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Fristad to start ‘round-the-world mission trip by Dennis Dalman

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Bethany Fristad of Sartell is about to set off on an aroundthe-world trip with extended stops in 11 countries for an 11-month period. But it won’t be the typical sight-seeing pleasure trip – well, not exactly, anyway, although in one way it will be a pleasure trip because Fristad’s greatest pleasure is connecting with and helping others. Fristad is a member of an organization called “World Race,” which is a Christian mission that sends young people, ages 21-35, in teams throughout the world that help others in a variety of ways: construction projects, work in nurseries or hospitals, teaching English, helping work against human trafficking, building relationFristad • page 4

Summer Gardens Tour set Saturday, Sunday

The Summer Gardens Tour, cosponsored by Thomsen’s Greenhouse and Garden Center and Avon Area Arts, will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20 and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Tickets for the self-guided tour can be purchased at the Local Blend or Thomsens in St. Joseph, Aunt Annie’s Quilts and Silks or Green Ambiance in Avon, Byerly’s in St. Cloud, and Wild Bird Center in Waite Park,. The day includes a reception with music and refreshments from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Thomsen’s. All proceeds from the Summer Gardens Tour flow directly to Avon Area Arts, a 501C3 non-profit organization, to assist in operational costs, scholarships and stipends to artists and to encourage and nurture the creative spirit in and around the Avon area. For more information, visit www.

WACOSA to benefit from Rox game

WACOSA is partnering with St. Cloud Rox baseball to host WACOSA night at the 6:05 p.m. game on Saturday, July 20. Rox baseball will donate $3 for every general admission ticket WACOSA sells. The public can purchase tickets at any WACOSA location. Children 4 and under are free.

National Night Out set Aug. 6

National Night Out will be held from 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. Police are inviting all neighborhoods to do the following: heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Many neighborhoods will host a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests and youth activities. Contact Officer Rob Lyon at 320-251-8186 if your neighborhood would like to participate.

Same-sex marriage apps available at Stearns County

The same-sex marriage licenses can be applied for prior to the Freedom to Marry law taking effect Aug. 1, but they will not be valid until Aug. 1. For customer convenience, Stearns County will distribute all same-sex marriage licenses applied for beginning Monday, July 29 provided the required five-day waiting period has passed. For more information, visit www. and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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In Sierra Leone, Bethany Fristad cools off with several children.

City raises permit limits for compost site by Dennis Dalman

Fifty more non-Sartell residents will be able to use the Sartell Compost Site for a fee during the rest of 2013. A couple of years ago, there were requests from residents who do not live within the Sartell city boundary lines to use the compost site along CR 4. The council decided to allow up to 200 non-resident permits for that purpose either from neighboring cities or from people

who live in LeSauk Township.. So far this year, that number was reached, and 200 permits were issued. The Sartell Public Works staff agreed raising the number of permits issued would be no problem so the city administrator suggested the limit for this year be 250 nonresident permits. The council agreed. Later, the council can decide whether to have a new limit for 2014 or to expand the limit even further. City residents pay $31 per

Single-family permits up from last year by Dennis Dalman

Single-family permits in Sartell increased in June – seven, compared to three in June 2012. The number of singlefamily housing permits from January-June of this year is 21, four more than during the same period of last year. The year-to-date valuation of those permits totals $4.6 million compared to $3.4 million during the same period last year. Three multi-family-unit permits (apartment buildings) were issued in June compared

to one permit in June 2012. Year to date there were eight permits issued for multi-family housing compared to five in the same period of 2012. The total valuation of permits so far in 2013 is $882,000 compared to $12.3 million in the first six months of 2012. Commercial permits remained steady – seven in June 2012 and seven in June 2013. Total valuation of those permits was $1.2 million in June compared to $4.2 million in June 2012. Year-to-date evaluation for commercial permits is $3.2 million compared to Permits • page 7

year for a car-sticker compostsite permit. Non-city residents pay $61 for a permit. The per-

mits can be purchased at Sartell City Hall or online at

Benefit set for woman in second cancer battle by Dennis Dalman

Amanda Stewart conquered colon cancer five years ago, and after a four-year respite during which she was cancerfree, she is now battling the disease again. Friends, family and acquaintances will host a benefit for Stewart from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park. The event will feature a barbecue dinner, dessert bar, silent auction and photo booth. A free-will offering will be accepted. Stewart (maiden name Struzyk) grew up in Sartell and graduated from Sartell High School in 2005. She joined the Army National Guard and served a year in Iraq. After marrying Cody Stewart, also a Guard member, she gave birth to their son, Aiden, five years ago. In the months after the birth, she began to experience abdominal discomfort. She and her doctors figured it was the result of her having had a C-section for Aiden’s

