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Town Crier NHS students to gather food shelf items Saturday

The Sartell National Honor Society students will go trickor-treating for canned food items on Saturday, Oct. 26. The students will begin at 6 p.m. making their way through Sartell neighborhoods to gather food.

Candy buy-back set for Nov. 1

The second annual “Halloween Candy Buy-back” will take place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at Pediatric Dentistry, 151 19th St. S. in Sartell. The event includes a candy weigh-in, buy back and lots of door prizes, including an iPad and bike. All candy collected will be sent by Operation Minnesota Nice to military personnel and veterans. The purpose of the buy-back is to help teach children the value of moderation, especially when it comes to sugar-rich treats, said Dr. David Smith, pediatrician and owner of Sartell Pediatrics PLC in Sartell. Last year, about 400 families brought 1,400 pounds of candy to the event.

Share the holiday spirit

Catholic Charities Share the Spirit program is looking for people to adopt families this Christmas. It may seem early, but the earlier those who wish to adopt a family sign up, the more families can be adopted through the program. Catholic Charities Share the Spirit program matches individuals, families or groups wanting to provide gifts and food to families in need. Each donor is given information and a holiday wish list for a family. The recipient families are referred by local human service agencies, and confidentiality for both donors and recipient families is respected. The gifts are to be dropped off at the St. Cloud Armory in advance. For more information on this and other United Way volunteer opportunities, visit www. and click on Criers. For additional criers, visit and click on Criers.

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Boys, girls soccer teams advance to state by Dennis Dalman

It was a stunning double triumph when the Sartell boys’ and the girls’ soccer teams won Section 8A games late last week that

launched them into Class A state competition. The girls’ team defeated Alexandria, then went on to trounce St. Cloud Cathedral 2-0 at St. Cloud State University’s Husky Stadium. The two goals were scored by

Abby Spanier and Sophie VanSurksum. Team captains are VanSurksum, Kelsey Frank and Katie Stuttgen. It’s the first time the girls’ soccer team earned state play since 2007. Also at Husky Stadium last

week, the boys’ team beat Bemidji, then defeated St. Cloud Apollo 3-2. Cullen Chisholm scored the winning goal in overtime as well as a previous goal. The other goal was by Kyle Erickson. Team captains Soccer • page 3

Sartell girl raises $1,440 for breast-cancer research by Dennis Dalman

When 9-year-old Emily Dauw, a spunky go-getter, says she’s going to do something, you better believe she’s as good as her word. Last week, Emily raised $1,440 for breast-cancer research. It was the third highest amount of the 533 walkers in the annual “Making Strides” breast-cancer 3.2mile walk Oct. 19 on the St. Cloud State University campus. Emily, the daughter of Ken Krebsbach and Brandy Smallbroch of Sartell, is a fourthgrader at Oak Ridge Elementary School. She is a very good student whose passion is competitive dancing in Just for Kix of Sartell. Her biological father is Tim Dauw. At “Making Strides,” Emily and her mother walked on the Midsota “Treasure Your Chest” team, organized by Midsota employee and Sartell dance instructor Shelly Teff. Teff is a cochair of “Making Strides.” Last year, Emily walked in the event, too, but she didn’t try to raise funds. She remembered

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Award-winning fundraiser Emily Dauw of Sartell stands by the official vehicle for the “Making Strides” against breast cancer event, a hot-pink Chevrolet Corvette. thinking last year that next time she would raise as much money as possible. The cause of finding a cure for breast cancer is dear to her heart, largely because a grandfather (her mother’s dad) and a grandmother (her dad’s

mom) suffered bouts of breast cancer. To raise money, well before the day of the event, Emily went into a flurry of planning. She sent out email pitches via Facebook, she designed flyers

and hung some in the teachers’ lounge and elsewhere and she solicited donations whenever and wherever she could. A big incentive was an offer from St. Cloud Auto Sales, where her Research • page 7

Sartell ranks high as livable city for young people by Dennis Dalman

It wasn’t news to younger people who love living here, but it may be a surprise to people not very familiar with Sartell. The city was recently named by third among

the best, most livable cities for young people in the state. NerdWallet is a website launched in 2010 that offers recommendations on a variety of financial topics, including personal finance and credit-card comparisons, as well as other quality-oflife issues.

Halloween party set for PineCone Marketplace Shoppers will see plenty of little ghouls and goblins Saturday, Oct. 26 at PineCone Markeplace in Sartell. On that day, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., parents are invited to bring children to a free Halloween party throughout the shopping mall. All businesses will hand out treats to children, who are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes. PineCone Marketplace is located on Pinecone Road S.

NerdWallet examined 39 cities in the state, all of them with populations exceeding 10,000. They were rated according to the following questions: 1. Does the city have good public schools? 2. Can you afford to live there? 3. Is the city growing and prospering? On the website, NerdWallet states: “Sartell is in the St. Cloud area and has grown substantially in the last few decades. From 1980 to 2010, its population nearly tripled. Minnesotans come to the area for its recreational spaces. Sartell is home to dozens of parks and 48 miles of trails.” All financial criteria for the NerdWallet study were based on statistics from the 2011 U.S. Census. School data was derived from standardized test scores

listed at GreatSchools, a nonprofit schools-rating organization. The top city on the “Best” list is Waconia, followed by North Mankato, Sartell, Woodbury, Stillwater, Prior Lake, Rosemount, St. Michael, Savage and Shakopee. The highest rating (Waconia) was 79.9, with 100 being highest possible. Sartell rated 74. Number 10 on the list, Shakopee, rated 66.2. Sartell rated 9 of a possible 10 for schools. The top six cities on the list all rated 9. According to NerdWallet, Sartell’s median home value is $187,000; its monthly homeowner costs are $1,155; and its median income is $66,650, meaning half of the people make more than that, half below that. Its growth from 1999 to 2011 was 26.9 percent.

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Blotter If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the Sartell Police Department at 2518186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Oct. 8 4:09 p.m. Suspicious activity. Riverside Avenue. A report was made regarding a male stopping and asking a 13-year-old female if she needed a ride. The female denied the ride and the male left the area. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. Oct. 9 6:45 p.m. Juvenile problem. Third Avenue N. A complaint was made regarding approximately six to eight juveniles yelling and swearing behind the school. Officers arrived and were unable to locate anyone. 7:38 p.m. Dog complaint. Mockingbird Loop. A complaint was made regarding a barking dog outside. An officer waited outside but could not hear any dog or locate a dog outside. Oct. 10 9:25 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated she was aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 1:39 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a posted 30mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation and released. Oct. 11 12:15 p.m. Property damage. Walmart. A complaint was made regarding a female exiting her vehicle and hitting another vehicle with her door. The drivers got into a verbal argument and the damage suspect left the area. The complainant was unable to provide a license plate and only wanted the incident documented. 6:50 p.m. Lost dog. Boulder Drive. A report was made regarding a lost dog and at the same time a report was made regarding a found dog. The tag information was correct and the dog was returned.

Oct. 12 12:07 a.m. Verbal. Seventh Avenue S. A complaint was made regarding yelling coming from a residence. Officer arrived and spoke with a male and female who apologized for the noise and stated it was only verbal. 10:40 a.m. Traffic stop. CR 133. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had an arrest warrant. The driver stated he thought he had taken care of the warrant. He was placed under arrest and transported to Stearns County Jail without incident. 11:59 p.m. Dog bite. 11th Street. A complaint was made regarding a juvenile female going door to door, selling candy bars, had gotten bitten by a dog. The owner was unaware of the incident. There were minor scratches and the dog was up-to-date on it shots.

