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Town Crier ‘Teamin’ Up’ food drive set for Aug. 22

The Sartell High School Volleyball Team will do its annual “Teamin’ Up for Hunger” food drive Thursday, Aug. 22. The girls will go throughout Sartell neighborhoods, pickup up non-perishable food items residents are requested to leave on their doorsteps that day. Those who want to donate but who will not be home on pick-up day can call Ronell Uran at Sartell High School: 656-3717.

First-time homebuyer classes set Aug. 24, Sept. 4, 5

If you are looking to purchase your first home, now is the time to participate in Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home-buying process. The next workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Liberty Savings Bank, St. Cloud and from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 4 and 5 at the Little Falls Middle School. Registration is required; participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop. Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. To register for either course, visit and click on Criers.

Casting for a Cure sets $100,000 goal

The Casting for a Cure is a local event created to bring community together around a favorite Minnesota past-time of fishing while raising money for Greater Minnesota cancer awareness, prevention and resources. Anglers of any age can begin fishing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24 on any body of water in Minnesota to participatein the catchphoto-release fish-a-thon. Anglers, families and community members alike then meet at the Blue Line Sports Bar in Sartell starting at 2 p.m. to turn in their fish logs with digital pictures and join in the day’s festivities. Even if you don’t fish, families can have fun in the Party Time Inflatables, casting contest, crafts, games and hourly door prizes. The evening of the Awards Ceremony and Celebration of Hope is open to the public and free to attend. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

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Residents ‘bond’ with Mighty Miss at river event by Dennis Dalman

Area residents, including many from Sartell, had a chance to “bond” with their great river, the Mighty Mississippi, last Sunday during the fifth annual “Take a Day Off at the River.” The event, once again, took place at the Stearns County Mississippi River Park on CR 1 north of Sartell. A combination of fun and learning was apparent throughout the park as parents and children fished from shore, took pontoon rides, tried their hand at canoeing and kayaking or just took walking tours to learn about the flora and fauna of the riverbank world. Others enjoyed watching the Department of Natural Resources demonstrate electrofishing (stunning fish into temporary immobility using an electric current); testing skills at a laser shooting range, taking part in River • page 4

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Maya Lentner of Sartell watches with awe as a soap bubble begins to surround her body. The activity was one of the water-related exhibits Sunday at “Take a Day Off at the River.”

Curves members walk for breast cancer cure by Cori Hilsgen

Neighbors Gretchen Ross, 65, and Joy Chall, 62, plan to participate in the Twin Cities three-day Susan G. Komen walk for a cure for breast cancer Aug. 23–25. Both are members of the Sartell Curves. Ross has been a member for five years and Chall joined this year. Each walker in the Komen event must raise a minimum of $2,300 in order to participate. Donations come from friends and family, word of mouth, people whose lives have been affected by cancer. “When we accept donations, we always ask if there is someone we can honor on our walk,” Ross said. “Both Joy and I have a lot of names we will write on our event shirts.” There are women on Ross’s husband’s side of the family who had breast cancer. Chall does not have any immediate family members with breast cancer but has some wonderful close friends who are survivors. “The challenges they went through, yet the positive attitude they maintained during this difficult time was an inspi-

ration to me,” Chall said. “That is why I chose to do the threeday walk for the Susan G., to honor their admirable fight.” Ross and Chall plan to walk 20 miles each day. At this time, the route is undisclosed as a security precaution. Opening ceremonies are at 7 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Southdale Mall and the closing ceremonies are at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at the State Capital in St. Paul. Ross and Chall have enjoyed walking together and have dreamed of being able to complete the three-day event, knowing it’s more difficult than doing a marathon because it’s three consecutive days of walking 20 miles each day. Ross said being able to train for the event has been a factor. Training requires long training walks along with varying degrees of cross training. The Komen foundation provides a training handbook for its walkers. It suggests walkers be able to walk at least a 20-minute-mile and offers a suggested training program which gradually increases your distance as well as suggests different types of terrain, weather conditions and varying surfaces whenever possible. Because

it’s an endurance walk, training increases up to 18 miles a day and then 15 miles the next day, with cross training on the days when walks are shorter.

