drills. The bell would ring and we would crawl under our desks and cover our heads, waiting to hear either the bomb drop and explode or the all clear. Especially for children it was a scary time. There were the bomb shelters. People would buy and bury huge tanks and fully stock them with several

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer weeks of supplies. A lot of entrepreneurial people made big money selling fear. It was an intense time in our history. Many of you will doubtless remember that time. I am sure the bomb drills happened everywhere. I am sure the fear we felt was felt in many if not all parts of the country. That fear was a part of my life for many years. It was the Japanese, then the Germans, then the Russians. Somebody was going to get us; it was just a matter of time. The Russians, or as we were told the “Red Menace,” were the worst. They also had the bomb. Russian spies stole

our secrets and gave them to the Russians so now they had the bomb. The fear I had lasted until a fellow named Ronald Reagan, along with a lady known as Margaret Thatcher, decided to bring this fear to an end. Essentially they got together and priced the Soviet Union out of existence. I was thrilled when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. I was thrilled to know the “Red Menace” was just a paper tiger after all. The Soviet Union broke apart. Today a little fellow known as Vladimir Putin has apparently decided to reconstitute the old Soviet Union. He and his cohorts have looked over the world situation and decided neither NATO nor the United Nations nor the United States will do anything to stop them from their desire to once again try to obtain world dominance. So far it appears they were right. They moved Fear • page 8

Friday, April 25, 2014

Citizens from front page ple will have a chance to see how Pinecone Central Park will have so many activities, including music and movies, for every taste. She said it could not have been possible without Hanson, Meyer, Neeser and so many others who were determined to make the new park a facility for “now,” as well as “tomorrow.” From the very beginning, development of that park land was dependent on a publicprivate agreement between the city and the association. That is when Meyer, Neeser and Hanson and many other volunteers and fundraisers



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Sartell Newsleader • stepped forth. Together they formed the Pinecone Central Park Initiative and began to raise funds. As the funds accrued, the city agreed to build a road running through the park, as well as a large parking lot. In the meantime, plans were drawn up for the grading of the park, installation of baseball fields, soccer and football fields, all-purpose fields, a concession stand, bathroom facilities, picnic areas, walking-biking trails, an ice rink and warming house, a splash pad/pool-pond, horseshoe pits, playgrounds for children, an inline-skating park, sand volleyball and later even a dog park. Many of those amenities, such as the baseball fields,

have already been completed, and many more should reach completion this summer and next. It has been a massive undertaking, with extensive grading, seeding and sodding, fertilization and weed control, irrigation, electrical installations, putting in of storm pipes and basins, dugouts, fencing, safety netting, construction of scoreboards, landscaping, installation of walkways and construction of a center pavilion. In the summer of 2013, there was a grand opening when Sartell hosted a baseball tournament that attracted teams from far and wide. This summer, there will be even more festivities and celebrations in the park as more projects move toward completion.

None of it would have been possible without the hands-on work and fundraising achievements of the Pinecone Central Park Initiative. From the get-go, the PCPI worked very closely with city staff to propose and to refine plans for the amenities. It has been the most ambitious and successful public-private partnership in the city’s history.

5 For every year since the land was purchased in 2008, the PCPI set money-raising goals every year and raised – so far – well in excess of $1 million for the work-inprogress, including thousands of hours of volunteer work and many in-kind donations. That is why Neeser, Hanson and Meyer received such a rousing ovation as Citizens of the Year.

Sartell area Youth BaSketBall aSSociation Registration for 2014-2015 SAYBA Travel Basketball Grades 4-8 is now open. Online registration and printable forms are available on the SAYBA website at

Deadline for returning players to register without a late fee is Sunday, June 1. New player deadline is Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Please see the website for more details on the SAYBA program.


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Above: Motocross racers line up for a race. Right: Evan Windahl poses with his bike.

