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Recycling grant— working to engage students TOM LARSON STAFF WRITER

Independent School District 15 Community Education has engaged in a cooperative grant with Anoka County, University of Minnesota Extension and the Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board to work with student groups in leadership training around the topics of recycling, toxicity reduction, waste reduction and going green as a community. Community Education has long had a mission to serve the learning needs of the ISD 15 community. The concept of pairing younger and older youth in a Go-Green 4-H Team Afterschool Club is a partnership that compliments the youth enrichment efforts of Community Education. The Go-Green Team Project will begin in January with volunteers from St. Francis High School working with elementary students after school. The project will provide training to mobilize students to be stewards for positive environmental change. Research has shown that young people who are engaged in their community will become more active citizens in adulthood. In addition, they are learning new leadership skills and working as a team. The 4-H Go-Green teams will be directed to think creatively at gathering data, educating others and seeking opportunities to disseminate information and hopefully form behavior changes. Students will also be involved in an evaluation process to determine if their efforts have changed behaviors. 

In November, 3rd grade students at Cedar Creek Community School participated in five different sound centers. Students experimented with sound energy and learned about vibration and pitch. This exploration meets the state standard in science where students understand the relationship between pitch and sound, the rate of vibration of the source and factors that affect pitch. ANNE MARIE CARTER, CEDAR CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL 3RD GRADE INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST

School board election results KATHLEEN MILLER STAFF WRITER


he Independent School District 15 election for school board members was held November 8. At the start of election day, there were 17,308 registered voters in the three precincts. Twenty-four people registered that day. The total number of voters that cast a ballot totaled 1,165 – 6.72 percent of registered voters. Four school board members were elected to four-year terms that begin the first Monday in January. Election results Candidate Number of Votes Amy Kelly........................................................715 Matthew Rustad..............................................699 Suzanne Erkel..................................................664 Janet Glover.....................................................662 Sandy Grams....................................................640 CJ Mulder.........................................................571

Candidates Amy Kelly, Matthew Rustad, Suzanne Erkel and Janet Glover, having received the highest number of votes, are elected to four-year terms beginning Monday, January 9, 2012 when they will take the oath of office. The school board approved the resolutions for the canvassing return of the general election and authorizing certificates of election at the November 14 school board meeting. The next election for ISD 15 school board will be held November 2013, when three seats will be open. 

Change is coming! The Courier is excited to announce a new look coming in January! Watch for an updated format and fresh, new design. We hope you continue to allow us to be your community newspaper. Keep sending in your great photos and interesting articles. Visit or call 763-753-7042.  

INSIDE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING The next ISD 15 school board meeting is Monday, December 12, 7:00 p.m., Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. The public is also invited to “Dialogue with the School Board” at 6:30 p.m.

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St. Francis Elementary School has an annual tradition of celebrating Halloween in a safe, friendly way as a school community. Alternative activities are provided for students who do not wish to participate, but the majority of students celebrate with their classmates by working together on seasonal art projects, games and snacks. The celebration is always followed by an all-school costume parade lead by SFES Principal Kathleen Kohnen. It is an event that SFES families look forward to every year. Parents, grandparents and siblings are invited to watch the parade and kids are able to wear a non-violent costume for this festive school event. Fun is had by all!  BETH ANDERSON, SFES COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

The St. Francis Middle School intervention staff will hold a parent night on Thursday, December 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The evening will begin with a 15-minute general session in the Media Center. This will be followed by the intervention staff conducting various 15-minute informational sessions on ways to help your child with comprehension and fluency skills, a computer program for basic reading skills, math strategies and games, and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test information. A flyer detailing the event has been sent home with all students involved in the middle school intervention program. For more information, please contact reading intervention teacher Carol Zeman at, or call Karen Tommerdahl, SFMS office at 763-213-8505.|


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Schools in Action half of the class worked with segmentation on iPads. It was exciting.

EDWARD SAXTON THE SUPERINTENDENT’S CORNER Curious? Me too! Witnessing curious learners has always been a highlight for me. I feel fortunate to have invested my time and energy into education for over 30 years. Last week, I visited a 1st grade classroom at East Bethel Community School to conduct a teacher observation as part of our Q-Comp program. The instructor, Kari Anderson, and Foster Grandparent Program volunteer, Becky Frank, coordinated lesson rich with content and technology integration. We could discuss the importance of mastering sight words as early learners or why word segmentation is so important in developing vocabulary and reading skills; but even though the lesson was focused on the skill acquisition of these two concepts, it was the eagerness to learn that was most impressive.

These eager students listened carefully to directions and were on task in less than two minutes. Two days prior, in our pre-observation meeting, we discussed the importance of clear instruction prior to engaging the technology. There was even a concern over how fast and how well the students would engage with the technology slated to be used. As it turned out, the students were totally engaged for the entire lesson. More likely, we as adults are concerned about the need to troubleshoot for students during technology integration. In the spring of 2010, when our district acquired our first set of iPads, several adults did observations of the students in a high school language arts

class, and in a middle school social studies class. We witnessed curious students become totally engaged almost immediately and with a great deal of intuitiveness. High school, middle school, elementary school, as well as our early childhood students have adopted, embraced, and utilized multiple forms of cutting-edge technology. At the heart of this are great teachers, dedicated educational assistants, progressive administrators, positive parents, and above all, students who are curious and ready to learn. Over the past five years, with the help of our community, we have made a concerted effort to provide cutting-edge technology for students at all levels in our system. Our K-5 classrooms are completely equipped with SMART

Boards. Each day our students and staff become more proficient with this positive shift. Our middle school, high school, and Crossroads school continue to add SMART Boards to enrich educational experiences in their settings. Placing the best tools in the hands of our learners and our staff is well worth the investment. My father was big on selecting the right tool for the task at hand. He would say, “You could ride a bike to Minneapolis, but you’d probably get there quicker in a car.” The word tool is appropriate because today’s high tech devices are often just that—a tool. Because of the pace at which new forms of technology are being introduced, it is imperative that we continue to engage parents and community members. We need and ap-

preciate your help. The progress we have made, and will continue to make, is amplified in a positive way through collaboration. Again, thanks, but be prepared for continued fast-paced changes. Soon, students will be sending email with attachments of their school work. Relax; I’m sure a list of easy-to-follow directions will accompany the electronic sharing. Our students are engaging learning with curiosity and eagerness. Sound familiar? Being a curious learner has nothing to do with age but has a great deal to do with outlook and attitude. Great education is the result of great teaching. Great teaching takes place when a student is ready to learn. Teachers are everywhere. CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 » SUPERINTENDENT



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FROM PAGE 3 SUPERINTENDENT People of all ages, who take time to answer questions, become teachers. If I converted this short reflection on curious learners into a book about how and where learning


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CEDAR CREEK COMMUNITY SCHOOL Each feather on the turkey represents a food item donated and the feather color designates a grade level.  CAROL WILSON


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October was Fire Prevention Month and third graders at CCCS and EBCS had an opportunity to tour the Smoke House. They were 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. Students were also allowed to see the equipment that firefighters use and sit in the fire truck.  ANNE CARTER, CCCS 3RD GRADE INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST

Sandra Benson’s kindergarten class played bells while they sang a new song about America in music class with music teacher Linda Dorman on Veterans Day. SANDRA BENSON, CCCS KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Lee Graves, an astronomy and physics teacher at St. Francis High School, shared with 5th graders at Cedar Creek Community School his experience from last summer at Space Camp held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Stu-

dents read a nonfiction story about a young person’s experience at Space Camp. Graves brought to life what students had read as he shared videos, pictures and models about his adventure. He also shared a bit of space history and challenged students to work hard in math and science classes so they are ready to be the next

In an effort to improve communications with parents, Independent School District 15 Nutrition Services Department will begin a new procedure to report a student’s low balance in their meal account. An evening telephone call to the student’s home will be made using SchoolReach, the school district’s automated parent notification and emergency communication system. The caller ID will reflect the Nutrition Services cashier’s phone number, which are: St. Francis High School 763-213-1617

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Crossroads School 763-753-7151 It is important for parents to maintain current phone number(s) and other information in their SchoolView account in order to receive the SchoolReach calls. Contact your child’s school office for assistance with SchoolView. Cashiers will continue to make personal calls if the SchoolReach call is not effective. If a student is receiving educational benefits, parents will not receive a SchoolReach low balance call. The new low balance calling procedure is scheduled to begin in early December. For more information, contact Nutrition Services at 763-7537061. |

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Wishing you and your family moments of magic to make your holidays bright. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the new year. CCCS 3rd grade students enjoyed a beautiful fall day taking pictures using cameras supplied by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Digital Photography Bridge to Nature. The students were instructed by on how to use the camera and some elements of photography. They went outdoors to practice their skills. Later they downloaded their photos so they could critique and enjoy their pictures. JO ANN HEULE, CCCS TEACHER

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Special needs students utilize iPads for learning PAUL SOLINGER EBCS SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

On November 11, 4th graders at East Bethel Community School learned about Veterans Day by having veterans come in and share their own stories about serving. Some students invited brothers or sisters to come; others invited parents and grandparents. Students also had an opportunity to ask the veterans questions. It was really fun to hear the amazing stories that the veterans shared. It was a day that no student will ever forget. 

