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Rain almost drowns SummerFest – but not quite by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor University hosts Collegeville Kidstock
Collegeville Kidstock, sponsored by St. John’s Outdoor University, is a family-friendly outdoor festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Watab Picnic Grounds in St. John’s Abbey Arboretum, Collegeville. Register by June 25 and save 50-percent off the gate price. Bring a picnic supper, or purchase concessions from St. John’s Parish Center at the event. Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including canoeing, a bonfire with s’mores, educational tables, bouncy houses, lawn games and more throughout the afternoon. Parking will be available at the St. John’s Parish Center and at SJU. In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be moved indoors to the Warner Palaestra on the St. John’s University campus. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on June 20 Criers.
SCSU hosts 41st Lemonade Concert, Art Fair
St. Cloud celebrates the 41st annual free Lemonade Concert and Art Fair from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 at St. Cloud State University. More than 200 vendors will display their arts and crafts including pottery, photography, stained glass, clothing, woodwork and various sculptures. Food vendors will provide freshsqueezed lemonade, reuben sandwiches, cheese curds and more. Farmer’s Market vendors will offer fresh local produce, hand-made fudge and prepackaged gourmet cooking spices. A free shuttle service will be provided throughout the event. For more information, visit www. thenewsleaders.com and click on June 20 Criers.
County posts ‘No Wake’ lakes
Stearns County area lakes are currently experiencing unusually high water levels. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of placing “No Wake” signs in certain lake areas. The Sheriff’s Office is asking boaters to exercise restraint, good judgment and common sense. Boat operators should reduce their speed to create no wake or waves from their boat. Water patrol officers will be out on area lakes over the weekend, weather permitting, reminding boaters to follow these recommendations. The Stearns County area continues to receive large amounts of rain and other lakes may be added as needed. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on June 20 Criers.
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A virtual stampede of children dash off from the starting line of the 1k Kids’ Fun Run Friday by Sartell City Hall. The fun run is one of three races-walks that occurred during the opening night of SummerFest 2014. Unfortunately, rain washed out most of the festival’s events, including the parade Saturday morning. For more event photos, visit www.thenewsleaders.com.
SummerFest 2014 last weekend turned out to be a rainy shame. Well, mostly, anyway. A series of off-and-on rains forced the cancellation of the traditional Grand Day Parade, sponsored by St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. For two decades, that parade attracted thousands of people who lined the streets to watch parade floats, variety acts and highschool bands strut their stuff. The Grand Day Parade was cancelled because of rain only once before in the 23-year history of Sartell SummerFest. That was in 1994. The fireworks show, scheduled for Saturday night, also had to be cancelled. Sponsored by Blue Line Bar and Grill, the show was supposed to have wowed the crowds at dusk south of Great River Bowl. That’s the bad news. The good news is the Libertyville Family Fun Extravaganza not only took place Friday night, but it was a resounding success with thousands of people showing up for music, face-painting, tattoos, picnics on the grass and several spectacular inflatables. The sunny, warm weather held SummerFest • page 5
Debate to dive into topic of swimming pools by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Should cities build swimming pools? Or have pools gone the way of the horse and buggy? Those are the questions that will be debated starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at Sartell City Hall. Everyone is invited to the free debate, which will explore the pros and cons of the following question: “Does it make sense for a city to build and support an outdoor public pool?” The “pool debate” will be the third of “Sartell Says” debates, which are produced and moderated by Sartell resident Patty Candella. The first debate
was about whether or not to allow the raising of chickens in residential yards. The second explored the dangers of head injuries caused by football and other sports. The pool debate is a timely one because the Sartell City Council has been pondering if and when an aquatic facility (swimming pond or pool) is feasible in Pinecone Central Park. There are also plans for a regional aquatics center in St. Cloud, to be built with halfcent sales-tax funds. “We hosted a community forum at our home recently,” Candella said, “and the ubiquitous topic was a community pool. Most adults can remember fondly and vividly the com-
Volunteers attack pesky, prickly, nasty buckthorn by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
The hot, sweaty, prickly work was as bad as chopping through a thick jungle, but the 27 diehard volunteers managed to get the job done in about three hours. The volunteers toiled on the evening of May 29. For additional criers, visit www. Thanks to them, Sartell Lithenewsleaders.com and click on Criers.
