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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 Volume 19, Issue 34 Est. 1995

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Market Monday open Labor Day

Market Monday’s open for Labor Day from 3-6 p.m. (new fall hours) at Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Try your hand at pasta making. Come for the food, stay for the fun.

St. Cloud VA to host Veterans Rendezvous

Central Minnesota Veterans, service members, their families and friends are invited to rendezvous for support, music and fun from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center located at 4801 Veterans Drive, in St. Cloud. For more information on the event or to reserve booth space, visit and click on Aug. 29 Criers.

Search starts for Mrs. Stearns County

Applications are being accepted for the title of Mrs. Stearns County, who will have the honor of representing her county at the Mrs. Minnesota pageant, which will be held March 14 in Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. The woman chosen will become an ambassador from the Stearns County area and will receive the official title and sash. She will also receive a prize package worth $7,000 and the chance to represent Minnesota at the “2015” Mrs. International Pageant in July. For more information, visit and click on Aug. 29 Criers.

Volunteer Sept. 25 for Day of Caring

A Day of Caring, sponsored by United Way of Central Minnesota, will be held Thursday, Sept. 25 and is designed to bring people together to volunteer on community projects including painting, packaging food, fall clean-up, children’s activities and crafts. Project sign-up will be available until Sept. 12 at For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Aug. 29 Criers.

DNR seeks designs for pheasant stamp

Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2015 Minnesota Pheasant Stamp from Monday, Sept. 8, to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. The pheasant stamp is sold along with hunting and fishing licenses or as a collectable. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to pheasant management-related activities. For more information or to submit entries, visit and click on Aug. 29 Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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Study to prepare for major Pinecone improvements Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson outlined the problems within each of those segments.

by Dennis Dalman

An engineering corridor study for Pinecone Road improvements was authorized by the Sartell City Council at its last meeting. The council approved spending $79,000 for the study, which will result in detailed plans for construction next year. The money is available from the city’s public improvements revolving fund. The study will determine appropriate traffics controls, improvements for pedestrian safety and the feasibility of constructing roundabouts at several intersections. Such redesign projects along the Pinecone corridor have long been a high priority of the city council, especially as traffic has increased dramatically along Pinecone in recent years. The study will closely examine three segments of the roadway. 15th Street to 40th Street N., including 27th Street N. from Pinecone to Riverside Avenue. 2nd Street S. to 15th Street N. CR 120 to 2nd Street S.

The study of Segment 1 will consider widening Pinecone and on 27th Street N. to Riverside

Avenue. Those roadways are extremely busy mainly due to Study • page 4

The eagle has flown photo by Kelly Brown

As we go through life we have to take a look around and really see what the world has to show us. This photo has special meaning to me. My father-in-law passed away on July 7 and my birthday is July 12. This eagle landed by me in a tree and just sat there and looked at me like “What are you waiting for? Take a couple of photos.” Fritz, my father-in-law, always loved nature and taught me a lot about stopping and smelling the roses. I know he sent this eagle as a birthday present. Thank you Fritz!

Sartell students again outperform peers by Dennis Dalman

Once again, Sartell students out-performed their national and state peers in the last round of American College

Testing scores. The latest scores on the tests, taken last school year, were not only good news for Sartell-St. Stephen but also for the state. The ACT consists of exams in English, reading, math and

science, and test results are often used as determinants of a student’s readiness for college work. They can also help students gain access to various kinds of financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans.

The students in Sartell had an average score of 24.4, compared to a statewide average of 22.9 and a national average of 21.0. The students exceeded averages for all four benchmark Peers • page 7

Council nixes sign CNN to feature for ‘Market Monday’ Wetterling case by Dennis Dalman

