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a division of Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services | St. Francis, Minnesota

October 2012 | Volume 20, Issue 3



Cedar Creek Community School grade 4 families were able to participate in a STEM investigation during open house. The goal was to create a freestanding structure using one marshmallow, as many as 20 spaghetti noodles, and up to 2 feet of string and tape with an 18-minute time limit. Many families participated and had a wonderful time. The steps of an engineering investigation are to ask a question, imagine a solution, and make a plan. Then comes the hands-on part of creating the solution. Sharing ideas with others to improve the design is the final step. The structures were impressive and so different, proving there can be more than one answer to a question.  Kristin Rossow, grade 4 teacher, CCCS

Science a focal point of grade 4 STEM pilot Kurt Becker ISD 15 Director of Curriculum & Assessments

Part one of a four-part series on the 4th grade STEM Education pilot in Independent School District 15 The initiative promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education seems to be gaining momentum across the nation as an educational philosophy that will prepare students to compete in a global economy. STEM education helps students develop their problemsolving and critical-thinking skills by engaging them in activities where they solve real-world problems. In a STEM program, all four areas are integrated into one. However, it is possible to look at each of these four components independently to gain an understanding of the focus of each. During the ISD 15 STEM 4th grade pilot, existing science curriculum was used as the science component of STEM. In the summer of 2009, a group of district teachers reorganized the K-5 science curriculum to be engaging, handson, and minds-on in nature. This was done with the foresight that a STEM program may be implemented in the district in the future. By developing this type of science curriculum, the leap to a STEM program was a small one because STEM education shares the same engaging, hands-on, and minds-on characteristics. The concepts, skills, and standards that exist in our science curriculum comprise the vehicle that is being used to deliver a STEM education to 4th graders during the pilot year. The science units will focus on topics such as water, rocks and minerals, and magnetism and electricity. Teachers will use these units to teach the Minnesota Academic Standards in Science, as well as help students develop their inquiry skills. Within the science curriculum, technology, engineering, and math will be integrated to give students the STEM experience. Staff members will also take advantage of opportunities to integrate a literacy component into the science curriculum during the pilot year. This will allow teachers to teach reading and writing skills at the same time that students are learning the science content and skills. By using science as the focal point of our 4th grade STEM pilot, we will be able to develop a quality program without a major overhaul of the curriculum. This will result as seamless as a transition to the STEM program as possible, and it will allow the staff to develop the program using material with which they are already familiar.

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October What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................12 Community Education............................13 Community & Business...........................16 Halloween....................................................18 Sports & Outdoors....................................30 Life..................................................................33 Classified.......................................................35

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a superintendent is spending time in the classroom with students. I recently visited a kindergarten classroom. I was scheduled to meet with staff members, but the host instructor offered me the opportunity to arrive early

and read to her students. I was excited and jumped at the chance. What she hadn’t told me earlier was, “After recess, we need to get our bodies ready to listen.” That sounded harmless enough. As she pushed the button on the CD player, I knew I was about to be involved in some sort of motor learning activity. Did I participate? Indeed I did. With a collection of new learners on hand, I certainly wasn’t going to be the one person in class who didn’t follow directions. I wiggled my eyebrows, I wiggled my nose, my chin, my ears, and on and on. I’m sure some of the students thought a man in a suit acting just like them was entertaining. I must admit, I agreed. So, when

School Board Highlights PAGE 12 Community Education PAGE 13 everyone’s body was ready to listen, I read the book I had brought along: Giggle, Giggle, Quack. It’s a fun book. I was even able to share an animal sound or two. We were truly back at school. It seems like only a few days ago when we heard the words back-to-school. It is hard to believe the school and community are already in the middle of our Homecoming celebration week. Students, siblings, parents and community members have dedicated themselves to displaying school spirt in a positive way. Our Hall of Fame committee has honored outstanding alumni and reunited them with the community they so

What kind of government do you want? My Tea Party Republican opponent believes in a state government that does not care for its citizens:

I believe in putting care back into state government:

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• I believe in investing in education and infrastructure to rebuild and strengthen our economy.

• She voted against job-creating infrastructure legislation that would repair roads and bridges across Minnesota. • She voted to slash funding for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. • She is a leader in ending health insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

• I believe in taking care of our veterans at home after they have taken care of us abroad. • I believe in defending a women’s right to equal pay for equal work.

proudly represent. Our 1977 football players and coaches will return, with great pride, to celebrate their accomplishments. The energy they shared will be on display once again—three decades plus after their memorable season. Welcome home, Saints. We’re glad you’re back. All of this excitement ushers in the month of October and reminds us of how rapidly time passes. Soon, our teachers will be looking forward to meeting with parents to discuss the progress of our students. Conferences already? Indeed. Please join us, and we will have a conversation about achievement and how working together will yield increased academic growth. When you visit your students classrooms, you may be excited by the cuttingedge technology that has been implemented across the system. This influx of technology will enhance student engagement and expose our students, at every level, to the unlimited opportunities on the horizon. SMART Boards, iPads,

interactive websites and devices for exploration are all available in varying degrees. These tools will prepare students for the tomorrow that lies ahead. We are excited to open numerous doors of opportunity to the students and families we serve. Teachers look forward to visiting with parents about progress being made and progress about to be made. Are we, as educators, optimistic? Of course—that quality is in our nature. We want to help our students and increase their desire to excel. That is why parents are so important. Working together is always a better way to service the students in our classrooms. Working and sharing is a positive learning activity. I received two electronic postcards recently, sent to me by Brayden and Max. They were engaging and informative. Why do these cards seem like a big deal? Consider the fact that these two students designed the postcards on an iPad, sent them electronically Continued, Page 4

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Tech Chronicles

Collin Minshull ISD 15 Integration Specialist

Limited iPads, unlimited learning Walking into Stephanie Schollman’s second grade classroom at St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) before school starts, a visitor can’t help but be struck by the stack of five pieces of bright, aqua-colored foam neatly stacked on a cart at the front of the room. Upon closer examination, the pieces of foam are a clever case

designed to hold an iPad 2 and protect it while it’s under the care of one of Schollman’s second graders. Today is a Monday morning and the kids are bustling into the classroom from a busy weekend, and several kids immediately head to the stack of iPads to read the schedule Schollman has posted on the wall to see who Continued, Page 11

NOW OPEN! Second grade students in Stephanie Schollman’s class take turns using iPads. The discovery and sharing of information has been positive. Submitted Photo

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Discovery through travel Dilyara Gafurova SFHS Foreign Exchange Student from Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

Traveling to another country is something most people dream about. Why do so many people love to travel? Could it be the sights, monuments, food, language and people from faraway places? Of course, but there is something else that can make you so brave to decide to leave your home for an entire year, something that helped me drown out the voices of my friends and family in my head: “Are you crazy?” “You’re too young to go somewhere all alone.” “It’s impossible to speak a foreign language all the time.” “You don’t know anyone there.” My decision to study abroad was a pretty easy one; my year in the United States will make me understand myself better. I think traveling has a factor that outweighs all others: the opportunity to experience things personally. It might seem strange, but when you eat unusual food, visit new places, speak to someone with different views on life, share your culture and experience another, in general, you become a better person because your personal world expands. That was the decision I made and now I’m here, attending St. Francis High School. It’s funny, but I never pictured I would be living in Minnesota. My placement was chosen randomly, and it is the most charming factor; I like surprises. That’s why my friends are in different parts of the United States: Hawaii, Alabama, New Mexico, and I am happy to be here. How do I like it so far? That is a question SFHS foreign exchange student Dilyara Gafurova spent a day job everyone asks shadowing in The Courier office. She is interested in becoming me. My answer a journalist. Pictured with Dilyara (second from left), are The is, I’m fascinated. Courier staff members Janice Audette, Kathleen Miller, Alicia Every day, I try Loehlein and Pat Johnson. Photo by Christy Bruggenthies something new, learn something new and see something new. It’s a breathtaking feeling which I have experienced just in the first three weeks I have been here. The people I have met so far are at the top of the list. My host family, Amanda and Jordan, are really amazing people. They have opened their home to me and welcomed me as part of their family. They have given me the opportunity to dive into American culture. I am very thankful to them for that. To be honest, everyone I have met has been very nice to me. It is a good feeling to realize you can ask for help and people are more than happy to assist. “It is so easy to be friendly,” someone said to me not long ago. Yes, maybe, he was right. Sometimes a simple thing can save you, banishing the fear that you won’t be able to handle. For this reason, no one should ever give up a chance to do something that, as he thinks, will help to grow personally; the chance to see the world, in my case. The question is not about being brave, it’s the willingness to step forward.

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A hands-on study in engineering Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Engineering skills and peer cooperation were very evident in Cassie Schmoll’s 5th grade classroom the first two weeks of school. Students were given a goal and they had to figure out how to reach it. The first goal was to create the tallest tower possible out of two standard sheets of newspaper. They couldn’t use anything other than the newspaper. Several ideas were tried, some successful, some not so successful. Through trial and error and observing and recording what worked and what didn’t, the winning tower measured in at 23½ inches high! The second goal students were given

“Engineers” designing buildings after studying the structure elements of the Eifel Tower. Katherine Kolb, EBCS Teacher

was to build a bridge that could hold the most weight, but made from only a note card suspended between two health books; nothing was allowed to hold the note card onto the books. Using knowledge they had gained from the previous day while building their newspaper towers, students adapted findings to fit their bridge building endeavors. Many of the bridges were able to hold at least 30 base-ten blocks piled on top of each other. The year started with quandaries, but Schmoll’s 5th graders were victorious through cooperation, communication and good old, hands-on dirty work!

Students create a tower from two sheets of newspaper, striving to make the tallest structure possible. Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Grade 5 Teacher

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Kindergarten students at East Bethel Community School have already put their creativity and building skills to use. These students put their ideas together to create their own city. Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

ISD 15 administration was notified that School Board Member Matt Rustad’s column for the September 2012 issue of The Courier was plagiarized from an online source. The school district removed Rustad’s article from the district website. However, the 14,500 printed copies of the September issue had been delivered to area residents, businesses and ISD 15 staff. Independent School District 15 school board members are asked to write the School Board Perspective column that appears monthly in The Courier. Board members are selected in a random order at the beginning of the year to assign the writing schedule. The purpose of the column is to give school board members the opportunity to engage with the community and share ideas and discuss important issues. At the September 24 school board meeting, the censure of Director Rustad was on the agenda. Board Chairwoman Marsha Van Denburgh read the resolution, … Whereas Mathew Rustad has engaged in conduct unbecoming a School Board Member; therefore, be it resolved that Mathew Rustad is hereby censured by the St. Francis Independent School District No. 15 School Board for conduct unbecoming a School Board member. Discussion followed and the Board passed the resolution by a vote of 7-0, with Rustad voting to censure himself. A censure is “…an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; an official rebuke; to express official disapproval of,” according to the American Heritage Dictionary. Four board members (David Anderson, Janet Glover, Harry Grams, Amy Kelly) expressed concern that censuring was not a strong enough response to Rustad’s action and called for him to resign. The Courier staff strives to provide a high quality publication ISD 15 residents can rely on. There are a number of ways to provide feedback to the ISD 15 School Board. Dialogue with the School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. prior to school board meetings, which begin at 7:00 p.m. This month’s school board meetings will be October 8 and 22 at Central Services Center. The meetings are live-streamed and archived at Emails can be sent to Letters to the editor can be submitted by the deadline (October 19 for the November issue) and must follow the letters to the editor policy. Visit www. for more information.

