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Town Crier Celebration of Fatherhood set June 14 at Lake George
Volunteers are needed to assist with activities at the 20th annual Celebration of Fatherhood from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at Lake George, St. Cloud. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. Spend your morning helping kids with arts and crafts as well as other play activities. Volunteers must have a pleasant demeanor when working with small children. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 13 Criers.
Celebrate 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope for Red Cross
The American Red Cross is celebrating the start of summer with its 100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope campaign. This summer, you can bring help and hope to people in need, whether it’s being prepared for an emergency, keeping lifesaving blood in full supply, or taking a health and safety class. Choose your own way to spread hope as follows: help save up to three lives by donating blood; make a financial donation so Red Cross is ready to help those in need; take a class (first aid, CPR and more); be prepared with our mobile apps; become one of 400,000 volunteers making our work possible; or invite others to support the 100 Days Campaign using #ChooseYourDay. For more information visit http:// www.redcrossblood.org.
Autism group to hold picnic June 18
Carson’s Kindness, an autism awareness nonprofit group developed to give back to the Central Minnesota community, will hold a free picnic for families affected by autism from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at the Waite Park Community Park.
Staked-off dog park awaits funds, fencing by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pinecone Central Park Dog Park is now staked off, but it still needs funds and fencing. Last week, four volunteers pounded stakes into the perimeter that will – hopefully soon – be a fence. Organizers hope to have two separate fenced-off areas in the nearly five-acre dog park – one area for large dogs, the other for smaller breeds. Those who pounded in stakes are DogPAC members Mark Dockery (lead fundraiser), Kim George (chair), her husband Rod Neuenschwander and their son, Mason. DogPAC is a group of volunteers formed last year to help raise funds for the project. The group’s goal is $150,000, which would cover several phases of the project, including the fencing, a water line to the park, a shade shelter and a rules sign. The City of Sartell doPark • page 3
Rod Neuenschwander and his son, Mason, pound in stakes to demarcate the perimeter of a dog park in Pinecone Central Park. By knowing the exact fence-perimeter, the group of volunteers, dubbed DogPAC, will be able to be specific when advertising for bids for fencing.
Chief receives Meritorious Service medal by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Cited for his leadership and quality service to the city’s safety, Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes received a Meritorious Service medal from the city council at its June 9 meeting. In a brief ceremony before the council meeting, Sartell
Mayor Joe Perske presented the medal, and police officer Dale Struffert pinned it to Hughes’ uniHughes form. Perske said Hughes has shown expertise in providing
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from himself to his staff and officers and reserve officers. “Without them, I couldn’t do what I do.” Hughes also thanked former Sartell police chiefs for setting high standards – the late Jerry O’Driscoll, who hired Hughes 23 years ago; and Bob Ringstrom, who preceded Hughes as chief.
YMCA lifeguards now staff wading pools by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebration of Arts, Caramel Roll Ride set June 14
The eighth annual Celebration of the Arts, presented by Avon Area Arts, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in the Wobegon Trailhead Park in Avon. This one-day free event highlights artists living in and around the Avon area who will exhibit, sell, demonstrate and teach arts and fine crafts including pottery, painting, drawing, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, woodcarving and more. The annual Caramel Roll Ride will also take place on the Wobegon Trail. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on June 13 Criers.
outstanding public safety, in making the city a welcoming and friendly place, in helping handle deftly the catastrophe at the Verso paper mill two years ago and in keeping the Drug Awareness and Education program going for students. In accepting the medal, Hughes deflected credit away
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YMCA lifeguard Tim Immelman of Sartell stands with pool visitors June 9 at the wading pool in Watab Park. Left to right are brothers Jacob, Anthony and Caleb Larson of Sauk Rapids and Oliver Eikmeier of Sartell. The grandmother of the Larson boys, Barbara Mills of St. Cloud, said she was babysitting her grandsons and decided they would enjoy some cool fun at the Watab pool.
