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Town Crier Music in park features Ring of Kerry July 31

Music in the Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 features Ring of Kerry in Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. This event is free.

MN Bluegrass, Old-Time Fest ticket giveaway

The Newsleaders has a limited amount of FREE tickets to the Minnesota Bluegrass and OldTime Music Fest, a four-day music and camping festival Aug. 7-10 at El Rancho Manana, Richmond. The event includes 30 hours of live concerts; contests, crafts and games; 20 hands-on workshops; new groups on the Young Talent Stage; and dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace Area. For tickets, email with your name, phone number and amount of tickets requested or like the Newsleaders on Facebook by Wednesday, Aug. 6. Your name will be placed in a drawing and winners will be notified via email no later than noon Thursday, Aug. 7.

Lindbergh State Park to host archeology talk

Archeologists from St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State Parks will present a special program about the archeology they conducted at the Little Elk Unit of the park earlier this summer at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at the picnic shelter at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park. The site explored by the archeologists was an early Christian Mission that was established among the Ojibwe people who lived along the Mississippi River just north of present-day Little Falls. Although the mission was there for a short time, the site holds potential to answer important questions about a pivotal time in Minnesota’s history. The program is free of charge but a vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota State Parks. Vehicle permits may be purchased at the park office. For more information, visit and click on July 25 Criers.

Walk Across the World celebrates different cultures

Hands Across the World invites you to Walk Across the World, a community celebration from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31 in Wilson Park. This is a cultural event featuring the history and language of different countries. There will be games, music and vendors. Volunteer assistance is needed with setting up for the event, directing the crowd, distributing water and more. Have fun and learn about other cultures and gain experience with event planning. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on July 25 Criers.

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Big crowds have a ball at Centennial bash by Dennis Dalman

Fortunately, the weather forecasters were wrong. It didn’t rain on the parade or any of the other festivities as thousands of people gathered July 18-20 to celebrate St. Stephen’s Centennial. At times, a threat of rain hung in the air, but the overcast skies Saturday were welcomed by the crowds because everyone knew how hot and oppressive it would have been with a full sun blazing down. Everyone seemed to have a fun, laid-back time at the activities, which included a classic-car show, baseball games, a 90-unit parade, three musical shows, a polka Mass, raffles, a tractor show and more. Saturday, the downtown streets were jam-packed with spectators who enjoyed the parade. Many of the units paid tribute to St. Stephen’s long history, in particular its agricultural heritage and the fact it’s the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the nation, with first immiBash • page 6

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The Republic of Slovenia’s U.S. ambassador, Dr. H.E. Bozo Cerar, presents a proclamation from his country for the City of St. Stephen to its oldest resident, Eddie Peternell, 102. Of Slovenian descent, Peternell was born on a farm just north of St. Stephen and spent his entire life farming in St. Stephen. Both Peternell and Cerar were the top guests of honor for St. Stephen’s Centennial Celebration July 18-20. See additional photos inside and at

‘Dine to Donate’ to help dog park Organizers of a dog park for Sartell’s Pinecone Central Park have been trying to raise funds for the facility’s fencing, and the latest effort involves the Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill in the city. From 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 20 percent of each customer’s bill will be donated to the dog-park fencing fund. That applies to sit-down dining as well as take-out orders. Those who order food that day at Blue Line should remember to mention the dogpark fencing when their order is taken so the 20-percent donation will apply. The Blue Line donation project is just one of several “Dine to Donate” venues organizers have been setting up in the Sartell and St. Cloud areas. More will be announced in the near future. In the meantime, there are many other options for donating. Donations are accepted at Sartell City Hall, Knotty Paws, Advanced Care Pet Hospital and Pine Cone Pet Hospital.

Donations can also be made via the Initiative Foundation. It can be contacted at 877-6329255 or at Donations can also be made online at story/Sartell-Dogpac. A group of Sartell dog enthusiasts, known as DogPAC, has been working for more than a year to help the dog park become a reality. The Sartell City Council has approved acreage for the facility in the north area of Central Park. DogPAC members have done extensive research into amenities they’d like to see in the dog park. However, the first order of business is to get enough money to fence in the park. Volunteers have already staked off the perimeter. Once the fencing goes up, dogs and their owners can happily romp within its confines. In the future, the organizers hope to have water stations and some other features to make the park fun and relaxing for both people and their pets.

Qwik Stop opens in Sartell

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Cashier Katie Honer of Sartell waits on a customer at the new Cenex Qwik Stop store in Sartell. The store is located at 208 1st St. NE in east Sartell. Its owners, Pete and Jane Yarmon, owned and operated the Benton Drive Mini-Serv convenience store/gas station for more than 30 years. That store, now closed, is located just a few blocks north of the new store. A grand opening for Qwik Stop is planned, and will be announced soon.

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Julie Karls of Sartell will participate in the Food Allergy Research and Education Walk Saturday, Aug. 2 in Bloomington. Her son was diagnosed with several food allergies at the age of 11 months in January 2014 and this is why she decided to support this cause. “It’s very important to me,” Karls said. “I’ve made a goal to raise $500 and would love to reach this goal!” Donations can be submitted online on her webpage at teambentley. contributed photo

Four Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s high honor list at Minnesota State University, Mankato. They are seniors Kathryn Haglin and Meghann Teders; and somphomores Taylor Kruse and Cassidy Ross. Students must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average to achieve this. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s honor list at Minnesota State University, Mankato. They are junior Tate Corcoran and senior Joshua Kremer. Students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to achieve this. Ethan Klaphake of St. Stephen was recently named to the spring dean’s honor list at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Students must earn a minimum 3.5 grade-point average to achieve this. Klaphake is a sophomore at MSU. Brandon Yurczyk of Sartell was recently named to the spring president’s roll of honor at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Students must earn a minimum 3.8 grade-point average to achieve this. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. They are the following: Rachel Corcoran and Benjamin Davis. Student must be in the top 15 percent of their class to qualify. Monte Pierskalla, of St. Stephen, was recently named to the dean’s list at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. To earn this honor, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

Country Manor residents Ed Opatz (left) and Earl Corrigan with St. Cloud Rox baseball player Kevin Burgee. The thrill of baseball filled the air on June 17 when players and staff from the St. Cloud Rox baseball association came to take part in the annual “Rox Baseball Block Party” at Country Manor Campus. Residents represented the sport well, dressed in baseball attire and caps and big-brimmed summer hats. Enthusiastic residents were treated to an array of baseballthemed games and even a special

autograph session to commemorate America’s favorite pasttime and the beautiful summer day. The St. Cloud Rox visit allowed residents an opportunity to get to personally know the players they rooted for from the stands during the St. Cloud Rox Veterans’ Appreciation Night Game held July 20 in which residents who served our country were recognized, appreciated and honored throughout the game.