The two women have walked almost daily since they began their training program about 16 weeks ago. They have incorpoCure • page 8

Rock ‘n’ bounce

photo by Jack Hellie

A fearless toddler sails into the air during the annual Rock ‘n’ Block party in South Sartell Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce.

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If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. July 31 8:34 a.m. Traffic stop. 2ndStreet. S. An officer witnessed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked going 56 mph in a 40mph zone. He was issued a ticket and released. 6:26 p.m. Traffic stop. 1st Street. NE. A vehicle was stopped for displaying expired tabs. The driver was given a warning for the violation. 6:39 p.m. Traffic stop. 2nd Street. S. A vehicle was stopped as the registered owner had a revoked license. The owner of the vehicle was driving the car and was cited for driving after revocation and new-resident failureto-change license information within 60 days. Aug. 1 11:23 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. An officer observed a vehicle with a defective passenger headlight. The driver was given a warning for the violation. 11:38 p.m. Road rage. Grizzly Lane. A caller reported she was being tailgated. When she pulled over to let them pass, the aggressive driver threw something and yelled out the window. She was able to get the license plates. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle, but a letter was sent to the registered owner. Aug. 2 2:18 a.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue N. The caller was outside smoking when he saw a car pull up and four kids got out. He overheard them saying “it would be nothing to

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kick that door in.” Officers checked the area and did not locate the vehicle or occupants. 10:26 p.m. Traffic stop. 7th Street N. After running plates on a vehicle, the officer found the plates were marked to seize and the registered owner’s license was suspended. When asked, driver admitted to having three beers. The officer administered field sobriety tests, which the driver passed. The passenger, also the owner of the vehicle, stated there was no insurance on the car. Officers removed an open bottle of vodka from the back seat. The driver was cited for driving after revocation and the owner of the car was cited for no insurance. Both were warned of the open bottle and revoked plates. The vehicle was towed and inventoried. 10:45 p.m. Fireworks. 6th Avenue S. An officer was dispatched to the area for a fireworks complaint. Upon arrival, the complainant said the fireworks have been an ongoing issue and is waking up her sleeping kids. The officer made contact with the neighbor who stated he was unaware the fireworks were waking up neighbors and he would not light off any more fireworks. Aug. 3 10:49 a.m. Animal complaint. 1st Street NE. A call was made from a female regarding a stray cat. When the officer arrived, the female stated there was a cat under her vehicle and she was concerned it would be injured if she moved her vehicle. The officer found the cat under her vehicle. Once the female started the vehicle, the cat ran away. 6:50 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road S. A vehicle was stopped as the registered owner had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was unaware of his status and was unable to provide proof of insurance at the time of the stop. He was allowed to call for a valid driver and was issued a citation

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Sartell recently won the Tier B third- and fourth-grade Central Minnesota Youth Baseball League Tournament held at Pine Cone Central Park in Sartell. It was a pool play tournament and the team won the second-place game over Sauk Rapids White 9-8 with a three-run walk-off home run in the last inning. The team then beat another Sartell team, Princeton Black and Sauk Rapids White and lost to Foley Blue to finish 3-1 in the tournament in Tier B; second place out of 11 teams. Team members include the following: (front row, left to right) Kalen Lewis, Eli Schlecht, Zach Mathiasen, Josiah Wolters, Jason Hager, Riley Prow and Blake Bierscheid; (middle row) Kade Lewis, Cameron Schreifels, Kristoff Kowalkoski, Isaiah Rinne, Brayden Lenzmeier and Noah Lutsch; and (back row) Coaches Mark Wolters, Jay Hager, Head Coach Paul Lenzmeier and Jim Rinne.

Alexander Hornung of Sartell and a student at Cathedral High School, was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience from St. Michael’s College, Colchester, Vt. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the

National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities. Hornung was presented the book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers (HarperCollins 2000) by Loung Ung, a 1993 St. Michael’s College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author. In “First They

Killed My Father,” Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child’s perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. She reveals an indomitable spirit in the face of profound suffering, including the loss of both her parents and two of her siblings. Ung has written a riveting memoir about a family’s survival, and in turn, about the development of Ung’s on-going crusade for a landmine free world.

