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Take a kid fishing; fish free June 6-8

Minnesotans age 16 or older do not need a fishing license while taking a child age 15 or younger fishing during Take a Kid Fishing Weekend Friday-Sunday, June 6-8, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “This is an annual opportunity for an adult to introduce a child to fishing without the prior purchase of a fishing license,” said Mike Kurre, DNR mentoring program coordinator. “This is a great weekend to get friends and family involved with fishing.” For more information, visit and click on May 30 Criers.

Dollar Day set June 1 at Lindbergh Historic Site

The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site shows its appreciation to the community for its support with $1 admission all afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the site at 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Tours of Lindbergh’s boyhood home will be available every half hour with the last tour at 4 p.m. Learn how Lindbergh developed interests in aviation, technology and the natural environment while touring the historic home and the interactive exhibits in the visitors center, including the newly installed Spirit of St. Louis flight simulator.

Stearns History Museum offers Military Appreciation Day May 31

The Stearns History Museum will officially launch Blue Star Museum program with a Military Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 31. On this day, all veterans and their families, as well as all active-duty military and their families, are offered free admission to the Stearns History Museum’s exhibit galleries, children’s playroom and research center. The Stearns History Museum thanks you for your service! Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from now through Labor Day. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.


Culligan Salute to Grads SSEF

by Dennis Dalman

Patriotic tunes both lively and somber seemed to float on the sunny spring-morning air on Memorial Day at Veterans Park in Sartell. Several hundred people gathered on sets of risers and on lawn chairs to hear veterans memorialized through music and speeches. Keynote speaker Sgt. First Class Timothy Milo reminded listeners why Memorial photo by Dennis Dalman Day is a special day. It’s Bagpiper Joe Linneman plays a tune while the American Legion Color because of the sacrifices, Guard of Sartell stands ready. including the ultimate one

– loss of life – that so many soldiers made so the United States could have a country free of tyranny, slavery, fascism and terrorism, Milo said. Those sacrifices date all the way back to the nation’s founding when Minutemen were the country’s first “army.” Milo is a trainer for the National Guard and works out of Camp Ripley. Highly decorated with honors, he has served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Milo paraphrased famed Veterans • page 4

Seniors can drop off documents, medications Sartell senior citizens will be able to drop off sensitive documents or unused medications on two upcoming days in early June at the Sartell Police Department. The two dropoff times and dates are 4-6:30 p.m. Wednes-

day, June 4; and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, June 5. Examples of sensitive documents are physician statements, bank checks and statements, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, expired charge cards or credit-card offers re-

ceived in the mail. Any old or unused medications can also be dropped off, but absolutely no needles will be accepted. There will be police officers at the site to ensure what is dropped off remains secure un-

til disposal. The drop-off days are the result of a collaboration among the police department, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, First-Shred and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.

by Dennis Dalman

At its last meeting, the Sartell City Council approved an application on behalf of Edmonton Trailer to the Minnesota Investment Fund. If it accepts the application and approves it, MIF could give up to $450,000 to help construct a manufacturing plant of 30,000 square feet on the Verso site. Edmonton Trailer builds and

services massive, heavy-duty truck trailers that can handle up to 100 tons. Such trailers are used by heavy-equipment companies and road-construction projects. The equipment it manufactures and services includes sales and leasing of folding goosenecks, jeeps and boosters, hi-boys and floats, low-beds, specialized heavy-

haul trucks, crane rigging and winch rig-ups. They also deal in used trailers. The company deals in manufacturing of the trailers and makes repairs to them. It expects to hire 50 employees – and as many as 60 – all local. Edmonton Trailer is based in Edmonton in the Canadian Edmonton • page 8

Edmonton Trailer might build on Verso site There is a good omen for renewal at the Verso paper mill site in Sartell, now in a state of drastic deconstruction. A Canadian company, Edmonton Trailer Sales and Leasing Ltd., might set up its business on part of the Verso site.

Thompson, Brennan Morrey win ‘Apple’ – again by Dennis Dalman

David Thompson of St. Paul had some catching up to do. After winning the Sartell Apple Duathlon six times, the last in 2010, he decided it might be time to win it again. And that’s exactly what he did last Saturday morning. He won the 2014 Apple Duathlon with a time of 1:21:33. Thompson, a professional triathlete-duathlete, won the Apple in 2004 and 2005 and then four more times in a row, 2007-10. “What beautiful weather,” Thompson said while resting

on a bench right after crossing the finish line to a swirl of congratulations. “I really love the Apple,” he said. “There’s volunteers on every corner, and the whole community supports it. The race is well thought out, and the streets were in pretty good condition. Sartell is definitely a good venue for a duathlon.” Patrick Parrish, Bloomington, finished second among the men. He was also the winner of the Apple in 2012. Third place was Dan Hedgecock, St. Paul, who was last year’s Apple champion. About 320 runners-bikers – many from other countries – Apple • page 5

photo by Dennis Dalman

After dropping off her bike, a duathlete hurries from the Apple Duathlon transition area to run the last lap of the race.

