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Town Crier Mahjong, games at Sartell Senior Center

Are you interested in Mahjong or other games like Rummikub, Scrabble, dominoes or a game of your choice? Currently a group of seniors plays Modern American Mahjong from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday mornings at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. They would like additional players who already know the game. This fall other games as mentioned will be held. Visit for more information in late summer. All games will be free and scheduling will be flexible. Call Gerri Boser at 320-260-4817 regarding Mahjong or to show interest in any of the other games. Or grab a good book during summer from our library; hours are from 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.

Introduction to essential oils scheduled July 17

“Live Life Better: Intro to Essential Oils,” will be presented by Dr. Melissa Brown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Solomon Centre, 1621 Sixth St. S., Sartell. Essential oils can be a healthy, natural solution for everything from anxiety to asthma and allergies, arthritis, depression and more. Learn practical applications to help achieve health and wellness goals using essential oils.

Furniture Drive scheduled July 13

A furniture and household goods drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the WACOSA Thrift Store, 310 Sundial Drive, Waite Park. Accepted items include the following: couches, love seats, hutches, lamps, easy chairs, recliners, rockers, tables and chairs, dressers, bed sets, TV stands, TVs 32” or smaller, head boards and matching bed sets and microwaves. The drive cannot accept items with rips, stains, rust or mold and reserves the right to refuse any items. To schedule pickup, call 320-656-9004.

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Perske fondly recalls ‘craziness’ of coaching years by Dennis Dalman

After trying to retire twice before, Sartell soccer coach Joe Perske is fairly certain this time they’ll let him do it, although he can’t help but chuckle, wondering if some crazy fluke would put him at the helm again. But thanks to the appointment of a new coach, Perske can indeed rest easy. He will, in fact, retire from his 10-year job as head coach for the Sartell High School Girls Soccer Team. It’s a sure thing. For sure. Many people have kidded Perske about his retirement “attempts.” In fact, some of them tease him by calling him the “Brett Favre of the Central Lakes Conference.” Twice, after he announced he would retire, there was nobody to take his place and so he was called upon to continue. Perske really didn’t mind continuing because he has always loved the job. But this time around, he was determined since he wants to spend more time on other pursuits, including more time with his family, his teaching job, his mayoral position and possibly a broadening involvement in the world of politics. Perske has taught physical edu-

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Soccer coach Joe Perske huddles with his players during a game. cation at Sartell Middle School since 1990. He is now serving his second term as the mayor of Sartell. The new head girls’ soccer coach is Cassie Raehsler, who was coached by Perske during his second year of coaching. (For more

on Raehsler, see story in today’s paper.) “She was a team captain and a great leader,” Perske said. “I’m sure she’ll continue that leadership.” If Perske hadn’t had daughters, he probably would never have

been a soccer coach. He and his wife, Janet, have three daughters: Michaela, Jenna and Greta. All were on the traveling soccer team at one time or another. Perske agreed to help coach the team, along with Josh Anderson, but Perske • page 4

Council approves 3-2 plan for dog park by Dennis Dalman

The woofs have it. By a vote of 3-2, the Sartell City Council at its July 8 meeting approved a sevenacre dog park for Pinecone Central Park.

Mayor Joe Perske and council member David Peterson voted “no,” not because they are opposed to a dog park, but both said they are concerned about parking problems in that part of the park and because a dog park might perhaps be a better fit in some other available park.

Council members Amy BraigLindstrom, Steve Hennes and Sarah Jane Nicoll all expressed positive support for a dog park within Pinecone Central Park. The plan also received unanimous support from the Sartell Park Commission in late June.

Currently, the Dog Park Action Committee is trying to raise $150,000 for dog-park fencing and for other amenities that could include water stations, a shelter and a dog-agility course with equipment. Fencing, DogPAC members noted, Park • page 5

Sartell woman’s novel began as a stress-reliever by Dennis Dalman

Upcoming programs at Waite Park Library

The Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park is offering the following programs: Read to Basil the Therapy Dog for children ages 5-10 from 11 a.m.-noon July 13; and Preschool Storytime featuring stories and a craft for children ages 3 to 6 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 16. Advanced registration is required for both events. Call 320253-9359 to register.

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This is the cover of Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published youngadult novel.