Stearns County Commissioner Steve Bromenschenkel will host another coffee meeting from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 2 at Cafe Renaissance in Waite Park. The commissioner is seeking input on the 2014 budget and

more accurately, a Facebook page entitled “St. Cloud Remembered.” To find it, go to Facebook, sign in or sign up, then type “St. Cloud Remembered” into the search text box. It should pop right up.

levy, which will be developed in time for the December county board meeting. Visitors to the casual meeting are encouraged to bring up any subject or concern for informal one-toone discussion. Bromenschenkel is commis-

sioner for District 2, which includes Sartell and St. Joseph. Those who cannot attend the meeting can contact Bromenschenkel by phone at 320493-9180 or at

‘Mayor for a Day’ essay contest to showcase ideas by elementary students What would you do if you were the mayor of your city for a day? Minnesota elementary school students (ages 7-12) are invited to answer that question as part of an essay contest sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities. The contest

is being held to commemorate the League’s centennial year, and four prizes of $100 each will be awarded in two age categories (two winners in each category). Winners will be selected based on creativity, originality and legibility. Winning

“Mayor For a Day” entries will be published in a future edition of Minnesota Cities magazine. Completed essays must be postmarked no later than Nov. 1. For more information, visit and click on Criers.


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Above: The current St. Stephen firefighters posed with the retired firefighters for a group photo (front row, left to right) Clarence Schuneman (20 years), Al Then (23 years), Ben Supan (35 years and ONLY charter member remaining since the department began in 1949), Dick Silbernick (13 years), Tom Trobec (22 years) and Ray Vouk (34 years); (back row) Brian Quaal, Jeff Blenkush, Jeff Supan, John Knettel, Jason Paggen, Gene Skaj, Al Vouk, Ralph Barhorst, Lauren Hoeschen, Rodger Bellinger, Aaron Rudolph, Chris Hoeschen, Aaron Seifermann, Jeff Jefferson, Jeff Drais.

Oct. 14 4:54 p.m. Tobacco sales. Sartell businesses. Tobacco sale compliance checks were completed on 16 local businesses, with all passing except one. 9:51 p.m. Stolen bike. Seventh Street S. Sometime during the overnight, a juvenile female’s bike was taken from outside of a residence.


In his Oct. 18 column entitled “Website unlocks magic ghosts of the past,” Dennis Dalman wrote about a website dedicated to old photos of St. Cloud and the surrounding area. The “website” is,

Commissioner Bromenschenkel sets informal meeting Nov. 2

Oct. 13 1:45 a.m. Domestic. 10th Street N. A complaint was made regarding people in the road yelling at each other. Officers arrived and spoke to three females who stated they were upset about different situations. They said they were not yelling at each other and would stay inside for the rest of the evening. 3:23 p.m. Theft. Eighth Street N. A report was made numerous items were taken from an unlocked vehicle sometime during the day hours.

Oct. 15 12:39 p.m. Theft. Parkview Lane. Sometime during the overnight, a GPS system was stolen from an unlocked vehicle. 2:36 p.m. Suspicious activity. Eighth Street N. A report was made regarding a known foreclosed home’s lights on. Officers arrived and found a lower level’s screen appeared to be loosened. No items appeared to be missing. The house was secured upon exiting.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Left: To close Fire Prevention Week, St. Stephen Fire and Rescue celebrated with a Badge Ceremony, introducing new firefighter Adam Seifermann to the retired firefighters. He received his badge from his mother, Julie Jarnot.

D a w n Moen has joined the CentraCare Health Foundation as a program specialist with Better Living: Exercise and Moen Nutrition Daily. Her primary responsibility will include growing the Safe Routes to School Initiative within Central Minnesota communities including Sartell. Dawn’s efforts will include evaluating and expanding the safety, awareness and usage of the walking and biking paths surround-

ing Pine Meadow Elementary and Sartell Middle School. Moen holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and has worked for such companies as Healthways, Carlson Craft and Ameriprise Financial in a marketing management capacity. She lives in Sartell with her husband and two children and is an avid runner and cyclist. CentraCare Health Foundation engages the community to improve health care and health in Central Minnesota by supporting advances in treatment and tech-

nology. Safe Routes to School is a federally funded program, which improves the safety, reduces traffic and improves air quality near schools. This initiative makes bicycling and walking to school safer therefore encouraging healthier and more active lifestyles. For more information visit Laura Somppi, daughter of Monica and Michael Sompii, both of Sartell, has been admitted as a member of the Class of 2017 to Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. Somppi is a graduate of Sartell High School.

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After the statewide soccer banquet in St. Paul, the Sartell Sabre girls’ and boys’ soccer teams got together for a photo to celebrate a unique achievement. Both teams won the regionals and are now in state competition. From left to right (front row, starting with girl kneeling with white sweater and print dress) are Lauren Williams, Sophie VanSurksum, Katie Stuttgen, Kyle Erickson, Abby Spanier, Mac Nies, Alayna Paulson-Trombley, Kenzie Schad and Caitlin Halupczok; (front row starting at far left, standing) Clare Minnerath, Bria Ferns, Molly Mahowald and Allie Hemmesch; (second row) Amanda Flemming, Megan Cook, Maia Trombley, Greta Evavold, Kelsey Frank, Grace Kuhl, Olivia Garner, Elli Johnson and Tessa Hager; (three boys standing in the very middle in front of the back row) Kellen Cameron, Austin Sura and Tim Levandoski; and (back row) Jacob Lund, Trevor Erickson, Caleb Forberg, Brandon Schuchard, Kempton Schneider, Carter Kasianov, Zach Spanier, Colin Johnson, Ben Veitch, Matthew Michaud, Turner Kuhn, Cullen Chisholm, Logan Pederson, Harris Mian, Shawn Sullivan, Zach Jacobson, Alec Adelman and Carlos Rico Lozano. Not pictured: Jacob Koltes and Darrin Lunde.

Soccer from front page are Erickson, Zachary Jacobson and Shawn Sullivan. The Sartell boys’ team competed at the state level once before, in 2011. An interesting fact is that a brother and sister – Zach and Abby Spanier – will both be competing at state. Head coach Matt Hager said hard work, lots of practice and seamless teamwork led to the Sabre boys success throughout this season. After their wins, both teams celebrated during the Soccer Banquet at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. “I was crying I was so happy for the girls,” said Head Coach Cassie Raehsler. “It was amazing. They are such hard workers and have some of the best team chemistry on teams I’ve ever coached. They played with a lot of heart. And the parents were so supportive through the whole process and through the whole season.” This is Raehsler’s first season as Sabre girls’ soccer coach. She was hired in July after long-time coach Joe Perske retired from that position. A Sartell native, Raehsler had played soccer all through her

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Sartell school years. Raehsler said she has her own style of coaching, which is different from that of former coach Perske, but the girls adapted quickly. “The girls trusted in the coaching staff and believed strongly in what we were trying to do,” she said. “They had a great attitude from the get-go.” As of press time Wednesday, the Sartell Sabre girls’ soccer team was slated to play Blake Academy at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Husky Stadium, and the boys were scheduled to play Rochester Lourdes at 7:30 p.m. at St. Louis Park High School. The winners of the quarter-final games will face off Oct. 28-31 inside the Metrodome. The Class A girls will compete in the semi-finals at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, and the Class A boys will follow at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Class A boys will play their third-place game at 8 a.m., followed by the Class A girls’ third-place game at 10 a.m. Finally, on Thursday, Oct. 31, the Class A boys’ championship game will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by the girls’ championship at 3 p.m. The championship matches will be webcast live and free on www.

