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395 ‘visions’ comprise massive mural by Dennis Dalman email@example.com
Senior Connection hosts vet Bryant Oct. 8
Veterinarian Dr. Deborah Bryant will discuss the world of veterinary behavioral medicine at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. She will talk about the process of evaluating and making recommendations in cases of animal behavior problems. Presentations of previous and ongoing cases may be included. There will be time for questions and answers, although this session is not designed to address specific concerns involving personal animals. All ages welcome. Call 320-2534036 for more information.
Student council hosts tailgating event Oct. 4
A tailgating event prior to the Sartell High School homecoming football game, sponsored by the high school student council, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 by the concession stand on the picnic tables behind the fields. Burgers, chips, pop and cookies will be for sale. A limited amount of burgers is available so will be distributed first come first served.
St. John’s Abbey to auction firewood
St. John’s Abbey will be selling about 130 cords of hardwood firewood by sealed bid auction. The wood has already been cut and skidded into 16 different piles ranging from 5-12 cords per pile. All the piles are on accessible roads. The wood still needs to be cut into firewood lengths, split and hauled. The wood is mostly oak and maple occasionally mixed with other species. All wood is sold “as is.” Roads will be open for viewing from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Bids are due by noon Monday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and click on Crier.
4-H club hosts honeybee education
“Save the Honeybee,” sponsored by the Sartell Superstars 4-H Club, will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Celebration Luthern Church in Sartell. Honeybee education will be provided by The Beez Kneez organization. Topics include the following: urban and rural beekeeping, Colony Collapse Syndrome, the role of pollination on our food system, and an active beehive model and bee suits. Honey samples and honey snacks are included in admission price. Honey available for purchase.
Sheri Pfau of Sartell used acrylic paints to do this nearly abstract rendition of a landscape in autumn beneath a glimmering, silvery sky. Pfau is one of the two master teachers who oversaw the creation of nearly 400 artworks that comprise a giant mural.
The artistic visions of 395 artists will come together in a vast mural at the Gallery Saint Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Artists from throughout the greater St. Cloud area, including Sartell, contributed one by one to the ambitious project. All of the creators suffer from disabilities of one sort or another, and for some of them, participation in the mural project was their first artistic endeavor. The public will have a chance to see the huge mural from now until Oct. 12 at Gallery Saint Germain, which is located right across the street from the Paramount Theater in downtown St. Cloud. The title of the exhibit is the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project.” There will be a reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 The gallery hours are 11
a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Four months in the making, the mural project is sponsored by VSA Minnesota, a state organization whose mission is to create the conditions in which people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and have access to the arts. The state organization is affiliated with the VSA Accessibility wing of the John F. Kennedy Center’s Education Department in Washington, D.C. The two teaching artists for the mammoth project were Sheri Pfau of Sartell and Stacey O’Connell of St. Cloud. Pfau has multiple sclerosis and O’Connell has muscular dystrophy. Both are long-established artists. Since June 22, the two women have been conducting many workshops at places where people with disabilities either Mural • page 2
Heins says family sacrifices vital to firefighters by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
For many years, on some nights, Bob Heins would get up out of bed, leave his wife snoozing as he put his Heins clothes on. Then he would hurry out of his house and return sometimes hours later to crawl back into bed next to his stillsleeping wife. No, Heins wasn’t some kind of midnight rambler. He was out on wee-hour fire calls. After 32 years as a volunteer member on the Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department, Capt. Heins is now retired. Having to leave his sleeping wife in the middle of a night is just one example of how families of firefighters also make sacrifices for the safety of their cities. Quite often, family plans are disrupted when a fire call comes in. Such unexpected calls can happen during dinners, picnics, special events and, yes, even in the middle of the night. In some of the talks he’s given since retiring, Heins is quick to thank his family – wife Cindy and daughter Miranda – for
their steadfast support through more than three decades. “The whole family is part of a firefighters’ job,” Heins said. “There’s not only fire calls but also training nights and meeting nights when firefighters are away from their families.” Cindy has been a cook at Sartell Senior High School for 20 years. Miranda, who was just a toddler when her father joined the fire department in 1980, now works for the city of Tulsa, Okla. Before joining the department, Heins served for four years as a volunteer reserve officer for the Sartell Police Department. Heins loved his job on the fire department for a number of reasons. First, he enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork with the other firefighters as they became a virtual extended family. Second, he liked the satisfaction of helping people in crises. And third, the job helped keep him in shape. Needless to say, fighting fires and helping out at other emergencies is very physical work. “It was almost like an excuse for me to stay in shape,” he said. “I can still do that kind of physical work, but I just felt it was time for me to retire.” At age 59, Heins still keeps
in shape. He still likes to ride bike and to “keep moving,” which is his two-word recipe for avoiding the sloth that can lead to medical problems – and worse. He and Cindy enjoy their motorcycle trips to Rapid City, S.D., a virtual mecca for them for the past 27 years. Another way Heins “keeps moving” is his love of hunt-
ing, which took him as far as Saskatchewan, Canada quite a few times throughout the years. Two fire calls Heins remembers most vividly are a recent one (the explosion and fire at the Verso paper mill last year) and one that happened about 20 years ago. That fire happened in Rockwood Estates mobileHeins • page 3
Fire departments to host open houses Two open-house events have been scheduled for area fire departments. The Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department will host its annual open house from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the fire hall. The St. Stephen Fire Department will host an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the fire hall. In addition, there will also be a “Firefighters’ Breakfast” for the public from 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday, Oct. 6 at the St. Stephen Parish Hall. Everybody is welcome to attend both open houses to check out all the departments’ firefighting vehicles,
to socialize with firefighters and to learn many safety tips from information booths that will be set up onsite. The Sartell Police Department will also be represented. There will be a variety of attractions and learning experiences for young children. For more information, see the Firefighters Salute on pages 6 and 7.