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Amanda Stewart is known by family and friends as having a “thumbs-up” attitude as she battles cancer day by day. In the photo above, she is receiving yet another round of chemotherapy at the Coborn Cancer Center. birth. But further tests and a colonoscopy, seven months after the birth, showed she was suffering from colon cancer. She had to endure a couple of surgeries, and part of her colon had to be removed because the tumor was so large. She also Stewart • page 5

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Country Manor Health Care and Rehab Center celebrates July 4

U12 Bulldogs take first place at Burnsville tourney

The annual Fourth of July Parade was a crowdpleaser and highlight of the patriotic-themed week around campus. Spectators were treated to a wide array of colorfully themed and creative parade entries which were presented by participants from the community

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The Central Minnesota Youth Soccer Association U12 C2 Bulldogs took first place at the Burnsville FireCup Soccer Tournament last weekend; the second tournament in a row this 11and 12-year-old boys team has finished in the top spot. Team members include (front row, left to right): Marcel Testa, Zakariah Lee, Justin Schulze, Macrae Perry and Ben Boelter; and (back row) Granite Moliga, Zakaria Farah, Alex Nemeth, Cole Orton, McRay Drong, Riley Halstrom, Coach Brandon Testa. Six If any readers have tips conof the boys, as well as coach Testa, live in Sartell, three are from cerning crimes, they should call Sauk Rapids, and two from St. Cloud. the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Bryan Plunger, Sartell, earned nursing; Gabrielle Ross, daugh- Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 a master’s degree in mechanical ter of Marilyn and Chuck Ross, or access its tip site at www.triengineering from Michigan Tech- sophomore, elementary education; Crime nological University, Houghton. and Catherine Wohletz, daughter Stoppers offers rewards up to of Sandy and Frank Wohletz, first- $1,000 for information leading to Jesse Pallansch, son of Amy year, Hispanic studies and biology. the arrest and conviction of those and Keith Pallansch of Sartell, has responsible for crimes. been accepted and has registered Austin Barkley, son of Jim and for fall semester classes at the Uni- Julie Barkley, Sartell, was named July 3 versity of Minnesota Crookston. to the spring semester dean’s list 4:38 p.m. Welfare Check. He plans to major in software at St. John’s University. Barkley Watab Bridge. A report was made engineering. is a sophomore Hispanic studies regarding a young juvenile sitting major. on the side of the bridge. An offiDr. Nicholas Colatrella has cer arrived and found the male sitbeen elected vice president for the Five Sartell students were re- ting on the railing. He was asked Minnesota Optometric Associa- cently named to the spring dean’s to come down and agreed to not tion Board of Trustees. Colatrella list at Minnesota State University, go on the railing again. owns PineCone Vision Center, Mankato. They are the follow10:47 p.m. Traffic stop. 9th Sartell, where he practices and is ing: Spencer Ahrendt, Elizabeth Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed medical director. Gerads, Kathryn Haglin, Krista with a broken taillight and disHeim and Sarah Schellinger. playing an expired registration. Seven Sartell students were The driver was not able to provide recently named to the spring seKatherine Bailey, daughter of proof of insurance and was found mester dean’s list at the College of Alice and Stuart Bailey, Sartell to be revoked. The driver stated he St. Benedict. was recently named to the spring was unaware of the violations. He They, their parents and their semester dean’s list at Winona was issued a citation and released; majors are as follows: Jessica Al- (Minn.) State University. a valid driver arrived to remove kire, daughter of Mary and Doug the vehicle. Alkire, sophomore, psychology; Nikki Orth-Awenus, daughter Hannah Gerdes, daughter of Terri of Holly Orth, Sartell, was recently July 4 and Jeffrey Gerdes, first-year, psy- awarded the 2013-14 S. Nancy 7:21 a.m. Vehicle theft. 13th chology; Nikki Orth-Awenus, Hynes, OSB, Scholarship, which Avenue N. A report was made daughter of Holly Orth, junior, is awarded yearly to a junior or se- regarding a theft from a vehicle. English and communications; nior English major on the basis of Sometime during the overnight, Kate Reichert, daughter of Ruth academic excellence and financial a vehicle was entered and items and Mark Reichert, senior, psy- need from the College of St. Bene- were taken from the console. chology; Ariel Reischl, daughter dict. She is majoring in English 9:49 a.m. Vehicle theft. 4th of Sherri and Alan Reischl, senior, and communications. Avenue N. A report was made

