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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, a 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

‘Lyme Disease: You’re Not Alone’

Join Jakin and Nicole Koll for a presentation on the symptoms and effects of Lyme Disease from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District Service Center, Sartell. You will view the dramatic documentary “Under Our Skin,” talk about the struggles of diagnosing this disease and find support from others with the disease. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. To register, call the Community Education office at 320-253-4036.

Johanna Kiln opening at St. John’s

Join community friends on Friday, Oct. 4 for a trip to view the opening of the Johanna Kiln at St. John’s University. The Johanna Kiln is the largest kiln of its kind in North America and is fired only one time each year. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Sartell Senior Center located at the District Service Office, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell to car pool. Call 320-253-4036 to reserve a spot. Be prepared with warm clothing and comfortable shoes to walk on some uneven outdoor surfaces. This is a great opportunity to see pottery in a very historic setting.

Scouting for Food starts Sept. 28

The two Cub Scout Packs and two Boy Scout Troops of Sartell will participate in Scouting for Food. This annual service project is part of the many activities that encourages the boys to “Do a Good Turn Daily” for others. Between Saturday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Oct. 4, the Scouts will distribute door hangars throughout Sartell explaining to leave the items in bags in front of residences’ homes. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Scouts in the area will collect all the donations and deliver them to local food shelves.


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Beckstrom wants to grow up, but they won’t let him by Dennis Dalman

Randy Beckstrom’s friends sometimes tease him about how someday, way in the future, he ought to be buried under centerfield in Champion Field in Sartell. Good-natured Beckstrom always laughs. “Well, yes, might as well get buried there,” he told the Sartell Newsleader, chuckling. “I’ve spent at least half of every summer for years at that field. It’s my home away from home. “ Friends also tease him about how he doesn’t want to grow up. He’s played ball and been coachmanager of the Sartell Muskies for a long, long time. He joined the team right after graduating from Sartell High School in 1989 – nearly 25 years ago. Once the “young pup” on the team, Beckstrom its now its distinguished elder. “They should be happy to have a guy who can still run around the outfield,” a chuckling Beckstrom • page 4

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Sartell Muskies Coach-Manager Randy Beckstrom signs baseballs for two boys right after the Muskies won the state championship at Maple Lake.

Braulick’s challenge: making meals nutritious but tasty by Dennis Dalman

Fa m i l i e s that eat together stay together. That’s an old adage that Brenda Braulick beBraulick lieves. For years, Braulick has been promoting family togetherness centered around food issues: parents and children grocery-shopping together, gardening together, trying new foods together, cooking together, enjoying at least one daily meal together. Braulick, food-services director for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District, was recently elected to be president of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, whose parent organization is the National School Nutrition Association, with 52,000 members. There are 2,900 members in the Minnesota association. They include food preparers, cooks, servers, managers, cashiers and anybody else associated with the complex daily tasks of serving school lunches. For the next three years, the association will hold its four-day

state conferences each summer in St. Cloud. Members work on many food-related issues, such as food safety, sanitation, new regulations, special dietary needs, customer service and health-department requirements. Food service in a complex world is forever changing, like all other aspects of modern life. Change, in fact, has been a constant in Braulick’s job. She has worked in Sartell schools’ food-service department since 1999, but she has been in the food-service business much longer – since 1987. Braulick is in charge of a staff of 52, who serve about 2,800 lunches every day in Sartell’s two elementary schools, its middle school and high school and its Early Education program in the District Services Building. After being elected president of the state association, Braulick was quick to credit her staff for recognition that she receives. “They work very hard,” she said. “Some do not know how much hard work goes into food preparation and service. There is a lot of lifting required, and it’s very hot work. It’s very physical work. Our staff is excellent.” Braulick said her presidency will give her many opportunities.

“It’s exciting because I’ll have the opportunity to help make the organization even better,” she said. “And I’ll have an opportunity to promote education, especially about school nutrition and enhancing the public perception of the importance of nutrition.” The foundation of school food service, Braulick said, is to help

kids feel welcome, to encourage parents and grandparents to eat school lunches with children, to learn to cook and eat together and to constantly try new foods. Braulick’s job is exceedingly complex, requiring her to juggle many factors that include food safety, nutritional knowledge, the search for high-quality prodBraulick • page 5

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First issued in 1998, the Breast Cancer stamp features the phrases, “Fund the Fight” and “Find a Cure” and an illustration of a mythical “goddess of the hunt.” As of October 2012, the stamp has raised over $76.3 million for breast cancer research. By law, 70 percent of the net amount raised is given to the National Institutes of Health and 30 percent is given to the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense. These self-adhesive stamps are being issued in sheets of 20. To read the story in its entirety, see page 8.