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The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation recently awarded more than $30,000 in grants to support leading-edge programming (preK-12) in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District 2014-15 school year. The programs receiving grants include: Sabre SplashSHS; Art in Motion-SHS; AP Summer Institute-SHS; Electronic Data Equipment-SHS; Student Council Leadership Training-SHS; Sartell Middle School Academic Extensions-SMS; High Interest ebooks-SMS; STEM Initiative-SMS; Learning Lab-SMS; Lab Quest 2-SMS; Schoology Conferencecontributed photo Students from Sartell High School learn how to texture soils SMS/ORE/PME Leveled Libraryat the “soils station” at the Minnesota Envirothon held at St. ORE/PME; Elementary Academic Extensions-ORE/PME; KindergarJohn’s University. ten Flip-It Books-ORE/PME; Math SmARTS-ORE/PME; Early Weekly Readers-ECFE; Family Library Story Hour-ECFE; and School The five-member team from judges. This year’s oral presenta- Readiness Preschool Books-ECFE. St. John’s Prep recently earned tion topic was “sustainable agriThis spring marks 10 years of third place at the Minnesota State culture.” Test questions for each giving to the students of District Envirothon contest, with Sartell of the five resource stations were 748. SSEF has given more than High School’s team placing sev- prepared by natural resource pro- $200,000 in grants and scholarenth out of 27 teams. Stillwater fessionals from SWCDs, USDA ships! This is another record-breakHigh School placed first and will Natural Resources Conservation advance to the regional Envirothon Service, Sustainable Farming Asin Illinois. Hopkins High School sociation, St. John’s University If any readers have tips conreceived second place. The Min- and many other resource experts. nesota event was hosted by St. Sponsors of this year’s Minne- cerning crimes, they should call John’s Outdoor University in Col- sota State Envirothon competition the Sartell Police Department legeville. include the local SWCDs, the Min- at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County “The Envirothon is a great nesota Association of Soil and Wa- Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 hands-on experience for high ter Conservation Districts, Minne- or access its tip site at www.trischool students, and may excite sota Association of Conservation Crime some to pursue a career in the nat- District Employees, Minnesota Stoppers offers rewards up to ural resources field,” said Dennis Corn Growers, Great River En- $1,000 for information leading to Fuchs, Stearns County Soil & Wa- ergy, Minnesota Erosion Control the arrest and conviction of those ter Conservation District adminis- Association, Minnesota Chapter of responsible for crimes.

Local Teams place third, seventh at Minnesota State Envirothon

trator. “The Envirothon is also a great networking opportunity for students to meet other students from across Minnesota, and interact with people working in natural resource management.” This annual event is an outdoor academic competition that tests students’ knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soil and land use, wildlife and a current environmental topic. In addition to the state questions, students were required to compose and present a 10-minute oral presentation on the current issue, and answer questions from the panel of

the Soil and Water Conservation Society and Cenex Harvest States. Stillwater Area High School will have the opportunity to represent Minnesota as they compete at Loyola University Chicago in Woodstock, Ill. from Aug. 3-8. They will compete against teams from nine other states in the Midwest for scholarships and prizes at the Regional Stewardship Challenge. For more information about the Minnesota State Envirothon, please visit the website at www.

Al Hornung, son of Joy and Michael Hornung of Sartell, was among the Top 10 seniors from Cathedral High School Hornung who will graduate Friday, May 30 in the school’s gym, 312 7th Ave. N., St. Cloud. He will attend the

University of St. Thomas in the fall focusing on pre-med. Amanda Knettel of Sartell, was recently awarded a doctorate in physical therapy from the Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. Matthew Paul, Sartell, recently earned his master’s degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

May 11 6:47 p.m. Hwy. 15. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver stated he was unaware of his license status. He was issued a citation and was released after parking the vehicle. 1:52 a.m. Hwy. 15. DWI. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle run a red light and weaving. The driver failed road sobriety testing and was placed under arrest without incident. May 12 1:34 a.m. Amber Avenue S. Burglary. A report was made regarding an unknown male entering an unlocked garage. Officers arrived and arrested the suspect without incident. 7:44 a.m. Riverside Avenue. Litter. While on patrol, an officer noticed papers covering the roadway in several locations. The officer contacted the owner of the papers and the owner stated he would

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ing year for SSEF as they continue to increase the amount of funds awarded to programs in the district. The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to provide support for leading-edge ideas and programming for the students in District 748. For more information about the Foundation visit

Evan Morrison and Lindsay Zerfas, all of St. John’s Prep School; and Connor DeMorett, Holdingford High School.