Despite three requests for a “Market Monday” sign to be installed on city-hall property, the Sartell City Council nixed the requests at its last meeting. Joel Cherrico, a potter, and Terri Emmerich, who sells food items, both offer their wares regularly at the market, which meets Monday afternoons on the grounds of Sartell City Hall. Emmerich and Cherrico addressed the council during its “Open Forum” session at its last meeting. Cherrico suggested the council allow a “Market Monday” sign to

be placed under the city-hall sign along Pinecone Road just east of the city-hall building. The event, he said, is free, including several times during the winter months. The sign, Cherrico said, could include the market’s website,, so motorists would come to learn the Monday market is on city-hall grounds every Friday. Many people, he said, do not know that or tend to forget it. “It (the market) adds a lot to the community without costing the city anything,” Cherrico said. Emmerich said the market involves a lot of work. VenMarket • page 4

by Dennis Dalman

The long search for Jacob Wetterling will be featured on an episode of The Hunt, which will air at 8 p.m. (Central time) Sunday, Aug. 31 on CNN, the Cable News Network. The Hunt is hosted by John Walsh, whose young son, Adam, was abducted and murdered many years ago. Walsh then dedicated much of his life to exposing and helping capture dangerous criminals. Many felons on the run were located and arrested because of Walsh’s

efforts. The Hunt is his new show, which debuted in July. Wetterling is the St. Joseph boy who was abducted when he was 11 years old by a masked man wielding a gun. The crime occurred 25 years ago, on Oct. 22, 1989 while Jacob was on the way home from a convenience store with his brother and a friend. The three boys were on a country road. The man ordered Jacob into his car and told the other boys to run away. Jacob is the son of Patty and Jerry Wetterling, who still live in St. Joseph.

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A correction is needed for the story about the Sartell Sabres football team’s state championship in 1994 (Aug. 22 Newsleader). The name of the defensive coordinating coach on that team was Roger Trobec.


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Dr. Kelly Freese, OD, recently joined the practice at PineCone Vision Center. “Dr. Freese is a great addi- Freese tion to our team,” says clinical director Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer. “She is looking forward to working with our patients to better understand their needs.” A native of St. Cloud, Freese graduated with honors from both Cathedral High School and St. Cloud State University. She went on to graduate from The New England College of Optometry in Boston. She is a member of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, Minnesota Optometric Association and attends Alcon’s Academy for Eye Care Excellence, Vistakon Vision Care Institute and American Academy of Optometry annual meetings. 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. R y a n Holter recently joined Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing, PLLP (CDS) as a staff acc o u n t a n t . Holter Holter has 11 years of accounting experience. He graduated from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn. with an associate’s degree, and from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn. with a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in business admin-

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. Aug. 13 7:09 p.m. Twin Rivers Court. Vehicle theft. A report was made regarding an iPad being taken from an unlocked vehicle.


istration. In 2014, Holter received his masters of business taxation degree from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management. He specializes in various accounting areas but his focus is in individual and corporate tax preparation, compilations and reviews. Holter, his wife, Brenda, and their two children, reside in Sartell. Jennifer Novak, certified paraoptometric and practice administrator at PineCone Vision Center, was recently Novak appointed to the Communications Content Committee of the American Optometric Association. Novak was chosen for her talented and exceptional work serving the profession of optometry. “We are thrilled and honored at the appointment,” says owner and medical director Dr. Nicholas Colatrella. “We fully support Jennifer and are excited about this opportunity.” The committee will provide guidance and consultation in the implementation of an integrated content management strategy to help ensure members are fully informed on key issues with relevant and timely information through content that is both compelling and engaging, and which optimizes the use of delivery vehicles. John Milam, a 2010 Sartell high school graduate and son of Mary and Mark Milam of Sartell, graduated this past May from Augsburg College with a business management degree with emphasis in marketing. He obtained employment shortly after gradu-


7:57 p.m. Riverside Avenue N. Unwanted person. A complaint was made regarding an adult female sitting on a private dock. An officer spoke with the female, who agreed to leave without incident. Aug. 14 10:20 a.m. 4th Street N. Theft from vehicle. A report was made regarding a GPS taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. 10:47 p.m. Sartell Street. Juvenile problem. A report was made regarding a group of juveniles riding their bicycles on private

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 ation with C.H. Robinson as a buyer/freight sales representative in Minneapolis. Joshua Pestana Mata, son of Reyna Mata and Rafael Pestana of Sartell, has enrolled at St. John’s University for the 2014-15 academic year. Alexander Holt, son of Pamela Bacon and Glenn Holt of Sartell, recently participated in the Concordia Language Village’s program by attending a two-week youth immersion session at Waldsee, the German Language Village, located near Bemidji, Minn. Holt is a sophomore at St. John’s Prep this fall. By attending Waldsee, the German Language Village, Holt experienced a simulated visit to another country. He was issued a passport, exchanged currency and adopted a new name. By interacting with staff from over the world, Holt also learned about the many opportunities available to those who speak more than one language. He was immersed in the language and culture of another country through large and small learning groups, authentic foods, holiday celebrations, re-enactments of historic events, songs, dances, crafts, games and everyday conversations. Concordia Language Villages, a program of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs. Concordia Language Villages attracts more than 10,000 youth, educators and adults annually from 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four weeks.

