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ID theft-prevention workshop Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran

“Identity Theft: What you need to know,” a free 50-minute workshop, created by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 N. C.R. 2, St. Joseph. The workshop is designed to help participants learn: how identity theft can occur, protection tips and steps to take if it happens. Identity theft can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. Don’t let it happen to you. Refreshments will be served. To reserve your spot, contact Debbie Clausen, CLTC, at 320-253-4382 or

Early learning scholarships available to qualifying families

As the new school year swings into full gear, more of the state’s youngest learners will now have access to high-quality early education. Thanks to Governor Dayton and the Legislature’s $40-million investment during the next biennium in early education scholarships, more than 8,000 students will be given a better start. Low-income families are now able to apply for a scholarship. The funds are available for students, ages 3 to 5, with the highest needs in order to improve school readiness for all young children. Up to $5,000 per scholarship will be awarded and may be used at any early childhood program including Head Start, school-based prekindergarten and preschool programs, and child-care programs. For more information, visit and click on Criers.

Literacy, math tutors needed in St. Cloud

Full-time AmeriCorps tutors are urgently needed to begin a year of service in a St. Cloud area school immediately. They help students grow toward becoming successful readers by the end of third grade, or toward math proficiency by the end of eighth grade. As a full-time tutor, you’ll receive training and get real experience. You’ll earn a biweekly living stipend of $480, an education award of $5,550 and can put federal student loans into forbearance while you serve. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit and click on Criers.

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Determination, faith in God leads to joyous adoptions by Dennis Dalman

For their deep love for children, for their determination to adopt despite great odds against them, Tony and Lisa Schneider of Sartell were honored with an “Angels of Adoption” award last week in Washington, D.C. The award was presented by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who represents Sartell and other areas of the 6th Congressional District. Bachmann, the mother of five biological children, has also done foster care throughout the years for 23 foster children. She and her staff nominated the Schneiders for the “Angel of Mercy” award because they had become familiar with the Schneiders who had sought help for adoption through contributed photo Bachmann’s office. Bachmann For the first time, Lisa and Tony Schneider meet their future adopted son in an orphanage in is co-chair of the U.S. House Krygystan, a country in Central Asia. It took many ups and downs and setbacks before the of Representatives’ CongresSchneiders brought their new boy back home to Sartell, but all the disappointments along the sional Coalition on Adoption. way were well worth the end result, the Schneiders assure people. Adoptions • page 6

Six people give input at superintendent-search meeting by Dennis Dalman

Was it the dreary, drizzly night? Was it because people have unbounded confidence in their school district? Or was it because residents decided to fill out a superintendent search questionnaire via the district’s website? Are those the reasons only six people showed up for the superintendent-search public meeting at Sartell High school Oct. 15? Well, maybe. Who knows? But not to worry, said Greg Vandal, meeting facilitator. As a consultant Vandal, former superintendent of the Sauk RapidsRice School District, has helped in six superintendent searches in various Minnesota districts. At one public meeting, only one person showed up. Sparse attendance is not untypical, and it does not mean people do not care about their school districts, he said. Vandal is a consultant with “School Exec Connect,” along with Dr. Ken Dragseth, former Edina superintendent. The two men are working with the Sartell-St. Stephen School District to facilitate the search for a superintendent to replace Dr.

Joseph Hill, who resigned earlier this year. Dragseth and Vandal had a very busy Oct. 15. They met all day with groups of people: city officials from both Sartell and St. Stephen, teachers, interns, support staff, administrators, mem-

bers of the Sartell-St. Stephen Foundation and other school organizations. At noon they met with 10 students for lunch at the high school. They gathered input from those “stakeholder” groups that will be shared with the school board, as will be the input

gathered from the six people at the Oct. 15 meeting. The board expects to choose a new superintendent by midFebruary, one who can begin his or her job July 1, 2014. Meeting • page 3

Let your light shine Oct. 22 The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center is asking individuals to commit to leaving a porch light lit on Tuesday, Oct. 22 to create hope and light in the world in honor of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989, in St. Joseph. The case remains open and unsolved. Jacob’s story has left an indelible mark on the hearts of thousands, if not millions, of people throughout Minnesota, the United States and the world. JWRC has always asked families to leave a porch light on to honor Jacob on Oct. 22. In addition to turning on an outside light, it encourages individuals to let their own lights shine. Help a neighbor, talk to your child about safety, support a local child-serving organization, the ideas are endless.

There is no greater way to honor Jacob than to create a more hope-filled world. It’s very rare an abductor comes forward to confess to a crime like this one, but in most cases, the abductor tells someone what they did. If you are able to shine a light into this case by coming forward to law enforcement with information that will lead to answers, JWRC encourages you to take that step. Leads on Jacob’s case can be called into the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST. The JWRC, originally called the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, was founded in 1990 by Patty and Jerry Wetterling following their son’s abduction near St. Joseph. (www.jwrc. org). JWRC has a proven his-

tory of educating families and communities to prevent sexual exploitation and abductions of children and also provides victim assistance to families of the missing. Jacob’s legacy continues to be honored through JWRC, a program of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center. Their mission is to end all forms of child abuse, neglect and exploitation through training, education, advocacy, prevention and awareness, providing care and treatment for children, families and adult survivors.

