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Senior connection shares soldier’s story

Bill Morgan, retired SCSU history professor, will share the stories of his grandfather who fought and was wounded in the Civil War during a talk, sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N. Morgan was only 4-years-old when his grandfather died at age 92 but he can vividly recall the story of his Civil War wound. Morgan said he feels he has a special link to the Civil War not many people alive today have had. He will also discuss his family’s legacy of military service. For more information, call 320-253-4036.

Senior Connection hosts genealogy speaker Nov. 12

Sarah Warmka, an archivist at the Stearns History Museum will speak at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Sartell Senior Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Warmka will give information about the museum archive with many genealogical resources. She will also detail new features about the museum, the archive and the library. The event is sponsored by the Sartell Senior Connection. Call 320-253-4036 for more information.

The Sartell Sabre football team is now officially in competition for the state championship title. On Nov. 2, the Sabres enjoyed a spectacular win over the Moorhead Spuds at Husky Stadium on the St. Cloud State University campus. That win, 24-16, made the Sabres the winners of the Section 8-5A title. As of press time Wednesday, the Sabres, who have a seasonal 8-3 record, were slated to play St. Michael-Albertville Thursday, Nov. 7, also at Husky Stadium. The winner of that game will proceed to the semi-finals, which will take place in the Twin Cities Metrodome. For more photos, see page 5.

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Sartell Sabre Ben Rengel recovers a fumble in the first quarter of the game against the Moorhead Spuds.

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Sartell survey helps guide city services

From Nov. 1-15, Sartell citizens and business owners are encouraged to participate in a community survey to aid elected officials in determining the efficiency of city services and measuring residents’ opinions of those services, along with assisting in determining community amenities. The survey contains 10 questions and takes just a few minutes to complete. In order to participate in the survey, you must be a resident or business owner in Sartell. Participation is limited to one survey per resident or business. A link to the survey is provided on the City’s website at www.sartellmn.com. Paper versions of the survey are also available at city hall and the police station.

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Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has a ball visiting with daycare children Nov. 1 at Panda Playhouse daycare in Sartell.

People encouraged to attend veterans’ parade Sunday A veterans’ parade will take place starting at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Veterans Administration Health System campus. National Veterans Day is Nov. 11. This event will be the sev-

enth annual local veterans’ parade, which has been spearheaded each year by the St. Cloud Times. After a social gathering at the VA at 1 p.m., the parade of veterans, along with their loved ones and supporters, will wend its way to nearby Apollo High School. All people are encouraged to attend the event, which is a way to show support and thanks to all veterans who have served their country.

As a daycare operator, Amanda Rupar of Sartell said she feels as if she has five or six arms and then, at the end of day, when she says goodbye to the last child, she reverts to being “a normal human with two arms,” as she described it. As busy as she is, she loves her job, she loves the children. “That’s my reward – the kisses, hugs and loves from the children,” she said. “When they do something new, something they’re proud of and I see that look on their faces, that’s all the reward I need.” Rupar’s dedication to her daycare children was recognized Nov. 1 when a special guest visited. Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson spent some time at Rupar’s home to interact with the children, chatting with them and taking part in a fingerpainting session. Jesson visited Rupar because her daycare, “Panda’s Playhouse,” has a prestigious top four-star rating from “Parent Aware,” a statewide service that rates daycare businesses for their expertise in preparing pre-school children for kindergarten. Parents seeking quality daycare providers can go to the Parent Aware website to find out if there are Parent Aware-

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rated services in their areas. Commissioner Jesson, during her visit to central Minnesota and other areas, was also promoting a $19.4-million investment by the state legislature and governor for increasing access to quality early education for children with high needs. Daycare providers who voluntarily join the Parent Awareratings program are an important part of the renewed state emphasis on pre-school readiness. After interacting with the children, Jesson asked Rupar about why she chose to participate in Parent Aware and what benefits she has experienced. Rupar told Jesson she had always wanted to have the very best daycare services for the children, including school readiness. “I’ve always wanted to get them started on both feet in the right direction,” she said. “I want to make sure they are all ready so they don’t get behind in school. If they are the best they can be, they will always be ready no matter what comes in the schools.” She told Jesson the benefits are many: seeing the children learning so much, watching their social skills develop and the hugs, warmth and affection they give back. Jesson, said Rupar, was “fantastic” and a welcome guest. “She sat right down with the Daycare • page 4


