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Friday, May 2, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 18 Est. 1995

Town Crier Sartell Lions offer spring cleanup May 3

The annual Sartell Lions Spring Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3 at the Sartell Middle School parking lot. If you need items picked up, call Lonnie at 320-248-4999 or Jack at 320-250-6697 prior to Saturday. For more information visit sartell.

Final winter market to be held May 3

City of Sartell Planning and Community Development staff will be available to engage in conversation about a variety of topics, including the proposed half-cent sales-tax extension and the recently awarded Safe Route to School grant during the final winter market Saturday, May 3. A bike rodeo, hosted by the Sartell Police and sponsored by BLEND, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the City Hall parking lot. Winter market hours are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Market Monday will open for the season from 3-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Centennial committee to meet May 4 for St. Stephen

A St. Stephen centennial planning meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 4 at St. Stephen City Hall.

Bike Rodeo set for May 3

The annual children’s Bike Rodeo will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 in the parking lot right outside of Sartell City Hall. Children should bring along their bicycles, their helmets and any other safety gear. The Sartell Police Department bike-safety experts will be there to guide the children through a safety obstacle course and to demonstrate all kinds of safety tips. There will also be drawings and prizes. At the same time, the Farmers’ Market will be underway inside city hall.

MS Walk 2014 seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist at the annual MS Walk to be held on Sunday, May 4 at Apollo High School. Volunteers are needed for volunteer sign-in, walker registration, assist in running games for participants, and clean-up between the hours of 6:30 a.m.-noon. Contact Brenda Eggerth at Opportunity Matters at 320-240-1900 x 205.

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Some paper mill’s metal to become bicycle racks by Dennis Dalman

Heidi Jeub is a firm believer that public art can bring a sense of “livability” to a place and can even help ground people in their cultural and historical framework of that place. That is why Jeub is happy she was chosen, along with teacher Joe Schulte, to use scrap metals from the now-defunct Verso paper mill to create bicycle racks for the City of Sartell. Jeub, who lives in St. Cloud, is a 1995 graduate of Sartell High School. Schulte, who teaches technology education at Sartell High School, is a 1997 graduate of the high school. Jeub and Schulte will start on the bike-rack project this summer. Schulte has already taken a tour of the paper plant and marked aluminum and steel that could be used for the sculptured bicycle racks. Schulte and Jeub plan to brainstorm for ideas with three other artists to come up with appealing designs. The City of Sartell has given $1,800 for the bicycle-rack project, a grant awarded to the city from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, which has distributed state funds

for many local projects throughout the state. On Memorial Day in 2012, an explosion and fire at the Verso paper plant resulted in the death of one worker. Ultimately, months later, it led to the stunning decision to close the plant for good, leaving 200-plus workers without jobs and ending a very important era in Sartell – a more than 100-year period of papermaking at that site on the Mississippi River. Founded in 1905, it was an industry that provided generations of people in the area good-paying jobs. Now the paper mill is undergoing demolition, its machines sold and its scrap aluminum, iron, steel and other materials being salvaged and sold for recycling by a company that bought the mill for that purpose. Jeub is no stranger to Sartell High School, having gone to school there and later serving as an artistin-residence helping students with a photo/mixed-media project and a fabrication metal-installation. It was all part of the “Art in Motion” program. Schulte was also an assistant on the metal project. “We (Schulte and I) knew the Bike racks • page 3

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Heidi Jeub, artist and teacher, will soon help create a series of bicycle racks made from scrap metals salvaged from the historic paper mill in Sartell. Jeub is a 1995 graduate of Sartell High School. Her colleague on the project is Sartell technology instructor Joe Schulte.

Take a tour of billion-year-old rocks by Dennis Dalman

Granite quarry rocks have a big story to tell – a billionyear-old story. They also have a shorter story to tell, one that started a mere 130 years ago. People in the greater St. Cloud area are invited to “Geology in the Park,” a free

guided tour of what the quarry rocks have to tell us. It will take place Saturday, May 10 at Stearns County Quar- Folta ry Park and Nature Preserve. The four-hour adventure tour

will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. One-hour tours will take place at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The conductor of the educational tour will be Bradford J. Folta Jr., a geologist who graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Throughout this summer, Folta will donate his time as an

intern for the Stearns County Parks Department. Folta loves to share his knowledge of geology – the history of rocks – with anyone who will listen. “The reason I’m doing the tours for Stearns County Parks is because it’s fun,” Folta told the Newsleader. “I love getting people excited about rocks, Rocks • page 4