E v e n though Cindy Fitzthum’s just-published novel is a work of fiction, some family Fitzthum members and acquaintances swear they see themselves in some of the characters. Fitzthum is amused. “It’s fiction,” she tells them. “I created those characters.” While it’s true that some real-life bits and pieces, in one way or another, worked their

way into her novel, it’s still a work of fiction, Fitzthum noted. The book, titled “How Do You Choose the One?” was published recently by North Star Press of St. Cloud. The novel is so new Fitzthum has not had many reactions to the book yet, except by family and friends who’ve read it before its publication day. The book is a “young-adult” novel. Its main character is Ellie, who is in her 20s and has just finished college with a degree in finance. She faces several crises because she is torn between two men, Dalton and Shane, whom she both loves dearly, and she must also make

path decisions regarding her career. “How Do You Choose the One?” begins in the present when Ellie is an older woman. Much of the novel is told in memoir-style flashbacks as Ellie looks back and ponders the decisions she made in her life that brought her to her present situation. There are many surprises for readers along the way stemming from the twists and turns at critical junctions in Ellie’s long and complicated life. Some of the book’s other prominent characters are Ellie’s friends and confidantes – Katie, Libby and Betsy. Fitzthum began to write “How Do You Choose the Novel • page 8



Three Sartell students recently graduated from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. They are the following: Karen Hennen, nursing, SuLynn Williams, organizational behavior, and Megan Windschitl, nursing. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at Concordia College, Moorhead. They are the following: Robert Satterness, son of Lori and Neil Satterness, Sartell, and Grant Strom, son of Janelle and Terrence Strom. Students need to attain a grade-point average of at least a 3.7. Shruti Rai, Sartell, was recently selected as a National Society of High School Scholar. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Austin Timm, son of Patty and Bryan Timm, Sartell, was recently named to the spring semester dean’s list at St. Cloud State University. He earned a 4.0 grade-point average and is majoring in sports marketing.

Twenty-four Sartell students were recently named to the spring president’s list at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. They are the following: Jesse Abfalter, welding/fabrication; Melanie Anderson, nursing; Peter Barrett, nursing; David Bozych, welding/ fabrication; Angela Burnett, child and adult care and education; April Clark, office technology; Lauren Cruze, liberal arts and sciences; Nicole Entenmann, liberal arts and sciences; Faye Flicker, health services and pre-nursing; Kari Forthun, computer programming; Timothy Gratke, energy technical specialist; Stephanie Hennen, accounting: Andrew Hollencamp, carpentry; Chase Jessen, electrical construction technology; Hailie Kalis, dental assistant; Emily Kelm, practical nursing; Christopher Lawson, Cisco networking; Jeremy Limpert, energy technical specialist; John Lovitz, residential heating and air conditioning; Jodi Meichsner, office technology; Joseph Newinski, liberal arts and sciences; Duwayne Olson, electrical construction technology; Andrew Stellmach, network administra-

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tion; and Dana Svensson, liberal arts and sciences. Students must attain a 4.0 grade-point average to receive this honor.

Twenty-one Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. They are the following: Brittney Arnold, dental hygiene; Mitchell Braun, machine tool technology; Rebekka Carriere, dental hygiene; Kristi Clow, practical nursing; Bradley Emslander, liberal arts and sciences and practical nursing; Shane Gronau, energy technical specialist; Diana Hlinsky, accounting and business management; Scott Hollenkamp, machine tool technology; Dustin Johnson, liberal arts and sciences; Cameron Kazik, electrical construction technology; Randy Klinkner, pre-dental hygiene and liberal arts and sciences; Richelle Oachs, administrative assistant and health information technology; Tanya Rupp, office technology; Jody Schave, machine tool technology; David Schepers, commercial heating and air conditioning; Brian Smith, automotives service technician; Scott Sova, machine tool technology; Alyssa Spoden, child and adult care and education and paraprofessional educator; Douglas Sutherland, sales and management; Cody Taszarek, electrical construction technology; and Tracy Traut, presonography and liberal arts and sciences. Students must attain a 3.5 to 3.9 grade-point average to receive this honor. Four Sartell students recently graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. They are the following: Taylor Jacobson, chemistry; Andrew Ley, teaching social studies; Corey Muellenbach, mechanical engineering; and Kayla Sattler, accounting. Three Sartell students were recently named to the dean’s list at Bemidji (Minn.) State University. They are the following: Tera Altermatt, Kylie Faber and Brandon Philippi. Students earned a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher to achieve this honor. Rachel Granzow, Sartell, received the Chancellor’s Award for the spring semester at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie. Granzow is majoring in hotel, restaurant and tourism. The award is presented to students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.

