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Breakfast on Farm set June 1

The sixth annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1 at Groetsch Dairy, owned by the Steve and Lisa Groetsch family. The event will include children’s activities, a farm animal petting zoo, tours of the farm, a visit from Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an obstacle course with the Vikings cheerleaders. The Kimball Lions will cook up a hearty breakfast for a nominal fee. Come celebrate June Dairy Month. Bring the whole family to this agricultural awareness event and see a dairy farm in action. The event will occur rain or shine.For a map and directions, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Plant an extra row for the food shelf

Consider planting an extra row in your garden and donating the produce to your local food shelf. Favorites include carrots, beans, beets, kohlrabi, corn, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, onions and asparagus. Any produce that has a longer shelf life is accepted. This is an easy way to help our food shelves during the summer and fall. For more information, call Catholic Charities Emergency Services 320-229-4560 or the Salvation Army 320-252-4552.

Get introduced to geocaching

An introduction to geocaching program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. The program will cover the fundamentals of this high-tech, entertaining adventure game in which people use GPSenabled devices to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and find hidden items. The program will include the basic use of a GPS for finding, hiding and placing geocaches. Participants can try out their new skills during the Waite Park Family Fun Fest Geocaching Contest, June 10-13. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 320-253-9359.

Anti-bullying T-shirt contest set

Submit the Documentary, a film addressing cyberbullying, is seeking artists 16 years and older to submit a T-shirt design emulating anti-bullying to be revealed during the film’s worldwide screening and film festivals later this year. The top two designs will be selected for voting by social media. Deadline for submissions is July 1. For information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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People gather to honor all who served country by Dennis Dalman

The weather was chilly, the wind was brisk, but the band played on at the Memorial Day service May 27 in Sartell’s Veterans Park. Audience members, speakers and musicians stoically braved the nippy morning weather to honor all those who served the cause of freedom throughout the nation’s history. Overcast skies looked like rain was imminent, but the rain held off throughout the hour-long ceremony. The American Legion Post 277 of Sartell posted the colors at the park’s veterans’ monument and the Sartell Community Band performed the “National Anthem” at the start of the event. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske and Flip Mastey, Post 277 commander, welcomed the audience, who filled the bleachers and sat or stood on the grass. The Rev. Tim Baltes, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, gave the invocation; and the SarHonor • page 3

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Boy Scouts plant flags along the walkway at Veterans Park in Sartell during the Memorial Day ceremony. Girl Scouts also helped plant flags that day.

Degiovanni appointed as interim administrator Mary Degiovanni, Sartell’s financial director, will now serve as interim city administrator Degiovanni to replace Patti Gartland, whose last day

was May 31. The city council approved the appointment at a special meeting May 28. At this point, the council is not sure whether to seek a new city administrator or to let Degiovanni take that job permanently, if she so desires, and hire a new financial direc-

tor to take over that job from Degiovanni. Council members said they are pleased Degiovanni showed a willingness to become interim administrator because she has worked with city staff for so long and has a thorough working knowledge of Sartell issues.

Degiovanni had been a city administrator for Annandale before accepting Sartell’s job offer for financial director. She has had that job for the past nine years. Gartland resigned her administrator position to become president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.

Past, present Scouts invited to bash by Dennis Dalman

The search is on for former Boy Scouts who were, at one time or another, members of Sartell Boy Scout Troop 11, which is about to celebrate its 50th birthday. Any former Scouts or people who know where they now live should contact current Scoutmaster John Burnett at 320293-9852 or at jdburnett5@ Or, they can send information to Jeff Kearney at Burnett wants to send all former Scouts personal invitations to a birthday bash set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Bernick’s

Arena in Sartell. Founded in 1963, Troop 11 has had only five Scoutmasters in its half century, a rarity since most troops go through that many Scoutmasters – or more – in a decade. Burnett, an electrician who lives in Sartell, has been Troop 11 Scoutmaster since 1986. Burnett, who grew up in St. Cloud, joined a St. Cloud Boy Scout troop when he was 11. He became Scoutmaster of a St. Cloud troop in 1973, then decided to lead the Sartell troop in 1986. Burnett said he has no accurate count of how many Boy Scouts have been part of Troop 11. Scouts • page 12

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During an emergency drill, members of Sartell Boy Scout Troop 11 carry a supposedly “injured” scout to help in this photo that was taken several decades ago. The Sartell troop members past and present will celebrate the troop’s 50 anniversary June 15 at the grounds of the Bernick’s Pepsi Arena in Sartell.

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People Scouts honor Sartell residents, business during annual volunteer recognition ceremony Two Sartell residents and a Sartell business were recently recognized as key volunteers by the Scenic District of the Central Minnesota Council Boy Scouts. Annually each district and the council recognizes volunteers for their efforts. District Scouter of the Year was Dr. Troy Payne of Sartell. The Charter Partner of the Year was Celebration Lutheran Church of Sartell. The district award of merit winners, the highest honor a volunteer can earn in the district and which is based on community and Scout unit involvement, included Kevin Schatz of Sartell. Dr. Payne is the advancement chair for troop 211 in Sartell as well as unit commissioner. He is working Dr. Payne on his Wood Badge training ticket items and has been instrumental in helping the council upgrade the merit badge counselor system. He has coordinated a council merit badge clinic offered to almost 200 Scouts and lined up counselors for sessions of 15 to 20 youth per session. Merit badge programs involve study in careers, hobbies and life skills and with more than 120 available, it takes coordination to find counselors. He has been an active member of his church, The Waters in Sartell. He is the president of the Minnesota State Sleep Society. He is a doctor of clinical neurophysiology in St Cloud specializing in sleep medicine. S t e v e Reetz, Celebration Lutheran council president, attended as a representative for the church. Cel- Reetz ebration Lutheran is a charter partner for Troop 211 in Sartell and the

Central Minnesota Council Boy Scouts of America. As a charter partner, they insure youth in their congregation and area have opportunities to be involved in their community and Scouting. They provide meeting space plus storage space for the troop trailer. They have hosted several four-state area BSA Order of the Arrow Council of Chiefs meetings. Adults from the church serve as merit-badge counselors for the troop. The church has benefited from Eagle Scout projects like landscaping and a fire ring plus a worship area for youth. The troop regularly does service for the church and soon will help construct a new garage for equipment storage for the increasing membership in the troop. Schatz is currently Scoutmaster of Troop 211 in Sartell. He is an Eagle Scout and active in his church and Schatz community. He has been helpful with events to help out or find volunteers as needed. He and his son are involved with the troop in the robotics competition through a partnership with the St Cloud Technical and Community College Energy and Electronics program plus VEX Robotics. Recently they had their robot at Ripley Rendezvous, an annual council event at Camp Ripley. Schatz is a role model for the boys in his troop and his outgoing personality and smile are always a welcome sight. He and his family give time and resources to better Scouting. Their troop has installed bird houses for local seniors and does hours of service throughout each year. Schatz fits all this in while running his own business in the Twin Cities. To read the article in its entirety, visit


A year was incorrect in a story about World War II veteran, Rollie Weis of Sartell (May 24 Sartell Newsleader). The story should have stated that Weis was drafted into the military in 1943.