At East Bethel Community School, iPads are being used to assist special needs students in communicating their most basic needs. With the application Proloquo2go, students who are unable to verbalize their wants and needs have finally found a voice. Through the use of pictures and words, children can indicate if they need to use the restroom, want a snack or have a question. A staff member sets up the program with words and symbols that are individualized for the student. The student will

then push a button to indicate what they need. For example, if the child needs to use the restroom, they can communicate their needs by pushing the appropriate button. This helps ease the frustrations some students feel, and it helps the teacher understand the child’s needs. This application works well with students who cannot speak, students who have a difficult time remembering directions, and students who need to see directions as well as hear them. It has proven to be a valuable addition to our program. |


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School pride runs deep at East Bethel Community School! To show support for their high school football team these 5th graders went all out sporting their school colors!  CASSIE SCHMOLL, EBCS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR



his school year, the Bridge Street Learning Community at Oak Land Cooperative Center in St. Francis decided to dedicate some time to a community service activity at least once a month. One activity the students chose was packing food at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding hungry children. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically made for malnourished children. The meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. Once the students arrived at the site, they watched a presentation about how beneficial their volunteering is to the children in need. Then they put on hair nets, washed their hands, and went to the prep room. During the next two hours, the students had the opportunity to either place labels on packages, work in the warehouse, or pack the food. Everyone participated on some level and worked together for a common purpose. That purpose is to package as many meals as possible during their two hours of service. Students feel that they are doing something that will really make a difference and when they returned to school, they were eager to share with others how many children they fed for a year. They expressed how great they felt by doing something for others. One student shared, “It is an amazing experience and I feel so blessed to be a part of it.”After our first trip to Feed My Starving Children, we packaged enough food to feed 13 children for a year.

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Staff spotlight Editor’s note: East Bethel Community School student council members interview staff members selected for the spotlight and write a short article on them. Enjoy reading this article and watch more to come in future issues.


We interviewed Laurie Herting, one of our custodians at East Bethel Community School. She is from Bethel.

She has worked at EBCS for about three years, but she has been in the district longer. She chose her job because it is fun and challenging. She is always learning more and more as well as getting to meet the children and know them. She also gets to learn and know people better. Laurie chose to work at EBCS because her two little girls were going to school here (now one little girl does); also, she says the staff here are awesome! Laurie says that most of her job is easy, but says it’s only as easy as you make it. Working with awesome people makes it easy! She said there really isn’t anything hard about her job; she says if you choose to make it hard, it will be. She says it’s all in the attitude!

Laurie Herting 


Other than working at EBCS, Laurie has worked at K-Mart (in electronics), a convenience store and as a waitress. Laurie spends her free time with her family and doing things around the house, like collecting, doing auctions and a lot of thinking! |

The hallways at East Bethel Community School were overcome by pirates, princesses, sharks and fairies this Halloween—it was even reported that Mickey Mouse and the Cat in the Hat were roaming around. Songs were sung and games were played. Halloween fun was had by all at East Bethel Community School this year! CASSIE SCHMOLL, EBCS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR

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The East Bethel Community School Student Council is in full swing! We’ve been planning some cool activities, fundraisers, and even a school talent show! This year’s student council members are having fun working together and are proud to represent our school. What’s fun about student council? Well, we have the chance to make our school a better place! We also have awesome teachers helping us, such as Cassie Schmoll, Lillian DeRung and our new school physical education teacher, Jamie Studnicka. We’re planning on having an awesome year!  CASSIE SCHMOLL, EBCS COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR


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Help support St. Francis Elementary School! Clip and save Box Tops for Education from hundreds of participating products, then drop them in the collection box at St. Francis County Market. The school earns a dime for each box top collected, and the money raised is used to purchase supplies and fund activities throughout the school year. The SFES Association of Parents and Teachers thanks you for your support—together we can make a difference, one dime a time! For more information and a complete listing of participating products, please go to |

A spooktacular time was had by the 4th and 5th grade students at Freaky Friday held at St. Francis Elementary School on October 28. There were games to play, a DJ, food, photos and lots of friends to scare. MICHELLE THELL, PUBLIC RELATIONS REP FOR SFES APT

The Land of Lakes Boys Choir recently visited students at Cedar Creek Community School, East Bethel Community School and St. Francis Elementary School. On November 4, students enjoyed several choral selections performed by the choir. The performance was followed by a question and answer session about the boys’ experiences traveling all over the world. Students and staff had a wonderful time listening to the concert and learning more about the choir program. A big thanks to the choir for sharing their talents with us! Don’t miss their Christmas Concert at St. Andrew’s Church in Elk River on December 9 at 7:00 p.m. It is sure to be a wonderful night. 



On October 7 St. Francis Elementary School students and staff participated in the Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser Challenge. The event was a huge success with students raising over $15,250! A big thank you to all the students, staff, parents and volunteers who walked and helped make the day so successful. We couldn’t have done it without you!


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Kids Connection provides a safe, structured, nurturing and fun atmosphere for Independent School District 15 students in kindergarten through 5th grade.


Jodie Sheerin is a 5th grade teacher at St. Francis Elementary School. She has always been a leader in the area of teaching young writers. Colleagues often go to Sheerin for resources when looking for innovative ways to encourage students as they are developing writing skills. She is always willing to share ideas and strategies with others in order to facilitate successful writers. As a district writing specialist in the Teacher Academy program, Sheerin has helped many teachers throughout the district enhance their writing instruction. Sheerin has also been instrumental in supporting staff with technology including the SMART Board, iPads and digital storytelling, just to name a few. Her knowledge with these teaching tools benefits teachers and ultimately students. We are all fortunate to have Sheerin at SFES. |

The program is offered before and after school and on some non-school days. Activities range from reading, art, sports, crafts and more.

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

Call 763-213-1641 for information and registration.

Children must be preregistered to attend.

Fifth grade teacher Jodie Sheerin is always looking for innovative ways for her students to develop their writing skills. She’s made use of the latest technology the district offers and her students have created digital stories. 






fall field trip to the St. John’s University Challenge Course had Bridge Street Learning Community students from Oak Land Cooperative Center in St. Francis working on team building and cooperation skills. Comprised of tasks requiring a range of physical ability, success depended on communication and teamwork. Activities also included a Trust Walk and a Trust Fall. The course provides an opportunity for individuals to examine their leadership styles and roles within a group. Bridge Street students’ participation in a number game requiring quick memorization earned kudos from the St. John’s Challenge Course facilitator, who said that they did the best of any group he had seen. A log roll activity was especially memorable for student Chase Lease, who said, “The log was wet and I fell right off. But it was my favorite activity, because it made us laugh.” Student Chelsie Buerke liked the Trust Fall activity. “It was the most exciting. It was scary at the top,” she said. |

Bridge Street Learning Community students visited St. John’s University Challenge Course. SUBMITTED BY STEVE HAMMERO

Going to college?

News and updates from the high school counseling office JILL SALO SFHS COUNSELOR

The second trimester, which began December 1 at St. Francis High School, gives students a fresh start with new classes and teachers, but also signals that the school year is moving along quickly. College Application Deadlines Many seniors have made appointments with their counselor to discuss current credit status and plans after high school. It’s important to note college application deadlines. For example, an application to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has a deadline of December 15. If students want to include a letter of recommendation, plan on a two-week time frame for that request. Seniors should stop by the career center to make sure Future’s Prep activities are complete. Seniors should be checking their Naviance accounts for scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Local scholarship applications will be out in January.

Registration for the next school year is approaching. High school students should

The St. Francis High School Counseling Department announces a financial aid information night to be held Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 6:00 p.m. at the high school. Who should attend? All senior students who plan to attend college after high school should attend and some proactive juniors. Should parents come? Absolutely.

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Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is a hot topic today. Teens often spend a lot of time each day on the computer or text messaging. Technology offers teens a sense of anonymity to say things that he or she may not say in person. At times, these words can be hurtful and detrimental to others, and can lead to personal and social conflicts. Parents, please check in with your teen to talk about the importance of safety and respect online and on the phone. Find out what is happening on his/ her Facebook account or other online communication accounts.

If students or parents have any questions or concerns regarding registration or graduation requirements, please call the high school counseling office at 763-213-1590. Counselor alphabetical assignments are as follows: Jill Engquist Jaymie Helle Jill Salo Tammy Sworsky



Winter Break

SAVE Speakers

for Independent School District 15 students will begin on Friday, December 23.

A speaker from SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) speaks to students in health classes throughout the school year. The mission of the SAVE organization is to increase knowledge and provide information about depression and other brain-

School will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

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Students in the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club celebrated Ally Week October 24-28. Over 300 pledges were made to not bully or use discriminatory language as well as to tell an adult or intervene (if it’s safe) in a situation. The mission of the GSA is to create a safe environment for all students in the school and community.

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For more information about the event, please contact Jill Salo at or call 763-213-1574. |

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start thinking about classes that interest them and classes that fit future plans. Counselors will visit the middle school in January to meet with 8th grade students to answer questions regarding their 9th grade registration.


Val Knopp, assistant director of the Department of Financial Aid at St. Cloud State University, will be a presenter. Information about regulations and how to complete applications for financial aid will be available.

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tudents at St. Francis High School stood up in support of their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender peers during Ally Week, held October 17-21. Ally Week is a national movement organized by students that celebrates allies against anti-LGBT language, bullying, and harassment in America’s schools. At SFHS, members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) organized events for Ally Week. Senior Erin Thayer has been involved in GSA for all of her high school years. “GSA does many events for the school such as Ally Week and Day of Silence,” said Thayer. “During Ally Week,

we wore purple shirts because it’s the color of support for allies.” GSA emphasizes the importance of allies, or friends, so that those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender know that they have people who are willing to stand up for them and support them any way they can. “We got a lot more support this year than we have in the past, and that’s really exciting. Every year the freshmen seem to be more and more supportive,” said Thayer. As advisor for the GSA, counselor Tammy Sworsky helped organize Ally Week. She made sure brochures were available at all times, sent out emails to the staff to prepare them for the week, and put announcements on the TV monitors and SFHS Today. “I’m really pleased how it went this year,” said Sworksy. “The student body was re-

Keith Lipinski’s 10th grade American history class recently completed a research project on Native Americans. The students each researched a Native American group and over 32 groups were covered and reported on. Students were graded on a poster and a final presentation in accordance to a rubric. Out of over 60 students, two were selected for doing outstanding work. They were Kristy Sibileva and Mercedez Johnson. The girls were presented with gift certificates courtesy of St. Francis McDonald’s for their hard work. Pictured (L-R) are: Kristy Sibileva, Keith Lipinski and Mercedez Johnson. SUBMITTED BY KEITH LIPINSKI

ally excited and supportive. I loved seeing the acceptance and encouragement of the student body during the week.”

