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Market Monday open Labor Day
Market hours are 3-6 p.m. on Labor Day. After a cold, wet spring and a cool summer, the Market is finally in full swing. Come for all your favorite varieties of tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, potatoes and much more; the product diversity will amaze you. Our newest vendors offer caramels, soap, lotions and made-to-order sandwiches. Live music by Ken Benson. Market Monday, located at Sartell City Hall, runs through Oct. 21.
City of Sartell reopens Celebration Park pool
As a result of the higher than expected temperatures in the next week, the City of Sartell is reopening the Celebration Park Wading Pool from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Monday, Sept. 2. Additional days may be added, so residents and users are asked to view the City’s website for updates. The Watab Park Wading Pool is currently open from noon-7 p.m. until Labor Day.
Country Manor seeks office help
This volunteer position is perfect for someone who enjoys paperwork and clerical work. The Country Manor Home Health Care office would like to have a volunteer to come one time per week for a two- to three-hour timeframe to assist with putting charts together, alphabetizing, filing and shredding. The office staff will train you and will be available to assist you throughout your volunteer hours. This position requests a volunteer to come once a week for a period of two to three hours. The time period is very flexible and can be arranged around when the volunteer is available. For information on this and more United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www.thenewsleaders. com and click on Criers.
Football skills propel Pantano to big successes by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Since graduating from Sartell High School in 2004, Marshall Pantano’s advances in the field of football have been those of a virtual juggernaut. He is now negotiating with an agent about the possibility of becoming a pro in the National Football League. At 6 feet 4 inches and 170 pounds, Pantano is indeed a juggernaut on the field, one of the best tacklers in football history. As a recent member of the St. Cloud Renegades, Pantano scored 75 tackles in the 2012 season, not to mention five sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception. He was named Most Valuable Player in the defensive category that year. He was awarded All-American honors for his time with the Renegades, a team that is owned by Brett and Danelle Weaver of Sartell. When he played defense for three years at Crown College in St. Bonafacius, Pantano scored so many tackles he was named as one of the top 10 tacklers in
Looking fierce under his helmet, Marshall Pantano achieved a record number of tackles while playing for Crown College. the nation. Recently, Pantano played for the Casino Bowl for which he was awarded defensive MVP honors for his performances,
which included three solo sacks in that game. He also played on Team USA in Costa Rica where he achieved 12 tackles, two sacks, four quarterback hurries,
Dayton appoints Rasmussen to commission by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Anita Rasmssen, Sartell’s long-time city planner and developer, has been appointed by
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission. The announcement was made Aug. 26, and Rasmussen’s term on the commission
Muskies to vie Saturday for state title
Little Caesar’s under construction
The Little Caesar’s restaurant, now under construction in Sartell, is expected to open by Halloween, Oct. 31. Construction on the business began recently next to the Sartell Post Office on 2nd Street S. The free-standing building is a replacement for the Little Caesar’s that was in the mini-mall next to the Garden Wok restaurant on the west end of 2nd Street S.
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one pass defended, one fumble recovered and two catches for a total of 36 yards offensive. Most recently, Pantano moved Pantano • Page 4
Muskies member Dan O’Connell gets ready to connect with a pitch during a game with Lake Crystal in Delano last weekend. The Muskies won the game 6-0, which propelled them into the third and final round for the state championship. The team’s coach, Randy Beckstrom, is standing in the background in the photo above. See full story on page 3.
begins Aug. 31. It will end Jan. 4, 2016. She is one of 13 people appointed to the commission by the governor. The members include two from each of the state’s six regional parks-andtrails districts and one memberat-large. The duty of the commission is to undertake system planning and provide recommendations to the state legislature for grants funded by the
state’s Parks and Trails Fund. That funding is allocated to counties and cities outside the seven-county metropolitan area for parks and trails of regional significance. Rasmussen, who has been Sartell’s consultant and planner for 13 years, has extensive and detailed experience in helping plan parks and trails in Sartell, including parks of regional significance, such as Northside Park, Val Smith Park, Pinecone Regional Park, Pinecone Central Park and Sauk River Regional Park in south Sartell, now in the planning stages. Rasmussen was hired by the City of Sartell as a planning consultant in 2000. Three years later she was named as the city planner and developer. “It’s a good surprise, a fun surprise to be appointed to that commission by the governor,” Rasmussen said. “It’s quite a process to go through to get appointed, and it included a long series of questions.” Her main task on the commission will be to provide guidance for the legislature and to help determine priorities for the legislature to consider funding.
