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Year in Review: 2013 brings changes, continued growth for St. Joseph

by Cori Hilsgen

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2013 brought much expansion and change to St. Joseph.  The completion of projects such as Mill Stream Village, a housing development for seniors; the Church of St. Joseph parish center; continued construction for a new Army Reserve center and storage building; a new police chief; a new bishop and pope; a new principal at Kennedy Community School; a new superintendent for the St. Cloud School District 742; a new headmaster at St. John’s Prep School; a new president for All Saints Academy; a new football coach at St. John’s University; the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant and a new boutique store; and the adoption of a social-host ordinance are just some examples of some of the expansions and changes that occurred last year. All of those expansions and changes illustrate how St. Joseph is a thriving city. Here is a look back at what else happened:

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Sgt. Shanae Fortson of Sartell was among three who served their country to be honored at a recent Timberwolves game. The others are Matthew Foy (left) and Kristopher Francisco.

Sgt. Fortson honored at Timberwolves game

A Sartell woman, Sgt. Shanae Fortson, was honored during a recent Timberwolves game.

She was given a $500 grant thanking her for her military service by the “Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund.” The check was given in conjunction with the “Timberwolves’ Operation Minnesota Heroes” program.

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Arboretum changes name

by Cori Hilsgen

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The St. John’s Abbey Arboretum announced last week it has changed its name to St. John’s Outdoor University.

The OU includes more than 2,500 acres of lakes, oak savannah, prairie and woods which is owned by St. John’s Abbey and surrounds St. John’s University.

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Legislators deserve scorn for assault against the poor

It is to be hoped our legislators, especially Tea Party Republicans, during their at-home recess, hear howls of righteous outrage from good citizens Coast to Coast in this nation.

Republicans in the U.S. Congress refused to extend unemployment benefits to 1.3 million American workers, who were hung out to dry right after Christmas. Talk about Scrooge and lumps of coal in stockings! After cutting food stamps, the Republicans and some Democrats, in their despicably misplaced “wisdom,” have now fired another salvo, this time at unemployed workers. The very victims of a massive Wall Street-induced recession of almost six years ago are being villainized by ultra-right-wingers.

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Mama mia! It’s pizza to die for

If I were on death row, and the warden, keys jangling, walked up to my cell to ask me, “Dalman, what do you want for your last meal?,” I wouldn’t pause for a second.

“Pizza,” I’d say. “A really good pizza.”

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2014 will be a very interesting year

Did you know 98 state legislators from 32 states met in December in Mt. Vernon, Va. to discuss the possibility of the states calling for a “Constitutional Convention” for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution? To remind you of high-school American history, our constitution can be amended by a two-thirds vote in congress and then ratified by three-fourths of the states. But you may not remember that according to Article Five of our constitution, if two-thirds of the states call for a “Constitutional Convention,” they can make amendments to the constitution with the ratification of three-fourths of the states without the involvement of congress. Neither the congress nor the president can stop it or do anything about it. The amendments then become law.

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The Sartell Middle School Knowledge Bowl students recently finished a successful season. This photo was taken after the final 5th-8th grade knowledge bowl meet Dec. 9 at Rocori Middle School, where the teams placed first and tied for third. Students from 5th- through 8th-grade teams include the following: (front row, left to right): David Zhang, Janagan Ramanathan, Julianna Moore and Luka Alexanko; (second row) Carter Vonderahe, Nora Steil, Alice Colatrella, Zachary Lindstrom, John Engelkes and Luc Westling; (third row) Matthew Lindstrom, Tina Chen, Jenna Yang, Cindy Zhang, Jacob Franzmeier and Katie Kelley; and (back row) Ben Meyer, Yash Hindka, Evan Gertken, Zach Christopherson and Michael Lindstrom. Not pictured: Dylan Krenz-Bertrand.

Andrew J. Zondervan, son of Craig A. and Susan M. Zondervan of Sartell, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program, Navy Seaman Zondervan completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp is “Battle Stations,” This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. “Battle Stations” is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly ”Navy” flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.
Zondervan is a 2013 graduate of Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

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If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should 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 crimes.

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