property. An officer arrived and the juveniles left the area without incident. Aug. 15 8:43 p.m. Sundance Road. Welfare check. A report was made regarding an elderly male asking a female for medical assistance. An officer arrived and found the male’s PCA had arrived late and was now assisting him. 9:10 p.m. Twin Rivers Court. Threat. A complaint was made regarding possible threats from a juvenile female to another juveBlotter • page 3

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Blotter from page 2 nile female. Officers arrived and spoke to both parties. They found this was a mutual argument. Both parents were contacted and informed of the situation. Aug. 16 3:42 a.m. 7th Street N. Loud music. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from

Sartell Newsleader • a residence. An officer arrived and spoke to the resident, who agreed to turn the music down. 8:47 a.m. Riverside Avenue N. Theft from vehicle. A report was made regarding several items taken from an unlocked vehicle. 2:31 p.m. 3rd Avenue N. Juvenile problem. A report was made regarding two juvenile males playing on a backhoe. An officer was able to locate two male juveniles in the area, who denied turning on the backhoe. Both of their parents were contacted and

informed of the situation. Aug. 17 2:42 a.m. ½ Street N. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding a resident hearing noise outside of his home. An officer checked the area and property and was not able to locate anyone. 5:55 p.m. Walmart. Theft. An adult female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female admitted to the theft. She was issued a citation and released.

Aug. 18 10:34 a.m. Pine Siskin Avenue. Suspicious activity. A report was made regarding an unknown vehicle stopping at mailboxes in a neighborhood. An officer checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicle. 3:22 p.m. 1st Street N. Loud music. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. An officer contacted the resident and he agreed to turn down the music.

3 Aug. 19 5:33 a.m. 10th Street S. Suspicious vehicle. A report was made regarding an unknown vehicle driving up and down a street. An officer arrived and was unable to locate the vehicle. 1:33 p.m. Watab Park. Juvenile problem. A report was made regarding several naked juveniles swimming in the river. An officer arrived and found the juveniles were not naked but were informed they needed to exit the river. They left without incident.

LEgal notICE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS JULY 21, 2014 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 4 p.m. by Vice Chair Krista Durrwachter. Members present: Durrwachter; Mary McCabe, director; Jason Nies, clerk; Pam Raden, director; Dan Riordan, director; and Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent. Absent: Michelle Meyer, chair. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to approve the agenda. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Riordan to approve consent items a-c as presented below: a. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on June 16, 2014. b. Checks in the amount of $2,820,199.30 as presented: General Fund 2,076,931.82 Food Service Fund 82,215.12 Transportation Fund 76,684.84 Community Service Fund 68,956.23 Capital Expenditure Fund 435,432.00 Building Fund 41,256.10 Scholarship Trust 24,475.00 Summer Rec Agency Fun 14,248.19 Check numbers 156598 to 156920 Receipts in the amount of $3,570,302.40 as presented: General Fund 2,175,704.07 Food Service Fund 85,909.68 Transportation Fund 26,653.18 Community Service Fund 62,359.43 Capital Expenditure Fund 5,949.18 Building Fund .48 Debt Service Fund 1,171,704.88 Scholarship Trust 5,225.00 Summer Rec Agency Rec 36,796.50 Receipts 39985 to 40077 Wire transfers in the amount of $1,516,837.60 as presented: General Fund 232,277.39 Food Service Fund 165.80 Community Service Fund 263.35 Debt Service Fund 1,282,517.92 Summer Rec Agency Fund 1,613.13 Wire transfers 201300078-201400010 c. Accept the resignations of Laurie Muellenbach, Pine Meadow Elementary, media assistant effective June 30, 2014 and Myranda Urick, Pine Meadow Elementary, art specialist effective Aug. 4, 2014. Student Representative Report: Ryan Kororll, senior at Sartell High School • Six student council representatives attended the National Convention of Student Councils in Orlando, Fla., where they were able to network and gain innovative ideas to share and implement with the Sartell High School Student Council. • Sartell High School Honor Society had a summer meeting that focused on teamwork. • The fifth-grade students will be receiving iPad minis starting in the 2014-15 school year as part of the full access initiative, and elementary students will continue to have increased access. • Summer Recreation programs are in full swing with a variety of offerings from Wet ‘N’ Wild, Pitchball, Flag Football and more. Students of all ages are enjoying the programs. Several of the staff members are also students at SHS or alumni who are having a great time. • Several assessment scores are in including ACT and AP exam scores. • Captains’ practices for various activities are underway in preparation for the start of the season. • Fall sports and activities season officially starts on Aug. 11. • Sabre Splash training will start on Aug. 4. The mentors are excited to introduce the high school to the students new to the building, including the ninth-grade class. Superintendent Report: Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent • The community and staff have been very welcoming. Attendance at the Boy Scout Lawn Social and the St. Stephen Centennial Celebration provided many opportunities to meet several community members and learn about our communities.