ons Community Park can thrive a bit better without the pesky bush known as buckthorn. Although there is still plenty of buckthorn to be removed, the volunteers made a good head start on eradicating, eventually, all of the invasive plant. The volunteers were mostly Lions Club members from Sartell, St. Joseph and Sauk RapBuckthorn • page 4
munity pool of their youth. Why did they go away? Did they just not make sense anymore? Should we bring them back? Are they expensive? Do municipalities owe it to their citizens to teach them to swim? So I felt like we needed a way to explore this topic in a thoughtful, friendly and open manner.” Audience members at the debate will have a chance to ask panelists questions. The panelists will be the following: David Wall, St. Cloud State
University professor. Dan Eckberg, head swimming and diving coach at the College of St. Benedict. Bill Glahn, former commerce commissioner for the Gov. Tim Pawlenty administration. Jim Moser, retired director of parks and recreation for the City of Foley. In a press release, Candella wrote: “‘I am bored; there’s nothing to do!’ Is there a parent alive who hasn’t endured Debate • page 4
Residents warned to lock vehicles Law-enforcement officials are reminding residents in the Sartell and St. Stephen areas to be sure to lock their vehicles. In recent weeks, there have been an increasing number of thefts from vehicles reported to the police and sheriff departments. In almost every case, the items were stolen from vehicles that had been left unlocked – usually on the streets by owners’ homes or in home
garages. Just last week in St. Stephen, there were four incidents of thefts from vehicles. Among the stolen items were cash, paperwork for a bank account, two iPods, several power tools, a Ruger Mark 1 .22 caliber pistol and a Ruger model 03313 9 mm pistol. If anyone knows anything about those thefts, they should call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240.
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People Sam Krauel, son of Susan and Chad Krauel of Sartell, was recently awarded a Helgason Engineering Scholarship in the amount of $500 and the Freshman Academic Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from North Dakota State University, Fargo. The scholarships recognize high academic achievement. Krauel will enter NDSU in the fall and plans to major in engineering. In high school, Krauel was active in Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Honor Society, track, wrestling, football and baseball. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. They are Alysha Illies, a sophomore, and Erin Kurvers, a junior. Both are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale to achieve this honor. Eight Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. They are the following: Megan Bachman, Mark Loscheider, Jeffrey Magera, Sheri Meyer, Margaret Minnerath, Mitchell Schramel, Corinne Skoog and Lindsey Tollefson. Students must earn a minimum 3.75 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale to qualify. Molly Peichel, daughter of Sue and Philip Peichel, Rice, was recently named to the spring dean’s honor list at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. She is a sophomore majoring in exercise science with a psychology minor. She is also a graduate of Sartell High School. Students must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 or higher to earn this achievement.
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Team members include (sitting) Diana Deuel of Sartell; (front row, left to right) Abby Weber and Kathryn Gent, both of Sartell, Megan Mohr of Sauk Rapids, Megan Cook of Sartell, Katie Lucas of Sauk Rapids and Bria Ferns of Sartell; (middle row) McKenna Lalim of Sartell, Michaela Wurdelman of Sauk Rapids, Clare Minnerath, Molly Mahowald, Amanda Flemming, Nicole Lindmeier and Ella Steinberg, all of Sartell and Coach Katie LaSota; (back row) Coach Andra Madison, Allie Hemmesch, Kristina Kirick and Allysa Gallagher, all of Sartell, Summer Koenig of Sauk Rapids, and Samantha Czeck and Lauren Lindmeier, both of Sartell. Not pictured: Kaitlyn Halupczok, Atlanta Bidinger and Breanna Hess, all of Sartell, and Coach Nicollette Deason.
Girls Knights Varsity Lax take second at state In only their second year as a club lacrosse team, the St. Cloud North Girls Lacrosse team recently captured the second-place trophy at the 2014 NSLA State tournament. All games were played at Mound-Westonka High School stadium on the weekend of May 31 and June 1. On Saturday, they won their first game with a 9-8 victory against Brainerd. On Sunday, they advanced
to the championship game with a 9-6 win over St. Paul. That afternoon they played in a tough battle against Grand Rapids and came up just short with a 9-10 loss. The St. Cloud North team consists of girls from the Sartell and Sauk Rapids community area. The Knights Varsity team had an overall regular season record of 5-2 while Junior Varsity notched a 3-3 record in their first year.
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 www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
parents were notified of the circumstances. She was placed under arrest and transferred to Stearns County Jail without incident.