Mural from front page live or meet. Those places include Opportunity Matters and Legends in Sartell, Independent Lifestyles in Sauk Rapids, Wacosa in St. Cloud, at the Paramount Theater art studios and in Pfau’s home in Sartell. O’Connell and Pfau helped
Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com to inspire the participants by giving them art materials and magazines from which to make cut-out collages. Each budding artist was given a 1-foot by 1-foot “tile” of masonite. The tile could be used for a painting, a drawing or a glued collage. Since June, 395 tiles have been created, and all of them were hung on wires to comprise the giant collage at Gallery Saint Germain. The
tiles later will be taken to Minneapolis and combined with a similar massive project done by people with disabilities who live in that area. “The mural project was wonderful,” Pfau said. “It’s one of my best experiences in the arts. Since I have a disability, I believe in this whole concept. It’s good to be able to sit down with artists and other people with disabilities. Most of these
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people had never done any artwork before, and they were discovering for the first time the joys of art.” Some of the participants, at first, were stumped. The maker of each tile was asked to express in visual terms the question, “What does access to the arts mean to you?” Pfau and O’Connell, to help them out, brought a list of evocative words and magazines to the workshops, springboards for ideas. It wasn’t long before ideas “clicked” and participants began to paint, draw and cut out collages. Magazine photos featuring food, music-makers and animals were popular choices as things that made the creators happy. “Some wonderful things came from people who had never painted before,” Pfau said. “They created some wonderful
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designs using amazing colors.” One young woman said she loves white so Pfau encouraged her to follow her love of white. The woman painted her tile entirely white, not once but five times. Pfau herself made a tile (a sign on a post saying YES in bright red). Pfau’s daughter, Jodi Campbell, created a tile showing two Egyptian-style eyes, one sad, the other peaceful; and Jodi’s son, Roland Kosbab, drew a pencil sketch of his controller for his video games. Besides VSA Minnesota, other contributors to the project are Arts Access, the Paramount Theater and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Legacy Grant program authorized by taxpayers and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more photos, see page 5.
