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The Many Faces of Forest lake, WyomIng, columbus, lInWood and scandIa

Community Guide 2012

The original community

guide since 1969

Includes the Forest lake area chamber dIrectory Pages

Publishers of The Forest Lake Times St. Croix Valley Peach

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Arts and Culture.................................................................................51

Parks, Recreation................................................................................58

Chamber of Commerce...............................................................25-39

Police and Firefighters, Forest Lake.................................................11


Police and Firefighters, Wyoming.....................................................15

Civic organizations, clubs........................................................... 53, 59

Preschools, day care............................................................................48


Recycling Programs............................................................................22

Community Education......................................................................56

Schools, Forest Lake area...............................................18, 19, 20, 21


Senior Community Center................................................................44

Forest Lake Fourth of July Celebration............................................. 6

Social Services....................................................................................... 7

Broadway Mega Project....................................................................... 5

Linwood Township.............................................................................55

Forest Lake Veterans Memorial.......................................................... 8

Voting locations..................................................................................55

Government......................................................................10, 14, 16, 17

Wildlife Science Center.....................................................................50

Maps, Regional, Forest Lake Area............................................. 13, 54

Youth Service Bureau.........................................................................43

Medical Care Facilities.......................................................................46

Index of Advertisers Allstate - Aaron M. Peterson............................................................61 Abra Auto Body & Glass..................................................................12 Advanced Dermatology.....................................................................62 American Legion Post #225..............................................................59 Bill’s Auto Body..................................................................................63 Birchwood Health Care Center........................................................61 Blue Sky Animal Hospital.................................................................44 Carousel Hair Care............................................................................47 Courage Center...................................................................................57 Diff-Fusion Nutrition........................................................................55 First State Agency...............................................................................53 Focus Financial...................................................................................14 Forest Hills Golf Club......................................................................... 3 Forest Lake Ace Hardware................................................................48 Forest Lake Motor Sports................................................................... 7 Forest Lake Muffler............................................................................61 Forest Lake Sanitation.......................................................................48 Forest Lake Times..............................................................................40 Forest Lake Travel..............................................................................52 Green Door Consignment Company...............................................43 Green Energy Alternatives................................................................44 Haley Comfort...................................................................................... 3 Johnson/Turner Attorneys at Law...................................................41 Kennedy Transmission......................................................................61 Lake Area Bank..................................................................................... 9 Leroux’s All Season Lawn & Sport........................................... 22, 43 Mattson Funeral Home.....................................................................23 Montzka Legal Services.....................................................................14

Chamber Member

Northeast Eye Care.............................................................................. 9 Olson Sewer Service..........................................................................24 Osceola Medical Center - Scandia Clinic.......................................63 Petstyles...............................................................................................44 Ploeger Chiropractic..........................................................................15 Rapid Press..........................................................................................53 Roxy’s Total Image..............................................................................55 Sauro Insurance..................................................................................14 School District #831 Community Education.................................56 Security State Bank of Marine........................................................... 8 Sigstad’s Mill-Direct...........................................................................42 South Shore Veterinary.....................................................................52 SRC Recycling, Inc.............................................................................22 Sunrise Fiberglass...............................................................................47 Tasty Asia............................................................................................10 Taylors Falls Recreation.....................................................................23 Tennis & Collins PA..........................................................................47 Thrifty White Pharmacy...................................................................15 Tired Iron............................................................................................45 Tom’s Auto Service.............................................................................52 Town & Country Disposal................................................................60 Whitaker Buick GMC......................................................................... 2 Wolf Creek Online High School......................................................42 Wilcox Chevrolet Cadillac Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram..................64 Wine & Roses Liquor........................................................................43 Wyoming Drug...................................................................................17 Wyoming Family Dental....................................................................14 Yellow Bus Children’s Clothing........................................................47

The Many Faces of Forest Lake and Wyoming Community Guide is produced by ECM Publishers, Inc., 880 SW 15th St., Forest Lake. It is designed to provide residents, both new and old, and visitors with basic and useful information about the area. This free booklet is made possible by the advertising merchants, with cooperation from local government agencies and the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Carol Lehnen and Steve Rajtar are the advertising consultants. They can be reached at 651-464-4601. For changes or corrections, please contact Steve Rajtar at 651-464-4601. The beauty of the seasons and variety of activities available make this area desirable for both residents and visitors. Cover photos provided by the Forest Lake Times staff. © 2012 ECM Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. This book may not be reproduced in any way without written permission by ECM Publishers, Inc.

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Broadway ‘Mega Project’ heads into final season

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Final leg from 7th St. to Centennial begins this spring

The new pedestrian bridge on the Hardwood Creek Trail over W. Broadway Avenue was completed in the spring of 2011 and opened last summer. A second pedestrian bridge on the trail over CR-83 (SW 11th Avenue) began construction last fall and will be completed in the spring of 2012. If you have spent any time in Forest Lake the past two years, you have likely noticed the various road projects underway. These projects are part of what Washington County, the city of Forest Lake, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have dubbed the Broadway Avenue “Mega Project.” The goal of these projects is to create a transportation system with safety, efficiency and mobility for its users, while allowing for streetscape enhancements that will be inviting to residents, business owners, consumers, travelers, and pedestrians alike. With the construction projects happening all around Forest Lake, it can be difficult to see everything that has happened, is happening, and is scheduled to happen in the future. Below is a brief construction schedule, outlining the construction that has taken place in Forest Lake and what is to come in 2012. Construction Schedule: What happened in 2010 and 2011? •An overpass and temporary on and off ramps were built at County Road 83 (SW 11th Ave.) and I-35. These temporary ramps were open while the Broadway Avenue bridge was closed, to provide additional routes for traffic to and from I-35. The ramps were temporary and were closed when the Broadway Avenue bridge was reopened in October 2011. The County Road 83 overpass is permanent and will remain an additional route for vehicles to travel between the east and west sides of Forest Lake. •In conjunction with the County Road 83 bridge project, a traffic signal was installed at County Road 83 and SW 12th Street. The signal uses a flashing yellow arrow, which allows left turns to proceed after yielding to oncoming traffic and any pedestrians in the crosswalk. A national study demonstrated that drivers made fewer mistakes with this signal when compared to the traditional yield-on-green indications. In addition to the intersection at County Road 83 and 12th Street, the flashing yellow arrow traffic signal will be installed on the Broadway Avenue corridor at 4th, 8th and 12th Streets, as well as the signals at the I-35 interchange. See to view an informative brochure on the function, rationale, and benefits

of the flashing yellow arrow. •The City of Forest Lake led a project that reconstructed the intersection of Lake Street (US- 61) and Broadway Avenue (County Road 2) with a multi-lane roundabout. The roundabout was open to traffic in October 2010 and has eliminated traffic backups through the downtown area. •The Hardwood Creek Pedestrian Bridge spanning Broadway Avenue was completed August 2011. This bridge now carries all trail users, including runners, bikers, in-line skaters, horseback riders, and snowmobilers, safely over Broadway Avenue as they use the popular regional trail. •First Avenue NW now extends behind businesses from 8th Street to the west. This roadway is a ‘Backage Road’ for Broadway Avenue and provides an additional access point for these businesses. •Broadway Avenue was reconstructed between 19th Street and 7th Street. This reconstruction included a new four-lane divided concrete roadway, a concrete sidewalk on the north side of the road, a bike trail on the south side of the road, dedicated right and left turn lanes, and new signal systems at 8th, 12th, 19th Streets as well as the Interchange. •Utilities along Broadway Avenue were buried, eliminating the need for power poles. This will greatly enhance the visual appeal of the completed Broadway Avenue corridor. •The I-35 and Broadway Avenue Interchange area was completely reconstructed. In addition to a new bridge that is twice the width of the old bridge, four new ramps were built. The bridge was open to traffic in October 2011. 2012 Plans? •Broadway Avenue will be reconstructed between 7th Street and Centennial Drive. As in the 2011 construction stages, Broadway Avenue will be reconstructed half at a time. When construction begins in the spring, the north half of the roadway will be removed and reconstructed, leaving one lane of traffic to travel in each direction on the south side of the road. When the north side of the road is complete, traffic will be shifted and the remaining half will be reconstructed. •Between 7th Street and Centennial Drive, sidewalk will be reconstructed on the north side and a bike trail will be constructed on the

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dennis hegberg speaks at the Back 2 Broadway ceremony in October, which also included a fire truck-led parade over the new bridge spanning I-35.

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Forest Lake the Fourth of July Capital of the Upper Midwest June 29 - July 4, 2012 Those planning to celebrate the annual Independence Day holiday in Forest Lake are pretty much assured of one thing: good weather. The parade, the highlight of the community celebration now into its eighth decade, has not once been canceled because of rain. Good weather, and the allaround fun and magnitude of the multi-day festival, have earned Forest Lake its reputation as the Fourth of July Capital of the Upper Midwest. This year’s event, scheduled for June 29th thru July 4th is expected to once again draw crowds of nearly 50,000 for the parade (Wednesday the 4th ) and fireworks (Wednesday the 4th). The annual celebration dates to 1924, when Forest Lake residents observed the holiday with a parade, fireworks, afternoon and evening dances, and numerous athletic contests, including wheelbarrow and bicycle races, sack and three-legged races, and a tug of war. Over the years, the event has grown to become one of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the Midwest. Since 1924, American Legion Post 225 and Auxiliary Unit 225 have sponsored the annual Independence Day celebration. For several days, the Legion post is headquarters for the festivities, with a bingo tent, a carnival (recently moved to the Legion property), dance music, food, and refreshments. Hungry festival-goers can dine inside the Legion post or fill up on burgers, brats, hot dogs, and other concession food from outside vendors. The parade begins at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday July 4th and makes its way through the city, starting just west of the American Legion Post on Broadway and ending near Forest Lake Elementary School. Grand Marshal in 2011 was veteran Bill Olson. Honorary Grand Marshal was Ruby Gjelhaug. In 2004, parade organizers invited military personnel to march in uniform at the front of the parade just behind the joint VFW and American Legion color guard. That invitation has been extended each year. A fly-over by vintage fighter planes and bombers is also scheduled at 10:00 A.M. The parade features some 200 units, including several high school marching bands and other musical groups. Some groups, such as the German Sitting Band, have entertained parade-

goers for decades. The Forest Lake City Marching Band, a high school alumni and citizen band open to all area musicians, was revived in 2001 for its 20th anniversary and now performs in the parade every other year. Brass ensembles and a steel drum band have also highlighted past parades. Award categories include most patriotic float, best local float and best religious float. A recent addition is the Home Town Pride award, intended to promote local involvement in the parade. Parade coordinators strongly emphasize the local flavor of the Forest Lake event, hoping to discourage commercial exploitation of the national holiday. Families, organizations, churches, and businesses are invited to participate. Interested groups should contact the American Legion for qualifying guidelines or visit the post website ( At 10:00 P.M. on the 4th, the fireworks display begins over the lake. Back in 1928, the fireworks included a variety of bombshells, candle batteries, rockets, umbrella geysers, and specialized pyrotechnics, including a “Fairy Whirlpool” and “Niagara Falls.” Today’s fireworks are no less spectacular, with a large crew working three days just to set up the finale. During the celebration, Boy Scouts and other volunteers work long hours, putting out stakes early and staying up late to help with cleanup chores. Note that parade route spots may not be reserved until sunrise per city ordinance. Planning the annual event is a year-long process. Meetings start the second week in July to recap the event; then planning starts for the next year’s celebration. About 15 to 20 people work out the logistics of the parade and related events, from bands and concessions to staging and security. Throughout the process, planners get assistance from the police and fire departments and City Hall officials. A complete schedule of events is published in the Forest Lake Times. The registration deadline for parade units is June 15; for more information, contact Krista Goodyear at 651-214-7745 or American Legion Post 225 at 651-464-2600. You can also go to to download the parade form and see frequently asked questions.

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Area social services

The following is a list of social services available to residents of Forest Lake and the surrounding area. Alcoholics Anonymous — Help for those desiring to stop drinking. Daily meetings. 651-464-9906. 156 Club – Al-Anon — Help for those affected by another person’s drinking or drug abuse. Weekly meetings. 651-464-9906. Anoka County Mental Health Intake — Referrals to mental health agencies. Pre-petitions screening for commitment. 763-422-7070 (adults); 763-712-2703 (children); Twin Cities Crisis Services (crisis line), 763-7553801; Intake and Referrals, 763-422-3283; Vulnerable adults, 763-4227168 (Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm); 651-792-3022 (after hours). Become a part of Scouting today! — Scouting offers four distinct programs that foster positive youth development through a “hands-on, fun with a purpose” approach. • Cub Scouting is for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade - or 6 to 10 years old. • Boy Scouting is for boys age 11-17. • Venturing is for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age. • Exploring is part of Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. For more information about Scouting and its various programs, contact Northern Star Council, BSA 651-254-9128 or visit Camp Fire USA MN Council — Program for boys and girls ages 5-17, 612-285-6255, For information about our summer camps, call 952-474-8085. Child Protection — County government agency for reporting child abuse. Washington County, 651-430-6457; Anoka County, 763-422-7125; Chisago County, 651-213-5672 and 651-213-5658. Community Helping Hand — Serving families in the Forest Lake School District with low cost clothing at their Thrift Store, located at 408 SW 15th St., behind Target, 651-464-8150. Food shelf and assistance for the needy is by appointment only. Food shelf can be reached at 651-4646831. For financial assistance, call 651-464-0061. Community Partnership with Youth & Families — Resources and activities for families in and around Chisago County. 651-674-4085, www. Community Thread — Promotes local volunteerism by connecting people to volunteer opportunities. Also provides some direct services through our transportation program and other programs. Senior Center and programs located on-site at 2300 West Orleans St. in Stillwater, 55082. 651-439-7434. Crisis Connection — Crisis counseling, information, and referrals. 24-hour hotline. Free, confidential. 612-379-6363. Early Childhood Family Education — Parent-child classes for families with children 0-5 years. Family Center Preschool, Family Learning, Early Childhood Screening, special events for the entire family, field trips, speaker nights and home visits. Call 651-982-8300. Fairview Recovery Services, Forest Lake — provides adult chemical dependency evaluation and treatment. Fairview adolescent recovery programs for chemical dependency are located in Chisago City. Call 612672-2736 for either program. Fairview Counseling Center-Forest Lake offers counseling for anxiety disorders, chronic illness, depression and other disorders. Call 612-672-6999. Family Pathways free programs and services: Family Pathways Food Pantries/Shelves provide food and personal care items to those in need, as well as advocacy to help families achieve stability. Locations include: Forest Lake, North Branch, Lindstrom, Cambridge, Hinckley, Sandstone, and Onamia in Minnesota; and Frederic and St. Croix Falls in Wisconsin. There is also a Food Partnership in Mora. Family Pathways Youth Services make a positive impact on local teens by providing: safe, supervised Teen Centers where students can go to participate in planned activities, use the computers, and receive help with homework; Circle of Friends, a peer-buddy mentoring program designed to help special needs teens build their social skills; and Kids First, a 1:1 adult/ youth mentoring program for at-risk students. Teen Centers are located in Forest Lake, Stacy, Mora, and Princeton. Programs are present in ten school districts in East Central Minnesota. Family Pathways Senior Services offer a lifeline for seniors and their families by providing: Companionship to our elderly still able to live independently with a little assistance; Social Respite gatherings for seniors with mild to mid-stage memory loss while allowing their family caregiver a few

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hours of reprieve; and Advocacy to help the elderly and their families plan to maintain independence for as long as possible. Services are available in Forest Lake, and throughout Chisago, Isanti, Pine, Kanabec and Mille Lacs Counties. Family Pathways Thrift Stores are community resources for: quality, low-cost products; recycling Garrison goods; generating 70% of the income necessary to operate FamSandstone ily Pathways Food Pantries, Youth Services and Senior Services. Onamia Stores are located in: Forest Lake, Hinckley Wyoming, Isanti, Cambridge, Mora BURNETT Princeton, Foley, Rush City, Pine Pine Grantsburg City City, and Hinckley in Minnesota Milaca and St. Croix Falls, in Wisconsin. Braham BENTON Rush City All donations are tax-deductible. Foley Princeton Cambridge For information, to volunteer, North Branch Isanti or to donate, please visit www. SHERBURNE Chisago Center Becker City St. Croix Falls City Stacy Riverwood Centers — Big Lake Wyoming Osceola Assessment, counseling, and Monticello family services for all counties including Chisago, Isanti, Mille Lacs, and Pine County residents. Located in Braham, 1-800-223-1513. Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families, Inc. — A coalition of school, health care, social service, faith, civic, governmental and business partners. Monthly meetings to promote community development, and the health and well being of youth and families. Serving communities within the Forest Lake Area School District. Contact Kathy Bystrom, FLAPF co-chair for more information - 651-257-8439. Girl Scouts — A program for girls 5-17 years old. Forest Lake School District, contact Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys, 651-227-8835. 23





































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Forest Lake Area Veterans Memorial

Photo by Cliff Buchan Ron Miller installs pavers at the Forest Lake Veterans Memorial site last November. The memorial today contains engraved pavers with the names of 125 service members from the Forest Lake area or whose families are today residents of the area.

More progress has been reported by the committee planning and directing the construction of the Forest Lake Veterans Memorial at Lakeside Memorial Park in downtown Forest Lake. Ron Miller of American Legion Post 225 in Forest Lake is one of the central figures in the development of the memorial. Last November during the community’s Veterans Day program, Miller unveiled the names of the 17 veterans from the area who will have engraved pavers as part of the memorial. That brings to 125 the number of pavers that have been purchased by veterans and/ or their families and are now installed at the memorial site. Miller, who is chaplain at Post 225, continues to take orders for pavers that will be part of the memorial. He can be reached at 651-464-5549 for more information on how veterans from the area can be recognized. The memorial is in partnership with the American Legion and VFW Post 4210 in Forest Lake, the city of Forest Lake and the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The memorial is a continuation of the Chamber’s 1977 project that led to the historical plaque now at the gateway to Lakeside Park. The stone plaque carries the names of the 24 area men who died in the service of the country starting with World

War I. The plaque was refurbished in 2008 thanks to a donation from Post 4210 and was installed and dedicated during a park program on July 4, 2008. Here’s how to get involved and information that is important. The cost of the engraved small granite paver is $150. The cost of the engraved large granite paver is $300. (The entire cost is tax deductible) Checks should be made payable to: City of Forest Lake, Veterans Memorial Fund. Mail the order form and check to: Forest Lake City Hall, Veterans Memorial Fund, 220 N. Lake St., Forest Lake, MN 55025. Order forms should include the following: Line 1: Name of Veteran. Line 2: Rank if desired, branch of military service (Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard). Line 3: Dates of service or war era. More information can also be found at and click on the Veterans Memorial page link. Planning committee members are: Miller, chairman; George Bonfe; Colleen Eddy, Forest Lake Chamber, 651-464-3200; El Ewert; Keith Hegstrom; Paul Hutchison; State Rep. Bob Dettmer; Stev Stegner; Renae Reedy, city park director, 651-2099723; and park board liaisons Pat Olson and Ted Henrichs.

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Social services

– From Page 7 Hazelden Foundation — Addiction treatment, graduate school of addiction studies, publishing educational materials. Located in Center City, 1-800-257-7800, Home Health Care — Home nursing, home health aide, maternal-child health, palliative care, rehabilitation, intravenous therapy, and other services. Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice. 651-257-8850. Hospice — Direct services to persons with a life threatening illness and their families. Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice, 651-257-8850. Canvas Health — Helping people, changing lives. We are dedicated to bringing hope, healing and recovery to the tapestry of people’s lives. We achieve this by helping children, adolescents, adults and families who struggle with mental health, chemical health, and domestic and sexual abuse. We are here to help....651-777-5222. Lakes Area Human Services — Assessment, counseling/psychiatric care. Located in Forest Lake, Stillwater and St. Paul, 651-464-2194. Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau — Adolescent and Family Therapy, Teen Enrichment & Leadership, Youth Intervention Programs; providing relationship, involvement and learning opportunities for youth ages 10-18 and their families. 651-464-3685. Lakes Life Care Center — Lakes LifeCare Center is one of 22 centers serving Minnesota and Wisconsin. They are affiliated with Total LifeCare Centers. The Forest Lake LifeCare Center office is located at 840 West Broadway, Suite 100 and has been serving the Forest Lake and surrounding areas for over 25 years. The purpose of the center is to offer “Positive Alternatives” to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Lakes LifeCare Center is a non-profit organization staffed by professionals and trained volunteers. For questions or information, call 651-464-4340. Northwoods Humane Society — Limited admissions animal shelter offering adoption services for dogs and cats in the tri-county area. Nonprofit, funding is provided through donations, grants and adoption. Volunteer opportunities. Adoptions daily. Located 1-1/2 miles north of Forest Lake on TH-8. For more information contact 651-982-0240. See our website at

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Outlook Clinic — Low-cost family planning. Free pregnancy testing for 18 or under; sliding fee if over 18. North Branch, 651-674-4570. St. Croix Family Medical Clinic — Family practice health care facility. Accepting all insurance, offering sliding fee scale for uninsured. Located in Stillwater, 651-430-1880. St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue — A non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs and cats. If interested in volunteering or adopting one of our pets, call 612-387-4869. See our website, for available pets. Donations accepted at Box 256, Forest Lake, MN 55025. The Bridge for Youth — Safe short term shelter for runaway youth, transitional living program, permanent housing program and family counseling available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 612-377-8800. Tubman — Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelters, legal services, therapy, youth programming, elder care resources and community education to more than 60,000 people each year. Business line, 612825-3333; Crisis line, 612-825-0000; website: Victim Assistance Program, Chisago County — Victim assistance program, Chisago County Attorney’s Office, Center City. Wendy Stenberg, victim witness coordinator, 651-213-8402. Washington County Public Health & Environment — Immunization, WIC, Family home visits, special needs services. 651-430-6655. Washington, Anoka, Chisago County Social Services — Support services to families and individuals provided by county government. Washington County, 651-430-6455; Anoka County, 763-422-7000; Chisago County, 651-213-5600. WIC Clinic — Special supplemental food program for pregnant and breast-feeding women and children up to age 5 Income eligibility required. Washington County, 651-430-6658; Anoka County, 763-422-7055; Chisago County, 651-213-5206. Workforce Center — Adult employment, Job Service, summer youth employment, on-job training, senior employment. Washington County, 651-275-8665; Forest Lake, 651-275-7265; Anoka County, 763-783-4800.

