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St. Stephen sets Centennial Planning meeting

The St. Stephen Centennial is planned for July 18-20. A meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29 at City Hall. Can’t attend but want to volunteer? Contact the St. Stephen clerk at 320-290-0424.

Newsleader office closed; no paper on July 4th

The Newsleader office will be closed June 30 - July 4. A July 4 edition will not be published. The office will reopen on Monday, July 7 and will resume weekly publications beginning July 11.

New pastor begins June 29 at First United Methodist

The public is invited to welcome the Rev. Leah Rosso, who will serve as the new lead pastor of the First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region, 1107 Pinecone Road S., Sartell, during her first worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29. The service will be followed by an informal reception in the church fellowship hall. Rosso formerly served as associate pastor at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis. She and her husband, Todd, and their three children recently moved to Sartell. Her new FUMC congregation invites the public to join she and her family as well as to visit its new building in Sartell after moving from downtown St. Cloud in 2013. For more information contact the church office at 320 2510804, or visit the church website at

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Book gives vivid glimpses of St. Stephen history by Dennis Dalman

Unearthing St. Stephen’s history in the form of photographs was a daunting task for a mother-and-daughter team, but they rolled up their sleeves, took a deep breath and managed to do it. Last year, Verdell Rudolph and daughter Anita Smoley agreed to gather photos from anywhere and everywhere to help celebrate St. Stephen’s Centennial. The two women sent out feelers, but there were few responses. They were very disappointed, at first. Rolling up their sleeves a little further, they became a bit more aggressive and practically pommeled people in St. Stephen to cough up old photographs. Their insistence, persistence and whip-cracking paid off. In the coming months, since last January, they managed to round up nearly 400 vintage photos – some as early as 1871 when the first church was built in what was then just a territory, not a town. Thanks to Verdell and Anita, a 97-page book containing almost 300 photos has been published to commemorate St. Stephen’s 100th birthday. A two-day bash will take Book • page 3

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Anita Smoley (left) and her mother, Verdell Rudolph, peruse the final proofs of their St. Stephen photo history book just days before its printing by Sentinel Press, St. Cloud. The two women spent months collecting and collating hundreds of photos, old and new, that tell the story in images of the city’s 100-year-old history.

Sex-trafficking topic of novel, of church meeting by Dennis Dalman

A disturbing new novel by Dennis Herschbach of Sartell will take center stage at Celebration Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10 when the author and other concerned citizens will discuss the grim topic of sex-trafficking. The public is

invited. The sponsors of the meeting are members of Celebrate Freedom Task Force, a group from Celebration Lutheran Church determined to alert the public about the horrors of sex-trafficking of girls, women, boys and even babies. Herschbach, too, is so mortified by the worldwide problem he made it the topic of his novel, A River Through Two Harbors,

Schuneman retires after 45 years as bus driver

Hailing all ballplayers for co-ed game July 19

by Dennis Dalman

Ballplayers are being sought for a co-ed slow-pitch softball game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 19 at Smoley Field in St. Stephen. This event is in conjunction with other citywide events celebrating St. Stephen’s Centennial. Eligible players must be 18 years or older, and must have played or coached St. Stephen Little league boy’s baseball or girl’s softball. Advanced registration is expected. Please contact Mike Gillen by phone or text at 320-248-6820; email

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which is a work of fiction but based solidly on actual facts. The book is Herschbach’s third mystery novel, all of which take place in or near Two Harbors, Minn. where he once lived and taught. At the July 10 meeting, Herschbach will read excerpts from his book. The “river” in the novel refers to the Trafficking • page 8

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Patty Schuneman of St. Stephen, shown here with husband Clarence, recently retired after 45 years of driving school bus for Sartell schools. She was recently honored with a statewide award for her remarkable safety record – 45 years of driving without an accident.

