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Music in park features Sparks/Heywood Aug. 14

Music in the Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 features Tim Sparks and Phil Heywood in Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. This event is free.

Lucky winners of Bluegrass tickets

Ticket recipients of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival giveaway are as follows: Jennifer Burrows, Mark Conrad, Brian Czech, Jeff Davis, Katie Ellering, Susan Glazos, Jerry Guerrero, Chap Hiza, Colleen Hollinger Petters, Merry Hoppert, Mary Gilbert, Karna Kiplinger, Sandy Lalim, Matt and Lynn Larson, Lawrence LeClaire, Brenda Orth from Facebook, Diane Stommes, Clint Vastag and Rocklyn Woods.

Additional hours for absentee balloting

The Stearns County Auditor’s Office, Room 148, 705 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 and until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11 for absentee voting. For information, call Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 320-656-3920 or email

Arts board seeks members

The Central Minnesota Arts Board is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. The CMAB has served more than 34 years as one of 11 regional art councils designated by the Minnesota State Arts Board. The CMAB supports collaborative and innovative arts opportunities through partnerships and financial investments in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Wright counties. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. For more information, call the CMAB office at 1-866-345-7140 or visit and click on Aug. 8 Criers.

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Market vendor grows everything from A-Z by Dennis Dalman

Standing by his fresh mounds of colorful produce, Todd Beumer enjoys exchanging pleasantries with his customers at farmers’ markets. “I want to thank my customers,” he said. “With them, there would be no farmers’ markets.” Last Monday, during National Farmers’ Market Week (Aug. 3-9), Beumer was selling his products at Market Monday, the farmers’ market on the ground of Sartell City Hall. That market is open from 3-6:30 p.m. every Monday. Beumer and his wife, Cherie, own and operate Collegeville Orchards, west of St. Joseph, near St. John’s University. Beumer is a friendly regular at Market Monday in Sartell.

He also sells his foods at the farmers’ markets at St. Joseph and St. Cloud State University. In addition, from late August through October, there is a sales store open at Collegeville Orchards, a 14-acre spread where the Beumers grow everything from apples (24 varieties) to zucchini, and just about everything in between: carrots, cucumbers, gourds, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, potatoes, peppers, pumpkins (lots and lots of pumpkins), and more – not to mention grapes, strawberries and raspberries. Beumers’ crops are chemical-free, though not officially certified as “organic.” One exotic item Beumer sells is peacock feathers. He currently has one male peacock at his farm, and his parents, who live near Rockville, have 15. Market • page 2

Browsers and shoppers gather at Market Monday Aug. 4 on the grounds of Sartell City Hall.

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A group of artists-sculptors takes a tour of the demolition process at the Verso Sartell paper mill. The artists are going to create benches and bike stands from castoff metals and other materials from the plant, a way to memorialize the plant’s long history in Sartell and its generations of employees.

Supan now in 65th year at Benton Fair by Dennis Dalman

Expo for Seniors focuses on State Fair

The 12th annual Expo for Seniors will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. The featured speaker is reporter Boyd Huppert from KARE 11 TV’s “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment. The event is free and a shuttle service will be provided from the Center Square ramp (located by Herberger’s) and St. Mary’s Church parking lot (Swan Lot). For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Aug. 8 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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Dolores Supan and three of her grandchildren plate vegetable entries in the Open-Class building at the Benton County Fair. Supan has done that weekly summer job for 65 years. The children (left to right) are Johnathan Supan, Annie Supan and Sean Lovitz. The Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids opened Tuesday and will close Sunday at 5 p.m.

For 65 years, for a week each summer, Dolores Supan and family members have volunteered in the agricultural building at the Benton County Fair. Supan, who has lived in St. Stephen for 23 years, was only 12 years old when a neighbor man asked her mother if Dolores could help out a bit at the ag building at the county fair in Sauk Rapids. The man was Ado Buegler, superintendent of agriculture for the open-class exhibits at the fair. After all those years, Supan herself became superintendent in 1972. At the time she started, back in 1949, Dolores, the daughter of Walter and Bertha Kath, was

living on their family farm four miles east of Sauk Rapids. Even as a girl, Dolores enjoyed the work, so much so she’s done it every year for 65 years and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon, health willing. Her fair work was truly a family affair. Her mother was involved in it in the baking and canning departments, and she did it every year until she was in her 80s. Dolores’ children always leant a helping hand, and now her grandchildren enjoy helping grandma. What Dolores does is accept contest entries when growers bring them in to be judged. She makes sure there is the right number of vegetables, fruits, herbs or other food items for Supan • page 5


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Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 photo by Dennis Dalman

Todd Beumer of Collegeville Orchards near St. John’s University holds one of the bottles of his own honey at Market Monday, the farmers’ market in Sartell. Beumer is one of many vendors who sells fresh, home-produced products at the market, now in its fourth year.