June 4 12:20 a.m. CR 120. Welfare check. While on patrol, an officer saw a woman lying in the ditch. The officer found she was intoxicated and had left her residence. The officer was able to contact her husband and he stated he would care for her for the evening. 1:31 p.m. 2nd Avenue N. Arrest warrant. An arrest warrant was issued for a juvenile female. The female was located and her
June 5 9:21 a.m. Watab Park. Property damage. Two picnic tables were found to be broken in the park sometime overnight. 11:25 p.m. Hi Vue Park. Welfare check. Several reports were made regarding a woman screaming from an unknown location in a wooded area. Officers arrived and checked the area and were unable to locate anyone. June 6 10:33 a.m. Lowell Lane. Domestic. An emergency call was placed stating an adult male and an adult female were arguing. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties and the female stated Blotter • page 8
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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 748 MAY 19, 2014 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Advisory Committee: May 6, 2014 – submitted by Michelle Meyer was called to order at 5 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members pres- Minnesota Assessment changes – All test online. ACT (plus writing) will be taken in school. Date to be deterent: Meyer; Krista Durrwachter, vice chair; Mary McCabe, director; mined. Compass test for those to determine if they are college and career ready. Optional Local Purpose AssessPam Raden, director; Dan Riordan, director; and Michael Spanier, in- ment (OLPA) reading and math grades 3-8; Practice for MCAs. Common Core – Hot Topic Issue: Video on Common Core, Language Arts 4: components – 1. Reading (non-fiction – across all content areas) 2. Writing (across terim superintendent. Absent: Jason Nies, clerk. content areas) 3. Speaking and Listening 4. Language (grammar, spelling usage and mechanics (across content A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Raden to approve the areas) Minnesota has chosen not to adapt the math standards due to the fact the Minnesota standards were higher than the national standards. SHS Class Rank – (this was presented to our school board in March). Technology agenda. All in favor. Motion carried. Survey (Bright Bytes – Parent/Student Survey). 98-percent of fifth-through 12th-graders have online access at A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Raden to approve home (those who responded). The district accommodates for the 2-percent – extended library hours. consent items a-d as presented below: Minnevate! Minnesotans co-creating innovation for our public schools … an action agenda for our future. May a. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on April 21, 2014. 8, 2014 submitted by Pam Raden We live in times of rapid, pervasive change – not just in the technology that affects every part of our lives, but b. Checks in the amount of $1,755,372.66 as presented: in the fabric of our communities, the expectations of public organizations, the impacts of economic shift and the General Fund 1,143,913.71 interaction of diverse communities locally and globally. We must prepare our young people for futures we cannot Food Service Fund 129,939.54 yet imagine, and we believe Minnesota can lead the way. The Minnesota Association of School Administrators Transportation Fund 385,571.85 (MASA) has begun a year-long initiative to bridge the space between our visions for the future of Minnesota’s Community Service Fund 40,861.54 schools and the realities of today. “Minnevate!” is a dialogue process to build an action agenda for education Capital Expenditure Fund 51,925.84 in Minnesota. We began in early December with a statewide kick-off event, and now we will convene regional Building Fund 600.00 groups to localize the conversation. This was a four-hour event in which they had speakers or thought leaders to Summer Rec Agency Fun 2,560.18 challenge our thinking about how education is delivered. We deliver education on a 1.0 level, Industrial based Check numbers 155986 to 156250 – training for a job for life. A 2.0 level is a knowledge society, read it, learn it, do it. Now our jobs, world and Receipts in the amount of $3,502,992.85 as presented: leaders are looking for education being delivered in a 3.0 level – they referred to it as KNOWMAD Society. They General Fund 3,178,521.90 want to change the way we think about delivery of information to our students. What value can we hold or add as Food Service Fund 157,370.52 an individual and individualize learning, do we motivate and teach collaboration… question is how do we manTransportation Fund 13,972.01 age knowledge? The reality is the real world is at a 3.0 level and our students are being taught at a 1.0 level. (That Community Service Fund 2,516.33 was their point) . If you want to know more about “Knowmad Society”, google. John Movavec, he is an author Capital Expenditure Fund 7,206.89 of this book and founder of Education Futures LLC. For more