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Mark Ubl (far left), representative from contest sponsor Country Hearth Breads, and Joe Schulte (far right), industrial technology teacher at Sartell High School, pose alongside the winning students of the Make the Water Connection TV ad contest (from left to right) honorable mentions Aidan Nyblom and Nick Doening and winning entries Juliette Hiza, Megan Rech and Dani Schoen, all of Sartell. At left, Medication Correction, the winning entry.

CMWEA names Sartell teams winners of TV ad contest Two teams of Sartell High School students were recently recognized by the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance as winners of the Make the Water Connection TV ad contest. They are Megan Rech, Juliette Hiza and Dani Schoen for their winning entry, "Medication Correction," and Nick Doening and Aidan Nyblom for their honorable-mention entry, "Every Drop Counts." Both teams were sponsored by Sartell High School industrial technology instructor Joe Schulte. The contest invites area high school students to create 30-second TV ads promoting a Top Ten Water Protection tip from Sponsored by Country Hearth Breads, each winning entry received $700 for their school and a $300 gift package. Winning entries can be viewed online and are running on Charter Channel 19 in St. Cloud. CMWEA is a joint effort of area city, county, educational and water quality organizations working together to promote simple ways to protect water quality. CMWEA welcomes inquiries from organizations interested in supporting the clean water effort. To learn more, visit www.mnwaterconnection. com.

Blotter 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.

officer transported the driver to a gas station. 5:45 p.m. Welfare check. 5th Avenue E. An emergency call was placed stating a male was threatening bodily harm. When officers arrived, he was uncooperative and refusing to exit. For officer safety, the tactical team entered and the male was removed without incident.

May 15 10:12 a.m. Stalled vehicle. 1st Street NE. While on patrol an officer saw a stalled vehicle in an intersection. The officer helped the driver push her vehicle to the side of the road until help could arrive. 12:59 p.m. Stalled vehicle. C.R. 1. While on patrol an officer came across a stalled vehicle. The driver stated he had run out of gas so the

May 16 9:27 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 57 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 11:25 a.m. Open door. Pebble Creek Drive. A call was received from a mail carrier who stated a front door was open on a residence.


Jennifer Monroe and Collin Barrett, both of Memphis, Tenn. announce their engagement. Parents are Pete and Joy (Anderson) Barrett of Sartell, and John and Ann Monroe of Mexico, N.Y. Barrett is also the son of the late Laurel (Hendrickson) Barrett. Monroe is a 2011 graduate of Cedarville (Ohio) University. She earned her master’s degree in urban education through a Memphis Teacher Residency and is a teacher there. Barrett is a 2011 graduate of Cederville University. He is a technology specialist at Collegiate School of Memphis and is pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Memphis. Collin and Jenny have a deep concern for the welfare of the urban poor and are seeking to spread the light of Christ through developing social justice in education. A June 1 ceremony will be held in All Nations Bible Fellowship in Dayton, Ohio. The couple will honeymoon on an Alaskan cruise. An officer was able to locate the owner who stated it was left open by accident. The officer secured the door. May 17 3:53 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 59 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver was aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 4:56 p.m. Burglary. Autumn Drive. A report was made regarding jewelry and money that was taken from a locked home sometime between May 10-17. May 17 (continued) 11:18 p.m. Vehicle theft. Verso Paper Mill. A report was made a Blotter • page 5

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its, and Rollie was able to visit Phillip’s grave in the American cemetery in Luxembourg.

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tell Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with all present, recited the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Guest speakers also included American Legion member Rollie Weis, State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll and U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann.


Weis, the oldest member of the American Legion of Sartell, told the story of how he and his brother, Phillip, both served during World War II – he as a sailor in the Pacific theater, his brother as a U.S. Army soldier in northern Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Phillip was missing in action, and his parents, who lived in Sartell, had no idea for months where Phillip or Rollie were located or if they were even alive. Ten months later, a couple walking in the woods in Luxembourg, a tiny country between France and Germany, found the remains of a soldier. He was identified by an address of his parents’ he had been carrying. Meantime, Rollie had returned safe and sound to Sartell after the war from the battles in the Pacific. Many years later, Rollie and his wife Janette opened a letter addressed to Rollie’s parents, who had passed on years before. The letter was from a Luxembourg man, named Fernand Weis (no relation to Rollie), who had found Phillip’s dog tags in the woods. Fernand, a World War II buff, and a friend were using a metal detector to look for artifacts from the Battle of the Bulge. Since then, Fernand and Rollie have exchanged vis-



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Bachmann said the Founding Fathers of 1776 gave America its constitution, but it’s been veterans who have secured the freedoms mentioned in the constitution for the United States through so many wars, she added. “Not one of us would be here today without the sacrifices of our veterans,” she told the audience. Bachmann said she is especially appreciative of veterans because service to country is very much part of her family. Her great-grandfather served in the Civil War, on the Union side; her father served in the U.S. Air Force; a stepfather and stepbrother also served in the military. Bachmann urged the audience to remember the estimated 83,000 Americans who are listed as missing in action or prisoners of war in foreign lands. She said she has introduced legislation that would expedite a continued search for those veterans who are not accounted for. She also said she vows never to forget the needs of returning veterans – whether those needs are health care, housing or jobs. “We are here for you,” she said. “God bless you, and God bless everyone who came here for this wonderful day today.” Bachmann also memorialized the tragic explosion of the Verso paper mill in Sartell, which exploded and caught fire right after last year’s Memorial Day celebration, killing one employee, Jon Maus of Albany. “It is a memory we share,” she said. “Love, honor and

compassion will go on.”


O’Driscoll told the story of a Kansas Roman Catholic priest, Emil Kapaun, who served in World War II as an army chaplain and who later re-enlisted to serve in the Korean War. Time and again, Kapaun showed extraordinary courage in protecting soldiers from harm and in seeing to their needs. As a chaplain, he was not allowed to carry a firearm and yet risked his life often to protect others, at risk of imminent death to himself. Kapaun would perform many “makeshift” Masses, using the hood of his jeep as his “altar.” In November 1950, Kapaun was captured and placed in a prison camp in North Korea. In the camp, he also risked his life to help others, refusing his own meager food rations so others could have a bit more to eat. Kapaun fell ill with dysentery, pneumonia and a blood clot in his leg. The North Koreans placed him in a hospital, but his ailments were not treated. He

died of pneumonia on May 23, 1951 and was buried in a mass grave near the Yalu River. Kapaun was honored with many medals for valor. Last month, he was awarded with the nation’s highest award by President Barack Obama – the Medal of Honor. The Catholic Church has also named him as a “Servant of God,” which is the first step of the long process toward possible designation as a saint.


