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Humblest of homes brings joy to El Salvadorans by Dennis Dalman

Town Crier Summer Reading Program begins June 10 at GRRL

Great River Regional Library will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens on Monday, June 10, continuing through Saturday, Aug. 10 at all 32 GRRL locations in Central Minnesota. Two programs are offered: “Dig Into Reading” for children from birth through sixth grade, and “Beneath The Surface” for children entering grades six through 12. Children entering sixth grade may choose to register for either program. “Dig Into Reading” includes a baby/toddler program for children up to 3 years old to enjoy with their parents/caregivers. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

Waite Park library offers June programs

An adult writers group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, starting June 10 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Share your writing with other writers. Each meeting will feature a prompt for writing and an inspirational theme selected for the following month. Children’s programs include the following: Dig Into Reading with Magician Jared Sherlock from 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 11; Composing with Worms from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13; and Read to Basil the Therapy Dog from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 15. To learn more, visit www. and click on Criers.

County auctioning hundreds of properties

Stearns County will be selling approximately 400 prime pieces of property at its tax-forfeited property auction at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 C.R. 138 in Waite Park. Doors will open at 6 p.m. There are properties for sale in areas across Stearns County. For more information, visit

Experience granite heritage June 15 at Quarry Park

Come see the 100-year-old wooden Liberty Derrick at work at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve on Saturday, June 15 as part of Waite Park’s Spas Tag Festival. For more information, visit and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.


Czarnetzki’s Hardware Hank

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“Thrivent Builds” team members pour concrete for the foundation of a home in a neighborhood in northern El Salvador. In April, two such homes were constructed in the same neighborhood.

Steve Reetz of Sartell was not surprised why El Salvadorans are so happy when they lend a hand building a new, nice, earthquakeproof home. That’s because that Central American country’s landscape is littered with humble homes damaged or destroyed by earthquakes, mudslides or hurricanes. Many of the homes are patchwork hovels made of corrugated steel sheets, tin signs, scrapwood and even cardboard. Most have dirt floors. Many are in the process of constant makeshift repairs, damaged again and again by storms. Others are heaps of rubble, abandoned forever. Reetz is one member of a team of 30 who recently returned from a “Thrivent Builds” trip to El Salvador. Thrivent Builds is a partnership, affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International. The home the team built is hardly luxurious by North American Reetz • page 6

Sartell SummerFest 2013 set for June 7-8 by Dennis Dalman

possibly – umbrellas.

Friday events

For the 21st time, there will be a weekend of fun when Sartell SummerFest 2013 takes place in the city Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. SummerFest events will take place rain or shine. They will be cancelled only if potentially violent weather threatens. Participants to all events might want to bring folding chairs, blankets and –

The fun will begin at 4 p.m. Friday when an event dubbed “Libertyville” opens at Pinecone Regional Park near the Bernick’s Arena south of Sartell City Hall. The free event, which will last from 4-9 p.m., includes kids’ games, inflatables, face-painting, removable tattoos and lots of food to purchase. A highlight of the event is a performance by the

Sartell Community Band from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will play a variety of selections: show tunes, classic standards, patriotic songs. Visitors should park at Pine Meadow Elementary School, located on Pinecone Road a few blocks north of Pinecone Regional Park. A shuttle bus will leave the school at regular intervals to bring people to and from Libertyville. The shuttle will operate from 3-10 p.m. Libertyville is sponsored by Liberty

Savings Bank, which recently opened a branch in Sartell. While Libertyville is underway, another event will begin shortly after 5 p.m. on the grounds just outside of Sartell City Hall. The annual 5k Mayor’s Race and the Kids’ 1k Run/Walk will begin and end at city hall. The Mayor’s Race walkers will start at 5:30 p.m., and the 5k run will begin at 6:15 p.m. The kids’ run-walk is slated for about 7 p.m., Fest • page 7

Smiles are constant reward for daycare provider by Dennis Dalman

Sherry Larson has done day care for so long – 33 years – that she now looks after two children - Larson Joey and Brianna Neumann – of a woman she took care of as a child many years ago. “Their mother, Stephanie, I did daycare for when she was just a baby, and I also did daycare

for Stephanie’s brothers.” Larson was recently named “Stearns County Daycare Provider of the Year” by the StearnsBenton Child Care Association. Juliene Dumonceaux of Foley was named “Benton County Daycare Provider of the Year.” “I was honored, overcome and speechless when I got that award,” Larson said. “I talk all the time, but I was just speechless! That award made me feel so proud.” Larson’s client parents were not at all surprised she was honored as “Best.” For years, Larson Daycare • page 8

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Sherry Larson, Stearns County Daycare Provider of the Year, plays a board game with five of her young friends. From left to right are Riley Hagerty, Jax Gerber, Jacob Bonfield, Carly Bonfield and Ava Hagerty.

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SMS Math Teams claim top honor in state

People Samuel Engelsgjerd, son of Nancy and Mark Engelsgjerd recently graduated cum laude with a degrees in chemistry and mathematics from St. Olaf College, Northfield. Jennifer Miller, daughter of Deb and Bob Miller of Sartell, recently graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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Top: Sartell Middle School Math Team was made up of seventh-graders (left to right) Katrina Schiller, Lizzy Minnerath, Brandan Carlson, Gavin Kreutzer and Nick Juntunen. The team recently placed first in Math League competition. Individually, Juntunen placed first and Kreutzer and Carlson tied for second. Bottom: Sartell Middle School Math Team 2 was made up of eighth-graders (left to right) Laura Schwichtenberg, Bryn Rogers, Reid Sobiana, Ricarda Salk and Megan Cook. The team recently placed first in Math League competition. Individually, Salk placed second.

‘Take-your-dog-to-work Day set June 21

Dogs across the globe will join their owners at work on Friday, June 21. Businesses across the United States and abroad will experience these benefits firsthand — and promote the urgent need for pet adoptions as they participate in the 15th annual celebration. Dogs across the United States and abroad will accompany their owners to work as businesses celebrate the event. To learn more, visit and click on Criers.