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15U AAA Gophers take first place in two tourneys

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The Sartell 15U AAA Gopher State Baseball Team recently took first place in two tournaments. On June 1- 2, they defeated teams from Brandon Valley, S.D., Bismarck, N.D. and Fargo, N.D. to capture first place in the American Legion (Fargo) Pepsi Invitational. In the Big Lake Tournament held June 15-16, the Sabres beat teams from Andover, Forest Lake and St. Cloud, capturing first place again. The team has earned berths in both the Gopher State Tournament of Champions and the Minnesota Sports Federation State Championships. Pictured (front row, left to right) are Jonah Nebosis, Carter Neuenschwander, Ben Bierscheid, Braeden Dykhuizen, Keenan Lund, Matt Partch, Nick Baggenstoss and Zach Omann; and (back row) Assistant Coach Brian Dykhuizen, Matt Rickers, Blake Weber, Andrew Grant, Cody Rose, Joe Whitney, Cole Moritz and Head Coach Brent Weber. Not pictured: Matt Immelman and Assistant Coach Trevor Moritz.

People The Sartell-St. Stephen Early Childhood programs recently received the highest possible rating, four stars, for preschool education from Parent Aware. The ratings are based on the use of best practices for preparing children for kindergarten and demonstrating a commitment to quality early child care and education. “The four star Parent Aware rating from the Minnesota Department of Education is an affirmation of Sartell-St. Stephen Early Childhood Program’s strength and effectiveness in preparing our youngest learners for the kindergarten experience,” said Barbara Eckberg, Early Childhood Programs coordinator for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. DeZurik Inc. of Sartell selected Quiet Oaks Hospice House of St. Cloud as a beneficiary of its third annual 5K Walk/Run. This, along with proceeds from the third annual Quiet Oaks Golf Classic held recently, raised more than $19,600 in donations. Both events attracted a record number of participants. The funds will be used to purchase additional equipment and technology tools at Quiet Oaks.

Correction hold only one meeting (the sec-

Due to misinformation provided to the Newsleader, a correction is needed about the Sartell City Council meeting only once a month during the summer months, which was printed in the June 28 newspaper. Normally, the council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Earlier this spring, the council decided to

ond Monday) each month. However, council members agreed to keep the fourth Monday of the month open in case there would be enough business to warrant a second meeting for the months of May, June, July and August. In May, in fact, the council did hold a second meeting.


If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

June 19 3:54 p.m. Traffic stop. 1st Street NE. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 52 mph in a posted 35-mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. 9:13 p.m. Traffic stop. Highway 15. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a male driving who was known to have a revoked license. The driver admitted to knowing the offense. He was placed under arrest and taken to Stearns County Jail without incident. June 20 2:32 p.m. Theft. Eagles Nest Court. A report was made regarding theft of a statue from a yard. The summer statue was taken sometime within the past week.

5:52 p.m. Burglary. 6th Avenue S. A report was made regarding a home that was possibly broken into. The homeowners arrived home and found their front door to be unlocked and an unknown key in the door. June 21 12:47 p.m. Animal check. A complaint was made regarding a dog left in a vehicle that seemed to be in distress. An officer arrived and found the dog in the vehicle, with the windows cracked and the dog was heavily panting. The officer was able to locate the car owners inside the restaurant and they stated they were leaving shortly. June 22 12:29 p.m. Theft from vehicle. 6th Avenue S. Sometime during the night, an unlocked vehicle was entered and stereo equipment was stolen. 3:15 p.m. Theft. Walmart. While in the customer service area, a female left her keys sitting on the counter and a male took them as he left the area. Officers were unable to locate the male. An officer transported the female to a local