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People

Dr. Nicholas Colatrella, owner and medical director of PineCone Vision Center, Sartell, was recently inducted as Colatrella president of the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Council, the governing body of the alumni association, in Chicago. Colatrella is also vice president of the Minnesota Optometric Association, and has twice been named Young Optometrist of the Year. He has been active both in community and MOA outreach efforts, and has led the MOA Professional Education Committee. He is an honors graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, and completed a hospital residency in ocular disease. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and is a published author on the topics of LASIK surgery, cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye and corneal diseases. Dr. Colatrella and his wife, Dr. Stacy Hinkemeyer, live in Sartell with their two children. William A. Johnson, son of Sung and Gregory Johnson, St. Cloud, and a 2010 graduate of Sartell High School, Johnson recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Johnson completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic

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a male attempting to kick open a door and wanting to come inside a residence. Officers arrived and the female denied a male being there and stated she just wanted to go to bed. The female finally admitted to the male being at the residence but that he had left. Officers checked the residence for the male and could not locate him. 4:37 p.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 57 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated she was unaware of the speed limit. She was issued a citation and released.

warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Andrew Reitz, son of Heidi and Alan Reitz, Sartell and a 2013 graduate of Sartell High School, is a member Reitz of the swimming team at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Lance Huber begins his 13th year as Norse head swimming coach. Last year, he led the Norse to a ninth consecutive Iowa Conference championship as well as a runner-up finish at the Liberal Arts Championships. Since his arrival, the Norse have posted a dual meet record of 59-19. The Norse began the dual meet schedule at UW-Whitewater on Nov. 2. Luther’s first home meet in its new Aquatic Center pool will be against Grinnell College at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. All home swim meets will be video streamed free of charge at http:// client.stretchinternet.com/client/ luther.portal# on the Luther College Athletics website. Gilleland Chevrolet of St. Cloud recently partnered with the Sartell Baseball Association for the 2013 baseball program. The dealership provided the league with a monetary contribution and new equipment including equipment bags, baseball buckets, practice hitting nets, umpire ball bags, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. In addition, the dealership helped donate either a Chevy Malibu or a Chevy Traverse as the grand prize for a free regional sweepstakes.

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 www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes. Oct. 19 11:36 a.m. Gun shot. Fifth Avenue S. A report was made regarding an accidental gun discharge. Two adult males were looking at a gun and accidentally discharged the weapon, injuring one male. The bullet went through his hand and a wall. No other injuries. 6:36 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 or the speed limit. He was issued a citation and released. Oct. 20 10:23 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 55 mph in a posted 40-mph zone. The driver stated she was unaware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released. 10:13 p.m. Person assist. First Street S. An emergency call was placed that an elderly male had fallen and his wife could not help him up. Officers arrived and assisted in getting him in a chair. The male stated he no longer needed assistance. Oct. 21 5:33 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A female was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. The female did not immediately admit to the theft. She was issued a citation and released. 10:38 p.m. Traffic stop. Highway 15. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 77 mph in a posted 60-mph zone. The driver stated he was unaware of his speed. He was issued a citation

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Oct. 22 8:32 a.m. Gas leak. Troop Drive. A report was made regarding a gas line that had been accidentally cut. Officers cleared the adjoining buildings and blocked the road until Sartell Fire arrived and pinched the line. Oct. 23 12:58 p.m. Theft. Walmart. A juvenile male was witnessed attempting to leave the store with unpaid merchandise. He admitted to the theft. His mother was contacted. He was issued a citation and then released. Oct. 24 3:45 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver stated she was aware of the status. She was issued a citation and released to a valid driver. 11:45 p.m. Loud music. Troop Drive. A complaint was made regarding loud music coming from a residence. An officer went to the area and was unable to hear any music. Oct. 25 10:24 p.m. Traffic Stop. First Street NE. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a posted 30-mph zone. The driver stated she was unaware of her speed or the limit. She was issued a citation and released. 10:40 p.m. Abuse. CR 120. A complaint was made regarding an adult female yelling at a child. Officers arrived and spoke with the mother who stated she was upset because the child had run off in the store and she couldn’t find her. Officers spoke with the child to verify her safety. The child and mother were released. Oct. 26 4:26 a.m. Verbal. Amber Avenue S. A complaint was made regarding