Twenty-two Sartell seniors recently graduated from other area high schools. They and their high schools include the following: Breana Burggraff, Alexandra Fritzke, Cody Holtz, Jordan Kleinschmidt, Sarah Lage, Jarod Landree, Gregory Lessard, Lacey McManigle, Hattie Meyer, Mariah Moldaschel, Devon Moehring, Ambrique Pearson, Alexander Stidmon, Stephanie Taszarek, Jacob Tripp and Lucia Yanez Nunez, all from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School; Kendall Brunko-Anderson and Aunika Schraw, both of St. Cloud Technical High School; Alex Mayer,

Amber Kroska, who graduated from Sartell in 2010, graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education on Mother’s Day from St. Cloud State University.


come clean the areas. The officer informed him this was already done and he would need to pay a fine for the cleanup. May 13 11:35 a.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. The male admitted to the theft and he was issued a citation. 2:56 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. The male admitted to the theft and he was issued a citation. May 14 4:37 p.m. Pinecone Road. Gun. A report was made regarding a driver holding a gun. No license plate was provided. An officer was unable to locate the vehicle. 11:02 p.m. Tradewind Avenue. Loud music. A report was made regarding loud music and voices coming from a residence. An officer spoke with the owner who agreed to turn down the music. May 15 6:06 a.m. 4th Avenue NE. Abandoned vehicle. While on patrol, an officer found a vehicle parked in the grass. The owner stated the vehicle had stalled and he would have it removed. 5:15 p.m. Hi-Vue Drive. Loud music. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. After several attempts,

Tori Lewis, Sartell, recently graduated among 4,450 candidates from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences.

Karlee Vergaagh, St. Stephen, recently graduated from Holdingford High School. Lindsay Zerfas of Sartell was among three St. John’s Prep students named “Students of Excellence” at the annual honors banquet, sponsored by the St. Cloudbased Resource Training and Solutions. She will graduate this spring.

an officer was able to make contact with the resident, who agreed to turn down the music. May 16 2:01 p.m. Pinecone Road. Theft. Two juvenile males were witnessed attempting to leave a store with unpaid merchandise. They both admitted to the theft and were issued citations. Both parents were contacted and the juveniles were transported back to school. 4:46 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. The male was located and admitted to the theft. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. May 17 11:20 a.m. 9th Avenue N. Vehicle theft. A report was made that several items were taken from an unlocked vehicle, sometime during the night. 11:24 a.m. 4th Avenue N. Vehicle theft. A report was made that several items were taken from an unlocked vehicle, sometime during the night. 11:51 a.m. 2nd Avenue N. Vehicle theft. A report was made that several items were taken from an unlocked vehicle, sometime during the night. 11:57 a.m. Sierra Court. Property damage. Sometime overnight, a resident’s home was egged. Blotter • page 5

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Lynch announces candidacy for council seat

by Dennis Dalman

Former Sartell city council member Pat Lynch has decided to toss his hat into the ring once again. On May 16, Lynch announced he will file for a council seat, to be determined in the Nov. 4 election. There are two seats currently open as well as the position for mayor. The open council seats are now occupied by Sarah Jane Nicoll and David Peterson, both four-year terms. Nicoll recently announced she will file for mayor. The current mayor, Joe Perske, is now a candidate for the U.S. Congress SixthDistrict seat. Filings for the council and mayor positions opened May 20 and will close June 3. The filing fee is $5. Lynch served on the council from 2007-10. He narrowly lost a bid for mayor of Sartell in the 2010 election. Lynch, a graduate of St. John’s University, is co-found-

Lynch er and president of Granite Logistics Services, which is an agent for Trinity Logistics, based in Seaford, Del. The business in east Sartell employs 35 people. It works out logistics for mainly flatbedtruck transportation for a wide range of nationwide industries. From 1996-2006, Lynch was president of Payne Lynch and Associates in Sartell, which was also a logistical-transportation company. “Sartell has been my home for 18 years and home to my business for most of that time,” Lynch said. “This is a wonder-

ful community, and we need strong, experienced leadership for the future.” Lynch vows to serve all the interests of the people in the city. “As a Stearns County resident and a Benton County business owner, I believe I’m uniquely positioned to represent all Sartell interests,” he said. “I want a vibrant, dynamic city that attracts new residents and businesses and engages the people who live and work here.” Lynch has long been active in city and regional activities. He currently serves on the boards of CentraCare Clinic, Plaza Park Bank and the Good Samaritan Fund. He is also a member of the Sartell Economic Development Commission and Sartell’s Community Resource Facility Task Force. In previous years, Lynch served on the boards of Catholic Charities, Junior Achievement and the St. Cloud Area Economic Development Partnership.