It’s been a landmark month for Patty Schuneman of St. Stephen, a school bus driver who not only recently retired but who was honored with a “Transportation Specialist Award” from the Minnesota School Bus Operators’ Association. Schuneman drove a Trobec bus for Sartell schools for 45 years. In all of those years, in driving through Minnesota’s often fickle and nasty weather, she never had an accident. Schuneman was feted at the MSBOA convention at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids recently. In presenting the plaque, the speaker praised her for her accident-free bus-driving years, and the audience applauded heartily. “Patty’s always began and ended the day with a smile,” said the speaker. It was a happy day, a happy month, for Patty, her husband Clarence and their children. It was pleasant to be honored

by so many for a job she has always enjoyed. The Schunemans’ four daughters all attended the ceremony at Sugar Lake Lodge: Faye and Julie Schuneman of St. Stephen, Rennie Schuneman of Clear Lake and Amy Miller of Becker. Their two sons, Danny and David, could not make it. Two of the Schunemans’ other children died tragically of cancer – Mary Knettel at age 48, seven years ago, and Mike, at age 52, five years ago. In 1969, there was a need for a schoolbus driver in the Sartell-St. Stephen area. Tony Trobec of Trobec’s Bus Service, St. Stephen, talked Schuneman into giving the job a try. Reluctant at first, she tried it. And loved it. “Tony figured Patty’s a good ol’ farm girl, therefore she’d make a good bus driver,” Clarence said. “The best thing about the job was all the good friends I made with the children,” Patty recalled. Each school day, she would rise at Schuneman • page 4

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Tara Bishop of Sartell is the recipient of the school of education dean’s scholarship for undergraduate students from St. Cloud State University. She is a senior at SCSU. The award is $2,000 for the 2014-15 academic year. To be eligible, students must demonstrate a minimum 3.5 grade-point average.

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Team members include (front row, left to right) : Carter Voigt and Nathan Hilbert, both of St Cloud; (kneeling) Edgar Waldusky of St Cloud, Connor Kalthoff and Cole Schroers, both of Sartell; and (back row) Logan Lommel, Waite Park, Cole Tetrault, St Cloud, Dylan Michaud, Luke Spanier and Eric Minnerath, all of Sartell, Nathan Windfeldt, Andrew Pearson, Jake Minkkinen and Kole Kutzera, all of St. Cloud. Coaches are Monty Lommel and Joe Tetrault. Not pictured: TJ Neis, Sartell; Scott Kippley, St. Cloud; and Alex Delcastillo, Sartell.

Becker Maverick U14 boys soccer team takes first The Becker Maverick U14 Boys soccer team took first place with a big win 9-1 over Inver Grove Heights Sting in the NESA

Soccer tournament June 6-8 in Maplewood, Minn. The team also took first place in Shakopee over the weekend of May 17-18.

Lucas Reitz, son of Heidi and Alan Reitz of Sartell, recently graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther Dollege, Decorah, Iowa with the class of 2014.

Joshua Rostad, psychological science, cum laude; Arynn Teigland, mathematics; and Mallory Waytashek, psychological science, magna cum laude.

Clare Rueter of Sartell was recently awarded the Diana and Robert Carter Scholarship for first-year business students from St. Cloud State University. Established in 2005 by Diana and Robert Carter, this scholarship supports first-year or transfer students majoring in business. Preference is given to female students who have at least a 3.0 gradepoint average. Five 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, Rachel Scharf and Janelle Thienes. Students must earn a minimum 3.7 grade-point average to achieve this honor. Six Sartell students recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. They and their major are as follows: Kate Hellie, management; Jenna Legatt, physics, magna cum laude; Megan Maricle-Roberts, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, magna cum laude;

Alycia Stidmon of Sartell was recently named to the spring dean’s list for academic excellence from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. Students must achieve a minimum 3.5 gradepoint average to be recognizes. Cassandra Samson of Sartell, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wis. Eight Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at the University of Duluth, Minn. They are the following: Samantha Dullinger, senior, graphic design; Jordan Gaytan, sophomore, electrical engineering; Kyle Gross, freshman, biology; Phillip Hoelscher, freshman, theatre; Taylor Mareck, sophomore, undeclared; Mattie Nieters, senior, cell and molecular biology; Ryan Schefers, junior, mechanical engineering; and Abigail Whitney, junior, biology. Students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to receive this honor.