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Todd Fritz and Brenda Eisenschenk from InteleCONNECT Inc. were recently recognized for the largest annual wireless sales at the annual conference with Telecom Brokerage Inc. in Chicago. InteleCONNECT is a locally owned and independent broker of local, long distance, internet, wireless and cable TV for business. They have been serving Sartell and the central Minnesota business community for the past six years. The annual Scouting for Food campaign was conducted by local community volunteers and the Cub and Boy Scouts of the Central Minnesota Council and their families. On Oct. 5, Scouts in the Sartell, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and St. Augusta areas collected almost six tons of food and household supplies for the Salvation Army and Caritas food shelves. This year we also received and are trying to return some wedding photos from Feb. 28, 2004. The groom is bald with a black goatee and beard. Contact Bob Rueter 320-251-3930 if these are yours! Thanks to Caritas for hosting the collection site and distribution of the food. Thanks to Wells Fargo for their site coordination and food plus beverages for the volunteers. We are moving our food drive to the spring in 2015 so look for more details at a later date. Thanks to everyone for their donations and support. The Central Minnesota Council, Boy Scouts of America serves throughout a 12-county area in central Minnesota. The Central Minnesota Council is a United Way agency. If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers

PineCone Vision Center’s Jennifer Novak was recently named Paraoptometric of the Year by the Minnesota Op- Novak tometric Association at its fall meeting held recently in Minneapolis. She is the president of the Minnesota Paraoptometric Association, and was chair of a task force that structured the association. She has also led efforts to build membership, develop education for paras and has encouraged paraoptometric certification. Recognized for her outstanding work by members of the MOA, Novak is the practice administrator at PineCone Vision Center in Sartell and a certified paraoptometric. She has been with PineCone Vision for sevenand-a-half of their nine years in business. As practice administrator she has taken on various roles, however most important to her is the practice’s patient experience and community outreach efforts. The award is given to an optometric assistant or technician who has made the most contributions to the profession of optometry. The committee judges nominees based on service to optometry, paraoptometric associations and the public, in addition to personal endorsements. “This is a huge accomplishment and our entire office couldn’t be more proud of her,” says owner and medical director Dr. Nicholas Colatrella. “We are delighted for Jennifer and congratulate her.” The award nomination stated: “Jennifer is incredibly organized and efficient, and ensures operations run smoothly so patients can have the best possible experience. She is dedicated to optometry and an excellent example of professionalism. She is a true mentor for others in our profession.” Novak lives with her husband, Quentin, and their two children in Hillman, Minn.


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WE Day participants from Sartell include the following: (front row, left to right) Tristan Nies, Jessica Andrewson, Ezra Forthun, Emma Gunderson, Hannah Ritter, Sarah Owens, Bella Aizcorbe, Maia Kurvers and Elizabeth Millhouse; (back row) Aidan Speckhard, Andrew Flores, Dylan Plemel, Tristan Bommersbach, Dylabn Notsch, Thomas Connolly, Emma Janu, Hannah Congdon and Elizabeth Ruder. Eighteen Sartell Middle School students attended the first annual WE Day at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul on Oct. 8. WE Day is an initiative started by the Free the Children organization to empower young people to “change the world.”

Sartell Middle School has committed to being a WE School and working toward completing one local and one global community project. Minnesota is the second state to host WE Day. Students heard a number of motivational speakers including

Barbara Pierce Bush, Martin Luther King III and Jack Jablonski. Musical groups including the Jonas Brothers, the Tenors and Carly Rae Jepson performed. Students were chaperoned by Luke Rude and Lori Dornburg.

Callie Frank, a junior theatre arts and hospitality management double major from Sartell, will play Kate Alterman during the Triangle Factory Fire Project to be performed at 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday, Oct. 24-26 and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Fine Arts Theatre at Southwestern Minnesota State University, Marshall. A dinner theater will be offered Oct. 25 and Nov. 2. Tickets are available at www.SMSUtickets. com and at the door. For more information, call the theatre office at 507-537-7103. The Triangle Factory Fire Project is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. Written by Christopher Piehler, in collaboration with Scott Alan Evans, the Triangle Factory Fire Project examines the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, in which 146 peo-

ple — mostly young, immigrant women, and nearly half of them teenagers — died in one of the worst industrial tragedies in U.S. history. Using words spoken by real people of the time, this play dramatically traces the events and the labor and safety problems that led up to the fire, the horror of the fire itself and the subsequent manslaughter trial of the factory owners.