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locksmith who could make another car key for her. 10:45 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm. 8th Street NE. A complaint was made regarding a home carbonmonoxide alarm sounding. Officers checked the home and found a high reading. The family was advised to wait outside the home until the gas provider arrived. June 23 1:22 p.m. Suspicious activity. 4th Avenue South. A report was made regarding a male attempting to cut a lock on a storage unit. Upon officers’ arrival, the male had left the premises with unsuccessful entry to the storage unit. 3:32 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female admitted to the theft. She was issued a citation and released. June 24 8:47 p.m. Juvenile Runaway. A report was made regarding a juvenile female who had run away from her home. Officers did locate the female and returned her home. The officers spoke with both the child and the parents to ensure everyone’s safety. June 26 2:19 a.m. Traffic Stop. 1st Street S. A vehicle was witnessed with a headlight out. The driver was aware of the violation and is waiting for the part to come to fix it. No further action taken. 9:12 a.m. Traffic Stop. Riverside Ave S. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle traveling 48 MPH in a posted 30 MPH zone. The driver stated he was having issues with his hearing aid and was not paying attention to his driving. He was issued a citation and released. 5:24 p.m. Traffic Stop. 23rd Street S. A vehicle was witnessed stopped in a roundabout, then tried to make a right hand turn, nearly causing an accident. The driver said she was flustered due to the construction. The officer spoke to the driver about safety and driving in work zones and issued a verbal warning. June 27 11:10 a.m. Traffic Stop. Pinecone Road N. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle traveling 56 MPH in a posted 40 MPH zone. The driver was issued a citation and released. 12:07 a.m. Animal Complaint. 2nd Street S. An officer was dispatched to the area for a possible dog that had been hit by a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer found the animal to be a beaver and it was dead. The animal was moved to the side of the road and a message was left for city maintenance to remove. June 28 8:48 p.m. Animal Complaint. A caller said that skunks kept crossing the road and he complained about the smell. An officer checked the area and did not find any skunks. No further action taken. 10:46 p.m. Noise Complaint. 5th Street NE. A caller reported loud music at a nearby residence. Upon arrival, the officer found a few people sitting in the back yard talking and listing to the radio. The officer advised them of the complaint and the residents agreed to turn down the music and then went inside. June 29 2:03 p.m. Traffic Stop. County Rd 120. A vehicle was witnessed with plates that were revoked and to be seized. The officer spoke to the driver, removed the plates from the

Sartell Newsleader • vehicle and told the driver he would not be able to drive it without new plates. The driver stated he was borrowing the vehicle from a friend and found an alternate ride. 8:49 p.m. Traffic Stop. Le Sauk Dr. While on patrol, an officer witnessed a vehicle traveling 50 MPH in a posted 30 MPH zone. The driver was issued a citation and released. June 30 9:59 a.m. Vandalism. 7th Ave S. A homeowner stated that sometime early that morning someone took a flower pot and moved it into the roadway, and that his shepherd’s hook and basketball hoop were knocked over. He was also missing a garden hose. The officer found the garden hose in the road and returned it to the owner. The owner was advised to report any other damage or if he had any suspect information. 5:20 p.m. Traffic Stop. Riverside Avenue. While on patrol, an officer

stopped a vehicle for displaying expired registration. The driver stated he had purchased current tabs, but did not put them on the plates. The driver received a warning. 6:59 p.m. ATV Complaint. Heritage Dr. An officer observed a male driving a four wheeler on the bike path. The driver stated he only drove on the path to go around the light poles. The officer explained the city ordinance that ATVs are not allowed on the path and advised the driver to gain permission to drive on private property. July 1 7:45 a.m. Animal Complaint. Riverside Ave N. A report was made regarding an injured dog on the side of the road. An officer checked the area but was unable to locate the dog. 8:37 a.m. Traffic Stop. Le Sauk Drive. A vehicle was witnessed driving in reverse against the flow of traffic for about 50 feet. The driver


stated that she missed her turn. She received a warning for backing into traffic. July 2 10:49 a.m. Crash with injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Sartell and St Joseph police departments, St Joseph Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a 2 vehicle crash on CR 133 just South of Cr 4 in St Joseph Twp. A vehicle was traveling South on CR 133 crossed over the center line sideswiping a van which was traveling Northbound. Both vehicles left the roadway and went into the East ditch of CR 133. The driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line was transported to the St Cloud with non-life threatening injuries. The crash is still being investigated by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office. 4:53 p.m. Animal Complaint. C.R. 120. An officer was dispatched