Five Sartell students recently graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn. They are the following: Megan Bachman, bachelor’s degree in biology; Mitchell Schramel, cum laude, bachelor’s degree in biochemistry; and Breanna Emblom, cum laude; Julie Loscheider and Elysia Peterson, who each earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing. Five Sartell students were recently named to the principal’s honor roll at St. John’s Prepatory School, Collegeville. They are the following: Samantha Beckers, seventh-grader, daughter of Kristin and Shawn Beckers; Kyra Hulsebus, freshman, and Anya Hulsebus, seventh-grader, daughters of Wendy and Spencer Hulsebus; Ian Lo, seventh-grader, son of Rachel Schuneman and Yang Lo; and Cormac Smith, seventh-grader, son of Penelope and Daniel Smith. Students attaining the the principal’s honor roll have a gradeIf any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. June 8 10:20 a.m. 7th Street N. Verbal. A report was made regarding an adult male and an adult female arguing. Officers arrived and both parties admitted to the argument being verbal only. They stated they were done and needed no assistance. 5:20 p.m. Hi Vue Park. Domestic. A report was made regarding two females arguing and one yelling for help. An officer arrived and found two juvenile sisters were verbally fighting and their mother had just arrived home. June 9 3:43 p.m. 2-½ Street N. Dog. A complaint was made regarding a dog barking. An officer arrived

point average of 3.0 to 3.4999. Two Sartell students recently graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn. They are Wylie Boehmlehner and Anna Gould. Holly Berger of St. Stephen, recently graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and youth ministry from Oak Hills Christian College, Cass Lake, Minn. Seven Sartell students were recently named to the headmaster’s honor roll at St. John’s Prepatory School, Collegeville. The are the following: Ana Deal-Hansen, seventh-grader, daughter of Teri and Dick DealHansen; Alexander Holt, freshmen, son of Pam Bacon and Glenn Holt; Sydney Lo, sophomore, daughter of Rachel Schuneman and Yang Lo; Luke Payne, junior, son of Sandy and Troy Payne; Gabriel Woodard, eighth-grader, son of Zhanna and Brandon Woodard; Lilly Xie, freshmen, daughter of Ying Zhou and Kevin Xie; and Lindsay Zerfas, senior, daughter of Vicki Ray of Sartell and Pat Zerfas of Elk River. Students attaining the headmaster’s honor roll have earned a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher.


and spoke with the owner about the barking. June 11 4:06 a.m. 4th Street N. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding unknown persons walking through a neighborhood and attempting to open doors. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate anyone suspicious. 3:25 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The male was located and admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released. June 12 6:09 a.m. Autumn Drive. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver stated she was unaware of her license status and she was unable to provide proof of insurance. She was issued citations for both violations and released. 6:32 p.m. 1st Street NE. Domestic. A report was made regarding an adult male and an adult female arguing. The female left the residence and had no plans to

Friday, June 27, 2014 BankVista of Sartell was recently named a Top Performer by ICBA Independent Banker®, the award-winning magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America® and the nation’s numberone source for community banking news in its June issue. “BankVista is pleased to be recognized as an ICBA Top Performer,” said Stefan Freeman, president & CEO of BankVista. “As a proud member of Sartell and Central Minnesota, we credit our loyal customers and dedicated employees for our success. We look forward to serving the unique needs of our communities and helping them grow and prosper in the years to come.” For more information, visit and click on the June 27 People. St. Cloud Metro Bus was recently named “2014 Urban Transportation System of the Year” by the Community Transportation Association of America. The ceremony was part of its annual conference, this year held in St. Paul. This is the first time a Minnesota system has received this honor. The Urban Community Transportation System of the Year is awarded to systems that provide service in an urban area of more than 50,000 population. For more information visit and click on June 27 People. return.

