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Town Crier Senior Connection hosts talk Sept. 25 on Eagle Honor Canes
Dale Lesser, who has carved 160 Eagle Honor Canes since 9/11 for fellow veterans who have lost a limb and have received a Purple Heart, will present a slide show and explain the process of carving and applying for a free cane at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Although Honor Canes are carved all over the United States, Lammers is the only carver in Minnesota. Interested carvers, veterans and general public are welcome. For more information, call Mary Gilbert at 320-492-1691.
Millstream Arts Fest set Sunday, Sept. 29
The Millstream Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 in downtown St. Joseph. More than 40 artists will offer a wide variety of paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber and other fine arts. The event will also include entertainment, kids’ art area, horse-drawn trolley rides, a vintage auto and tractor show and food vendors. Admission is free but food-shelf donations will be accepted at the information booth. For more information, visit www.millstreamartsfestival.org.
Senior Connection plays Mahjong, dominoes, Rummikub
Everyone is invited to play dominoes or Rummikub at the Sartell Senior Center located at 212 3rd Ave. N. in Sartell. There will be someone to teach if you are new with either game. Currently the groups will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 but times are flexible according to players’ choice. The Mahjong group meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday mornings and is looking for more players. For more information, call Gerri Boser at 320-260-4817.
St. Stephen hosts citywide garage sales
St. Stephen will host its citywide garage sales Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 26-28. Individual sales will be marked.
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At first sight of baby, Karki heard God’s whisper by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
When Carrie Karki of Sartell first held the baby that was to become hers, it’s as if the voice of God was whispering in her ear, “This is the one.” That surge of happiness occurred this past April in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Carrie and her husband, Allan, had gone there to adopt an orphaned baby. It was a crucial step on their long, long “adoption journey.” After spending time with their new baby, whom they named Talia Lee, they had to leave the child in Ethiopia for several weeks until the U.S. Embassy gave final approval for Talia Lee to come to the United States. In May, after the agonizing wait, the Karkis returned to Ethiopia to pick up their new daughter. contributed photo The Karkis now have four chil- Bundles of love surround Talia Lee Karki from her adoptive siblings (left to right) Chandler, Karki • page 5 Avah and Keegan.
Board approves two-year teachers’ contract by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
The teachers in the SartellSt. Stephen School District now have a new two-year contract, which was approved unanimously by the school board at its Sept. 16 meeting. The teachers have already agreed to accept the contract. Salaries for this school year
(2013-14) will increase about 2 percent, and for the next year they will increase about 3 percent. A beginning teacher with a bachelor’s degree will make an average of $33,800 the first year and $35,000 in the second year. A teacher at the highest level with a master’s degree and 20 years of teaching experience will make about $69,200
in the first year of the contract and $71,500 the second year of the contract. There are 250 teachers in the school district. The total salary costs, with lane-change increases and extracurricularactivities costs added, will be $13.610 million in the current school year, an increase of $658,000 over the past school year. For 2014-15, the costs
will be $14.937 million or a $661,000 increase over this year’s costs. The teachers’ salaries, when a variety of benefits is included, will cost the district an additional $1.7 million over the two-year life of the contract. Benefits include such items as health care, life insurance and retirement-investment matchContract • page 9
Rotary extends helping hand to Cameroon orphanage
This is the orphanage in Cameroon for which the Sartell Rotary, with help from others, is contributing money for a cleanwater well. The orphanage was built with funds contributed by “200 Orphanages Worldwide,” whose founder and director is Jan Hanson of Sartell. by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sartell Rotary Club has extended its helping hands internationally with a water-well project at the Angels Home for
Orphans in Cameroon, West Africa. Thanks to a grant from the International Rotary Foundation and other donations, the project will be the local Rotary Club’s first project beyond the
many local good deeds it has done. There is, in addition, a strong local connection to the Cameroon orphanage. It was built with funds raised by “200 Orphanages Worldwide,” whose founder and director is Sartell resident Jan Hanson. Hanson has been a member of the Sartell Rotary Club for the past three years. She and members of her organization have raised money to build many amenities at orphanages throughout the world, including security walls, dining halls and other smaller projects. The construction of the orphanage in Cameroon is the biggest project yet undertaken by “200 Orphanages.” Their next project, of which they’ve raised enough funds to build its first floor, is “Mercy Home
Project” an orphanage in Kerala in southwest India. It’s a project in conjunction with a New Jersey organization called “Voice of the Gospel,” which operates 60 orphanages worldwide, each with 10 children nurtured by two trained “parents.” Hanson said she was thrilled when the Sartell Rotary Club and the Rotary Foundation took an interest in the needs of international orphanages. “It’s great a small club like Sartell Rotary can have an impact in the life of HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa,” Hanson said. “The project shows what can happen when a group of dedicated people work on something together.” The orphanage in Cameroon, which was chosen by Rotary • page 5
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St. Scholastica campus opens in Sartell by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