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Members of Joe Perske’s soccer team do one of their annual rituals – dipping into Lake Superior at Proctor, near Duluth.

first he had to learn the game, which he did in no time at all. Before that, Perske’s area of athletic expertise was as a runner. Perske is happy and proud about his years as head soccer coach. “It’s something I’m really going to miss,” he said. “The most satisfaction I’ve ever gotten is working with the girls on the soccer team.” In 10 years, the team only had one non-winning year. Cumulatively, over that 10-year period, the record is 63-21-18. The best year was 2006, when the team had a record of 18-3-2 and went to the state tournament where they were beaten by Benilde-St. Margaret. They made it to state again in 2007 but lost to Totino-Grace. This past season, the team was sailing along on a winning streak until they lost to Alexandria in a shoot-out. As a coach, Perske’s philosophy has always been underscored by an emphasis on teamwork rather than on individuals. “We always played – win or lose – as a team,” he said. “And the girls always understood that. There were so many outstanding girls, starters or not. I could name lots of names of outstanding players, but I won’t do that. It wouldn’t be fair to everyone. The team is what’s important.” And Perske had teams galore to coach. Girls soccer quickly gained in popularity to the point that in some years there were four teams of 11 girls each. If any girl wanted to play soccer, Perske was determined to welcome her to a team. His approach to coaching has always been to give anyone and everyone a chance to play and to have fun. And have fun they did, so

Friday, July 12, 2013 much so that some people jokingly called the girls soccer team a “cult.” It’s not surprising because the teams developed all kinds of off-the-wall rituals, including counting how many mice would be trapped in the storage shed where soccer equipment was kept and upon which mice enjoyed dining. Another ritual, every season, was to take a quick dip in frigid Lake Superior water when the team would host an annual potluck get-together with the girls on the Proctor soccer team. Yet another ritual was to start every practice session by listening to a Fleetwood Mac song, and they would raucously parody the song, teasing coach Joe, by singing “Players only love you when they’re playing.” One of the rituals that wasn’t so much fun was the Sisyphus exercise during which the girls would coax soccer balls up to the top of a hill, where they would roll down, and the girls would have to coax them up once again and again. And again. They called it “Sisyphus” after the Greek king who was punished by the gods by having to roll a boulder up a hill over and over, repeating the futile action forever. Perske and the girls called those rituals their “craziness,” something Perske said he will miss most of all. “When we would cry after losing (sectional tournaments), it wasn’t so much that we lost,” Perske said. “We cried because we all knew the craziness – the fun – was over for that season.” But, Perske quickly added, he cherishes the memories. “You cannot imagine how much fun it was,” he said, “to coach those girls. It was more than playing soccer. So much more.”



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New soccer coach Raehsler will stress peak fitness by Dennis Dalman

C a s s i e Raehsler describes herself as a “very technical coach” who wants her players to be fit, fast and Raehsler aggressive. Recently, Raehsler was named to replace Sartell High School Soccer Coach Joe Perske, who announced he will retire as head coach after 10 years in that position. (For more about Perske, see related story in today’s paper.) Perske was Raehsler’s coach through her three years in high school. A 2005 graduate of Sar-


from front page will not have sharp square corners, something that can lead to aggression by dogs who feel “trapped” or “threatened” in corners. The park will have separate areas for larger dogs and smaller dogs and plenty of room for romping and interactions among pets, owners

tell High School, Raehsler is the daughter of Barry and Liz Raehsler, both of Sartell. She graduated with a degree in business and psychology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and just recently received her master’s degree in management and leadership from Concordia College, St. Paul. She also has a coaching certificate from the College of St. Benedict. Currently, Raehsler is a team leader for the Target store in Minneapolis, but after being named head soccer coach, she plans to move back to the Sartell area soon. Coaching is certainly not a new talent for Raehsler. She has been an assistant coach for Sartell and Sauk Rapids high schools. She also coached for several years

for the St. Cloud Youth Soccer program. She was also an avid soccer player in college. “I’ve played soccer since I was 4 years old,” she said. “What I love about it is the competitiveness. It’s allowed me to make so many good friends. It will be fun to be the coach and see young girls grow.” In 2006, Raehsler had to have ligament reconstruction on her ankles. That’s when Perske called her up and asked her if she would coach the junior-high girls, which she graciously did in the 2007 season. “Joe is good at winning,” Raehsler said. “I plan to continue that. And I will use Joe’s ‘Sisyphus’ technique, too.” The “Sisyphus” exercise, so dubbed by Perske, is when girls

