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Town Crier MN Bluegrass Fest set Aug. 8-11

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival is a fourday music and camping festival Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Mañana, 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. To learn more, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.

MN Bluegrass, Old-Time Fest ticket giveaway

The Newsleaders has a limited amount of FREE tickets to the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Fest Aug. 8-11 at El Rancho Manana, Richmond. Anyone interested, please email with your name, phone number and amount of tickets requested or like the Newsleaders on facebook by Wednesday, Aug. 7. Your name will be placed in a drawing and winners will be notified via email no later than noon Thursday, Aug. 8.

Back to School 5K seeks sponsors

A Family 5K and Kids 1K Obstacle Course, sponsored by PineConeVision Center and Dentistry for Children, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Sartell Middle School. Please help support Sartell-St. Stephen School District Health Services by becoming an event sponsor. The health department is in need of pediatric recovery cots for the preschool health office, regular size cots for the middle school health office, fingertip pulse oximeters and a few other health-related needs. Sponsorship deadline is Aug. 15. Visit for sponsorship, registration and event details or contact Cathy at 320-291-9331.

Wiggle, Jiggle, Jam set Aug. 6 at library

Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam, for children ages 3 to 12, will be held from 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. Every child at the show gets an opportunity to dance, jump, move and be a part of the concert. Advanced registration is required. Call 320-253-9359. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.


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Three Sartell athletes make futures at SJU by Mark Lauer

The time-honored tradition of high school football plays out on Friday nights all over the country. That includes Sartell Sabre field. Fans young and old, most of them dressed in royal blue, begin filling the stands as evening darkness begins setting in. The Sartell band and cheerleading squad perform in front of friends and family, urging the home fans to get excited about the game. Those Friday night memories are pleasant ones for three Sartell High School graduates. Rob Voshell, Paul Plombon and Sean Tillman have moved on to collegiate football these days. Their playing field is no longer the familiar gridiron along 7th Street North in Sartell. Now their home turf is at St. John’s University’s Clemens Stadium, a place commonly known as the Natural Athletes • page 6

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Rob Voshell performs in a 2012 game at St. John’s University.

Grays cut hair in tribute to boy with cancer

by Dennis Dalman

March 20 was a day of doom for the Tano and Julie Gray family of Sartell because that is the day they found out one of their two boys, 5-yearold Nathaniel, is suffering from Stage 3 anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. “It came out of nowhere,” Julie said. “Our kids were always the healthiest of kids. I would never have thought in a million years this would happen. Those beginning days were really, really tough.” But the Grays took a very deep breath and decided they would have to deal with it as best they could. And thanks to the medical staff, good friends and supporters, and a kind and caring church, they are all doing well as a strong and happy family. Their other son is 2-year-old Aaron. Nathaniel’s lymph-node cancer is in his chest and across his inside abdomen area. He is not in pain now, despite frequent chemotherapy treatments. At one time, the pain was terrible. Before the disease was diagnosed, Nathaniel would sometimes wake up at night screaming and

crying with horrible stomach pains. At first his frantic parents thought it might be constipation, and even doctors were puzzled at first. Then, after a CT scan, the nodes didn’t look right. The images were sent to the children’s oncology unit, and the dreaded diagnosis was given. Nathaniel lost all of his hair due to chemotherapy. One day on a playground, one kid called him a bald baby. Another boy asked why he has no hair. “It’s because I have cancer,” he said to the boy, who did not really understand. As a show of love and solidarity, Nathaniel’s mother decided to get a buzz cut. The boy’s father and brother followed suit. Julie said she’ll never forget the first time Nathaniel saw her with her buzz cut. He and his father had been to a ballgame in Minneapolis, having taken the North Star commuter train from Big Lake. When Julie picked them up, Nathaniel walked around the car and stopped in his tracks, beaming when he saw his bald mother. He took off his baseball cap and said, “Mom, you have hair now just like me – I mean you DON’T have hair like me!”

Nathaniel takes his chemo treatments at Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, but sometimes he goes to the “Short

Stay” program at St. Cloud’s CentraCare Plaza, which is a blessing for the whole family Grays • page 3

Kids Country holds a picnic in the park

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Lacey Jensen, a Kids Country Child Care and Learning Center student from Sartell, plays during an afternoon of laughter, fun and relationship-building at Val Smith Park. Families and students were invited to a Kids Country picnic May 23 where all enjoyed summertime treats, played on the playground, shared stories and made new introductions while getting to know one another outside of the classroom. The child-care and learning center believes well-developed relationships between staff and parents play an important role in ensuring a positive experience for families, and especially students. Parent-teacher activities are held multiple times throughout the year in an effort to promote that philosophy.