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Heins from front page home park south of Rice. The Sartell-LeSauk department was paged for mutual aid. Heins can still vividly recall the sadness and horror he felt when he and fellow firefighter Mark Guggenberger saw a young boy who had died in the fire. The child had been playing with a cigarette lighter when it set a fire, causing the boy, in fear and panic, to run and hide in a closet. The fast-spreading fire
If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320255-1301 or access its tip site at www. tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
Sept. 17 8:30 a.m. 1st Street NE. Juvenile complaint. A report was made regarding three young kids hanging around in the park. An officer was able to locate them hiding in the trees. They attempted to deny knowing their addresses or phone numbers for their parents. During transport to school, the students did admit to attempting to skip school. The officer left the kids in the care of the principal and spoke with their parents. 2:15 p.m. Riverside Avenue. Animal complaint. A report was made regarding a possible injured bird. Officers arrived and found the bird had an injured leg with a tag on it. They contacted the owner who stated he would come and take the bird. Sept. 18 2:26 p.m. No pay. Riverside Avenue. An adult female put gas into her vehicle and left the store without paying. An officer was able to contact her and she stated she forgot to pay for the gas. The female returned to the store and paid. 3:10 p.m. Suspicious item. Roberts Road. A report was made from an anonymous caller that a marijuana plant was planted off a path. An officer went to the area and located a male and female who appeared to be under the influence. They both denied the plant was theirs but admitted to smoking marijuana. Officers confiscated their small amount of
caused the boy’s death. “It sure wasn’t one of the good moments I’ve had, that’s for sure,” Heins said in an understatement. “As firefighters we have a lot of fun and lots of joking, but then at times our work is as serious as it can get, like finding the boy’s body in that home. Those kinds of tragic things will happen sooner or later in the lives of firefighters.” Heins said he has been impressed by how the now 30-member Sartell-LeSauk Fire Department has always prized up-to-date, state-of-the-art training and the way the more seasoned members go the extra
marijuana and paraphernalia. The male was issued a citation and released. The plant was destroyed. Sept. 19 3:16 p.m. Stalled vehicle. Hwy. 15. While on patrol, an officer saw a stalled vehicle on the side of the road. The officer provided safety lights until the vehicle was towed away. 5:45 p.m. Domestic. 2nd Street South. A report was made regarding a juvenile male and female sitting in a vehicle hitting and yelling at each other. An officer arrived and spoke to both parties. They admitted to arguing but denied anything physical. The parents were called and notified of the incident and they were released. Sept. 20 6:37 p.m. Suspicious activity. 3rd Avenue N. A report was made regarding a vehicle coming to an abrupt stop, parking and two juvenile males leaving on foot. An officer checked the area and was unable to locate the males and the vehicle was parked legally. 11:21 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. 3rd Avenue N. While on patrol, an officer located a vehicle parked behind the school with a female in the front seat and a male in the back. They both stated they were just talking. They were asked to leave the property and did without incident. Sept. 21 10:59 a.m. Vehicle vandalism. Bechtold Drive. A report was made that three to four eggs were thrown at a vehicle sometime overnight. 1:32 p.m. Vehicle vandalism. 4th Street N. A report was made that two eggs were thrown at a vehicle sometime overnight. This incident resulted in paint damage. 1:52 p.m. Vehicle vandalism.
mile to help train newer members. Heins’ brother, Steve, was also a member of the department but had to quit when he moved out of the “call area,” too far north of Sartell for a rapid-enough fire-call response time. Heins and his brother still connect with their long-time firefighting buddies. Heins is proud to be part of the retiredfirefighters organization. “Firefighting,” he said, “becomes a hobby, and it’s a brotherhood. I’ve made a lot of good friends and have many great memories.”
Hi-Vu Drive. A report was made that a car’s rear window was broken sometime during the overnight. 11:46 p.m. Loud noise. Roberts Road. A complaint was made regarding loud noises coming from a residence. An officer arrived and spoke to the resident who was having a party. Eventually, the owner agreed to keep the noise down. Sept. 22 11:23 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. A vehicle was witnessed with items hanging from the rearview mirror. The driver was found to not carry a driver’s license. The vehicle was parked; he was issued a citation and released. Sept. 23 1:34 p.m. Traffic stop. Benton Drive. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 45 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated she was unaware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 8:27 p.m. Fight. CR 120. A report was made of four juvenile males fighting in a parking lot. Officers arrived and found the boys running. Officers activated their lights and the males stopped. They stated they were all brothers and admitted to fighting but only playing. No one had any injuries and they were sent home for the night. Sept. 24 1:17 a.m. Welfare check. CR 120. While on patrol, an officer located a female lying on the side of the road. The female stated she was in pain and upset but refused medical treatment. The female appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance and was not able to care for herself. She was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.
Above: Erica Traut and her horse Roll With the Times, Sartell, won Reserve Grand Champion at the sixth annual barrel race held Sept. 19-22 at Tuff Arena in Litchfield, Minn. The competition included 222 competitors. Traut posted the fastest time of the weekend during qualifying runs of 15.286. She is the daughter of Renee and Dennis Traut. Rebecca Pareja, daughter of Donna and Steve Pareja, Sartell recently participated in the white coat ceremony at North Dakota State University, Fargo. She is a student in NDSU’s doctor of pharmacy program. Pareja is among the NDSU pharmacy students who took the oath of a pharmacist during the ceremony. Each student receives a white coat symbolizing his or her duty to patients and colleagues as they enter the pharmacy profession. The ceremony is an opportunity to officially welcome students into the profession of pharmacy and instill an attitude of professionalism, honesty and integrity. Joe Yunek, son of Deb and Jay Yunek, recently earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is a 2006 graduate of Sartell High School and 2010 graduate of St. John’s University. J.C. Christensen and Associates, an Array Services Group company, was recognized by Resurgent Capital Services for collection performance during the
Debt Connection Symposium and Expo Sept. 9 in Las Vegas. JCC was presented the Steve Lawrence Lifetime Achievement Award, the top honor Resurgent awards to agencies, recognizing the outstanding performance that JCC has maintained for close to a decade. JCC has managed a variety of portfolios including prelitigation, dismissed bankruptcy, primary and secondary bankcards and debt settlement. “JCC exemplifies the partnership characteristics we value,” said Marcia Monzi, vice president of Resurgent. “They consistently exhibit a commitment to excellence in all facets of their business; always providing high quality performance and compliance, and demonstration of a true desire to work with us in establishing a mutually beneficial business relationship.” “JCC is extremely fortunate to have a trusted partner like Resurgent,” said Chad Lemke, chief operating officer at JCC. “They understand the debt-buying market and trust us with the flexibility to implement our collection strategy, which significantly leverages years of analytical investment.”
