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Town Crier Groups collect empty creamer containers

RSVP and the Sartell Police Department are looking for clean, empty-liquid-coffeecreamer containers (example – Coffeemate or International Delight). Plastic containers can be dropped off in a drop box located in the Whitney Center Recreation Lobby, at the RSVP office in the Elk River Activity Center or the Sartell Police Station. The containers are filled with ice melt and given out at the Senior Expo. Seniors can carry them in the winter to avoid falls. Contact Jackelyn, RSVP, at 320-650-3083 or jackelyn.bekius@ci.stcloud.

Host families sought for two July weekends

This summer, nearly 100 students from Okinawa, Japan will visit the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University for three weeks in July. As part of English as a Second Language program, the students will spend one weekend with a home stay family. For them, these threeweek programs provide motivation to continue their study of the English language and introduce them to aspects of American culture not revealed through TV and Hollywood. There will be two home-stay weekends this summer: July 12-14 and July 26-28. Interested families who would like to host a student, contact Mallory Smith, coordinator for shortterm and exchange programs, at 320-363-5930 or email Smith at

Admin assistant sought

WACOSA is looking for volunteers to answer phones, do data entry and plan special events. They are asking for a 20-hour minimum commitment and volunteer once per week for a two-hour shift. This position is available between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend opportunities available as special events arise. Contact Sarah Schulze, WACOSA volunteer coordinator, at 320-251-0087.

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Council honors Gartland with farewell praise by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell City Council warmly thanked longtime Sartell Administrator Patti Gartland and presented Gartland her with a ceramic artwork at the last council meeting. Gartland recently resigned as administrator to accept an offer to be president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. She had served as administrator of Sartell for 12 years. In presenting the award, council member Steve Hennes said under Gartland’s helm, growth in Sartell boomed, thanks largely to Gartland’s efforts to attract and encourage economic development and other kinds of city amenities. There were also challenges during a sagging national and state economy and a drastic decline in state local aid, Hennes noted, adding Gartland and city staff faced those challenges and surmounted them.

“You’ve done a great job leading our city,” Hennes told her. Then Hennes presented Gartland with a ceramic plate depicting the Sartell city logo, along with Gartland’s name and dates of service. The plate was made

by council member Amy BraigLindstrom, who is a ceramic potter. Gartland expressed delight with the plate and thanked the council. In some sense, Gartland will

continue to work on behalf of Sartell because the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. strives to attract economic development for the entire area, including the City of Sartell.

Libertyville princesses model art

photo by Polly Chappell

Five-year-olds Addie Thomes (left) and Molly Chappell model their face and body painting designs they received during June 7 Libertyville events. Libertyville was a new addition to this year’s Sartell SummerFest. The girls will attend Pine Meadow next fall.

State arts board launches Disability Mural Project by Dennis Dalman

The artistic visions of many individuals will come together, collectively, in the form of a

large mural after a series of workshops this summer for the “Disability Mural Project.” During the workshops, people with disabilities or who have a close connection to

someone with disabilities (family, friends, co-workers or others) will create art on 12-inchsquare Masonite tiles. The artistic media can include drawing, painting or decoupage.

The workshops are all part of a community-arts project that will explore the question, “What does access to the arts mean to you?” It is funded Mural • page 12

Cordies unveil ‘Free Library’ by Dennis Dalman

After a lifetime love of books and reading, Sandra Cordie of Sartell finally has her own library, right in her front yard. More precisely, though, it’s not just her library. It belongs to anyone and everyone in the neighborhood who wants to stop by and donate or borrow a book. Cordie’s library is just one of thousands of “Little Free Libraries,” – as they’re dubbed – that have been set up throughout the world. Anyone familiar with Cordie knows how she loves to contributed photo celebrate life. If there is nothTom and Sandra Cordie stand by their “Little Free Library” in ing special to celebrate on any their yard in Sartell.

given day, leave it to Cordie to find a reason to celebrate. She’ll come through every time, as her neighbors, friends and family well know. Cordie’s library was a perfect time to celebrate. On a breezy, warm Sunday, June 16, 40 people gathered in the yard of Tom and Sandra Cordie for the unveiling and ribboncutting for the “Little Free Library.” Each person brought a book (new or used) for the library. Then the ceremony began with one of Cordie’s granddaughters, Layla, 6, reading a poem by Dr. Seuss. Layla’s sister, Adalyn, 4, helped serve cupcakes. The library had been draped Library • page 5

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People Dr. Adam Benoit, son of Kevin and Sue Benoit of Sartell, recently graduated with a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Two local students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. They are the following: Lucas Reitz, a junior, and Shannon Gerberding, a senior. Students must achieve a 3.5 grade-point average or better to qualify. Kiley Sullivan of Sartell earned a Student Athlete Award from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She participated as a member of the Division 1 women’s lightweight rowing team while earning a 4.0 grade-point average in spring semester. Bailey Hollencamp, Sartell, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list with a gradepoint average of 3.5 or higher at Ridgewater College, Willmar. Six Sartell students recently graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo. They and their major are as follows: Ross Hardman, psychology; Kayla Hauer, psychology, with honors; Michael Leonard, civil engineering; Mindy Ouren, If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 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. June 3 10:32 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 66 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated he was not aware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 10:25 p.m. Suspicious person. While on patrol, an officer saw an occupied tent in a park area. The officer made contact with the male who stated he was hiking to Grand Rapids. The officer did approve the stay for the night and notified the male he needed to speak with officers in the future for approval.

marketing, Michael Symanietz, zoology, with honors; and Samuel Traut, civil engineering. Tyler Specht, St. Stephen, recently graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from North Dakota State University, Fargo. Seven Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. They are the following: Matthew Husmann, Jenna Legatt, Megan Maricle-Roberts, Joshua Rostad, Rachel Scharf, Arynn Teigland and Mallory Waytashek. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.7 or above to earn this honor. Six Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. They and their majors are as follows: Breanna Emblom, nursing; Karen Hennen, nursing; Jeffrey Magera, management; Laura Nielson, nursing; Jeanne Salaski, organizational behavior; and Mitchell Schramel, biochemistry. Students must achieve a 3.75 grade-point average or above to earn this honor. David Van Nostrand, Sartell, was one of 10 graduates to recently receive the prestigious Alum-

Seven Sartell soccer players help team place first ni Award from Grinnell (Iowa) College. Van Nostrand is a 1958 graduate of Grinnell. Van Nostrand was recognized for helping vulnerable patients get access to top-notch care through Wings of Mercy, a program that helps fly near-terminal patients to medical centers all over the country. Two Sartell students were recently named to dean’s list at Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. They are the following: Charmin Amundson and Erin Kurvers. Students must achieve a 3.5 grade-point average or above to make the list.