‘Make a Wish’ Kaylee goes for Bahamas cruise by Dennis Dalman

Eight-year-old Kaylee Condon of Sartell always wanted to take a cruise on beautiful tropical waters, and this week her wish is coming true. Condon and her family left May 2 for a Disney cruise in the waters in the Bahamas east of Florida. On the trip are contributed photo

Kaylee Condon (middle), who suffers from an immune-deficiency disease, just left with her family for a Disney cruise in the Bahamas. The trip was made possible by the Make a Wish Foundation, two of whose members are Judy Loudon (left) and Mary Steffes. Condon, Steffes and Loudon are all Sartell residents.

her parents, Nick and Sarah, and her two sisters, her twin Annabelle and Kianna, 9. The trip was made possible through the Make a Wish Foundation, a program that allows people suffering serious illnesses to enjoy a trip or some other activity they’ve always wanted to do but could not afford. Annabelle Condon, for example, previously got her “wish” when she had a chance to swim with dolphins. Condon, like her sisters and mother, suffers from an immune-deficiency disease. “We were told she would never walk,” said her mother. “But she’s in karate now. She’s not a quitter. She’s a Kaylee • page 3

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Top left: First-place team members (left to right) are Kylie Zochert, Elana Johnson, Alex Bertsch, Austin Grundhoefer and Aiden Speckhard. Top right: Second-place team members (left to right) are Faith Wannarka, Alexis Koltes, Tarah Rosendahl, Izzy Kucala and Sarah Schmitz. Right: High School team members (left to right) are Rory Spanier, McKenzie Stanley, Bridget Maas, Jarret Janu and Jaden Ludwig.

The Sartell sixth-grade boys Spring League basketball team played April 19 in the MYAS Gopher State Tournament. The team beat Rogers in the first game 27-26, then went on to beat Spring Lake 33-28. In the final game, the team beat Brainerd 5749 to take home the championship. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Dominic Hagy, Logan Carlson, Thomas Ellis and Brady Schmidt; (back row) Coach Brad Carlson, Alex Seiler, Coach Mike Sieben, Cody Lantis, Jarron Walther, Brian Amundson, Matt Sieben and Coach John Ellis.

Nineteen seventh- and eightgrade Sartell Middle School students recently participated in the Region 2 Junior Envirothon competition held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Center in Spicer. The competition is sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation District’s of Area IV. The Envirothon is a competitive event for middle and high school students who work together in teams of four to five to compete in natu-

ral resources knowledge during a hands-on field day event. Resource subject areas included wetlands/ aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife; this years current events topic was “sustainable farming.” SMS participants worked together with guest speakers to practice for the competition. Sartell Middle School teams brought home trophies for first and second place in the overall competition. The middle school teams were supervised by Lori

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.

placed under arrest without incident. 6:59 p.m. CR 120. Domestic. A report was made regarding a male and female yelling and it seemed as though the argument was turning physical. Officers were able to locate the male and female and found the argument was only verbal and they had both calmed down.

April 16 11:35 a.m. Riverside Avenue. Rollover. A driver lost control of her vehicle and the vehicle rolled. Officers arrived and found the driver was not injured and they were able to free her from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and the driver was transported without incident. 12:58 p.m. Pinecone Road. Juvenile problem. A juvenile male reportedly walked away from school property. An officer located the juvenile and returned him to the School Resource Officer. April 17 2:28 p.m. Village Avenue. Arrest warrant. An arrest warrant was entered for an adult male. He was located and

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April 18 5:03 p.m. Lowell Lane. Vandalism. A report was made regarding a broken window in a residence. The homeowners found a BB had broken a pane and was lodged in between the panes. 10:47 p.m. 19th Street N. Fireworks. Multiple reports of possible fireworks being lit off in the area. Officers were unable to locate. April 19 1:24 a.m. CR 120. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver’s license was revoked. The driver stated he was unaware of his status. He was issued a citation and released to a valid driver. 12:19 p.m. Amber Avenue S. Burglary. A report was made regarding