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Adequate Yearly Progress and Multiple Measurement Rating results indicate success in ISD 15 St. Francis Elementary School and St. Francis Middle School earn special recognition Kurt Becker ISD 15 Director of Curriculum & Assessment

In late August, the Minnesota Department of Education released Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) data for the state’s public schools. The results for ISD 15 were very positive overall, and two schools earned special recognition for high achievement. Adequate Yearly Progress The district as a whole and each individual school made AYP in 95 percent of areas measured. This is an increase of just over one percent from 2011. The district made AYP in all areas except Graduation Rate for Special Education students. The state has begun using a new method for calculating this. From a building-to-building standpoint, the AYP results look very good. St. Francis Elementary School, Cedar Creek Community School, East Bethel Community School, and St. Francis Middle School all made AYP in all areas. These four schools combined to make AYP in 76 out of 76 domains. St. Francis High School made AYP in all areas except the All Students subgroup in math proficiency, the White subgroup in math and reading proficiency, and the Special Education subgroup in math proficiency. Crossroads School & Vocational Center made AYP in all areas except the All Students subgroup in math and reading proficiency. However, the district did appeal this decision because the number of students tested at CSVC was fewer than the minimum that the state typically uses for AYP calculations. The requirement is that a subgroup must have at least 20 students in it before it can be used to calculate AYP. CSVC had considerably fewer students in the All Students subgroup, but an AYP calculation was still done by the state. The district’s appeal was denied. Multiple Measurement Rating As part of the No Child Left Behind waiver that was granted to Minnesota last winter, the state is now using a system called Multiple

Measurement Rating to replace AYP as the state’s accountability measure. MMR uses proficiency, student growth, and achievement gap reduction as three measures in all schools. A fourth measure, graduation rate, is also used at the high school level. MMR scores show the percent of total points earned by a school Another measure, called Focus Rating (FR), is new this year. Focus Rating combines the same achievement gap reduction score used in MMR with a Focused Proficiency score, which is the proficiency score for all subgroups, except the All Student subgroup and the White subgroup, combined. FR is reported as a percent of points earned. The table below shows how ISD 15 schools did on the MMR and the FR in 2012. Based on MMR scores, schools that receive Title 1 funding can find themselves in one of five designations: Reward School, Celebration School, Focus School,

Continuous Improvement School, and Priority School. One ISD 15 school has earned the highest of these designations, and a second ISD 15 school has earned the second highest designation. St. Francis Elementary School was named a Reward School based on 2012 achievement. This means that SFES is in the top 15 percent of Title 1 elementary schools in the state. St. Francis Middle School has earned Celebration School Eligible status. This means that SFMS has proven to be one of the highest performing middle schools in Minnesota, and the school is eligible to apply for Celebration School Status. The number of schools that earn this status equals 10 percent of all title one schools in the state. Having two schools in ISD 15 earn these designations is a reflection of the dedication and hard work put forth by the students, parents, and staff of SFES and SFMS, as well as that of the entire ISD 15 community.


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Christine Tauer’s first grade class went out looking for monarch caterpillars and milkweed to feed their baby caterpillars. They went to the prairie field behind Cedar Creek Community School. Everyone worked hard to find good specimens. 

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Centipede! Butterfly! Ants! There’s a baby grasshopper on my journal! Second graders at CCCS in Deborah Schmidt’s class went to three different habitats to look for insects: woods, grass, and garden. Where do you think we found the most? Is a centipede an insect? Sandy Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

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Your student did more than ˝nothing˝ today

Welcome class of 2016

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As the class of 2016 entered St. Francis High School on August 27, they were greeted by a sea of blue T-shirts and smiling faces. The high school’s LINK Crew, an organization of seniors dedicated to building community, helped the freshmen get acquainted with their new surroundings by spearheading the orientation. LINK students led the freshman class through an introduction of the different departments in the school, as well as helped them find their classes during a mock schedule run-through. The dance team and drum line performed for the students in the gym as well as for the parents in the Performing Arts Center. The energetic senior class helped students get used to the school as well as make connections. The purpose of the evening was greatly fulfilled. The freshman class left with many questions answered, feeling more comfortable than they had earlier that day. The evening was an overall success for the class of 2016, as well as for the LINK Crew and staff involved.

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We really didn’t do NOTHING in class today! From all of us at the high school, we would like to give a warm welcome to the 9th graders and their parents and guardians! If you ask your student what they did today and you get “nothing” for an answer—we would like to advise you that your student did more than nothing in school today. Often, that is the easiest answer for them, when in reality, their day was full of new lessons, thoughts, ideas and experiences. You are invited to question your student in ways that will not allow them to walk away with nothing as an answer. In science, the students have reviewed the scientific method and discussed ways that technology has changed since you were young. Ask your student what they would

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do if they didn’t have a cell phone for a week, or explain to them what technology you had as a student. What was the “new” technology the teachers were implementing into their classrooms? Ask your student to explain how their teachers are using SMART Boards in the classroom or ask them what app they have on their phone for a calculator. Ask your student to explain how the show Mythbusters demonstrates the Scientific Method or maybe even take time to sit down with them and watch an episode or two. In civics, students are learning about U.S. citizenship and how it has changed, the different types of government and the areas of democracy. Ask your student to explain to you where your taxes actually go. Explain to your student how things have changed since 9-11 or where you were then. What were your thoughts and feelings? Ask them to explain an activity that they did in class or what their assigned reading is about. English class has students working with the Six Traits of Writing. Ask your student to tell you how many of

them they can remember. Do you remember Of Mice and Men or Romeo and Juliet? Ask your student what has just happened in the book they are reading, or ask them to predict what is coming next. Ask your student what is the most difficult part of the writing process for them. If your student is in an arts class or world language class, ask them to teach you the techniques or words they worked on this week. What are they painting or taking photos of? What piece of music are they working on? When is their first concert? Maybe make plans to send out invites to friends and family. There are many more classes at the high school your student may be in. Ask them what class made them laugh or what class went by the fastest and why. What was the lesson about in second hour? Ask them to tell you who they sat by at lunch or how they feel the first few weeks of school are going. Ask them what one thing they will remember the most this week from school. And if you get nothing for an answer, please keep digging!

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St. Francis Middle School

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Becky Muyres is new at St. Francis Middle School and is teaching 7th grade math. A native of Golden Valley and a graduate of Armstrong High School, Muyres received her undergraduate degree from Hamline University and her masters degree from St. Mary’s University. Throughout her schooling, Muyres played a lot of softball as a pitcher and infielder at first and third. She now resides in Isanti with her Becky Muyres Submitted Photo husband, two kids, six dogs and over 40 sheep. Muyres taught high school math for ten years and is now transitioning into her first year of teaching middle school. “I love working with kids, I think they keep me young and informed. I’m excited about teaching 7th grade. It’s a big change from teaching high-schoolers, but I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard good things about St. Francis and I’m happy to get to be a part of the district,” said Muyres. The middle school staff happily welcomed Muyres.

Academic Yearly Progress (AYP) was confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on August 30 that St. Francis Middle School passed all 24 areas of the state standard test in reading and math in April 2012. The school met all accountability testing areas which includes students receiving free and reduced lunch, English as a Second Language and Special Education students who took the test. Students in grades 6-8 are at the state average for math and above average in reading by three percent. Dale Johnson, principal of SFMS said, “Our success is attributed to an accumulation of staff working together, specialists for reading and math providing in-services for our staff, hard work from students, and an effort by everyone.” In reading, 6th grade averaged 75.5 percent with the state average being 75 percent, 7th grade averaged 73.5 percent with the state average being 70.6 and 8th grade averaged 75.2 percent with the state average being 60.7 percent. In math, 6th graders averaged 59 percent with the state being 58.8 percent, 7th grade averaging 51.2 percent with the state average being

57.2 percent, and 8th graders averaging 62.8 with the state pulling an average of 60.7 percent. The middle school has 99 percent proficiency. Students who use the Educational Benefits Program increased their reading scores by 15 percent and increased math by 4 percent. Special Education students increased their Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment math scores by 12 percent and reading scores by 13 percent. English Language Learners increased their scores in math by 10 percent and reading by 1 percent. SFMS is in the top 25 percent of middle schools in the state and will be applying for a “Celebration Status” achievement from MDE that only is applicable to schools within that top percentage. All scores can be found at education. Bobbi Hume, assistant principal of St. Francis Middle School, offered, “Our staff and students have been working very hard. Staff have been really open to improvement. Common assessments have been a great addition to our building and have done well to prepare students for standardized testing. There has been a desire to improve all around.”

Meet new 7th grade math teacher, Kelsey Nelson Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Kelsey Nelson, an Andover native, has arrived for her first year teaching 7th grade math at St. Francis Middle School. Nelson graduated from Anoka High School, attended Concordia College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a middle school math endorsement. Nelson, the oldest of her siblings, comes from a line of educators. Her mother, Susan, teaches kindergarten at East Bethel Community School and her father, Steve, is a retired ceramics teacher from Blaine High School. Nelson’s aunt, Nancy Wallace, is ISD 15’s Early Childhood Family Education program supervisor. She says, “Saint’s blood runs in me! I have always wanted to be a teacher since I can remember. It must run in the family.”

Nelson has taught Kindergarten Stretch in ISD 15 as well as subbed in AnokaHennepin school district. She was a long-term substitute at McKinley Elementary in Ham Lake teaching kindergarten. Last school year she was a 6th grade math and language arts teacher at Zimmerman Middle/High School. Nelson commented on what

she enjoys about teaching and her eagerness for the year: “I love getting to know the students and learning from them. Having conversations and working with them every day is really exciting to me. I am looking forward to getting to know staff and students. I will work with students to help them feel successful and get ready for 8th grade algebra!”

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St. Francis Elementary School

Staff Spotlight: Alice Ballance Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

This month, the featured staff member from St. Francis Elementary School is Alice Ballance, an educational assistant, whose tireless efforts keep the media center up and running. Since budget constraints forced the cut of the SFES media specialist teacher position several years ago, Alice has been responsible for ordering and cataloging materials, scheduling and managing class library times, checking out and returning materials, and general upkeep of the computers and multimedia equipment. She also has a wealth of knowledge about the available materials and often serves as a resource, helping students and staff members locate books on particular subjects. Media centers in today’s schools are the 21st century version of yesterday’s libraries. Students check out books on a weekly basis and use the library to research specific topics and interests. Students can access the computers in the media center to search for materials electronically or to conduct research. The computers are equipped with a program called Accelerated Reader, where students can take comprehension tests on library books that they have read. The media center is also a great source of information for teachers, where they can find books and electronic resources to enrich their teaching. Ballance, as the media specialist, is the first place teachers go when they want to locate a book on a specific topic. In the course of her job, Ballance works with all 700 students at SFES. As she checks out books electronically for students, she becomes familiar with names, and can greet almost every child in the school by name. SFES Principal Kathy Kohnen states, “Alice is so appreciated by all the staff and students at SFES, and goes above and beyond what a media specialist educational assistant is expected to do. She goes that extra mile in everything she does.” In addition to her duties in the media center, Ballance has worn many other hats at SFES. In her capacity as educational assistant, Ballance helped facilitate small groups of children for the extended day kindergarten program offered last year. For the past several years, she has helped prepare computers and monitor students during state mandated testing. Since the media center is adjacent to the school copy room, she has also become the de facto troubleshooter for the school copy machine and laminator. Ballance fulfills all her roles with professionalism and a positive attitude, and is a great asset to the students and staff at SFES.

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St. Francis Elementary School kindergarten students, along with all kindergarten students in Independent School District 15, now have the opportunity to attend all day, every day kindergarten. In the past, parents of kindergarten children were offered the option of a half day program or an all day, fee-based program. District 15 residents are now fortunate to have an all day kindergarten provided for all students, free of charge. The all day program allows teachers to teach all the skills that are expected of kindergarten students in a less rushed, more developmentally appropriate fashion. “The addition of all day kindergarten is wonderful,” says kindergarten teacher, Lisa Prowizor. “I think this is a great learning opportunity for


all children.” One of the projects that SFES children enjoyed during the first weeks of school centered around book character, Pete the Cat. When kindergartners came to open house on August 27, they found a bulletin board with Pete the Cat: Rocking In My School Shoes. Students then found their name on a colored

shoe and found the teacher that had the corresponding colored shoe. During the first weeks of school, students listened to the books from the series and engaged in different activities involving the spunky cat. Children then made an art project, depicting Pete in his new shoes. In the words of Pete the Cat, “In kindergarten…it’s all good!”

STEM Investigation at open house 4th Grade Teachers St. Francis Elementary North St. Francis Elementary North (SFEN), located at St. Francis Middle School, opened the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab to students and families during open house on August 28. Families worked together on a STEM investigation—The Marshmallow Challenge, a lesson on engineering. SFEN 4th and 5th grade teachers participated in STEM training this past June in preparation for the STEM pilot currently taking place throughout Independent School District 15 in 4th grade. Plans for STEM to be extended to the 5th grade for the 2013-14 school year are under way. SFEN teachers are very grateful to have a new STEM lab space, tables and stools, supplies and support of the community surrounding the STEM pilot. After the open house of fun and hands-on learning, the SFEN 4th graders are looking forward to what lies ahead in this pilot program.

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Unlimited learning the lucky five are who get an iPad for the day. “We love using the iPads because we can help each other,” says Lauryn, in reference to the students with iPads sitting together and being able to help each other troubleshoot and problem-solve. Jane is also talking about an app on the iPad the students use regularly that allows the kids to demonstrate their work to the entire class wirelessly through an Apple TV box connected to Schollman’s projector. There is little game-playing or unproductive use of the iPads during the day, thanks to Schollman’s thoughtful planning for managing her classroom. “I think because we started using iPads at the beginning of the year, there’s not an “Oh, wow!” from the kids. They are just part of class now,” reflects Schollman. Managing new teaching tools is one of the major challenges for any teacher, and it has been no different for Schollman using the iPads. In planning for how she would utilize the devices, she researched apps and the iPad’s native capabilities that would mirror typical classroom activities. Schollman uses a spelling app for the kids to practice their weekly spelling list, electronic versions of leveled reading material from the second grade curriculum, the “whiteboard” app the kids use for sharing and other apps to capture, reflect, then share learning discoveries— especially in science. And it’s the sharing that Schollman has found to be the most powerful feature of the iPad. “The sharing is the big part, being able to use the Apple TV to project, to share their ideas quickly and easily. That way, I can turn on the video camera on the iPad to show a student’s work to the class, too.” What compounds the value of this sharing is that her students are sharing what is interesting and valuable to them, which provides an invaluable piece of differentiation to Schollman’s instruction. But Schollman hopes the sharing doesn’t stop there within her classroom walls. She wants parents to know what the kids are doing in class and on the iPads, so frequently the students email

photos of their work home to parents so parents can see realtime examples of their work. Additionally, Schollman has made a list of apps she’s using to share with parents who have an Apple mobile device. “I think at conference time I’m going to take screenshots of the apps I have so parents and students can use the same apps at home,” states Schollman. Schollman has utilized iPads in her classroom since SFES first purchased one classroom set for the building in the fall of 2010.