Club Invention reinvents summer club

The nationally-acclaimed Club Invention summer program will be held July 8-12 at the College of St. Benedict. Club Invention is a weeklong summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.


June 4 9:04 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 64 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver was not aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released.

ity. 3rd Avenue N. While on patrol, an officer noticed several parked cars in the school parking lot. They were found to be several juveniles. All parents were notified and the kids were sent home.

June 5 1:27 a.m. Theft. Amber Avenue S. A report was made regarding a theft of a trailer in progress. Both males were placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. 9:10 a.m. Stalled vehicle. Pinecone Road. While on patrol, an officer came across a vehicle stalled on the side of the road. The officer called a tow service and stood by with safety lights. 8:05 p.m. Juvenile problem. Brookwood Lane. A complaint was made regarding a male juvenile who was out of control. He was placed under arrest and transported to a secure facility.

June 7 11:27 a.m. Burglary. 2nd Avenue N. A report was made sometime between June 1-7, a TV and play system was taken from a home. 10:27 p.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue. A report was made regarding four juvenile males parking their vehicle behind a business and jumping out of the car. It was found males are involved with a local group activity.

June 6 11:45 p.m. Suspicious activ-

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June 8 12:20 a.m. Traffic stop. 19th Avenue N. A vehicle was witnessed failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver was issued a citation and released. 3:14 a.m. Loud music. North-

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Becker Youth Soccer Club U13 Boys Mavericks took first place in the Head of the Lakes/Gitchi Gummi Soccer Tournament. Local team members are (front row, left to right): Connor Kalthoff, Alex Delcastillo and T.J. Neis, all of Sartell; (middle row) Jake Minkkinen of St Cloud, Cole Schroers of Sartell, Scott Kippley of St Cloud, Lukas Spanier of Sartell, Carter Voigt of St Cloud, Dylan Michaud of Sartell, and Nathan Windfeldt, Cole Tetrault and Andrew Pearson, all of St Cloud; (back row) Will Torberg of St Cloud, Head Coach Monty Lommel, Kole Kutzera of St. Cloud and Assistant Coach Joe Tetrault. Members not pictured include the following: Logan Lommel of Waite Park, Eric Minnerath of Sartell and Nathan Hilbert of St. Cloud.

National Catholic Youth Choir to perform at SJU The National Catholic Youth Choir will perform a concert at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 in the Great Hall at St. John’s University. A free-will offering will be collected. The choir will also perform at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 23, at St. John’s

Abbey and University Church. The choir is made up of 35 high school students ages 14-18 from 17 states. Visit to view daily camp and concert tour photos, to make a donation or host a future concert.

view Drive. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. Officers spoke with the owner who agreed to turn down the music. 11:31 p.m. Traffic stop. C.R. 1. A vehicle was witnessed crossing the center line into the officer’s lane of travel. The juvenile male admitted to cell phone use. He was issued a citation and his father was notified.

June 10 1:41 p.m. Warrant arrest. Lowell Lane. An arrest warrant was issued for a female who was located and placed under arrest without incident. 6:31 p.m. Vandalism. 20th Avenue N. A report was made of vandalism to a vehicle. This happened between the hours of 10 p.m and midnight the night before.

June 9 12:50 a.m. Loud noise. 4th Avenue E. A complaint was made regarding loud noises coming from a nearby party. An officer spoke with the homeowner who agreed to turn down the music. 5:57 p. Attempted entry. 17th Street N. A report was made that person attempted entry into a home. The front door was broken but the person did not gain entry into the home. 7:07 p.m. Vandalism. A report was made a mailbox was destroyed sometime during the overnight.

June 11 2:43 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 5:33 p.m. Suspicious activity. Benton Drive. A complaint was made regarding vehicles parked on the side of the road for a while. It was found the owners were at the fishing hole on the river.

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Henneses never miss a presidential museum’ by Dennis Dalman

Steve Hennes has a good piece of advice for all fellow travelers: “Never drive by a presidential museum.” Hennes and his wife, Wendy, have seen eight presidential museums, and they plan to visit many more. “They’re so fascinating,” he said. “You can learn so much, but I’d advise people

it takes more than an hour to see one. Ideally, you should plan to spend the better part of a day.” The Henneses discovered the fascination of presidential museums “almost by accident,” as Hennes puts it. While driving back from a spring vacation in Arkansas, they saw a roadside sign about a presidential museum while approaching Independence, Mo. That city, the

birthplace and hometown of President Harry Truman, is also the site of the Truman Museum. The Henneses spent the night in Independence, and the next morning they went to the museum, an experience that completely captivated both of them. “Until we visited the museum, we had no idea of all the things Truman had to go through,” Hennes said. “For Henneses • page 7

Council considers dog-park plans by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell City Council will soon decide whether to authorize plans for a dog park in Pinecone Central Park. At the council’s last meeting, members received an update from Mark Dockery, one of the members of the Dog Park Action Committee. The committee has been working for a few months to come up with a feasible plan for a dog park. The park would be a fenced-in area with water station, a trail and other amenities for dog owners and those who don’t own dogs but enjoy watching them play. Currently, the committee is requesting a 7.5-acre site, which would include areas for both big dogs and smaller dogs. The committee’s goal is to raise $150,000 to develop the park. Fundraisers are being established, and grants are being sought, Dockery noted. The committee is also considering whether it’s possible, at a later phase, to incorporate a current large pond into the dog-park site. Dockery said there is a definite need for a dog park as pets become more popular all the time locally and nationally. There are more households nationwide currently with dogs than with children, he noted, with 43 million dog-households and 38 million children-households. The council members expressed enthusiasm for the dog park, an idea they have always endorsed from the beginning. However, several of them took issue with the inclusion of the pond at the site. That pond, council member Steve Hennes said, might be an ideal swimming pond with a beach because it’s spring-fed. Council member Sarah Jane Nicoll also questioned the need for such a large site (7.5 acres). Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom said a large site would be ideal for what the organizers want to create – plenty

of room for dogs to roam and run, dog-agility courses and dog-training courses.