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The Sartell 12U Blue Fastpitch team took second place at the MMFL State qualifier tournament June 27-29 in Ham Lake, Minn. The team finished the tournament with a record of 7-2. They will play in the state tournament July 11-13. They also earned a spot in the NAFA northern national tournament July 17-20 in Eagan, Minn. Team members are (front row, left to right) Annette Lahn, Grace Vogt, Riley Trobec and Savannah Supan; (back row) Coach Mike Arneson, Sydney Lund, Marissa Martins, Shauna Schmidt, Coach Bob Kulus, Maggie Kulus, Maren Arneson, Head Coach Bill Trobec.

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Cindy Walberg (works for Nursing department) and Volunteer Ryan Slingluff Country Manor Health Care and for their own wedding dresses to be Rehab Center celebrated wedding modeled in the show. Warm smiles season in style throughout the entire spread across their faces as they second week of June. Festivities relived those moments so dear to included a bridal shower, bachelor their hearts, watching their dresses party, wedding photo slideshow walk down the aisle yet again. The event was perfectly staged of staff and residents, the “notso-newlywed” game, vow renewal in Country Manor’s picturesque ceremony, wedding reception and 7,000 square-foot Chapel complete the resident favorite bridal fashion with large exquisite stained-glass show. The bridal fashion show fea- windows. Models were escorted tured more than 40 dresses which by handsome tuxedo-clad men, and were modeled by Country Manor waltzed down the aisle to a backstaff, volunteers and residents. The ground of subtle music. Wedding crowd gasped and applauded at week at Country Manor Health the beautiful bridal gowns, delicate Care and Rehab Center is designed bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses, to reminisce, share and celebrate and handsome groom and ring- some of life’s most special mobearer apparel. Ensembles from ments. For more information about every decade were proudly showcased, offering a little something Country Manor Campus or to befor everyone to enjoy. Emotions come a volunteer please visit www. of sentiment and pride were espe- or call cially high for residents who asked 320-253-1920.

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The U13 CMSA Bulldogs took second place in the 36th Annual FIREcup Soccer Tournament June 27-29 in Burnsville. One parent said, “the boys finished with an amazing overtime championship game against the Sting. This is a determined group of boys, each one works hard and supports the other.” Team members include (front row, left to right) Mitchell Marthaler, Riah Lee, Justin Schulze, Ben Boelter, Marcel Testa and Sean Kurvers; (back row) Zakariah Farah, Riley Halstrom, Mac Perry, Mohannad Alkhatib, Cole Orton, Granite Moliga, Jacob Fandel, McRay Drong, Talon Lenzen and Coach Brandon Testa. Five Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the College of St. Benedict. They are the following: Jessica Alkire, daughter of Mary and Doug Alkire, a junior English major; Brandi Bollig, daughter of John Bollig, a sophomore chemistry and biology major; Kelly Husmann, daughter of Barb and Randy Husmann, a first-year global business leadership major; Nikki Orth-Awenus, daughter of Hol-

ly Orth, a senior communication and English major; and Gabrielle Ross, daughter of Marilyn and Chuck Ross, a junior elementary education major. Students must earn a minimum 3.8 grade-point average to qualify. Julie Wick, of Sartell, recently earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.

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Left: Children enjoy a game of croquet at last summer’s “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi.” The free family fun day will again take place Saturday, Aug. 2 at Mississippi River Park seven miles north of Sartell. Below: A canoe loaded with children approaches the landing at Mississippi River Park north of Sartell during a previous “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi” family-fun day. The next “Day Off” is set for Saturday, Aug. 2 at the same park.


‘Take a Day Off’ set for Aug. 2 For the sixth year, “Take a Day Off on the Mississippi River” will offer outdoor family Saturday, Aug. 2 fun at Stearns County’s Mississippi River Park. The park is located just off CR 1 about seven miles north of Sartell. Each year, the free event combines recreational and educational activities as people learn to enjoy one of the area’s greatest assets – the Mighty Mississippi. There will be canoeing, fishing, paddle sports, geo-catching, archery, live reptiles, children’s games, demonstrations and make-and-take craft projects for children. No experience is necessary, equipment is provided and all

activities are free. There will be two special canoe-paddling trips down five miles on the river. Participants must be registered and ready to load the bus at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:15 p.m. Space is limited. At 1 p.m., Pine Creek Kennels and the Department of Natural Resources will give a presentation with the aquatic invasive species dog named Redgie. “We are excited to offer this outdoor family event,” said Katie Winkelman, co-coordinator of Take a Day Off. “We have received wonderful support from a variety of groups and companies. It’s humbling to see the amount of financial and volunteer support for this event.

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Our View Use knowledge as power when dealing with cons