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Oct. 27 3:45 a.m. Domestic. Riverside Avenue. A report was made regarding a male and female physically fighting. Officers arrived and found both parties sitting outside. Both denied the argument becoming physical. The male agreed to leave the residence for the night. An officer transported him to a relative’s residence. 12:54 p.m. Traffic stop. Benton Drive. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a revoked license. The driver was aware of his revoked status and was unable to provide insurance on the vehicle. The driver was issued a citation for both violations and the vehicle was towed. Oct. 28 10:38 a.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. After checking a vehicle’s registration, it was found the driver had a suspended license. The driver stated she was unaware of the suspended status but was aware of the expired registration. She was issued a citation for both violations and released to a valid driver. 6:07 p.m. Traffic stop. Riverside Avenue. A driving complaint was made regarding a vehicle crossing the center line several times. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and witnessed the vehicle cross the center line another time. It was found the driver was scratching off a lottery ticket at the time. He was issued a citation for inattentive driving and released.

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No-parking restrictions effective now through March The Sartell Police Department is reminding residents about the city’s no-parking ordinance, which took effect Nov. 1 and will go through March. During those months, no parking is allowed from the hours of 1 to 7 a.m. on any city street, alley or thoroughfare. The ordinance is in effect and will be enforced at all times, even during periods where there is no or very little snow. Vehicles in violation of the ordinance may be ticketed and towed, with expenses to be paid by the vehicle’s owner. The fine for violating the ordinance is $25, with an extra

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$5 if it is not paid within 48 hours. Reminders about the noparking ordinance have been put on the city’s electronic bulletin boards, the city’s website, its promo pack and informational packets given to new residents. Signs are also posted at the entrances to the city limits. “We ask homeowners and renters within the city inform guests and family members who may be staying or visiting at your home about the winter parking rules,” said Sartell Police Chief Jim Hughes. “We want to be pro-active in letting the public know about our winter parking rules.”

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Amanda Rupar, owner/operator of Panda Playhouse daycare, gives a high-five to one of her daycare children, a budding fingerpaint artist.

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children,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a nicer guest in my home. In fact, I would love to have her visit again.” Rupar, who opened her daycare business seven years ago, heard about Parent Aware in

October 2012 and decided to volunteer for it. To qualify, she met with a training coach periodically for a six-month period and filled out paperwork about her daycare activities, programs and ongoing training skills. She submitted all of that material last March to Parent Aware and was thrilled, weeks later, to learn she’d been given the highest rating, four

stars. As part of the Parent Aware program, Rupar starts working on pre-school skills when a child is six weeks old. Even at that age, she said, children can develop social skills. There are four categories of emphasis at Panda Playhouse: physical health and well-being, teaching and relationships, assessment of each child’s progress, and teacher-training and education. Rupar plans her days around all kinds of interactions: between her and the children, between the children in a large group and in smaller groups, one on one with each other and solo activities. One of her – and the children’s – favorite activities is cooking and baking in which children can learn numbers, measurements, teamwork and the sheer fun of creating something tasty. Together, they’ve made cookies, pizza, apple sauce, cinnamon rolls and “Stone Soup” based on the storybook. Rupar and the children also

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do a lot of art projects, such as fingerpainting the day of Jesson’s visit. Art, she said, teaches children motor skills and processed thinking, such as how to mix certain paint colors to make other colors. All activities promote social skills. “Social skills are as important to children as learning numbers and letters,” she said. “Friendships, relationships, working as a team – all those social skills should be developed in children. Many kids nowadays seem to be lacking in social skills because of social media and all the time they spend on phones and computers. I believe there needs to be more face-to-face social interactions.” Born in St. Cloud, Rupar was raised in Paynesville and graduated from Paynesville Area High School in 2000. In 2006, she was looking for a home in which to open a daycare business. She chose a home in Sartell and moved to the city that year. At first, she started her business with a woman whose