YMCA Lifeguards certified with American Red Cross training are now keeping watch at Sartell’s two wading pools. “We’re happy to partner with Sartell,” said Jamie Darling, the YMCA’s associate aquatics director. “We’re promoting family fun with healthy living. We want to see families be safe and have a good time at the pools and when they’re taking swimming lessons at the YMCA.” Sartell’s two wading pools are at Watab Park, which is just off Riverside Avenue across from Veterans Park; and the
Celebration pool, located in the Celebration neighborhood addition at 19th Avenue N. and 11th Street S. Both pools have free admittance. They are open from noon to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The pools opened May 31 and will remain open until Labor Day, Sept. 1. Many Sartell residents are unaware of the pool at Celebration, Darling noted. When that neighborhood was built, the developer constructed a wading pool there and then donated it for citywide use. Each pool will be staffed by one YMCA lifeguard, one guard in the early afternoon hours and one in late afternoon to YMCA • page 4
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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. May 28 10 a.m. Riverside Avenue. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 50 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. contributed photos
The fifth-grade Sartell Girls Spring Travel Basketball Team took first place in the Gopher State MYAS state basketball tournament held on June 1. Team members are (front row, left to right) Morgan Vosberg, Riley DeMaine, Sophie Lamont, and Mary Eichler; (back row) Adyn Larson, Coach Jared Lamont, Brooke Eibensteiner, Elle Mahowald, Coach Brad Rohlfs and Courtney Snoberger. Nine Sartell students recently graduated from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. They are the following: Melissa Jacobs, daughter of Julie and Jeff Jacobs, bachelor’s degree in psychology; Emily Kight, daughter of Cathy and Randy Kight, bachelor’s degree in nursing; Allison Ley, daughter of Linda and Ray Ley, bachelor’s degree in social science; Kelsey Martin, daughter of Robin and Todd Martin, bachelor’s degree in biology; Madison Mick, daughter of Jane and Douglas Mick, bachelor’s degree in biology; Nikki Orth, daughter of Holly Orth, bachelor’s degree in communication and English with the honor cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade point average of 3.65); Tracy Schefers, daughter of Lynn and Kevin Schefers, bachelor’s degree in management; Alyssa Sorenson, daughter of Curt and Joyce Sorenson, bachelor’s degree in accounting; and Erin Wurzberger, daughter of Mary and Don Murzberger, bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the honor cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade point average of 3.65). Christopher Sebas of Sartell, earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular and integrative biology from Beloit (Wis.) College. He was also named to the spring dean’s list. Sally Traut of Sartell, a St. Cloud State University senior, was recently awarded the Elsie Ka-
lionen Scholars Fund for Future Teachers. To be eligible for the award, students must attend school full-time, be enrolled in a teacher preparation/licensure program and maintain a minimum gradepoint average of 3.25. Traut was awarded $2,000 for the 2014/2015 academic year. Grant Wintheiser, son of Maria and Robb Wintheiser of Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. Olaf College, Northfield. He graduated from Cathedral High School and is a biology major at St. Olaf. Students with a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale earn this honor. Five Sartell students recently graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville. They are the following: Alexander Baxa, son of Diana and Donald Baxa, bachelor’s degree in biology; Jared Baxa, son of Diana and Donald Baxa, bachelor’s degree in biology; Kyle Bohm, son of Doreen and Jeff Bohm, bachelor’s degree in economics; Harrison Gerdes, son of Terri and Jeffrey Gerdes, bachelor’s degree in chemistry with the honor magna cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade point average of 3.75); and Alex Hanson, son of Michelle and Ron Hanson, bachelor’s degree in an individualized natural science major with the honor summa cum laude (indicates a cumulative grade point average of 3.90).
Above: From left to right, Elizabeth Hamak, Megan Franz and Kelli Loscheider. Right: Janessa Engelmeyer
Sartell pianists earn MMTA challenge award trophies
Janessa Engelmeyer, Elizabeth Hamak, Megan Franz and Kelli Loscheider recently earned Minnesota Music Teachers Association Trophy Awards at their spring piano recital on May 4 at St. Francis Xavier in Sartell. They all have worked very hard for the last four years on completing various programs offered by MMTA: Comprehensive piano exams, Theory exams, Ensemble festivals, district and state piano contests, Bridges Programs, and Music link Playathons. Each proLori Dornburg, family and consumer science teacher at Sartell Middle School, was recently honored with Dornburg a 2014 Teacher of Excellence Award for utilizing the Stock Market Game, coordinated by BestPrep, to educate her students in financial literacy. Dornburg has worked with BestPrep, an education-based nonprofit, to enhance the education of her students for more than seven years and facilitates the support of local volunteers from the financial services industry. Dornburg said, “Coordinating the Stock Market Game has given me the opportunity to meet and network with professionals within the community while offering students an extension to core curriculum,” Dornburg said. “It has been a pleasure watching students have fun while learning.”
gram is worth between 100 and 300 points. The Challenge Award rewards students for participating in various MMTA programs which helps encourage steady musical growth and high performance standards. Three Sartell students were recently named to the dean’s list at University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are the following: Zachary Heim, College of Letters and Science; Kiley Sullivan, School of Business; and Matthew Worzala, College of Engineering. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester. Each university school or college sets its own GPA requirements for students to be eligible to receive the distinction.
