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Salvation Army rings bells Town Crier to help less fortunate Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 Volume 21, Issue 47 Est. 1995

Red Cross urges those eligible to donate

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the perfect gift this holiday season – a lifesaving blood or platelet donation. By rolling up a sleeve, donors can help ensure patients continue to receive treatment throughout the holiday season. Busy holiday schedules and travel plans make it more challenging for regular donors to give, and many businesses and organizations postpone hosting blood drives during the holiday season for these same reasons. This can lead to a decline in blood donations, but the need is constant. For more information, visit and click on Dec. 2 Criers.

GNTC to hold auditions for Ernest in Love

Auditions for Ernest in Love will be held at the Great Northern Theatre Company headquarters, located in Rockville, just off Highway 23. Auditions are from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 6 with callbacks on Thursday, Dec. 8. No pre-audition materials are necessary. Come prepared to read a bit of script and sing a song. Visit our website for character descriptions. Show dates are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Feb. 10, 11 and 12; Tuesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s day); and Thursday, Friday and Saturday Feb. 16, 17 and 18. For more information, visit thenewsleaders. com and click on Dec. 2 Criers.

by Dennis Dalman

Salvation Army bell-ringers are ringing for a good cause and reminding one and all of the admonition “There but for fortune go you or I.” The bell-ringing goal this Christmas season is to raise $429,000 overall, with about $200,000 of that raised directly from kettle donations. The rest of the funds come from generous business, corporate and individual donations sent via the mail or online. Last year’s amounts raised were similar, just a tad lower. People who come for help to the Salvation Army shelter, food shelf or community-meals program are all hurting in one way or another, most often because of a situation beyond

their immediate control: loss of a job, inability to find a job, a personal trauma like divorce or a death in the family or any number of circumstantial difficulties. The good news is those people – the overwhelming majority – do well once they have had a helping hand, and that is what they get thanks to the Salvation Army – a helping hand. For example, of the people in the Salvation Army emergency-housing shelter since January 2016, 181 people who were at the 69-bed shelter during that 10-month period found some sort of housing that was considered suitable for themselves, such as rental units or being able to move in with a family member, friend or someone else. Rings • page 3

Ken Ramler of Sartell rings a Salvation Army bell on a warmweather day, Nov. 28, in front of the Coborn’s Superstore in south Sartell. Ramler, who has rung the bell in previous years, is one of dozens ringing this year to help make the holiday season happier for the less fortunate.

Public invited to hear about school plans by Dennis Dalman

Plans for the new Sartell-St. Stephen High School are well on the way, along with other district improvements, and district officials want to share the latest developments with the public. A public information meet-

ing, along with a question-answer session, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Sartell High School. The first information meeting was also held at the high school on Nov. 30. For information from those meetings, see the Dec. 16 Sartell Newsleader. Presiding over the Dec. 7 meeting will be Sartell-St.

Stephen School District Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert and several other school administrators. They will present details about the District Facilities Plan, as well as background about how it was developed, details about the construction plans and a first look – via artist’s conception – of what the new high school

will look like. Sartell voters approved a school-bond referendum May 24 in the amount of $105.8 million by a close vote of 2,281 to 2,034 in spite of the bond issue failing by a 2-to-1 margin in St. Stephen and the townships of Brockway and St. Wendel. School • page 4

Kruzels honored as Citizens of Year

Angel of Hope dedication set Dec. 6

The dedication of the Angel of Hope monument in Sartell will take place indoors at the Chateau Waters apartment-complex lobby at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Angel of Hope is the statue of an angel at which loved ones of children who passed away can be honored and mourned. For more information about the project and how it started, see today’s story about the Randy and Tami Kruzel family in this newspaper. After the dedication, the first annual candlelight vigil will occur starting at 7 p.m. at the base of the angel, located at the edge of Lake Francis near Chateau Waters. Those who plan to attend are encouraged but not required to RSVP to For more information, visit and click on Dec. 2 Criers.

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Tami and Randy Kruzel are the Sartell Citizens of the Year.

Two parents who transformed their heartbreaking grief into something positive were honored as “Citizens of the Year” by the Sartell Chamber of Commerce at its honors banquet Nov. 17 at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course and Event Center. (For more honorees, see related stories.) Randy and Tami Kruzel lost their precious 18-year-old daughter BriAnna on Sept. 28, 2013. With no previous warnings, the teen just collapsed while walking into her bedroom that day. The terribly untimely death was determined as “natural causes.”