City adopts policy for reflective street signs by Dennis Dalman

Do Sartell’s street signs reflect brightly enough at night? The answer, according to Sartell city staff, is some do, some don’t and some do, sort of. Now Sartell has what’s called a retro-reflectivity policy, which was approved at the last city council meeting. In 2011, city workers did an inventory of every sign in the city, said Sartell PlannerDeveloper Anita Rasmussen. All of the city’s regulatory and guide signs must keep their reflectivity for obvious safety factors, she noted. Most sign’s reflective surfaces last about 10 years, and most of the city’s signs are anywhere from five to seven years old, Rasmussen told the council. Each year, anywhere from 200 to 300 signs would be replaced. The policy requires city street workers to replace onetenth of the city’s signs every

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year, starting with the oldest and least reflective. It is possible to meter-read each sign with a reflectivity detector, but the detector costs $12,000, and that process would be timeconsuming, Rasmussen said. It costs about $35 for a stop sign, and the metering alone would cost that much. Some members of the city council said they thought it would be unwise to toss out a sign and replace it if the sign still retains its reflectivity. Some signs facing away from the sun, for example, hold their reflectivity longer than sun-facing signs. Rasmussen said those who replace the signs would take such factors into account. If a sign is in very good condition, even if it’s old, would obviously not be automatically replaced. Signs in bad condition would also not have to wait

10 years to be replaced. Those decisions would rest with the workers in charge of sign replacement. City street workers and police officers on patrol would do night-time inspections for signs’ reflectivity and make notes on which are in bad shape. Sign replacements will begin in 2015, starting on Sartell’s east side. On a related matter, the council agreed “Watch Children” and “Children at Play” signs should be taken down, for the following reasons: They can induce a false (thus potentially dangerous) sense of security. Police Chief Jim Hughes agreed such signs are not effective. Some exist in neighborhoods where there are no longer any children living, and the city hasn’t put up such signs in many years.

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Friday, May 30 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Brat Sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Donations, tips and portion of profits contributed to St. Joseph city flower baskets. Friday Enrichment: Farmers’ Markets, 10-11 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Discover benefits, find local markets. 320-255-7245. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

Tuesday, June 3 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Beautiful Africa; A New Generation, presented by Watoto, 7 p.m., Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pinecone Road N, Sartell. Original African music, dance routines and lifetransforming stories. Heritage Singers, from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wis., 7 p.m., Granite City Baptist Church, 1425 CR 134, St. Cloud. 320-2512801.

Saturday, May 31 Brat Sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. Donations, tips and portion of profits contributed to St. Joseph City flower baskets. Hotrod Cookoff, noon-11 p.m., car show, cook off, live music, food stands, sponsored by Working Together for a Cure, Sauk River Park, Melrose, Minn. or 320-2565656.

Wednesday, June 4 Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964.

Sunday, June 1 Musician’s Swap Meet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., new and used gear to sell or trade. St. Cloud Armory. swapmeet. Monday, June 2 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., Sartell. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240.

Thursday, June 5 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. 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph, 1-888234-1294. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. Friday, June 6 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

LEgal notICE CITY OF SARTELL PUBLIC HEARING CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES TITLE 3 BUSINESS AND LICENSE REGULATIONS CHAPTER 8 PORTABLE CONFECTIONERY STORES AND MOBILE FOOD VENDORS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the city of Sartell will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Sartell City Hall, for the purpose of amending the city code of ordinances to allow for mobile food vendors. A copy of the proposed changes to the ordinance is available for review at the city

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photos by Dennis Dalman

Top: Rollie Weis, a World War II veteran who grew up in Sartell, addresses the audience during the Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans Park. To the left of Weis are members of the American Legion of Sartell. To the right, standing, is State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), who emceed the event. Top right: Members of the Sartell Area Community Band prepare to play a medley of patriotic tunes during the Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans Park, Sartell.

Above left: Sartell Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed little American flags along the walkways after the Memorial Day ceremony in Sartell. In this photo, the boys are preparing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Above right: Violinist Kalley Vande Vrede, a seventh-grader at Sartell Middle School, stands with her father, police officer Adam Vande Vrede. Later in the ceremony, Kalley performed the haunting, poignant tune, Ashokan Farewell.

Veterans from front page Vikings football coach Bud Grant, who said there is a big difference between the stars he’s known and the heroes. Heroes, he said, go willingly somewhere else to fight for and protect their country. Too much fuss, Grant said, is made of stars, not enough gratitude is given to heroes. Milo also quoted General George Patton who once said of soldiers who died in combat, “Let us give thanks that men like this once lived.” The audience gave Milo two standing ovations. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske welcomed people to the ceremony. “Today is not about us; it’s about them,” Perske said, re-

ferring to veterans past and present, departed and living. The American Legion of Sartell, as it has in many previous years, hosted the ceremony, posted the colors and helped Sgt. Milo place a wreath. Legion member Rollie Weis memorialized his brother, Phillip, who was killed during the Battle of the Bulge in northern Europe in World War II. Weis himself served in the U.S. Navy during that war and is one of the few surviving World War II veterans. Sartell American Legion Commander Flip Mastey read a prayer, giving thanks to all veterans in the nation’s history. State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell), who helped start the Memorial Day ceremony in Veterans Park 10 years ago, emceed the program. He noted there are 400,000 military personnel buried in Arlington Cemetery, on land once owned