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Abounding Joy Lutheran Church purchases land for future home

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Abounding Joy Lutheran Church recently purchased 8.5 acres of land on CR 120 (one half mile west of Fitness Evolution) on the boundary of Sartell and St. Cloud. It plans to construct a church facility there in the next 12-18 months. While the majority of Abounding Joy’s members live in Sartell, it draws from across the St. Cloud area. The congregation currently holds Sunday services in the community room at the Boy Scout Headquarters on north Pine Cone Road in Sartell. It’s a member of Lutheran Congregation in Mission for Christ and has been served by Pastor Tom Wright since January, 2011. The church’s website is

People Two Sartell students recently graduated from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. They and their majors are the following: Frederick Bidinger, bachelor’s degree in business and management; and Christopher Buell, bachelor’s degree in business and information systems. Meghan Carey of Sartell recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Madison Thompson of Sartell was recently named to the spring semester president’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. Students must achieve a gradepoint average of 4.0 to receive this honor. Thomas Gerberding of Sartell recently earned a doctorate degree in law from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

SCSU moves up in Forbes’ ‘Top Colleges’ list St. Cloud State University remains in the top 5 percent of the most affordable colleges in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” list for 2013 and improved from 611 to 504 in the overall ranking. SCSU’s increase points to a statistical trend for public schools in the “Top Colleges” rankings this year. State schools offer an excellent education for much lower tuition bills than their average private counterparts, according to the Forbes’ article. The 650-school ranking features just four Minnesota public universities: University of Minnesota (109), University of Minnesota-Morris (386), St. Cloud State (504) and Minnesota State University-Mankato (595). The “America’s Top Colleges” rankings include an elite 24 per-

cent of U.S. colleges and universities based on five criteria: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards. SCSU earned five nationally competitive awards in 2012-13, including the Simon, Heiskell and HEED Awards for international efforts, the Hobey Baker Award and Innovative Program of the Year Award. Forbes promotes its 2013 ranking with the taglines “The Only Schools That Matter. The best years of life are also among the most expensive. Choose with care.” Only 23 of “America’s Top Colleges” cost less than SCSU, on an annual basis. That puts SCSU among the top 4 percent of most affordable colleges.

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Sartell recently won the Tier B 5th- and 6th-grade Central Minnesota Youth Baseball League Tournament held at Pine Cone Central Park in Sartell. The team posted wins against Princeton Orange, Sauk Rapids Gray, Princeton Black and another Sartell team in a close championship game; 27 teams competed in three divisions at Pine Cone Central Park during the weekend of July 19-21. Team members include: (front row, left to right) Chandler Kenning, Case Leach, Colin O’Leary, Eddie Hamilton, Kendrick Sindt, and Callan Markey; (middle row) Nolan Lund, Tyler Erickson, Cameron Nelson, Brandon Beek, Alex Moritz, Jacob Miller, and Dylan Gerdesl; and (back row) Coaches Kevin O’Leary, Jeff Miller, Trevor Moritz and Bill Lund.

Blotter If 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 17 10:23 am. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the owner had a suspended license and an expired registration. The driver stated she was unaware of the license status. She was issued a citation and a valid driver picked up the vehicle. 6:07 p.m. Alarm. Kruchten Court. A local business’s burglar alarm was activated. Officers arrived and found the cleaning service had arrived but did not know the code. July 18 2:32 am. Driving complaint. Riverside Avenue. A complaint was made regarding a vehicle crossing the center line and nearly hitting an ambulance. An officer arrived and the driver was a juvenile male. He admitted he wasn’t looking and crossed the center line. The rear plate was also dis-

playing an incorrect registration date. The male admitted to taking the registration sticker from his father. The male’s father was contacted regarding the registration. The juvenile male was issued a citation and released. 7:41 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A male was witnessed leaving the store with unpaid merchandise. The male denied the theft. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. July 19 8:47 a.m. Animal. 8th Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding a dog that seemed as though he was underweight and not being cared for properly. The owner stated she was trying different options for the dog to get to a healthier weight. The officer also spoke with the dog’s veterinarian who confirmed the owner’s statements. July 20 6:10 a.m. Theft. 3rd Street N. A report was made regarding the theft of a trampoline sometime overnight. 10:07 p.m. Fireworks. 1st Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding fireworks going off in a neighborhood. The complainant is a war veteran and was having a hard time with all the noise. An officer went through the area

and was unable to hear or find anyone setting off fireworks. July 21 2:01 am. DWI. Hwy. 15. A vehicle was witnessed driving erratically and at a high rate of speed. The driver did not pass field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. 9:10 pm. Theft. Walmart. A juvenile male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The male admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released to a relative. July 22 1:38 am. Traffic stop. CR 1. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the owner’s license was suspended. The driver stated she had fixed the problem but could not provide proof; she also could not provide proof of insurance. She was issued a citation for both violations and released to a valid driver. 10:09 p.m. Missing person. 1st Street NE. A report was made regarding a male who could not locate his wife. While en route, an officer found the wife. She stated she went for a walk and the officer transported her home safely.

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Sartell Newsleader • mals to show his grandmother how chemo is injected into a port hole and other medical information. Nathaniel’s prognosis is very good, his mother said. Fortunately, she works days at in St. Cloud, and Tano works mainly nights at Merrill Corp. in Sartell. That way, someone can always be home with Nathaniel, who will start an all-immersion Spanish school in Clear Lake this September. One of the most frustrating times was when Nathaniel came down with a case of pneumonia, then his brother also caught it and very soon so did both parents.

“That was last week, and I just started feeling like a human being again yesterday,” Julie said. “We were all on the same medication, just different levels of it. We’re fine now, fortunately.” There is always a risk of infections for someone undergoing cancer treatments. “Sometimes I would just like to put Nathaniel in one of those protective bubbles,” Julie said, “but that just couldn’t be done because he’d miss out on so much.” If there is a silver lining in Nathaniel’s struggle with cancer, Julie noted, it’s the overwhelming support the family has received from so many

kind people: family, friends and fellow parishioners at St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud. “It is truly touching to see how many people help out,” Julie said. For more about Nathaniel and his cancer journey, go to:

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Nathaniel Gray and his mother snuggle for a photo.


