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Technology in 4th grade STEM pilot

When you hear the word technology, what do you think of? If you are like most of us, the word probably elicits visions of Part two of a four-part series on the 4th grade computers, iPads, smartphones and other STEM Education pilot in Independent School electronic devices. In today’s society, the word District 15 (STEM = Science, Technology, technology is almost always associated with Engineering, Math) these types of objects. For many people, the technology component of STEM education also makes them think of electronic devices that students use a division of Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services | St. Francis, Minnesota for researching, measuring, recording, and presenting information and data. In the Independent School District November 2012 | Volume 20, Issue 4 FREE 15 4th grade STEM pilot, this type of technology will be used for these and other reasons. Each STEM lab is equipped with a number of iPads, and students may also access other devices throughout the year that will help them further explore subject matter in much greater detail than they would without the use of these pieces of electronic technology. However, the T in STEM can, and often does, fit a different definition of technology. The definition that we will be using extensively in our STEM program comes right from the Engineering is Elementary curriculum. According to EiE, technology is anything made by humans to solve a problem or fulfill a need. Examples can be as complex as the space shuttle or as simple as the wheel. Technology, can also take the form of a process that is designed to solve a problem such as a purification system to treat drinking water. In our STEM classrooms, as in STEM classrooms around the country, students will often think and work like engineers to develop their own technologies to solve problems that are posed to them. In my visits to STEM schools and classrooms in other districts, I have heard that there is often confusion and concern that arises when parents and staff see students in STEM classes go for several days without ever turning on some type of electronic device. Those who express these concerns are narrowing the definition of technology to such devices. However, by expanding the definition of technology to fit the EiE definition, we see that students are using and creating technology in the STEM classroom much more often than The Raptor Center, from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, visited St. Francis Middle School 7th some people may think. As we move grade students for two days in October. Students saw and learned about adaptations of great horned owls, peregrine falcons, forward with our STEM pilot, we will strive to ensure that students are not American kestrels and bald eagles. Shown is presenter Tiffany Boelter from the Raptor Center with a female bald eagle. only using other people’s technology,  The courier photo but designing and creating their own as they solve real-world problems. Kurt Becker

ISD 15 Director of Curriculum & Assessments

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November What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................13 Community Education............................14 Isanti Home for the Holidays.................19 Community & Business...........................21 Sports & Outdoors....................................31 Life..................................................................33 Classified.......................................................36

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

Years ago, my father said to me, “The only thing that is always the same is change.” I spent very little time trying to figure that out because it didn’t seem logical. After graduating from college, the concept of change became clearer to me. Since the early years of my career in education, I have come to view change

as an instrument utilized by organizations to improve. At times, human nature is in the driver’s seat, avoiding change at all cost and for any reason. Perhaps the following statements are made: “Change? But we’ve always done it this way!” “Change? Why do we need to abandon a perfectly good process?” “Change? Why change at all?” If the word improve is substituted for change, the meaning of the statement is not only different, but more appealing as well. It is common for people to resist change, but rarely do we resist plans for improvement. Achievement and improved performance are the focus of today’s educators. Generally, the willingness to improve is a positive attribute.

School Board Highlights PAGE 13 Community Education PAGE 14 Speaking from a school district perspective, the educational arena can be an ideal setting for teaching the importance of adjusting methodology. Why are we so concerned about cutting-edge concepts? Great question. If the goal of education is to equip students with the intellectual tools they will need to be successful, it would logically follow that staying current and willing to explore options could serve our students well. How does that tie into our current course of study? Much of the shift is at the forefront because of technology advancements. Because information is available to students anywhere and anytime, our teaching tasks have changed

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dramatically. As teachers, students, and parents experience the technology surge, it is clear that we each have a role to play in this renaissance. Students are, by nature, curious and completely fearless when exploring “gadgets.” Teachers and parents have varying degrees of comfort depending on their own personal experiences. The critical element upon which success hinges is our ability to orchestrate the technology integration as seamlessly as possible. Schools have the ability to introduce students to this new adventure. Parents have the ability to foster the energy needed to keep up with these tech-savvy learners. The students add elements designed to get the answers to questions that may or may not exist just yet. Let us entertain one more variable that could come into play, depending on family dynamics. There may be a grandparent, an uncle, or another family member who would be more than willing

to engage electronically. Phones, iPads, apps, Skype, and FaceTime may play some part in the process of learning. These tools, along with social media, are changing, and I would suggest improving our ability to interact in the educational setting. Parents are asked at conferences, “Do you have this app on your phone? It could really help Timmy work on his math facts.” We are now looking at technology as a tool to improve the experiences our students encounter day to day. This is not a movement as much as it is a shift; shift in thinking, a change, an improvement, an adventure are all accurate ways to describe this technology infusion. Enjoy and engage this exciting transition. My father had his own ideas about change. I might reference improvement as an alternative, but similar, experience. He is 90 years old, but I’ll ask him what he thinks of substituting improvement for change. I’ll send him a chat message in our Words with Friends match.

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District elementary principal named Administrator of the Year Nancy Hass SFES Office Professional

Students find art in the city Sue Redfield SFHS Art teacher

Sculpture students from St. Francis High School went on a tour at the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis on October 4. The annual trip to one of the largest and most spectacular sculpture gardens in the United States is a great educational opportunity for art students. Students have to research one of the sculptures in the garden and give an oral report in front of their sculptures; understanding the meaning behind the abstract ideals seems to bring art history to life for students. Drawing II and Ceramics II classes visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art on October 16. A great time was had by all viewing historical drawings, paintings, sculpture and pottery. The ceramics students also went to the Northern Clay Center and saw professional artist studios and the huge soda firing kilns potters and sculptors use to fire their clay.

At the fall conference for the Minnesota Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP), St. Francis Elementary School Principal Kathleen Kohnen received the administrator of the year award. MAEOP members nominate an administrator who makes life in the educational office more enjoyable, one who is willing to listen, who is helpful in stressful situations and encourages others to be their best. MAEOP is a state-wide group of school office professionals. Kohnen received her plaque at the banquet dinner October 11 in Alexandria. SFES staff commented that “[Kohnen] is oh, so deserving of this award!”

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East Bethel Community School

East Bethel Community School students didn’t let the chill in the wind get them down! They made good on their pledges and braved the outdoors, walking the almost two mile trail through our school forest. The students earned $11,000 to help our school be the best it can be! Thank you to all of the families, friends and volunteers who made this possible. Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

East Bethel Community School fourth graders who are in the STEM program have been hard at work exploring earth’s magnetism using compasses and then transferring that knowledge to construct their own compasses. Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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In order to examine and understand landforms and how they affect the ways we live, Cassie Schmoll’s fifth graders created models labeling and defining their makeup and attributes.  Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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East Bethel Community School families and friends enjoyed our first school-wide book walk on September 20. More than 150 participants enjoyed a night of walking, talking and winning books with their friends. A very special thank you to the following volunteers: Anna C., Aaron R., Katie S., Jessica St. M., Ethan T., Kyle C., Austin W., Maria L., Patrick W., Audrey M. and Tom H. Without all of you the night would not have been possible. We would also like to thank all the families that participated…we look forward to seeing you next time. Cassie Schmoll,

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Students experience world cultures firsthand Ted Gehring SFMS World Cultures teacher

Throughout the past number of years, students at St. Francis Middle School have taken World Cultures as a required elective. This course had traditionally exposed students to the basic customs, traditions, beliefs, and language associated with Mexico, Spain, Germany and France. Last year, a unit on Ojibwe was included as well. This year, students who take World Cultures are being exposed to a


completely reworked curriculum which provides a better understanding of the history, traditions, beliefs, and languages of the ethnic mosaic that is ISD 15. The new curriculum includes units on cultural relativism, Hmong, Ojibwe, Russian/ Ukrainian and Arab/Persian. Furthermore, students have an opportunity to explore one additional culture of general interest from which they have cultural ties. World Cultures teacher Ted Gehring states, “The large goal of this course is to help students understand one another’s heritage, ultimately empowering

students to better appreciate each another.” In October World Cultures students completed the first unit on Hmong ever taught at St. Francis Middle School. As part of this experience, Hmong students read The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang about the role the Hmong played aiding the American CIA during the Vietnam War as well as the fallout the Hmong experienced after the United States exited the war. Gehring states, “Because the role the Hmong played in the Vietnam war was kept a secret by our CIA until

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the mid 1980s, many Americans still don’t know why the Hmong came to the United States. Many social studies texts omit the fact that two-thirds of the Hmong people were killed as a result of their commitment to the United States.” In addition to reading The Latehomecomer, 18 Hmong students from within the district helped St. Francis High School student Kaazua Vue is teach the Hmong wearing traditional Hmong dress. language,  Submitted Photo traditional years later, the meaning of the music, customs, language hidden in their paj and games. Kain Lee, pictured ntaub has been lost; however, (left) playing the keng, is a it is still taught and created in sophomore at St. Francis High School who participated in this the exact way as generations past. It has become a symbol educational outreach to teach of womanhood in Hmong students about traditional culture. Hmong music. Kain states, When asked what was the “It was really cool to teach most exciting thing to share someone something that they with teaching students Hmong don’t have a chance to learn language and culture, Linea everyday in school.” Her, a seventh grade Hmong Pictured (above right) is student group teacher, said, Kaazua Vue, a high school “I was most excited about Hmong student, sharing with teaching how we speak and Gehring’s class an intricate, how we live because I am embroidered piece of clothing proud to be Hmong. Speaking called paj ntaub or flower out to them about our culture cloth. According to Hmong is like spreading the way oral tradition, long ago, the we live to the world, and Chinese attempted to force hopefully it continues.” the Hmong to forget their Gokasheng Vue reported, writing. As part of a women’s “I’m happy that there’s a class movement, the Hmong that teaches the students about women hid their writing in our culture and how we came the ornate embroidery of their to the United States.” clothes. Today, hundreds of


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St. Francis Middle School

Middle school introduces part-time science teacher

St. Francis Middle School students celebrated Homecoming week by wearing clothing with the theme of the day. Themes included: Monday - dress-up day, Tuesday - school/ class color day, Wednesday sports day, Thursday - neon day and Friday - Saint’s Day. Pictured (L-R) are Alexis Lusthoff, Alicia Fahland, Tianna Saxum, Jaren Ingberg, Shayna Evans, Kaitlyn Fields and Kallie Geer wearing bright colors on neon day.

Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Kari Rehrauer is new to St. Francis Middle School this year, teaching part-time in the Science Department for seventh grade Life Science. She comes to us with many years of experience. Rehrauer has taught 7th and 8th grade science in the Mounds View school district for three years, as well as 10th grade biology at Elk River High School. Rehrauer pointed out, “I am so excited to be back at a middle school. I enjoy the enthusiasm of the 7th graders as they do their labs. They have so much excitement and lots of terrific questions.”

Kari Rehrauer Submitted Photo Rehrauer attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelors degree in biology and a masters in education. She currently lives in Coon Rapids with her husband and two daughters, ages six and eight. Her hobbies include enjoying nature, participating in triathlons, canoeing, sailing, bonfires, and time with her family. Rehrauer noted, “I am looking forward to a fun year of new experiences here at St. Francis Middle School!”

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St. Francis Elementary School

First grade students release butterflies Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Life Science became up close and personal for first grade students as they witnessed the life cycle of a butterfly firsthand. Each first grade classroom at St. Francis Elementary School adopted several caterpillars in the early fall and kept them in special net containers. Students were able to observe the caterpillars hung in a J-shape on a branch and spin a chrysalis. After several weeks in the chrysalises, the butterflies emerged, ready to head south to escape the frigid Minnesota winter. Students in all first grade classes learned about the life cycle of a butterfly in many ways. Teachers read books about butterflies and caterpillars, and students made booklets and art projects. Daily observations of the caterpillar metamorphosis gave students concrete examples to discuss. When a warm October day presented itself, the classes headed outdoors to release the butterflies.