Windahls from front page dirt tracks riddled with devious challenges, including sharp corners, bumps and a devilish “Whoops” section filled with enough bumps to rattle the bones. “Chloe was about 16 when she decided she wanted to ride at the Motocity Raceway near Cushing,” Kala said. Now 21, Chloe likes the sport more than ever. Evan, who just turned 9, started racing dirt bikes when he was only 5. Before that, at the tender age of 4, he had raced snowmobiles. When Kala became aware of Evan’s young eagerness to

do motocross racing, she was nervous at first, very apprehensive. “I was so anxious about him getting an injury, and injuries do happen in motocross,” Kala said. “But since he started doing it, I now love motocross because it’s such a good family activity. The families always get together at practices and races. The kids develop lasting friendships, and they learn sportsmanship, lots of confidence and enjoy their camaraderie. They also learn how to like and respect their competitors. motocross has been a great family experience in every way.” The families become so close they are always diligent about saving any spare motorcycle parts, just in case some other family could use them.

“We in motocross are a very tight community,” Kala noted. Chloe is a student at St. Cloud State University, studying accounting. Evan is a thirdgrader at Pine Meadow Elementary School; his teacher is Cathy Elwell. The Windahl’s other daughter, 23-year-old Olivia, is not outdoorsy in the slightest. She is about to graduate from SCSU with a major in linguistics and English-as-asecond-language. When Evan was just 5, he finished second in the Amsoil Amateur SnoCross series in the 4- to 5-year-old 120 cc class. As a consistent competitor in the District 23 Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association, Evan finished the 2013 season in sixth place out of 40 riders in his 7- to 8-year-old 50 cc PreMix class. That honor was based

on number of races attended and most points earned. Evan has now graduated to another class, the 65 cc class (a bigger motorcycle). District 23 covers most of Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin. Evan’s role models are Ryan Dungey, a national champion motocross racer from Belle Blaine, and Tucker Hibbert, a five-time games winner for SnowCross and a multiple-year champ in the Amsoil SnoCross series. Another of Evan’s role models is sister Chloe, who competes in the women’s class with her 250 cc KTM, an Austrian-made motorcycle. Evan also rides a KTM, a 65 cc version this year. The past season, Chloe finished seventh in her women’s class, despite injuries to her

Friday, April 25, 2014 feet and ankles that tormented her for months. She had broken both ankles while flatlanding on her motorcycle after a jump. The injuries required two surgeries. One day, Kala asked her daughter, recovering from surgery, “Well, Chloe, is it maybe a good time to sell that bike.” Chloe didn’t pause even for a millisecond. “Absolutely not!” she replied. Evan is just as dedicated to motocross. “He’s a polite, kind, good kid,” Kala said. “He loves to read; he’s a good student; and like any boy he loves Legos and video games. But he also likes to get dirty.” Motocross racers, she explained, get very, very dirty on the bumpy dirt trails. Kala and other motocross enthusiasts are always seeking to recruit more girls and women into the sport. They – and boys – can start as early as 4 years old. Most people, she said, have no idea how widespread the sport is and how much fun and rewarding it is. Anyone who wants. to find out more about motocross can call Kala at 320-293-2197 or Russ at 320248-0482. “Russ and I would even be willing to let people come along with us when we go to practices or races, just to get a feel for the sport.” More about motocross, including lots of photos, can be seen on the following website:

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into Crimea and took over with no resistance from anyone. Now they are doing the same thing in Ukraine with little or no resistance or interference from the West or anyone. To me this is doubtless an attempt to re-

Sartell Newsleader • establish the old Soviet Union. I have a simple question. Will we sit by and allow Russia to get away with this or will we stop it? Will we submit to this international terrorism or will we stop it? To date our record under this President has not been very good. Our stinging letters of protest have not been very successful so far. It would appear the Russians don’t speak “stinging protest.” The only lan-

guage they understand has a little more force behind it. I refuse to be afraid anymore. I refuse to allow my children and grandchildren to be afraid. It’s time to stand up to Putin and his henchmen. Do you recall the commercial that says, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later?” We can deal with Russia now or we will surely have to deal with her later. Let’s stop this aggression now.