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Time is ripe to approve Klubuchar’s energy bill

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is right on when it comes to the tyranny of spiking gasoline prices. In a recent opinion column, she addressed the many factors that contribute to gas prices that periodically skyrocket as they did here in Minnesota this spring. In that case, we’re told, it was caused by the simultaneous shut-down of several oil refineries in the Upper Midwest, causing a slump in supply and an increase in prices in excess of $4 per gallon. Klobuchar has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would require refineries to report to the Energy Information Administration any scheduled maintenance that might shut down their operations. The bill would also require them to give immediate notification of any unplanned outages. That information could serve as an early-warning system to protect consumers from problems in the refinery industry. That way, the Energy Information Administration can work to make sure scheduled refinery shutdowns don’t send gas prices skyrocketing. Klobuchar’s bill would also call for more fuelstorage capacity in the Upper Midwest, which lags behind storage capacity of refined fuels in other parts of the nation. That makes us more vulnerable to refinery outages. As Klobuchar rightly points out, spikes in fuel prices can weaken Minnesota’s economy because of the unanticipated, sudden cost increases that adversely affect all forms of economic activity, including workers’ discretionary income. Thus, it’s about time Congress demands some accountability and transparency from oil companies. Too often, they trot out excuses for skyrocketing prices. They will blame the Arab oil cartel; they will blame the weather or natural disasters; they will blame onerous governmental regulations. In some cases, yes, those can be factors, but most often oil companies either exaggerate those causes or just plain lie about them. They never, of course, mention a cause called greed, especially the greed of Wall Street hotshots who can manipulate the price of oil through their devious speculations. According to Klobuchar, 56 cents of every gallon of gas can be attributed to that kind of speculation. Klobuchar is calling for a new-and-improved national energy policy that would address the problems listed above, as well as the promotion of more domestic oil drilling, development of more biofuels and other energy alternatives and more fuel-efficient vehicles. There is good news, to be sure. Our dependence on foreign fuels declined from 60 percent to 40 percent in recent years in large part because of increased production in North Dakota, use of homegrown fuels and better gas mileage in vehicles. However, good as that news is, it won’t be good for long unless a national energy policy requires accountability. Otherwise, gas prices, no matter where the fuel is pumped and refined, will continue to increase and to spike, beyond our control. Three cheers for Klobuchar and her energy bill. She is a great Minnesota progressive who focuses consistently on all the right problems. What a pity other do-nothing representatives don’t follow her lead.

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Opinion ‘Ranger’ Kruze always makes my day Receptionists are greatly undervalued. When a newcomer arrives at a business, a receptionist is the first contact, and that first impression (good, bad, nasty) can have a huge impact on whether the newcomer will feel welcome and comfortable. The Coborn Cancer Center is filled with good receptionists who are smiling, helpful and (so importantly) lots of fun. The one I see every day is Denell Kruze at the Radiation Oncology wing. We love to play verbal tennis. Several weeks ago, on my first visit there, the woman at that reception desk looked so familiar. Then she gave me a big smile and said, “Dennis Dalman, I THOUGHT that was you.” I drew a blank. Then she reminded me we’d had a good chat a couple years ago at the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department Open House when I’d taken news photos of her two children, Maggie and Ryan. Denell lives in Sartell. As we gabbed, I learned she is a “Ranger,” meaning she hails from Minnesota’s Iron Range – Hibbing to be exact. “Hibbing?!” I asked. “No kidding! Do you like . . .?” “Bob Dylan?” she asked, stealing my thought. “No! I can’t stand his music.” Then she made an icky-sticker face, like the kind you see on bottles of rat poison. “Shame on you!” I scolded. “How dare you not like Dylan? Something’s wrong with you. You need musical therapy immediately.” “I bet you like Tom Petty, too,” she said. “I do! In fact, I saw him and Dylan

Dennis Dalman Editor performing together back in 1987.” She gave me a sympathetic look, as if I had endured hell on earth. “You don’t like Petty?” I asked. “Oh, gosh no!” she said, making another icky-sticker face. “Horrible! He’s as bad as Dylan!” “Well, who DO you like?” I asked. “Beyonce, Madonna and Pink,” she said. It was my turn to make an ickysticker face. Every day at the cancer center, Denell and I (and sometimes her “sidekick,” fellow receptionist Tracy Rothstein) exchange smarty remarks. “Denell will NEVER let anyone forget she’s a Ranger from Hibbing,” Tracy said, sighing. “Say, Denell,” I asked. “I forget. WHERE did you say you’re from?” “Oh, c’mon, you guys,” she said, groaning. “Gimme a break.” One day, Denell told me her mom, Kathleen Clark, attended high school with Robert Zimmerman. Clark was a string bean then, only 90 pounds. One day in study hall, the always-quiet boy who sat in front of her suddenly turned around, touched Clark’s blouse and said a crude comment about her body. “He said WHAT?!” I asked. “What did your mom do?” “She was so shocked she said noth-