May 29 4:33 p.m. Victory Loop. Suspicious vehicle. A report was made regarding a suspicious vehicle parked near an open lot. An officer arrived and found the vehicle belonged to a resident in the area. 10:31 p.m. CR 120. Welfare check. A report was made regarding an adult male sleeping outside. An officer arrived and was unable to find a shelter to take in the male. The caller stated the male could stay on the property. The officer provided the male with a blanket and he was transported to a shelter in the morning. May 30 2:51 a.m. 4th Avenue N. Missing person. A report was made regarding a missing adult male. An officer located the adult male and he returned to his residence without incident. 11:21 p.m. Pinecone Road. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 67 mph in a posted 40mph zone. The driver stated he was aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. May 31 10:21 p.m. Greenwood Lane. Welfare check. A report was made regarding an intoxicated female knocking on residents’ doors and asking to be let in. An officer arrived and located the female sitting on a porch and she stated she was waiting for a friend. The homeowner arrived and stated she could stay. 11:16 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling with a broken tail light. It was found the driver had a revoked license and a passenger had an arrest warrant. The driver was issued a citation and released to a valid driver. The passenger was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail.
James Tims, son of Henry Tims of Sartell, was recently selected for promotion to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force and will be promoted in October. He is currently serving as Wing Chaplain with 51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, South Korea. He has served in the military for 27 years. He is a 1978 graduate of Worthington Senior High school, June 1 and earned a master’s degree in 2:12 a.m. Knickerbocker Court. 1988 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, Suspicious activity. A report was Blotter • page 3 Mass.
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Park from front page nated the land for the dog park and $10,000 in park-dedication funds to DogPAC, money that remains in its account to cover fencing costs, which are estimated to be $60,000. The dog park will be developed at the north end of the park between the park’s large parking lot and Pinecone Road. It will be a place where dogs and owners can walk, romp and roam. The DogPAC group also plans to hold special events, such as training sessions, special speakers and equipment demonstrations by dog-related businesses. “We hope people donate whatever they can afford, even if it’s a small amount,” said DogPAC chair Kim George. “Soon, we’re going to do some mass mailings to dog owners in Sartell to try to raise some more funds.” There is a core group of eight people in DogPAC, and they hope to get more dog enthusiasts and dog owners involved with their efforts. One way to get involved is to visit the Dog-
Blotter from page 2 made regarding a car’s alarm sounding inside a garage. An officer arrived and cleared the residence with nothing unusual observed. June 2 5:14 p.m. Watab Court. Intoxicated male. A report was made regarding an intoxicated male walking outside. An officer arrived and found the male was unable to care for himself. He was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital and left in their care. 7:16 p.m. Pinecone Road. OFP violation. A report was made regarding an adult male violating an order for protection for an adult female. The male was located and placed under arrest without incident. June 3 1:10 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding an adult male attempting to use a bow to shoot fish. An officer arrived and the male stated he was unaware of the city ordinance and left the area. June 5 7:32 p.m. Sauk River at Heim’s Mill canoe access. Watercraft accident. A canoe carrying three occupants was traveling downstream by the Heim’s Mill canoe access. The canoe capsized before getting to the access and all three were thrown into the water. Two occupants were able to swim to shore and get out of the river on their own. The third was able to swim to an island and hang on to branches and trees until the Sartell/LeSauk Fire Department was able to rescue him. All three were treated and released by Gold Cross Ambulance on the scene.