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The Waite Park-Sartell 12U girls fastpitch softball team won a double-header Sept. 21 in St. Cloud, beating Becker Team 1, 16-2, and Big Lake Heid, 10-9. The team ends the regular fall season with a record of 5-3 and heads to the state tournament next weekend. Members of the team are the following: (front row, left to right) Amber Benner and Madison Dingmann; (middle row) Kalleigh Wagner, Grace Vogt, Grace Leapaldt and Shelbi Keehr; and (back row) Maren Arneson, Maddie Thieschafer, Kami Counter, Ariana Abraham, Tori Nathan and Aubri Akervik.

16U girls fastpitch softball team, sponsored by House of Pizza, split a double-header at the state qualifying tournament Sept. 22 in St. Cloud, beating the Franklin Outdoor Hawks, 8-1, in the first game and dropping game two, 9-7, to Sauk Rapids. In game one, Markia Smith went 2-3 with two triples and two RBIs and picked up her third triple of the day in game two. Faith Thompson took the win in game one with Kaila Dewanz taking the loss for game two. House of Pizza will compete in the 16U State Softball Tournament Sept. 29 at Whitney Ball fields in St. Cloud

Danielle Fritz, daughter of Monica and Lyle Fritz, Sartell, recently participates in the White Coat Ceremony at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She was a student in NDSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Fritz was among the NDSU pharmacy students who took the oath of a pharmacist during the ceremony. Each student received a white coat symbolizing his or her duty to patients and colleagues as they enter the pharmacy profession. The White Coat Ceremony is an opportunity to officially welcome students into the profession

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of pharmacy and instill an attitude of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Heidi Jeub recently received $1,795 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board to conduct a “Metal Installation Collaboration” residency to begin in October for students in grades 9-12 at Sartell-St. Stephen School District. A metal installation will be created with the help of students from the photography, multi-media and metals classes. This project will serve as an introduction to bringing multi-media into the arts and construction. By creating together, using a variety of skill sets, students will learn to communicate and collaborate across disciplines. The residency activities will meet Minnesota Academic Standards in Art and IT National Standards in Technology and Design. Jeub, a visual artist, is a COMPAS Teaching Artist, a Central Minnesota Arts Board teaching artist and actively serves as the executive director for Visual Arts Minnesota. For more information about the Central Minnesota Arts Board Teaching Artist Roster go to or call the office at 320-968-4290 or toll free at 1-866-345-7140.

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Above left: Trent Karasch receives his haircut from Kristin Stiche during the Casting for a Cure event. Karasch challenged the crowd to raise an additional $1,100 which will benefit the enhancement program at the Coborn Cancer Center and the hair will be donated to Locks for Love. Karasch received the public trim in honor of his mother Sandy Karasch, who passed away from cancer in 2008. The enhancement program was a particularly favorite resource of hers during her cancer battle. Above right: Casting for a Cure volunteers Cheyenne Baumann, Aliyah Yogerst and Ellie Karasch provide face painting at an outdoor booth during the event. Aliyah and Ellie lost their grandmother Sandy Karasch to cancer in 2008.

Fight for a Cure reaches $100,000 goal during Casting for a Cure event More than 100 anglers dropped their lines in various bodies of water in Minnesota on Aug. 23 and 24 to search for the biggest fish – and a hope for a cure. Aug. 24 marked the fifth annual Casting for a Cure event with the Celebration of Hope at Blue Line Bar and Grill in Sartell. The Fish-A-Thon, which was held on the evening of Aug. 23 and all day Aug. 24

was followed by a Celebration of Hope, which included a memorial and honor wall, silent auction with more than 100 items, outdoor activities, inflatables, hourly door prize drawings, and an awards ceremony with live music at the Blue Line Bar and Grill. To read the entire article and view more photos, visit

If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.

complaint. A report was made regarding a young female driving through a crosswalk with the crossing guard still in the middle of the road. An officer spoke with the registered owner who stated her daughter had the car to drive to school. The student was located by the resource officer and issued a citation. 10:24 p.m. 1st Street S. Minor consumption. A report was made regarding an underage female who had been drinking. Her friends at the event stated they felt as though they could no longer care for her. The female was issued a citation for underage consumption and transported to detox. 11:13 p.m. 1st Street S. Drug possession. A complaint was made to an officer two people were in the back of a building smoking marijuana and drinking. It was found these two underage males were intoxicated and one was in possession of marijuana. Both males were transported to detox and issued citations for drug possession and underage consumption.