The council will revisit the dog-park issue at its next meeting.

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Let’s put an end to deaths of children, pets

It’s a sad blot on humanity some people just never learn; they keep leaving their children and/or pets in hot cars where they die from the heat. Just last week, a 4-month-old boy died in California after his father, who had driven to a train station, left the baby in his car. Later, when the mother learned the boy was not at his daycare center, she drove to the train station. It’s painful to think of the mother’s devastation when she found the baby – dead. About 36 children die in hot cars every year, and so far this year, 22 have died. One would think these parents are a bunch of dumb, uncaring, unloving types. But for the most part, that is untrue. They are, in fact, usually highly educated, loving, doting parents who experience a moment of fatal forgetfulness – a child in the backseat, often strapped in a child-safety seat. Parents of children who died such hideous, agonizing deaths include pediatricians, principals, lawyers and even a NASA engineer. Many tend to lead busy, even hectic lives, including lots of travel time and appointments, which naturally causes occasional memory lapses, especially when daily routines are involved. It is downright heartbreaking to read the details of each death of a child left in a hot car. It can make a person’s flesh crawl with horror and panic when one realizes what terrible suffering these helpless children endured as they slowly suffocated, wondering why their parents aren’t there to help them. Even though there are no reliable statistics about how many pets die, trapped in hot cars, there can be no doubt it happens to dogs and other pets far more than it does to children. Many pet owners mistakenly think animals “can take” the heat when, in fact, animals can overheat very, very easily. As summer heats up, every parent should take the time to devise foolproof strategies for ensuring a child, or pet, is never left in a hot car. Here are some excellent tips from a website called “Mom Logic.” 1. Put a large teddy bear in the child’s car seat. When the child is put in the seat, place the teddy bear in the front seat and learn to glance over every time you leave the car. If the bear is there, the child is in the back seat. 2. Learn to look in the back seat, even at times when you are “sure” the child is not with. That way, your checking the back seat will become almost an automatic reflex. 3. Never leave car doors unlocked at home or elsewhere. In some cases, children have crawled into unlocked cars, then accidentally locked themselves in and died. 4. Learn to communicate at all times with your spouse or significant other as to where children are. If a parent takes a child somewhere in the car, there should be constant reminders and checks as to the child’s whereabouts and safety. 5. Many children die in cars when parents forget to drop them off at daycare centers. It’s a good policy to have the daycare provider make an immediate call to a parent to find out why the child was not dropped off, as usual. 6. Leave your lunch bag, employee badge, purse or briefcase in the back seat of your vehicle. That way, you’ll have to check the back seat before leaving your car. 7. Don’t leave children in cars on hot days, even for shorter periods, as cars heat up to dangerous levels very quickly, even when windows are partially open. 8. It’s best to leave pets at home on hot days. Never leave them alone in cars, even for a short time. Share the information above with loved ones, friends and acquaintances. Let’s all make a concerted and determined effort to end, once and for all, the tragic and terrible deaths of children and pets in vehicles.

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Opinion Time comes to a dead stop inside MRI “Time flies,” they say. Well, let me assure you, it doesn’t fly inside an MRI; it comes to a dead stop. MRI is short for a “magnetic resonance imaging” machine, which resembles something from Stanley Kubrick’s great mind-blowing movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Last week, I had to take a “ride” in an MRI. First the technician had me lie down on a long gurney-like device that resembles the sinister plank they put a victim on just before his head is shoved under the blade of a guillotine. Then he tried – several times – to put an IV tube into my left arm. As always, there was trouble finding a vein. At one point, I let out a howl of pain and barked an expletive not fit for a family newspaper. I told that vampire he’s not getting a gold star on HIS chart. He chuckled, showing his big teeth. Then, before entering the guillotine – whoops, I mean MRI – Count Corpuscle’s assistant asked me if I’d like to hear music and what kind. “Have any Beatles? Any Dylan?” “Will classic rock do?” Igor asked. “Sure,” I said. Then my journey into timelessness began. My horizontal body was no sooner in the donut hole then, to my amazement, Bob Dylan’s “Pledging My Time” began to play. It was like an injection of a happy drug. But the rush didn’t last long. That’s

Dennis Dalman Editor because Ol’ Needle Sticker would interrupt the songs to give me orders, “Now breathe in, breathe out, then breathe in, now hold it!” He was, he said, taking MRI pictures. Lots of pictures. And it was so exhausting. As I tried mightily to hold my breath for up to 30 seconds at a time, I felt I was suffocating or drowning. During the picture-taking, the machine would make loud metallic rattling sounds like 27 wrenches dropped into large whirring fan blades. I kept thinking, “This machine’s due for repairs; it sounds worse than my car.” Then I recalled what the technician had said in another lifetime, the one I was living in before he condemned me to the machine. He’d said they’d made great improvements in MRI machines, all except for the sound. They are, he said, still very loud. After about 20 photos, at least, Nosferatu said (through the headphones I was wearing) there would be a 12-minute pause. I quivered inside with a jellied panic. Even 30 seconds inside that narrow prison seemed like a miserable eternity. The music, thank goodness, did

help – somewhat. I was grooving to John Lennon’s “Come Together” and after that Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” but then I began to feel utterly forgotten. “Where did the Count go?” I kept wondering. “He must have dashed off to the local Walgreen’s to develop the pictures. Or did Dracula decide to take a nap? What if he doesn’t wake up and I die in this contraption?” I was too shy to yell out, “Hey, you! Is there anybody out there?” Then a long Led Zeppelin song began. Brilliant. But it was filled with eerie, anxiety-riddled sounds – actually, come to think of it, the perfect soundtrack for a life sentence inside an MRI. Finally, finally, at long last, I heard The Voice telling me to take another breath and hold it. Just then the MRI made a violent rumbling commotion, along with the wrench-clanking, so loud I thought the machine was going to launch me into orbit. About two years after I entered the MRI, they freed me. My body was numb from not moving. I glanced in a mirror, shocked I hadn’t aged much. I grabbed my watch and kept checking it, unconvinced my “ride” had been only 30 minutes. But I was so relieved to be free again, I told Vlad the Impaler I’d give him a gold star on his chart, after all, just for releasing me from his ghoulish clutches.