• The schools in the district are busy throughout the summer months with several activities including athletics, community education activities, summer school, summer recreation activities and more. Our staff is working throughout the summer as well to prepare for the upcoming school year. • The Fall Sports Meetings held on Wednesday, Aug. 6, will be an opportunity for the superintendent to welcome families and students. School Board Committees: Durrwachter, Negotiations Committee: The negotiations committee met with the Clerical Union and came to a tentative agreement for the Clerical Contract for years 2014-17. The Clerical union needs to vote on the tentative contract before it comes before the Board for approval. We anticipate the group will vote before the end of July. Once this contract is approved, there are no additional contracts to negotiate until next summer. Thanks to Steve and Nicole for all of their hard work in getting all of the contracts settled in a timely manner. McCabe, Facilities Committee: Discussed the finances and future needs for the facilities. Reviewed results from the recent community survey. Facilities learning walkthroughs will be planned in order to become more familiar with each site. Benton Stearns Education District Report: Duane Borgeson, director of the Benton Stearns Education District, reviewed the programs supported by SED and specialeducation funding laws. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE #1-15 OF THE PERSONAL OMNIBUS RESOLUTION ON THE PREMISE THEY CONFORM TO PREVIOUSLY BOARD- APPROVED ACTIONS OR CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENTS. ITEM #16 HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR NONAPPROVAL BASED ON THE SEIU CONTRACT LANGUAGE AND LEGAL ADVICE: New Employees or Changes: Kirsten Anderson, SMS, seventhgrade language arts long-term sub, $35,036/1 FTE replacing Michelle Raml; Lindsay Buchholz, SMS, Spanish teacher, $53,506/1 FTE MA+20, S6, replacing Lindsy Schwantes; Morgan Haider, SMS, junior high girls soccer, $2,137

BS1 (6.35%), replacing Sarah Dalton; Kelly Hansen, DSC, ECSE, $45,613 BA+30, Step 5, replacing Julie Hoppe; Amber Herberg, SMS, cleaner, $14.77/40 hrs./week R1, S2, new position; Sarah Hornseth, SHS, head volleyball, $4,938 BS6 (13%), replacing Ronell Uran; Mackenzie Lecy, SMS, JH girls swim, $2,137 BS1, replacing Nicole Maslowski; Natalie Marcussen, SMS, PT social work, $17,747/.40 FTE MA S1, replacing Therese Nierengarten; Beau Penk, SMS, junior high boys soccer, $2,137 BS1 (6.35%), replacing Jeremiah Tolbert; Robert Raab, DCS, maintenance support, $16.95/40 hrs./week R5, S1, restructured position; Sue Sathre, SHS, Asst. girls swim, $3,608 BS1, replacing Lynn Wegnar; Rozalyn Scoles, DSC, district nurse (LSN), $45,664/ 1 FTE BA, Step 14, replacing Asha Poepping; Roy Snyder, SHS, assistant girls soccer, $3,608 BS6 (9.5%), replacing Ashley Lehmeier; William Weiser, SMS, LTS physical education, $9, 955/ .2842 FTE, replacing Joe Perske; Lori Wolter, PME/ORE, elementary ELL teacher, $42,037/1 FTE BA +30/S1, new position.