and other visitors. There will also be on-leash and off-leash areas for dogs. Dog and people etiquette rules will be posted. Last March, the city council endorsed the idea of a dog park in the city. Sartell Planning and Development Director Anita Rasmussen spearheaded an attempt to get interested people together to come up with ideas and plans. Remarkably quickly, an exploratory group

was formed and began to research every aspect of dog parks, including checking out current dog parks far and wide. Anyone who wants to contribute to the dog park or who has ideas or suggestions should go the the following site: Or contact Anita Rasmussen at 258-7306 or anita@sartellmn. com. Or call Sherry Thien at 4920956 or

in practice coax soccer balls up a hill where they fall to the bottom, and the girls retrieve them and do the same thing over and over. It’s a grueling work-out, but it keeps the players fit and disciplined. “I’m really looking forward

to coaching,” Raehsler said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it will be great getting to know all the girls.” The first day of practice is slated for Aug. 12.



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Our View Energy, focus, determination make dog park possible It was a close vote (3-2) but enough to make a dog park a soon-to-be reality in Sartell. The Sartell City Council approved the dog park at its July 8 meeting, following a unanimous endorsement from the Sartell Park Commission. The seven-acre park will be created in Pinecone Central Park, a perfect location for a dog park. Currently, the Sartell Dog Park Action Committee is raising money to construct the park. Its goal is $150,000, which would pay for the extensive fencing and amenities that could include water stations and an agility course. DogPAC plans to hold fundraisers, seek grants and explore the possibility of corporate sponsorships. A dog park is a win-win for everybody in Sartell, especially for those who love and respect animals. It will be wonderful to have a chance for dog enthusiasts to get together to enjoy their pets (and others’ pets) for exercise and socialization. The park will be large enough for plenty of romping room. Other exciting possibilities at the park include dog-training classes, special presentations and educational possibilities. In just a few months, a handful of dedicated dog lovers worked extremely hard to see a concept became a reality. DogPAC is a group of energetic, focused and determined people who came together and did their homework. They researched various dog parks far and wide, they sought input from veterinarians, they delved into the nuts and bolts of what it would take to do the actual hands-on work. They did not become sidetracked or muddled, which so often happens to other exploratory groups and committees. They deserve admiration and kudos for their extraordinary focus on this project. And, not to forget, a lion’s share of the praise should go to Anita Rasmussen, Sartell planner and developer, who helped spearhead the concept from the very beginning – last March. Now that the project has the blessing of the city council, the next step is for Sartell residents to solidify support for the dog park by making contributions. Keep an eye out for the many fundraisers that will take place. Also, be sure to check out the following site: That site is not only very informative, but it’s a place where contributions can be made.

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Summer’s here! Slap those ribs on the grill After that dismal non-spring we endured, it’s such a pleasure to light up the grill and barbecue my favorite grill food – ribs. After so many years of dickering and fine-tuning rib recipes, I finally have one I consider near perfection, and my guests always agree. I wish I could take credit for those ribs; I can’t. The combined recipe comes from three sources: a good friend of mine, now deceased; my niece’s boyfriend, Greg, who is from Kansas City, rib capital of the world: and Bon Appetit magazine. Here’s how I do the ribs. It’s a putsy recipe, but it’s worth it:

The marinade:

This is based on tips from Greg. Mix 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1 tsp. fresh-ground pepper together. Take rack of ribs of your choice, poke holes all over in between the bones. Then put into a big plastic bag. Pour in the mixed marinade and let it sit in the fridge overnight. Be sure to seal the bag well.

The dry rub:

This rub is from Bon Appetit. Take the ribs out of the fridge. Drain marinade. Using paper towels, pat the ribs dry. Now you’re ready for the dry rub. Mix 4 Tbsp. kosher salt, 3 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. paprika and 1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper. Thoroughly rub all over and into the ribs.