ing.” “What a jerk!” I said. “I thought you liked Dylan?” she asked. “Well, I did – I mean, I still do, but that was totally uncalled for.” “You can say that again,” she said. One morning, I walked up to the reception desk to see Denell smiling brightly. “Guess what?!” she said. She told me she’d been at mother-in-law Mary Kruze’s house in Rochester the previ- c ous weekend. Mary was playing piano, P and Denell was moved by the beauty of v the song. She walked over to the piano and peered at the sheet music to see what song it was. She saw “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan. “I couldn’t believe it!” she said. “I told myself I’ve got to tell Dennis this.” “Well, you mean to tell me you’ve never ever heard that song?” I asked. “No, and it was so beautiful!” she said, quickly adding, “But I wouldn‘t want to hear Dylan singing it – or Tom Petty.” Last Monday I walked past the reception desk. “Dennis, you must have cut your hair,” Denell said. “Yup.” “That’s good,” she quipped, with a sneaky smile. “Now it won’t be blowin’ in the wind.” We both cracked up. There’s nothing better during a visit to the Coborn Cancer Center to encounter such a wisecracking smarty-pants as Denell Kruze. But, oh!, if I could only force that Ranger to enroll in a musical-therapy course.

Writer ponders how American national character is built This past election was touted as a battle for the soul of America. It seems by now America’s soul has been battled over more often than an alcoholic at a tent revival. The way the two sides shaped up roughly, is one wishes to conserve a unique and precious tradition of freedom and individualism bequeathed us by the Founders of this nation. Hence the term “conservative,” from the verb, “to conserve.” The other wishes to free everybody from the constraints of poverty, inequality and above all from the past, regarding tradition as little more than outmoded superstition at best. Hence the term “liberal,” from the Latin for “free.” Conservatives see themselves as the natural inheritors of the Founding Fathers. Liberals are a bit more ambiguous, some looking to Europe for examples of the just society. Others see their plans as extending the freedoms and privileges the founders established for white males of property, to women, minorities and other previously disadvantaged groups. Please note these stereotypes are drawn very broadly, and if they don’t fit what you think of yourself and the other side, please bear with me for a moment. What I’d like to point out is, both sides manifest different aspects of the national character of America that have been here since our beginnings as a nation. That doesn’t mean one program isn’t wrong and disastrous – whichever you believe it to be; it means that for good or ill they both reflect

Steve Brown Guest Writer something deeply in our history. There is such a thing as “national character.” Anyone who has lived abroad for any length of time sees this. A European will tend to ascribe this to “blood,” but it obviously can’t explain anything about our nation of immigrants. We Americans have certain assumptions we share about how the world works, which are so much a part of our psyche we are mostly as unaware of them as a fish is of water. I first noticed this when I started out as a teacher of English as a second language. I had a class of Asian ladies from several countries who were studying English to enter an American university. At one point we had a discussion of national character, and what they observed about their own countries from the perspective of outside looking in. They invited me to try to look at my own country with a detached eye. I came up with an observation very off-the-cuff, but I don’t know as I’ve ever done better. I told them, deep down inside, Americans believe all problems have solutions, and every situation, no matter how bad, can be improved. I asked them what they thought of that. They all looked blankly at me, until one said, “That’s not true.” She was of course quite right. Some problems have no solutions

and some situations cannot be improved, only lived with. As a nation we have achieved great things with boundless optimism and a belief that nothing is impossible. We settled and transformed a continent in a historical blink of an eye. We created grand engineering marvels such as the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam and the Interstate Highway system. We ended slavery – long regarded as a permanent and necessary institution of civilization. We improved the condition of laboring men and created the richest working class in the world. But we’ve also driven our country to within shouting distance of a ruinous bankruptcy attempting to solve problems that remain intractable, and disrupted society almost to the point of collapse trying to create a utopia on earth. The Founding Fathers held views that were both utopian, and highly pragmatic. They knew they were creating a new order in the world – but they carefully studied contemporary and historical examples of governments and alliances to learn how they worked, and why they failed. The utopian impulse in our character is one source of the greatness of our country. But untempered by the pragmatism of the Founders, my yet be our ruin. Browne is an award-winning reporter and columnist who entered journalism by accident while living and working in Eastern Europe from 1991 to 2004. He is the author of two books for English students: “Word Pictures: English as it

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Former Sartell City Administrator Patti Gartland receives Rural Leadership Award from CGMC contributed photo

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PineCone Vision Center staff (from left to right) Jennifer Novak, and Drs. Stacy Hinkemeyer and Nicholas Colatrella.

PineCone Vision doctors, staff attend industry-wide conference PineCone Vision Center Drs. Nicholas Colatrella and Stacy Hinkemeyer and Practice Administrator Jennifer Novak recently attended the 116th annual American Optometric Association Congress and 43rd annual American Optometric Student Association Conference: Optometry’s Meeting held June 26-30 in San Diego. The conference included more than 200 hours of educational programming. Course content was concentrated around clinical optometry and ocular disease and management. In addition

to providing continuing education, the conference offers an introduction to new ophthalmic techniques and products, features networking and influence-building opportunities and represents the voice of optometry through the American Optometric Association House of Delegates. PineCone Vision Center is a state-of-the-art comprehensive eye care provider with a team of vision-care specialists and a professional staff providing the best eye-care solutions available.