Market from front page The Beumers also produce maple syrup for sale, as well as honey produced by the bees from the Beumers’ five hives. The couple has two children – Alex, 10; Maya, 5 – who help out in any way they can. Not surprisingly, the Beumers – far more than city-slicker complainers – always have one

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eye on the weather. “That’s always our biggest hurdle,” he said. “The weather.” Besides their food-raising, the Beumers have other jobs. Todd is a landscaper and does some property management. Cherie is a speech pathologist at Melrose Elementary School. Collegeville Orchards is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. It opens this year Aug. 31, the day before Labor Day, and it closes the day after Halloween.

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People James D. Sherer, 92 Clitherall, MN June 13, 1922-Aug. 3, 2014

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Country Manor residents Dorothy Cekalla (left) and Kathy Gummert enjoy the festivities during the July 4 event held on campus.

Country Manor Health Care & Rehab Center celebrates 4th of July with all-American Tradition The young and the young at heart were equally entertained with the annual Fourth of July parade at Country Manor Health Care and Rehab Center. Excitement filled the air as residents, tenants, family members, Kids Country Child Care and Learning Center as well as Country Manor Staff from all across campus were treated to a creative collection of parade entries and participants which were made up of community members, volunteers and Country Manor Employees. The parade was packed full of colorful costuming and clever themes. This popular and highly anticipated event proved to be a crowd pleaser during the patriotic-themed week on campus. Flags from the Sartell Legion, Boy Scout Troop #11 and 1941 Chevrolet Weapons Carrier from Rice Legion proudly lead the parade with their flags and patriotic spirit. Freedom Flights Inc. (a hot-air-balloon carrier) created a spectacular glow as their flame made their way through the route. The celebration for America continued as the shiny Classic Cars from Pantowners Car Club continued the momentum for the excitement during picture-perfect parade weather complete with blue skies, mild temperature and warm sunshine for all to enjoy. There was no shortage of fun along the way thanks to the staff members who brought an abundance of energy to the parade route with their outgoing personalities. The warmhearted nursing staff rode in

a pontoon trailer, enthusiastically waving to their beloved residents; the Champion Rehab staff graced the audience, well-rehearsed, with their best efforts as a traditional marching band, and the Beauty Shop even got involved with a sportthemed float in celebration of great American summer fun. The tradition carried on as the hard-working maintenance crew did impressive tricks and maneuvers with various motorized campus equipment and in vehicles. Applause could be heard as the brand new Country Manor Shuttle made a grand entrance which was recently purchased and made possible by the Country Manor Foundation’s fundraising efforts. In true Country Manor spirit, all departments got involved with decorating pickup trucks with the seasonal themes which are carried out in activities throughout the year and can been seen all around campus. The Spiritual Care department featured Jeb Reiter using his talents, engaging the audience playing the guitar in the back of a festively decorated convertible. The children from Kids Country Child Care and learning Center were first spectators who were treated to the sights and sounds of all the floats and entertainment and then took their turn marching enthusiastically, waving with smiles and laughter as they brought up the tail end of the line-up along with Uncle Sam, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe characters and the sweet foundation therapy babies all dressed in their Fourth Of July best.

James “Jim” Delbert Sherer, Clitherall, Minn, formerly of Sartell, died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2014 after a long, exciting, passionate and productive life. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at VFW Post #6992 in Sauk Rapids. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery, Sartell. Arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Sherer was born June 13, 1922 in Sartell to James and Carrie (Rassmusson) Sherer. He had the good fortune to be blessed with sisters and a brother in a warm and loving family. He attended grade school in Sartell. His youth was spent on the Mississippi River where he swam and fished. The fishing, along with hunting, came in handy to provide food after his father had a stroke when he was only 13. Sherer hunted with a 4.10 shotgun his older sisters gave to him when he was 14. That gun is still in the family. He graduated Kristin Blenkush, a Sartell native and an attorney at Fredrikson and Byron, Minneapolis, was recently named a Certi- Blenkush fied Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association – an achievement earned by fewer than 3 percent of all licensed Minnesota attorneys. The certified specialist designation is earned by leading attorneys who have completed a rigorous approval process, including an examination in the specialty area, peer review and documented experience. Certified attorneys have demonstrated superior knowledge, skill and integrity in their specific field. Blenkush helps business owners and individuals negotiate and document all types of real estate transactions, including leases, purchase and sale transactions, easements and operating agreements, real estate financing and other real estate matters. As a senior associate in Fredrikson and Byron’s Real Estate Group, Blenkush strives to be


from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1940. Sherer married Loretta Poepping on Feb. 12, 1942 in Sauk Rapids. He built his first home in Sartell out of a used auto garage. He expanded this many times as his family grew or just out of the need to build. Loretta kept the broom handy to clean up the sawdust. They had four daughters: Barbara, Pam, Linda and Jami. Sherer kept them busy and out of trouble by occupying them in his many “projects.” Don’t even ask them about the bricks. Sherer was not one to settle for just one occupation. He worked at the local paper mill, in iron foundries, on the production line during the World War II and on the railroad. He owned two businesses. Sartell Aluminum Foundry and Heartland Glass Co. His nephews, Al and Mal Patton, worked with him in the foundry and spent many vacations with him fishing in Canada. He was on the Sartell City Council as well as the Sartell School Board. He had several patents, most notably was a car rooftop boat carrier. Sherer enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing in Canada, playing poker with his friends at Nip’s and philosophical conversations with friends who he’d known all of his life. A conversation with


responsive and efficient in meeting the needs of her clients, and works to facilitate complex transactions. Blenkush enjoys collaborating with clients proactively to identify and resolve potential risks. N o l a n Frank, son of Sheila and Randy Frank of Sartell, has been accepted to the University of Jamestown, James- Frank town, N.D., beginning in the fall of 2014. Frank is a graduate of Sartell High School where he was active in golf, basketball and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He plans to major in business management and participate in golf for the Jimmies. The University has awarded him a Knight Award and Men’s Golf Award. Eight Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. They are the following: Holly