The sauce:

This knock-out recipe is from good

Dennis Dalman Editor friend Kathy Laumb of St. Cloud. One long afternoon 10 years ago, during an amusing verbal game of tug of war, I had to guess the ingredients one by one because, at first, Kathy would not divulge her recipe, which I was wild about. I must have guessed more than 200 possible ingredients, some so “wrong” she burst out laughing. But after more than an hour, after I’d guessed the final ingredient (dry mustard), she let out a whoop of mock disgust, along with an obscenity, and said, “OK, now you know it. Just don’t sell it!” Ah-hah, sweet victory. I’d finally won. Here’s the hard-won recipe for “Kat’s Baby-Back Rib Sauce.” In a blender, puree the following: 4 Tbsp. butter, 4 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. crushed garlic, 2 cups chopped onions. Other ingredients: 3 cups ketchup, 1/4 cup light soy sauce, 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. fresh-ground pepper, 1/2 tsp. hot Tabasco sauce, 1-1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 cup redwine vinegar, 1 tsp. liquid smoke, 1/3 cup lemon juice (fresh), 1 tsp. dry mustard, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (or honey). If you

want your sauce sweeter, please add a bit more sugar or honey. I like my sauce on the tangy side. Kathy’s original recipe had no sugar in it at all. Add the last batch of ingredients to the four pureed ingredients in a large pot. Put on stove on medium heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

Grilling the ribs:

Soak hickory chips in a heat-proof container for 30 minutes. Drain and put container over hottest part of the grill until chips begin to smoke. Those little aluminum “mini-bread pans,” so inexpensive at dollar stores, work great for smoker pans. Once chips are smoking good, put ribs that have been patted well with the dry rub and cook on high for 3 minutes on each side. Then move the ribs over to one side of the grill. Turn the heat down to very low on the other side and grill the ribs, slowly, on indirect heat, for about two hours. Be sure to keep grill cover closed. About 30 minutes before they are done, brush ribs frequently with the sauce on both sides, at least six times until the sauce kind of thickens and coagulates. Depending on the size of your grill, it might be a good idea to cut your rack of ribs into four or five pieces before putting them on the grill. Also, cooking times will vary greatly depending on your grill so do keep an eye on them as they slowly cook.

From the Bench:

How child support is calculated in Minnesota Both parents have the legal obligation to support their children financially. The law presumes the custodial parent provides for that support by providing for the child’s daily basic needs in the home. The non-custodial parent is required to provide support through a monthly financial contribution, referred to generally as child support. There are three types of child support in Minnesota: basic support, medical support and child-care support. Basic support is that cash amount the non-custodial parent is required to pay each month to provide for the child’s basic needs. Medical support is either in the form of providing medical and dental insurance for the child, contributing to the cost of the other parent’s policy that covers the child, or reimbursing for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare insurance provided by the state. Finally, child-care support is the non-custodial parent’s contribution to daycare costs for the child related to the custodial parent’s employment or education. This column will examine how basic child support is calculated in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides a web-based childsupport calculator used in determining the appropriate child-support amount in any given scenario. It can be found here: http://childsupportcalculator.dhs.state. It must be used to determine the appropriate amount of support in any given scenario. Child support is calculated based on the gross income of each of the parents and how many children are being supported. There are deductions from gross income allowed for children who are not

Michelle Lawson District Judge common to the parties, referred to as nonjoint children. Gross income not only includes actual income but may include potential income as well. The law presumes each parent is capable of being employed full-time, which is presumed to be 40 hours per week. Once the gross income of each parent is determined, they are added together to determine the total amount of gross income of both parents. The calculator is programmed with the cost to raise a child or children at any combined income level in order to determine how much money is required between the two parties to provide for the support of the child. The calculator determines the percentage of the pooled gross income that is attributable to each parent. That percentage represents each parent’s pro-rata obligation to support the child. That concept is best explained through an example. Let’s say mom makes $2,000 a month and dad makes $3,000 a month in gross income. Their combined gross income is $5,000 per month. Dad’s percentage of that income is 60 percent while mom’s percentage is 40 percent. If there are two children involved that would indicate, at their combined income level, it would cost $1,260 per month to raise two children. Let’s assume the children reside primarily with dad. Mom’s monthly financial obligation for basic

