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An art exhibit of BRAsterpieces, sponsored by Visual Arts MN, Breastoration and Midsota Plastic Surgeons will be shown during July and August at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. Artists are being sought to create BRAsterpieces or bra art, a novel medium used to bring about public awareness. BRAsterpieces need to be turned in to Midsota Plastic Surgeons by June 17. The deadline will be extend up to July 1, but artists must contact organizers to let them know. For more information, call Ruth at 320-529-4262 or visit www.

Hike to raise funds for Place of Hope

A matching grant hike to raise awareness, funds and hope will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 in Boundary Creek Neighborhood Park, 10122 104th Ave. N., Maple Grove. Proceeds will benefit Place of Hope Ministries. Join the hike or support a hiker by visiting razoo. com or make a check out to Place of Hope Ministries and mail it to 511 9th Ave. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303. For more information, visit www.placeofhopeministries. org or call 320-203-7881. Proceeds will benefit women’s and girls programming.

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Sounds of the all-American sport of baseball resounded last weekend at the brand-new fourfield baseball complex in Sartell’s Pinecone Central Park. From June 7-9, teams came from far and wide to participate in the Pinecone Park Inaugural Baseball Invitational tournament. The tourney served as a grand opening for the complex, which was so many years in the making. And everyone expressed approval of the new facility. People praised its lump-free sodded surface, the bleachers, the central shelter, the four scoreboards, the convenience of parking and the green beauty of the vast park where it’s located. Some people, noticing the complex is not fully completed, said they are eager to see it when it is all done this summer. Fourteen teams played at the tourney from the cities of Anoka, North Branch, Moorhead, Alexandria, Becker, Mahtomedi, Monticello, Big Lake, Zimmer-

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Above: A player gets ready to clobber a ball during a game at Pinecone Central Park last Saturday. Inset: Fans – and a loyal dog – relax between games at Pinecone Central Park. man, Andover, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and Sartell.

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poll and the editorial in today’s newspaper.

Sykora looks forward to her ordination as priest by Dennis Dalman

For as long as she can remember, Bernie Sykora of Sartell wanted to be a priest. When she was a little girl playing in her mother’s hollyhock garden,

she would pretend the cupshaped flowers were little chalices, and she would use them in her play-imitation of saying the Catholic Mass. But dreaming was one thing, reality quite another. Sykora knew all too well that 2,000

years of Catholic tradition would not suddenly one day allow women to serve as priests. She knew that so well, in fact, she never mentioned to anyone else how much she longed to be a priest. Now 80, Sykora’s dream is

about to come true. At 1 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Sykora and two other women will be ordained at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud. Bishop Regina Nicolosi of Red Wing will officiate at the ordination. The Sykora • page 5

Sartell boy gets hole-in-one, homer in same week by Dennis Dalman

Was it springtime skill or just plain luck? Trysten Bommersbach pondered that question a few seconds before answering. “I’d like to think it was skill,” he said with a chuckle. “But luck might have had something to do with it. Still, I think I deserved it because I play a lot of golf photo by Dennis Dalman and a lot of baseball.” Trystan Bommersbach holds his homeIn one week, Bommersrun ball as his brother, Bennett, sits bach, 13, hit a hole-in-one proudly beside him. and a homerun. In fact, he

was the first player to hit a homerun at the newly opened baseball complex in Pinecone Central Park. Bommersbach, a student at Sartell Middle School, is still a bit dazed by his skill/ luck. He’s also somewhat lionized by friends and acquaintances who ask him, tongue-in-cheek, if he will buy lottery tickets for them or accompany them to a casino. On Monday, June 3, Bommersbach and friend Blake Webster went golfing at the Oak Hills Golf Course south of Rice. They both started

on hole number 10 on the “back 9 course.” On hole number 11, Bommersbach chose a 6-iron. He swung and whacked the ball, sending it 155 yards smack-dab to the center of the green where it plopped into the cup. “I looked over at Blake, and he started running to me and tackled me to the ground,” Bommersbach recalled. “He kept saying, ‘I’m so jealous, I want to get a hole-in-one too.’ “ Once he realized he wasn’t imagining things, Bommersbach • page 4