Friday, April 25, 2014

SHS actors to perform ‘Mattress’ musical The famous musical Once Upon a Mattress will be performed at Sartell High School May 2-3. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1, 2 and 3 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are available at the door for adults and students; senior citizens are admitted free. The play, made famous by Carol Burnett in the lead role, is a comedy-farce that takes place in Medieval times.

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 748 MARCH 17, 2014 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM son as the Outstanding High School Volunteer of the Year. Each year, Big Brothers/Big Sisters selects The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 a male and female student who has been an outstanding mentor in the school-based Big Brothers/Big was called to order at 7 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Sisters Program. Meyer: Jason Nies, clerk; Mary McCabe, director; Pam Raden, director; • Elementary principal candidates will be interviewed this upcoming Wednesday and Thursday. and Michael Spanier, interim superintendent. Members absent: Krista • There are postings for several job opportunities within the district due to growth, movements and retireDurrwachter, vice chair, and Dan Riordan, director. ments. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to amend the folSchool Board Committees lowing items on the agenda: Finance and Operations • The committee reviewed the 2014-15 budget requests and staffing for the buildings. A. Add Resignations/Retirements-Michael Chamberlain, Sartell Middle Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Advisory Committee School, SPED teacher, effective June 4, 2014 • The group was informed about how technology is being infused into the classrooms and enhancing student learning experiences. All in favor. Motion carried. • Staff and students presented on the Future Educators Association, a club that prepares, supports and encourages students to consider a career in education. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to approve con• The Ramp Up to Readiness program implementation into Sartell High School has been well-received and sent items a-d as presented below: they continue to adjust the curriculum based on the needs of the students. a. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on Feb. 24, 2014. With one correction to the vote for APPROVE PROPOSED 2014- Policy Committee 15 ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR THE SARTELL- ST. STE• The committee reviewed policies 100 to 206. PHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT 748. Yes votes by Meyer, Durrwachter, Schools for Equity in Education Nies, Raden and Riordan. No vote by McCabe. Vote is 5-1. Mo• Board member Raden attended a lobby day and talked with eight different legislators about issues in tion carried. education. b. Checks in the amount of $1,075,707.94 as presented: • One of the hot topics discussed was anti-bully legislation and the hope to improve the writing of the General 810,955.63 legislation. Food Service 82,016.23 Transportation 90,456.01 Safe Routes to Schools: Dawn Moen, CentraCare Health Foundation/program specialist, in collaboration with Community Service 25,524.75 BLEND presented updates on Safe Routes to School. Capital Expenditure 66,755.32 Check numbers 155417 to 155641. High School Grading: Brenda Steve, Sartell High School principal, along with SHS staff members Charlie Receipts in the amount of $2,939,788.63 as presented: Bakker, Dawn Brown, Justine Kirkham and Noel Meyer presented a report on an update to grading at Sartell General Fund 2,667,049.16 High School. Food Service Fund 139,630.58 Transportation Fund 27,118.69 A motion was made by Nies and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOCommunity Service Fund 55,367.71 LUTION. Capital Expenditure Fund 16,983.75 Building Fund .53 New Employees or Changes: Debt Service Fund 33,638.21 Marlene Burnett, SHS, cook’s helper, increase of .25 hr./per day, increased staff for veggie bar Receipts 39536 to 39647 Molly Emslander, PME, server, increase of .25 hr./per day, increased staff for special dietary needs Wire transfers in the amount of $3,537.52 as presented: Deb Ertl, PME, cook, increase of 1 hr./per day, increased for veggie bar General Fund 371.43 Deb Hahn, SHS, kitchen assistant, increase of .25 hr/per day, increased need in dish room Food Service Fund 3,166.09 Cindy Heins, SHS, cook’s helper, increase of .75 hr/per day, increased staff for veggie bar Wire transfers 201300057-201300059 Kaye Kalthoff, SMS, LTS SPED, $31.66 per hr./MA, S5, new position c. Accept the following donations: None Kimberly Leigh, SMS, cashier, increase of .25 hr. per day, increase in students d. Accept the resignation of Michael Chamberlain, Sartell Middle Chris Magnuson, SMS, sevent-grade baseball, $1,750.00 BS7/4.5%, replacing Rob Notsch School, SPED teacher, effective