3 him always involved a pencil and paper drawing to show what he meant or was trying to achieve. In 1993, the couple left their home in Sartell to move to Lake Crystal, outside of Pelican Rapids. Here he continued to expand his home to more than double the size, built two other vacation homes that he sold. While living in this area, the couple made many new friends and settled into a partial retirement. Sherer was not one to just retire... too many things to do and make. After 15 years at Lake Crystal, the couple moved to Clitherall to accept the challenge of another house that needed them. Survivors include: his wife; daughters, Barbara Sherer of Rapid City, S.D.; Pam (Tom) Schneider of Brainerd, Minn.; Linda (Earl) Philippi of Clitherall; and Jami (Vern) Capelle of Little Falls, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren with one on the way; and five great-great-grandchildren with one on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Sherer, three sisters: Arvilla Wylie, Ethel Patton and Mary Schave, and his much loved Coco. Good-bye beloved husband and father. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Dementia Foundation. Dockendorf, Jenna Flynn, Amanda Maricle-Roberts, Jessica Mastey, Sienna Schneider, Jonathan Thienes, Hannah Tilstra and Erin Windschitl. Students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 to qualify for this honor. Three Sartell students recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. They and their majors are as follows: Andrew Worzala, bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting; Erin Windschitl, bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism, cum laude; and Jenna Flynn, bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting, magna cum laude. Two Sartell students were recently named to the spring dean’s list at Central Lakes College, Brainerd and Staples. They are the following: Christopher Johnson and Chandra Parker. Students must earn a minimum 3.25 grade-point average to qualify for this honor.

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Congratulations to the U13 CMYSA Bulldogs who rallied for a championship win July 19 at the 30th annual Schwan’s USA Cup International Soccer Tournament in Blaine, Minn. The boys were very excited for the opportunity to represent CMYSA. This was a wonderful experience and something these boys and their families will remember for years to come. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Jacob Fandel, Justin Schulze, Mitchell Marthaler, Ben Boelter, Marcel Testa, Riah Lee and Mohannad Alkhatib; (back row) Ben Nemeth, Riley Halstrom, Cole Orton, Sean Kurvers, Mac Perry, Talon Lenzen, McRay Drong, Granite Moliga and Coach Brandon Testa.

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The Sartell Sabres Team Lenzmeier earned 2014 Runner-Up Champions in the 11/12 Tier B of the Central Minnesota Community Baseball League Tournament played July 19-20 in Mora, Minn. Team members include the following: (front row from left to right) Aiden Kockler, Callan Markey, Blake Benson, Trey Olson, Nicholas Greer and Cooper Steffes; (middle row) Jayden Crever, Tyler Specht, Christian Knellwolf, Brayden Lenzmeier, Cody Lantis and Sam VonderHaar; and (back row) Coaches Aaron Beatrez, Bill Specht and Paul Lenzmeier.


Casey Tabert and Shane Nies, both of Boston, announce their engagement. Parents are Myrna and Duane Tabert, Devils Lake, N.D., and Rhonda and Roy Nies, Sartell. Tabert is a 2006 graduate of Devils Lake High School. Nies is a 2007 graduate of Sartell High School. Both earned bachelor’s degrees in science and environmental design and master’s degrees in architecture from North Dakota State University, Fargo. Both are employed as architects at Levi+Wong Design Associates in Concord, Mass. The wedding will be held Aug. 16 at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, Sartell.

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The Sartell 10U AAA Baseball Team won the Tier II League Championship on July 22 in Fridley. They will be recognized at a Twins Game at Target Field on Aug. 19. The team is as follows: (front row, left to right) Jordan Schumann, Mason Lund, Blake Haus, Lucas Greenlun and Evan Templin; (middle row) Zach Pekula, Michael Fossen, Tory Lund, Tyler Knoll, Jacob Merrill, Gavan Schulte and Billy Vogt; and (back row) Coaches Bill Lund, Nicholas Hemmesch and Darren Haus.

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The Sartell Swarm U10 team recently took fourth place in their divisional tournament. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Emily Fuchs, Kynnley Winegar and Emma Heim; (middle row) Maggie Kruse, Abigail Scholz, Emily Crandall, Malory Moen and Bella Leen; and (back row) Coach Dawn Moen, Delaney Capretz, Ava Williams, Emma Arneson, Emma Jurgens, and Coaches Daryl Scholtz and Todd Williams.