information please go to the Minnevate website. Debt Service Fund 33,638.20 Summer Rec Agency fund 39,767.00 Preliminary Budget Assumptions FY2014-15: Steve Wruck, director of business services, presented on budget Receipts 39762 to 39878 assumptions for the 2014-15 school year. Wire transfers in the amount of $4,529.86 as presented: General Fund 691.56 First Draft of 2014-15 Budget/Deferred Maintenance Plan: Steve Wruck, director of business services, presented Food Service Fund 3,696.64 the first draft of the 2014-15 budget/deferred maintenance plan. Community Service Fund 141.66 Wire transfers 201300065-201300070 District Academic and Activities Calendar: The District Academic and Activities calendar was presented. c. Accept the following donations: Name
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d. Accept the resignation of Julie Grundhauser, Sartell Middle School, art specialist effective June 9, 2014; Jennifer Kelley, Oak Ridge Elementary, student supervisor effective April 25, 2014; Asha Poepping, District Office, district licensed school nurse, effective June 30, 2014; Erin Roe, Sartell Middle School, teacher, effective June 5, 2014; Heather Sobania, Oak Ridge Elementary, cashier, effective May 27, 2014 and Valerie Steiner, District Office, server, effective June 5, 2014. Student Representative Report: Mary Lindell, Senior at Sartell High School Student Councils at Sartell High School and Sartell Middle School have taken place for the 2014-15 school year. Sartell High School had a successful outdoor dance on Friday, May 16. The True Team State Track tournament took place on Saturday, May 17. The girls team placed first and the boys team placed thirdat the meet. The Sabre Booster Club Senior Athletic Recognition Night will be held on May 21. Ryan Kororll, Jake Martin and Mackenzie Nies were presented to be the student board representatives for the 2014-15 school year. The first Sartell Middle School orchestra concert will take place on May 22 at Sartell High School. DARE Graduation will be taking place for 6th-graders at Sartell Middle School on May 30. Prairie Fire Theater at ORE and GREAT Theater at PME have had theater productions featuring their third- and fourth-grade students. Superintendent Report: Michael Spanier, interim superintendent Thank you to our retirees for your many years of dedicated service to the Sartell-St. Stephen School District: Cathy Ballard, a speech language pathologist currently at SMS, with 24 years of service; Deb Bialke, a paraprofessional currently at SMS, with 26 years of service; Ann Clark, a speech language pathologist currently at PME, with 35 years of service; Louise Peach, a classroom teacher currently at ORE, with 29 years of service; Bob Popilek, a classroom teacher currently at ORE, with 29 years of service; Karla Sattler, a classroom teacher currently at ORE, with 26 years of service; Jane Scepaniak, a classroom teacher currently at PME, with 21 years of service; Duane Sprague, a technology education teacher currently at SMS, with 15 years of service; Mary Jo Vigoren, a special education teacher at SMS, with 16 years of service; Kathy Wood, a music teacher currently at ORE, with 34 years of service. Cumulatively, these individuals have more than 255 years of service to the district. School Board Committees Community Education Advisory Council: Monday, May 5, 2014 –submitted by Michelle Meyer Summer Rec. Update: Sponsorships are lower – letters went out late. The procedures and donation levels were changed. Community Education will follow up. Numbers are right on pace for registration w/one month to go. Swim changed affiliations from Red Cross to Mid-Minnesota Aquatics – most area districts have made this switch. Cost savings and comparable curriculum to Red Cross. Fall planning begins in June. Books will be printed Aug. 1. Community Education Director – Community Education council would like a member on the interview team. Preschool BF School Kids Connection – 7-8:30 a.m. New position and parent requested
Report from Information Technology: Kyle Breitkreutz, director of technology, presented the BrightBytes Survey Results. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. New Employees or Changes: Diane Amundson, transportation van driver,$18.15 per hr. Van, S1, 3.5 hrs. per day, new position; Laura Bakker, PME, SPED (Temp), $15.44 per hr. RIV, S16.25 hrs. per day, new position; Sue Bechtold, SMS custodian, $18.88 per hr. R3 S5, 40 hrs. per week, replacing Amber Herberg; Erin Chisholm, DSC speech and language pathologist, $28,768/ .60 FTE, MA, S5, replacing Heidi Schmidt; Robert Christianson, SHS lead custodian, $21.03 per hr. R4 S6, 8 hrs. per day, replacing Sue Bechtold; Julie Counter, SMS LTS server, $16.22 per hr. R1 S5, 4.25 hrs. per day, replacing Tammy Thibodeau; Rachel Habben, PME speech and language pathologist, $44,368/ 1 FTE, MA, S1, replacing Ann Clark; Brittany Hemanns, SMS counselor $44,368/1 FTE, MA, S1, new position; Amber Herberg, PME cleaner, $13.49 per hr. R1, S1 5.25 hrs. per day, replacing Carol Cummins; Ryan