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2 Twelve Sartell students were recently named to the headmaster’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. They and their parents are as follows: Samantha Beckers, sixth grade, daughter of Kristin and Shawn and Beckers; Ana DealHansen, sixth grade, daughter of Terrie and Dick Deal-Hansen; Al-

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exander Holt, eighth grade, son of Pam Bacon and Glenn Holt; Anya Hulsebus, sixth grade, daughter of Wendy and Spencer Hulsebus; Sydney Lo, freshmen, daughter of Rachel and Yang Lo Schuneman; Luke Payne, sophomore, son of Sandy and Troy Payne; Nicholas Schaper, sophomore, son of Jacqueline Schaper of Sartell and Rand Schaper of Rice; Katherine and Maria Sebas, both seniors, daughters of John Sebas of Sartell and Mary Sebas of Mundelein, Ill.; Cormac Smith, sixth grade, son of Penelope and Daniel Smith; Lilly Xie, eighth grade, daughter of Ying Zhou and Kevin Xie; and Lindsay Zerfas, junior, daughter of Vicki Ray of Sartell and Pat Zerfas of Elk River. Students attaining this honor have a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. Four Sartell students were recently named to the principal’s honor roll at St. John’s Preparatory School, Collegeville. They and their parents are as follows: Kyra Hulsebus, eighth grade, daughter of Wendy and Spencer Hulsebus; Evan Morrison, junior, son of Michelle and Phil Morrison; and Lucas Schaper, senior, and Nathan Schaper, freshmen, sons of Jacqueline Schaper of Sartell and Rand Schaper of Rice. Students attaining this honor have a grade-point average of 3.0 to 3.499.


Grant Wintheiser, son of Maria and Robb Wintheiser of Sartell, was recently named to the dean’s list at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. He is a biology major. To earn the honor, students must have a semester grade-point average of 3.75 or higher. Cory Welz of Sartell recently earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical and Community College. Seven Sartell students were among the top 155 high school seniors from more than 38 Region 7 high schools who were honored at the Students of Excellence Recognition and Award Ceremony. They are the following: Caroline Bang, Ellen Bloom, Bailey Evenson, Andrew Lindmeier, Natalie McIntire, Margaret Minnerath and Laura Somppi. Schools often use a combination of academic achievement, leadership skills and school or community involvement for selection criteria. These decisions are the responsibility of each district so students are selected by those who know them best. Madeleine Spalding of Sartell was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. To achieve this honor, students must have a grade-point averages at 3.5 or above.

Three Sartell students recently graduated from Central Lakes College in Brainerd and Staples. They and their majors are as follows: Nolan Bettermann, videography production; Ryan George, nursing, honors; and Tyler Mumm, videography production. Jeff Yunek, son of Deb and Jay Yunek of Sartell, recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a doctorate in music theory and a minor in choral conducting. Jacob Wenzel, son of Theresa and John Wenzel of Sartell, recently received the Development Foundation Honor Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 and the Helgason Engineering Scholarship in the amount of $500 from North Dakota State University, Fargo. The scholarships recognize high academic achievement. Wenzel will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in engineering. In high school, he was active in baseball and football. Alycia Stidmon, Sartell, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. To earn this honor, a student must achieve a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Sixteen Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

Friday, June 14, 2013 They and their majors are as follows: Jonathan Carlson, art; Abby Fenlason, dietetics; Ross Hardman, psychology; Kayla Hauer, psychology; Joshua Jack, geology; Darrin Laudenbach, electrical engineering; Michael Leonard, civil engineering; Ashley Meyer, architecture; Kirsten Miller, pharmaceutical sciences; Kayla Sorenson, nursing; Bryan Symanietz, management information systems; Michael Symanietz, zoology; Kyle Thorson, computer engineering; Samuel Traut, civil engineering; Anna Wenzel, pharmaceutical sciences; and Theodore Zierden, construction management. A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least 12 class credits to qualify. Ben Morine, son of Jennie and Rob Morine of Sartell, was recently accepted for the 2013-14 school year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is a 2013 graduate of Sartell High School where he played trombone in the band and participated in tennis and cross country running. He plans to major in business/finance. Adam Kourajian, of Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame-Indiana. Students receiving this honor represent the top 30 percent of the college.