The College of St. Scholastica now has a new branch home – in Sartell – after being in Waite Park for 10 years. It’s now housed in a building just off Highway 15 across from Epic Center, a building it shares contributed photo with Resource Training and SoluThe new headquarters of the College of St. Scholastica (St. tions and Strack Construction, Cloud area campus) is now in Sartell in a building that also which built the 34,000-squarehouses Resource Training and Solutions and Strack Construc- foot structure. Its physical adtion, which built the facility. dress is 137 23rd St. S. Even though the new headquarters is located in Sartell, the campus will still be known – officially Joe Hellie, Sartell 16U girls fast-pitch anyway – as the St. Cloud area a Sartell resisoftball team, sponsored by CSS Campus. dent, was reHouse of Pizza, advanced to The Sartell campus opened cently named a 5-1 record with a forfeit by officially Sept. 16. Based in Duto the posiMinnesota Renegades ‘97 and luth, CCS now has four outstate tion of vice a win over the Mounds View campuses – Brainerd, Rochester, president of Mustangs, 9-4. Pitchers Faith St. Paul and now Sartell. The strategy and Thompson and Kaila Dewanz Sartell site became necessary network development at Cen- combined for the win. House of when the former St. Cloud area traCare Health. His position Pizza heads into the state quali- campus, located in Waite Park, will be effective Jan. 1. fying tournament, Sunday Sept. became too small for its needs. Hellie joined St. Cloud Hos- 22 with four straight wins. That campus opened in 2002. pital in 1992 as director of “We needed more room and planning and network developSteve Daffinrud, Sartell, has ment. He later led what then joined Cathwas known as the Mid-Minne- olic Charisota Family Medicine Center ties CariIf any readers have tips conand the family practice resi- tas Mental cerning crimes, they should call dency program. Since 2000, H e a l t h the Sartell Police Department at Hellie has directed St. Cloud Clinic as 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Hospital’s Emergency and Am- a licensed Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or acbulatory Services. He also has p s y c h o l o cess its tip site at www.tricountydirected efforts to plan and gist, providing assessment and crimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers respond to major incidents in- counseling services at the clin- offers rewards up to $1,000 for volving health-care facilities in ic’s St. Cloud and Little Falls information leading to the arrest 22 counties. locations. and conviction of those responsible Hellie holds a master’s deDaffinrud has a passion for for crimes. gree in healthcare administra- helping individuals and famiSept. 4 tion and is a member of the lies that struggle because of 5:21 p.m. Traffic stop. Benton American College of Healthcare mental health and developmenExecutives. He is a member of tal issues that get in the way of Drive. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver the Rotary Club of Sartell, is co- their life and relationships. chair of Celebration Lutheran “We’re delighted to add had a revoked license. The driver Church’s stewardship commit- Steve to our staff,” said Dr. stated she was unaware it was still tee and has served on the Joan Collins-Marotte, director revoked but admitted to not having boards of community agencies. of Catholic Charities Caritas insurance on the vehicle. She was Family Services. “Steve is com- issued a citation for both violations Parker Hagen, son of Julie mitted to assessing more com- and the vehicle was towed. and Dave Hagen of Sartell, plex developmental and neuroSept. 5 Minn., is enrolled at St. John’s psychological issues, such as 9:33 p.m. Juvenile complaint. University for the 2013-14 aca- autism, ADHD, specific learn2-½ Street. A complaint was made demic year. On Aug. 22, new ing disabilities, intellectual disregarding four juveniles lying in students moved in and began abilities and more. We really the road. Officers checked the area orientation, which continued value his expertise as a memand were unable to locate anyone. through Aug. 25. Classes for ber of our team.” 10:07 p.m. Theft. Walmart. Two Daffinrud holds a bachelor’s fall semester began Aug. 26. males were witnessed attempting degree in social work from the to leave the store with unpaid merElizabeth Gessell, daughter University of North Dakota, a chandise. Both males admitted to of Mary and Chad Gessell of master’s degree from the counthe theft. They were issued citaSartell, Minn., is enrolled at the seling and psychological servic- tions and released. College of St. Benedict for the es program at St. Mary’s Uni10:43 p.m. Suspicious person. 2013-14 academic year. versity, and has been a licensed Walmart. A complaint was made psychologist since 1997. regarding a male standing near the
expanded classroom space,” said Katie Wayne, assistant director of graduate studies, extended studies and recruitment. “Having more space was a long time coming. The classrooms are very advanced now for technology. We have an expanded nursing lab and even a student-lounge area. We’re excited to be in Sartell.” CCS and its four campuses offer four main areas of learning: education, business, health care and technology. Currently, there are about 160 students who will attend classes at the Sartell campus, Wayne said. They include many non-traditional students such as working adults, many parents and many students with full-time jobs. Some, she said, are on their way to advanced degrees, some are finishing degrees they’ve started and never had time or money to finish and some are making mid-career changes to a new employment path. Many classes are conducted in the evenings, and there are also online learning options.
CSS at its Sartell campus offers the following undergraduate degrees: Accounting, management (online and on-campus), marketing (online and on-campus) organizational behavior (online and on-campus), computer science/computer information systems (online), health information management (online), postbaccalaureate nursing and online nursing track. Its graduate degrees are those in nursing practice, teaching licensure, health-care masters (online), master of business administration, master of education (online), leadership (online) management, health-information management (online), health informatics (online), project management (online) and transitional doctor of physical therapy (online). For more information about the Sartell campus and its programs, call Wayne at 877-2878740, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.css. edu.
Blotter entrance yelling at people and acting odd. The male, at first, gave the officer an incorrect name and later admitted to his real name. It was found he had two arrest warrants. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. Sept. 6 10:02 a.m. Suspicious person. 12th Street N. A report was made of two males walking around the water tower. Officers spoke with the males who stated they were by the shelter because they were going to play basketball and were about to leave because they forgot their ball. 1:09 p.m. Found property. 2-½ Street N. A bike was found lying near the pine trees. It’s being held at the Sartell Police Department. Sept. 7 2:09 a.m. Fight. G-Allen’s. A report was made of an active fight in the parking lot. Officers arrived and the fight had already stopped. Staff stated they broke up the fight but were not aware of who started it. Officers remained in the area until all parties left. 5:55 p.m. Fight. 7th Street N. A report was made of two males fighting. Officers arrived and spoke with both parties. One male admitted to being the one who an-
tagonized the fight and threw the first punch. He was issued a citation for assault and possession of tobacco. He was transported back to his residence and officers explained the situation to his mother. Sept. 8 7:48 p.m. Traffic stop. Benton Drive. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 56 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. Sept. 9 1:12 p.m. Theft. Watab Park. Two males were witnessed taking a picnic table apart and loading it in their vehicle. Officers were able to locate the males. They were both issued citations for the theft. 10:11 p.m. Loud music. Hi-Vue Drive. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. The owner apologized stating he didn’t realize the time, and turned it down. Sept. 10 4:20 p.m. Juvenile problem. Riverside Avenue. A complaint was made regarding young children walking and playing too close to the roadway. An officer arrived and spoke with the children about the dangers and had them move away from the side of the road.