Joe Linneman, a Scottish-style bagpiper, was a new addition to the Veterans Park Memorial Day ceremony this time. Linneman played versions of “Amazing Grace” and a tune from Anton Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” Other highlights of the ceremony included a reading of the poem “Flanders Field,” Taps played by Dale and Karl Schleppenbach and placing of flags along the walkway as the Sartell Community Band played the wistful, haunting melody entitled “Ashokan Farewell.”

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Above: In a procession, members of the American Legion Post 277 of Sartell bring flags to the veterans’ monument during the Memorial Day ceremony in Sartell. Inset: Boy Scouts salute during the Memorial Day ceremony in Sartell’s Veterans Park.

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Opinion Our View

Verso ceremony had an eerie resonance

It was an eerie feeling, standing in Veterans Park right after the Memorial Day ceremony Monday and seeing several speakers and audience members choke up with emotion as they talked about the Verso paper-mill disaster and its aftermath. The ceremony for former Verso employees immediately followed the annual Memorial Day ceremony that had just taken place in the same park. That ceremony, as always, was very moving and beautifully done. What made the Verso ceremony so eerie (and moving) is that it was exactly a year ago the explosion and fire at Verso brought an end to so many things: an employee’s life, paper production, jobs, wages and taxes that hugely helped Sartell for more than 100 years. The disaster spelled the end of an amazing century of paper production, which was synonymous with Sartell’s growth and its ultimate success as a dynamic, thriving city. It was eerie, during the ceremony, to gaze across the river and see that baby-blue Verso plant that now has a forlorn, forgotten and haunted look about it. The ceremony was very much like a funeral in which that mill was eulogized, almost as if it itself had been a human being, now deceased. And the ceremony was also eerie because at last year’s Memorial Day event, in the same park, the morning was so beautiful and sunny. Several people there remarked about how impressive the paper mill across the river looked, with radiant-white condensation pluming up into the deep blue sky. Little did any of the Memorial Day participants have any idea in just an hour or so after the ceremony ended, the sky would begin to cloud up and a tragic explosion would cause the end of so many good things. The pain and sorrow remain for so many people, but also what lingers long is a sense of sharing, of beginnings and endings that unite all those people. That sentiment was eloquently evoked at the ceremony by Nancy Koska, who had been Verso’s humanresources employee. Many of the 175 employees who lost jobs with the loss of Verso have found new jobs. Some have re-trained for completely different kinds of jobs. Some have pulled up stakes and moved to other areas in search of work. And, no doubt, sadly, some former Verso employees and their families are still struggling, trying to find work and to make ends meet. Our hearts go out to them. We wish them the very best and hope and pray they may soon find a happy and secure life once again.

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At 100, ‘Rite of Spring’ still startles One of the cultural landmarks of the 20th Century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, turned 100 just two days ago. And what a cataclysmic birth it was! The equivalent of an earthquake, a volcano, a revolution, all happening at once. The Rite is a 35-minute ballet/orchestral work first performed in a Paris theater May 29, 1913, choreographed by legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, who was a member of Sergei Diaghilev’s famed Russian Ballet. The music and the style of dancing were so shockingly new the audience erupted into pandemonium. At first there was derisive laughter, boos, jeers, then audience members began throwing things at each other before tossing things at the orchestra. Forty people had to be ejected from the theater. The audience uproar was so loud the music could not be heard. The near riot should have been expected because the Rite jabs listeners like a jolt of disturbing adrenalin. Stravinsky, like Picasso, was one of the giant masters of modernism. He had created a kind of musical equivalent of Picasso’s cubist paintings, a radically new way of expressing a multiplicity of visual and psychological realities. Picasso ripped reality apart and reassembled it in stunning new ways. Stravinsky did the same thing – only in music. The Rite chugs along like some thrashing,

Dennis Dalman Editor wounded, hideous beast. It has a primitive, elemental, violent feel to it with its weird syncopations, ferocious dissonances, eerie creepy-crawly rhythms, swooning meanderings, relentless stompings and poundings, gnome-like grunts and squeaks, eruptive crescendos, dizzying pirouettes, whispery warnings, blaring alarms, gyrations and spasms, shattering explosions and the strange beauty of the delicate little melodies that weave in and out of the chaos. The Rite is disturbing music. Its cataclysmic, frightening sounds conjure images of violence and war, as if Stravinsky was expressing, musically, the horrors that were to come in the 20th Century. World War I started less than a year after Rite was first performed. In making his masterpiece, Stravinsky used bits and pieces of Russian folk music, then remade them radically into the Rite. The work is based on pagan rituals to welcome spring, including the tribal selection of a young girl as a sacrificial victim, who then has to dance herself to death as the tribal elders watch.

Many people might be familiar with The Rite of Spring from having seen Fantasia, the groundbreaking Walt Disney film of 1940. Disney expertly chose selections from the ballet score to use with his visual evocation of the earth’s beginnings, ending with the extinction of the dinosaurs. Almost like a virus, the Rite has “infected” countless pieces of modern music, including background music for movies and TV shows. The ballet’s syncopated stomping sounds are often used to evoke suspense in crime shows. The brassy dissonances in Rite have been mimicked to express a sense of emotional crisis in many movies. It’s possible to hear echoes of Rite and two earlier Stravinsky works (Firebird and Petrouchka) in movies as varied as The Wizard of Oz, Psycho and Spartacus. I must hasten to add, dear readers, that even though the Rite is a brooding, strange, disturbing work, it’s also exhilarating in its sheer power and eerie beauty. It still sounds amazingly modern, as if it were composed just yesterday. On YouTube, there are a number of videos of orchestras performing The Rite of Spring, and there are even various versions of the ballet being performed, so you can watch the dancers while you hear the music. It’s a very great musical landmark so, please, do check it out.

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Connection says ‘thank you Newsleader for all you do’ Gerri Boser, Sartell Senior Connection The Sartell Senior Connection would like to thank the Sartell Newsleader for

your tremendous support this past year for our projects. We especially want to thank you for the recent ads for our Lemonade and Laughter event which

was a great success. We appreciate all the Newsleader does for our organization!

