Ask a trooper 2012


The difference between meeting and following a school bus at a railroad crossing

by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

Q: Referencing one of your last articles on “passing a school bus that is stopped at a railroad crossing,” they said they MET a bus at the crossing. They did not come up behind it. If you MEET a school bus and it does not have the arm out or lights flashing you would be able to continue on your way just as this person said they did. I agree if you come up behind it at a crossing you cannot pass but that was not the case here.[...]   Read More -->

Feb. 15 Sartell

Twenty-three Sartell students were among 1,128 students who recently graduated from St. Cloud State University.

They, their majors and honors are as follows: Jeremy Ballmann, bachelor’s in finance; Thomas Bidinger, bachelor’s in English, magna cum laude; Byron Bohlsen, bachelor’s in network modeling and simulation; Michelle Budde, bachelor’s in elective studies; Emily Carroll, bachelor’s in special education; Thomas Gibney, bachelor’s of elective studies; Wendy Goltz, master’s in communication sciences and disorders; Tiffany Hess, bachelor’s in psychology, summa cum laude; Asim Javed, bachelor’s in electrical engineering, cum laude; Christopher Konkel, master’s in public safety executive leadership; Kelsey McIntire, bachelor’s in chemical dependency and bachelor’s in community psychology, summa cum laude; Elizabeth Morgan, bachelor’s in theatre; Genelle Newinski, bachelor’s in early childhood education; Jeremy Nicoski, bachelor’s in nursing, summa cum laude; Amy Notsch, graduate certificate in developmental disabilities; Allison Olmscheid, bachelor’s in social work, cum laude; Derek Parker, bachelor’s in communication studies interdepartmental; Patrick Ringstad, master’s in business administration; Gregory Roth, master’s in public safety executive leadership; David Schinas, bachelor’s in international relations and bachelor’s in political science, magna cum laude; Stephanie Sparks, bachelor’s in English, cum laude; Laura Weber, bachelor’s in elective studies, biology; and Tyler Zelinski, associate’s in liberal arts and sciences.[...]   Read More -->

Snow, snow, more snow!

[/media-credit] Snow, snow, more snow!
St. Joseph received more than 8 inches of snow during last weekend, breaking past records for the month of February.

St. Joseph received more than 8 inches of snow during last weekend,
breaking past records for the month of February.

‘Sabres dance way to state contest’

The award-winning Sartell Sabre Dance Team will once again compete for the state championship this weekend at Target Center in the Twin Cities. The team will be one of four other teams competing at the event in both the high kick and jazz categories. The other teams are St. Cloud Cathedral, Cold Spring Rocori and St. Cloud Tech. The 34 members of the dance team are led by head coach Kelly McCarney.[...]   Read More -->

Girl Scout sells big at fishing contest

Seven-year-old St. Joseph resident Evie Wing, who is a member of Girl Scout Troop 996, sold 50 boxes of Girl Scout cookies Feb. 2 at the St. Joseph Rod and Gun Club’s 20th annual fishing contest. Caramel Delights were the fishermen’s favorites. From left to right: Chas Scepaniak, Evie and Darci Wing.[...]   Read More -->

Once bullied herself, Olinger to focus on issue of bullying

by Dennis Dalman –

Many people mistakenly think pretty girls do not get bullied.

It’s not true.

Just ask “Miss Sartell” Alanna Olinger. As a girl growing up in Westchester, N.Y., she was bullied frequently, mainly by other girls in her middle school and some later in high school, who would disparage her because she was so thin. They’d call her names like “Skinny Winnie” – and worse. Olinger tried to hide the pain she felt, but sometimes – when alone – she would burst into tears. Her self-esteem began to plummet in her middle-school and high-school years.[...]   Read More -->

SMS to bring ‘Guys and Dolls’ to life on stage

by Dennis Dalman –

Gamblers, gangsters, cops and a crowd of wise-cracking low-life characters will cavort comically and strut cockily upon the stage when Sartell Middle School performs “Guys and Dolls” Feb. 21-23 in the Sartell High School theater.[...]   Read More -->

Street light utility fee takes effect next month

by TaLeiza Calloway –

The St. Joseph City Council voted, 3-2, Feb. 7 to implement a street-light utility fee despite some reservations by city officials. Council members Steve Frank and Dale Wick voted against the move.

“I just don’t think it was the best option,” Wick said.[...]   Read More -->