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Eagle cane carver to be guest of Sartell Senior Connection A unique cane carver will be the special guest of the Sartell Senior Connection at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Sartell School District Office. Dale Lesser of Buffalo is involved in the “Eagle Honor Canes” program for military veterans who have lost a leg, foot or hip or who have received a Purple Heart for service to their country. Veterans apply for the canes at no charge to them. Then Lesser interviews each vet and gets details of what is wanted to be carved
on that particular personalized cane. The handle of each cane is a hand-carved eagle. The eagle-cane tradition began in the Civil War in which scores of thousands of men lost limbs. Lesser has carved 160 of the canes since Sept. 9, 2011. Currently, he is the only such carver in Minnesota. One reason Lesser has been making guest appearances, including the upcoming one in Sartell, is an effort to get other wood carvers interested in the project.
At right: Different styles of eagle heads, hand-carved, adorn the tops of canes in the veterans’ Eagle Cane program, available for any veterans who have lost legs or feet in service to their country. One of the program’s prime carvers, Dale Lammers of Buffalo, will speak at a Sartell Senior Connection meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. All are invited.
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Opinion Our View
Affordability issues hinder great American middle class Many Americans are finding themselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to becoming thriving members of a middle class. Study after study shows the American middle class has been shrinking, forcing more and more people into a reliance either on sub-standard wages or dead-end jobs. There are many reasons for middle-class shrinkage: a more or less stagnant economy since the virtual financial collapse of five years ago; a lopsided economic recovery in which the top 1 percent of wealthy people and corporations gained about 30 percent in income compared to 0.4 percent for the lowest-income Americans; fierce competition for available jobs (even entry-level ones); increases in the costs of necessities such as gasoline, groceries and health care; and – last but not least – the escalating costs of post-secondary education. For success in life, a high-school diploma was always vital for most people. Nowadays, partly because of the scrambling competition for all jobs, some employers require a college diploma even for jobs that never before needed one. In the “good old days” of the 1950s and 1960s, many people (mainly men at that time) earned enough in flourishing factory jobs to support their families in a comfortable lifestyle. All it took was a high-school diploma and a willingness to work diligently. Those “good old days” are sadly, for the most part, gone with the wind. As a college degree becomes the “new” highschool diploma, there is relentless pressure on young people (not to mention many older ones) to get post-secondary education. Such education and skill-enhancements are almost always good ideas and big employment pluses. In fact, post high-school education nowadays is the single most important factor for advancement within a middle class or above. However, a college education has become so expensive many people find themselves saddled with decades of loan debt. It’s estimated collegeloan debt nationally totals about $1 trillion, a truly frightening amount. And college costs keep rising. The “American Dream” has long been the envy of the world. Even the communist theorist Karl Marx said in mid-1800s he was impressed by the rise of the American middle class and predicted a proletarian revolution could not happen as long as a thriving middle class remained a reality in the United States. The factors causing a shrinking middle class will not be easily solved, as complicated and inter-related as they are. The “old-fashioned” stepping stones to success (hard work, innovation, flexibility, personal responsibility, education, skills enhancement) are still the prime requisites. However, the right conditions must exist for those qualities to flourish, and those conditions include access to opportunities, including affordability of post high-school education options. Many people, including political leaders and educators, are brainstorming on that very problem. Let’s hope they make progress and let’s all help keep such issues on the front burner.
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Thank goodness for TV mute button Elvis Presley, I’ve heard, used to take a gun sometimes and shoot out his TV screen when something on it irritated him. My “gun” is the mute button on my TV remote. I can zap any commercial into sweet, silent oblivion. TV commercials are my biggest pet peeves. They are a relentless barrage of noise and nonsense. Some of them are shown as often as five or six times an hour. The mute button, to me anyway, is the greatest invention since the wheel. It really came in handy to zap time and again what was the most irritating ad in TV history – that Progressive insurance ad with the “robot” man yelling, “Get ready to bunnnnnnnnnddddllllle!” It went on and on and on, and it was worse – far worse – than fingernails on a chalkboard. I emailed Progressive twice, begging them to take that sickening thing off. I know others who did the same. At first we thought we’d “won.” It wasn’t on for a week or so, then to our disgust it returned again and again and again. One time that vomit-inducing thing came on while I was in the kitchen. Slipping on the kitchen floor, I sprained my ankle as I ran like a sprinter into the living room to grab my remote and “mute” that mindless piece of puke. During those times when I couldn’t get to the mute, I’d have to plug my ears with both hands tight over my head to keep from hearing it. It was worse than awful, so much so I live in dread the fools might put it on again.