as well as employees. The VFW Sauk Rapids post #6992, American Legion post 473, the Boy Scouts and the POW-MIA Hot Air Balloon Freedom Flight and Mayor Joe Perske set the tone for the celebration of America as they led the way with our beloved

stars and stripes. The Sartell Fire Department’s presence in the lineup quickly captured the essence of a classic parade and created excitement for the young and nostalgia for the young-at-heart. To read the story in its entirety, visit

Blotter regarding a theft from a vehicle. Sometime during the overnight, an unlocked vehicle was entered and numerous gift cards were taken. 12:13 p.m. Vehicle theft. 7th Avenue N. A report was made regarding a theft from a vehicle. Sometime during the overnight, a vehicle was entered and camera equipment was taken. 9:06 p.m. DWI. 55th Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed driving erratically. After administering field sobriety testing, the officer placed the female under arrest and transported her to Stearns County Jail. July 5 10:19 a.m. Burglary. Morningstar Court. A report was made of two televisions taken from an unlocked garage. 10:42 p.m. Loud music. Sunset Avenue. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. Officers made contact with the owner, who agreed to turn down the music. July 6 3:11 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 1. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 74 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. The driver stated he wasn’t aware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. 3:45 p.m. Verbal. 5th Avenue NE. An anonymous report was made regarding a couple that was arguing very loudly. Officers arrived and found the female had a warrant for her arrest. She was

placed under arrest without incident and transported to Stearns County Jail. 9:35 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Riverside Avenue. A report was made of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a store for some time and employees could not leave until all vehicles are gone. It was found the driver had pulled over to safely text a friend and apologized for the confusion. July 7 1:30 p.m., 1:42 p.m. and 1:48 p.m. Vandalism. 3rd Street N. Three separate reports were made regarding vehicles that had been egged sometime during the overnight. 1:54 p.m. Vandalism. 14th Ave N. A report was made regarding a vehicle that had been egged sometime during the overnight. July 8 7:23 a.m. Vandalism and theft. 15th Street S. While on another vehicle vandalism call, an officer noticed the broken window of a different vehicle. They contacted the owner who was not aware of the damage. A purse, along with some personal items, was taken from the vehicle. 7:48 a.m. Theft. 15th Street S. While on another vehicle theft report, an officer was notified of another theft that had occurred in the area. Some personal items were removed from an unlocked vehicle.

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Demolition permit for Verso site put on hold by Dennis Dalman

Plans to begin demolition of the Verso paper mill site have been put on hold until the City of Sartell receives advice from technical consultants and pertinent agencies. At the July 8 Sartell City Council meeting, members voted unanimously to delay the startup of demolition. American Iron and Metal Development, based in Montreal, Canada, bought the

site after an explosion and fire on May 28, 2012 caused its owners to cease production. AIM requested the council approve an interim-use permit so it can begin demolition. There are 66 acres on that site. Earlier this summer, AIM held a public auction during which thousands of items ranging from small to huge were sold to the highest bidders. That process was a preparation for the demolition. The council will almost cer-

tainly approve an interim permit once the city receives assurances from consultants and agencies that all the ducks are in a row. In documents provided to the city, AIM spelled out what it plans to do. Phase I of the demolition will involve disassembling, crushing and removing facilities north of Sartell Street and west of the railroad tracks that run parallel to Benton Drive. All will be removed except for a freestanding office building, the hydro-electric operations build-