Sept. 11 3:08 p.m. Le Sauk Drive. Stalled vehicle. While on patrol, an officer came across a stalled vehicle. The officer called for a tow service and a family member to pick up the vehicle’s occupants. The officer remained on scene to assist an elderly female exit the vehicle into her wheelchair and provided safety lights. Sept. 12 11:04 a.m. 3rd Avenue N. Animal complaint. A report was made regarding a large amount of dog feces inside a dog kennel. An officer checked the kennel and found two dogs inside with several piles of dried waste. The officer was able to contact the owner who stated she would clean the waste out. 4:23 p.m. 4th Avenue N. Theft from vehicle. A report was made regarding a theft from an unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. Sept. 13 8:17 a.m. 3rd Avenue N. Driving


Sept. 14 10:47 p.m. Evergreen Drive. Fight. A report was made of an active fight between a large group of males. When officers arrived, the aggressor had run into the woods. No person involved wished to pursue charges and the male was not located.


Deb and Bob Miller of Sartell announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer, to Cooper Gehrman, son of Bonnie and Paul Gehrman of Amery, Wis. Miller is a 2005 graduate of Sartell High School, a 2009 graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a degree in psychology and a 2013 graduate of St. Catherine University-Twin Cities with a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Gehrman is a 2001 graduate of Amery High School, a 2006 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in biology, a 2008 graduate of California State University-Dominguez Hills with a prosthetics certificate and a 2011 graduate of the University of Hartford in Connecticut with an orthotics certificate. A Sept. 28 wedding is planned.

Sept. 15 9:39 a.m. 2nd Street N. Theft from vehicle. A report was made regarding a theft from a vehicle parked in a church’s parking lot. 2:42 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Traffic stop. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver’s license had been revoked. The driver stated she was aware of her license status. It was also found she had an active warrant against her. She was placed under arrest without incident and transported to Stearns County Jail. 9:42 p.m. CR 120. Theft. A male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. It was also found the male had an active warrant against him. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident.

Sept. 16 4:04 p.m. Riverside Shopping Plaza. DWI. A complaint was made regarding a vehicle swerving on the roadway, hitting a curb and now sitting in a parking lot. An officer arrived, spoke with the driver and detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. The driver failed all sobriety testing, was placed under arrest and taken to Stearns County Jail without incident.

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Waving red flags save man from being conned by Dennis Dalman

Fortunately, red flags of warning popped up in Douglas Gravelle’s head when he received a certain phone call one afternoon recently. The Sartell man was notified by a male voice on the phone that a virus was attacking his computer system. The man then told Gravelle to start up his computer and go to a certain website, enter requested information, and the caller’s company would rid Gravelle’s computer of the dangerous virus. Red flags immediately began to wave. For one thing, the man who called could barely speak English. For another, Gravelle remembered how his own son and daughter-in-law were scammed via a sale made on computer a year ago. They were sent a check that was written in an amount of $2,800 over the amount for the item they sold.

The person told them to send the amount of the accidental overpayment back. The Gravelles did so and were totally conned out of their money. That incident put Douglas Gravelle in a mode of utter skepticism when it comes to computer dealings. After the man called, Gravelle called the Computer Renaissance Co. in St. Cloud. A service agent there told him, “Do NOT comply with that request.” It’s a scam, and they will take every bit of information Gravelle gives them and rip him off. “I do my banking on the computer,” Gravelle said. “And I only send emails or get them from close friends. But because I do banking on it, I was leery right away.” The man called Gravelle back and asked him again to go to the “help” website. “Forget it!” he told the man and hung up the phone. Wanting to warn others of the scam, Gravelle then

emailed the Sartell Newsleader, requesting the newspaper do a story about it. “And just the other day, I received an email saying I won some lottery in Canada,” he said. “I deleted it without opening it.” Gravelle said his innate skepticism was molded by the fact he’s been around the world a time or two. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years, including 20 months in Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner, as well as three tours in Germany and stateside in Washington and Virginia. Later, before retiring recently, he was employed as a guard at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Such widely based expe-

riences in so many places can teach one to be leery of offers that seem too good to be true, Gravelle noted. “I made up my mind never to be scammed,” he said. “I check with people before I do anything. And the best thing to do is always initiate any business with people you know and trust. Never give out personal information on the phone or on the computer when someone requests it. That’s the best advice I can give. Always double-check everything. And don’t open email messages unless you know for sure where they’re coming from. And if you do open one, and it says to click on a link within it, don’t!”