Having access to the iPads has been great, but sharing one classroom set of devices among 29 classroom teachers has sometimes been a challenge. When Schollman attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this past summer, she was struck by the potential learning power of having even a small number of iPads available to her classroom all the time. Schollman recounts, “At ISTE I saw the power of what could be done [with iPads]. I knew I

Student Update Kelly Olson, a 2009 graduate of St. Francis High School, had a busy summer. She completed her junior year at St. Cloud State University the last week of April, majoring in criminal justice. On May 7, she started police skills training. This is a required 10-week program in order to qualify to take the police post test needed to become licensed to work as a police officer in Minnesota. Submitted Photo This intense training consists Kelly Olson of report writing, pursuit driving defensive tactics, physical training and firearms qualification, to name a few,along with being maced and tazed. She graduated from on July 13. On July 18, Olson left for Scotland on a study abroad program. She spent time touring in Scotland, Ireland, and Great Britain while completing two criminal justice courses and stayed in the Alnwick Castle for the last two weeks of the program. On a weekend off she traveled to London, sightseeing and was even lucky enough to meet the U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team and have her picture taken with them. On August 17, Olson left for New Jersey to visit a friend she had met 4½ years earlier while on vacation in Mexico and had kept in touch with. While there she spent some time in New York and also went fishing in the ocean, having some success. She returned home August 25 and on August 27, she was back in St. Cloud starting her senior year of college. She will graduate at the end of this semester and will be starting graduate school in order to meet the NCAA rules allowing her to play softball this spring.

could not have a full classroom set—that’s not feasible yet. So I was trying to think about how to organize it:; how could I make that [the five iPads] work?” Based on what her kids are saying and demonstrating, it appears that Schollman is well on her way to making this small iPad implementation work in her classroom. Apple’s iPad, launched in March 2010, has transfixed the educational landscape with its mobility and unparalleled capability. Total iPad revenues to the tune of $19 billion and nearly one million devices

sold last quarter alone to U.S. education institutions indicate that educators from early childhood to post-graduate programs have recognized the massive teaching and learning potential of Apple’s revolutionary device. And while many schools dream of and plan for a powerful, one-iPad-per-student initiative, SFES second grade teacher Stephanie Schollman is joining her students on a revolutionary teaching and learning journey with a set of five iPads.

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Independent School District 15 Continuing Education Licensing Committee (CELC) relicenses teachers in the state of Minnesota. If a teacher wants to renew his/her license, continuing education units need to be submitted every year. The CELC is made up of five licensed teachers, one community member and one administrator. The committee meets four times a year at the ISD 15 Central Service Center. The dates for the 2012-13 school year are: October 3, January 9, March 27 and May 15. Please note there is no meeting after May 15. If paperwork is not to ISD 15 CELC by May 15, teachers will need to relicense with the Minnesota Department of Education. The MDE may not relicense teachers because they may have a very heavy work load and only be relicensing teachers that are out of the country. MDE also needs to receive the paperwork in a timely fashion. Teachers may also have the district of residence hold the teaching license. If teachers use the district of residence make sure to check that CELC group to know meeting dates and rules of how to turn in renewal units. Remember, if a teacher does not get clock hours submitted to CELC, the teacher runs the risk of not getting his/her teacher’s license renewed.

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School Board Highlights the school district is settled in for another year of teaching. Instead of concentrating on one subject in this month’s column, I have few items I would like to share. The first item our district’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results. AYP measures progress toward achieving the goal of No Child Left Behind: to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. In 2012, Minnesota was granted a waiver from the regulations of AYP, but AYP

has still been calculated. When the results were tallied, Cedar Creek Community School, St. Francis Elementary School, East Bethel Community School and St. Francis Middle School met all AYP requirements. Overall, AYP was made in 148 of 155 areas in Independent School District 15 (ISD 15). This is a 95.5 percent success rate, an increase of 1.2 percent from 2011. The second item deals with our student’s safety. Many of our students walk across Highway 47 at Pederson Drive, near McDonald’s and Mansetti’s Pizza. Though a designated pedestrian crosswalk with a yellow flashing light is currently in place, it is dangerously

ineffective. A cooperative effort between ISD 15, the City of St. Francis, and the city police department, has been formed and has met with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to find a viable, yet affordable, solution to this issue. The first will be seen this year as a “rapid flash beacon” is installed to replace the existing yellow flashing lights. Activated by a push button, this new warning system provides a higher intensity lighted warning to drivers to be prepared to stop for pedestrians traveling the crosswalk. Recent meetings attended by Superintendant Saxton and myself have revealed that Mn/

DOT may lower speed limits through this school area and/ or create different driving lane configurations. Lastly, if it’s October, it’s Homecoming! Friday, October 5 is not only the date for the Homecoming football game, but the fourth annual St. Francis High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This year’s inductee will be the 1977 football team. This team not only stopped a 35 game (varsity) losing streak, but won the Rum River Conference title and fell one game short of the Class AA championship game. I hope the remainder of your autumn is enjoyable. As always, Go Big Blue!

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All board members present. St. Francis Middle School Site Report Principal Dale Johnson introduced ISD 15 resident and volunteer Barb Anderson for her role in the track resurfacing project. Anderson addressed the Board, stating the project was successful because of the amazing community effort and cooperation. Students, staff and the community can now use the track, which is another resource for a healthy community. SFMS achieved Q Comp goals, provided in-service for reading and math, and made Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) in all areas. The building had many improvements made over the summer, including new flooring in the band room, and the shop area has been much improved. Thanks to the ISD 15 maintenance staff for their outstanding work. SFMS also had some technology improvements, includ-

ing the addition of 10 SMART Boards and two mobile iPad labs. Enrollment has increased with 45 new students, totaling 1,163. The focus for 2012-13 school year includes making a personal connection with each student, providing social support and bullying prevention resources. Adequate Yearly Progress Report Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator Kurt Becker presented assessment information to the Board. The elementary and middle schools all made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). St. Francis Elementary School earned the highest designation as a Reward School. St. Francis Middle School’s hard work paid off and achieved the Celebration School status. Superintendent Evaluation The school board discussed the parameters for the superintendent’s evaluation. Timelines are to be set for specific tasks. June 30 marks the end of the contract year; evaluations need to be done prior to the end of the year. The superintendent will bring more information to the Board regarding previous evaluation tools used and the

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ing Peek at Preschool, early childhood parent orientation, Lunch Bunch and Lunch & Learn events at Sandhill Center, and Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting (where he was very impressed by the commitment level of the parents). Outside of Community Education sponsored events, Ferguson attended the St. Francis Oktoberfest and Corn Feed, the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, the College Fair that was held at St. Francis High School, the SFHS football game which was also Youth Night and Tackle Cancer, the open house and ribbon-cutting for a local business, Ascension Bodyworks, and a military appreciation event at the St. Francis American Legion. Pedestrian Crossing Update School board member Harry Grams recently met with city of St. Francis officials about the pedestrian crossing at Highway 47 and Pederson Drive. Footings will be put in place in November with the project scheduled to be completed by next spring. A study of Highway 47 is underway, which may result in a speed reduction and lane reduction around the school zone. Annual Report The School Board is charged with the responsibility of providing a system accountability report to the community each year. The School Board approved the 2011-12 Annual Report. The report is a composite of results regarding ISD 15 programs, services, student achievement and goals. The report can be found on the district’s website at Superintendent’s contract Board members consented to entering into negotiations with Superintendent Saxton. The negotiation team includes Board Members Marsha Van Denburgh, David Anderson and

Amy Kelly. Proposed 2012 Payable 2013 Property Tax Levy Interim Business Services Director Denny Sullivan provided information to the Board regarding the 2012 payable 2013 Property Tax Levy Limitations, which were prepared by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Levy limitations are developed for each school district by MDE based on the application of various funding formulas contained in state statutes. The statute requires the School Board to certify its preliminary tax levy to the County Auditor by September 30, 2012. The motion passed 7-0. A public hearing will be held in December. Censure of Director Matt Rustad School Board Member Matt Rustad submitted a column for the School Board Perspective in the September 2012 issue of The Courier. District administration received a complaint that the article was plagiarized from an online source. The matter was discussed in a meeting after the school board meeting on September 10 with Rustad, the board chairwoman, superintendent, responsible authority, and publisher of The Courier. At the September 24 meeting, board members weighed in on the resolution to censure Rustad for engaging in conduct unbecoming a school board member. Board members Anderson, Glover, Grams and Kelly voiced concern that censuring may not be a strong enough message and called for Rustad to resign. Board Chairwoman Van Denburgh also voiced her disappointment in Rustad’s action. Rustad admitted to making a mistake. Board Member Erkel stated that Rustad made a mistake and should be given another chance. The resolution to censure Rustad passed 7-0.

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School Board Highlights September 10, 2012 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

Monday, October 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at 12

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All board members present. Good things happening in ISD 15 Superintendent Saxton would like to add standing item to the school board agenda to have a brief report of good things happening in ISD 15. Sandy Farder, the Adult Basic Education coordinator, introduced ABE student Guadalupe Caro who is from Chihuahua, Mexico. Lupe, as she is called at ABE, and her daughter Vanessa recently became United States citizens. Congratulations to both for this outstanding accomplishment! Superintendent’s Report Superintendent Ed Saxton stated that one of his goals is to meet at least once with each school board member between board meetings. This will provide the opportunity to answer questions or discuss a topic one-on-one. The superintendent visited the three elementary schools and dropped in on kindergarten classrooms to get feedback regarding the all day, every day model. Teachers responded that they are able to do so much more with students to provide a richer learning experience by having a full day as opposed to the previous halfday schedule. Community Education Superintendent Saxton asked Troy Ferguson, the new assistant director of Community Education & Services, to share some of the things he has participated in since joining ISD 15. The list included attend-

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ISD 15 Early Childhood Program earns four stars Jenn Smith Early Intervention Teacher, ECFE

The Independent School District 15 Early Childhood program has been awarded four stars, the highest award possible, from Parent Aware. Parent Aware is a free rating tool that is available to parents so they can find high quality early education and childcare programs. The ISD 15 Early Childhood program earned four stars because they demonstrate high quality education programming that focuses on the whole child. There are four main areas that Parent Aware rates: family partnerships, curriculum,

tracking learning and teacher education and training. “We have a very strong family partnership within our programs because families are at the heart of what we do. We give parents a high level of support and solid parenting information through our classes” says Nancy Wallace, Early Childhood Family Education/Preschool Place 15 program supervisor. The Early Childhood program uses a researched-based curriculum to prepare children for kindergarten while focusing on the whole child. The teachers use on-going assessment to track the learning of each

individual child throughout the school year. Teachers in the Early Childhood program participate in the staff development classes that are offered by the ISD 15 Teacher Academy to engage in learning and to demonstrate that they are established teachers. Tim Finn, Early Childhood Special Education program supervisor, is “humbled and honored” to receive the four-star rating. Both he and Wallace agree that it is affirming to be recognized for things that the ISD 15 Early Childhood program has been doing for years. They believe that it is important to provide

high quality early education for all families. They take pride in the fact that the programs are being recognized across the state of Minnesota as a model for other early childhood programs to follow when it comes to the use of technology and inclusion in the classroom. If you would like to learn more about Parent

Aware, visit their website at For more information about the ISD 15 Early Childhood program, contact the Lifelong Learning Center at 763-7537170. ISD 15 Early Childhood is now on Facebook. Like the page to get updates and parenting information.

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Almost subconsciously, most of us make certain judgments of those we encounter based on initial impressions. Teaching in the Independent School District 15 Adult Basic Education (ABE) program has taught me how inaccurate those first impressions can be. I work with an amazingly diverse population of students. Right now, we have adult students from China, Columbia, Pakistan, Belarus, Mexico, Laos, Hungary and the Philippines. They, along with our United States students, range in age from 16 to 66, and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We have students currently working in factories, in restaurants, on farms, in horse stables, in offices, in salons and in construction.