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 29 9:20 p.m. Domestic. A complaint was made regarding a male and female yelling and throwing items inside a residence. Officers arrived and found both parties had begun to calm down and the male party was leaving. Both parties stated it was only a verbal argument and the female was throwing the male’s items down the stairs. 9:30 p.m. Noise. 1st Ave N. A complaint was made there were gunshots in the area. There was an officer in the area, who believed the noise to be fireworks. Officers were unable to locate the source. May 30 9:55 a.m. Disorderly person.

Twin Rivers Court. A report was made regarding a male yelling at a business manager. He accused the staff of not returning all of his money. The registers and cameras were checked and it seems as though all of the money was returned. The male agreed to leave without incident. 1:04 p.m. Suspicious person. 4th Street N. A report was made regarding a suspicious male going door to door attempting to sign residents up for a service. An officer met with the male and explained he needed to get a permit from the City of Sartell to solicit door to door. 5:40 p.m. DWI. Riverside Avenue. A complaint was made regarding an intoxicated female leaving in her vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and found the female to be intoxicated. She was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. May 31 3:04 p.m. Theft. Wal-Mart. A juvenile male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The male ad-

mitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released to his mother. 8:26 p.m. Domestic. A complaint was made regarding people physically fighting outside of a home. Officers arrived and stopped the fight. One juvenile female was placed under arrest and taken to a secure detention facility. 10:27 p.m. Loud party. 3rd Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding a loud party in the area. An officer arrived and spoke to the residents who stated they would keep the noise down. June 1 3:15 p.m. Suspicious person. Trentwood Drive. A complaint was made regarding a male going door to door attempting to sell magazines. An officer spoke with the male who stated he did not have a permit. He left the area without incident and was informed to get a permit Monday morning. 10:27 p.m. Fireworks. Pheasant Crest Loop. A complaint was made regarding juveniles setting off fireworks in the road. Officers made contact with the juveniles who admitting to setting them off

and agreed to do it at an earlier time in the day. June 2 12:35 a.m. Intoxicated female. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a female attempting to walk home. The female was obviously intoxicated and was only traveling a short distance. The officer transported her home and ensured someone was home to watch over her. 3:35 a.m. Loud party. 1st Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding a loud party outside. Officers arrived and found everyone was going into the house and the home owner stated they were going to bed for the night. 5:32 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Connecticut Avenue. While on patrol, an officer recognized a suspiciously parked vehicle that belonged to a male with a known arrest warrant for two counties. The officer waited in the business area for the male to arrive. When he arrived, he was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail.

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“I like it. Very nice. I like the grassy infields. They’re really cool. So are the scoreboards. My son, Ryan, is playing today, and we’re having fun.”

“It’s really nice and green, and it’s got nice infields. There aren’t many bumps on it. It’s nice and flat to play on. Oh, and our team won. That’s nice too.”

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“It’s awesome. A great addition to the city. And it’s much needed. A lot of kids helped pitch in to make it ready for today. Laying the sod was really hard work.”

“These fields are nice. They’re good additions to the fields we already have in Sartell. My brother, Garrett, is playing here today.”

“Beautiful! The layout, the sod are really nice. It’s going to be even better when it’s all done.”


bach gathered for a weekend tournament with his Sartell Sabres Travel Teammates. Four games were going simultaneously on the four new, freshly sodded diamonds. On one of them the game was the Sabres vs. Waite Park. Up at bat, Bommersbach swung at the whizzing ball and whacked it up, up and over the distant fence, almost into the foul zone, but not quite. Spectators cheered loudly for the solo homerun. Among the cheering crowd

in the bleachers were Bommersbach’s parents, Tim and Sheri; and his grandparents, Curt and Lillian Bertelsen of Hankinson, N.D. Some of Bommersbach’s school chums, who had come to watch the game, were also cheering. “We lost the game to Waite Park, 7 to 8,” Bommersbach noted. “But it sure was nice to hit a homer.” Will his streak of luck and skill continue? “I sure hope so,” Bommersbach said with a winning smile.