Telephone scam calls by scoundrels seem to come in waves, like contagions of the plague. Just in the past week or so, residents in Sartell and St. Joseph have reported attempts by phone crooks to weasel money out of them or to steal personal financial information. The scams can range from misleading trick calls to blatant threats, almost as bad as a robber sticking a gun in your face and demanding your money. The misleading trick calls amount to sly ways to get you to answer your phone. For example, on your caller ID it might say “John Johnson” (along with his phone number). Since John Johnson is a spouse, friend or relative, the caller will pick up the phone, and a voice will ask: “Do you want to lower your credit-card rate?” These hucksters use a wide variety of actual names, companies and numbers to get people to answer their pitch calls. Among the ones people have reported are the St. Cloud VA Hospital and Red Lobster. Neither of those two places has anything to do with these “spoof calls,” as they’re dubbed. Using people’s or business numbers to get people to answer their phones is clearly fraudulent, but it’s difficult to pin down these pests to make them stop doing it. Another type of scam call, much more serious, purports to be from the federal Internal Revenue Service. The creep tells the caller he or she will be arrested within a matter of hours, that agents and police are about to storm their home, unless the person gets the money owed and pays it via credit or debit card over the phone or sends a bank draft immediately. Most who answer these calls are baffled, knowing they don’t owe the IRS any taxes, but they are also fearful because the threats sound so serious and frightening. Most people, taken so aback, stay on the line, trying to convince the caller they do not owe money, and some – in the process – might give personal financial information away in an effort to clear up the matter. Of course, these vicious cons are all ears, eager to get any money or financial-personal information they can squeeze out of the caller. The theft of personal information, the theft of money, is on the increase by these unscrupulous jerks, via phone and via Internet. It’s more important than ever for all people to learn about these types of devious thievery and how to prevent it. Here are some general tips all people should emblazon on their brains: • Never ever give out personal information of any sort to unsolicited offers via phone or Internet. • Remember financial institutions and the IRS never make phone calls demanding money or personal information. • Unless you yourself initiate transactions with people or businesses you know and trust, don’t fall prey to calls or offers out of the blue. • Keep a record of all your financial information in a safe place, and do not carry credit cards or debit cards in a purse or wallet. Try to keep them in a pocket on your person. Take credit cards with you only when needed. Then when you get home, put them in a secure place until the next time you need them. • Be skeptical, with your common sense turned up at all times: If any offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on how to avoid being “took,” there are many good websites to peruse. Just google “Tips to avoid being scammed,” and you will see many of them. Take notes, remember what you learn and then put that knowledge into action. Knowledge is power, especially when dealing with those sneaky, devious scammers who prey upon good, trusting people.

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Opinion Thanks, St. Stephen, for so much fun Happy Birthday, St. Stephen! What a pleasure it was to spend most of Saturday in your celebratory city. Leaving my house near Rice that morning, I was almost certain I would have to drive back home or seek shelter, nearly positive it would rain cats and dogs, ruining the St. Stephen Centennial Parade the way rain washed out Sartell SummerFest 2014. I parked near the Cenex station, grabbed my lawn chair and set it up near the parade route. The overcast sky was scowling, threatening rain. I waited for about a half hour, exchanging pleasantries with other parade-goers. Then along came the long parade with its many visual surprises and delights. I enjoyed every minute of it. The parade truly reflected the spirit of the people of St. Stephen. By that I mean the floats were inventive and in many cases brimming with sly, playful humor. It must be Slovenian genetics that make so many people in St. Stephen so talented. Some are ingenious inventors (like one man whose name escapes me who invented a musical instrument, among many other new things), some are supremely good at fixing or improving stuff (like 102-year-old Eddie Peternell), others are loaded with musical and artistic talents (like the Tom and Nettie Trobec family) and still others have a genius for cooking (like bread-baker and all-around chef Alice Supan, known to have “the best buns in town.”) After years of covering stories in St. Stephen, I’ve always been impressed by the feisty, clever, make-do inventiveness of its residents. For me, there were so many highlights in that parade. Here are just some: • An aqua-blue Volkswagen bug pulling an aqua-blue Volkswagen RV. In the window of the RV was a red bikini hanging up to dry near an ice bucket of cham-

Dennis Dalman Editor pagne bottles, and on the back of the RV was a sticker that said “Fully Loaded.” I later found out the “RV” was, in fact, created from an old Volkswagen van. The unit reminded me of the inventiveness and humor referred to above. • A float of a pioneer family: a Ma trying to calm down a fussy baby, bearded Pa sitting there doing nothing, a neglected Granny off to the side wheedling and whining. • The Sartell High School Marching Band. This is the first season in many years the high school has had a marching band and the first time I saw and heard it. Its planned performance at SummerFest was washed out. It was a treat to see it perform in St. Stephen. • The Case steam-engine tractor. It was quite a sight to see that wonderful old monster rolling down the parade route. Like the other agrarian-related units in the parade, it was a towering testament to St. Stephen’s heritage as a vibrant farming area from the mid-1800s onward. Those tractors also reminded me, nostalgically, of the threshing gatherings at Grandpa Saunders’ farm near Benson in the 1950s. • Eddie Peternell, 102, St. Stephen’s oldest and finest, riding on a tractor. I’ve done several stories about Eddie throughout the years. He’s a long-living example of the kind of feistiness, hard work, creativity, family togetherness and down-home humor so abundant in St. Stephen – qualities that made it such an enduring place.

• The appearance of Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, now running for the U.S. House Sixth District seat. He’s been campaigning so heavily, he seems to be everywhere at once these days. It’s always a treat to see down-home Joe. We shook hands, and I asked him, “Hey, Joe, aren’t you sore from shaking so many hands?” He smiled, laughed and said, “Guess how many hands I’ve shaken since I started campaigning? 140,000!” As I stood there speechless, he shook my hand again, gave his gleeful big broad smile and went on down the line, happily shaking more hands. After the parade, I hugely enjoyed the country-western concert. It was a real pleasure to see and hear Sherwin and Pam Linton and their energetic band perform such toe-tapping, rockin’ country songs. When Sherwin, Pam and her sister, Brittany Allyn sang together, they belted out those songs as if there were no tomorrow. It was riveting. Later, I chatted a bit with Pam and Brittany, whom I’d written stories about in the past and was eager to meet in person. They’ve done St. Stephen proud. As I sat enjoying the concert, Glen Lauer sidled up to my chair to say hello. Many people know good ol’ man-abouttown Glen, who is a school-bus driver for Sartell and who also delivers copies of the Newsleader to post offices and various other places. Lauer informed me the four Trobec sisters – Pam, Patti (on stage singing), Peggy and Penny) – all rode his school bus way back when, which was news to me. I had no idea Glen is that old. Thanks, St. Stephen, for such an entertaining weekend. As they say, a good time was had by all. And may you continue to thrive for another century – at least.