Helmets offered protection but caused problems as well I drove past a park in town the other day and noticed two young boys playing catch with a baseball. One of the young boys was wearing a batting helmet that appeared to be about six sizes too big for his noggin. Boy, did that bring back some great memories. I remember as a youngster playing what we called “Little League,” having a heck of a time finding the appropriate head gear to wear. For starters, our small-town team could only afford four helmets. And that made sense since each hitter and base runner was required to wear protective headgear. So, with a hitter at the plate and the bases loaded, all you would need would be four helmets. The problem was the helmets came in three sizes. There was one small helmet for those kids with really tiny heads; two medium helmets for us average guys; and one large helmet for the boys with big melons. And, when all four helmets were needed, that presented an issue. Regardless of your head size, you had to wear what was available. That sometimes meant squeezing into the small helmet. That was not a fun experience as that helmet would pinch your head so tight your ears hurt and your eyes were compressed to the point you would

Mike Nistler Reporter be lucky to focus on the pitched ball. I’m not sure that was better or worse than having to wear the large helmet, which was so wobbly because of the extra space that when you swung the bat and moved your head the helmet would wobble. Sometimes the helmet would fall over your eyes as the baseball approached home plate. Talk about a difficult way to make hand-eye contact with the pitched ball. Thinking back on that experience, I now think I know where they came up with the idea of bobble heads! Then there was the issue of having to share a helmet with a teammate who may have had issues with perspiration. Often you would slide on a helmet and the excess moisture would run down your forehead. Granted, young boys are not that into hygiene so we really did not worry about that too much. However, thinking back on those times, it kind of makes me shudder. It’s no wonder that major-league players have their own helmets with their numbers emblazoned on them. Big leagu-

ers are too rich to have to suffer like we did. Besides, can you imagine your Minnesota Twins playing a game and Joe Mauer comes into score and tosses his helmet to Justin Morneau who is waiting in the on-deck circle? Not only would it look ridiculous, it would probably lengthen each game by a half hour or more. I can understand why we were required to wear helmets as base runners, but as a youngster, we thought that was a stupid rule. Often, those helmets fell off as we ran the bases. Sometimes we assisted them in coming off to make it look like we were running at the speed of light. As bad as our team had it, I always felt bad for the kids in a nearby town. They didn’t have the traditional batting helmets like most of the modern world used. Their helmets resembled the headgear worn by high school wrestlers. They had ear covers but nothing else except straps, which ran over the top of the head and under the chin. I’m sure the devices they wore did the job of protecting the ears and temples, but they looked so goofy it was hard not to laugh. I actually felt sorry for them when we beat them. But when we lost to them, it just made me want to tease them all that much more.

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Library from front page with a sheet. When the sheet was pulled off, the crowd of people burst into applause, cheers and many oohs-andahs. The whimsical charm of the library impressed one and all. The two-shelf library is constructed of recycled wood left over from a shed project at the Cordies. A neighbor, Dave Kohl, built the box and roof. A friend of Sandra’s, Priscilla Gray, a retired teacher, painted the little library with Norwegian-style decorations and five bookworm gnomes on the roof. Tom Cordie had sanded and primed the wood, then later applied a coat of sealer to the finished project. The library is dedicated to one of Cordie’s beloved aunts, Lila, who was a one-room schoolteacher in North Dakota for 30 years. Lila, who died some years ago, taught two

Sartell Newsleader • generations of people how to read. “I wanted a Little Free Library for two reasons,” Cordie said, “to promote a love for reading and to promote a sense of neighborly community. People will be able to stop over, choose a book or bring a book and maybe visit with others by the library.” Cordie is very fond of small, doable neighborhood projects. “I can’t fix the world,” she said, “but I can help fix my neighborhood to make it a better place. The best thing about the Little Free Library is it requires no building permit, no taxes and there are no overdue fees on the books. Isn’t that something?” Cordie is hoping others adopt the idea. It would be nice, she said, if organizations would sponsor them here and there throughout Sartell, perhaps one at Lions Community Park or another near the Sartell City Hall. It took six months for the completion of Cordie’s library. She got the idea from a friend,

Gwen Briesemeister, who had made one and did a video about it. Cordie took the video home and showed it to Tom. “I suppose we’ll soon have one of those,” he said to Sandra, who smiled knowingly. After 40 years of marriage, Tom has become exceedingly adept at anticipating his wife’s plans. The “Little Free Library” concept started when a man in Hudson, Wis. decided to put a mini-library on a post in his yard in memory of his deceased mother, a teacher who naturally loved to read. The man’s creation caught on like wildfire with others, and an international “Little Free Library” program started, with its own website. To learn more, visit the website at www.littlefreelibrary. com.



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Friday, June 21, 2013

Sartell woman pens novel of bullied girl by Dennis Dalman

It was a long time coming, but finally Milissa Nelson of Sartell opened a big cardboard box and there they were -- fresh-off-thepress copies of her very first novel she’d been working on for almost 25 years.

Nelson’s book, “Seasons of Raina,” is a story of a bullied girl who endures so many life changes before Nelson adjusting, sometimes with joy,

sometimes with pain, to a new sense of herself and her own possibilities. Raina, a ninth-grader in Denver, Colo., is an only child who is withdrawn, timid and listless. She has been bullied in school to the point where she cannot function anymore. Her parents arrange for her to try a new

living arrangement and encourage her to move to relatives in Minnesota where she might get a new lease on life. She agrees, and she moves to Barrett, Minn, to live with her aunt and eight cousins. The geographical and cultural shock takes Raina for a loop, but gradually, in rural Minnesota, she discovers athletic and other talents she had no idea she possessed. She becomes adept at athletics and especially music and begins to find her way out of terrifying anxiety. Nelson moved with her family to Barrett when she was 2. Barrett is a rural community in west central Minnesota, about 25 miles west of Alexandria. Both of her parents were teachers. Her father, a music teacher, greatly influenced her, and she went on to earn a music-education degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Eventually, she worked as a road representative for Schmitt Music of St. Cloud and taught music lessons there. She was adept in playing and teaching trumpet, saxophone and flute. Nelson grew up with eight siblings. At about the time she graduated from college, she began writing down happy memories of her brothers and sisters. Little by little, she morphed some of those memories into written fictional stories of actual people. Eventually, Nelson decided the storytelling would be much more effective if she just “made up” new, imaginary characters. That is when Raina came to be. Since 1991, Nelson wrote here, there and everywhere. She wrote with pens, pencils and plain-old