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Sykora from front page other two women are Corene Besetzeny of Red Wing and Martha Sherman of Salem, S.D. Fifteen Sykora women priests will attend the ceremony. It is the first time in history women priests will be ordained in the St. Cloud area. However, Sykora, with her long-time knowledge of 2,000 years of Catholic tradition, knows the ordination of women is considered virtually an act of rebellion by many traditionalists. The Holy See (the Vatican in Rome, headquarters of Catholicism) does not recognize women priests as legitimate. In fact, the women involved in the “Womenpriest” movement, as it’s known, have been excommunicated. That is, they can attend Mass, but they cannot receive the holy sacraments, such as communion. Despite official disapproval, Sykora and other women are undeterred. They intend to forge ahead with more women priests, more women bishops and more women ordinations. In 2002, the Womenpriest movement began when male bishops ordained women priests on a barge in the middle of the Danube River in Germany. That historic action Sykora and others consider a part of

Sartell Newsleader • the Christian “Apostolic succession,” in which, through history, bishops consecrate others in a long series that extends back to the apostles of Jesus Christ. “I’m looking forward to being ordained,” Sykora said. “It’s something I’ve wanted all my life. It was in my mind all my life. I always thought inside myself, ‘I can do that’ ever since I played in my mother’s hollyhock garden in Redwood County, when I was growing up on a farm.” It wasn’t until a few years ago, when Sykora attended the ordination of Mary Smith, that she realized becoming a priest was possible for her, too, even if the Vatican did not give its official blessing. Smith, who lives in the Twin Cities, is a leader of the Womenpriest movement. After Sykora met Smith and heard about plans to ordain her, Sykora offered her apartment in Sartell’s Grand View Estates as a place for the ordination. But, through word of mouth, interest was so keen about the coming ordination Sykora sought out a larger gathering place. She thought about hosting the gathering in a large gathering room at her apartment complex but was told the room was only for family gatherings. Then she checked out churches in St. Cloud. Her offer was rejected again and again, but finally one church, St. John’s Episcopal, not only welcomed the women to use the building as an ordination site but also allowed the women to hold Womenpriest Masses once a month at the church. It was a long journey along the road of Sykora’s devout


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Pinecone Central Park impresses one and all

Seeing is believing. Pinecone Central Park in Sartell was mostly just an abstract dream – that is, until last weekend when many people had a chance to see and to experience what a wonderful park it is. From June 7-9, the park’s baseball-field complex was the site of the “Pinecone Park Inaugural Baseball Invitational” tournament, with 14 teams of young people competing in pool-and-bracket play. The teams included young players and their parents, siblings and friends from a wide area: Anoka, North Branch, Moorhead, Alexandria, Becker, Mahtomedi, Monticello, Big Lake, Zimmerman, Andover, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and, of course, Sartell. Many of the participants “tailgated” with sandwiches, beverages and other treats served from vehicles in the complex’s spacious parking lot. It was obvious everyone was having a great, family-fun time. Fans sat in the bleachers, some with blankets against the slight chill in the air. They cheered on their teams. “Way to go, Alex! Way to go!!” “C’mon, Joe! Hit that ball. Hit it good!” That quintessential sound of spring – the whack-clank sound of bats connecting with baseballs – filled the air as did the k-thunk sound of mitts catching baseballs. Even though the baseball complex is not finished, it’s still something to behold. The four fields are spaced around a large concrete court, which includes in its center a large picnic-table shelter that provides plenty of shade and a place for concession sales. A concession stand and bathrooms are in the planning stages. Each of the four fields has its own scoreboard, which is another big plus. Chain-link fences surround the fields, although last weekend there were several calls of “Heads up!” as a few baseballs, batted high into the air, came down to bounce on the court. So many visitors to the park that day said how impressed they are with the new facility. Sartell, they said, is fortunate to have such a complex in such a beautiful park. People will be even more impressed when they get a chance this summer to enjoy the park – not only its baseball fields but its other amenities: walking-biking trails, soccer fields, all-purpose fields, a dog park, picnic areas and the adjacent golf course. Pinecone Central Park is the fruition of a public-private partnership, including incalculable volunteer labor. For example, many young people helped to lay sod in rather miserable weather to get the park ready for last weekend’s debut tournament. All those who raised money, contributed money and did physical labor to make Pinecone Central Park such a gem deserve our gratitude. Members of the Pinecone Central Park Association, Sartell city staff and the Sartell City Council can be very proud of making such a wise investment for all to enjoy.