Nicole Shimak, Joshua Hoekstra, Broden Lemke, Harry Mitchell, Nolan Houghton, Travis Biery, Allie Chapman, RJ CarstensenBoe, Allyson Carstensen-Boe, Summer Burton, Katie Chapman, Bailey Guggisberg, Brooke Jacobsen, Sharon Botz, Tabby Botz, Sara Jansky, Roman Pugachenko, Taylor Evans, Brooklyn Norton, Justin Robertson, Devin Corrigan, Shauna Corrigan, Colin Heydman, Ryan Heydman, Claudia Warzecka, Shannon Vadnie, Caleb Kudrna, Heidi Austin and Miah Sack, and black belts: Anne Nelson, Rosanna Lee, Brandon Robertson, Cassie King, Samantha King, Julie Gadient, Jessica Fasen, Christa Halonen, Evan Bell and Taylor Mastey. The students are from Sartell, St. Joseph, Annandale, Albany, Becker, Clearwater, Cold Spring, Kimball, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Watkins.

Avenue. Sometime during the overnight, a person entered the repo lot and attempted to jumpstart a motorcycle. They were unsuccessful and did not move any other items. 10:17 a.m. Intoxicated male.

Troop Drive. Complaints were made regarding an intoxicated male knocking on door and asking for alcohol and cigarettes. The male was not able to care for himself. He was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital.


rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Oct. 2 9:11 a.m. Burglary. Riverside

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National Karate students from the Sartell and St. Cloud karate schools competed at the Diamond Nationals Tournament this October. The students took 12 first-place trophies, 17 second-place trophies and 26 third-place trophies. Congratulations to: under black belts: Dolan Binder, Christina Binder, Gabi Lietz, Quinn Skoog, Adam Pocklington, Abby Silman, Chris Silman, Wyatt Kern, Mitch Shimak,

7:14 p.m. Intoxicated female. 15th Street S. A report was made of a highly intoxicated female who had fallen down the stairs. Officers arrived and found she was not able to care for herself. A sober

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Greg Vandal, facilitator, leads a discussion about the search for a new superintendent for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. Although only six people attended the meeting, they came up with lots of input.

Meeting from front page At the meeting, Vandal had a copy of the five-question survey Sartell residents can fill out online on the district’s website. He asked the six people to give verbal input for each question. The six people either have or have had students in the SartellSt. Stephen School District. The following are brief summaries of the results. 1. List the most important goals for your school district to achieve in the next three years. Participants offered the following: infrastructure and revenue for the programs; preparing stu-

dents for the world, and that includes advanced technology, retaining excellence while keeping an eye on the bill; keep class sizes in mind, with optimal student-teacher ratios; make sure the school buildings don’t get to the point where they’re bursting at the seams; and keep steady track of growth patterns in the district, and always keep a step ahead of spurts of growth by preparing for them. 2. List your district’s greatest strengths/attributes for achieving the above goals: One attendee said, community support in good times and bad. Referendums, for example, pass with relative ease compared to many other districts. Parents give tremendous Meeting • page 5


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Let’s hope ACA designers fix all the glitches, confusion The Oct. 1 start-up of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act was a virtual disaster with its widespread computer glitches, confusion and a lack of one-to-one personal help. It’s a lot like those public meetings at which a large audience is eager to hear the speakers when all at once the microphone system does not work, and nobody can hear a thing until they fix the system. Very frustrating, to say the least, especially in our high-tech age. These techno-glitches happen more often than not at such meetings. As all ACA supporters have long said, there are bound to be glitches in the program, but the rocky debut was inexcusable. All the same, there is a bright side. There appears to have been a widespread and keen interest in the ACA by the millions who are desperate to get some form of affordable health insurance. That interest, which generated so much computer “traffic,” is one reason, we’re told, for the glitches. We’re also told at this point, most of the problems have been resolved. Let us hope so. Ideally, as many as 30 million people nationwide will be able to get insurance plans through the ACA exchange marketplaces. Here in Minnesota, through the MNsure Exchange, people will be able to choose among 140 plans offered by five companies. That’s a daunting task, to pick just the right insurance plan, from among so many. That is why, the ACA is supposed to make available “assisters” or “navigators,” as they’re called – people who can offer help in person or via the telephone to people perplexed by the process. However, at start-up time, most of those helpers were not up-to-snuff on their training and were unavailable, which gave another black eye to the program. That, too, was inexcusable. At least 5,000 people in Minnesota have enrolled as of last week. The actual number of enrollees nationwide is supposed to be announced in November. The hope is if and when all the glitches are cleared up and all the helpers are up to snuff and ready to go, the number of enrollees will increase exponentially. The success of the ACA will depend upon a critical mass of people enrolled, especially young people, who will expand the insurance pool, hopefully making possible a downward trend both in premiums and medical costs. That is an optimistic “IF.” But the good news is we have already heard of instances of that downward trend. The cost of ACA plans’ premiums via MNsure, for instance, are among the lowest in the nation. The other good news is some ACA plans have already gone into effect, including allowing children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health plans, prescription-cost relief for senior citizens and enrollment by people with pre-existing conditions. The biggest hope, perhaps, is those who are enrolled will help others enroll. Good word-of-mouth should be a great impetus for the ACA. The insurance plans will go into effect Jan. 1. However, people will still have until the end of March to enroll. To learn more or to enroll, go to:

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Opinion Website unlocks magic ghosts of past If you’re in the mood to take a trip down Memory Lane, by all means check out a wonderful website called “Remembering St. Cloud.” It’s a nostalgist’s dreamsite. For those born and/or raised in the greater St. Cloud area, visiting that website is like opening a big, long-locked memory trunk. It’s like stepping into a time machine and pressing the fastbackward button. The site contains hundreds of photos and comments from site browsers, not just of St. Cloud but about virtually all the towns in the central Minnesota area. I’ve spent hours wandering through that site, relishing things I thought had long been erased from my memory bank. Here is just one example: I was raised in a house on St. Cloud’s 5th Avenue S near Barden Park. Every weekend in the 1950s, we kids would walk up 5th Avenue to downtown to go to the movies at one of the three theaters: Paramount, Eastman, Hays. Adjacent to the east side of the Hays was Grundman Motors where my dad worked as a mechanic. In fact, I was named after Denny Grundman. We kids would stop there to weasel money off of Dad and get candy from those old clunky-nifty dispensers. What a thrill it was to put nickels into them and then turn the red knob to watch the candy bars or Planter’s salted peanuts in their window-boxes take an “elevator” ride down to the dispenser window. To this day, the smell of mechanic’s grease-gasolineconcrete floors reminds me of that candy machine. When we’d leave Grundman’s and the Hays Theater after the movie, the

Dennis Dalman Editor first thing we’d see is the big usedcar lot across the street with its line of colorful plastic pennants fluttering on the breeze, flapping in the wind. That lot was where the Radisson hotel is now. I’d forgotten all about that car lot and the hundreds of times I’d seen it – that is, until I saw a very old photo of it on the “Remembering St. Cloud” website. I was stunned. It was like seeing a glimpse of a forgotten vanished world come back to life. It’s odd but wonderful how an old photo can instantly unlock the sweetdeep past. That is why “Remembering St. Cloud” is such a treasure trove. Most of its photos are from people who found them in photo albums, attics and elsewhere. What’s really neat is people keep adding photos all the time. Here are some favorite memories sparked by the photos on “Remembering St. Cloud.” Walking to the east-side quarries every summer day to swim and lounge around on the hot flat granite slabs with friends on soggy towels, listening to our cool transistor radios (“KDWB! Channel 63!” was the station’s jingle). Walking every night in belowzero weather to Lake George for iceskating. Putting our skates on in the warming house blazing with warmth

from its red-hot stove, then zipping onto the ice to play crack-the-whip and tag while from the warming house wafted corny, rinky-tinky organ music. That warming-house smelled of old wood, wet woolen socks and a metallic-hot-steamy smell when skaters would spit on the big stove to watch the spit sizzle. Going to the municipal swimming pool every day in the summer, putting our clothes in wire baskets, pinning the basket-number safety pin onto our swim trunks, then getting the courage up to dash through the shock of cold-shower water in a walkway that led from the damp-cement locker room to the sun-drenched, sky-blue pool. Afterwards, red-eyed, clutching our wet towels, we’d stop at the concession stand for frozen Snickers, Old Dutch potato chips and Orange Crush pop. Walking across the old rickety 10th Street bridge after stopping at Gussie’s Grocery next to it to get some candy. The bridge had a woodplank walkway through the cracks of which you could see the brownish swirling water. There was the smell of fish and creosote. On the other side of the river, we would hike along to the Beaver Islands where we would fish happily all day long. Nowadays, when I visit south St. Cloud, it’s so utterly altered from the magic past. And yet, beyond the changes, beneath them, I can still see and hear the happy ghosts from a vanished world. I urge my readers to visit “Remembering St. Cloud.” I can bet you’ll find many of your own good memories awaiting you therein.

These are the best years of my life Someone recently asked me, “If you could go back and re-live any period of your life, what would it be?” That started me thinking. I believe I have had a good life. I enjoyed my childhood. My brothers and I played all the normal childhood games. We also went hunting and fishing at what would now be considered a very young age. My school days were mostly normal. I didn’t take school too seriously but I was able to get through with decent grades because I paid attention in class. I played sports, which helped. I remember my teen years. I recall my clumsy and somewhat comical attempts at dating. At the time I thought I was the only one who was that clumsy. It turns out the young ladies were equally uncomfortable with the whole dating thing. But, as always seems to be the case, I managed, as did my friends. Then there were my years in the military. Again there were wins and there were losses. As do most people, I have some regrets. While I was serving in the Army I was appointed to go to West Point Military Academy. Thinking back, that was quite an honor but I turned it down. Maybe that was a good choice and maybe it was a bad one. Who knows? I could have ended up