When someone walks into our classroom for the first time, I make no assumptions about their past, their present, or their abilities. I am primarily concerned with their future and how, together, we can create the best one possible. For instance, just two weeks ago, two young men registered for our program, and it would have been easy to assume that their stated goal of passing the GED was not exactly high on their list of priorities. They appeared unenthusiastic, to say the least. Yet, they have attended every single night since, have requested homework and have already passed three of our GED practice tests with shockingly high scores. Our job at ABE is to offer all students the same respect, time, energy and support required to attain their goals. The past can shape you, but it does not define you. If you want to look forward and could use some help moving in that direction, perhaps a call to our Adult Basic Education

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Before & After School Childcare Program Kids Connection provides a safe, structured, nurturing and fun atmosphere for Independent School District 15 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is offered before and after school and on some non-school days.


and After School Childcare

Locations Lifelong Learning Center

Serving East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School students

St. Francis Elementary School

St. Francis Elementary School students

Activities range from reading, art, sports, crafts and more.

Kids Connection is a division of Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services

Call 763-213-1641 for information and registration. Or register online at

Children must be preregistered to attend. 13

Various opportunities through ISD 15 Adult Education For more information on the classes listed and other opportunities or to register online, visit www. Questions, call 763-213-1640.

Community Education Contacts Troy Ferguson, Assistant Director............................................................ 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Drivers Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt................................................................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Heidi Antinozzi, Rec Assistant............................................................... 763-213-1508 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 • •

Gluten-Free Cooking Experience a gluten-free dinner made with non gluten whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Learn how to identify and where to purchase gluten-free ingredients and food. #AE12210 1 Session Date: Tuesday, October 30 Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Dick Ogren Fee: $35 It’s A Wonderful Life— The Musical It’s A Wonderful Life will be performed with an evangelical, musical twist on this classic Christmas story. The North Heights Lutheran Church music production features talented actors, singers, dancers and live animals. You will be served an elegant holiday dinner prepared by the culinary staff. On the way home the bus will drive through downtown St. Paul to see Christmas lights. #AE12206 1 Session Dates: Saturday, December 8 Location: Depart from St. Francis High School at 1:45 pm Return at approx. 8:00 pm Fee: $70

The Sandhill Center for the Arts is operated under the auspices of Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. Its purpose is to provide arts opportunities for the residents served by the school district. Sandhill Center for the Arts is located at 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, MN 55005. For more information about the center, please call 763-213-1616.

SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Handheld weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2.00 per class for non-members.

SilverSneakers® YogaStretch YogaStretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance, and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2.00 per class for non-members.

For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program please contact Sandhill Center at 763-213-1616. 14

Beginning Crochet In this class you will learn crochet stitches, reading patterns, what types of yarn to use for a project plus much more. Class size is limited to allow for personal attention. Bring a scissors to class. A supply fee of $6 is payable to instructor at class. #AE12215 4 Sessions Day: Monday Dates: October 22November 19 (no class Nov 5) Time: 6:30-9:00 pm Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Connie Jones Fee: $45 Beginning Knitting In this fun class you will learn knit and purl stitches, cast on, bind off, as well as pattern reading. A supply list will be available at the time of registration. If you are registering on line please call 763-213-1640 for a supply list. #AE12001 4 Sessions Day: Monday Dates: November 5-26 Time: 6:30-9:00 pm Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Erin Kringler Fee: $40

Lunch & Learn is a program at the Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel that features interesting topics with dynamic speakers and a delicious lunch. Lunch: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost: $11 For registration, call 763-213-1641, online

Bird Migration Tuesday, October 16 Jan Welsh Bird migration is one of the remaining mysteries of the animal world. Why do they do it? Where do they go? This program examines which birds travel the farthest from Minnesota and which species stay right in your yard during the winter season. Jan Welsh, the coordinator of Project WILD Minnesota, is an education specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Welsh has taught in Great Britain, the Minnesota Zoo, is an artist/illustrator and a frequent contributor to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine.

Write Your Will If you were to pass away unexpectedly, would your wishes be carried out? This class will help through drafting a basic will with guidance from a licensed attorney. It is appropriate for individuals with assets of less than one million dollars (including real estate, life insurance and retirement assets). You will leave class with a legal and effective will. Prior to attending, all participants must complete a questionnaire, which will be forwarded by the Community Education office. Please provide your email address. Basic computer skills are helpful. #AE12222 1 Session Date: Monday, October 8 Time: 6:00-10:00 pm Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Kristi Weikel Fee: $70 per person Deer Processing You will be shown the proper care of the deer and do actual field dressing, skinning and cleaning of the carcass. Next, you will be shown how to cut your deer, from pulling back straps for chops to the hind for roasts and jerky and trim for ground venison Continued, Page 34

Join the Lunch Bunch at the Sandhill Center in the Bethel Cabaret for our monthly catered luncheon featuring top entertainment by popular artists. Make your reservations early as most of our shows do sell out ahead of time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open: 10:40 a.m. Lunch served: 11:00 a.m. Showtime: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $13 For reservations, call 763-213-1641 use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Reservations can also be made on the website at

Groups are welcome!

Angie Senger with Joe Chock Tuesday, October 9 Angie Senger is well known in the area and audiences may have seen her perform at the Midwest Country Music Theater or at local clubs and dances. Joe Chock is a nationally-renowned musician who toured with the Statler Brothers and performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Bright Beginnings in ISD 15 Early Childhood 763-753-7170

Call ECFE at for more information or to register for any of the opportunities on this page. Lifelong Learning Center • 18900 Cedar Drive NW, Oak Grove • Online at

The Early Childhood Advisory Council is for you! What does the Early Childhood Advisory Council do? • Recommend activities, classes and services for families with young children • Be a springboard for parent involvement in the district and state • Foster increased participation in programs • Provide volunteers and sponsor family activities • Raise funds to support program activities Why should you join the Early Childhood Advisory Council? • Parent involvement is key to a child’s educational success • Meet other parents with young children • Easy, fun, casual meetings • Learn about the district

• Be involved in decisions about the early childhood programs • Free child care during meetings • Advanced registration for classes Come to our new member meeting for the Early Childhood Advisory Council. Location: Lifelong Learning Center Date: Thursday, October 4 Time: Food and information 6:30-7:30 pm Short Regular Meeting 7:30-8:30 pm Please call the Lifelong Learning Center office if you need childcare during this meeting. Monthly Meeting Dates: November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 14, April 4 and May 2

While Halloween is typically one of the highlights of a child’s year, it can be less fun for parents, who fret about everything from buying or making the right costume to the safety of the goodies in the trick or treat bag. With that in mind, the American Association of Poison Control Centers offers a tip aimed at making the spookiest time of the year a little less frightening for parents. Inspect all treats before the kids eat them. Eat only treats in original and unopened wrappers. If wrappers are faded, have holes, tears or signs of rewrapping, throw them away. Throw away all unwrapped candy or treats. For questions about poisons on Halloween and any other day of the year, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

FREE Parenting Webinars! The Minnesota Department of Education and Working Family Resource Center are pleased to bring you the 2012-13 Early Learning Counts webinar series created for parents of young children, ages 0-5. Each webinar, excluding special webinar events, is recorded and archived for your listening convenience. Check out this year’s line-up at

Are you still looking for the right preschool for your child? Preschool Place 15 is here for you. Register NOW! Classes offered at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove and Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel. The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where young children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning. For more information on classes and to register, visit or call 763-753-7170.

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Plan your year with Early Childhood Family Education Check out the Learn & Thrive booklet for Early Childhood Family Education parent/child classes for the 2012-13 school year. Register NOW for the best selection of classes. Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at to register.

Looking for special events and trips? Register for them NOW! The Place to Go, Things to Do brochure features special events and field trips for families. Some of these events include Pop In & Play times, Children’s Theatre field trip, Sesame Street Live field trip, Paint and Play event, Farm field trip and many, many more.

Upcoming ECFE Events: Apple Cidering at Wargo Nature Center

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• Programming takes place September through May • Morning, afternoon, late afternoon and evening sessions available • Two hour-fifteen minute or two-and-a-half hour sessions


• One, two, three or four times per week • Several age specific class options • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for a limited number of classes

Make apple cider using an old-fashioned cider press with your child. Identify parts of an apple and go on a nature hike. Date: Wednesday, October 17 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:15 am, returns by 12:30 pm Location: Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Fee: $6 per person Deadline: October 10

Pumpkin Power Here’s a chance to celebrate Halloween with your family in a safe, fun, and festive environment especially designed for young children. You and your child may dress in a costume if you wish. Have some fun at the most “unscary” Halloween party in town! Date: Friday, October 26 Time: 9:45-11:15 am Fee: $4 per child; max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

Paint and Play Play with your child in the gym and paint a ceramic cereal bowl that is sure to become a family treasure. Paints, stamps,and materials for special effects will be available for use. Bowls will be fired by Lily Pad ceramics and be returned to LLC for pickup on December 4 or 5, 8:00 am-3:00 pm. One bowl per child. No make-up if absent the day of the event. This activity is most appropriate for children ages 3 and up. Date: Friday, November 16 Time: 10:30 am-noon Fee: $11 per child Deadline: November 7

Pop in and Play Dates: Times: Dates: Times: Location: Fee:

Fridays, November 2-January 25 9:30-11:30 am Wednesdays, November 7-April 24 12:45-2:45 pm Lifelong Learning Center $4 per child, max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

Upcoming Pop in and Play themes: November 2: November 7: November 9:

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Second Harvest Farms named Anoka County Farm Family of the Year Falls. Second Harvest Farms was established in 1927 when LeRoy Johnson received three pigs from his father-in-law as a wedding gift. LeRoy did not have funds to purchase feed for the pigs, so he visited neighboring groceries and collected the waste produce for the hogs to eat. This concept is still being used today through three Johnson farms: Second Harvest Farm Central, Inc., Second Harvest Farm North,

Juanita Reed-Boniface Vice-chairwoman, Anoka County Extension Committee

Daniel, Curtis, Dave, Drew, Aaron and Lee Johnson of Oak Grove were named the Anoka County 2012 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. They were one of 76 families from around the state, one from each participating county, recognized at a ceremony on August 9 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood

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Inc. and Second Harvest Farm South, Inc. along with Barthold Recycling. Each day 13 trucks leave the farms to pick up 140 tons of food waste from restaurants, schools (including ISD 15 schools), nursing homes and other facilities. The food wastes are brought to the farm, cooked to 212 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes and fed to livestock. The farms produce 6,000 Continued, Page 17

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The Johnson family of Second Harvest Farms in Oak Grove has been named Anoka County Farm Family of the Year. Pictured, (L-R): Charlie Poster, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Curtis Johnson; Madeline Johnson (daughter of Curtis); Drew Johnson (son of David); David Johnson; Trevor Ames, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine; Allen S. Levine, Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.  Submitted Photo

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Farm Family hogs annually. Cattle are also raised on one of the farms. Manure generated by the farms is sold to local farmers for fertilizer. The management team consists of Daniel Johnson (son of LeRoy); Curtis and David (Daniel’s sons); Aaron and Lee (Curtis’ sons); Drew (David’s son); owner of Barthold Recycling, Pete Barthold (Daniel’s nephew); Luke, John, Nathan and Shane (Pete’s children); and niece Jan Prodcopio. In the community, the families are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic

Church in Oak Grove. They donate pigs to organizations for charity events featuring pig roasts. The farm supports Scouts and the Anoka County Foodshelf Golf Classic. The farm has been featured on TV specials, in the StarTribune, and can be seen on YouTube, “Reuters Food Waste” and Anoka County’s website under “Pigs aren’t picky.” The Anoka County Extension Committee recognized Second Harvest at the County Farm Bureau meeting August 13. The Anoka County Extension Committee selects the County Farm Family of the Year. The committee receives nominations and conducts interviews and farm site visits with nominees.

St. Francis City Council and Mayoral Candidate Forum Date:

Thursday, October 25


7:00 p.m.


ISD 15 Central Services Center 4115 Ambassador Blvd., St. Francis

Free and open to the public. Moderator will ask questions from the audience. Email questions in advance to Ascension Bodyworks held an open house September 22 and a ribbon cutting was sponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. The open house featured fitness demonstrations, food samples and more. Pictured cutting the ribbon is owner William Israelson.  Submitted Photo

Remember to vote Tuesday, November 6! Sponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce and St. Francis Area Women of Today

St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Update By Alicia Loehlein St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce service representative

Business to Business Trick or Treat October 31 Chamber seeks

The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce exists to serve its members and better the community. To find out more or to become a member: call: 763-438-5163 or visit us online:

Save the Date! Annual Dinner

January 25, 2013

board members

Area families are invited to Trick or Treat at participating Chamber businesses Wednesday, October 31, 3-5 p.m. The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce invites families in the community to participate in the 4th Annual Business to Business Trick or Treat. This is a fun and safe way to trick or treat and get to know area businesses and the services they offer. A list and map of participants will be available on the Chamber website,

The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for individuals interested in joining the board of directors. Each board member serves a three-year term. Contact the Chamber if you are interested in this opportunity to make a difference in the community.