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Mobile food vendors get green light by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Food-vending vehicles will now be allowed to do business in Sartell – with certain restrictions. The Sartell City Council at its June 9 meeting voted to approve a mobile food-vending ordinance that allows such vehicles to sell foods that are prepared inside the vehicles. Previously, the city has always allowed mobile food vendors to sell pre-packaged foods in the city, such as ice-cream vending trucks, but not food
prepared on the spot. Examples of vending trucks with food prepared within them are trucks that would sell pizza, tacos, sandwiches and various finger foods. Typically, such trucks park in the parking lots of companies, with company permission, so workers can grab a bit to eat during lunch breaks. The vote for the ordinance was 4-0. Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom was not at the meeting. Sartell Planner and Developer Anita Rasmussen outlined the restrictions for mo-
bile food vendors. They would have to obtain from the city a permit to operate and would have to get permission from property owners if they park on private property. They can park on streets only where parking is now permitted and must park 50 feet or more from intersections so as not to interfere with motorists’ and pedestrians’ views of those intersections. There are also restrictions that signage can be only on the vending truck itself, not outside and freestanding by Vendors • page 4
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SHS gets artist-in-residency grant Next year, a pillar at the entrance of Sartell High School will be graced with dazzling, artistic tiles, thanks to a $3,000 artist-in-residency grant for St. Cloud area artist Melissa Gohman. The Arts Legacy grant was given through the Central Minnesota Arts Board to Sartell High School. Gohman will conduct a mosaic residency with students in grades 9-12. Activities will
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don’t bring them, lifeguards will have diapers available for purchase, $1 per diaper. People are also encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic lunches. The pools will be shut down if there is the sound of thunder or if the weather appears to look threatening, with rain imminent. If there is a sudden storm, children will accompany the lifeguard into a shelter – the public bathrooms. The staffing of the pools with YMCA lifeguards is the result of an agreement between the YMCA and the Sartell City
from front page evening. A staff of six or seven lifeguards will rotate throughout the season. Rules for pool use are posted at each facility. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult; children 4 and under must have an adult in the water with them. Parents or guardians are encouraged to bring swimming diapers for the youngest children. If adults photo by Dennis Dalman
Aaron Peckskamp of Sauk Rapids is one of the YMCA lifeguards who tends the Celebration Pool in northwest Sartell. The public pool is often sparsely occupied because many Sartell residents are not aware the pool is for public use. It is located at the intersection of 19th Avenue N. and 11th St. N. by the Celebration neighborhood development. Years ago, the developer built the pool and then donated it to the City of Sartell.
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Vendors from page 3 the vehicle. Sound, such as bells or whistles, won’t be permitted. Council member Sarah Jane Nicoll asked Rasmussen about the music played by ice-cream vendor trucks. Rasmussen said the city occasionally received complaints about such music but the ordinance is hard to enforce because when the vehicles stop for business, the music stops too. She said staff hopes to get more compliance with sound restrictions through education. The council members had many questions about competition with other food vendors and restaurants. There is a provision in the ordinance that would require the vending trucks to park at least 50 feet away from food businesses in the city. Rasmussen said city staff consulted the Sartell
Area Chamber of Commerce before writing the ordinance. Responses ranged from the vendors should be allowed to park anywhere because of the free-market, free-enterprise concept to unfair competition with food businesses who pay city taxes. Other cities, Rasmussen said, have parking restrictions near businesses from none up to 500 feet. Council member Nicoll said she is opposed to the 50-foot parking restriction near businesses. They are really no different from other businesses that compete with one another, she noted. During the council discussion, which was a public hearing, a man in the audience – a Sartell resident – said he is opposed to the parking restriction near food businesses. That, he said, is like telling prospective restaurants they cannot build next to other restaurants. Council members other than Nicoll said they have no problems with the 50-foot
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Council, which agreed earlier this year to pay $16,685 for the service. Lifeguards plan to encourage adults to bring their children for swimming lessons and water-safety classes at the YMCA. The lessons are available for children as young as six months old. Children ages 3-5 can start learning to swim in a small therapy pool. Children ages 6-13 can take their lessons in the large pool. For more information, call the YMCA at 320-253-2664 or visit its website at scymca@ org. restriction and that it seems reasonable. Mayor Joe Perske said he is concerned such food vendors could interfere with the concession stand at Pinecone Central Park. Proceeds from those concession sales generate revenue to help operate the park through the Pinecone Central Park Association. Perske said he also has a problem with trucks competing with other food vendors of nonprofit agencies during city festivals, such as SummerFest. Nicoll, again, said mobile food vendors are no different than other food establishments and they would provide just one more welcome option for festival-goers. Rasmussen said any mobile food vendors would have to get permission to operate in the parking lot of Pinecone Central Park and that permission would probably not be granted in that case. In addition, festival organizers would have to give permission for such vendors to operate on festival grounds. Rasmussen noted both the city planning commission and the Sartell Economic Development Commission recommended approval of the ordinance. Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind
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Above: Sully Johnson, the great-grandson of Dewey “Sully” Sullivan of Sartell, holds up his great-grandpa’s medals earned when he was a bull-turret gunner in World War II. Sully is the son of Cassie Schwegel and Dustin Johnson. Right: At his 90th birthday party at House of Pizza in Sartell, Dewey “Sully” Sullivan and his sons and daughter gather at the mementos table, which displayed old photographs, World War II medals and of course a birthday cake. From left to right are Mike Sullivan, Dewey Sullivan, Pat Sullivan and Colleen (Sullivan) Schwegel.