No political party owns the IRS The 16th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by the Congress in 1907 and ratified four years later in 1913. This amendment established the income tax, which then created the need for the Internal Revenue Service. The mission of the IRS is simple. They must collect the taxes that are due and enforce the laws regarding income tax. The IRS doesn’t belong to any political party, least of all the party in power, and must be completely apolitical. The IRS is not, nor should it ever be, a tool in the hands of any president to be used against his “enemies.” Unless you have been living in the wilderness, you are doubtless aware the IRS has some serious problems. In a nutshell, they have been accused of targeting conservative groups for particular scrutiny and even harassing some of them. When called before the Congress to account for their actions, they have failed to cooperate and instead have attempted to stonewall. The former head of the IRS, Lois Lerner, has even pleaded the Fifth Amendment to keep from answering questions of the American people. Now they are claiming their e-mails concerning this action have been lost due to computer crashes. This, they allege, happened to seven computers at once and it happened after the Congress asked for a copy of those e-mails.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer I am offended on two fronts. First that they would lie to America, and secondly that they would think we would believe such nonsense. They are obviously covering up. The next obvious thing is this is not going to work. Cover-ups always turn out to be worse than the original crime. Two separate federal judges have just ruled the IRS must answer the allegations of lying and of hiding the e-mails, under oath and under the penalty of perjury, and do so in writing within 30 days. There now is no place to hide. Some have said the IRS will still weasel out of this, that they will find a way to duck this court order. I don’t agree and here’s why. For the IRS to get out of this they would have to get several employees, career civil-service employees, to lie and commit perjury in a federal court. Those employees would do so in the knowledge they could then be prosecuted and spend their retirement in federal prison. They might get one or maybe even two to do

that but to get them all on board is a pipe dream. The truth will be known. This is the reality. Income tax is the law of the land. Some will agree there are better ways to fund our government than the stifling effect of taxing income. Taxing income kills incentive. Different methods of government funding have been proposed but, unless and until those changes are enacted, we are left with income tax and the IRS. It’s precisely for that reason this agency must absolutely be above reproach. There can be no question as to their integrity. In our local towns the mayor doesn’t own the police department, and in our federal government the president doesn’t own the IRS. In fact no one, no political party, no elected official and no government employee owns the IRS. That agency is owned by us the American people and we demand they do their jobs with honesty, integrity and accuracy. No political party may use them as a tool for their benefit. They absolutely must be independent of any politics. Scarbro is retired and spends most of his free time with his grandchildren having moved from Sartell to St. Simons Island, Ga.. Writing and commenting on the news of the day is a pastime. Visit his weekly blog at for more commentary.

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Melinda Vonderahe is the president/ publisher for Times Media, a multi-media company whose product portfolio Vonderahe includes the St. Cloud Times and With more than 18 years of digital sales, marketing and communications experience, Vonderahe’s expertise spans both the consumer and business-to-

business realm and ranges from media buying to market research, as well as branding, sponsorship negotiations and product development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing/ management from the University of Cincinnati and her master’s degree with a concentration in marketing from Xavier University. She is married to Adam, her husband of 19 years, with whom she has three children: Madison (16), Reagan (13) and Carter (10) who all attend Sartell schools.

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Erica Traut rides her 8-year-old horse Roll With The Times (Rollin) who finished third in the Minnesota State Finals Rodeo qualifying her for the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.

Local barrel racer qualifies to compete at world’s largest rodeo E r i c a Traut, daughter of Renee and Dennis Traut of Sartell, has earned a position on the M i n n e s o t a Traut State/Provincial National High School rodeo team. She traveled with fellow teammates July 13-19 to Rock Springs, Wyo. where she competed at the 66th annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the Barrel Racing competition. She is a 2014 graduate of Sartell High School. Featuring more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia, the NHSFR is the world’s largest rodeo. Contestants compete for more than $200,000 in prizes and more than $350,000 in college scholarships and a chance to be named an NHSFR National

Champion. To earn this title, riders must finish in the top 20 based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds – to advance to Saturday evenings final round. National Champions will then be determined based on their threeround combined times/ scores. The championship performance was televised nationally as a part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour series. To follow Erica at the NHSFR, visit NHSRA. org daily for complete results. Erica would like to thank special individuals for their part in helping her achieve her goals. Throughout the years she has pursued her dream of competing at the NHSFR with the help of her professional trainers the Melby family – Ryan, Jane, Colton and Cayla. Traut also thanks her family – Dennis, Renee, Jared and Loren – for their love and support; her sponsors; and everyone who has encouraged her along the way.

Katherine Bailey, daughter of Alice and Stuart Bailey of Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at Winona (Minn.) State University.

They are the following: Austin Barkley, son of Julie and Jim Barkley, a junior Hispanic studies major; Alexander Baxa, son of Diana and Donald Baxa, a senior biology major; Austin Frank, son of Sheila and Randy Frank, a junior global business leadership major; Alex Hanson, son of Michelle and Ron Hanson, a senior individualized major; and Timothy Immelman, son of Pamela and Aubrey Immelman, a first-year political science and psychology major. Students must earn a minimum 3.80 grade-point average to qualify.

Kyle Erickson, son of Sheri and Dave Erickson of Sartell, has been accepted for fall semester to the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth. Matthew Dorn, son of Julie Schuneman of Rice, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. John’s University, Collegeville. He is a first-year computer science and global business leadership major. Students must earn a minimum 3.80 grade-point average to qualify. Five Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at St. John’s University, Collegeville.

Max Magnuson, of Sartell, was named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Students must achieve a minimum grade-point average of 3.66.

St. Cloud Orthopedics has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It’s awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical StanIf 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. July 6 2:40 a.m. Sartell Street W. Verbal. An emergency call was placed stating a male and female were fighting. Officers arrived and found the argument had become physical. The male was placed under arrest without incident. 9:43 p.m. 8th Avenue N. Fireworks. Several complaints were made regarding fireworks in the area. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the source. July 7 3:59 p.m. Brookwood Lane. Suspicious vehicle. A complaint was made regarding an unknown vehicle parked in front of a residence and taking pictures. An officer was unable to locate the vehicle. 11:14 p.m. 3rd Street S. Person assist. An emergency call was placed stating an adult male needed assistance after a fall. Officers were able to assist the male to his bed. He stated he needed no medical care. July 8 2:36 a.m. 23rd Avenue N. Loud music. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. An officer checked the area and was

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5 Three Sartell students reently received scholarships from St. Cloud State University for the upcoming academic year. Senior Cassidy Swanson of Sartell received the James B. Anderson English Scholarship. Established in 2001, this scholarship was created to honor James B. Anderson who was a professor in the English department. This award is intended for declared English majors with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average. The student received $1,500. Jessica Condon and sophomore Courtney Goulet, both of Sartell, received the James W. Miller Family Scholarship. Both awards were $1,000. This scholarship is presented to firstyear students from the 11 county Central Minnesota area. Applicants must have a good academic record and demonstrate financial need. Natalie Hughes, of Sartell, was recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She is majoring in psychology. Students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