Hiltner, SHS secondary mathematics, $38,616/1 FTE, BA, S5, replacing Matthew Myers; Brenda Holter, SMS eighth-grade math, $47,946/1 FTE, MA, S5, replacing Heather Shogren; Tania Jensen, ORE elementary education, $47,051/1 FTE, MA, S4, replacing Karla Sattler; Allison Kuklok, ORE LTS para, $15.44 per hr. R4 S1, 6.25 hrs. per week, new position; Mackenzie Lecy, SMS sixth-grade Teacher, $35,036 /1 FTE, BA, S1, new position; Corinne Lyon, ORE elementary education teacher, $36,826/1FTE, BA, S3, replacing Mary Louise Peach; Luke Miller, SMS industrial technology, $52,418/1 FTE MA, S10, replacing Duane Sprague; Jessie Mortensen, ORE SPE, $50,631/1 FTE replacing Lori Connolly; Katherine Murnane, SMS sixth-grade teacher, $35,036/1 FTE, BA, S1, replacing Lindsay Vernier; Dave Murtley, SMS temporary grounds, $14.96 per hr. R3, S1; 8 hrs. per day, new position; Amy Notsch, SMS special education, $43,824/1 FTE, BA +30 S3, new position; Jesse Olmschenk, PME elementary education teacher, $37,721/ 1 FTE, BA, S4, replacing Bob Poplilek; Nicholas Percuoco, PME elementary education $37,721/1 FTE, BA, S4, replacing Jane Scepaniak; Tricia Quinlan, SMS fifth-grade teacher $38,616/1 FTE, BA, S5 replacing Chad Krauel; Tammy Thibodeau, SMS cook’s helper, $16.76, R2 S4 6.75 hrs./per day, replacing Robin Zormeier; Marvin Tvedt, PME lead custodian, $21.03 R4 S6, 8 hrs. per day, replacing Robert Christianson; Mark Weimer, SHS Technology Education, $49,191 BA30 S9, Replacing Joe Schulte. Leave of Absence: Joe Perske, SMS teacher, unpaid leave, Aug. 25, 2014-Nov. 10, 2014. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Riordan to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APPROVE REVISIONS TO POLICIES 201, 203.1, 204, 206, 208, 209, 211, 212, 213, 214.1, 404 and 613. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE REVISED 2013-14 BUDGET. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE MSHSL MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014-15. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Meyer and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE JAKE MARTIN, MACKENZIE NIES AND RYAN KORORLL AS STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES FOR 2014-15. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE RESOLUTION FOR NONRENEWAL OF THE PROBATIONARY CONTRACTS AS PRESENTED FOR Amanda Ahrndt, Sandy Warzecha, Tori Altermatt and Courtney Ryan. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE LOCAL 284 MULTI-UNIT CONTRACT. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE NON-UNION CONTRACT. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Raden to APPROVE THE 2014-15 Fiscal Calendar Holidays for Non-Union Contracts and Superintendent. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE PARAMETER RESOLUTION Minutes • page 8
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Buckthorn from front page ids. Besides removing a huge mess of buckthorn, they also sanded and primed the walking-trail rails in the park and cleaned off the paths. Buckthorn is a shrub-like plant that was brought to the United States in the mid-1830s from Europe because the fastgrowing plant was ideal for creating a thick hedge along property. A member of the sapodilla family, the plant has sharp thorns and clusters of white flowers. It makes good hedges all right, but the trouble with buckthorn is that it forms a canopy that blocks light from other plants in its vicinity, causing them to die off. That is why buckthorn is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as an invasive pest species. The nursery industry stopped selling buckthorn in the 1930s, but what’s left in yards, woods and elsewhere keeps spreading. According to the DNR’s website, buckthorn threatens the future of forest, wetlands, prairies and other natural habitats. It contributes to erosion because it hinders or kills the plants beneath it that hold soil
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to the ground. Buckthorn can also be a “home” to other pests, such as crown-root fungus and the soybean fungus. It is, in a word, nasty. Phil Ringstrom of Sartell is the one who initiated the buckthorn-removal project. Last year, he attended a class about invasive species hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The class gave good tips on how to get rid of some of those species, including buckthorn. Armed with that knowledge, Ringstrom met with Sartell Public Works Director Brad Borders, who agreed it would be a good project to remove as much buckthorn as possible from Sartell Lions Community Park. Ringstrom then met with long-time Lions Club member Mike DeLuca, who happens to be a friend of Ringstrom’s. DeLuca then contacted his network of volunteers to line up a buckthorn-removal evening. Volunteers signed up and soon they showed up at the park, rolling up their sleeves and donning gloves for the unpleasant task. A very hot, humid evening made the work even nastier. Ringstrom brought along some DNR-approved toxic brush killer, which was applied to the remaining torn remnants of buckthorn.