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PineCone Vision welcomes Dr. Sara Bierwerth Dr. Sara Bierwerth recently joined PineCone Vision Center as the director of contact lens services. Bierwerth hails from western Minnesota and received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Benedict. She graduated with honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed a cornea and specialty contact lens residency at the Southern California College of Optometry. “We are thrilled to add a contact lens specialty to our practice,” says owner and medical director Dr. Nicholas Colatrella. “Dr. Bierwerth adds another dimension to our comprehensive eye-
care team.” Bierwerth is also trained in pediatric contact lens and ocular prosthetic device fittings. She has experience with gas-permeable lenses, scleral contact lenses and soft contact lenses. Specific areas of interest for Bierwerth include keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration and post-surgical corneas. With a volunteer medical team, she has traveled to El Salvador to provide eye care for those in need. Bierwerth enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband, Scott, and Labrador-mix, Nema. 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.
Walk for Thought raises money, awareness of brain injuries The fourth annual St. Cloud Walk for Thought, sponsored by St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center and the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at CentraCare Health Plaza. Every year, at least 1.7 million people in the United
the same time,” said Dr. Jon Anderson, medical director at 360 Chiropractic. “Being able to help places like Anna Marie’s is exactly why we created our Patient Appreciation Day. The bonus is our patients see how much we value their health as well as the wellbeing of their community. The response and generosity of our patients to this event in the past has been tremendous.” The clinic’s Gift of Health program is a year-round effort that generates $10 per patient for the Anna Marie Alliance. Since February when 360 Chiropractic officially launched the Gift of Health program, they have raised $1,600. “We so gladly contribute to the Anna Marie Alliance to help them with the critical and exceptional work they do,” Dr. Anderson said.
Triple A Pumping, a large custom-manure applications company, is seeking selfmotivated persons preferably with a class A license. Qualified person must be able to travel out of state for up to two weeks at a time. Tractor driving experience very helpful. Please call Arnie at 320-453-7322 if interested or stop by the office at 17565 C.R. 43, Richmond to fill out application.
Maybe you can help me? On Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, a collision between 11:30 a.m. and noon between my black Silverado and a blue Hyundai occurred at the intersection of Pinecone Road and Heritage Drive, just south of Sartell. The accident happened almost in front of a black vehicle facing east at the stop sign. I would appreciate a phone call from that driver for his unbiased view of how and why the collision took place. Donald Josephs, 320-251-9009.
States suffer from a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths. This one-mile walk will celebrate the strengths and successes of thousands of individuals who
have experienced brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who support them. For more information, call 612-3782742, 800-699-6442 or visit www.braininjurymn.org.
People The 16U girls Fastpitch Softball Team, sponsored by Sartell’s House of Pizza, split a double-header last Sunday in St. Cloud, losing the first game to the Minnesota Twisters, 8-5, but came back strong in game 2, beating Mayhem3, 13-1. House of Pizza has this Sunday off before resuming play Sunday Sept. 8.
Two Sartell students have enrolled at the College of St. Benedict for the 2013-14 academic year. They are the following: Kelly Husmann, daughter of Barb and Randy Husmann; and Maggie Powers, daughter of Nancy Dyson-Powers and Scott Powers.
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. tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
children’s books in the area. This person does have a permit with the city.