The Sartell Swarm 16U softball team took third place at the Minnesota Metro Fastpitch League Tier 5 softball tournament July 19-20. They went 5-2. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Joselyn Specht and McKenzie Fossen; (middle row) Cami Doman, Abby Lahn, Haley Hansen, Katie Widvey and Sydney Thieschafer; and (back row) Becca Sylte, Faith Thompson, Julianna Travale, Jessica Deters, Olivia Dohls, Sara Maas, Taylor Johnson, Coach Rich Sylte and Coach Jack McCann. Not pictured Autumn Fosteson.

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers. org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. July 23 2:29 a.m. Suspicious activity. 10th Avenue N. A report was made regarding two males looking inside multiple vehicles and leaving on foot when questioned by a resident. An officer was unable to locate the males but did find two bicycles lying in the area. The bicycles were taken to the Sartell Police Department. 4:41 p.m. DWI. Pinecone Road. A report was made regarding a vehicle swerving on the roadway. An officer was able to locate the vehicle and witnessed the driver fail to stop at a stop sign and hitting a curb. The driver was unable to pass field sobriety testing and was placed under arrest without


incident. 6:18 p.m. Domestic. 15th Street S. A report was made regarding an adult male and an adult female physically fighting. Officers arrived and found evidence a physical fight had occurred. The male was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. July 24 2:17 a.m. Suspicious activity. 5th Street N. A report was made regarding two males entering a garage and looking inside parked vehicles. Officers searched the area and were unable to locate anyone. No items were found to be taken. 11:24 p.m. Loud music. 23rd Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding loud music and voices coming from a residence. Officers arrived and the resident refused to turn down the music. Officers remained on scene and issued a citation. July 25 8:46 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 48 mph in a posted 30-

Many local children are in need of supplies. Please donate school supplies to the following agencies by Wednesday, Aug. 15 for distribution prior to the start of the school year. Supplies needed include: backpacks, dry erase and washable markers, colored pencils, Fiskars scissors, rulers, erasers, glue, scientific calculators, head phones for computer lab, flash drives, pens and pencils. For more information visit and click on Aug. 8 criers.

mph zone. The driver stated she was not aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 9:09 p.m. Welfare check. 7th Street N. A report was made regarding a suspicious female on the bike path. Officers arrived and the woman was found to be mildly intoxicated and riding her bicycle. An officer transported her to her residence for the evening. July 26 1:56 p.m. Theft. Walmart. An adult male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The male admitted to the theft. He was issued a citation and released. 7:13 p.m. Juvenile problem. 11th Avenue E. A report was made regarding four possible juveniles drinking. An officer arrived and found they were of legal age and causing no problems. July 27 5:34 p.m. DWI. 10th Avenue N. A driving complaint was made regarding an adult male swerving on the roadway. Officers arrived

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each plate she provides. For example, in the green-beans category, each contestant must have 12 samples of green beans. For potatoes, there must be 10; four onions, two small pie pumpkins, and so forth. Then, making sure all the information on the entry tag is correct, she affixes the tags to the exhibit plates and places them on the many wooden shelves for the enjoyment of fair-goers and the judges. The open-class ag competition has nothing to do with 4-H, which is a completely separate contest, Supan noted. Anyone of any age can enter the openclass event. “When I first started, 65 years ago, the ag exhibits were all under the old grandstand, but that was torn down years ago,” she recalled. On Aug. 5, Supan arrived at the fair in the afternoon, ready to accept and to prepare the entries. At her side were her helpful grandchildren – Sean Levitz, 16; Johnathan Supan, 15; and Annie Supan, 8. Her other two grandchildren, now fully grown, Tyler Levitz and

Sartell Newsleader • Mathew Supan helped out in earlier years. Before them was a veritable parade of colorful produce that growers brought proudly into the ag building: waxy-green kohlrabi, plump red tomatoes, crisp green beans, brightorange carrots, blood-red beets. There were also grapes, strawberries, apples, potted herbs – a virtual cornucopia of the goodness that pops up from the ground in central Minnesota. “Last year, there were 369 entries submitted,” Supan noted. “There are junior and senior departments. Junior entrants must be 15 or younger. Our entrants come from all three of the counties – Benton, Stearns, Sherburne and some from Morrison.” What really excites Supan is she is interacting with the third generation of exhibitors – the children of the children of the children. It’s always a thrill when someone mentions a grandmother or grandfather or parent who brought their entries to the fair so many years ago. “Green beans are always hot items,” Supan said. “We get a lot of cucumbers too. Something fairly new are potted herbs that people grow in the house all year ‘round – rose-

mary, basil, oregano and such. My own favorite vegetables are – I’d have to say – green beans. I also like cucumbers, and strawberries are my favorite fruit.” Weather, of course, affects the bounty of produce brought in. Last year, Supan noted, it was so wet people could hardly get into their gardens. This year, she’s thinking the weather – hot and dry in many places – might also have had an adverse effect on some vegetables. “This year, it seems it’s late for everything,” she said. Ribbons are awarded to the winners: purple for champion, blue for first place, red for second, white for third. Supan, now retired, started her working career at First American Bank in St. Cloud right after graduating from Sauk Rapids High School. She was a stay-at-home mom for about six years but did a lot of volunteering. Later she worked for J.C. Penney at St. Cloud Crossroads and, still later, as a receptionist for Ameriprise Financial, an investment company in St. Cloud.