“We want to get all of the buckthorn out of that park eventually,” Ringstrom said. “And it would be good to plant floral-scented plants there and more colorful plants. That would be good for the visually impaired and people who are blind. A lot of military veterans who are handicapped or visually impaired could then enjoy the park more.” As Ringstrom well knows, such plantings of new colorful, scented plants and flowers won’t succeed, not as long as buckthorn retains its stubborn grip within the park. Sartell Lions Community Park was planned from the get-go years ago to be a park where the handicapped and visually impaired could find enjoyment, with rails along walkways and even some Braille stations posted at the donated bench rest stations. Ringstrom estimates it may take up to three years before all buckthorn is eradicated from Sartell Lions Community Park. Other Sartell parks should be monitored for buckthorn, too, Ringstrom noted. “I would bet Watab Park has some of that stuff,” he said. The pesty buckthorn grows fast, but Ringstrom and other volunteers are determined to keep a step or two ahead of its tenacious spread.
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SummerFest from front page out nicely for the event. There was some other good news. The SummerFest running races went off without a hitch Friday evening at the same time Libertyville was underway – both at Pinecone Regional Park. Rain also did not ruin the All-Grades School Reunion at the old Sartell School, now the District Services Building. Alumni who attended enjoyed trips down Memory Lane, as well as guided tours of their old school buildings and bus tours of the city. There was one more silver lining in a rain-drenched weekend. The bands Whiskey Tango and Diamondback, slated to play at a street dance, played instead inside the Great River Bowl and Partners Pub. Unfortunately, most people stayed home, thinking the music event would be cancelled. Still, about 150 people did enjoy the indoor music. Jason Mathiasen and Amanda Scott, the co-chairs of Sartell SummerFest 2014 were naturally disappointed by the raincaused cancellations. On early morning Saturday, at about 8:30 a.m., they made the decision to cancel the parade and the fireworks. To the very bitter end, they were holding on to hope the weather would clear
up enough. It didn’t. Both were in intense communications with a number of agencies, getting minute-by-minute weather updates. But, finally, alas, messages from emergency management and the Sartell Police Department spoke of the possibility of high winds during the time of the parade – 10 a.m. to about 11:30 a.m. “The bands had been arriving in Sartell as early as 8:30 a.m.,” Mathiasen said. “But we (Scott and himself) had to make a decision. It was such a hard decision to make. We had to cancel the parade.” At 10 a.m., Mathiasen also gave a call to Melrose Pyrotechnics to cancel the fireworks Saturday night. He knew the crew would be just about ready to come to Sartell, and he wanted to let them know they shouldn’t go through the trouble of packing up and traveling since the weather outlook was so bleak. Another bit of good news: Mathiasen said there will still be a Sartell fireworks show put on by Melrose Pyrotechnics this
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No matter what happens in Iraq, no more troops on the ground
It’s estimated the United States will have spent more than $2 trillion in the long conflict in Iraq, including the costs of interest and the ongoing costs for many years of medical and psychological care for the courageous Americans who fought that war. That astronomical sum of money is shocking enough, but when one considers more than 4,000 American soldiers died in that war and thousands more were wounded physically and psychologically, the human cost is not only shocking but terribly tragic. It has now been proven that Iraq’s tyrannical leader, Saddam Hussein, did not have the weapons of mass destruction we were told he had. That was the pretext for getting into that war during the George W. Bush presidency. It was a false pretext. One could argue that, weapons of mass destruction or not, America’s involvement precipitated the fall and eventual capture and execution of that brutal dictator, Hussein. At least that was a good outcome. American soldiers honorably completed the mission they were assigned, with many serving multiple tours of duty. When troops were withdrawn in 2011 under President Barack Obama, there was a calm of sorts, with Iraq’s leader, Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, promising to share power with Sunni factions. However, Maliki has not done that. He has done just the opposite by weeding out Sunni personnel in the military and the government, thus angering Sunnis and giving momentum to the coalition of radical forces that took over the northern and western regions of Iraq and are now poised to attack the capital city, Baghdad. Horrific stories and photos are surfacing about mass executions by the insurgents, who are al-Qaeda inspired groups of bloodthirsty thugs operating in both Syria and Iraq. It’s an ugly, desperate, explosive situation that could spill over and further destabilize the entire Middle East, giving other rogue killers (most of them Islamic fanatics) aid and comfort to keep attacking and weakening fragile democracies and touch-and-go coalitions in that area. Obama has wisely ruled out the use of any onground troops in Iraq. Air strikes against the insurgents remain a possibility. The USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier and two support ships have moved into the Persian Gulf. There is talk of the