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Every vote counts Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

During every election, the public is encouraged to exercise their right to vote. In U.S. presidential elections, 56 percent of eligible adults (ages 18 and older) voted in 2016, according to the United States Census Bureau. In local elections, that percentage tends to decrease, except during presidential elections that occur at the same time. During the 2013 school board election, which was combined with the city of St. Francis election, 7.38 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot. The district’s voices failed the bond referendum in May, where only 23.21 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. To assist voting-eligible adults, absentee (early) voting is being offered in-person at ISD 15 Central Services Center weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until November 6. Central Services Center is located at 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW in St. Francis. Absentee voting is also available at the Anoka County Government Center during business hours and by mail. To mail in your vote, visit bond to complete the 2017 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application. For information regarding absentee voting, please contact Ann Johnson at Central Services Center at ann.johnson@isd15. org or 763-753-7044 or call Anoka County Elections Office at 763-3235275 or visit

h the Coffee wit ent d Superinten Saturday, October 14 9:00-10:30 a.m.

If the bond referendum fails, the educational and physical needs of ISD 15 will continue to exist. As classrooms, gymnasiums and other facilities deteriorate, programs with limited or inadequate space will continue to struggle. Addressing these issues now will be more cost effective as material and labor costs continue to rise. Passing the bond in November will put ISD 15 on track to address these deferred maintenance issues in the future. The school board of ISD 15 is proposing an $80 million bond on November 7. The approximate tax impact is an additional $1.74 annually for a $200,000 valued home on current tax rates over a 25-year period. Absentee voting is available for residents within ISD 15 or they can vote on November 7, between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit www. A public forum on October 10 will be held at East Bethel Community School starting with a building tour at 6:30 p.m. and an informative presentation at 7:00 p.m. Coffee with the Superintendent at Brio in Andover on October 14, from 9:0010:30 a.m., is another opportunity to get questions answered. Email questions to or contact Lisa Rahn, director of Community Education, at 763-753-7048 with questions regarding the upcoming bond referendum.

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15190 Bluebird Street NW Suite 100 Stop in for free coffee and the opportunity to chat with Superintendent Troy Ferguson, Independent School District 15, St. Francis. Information about the November 7 bond referendum election will be available.

Members from the St. Francis High School football team visited East Bethel Community School on September 15 and read to elementary students. The young men representing the football team served as models for the younger students. Junior running back and wide receiver Robbie Babcock is pictured with Sara Keding’s first-grade class reading Max the Brave by Ed Vere. See page 23 for more photos.  Photo by Sara Keding

District reaches out to the community Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

On September 18, Independent School District (ISD 15) held its first public forum about the upcoming bond referendum in November. The public forum included a scheduled tour of St. Francis High School at 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m., followed by a Q & A session. Superintendent Troy Ferguson explained to attendees the improvements of the proposed bond referendum. Members

of the audience included Minnesota State Senator Michelle Benson, Minnesota House Representative Cal Bahr and St. Francis Councilmember Joe Muehlbauer. The next public forum will be at East Bethel Community School on October 10, starting with a school tour at 6:30 p.m., followed by an informative presentation at 7:00 p.m. Stay informed about the bond by attending a public forum, having a coffee with the superintendent on October

14 (details at left) or visit for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Inside Schools in Action.......................2 School Board Highlights...........7 Community Education..............8 Community & Business..........12 Meetings, Events & Benefits...21 Sports & Outdoors...................22 Life..............................................24


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Schools in Action Superintendent’s Bulletin Troy Ferguson ISD 15 Superintendent

Hello, I hope this communication finds you and your family are enjoying the changing season as fall kicksoff with pumpkin-picking and homecoming. This month, I want to continue talking about our current bond effort to improve our buildings. Building Our Future Together is our motto for the upcoming bond referendum. We have been working diligently to bring you accurate information about the bond

election on November 7. In my article last month, I discussed a question that is often asked by our community, “Why should I support a school bond if I don’t have any children attending school in the district? What’s in it for me?” At first glance it may sound reasonable for a person to believe they have no stake in the success of their local school district if they do not have any children or grandchildren attending. I would counter

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that it makes no difference if a person has students in school or not. The stakes are high for all members of any community to support a strong and thriving local school system. At our public forum about the bond September 18, we had a great dialogue generated by members of the audience. Some members did not have students attending an ISD 15 school and we were able to speak specifically to the positive effect a successful bond would have on our community as a whole. ISD 15 covers 165 squaremiles in spanning two counties, four townships and six cities. There is a lot of open space and, more often than not, ISD 15 schools are the focal point where communities and neighborhoods gather.

In addition to high quality instruction during the school day, our schools and facilities are regularly used by community members for enrichment, social, arts and athletic opportunities for residents of all ages. Talk to any local business owner in our district and across the state. They will likely share their concern for not being able to fill positions they have open, especially in the manufacturing and skilled labor trades. I recently attended a forum for business, school, state and community leaders sponsored by Congressman Tom Emmer. We discussed not only the current the shortage of skilled workers, but the predicted mass shortages of those workers in the very near future. Industry is clamoring

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St. Francis High School Class of 1977 is celebrating their 40year reunion on Saturday, October 14, 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the St. Francis American Legion, 3073 Bridge Street NW, St. Francis. Cost is $15 with cash bar and appetizers. Dress is business casual. Please RSVP by October 1, by texting Denece Nord Strandlund at 763-439-8311 or emailing to

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East Bethel Community School (EBCS) welcomes four new teachers to the teaching staff. We are very excited to welcome them to our Eagle team! Maddie Cornelius is in her first year of teaching and will teach fifth grade at EBCS. Cornelius grew up in Brooklyn Park with her parents, one brother and one sister. She attended Minnesota State University/Mankato majoring in elementary education with a middle level science minor. She student taught first and eighth grade in the Centennial school district. Cornelius likes being on the lake and any outdoor activities. She loves to travel and has been to 16 states. Angel Jadinak grew up in Coon Rapids and recently moved to Elk River. Jadinak will be teaching fifth grade at EBCS. She comes to EBCS with eight years of teaching experience including third and fifth grade. Jadinak and her husband Randy have been married five years and have a four-year-old son, Isaac. When away from school, Jadinak enjoys stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, working out and, most of all, she loves being Isaac’s mom. Jessica Petrik will be teaching math and reading intervention. She grew up in North Branch with her three brothers and one sister. She recently graduated from St. Cloud State University majoring in elementary education. Petrik student taught at Pleasant View Elementary in Sauk Rapids

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Experience the southern portion of the beautiful Emerald Isle in June 2018. Steeped in history and folklore, this ten-day trip is open to ISD 15 community members, staff, family and friends. Travelers must be 18 years or older unless accompanied by an adult. Included is round-trip airfare from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Dublin, eight nights hotel, eight full Irish breakfasts, eight evening meals, two lunches and motorcoach transportation with an experienced driver/guide. The approximate cost is $3,000 per person. Plan on attending the informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING Anyone interested in visiting the Republic of Ireland in June 2018 is invited to an informational meeting Tuesday, October 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School in Room C-204. Alyson Harris, community member who lived in Ireland for many years, will share information about her beautiful homeland. For more information, please contact Carline Sargent, ISD 15 tour coordinator, at 763-213-1575 or

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Since September of 2016, Alexa Kelly, a math intervention teacher at East Bethel Community School (EBCS), has organized an unique program to support families by partnering with North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf (NACE) to support the Weekend Pack program. Weekend Pack is intended to help families who have a financial need with an assortment of healthy food for their student for the weekend. Each pack consists of two nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Last year, Weekend Pack successfully supported 25 families from EBCS because of the enormous support from our community. In order to continue this great program, Weekend Pack is seeking donations from local businesses and community members. If you are interested in supporting Opp Family Chiropractic presents a check to EBCS Weekend Pack, please Weekend Pack program. Pictured (L-R) are Cynthia contact Kelly at alexa.kelly@ Opp, Principal Angie Scardigli, Alexa Kelly and Brian Opp. Submitted Photo

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Counselor’s Corner

Samantha Schmidt SFHS Counseling office

Testing and college prep The St. Francis High School (SFHS) counselors would like to welcome everyone back to school and share some of the events that have already taken place this year along with some upcoming events. The annual College Fair took place on September 20. College representatives from all over Minnesota and surrounding states were in attendance to provide SFHS students and parents information about

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Pre-ACT Test Tuesday, October 3—This test is for tenth-grade students. This is a very important test that helps predict American College Testing (ACT) scores and provides feedback on areas students can work on to potentially improve their score for the ACT in the future. PSAT Wednesday, October 11— This test is an optional exam open to 10th and 11th grade students. For juniors, this exam will be used as a National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Students may also take this exam as sophomores if they wish to use it as preparation for the Preliminary Scholastics Aptitude Test (PSAT) and ACT as juniors. Sign up in the SFHS

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prescriptive curriculum on areas of weakness identified based on the results of the practice tests. Not sure who your counselor is? This is the student breakdown for our department: Samantha Schmidt—students with last names A-E Jaymie Helle—students with last names F-K Jill Salo—students with last names L-R Tammy Sworsky—students with last names S-Z

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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective

Rob Schoenrock ISD 15 School Board Member

As I sit here thinking of what to write, my mind starts to wander and I reflect on why I ran to be on the school board. Being a school board member has challenged me in many ways. First, I struggle with public speaking, yet, I have improved within my first year as a school board member. Secondly, I find it difficult to take a rigid stance on issues. At times, the school board’s decision on deliberated subjects is stressful and I realize the outcome will affect students, staff and families on both sides of the subject. Thirdly, the time commitment requires, at minimum, two school board meetings, three to four different committee meetings, rounds of negotiations requiring three to four per month, school board classes and attending school or community events. As a father of four active children and a small business owner, my time can sometimes get stretched pretty thin (as is the case for many parents). Having said that, I can take an active role in ensuring our children get the best learning environment and school experience possible. That, my

School Board Highlights Katrinna Dodge

Staff writer

August 28, 2017 All school board members present. Bond Oversight Committee Superintendent Troy Ferguson informed the school board on the formation of the Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) that will be meeting every Thursday until the November 7 election. BOC will address questions from the public, assist with community outreach and oversee bond finance. BOC members are Superintendent Troy Ferguson, Chris Wirz, Maintenance program supervisor, Lisa Rahn, director of Community Education, Director Mike Starr, Director Barb Jahnke and a representative from ICS. The

fellow community members, trumps all the challenges. While not everyone is in support of every school board decision, we actively listen and consider all sides and perspectives. Our goal is to make the best decision with the options available at the time. I ask you to do some homework on the upcoming bond referendum and vote November 7. The ballot will have one question which will address critical overdue building needs, improve safety and building accessibility districtwide with the focus on improving our students’ educational spaces and learning environments. We tried to match this bond amount to the amount that will be falling off in spring of 2018, and it comes pretty close. The previous bonds are scheduled to expire and this new bond would take its place. The difference property owners will see is an additional $1.74 annually on current tax rates for the value of a $200,000 residential house within Independent School District 15. A few things this bond addresses include: ■ Add classrooms to St. Francis Elementary School, which would bring 4th & 5th grade students back onsite, freeing up space at St. Francis Middle School ■ Add classrooms and bathrooms to East Bethel

first meeting was on August 31. Severed optic cables On August 24, CenterPoint Energy severed optic data fiber cables and phone lines located near East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School while replacing a gas meter. Those school buildings had no Internet or phone service. CenterPoint Energy and Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) partners were able to fix three of six optic cable lines before open houses for internet and phone service to be active. District administration are working with ISD 15’s insurance company to cover the damages. Schoenrock and Starr receive MSBA certificates Superintendent Troy Ferguson on behalf of Independent School District 15, congratulated Director Rob Schoenrock and Director Mike

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School Board Highlights Katrinna Dodge

Staff writer

September 11, 2017 All school board members present. School Board Work Session The school board of Independent School District 15 has scheduled a work session to review Minnesota Comprehension Association (MCA) scores prior to the school board meeting on October 9. The work session is 6:00-6:55 p.m. Dialogue session is canceled on October 9. Opp Family Chiropractic donates to ISD 15 Volunteers and Opp Family Chiropractic collected and donated school supplies to Independent School District 15 (ISD 15). The donations have been distributed to classrooms. Superintendent Troy Ferguson

Community School ■ Add a music room and renovate and expand the cafeteria at St. Francis Middle School ■ Expand the music room at St. Francis High School ■ Improve secure entrances for ISD 15 buildings ■ Re-configure media centers ■ Reorganize special ed learning spaces ■ Renovate family and consumer science (known as home ec for old folks like me) ■ Renovate science and business hubs at St. Francis High School ■ Expand industrial tech space at St. Francis High School Please visit to see a complete list of improvements included in this proposed bond. We have focused this bond on our students’ learning environments, safety and accessibility. Please contact Lisa Rahn at 763-753-7033 or email bond.questions@ if you have any questions about the upcoming bond referendum. As a school board member, I listen to my community. Feel free to contact me 763-232-7902 or Go Saints!

thanked this local businesses and volunteers for their efforts to supply ISD 15 with the tools to learn. Community Education Site Report Lisa Rahn, Community Education director, reported on the different departments of Community Education: Adult Basic Education, Adult Enrichment and Districtwide Youth Facilities, Communications, Kids Connection and Youth Enrichment and Rec Department. Rahn also oversees Grounds, Custodians and Maintenance, and Early Childhood and Family Education, Preschool Place 15 and Early Childhood Screening. School board reaching out about November bond referendum The school board is continuing to reach out to the surrounding community about the upcoming bond referendum election on November 7 by attending local events, groups and meetings. If you would like to see a school

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School Board Members Mike Starr Chairman  763-300-9110 Marsha Van Denburgh Vice-Chairwoman  763-753-6653 Barbara Jahnke Clerk763-753-6846 Rob Schoenrock Treasurer763-232-7902 Jill Anderson Director 612-270-0415 Amy Kelly Director763-744-8458 Sean Sullivan Director763-807-0010 Email:

School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held in the Community Room at Central Services Center, located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, October 9* & 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. *No dialogue session on October 9, due to a school board work session. Monday, November 13 & 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 11 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


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Community Education ISD 15 site review: Community Education Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

On September 11, Lisa Rahn, director of Community Education, presented a site report to the school board of Independent School District 15 (ISD 15). Community Ed is an umbrella over a variety of programs, which support lifelong learning by engaging residents of all ages. Involving the public builds quality community life and provides services for all, from early

childhood to programs for seniors. Supporting adults in the community is an important role of Community Ed. Adult Enrichment & Rec programs are essential for continuing education and maintaining a social and physical lifestyle. Courses, both in-person and online, offer affordable, fun and convenient lifelong learning opportunities. Recreation, trips, woodworking, yoga, personal finance and cake decorating are a few of the offerings. Adult

Community Education Directory Community Education Director............................................................... 763-753-7048 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Adult Enrichment & Rec................................................................................ 763-213-1640 Communications/The Courier.................................................................. 763-753-7031 Youth Enrichment • Grades K-5................................................................ 763-213-1616 Districtwide Youth • Grades 7-12............................................................. 763-213-1640 Driver Education/Behind the Wheel..................................................... 763-213-1640 Early Childhood Family Education.......................................................... 763-753-7170 Early Childhood Screening.......................................................................... 763-753-7187 Facility Scheduling............................................................................................ 763-213-1589 Kids Connection/Just 4 Kids Program Supervisor..................................................................................... 763-213-1616 Cedar Creek Community School Site............................................... 763-753-7160 East Bethel Community School Site.................................................. 763-213-8921 Lifelong Learning Center Site................................................................ 763-753-7199 St. Francis Elementary School Site..................................................... 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15/School Readiness.................................................. 763-753-7170 Rec Department................................................................................................. 763-213-1823 • •

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after school programming to students in kindergarten through eighth-grade. These youth-oriented programs offer classes in art, life sports and academic enrichment and exploration. The Driver Education Program is offered for students at St. Francis High School to obtain their Minnesota driver’s license through successfully completing the program and all state requirements. For more information on ISD 15’s Driver Education Program, visit Districtwide Youth provides clubs for secondary students including high school fall performance danceline, trap club, ski and snowboard clubs. Another popular program orientated toward youth is the Rec Department, which provides sports opportunities for children in preschool through 8th grade teach fundamentals and teamwork. This is a great opportunity for children to try a new sport in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. The Rec Department coordinates with community groups, volunteers, school sports and booster clubs to offer football, soccer, flag football, volleyball, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball and T-ball to families. At the Lifelong Learning Center, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) provides a variety of services for parents




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and children from birth to age 5. ECFE is a place where parents and young children learn and play together and can meet other families with young children. Preschool Place 15/School Readiness provides a safe environment where young children can grow and experience success. Early childhood screening is a free, simple check of a young child’s health and development. Screening should be done soon after the child’s third birthday and is required for public school attendance. Learn more at earlychildhood. Community Ed’s Facility Scheduling Department can help schedule your event at an ISD 15 facility. Local nonprofits, businesses, chambers, government and community members are served through the use of school district facilities. ISD 15 buildings and fields are available for public use after school, weekends and during the summer. For more information on renting a space at ISD 15, visit facility. The Communications Department, also under the Community Ed umbrella, connects the school district to the surrounding cities, businesses and residents. The Communications Department collaborates with district staff, local businesses, non-profits and chambers of commerce in disseminating information through The Courier. The department also supports electronic communication, the ISD 15 website and provides professional layout, design and print services for the school district and community. Community Education provides a spectrum of services to community members within ISD 15. By engaging our seniors, adults, youth and parents, Community Education values every person by building trusting, respectful relationships and collaborating with individuals, families and organizations which allows our ISD 15 community to flourish. “Lifelong learning enriches lives and creates opportunities for people to connect,” stated Rahn. To learn more about what ISD 15 Community Ed can offer you or to register for a class or event, visit www.isd15. org/communityed.

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American Indian Education/ Multicultural Program announces new staff member

Classes & Events 23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005

Brennan Butwin

American Indian Education and Multicultural Program

Hello, Independent School District 15! I would like to introduce myself as the new American Indian Education and Multicultural Program assistant for the 2017-18 school year. While growing up, my mother ran a home daycare for fifteen years, primarily caring for special needs youth. I have three sisters and two brothers. The youngest brother, who is now 15, has Down syndrome. In light of this, I have developed some superhero-like skills in accordance with the many unique environments growing up. Now I have a five-year old son who just started kindergarten at Cambridge Primary. I love to travel and learn about different cultures and people. Some of my favorite places are Lima, Peru, Jerusalem, Israel, Shang-Mai, Thailand and Kheer-Ganga, India. My favorite food is Pad Thai, fresh from Thailand. I love being outdoors and finding unique ways to use everyday items. I also love the water and have been teaching swimming lessons for over 15 years. I am excited to be in ISD 15 for this school year.

