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PAGE 126016 September SELLING TO SETTLE THE ONLINE ONLY REAL ESTATE AUCTION ENDING: WED. SEPT 14 AT 5PM 15634 CO RD 7 - SOUTH HAVEN Directions: 1.5mi N of Fairhaven on Co Rd 7 NATURE LOVERS DREAM!!I - 87Acres with Old Homestead - Mixture of Woods, Tillable, Wildlife, & Recreational Land - Two Building Entitlements PROPERTY INSPECTION: - wednexl , Sept. 7: 5-q,m 320-274-5393 ~. 86-01 Catholic Charities to close adoption services, pregnancy counseling In the 1980s, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud placed about 30 children in adoptive homes each year; in the 1990s, about 20. In 2015, they placed two. "We've spoken with a number of other agencies around the coun- try, and this is a consistent trend," said Steve Bresnahan, Catholic Charities Executive Director. With the teenage pregnancy rate at a 20-year low and society's views on single parenting chang- ing, the need for adoptive and pregnancy counseling services has dropped significantly. This means Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud will be the second Catholic Charities agency in the state this year to close their pregnancy counsel- ing and adoption services, the first being Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese. "This was a really tough deci- sion," said Bresnahan. "As a Catholic organization, we're very concerned that families have a way to form and be supported, but we need to use the resources the community shares with us as wisely as possible." At the heart of each Catholic Charities organization across the country, is a mission to meet the needs of the surrounding com- munity. "While there is still a need for these services, there are many other organizations who provide these services, and provide them with the same philosophies that iii / i i .... Receive and pay your bins securely online, all in one place Make payments anywhere, anytime, directly from your checking account Track payment history and account balances at a glance Save on stamps and checks every month Guard against identity theft by receiving and pa ng bills online instead of by unsecured mail KIMBALL ;00 ST. AUGUSTA ATWATER KANDIYOHI 251-6100 974-8861 382-6100- www.harvestbankmn, com we have," Bresnahan said. "By not duplicating efforts, overall, more people will be able to receive the services they need." Closing these programs isn't as simple as locking the door and turning off the lights. While pregnant women were referred to other agencies beginning ear- lier this year, those whose cases are currently being managed will be supported through the end of their pregnancies, and beyond if needed. The organization is exploring who will hold its adoption records and facilitate future information requests. They are also working to find other agencies willing to work with the families seeking to adopt children. Bresnahan said, "We firmly believe that each family we were working with deserves to have a happy home, filled with children." Editor's note: The timing of this announce- ment was just days after a fund- raiser motorcycle ride, the annual "Adoption Ride" in Watkins. For 10 years, the ride has raised money for Catholic Charities. and for the Dave Thomas Foundation. The ride this year was to be the last, and it was scheduled for mid- luly. The Watkins tornado July 11 altered those plans and forced a postponement. No one involved with the Adoption Ride had a clue this announcement was coming. I spoke with Trina Dietz from Catholic Charities shortly after this announcement was released. She explained that Catholic Charities' obligation first was to their adoptive families and to pregnant moms, and they needed to tell them first. Adoption services will con- tinue to be handled by other Catholic Charities offices, at least for now. And these services can be obtained through another num- ber of agencies. Another point of interest is that Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud is not at all funded by the Diocese; it is a separate 501(c)3. This no doubt was part of the financial decision. A recent study in the Journal of Adolescent Health suggests that the low rate of teen pregnancy is because of increased use of con- traceptives that are increasingly effective. The report goes on to say that teenage sex continues at the same rate during the 2007-2013 period of the study. It also found that the rate of abortions has declined among all age groups, particularly teenagers. This study found that teen births took a downturn in the early 1990s, with the rate dropping by 57 percent between 1991 and 2013. Naturally, this is not a message that would come from Catholic Charities or a number of other groups. Dietz confirmed that searches for children and birth families from past adoptions will still be done, still with the prior approval from all parties involved. She is certain they will continue to be done by someone, although it has not yet been determined by whom, either another Catholic Charities office or possibly another agency. www.trico ;.mn i i~ii St, Anthony pariSh Sunday, Join the fun from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Church in Watkins. It starts with Polka Mass atlO a.m, There will burgers and corn dogs, French ies and onion rings, beer garden and rootbeer floats, plus ice cream sundaes. Games and inflatables for the kids, face painting, Bingo, silent auction, $2,000 Grand Prize raffle, and more. We're all ready for a good party for a good cause, so c'mon out this Sunday! (St. Anne's parish festival is the last one of the season; it's Sunday, Sept. 18.) Rockville Veterans Memorial dedication A dedication ceremony is scheduled at the Rockville Fire Department for 1 gin. Sunday, Sept. 11, of the Veterans Memorial there. Included are names of military veterans as well as firefighters,- law enforcement and other first responders with ties to our local area. (See story page 13.) Kimball Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 16, during the Kimball football game against KMS, the 2016 members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted. Food will be for sale starting at 5:30 before the game, and everyone is invited for a post- game reception. (See story on page 2 for details.) Kimball Bloodmobile Friday, Sept. 16,11 a.m,,Sp.m., at St. Anne's Church in Kimball. Call (866) 236-3276, option 3, for more information. (See page 3.) Carnelian fishing-. restrictions mee-t,ng A meeting is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Kimball City Hall to discuss an indefinite limit of five sunfish possession on both Lake Carnelian (Kimball) and Pleasant Lake (Rockville)in Stearns County. See story on page 10. Summer festivals Sept. 10 SL Ignalius fes'dval SepL 11St And ony fesWal SepL 18 St.Anne's festival Upcoming benefits Sept E Hoedown & pork chop dinner (Concordia Luth., FH) Sept 17, Judy Pau Annu Bike Run (Watkins) SepL Ede.Val yArea Library fall fundraiser Od.28,Nad Lake Possible labeling glitch Because of a serious software glitch at the press, we're temporarily using a mailing list from two weeks ago and typing label updates as needed. A few papers may go to both old and new addresses if you updated your address within the last two weeks. If there are any other issues with your mailing label, please call us. We're told it could be 2-3 weeks before there's a permanent fix to the problem. Thank you! Broadcast issue next week Contact us now if you have something to be included in next week's Tri-County News, going out to 10,000+ readers! The next broadcast issue will be Oct. 20.