It was unthinkable to all of BriAnna’s friends and to her parents that such a loving, lively and giving girl could suddenly be gone. BriAnna loved to volunteer. She was a fervent member of the Girl Scouts and she was a mentor to a young girl as a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for which she won an award as Big Sister of the Year in 2013, not long before she died. She liked to help raise funds for the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Foundation. In honor of her tireless volunteerism and positive attitude, she was a recipient of the Youth Appreciation Award given by the St. Cloud Optimists Club. She Kruzels • back page

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People Lindsey Martens, Sartell, will participate in the annual Christmas in Christ Chapel worship services Dec. 2-4 hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Dana Svensson, Sartell, is studying in London during fall semester 2016 through the Center for Global Education at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph and St. John’s University in Collegeville. Svensson is a junior history and philosophy major at St. Ben’s. The following students will participate in the Concordia College Christmas Concerts. They are: Miranda Garman, Curt Koopmeiners, Ben Maurer and Alyssa Yapp. The Moorhead Concerts on Concordia’s campus are held in Memorial Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. The musicians then travel to Minneapolis for concerts at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Orchestra Hall. The Storm’n Sabres varsity hockey team defeated Fergus Falls High School 4-1 during the Nov. 22

matchup. After a scoreless first period, Molly Mahowald got the visiting Storm’n Sabres on the board with a beautiful shot off the crossbar. She was assisted on the goal by Lizzy Minnerath and Alexa Paulson. Minnerath added a tally of her own with help from Mahowald and Bre Hess. The third period saw Paulson net her first career goal on a deflection of Allie Hemmesch’s shot. Libby Asper put the game away with going top shelf for her first career Storm’n Sabres goal on a beautiful feed from Ellie Hansen and Cami Doman. Chloe Stockinger picked up her first career win in goal with 19 saves. The Storm’n Sabres varsity hockey team defeated Bemidji High School 8-0 during the Nov. 26 matchup. Brooke Walters led the way with two goals and three assists and Bria Ferns had four assists. Alexa Paulson had two goals and an assist while Grace McCabe had two goals. Megan Cook and Molly Mahowald both had two assists. Other goal scorers were Lizzy Minnerath and Allie Hemmesch. Chloe Stockinger registered a 19 save shutout in net.

Correction A story about short-term rentals in the Nov. 18 Sartell Newsleader had an incorrect first name for the

renter mentioned in the story. The correct name of the renter in Sartell is Julie Meyer.

Winter Extravaganza

Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. St. Stephen City Hall • 2 6th Ave SE St. Stephen Fire & Rescue will bring Santa to City Hall

Sleigh rides with real reindeer! Cookies • Crafts! In lieu of admission, please bring a new, unwrapped toy or food shelf item to donate to the Giving Tree.

If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, 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 a crime. Nov. 1 9:30 a.m. Gas drive-off. First Street N.E. An officer was dispatched to a local gas station for a vehicle that had driven off without paying for fuel. The license plate of the vehicle was reported to the officer. Witnesses stated the driver was a black male, and there were no passengers in the vehicle. The officer did locate a name and address for the registered owner of the vehicle. 10:53 a.m. Accident. Riverside Avenue N./10th Street N. Officers were notified by a maintenance worker of a rear-end collision possibly involving injuries. Officers arrived on scene and met with both drivers. One of the drivers was acting nervous and shaking. The officer asked him if he would like medical attention, and he stated no. The officer located a bag of marijuana and two methamphetamine pipes inside his vehicle. A search of the vehicle also turned up a marijuana pipe. Field sobriety tests were performed on the driver, and he passed. The driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. The other driver involved in the crash was transported to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Nov. 2 7:59 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road/Seventh Street N. An officer was traveling south in the 800 block of Pinecone Road N. when she observed a vehicle traveling north on Pinecone Road. The vehicle appeared to be traveling faster than the 20-mph school-zone speed limit. The officer took front radar of the vehicle and locked it in at 37 mph. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver stated she was trying to get her kids to school. The driver didn’t have her driver’s license on her, she didn’t have proof of insurance and her vehicle had expired tabs. The officer issued the driver a citation for speed and warned her for the other violations. 10:03 am. Medical. Brianna Drive. Officers were dispatched for a female patient who had fallen, hit her head


and right wrist. Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics had arrived on scene and were assisting the patient upon officer arrival on scene. An officer assisted with loading the patient for transport to St. Cloud Hospital. Nov. 3 6:55 p.m. Medical. Third Street S. Officers were dispatched for an 84-yearold male who had fallen. Officers arrived on scene and located the male on the ground. He stated he was uninjured. Officers lifted the man to his feet and assessed him for injuries. Officers didn’t observe any obvious injuries to him. Nov. 4 2:02 pm. Domestic. Third Street N.E. Officers were dispatched to a residence for a male and female who had been verbally arguing for more than an

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hour. Officers arrived on scene, separated and interviewed both parties. The female stated the argument was only verbal and not physical. She stated the argument was over a misunderstood text message. The male corroborated her story. Both parties stated they would leave each other alone for the rest of the day. 5:58 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Fifth Avenue S. Officers were dispatched in reference to an SUV that had pulled up next to a woman walking alone and offered to give her a ride home. Officers arrived on scene and observed the vehicle was no longer in the area. Officers met with the complainant who stated he believed the vehicle was gold in color. He believed he had never seen the SUV in the area before. Officers performed extra patrols in the area throughout the night.