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The cover of the new novel, “Seasons for Raina,” is graced by a niece of the author. The book, about the emotional troubles and triumphs of a young girl, was written by Milissa Nelson of Sartell. tablets while visiting her old hobby farm in Barrett; she wrote in Colorado; she wrote in Sartell where she had moved after marrying her husband, Chris Stark, in 2002. She finished the manuscript in 2008 but didn’t know what to do with it. After lots of research into the world of publishing, she learned about a class called “Publish U” in a communityeducation program. Then she learned about North Star Press in St. Cloud and one of its writers’ groups, which she joined. She and other writers would meet to discuss and criticize one anothers’ works. Finally, she realized she should publish her book, through North Star Press. “It was fun to write,” Nelson said. “I would usually write in the evenings, after I had completed my daily teaching plans. That’s when I was teaching music.” Nelson has two daughters – Megan, 9; and Cora, 7. When she was in the process of writing her book, she loved to read it aloud to her daughters, and they loved to hear it. But, as Nelson soon realized, her daughters were astute critics. “THAT doesn’t make sense,” one or the other daughter would tell their mother, and – sure enough – Nelson would realize she hadn’t given enough background in the book to make something make sense. At one point, Nelson’s main character, Raina, is eating tomatoes. When she read that passage to her daughters, one of them blurted out with: “Mom, you said earlier that Raina was ALLERGIC to tomatoes so why would she be eating them?” Nelson is now working on a sequel to her book. “Seasons of Raina” can be purchased via It can also be obtained on or via

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one thing, he had to make the decision whether to drop two atomic bombs on Japan to end the war. The museum has a lot about that decision and so much other fascinating information about Truman’s life.” That museum is still the favorite one of both Steve and Wendy. They enjoyed it so much, in fact, they went back for a second visit. Others they have seen include the ones in honor of Abraham Lincoln (Springfield, Ill.), Herbert Hoover (West Branch, Iowa), Lyndon Baines Johnson (Austin, Texas), Dwight D. Eisenhower (Abilene, Kan.), Bill Clinton (Little Rock, Ark.), Ulysses S. Grant (Galena, Ill.) and George H.W. Bush (College Station, Texas). The Hoover Museum was a real eye-opener for the Henneses. Hoover, he said, has often been characterized unfairly as the president who started the Great Depression and as an unkind, uncaring man. “That’s just not true,” Hennes said. “He developed programs to help the people of Europe after World War I, and he helped many presidents who came after him to develop similar aid programs. Hoover was born in Iowa, then lived with an uncle in Oregon. His wife was also from Iowa – Waterloo. Hoover was a Quaker, and those values shaped versa• Willow • Versalock Block things he lot Creek of the good did. That museum and the things we learned about Hoover were very, very interesting.” Hoover lived the longest of any president once he was out of office – 31 years. He was president from 1929 to 1933 and died in 1964 at the age of 80. The learning experience the Henneses enjoyed at the Hoover Museum is one reason they are so fascinated by such museums. As in the case with Hoover, visitors to presidential museums can quickly see a particular president in a new perspective. Learning about their entire lives makes visitors very aware of all of the elements that shaped a president, such as all of the things they had to deal with, including crises that occurred; the weight of momentous decisions they had to make; personal tragedies such as deaths in the family; and the difficulties brought about by fractious political climates.

There were great presidents and not-so-great presidents, Hennes said, but visiting presidential museums has convinced Hennes the character of the times makes a president great as much as the character of the man in the office. The museums of the not-so-great are also fascinating, he added. Visiting a presidential library can cause visitors to rapidly develop a renewed respect even for some of the less-than-great presidents. President Richard Nixon is a case in point, Hennes said. Many would consider Nixon not so great, but without his sense of paranoia that led to the Watergate scandal, Nixon would be considered a far greater president, Hennes believes. Someday, whenever they take a trip out West, the Henneses plan to visit the Nixon Museum/Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., as well as the Ronald Reagan Museum/Library in Simi Valley, Calif. The Henneses have not chosen trips just to see presidential museums, but they are always keenly aware of where all are located in case they are in the vicinity while traveling to or from somewhere else. Not every president is honored with a presidential museum, Hennes noted. The concept of a presidential museum was never an automatic option before the 20th Century. Notable exceptions are the likes of Lincoln, George Washington (Mount Vernon) and Thomas Jefferson (MonHenneses • page 8 C O N S T R U C T I O N


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Girl Scouts start Huntington Park improvements by Dennis Dalman

Four Girl Scouts from Sartell Troop 783 are going to roll up their sleeves and make improvements to the Huntington neighborhood park in Sartell. The four Scouts appeared before the Sartell City Council at its last meeting to share their plans and to ask the city

Henneses from page 7 ticello). Presidential museums are not always located where presidents were born. Eisenhower, for example, was born in Dennison, Texas but raised in Abilene, Kan. (the site of his museum). Some presidents and family members are buried at the museums; many are not. Truman is buried at his museum, for example; John F. Kennedy is not. The Henneses would like to see all of the presidential museums. The ones they especially want to visit are those of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Hyde Park, N.Y.), John. F. Kennedy (Boston) and the Gerald Ford museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. Ford, Hennes said, is a president who has a museum in Grand Rapids and a library in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Wendy and I plan to visit the Ann Arbor Ford Museum when we drive a circle route around Lake Superior,” he said. It’s no wonder the Henneses so enjoy presidential museums. Both intrepid travelers, they have always liked stopping to see just about any museum on their travel routes. They’ve put many a mile on their Volkswagen van and plan to travel many more miles in a used Winnebago RV they purchased last fall in New Jersey. “There are so many good museums right here in Minnesota,” Hennes said. “One of the best not many people know about is the Lighthouse Keeper’s House/Museum in Grand Marais. It’s fascinating, full of information and artifacts about fishing, immigrants, lumbering and so many other things.” Even house-bound people can explore museums, including presidential museums, vicariously, either through books, movies or online, Hennes noted. One of his favorite books, a gold mine of information, is “Homes and Libraries of the Presidents” by William G. Clotworthy. Hennes highly recommends that book.

permission to do the improvements. The Scouts are Ally Haus, Emily Hoppe, Kali Enstad and Jessica Morgan. The girls intend to earn the “Silver Award” for doing the park project. It is the highest award possible Girl Scouts can achieve. The girls plan to plant 10 shade trees, including burr oaks and elms. They also want

to raise money to install some fitness equipment in the park, such as a sit-up board, a pushup stand and a leg press. In a careful examination of the park, the girls also noticed the ground is rather hard under the playground equipment so they intend to raise money to buy redwood chips to place on the hard ground. The park department, which was

notified of the girls’ efforts, has agreed to help them with some aspects of the improvement project. The girls also noted the park could use some benches. The girls said their project should be completed by Sept. 30, depending on how much money they can raise. Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom told the girls

to check the school district because it has two fitness equipment items it does not need that could be used for Huntington Park. The council members and Mayor Joe Perske thanked the girls and wished them luck with the project. “Girls, good luck,” Perske said. “We appreciate that.”