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer in Vietnam with a target on my back. Also, had I gone to West Point I probably wouldn’t have met the love of my life. That happened soon after I got out of the Army. We have been married more than 50 years now. After meeting and marrying my wife, we set about making a life together, which included two children and working for a living. Those were all good years. Now my children are grown and have families of their own and our nest is empty. That is a lot better than it sounds. And so I am left to examine what are the best years of my life. I had a great childhood. I enjoyed my teen years even though they were clumsy. I even liked my time in the military. I didn’t think so at the time, but the years have allowed me to re-examine that time. I got more than I gave. My years with my wife have been a picture of ideal. Norman Rockwell,

the artist who painted scenes of idyllic Americana, would have been proud. My working life, while in the past, was a time of learning and doing. There were good times and bad. There were successes and there were failures. I suppose that’s the way it is with most people. This then is what I have concluded. Everything I have ever done, every decision I have ever made, every choice I have chosen, has brought me to this point in my life. When I turned to the right instead of the left, I got here. When I went up instead of down, I got here. When I said yes instead of no, that brought me here. And this point in my life is the best time of my life. I am living in the best years of my life. I have definitely had some regrets. I have definitely had some victories. But, whatever the choice I made, I am here and loving my life. Had I chosen differently, my outcome wouldn’t have necessarily been different. I was discussing this column with my little granddaughter and she offered this brilliant comment. “Grandpa, how can you know when you have lived your best years. They may not have happened yet.” Ah, yes, out of the mouths of babes ...

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Meeting from page 3 support, attending school events and being involved. The recent “Toast to Autumn” fundraiser for the Education Foundation was packed with participants. A recent band concert also attracted a huge audience. Another said, the teachers and staff are wonderful – several of the six said how excellent the teachers are. Others said the teachers are focused on high academic achievements, and it shows – that doesn’t “just happen;” the extracurricular programs are superb, with something for everyone, from athletics to the arts and everything in between; and the administrators are topnotch and care about what they do – they are second to none. 3. List your district’s greatest challenges/barriers for achieving the goals in question 1. The small group offered the following: economic pressures; the ability to attract and maintain the best teachers and staff, with enough pay to keep them here; the tax base in the Sartell area must keep up with growth including always keeping a close watch on variations within the trajectories of growth; not becoming reactionary about growth issues and making sure facilities’ plans are in place and updated; no one can control or predict how many people (and students) will move to Sartell, St. Stephen and the general area; and don’t look too far afield for a superintendent candidate when current school administrators might be ideal, especially since they thoroughly know the school district and its residents. Current administrators Greg Johnson and Eric Martins would be excellent superintendents, one man stated. What they lack in superintendent experience they could learn if the board allows them to develop their considerable talents. 4. Describe the most important characteristics/skills the next superintendent needs to possess to be successful. The person must be accountable to the school board, but should not be micromanaged – the board and the superintendent should learn to understand when each should lead; good business skills since the district is much like a corporation; good interpersonal skills and expertise in computers and social media in order to communicate with people in the district; an ability to challenge the current system, excellent as it is, to take it to even higher levels of achievement; a willingness to work with teachers and students through mutual respect; open and honest communication; be visible in the community by attending events, both city and school-related ones; a knack for being a good “salesperson;” an ability to understand boundaries as to when and who should

Sartell Newsleader • make decisions; when a decision is made, especially by only one person, that decision should be thoroughly explained to everyone in the district so people aren’t left guessing in the dark; and the superintendent should help educate people as to what a superintendent’s job description requires. 5. What questions/areas would you like the school board to ask candidates as they select the superintendent? What is your vision for the future?, Why should we hire you?, What are your weaknesses and how would you improve them?, How would you spend your first six months on the job?, What is your definition for success in a school district?, If we were to ask people randomly in the street within your last school district, what would they say about the job you did? and Are you looking to move further ahead and reach greater heights somewhere else eventually? Other comments included the following: A good superintendent must make an extra effort to learn about the community and to connect with it in every way possible; just because a candidate is outside the city does not necessarily make her or him an “expert,” experience and knowledge of the community are essential. Vandal noted that typically a district will receive anywhere from 25 to 30 superintendent applicants. Six to eight of those will probably be worthy of further interest, and from those about two or three will become finalists. Vandal emphasized the selection will be solely the school board’s responsibility. He and Dragseth will be facilitators only and will not be involved in the interview process. The school district should be grateful Mike Spanier agreed to serve as interim superintendent as that will give the board enough time to find a good superintendent. If they had been forced to up the time, it would not have been adequate, and thus Spanier saved the day, Vandal said.



Adoptions from front page “We’d heard of that award, but Tony and I didn’t feel we’d done anything so extraordinary to deserve it,” Lisa said. There were 145 Angels of Adoption awards given – to families, individuals, groups and agencies, all of them ei-

Sartell Newsleader • ther adoptive parents or involved with making adoptions possible and successful. The award was presented in the National Guard Building. Later Bachmann and her staff gave the Schneiders and their four children a personal tour of the U.S. Capitol, a tour that delighted the entire family. Because the nation’s capital was practically a “ghost town” because of the govern-

ment shutdown, the Schneiders got to spend more time than expected with Bachmann and her staff. The Schneider children are Caleb, 7, (biological son); Micah, 5 (adopted son); Ian, 4, (adopted son) and Anaya, 2 (biological daughter).