Transistor radio was link to outside world When I was a wee lad growing up in the country near a small Central Minnesota burg called Pearl Lake, I didn’t have many entertainment choices. We had a TV, of course, and it got a whopping four channels. (And we had to get up and change the channel by turning a knob!) We also had a hi-fi stereo I loved listening to music on — 45 rpm records my older siblings and I would buy for less than a dollar. The other device I had was a transistor radio. Anyone younger than 30 probably doesn’t know what I’m talking about. But my transistor radio was my constant companion, especially in the summer time when I was outdoors and wanted to listen to music. I remember my transistor radio well. It was an army-green color with red knobs. I probably liked it for that reason alone, since my brothers and I would often play pretend “army” games. The radio looked like a miniature version of those walkietalkies soldiers used in Vietnam. It was fueled by a single battery, and I could pull in two radio stations I loved listening to. One was KDWB out of the

Mike Nistler Reporter Twin Cities and the other was WDGY out of Chicago. Both of those stations played the pop music that was popular at the time — the Beatles, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Bee Gees and of course artists like the Archies and other “Bubble Gum” groups. The transistor radio was my connection to the outside world. It helped me pass the time between doing chores and playing endless games of baseball or football with my brothers and friends. I could take the radio into the backyard and be by myself and at the same time be in touch with what was going on in that great big world beyond our farmyard. Today, my “transistor radio” of choice is my Blackberry smart phone. I can punch in stations like Pandora and listen to the very same music I listened to then. I just choose a station like the one I’m listening to now, which I selected for one of

my favorite artists of that era, The Lovin’ Spoonful. With a few clicks I can hear songs by not only Lovin’ Spoonful but other musicians and groups that play similar kinds of music from that era. It kind of takes me back in time to that earlier, simpler time. But now, I don’t have to buy batteries, nor do I have to hold the radio up against my ear just to ensure the radio waves come in clear. And if I don’t like a song, I just click a button and it skips to the next artist. I have to admit it might be nice to have a D.J. like True Don Blue announce the next song and artist, but if I don’t know who is singing what song, I just have to tap into the main screen and it shows me who is singing and the name of the song. I guess I would’ve never imagined technology would change so much in 50 years. But even though this is much higher-quality music, I still wish I had that old transistor radio. I’m not sure what happened to it. It probably got set aside as I grew up and ended up in the trash heap somewhere. It doesn’t matter, because in my memory that old-green radio plays on.

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Bachmann won’t run again In a surprise video announcement to her supporters, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater) said she will not seek re-election next year. Since 2006, Bachmann has been elected to four two-year terms as a representative to Washington, D.C. from Minnesota’s 6th District, which covers an area from the northern Twin Cities up through the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell. Bachmann spoke at the Sartell Memorial Day ceremony Monday, just one day before her surprise announcement. In her video, Bachmann did not specify any particular reason for her decision not to run again. In the last election, she squeaked through to a victory with only about 4,000 votes more than her opponent, DFL’er Jim Graves of the Twin Cities.

Bachmann, who briefly campaigned for the presidency, is a former tax attorney. She founded the Tea Party caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives and is widely known for her conservative views, frequent appearances in the media and for making many misstatements and controversial accusations against the Obama administration. Last month, her former opponent, Graves, announced he intended to run against Bachmann again in 2014. In her statement, Bachmann said her decision not to run has nothing to do with her concerns about possibly not being re-elected. She also said her decision has nothing to do with an inquiry now underway about allegations of ethics violations during her brief presidential campaign.

People Adam Reinholz, son of Karen and Scott Reinholz, Sartell, graduated this spring from Sartell High School. He plans to attend St. Cloud Technical and Community College for nuclear engineering. Katherine Christopherson, daughter of Rebecca and Alan Christopherson, Sartell, recently earned an excellence scholarship from Concordia College, Moorhead. She is a 2013 graduate of Sartell High School where she participated in swim team, Mock Trial, Knowledge Bowl, speech, spring musical and the Big Brothers Big Sister program.

Blotter from page 2 company vehicle was stolen from Verso Paper Mill’s property. The vehicle was located and the suspects ran from the vehicle. Three males are currently being investigated.

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Dave (left) and Mark Traut of Traut Cos.,

Traut Wells recognized for growth Water Right, an international manufacturer of water treatment products, recently recognized Mark J. Traut Wells Inc. for its growth in the industry. Traut Cos. is Water Right’s second largest water treatment dealer based on market size and the fifth largest dealer in the nation. The designation is based on the volume of water treatment products supplied in 2012. “Owners Mark and Dave Traut have always been willing to innovate with an eye toward company growth,” said Jim Gruenke, water treatment divi-

sion manager. “By doing so, we are now positioned as the ‘go to’ dealership for solving unique water-treatment challenges throughout our area.” In addition to their water treatment and purification services for farm, home and business, Traut Cos. offers municipal and commercial welldrilling services and products, irrigation wells for farm and in-ground lawn irrigation, residential products and services, and features a water analysis laboratory. Learn more at

Kruzel named Big Sister of Year

BriAnna Kruzel, Sartell High School, was selected as the 2013 High School Big Sister of the Year for Kruzel her contributions to the program, impact on her mentee and involvement in her community. Kruzel began as a “Little Sister” in the program when her father was placed on active duty in Iraq. Years later, she decided to become a High School Big Sister as a way to give back. Kruzel was matched with

a “Little Sister” whose father was deployed overseas, which helped them form an instant bond. In addition to providing guidance regarding the struggles of a family deployment, she has served as a friend and role model to her “Little Sister” as well as an excellent advocate for the program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota has more than 200 high school volunteers that serve as mentors for children in the program. Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota awards two outstanding high school volunteers.


May 18 1:57 a.m. Loud music. Sunset Avenue. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. Officers arrived and spoke with the resident who agreed to turn down the music. 1:16 p.m. Animal. Pinecone Road. While on patrol an officer saw a snapping turtle on the sidewalk. A maintenance worker and the officer were able to guide the turtle back into a pond without

Adam Flemming, son of Susan and Dr. Jeff Flemming, Sartell, recently earned a faculty scholarship from Concordia College. He is a 2013 graduate of Sartell High School where participated in National Honor Society, soccer, tennis and was the high school hockey team manager. Nicole Hylen of Sartell recently graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a master’s degree in business administration. Allison Hand of Sartell has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 delicious, easy-to-prepare foods. incident. May 19 7:17 a.m. Welfare check. Mockingbird Loop. A report was made regarding a young male who was seen swimming in the pond. Officers were unable to locate the male. 12:20 p.m. Hazard. Perimeter Drive. A complaint was made regarding three juveniles who were making small pipe bombs in the road. An officer arrived and spoke with the boys. One stated he had seen how to make one and wanted to try it. The boys apologized to the neighbors and had to clean up the mess. All of the boys were released to their parents. 2:25 p.m. Vandalism. Sartell School District Office. A complaint was made regarding vandalism that was done to the playground on school property. Numerous swear words were spray painted across the equipment.

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Katie Shafer of Sartell recently graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a master’s degree in food and nutrition sciences. Two former Sartell students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. They are the following: Abigail Frericks is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences; and Matthew Peckskamp is pursuing a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Charmin Amundson of Sartell recently earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

May 20 9:30 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 45 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver was unaware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 6:45 p.m. Suspicious persons. C.R. 120. A report was made regarding people searching through the rock piles. An officer arrived and they stated they were searching for rocks. The officer explained it was private property and they left without incident.