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name was Pam. They named their place “Panda’s Playhouse” by combining the names “Pam” and “Amanda.” The name stuck quickly with parents and even the children, who still like to play with the stuffed-toy mascot – a female panda with a red dress. Later, Rupar’s business partner resigned to pursue another line of work. Rupar has no biological children. “God has other plans for me,” she said, smiling. “And so, here I am, blessed every day with the love of these kids. I’ve never given birth to children and yet I’m a mother. And I’m still being blessed with children.” Rupar is licensed for up to 12 children, although she tries to keep that number at 10 or under to make sure she can have more one-to-one interactions with each child. Rupar is also a volunteer for the Lutheran Social Services’ Crisis Nursery, based in St. Cloud. One of her tasks is to serve when needed as a 72-hour foster mother for children who are in sudden-crisis situations. Her philosophy of daycare also extends into her work for the Crisis Nursery. “There are so many children in our communities who need a safe place so they can feel secure, warm and loved,” she said. Her daycare children do, indeed, consider Rupar a special mom. Last Mother’s Day, she received a number of Mother’s Day cards from the children. “I was so happy that my heart,” she said, “melted into a thousand pieces.”

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Food-stamp cutbacks spell sad day for America

Nov. 1 was a sad day for America. That’s the day the federal government made the first of a series of cuts in funding for food stamps, leaving 47.7 million Americans more vulnerable than they were just a day before, Oct. 31. Food-stamp cuts will amount to about 5 percent. That doesn’t sound like much to most people, but to people struggling to exist it’s worrisome indeed. Here in Minnesota where 556,000 have received food stamps last year (10 percent of the state’s population), the average monthly amount in stamps was $236. Recipients included 239,000 children and 114,000 elderly or disabled people. The federal government gave a total of $55 million to Minnesota food-stamp recipients in 2012. Those statistics come from Stateline, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. For every food-stamp dollar spent, an estimated $1.70 is generated in local economies. Thus, these cuts will adversely affect more than hungry people. In addition, pressures on already strapped food shelves will become extreme. In some states, mostly in the Deep South, foodstamp recipients comprise as much as 22 percent of those states’ populations. That itself is a sad irony since many of the politicians most opposed to food stamps are from those states. There are some representatives and senators who want to get rid of the food-stamp program entirely, along with virtually every other social-net program ever invented, including Social Security and Medicare. Their scheme to abolish those programs is to starve them through lack of funding and then, perhaps, privatize them with some help from government-disbursed vouchers. Food-stamp detractors claim too many recipients are slackers who simply don’t want to work. Statistics, however, show time and again there is a mere fraction of “cheating” going on – 2 or 3 percent at most. The truth is most on food stamps are working people, often stuck in low-wage jobs or temporarily unemployed because of a depressed job market. Food-stamp detractors like to cite statistics about the huge growth of the food-stamp program. And they are correct; the program has hugely increased since 2008, the year when reckless behavior by the hotshots on Wall Street caused a near collapse of the financial system, plunging this nation into the worst recession since the 1930s. Is it any wonder that human needs – and food stamps – have increased? In an ideal world, there would be no need for food stamps. Most people, even now in this far-from-ideal world, would prefer to have the dignity of buying their food with their own hard-earned money. But to hear some of the well-heeled demagogues in the U.S. Congress tell it, food-stamp recipients, when they’re not lazy spongers, are people who don’t know how to budget their money. As if they should talk! Some of those politicians receive agricultural and other subsidies to the tune of millions of dollars. They know nothing about the struggles of the working poor and don’t want to know. They cultivate a willful blindness and even contempt toward anyone not in their rarefied class stratum. These political Scrooges should be ashamed of themselves. But of course they’re not; they’re proud to punish the working poor, and they’re vowing to force more and more cuts. The poor, the hungry, the dispossessed must vote these mean-spirited overlords out of office. That’s the real solution.