Gravelle said he is not the “computer savvy” type. After letting his grandchildren play games on his computer, he discovered their downloaded games had caused havoc with the system. He had to take the computer to Computer Renaissance, who fixed the problem and cleaned up the computer for about $100. He now considers Computer Renaissance his trouble-shooting informational lifeline. Gravelle recommends to people that any time they suspect a computer scam, they should call a reputable computer business and chances are the employees will know right away what to do and not to do.


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This picture, taken in 1992, is a group portrait of the Sartell Muskies, who won the state championship that year. Twenty-one years later, last month, they did it again. In the front row (from left to right) are Randy Beckstrom, bat girl Susie Pohlkamp, bat boy Tommy Wippler, bat boy Brooks Angell, bat boy Jeff Hille, bat boy Andy Thayer, Brad Smoley and Kevin Stucke; (back row) Karl Johnson, Dave Furcht, Greg Thayer, Jerry Pohlkamp, Dick Hinkemeyer, John Matchinsky, Mike Nistler, Scot Hille, Jamie Beckstrom, Dave Angell, Paul Wippler and Bruce Geiser.

Randy Beckstrom, during a game in 2005, winds up to toss a pitch.

Beckstrom from front page Beckstrom said, quickly admitting that, no, he’s not as fast as he used to be. Beckstrom and the Sartell Muskies were honored Monday night at the Sartell City Council when Mayor Joe Perske proclaimed Sept. 25 as “Sartell Muskies Day.” Beckstrom attended the meeting, along with several of his Muskies players whom he introduced to the council after Perske read his official proclamation. Part of the proclamation reads: “Amateur baseball has had a rich heritage throughout the State of

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Minnesota for over a century, and the Sartell Muskies have been part of that history since 1979.” The team, the mayor added, is the object of Sartell’s community pride, especially after it won the 2013 State Class C championship recently. After a phenomenal winning season, the Muskies defeated Belle Plaine, 10-0, to take the state title at Maple Lake’s Irish Stadium. Beckstrom showed the dazzling championship trophy to the council. He thanked Sartell residents and the council for the “Muskies Day” honor, and council members thanked him for his hard work with the Muskies and for his many efforts to improve the facilities at Champion Field. The council chamber erupted into hearty applause. “All the guys, including myself, appreciate this honor,” Beckstrom later told the Newsleader. Beckstrom, a long-time Sartell native, has always loved three sports: football, basketball and baseball. His “first love” was basketball, which he played in high school and during his student years at St. John’s University, where he earned a degree in management. He was teased then, too, for being a “shrimp” on the team at “only” 5 feet 11 inches tall. When he joined the Muskies after high school, Beckstrom played centerfield. Later, he pitched for the team. Twentyfive years ago, the average age of Muskies players was 27 or 28. Now, it’s more like 32, with lots of men ages 30 to 40. Just last week, the team sprang a surprise birthday party for player Shawn Schoen, who turned 40 years old. There is a core of long-time Muskies, about seven or eight of them, who have been with the team for six or more years. In 1992, the Muskies won its first state championship. Last month, 21 years later, they won their second state title. People often ask Beckstrom which win was the most exciting. “They were both great,” he said. “Winning was a thrill.” But pausing a few seconds, he

quickly added, “The most enjoyable thing, though, more than winning, was the bonding, of us just evolving into a team, building a kind of family. That’s been the best thing.” Beckstrom is the son of Al and Helen Beckstrom, who are still alive and well, living in Waite Park. “I grew up in Sartell, and I’ve seen this town grow from about 3,000 people at the time I graduated from high school to almost 16,000 people. It’s been fun to see Sartell grow.” Beckstrom was raised on his grandparents land on the river road just north of Sartell. He has a sister, Lori, who is an artist in Colorado; and a brother, Jamie, who along with his wife, owns and operates a daycare center in Sartell. For 18 years, Beckstrom worked in the carpet business. About a year ago, he changed jobs and is now an employee of Industrial Insite, which helps companies develop a wide variety of training programs. He and his wife, Shanna, have three children: Brady, 14; Brooke, 11; and Lilly, 4. Shanna works for Array Services in Sartell in its medicalservices division. The family has lived in a west Sartell neighborhood for 13 years, and Beckstrom said he cannot imagine living anywhere else. “Our idea of a happy time is getting together with neighbors at home.” They enjoy impromptu gatherings where jokes, pranks and mischievous merriment rule. Will Beckstrom ever retire from his coach-manager job with the Muskies? Will he ever grow up? Probably not. Every year, he asks his players if he should retire. He asks them if anyone else would like to take over his job. “I really want to give someone else a chance,” he said. But he gets no takers. So, in the meantime, Beckstrom, like in an endless game of tag, is “it.” He can’t grow up; the Muskies won’t let him.