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During “Firefighters’ Week,” we hope all residents everywhere, especially in the Newsleader readership area, will thank their firefighters with a call, a card, an in-person meeting or with a donation. Firefighters, like police, soldiers and other public servants, often do not get the recognition they deserve. It’s not that people are callous and ungrateful; it’s because – first of all – firefighters never expect special thanks and do not like being made “a fuss of.” Another reason is because we’ve all learned to take them for granted, as we do such people who are always “there” when we need them. Firefighting is one of the most dangerous occupations in this world. These good men and women volunteers risk their lives just by being firefighters, even in smaller towns where frequent fire calls or other crises are less likely to happen. The fact is, every firefighter everywhere is always facing the unexpected that lurks in the future. We have all heard of the tragic, heartbreaking instances of deaths: the many firefighters who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City, the many who die throughout the nation when building walls or roofs collapse on them and, more recently, the horrifying deaths of 19 firefighters who died while fighting a wildfire in central Arizona. Since 1981, when Minnesota began keeping records on firefighting-related deaths, 207 firefighters have lost their lives in the state. That’s a terrible toll in just three decades. Imagine how many lives have been saved by firefighters in that same time period. Besides risking their lives, firefighters also deal stoically with other forms of sacrifice on the home front. Many times, even during important occasions, firefighters must leave their families at a moment’s notice to hurry to a fire or other disaster. Such on-call duty is a daily contingency, night and day, for these outstanding men and women. In addition to emergency calls, firefighters dedicate many a long hour to education and ongoing training, another activity that keeps them away from their families. As many firefighters have often remarked, without the full support of families, their service would not be possible. We encourage all readers to thank these selfless firefighters and their families during “Firefighter Appreciation Week.” We depend upon their constant readiness to keep us safe and sound. They are public servants in the noblest sense.
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Their manic obsession sinks the ship It’s a mutiny staged by bullies. That’s how I would characterize the disgusting behavior by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives. They have shut down the federal government because they did not get their way – their obsession to kill ObamaCare. Their obstructionist scheme was highlighted last week when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz – Tea Party hero – talked himself silly for 21 hours in what was a fake filibuster. In his meandering delirium, he told one whopper after another about ObamaCare. Cruz and other Tea Party ideological “purists” (“crazies” is more like it) have bullied reasonable Republicans that they had better get into lock step or else be defeated in primaries or elections back home – defeats engineered by ultra-right-wingers and the tons of corporate money they have been generating for smear ads. What’s really disgusting is this entire Tea Party clamor to stop ObamaCare is a charade. They know they cannot de-fund or stop it, but they make the noise anyway because their grand-standing false bravado plays well with their base back home – those in-grown toenails who think the federal government is evil and Obama is a foreign-born socialistcommunist devil. Some of these inflammatory bellyachers have even bragged about how great it would be if their tantrum tactics caused the government to shut down. House Republicans have voted 42 times to repeal ObamaCare; it’s no wonder they don’t get anything else done. They cite public opposition to the law as their rationale. While it’s
Dennis Dalman Editor true the Affordable Care Act, so far, has less than majority public support, it’s also true the law has been so slandered by the far-right in a barrage of relentless fearmongering and lies, it’s no wonder so many Americans are confused about the law or are against it. A recent poll clearly reveals the confusion. In that poll, 46 percent of people oppose ObamaCare, and 37 percent of people oppose the Affordable Care Act – ironic results because the two are different names for the same law. Millions of dollars have been spent to demonize ObamaCare. Such lies include death panels, people losing their current health insurance, a government takeover of the health-care system and thousands of companies laying off workers right and left to avoid having to comply with the law. None of that nonsense is true. The latest stupid efforts are the TV ads featuring Uncle Sam as a sinister gynecologist who is about to “treat” a young woman (an ObamaCare enrollee) who is squirming with terror. The message, of course, is “Don’t sign up, young folks!” These grinches should be encouraging more people to sign up for health care. They should be defending the law, not de-funding it. Instead, they are – in the most mean-