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At a spry 90 years old, Dewey “Sully” Sullivan won’t use the elevator at his assisted-living home, the Legends of Heritage Place, in Sartell. He prefers to walk up and down the stairs. And he also loves to go to The Legends’ exercise classes. That might explain why Sullivan, who is nearly as old as the City of Sartell, is so healthy and so alert for his age. Recently, his family and friends hosted a surprise 90th birthday party for him at the House of Pizza in Sartell. “Dad is the nicest man in the world,” said his daughter, Colleen Schwegel of St. Joseph. “Just ask anybody. He’s so calm. Always on an even keel. He seldom gets mad or angry. When mom was ill, he took such good care of her and never once complained about it.” Born in Montevideo, Sulli-
van moved to the St. CloudSartell area as a young man to begin working at Sears and Roebuck, first in downtown St. Cloud, later at the Crossroads mall. Sullivan kept that job for 30 years. For many years, he lived in a house on Riverside Drive in Sartell, then on 1st Avenue just off of Riverside Drive and later in the Oak Hill Apartments. Most Sartell old-timers know Sullivan well. He was at one time the Sartell village clerk when people would go to his house to pay their water bills. He also owned and operated Sully’s True Value Hardware in the Riverside Shopping Plaza. His wife, Irene (Shank), was raised with 12 other siblings in a house within a block from the old Sartell School, now the school district’s Services Building. Irene passed away in December 2011. Sullivan served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane ball-
turret gunner, one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. Sullivan, who was honored with many medals, was happy to go on a Freedom Flight in 2012 to Washington, D.C. to see the war monuments and other sites with fellow veterans. It was, he said, “an incredible and amazing trip.” Sullivan likes to go to casinos now and then, and he loves to watch sports on TV – any sports except golf. The Sullivans have three children: Mike, Pat and Colleen. Mike and Cecelia Sullivan live in Walnut Creek, Calif.; Pat and Kathy Sullivan live in Sartell and have four children – Shane, Blake, Mitchell, Caitlin; Colleen and Rob Schwegel live in St. Joseph. They have a daughter Cassie, whose boy, born on Christmas Day 2011, was named Sully after his greatgrandfather. Colleen and Rob’s son Chad and his wife Tishel, have one daughter, Tanya.
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‘Now Hiring’ signs as welcome as robin’s, spring’s harbingers It’s so good to see “Now Hiring” signs in the windows and lobbies of so many businesses in the area lately. Like robins in spring, those signs are a good omen that a springtime of economic recovery is arriving in this area, this state, this country. Nationwide, the unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, according to the U.S. Labor Department. That’s disappointing, of course, because the “normal” unemployment rate is considered to be about 4 percent in non-recessionary times. In Minnesota, we’re doing better than the national average, with the unemployment rate under 5 percent. This has been the slowest recovery in history, according to economic experts. It’s not surprising, considering the depths of the 2008 economic catastrophe, when the entire banking system, weakened by reckless speculations, unethical chicanery and corrupt practices, hovered at the edge of a cliff. Once again, we the taxpayers had to come to the rescue when it was decided the banks were “too big to fail.” The good economic news – at least as regards employment data – has slowly but surely improved. In the past six months, hiring has increased – to the tune of 200,000 or more hires each month. In May, that number was 217,000, more than expected by economic forecasters. Since February 2010, nearly 9 million jobs were added in the nation. However, the down side is many high school and college graduates and others who recently entered the work force are still seeking jobs that don’t seem to be there. The down news is the population of work-age people increased, and there is more evidence many people, discouraged at not finding a job, have dropped out of the work force and are probably depending upon friends or family. So what we have in the economic picture is a kind of teeter-totter of good news/bad news. For example, the four-week average for new unemployment claims in the past few months is 310,250. That’s the lowest level in six years, says the Labor Department, but, all the same, that’s way too many people out of work. The good news is the stock market continues to do well and 401k investments are earning money; the bad news is Wall Street successes outpace Main Street successes and money at the top is generally not being reinvested in ways that create jobs on the lower rungs. In other words, the ol’ vaunted “trickledown” theory, so heralded in the 1980s, is not working. Money is not circulating and re-circulating the way it should be. Economists argue fiercely about the causes of that, but whatever the cause, it’s a major ongoing problem if this country wants to maintain and grow its vital middle class. We can resign ourselves, with some satisfaction, to the fact the good news in recent months is better than expected and the bad news is not as bad as we’d feared. In the meantime, let’s keep our fingers crossed. It’s time for some guarded optimism. Yes, indeed, there is hope rising after so many bleak economic seasons. It’s like watching the sun rise and flowers blooming after enduring a long, miserable winter.