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O’Driscoll receives ovation for work with veterans by Dennis Dalman

about ways in which he has helped veterans personally and as a representative in St. Paul. O ’ D r i s c o l l ’s audience at O’Driscoll the event included top officers of both the Minnesota Air Force and Army National Guard. “I’m really honored to work for our veterans,” keynote speaker O’Driscoll told the

After giving his talk, State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll (R-Sartell) was stunned when he saw before him a large audience of veterans rise to their feet to give him a thunderous standing ovation. It happened during the annual meeting of the National Guard Association of Minnesota in April at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud. That group had earlier requested O’Driscoll talk

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group. O’Driscoll also spoke at the annual Memorial Day service May 27 in Sartell’s Veterans Park, a ceremony O’Driscoll was a key player, along with Sartell American Legion Post 277, in organizing more than 10 years ago. The former Sartell mayor has received many awards for his long-time work for veterans’ needs. His work on behalf of veterans began not long after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. As American troop buildups began overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, O’Driscoll – along with Sartell residents Dave Lindbloom and Ann DoyscherDomres – coordinated an effort to send hundreds of comfortitem packages to military personnel serving in those countries. O’Driscoll helped start and direct the “Warrior to Citizen” program in central Minnesota. The program helps identify veterans’ needs, as well as the needs of their families, then coordinates area-wide resources to help them. The resources include those in the private sector, as well as ones available through local, state and federal levels of government and nonprofit agencies and religious organizations. When he was mayor of Sartell, O’Driscoll led efforts to create “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” in central Minnesota, O’Driscoll • page 10

photo by Dennis Dalman

Father and son, Myron and Dennis Ayer, attended two ceremonies in Sartell – the Memorial Day event and the commemoration of the tragedy at the Verso paper mill. Myron Ayer was an employee at the mill for 34 years.

Father, son – both veterans – attend memorial, mill ceremonies by Dennis Dalman

Myron and Dennis Ayer, father and son, who were born and raised in Sartell, had a lot to remember on Memorial Day last Monday. Both are veterans, and Myron worked for 34 years at the Sartell paper mill. The two men attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park. Then immediately following that, they participated in the ceremony and picnic that honored former Verso employees. Myron, a millwright, retired from the paper mill in 1972, long before it was known as

Verso. He is now a resident of the St. Benedict’s Nursing Home in St. Cloud. Myron was a sailor in the Pacific during World War II. Dennis, a long-time U.S. Air Force man, served in Saudi Arabia from 1991-92 and retired in 1998 after 20 years of service to his country. Upon retirement, he and his wife decided to stay in Virginia, where he had been assigned to Lackland Air Force Base. The Ayers said they were glad to take part in the two Memorial Day ceremonies because both ceremonies reflected so many moments, memories and meanings in their lives.

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photos by Dennis Dalman

Above left: Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes holds a plaque honoring him for the efforts of him and his staff in the wake of the Verso explosion and fire one year ago. Hughes was one of several people honored

during a Verso commemoration ceremony May 27 in Sartell’s Veterans Park. Above middle: Dennis Molitor, former Verso employee, speaks to an audience during the Verso paper-mill commemoration. Above right: Like a ghost of its former self, the de-


funct Verso paper mill can be seen across the river during a commemoration ceremony in Sartell’s Veterans Park, attended mainly by former Verso employees, their families and friends.

Former Verso employees mourn losses, celebrate good times by Dennis Dalman At times, the gathering seemed like a funeral, with tears falling and speakers choking back emotions. Later, at the picnic that followed, the sadness was replaced with plenty of happy memories and laughter. The gathering was a reunion of sorts for former Verso papermill employees, who got together May 27 for a ceremony at Vet-

erans Park and a picnic across the street in Watab Park. It was exactly one year ago – May 27, 2012 – when an explosion and fire at Verso killed employee Jon Maus, injured four others and ultimately caused the plant to close forever. Just before the disaster happened, a Memorial Day ceremony took place on a beautiful sunny morning with the Verso plant clearly shining in its babyblue color just across the Missis-

sippi River. After the Memorial Day ceremony, the sky began to cloud up as the explosion happened, sending a roiling cloud of black smoke into the sky. As Sartell Mayor Joe Perske said Monday, in what amounted to a virtual eulogy for the paper mill, that day of disaster is one that everybody in Sartell will remember, and they’ll recall exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. It was an explosion and fire that

spelled doom for the mill and caused 175 people to become unemployed. It also ended an era of paper-making in Sartell, an industry that began in the city nearly 110 years ago. That sense of momentous history and of sorrowful loss was readily apparent at the Monday ceremony. Once again, speakers and listeners mourned the death of Jon Maus and empathized with the pain of his family and friends.

Dennis Molitor, one of the organizers of the event, presented plaques to four people for their hard work in the wake of the disaster: Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes, Sartell-LeSauk Police Chief Ken Heim, former Verso human resources employee Nancy Koska and Gerry Parzino, a member of United Steelworkers International Local 274. “We lost a piece of our past,” Molitor told the participants Verso • page 10

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 APRIL 15, 2013 ST. STEPHEN CITY HALL The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Meyer, chair; Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/ treasurer; Pam Raden, Krista Durrwachter and Dan Riordan, directors; Brady Anderson, student member; and Joseph Hill, superintendent.

• Eight 7th- and 8th-graders presented projects at the Minnesota State Science Fair in Bloomington April 8-9. Maddie Thieschafer and Becca Kucala won special awards for their projects: the Broadcom Masters Award, the Wolfram Research Award, Silver Grand Awardand best use of the scientific method. • Statewide testing will be taking place over the next few weeks and will impact all 3rd- through 11thgraders.

Meyer thanked St. Stephen Mayor Cindy Vanderweyst, clerk Cris Drais and any city council members for hosting the board meeting at St. Stephen City Hall. Meyer also welcomed staff, residents, guests and students to the board meeting.

Arts and Activities Highlights • Sartell High School students will perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7 p.m. April 18, 19 and 20 and at 12:30 p.m. April 20 at SHS. • The SHS choirs participated in the Region 8AA North Large Group Festival in Sauk Rapids. Bel Canto (9th-grade women), Coro Basso (9th- through 11th-grade men), and Donne Voce (10th-through 12thgrade women) participated, and all received Superior ratings, which is the highest rating possible. • Students from the Elementary Art Club recently visited the Minnesota Institute of Art. Both schools’ clubs will host All-School Student Art Shows. The PME Student Art Show will take place from 3-6 p.m. April 30and the ORE Student Art Show will take place from 2:30-5:30 p.m. May 2. • The National Honor Society hosted its annual induction banquet on Monday, April 8, and inducted 45 new members. • Several choir and band concerts have been, and will continue to be, performed in April and throughout the month of May. • The 2012-13 CLC Sports Standings ranked our Sartell Sabres third overall for our fall sports, and first overall for winter standings. When considering a composite score of all fall and winter rankings, SartellSt. Stephen Schools rank No. 1 going into a promising spring season. • The SHS Student Council won the Minnesota Association of Student Councils Outstanding Student Council award. Brady Anderson won MASC Officer of the Year, and Hayley Johnson won the Ardis Kyker Leadership Scholarship. They were recognized for trying new things and being willing to try something new in the effort to try to include more people in our school to be a part of our school community. • The Sartell High School Knowledge Bowl Team took fifth place at the state tournament this past weekend. The team consisted of Bailey Evenson, Laura Somppi, Quinn Skoog, Curt Koopmeiners and Gopi Ramanathan. Last year’s state-qualifying team placed ninth at the state tournament. • Dave Olson, a fifth-grade teacher at SMS, was honored as the Coach of the Year by the Minnesota State High School League Coaches’ Association. • Dave Angell, math teacher at SHS, was honored as the Boys’ Basketball Class AAA Coach of the Year. • Sartell High School had three winners in the annual high school art competition. Taylor Daniels won first place in the acrylic painting category. Sienna Schneider won the Ellingson Award for her photograph. Katelyn Evenson won best of show with her sculpture. These are all viewable at the St. Cloud Library through Monday, April 22.