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You will soon be receiving information regarding transportation information with pickup and drop-off locations and times based on the information that was used last year for your child(ren). In order to have a smooth first day of transportation, we need to have any changes to the transportation information from last spring as soon as possible. If you have moved, changed daycare, changed pickup or drop-off locations or moved into the district over the sum-

mer, please fill out the Transportation Request Form and return it to the Transportation Department as soon as possible. Please get these changes in prior to open house. The information we have as of Aug. 27 will be used for transportation the first week of school. If changes are made at Open House, they will be implemented after the first week of school. The Transportation Request Form is available on the district website, at the District Office

or at the Transportation Office located at the bus garage out by Oak Ridge Elementary. This form can be submitted to the transportation department in the following ways: Email: joe.wiser@sartell. Fax: 656-3773 Mail: Transportation Department, 1111 27th St. N., Sartell, MN 56377 You can contact Joe Wiser at 656-3724 for assistance in updating or verifying this information.

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Fire department maintains its excellent insurance rating by Dennis Dalman

Sartell Fire Chief Ken Heim had good news for the Sartell City Council at its Aug. 12 meeting. The department, he said, has maintained its insurance rating of “4” from the Interna-

tional Standards Organization. The most common rating in Minnesota is “9.” The lower the number, the better. There are 39 ratings of “3” in Minnesota, but none that are “1” or “2,” Heim noted, which places Sartell in a rather special category.

Each fire department is rated by the ISO on a 100-point checklist to come up with the insurance ratings. A big help for Sartell getting a “4” is the city’s decision to build another water plant some years ago, Heim noted. The good insurance rating

Council approves two Eagle Scout projects by Dennis Dalman

Two Eagle Scout projects – the planting of trees and construction of a fence in two parks – were approved by the Sartell City Council at its Aug. 12 meeting. Tyler Cadlac, member of Sartell Troop 11, addressed the council and explained his Eagle Scout plans. He’s going to build a 100-foot-long splitrail fence between a biking path and the Watab River in Pinecone Regional Park. The path at that point, near the Bernick’s Arena, is located near a steep bank by the river, making it a potential danger for unwary walkers or bikers. The fence will be about four feet high. All the funds for the project have been raised, Cadlac noted. Council member Steve Hennes said he has recently

biked that trail, and the bank there is indeed quite steep. It could be dangerous for a biker who is, for example, texting while riding. Hennes suggested it would also be a good idea to plant a few pine trees along that area. Duncan Watson, also a Troop 11 member, proposed to start a “tree nursery” in Pinecone Central Park, just north of the golf course. Using all-volunteer scout labor, they would plant about 40 red-bud elms on that area until the trees are stronger, then they could be transplanted to wherever the city needs them. The seedlings were donated to the city by Sam’s Club. Public Works Director Brad Borders said at this point the trees are quite weak and flimsy and would take another year to be strong enough to survive and hardy enough to withstand winter. The scouts

would maintain and water the trees, Watson said. He said there are several reasons he wants to do the tree-farm concept: as a habitat for animals and birds, as a beautification project and as an environmentally friendly project to help the air and water. The council liked Watson’s project, but suggested the trees be planted instead on the west end of the park where there is virtually no shade now. Mayor Joe Perske said the trees would be ideal in future years so people at ballgames could have some shade to sit in and as a block from the setting sun for the players’ eyes. A big plus of planting the trees in that area is there is irrigation there because of the ballfield grass. Watson agreed he could amend his Eagle Scout plan to plant the trees in that area instead.

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Fire department earns award

by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department was recently named statewide “Fire Department of the Year” by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization. At the Aug. 12 Sartell City Council meeting, Fire Chief Ken Heim shared the news and showed the council the plaque the department received, adding

he and the firefighters are grateful for such an honor. The department was nominated by former firefighter Ken Schulte of Sartell. “That award is very well deserved,” said Sartell Mayor Joe Perske, noting how the department performed so well in the wake of the paper-mill disaster last year. At that, the council members spontaneously burst into a round of applause.