June 13 3:40 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female was located and she admitted to the theft. She was issued a citation and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. 6:22 p.m. 1st Street NE. Verbal. A report was made regarding an adult male and an adult female arguing. Both parties stated the argument was verbal only. Officers remained until the adult male left for the evening. June 14 1:14 p.m. Hi Vue Drive. Juvenile problem. A report was made regarding two juveniles outside throwing rocks at a residence. An officer spoke with the juveniles’ mother and she said she would handle the situation. June 15 10:08 a.m. 19th Avenue S. Traffic stop. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 56 mph in a posted 40mph zone. The driver stated he Blotter • page 3

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Book from front page place July 18-20. During that time, the St. Stephen Centennial Photo Book will be for sale. “It was a big challenge,” Verdell said, but she admitted it was a challenge she and her daughter both enjoyed, despite the hassles, because both enjoy perusing old photos and the history of the city they love. “What was time-consuming was putting the photos in order, once we got them, and then numbering each one and then putting them into categories,”

Blotter from page 2 was not aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. 8:20 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The male admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released. 10:55 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female admitted to the theft. She was issued a citation and released.

Verdell noted. Anita and Verdell are both firm believers in the old adage a picture is worth a thousand words – sometimes more. That is why, Verdell said, their book is heavy on photos and lighter on text. It’s a visual record, in black-and-white and color, of more than 100 years of St. Stephen history: its rural beginnings; its businesses then and now; the people who were born, lived, worked and died there; the importance of the church; its schools; the city’s fire department; its long tradition of homegrown baseball teams; its parades; its activities; its governance; its achievements.

One of the most difficult aspects of putting the picture book together is all too many of the photos were not dated or labeled. That fact made for a lot of detective work and best-estimate guessing on the part of Anita and Verdell. However, since both have lived in St. Stephen for half a century, they – especially Verdell – were adept at honing in on the approximate date of each photo and recognizing people in each shot or finding someone who did know them. There are, alas, still some “blanks” here and there, and yet all of the photos bespeak volumes of the colorful and rich history of St. Stephen

June 16 2:01 p.m. 1st Street NE. Animal. A report was made regarding ducks falling into a storm drain. The drain cover was removed and an officer went inside and removed nine baby ducks from the drain. 6:12 p.m. 2 ½ Street. Welfare check. A report was made regarding an adult female with possible mental-health issues. Officers arrived and found the female was unable to care for herself and was yelling incoherently. She was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital without incident.

Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls regarding an individual in the Mississippi River, Le Sauk Township, who was hanging onto a tree after capsizing her kayak. Sheriff’s deputies, along with personnel from the St. Cloud Police and Fire departments, responded to the scene and found a woman holding onto a downed tree in the river north of the 9th Avenue Bridge. The 9th Avenue Bridge separates St. Cloud from Sauk Rapids. She was brought safely to the west bank of the river. She reported no injuries from this incident. Gold Cross Ambulance and Sartell Police also assisted at the scene.

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Left: This goofy, double-decker jalopy – obviously rigged for fun – was one of the units in a St. Stephen parade, probably sometime in the 1950s. It is one of hundreds of photos submitted for potential inclusion in the St. Stephen Centennial photo book to be sold during the city’s big birthday party July 18-20. Above: Willie Peternell leans against a truck in this photo taken sometime, probably, in the 1950s. Peternell Trucking was one of the many businesses that thrived during St. Stephen’s long history. Willie is one of the nephews of Ed Peternell, who, now at 102 years old, is older than the history of his home place, St. Stephen, founded as an incorporated city in 1914. and its people. Verdell, who was raised in St. Cloud, met and married Larry Rudolph of St. Wendel 50 years ago. In fact, just this past week they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have

four children: Anita Smoley of St. Stephen; Renee Narlock (Wisconsin); Scott, who lives near Holdingford; and Aaron, who lives in Opole. They have 12 grandchildren and one greatgrandson.