A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Raden to amend the following items on the agenda: • Move Item C, Closed Session, to the end of the agenda. • Add Action Item D, #7, Approval of Non-Union Contracts. • Approval of the Jan. 7, 2013 Organizational School Board Meeting minutes, clarifying the board members on the Finance and Operations Committee. • Review Action Item D, #2, Approval of New Instructional Calendar (Snow-day Adjustment), reflecting the March 18 and April 11 snow days. All in favor. Motion carried. Recognition of visitors and public forum: Rich Sylte, commissioner of the Sartell Fast-Pitch Softball Association, 408 5th Ave. NE, St. Stephen, addressed the board on the topic of softball facilities. Marilyn Schumer, 1213 C.R. 2 S, St. Stephen, addressed the board on the topic of school late starts and closings, calendar survey and how parents should address staff concerns. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to approve consent items a-c as presented below: a. Minutes of the meeting held on March 25, 2013. b. Checks in the amount of $942,045.97 as presented: General Fund 576,673.37 Food Service Fund 90,495.09 Transportation Fund 132,368.44 Community Service Fund 17,331.36 Capital Expenditure Fund 110,399.81 Building Fund 14,508.28 Summer Rec Agency Fund 269.62 Check numbers 151482 to 151689 Receipts in the amount of $4,031,432.27 as presented: General Fund 3,643,098.53 Food Service Fund 140,485.00 Transportation Fund 54,604.78 Community Service Fund 142,237.51 Building Fund 71.12 Debt Service Fund 40,060.33 Scholarship Trust 2,000.00 Summer Rec Agency Fund 8,875.00 Receipts 38365-38472 Wire transfers in the amount of $4,984.26 as presented: General Fund 2,196.41 Food Service Fund 2,582.54 Community Service Fund 205.31 Wire transfers 201200046-201200050 c. Accept the retirement of Mary Jane Burton, SMS para-professional, effective 5-31-13. Accept the resignation of Tija Balsimo, ORE kindergarten teacher, effective 3-1-13; and Courtney Seumnick, SMS special education teacher, effective 5-31-13. Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Hill reported on: Teaching and Learning • Janagan Ramanathan, fifth-grader at SMS, placed fifth at the state geography bee which was held April 5th at St. Cloud State University. He was the only fifth-grader, and the youngest student, in the competition. • Grade 8 students learned about meteorology and weather at SMS from WCCO meteorologist Lauren Casey. • Sartell Middle School had 107 7th- and 8th-graders participate in the SCSU Math Contest. There were four students from SMS in the top 10 percent and eight students in the top 5 percent in 8th grade. Bryn Rogers was the first-place winner overall for 8th grade at the contest. The team of Rogers, Josh Maricle-Roberts and Morgan Grugger earned first place out of the 36 schools for the contest. There were three 7th-graders in the top 10 percent and seven in the top 5 percent. The team of David Anderson, Cindy Zhang (a 6th-grader who also placed in the top 5 percent) and Nick Juntunen earned first-place overall.

Community Highlights • The April Community Education/Summer Recreation/Sabre Spotlight was sent out last week to all district households. Online registration began April 11 for Summer Recreation and Community Education courses. • State Trooper Tony Mazzone was at Sartell High School on Friday, April 5. He presented to students at a morning assembly on the dangers of distracted driving. Trooper Mazzone put extra emphasis on texting and driving, as well as always wearing a seatbelt. • May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week. • PME and ORE Prairie Fire Theater opportunities are happening in May. Students will be performing “Jack and the Beanstalk.” • With the renovations of the District Service Center, the district received notice through Excel Energy that for the District Service Center, the district will be saving $45,000 on energy through the custom-energy rebate, and has been able to reduce gas costs by 50 percent due to building renovations. • Llama Llama Read and Run hosted 92 individuals for an evening of Llama Llama stories, snack, gym time and the opportunity to use the Family Library. • The Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation has committed at least $25,000 to award for grant applications. Deadline for submission was the first week in April with the Grant Committee to meet next week for a Q and A session with the applicants. The SSEF Board will vote in early May to award the grants. Student Representative Report: Student representative Brady Anderson, a senior at Sartell High School, reported on the high school highlights. • The Student Voice survey results were returned • 84 percent want a five-day Spring Break • 16 percent want long weekends • Michelle Meyer, board chair, and Kyle Breitkreutz, director of technology, will meet with the Student Voice group in the upcoming weeks. • The National Honor Society Induction banquet happened last week with 45 inductees. • SHS Student Council elections are happening this week. The Council has been recognized statewide by the National Student Council Association. • The Student Council will host the third annual Fun Fest this Saturday, April 20 at Sartell High School with the proceeds going to Sabre Nation Service Day. • Three students were recognized by the Great River Regional Library Competition and received awards, including: Taylor Daniels, first place in the acrylic painting category; Sienna Schneider, the Ellingson Award for her photograph; and Katelyn Evenson won best of show with her sculpture. • Prom is fast approaching and students are working in preparation of this event which will be held on Saturday, May 11. • Indoor track meet was held at SCSU with the boys taking first place and the girls placing third in their conference, along with individual wins. School Board Committee Report: Operations and Finance • Discussed staffing for the 2013-14 school year. • The technology access plan was discussed including the redistribution of devices, the opening up of learning spaces and linking staff development to utilizing technology. Board Policy Committee • The Policy Committee continues to review policies on a routine basis. Negotiations Committee • The committee has had contact with the Sartell Teacher’s Association and is working to find a date to meet. • The committee has two days scheduled in May to work with the paraprofessional union to discuss their process.