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Before and after school childcare Program Sites Cedar Creek Community School East Bethel Community School St. Francis Elementary School Lifelong Learning Center Kids Connection is a comprehensive childcare program for children in kindergarten through grade five that provides a safe, fun experience and offers families a variety of childcare options. The program is open 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours include before and after school programs and full day programs on non-school days. Questions? Call Chris at 763-213-1616 or Lori at 763-213-1641

Just 4 Kids is a childcare option for children who are three years of age by September 1, 2017, to kindergarten entrance. Children participate in various activities in a safe, wellsupervised environment. Extended childcare options are available at: • Cedar Creek Community School, 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Preschoolers who attend Just 4 Kids will be bused to the Lifelong Learning Center (LLC) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at no fee. • St. Francis Elementary School, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Preschoolers who attend Just 4 Kids will remain at St. Francis Elementary School. If preschoolers are attending Preschool Place 15, they will be bused to LLC at no cost. Customize your childcare arrangements! Before and after preschool, daily and weekly rates are available for Just 4 Kids. Questions? Call Chris at 763-213-1616 or Lori at 763-213-1641

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Line Dancing Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. This is an excellent class for those just beginning in line dance as well as the more experienced line dancers! Day: Thursday Time: 10:00-11:00 am Instructor: Ginger Anderson Fee: $2 per class, no registration required (class is not eligible for insurance reimbursement)

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SilverSneakers® Yoga 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 seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Time: 9:00-10:00 am Instructor: Cathie Hagford Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® and Silver & Fit® members, $2 per class for non-members, no registration required

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Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand–held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers® ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Days: Wednesday, Friday Time: 8:00-8:45 am Instructor: Cathie Hagford Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® and Silver & Fit® members, $2 per class for non-members, no registration required

Fitness 15 We offer plenty of ways for you to get in shape, so you’ll never be bored with working out. We have two treadmills, two elliptical trainers, two stationary bikes and a Nautilus four-station weight machine. Relaxed atmosphere—senior citizens are encouraged to attend! Days: Monday-Thursday Times: 8:30-11:30 am 1:00-4:00 pm Fee: $2 per visit, no registration required (no membership fees)

Sandhill is a Silver & Fit qualified center. For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program or the Sandhill Center, please call 763-213-1640. To see if you qualify as a Silver & Fit member or a SilverSneakers member, please contact your insurance company.



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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 Follow ISD 15 Early Childhood on Facebook to stay in the know and connect with other parents.

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Babies and Parents ECFE class Birth-12 months Come together with other parents and an early childhood teacher to talk about the successes and challenges of being a new parent. Whether it’s your first child or fifth, each new baby brings new adventures. Enjoy songs, discussion and activities in the room with your child. This is a non-separating class. Sibling care is available for a small fee but you must pre-register. Dates: Thursdays, October 5-November 16 Time: 9:15-11:15 a.m. Cost: This class is FREE

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Welcome Baby Home Visit An early childhood teacher will schedule a visit with you and your baby in your home or at the Lifelong Learning Center. Information about the joys and struggles of being a parent, infant milestones and development, Early Childhood Family Education and community resources will be shared with you. Call Jenny at 763-753-7196 or email for more information. Early Childhood Family Education A division of ISD 15 Community Education 763-753-7170

What is Early Family Childhood Education (ECFE)? A place for babies A place for toddlers A place for preschoolers A place for all dads, moms and other relatives in a parenting role

Bring the family and enjoy fun activities designed especially for your family by the Early Childhood Advisory Council. Petting zoo, face-painting, Book Brook, Pumpkin Bowling and much more! Play in the inflatable jumper! There will also be a fun photo opportunity, so bring your camera! Date: Saturday, October 7 Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $3 per child, max of $7 per family plus a non-perishable food item

Parent/Child Yoga Wind down from a busy day with your preschooler in this parent/child yoga class. Relax and learn basic poses in a fun setting. Designed for parents and children ages 3-6; two-year-olds can attend if able to stay involved for the entire time. Allison Miller, RYT-200, will instruct this class. Date: Thursdays, November 2-December 14 (no class November 23) Time: 5:00-5:45 p.m. Fee: $30 per parent/child Deadline: Please register by October 26

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What happens at weekly ECFE parent/child sessions? Time together: Parents and children explore a variety of activities planned by a licensed early childhood teacher. Time for play: Children practice and discover their own capabilities by experimenting with materials, playing with other children and trying out toys appropriate for their age. Time for parents: While the children are busy playing, you have an opportunity to meet with other parents and gain support. A licensed parent educator will lead the group and share information about parenting issues, child development and resources. Most baby and young toddler classes have discussion in the early childhood classroom; older classes separate to a nearby room when appropriate for the group.

We will begin with a self-guided tour of the Sea Life aquarium. Explore living creatures that live under the sea. You will have time to explore the mall, visit Legoland and have lunch on your own with your child. Most appropriate for children ages 3 and up. Date: Tuesday, December 5 Time: Bus leaves LLC at 8:45 a.m. and returns by 3:00 p.m. Fee: $10 per person Deadline: Please register by November 20

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Classes are also available for two-yearolds and very young three-year-olds Independent School District 15 Early Childhood Family Education is offering Preschool Place 15 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove.

The curriculum of Preschool Place 15 focuses on social skills and early literacy development. Mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, the arts and physical development are also part of the curriculum. Environments are designed to enhance and expand children’s understanding of the world as they direct their own play. Teachers facilitate the child’s learning; they guide and encourage independent learning in each child.

ECFE is a place where parents and young children learn and play together and can meet other families with young children. We are one of nearly 350 in the state of Minnesota offered through school districts. We believe all families deserve support, information and opportunities to be involved in their children’s learning. We recognize that parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. ECFE provides information on getting ready for school, discipline, child development, communication and growing together as a family.

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Do you have a child who is three or four years old? Have they been through Early Childhood Screening? Early Childhood Screening should be completed after the child’s third birthday. Screening is a free, simple check of a young child’s health and development; it does not determine kindergarten readiness. Screening includes a development assessment, vision and hearing checks, immunization and health review. Call 763-753-7187 if you currently have a 3 or 4-year-old child who has not been screened.

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October 2017

Reader’s challenge is on

Cedar Creek Community School hosts Saints Pride Assembly Kara Lofgren

Kara Lofgren (center), dean of students at Cedar Creek Community School, presented to students about Saints Pride on September 15. Students buzzed with excitement to possibly win a dance party by filling the schoolwide Saint Pride ticket bin. Photo by Katrinna Dodge

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SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) had its first all-school assembly on September 14. All 700 students and staff members received Saints Pride T-shirts at open house. Saints Pride T-shirts reflect CCCS core values: be respectful, be responsible and be safe. T-shirts were purchased by the parent-teacher organization and grant funds. Students are asked to wear their Saints Pride T-shirts on Fridays and special events. This supports a new program CCCS started last year called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a team-based framework for proactively teaching and supporting positive behaviors for all students. This schoolwide approach focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. As part of this program, when staff members see students being respectful, responsible and safe, they may earn a Saints Pride Tickets. The students will bring home the top portion of the ticket and the bottom portion of the ticket is put into a bin. For the month of September, if the schoolwide goal is met, students will participate in a school-wide dance party.

This year, all students in grade four at St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) will attempt to read 40 books of different genres to help increase growth in reading and vocabulary skills. The teachers will be celebrating successes for every ten books the students read. The students’ names will be displayed on the 40 Book Challenge Wall of Fame in the fourth-grade wing at SFES. Good luck to all fourth grade students in their reading Darin Bourasa’s fourth-grade students at SFES endeavors this are involved in a 40 Book Challenge. year! Photo by Darin Bourasa

What can parents do at home to support PBIS? ■ Review the Saints Pride Expectations (Shared with all families in the School Discipline Policy). ■ Ask your child to discuss examples of ways they can show Saints. Pride to help them learn and participate at school. ■ Discuss ways these expectations can be used at home and in the community. ■ Keep in touch with your child’s teacher. St. Francis American Legion Auxiliary

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Furthering its commitment to financial transparency, Anoka County has partnered with BondLink, a Boston-based financial technology company, to launch a new corporate-style investor relations website to attract more investors and diversify the County’s investor base. The site,, offers current and potential investors more than 2,000 pages of financial data that gives context to the County’s

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At the St. Francis American Legion on June 24, June Barkhoff celebrated her 90th birthday. In 1969, she bought the Scenic Drive-In located in St. Francis along Highway 47, when it was just The Kitchen. June and her husband, Paul, renovated the building to add more seating and a basement for storage. Years later they sold the Scenic to new owners, who changed the name of the restaurant to The Heartland before it became Mansetti’s Pizza & Pasta. It would mean the world to June and her family if anyone has pictures of their former business, the Scenic Drive-In. Please send your memories and/or photographs to June Barkhoff, 21266 Cleary Road NW, Anoka, MN 55303.