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Forest Lake city government Incorporated as a village in 1893, Forest Lake became a statutory city in 1974 in accordance with a state law designed to encourage uniformity in municipal government. The city has shown impressive growth. Its estimated population in 1999 was 6,900, compared with 6,397 in the 1994 census, 5,833 in 1990 and 4,596 in 1980. With annexation of Forest Lake Township, the population increased to approximately 18,000. A five-member City Council, consisting of a mayor and four other members, all elected at large, governs the city. Each council member has equal voting power. The mayor presides at council meetings and represents the city at civic functions. Elected for a two-year term, the mayor receives an annual salary of $6,500. Other council members are elected for staggered four-year terms and are paid $5,500 per year. The council meets regularly on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at 220 N. Lake St. Occasionally there are special meetings, particularly in November during budgetsetting time. Local elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. As of 2009, current City Council members are as follows: Mayor Chris Johnson; Councilmembers: Jackie McNamara, 22855 Hayward Ave.; Susan Young, 9950 199th Street N.; Jim DuFour, 1531 19th Ave. SE; and Mike Freer, 116 Birch Dr. NE. Forest Lake City’s full-time official, appointed by the City Council, is Aaron Parrish, City Administrator. Ellen Paulseth is the Finance Director, Chantal Doriott is the deputy clerk, Keith Wille is the City Building Official, Doug Borglund is the Community Development Director, Aaron Buffington is the City Planner, Mike Tate is the Public Works Director, and Renae Reedy is the Park Coordinator. The city has 59 full-time employees, including 24 police officers, as well as a number of part-time and seasonal workers. David Hebert (651464-3397) serves as the City Attorney, and Stantec (651-636-4600) serves as city engineer. A nine-member Planning Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. The members, appointed to staggered three-year terms by the council, also meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Members make recommendations to the council on non-routine planning matters, including all commercial and residential development. City boards, established by ordinance or resolution, administer major city functions and make recommendations to the City Council. Members of the Civil Service Board, EDA, Park Board, Human Rights Commission and Airport Commission are all appointed by the City Council for staggered terms. The budgets for the departments they oversee must be approved by the council. Comprising the Civil Service Board, which oversees the Police Department, are Bob Holden, Jim Trudeau and Ken Urquhart. This board meets as needed. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) meets the 2nd and 4th Monday at 5:30 p.m. each month. Members include Chris Johnson, Bob Morehead, Mike Muske, Judy Huntosh and Jackie McNamara. The Park Board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. September through May and during June, July & August on the 3rd Monday of these months at 6:30 p.m. Board members are Kris Martin, Anthony Groff, Karen Morehead, Matt Lindholm, Diane Rueb, Patrick Olson and Ted Henrichs. The Human Rights Commission meets the 3rd Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. The purposes of the commission are to promote the elimination of hate, prejudice and discrimination against persons or groups based on race, gender, religion or other status of the person or group; to educate the community on issues of discrimination and cultural diversity; to advise the City Council on human rights issues; and to promote the goals and objectives of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Members include Judy Bull, Janice Ochs, Dawn Nelson, Emmanuel Boh, Melissa Moris, Bill Anderson and Joe Radatz. The Airport Commission meets the 3rd Wednesday (usually at the Airport Office) of each month at 5:00 p.m. Members are Rick

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Ashbach, David DeLong, Don Shipp and Sam Husnik. The city’s dog ordinance requires dogs to be under personal control at all times and licensed. No resident may have more than three dogs over six months of age without a kennel license. Licenses may be obtained each year at the City Hall. Forest Lake draws its water from three city wells and stores it in three towers, two with a capacity of 500,000 gallons, and also has a 200,000 to 400,000 gallon underground reservoir. The third well and the new reservoir became operational in 2000. A new water treatment plant opened in 2001. All sanitary sewers are hooked up to the metropolitan system for disposal. Forest Lake’s combined city hall and police building was constructed in 1978 at a cost of $650,000. A million-dollar expansion program completed in 1988 provided added space for the police and library sections and new space for a county court and court services section. The Building, Planning & Zoning building is located at 21350 Forest Blvd. N., which is south off Hwy. 61. City offices (651-464-3550) are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Forest Lake police, firefighters The Forest Lake Police Department provides 24 hour services to the 36 square miles and 18,300+ residents in the City of Forest Lake. The police department is located in the city hall complex and Richard R. Peterson serves as the Director of Public Safety for the city. The current authorized strength of the police department is twenty eight full-time employees. The department includes twenty five full-time police officers and three office staff personnel. There is the Director of Public Safety (also known as the Chief of Police), a Captain, four Sergeants, four investigators (two general investigators, a crime prevention investigator, and a narcotics investigator), two school resource officers assigned to the High School and Junior High Schools, a canine patrol officer (K-9 officer), twelve patrol officers, and three office staff personnel. In the past few years, the police department has observed a sharp increase in thefts (burglaries, thefts of motor vehicles, thefts from motor vehicles, etc.), frauds, and forgeries. In 2012, the police department is conducting a reorganization that will enable the Forest Lake Police Department and the citizens of Forest Lake to work in a collaborative manner to combat crime, provide the community more law enforcement and community services, and provide the police department the resources necessary to become more efficient in its operations. Community Policing and Crime Prevention will be a continued focus for the police department in the upcoming year. The Forest Lake Safety Camp, the Forest Lake School District’s Mock Car Crash, and the Drug Awareness Program for 5th graders are only a few of the focus areas that the police department proudly assist with throughout the year. Forest Lake Police Department office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone numbers are: Business hours 651-464-5877; after hours 651-439-9381; and for emergencies dial 911. Forest Lake’s 36-member Volunteer Fire Department serves an area of about 89 square miles, which covers Forest Lake, Columbus and these communities operate the department and share ownership of all its firefighting equipment under a joint powers agreement. The department has mutual-aid agreements with all suburban St. Paul fire departments and those of Wyoming, Scandia, Hugo, Chisago City, East Bethel, and Centennial. The department is headed by Chief Gary Sigfrinius. The department responds to over 400 alarms a year. They operate a variety of emergency equipment packages including three engines, a heavy rescue, a 100’ aerial platform, a 3000 gallon tanker,

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two “brush rigs,” a wildland firefighting 6x6 ATV, and an air boat. The apparatus are kept at the fire station at 879 S.W. 4th St., Forest Lake, and at the Columbus Station. Firefighters are on call 24 hours a day and are furnished complete firefighting gear by the department. A resident’s call to the 911 emergency number activates a system that summons firefighters through personal pagers. Members of the department are paid by the hour when they are on duty. Besides responding to alarms, firefighters must attend monthly training and business meetings. The department takes new members 18 and older; they must reside within six minutes of the fire station. New members are required to complete basic firefighting training and medical first responder courses, as well as hazardous materials training after acceptance into the department. The Forest Lake Fire department has an extensive fire prevention program.

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south side of the road. •The Hardwood Creek Trail Bridge construction over CR 83 will continue and be completed Fall 2012. As with the bridge built over Broadway Avenue, this bridge will carry all trail users, including runners, bikers, in-line skaters, horseback riders, and snowmobilers, safely over County Road 83 as they use the popular regional trail. •Landscaping and median work along Broadway Avenue between 19th Street and Centennial Drive. What will be left in 2013? •The majority of road construction will be complete by the end of 2012. In the spring of 2013, there may be minor finishing work including landscaping in the area of reconstruction. Fun Facts about the Broadway Avenue Bridge and Road Construction: •The original bridge was built in 1967. It was a 4-span, steel beam bridge with a deck width of 60 feet. At the time it was built, it was a two-lane bridge with shoulders and 2.5 foot walks on each side. •The new bridge is a 2-span, pre-stressed concrete beam bridge with a deck width of 120 feet (That is twice as long as the old bridge!). It includes two through lanes of traffic in each direction, dual left turn lanes, a 6’ raised median, a 6’ sidewalk on the north side, and a 12’ trail on the south side. •The approaches to the bridge were raised an average of 4 feet to improve sight distances. •There are a total of 32 beams placed on the new bridge. Each beam is 105 feet long and weighs 105,000 pounds! •In addition to the bridge beams, the bridge used 3,700 cubic yards of concrete and 360,000 pounds of reinforcing steel. •The total weight of the bridge is 19,066,700 pounds = 9,533 tons

crews were busy last summer working on the new surface for W. Broadway Ave. and walking trails and sidewalks between I-35 and 7th Street. Work will continue to the east next spring. = 2,400 African Elephants = 127,100 adult white tail deer! Communication and Business Efforts: Just as in the 2010 and 2011 construction seasons, much effort will be made to communicate with the public and work with businesses to create understanding and knowledge throughout construction. Weekly updates will be e-mailed to interested parties and the project website,, will constantly be updated. Neighbor 2 Neighbor meetings will be hosted by local businesses and

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Wyoming city government In 1855 settlers from the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania led by Dr. John Comfort came to Minnesota and organized what would first become Wyoming Township in 1858. Later a portion would be incorporatd into the town of Wyoming in 1902. The former Township and City long tied together with their history merged in August of 2008 and now represent a New City of Wyoming. The development of railroads played an important part in the early growth of the Wyoming community. The Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, a forerunner of the Northern Pacific, reached Wyoming from Saint Paul in 1868 and was completed to Duluth in 1870. A branch line from Wyoming to Taylors Falls was completed in 1880 and remained in existence until 1948. Today reminders of the railroad’s presence continue with the heavy use by hikers, walkers and runners, the “Sunrise Prairie Trail” built on the bed of the former rail line. Agriculture was the principle beneficiary of the railroad era. Wyoming was propelled into a minor housing boom period during the 60s and 70s as a result of the construction of the I-35 freeway allowing people to live in Wyoming and commute to the Twin Cities to work. Wyoming’s industrial park adjacent to I-35 also experienced some growth during the 1980s with a population growth from 2,600 to 3,500 by 2004. Wyoming is continuing to posture itself for potential growth with the 2008 merger and as people continue to express an interest in working and playing where they enjoy living...Wyoming. The City has rezoned an 82-acre parcel of land between CR 30 (old 61) and I-35 for use as a downtown city center and light industrial park. Currently Regal Machine and Stars & Strikes Entertainment Center reside on the site soon to be joined by other developments. In addition Xccent, a new 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility is located east of I-35, south of Fairview Hospital. The Giese Memorial Library has been an excellent information resource to the Wyoming community because it is a popular destination during its hours of operation. It is open Sunday 1 to 5, Closed Monday, Tuesday 10 to 8, Wednesday & Thursday 12-8, Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-2, and features books, CDs, DVDs, computers with internet access, wireless internet, children’s area, study rooms, meeting rooms, fireplace reading area. 651-462-9001. A five member City Council elected at large governs the City. A Mayor (2 year term) and four council members (4 year and 2 year terms). The Mayor presides at the meetings and is the chief executive officer of the City. The City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the community room of the Wyoming municipal building. The 2011 Mayor and Council members are: Mayor Eric Peterson, 12-31-2012; Council members: Joe Zerwas 12-31-2012; Linda Nanko Yeager 12-31-2012; Roger Elmore 1231-2014; Steve Zerwas 12-31-2014. The Wyoming City Planning Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Wyoming City Park Board meets the first Monday of the month at the Giese Memorial Library at 7:00 p.m. The Wyoming City EDA meets the second Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The City now has twenty full-time employees which include the City Administrator, Administrative Staff, Police Officers, Building Department and Public Works.

The Municipal building, located at 26885 Forest Blvd. (CR-30), houses the city administrative offices, fire department and community center. Mail should be addressed to P.O. Box 188, Wyoming, MN. City Hall is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 651-462-0575 and the fax number is 651-462-0576. The Police Department is located at 7665 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN (old Wyoming Town Hall). The police non-emergency number is 651-462-0577. The City of Wyoming Building Department is located at 26885 Forest Blvd. at the City Hall, Wyoming, MN. The phone number is 651-462-4947 and the fax number is 651-462-3938.

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The Wyoming Police Dept. is staffed by six patrol officers, 2 part-time patrol officers, 2 sergeants, and the Chief of Police. The officers work varying hours, providing 24-hour coverage with the assistance of the Chisago County sheriff. We also have a reserve officer program which currently consists of four volunteers to assist with such things as community events, traffic control, crowd control, and disasters. The Wyoming police have five marked squad cars including one that is four wheel drive and 2 unmarked squads. All marked squads carry emergency medical equipment including AEDs. The Minnesota State Patrol and Chisago County sheriff ’s deputies are available to back up Wyoming police in an emergency. Wyoming police stress crime prevention. They promote Operation Identification and Minnesota Crime Watch programs in addition to giving presentations to neighborhood groups. The police also operate the DARE program at the Wyoming Elementary School. The department annually offers snowmobile and firearms safety classes. In addition, vacation checks are available to residents who will be out of town. The Wyoming police can be reached by calling 651-462-0577. The dispatcher, through the Chisago County Sheriff ’s Department, can be reached at 651-257-4100. The fax number for Wyoming Police is 651-462-0506. Wyoming has a 30-member Volunteer Fire Dept., also based in the Municipal Bldg. Dennis Berry is the chief, elected by the firefighters, Dan Dahlager and John Hastings are assistant chiefs. Members of the force must be at least 18 and in good physical health. New firefighters serve a one-year probationary period; all members of the force take part in compulsory training sessions three times a month. They are paid $18.00 per hour for fighting fires, and attending training sessions and meetings. The Fire Relief Association also administers a retirement fund for volunteers. The city furnishes uniforms and equipment for all firefighters. All members are on 24-hour call; about half are available during

the day and a majority at night. If a resident calls the emergency number to report a fire, the county sheriff ’s office summons the firefighters through pagers that all of them carry. The department’s heavy equipment includes four pumper trucks, three capable of pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute, one 1,250 gallons per minute. The city purchased a 1,500 GPM tanker/tender with a 2,500 gallon tank in 2010 that will increase firefighting capabilities in areas that do not have hydrants. A new set of devices called ‘Jaws of Life,’ used in extracting victims from auto accidents, was added in 2010. The Wyoming Fire Department also has an aerial pumper rig with a 75 foot ladder that will allow firefighting from above fires and will permit higher buildings in Wyoming. The Fire Department members are First Responders and have added defibrillation equipment. The Wyoming Fire Department has mutual-aid agreements with Forest Lake, Linwood Township, all Chisago County departments and the State Dept. of Natural Resources. Serves are provided to the entire city of Wyoming.

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City of Columbus government Columbus became a City on September 21, 2006, 149 years after it first became platted as a village. Columbus is a thriving community located along I-35, a major growth corridor in the northeast Metropolitan Area. In addition, I-35 is a favorite route to northern Minnesota for outdoor enthusiasts and tourists. Columbus has maintained a rural residential atmosphere but also boasts commercial development on Lake Drive and on either side of the Freeway. The Freeway District is served by an interchange between I-35 and TH-97 (Lake Drive and Scandia Trail). This interchange is the gateway to residential areas in Columbus, Forest Lake and Scandia. High traffic counts on I-35 of 86,000 south of Columbus exit for Lake Drive and Scandia Trail. Scandia Trail, east of I-35 carries 19,300 trips and Lake Drive carries 6,200 trips for a total of 25,500 trips. Over half of these trips enter or exit I-35. The Freeway District currently contains 16 retail stores and service establishments including a very successful Gander Mountain store, Running Aces Harness Park, Ziegler Cat, and six recreational equipment dealers, which attract patrons from a wide area. Columbus had a population of 3914 in 2010. The governing body consists of a mayor and a four member city council which meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall at 16319 Kettle River Blvd. The Mayor serves a two-year seat, while the Council serves staggered four-year terms. Current members of the city council, their phone numbers and the year their term expires are as follows: Mayor David J. Povolny - Mayor 12/31/2012 (651247-4567) Email:; Council member Bill Krebs 12/31/2014 (651-592-9848) Email:; Council member Jeff Duraine 12/31/2012 (651-464-0310); Council member Denny Peterson 12/31/2012 (651-464-8543); Council member Jessie Messina 12/31/2014 (651-341-9046) Elizabeth Mursko serves as the City Administrator, Nick Schmitz is the Building Official, Jim Fraley is the PW Superintendent. Contracted services include TKDA provides Engineering Services, Larkin Hoffman provides legal Services and Resource Strategies Corporation provides Planning Services. The City hall is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 651-4643120. Please visit our website at email us at

Radio and Cable TV Radio

Spirit 95.9 Christian radio is your one-stop home for world renowned preachers like Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, John Hagee and Les Feldick. Spirit 95.9 was founded locally for the people of the lakes area. Spirit 95.9 invites you to tune in, grow with us and enjoy live services from local churches, plus the local community calendar. Feel the spirit...thoughout the Northern metro and beyond... Spend your day.

Cable TV

Midcontinent delivers access to a complex world through one connection. At the present time thousands of people are now able to enjoy the features of High Definition Television Service, High Speed Internet and telephone service. The ‘State of the Art’ fiber optic and coaxial two-way network sets the stage for future programming and other broadband services. The local public access channels are carred on Midcontinent channels LATV10 and Ranger20. LATV10 is the local community and government channel. It of-

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An Economic Development Authority was established on June 9, 2010 to facilitate Economic Development in the commercial districts and is supported by an Economic Development Advisory Board which meets on an as needed basis. The EDA meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. A seven member Planning Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council and meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The Park Board meets the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The community has developed 4 parks, including the Columbus City Park which is located on Kettle River Blvd to the north and east of the City Hall Complex, which includes a ¾ mile walking trail The Tree Board and Public Works Advisory Board meet as needed. The Anoka County Sheriff ’s Department is contracted for police protection which includes a code enforcement officer. Fire protection is provided through a Joint Powers Agreement, by the Forest Lake Area Fire Department with a substation located on the City Hall Complex property on Kettle River Blvd. The Public Works facility and Columbus Elementary serve as the election polling locations for Columbus. The City of Columbus has a senior center adjacent to the City Hall. Linda Anderson coordinates activities at the senior center (6514648463) and serves lunch on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. An annual Fall Festival event held in September each year is hosted by the Columbus Lions, Senior Center, Columbus Parent Teacher Organization (CPTO) and the City of Columbus and features the Lions Garage Sale, Senior Center crafts and chili feed, CPTO fun run and walk, car show, business vendor booths among other fun activities and food including the Lions famous roast beef sandwiches. The City promotes recycling and participates in the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board and State of Minnesota “SCORE” contract each year, providing training at the Columbus Elementary School and holding two recycling events during the year. A Recycle and Clean Up Day is held in June and an appliance and electronics curbside pickup is held in September.

fers a variety of programming from local events and city meetings from Columbus, Forest Lake and Scandia. LATV10 airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. City meetings may also be viewed on the LATV10 website, Turn on Ranger20 to watch school concerts, plays and home varsity sports. Ranger20 airs from Forest Lake Senior and Junior Highs and Columbus, Scandia, Forest Lake and Forest View Elementary Schools, Lakes International Language Academy, St. Peter’s Elementary and North Lakes Academy. The LATV10 and Ranger20 studio is located at 24260 Greenway Ave. N, Suite C, right off Hwy. 8. It is a non-profit organization sponsored by Midcontinent subscribers from the cities of Columbus, Forest Lake and Scandia. The Forest Lake Cable Commission is dedicated to providing dynamic communication and entertainment choices that enrich our neighbor’s evolving lifestyles. Our pledge is to provide uncompromised customer service with integrity and professionalism.

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Construction – From Page 12

create an opportunity for businesses and residents to hear the weekly progress update and schedule first-hand from Washington County staff. A monthly Broadway Bulletin will also be made available at area businesses, City Hall, and Hardwood Creek Branch Library. This bulletin will include project updates, as well as special promotions and advertisements from various local businesses. Communication will be ongoing through various social media (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) and will be revised throughout construction. In 2011, local businesses joined forces to create, print, and distribute the Go Local Discount Card! This card contained many business specials and discounts from businesses located in the construction area. The card was free to the public and could be used throughout the year. Local businesses are in the process of planning and organizing the 2012 Go Local Discount Card. Throughout the construction projects in Forest Lake, Washington County has hosted several open houses to talk with the public about upcoming events. An open house will be planned in spring 2012 to discuss what the schedule is for 2012 construction. More details on this open house in the months to come. Contact Information: For general information regarding the Broadway Avenue project, visit the project website at The website also contains photos and video showing construction progress. For specific questions and concerns, contact Washington County’s business liaison for the project, Mindy Leadholm at 651-470-7754 or mindy. Photos courtesy of Washington County

City of Scandia government

The city of Scandia, east of Forest Lake in Washington County, has a population of 3936 (2010 census). It is governed by a Mayor and City Council. The Mayor serves a two-year seat, while the council serve staggered four-year terms. The city also has an administrator, deputy clerk, and treasurer. Regular city council meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Community/Senior Center, located at 14727 209th St. A work session is held at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Current members of the city council, their phone numbers and the year their term expires are as follows: Mayor Randall Simonson (330-294-0263) 2013; Council member Connie Amos (612-759-3610) 2013; Council member Chris Ness (651-707-5689) 2013; Council member Jim Schneider (651-433-3692) 2015; and Council member Sally Swanson (651433-3010) 2015. The City Administrator is Anne Hurlburt, the Treasurer is Colleen Firkus, the Deputy Clerk is Brenda Eklund. The city office hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday, Tuesday hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The phone number there is 651-4332274. Eklund also handles scheduling for groups wishing to use the center. A five-member planning commission meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Scandia has its own volunteer fire department of some 30 members. Police protection is furnished by the Washington County Sheriff ’s Department.