‘Scam Jam’ to help seniors avoid rip-offs by Dennis Dalman A free “Scam Jam” seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the The Grands at Mulligans in Sartell. The session, open to the public, is designed mainly for senior citizens and caregivers for the elderly. It is co-sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota/ North Dakota and the American Association of Retired People. Although the event is free, people who plan to attend are asked to register at: CentraMNScamJam. Or call 1-877926-8300. A continental breakfast and refreshments will be served. Scam Jam is an interactive event pointing out the kinds of past and current scams aimed at seniors and others, and how cons ingeniously use subterfuge to get personal information and to bilk money out of the unsuspecting. Seniors lose almost $37 billion every year because of fraud, exploitation and financial abuse, according to True Link Financial. Seniors are particularly vulnerable because scammers know many of

them are trusting, have money put away and are easily accessible by telephone. Typically, scammers befriend the elderly, then request money, usually for bogus reasons such as a family member is in trouble or for emergencies. Other scams include phony sweepstakes wins or investment ruses in which the so-called “investor” pockets all the money, never to be seen again. More “modern” con artists are now proposing computer fix-it help to the elderly, calls claiming the victim owes money immediately to the Internal Revenue Service, impersonation schemes by callers claiming to be officials of the Social Security or Medicare administrations, and calls from “grandchildren” claiming to be in trouble and requiring money immediately. The line-up for Scam Jam is as follows: 8 a.m. Continental breakfast served; 8:30 a.m. Registration and resources table; 9 a.m. Welcome; 9:15 a.m. Trends in fraud and identity theft; 10 a.m. Victim profiling and how to scam-proof your life; 10:45 a.m. Break and visit resource tables; 11:15 a.m. Financial exploitation within families; and noon: Closing comments.


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Rings from front page Of those people, almost all of them had jobs (full- or part-time) during the time they needed a place to sleep and assistance to help them get back on their feet. From January through October 2016, there were 400 people who stayed at the emergency shelter at one time or another, some longer than others. Of that number, 347 were men, 53 were women. There were 30 families at the shelter, with a total of 102 children, said Karla Rolfzen, SA program coordinator. The shelter is more than just a bed for the night. Residents of the shelter are offered an entire range of classes that cover topics such as financial fitness, how to do a job interview, how to find and keep a rental unit, and other pertinent information that helps residents transition with confidence from homelessness to a secure place to live and a job to support themselves and their families. For more about programming, see “Programs” below in this story. The emergency shelter, however, is only one of many SA programs that helps people get back on their feet and find productive ways to live. The following are some of the other SA services:

Gifts/Toy Shop

The SA gives holiday toys and other gifts to economically-strapped families, and donations of gifts are always welcome. This year, as every year, there is a shortage of gifts appropriate for teen-aged boys and girls. Such gifts can include make-up, flat irons, curling wands, perfume, cologne for boys, nail polish, ear buds, headphones, bas-

CUSTODIAL Saint John’s Abbey is accepting applications for a full-time (32-40 hours per week) benefit-eligible custodial/housekeeping position. This position is responsible for cleanliness and laundry duties in the Abbey Guesthouse, Abbey Church, Monastery, Retirement Center and Health Center.

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Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader • ketballs, soccer balls, skate boards and wallets. Toys and gifts can be brought to the SA headquarters at 400 U.S. Hwy. 10 S., St. Cloud, Minn. 56304. For more options, see “How to donate” at the end of this story.

Community Lunch

The SA Community Lunch program has served 30,815 meals so far in 2016. One relatively new feature of the lunch program is called PhilanthroFeed during which an area company foots the bill for a lunch, and then some of its staff and employees actually serve the meal in the SA lunch room. People need not be staying at the emergency-housing shelter to partake of the daily noon meal. Anyone can just show up and enjoy a hot, nutritious dinner. Volunteers are always needed.

Food Pantry

In the first 10 months of 2016, the SA Food Pantry distributed 506,064 pounds of food to 5,241 people. That number includes 1,871 children. There is a need for volunteers to help at the Food Pantry.