Fire department gets OK to repair boat by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department will soon get a refurbished rescue boat. At the Aug. 12 Sartell City Council meeting, Sartell Fire Chief Ken Heim explained the department’s dilemma. It has a rescue boat it bought in 1994, but the bottom of the boat is rotting and cannot be used safely. The department is due in 2014 to buy a new rescue boat with money from the equipment fund. However, Heim said it would be best to

repair the current boat and keep it as a second boat when and if the department buys a new one. Why not buy a new one and forget about the old boat?, the council members asked. Heim said it’s because it takes time to research buying a new boat, and the department does not want to be without a rescue boat for very long. Heim said it would be good to repair the boat also because it would be nice for the department to have a second rescue boat. In any case, if the boat is repaired it could be sold or used as a

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trade-in when and if the department gets its new one. The repair, estimated to cost about $6,500, would be done by a firm in Bloomington. It would require building a new boat body but keeping the boat’s current trailer, light bar and 30-horsepower motor. All of those are in very good shape, Heim noted. The boat is a 1994 Zodiac. The council agreed unanimously to Heim’s request and authorized the department to spend up to $7,000 for the necessary repairs.

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Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 photos by Dennis Dalman

Left: While her mother, Brenda, gives pointers, Sydney Frieler of Sartell prepares to cast her line into the Mississippi River during “Take a Day Off at the River.” Lower left: Last-minute adjustments to life preservers are made just before a pontoon launches for a river ride. Below: Jim Wasdyke of Sartell, a member of the St. Cloud Area Anglers Club, demonstrates how to cast when fly-fishing.

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for each violation. Aug. 4 3:17 p.m. Dog complaint. A request was made that an officer come sit in an area where a dog has been barking on

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and off continuously. Upon arrival, the officer did not hear the dog bark. The officer spoke with the owner of the dog and informed him of the complaint. No further action taken. 6:20 p.m. Traffic stop. Troop Drive. An officer stopped a vehicle for displaying expired tabs. The driver stated they had purchased tabs but never received them in the mail. The officer was able to find the registration was in fact, good. The driver was unable to provide proof of insurance at the time of the stop. A citation was issued for no proof of insurance 6:45 p.m. Traffic stop. 19th Avenue S. A vehicle pulled out in front of an officer. The driver of the vehicle was given a warning for failure to yield right of way. Aug. 5 9:55 p.m. Animal complaint. Pinecone Road S. A complaint was made regarding a rabbit running around in circles in the middle of the intersection. The caller was worried it may be rabid. An officer checked the area and did not find the rabbit. 10:40 p.m. Juvenile. 7th Street N. A call was made that some kids were sitting by a dumpster for about 15 minutes and had a broomstick. The caller did not believe they lived in the building and the broomstick concerned her. An officer made contact with three males who stated they were waiting for a friend. The officer informed them of the curfew. No further action taken. Aug. 7 5:09 p.m. Personal-injury accident. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal-injury accident on CR 2 at Minnesota Street West, St. Joseph Twp. A 2005 Pontiac G6 being operated by Patricia Schueller, 46, Wayzata, Minn. was attempting to make a left turn from Minnesota Street to go south on CR 2. A 1997 Pontiac Bonneville operated by Charles Grow, 22, Sartell, was northbound on CR 2 and struck Schueller’s vehicle as the vehicle pulled onto CR 2. Schueller was transported from the scene by Gold Cross Ambulance Service to CentraCare Hospital, St. Cloud. Grow was not injured. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by St. Joseph Police, St. Joseph Fire and Rescue along with the Minnesota State Patrol.

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photo by Dennis Dalman

Above: Amelia Hanson of Sauk Rapids takes a sip of icecold well water at “Take a Day Off at the River.” Center: People disembark from a Voyageur-style canoe after a pleasant ride on the river. Above right: Blaine Byrd of Sartell blows into a straw to coax along a minnow toward the finish line. The minnow race was one of many children’s games at “Take a Day Off at the River” Sunday at Mississippi River Park north of Sartell.