Worn-out east-side streets subject of study by Dennis Dalman

An east-side Sartell neighborhood’s streets and utility lines, badly in need of repair, will soon be the subject of a feasibility study by WSB and Associates Inc. The streets lie north of 1st Street NE and east of North Benton Drive. The feasibility study will examine all aspects of reconstructing streets, sanitary sewer, water main and storm sewer in that neighborhood. The pavement and utilities are in highly vari-

able condition, having been constructed in the 1970s and 1980s. The current sanitary sewer is along First Street NW, which is a rural, county road. That line is not big enough to serve the possible future development of up to 1,200 acres in that area. The study will research costs of street reconstruction, installation of utilities and alignment options for a new sewer system, as well as the relative benefits of adding curb-and-gutter to streets. It will also identify ways to fund the project and all estimated costs. All of that neighborhood’s

residents will have at least two public meetings during which they can give their input. The cost of the study is estimated by WSB and Associates Inc. at $23,254. The feasibility study will start next month. There will be two neighborhood meetings announced sometime between October-December, and a public hearing will take place at Sartell City Hall sometime in January 2014. Exact dates will be announced later. A construction start date could be as early as May 2015, with completion by November 2015.

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ing and a warehouse. Later, buildings on the rest of the site will be removed. AIM said 95 percent of the wreckage will be recyclable. The demolition will take 15 months to complete. Operations will run from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, seven days a week, and all of the demolished materials will be moved off the site via trucks and train. About 25 trucks will leave the site every day with rubbish that will be shipped outside of Sartell, mostly to recycling firms.

The AIM document states noise and vibration at the site will be no louder than when the Verso plant was in operation. AIM’s Phase II is a redevelopment and repurposing plan for the site. The company has committed itself to helping fund and to participate in a new plan for the site. AIM will join discussions with all pertinent agencies, such as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and with city consultants to set in place a window of opportunity for a new use for the site.

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Far left: Bethany Fristad visits “Baby Lucy” at an orphanage in Sierra Leone. Middle: Fristad hugs a child in Haiti. Above: Fristad dances in the rain with a boy along the coastline of Sierra Leone.



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Fristad from front page ships with orphans and virtually any other tasks that need to be done. World Race began in Mexico in 2006 and has been going strong ever since. The motto of World Race is “11 countries, 11 months, 1 God.” In mid-July, Fristad will leave for a two-week training camp in Atlanta, Ga. Her World Race squad consists of 60 people throughout the United States. Each squad is split up into seven teams at each country they visit, although all 60 travel together from country to country. The 11 countries Fristad will visit and work in are Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Nepal, Romania, Rwanda, Thailand, Philippines, Uganda and Ukraine. Visiting foreign countries to do mission work is nothing new for Fristad. In fact, just this week she returned from a mission trip to Haiti (her second trip there) where she taught Bible school and played with children all day in a village named Lescayes five hours south of Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital. Some of Fristad’s college friends were along on the

Friday, July 19, 2013 trip. Fristad just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and leadership from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. “The trip with college friends to Haiti was just amazing,” she said. “What’s really great is my friends all support my passion, but some never really understand where I was coming from. They’d never experienced it. To have best friends go to Haiti was really special. Now they understand that passion and we have a strong bond. The trip changed their lives as similar trips changed mine.” Fristad has also made three trips to Sierra Leone in western Africa, where she worked with orphans, and last May she spent a month in Nicaragua in Central America, where she worked at a school and helped with clean-water projects and ways to prevent deforestation. “At age 22, I’ve been blessed to be able to travel and meet so many people,” she said. “I’m so grateful to them. I leave a piece of my heart at every place I go.” Fristad said she does not feel happiest while living in a very abundant United States. “When I travel and when I’m standing face to face with people less fortunate is when I feel the most alive, like when I’m holding a little child,” she said. “I want to do whatever makes me feel most alive. Living in the United States and just having fun here is too much for me. It’s not enough of what I need. It doesn’t fulfill me.” But Fristad was quick to add she understands why others are not on her same wavelength. “Most do not have the time or money to just go somewhere,” she said, “But I do. We must invest in young people for the betterment of the whole world.” Fristad is currently raising money to pay for her 11-month journey. Recently, she, family, neighbors and friends hosted a mammoth garage sale and plant sale that raised $1,600. She needs $15,000 and has already raised $11,000 of that, with just $4,000 to go. Anybody who would like to help Fristad pay for the cost of her trip should contact her webpage at People who donate to Fristad’s mission trip will be able to follow her progress country to country via her website and her ongoing blog.