spirited ways – trying to gut the law while offering no solutions of their own to what has become a longtime moral and ethical disgrace – a lopsided access to health care in this great country. The law’s detractors call it a “horror,” a “disaster,” a “train wreck.” They became more desperate in their apocalyptic rhetoric day by day as the law’s start-up date approached. These naysayers fear the ACA will prove to be a success, not a “train wreck.” And heaven forbid any Obama program should be popular. Horrors! Of course, there will be glitches, setbacks and tweaks as the ACA develops. That is to be expected. And it’s understandable the law (or parts of it) will have its sincere critics. But the tidal wave of irrational hatred it has spawned among right-wing crazies is ridiculous, especially when they obviously haven’t read the bill or choose to purposely misrepresent it through lies, distortions and bogus fears. These purveyors of doom were even more ridiculous when they trashed the law, giving false drastic conclusions about it as if it had already been fully implemented.. If these grumbling bullies want to scream about train wrecks, they should just once consider the wrecks they themselves are causing to the U.S. Congress, to representative democracy and to the full faith and credit of this nation. Like monomaniacs, like off-course Captain Ahabs, these wreckers are willing to sink the ship in order to destroy their whale of an obsession, ObamaCare. The sooner these hellbent harpooners are dis-elected, the better for everyone.
Health insurance raises cost of medicine How much do you suppose a doctor’s visit would cost if there was never health-care insurance? What would it cost to go to the dentist if there was no dental insurance? How much would your prescription cost if health-care insurance didn’t pay a portion of it? The fact these insurances exist actually causes the costs to rise. So you say to me, “If there were no insurance, no one could afford to go to the doctor.” I think the truer statement would be, “If there were no insurance, medical-care costs would plummet and be much lower, even affordable.” The cost of medical school would also tumble. Health-care insurance is really nothing more than a prepayment for medical care. It became popular when employers started offering it to some employees in lieu of wage increases. That became especially helpful during times of wage and price freezes. Today, most employees and unions believe they are owed this coverage as a part of their employment. The medical industry has taken advantage of this pot of money. Obamacare is nothing more than a scheme to get young healthy people to pay for the increasingly high cost of medical care for older and generally less-healthy people, as well as those who either cannot afford insurance or
Ron Scarbro Guest Writer refuse to buy it. Health insurance has become so common many people just think it’s a necessity of life. The reality is health-care insurance serves only to continue the increasingly high cost of the medical industry. Health-care insurance is the subsidy that keeps their ship afloat. It’s their golden goose. Without it, they would have to compete in the free marketplace and their costs would necessarily come down. Some of you will say the cost is high because of research and development. If that were true, medical costs would be the same regardless of which country you lived in. Of course we know that is just not true. So, why do our doctors and our hospitals and the pharmaceutical companies charge what they do? The answer is, because they can. That’s the only answer available. If it were not for medical insurance, prices would sink to levels where average people could and would afford them.
Personally I applaud any attempt to help make medical care available to the poor. But I believe Obamacare will prove to be a complete and unmitigated disaster. The industry needs to be governed and reined in, but Obamacare is not the answer. Making more money available to that industry through more insurance subsidy will only serve to cause the costs to continue to rise. This is what I know. Medical care costs too much. But medical care is a necessity of life. Because it’s a necessity, perhaps it should also be treated like a public utility. Government regulates what our public utilities cost because there is no competition. The medical industry has so organized itself. It also has no competition. They can set prices as they wish knowing we, through our various insurances, will pay the cost. As much as I detest government involvement in private business, something has to be done. Clearly I don’t have all the answers. I do know this, however. If we keep allowing the medical industry to increase its costs by subsidizing those increases through insurance, they will have no incentive to lower them. That alone will doom Obamacare. We need a better answer.
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Left: This surrealistic collage, created on a 1-foot by 1-foot masonite tile, features a sassy Minny Mouse among all sorts of apparently incongruous images taken from magazines and glued together in an expert dreamlike logic. Lower left: A spectral moon hovers above a roiling sea in this painting by Stacey O’Connell, who is one of two master teachers in the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project,” which is now being displayed at the Gallery St. Germain in downtown St. Cloud. Above right: A disabled veteran created this collage, a tribute to a beloved pet dog. It is one of nearly 400 pictures that comprise a giant mural in the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project” now on view at the Gallery St. Germain. At right: A ghostly tree was created by a woman with disabilities at one of many workshops as part of the “Minnesota Disability Mural Project.”