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Thirty-eight Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. They and their degrees are the following: Einas Alkhatib, biomedical sciences; Tara Bishop, communication arts and literature; Garrett Brennan, computer science; Brandon Burggraff, pre-business; Jill Chaika, nursing; Cole Gertken, biomedical sciences; David Grow, management; Tonya Grow, accounting; Travis Hess, psychology; Austin Johnson, community psychology; Noah Kelm, biomedical sciences; Thomas Klein, finance, Rachael Knutson, anthropology; Nathan Lahr, community psychology; Kyle Lieberman, music; Tomas Lorincz, electrical engineering; Emily McIntire, biomedical sciences; Ariel Motschke, social work; Lancer Naber, education; Ryan Nguyen, nursing; Michelle Niewind, social work; Katie Olerud, community psy-

chology; Greta Perske, nursing; Clayton Ramos, undecided; Megan Riordan, nursing; Amanda Schepers, psychology; Tyler Schroeder, political acience; James Scully, entrepreneurship; Katie Svejkovsky, mass communications; Ryan Tillotson, computer science; Sally Traut, elementary education; Kirsten Uran, education; Brittany Waldvogel, nursing; Kara Wolters, undecided; Ashley Yann, social work; Jaclyn Yasgar, business; Katie Yurczyk, early childhood education; Krista Zipp, education. To be eligible for the honor, students must earn a gradepoint average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Chelsey Stanlake of St. Stephen recently graduated with a degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. David Gabbert, U.S. Bank branch manager in Sartell, has won U.S. Bank’s Pinnacle Award, the company’s highest employee achievement honor. Gabbert was among the top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award for outstanding achievement and superior performance and was recently recognized at a company dinner. This is Gabbert’s third AP pinnacle award which recognizes outstanding achievement and rewards employees for their tremendous performance.

Aarek Behrmann of Sartell recently graduated with a master’s in business administration from the University of Scranton, Penn. Two Sartell students recently graduated from Augustana (S.D.) College. They are the following: Lauren Broadwell, bachelor’s of art, cum laude; and Madeleine Spalding, bachelor’s of art, magna cum laude. Two Sartell students recently graduated with degrees in management from St. John’s University, Collegeville. They are the following: Samuel Tillemans, son of Joyce and Tony Tillemans; and Adam Wenker, son of Kaye Wenker. Three Sartell students and one Rice student recently graduate from the College of St. Benedict. They, their parents and majors are as follows: Amber Harlow, daughter of Doris and Richard DiNello, management; Kate Reichert, daughter of Ruth and Mark Reicher, psychology; Ariel Reischl, daughter of Sherri and Alan Reischl, Sartell, nursing, magna cum laude (grade point average of 3.75); and Jennifer Spellacy, daughter of Cheryl BoundsSpellacy and Patrick Spellacy, Rice, elementary education.

Blotter If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. May 22 3:41 a.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue. While on patrol an officer witnessed a vehicle pull into the storage area and enter a storage unit. The officer would hear hammering and various other noises coming from the unit. Officers identified the people from the vehicle and found they were breaking apart items for scrapping.

11:04 a.m. Suspicious activity. Seventh Street N. A report was made of a suspicious smell coming from an apartment unit. An officer arrived and could clearly smell the odor of marijuana coming from an apartment. The resident admitted to the marijuana use. The officer confiscated the marijuana and paraphernalia and issued a citation. May 23 1:03 a.m. Suspicious activity. Seventh Street N. A report was made regarding three males by the school taking pictures. Officers spoke with the adults and found they had just moved to the area and were out walking and taking pictures with their costume masks. 10:24 p.m. Animal. 15th

Street S. A complaint was made regarding a dog that had been left outside for an extended period of time and had been heard crying for a long time. An officer arrived and watched the dog that seemed to be in good health and was leashed to run between the driveway and a kennel. 10:36 p.m. Traffic stop. Benton Drive N. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license and a warrant for his arrest. The driver stated he was unaware of his warrant and revoked license. He was issued a citation and transported to the Stearns County Jail. May 24 9:11 a.m. Agency assist. Riverside Avenue. A probation ofBlotter • page 5

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Council agrees to ‘Pavement Management System’ by Dennis Dalman

The condition of all Sartell streets and roads will be scrutinized in a computer in what’s known as the “Pavement Management System.” At a recent meeting, the Sartell City Council decided to invest $45,000 for the system. It works like this: A data program scans the surface of every street, noting cracks, potholes and other signs of

deterioration. All the data is entered into the program, which can then rate every street and road or portions of them depending on their conditions, from good to very bad. That way, the city will know which streets or portions of them should receive top priority for repair, which could range from seal-coating to overlays to full reconstruction. The data comprises a “Pavement Condition Index,” which can be used for long-

range planning for road repairs. There are 98 miles of paved roads in Sartell, and 27 miles of bituminous trails. City Engineer Mike Nielson explained the system to the city council, whose members seemed impressed by the concept.

“I think it’s a wise proposal,” said council member Sarah Jane Nicoll. Council members Steve Hennes and David Peterson asked Nielson if the system could analyze the effects of heavy truck traffic on roads. That kind of information would be very useful, they

said, if the city will someday have to make a decision about limiting truck traffic on city streets. Neilson said the effects of truck traffic could be entered into the data system as well. The council then voted unanimously to spend money for the system.