360 Chiropractic hosts patient appreciation week; Raises funds for the Anna Marie Alliance Through their patient engagement efforts, 360 Chiropractic in Sartell has generated a total of $4,711 year-to-date for the Anna Marie Alliance. The monies were raised through a variety of avenues. 360 Chiropractic hosts two annual Patient Appreciation Days, which include complimentary adjustments, chair massages, reflexology work, a fitness challenge and lunch all in exchange for a donation to the Anna Marie Alliance. The most recent one was on July 18. Each Patient Appreciation DayThrough the two events, the clinic raised donations totaling more than $3,000 for the shelter this year. “This event is a unique way we can give back to both our patients and our community at
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Aug. 14 2:26 p.m. Theft. Northside Park. A male had left his bag lying in the grass at the park. When he returned to gather his items, his bag was gone. The park was checked and the bag was not located. All electronic items have been recorded as stolen. 3:31 p.m. Verbal argument. Autumn Drive. A complaint was made regarding a male and female arguing loudly outside a residence. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties who stated they were now calm and would need no further assistance. 8:41 p.m. DWI. 8th Avenue N. A report was made regarding an intoxicated male leaving a residence. Officers were able to locate the male and he refused all testing. A search warrant was issued; he was tested and then placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County jail. Aug. 15 5:28 a.m. Suspicious activity. Twin Rivers Court. A report was made regarding a suspicious male who looked to have a red substance covering his arms and hands. Officers were able to locate the male and found he was working and had been using red paint. 6:39 a.m. Noise complaint. 19th Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding construction consistently starting at 6 a.m. Officers spoke with the worker and found he was not clear on the start time and apologized. 4:36 p.m. Suspicious person. 4th Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding a female attempting to sell
Five Sartell students have recently enrolled at St. John’s
Aug. 16 12:23 a.m. Domestic assault. A male reported his wife was bleeding from her head and refused to let him help. Officers arrived and found the parties had been drinking and arguing. The male was placed under arrest and transported to the jail without incident. 8:07 a.m. Suspicious activity. 7th Street S. A report was made regarding two males attempting to gain entry to a house with a drill. An officer arrived and found the males did have a work order to clear the house that had been foreclosed. 9:34 p.m. Fireworks. Clubhouse Road. A complaint was made regarding fireworks being set off in the neighborhood. Officers sat in the area and were not able to hear any fireworks or locate any person. Aug. 17 12:27 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 49 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 9:31 p.m. Suspicious person. Twin Rivers Court. A report was made regarding a shirtless male coming into a business and requesting an officer be called. When officers arrived, they found the male was highly intoxicated and could not give a reason for his request. The male was transported to detox for his safety. Aug. 18 10:37 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 48 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 3:49 p.m. Loud music. Lowell Lane. A complaint was made regard-
University for the 2013-14 academic year: Quinn Anderson, son of Tammy and Ross Anderson; Dylan Hollenkamp, son of Jill and Scott Hollenkamp; Timothy Immelman, son of Pamela and Aubrey Immelman; Isaac Lindstrom, son of Matt Lindstrom; and Andrew Voshell, son of Katherine and Peter Voshell.
ing loud music coming from a residence. The owner agreed to turn down the music. Aug. 19 3:21 p.m. Driving complaint. CR 1. A complaint was made regarding a driver who had driven over the center line numerous times. An officer was able to locate the driver who stated his alignment was off and he did have difficulty. The driver agreed to sobriety testing and passed. 6:15 p.m. Stalled vehicle. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was stalled on the side of the road and driver was waiting for a tow truck to arrive. An officer provided safety lights until the vehicle was removed. Aug. 20 3:15 p.m. Verbal. 2-1/2 Street N. A report was made of a male and female arguing loudly outside. Officers arrived and both parties were able to calm down. Officers remained until the male decided to leave for the evening. Aug. 22 2:12 p.m. Motor-vehicle accident with injuries. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office along with St Joseph Police Department, St Joseph Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a motor-vehicle accident with injuries, just east of the city of St. Joseph. Leshawn East, 26, of Sartell was driving west on CR 75 in his 2006 Nissan Maxima. Hannah Froland, 16, of St Cloud was driving a 2002 Volkswagon Beetle. Froland tried to cross CR 75 from Lions Park in front of East’s vehicle and was struck in the driver’s door. Froland was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to the St Cloud Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation.
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Muskies from front page by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Fresh from a 6-0 triumph in Delano, the Sartell Muskies will compete for the state championship this Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. in Maple Lake. Last Saturday, they beat Lake Crystal in the second round of the tournament playoffs. The 6-0 score had the Muskies celebrating, filled with confidence about their chances in the Aug. 31 state playoffs.
Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com How to explain such a clearcut victory? “Well, maybe it’s because of the new green jerseys they just got,” cracked coach Randy Beckstrom, chuckling. Beckstrom called the Sartell Newsleader Saturday afternoon from Delano, just minutes after his team’s win. Beckstrom has been coaching the Muskies for the past 25 years. The last and only Muskies’ state championship was in 1992 after the team trounced Belle Plaine. Since then, the team has competed four times for the state title but lost all four times. This time around, the team – spiffed up in their
brand-new green jerseys – are hoping for the best. “Baseball’s a tough game to predict,” Beckstrom said, “so I’m not going to. But I’m not nervous, not at all, about next Saturday (Aug. 31). I have confidence in the guys, and if we play the way we did earlier, we we’ll be just fine. Today, after the game, we all felt a bit of relief, and I’m excited for the guys.” In Maple Lake, the Muskies will play either Sobieski or Elrosa, depending on other outcomes of tournament play. It will be the third round toward the state championship. Since the Muskies won the regional
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tournament, they did not have to compete in round one of state playoffs. In their win against Lake Crystal in Delano, the Muskies did well with pitcher David Deminsky, who gave up only
3 three hits for the game and had seven strikeouts. Tim Burns scored three hits and three runs batted in. Jake Sweeter had two hits with two runs batted in. Four runs were scored just in the fourth inning.