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Claude Dingmann Asst. Chief, 33 years
Ken Heim, Chief 28 years
Jim Sattler, Asst. Chief 25 years
Jerry Raymond, Captain 22 years
Mark Guggenberger 21 years
Randy Giles, Captain 17 years
Dennis Ertl 16 years
Darrell Kruchten 16 years
Jim “Butch” Rieland Fire Marshall, 15 years
Bill Weihs 14 years
William Sieben Captain, 20 years
Wayne Harrison Training Officer, 12 years
Dale Bidinger 18 years
Kellen Hemmesch Secretary, 12 years
Marty Radi 18 years
Lucas Dingmann 8 years
St. Stephen Firefighters! Wade Jacobsen 8 years
Troy Hoekstra 3 years
Ryan Fitzthum 5 years
Mitch Kockler 2 years
Mark Heinen 5 years
Dave Hengel 2 years
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Front row (left to right): Joe Gordon, 4 years; Adam Seifermann, new member; Al Vouk, 41 years; Lauren Hoeschen, 4 years; and Steve Trobec, 10 years. Middle row: Chris Hoeschen, 6 years; Dave Trobec, 14 years; Ralph Barhorst, 40 years; John Knettel, 6 years; Mike Ringstad, 4 years; and Chuck Verhaagh, 13 years. Back row: Jamie Gummert, 1 year, Jeff Blenkush, 17 years (captain), Aaron Rudolph, 19 years (captain), Jeff Drais, 17 years (fire chief), Gene Skaj, 31 years (assistant chief), Brian Quaal, 20 years (captain), Rodger Bellinger, 15 years (captain), Jeff Supan, 20 years; and Jim Schumer, 36 years. Not pictured: Jeff Jefferson, 8 years; Eric Larson, 4 years; Jason Paggen, 15 years; Keith Patrick, 9 years; Paul Patrick, 13 years; and Jason Trobec, 8 years.
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Get ready, get set, go for ObamaCare
by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Oct. 1 was a big day for the most major health-care reform program in nearly a half century – the federal Affordable Care Act, also dubbed “ObamaCare.” On that day, the marketplace exchanges started in Minnesota and elsewhere across the nation. Those without health insurance now have a chance to do online comparison shopping for a healthcare insurance policy best suited to their needs. In central Minnesota, five private insurance companies now offer, in total, about 140 policy plans that range from basic to more comprehensive. Once people choose and sign up for insurance policies, they will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. People will have until March 31 to sign up for some form of health insurance without being penalized for not having any. The ACA requires all Americans to have an insurance plan by next year. Those who don’t (except for some hardship or religious exemptions) will be fined, and the fines will increase from $5 the first year to several hundred dollars in subsequent years. Fines would be levied through the Internal Revenue Service, which could deduct fine amounts from tax refunds. Those who already have insurance can keep exactly what they have.
The rationale underlying the ACA is that more people with health insurance will widen the insurance pool, translating into lower premium costs for all and a downward push on medical costs, largely through the benefits of preventive care and healthier lifestyles. Starting this past Tuesday, small employers (those with 50 or fewer employees) will also be able to shop on the online market exchange, which in Minnesota is known as MNsure. Larger employers, those with more than 50 employees, can start choosing group insurance polices through ACA starting in 2017. About one in five Minnesotans do not have health insurance or have plans that are very inadequate. Up to an estimated 1.2 million Americans are eligible for the ACA.
The first step toward seeking coverage under the ACA is to determine one’s eligiblity for tax credits, which are federal subsidies to help people who need help paying premiums. The whole idea behind the Affordable Care Act is the word “affordable,” making it possible, through subsidies, for everyone to have care that costs a set portion of annual income. For most people of very low incomes in Minnesota, there are two programs they are already enrolled in or are eligible
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for: MinnesotaCare or Medicaid. Those people will stay on those programs as long as their annual incomes remain within the low limits. Affordability, under terms of the ACA, is paying no more than 9.5 percent of annual income for an insurance policy. For the rest of the uninsured, calculating annual incomes is very important. On the marketexchange website (www.MNsure.com), there will be a “calculator” function available on which people can enter their income information and which will instantly calculate eligibility for a federal subsidy and how much. People can also determine subsidy eligibility through an insurance broker. Murray Herstein, who lives in the Twin Cities, is one of many brokers throughout the state connected to a hotline help number to assist seekers of insurance through the ACA. Specially certified and trained as a MNsure agent, Herstein and a newly hired assistant expect hundreds if not thousands of calls in the coming three months. In an interview with the Newsleader, Herstein emphasized how important it is for people to find out if they are eligible and for how much. That information, he said, is vital so when shopping on the MNsure marketplace website, people will be able to balance what they have to spend with the type of insurance policy they decide to choose. The MNsure site will also inform seekers about “navigators” and “assistors,” a network of specially trained helpers throughout the state, many of them employees of clinics, hospitals and organizations. They, too, will be able to help someone determine subsidy eligibility. Herstein noted eligibility for subsidized premiums can be up
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 to 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. An individual who makes $46,000 annually or less in gross adjusted income is eligible for a federal subsidy. The less that person makes under that amount, the more the subsidy. A family of four that brings in $94,000 or less in annual income is also eligible. Under the ACA, each member of a family can, if they choose, pick a different plan, Herstein noted. To get an idea if you are subsidy eligible, the gross adjusted income is located on tax forms (Line 4 on 1040EZ form, Line 21 on 1040A form and Line 37 on 1040 form).