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Our View

Drop in child obesity is truly good news

In this time so often filled with news of tragedies and problems, it’s so refreshing to hear some good news, and it’s very good news to hear childhood obesity may be on the decline, at long last. Obesity in children nationwide had been dubbed “an epidemic.” However, federal researchers have found evidence the epidemic may be waning. The obesity rate for preschool children from poor families declined in 18 states between 2008 and 2011, according to a study. It’s the first time such a decline was reported after decades of rising rates among low-income children. We can be proud Minnesota is one of those 18 states in which there was a drop in obesity among low-income children. The rate in Minnesota fell from 13.4 percent in 2008 to 12.6 percent in 2011, which is one of the sharpest drops nationally. One in eight preschoolers is obese. Among low-income children, it is one in seven. The rate is highest for blacks (one in five) and for Hispanics (one in six). “We’ve seen isolated reports in the past that have had encouraging trends, but this is the first report to show declining rates of obesity in our youngest children,” said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which prepared the report. “We are going in the right direction for the first time in a generation.” No one is certain exactly why a decrease is happening, although theories abound: less intake of sugary soda drinks, healthier foods available from federal nutrition programs and increased breast feeding (which can lead to healthier weight gain among young children). Other possible reasons are increasing nutritional awareness in daycare homes and centers and improved nutrition in preschool programs. A nationwide anti-obesity program started and promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama may also have helped, the study noted. That program emphasizes wise eating and exercise habits. One reason health experts worry about lowincome children is in many cases their parents cannot afford to buy high-quality nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables or they have no ready access to such foods in innercity neighborhoods. Whatever the reasons, the news is good. The obesity epidemic may be permanently on the decrease. We should never rest on laurels, however. We must continue to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for people – children and adults – across all income groups. That will take time; it’s a slow, incremental process, but a big part of this good news is it appears that healthy trend has already begun to take hold.

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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Opinion Will Tea Party cause another shutdown? Our elected are supposed to be public servants – not bullies, not grandstanding stars, not scoundrels. But that’s just the way the Tea Party faction in Congress has been behaving for the past three years. I’m sick and tired of hearing how the government shutdown and the threatened rejection of the debt limit was caused by the president and the Democrats. That’s like saying if everybody’s guilty, nobody’s guilty. The recent inexcusable crisis was caused by the vast majority of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, whipped by the Tea Party upstarts, all of it orchestrated by a self-serving egotist and presidential hopeful by the name of Sen. Ted Cruz. Some say the president and the Democrats wouldn’t compromise. While it’s true the president, thankfully, stuck to his guns, refusing to cave into the Tea Party extortionist scheme, he did, in fact, meet many times with Republicans, and every time they balked. First, the Tea Party insisted on defunding ObamaCare, even though they knew that was a no-go, no matter how much they whined, wheedled and plotted. Then, they proposed incremental changes to ObamaCare, hoping to whittle away at its foundation like famished termites. When that appeared to be a no-go, they proposed budget cuts and all manner of manipulations to frustrate Congress and the president. The Tea Party’s ultimately self-defeating tactics were obvious from the beginning when Ted “Fake Filibuster” Cruz talked nonsense for 21 straight hours to make a name for himself in the spotlight, like a copycat of movie star Jimmy Stewart in the famous filibuster scene in “Mr. Smith Goes to

Dennis Dalman Editor Washington.” The Tea Party and some of their Republican minions were completely reckless, not caring one whit for the sufferings their shutdown caused. Indeed, some of them, like our “very own” Rep. Michele Bachmann gleefully gloated about how the shutdown had made Republicans “so happy.” We should demand a recall election to get rid of her. It was nauseating to see these Tea Party types, after they’d caused the shutdown, scurrying around at the World War II Veterans Monument expressing phony outrage about how the president caused the memorial’s closure. One congressional creep even berated a woman park-department employee at the monument, telling her she should be ashamed of herself, as if SHE had anything to do with the shutdown. And there was Bachmann, of course, for yet another photo op, hugging and kissing veterans. Later, Cruz and other Tea Party rabble-rousers gathered near the White House. One protest sign depicted Obama as a kind of mentally retarded monkey. Another riff-raff hooligan held up a confederate flag by the White House gates. For three years, Tea Party rallies far and wide have attracted riff-raff elements displaying ignorant, blatantly racist behavior – as ugly as a lynch mob. What drives these people is a blind, irrational, rabid hatred of President

Obama. They are fueled by lunatic lies about him, lies they either invent or parrot after hearing them on right-wing hate radio shows. What’s worse, the Tea Party never berates these crude ralliers; Tea Party leaders not only tolerate them but slyly encourage them through the use of dog-whistle code words. It’s a disgusting irony the Tea Partiers and intimidated Republicans, who pretend to care so much about wasteful spending, caused this nation to lose at least $24 billion in the shutdown, according to Standard and Poor’s, a respected, nonpartisan financial research company. Because of their implied threat on the debt limit, they also sent jitters of uncertainty through companies and financial markets worldwide. These jokers claim ObamaCare will ruin the economy when they themselves came close to tanking the economy big-time in one fell swoop. And what if these reckless wreckers cause another shutdown come January? I get very upset when I hear people say, “That blankety-blank Congress. They’re all crooks. All useless.” That is simply not true. There are many hard-working, good public servants in Congress on both sides of the aisle. There is hope that reasonable, decent Republicans will stand up to these extortionists and tell them just where to go. The Tea Party has hijacked the Republican Party, and it’s the party’s fault because it has courted these obstructionist rebels for too long. If good Republicans want to win in presidential elections, they better start soundly rejecting the Tea Party, which has become a millstone around Republicans’ necks.

Beware of nonprescription contact lenses Don’t buy contact lenses from any store or website if it doesn’t require a prescription Selling lenses without a prescription is illegal and can put consumers’ eye health at risk, warns the Minnesota Optometric Association. Halloween is all about trick-or-treating and finding a creative costume, but before playing dress up, consumers need to heed health and safety first. Some enthusiastic partygoers may wear decorative contact lenses as part of their costume, which can change a person’s eye color or create the effect of being a character like a cat, zombie or vampire. However, if these lenses are bought illegally and without a prescription from your eye doctor, they could lead to serious health issues and potentially damage your eyesight. The Minnesota Optometric Association urges you to talk to your eye doctor first and obtain a prescription before incorporating decorative contact lenses as part of your costume. Decorative contact lenses purchased over-the-counter put the wearer at risk for bacterial infections, allergic reactions and/or significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible sight loss. All contact lenses are classified as medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whether they correct your vision or are worn simply for fun or a special occasion, like prom or a wedding. However, some decorative lenses are sold illegally