Dornburg, academic extensions coordinator, and Gina Anderson, seventh-grade science teacher. Sartell High School was represented by one team under the supervision of Science teacher Ben Hoffman. The SHS team of Jarret Janu, Rory Spanier, Jaden Ludwig, Bridget Maas and McKenzie Stanley placed third overall in the Senior division and will advance to state competition on May 19 at St. John’s University in Collegeville.

three garages that were entered and several items were taken. April 20 6:53 p.m. Amber Avenue S. Burglary. A report was made regarding a garage that was entered and several items were taken. 10:48 p.m. Northside Park. Suspicious vehicle. While on patrol, an officer found two vehicles parked. The officer spoke to the drivers and informed them of the park hours. They left without incident. April 21 12:07 a.m. Sartell Bridge. Suspicious activity. While on patrol, an officer witnessed two juvenile males walking through the area. Both juveniles were given citations for curfew violations and transported home to their guardians. 9:53 p.m. Highway 15. Stalled vehicle. While on patrol, an officer saw a vehicle stalled on the side of the road. The officer transported the driver to retrieve gas and then returned him to his vehicle.

Sophomore Sydney Lo, daughter of Yang Lo and Rachel Schuneman of Sartell, was recently Lo named to the National Honor Society, Virgil Michel Chapter, at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. The NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated more than one million students annually participate in activities of NHS and its middle-level counterpart, the National Junior Honor Society. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop through involvement in school activities and community service. Both NHS and NJHS were founded by and are programs of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Natalie McIntire of Sartell was recently awarded a Deann Griebel Scholarship on April McIntire 11 at St. Cloud State University. McIntire, a first-year student at SCSU, is majoring in biomedical science. Through an endowment from Deann Griebel, a St. Cloud State Honors Program graduate, recipients are awarded half of their tuition and fees for up to five years. The Sartell 16s Blue Junior Olympics Volleyball Team took first place in the silver division at the Foley JO Volleyball Tournament on April 6. Team members include Hanna Brennan, Addy Demaine, Sydney Dille, Miah and Mikenzie Gessell, Meagan Knutson, Coach Sue Neller, Maddie Schnettler, Katelyn Weide and Lexy Winter.

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Pack the Mac – package food for local food pantries Volunteer to help Kids Fighting Hunger package Macaroni and Cheese meals to be distributed to local Central Minnesota food pantries who are in desperate need of childfriendly food for the summer months when students are not

Kaylee from front page little fighter. A very caring girl who loves to explore and figure out how things work. “ People with immune-deficiency disease, if it remains untreated, generally live only until their early to mid-30s. Fortunately, Kaylee, her sisters and mother take antibiotics to boost their immunity and they get replacement therapy via donated blood. “There’s no cure, yet,” Sarah said. “But we are a very hopeful family.” Two weeks ago, at Great River Bowl in Sartell, family and friends gathered for a pizza party and bowling session in honor of Kaylee, a send-off party for her trip to the Bahamas. The party was hosted by Judy Loudon and Mary Steffes, both


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Bike racks from front page mill was coming down, and we both thought how neat it would be to get our hands on some metals from there,” Jeub said. “We made phone calls, and people agreed it would be a neat thing to do.” Using metal to create bike racks is one thing, Jeub said, to help memorialize the industrial-cultural importance of that paper mill to the city and surrounding cities. “To be honest, we have no idea how we’ll use the metals yet,” Jeub said. “But in a few weeks we’ll start playing with those materials and start getting ideas. So many people feel passionate about this project, and we’re already getting good ideas from people.”

3 Part of the artistic process is learning more about the history of Sartell, Jeub noted. “Human beings are what make a community,” she said. “And this could be a most interesting community project with everyone getting involved.” Born in Illinois, Jeub moved many times during her youth as her father is a banker who quite often relocated because of the nature of his job. The family lived in Wisconsin, then Alexandria and later Sartell. Jeub is an artist who paints mainly abstract pictures. She also teaches art at the Hillside Adult Education Center and at other places as a member of the “Rostered Artist” program. She is also a mother with three children: Charlie, 12; Anna, 9; and Jackson, 4. Jeub was recently named the winner of the prestigious Central Minnesota Emerging Artist Award for 2014.

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A massive derrick is one of the historical artifacts at Quarry Park. For many decades, the derrick lifted mined blocks of granite from the quarry for further cutting and processing. The granite in the quarry was formed a billion years ago.