Saudi Arabia deserves worldwide condemnation Will Saudi Arabia ever join modern civilization? Or will it remain a virtual medieval country? Alas, the latter seems likely. Barbaric executions – most of them public beheadings – still take place in that country. Its “justice” system, based on Islamic Sharia law, is about as “just” as the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th Century, when so-called heretics were interrogated, tortured and put to death for the most ridiculous “crimes” – mainly an unwillingness to believe in medieval Catholicism. Saudi Arabia is one of five countries that still practices public executions. The others, not surprisingly, are Iran, Syria, North Korea and Yemen. Those condemned in Saudi Arabia are beheaded by a swordsman in front of crowds. Some, including now and then female adulterers, are stoned to death. One especially appalling execution happened last January when 22-year-old Rizana Nafeek was beheaded. Nafeek was convicted of smothering the 4-month-old baby boy whom she was babysitting. When she was just 17, Nafeek came to Saudi Arabia from Sri Lanka in order to work as a maid for a Saudi family. She wanted to earn money to help her three other siblings back home pay for schooling. At the time, in order to be accepted into a Saudi work program, Nafeek’s passport was falsified to make her seem older than she was. She was a minor when the baby died, and she insisted the baby began choking while bottle-feeding

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and that she tried to revive it. Nafeek had no access to lawyers. She did not speak Arabic. Her translator was poorly trained if not downright incompetent. Not once in her trial was the age issue considered, a glaring omission because Saudi Arabia, surprisingly, is a signatory to the international Convention of the Rights of the Child. Can you imagine the helplessness and terror of Nafeek, undergoing a trial she did not understand so far from home, then languishing in a prison cell, missing so badly her loved ones as she awaited the fate of having her head severed? What kind of “justice” was that? It wasn’t justice at all. It was an example of barbarity that should have ceased hundreds of years ago. It’s the same kind of “justice” that was meted out to the 14-year-old Pakistani girl by a Taliban goon, who shot her in the head just because she was on her way to school in a bus. Fortunately, that courageous girl lived, and her cause – the right to education for Pakistani girls – lives too. It’s stomach-churning how radical interpretations of religion are used to jus-

tify such utterly inhumane acts. In Saudi Arabia, there is a long list of crimes for which people can be executed, including adultery, witchcraft, sorcery and apostasy. The latter three, especially, hark back to the Dark Ages and to our own colonial Salem, Mass. where at least 19 people, mostly women, were hanged for practicing “witchcraft.” A charge of “apostasy” can be made against anyone who dares to criticize or to question Islam. Thus, Saudi Arabia, a theocratic monarchy, is obviously a very dark and dangerous place to live. Its leader, King Abdullah, must approve any execution. Other atrocities occur regularly in Saudi Arabia, including cane-floggings, the amputation of hands and feet, and the gouging out of eyes. In 2010, a 13-yearold school girl was lashed 90 times in front of fellow students for allegedly assaulting her teacher. Another disturbing fact is many people put to death are guest workers, like the unfortunate Nafeek, and they cannot properly defend themselves in such a feudal and lopsided “justice” system. As of last January, there were 45 guest-working maids on death row, awaiting execution. Saudi Arabia, of course, is oil-rich. That’s a shame because otherwise the United States would probably condemn that country as it does most other tyrannical nations. To find out more about Saudi Arabia’s atrocities and how to protest them, go to You can register your outrage via that site.