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MAG Christian School Located between Forest Lake and Wyoming, MAG Christian school is a Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade school. We offer a two-day and a three-day preschool class (both are half day programs) that focus on learning, sharing, interaction with peers, colors, beginning counting and letters. We also have a five-day Kindergarten Readiness program that is available either mornings or afternoons and prepares students for their academic future teaching them to read and do simple math problems. Our Kindergarten program is all-day/every-day, but we also have an alternate date Kindergarten enrichment

program that is designed for students enrolled in other schools in the community for the days when they are not in their public classroom. Our elementary classes as well as the classes listed above all give our students a strong phonic background, a Christian worldview, and a traditional historically accurate picture of America. Students learn to develop Godly character and the leadership skills necessary to make a difference in their world. Check us out online at or call us at 651-797-7400 for more information. You can also email us at

Saint Peter’s Catholic School

photo by Iris Photography Elementary, Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool and Childcare Programs Located at 1250 South Shore Drive in Forest Lake, Saint Peter’s Catholic School is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA) and welcomes all faiths. Saint Peter’s Catholic School has been educating the youth of St. Peter’s and the Forest Lake community for 50 years. Initially, serving 162 children in grades two through six, they are now serving 320 children in grades Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten thru six. They also have a staff of 24 teachers and specilists for Music, Physical Education and Computer, along with instructional aides. Saint Peter’s School offers all its students an outstanding academic program thru a challenging core curriculum. That program begins with providing licensed care for three and four-year-olds, in addition to an academic Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program designed for four and five-year olds to successfully make the transition to Kindergarten. The Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs that are taught by licensed teachers with four-year-degrees. The Kindergarten program is all day, every day, and parents also have the option of a half-day morning program. The Catholic faith is the foundation of the school and is inte-

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grated into all aspects of the curriculum. Students also participate in the sacramental, liturgical, and spiritual life of the Church by receiving Sacraments, attending weekly all-school mass, prayer and service projcts. This framework is intended to guide their decisionmaking for living a Christian life. Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts form the core of the curriculum. Thru this challenging curriculum, students receive: direct experience and exploration of concepts in Science; the ability to apply mathematical facts and procedures into all subject areas to promote real-life problem solving; the knowledge to become well-educated citizens who will make decisions based upon Catholic social teachings and values; and the language arts skills to read, comprehend, write, listen and speak effectively. Technology is continuously growing at Saint Peter’s School and is fully integrated into the classroom curriculum with a state-of-the-art computer lab, classroom stations and SMART Boards in every classroom. Saint Peter’s Catholic School also strongly encourages the participation of parents in the school as volunteers in the classrooms, field trips, and through the Home and School Association and School Advisory Board. Saint Peter’s receives Special Education services and Title I program support, hot lunch, bus transportation, band and orchestra through the Forest Lake Public Schools. Saint Peter’s provides enrichment programs in the areas of Junior Great Books, Choir, Chess Club, Scouts, a Ski/Snowboard Program for Grades 5 and 6, and an Environmental Camping experience for Grade 6. After-school tutoring is also available from classroom teachers. The school program is supported by tuition. Rates are adjusted each year, and there is a scale of decreasing rates depending on the number of children enrolled in the school. Tuition assistance is available based on financial criteria. For more information, or to schedule a tour, please call the Admissions Office, 651-982-2216, or visit the website, DISCOVERY Childcare Program Saint Peter’s Catholic School also has extensive childcare programs to support its educational programs. Discovery Childcare is a licensed program for 3-5 year olds. Participating children are able to attend the Early Childhood Education classes offered at Saint Peter’s, then transition into Discovery Childcare for continued educational, social, and physical support. Saint Peter’s school-age childcare program is called Discovery Club. Students are able to participate in a before and after-school program, non-school day program, and the very popular Summer Discovery program. For more information, please call 651-982-2209.

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Forest Lake Area Schools

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Inspire the Learner, Ignite the Potential The Forest Lake Area School District has a proud tradition of academic excellence, which stems from our high-quality staff and strong dedication to helping our students set high goals and high standards. Once again, in 2009, the students from our district scored in the top half of all Minnesota students on state standardized testing, and our graduation and attendance rates remain very high. Forest Lake Area Schools has built a reputation as a first-class educational system, partly due to the abundance of challenging academic options available to its students. Providing more and better academic and co-curricular options to students and their families is a big part of what makes Forest Lakes Area Schools the educational leader in the Northeast Metro Area. One terrific example of great options at Forest Lake Area Schools is our Spanish Immersion Program. First-graders attending our district have the option of enrolling in our Spanish Immersion program at either Forest View Elementary School or Lino Lakes Elementary School. Spanish Immersion is a program designed for students whose first language is English and whose families place a high value on their child learning a world language. This program is completely optional. Spanish Immersion is available to any first-grader who resides in the school district, and it also is an option for Open Enrollment students from other parts of the metro area. But a traditional first-grade program is also available at all of our schools. Our secondary schools offer a wide variety of accelerated programs, including Advanced Placement (AP) and College in the Schools (CIS) classes, and many of these classes can earn students tuition-free college credits. Innovative programs like Ramp Up To Readiness also helps students with their post-secondary education plans. Our district serves approximately 7,000 students in the communities of Forest Lake, Lino Lakes, Wyoming, Columbus, Scandia, and Linwood and May Township, and parts of East Bethel, Ham Lake, Hugo, Marine on the St. Croix, Stacy and Wyoming Township. Traditional Elementary Schools Our traditional elementary schools (K-6) provide a comprehensive education that gives students experiences they need to be successful. Of these seven elementary schools, five have been named “Minnesota Schools of Excellence,” but all seven schools feature outstanding teachers and quality programs. From the first day of kindergarten, students begin to learn critical skills in reading, writing, and mathematics – and they build on those skills throughout their school years. Specialists provide instruction in music, including band and orchestra in sixth grade, physical education, media technology, gifted services and Title 1 services, including special education and English as a Second Language (ESL). Central Montessori Elementary School In many Minnesota communities, a Montessori-based education is available only at expensive, private schools. In the Forest Lake school district, a Montessori education is available through the public school system and at no cost to parents. Central Montessori Elementary School (CME) is a unique, modified-Montessori school focused on meeting the individual needs of students. As a modified Montessori program, CME applies the Montessori philosophy that children are capable of self-directed learning. Through relationship building and direct interaction with their environment, students at CME are able to maximize their innate curiosity and creativity, sparking a real connection with the material they are learning. Learn more about Central Montessori Elementary by visiting the school’s website at http:// Junior Highs Our two junior high schools are designed to build connections between students and the expanding world. Classes focus on meeting the needs of the individual learner, building their skills, and exposing them to a wide range of activities. A strong curriculum of math, language arts, social studies, health, physical education and science also includes three world languages, band, choir, orchestra, art, family and

consumer sciences, agriculture and industrial technology. Accelerated courses are available in many subjects. Senior High School Forest Lake Area High School provides a rigorous and relevant education designed to prepare students for college (one-year, two-year or four-year college or university, or the military). We offer a wide variety of electives, including agriculture, business, graphic design, technology, world languages, visual art and performing art. Students may also earn up to two years of college credit through Advanced Placement and College in the Schools programs – with more than 30 courses to choose from. We have highly-regarded, award-winning music, speech, debate, FFA and Business Professionals of America programs, and a full complement of competitive athletic opportunities as a member of the Suburban East Conference. A full listing of course offerings is available on the high school website at http:// Area Learning Center The Forest Lake Area Learning Center, or ALC, is among the Minnesota’s top alternative schools and is considered a national model in drop-out prevention. The ALC features small class sizes, exceptional staff and numerous community connections, which make the school a great place for students in grades 6 through 12 to learn. Named a finalist in the U.S. Dept. of Education’s 2005 National Drop-Out Prevention Program Recognition Initiative, the ALC is not only dedicated to helping at-risk kids get back on the road to graduation, but the school has helped many students advance to future success in four-year colleges, technical schools or the military. Learn more about the Area Learning Center by going to the school’s website at STEP Program Now housed in a new building, the Forest Lake Area Schools STEP Program prepares students ages 18-21 with moderate to severe developmental disabilities to live meaningful and productive lives by providing them with skills and knowledge necessary to make an effective transition from school to adult life. Three teachers support approximately 30 students who attend this program at various times throughout the day. In most cases, these are students who have already had three years of high school experience and need to move to a more adult setting that promotes acquisition of functional living skills. These skills include self-care, food preparation, cleaning, safety, health, clothing care, money management, recreation and leisure and job training. Our students succeed in all areas Forest Lake Area Schools offers a wide variety of opportunities to help our students succeed in school and in life. Student activities include the full array of Minnesota State High School League offerings, featuring fine and performing arts, varsity sports, and numerous clubs and leadership opportunities.

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Area Learning Center (6-12) Principal Kelly Lessman 200 SW 4th St., Forest Lake (651) 982-3150

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Central Montessori School (K-6) Principal Kelly Lessman 200 SW 4th St. - Forest Lake 651-982-3171 Columbus Elementary (K-6) Principal Neal Fox 17345 Notre Dame St. - Forest Lake 651-982-8900

A wide variety of clubs, sports and other enrichment activities are available at the junior high and elementary level as well. Our Community Education program also offers athletics and enrichment programs for residents of all ages. We help our students reach their full potential by providing: • A variety of accelerated, Advanced Placement, College in the Schools and

gifted education offerings to students at all levels; • A full range of services to assist students who struggle academically; • Access to technology for all students; • Commitment to keeping class sizes as low as possible; • High quality employees.

Our school board The Forest Lake Area School Board holds a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to the public and are held at the District Office, 6100 N. 210th Street, Forest Lake. Board committee meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month. Board meeting agendas and minutes are published on the district website, Kathleen M. Bystrom, (651) 464-8452, 21565 Harrow Ave. N., Forest Lake, 55025,; Julie Corcoran, (651) 464-3987,; Dan Kieger, (651) 780-3387, 7710 Marilyn Drive, Lino Lakes, 55014, DKieger@; Karen Morehead, (651) 464-3577, 943 S.E. 12th Ave., Forest Lake, 55025,; Robert Rapheal, (651) 433-5847, 22550 Manning Trail N. - Scandia, 55073,; Gail Theisen, (651) 395-2207,; Erin K. Turner, (651) 464-2256, 613 8th Ave. N.W., Forest Lake, 55025, erin@

Contact Information The Forest Lake Area School District Office is located at 6100 N. 210th Street, Forest Lake, MN 55025. The phone number is (651) 982-8100. Visit the district website at Superintendent: Linda M. Madsen, Ph.D., (651) 982-8103; Directors Jennifer Tolzmann, Director of Teaching & Learning, (651) 982-8115; Lawrence Martini, Director of Business Services, (651) 982-8125; Julie Ohman, Director of Community Education, (651) 982-8140; Donna Friedmann, Director of Administration & Human Resources, (651) 982-8123; Deb Wall, Director of Special Education, (651) 982-8129;

Forest Lake Elementary (K-6) Principal Jeff Ion 408 SW 4th St. - Forest Lake 651-982-3200 Forest View Elementary (K-6) Principal Scott Urness 620 SW 4th St. - Forest Lake 651-982-8200 Lino Lakes Elementary (K-6) Principal Ronald Burris 725 Main St. - Lino Lakes 651-982-8850 Linwood Elementary (K-6) Principal Roche Martin 21900 Typo Cr. Dr. NE - Wyoming 651-982-1900 Scandia Elementary (K-6) Principal Julie Greiman 14351 Scandia Tr. N. - Scandia 651-982-3300 Wyoming Elementary (K-6) Principal Mike Conway 25701 Forest Blvd. N. - Wyoming 651-982-8000 Century Junior High (7-9) Principal Ben Lewis 21395 Goodview Ave. N. - Forest Lake 651-982-3000 Southwest Junior High (7-9) Principal Marc Peterson 943 W. 9th Ave. - Forest Lake 651-982-8700 Forest Lake Area High School (10-12) Principal Steven Massey 6101 Scandia Tr. N. - Forest Lake 651-982-8400

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Lakes International Language Academy Lakes International Language Academy-District 4116 is a public, tuition-free language immersion school serving grades K through 6. It provides a unique, effective, and increasingly valuable opportunity to area children to become fluent in a second language during their elementary years while meeting and exceeding state academic standards. Lakes International successfully combines two learning approaches – full Spanish or Mandarin Chinese language immersion and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School curriculum – to develop academically prepared, internationally-minded, bilingual young people. Since its 2004 opening, Lakes International has grown rapidly as area families have come to know its strong reputation, caring environment, and the school’s achievements in academics, parent satisfaction, student and faculty retention, numerous awards, and innovative facilities. Lakes International’s original campus is at 246 11th Ave SE in Forest Lake, and the school has plans to expand to an additionals ite in Forest Lake in order to continue to meet demand and serve students. Award-winning, whole child education Lakes International’s curriculum and partnerships have earned state and national recognition. Lakes International earned the 2010 and 2011 State School of Character Awards. The school has also earned the 2011 State and National Promising Practices in Character Education Awards, and was a Finalist for the 2011 National School of Character Award. We believe our carefully selected faculty members are key to each child’s success. In spring 2011, a LILA teacher earned the WEM Outstanding Educator Award in the category of Ethics in Education. And for five consecutive years, Lakes International has earned the State Finance Award for sound fiscal practices and financial health. Research-proven, full Spanish and Mandarin Chinese immersion Teachers speak the target language nearly all day to deliver lessons in all subject areas. Students accept learning in Spanish or Chinese as the norm and adapt quickly. The immersion model is specifically designed for children of families who do not speak Spanish or Chinese at home. Children excel in immersion programs for several reasons. They mimic beautifully. They’re eager and curious and without the self-consciousness seen in many adult learners. Canadian schools have used immersion successfully since 1965 and hundreds of schools in the United States offer immersion programs today. Currently more than 60 K-12 immersion programs exist in Minnesota alone. IB World School Curriculum Lakes International’s curriculum meets existing Minnesota standards and goes a step further to reinforce all major knowledge areas. As an authorized IB World School, Lakes International’s curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and reflects this internationally recognized learning model. In using IB, we seek to develop learners who are: caring, knowledgeable, thinkers, risk takers, principled, Forest Lake Area Schools - a school district committed to providing new and better educational choices for its students and families - is proud to continue to provide Spanish Immersion as an optional program. First graders attending our district have the opportunity to enroll in our Spanish Immersion program at either Forest View Elementary School or Lino Lakes Elementary School. Spanish Immersion is a program designed for students whose first language is English and whose families place a high value on their child learning a world language.

balanced, open-minded, communicators, reflective, and inquirers. Lakes International students gain the knowledge and good study habits that come from a rigorous academic program as they develop literacy and proficiency in Chinese or Spanish, and English. Along the way, they learn to appreciate the world and its many cultures. Students are given the opportunity to be introduced to a third language through stories and art projects beginning in first grade. They’re ready for greater challenges in secondary school and beyond. Building Bridges through Language Lakes International makes meaningful connections to our community and world. Together with Forest Lake Area Schools District 831, we have collaborated to help them develop a grade 7-12 Language Continuation Program so that Lakes International alumni can continue to develop their language skills. The two districts have also collaborated on Chinese cultural exchanges. Lakes International’s role in the Minnesota Twins Diversity Partnership remains strong, as well as the school’s more recent ties to the Minnesota Lynx and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Each year through the Amity organization, young adults from Spanish or Chinese speaking countries serve as Language Ambassadors at LILA. They provide authentic culture and language experiences to the school’s students, and lifelong international connections to those families who host the Ambassadors. The school supports strong immersion programming throughout Minnesota through its participation in the Minnesota Advocates of Immersion Network. Tour the School Prospective students and their families are invited to attend one of our information sessions. All tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 10:00 a.m. Upcoming 2012 tours are scheduled for Wednesday, January 11; Wednesday, February 8; Tuesday, March 13; Wednesday, April 11; and Monday, May 7. Reserve tour space today by calling the scool at 651-4640771. Admissions Lakes International is a tuition-free public school. We accept students without regard to race or ethnic heritage, religion, academic or athletic performance–just as all public schools do. However, as a charter school, Lakes International is allowed to limit class sizes. This means we must have an enrollment application for each prospective student and a fair process for accepting pupils. All prospective Lakes International students must submit an application. Younger siblings of current Lakes International students and children of teachers are given enrollment preference in accordance with state law. Any child 5 years old on September 1, 2012, and living in Minnesota is welcome to apply for 2012-2013 kindergarten. The Lakes International annual enrollment lottery is held on January 15 each year for the following school year. At this time, a waiting list is also established. As a charter school, Lakes International provides a public school choice for families. We are held accountable for student results and fiscal responsibility by our authorizer and the Minnesota Department of Education. Our parents, teachers, and staff elect the school board, and the school is managed as an independent school district. At Lakes International, your child’s journey to a brighter, bolder future begins. Learn more at, or by calling 651-4640771.

The Spanish Immersion program at Forest Lake Area Schools is available with: *No tuition cost for parents. * Transportation fully provided, again at no cost to parents This program is completely optional and, again, is tuition free with transportation provided. Spanish Immersion will be available to any first grader who resides in the school district, and it will also be an option for Open Enrollment students from other parts of the metro area. But a traditional first grade program will also be available at all of our schools. For more information, contact Jennifer Tolzmann at (651) 9828115, or at

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Recycling programs Curbside pickup of recyclable materials became a reality in all cities and townships in the Forest Lake area between 1989 and 1991. Forest Lake launched curbside pickup in 1989, and programs were initiated in 1990 in Columbus, Wyoming, and New Scandia Townships and the city of Wyoming and in 1991 in Linwood Township. The City of Forest Lake has an exclusive garbage and recycling contract with SRC Inc. DBA Forest Lake Sanitation (651-464-2321). Under this contract, recyclables are picked up every other week on the same day garbage is collected. Recycling containers are free. The list of materials collected includes glass jars and bottles, tin and aluminum cans, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, car batteries, used motor oil in covered containers, plastic beverage containers, and clean used clothing. In 1995 Forest Lake Sanitation added junk mail, paper bags, and flattened cereal, cake, cracker, cookie, pop, beer and paper egg cartons as materials recycled with newsprint and empty aerosol cans with tin ones. In 1992 Forest Lake Sanitation started pickup of clear glass containers and metal food cans, augmenting collection of newsprint, at selected apartments. In 1990 Forest Lake Sanitation set up a program for pickup of recyclable materials at all condominiums in the communities. Compostable materials are not picked up in the curbside recycling program, but Forest Lake residents can bring their yard waste — leaves, grass and lake weeds — to the compost site at Forestland Nursery, 20001 Forest Blvd. N. In City of Columbus, all trash haulers that are licensed are required to provide curbside pickup of recyclable materials. The pickup takes place every other Wednesday. Materials collected are food-grade glass bottles, metal cans, plastic bottles, newsprint, beverage cans, and corrugated cardboard, junk mail, catalogs, phone books, box board. For other materials such as car and marine batteries, used motor oil in screw top containers, contact your individual hauler. Ace Solid Waste, Inc. (763-427-3110) or SRC (651-464-2321)

There is also an annual recycling and clean-up day in June. Curbside appliance and pickup day is held in the fall. Call city hall (651-4643120) or check website for more details. Trash-hauling services in the City of Wyoming offer curbside pickup of recyclables. Contact your licensed hauler. Call SRC, 651-462-1099 or Ace Solid Waste, 763-427-3110 or see our website The list of materials collected includes glass jars and bottles, batteries, used motor oil in covered containers, plastic beverage containers, and clean used clothing. Other items include junk mail, paper bags, and flattened cereal, cake, cracker, cookie, pop, beer and paper egg cartons as materials recycled with newsprint and empty aerosol cans with tin ones. Various trash hauling services in City of Scandia provide curbside garbage pickup and pickup of recyclable materials every other week. There is no charge to SRC customers for pickup of recyclables and materials do not have to be separated. Materials collected include glass jars and bottles, tin and aluminum cans, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, car batteries, used motor oil in covered containers, plastic beverage containers, and clean used clothing. Other items include junk mail, paper bags, and flattened cereal, cake, cracker, cookie, pop, beer and paper egg cartons as materials recycled with newsprint and empty aerosol cans with tin ones. Call SRC at 651-462-1099 for more information on the city’s recycling. Linwood Township requires all trash haulers doing business there to provide curbside pickup of recyclables every other week. Materials collected include aluminum cans, newsprint, corrugated cardboard, glass containers, plastic bottles, car batteries, used motor oil in covered containers (check with hauler), and clean used clothing. A recycling center, which accepts the same materials, is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of each month. The recycle center is located in the northeast corner behind the town hall.

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Forest Lake Area

Chamber of Commerce

568 S. Lake Street • PO Box 474 • Forest Lake, MN 55025-0474 651-464-3200 • Fax 651-464-3201 • Email •

Membership Directory and Buyers Guide Board of Directors


Rob Albin Chair Guaranteed Rate (651) 464-9094

Tom Campbell Chair-Elect Patriot Bank MN (651) 464-0168

Larry Martini Treasurer Forest Lake Area Schools (651) 982-8125

Lee Weigt Secretary Olson's Sewer Service/ Olson's Excavating (651) 464-2082

Steve Whitaker Past Chair Whitaker Buick GMC (651) 464-5612


Jules Benson Birchwood Health Care Community (651) 466-1023

Ben Blum Running Aces Harness Park (651) 925-4514

Rob Collins Tennis and Collins PA (651) 464-7400

Jesse Johnson State Farm – Bruce & Jesse Johnson Agency (651) 464-7227

Dr. Jonathan Ploeger Ploeger Chiropractic (651) 317-4955

Bob Kollross Polaris Industries (651) 408-7232

Lesa Stegner Timeless Elements Med Spa & Laser Center (651) 464-6444

Colleen Eddy Chamber President (651) 464-3200

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Benefits of Membership

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce serves the communities of Columbus, Forest Lake, Lent, Linwood, Scandia, Stacy, and Wyoming. EVENTS • Annual Meeting – Presented by the Board of Directors as an opportunity to hear what the Chamber has done and where it is heading. Celebrate with the year's award recipients.

committees & task forces • Finance – Reviews monthly financial reports and helps board of directors forecast yearly budgets.