Adoption journey

The Schneiders journey toward adoption was a long and

at times very arduous one, full of twists and turns, setbacks but most of all, when all is said and done, triumphs. Tony works in medical sales, and Lisa is a stay-athome mother and former physical therapist for seven years. They met while students at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and began dating at that time. Tony grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Lisa in Hawley, Minn., near Fargo, N.D. The year 1999, the year the Schneiders married, Lisa describes as a “glorious, exciting time, living in student housing in Colorado Springs, which was quite an adventure. I went there to finish my clinical affiliations.” Three years later, the couple tried to have a baby, without success, despite some fertility treatments. Years passed, and during that time the Schneiders were certain the Lord had a plan for them. After much prayer and research, their hearts were drawn to the orphaned children of Central Asia. During her college years, Lisa had watched some videos of orphans in Eastern Europe. That, she said, is when the Lord began stirring her heart.

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They started the adoption process for a baby in Kyrgystan in Central Asia. By 2005, they’d chosen their adoption agency. The long and daunting mountains of paperwork, the seemingly endless task of filling out forms had begun. Then, one day during a lull in the paperwork,

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 the Schneiders were stunned when they learned Lisa was pregnant. “We were in shock,” Lisa said. “Disbelief. What had the Lord been doing?” They decided the Lord had an even bigger plan than they’d thought. Caleb was born in 2006. “It was such a blessing,” she said. “He was such an energetic, eager baby.” When Caleb was 18 months, the Schneiders resumed their adoption efforts. In March 2008, they received word that a 4-monthold orphan baby in Kyrgystan was available. “We fell in love with his photo,” Lisa said. “The biggest brown eyes you’ve ever seen.” He was called “Baby Z.” Then, sadly, a month later adoptions from Kyrgystan came to a sudden halt. The government had placed a one-year moratorium on all adoptions because of political machinations. It was a heartbreaking time for the Schneiders. “But the Lord sustained us,” Lisa recalled. “He gave us hope and showed us how to hold onto it.” Disappointed but not defeated, they checked into an adoption from the Ukraine, which used to be part of the Soviet Union, like Kyrgystan had been. That effort was not a substitute for Baby Z, which the Schneiders vowed never to give up on.

In the Ukraine

Finally, on April 7, 2010, they were called to an ap-

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 pointment in the Ukraine. After a long train ride through Eastern Europe, they finally met the boy child. Within seconds the child charmed them utterly, and he was crazy about them. He had a slight cleft palate that would require fixing. A Ukrainian judge decreed the Schneiders as the boy’s parents. However, they had to leave him behind, return to the United States and wait for the court decree. After a few weeks, they returned to the Ukraine with Caleb. They were elated and named the boy Ian. Back in Minnesota, Ian had two surgeries to repair his cleft palate, and he underwent countless hours of speech therapy. “Ian is such a witty personality,” Lisa said. “He has a gift of making people laugh. He’s doing just great now, and we thank God for him.”

Another stunner

Three months after their return with Ian, the Schneiders received another bit of stunning news. Lisa was pregnant again. “We were thrilled, but we would not give up on Baby Z,” she said. “After a month or two of needless worry, we

Sartell Newsleader • finally listened to the Lord telling us He’d work out His perfect plan for us. And, of course, he did.” Their daughter, Anaya, was born in June 2011, a year after bringing Ian home. “She’s such a precious little girl now who keeps the boys on their toes,” Lisa said. After thinking of Baby Z for almost four years, one day finally they heard the news that Kyrgystan passed a new adoption law. There was finally an “open door” and renewed hope. But it was dashed hopes for many families whom the Schneiders learned were denied adoptions from that country. “It was heartbreaking to learn that,” she said. Every time the phone would ring, the Schneiders’ hearts would jump into their throats. One day the phone rang, Tony answered it and Lisa could tell it was good news. “So he’s still there and we can adopt him?” Tony asked of the person on the phone. Lisa burst out crying with joy. One day in March 2012, Tony, Lisa and Anaya boarded a plane and flew to Kyrgystan to meet their new son after a Adoptions • page 8

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June 9, 2012 was a very happy day at Humphrey Terminal in the Twin Cities when Tony Schneider (right) brought home Micah (in toddler seat) from Kyrgystan. From left are Lisa Schneider, adopted son Ian, Micah, and the Schneiders biological children Caleb and Anaya.


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Adoptions from page 7 four-year wait. At the orphanage, swarms of children, so happy to see visitors, gathered round the Schneiders. Then they saw the boy who would be named Micah, and their hearts melted. “He seemed to be thinking, ‘Who are these strangers that my caretakers are giving hugs?’ That was written all over his face,” Lisa recalled. “We met Micah on my birthday, and it was the best birthday present I’d ever received.” A bonding period began, with the Schneiders visiting Micah twice a day for 10 days.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 But suddenly, a snag developed. They couldn’t get a court date before their planned date to go back to the United States. “We were so scared, so fearful,” Lisa recalled. “Maybe we would never see him again. They might change adoption, like they did before.”