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Braulick from front page ucts and careful attention to federal and state guidelines and mandates. One of her constant challenges is to get students to try new foods. Variety, as Braulick well knows, is one of the key components to good nutrition. Throughout the years, Braulick and her staff have frequently added new foods and food combinations to the menu, always trying to decrease fats, sugar and salt without making foods bland or unexciting. Braulick has learned the value of patience. It takes time, she said, for some foods to “catch on” with children, some of whom can be finicky eaters. However, year by year, students are indeed starting to like foods – such as more “exotic” vegetables – they once thought they hated. Braulick is never happier when students start liking foods and their new likings become part of their families’ meals. She is keenly aware of the connection between school lunches and athome family nutrition. In fact, that is her major goal: wise food choices and good nutrition as prime components of a lifelong – and generational – tradition. The process of food education is never-ending, and sometimes it can be a struggle. Last year, for instance, schools had to start preparing meals using federal mandates and guidelines that limit the amount of calories allowed per meal. Some students thought the meals were not filling enough. Some dropped out of the food program. This year, Braulick noted, school-lunch

participation is getting back to where it once was. Also this year, new federal standards have been introduced for school breakfasts, similar to those put in place for lunches last year. So far, students seem not to have complained about the changes, Braulick noted. Constant innovation is the name of the game in school food service. Braulick has been on the cutting edge of innovation and program development, constantly “tweaking” lunches and service. The latest innovation is the “Rainbow Veggie Bar” in schools. Seven to eight brightly colored vegetables are available each day from dark green to bright red. The kinds of vegetables are rotated daily and can include spinach, romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, bell peppers of all colors, diced sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, radishes, corn and “exotic” choices such as jicama. Students can eat as many vegetables as they want. “We’re having good luck with the Rainbow Veggie Bar in the elementary schools,” Braulick said. “We’re having pretty good luck with it in the middle school. In the high school, students aren’t quite as excited about it.” However, as Braulick has learned: patience, patience. Other programs that Braulick has introduced, developed or adapted to Sartell schools are the following:

Farm to School

The “Farm-to-School” program makes available to students food produced on area farms – items such as corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, bell peppers and to-

matoes. Currently, the food program is purchasing produce from Baker’s Acres in Avon.

Food recycling

The food-waste recycling program makes it possible to use thrown-out food to feed pigs at a hog operation at Berthold Farms in St. Francis, Anoka County. The food is picked up at the school and hauled to the farm. One good sign, Braulick said, is the amount of thrown-out food has not increased.

Chef in School

A Chef-in-School program invites local chefs into the schools to give advice and hands-on know-how for recipe development, culinary skills and other ways to brighten lunches. The chef from last year moved from the area, but Braulick said she will soon try to start the program again with a new chef or chefs.


Each year, a number of interns from Iowa State University are rotated at Sartell schools, where they give dietary tips and work and learn with the cooking staff.

From Scratch

This year, Braulick and her staff have started a “From Scratch” program. They are trying to make more meal entrees using fresh ingredients. For example, fresh chicken breasts are either dry-rubbed with herbs or marinated before baking to make them tasty, with less sodium. It’s another one of Braulick’s efforts to make foods

delicious and nutritious.


Born and raised in Montevideo, Braulick worked as a nursing-home aide, then did at-home daycare before deciding to study food-service management at Alexandria Technical College, starting in 1980. It was there she met her husband-to-be, Michael, who is vice president of St. Cloud Industrial Products. The Braulicks, who live in

5 St. Augusta, have two children – Justin Braulick, an attorney with the Dan Eller law firm in Waite Park; and Jessica Braulick, a registered nurse in the Twin Cities. The Braulicks have three grandchildren – well, actually four, Braulick is quick to add. Their names are Ava, Jackson, Selah and Gabriel. “Gabriel is in heaven,” Braulick said. Sadly, he died of a kidney disease before reaching the age of 2.