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Pantano from front page temporarily to Illinois to pursue his career in personal training. He just signed with the Chicago
Mustangs for which he will play mainly defense as an end/linebacker hybrid. Before leaving California for Illinois, Pantano was invited to work out with the New York Jets in training in southern Cal-
ifornia, which he did. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Vista in southern California. Pantano is living in Illinois currently for career purposes. Jessica, a native southern Californian, is a professional hair stylist. Pantano has a daughter, Madison, 5; and Jessica has a son, Austin, 8. The couple
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Marshall and Jessica Pantano, now expecting a child, live in southern California, although Marshall is temporarily living in Illinois for career purposes. Pantano (number 47) has been speaking with agents from the National Football League. The 2004 Sartell High School graduate has been playing football for a number of teams ever since his high school years and is known as one of the best defensive tacklers ever.
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father, Ken, who still lives in Sartell with wife Jill, played high school football, as well as minor-league baseball. Marshall’s younger brothers, Mitchell and Mason, also played football when they attended Crown College, like their older brother. Pantano joined the U.S. Marines in 2008 and played football for the All-Marine Corps Team and was its defensive captain for two years. From the very beginning, it was clear Pantano’s love of football has propelled him, like a juggernaut, to one success after another.
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Cookout with Cops breaks all records
Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes lends a hand for garbage duty during the sixth annual Cookphotos by Dennis Dalman A long line of senior citizens out with Cops. moves through the lunchline the indoor space. So many peoduring the annual Cookout ple showed up, in fact, police with Cops Aug. 22, which had to rush out to buy more took place at St. Francis Xavhamburgers and buns. ier’s Gathering Place. The free Lunch included hamburgers event, sponsored by the Sarwith all the fixings. During and tell Police Department, drew after lunch, the audience ena crowd of more than 250, a record in the six years of the annual gathering.
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The sixth annual Sartell Cookout with Cops broke attendance records, with more than 250 senior citizens and special guests showing up to socialize and to learn on Aug. 22. The event took place at the St. Francis Xavier Church’s large indoor Gathering Place. Police and volunteers served a cafeteria-style lunch as the long lunchline extended all around
joyed conversation and listened began six years ago during a police officers. Someone sugto several informational demon- meeting of Seniors and Law En- gested having a cookout with strations. Officer Dan Miller of forcement Working Together, a cops, and the program began. the Offender Task Force told group that reinforces good com- Attendance has grown by leaps about the new drug drop-off munications among seniors and and bounds every year since. box at the Sartell Police Department and other facts about Buy any Twister narcotics-safety for seniors. Sartell Fire Marshall Butch Rieland Get any Twister addressed the topic of fire safety of equal or lesser value and the battery-exchange sysonly tem for seniors. Derek WhiteEverything you want... in a cone! head, an officer from Everything the you want... in a cone! with this coupon Try our Waite Park Police Department, Offer expires Sept. 30, 2013. NEW flavo rs brought his canine “Cato” to Not valid in combination with any other offers. of the week ! perform canine demonstrations 118 1st Ave. N.W. • St. Joseph for the crowd. www.conecastle.com Police Chief Jim Hughes, who also helped out with tasks at the cookout, said he and all officers were extremely pleased with the big turnout. Cookout with Cops, which is a free event,
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Opinion Our View
Time to put teeth back into Voting Rights Act It’s a despicable irony that on the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, efforts to roll back great strides in equality are afoot in so many states in this great nation. The March on Washington in August 1963 led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights of the next couple of years, including the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That Act helped eliminate the devious and corrupt barriers to voting by Afro-Americans, especially in the Deep South where blatantly racist policies had put in place voting hurdles known as ludicrously arbitrary literacy tests, poll taxes, property-ownership qualifications, “character” tests. Such voting barriers had one and only one rationale: to keep blacks and many poor whites from voting so the racist Jim Crow power structure could be maintained. Those voting restrictions were a shameful undermining of democracy, which is – or ought to be – based on universal suffrage, the right of every citizen to cast votes in elections local, statewide and federal. It’s important to remember women did not gain the right to vote until 1920. Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court basically gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, more or less implying so much progress has been made in voting-rights equality it’s not needed anymore. It makes a person wonder if many Supreme Court justices are so uninformed or isolated from American realities they’ve become blind to injustices. Were they not aware of all the votingsuppression efforts, such as in Ohio and Florida, in the last presidential election? They should have known when the cat’s away, the mice will play. And, sure enough, just days after that lamentable court decision, Republicans throughout the country were and are busily erecting barriers to full voter participation. It sounds hollower all the time when they claim they are fighting for election integrity in their insistence on photo IDs, but they have yet to prove any cases of serious voter fraud, and the reason they cannot provide proof is there is no voter fraud to speak of, period. And it’s not just voter ID laws they’re passing. They’re also busy as termites canceling early-voter days, changing polling places and making voting inconvenient if not virtually impossible for three major groups of people: the elderly who are poor, the young (especially college students) and ethnic minorities. Those groups (surprise, surprise) are the very ones who generally tend to vote for Democrats. Recently, the great Gen. Colin Powell, who is a long-time loyal Republican, made a public statement condemning these voter-suppression efforts. He’s aware of how such efforts will hurt, not enhance, his Republican Party. He also knows such efforts will backfire, just as they did in the last election. In that respect, voter suppressors are cutting off their noses to spite their faces. If Republicans want to curry favor with the elderly, the young and ethnic minorities, making it ever harder for them to vote is not the way to do it. Some members of the U.S. Congress are considering reviving the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and putting enforcement teeth back into it once again. Encourage your representatives to do just that because if it isn’t done in time for the next presidential election, these voting-suppression efforts will make a mockery of democracy, and all electoral trust and integrity (the very foundation of our society) will be thrown to the winds.
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Has there been racial progress? Yes, but . . . Fifty years ago, during the great “March for Jobs and Freedom” in Washington, D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wisely implied in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech that granting Afro-Americans full access to the American Dream would not only revitalize the “dream” but would strengthen America economically, socially and culturally. It’s a lesson some mean-spirited divisionists, sadly, have yet to learn. That particular march on Washington focused, rightly so, on the long-overdue need for black rights in all areas of living. It led to a series of landmark legislative bills in the following years. What the great march did not focus upon were women’s rights (more or less off the radar), LGBT rights (almost unheard of back then) and other rights: the right to health-care access, the right to clean air and safe foods and drugs, the right to a living wage. Still, even though those issues weren’t mentioned in that amazing gathering in the nation’s capital, the event was a watershed and an inspiration for all kinds of rights movements ever since. Has the United States made progress since August 1963? Only a fool would say no. Great strides have been made: the major Civil Rights legislation under President Lyndon B. Johnson; the integration of schools and public facilities; expanded opportunities for African-Americans in entertainment, art, industries, sports, research institutes, academia, housing, politics and more. In the early 1960s, to use the most obvious ex-
Dennis Dalman Editor amples, the number of TV shows with black entertainers could be counted on one hand: Nat King Cole and Diahann Carroll with shows of their own, although there were sometimes guest appearances by greats like Johnny Mathis, Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Little Stevie Wonder and Motown singing groups. It was the same in the movies, with black stars being rarities. Up to 1964, there were only two African-American Oscar winners: Hattie McDaniels as best-supporting actress in 1939 as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind; and Sidney Poitier as best actor in 1963 for Lilies of the Field. Since then, many more blacks have been nominated and a good many have won: Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whittaker, Halle Berry, Louis Gossett Jr., Cuba Gooding Jr., Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Hudson and more. Others have won in nonacting categories. One could argue, what do Oscar wins have to do with racial progress? Well, for one thing, while not a be-all indicator, they do show an increasing acceptance and admiration for genuine talent and a widespread willingness of mass audiences to embrace blacks and the black experience on the screen. Ask any black person, and he or
she will tell you there is a long way to go toward the goal of Martin Luther King Jr.’s great ‘Dream” speech. And, of course, they are correct. There is not only a long way to go, but just as concerning are the steps taken in recent years to roll back the progress that has been made in that long and painful 50 years of struggle. Some of the battles fought so courageously with sweat, blood and tears have to be fought all over again. Such battles include opposing the blatant efforts at voter suppression largely against blacks (see editorial on this page); an all-out assault in some states against women’s reproductive rights; efforts and successes at trouncing collective-bargaining rights for public employees; a Supreme Court decision proclaiming “corporations are people too” and thus allowing them to hugely influence electoral outcomes by funneling money anonymously; and an alarming trend in which a tiny percentage of rich Americans control more and more of the wealth in the country, which is eroding the American Dream for an increasing number of people. The great strides made in 50 years, we are beginning to realize with increasing dread, are – alas! – reversible, given the current mean-spirited partisan winds of change. It’s comforting to believe this kind of politically-motivated regression will not long succeed, that human-rights progress cannot ultimately be stopped. However, history is rife with such unjust reversals. And that is why the struggle must continue in perpetuity.