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 MAY 20, 2013 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 ing the 14-15 school year was called to order at 6 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members pres• Bullying legislation that was presented did not pass ent: Meyer; Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/treasurer; Pam Raden, director; Krista Durrwachter, director; Dan Riordan, director; Negotiations Committee • The committee continues to work with the Sartell Education AsBrady Anderson, student representative; and Joseph Hill, superintensociation dent. • The committee is currently meeting with the paraprofessional Meyer thanked staff, guests and students for attending the board meetunion to discuss the process ing. Sartell Senior Connection A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Raden to amend • This group continues to meet and have several successful prothe following items on the agenda: grams • The SSC determined when there is a snow day, the Senior Center Addition: E5 Discussion: Interim Superintendent and Learning Services is also closed Director Superintendent Search Committee All in favor. Motion carried. • Meyer, Durrwachter and Raden are the board members serving on this committee A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Nies to approve • Minnesota School Board Association has been contacted and consent items a-c as presented below: RFPs are in process of being distributed to search firms a. Minutes of the meeting held on April 15, 2013 and May 3, 2013. Stearns County Collaborative: Patrick Shepard, family resources director b. Checks in the amount of $1,881,851.81 as presented: from the Tri-County Action Program, presented on the Local CollaboraGeneral Fund 1,519,611.42 tive Time Study and programming that can be supported. Food Service Fund 122,449.98 Transportation Fund 80,876.57 District Music: Kay Nelson, SMS music teacher, and Marlene DingCommunity Service Fund 55,843.16 mann, ORE music teacher, presented information on the process of Capital Expenditure Fund 38,174.35 aligning and updating district music curriculum. Building Fund 62,719.21 Summer Rec Agency Fund 2,177.12 Ramp Up to Readiness College and Career Planning at Sartell High Check numbers 151690 to 152065 School: Noel Meyer, SHS counselor, along with Brenda Steve, SHS principal, shared information about the Ramp Up to Readiness program Receipts in the amount of $3,565,100.36 as presented: starting at SHS in the 2013-14 school year. General Fund 3,133,041.28 Food Service Fund 216,234.82 Preliminary Budget Assumptions FY2012-2014: Steve Wruck, director Transportation Fund 15,174.60 of business services, presented up-to-date information on budget asCommunity Service Fund 57,658.55 sumptions for the 2013-14 school year. Building Fund 42,597.98 1st Draft of 2013-2014 Budget/Deferred Maintenance Plan: Steve Debt Service Fund 29,587.63 Wruck, director of business services, presented the first draft of the Summer Rec Agency Fund 70,805.50 2013-14 budget and deferred maintenance plan. Receipts 38473 to 38582 Wire transfers in the amount of $8,802.92 as presented: General Fund 2,946.12 Food Service Fund 5,679.57 Community Service Fund 177.83 Wire transfers 201200051 to 201200059 c. Accept the following donations: Oak Ridge Elementary PTA to District 748 Schools in the amount of $1,500 for library books. d. Accept the resignation of Tessa Scheffler, ORE, effective 08-2113; Amy Licht, cashier, effective 04-19-2013 and Gail McCarty, language arts teacher, SMS, effective 6-4-13. Accept the retirement of Dave Angell, teacher, effective 6-30-13. Student Representative Report: Student representative Brady Anderson, a senior at Sartell High School, reported on the high school highlights. • The Student Voice group met and will have strong, committed leadership for the 2013-14 school year. This group also met with Kyle Breitkreutz, director of technology, to discuss the upcoming access opportunities for the 13-14 school year • Several end-of-the-year and celebration activities are underway including senior awards night, student council dance and graduation • Several of our athletic teams will compete in conference and section tournaments in the upcoming weeks School Board Committee Report: Benton-Stearns • Benton-Stearns Board approved the director and assistant director contracts • BSED hosted a ‘paperwork night’ for special education staff to get support and work on end-of-the-year paperwork Board Policy Committee • The Policy Committee continues to review policies on a routine basis Community Education Advisory Committee • St. Stephen was well represented with the mayor and the city clerk attending • Classes have had an increased amount of participation while streamlining and offering fewer classes overall Legislative Committee • Bill was passed to support all-day, every-day Kindergarten start-

District Academic and Activities Calendar: Amy Trombley, communications coordinator, presented the first draft of the 2013-14 print calendar. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to HAVE SECOND READING AND APPROVE THE REVISED POLICIES 214, 701, 701.1,702, 703, 704, 706, 707 AND 708. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE BUDGET REVISION FOR 2012-13 BUDGET YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE RESOLUTION FOR NON-RENEW THE PROBATIONARY CONTRACTS AS PRESENTED FOR Lacie Adelmann, Anna Burbridge, Hsing-I Chan, Melissa Dummer, Amber Dziengler, Wendy Goltz, Jill Haehn, Teresa Heck, Gregory Jamison, Leah Olk, Sean Rebischke, Karl Scharnweber, Britany Soldner and Jenna Stoneking. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION TO HAVE FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 AS A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY FOR THE LOSS OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY OF FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Raden to APPROVE THE 2013-14 RESOLUTION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES MARY LINDELL AND SHAWN SULLIVAN TO THE SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 748 BOARD FOR THE 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE RESOLUTION OF THE SCOREBOARD LEASE. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. School Board • Page 9

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Dentist Contardo beats odds after facing oral cancer by Angelica Gentile