River from front page archery, building birdhouses, visiting a station where there were “old-time” fur traders talking about the Minnesota voyageurs of days of yore. One of the biggest attractions this year, as in previous years, was the presentation of many

City purchases 38 acres of land The City of Sartell agreed to purchase 38 acres of property adjacent to Pinecone Central Park. At its Aug. 12 meeting, the council called a closed-session meeting to discuss the price of the property with the sellers. When the council reopened its meeting to the public, the mayor announced the city had agreed, in the closed session, to purchase the property for $208,870. The mayor then asked the council to approve or disapprove the motion. It was approved 4-1 with council member Sarah Jane Nicoll voting against it. The acreage is known as the “Vilcheck” property. The roughly rectangular-shaped land is located right next to

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most certainly be park-related. The land is located next to Celebration Lutheran Church. It’s a mixture of woodland and wetland.

exotic animals courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo. Altogether, there were more than 40 features at the event, including hands-on activities and educational booths. Well over 1,000 people attended “Take a Day Off at the River.” Since the event began five years ago, its popularity has increased exponentially every


year since. Last year 1,300 people attended. The event is sponsored by Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stearns County Parks, Benton County, St. Cloud State University and the Department of Natural Resources. Many volunteers also made the day possible, including widespread support from local sportsmen’s clubs.

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Our View

‘Day at River’ great way to experience grand resource It was heartening to see so many people of all ages and walks of life have a happy time at the fifth annual “Take a Day Off at the River” last Sunday north of Sartell. The event gave people a chance to unwind and relax within the natural beauty of Stearns County Mississippi River Park on CR 1, which is right on the western edge of the mighty river that runs through it. There is something about such natural, magisterial scenery that seems to bring out the best in people. How good it was to see parents and children fishing, baiting their hooks, casting out from the steep river banks, trying their luck. Kids had a blast shooting arrows at the archery range. The excitement of adults and children was fun to observe as they oohed-and-ahhed over the animals brought from the Minnesota Zoo. Groups of people thoroughly enjoyed pontoon rides, kayaking, canoeing and hiking tours. There were more than 40 “stations” at the event – hands-on activities and educationalinformational booths and a combination of both. “Day at the River,” which began five years ago, has grown into a perennially successful event, with attendance numbers increasing by leaps and bounds every year. It’s one of those events that’s so successful, so much fun, that good word-of-mouth is its best advertisement. What’s more, the event is free, and who can argue with that? In recent years, there has been a wonderful resurgence of interest locally in the Mississippi River, a growing awareness of what a priceless resource it is. There are innovative efforts underway to maintain and improve its water quality and to develop it wisely as a recreational asset. It’s a slow, incremental process but a very good one. “Day at the River” is just one way to allow local people to experience that great resource first-hand. Sadly, too many people in the area have experienced the Mississippi River as merely something they cross on a bridge daily or from time to time. As knowledge and awareness of the river increases, more and more people will begin to understand why we are so fortunate to live in the heart of central Minnesota near or next to our magnificent river. Hats off to the event’s sponsors: Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stearns County Parks, Benton County, St. Cloud State University and the Department of Natural Resources. Also deserving of thanks are the scores of volunteers who made the day such a success. Being part of “Day at the River” was a bit like getting a glimpse of a better, more harmonious world in which all people get along so well in an idyllic environment. At the event, there were Caucasians, Somalis, African-Americans, Native Americans and people of all ages from babies to oldsters. All of them intermingled, exchanged pleasantries, had a good time. Wouldn’t it be nice if that kind of peace, harmony and happiness could be spread everywhere into the wider world?