Learning programs

The SA works in close conjunction with outreach programs to help people who need a boost in their lives beyond the immediate needs of shelter, food and clothing. There are the rental and financial fitness courses mentioned above, but in addition there are parenting classes (through St. Cloud School District), a Rebuilding Lives program (through Tri-Cap), weekly case management and goal-setting sessions to help


with accountability, dentists who visit through “Operation Grace,” doctors and nursing students who visit the SA to address medical needs, a SMART Kids program for children in the shelter, a VA social worker who visits weekly to meet with veterans at the shelter and a veterans’ transitional-housing program. There are also on-site resources at the SA headquarters, such as a room with computers and resume assistance, as well as help for applying for jobs online. For more immediate needs, there are clothing vouchers available, school supplies for children and the Christmas gift program mentioned above.

New managers

The new managers of the St. Cloud Area Salvation Army are Major Mike Parker and his wife Cindy. They began their jobs at the SA last July after working for the SA in Mankato for seven years. “I am so impressed with what’s going on here (at the St. Cloud SA),” said Major Mike during an interview with the Newsleaders for the story above. The Parkers have four children and 11 grandchildren.

How to donate

One obvious way to donate is to put money and/or checks into the red kettles of the bell-ringers. However, people can also mail checks to the Salvation Army, 400 U.S. Hwy. 10. S, St. Cloud, Minn. 56304 or drop them off at that address. Toys, gifts and non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at SA headquarters at that address. It’s across Hwy. 10 from the Cash Wise store and near Michael’s Restaurant.

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Major Mike Parker and his wife, Cindy, began working at the St. Cloud Salvation Army last July after heading the one in Mankato for seven years. They said they are very impressed with the St. Cloud facility and its staff and volunteers, as well as its success in helping people get back on their feet after experiencing hard knocks.

Volunteers needed

There is always a holiday need for SA bell-ringers. Call Shannon Smithers at 320-2524552 if you, your family or a club or organization are willing to spend a few hours bell-ringing at area stores. Other volunteers needed year-round are people to work in the Food Pantry food

shelf and at the Community Luncheon to help with serving meals and clean-up. Money can also be donated by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at the SA website: There is also lots of information on that website about volunteer options and about the SA and its programs.

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Farleys named Senior Volunteers of Year by Dennis Dalman

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Roger and Jan Farley were named Sartell Senior Volunteers of the Year by the Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Roger and Jan Farley have been married for 56 years, and their hoping for another 10, not just because they still love each other but because they love helping people. The Farleys were named Sartell Senior Volunteer Citizens of the Year at the annual Sartell Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course and Event Center on Nov. 17 (For other winners, see stories in this newspaper.) As soon as the Farleys moved to Sartell, back in 1972, Roger was one of the first to help start the Sartell Community Education program, and he, himself, taught a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class before a director was hired. He was also gung-ho about the Sartell High School Sabre Booster Club, as well as Jan, who was an officer in the group. They still vividly recall all the spaghetti fundraisers they helped bring to the high school – fundraisers that helped purchase a scoreboard for the football field and a P.A. system for the field. Later, Roger also taught Introduction to Model Railroading in community education. He is still a passionate railroad modeler and belongs to the Central Minnesota Model Railroaders Club. Long before Celebration Lutheran Church even had its own building, the Farleys were founding members of it within a fledgling group. And all through the years, they were deeply involved in the church and its development and programs – as financial secretaries, Jan as a wedding coordinator and as a church quilter,

School from front page The bond’s approval made possible a new high school to be built near the Oak Ridge Elementary School north of Sartell. That school will cost

as setting up for communion times, working in the kitchen, cooking and baking treats for events and for fundraisers, and as mentors for confirmation candidates. Even after Roger retired, he was instrumental in a transition team when Celebration was about to build its new home on Pinecone Road N. in Sartell. He, the architect and the civil engineer were constantly in contact, serving as a collective sounding board for the project’s contractor. That was back in 2004, a year Roger calls his “final retirement.” He had retired in 1996 from his jobs in telephone engineering, but he was badly in need as a contractor and so he agreed to work for another eight years. Like many a die-hard volunteer, Roger and Jan just cannot retire – not really, ever. It’s because they just can’t say no. Roger Farley was born in Detroit Lakes, Jan Schlosser in Frederick, S.D. When he was 20, Farley found himself working in Lisbon, N.D. Roger suffered a leg injury and ended up in the tiny hospital with an elderly roommate. Later, released from the hospital, Farley went back to see how his roommate was doing. During the visit, the man introduced Farley to a new laband-X-ray technician, named Jan Schlosser. “She was the girl for me,” Farley said. “I think she felt the same about me.” Their first date was at the Jet Café. “We went there for supper and ate some kind of pie for dessert,” he told the Newsleader. “It was blueberry pie,” Jan added. “Anyway, it was at the Jet