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Opinion Our View Bachmann’s decision good news for district, GOP

Whatever mysterious reasons went into her decision, Rep. Michele Bachmann should be commended for deciding not to file for reelection next year. It may be the only intelligent decision she’s made in a very long time. Her decision is good news for the people of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, and it’s good news for the Republican Party. In this predominantly conservative district, it’s likely a Republican candidate will be elected next year. But this time around, chances are the Republican winner will be reasonable, rational, open-minded, moderate and capable of compromising – the very qualities Bachmann so blatantly lacks. It’s also probable such a candidate will truly represent and work hard for the people in the district. From the get-go, when she was first elected in 2006, Bachmann obviously loved the starshine of celebrity more than the hard work of legislation. Time and again, she put her mouth in gear before her brain was fully engaged. It was one outrageous statement after another, including a barrage of distortions, misinformation and flat-out slanders against President Barack Obama and his administration. Those kinds of attack-dog statements were her stock in trade. She knew they ensured her a center-stage place in the media spotlight; she knew such far-flung nonsense appealed to ultra-right-wing crazies; and she knew campaign money would keep rolling in to her from the paranoid Obama-haters. In the U.S. Congress, Bachmann accomplished virtually nothing in seven years. Her entire modus operandi was to be an obstructionist, like so many of her Tea Party brethren. She had no solutions to the country’s problems; she had no clue; she was nothing but a highprofile Obama-naysayer. She was, however, talented at being a shoot-from-the-hip celebrity, much like her northern cousin, Sarah Palin. Bachmann is just the latest of the ultra-rightwing radicals to be discredited in the past year or two. Voters, tired of their obstructionist mania and their lunatic notions, had sense enough to reject many of them at the ballot box. In many districts in the country, those types of Tea Party radicals virtually held reasonable, moderate, mainstream candidates (including many incumbents) hostage, threatening to “primary” them – a new verb meaning to challenge someone in one’s own party through appeals to fear, intimidation and political machinations. Bachmann’s decision not to run, along with other Tea Party defeats, might finally help give intelligent, rational Republicans the courage to run on their good convictions – and win. The Grand Old Party can no longer afford radical, divisive, flash-and-shine “celebrities” the likes of Bachmann.

Why don’t Oklahomans build tornado shelters? People in Oklahoma must all be dumb because they don’t have tornado shelters or even basements. I get mad when I hear people say that. I have a kinship with Oklahoma, a state I’ve visited quite a few times since 1963. My oldest brother, Jimmy, met his future wife in Chickasha, Okla. when he was in the U.S. Army in the early 1960s, stationed at nearby Fort Sill. Tina, his wife, was born in Holland. After World War II, her large family emigrated to Australia and later to Oklahoma. During my visits to that state and their visits to Minnesota, I cannot count how many times we talked about tornadoes. Tina had a trembling, terrible fear of them. We would tease her, laugh at her and call her a “weather paranoiac.” Even Jimmy, who ought to have known better, teased her. After they moved to Oklahoma City, it took Tina 15 years to talk Jimmy into building a smallish storm cellar in their backyard. Finally he did. And good thing, too. The monstrous F5 tornado in 1999 shrieked and roared past their house, less than a mile away, as Tina, kids, grandkids and neighbors jam-packed together in that shelter. Jimmy had died of a heart attack nine years earlier, but he would be happy, knowing Tina was right to insist on having a shelter. We in Minnesota thought it odd they and others in Oklahoma didn’t have basements, like “civilized” Minnesotans did. Such was our cocky Yankee attitude at

Dennis Dalman Editor the time. Jimmy always said something about soil conditions. Too wet or something. Basements would leak. After a second monster twister devastated Moore two weeks ago, I decided to research the lack of shelters. First of all, Oklahomans are not dumb. A good many of them cannot afford underground shelters, of which the most basic kind costs about $3,000 minimum. Poverty in that state is more widespread than here. Aside from expense, there are other factors that explain the problem: 1. Unlike northern climates, where pipes must be installed beneath the frost line, homes in more temperate areas, such as Oklahoma, can be built on just a slab. 2. Many of the soils in Oklahoma are very clay-like. As they swell with water and then dry out, they expand and contract, which can wreak havoc on basements and foundations. Water tables tend to be higher in the South. Thus, basement leaking and mold can be ongoing problems. 3. Building basements in Oklahoma, Texas and elsewhere is certainly not an

impossibility, despite problems. However, most builders (and buyers) figure the much higher expense, in the temperate climate, is not feasible for them. 4. Owners who rent homes and builders who build them are not required to provide shelters. 5. Oklahomans tend to be politically very conservative, and most balk at governmental intrusions of any kind, including mandates or codes for underground shelters and/or basements. Only about one in eight Oklahoma residents has tornado shelters, and the reason is mostly a combination of one or more of the factors listed above. Last but not least, there is yet another explanation. The kinds of ferocious tornadoes that decimated Moore are extremely rare. Throughout history, Oklahomans in most tornado outbreaks did survive by huddling in interior rooms or hallways. The Moore monsters did at least cause a resurgence of interest in building more public and private shelters in “Tornado Alley.” Federal and state help programs might be expanded to offer low-interest loans and maybe grants. Some governmental entities in Oklahoma are thinking it’s time for mandates and building codes that include shelters. Let’s hope so. In the meantime, let’s remember this: Oklahomans are not dumb. They are certainly no dumber than us Minnesotans who keep living in a state that plunges below zero much of the year.

‘Guy talk’ can make me feel inadequate Sometimes, as I guy, I feel a little inadequate. Those occasions usually occur when I am hanging around other guys and guy things are being discussed. You know the kinds of things I’m talking about: anything to do with cars or trucks and things like engines or rear differentials and stuff like power tools, guns, and stocks and bonds. I do OK with talking about sports. However, ask me what’s under my vehicle’s hood and I’m perplexed. I usually try to change the subject rather than expose my lack of knowledge. For example, some guy will say to me: “That’s a nice truck. What size engine does it have?” Seems like a harmless enough question. However, I know deep down the guy is trying to expose me as a fraud, a hoax, not a “real guy.” My responses to these types of questions vary, depending on the place, time of day and weather conditions. I’ve been known to do the following: • Let out a loud scream, bend over

Mike Nistler Reporter and grab my chest while breathlessly beseeching, “Which side of the chest is the heart on again?” • Look past the guy and say “Are my eyes deceiving me or are those the Victoria’s Secret models? • Or, if all else fails: “Want another beer?” Usually, one of those responses will get me off the hook long enough to change the subject to something I feel more comfortable talking about such as sports, or maybe sports. But I’m not always successful disguising my lack of guy knowledge. A while back, I was in the laundry room of my house looking for the valve that would shut off the water flow to the outside spigot. I was having an irrigation

installer measure for water pressure outside and he asked me to turn off the water for a bit so he could do some testing. Have you ever noticed how many dials, knobs and switches are in a laundry room leading to the various pipes? It’s amazing. It’s as if some sadistic plumber increases the number options just to confuse guys like me. I can just hear him talking to his plumbing partner: “Let’s put a couple extra knobs up there in these incredibly hard-to-reach places just to mess with the guy who buys this house.” And of course, these knobs are never marked. Eventually I thought I’d found the valve to shut the water off to the outside. I told the irrigation guy the water was off. Shortly after, I heard a splashing sound. I looked outside just in time to see water coursing onto the guy’s work boots. I think I may have even heard a swear word or two. I’m not sure, I couldn’t hear clearly over the roaring sound of the water.