June 4, 2014; Kathy Wolfe, Sar- Alesha McPhail, SMS, junior high track, $1,503.00 BS1/4.5%, replacing Brady Finern tell-St. Stephen School District, bus monitor, effective March 14, Barb Melsha, SMS, eighth-grade softball, $1,889.00 BS11/4.5%, replacing Brad Bodick 2014 and Bridget Hooley, Sartell Middle School, teacher, ef- Luke Rude, SMS, seventh-grade softball, $1,503.00 BS1/4.5%, replacing Ronell Uran fective June 5, 2014. Accept the retirements of Deborah Bialke, Courtney Ryan, ORE, LTS elementary, $184.81 per day, replacing Jenni Labonne Sartell Middle School, para, effective June 5, 2014; Ann Clark, Rachel Smith, SMS, eighth-grade softball, $1,503.00 BS1/4.5%, replacing Ronell Uran Pine Meadow Elementary, speech/language, June 6, 2014; Bob Shelly Starz, SMS, cook’s helper, increase of .50 hr. per day, increased staff for veggie bar Popilek, Oak Ridge Elementary, teacher, June 4, 2014; and Kathy MaryAnn Terewy, ORE, server, increase of .25 per day, increased staff for special dietary needs Wood, Oak Ridge Elementary, teacher, June 4, 2014. Tammy Thibodeau, SMS, server, increase of .50 hr. per day, increased staff for special dietary needs Lois Villcheck, ORE, cook, increase of 1 hr. per day, increased staff for veggie bar Student Representative Report: Meyer read on behalf of Shawn Sullivan, Guadelupe Schmidt, transportation, bus monitor, $14.42 per hr., replacing Kathy Wolf senior at Sartell High School Leave of Absence: • Most spring sports began on March 10, with a few beginning March Michelle Raml, SMS, teacher, leave, March 31-June 4, 2014 17. • National Honor Society applications for next year were due recent- A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APPROVE ly with an induction ceremony being held in early April. REVISIONS TO POLICIES 406, 414, 506, 509, 516, AND 521. All in favor. Motion carried. • Student Council is busy planning the fourth annual fun fest Children’s Carnival that will be held at Sartell High School on April 12 A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE ADJUSTMENT TO THE 2013-14 SARfrom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. TELL-ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR TO INCORPORATE JUNE 6 AND 9 AS TEACH• The Sartell High School Blood drive held on March 5 met their goal ER IN-SERVICE DAYS WITH THE CAVEAT THAT, IF THERE ARE MORE STUDENT INSTRUCTIONwith more than 100 people donating blood. AL DAYS MISSED, WE WILL NEED TO ADD ADDITIONAL STUDENT CONTACT DAYS TO THE END • For the first time in many years, there are plans underway to orga- OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, PRECEDING THE TWO STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS WHICH WOULD BE nize a Sartell High School marching band for the upcoming sum- PUSHED BACK. All in favor. Motion carried. mer. • The D.A.R.E. program – Drug Abuse Resistance Education – start- The board had official review of the following policies 101, 101.1, 102, 103, 105, 203, 203.2, 203.5, 203.6, ed on March 10 for the students in sixth grade at Sartell Middle 417, 504, 505, 607, 614, 707, and 904. School. • Most middle school athletics began the week of March 17, with The board had the first of two readings of revisions of the following policies: 104, 106, 202, 503, 515, 532, student practices being held mainly indoors. 602, 603, 604, 619, and 710. • The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award took place on March 17. This program encourages students to read a variety of books and vote on Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings their favorite work. This program is sponsored through Minnesota April 8 at 4:15 p.m. – Policy Committee, District Service Center youth Reading Awards to encourage student interest in reading. April 14 at 4:15 p.m. – Finance and Operations Committee, District Service Center • Elementary Spring Concert season is upon us with each grade level having a designated performance night. Update on Board Meeting Date in April: The board discussed the change of the date for the April Board Meet• Both elementary school PTO’s hosted BINGO nights that had more ing. The meeting will now be held on Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. which has shifted from the originally set date. than 700 people in attendance at each night. • The Battle of the Books competitions are underway with the sec- Learning Walks: The board discussed the possibility of doing learning walks with small groups of board memond-grade ‘Battle’ completed and the third- and fourth-grade ‘Bat- bers throughout the buildings across the district and would like to set times to make visits to some buildings this spring. tles’ will be held in the upcoming months. A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:24 p.m. was made by Nies and seconded by Raden. All in favor. Motion Superintendent Report: Spanier, interim superintendent • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Minnesota selected Zac Jacob- carried.