“We want to make our school a safe place for all students,” said Sworsky. “We feel that it

is important to not only tolerate and accept diversity, but to celebrate it.”  |

Jackie Thibodeaux, an active ally in the high school and a member of GSA, hopes for greater acceptance of personal differences among the student body. She does not understand why some people are intolerant of those who are different. “I don’t know why anyone would judge someone for their sexual identity. They can’t control it,” said Thibodeaux. GSA and allies in action are always available to support peers in the LGBT community.

Sophomores Nancy Lao and Angel Her, and seniors Christian Mohr, Jodi Euler and Jeremiah Mikre sign the Ally Week banner pledging that they will not bully or judge others for their sexual orientation. “It’s good seeing people stand up against bullying,” said Mohr.  PHOTO BY TAMMY SWORSKY

STUDENT UPDATE Adam B. Pepple, a 2004 St. Francis High School graduate, was recognized by the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants for becoming certified as one of the state’s newest CPAs. The process includes completing the CPA exam, considered by many to be one of the most difficult professional exams, and meeting the Minnesota requirements to earn the CPA certificate. At the annual Fall Recognition Dinner held October 20 in Golden Valley, Pepple and other candidates were administered the oath of the CPA to those newly certified. Pepple graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2009 with a bachelor of science in accounting. He recently accepted a position in the firm of Larson Allen, LLP in Minneapolis. On October 15, Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Dean and Betty Thompson and a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School, took part in the

Emily Evan, daughter of Mark and Marci Evan of Andover, has been admitted to North Dakota State University with distinction. She will enter NDSU in fall 2012 and plans to major in civil engineering. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Evan as an honor student. In high school, Evan is active in Youth Teaching Youth, Link and basketball. She also is National Honor Society secretary and yearbook editor.

Elizabeth Thompson


White Coat Ceremony at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Elizabeth was presented with her White Coat by her father Dean, which signifies her transition from class room to practicing medicine on patients. She will continue her studies and internships and graduate in May 2013 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She hopes to practice in Texas, in large animal veterinary medicine after graduating.

Joshua Gloe, a junior in marketing communications from Oak Grove, and Jacelyn Anderson, a senior in psychology from St. Francis, have been named members of Bemidji State University honor program. This is a team-teaching setting in which faculty and students work together to share insights and examine perspectives to gain new understandings and interests, engage in dialog on multiple points of view, analyze ideas critically, and practice creative and unconventional thinking.

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Angela Fortney, daughter of Ted and Dianne Fortney of Cedar, has been named recipient of the $1,000 CHS Foundation Scholarship from the College of Business for the 2010-11 academic school year at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in the business field or information systems management field within the College of Business. This award is based on academic achievement and participation in extra-curricular activities.



Jacelyn Anderson from St. Francis, is a senior in psychology, and serves as a residential assistant at Bemidji State University. Residential assistants serve as student leaders who live in Bemidji State University’s residence halls, provide guidance, academic assistance and support to all students who reside on campus. |





Our community suffered a tremendous loss recently with the passing of a woman who left us far too early. Karen Hoppe shared her energy, her spirit, her love of people, her faith, education, and life to those in distant lands, as well as to those of us nearby. Hoppe was an advocate, a friend and a significant contributor to the Independent School District 15 Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. She donated over 1,000 hours of her time during the last 17 years as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor. She was already a volunteer at our St. Francis site when I took the reins as the ABE coordinator 11 years ago. I will be forever grateful for her presence during my transition into that position. I was assured that my ESL students would be tutored with insight, skill, kind-

ness and laughter. Learning wasn’t just fun with Karen—it was inevitable. Seven years ago, when Karen calmly announced that she had breast cancer, we at ABE were all stunned. How could it be? She was so full of life and fun and faith. I told her to take all the time she needed from her volunteer work while she waged war on her cancer. I didn’t know Karen as well as I thought I did. She did come in late a couple of times when her chemotherapy delayed her, but she was incredibly diligent in her commitment to our program and our students. As a result of her dedication, Karen received the Leadership Award from the Minnesota Literacy Council in 2005. Her famous quote from that event was, “I am a guide by the side, not a sage on the stage.” That was Karen—eloquent and humble. She joked her way through her hair loss and was quite pleased with her many scarves and even the wig she eventually sported. We

Karen Hoppe and her husband John enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places, including the New York subway system. 


COMMUNITY EDUCATION CONTACT INFO Director: Tom Larson.................................................................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, Manager Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller.........................................................................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, Manager...............................................763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site..........763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Elementary Site................763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15.....................................................................763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Manager..........................................................763-213-1823 Heidi Antinozzi, Rec Assistant............................................763-213-1508 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Manager...............................................763-213-1616

celebrated her eventual victory over that breast cancer. No one was surprised. You can’t possibly keep a vibrant woman like that down. She bounced back brighter and more energetic than ever. Cancer returned to Karen twice more over the next six years, and each time she minimized the diagnosis and concentrated on her recovery. She never complained. She never lost hope, so neither did anyone who loved her. She continued living life to the fullest, which included tutoring our ESL students who loved her and appreciated all she gave them. The greatest gift she gave them was the notion that learning never ends, nor does the pleasure it brings. Karen was fighting to defeat her latest bout with cancer this summer, and, as always, I was confident she would prevail. She had agreed to delay her volunteer work with our pro-

gram until she had completed her treatments and everything looked good again. She took a shockingly fast turn for the worse in the beginning of October and passed away on October 23. The feeling of loss and sorrow was palpable in our classroom when her dear friend, Karen Sackreiter (another wonderful volunteer) brought us the news that her end was near. I have learned some fascinating facts about Karen since she passed. She was a certified braillist and coordinated the Braille and Tape Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for 22 years. Her mission to spread her love of reading and her faith impacted people thousands of miles away. Karen exemplified, for me, the ultimate in faith, sacrifice, humility and love. I will truly miss her. All of us at ABE already feel

her loss, and we have unanimously decided to honor her this year in a very special way. We held a garage sale in September to raise money for our program and we now know how we want to use the funds. We are creating a scholarship in Karen Hoppe’s name to be presented to a deserving ABE student. The student we choose must meet three criteria: need, exemplary performance and enrollment in post-secondary education. We will announce the recipient before the end of this school year. If anyone reading this would like to contribute to the Karen Hoppe Scholarship Fund, please contact, Sandy Farder, at or call 763-753-7190. It will be such an honor to recognize Karen and all she represented in this way. Most importantly, I know Karen would absolutely love this. |

ADULT COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASS OFFERINGS Write Your Will If you were to pass away unexpectedly, would your wishes be carried out? This class will help you answer this question through drafting a basic will with guidance from a licensed attorney. You will leave class with a legal and effective will. Basic computer skills are helpful, as you will type your will on a computer. #AE21122  1 Session Date: Monday, January 23 Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Kristi Weikel Fee: $65 per person

Welding, Machining, Fabrication This course is designed for novice to advanced metal workers. The lab has the following equipment: Miller TIG, MIG, Arc, spot welders, oxyacetylene equipment, manual lathes and mills, a Haas CNC Mill, Master CAM, a CNC plasma cutter, benders and hand tools. Other fees may apply. Class size is limited, register soon! #AE21133 8 Sessions Day: Thursday Dates: January 5, 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Instructor: Brent Stavig Fee: $85

Driver’s Education at St. Francis High School CLASSROOM EDUCATION Registration for classroom driver’s education is being accepted for the 2011-12 school year. If you are 15 years of age or approaching 15, you may register to participate in a 30-hour classroom driver’s education course offered during the school day. Fee $110.

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL DRIVING INSTRUCTION Six hours of required behind-the-wheel instruction Flexible Scheduling New Vehicles State of MN Certified Instructors Fee $225 Applications available at or call 763-213-1640 for more information. Sponsored by ISD 15 Community Education & Services

Country Western Dancing Do you enjoy country music? Do you wish you knew how to dance when you hear your favorite songs? By the end of the class you’ll be ready to Country 2-Step, Swing, and Waltz the night away. Instructor will provide a list of places to go dancing. #AE21137 1 Session Date: Friday, January 6 Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis Middle School Instructor: Dean & Deanna Constantine Fee: $25 per couple $15 per person

Social Ballroom Dance for Beginners Learn several basic steps in Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Salsa, Polka and more! This is the perfect course to get you started dancing. Classes are fun and easy. Free repeat and make-up classes at other Twin Cities locations. #AE210130 4 Sessions Day: Friday Dates: January 13, 20, 27, February 3 Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis Middle School Instructor: Dean & Deanna Constantine Fee: $49 per person

For more information or to register for offerings, visit or call 763-753-1640. Have an idea for an Adult Community Education class? Call 763-753-1640 with your suggestion.





Lunch & Learn celebrates Native American Month JUANITA REED-BONIFACE LUNCH & LEARN COORDINATOR

traditions and customs of the Anishinaabe culture.

The November Lunch & Learn program at Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel, November 15 attracted a record-breaking number of attendees. Robert DesJarlait and CJ Mulder, members of the Independent School District 15 American Indian Education Committee were the featured speakers and shared their experiences and many

DesJarlait opened the program by offering the traditional blessing for the meal in his native language. He later explained the parts of the blessing and the significance of each part. Following the meal, he demonstrated the smudge using sage, a ritual to protect and purify. Lunch & Learn coordinator Juanita Reed-Boniface pre-

sented DesJarlait and Mulder with tobacco thank offerings, a tradition to show respect to guests. There are many commonalities among American Indian tribes, but each tribe is a sovereign nation with their own history, languages, beliefs and customs. For example, in the southwest, corn is used for sacred purposes in the same way others use tobacco. DesJarlait is a member of the

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 of the area served by the school district. The Arts Center is located at 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, MN 55005. For more information about the center, please call 763-213-1616. 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: $10 Register online at www.communityed15. com or call 763-213-1641.