Patti Gartland, former Sartell city administrator and current Sartell resident, was recognized for her distinguished rural leadership in Minnesota July 25 by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities during its three-day summer conference in Bemidji. The Bob Filson Award for Distinguished Rural Leadership is given upon retirement to CGMC city managers/administrators who have displayed sound judgment in rural policy matters throughout their careers and made significant contributions to the CGMC. Though she did not retire from public service, Gartland recently left city government to take a position as president of the Greater St. Cloud Develop-

ment Corp. During her tenure with the city of Sartell, Gartland was very involved with the CGMC. She was a longtime member of the CGMC board of directors, most recently serving as co-chair of the Annexation and Land Use Committee. She also testified on behalf of the CGMC many times at the State Capitol and represented the CGMC on the Municipal Boundary Adjustment Task Force from 2007-09. “Patti has worked tirelessly in support of Greater Minnesota causes for more than 20 years,” said Bruce Ahlgren, president of the CGMC and mayor of Cloquet. “Her wonderful contributions to the CGMC organization and its efforts will be missed.” CGMC is a nonprofit, non-

partisan advocacy organization representing 85 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.

Police Academy accepts applications Sartell residents are welcome to submit an application to join the next Metro Citizens Police Academy, which will run from 6-10 p.m. every Thursday from Sept. 5 to Oct. 24 at the St. Cloud Police Department. The annual academy is an eight-week course in which

participants learn about police work and have a chance to experience many aspects of it. The classes are similar to actual police-training courses. Police Academy is strictly an informational course and does not give participants the right to act as officers away from the classes.

Other cities involved with the Police Academy are St. Joseph, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and St. Cloud. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have no criminal record. Sartell residents can apply by calling 320-251-8186.

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What do various construction signage messages – local traffic only, road closed, no through traffic –mean? What do various construction signage messages mean? It’s the time of year where road construction mandates temporary signage – local traffic only, road closed, no through traffic – restricting or detouring traffic. I contacted MNDOT Engineer Scott Thompson to define what it all means. “Road Closed to Through Traffic” or “Local Traffic Only” tells you that you need to take a different route and should only cross the barrier if you have no other option to reach your destination within the restricted area. For example, if the driveway to your home, work-

site, a friend or relative’s home can only be accessed on the restricted roadway you are “Local Traffic” and not “Through Traffic.” If your destination is outside the restricted area, you must take another route and not go through. “Road Closed” means just that; you cannot enter or cross the barrier; if you try you may not get through, you may damage road work, get stuck and/or be subject to a citation. MNDOT explained it would not typically put up a “Road Closed” if access was needed. Even emergency vehicles generally have to reroute around a closed road.

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MNDOT “Detour” routes use paved roads, which can handle the weight of the detoured traffic while not violating load restrictions, and they focus on the shortest and most direct route. For those thinking they know better than MNDOT keep in mind if you stray from the detour, odds are great you will arrive at a dead end, get stuck on gravel roads, get lost and travel further. When drivers go off detours MNDOT and the state patrol begin getting complaints about the unusual traffic, vehicles using driveways to turn around and people requesting directions.

“Traffic Control Change Ahead” warnings are placed in advance of a change in traffic control devices – for instance, if stoplights were removed or stop signs are added, deleted or set up differently. These signs are important to heed, as you do not want to go through an intersection assuming the traffic control is the same – a habitual response to these intersections or road changes could be tragic. It’s a violation and a citation can be written if you violate these lawful directions. Fines can be more than $100. If during winter, a driver crosses a barrier or gate to access a winter-storm-

closed roadway you will be in for a fine and a bill if you need to be rescued – up to $10,000. MNDOT seriously considers what signs to put up and where – you can trust they have done their homework and it’s in the driver’s best interest to regard posted signs. If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@state.


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Athletes from front page Bowl. That is where Saturday-afternoon memories are made these days. The woods that provide the football background there put on a show of its own during the fall, changing to patches of gold, orange and burgundy. In the stands the predominant color is red. Voshell and Tillman are contributed photo

Above left: Three former Sartelle-St. Stephen Sabres allarea, all-conference football teammates continue their stellar play together again collegiately at St. John’s University. They are (left to right) Rob Voshell, Sean Tillman and Paul Plombon. photo by Evan Gruenes, St. John

Left: Paul Plombon, number 60, does some split-second blocking work at a Johnnies game at St. John’s University.

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both 2010 graduates from Sartell, and Plombon is from the 2009 class. Their paths from high school to college were different, but for each of them the results have been positive. Voshell played one year at the University of Sioux Falls, S.D. as a freshman before transferring to SJU. Sioux Falls is an NCAA Division II school (SJU is in Division III), and the setting there just wasn’t the right fit for him. “Football felt like a fulltime job,” he said. “I think I just realized I wanted to be closer to home. I think my parents missed one game last year because they had to go to a wedding. It’s been a pretty easy transition for me. My classes have been going well, so everything’s good.” Voshell, a junio wide receiver, finished the 2012 season as the Johnnies’ secondleading receiver, playing in all 10 games. Plombon, a senior on the defensive line, also took a winding road to Collegeville. He went to Minot State, N.D. as a freshman, and then after a short time at St. Cloud Technical and Community College he transferred to SJU, and

there he found a home. “It’s been amazing,” Plombon said of his experience. “It’s like, ‘How the heck did I get here?’ I’ve made some great friends here, people that I know I’ll be friends with until I’m very old.” Tillman, also a senior defensive lineman, expresses his gratitude when he talks about his decision to become a Johnnie. “It’s been an experience of a lifetime,” he said. “Growing up, I went to a lot of games here and I just fell in love with it. When I made my campus visit, the coaches let me know they wanted me here. I’m glad I made the choice to come here. And I love that I can walk in and visit my professors any time, and they know who you are.” “You’re not just a student ID number on their class list,” Plombon added. Fall semester is now just getting underway at SJU. While students are adjusting to their new schedules, football will be in full swing. But during the off season, students must continue their mental training. Being a college student in this age of