Her husband, Jerome, worked road construction and is now also retired. They have two children: Cheryl Levitz of rural Sartell, who is a private nurse for angioplastic surgery at the St. Cloud Hospital; and Jeffery Supan, a senior technician for SEH Engineering in St. Cloud. They have five grandchildren. In all her years at the fair, Supan only missed one day – the time she and her husband had to leave for a scenic trip to Alaska. But, fortunately, her family came to the rescue. Her daughter, Cheryl, filled in for her. “It’s a nice job because it’s only one week a year, and I really look forward to it,” she said. “I’ve both knees replaced and some back surgery, but I don’t plan to quit working at the fair. It’s a job I’ve always loved.” People will have a chance to meet Supan who will be in the ag building at the Benton County Fair, which opened Tuesday. The hours are from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Buffalo Wings to donate for Sartell Dog Park by Dennis Dalman

Every Wednesday through the month of August Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Cloud will donate 10 percent of diners’ bills to a fund to build the

fence for the Pinecone Central Dog Park in Sartell. Diners should be sure to tell the server at the restaurant they want part of their meal’s cost to go to the dog park’s “Help Build the Fence” fundraiser.

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Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 3701 Division St. Meals for donations will be served from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during the three Wednesdays left in August: the 13, the 20 and the 27. DogPAC, a group of dog enthusiasts, has been trying to raise funds for a fence for a dog park, as well as other amenities. The City of Sartell has approved land for the dog park in the north section of the new city park, site of the former Sartell Golf Course.

There are other ongoing ways to donate to the dogpark fund. Make out a check payable to “Initiative Foundation-Sartell DogPAC Fund” and mail it to Initiative Foundation, 405 First St. SE, Little Falls, MN 56345. Donate by debit or credit card by calling, emailing or providing the card information to Initiative Foundation at 877-632-9255 or at info@ Bring a donation to one of

the official drop sites: Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road; Knotty Paws, 809 10th Ave. N.; Advanced Care Pet Hospital, 911 Scout Drive; and Pine Cone Pet Hospital, 234 Pinecone Road S. People can also donate online at Sartell-Dogpac. To find out more about the dog park and its plans and progress, visit its Facebook page at SartellDogPAC or email

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Shop at 1091 2nd St. S. There will be no agenda at the informal meeting, which is just a chance for residents to sit down with police and voice concerns or ask questions. The Coffee with a Cop sessions take place periodically at all area cities, sponsored by those cities’ police departments and the Metro Citizens Police Academy. For more information, call 320-230-2433 or 320251-8186.


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Widow hopes new work-zone law will save lives by Dennis Dalman

Jodi Rajkowski of St. Joseph is hoping with all her might that a stricter work-zone traffic law will prevent roadway workers from being killed the way her husband was three years ago. Rajkowski is proud of the new law, which she helped push for. “It’s good,” she said. “Good. Good. We played a part in it, and I think it’s a start. It might not stop people from doing it (speeding in work zones), but it will make them more aware and hold people accountable for their actions.” Ron Rajkowski, 44, died Oct. 13, 2011 when a car veered off the road and killed him and a fellow worker, Craig Carlson. Both employees of the Egan Co. in Minneapolis, the two men were doing some work just off of a road-reconstruction project near the Twin Cities. The man who hit them was from another state. He said he was adjusting his cruise control when his car veered to the left and, overcorrecting his steering, he caused the car to veer off the road, hitting and killing Carlson and Rajkowski.

Rajkowski’s tragic, sudden death left his wife a widow and his two boys fatherless. Blake is now 11; Chase is 8. The new law requires posted signs saying that exceeding the posted speed limit in work zones will be punishable by a fine of a minimum of $300. Research by the Minnesota Department of Transportation has shown that signs saying “fines will be doubled” in work zones have little or no effect on many drivers, many of whom tend to mimic other drivers who are driving too fast through the zone. Since 2010, Minnesota has had 31 fatal crashes in work zones, with six of the victims roadside workers. Last year, there were 1,740 work-zone accidents, eight of them fatal ones. The new law, which went into effect Aug. 1, is the first change in work-zone laws in 15 years. The law also states if road or roadside workers are present and one lane or part of the traffic flow is closed down for more than 24 hours, the work-zone speed limit will be lowered to 45 mph. Also, those drivers who ignore directions given by road workers controlling traffic can be fined a minimum of $300.