History of Bethel & East Bethel Tuesday, January 17 Vicki Wendel, Program Director, Anoka County Historical Society Who were the people, places and events that are part of Bethel’s and East Bethel’s history and growth? Vicki Wendel will share stories about these communities and their impact on Anoka County. Join the Lunch Bunch at the Sandhill Center in the Bethel Cabaret for our monthly catered luncheon featuring top entertainment by popular artists. Make your reservations early as most of our shows do sell out ahead of time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open: 10:40 a.m. Lunch served: 11:00 a.m. Showtime: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $12 For reservations, call 763-213-1641 and use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Reservations can also be made on the website at

Interest Groups St. Francis Area Book Club meets the first Tuesday of the month, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Please call 763-434-3132 for book selection and information. NEW! Sandhill Writers’ Group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Come at noon and “brown bag” it with others. Anyone with an interest in writing is welcome. Call 763-434-3132 for more information. NEW! Artists at Sandhill meet the second Monday of the month, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and come play! Contact Helen at 763-755-5611 for more information.

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. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2.00 per class for non-members.

SilverSneakers® YogaStretch


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

Artwork is displayed on a rotating basis, so you never know what you may find. Open Mon-Thurs 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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

Groups are welcome!

A Very Elvis Christmas with Todd “Elvis” Anderson Tuesday, December 13 Todd Anderson performs a Very Elvis Christmas featuring well-known songs that Elvis loved to perform, such as Holly Leaves and Christmas Trees, Santa Claus is Back In Town and White Christmas.

Red Lake Ojibwe. The son of Patrick DesJarlait, a wellknown artist, DesJarlait had a natural artistic ability that he further developed through his education. Many of his works have focused on a positive image of Ojibwe women by depicting women in their honored role within Indian culture or reflecting on women’s four hills of life: childhood, youth hood, adulthood and elder hood. Other works are community art such as the recent mosaic mural project for the Franklin Avenue Library in Minneapolis. The creation stories of American Indian peoples are different than the Biblical stories. According to American Indian tradition, woman was created first from Mother Earth, then man. The order of life is earth, plants, animals, humans. Plants and animals can exist without humans, but humans need plants and animals to exist. Our role is not to dominate the earth, but to be in balance with all of creation. The Seven Fires Prophecy was given to the Anishinaabe people when they lived on the shores of the Great Salt Water (the Atlantic coastline). The First Fire reads, “You will know the chosen ground has been reached when you come to a land where food grows on water.” The tribes then set forth on their Great Migration that began over 500 years ago. They traveled down the St. Lawrence River, into the Great Lakes region, and then came to Anishinaabe Aki where they found the food that grows on water. This they called manoomin. The Anishinaabeg believe they have a duty and responsibility to protect their manoomin (wild rice). It is part of their interconnectedness to the Four Orders of Life and in accordance with the original instructions given to us by

Gichi-Manidoo (the Creator). For that reason he has worked in several ways to protect the areas where it is grown. DesJarlait is the founder of a non-profit organization, Protect Our Manoomin (wild rice). It began as a vision of an Anishinaabekwe from northern Minnesota who became alarmed at destruction of manoomin from sulfate contamination. The grassroots organizations work to oppose mining legislation that endangers the manoomin and to educate and inform Anishinaabe community members of the environmental risks. Mulder gave some historical background on the development of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the role it has played in mitigating conflicts and helping to maintain Indian culture and traditions particularly during the passage and implementation of the Indian Relocation Act. He described actions his family is taking to help his daughter stay connected to her native culture and his work with schools to help assure that teaching/learning opportunities about American Indians are positive and accurate. Participants also had an opportunity to ask questions and view a display of books, DVDs and American Indian jewelry. The next Lunch & Learn program will be held January 17, 11:00 a.m. at the Sandhill Center for the Arts. Vicki Wendel, program director of the Anoka County Historical Society will be the guest presenter on the topic History of Bethel and East Bethel. Wendel will share stories and artifacts about the people, places and events that are part of Bethel’s and East Bethel’s history and growth. Make reservations now online at www.communityed15. com or call 763-213-1641. |

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

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

Plan your year with Early Childhood Family Education Check out the Learn & Thrive booklet for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) parent/child classes for the 2011-12 school year Register NOW for classes! There are still limited openings in many of our classes.

FAMILY ADVOCATE Do you need additional support in your parenting role? Would you like to know more about resources in your community? Issues we can help with include relationships, parenting, child development, finding help with finances, etc. Call your Early Childhood Family Advocate Cynthia Behling at 763-753-7178 or email

Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at to register for classes or trips. Looking for special events and trips? Register for them NOW!

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How about an Early Childhood Cookbook?

The Places to Go, Things to Do brochure features special events and field trips for families. Some of these events include Pop In & Play times, Mall of America Adventure, Sesame Street Live field trip, paint and play event, farm field trip and many, many more.

each Cookbooks are only $8 s, Perfect gift for birthday s ay lid ho the or s wedding Stop by the Lifelong your Learning Center to get at own copy 18900 Cedar Drive in Oak Grove.

Upcoming ECFE Events Unless otherwise listed, all offerings are at the Lifelong Learning Center.


Make Way for Learning

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.

Shake Your Sillies Out Come move, shake and wiggle while we paint, dance and play in this class that will be full of energy Dates: Tuesdays December 13 & 20 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child


Pop In and Play

Tuesdays now through January 10 (no Pop In & Play on November 22, December 27) Time: 9:30-11:15 a.m. Fee: $4 per child; max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/ adult) Pop in to do activities, meet other families and build relationships. No pre-registration necessary. UPCOMING TOPICS: December 6: Wild Animals on the Loose December 13: When the Dinosaurs Roam December 20: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles January 3: Music Magic January 10: Arctic Adventure Dates:

Destination Kindergarten Especially for fall 2012 kindergartners and their parents In a few short months, your child will be a kindergartner! Now is the time to think about what skills your child should know, what kindergarten expectations are, and how you can support your child as they take that big step. Destination Kindergarten sessions for parents and children are designed to bridge the preschool years to kindergarten. This three-week session is held at Cedar Creek Community School in a kindergarten classroom. There will be parent/child activity time and parent discussion time. Parent time will focus on moving into kindergarten. What choices do you have? What considerations are there for first time kindergartners in the “big school?” How do children maneuver through bus and classroom routines? You and your child are on your way to the countdown to kindergarten! Dates: Mondays, January 9-30 Time: 6:15-8:00 p.m. Location: Cedar Creek Community School Fee: $12 per child for the three-week session Deadline: January 2

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The Family Carnival is back! If you have attended before, BIG changes are in store. Saturday, January 28 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center Fee: $1 per child, max of $3 per family and a non-perishable food item for the local food shelf. This is a year you DON’T WANT TO MISS! Come see what’s new and enjoy a morning with family and friends.

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


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If your child is under thr ee years of age, contact Tim Finn at: timfin@stfrancis.k12.m 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 Ea rly Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have. Call for an appointment at 763-753-7187 and menti on your concerns.

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School Board Highlights ”have-nots,” the law requires that 40 percent of new commercial-industrial tax base be put back into the metropolitan pool and apportioned back to communities according to their population and overall tax base.

MARK VOGEL SCHOOL BOARD PERSPECTIVE Looking back over the past four years, I am amazed how time sneaks up on a person. I remember moments when time crawled by, but as I write this, the years seem to have flown. I have learned so much in this short time and hope our decisions as a school board have overall been positive. My favorite experience as a board member has been the opportunity to meet so many different people. From citizens to employees, it has been a positive experience. Interviewing current employees for leadership positions within the school district has been extremely rewarding. Every time I was a part of one of these interviews, we struggled to reach consensus on the final candidate because the skills and abilities of each were so outstanding. I cannot emphasize enough the wonderful employees within our school district and I commend them in their endeavor to teach and serve our children. My least favorite experience has to be the large and overwhelming amount of bureaucracy within our education system. The federal and state rules and guidelines continue to grow and the results are questionable at best. Constant testing, rules for cafeteria food, categorical funding and even convoluted means of counting student enrollment are just a few examples of the growing bureaucracy we are facing. The fact that many of these mandates are unfunded or underfunded just exacerbates the problems. Try following a dollar in the system. In my opinion, it is impossible. Let’s hope this changes sooner rather than later. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent you. Congratulations to the newest members of our school board. Let’s continue to encourage, support and pray for our students as they are our future. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Tax base sharing makes sense because communities in the Twin Cities area are interdependent parts of a single economic entity. One city might provide a family with a place to live, another a place to work, another a place to attend school, another a place to shop, another a place to generate electricity to light their home, and another location to handle waste products. The Minnesota fiscal disparities tax sharing system is working and is making progress toward its objective, resulting in spreading the benefits of regional centers and facilities to communities that do not have them but whose taxpayers support them, either through sales or income taxes. Fiscal disparities is an integral part of the metropolitan area’s property tax system, and is a fundamental benefit to the entire metropolitan area because it recognizes that communities are an interdependent economic unit—as shown by the recent formulation of the economic development organization. Superintendent Report