Leave of Absence: John Bergeson, DSC, transportation specialist, leave of absence, 07-01-14 to 06-30-15


All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE BID OF KEMP’S DAIRY FOR MILK AND DAIRY PRODUCTS AND PAN-OGOLD BAKERY FOR BREAD PRODUCTS FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE CHANGES AND UPDATES TO THE ATHLETIC HANDBOOK AND THE BOOSTER CLUB GUIDELINES UPDATES FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Raden to APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF MSBA MEMBERSHIP 2014-15. All in favor. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APPROVE REVISIONS TO POLICIES 401, 402, 412, 419, 420, AND 424. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE FOOTBALL TEAM FUNDRAISER. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by McCabe to APPROVE THE DISTRICT EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK REVISIONS. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE TECH LEASE WITH US BANK FOR FIFTHGRADE ACCESS. All in favor. Motion carried.

Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. - Policy Committee Meeting, DSC, Board Room Aug. 13, at 9 a.m. – Technology Committee Meeting, DSC, Board Room Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. - Board Work Session/Facilities Walkthrough, Meet at Sartell Middle School

A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF RESOURCE TRAINING MEMBERSHIP 2014-15. All in favor. Motion carried.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:50 p.m. was made by McCabe and seconded by Raden. All in favor. Motion carried.

A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Raden to AP-

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dors, she said, would appreciate it if the city would allow a permanent “Market” sign under the city’s sign. Later, after Cherrico and Emmerich spoke, the sign request came up as part of the council’s agenda. Council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom started Market Monday four years ago, but she herself is not a vendor at the market nor does she have any monetary interest whatsoever in the operation. Thus, Sartell Administrator Mary Degiovanni noted Braig-Lindcontributed photo Various food items serve as an advertisement for Market Mon- strom’s participation in the discussion or any vote on the day, the weekly farmers’ market in Sartell.

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issue would not be a conflict of interest. Mayor Joe Perske and council member Mary Jane Nicoll both said they are concerned about putting a Market Monday sign by the city’s sign will set a precedent for other groups and/or businesses who will want signs there too, leading perhaps to a kind of visual clutter. Braig-Lindstrom said a Market Monday sign on the city-hall premises would serve to remind passersby the market is there every Monday. Such a reminder would be in addition to the temporary signs that go up along streets on the Mondays of the market. After further discussion, the council decided not to allow the sign. Roofing • Siding • Gutters • Windows • Metal Roofs HAAG™ Certified Roof Inspectors for hail/wind

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Study from front page schools in that area. The study of Segment 2 will determine how best to replace badly deteriorated pavement surfaces along Pinecone, including intersection reconstructions, with possibly the addition of some roundabouts. The study of Segment 3 will examine existing traffic control at all intersections and make recommendations for improvements. The study will also determine where best to place rightand left-turn lanes. Council member Amy BraigLindstrom requested that 1st Street S. – the place where it meets with Pinecone Road – be included in the engineering study. That roadway, which leads to the Bernick’s Pepsi Arena and the Grandview Estates apartments, is mistaken by some residents as just a driveway, Braig-Lindstrom told the council. After the study, construction will begin in spring 2015, with the first phase being Segment 1, Nielson noted.


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Council invites DogPAC to visit

by Dennis Dalman

The members of DogPAC in Sartell should feel free to visit the Sartell City Council to share concerns, to give project updates or to make requests. That was a somewhat indirect invitation that resulted from a discussion at the last city-council meeting. Council member Amy BraigLindstrom told the council volunteer members of DogPAC (a tongue-incheek designation for Dog Park political-action committee) have been using their own money to pay for marketing and fundraising. That group is currently trying to raise funds to build a chain-link fence around land

the city has granted in north Pinecone Central Park for a dog park. About $50,000 to $60,000 is needed for the fence, according to DogPAC. Months ago, the city council agreed to give $10,000 toward the project, money that would come from the city’s capital fund via a slight increase in the cost of doglicense fees. Braig-Lindstrom said many residents think they city has already contributed that $10,000 to the dog park, which can make fundraising problematic. Giving the $10,000 now to DogPAC might help “fast-track” the fundraising efforts, said Braig-Lindstrom. She then requested the council put the dog-park issue on a future city-council agenda so council members could discuss