United States and Iran working together in an effort to de-fuse the dangerous situation. Meantime, people are blaming Bush for getting us into that war. Others are blaming Obama for supposedly not keeping his eye on the ball. At this point, those blame games are pointless and unproductive, to say the least. What’s needed most is intensive 11th-hour diplomacy, which has to involve as many other nations as possible. Anything else, including military strikes, will just be adding fuel to the flames. This country cannot continue to police and to babysit unstable, dangerous countries. The United States cannot afford to act in isolation, but we should insist not one more American military man or woman dies or is wounded in Iraq again. Those soldiers have paid their dues, honorably. Let’s not make them – or any newer American soldiers – do it all over again. This depressing Iraqi mess is a frightening rock-and-a-hard-place dilemma, and we can only hope cooler heads will prevail. But, no matter what, let’s not rush in again. No more troops on the ground. Enough is enough.
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Friday, June 20, 2014
Opinion Like Humpty Dumpty, Cantor takes a big fall My oh my, how the mighty fall. One of the worst obstructionists in congressional history, Rep. Eric Cantor, has tumbled like Humpty Dumpty, and all the Tea Party horses and all of its men cannot put Cantor together again. To many people, including myself, Cantor’s political demise was a plus. The smug, often arrogant obstructionist got exactly what he deserved. What’s even better – a case of perfect bad karma – is he was trounced by a fellow Tea Party ultra-right-winger, David Brat, the very type of candidate Cantor has long trumpeted. Cantor’s fall is yet another example of how the Republican Party these days resembles a dragon eating its own tail or the mythical Saturn devouring its own children. You’d think by now they would have learned their lessons, but they keep stumbling over themselves and stepping in their own doo-doo. Republicans began their opportunistic flirting with radical elements of the so-called Tea Party six years ago. When Tea Party factions formed, some of its members had understandable reasons for their grievances, such as anger over the taxpayer bailouts of big banks. However, it didn’t take long for those Tea Party factions to be co-opted largely by ultra-right-wing types, some of whom included apocalyptic paranoiacs; gun-rights fanatics; anti-science naysayers; misogynists; despisers of government programs; rich contributors and smear-ad funders like the Koch brothers, Ayn Rand disciples and – most of all – Obama-haters. From the get-go, otherwise decent and reasonable Republicans began flirting with Tea Party types because the support
Dennis Dalman Editor from those ultra-rightists helped them win elections. That’s before the bullying began in the form of primary campaigns, when the word “primary” morphed into a verb. Example: “If you don’t take stands that are more right wing, I’m going to primary you.” Some of these primary challenges to reasonable, effective Republican incumbents worked; many did not. Still, even the threat of being “primaried” struck fear into the hearts of so many traditional Republicans who once knew how to legislate, to compromise, to lead. That climate of fear and intimidation caused many a Republican to waver, wobble and lurch further and further to the right – far from the mainstream attitudes of most Americans. Lest we forget, the same thing happened to the Democrats during the 1960s and 1970s when they leaned too far to the left. In the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives especially, the antiObama, anti-Democrat obstructionist tactics began. A cabal of ultra-rightwingers in the Republican caucus, led by Cantor and John Boehner, stymied any and all legislative proposals. They put the kibosh on everything from infrastructure projects to gun-safety policies, from a federal minimum wage and immigration reform to executive appointments and a limited military strike against the Syrian regime. They
voted 40 times in a futile effort to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Then, using their most despicable tactic of all, they succeeded, under Tea Party demagogue Ted Cruz, in shutting down the government for weeks. Most of the proposals Republicans obstructed were popular in public polls (including minimum wage and reasonable gun controls), and some proposals they abhorred, like the Affordable Health Care Act, were even based on Republican ideas to begin with, including RomneyCare. But that didn’t matter. Bitter and enraged they’d lost the White House to Obama not once but twice, their primary goal was – and still is – to obstruct anything and everything the president proposes. Instead of repudiating Tea Party radicals along with their crazy ideas and their bully tactics, too many Republicans got sucked right into its vortex. Many have paid the price for that foolishness, and many more will pay the piper as the Tea Party keeps wielding its arm-twisting tactics in Congress and in the town halls back home. The divisions within the Republican Party are once again apparent after Cantor’s defeat, all but guaranteeing a vicious tug of war between rational Republicans and extremist Tea Party types once the presidential campaign begins and all but guaranteeing they will lose the White House once again, in which case, they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves. As long as otherwise rational Republicans court these radicals and kooks, they will keep wrecking their own party, alienating more Americans and losing more elections.