Dennis Dalman Editor Other commercials I constantly mute are these: There are those All State insurance ads that dub the deep, deep bass voice of a black man onto the moving lips of other people. In one of them, a young woman is at lunch with her boyfriend. As she talks, her own voice suddenly morphs into the man’s deep voice. I don’t get it. Is it supposed to be funny? Well, it’s not. It’s just plain creepy. And it’s following a current tiresome TV-ad trend – people talking with others’ voices, like the toddlers in cribs talking with adult male voices. I’ve had it up to here with that Aflac-insurance duck! At first, some years ago, a couple Aflac ads were kind of “cute,” but the trouble with cute commercials is they become intolerably irritating after having to see and hear them a thousand times. The Aflac duck, as you may well know, was “injured,” and so the newest ads show him undergoing therapy in a hospital, including speech therapy. It’s stomach-churningly stupid. Like most TV commercials, those ads insult one’s intelligence and sour one’s patience. There’s a new ad that has me leaping for my remote. To a mind-
less jingle being sung in the background (the tune kind of sounds like that “bama-bama bo-bama” song), a giddy camera on steroids goes zooming through a series of car interiors and exteriors showing young people having fun: barbecue, movie, beach, etc. Then the camera zooms up to the back of a blue Nissan from which a young attractive couple hops out carrying guitars in front of a theater plaza. They are apparently “stars” ready to perform. I suppose this ad is supposed to convey the message if you buy a Nissan, your life is going to be just chock-full of fun and artistic success. Yeah, right! The Marriott Inn ads drive me up a wall. One shows an elephant in a motel room, another shows a giraffe getting ready to leave the room and yet another shows a bunch of penguins cavorting in the room. The penguins, like the Aflac duck, went from being sort of “cute” to intolerably annoying. Yet another ad I always zap into silence is the Rosetta Stone languagelearning ad. At first, the ad was fine. It doesn’t sing, dance or contain any lamebrain, ludicrous special effects (as most ads do), but it has long worn out its welcome. It’s got to be the most frequently shown ad of them all; it’s been on over and over and over again for years. Enough! I actually like ads in newspapers and magazines. They’re blessedly quiet and often informative. But TV ads?! They’re a form of torture. Spare me! Whoever invented the mute button has my undying gratitude.
From the Bench:
Judge explains difference between two kinds of juries You may be called to serve on one of two types of juries: a petit (trial jury) or a grand jury. Most people understand the purpose of a trial jury but few have ever served on a grand jury. The purpose of a grand jury is very different. The prosecutor can request a grand jury be convened to hear any type of case. A grand jury has the authority “. . . to inquire as to public offenses committed or triable in the county....” If the grand jury determines a person should be charged with a crime or crimes, the charging document is called an indictment. Only a grand jury can indict someone for a firstdegree murder offense. In so-called greater Minnesota, grand juries are rarely convened. In Hennepin and Ramsey counties, grand juries are frequently in session. Grand-jury members are summoned annually from the same databases as petit jurors. A grand jury must have at least 16 members but not more than 23 members. A dis-
From the Bench
Ann Carrott District Court Judge trict-court judge instructs the grand jury on its duties and appoints a foreperson to lead the grand jury. The only persons permitted in the grand jury room are the grand jurors, the prosecutors, the witness under examination, “qualified interpreters for witnesses disabled in communication, or for jurors with a sensory disability” and a court reporter. A designated peace officer may also be present as approved by the court for security purposes. A witness may have his or her attorney present while he or she testifies but the attorney cannot participate in the proceedings, except to advise his or her client. Unlike trial jurors, grand jurors may ask witnesses questions.
An indictment may be issued only if at least 12 of the jurors agree. The grand jury does not have to return an indictment, which is called a “no bill,” meaning no one is charged with a criminal offense. As with a jury trial, a verbatim record is kept of all grand-jury proceedings, except for deliberations and voting. However, unlike a jury trial, the grand jury record is not public. Grand-jury proceedings are secret, and disclosures are limited to the prosecutor and the defense if an indictment is returned. An indictment is secret until the defendant is arraigned on the charge(s). Violation of the secrecy of the grand jury is a criminal offense. If you are summoned to serve as a grand juror, you will participate in a unique process few citizens ever experience. Ann L. Carrott is a Seventh District court judge chambered in Douglas County.
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Karki from front page dren, Talia Lee and their three biological children – Chandler, 16; Keegan, 13; and Avah, 8. Carrie is still amazed by that first meeting with the baby. “She was so tiny,” she recalled. “And she just knew we were there for her. I can’t explain it, but she just KNEW. And I knew she was just totally my daughter. There was no question about it. It’s like she was meant to be our daughter. There she was! The child I’d prayed for for so many years.” Talia Lee is precious to Carrie for a number of meaningful reasons. When Carrie was a child, she always had a very deep-seated feeling that one day she would adopt a child – and probably one from another country. Her favorite Cabbage Patch dolls were dark-skinned ones. Later, personal tragedy struck twice in Carrie’s family. When she was 13, her brother, Scott Dold, died in a motorcycle accident at age 17 the day before his senior prom. His death left two children in the Gene and Diane Dold family of St. Cloud – Carrie and another daughter, Katlyn, who was 6 months old when Scott died. Twenty years later, (about two and one-half years ago) another tragedy devastated the Dolds when Katlyn was killed in a car accident on an icy freeway near Sauk Centre. “I was the only (Dold) child left,” Carrie said. “I had been the oldest and suddenly I was the only one. I decided after my sister’s death to go forward with adoption, which had been on my mind for so many years. I decided ‘This is the time.’ I decided not to wait anymore.” Ten years ago, the Karkis checked into adoption, hoping to adopt a child from India, but they quickly learned the adoption process in India had