September and October, for many years, are the two months St. Francis Middle School hosts a fundraiser for grades 6-8 through QSP, a magazine ordering and renewal company led by Craig Hawley as coordinator for the middle school. Students are encouraged to sell, not only to help raise money for their grade level, but with the incentive of winning prizes for certain numbers of magazines or renewals sold. Alex Mann, grade 7, sold the most magazine subscriptions totaling $1,089. All the subscriptions he sold were online orders that he helped people place on the QSP website. Mann, for his efforts, will receive a $40 gift card and won many other prizes along the way. The school sold around $26,000 in subscriptions directly and will profit $10,400. Another $2,500 is expected in profit from the postcard program where students mail out cards to far away family and friends inviting them to order online. The middle school is looking at a total profit of around $13,000. Of the $26,000 sold, sixth grade sold $13,000, seventh grade sold $7,600, and eighth grade sold $5,400. Craig Hawley of QSP said, “I have had the pleasure of working with SFMS over the past 14 years. In that time frame, the school has raised $215,000 in profit from the magazine sale.” Hawley claims, “Renewals are the main reason this program works every year. Parents can simply renew something they are already using, pay the same price, yet 40 percent of that remains with the school.” Midwest Family SF High School Individual – Relationship Counseling If people still want to purchase Adolescent – Child – Adult 9 a subscription online at www. Sensitive – Caring – Experienced Bridge Street the school Village Bank code is 2639276 or order over 23038 Rum River Boulevard, St. Francis the phone by calling 1-877-289By St. Francis High School 6247. Check the order status at Bruce W. Barton, M.Div., M.A., LMFT, LP

Students from Janine Johnson’s first grade classroom don butterfly headdresses as they release their class butterflies to fly south for the winter.  Photo by Janine Johnson

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St. Francis Elementary School

Fifth grade students learn about physics by exploring with Legos Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

As part of the state of Minnesota kindergarten science standards, SFES kindergarten students used their five senses to observe trees in the fall. They discussed the colors, sounds and textures of the tree they adopted for observation throughout the school year. Not only will the students be observing the changes to the tree, but also the changes in weather from day to day and season to season. Kindergarten students will learn how important observation skills are for scientists and will apply those skills in many other science lessons and experiments during their kindergarten year. 

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Fifth grade students throughout Independent School District 15 enjoy learning about physical science and engineering through exploration with Legos and other manipulatives. Students learn about six types of simple machines and then are actively engaged in trying to produce their own versions of the machines. They participate in all steps of the scientific method: asking a question, conducting research, forming a hypothesis, analyzing the results, and evaluating the process. In one hands-on activity, students learned about levers by working cooperatively to design and create catapults. Through their experiments, the groups compared and contrasted class 1, class 2, and class 3 levers. They adjusted the input and output to achieve maximum results, and tested their hypotheses by launching mini marshmallows. In another popular activity, the fifth graders designed and tested land yachts made of Legos. Students learned about wheels and axles and then applied their knowledge by creating their own moving vehicles. As a culmination of this project, students road-tested their land yachts, measuring the distance they were able to go. After each trial, the budding engineers made adjustments to their vehicles to increase their performance. This unit is well-received by students and teachers alike. Teachers value the hands-on nature of the activities. Students, of course, appreciate the unit because it’s fun. When asked to identify his favorite part of the unit, fifth grade student Daniel Petryuk responded, “It’s fun, especially the free building. I made

Staff Spotlight: Holly Bergstrom Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

windshield wipers using a pulley and when I hooked them up to electricity, they really worked!” However, he was quick to give a nod to the learning that inevitably takes place, “It’s teaching you what all the machines are and how they work.”

Jamen Higgins, a fifth grade student from Holly Bergstrom’s class, smiles as his land yacht embarks on its maiden voyage. Students construct land yachts from Legos using the principles they learned about simple machines. After each trial run, students analyze the results and make adjustments to improve their vehicle’s performance. Submitted Photo

her students and is willing to go above and beyond what is expected to help them reach their potential. Title I reading teacher Cathy Paquay says, “Holly takes such a proactive stance for her students and continually reaches out to get whatever resources they need to succeed. She is always willing to try newly researched strategies and help them any

This month, the spotlight staff member is fifth grade teacher Holly Bergstrom, a wellrespected teacher and leader at St. Francis Elementary School (SFES). Bergstrom is part of a strong fifth grade team of teachers at SFES that prides itself in high expectations and academic rigor. She also brings a patient, compassionate demeanor that creates a calm yet stimulating classroom environment. Bergstrom has a reputation as a teacher that cares deeply for Holly Bergstrom

way she can.” Bergstrom is also a leader among staff and is known for being a team player. She has been a Peer Leader, a district position created to facilitate group planning and study, and has served the district in other leadership positions. “Bergstrom is always a calming, positive influence and is just a great team player,” adds kindergarten teacher Beth Anderson. “She is so kind and patient with both children and adults.” Whether she is emailing or calling parents, studying student assessment data and planning with other fifth grade teachers, or coordinating instruction with special education and English language teachers, Bergstrom works hard to make sure her students receive the best education possible. For all these reasons, she is a great teacher, leader, and team player at St. Francis Elementary School.

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Cedar Creek Community School Students in Judy Thul’s class at Cedar Creek Community School arrived one morning to find a beautiful Monarch butterfly! Monarch larvae arrived in first grade classrooms the first few weeks of school. Since then, students have been observing and recording the life cycle changes of the Monarch as part of the Life Science standard. Cedar Creek Community School second graders were all smiles as they enjoyed a walk in the brisk sunshine on October 12 during the CCCS Parent/Teacher Organization’s annual Walkathon Challenge fundraiser. Several years ago the PTO decided to organize a Walkathon in place of having students raise funds by selling products, for example cookie dough, gift items, etc. This year’s Walkathon has raised over $16,500. The PTO will use this money throughout the school year to purchase items that support teachers, students and the learning environment. The money raised will be spent on Family Reading Night, books for the Book Walk and for the library, field trips, music and playground equipment, just to mention a few. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis High School Theater Department presents...

By Charles Dickens Adapted for the stage by Paul J. Hustoles

Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center 3325 Bridge Street, St. Francis, MN

One ance fo r e p rm ly n o !

Performed by the acting and directing students with Christmas music by the Madrigal Choir. This performance of a Christmas classic will benefit the theater program at St. Francis High School. Tickets at the door. Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, call 763-213-1527.

Family Reading Night

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Cedar Creek Community School held its first Family Reading of the school year on October 9. CCCS teacher Carol Krupke and Principal Darin Hahn read their favorite books to students and parents. Accelerated Reader testing will be available at all Reading Nights and parents are encouraged to learn more about the program. Book drawings were held and will continue during the school year. The next Family Reading Night is Wednesday, November 14.

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St. Francis high School

Yearbook staff begins work on 2013 Lance Mark Worthington SFHS student, yearbook staff

Pictured is the 2012-13 St. Francis High School yearbook staff; front row (L-R): Kenzie Charles, Ashley Gengler, Haylie McClung, Brooke Gardas, Kailey Meyer, Lucas Huss, Mercedez Johnson, Abby Senger; middle row: Callie Chester, yearbook adviser Joel Olson, Katie Stewart, Taylor Rosati, Stephanie Schwieger, Emily Anderson, Allie Miller, Eli Blumb, Adrianah Trevino-Gartner, Dylan Dykstra, Tianna Madson, Brittany Galbrecht; back row: Garret Hogue, Mark Worthington, Regan Williamson, Faith Fenton, Sabrina Fluegel, Emma Nordin, Monica Jenson, Kallie Domogalla, Mackenzie Shultz and Amanda Photo by Brittany Galbrecht Kindvall; not pictured is Shanel Galea.

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Only a select group of handpicked students are on the yearbook staff. From choosing a theme and selecting only the best photos to designing pages, yearbook takes a large amount of exertion and an array of skilled workers to compose. “Yearbook is a class that closely reproduces what it’s like to work outside of school,” St. Francis High School teacher Joel Olson said. Olson, the yearbook adviser, believes that the yearbook is much more than a collection of memories to sum up a school year. Olson stated that it is like a business. Everyone is assigned a job, and those jobs get done because the staff is motivated and highly skilled. He also added that the students are a great pleasure to work with. “I really like our group,” said Monica Jenson, editorin-chief. “A lot more diversity than last year brings better coverage.” Jenson is in charge of everything; she, along with managing editor Emma Nordin, check everything before it goes into the yearbook. Nordin also assigns pages to staff and, with an iron fist, makes sure everyone is on task because if any deadlines are missed, there are consequences. They, as well as other staff members, said that great progress is being made. “We have a lot of ideas up our sleeve,” said senior Kallie Domagalla. Domagalla, the business manager, wasn’t willing to share any of their ideas. What could the yearbook staff be hiding? A theme is picked out, but that is being kept a secret. They are very adamant in not letting anything out. Next time you talk to a staff member, see

if you can squeeze any bit of information out of that person. “People get mad, and I get mad,” said photo editor Dylan Dykstra. Dykstra has to constantly delete photos taken by fellow staff members and organizes where and when those staff members take photos. Some of the photographers get frustrated when Dykstra deletes their photos. He, too, sometimes gets frustrated when the photographers do not show up to take photos. He added that out of all the pictures that are sorted through and deleted, only about three out of every 50 are kept. However, yearbook is not all work and no play. “I am the Michael Scott of yearbook,” said Tianna Madson, social director. Madson acts as Michael Scott from The Office; she makes sure that everyone in yearbook is close and friendly—like one big, happy family. She does so by arranging many small parties—for holidays and staff members’ birthdays. “Every year has a different attitude, a different vibe,” said Olson. Olson says that this year’s attitude is very positive. The new group this year is mostly juniors, with a few new and a few returning seniors. The students are doing a lot of collaboration to get a lot of work done. Yearbooks are available for pre-order before distribution day, which is May 17, 2013. They are available online at or through an order form which can be picked up at the high school. Cost for a yearbook is $73. On distribution day, there may be extra yearbooks for purchase for those who did not pre-order, but there are no guarantees.