support will be 40 percent of that $1,260 or $504 per month before the parenting expense adjustment is applied, which is explained below. When the non-custodial parent has court-ordered parenting time of at least 10 percent and less than 45 percent of the overnight stays, that parent receives what is called a parenting expense adjustment to their basic support obligation; which is a 12-percent deduction from the basic support obligation. A non-custodial parent with less than 10-percent overnight parenting time is not eligible for a parenting expense adjustment. In the event the parenting time is between 45.1 percent and 50 percent of the overnight stays, the basic support would be calculated as a joint-custody scenario Another point that deserves mention is the use of a self-support reserve when calculating basic support. Child-support obligations will never take a parent under 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. A parent will not be left with less than $1,149 in gross income each month. The law recognizes in order for a parent to be able to work and support their child(ren) they must also be able to provide for their own basic needs. The calculation of child support is not as complex as many would believe. Gathering the appropriate information and using the online child-support calculator removes most of the complexities, making child-support calculation no more than math and applying existing formulas to the gross income of the parents involved. Michelle Lawson, based in Moorhead, is a Clay County District Court judge.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Community Calendar

Friday, July 12 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, July 13 Rockville Rockfest, 7 a.m.-midnight, John Clark Elementary Grounds, Broadway St., Rockville. Used furniture and household goods drive, sponsored by Central Minnesota Re-Entry Project and Wacosa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 310 Sundial Drive, Waite Park. Brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Lions Club, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market. Hinckley Corn and Clover Carnival, 10:30 a.m. parade, 1 p.m. Osseo’s American Heritage Bagpipe Band, 7 p.m. wrestler Wade Olson, world champion gate crasher, battles Ken Patera, world’s strongest man, and Bob Backlund, WWE six-time champion. Sunday, July 14 Church festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Avon. Monday, July 15 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. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Michael’s Church, 1036 C.R. 4, St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767.


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Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. “Immigration,” part of the Catholic Worker Summer Series, 6:30 p.m., Gateway Church, 106 2nd Ave. N.W., St. Joseph. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion, Post 328, 101 W Minnesota St., St. Joseph.

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Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. 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. Sunset stages, performance by Robert Robinson, 7:30 p.m., Darnall Amphitheater, College of St. Benedict. Friday, July 19 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. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, CR 2.

Saturday, July 20 Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Polka Mass, 5 p.m., St. Stephen Catholic Church. Music by Singing Slovenes from Duluth. Rice Summerfest, 5 p.m. outdoor guitar Mass, 6:15 p.m. community talent show, 7-11 p.m. live music by BLT band. Sunday, July 21 Rice Summerfest, 10:30 a.m. Polka Mass, music by Adam and the Jolly Jammers, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. pork dinner, 12:30 p.m. tractor pull, noon-2 p.m. live music by Gone Fishin’ gospel group, 2:30 p.m. quilt raffle.


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6:15 p.m. Community Talent Show 7-11 p.m. Street Dance • Music by BLT Band



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11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Pork Dinner (Adults $9, ages 4-12 $6, under 4 Free)

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from front page One?” as a stress-reliever. At the time, 2010-11, she was a student at the University of Delaware, studying to earn her master’s degree in economics. It was a tough task, and the pressure mounted – to the point Fitzthum would break out with

Sartell Newsleader • hives before most of the tests. Since she’d always found writing to be a relaxing activity, she began to work on a novel, and the writing of it was a huge help in getting her through her academic crises. Fitzthum (nee Herold) was born in St. Cloud but has lived in Sartell since she was a girl. A 2003 graduate of Sartell High School, she still lives in Sartell and is an economics teacher

at Princeton High School. She is married to Ryan Fitzthum, her high-school sweetheart, who serves as a Sartell-St. Stephen firefighter. They have a 2-month-old daughter, Carly. “I’ve always enjoyed writing,” Fitzthum said. When she was in high school, she entered a Minnesota/Wisconsin contest for young adult writers and had her poetry published. Later, she entered and

won a creative-writing contest, which landed her a creativewriting scholarship to Mankato State University. She studied there, then transferred to St. Cloud State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in economics. Fitzthum said she has several ideas simmering on the back burner for new novels, but she is not sure if she will actually write any more. She is also

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Friday, July 12, 2013 pondering writing an economics textbook. In her spare time, she loves to unwind with her husband, daughter, friends and her two yellow labs. She also enjoys reading, writing and the study of economics. “How Do You Choose the One?” is available online at, barnesandnoble. com and at North Star Press in St. Cloud.



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