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Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com become problematic and so they let their decision drift for some years. “I suddenly felt that God kept nudging me to adopt,” she recalled. Adoption, Carrie kept thinking, was a way to honor the memories of her deceased brother and sister, a way to celebrate life and to love a child in need. She gave the child the middle name of “Lee” because that was the middle name of both Carrie’s mother and of her sister, Katlyn. Carrie has begun to think of Katlyn as an ever-present spirit and a kind of guardian angel for Talia Lee and others. Since Katlyn’s death, Carrie and her family members have noticed the eerie appearance of a butterfly at key moments in their lives. She cannot explain the coincidences of butterfly appearances, but she now thinks of her sister ever time a butterfly appears. “Having to leave Talia Lee in Ethiopia for those weeks was so hard,” she said. “I cried a lot of tears, but I kept thinking my sister’s spirit was there, watching over her. That helped me through it.” When Carrie decided to adopt so soon after her sister’s death, many people questioned her about the timing, thinking she should wait awhile. But, on the contrary, Carrie knew the time was absolutely right, as if Katlyn were there at her side, prompting her to go ahead. Some people also questioned Carrie about why she would want to adopt a baby from another country when there are many children in need in the United States. Some of them were either rude and/or outright judgmental in their attitudes. Because of that she ended a few relationships. “Some just did not understand my wish to adopt a child of another race,” Carrie said. “I was surprised at how many people questioned us. When it comes to adoption, you have to do what you feel is right for Karki • page 6
Rotary from front page the Sartell Rotary Club for a clean-water well, is a facility for children who are suffering because of HIV/AIDS infections. The orphanage and its well will be completed within the next month. It will accommodate from 10-12 orphans. Those orphans are under the ongoing guidance of “Angel of Mercy USA,” which is based in Oakdale, which has operations in Cameroon. “The well was a community effort,” said Sartell Rotary
President Anita Smoley. “We are very excited about being involved in our first international project and expect to do more.” Funds for the well project came from matching money from the Rotary Foundation and from the annual “Sartell Rotary Golf 4 Orphans.” Some funds were also donated by the Pinnacle Peak Rotary Club and its district in Scottsdale, Ariz. That is a club Hanson attends when she winters in Arizona. The Rotary Foundation makes grants for projects in underdeveloped nations for such needs as medical care, education and vital clean-water wells. Hanson said the Ro-
tary Foundation and the Sartell Rotary Club have expressed interest in doing more orphanage projects worldwide. In her quest to help children in the world, Hanson often quotes one of her favorite sayings: “We can’t do it all, but we can all do something.” For more information about the Sartell Rotary and its projects or how to join, call Anita Smoley at 320-252-9380 or visit its Facebook at www.Twitter. com/SartellRotary. For more information about 200 Orphanages Worldwide, visits its website at: www.200orphanagesworld. org.
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Above: Allan and Carrie Karki and their daughter, Talia Lee, spend some time with two of the nannies at the Ethiopian orphanage where Talia spent the first few months of her life. Left: Carrie and Allan Karki give sweet smooches to their new daughter, Talia Lee, during their trip to Ethiopia to bring her to her new Sartell home.
you and your family. It was right to adopt Talia Lee.” One reason for adopting a child from a third-world country, Carrie said, is so many of them do not have a chance of being adopted or for a life of even reasonable happiness. In some orphanages, they do not even have basics, such as baby formula, she noted. Despite raised eyebrows and questions from others, Carrie and her husband received tremendous support from so many people, including a social worker who had adopted a child from Vietnam. “We met so many wonderful people on our adoption journey,” she said. “They helped us keep the faith and helped get us through all of the paperwork, time and investments.” The process took two years, much of it a journey of frustration and setbacks, but Carrie emphasizes how worth it the journey was. “It was tough, but it’s worth it,” she said. “I’d do it all over again – oh! – 10 times over again.” Talia Lee is now 8 months old. She says “mama” and “dada” and has begun to creep and crawl. “She is so smiley, smiley,” Carrie said. “Having this child is such a blessing.” “Blessing” is a word Carrie uses often, especially after the Karkis’ trip to Ethiopia. “We were at an orphanage
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 first, then at a transition house where Talia Lee was kept once we connected with her. Carrie and Allan Karki spent a lot of time playing with the children. They had brought some bubble-blowing solution, jump ropes and soccer balls, which thrilled all the children, most of whom had nothing to play with and nowhere to play. One day, the Karkis rented a mini bus and took the children to an amusement park where they had the time of their young lives, riding on the rides and enjoying some treats. During their second trip to Ethiopia, the Karkis were overwhelmed when children ran up to them with smiles and hugs. “We are the ones who got the biggest gifts,” Carrie said. “We held babies who were HIV-positive, and we were opened up to a while other world. People there who had so little opened up and gave to us. They had a coffee ceremony for us and rice dishes. It was so humbling. It’s a time we will never forget.” Carrie’s advice to prospective adoptive parents is “Don’t give up.” She recommends parents do research into various agencies and which countries those agencies have adoption policies with. Because of nasty politics, some countries are now closed to adoption. And even countries that do have open adoption polices, the paperwork, time and expense can be frustrating, she added. However, Carrie is quick to add: “It’s tough, but it’s worth it. It’s YOU who will receive the blessing – in fact, the biggest blessing you can receive. So don’t give up. It will be well worth the struggles and the wait.”