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Our View

Braulick and her staff earn our heartfelt thanks Sartell has good reason – actually, many good reasons – to be proud of Brenda Braulick, the food-services director for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. Recently, she was elected to be president of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association. Congratulations, Brenda! Since 1999, Braulick has worked in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District’s food-service program. As director, she has been a veritable treasure trove of innovations, creativity, communication skills and connectedness with students’ families. She has brilliantly used that combination of talents to promote and to deliver not just delicious, nutritious meals but to educate students and families about the importance of good nutrition throughout a lifetime. Many people probably think of school lunches as a kind of hash assembly line with cooks churning out food without much effort or thought. Nothing could be further from the truth. Each meal served is, in fact, carefully planned ahead of time for taste appeal, eye appeal and nutritional needs. Special meals must also be prepared for students with dietary restrictions of one sort or another. School-lunch preparation is a complex juggling act, and Braulick and her staff are master jugglers in that respect. For example, food safety is paramount and must constantly be monitored. Also under constant vigilance is the quality of food products, the likes and dislikes of finicky-eating students and – last but not least – government mandates and guidelines. All of those factors are constant, ever-changing challenges Braulick and her staff meet time and again with good cheer. Last year, especially, was a challenge when the food-service department introduced strict federal standards for meals that limited the amount of calories per each meal, along with limiting the amount of fats, sugar and salt. Some students were not at all happy about the changes, and some dropped out of the lunch program. Fortunately, this year, so far, participation in the program has been increasing again. One of Braulick’s outstanding qualities is she is never completely satisfied with food service. She is constantly seeking ways to make it better, with her goal of serving tasty, nutritious meals. But preparing and serving those meals is just half the battle. Braulick has done outstanding outreach education for parents and even grandparents, who are encouraged whenever possible to eat school lunches with children. She encourages families to do all sorts of educational food-related activities: grocery shopping together, gardening together, cooking together and eating together for at least one of the daily meals. Braulick is well aware of how those activities not only help families bond but also set good generational examples for happy, healthy, nutritious lifetimes. Those are just some of the reasons Sartell should be proud of Brenda Braulick. She and her hard-working staff deserve a heartfelt “Thank You.”

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Punish the hungry; it’s their fault What’s even worse than blaming people for something that isn’t their fault is punishing them for it. And that’s exactly what the U.S. House Republicans are trying to do to food-stamp recipients. On Sept. 19, all but 15 Republicans in the House voted to cut $39 million from the food-stamp program during the next 10 years. The vote was 217 to 210. No Democrats voted for the meanspirited measure, and the 15 Republicans who voted against it deserve our applause. The three Republicans from Minnesota (Bachmann, Kline, Paulsen) voted for the cuts. Have they no shame? Action on the cuts now proceeds to the U.S. Senate. President Obama has threatened to veto the bill. Let us hope so. Tea-Party extremists, led by Rep. Eric Cantor, claim the food-stamp program is out of control. What’s really out of control are well heeled (and well fed) politicians, like Cantor, who treat the working poor like distasteful pests. Here are the facts: A virtual economic melt-down in 2008 caused mainly by Wall Street excesses sent this country to the brink. Unemployment skyrocketed. Those struggling below the poverty level increased to 49 million people. As the economy slowly improved, Wall Street and the wealthiest have made out like bandits while most people’s incomes have stagnated or declined – that is, those people who were fortunate enough to find any jobs at all. Some have no choice but to work part-time or

Dennis Dalman Editor low-wage jobs, leaving them struggling to pay bills and survive. Far and wide, parents and children are going hungry. About 3.8 million people will lose food stamps if those House Republicans have their way. Nearly half of food-stamp recipients are children and about 10 percent are seniors and/ or disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s true the cost of the food-stamp program has more than doubled since 2008, from $38 billion to $78 billion a year. As of now, the number of people on food stamps (at its peak about 47 million) appears to be leveling off as the economy improves. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that within a decade the number of recipients will drop to about 34 million, at which time the program will cost less than it does now. By the way, one interesting fact about food stamps is for every dollar spent, $1.72 is generated in general economic activity, according to Moody’s Analytics. Those in favor of cuts and tighter eligibility requirements point to rampant fraud in the program. Of course, any abuse is wrong. However, in fact, studies show 98 percent of recipients truly qualify under guidelines, and only 1 to 2 percent of recipients