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Artist, 15, earns 22 awards, garners raves

by Dennis Dalman

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Above: Claire Miller loves to explore textures and the interaction of colors in her paintings, as in this picture of a flower. Left: Claire Miller excels in evoking pensive moods with her portraits.

Don’t be surprised if the works of Sartell artist Claire Miller someday grace the walls of major museums. At Miller age 15, the Cathedral High School student’s paintings have already garnered raves and awards. Twenty-two awards, to be exact. Miller’s high-school art instructors are Tony Keller and Dan Nelson. Recently, she placed third in the Sixth Congressional District’s High School Art Contest. In addition, she is the first Minnesota high-school student to win Blick’s International “Celebrating Art” contest. Two of her works (one of a cow, the other of a ballerina) were among the top 10 winners and photos in that contest, and they were published in the Celebrating Art book. She also won honorable mentions in the Cleveland Art Institute’s National High School Contest and in the Minnesota Junior Duck High School Art Contest. Other awards include four honors, including Gold Key awards for painting and drawing in the Minnesota Scholastic Art and Writing Contest; five awards just recently in the Central Minnesota High School Art competi-

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6:30 a.m. and make her rounds, picking up as many as 77 children to take to Sartell schools. In the afternoon, she’d do pickups at the schools and get home by 4:45 p.m. “Last winter was about the worst winter ever of the 45 years I drove school bus,” Patty said. “A good winter to retire after. The worst kind of weather

tions (Granite Ride and Minnesota State High School League). Miller’s works have found places of honor on the walls of many area museums and venues – exhibitions in Little Falls, Elk River and, most recently, at The Rivers Art Exhibit at the Paramount Theater. Miller, the daughter of Deb and Todd Miller of Sartell, just received a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board to work with acclaimed artist Yudong Shen to help prepare her portfolio for when she applies for college. “He’s amazing,” Miller said of Shen. “He has a studio in Shoreview, and I’m taking lessons from him in oil painting, charcoal and pastels.” Another teacher is Harvey Schroeder of Elk River, now retired, who teaches oil painting on Wednesday nights. Miller paints in his studio in the winter months. Miller began painting when she was in eighth grade. “I’ve always liked art, ever since I was little,” she said. “I remember the first painting I did was of a tree.” About half the time Miller paints directly from the life in front of her and about half the time using photos as starting points. She even painted a few outdoor photos while standing amidst the setting she was painting – a challenging way to paint and which artists call “plein air” painting. Painting right in the open air from nature was pio-

neered by French impressionist master Claude Monet, who is Miller’s favorite artist. “I just recently went to Chicago’s Institute of Art and saw all the Monets they have there,” she said, her voice filled with awe. “They were amazing paintings. And they had a lot of other great impressionist painters’ works there too.” Before doing a painting, Miller usually first thinks of what she wants to achieve. Sometimes it’s a certain color or color combination; sometimes it’s a certain design or composition; sometimes it’s a mood or emotional evocation. “A lot of my paintings are very exact and very refined,” she said. “Others are more impressionistic, looser, not photographic looking.” Miller defines her art as based on the visible world, representational rather than abstract. She’s done many small paintings, as small as 5-by-7 inch, but more recently she likes the challenge of bigger canvases, up to 20-by24 foot. Miller has a twin sister, Elise, who sometimes dabbles in art but who wants to major in the field of medicine. Claire’s postgraduation plans are just as definite as her sister’s. “I’ll be going to an art college,” she said. And she will no doubt be winning more awards and places of honor on museum walls.

for driving school bus is when it’s foggy or icy.” Some of Schunemans’ favorite school-bus driving memories relate to special times of the year, like Easter and Christmas, when children would bring her little gifts. During one Christmas season, all the kids on the bus – all but one little girl – proudly presented Patty with gifts. The girl, feeling abashed and a bit sad that she hadn’t brought a gift, walked up to Patty and bashfully gave her a big sugar Christmas cookie

with a bite taken out of it. On June 4, the official date of her retirement, Schuneman’s family and friends held a celebration for her in St. Stephen Lions Park. One daughter brought a bottle of champagne. “It feels good that I’m retired,” Schuneman said. “That’s because I’m so busy. I have a big yard, a big garden. We have a summer place up north by Hackensack, and I love to fish – summer and winter. And now I can spend more time with my family.”