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‘Woofstock’ event exceeds goal of $50,000 by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
It looked like a gathering of the tribes – what with colorful banners, tie-dyed costumes and music drifting in the air. And it was, in fact, a “tribal” meeting – “Woofstock,” the annual fundraiser of the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud’s Wilson Park. The Sept. 7 event attracted at least 485 registered walkers for the 5k trek, as well as 280 pets, mostly dogs gussied up in hippy-type T-shirts or bandannas, like many of their owners. Many walkers showed up after the walk had begun and so organizers estimate the total number exceeded 500, which was a record set last year. Saturday’s event was the 25th annual “Companion Walk” of the local humane society. As of Tuesday, the initial fundsraised tally was about $47,000. However, that amount is certain to top $50,000 once all the pledges are counted, said Marit Ortega, the humane society’s manager of fund development. This year’s fundraising goal was $50,000. Last year, that same goal was also raised. Woofstock is the organization’s biggest annual fundraiser, and money is used for a variety of daily needs at the animal shelter. Ortega said she and others were concerned that brutally hu-
mid heat last Saturday might decrease the turnout, but she was happy when so many people and animals began showing up at Wilson Park. Pools and buckets of water throughout the park and along the route helped keep the animals cool. Some of them took running leaps into kiddie pools in the park and plopped down in the cool water, next to other dogs big and small. People, too, drank plenty of water throughout the day as they strolled among the two dozen exhibitors’ booths or sat and listened to music. “It was hugely successful,” Ortega said. “There were so many donations of food, silent-auction items and donations by sponsors above and beyond pledges for the walkers.” Ortega said the success of Woofstock was a good way to top a good summer at the humane society. Two cat sales in the summer months were successful beyond the wildest hopes of shelter staff and volunteers. The latest three-day sale just two weeks ago resulted in the adoptions of 36 kittens, 22 adult cats, eight dogs, two puppies and two guinea pigs. “Those sales helped immensely,” Ortega noted. “We’ve been able to keep up with adoptions.” The sales were necessary because the shelter had become overwhelmed with cats and kittens, at one time with 50-100 cats
or kittens coming in during a few weeks. During the sale, all adult cats were free, and kittens were $50 each, one-third of the usual $150-per-kitten adoption fee. “People have been coming from far and wide to help us,” Ortega said, “because they’d become aware of how many cats and kittens we had.” Another big plus, she added, is all of the people who adopted cats appear to be very good, dedicated animal-lovers. The staff interviews prospective adopters, who fill out questionnaires. “Not one time did a red flag go up about the people adopting,” Ortega said. “We tend to watch for that, and there wasn’t one single red flag.” The money raised by Woofstock, Ortega said, will greatly help the humane society maintain successful services, like adoption sales, throughout the next year.
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LEgal notICE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 AUG. 19, 2013 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM
The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 Sartell Senior Connection • The group has several events planned for the fall from weekly activities to one-time events. was called to order at 4 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members pres• The group appreciates the district and city support for facility and space usage and continues to explore ent: Meyer; Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/treasurer; Pam Raden, director; Krista Durrwachter, director; Dan Riordan, director; enhancement opportunities. Mary Lindell, student representative and Mike Spanier, interim superintendent. Technology Committee • The committee met to further discuss the process for distribution of devices, how it will be handled and A motion was made by Raden and seconded by McCabe to approve the the processes and policies that are in place to move the full-access initiative forward. agenda with the following addition: ISD 748 – Sartell-St. Stephen, Minn. • Board members will be able to help pass out devices and be at the distribution nights. – 2004A Refunding Proposal. All in favor. Motion carried. • In collaboration with the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation, the first community presentation was shared at the August Chamber meeting. Chair Meyer thanked staff, guests and students for attending the meeting. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Riordan to approve con- Superintendent Search Update • The Board had a work session to discuss next steps in the process and began to set-up a timeline of the sent items a-d as presented below: search process. • The Board noted the importance of the involvement of multiple stakeholders including staff and the coma. Minutes of the meeting held on July 15 and Aug. 1, 2013. munity. b. Checks in the amount of $1,960,966.29 as presented: General Fund 1,242,713.36 A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Nies to AMEND THE AGENDA AND ADD TECHFood Service Fund 8,957.76 NOLOGY HANDBOOK AS #5 IN THE ACTION ITEMS. All in favor. Motion carried. Transportation Fund 29,812.38 Community Service Fund 69,997.40 A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Durrwachter to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APCapital Expenditure Fund 209,926.71 PROVE THE REVISED POLICIES 406, 407, 414, AND 417. All in favor. Motion carried. Building Fund 373,649.35 Debt Service Fund 2,135.00 A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS Summer Rec Agency Fund 23,774.33 RESOLUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. Check numbers 152650 to 152973 New Employees or Changes: Receipts in the amount of $2,547,307.06 as presented: General Fund 2,488,858.74 Name Bldg. Position Compensation Change Food Service Fund 5,459.98 1. Ross Anderson SHS 9th-grade volleyball BS5, 8.35% Board-approved addition Transportation Fund 14,276.69 $3,053 Community Service Fund 9,811.02 Building Fund 58.50 2. Karlye Barron SHS 9th-grade volleyball BS1, 8.35% Replacing Madison Debt Service Fund 24,325.22 $2,769 Skudlarek Summer Rec Agency Fund 4,517.00 Receipts 38805 to 38849 3. Brendon Bruss SHS Assistant boys soccer BS1, 9.5% Replacing Eduardo Sliva $3,150 Wire transfers in the amount of $87,941.94 as presented: 4. Anna Burbridge PME LTS – elementary BA, S1 $33,158 Replacing Angela Seutter General Fund 87,490.34 education Food Service Fund 24.43 Summer Rec Agency Fund 427.17 5. Nathaniel Conway District- IT Help Desk 180/days New Position 2013-2014 Wire transfers 201300005 to 201300013 Wide customer support $17.38/hr c. Accept the following donations: Name
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d. Accept the resignations of Emily Penrod, ORE student supervisor, effective 08-13-13; Gaylen Bicking, SMS custodian, effective 07-31-13; Victoria Doyle, PME student supervisor, effective 08-18-13 and Laurie Conzemius, PME media specialist, effective 08-13-13. Student Representative Report: Mary Lindell, senior at Sartell High School • National Honor Society will have a new advisor, Karrie Fredrickson. The group recently participated in a ropes course team- building activity. • Students are very excited about the device distribution and fullaccess opportunities that will ramp up at Sartell High School the week of Aug. 26 and at Sartell Middle School the week of Sept. 9 • Fall practices started on Monday, Aug. 12 Superintendent Report: Mike Spanier, interim superintendent • Gopi Ramanathan, a 10th-grader at SHS, recently participated in the National Geography Bee. • The district has had several staff presenting at regional and district workshops. • The New Family Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the PME Media Center to provide families new to the area districtlevel information. • The New Teacher Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21, starting at the District Service Center and then in the new employees’ buildings. • The All-Staff Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 27 for all staff. Thank you to the Board • Members who contributed to the event will be there to help serve and bring in the new year. School Board Committee Reports: Board Policy Committee • The Policy Committee continues to review policies on a routine basis Negotiations Committee • The Board Negotiations Team feels it is very close to having a tentative agreement with the teachers’ negotiating group. A few details are still to be completed at an upcoming meeting. • The committee is working to move forward with the paraprofessional union. • The committee is set to meet with principals and multi-union groups in September.