Finally, home!

It was a very long and very sad trip back to Sartell. Thankfully, a couple weeks later a court date was set. It all went smoothly. On June 9, 2012, Tony brought Micah home. At the Minneapolis airport, Lisa, Caleb and Ian were waiting for the joyous moment. There were smiles, hugs, tears. “Caleb was finally able to embrace his new brother,” Lisa said. Even in their joy, the Schneiders’ hearts ache for the many families who had waited years for orphans in Kyrgystan and still have had no luck in the adoption process. “It’s so sad,” Lisa said. “So many families are still waiting.” Through all the trials and tribulations of their adoption journey, the Schneiders have realized their unbounded faith in God is what helped them most. “Would we go through those years again to bring our children home?” Lisa wrote in an essay about the adoption process. “Absolutely. Will we adopt more children one day? If it’s the Lord’s will, of course, and I hope so! Have our hearts been changed so much that we will always, tirelessly advocate for the orphan? Without a doubt.”

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Dancing princesses spell danger in SMS’s ‘Metaphasia’ by Dennis Dalman

A young, curious girl seeking the mystery behind scattered shoes soon finds herself the object of a wicked princess. That’s the opening plot gambit in the upcoming Sartell sixthgrade production of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses in Metaphasia.” The production is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Sartell Middle

School. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for senior citizens. Based very loosely on “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” by the Brothers Grimm, “Metaphasia” is a fantasy tale of the efforts of the wicked Princess Devilla to capture a young girl named Angie Anderson and to trap her forever as a lifeless princess. Angie wakes up every morning to find shoes scattered all over her room. Totally

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start to crumble. If Devilla can trap Angie, Devilla will be able to leave Metaphasia. Howie may or may not come to the rescue, hopefully by using his blanket of invisibility and his considerable wits. Will he save his sister from eternal lifelessness? Directed by teacher Todd Orth, “Metaphasia” stars Abigayle Starz as Angie, Sam Fernholz as Howie, Ben Saudinaitis as Hugh Ander-

son, Piper Lang as Sue Anderson and Amber Pietrowski as Princess Devilla. There are about two dozen other cast members who play a variety of vivid roles, including the 12 princesses, King Aramis, Queen Cachet, two house buyers and six broken toys. “Metaphasia” was written by Paul Collette, Gary Fritzen and Robert Wright.

Interchange roadways should be open Oct. 21

The roadways at the divergingdiamond interchange in Sartell should be totally open Oct. 21, according to Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson. Never mind the other vehicles In recent months, that area behind you, because you have (Hwy. 15 and CR 120) has been a no control over them other than signaling and braking (communicating your intentions). Even though there may be a nice shoulder on the right for you in some areas to pull over and wait on, we do not recommend pulling over there and waiting to make your left turn. Following the information I gave you already here is very good. As far as passing on the right, it is only legal to pass on the right when there is a lane provided, like a bypass lane (and then only if the vehicle you are passing is stopped or stopping to make a left turn) or if you are on a multilaned road. Thanks for asking, because this is a very important safety issue, and we all need to work together to create a traffic safety culture in Minnesota. If you have any questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Hwy. 10 W., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205 or follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at,

What is the procedure for making a left-turn into a private driveway? Q: When a person is making a left turn into a private driveway and there is oncoming traffic and a string of cars behind you, what is the proper procedure: wait in the driving lane until the turn can be safely executed, or pull over to the shoulder and let the cars behind you pass? Is it legal to wait on the shoulder? And is it legal for people to pass you on the right? Thanks! A: The proper procedure is a little more “drawn out” than what you might expect. If you know you are going to make a left turn, signal well in advance. Then, start braking (ahead of time and after you have been signaling, so the drivers behind you can see your signal better and start slowing down, which will make the whole left-turn situation a lot safer for everyone). Then, when you arrive at your left turn destination and you have to wait for oncoming traffic, stay in the traffic lane and keep your front wheels pointed straight (so if you are hit from behind you will not get pushed into oncoming traffic) and just remain there with your left signal on until the oncoming traffic clears.

perplexed, she decides to do some detective work during which she gets sucked right into her bedroom closet. Fortunately, her little brother, Howie, followed her into the closet. Meantime, in Metaphasia, the wicked princess continues her sinister plotting against Angie. Soon, it becomes apparent Angie unwittingly intruded into the fantasy world of Metaphasia, and its walls

maze of detours because of construction of the complex $9-million project, the first of its kind in Minnesota. The concept of the diverging diamond is that left-turning vehicles will never meet head-on

with vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Hwy. 15 had to be lowered nearly 20 feet for the project, which is just west of the Epic Center development.