Rocks from front page and I love talking about rocks and answering questions. I am not a know-it-all by any means, but I just happen to know a lot. The reason I want a higher degree is so some

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then uplifted toward the surface of the earth. Granite, one of the hardest rocks on earth, is usually a combination of quartz, mica and feldspar. The central Minnesota area has been one of the prime places on the planet for quality granite, which has been used in building projects and monuments throughout the world, including recently the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington, D.C. People who take the May 10 tour will also learn about the industrial uses of granite and why St. Cloud is known as the “Granite City.” In the late 1800s, a Scotsman, Henry Nair Alexander, founded a granite-mining operation in Richmond. After his death, his two sons Patrick and John moved the company to Cold Spring. By 1930, the quarry operation was the biggest in the country. Its fine granite, known worldwide, was used for benches, buildings, markers, pillars, statues, gravestones and many other uses. The granite quarry in what is now Waite Park was famous far and wide for its fine,

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Left: Leisurely bicyclists meander their way on one of a network of biking trails in Quarry Park. Above: Bradford J. Folta Jr. has spent much of his life being around rocks. The geologist will lead a granite-history tour Saturday, May 10 at Quarry Park. high-quality red granite. In 1992, Stearns County bought the granite holdings in Waite Park, which became the Stearns County Quarry Park and Nature Preserve. The park opened to the public Jan. 1, 1998. One good reason for the May 10 tours – other than a fascinating introduction to billion-year-old rocks – is to introduce people to the many amenities of Quarry Park, a 684-acre tract. Known as the most unique park in the United States, Quarry Park offers a swimming quarry (112 feet deep), cross-country skiing, walking trails, snowshoeing, rock climbing, scuba diving, picnic areas, trout fishing and nature observation with lots of native flora and fauna. Folta said he is excited

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Congress should approve anti-gun-trafficking law

Despite terrible crimes like the slaughter of children at a school in Connecticut, nothing gets done about keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. At the very least, an iron-clad law addressing criminal background checks could have been passed, but because of enormous lobbying efforts by gunmanufacturing interests it was not. Currently, some members of the U.S. Congress are considering passing a law that would make gun trafficking a federal crime. It’s about time. The trafficking of guns puts guns into the hands of tens of thousands of criminals every year. Americans are killed with guns at a rate 20 times higher than in other developed countries, according to the Care2 website. At least 85 percent of guns involved in crimes committed in New York City were brought there from outside of the state, illegally because of gun-trafficking. Due to the lack of a federal law governing guntrafficking, prosecutors have had to rely on a weak trafficking law similar to the ones agains trafficking of livestock or chickens. Because of that, according to Care2, prosecutors refuse to prosecute three in four gun-trafficking cases. Legislation now before the U.S. Senate would make gun-trafficking a federal crime and much easier to prosecute. Gun lobbyists, like the National Rifle Association, have long claimed there is no need for any new gunrestriction laws because, in their opinion, if current gun laws were enforced as they should be, we could stop criminals in their tracks when it comes to keeping guns out of their hands. That is what they claim, but the truth is guns are still easily obtained, often without background checks, especially in a guntrafficking network where guns can be purchased or bartered as easily as candy in a candy store. Gun advocates do have a point, however. If criminals are determined to harm people, they will find a way, legal or not, to obtain guns, knives, bombs or any other destructive devices. However, why in the world should we make it easier for them to obtain their guns? Some, with proper laws, would be stopped in their tracks and prosecuted, as they should be. A federal gun-trafficking law is long overdue, as are mandatory criminal background checks. Urge your senators to vote for the proposed anti-trafficking bill. To sign a petition, go to the Care2 website. That site is hoping to get 15,000 signatures on the petition by June 5. So far there are more than 12,000 people who have signed it. Wouldn’t it be nice if 12 million people or 120 million people sign it? One fine day – it’s inevitable – this nation will finally have reasonable laws to make it harder for the bad guys to obtain weapons. Let’s start now by passing the federal law against gun-trafficking.