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Be aware of suicidal behavior to prevent ‘permanent solution’ Suicide, as they say, is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It’s a crying shame more people don’t realize that before they take that drastic step. However, most people who kill themselves – teenagers especially – are not thinking rationally when they commit suicide. Emotions – horribly bad emotions – are doing their “thinking” for them. The statistics are devastating. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in the United States among youth ages 15 to 24. It’s the sixth leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 19.3 percent of high school students have seriously considered suicide, and 14.5 percent had made actual plans to do it. Recognition of suicidal behavior and treatments for it have improved, but there is still a long way to go. The stigma related to suicide must end. Too often, suicide is something people whisper about or pretend does not exist or won’t happen to anyone they know or love. That stigma, that denial, is what most often interferes with people brushing off the serious signs of impending suicide or suicide attempts. Parents, professionals and friends should learn and remember behavioral signs that could lead to suicide. Here is a list of some of them: Personality changes, unexplained depression, loss of interest in daily living, trouble sleeping, sudden fatigue, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, withdrawal from friends and family, feelings of sadness, irritability, aggressive or defiant attitudes, extreme anxiety or panic, neglect of appearance and hygiene, trouble concentrating, poor school performance, the sudden giving away of personal property, drug and/or alcohol abuse. Those behavioral troubles do not necessarily mean someone is suicidal, but – nonetheless – they do cry out to be taken care of, to find root causes, to get effective treatments. If parents or friends think someone is about to commit suicide, they should immediately seek help – even if it involves an intervention involving counselors, the police or other professionals. Children who feel connected, supported and understood by adults and peers are much less likely to ponder thoughts of suicide. Good parents and others realize love and understanding are the best preventive “medicines.” Teenage suicide is utterly devastating in that it leaves a black void in their loved ones that never really goes away. Survivors are often plagued by guilt and the head-hammering question of Why? Why? Why? That is why support groups are essential for loved ones of people who killed themselves. Unfortunately, not enough of those groups exist. To prevent suicide, people must remain aware, heed the warning signs and always take a suicide threat seriously by seeking help for the person. Having a suicide help-line number written in the phone book is also a good idea. The National Alliance on Mental Illness HelpLine toll-free number is 1-800-950-6264.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Opinion Can education stop anti-female barbarity? These words of Hillary Clinton should ring loud and clear as a clarion call to action: “Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” She said that in her powerful 1995 landmark speech at the United Nation’s Women’s Conference in Beijing. During her speech, Clinton’s voice quavered with indignation and anger as she voiced a ghastly litany of crimes against females, against human beings, such as newborn baby girls in China killed by starvation, drowning, suffocation or breaking their spines just because they are unwanted “female” babies. These vicious crimes against women still happen with sickening regularity, day and night, throughout the world. One day last May, a crowd stood and watched as a 25-year-old woman, Farzana Parveen, was beaten to death with bricks and bats outside a courtroom in Lahore, Pakistan. Her crime? She married a man she loved instead of the cousin she was ordered to marry. Her self-appointed executioners included her father, her brother and the cousin she’d rejected as a mate. The police arrested the father, who said his daughter had shamed the family. “I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent,” he said. “And I have no regret over it.” That kind of anti-female savagery happens every day. Just in Pakistan, estimates range in the thousands every year for the numbers of girls or women killed by their families for actual or perceived adultery, premarital sex or even disobedience. The twisted name for this monstrous