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Agencies can reduce work-zone speeds, depending on conditions, any time they think it appropriate. Before the new law, fines for violations in work zones varied from $50 to $200-plus, depending on the county. The average fine for a work-zone speeding violation last year was $212, according to MnDOT. Rajkowski is haunted by how her husband used to complain how many drivers would speed through work zones, oblivious to the obvious dangers and in some cases killing road workers or fellow motorists. Just a week before Ron was killed, he told her he probably wouldnt live past the age of 50 the way some thoughtless and reckless motorists drive. Tragically, a week after making his sad prediction, his prediction proved to be all too true. Last year, Jodi, and Janet Carlson, the widow of the other man who was killed, joined with Workzone • page 11

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Chase Rajkowski, 8, proudly stands next to a photo of his father, Ron, at a “Road Workers Memorial Event” in the Twin Cities. Ron was killed when a driver veered into him and a co-worker when they were working in a construction zone. Ron’s wife, Jodi, was instrumental in getting stricter laws passed regarding work-zone driving violations.


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Still time to enroll in police academy Anyone who wants to join Citizens Police Academy classes has until Aug. 15 to enroll by calling one’s local police department. The free classes, which begin Thursday, Sept. 4, will take place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. at the Sauk Rapids Police Department – a total of nine classes through September and October. All applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to pass a criminal-background check and live in one of the participating cities. Those cities are Sartell, St. Joseph, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite

Park. The Citizens Police Academy course is a thorough introduction to police work, including traffic stops, investigations, narcotics, evidence and K9 training. Although graduates do not have any law-enforcement qualifications, they acquire a lot of information about police work that can be shared with others and thus help indirectly to make for safer cities. The Sartell Police Department phone number is 320251-8186. The number of the St. Joseph department is 320-229-9426.

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Community Calendar City Hall. 320-253-2171. Tuesday, Aug. 12 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. 55+ Driver Improvement program (four-hour refresher course), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 100 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud, 1-888-234-1294. Arc Midstate Buddy Walk and Roll, 5 p.m. check-in, 5:30 p.m. walk, Sauk Rapids Municipal Park. 320-251-7272. Holistic Moms Network, 7-8:30 p.m., Good Earth Co-op, St. Cloud. 320-252-2489.

Saturday, Aug. 16 Burger and brat sale, sponsored by Knights of Columbus,

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market. Meet the Lindberghs, character portrayals of Lindbergh family members, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. 320-616-5421.

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Our View Sartell farmers’ market brings local goodness galore

Minnesota has more than 175 farmers’ markets, and several of the best are right here in our own backyards – Sartell, St. Joseph and St. Cloud. Aug. 3-9 is National Farmers Market Week, a time to celebrate local growers, local markets and, last but not least, a blessedly abundant supply of fresh, delicious and nutritious foods. Farmers’ markets have been the forerunners of several healthy trends in recent years. Those trends include the “shop local” movement; an ever-increasing demand for fresh, locally grown products; a new awareness of the importance of quality nutrition (mainly eating more fresh vegetables, fruits, grains); a reluctance to buy mass-produced foods that have been treated with pesticides and herbicides; and a new interest by consumers in wanting to know where their food comes from and the methods that went into its production. This is not to suggest all mass-produced foods are bad or inferior. Furthermore, it’s impossible to buy all of one’s food locally. However, many people have discovered getting even part of their food supply freshgrown and locally produced is a good thing. As every great chef knows, fresh is best in every way. When farmers’ markets first began many years ago, there was a prevailing attitude they wouldn’t last, they were a kind of back-to-nature, hippy-type indulgence favored by bunny huggers and pipe-dream environmentalists. But, in fact, year by year people of all walks of life are discovering the pleasures of farmers’ markets, not just for food but for a social nexus at which people can leisurely stroll about in the fresh air and meet and chat with interesting people. In essence, what happened is the “road-side food stand,” which has been around forever, morphed into a market where a stunning variety of that kind of road-side fresh food became more widely available. Farmers’ markets have long been a staple of European cities, stemming back to medieval times and even before. We recall the fledgling efforts of the first Sartell farmers’ market (“Market Monday”), which began four years ago. It was started by Amy Braig-Lindstrom, a Sartell resident and now city council member with a long experience of participating in farmers’ markets, first in her Iowa hometown and later in New York. Her organizational work led to a market being established next to the Bernick’s Arena in Pinecone Regional Park. The market has since been moved north, to the Sartell City Hall grounds. Every season, the market gets better and better, with more additions, including music, cooking demonstrations, the promotion of other local events and fun activities for children. Braig-Lindstrom is an example of an open-minded “outsider” coming to town and seeing in a visionary way possibilities “insiders” had not seen. She has also been instrumental in giving strong support, partly via the city council, to other developments in Sartell: the dog park, trail development and improvements, and many recreational-cultural activities. We salute Braig-Lindstrom for creating Market Monday, both the summer and winter versions. And we salute all the local growers and all the farmers’ markets everywhere. May they continue to thrive.