Dr. Nicholas Colatrella Guest Writer through flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons and convenience stores. The MOA warns that you should never buy lenses from these sources. It’s important to have a medical eye and vision examination from your optometrist to be sure you are a good candidate for contact lenses. Your eye doctor will also make sure your lenses fit properly and teach you how to safely care for your lenses. Even though these are non-corrective lenses, they still pose the same potential health and safety risks as other contact lenses. Don’t buy contacts from any store or website that doesn’t require an eye doctor’s prescription. If you can walk in off the street, or logon to a website and buy them without verification of your prescription, the lenses are not being sold legally. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2013 American Eye-Q® consumer survey, 17 percent of Americans have worn non-corrective, decorative contact lenses. Of those individuals, 24 percent purchased them illegally without a prescription and from a source other than an eye doctor. The MOA offers the following recommendations for all contact lens

wearers: wear contact lenses only if they are fitted and prescribed by an optometrist; do not purchase contact lenses from gas stations, video stores or any other vendor not authorized by law to dispense contact lenses; never swim while wearing contact lenses – there is a risk of eye infection when contact lenses come into contact with bacteria in swimming pool water; make sure contact lenses are properly cleaned and disinfected as instructed by your eye-care professional; make sure you wash your hands before handling and cleaning your contact lenses; never swap or share contact lenses with anyone; and never sleep while wearing contact lenses unless they are extended-wear lenses specifically designed for that purpose. For more information about the risks associated with decorative contact lenses, or to find additional resources about contact lens hygiene and safety, please visit or The Minnesota Optometric Association has more than 400 member doctors of optometry around the state. The MOA is committed to furthering awareness of optometrists as primary eye care or family eye doctors and to bringing about change that positively impacts the MOA member doctors and their patients. Dr. Nicholas Colatrella is owner and medical director of PineCone Vision Center, Sartell, and vice president of the Minnesota Optometric Association.

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Avon man announces candidacy for Bachmann seat by Dennis Dalman

A local college p r o f e s sor, James Read, has announced he will campaign for Read election to the seat now held by Rep. Michele Bachmann in Congressional District 6. The district includes Sartell. Read, an Avon resident, teaches political science at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. He announced his candidacy at a public meeting Oct. 17 at the American Legion in St. Joseph. The 6th District congressional race will be decided in the mid-term election Nov. 11, 2014. Since Bachmann announced she would not seek a fifth term in the U.S. Congress, several people have expressed interest in the congressional seat. They include, so far, the following Republicans: Tom Emmer, a former representative and the 2010 nominee for governor; Phil Krinkie, a businessman from Delano; State Sen. John Pederson of St. Cloud; and Rhonda Sivarajah, Anoka County Board chair. Another Democratic candidate who announced her intention to run for the seat is Judy Adams of Circle Pines, who is a painter and leadprevention remodeler. Sartell Mayor Joe Perske has said he is also considering filing for the Bachmann seat. Bachmann, a Republican from Stillwater and one-time presidential aspirant, was first elected in 2006, defeating Patty Wetterling of St. Joseph. Bachmann is now serving her fourth term in the House of Representatives. Read said what convinced him to enter the race was the recent government shutdown. “This week,” Read said in a statement, “I announced I would be a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th District of Minnesota, which is

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currently – and very unfortunately – represented by the extreme and divisive Michele Bachmann. I was horrified at the tactic of turning millions of ordinary citizens into hostages by shutting down the U.S. government and threatening

to default on the national debt, all to win a high-stakes political gamble.” Read said he respects the 87 Republicans who voted along with 198 Democrats to re-open the government and “prevent economic disaster.” But he

added in the 6th Congressional District, there will, in his opinion, be “enormous pressure” for any Republican who replaces Bachmann to “step right back into her shoes.” Another issue that concerns Read, he said, is the wide-

spread collection of personal data from Americans in the name of national security. “I ask for your support, your advice and your positive thoughts,” Read said to his supporters.

‘Revitalizing Facial Massage’ opens in Sartell A St. Stephen woman has opened a f a c i a l - c a re business called Revitalizing Facial Mas- Lalim sage at 2177 Troop Drive in Sartell.

Theresa Lalim is offering surgery-free and chemical-free facial care, along with a menu of other therapeutic massagerelated care. Lalim said she has done freelance massage work for years and decided it was time to open her own business. Revitalizing Facial Massage, she said, is a holistic approach

to a more youthful look and enhanced health. Skin, she explained, becomes more taut, collagen increases, tissues heal more rapidly and a general glow of health develops. Lalim also offers acupuncture points with the use of microccurrent. Her treatments are completely pain-free. Her treat-

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Self-confessed ‘nerd’ loves computer trouble-shooting by Dennis Dalman

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Blake Thoennes (left) and his assistant, Dustin Pede, work on a computer board in Thoennes’ shop, Computer Repair Unlimited, in St. Joseph. Thoennes said he feels so fortunate his passionate hobby is also his full-time job.

With a smile and a chuckle, Blake Thoennes describes himself as a nerd. “I don’t have a pocket protector,” he said. “But I’ve wrecked a lot of shirts from ink pens.” Thoennes, 26, thrives on his “nerdiness.” It’s what made him a computer expert and what brought about his successful business, Computer Repair Unlimited, located at 24 Birch St. W. near downtown St. Joseph. Besides his computer savvy, intense dedication and very hard work has defined the course of his life. Born in Alexandria, Thoennes’s family moved to Sartell when he was 10. He went to Sartell Middle School and graduated from Sartell High School and St. Cloud Technical College at the same time during the same month. He managed to earn his twoyear computer networking technical degree while taking a full load of high-school courses. As if school work weren’t enough, Thoennes had a series of jobs at food-service places during



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and after his school years. He worked at McDonald’s, Subway, Mongo’s Grill and more. In the meantime, he was fixing and fine-tuning computers for family, friends and neighbors. Thoennes also attended St. Cloud State University, where he earned a computer-business degree in 2010, specializing in design and implementation, as well as documentation. One day, four years ago, he decided to quit his food-service “day job” and open his own business, the one in St. Joseph. He’s never looked back and never regretted it. That’s because computers are his passionate hobby, his life’s blood, and going to work is like going to a place to have even more fun. He and his one assistant, Dustin Pede, have an astonishing number of customers – 1,500 of them. They live in places all the way from the Twin Cities to Alexandria. Eight percent of them are at-home customers (about 900 homes), and the rest are business clients (about 200 of them). Thoennes and Pede are experts at what they offer: computer networking, all forms of

computer-related business services, servers, data recovery, wireless networking, mobile devices, tune-ups, virus removal and virtually any other problems having to do with computers. Their most common service is tune-ups and virus removals, mainly for at-home customers and students. Computer viruses are a modern curse, according to Thoennes. He has seen several women burst into tears because they lost stored photos of their loved ones due to some devious cyber virus. “It’s infuriating,” he said. “They (virus creators) are hurting innocent people. I feel so bad for those people. The culprits, he said, are mostly Russians and Chinese who steal data from computers worldwide. They then sell the data to marketers and others and make money while those who buy the data use it for damaging purposes. Mostly, they don’t want ordinary household computer data, but when putting out their viruses they cast a “wide net” that includes at-home computers, too, he explained.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 Thoennes has spent so much time studying and tracking down viruses and how they work, he and Pede know instantly what to do when they come across one in some hapless victim’s computer. “It takes me at most an hour or two to get rid of them,” he said. Computer gaming is one of Thoennes’s hobbies. It combines fun, detective work and learning. He loves to go to Las Vegas – not to gamble at casinos – but to participate in the annual Consumer Electronics Show where he learns the latest in cutting-edge technologies – his stock-in-trade. “I do play some video poker there, but that’s because I understand the odds,” he said. “I’d never play games like black jack or roulette. They’re losers.” Thoennes is constantly giving preventive tips to not just customers but to anyone who will listen. “My major tip of the day,” he said, “has to do with computers overheating when people do not keep them free of dust. That’s the number-one failure of laptops. It affects many desktop computers, too.” Apple computers, Thoennes said, are notorious for breakdowns caused by overheating. “They have just a tiny fan in them,” he explained. “Keep them clean and they’ll last twice as long.”