If you are a Chamber member that would like to participate, call 763-438-5163 or email This is a great way to get potential customers through your doors!

New website

Monthly Chamber Events

Check out the following Chamber and community events coming up. Visit for the latest Chamber news and event calendar. Monthly Board Meetings

Held third Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m., St. Francis Community Center (by city hall). Current and prospective Chamber members are encouraged to attend board meetings to give input and help plan events. Meetings are open to the public.

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Monthly Networking Breakfast

Held second Wednesday of each month, 8 a.m., The Ponds, St. Francis. Open to Chamber members and guests. Members are offered the opportunity to be in the Sunrise Spotlight for a chance to give a brief presentation about their business.

The Chamber has a new website! Check out and offer your feedback. The new and improved member directory is a great way to find products and services in the area.


Bethel Fire Department to host Haunted Trails Mark Petersen Bethel Fire Department

763-753-2721 3745 Bridge Street • St. Francis

Sweet Savings for Halloween & Fall!

On October 26 and 27 the Bethel Fire Department will be providing its annual Haunted Trails for the community to enjoy. For the last 12 years the Bethel Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has taken to the woods one mile south of Bethel on University Avenue to provide family entertainment in the form of its Haunted Trails. Every year the Haunted Trails receives great reviews from the community for the production and low cost of their event. Fire department members, their families and community members volunteer and donate their time to put this event on and pride

themselves to make sure they are providing a family friendly, low-cost form of entertainment. They bring a quality scare and fright to every age level and at the same time will alter their performances to include all ages. This year other local fire departments will be there to help in this production, including East Bethel and St. Francis. Take time to locate your free beverage coupon in the ISD 15 School Calendar and come and enjoy an evening of spooks and scares along with your friends, family and community. Please note that the dates on the coupon are incorrect and the haunt will only be held on October 26 and 27.

Historical society holds October events

St. Francis City Centre 23212 St. Francis Blvd. Suite 400 763-753-2599

Elaine Koehn Volunteer Coordinator

Sun 2-6 p.m. • Mon 12:30-8 p.m. Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Bethel Fire Department’s Annual

Haunted Trails Spooky Adventures

One Weekend Only—October 26-27 Sunset-11:00 p.m. Cost is $5 per person Enjoy a bonfire and hot cider to calm the frightened heart.

Perfect for the whole family! Conveniently located one mile south of Bethel, on University Avenue

St. Francis American Legion

Explore the stories of those who reside in our “silent cities” during the Anoka County Historical Society’s Monuments to Life cemetery tours. These tours are evenings filled with stories, traditions, art, characters, history, and symbolism. This year’s tours will be held: } Thursday, October 11, Twitchell Cemetery 499 Lilac Street, Lino Lakes } Saturday, October 13, Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Yellowstone Boulevard and Highway 10 Anoka } Tuesday, October 16, Constance Cemetery,

Constance Free Church 16150 Crosstown Blvd., Andover All the tours start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at the History Center or by phoning 763-421-0600. Maps will be distributed with ticket purchase. Tickets for a single tour cost $8, and a package can be purchased for all three tours, costing $21. Discounts are available to ACHS members. The popular Ghosts of Anoka tour will be available October 4, 6, 13, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31, with more tours added as these fill. The tour will begin and end at the History Center and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. It is a

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skillful weaving together of history, conjecture and fact, sprinkled with a flair for the dramatic and seasoned by good story telling. Stories abound in Anoka of odd happenings and eerie encounters. Tickets are available in advance at the History Center or by calling 763-421-0600. The tour is limited to 24 people. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ACHS members (must show membership card), and $5 for children. The tour route is 15 blocks around Anoka city streets and lasts about one hour and a half. If your group of 15 or more would like to book a special Ghosts of Anoka tour, please call for additional information at 763-421-0600.

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Anoka County Board proposes to lower levy

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The Anoka County Board of Commissioners has voted in favor of a 2013 budget that decreases the property tax levy yet again by more than $1 million. The proposed budget of $241.5 million will result in a reduction in the county portion of the property tax bill for most low and moderate value Anoka County homes. The county board continued its focus on streamlining service delivery and applying innovative ideas in order to cut spending without cutting service to citizens. Costsaving measures totaling $1,013,299 enable a net tax levy of $97,517,399. That amount represents a 1.03 percent decrease from 2012. Key Facts and Figures: } Proposed 2013 budget $241,580,236 } Proposed 2013 net levy $97,517,399 } County program aid reduction - $917,666 } Certified foreclosures 2011: 1,995 } Average home value: 2013 $141,800


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Kids Country Halloween Party & Costume Contest Friday, October 19 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Kids Country Childcare Center 23256 St. Francis Blvd. NW • St. Francis

763-753-5010 • Proudly accepting Child Care Assistance Games & crafts for kids under 10 accompanied by an adult!

Tours of the center are available.

SF Chamber Trick or Treat here October 31, 3-5 pm

Fall Harvest, Festivities & Decorations Farm Fresh Produce

• Potatoes • Squash October Family Fun • Apples at our • Onions Indoor Straw Maze, Around the • Rutabagas World 2012 & Corn Kernel Pit • Beets • Carrots Now through October 31 • Honey, Syrup, Check our website for more information Wild Rice, Dry Beans Jams and Jellies

Trees & Shrubs for Fall planting Bird Seed & Feeders Grass Seed & Fertilizer

Tons of Pumpkins Gourds • Ornamental Corn Corn Stalks • Rye Bundles Straw Bales Fall Decorations • Bulbs

Green Barn Garden Center & Farm Market

3 miles south of Isanti on Hwy. 65 & 265th Open 7 Days a Week 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Anoka County Farm Bureau holds annual meeting Juanita J. Reed-Boniface Anoka County Farm Bureau

Anoka County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting recently at Majestic Oaks Golf Course. Guests included elected officials, Anoka County’s Farm Family of the Year, County extension staff, County Extension Committee members, District Farm Bureau representatives and

insurance agents. Highlight of the evening was the recognition of Second Harvest Farms as the 2012 Anoka County Farm Family of the Year (see article on page 16) . Raymond Delp, son of Don and Kirstin Delp, and Cassie Padula, daughter of Charles and Karin Padula, reported on their experiences at Red, White and You, a youth leadership

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District Program Leader Dennis Sabel commended the organization for their strong leadership and size and scope of programs completed. “Even though the county membership is small, Anoka County is one of the most active counties in my District, he stated.” They maximize their resources and talents.” A unanimous ballot was cast to re-elect present officers for another year: Doug Lawrence, President, Juanita Reed-Boniface, Vice-President, Dick Boniface Treasurer, JoAnn Lawrence, Charles Padula and Anna Gilbertson, Directors. Kathryn Sabel serves as the organization’s secretary/office manager.

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Monitored exercise program now offered at Fairview Northland Medical Center Jennifer Cottew Fairview Northland Medical Center

Fairview Northland Medical Center located in Princeton now offers a medically supervised exercise program called Wellness and Exercise for Life, or the WEL program for short. The WEL program is designed for those with heart or lung disease, those who have had a heart attack or bypass surgery, or people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or are

overweight. Individuals exercise independently and at their own pace. Rehabilitation staff works with each person to develop an exercise prescription and set goals. They also evaluate each person’s blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and oxygen saturation levels while exercising. To make room for this new service, Fairview Northland physicians and staff donated $16,000 to remodel an area for treadmills, stationary bicycles

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New for Election 2012: absentee voting is available at city halls Martha Weaver Public Information Manager

Anoka County residents who are unable to go to their polling place on Election Day may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person now through Monday, November 5. New in 2012, absentee voters can vote in person at the city hall of the city in which they reside during regular office hours. (Check with your city to confirm office hours.)  In-person absentee balloting will also be available at city halls on the Saturday prior to Election Day, November 3, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and until 5:00 p.m. the day before the election. Note: Residents of Linwood Township can vote absentee by mail or go to the Columbus City Hall. In-person absentee voting continues to be offered at the Anoka County Government Center. In Minnesota, citizens are allowed to vote absentee for the following reasons: } Absence from your precinct } Illness or disability } Serving as an election judge in another precinct } Religious discipline or observance of religious holiday } Eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by the federal or state government } Military and overseas voters can also vote by absentee ballot.

There are two ways to vote by absentee ballot: in person and by mail. You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor’s office and in some cases your city or township clerk’s office, starting 46 days prior to Election Day. This option is available on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the county auditor’s office must be open for absentee balloting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election and until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. In order to vote absentee by mail, you need to complete an Absentee Ballot Application and submit it to your local election official by mail, fax, or email. Your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready—at least 46 days prior to the election if you applied for an absentee ballot in advance. If you apply for an absentee ballot within 46 days of the election, your ballot will arrive within a day or two of your application being received. More more election information: } Anoka County Elections 325 E Main St, W 130, Anoka, MN 55303-5031 Local Election Official, Cindy Reichert, 763-323-5275, } Isanti County Auditor-Treasurer 555 18th Ave SW, Cambridge, MN 55008-9386

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Senator Benson and Representative Daudt are Proven Leaders in St Paul. • Helped turn a $6.1 billion deficit into a $1.2 billion • Worked to eliminate burdensome red tape and surplus, without raising taxes lower taxes to help businesses grow and create jobs in Minnesota • Voted for property tax relief for small businesses and homeowners • Passed K-12 education reforms that truly put students first

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} be at least 18-years-old on Election Day } be a citizen of the United States } have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day } have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed } not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights } not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law Updating Your Registration Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing and submitting another Voter Registration Application. Verify that you’re registered Use the Voter Registration Lookup to find out if you’re already registered to vote at your current address. Registering before Election Day You may register to

vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official. Find contact information for your county elections official by using the Election Official Directory. Once you’re registered, you will receive a postcard with information about where you vote (your polling place) and your name will appear on the list of voters at your polling place. It takes some time to put the list together, so if you haven’t registered at least 21 days before the election, you can register at the polling place on Election Day. Registering on Election Day If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence. To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct: } A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit,

Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these } A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials } A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature } A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address } A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk } A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath } An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath To register to vote you must show a governmentissued photo ID and a current utility bill. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website to register to vote, view your ballot and find your polling place,, or call 651-201-1339.



for Anoka County Commissioner • Graduate of St. Francis High School and The College of St. Scholastica • Married to Chris Lister (23 yrs); two children, daughter Jordan (20) and son Cordell (13) • Retired active-duty Air Force Senior Master Sergeant - 21 years

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Nowthen Heritage Festival recap Sue Pilon and Mary Rainville Nowthen Heritage Festival Chairwomen

Thanks to all who braved the wind and cool weather to attend the 5th Annual Nowthen Heritage Festival September 22. Attendees enjoyed themselves at: the pancake breakfast, the vendors, live music, kids’ activities, the petting zoo, the Texas Roadhouse Steak dinner and the Zambelli fireworks. Congratulations to the winners of our contests: Genevieve Hirschboeck, first place winner of scarecrow contest, sponsored by Pine River State Bank and Howard Toule, first place winner of

largest pumpkin contest, sponsored by Viking Trees. A record number of Nowthen residents helped with the festival and their assistance was truly appreciated. The Heritage Festival is a community-sponsored event that can continue

only with the generosity of our community volunteers and financial supporters. If you would like more information about the festival, send an email to: NowthenHeritageFestival@ or call 763-753-6919.

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City Briefs

St. Francis Barb Held City Clerk

Elections City of St. Francis Notice of Municipal Election to the Electors in the City of St. Francis, Anoka County, Minnesota; Notice Is Hereby Given that the Municipal Election for the City of St. Francis will be held on the 6th day of November 2012 at the following polling places; Precinct 1: That part of

the City lying west of the Rum River will vote at the St. Francis Warming House, 3948229th Avenue NW. Precinct 2: That part of the City lying east of the Rum River will vote at the Rum River North County Park, 23100 Rum River Blvd. NW. The polls will be open 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing the following officers to-wit: Mayor – 2-year term William Gardner Jerry Tveit Council Member – 2-year term Jesse James Jones

VOTE Robert Mahutga

Amy Lazere Dan Sherburne Council Member – 4-year term Tim Brown Mike Haggard Richard Orpen Jeff Sandoval Pioneer Days Should we as a community have Pioneer Days 2013? Help is needed to decide the fate of this annual community event! We need to come together as a community (residents, businesses, organizations, etc.) to discuss the future of Pioneer Days! Plan to attend the upcoming meeting: Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW (next to City Hall).

East Bethel Jack Davis City Administrator

Nowthen City Council on November 6

The working man’s friend, working for you! Paid for by Robert Mahutga for Nowthen City Council, 7560 Viking Blvd. NW, Anoka, MN 55303. This ad does not necessarily represent the views of ISD 15 or the publishers of The Courier. ISD 15 and publishers make no guarantees to the truthfulness or accuracy of the statements made herein.