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St. Francis high School

The All Night Party committee needs you Michelle Wenker SFHS All Night Party

Over 50 staff members from St. Francis High School and Central Services surprised high school students with a flash mob during the Homecoming Pepfest on October 5. Staff members practiced their routine, put together by Alysa Erickson and Tammy Sworsky, before and after school without the students knowing! The video can be viewed online at Kimberly DiLauro Rief, Photo courtesy of SFHS Yearbook Staff

News from the high school counseling office Submitted by Jill Salo SFHS Counselor

Senior Students at SFHS By now, all senior students should have met with their counselor and know their credit status for graduation. Senior students who have not met with their counselor should make an appointment immediately. At the appointment the student will get a chance to review and confirm credit level, graduation status and future planning. Students should have a plan for life after high school. Students attending college should come to the counseling office to check their applications with their counselor and pre-order any transcripts they may need. Parent signatures are required for students who are not 18. It’s a good idea to give the counseling office and support staff a day or two to process applications. Students who have participated in the college classes offered on-campus through St. Cloud State University or Southwest State University will have applications that may require not only high school transcripts, but also transcripts from the college. Many of our students apply to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. It’s a good thing to remember that the admissions office has a deadline of December 15. Although the U of M has an earlier application deadline than many of the colleges, it is still important to get applications in ahead of time no matter which school a student plans to attend. For students who plan to enter the military, please remember to ask about taking the ASVAB or contacting a representative. Seniors need to be aware of their Naviance password and username. Scholarships are regularly mailed to the counseling office from various organizations and colleges and they are posted for students on Naviance. Students should see their counselors if they have any questions. Local business scholarship applications will be made available

to seniors in January. Students will have six weeks to fill out and return applications to the counseling office. Financial Aid Night will be held on Thursday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Val Knopp, assistant director of financial aid at St. Cloud State University is volunteering her time to speak to attendees about how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). PrepMe Any student wishing to take the ACT test should remember that the PrepMe program is available for students who would like to study prior to the exam. Students interested in PrepMe should log onto their Naviance account and click on the PrepMe tab at the top of the page. There are various free tutorials for ACT preparation available to students. Students who have questions about their username and/or password should talk to their counselor or career adviser. Mentorship Program SFHS Counselors Tammy Sworsky and Jaymie Helle are piloting an inschool mentorship program for second trimester. They are seeking mentors in grades 11 and 12 and mentees in grades 9 and 10. The mentorship program will focus on academics, effective goalsetting, positive peer exposure and

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an introduction to student resources available. Mentor/mentee qualifications will be posted online at the high school website and available in the counseling office. Mentors will attend training, then meet once a week with their mentee during academic time and attend three large group meetings. Mentees will meet with their mentors once a week during academic time and attend three large group meetings. Large group meetings will be facilitated by Sworsky and Helle. During this time students will check in and have a question and answer session regarding the program and activities that will enhance their mentorship experience. Mentors will be selected based on teacher recommendations and mentees selected based on academic need. Applications are due no later than December 6. This program is a fantastic opportunity for mentors to gain experience and can be a positive addition to college and job applications. GSA Students involved in the GayStraight Alliance Club participated in Ally Week, October 15-19. Club members would like to thank all of the students and staff members that saw and signed the poster advocating an anti-bullying pledge for a safe school environment

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Planning is underway for the 2013 St. Francis High School Senior All Night Party. This year’s event will be held at Blainbrook Bowl in Blaine after graduation May 31. Parents from all classes are sought to make this party a success. Volunteers are sought to serve on a subcommittee and/or to help the night of the event. Volunteer help is critical to ensure this event can be held this year and in the future. If interested in participating, contact Michelle Wenker, volunteer coordinator, at If you are unable to volunteer your time, consider showing your support by making a contribution to this fun annual event for our graduates. Please makes checks payable to SFHS All Night Party and mail to: Melissa French, Chair, PO Box 37, East Bethel, MN 55011. All funds and prizes for this event are donated by parents and local businesses. All Night Party committee meetings are held monthly at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School, look for signs. Dates are November 14, December 12, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10, 24 and May 8.

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St. Francis high School Students from Ann Ackerman’s and Kimberly Di Lauro Rief’s physical science classes have been discussing chemical and physical properties: the differences in density of diet pop and regular pop and why diet pop floats and regular pop sinks. Pictured is Darren Gonser massing out the 43 grams of sugar in the Grape Crush pop.

On October 15, St. Francis High School (SFHS) hosted the Eastern Minnesota Association of Student Councils fall conference. Typically, a division conference has around 200 attendees; the conference at SFHS hosted 344 students. SFHS was selected to host because student Cayman Salitros is an officer at the division level. The event theme, Find your Way, was carried throughout the conference in decorations, the opening skit and in the conference message—find your way to lead, find your way to communicate and work with others. After the keynote address, each school shared information in the Ideas that Work segment about an event that worked well for them. There were also sessions on school dances, working with school administration, individual and small group skill development and personal growth activities. Julie Cuscaden, SFHS teacher and student council adviser, facilitated the conference. Cuscaden stated, “The event was a smashing success! ” Kimberly Di Lauro Rief, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator, Photo by Megan Grandstrand

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Last year, Crossroads School & Vocational Center (CSVC) had SMART Boards installed in each classroom. SMART Boards allow teachers to create hands-on lessons and students to interact with the curriculum. Science teachers are using SMART Boards to present visual, interactive science concepts. Using SMART Boards to teach concepts makes it easier for students to do follow-up on new information with hands-on activities. It also becomes collaborative because students can work together to solve problems. Berger’s science class is using the SMART Board daily. It is making a difference with student attitude about class. Students like to use the SMART Board; they love to touch it and draw on it. Some students say that it shows everything they need to learn and that it’s fun, more realistic, and they can learn more from it. They also claim that they love the interactive part and that it makes class more fun. Toward the end of science class, students use the SMART Board to create podcasts. The script for the podcast is put together by students using a wireless keyboard and mouse, and information is obtained from a radio controlled weather station. Students add visuals and often embed a science concept from the daily lesson. The CSVC science podcast is now available on iTunes U.

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Dave Berger’s science classes are using SMART Board technology to learn new concepts collectively. Photo By Dave Berger The Courier | November 2012 |

School Board Highlights School Board Highlights October 8, 2012 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

School Board Perspective Amy Kelly

By the time my article is printed, the people will have spoken. Senators, representatives and the presidential races will be over. The yard signs will come down, the why you should vote for me rhetoric on both sides will cease for a couple of years and the outcome of the peoples’ decision will begin to unfold. What is my hope? I continue to serve on the school board because I value public education. I believe education is the foundation and strength of our country, state and community. Why? Our economy depends on an educated work force and the majority of future jobs will require at least a high school diploma. When we as a state and a nation invest in education, it reduces the cost to taxpayers. Every dollar spent to educate a child reduces the cost of welfare and incarceration. It costs less to educate a child than to house offenders in our state prisons and county jails. We can invest today or pay the price later. Some will say that due to our state and national debt, we cannot afford to invest any additional dollars in education. I disagree! There is no doubt our economy has been negatively affected by a recession. However, the current economy should warrant even more attention to the importance of investing in education. We are no longer just competing with neighboring states for jobs. We are part of a global economy, competing with countries such as India and China, and if we want to compete, we need an educated workforce. My hope…we invest in our future— today!

School Board Treasurer Harry Grams was absent. SFES principal awarded Administrator of the Year At the fall conference for the Minnesota Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP), St. Francis Elementary School Principal Kathleen Kohnen received the administrator of the year award. MAEOP members nominate an administrator who makes life in the educational office more enjoyable, one who is willing to listen, who is helpful in stressful situations and encourages others to be their best. MAEOP is a state-wide group of school office professionals. Kohnen received her plaque at the banquet dinner October 11 in Alexandria. SFES staff commented that “[Kohnen] is oh, so deserving of this award!”

Foreign exchange student Dilyara Gafurova from Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia addressed the school board on October 8. The Courier Photo

School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis.

Happening around the District St. Francis High School is fortunate to have Dilyara Gafurova as an exchange student from Kazan, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Back home, Dilyara entered a competition to win a scholarship to study abroad for one year. She landed in St. Francis, Minnesota and has been pleasantly surprised. The climate is similar to Kazan and she has found that people are very helpful and kind. Writing is something Dilyara enjoys and is considering journalism and communications as possible career

Monday, November 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

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Monday, November 26 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 10 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 sbvideo

Marsha Van Denburgh, Chairwoman,  763-753-6653 Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341 Suzanne Erkel, Clerk 763-413-1195 Harry Grams, Treasurer 763-856-4350 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Amy Kelly, Director 763-744-8458 Matthew Rustad, Director 763-442-2800 Email:

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paths. She spent a day with staff at The Courier to observe the production cycle and even wrote an article for the October issue. Dilyara shared information about her experiences so far this school year and photos of Kazan. Discussion continues regarding School Board Director Matt Rustad Board members continue to discuss School Board Director Matt Rustad and the consequences of plagiarizing. The board passed a resolution to censure Rustad at the September 24 meeting, but many board members continue to receive feedback from ISD 15 residents that further action needs to be taken, such as Rustad resigning or the board to proceed to remove him from the board. The board asked for more information including advice from legal counsel in order to move ahead on this issue, which will be discussed at the next school board meeting. American Indian Education Report Dennis Sargent, coordinator of the American Indian Education program, provided an update to the School Board. The fall kickoff on September 30 went well, and Community Education Assistant Director Troy Ferguson, who attended the event, commented that he enjoyed trying new things, learning new skills and meeting the families in attendance. Sargent reported that about $5,000 in grant money and $2,500 from the District was used to purchase books and language tapes, which were distributed to all ISD 15 schools. Tutoring will begin this year and the work in progress is building a good program. Display cases in all of the schools will be decorated in November and the fall feast will be held December 2. More information and events are posted on the district website (www.

School Board Highlights October 22, 2012 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Happening around the District Principal Neubauer provided an update to the School Board regarding the St. Francis High School choir program. This year’s theme seems to be “more” – more students (400 participating this year compared to around 200 last year), more programming with the addition of a show choir, more creativity and more quality. The Madrigal singers, under the director of Lucas Warren and Katelyn Larson, performed for the School Board. Madrigal dinner performances will be held November 8-11 and everyone is invited. Drama Department Adviser Glenn Morehouse Olson added that the arts are alive and well at St. Francis High School. The fall

production, Almost, Maine, is a quirky, romantic comedy. Over 70 students auditioned for 19 parts. On November 29, a benefit performance of the Christmas Carol will be performed. Resolution proposing action against School Board Director Matthew Rustad A motion on the following resolution was made by School Board Vice Chairwoman Janet Glover, second by School Board Treasurer Harry Grams. RESOLUTION PROPOSING ACTION AGAINST A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WHEREAS, St. Francis School Board (“School Board”) member Matthew Rustad plagiarized an article that was published in the School District’s monthly publication, The Courier; WHEREAS, Mr. Rustad moved to censure himself for that action and the School Board unanimously approved the motion; WHEREAS, School Board members have learned additional information since that action took place, including that the original explanation that Mr. Rustad provided to the School Board Chairwoman and administration when he first met to discuss this issue was inaccurate; WHEREAS, the School Board does not believe that censure is the appropriate action for Mr. Rustad’s misconduct and thus rescinds the motion to censure Mr. Rustad; BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 15, St. Francis Public Schools (“District”), as follows: 1. The School Board considers Board members to be elected officials and not employees of the District. 2. The School Board proposes the removal of Mr. Rustad from the School Board based upon proper cause as set forth in the attached letter. 3. The School Board authorizes the Chairwoman to sign the attached letter and directs the Superintendent to provide a copy to Mr. Rustad. 4. The School Board authorizes the Superintendent to work with the District’s legal counsel to arrange a hearing on the District’s proposed action against Mr. Rustad before an Independent Hearing Officer. The hearing will provide Mr. Rustad with an opportunity to be heard. 5. After the Independent Hearing Officer has provided his/her Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations to the parties, the School Board will meet to consider the Independent Hearing Officer’s recommendation and will vote on the proposed action against Mr. Rustad. Motion carried, 4-2, nays being Chairwoman Marsha Van Denburgh and Clerk Suzanne Erkel, with Director Matthew Rustad abstaining. 13

Community Education

Thanksgiving Events

Lupita’s story Sandy Farder Adult Basic Education Coordinator ISD 15 Community Education & Services

St. Francis High School volleyball coach Marty Hennsy and her coaching staff worked with 60 girls in grades 6-8 on skill development and concluded the season with a mini tournament during parent/ teacher conferences. The SFHS varsity volleyball players worked with and mentored the young athletes during several mini clinics. 