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Friday, June 13, 2014
Opinion What’s the big deal with Bob Dylan?
Some young people these days – people under 60 – have asked me, “What’s the big deal with Bob Dylan? What makes him so great?” I can understand their questions because most haven’t heard a lot of Dylan songs, and others don’t like his singing voice. I try to explain to young doubters why Dylan is so special. Here’s why: • The brilliance of his lyrics in songs are often composed of utterly original blendings of street slang, intense poetry, biblical references and allusions to a wild profusion of sources (to name just some: card games, carnival images, politics, visual art, courtrooms, jails, storybook characters, outlaws, saints, the animal world, landscapes). • His raw-but-evocative singing style. He’ll never make the Sunday choir, but his voice is perfectly suited to evoke the subtle nuances of the meanings and emotions in his songs. • The staggering variety of musical genres he explored, absorbed and reconfigured, including his stunning marriage of folk with rock. • His audacious way of thumbing his nose at convention, breaking the rules and making up his own time and again. • His uncanny knack for expressing what’s “really” happening beneath the surface of society and in “reading” the future like a cranky, wise prophet. • Last not least, (and this can’t be said about many singers-songwriters), Dylan’s songs have changed the way we see and react to the world around us. He is one of the most quoted writers since Shakespeare. I’ve long considered him a modern, hipster Shakespeare. Music in the last century (at least popular music) can be divided into B.D. and A.D. (Before Dylan and After Dylan – post 1963). It’s a far cry
Dennis Dalman Editor from “Hot diggity, dog diggity, boom, what you do to me . . . “ (Hot Diggity, 1956, Perry Como) to “They’re selling postcards of the hanging; they’re painting the passports brown; the beauty parlor’s filled with sailors, the circus is in town . . . “ (Desolation Row, 1965, Dylan) This is from a B.D. song, Little Deuce Coupe, 1962, Beach Boys. “Well I’m not braggin’, babe, so don’t put me down But I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town When something comes up to me he don’t even try Cause if I had a set of wings, man, I know she could fly She’s my little deuce coupe . . . “ Like many Beach Boys songs, that one’s a toe-tapping charmer, but it’s just about like every other pop tune of its time: sophomoric lyrics, teen-oriented, basically “bubble gum.” Here’s a verse from a Dylan song, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. “Oh, God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son.’ Abe says, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on.’ God say ‘No.” Abe say ‘What?’ God say, ‘You can do what you want Abe, but The next time you see me comin’ you better run.’ Well, Abe says, ‘Where you want this killin’ done?’
God says, ‘Out on Highway 61.’ That jaunty, nerve-jangling rockblues gem showed a new, complex way of songwriting. Dylan alludes to the Bible’s Abraham-Isaac story, but he frames it in a startling “hip” modern context complete with street slang, with the third line echoing the rhythm of a “knock-knock-who’s-there?” joke. The song is sinister, but it’s couched in Dylan’s trademark sly, cheeky, hipster humor. Here’s the opening from an A.D. song, A Whiter Shade of Pale, 1967, Procol Harum: “We skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels ‘cross the floor. I was feeling kinda seasick but the crowd called out for more. The room was humming harder as the ceiling flew away . . . “ That song’s kind of hushed, mysterious, surrealistic lyrics, evoking a post-midnight mood, are definitely influenced by Dylan. It’s similar to his breathtaking surreal hymn, Visions of Johanna, 1966. In this A.D. world, a lot of music is obviously not influenced by Dylan, at least not directly, although some claim that even rap music can be traced way back to Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, 1964. Diehard Dylan fans (dubbed “Bobsters” these days) know how difficult it is to explain or to summarize his achievements. Those songs, more than 1,000 of them thus far, are so original, so varied, so dazzling, so influential it takes the breath away. Suffice to say some of the very best songwriters-singers in the world wouldn’t be working their magic if a young Minnesota college drop-out hadn’t grabbed his guitar, bound for glory in Greenwich Village way back in 1959.