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Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 instant communication via the internet, cell phones and text messaging is a wonderful thing, most of the time. Those things can also invite distraction, and each student has to come up with his or her own methods of keeping their focus. Voshell talks about structuring his time as a means to avoid the pitfalls of too much Twitter time. “Your attention can definitely stray sometimes,” he said. “But if you manage your time, you can get your work done.” Plombon keeps himself focused in a variety of ways with sports (wrestling) or campus groups (Student Advisory Council, Joint Events Council).

Sartell Newsleader • “I immerse myself in a lot of activities,” Plombon says. “It helps. It builds structure.” Tillman seems determined not to let distraction get the better of him, especially on days when he won’t have a class until midway through the afternoon. “When Friday comes along and you have that 2:40 (class), you have to make sure you’re ready,” he says. “Even though everybody else seems like they’re done for the week.” All three student-athletes credit Sartell High School, as well as former football coach John Ross, for bringing them up in an environment that stressed learning, as well as making the most of one’s time. “Academically, Sartell


does a great job in preparing students for college,” said Voshell, a business management major at SJU. “And John Ross does a great job getting kids ready,” he added. “I’m glad I went to Sartell.” Plombon, who is majoring in communications, and Tillman, a mathematics major, agreed. “It (Sartell High School) prepared me very well,” Plombon said. “Coach Ross was great at making sure we were all stand-up guys.” When asked if they still felt like they were connected as Sabres, all three nodded. “We’re still part of Sabre Nation, definitely,” Voshell said.

Swale should help at problem intersection by Dennis Dalman

One of Sartell’s busiest intersections, which can also be one of the wettest intersections, will soon be virtually flood-proof, thanks to a solution proposed by City Engineer Mike Nielson. Pinecone Road at 1-1/2 Street often becomes flooded during heavy rainfalls. During a downpour in early July, with 2.14 inches of rain, that intersection, which is near city hall, became flooded between the hours of 6-7 a.m. At that time, city public works employee John Kothenbeutel placed an emergency call

to Nielson, who came to the a catch basin south into the scene. The two men checked grassy swale, where it could the water levels of the nearby remain to soak in for a few Watab River, and they de- hours after a storm. The berm termined the flooding prob- currently on the property will lem is not caused just be the remain, and the swale will be river’s water level but also by merely a slightly depressed undersized pipes that cannot area that will hardly be noadequately handle the rush of ticed. Workers will still be able to mow it as if it were still water in heavy rains. City council member Steve flat, Nielson noted. • Borgert Pavers • Versalock Blockwill work He• Willow saidCreek the swale Hennes noted flooding during rush-hour times can cause a well during flash-flood rains, lot of problems at that inter- which happen a couple times a year. section. Nielson agreed. The city council authorized The solution, he said, is to create a kind of invisible ditch Nielson to prepare a more inon the property that runs near depth study of what will be Pinecone Road on the city-hall needed to create the swale, property. Then, water at that including a cost analysis. intersection could flow from

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10 neighborhoods plan for ‘National Night Out by Dennis Dalman

Ten Sartell neighborhoods are signed up to take part from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 in “National Night Out,” a nationwide effort to enhance neighborly togetherness and mutual safety. Three or four police officers

will visit those neighborhoods to meet people, give safety tips and answer questions, said Sartell Police Officer Rob Lyon, who helps neighborhoods coordinate the event. This year officers will share information about how to avoid identity theft. They will also let children climb into squad cars. “I like to talk to people,

and the kids love the coloring books and stickers we give out at the events,” Lyon said. “National Night Out is important because so many neighbors don’t know one another.” Lyon said any officer can testify to the fact that in some emergencies they will need to know who lives next door, and the person at the house has

no idea of the names of the people living near them.” People who take part in National Night Out need not get to be coffee-klatch friends, Lyon noted. In most cases, it’s sufficient just to meet neighbors and perhaps get a list of their phone numbers to call in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea for neighbors to

share information about concerns and for what to keep an eye out for in some circumstances. That kind of vital knowledge, Lyon said, can be valuable and even life-saving when emergencies occur.

Walkers, exhibitors, prizes needed for ‘Woofstock’ by Dennis Dalman

As the 25th annual “Woofstock Companion Walk” approaches, organizers are seeking people who want to take part in the event and raise funds to help homeless animals. Still needed for the event, besides pledge walkers, are exhibitors, prizes, silent-auction items and donated food and beverages. For more details, see

last part of this story. The 5k fundraising walk for the Tri-County Humane Society will take place Saturday, Sept. 7 at Wilson Park in St. Cloud. The festive fundraiser is named “Woofstock” as a pun on “Woodstock,” the famed 1960s music festival. Each year, Woofstock is a riot of color as owners and their pets often show up wearing hippy-type paraphernalia: headbands, tiedyed T-shirts, love beads and