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MnDOT urges vigilance at divergent-diamond site by Dennis Dalman

Roadways near Epic Center in south Sartell continue to be an ever-changing tangle of closures, detours and bypasses because of the ambitious “Diverging Diamond” interchange construction. There have been temporary lane closures on Minnesota Highway 15 during non-rushhour times. There have also been detours for Stearns C.R. 120 and other places. Through the rest of the summer, all northbound and southbound traffic on Highway 15 is being diverted to bypass roads constructed at the edges of the project. The $10-million project, the first of its kind in the state, is expected to be completed this November. It’s a joint project among Stearns County, Sartell and St. Cloud. So far, there have been no problems or complaints, said

Blotter from page 2 ficer requested the assistance of arresting a male for failing a recent drug test. The male was taken into custody without incident and transported to Stearns County jail. 1:18 p.m. Theft. Pinecone Road. A female entered a store and placed merchandise in her pocket, paid for her gas and then attempted to leave the store with the unpaid merchandise. The female got into her vehicle and fled the property. Officers were able to locate the female and issued her a citation for the theft. May 25 8:22 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 56 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver was aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. 8:37 a.m. Vehicle vandalism. Sixth Avenue North. Sometime during the night, a vehicle was egged. 11:49 a.m. Vandalism. Blackberry Circle. Sometime during the night, a house was egged by three unknown males. 4:07 p.m. Vehicle vandalism. 10th Avenue N. Sometime during the night, a vehicle was egged. May 26 12:07 a.m. Verbal. Sierra Loop. A complaint was made regarding four to five adults arguing in a garage. Officers arrived and found the parties had all apologized and it was only verbal. Officers called a

Tim Paul, MnDOT supervisor of projects, who is based in St. Cloud. “We were three weeks behind because of the late spring,” Paul said, “but we’ve made up for about one of those weeks. We’re just about right on track.” Last week, 300 square yards of concrete were poured for the bridge-work. Also last week, contractors started hauling 160,000 square yards of dirt from the site, to be placed on a lot near Viking Coca-Cola in St. Cloud. The massive concrete work is needed for the C.R. 120 bridge that will cross Highway 15 from east to west. Highway 15 is being lowered 15 feet where it will go under the bridge. That is why so much dirt is being removed, Paul explained. “There’s a lot of interesting things going on at the site,” Paul said. “That’s why I advise people to follow the speed limit there (45 mph) and try not to

cab and the visiting parties left the residence without incident. 8:29 a.m. Vehicle vandalism. 10th Street N. Sometime during the night a vehicle was egged and written on. 11:22 p.m. Suspicious activity. Pinecone Road. A report was made regarding a male walking down the street with a small child. Officers were unable to locate the male but found a wedding was just ending at a local business. May 27 1:44 p.m. Vehicle theft. Birch Circle. Items were taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. 3:31 p.m. Vehicle theft. Caitlin Court. Items were taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. 4:13 p.m. Vehicle theft. Celebration Circle. Items were taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. May 28 11:43 a.m. Suspicious activity. Highway 15. A report was made regarding a male who struck a young child in the back of a vehicle. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and spoke to the driver as well as the young child. The adult denied ever striking the child and the child also stated nothing happened. There appeared to be no red marks or bruising on the child and she seemed to be very happy. 2:57 p.m. Warrant arrest. Seventh Street N. An arrest warrant was issued for a male. Officers were able to locate him at his residence and he was placed under arrest without incident.

look at what’s going on (construction methods). It’s best to keep their eyes on the road.” Paul said there are two divergent-diamond interchanges in Missouri. Both have had excellent records for safety and ease of operation. To avoid hassles at the construction area, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials are advising motorists to avoid – if possible – traveling on Highway 15 during the most congested times. Those times, for the northbound lane, are from 6:30-8 a.m. and from 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; and southbound from 6:30-8 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. As the complex project proceeds, there will be ever-

varying closures, detours and rerouted traffic, so MnDOT officials are advising motorists to become vigilant for changes. Signs will be clearly posted so if motorists keep an eye out and slow down, there should be no safety concerns, officials noted. The site by Epic Center was chosen two years ago as an ideal site for a diverging-diamond interchange because of the many roads in the area and the hugely increasing amount of traffic in the area. The construction of Epic Center (Walmart and Sam’s Club) along Highway 15 increased traffic, and the ever-growing medical facilities in south Sartell and north St. Cloud also caused a steady increase in traf-

fic and road-building. A divergent-diamond interchange is one on which vehicles, when turning left, never have to cross the path of oncoming traffic. Such interchanges have been proven to dramatically decrease the chance for accidents, especially serious ones. It’s also safer for pedestrians because a walking ramp, with barriers, will be constructed to cross Highway 15 on an “island” portion of the middle of the bridge across Highway 15. When the interchange is completed, there will be a widespread communication effort by MnDOT to show motorists how to navigate the new configurations.


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Far left: Steve Reetz sits between two young buddies during a break from house-building in El Salvador. The children in the area were utterly fascinated with the house-building process, a kind they had never seen. Left: This is the brand-new home for an El Salvadoran family. While it may look extremely basic, more like a concession stand to North Americans, to El Salvadorans the structure is the stuff of dreams. This home is earthquake proof, unlike most homes in Central America.