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PME, ORE and Early Childhood Parent-Teacher Organization 14 AND 2015-16 SCHOOL YEARS. All in favor. Motion carried. • ECPTO – The Early Childhood PTO is looking to host guest readers this week, during the Week of the Young Child. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to HAVE SECOND READING AND APPROVE THE REVISED POLICIES 612, 618 AND 619. All in favor. Motion carried. SHS PAC Meeting • Ramp Up to Readiness was discussed and highlighted as a career- A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE NON-UNION CONTRACTS. and college-readiness program that will be implemented at the high All in favor. Motion carried. school next year. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS Community Education Program, Budget and Leadership Assumptions RESOLUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. FY 2013-14: Mark Grelson, director of community education, and Ann Doyscher-Domres, community education program coordinator, present- New Employees or Changes: ed on the community education partnership and programming. Name Bldg. Position Compensation Change Assessment Audit: Mike Spanier, director of learning services, and Amy 1. Dianne Amundson DSC Server, 2 hrs./Mon- RI, S1/$13.49 hr Replacing Julie Blanchette Trombley, district assessment coordinator, presented the results of the day, Wednesday, recent assessment audit and the 2013-14 Assessment Plan. Friday Review and Recommend Elementary Gifted Programming FY 2013-14: Kim Killmer and Julie Hagen, elementary extensions teachers, along with Randy Husmann, Oak Ridge principal, shared information about Gifted and Talented programming enhancements and goals for the 201314 school year.

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Athletic Scoreboard Sponsorship Consideration: John Ross, activities Leave of Absences: director, provided an update on the Athletic Facility Scoreboard and Name Bldg. Position Communications System that is being installed in collaboration with the Sartell Booster Club. The board members approved the administration to 5. Therese Niererngarten SMS Social worker continue with this project.


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SHS English instructor Leave of 09-26-13 to 11-02-13 School Start Times FY 2013-14: Steve Wruck, director of business 6. Michele Nelson Absence services, presented on the adjusted start times between Sartell Middle School and Sartell High School. The instructional day was increased at the high school which equalizes the time between the two buildings. Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings: 1. PME PTO, April 16, 6:30 p.m. 2013-14 Calendar Recommendations: Dr. Hill, superintendent of 2. SMS PAC, April 16, 6:30 p.m. schools, Julie Tripp, SMS principal and District Calendar Committee 3. Policy meeting, May 2, 4:15 p.m. chair, and Amy Trombley, district communications coordinator, pre4. Finance and Operations Committee Meeting, May 14, 4:15 p.m. sented information on the District Calendar Committee process and final recommendation. The Board had the first of three readings of proposed new Policy 215. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE 2013-14 CALENDAR TO INCLUDE BOTH A WEEK-LONG SPRING BREAK WITH THE ADDITION OF DAYS TO SUPPORT LONGER WEEKENDS IN FEBRUARY AND APRIL. Yes votes by Meyer, Nies, Raden, Durrwachter, Riordan. No vote by McCabe. Vote is 5-1. Motion carried.

The Board had the first of two readings of revisions of Policies: 214, 701, 701.1, 702, 703, 704, 706, 707 and 708. Policy 214 was revisited because of the pay structure. The board took a recess at 7:57 p.m. The meeting began again at 8:07 p.m.

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE Chair Meyer entertained a motion to close the meeting pursuant to Minnesota Statute Section 13D.05, SubdiTHE RECOMMENDATION TO HAVE MONDAY, MARCH 18, AND vision 2(b) to consider concerns related to an employee. Motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by THURSDAY, APRIL 11, AS NON-SCHOOL DAYS. All in favor. Mo- Riordan to close the meeting at 8:09 p.m. All in favor. Motion carried. tion carried. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riordan to reopen the meeting at 8:17 p.m. Certified staff will account for the April 11 school cancellation through in-service in June. Board Member Durrwachter introduced the resolution and moved its adoption to release Carrie Miller, an employee of Independent School District No. 748. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Raden to AP- duly seconded by Board Member Riordan, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor PROVE THE RESOLUTION TO DISCONTINUE AND REDUCE thereof: Meyer, Raden, Durrwachter, McCabe, Nies and Riordan; the following voted against the same: None. PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS. All in favor. Motion carried. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to HAVE THIRD READING AND APPROVE NEW POLICY 905 – ADVERTIS- A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m. was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan. All in favor. ING. All in favor. Motion carried. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Raden to APPROVE __________________________________________ THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY KERN, DEWENTER, VIERE (KDV) TO DO THE DISTRICT’S AUDITS FOR THE 2012-13, 2013- Jason Nies, Clerk/Treasurer

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Boys’ track team again takes CLC championship by Dennis Dalman

By a mere two points, the Sartell Sabre boys’ track-andfield team won the Central Lakes Conference championship for the second year in a row. The meet took place May 23 on the grounds of Sauk RapidsRice High School. Sartell beat Brainerd, 129127. It was a breathless competition right up until the last minute when the final event – the 1,600-meter relay – proved decisive. In that event, Cold Spring Rocori topped Brainerd by a sliver – with a time of 3:31:01 to Brainerd’s 3:31:44. If Brainerd had won that race, there would have been a tie with Sartell. In that race, Sartell placed fifth; if it had placed sixth, and Brainerd had topped that race, Brainerd would have been the CLC champ. Coached by Jeff Kellerman, Sartell also won the CLC championship in 2004, as well as last year. On May 18 in Stillwater, the Sabre boys’ team placed second in the True Team 2A meet. Totino-Grace was the winner in that event. The Sartell Sabre girls’ team, however, were the True Team champs in Stillwater. It was the sixth time the Sabre girls’ team won the True Team competition. “We were very excited to go to Sauk Rapids and come away with a bunch of personal-best (awards),” Coach Kellerman said. “Our primary goal earlier was the True Team event a week earlier, which our girls’ team won. We were emotionally charged up for the True Team competition, but it was

good to see the teams get into it emotionally again at Sauk Rapids.” In the Sauk Rapids CLC event, the Sartell girls’ team placed third, behind Brainerd and Willmar. Unlike the True Team meet, the Sauk Rapids CLC event was based on individual – rather than team – competition. Individual athletes earn all-conference honors if they finish among the top three contenders in a race or as a member of the top two relay teams. Sabre track-and-field athlete Josh Lieberg had three first-place finishes: high jump, long jump and triple jump. The third-place boys’ team in the Sauk Rapids event, after Sartell and Brainerd, was Willmar with 111 points, followed by Rocori, St. Cloud Apollo, Alexandria, St. Cloud Tech, Fergus Falls and Sauk Rapids. The Brainerd girls’ team was the champ in Sauk Rapids, with 124.5 points, followed by Willmar (118.5), Sartell (110.5), Alexandria, Tech, Rocori, Fergus Falls, Sauk Rapids and Apollo. Sabres’ achievements in Sauk Rapids are the following: Drew Voshell, 100-meter hurdles, second place, 11:31; Sabres’ team, 400-meter relay, second place, 44:21; Blake Anderson, 3,200-meter race, third place, 9:54:24; Alex Haima, high jump, second place, 6 feet, one inch; Trevor Nordland, pole vault, third place, 13 feet; Jake Lieberg, triple jump, second place, 43 feet, 6 inches. (Lieberg is the younger brother of Josh Lieberg, who placed first in triple jump.); and Quinn Anderson, discus, second place, 153 feet, 11 inches. Sabre girls’ team accomplishments are the follow-

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ing: Maddie Meier, 100-meter hurdles, second place, 15:72; Sophie VanSurksum, 100-meter hurdles, third place, 15.87; Ashton Haider, 400-meter race, 1:02:22; Maddie Meier, 300-meter hurdles, 46:49; Shelby Hall, 3,200-meter race, third place, 11:42:62; Kelsey Mohlenkamp, high jump, second place, 5 feet, 2 inches; Jenisa Cash, pole vault, first place, 10 feet;

and Rachel Haider, pole vault, second place, 9 feet. As of press time this week, the Sabres will compete in the qualifying rounds of the section meet in Detroit Lakes. Then, they were slated to have two final competitions at Sartell High School the morning of Friday, May 31. There are 16 teams competing at the sectional level, including Sartell. And there

are eight sections in the state. In the sectional finals in Sartell, the top two winners in each of 18 events will go on to the state championship June 7-8 at Hamline University. The top two relay teams from the Sartell finals will also compete at Hamline. There, all of those winners will compete with the winners of the state’s other eight sectional meets.