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All school board members were present. Site Report: Lifelong Learning Center Program Supervisors Nancy Wallace and Tim Finn presented an overview of the programs offered at the Lifelong Learning Center: Adult Basic Education, Kids Connection, Head Start, Preschool Place 15/School Readiness, Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Family Education, and Early Childhood Screening. Some features to programs offered include transportation, nutritious snacks, research-based curriculum that is rich in language, parent education and involvement, health services and other support services including home visitations. About half the number of students entering kindergarten have participated in the Preschool Place 15/School Readiness program. Early Childhood Screening is a requirement in Minnesota and often the first contact of a student with the school district. Early Childhood Family Education continues to thrive,

serving the entire community. Madrigal Choir Performance St. Francis High School Choir Director Lucas Warren led the Madrigal Choir in two songs. High school principal Paul Neubauer addressed the board, citing that the numbers of students participating in the choir program has increased this year. A show choir was added to the program, which also includes a concert choir, 9th grade choir, mixed choir, and Bel Canto. Kayla Larson was added to the staff to work half days with the 9th grade choir. Fiscal Disparities Law The School Board unanimously passed a resolution that requests the governor of the state of Minnesota and the Minnesota legislature to support continuation of the current fiscal disparities law. The current statute addressed a system designed to share tax resources in the metropolitan area known as fiscal disparities. The idea of tax base sharing is to narrow the gap between communities with a strong and growing commercial-industrial tax base and communities with small or stagnated commercial-industrial tax base. To lessen the difference between these “haves” and

} Teacher observations and evaluations using SchoolStream has made the process more efficient and less time-consuming. The Technology Department worked with the Office of Teaching and Learning to provide this electronic work flow. ISD 15 is again ahead of the curve in handling all the paperwork involved with teacher observations. } St. Francis Middle School is making some changes to the schedule, going to a three-period lunch with focused learning. } A suggestion from a community member to start a letter writing campaign for a safety-enhanced crossing light on Highway 47 and Pedersen Drive is being reviewed. Harry Grams is assisting in the project by gathering accident reports and other information from Anoka County. General Election Results A resolution was unanimously approved, authorizing the board chairperson and clerk to execute certificates of election on behalf of the School Board of Independent School District 15 to the following candidates having received the highest number of votes: Amy Kelly, Matthew Rustad, Suzanne Erkel, and Janet

Glover. The general election on November 8, 2011 was in all respects duly and legally called and held. A total of 1,165 voters weighed in and cast votes. The four candidates listed were elected to four-year terms that will begin the first Monday in January 2012. |


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Board member Joe Haag was absent. Student Report St. Francis High School student representative Nathan Lipinski updated the board on high school activities. Finals were completed and grades were posted online by the end of the day. Winter sports, including wrestling and basketball, are underway. Snow Week will be held at the end of January and will again feature a talent show.

ments, Business Services, Property Tax Information. The district is working to address the pedestrian crossing safety issue at Highway 47 and Pederson Drive. School Board Member Report David Anderson also attended the ACT meeting and is excited with how the actively engaged committee analyzes test scores to see where efforts need to be placed. Marsha Van Denburgh attended the November 20 American Indian Education event and was impressed with the turnout. Harry Grams participated in Teacher Academy interviews and discussions on Highway 47 and Pederson Drive.

Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton met with the Meet & Confer Committee to discuss the student contact day/duty day calendars for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Saxton attended the regional Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) meeting. The group works to address the inequity in funding for education based on location—northern suburb residents have a higher tax burden than southern and western suburb residents. Saxton met with the Assessment, Curriculum & Teaching Committee (ACT) and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) results were analyzed. The district’s Truth in Taxation meeting will be held December 12 and contact information for state legislators will be available. Answers to frequently asked tax questions are on the district website under Depart-

St. Francis Elementary School Report Beth Anderson, SFES Community Relations Coordinator and kindergarten teacher, presented highlights of the school. Students recently completed a portfolio for Native American Studies and were excited about learning. The school does a great deal of cross grade level collaboration, such as second grade and kindergarten students reading together. Title 1 students participate in the RAZ Readers online guided reading program and it has been very successful. Family Math and Reading nights are held each month as an opportunity for families to engage in fun activities. SFES will again participate in the One Book, One School program that creates a shared reading experience for the entire building. A book is tied into all subjects and teachers reference the book in their classes. All elementary schools participate in Flash Math and SFES holds daily and weekly brief exercises and quizzes. It is another opportunity for collaboration as fourth and kindergarten students practice math with flash cards. Anderson said staff and student collaboration in the building is the key to success.  |



School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, December 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 23 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458 Harry Grams, Vice Chairman 763-856-4350 Joe Haag, Clerk 763-753-6298 Mark Vogel, Treasurer 763-213-1237 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Sandy Grams, Director 763-434-7564 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director, 763-753-6653 Email schoolboard@




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Pictured (L-R) Barnes & Noble employees Ashli Teter and Michele Dooley and Lillian Levine, Independent School District 15 Health Services Coordinator, are encouraging people to brighten the holidays for families in need by purchasing and donating books or toys to the Barnes & Noble store in Blaine, 710 County Highway 10 NE. All donations will be distributed through the Anoka County Children and Family Council, a collaborative effort of seven school districts, the county, and community agencies.  JILL BROWN, ANOKA COUNTY PROJECT COORDINATOR FOR HUMAN SERVICES


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In June 2013, Tammy Sworsky, counselor at St. Francis High School, will lead an educational trip to Greece and Italy for the 2013 juniors, seniors and recent graduates of St. Francis High School. This is not a school affiliated trip, but is something she is taking on personally and hopes to offer annually, in order to provide travel opportunities to students in the community.

This educational trip will focus on culture and ancient world history. This program is an amazing way to educate our community about global diversity and will provide students with first hand cultural experiences in an international setting.

Participants of the 2013 tour will travel to many cities including Athens, Delphi, Florence and Rome, where they will visit sites such as the Colosseum, the Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis and Vatican City. Travelers will also be treated to a cruise to Capri,

For more information about this trip including a full itinerary and tentative travel dates, visit Sworsky’s tour webpage: or email at tsworsky@gmail. com. An informational meeting will be held once enough interest has been generated. Those who indicate interest through the webpage will be notified


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Area communities to study joint fire services JO THIELING CITY CLERK, CITY OF RAMSEY

Five Anoka County communities recently announced the formation of a study group to look at the feasibility of joint fire services. Recent informal discussions between elected and appoint-

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Group will be charged with the duty of analyzing the benefits of a joint fire service and potential barriers to implementation. The city councils of Bethel, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Ramsey will be asked to consider the ap-

St. Francis Mayor Jerry Tveit stated, “Local governments have an obligation to the local taxpayers to provide basic city services in the most costeffective manner.”

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Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, December 20 at 10 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover) and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Blaine 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. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help. 


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Compost site open in January for holiday items MARTHA WEAVER PUBLIC INFORMATION MANAGER, ANOKA COUNTY

Bunker Hills compost site, located on Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids, one mile north of Main Street, will re-open for two weekends in January to receive Christmas trees and evergreen garland as well as other types of yard and tree waste.

Friends of the Isanti Area Library attended a Breakfast with Santa November 26 at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti. Pictured (L-R) are Logan (6), Keegan (1), Hannah (3) and Jason Jr. (2) along with reader Sue Larson. SUBMITTED BY GERALD GOLDEN

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should be free of tinsel, ornaments, wire, and stands. There is a $1.50 charge per Christmas tree.

There is a fee of $4 per vehicle for debagged leaves, grass, and garden waste up to four cubic yards. An additional 50 cents per yard will be charged in excess of four cubic yards. There is a variable fee for tree waste disposal. Keep yard waste separate from tree waste.

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College joins Graduate Minnesota campaign The outreach initiative is called Graduate Minnesota and is intended to urge and support Minnesota’s working adults who have earned some college credits to re-enroll and complete their two- or fouryear degrees to boost their job prospects and help meet the state’s workforce needs.


Minnesota has a challenge ahead—to meet the estimate projected in a recent study by Georgetown University researchers that 70 percent of the jobs in Minnesota will require education beyond high school by 2018. As part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, Anoka-Ramsey Community College is part of a statewide initiative to meet this challenge.

The message of the outreach initiative is simple: “Graduate Minnesota – Complete your degree. Anytime. Anywhere.” Former students will be connected with advisors who can help them find the

best and fastest route to complete their associate or bachelor’s degree. Anoka-Ramsey, as well as the other 30 state colleges and universities in the MnSCU system, has at least one designated advisor to assist students in figuring out how to resume their studies and explore financial aid options. Students considering returning to Anoka-Ramsey should call 763-433-1340, email Jan. or visit www.AnokaRamsey. edu/adultlearner.aspx. 


Discover Your Roots— more sessions added MONICA CAMPBELL ANOKA COUNTY LIBRARY


ou asked and we listened! Anoka County Library’s Discover Your Roots programs have been booked to capacity, so we’ve added more sessions of this free hands-on computer class. These classes will help you get started in researching who’s on your family tree. Discover your roots at Anoka County Library with the help of the Anoka County Genealogical Society. Join us from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, January 7 or March 31 in the Rum River Library computer lab. The Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka. Class size is limited to 15 for each of these free classes. To register, call 763-576-4695 or visit and click on our Calendar of Events. Learn how to begin researching your family roots in this basic genealogy class, which includes hands-on computer instruction. You will learn about software programs you can use to document and keep track of your ancestry and discover genealogy resources the library has to offer, including Ancestry Library Edition. The differences between Ancestry Library Edition and will be explained and tips will be offered about how to best navigate these resources. Time is allowed at the end of the class to explore your own ancestor’s state and federal censuses, immigration records, military records, and other documents that can prove your ancestor’s existence in a particular place and time. This program is presented by Anoka County Library, in partnership with Anoka County Genealogical Society and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about this program or the Anoka County Library, call 763-712-2322 or visit www.anoka.lib.  

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On November 15, the students of St. Francis Christian School presented a special program for U.S. military veterans. This annual program is designed as a way to say

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ous poems and patriotic selections creatively performed by the elementary classes. SFCS School Administrator Russ Peterson recognized and honored each veteran who was in attendance.