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A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to MOVE THE AGREEMENT ON THE LOCAL STEARNS COUNTY COLLABORATIVE TIME STUDY TO THE SEPTEMBER 2013 BOARD MEETING. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Riordan and seconded by Durrwachter to APPROVE ISD #748 – SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN, MINN. 2004A REFUNDING PROPOSAL. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE TECHNOLOGY HANDBOOK. All in favor. Motion carried. Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings: Policy Committee – Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.
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Police chief warns about dangers of night-riding by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
All bicyclists should never ride after dark unless they make efforts to become highly visible to motorists, the Sartell Police Department is advising. Recently, a man walked into the police department to complain about how many young people ride bikes who cannot be seen after dark. The department then contacted the Sartell Newsleader to request a story about that topic. “It’s important for all bicycle riders, both young and old, to understand when they are on the roadway, they need to obey all traffic laws as drivers of motor vehicles do,” said Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes.
“State law talks about requirements when riding a bicycle at nighttime, which includes the operator or bicycle having a lamp that emits a white light to the front and a red reflector to the rear. It’s also important to have reflectors on the wheel spokes as well as on the front and rear of the bicycle, even in low-light conditions, so a motorist’s headlamps pick up the reflection so they can see you.” Other night-riding bicycle tips are the following, as recommended by many websites devoted to bicycle safety: • Buy reflective decals and place them on both sides of the wheels’ rims (the spinning draws attention), on both sides of the biker’s shoes and on the helmet.
LEgal notICE CITY OF ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in the St. Stephen City Hall Council Chamber for the purpose of discussing a variance application. The variance application applies to the set-back ordinance.
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The Board completed official review of Policies 419 & 532. The Board had first of two readings of revisions of Policies: 709 & 806. Principal Evaluation Plan: Greg Johnson, principal at PME, and Brenda Steve, principal at SHS, presented on the Principal Evaluation Model that will be put into place for the 2013-14 school year. Teacher Evaluation Plan: Kay Nelson, director of learning services, and Deb Rollings, teacher at SHS, along with Greg Johnson and Brenda Steve, presented on the Teacher Evaluation Model and outlined the Minnesota State Statute requirements, progress-to-date and next steps for development
and implementation. Employee Handbook: Nicole Hylen, director of human resources, presented the new Employee Handbook for the 2013-14 school year as the district is moving to a district-wide handbook. In the past, each building has had a handbook. A motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:38 p.m. was made by Riordan and seconded by McCabe. All in favor. Motion carried. ___________________________ ________________________ Jason Nies, Clerk/Treasurer, Aug. 19, 2013 Publish: Sept. 20, 2013
Homey is a 2-and-a-half-year-old neutered Boxer and German Shepherd mix. He came to the shelter for a new home because his owner no longer had enough time to care for him. He did great with kids and loved their play sessions together. While he’s been known to get along with some dogs, he can be selective at times and not always get along with every dog he meets. We’d recommend a meet and greet at the shelter with any resident dogs. Homey is housetrained and was used to being kenneled in the house when left alone - but at night he hopes you’ll let him have a spot on the bed with you!
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• Always wear light-colored clothing when biking and make sure some articles of clothing (or stickers on clothing) are highly reflective. • Keep two inexpensive LED “blinkie lights” on your bike at all times. The unobtrusive lights attached to handlebars or the seat post can be turned on to catch the attention of motorists, especially in a case when the bicycle’s headlamp may go out. To be completely safe, it’s best to avoid riding a bicycle at night, period. Even highly reflective bicyclists can be in danger on dark roadways. Parents should discourage children from ever riding their bicycles after dark. At the very least, parents should make sure their
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cost will be $20.780 million, an increase of $822,000 from this year. Those totals equal about a 4.9-percent increase in the first year of the contract and a 4.1-percent increase in the second contract year. Teachers will work an average of 182 days in this school year and next, just as they did in the past year.