District reminds parents of school start times by Dennis Dalman

The Sartell-St. Stephen School District would like all parents and students to remind themselves of the starting and dismissal times at Sartell’s five schools, as well as at the Early Childhood Education programs. The school year starts Tuesday, Sept. 2 for grades K-9 and Wednesday, Sept. 3 for grades 10-12. The school year will end June 2, 2015. This year, school officials noted, there are three new and permanent classrooms added because of an enrollment increase in the Sartell Middle School, which now

stands at 1,200 students. The following are the start-andclosing times for each school: Early Childhood Education, which takes place in the School District Building: Pre-school 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; morning classes 8 a.m.-10:45 a.m.; and afternoon classes: noon-2:45 p.m. Oak Ridge Elementary School: 7:35 a.m.-2:05 p.m.; and Kindergarten 7:35 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Pine Meadow Elementary School: 8:05 a.m.-2:35 p.m.; Kindergarten 8:05 a.m.-10:40 a.m. Sartell Middle School: 8:40 a.m.-3:25 p.m. Sartell High School: 8:30 a.m.3:15 p.m.

it again and clarify dog-park-related issues. The rest of the council (member David Peterson was not present) declined to put “dog park” on a future agenda, feeling that it is not necessary. Council member Sarah Jane Nicoll said she is willing to consider giving DogPAC, say, $2,000 of the $10,000 allocated amount for advertising to promote fundraising but not the whole amount. If DogPAC members want to come to the council to make such a request or other request, they should feel free to do so, Nicoll said.

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Opinion Our View Careful planning, scheduling can make school year successful After a long summer, parents are probably a bit apprehensive – and likely relieved – their children are soon headed back to school. Such a time can bring stress for both parents and children. However, there are ways to reduce that stress during the first week of school and – indeed – throughout the rest of the school year. Here are some tips for ensuring a happy, productive school year: • Make sure children have a nutritious breakfast before leaving the house. It need not be a big breakfast. It can be as simple and easy as toast, cereal and a glass of milk or orange juice. • Always tell your children you love them and give them a hug before they go to school. • Get to know your school, its staff and your children’s teachers. Attend all orientation meetings and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Be sure to consult the school’s student-parent website throughout the year to know what is expected as far as homework and other assignments from classroom to classroom. • Set a specific time each school afternoon or evening for the children to sit down in a quiet place and do their homework. Let them help decide the specific times for homework and for recreation. While they are doing homework, be sure you are in the vicinity, available to help them and to encourage them. Offer them nutritious snacks while they are doing their studies and projects. • Once studies are done (or before) strongly encourage the children to do physical fun out of doors or in the house, if possible. Electronic games and TV watching are OK, but their use should be strictly limited to perhaps only two or (max) three hours per evening. Parents should set good examples and try to do physical recreation with children whenever possible: taking walks, riding bikes, playing ball or other games in yards or parks. • Bedtime, especially for younger children, should be strictly enforced. A lack of sleep – along with poor nutrition – is one of the biggest hurdles to effective learning. • For younger children, read to them or listen to them read as often as possible. Children and parents develop strong bonds while reading, and it leads to a love of both reading and learning in the children. • Network with other parents to compare strategies for school success and to discuss how to handle any problems that arise. • During the year, show enthusiasm for children’s efforts and achievements, even seemingly minor ones, to boost their self-esteem and confidence. Always gently praise children and never yell at, scold or humiliate them. • If a child’s behavior seriously changes toward a dark side, seek help immediately to find out if the child is being bullied or if there are other problems – medical or psychological. School counselors are always eager to help with such concerns. • One of the best ways to keep on track through the school year is to start a scheduling-assignments calendar for each child. Children and parents can then sit down and write down which assignments, projects or extracurricular events are coming up in the month to better be prepared for them. It will also allow parents to make plans around times when their children will be busiest with school-related tasks. Writing down tasks is one of the best ways to de-clutter and streamline one’s days. We sincerely hope all children and parents in the district have a happy, productive school year.