Reetz from front page standards. In fact, it resembles a cinder-block concession stand more than a traditional home, but to the family who will inhabit it, the house is an ultimate dream: very sturdy, a tiled floor, a concrete foundation, real windows – a cozy shelter from any storm that comes along. For Thrivent Builds, Reetz represented the central Minnesota area on the El Salvador trip. The other 29 workers came from Thrivent Financial Solutions offices throughout the United States, representing various other areas in other states. Reetz is a financial associate for Thrivent. It was Reetz’s first Thrivent Builds mission, and it won’t be his last. He found the experience a moving, transformational one, and he said he is looking forward to going back to El Salvador for another house-building trip. Already, many youth in his church, Celebration Lutheran Church of Sartell, are considering the possibility of joining him for one of their many youth missions. Reetz’s wife, Kristina, is also thinking about going along. Reetz and fellow team members worked in a neighborhood called Gethsamani in Ahuachatan in the northern part of El Salvador, a mountainous region just five miles from Guatemala. The team divided itself into working groups of 15, and both groups built separate homes. This year, Thrivent Builds is sending 30 teams to places in El Salvador

to build similar homes. And that is just part of Thrivent Builds worldwide house-building efforts. In the past seven years, the organization spent $180 million to build about 5,000 homes worldwide through Habitat for Humanity. Habitat’s policy is that each family chosen to receive a home must help build the home and then must purchase it on a payment plan once it is completed. Reetz said he was extremely moved by the kindness of the El Salvadorans he met. “They are an extremely warm, gracious and happy people,” he said. “They have virtually nothing. They live way below the poverty line. Getting even a basic elementary education is a struggle and only about two percent go to college. And yet they are happy.” The building teams who come to their towns bring them hope, and they are gratified to know people in North America and elsewhere care about them. That kind of hope has a rippling effect, Reetz noted, causing many good things to happen. One of Reetz’s happiest memories is when the neighbors all appeared to entertain the housebuilders. They arrived on the site with a mariachi band and spontaneous dancing resulted, with hours of merriment enjoyed by all ages. The El Salvadorans are fond of making food a vital part of celebrations, and the food, Reetz said, was “fantastic.” Much of the food is cornbased, such as tortillas. There are dishes of rice, beans and lots of vegetables – a very healthy

diet, Reetz added. The area in and around Ahuachatan is very beautiful. “In the midst of poverty there is a landscape of gardens, volcanic mountains and beauty everywhere,” he said. Reetz will soon spend time in Chicago where he will train to be a Habitat worldwide leader, making it possible for him to lead house-building teams anywhere in the world. His trip to El Salvador was largely underwritten by Thrivent Builds. He purchased his air fair, about $800, and paid $629 for the trip that included everything – accommodations at a nearby resort, transportation and all other living costs. “It was an incredible experience,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to going back in spring.” Anyone interested in the Thrivent Builds program can call Reetz at 320-980-4287 or email him at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit Fortune 500 financial service that helps about 2.5 million members achieve financial securities and helps them give back to their communities. It also has many outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit Christian housing ministry that seeks to bring homes and hope to places throughout the world. Since 1976, it has served more than 500,000 families by helping them build their own homes. For more information on Habitat, visit its website at

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Fest from front page right after the adult race is completed. Wheelchair participants are welcome, although no other types of wheels will be allowed for the two events. Prices will be awarded to the top 5k runners and to the top male and female runners overall. People may register at the city-hall venue right before the races begin.

Saturday events

Saturday will kick off with the ever-popular Grand Day Parade, starting at 10 a.m. The 1.2-mile parade route will extend from Sartell Street, along Riverside Avenue to 7th Street N., ending at Sartell Middle School. In previous years, there was a family carnival at the middle school right after the parade, but this year organizers instead opted to have the Libertyville event the night before (see above). This year, the parade will feature about 75 units, includ-

ing eight marching bands. Also on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a free outdoor dance and a fireworks display in the south parking lot of Great River Bowl and Partner’s Pub, located on 2nd Street S. across from the Sartell Post Office. The beer garden and food court will open at 6 p.m., and music by the band “Deuces Wild” will be performed from 8 p.m.-midnight. At 10 p.m., the band will take a break, and a fireworks display will be set off photo by Dennis Dalman south of the Great River Bowl A jam-packed crowd of runners sets off from the starting line site. during the 5k Mayor’s Race during Sartell SummerFest 2012.

Ask a Trooper:

What happens in the first fatal second after a car going 55 mph hits a solid object? Q: There is an article I have seen printed numerous times throughout the years by different venues stating what happens in the first second of a fatal crash. I haven’t seen it for a while now, but I was always wondering if it was accurate or just made up or what. Is that something you can find for me and check it out? Either way I thank you for whatever you can do. A: Perfect timing, I am familiar with it and I found an old copy. There is no author stated on it anywhere so I don’t know where it originated and

can’t give credit. It has made its rounds on email accounts around the globe besides being in print. While I can’t confirm exactly how accurate this depiction is (many variables would alter the outcome of a crash depending on speed, location of impact, car safety features and more), it does reflect the violent nature of a crash when a motorist is not buckled up. The moral of the story is: “You may choose to break the law and not buckle up, but you can’t break the laws of physics.” I am sure someone out there might know the origi-


nal source. At any rate, here it is for you as I have it: Do you know what happens in the first fatal second after a car going 55 mph hits a solid object? 1. In the first 10th of a second, the front bumper and grill collapse. 2. The second 10th finds the hood crumbling, rising and striking the windshield as the spinning rear wheels lift from the ground. Simultaneously, fenders begin wrapping themselves around the solid object. Although the car’s frame has

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Energy, optimism abound among DogPAC members by Dennis Dalman

Energy and optimism abound among the 30 or so members of the Sartell DogPAC, which is a tongue-in-cheek double playon-words (“pack” and “political action committee”) for “Dog Park Committee.” DogPAC has its own facebook page: www.facebook. com/SartellDogPAC. Within just a couple of months, the idea for a dog park in Pinecone Central Park has generated lots of enthusiasm from many pet owners. They are currently raising funds, seeking ideas and working hard to spread the word. DogPAC will work in tandem with the City of Sartell to create a dog park, hopefully by mid-summer. Plans for the dog park involved a fenced-in, controlled area where unleashed dogs and their owners can roam free, play games and have lots of fun. The park may be divided into areas for smaller-sized dogs as well as larger ones. There will also be water stations and sanitary stations for disposal of dog waste. In the long-range, plans call for walking trails and agility areas. The proposed site is located just east of the road that runs through Pinecone Central Park.