Diane Guinn, Rec Manager & Marty Hennesy, SFHS Volleyball Coach

From the Rec Department

Co Ed K-1 Basketball

Learning and practicing the fundamentals of basketball. Register Now through Monday, November 26 Dates: December 10 through end of January Days: Monday/Wednesday, possible Saturday Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. & 7:00-8:00 p.m. Locations: District schools Fee: $60 includes T-shirt & Medal Register Online Contact Diane Guinn, Manager for more info 763-213-1823 Rec Department is a division of ISD 15 Community Education & Services

Excitement always abounds in our Adult Basic Education classroom when a dream is realized by one of our students. One of the most thrilling is the naturalization of a new United States citizen. Guadalupe Caro, known as Lupita by her friends, experienced the joy of years of preparation and hard work last month as she took the oath of allegiance to our country. Lupita is from Chihuahua, Mexico where she had a very good life working in a salon as a beautician. Her situation changed, however, and she found herself a single mother of three young daughters. She could not adequately support her family as a single woman in rural Mexico, so she immigrated to the United States in 1999 with her three beautiful girls to start a new life. Living in America has been difficult for Lupita, yet she is grateful for the ability to be independent. She labors in a job for which she is extremely overqualified at a truck farm in Oak Grove. She spends her summer days performing back-breaking labor either planting or picking vegetables

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in the hot sun. In the winter, she spends her time there helping with repairs and packaging. Meanwhile, Lupita has worked diligently to raise her three girls to be the best they can be. She has taught them lifelong skills such as the value of hard work, personal independence, and the need for perseverance in order to achieve your dreams. Lupita began attending school here in 2008, with the goal of improving her English for a variety of reasons. It was important that she be able to communicate with


her children’s teachers and function as an integral part of her community. She also wanted to be equipped, when she was eligible, to pass the American Citizenship Test. Finally, Lupita knew that at some point she had to put her job on the farm behind her and pursue her true passion as a beautician, which would require cosmetology school and U.S. certification. It is due to years of study in English, American history and civics, that Lupita stands before us, a confident, Englishspeaking American citizen. She is now ready to move forward with her dream of working in or even opening her own salon some day. After watching Lupita strive for, and achieve, her first two goals, I have no doubt that this last one will also be realized. What a remarkable example she has set, not only for her daughters, but for all of us who face difficult odds, yet persevere to achieve our dreams. We are all fortunate to have such an admirable woman in our community, representing our American citizenry.

Community Education Contacts Troy Ferguson, Assistant Director............................................................ 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Drivers Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt................................................................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Heidi Antinozzi, Rec Assistant............................................................... 763-213-1508 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 • • The Courier | November 2012 |

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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 done soon 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, and an immunization and health review. Call 763-753-7187 if you currently have a 3 or 4-year-old child who has not been screened.

Have a concern about your child? Are you concerned about your child’s development, speech, or behavior? If your child is under three years of age, contact Tim Finn at: or 763-753-7172 to reach ISD 15 Help Me Grow services. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Early Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have; call for an appointment at 763-753-7187 and mention your concerns.

FREE parenting webinars! Tell your friends and family! The Minnesota Department of Education and Working Family Resource Center are pleased to bring you the 2012-13 Early Learning Counts webinar series created for parents of young children, ages 0-5. Each webinar, excluding special webinar events, is recorded and archived for your listening convenience. Check out this year’s line up at events. The November 14 topic is: How is screen time and interactive media affecting my child’s development?

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Tot Shop for Mom & Pop sponsored by the ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council

A unique holiday shopping experience for children birth to kindergarten.

Young children can purchase their choice of gifts for moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, or siblings, plus have them wrapped. Volunteers will take Shop the your child shopping while you wait. Scholastic Gifts are $1 each. Book Fair Don’t have time for dinner? Don’t worry. Pizza and beverages will be available for purchase.

Join us Friday, December 7 5:00-7:30 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center 18900 Cedar Drive NW Oak Grove

Preschool Place 15 and Early Childhood Family Education are divisions of ISD 15 Community Education The Courier | November 2012 |


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

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For children three to five years of age at the time of the event. Reinforce early learning skills in fun, interactive two-time classes. Lots of moving and creative fun for your preschooler. Children must be toileting themselves.

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Red shoes, glitter shoes, work shoes, old shoes, new shoes. Come count, pattern, sort and measure all sorts of shoes. Dates: Tuesdays, December 11 & 18 Time: 12:45-2:45 pm Fee: $8 per child

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

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

Pop In & Play Dates: Fridays, November 2-January 25 Time: 9:30-11:30 am Dates: Wednesdays, November 7-April 24 Time: 12:45-2:45 pm Fee: $4 per child, max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

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Are you a stay-at-home parent who would like to earn some extra income while your children attend school? ISD 15 Lifelong Learning Center is in need of “on-call” substitutes to work in Preschool, Early Childhood Family Education, and Early Childhood Special Education. If you would enjoy working alongside preschoolers as they learn and grow, please visit and complete an application for the corresponding substitute posting. Licensure is required for some positions, but not all of them.

Are you still looking for the right preschool for your child? Preschool Place 15 is here for you. Register NOW! There are still a limited number of openings. The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where young children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning. For more information on classes and to register, visit or call 763-753-7170. • Programming takes place September through May • Morning, afternoon, late afternoon and evening sessions available • One, two, three or four times per week

• Several age specific class options • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for a limited number of classes


Bird migration— the more we learn, the more we don’t know Juanita Reed-Boniface Lunch & Learn Coordinator

“The more we learn, the more we don’t know,” was one of the opening statements made by Jan Welsh, at the Lunch & Learn presentation on Bird Migration. Welsh, an education specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, went on to explain that migration of birds is one of those acts of nature that continues to have

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unanswered questions. We do know that migration is one of the wonders of nature that we experience spring and fall. In her presentation at the Sandhill Center, she described four basic strategies of migration: Boreal—where birds come from the northern tundra and move south when they need food. An example is the snowy owl, whose main diet is voles. They will fly south until they find an abundance of these animals. Permanent residents—some birds don’t go anywhere. For birds, cold is not the reason for migration, it is lack of food. In mild winters where food is readily available, some birds will not migrate at all. Gold finches are one example; they may live in the same region year round. Short distance—other birds migrate only a short distance. Again, their motivation is primarily to seek food. Typically they will migrate to where they can be near open water. Neotropical migrant birds— these are the birds that live here in the summer and go to Central and South America for the winter. They will spend twice as many months in the tropics than here. Why do they come here? For high protein food which they find in the northern climate. Often they will raise two to three batches of young

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

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

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while here. Birds need a safe habitat no matter where they are. Environmental conditions in our region provide a good habitat for birds. The large amount of cropland, larger land base than in the south and attention to wildlife care and land management by farmers and ranchers all help to assure birds that this is a safe place to raise their young. Mortality is a concern during migration. Two examples of hazards causing death are reflective windows and improper use and disposal of toxic chemicals. Free-range house cats are a major threat to songbird population. Converting prairie land to cropland and draining wetlands that support birds and their migratory patterns are also detrimental. Recent findings on pesticide and insecticide use in relation to bird habitat and migratory patterns have resulted in more extensive testing and specific directions for use, storage and disposal of these products before they are released for public use. Homeowners and food producers are more aware of pesticides and insecticides and their limitations, thus encouraging sound management practices that respect the bird population. Participants of the Lunch & Learn program were encouraged to find ways to enhance the habitat and

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

Native American Dance & Songs November 20 We Are Native Americans Dance and drumming are key elements of Native expression in the Pow-Wow and at other events. But very few people outside the culture understand the significance of the songs, the dance and their relationship to rites and ceremonies, their meaning or why Indian people dance. Representatives of the We Are Native Americans, an inter-tribal dance group, will demonstrate and explain dance styles, meanings and costumes.

encourage sound practices for birds. For example, think about the coffee you drink. Shade coffee must be grown in the rainforest. By using coffee grown in the shade and creating greater demand for it, it helps to preserve bird habitats in Central America. The check-off for wildlife on income tax forms helps provided needed funding for wildlife programs including birds. Individuals may want to learn more about the organization, Partners in Flight, which leads cooperative efforts among federal, state and local government agencies, philanthropic foundations, professional organizations, conservation groups, industry, the academic community and private individuals that work to conserve bird populations in North, Central and South America. Their website, www., gives additional information about the organization. The next ISD 15 Community Education Lunch & Learn program will be November 20, with the topic Native American Dance and Songs with representatives of the We Are Native Americans group. Register today online at or call 763-213-1641. Lunch served at 11:00, program to follow. The cost for the program is $11.

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

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Northern Lights Tuesday, November 13 Since 2000, Northern Lights have played for audiences throughout Minnesota. These talented musicians play a variety of music: bluegrass, gospel, traditional country, cowboy and a few other types of music. Comprised of two members, their instrumentation includes guitar, fiddle, mandolin and harmonica. They have a stage show that has audiences wanting more. The Courier | November 2012 |

Veterans Tribute Lions to host veterans breakfast November 9

A Salute to Our Heroes: Our Veterans

By Mike Starr St. Francis Lions

The St. Francis Lions Club will be hosting its second annual free breakfast for veterans November 9, 8:30 a.m. at the St. Francis American Legion Post 622, 3073 Bridge Street. Family, friends, and community members are invited to attend with a $5 charge for non-veterans. Schedule of events: 0830-1050 Breakfast 0925-0930 Welcome and posting of the colors 0930-1050 Music from St. Francis Middle School Pop Choir and Jazz Band 1000-1030 Guest speaker John Kriesel, Anoka County Veterans Service Officer 1030-1035 Retire the colors 1035-1040 Military song tribute to all branches of the armed forces 1045 Dismissed Guest speaker John Kriesel served in Iraq with the Minnesota Army National Guard. His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) and Kriesel lost both legs because of the explosion. Kriesel was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives after his return from Iraq, and served one term. Breakfast will be: SOS (sausage gravy) on biscuits, scrambled eggs, sausage links, Danish rolls, coffee, milk and juice. All community members are invited to support our local veterans and to say “Thank you“ for serving our nation. Please get the word out to a veteran you know and offer them a ride if they cannot get to the St. Francis American Legion Post on November 9. A military display will be set up inside the Legion Hall. Veterans will receive something special when they check in for breakfast this year. Any questions please contact Lions Club member Mike Starr at 763-300-9110.

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On Veterans Day, we pause to reflect on the courage, dedication and loyalty of our nation’s military veterans. Throughout history, their hard work and sacrifice have kept us safe and protected our freedom. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and we salute them for their service. To all of the brave men and women who have sacrificed to put their country first, we thank you.


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Veterans invited to share stories for history project at area college Tina Perpich Anoka Technical College

Veterans and the civilians at home who supported them are encouraged to visit Anoka Technical College Saturday, November 10 to share their stories as part of the Veterans History Project. United States citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) workers, flight

instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Anoka Technical College judicial reporting program students will record shared wartime experiences for the

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Deb Longley, judicial reporting faculty member. “Veterans are invited to share their stories in order to inspire and invoke future generations to be aware of the sacrifice and history that is embedded deep within our great nation.“ Reserve your spot in history by contacting Anoka Tech faculty member Deb Longley at 763-576-4848 or dlongley@ by noon, November 9. The judicial recording and broadcast captioning program at Anoka Technical College has hosted this event for the past five years. The U.S. Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106380) received unanimous support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 27, 2000.

AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project. In addition to providing initial major funding for the project, AARP also spread the word to its legion of volunteers and almost 37 million members, encouraging them to get involved. Numerous state chapters have also been involved in the project. The Veterans History Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. veterans from the following wars: } World War I (1914-1920) } World War II (1939-1946) } Korean War (1950-1955) } Vietnam War (1961-1975) } Persian Gulf War (19901995) } Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present) For more information, visit

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Isanti Home for the Holidays Keep children engaged and occupied during holiday shopping trips Holiday shopping with children can be fun. Children enjoy giving gifts, and bringing them along on shopping excursions to offer their input can make the season that much more special for youngsters. But bringing the little ones along on a holiday shopping trip also can be tricky, as children can easily grow tired or bored at the mall. The following are a few tips to ensure children and adults enjoy their holiday shopping trips together. } Bring backup. Children might find shopping enjoyable at the outset, but visiting store after store can drain them of that enthusiasm. To quell the inevitable boredom, bring along some backup, such as a handheld video game or a tablet or e-reader on which children can watch a favorite film or television show. } Choose your shopping destination wisely. All malls and retailers are certainly not equal, especially when children will be accompanying you for a day

of shopping. Some malls offer attractions for children, such as a merry-go-round or a live performance with a holiday theme. Such attractions provide some balance to a shopping trip, giving children something to look forward to between store visits. } Don’t be a Scrooge. An ice cream cone, some holiday cookies or a hot chocolate might not be the healthiest fare for youngsters, but such items can make a shopping excursion that much more enjoyable. When shopping with children in tow, relax a youngster’s dietary restrictions so they can enjoy some holiday treats while shopping till they drop. } Give children some spending money. Children are more likely to engage themselves in a holiday shopping trip if they have some spending money of their own. Offer children some money before leaving the house, and tell them the

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Thanksgiving Events Tips for stress-free holiday meal planning Perhaps the most anticipated aspect of the holiday season is the lavish holiday meal. Many people look forward to the food just as much as they look forward to the festivities. This could be why the average person gains a pound or two. Planning a holiday gathering

and meal can be stressful for hosts or hostesses. There seems to be a lot of pressure placed on the person in charge. However, establishing a wonderful and stress-free meal is possible with a few easy-to-follow tips: } Create a meal concept. Holiday meals can be

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traditional or avant garde. There are many options from which to choose, but one thing to keep in mind is to select foods that go together. Those new to holiday hosting may want to stick with items that are well known and expected, such as turkey and

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trimmings. Those who want to experiment may want to introduce one or two new dishes into the mix. } Keep preparation time in mind. Consider the amount of time you have for food preparation and cooking. The holidays are a busy time of year, and work and social engagements may continue until the eleventh hour. Choose foods that can be prepared in advance and heated on the holiday if you’re time-pressed. Or simply choose easy-to-make dishes that won’t take much time. } Compile a shopping list. Once foods are selected, review all recipes and make a list of the ingredients you will need. This will serve as a shopping list to take to the store. Also see which items you have on hand in the pantry. Look at expiration dates and be sure that everything is top quality. } Create a timetable. Make a schedule or use a calendar to schedule when each component of the meal and other preparations will be made. This way you ensure

you will stay on track and have everything done by the actual holiday. } Ask for help. If you find that time will be short, delegate some jobs to others. For example, if a grandmother or aunt is known for her prized potatoes or pies, ask her to make that item. Some hosts and hostesses turn the holiday meal into a pot luck where everyone is encouraged to bring one item and the host simply provides the main dish. } Go easy on yourself. While not everything will work out exactly as you expected, chances are little glitches will not even be noticed by guests unless you point them out. And even if they are noticed, these are close friends and family who will not judge small mistakes. } Make time for socialization. Too often holiday hosts and hostesses worry so much about impressing guests with lavish foods and festivities that they fail to enjoy the actual day with their guests. Leave time to sit and chat and relax.

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Sports & Outdoors

Staff members at St. Francis Elementary School wore pink on Fridays in October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some of the pinkclad staff pose here, in front of a bulletin board by the Health Office. The bulletin board features staff-generated lists remembering victims and honoring survivors of breast cancer.  Submitted Photo

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Community members, organizations and business owners are invited to a Pioneer Days planning meeting Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Francis Community Center next to City Hall, 23340 Cree Street NW. Organizing a pancake breakfast fundraiser for December will be discussed. The dates for the 2013 Pioneer Days have been set for June 7, 8, and 9, which does not conflict with graduation. Take pride in your community and be part of the success of Pioneer Days by attending planning meetings and helping with fundraisers. For more information on how you can help, contact City Hall at 763-753-2630.


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Kayla Humann and Angela Barrett, graduates of St. Francis High School, have been selected to appear in the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota 2013 calendar.  Submitted Photo Thanks to the St. Francis Lions and Lionesses for all of their help in making the St. Francis Fire Department Open House and French Toast breakfast October 13 a success.  Submitted Photo

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Young children can purchase their choice of gifts for moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas or siblings plus have them wrapped. Volunteers will take Shop the your child shopping while you wait. Scholastic Gifts are $1 each. Book Fair Don’t have time for dinner? Don’t worry. Pizza and beverages will be available for purchase.

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Free Dollars Into Sense class Lake Blvd., Andover) and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center (1201 89th Ave., Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend.

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Sandhill Center to host Bridgeview work By Helen Hartley Bridgeview Art Coordinator

Sandhill Center for the Arts will be featuring a finale art exhibit titled “Portraits” for the 2012 grant study of the Bridgeview Artists beginning Thursday, November 29. An artists’ reception will be held that evening, 4:30-7:00 p.m. The Bridgeview Artists from Spring Lake Park have studied portrait work over the last 6 months. The grant from the Metropolitan Regional Art Council had three main goals: to improve artistic skills, to invite professional artists to classes and to exhibit the resulting art in the community. The Sandhill location (23820 Dewey Street NW, Bethel) is the second exhibit for this work. Previously, the art was shown at BanfillLocke Center for the Arts in Fridley. Professional artists that assisted in the study of portraits included Matt Linz from St. Paul, Cherene Bebeau from Princeton, Shelley Holl from Edina and Laura Irwin Schack from Cedar. Helen Hartley, art coordinator for the Bridgeview Artists said, “We couldn’t have had a better team. Each professional artist brought new ideas to this study for the

Bridgeview Artists, stretching the artists in artistic techniques, making this a proud and awesome exhibit. Linz taught the artists to use a shortened fine point brush to sketch on the painted canvas. Bebeau taught the artists to hide portraits in backgrounds. Holl suggest using color in new ways and to use words in self-portraits, Irwin Schack introduced mosaic ideas and worked with various media and reintroduced pastels to the artists.” Bridgeview’s Community Support Program, under the umbrella of the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being which is located in Fridley, serves persons who live with a serious and persistent mental illness. Art is only part of the programming. For more information about Bridgeview, contact staff at 763-783-7440. Bridgeview is the only such program in Anoka County. This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the state’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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

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Among the featured artwork at the “Portraits” exhibition at Sandhill Center for the Arts are Peggy Sue by Kimberly, Maya Angelo by Jill and Goat Girl by Kate.  Submitted Photos

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from the St. Francis Fire Department The St. Francis Fire Department Open House and 7th Annual French Toast Breakfast & Blood Drive was very successful and would not have been possible without the help of the St. Francis Lions and Lioness along with Boy Scout Troop 511. According to Memorial Blood Centers the 26 people who donated blood will save close to 78 lives. We had several exhibitors that came to the open house from Connexus, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, CenterPoint Energy, Memorial Blood Centers, Allina Health, Scensty Flameless Candles, St. Francis Lions and Lioness, Allina Transportation, 4-Wheeler Safety Club and St. Francis Ambassadors. We also received donations from Ace Solid Waste, Bloch Painting & Decorating Inc., Casey’s General Store, Connexus Energy, County Market, Gerdin Auto & Tire, Goodrich Pharmacy, North Anoka Plumbing, Northland Screw, Opp Family Chiropractic, Patriot Lanes, St. Francis True Value Hardware, St. Francis Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, Subway, Temperature Specialist, Inc., Tru-Cut Lawns, Inc., Village Bank, and McCradle Family. All of the proceeds go directly back into the community each year for our fire prevention supplies. Everyone had a wonderful time. *Businesses in bold donated over $50.

Saturday, November 10 The Annual Holiday Bazaar held by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 1326 4th Street in Elk River. Holiday gifts of all types will be available. The Bake Shoppe will offer homemade holiday cookies, candies, breads, jams, jellies, pies, cakes and tasty snack items. Chili and chicken noodle soup lunches will be available for $5 (includes a muffin, beverage and dessert). Take home a pint ($5) or quart ($8).The silent auction gift baskets have been the highlight year after year. You can buy outright or bid on any basket that draws your interest. You need not be present to win. Onsite raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each. Several drawings will be held, including one for a $100 gas gift card and $100 grocery gift card. Need not be present to win. For more information call 763-441-5482.

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Anoka County Commissioners honor Andover couple’s 75-year marriage Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

Anoka County Commissioners Rhonda Sivarajah of Lino Lakes and Robyn West of Blaine honored the 75-year marriage of Clelland and Ellen Darr by presenting the couple with an official copy of their marriage certificate from the state of Iowa. “When the Darrs’ relationship came to my attention, I knew we had to do something to honor this incredible couple,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “It’s a joy to be able to present them with this document that started it all!” “It’s a privilege to be able to present this keepsake to them while hearing stories of their life together and the way the world changed during that time," said Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah Clelland Rush Darr married Ellen Ruth Rouse June 1, 1937, in Ruthven, Iowa. According

The Cedar East Bethel Lions recently joined with the East Bethel Fire Department in putting on their open house. Pictured are (L-R): Lions Ruth Larson, Glenn Coop, Sandra Coop, Jack Kugel, and Judy Ricke.  Submitted Photo Anoka County Commissioners Rhonda Sivarajah and Robyn West present Ellen and Clelland Darr with a copy of their 1937 marriage certificate October 26. Pictured are, front row, Ellen and Clelland, back row, Sivarajah, the Darr’s daughter Ginger and her husband Tom Ritchey and West.  Submitted Photo to Mrs. Darr it was a double wedding with Mr. Darr’s sister and her groom-to-be. The Darrs now live in Andover. Anoka County Vital Statistics

staff worked with the Darr family to request the official copy of the marriage certificate; the original will remain on file in Iowa.

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Letters to the Editor I Matt Rustad, School Board Director of St Francis, Independent District 15 formally apologize for the mistake made in the September issue of The Courier, when I was asked to write a column for The Courier I prepared all of my documents in word files. I hereby retract that article because of ignorance and a mistake. My sincerest apologies to any person or persons that I may have offended or affronted because of my error. It was a mistake made on my part, but I have learned from it and it will never happen again. Matthew Rustad School Board Director, St Francis, ISD 15 I write this letter encouraging Independent School District 15 Board Member Matt Rustad to resign from his position for plagiarism. If Mr. Rustad is unfamiliar with the basics of plagiarism, one must also question his knowledge of and ability to decide on the school policies that directly impact students. Plagiarism is not a mistake of ignorance. It is

theft and a mistake of integrity. As a graduate from St. Francis High School I understand the commitment the teachers, support staff, and administrators of ISD 15 have to its students. They hold themselves to the highest standard in education in order to lead our young people to be productive citizens and lifelong learners. A leader must hold him or herself to the same standard as those who he or she is leading. Mr. Rustad has not done this, and perhaps his greatest opportunity to teach these students, or to be a true leader, is to truly own up to his mistake and resign. Since voters originally elected Mr. Rustad to represent their interests in decisions made about our schools, it is the responsibility of voters in ISD 15 to support their students by helping to persuade Mr. Rustad to resign. Robert Anderson St. Francis High School Class of 2004, Teacher, White Bear Lake Area High School

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submit letters on varied subjects. Letters by the same author that reiterate opinions previously expressed may not be published. Writers must either live within District 15 or be writing about an issue specific to our coverage area. Submissions—letters can be sent by email to, by U.S. mail to The Courier, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070, or by fax to 763-753-4693. Other—thank-you letters that relate to a public event, organization, or official are not considered letters to the editor. Contact the editor regarding submitting that information. Viewpoints expressed in a letter to the editor do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of Independent School District 15 or The Courier staff. 25

Historical society to host trash or treasure event November 13

I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Trash or Treasure? A Road Show Event will be held Tuesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Senior Center, 11155 Robinson Drive. Bring your antiques and mystery objects and let our experts tell you if the item has value, how you can care for it, and even advise you how you can sell it for its fullest value if you choose. Bring in up to three items and a specialist will let you know if they are trash or treasure. No large items, please! You are responsible for the moving of and the safety of your items while on city of Coon Rapids property. There will not be any buying or selling at the event. Please bring one non-perishable food item or a cash donation. If you have questions, please contact the Anoka County Historical Society at 763421-0600. No advance registration is needed, but doors may close early, so the event can end at 9:00 p.m.