Recycling Grant The City has been awarded a $29,210 grant from the Anoka County Recycling Program for improvements to our Recycling Center on Viking Boulevard. The grant will be used to install a security system and purchase

a new glass crusher and a trailer for shipping compacted cardboard. This grant requires no local matching funds. The City has reached 49.93% of our tonnage goal of 1046 tons of recyclables for the 2012. Attaining the goal of 1046 tons is a reasonable expectation and we hope that everyone will participate in the Fall Recycle Day and other programs that count for the tonnage we need to meet our 2012 goal. Proposed Budget 2013 The City Council’s review of the proposed 2012 budget began in July and at the September 5, 2012 City Council meeting a preliminary tax levy and budget for 2012 was approved. The budget can be amended by reduction until final passage occurs in December. The 2012 Preliminary Budget is available at www. under Government/Budget. A paper copy is available for viewing at the City Hall reception desk. After November 11 and on or before November 23, property owners should receive a notice of proposed

property taxes payable year in 2013 from Anoka County. This notice will indicate the December 2012 City Council meeting date and time that the budget will be discussed. Municipal Utilities Project The remaining work for the Municipal Utilities Project along Viking Boulevard has been suspended until November 2012. Due to soil conditions in the trench bottoms and the movement of the undisturbed base material in this area, it was recommended that the project be rescheduled until there is frost in the ground. The frost conditions will spread the impact of equipment movement and minimize the lateral forces exerted by the equipment, thus reducing the soil movement in the excavated areas. The suspension of excavation activities was anticipated in this area once the worst soils were encountered, requiring the need for winter freezing to provide the trench stability necessary to complete the project. The project is still on schedule for completion in June 2013.

2012 St. Francis Fall Recycling Day • Saturday, October 13 The City of St. Francis Fall Recycling Day will be held Saturday, October 13 8:00 a.m. to Noon. This one day only event will be held in the St. Francis Middle School parking lot, 23026 Ambassador Boulevard. The following items will be accepted at NO CHARGE: Fluorescent bulbs BATTERIES: Automotive batteries only SCRAP METAL: Rubber, plastic, glass, and wood parts must be removed from the item. Fuel tanks and crank cases must be drained. Leaves: All debris found with leaves will be rejected. Due to state laws leaves cannot be burned or buried. The following items will be accepted for a CHARGE: APPLIANCES: JR’s Advanced Recyclers will be here to accept refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, microwave ovens, residential furnaces, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, garbage disposals, trash burners, water softeners and air conditioners for a recycling fee of $10 per item. 26

CURBSIDE PICKUP FOR APPLIANCES: The city will pick up your appliances for $20 and water softeners or air conditioners for $40. Curbside recycling is scheduled for October 11 & 12. Call city hall at 763-753-2630, Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. to sign-up and pay in advance. ITEMS WITH SPRINGS: ACE Solid Waste will accept couches, chairs, recliners, hide-a-beds or other items with springs for a recycling fee of $15 per item. Mattresses and box springs will be accepted for a recycling fee of $15 per item by PPL Ind. WASTE ITEMS (for St. Francis residents only): The city will be accepting household waste at a cost of $25 per load. A load is any amount equal to or less than a level pickup box or equivalent sized trailer. Oversized trucks or trailers will be charged extra. Household waste includes such items as old carpet, broken toys, plastics and general trash. These items fall under the same restrictions as your local refuse hauler. NO HAZARDOUS WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED! Hazardous waste includes such items as oil filters, herbicides, pesticides, paints, solvents, fuel, and any undefined liquids, powders or solids. The containers these items are stored in are considered hazardous waste as well. Any load with hazardous waste will be refused. For hazardous waste drop off sites or further information, please call Anoka County at 763-323-5730.

ELECTRONICS: E-Cycling Solutions will accept: Computer towers (CPU)..................... FREE Notebook computers........................... FREE Computer monitors.................................$10 Televisions 22" and smaller....................$10 Televisions 23" to 32".............................$20 Televisions larger than 32"......................$30 Small printers, scanners, fax, typewriters, VCR’s, DVD players, satellite receivers, stereo components (each), boom boxes... $5 Home and small office all-in-one printers & faxes......................$10 Computer keyboards, speakers (pair), home phones....................$2 Wires, cords, cables, cell phones........ FREE Electric motors.................................... FREE TIRES: Lehne’s Tire Service will be accepting tires at the following prices for each tire, prices will be determined by the attendant: Car/Light Truck (on or off wheel)............$4 Truck 19.5" diameter wheel......................$6 Semi Truck off wheel..............................$10 Semi Truck on wheel..............................$15 Truck - flotation type front......................$20 Tractor tires small..................................$25 medium..............................$35 large...................................$45

Donations of Household Goods Salvation Army will be accepting donations this day at this site. Recycle Items Recycling items that are accepted by your curbside recycling vendor will also be accepted this day. Hydrant Flushing City hydrant flushing was done during the last week in September. Curbside Pick Up for Brush The city will pick up brush at the curb in the water and sewer district on October 9 & 10. The brush must be piled with the cut ends towards the street. Branches cannot be more than 4" in diameter and 8' in length. Only piles 3' high and 4' wide will be taken. If you exceed this limit, please call city hall at 763-753-2630.

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Shredding will not be offered until the Spring Recycle Day 2013. The Courier | October 2012 |

Independent School District 15 indoor air quality

Fundraisers, Benefits, Events Saturday, October 6 The 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest will be held at the Don Hansen VFW post in Ham Lake, 2:00-6:00 p.m., bingo 3:00-5:00 p.m. Activities include a pumpkin decorating contest, bounce house, Tommy’s Petting Zoo, carnival games, food, music, bake sale and more. Bring a non perishable food donation for the local food shelf for a chance to win a special prize. Friday, October 12 Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta is helping raise critical funding for breast cancer research by donating 20 percent of its sales on Friday, October 12 to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle. For more information, visit Friday, October 12 Anoka County Board Chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah, has agreed to Raise the Roof atop BoB’s Produce in Fridley. Sivarajah and other dignitaries will spend the night under the stars unless they each meet their goal to raise $5,000 on behalf of their community team. It’s all part of the 5th Annual RoofRaiser – a fundraiser for Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being, a Fridley-based clinic and non-profit serving more than 4,000 families each year. Food will be provided, courtesy of BoB’s. Entertainment includes Culver’s Jammers, a local bluegrass band and a performance at 6:00 p.m. by The ’nMotion Dance Center Performance Team. For more information, visit www.

Saturday, October 13 The Lakes Area Chorus will perform “Lucky Day” at 3:00 p.m. at Immanuel Church, 9511 West Broadway Avenue, Columbus (one mile west of I-35). Join The Lakes Area Chorus as they follow a group of friends reuniting at a local county fair. Tickets are available in advance and at the door for $10 each adult, $5 per child age 12 and under, and $8 per person for groups of 10 or more reserved in advance. For more information call Junie Dale at 651-269-3375 or email Diane John at

Submitted By Chris Wirz Indoor air quality coordinator, Maintenance Supervisor

General notice for school employees A Minnesota State law went into effect in the year 2000 that requires schools to inform school employees and parents if they apply certain pesticides on school property. Specifically, this law requires schools that apply these pesticides to maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and to

Letter to the Editor Thank you to my dear patients and friends who have sent well-wishes and prayers. Rio and I are recovering nicely. I should return to work in 3-4 weeks. Thank you to Dr. Lisa Randall for taking such good care of my patients in the meantime. Mary J. Johnson, D.C., Zimmerman resident

Letters to the editor Policy The Courier reserves the right to reject any letter submitted and edit letters for clarity, length, and grammar. Be timely—visit for deadline information. Include contact information—include your full name, title (optional), city, and daytime phone number. Unsigned letters or those submitted without a phone number will not be considered. Be clear & concise—make one main point in 200 words or less. Be accurate—letters that are factually inaccurate will not be printed. Be considerate—only one letter per author every 60 days. Regular contributors should submit letters on varied subjects. Letters by the same author that reiterate opinions previously expressed may not be published. Writers must either live within District 15 or be writing about an issue specific to our coverage area. Submissions—letters can be sent by email to katmil@stfrancis.k12., by U.S. mail to The Courier, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070, or by fax to 763-753-4693. Other—thank-you letters that relate to a public event, organization, or official are not considered letters to the editor. Contact the editor regarding submitting that information. Viewpoints expressed in a letter to the editor do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Independent School District 15 or The Courier staff.

The East Bethel Booster Day committee would like to thank the donors who made the July 19-20 event such a success:

Ace Solid Waste, Inc. • Bethel Properties • Blaine Youth Hockey Association • Booster Day 5K Fun Run/Walk • Central Trailer Sales • Chops, Inc. • City of East Bethel • Classic Construction, Inc. • Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, PLLP • EJ’s Bar and Bottle Shoppe George’s Repair Service • Go For It Gas • Hakanson Anderson Engineering • Hidden Haven Golf Club • Linda Gutzkow’s Permanent Cosmetics • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church People’s Bank of East Bethel Without these donors, the East Bethel Booster Day committee absolutely could not organize this event for the community every year! The committee would also like to thank all the volunteers for the hours and manpower they gave. It is truly a team effort and the dedication of this team is unsurpassed.

make this schedule available to employees and parents. Independent School District 15 pesticide application schedule is as follows (school is not in session): Education Minnesota days in mid October, winter break, and spring break. State law requires that employees and parents be told that the long-term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. Asbestos — annual notification of availability of the management plan and related activities Independent School District 15 has on file a complete and updated management plan for dealing with building materials containing asbestos within the school district’s buildings. The management plan is available for viewing by interested parties, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., at the Maintenance Administration Building, 23397 Rum River Boulevard in St. Francis. Plans are also kept in the principal’s office at the respective school sites. Copies will be made available for

reproduction at a nominal cost. The following have asbestos materials located in the building: East Bethel Community School, Lifelong Learning Center, Sandhill Center for the Arts, St. Francis Elementary School, St. Francis Middle School, St. Francis High School, and Transportation Building. Crossroads School & Vocational Center, Cedar Creek Community School, and Central Services Center were designed by the architect to not allow the use of building materials containing asbestos in the construction. As required by federal law, the condition of asbestos in our schools is surveyed every six months as part of an ongoing operation and maintenance program. The asbestos is reinspected every three years by certified staff. The Institute for Environmental Assessment completed an inspection in August 2009. If you have any questions or concerns, please address them to Chris Wirz, maintenance supervisor, at 763-213-1883 or chrwir@, or call the Institute for Environmental Assessment at 1-800-233-9513.

The Ponds Women’s League would like to thank our 2012 Sponsors: St. Francis Subway Opp Family Chiropractic St Francis Dental Care The Oaks of Lake George American Family Insurance – Mary Dresch Agency St. Francis Bottle Shop Scentsy – Lori Jensen Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Gold Star Kennels & Suites The Ponds Golf Course 2881 229th Avenue NW St. Francis 763-753-1100

Thank you to the following organizations for your support: Boy Scout Troop #733 Cedar/East Bethel Lions • City of East Bethel • Cub Scout Pack #387 • East Bethel Firefighters East Bethel Seniors • East Bethel Booster Day Committee The committee is always looking for volunteer groups and individuals to help make East Bethel Booster Day the best it can possibly be. Visit the city’s website,, for committee meeting dates or if you are interested in finding out more about what we have in store for 2013! The Courier | October 2012 |


I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Tire Pressure Monitoring System Have you ever wondered if one of your tires is low on air? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Depending on how new your vehicle is, your vehicle may be able to tell you. In 2000, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enacted legislation to phase in tire pressure monitoring for vehicles. The phase in was to be 100 percent in place for the model year 2007. This piece of legislation is referred to as

the TREAD Act of 2000. What this means is that all vehicles now are required to have a system that can monitor the tire pressure of each tire and report to the driver if a tire is low. Some systems even monitor the spare tire. Most vehicle manufacture’s now have some kind of wireless sensor mounted in the rim that sends a signal to a computer inside the vehicle. If a low tire is found, a light or a message will be illuminated on the dashboard. The sensor on most vehicles is actually the valve stem (the thing that you put air into). Some

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that needs repair or if the tires are rotated, the TPMS system may need to be reset to tell the computer that it is ready to go. Each vehicle manufacturer has its own way of resetting their system. Some will auto reset after driving a short distance, some have a procedure to follow on the vehicle to reset, and some will need a special piece of equipment to reset the system. Occasionally a tire pressure sensor may leak air, break off, corrode or fail for some reason; this will also turn the light on. If a sensor fails, a new sensor will need to be installed. Once the sensor is installed, some sort of procedure or reprogramming will need to be done to activate the new sensor and have it communicate properly with the vehicle’s computer. This is the only way to get the light off and the system working again. Each make and model of a vehicle requires a unique sensor. There is a company that is starting to sell a universal sensor that can be programmed to fit numerous vehicles, but they do require programming for the specific car. This system can be very frustrating, but it also can save you from ruining a tire or from having a blow-out due to running on a low tire. (I hate when that happens). So if the light is on, check it out.