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Organizers also plan to host events in the dog park, including dog-obedience lessons, classes about pet care, structured recreational activities for dogs and educational programs to promote responsible dog ownership. The fundraisers are trying to raise about $150,000 to start the park. The fence will cost about $10 per linear foot. It is a 7-acre site, but if a pond there is added and fenced in, the site could be as large as 8 or 9 acres. The City of Sartell has committed to pitching in $10,000 for the dog-park effort, along with the land for it. Sartell City Planner/Developer Anita Rasmussen and Sartell Public Works Director Brad Borders will work closely with organizers in making the park a reality. The park plan will be considered by the park commission when it meets June 26. It will then come before the city council in July. Rasmussen said she has rarely seen the kind of gung-ho enthusiasm and optimism as evinced by members of DogPAC. One of the DogPAC members is Mark Dockery, who moved with his family from Kimball to Sartell two years ago. When Sartell City Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom told

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Dockery about the possibility of a dog park, he was hooked immediately. It would be an ideal place for his beloved Jack, a 7-year-old Airedale, to romp and play. “I firmly believe this is going to be a wonderful addition to Sartell,” Dockery said. “I have been very impressed with the folks I have met in Sartell and joined the dog-park committee for the opportunity to get to meet some other folks, particularly the dog lovers like me.” Currently, every Monday, dog-park organizers greet the public at the community tent at Market Monday, the Sartell farmers’ market that is open from 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday just outside of Sartell City Hall. The organizers have been distributing information about plans for the park and the many ways people can contribute to its success.

There will be a DogPAC contingent in the Sartell SummerFest Grand Parade, which will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8 along Sartell’s Riverside Avenue. Anyone wishing to bring a dog to walk along with the DogPAC contingent is welcome. Here are five ways people can contribute to the construction and maintenance of a Pinecone Dog Park. 1. Contribute money. 2. Give equipment or in-kind donations. 3. Volunteer to serve on a committee to pursue the following needs: planning, park rules and regulations, ongoing fundraising and public relations. 4. Start a DogPAC donation bucket at a place of business or other location. So far, there are donation buckets at Advanced Care Pet Hospital and at Market Monday. 5. People can buy a paver

stone in the name of a special pet or friend. For more information about ways to donate, visit the DogPAC facebook page mentioned above. People can donate money directly on the facebook page by clicking on the “Donate” tab on the upper left of the site. People can also send checks written out to Sartell City Hall (be sure to put Dog Park Fund” on the check’s memo line). Those checks can be dropped off at Sartell City Hall or sent to Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., Sartell, MN 56377. To donate in other ways, people can peruse the DogPAC facebook or they can email or call Anita Rasmussen at Sartell City Hall. Rasmussen is the city’s point contact for the dog-park project. She can be reached at anita@sartellmn. com or at 320-258-7306. DogPAC • page 12


rear end still moves at 35 mph. The driver’s body is still traveling at 55 mph. 5. In the fifth 10th of a second, the driver is impaled on the steering column, and blood rushes into his lungs. 6. The sixth 10th of a second, the impact has built up to the point the driver’s feet are ripped out of tightly laced shoes. The brake pedal breaks off. The car frame buckles in the middle. The driver’s head smashes into the windshield as the rear wheels, still spinning, fall back to the earth. 7. In the seventh 10th of a

second, hinges rip loose, doors fly open and the seats break free, striking the driver from behind. 8. The seat striking the driver does not bother him because he is already dead. The last three 10ths of a second mean nothing to the driver. If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.

Caring for children, Larson said, is “in her blood.” And it’s no wonder because as the oldest sibling of nine, she grew up on a farm near Staples. Early on, she absorbed a solid farm-work ethic and helped her mother take care of the younger children. Later, when she and her husband lived in Sartell’s Hi-Vue Mobile-Home Park, she took care of a little boy named Jeff. “And from there I just kept going, and I’ve been doing daycare ever since,” she said. Larson’s daycare children range in age from 7 months to 15 years (because some are disabled) but the number of children she has each day varies, depending on their schedules. The total number of children is 16, but she never has them all at one time. Besides daughter Raelynn, the Larsons also have a son, Jacob, who lives in Sauk Rapids with wife, Annie, and their two sons. Larson said having a daycare is endlessly rewarding. “It’s the smiles I get every day,” she said. “I get to just play and be my own boss. We do so many things. We play ball outside, we play on the merry-goround and the teeter-totter. We swing and play hide-and-seek. If

the weather isn’t nice, we play inside with board games or we just sit and talk.” The key to being a good daycare provider, Larson said, is to be patient while listening to children and loving them. “Kids are so full of knowledge,” she said. “They can teach us adults something new every day. If you look at the world through their eyes, you can see a world of a different beauty and brightness. We adults can look at the sky and see an overcast, gray sky. But children don’t see it that way. They will notice the clouds moving, the trees waving above. They see everything with fresh eyes.” Larson has two favorite daycare mottos that apply to life in general, as well as to daycare: “You get what you get, so don’t throw a fit.” “Where kids come to play and learn, hugs are plentiful, kisses are free and the stories will never end.” Larson, who is 59, plans to do daycare until she is 66. “That’s if my health remains good,” she added. “I have plenty of energy. I was born with energy. With me it’s go, go, go. I won’t let grass grow under my feet.”

from page 7 been halted, the rest of the car is still going 55 mph. Instinct causes the driver to stiffen his legs against the crash, and they snap at the knee joint. 3. During the third 10th of the second, the steering wheel starts to disintegrate and the steering column aims for the driver’s chest. 4. The fourth 10th of the second finds two feet of the car’s front end wrecked, while the

Daycare from front page has been so esteemed by her customers she’s never had to advertise. Good word-of-mouth gets her all the business she can handle. Larson’s business, dubbed simply “Sherry Larson’s Day Care,” is located in a mobile home she and her husband, Mark, used to own on a five-acre site near the Upper Deck north of Sartell. Larson’s daughter, Raelynn Justin, now lives in that mobile home with her husband, Brad, and children Drew and Dana. The arrangement is ideal because Larson does day care for both Drew and Dana, whose parents both work. Larson and her husband built a home in Grey Eagle years ago. Every week day, Sherry and Mark get up at 4 a.m. and drive the 37 miles to the daycare home. Then Mark drives to his job at Menard’s in St. Cloud and when the day is done, he picks his wife up and they drive back to Grey Eagle. If the weather is nasty, they are lucky enough to be able to stay overnight at the daycare home.