Dennis Dalman Editor crime is “honor killings.” Islam’s holy book, the Quran, does not mention “honor killings.” And yet – this is the truly sick aspect – perpetrators use their religion as an excuse not just to oppress women but to kill them at the slightest whim. Islam does have strict prohibitions and punishments for “crimes” such as adultery, but at least there is supposed to be a heavy burden of proof on the accuser in a court of law. This anti-woman rage is most common among supposedly “religious” people, like the goons who recently kidnapped an entire school of girls in Nigeria, or the Taliban fanatic who shot a girl in the head while she was sitting in a school bus, or the woman in India who was burned to death because she “dishonored” her family. These are people who invent a “religion” to suit their irrational hatreds. What can possibly fuel such stark cruelties? How could men anywhere be opposed to girls or women going to school? Don’t these men have mothers, sisters, wives, daughters whom they love? Why wouldn’t they want the best for them and for other females everywhere? Even if men are opposed to female education because of some ludicrous “religious” prohibition real or imagined, how on earth can they take the brutal step of killing a girl or woman just because she wants to learn and possibly be happy in this world? It’s like

male chauvinism run amok – but male chauvinism so hate-filled, so poisonous that it spills over into murder. Let there be no doubt that extremist forms of religion encourage and condone those kinds of violence against women. Even in the United States, there are some so-called Christian sects that claim the Bible justifies treating women as lesser than men and that punishing women by husbands is OK in the eyes of God, even marital “rapes” being excused by some adherents of pseudo-biblical nonsense. The only way to get rid of these kinds of violence is to get rid of the extremist religions that nurture such cruelties These radicals are nothing but medieval throwbacks who fear and hate the modern world because knowledge (especially women’s education) threatens their male-dominant power bases and weakens their inaccurate visions and responses to the real world. They are trying to live in a past that no longer exists and that probably never did exist in the “sacred purity” they like to imagine it did. It’s not surprising the fear of being so wrong and unjustified can unleash such hatred and violence. Al Qaeda is a prime example of these festering ingrown toenails, medieval nostalgists who seethe with hatred because their outrageous beliefs can find few safe harbors in an enlightened world. But, alas, since it’s impossible to wave a wand and eradicate extremist “religions,” the only solution is through education, to help these extremists see the errors of their ways. But that is going to take education, lots of education. Education for men and – here’s the hitch – education for women. All women.

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decade. As I get older I find myself reflectThe lives which we take for granted ing on life. More specifically on my life here in America are mere dreams for here in this country. I think of what the majority of the world. The poorest this life has given me and my family. among us live lives of luxury when I speculate on how life might have Guest Writer compared to the rest of the world. Our been different in some other country. freedoms are too precious to take for I know from time to time we all take our freedoms for granted. I do. I try news. If I don’t like what one station granted. When we get tired of a politito be thankful for what this all means, is reporting, I turn to another and an- cian, we vote him out and give him a but I know I fall short. I don’t mean to other. It’s my choice. I go outside and fat pension. We don’t shoot him and compare living in America with living get the newspaper. The news disturbs his family. When Congress passes a somewhere else; I just want to note me and I write a letter to the editor law that doesn’t work, we override some of what living as an American expressing my unhappiness with some it through the courts. And no one is politician or some government pro- above the law. The same speed limit means to me. Here in my seventh decade of life I gram, and nobody comes knocking on that applies to me on the highway apstill am amazed by the little things. I my door to ask for an “explanation.” It plies to presidents and all government officials alike. got up this morning and switched the is great to be an American. This column is about my love afWhat if, back in 1940, I had been thermostat on to air conditioning and within minutes my home was deli- born to Jewish parents in Germany, or fair with America. This column is ciously comfy. In the kitchen, I push a drawn my first breath in Central Africa? about how proud I am to have been so button and in moments I have hot cof- What if I had been born in Stalin’s Rus- blessed to have been born here instead fee. I push another button and cook my sia, the Middle East or even worse in of those other places I talked about. It breakfast. I serve myself on beautiful North Korea? As a matter of question, is my hope reading it will cause you to dishes which, after breakfast, I place what if I had been born anywhere but re-examine your life here in America. Fairness and ethics Newsleader staff members have the respon- in the dishwasher to have ready for my in this glorious country called America? How blessed you and I are. Knowing me the way I do, it is unlikely sibility to report news fairly and accurately and next meal. I would have survived to my seventh I turn on the TV and watch the are accountable to the public. Readers who feel we’ve fallen short of these standards are urged to call the Newsleader office at 363-7741. The Newsleaders If matters cannot be resolved locally, readers P.O. Box 324 are encouraged to take complaints to the MinSt. Joseph, MN 56374 nesota News Council, an independent agency designed to improve relationships between the Email: public and the media and resolve conflicts. The Please include your full name for publication (and address and phone number for verification only). council office may be reached at 612-341-9357.