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July 9 8:15 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Harassment. A report was made regarding an employee who had harassed another employee. The officer explained this was a one-time event and needed to be processed through a supervisor at the place of employment first. 9:49 p.m. Victory Avenue. Fireworks. A complaint was made regarding a person setting off fireworks from a vehicle and leaving the area. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

July 12 12:36 a.m. 19th Avenue N. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding an unknown male walking through a yard and hitting a window. An officer checked the area and was unable to locate anyone. 3:22 a.m. 11th Avenue E. Domestic. A report was made regarding a resident hearing a male and female arguing and it sounding as if it was becoming physical. Officer arrived and found a female was in a verbal argument on the phone and needed no assistance. 2:37 p.m. Sundance Road. Juvenile problem. A complaint was made regarding two juvenile boys throwing rocks at vehicles. An officer arrived and spoke with the boys about their actions and informed their parents as well. 6:14 p.m. 7th Street N. Animal. A report was made regarding baby ducks that had fallen in a storm drain. An officer was able to remove the cover and went in and retrieved the ducks.

July 10 9:51 a.m. Bear Path Court. Vehicle theft. A report was made regarding a theft from an unlocked vehicle sometime during the overnight. 5:20 p.m. 9th Avenue N. Abandoned bike. A bicycle was found lying on the roadway. Neighbors stated it had been there all day. The bike is located at the Sartell Police Department. July 11 8:20 a.m. Sartell Lane. Neighbor dispute. A complaint was made regarding a resident shooting stray animals in his backyard. An officer provided the resident with city ordinances regarding shooting within city limits. 9:14 p.m. CR 120. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver carried a revoked license. The driver stated he was aware of his license status. He was issued a citation and

July 13 10:25 a.m. 3rd Street N. Barking dog. A complaint was made regarding dogs consistently barking outside a residence. An officer arrived and found the barking to be constant. The owner was issued a citation for the ordinance violation. 6:37 p.m. 4th Avenue N. Fireworks. A complaint was made regarding fireworks being set off in the neighborhood. An Blotter • page 9

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Above: Expecting hot sun and the St. Stephen Centennial Parade to begin, brothers Grant and Henry Donabauer of Rice practice using a shade umbrella. As it turned out, the parade took place during pleasantly overcast weather – not too hot – with a breath of gentle breeze. Above right: Marge Pryately of St. Cloud is one of many people who dressed in traditional Slovenian costumes at the St. Stephen Centennial Parade July 19. Pryately is a member of KSKJ (American-Slovenian Catholic Union), which is dedicated to preserving Slovenian culture in the United States and elsewhere. KSKJ is one of many such lodges throughout the nation.

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grants from Slovenia (then part of the Austrian Empire) arriving in the mid-1880s. Many of the parade’s floats demonstrated a sly sense of humor, poking some fun at old-fashioned “hillbilly” folkways. One float featured a pioneer family – the Ma busy with a fussy baby, a laid-back bearded Pa doing nothing and a screechy-voiced nagging granny. The guest of honor in the parade was Dr. H.E. Bozo Cerar (pronounced Boh-zho ChairRAHR), the ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia. Another guest of honor, cheered by the crowds, was Eddie Peternell, who – at age 102 – is not only the oldest St. Stephen resident, born and raised there, but two years older than the city’s charter founding in 1914. Later, after the parade in the Smoley Park ballfield, Cerar and Peternell met as a crowd of proud, smiling family members and well-wishers gathered ‘round. Bending over Peternell in his wheel chair, Cerar congratulated Peternell, the two engaged in pleasant exchanges and then Cerar presented him with a proclamation from Slovenia in honor of St. Stephen’s Centennial. Before meeting Peternell, Cerar addressed the ballpark audience. “It is a pleasure and an honor to participate in this joyous event,” he said. Cerar said he and others in the Republic of Slovenia are keenly aware and appreciative of how so many in St. Stephen, Minn. are so supportive of preserving the Slovenian heritage and culture. Throughout the Centennial events, many people could be

seen wearing traditional colorful Slovenian costumes, including Cerar, who – while in the parade – wore breeches, a black velvet vest and an Alpine hat with a bright-red flower affixed to it. “Culture means a lot – maybe everything,” he said, mentioning the many poets, painters and authors of his native country – the transmitters of culture. “Culture is the basis for who we are.” Cerar said he is impressed the way many in St. Stephen still retain with pride some of the language, music and cuisine of the old country “across the pond.” Central Minnesota, he said, is so beautiful with its greenery, its lakes and rivers that it reminds him of parts of eastern Slovenia. Cerar then presented St. Stephen Mayor Cindy Vanderweyst a proclamation honoring St. Stephen from the Slovenian government. Other speakers on the ballpark stage included those who brought congratulations, including State Rep. Tim O’Driscoll; and a representative of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who said Bachmann intends to put a proclamation honoring St. Stephen into the Congressional Record. Two other special guests, singing with Sherwin Linton’s The Cotton Kings, were sisters Pam Linton (nee Pam Trobec) and Brittany Allyn (nee Patti Trobec). Both girls, raised in St. Stephen, daughters of Tom and Nettie Trobec, demonstrated remarkable musical talents as children. Both joined the Sherwin Linton Band shortly after high school. Pam later married Sherwin Linton, and Patti married Linton’s son, making the elder Sherwin both her father-in-law and brother-in-law. In time, Patti moved to Nashville, where she began to write songs and make recordings. For many years, she was a backup singer for the late, legendary George Jones until

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Jones died about a year ago. At the ballpark, The Cotton Kings performed two sets of sizzling, foot-stomping country-western-rock with a couple of teary-eyed ballads thrown in for good measure. Sherwin Linton, accompanied by the two sisters, belted out powerful, blues-tinged vocal versions of classics like Hank Williams’ Your Cheatin’ Heart; the Frank Sinatra standard I Would Love You Anyway; a rousing love song penned by Allyn called If I’m Standing Next to You When I Fall, and a tearjerker sung by Pam called No Charge, a clever and touching story about the strong bond of love between a mother and her little boy. After an intermission, The Cotton Kings performed a tribute to the music of Johnny Cash. Throughout the first musical set, Allyn – between songs – shared some of the memories from her beloved hometown, St. Stephen. “This is a big day for our city,” she said. “It’s all about people. Otherwise we’d just be a spot on a map. I’m very proud to be from St. Stephen.” Allyn said her many years of traveling the nation as part of the George Jones Show and seeing so many places made her appreciate the downhome goodness of St. Stephen. Allyn also gave nods to people she knows in St. Stephen, Bash • page 12