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Invest early—and wisely—for college School is back in session. If you have school-age children, you’re probably busy getting them acclimated to another year of hitting the books. But the school years go by quickly, so it won’t be long before your kids are ready to head off to college. Will you be financially prepared to help them? It’s certainly a challenge, especially given rising costs of higher education. Consider these figures from the College Board: For the 2011-12 school year, the average cost (including tuition, fees, room and board) was $17,131 per year for an in-state student attending a public, fouryear college or university. For a student attending a private four-year school, the comparable average cost was $38,589 annually. And these numbers are likely to increase in the years ahead. So, what can you do to help meet the high costs of higher education? For starters, you need to save and invest — early and often. And you’ll also want to choose investments that are particularly well suited for college. Here are a few suggestions: } 529 plan — When you invest in a 529 plan, all withdrawals will be free from federal income taxes, as long as the money is used for a qualified college

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Sports & Outdoors Support your Saints!

Fall walleye bite is on

by Kimberly diLaUro Rief

Kettle Falls on the Canadian border

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St. Francis Middle School and High School students in grades 7-12 that are involved in school activities or athletics can purchase a Student Activities Pass for only $30. This pass grants admission to all home athletic contests, plays and concerts; exceptions are Madrigals and section contests.

Tom Larson Outdoor Writer

When many outdoorsmen were readying for the Minnesota duck opener on September 22, four avid fishermen, including myself, indulged themselves in a very chilly ritual of walleye fishing for five days on the Canadian side of Rainy Lake. The 400mile round trip from St. Francis ended at the Ash River Trail, Ash River flowage. There, we were able to launch two boats loaded with a week’s supply of food, luggage, rods and reels, and multiple quarts of rainbow and chub minnows. Our destination to Kettle Falls was a 50 minute boat ride

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through Namakan Lake, flush with big water, rocky ledges and outcrops, pine trees and bright fall colors of maple, ash and birch. Trust me when I say, this was also a time to be loaded up with cold weather gear all for a good reason. The forecast for the week called for low temps, wind out of the northwest and rough waters—all of which we experienced. Kettle Falls sits on the border between the United States and Canada and has long been a destination for tourists and fishermen. The century-old hotel and other accommodations were built between 1910 and 1915 and have a long history as

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a destination and reprieve for lumberjacks and mining workers. At one time, Kettle Falls was a thriving transient community frequented by some of the most notorious gangsters of the 1930s. The historic hotel and portage were updated by the Canadian government that included four duplex villas to cater to more and more tourists and fishing enthusiasts. While the Kettle Falls area had a number of owners over the century, the Overson family currently leases the property and manages the operation. The Kettle Falls location and its Canadian counterpart, Squirrel Falls, form two channels for the water of Namakan Lake to flow into Rainy Lake. This remote access point allowed us to be portaged over the island into Rainy Lake for what turned out to be an exceptional week of walleye fishing. I was lucky to be with fishing partners who had spent a fair amount of time on Rainy Lake, particularly the Canadian side, including a number of humps and points that held fish. Fall fishing is a time when walleyes and all species of cold water fish are on the hunt for food, preparing themselves for Continued, Page 31

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Fitness Matters Melissa Enzler Owner St. Francis Anytime Fitness

Question: I am someone who regularly skips meals and my workouts, thanks to both a busy work schedule and family life. I’m wondering if you have any tips that might get me back on track? Answer: Luckily, there are many people that lead busy lives while still finding the time for healthy meals and productive workouts—it can be done! You need to make sure that fitness and nutrition are priorities in your life. Once you make this commitment, doing the right thing will seem like a lot less From Page 30

Fall walleye bite is on the long winter to come. During these periods, walleyes become aggressive eaters as lake temperatures begin to fall. Our first day on the water, the weather cooperated with bright sunny skies and fairly calm water, allowing us to make our way easily up the Canadian channel. We were pleasantly surprised to find an abundance of schooled fish as we slowly graphed the outer perimeters. The water temperature was 64 degrees at the start of the week and dropped to 61 degrees by week’s end. Temperature change is one of several triggers that tends to turn fish into active eaters. There are probably many reasons that fish start to congregate, but the lack of fishing pressure this time of the year, coupled with temperature drops and the internal clocks of fish, mark the annual forming of larger schools. During this period, fish will move a lot and stall at locations where bait fish appear to be plentiful. The graph frequently marked large balls of bait fish and often times, accompanying those bait fish, were schools of marauding predators such as walleye and northern. My boat with fishing partner Jock Sutherland was primarily using various colored jigs, while the second boat, consisting of brothers Jeff and Dave Dahl, preferred trolling large crank baits. Both tactics were highly effective, but over the course of the week, trolling actually brought in bigger fish including a fair number of 23 to 24-inch walleyes and 30 to 36-inch northerns. The Dahl brothers proved that bigger fish are usually caught on bigger crank baits and Rapalas. The humps and points in this portion of Rainy Lake generally proved to hold

work. Try taking an inventory of your week on Sunday night, figuring out which days are light and which ones are heavy in terms of work and family responsibilities. Then you can schedule your workouts in your planner and resolve any meal planning issues as well. For example, maybe you need to pack more comprehensive snacks if you have a meeting during lunch, or maybe you need to create a reminder so you remember to take frozen meat out of the freezer the night before you cook it. Plan and pack your meals so you eat healthy and don’t skip a meal. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to eat and to workout. These seem like small, almost trivial changes, but they make a world of difference when you’re in a time crunch. We typically schedule large schools of bait fish and along with that, active and aggressive walleyes. With the Canadian Conservation license and our remote area passes in tow, we were allowed to keep one fish per day per person that was 17 inch or less, or as we called them, “boxers.” The entire trip allowed us to transport four walleyes home after the week. This practice made most our days “catch and release” days, while catching and releasing somewhere between 40 to 50 fish per boat. The big bonus were 13 to 15 inch slab crappies which added to our daily limit. By mid-week, the weather turned sour with cold temperatures, rolling water and numerous squalls, some producing sleet and hail. This is where the appropriate outerwear made fishing in those conditions much more tolerable. The lessons for the week were many. First, prepare for the worst in terms of weather. Scan known humps in the 35-foot range with a good quality graph and GPS, set waypoints when fish are graphed and work the area. If the fish are not active, move on, knowing that somewhere the fish are active and aggressive. Change presentations, color and tactic as the bite wains so that you can find those magic moments. The greatest lesson for the week is to soak up the enormous beauty that wilderness provides, enjoy the solitude of the day, particularly the camaraderie of good friends. Happy fall fishing!

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Kylie Gibson, a 7th grader from St. Francis Middle School, placed 2nd at the 2013 MN State Figure Skating Championships, Preliminary Level. The competition took place August 17-18 at the Bloomington Ice Garden. Kylie skates at the Blaine, National Sports Center. Her coaches are Karen Olson, AnnaMarie Leik and Kristina Hefty. Her choreographer is Amber Van Wyk. Kylie will be competing at the 2013 Upper Great Lakes Regional Figure Skating Championships held in Green Bay, Wisconsin October 12-16.

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Congratulations to the Lady Patriots from St. Francis Christian School! The Lady Patriots took second place against Owatonna Christian School on September 15 at their home tournament. Seniors Haiven and Kyana Kloeckner were on the AllTourney team. The Lady Patriots also took third place against Cambridge Christian School at the Owatonna Slam Fest held September 8. Junior Evie McKay was on the All-Tourney team.  Jill Peterson

(Top) Laurel Schurke’s fourth graders started out the year exploring our school forest, observing and recording elements that make up the forest. While on their hike they sketched man-made and natural patterns in their STEM notebooks, as well as collecting specimens they found interesting on their hike. Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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Life Almost, Maine Glenn Morehouse-Olson SFHS Drama Advisor

Over 70 students crowded into the St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center to audition for the Theater Department’s upcoming production of Almost, Maine by John Cariani. This quirky romantic comedy features a cast of 19, and competition was fierce. The play takes place in the mythical town of Almost, Maine as the northern lights paint their magic across a winter sky. Each scene takes place at the exact same moment on the exact same night as the people of the town (not unlike St. Francis, Minnesota) find themselves “falling in and out of love in unexpected ways.” “A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts. Almost, Maine explores the thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows,” the New York Times stated in its Off-Broadway review. Playwright John Cariani developed the play in 2002 at the Cape Cod Theater Project and it has gone on to receive critical acclaim, being honored by the new American National Theatre as an outstanding play of 2004-05 and being featured in The Best New Plays of 2006. “The northern lights are brilliant, ribbon-like, other-worldly displays of light. Northern Mainers are fortunate. Growing up, I remember being treated to a northern lights show at least once a year,” explains Cariani. “Almost, Maine is a play about people who are normally very grounded, but who have become very excited by love…and other extraordinary occurrences.” In the end, 19 lead actors and 12 understudies were cast in the show which will be performed November 1-3 at 7:00 p.m. and November 4 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, students and children. For more information, call 763-213-1527.



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Hear ye! Hear ye! Let the 32nd annual Madrigal dinners commence! The St. Francis High School Choral Department is once again diving into the renaissance world. The Madrigal dinners take place in the multipurpose room-turned castle featuring wacky characters, delicious food and beautifully performed classic renaissance music in a lively show. The honour of thy presence is requested by the frantic Queen and her disbelieving husband, as the royal court begins to investigate, is the world really going to end? The King and Queen quickly gather experts to investigate a prophecy that has spread about the kingdom. With scholars, adventurers, meteorologists and cannibals, someone has

to have the answer. So many theories bandied about the royal court, it’s no wonder they’re all so confused about the end of the world! Can you predict how it will end? Join us in musical company for Once Upon a Time, The End. In addition to the diverse characters of the royal court, we are joined by jesters, minstrels and the everchanging royal chef. These, as well as some new faces, will round out our merry band of Renaissance characters. Singers start preparing early in June by writing the script they will use in November for the dinners. The ensemble will continue to perform throughout the school year using afterschool hours to prepare for performances. The Madrigal Singers also perform around the greater

metro area for community events and act as a caroling ensemble during the holiday season. This year’s production is directed by Lukas Warren with assistance from Katelyn Larsen. Performance dates are November 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m., November 10 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and November 11 at 4:00 p.m. With only one weekend of performances this year, hurry and purchase tickets—they sell fast! Tickets for adults are $20 and student tickets (18 and under) are $15. To order call 763-213-1800 Ext. 1489 or pick up an order form from the choir room or a choir student.

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sausage. Deer cutting supplies will be available to purchase. Register yourself and bring a guest for free. Please call 763-213-1640 with your guest’s name. Guest name must be on roster to be admitted to class. #AE12224 1 Session Date: Monday, October 22 Time: 7:00-9:00 pm Location: St. Francis High School

Social Security—Getting the Most Out of Your Benefits The instructors of this course will discuss aspects of Social Security; getting the most out of your benefits; working while receiving benefits; the future of Social Security; when to begin taking benefits; spousal and survivorship benefits and the value of Social Security.

God always loves you And we would love to grow in God’s love with you. Sunday School • 9:15 a.m. for 6th grade-adult; 10:30 a.m. preschool-5th grade

Worship 10:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis, MN

(Across from St. Francis Elementary and right by the hockey rink)

Our Saviour’s

ELCA • 763-753-2273

Lutheran Church & Preschool

1 Session Tuesday, October 23 1 Session Thursday, December 6 6:30–7:30 pm St. Francis High School Instructors: Lyle Clem, Randy Chumley North Metro Money Management Fee: $7

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Open Basketball Adults only (ages 18 and over). Please bring your own basketball. Bring your friends and form a team or come alone to join in the fun. Rough, physical contact is discouraged! You must wear

Faith Listings Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834

Worship with us on

Catholic Church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011

Family Night at MN Children’s Museum

Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 email:

Trunk & Treat

Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057

Sundays at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday evening Power Up at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. (Bus leaves the church at 4:30 p.m., call for cost.) Sunday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West of Hwy. 65 on County Road 22 and south on Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 or visit our website at • email to:

First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718

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tennis shoes. As a consideration to others, no children please. Continuous Day: Wednesdays Starting: September 26–April 17 (no open gym Oct 17, Feb 13, Mar 6) Time: 6:00-9:00 pm Location: St. Francis Middle School Fee: $3/night Open Volleyball Adults only (ages 18 and over). Please bring your own volleyball. Bring your friends and form a team or come alone to join in the fun. Rough, physical contact is discouraged! You must wear tennis shoes. As a consideration to others, no children please. Continuous Day: Wednesdays Starting: September 26–April 17 (no open gym Oct 17, Feb 13, Mar 6) Time: 6:00-9:00 pm Location: St. Francis Middle School Fee: $3/night

Starwatch Make the stars your old friends. View stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae with two giant 20 inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota Mike Lynch WCCO Radio meteorologist has taught about the night sky for over 40 years. Even if it’s the cloudy you’ll learn a lot. #AE12240 1 Session Date: Friday, November 9 Time: 7:00-9:00 pm Location: Central Services Center Instructor: Mike Lynch Fee: $20 per person $35 per family (up to 4) For more information on the classes listed and other opportunities or to register online, visit www. Questions, call 763-213-1640.