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Anoka County Library launches multicultural program series Maggie Snow

Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library (ACL) is pleased to announce its latest multicultural program series: The Minnesota Tapestry Series. Included are three programs highlighting immigration histories of various groups: ■ The History of Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota Saturday, September 30, 2:00 p.m. at Northtown Library, 711 County Rd. 10 NE, Blaine Author and Professor Betty Bergland will discuss Norwegian/ Swedish immigration and settlement in Minnesota and explore the experiences of Scandinavian women as they settled a new land. ■ The History of Latin America Immigration in Minnesota Saturday, October 21, 2:00 p.m. at Rum River Library, 4201 6th Avenue NW, Anoka Author and Professor Dr. Jessica Lopez Lyman from the University of Minnesota Department of Chicano and Latino Studies will explore the history of Latin American immigration and settlement in Minnesota. “Our goal is to continue offering diverse programming that reflects our community and our shared history,” said ACL Director Maggie Snow. The Minnesota Tapestry Series is for adult audiences and no registration is required. For additional information on the series, please visit

College hosts job fair October 4 Melissa Priebe

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The public, college students and alumni are encouraged to attend the upcoming annual Fall Job Fair at Anoka-Ramsey Community College on Wednesday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Campus, Legacy Room, 11200 Mississippi Boulevard NW, Coon Rapids. More than 40 employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time positions, plus seeking to fill internship and volunteer opportunities from a wide variety of industries. Candidates who attend the job fair are encouraged to dress professionally or in business casual attire. Each individual should also bring multiple copies of their resume to distribute to employers. Some of the businesses scheduled to participate include: Allianz Life, Best Buy, Minneapolis Public School District, Minnesota Reading Corps, Minnesota Math Corps, S.A.F.E. Management at Super Bowl LII, School Space Media, Target, TCF Bank, U.S. Army, Verizon Wireless and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. Members of the community are welcome to attend. For more information about this event or Career Services at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, call 763-433-1430 or visit

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French toast breakfast sponsored by the St. Francis Fire Department October 14

Minnesota Children’s Museum: Play Team Recruitment

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National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 and focuses on educating the public on fire safety. “October is intentionally fire prevention month because we enter into home heating season, which is one of the busier times for fire departments,” stated David Schmidt, fire chief of the St. Francis Fire Department. Schmidt advised residents to be aware of the risks and potential hazards, such as electrical, heating and cooking hazards as we enter colder weather. During National Fire Prevention Week, the St. Francis Fire Department visits daycares and private and public elementary schools. They focus on how the fire department operates and provide fire safety education, such as the stop, drop and roll program. “Kids at a young age are curious and don’t have an understanding of their surroundings such as keeping flammable objects away from the stove,” said Schmidt. On October 14, the St. Francis Fire Department Relief Association, the St. Francis Lions Club and the city of St. Francis are hosting a French toast breakfast at the St. Francis Fire Department. Residents can receive lessons in fire prevention, fire extinguisher demonstrations, interact with a fire truck and gather firehouse information. “It is our responsibility and duty that community residents are aware of how we keep them safe and how they can keep themselves safe,” said Schmidt. “The French Toast Breakfast is a great opportunity to connect with our community.”

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Minnesota Children’s Museum has reopened for a bigger, better and bolder museum this past June with ten new galleries to explore! Volunteer in our Play Team—Students in Service program to gain leadership skills, mentor youth, and learn about early childhood education and development. Eligible Play Team members are volunteers entering grades 9-12 from high schools across the Twin Cities metro area. Work together to facilitate STEAM and early childhood education programs for children and families who visit the museum. Participate in our Daily Development activities, which are designed to help you build skills necessary for success in school and the workforce. Play Team members commit to ten shifts over the school year. Choose your shifts based on you own availability. It’s fun, educational and a great way for you to give back to the community! Fill out the application by Friday, October 6, for consideration. Call 651-225-6048 with questions.

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Visit for more information. Email questions to Plan on attending the public meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at East Bethel Community School. Tour of the school 6:30 p.m. • Presentation 7:00 p.m.

STOP HOME FIRES BEFORE THEY START A fire at home can occur in just about any room of the house and even outdoors.

While one can’t account for natural disasters or other unforeseen problems, there are many steps homeowners can take to prevent fires. • Check the cords on all appliances and electronics. Replace any frayed or damaged cords or wires. • Do not overload outlets or rely heavily on multi-plug power strips. • Do not store items too close to the furnace. • Keep cords out of the reach of children and pets. • When cooking in the kitchen, always be present while food is on the stove or in the oven. Flare-ups can occur at a moment’s notice. • Don’t store items over the stove. They can fall and ignite. • Turn pot handles so that children can’t reach them and pull them over, risking burns. • Be sure appliance vents have room to “breathe.” • Have the chimney checked and cleaned regularly.

• Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to block embers. • Limit the use of portable space heaters around the home. • Use extreme caution with cigarettes and ashtrays. Empty them frequently when signs of heat and burning are gone. • Use light bulbs that are at the recommended wattage for a fixture. • Don’t place any electrical items by water in the bathroom. • Store flammable materials in a locked metal container in the basement or garage. • Service the furnace and hot water heater on a regular basis. • Be sure the home is equipped with working smoke detectors on every level. • Keep one or two fire extinguishers charged and at the ready.

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East Bethel News

Steven Voss Mayor, City of East Bethel

Summer is over—it’s time for change As I write this month’s installment, a hint of color is in the trees, the grass doesn’t need mowing quite as often, and the geese are starting to flock. All signs that we better enjoy what great summer weather we have left. Fall is a time to witness the changing seasons. Nothing is more dramatic than seeing the first trees change color, then an abundance of color on our sunny fall days and then before we know it, we have a yard full of work ahead of us. So many of us venture up north or elsewhere to view the fall color change when we can do this within our city. Be it a walk through Booster Park on our paved trails, a nature hike on the Fish Lake trails in the Cedar Creek Ecological Science Reserve (a true hidden gem in East Bethel) or to be fortunate enough to take a boat cruise on Coon Lake. One of the beautiful attributes of East Bethel is that we live within a large natural area and can see these wonders literally out our back door. Fire Prevention Week Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14 this year. As a precursor to this week, the East Bethel Fire Department will be hosting an Open House at Station 1 on Viking Boulevard on Thursday, October 5, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Our fire station will be open for tours and firefighting apparatus, provide an opportunity to meet and thank your local firefighters for serving our community, learn how you can join the fire department including our Youth Explorers program, and witness our famous Chili Cook-off between the firefighters and the Lions/Lioness Clubs! Refreshments, prizes and treats for the kids will also be provided. Alexandra House 13th Annual Walk for Hope Alexandra House provides a service where Anoka County residents who are victims of domestic and sexual violence can seek refuge in a safe and healing environment. Alexandra House provides a valuable service to our community and as a non-profit, relies on the contributions from individuals, civic groups, faith communities, businesses and local governments. I am pleased to say that the city of East Bethel has been a long-term supporter of Alexandra House. On Saturday, September 30, 8:00-11:00 a.m., the 13th Annual Walk for Hope will be conducted at the Bunker Hills Regional Park. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about and to end domestic and sexual violence. The walk will

feature a community resource fair, kidz zone and healthy refreshments. For more information regarding Alexandra House and the Walk for Hope, please visit Development We have discussed our progress on development of an updated Comprehensive Plan for East Bethel, including various public meetings to receive input from our residents on how we wish our city to be in the next 20, 30 and 40 years. Over the next several months, residents will begin to see some actual development changes in our city. Our new service road on the west side of Highway 65 will open this fall to provide an alternative route out of the theater area to Viking Boulevard, eliminating the need to use Highway 65 as an entry and exit point. This new road will also provide economic development potential in this area of the city. We are currently working with a development group planning to construct a 67unit apartment building complex just south of the theater. This development also includes future plans for assisted living housing and a medical clinic. If all of the approvals are granted, the anticipated construction will start later this year. The City is also in discussions with the business community across from the theater on the east side of Highway 65 to bring water and sewer utility services. These improvements will allow business expansion, improved stormwater management and a new roadway—all changes that will improve the economic viability of this area. On behalf of the East Bethel City Council, I wish you a wonderful and safe fall season.

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Read Down Your Fines begins October 1 at Anoka County Library Patrick Jones

Anoka County Library

The Anoka County Library Board has approved a second Read Down Your Fines program, giving youth an opportunity to read as a way of reducing their fines October 1-31. The goals of the Read Down Your Fines program are to reinforce the importance and value of youth reading, and to remove a potential obstacle of using the library for academic and personal development. “We’re committed to strengthening a culture of reading,” said Anoka County Library Board President Dan Greensweig. To participate, youth, ages 17 and younger, read in the library for 15-minute increments. They earn one dollar off their fines and fees for every 15 minutes of reading. There is no limit to the amount they can earn. The credit earned can pay down fines, bills and library replacement card fees, but cannot be used on future bills or charges. No cash will be exchanged in the Read Down program. Youth can only read down fines on their own cards, not for friends or family members. Accounts in collection are not eligible. For more information, please visit or contact your local Anoka County Library branch.