Russia’s energy market is running on fumes by Chris Faulkner Guest writer
Russian president Vladmir Putin has won some begrudging admiration for his strategic triumph during the Syria crisis. Let him have his moment. It won’t last long. A new development threatens to rob Putin of a significant part of his international heft. That development, of course, is America’s energy revolution. By ExxonMobil’s estimates, natural gas is on track to becoming the secondlargest energy source in the world by 2025, outpacing even coal. And the United States just became the biggest natural gas producer on the globe, overtaking – you guessed it – Russia. While the United States will benefit economically, politically and diplomatically from this energy revolution, Russia will come out the biggest loser. Start with simple economics. As much as 40 percent of Russia’s economy is dependent on its oil and gas sales. According to some experts, the U.S. shale boom could undermine this source of growth, causing Russian oil exports to plummet by as much as 25 percent during the next several years as other nations embrace the American energy alternative. There’s a political factor at play, too. The post-Soviet government has sought a social contract that goes something like this: The Kremlin will ensure economic stability, just so long as the citizenry kindly stays out of politics. But building political legitimacy on economic progress can be an awfully risky
endeavor, as Putin will soon learn. And while it’s possible Russia may have untapped natural gas resources, the country is not competitive in developing them – nor is it likely to be. Russia’s political class is heavily entrenched in its business sector, which is as corrupt as Siberia is cold. Efficiency isn’t the country’s strong suit. Don’t expect any new infrastructure to be built without the Kremlin’s friends siphoning off a bit of cash first. Russia’s Soviet-era energy infrastructure is aging, and was of questionable quality even when it was first erected. There’s reason to believe Russia is already performing at capacity, adding further questions to its competitive potential. In 2007, when TIME named Putin its Man of the Year, two of its correspondents remarked to the man himself that he “must feel lucky that the price of oil is so high.” “Fools are lucky,” Putin responded. “We work day and night!” And yet, a savvy observer might note, Russia continues to fall behind in the energyexport race. And keep in mind the United States is beating Russia on price, too. The price of American natural gas is about a third of Russia’s. International buyers are catching on. Where Russian gas giant Gazprom once fulfilled the orders for 37 percent of Europe’s natural gas supply, it now sells only 25 percent. This extra competition is internationally disruptive. The Kremlin has long used its near-monopoly in the energy sector as a tool to assert its global
power. For example, in 2006 and 2009, Russia tried to strong-arm Ukraine by shutting off its gas supplies, leading to energy shortages across Europe. Putin used this geopolitical move to underscore his influence throughout the region, winning diplomatic points at the expense of Europe’s shivering families that winter. Russia’s move was retaliation against the Ukrainian government, which has been leaning westward since the Orange Revolution. Likewise, Russia has used energy prices to try to control its neighbors. After the 2003 Rose Revolution, Georgia too began to orient its foreign policy toward the West and away from Russia. The Kremlin promptly responded by announcing significant price increases for gas. However, despite this move, Georgia has been able to supplant its supply somewhat, thanks to its neighbor Azerbaijan. This alternative has given the local government confidence to hold firm against Russian pressure. These are just two examples among many demonstrating how Russia’s energy policy supports – and sometimes drives – its foreign policy. But as the global energy equation tilts toward the United States, Russia’s influence and international leverage diminishes. The United States must continue to develop its natural gas supply. The benefits redound far beyond the domestic sphere. Chris Faulkner is president and CEO of Breitling Oil and Gas.