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Mulligan’s to construct parking lot by Dennis Dalman Parking problems can be a very good thing, according to several Sartell City Council members, who gave Grands of Mulligan’s permission to proceed with a hugely expanded second parking lot. The need for more parking means business is booming, and when business booms, it brings visitors and income circulating within the city. Those council comments came during a consideration at the July 8 council meeting of a request by Mulligan’s for site-plan approval of a new parking lot. The new lot will be constructed to the north of the Mulligan’s Restaurant and Banquet Center and just west of the Pinecone Apartments, which are to the north of Mulligan’s. A parking lot is a permitted use in that area, which is zoned Residential-1. The Sartell Planning Commission recommended approval of the request at an earlier meeting. The bituminous lot with curb-and-gutter will be built on a 2.2-acre site. Mulligan’s now has 145 parking spaces in the lot just east of the building. The new lot would add 112 more spaces, each 9 feet by 20 feet. There will be green space at the lot as well as a 25-foot evergreen-tree buffer zone to the east near the apartment complex. Mulligan’s is booked every weekend for events, mainly weddings. At times, some guests have parked in the Pine Meadow Elementary School parking lot and walked across the street to Mulligan’s. During Friday and Saturday nights, the Mulligan’s lot fills up very quickly, said Sartell City Planner and Developer Anita

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Rasmussen. The council asked Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson about potential water problems caused by an impervious bituminous surface. The water, he said, would discharge onto the west side where there is a holding pond. Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom said as a former Mulligan’s employee, she is well aware how busy the establishment is during weekends. Still, Braig-Lindstrom questioned the need for that many additional parking spaces. She also said she is concerned about water problems and their effects on the golf course to the west. Mulligan’s owner Jason Becker addressed the council. He said some events they won’t even schedule, knowing there will not be enough parking spaces. For weddings, he said, multiple people typically ride in just one car, which lessens demand on the parking lot. “We need more parking to grow our business,” he said. Council members agreed. “Parking means more business,” said Sartell Mayor Joe Perske. “That’s a very good sign.” Member Steve Hennes said the original owner of Mulligan’s created a toosmall lot. Hennes also said a parking lot is needed so people will not have to cross busy Pinecone Road if they choose to park across the street from Mulligan’s. Member Sarah Jane Nicoll made the same point, noting that crossing the road, especially in icy winter weather, is dangerous. “It’s great to have the problem of many people coming to their business,” Nicoll said. “It’s a reasonable request.”

Engineer Nielson said he expects no problems using the same ingress-egress point to and from Pinecone Road for both parking lots. The council voted unanimously to approve the siteplan request.

Stewart from front page underwent a series of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It was a great relief when all of it was over and Stewart received a clean bill of health, being in remission from the cancer. Then, a bleak day came along last March when she learned cancer had returned with a vengeance, having spread to multiple organs. This time around, Stewart cannot receive any more radiation because she received what’s considered a “lifetime maximum” dose during her last treatments. Instead, doctors are trying to zap the cancer cells with rounds of chemotherapy at the Coborn Cancer Center in St. Cloud. She is now in her fifth round. At the center they infuse her intravenously with cancer-killing chemicals, then she has to wear a chemo pump-pack attached to her for two days after each treatment at the center. “This second time having cancer is harder to swallow than the first time, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “But I’m trying to live like I don’t have cancer. Just day to day. It’s hard to deal with the fatigue. My son, Aiden, is a lot of work. He doesn’t understand why mommy is so tired and not feeling good.” Friends of Stewart, like her aunt Kris Mrosla of Sartell, are amazed by Stewart’s resilience and positive attitude. “She is so positive about

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Amanda Stewart and son Aiden grin for a portrait taken in Rockey Mountain National Park. all of it that I just don’t know how she does it,” Mrosla said. “She’s doing just great.” Recently, the Stewarts moved from Colorado back to

Minnesota. Cody is working as a mechanic at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The family is temporarily staying with her mother at her Swanville home.