Fresh on the Farm

Sharon Johnson Minnesota Fresh Farm

Feeding the future Recently I joined a discussion group called Feeding the Future. Our 70 members comprise a few farmers who are sixth generation farmers, many who are third and fourth generation farmers, beginning farmers, researchers, agriculture educators, chefs, foodies and others who are interested in how those involved in agriculture will continue to feed the growing world population. It is a lively group that is conducted through Facebook by Minnesota Public Radio news. A lot of our discussion is focused on soil health and preserving the precious land that has been handed from generation to generation. We debate the best source of labor or if we should even hire




outside labor. Central questions that this group raises relate to the sustainability of farm land and the financial health of family farms. When a consumer selects a box of corn flakes from the grocery store shelf, does he give even a fleeting thought about how the corn made it from the seed kernel to the finished product in his bowl? And how do we keep that corn coming so there is another bowl next month? Next year? Into the next generation? Maybe it’s a bit much to expect that a consumer will analyze the food chain, present and future, with every food purchase that she makes. I don’t know who is going to come up with the answer to how we can plant new farmers who are eager to learn, but don’t have capital to obtain the land and equipment needed to operate even the smallest of farms. Who is going to replace the third generation farmers who don’t have a son or daughter that wants to continue the farming operation? These are questions

and issues that farmers face and debate every day, far outside the membership of our tiny Facebook group. Farming needs your help. Here are three things you can do: 1) Value your food. Think about how important your food is to your health and to your enjoyment of life. 2) Teach children about food. Take them to a farm and show them where food comes from. 3) Support programs that help farmers. Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture provide great help to farmers through funding of researchers, marketing and education about farm safety. When given the chance, show your support for farm programs. This monthly column in The Courier provides a place to pause and reflect about farming and its future. It is a subject that farmers think about constantly. Your thoughts are important too. The next time you see a farmer, let them know what you think about the future of farming.

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October 2017


Local plan for lakes and waterways nears completion Jamie Schurbon

Upper Rum River Watershed Management Organization Watershed Projects Manager

A new local plan for the Rum River, Lake George and other local waterways is in its final stages. The plan focuses on water quality and addresses storm water management, flood prevention and other topics. Once approved by the state, this management plan outlines projects that will be led by the Upper Rum River Watershed Management Organization (URRWMO) over the next 10 years. The URRWMO is comprised of representatives from the cities of Bethel, East Bethel, Oak Grove, Nowthen, St. Francis and Ham Lake. Its purpose is to address water management issues, which

often cross city boundaries. The organization and its new plan put emphasis on implementing already-existing rules and finding the highest priority problems upon which to focus limited funding. The plan positions the organization to compete for state water quality grants to fund larger projects. Work outlined in the plan includes water quality improvement projects, fixing shoreline erosion, culvert and storm water inspections, and regular water quality monitoring. The Rum River and Lake George are two high priorities in the new plan. The Rum River is in relatively good condition, and a highly valued state scenic and recreational river. Phosphorus levels are near, but slightly better than

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A-letter grade, however declining secchi transparency is a concern. East Twin Lake, Pickerel Lake, Seelye Brook, Cedar Creek, Ford Brook and Crooked Brook are some other waterbodies also discussed in the plan.

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Financial Focus

Blake Cheeley Edward Jones Financial Advisor

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Homeowner education for septic systems Julie Blomquist

University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Homeowners wanting to better understand, operate and maintain their septic systems will want to attend a Homeowner Education for Septic Systems program being presented by the University of Minnesota Extension. You will learn how to keep your septic system operating properly—when to pump, how to protect it from freezing, and more. This two-hour program will be held Tuesday, October 3, and again on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. The cost to attend is $10. You will receive the University of Minnesota Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide at the class. Pre-registration is required. You can get the flyer and registration form online at If you have any questions or to request the flyer and registration form, call the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County at 763324-3495. Presentation of this program is partially covered by an Anoka County Ag Preserves Grant and is presented by Valerie Prax, Retired Extension Educator.

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Business Spotlight

Katrinna Dodge Staff Writer

Jam Hops Gymnastics Factory In the city of Ham Lake, there is a place where you can find youth dancing, tumbling and cheering. Jam Hops has been a center for learning gymnastics, dance, cheer, ninja zone, theater and an academic preschool since 1997. “We have many opportunities for kids to choose from,” affirmed Nancy Nelson, marketing director. “Someone in our gymnastics program could also be in theater.” “We also have fun events that are open to the public,” added Nelson. “We host open gym, birthday parties, Nerf nights and other events for kids to come and play.” “We are inspiring kids to become life champions,” continued Nelson. “We offer a variety of programs for kids to learn life skills and team building. What we do here is so much more than coaching and learning how to be a dancer, cheerleader or gymnast. It is also about being good to each other and being respectful,” Nelson stated. “We are teaching them life skills. Each month they learn a new word such as respect or thankfulness. The word for November is thankful and we have Terry the Thankful Turkey to teach the kids about being thankful.” Jam Hops focuses on the why in their programs, not the how. Their philosophy has provided a community center for families. “We get to know our kids and their families,” smiled Nelson. “Families are not just signing up for a program once a year. They are here year-round and we are talking to them every day. Our workers stay here and get to know them. We have kids that

now work here after taking classes at Jam Hops since preschool.” Jam Hops supports the local community through their Give Back campaign, which collects donations that are distributed to Hope4Youth, Toys For Tots, the local foodshelf and local nonprofits. Jam Hops’ open gym proceeds are donated to the community or kids can bring in non-perishable food items. They have also performed at nursing homes. This summer, Jam Hops was the sponsor for Stepping Stones at a golf tournament at The Refuge. “Jam Hops owner, Brenda Nolby, is all about giving back to the community,” said Nelson. “We need businesses to give back to the community to help the youth in our area start on the right track.” Their supportive atmosphere and excellent programming is why Jam Hops has tripled their staff in 20 years. In 1997, Jam Hops had 20 staff after merging with The Gymnastics Factory. In 2002, they completed their center on Lincoln Street in Ham Lake. They continued to expand their programing to include dance, cheer, theater and an academic preschool. As the programs expanded, Jam Hops started operating out of three locations to meet consumer demand. Twenty years later, Jam Hops is a second home for 1,000 children and is expanding again with the completion of their new 43,000 square foot facility on 133rd Lane NE in Ham Lake. Their new facility will bring all their programs to one location and will have an Anytime Fitness for parents to enjoy. The grand opening for their new facility will be 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. A bounce house, balloon twister, face painting and tattoos, silent

Construction is nearing completion at Jam Hops’ new location at 1460 133rd Lane NE in Ham Lake. The grand opening will be on October 22.  Submitted Photo

auction in support of Hope4Youth, and special appearances from Tigger, Batgirl and Disney’s Belle will be part of the festivities. Jam Hops will also have registration for classes and activities, as well as open gym and dance studio available for families.

Other upcoming events are Nerf and movie night on October 21, a Ninja Clinic, Halloween and Preschool Halloween Party on October 28, and a Charlie Brown Christmas Special in December. Visit for more events or to register.

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Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve celebrated 75 years Caitlin Potter

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Education and Outreach Coordinator

On September 9, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (Cedar Creek ESR) in East Bethel celebrated its 75th anniversary! Over the last many decades, scientists working at Cedar Creek ESR have studied plants, animals, water, ecosystems, soil health and more. Cedar Creek ESR was the site of the first-ever studies on how energy flows through food webs back in the 1930s and 1940s, and has

been home to many other breakthroughs in the field of ecology—the technology to automatically track wildlife via radio telemetry was invented here, the first long-term largescale studies on biodiversity took place onsite, and the field station is home to some of the world’s longest-running experiments on fire, climate change and nutrient cycling! All on an inconspicuous plot of land off Highway 65. Who knew central Minnesota had such a scientific gem? Cedar Creek ESR also has a strong education and

Community members learned about animal tracks at the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey booth (this is a citizen science project you can join!).  Photo by Eve Daniels

community engagement program, hosting thousands of K-12 students annually on science field trips and providing opportunities for adults to engage in research and learning on a variety of topics. For their 75th anniversary, Cedar Creek ESR opened its gates for public tours, research talks, guided nature hikes, live animal presentations, historical displays and more. It was a wonderful day with beautiful weather and lots to explore and experience. Thank you to the 400+ local citizens who stopped by for a visit! If you were at the event and took photos, please share them with Caitlin at Throughout the year, Cedar Creek ESR offers opportunities for the public to engage with the research taking place onsite and visit some of the areas of the property that are usually closed to the public. Visit our website www.cedarcreek. and Facebook page @ CedarCreekESR to learn what’s next on the calendar, or check out the events listings in The Courier! Upcoming events: Nature Talk October 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Join scientists from Cedar Creek ESR at the Johnsville Library in Blaine as they discuss climate change, Cedar Creek ESR research and projected impacts on Minnesota. This event is free and recommended for adults. Cedar Creek Ecology Book Club October 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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This month’s Ecology Book Club (organized by Minnesota Master Naturalists here at Cedar Creek) will meet at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center and will discuss The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. This book addresses the legacy humans are leaving behind on Earth and what will happen if we are no longer here to maintain what we have created. No need to have finished the book to join us and no science background necessary. Questions? Email cedarcreekbookclub@gmail. com or ask a question on the book club Facebook page. Weekend-long Tracking Training at Fort Snelling October 14 and 15 Did you miss the June training weekend for the Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey? Or are you generally interested in learning how to identify animals through their track and sign? Join Jon and other members of the Minnesota Tracking Survey for an indepth look at the secret world of animals. Workshop takes place at Fort Snelling State Park. Please register online or by emailing Krista at Questions? Email Jonathan at Event is free and recommended for adults. Cedar Creek Wildlife Survey October 21 Join your fellow trackers and citizen scientists for our fall survey. We’ll be out on the property in teams looking for tracks and signs and documenting what animals are using our natural areas! More info coming soon. Please RSVP to Catilin at caitlin@umn. edu or Jonathan at poppele@ Event is free and recommended for adults.

NACE Foodshelf StriXe Out Hunger Join NACE Foodshelf on October 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Ham Lake Lanes for StriXe Out Hunger, a fun night of bowling, silent auction, big board, raffle, costume contest and so much more! For tickets or more information, please call NACE at 763-434-7685 All proceeds benefit the NACE Foodshelf.