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CITY OF SARTELL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON VACATION OF DRAINAGE & UTILITY EASEMENTS FERCHE SOUTH PLAT PINECONE PLAT 6
Friday, June 13 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN drainage and utility easement loBrat and hot dog sale, sponsored upon motion of the city council cated on Lot 1-16, Block 1, Ferche of Sartell, Minn. a public hearing South Pinecone Plat 6 in the city of by St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st will be held before the city council Sartell, Minn. Ave. NW. of Sartell, Minn., at 7 p.m., or as St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, soon thereafter as the matter may Mary Degiovanni 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail be heard Monday, June 23, 2014 in City Administrator Center, C.R. 2. the council chambers at the Sartell City Hall, to hear all persons pres- Publish: June 13, 2014 Sartell SummerFest Libertyville, ent upon the vacation of a 32-foot 5-9 p.m., Pinecone Regional Park in front of Bernick’s Arena, Sartell. Free CITY OF SARTELL family event with music, games and ORDINANCE NO. 14-04 much more. AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REPLACING TITLE 3, 5K run/3K walk, 1K Kids’ Fun CHAPTER 8 PORTABLE CONFECTIONERY STORES Run, 6 p.m., starts at Sartell City Hall, AND MOBILE FOOD VENDORS 125 Pinecone Road N.
The following official summary of the ordinance referred to has been approved by the City Council as clearly informing the public of the intent and effect of the amendments. The purpose of repealing and replacing Title 3, Chapter 8 within the business and license regulations ordinance(s) in its entirety, is to address the provisions needed to allow for the permitting of mobile food vendors within the City. A printed copy of the entire ordinance and a full list of the highlights of the proposed amendments are available for inspection by any person at the office of the City
Clerk any Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and Saturday, June 14 4:30 p.m. or on the City’s website Celebration of the Arts, highat www.sartellmn.com. lights artists from the Avon area, 9
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This document hereby is made a Avon. www.avonareaarts.org. part of this ordinance and is atBrat and hot dog sale, sponsored tached hereto. Joe Perske Mayor ATTEST Mary Degiovanni City Administrator SEAL Publish: June 13, 2014
CITY OF SARTELL SUMMARY ORDINANCE NO.14-05 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 8 OF THE CITY CODE OF ORDINANCES Title 8, Section 360.50, Subd 6 sets forth limitations/pretreatment standards for the St. Cloud Wastewater Treatment System which limits are amended by this Ordinance. The City Council has determined that publication of this title and summary ordinance will clearly inform the public of the intention and effect of the ordinance. The Council also directs only the title and this summary be published. A copy of the entire text of the ordinance is available for inspection by any person at the office of the City Clerk any Monday through
Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Adopted by the City Council of Sartell on this 9th day of June, 2014. Joe Perske Mayor ATTEST Mary Degiovanni City Administrator SEAL Publish: June 13, 2014
CITY OF SARTELL ORDINANCE 14-06 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REPLACING CHAPTERS WITHIN TITLE 11 SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS CODE: The following official summary of the ordinance referred to has been approved by the City Council as clearly informing the public of the intent and effect of the amendments. Title 11 – SARTELL SUBDIVISION REGULATION ORDINANCE The purpose of repealing and replacing Title 11 within the subdivision regulation ordinance(s) in its entirety, is to address the changes proposed within the subdivision regulation ordinance related to platting, park-dedication requirements, design standards, required improvements and general provisions, and refines the ordinance to eliminate redundancies in ordinance language. A printed copy of the entire ordi-
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nance and a full list of the highlights of the proposed amendments are available for inspection by any person at the office of the City Clerk any Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or on the City’s website at www.sartellmn.com. This document hereby is made a part of this ordinance and is attached hereto. Joe Perske Mayor ATTEST Mary Degiovanni City Administrator SEAL Publish: June 13, 2014
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Friday, June 13, 2014
Stearns Museum hosts ‘Big Sioux’ art exhibit A traveling art exhibition by several prestigious South Dakota artists known as “Blood Run Artworks of the Big Sioux” will show through Aug. 19 at the Stearns History Museum, 235 33rd Ave S., St. Cloud. The exhibit consists of the collaborative work of noted South Dakota artists Jerry Fogg, Ihanktonwan Nakota Oyate, mixed-media artist; Chad Nelson, printmaker and art educa-
Friends find fishing fun photo by Dennis Dalman
Two friends try their luck at fishing at the Watab River June 9 in Sartell. Their luck, unfortunately, wasn’t very good, with nothing caught by the time this photo was taken. But the anglers said they would keep trying. At left is Emma Woods of St. Cloud. At right is Ellie Henkemeyer of Sauk Rapids.
tor; Angela Behrends, mixed-media sculptor, installation artist and arts educator; impressionist oil painter Nancyjane Huehl; and Chris Francis, who works with a mixed-media appreciation, constantly skirting a line between painting and assemblage, with an emphasis on exploring mechanical elements. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 13 Criers.