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Friday, April 25, 2014 LEgal notICEs NOTICE OF CANDIDATE FILINGS FOR THE CITY OF SARTELL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that affidavits of candidacy for the Municipal Primary Election to be held on Aug. 12, 2014, may be obtained from the City Clerk at the Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., during regular office hours (7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) between the following dates:

3, 2014 (office hours extended until 5 p.m.)

First day for filing – Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mary Degiovanni City Administrator

Last day for filing – Tuesday, June

Publish: April 25 and May 2, 2014

City offices on the Aug. 12, 2014 ballot are as follows: MAYOR (1) – four-year term COUNCILMEMBERS (2) – fouryear terms

Important Information Regarding Assessment and Classification of Property This may affect your 2015 property taxes. Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeal and Equalization for St. Stephen shall meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the St. Stephen 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.

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.

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,

Cris Drais, City of St. Stephen City Clerk

Kruzel from front page the dance program was purchased. There will also be at least one “BriAnna Kruzel Scholarship” of $500 given to a deserving Sartell High School senior this year. “It (the fundraiser) was just amazing,” said Tami Kruzel, BriAnna’s mother. “I want to thank the community for supporting the memory of BriAnna. We couldn’t have done this without them.” Tami said she and others plan to raise more funds as time goes on, then they

will donate for needs that BriAnna would’ve approved, she added. “It’s bittersweet,” Tami said. “We’re so happy to be able to help her favorite causes, but yet she’s missed so much every day. There was no chance to say goodbye. She had such an upbeat attitude. Always smiling, always happy, never judging. I can feel her smiling down on us.” Just last weekend, BriAnna received another posthumous honor when Big Brothers Big Sisters announced the first recipient of its new “BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Award.” Parents Randy and Tami accepted the award on their

9 daughter’s behalf during a ceremony at the River’s Edge Convention Center. The night before, they attended the dance program recital during which the new sound system was initiated. Dance director Shelly Teff thanked the Kruzels, who received warm applause. BriAnna had been an avid dancer in that program for many years. She was also an enthusiastic Girl Scout for 12 years. It’s still possible to donate to the BriAnna Fund at any Wells Fargo bank. Or contributions can be sent to the BriAnna Kruzel Memorial Fund, 334 Pine Ridge Road, Sartell, MN 56377.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Hornung to star as ‘Curly’ in musical by Dennis Dalman

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Chris Hornung of Sartell has the plum lead male role of Curly McLain in the Cathedral High School production of Oklahoma!