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Above: Three powerhouse performers, including two sisters, belt out a rocking country-western song at the St. Stephen Centennial party July 19. Pam (Trobec) Linton (left) is married to The Cotton Kings’ bandleader Sherwin Linton (middle). Brittany Allyn, nee Patti Trobec (right) is a Nashville recording artist who sang backup for years for the legendary George Jones. Above right: The Sartell High School Marching Band entertains the thousands of people who lined up for the St. Stephen Centennial Parade July 19 on the city’s main street. At right: Dr. H.E. Bozo Cerar, the U.S. ambassador from the Republic of Slovenia, chats with two visitors to St. Stephen during its centennial celebration July 19. The visitors were Ben and Bev Kochmann of St. Cloud. For Bev, it was a thrill to meet the ambassador because both sets of her grandparents emigrated from Slovenia (then part of Austria) in the 1800s.


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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 748 JUNE 16, 2014 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 4:01 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members present: Meyer; Krista Durrwachter, vice chair; Mary McCabe, director; Jason Nies, clerk; Dan Riordan, director; and Michael Spanier, interim superintendent. Absent: Pam Raden, director. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riorden to approve the agenda. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Nies to approve consent items a-d as presented below: a. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on May 19, 2014. b. Checks in the amount of $1,780,974.33 as presented: General Fund 1,405,448.38 Food Service Fund 127,910.09 Transportation Fund 165,540.90 Community Service Fund 49,015.24 Capital Expenditure Fund 31,950.50 Debt Service Fund 375.00 Summer Rec Agency Fun 734.22 Check numbers 156251 to 156597 Receipts in the amount of $4,993,841.00 as presented: General Fund 3,414,434.44 Food Service Fund 247,925.91 Community Service Fund 92,084.80 Building Fund .51 Debt Service Fund 1,172,356.35 Scholarship Trust 14,125.00 Summer Rec Agency Rec 52,914.00 Receipts 39879 to 39984 Wire transfers in the amount of $6,160.62 as presented: General Fund 1,115.55 Food Service Fund 3,243.08 Community Service Fund 642.63 Summer Rec Agency Fund 1,159.36 Wire transfers 201300071-201300077 c. Accept the following donations: Sabre All-Sport Booster Club, Sartell High School $4,904, Funded Strength Coaches and Supplies; Sabre All-Sport Booster Club, Sartell High School, $34.98, Senior Athletic Certificates. d. Accept the resignations of Kelly Hanson, Sartell High School, homebound teacher effective June 10, 2014; Julie Hoppe, ECFE, special ed teacher effective June 30, 2014; Judy Schwankl, Sartell Middle School, cook effective June 5, 2014; Lindsy Schwantes, Sartell Middle School, Spanish teacher effective July 12, 2014. Accept retirements of Mary Ann Lyon, Sartell High School, para effective Aug. 14, 2014 and Daniel Whitson, Sartell Middle School, school resource officer effective June 7, 2014. Student Representative Report: Mac Nies, senior at Sartell High School • Sartell High School had one participant in the state boys golf tournament and six participants in the state track and field tournament this spring. • Student Council interviewed and voted three additional members on the student council which will start meeting in early August. • Six students will be heading to the National Student Council Convention to gather new ideas to implement. • All students turned in their MacBooks on June 4. • Many students and staff are working hard in planning and organizing Sabre Splash for first-year students. • Weighted grades are now posted in Skyward for students at SHS. • The 8th-grade students enjoyed their class trip to Valleyfair on May 27. • The Honors Recital for Band and Choir was held at SMS on May 29 for students to showcase their talents. • Summer school began this week for many elementary students. Student will attend for two weeks in June and one week in August. • PME and ORE held Field Days for students on site for grades K-3 and at the SMS track for 4th-grade students. • The PME Family Picnic was a huge success with an estimated 1,000 people in attendance. • ORE and PME 4th-graders had graduation ceremonies to celebrate a milestone in their education. • Summer Recreation and Community Education activities have begun. You can see many students participating in these activities throughout the community. Superintendent Report: Spanier, interim superintendent • Enrollment remained constant throughout the 2013-14 school year. • Rowan McDonnell, SHS student, tied for 22nd at the state golf tournament. McDonnell was the highest outstate finisher. Congratulations to the team and Coach Sieben for the best season in SHS history. • SHS had several students participate in the state track tournament: Thomas Bearson, Daniel Daffinrud, Shelby Hall, Jacob Koltes and Jacob Lieberg, • There were several excellent music concerts this spring. Congratulations to all the students and directors for another successful year. • Thank you to two additional retirees for your many years of dedicated service to the Sartell-St. Stephen School District: • Mary Ann Lyon, a paraprofessional currently at SHS, with 27 years of service • Dan Whitson, a school liaison officer, retired from the Sartell Police