Dr. Michael Contardo intends to break the silence surrounding his own personal survival of oral cancer with hopes of raising awareness and helping others diagnosed with the disease. Forty-three percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer will not survive more than five years, according to statistics from the Oral Cancer Foundation. An oral cancer survivor himself, Contardo, is a resident of Sartell and practices in St. Joseph, has defied these odds. Fourteen years cancer-free, he continues to practice dentistry using the tools at his disposal to instruct his patients in preventative oral health and performing oral-cancer screenings. The month of April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Contardo looks forward to April 2014, when he plans to extend his dental expertise to members of the wider community in the form of free oral screenings. These screenings consist of a white-light exam looking at oral soft tissues,

the feeling of lymph nodes, called “palpation,” and use of a special tool called a Veloscope Vx, which helps with early detection of cancerous and precancerous oral spots. The necessity of such screenings cannot be overstated. In the U.S. alone, oral cancer claims 8,000 lives, killing one person each hour, 24 hours a day. Contardo’s diagnosis came as a shock, especially since he has no family history of that type of cancer. “That’s the scary thing,” he shared. “It was completely out of the blue.” Contardo began to be concerned when an area on his lymph nodes swelled from the size of a blueberry to the size of a golf ball within two weeks. A CT scan revealed the mass, but did not show the primary site of the growth. A biopsy revealed the mass to be cancerous and showed the primary site of the cancer to be the base of the tonsils. When the cancer was diagnosed as Stage 4, Contardo decided to seek medical attention at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

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Dr. Contardo working with St. Joseph resident Sara Gideon. “It was a bleak outlook,” he said of his prognosis. “There was lots of head shaking, doctors saying ‘we’ll do what we can,’ but the cancer was very advanced and there was no history for this type of disease in my age group.” Even though Contardo was “ready to accept the consequences” of his diagnosis, he battled the cancer. He embarked on his treat-

ment journey, which consisted of several surgeries, including a radical neck surgery in order to be confident all the cancer was removed. He underwent 30 treatments of radiation, while continuing to work half days five days a week. “I wanted to be active,” he said about his time undergoing treatment. He maintains his active lifestyle

today with snowboarding, running, ballroom dancing and enjoying the miles of the Lake Wobegon Trail starting in St. Joseph. Contardo’s cancer treatment ended up being successful. He said that making it through the first five years cancer-free is the biggest sign of a positive outlook. Besides his 14 years of being cancer-free, Contardo is also celebrating 34 years of practicing dentistry, in addition to 34 years of marriage. He and his wife have lived in the same Sartell home for 29 years and have four children, as well as four grandchildren, all living in Minnesota. He describes his experience with cancer as being “harder for the people close to you.” That was part of the reason Contardo kept his cancer experience private for so many years. He wanted to be respectful and sensitive to his family’s feelings as he went through treatment. Today, he wants to make himself available to others who find themselves in a similar situation in order to offer them encouragement and support. To read the story in its entirety, visit


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New Employees or Changes: Name

Bldg. Position

Compensation Change


Diane Amundson


Cashier, 2 hr/day M, RI, SI $13.49 Replacing Amy Licht W, F hr


Rochelle Arellano


Social Studies

BA, Step 2 Replacing Terry Hurd $34,013


Charles Bakker


Assistant Principal

AP, Step $79,593


Joy Bemboom


Special Teacher


Emily Carroll



BA, Step 1 Courtney Suemnick posi$33,158 tion Transfer to SHS


Michael Chamberlain



BA +30, Step Replacing Greg Jamisin 2 $40,674

1 Replacing Bruce Hentges

Education MA, Step 4 Replacing Tanya Peterson $44,595

The City of St. Stephen City Council will hold its business meeting on the regularly scheduled date: July 3, 2013. The business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Please note the change in meeting time.

/s/ Cris Drais City of St. Stephen City Clerk Dated: June 17, 2013 Publish: June 21, 2013


Notice is hereby given that sealed 7. Rob Graham SMS/ Custodian 8hr/day RIII, Step 3 Replacing Dorothy Slivnik bids will be received by the Board SHS $16.95 of Education, District 748 Public 8. Justin Kirkham SHS School Counselor MA, Step 2 New Position Schools, Stearns-Benton Coun$42,893 ties, Sartell, Minn., until 1 p.m., 9. Erin Nordmark SMS Art Teacher MA, Step 5 Replacing Gayle Swoboda Central Time, Tuesday, July 9, $45,447 2013, for the purchase of MILK 10. Brian Petersen ORE Grade 3 Teacher BA, Step 3 Replacing Cyndy Helger- AND BREAD PRODUCTS as $34,862 son listed by section above and ac11. Bradly Scherer SMS 9th-grade girls basket- BA +20, Step Replacing Craig Braun cording to specifications on file in 3 $39,303 ball, 8.35% the Office of the Director of Business Services, District 748 Public Schools, Sartell District Service Contract Renewal: Center, 212 Third Ave. N., Sartell, Minn. 56377, at which time the Name Bldg. Position Compensation Change bids will be opened publicly and 12. Mike Spanier DSC Director of Learning $87,895 Completion of 2012-2013 read aloud in the board room loServices Contract cated in the Sartell District Center, 212 Third Ave. N., Sartell, Minn. Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings: 56377, and tabulated for review Policy meeting, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m. by staff members who will make Finance and Operations Committee Meeting, Thursday, June 13, 2013 @2:00 p.m. recommendations to the Board of The Board completed official review of Policies 714, 801, 802 and 807. Education for their consideration at a later meeting. At that time, The Board had the second of three readings of proposed New Policy 215. copies of the tabulation will be The Board had first of two readings of revisions of Policies: 705, 710, 712 and 805. available to interested parties or the bids otherwise made public There was continued discussion about the transition of the position of interim superintendent being fulfilled by and the Board will take action Mike Spanier, current director of learning services. thereon. A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m. was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies. All in favor. Motion carried. Specifications and bid forms may be obtained from the Director of __________________________________________ Business Services, District 748 Public Schools, Sartell District Jason Nies, clerk/treasurer