Chris Hornung, a senior at Cathedral High School, hadn’t performed in a school play since he was in sixth grade. He thought it would be fun to do again and so he tried out for the school musical Oklahoma! And, much to his surprise, he landed the plum lead male role as Curly McLain. Oklahoma, which opened April 24, will be performed for two more nights in the Holy Angels Performing Arts Center at Cathedral High School at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25 and again at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets can be purchased at the Cathedral main office or at the door before the show. Hornung, the son of Michael and Joy Hornung, is one of several Cathedral stu-

dents from Sartell who has roles in the play. Becky Windschitl, another Sartell student, is a featured dancer in the “dream” sequence of the play. “Curly is a confident, humorous and relatively ignorant character,” Hornung said. “He’s a fool in love and doesn’t think things through very well. He’s kind of foolish and a bit of a bumbler.” As Curly, Hornung will sing two solo songs, including the opening number Oh, What a Beautiful Morning; one duet and two songs with the entire cast, including the rousing showstopper Oklahoma! Since he’s sung in choir since seventh grade, Hornung is confident of his singing abilities. He also dances in one number, but plenty of rehearsals has him feeling confident about his dancing, too.

“I don’t think I’ll be too nervous,” he said. The female lead in the play is Stephanie Otremba as Laurey. The play, with a cast of about two dozen, is directed by Cathedral theater instructor Adam Sahli. Oklahoma!, created by the famed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway in 1943 and ran for a record-setting 2,212 performances. It has long been considered as the most innovative of Broadway-style musicals and is performed to this day throughout the world. The love story, with plenty of complications and some dark moments, occurs in the Oklahoma territory of the 19th Century.

‘Wine, Kibbles, Bits’ set for April 25 “Wine, Kibbles and Bits,” the 13th annual fundraiser for the Tri-County Humane Society, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Gorecki Center, College of St. Benedict. Tickets are available online at www.tricountyhumanesoci-

Blotter from page 2 April 13 12:04 a.m. 3rd Street S. Suspicious vehicle. A report was made regarding a van parking in an area and then driving behind the garages. Officers were unable to locate the van. 12:45 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid or by calling 320-2520896. The event features a dinner, wine- and beer-tasting and a silent auction. Organizers are still seeking donations of silent-auction items, including handmade

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merchandise. The male admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released. 11:24 p.m. 1st Street S. Domestic. A report was made regarding a male and female yelling. Officers arrived and found the argument was verbal. The male agreed to leave for the evening.

He was issued a citation and released. 8:01 p.m. Walmart. Theft. A juvenile male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. He admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released to his mother and father.

April 14 9:35 a.m. Riverside Avenue. Traffic stop. A driver was witnessed failing to stop at stop sign. The driver stated he was aware of the stop sign and he did not stop.

April 15 4:01 p.m. Walmart. Theft. A female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. She admitted to the theft. She was issued a citation and released.



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Downsized dog-park plan approved by Dennis Dalman

The dog park planned for Pinecone Central Park will be about half the size of what had been agreed upon in late 2013. The park plan, once seven acres in size, has been downscaled to four acres. The Sartell City council approved the change at a recent meeting. Even though it’s been reduced in size, apparently all involved are content with the new configuration. The reason for the change is that a closer inspection of the land in that area discovered the previous plan, if executed, would interfere with the pond there and the ski trails. The original conception called for a very elongated northsouth dog park of seven acres, including a running-play area and an agility-training course. The new one of four acres is an east-west configuration – an elongated running area and a shorter but wider site for the agility course.


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sized dog park in that location. “I’m dumbfounded,” said Amy Braig-Lindstrom, adding the DogPac plans had been downsized and its members are satisfied with less space and the new location, and yet some council members seem to want to “put the kibosh” on the project just because something, another park usage, “just might show up down the road.” In reply, Nicoll said, “I’m not a jerk; I’m not trying to be mean. I just want to feel comfortable with this decision.” Nicoll then asked, rhetorically, what if the city will have to take down the dog-park fence in the future for some reason? “It’s easier to move fence posts than a parking lot,” Braig-Lindstrom said to Nicoll. By the end of the long discussion, the council seemed to come to a consensus that there is still flexibility to the dog-park plan, which can be tweaked here and there. The council approved the plan on a 3-2 vote.