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It’s just a battery It is amazing how many different batteries are available and can fit into any given vehicle. How does one choose? Is it all about the cranking power? Lots of questions, lots of confusion. So let’s start with testing. Battery tests have changed over the years. Years ago, we used to take the caps off the top of the battery and use a small suction type unit to draw a small amount of battery acid into the unit. It would measure the specific gravity of the fluid. It really was a great test and still is. You could test each cell individually and measure the specific gravity of the cell as well as visually inspect the fluid. We used these very accurate testers for years. The problem is that most batteries these days are sealed and there is no access to the fluid. There was also a safety issue as the fluid is a strong acid and can burn the skin or eyes upon contact. This can be painful; I have experienced it firsthand. Then the industry

My care couldn’t > have been better! I had never been so sick in my life when I arrived at the emergency room. The doctors quickly determined that I had pneumonia, and my kidneys were failing—as a result, I spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit. My doctors and nurses at Fairview Northland Medical Center saved my life.

went to what is called a load tester. We would apply a certain amperage load to the battery and measure if the unit would stay strong over a set period of time and still deliver adequate voltage. It is a good test and is still used, but has a few drawbacks. First the battery needs to be at least 50 to 75 percent charged. People used to bring in a discharged or dead battery and ask for it to be tested. The first thing we would do is to pull out our specific gravity tester, check the electrolyte (battery fluid) and make sure it was sufficiently charged; if not the battery would always fail. One big factor is that the temperature of the battery will alter test results. The rule is that the battery temp needs to be at 70 degrees Fahrenheit and sufficiently charged in order to get an accurate test. So sometimes the customer would need to leave the battery for many hours while the battery was charged up and warmed, if it was cold outside. Not convenient if you were in a hurry. I think a lot of batteries were sold just because people were in a hurry. The latest testers are small computerized units that can take into account the temperature (they have a temp sensor on them or they ask what the temp is). They also can tell the state of charge and direct you to charge the battery if needed, and they also can get an accurate test with a lower state of charge. They use a term called conductance. Conductance describes the ability of the unit to conduct current. It really is a very complex algorithm that is used to calculate the remaining life of the battery. This test is very accurate, easy to use and can be done fairly quickly. A good quality tester is not cheap, but what is?


There is also much misunderstanding about what battery is best for a certain vehicle. Most people believe that the more cold cranking amps, the better. This is not necessarily true, especially with new vehicles. These new vehicles have so many computers on board and require a certain level of voltage be maintained. It really is better to get sufficient cold cranking amps, but it is also important to get a battery with high reserve capacity. This is the ability of the battery to deliver a steady, consistent voltage for a longer period of time so as not to cause one of the computers to shut down due to inadequate voltage. The higher the cold cranking amps, the less reserve capacity is available in the unit. So it is a balancing act. If you find an inexpensive battery with high cold cranking amps, it may not be the correct battery for your vehicle. Again, you get what you pay for. Also don’t be fooled when looking at batteries. Some list “cranking amps” instead of “cold cranking amps.” This is a marketing tool. Cranking amps are measured at 32 degrees and cold cranking amps are measured at zero degrees. This is a big thing in cold climates. Don’t be fooled by a high cranking amp number with a cheaper price. It may leave you stranded on a cold day. I hate when that happens

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Financial moves for a growing family When you add a child to your family, either through birth or adoption, it’s obviously an exciting and joyful time in your life — and it’s also a busy one, as you deal with all the challenges and commitments faced by all parents. However, hectic as your life may be, you’ll still need to think about making some key financial arrangements to accommodate your new child. Here are some suggestions to consider: } Get a Social Security number. You’ll want to obtain a Social Security number for your child as soon as possible. } Speak with a tax advisor. If you’re adopting a child, you might be eligible for federal income tax credits. } Build an emergency fund. Obviously, a new child may mean a variety of new expenses. If you aren’t prepared for these costs, many of which may crop up suddenly, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. Such a move could slow your progress toward your important goals, such as a comfortable retirement. To avoid this potential problem, try to build an emergency fund containing six months’ worth of living expenses. Put the money in a liquid account so you can access it

quickly and without penalty. } Research options for a special needs child. If you have a special needs child, you may want to explore any available government benefits and consider speaking with an attorney about your legal options. } Consider disability insurance. You may want to purchase disability insurance, or review your current policy, to ensure your family’s needs are covered should you become ill or disabled and cannot work for a while. } Review your life insurance. It’s essential that you maintain adequate life insurance to cover your family’s future financial needs, including education costs. While your employer may offer you a group policy, it might not be sufficient to keep up with your growing family. There’s no one “formula” for determining the appropriate amount of life insurance, but a professional financial advisor can review your family situation and recommend suitable coverage. } Save for college. Given the high costs of higher education, it’s never too soon to start putting away money for college. You may want to consider a tax-advantaged account, such as a 529 plan, which offers high contribution

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limits and provides you with the flexibility to switch beneficiaries, if necessary. } Review/add beneficiary designations. You may want to change or add beneficiaries to your IRA, 401(k), life insurance, annuities and other accounts. } Explore a custodial account. You might want to consider a custodial account, such as an UGMA or UTMA, that allows you to transfer assets for the benefit of a child under 21. (Consult with your tax and legal advisors before making this move.) Of course, you don’t have to take care of all these items at once. But by methodically working your way through this list, you will eventually adjust your overall financial strategy to include your new child — which means you’ll be helping your growing family make progress toward its important goals.

Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility change in hours Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

The Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility schedule changed to winter hours November 1. The household hazardous waste facility will be open Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The facility will be closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The facility is located at 3230 101st Avenue NE in Blaine, off Radisson Road. Household hazardous wastes that are accepted include acids, aerosol cans with product remaining, drain cleaner, driveway sealer, fluorescent bulbs, liquid paint, liquid mercury, mercury thermometers, motor oil, oven cleaner, paint stripper,

paint thinner, pesticides, pool chemicals, stains, varnishes, and wood preservatives. Residents dropping materials off at the site must provide proof of county residency, such as a driver’s license. The facility accepts household hazardous waste from residents of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties. Businesses, organizations, and schools may not bring hazardous waste to the facility. Wastes that are not accepted include ammunition, appliances, batteries, dried paint, electronics, empty containers, medical wastes, radioactive wastes, railroad ties, and tires. For more information call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763-323-5730 or visit

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Students of St. Francis High School’s Fashion Club/FCCLA-HERO has helped organized the foodshelf at the high school. Pictured are foodshelf organizers Rebecca Schesso, Angel Her, Adrianah TrevinoGartner, Mariah Sodren, Morgan Nyara and Michelle Kling. Not pictured: Tracie Clyne. Submitted Photo A big part of the FCCLA organization is giving back to the community. Adviser Beth Widell and student Adianah Trevino-Gartner came together, knowing they would like St.

Francis High School to give back to the community. The foodshelf is modeled after similar successful endeavors at Champlin Park High School and Coon Rapids High School.

Bringing local history to life: The Soldiers’ Aid Society at Rum River Library Jill Smith Anoka County Library

What could women do during the Civil War to show their patriotism? For many women, joining their local Soldiers’ Aid Society was the answer. What was the

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Soldiers’ Aid Society? Find out at Rum River Library on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. The Anoka County Historical Society will present The Soldiers’ Aid Society, a living history presentation to share what these determined women accomplished. “As we pay special tribute to our Veterans this month, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how families contributed to the armed services efforts in times of conflict,“ said Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look. The patriotic fervor that swept across the North when

the first shots were fired in 1861 did not just affect the men who enlisted in droves— women were caught up in the excitement of supporting the cause as well. Restricted by convention and society, the ladies soon created a way they could support the war effort in a new and highly organized system, the U.S. Sanitary Commission. The root of this vast network of women was the Soldiers’ Aid Societies and nearly every community had one. “Take a trip back in time to learn more about Continued, Page 29

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October was fire prevention month and third graders at Cedar Creek Community School and East Bethel Community School had an opportunity to tour the Smoke House. They were also taught how to leave a house quickly and safely in case of a fire and were encouraged to talk with their parents about an escape plan. Firefighters from Oak Grove and East Bethel also showed students the equipment that they used and students were able to go inside the fire truck.  Submitted Photo

St. Francis High School is hoping to help students and their families in times of need. Members of the Fashion Club/FCCLA-HERO (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) have organized a foodshelf as a place where students can pick up non-perishable food and personal products to take home—ensuring they will have an evening meal. The club recognized that not all families are able to provide enough food to feed their families every day. They wanted to give back by helping those families in need in this small way. Various community groups work together to drum up donations. A small room in the hallway near the Performing Arts Center has been set aside where students can gather what they need. The foodshelf will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. every weekday.

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Students explore Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Shirley Meyers Cedar Creek Community School

Fifth graders from Cedar Creek Community School were very fortunate to take a field trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR) located in East Bethel September 26 and 27. The students were greeted by naturalists who led them through scientific explorations of three biomes: the prairie, the forest, and the marsh. The students took part in several inquiries where they gathered air and ground temperatures, examined soil samples, and documented sun exposure in each of the areas. The discussion also included plants that were

Charlie Pelkey is proudly displaying his observations of the insects he swept up on the 5th grade field trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Submitted Photo From Page 28

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found in each biome. The students were set up with back packs that contained the tools needed to carry out the inquiries. Another inquiry led students onto the prairie to sweep for insects. The fifth graders then examined the insects caught, looking at their body structure, size, and traits. After recording their findings, the young scientists returned their insects unharmed back to the prairie. The naturalists did a wonderful job of teaching the students how to be great observers, not just with their eyes but using all senses. The time at CCESR was enjoyed by all students, teachers and chaperones. Thank you to the Cedar Creek PTO for providing funds for this incredible experience.

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St. Francis Elementary School first grader Pierce Anderson displays his edible fire truck. Students in Janine Johnson’s class enjoyed making and eating a creative snack following their trek to the St. Francis Fire Station. Children frosted a graham cracker, added Oreo wheels, a Cheez-It window, and a pretzel ladder before devouring the finished product.  JANINE JOHNSON St. Francis TOPS Club #1774 was honored to have 2012 Minnesota State Queen and International TOPS Queen Runner-up Karla Dombrock as its guest at the October 17 meeting. Pictured are Leader Oriet Diamond, Dombrock and co-leader Ginger Anderson. Dombrock, of Eagan, lost more than 175 pounds and her story and journey was an inspiration to all. St. Francis TOPS celebrated its 4th anniversary in August. All are invited to attend TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings Wednesday, 9:00 a.m., at the St. Francis Community Center next to city hall for motivation and fellowship in attaining and maintaining weight loss goals. Visit for more information.  Submitted Photo

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First grade students from St. Francis Elementary School visited the St. Francis Fire Station recently as part of an October unit on fire safety. Each class made the three-block walk to the fire station and were able to see some of the equipment and trucks. One highlight of the trip was looking through the thermal imaging camera, which helps firefighters navigate around a smoky room. Pictured, first grade students pose by one of the fire trucks wearing their new fire hats, (L-R): Dustin Skare, Lucy Hopkins, Alana Gonzalez, Roy Goodin, and Alexis Johnson.  JANINE JOHNSON

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Dean Kapler, fire chief for Ramsey and St. Francis, came to speak to a group of Crossroads School students about the profession of firefighting October 25. He shared some real life pictures of firefighters in action while discussing what it takes to be a firefighter. Most small communities have volunteer departments, while bigger cities have fire fighters working full-time. Some of the qualifications for becoming a volunteer firefighter are that you are 18 years or older, pass a background check, and be able to complete physical training. At a minimum, full-time firefighters need an associate’s degree. Kapler emphasized that firefighters spend extensive amounts of time in training compared to the actual time reacting to emergency situations. Students did a good job of listening and asking questions. One question was, “What is your favorite part of the job?” Kapler replied, “Coming out and talking to people like you.” Thank you to the students who participated and asked several good questions and thank you to Kapler for sharing his time, expertise and experiences with the students.