Department, after 23 years of service • Sartell High School hosted Senior Awards Night with the Class of 2014 receiving more than $2.5 million in grants, scholarships and post-secondary academic support from community stakeholders and post-secondary institutions. • Sartell High School marching band is back and has several performances lined up for this parade season. • The first ISD 748 orchestra concert/performance was held on May 22 and received a standing ovation for the inaugural season. School Board Committees: Board Chair Meyer recognized the service of three outgoing administrators: • RandyHusmann – 16 years of service • Greg Johnson – 8 years of service • MikeSpanier – 36 years of service Board Chair Meyer noted Board Policy 306 – Administrator Code of Ethics, Section B. 1. Makes the well-being of students the fundamental value of all decision-making and actions. Mike Spanier exemplifies this. Thank you to Mike Spanier for his successful 36-year career in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. During his tenure, he served as assistant principal, principal, interim superintendent for Dr. Worner, director of learning services, and finally, interim superintendent for the 13-14 school year. Mike took on the challenging role of interim superintendent at a time when our district required healing and rebuilding. Our administrative team needed an experienced leader. A leader who could provide guidance, who understood our community and who had a realistic vision to move our district forward. Mike was that leader. Thank you! Benton Stearns Ed District Report: Duane Borgeson, director of the Benton Stearns Education District, reviewed the programs supported by SED and special-education-funding laws. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION AS AMENDED. New Employees or Changes: Katie Beckmann, SHS, Summer Strength, $1,119, BS1 (3.35%), New position-outside funded; Mike Holman, SHS, Summer Strength, $1,025, BS4 (3.35%), New position – outside funded; Jessica Lewis, SMS, 7th-grade language arts, $44,368, MA S1, replacing Erin Roe; Noel Meyer, SHS, Spring Strength, $1,148, BS2 (3.35%), New position – outside funded; Kristine O’Brien, DSC, director of community ed, $77,000/ 1 FTE BA S1, new position; Rachel Tisdale, SMS, orchestra, $35,934/ 1 FTE BA S2, replacing Jill Haehn. Leaves of Absence: Therese Nierengarten, SMS, teacher, part-time, 2014-15 school year; Michelle Ramle, SMS, 7th 7th-grade language arts, full-time, 2014-15 school year; Mallory Wetzell, DSC, operations assistant, full-time, 6- to 8-week leave to begin on or around July 17, 2014. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PRELIMINARY 2014-15 BUDGET AS PRESENTED. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APPROVE REVISIONS TO POLICIES 215, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, AND 306. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE REMOVAL OF POLICY 412.1 AND 430. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE THE STUDENT TEACHING AGREEMENT WITH ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to ADOPT TEACHER EVALUATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN SARTELL BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SARTELL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE STUDENT HANDBOOK CHANGES. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE LOCAL 284 MULTI-UNIT CONTRACT. All in favor. Motion carried. Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings July 10 at 8 a.m. – Facilities Committee at 8 a.m. July 21 at 5:30 p.m. – Board Work Session, DSC, board room The board had the official review of policies 403 and 415. The board had the first of two readings of revisions of the following policies: 401, 402, 412, 419, 420 and 424. A motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:05 p.m. was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe. All in favor. Motion carried. /s/ Jason Nies, clerk

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the City of Sartell, City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N., Sartell, Minn 56377, until 11 a.m. CST Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, and will be publicly opened and read at said time and place by a representative of the City of Sartell. Said proposals for the furnishing of all labor and materials for construction of the following approximate quantities: 750 750 320 570 33 1


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The bids must be submitted on the Proposal Forms provided in accordance with the Contract Documents, Plans and Specifications as prepared by WSB and Associates Inc., 4140 Thielman Lane, Suite 204, St. Cloud, Minn. 56301, which are on file with the City Administrator of Sartell and may be seen at the office of the Consulting Engineers or at the office of the City Administrator. Complete digital Proposal Forms, Plans and Specifications for use by contractors submitting a bid are available at You may download the digital plan documents for a nonrefundable fee of $20 by inputting Quest project #3445321 on the website’s Project Search page. Please contact at 952-233-1632 or info@ for assistance in free membership registration, downloading and working with this digital project information.

Missing Sartell woman located A woman from Sartell who had been reported as missing was found safe and sound about a week after the missing report was filed with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department.

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On July 5, family members of Sara Winscher, 36, reported her missing. At that time, her family had not heard from her for two weeks and began to worry about her. On July 10, the sherrif’s

department, in a press release, announced Winscher had been located, that nothing criminal had occurred and that she is safe. No further information was provided in the report.

Senior living complex in works for Sartell

by Dennis Dalman

A 100-unit senior living complex is in the works for Sartell. At its July 15 meeting, the Sartell City Council agreed to join St. Cloud in helping secure low-interest funds for the project, which will be a part of the CentraCare Health System, based in St. Cloud. The “conduit” bonds will be issued by the City of St. Cloud, but Sartell must sign on since the


An optional paper set of Proposal Forms, Plans and Specifications may be obtained from the Consulting Engineers, WSB and Associates Inc., 4140 Thielman Lane, Suite 204, St. Cloud, Minn. 56301, for a nonre- from page 5 fundable fee of $50 per set, check payable to WSB and Associates Inc. officer checked the area and was unable to find the location. Bids will only be accepted from Contractors who purchase digital or paper Bidding Documents as specified above. July 14 1:11 a.m. CR 120. Welfare No bids will be considered unless sealed and filed with the City Administrator of Sartell and accompanied by a cash deposit, cashier’s check or check. While on patrol, an certified check or bid bond made payable to the City of Sartell for five officer witnessed a male carrypercent (5%) of the amount bid, to be forfeited as liquidated damages in ing a female over his shoulder. the event the bid be accepted and the bidder fail to enter promptly into a The officer found the male written contract and furnish the required bond. No bids may be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of opening of bids. The City of Sartell reserves the right to reject any or all bids.


facility will be built in that city. There is no legal or financial obligation to Sartell for its approving the conduit-bonding resolution. The living complex, estimated to cost $15 million, will be constructed on the southeast area of the intersection of Pinecone Road and Scout Drive. The facility will be owned and operated by St. Cloud Hospital, which is part of the nonprofit CentraCare Health System. The units within the new

complex will include some for independent living, some for assisted living and others for tenants who have memoryloss problems. The $15 million price tag is just part of a $128 million bond re-issuance to get a lower interest on payback for previous bonds issued for other projects. Adding the cost of the new senior-living complex to the bond re-issuance is a less costly way of doing both bonds at once.

was afraid she was too intoxicated to drive and the female stated she was too intoxicated to walk. The male was able to give care for the female if needed. The officer provided them with a ride to their residence. 7:39 p.m. Meadow Drive. Unwanted person. A complaint was made regarding an intoxicated female at a residence who was refusing to leave. An officer arrived and escorted

the female to detox for the evening. July 15 1:31 a.m. Woodcrest Circle. DWI. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had an active arrest warrant. The officer detected the odor of alcoholic beverages and marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver was unable to pass field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest.

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‘Littlest Loon’ author shares loon fun facts by Dennis Dalman

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Above: Author Bob Kutter shared his fun facts about loons and his storybook The Littlest Loon at a recent meeting of the Sartell Senior Connectio. Kutter was accompanied by his wife, Nancy (right) and the book’s illustrator Debra Johnson. All are retired educators from the Grey Eagle area. photo courtesy DNR

Below: A loon floats along with her chick nestled safely on her back.