• Business Day at the Capitol – Local businesses represented at the capitol to stress business issues.

• FLake Festival – Coordinates yearly winter festival.

• Business Education Day – A day each August to welcome the new teachers and provide them with community information. Sponsored by members. • Candidate Forums – The FLACC sponsors Candidate and Informational forums to ask those running for office questions important to the business community.

• Golf Tournament – Coordinates yearly Golf Tournament. • Lakes Home Expo – Coordinates all facets of the Home and Business Show. • Governmental Affairs – Involved in issues from local to national as they impact our members. • HUB – Plans Chamber events, recruits and maintains membership, plans membership drive. • Ambassadors – Visit businesses each month as a group.

• Coffee Chatter – A free networking and referral-building event hosted monthly by different chamber members.

advertising • e-Newsletter – e-mailed to members on an interest basis. Insert advertising is $70 and 350 copies.

• East Metro Business After Hours – Eight east metro chambers sponsor a trade show networking event in the fall at the State Fair Grounds.

• Weekly Chamber Email Update – free email blast.

• Golf Tournament – A fun day of golf and food sponsored by Chamber members for Chamber members.

• Directory – 15,000 printed annually within the pages of the Many Faces of Forest Lake and Wyoming. All members listed alphabetically and by classified categories. Listings are FREE for chamber members.

• Lake Fest – a collaborative summer festival – FL Area Schools and the City of Forest Lake.

• Business of the Month – A member is featured in the e-newsletter each month, by request. Free

• Lakes Area Expo – Trade show opportunity for businesses to showcase themselves to the Forest Lake community. Discounted booths for members.

• Business card and brochure

• Lakes Area Women in Business Group – monthly meeting – Connect, Empower, Educate, Grow with other business women.

• Web Site – A standard listing of name, address, and phone number is free for each member along with a link to your website, e-mail address, business description, and/or logo. **Video** Create a "commercial" and add it to your business listing on the FLACC website.

• Legislative Breakfast – Breakfast held annually during the legislative session. Legislators or their representatives review the upcoming issues both local and national.

business benefits • Membership is 95% tax-deductible as an ordinary business expense.

• Member Orientation – Held every other month to provide information on how to get the most out of your Chamber Membership.

• Member to Member Discounts – Posted on FLACC website.

• Membership Meetings – A luncheon held four times a year. Each meeting features a guest speaker on a topic of interest.

• Business Referrals – The FLACC receives over 1000 contacts each month looking for different businesses. We refer our members first at every opportunity.

• Regional Speed Networking Lunch – A networking luncheon held three times a year. Enjoy each course of your lunch at a different table with a different group of people.

• Political Clout – We take positions on issues important to the local business community. We respond to government leaders seeking our opinion on issues that affect local business.

**************************************************************************************************** Clip, detach and mail or fax ____Please contact me about membership in the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Name_ _______________________________________________________________________ Company Name_ ______________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________ Fax______________________________________ Send to: Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 474, Forest Lake, MN 55025-0474

OR Fax to: 651-464-3201

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Directory A ABRA Auto Body & Glass Mike Schroer 238 19th St SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3979 Ace Solid Waste Rick Nelson 6601 McKinley St NW Ramsey, MN 55303 (763) 427-3110 All in One Vending Brent Schlieff 17204 Kettle River Blvd. Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 269-1326 American Health Management Associates Robert Rick 6895 Scandia Trail Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7172 American Legion Post #225 Terry Larson 355 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2600 AmericInn Lodge & Suites North Branch Jack Juve 38675 14th Ave North Branch, MN 55056 (651) 674-8627 AmericInn Motel--Forest Lk Sanket Bhakta 1291 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1930 MN/ForestLake Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants & Filtration - JD Synthetics Jim Dufeck 24817 Field Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (612) 209-0917 Andrew L. F. Hegstad, DDS Andrew Hegstad 20 N Lake St, Ste 311 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5550

B Barb Goerss Home Selling Team Barbara Goerss Keller Williams Premier Realty 25 North Lake St. #100 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1179 Bill’s Auto Body William & Renee Waddell 24408 Greenway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6477 Bio-Tec Emergency Services Stephanie Mevissen 24139 Greenway Avenue Unit A Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 314-7401 Birchwood Health Care Services Jules Benson 604 NE 1st St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5600 Boyd's Promos Gretchen Boyd 4667 Provence Way Hugo, MN 55038 (651) 592-6016


CenturyLink Kevin Brennan 426 Fairview Ave. S St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 642-6016

Connexus Energy Duane Arens 14601 Ramsey Blvd Ramsey, MN 55303-0279 (763) 323-2600

Chain of Lakes YMCA Sharna Barucks 7690 Village Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55014 (651) 795-9622

Country Inn & Suites of Forest Lake Cindy Meyer 1954 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-9799 forest-lake-hotel-mn-55025/ mnforest

Choice Communications Adam Norder 1212 Red Fox Road Arden Hills, MN 55112 (612) 392-3804 City of Columbus Elizabeth Mursko 16319 Kettle River Blvd Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3120 City of Forest Lake Aaron Parrish 220 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3550 City of Scandia Anne Hurlburt 14727 209th St. N Scandia, MN 55073 (651) 433-2274

Car-X Auto Service Jayme Swenson 1079 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-0884

City of Stacy Sharon Payne 30955 Forest Blvd. Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-4486

Carousel Family Hair Care Naomi Anderson 633 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3331

City of Wyoming Craig Mattson 26855 Forest Blvd PO Box 188 Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 462-0575

Carter’s Jewelry & Gifts Bob Carter 85 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3378 Cathy Skrip, M.S. Licensed Psychologist Cathy Skrip, M.S. 20 N Lake St, Ste 308 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8918 Central Bank Jim Friend 1650 S Lake St PO Box 638 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2880

Climate Works, Inc Jeff Nelson 7140 340th St. Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 257-2400 Coates RV Center Sarah Coates Lange 14025 W Freeway Dr Hugo, MN 55038 (651) 488-0234 Coldwell Banker Burnet 56 E Broadway, Ste 104 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5555

Courage Center Forest Lake Kim Lewandowski 146 N Lake St #7 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5235 Cub Foods Greg Messner 2013 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-4511 Culligan Water Ira Funderburk 1435 Curve Crest Blvd Stillwater, MN 55082 (651) 439-2636 Culver's Scott Willis 1007 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-0282

D David E. Engelking LTD David Engelking 80 NW 3rd St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3231 Dennis Hegberg, Washington County Commissioner 843 - 12th Avenue South Forest Lake, MN 55025

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E East Central Audiology LTD Julie Perreault 1068 S Lake St, Ste 108 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8486 East Suburban Resources Duane Rajdl 744 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5137

Flyaways Gold Gymnastics Mark Hegquist 255 7th Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8648 Forest Hills Golf Club Inc Brian Stenke 7530 N 210th St PO Box 505 Forest Lake, MN 55025-0505 (651) 464-3097

Edina Realty Jacquie Krismer 555 Broadway Ave. Suite #5 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7777

Forest Lake Area Athletic Association Terri Porter PO Box 21 Forest Lake, MN 55025-0021 (651) 982-2857

ERA Muske Company Inc Michael Muske 920 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7070

Forest Lake Area Schools Dr. Linda Madsen 6100 210th St N Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-8100

Exact Door Service Cheryl Bjorklund Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3968

Forest Lake Cycle & Skate Fran Lichtscheidl 455 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4035

F Fairview Lakes Health Services Leilani Freeman 5200 Fairview Blvd Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 982-7000 Fairview Lakes Health Services Community Health Outreach Kathy Bystrom 11725 Stinston Ave. Chisago City, MN 55013 (651) 257-8439 Falcon Ridge Golf Course John Hamilton 33942 Falcon Ave (Co Rd #78) PO Box 477 Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-5797 Famous Dave’s Joe Ross 43 SW 19th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4400 First State Bank of Wyoming Kristi Nelson 26741 Felton Ave PO Box 308 Wyoming, MN 55092-0308 (651) 462-7611 Flexible Spaces LLC Dennis & Judy Johnson Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8492

Forest Lake Family Dental, Inc. Steve Bakke 69 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3425 Forest Lake Floral & Greenhouse Corey Roberts 508 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2134 Forest Lake Mini Storage John Morley 407 SW 15th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2361 Forest Lake Motor Sports Tim & Kim Dalbec 15219 Feller St NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3135

Forest Lake Sanitation/SRC Transfer & Recycle Center Cameron & Marge Strand PO Box 757 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 462-5298

Green Door Consignment Company Alyce Taylor 25 N Lake Street, Suite 125 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7630

Forest Lake Times & Peach Steve Rajtar 880 SW 15th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4601

Green Energy Alternatives Gary Grandprey 21400 N Forest Blvd Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2896

Forest Lake Travel Debra Oaks 20 N Lake St, Ste 203 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5092

GTM Sportwear Denise Johnson 20102 Farmham Avenue N Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 368-0943

Frandsen Bank & Trust Stacy Larson 2001 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 407-3300

Guaranteed Rate Rob Albin 855 W Broadway Ave Suite B Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-9094



G2 Dental PA Greg Koch/Greg Harvey 1068 S Lake St, Ste 209 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2248

Haley Comfort Systems Rozi Rose 24139 Greenway Rd Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-0040

Gammelgarden Museum Kathy Bakke 20880 Olinda Trl Scandia, MN 55073 (651) 433-5053

Hallberg Marine Inc Gene Hallberg 26470 Fallbrook Ave PO Box 277 Wyoming, MN 55092-0277 (651) 462-4516

Gator Signs 608 S. Lake Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 255-0483 Gavia Inc Daree Selby Wyoming, MN 55092 (763) 434-0848 Goetz Landscape & Property Maintenance Joseph Goetz 2030 Main St. Centerville, MN 55038 (651) 426-2136

Forest Lake Printing John Van Bergen 468 S. Lake St. Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3116

Grand Casino Hinckley Kim Anderson 777 Lady Luck Dr Rt 3 Box 15 Hinckley, MN 55037 (800) 472-6321 X 4626 grand-casino-hinckley

Forest Lake Rotary Leann Ottomeyer PO Box 15 Forest Lake, MN 55025-0015 (651) 464-7400 Home.aspx?cid6030

Greater Twin Cities United Way Biz O'Mara 404 S 8th St. Minneapolis, MN 55404 (612) 340-7462

Hampton Inn & SuitesLino Lakes Barb White 579 Apollo Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55014 (763) 746-7999 Hebert & Welch P.A. Mike Welch 20 N Lake St Ste 301 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3397 Holiday Stationstore #236-S Lake 1543 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6887 Holiday Stationstore #253-W Broadway 1208 W Broadway Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2673 Holiday Stationstore #294-Lake BLVD 6571 N Lake Blvd Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6573

Many Faces • January 2012 Holiday Stationstore #31119th St 19 SW 19th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-6812 Holiday Stationstore #408Lake Drive 9444 Lake Drive Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1904 Home Depot Nyntche Ouro 1943 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5277 Houle’s Farm Garden & Pet Gary Houle 55 SW 2nd St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3326 Hult & Hebeisen, PA Dale F. Hebeisen PO Box 37 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3130 Human Services Inc/ HSI-North Office Gary Goolsbee 121 11th Ave SE Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 251-5220

I Investment Centers of America Inc Greg Lindeberg 1650 S Lake St PO Box 638 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1023

J JBS Carpentry Jeff Smith 23601 Neches Street NE Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-1104 JNT Landscaping Inc Jamie Taylor Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-0066 Johnson & Turner Attorneys at Law Christopher D. Johnson 56 E Broadway Ave, Ste 206 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7292

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K Kodiak Coffee Corbett Johnson 44 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3313 Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. Jeff Zeller 7300 Metro Blvd, Ste 250 Edina, MN 55439 (952) 820-8385 www.kmbs.konicamilolta

L Lake Area Bank Kelly Appel 91 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-9001 Lakes Artic Cat Jim Kelly 9651 152nd Avenue NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7557 Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau Jeanne Walz 244 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3685 Lakes Counseling 146 N. Lake Street, #105 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-2880 Lakes Gas Company Howard Sargeant 655 S Lake St PO Box 400 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3345

Lent Township Town Clerk 33155 Hemingway Ave. Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-3009

Meadows on Fairview Kelly Thomas 25565 Fairview Ave Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 982-6228

Leo C Sinna, DDS PA Leo Sinna 1068 S Lake St, Ste 205 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6988

Midcontinent Communications Steve Johnson 402 Red River Ave N, Ste 5 Cold Spring, MN 56230 (800) 783-2356

Linder's Greenhouses, Inc. Caio Cella 270 W Larpenteur Ave. St. Paul, MN 55113 (651) 488-1927 Linwood Township Judy Hanna 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-2812

M Maple Cove Townhomes Gigi Dubay 20639 Everton Court Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 466-0623 Maranatha Assembly of God Pastor Michael Haseltine 24799 Forest Blvd N Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3131 Marine Dock and Lift Dwight Rajdl 410 Grand Ave PO Box 308 Center City, MN 55012 (651) 257-4265 Mattson & Wiens LTD Randy Mattson & Bob Wiens 146 N Lake St, Ste 7 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1110

Lakes International Language Academy Shannon Peterson 246 SE 11th Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-0771

Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service Paul Hutchinson 343 N Shore Dr Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3556

Lakes Transmission Service Rick Beaulieu 43 SW 6th Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8285

Maytag Laundries Bob Frandsen PO Box 127 Rush City, MN 55069 (651) 775-1914 www.maytaglaundryforest

Lakewoods Chiropractic Jason Gerard 255 Hwy 97, Ste 2A Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-0800 Landmark Insurance Services Brian Alm 232 Lake St S Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3333

Minnesota Workforce CenterWashington County Lynn Dahn 2150 Radio Dr Woodbury, MN 55125 (651) 275-8660 MJL Outdoors Matt Lindgren 29173 Karmvel Avenue PO Box 342 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 308-8063

N NAPA Auto Parts Fred & Geraldine Menth 656 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4225 Nightmare Hallow Scream Park – Running Aces Harness Park Jean Sockness 15201 Zurich Drive Columbus, MN 55025 (651) 429-6845 North Memorial Ambulance Service Chuck Lindstrom 246 11th Ave SE Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6738

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O Oak Ridge Landing at Summerfields Homeowners Association John Olson 20264 Fenston Ave.North Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 483-2448 Old Log Cabin Restaurant John Peltier 9726 N Scandia Trl Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 433-5646 Olson’s Sewer Service/ Olson’s Excavating Service Lee Weigt 17638 Lyons St NE Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2082

Prefer Paving & Ready Mix Inc. Jamie Amundson PO Box 709 1005 S Bremer Ave Rush City, MN 55069 (320) 358-3539 Premier Physique Karissa Johnson 15226 W Freeway Drive Columbus, MN 55025 (651) 334-4675 Pretty Bird International Inc Michael Massie 31008 Foxhill Ave Stacy, MN 55079-9511 (651) 462-1799


OSI Physical Therapy Tammy Kasprowicz 146 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8502

Radan A Planit Company Doug Wood 25 N Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-0100

Ottomeyer Chiropractic Clinic Dr. Richard Ottomeyer 967 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1113

Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center Stev Stegner 608 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6200

P Patriot Bank Minnesota-Forest Lake Tom Campbell 19810 Headwaters Blvd Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-0168 Perkins Restaurant Jean Murphy 1155 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3270 Pizza Hut of MN Inc Barb McCollum 956 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7383 Ploeger Chiropractic Center Jonathan Ploeger 280 12th Street W Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 317-4955 Polaris Industries Dawn Busch 7290 Viking Blvd E Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 408-7200

Rendezvous Retreats Jenny VanCanneyt 79 4th Ave SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-0972 Rise, Inc. Jose Clemente 13265 Sylvan Ave PO Box 336 Lindstrom, MN 55045 (651) 257-2281 Roberts Family Funeral Home & Cremation Serv Kelly Roberts 555 Centennial Dr SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4422 Room for GrowingScandia Trail Jennifer Nellis 4700 Scandia Trl Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2330 Royal Concrete Pipe Inc Michelle Bouley 30630 Forest Blvd PO Box 430 Stacy, MN 55079 (651) 462-2130

Ruddy's Rental Equipment and Party Supply Chris Ruddy 21380 Forest Blvd. Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7368 Running Aces Harness Park Robert Farinella 15201 Zurich St NE Columbus, MN 55025-7908 (651) 925-4600 Rychley Tax & Financial Wendy Rychley 25 N Lake St, Ste 210 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8681

S Scandia Heating & Air Conditioning JR West 21260 N Olinda Trl PO Box 7 Scandia, MN 55073 (651) 433-5167 Security State Bank of Marine-Forest Lake Melissa Cunningham 21450 Forest Blvd PO Box 902 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-1033 Senator Ray Vandeveer Ray Vandeveer 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Room 107 St. Paul, MN 55155-1206 (651) 296-4351 SGB Web Design Shawn Berry PO Box 293 Hugo, MN 55038 (651) 964-0742

Spartan Security Dan Kieger 7710 Marilyn Drive Lino Lakes, MN 55014 (651) 276-8571 State Farm Insurance Bruce & Jesse Johnson Bruce Johnson Jesse Johnson 568 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7227 Stella's on 97 Max Stephens 7050 Scandia Trail N Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8435 Subway Sandwiches & Salads Renee Nastrom 227 SW 12th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6617

T Taco Johns of Forest Lake Tamra Kennedy 1966 West Broadway Ave. Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7590 TCF Sue Farrell 1186 W Broadway AVE Forest Lake, MN 55025-0426 (651) 982-1017 Tennis & Collins P A Rob Collins 20 N Lake St, Ste #202 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-7400 The Lodge at Forest Hills Polly Hulting 7530 210th St N PO Box 505 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3097 Ext. 12

Sherman Insurance Agency Alan Bakke 555 W Broadway, Ste 6 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4556

The Music Connection Charlie Ollmann 77 SW 8th Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5252

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. Mark Lobermeier 3535 Vadnais Center Drive St. Paul, MN 55110 (651) 490-2000

Theuninck & Kari, LLC Ben Theuninck 843 Broadway Ave, Ste A Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-9822

Snap Fitness - Forest Lake Faamati Winey 56 East Broadway, Ste 100 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3234 South Lake Design, Inc Vicki LaMotte 9835 John Trail Chisago City, MN 55013 (651) 257-5448

Many Faces • January 2012 Thomas Turry DDS Thomas S. Turry 20 N Lake St, Ste 205 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3052 Thomco Carpet Tom & Connie Swanson 968 S Lake St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2405 Thurnbeck Steel Fabrication Beth Searle 23790 N Goodview Cir Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-4665 Timeless Elements Med Spa & Laser Center Lesa Stegner 608 S Lake Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-6444 Timm’s Marina & Campground Gary Kennedy 9080 N Jewel Ln Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3890 Tutor Doctor Roberta Ziegler 10456 Partridge Street NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433 (763) 432-7621

U UptoDate Bookkeeping, Inc Vicky Savage 255 Hwy 97, Suite 5A Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 466-0130 Ext. 102

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V V.F.W. Post #4210 Keith Hegstrom 556 SW 12th St PO Box 307 Forest Lake, MN 55025-0307 (651) 464-6827 Vannelli's by the Lake Nick Vannelli 55 South Lake Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 395-2400 Vetter’s Electric, Inc. Jenny & Joel VanCanneyt 68 4th Ave SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 982-2918 Village Inn Restaurant Lyle Johansen 4484 E Viking Blvd Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 462-2669



Waldoch Custom Center Don Waldoch 13821 Lake Dr Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3215

Xcel Energy John Wertish 1700 E County Rd E White Bear Lake, MN 55110 (800) 895-4999

Waldoch Sports, Inc. John Waldoch 13824 Lake Dr Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5776

X-treme Paint and Auto Body Aaron Wachholz 5204 260th St. Wyoming, MN 55092 (651) 462-4608

Walgreen's Jerad Stow 1207 W Broadway Ave Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 255-1884 Wal-Mart Duane Nelson 200 SW 12th St Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-9740 Wealth Management Midwest Dave Purdy 20 N Lake St Ste 310 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-2664 www.wealthmanagement Whitaker Buick, GMC Steve Whitaker 131 SW 19th Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-5612 Wilcox Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Cory Kyllonen 321 19th Street SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 236-6376 William Stackpole DDS William Stackpole 1068 S Lake St, Ste 210 Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8207 Wilson Company Steve Carr 6326 - 207th Street North Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-8169 Winnick Supply Ben Winnick 92 SW 11th Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 (651) 464-3920

Z Ziegler CAT Jim Bjorklund 13822 W Freeway Dr Columbus, MN 55038 (651) 982-5600

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Classified Directory Accountants/Tax David Engelking LTD (651) 464-3231 Mattson & Wiens LTD (651) 464-1110 Rychley Tax & Financial (651) 464-8681 Theuninck & Kari, LLC (651) 982-9822 Advertising Specialties Boyd's Promos (651) 592-0134 Wilson Company (651) 464-8169 Apparel & Acessories Retail

GTM Sportswear (651) 368-0943 Assisted Living

Meadows on Fairview (651) 982-6228 Attorneys

Hebert & Welch P.A. (651) 464-3397 Johnson & Turner Attorneys at Law (651) 464-7292 Tennis & Collins P A (651) 464-7400 Auto Dealer

Whitaker Buick GMC (651) 464-5612 Wilcox Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (651) 236-6376 Auto Repair

ABRA Auto Body & Glass (651) 464-3979

Auto Supplies & Parts

Amsoil Synthetic Lubricants & Filtration - JD Synthetics (612) 209-0917 NAPA Auto Parts (651) 464-4225 Bank

Central Bank (651) 464-2880 First State Bank of Wyoming (651) 462-7611 Frandsen Bank & Trust (651) 407-3300 Lake Area Bank (651) 464-9001 Patriot Bank Minnesota-Forest Lake (651) 464-0168 Security State Bank of Marine-Forest Lake (651) 464-1033 TCF (651) 982-1017 Banquet Facilities