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Sports & Outdoors Anoka County Parks and Recreation November programs Jennifer Fink Marketing Manager, Anoka County Parks and Recreation Dept.

Anoka County Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the November programs. These provide great opportunities to be outside with the kids or inside learning a new skill. For more information, or to register, please visit www.anokacountyparks. com, or call 651-429-8007. Listed are some of the programs. Nature Play—Fall Frolic Fall is here! Let’s go outside and look for the ways nature is changing and preparing for winter. This program is geared for 2-5 year olds who are accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $6/parent/child, $3/additional child (plus tax) Friday, November 9, 10:00-11:15 a.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Nymphs and Nuthatches—Thanking Nature Fall is the perfect time to learn about all of the things that nature provides. Discover nature’s bounty through handson outdoor activities and a craft. This program is geared for preschool children, ages 4 and 5. Pre-registration required. Fee: $4/child (plus tax) Wednesday, November 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Sweet Treats: Using Natural Sweeteners Honey, agave, caneä all are great alternatives to processed white sugar. They offer a healthier and a lower glycemic index without losing that great taste! Learn how to bake with these alternatives and how to convert them to work with your delicious recipes. Make a couple of sweet treats, just in time for the holiday season! For ages 12 and up, those under 18 years old must register with an adult. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $8/person (plus tax) Wednesday, November 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes DIY—Do It Yourself Back to Nature Basics DIY is the new buzzword in living a more sustainable lifestyle. Make granola, yogurt, and cheese and learn easy ways to prepare and store extra garden produce for the winter months. Hear first-hand about raising chickens and bees. Resources providing additional information will be available. Pre-registration is required. This program is appropriate for those 15 years and older. Fee: $15/person (plus tax) Sunday, November 18, 2-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

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The Fighting Saints grades 2-3 football team, coached by Jeremy Skogquist, Chris Lindquist and Steve Pennebaker, had an outstanding season and finished 9-0. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and families for a fantastic season! Players include: Jake Hennen, Connor Johnson, Zander Fisk, Prince Mastrud, Sam Bowman, Carson Adriaens, Derrick Weidall, Nik Coop, Bo Flagstad, Ben Stroyny, Cody Kok, Cody Pennebaker, Alex Clarkson, Owen Dubois, Matthew Bothun, Hayden Lindquist, Jaxon Skogquist, and Cole Heckenlaible. ISD 15 Community Education and the St. Francis Grid Club joined together to provide over 300 young athletes a chance to participate in tackle football for students in grades 2-8. Thanks to coaches and parents for the many volunteer hours given to make this program successful. Submitted by Lynda Skogquist

Thank you, ISD 15 community… you make a difference! Barb Anderson ISD 15 Resident & Volunteer

Many of you donated time, funds and items for the St. Francis Middle School track resurfacing project and there is not a better way to say thank you than through The Courier. The new surface is being used daily, including evenings by many in the community. Your cooperation was wonderful and a great example of what can happen when we work together. Special thanks to St. Francis Lions, Tim Holen, Andy Street, Bruce Ewen and the St. Francis High School Track & Field and Cross Country Booster Club, St. Francis Middle School Site Management Council, Independent School District 15 facilities staff, Anoka-Hennepin Credit Union, Northland Screw Products, Inc., Killebrew Root Beer, Sno-Ghosts Snowmobile Club, Laurie Skoglund and Brenda Moon for organizing local childcare centers for the walk, and all of you who met and organized the spaghetti dinner and auction. There are too many to list and we just can’t thank you enough. Thanks again and hope to see you out walking and running. Here’s to a healthier community!

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Chamberlain, South Dakota The South Dakota pheasant opener was October 20, which is always a big day for the state. What has been done for the past dozen years is hunt the Brule Indian Reservation, where the season began September 29 and runs through the first week of January. The reservation has its high and low points in terms of the number of birds and habitat, but the ability to purchase a season license running to January makes this a destination that has been embraced, making at least three or four 4-day weekend trips always successful. Leaving St. Francis the afternoon of September 17, several long-term hunting friends made our way through southern Minnesota and dashed across Interstate 90 for a 9:00 p.m. rendezvous in Chamberlain. We were prepared for the sevenhour ride but not the rocking 50 to 60 mile per hour winds that came racing out of the northwest, buffeting the car, drastically lowering the miles per gallon and rocking the Kelly Inn in Chamberlain. The resulting two-day storm tore shingles off the motel and area homes, grounded travelers, caused five trucks to overturn on I-90 and with daybreak offered no let up. According to the weather report, the winds were a steady 60 mph, gusting to 74 mph. Having driven this far, we decided to brave the weather and resulting dust storms and put the dogs into the chase for the wily ringneck pheasant. This was probably the experience of a lifetime; we all agreed we were glad we did it,

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but wouldn’t do it again. Figuring the wind would drive birds to low spots, particularly those with heavy cover or bullrushes, we concentrated on ravines that looked full and furry. Our expectations were met with flushes that were fast and furious as birds looked to exit only after holding tight for as long as they could before the dogs found them or we stepped on them. Our conversation went something like, “Better take ‘em in the first 10 to 15 feet or they will be gone downwind at 100 mph.” In the ravines by 10:00 a.m., buffeted brutally by wind, dust and grit that filled our

nostrils, ears and creases in our aged faces, we dove into heavy cover where we could find it. Eyewear was absolutely mandatory, with goggles being the order of the day. Rooster one skyrocketed from a thick set of plum bushes and went down in a volley. A little further, we followed up with four others and a flurry of hens escaping with the wind. The wind was relentless and so was our will to take our daily limit which was achieved by late afternoon. We knew the birds were there, but obviously the weather presented the real challenge. One by one we were able to work and fill our bag limits. Day two turned partly cloudy and winds died down to 30-35 mph, with day three and four finally getting to sunny and calm. According to the Brule DNR, birds were down by 20 percent from the previous year, but at the 5 year average. I think we experienced the down swing, having to work very hard to get our limit and really taking what we were able to flush. We hunt a 300-acre span on the west side of the Missouri River. The river and its Lewis and Clark history is a special place that includes deep and long ravines from the hilly countryside to its shores. The drought has depleted the streams and stock dams and drastically lowered the river. In talking with locals, the birds had a decent hatch in the spring, but were met with 3-4 week stretches of 105-115 degree temperatures and no rain which caused a high mortality for chicks; tough to survive and the numbers we saw were indicative of that summer struggle. The worry now is that a lot of cover was cut because of the need for hay for livestock and given a tough winter, the pheasant population could take another significant hit. The annual trek was worth the time, with three days of limits, a story to tell down the road that would bring back good and bad memories of our day in the windstorm of the decade, and yet another day of enjoying the great outdoors. Happy hunting! Be safe!

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Fifteen members of the St. Francis Area Special Olympics bowling team participated in the Area 11 bowling tournament in Brooklyn Center October 14. Everyone had a great time and came home with ribbons. Seven team members competed in the regional tournament at Treasure Island October 28. All came home winners, placing first through fourth in their divisions. Kyle Hansen bowled his best game with a score of 167, taking first place in his division. Ronnie Smith, Blaine High School, also placed first in his division. The team has one more practice before heading to the state tournament at Brunswick XL November 17. Deb Humann The Courier | November 2012 |




Free community Thanksgiving dinner Sandi Golyer St. Francis United Methodist Church

St. Francis United Methodist Church will host the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. It will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. This free meal started as an idea of the church’s men’s group and grew to the whole church being involved. After advertising our meal last year, the community also got involved. Bill Griep, of the men’s group, received calls from residents that had extra squash from their garden that could be used for the dinner and

some called asking if they could help serve. The Cub Scouts helped last year and have volunteered again. We served over 70 meals in 2011 and are planning for more in 2012. Rides are offered to and from the church or you can call and a meal will be delivered to you. The number to call for either of these services is 763-286-3771 or email Bill at Thanksgiving reminds us of how blessed we are. We thank God for these blessings and this dinner is our way of showing God’s love to our neighbors. Everyone is welcome to join us, not only for food for our body but fellowship for the soul. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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The University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station have released Minnesota Gardening 2013, a calendar developed for home gardening and landscape enthusiasts across the state. Minnesota Gardening 2013 is the only calendar designed and written exclusively for Minnesota. It is the perfect complement to any gardener’s collection. Each month, in addition to the full-page color photo, the calendar features timely tips for lawn, garden and houseplant care, maps of average frost-free dates, and United States Department of Plant Hardiness Zones for Minnesota. The calendar is spiral bound and measures 13 by 9½ inches. There is more room to write in day blocks, tips are shorter and include a name/link for online publications and a special section on growing native prairie plants and vegetable garden planting is included. The calendar also includes a 32-page book, titled Minnesota Hardy, published by the University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, listing available University of Minnesota hardy cultivars. Minnesota Gardening 2013 is available at the Anoka County Extension office. The price is $15 per calendar

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Cynthia Gardner, Nutrition Manager at East Bethel Community School, was featured in an SFM Safety Poster depicting proper lifting techniques. SFM, a workers’ compensation resource, took the photo onsite at the EBCS kitchen. The photo was also featured in SFM’s July/August/September 2012 safety magazine. SFM is a Minnesota Workers Compensation company. Caption by Wendy Klobe, ISD 15 Nutrition Services Program Supervisor and Photo by Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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East Bethel Senior Events Holiday Crafts & Bake Sale East Bethel Seniors Krazy Krafters will hold their holiday crafts and bake sale on Saturday, November 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Coffee and treats will be available to purchase. Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Dick Szyplinski on Friday, December 7. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. There will be no dances on December 31 or January 1. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on November 11, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Land of Lakes Choirboys designing path for the future Mary Jo Buettner Administrative Assistant Land of Lakes Choirboys

The Land of Lakes Choirboys (LOLCB), based near Elk River, is excited about the fresh new faces that make up its artistic team and the bright future of the organization. Building and developing on a strong tradition of 37 years, the Land of Lakes Choirboys turns to the future with new leadership and renewed vision focused on the development of fine young gentlemen through the discipline of music. With over 20 years of experience in conducting choirs, orchestras and other ensembles of all ages, Aaron J. Carpenter, LOLCB’s artistic director since November 2011, brings a focus on collaboration, a passion for the choral art, an understanding of youth development and a vision for the future. During the past eight years, Carpenter has taken the choirs on nine tours through the United States and Canada, performing for thousands of audience members. He brings to the organization his skills in visioning, teaching, planning, collaboration, as well as

passion for developing the skills of boys. Carpenter focuses on the individual boy and how he contributes to the choir as a team member. After Carpenter assumed the duties of artistic director, the LOLCB turned all attention toward the future, developing a strong recruitment plan and hiring two new associate directors. The choirboys had many candidates apply for these openings and saw great potential in two of its finalists for the associate director positions. They decided to bring on board Taylor Quinn and Corinne Olinger, who each have backgrounds in voice, children’s choirs, conducting and teaching. Quinn is a graduate of Northwestern College with a degree in vocal performance. Through the interview and audition process, the boys were instantly hooked on Taylor’s high energy level and ability to engage the boys in the music making process. Olinger is currently the music teacher at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Elk River and her two sons have sung in the choir. Her experience in the classroom makes her a perfect fit as the director of the Prep Choir for the youngest choirboys.