Our View Tyrants everywhere should heed Malala’s United Nations speech

The standing ovation received by Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations last week was a tremendous moment for humanity. Yousafzai is the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was viciously shot in the head by Taliban thugs while she was sitting on a bus taking her to her school. The Taliban, a radical Islamic sect, is not only against education for girls, but is also against any advance in civilization and culture made during the past 1,000 years. In other words, the Taliban is living in the Dark Ages. They are the ones who harbored al Qaeda as they trained for their terrorist attacks against the United States. Fortunately, Yousafzai survived. She has become an unstoppable force for the rights of girls and women throughout the world. At the United Nations, she said:” “Dear friends, on the 9th of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought the bullets would silence us, but they failed . . . The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this – weakness, fear and hopelessness died; strength, power and courage were born.” Yousafzai, in her speech, called for free, compulsory education for all children in all countries. “The extremists were and they are afraid of books and pens; the power of education frightens them,” she said. “They are afraid of women. The power of the voice of women frightens them, and that is why they killed 14 innocent students in the recent attack in Quetta, Pakistan. “I speak not for myself but those without a voice . . . those who have fought for their rights – their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.” She also said people are so weary of war. Any peace treaties, she said, must include guarantees to protect the rights of girls and women, too. Yousafzai told the audience she believes completely in non-violence, having been inspired by great leaders like Mohammed, Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. The Taliban, she said, are misusing the name of Islam for their own personal benefit. Yousafzai, of course, is so right. Nothing scares tyrants and thugs more than the power of education and enlightenment, especially when it’s coming from girls and women who have been long suppressed and brutalized. This remarkable young girl, a born leader, is going to be inspiring this world for a very long time. Wouldn’t it be great if someday she becomes the leader of Pakistan, a day when tyrants and thugs like the Taliban have withered on their own vines?

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Opinion It’s enough to make you want to scream If I hear that scream one more time, I myself am going to scream. Just about every time I turned on TV last week to catch up on the news, I heard the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin recording, and – sure enough, once again – I heard that scream. Again and again. Is it Martin’s scream? Is it Zimmerman’s scream? You’d think that’s the most pressing question since “Will the glove fit O.J.?” Why are we supposed to care about these trials? By that, I mean “care about” them to the point of ‘round-the-clock coverage. Network hot shots proudly call it “gavel-to-gavel coverage.” I call it network overkill. Zimmerman, a wannabe cop, followed and killed a black teen who was walking in a neighborhood while nibbling on Skittles. Zimmerman provoked the confrontation; he is guilty. That’s my opinion; the jury decided otherwise. The crime happened in Florida, where they have a “Stand Your Ground” law, one of the most ill-advised laws ever passed, under which if you feel threatened by somebody, just shoot and kill and you’ll go free. I wonder how many innocent people were set up, blown away, and then their killers walked. Yes, “Stand Your Ground” has relevance for us all, granted, but this

Dennis Dalman Editor trial could have been covered for our enlightenment with 15-minute news summaries each day. The live coverage was bad enough. What’s worse is that every evening, long after the trial was recessed, we were subjected to a line-up of legal experts who commented ad nauseam on every utterance and gesture in the trial. Polls indicate Americans are woefully uninformed about current issues, a sad fact when this country’s destiny depends upon well-informed voters. With a debased culture, can we expect anything better? And part of that crap culture is an obsession with junk, and – I hasten to add – televised trials. They’re nothing but “reality” soap operas. Recent examples of this gavel-to-gavel mania include the Michael Jackson doctor trial, the Jodi Arias trial, the “Tot Mom” trial and the Scott Peterson trial. All of them are examples of morbid voyeurism. Who, I wonder, can sit all day and watch these trials? Who would want to? I also want to know the ratings for this coverage. If the ratings are high,

this country is heading for low. Last Friday afternoon, I knew the jury would be deliberating. Dare I turn on the TV to see if there is any new news? I hit the remote. And there, go figure, the obsession continued in full fever, with some commentator giving extensive analyses of the backgrounds of each of the six women jurors. Will it never end? Apparently not. Saturday evening, I came home and turned on the TV to see some news. There, on the screen was a shot of the courthouse exterior at dusk, its windows illuminated. The courthouse scene was accompanied by thumping suspense-crisis network music. Then there was more babbling about the jury still deliberating. Later Saturday, the verdict (outrageous, in my opinion) was delivered. Now we’ll have to endure the endless post-trial analyses. I’m tempted to beg my readers to write all these TV networks to tell them “enough is enough!” But I have done that so many times, even as I knew I might as well be sending the letters to a distant planet. There are many people I know who abhor saturation courtroom coverage, so I suppose I’m preaching to the choir. But wouldn’t it be nice – so NICE – if networks would stop this crap? Or at least put them all on what they could call “The Trial Channel.”