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Friday, April 25 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Y2K Lions Brat Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. All tips and portion of profit donated to the American Diabetes Association Needlepoint. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones will be collected. Saturday, April 26 Rose Education Day, 8:15-11:45 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Registration required. 320-255-6169. St. Joseph Y2K Lions Brat Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. All tips and portion of profit donated to the American Diabetes Association Needlepoint. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones will be collected. Vendor Expo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser, American Legion, 101 Minnesota St. W., St. Joseph. 320-293-6636. Sunday, April 27 “Joe Town Table,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., American Legion, 101 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. “God’s Home Among Us,” 2-4 p.m., exhibit opening celebrates the 100-year story of the Sacred Heart Chapel, Haehn Museum, St. Benedict’s Monastery, 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph. 320-363-7098. Monday, April 28 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, 24588 CR 7, St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. 320-253-2171. “The Typist,” 7 p.m., free public screening of documentary that depicts the experiences of a Minnesota soldier, Larry Tillemans of Sartell, believed to be the last living clerktypist at the Nuremberg Trials. Stearns History Museum, 235 33 Ave. S., St. Cloud. 320-253-8424.


Tuesday, April 29 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. 55+ Driver Improvement program (eight-hour first-time course; two four-hour sessions), 5-9 p.m., today and Wednesday, April 30, Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. “Protecting Your Good Name,” part of a financial fitness workshop series, 6-7 p.m., Room 208, Great River Regional Libraray, 12th Avenue and St. Germain St. W., St. Cloud. “Her Story, Her Song,” presented by SCSU Department of Music, 7:30 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4310 CR 137, St. Cloud. 320-308-3223. Wednesday, April 30 Job Fair, sponsored by Central Minnesota Builders Association, 3-7 p.m, dress in interview attire and bring copies of your resume, Holiday Inn, 75 37th Ave. S., St. Cloud. 320251-4382. Thursday, May 1 Rummage sale, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish Center on Fruit Farm Road, just west of St. John’s campus, Collegeville. Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. Friday, May 2 Rummage sale, 7-11 a.m., $1/ bag, St. John the Baptist Parish Center on Fruit Farm Road, just west of St. John’s campus, Collegeville. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Saturday, May 3 Sartell Farmers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Braig-Lindstrom to continue as ‘Connection’ liaison

by Dennis Dalman

A m y Braig-Lindstrom has agreed to continue as a Sartell City Council liaison for the Sartell Se- Braig-Lindstrom nior Connection, the city’s senior-citizen group.

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Last year, Braig-Lindstrom attended the Connection’s monthly meetings so she could hear their concerns and answer their questions – often regarding plans for a possible senior center in Sartell. Such a center is expected to become part of a communityresources center, expected to be built starting this year, although plans are not yet final as to where it will be constructed and exactly what

amenities it will house. Currently, the Connection members meet and hold a host of activities in the District Service Building of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. That space, however, will likely be needed for school space in the future. The Connection members requested a liaison from the council continue into this year, someone who could also serve as a recorder-sec-

retary at the monthly Connection meetings. At a recent council meeting, the council disagreed with a city liaison person acting as a secretary at Connection meetings. Council members Braig-Lindstrom and Steve Hennes, as well as Sartell Administrator Mary Degiovanni, all said the coming year is a crucial one for seniors’ concerns about a center and, thus, direct

contact with a city representative would be a good thing. Degiovanni offered to be the liaison, but after further discussion Braig-Lindstrom said she would be happy to continue going to Connection meetings and that she would also take notes there. Mayor Joe Perske agreed to fill in for Braig-Lindstrom if and when she cannot make it to a Connection meeting.

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