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panion-walk. Then submit all donations you receive the day of Woofstock between 9-10 a.m. There is no minimum amount to raise. • For online donations, go to Then add your name to the leader board under “Join This Team.” Click “Fundraise.” Type your first and last name under “Fundraiser Name.” Then click “Start Fundraising.” You will be able to customize your fundraising page and send invites to friends and family asking them to sponsor you by making a donation to the TriCounty Humane Society online. To qualify for prizes, print out your total online donations raised and turn it in with your pledge at registration the morning of the walk. • Walk with a team: If you want to create your own fundraising team, agree on a team name and write it on the Woofstock Companion Walk pledge form found on the TCHS website. Each teammate’s efforts will be combined to qualify for the top fundraising team prize. • To be an exhibitor: The

exhibitor deadline is Aug. 26. Hundreds of walkers will browse the exhibitor tables before and after the walk. Details on how to become an exhibitor can be found in the “Exhibitor Form and Agreement” on the TCHS website: • To be an event contributor: Monetary donations can be mailed to the Tri-County Humane Society, P.O. Box 701, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or online at: Donations of food and beverages are always welcome, even if it’s only a case of soda pop. Call the TCHS if you have a food or beverage donation to make. Organizers are still seeking more gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses. At the end of the event there will be a silent auction. Auction items are still being accepted. The items can be picked up by TCHS volunteers. Call Marit Ortega, TCHS manager of fund development, to contribute donations, prizes or for more information, at 320-252-0896.

Register now for ‘Cookout with Cops’ Seniors who plan to attend the sixth annual “Cookout with Cops” in Sartell should make a reservation by calling 320-2587365 and leaving name, number of persons to attend and return

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‘Sound of Music’ a hit with audiences; 10 from Sartell are part of cast A Two Rivers Community Theatre production of “The Sound of Music” is drawing large, appreciative audiences at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. There are still two performances of the musical – a 7 p.m. show Friday, Aug. 2 and a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, Aug. 3. The cast of dozens of people include 11 from the Sartell

area: Bret Burggraff, Ana DealHansen, Alex Fritzke, Brandon Morine, Maureen and Stephanie Otremba, Tyler Raehsler, Hannah and John Ronyak and Hayley Spalding. Perhaps the most beloved musical show of all time, “The Sound of Music” was a Broadway smash in the 1960s and then became a hugely popular Oscar-winning movie star-

ring Julie Andrews. Its popular songs include “The Sound of Music,” “Edelweiss, “I am 16 Going on 17,” “Climb Every Mountain” and “Do-Re-Me.” Two Rivers Community Theatre is part of the Sauk Rapids-Rice Community Education program. For ticket information, go to the website at TRCT or call 320-258-1572.

Waterford apartments project begins at Country Manor by Dennis Dalman

Country Manor in Sartell is about to expand yet again – this time with “The Waterford of Country Manor,” which will be a 45-unit apartment building for seniors. Ground was recently broken south of the main campus for the facility. The spacious units are either one- or two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 811 to 1,400 square feet. They include in-floor heating, tuck-

under garages, central air conditioning, built-in microwave ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and clothes dryers. Tenants will be able to choose units with one or two bathrooms, which will feature glassenclosed showers, ceramic tile walls, mirror lighting and – in some units – a walk-in Jacuzzi. Tenants on the ground floor will have private patios. Those on the second floor will have private decks. In-common areas at the Waterford include areas for enter-

taining and social functions and an on-site restaurant. The rent will include access to any and all services provided at the Country Manor campus, such as rehabilitation, clinic, bank, pharmacy and chapel. Rent will also include the cost of telephone internet, television and access to social clubs, transportation, wellness programs and a ‘round-the-clock emergency medical-response system. The Waterford is expected to open in spring 2014.

History museum to host free open house Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud will host an open house Monday, Aug. 5 during which visitors will be able to tour the museum for free. Visitors will also have a chance to meet the museum’s new director, Tim Hoheisel. The open-house hours are

from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All of the museum’s exhibit galleries and its research center will be open during the open house. Anyone who is a member of the museum is invited to a luncheon from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with Hoheisel as the honored dinner guest. Members should

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Sound of Music cast members include the following: Randy Soltis, Captain Von Trapp; Abby Schnobrich, Maria; and (oldest to youngest Von Trapp children) Erin Symalla, Liesl; Bret Burggraff, Friedrich; Stephanie Otremba, Louisa; Rebekah and Marta Phifer, Brigitta and Marta; and Lilly Seamans, Gretl. Burggraff and Otremba are both from Sartell.

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Brandt donates vast mug collection to church by Dennis Dalman

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Above: Betty Brandt shows one of her thousands of mugs. She has been an avid mug collector for many years. Left: A couple of ceramic cronies “one happy, one crabby“ are just two of the 4,000 mugs in Betty Brandt’s mug collection.

Above: One of Betty Brandt’s favorite mug themes is “The Wizard of Oz.” The mugs above include the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and, of course, Dorothy Gale.