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Shop owners know first-hand benefits of Rock Solid Nutrition photo by Dennis Dalman
Mick and Rose Marsyla blend nutrition drinks for customers at their Rock Solid Nutrition shop in Sartell. The dramatic changes in their lifestyles due to proper nutrition inspired the Marsylas to open their club-shop. by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
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Nutrition has reached a crisis point in a thicket of confusion in the modern world, and Mick and Rose Marsyla are determined to do something about it. The Marsylas are the owners of Rock Solid Nutrition, a cluband-shop that recently opened at 101 7th St. N. across from Sartell Middle School. “We truly know first-hand that amazing things happen when you give your body good nutrition,” Rose said. In fact, it was the Marsylas’ first-hand experiences that caused them to open Rock Solid Nutrition. For 30 years, Mick was an auto mechanic who owned B and K Auto Repair in St. Cloud. But then the agonies of herniated discs and migraine headaches forced him to sell the business. Two of his automotive technicians had been members of a nutrition club in St. Cloud that features Herbalife products. One day, Mick decided to go to the club with them. Then he decided to try Herbalife products. “My migraines got better, and
I started to feel better all over,” he said. In addition, thanks to the club’s weight-loss program, Mick lost 18 pounds in one month. Wife Rose, who is a receptionist at Cathedral High School, also began to try the products and the weight-loss regimen. She lost 65 pounds. They often referred friends, family members and acquaintances to the St. Cloud nutrition club. And then, one day, they decided to look into the possibility of opening a similar club-and-shop in Sartell. Rock Solid Nutrition is a multi-level network marketing company, aligned with Herbalife products. Herbalife was founded 33 years ago and has businesses in 88 countries. The Marsylas offer a wide range of nutritional products for personalized needs, one-to-one nutritional counseling, weightloss challenges, fitness camps, wellness coaching, meal-replacement shakes, anti-aging products, digestive aids, energy teas and dozens of other products associated with wellness and proper nutrition. They are quick to add some people who want to gain weight have trouble doing so, and their business also helps underweight people. Younger people, Mick said, are much more attuned to the importance of nutrition than older people. Many of the customers at Rock Solid Nutrition are high-school students. “People in high school and college tend to be very knowl-
edgeable about nutrition,” Mick said. “Just this morning, there were high-school girls in the shop talking about artificial sweeteners like aspartame. They were very well informed about the various kinds of artificial sweeteners.” With so many over-processed foods in the marketplace, it’s very important to get back to the value of core nutrition, Mick said. Even some fresh vegetables, in some cases, don’t have the nutritional value they used to have because of new methods of growing them, he said. Everyone’s nutritional needs are different. “There is no cookie-cutter answer, and so it’s important to find individual solutions based on individual nutritional needs,” Mick said. “We sit down with our customers and do wellness evaluations. We figure out their needs for protein intake, water intake and calorie intake. We also work closely with athletes as they have very different and very specific nutritional needs compared to most people.” The Marsylas are constantly doing nutritional research and attend training meetings at least once a month. The business hours for Rock Solid Nutrition are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 320-267-4698.
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Preliminary budget shows 2.3-percent levy increase by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
The tax levy for the Sartell city budget for 2014 will increase by 2.3 percent, according to estimates now in the preliminary budget, which was approved by the city council at its Sept. 9 meeting. The council will consider approving a final budget at a public hearing during the Dec. 9 council meeting. After a preliminary budget is passed, councils can decrease the amount approved, but they cannot inFriday, Sept. 20 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Halen’s Hankies of Hope garage sale to raise money to help families struggling with childhood cancer, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. American Legion Post 254, 415 N. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids. www.halenshankiesofhope.org. Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. “Aging in Place,” 10-11 a.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. “The Genious of Michelangelo,” art history, 1-2 p.m., Whitney Senior Center, 1527 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-255-7245. CMBA Fall Tour of Homes, 4:307 p.m. Pick up guides at area Holiday Stations or www.cmbatour.com.
crease it, based on state law. City administrator/financial director Mary Degiovanni said it’s impossible to know at this point what tax increases or – possibly – tax decreases will be. That cannot be known until the city receives its tax-capacity rates from the state. But Degiovanni estimated there should be little or no impact on most taxpayers. The 2014 budget will be $5.8 million, and of that amount $4.86 million will have to be raised through taxes. The levy increase, Degiovan-
ni said, is 1 percent higher than the 2012 levy and 2 percent higher than the 2013 levy. The 2013 levy, she noted, was lower than the 2012 levy. Degiovanni noted the Sartell City Council and the city’s departments have done an excellent job of maintaining and even decreasing budget items during the recession of the last four or five years. The reason for increases, she noted, is to cover expenses for muchneeded street projects and for the capital budget, which tucks money away each year for fu-
ture expenses, such as the purchase of broken or outmoded equipment. Even the purchase of salt and sand for roads can raise a budget. Last year, because of an extreme winter, the publicworks department spent an extra $60,000 for salt and sand. Normally, the department can hold excess salt and sand for the following year, but all of it was used up last winter, leaving no surplus for storage, Degiovanni noted. There will be less tax revenue from the Verso paper mill
because of its ceasing production and damaged facility, Degiovanni noted. She added, however, the diversity of business and industry in the city should offset that loss. Local-government aid from the state is also a nice plus, she noted, adding next year Sartell will receive $110,000 in LGA after several years of receiving virtually nothing from the state. More details of the city budget, including its impact on taxes, will be published once the tax-capacity rates are released by the state.
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Friday, Sept. 27 Rummage sale, 7-11 a.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, Fruit Farm Road, Collegeville (just west of St. John’s University). Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph. All profit, tips, donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf.
Tuesday, Sept. 24 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. St. Cloud Area Job Fair, 12:304:30 p.m., River’s Edge Convention Center, 10 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud.
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Monday, Sept. 23 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 1:30-7:30 p.m., St. Mary Help of Christians Parish, 24588 CR 7, St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. www.marketmonday.org. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171.
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Thursday, Sept. 26 Rummage sale, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, Fruit Farm Road, Collegeville (just west of St. John’s University). Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Take Back the Night to end domestic violence, 5:30 p.m., social, 6:30 p.m. speakers, 8 p.m. march, Barden Park, 720 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud. www.cmsac.org.
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Saturday, Sept. 28 Brat sale, sponsored by Y2K Lions, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph. All profit, tips, donations will go to the St. Joseph Food Shelf.
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Friday, Sept. 20, 2013