VFW Post #4210 (651) 464-6827 Beauty Salon

Carousel Family Hair Care (651) 464-3331 Bookkeeper

UptoDate Bookkeeping, Inc (651) 466-0130 Ext. 102


Andrew L.F. Hegstad, DDS (651) 464-5550

Ottomeyer Chiropractic Clinic (651) 464-1113

Forest Lake Family Dental, Inc. (651) 464-3425

Ploeger Chiropractic (651) 317-4955

G2 Dental PA (651) 464-2248


Maranatha Assembly of God (651) 464-3131 Closet Organizer

Flexible Spaces LLC (651) 464-8492 Coin Laundry

Maytag Laundries (651) 775-1914 Computers, Networking, IT Consulting, Software, Websites Gavia Inc (763) 434-0848 Concrete

Royal Concrete Pipe Inc (651) 462-2130 Contractors

JBS Carpentry (651) 462-1104 Prefer Paving & Ready Mix Inc. (320) 358-3539 Cosmetics & Skin Care

Building Materials

Home Depot (651) 464-5277

Timeless Elements Med Spa & Laser Center (651) 464-6444

Business Services

Counseling Services

Car-X Auto Service (651) 982-0884

American Health Management Associates (651) 464-7172

Cathy Skrip, M.S., Licensed Psychologist (651) 464-8918

Lakes Transmission Service (651) 464-8285

Choice Communications (612) 392-3804

Waldoch Custom Center (651) 464-3215

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (952) 820-8385

Human Services Inc/HSINorth Office (651) 251-5220

Auto Repair - Body Work

Bill's Auto Body (651) 464-6477 X-treme Paint & Auto Body (651) 462-4608


Lakewoods Chiropractic (651) 464-0800

Leo C Sinna, DDS PA (651) 464-6988 Thomas Turry DDS (651) 464-3052 William Stackpole DDS (651) 464-8207 Electrician

Vetter’s Electric, Inc. (651) 982-2918 Employment Service

East Suburban Resources (651) 464-5137 Minnesota Workforce Center-Washington County (651) 275-8660 Rise, Inc. (651) 257-2281 Engineering Services

Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc. (651) 490-2000 Feed Mill

Houle’s Farm Garden & Pet (651) 464-3326 Financial Planning

Investment Centers of America Inc (651) 464-1023 Wealth Management Midwest (651) 464-2664 Fireplace/Wood Stoves

Haley Comfort Systems (651) 464-0040 Floor Covering

Day Care, Preschools

Room for GrowingScandia Trail (651) 464-2330

Thomco Carpet (651) 464-2405

Many Faces • January 2012 Florist

Forest Lake Floral & Greenhouse (651) 464-2134 Linder's Greenhouses, Inc. (651) 488-1927 Funeral Home

Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service (651) 464-3556 Roberts Family Funeral Home & Cremation Serv (651) 464-4422

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Party Supplies

East Central Audiology LTD (651) 464-8486

AmericInn Lodge & Suites North Branch (651) 674-8627

Ruddy's Rental Equipment and Party Supplies (651) 464-7368

Heating & Air Conditioning Climate Works, Inc (651) 257-2400

AmericInn Motel-Forest Lake (651) 464-1930

Scandia Heating & Air Conditioning (651) 433-5167

Country Inn & Suites of Forest Lake (651) 982-9799

Heavy Equipment

ZieglerCAT (651) 982-5600

Hampton Inn & SuitesLino Lakes (763) 746-7999 Municipality

Golf Courses

Falcon Ridge Golf Course (651) 462-5797 Forest Hills Golf Club Inc (651) 464-3097 Government

Dennis Hegberg, Washington County Commissioner Senator Ray Vandeveer (651) 296-4351 Grocery

Cub Foods (651) 982-4511 Gymnastics School

Flyaways Gold Gymnastics (651) 464-8648


Maple Cove Townhomes (651) 466-0623 Insurance

Landmark Insurance Services (651) 464-3333 Sherman Insurance Agency (651) 464-4556 State Farm InsuranceJesse Johnson Agency (651) 464-7227 Landscaping Design/Supplies

Goetz Landscape & Property Maintenance (651) 426-2136 JNT Landscaping Inc (651) 464-0066

City of Columbus (651) 464-3120 City of Forest Lake (651) 464-3550 City of Scandia (651) 433-2274 City of Stacy (651) 462-4486 City of Wyoming (651) 462-0575 Lent Township (651) 462-3009 Linwood Township (651) 462-2812 Museum

Gammelgarden Museum (651) 433-5053

Health & Wellness

Premier Physique (651) 334-4675 Health Care

Birchwood Health Care Services (651) 464-5600 Fairview Lakes Health Services (651) 982-7000 North Memorial Ambulance Service (651) 464-6738 Health Clubs


Polaris Industries (651) 408-7200 Pretty Bird International Inc (651) 462-1799 Radan A Planit Company (651) 982-0100 Thurnbeck Steel Fabrication (651) 464-4665 Mortgage Loans

Guaranteed Rate (651) 464-9094


The Music Connection (651) 464-5252 Newspaper

Forest Lake Times and Peach (651) 464-4601 Organizations

American Legion Post #225 (651) 464-2600 Chain of Lakes YMCA (651) 795-9622

Chain of Lakes YMCA (651) 795-9622

Forest Lake Area Athletic Association (651) 982-2857

Snap Fitness - Forest Lake (651) 464-3234

Forest Lake Rotary (651) 464-7581 V.F.W. Post #4210 (651) 464-6827

Physical Therapy

Courage Center Forest Lake (651) 464-5235 OSI Physical Therapy (651) 464-8502 Printers

Forest Lake Printing (651) 464-3116 Rapid Press Printing & Copy Center (651) 464-6200 Property Management

Oak Ridge Landing at Summerfields Homeowners Association (651) 483-2448 Maple Cove Townhomes (651) 466-0623 Realtor

Barb Goerss Home Selling Team (651) 464-1179 Coldwell Banker Burnet (651) 464-5555 Edina Realty (651) 464-7777 ERA Muske Company Inc (651) 464-7070 Recreation

Grand Casino Hinckley (800) 472-6321 X 4626 Lakes Arctic Cat (651) 464-7557 Nightmare Hallow Scream Park (651) 429-6845 Running Aces Harness Park (651) 925-4600 Timm’s Marina & Campground (651) 464-3890 Refuse/Recycling

Ace Solid Waste (763) 427-3110 Forest Lake Sanitation/SRC Transfer & Recycle Center (651) 462-5298

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American Legion Post #225 (651) 464-2600

Forest Lake Area Schools (651) 982-8100

Culver's (651) 982-0282

Lakes International Language Academy (651) 464-0771

Famous Dave’s (651) 464-4400 Kodiak Coffee (651) 464-3313 Old Log Cabin Restaurant (651) 433-5646 Perkins Restaurant (651) 464-3270 Pizza Hut of MN Inc (651) 464-7383 Running Aces Harness Park (651) 925-4600 Stella's on 97 (651) 464-8435 Subway Sandwiches & Salads-FL (651) 464-6617 Taco John's of Forest Lake (651) 464-7590 The Forest Laker (651) 464-4647 The Lodge at Forest Hills (651) 464-3097 Ext. 12 Vannelli's by the Lake (651) 395-2400 Village Inn Restaurant (651) 462-2669 Retail

Carter's Jewelry & Gifts (651) 464-3378

Holiday Stationstore #253-W Broadway (651) 464-2673 Holiday Stationstore #294-Lake BLVD (651) 464-6573 Holiday Stationstore #31119th St (651) 982-6812 Holiday Stationstore #408Lake Drive (651) 464-1904

Travel Agency

Forest Lake Travel (651) 464-5092 Tutoring

Tutor Doctor (763) 432-7621 TV–Cable

Midcontinent Communications (800) 783-2356 Utilities

Connexus Energy (763) 323-2600 Lakes Gas Company (651) 464-3345 Xcel Energy (800) 895-4999 Vending Machines

All In One Vending (651) 269-1326


Gator Signs (651) 255-0483

Water Treatment

Culligan Water (651) 439-2636

Sewer Service

Olson’s Sewer Service/ Olson’s Excavating Service (651) 464-2082 Sporting Goods

Forest Lake Motor Sports (651) 464-3135

Wal-Mart (651) 464-9740

Hallberg Marine Inc (651) 462-4516

Winnick Supply (651) 464-3920

Marine Dock and Lift (651) 257-4265

Coates RV Center

CenturyLink (651) 642-6016

Service/Equipment Repair

MJL Outdoors (651) 308-8063

Green Energy Alternatives (651) 464-2896

RV Sales, Service and Rental

Telephone Service Sales & Service

Service Stations

Holiday Stationstore #236-S Lake (651) 464-6887

Forest Lake Cycle & Skate (651) 464-4035

Rendezvous Retreats (651) 982-0972

Hult & Hebeisen, PA (651) 464-3130

Security & Alarm Systems Spartan Security (651) 276-8571

Green Door Consignment Company (651) 464-7630

Retreat Center


Waldoch Sports Inc. (651) 464-5776 Storage

Forest Lake Mini Storage (651) 464-2361

Web Design

SGB Web Design (651) 964-0742 Window Treatments & Coverings

South Lake Design, Inc. (651) 257-5448

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economic summit january 2010

annual home & business show

Annual Business Education Day

Annual chamber golf tournament

inaugural Flake festival February 2011

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Forest Lake Area Calendar of Events 2012 February 4

Scandia Park & Recreation Committee's "Vinterfest" from 1-4 p.m. @ The Scandia Community Center

February 4

Kiddie Kat Snowmobile Races on First Lake in Forest Lake 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

February 9

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting Luncheon

February 11

Straightline Snowmobile Races on First Lake in Forest Lake

February 17

"FLake Festival" starts with a Pond Hockey Tournament and Ice Sculpture Demonstrations/Viewing

Lakeside Memorial Park, Forest Lake

February 18

Forest Lake Rotary Club's "Gettin' Cold for a Cause" @ Lakeside Memorial Park/First Lake

The FLACC and City of Forest Lake Medallion Hunt begins

Forest Lake Lions Ice Golf, First Lake 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pond Hockey Tournament continues, First Lake

February 18

Ice Sculpture viewing at Lakeside Memorial Park – all day

February 24

"FLake Festival" winners of Medallion Hunt and raffle will be announced

February 25

"FLake Festival" FLAAA Softball Tournament on First Lake

February 25

"Fireball" 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Scandia Community Center

February 26

"FLake Festival" finale FLAAA Softball Tournament on First Lake

March 2

Legislative Breakfast @ Famous Dave's 7-9 a.m.

March 14

Minnesota Business Day @ the Capitol St. Paul

March 24

Community Home and Business Expo at Century Jr High 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

sponsored by the FLACC and the Forest Lake Area School District

March 27

Career Exploration at Forest Lake High School 6-8 p.m.

April 2

Forest Lake Compost Site opens through November

April 22

Earth Day



Farmers' Market @ Lakeside Memorial Park, 4-8 p.m.

Arts in the Park - Entertainment, 7-9 p.m., sponsored by the FL Park Board

June 1-2

2nd Annual Lake Fest at Lakeside Memorial Park

June 8

"Rockin' Hollywoods" perform 7-10 p.m. @ Lakeside Memorial Park

June 16-17

Forest Lake Safety Camp: Day camp for ages 6-12, sponsored by the FL Police Department

June 29-July 4

Fourth of July Celebration: Carnival, Bingo Tent @ American Legion, Street Vendors,

Parade (10 a.m. on July 4) and fireworks (10 p.m. on July 4), sponsored by the American Legion Post 225

August 3-4

Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at Forest Lake High School

August 6

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

August 22

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce "Business Education Day"

September 7-9

"Stagecoach Days" City of Wyoming Celebration: Carnival, live outdoor music, Stagecoach 5K

September 8-9

"Hay Days" World's largest snowmobile event sponsored by Sno Barons Snowmobile Club

Grass Drag races, 275+ vendors, 40 acres of swap meet in Chisago, MN

September 8

Linwood Family Fun Day Community Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Linwood Senior Center

September 8

"Taco Daze" Scandia Community Festival

September 15

Columbus Fall Fest, Columbus Township Community Festival

December 13

Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon at The Lodge at Forest Hills

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Regularly Scheduled Events & Club/Organization Meetings 500 Club

Mondays & Tuesdays, 1 p.m., FL Senior Center

Alzheimer's Support Group

Wednesdays @ 11 a.m., Forest Lake Senior Center

Annie's Swedish Coffee Party

2nd & 4th Sat. (May-Dec.) 10 a.m., Gammelgarden Museum, Scandia

American Legion Post #225

3rd Monday, 7 p.m., American Legion Post #225


1st & 4th Wednesdays, 12:45 p.m., FL Senior Center

Biz to Biz

Thursdays @ 8:30 a.m., Forest Lake Country Inn & Suites


Tuesdays, 1 p.m., FL Senior Center

Business Networking International

Tuesdays, 7 a.m., Vannelli's by the Lake

Community Helping Hand Food Shelf

Hours: M-F, 10-4 p.m., Sat. 10-2 p.m. 651-464-8150, 408 15th St SW, Forest Lk.

Columbus Lions

1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesday,

Co-Ed Exercise

Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 10:30 a.m. Forest Lake Senior Center

Fairview Lakes Regional Auxiliary (Board)

3rd Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m., Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center

Forest Lake Area Athletic Association (FLAAA)

2nd Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant, Wyoming

Forest Lake Area Partnership for Families

1st Wednesday @ 8 a.m., Washington County Northern Service Center

Forest Lake Retired Educators

2nd Thursday, 12 p.m., Cornerstone Bar & Restaurant, Wyoming

Forest Lake Lions

1st & 3rd Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.,

Forest Lake Rotary

Wednesdays, Noon at Vannelli's by the Lake

Lakes Area Business Association

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. at Vannelli's by the Lake

Scandia-Marine Lions

2nd Thurs. at 8:30 a.m. & 4th Thurs. at 6:30 p.m., Scandia Community Center


Thursdays Noon at the Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming

VFW Post 4210

3rd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., VFW Post 4210

City of Columbus Meeting Schedule City Council, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. Planning Commission, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

City of Forest Lake Meeting Schedule City Council, 2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 p.m. EDA, 2nd and 4th Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Planning Commission, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

City of Scandia Meeting Schedule City Council, 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Scandia Community Center Planning Commission, 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Scandia Community Center

City of Stacy Meeting Schedule City Council, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at City Hall

City of Wyoming Meeting Schedule City Council, 1st Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Municipal Building Wyoming Park Board, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at Wyoming Building Department Wyoming Planning Commission, 2nd & 4th Tuesday at the Wyoming Municipal Building

Lent Township Meeting Schedule Town Board, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, at 6 p.m.

Linwood Township Meeting Schedule Town Board, 3rd Tuesday, at 7 p.m.

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Materials & Services Available Through Your Chamber of Commerce

You can access information two ways; 1. in person by stopping by the chamber office during regular business hours a. Telephone books – Forest Lake and surrounding communities b. Forest Lake area map c. Many Faces of Forest Lake & Wyoming city information guide d. Brochures and business cards of chamber member businesses e. Twin City resident guide f. Information on Metro Schools 2. online by going the chamber website a. Community calendar – find out what is happening in the Forest Lake community b. Hot deals – chamber member businesses offer hot deals c. Job postings – if you are looking for a job check out the job posting feature – if you are a business post your job opening for FREE on the FLACC website d. Chamber member business directory – before you go shopping check out the businesses who are chamber members e. Demographic/community information f. Lodging, dining and other service information


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City/Town Offices City of Columbus

Town Of Linwood

City of Stacy

City of Forest Lake

City of Scandia

City of Wyoming

16319 Kettle River Blvd Columbus, MN 55025 651-464-3120 Administrator - Elizabeth Mursko Mayor - Dave Povolny 220 North Lake Street Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-464-3550 Administrator - Aaron Parrish Mayor - Chris Johnson

22817 Typo Creek Drive NE Stacy, MN 55079 651-462-2812 Clerk - Judy Hanna Board Chairman - Mike Halliday 14727 209th ST N Scandia, MN 55073 651-433-2274 Administrator - Anne Hurlburt Mayor - Randall Simonson

30955 Forest Blvd Stacy, MN 55079 651-462-4486 Clerk - Sharon Payne Mayor - Mark Utecht 26855 Forest Blvd Wyoming, MN 55092 651-462-0575 www.wyoming Administrator - Craig Mattson Mayor - Eric Peterson

Town of Lent

33155 Hemmingway Avenue Stacy, MN 55079 651-462-3009 Clerk - Laura Levasseur Board Chairman-Gene Olson

Government Officials, Offices MN Senators

District 52 (Washington & Anoka Counties in the Forest Lake Area) Ray Vandeveer 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. State Office Building Room #107 St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-4351 District 17 (Chisago County) Sean Nienow Capitol Office: 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Capitol Building, Room 120 St. Paul, MN 55155-1606 651-296-5419

MN Representatives

District 52A (Washington & Anoka Counties in the Forest Lake Area) Bob Dettmer 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. State Office Building, Rm 251 St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-4124

District 17B (Chisago County) Bob Barrett 413 State Office Building 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55155 651-296-5377

US Senators

Senator Al Franken 60 East Plato Blvd., Suite 220 St. Paul, MN 55107 651-221-1016 Washington Office: 320 Senate Hart Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-5641 Senator Amy Klobuchar 1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 651-727-5220 Washington Office: 302 Hart Office Building Washington, DC 20510 202-224-3244

US Representatives

6th District (Washington & Anoka counties) Congressman Michele Bachmann 6043 Hudson Road, Ste 330 Woodbury, MN 55125 651-731-5400 Washington Office: 107 Cannon HOB Washington, DC 20515 202-225-2331 8th District (Chisago County) Congressman Chip Cravaack 6448 Main St., Suite 6 North Branch, MN 55056 651-237-8220 Washington Office: 508 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 202-225-6211 Fax: 202-225-0699

County Commissioners: • Anoka County District 6; Rhonda Sivarajah 763-323-5700; 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 • Chisago County District 4; Ben Montzka 651-213-8834; PO Box 307, Wyoming, MN 55092 • Washington County District 1; Dennis Hegberg 651-430-6211; 14900 61st Street N., PO Box 6, Stillwater, MN 55082

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In front: Cliff Buchan, News Editor, and Steve Rajtar, Manager. Standing: Jennifer Mevissen, Community Editor; Clint Riese, Sports Editor, and Erica Wilson, CSR. NOT PICTURED: Carol Lehnen, Sales Rep, and Holly Oberholtzer, CSR.

The Forest Lake Times is your “hometown” paper, and we try to offer as much local news as possible. The newspaper covers Forest Lake and its surrounding areas, including Wyoming, Scandia, Columbus, Linwood, Marine on St. Croix, Lino Lakes and Hugo. We have been the eyes and ears of these communities for over a century and our goal is to continue providing that service to the people of the area for many years to come. This May will mark 110 years of the Forest Lake Times, located at 880 SW 15th St. Today we also have an exciting online presence with our website: People can now read our news either with the regular print edition or on their computers. And many enjoy both options. The average circulation for the Forest Lake Times is over 13,500 copies per week. Manager Steve Rajtar and Carol Lehnen, who are both sales representatives, can create an advertisement to suit your needs. Office support, Holly Oberholtzer and Erica Wilson, are on hand to assist the advertising and editorial departments. The news staff is made up of award-winning writers: Cliff Buchan, editor; Jennifer Mevissen, community editor, and Clint Riese, sports editor. “Our great staff can handle all your needs from ads, websites, flyers, printing jobs, news stories and subscriptions,” Rajtar said. The Forest Lake Times is one of 15 weekly newspapers put out by ECM Publishers, Inc., a publishing, printing and distribution company that operates in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Regular hours for the Forest Lake Times are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To place an ad or offer a news tip, call the office at 651-464-4601.

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Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (YSB)

Youth Advisory Board YAB) participants wish to have a positive impact on their community and they held a car wash which raised funds for support of future community projects of their choice.

Since 1976, Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau (LAYSB) has been a resource for all kids ages 10-18 and their families: for kids who want to develop leadership skills, find a place to belong, or who are struggling and for their parents who are facing the unique challenges of raising teens in today’s changing world. Located at 244 North Lake Street in Forest Lake, LAYSB serves Forest Lake School District #831 and all of Chisago County. LAYSB programs and activities include: Youth and Family Counseling, a DBT Group and an Anger Management Group for teens: We offer professional support by a licensed therapist and Master’s level counselors to help families work through issues such as power struggles between kids and parents, youth acting out at home or at school, strengthening communication skill development, and

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Forest Lake Seniors Community Center

The facility, located at 767 SW 4th Street in Forest Lake (across from Forest View Elementary), was built by the city and township (incorporated in 1986). It is a 10,608 square-foot, two-level building made of brick and cedar. The main floor has a large multipurpose room that can be divided into two parts, a lounge/library, a fully equipped licensed kitchen, and a reception area. There is one individual office which is available for rent. The lower level is divided into two large rooms. One room is used for co-ed exercise classes and one room for woodcarvers. A wheelchair platform is designed to transport the physically impaired between floors. A large deck in the back of the building is enjoyed throughout the summer months. Additionally, many volunteers give of their time to serve in the front office for the center which is open four and one half days a week. Each month approximately 1,984 citizens (90% senior citizens) come from the City of Forest Lake, Hugo, Wyoming, Scandia, Lino Lakes, Linwood, North Branch, Columbus, Centerville, Stacy, Chisago City, Stillwater and White Bear Lake to participate in the many activities and programs offered at the Forest Lake Seniors Community Center. Participation in the majority of senior programs is open to anyone ages 55+. The on-going schedule includes: 500 Cards, Adult Defensive Driving 4 hr. Refresher Courses and 8 hr. Courses, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Bingo, Birthday Luncheons, Bridge (party and duplicate), Co-ed Exercise Classes, Disbursements of Bread/Pastries, Dominoes, Foot Care Clinics, Hand & Foot Cards, Health Care Meetings, Knitting/Crocheting, Legal (Law) Assistance – Spring & Fall, Movies with Lunch, NAPS (Nutrition Asst. Program for Seniors), Painting Pals, Potlucks, Quilting, Sewing Guild, SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), various day trip outings, Square Dancing ( Jolly Premenadors), Weight Watchers and Woodcarving. Free transportation by volunteer drivers provides for members who need a ride for medical, and center programs. The center also has a small Library

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for members to check out books. In addition to the on-going schedule, the 2012 year will include health related issues and nutritional classes. A celebration of the 25th year of the center’s incorporation, along with a senior expo is planned for early summer. Room rentals are offered 7 days a week based on availability. Businesses and private parties reserve rooms for company parties, weddings/receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, funeral receptions, showers, holiday parties, pet adoptions, recitals and seminars. No alcohol allowed. Office space is also available for rent monthly or yearly with reasonable rates which includes: separate entrance, separate restrooms, ample space for parking, water, electricity, heat and air conditioning. Office sizes are: 12’x10’8” and 12’x9’10”. The Center sponsors community fundraisers run by many volunteers. The generated income, along with funds from regular activities at the Center and other donations are used towards programming, office expenses and repairs/ replacement of furniture and equipment. Maintenance, utilities and salaries are paid for with tax dollars budgeted each year by the city. The Center is governed by a Board of Directors who is responsible for the effective operation of the Center. The current board members consist of: Louise Dumire, Mary Erkenbrack, Esther Allen, Cynthia Duchatschek, Joan Grun, Elsie Jasinski, Vicki Nelson, Ron Reeder and David Wiley. Paid staff consists of one full-time employee, a coordinator/manager, Sharon Lundquist. A monthly newsletter is published. The Center provides resource brochures which give contact information for housing, health issues, home care, hospice, food, transportation, health insurance, chore services, etc. The phone number at the Center is (651) 464-5833. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Fridays.