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We spend five years of life waiting, waiting . . . It’s no wonder the most emblematic play of the past century is Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” first performed in 1953. It’s about that inescapable fact of all of our lives: waiting. In that strange work, two hapless vagabonds, Vladimir and Estragon, wait constantly for the arrival of a mysterious somebody called Godot (pronounced Goh-DOH), who turns out to be a no-show. As they keep waiting, the two curmudgeons indulge in all sorts of verbal banter and deadpan hijinks just to pass the time. “Godot” is about time, about waiting, about grasping for straws of meaning to ward off nothingness. It’s typically Irish – that is, bleakbut-funny. These days, Vladimir, Estragon and Godot often tramp across my mind. It’s because I’ve learned as one gets older, one becomes all too aware of how waiting can kill time – precious time dwindling away like sand through an hourglass. Time experts claim the average person spends the equivalent of fiveyears’-time waiting for this, that and the other thing: red lights, traffic jams, doctor appointments, check-out lines, for the phone to ring when expecting good news (or bad), for someone to arrive who’s habitually late (or like Godot, doesn’t show, period). That’s depressing news: FIVE years of time, just waiting. Imagine that. Horrors! It’s even more depressing for us reporters, who – I would bet – spend SIX years, at least, waiting. I cannot count the hundreds if not thousands of meetings I have covered for news-

Dennis Dalman Editor papers. Some – a few here and there – were interesting; most were not. Not at all. There was a five-hour schoolboard meeting one time that was not only dull, it was so intolerable I swear I felt wrinkles growing on my face, my hair turning grayer. I sat there, waiting for board members to say something, to make up their minds as they ahemmed-and-a-hawed, or to get to the point of what they were trying to say. What’s worse is that after their marathon gab-fest, nothing was resolved. Reporters also frequently have to hurry-up-and-wait – especially for certain photo-taking assignments. You arrive on time, but then the herding-ofcats begins. “Mr. Reporter, could you wait awhile? Judy’s not here yet. OK, here comes Judy. Now where did Charlie go? Gotta wait for Charlie. Hey, you kids – could you go see where Tom and Chelsea are?” Finally, cats all herded and grinning, you take the photo. “Whoops, can you take the photo again? Because here comes Hannah. She really should be in the picture, too.” Other waiting ordeals that rob my time are variations of the ones all mortals endure, reporters or not:

Waiting for decent spring weather so I can finally plant a garden. Waiting for the water to boil for my cup of morning coffee. It’s an absolute truism a watched pot never boils! As soon as I turn my back on that pot of water, it boils over. Waiting in grocery-store lines when my luck always turns abysmal, when “problems” occur in the line ahead of me: haggles over expired coupons, price checks, misers picking out coins – slowly! – one at a time from little coin purses, people indulging in slow-asmolasses penmanship demonstrations as they fill out their checks. Meantime, the sand is falling fast through my hourglass. I’ve learned to avoid some timekiller situations. One is the set of lights at Division Street and Waite Avenue in Waite Park. Never has an avenue been so aptly named: Waite, wait and wait some more. That red light there has to be the longest-timed one in the universe. I’ve grown old waiting there: more wrinkles, more sagging jowls, more white hairs. I’ve considered bringing one of those long Russian novels to read while waiting for that light to change. I’ve worried about running out of gas while stuck there. I’ve thought about taking naps, my wake-up alarm being the angry honks behind me to get a move on. I finally had sense enough to solve that dilemma. I now avoid Waite Avenue like the plague. I figure I’ve added a week, at least, to my life.

Revisiting a hero, celebrating all veterans Back in 2009, I had the very good fortune of meeting St. Joseph resident Larry Tillemans. I was researching a column about WWII veterans and was introduced to Larry. I was able to spend some time with him and hear his stories and let me tell you they were exciting. I wrote a column about Larry, which was published in The Newsleaders back in 2009 entitled “A Witness To History.” At the close of World War II, Larry was an Army stenographer/clerk typist whose job was to record the testimony during the Nuremberg trials of the Nazi war criminals. He sat in the courtroom and witnessed the Nazi thugs being tried for their war crimes. During our visits, he also reminded me of the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, first saw the Nazi prison camps and the gas chambers. He told me how Eisenhower called for photographers and reporters to record the camps in detail. He wanted a complete record of everything he saw. He didn’t want the world ever to forget the atrocities that lay before him. This was the Holocaust. After Larry got out of the Army, he became an activist. He decided to take Eisenhower’s orders seriously. He made it his life’s mission never to let the world forget the Holocaust. He