Café Jan introduced me to eating shrimp,” Roger said. “I still love shrimp.” About 18 months later, the couple was married in Lisbon on April 17, 1960. At the time, Roger was managing the parks department for John Deere equipment. Later, he went to electronics school in Wahpeton, then worked for Northwestern Bell in Little Falls. Still later, he went to telephone-engineering school in Minneapolis, with lots of on-the-job training. He was a construction foreman for many years, then went back to his engineering job for US West. The Farleys moved to Sartell in 1972. By then they had children, but they decided to become foster parents. For five years, they fostered 14 children. “Those children came from all sorts of situations,” Roger said. “Financial and other things. Some were not loved at home. We had love to give them. Some were just infants right from the hospital.” In Sartell, Jan worked in the engineering department of the DeZurik Corp. for 20 years. The Farleys have two biological daughters: Claudia Dumont, a project engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation; and Jolaine Schreifels, a registered nurse at the surgical unit of St. Cloud Hospital. They have five grandchildren. In retirement, if they ever really do, the Farleys would like to do some more traveling. They’ve seen most of the USA, recently enjoyed a European trip and have a yen to see more of the world. Meantime, back home, Roger enjoys woodworking; Jan enjoys cooking and quilting.

about $90 million In addition, the bond money allows for existing schools to be improved and altered for different grade configurations, with the current high school becoming a middle school, grades 5-8. The existing middle school will house grades 3-5. The two current elementary schools will accommo-

date pre-K through grade 2. The $105.8 million school bond will be paid back over a 25-year period. The new high school is expected to be ready for students starting in 2019. Another necessary step is to prepare an operating levy for the schools, expected to bring in up to $100,000 per year.

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Sartell band to release debut album by Mollie Rushmeyer

Though they may be young, the Sartell-based four-man group Guytano will release its debut album I Am Inside My Body on Friday, Dec. 9 with a soulful, polished sound ready for radios everywhere. The open-invitation album release party with concert is set for 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Sartell High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. The band members – brothers Grant, 18, and Eddie Hamilton, 16 – met Isaac Hesse, 19, and Jack Hebert, 18, when they were about the age of 10 and 11, and they began playing and practicing at the Hamiltons. What began as a hobby, holding concerts for their friends in the garage, covering the songs of alternative rock bands such as Coldplay, The Killers and Snow Patrol, quickly turned to a serious pursuit following a conversation with a Hamilton family member. Paul Hamilton, who is Grant and Eddie’s father and band manager, recalls, “They (the band members) were sitting around talking with my nephew at about 13 years old. My nephew was saying how he liked to find music that relates to his life. Grant said he’d rather make music that relates to his life.” That became the catalyst for Grant Hamilton, the lead vocalist and pianist, to begin writing and composing the music for Guytano. From there, the group stopped covering the songs of other bands and started performing all their own music based on circumstances from their lives and what inspires them. They spent many hours in the basement and garage honing their craft, working on original songs and analyzing the bands they admired. “At first, we were terrible,”

Westwood Church in St. Cloud is hosting this two-hour seminar on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9-11 a.m. Call 320-230-6700 to register.

Grant said with a laugh, “But we studied their sound (bands such as Snow Patrol and Coldplay), their texture. It was never forced. We never said, ‘This is how our music has to sound.’ It came out naturally, how it was meant to be.” As for the band’s name? Grant said it’s actually his cousin’s name. Guytano, his cousin, suggested they name the band after him ironically, but then everyone ended up liking it and Grant said, “It just kind of stuck.” Writing the songs for their first album just flowed, Grant said. Initially, they planned to release just a few songs, but after an outpouring of creativity, they saw the potential for a bigger album. When It’s Over is Grant’s favorite song on the album. “That song,” he said, “came out of a place of worry and sadness. It’s a dark song, but I think it will always mean something to me.” Eddie said he favors Send Me Something for the upbeat feel and the blended electrical programming and organic instrumentation. The band went into the studio last July to begin the recording process. Much back and forth to perfect their work ensued. As far as balancing school with band practices and making their album, Eddie Hamilton says, “I have found it easy. I finish school work, then start working on the technological parts of our show.” While Grant added, “The feeling that creating and playing music gives is one of the greatest feelings ever, in my opinion, but I also love learning.” They worked with Aaron Ankrum at Aerial View Studios to record their album. “It was a real joy working with Aaron,” Grant said, “He was almost like a fifth member and really added some good