Long Lake Lutheran Church annual fundraiser Lisa Lynn

Long Lake Lutheran Church

Long Lake Lutheran Church will hold their annual Fall Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, October 6, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Cost for dinner is: adults $6, $3 for children six to 12 years old and free admission for children six and under. The church is located five miles north of St. Francis on the corner of County Road 59 and Highway 47. For more information, call 763-444-5315 or visit

Turkey Bingo Kristin Ferguson

St. Francis Lions

Join the St. Francis Lions Club at the Turkey Games on Saturday, November 11, with bowling, bingo and dinner. Get a bingo—win a turkey! The St. Francis Lions are currently looking for sponsors for Turkey Bingo. Sponsoring a bingo game allows bingo winners to receive a turkey for Thanksgiving. Sponsors receive a game highlight for $50. Please contact Tim or Kristin at St. Francis Hardware at 763-753-1265 for more information.

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Meetings, Benefits & Events ISD 15 School Board

Area Chamber of Commerce AA/NA


ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings: October 9 No Dialogue with the School Board, due to a work session, Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. October 23 Dialogue with the School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast is the second Wednesday of each month, 8:00 a.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis Cost is $3. The Networking Breakfast usually has a featured speaker. The Board meeting is the third Wednesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, St. Francis. Meetings are open to the public. Visit our www.stfrancischamber. org or call 763-438-5163 for more details. North 65 Chamber of Commerce. Will hold it’s Expo on Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cambridge-Isanti High School Gym. For more information about the North 65 Chamber visit www. East Bethel Chamber of Commerce Chamber meeting on October 12 at Route 56 starting at 7:30 a.m. Board meeting is October 24, 8:00-9:00 a.m. at Aggressive Hydraulics, 18800 Ulysses Street NE, Cedar. Visit for more info. Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting is October 18, 9:00 a.m. at 21st Century Bank, 17635 Central Avenue NE, Ham Lake. Visit www.hamlakechamber for location and more information.

Oak Grove Seniors Meet at noon the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Oak Grove City Hall for a potluck and short business meeting, bingo follows. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652.

City & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., 1685 Crosstown Boulevard NW, Andover 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday, 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Nowthen 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. 2241 221st Avenue NE, East Bethel 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd & last Monday, 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale Street NW, Oak Grove 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday, 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center, St. Francis 763-753-2630 Stanford Township Board Meets 1st Monday, 7:00 p.m. 5050 261st Avenue NW, Isanti, 763-444-6370


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American Legion American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.

Business Edward Jones Coffee Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:00 a.m. at Bridge Street Coffee, 3122 Viking Blvd., Oak Grove.

Community Service North Anoka County Foodshelf (NACE) – Provides food and clothing for people in need through the generosity of our community. Hours of operation are: Monday 9:00 a.m.-Noon, Tuesday 5:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday 8:00-11:00 a.m. NACE is located at 18511 Hwy 65 NE, Suites 100, 200 in East Bethel. For more information, to donate or volunteer, please call 763-434-7685 or visit Long Lake Lutheran Church Invites you to join us for GriefShare Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Free. We are located five miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47. For more information please contact Sharon Sudeith at 763-444-4483 or visit www. For general information on the GriefShare program, visit www. GriefShare grief recovery support group: Meets at First Baptist Church in St. Francis each Wednesday beginning October 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Child care is provided through 6th grade. The church is located 22940 St. Francis Blvd. NW. GriefShare is a 14-week program to provide help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. For more information, call Mike or Sharon at 763-4420401 or visit

AA/NA Meeting at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in East Bethel. NA on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., AA on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., NA on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Health & Fitness New East Bethel TOPS weight loss support group meeting. Meeting held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1450 237th Avenue NE, East Bethel, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to their first meeting free of charge with no obligation. Tops Chapter MN #1774 Meets every Tuesday morning at 9:00 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. Check out a meeting or visit

Lions/Lioness CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB Meets bimonthly, first and third Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. Call Judy Ricke at 763-226-4893. Oak Grove Lions club Meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Oak Grove City Hall, 7:00 p.m., adjourning at 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Lion Mark Silvernagel at 763-753-2215. 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 at Nowthen City Hall on the first Thursday of the month for the board meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the membership meeting. Please email St. Francis Lioness Club Meets monthly. First Wednesday, administrative board and third Wednesday, general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Mary Madden at 763-444-5020 or Cheryl Eldstrom at 763-753-4602 or email bluesage51@ St. Francis Lions Club Meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wednesday board meeting; second Wednesday regular business meeting; fourth Wednesday social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-7531205 or visit CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at Maxx’s Restaurant & Bar on Hwy. 65. For membership information call Yvonne Johnson, 763-434-6985. We Serve!

St. Francis Seniors Life is good when you can make new friends, get out and enjoy the multitude of activities that our community has to offer. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at St. Francis City Hall Meeting Room, 23340 Cree Street NW, St. Francis. Social time and lunch begins at noon, with the meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m. and games until 3:00 p.m. We play cards, bingo, scrabble, cribbage, go on trips, lunch outings, have picnics and stay active as we get older. Come and see what we are about. Call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. East Bethel Seniors Dances are held 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost is $6, lunch included. The Friday, October 1 dance will have old time music played by Michael Elsenpeter.. Entertainment for October 27 will be by Dick Szyplinski. All are welcome to our Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee and choice of egg, 50¢ per egg. Cost is Adults $5, children under 10 $2. Are you 55 or older? Come and enjoy some companionship. All are welcome. Seniors meet the third Thursday of each month for a business meeting and catered noon lunch, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; second Wednesday of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon with potluck at noon; fourth Wednesday is crafts only, 9:00 a.m.-noon. Cribbage once a month, call Barb for date/ time at 763-434-6179. We also go on tours, etc. Rent the Senior Center, call Dennis at 763-434-9244. Join East Bethel Seniors for $10 a year and receive a monthly newsletter. The East Bethel Senior Center is located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Sports & Outdoors McCann breaks school record

Anoka County Parks and Recreation Programs and Activities

Tracey Norton

SFHS Head Volleyball Coach

Hannah McCann broke the decade-old volleyball record for set assists held by St. Francis High School (SFHS) alumni, Deidre Held. Held was the SFHS varsity setter from 2004 to 2007. She finished her four-year high school career with 1,558 set assists. She has been at the top of our all-time career leader list until September 12 in Buffalo, when McCann broke that record. Held attended the next volleyball home match to present McCann with the game ball. McCann currently has 1,587 set assists and is on track to reach 2,000 by the end of the season. She is currently third in the state for set assists.

Pictured (L-R) Deidre Held former St. Francis High School volleyball record holder and SFHS senior Hannah McCann.

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Check out Anoka County Parks and Recreation for fun seasonal programs and activities. To register or for more information, call 763-324-3350 or visit Voyageur Fall Rum Run We will use our 17-foot canoes to experience fall colors and the beautiful Rum River. Participants will paddle the majestic Rum River in all its fall beauty. Space is limited to 15 so don’t miss out on this unique program. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $10/adult, $5/ child 15 and under (+ tax). All ages. Saturday, October 7 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Rum River S County Park 3010 N Ferry St., Anoka Lunch with a Naturalist Bring your lunch and join a naturalist for our Lunch with a Naturalist series. This monthly presentation will focus on Voyageurs and possibly have a relaxing stroll on the trails at Wargo. Any equipment needed will be provided. Preregistration is not required. Free to attend. Ages 50+ Wednesday, October 11 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes H E A T


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St. Francis High School Sports October Home & Away Games Date Cross Country October 5 Invitational October 10 Invitational October 17 Confer Meet October 26 Sections Football October 6


October 13 October 18 October 24 October 28 Boys Soccer October 2 October 3 October 5 October 10 October 12 October 17 October 24November 2 Girls Soccer October 2 October 3 October 5 October 7 October 10 October 12 October 17 October 24November 2 Girls Tennis October 4 October 10 October 12 October 16 October 24-27 Volleyball October 5 October 10 October 17 October 25 October 27

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St. Francis High School football Wild Kids welcome at Wargo Nature Center Nature Center in Lino Lakes. Naturalist Whitney shows leadership at East Bethel Andy Soltvedt Loher is very excited about this new opportunity. “Wild Wednesdays Preschool Nature Club will Community School Now that school is back in session, naturalists allow children to explore using their five senses,” Anoka County Visitor Services Manager

Brent Swaggert

SFHS Head Football Coach

Over 25 St. Francis High School (SFHS) varsity football players spent part of their Friday morning on September 15 at East Bethel Community School reading to kindergarten though fifth-graders. The Saints plan on attending St. Francis Elementary on Friday, October 6 and Cedar Creek Community School on Friday, October 13. Thanks to all elementary schools teachers, students, administrators and the SFHS football players for participating in this leadership opportunity!

at the Wargo Nature Center are encouraging kids to spend their free time exploring nature. The Wild Wednesdays Nature Club provides preschool children opportunities to learn from a naturalist while exploring and adventuring outdoors. Naturalists will work with participants on their school-readiness skills by investigating habitats and learning about seasonal changes. The Wild Wednesdays Nature Club meets Wednesdays, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Wargo

she said. “We’ll explore themes in nature through hiking, games, science experiments, crafts and music. The forest is an amazing classroom and nature is a great teacher. Kids will brainstorm their own nature topics they’d like to explore and learn more about.” Registration is open for the fall session. If you are interested in learning more or would like to register, contact Wargo Nature Center at 763324-3350 or visit

St. Francis Youth Hockey

St. Francis High School football players read to students at East Bethel Community School.  Photo by Michael Stoffel SFHS student and football player Cameron Krieger stopped by Tanya Loso’s kindergarten class and read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. It was a joy to have this opportunity. The students loved it.