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Local fishing options abound Forest Lake

Forest Lake is a popular fishing lake totaling 2,271 acres. Largemouth bass and walleye are favorite targets of many anglers, and it is becoming an increasingly popular site for muskellunge angling. Summer angling can limited by abundant vegetation growth and competition with recreational boaters. Ice angling for walleye is popular, especially early in the season. Willow Point is a popular spot for early season ice anglers. There are no public shore fishing areas on Forest Lake. Species present Walleye: average abundance, average size. Northern Pike: average abundance, average size. Muskellunge: average abundance, average size with some larger fish present. Largemouth Bass: average abundance, average size. Bluegill: above average abundance, small average size. Crappie: average abundance, smaller than average size. Bullhead Species: low abundance, average size. Yellow Perch: average abundance, small average size. Boat access City access: West shore of 1st Lake. North of Broadway east of Hwy 61; Willow Point Access: East side of Willow Point off N. Shore Trail; 3rd Lake Access: East shore of 3rd Lake off N. Shore Trail; Timm’s Marina: Private facility with launch fee. South shore of 3rd lake off MN. 97. Winter access 9th Ave S.E. and Beach Drive: South shore of 1st lake; End of Ideal Ave N.: South point between 2nd lake and 3rd lake.

Clear Lake

Clear Lake is located along the east side of I-35 just south of the Forest Lake exit. It has consistently been one of the best walleye fishing lakes in the area, with good water quality and lots of structure. Anglers have caught walleye on this 429-acre lake at a higher rate than any other lake in the area. Hybrid muskie and northern pike are not abundant, but larger fish are present. Bluegill run small and are abundant. Crappie levels are average or below, but some larger crappie have been caught, especially in the winter. Small carp are common in this lake, but don’t seem to limit angling. This is a very popular ice fishing lake, but ice conditions can be dangerous due to springs. Use caution when traveling on the ice. Walleye and crappie are the preferred targets of many ice anglers on Clear Lake. Species present Walleye: average abundance, average size. Northern Pike: below average abundance, above average size. Tiger Muskie: low abundance, large average size. Largemouth Bass: below average abundance, average size. Bluegill: average abundance, small average size. Crappie: below average abundance, average size. Bullhead species: average abundance, smaller than average size. Yellow Perch: average abundance, small size. Boat access The DNR owned boat access is located on the west shore of the lake off the east frontage road to I-35. Exit I-35 at the Highway 97 exit; proceed east and turn left at the first road. The access is 1 mile north of Highway 97. Shore fishing The public may fish along the shoulder of the I-35 frontage road along the west shore of the lake. Fishing may be hampered by overhanging trees and aquatic vegetation in some areas.

Shields Lake

This 30-acre lake was chemically reclaimed in 1994 as part of the Forest Lake Watershed Management Organization water quality improvement program for Forest Lake. Fishing opportunities are limited on this small lake, but fishing can be good for short periods. Walleyes and larger bluegill (some exceeding 9 in.) have been the main attractions for anglers on this lake. Shields Lake is located 1 mile south of Forest Lake’s “second lake,” in the city of Forest Lake. Species present Walleye: Low abundance. Northern Pike: average abundance, average size. Largemouth Bass: low abundance, average size. Bluegill: Average abundance, average size. Crappie: Above average abundance, small size.

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Boat access Access to this lake is limited to carry-in boats. The city owned access is located at the northeast corner of the lake off Imperial Ave., south of highway 97. Shore angling Shore angling is limited to the city-owned property at the northeast corner of the lake.

Sylvan Lake

Sylvan is a nice little bass-panfish lake with an average fish population. Anglers have limited access to this lake because of parking restrictions in the area. Sylvan is southeast of Forest Lake at the southwest corner of Scandia Trail N. (Mn. Highway 97) and North Shore Trail N. Species present Northern Pike: average abundance, average size. Largemouth Bass: average abundance, average size. Bluegill: average abundance, smaller than average size. Crappie: average abundance, smaller than average size. Bullhead species: average abundance, average size with some larger fish present. Boat Access There is no boat access to this lake. Some anglers launch car top boats from the shoulder of Keewahtin Ave. North. However, that area is posted no parking, so anglers must walk a considerable distance from a legal parking area to reach the lake. Shore fishing Anglers fish from shore of the shoulder of MN Hwy. 97 and Keewahtin Avenue. Anglers should note there is no parking in the immediate vicinity of the lake - be prepared to walk some distance to fish here.

Comfort Lake

Comfort is a relatively deep, medium sized (218 acres) lake of moderate fertility. Located in southwestern Chisago County, the lake is managed primarily for walleye and northern pike.

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Medical care facilities Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd., Wyoming, MN, is dedicated to meeting the community’s lifelong health care needs. As part of the seven hospitals and 40+ Fairview clinics conveniently located in and around the Twin Cities, the staff at Fairview Lakes Medical Center and our primary and specialty care clinics partner with you to care for common-tocomplex health conditions including: inpatient and outpatient hospital care, expanded cancer care including full-time specialists in oncology and hematology, outpatient chemo- and infusion therapy services, and the University of Minnesota Physicians Radiation Therapy Center, 24-hour emergency care, urgent care seven days a week, a retail pharmacy open seven days a week, and comprehensive home health and hospice care. Our clinics offer 24-hour, online access to clinic appointments, prescription refills and test results. To reach us, call 651-982-7000, or go to Fairview Lakes Medical Center offers: • 59 licensed beds; a Level 3 trauma center, medical/surgical, intensive care, palliative care and obstetrics • State-of-the-art same-day surgery • Cardiac rehabilitation • Comprehensive diagnostic services • Diabetes education • Pharmacy on site open: Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun., noon - 8 p.m. • On-site clinics for heart care, ear, nose and throat, audiology and hearing aid services, orthopedics, dermatology and Moh’s surgery, eye care and eye surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive services as well as family medicine, allergy and asthma, pediatrics and internal medicine • The Lakes Cancer Clinic offering chemotherapy and infusion services, radiation therapy and medical oncology and hematology provided by University of Minnesota Physicians. • Sports medicine and rehabilitation • Emergency department and Level 3 Trauma Center staffed 24/7 by specially trained emergency physicians • Urgent care open from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week Nearby Fairview Clinic and pharmacies* are located at: • Chisago City • North Branch • Hugo* • Rush City* • Lino Lakes* • Pine City Specialty Services offered at Fairview Lakes • Acupuncture • Allergy and asthma • Audiology and hearing aid services • Behavioral health • Cardiology • Dermatology • Diabetes education • Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology) • Gastroenterology • General Surgery • Lymphedema therapy (at Chisago City) • Mammography, screening and diagnostic • Nephrology • Neurology • Obstetrics/Gynecology • Occupational medicine (at Chisago City) • Oncology • Ophthalmology for children and adults • Orthopedics • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery • Podiatry • Psychiatry and Psychology • Pulmonology • Rehabilitation–physical, occupational and speech therapy for children and adults • Rheumatology • Sleep medicine/Sleep studies (at Chisago City) • Spine surgery • Sports medicine • Urology • X-ray Over the years, we have evolved from three small community hospitals into a multi-specialty hospital and health care center. Designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip ReplacementTM by the Blue Cross

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and Blue Shield Association, we are a three-time National Premier Quality Award winner for cardiac care and work with Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Award-winning clinics for optimal diabetes management, care of coronary artery disease and depression. We are proud to be part of Fairview, designated in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Health Systems for clinical care in the nation. Health education programs offered include childbirth classes, baby care, diabetes education, nutrition counseling and numerous education and support groups including diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and grief and loss. To register for childbirth classes, call Fairview OnCall, 612672-7272; for information, call 651-257-8401 or go to Senior Services, Memory Care and Assisted Living Located across the street from the medical center, Meadows on Fairview, an assisted living facility operated by Ebenezer, offers 45 one- and twobedroom apartments and 14 Alzheimer’s/memory loss units and the HUDfinanced, rent-subsidized Meadow View Apartments. Patients who need medical advice may call the NurseLine at 651-9827700. The free service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fairview Medical Center is a division of Fairview Health Services, which also operates the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Fairview Recovery Services-Forest Lake provides adult chemical dependency evaluation and treatment. Fairview provides outpatient chemical dependency treatment for adolescents in Chisago City. Call 612-672-2736 for either program. Fairview Counseling Centers-Forest Lake offers counseling for anxiety disorders, chronic illness, depression and other disorders. Counseling services are also available in Chisago City. Call 612-672-6999. Fairview Chisago Lakes Clinic A group of family medicine specialists see patients at Fairview Chisago Lakes Clinic, 11725 Stinson Avenue, just off Highway 8, in Chisago City. The Fairview Chisago Lakes Clinic offers obstetrical care, sleep medicine, digital mammography, podiatry, optometry, ophthalmology, psychology, diabetes education, laboratory, x-ray, JobCare occupational health services, pediatric and adult physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice provides home health, hospice and palliative care throughout the region with offices at the Fairview Chisago Lakes Clinic building in Chisago City. Fairview Lakes Medical Center and Fairview Clinics are divisions of Fairview Health Services, which also operates University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. For more information call 651-257-8401, Fairview OnCall at 612-672-7272, or go to Allina Medical Clinic - Forest Lake has been offering health care services to the community for over 30 years providing primary services for all ages. Specialty services, such as obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, podiatry, cardiology, allergy, mental health and diabetes education are also available. Patients can schedule appointments by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the clinic’s main number, 651-464-7100. MyChart, an internet tool that provides quick and secure online access to schedule appointments as well as the ability to view and print health information such as lab results and immunication records is available for patient convenience. When hospitalization is necessary, Allina Medical Clinic Forest Lake will refer patients to United Hospital in St. Paul or Childrens Hospitals and Clinics. The clinic also utilizes Fairview Lakes Regional Hospital in Wyoming. The clinic offers convenient hours – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Allina Medical Clinic - Forest Lake is located at 1540 South Lake Street (Highway 61) between Central Bank and Northland Mall. Allina Medical Clinic - Forest Lake is one of more than 40 Allina Medical Clinic locations throughout Minnesota. Part of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, a not for profit health care system of hospitals, clinics, and related services, Allina Medical Clinic can be found online at OSI Physical Therapy OSI Physical Therapy is an independent practice offering preventive and rehabilitative services for athletes and active adults. Started in 1980, OSI has grown to include 10 clinics in the east metro area and western wisconsin. As leader in sports medicine, OSI is affiliated with high schools and athletic associations keeping athletes and active adults healthy and in their game. But sports medicine isn’t all we do! Many of our therapists specialize in various areas of expertise ranging from headaches to hand therapy, from aquatics to pelvic floor rehab. Building on their expertise in rehabilitation of

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– From Page 46 injuries, OSI also offers consulting services to employers designed to reduce the risk and the cost of workplace injuries. So if pain is preventing you from doing what you love to do, call OSI Physical Therapy at 651-275-4706. Saturday appointments available. Most insurance plans accepted. *No physician referral required (some exceptions apply, so check with your insurance company). Locations: Shoreview, Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Lake Elmo, West St. Paul, Somerset, WI, 3M (for employees only). Birchwood Health Care Center, located at 604 NE 1st Street in Forest Lake, was built and opened in 1964 and now is a 120 bed facility including short-term rehab, memory care, long-term care, and assisted living community. 651-464-5600. Among the services provided by Birchwood are physical, occupational and speech therapies for both in and out patient clients; a very active activity and volunteer program; as well as a bus for community outings. The shortterm rehab program allows many clients to return to their own home after a short recuperative stay ~ the average short-term client stays about 14 days! The health care center recently completed a very extensive physical upgrade adding new floor and wall coverings, lighting, tile and bathroom fixtures as well as a brand new first floor therapy department. There has been a complete and extensive landscaping to the front entry and community grounds. Birchwood Arbors is a three-story, 46 unit, smoke-free assisted living building attached to the health care center by an enclosed hallway. The Arbors is located at 750 NE 1st Street, Forest Lake, and began taking clients in May 2003, 651.466.1000. Each apartment is 500 square feet, fully carpeted, with a full bedroom, tea kitchen, large walk-in closets, handicap accessible bathroom with shower, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and an emergency response system. Many services are built-in with the rent including 3 delicious meals per day, a dynamic activities program, weekly housekeeping with linen changes, on-site home health which includes 24 hour aide coverage, a registered nurse on-site during business hours and an RN on call and available 24 hours per day and much, much more! Birchwood is one of the largest employers of the Forest Lake area employing over 207 people on a 24-7 basis. They work with the Forest Lake High

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School offering a scholarship program through the high school. Birchwood also encourages schooling for their employees with a very large tuition reimbursement program for employees interested in furthering their education. Overall anyone in need of their services, or interested in working in the health care field, needs to check out the Birchwood Community. Why Birchwood...because the journey matters! Scandia Clinic The Scandia Clinic, in the Scandia Plaza just off MN Hwy 97, serves the communities of Scandia, Marine, Chisago Lakes and Forest Lake areas. It offers a complete, family medicine approach to health care for you and your family. Our approach means comprehensive care for the individual and everyone in the family, and offers a more personal touch as well as greater convenience. Family physicians have a better understanding of your health situation, can communicate with you more effectively and can respond better to situations within your family. Whether you need basic tests or advanced procedures, our physicians can help manage your care. When specialty care is needed, they will be at your side, helping you navigate an often complex health care system. Along with family physicians, the Scandia Clinic also has onsite X-ray and lab capabilities. In addition, the clinic has access to all of the services at Osceola Medical Center, just 10 minutes away, including a pharmacy, full diagnostic services, hospital care, emergency and urgent care, surgery, a birth center, rehabilitation, oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology, and sleep studies. OMC, a Level IV Trauma Center, has been providing health care to residents in the area since 1932. The three-year-old facility just completed construction that expanded its Emergency and Urgent Care departments, as well as Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging and specialty care. Wild River Fitness also moved into a new facility right next door and Christian Community Home of Osceola opened a new, 60-bed nursing home and dementia care facility, attached to the medical center. The Scandia Clinic is open five days a week, with extended hours on Mondays. Urgent care and emergency care are available seven days a week and on holidays at Osceola Medical Center. For more information, go to

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Preschools, Day Care A number of organizations in the Forest Lake area provide preschool and day-care programs. The name of the organization, address, contact person, phone number, and type of program for each are as follows: Room for Growing Educational Child Care, 268 S.W. 12th St., Forest Lake. Sarah McJames, 651-464-1601. Child care with preschool content; 6:00 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday year round; ages 6 weeks to 8 years. • 4700 Scandia Trail N. Hwy. 97, Forest Lake. Jill Seiber, Carolee Penning, 651-464-2330. Child care with preschool content; 6:00 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Monday-Friday year round; ages 6 weeks to 8 years. Little Hands of Faith Preschool, Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Teachers: Megan Newcomb, 651-464-3323. Morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Thursday, ages 3-5 attend two sessions a week, Sept.-May. Friday morning kindergarten enrichment class. Sunshine Preschool, Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail (TH-97), Forest Lake. Laura Kinney, 651-464-5502. Preschool: morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday, ages 3-5 attend two day or three day sessions a week, Sept.-May. Kindergarten enrichment classes, Monday & Wednesday afternoons or Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. Kinder Korner Child Care Center, Hwys. 8 & 61, Forest Lake. 30 years of child caring. Linda Murray, 651-464-3123. Toddler, preschool, beforeand-after-school care and summer day camp; 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. MondayFriday year round. Anoka-Washington County Head Start, Anoka County Community Action Program, 9574 Foley Blvd., Coon Rapids. 763-783-4300. Free preschool program for income-eligible birth-5 year olds. Forest Lake Head Start center, at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 11th St. S.E., 651464-7505, Monday-Thursday, 6 hours daily, Sept.-May. Forest Lake Montessori School, 807 Hwy. 97 (across from Forest Lake Sr. High). 651-464-4719. Children ages 33 months through 6 years; 9:00noon Monday-Friday, Sept.-June. School Age Care (SAC), Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education. Before-and-after school care for grades K-6 takes place on-site in district elementary school buildings; Step Ahead is a full-day daycare program

for four year olds with a comprehensive pre-kindergarten experience; Care is also available on most non-school days and in the summer; hours are 6 a.m.6 p.m. School Age Care Coordinator is Nancy Blocher. Call 651-982-8365 for more information. Family Center — Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education, 200 S.W. 4th Street, Forest Lake - Programs offered are: • Early Childhood Family Education — Parent-child classes for families with children 0-5 years. Sliding fee scale available. • Preschool — Two or three days per week preschool with or without parent involvement. Sliding fee scale available for some classes. Offered at six locations. • Family Learning — An educational program that integrates instruction for undereducated adults and high quality preschool programs for their children 0-5 years. Sliding fee scale. • Early Childhood Screening — Required for public school entrance. Recommended before a child’s fourth birthday. Early Childhood Program coordinator is Cindy Saarela. For information on Early Childhood Programs call 651-982-8300. St. Peter’s Preschool and Discovery Club (before-and-after-school care), 1250 South Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Susan Gartland, 651-982-2209. Preschool education classes for ages 3, 4, and 5 years, Preschool-6th grade child care and Discovery Club; 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church All God’s Children Preschool, Patti Lichtscheidl, director, 651-462-6832. Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30 a.m., Sept.-May. Regisration begins in Feburary for fall classes. Scandia Preschool, 20971 Olinda Trail, Scandia. 651-433-2723, Loretta Thorson. Small town setting. Experienced staff provide a wide variety of fun educational activities. We offer a 3rd day Kindergarten preparation class. Toddler Town, 5377 266th St. (next to Bruce’s IGA), Wyoming. Denise Swenson, 651-462-1407. Preschool/Daycare Center. Full preschool curriculum, 6 weeks to first day of Kindergarten. Mag Christian School, 24799 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake. 651-797-7400. Kindergarten ready classes, preschool and fully licensed day care center. Also K-6th grade classes.

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Area Churches

St. Peter Catholic Church Centennial Evangelical Free Church, 14854 Lake Dr. NE, Forest Lake (Columbus), 651-464-8790. Worship Sun. 10:00 a.m. Youth and kids programs, Wed. 6:30-8:00 p.m. www.cefc. net Crossroads Evangelical Covenant Church, 17445 Notre Dame St., Forest Lake, 651-464-2195. Marc Peterson, pastor. Sun. worship 9:30 a.m.; Adult bible fellowship 11:00 a.m.; Wed. night youth group and children’s ministries, 6:30 p.m. Elim Lutheran Church (ELCA), 20971 Olinda Trail N., Scandia. 651-433-2723. Scott T. Westphal, pastor. Tues. Word and Sacrement service, 6:30 p.m.; Sun. worship 8:00, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Faith Lutheran Church (ELCA), 886 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake, 651-464-3323. Philip V. Peterson, Paul H. Brown, pastors. Sun. worship 7:45, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Forest Hills United Methodist Church, HW-97 & CR-34, Forest Lake. 651-464-5249. Rev. David Werner. Sun. worship 10:15 a.m.; Kids’ Church 10:30 a.m.; Wed. dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by Awana at 6:15 p.m. Forest Lake Christian Church, 420 W. Broadway, Forest Lake. David Stelgenberg, minister. 651-464-3400. Sun. Bible School 9:15 a.m. Sun. worship 10:30 a.m., Wed. Bible study 7:00 p.m. God Encounter Church, Meets at North Lakes Academy, 255 B NW 7th Ave., Forest Lake, 763-772-4133. Pastor Douglas Heldman, Sun. 10 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. Children’s church both services. Wed. Youth Service at 7 p.m. Grace Church of Forest Lake (Alliance), 432 S.E. 11th Ave., Forest Lake. 651-464-2784. Dr. John Tenjack, sr. pastor. Sunday adult bible study, 9 a.m.; Sun. worship 10:00 a.m., Sunday School for children 10:15 a.m. Grace Church and Evangelical Free Church, 26680 Faxton Ave., Wyoming, 651-462-6677. Daniel Patz and Dave VanAcker, pastors. Sunday School, all ages, 9:00-10:00 a.m.; Sun. worship, 10:30 a.m. Small group & bible studies throughout the week. See our website Hope Free Lutheran Church of Coon Lake, 18323 Lexington Ave. N.E. (Columbus). 651-464-7909. Eric Burgdorf, pastor. Sun. School 9:00 a.m. Sun. worship 10:15 a.m. Hosanna Lutheran Church ELCA, 9300 Scandia Trl, N., Forest Lake, 651-464-5502. Tim Hackbarth, Pastor. Sunday 9-10 a.m. Traditional Worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School and education hour; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Praise and Worship.