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Opinion If it’s bad, Obama surely caused it Once again, the do-nothing Republicans in the U.S. Congress are making fools of themselves. Last week, they couldn’t even pass their own border-security bill. The week before that, they filed a lawsuit against President Obama, another desperately silly tactic in their ongoing war against our president. Voting 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act didn’t work. Shutting down the government and holding ObamaCare “hostage” (that stupid stunt led by Tea Party Wiz Kid Ted Cruz) didn’t work. Voting against everything Obama and the Democrats have ever proposed didn’t bring the Republicans any glory; no, that rampant obstructionism didn’t work – isn’t working – either. It’s tiresome to hear folks complain about that “worthless U.S. Congress.” Too many people who aren’t paying attention say things like, “They’re ALL good-for-nothings, Democrats and Republicans.” Trouble is, it’s not true. There are some hard-working Congress people trying to help solve problems and create opportunities for the American people. Even some courageous Republicans have braved right-wing reactionaries to work with Democrats and the president on some legislative efforts. However, the Frankenstein monsters the Republican Party have created – stitched-up Tea Party extremists like Ted Cruz – have pushed, pulled and stretched the party, like Turkish taffy, so far to the right its sole purpose for existing in the U.S. Congress is to squelch anything and everything the president proposes, even some that Republicans themselves had once proposed. The only thing that unites Congressional Republicans these days is a pathological hatred of our president, who is – to them – a

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Dennis Dalman Editor wicked sorcerer. They are as hysterically stirred up as the Puritan mobs and magistrates in Salem, Mass. in days of yore, looking for witches to hang. They want to un-elect the head witch. They want to cast their voodoo spells to make him disappear, fade away into the mists of history. Some day, hopefully by the mid-term elections, voters will come to understand just who are the do-nothings in Congress – the ones who belong to this cabal of anti-Obama extremists. Stuck in their rut, wheels spinning, they spend so much time revving up futile tactics to “neutralize” Obama they obviously have no time to work on any constructive legislation. The tune they sing is “Whatever he’s for, I’m against it!” Their lunatic lawsuit against Obama is just the latest example of nonsense brought to us, at our expense, by the Do-Nothing Party. The suit is based on the fact Obama has issued executive orders, in particular executive orders that delayed some provisions of his signature Affordable Care Act. What’s laughable is that they are the very same delays that were earlier demanded by vociferous Republican critics of the health-care plan. Go figure; they have no shame. Even though Obama has issued far fewer executive orders than presidents Reagan and

Bush II, radical right-wingers are accusing him of breaking the law by issuing such orders, thumbing his nose at the U.S. Constitution and acting like an imperial lawbreaker. The president has been compared, stupidly, to every villain in history, from Nero to Hitler. Our very own Rep. Michele Bachmann has been the shrill cheerleader for those wacky accusations to justify a lawsuit. They’re hollow charges that have no place in the realm of common sense, much less in a court of law. As Obama has said, with mordant irony, if Republicans had even tried slightly to work with him, these executive orders would not be necessary. Of course, according to the Tea Party playbook, Obama is responsible for anything bad that happens. It’s all his fault – the killings in Benghazi, Syrian civilian massacres, Russian interference in Ukraine, lack of respect for the United States, illegal immigration, sluggish economic forces, the use of food stamps, contraception, well . . . you name it. If that sounds silly, it is, because the president has been accused by Tea Party crazies like silly Sarah Palin of exactly those things – and more. By the mid-term elections, we’ll be hearing laments that Obama is responsible for droughts, forest fires, floods and disasters in general. Once their loony-tune lawsuit falls flat on its face, these witch-hunters can try yet another tactic they’ve promised for years – impeachment. Covering all bases, they can impeach the president for – among other high crimes and misdemeanors – causing bad weather, total eclipses and incoming asteroids.

Letter salutes Sartell, St. Joseph educators Elizabeth Harrison, St. Cloud, MN As another school year approaches, I’d like to give a nod to all of the educators working tirelessly to assure their students will receive an excellent education in the year ahead. As a former Minnesota Reading Corps literacy tutor at Madison Elementary in St. Cloud, I saw firsthand the work they did daily to shape the future of children in the community. Working in our schools is no easy task. One in three Minnesota third-graders does not read at grade level. When you consider 70 percent of jobs will soon require some form of post-secondary education, it’s never been more critical to ensure our students are on the right track.

One of my second-graders, whom we will call Caleb, started off our year together reading half a year below grade level. By the time he exited the Reading Corps program, he not only caught up but was reading at a fifth-grade level. I have no doubt these advanced reading skills have helped him in countless ways as he moved on in school. Minnesota Reading Corps tutors help our students learn to read by the end of third grade so they can read to learn from fourth grade onward. I am thankful I could help set Caleb up for success in his future academic endeavors. As a full-time tutor, I worked with 35 students during the course of the year. Minnesota Reading Corps and its sister program, Minnesota Math Corps, are still

seeking approximately 10 tutors to work with students in Sartell and St. Joseph schools. That’s more than 250 students who won’t receive the services they need if these positions are left unfilled – 250 students who may very well fall through the cracks. These programs rely on dedicated community members to serve a year. Please consider helping the children of Sartell and St. Joseph. For details, please go to or Again, I salute the great work Sartell and St. Joseph educators are doing, and I encourage anyone who is willing to serve to step up! Our children, and their futures, are certainly worth it.