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Christmas celebrations at St. Francis United Methodist Church BONNIE GIBBS ST. FRANCIS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH


n Sunday, December 18, St. Francis United Methodist Church will host a lunch and Christmas concert for the community. For the third year, our own Kristy Anderson will play piano selections from the Nutcracker along with other favorite Christmas music. This year others will also join her in celebrating the season with their music. Our church family is very proud of Anderson. She is an accomplished musician who plays piano for our worship service on Sundays. She also makes herself available for funeral services and weddings. So, take time to enjoy the afternoon, the music and the joy of the season. Worship is at 10:30 a.m., lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. and the concert starts at 12:45 p.m., all for just a free will offering. We will also have a holiday cookie sale during lunch.

West Bethel United Methodist Church 2 blocks west of Hwy 65 on 221st Avenue NE, Cedar 763-434-6451


All are welcome!

Christmas Pageant, Dinner & Santa Visit  10:00 a.m. December 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 4:30 p.m. December 25

Christmas Day Caroling Service SUNDAY SERVICES Church Service  Sunday School

10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

We remember the loved one missing from your family tree.

Save yourself some work and get your cookies here, sponsored by our great Methodist cooks! We also invite everyone to our annual soup supper at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas eve, before candlelight worship at 7:00 p.m. The soup is on; join us in the fellowship hall— we welcome all. Following Christmas Day, we can all give one more gift to share with our neighbors. A Red Cross Bloodmobile will be set up at St. Francis United Methodist Church, 1:006:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28. What a great gift this is to give to others. Mark your calendars and look for further notice. Bell ringers are about and snow is on its way as we prepare our homes to celebrate the birth of Christ. Take time to come and enjoy the music of the season and great food prepared for you. |

Kristy Anderson will play piano during the St. Francis United Methodist Church Christmas concert on Sunday, December 18. SUBMITTED BY BONNIE GIBBS


rector at Anoka Senior High School.

The Music Ministry of the Church of St. Patrick in Oak Grove is gearing up again for the fourth annual Christmas Season Celebration with the presentation of the music of renowned composer John Rutter titled, Joy to the World. Since Christmas is not just a day but a season, we keep the spirit alive through the celebration which tells the story of the birth of Christ through traditional hymns along with new music. The 60-member choir is accompanied by a full orchestra with guest soprano soloist, Michelle Hayes. Hayes is the choir di-

The choir and orchestra are comprised of members from the community and are joined by music members from other area churches. The Seventh Avenue Carolers from Anoka High School will be singing before the performance. All are invited to the pie social following. A free will donation will be taken. Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Patrick at 19921 Nightingale Street in Oak Grove. More information is available by calling 763-753-2011 or visit Come experience the joy of the Christmas season. |

“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful”

Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Loved ones we have lost are never forgotten. But they especially fill our thoughts during the holiday season. This Christmas, we invite your family to visit our Remembrance Tree. This special outdoor tree, trimmed in all white lights, is in remembrance of every family we have served this past year. When you stop by, think of the loved ones in your life and the loved ones missing. They are remembered, not just at Christmas but throughout the year. Let this special tree remind us all that the light of love never dims.

Sunday, December 11 Trinity’s Musical Services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. with a special presentation of “Joy to the World,” a Christmas Cantata, performed by our Senior Choir at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, December 18 “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” with the North Star Boys’ Choir at 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 19 Trinity School’s Christmas Musical at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24 Children’s Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m.

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Saturday, December 24 Candlelight Service at 11:00 p.m.

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Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day Services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31 New Year’s Eve Service at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Bible Study at 9:15 a.m.

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Celebrating the season of Epiphany Celebrants of the Christian faith and Eastern orthodox Christian religion may want to wait a few days after Christmas to start packing away their decorations and cease celebrating the holiday season. That’s because it is customary to commemorate the Epiphany, which marks the day that Jesus Christ was revealed as the Son of God. Epiphany is known by a few different names. In addition to Epiphany, the holiday is sometimes called Little Christmas and the Feast of the Three Kings. Spanishspeaking individuals refer to it as El Dia de Los Tres Reyes, which essentially translates to Day of the Three Kings.

for its wonderful fragrance and medicinal values and worship. It is thought Frankincense spoke to the worship of God. Myrrh was used as an anesthetic and in burial embalming. It is also used to anoint one in faith. The meaning of the word “epiphany” is a revealing or an opening of one’s eyes. Although Epiphany is much known for the three wise

men, the significance of the day is that God revealed Himself to everyone through the human person who was His Son, Jesus. God reveals that the true God is Jesus, the Messiah, and Savior of the world, who was sent to the people for this express purpose. The day of the Epiphany actually marks the first day of the Epiphany season, which

“And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 Although the Bible doesn’t specifically mention that there were three wise men, biblical historians interpret that there were only three due to the number of gifts that were presented. The names of the magi were Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, but this is something learned post-Bible as well. Gold represented a gift worthy of a king. Frankincense was an expensive gift valued

Although many Christians celebrate the better-known holiday of Christmas, Epiphany may have even more spiritual meaning during this holiday season. |

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In Western faiths, Epiphany takes place on January 6. However, in Catholic dioceses in the U.S., it is observed on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. Eastern Christians follow the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, Epiphany occurs a few days later for them, on January 19.

Sundays at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. at our Ministry Center across from St. Francis High School 763.753.1718

Christmas 2011 CELEBRATION OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD Christmas Eve ~ Saturday, December 24 Eucharist, 4:00 p.m. • Caroling 25 minutes before Mass



According to Christian tradition, Epiphany marks the day the traveling magi arrived from afar to bid welcome to the Baby Jesus. They presented three different gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

lasts until the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday. Through the Epiphany season, God reveals many intricacies of His Word through scripture in the Bible.


Sunday Worship at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Worship

Saturday, December 24 at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 9:00 & 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day ~ Sunday, December 25 Eucharist, 10:00 a.m. • Caroling 10 minutes before Mass New Year’s Eve ~ Saturday, December 31 Eucharist, 4:30 p.m. New Year’s Day ~ Sunday, January 1 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. All Masses at the Parish Center

A Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year to all! Parish Center at 7101 143rd Avenue, Suite G in Ramsey • 763-323-4424

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Sunday, December 25 at 8:00 a.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake 10:00 a.m. at Our Saviour’s on Jackson Join Us For

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Christmas Worship All are welcome to A LIVE NATIVITY

A Live Nativity

Saturday, December 10 4:00-7:00 p.m. Re-enactment of the night of Jesus’ birth. Chili, cookies and refreshments will be served.

COME AS A GUEST STAY AS FAMILY! SUNDAY SCHEDULE 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study 18975 Lake George Boulevard Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of CR 22 on CR 9 763-753-5717

Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 18 9:00 a.m. Celebrate Christmas with Us Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24 Candlelight Service 4:00 p.m. Christmas Day Sunday, December 25 9:00 a.m. Service

Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ!

“One Night in Bethlehem” Saturday, December 10 • 4:30-7:30 p.m. After viewing the Nativity, join us for chili and soup.


Wednesdays, December 7, 14, and 21 • 7:00 p.m. Soup Supper 5:30-6:45 p.m.

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Service featuring a Cantata “Night of Our Father’s Love” by Long Lake Lutheran Choir 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Worship Service Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. Christmas Worship Service Pastor Matt Flom


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New Life! Lutheran Church to present Live Nativity SHARON BERGMAN NEW LIFE! LUTHERAN CHURCH

and taking your time to walk past the live scene.

This is New Life! Lutheran’s 4th annual drive through Live Nativity. We are excited to offer this special experience again, and this year we will be offering a chili dinner available to all who attend. The Live Nativity will run 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. People from all over the area will be able to step back some 2,000 years to see the live reenactment of the night of Jesus’ birth. Along with Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and wisemen, there will be live animals and carolers. You are welcome to drive through and see the nativity, or there will be an option for parking

Please come with your family and friends and join us for chili, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider and Christmas cookies inside the church after you visit the Live Nativity. New Life! Lutheran Church is located on County Road 9 (Lake George Boulevard), two blocks south of County Road 22 (Viking Boulevard). If you do not have a church home, please come and visit. Look at our website www. for service times and Sunday School/adult study information. Merry Christmas and remember the reason for this season is Jesus! |

New Life! Lutheran Church in Oak Grove will present a Live Nativity on Saturday, December 10, 4:007:00 p.m.  PHOTO SUBMITTED BY JEFF BERGMAN

19653 Nowthen Blvd NW Anoka Intersection of CR 5 & 22 in Nowthen 763-441-1600 •

Children’s Christmas Musical 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 12

Worship Choir Concert

8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 18

Christmas Eve Worship Services

Christmas Cards Sunday, December 18

Sunday School Christmas Program......................... 9:00 a.m.

3:00 & 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 24

Tuesday, December 20

Christmas Day Worship Services

Saturday, December 24

8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday, December 25 (no Sunday School)

Weekly Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Tuesday Mornings for Women 9:15-11:15 a.m. Call for more information

Crown Christian School’s Christmas Program.......7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service..........................7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day Service............................................. 9:00 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church & School of Crown

Wednesday Evening 6:00-6:45 p.m. Kids Choir 6:45-8:15 p.m. Awana Preschool-6th Grade 6:45-8:15 p.m. NYTRO 7th-12th Grade 7:00-8:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study Deeper-U Discipleship

Celebrate the Birth of Our Saviour Sunday, December 18 • 12:45 p.m.

Musical Christmas Concert with Kristy Anderson at piano. Free will offering. Lunch & Cookie Sale 11:30 a.m.