Photo and caption by Tanya Loso

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The St. Francis Youth Hockey Association is offering their annual learn to skate/learn to play clinics for boys and girls. Each session will be 30-45 minutes in length.

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This program is an introduction to hockey for a new skater. Hockey gear is encouraged and available free to use for this program. Open to all ages.

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Winter Session I:

Sundays November 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17

Winter Session II: Sundays January 7, 14, 21, 28

Times will be in the late afternoon/ early evening and published prior to each session. Location: East Bethel Ice Arena Cost: $35 for each session

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Life Ghouls and fools abound Anoka-Ramsey Community College Anoka County Historical Society

Halloween Unlocked October 11, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Anoka Halloween goodies are collected all over the world. Talk Halloween and get an up-close look at Anoka County Historical Society’s (ACHS’s) exclusive collection of Anoka Halloween memorabilia on this special, spooky evening. Murder Mystery Dinner October 18, 5:30-7:15 p.m. It’s a who-done-it night. Become detectives, interrogate suspects or try to get away with murder at ACHS’s murder mystery dinner, held at the Mad Hatter restaurant. Character sheets are given prior to dinner (please indicate whether or not you want to play a character). For more information on these events and ACHS, visit achs@ or call 763-421-0600. ACHS is located at 2135 N 3rd Avenue in Anoka.

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announces cast for upcoming production of Good ‘N’ Plenty Fia Prpic

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College is proud to announce the student-actors recently cast in its fall production of Good ‘N’ Plenty. The play is set to hit the Coon Rapids Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., on October 27 and 28, and November 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are $8. Congratulations to the following students; their character name is listed first. *Associate of Fine Arts degree students. ■ Mr. Miller: Jim Belden* ■ Principal Renzelli: Garrett Gessell ■ Mrs. Dunlope: Maddie Morley ■ Pete/Big Bob Kettlewell/Mickey Parker: Paul Willard* ■ Mrs. Burchfield/Ms. Stenger: Madeleine Worthington* ■ Cindy Hlivko: Tricia Buerke* ■ John Hunt: Ben Cornelius ■ Elvis Crothers: Luke Martin ■ RoAnne Porter: Danielle Norton ■ Rhonda Bridges: Kate Rodriguez ■ Kim MacQuown: Mac Wester ■ Kettlewell Twins: Jack Fish and Sam Fish ■ Margie: Corina Mitreanu* ■ Tyrell Mayberry: Chisom Owhonda ■ Albert Kundrat: Lucas Burney ■ Superintendant Harasick/Ensemble: Jacob Schmid* ■ Dr. Mavermatis/Ensemble: Haley Dorumsgaard* ■ Miss Borkowski/Ensemble: Jade LeFever ■ Ensemble: Ryley Mullins More about Good ‘N’ Plenty Richard Miller returns to the fictional Wintersville High School in 1976 as the new, very hip social studies instructor teaching “problems of democracy” to seniors. He decides to teach his students about the U.S. criminal justice system by having the students play pushers, buyers, narcs, cops, judges and lawyers using Good ‘N’ Plenty candies as the contraband. Laughter, political satire and slapstick ensues as the system crumbles under all of the betrayals, duplicities and collapsing authority, with almost everyone ending up in jail.


Saturday, October 28 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Candy will be given out to children in a safe and fun environment. Some food and warm beverages will be available too!

Long Lake Lutheran Church Join us each Sunday for worship, fellowship and education. Worship Service – 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. Education/Sunday School Hour – 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evening Service – 6:00 p.m. • Community Meal – 5:30 p.m. 3921 277th Ave NW, Isanti, MN, about 5 miles north of St. Francis 763-444-5315 •

Births Oliver Henry Biederman was born on September 7, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Emily Maclean and Roy Biederman of Ogilvie. He weighed seven pounds, four ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Brad and Linda Wahlstrom of Ogilvie, Nancy Maclean of St. Francis, Michael Maclean of Ramsey and Richard Nelson of Ogilvie. Damian John Pascoe was born on August 23, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Nicholas Pascoe and Breanna Ranum of Isanti. He weighed six pounds, four ounces and was 19 inches long. Damian was welcomed by sister, Mariah M. Ranum. Proud grandparents are Todd Ranum of Elk River, Sharon Dabrowski of Andover, Tina Godfrey of St. Francis and Garth Pascoe of Watertown. Bellamy Harold Van Heel was born on August 27, 2017, at Cambridge Medical Center to Jessica Wisen and Mitch Van Heel of St. Francis. He weighed seven pounds, one ounce and was 19½ inches long. Bellamy was welcomed by siblings Braylen and Bensen. Proud grandparents are Jeff and Christine Wisen of East Bethel, Julie Forslund of Spring Lake Park, Cori Prescott of Dayton and Dan Van Heel of Cambridge.

Friendship Forest event to promote trees Fia Prpic

Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The Friendship Forest project, founded by public artist Amanda Lovelee, is coming to Anoka-Ramsey Community College Coon Rapids Campus on Friday, October 6, at noon outside the science building. The event is free and open to the public. The Friendship Forest event will pair volunteers to plant trees near the science building. After the planting, the team will tie a card to their tree and take home a certificate with their new tree’s location and their partner’s contact information. For more information about Lovelee’s work, visit www.

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4-H STEM Youth Activity: Incredible Wearables Jy Xiong

4-H Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

The St. Francis High School Fall Drumline performed at the Minnesota State Fair on September 1 during the parade. The group consists of 20 performing students and is directed by David Palermo.

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and cousins. A funeral service was held July 7 at the Rock Family Worship Center in Little Falls. Interment was in Freedhem Evangelical Free Cemetery. At the interment, the family released doves in honor of Hannah Kay.

Obituary Hannah Kay Sweden Hannah Kay Swedeen of Freedhem, Minn., passed away in Lewiston, Montana, on June 29 at the age of 8 months. She was born on October 26, 2016, in Freedhem to Jason and Deanna Swedeen. Hannah was loving, joyous and had a super sweet personality. People were drawn to her sweet spirit. She enjoyed her butterfly toy and sucking on her toes. Hannah is survived by her parents; siblings Mitchell and Rebecca Czech, Danika,

Josiah and Micah Swedeen, grandparents Lloyd and Sharon Hoffman of Pierz and Stanley and Bonnie Swedeen of Bethel and many loving aunts, uncles

Faith Listings Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117

Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 207 Whiskey Road NW Isanti • 763-444-4035

Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 Elim Baptist Church 114 Dahlin Street SE Isanti • 763-444-9221 Immanuel Church (OPC) 15036 Round Lake Boulevard NW Andover • 763-210-5846 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard NW St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church - Oak Grove 18975 Lake George Boulevard NW Oak Grove • 763-753-5717 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

St. Andrew Lutheran Church 1450 237th Avenue NE East Bethel • 763-434-7146 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge Church 6443 Norris Lake Road Nowthen • 763-753-2134 Services 10:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE East Bethel • 763-434-6451

Join Anoka County 4-H for the National Youth Science Day: Incredible Wearables! on Saturday, October 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Incredible Wearables! is available for youth in grades four through eight. The 4-H National Youth Science Day Event is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment held during National 4-H Week, October 1-7. This year’s challenge, Incredible Wearables!, will teach youth a wide variety of skills related to engineering a wearable device including building circuits, integrating sensors, designing a viable product and interpreting health data. Designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Incredible Wearables! allows youth to work together to design, build and refine a wearable fitness tracker that is easy to use and aesthetically appealing. There is no cost to participate in this event. All participants must RSVP by emailing Julie at or by calling 763-324-3495. Questions or concerns about Incredible Wearables? Contact Jy Xiong 765-324-3495 or For more information on 4-H, check us out on the Anoka County 4-H website


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St. Francis High School choir schedule is set Join us for an entertaining year ahead St. Francis High School Choir Boosters

The 2017-18 school season is in full swing and the St. Francis High School choirs are anticipating an exciting year of musical talent and performance. Under the direction of the new choir director, Josiah Telschow, and returning choir director Ben Beaupre, SFHS is fortunate to enjoy seven different high school choirs. The choir program is strong and the schedule of performances is set. Support from Independent School District 15 community is so appreciated as the auditorium typically fills for the concerts and events. The season will kick-off with the

fall concert on October 24. Also watch for information and ticket sales for the annual Madrigal Singers Dinner Shows November 16-19. In addition to the schedule below, the show choirs are thriving with participation in six different competitions this year starting January 13, ramping up to every Saturday in February, and finishing with their last competition on March 17. Choir schedule October 24 Fall Concert at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. October 28 Madrigal Singers in the Anoka Halloween Parade at 1:00 p.m. November 16-19 Madrigal Singers Dinner Shows – Invite your friends and

join us for this fun event! December 16 Christmas Concerts at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. January 13 Muscatine, Iowa Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers February 3 Eau Clare, Wisconsin Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers and Prima Voce February 10 Hastings, Minnesota Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers and Prima Voce February 17 Waconia, Minnesota Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers and Prima Voce February 24 Bishop Heelan, Iowa Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers and Prima Voce March 17 In support of

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proceeds and donations collected at this event will go to Citizens Supporting Our Armed Forces. Last year, $2,680 was raised and over 500 donation items collected. This year’s goal is to raise $4,000 and collect over 700 donation items for CSOAF.