Fairness and ethics

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ISIS may be cutting its own throat When the black-clad killer used a knife to saw off the head of journalist James Foley, his vicious action just may have signaled the eventual death knell for ISIS. The widely disseminated video of that vile murder has outraged civilized people throughout the world, so much so it’s possible some unexpected alliances will soon be forming, all of them united against ISIS, which stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.” Even some countries like Iran, hostile to the United States, are in danger of ISIS spreading its foul poison far and wide. The lunatic (but dangerous) ambition of ISIS is nothing less than the destruction of all Western societies. Are you listening, Europe? Like Adolf Hitler, who thought his Aryan State would last a thousand years, the mania of ISIS leaders is just as ridiculous. Grandiose dreams like those, stupid as they are, often spawn genocidal catastrophes; we should never forget the magnitude of relentless horrors visited upon the world by the Nazi thugs in trying to achieve their Aryan “perfection.” The decapitation of Foley is just the latest in a string of crimes committed by ISIS extremists during their rampages through Syria and a large part of Iraq. They have exploded civilians; they have butchered women and children; they have abducted women to use or to sell as sex slaves; they have gunned to death, en masse, captured Iraqi soldiers; they have decapitated many people they regard as heretics; they have perpetrated mutilations and torture; and they have also reportedly buried people alive and even crucified some. There is no end to their sadistic savagery, which they relish. That kind of barbarism, which harks back to Genghis Khan, is a wake-up call to the world. ISIS has declared itself to

Dennis Dalman Editor be the new Muslim Caliphate, founded and to be perpetuated by constant “jihad” (armed struggle). The leader of ISIS, Iraqiborn Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (now also known, megalomaniacally, as Caliph Ibrahim), is vowing his jihadists will extend the Caliphate throughout the Middle East under iron-clad Sunni Sharia law, Sunni being one of the major sects of Islam. Such a scheme is bound to fail, partly through its own absurdity, partly because such top-heavy ambitions eventually sink under their own weight or are ripped apart by their own contradictions, power struggles and ideological schisms from within. However, in the meantime, groups like ISIS can cause enormous destruction and suffering, as we have already seen in the news. Who can forget the heartbreaking stories and images of the Yazidi people forced onto Mt. Sinjar in northern Iraq where they were doomed to starve or be massacred if they dared come down the mountain into the clutches of ISIS? Thankfully, the United States, Britain and France came to their rescue. ISIS wrongfully believes the Yazidi are devil worshippers, therefore in the twisted ISIS belief system, deserving of slaughter. In some cases, ISIS rebels will give a captured “infidel” a chance to convert to Sunni Islamism. It’s only insecure fools who would “force” someone to convert, an almost comic absurdity. If ISIS has any

doubt about the sincerity of the conversion, it’s a bullet through the brain, off with the head or even worse. What is frightening about ISIS is the experts tell us they are well funded, highly trained and possess powers of recruitment through their well-developed media-propaganda machine, which includes social media of every conceivable kind. It’s an alarming fact many of their members and/ or sympathizers come from other countries, including the United States. The killer who murdered Foley, judging by his accent, was obviously a British national. One of the suicide bombers was a young American man. What kind of people anywhere on the planet would be attracted to this band of butchers? What is wrong with their minds, their hearts? But, then again, we shouldn’t be too surprised as there are neo-Nazi groups right here in the United States who actually think Adolf Hitler was quite a fine fellow. As President Barack Obama said, ISIS is a cancer that must be cut out, as long as it may take. This time around, it’s likely even the usual congressional obstructionists will agree with Obama and authorize at least air strikes, as well as material aid to Iraqi soldiers and the Kurd fighters north of Iraq. But ISIS can only be weakened and destroyed if other countries join together in that effort. The video of Foley’s decapitation just might help jump-start some powerful alliances against these blood-drenched criminals. It’s got to be done one way or another because it’s only a matter of time before ISIS starts exporting its terrorism here, there and everywhere. How bad is ISIS? Well, let’s put it this way: al Qaeda broke its ties with it, disturbed by its acts of arbitrary brutality.

Letter to editor

Thanks for response to ranting, raving Adam Sussner, Sartell

I just wanted to say thank you, Greg Bearson, for your letter to the editor in the most recent Newsleader. I’ve been wondering for years if the Newsleader would present an opinion contrary to Dalman’s ranting and raving he

displays every publication. Again thank you! I hope to hear from you in every publication!