by Gen. Robert E. Lee, who lead the Confederate forces in the Civil War. Why do people continue to enlist to serve their country?, O’Driscoll asked. For his answer, he quoted from the Pledge of Allegiance. “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Other guests included: the American Legion members of Waite Park, whose rifle squad fired volleys; Kalley Vande Vrede, a Sartell Middle School seventh-grader, who played Ashokan Farewell on the violin; Fr. Tim Baltes of St. Francis Xavier Parish, who gave the benediction; Joe Linneman of St. Cloud, who played two songs on the bagpipes; and Emily Hoppe, who gave a reading of Flanders Field. After the playing of Taps, the audience gathered for some light refreshments and conversation.


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Left: After biking 26 miles, a duathlete arrives at the bicycle transition area of the Sartell Apple Duathlon, ready for the last running lap of the race. Above left: Ruth Brennan Morrey of Rochester shortly after winning the Apple Duathlon over all the other females who competed. It was her second win; the last was in 2012. Above right: Seven-time Sartell Apple Duathlon champion David Thompson of St. Paul smiles shortly after winning the Saturday event.

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The Watoto Children’s Choir delivers concerts filled with song, dance and story-telling. It will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.

Watoto to perform concert in Sartell The world-famous Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. The name of the choir’s nationwide tour is “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation.” Everyone is invited. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive care they need to become productive citizens of their countries. With vibrant, original African music, dances and lifetransforming stories, the choir personifies the new generation

of hope on the African continent. The choirs have traveled worldwide since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa who have been orphaned as a result of HIV-AIDS, war and/or poverty. Its current U.S. tour began in Dallas and will end in Denver. Watoto is the African name for a holistic care solution providing for the physical, emotional, medical and spiritual needs of the children of Africa. It creates hope and leadership programs for children orphaned under the most tragic conditions.


tion, it was found the driver did not have a driver’s license. The driver stated she was aware of her status. She was issued a citation and released to a valid driver.

from page 2 1:31 p.m. 8th Avenue N. Vehicle theft. A report was made that several items were taken from an unlocked vehicle, sometime during the night. May 18 2:46 a.m. 2nd Street S. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver stated he was aware of his status. He was issued a citation and released to a valid driver. 3:42 a.m. CR 120. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registra-

May 19 10:22 p.m. Twin Rivers Court. Juvenile problem. A complaint was made regarding juveniles inside a business becoming loud and refusing to leave. An officer arrived and was able to defuse the situation. The juveniles left without incident. 11:43 p.m. 23rd Avenue N. Loud music. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. An officer made contact with the homeowner and they agreed to turn down the music.


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Apple from front page participated in the Apple. This year’s overall women’s record-setting champion is two-time Apple winner Ruth Brennan Morrey, 39, Rochester, with a time of 1:26:28. She beat the Apple women’s record by nearly four minutes. Her other win in the race was in 2012. She said she would liked to have competed last year but couldn’t because she, her husband and children were living in England while her husband attended Oxford University. A mother of three, Brennan Morrey is the USA Triathalon’s Duathlete of the Year for 2013.

Left: Children wait for the first batch of runners to appear at Sartell Middle School during the Sartell Apple Duathlon. Above left: Quin Woods (left) and his brother, Cooper, sprawl on a boulder while their father, Tom Woods, runs-bikes the Sartell Apple Duathlon. Tom and Marcy Woods and their children drove from Lincoln, Neb. for the Sartell event. Tom crossed the finish line in eighth place overall, with a time of 1:26:40. Above: Taylor and Katrina Krengl, brother and sister, use twigs to construct a mini-log cabin during the Sartell Apple Duathlon. They and their father, Matt, were waiting for their mother, Julia, to finish the race. Like Thompson, she too is a professional triathlete-duathlete who holds a doctorate in psychology. “This is a great race,” she said, shortly after crossing the finish line. “It’s a very well-run race. And it’s such a beautiful day!” At one point during the race, Brennan Morrey became a bit concerned because a fellow runner, a woman, had gained on her. The woman seemed very strong and was forging ahead seemingly without much effort. But, after a few minutes, Brenann Morrey regained her lead and held it happily all the way to the finish line. Second in the race was Dani Fischer of Wausau, Wis. at

1:32:28, and third was Diane Hankee of Lino Lakes, 1:35:07. In the relay duo race, the winning males were a team dubbed Run ‘n’ Fun from Lakeville with a time of 1:24:35. The winning female team was the Bad Apples from Sartell with a time of 1:51:51.