Monday, December 21 Join us for the Blue Christmas Service 7:00 p.m. A time to remember… a time to pray. Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve Soup Supper Open to all 5:30 p.m. Candlelight Service 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day Service 10:30 a.m. Continue sharing gifts with others Red Cross Bloodmobile will be here Wednesday, December 28, 1:00-6:00 p.m. There is always a place waiting for you with us. Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914-229th Avenue in St. Francis across from St. Francis Elementary 763-753-2273


From Hwy. 47, 5 miles west on Cty Rd. 8 or from Hwy 169 (Zimmerman) 6 miles east on Cty. Rd. 4, then north on County Road 7 one mile 763-856-2099 •

Sending out Christmas greetings is a tradition that is still common today. Have you ever wondered just how many cards are sent across the country? According to Hallmark Corporate, 1.5 billion Christmas cards, including boxed and individual cards, are purchased and then sent every year in the U.S. This makes Christmas the number one holiday for sending greetings, followed by Valentine’s Day (144 million) and Mother’s Day (133 million). |

The Perfect Christmas Wednesday Advent Worship 1/4 mile west of Highway 65 on Constance Blvd., (CR 20/60) 763.434.7337


Sunday Blended Worship 8:45 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School *8:45 & 10:30 a.m. *Except the 2nd Sunday of the month, which is Family Worship

Wednesday Midweek Worship

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December 14 only at 5:45 p.m. “A Perfect Preparation - Advent” (Soup Supper before and after worship) Christmas Eve Worship

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. “The Perfect Christmas” Christmas Day Worship

10:00 a.m. “The Perfect Gift” Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434

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

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

Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273

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

Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315

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

New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

The Bridge Meets at St. Francis Elementary 22919 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-516-5995

First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230

Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600

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

Trinity Lutheran Church, School and Latchkey/Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451




Eight ways to create new holiday traditions Much of what makes the holiday season so special is the traditions that people hold dear. While families have traditions that stretch back decades, there is plenty of opportunity to embrace new means of celebration to breathe new life into Christmas, Chanukkah or the season’s other holidays. Chances are you’re already hanging stockings or going caroling this year. You can add some of these and modify as they fit your family. } Feed the wildlife. During the cold days of winter, birds and small animals that don’t hibernate may find it difficult to forage for food. By trimming an outdoor pine tree in edible snacks, you’ll have a beautiful tree and one that benefits the wildlife as well. String peanuts and other nuts for the squirrels. Make little ornaments out of suet and string for the birds. Berries and corn can be enjoyed by all. Be sure to choose a tree that is far enough away from the home, so you don’t have too many scavengers hunting and pecking around the house. } Create a photo Advent calendar. Make your own Advent calendar that has small doors that open up to photos of different family members. Or use a collection of children’s pictures that showcase how they’ve changed as they’ve grown older. } “Adopt” a child for holiday gifts. Each year you can bring a smile to a child in need by purchasing a present for an underprivileged kid. Some post offices sponsor “Letters from Santa” events where participants can respond to one of the thousands of letters mailed to The North Pole. Or work with a local charity that organizes events to bring gifts to children in hospitals or in foster care. } Holiday story countdown. Every night in December watch a movie or read a story that tells an uplifting holiday tale. Use this as a method of counting down until Christmas. On the night prior, reading ’Twas the Night Before Christmas should suffice. } Remember someone who has passed on. The holiday season is one made beautiful by lit candles and twinkling lights. Remember a loved one or a friend who has passed away by lighting a remembrance candle in his or her honor. It’s a way this person can still be part of the festivities. } Have a holiday sing-a-long. Sure it may be tradition to go around the neighbor-

hood singing carols, but it’s just as fun indoors. Have a singing party where guests are given lyrics to popular tunes they can sing around the piano or karaoke machine. } Bring some joy to a public servant. Police officers, firefighters, military personnel… many of these workers do not get off for the holidays. There are a certain number of public servants who must remain on

call in the event of an emergency. Treat these people to something enjoyable when they may be missing their own festivities. Cook or cater a meal for a fire house, deliver cookies to the police station or put together care packages for people living on a military base. } Banish the holiday blues. When the holidays are set to go for another year, many people find they become a little down. After

all, a home that was once filled with merry trinkets may now go back to the bare essentials. Create a tradition where everyone in the family receives one more gift—a personalized ornament that can be packed away for use next year—that’s given in January before the decorations are packed away. It’s another opportunity to open a present, and it symbolizes looking forward to the joy of next year. |


Did you know? The word “winter” comes from a Proto-Germanic word “wintruz,” meaning “time of water.” It also may derive from the Old Dutch word, “wintar.” The water reference is in reference to the snow and rain that takes place during this time of the year in the middle and high latitudes.

A Life Giving Church Sunday, December 18 • Service & Kids Program, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 24 • Christmas Eve, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, December 25 • Christmas Day, 10:30 a.m. Great Music • One Hour Service Sundays 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Elementary School 22919 St. Francis Boulevard, St. Francis For information, call 763-516-5995, go to or look us up on Facebook. Holiday traditions are fun. This year it may be time to begin some new ones to add even more enjoyment. FILE PHOTO

School Christmas Concert Tuesday, December 20 7:00 p.m.

The Wonder Of Christmas A dramatization of Christmas from the Gospels of Matthew & Luke

Sunday, December 18 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve Candle Light Services Saturday, December 24 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Christmas Day Celebration

Sunday, December 25 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 24 5:00-6:00 p.m. Everyone Welcome! Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW, Oak Grove 763-753-0284

Sunday, December 18

Sunday School Christmas Program “Angels We Have Heard” 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 24

Christmas Eve Services

3:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Program

Sonshine Choir Singing Rainbow Choir Singing Candlelight Service with Choir & Orchestra

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day Service 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, January 1

New Year’s Day Service 9:00 a.m.


9231 Viking Boulevard NW, Elk River, Minnesota 55330 763-441-3646 or 763-441-6616 • Pastor Bill Pieper • Principal Evan Anwyl

Celebrate Christmas With Us! Saturday, December 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 3:00, 5:00 & 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day Services 10:00 a.m.

Regular Sunday Worship 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.

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FUNDRAISERS, BENEFITS, EVENTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Take pictures with Santa and his live Reindeer in RiversEdge Commons Park in Downtown Elk River, noon to 3:00 p.m. See dancing nutcrackers and toy soldiers, hear the command performance Girls Choir sing, mail letters to Santa in his special downtown mailbox, enjoy holiday treats and special promotions at downtown businesses, help fill Santa’s sleigh with unwrapped gifts for Gifts Anonymous to distribute. Goodie bags for the first 300 children. Sponsored by RiversEdge Downtown Business Assoc., City of Elk River Park and Rec, First National Bank and The Bank of Elk River. MONDAY, JANUARY 16 The St. Francis Area Women of Today are hosting a presentation about divorce, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street NW. Heidi A. Swisher, Esq., of H. Swisher Law Firm LLC, will discuss the various issues relating to divorce such as property division, spousal maintenance, child support, parenting time, and custody. Her presentation will encompass Minnesota statutes and case law. There is no cost for this presentation and it is open to the community. No reservations are required.


Emergency response units train together 2ND LT. JOHN HANE ANOKA COUNTY COMPOSITE SQUADRON


he Civil Air Patrol (CAP), Minnesota Wing, Anoka County Composite Squadron, organized emergency rescue training with Cambridge Fire Department, Isanti County Sheriff Rescue and Allina Medical Transport on November 14 at the Cambridge Airport. A simulated aircraft crash site was set up with the CAP aircraft and cadets were the injured passengers. Emergency responders arrived and were briefed on the safety percussions required when working with an aircraft crash site. CAP pilot Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Dunlevy shared information as to the location of fuel storage, aircraft electrical power and how to turn off the engine. St. Francis Middle School students, Cadet Senior Airman Thomas Hane and Cadet Airman Tyler Chouinard, along with other squadron cadets, participated in the training exercise. Cadets received training on perimeter security, setting up an emergency helicopter landing area and emergency locator transmitter (ELT) de-


tecting equipment. Aircraft have ELTs so when they crash, the equipment sends a signal that can be detected. CAP members use detecting equipment to help locate the downed aircraft. The training exercise provided an opportunity for CAP Emergency Services and First Responders to train on how to safely work at an aircraft crash site by securing the area and extricating passengers from an aircraft. Another goal was an opportunity to interact and work with other agencies. CAP is a civilian organization and is staffed by volunteers in our local communities including students from Independent School District 15. CAP began December 1, 1941—one week before Pearl Harbor. In 1948, the U.S. Congress established CAP as an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force with three primary missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education. In the CAP Aerospace Education program, Cadets work at local air shows providing security and flight marshaling of aircraft. Cadets have an opportunity to participate in orientation flights, build and launch rockets and par-

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Civil Air Patrol senior member Rob Doar trains cadets on emergency locator transmitter detection equipment during an evening training event November 14 in Cambridge.  FIRST LIEUTENANT JIM SCHILLING, CAP ticipate in other aviation programs. Cadets also have the opportunity to go to specialized academies dedicated to glider or power aviation and flight instruction. Through CAP’s Cadet Programs, teens are able to train and serve alongside adult members for emergency services and disaster relief and can earn grades toward military service without obligation to join the military. In addition, Cadets learn leadership skills which are shared in the training and mentoring of other Cadets throughout CAP’s programs that include summer encampment and leadership schools. CAP has more than 60,000 volunteer members nation-

wide, of whom 26,500 are cadets. CAP has 535 light aircraft and an extensive communications capability. CAP Emergency Services conducts 90 percent inland search and rescue in the U.S. as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and other agencies. This past year CAP was credited with saving 113 lives. The Anoka County Composite Squadron meets Tuesday nights at the Anoka CountyBlaine Airport, and membership is eligible to young people ages 12-21 and adults. For more information go to: or www. or call Captain Donald Raleigh at 651-7751687. |


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Fire department offers holiday safety tips JEANINNE ENGLER OAK GROVE FIRE AUXILIARY

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. While it may seem Scroogelike to think about fire hazards during the holidays, many of the activities people engage in—cooking, entertaining and decorating—all present increased fire risks. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Fortunately, the vast majority of holiday fires are preventable. By following a few

simple rules, people can keep holiday lights, candles and the ever-popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. } Natural Christmas Trees— Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. Remember to keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. } Holiday Lights—Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking. Make sure you periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch. Never over-load your circuits with holiday lights. Do not leave holiday lights on unattended; remember to shut off all holiday lights/ Christmas displays before retiring at night. } Candle Care—If you use lit

candles, make sure they are in a stable holder and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning. } Decorations—All decorations should be non-flammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame-retardant. } Exits—Ensure that trees and other holiday decorations do not block an exit. In the event of a fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit puts you and your family at risk. } Snow Removal—Removal of snow in your driveway is essential. Make sure that trees are trimmed back so that in case of a fire, a fire engine can safely get into your driveway. Remove

any portable basketball or hockey goals, skate board ramps, etc., from your driveway or entrance. This will insure easy access incase of an emergency situation. } Smoke Alarms—As in every season, a working smoke alarm should be installed on every level of your home. Test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help and remember to practice your home escape plan. } Carbon Monoxide—Winter snows can create drifts that block exhaust vents, forcing carbon monoxide gas (CO) to back-up into your

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If you are interested in the quality of life in your city and would like to be a part of seeing that happen, the City of St. Francis would like to hear from you. Commission Members will be involved with planning and making recommendations on planning matters to the City Council. The Planning Commission meets on the third Wednesday evening of each month. The meetings start at 7:00 p.m.