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With 70 varieties, Duncan is a ‘born’ soup-maker by Dennis Dalman

Sometimes Deb Duncan feels as if she’s been born to be a soup-maker. And it’s no wonder. She’s spent countless hours in her life making soup, soup, soup – 70 varieties of soup to date, and counting. Duncan is the manager of Liquid Assets in Sartell, where her soups are in constant demand from loyal customers. For 25 years, she’d worked at Hemsing’s Deli in St. Cloud, where she was also known as the soup lady. Born and raised on a farm near Kimball, Duncan still remembers making her first soup, when she was about 7, under the loving guidance of her mother, Gladys, and grandmother, Inez Duncan. It was chicken-dumpling soup, which to this day remains one of her own favorites and a hit with customers. “Chicken-dumpling was one of the staple soups in our family,” Duncan said. “In those days, my mother and grandfather put on huge luncheons for occasions, such as when there was a death in someone’s family or during threshing times. Soups were always part of our lives. I was always in the kitchen, helping my mother or grandmother and sometimes both when they were cooking together.”

Expanding repertoire

From mastering those first basic soups, Duncan has constantly expanded her repertoire into a soup menu that now boasts 70 soups. There’s chicken-dumpling soup, of course, and chicken-noodle and tomato-basil and vegetable-beef and wild-rice. There’s a range of cream soups – broccoli,

da soup. She described how the soup tasted as Duncan quizzed her. Then Duncan’s soup-making mind went into high gear, combining such spices as cumin, paprika, chili powder and more. After some tweaking, she topped the soup with tortilla chips. Delicioso!

worked out a plan for her customers. If people want a favorite soup, they can put their name and number on a list. Then, when Duncan makes that particular kind of soup, she calls the customers as to when the soup can be picked up. Some customers throughout the years have asked Duncan if she would be willing to give them a particular soup recipe. Duncan always pauses, and the customers become embarrassed, thinking she’s one of those cooks who jealously guards their “secret” recipes. But Duncan assures them, “No, no, no, that’s not it at all.” The reason she hestitates, she explains, is because she has no recipe to give. Her soup-making is nearly an instinct, something she does without lists of measured ingredients. Duncan is working on a soup cookbook, trying to translate her soup “instincts” into “measurements” for others. It’s very difficult to make those translations, she noted.

Pinch of this or that

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In a lifetime of soup-making, Deb Duncan’s soup repertoire now contains 70 kinds of soups, some of them wild but delicious creations of her own. Duncan, who first learned soupmaking from her mother and grandmother, is the manager of Liquid Assets in Sartell.

asparagus, potato, celery, mushroom. And there are unusual soups – unusually delicious, that is –Duncan created out of the blue – soups like Philly creamcheese-steak, sausage-andpepperoni-pizza and even a cheeseburger one. Duncan thinks outside of the box. She likes nothing better than getting an idea and taking it all the way to uniquely delicious souphood. Often, people will give her suggestions, wondering if she could make a soup with this or that of their favorite ingredients. Duncan loves the challenge. She’ll ponder ingredients, juggle them in her mind, start grabbing ingredients in her kitchen, adding a handful of this, a pinch of that, a handful of another. She finally arrives at the point where she can say, “Voila!” There it is, ready for customers’ enjoyment. A recent example of customer suggestions leading to new soups is when someone went on vacation and tasted a delicious chicken-enchila-

“I love everything about making soups,” Duncan said. “I especially love cooking soups for my Liquid Assets customers. I’ve gotten to know them and this place has that small-town feel because we all know one another.” Duncan tries to have five or six kinds of soups available at Liquid Assets at any given time, and she constantly rotates the selections, which are available in cups or bowls. She also sells quarts of her frozen soups to customers who clamor for them. Some buy two or three quarts of their favorites at one time. Duncan has

On soup-making days, Duncan gets busy in her Liquid Assets kitchen, using three soup cookers, specially designed to make soups much faster than in ordinary soup pots. Each makes about 2-1/2 gallons of soup. When Duncan dishes out advice, she gives the same tips she learned from her mother and grandmother: Always start with the freshest ingredients, ideally with vegetables or herbs fresh from a garden as Duncan’s mother did.. Start with a good soup base. Chickens are not as tasty as the free-range birds used to be so a soup base

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must be used to lend a deeper chicken flavor. Duncan does not use chickenbouillon cubes; she uses a chicken stock that comes in a jar and resembles a kind of paste. The stock should include onions, celery and carrots simmered until their flavor infuses the soup stock. Be careful when adding ingredients, and don’t add too much. Duncan’s mother’s advice was this: “You can always add more if you need it, but you can’t take it out if it’s too much.” Taste as you cook, then adjust ingredients accordingly. Don’t add too many things or there can be a clash of flavors. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes a teaspoon or so of vinegar added to a soup will bring out the soup’s inherent flavors without tasting like vinegar at all.


Love for Duncan’s soups goes far beyond her local customers. Years ago, when Duncan worked at Hemsing’s Deli, a food distributor – the Pueringer Co. of Rice – asked her if the company could sponsor her in a national soup-recipe competition. Duncan dreamed up her own kind of cheese soup and a tomato-dumpling soup. Both were named among the top 40 soups from among 4,000 entries. “After being in the food industry for 35 years, like I have, a person is always learning something new. And that’s what I love. I love thinking outside the box. Most of all I love creating new soups.” It won’t be long until Duncan’s 70-soup repertoire grows to 71 soups and 72 soups and . . .