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Opinion Bundy’s not a patriot; he’s a lawbreaker It looked, at first, like scenes from a Technicolor wide-screen western epic movie, circa 1950s. There stood rancher Cliven Bundy, tall and proud, next to his two pardners, all three puffed up with sagebrush bravado. Behind them was the grandeur of the Nevada range country. All three men were wearing big white cowboy hats, the kind the good guys always wore in the movies. These men, it first appeared, were courageously defending Bundy’s cattlegrazing rights against that evil varmint, the Federal Government. These gruff-spoken good guys, white hats blazing in the sun, claimed they were protectors of our liberty. Freedom fighters. Rough-ridin’ vigilantes for Good. And, sure enough, it wasn’t long before a bunch of rough-and-tumble gun-toters showed up to help the victim, Bundy, protect his rights and the rights of all Americans from government over-reach into our lives. In a gun-wagging standoff, the government men backed down, and the Bundy-ites declared a victory for freedom. It was dubbed the “Battle of Bunkerville.” The rebels had won, and them goldarned government sidewinders had slithered back into the hills where they’d been hatched. And, go figure, it wasn’t long before right-wing Republicans began to hail Bundy as a true patriot, standing up heroically for all Americans so threatened by the forces of wicked Big Government. Chief among the right-wing cheerleaders was Fox News Channel’s right-wing preppy darling Sean Hannity. Politicians like Mike Huckabee,

Dennis Dalman Editor Rand Paul and Ted Cruz quickly got into line. They’d found a cause on the good ol’ frontier that they could champion. Then, all of sudden, one day – whoops! – Bundy opened his big mouth and said the following, concerning African-Americans: “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under a government subsidy?” When his words hit the air waves, many Bundy supporters, including the lineup of right-wing politicians, went running for the hills. Whoops! Bundy’s not the most shining example of a freedom fighter, after all. And he’s also a hypocrite, whining about subsidies for “cotton pickers” while range ranchers have had federal subsidies for years, including a lower-than-private rate in fees ranches pay the government to graze their cattle on federal lands. That is something Bundy has refused to do for 10 years, and that is why he owes the federal government – us – about $1 million in grazing fees – the same fees other law-

abiding ranchers have paid for decades. To their credit, right-wing politicians condemned Bundy’s racist filth. However, they shouldn’t have waited so long. He should have been roundly condemned earlier as a lawbreaker, not a freedom-loving patriot. Bundy, in fact, is not much better than other cult figures, who were lawbreakers but who gained status among some disaffected sorts for their “stands” against the government: people like Gordon Kahl of North Dakota, Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge, Jim Jones of Jonestown, David Koresh of Waco – to name just four. In all those cases, a conflict with the government ended badly – very badly. In some cases, yes, perhaps the government overreacted and came down too hard (such as at Waco). However, it was the blatant lawbreaking that brought the government to the doors of those men’s fortress mentalities. These so-called freedom fighters, like Bundy, have always been self-alienated oddballs with a chip on their shoulders, a deep-seated penchant to defy any authority, a chilling sense of paranoia and a longing for martyrdom (unfortunately, by taking others with them on their march toward assisted suicide). These “patriots” should not be emulated or applauded; they should be rejected and in many cases arrested and tried in a court of law. To call them freedom fighters is not only inaccurate, it’s insulting to those true patriots who did – and continue to – fight for freedom.

Letter to editor

Reader asks Scarbro ‘Where’s the beef?’ Gerald Gerads, Sartell Throughout the years, I suppose I have read almost all of Ron Scarbro’s columns. Some were confusing, some frustrating, some scary (like the one where his solution to the problems with North Korea was to nuke ‘em!), but they all are, in their own way, interesting. Just like his column on April 25. As a contemporary of Ron, I could

identify with growing up with the fear of the “Red Menace.” As a fellow citizen, I can identify with the frustration of watching the preening leader of the Russian Federation flaunt the international community as he tries to regain territory on his borders. So he really had me as I rushed toward the end of his column. Right up to the last sentence: “Let’s stop this aggression now.” Did the editor cut off the end of the

article? I was waiting for the big reveal, the solution to this dilemma. WWRD? What Would Ron Do? How would he show this hopelessly overwhelmed President how to tame the Russian bear? But just like all of the other critics of President Obama, there was no solution, no alternative. Unless the answer is, “Nuke ‘em!” Let me quote another commercial, Ron: “Where’s the beef”?