Domestic violence calls for a community response Domestic violence affects everyone in our communities. According to one study, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Another study indicated one in 14 men has been physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date at some point in his life as well. If you are Native American or African-American, the numbers are even higher. More than 3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year. Research shows witnessing family violence can have serious negative effects on a child’s development. Children exposed to violence often suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and they are at greater risk of having allergies, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, headaches and flu. In addition to the physical and psychological toll this violence takes, there is a financial toll as well. Intimate-partner violence costs society more than $5.8 billion each year – $4.1 billion for direct medical and mental-health services alone. In my former jobs, I saw domestic violence from many angles. As a lawyer with legal services, I represented victims of domestic abuse. I learned how the court system can be used to help victims of domestic violence get away from their abusers by pursuing criminal charges, obtaining orders
Sarah Hennesy District Court Judge for protection, fighting for custody of children, even changing victims’ names to stay safe from their abusers. As a public defender, I worked with those charged with having committed domestic-abuse crimes. I saw how domestic violence is often a multigenerational problem, seeing firsthand child victims of abuse grow into perpetrators of violence themselves. Most importantly, however, I learned the critical need for judges who hold first and foremost their duty to apply the law impartially and to uphold the Constitution, understanding there is no exception to due process of law simply because the accused is charged with domestic violence. As a judge, I see people in my courtroom every day whose lives and families are being torn apart by domestic violence. Many come to court expecting judges to solve the problem. Judges make decisions on cases that involve domestic violence, such as orders for protection, child-protective services, criminal domestic-abuse cases, and divorce and custody mat-
ters, but it is not the role of the court in these cases to solve the larger social issue of domestic violence; we are bound to apply the laws the legislature has passed to the facts before us. The solution to the domestic-violence problem cannot be found in the courtroom alone; domestic violence is a community problem and it calls for a communitywide solution. Community leaders can help address domestic violence by coordinating communication and cooperation among the various agencies and community-based organizations – including prosecutors, law enforcement, criminal-defense attorneys, probation, family services, advocacy programs, public-benefits programs, schools and public-health clinics – in an effort to meet the public safety needs of our communities. Courts can and should be a part of these conversations. Members of the community at large can help by talking about the problem, publicly and privately; by bringing in experts to talk to businesses and community groups; and by reaching out to those who are most directly affected. Strong community partnerships can and should be the cornerstone of our efforts to end domestic violence.
Sarah Hennesy, based in St. Cloud, is a district-court judge for the Seventh Judicial District.
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Tips for Parents of Preschoolers, Kindergartners and Elementary School-Aged Kids
• If you and your child have fallen out of your bedtime routine this summer, get back into a solid routine! • Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. • Accidents happen! Prepare a change of clothes in advance, and bring it with you on the first day of school for your child’s teacher to keep in the classroom. • Connect with other parents and students on the first day back to school. Introduce yourself and your child. Bring a show-andtell item to break the ice, or a snack to share with the class. • Be prepared for tears. Smile, stay positive and maintain a calm demeanor when your child is having a hard time saying goodbye. If you start to panic, your child will pick up on your doubt. • Support early literacy by reading to your child every day. As she grows older, ask that she read to you. • Keep books everywhere–in the car, in the kitchen, and anywhere you spend time. Make special weekend trips to the library to freshen up the collection. • Parents involvement in school is important! Talk to your child’s teacher (or child-care provider) regularly about his educational and social development or, if your schedule permits, volunteer your
time in the classroom or become an active participant in your school’s PTO/PTA. • Preschools and childcare centers often host parent and family activities; attend these as often as possible to help your child begin bonding to the educational system. • Most schools have a standard set of requirements for student immunizations, vision and hearing tests. • Save time on those busy school mornings by preparing your child’s clothes a week ahead of time, already paired. Place a pair of socks, underwear, a shirt, and matching bottoms together in the drawer so that your child can easily grab a stack and go. • Talk with your child about what to expect during an average school day–from lunches and naps to snacks and bathroom breaks. Preparing your child for a new routine will help him cope with any anxiety he may be experiencing. • Prepare your child for socializing in the classroom. Teach her to introduce herself and make friends: “Hi, my name is Sarah; what’s yours?” It’s normal for kids to have some degree of social anxiety. Talk about those fears with your kids. If she’s older, role play various social scenarios with her–from sharing classroom supplies to encounters with older kids.