(Editor’s note: For many years, the Newsleader has regularly published a column from Republican conservative columnist Ron Scarbro. The vast majority of Dalman’s col-

umns and editorials during the past 16 years have not been political in nature. Furthermore, contrary to Sussner’s contention, the Newsleader has always published all submissions critical of Dalman’s viewpoints, as well as other letters and guest columns from writers expressing Republican-conservative opinions.)

Fire-spitting blather turns me off “You are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.” Saying that assumes one person’s facts are more factual than another person’s facts. As a published opinion writer, I hear that on occasion. Readers will offer their opinion of my work based on what they believe as a fact. I have a simple question. What are the facts? How do you know what you hear is true? I have come to the realization one’s opinions/facts are solely dependent on one’s source of information. Most people depend on television for their news. Some even go a step further and read a newspaper. Some might even read more than one newspaper. Still others go to the Internet for their news and information. True news junkies might use all of these sources to make their decisions. On its face this would appear to be a good strategy. But there are problems with this approach too. I had a friend who was an avowed, unapologetic liberal. The only news and information he consumed was from sources that further reinforced his existing point of view. He read only the New York Times. He visited only ultra-liberal websites for news. His television choices were MSNBC and the major networks. He would never have tuned into FOX News or AM talk radio. He never got to hear any view which was in opposition to his prejudged thought. In his mind he thought

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer he had the facts and would argue those “facts.” Of course I have many friends on the other side of this issue as well. People who only watch FOX News and listen to only talk radio with such stars as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. They cannot find a newspaper to read because most of the major papers are staffed by liberals and left-thinking individuals. This is a dilemma. The mindset of these friends is of course to the right side of the political spectrum. I’m quite sure both sides believe they have truth on their side and are prepared to defend their point of view at any time. All of this contributes to the ever-increasing schism in our country. We seem to be two countries under one roof. Liberals decry the Republicans as obstructionists. Conservatives see Democrats as big government taxers and spenders. Both sides seem entrenched in their views with no possibility of concession or compromise possible. Who is served by these entrenched positions? Does the country benefit? I think

not. Regular readers will doubtless recognize me as a conservative fellow. Some might be surprised, however, to learn I also hold some liberal positions as well. In fact I try to fine-tune my positions on a regular basis. All I need is to hear a better argument for one position than for the other. The problem is trying to find an advocate who is willing to present a cogent argument that will alter my view. I can tell you clearly that name-calling and fire-spitting blather doesn’t do anything but turn my receptors off. For the good of the country, I would recommend a softer approach to our problems and to their solutions. I recommend compromise and in some cases concessions. It starts with us. Our political “leaders” take their cues from us – their constituents. We form our positions and our philosophies based on our source of information. That’s good but at the same time we should always be alert to a better mousetrap. Who knows, maybe there is a better way. 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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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Community Calendar

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Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

The Ten Commandments of the perfect student 1.

Thou shalt do your homework every evening. The best time is as soon as you get home from school, after you eat a healthy snack.


Thou shalt carry only what you need in your backpack. Carry only the things you need, morning and evening, no more, no less. This will help you prevent back injury from carrying excess weight.


Thou shalt be polite and respectful. Treat with respect your teachers, classmates and school personnel. Don’t forget the school crossing guard and the bus driver.


Thou shalt denounce any bullying. Whether you’re a victim or a witness, you have a role to play in putting an end to bullying and intimidation.


Thou shalt wait your turn to speak. If you want to ask a question or answer one, allow others to finish talking first. Raise your hand if that is part of the etiquette of your classroom.


Thou shalt adopt healthy habits. Eat well, exercise more, and get enough sleep. Make these healthy habits a part of your routine.


Thou shalt have the courage to ask for help. Get help with homework if you don’t understand the material. There are many resources available to help you along, including your own teachers, tutors and other education professionals.


Thou shalt respect the dress code. You will do better in life if you concentrate your efforts on your academic success and not on how to attract members of the opposite sex.


Thou shalt learn how to be independent. Take notes, ask questions, study before an exam, and look for ways to improve yourself. These are the responsibilities of a mature person.


Thou shalt persevere. No one feels motivated all the time; however, decide now that dropping out of school is not an option. Get help to stay motivated by going to see your school’s guidance department or talking to a parent or wise friend.

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