cheat or “traffic” in food stamps (sell them for money). That abuse has declined drastically after most states switched from stamps to debit cards. This charge of food-stamp fraud is so much like the allegations of widespread voting fraud used by losers to justify outrageous voter-suppression efforts. What’s really sad about these cuts is they are part of a long-cherished plan instigated by conservatives who believe government should drastically cut, privatize or abolish social programs. They include – among many others – Social Security, Medicare, ObamaCare and food stamps. The conservative rationale is unfettered free-market forces will naturally provide jobs and living security for all people willing to work. Government, they claim, just gets in the way of that anything-goes utopia. Government, they swear, is the real culprit; it coddles do-nothings and creates dependency. (Never mind corporate welfare.) That is why Tea Party ultraright-wingers, do-nothings like Sen. Ted Cruz, are not the least concerned about an imminent government shutdown. Some, fiddling while Rome burns, would be thrilled by a paralyzed government. Meantime, back in the real world, Americans who believe in a social contract (that we are all in this together and should help one another) must continue to fight for jobs, affordable education, access to health care and food for the hungry.

President Obama, ‘this ain’t bean bag’ Like most of you, I don’t know what the future holds for Syria or, more importantly, our relationship with her. That is bad enough, but the real problem is our elected “leaders” also probably don’t know what the future holds for our relationship with Syria. Are we going to fire missiles at “selected targets” in a surgical strike, or are we going to let Russia broker a deal that gets rid of Syria’s chemical weapons? Are we maybe going to do both? I don’t know, but again the problem is those people we hire to know seem to be in the dark also. Frankly, never in my lifetime have I seen such apparent incompetence at such high levels. First the president issues an ultimatum to Syria concerning chemical weapons. Then he decides to go to Congress for approval for his proposed attack on Syria because they crossed his magic “red line.” Next, according to some, an off-hand remark by Kerry brings about a possible Russian solution short of war. Now we learn Russia is demanding concessions from us in order that a deal be made with Syria. President Obama has asked Congress

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer to delay a vote on the attack to “let diplomacy work.” As a side note, if I were in Obama’s shoes, I wouldn’t want a vote in Congress either. All indications are such a vote would be a total and complete defeat for him. So, here we are, waiting for the next shoe to fall. Meanwhile Israel, Turkey and probably Jordan are bracing for a retaliation attack from either Syria or Iran. Hezbollah is primed and ready to attack Israel. They are just waiting for the go-ahead. The question is how and why. How did we get ourselves into the mess? Why did it have to come to this? To me it is clear. We have in charge an inexperienced commander-in-chief who is also unprepared to deal with the big issues on the world stage. This isn’t a grade-school playground. As the late congressman Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying, “This ain’t

bean bag.” This is the real world. Ultimatums have consequences. When an American president says “or else,” he had better be prepared to follow through with the else. Today he just looks silly. Today he looks impotent. If that weren’t bad enough, this makes America look silly and impotent too. This issue continues to trouble me. To me, boots on the ground is the same as boots on board a ship or boots in the cockpit of a jet fighter or bomber. They are all boots that belong to somebody’s father or mother, to somebody’s son or daughter, husband or wife or just to somebody’s friend. They are the boots of American service people and while I understand those service people are ready, willing and able to answer any call made to protect this great country, maybe we should just think this thing through. Maybe we should be sure our country’s interests are really at stake and not just some politician’s embarrassment. Egg on the face of our president is no reason to kill potentially thousands of people or a single life of an American service person.

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Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Community Calendar

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.

American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Blood drive, 1-6 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 3 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Dinner and a movie “The Story of Luke,” sponsored by DisAbility Awareness Task Force, 5:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. movie. 320-529-9000. Great River Regional Coin Club, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Miller Auto Marine Sports Plaza, 2930 2nd St. S., St. Cloud.

Sunday, Sept. 29 Coin Show, sponsored by the Great River Regional Coin Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kelly Inn, Hwy. 23 & 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud. Millstream Mile, a free fun run for children 12 and under, 10:30 a.m., Haehn Campus Center, College of St. Benedict. Monday, Sept. 30 Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Market Monday, 3-6:30 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell. Tuesday, Oct. 1 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,


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Friday, Oct. 4 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Benefit dinner, silent auction, live music for Joleen (Lauer) Krueger, a young wife and mother battling Stage 4 cancer, 4-9 p.m., St. John’s Parish Center, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph, just west of St. John’s University. Donations may also be made to Joleen Krueger Cancer Fund at US Bank. 612-872-2657.