Betty Brandt suffered many bouts of separation anxiety when she was faced with having to get rid of her vast collection of coffee mugs that number in excess of 2,000. When she decided to move from her large home in Sartell to a small patio home in the city, she realized she had no choice. There would simply not be enough room for the mugs in her cozy but tight-spaced new home. She tossed and turned, wondering what to do. Then one day, her daughter, Julie Blanchette, also of Sartell, came up with a suggestion: “Mom, why don’t you donate them to St. Francis Xavier Church for the fall festival?” Julie said. “Yes!,” said her mother. “Oh, my gosh, that’s the perfect opportunity.” Instantly, Brandt’s anxiety level fell. She was happy, knowing so many fellow parishioners of her church would get to enjoy the mugs. At the church’s annual Fall Festival, set for Sunday, Aug. 18, there will be a special exhibition in the Gathering Place called “Mugs and More” from 11 a.m.6 p.m. The mugs will be placed in gift packages or festival goers can buy individual mugs, and one thing’s for sure, there will be a huge variety from which to choose. Brandt’s extensive collection includes mugs in the shape of virtually every animal

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on the planet, as well as shoe mugs, movie-star mugs, patriotic mugs and oodles of mugs for every holiday of the year. There are fruit-shaped mugs, vegetableshaped mugs and mugs of wildly colored whimsical shapes. It was Brandt’s daughter, Julie, who unwittingly caused Brandt’s long-time hobby. One day, in 1964, Julie bought a mug at a drugstore in Olivia, where the Brandts lived at the time. It was a small mug with ceramic flowers on it. The mug enchanted Julie’s mother, who kept saying how much she liked it. It didn’t take long before Brandt used every holiday or special occasion as an excuse to buy yet another mug. Her collection kept growing. Eventually, she ran out of shelf space to hold the mugs. Later, when the Brandts moved to Sartell, a huge basement room was equipped with wooden shelves running parallel to one another throughout the large room, the way shelves are situated in a library. Eventually, all of the shelving was filled with mugs of every description, resembling a veritable “Mug Museum.” Brandt delighted in decorating her house with theme mugs. For example, she would arrange Christmas mugs throughout the house during Christmas – or bunny and egg mugs for Easter. On Valentine’s Day, there would be plenty of heart mugs to display here and there. One reason her mug collection grew so quickly is beloved granddaughters – Breanne, Ally and Jordyn – loved to buy their

This giraffe mug is one of the most unusual in Betty Brandt’s mug collection. grandmother mugs, knowing how happy it made her. Recently, friend Royce and Bonnie Nies of Sartell, along with Julie’s and Betty’s help, drove four vehicles plumb-full of boxed-up mugs to St. Francis Xavier Church. Brandt did not have to give up all of her mugs, however. She kept a good part of her treasure – nearly 400 of her favorite mugs, including the ones from her granddaughters. One day, recently, daughter Julie just couldn’t resist the temptation to buy her mother another mug. She purchased a “Quinlivan & Hughes” mug from the law firm where she works. “Mom, I have a new mug for you,” she said. Brandt accepted the mug, examined it with a big smile and said, “Oh, I love it!” The new mug will have an honored place in Brandt’s patio home, among the nearly 400 others she will display.

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Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Community Calendar

Friday, Aug. 2 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. Saturday, Aug. 3 Children’s Day, enjoy children’s games and activities from the beginning of the 20th Century and see what influenced Lindbergh’s life and provided a vehicle for his accomplishments, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-616-5421. Holstein Show, 10:30 a.m., Stearns County Fairgrounds, Sauk Centre. Exhibitors from Stearns, Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Kandiyohi and Crow Wing counties. Entry deadline is July 29. 320-354-4396. Veterans Rendezvous, an afternoon of music, fun and connection to fellow veterans, 1-4:30 p.m., St. Cloud VA Medical Center, 4801 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-6353. Sunday, Aug. 4 LGBT couples marriage ceremony, 2 p.m., United Spiritual Center of Central Minnesota, Sartell. Registration required. Sartell professional baritone Jack Richter performs along with other area musicians. 320-255-9253. Monday, Aug. 5 Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240. “Crop circles: What we know and don’t know about them,” sponsored by Lakes Area Paranormal Interest Group, 7-9 p.m., American Legion, 17 2nd Ave. N., Waite Park. Tuesday, Aug. 6 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Wendy’s Wiggle, Jiggle and Jam for ages 3 to 12, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. 320-259-9359.


Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. National Night Out, 30th anniversary, 7-10 p.m., residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 8 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Walking group, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 2-7 p.m., St. Stephen Catholic Church, 103 Central Ave. S. 1-800-733-2767. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by the Receders. St. Stephen City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 251-0964. Thursday, Aug. 8 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Walking group (advanced), 9 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Friday, Aug. 9 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6:30 p.m., near the Wobegon Trail Center, C.R. 2. The Isaacs with opening act Chris Stone, 5:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. concert, Calvary Community Church, 1200 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. www.


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Drug-disposal box installed at P.D. Sartell residents can now dispose of their unused medication drugs safely, thanks to Stearns County Environmental Services and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department. Those two agencies, with help from building-maintenance workers, installed a “Drug Take-Back Box” in the lobby of the Sartell Police photo by Dennis Dalman

Sartell Police Officer Rob Lyon shows the new dropbox inside the lobby of the police station.

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Department. The box is a way to deposit unused and unneeded medications safely so they don’t become pollutants in the water system or landfills. Above the dropbox are padded envelopes to be used if medications are in glass containers. Police Chief Jim Hughes cautions people not

to drop any kind of needles into the box. The dropbox will be available during regular policestation business hours, from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayFriday, except for holidays and staff vacation times. The box is right inside the main door facing 2nd Street S., next to the drinking fountain.

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