Sartell Newsleader • The best way to clean computers is to use canned air to blow the dust out of areas where it could clog and “suffocate” cooling fans. Major tip number-two is to use an external hard drive to backup computer data. Many people, Thoennes noted, use “flash drives” (sometimes called “thumb drives”) to store data. The devices are tiny and very inexpensive, but they are also unreliable, he added, because factors such as heat or magnetic exposure can completely erase anything that is on them. An external hard drive, available at any electronics-computer store, is available from anywhere from about $60 to $100 or so – more expensive than thumb drives and larger (about the size of a large cell phone) but worth it, Thoennes said. Thoennes’s tip numberthree is an anti-virus program dubbed “AVAST,” which can be downloaded free on the Internet. There is a version that costs money, but the free one, Thoennes said, is perfectly good. It is, he added, the very best anti-virus program and protects against all viruses. To download “AVAST,” go to and follow instructions. Thoennes said he and his assistant are more than willing to give free information to people on the telephone. Call 320-492-2814.


Research from front page stepfather is business manager. That company agreed to match any funds raised, up to $1,000. When she first started fundraising, Emily’s goal was to raise $200. But as soon as she raised that much, she insisted on raising some more. After reaching $500, she kept going, more determined than ever. Finally, shortly before the event, her total was $720, an amount that St. Cloud Auto Sales matched. Emily has already started raising funds for next year’s “Making Strides” walk. At the “Making Strides” walk, organizer Teff announced to the assembled walkers that by no means does one have to be a grown-up to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. “A 9-year-old girl on my team, Emily Dauw, raised more than $1,400,” she said, to loud applause. Emily turned to her mother, “Oh, mom, I didn’t want her to say that,” she said. “Now I’m embarrassed.” Emily, to be sure, is as modest as she is ambitious.

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Nine-year-old Emily Dauw of Sartell raised $1,440 for walking in the “Making Strides” walk against breast cancer at St. Cloud State University. After the walk, she had this photo taken with her mother, Brandy Smallbroch.

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 748 SEPT. 16, 2013 DISTRICT CENTER BOARD ROOM The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 Technology Committee • Device-handout process at both buildings went well and was very well-organized. was called to order at 7 p.m. by Chair Michelle Meyer. Members pres• Board members will be able to help pass out devices and be at the distribution nights. ent: Meyer; Mary McCabe, vice chair; Jason Nies, clerk/ treasurer; Pam • In collaboration with the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation, the first community presentation was Raden, director; Krista Durrwachter, director; Dan Riordan, director; Shawn Sullivan, student representative; and Mike Spanier, interim sushared at the August Chamber meeting. perintendent. Annual Report on Curriculum, Assessment and Student Achievement: Kay Nelson, director of learning serA motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to ap- vices and Amy Trombley, district assessment coordinator. Nelson shared the 2012-13 Curriculum, Assessment & Student Achievement Report. Trombley, shared the 2012-13 Assessment Overview and the Vision 2015 prove the agenda. All in favor. Motion carried. Survey Results. Chair Meyer thanked staff, guests and students for attending the Board A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to HAVE SECOND READINGS AND APmeeting. PROVE THE REVISED POLICIES 709 and 806. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Nies and seconded by McCabe to approve con- A motion was made Durrwachter and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE PERSONNEL OMNIBUS RESOsent items a-d as presented below: LUTION. All in favor. Motion carried. a. Minutes of the meeting held on Aug. 19, 2013.

New Employees or Changes:

b. Checks in the amount of $1,710,496.20 as presented: General Fund 1,256,960.45 Food Service Fund 6,057.95 Transportation Fund 76,381.27 Community Service Fund 39,777.55 Capital Expenditure Fund 101,387.46 Building Fund 221,438.03 Scholarship Trust 400.00 Summer Rec Agency Fund 8,093.49 Check numbers 152974 to 153321 Receipts in the amount of $4,684,657.49 as presented: General Fund 4,498,455.63 Food Service Fund 57,119.10 Transportation Fund 25,928.10 Community Service Fund 57,407.85 Capital Expenditure Fund 2,827.89 Building Fund 50.41 Debt Service Fund 42,178.51 Summer Rec Agency Fund 690.00 Receipts 38850 to 38925 Wire transfers in the amount of $219.69 as presented: General Fund 25.35 Summer Rec Agency Fund 194.34 Wire transfers 201300014 to 201300015 c. Accept the following donations: Name


Donation Purpose

Airhart & Sartell-St. Stephen Company Community Education



Anonymous Sartell-St. Stephen School District #748


Tech Fund

d. Accept the resignations of Tracy Corrow, PME cashier, effective 08-08-13; Heather Sobania, ORE, PM ala carte, effective 08-15-13; Annette Binder, PME, recess supervisor, effective 08-18-13 and Donna Marcks, SHS food service, effective 08-19-13. Student Representative Report: Shawn Sullivan, senior at Sartell High School • Full-access-device distribution was completed in late August and early September – students have experienced immediate implementation and utilization of devices in the classes to enhance learning including online quizzes, utilization of Schoology, viewing curriculum and more. • “Sabre Splash” had a luau theme and was very successful for students and closed with a great speaker. • Concessions stands now have grilled food at the stadium at the football games – doors open at 5:30 p.m. • Homecoming week is the first week in October – there will be a black-light dance again as it was very successful last year. • Elementary students have started to participate in SAYFA Football and Just for Kicks activities. • “We Day” is an upcoming event several SHS students will be participating in at the Xcel Energy Center which brings students and educators together to empower them to create positive change. Superintendent Report: Mike Spanier, interim superintendent • The district had a great start to the school year and everyone district wide is to be commended for their part in creating a smooth start. • Enrollment continues to increase this fall with 64 more students than we ended with last spring. • Brenda Braulick, director of food services, was recently named president of the Minnesota Schools Nutrition Association. • Schoology parent accounts were activated, spearheaded by Instructional Technology Specialist Paul Moe, which provides our families greater access to information about the classroom which includes calendars, schedules, content and more. School Board Committee Reports: Board Policy Committee • The Policy Committee continues to review policies on a routine basis. Negotiations Committee • SEA Contract has been presented and voted on at the Board meeting. • There is a mediation session set for the paraprofessional group. • The multi-unit bargaining group will meet in early October. • The principals group will also meet soon.