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Saturday, Oct. 5 Scouting for Food, Cub and Boy Scouts collect food shelf donations around Sartell area, all day. 320-2513930. 55+ driver improvement course (eight-hour first-time course), 8 a.m.4:30 p.m., Welcome Center, 355 5th Ave. S., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Caramel Apple Ride, 8-10 a.m. registration, on Lake Wobegon Trail from Sauk Centre to Freeport. www. 320-2939364. Freaky 5K, sponsored by Arc Midstate, 8:30 a.m. 1 mile run/walk, 9 a.m. 5k run/walk, 9:45 a.m. 1K kids fun run, Whitney Park, 1445 Northway Drive, St. Cloud. 320-251-727. Craft fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church, Swanville. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., K-Mart, 20 2nd St. S., Waite Park. 1-800-733-2767. Sunday, Oct. 6 “Save the Honeybee,” sponsored by the Sartell Superstars 4-H Club, 2:30-4 p.m., Celebration Lutheran Church, 1500 Pine Cone Road N., Sartell.


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The Waters to host ‘Chili Cook-Off’ Up to 40 cooks will roll up their sleeves and face off for a “Chili Cook-Off” from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Waters Church in Sartell. A panel of judges will taste and then choose the “best” chili recipe from among the competitors’ entries. The winner will receive a $50 gift card and a golden ladle. Everyone is welcome to attend the free event; people need not be a member of the congregation. The Sunday cook-off is just one activity for a two-day grand opening at The Waters. On Saturday, Sept. 28, there will be a church service at 5 p.m.; Sunday services are at 9

LEgal notICE

CITY OF ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC HEARING A public hearing will be held at this public hearing. Written com7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 ments can be submitted to the city in the St. Stephen City Hall Coun- clerk at: 2 6th Ave SE, St. Stecil Chamber for the purpose of phen, Minn 56375 or via e-mail to discussing a variance application. All The variance application applies to comments, written or oral, will be the set-back ordinance. heard. Parcel ID: 90.55830.0005

/s/ Cris Drais

Property Owner: Richard Hansen

City of St. Stephen City Clerk

Property Address: 1 Main St. W., St. Stephen, Minn.

Dated: Sept. 16, 2013


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a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday festivities following right after that service. The activities will include inflatable games for children by Party Time Inflatables, a telecast of the Vikings game on The Waters’ new 40-foot-wide TV screen and food catered by Vickey’s Barbecue Pit of St. Cloud. Visitors will be able to see the church’s new sanctuary and 600-seat-capacity auditorium. There are separate church services just for children, as well as a fully staffed nursery and preschool care area for children. The Waters Church is located at 1227 Pinecone Road N.


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Stamps from front page by Dennis Dalman Sartell postal workers are confident city residents will step up to the plate again and hit a home run for the fight against breast cancer. Each year, October is the month the U.S. Postal Service and all of its branch



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offices, including the one in Sartell, promote sales of its “Breast Cancer” stamps. Sales of those stamps have raised almost $80 million for breast-cancer research since the stamps debuted in 1998. More than 950 million of the stamps have been sold to postal customers. The Sartell Post Office has won multiple honors because of its records for sales. “Sartell customers have traditionally been huge supporters of this cause,” said

Terry Niehaus, Sartell postmaster. Niehaus noted the post office was honored for top breast-cancer stamp sales in 2000, 2001 and 2011. It was quite the feat, considering Sartell was in competition with 171 other offices in its postal region, including those in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, Mankato and many other places. Last year, the Sartell post office placed second, with customers having purchased

$4,200-worth of breast-cancer stamps. But even though Sartell was in second place, the 2012 sales were still a 136-percent increase from the year before, when sales totaled $1,800, Niehaus noted. The Richfield office took top honors last year. The money raised by the stamp sales is split between the National Institute of Health (75 percent of the funds) and the National Department of Defense’s Medical Research Program (25 per-

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 cent). Each stamp costs 55 cents, nine cents more than a normal first-class stamp. A sheet of 20 of the stamps sells for $11, whereas a sheet of typical stamps costs $9.20. From each sheet of breastcancer stamps, $1.80 of the price is donated to the cause. “We are very grateful for the total support Sartell people show toward this worthy cause and are very aware it’s their generosity that sets them apart,” Niehaus said.

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