Another important step before you begin shopping on the MNsure exchange is to examine your health, habits and lifestyle. Such factors will help you know which level of health insurance best fits your needs.
Sartell Newsleader • www.thenewsleaders.com Prospective health-care shoppers should make a list of health factors, asking themselves the following questions: • Do I live a sedentary lifestyle or an active lifestyle or somewhere in between? If someone is too sedentary, there could be lurking health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and more. If a person is very active, such as an athlete or an adventurer-daredevil, the person might be prone to serious injuries. • Do I drink to excess? Do I smoke cigarettes or abuse drugs? All are risk factors. • What is my family background? Which relatives suffered or died because of certain medical conditions? Are those factors perhaps hereditary? • When was my last medical check-up? What were the results? It’s a good idea to get a new medical check-up before shopping for a
policy. That way, you will have an idea of your overall general health and if medical issues need some attention. After an honest assessment of risk factors, those who have a more healthy lifestyle might want to choose a less costly insurance plan. Those with high-risk factors or a history of medical issues probably need a more comprehensive plan. There are four levels of health policies to choose from, rated from least expensive to most expensive: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. A bronze policy will cover 60 percent of medical costs, a silver 70 percent, a gold 80 percent and a platinum 90 percent. The ACT, however, mandates all plans and all levels must offer certain “essential benefits” that include preventive care, maternity care, prescription drugs, lab tests and more. In addition, the ACT requires the insurance plans to
‘Toast of Autumn’ slated for Oct. 10 “Toast to Autumn,” the annual fundraiser for the SartellSt. Stephen Education Foundation, will take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at Mulligan’s Event Center in Sartell. Each year, the SSEF gives thousands of dollars to academic programs in pre-school
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to 12th grade. The foundation also gives several scholarships. Since its beginning, the foundation has been accruing funds to shore up a long-time, self-sustaining foundation that would be able to assist generations of students and student learning. Tickets for Toast to Autumn
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accept people with pre-existing medical conditions and prevents companies from placing lifetime cost limits on medical care. Companies, under the ACT law, must put caps on out-of-pocket costs, must let children stay on their adults’ policies until they are 26 and requires 80-85 percent of every dollar paid in premiums be spent solely on delivering medical care or improving health care – otherwise refunds will be mandated. The ACT also requires the prod-
ucts on marketplace exchanges to be written in layman’s language so shoppers can compare the plans side by side – apples to apples, so to speak. It must be plain to each shopper exactly what each plan does (and does not) offer. Because of ACT mandates, even the least expensive insurance plans on the online marketplace were designed to offer good value for the premiums paid, according to MNsure advocates. To read the article in its entirety, visit www.thenewsleaders.com.
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CITY OF SARTELL PUBLIC HEARING CITY ZONING ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REPLACING, TITLE 10 CHAPTER 2, RULES & DEFINITIONS CHAPTER 4, ENFORCEMENT & ADMINISTRATION CHAPTER 5, RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS CHAPTER 6, BUSINESS DISTRICTS CHAPTER 7, INDUSTRIAL DISTRICTS CHAPTER 8, GENERAL REGULATIONS CHAPTER 9, SITE (PLOT) PLAN CHAPTER 10, PARKING AND LOADING REQUIREMENTS CHAPTER 11, SIGNS CHAPTER 12, LANDSCAPING CHAPTER 13, NONCONFORMING USES CHAPTER 14, CONDITIONAL-USE PERMITS CHAPTER 14.5, INTERIM USES CHAPTER 15, AMENDMENTS AND REZONING CHAPTER 16, VARIANCES AND APPEALS CHAPTER 17, SITE DESIGN STANDARDS CHAPTER 18, WETLAND DISTRICT (WD) CHAPTER 19, COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN ZONE CHAPTER 20, EROSION AND SEDIMENT CONTROL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 22, ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS ORDINANCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the city of Sartell will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at the Sartell City Hall, for the purpose of repealing and replacing Title 10, Chapter 10, repealing and replacing Title 10, Chapter 2, Rules and Definitions; Chapter 4, Enforcement and Administration; Chapter 5, Residential Districts; Chapter 6, Business Districts; Chapter 7, Industrial Districts; Chapter 8, General Regulations, Chapter 9, Site (Plot) Plan; Chapter 10, Parking and Loading Requirements; Chapter 11, Signs; Chapter 12, Landscaping; Chapter 13, Nonconforming Uses; Chapter 14, Conditional-Use Permits; Chapter 14.5, Interim Uses; Chapter 15, Amendments and Rezon-
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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. lakewobegontrails.com. 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.