• If your child is going to be riding the bus to school for the first time, be sure to talk about bus safety. It’s also a good time to reinforce general safety rules–whom he should and shouldn’t talk to, and when he should and shouldn’t get off the school bus (when you or a guardian is not there waiting to pick him up). • Go shopping for school supplies together. Some school teachers will provide specific supply lists for their classes. Shopping from a teacher-supplied list will ensure your child has the right supplies, and could save you a ton of money and time. Have your child help you pack his school backpack the night before the first day of school, and place it near the door. • Support positive study habits early! Create a homework center–a specific area in the house where your child can do homework each evening. Make sure it’s in a quiet place and stocked with enough supplies, such as pencils, erasers, paper, a folder or two, and a calculator. • Pack light–a backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s body weight. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine.
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Tips for Parents of Middle School-Aged Kids
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• Get back into a solid bedtime routine! • Plan and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches a week in advance. • Go back to school shopping together. • Starting middle school can mean a new building, lockers and possibly moving from classroom to classroom for each subject. Pay a visit to your child’s new school. A tour around the new campus can be a simple way to ease the first-day jitters. Encourage your child to keep a small notebook with her where she can jot down reminders such as her locker combination or lunch time. • As much as you may dislike it, middle school is usually the time when fashion becomes important to kids. If you’re not already familiar with your school’s dress code, check your school’s website for a list of do’s and don’ts. Take this opportunity
to set clear guidelines about the type of clothes your pre-teens are permitted to wear, whether or not makeup is allowed, and talk about personal hygiene. Set clear standards with your child about her clothing allowance. • A move to middle or junior high school means more responsibilities. If you find your child needs help managing his new middle school schedule, set up a daily assignment checklist to keep at home and review daily. • At this age kids may pull away and not talk to you as much. This type of middle school behavior can sometimes be influenced by peers or life changes–such as attending a new school. Continue to ask questions and be engaged with your kid. He needs you! • Around ages 11, 12 and 13, shifts occur
in kids’ thinking. Keep them engaged in school and learning. Encourage their curiosity. Many are strongly influenced by friends; so if they have friends who only want to socialize and not learn, emphasize the importance of having friends and working hard to learn. • Because kids this age have strong emotions, they tend to either “love” school or “hate” it. If your child happens to “hate” school, help her identify parts that are more enjoyable–even if they are recess, gym and lunch. • Most kids at this age think there is too much homework in middle school. Emphasize how homework helps kids learn. Do homework with them. Make it fun. Applaud their learning and new knowledge.
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• Your high-school student should be thinking about her future. Will I go to college? Should I try to find a job? What should I do? Listen to her, support her, and have an open mind about the endless possibilities. • If your high-school student has a job, then help him manage his money and time. Help him to create a budget, and have a savings plan. • At this stage, most kids will be getting their driver’s license and many will be driving to school. Take time to help them learn by taking them driving. Be supportive, clear and direct when discussing safety on the road. • When your high-school student gets her driver’s license, have clear rules as to when, how and with whom she drives. Give her clear guidelines. “You will not be texting while driving,” and “Always buckle
up when driving!” Make sure she knows that driving is a great responsibility and privilege. • Help your high-school student manage stress. Find time for the whole family to get physical and let off some steam. • Find time to have dinner together. During dinner, make sure everyone has a chance to share the highlights of their day and how they may do things differently tomorrow. • Your teen may be working hard to balance extra-curricular activities and school activities this year. Help your teen become a master time manager by standing your ground and enforcing at-home chores and family responsibilities. • Remind your child that although ACT and SAT results are important to postsecondary schools, achievement as a well-rounded student counts just as much. Students’ GPAs, extracurricular
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