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Volunteers needed for historic cancer study by Dennis Dalman

A historic cancer study is about to be launched nationwide by the American Cancer Society, including central Minnesota, and volunteers are needed between June 11-20. The 20-year study is known

as “Cancer Prevention Study-3” (CPS-3). It’s an effort to find out which, if any, factors contrib- Beckermann ute to caus-

ing cancer and perhaps which factors might help prevent cancer. Those factors include genetic, environmental, nutrition and lifestyle. Researchers are seeking men and women, ages 30-65, who have never had cancer. Volunteers will be asked to fill out a survey about them-

selves and visit a local site for an interview and to give a blood sample. Then, during the course of the next 20 years, those volunteers will be sent questionnaires in the mail every few years to update their information. Anyone interested should make an appointment as soon as possible by going to: or call tollfree 1-888-604-5888. People can make appointments for enrollment as a volunteer at one of six area sites from June 11-20. The sites are at Automotive Parts Headquarters and St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud; St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring; Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids; Rejuv Medical and Anytime Fitness, Waite Park. The times and dates for appointments at those places is listed on the website listed above. An estimated 300,000 people nationwide will take part in the study. It’s the third such study by the American Cancer Society. The first study, which began in the late 1940s, helped establish the link between smoking

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Friday, June 7 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Intro to Fishing, 10 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 8 55+ driver improvement course, (4-hour refresher course), 9:15 a.m.1:15 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 2nd St.S., St. Cloud. 1-888-2341294. Pine Grove Zoo celebrates 100 years, noon-4 p.m., 1200 W. Broadway, Little Falls. Family Fun Festival, 4 p.m.midnight, Holdingford Sno-Flyers Clubhouse, Avon Exit, 7 miles north on C.R.9, left on 400th St., Holdingford, 320-248-3439. Monday, June 10 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 9 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 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., 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell.

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Tuesday, June 11 Home Stretch, a workshop for first-time homebuyers, 8 a.m.5 p.m., St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. Registration required. 320258-0681. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Bus to see the Twins, leaving St. Stephen at 4:30 p.m. 320-260-4000. 55+ driver improvement course, (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-2341294. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Wednesday, June 12 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m., St. Joseph Community Fire Hall. 55+ driver improvement course, (four-hour refresher course), 6-10 p.m., Luther Honda, 1805 Hwy. 23 NE, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Thursday-Saturday, June 13-15


Rummage sale, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m.-noon Saturday, Homemade pizza available 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Celebration Lutheran Church. Thursday, June 13 55+ driver improvement course, (eight-hour first-time course), 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 55+ driver improvement course, (4-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Gilleland Chevrolet, 3019 Division St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Friday, June 14 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.


Graves, too, announces he won’t run by Dennis Dalman Candidate Jim Graves announced he will suspend his second attempt at a congressional campaign less than a week after Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Stillwater) announced she would not file for re-election next year. His decision, along with Bachmann’s, leaves next year’s election wide open for a new field of contenders from the two major political parties. Graves, a Minneapolis businessman, had challenged Bachmann last year for the 6th-District seat in the U.S. Congress, but he lost the election by 4,200 votes, less than 1 percent of the total votes cast. Bachmann, a former tax attorney, is now serving her fourth two-year term. Graves announced a month ago he would challenge Bachmann again for the seat in the November 2014 election and had begun raising money and support for that battle. However, on May 31, the Graves campaign staff released the following press statement. “After meeting with my closest family members, friends and supporters, we have decided to suspend Jim Graves for Congress indefinitely. This was never about Jim Graves; this was about challenging the inef-

fective leadership and extremist ideology of Michele Bachmann on behalf of those she represents. As of Wednesday, that goal was accomplished – and our supporters are and should be incredibly proud of that accomplishment. I will never be able to adequately express my gratitude for the tireless work of our fantastic campaign team and our legions of friends and supporters.” That statement implies Bachmann decided not to run again because she wouldn’t want to lose to Graves, knowing current polling numbers give an edge to Graves in a 2014 race. However, in her surprise May 28 video announcement to her supporters, Bachmann strongly denied her decision not to run had anything to do with an election challenge from Graves, whom she did not to refer to by name but as the “individual.” She also denied her decision was influenced by legal inquiries into her aborted presidential campaign in Iowa. Bachmann did not give a definite reason for her decision not to run again, but she did say that public service by anyone for eight years is long enough. Minnesota’s 6th District includes an area from the northeastern Twin Cities all the way up to the greater St. Cloud area, which includes Sartell.

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DogPAC from page 8

contributed photos

Above left: Mark Dockery and his buddy, Jack, are eager for the opening of a dog park in Pinecone Central Park. A DogPAC is now raising funds for the park, which is proposed for a 7-acre site that will be fenced in. Above right: Jack, a 7-yearold Airedale, moved with his family from Kimball to Sartell two years ago.

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Besides donations of time, money and equipment, organizers also seek ideas and suggestions as to what kind of amenities should be in a dog park. Among the DogPAC mission statements are these: • A dog park will be a clean, safe place where dogs and owners may have fun without endangering people, property or wildlife.

• Organizers will develop a beautiful, well-maintained space for dog lovers and others willing to abide by the park’s rules and regulations. • The project will be an ongoing partnership with the City of Sartell. • The site will be an ideal place to hold education, training and recreational activities that encourage responsible dog ownership. Volunteers and professional dog trainers will be guest speakers during the special classes and activities. • The park classes and special events will try to help cre-

Friday, June 7, 2013 ate community awareness of animal-welfare issues. Some of the enthusiastic comments on the DogPAC facebook site are these: “Hey, Sartell, did you hear? It’s coming! Pinecone Central Dog Park. Opening soon!” “Dogs lift our spirits and brighten our world.” “Be the hero your dog thinks you are. Join us and your friends, neighbors and colleagues in supporting dog-park efforts today.” To see more comments, visit the website at www.facebook. com/SartellDogPAC.




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