Center, 212 Third Ave. N., Sartell, Minn. 56377, 320-656-3721. Bids are to be submitted in an opaque, sealed envelope addressed to the Director of Business Services, District 748 Public Schools, Sartell District Center, 212 Third Ave. N., Sartell, Minn. 56377, and clearly marked on the outside “Bid Proposal for MILK AND BREAD PRODUCTS.” Each bidder must furnish with each proposal a certified check or bid bond in the amount of 5 percent of the bid made payable to the Treasurer of District 748 Public Schools, Sartell, Minn. 56377, to be forfeited as damages in case the proposal be accepted and the bidder fails to enter into a contract with the Owner or fails to deliver services as specified according to the provision of these bid specifications. The Board reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive any informalities in bids. BOARD OF EDUCATION ISD #748 Sartell-St. Stephen Public Schools Steve Wruck Director of Business Services Publish: June 21 and 28, 2013


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Friday, June 21, 2013

Bambi scampers through Heritage Drive photo by Kimberly Leigh or K. Leigh Photography

On June 13, a lone “Bambi” delighted neighbors when it wandered into a neighborhood near Heritage Drive in Sartell. There was no “mom” in sight and so the neighbors coaxed the fawn, on its wobbly legs, back into the woods so it wouldn’t get hit by the heavy traffic. Neighborhood children squealed with delight as “Bambi” seemed to put on quite a show just for the kids.

Milaca, Sauk Rapids-Rice get top honors Milaca and two Sauk Rapids-Rice marching bands were the top winners in the June 7 SummerFest 2013 Grand Parade.

The judges named the Milaca band first place in the middle-school category, followed by Sauk Rapids-Rice and Cold Spring Rocori.

In the high school category, Sauk Rapids-Rice was tops, followed by New York Mills and Dassel-Cokato.

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The St. Cloud Area Roller Dolls will compete in a doubleheader June 22 in the Sartell Bernick’s Pepsi Arena.

Roller Dolls to star in derby show at Bernick’s The St. Cloud Area Roller Dolls will star in a double-header show Saturday, June 22 in Bernick’s Arena in Sartell. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be donated to the “Suicide Prevention Hotline,” which is operated through St. Cloud State Uni-

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versity. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the show will start at 6 p.m. Other teams are the “Mad Girls” from Mankato and the “North Star Roller Girls Badger Sisters” of Minneapolis.

Friday, June 21, 2013 Friday, June 21 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. Collegeville Kidstock, featuring the Okee Dokee Brothers, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Watab picnic grounds, St. John’s Aboretum, Collegeville. arboretum@ St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 22 Hike to raise awareness, raise funds, raise hope, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Boundary Creek Neighborhood Park, 10122 104th Ave. N., Maple Grove. Proceeds benefit Place of Hope. Donate at to help meet the $13,000 matching grant challenge. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Colum-


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bus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. Dan Hylton concert, 8-10:30 p.m., Local Blend, 19 W. Minnesota St., St. Joseph. No cover.

Monday, June 24 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 9 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. Tuesday, June 25 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wednesday, June 26 Pickleball, blend of badminton,


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tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 55+ driver improvement course, (4-hour refresher course), 8 a.m.noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. 4-H Camp Counselor training, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Val Smith Park, Sartell.

p.m., Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Registration is required. 320-253-9359. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, including patriotic songs and popular pieces, 8 p.m. St. Cloud State University.

Thursday, June 27 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., St. Cloud State University. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “Dig into the Garden,” 2:30-3:30

Friday, June 28 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 Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected.

Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. “The Cloud of Unknowing: The Practice of Spiritual Maturity,” a retreat and presentation, 9 a.m.-11:15 a.m., Spirituality Center. 320-3637112. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, June 29 Brat sale, sponsored by the Y2K Lions, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Joseph Food Shelf. Old glasses, hearing aids and cell phones collected.


CASH FOR CARS. All cars/ trucks wanted. Running or not! Top dollar paid. We come to you! Any make/model. Call for instant offer. 1-800-8719134. (MFPA)



Prime Retail/Office Space in Avon. Next to Subway and McDonald’s. 1,000 sq. ft., Move-in ready, 320-260-1340. 25-1x-p.


Seamstress Barbara Howard – expert bridal- and formal-wear alterations; master tailoring for men’s, women’s and military; alterations, repairs, mending and custom sewing; and theatrical and historical re-enactment costuming. By appointment, 320-310-2024. 9-14x-p.

Mattress Outlet Twin Sets from $99 Full Pillowtop Sets from $160 Queen Pillowtop Sets from $195 King Pillowtop Sets from $350

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If you are looking for a feline who is both spunky and sweet, then meet Tabitha. She is a brown tabby who is just under 2 years old and is spayed. She came to the shelter with her pal Tommy due to landlord issues. In her previous home Tabitha and Tommy enjoyed racing around the house and playing with feather teasers. We were told that Tabitha has a keen ability to sense when you’re feeling sad. She will contentedly sit by you to help chase those blues away. Tabitha also lived with teenagers and a large dog. “Helping one animal won’t change the world … but it will change the world for that one animal!” Dogs - 11 Rabbits - 1

Cats - 35 Fancy Mice - 2

Kittens - 2 Guinea Pig - 1

Tri-County Humane Society 735 8th St. NE • PO Box 701 St. Cloud, MN 56302


Hours: Monday-Thursday Noon-6 p.m., Friday Noon-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday Noon-5 p.m.


Mural from front page with a grant from the Arts Ac-

Sartell Newsleader • cess program, administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The completed tiles will be assembled into a mural to be displayed at the Paramount Visual Arts Center through the

month of October. Then the mural will be displayed in Minneapolis, and possibly then in Berkeley, Calif., where the first Disability Mural Project started. To sign up for a workshop,

Friday, June 21, 2013

call Sheri Pfau of Sartell at 320230-9412. Pfau is one of the workshop instructors and will help assemble the mural. “People don’t have to be an artist to come to these workshops,” Pfau said. “We will help them create their own tiles. They can bring in photos, photocopies of art works, pictures from magazines or anything they like. We will help them transfer their images to the tiles. What we want is for everyone who comes to the workshops to have a good time.”

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Pfau also noted close friends, family or caretakers can accompany disabled participants to the workshops. The following is a list of the workshops: June 22, July 16 and 27 at Independent Lifestyles in Sauk Rapids; July 27: Paramount Visual Arts Center in downtown St. Cloud; Aug. 9: Independent Lifestyles; Aug. 14: Paramount Visual Arts Center; and Aug. 18: Independent Lifestyles. People can find out the exact meeting times for each workshop when they call to register.

Call the Newsleader at 363-7741

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