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Opinion Cancer Center staff, patients are tops I miss going to the Coborn Cancer Center. “What?!” people ask. “How can you MISS going to a CANCER center?” These are people who, understandably, have a phobia about that dreaded “C” word. As a patient with colon cancer, I “graduated” from the Coborn Cancer Center Aug. 8 after undergoing 28 radiation treatments and two bouts of chemotherapy. My prognosis, I’m told, is excellent. Let me try to explain why I miss the cancer center. For one thing, I have never met so many wonderful people in one place. In six weeks, I had the good fortune to meet at least 40 of them: receptionists, nurses, aides, technicians, doctors. There is not a one of them I did not enjoy meeting and talking with. They are not only experts, they are passionately committed to what they do day in, day out – helping others through the “journey” of cancer. What is extraordinary – beyond words – are their teamwork, their communication skills, their compassion, their personalized attention for each patient and their good humor. There is nothing worse than going to a clinic where everyone is funereal serious and long-faced. When they say “humor is the best medicine,” they’re not kidding. It really is. I used to accuse cancer-center employees of taking happy pills every morning. How can they keep up such good-humored spirits all day long, working as they do with pain and suffering? They are true pros, and so if you want to see shining examples of grace under pressure, just pay the cancer center a visit.

Dennis Dalman Editor Aside from that phenomenal staff, the other reason I miss the cancer center is because of the fellow patients I would meet and chat with in the lobby as we all waited our turns for this or that procedure. Many were bald or balding, with bandannas or caps on their heads. I didn’t go totally bald, although my hairstyle can now be described as the “wispy look.” Some of those patients looked so weak, tired and forlorn, it was enough to break your heart. My side effects weren’t that bad, but they were sometimes unpleasant enough that I could deeply relate to how some of the weakest patients must have felt. However, like the graceunder-pressure of the staff, the patients also demonstrated remarkably upbeat attitudes and good humor. Three of my favorites are what I call the Kimball Family. There was Mr. Kimball, Mrs. Kimball and their 20-something daughter, Ms. Kimball. Mrs. Kimball was undergoing treatments for breast cancer. (She’s doing fine now, thank goodness.) I called them the Kimballs because they mentioned they hail from Kimball. And they, in turn, called me Mr. Rice because I live in Rice. “Well, hello, Mr. and Mrs. Kimball!” I’d say in the lobby. “How you doin’?” “Oh, just fine, Mr. Rice. And how ‘bout you?”

“Oh, fair to middlin’, thank you.” Then we’d sit and shoot the breeze, usually about pets, as they have a night job cleaning the Kimball Veterinary Clinic, where I had my four pets “fixed.” Two other favorite “lobby people” were my neighbor Marty Dubbin and her sister, Mary Kay Tretter. Marty’s younger brother, Dean, a farmer who hails from Genola, is suffering from throat cancer. His relatives would take turns bringing him to the center. It was such a pleasure when I’d arrive at the center to see Dean, Marty and Mary Kay waiting in the lobby like old friends. And I never tired of playing mischievous verbal hi-jinx with them, especially me bragging about the spiffy new boxer underwear I had to buy and how good they look on me. They would groan and giggle, and Mary Kay would dare me to show off my hubba-hubba knickers. Then she’d giggle and blush like a naughty school girl. I will never forget my first visit to the center. A woman walked past as I was sitting there and gave me the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen. A blue bandanna on her head, she was thin, pale, ghostly and obviously feeling so very low. She smiled so weakly, but the smile was absolutely radiant, coming as it did from that thin, pained face. I wanted to give her a hug, and now I wish I would’ve. I’ll never forget that incandescent smile. It was exactly like seeing the triumphant human spirit shining through a veil of pain. And now, dear readers, I think you can understand why I miss that cancer center.

1992, wasn’t that just last week? I recently visited a convenience store and noticed near the check-out a sign which read, “All alcohol purchasers born after 1992 must show ID.” 1992? Wasn’t that last week? It caught me off guard. It wasn’t that long ago when I met and married my wife, and now we just celebrated our 50th anniversary. I remember the birth of my children and how scary that all was. Now they are adults with children of their own. I remember the birth of my grandchildren. It seems like it was just the other day. I guess when you are over the hill, everything but you speeds up. I know time has certainly sped up. There is nothing particularly significant about 1992 except that it was 21 years ago. People born in that year are today’s new adults. These new adults are facing a world being left to them by my generation and my children’s generation and frankly, I’m not too thrilled by what we are leaving. I doubt future people will ever know the America of my youth. There were fears to be sure. We faced polio and nuclear war and many other seemingly unsolvable problems. But we faced them in stride. Let me tell you about the good times, though.