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She meets with the five to seven year olds once each week as they explore their voices. In addition to these new members of the artistic staff, the choirboys remain fortunate to have the talents of accompanist Lisa Griffin. LOLCB believes firmly in developing boys through the discipline of music. “The growth that takes place in these boys over their tenure with the choir is phenomenal,” says Carpenter. “These boys come to our program with varied backgrounds—musical and non-musical—to learn, to grow, to make friends and to sing. We simply provide them an environment so they can do these things and more.” Carpenter is often asked, what does the program teach? LOLCB teaches so much more than music. They teach respect, honor, manners, leadership,

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




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Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at Lioness Club—St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. 36

CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www.stfrancismn. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the first & third Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652.

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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings: November 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; November 26 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

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EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month, call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Barb 763-434-6179. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, November 14 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next scheduled board meeting is November 21 at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW, 11:00 a.m. Visit www. for more information or call 763-4385163. Meetings & Events First 5 lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00 Each additional line . . . . . . . . . $1.50 Payment is due when placing an ad. Copy & Display Ad Deadline Issue December January February March April

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Will do daycare for one family Like to have playmate for grandchildren. Live in District 15, worked at EBCS. Have done foster and daycare in Anoka County. Call 763-234-7578.

PIANO LESSONS—Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Carmel 612-220-0235.

In-Home Licensed Daycare has opening for ages 6 wks-11 years old. 1/2 off first week with enrollment. Fun and loving environment. CPR/ first aid certified. Food program. Please call Lisa; 763-458-1948.

Handyman Services—Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-300-9869.

St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282.

Real Estate—Need help buying or selling your home call today 612849-4489.

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

Mr. Fixit—Light home repair, painting, clean-up. If it’s broke or needs repair, call Tom at 612-490-1010.


Piano Tuning—Violin, piano, and guitar lessons, Michael, 763-2194883,

Insurance—Get a free insurance quote today, 612-849-5028, www.


Kettlebell, yoga-fit, RIPPED, personal fitness training and mature adult classes. Call 763-2672198 or visit our website at www.

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

For Sale Six New Alpacas for sale at Rum River Alpacas, call 763-753-0357. 20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf, kristin.genser, 763-441-9197.

Employment Are you a stay-at-home parent who would like to earn some extra income while your children attend school? ISD 15 Lifelong Learning Center is in need of “on-call” substitutes to work in Preschool, Early Childhood Family Education, and Early Childhood Special Education. If you would enjoy working alongside preschoolers as they learn and grow, please visit and complete an application for the corresponding substitute posting. Licensure is required for some positions, but not all of them.

Seeking automotive technician Experience a must/education a big plus. Competitive wages.

Contact Mark at 763-422-4004 16191 Round Lake Blvd., Andover, MN 55304

St. Francis High School drama department would take donations of wooden suit hangers, building materials, clothing suitable for costumes, plastic storage bins. Call Glenn at 763-213-1633 or email to Need a little Christmas cash? Advertise your sale items in The Courier. First 10 words are FREE! Deadline for December classified ads is November 23. A classified form is available online at www.the-courier. org or at The Courier office. Call 763-753-7031 for more information.

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

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Koep and Matthew Welch of Cambridge. Dustin is welcomed by siblings Edward (8), Camron (7), Nikolas (5) and Alexis (14 months). Lyle Anthony Putnam was born on October 9 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Samantha Silbernagel and Tony Putnam of Cambridge. Lyle is


welcomed by sister Lillian. Proud grandparents are Chris and Linda Niemeyer, Oak Grove, Luann Gardas, Grand Rapids and Henry Putnam, Shoreview. Daniel Joseph Keller was born on October 21 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 22 inches long. Proud parents are Joseph Keller and Lisa Waggoner of Cambridge.

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Heather Ries Stepping Stone Emergency Housing Executive Director

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing (SSEH) has finally moved into it’s new home. SSEH is now housed in the Cronin Building on the former Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center Campus in Anoka. In a show of SSEH’s appreciation to all those companies and volunteers, who donated time, money and energy, including the many, many contributors who helped monetarily, SSEH is hosting a Welcome Home Open House on Sunday, November 11, 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the shelter’s new location, 3300 4th Avenue, Anoka. The Open House is available for everyone interested. Take a tour of the facility, enjoy some hearty appetizers, and at 3:30 p.m. SSEH President Joan Bednarczyk will speak. Thanks to over a hundred volunteers and extremely generous businesses and individuals who gave so much including Renovation Systems of Plymouth, the Northtown Home Depot and Eagle Scout hopeful Sam Bredenkamp. SSEH’s new 8,000 sq. ft. home boasts a male and a female wing and can house 60 clients.


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Laney Lee Casper was born on August 28 at Unity Hospital in Fridley. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Joel and Kristy Casper of Ham Lake. Grandparents are Kevin and Linda Hellum and Jerry and Julie Casper of East Bethel. Dustin Laurance Koep was born on September 22 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19¼ inches long. Proud parents are Dominique

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Tim and Sue Brown of St. Francis announce the marriage of their daughter, Jessica, to Christopher Hanninen. They were married in Branson, Missouri on September 29. Christopher and Jessica reside in Zimmerman. Jessica is a 2007 graduate of St. Francis High A 55+ rental School. Christopher is a 2000 housing graduate of Fridley High School. community  Submitted by Sue Brown

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Promote pumpkin awareness, continues to be the message Adam Schutte and Bob Ricke broadcast. Schutte and Ricke of Crown have learned a lot and are satisfied with their first endeavor of growing a giant pumpkin. They have conversed with other pumpkin growers and gone on giant pumpkin tours. Schutte and Ricke grew two great pumpkins, one’s estimated weight is about 500 pounds and the other weighs about 650 pounds. Pumpkin growers have an estimator that will estimate, with fair accuracy, weight by taking a few measurements. Their original great pumpkin died due to vine rot, so, they turned their attention to two pumpkins that were growing from another plant. Typically, a grower will remove all but one pumpkin, but they decided to let both backup pumpkins stay on the vine. Consistent watering and weekly fertilization are required to grow large pumpkins: one day, one pumpkin grew 37 pounds.

Community Grief Seminar “Making it Through the Holidays” Monday, November 19  7:00-8:00 p.m. Strike Funeral Home - Cambridge Chapel 720 1st Avenue E  Cambridge

Paul Johnson Speaker

Facing the holidays as a grieving individual can be overwhelming to deal with. We would like to invite all families to share in an evening program designed to give practical suggestions on how to cope with the additional stresses of the holiday season. The seminar will be held by Paul Johnson, nationally known speaker on grief issues and former faculty member of Bethel University. A special Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one will also be available for those who preregister. We will provide one remembrance ornament in memory of each loved one whose family we have served over the past year and to other families who preregister by November 11. An ornament is available in memory of each loved one, even if your family was not served by our funeral home. Ornaments will also be ordered in December. To preregister for this 17th annual seminar and order the Christmas tree ornament in memory of your loved one, call the Isanti Chapel at 763-444-5212 or the Cambridge Chapel at 763-689-2070. Hugo & Brian Strike, Directors & Owners Isanti Chapel, 409 East Broadway Isanti, MN 55040  763-444-5212 Cambridge Chapel, 720 1st Avenue E Cambridge, MN 55008  763-689-2070

However, typical growth in August was in the 20 to 30 pounds range. The weekly fertilization stopped the middle of September. These gardeners did have some challenges such as vine borer and frosts. During the early fall frost, the sprinkler was turned on during the wee hours of the morning to prevent frost. The frost has taken care of the leaves, but the vines are still green so some growth is still occurring. The pumpkins were covered with quilts during cold temps until they were loaded up for their official weigh-in on October 13 at the Stillwater Harvest Fest. Schutte and Ricke concur that most of the work was simply getting the plant going, the feeding and watering. Next year, they plan to have some

sort of automated watering system. Schutte and Ricke already have their pumpkin seeds for next year and these gardeners will also save the seeds from their largest pumpkin. Schutte and Ricke will give anyone interested in growing giant pumpkins some seeds. Call Schutte at 783-856-0191 for more information. The pumpkins were on display at Zion Lutheran Church of Crown’s fall dinner. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www. or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners.

Bob Ricke and Adam Schutte took on the challenge of growing a great pumpkin this year and were rewarded with the pumpkin pictured above. Photo by Carol Bray

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Fitness Matters

Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner Question I’ve tried numerous diets in the past few years, but for some reason, my attempts always seem to end in failure. Can you explain this? Answer You may have some personal reasons for your lack of success, so I can’t necessarily comment on that. However, I think we can safely sum up diet failures in three problematic scenarios. The first is the fact that almost all diet plans are too restrictive in one way or another. Either there are not enough calories, too few carbohydrates, or very little solid food, which ends up leaving people feeling unsatisfied and yearning for more of what their plans are missing. Plus, if you’re getting too little of one thing, you’re probably getting too much of another. Clearly, this is not the way to achieve variety,

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balance and moderation in your eating plan. Another potential problem is a general lack of monitoring. If you’re not paying attention to how much you’re eating, exercising, sleeping, and working, it’s going to become increasingly difficult to be successful. This is where a personal trainer can help, or even accredited online health sites. Research has proven this time and time again, but monitoring your progress takes extra work, and many never commit the time and energy needed to keep track of their habits. The last issue, and probably one of the most obvious, is the fact that people always seem to be looking for a quick fix. They simply aren’t interested in—or haven’t fully committed to—changing their behaviors permanently. Any changes

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made are generally shortlived, which means you’ll probably be back in the same boat in the very near future. Most diets are simply shortterm solutions to a longterm problem. Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, and because of this, it takes some serious planning and hard work to overcome. That is why committing to a gym membership, paying for classes, hiring a personal

trainer, having a food service are all types of things that can help. They help because you are paying for them and that helps you stay committed. Also, others are involved so they help you stay motivated and on track. One of the best things you can do for yourself or your family is to get and stay healthy. What better gift is there? It is beneficial in every way.

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The Independent School District 15 American Indian Education Program held its annual kick-off gathering on September 30. Participants enjoyed a delicious feast that included traditional fry bread made by 8th graders Janessa Mulder and Hannah Lindl. Everyone also learned about the ceremony in which a smudge shell is used to burn sage, (pictured top left) cedar, or sweetgrass to cleanse and purify the mind and body. Some Ojibwe words were practiced including aaniin or boozhoo (hello), asemaa (tobacco), mushkodaywushk (sage), migwetch (thank you) and gigawabamin menawah (see you again). All who attended had the opportunity to make American Indian beaded bracelets and chokers (pictured bottom left). Carline Sargent american indian education tutor

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Thanksgiving Feast Sunday, December 2 • Noon-3:00 p.m. St. Francis Middle School

Please join us for a celebration of Thanksgiving, cultural activities, great food and good company. The American Indian Education program will provide turkey, wild rice and beverages. Each family attending is asked to please bring a dish to share. If you have any questions please email or call Dennis Sargent at Dennis.Sargent@ or 763-213-1800, ext. 1373

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