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Friday, June 27 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 6th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Brat Sale, sponsored by St. Joseph Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, 26 1st Ave. NW. All tips donations, and profits contributed to St. Joseph Food Shelf. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2.

Saturday, June 28 Collegeville Kidstock, family friendly outdoor music festival, noon5 p.m., St. John’s University. 320363-3163; MFCA Tackle Cancer High School All-Star Football Game, 1 p.m., Clemens Stadium, St. John’s University, Collegeville. Monday, June 30 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. Tuesday, July 1 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767.


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Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

Wednesday, July 2 Blood drive, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 Cty. Rd. 2 N., St. Joseph. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Belle Bottom w/Stephanie Varone. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964. Thursday, July 3 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud.

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St. Joseph. 1-800-582-4291 or www. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240. Tuesday, July 8 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 100 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud, 1-888-234-1294. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489. Wednesday, July 9 Blood drive, 1-7 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 320 4th Ave., Sartell. 1-800-733-2767. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by the Johnny Holm Band.

Monday, July 7 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 1036 Cty. Rd. 4, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. Fare For All, 4-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2,

Thursday, July 10 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Boy Scouts Annual Lawn Social, hosted by the Bernick family, 6-8:30 p.m., north of Sartell along the Mississippi River.



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CITY OF SARTELL 125 PINECONE ROAD SARTELL, MINN. 56377 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS UNDER MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTIONS 469.152 TO 469.165, ON BEHALF OF CENTRACARE HEALTH SYSTEM NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing shall be conducted by the City Council of the City of Sartell, Minn. (the “City”), at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at the City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road, Sartell, Minn., on a proposal that the City of St. Cloud issue revenue bonds (the “Revenue Bonds”) on behalf of CentraCare Health System, a Minnesota nonprofit corporation, and its affiliates (the “Corporation”), in one or more series, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sections 469.152 to 469.165, in an amount not to exceed approximately $130,000,000. A portion of the proceeds of the proposed Revenue Bonds will be used to finance the construction of an approximately 100-unit senior living facility on unimproved land located SE of the intersection of Pine Cone Road and Scout Drive in the City (the “Project”). The maxi-

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That a public hearing will be held before the city council of Sartell, Minn., at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Sartell City Hall, to hear all persons present upon application by Lisa


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Reimann, applicant and owner; to obtain a variance to the rear-yardlocation requirements. Mary Degiovanni City Administrator Publish: June 27, 2014


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Trafficking from front page flow of victims that go through Two Harbors on the way to the harbor in Duluth, where they are sold as sex slaves on the ships that dock there. Most of the victims are Native girls and women from the Thunder Bay area of Ontario who are coerced and captured by white or African-American pimps and then sold. Herschbach refers to an Aug. 4, 2013 story in the Minneapolis Tribune to underline the devastation of the sextrafficking problem that occurs practically under everyone’s noses. The story was written by Christine Stark, author of Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation. Stark is part Anishinabe and part Cherokee. ““Native women and teens are coerced and groomed into Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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In her story, Stark claims the following to be indisputable facts many people would prefer to ignore or deny: That Native Indian women are the only group who are predominately assaulted by men outside their race. And in prostitution, the vast majority of pimps are white or AfricanAmerican. That trafficking of Native Indian women is rampant in northern Minnesota. The victims are coerced and groomed into prostitution through gangs and organized crime.

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