Some things just puzzle me There are some things that puzzle me. Here are a few of them. Iraq is heating up again. Obviously that war hasn’t ended. Just because we decided to leave, that in no way deterred the militant radicals from continuing to pursue their goal. Now we must decide whether to go in and assist them again or to leave them on their own. To abandon Iraq seems to me to be an insult to the thousands of Americans who gave their lives in that war. By the same token I, along with many others probably, believe we have given enough. We spent billions in dollars, thousands in lives, and years in time and for what? It’s a real puzzler. It is probable Afghanistan will face a similar future when we leave there. It appears the leaders of these countries do not have either the resolve or the ability to defend themselves. Should we care? Is it our fight? And if we just abandon them what is next? Will these radicals just get stronger and once again threaten us on our soil? I think these are fair questions. It’s puzzling. Did you hear about this? It seems the IRS has lost all the e-mails from Lois Lerner to the White House, the Justice Department and to anyone else
Ron Scarbro Guest Writer who may be inconvenient to the IRS. A period of two years’ worth of e-mails is missing. It kind of reminds me of the secret Nixon tapes with the erased 18-minute gap. By the way, it didn’t work then and it’s not going to work now. These people must think we are really stupid. Oh, and when someone pleads for protection under the Fifth Amendment, what they are saying to me is if they answered the questions asked of them, they would be admitting to crimes. Is that what this is? It sure is puzzling. To date nothing has been resolved concerning Benghazi. The Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton must think if they just delay this, it will blow away. Wrong. This will blow away when the truth is told and not a minute sooner. Four Americans were killed by an organized group of terrorists and requests for security and protection were ignored or just turned down. Does that
puzzle you? We trade five terrorist killers for what may well turn out to be a deserter. All the while a legitimate Marine sergeant, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sits in a Mexican jail because he took a wrong turn at the border. If, as the Administration insists, we never leave our troops behind at any cost, why is nothing being done for Sgt. Tahmooresi? Is Mexico asking for something in trade? How about the thousands of children being abandoned at our border by who knows whom. What if we trade them? Oh wait, my mistake. Those children are being abandoned by their parents so we can take care of them. They don’t apparently want them back. We can feed them, educate them, medicate them and then what? Do they go home then? Isn’t that puzzling? This sure is. At a time when we all need to be particularly aware, more and more states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Bad timing, wouldn’t you say? Wow man, totally. I guess I am not supposed to know everything the government does, but it sure makes me wonder. Some things just puzzle me.
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she was only attempting to leave the residence. An officer put her in contact with support services and she left the residence for the evening. 7:54 p.m. Amber Avenue S. Verbal. A report was made regarding an adult male and an adult female arguing. Officer arrived and found the argument was only verbal. The male stated he would leave the residence to calm down
A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE REIMBURSEMENT RESOLUTION FOR PLANNING AND DESIGN COSTS. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE SARTELL HIGH SCHOOL BAND/CHOIR FIELD TRIP. All in favor. Motion carried. The board had the first of two readings of revisions of the following policies: 215, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306. Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings June 3 at 3:45 p.m. - Policy Committee, District Service Center June 12 at 4 p.m. - Finance and Operations Committee, District Service Center June 16 at 4 p.m. - Regular School Board Meeting, District Service Center A motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:27 p.m. was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe. All in favor. Motion carried. /s/ Jason Nies, clerk
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