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Monday, Oct. 7 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. www.marketmonday.org. Sartell Lions Club, 7 p.m., upstairs of Blue Line Sports Bar andGrill, 1101 2nd St. S., Sartell. 248-3240. Operation Christmas Child informational meeting, 7 p.m., Westwood Church, 5719 Walnut Drive, St. Cloud. Speaker is fresh from a shoebox distribution trip to Uganda. Lyme support meeting, 7-8:45 p.m., Good Earth Food Co-op, 2010 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud.
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Tuesday, Oct. 8 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Life Assembly of God, 2409 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud. 1-888234-1294. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell Chamber of Commerce, 11:45 a.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Apollo High School, 1000 44th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Lyme Disease class, “Under Our Skin documentary and talk by Jakin and Nicole Koll, 6 p.m., Sartell-St. Stephen School District Office. email@example.com.
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Thursday, Oct. 10 Coffee and Conversation, a senior discussion group, 9 a.m., Country Manor, Sartell. Blood drive, noon-6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Firefighters open house, sponsored by LeSauk Firefighters, 4-7:30 p.m., Fire Hall, Sartell. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Gilleland Chevrolet, 3019 Divison St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path, 7 p.m., St. Cloud Universalist Fellowship, 3226 Maine Prairie Road, St. Cloud. Speaker Father Gringinger, M.D., Austria.
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Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Dangerous intersection to get roundabout
by Dennis Dalman firstname.lastname@example.org
Yet another roundabout will be constructed in Sartell – this one at the intersection of CR 133 and 19th Avenue in west Sartell, midway between the intersection of CR 133 and CR 4 and Pinecone Road. At the recent council meeting, Stearns County Engineer Jody Teichs presented an overview of the project, which is likely to be started in 2014. The intersection in question, Teichs said, is a very dangerous intersection. In recent years, she said, there have been some serious injuries, but fortunately no deaths there, due to crashes. Because that intersection is dangerous, that fact convinced the federal government to give $400,000 in safety-grant money for the project, Teichs noted. Teichs herself drives through that intersection often, she noted, and although the speed limit for traffic coming from the west toward Sartell is 50 mph, she has seen vehicles traveling well in excess of the posted speed. It’s also hazardous for the many bicyclists who travel in that area. City council member Amy Braig-Lindstrom, who en-
joys bicycling, agreed, saying the intersection is “very scary.” The roundabout will be a four-legged configuration, with CR 133 going west and east of the roundabout and 19th Avenue going north and south. A roundabout there, Teichs said, would certainly slow down traffic and enhance safety. Teichs said the cost of building the roundabout would be split. The grant would pay for $400,000, the lion’s share. The city and county would split the remaining costs on a threefourth (city) and one-fourth (county) percentage. Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson told
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the council his department estimated the city’s share of the cost would be between $60,000 and $70,000, depending on how the bids come in. At the Sept. 9 council meeting, members Sarah Jane Nicoll and David Peterson were not present. However, the three council members who were present (Mayor Joe Perske, Amy Braig-Lindstrom and Steve Hennes) all agreed the roundabout project at that intersection is a good solution. “It’s a dangerous intersection, especially at sunrise and sunset,” Hennes said.
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Mental-health meeting set for Oct. 8 A session entitled “Community Conversations on Mental Health” will take place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Whitney Senior Center in Sartell. The session, sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Health, will feature a guest speaker followed by a group dis-
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Stearns County holds seized, surplus auction Stearns County will hold a fall auction to sell seized and surplus goods beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Stearns County Public Works building, 455 28th Ave., Waite Park, three blocks south of Mill’s Fleet Farm. For sale are numerous vehicles, PCs, laptops, office furniture,
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