Do loons sneeze? Kids, who say the darnedest things, also ask some of the darnedest questions: Do loons sneeze? An elementary-school student asked that question of author and loon-enthusiast Bob Kutter, who was delighted and later, chuckling, told many others about it. Well, lo and behold, one day Kutter received a video tape from one of his former language-arts students. The video showed a loon sneezing or – well, at least – appearing to be in the middle of a sneezing fit. Kutter, who lives on Big Birch Lake near Grey Eagle, recently spoke at one of the Sartell Senior Connection’s Thursday morning “Coffee and Conversation” gatherings at Country Manor. Kutter is the author of The Littlest Loon, a children’s storybook he wrote, based on an actual incident that happened near his lake home. One day in the summer of 2010, Kutter and many neighbors noticed a lone loon chick, recently hatched, in late June, much later than most normal hatchings. The little loon was alone, his parents not in sight. Everyone pondered what to do. Finally, Kutter and his wife, Nancy, boated over to the stranded chick, scooped it up in a fishing net and brought it over to the middle of the lake where they’d spotted some adult loons. As soon as the


Kutters released the chick, the two loons – apparently its parents – were at its side in a split second. “I mean, they were there like NOW!” said Kutter, snapping his fingers. “In an instant.” And later, to everyone’s happy satisfaction, the little loon could be seen often by lake dwellers, riding on the back of one of its parents. Then along came Nov. 21, a lake ice-up, when all the loons on the lake – including, presumably, the once-lost loon, up and flew east and south for the winter. Kutter’s storybook recounts that story in language that can be understood by children as young as kindergarten. The book was illustrated by Debra Johnson, a retired educator and friend of the Kutters, also from Grey Eagle. Johnson also spoke at the “Coffee and Conversation” meeting, telling listeners how nervous and hesitant she was when asked to illustrate the book. Up to then, she had only dabbled in art. The assignment was a daunting challenge, but after lots of research and false starts, she finally managed to make the story come to visual life with her pastel drawings. The Kutters, too, are both retired educators. After watching loons on their lake for years, the Kutters have learned quite a lot about the fascinating birds, knowledge they enjoy sharing with others. When a loon chick is hatched in late June or July (as in Kutter’s storybook), it’s later than normal, and most often

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the chick will not survive. The chick in Kutter’s book was the size of a fuzzy black tennis ball, visible only by looking through binoculars from the shore. Chick loons are fed almost constantly by their parents to get big enough and strong enough to join the migration route before harsh winter sets in. The chick mentioned by the Kutters was not only very little, he was very lucky. A loon generally lays only two eggs, sometimes in onshore nests (some of them man-made). Loons are very territorial and stake out their own places on a given lake. But toward mid-summer, they are known to gather all together in the middle of the lake and “party,” Kutter noted. It’s as if the intensive feeding and caring for their chicks, once done, is cause to celebrate and let their territorial guard down, Kutter explained. This summer, there have been 14 baby chicks counted by the loon-lovers of Big Birch Lake. Last year, a nasty storm on the lake in June wiped out all the chicks, Kutter noted. Kutter played a recording of the many kinds of calls loons are famous for. Some sound similar to a tap-tap woodpecker sound, others sound like a quick chittering racket, some are “hoots,” some sound like yodeling and giddy-laughing sounds, and still others are the lonesome mournful call so familiar to Minnesotans. The crazy laughing sound is where the expression “crazy as Brochures avai lable at Whitney Seni or Center!

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Friday, July 25, 2014 a loon” originated, Kutter said. Generally, Kutter added, most loon calls mean “Where are you? Come here.” Loons are said to mate for life, but often what happens is male intruders will barge into another male’s territory and battle for dominance, sometimes forcing the defending male to retreat, and such rejected males often later die. Kutter had once seen two male loons fight for more than four hours, but the intruder was driven off. Loons are not adept on land. They tend to waddle and fall over quickly. They also need a long stretch of water, like an airport runway, to launch themselves into flight. Other fun facts about loons mentioned by Kutter: Loons have summer habitats from Alaska all the way over to New England. There are an estimated 14,000 loons in Minnesota, many more if you count the people. Loons thrive on eating smaller fish, though they will

also eat insects and crustaceans. They can dive up to 150-feet deep and stay underwater for up to 90 seconds. Their eyes have a double lid to protect them underwater. Loons are seen only on nice and clear lakes because they need clear, clean water to see their prey at deep depths. When migrating, loons first go to Lake Michigan where they stop to feed on a certain kind of lake food. Then they fly, often on air currents, non-stop to the Gulf of Mexico Florida area. They can fly and glide at up to 110 mph, 150 mph if there is a tail wind. Youngest loons stay in the Gulf of Mexico area for up to three years so they can grow old enough to mate. Loons have been known to live for up to 20 – and in some rare cases – up to 30 years old. Kutter said he was pleased with the reception of his book by so many loyal readers. The Littlest Loon can be purchased via, at On a Lark in St. Joseph and at By Hand in Waite Park.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Groundbreaking set for Abounding Joy Members of the Abounding Joy Lutheran Church will break ground for their new facility at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27 in Sartell. The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. The church site is located at the corner of CR 120 and Amblewood Drive on the border of Sartell and St. Cloud, about 1.5 miles west of the CentraCare Plaza. The $1.7-million, 10,000 square-foot first phase of the project will be completed in spring 2015. Abounding Joy is a member of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. It was founded in July 2011 and is served by Pastor Tom

Bash from page 7 some of them in the audience, such as a cousin Bonnie Trobec Weske, who did the graphic design for Allyn’s Christmas CD. In a nostalgic mood, Allyn recalled how she loved countrywestern music as long as she could remember. Her father was a big Marty Robbins fan. At her Aunt Betty’s and her grandparents houses, there were always fat stacks of sheet music to

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country-western songs and other popular tunes. Those piles of sheet music were treasure troves for Patti and older sister Pam. “I think I sang every one of those songs then,” she said. “I remember one of them was a sheet of music with a forestgreen cover and a picture of Hank Williams on it. The name of the song was Your Cheatin’ Heart. I figured if I was going to learn to sing country-western, Hank Williams was a good place to start.” Allyn and the band then launched into a scorching, rip-

snorting version of the Williams’ classic that had the audience panting for more. Allyn recalled how she auditioned for George Jones. The song she chose, which got her the job, was her version of Marty Robbins’ You Got Me Singin’ the Blues. She, Pam and the band then performed a rollicking cover of that song. Just before evening fell, the band 21 Mile Limit took the stage and performed sets of songs that had the audience smiling and dancing.

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