Suing the president – or ‘impeachment lite’ So why is the House suing the president? First, you understand the House is made up of lawyers and suing is what lawyers do. Secondly, it’s because they know they cannot impeach him. The last time the Republicans tried to impeach a Democrat president, the press crucified them. That Democrat went on to be disbarred from the practice of law for lying to a Grand Jury and then, for no reason intelligent people could ever understand, became the darling of the Democrat party. Thirdly, even if they were successful with articles of impeachment, that would leave us with what has been identified as “impeachment insurance,” said Joe Biden. So they are left with only this attempt to embarrass the president. Let us now examine the real reason for this lawsuit. We are being told the suit is because the president is attempting to enact laws and change already written laws by executive order bypassing Congress, which they say is against the law. Well he is and he is obviously not the first president to do so. The problem for me is the laws he’s actually attempting to enact or change, not the fact he is doing so. It should come as no surprise to you I am no fan of this president or of his policies. But that said, he’s been elected and re-elected by the people. If he is guilty of lawbreaking, then

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer Congress should remove him. Otherwise, just keep quiet and work to defeat such policies in the next election. This lawsuit is nothing but political theater, period. It will be a gigantic waste of time and money designed to take voters’ attention away from the real issues facing us and creating a story for the press to follow. It’s a lot like the old carnivals which used to come to small towns. The dancing girls would come on the stage in their scanty outfits while the pickpockets moved among the crowd fleecing the gawkers. Does anybody really think this lawsuit will ever go anywhere? And even if it did, what would the Congress win? We already have a book of rules. We already have a Constitution. What we need is to have people in positions of authority who know and understand the law and work to enforce it. Our Congress passes numerous laws to stack upon the laws which

we already have but no one seems interested in enforcing the laws already on the books. Incidentally the House of Representatives holds the purse strings for the entire government and could, if they were truly serious, stop any action by any president by refusing to fund it. Clearly we don’t elect emperors. We don’t elect kings. We elect presidents and they represent all the people, not just the 40 percent who voted for them. Our laws should be enacted by the Congress as the Constitution requires. The president’s only role is to sign the law or to veto it. The Congress then has the authority, by that same Constitution, to override his veto. Suing this president might make some headlines, but it’s going to end up being a fiasco. Thoughtful, intelligent people need to sit down and figure out a way to get along for the good of the country and get on with the business of governing. Let’s leave theater to actors, not silly politicians. 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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Workzone from page 7 others and appeared to testify at hearings in the Minnesota House, in favor of a stricter bill. Jodi credited many others for their expertise, organization skills and time invested in tightening the law. They include Associated General Contractors of Minnesota; the Egan Co.; State

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hit by a vehicle. “I’m hopeful this (new law) will make a statement,” she said. “It’s frightening to think all that separates workers from speeding drivers is just a bunch of orange cones.”


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Armadillos to highlight concerts in Sartell The Fabulous Armadillos will be the showcase band for both the Sartell Chamber’s annual Rock ’n’ Block from 9 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 at Pine Cone Marketplace and also for the annual concert to raise funds for the Sartell Youth Hockey Association at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 in Bernick’s Arena in Sartell. The opening band will be 90 Proof. Tickets for the hockey fundraiser are now on sale at Bernick’s Arena, Westside Liquor (Sartell and Waite Park locations) and the Blue Line Sports Bar and Grill in Sartell. The show is for people 21 and older, and IDs will be checked at the door. General-admission tickets

are discounted but tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the show. People are requested to bring lawn chairs. People may opt for VIP seating, which includes a cash bar, free pizza and access to a private restroom. The Fabulous Armadillos, with now eight members, was founded in 2006 and has since grown into iconic status in the greater St. Cloud area and elsewhere. They began as a “theme” band, performing shows of various themes at Pioneer On Fifth in St. Cloud – theme shows such as “One-Hit Wonder,” “Woodstock,” “Motown Hits” and “Singers-Songwriters.” They have performed 35 different theme shows. Audiences marvel at how closely

the band sounds to the original songs. photo courtesy of Fabulous Armadillos website

One of the eight Fabulous Armadillos, Gabe Jacobs, performs one of the many songs in the group’s theme show, “Totally 80s.”


Open House Registration for Fall Karate Classes

Aug. 12, 13, 19 & 20 5-7 p.m.


Master Instructor Sensei Tim Kiel

Parents need to update school-bus information The Sartell-St. Stephen School District is working on updating school-bus information for each student and is using data obtained during the 2013-14 school year for its records. Parents should let the district know if any information has changed since then. For example, the district must know if a family has moved, changed daycare or will need a pick-up or drop-off location that differs from last year. Information is also essential if someone has moved into

the district during the summer and plans to start school this fall. Parents with any changes from last year should fill out a Transportation Request Form, which is available on the district’s website, at the District Office or at the Transportation Office located at the bus garage by Oak Ridge Elementary School. The district’s website is www.sartell. The form can be submitted to the Transportation Department via the following ways:

email to joe.wiser@sartell.; fax: 656-3773 or mail: Transportation Dept., 1111 27th St. N., Sartell MN 56377 For more information, call Joe Wiser at 320-656-3724. School-bus information for each student will be mailed to homes Thursday, Aug. 21. The information will be printed on a yellow postcard. Student transportation information will also be available on each child’s Skyward Family Access account after Aug. 25.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

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