Or register at on day of the event. Registration: early $17, day of $25 (Children 5 and younger are free)

Mitchell, South Dakota Show Choir Competition for Bridge Street Singers March 24 Show Choirs Post Season Performances at SFHS at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 27 Spring Concerts at 7:00 p.m. May 24 Pops Concerts at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Interested in learning more? St. Francis High School Choir Boosters have a website

at to highlight the choir programs and centralize information about upcoming events, volunteerism and fundraising opportunities. For email notifications about St. Francis High School choirs, subscribe to the email list from the website. For ongoing news and updates about the choirs, like and follow the official Facebook fan page named St. Francis High School Choirs.

ISD 15 takes safety seriously Nicole Mold

SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Lead licensed school nurse at St. Francis Elementary School (SFES), Lillian Levine, organized the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED) training that took place over the summer. Approximately 100 staff members from across Independent School District 15 attended the CPR/AED training August 17-18. Dan Schwabe, owner of CPR Emergency Training Co., instructed the staff on proper procedures to perform CPR as well as proper use of the AED. Instructor Dan Schwabe instructed staff on proper procedures while performing CPR, as well as proper use of an AED.

Photo by Lillian Levine


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• Never go trick-or-treating alone, • Cross streets at crosswalks, and and always stay in a familiar never enter the street from in neighborhood. between parked cars. • Carry a flashlight and wear • Stay away from pets. Even pets bright or reflective clothing, you know may not recognize adding reflective tape to your you in your costume. costume if needed. • Make sure your costume • Trick-or-treat only at houses that doesn’t drag on the ground or are lit up, and never go inside block your vision and props are of anyone’s home. flexible, so they can’t hurt.

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Dr. Amy Morgan Oak Grove Animal Hospital, Owner

Question What is canine influenza? Answer Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by canine influenza virus (CIV) Type A. There are two known strains in the United States. First is CIV H3N8, reported in greyhounds in 2003. Since then, CIV H3N8 has spread to at least 40 states. This virus is of equine origin and can be difficult to diagnose. Second is CIV H3N2, which was recently found in the United States. This virus is of avian origin and spread to 24 states within five months (March-August 2015). Most unvaccinated dogs are susceptible to infection by both viruses. Neither virus is infectious to humans, but as with human influenza, the best protection against canine influenza is vaccination. It’s also important to note that canine influenza is not seasonal like the human flu. Are certain dogs at greater risk for infection? Any dog can be at risk for canine influenza regardless of age, sex or breed. However, certain activities can raise your dog’s risk of infection. Where could my dog catch canine influenza? The more your dog socializes with other dogs, the higher the risk of contracting canine influenza. If your dog goes to doggie day care, goes to a boarding facility, attends training classes, plays at dog parks, participates in dog-friendly events, attends dog shows or sporting events, visits a groomer or the local pet store, often greets other dogs during walks, the risk is greater for them. How is canine influenza spread? Canine influenza spreads the same way as the common cold in humans. Canine influenza viruses are most commonly spread through direct dog contact (sniffing, licking, nuzzling), through the air (coughing and sneezing), via contaminated surfaces (sharing water bowls or toys) or through contaminated humans (with viruses on their hands or clothing). What are the clinical signs of canine influenza? Most cases of canine influenza are mild. However, up to 20 percent of infected dogs will have moderate to severe illness. The common clinical signs of canine influenza are coughing and retching, sneezing, nasal and/or ocular discharge, decreased appetite and lethargy. In some cases, dogs may run a fever and demonstrate signs of depression. High fever and pneumonia may be seen in more severe cases. These clinical signs can last from a few days to several weeks depending on the severity of the disease. Unfortunately, canine influenza has been confirmed in all states except North Dakota, Nebraska, Alaska, and Hawaii. To protect your pet, talk to your vet. Your veterinarian is the best source of information regarding the health of your dog. Please contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog coughs or shows other signs of respiratory disease. For more information, visit www. (Information provided by Merck Animal Health)

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Recycled in August St. Francis has recycled 544 tons in 2017 so far.

Anna Gilbertson

4-H Program Coordinator University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

Check out what is happening in Anoka County 4-H! As the summer comes to an end and the county and state fair awards are all given out, we look to the new 4-H year. We would like to invite you to come and explore what 4-H is all about! There are several clubs in the Independent School District 15 area. The Spunky Spelunkers 4-H Club meets at the St. Francis City Hall Community Room. They will have an open house for youth and adults on Thursday, October 12, at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kim Ferguson at fergu029@umn. edu or 612-269-2385 for more information. The Whistling Workers 4-H Club meets the second Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the East Bethel Senior Center. Contact Heidi Wyatt at heidiwyatt1@gmail. com or 763-434-7522 for more information. What is 4-H? See your potential in 4-H! Exciting things are happening in 4-H today. All across Minnesota, youth are learning, growing and having fun in 4-H Clubs and with 4-H Adventures. 4-H Clubs meet all across Anoka County each month. Learning by Doing! 4-H lets kids try new things, try new skills, and express themselves through fun hands-on activities. Working on projects helps connect kids with their friends, families, communities and the world.

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4-H helps kids gain confidence and develop life skills that will help them be successful. Who is 4-H for? 4-H clubs are open to all youth, kindergarten through one year past high school. 4-H welcomes boys, girls, and adults from all backgrounds. The entire family can join in projects and activities. Younger kids, kindergarten through third grade are part of the Cloverbud program. Cloverbud activities promote creativity and discovery without emphasis on competition. Want to get involved in 4-H? Whether you want to be an Anoka County 4-H member or adult volunteer, there is a place for you! Contact one of the club leaders listed above or you may call Anoka County 4-H at 763-324-3495 for more information! Check us out on the web at: www.extension.

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4-H Tech Wizards FREE Youth Club Jy Xiong

4-H Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

4-H Tech Wizards is a free program for area fifth through eighth graders, engaging them in small group mentoring that uses technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts to teach life skills. We meet weekly and year around. A snack will be provided. No transportation is provided. ■ Most Mondays at Fridley Community Center, 4:006:00 p.m., 6085 7th Street NE, Fridley ■ Most Tuesdays at Columbia Heights Library, 4:00-6:00 p.m., 3939 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights Anyone interested should contact Jy Xiong, xion0264@, call 763-324-3495 or simply show up at a session.

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October 2017

Lutheran Church & Preschool “Reaching Out With A Voice Of Hope” Sunday Worship Services 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Ignite Service at 6:30 p.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West County Road 22 and south on Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 or visit email to:

Pastors Dan Nordin, Maria Pederson, Deacon Glenndy Ose


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The Amazing Race… St. Francis High School style Katrinna Dodge

Staff Writer

If you passed St. Francis High School (SFHS) the week before school started, you might have seen staff members driving a go-kart and walking with wooden skis. On August 31, Joan Johnson and Chris Lindquist, SFHS physical education teachers, organized the first SFHS Amazing Race. “We have a lot of staff development at the beginning of the school year,” stated Johnson, physical education teacher and soccer coach. “I wanted to create an event that was fun for the staff. At the

beginning of the school year, we have a lot of meetings and it can be overwhelming.” The Amazing Race had 13 stations designed for a specific skill set, such as reading, memory, archery, math and more. Participating staff were split into teams to complete each station. Teammates were purposely selected by Johnson and Lindquist with different levels of seniority to push participants out of their comfort zone by working with individuals they do not normally work with. “I wanted people to have fun with the Amazing Race. We hope people

enjoyed the different challenges from archery to memorizing poems,” smiled Johnson. “With a group of five to six, having different character traits, the group could find an individual who excelled at a particular skill.” Johnson and Lindquist kept the Amazing Race under wraps all summer. The goal was for staff to come into the event without preconceived notions. “All we told staff was what to wear and to be at the gym,” stated Johnson. “We told them, ‘you’re going to get sweaty and you need to wear tennis shoes.” “The Amazing Race allowed

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our staff to build trust as a archery for students to have group and learn about each fun and build camaraderie. other.” “Students in our Outdoor Seventy-five SFHS staff Adventure class learn to members participated this work with different people year. With help from the soccer and present students with team, retired Independent a challenge,” Johnson said. School District 15 (ISD 15) “Students have to communicate staff, SFHS activities staff and problem-solve as a group.” and ISD 15 Community Education staff, the Amazing Race was a successful, fun, team-building experience. “Our volunteers really made the Amazing Race work,” smiled Johnson. “The feedback we received was the staff loved it!” exclaimed Johnson. “Teachers can bring the activities from the Amazing Race back to the classroom by building trust and finding students’ strengths.” Michelle Keenan, language arts teacher at The St. Francis High School, completed the Minefield, Amazing Race a blind maze exercise, with guidance from her teammates during the Amazing Race. was derived  Photo by Katrinna Dodge from Outdoor Adventure class, a physical education Outdoor Adventure is usually elective for seniors at SFHS. offered through six classes in The Outdoor Adventure both spring and fall semesters. curriculum offers a variety of For the 2017-18 school year, team building activities from Outdoor Adventure is only canoeing and kayaking to being offered this fall.

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St. Francis High School Principal Doug Austin slowly drove through Drunk Goggles course hosted by the St. Francis Police Department at the Amazing Race.  Photo by Katrinna Dodge

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Publication of Independent School District 15, St. Francis, Minnesota