Immanuel Church, 9511 W. Broadway, Forest Lake. 651464-7504. Mark Coughlin, pastor. Sun. worship 10:00 a.m. Wed. Evening Kid & Youth programs, 6:30 p.m., Linwood Covenant Church, 6565 Viking Blvd. N.E., Wyoming. 651-462-3780. Sun. worship 9:30 a.m. Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake. 651-464-3131. Michael Haseltine, pastor. Sun. worship 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Wed. 6:30 p.m. service for Youth, Children and adults. Chisago Lakes campus Messiah Lutheran Church (LCMS), 807 Hwy. 97 S.E., Forest Lake. 651-464-6842. Pastor Daniel Jastram. Sun. worship 9:00 a.m. Educational Program 10:30 a.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church (ELCA), 5879 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming. 651-462-5212. Rev. Renee Patterson. Sun. Forum, 8:00 a.m.; Worship, 9:00 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wed. evenings, SPLASH grades 4-6, Confirmation grades 7-9. All God’s Children Preschool, Tuesday-Thursday. 651-462-6832. St. Peter Catholic Church, 1250 South Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Office/651-982-2200; school/651-982-2215. Rev. Donald E. DeGrood, pastor, and Rev. Mark Joppa, associate pastor. Sat. Mass 8:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.; Sun. 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. and Sept.-May 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Discovery Child Care programs, Susan Gartland, director, 651-982-2209. Spirit and Praise Pentecostal Church, 5521 E. Viking Blvd., Wyoming. 651-214-2475. Mike Waddle, pastor. Bible Study Wed. 6:30 p.m. Sun. worship 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Sunnyside Free Lutheran Church, 22745 Type Creek Dr. NE, Stacy (next to Linwood Hall). 651-462-4163. Dave Keippela, pastor. Sunday worship 10:00 a.m. Sun. School K-6th 10:00 a.m. Willowbrook Community Church, 840 South Lake Street, Forest Lake. 651-982-6361, Sun. worship 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. Casual, concise, contemporary, creative. A great church for a fresh start. Wyoming United Methodist Church, 5459 E. Viking Blvd., Wyoming. 651-462-5276. Lori Nielsen, Pastor. Children’s Sun. School 10:00 a.m.; Sun. worship 10:00 a.m.

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Wildlife Science Center

The Forest Lake area is home to the Wildlife Science Center, a nationally recognized research and education facility specializing in wolves and other predators. The private, nonprofit organization was established in 1991 after funding ceased for the Wolf Project, a federal program dedicated to the study and preservation of native wolf species. Wildlife biologist Peggy Callahan, executive director of the Wildlife Science Center, had managed a colony of captive gray wolves at the facility, specializing in animal immobilization techniques. Without federal funds, Callahan and fellow biologists faced a choice of euthanizing the wolves or adopting them out to zoos. Instead, Callahan decided to create the Wildlife Science Center. In 1994, after three years of intensive preparation and program development, the center opened to the public. In addition to hosting tours and special events, the facility offers educational outreach programs, research opportunities for scientists, and hands-on training for wildlife professionals. Callahan’s achievements were recognized in July 2004, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded her he Silver Eagle for her contribution to wildlife conservation. Although the center is best known for its population of gray, red, Mexican gray, and hybrid wolves, its resident wildlife also includes bears, cougars, lynx, red and gray foxes, skunks, porcupines, raccoons, New Guinea Highland dogs, and raptors such as hawks, owls, and falcons. Many of the animals were acquired after they were injured. Occasionally, a wild animal purchased as a pet is surrendered to the center. Because of their relationship to humans, such animals cannot be reintroduced to the wild. From elementary school students learning about the scientific method to wildlife biologists studying wolf genertics, amateur naturalists and professional scientists alike find research opportunities at the Wildlife Science Center. The center also participates in the Species Survival Plan for the red wolf and Mexican gray wolf. Both species are considered extinct in the wild and must rely on captive facilities such as the Wildlife Science Center for their survival. In addition, the facility provides wildlife handling training for animal control officers, zoo professionals, veterinary students, and others. They receive instruction in chemical immobilization, veterinary emergency response, and animal handling techniques. The center, located on eight acres leased from the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year. Many of them are school children on field trips from all across the state as well as from Columbus, Forest Lake and surrounding

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communities. The staff also provides off-site educational presentations, exhibiting slides and wolf artifacts or bringing raptors for outreach programs. Wolf Camp is offered in the summer for children and teens in grades 4-12. During the three-day session, campers learn about ecosystems and wolf behavior through such hands-on activities as wildlife tracking and radio telemetry tracking. The center has recently partnered with the YWCA to offer summer camps for metro-area girls, and has also sponsored special mentor-assisted youth hunting events. The center was home for six months to a film crew working on a Natural History Museum of New Zealand project funded by the Animal Planet television network. The documentary films “Growing Up Wolf ” and “Growing Up Black Bear,” filmed at the center, have aired frequently on Animal Planet. Although the Wildlife Science Center has enjoyed a national spotlight in the popular Animal Planet films, the facility is not a petting zoo or an animal theme park. Its educational programs

stress respect for these creatures – from wolves to raptors – as predators in a delicate ecosystem. Recently, the organization acquired 160 acres in Linwood Township; including a log structure and several outbuildings. Since the partially wooded acreage is surrounded on three sides by wetlands, the new parcel will be well suited for study as s complex ecosystem and will provide a staging area for wetland wildfowl and other birds. Callahan estimates the move to the new location will be completed in three to five years, as funds become available to finish construction of building, paths, and animal enclosures. Throughout the year, the center hosts special events, including Sled Dog Day in January, Wine Tasting in April, Canine Carnival in May, Harvest Howl and Howloween in October, and a Howl-iday Open House in December. Other special events include camping overnights, bonfire wolf howls, and private birthday parties. Those wishing to support the center can donate cash or needed items (a wish list is included on the organizations’ web site), become a member (various membership levels are available), or volunteer their time to the center. A special program offers sponsorship of individual animals. Callahan also encourages supporting wildlife habitat through funding provided by the sale of hunting licenses and ammunition, as well as through donations to habitat preservation organizations. The Wildlife Science Center is located about 6.5 miles west of Forest Lake on West Broadway (CR-2). It is open to the public for tours on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children ages 4-12. The center is also available for group tours and other programs from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (overnight for special events) throughout the year. The center tailors events to the needs of visiting groups. Phone 651464-3993, email or visit www. for details.

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Arts and culture Forest Lake takes pride in being the site of one of Minnesota’s biggest 4th of July celebrations. The extravaganza has been sponsored since 1924 by American Legion Post 225. In 2010 the event is scheduled for July 1-4. Main events in the festival will be a carnival for the four days and bingo from July 1-5 at the Forest Lake American Legion at 355 W. Broadway, a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. the night of the 4th at Lakeside. In recent years crowds of more than 50,000 have turned out for the parade and fireworks. Masquers Theatre has provided the Forest Lake area with community theatre productions using local talent since 1977. Masquers’ winter theater is held at the Event Center at Stella’s on 97 in Forest Lake. The summer performances are held at the Forest Lake High School, 6101 Scandia Trail N. in Forest Lake. Masquers also runs a summer youth theatre camp. For news on upcoming productions visit Many positions are available within the organization. For more information, call 651-464-5823 or by email at their website. The City of Scandia, located 10 miles east of Forest Lake, is historically significant as the site of the first Swedish-immigrant settlement in Minnesota. Two museums in the community celebrate the Swedish heritage. The Hay Lake Schoolhouse and the Johannes Erickson Log House on the first site, located about 1-1/2 miles south of Elim Lutheran Church on CR-3, are both on the National Register of Historic Places. Owned and operated by the Washington County Historical Society, the buildings are on the west side of Hay Lake, the site of the original settlement in 1850. A monument to the first settlers erected by the community in 1902 is located nearby. The red-brick schoolhouse served the community from 1896 to 1963, and the log house dates to 1868. Known as the Hay Lake historical corner, the buildings are open to the public Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in May, September and October; and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. June through August. For group reservations, call the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956. Gammelgården Museum/Välkommen Hus on the second site is the community’s original log church, built at Hay Lake in 1856, and has been restored and is the most important building on the Gammelgarden property. Owned by Elim Church, Gammelgarden adjoins Barton Johnson Park, located just south of the church across CR3. The complex also boasts 5 historic log buildings, built by Swedish immigrants 1856-1868. The first parsonage, built of logs in 1868; an authentic Swedish stuga (cabin); a barn built in 1879; a corn crib; an immigrant log house built in 1855. Also one acre of restored prairie; and a windmill overlooking a pond. Historic buildings open May 1-October 15, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 p.m., tours on the hour with the last tour at 3:00 p.m. Group tours and meals also available. Call for reservations at 651-433-5053. The Scandia Butik (Swedish Gift Shop) is housed in the Valkommen Hus open Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-4:00 May 1 thru December 23. To see a schedule of events including Swedish Holiday Celebrations, Swedish Coffee Parties, Swedish language classes, Swedish Summer Day Camp and other children’s activities, go to or call 651-433-5053. When visiting Scandia, look for the 5’ concrete Dala horses in front of Scandia businesses. The Lakes Area Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is a women’s barbershop chorus. Between 1981 and 1991 the chorus placed in the top five in its five-state regional competition and twice advanced to the Sweet Adelines international contest. The group takes part in parades, sings at nursing homes in the area, senior facilities, church functions, and is available to perform for other organizations. Interested females of all ages are welcome. Rehears-

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als are at 7:00 p.m. every Monday year-round at Immanuel Church at 9511 West Broadway. Call Juni Dale, 651-269-3375. Area woodcarvers banded together in the early 1980s to form the Lakes Area Woodcarvers Club, which usually meets the last Thursday of each month, September through May (except Dec.) at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Lake Senior Center. Membership is more than 100. A Family Membership is $12.00 per year. Members range from 11 years old (a parent or guardian must attend for children under 16) to 90-plus years old. At the meetings members bring in and show their work and there are demonstrations. Open carving is held on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. October thru April. Visitors are welcome to come watch or carve. The organization puts on a woodcarving show each year. Contact Dick Allen (651-464-2087) Now in its 50th year, the Jolly Promenader Square Dance Club is a group of about 20 member couples who gather to square dance at 7:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month from September to May at the Forest Lake Senior Community Center. Lessons are given to beginners on Sunday evenings from September through February at Wyoming United Methodist Church. Contact Dennis Hebrink, 651-464-3060 or Forest Lake Area Schools plays an important part in the cultural life of the community. Forest Lake Area High School offers three major theatrical performances each year: the fall musical and the spring play, as well as a competitive one-act play. High school musicians also perform a number of choir, band and orchestra concerts throughout the school year. All of the elementary schools perform musical performances throughout the school year, and many also hold special ceremonies to celebrate special holidays, such as Veterans’ and Memorial Days. The two junior highs also offer a number of band, orchestra and choir concerts during the school year, as well as plays and musicals. A complete calendar of events can be found on the district website, The district’s Festival of Cultures is an annual celebration of the many people and cultures that make up our communities. The festival is generally held in the spring, and participants represent a variety of different countries and cultures. The district also offers one of the largest college fairs in the state, with participants from a wide variety of colleges, universities, technical schools, and the military. The college fair has traditionally been offered in late fall. Sports fans can cheer on a full range of athletics for both males and females. The district offers students the opportunity to participate in nearly all Minnesota State High School League activities, including sports and academic competitions. The activities calendar can be found on the district’s website at Arts in the Park Free Concert & Entertainment series at Lakeside Memorial Park, located in downtown Forest Lake, takes place every Tuesday night in June, July, and August at the Gazebo beginning at 7:00 p.m. Also on Tuesday nights from June through September the Farmer’s Market rounds out the program, bringing you fresh produce and craft items. Don’t miss the Grand Finale Back-to-School Free Community Corn Feed and entertainment! For more information on event dates and times, please visit www. SPARKs (Summer Park Art & Recreation for Kids) is offered at four area parks during the month of July. The Forest Lake Park Board offers this free summer park program to children 6-12 years of age. Lakeside Park hosts this activity on Tuesday and Thursday mornings; Beltz Park hosts it on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; Shawn Silvera Memorial Park hosts SPARKs on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Summerfield Park hosts it on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

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and Past Board Chair Jim Trudeau, retired law enforcement officer. Board members include: Brian Alm, Landmark Insurance , Mike Aschenbrener, Forest Lake resident; Cheri Dexter, Washington County Sheriff Dept; Rick Duncan, Sheriff of Chisago County; Joe Grafft, retired #831 School Board member; Pastor Mike Haseltine, Maranatha Church; Paul Hoppe, Wyoming Chief of Police; Joe Kryschyshen, Washington County Probation; Kathy Lillis, Coldwell Banker Realty; Linda Madsen, Superintendent District #831; Rick Peterson, Forest Lake Chief of Police; David Povolny, Mayor of Columbus; Renee Wagner, Linwood resident. For information on the programs, services and many ways you can get involved with LAYSB, call 651-464-3685 or log on to www.ysblakesarea. org

These youth participated in LAYSB’S annual overnight “Teen Lock-In” which provides several fun activities including swimming, bowling, games, food, etc.

me feel like I belong.” LAYSB also has informal and formal mentoring opportunities for atrisk youth. “If it wasn’t for YSB, I don’t know where I would be today. I am sure there will be other kids like me who need help and if YSB isn’t there to help them, they will be lost. I am not real proud of the teen that I was, but am very proud of the man that I have become. I just thank my lucky stars that you guys were there for me.” A youth once mentored by LAYSB now cares for kids and community. The Executive Director of LAYSB is Jeanne Walz. A volunteer board oversees the agency and is chaired by Erin Turner, Johnson & Turner Law Office. Board officers include Treasurer Rich Ottomeyer, Owner of Ottomeyer Clinics, Secretary Bea Zaruba, First State Bank of Wyoming;

LAYSB Junior Counselors, who helped with Forest Lake Safety Camp, had a follow up pizza party after completion of the two day camp which teaches kids in grades 2-6 safety lessons related to fire, electricity, boating, biking, first aid, etc.

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For more than a decade Community Helping Hand (CHH) has been one of the Forest Lake area’s primary volunteer agency for assisting the needy with low-cost clothing, a food shelf, and other programs. In 1991 CHH moved into new quarters at 408 S.W. 15th St. in the Forest Lake Industrial Park. The 2,500-square-foot building is the agency’s third loca�������� �������� ������ ��������� tion since it was started in 1979 and the first that it has owned itself. ������� �� ���������� ���� ������ CHH was founded with the primary goal of providing low-cost clothing to ������� ����� ����most ��������� needy people���� in the area. It devotes of the display area in its store to�� racks ��� ����� ����� clothing ������� � area ����� � and also sells of in-season donated by residents household goods. ������� � CHH ��� has added ���������� Over the years other services which have increased its visibility in the area. It sponsors the food shelf for the needy, to which individuals and groups can donate food or money. Many churches in the area donate food regularly to the food shelf. Eligibility is limited to the Forest Lake School District and to 3 times a year per family. Appointments must be made by calling 651-464-6831. The organization never gives cash to the needy, but does help with utility bills, rent, gasoline and prescriptions in emergency situations and depending on eligibility and availability of funds. CHH has become a major charitable outlet at Thanksgiving and Christmas, �������� �� providing food for the needy at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since it started, CHH has assisted thousands of families — some more than � ���� ����� ���� ����� once. The food shelf aids about 50+ families������ per month.�������� � It���� takes 46����� volunteers�������� a week to keep the CHH���������� operation going. Volunteers usually work 1 a week from 4-6 hours. Positions include����� the store cashier, ��� ����� ���� ������� ��� �����day ���� ����� ������� sorting, pricing and receiving donations.CHH is looking for volunteers who would be interested in working in any of these areas. The store attracts bargain hunters as well as the needy. This is important CHH��� says ���� because��� these buy items providing �����to the � ���essential �� income � ����� ������ ��people

operation of the store which helps to provide income needed to help the needy in our community. Patronage by people of all income levels also means there is not stigma attached to shopping there. Community Helping Hand is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MondayFriday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sunday. A list of board members is available from CHH. The organization is currently accepting ���� ����� � ��� ���the thrift store applications for new ������� volunteers. Call 651-464-0061. To reach call 651-464-8150. ��������� ��������� � ������ � ������� � ������� ���� Other area � food shelves ������� ����� � ������� �Helping ��������� Besides the food shelf at Community Hand ������ in Forest Lake, other food shelves���� for the needy are functioning area. ���� �������� � �������in �the��� ������������ The communities of Scandia and Marine on St. Croix and Elim congrega������in������� ����������������� � ��� �������� tion collaborate providing�the food shelf located at the church, 20971 Olinda Trail N. It is open on Thursdays by appointment. Needy families can call the ������ ������ ������ �� ������ � ������� ��������� church office at 651-433-2723 to make an appointment. Another food pantry is Family Pathways, serving the communities of Forest Lake and Wyoming. It is located at 935 Lake Street S, (Old Marketplace), Forest Lake. For information, call 651-464-2098. On the third Saturday of each month Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 11th St. SE, Forest Lake, hosts a program called Community Care. Community Care distributes many different food items to approximately 300 individuals that are in need of food in the Forest Lake and surrounding areas. The food is supplied by Ruby’s Pantry which is located in North Branch, Minnesota. On the same Saturday, Community Care also does minor car repairs for folks who cannot otherwise afford to have their cars worked on. To have repairs done on their cars they need to fill out an application to show there is a financial need. Usually there are approximately 3 to 4 cars that are worked on at this time. No proof of financial need is needed to receive food items, however a form is filled out by each individual so we have an idea of how many are in the family so we have an idea of how many folks we need to prepare for. A ���� ����� ���� ��� � ������ ���� $15 donation is requested to help cover the cost to transport the food. Persons unable to pay will not be turned away.

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Linwood Township In Anoka County, Linwood Township is located northwest of Forest Lake. Its population is estimated at over 5,000. Linwood has a five-member Board of Supervisors, who are elected for staggered four-year terms and choose their own chairman. A town clerk and treasurer are also elected, each for a term of four years. The Town Board meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the town hall at 22817 Typo Creek Drive N.E. The annual town meeting is on the second Tuesday in March and town elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November on even-numbered years. Members of the Town Board, their telephone numbers, and the years their terms expire are as follows: Robert Millerbernd – Seat A (651-408-8678) 2014; Philip Osterhus – Seat B (763-434-8888) 2012; Michael Parker – Seat C (651-462-2655) 2012; Michael Halliday – Seat D (763-486-3034) 2014; Michael Budde – Seat E (651-231-5597) 2012. The term of Clerk Judy Hanna expires in 2012, and the term of Treasurer Vicki Erickson expires in 2014. Both can be reached at the Town Hall (651-

462-2812). Clerk Judy Hanna is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Building Inspector Kevin Tramm is there Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Linwood has a seven-member planning commission that meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., and a park and recreation commission that meets the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. The township has its own fire department of some 30 members. Police protection is contracted with the Anoka County Sheriff. Linwood’s senior center adjoins the town hall; Judy Hanna (651-4625565) coordinates senior activities and transportation. Some senior-sponsored annual events include St. Patrick’s Day dinner, fall pork dinner, children’s Halloween party, free Thanksgiving Day dinner, and Breakfast with Santa. The main parks in Linwood’s system are Carroll Broadbent Park, Allquist Park, Linwood Community Park/School Forest, Four Seasons Recreation Area, which includes a BMX track and skate park, Givens Park, Martin Lake Shores Beach, North Star Park, Olympic Green, Boettcher Park and Linwood Disk Golf Course.

In local, state and national elections, residents of the city of Forest Lake have voted in one of the following five precincts depending upon where they live. PRECINCT NO. 1 — City Hall, 220 North Lake Street. PRECINCT NO. 2 — St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1250 South Shore Drive. PRECINCT NO. 3 — Faith Lutheran Church located at 886 North Shore Drive. PRECINCT NO. 4 — Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 11th Street S.E. PRECINCT NO. 5 — Washington County North Government Center, 19955 Forest Rd. N. In Dist. 831 school elections, residents vote in one of the following six places: • Precinct 1 — Scandia Elementary School, 14351 Scandia Trail No., Scandia. For voters in the City of Scandia and May townships in Wash-

ington County. • Precinct 2 — Lino Lakes Elementary School, 725 Main St., Lino Lakes. For Anoka County voters residing in Lino Lakes (south of Pine St.). • Precinct 3 — Linwood Elementary School, 21900 Typo Creek Dr. N.E., Linwood. For Anoka County voters residing in Linwood Township (north of 197th Ave. N.E.). (NOTE: East Bethel residents in the Coon Lake and Wild Rice Drive areas vote at Columbus Elementary.) • Precinct 4 — Columbus Elementary School, l7345 Notre Dame St., Columbus. For Anoka County voters in E. Bethel, Ham Lake and City of Columbus. (Includes north of Pine St. and So. of 197th Ave. N.E., plus Coon Lake and Wild Rice Dr. areas of E. Bethel.) • Precinct 5 — District Office Bldg., 6100 No. 210th St., Forest Lake. For all Washington County voters living in Hugo, and the city of Forest Lake, Washington County. • Precinct 6 — Wyoming Elementary School, 25701 Forest Blvd. No., Wyoming. For all school district 831 voters living in Chisago County.

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Community Education The purpose of Forest Lake Area Schools Community Education is to promote learning by offering educational, social and recreational opportunities for everyone. Activities are offered during the day, after school, evenings and weekends at sites in Forest Lake as well as the outlying areas of the district. Find many great opportunities at or call 651-982-8110.