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Sartell Newsleader • Oct. 3 1:35 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 1. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had an arrest warrant. The driver stated she was aware of the warrant. A licensed driver arrived to remove the vehicle and the driver was placed under arrest and trans-

ported to the Stearns County Jail without incident. Oct. 4 8:07 a.m. Pedestrian assist. Scout Drive. An adult female requested assistance entering her home. Her car was in the shop and she had left her keys and garage

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door opener in it. The battery was dead in her keypad so an officer provided her with a battery so she could enter. 1:32 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 54 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated he was not aware of the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. 6:30 p.m. Traffic stop. Boulder Drive. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 63 mph in a posted 40mph zone. The driver stated she was not aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 7 p.m. Warrant arrest. Sundance Road. An arrest warrant was issued for an adult male. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. Oct. 5 1:49 a.m. Domestic. Pheasant Crest Loop. An emergency call was placed stating a female’s boyfriend was intoxicated and hitting the wall. The female stated she needed assistance in removing her children for the remainder of the evening. Officers assisted her and provided information on where she could receive support on domestic violence. 7:23 p.m. DWI. Pinecone

Road. A complaint was made regarding an intoxicated male inside a business talking about driving drunk. Officers did locate the male and detected the odor of alcoholic beverages. The male was unable to pass sobriety testing. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail. Oct. 6 11:07 a.m. Domestic assault. 7th Street NE. An emergency call was placed regarding a male and female fighting. The male denied the argument becoming physical. He was placed under arrest and transported to Benton County Jail. 10:02 p.m. Traffic stop. Hwy. 15. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver was not able to provide current proof of insurance. He was issued a citation for both violations, the vehicle was towed and he was released. Oct. 7 9:32 a.m. Suspicious person. 8th Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding a male standing in the back alleyway of a home. The officer was unable to locate anyone but found there were workers in the streets in that area.


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Community Calendar

Friday, Oct. 18 Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market.

Saturday, Oct. 19 Burger and brat sale, sponsored by the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph Meat Market. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Miller Auto Plaza, 2930 Second St., St. Cloud. 1-888-234-1294. Senior housing tour, Legends at Heritage Place, noon-4 p.m., 677 Brianna Dr., Sartell; Sterling House, 1325 Summit Ave. N., Sauk Rapids; Cherrywood Advanced Living, 1036 Voyageur St., St. Cloud. Monday, Oct. 21 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. “The Art and Psychology of Survival,” a Minnesota Natural History lecture by Tom Kroll from the arboretum, 6:30-8 p.m., St. John’s Arboretum, St. John’s University, 2346 Science Drive, Collegeville,


320-363-3163. St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m., American Legion in St. Joseph.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud State University, 720 Fourth Ave. S., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Celebration of Abilities, to highlights achievements of people with disabilities, guest speakers and awards, 5-7 p.m., Tuscan Center in Midtown Square, St. Cloud. 55+ driver improvement course (four-hour refresher), 5-9 p.m., Kennedy Community School, 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. 1-888-234-1294. Wednesday, Oct. 23 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Cloud State University, 720 Fourth Ave. S., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Thursday, Oct. 24 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. Blood drive, 1:30-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Xavier School, 308 2nd St. N., Sartell. Saint John’s Prep open house, 7 p.m., grades 6-12 curriculum, pro-


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grams, 2280 Watertower Road, Collegeville. 320-363-3315 option 3. Friday, Oct. 25 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Walk-in flu vaccine clinic, (no appointment necessary) for Women and Children patients at CentraCare Health Plaza, 8:15-4:30 p.m., CentraCare Clinic, 1360 Elm St. E., St. Joseph. 320-363-7765. Blood drive, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Minnesota Department of Transportation, 3725 12th St. N., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., College of St. Benedict, 37 S. College Ave., St. Joseph. 1-800-733-2767. Octoberfest, German inspired meal and silent auction fundraiser, 4-8 p.m., St. John the Baptist Parish, 14241 Fruit Farm Road, St. Joseph. Family Fun Night, including turkey bingo, a kids’ costume contest and games and bake sale, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opole, Minn. Saturday, Oct. 26 Sartell Area Churches craft and bake sale, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., wild rice soup luncheon, St. Francis Xavier School, 308 2nd St. N., Sartell.


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Pavement Management System now in place for Sartell roads A “Pavement Management System” is in place and ready to go in Sartell. The system is the result of many hours of work, including workers walking all of Sartell’s roadways and carefully noting the conditions of road surfaces. There are about 80 miles of roads in the city, plus many private roads, said Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson. Each roadway, divided up by stretches, is evaluated on

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Time running out to take advantage of government program Distressed homeowners in the Sartell and St. Joseph areas will soon no longer be able to take advantage of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act. The law, enacted in 2007, helps distressed homeowners by relieving them of additional tax responsibility that often accompanies cancelled or

forgiven debt. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has provided opportunity for millions of distressed homeowners in the marketplace to take advantage of short sales or loan modifications without worrying how these actions will affect their future finances. The law is set to

expire at the end of 2013 and time is running short for homeowners with unaffordable mortgages to take advantage of its benefits.

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