input. And by the end of it, he became one of our really good friends.” The tracks were then mastered by Huntley Miller, who recently worked on the Bon Iver’s 22, A Million album. “What I always wanted was to make someone’s favorite song,” Grant said. From the positive feedback already rolling in about the band’s first two singles, which were released in advance to media, the St. Cloud State University radio station — KVSC 88.1 FM and iTunes— Grant just may get his wish. “It’s fun to see what people think,” Grant said, “And we have to thank all the people from Sartell especially. We’ve had such support from the students and residents. So many have helped us and come out to see us.” With a piano-driven, modern pop/alternative sound with a twist of nostalgia, Paul Hamilton says Guytano is already bringing together younger listeners as well as the young at heart. When asked where they see the band in five years, both the Hamilton brothers said they still want to be living their dream, making music together. “I want to make music with my best friends,” Grant said, “and play shows around the world for a living . . . because who wouldn’t want to do that?” Their album, I Am Inside My Body, is available for advance order via iTunes, Spotify or by visiting the band’s website: To keep up with the latest band news, announcements and tour dates, visit their social media sites. Instagram: Twitter: https://twitter. com/GUYTANOMUSIC Facebook: https://www.


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Guytano band members include Sartell natives (from left to right) Eddie Hamilton, 16; Grant Hamilton, 18; Jack Hebert, 18; and Isaac Hesse, 19; who have played together since they were pre-teens.

Three of the four members of Guytano practice on a garage roof – Grant Hamilton (left), lead vocalist, pianist, writer/composer; Isaac Hesse (middle) on the drums; and Jack Hebert (right) on lead guitar and back-up vocals. The fourth member, Grant’s brother, Eddie, plays bass and synthesizer.


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Our View Beware of Russian propaganda as weapon against democracy

Was Kennedy killed by accident?

News about Russian interference in the American election process is becoming more and more disturbing. A new kind of “Cold War” has begun, except this one could be dubbed a “Cyber War.” The latest revelation is that Russian propagandists distributed thousands of fake news stories via social media, such as “alt-news” sites and other means in the months and weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 presidential election. The fake news stories were mostly aimed at candidate Hillary Clinton, especially bogus stories about her failing health, portraying her as a woman who would collapse time and again if she were elected president. Other fake stories played up her email server, her and her staff’s supposed efforts to rig the election, her supposed machinations as U.S. Secretary of State and the so-called undue influence of the Clinton Foundation. The Russian-invented stories were, of course, filled to bursting with bloated exaggerations, vicious slanders and lies, lies, lies. An analysis by the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and another one by PropOrNot (a propaganda tracker) identified more than 200 websites that featured Russian-made propaganda seen by 15 million Americans, with the fake stories viewed online more than 213 million times, according to a story in USA Today. The propaganda stories were in addition to other efforts by Russian manipulators to throw tons of wrenches into American democracy and its foundation – the voting process itself. There was a steady stream of hack jobs of Democrats and Democratic organizations such as the Democratic National Committee. The hacked information was then leaked selectively, usually woefully out of context, to smear Democratic candidates. There are even charges that Russian stooges might have dickered with electronic voting machines in some places. Some Russians have long been masters of propaganda. The Soviet Union, in fact, was founded largely on propaganda and grandiose myth-making. Vladimir Putin himself, as an officer in the Soviet Secret Police, used propaganda constantly as a threat and a weapon against supposed “enemies of the State.” With the advent of social media, those sinister manipulators now have a new “toy” to play with. And it’s a dangerous toy that has the potential to undermine our democratic process and our faith in it. These fake news stories have also targeted some individuals and groups in the Republican Party. Ultimately, the aim of these propagandists is to undermine our democratic way of life, period. Did the fake stories alter the election outcomes? Who really knows? It’s virtually impossible to prove. However, the election is over; Russian attempts to whittle away our faith in the democratic process is not over. It’s only just begun. It’s something every American should worry about. We’ve got to fight it with every means at our disposal. One of the best ways is to become educated and to learn to think critically about information and so-called “news” that has become such a big part of social media. People have to learn to become aware of where their information comes from and to be skeptical about claims that sound far-fetched. There’s the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” The same holds true for this: “If it smells and tastes fishy like rotten Russian caviar, don’t eat it, and if you do bite into it, spit it out.” Russian propaganda (and other lies) won’t “work” with people educated to be wise to their dirty tricks. Beware!