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Care for veterans must match our rhetoric

It would be interesting to know how many speakers at Memorial Day ceremonies across this country mentioned the explosive news about how some veterans of our wars have died while waiting endlessly for treatments. That tragic, unforgivable fact was surely an elephant in the room at many of the ceremonies. The disgrace was only underlined by all the heartfelt tributes to veterans and how much they deserve our undying gratitude. The gratitude should include the very best possible post-service medical and psychological care. Otherwise, all of the tributes and thanks amount to nothing much more than lip service. The top management in the Phoenix, Ariz. Veterans Affairs Health Care system devised an elaborate scheme to hide the fact 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait for months even to just consult with a doctor. At least 40 veterans died while patiently waiting for care. The jerks who ran that center had two lists: a fake waiting list designed to show watchdogs in Washington, D.C. that all was going just fine; and a real waiting list that shows waiting times can easily last more than a year. The Veterans Administration mandates patients must be seen in a timely manner, from 14 to 30 days. Obviously, some top officials, at least in Phoenix, not only scoffed at that mandate; they developed an elaborate system to sabotage it. Other stories about inexcusably long waits – and deaths – are surfacing from other areas of the country, and it’s the most disturbing news. Disturbing that these men and women, who sacrificed so much, are treated with such dismissive carelessness. There is absolutely no excuse for it. So far, here in Minnesota, our VA centers have received quite good marks. However, who is to say with certainty there are no schemes or “secret” waiting lists going on? We also know most veterans have had many good things to say about the treatment they’ve received at centers. However, even one incident of cruel waiting and/or death is one too many. We wonder about the high rate of suicides among veterans. How many of those might have been prevented with prompt professional attention rather than interminable waits? It’s with such patriotic hoopla we send men and women off to war, some of them wars that are unpopular and/or unwise. How easy it is to forget them when the hoopla dies down, when the sick and wounded return, many of them living in a bleak, lonely world of their own, often without jobs or any kind of trusting support system. It’s nothing less than a national disgrace. The president should appoint a commission and hold hearings that could root out every last vestige of this kind of cruel and rampant corruption. Those who indulge in it should be fired and even arrested and tried before a court of law. Such abuse is downright criminal.

Opinion Let’s heed Martinez’s angry questions We should all listen carefully to Richard Martinez, and we should keep listening with a resolute intention to help alleviate that man’s anguish and outrage. Martinez is the 61-year-old father of Chris Martinez, the 20-year-old college student who was murdered in cold blood while entering a convenience store last week during a madman’s killing spree in Santa Barbara. The berserk gunman killed seven people, including himself. He wounded 13 others. Clearly staggered by the death of his beloved son, Martinez struggled to regain control at a press conference. Saying his family is now “lost and broken” and his only son now dead, Martinez broke down, choking back tears, during a heartrending mixture of grief, anguish and rage. “Why did Chris die?” he asked. “Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA (National Rifle Association). They talk about gun rights. What about Chris’s right to live? When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves: Not one more. You don’t think it’ll happen to your child until it does.” Martinez’s anger and tears peak when he talks about that he had 20 good years with his son, unlike the parents of the little children slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, unimaginably horrible killings that Martinez thinks should have persuaded politicians to pass stricter gun laws. Martinez’s series of impassioned questions (“When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say, ‘Stop this madness; we don’t have to live like this?’”) are all too familiar questions. They were asked after Columbine; they were asked after Virginia Tech; they were asked after Aurora; they were asked after Sandy Hook. The answers,

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Dennis Dalman Editor of course, are never forthcoming. People, including craven, irresponsible politicians drift off whistling Dixie. NRA officials keep saying the same insultingly stupid things: More guns is the answer, more guns in the hands of good people is the only thing that will stop bad people from killing others. So says the ultimate parrot, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. Martinez’s painful, anguished pressconference comments should be televised immediately after every self-serving bilge that comes out of the mouth of LaPierre, the darling of gun manufacturers. We can be sure LaPierre will, once again, claim it was severe mental illness – not guns – that pushed that deranged Santa Barbara gunman over the edge. And, of course, that’s true, partly. He did purchase the guns legally, and he was very adept at hiding his mental illness, not mentioning his treatments and medications he was supposed to be taking. And yet, still, Martinez’s cry of anger and anguish cannot be dismissed. His outrage goes right to the heart, to the gut. It’s the unbearable grief experienced by every parent who has lost a child to these gun-blazing fiends. Martinez vented the anger that all parents feel, and we should all listen to it and heed it. We’ll never stop all rampage killings, but the least the U.S. Congress can do is beef up the laws governing access to guns, insist on universal background checks, give more