Durten Anne Marie Braun


Media aide

$14.99/hr. 4.5 hrs/ Replacing Sue Kutz per day



Angela Burnett


Student supervisor

$12.65/hr.2 hrs/ per day

Replacing Annette Binder


Karrie Fredrickson SHS

National Honor Society advisor

BS11, 4.5%, $1,875.00

Replacing Ben Hoffman


Ashley Garceau


Junior high girls soccer coach

BS1, 6.35%, $2,106.00

Replacing Alex Busch


Teresa Heck


Elementary education BA, S1 $33,158 teacher


Jill Haehn


Title I teacher

BA10, S3 $25.47/hr. Re-hire (funding based)


Deborah Hahn


Food service-server

$13.49/hr.2.0 hrs/ per day T-Th

Replacing Julie Blanchette


Amber Herberg




Replacing Brian Larson


Jackie Huver



$14.99/hr. 3.0 hrs/ per day, 67 days

New position 2013-14

10. Jennifer Kelley


Student supervisor

$12.65/hr. 2.0 hrs/ per day

New position 2013-14

11. Susan Krauel



$14.99/hr. 4.5 hrs/ per day

Replacing Ayyub, Amal

12. Marla Lahr



$14.99/hr. 3.0 hr/ per day, 64 days/ year & 3.75 hrs/ day, 67 days/year

Replacing Leah Greer

13. Kimberly Leigh


Food service-cashier

$13.49/hr. 2.5 hrs/ day

Replacing Tracy Corrow

14. Nicole Maslowski SMS

Junior high girls swim

BS1, 6.35% $2,106.00

Replacing Kelsey Laudenbach

15. Joan Miller



$14.99/hr. 2.75 per/day M-Th

New position 2013-14

16. Cheryl Nies


Ala carte

$16.22/hr. 1.0 hr/ day

Replacing Heather Sobania

17. Susannah O’Donoghue


Student supervisor

$12.65/hr. 2.0 hr/ day

Replacing Julie Dockendorf

18. Avalon Olson


Junior high girls swim (50%)

BS1 6.35%, $1,080.00

Board-approved addition

19. Susan Pekula



$14.99/hr. 6.25 hours/ per day

New position 2013-14

20. Aubri Petron


Student supervisor

$12.65 per hour, 2.0 hrs/per day

New position 2013-14

21. Roger Reder



$13.49 hr. 5.25 hr/ Replacing Adam Theil per day

22. Jeff Stang



$14.99/hr, 7.0 hours/day

23. Jeff Stang


Junior high boys soccer BS1, 6.35% $2,106.00

Replacing Thomas Stang

24. Janet Summerall


Media aide

$14.99/hr, 5.0 hr/ day

Replacing Barb Stutten

25. Jennifer Supan



$14.99/hr, 6.0 hr/ day, 64 days/year

Replacing Nancy Walters

26. Jeremiah Tolbert


Junior high boys soccer

BS1, 6.35%, $2,106.00

Replacing Brian Wick

27. Kirsten Uran

PME/ Media teacher ORE

BA, S1 $33,158.00

Replacing Laurie Conzemius

28. Myranda Urick


Junior high girls swim (50%)

BS2, 6.35% $1,080.00

Board-approved addition

29. Sara Winter


Student supervisor

$12.65/hr, 2.0 hr/ day

Replacing Emily Penrod

New position 2013-14

New position 2013-14

Leave of Absence: 21.





Expected Duration

Sarah Gill



Leave of absence

Dec. 9, 2013-June 5, 2014 Board • page 9

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

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Alleged ‘freeway robber’ had Sartell residence The same Sartell man who was convicted of robbing a Sartell gas station nine months ago was arrested again, this time for allegedly robbing a series of fast-food businesses along the I-94 corridor. Douglas Wayne Gravelle Jr., 34, was arrested by Maple Grove police last Friday and remains in the Wright County Jail. His former wife tipped off the police after she

Board from page 8 A motion was made by McCabe and seconded by Nies to APPROVE THE SARTELLST. STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT #748 PARTICIPATION IN THE STEARNS COUNTY LOCAL COLLABORATIVE TIME STUDY EFFECTIVE OCT. 1, 2013. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN SCHOOL DISTRICT #748 PRINCIPAL EVALUATION PLAN. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made to table the SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN DISTRICT #748 EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan. All in favor. Motion carried. A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE CERTIFICATION OF THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT FOR THE PROPOSED 2013/PAYABLE 2014 LEVY AS PRESENTED. All in favor. Motion carried.

recognized a broadcast video image of Gravelle during one of the robberies. In February 2012, that is how police learned about Gravelle – through a widely distributed video photo of him robbing the gas station-convenience store at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street S. in Sartell. In that robbery, Gravelle told a clerk he had a gun, although he did not

show one. Gravelle has been charged with a string of armed robberies at a variety of businesses in recent weeks stretching from Sauk Rapids to Maple Grove. Other places robbed included ones in St. Cloud (a GameStop store), Big Lake, Clearwater and Monticello. Two of the places were Burger King restaurants, one in Sauk Rapids

in early September, the other in Maple Grove. No one was injured in any of the robberies. According to the complaint report, Gravelle, who was unemployed, had been staying at his father’s residence in Sartell. The gun he allegedly used in the rob-

A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by McCabe to SET THE TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING FOR 2014 ON DEC. 16, 2013 AT 6:30 p.m. All in favor. Motion carried.

2013 at 7:45 a.m.


A motion was made by Durrwachter and seconded by Riordan to APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITH THE SARTELL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION. All in favor. Motion carried. Scheduled work sessions and committee meetings: Technology Committee – Sept. 24,

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Policy Committee – Oct. 3, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN at 4:15 p.m. the Sartell City Council will hold The Board had first of two read- a public hearing in the council ings of revisions of Policies: 425, chambers at 7 p.m., or as soon 509, 515, 604 and 610. thereafter as the matter may be A motion to adjourn the meeting at heard, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 7:26 p.m. was made by Raden and to consider an Ordinance Adopting seconded by Riordan. All in favor. 2014 Fee Schedule and an update Motion carried. of the City’s Financial Management Plan, including capital plans. Jason Nies, Clerk/Treasurer, Sept. Copies of the proposed Ordinance 16, 2013 and Financial Management Plan are available for public inspection Publish: Oct. 25, 2013 at the Sartell City Hall during reg-

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AREA SUPPORT GROUPS MOnDAY Adult Children of Alcoholics/Alanon, 6 p.m., Newman Center, SCSU, Upper Mississippi Room. (every Monday) Brain Injury Support Group, 10:30 a.m., Whitney Sr. Center, St. Cloud. 252-1479. (2nd and 4th Monday) Circle of Parents, 6-7:30 p.m., YMCA, St. Cloud. Michelle, 203-2056. (every Monday) Clutterers Anonymous, 7 p.m., Good Earth Co-op Meeting Room, 2010 Veteran’s Drive, St. Cloud. 320-493-3264 or (every Monday) Emotions Anonymous, 8 p.m., St. Michael’s Church library, 1036 Stearns CR 4, St. Cloud. 2031862. (every Monday) Enhance Fitness Classes, 10-11 a.m., Benet Place (Great Room), 1975 15th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. (every Monday) Kids' Support, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Catholic Charities Center for Life Transitions, 312 2nd Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. 529-0427. (every Monday) La Leche League - Breastfeeding Support Group, 6:30 p.m., St. Cloud Public Library. 2301515 or 252-8467. (4th Monday) narcotics Anonymous, 8 p.m., University Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or (every Monday) Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. 271-0225. (every Monday) RTS Bereavement Support Group 7-8:30 p.m., St. Cloud Hospital’s Maple Room, St. Cloud, 251-2700, ext 53528 or 54621 (2nd Monday) St. Cloud Crohn's and Colitis resource/support group, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Cloud Hospital's Oak Room, St. Cloud. Michele, 271-0005. (2nd Monday) Separated/Divorced support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Caritas Family Services, St. Cloud. 5290427. (every Monday) “The Way Out” Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book meeting. Place of Hope, St. Cloud. 7-9 p.m. (every Monday) Weight Loss Support Group, 7 p.m., Liquid Assets Coffee Shop, Sartell. 282-4320. (1st Monday) Weight Loss Support Group, 7 p.m., Oakwood Heights Community Room. 1615 7th St. SE, St. Cloud. 282-4320. (Every Monday) Women's Alcoholics Anonymous 5:30

p.m., St. Cloud Alano Club. 251-9876. (every Monday) Women's Alcoholics Anonymous Noon, 12-steps & literature meeting. Non-smoking, perfume free. Love of Christ Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. (every Monday)