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Friday, Dec. 2, 2016


Was President John F. Kennedy killed by accident 53 years ago? Did the sniper miss? Is a missing page from a little green book the big clue to the killer’s intention on that grim day in Dallas, Texas – Nov. 22, 1963? I was 15 when JFK was killed, having skipped school that overcast, chilly day. I was home with my feet propped up on the kerosene stove in the living room, reading Thornton Wilder’s great play, Our Town, when I heard the news on the radio. My family had no TV at that time; it was in for repair. That afternoon is as vivid to me as yesterday – or today. The news was so shocking it was like being hit in the gut by a sledgehammer, knocking the wind out of me. I’ve “relived” that day hundreds of times via documentaries, magazine articles, books, newspapers and even during a visit to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was struck down on that dark day – a day that was ironically sun-drenched with crowds cheering Kennedy as he glided along smiling, waving in the limousine with the open top. As soon as the shots were fired, theories abounded. As intriguing as all the sinister theories were, I have always believed Lee Harvey Oswald almost certainly acted alone, just as the official investigation concluded. The conspiracy concoctions were tangled webs of bizarre connect-the-dot speculations – everything from a cabal of scheming Cuban exiles to a “hit” ordered by the Mafia. Some of the theories hold some traces being believable in a weird way. That is because there were so many strange coincidences surrounding the assassination, before and after. As someone wisely said, the bigger the death, the bigger the conspiracies (recall Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe). I’d never heard of the “little green book” theory until just yesterday, Nov. 23, when a friend emailed me a column written by

Dennis Dalman Editor James Reston Jr., published in the Los Angeles Times last week. The following is a summary of that column: After Oswald was nabbed by police, a Secret Service agent, Mike Howard, was dispatched to Oswald’s apartment. There, he found a little green address book. On page 17, under a heading “I WILL KILL,” there were four names: • James Hosty, an FBI agent, who had apparently given Oswald’s wife a tough interrogation after their return from the Soviet Union. • Richard M. Nixon, vice president under President Dwight Eisenhower before Kennedy was elected. • Edwin Walker, a right-wing general. Oswald is suspected of trying to kill Walker by shooting a bullet into his Dallas home seven months before Kennedy’s killing. • John Connally, soon to become Texas governor, whose name was at the top of the “kill” list. Through Connally’s name, Oswald had drawn a dagger covered with dripping blood. Connally and his wife, Nelly, were in the limousine on that fateful day with the president and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Connally was wounded but survived. Back to the little green book: Agent Howard turned it over to the FBI. It eventually came to the attention of the Warren Commission, which studied the assassination. Later, Howard learned the death-threat page had been torn from the little book.

Flashback to 1959: Oswald had been discharged honorably from the U.S. Marines. Apparently radicalized toward a Soviet persuasion, he moved to the Soviet Union where he intended to defect. He met a Russian woman, Marina, whom he married. They soon had a child. Disillusioned with life in the Soviet Union, Oswald and family returned to the United States. Meantime, the Marines learned about his intention to defect and downgraded his honorable discharge to “undesirable” discharge. Because of the stigma and his ninthgrade education, Oswald had a difficult time finding a job. He wrote a plea to Connally, head of the U.S. Navy Department, begging him to help reinstate his honorable-discharge status. Oswald received back a “brushoff” letter, with Connally’s smiling face on the front of it, a campaign-mail pitch touting his candidacy for Texas governor. Oswald – ever the disaffected loner – began to seethe with hatred toward Connally, blaming him for his bitter disappointments and personal miseries. Many acquaintances at that time, even Oswald’s wife, said his rage was aimed at Connally, not JFK, whom Oswald had once praised for his efforts for détente with the Soviets. Why the missing page? Reston Jr. offers two possible explanations: One: FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover squelched the information because it may have implicated the FBI as a cause of Oswald’s rage (the Hosty connection). Two: President LBJ may be a reason for the missing page because he did not want his best friend, Connally, to be embarrassed and guilt-ridden as the unwitting catalyst for the crime. Did Oswald miss? We will never know. Just one more theory to ponder about that awful day that haunts us all.

Is the Electoral College outdated? With several states on a knife-edge, and the popular vote total favoring Clinton over Trump, much talk has occurred during the last few weeks about whether the Electoral College still has a place in today’s America. The Electoral College, made up of 538 electors, is still the formal body, not your vote, that elects the President of the United States. During the founding of our republic, the Founding Fathers were debating how best to structure the presidency and how it would be elected. If the president was elected by the Congress, powerful factions would end up controlling it. On the other hand, if pure popular vote was to decide, the founders feared swings of popular opinion could put an unqualified or malevolent person into the office. For those reasons and some others, the system of electoral votes was created. Each state would receive as many electoral votes as representatives in Congress. The electors would be chosen by state legislatures or political parties but had the freedom to cast their own votes. It was hoped this system would spread out the power among the states and reduce the influence of larger or more powerful groups within the country. Today, this process continues in a similar way. When the people of a state cast their ballots, they are not voting directly for the candidate of their choice, but for the slate of electors that that candidate’s party has chosen. Minnesota, with 10 electoral votes, picked Hillary Clinton for the presidency. That means the Minnesota Democrats’ 10 electors are the ones who will formally cast the state’s votes on Monday, Dec. 19. In theory, these electors can choose any of the candidates, but the tradition is they will vote for the winner of that state. In this