funding to vital mental-health services and quit kowtowing to the NRA and its supposed defense of the Second Amendment when it is, in fact, gun manufacturers it seems most eager to serve and to protect. Beyond the issues of guns and mental illness, this country has got to get over its obsession with violence. One TV commentator, noting how the Santa Barbara killer had repeatedly watched violent video “games” said his own sons watch the same videos with no ill effects. That kind of blithe dismissal, an implicit condoning of violent videos, is despicable. And it’s not just violent videos that should turn our stomachs. A recent TV ad features men and women on a company “vacation,” playing a game of “Paintball” in the woods, with “bullets” banging into chests, fake blood splattering everywhere and shot-up victims jerking spasmodically in slow motion. That disgusting ad is “brought to us” by You see, after their sportive, gun-fun bloodbath, the “warriors” emerge from the woods, happy to see the swank hotel in the distance their company had booked for them. It’s interesting the killer’s father was the assistant director of the hit movie Hunger Games, yet another Hollywood saga of murder and mayhem. With that kind of vile crap saturating American culture, is it any wonder in this gun-crazed nation that kids – and adults – can go so wrong? And, by the way, what kind of “adult” would enjoy the vicarious slaughtering that occurs in these video “games.” Mr. Martinez, keep talking, keep expressing your anguish and outrage. Maybe, just maybe, some of those craven, irresponsible scoundrels (aka politicians) will start listening.

Letters to editor

Duathlon Committee extends thanks to those involved Adam Konczewski, Duathlon co-chair and Apple Duathlon Committee As committee members of the Sartell Apple Duathlon, we want to acknowledge those who helped make the longest multisport event in Minnesota a success in 2014. A special thanks to all the volunteers. As our oldest competitor, 90-year-old Bob Powers said, “You made me feel like a celebrity!”

Our number-one goal was to ensure the safety of our community and the athletes. The City of Sartell, Mayor Joe Perske, City Administrator/Finance Director Mary Degiovanni and the Sartell City Council, especially Council Member Amy Braig-Lindstrom, played an instrumental role by approving road closures. The Sartell Police Department, especially Sgt. Kelly Mader, and the Stearns County Sheriff Department

controlled traffic. Sartell Public Works Department, especially Brad Borders, donated equipment and cleaned roads. The Sartell Middle School, especially Custodian Mark Hedstrom, provided a wonderful venue. We truly thank the Sartell community for all you have done because the 32nd Sartell Apple Duathlon is only possible with the support of our generous sponsors and community.

Senior thanks high school, community for memories (I am a senior in Sartell High School. I came to Minnesota last year from Pakistan. I was an alien and an outsider. I am so grateful to this society and the people of this society. I prepared a speech for our graduation party, but was rejected to deliver a speech on graduation night. I am not satisfied with this. It was an opportunity for me to say thanks. I would like you to publish my speech in the Sartell Newsleader. It would be my last opportunity to pay tribute and say thanks for the great favors of this society to me as an outsider.)

Yasir Malik, a senior at Sartell High School

Fairness and ethics

Friday, May 30, 2014

It was a new world – all new world, people, language, society, way of living – everything. I had apprehension; I was preparing myself to adjust. But my teachers, counselors, you made Sartell High School my next home. Once a wise man Ali ibn abi talib said: “One who taught me even single word made me his slave.” I am greatly honored and proud to be a part of this prestigious institution. I came to Minnesota last year from Pakistan. Sartell High School was the first place where

I was introduced to the United States. I must say, I can’t forget the warm welcome I received by the guidance office at Sartell High School. I sent them an email when I was in Pakistan. When I entered into the guidance office for admission, they asked me about that email. I was so impressed by their love of their work. I visited the school with AJ Fleming. I asked AJ about homeroom. He told me, but due to the U.S. accent, I could not follow him. I went to guidance office for help about homeroom. I was so impressed the nice lady stood up from her seat and took me to my homeroom. She could have directed me or sent any student to help, but she escorted me to that room. That is a gesture I will never ever forget. Then later on my first day, I forgot where my fourth-block room was and the bell had rung so I approached a lady who was walking ahead of me and asked her for help and without any hesitation she turned back and took me downstairs and led me to the room. I was so surprised by her helping behavior. I was so amazed there is also a teacher for those whose first language is not English, which indeed was a great favor. Today, I feel really proud I got a chance

to meet some of the most amazing personalities here, the great mentors of this nation. I have many great memories in my mind, which due to the lack of space I am unable to mention/tell. I would be extremely unjust and biased if I would just mention one teacher. They are all not only great teachers but also very humble and soft-speaking human beings. They are extremely diligent, sincere, honest, benevolent, compassionate, gentle, caring, helping and always encouraging. English is my second language and I would specially like to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart on the great favor of my teachers for me. Teaching is a great profession; the best people in the history of mankind chose this. It was the occupation of messengers of Almighty. I strongly and truly believe no one can pay back the great favors and services of a teacher. They are just always giving. My dear teachers you will be remembered. One day, I was thinking what makes Sartell a unique place to live in Minnesota; the simple answer is it’s Sartell High School. It’s not just the brick and mortar building of Sartell High School or it’s

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Letters from page 6 classrooms, which are equipped with the latest technology. It’s the great management, teachers and hardworking students who make it a distinguished place. There are many sweet memories I will cherish all my life. Like every young man here, I have my vision, goals and objectives, and I don’t know where I will go in future. But Sartell High School will be above all. Every thing will be next to it. Sartell High School lies in Sartell and up until now I walked in these corridors, but from now on Sartell High School has got a new home in my heart. Lastly, I would just like to say once again, it’s a great pride and privilege for me to be a part of this esteemed institution. Thank you so much. Long live Sartell High School.