Sunday Services

8:30 a.m. Traditional 11:00 a.m. Contemporary

19653 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Anoka, MN 55303 Intersection of CR 5 & 22 in Nowthen For more information call 763-441-1600

Welcome to New Life Church

Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 New Life Lutheran Church LCMC 18975 Lake George Boulevard NW Oak Grove • 763-753-5717 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 The Bridge Meets at St. Francis Elementary 22919 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

Fall Festival Saturday, October 27 • 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Food, games and prizes—fun for the whole family! Sunday Schedule • 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ!

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Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit www.tops. org. St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at Lioness Club— St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002.

CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information. Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www.stfrancismn. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, October 10 at The Ponds in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next scheduled board meeting is October 19 at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW, 11:00 a.m. Visit for more information or call 763438-5163. Pioneer Days 2013 Organizational Meeting Residents, businesses and organizations, are requested to attend a St. Francis Pioneer Days meeting. The question of whether or not to hold the traditional community event is being posed. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 at the St. Francis Community Center (next to city hall), 23340 Cree Street NW, St. Francis. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-7534234. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

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Area Meetings & Events Upcoming ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings: October 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; October 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

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St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the first & third Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month, call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Barb 763-434-6179. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check Meetings & Events First 5 lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Each additional line . . . . . . . . . $1.50 Payment is due when placing an ad. Copy & Display Ad Deadline Issue November December January February March April May June July August September

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Will do daycare for one family Like to have playmate for grandchildren. Live in District 15, worked at EBCS. Have done foster and daycare in Anoka County. Call 763-234-7578. In-Home Licensed Daycare has opening for ages 6 wks-11 years old. 1/2 off first week with enrollment. Fun and loving environment. CPR/ first aid certified. Food program. Please call Lisa; 763-458-1948. St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282.

Council & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m. & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630 Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370

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Childcare Kids Country Childcare Center in St. Francis enrolling. Call 763-753-5010 for more information.

Fitness Kettlebell, yoga-fit and personal fitness training and mature adult classes. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our website at

For Sale 20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf,, 763-441-9197.

Wanted St. Francis High School drama department would take donations of wooden suit hangers, building materials, clothing suitable for costumes, plastic storage bins. Call Glenn at 763-213-1633 or email to glemor@

For Rent Ham Lake $300 furnished room, requirements. Pictures on Craigslist, 763-434-6571.

Services Mr. Fixit—Light home repair, painting, clean-up. If it’s broke or needs repair, call Tom at 612-490-1010. Piano Tuning—Violin, piano, and guitar lessons, Michael, 763-2194883, Handyman Services—Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-300-9869. PIANO LESSONS—Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Carmel 612-220-0235. Budget Blinds 30% off your entire order. Free estimates 651-765-4545. Broken Blinds? We repair. Free estimates. Call today 651-765-4545.

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Lunch & Learn program launched Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, addressed the topic of wildflowers. Their program helped the audience learn about native prairie flowers that are growing in our area and their importance to natural pollinators. Common prairie flowers in our region are aster, prairie sage, butterfly

Juanita Reed-Boniface Lunch & Learn Coordinator

The Lunch & Learn program at the Sandhill Center for the Arts began its third year with two local speakers and a special guest. Colleen Satyshur and LuAnn Marotte, both staff members at the University of Minnesota’s Cedar Creek

Woodbury Park in St. Francis was transformed into an island paradise August 22 when a nine-member steel pan band from Trinidad performed a free concert. The music included Caribbean favorites as well as beloved hymns. After the concert, musicians asked audience members to give the drums a try. Steel pan performers give a lesson Christine Hill to Rebekah Jones of Isanti.  3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall


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weed, milkweed, clover, beardtongue, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, lupine and spiderwort. Satyshur began the program by giving important background pollinators and the critical role they play in plant pollination. Honeybees and butterflies are the most common. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bee pollination is responsible for more than $15 billion in increased crop value each year. About one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honeybee pollination. Commercial production of many specialty crops like almonds and other tree nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables are dependent on being pollinated by honeybees. Other pollinators are bumblebees, the Hover fly, soldier beetles, moths, and hummingbirds. Honeybees are not native to North America, but came from Europe. They are known for their caste system and sophisticated organization in their complex colony structure. In contrast, bumblebees are native to North America, are very hardy and winter in burrows. Ground nesters are another type of bee found in diverse settings. Butterflies don’t carry as much nectar as bees, but they are an important pollinator that needs to be protected. Providing food sources, especially nectar sources for adults in the late season, is critical. One of the challenges is that some native pollinators are slowly disappearing due to changes in habitat, pesticides and disease. There are many ways of helping these pollinators survive: cultivating nectar and pollen sources during spring, summer and into the early fall, that attract

Lunch & Learn participants (L-R) Matt and Ellene Keitikos, and June Anderson met the new ISD 15 Assistant Community Education Director Troy Ferguson. Photos by Juanita Reed-Boniface both bees and butterflies, leaving bare spots in the lawn for bees to burrow and putting up man-made bee nests in warm locations. Prairie restoration, whether it is large tracts of land or small wildflower and grass plantings in residential areas, are important for maintaining our native pollinators. Restoring Tall Grass Prairies is a good reference book for doing prairie restoration,“ said Marotte. “It gives the novice help in site selection and preparation, choosing plants and maintaining the planting.” Site preparation includes eliminating all weeds by spraying glyphosate and tilling the soil. Seeding is done in the spring or fall. Mowing and burning must be done in subsequent years to maintain the site. Plant diversity is key to a successful prairie restoration. Choose plants that flower at different times of the growing season and plant a variety of grasses Marotte also recommended planting a combination of seeds and forbs (seedlings). An example of an established prairie restoration may be viewed at Cedar Creek

Living Hope Evangelical Free Church Sunday Worship Services 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. at our Ministry Center adjacent to SFHS.

Awana Kids’ Club Wednesday Nights SouledOut Student Ministry for middle school and high school students on Monday Nights Adult Small Groups


Prairie Restoration site. Troy Ferguson, special guest and newly appointed Assistant Community Education Director, was welcomed to the program at the Sandhill Center. He shared with the group his career experiences in education and invited everyone to the St. Francis High School Hall of Fame event Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. in the performing arts center, honoring the 30 member, 1977 high school football team. The next Lunch & Learn program will be on Tuesday, October 16, with Jan Welsh speaking about bird migration. Welsh is an education specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and coordinator of Project WILD Minnesota. Make your reservations today, online at or by calling 763-213-1641.

East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Mike Elsenpeter on Friday, October 5. Jim Armstrong will be the musical entertainment for the Halloween Dance on Friday, November 2. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on October, 14, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Looking for friendship, practical help and hope during these early years (birth–kindergarten) of your child’s life? Join us on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information, call the church office. 3840 197th Ave • Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 A community ministry of The Alliance

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Recycled in August So far in 2012 St. Francis has recycled over 350 tons. Fall Recycling Day is Saturday, October 13 Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert Camus As summer comes to an end, it is time for yard and garden clean up and to get plants ready for the winter ahead. After vegetable harvesting is completed, it is important to pull and destroy plants that may harbor diseases. Blight and other diseases like to stay in the soil, so burn plants, bury them in a hot compost pile or put in the trash. Cut back and divide perennials. Division is a maintenance practice that can be a fun way to increase your plants as well as rejuvenate them. Some plants, such as iris, grow best when divided every few years. Others, like peony, may never need dividing. A good rule of thumb is to divide the plant when it is dormant or not flowering. In general, spring-flowering perennials can be divided in fall and fallblooming ones in the spring. Hosta and daylilies can be divided almost any time, if they are well watered afterward. Birds love perennial seeds, especially coneflowers, so don’t cut them back at all. Continue watering perennials, evergreens and other trees and shrubs in the fall until the soil freezes. Quitting watering in late summer and early fall is probably one of the most common errors for gardeners. Dig up summer flowering bulbs after the first killing frost and save the bulbs for next season by storing them in shredded newspaper or paper bags. Store them in a wellventilated place that’s dark, dry and cool. Ideal storage temperatures range from 35° to 45° F; the cooler the better, as long as they are not allowed to freeze. Plant spring blooming bulbs now—alium, crocus, daffodil, tulips and hyacinths, for example. Mow lawns until frost stops growth. Tall, matted growth encourages snow mold. Prune oaks, honey locust, crab apples, and mountain ash now. Apple and pear trees should be pruned in January and February. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. You can also find the Isanti County Master Gardeners on Facebook.

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Class will not be in session for Independent School District 15 students October 18 and October 19.

(Photo Right) Christine Tauer’s first grade class took A Walk to the Great Mystery based on the book of the same title by Virginia Stroud. Students went out to hug a tree and learned about respecting nature around us. Each student got their picture taken hugging the giant pine tree behind Cedar Creek Community School. Sandy Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Vote Mike Starr on November 6, 2012 to protect “liberty and justice for all.” Paid for by Mike Starr, 3215 217th Ave NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011, 763-300-9110.

This ad does not necessarily represent the views of ISD 15 or the publishers of The Courier. ISD 15 and publishers make no guarantees to the truthfulness or accuracy of the statements made herein.

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Births Phillippa (Pippa) Magnolia Richardson was born on August 23 at Fairview Northland Medical Center. Proud parents are Phillip and Del Ray Richardson of Oak Grove. Pippa weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces. Levi George Pettit was born August 24 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Joel and Elizabeth Pettit of Isanti.

Levi is welcomed by big brother Owen. Grandparents are Tom and Gina Kennedy and Bev and George Pettit of Isanti. Carson Chevy Weinhandl was born on September 5 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Joshua Weinhandl and Heather Hardy of Cambridge. Carson is welcomed by siblings Josh Jr. and Dylan. Nevaeh Renee Hill was born on September 11 at


Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 10½ inches long. Proud parents are Jessica and Dale Hill of Mora. Nevaeh is welcomed by siblings Bentley and Carter.

Brodey Eldon Stewart was born on September 19 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Guy and Jill Stewart of Isanti. Brodey is welcomed

by big brother Parker. Grandparents are the late Ann Massie, Don and Belinda Massie, Glen Stewart of Milaca and Elise Stewart of Iowa.

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Pete and Lisa Nelson and Richard and Kim Dills of Oak Grove would like to announce the marriage of their children, Nikki (Nelson) and Nicholas Dills. They rolled a lucky seven and were married in Las Vegas on August 18. Nikki, a 2004 graduate of St. Francis High School, is a 2008 graduate from the College of Saint Benedict. Nicholas is a 1999 graduate of St. Francis High School. They currently reside in Oak Grove. Reception to follow in October. Submitted Photo

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Nutritious lunches a big hit with students Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

The lunch room at St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) has gotten a trendier, more nutritious look this year, and that’s just fine with the majority of the students. New federal regulations require students take at least a half cup of fruits or vegetables with each meal and the SFES Nutrition Services staff accomplishes this by offering a wide array of attractively displayed and conveniently sliced items. In addition to the main entrée and daily milk, students are encouraged to fill half of their plates with fruits and vegetables. Each day, students at SFES get three choices for their main entrée, including the featured hot entrée or a deli sandwich or wrap. As they move down the lunch line, students fill their trays with a variety of fruits and vegetables such as canned green beans, bananas, apple slices or grapes. Then they proceed to the fresh veggie bar, which contains lettuce or greens and

a huge variety of toppings like olives, tomatoes, chick peas, peppers and cucumbers. This new lunch room set up helps debunk the stereotype that kids do not like to eat vegetables. Nutrition Service workers have noticed kids coming through the line with lots of fruits and vegetables on their plates. “I think it’s because there are so many healthy choices,” said Nutrition Service worker Robin Molin. “They don’t just have to take salad bar.” It wasn’t difficult to find students with trays full of nutritious food during the second grade lunch period. Children headed to their tables with more than half their trays laden with corn, apple slices, mandarin oranges, or a variety of sliced vegetables from the veggie bar. When Aiden King, from Johathan Hoef’s second grade class, was asked what healthy choices he prefers, he stated, “I take different stuff every day. I take cucumbers every day though, ‘cause I really like them.”

Aiden King, a second grade student from Jonathan Hoef’s class, shows off a lunch tray loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables. Although he likes taking a variety of different healthy foods from the lunch line every day, his favorites are the cucumbers.  Submitted photo

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Monthly publication of Independent School District 15, St. Francis, Minnesota

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