Connor Kockler Guest Writer way, our national election is in a sense 51 separate elections, including the District of Columbia, that then cast the electoral votes for the winners of each of their states. The national popular vote is record of how many people voted for who across each of these separate contests. The argument made for the popular vote is a fair one. Why shouldn’t the person who gets the most votes win the presidency? The Electoral College counts states, not people, so how is that fair? The problem is the popular vote was never really supposed to factor into the national election. The votes cast in each state reflect the general issues within them, and the founders hoped the Electoral College would keep one region from having too much power over another. That creates the problem of swing states in our modern elections. States like California and Texas get almost no attention because their citizens consistently lean toward the Democrats or the Republicans. It doesn’t matter how large the margin a candidate wins a state by; they get all of the electoral votes in all but two states if they succeed. This leaves “purple” states such as Ohio that change their votes more frequently in the sights of the political parties, as they just need to win a certain number of these to get over the top and win the Electoral College. An argument can be made that this leads to the

candidate with the most states winning and therefore having a mandate from the majority of the regions of the country. While the most-states-wins theory has its advantages, there are several points undercutting it. First, in a theoretical situation, the 11 most populous states alone could carry a candidate to victory. Though highly unlikely, this could leave the other 39 states without a voice. There have also been three elections in American history where the candidate who won the most states did not win the Electoral College, so this situation does not always occur. In the end, the 2016 election is also notable that despite Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote over Donald Trump, she does not have an absolute majority of the votes of the American people. Somewhere around 52 percent voted for Trump or someone else. If we went to straight popular vote, would we be comfortable having a president who won an even smaller majority of the popular vote, like John Quincy Adams did with only 30.9 percent of nationwide votes in 1824? The Electoral College isn’t perfect, just like everything else, but it has provided a way to balance the desires of the states and the people. Out of 58 presidential elections, the electoral vote and the popular vote have not lined up only five times. Although I dislike these inconsistencies, this is a 91-percent accuracy rate. Until we can figure out a system that beats this number and keeps good representation for all regions of the country, the Electoral College might still be our best bet. Connor Kockler is a Sauk Rapids-Rice High School student. He enjoys writing, politics and news, among other interests.

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Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

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Wednesday, Dec. 7 Introduction to the Gale Family Library, presented by the Minnesota Historical Society, 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Gale Family Library, Minnesota History Center, 345 W./Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Benton County Historical Society, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 218 First St. N., Sauk Rapids. 320-2539614. St. Stephen City Council, 6:30 p.m., St. Stephen City Hall, 2 Sixth Ave. SE. District 748 Community Session about Facilities Plan, 6:30 p.m., Sartell High School Auditorium.

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Above: BriAnna Kruzel died suddenly and tragically at the tender age of 18 of natural causes. Her parents, Randy and Tami Kruzel, founded a foundation and a series of good works in her name. Below: Angel of Hope statues can be found around the country. The one below is in Maple Grove, Minn.

also enjoyed volunteering for church tasks and as a member of the Lone Eagle Auto Club. BriAnna’s parents and others were determined to keep her spirit alive. They formed a website or foundation entitled “What Would Bri Do?” at to inspire others to give and to volunteer, just as BriAnna had done. In the past three years, the foundation, WWBD, has funded two annual scholarships of $500 each, as well as raising money for other good causes – a sound system for the Girl Scouts, fabric for Big Brothers Big Sisters to make scarves for disabled veterans, providing cochlear implants for two girls and much more. Tami Kruzel is the president of the foundation, and Randy is its vice president. The goal of WWBD is a simple but inspiring one: “We honor the memory of BriAnna by striving to always be kind, helpful and compassionate. We lend an ear to a person who needs it, help out our community in any way we can or simply offer a reassuring smile to brighten

someone’s day. We try to love others without judgment and remember to be a force of positivity in the world.” One project of the WWBD, in conjunction with the City of Sartell, is the plans for an “Angel of Hope” monument in south Sartell, which will be located at the edge of Lake Francis near the soon-to-bebuilt Sartell Community Center. The large statue of an angel with wings spread will become a living memorial, with names of deceased children, where mourning parents and others can find a measure of solace and hope. The Angel of Hope project began with a book called The Christmas Box, written by Richard Paul Evans. The first angel statue, inspired by that book, was placed in Salt Lake City in 1994. Since then, similar angel monuments have been installed in cities throughout the nation. Each year, at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, a candlelight vigil is held by the statues, and each participant is encouraged to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the angel. The WWBD has been raising money for the Angel of Hope monument in Sartell. They – and city officials – hope to have the monument ready to install next spring or summer.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

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