St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, St. Augusta, Cold Spring, Rockville and Richmond. Those cities now have “Yellow Ribbon City” on their roadside city signs. As a Minnesota legislator, one of the first things O’Driscoll did is to request an assignment on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, on which

he worked hard. He also works on several committees that deal in one way or another with veterans’ needs. This year, he is co-author of the first-ever Omnibus Veterans Bill, which includes many measures to help returning Minnesota veterans, as well as veterans from older wars.

including moving from the area in some cases and in other cases returning to school to learn new job skills. Fleck himself attended a barber school in the Twin Cities and plans to open his own barber shop in the future. During his speech, Mayor Perske looked across the river to the Verso plant. “It lies there silent,” he said. “Like a massive iceberg.” Perske praised the plant and its century of production that provided through wages and taxes so much for the Sartell area: jobs, schools, streets and a growing prosperity. During tough times, such as the Great Depression of the 30s, Perske said workers would cut back on their own hours so their fellow workers could keep their jobs. The mayor also praised all those who helped in the aftermath of the tragedy, including personnel from 92 fire departments from far and wide. Then Perske eulogized Jon Maus. He recalled

how he and others waited in line for three hours at Maus’s wake. Perske said when he saw Maus’s hands, he was instantly impressed by their strength and character, and the image of those hands still remains with Perske. “They are the kind of hardworking hands that exemplify this community,” he said. After the ceremony, the participants enjoyed a picnic and shared lots of good memories of their years at Verso. Molitor noted American Iron and Metal, the company that bought the Verso plant, donated $5,000 when its management heard a reunion picnic was being planned. Other donations also came from Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell and from the United Steelworkers union. Those funds, Molitor said, made the ceremony and picnic possible. AIM is going to dismantle the

from page 6 which works to bring together pledges and support for veterans’ needs and their families in the cities of Sartell, St. Joseph,

Verso from page 7 gathered in Veterans Park. Choking back tears, Koska spoke about the many kinds of sharing that happened among Verso employees for so many years: sharing births and deaths, weddings and divorces, the good and the bad, beginnings and endings. “Let’s all smile at the good memories, and let’s look forward to new beginnings,” Koska said. Prazino recalled how, shortly after 11 a.m. on that sad day, he was in his yard mowing the lawn. His phone began ringing off the hook, and right away he knew it must be something serious at the paper mill. Lyle Fleck, former employee, noted how many Verso workers, suddenly without jobs, had to shift gears to find new jobs,

Verso plant for scrap metal, sell some of the machines and equipment, and try to help find a new use for the site.

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Members absent: None.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Nies and seconded by McCabe. All in favor. Motion carried. A statement of the board was read by Meyer as follows: Dr. Hill has agreed to resign effective June 30, 2013, pursuant to the terms of the Agreement entered into between the parties on May 3, 2013. Dr. Hill is willing to perform his duties under his 2013-16 contract that was approved on Oct. 15, 2012 with the former school board. Dr. Hill stated, however, if the new School Board wanted a change in administration with a superintendent we select, he will honor that and therefore, has tendered his resignation effective June 30, 2013. Since Dr. Hill has a 2013-16 contract commitment from the School District, the parties have negotiated a reasonable separation agreement to assist in his transition to a new position. The School Board thanks Dr. Hill for his service and wished him well. Dr. Hill thanks the School Board for the opportunity to have been of service to the school district and its students. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe to pass the resolution approving and accepting the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Joseph Hill. All in favor. Motion carried. A statement by Dr. Joseph Hill was read as follows:


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greatest of privileges to be welcomed into your communities and to serve you. My greatest pleasure was in serving alongside our school’s staff and administration in the noble work of educating and inspiring the youth across our communities. I am very proud of the fact our schools and programs stand apart in performance and in providing outstanding learning opportunities and options for students. Our employees in the district have proven to be truly exceptional in promoting and supporting excellence in every regard. I am grateful for the support and leadership of the many board members I have been privileged to serve throughout the past three years as together we have made significant progress in advancing the mission of the school district.

Through candid conversations with board leadership, I believe it is in the best interest of my convictions and the direction of the district that I step down as superintendent of the Sartell-St. Stephen School District at the end of June. I plan to take some time with my family to consider our next steps. Education and innovation continues to be of strong interest as I look to the future. Thank you for your extraordinary support of quality education. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Durrwachter to adjourn the meeting at 4:06 p.m. All in favor. Motion carried. Jason Nies, Clerk

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Friday, May 31, 2013 77th ANNUAL

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Members of Sartell Boy Scout Troop 11 listen to an instructor during a kayak field trip near Duluth in 2011. The troop is now 50 years old.

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Scouts from front page “It’s a lot, I know that,” he said. “Well over 100 Scouts earned Eagle Scout awards in the past 50 years from our Sartell troop. About 10 percent of our members earned their Eagle Scout awards. It’s hard to do a final count, though, because some years the troop had maybe 20 kids and some years only two or three. Some Scouts stayed in only a year, but lots of Scouts stayed in the troop for the full seven years.” Boy Scouts range in age from 11 up to 18.

Troop 11 is comprised of 20 Scouts. They meet at the St. Francis Parish Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. every Monday most of the year, but in the months of May and June they are meeting at that same time and date at Watab Park in Sartell. In the half century of Scouting activities, Troop 11 Scouts have accomplished untold numbers of good deeds for Sartell, including clean-up projects, park improvements, Eagle Scout projects and appearances at the annual Memorial Day ceremony. They also have enjoyed camping, canoe trips, hiking, bike-riding, field trips, rock climbing and earning merit badges from a

variety of personal projects that include crafts and even robotics. The main sponsor of Troop 11 is the American Legion of Sartell. Burnett said the most rewarding aspect of being a Scoutmaster is “working with kids and watching them grow in maturity toward their leadership and Scouting skills.” “Scouting,” he said, “is a lot of fun, and that’s why Scouts join.” But, in the process of having fun, Burnett added, the Scouts through teamwork and involvement are learning citizenship, patriotism, selfsufficiency and maintaining mental and physical fitness.

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