St. Joseph Parish Center, Waite Park. 203-1161 or 252-3196. (every Tuesday) Widowed Persons’ Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Catholic Charities Center for Life Transitions, 312 2nd Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. 529-0427. (1st and 3rd Tuesdays)

TUESDAY AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Shepard of the Pines Lutheran Church, Rice. 320-223-0790. AA Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 400 S. Hwy. 10, St. Cloud. 252-4552. (every Tuesday) Al-Anon, 6 p.m., Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Sartell. Peg 253-3741. (every Tuesday) Cancer Cargivers Support Group, 9 a.m., Caribou Coffee outside Crossroads Mall. 2294907. (1st Tuesday) Families of Children with Special health Care needs Support Group, 7-9 p.m., CentraCare Health Plaza, lower level. 1900 CentraCare Circle. Contact John or Brianna. 230-2068. (3rd Tuesdays) Gluten Free Support Group, 6:30 p.m., St. Cloud Public Library. Sandi 363-8252. (1st Tuesdays) Gold Ribbon Support Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Child/Adolescent Clinic conference room, CentraCare Health Plaza. 229-4923. (2nd Tuesday) Holistic Mom’s network, Holistic Parenting Group. St. Cloud Public Library, 7 p.m. Contact Annie Preisler. 259-7820. (2nd Tuesday) narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Atonement Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or (every Tuesday) narcotics Anonymous, 8:30 p.m., Alano Club, St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or www.central. (every Tuesday) Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Peace United Church, St. Cloud. 888-543-6999. (every Tuesday) Suicide Loss support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Catholic Charities Center for Life Transitions, 312 2nd Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. 320-529-0427. (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) TOPS, weigh-in 11:30 a.m., meeting at noon, Atonement Lutheran Church, 1144 29th Ave. N. 253-1680. (every Tuesday) TOPS, weigh-in 5:15 p.m., meeting 6 p.m.,

WEDnESDAY Cancer Patient/Family Support Group, 9:30-11 a.m., CentraCare Health Plaza, St. Cloud. 229-4907, ext. 70855. (1st Wednesday) Enhance Fitness Classes, 10-11 a.m., Benet Place (Great Room), 1975 15th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. (every Wednesday) Job Loss support group, 1-2 p.m., Catholic Charities Center for Life Transitions, 312 2nd Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. 320-529-0427. (1st & 3rd Wednesdays) Loss/Grief support group, 7-8:30 p.m., Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, St. Cloud. Linda, 654-1136 or 877-249-8836. (every Wednesday) narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or (every Wednesday) Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group, 5-6:30 p.m., Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, 1321 13th St. N, St. Cloud. (every Wednesday) Overeaters Anonymous, 1:30 p.m., Benet Place South, 1975 15th Ave. SE., St. Cloud. (every Wednesday) SOS (Secular Organization for Sobriety) 6:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 3226 Main Prairie Rd., St. Cloud. Malcolm 255-1606. (every Wednesday) TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting, weigh-in 5-6 p.m., meeting 6:10 p.m., Old St. Joseph City Hall on NW 1st Ave. #25. 363-8231. (every Wednesday) Widowed Hope and General Bereavement Support Group, 3:30-5 p.m., Catholic Charities Center for Life Transitions, 312 2nd Ave. N., Sauk Rapids. 529-0427. (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) THURSDAY Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Hall (use northeast door), Sartell. (every Thursday) Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids. (every Thursday) Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Shepard of

the Pines Lutheran Church, Rice. 320-223-0790. Alcoholics Anonymous Women’s Big Book Meeting, 6:30 p.m., St. Benedict’s Monestery-Rosamond Bldg. (every Thursday) Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group, 6:30 p.m., YMCA, St. Cloud. (4th Thursday) Aspergers Syndrome Support Group 7-9 p.m., St. Cloud Library, 405 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud. 2nd Floor Conference Room. 217-5750. (3rd Thursday) Depression Support Group 1 p.m., Whitney Sr. Center Board Room, St. Cloud. 2557245(every Thursday) Emotions Anonymous, 1 p.m., St. John Cantius Church, 1515 3rd St. N., St. Cloud. 2031862. (every Thursday) Healing Hearts Pet Loss support group, 7-8 p.m., Companions Animal Hospital, St. Cloud. 252-6700. (3rd Thursday) Infertility Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Pastoral Center, 305 7th Ave. N., St. Cloud. Attendees can share stories, support one another in prayer and share resources following Catholic teaching for infertility treatment. Contact Laura 612-616-0712 or (2nd Thursday) La Leche League - Breastfeeding Support Group, 10:15 a.m., St. Cloud Public Library. 2301515 or 252-8467. (2nd Thursday) narcotics Anonymous women’s group, 4 p.m., Boys and Girls Club, St. Cloud. 1-877-7677676 or (every Thursday) narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or (every Thursday) Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m., Peace United Church, St. Cloud. 888-543-6999. (every Thursday) Spouse Support Group, 6-7:30 p.m., The Hope Community Support Program, 157 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. (2nd and 4th Thursday) Stearns County Adoptive Parent Support Group 6:30-8 p.m., Local Blend, St. Joseph. 763-668-5748 or (fourth Thursday) FRIDAY Alchoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon Family, 7:30 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Joseph. (every Friday)

Enhance Fitness Classes, 10-11 a.m., Benet Place (Great Room), 1975 15th Ave. SE, St. Cloud. (every Friday) narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Cloud. 1-877-767-7676 or www.central.naminnesota. org. (every Friday) Overeaters Anonymous, noon, Peace United Church, St. Cloud. 888-543-6999. (every Friday) Post-polio support group, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Moose Lodge, Waite Park. Gale Erdmann, 5296500. (1st Friday - April-June and Aug.-Dec.) Reformers Unanimous, 7 p.m., Northland Bible Baptist Church, St. Cloud. 252-5677 ext. 109. (every Friday) SATURDAY Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, Waite Park. 259-6770. (every Saturday) Alcoholics Anonymous, 8-9 p.m., St. Stephen Alano Club. Randy, 253-3741, evenings. (every Saturday) Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 1-877-767-7676 or (every Saturday) narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Discovery Church, Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 23, St. Cloud. 1877-767-7676 or (every Saturday) TOPS, weigh-in 8:45 a.m., meeting 9 a.m., Assumption Home, 715 1st St. N., Cold Spring. 453-3083. (every Saturday) Trigeminal neuralgia, Support Group. 10 a.m.-Noon. CentraCare Health Plaza, St. Cloud. 252-1399 (2nd Saturday every other month.) SUnDAY Divorcee Care and Divorce Care for Kids Support Group. 4-5:30 p.m., Harvest Fellowship Church, Community Connection Bldg., 219 2nd St. N., Sauk Rapids. 529-8838. www.harvestmn. com (every Sunday) Divorcee Care video seminar/support group for separated and divorced. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sept.-May. Harvest Fellowship Church, Community Connection Building, 219 2nd St. N., Sauk Rapids. (every Sunday)


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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Anderson thrives as State Farm insurance agent

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The Dan and Melissa Anderson family members are (left to right) Melissa, Brady, Hunter, Dan and (in front) Connor. by Dennis Dalman

In the tiny town of Tyler, Minn. people teased Dan Anderson with wicked but affectionate jabs, calling him a big TV star and a hotshot. All because Anderson and his new baby went to Hollywood to be in a State Farm insurance commercial that was seen far and wide.