We are all responsible for our choices Little Falls is making national news. Not because it is a beautiful little community tucked away in one of the most gorgeous parts of this country, but because of a murder trial. It probably is not news to you that on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 homeowner Byron Smith sat armed with a gun in his house waiting for burglars he thought would come. He believed they would come because they had come before, broken in and burglarized his home. Well, indeed they did come. When they broke into his house this time, he shot and killed them. If that was the entire story, that would be tragic enough. But as always, the devil is in the details. Smith has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder for the shooting of the burglars. He is currently on trial. When I was a resident of Minnesota, I decided I wanted to buy a handgun and get a conceal/carry permit. The requirements were simple. I had to have a background check, and I had to attend a course to learn the laws and rules governing the use and the misuse of a firearm. The training was rather intense. I was taught when it is OK to shoot and when it isn’t. For example, if someone breaks into my house and steals my TV set and runs out the front door, I cannot shoot him. But if he breaks into my

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer house, steals my TV and in any way threatens me or anyone in my house, I have every right to shoot him and to continue shooting until the danger to me and mine passes. If I am walking down the street and I witness someone assaulting someone else, I am allowed by law to stop the assault even if it means I have to shoot the perpetrator. There are many more laws and rules. In fact far too many to cover in this column. Here then is the question. Did this homeowner have the right to kill his intruders? The law says if he felt his life was threatened, he did have that right. The problem for this homeowner was after he had shot one of the burglars and completely disabled her, he shot again specifically to kill her. The prosecutor alleges once the intruder was incapacitated, she no longer posed a threat. This quickly goes then from self-defense to murder. The prosecutor further alleges in this case since the homeowner “lay in wait” for the breakin, that then became premeditated murder.

Personally I think the charge of premeditation is an overcharge. The jury will decide. Based on the information published so far, I do believe Smith is probably guilty of a degree of murder in this case and should be punished for his action. This brings me to the crime of breaking and entering. With all the guns in the hands of citizens in this country, when one breaks into another’s house, they are basically begging to die. It would be similar to pointing a gun at a police officer. It doesn’t matter whether the gun is real or fake, you are begging to die and you will probably get your wish. For the record, while I don’t believe breaking and entering deserves the death penalty, if someone breaks into my home, I will not spend a lot of time debating the issue. I will do what is necessary to end the threat. We are all responsible for our choices. If one chooses to break into another’s house, they may well face a person who has chosen to defend his home, and it probably won’t end well. (Editor’s note: On Tuesday, April 19, the jury, after a three-hour deliberation, found Smith guilty of first- and second-degree murder and he has been sentenced to life without parole.)

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Community Calendar

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. 5K Walk/Run to benefit Anna Marie’s Alliance, 6-8 p.m., Atwood Mall, St. Cloud State University. 320-253-6900. “Comeback When You Grow Up: The Bobby Vee Story,” 7:30 p.m., one-man tribute show starring Justin Ploof, presented by Great River Arts, 122 SE 1st St, Little Falls. 320-6320960.

Saturday, May 3 Bike Rodeo, 10 a.m.-noon, sponsored by Sartell Police Department and BLEND. Any child who cycles through the course will get a $2 token to spend at the farmer’s market along with other great prizes and events. Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., 320-251-2700, ext. 77529. Sartell Farmers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. “Our Asian American Histories,” 4-6 p.m., open mic and musical performances celebrating AsianPacific American Heritage Month, Central Perk, 906 W. St. Germain


St., St. Cloud, 320-309-3087.

Monday, May 5 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240. Jazz/pop concert, 7:30 p.m., Sartell High School auditorium. Tuesday, May 6 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wednesday, May 7 Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation, 3725 N. 12th St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964. Thursday, May 8 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. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 2-8 p.m., Beth-


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Friday, May 9 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Brat sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., grilled brats and hotdogs, St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Art Opening, 6-8 p.m., paintings and jewelry by Lou Tollefson on display through June, The Change Hair Salon, 2385 Troop Dr., #204, Sartell, 320-764-3909.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Jeub’s works featured at the Veranda

An exhibit by local artist Heidi Jeub is now being shown in the Veranda at Pioneer Place on Fifth in downtown St. Cloud. Jeub, a Sartell High School graduate, was chosen to help create bike racks

from scrap metals salvaged from the Sartell paper mill now under demolition. (See related story in today’s paper.) Jeub’s exhibit opened at the Veranda May 1 and can be seen through June 12.

It is free and open to the public. Her work is mainly acrylic abstract paintings that evoke ethereal mysteries. Pioneer Place on Fifth is located at 22 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud.

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