Swing set brings back fond memories The house I live in came equipped with a swing set. The family who had owned the house before I moved in left it behind. There is not only a swing set and slide, but also a sandbox and fort. It’s really nice, but since my children are grown and on their own, I really do not have any use for it, other than to look at it and remember when my kids were little. I assembled a rather large swing set with a slide for my daughters. I remember setting it up in the middle of my yard, which had a lush growth of grass I was very proud of and worked hard to maintain. I also remembered when the girls started using the swings how they would scrape their feet on the grass to stop their movement. It did not take long before the pristine crop of grass started to wear away and dirt ruts appeared. I was mortified. I do not know why this seemed like a surprise to me. I’m also not sure why this seemed problematic. However, it did and I told my daugh-

Mike Nistler Reporter ters to try not to rub their feet on the grass. This was idiotic of me, of course, because that does not work, especially when you have short legs and no concern at all for what the ground under the swings looks like. I remember going out at night and sprinkling grass seed in the bare spots, covering it with a fine layer of dirt and sprinkling the ground to get the grass to grow again. The next day, the girls would be out and playing on the swing set and regrowing grass was impossible. My wife told me to let it go. She said someday when the girls were grown and not using the swings any more I would be sad. She was right. Eventually the day

came when they were too old to swing. The grass started growing and filling in the ruts as they left for college. I was devastated. I would have given anything for them to be little and digging up my lawn. However, there was no going back. Now, I am living in a house with a huge yard and the above-mentioned swing set and there is no activity. Well, I shouldn’t say any activity. I do have three dogs that do their fair share of damage to the lawn — it’s just not on the swing set. In addition, the mess the dogs leave behind is not quite as pleasant as a few ruts made by tiny tennis-shoe-clad feet. There aren’t any grandchildren yet in my life to play in the sandbox, slide down the slide or swing merrily and dig up the grass. I wish there were. Someday, if I’m lucky enough to have grandchildren, I will be out there with them imploring them to do as much feet dragging as possible. However, until that time, I will just remember how simple lessons are learned.

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Community Calendar

Friday, June 14 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market.

way 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., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion, Post 328, 101 W Minnesota St., St. Joseph.

Saturday, June 15 Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market.

Tuesday, June 18 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Opening Closed Doors Anna Marie’s Shelter Tour, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration required. 320-2517203.

Monday, June 17 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 North-


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Oistad ‘excited’ about his new coaching post by Dennis Dalman Basketball coach Marcus Oistad said the past week or so has been one of the most “fun and exciting times” of his life – a virtual Oistad “whirlwind.” Oistad was recently named the new head basketball coach for the Sartell Sabres. He will replace previous long-time coach Dave Angell, who has retired after 31 years of

coaching in Sartell. It’s an exciting time to be named head coach, Oistad said. The team, just this past season, won the sectional championship for the first time in its history, even though it lost to DeLaSalle at the state competition. “It was incredibly exciting to be part of that,” Oistad said. For the past five seasons, Oistad has served as an assistant coach for the Sabres. The Sabres are very much a part of Oistad’s life. The 2004 Sartell High School graduate played basketball, as well as football and tennis, throughout his high-school years. Currently, Oistad is also the head

coach for the boys’ tennis team and has also coached football and volleyball. Oistad is a social-studies teacher at the high school. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social studies and history from Bethel University, where he also played football. “It’s a fun and exciting time,” said Oistad, who plans to spend much of the summer practicing basketball with team members. Next season’s team captains are Tom Bearson, Sam Neeser and Brandon Snoberger. Oistad and his wife, Katie, have two sons – Joe, 2; and Sam, 3 months. Katie has been an accountant but in recent years has chosen to become a stay-at-home mom.


The Sartell Police Department, along with the City of Sartell and the Sartell/St. Stephen School District will hold a garage sale consisting of found, seized and used items. DOORS WILL OPEN AT 7 A.M.

Prices will decrease on most items as follows: 7 – 10 a.m. full price 10 – 11 a.m. 25% off 11 a.m. – noon 50% off Noon – 1 p.m. 75% off 1 – 1:30 p.m. FREE

Some of the items in the sale include bikes, miscellaneous hand tools and electronics, Centennial prints and history books, TVs, TV parts, computer carts, miscellaneous shelving, plus many other miscellaneous items. NO PRE-EVENT VIEWING WILL BE ALLOWED! Location: 224 – 4th Ave. S.

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