Ron Scarbro Guest Writer made up pamphlets and CDs. He spoke to groups, entertaining and teaching them. Larry had had a front-row seat to history. He looked into the eyes of the Nazi monsters as they squirmed in their chairs and as they tried to explain away their murderous activities. He decided to spend his life keeping this story alive and vivid. I choose to revisit Larry Tillemans today because, like so many WWII veterans, he is not getting any younger. In 2009 when I wrote that column, I spoke about the fact we are losing these heroes everyday. Soon there will be none left. Will the horrors Larry and his fellow soldiers witnessed be forgotten when those good men have all gone to their reward? Will the devastation leveled by one dictator and his henchmen against the rest of the world just disappear with the witnesses? Already some schools are removing the Holocaust from their curricula. Some Middle Eastern dicta-

tors are claiming the whole thing was a fraud and it never happened. Eisenhower was right when he proclaimed, sure enough, someday down the road some SOB (his words) would say it never happened. You see ugliness like the Holocaust is just not very politically correct. But enough about the tyrants and despots of the world. We need to celebrate the heroes, the veterans and especially the WWII veterans. We celebrate Larry Tillemans and people of his ilk. The people who sacrificed their limbs, their lives and their security so we might have the lives we have had. So we might have the freedoms we enjoy. When this country needed them and made the call, they came by the thousands and the tens of thousands. They stopped the Nazi murderers in their tracks and made our world a safer place to be. Here during this time of celebration of veterans I ask you to remember them. When you breathe free air, think of them. When you swell with pride hearing a patriotic song or view “Old Glory,” think of them. If you have a chance, visit a veteran and thank him or her for the life you get to live. God bless Larry Tillemans and all veterans.

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Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 Friday, Nov. 8 Blood drive, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., American Red Cross, 1301 W. St.. Germain St., St. Cloud. 1-800-733-2767. St. Joseph Farmers’ Market, 3-6 p.m., Resurrection Lutheran Church, 610 CR 2 N., St. Joseph. Saturday, Nov. 9 Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., artisans, crafts, bake sale, St. Paul’s Parish Center, 1125 11th Ave. N., St. Cloud. 320-251-4831. Craft and vendor sale, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m., American Legion, 415 Benton Dr. N., Sauk Rapids. Sartell Farmers’ Winter Market, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sartell City Hall, 125 Pinecone Road N. Retro trail run/walk, 10:15 a.m. 1.5-mile run/walk for kids and adults, 11 a.m. 5-mile run/2.5-mile walk for kids and adults, Warner Lake County Park, 1485 CR 143, Clearwater. Sunday, Nov. 10 “Night of Broken Glass” 3 p.m. commemorates in music and images the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a coordinated series of attacks against

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Compost site open until Nov. 16 The Sartell compost site will be open until Nov. 16 not just for city residents but for people in LeSauk Township and St. Cloud residents, if they want to pay for a compost sticker. For Sartell residents, the annual sticker costs $31. For non-city residents, it costs $61. The stickers must be affixed on the inside lower portion of a vehicle’s windshield, on the driver’s side. The stickers may be purchased at Sartell City Hall or on the city’s website: www.sartel-

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lmn.com. The compost site is open from 4-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; from 1-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. It’s closed Wednesdays and Sundays. What’s allowable at the compost site is yard waste that includes brush, grass clippings, leaves, acorns, pine cones, pumpkins, apples, garden vegetation, dirt and soil, corn stalks, firewood and tree branches. Branches and other yard waste

must be separated. People who have compostsite permit stickers are allowed to take a load of finished compost home from the site to be used on yards or gardens. The Sartell compost site is located just off CR 4 along 30th Avenue N. The site is typically opened temporarily in the postholiday season so people may bring their Christmas trees to the site. Those times and dates will be announced later. For more information, call 320-253-2171.

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Sartell seeks volunteers for commissions The City of Sartell is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning and economic development commissions. The Planning Commission has two seats (three-year terms) available for appointment. Prospective volunteers should have an interest in long-range planning and visioning principals, along with a desire to have a better understanding of annexation and land-development issues.

The Economic Development Commission has one seat (threeyear term) available for appointment. Prospective volunteers should have an interest in fostering economic development efforts for the city. No experience is needed for either commission. An application can be obtained by visiting www.sartellmn.com or stopping in at city hall. All applications must be received by noon Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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