How much would you charge for your legs?

How much would you charge for your legs? How about your arms or your eyesight or hearing? Then after we had made a deal for these body parts and functions, how long would you wait for payment? One year? Two years? How about five years or even longer? It has recently been reported nearly 600,000 veterans today are backlogged and waiting for their VA benefits. These are our warriors who made a contract with you and me, joined the military, went to war to help save our freedom, were wounded or harmed in some way in that service and are now waiting for us to fulfill our end of the contract. Our end is to help them with their expenses and their medical costs. Our end is to assist them in their return to mainstream life. Our end is to help them with education so they might figure out a way to earn a decent living in light of possible disabilities. Our end is to be grateful for their service and their sacrifice. These are our warriors. These are our champions. We should be ashamed. Their body parts are scattered all over the Middle East. Their sense of sight and their sense of hearing are

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer lying on the sands of the Iraqi and Afghani deserts. In many cases their sense of worth is also lying there. And so the question: How much would you charge for your legs? How long would you wait for your contract to be honored? I never cease to be amazed we, in our zeal to stay free, send our military into harm’s way with the promise we will be there for them when they need us and then we turn our backs on them. Our politicians and bureaucrats say to these champions, be patient, we will get around to you in time. Most of these slick little dudes who fill the offices and bureaus of our government never actually see war. They never actually feel the pain of limbs lost. All they apparently see is paperwork. They read statistics. Here’s a thought: Get them out of their little cubicles. Get them out of their offices. Send them to the hos-

pitals and rehab centers and let them see what war is really all about. Let them walk with the veteran who experiences artificial limbs for the first time. Let them read to the veteran who gave his sight for their freedom. Let them comfort their spouses and children as they face an uncertain future. Then send them back to their little offices and see if they are not in some way a little more compelled to speed up the process of caring for these warriors. When they understand these are real people with real issues and not just numbers on a sheet of paper, they might try a little harder. The military did their job, now it’s time for civilian bureaucrats to do theirs. Here is a little exercise. Look down at your legs. Take a long look at your arms. Gaze out at your spouse and your children. Listen to some great music. Now imagine what you would charge to give any or all of that up and how long you would wait for your agreed-upon benefits. How patient would you be? How long would you wait before you got really angry? It’s a fair question.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, July 20 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. Living History Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.), Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh when growing up on the family farm a century ago during the World War I.320616-5421. 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. com-

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munity talent show, 7-11 p.m. live music by BLT band.

Sunday, July 21 “Beads on One String,” by Dennis Warner, 10 a.m., Unity Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota, 931 5th Ave. N., Sartell. 320255-9253 or 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. Monday, July 22 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. 1-800733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171.



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Roberts to perform for MS Challenge

photo by Peter Kramer, Getty Images

Countrywestern singer Julie Roberts will perform a show at Evolution Fitness Saturday, Aug. 3 as part of “Multiple Sclerosis

Roberts Challenge.” All proceeds from the free event will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. More than 100 items will be auctioned off, and there will be

Enter to win

one pair of VIP FireFest 2013 Tickets! Come on in to Brenny Transportation, Inc. and donate a non-perishable food item or make a monetary contribution to the July chosen charity (Relay for Life). We will enter your name for a chance to win two VIP tickets for FireFest on July 27, 2013. Drawing to be held on Friday, July 26. Brenny physical address: 8505 Ridgewood Road St. Joseph MN

free activities for children at the family-oriented event, which will start at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Roberts will perform from 2-4 p.m. The show will take place on the north side of Evolution Fitness, which used to be Gold’s Gym. At its July 8 meeting, the Sartell City Council granted an events permit for “MS Challenge” and wished its organizers the best of luck. Roberts, who hails originally from South Carolina, had a Billboard hit with her song “Break

Down Here” in 2004. Her fourth album, “Men and Mascara,” released in 2006 reached number four on the Top Country Albums Chart. In 2011, Roberts revealed she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Since then, she has generously given her time and money to the cause of fighting the disease. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

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