Anderson, who lives in Sartell, is still a big State Farm fan. He recently opened a State Farm office at 3306 3rd St. N. in St. Cloud. Anderson and his staff offer about 100 products that include car insurance, house insurance, life insurance, health insurance, mutual funds, annuities, banking services and more. To find out more, visit his website at: When Anderson was a State



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Farm agent in Tyler, a town of only 1,200 people in southwest Minnesota, one day he received a call from a State Farm official in Chicago requesting a photo of him and his newborn son, Connor. He sent the photos. Later, he received another call. State Farm sent a woman videographer from Chicago to film father and son in Anderson’s office. Still later, he had another call. State Farm wanted the two of them to be in a nationwide TV commercial. Stunned, Anderson agreed. He, his wife Melissa, their three boys and Melissa’s mother (Marie Clausen), who doubled as their babysitter, flew to Hollywood where they spent a week. Expert set designers, using their kind of magic, created a State Farm office in an old garage. Then the filming began. One scene shows Anderson holding his sleepless baby at home in a chair in front of a fireplace. To calm the baby, he gives it a pacifier. In the next scene, Anderson is in his State Farm office, talking to a customer. He reaches in his shirt pocket for a pen and – presto! – out comes the pacifier. Nearly 75 people were involved in the production of the commercial, which ran on TV for about two years, starting in 2002. The entire experience was a pleasant one for Anderson and family and for all who knew them, even those who mercilessly teased the “hotshot big star.” The commercial-making was only one of many happy times for Anderson as an insurance agent. He is very proud to work in a company that was founded

so long ago, in 1922. He is one of 18,000 State Farm agents serving 81 million people in the United States and Canada. State Farm is ranked as the numberone insurer in the nation and is listed at number 44 on the Fortune 500 list. It is a mutual company owned by its policy holders, not stockholders. “I love the job,” Anderson said. “I’m a people kind of person. When we lived in Tyler, my kids would be asked at school what their daddy does. My boys would tell them, ‘He takes care of people when they need him the most. He gives them money.’“ As a people person, Anderson has met many kind and interesting people, including Sartell residents Dick and Jackie Lundstrom. Dick was a State Farm agent for 40 years, Jackie was his assistant for 30 years. When they retired in April of this year, Anderson, who has been a State Farm agent for 18 years, agreed to take over their office on 33rd Avenue in St. Cloud. “We’re a customer-centric business,” he said. “Taking good care of our customers is critically important. We can do it 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Anderson was born and raised in Bellview, near Redwood Falls. He later married his high school sweetheart, Melissa Clausen. For a time, Melissa was also an agent – for AAA. Anderson earned a degree in finance and business computer information systems from St. Cloud State University in 1994. The Anderson family moved quite often to various cities be-

fore choosing Sartell five years ago as their home, and they are glad they did. Anderson refused an offer to move to Wisconsin. “It’s because of Sartell’s school system,” he said. “We are dedicated to this school system and this town.” He also loves the stability of Sartell because in some former years Anderson had to do quite a lot of commuting. “It’s so nice to be able to drop Connor off at his school every morning,” he said. Anderson credits his staff’s teamwork for the success of his agency. They are Linda Dolan of Sartell, sales associate with 23 years of State Farm experience; Trent Thompson of Sartell, whom Anderson is mentoring in the State Farm “Agent Aspirant” program; Barb Paris of Royalton, sales associate with 30 years of State Farm experience; Shannon Pusc of Little Falls, with eight years of State Farm experience; and Rosie Hennen of St. Nicholas, who does customer service. All of those, except Thompson, also worked for Dick and Jackie Lundstrom in the St. Cloud office. Melissa Anderson is a paraprofessional at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sartell. She and Dan have three children: Brady, a 2012 graduate of Sartell High School who is now a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he is studying biological science; Hunter, a junior at Sartell High School who enjoys playing basketball, football and golf; and Connor, a fifth-grader at Sartell Middle School.

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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Community Calendar

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. 1-800-7332767. 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, 6:3010:30 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. Monday, Oct. 28 Blood drive, noon-6



American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. Sartell City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall. 320-253-2171.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-7332767. “Identity theft happens: What you need to know,” 6 p.m. shredding; 6:30-7:30 p.m. workshop, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2, St. Joseph. 320-253-4382 or Thursday, Oct. 31 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. 1-800-7332767. Women’s Sexual Assault Support Group, 3-4:30 p.m. every Thursday for 12 weeks, Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, 15 Riverside Drive NE, St. Cloud. Call 320-251-4357 to sign up, www. Restless Souls Cemetery and walk-through haunt, dusk-8:30 p.m., all ages welcome, 905 Dale St. E.,


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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

‘42’ movie to kick off movie night

Robinson The story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson is the

subject of “42,” the film to be shown when “Friday Night at the Movies” debuts at the Sartell Senior Connection Center. The movie, free to anyone of any age, will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. The center is located in the School District Services Building, 212 3rd Ave. N. in Sartell. There will be free popcorn on movie night, and participants can bring their own refreshments if they wish. The movie is entitled “42” because that was Jackie Robinson’s jersey number when he was playing with the Brook-

lyn Dodgers. Robinson was the first Afro-American to play in Major League baseball in the modern era. He is considered an important forerunner for breaking down the race barrier in many areas of American life. The Sartell Senior Connection hopes to host a “Friday Night at the Movies” event regularly in the coming months. Suggestions are welcome. The digitized movies are shown on a large pull-down screen. No registration is required. People can just show up the night of the movie.

Chicken debate set for Nov. 20 Should chickens be allowed in Sartell? That will be the topic of a debate at Sartell City Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. All are invited to the event, which is called “Chickens in the Backyard: Running A(fowl) of the Law.” It is the first of a planned series of debates,

dubbed “Sartell Says,” that will take place at city hall. The debates will be free and open to the public. Local debate participants in the first debate are King Banaian, an economics professor at St. Cloud State University; Jean Lavigne, a professor of environmental studies at the College

of St. Benedict; Lisa Schreifels, St. Cloud Director of Health; and Matt Lindstrom, McCarthy Center director at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. After the debate, people in the audience can participate in a question-answer forum.

Library ‘Friends’ to host input meeting Nov. 5 at City Hall “Friends of the Sartell Library” will host an informal public-input meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Sartell City Hall. “Friends” are a loosely

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