Engaging People; Enriching Lives! Programs include Adult Basic Education Program seeks to help adults who want to learn to read, improve basic skills in math, reading or writing, prepare for the General Education Development (GED) tests, or earn credits for an adult diploma. The program also provides English as a Second Language instruction for foreign-born adults. GED testing is also offered on Tuesday evenings at the Central Learning Center, 651-982-8302. Adult Lifelong Learning provides a wide variety of enrichment, recreational and educational opportunities for adults of all ages. Learn a new skill, take a tour to an interesting place, join a fitness class, create a work of art or learn something new in technology, 651-982-8334. The LINK Program provides activities for adults with disabilities. A variety of social, recreational and educational activities are offered, 651-982-8326. Driver Education - Licensed educators provide classroom and Behind the Wheel instruction year-round, 651-982-8110. Early Childhood Programs - It’s a great place for parents and children to grow together. We have a full range of programs and

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services for families with young children ages birth to kindergarten entry: Early Childhood Family Education, Preschool, Family Learning and Early Childhood Screening, 651-982-8300. School Age Care offers supervised recreational enrichment activities in a fun, safe and stimulating environment that promotes growth in all areas of development. The before and after school program is available at all Forest Lake Area Elementary Schools for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Steps Ahead, centrally located, is daycare with a quality preschool component that serves children at least 4 years of age. Additional School Age Care services are offered on non-school days as well as during the summer, 651-982-8365.

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Youth Development Program provides opportunities for youth to grow during their out of school time. The program offers a variety of opportunities for youth of all ages including academic enrichment classes, homework help, youth leadership, community service projects, recreational sports, art experiences and opportunities to socialize with peers in safe, supervised environments. Elementary Youth Programs, 651-982-8339. Secondary Youth Programs, 651-982-8328. The recreation program and aquatics programs are described in other sections of this booklet. They are also run by the Community Education Department.

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Parks and Recreation Forest Lake has a beautiful lake and many popular area parks to enjoy. In recent years a variety of new activities and parks have been organized to offer the community a greater variety of choices using the area’s natural facilities. Lakeside Memorial Park, located in downtown Forest Lake, is the hub of activity during summer months. Every Tuesday night in June, July and August, the park hosts the “Arts in the Park” free concert and entertainment series at the Gazebo. Also on Tuesday nights from June through September the Farmers Market rounds out the program, bringing you fresh produce and crafts items. Lakeside Park also offers a swimming beach, a play area, and lots of picnic spots including three shade shelters and several grills. The Lakeside Gazebo can be rented for formal or casual private events. It also hosts Sunday morning church services from 9:00-9:30 a.m. SPARKs (Summer Park Art & Recreation for Kids) is offered at four area parks during the month of July. The Forest Lake Park Board offers this free summer park program to children from 6-12 years of age. Lakeside Park hosts this activity on Tuesday and Thursday mornings; Beltz Park hosts it on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons; Shawn Silvera Memorial Park hosts SPARKs on Monday and Wednesday mornings; and Summerfield Park hosts it on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Beltz Park, located at the corner of 11th St. S.E. and 8th Ave. S.E., is another active park for children and adults. Tennis courts, basketball courts, a volleyball court, baseball diamonds, and a youth play area are available. The park hosts the SPARKs program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Recreational skating is available to the community during the winter months, weather permitting. The warming house is open after school, evenings, and weekends and holidays. Cedar Park, a small park area adjoining Bixby Park, is located at 2nd Ave. N.W. and 7th St. N.W. A small play area is available. Schilling Park, located off Schilling Circle N.W., provides ball fields on five acres. Bay Park, at 8th Ave. S.E. and 18th St. S.E., offers playground equipment for toddlers.

Shawn Silvera Memorial Park, located in Evergreen Circle in the Evergreen Ridge development, provides play equipment and a picnic shelter. Southview Park, located off Georgia Ave. N. at 210th Lane Ct. N., offers play equipment, shelter, and walking paths of Southview. Kulencamp Memorial Park, located at 230th St. (off North Shore Trail), has four newly upgraded red-lime ball fields, playground equipment and two picnic shelters. Bayview Park, located at 11th St. S.E., has become a popular neighborhood park with new play equipment, a half court for basketball and picnic tables and benches. Manor Park, located near Harrow and 213th St., is a popular neighborhood park with new play equipment. Fenway Athletic Complex, located near the Forest Lake Area Athletic Association (FLAAA) Sports Center off of Fenway Avenue, has four softball fields, a baseball diamond and three soccer fields. The fields are owned by the City and managed by FLAAA. Reservations for field use can be made

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through the athletic assocation. The city operates two lighted hockey rinks during the winter months at Tower Park. Weather permitting, these rinks as well as the Beltz Rink will be open after school, evenings, weekends and holidays. Summerfield Park includes a shelter, walking path and play equipment. Eagle Bluff Park, located on Farnham Ave. N., includes play equipment and swings. Hardwood Creek Trail, maintained by Washington County, was recently designed along the old railroad track that runs parallel to US-61. This has become a popular trail and is used by many for biking, walking and in-line skating. Year-round swimming is available for residents of the Forest Lake Area School District. The pool is located at Southwest Junior High, 943 S.W. 9th Ave., Forest Lake and is open 7 days a week from September through May and Monday-Friday June through August. A wide variety of classes and activities are available for people of all ages. Aquatic safety and quality lessons have always been and continue to be a main objective of the district swim program. We offer clinics for youth who are interested in competitive swimming and for adults interested in workouts and stroke techniques. Groups may also rent the pool for special activities such as birthday parties. Contact the pool for additional information at 651-982-8746 or visit Forest Lake is also home to three of the area’s golf facilities. Forest Hills Golf Club, a private, 18-hole course, is located at Harrow Ave. N. and 210th St. Castlewood Golf Course, a public 9-hole course, is located on TH-97, one mile east of US-61, and Tanners Brook 18-hole course is located at 5810 190th Street (South on Hwy. 61). The city of Wyoming has 15 developed parks. Ashton Park is located at the intersection of Galen Drive, Flint Trail, and 261st St. The park has a playground (three slides, one monkey bar, one climbing bar, one steering wheel, and one play “window.”) Separate swing sets include three swings and one baby swing. Individual equipment includes a digger, scoop, a rocking horse, and a rocking turtle. Two picnic tables are also available. Banta Park is located off of Fondant Ave. just off 250th St. This park includes a playground area with big slide, swing set, 2 bouncy horses, digger, whirl and a bug climbing structure, softball field, 2 sets of bleachers, port-a-potty, picnic shelter (which can be reserved), 3 picnic tables, 2 benches. Blue Spruce Park is located on 262nd St. This park includes a playground area with swings, slides, climbing structures, benches, a paved full court basketball court, paved parking area, a port-a-potty. Centennial Park, located at 270th St. and Fenwick Ave., is a “passive enjoyment” park with historical significance, including 2 historical monuments, flags and a bench. Picnic facilities are available, with 2 picnic tables and a grill. Comfort Park is located on Iris Ave. just off Pioneer Trail. This park includes a large play structure with 4 swings (1 infant, 1 handicap accessible), 2 benches, 1 picnic table, port-a-potty, native plantings and 2 bridges over a pond and a limestone walking trail. Fireside Park is located on 251st St. and Elk Trail. The park includes a ship, swing set, slide, digger, 2 bouncy horses, merry-go-round, a picnic table and a bike rack. Goodview Park is located at Goodview and 260th St. This park includes 2 soccer fields

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Civic organizations, clubs The Forest Lake area has many fine civic organizations and clubs which welcome new members. The following list gives the name of the organization, a contact person, and his or her phone number. American Legion Post 225 — Krista Goodyear, Commander, 651-464-2600 American Legion Auxiliary — Tracy Boicourt, president, 651-464-2600 Boy Scouts — Tim Anders, 651-254-9128 Camp Fire USA MN Council (Boys & Girls) — Ge Xiong, 612-285-6237 Columbus Senior Center — Linda Anderson, 651-464-8463 Community Helping Hand — Rose Branville, Manager; 651-464-0061; 651-464-8150 Cutting Edge Skating Association — Ted Lichtscheidl, 651-464-2551, – Ducks Unlimited, Forest Lake Chapter — Chance Norby, 651-982-9415 Forest Lake Amateur Wrestling Club — Jen Pierce, 651-491-9890, Forest Lake Area Athletic Association — Al Hauge, 651-464-8044, 982-2857; Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce — Colleen Eddy, 651-464-3200 Forest Lake Area Music Boosters — Jen Bergan, 651-982-1088 Forest Lake Area Retired Educators — Carol Martin, 651-426-4765, Forest Lake Baseball Association — Dale Hager, 651-433-5288 Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club — 651-464-9931, Gideons International — Don Hartzell, 651-674-4965 Girl Scouts of MN & WI River Valleys — Girl Scout office, 651-227-8835 Hockey Association, Forest Lake — Steve Hunt, 651-503-6142 Hoop Club, Forest Lake — Matt Berg,; 651-462-8402 Jolly Promenader Square Dance Club — Dennis & Nancy Hebrink, 651-464-3060

Knights of Columbus 3657 — Vincent Dolain, 651-982-1664 Lakes Area Chorus — Juni, 651-269-3375; or e-mail Shelley at Lakes Area Community Television — Tim Schingen, 651-464-1142; 24260 Greenway Ave., Suite C, Forest Lake Lakes Area Woodcarvers — Dick Allen, 651-464-2087, Lakes United Futbol Club — Jeff Copeland, Pres.,; e-mail: Linwood Senior Center — Judy Hanna, 651-462-5565 Lions Club, Columbus — Calvin Grubbs, 651-464-3865 Lions Club, Forest Lake — Pres. Nancy Immel, 651-982-0627; Howard Lestrud, 651-795-9295 Lions Club, Scandia — George Galleberg, 651-433-5328 Lions Club, Wyoming — Mal Syverson, 612-812-4390 Masquers Theatre — 651-464-5823, Rotary, Forest Lake — Cindy Mattson, 651-464-7581 Scandia Riders Saddle Club — Laura Kemmis, 651-433-5819 Scandia Senior Community Center — Contact city office 651-433-2274 Sons of the American Legion (SAL) — Rick Daschel, 651-464-2600 Sons of Norway Vennelag 546 — Daryl Johnson, 651-257-3314 United Way First Call for Help — Phone number #211 United Way, Greater Twin Cities — 612-340-7400 VFW Ladies Auxiliary — Lisa Woods, 651-249-1092 VFW Mens Auxiliary — Jim Woods, 651-249-1091 VFW Post #4210 — Gen. Mgr. Keith Hegstrom, 651-464-6827; Commander Lowell Peterson Wavemakers Swimming Booster Club — Ed Goossens, 651-464-2512

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with 4 sets of bleachers between the two, picnic shelter (that can be reserved), with 4 picnic tables, 2 grills, huge playground area with benches and garbage receptacles all around, a port-a-potty and areas planned for future development of tennis courts, hockey rink, pleasure rink and warming house. Also includes a large open green area with trees all around the outer perimeter. This is the park that holds the annual fireworks for the Stagecoach Celebration days. Hawk Meadows Park includes a shelter and wood duck houses (these were built as Eagle Scout projects ) and paths for nature walks. Neil Gatzow Park formerly known as Railroad Park) located at Faxton Ave. on Hwy. 22. This park now has trees that have Christmas tree lights for the season and will be developed in the near future. Watch for changes. Sunrise Ridge Park is located on Green Ave. and is not devloped at this time. Swenson Park is located on Railroad Blvd. and Flintwood Ave., has both a hockey rink (paved for summer use) and a pleasure-skating rink with warming house. Also within the park is a basketball half-court, two paved tennis courts, a playground (new in 2000), a ball field, and a paved parking lot with a bike rack. The Sunrise Prairie Trail runs from North Branch to Forest Lake and passes through Wyoming with a “trail head” parking lot and picnic area across from city hall on Forest Blvd. Tolzmann Park is located at 274th and Finland Ave. This park includes 2 ball fields with a set of bleachers at each and a port-a-potty at each, a volleyball court, playground, picnic shelter (which can be reserved), 4 picnic tables, 1 grill, sliding hill, native prairie plantings, and a walking trail from 277th St. to the paved parking lot. This is the park where the Annual Easter Egg Hunt is held. Town Hall Park is located at Hwy. 22 (Wyoming Trail) and Pioneer Trail right next to the new Police Dept. This park includes a softball field, wooden ship, swing set, slide, picnic table, bleachers, 2 benches, and 2 bouncy horses. Verges Memorial Park is located at 258th Street and Goodwin Road. This park has a basketball court with 4 hoops, a sand volleyball court, swing set, playground area, bench, picnic table, grill, bike rack and a port-a-potty. Verges Playground is located at Goodwin Road and Granada Ave. It has a playground with a slide and swings, 2 bouncy horses, 1 bench and 1 table. A summer park program with crafts, games and special outings is available to city residents, ages 5-12. A major state recreational facility, the 25,000-acre Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area, lies just west and north of Forest Lake and Wyoming in Anoka and Chisago Counties. The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources operates the area mainly for the perpetuation and management of wildlife resources and for public hunting. A number of county and township roads provide access to the area, and no fee is charged. Besides being a popular spot for hunting, trapping, and fishing, Carlos Avery provides opportunities for hiking, photography, cross-country skiing, birdwatching and snowshoeing. Call the office (651-296-5290 or 651-296-5200) for information on special regulations. For more than 20 years the Wildlife Science Center existed as a lowprofile research center of national stature on seven acres within the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area. In 1994 the private, nonprofit center opened its doors to the public and launched a new effort to fill what organizers believe is a gap in environmental education. The WSC is using its gray wolves, red wolves (fewer than 300 in the world), mexican gray wolves, bears and other wildlife as a living laboratory for schools and other organizations. Programs ranging from short tours to overnight camping trips and bonfire talks to explain wolves, bears and their habitat have been established. The

WSC is open to the public every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. It is also available to groups by appointment. Phone 651-464-3993. William O’Brien State Park, 2 miles north of Marine on St. Croix (Hwy. 95), has much to offer on its 1,700 acres. Facilities include two campgrounds with 120 campsites, four camper cabins, four group campsites, a picnic ground and three picnic shelters, a swimming beach and fishing pier on Lake Alice, fishing on both the lake and the St. Croix River, a boat ramp on the river, canoe rentals, and 12 miles of hiking and 10 miles of cross-country skiing trails. An Interpretive Center offers displays and naturalist programs. Visitors to the park must pay a daily parking fee of $5 or purchase a 12-month parking permit for $25, good at all Minnesota state parks. A Minnesota ski pass is required in all state parks for persons ages 16 and up. The cost is $6 a day, $20 for an individual season pass and $55 for a three year ski pass. Phone 651-433-0500 for additional information. Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve offers 4,000+ acres of water, woods, nature, and recreation. Located in Lino Lakes and Centerville where Interstates 35W and 35E merge, the park reserve provides unique opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and interests. The 78-site campground consists of hook-up sites for recreational vehicles and tent sites for rustic camping. A group campsite can accommodate up to 60. There are many amenities within the campground including showers, flush toilets, laundry area, amphitheater, vending, firewood, and play equipment. Also found within the park reserve is Wargo Nature Center. Loads of environmental education programs, outdoor recreation programs, and special events are offered year-round. The nature center and grounds are full of hands-on interpretive displays with information about the natural areas within Anoka County. Chomonix Golf Course is nestled amongst trees, ponds, and Rice Creek, making for a challenging and naturally gorgeous layout. All of the 18 holes are

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groomed into their natural surroundings. Deer are often seen loping across fairways. An elegant banquet room is available off-season for receptions and meetings. A boat launch on Centerville Lake and one on Peltier Lake provide access for boaters to fish and water ski. A fishing pier on Peltier Lake is a hot spot for panfish and an occasional northern. Several canoe access areas allow paddlers to jump on most any of the lakes and the creek making up the “chain.” Several trails, paved and natural, create opportunities to explore and exercise. Bicycles can travel from Centerville to Lake Drive for three beautiful miles. Cross-country skiers can use the classic style or ski skate over eight kilometers of trails. A state-of-the-art swimming beach features a sandy shore, water play structure, playground, sand volleyball, rest rooms, and a majestic large group picnic pavilion. Groups can rent the pavilion for their own special events. A vehicle entry permit is required for many areas of the park reserve. Fees are charged for camping, golf, ski rental, and some of the programs offered through the nature center. For more information on Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve, contact Anoka County Parks and Recreation at 763-757-3920 or visit the web site at Community Education Recreation Programs Through the efforts of a number of groups, the area offers a comprehensive

program of organized recreation. The large programs are offered by Forest Lake Area School District Community Education Department. Tim Conley (651-982-8320) coordinates the Community Education athletic programs. We offer a selection of Baseball Programs including participants from pre-kindergarten through adults. Our summer baseball includes a daytime instructional program for preschool and kindergarten boys and girls and a daytime program for students in grades 1-6. Elementary grades each have their own baseball leagues with rules geared to their level. The junior high baseball program consists of local in-house teams. The Soccer Program has a summer daytime instructional program for preschool and kindergarten boys and girls and a program for students in grades 1-6. Elementary Soccer is offered in July and August with boys and girls competing in separate in-house leagues. Fall instructional soccer is held on Sunday evenings for preschool through second grade. Our Basketball Program for students in grades 3-6 runs from November through February with boys and girls competing in separate leagues by grade level. Volleyball is offered for girls in grades 3-6 each fall. Wrestling for ages 4-12, and touch football for grades 2-6 and lacrosse are newer programs that have been very successful and are increasing in popularity. Other youth Community Education recreational activities include the summer camps for tennis, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, football, soccer, lacrosse and weight lifting plus many levels of swimming classes. Adult recreation programs include men’s basketball, co-ed volleyball, fitness classes, dancing, swimming, and special activities for adults with disabilities. For more information, call 651-982-8110 or check out www. Competitive skill enhancing youth hockey programs are run by the Forest Lake Hockey Assn., which is part of Forest Lake Area Athletic Assn. with the financial assistance of many area businesses. The program has boys and girls

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The Ballpark at Schumacher Field in Forest Lake is the area’s signature adult baseball field and used by a wide variety of youth and adult baseball teams. ages 4-17 playing on teams in six age brackets. The traveling-group hockey program provide boys and girls 10 & over experience playing on teams in four age brackets. These are area-wide teams playing out of Forest Lake against opponents throughout the state. For all questions visit The Forest Lake Area Athletic Assn. is a non profit organization that operates athletic programs for the communities in ISD 831. These programs include: K-12 softball, grades 4-6 football, traveling volleyball, traveling baseball, traveling basketball, lacrosse, traveling fastpitch softball, youth and traveling hockey. For more information on any of these activities go to our web site at: FLAAA is always looking for volunteers to help with the running of all of these activities. If you can spare some time, please check out our web site. FLAAA recently opened its new sport center which includes a full time ice arena and field house adjacent to the sport center is Fenway Park Fields including softball, baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse fields. A new sports concession stand is being constructed at Fenway park. It is a joint community effort of FLAAA, the City of Forest Lake and the High School construction class of ISD 831. You can also get more information on this at our web site. FLAAA’s philosophy is: to support all organized, approved youth activities in a positive environment. The primary activities are athletics that operate under the umbrella of FLAAA. The primary areas of support are the communities included in the boundaries of the Forest Lake Area School District. The goal of FLAAA is to encourage positive learning from coaches and role models and to develop good citizenship now and in the future for the betterment of the individual and its communities. FLAAA also supports: other youth activities that are non-athletic activities, humanitarian needs, community events, schools and requests on an individual basis as approved by the Board of Directors. FLAAA’s mission is: Supporting and participating in the positive development of youth. The Forest Lake Amateur Wrestling Club runs a March-May freestylewrestling program for boys and girls ages Pre-K–12th grade, and a folkstyle wrestling program, December-March for grades Pre-K–6th grade. Contact Jen Pierce, 651-491-9890 or Billie Pierce, head coach at Forest Lake High School. The Forest Lake Wavemakers is the booster club for the Forest Lake Area High School Girl’s Swimming & Diving Team, Boy’s Swimming & Diving Team, and Girl’s Synchronized Swimming Team. Its mission is to promote the swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming programs at the high school level, work with the high school athletic department to ensure these programs have the adequate resources (staff and equipment) to compete effectively and be an advocate for aquatic programs throughout the greater Forest Lake area that may develop and encourage the future participants for the high school level. For more information, contact Ed Goossens at 651464-2512. Cutting Edge Skating Association is a community nonprofit organization which promotes recreational ice skating. CESA gives lessons to children and adults of all ages through weekly lessons and summer camps. For more

information call 651-464-2551, or visit The Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club has been an important part of the community since 1937 and serves outdoor sports enthusiasts participating in the shooting sports. Ranges for Archery, Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and 5-stand as well as enclosed Pistol and Rifle area all available for enjoyment on our 100 acre corner of the world. Our Rifle Range provides a variety of challenges, from 25 yards to 400 yards. There is truly something for everyone! FLSC has nearly 600 members and though members can use the Club anytime, we are open to the public for shotgun sports on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. 4-9:30 p.m. from April through mid-September and offer several leagues for youth and adults each year. We host additional special events also. Our Rifle Range provides a great place for hunters to sight in their guns prior to the Minnesota deer opener each fall. We also host Conceal Carry classes, firearms safety classes and other firearms training offered periodically at our facility. Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club is located at 4648-240th St. N in Forest Lake. From I-35, follow Broadway/Co. 2 to the west approximately 1 mile and turn right (north) onto Elmcrest/Lyons St. Follow Elmcrest as it transitions to gravel and you will find FLSC on your right in about 1 mile. Memberships are available and each member becomes a shareholder in the Club. For more information, please call our Clubhouse at 651-464-9931 or check with our website at Softball Leagues – Businesses throughout the Forest Lake area sponsor some 30 men’s and women’s and mixed couples’ slow-pitch softball teams for competition in local leagues during the summer. Teams play in the Forest Lake Women’s Softball League Thursday evenings. Thirteen men’s teams also compete in a Forest Lake church slow-pitch league Tuesday evenings. Rum River Bandits – Men’s amateur baseball for young adults in Wyoming, North Branch, Rush City, Cambridge, Isanti. For more information, check our website: or call Tom, 763-7423972.

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A look at the community of Forest Lake