Can a Common Joe replace Michele Bachmann? Ronald Dixon, student University of Minnesota Michele Bachmann is considered to be one of the most radical members of Congress. Now that she is retiring, we should rally behind an individual who will not succumb to petty politics or corporate interests. This person is Joe Perske. Since 2010, I have volunteered in the efforts to try and oust Bachmann, both when Tarryl Clark (2010) and Jim Graves (2012) made great efforts to defeat her. When I was first

contacted by the Perske campaign, I instantly knew he would be a great leader for the Sixth Congressional District, and I am proud to have voted for Perske at the DFL Sixth Congressional District convention. Unlike Bachmann, Perske rises above partisan politics and empty rhetoric in order to achieve goals that benefit his constituents. He has proven this multiple times, both as a city council member and as the Mayor of Sartell. His commitment to public service began years ago when he first began teaching middle school

and coaching girls soccer. Perske is a pragmatic “Common Joe” who understands the needs of Minnesotans, and he will push for policies that will directly benefit his constituents, including improvements to infrastructure, funding education, protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act and preserving the social safety net. As a college student, I know Perske will also work to help improve the outlook for young Americans, a group that has been increasingly burdened by a lackluster job market

and unsustainable debt. The time is now to elect Perske to Congress. As more Americans are getting tired of partisan politics and Tea Party-sponsored agendas, such as repealing the ACA and obstructing jobs bills, we need someone who represents the populous. If elected, Perske will reach across the aisle to achieve progress, and he will always act with the best interests of ordinary Americans in mind, as opposed to the lobbyists, the rich and everyone else who belongs to the “Top 1 Percent.”

Reader endorses Perske for U.S. House seat Pauline Bratt, St. Cloud Joe Perske, Sartell mayor, teacher and coach, is the endorsed DFL candidate for U.S. House in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. Perske has deep roots in the 6th District. He grew up in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud and was a teacher and coach with the Department of Defense in Germany and in Sartell for 37 years. As mayor of Sartell, Perske was

there when the town’s major business, a paper mill, was destroyed by an explosion and fire. It was devastating to the community. He led the coordination of more than 100 fire departments there to help, and he led the effort in finding jobs for hundreds of displaced workers. Perske is a marathon runner, having run more than 90,000 miles. “This race will be the race of a lifetime,” Perske said. “I will race until I drop.”

Fixing a broken system in Washington is what motivates Perske to seek election, the candidate said. “This race is not about me,” Perske said. “It is about you, your kids, your grandkids, the elderly, and the kids who haven’t been born yet. It’s about coming together to solve problems.” Perske says he is passionate about caring for the elderly, the vulnerable, the young and the veterans who have served our country. He wants to

improve the Affordable Care Act so it covers more people more efficiently. “This great nation cannot survive the collapse of its middle class,” Perske said. “As a representative of the 6th Congressional District, I will work with others to restore the middle class and provide families the opportunity to realize the American Dream. This is an issue that stokes a fire that burns inside me and drives me to run for Congress in this election.”

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some things, for sure. The center lane is a turn lane only, not a driving or acceleration lane – it cannot be used to drive out into from a side road, street or driveway to merge or fit into the traffic flow. Again, it can only be used as a turn lane. If your center lane is also a bicycle lane, then bicycles would have the right of way, in most cases. I haven’t seen where they are used as both, but perhaps

the one you are talking about is. For other bicycle lanes, bicyclists typically have the right of way. There may be some exceptions, but the bottom line is: always physically turn your head and look before turning or changing lanes, or turning so you can watch out for bicycles, motorcycles or even pedestrians. On a related note, don’t get into that center turn lane too soon, as you might meet other




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‘Lost’ building becomes visible suddenly

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A massive Legacy Super B grain carrier is one of the many hauling products made by Edmonton Trailer Sales and Leasing Ltd., based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The company is considering building a branch business on the Verso paper mill site in Sartell.

Edmonton from front page province of Alberta. Its management, in talks with Sartell city staff and American Iron

photo by Dennis Dalman

The yellow-brick building at the Verso paper plant suddenly became visible again after years of being hidden behind the more modern additions at the mill. The brick structure was built between 1905-1906, virtually as old as the City of Sartell. This is a scene looking east from across the river near the DeZurik plant. City officials have already decided the building cannot be saved as a landmark as the cost would be prohibitive. It will have to come tumbling down. Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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