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer In the ‘50s the cars were cool, period. You could tell them apart. You knew the difference between a Ford and a Chevy and their year model. You could drive up to the gas pump and get a dollar’s worth of gas and drive for miles and miles. And speaking of driving, we had drive-ins – drive-in restaurants and drive-in movies. And the music. The music was great. We had rock ‘n’ roll. I’m talking about the real rock ‘n’ roll – Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and too many others to count. We danced. Most often we danced without ever touching our dance partner. You would have to have been there. Then came the ‘60s and everything started to change. There was the Vietnam War. There were the protestors, the dropouts and the hippies. Many of us sensed the changes we were seeing were not good. People seemed to worship the ugly and the dirty. Many young people found drugs. In the ‘70s and ‘80s things contin-

ued to deteriorate. During this period the hippies who survived their drugaddled youth, grew up and became the lawyers and politicians of today. Now, sadly, they and their offspring are the so-called leaders who are creating the ongoing mess we are leaving our children. I often long for the America of my youth. I miss the simple life. I miss the security we all knew. I worry for my children and grandchildren. When I see kids glued to a computer screen instead of going outside to run and play, I worry. I know many things in today’s world are improved. I believe our lives are being extended by the comforts we enjoy like air conditioning and central heating. Medical science is creating great new cures. Cancer may soon be a thing of the past, who knows? Even with all that is good today, why would I miss yesterday? Many of you who will read this will understand and probably feel the same way. Realistically, I know we cannot go back. The ‘50s will just have to be a memory. Still I hope we have not squandered our beautiful country. I hope we have not wasted our heritage. I hope in the future we will rediscover what it means to be an American. I can only hope.

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Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 17 N. 2nd Ave., Waite Park. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group features a specialist on swallowing, 1 p.m., Great River Regional Library, 1300 W. St. Germain, St. Cloud. 320-968-4606. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., American Red Cross, Grace United Methodist Church, 2615 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. “Addressing Poverty,” part of the Catholic Worker Summer Series, 6:30 p.m., Gateway Church, 106 2nd Ave. N.W., St. Joseph. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion


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Tuesday, Aug. 20 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. Wednesday, Aug. 21 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. SummerTime by George, 5-9 p.m., Lake George, St. Cloud. Free live concert by Boogie Wonderland. Thursday, Aug. 22 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. 1-800733-2767. Walking group (beginners), 4 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 5:307:30 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Friday, Aug. 23 Casting for a Cure CatchPhoto-Release Fish-A-Thon, anglers of any age can begin fishing on any body of water in Minnesota. Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800733-2767. Pickleball, blend of badminton, tennis and pingpong, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Wendlin Parish Center, 22714


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rated their Curves workouts as part of their cross training. “It’s become a bucket list item for both of us and a way to give back for all the blessings we have,” Ross said. “No amount of training can ever compare to what people facing breast cancer go through.” Ross is walking to honor 11 people and Chall is walking to honor eight people. “On the three-day, Joy and I will see the world of hope and love, filled with power and immense strength as we are surrounded by thousands of determined feet that will one day carry us to the cure,” Ross said. “After all, everyone deserves a lifetime.” The Susan G. Komen for the Cure global breast cancer movement began when Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying



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sister, Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer, and the movement began in 1982. Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care and to find the cure. Because of events like the Komen Race for the Cure and the three-day, the organization has invested more than $2 billion to end breast cancer forever. It’s the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world, according to the

event website. If you would like to donate to the cause, please visit and look for Ross’s and Chall’s names as walkers, or call 800-996-3DAY. contributed photo

Gretchen Ross, 65, (left) and Joy Chall, 62, plan to participate in the Twin Cities threeday Susan G. Komen walk for a cure for breast cancer Aug. 23-25. Each walker must raise a minimum of $2,300 to participate in the event. Both plan to walk 20 miles each day, a total of 60 miles.

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