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landscape. It will be a great way to enjoy a family meal or late night ice cream treat. The interior of the restaurant features a new dining room with comfortable furniture and fresh bright colors. It will feature LED lighting and many other improvements, while still offering Redbox DVD Rentals and free Wi-Fi service. Customers will have an opportunity to use the restaurant in a manner that fits their lifestyle best—from a customer who comes in by themselves and wants to flip open a laptop and have a McCafé drink, to a couple of friends meeting for a quick lunch, or a family enjoying a meal and a Redbox movie! Look for re-grand opening plans in the January issue of The Courier!  


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Sports & Outdoors 2011-12 wrestling season is underway

who said, “I wish I wouldn’t have wrestled.” In fact, most of them say, “I wish I would have finished my high school wrestling career,” or “I wish I would have worked harder.” It’s hard to live with regret especially for the rest of our lives. Our high school years, while in the here and now seem to take forever, are in fact very short. Unfortunately, we don’t realize this until later on in life. So parents, I encourage you to encourage your son or daughter to get involved and finish it out, no matter what sport or activity it is. Our incoming ninth grade class looks promising. There are a lot of young men that have been in the program for a number of years. They are hard workers and this was shown last year when a large group of them showed up for high school practices after their junior high season ended.

St. Francis High School senior wrestlers (L-R): Cole Ostendorf, Alec Simoneau, Austin Leibel, and Nate Lipinski. KELLY LIPINSKI KELLY LIPINSKI ASSISTANT COACH, ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

By the time this article goes to print, the 2011-12 St. Francis High School wrestling season will be underway. Wrestlers will be practicing and fine tuning their skills in order to compete at the highest level possible. As coaches, we get restless this time of year. Our minds start drifting toward practice schedules, opponent match-ups and determining who will step foot on the mat for us this season. The sport of wrestling has been around for 15,000 years and has been depicted in cave drawings. Royal families in France, Japan and Great Britain used to attend wrestling events. The sport has evolved over the years to what we

have today. Many young men and a handful of young women now compete at the youth, high school, college and international levels. While the sport’s level of participation has grown over time, the sacrifice needed to compete at a high level has not. Wrestling is a sport like no other; it demands great effort and sacrifice. Our young men do things that very few sports require for success. They are up at the high school at 6:00 a.m. for conditioning, they practice after school for two more hours and they sacrifice Saturdays full of leisurely activities in order to go to tournaments. Their physical and mental toughness is tested almost every day. One would then wonder,

why do it? Why put yourself through so much hardship? This is difficult for many to comprehend but I will try to explain. It is said that with great sacrifice comes great reward. I would say the reward of having wrestled is the satisfaction one receives from proving that one could do something few others could do. They know that hard work pays off and in the words of wrestling legend Dan Gable, “Once you’ve wrestled all other things in life are easy.” The tough thing for coaches is to explain to our wrestlers that years down the road, when their high school glory days are behind them, they will look back with pride and not regret having wrestled. In all my years in this sport I have never met a person

Our sophomore class has some talented individuals who had break out years last year on junior varsity and varsity. Our junior class sees the return of a decent number of wrestlers, two of which will return from not having wrestled last year due to injury. Our senior class looks to hold about four wrestlers who will return this year. We’re hoping this year’s seniors will lead us through a successful season. Returning three time state

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New Comp Prep Program for 2012 $90.00 Includes Uniform Monday/Wednesday Ages 7 & 8 (U8 boys and girls) This new program is set up for U8 (7 & 8 year olds) Rec players that have had some experience playing U8 Rec soccer and already exhibit strong soccer skills. It is for players who are looking for an increased level of training and more time playing soccer in the Spring/Summer and who anticipate playing Competitive Soccer the following year. There will be minimal additional fees (less than $50 for the season) to participate in up to four weekend Jamborees. See website for details.

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Please consider volunteering to be a co-coach. You will be making a big difference for youth and your child by volunteering with NMSA. Coaches will have the assistance of an NMSA sponsored trainer who will visit practices and games during the season. Please check the volunteer box to coach when you register. Thank you for making a difference.

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place winner and two time state runner-up Austin Leibel will be looking to improve on last year’s performance. I will include more specific information in next month’s issue of The Courier in regard to names and statistics. Our wrestlers work hard and need your support so come to a match and see a sport that’s been 15,000 years in the making. Alumni Night is scheduled for December 15 at St. Francis High School. Junior varsity starts at 6:00 p.m. and the varsity team starts at 7:00 p.m. An introduction of alumni will occur between the two levels of competition. 


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St. Francis High School volleyball end of season awards BY TRACEY NORTON ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH

The St. Francis High School volleyball team finished with an overall record of 13-14. The team tied for second in the North Suburban Conference (NSC) with a record of 8-2. The varsity team has a cumulative GPA of 3.82, which earned them NSC Academic Champion for the fifth time in the past six years. The team also received the State Academic Gold Award. The following awards were given out at the annual banquet on November 15: Varsity Spirit – Taryn Luby MIP – Christa Norrgard MVP – Maggie Ewen Best Offense – Maggie Ewen Best Defense – Brie Blowers Academic All-Conference Logan Schwartzwald Academic All-Conference Taryn Luby Academic All-Conference Paige Marsolek Academic All-State Logan Schwartzwald Academic All-State Taryn Luby Academic All-State Paige Marsolek

All-Conference Honorable Mention Brie Blowers All-Conference Honorable Mention Taryn Luby All-Conference Maggie Ewen All-Conference Logan Schwartzwald All-Conference Angie Roberts NSC MVP – Maggie Ewen All-State Honorable Mention Maggie Ewen Junior Varsity Spirit – Makenzie Belisle MIP – Rachel Ulrich MVP – Ashley Wells B-Squad Spirit – Christina Nielsen MIP – Aimee Cottrell MVP – Jackie Karpe 9A Spirit – Amelia Johnson MIP – Kianna Luggar MVP – Marlys Pilarski 9B Spirit – Rachel Owens MIP – Amelia Sadusky MVP – Katelyn Quale

Congratulations to the St. Francis Saints Team Skogquist 4th grade football team for their outstanding season. Team Skogquist finished their regular season undefeated, winning the Twin City North Youth Football League (TCNYFL) American Division with a record of 9-0. They moved on as the second overall seed in the Tier A tournament. After winning their first two playoff games, they came up short in the championship game. They finished their season taking home second place (out of 28 teams) in the TCNYFL. Players would like to give a special thanks to their coaches, Head Coach Chad Skogquist, Offensive Coach Raymond Bonte, and Defensive Coach Colt Skogquist. Thank you for a memorable season. Pictured (L-R) back row: Chad Skogquist, Colt Skogquist and Raymond Bonte; middle row: Dayne Mann, Mitchell Gutzkow, Adam Waite, Kobe BeckMost Tuesdays $5 Per Skater er, Tate Skogquist, Joey Kaske, & Thursdays Goalies Skate Free Justus Sherk, Alex Quasbort, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Drew Christopherson; front row: Justin Kelley, Jacob Helmets and gloves are required. Oachs, Blake Schwieger, Brady Biegelbach, Zach Bonte, Ryan ANDOVER COMMUNITY CENTER Pearson, Rylan Blake, Andrew ICE ARENA Hoglund, Jake Bowman, Ben 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW Hallin. TIFFANY SKOGQUIST Andover, MN 55304 763-767-5100


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Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors this winter! Anoka County Parks are the place to be for cool winter fun, from cross country skiing by the light of the moon to skijoring with your favorite pooch. Whatever your interest, Anoka County Parks can help you get outside and moving all winter long. Looking for something to do with the relatives in town for the holidays? Give them a taste of the recreational activities available here in the northland by signing up for the Holiday Sampler program offered Friday, December 30, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes. Participants can try kick sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, skijoring, and more. Cost is $7 adult and $5/youth (plus tax). Register at or for more information, call 651-429-8007. 

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This year, we are delighted to be part of 5th grade traveling B-Ball! Traveling basketball is very fun, but also very challenging. We’ve been practicing very hard for our tournaments coming up! This year we have two teams: the 5th grade A team and the 5th grade B team. Our coaches are very good. They teach us everything we need to know. On our B team, we had a tournament on November 19-20, and then we don’t play until the beginning of December. We love traveling basketball! For all girls and boys that want to try, go ahead and try; you will love it! There are two girls from our school on the A team and four girls on the B team. We are super excited to win any that we can, and we are eager to see anyone who would come to any of our tournaments! Go Saints!

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NOMINATION MEETING Sunday, December 11 • 7:00 p.m. St. Francis High School Parents of all current and prospective high school football players (now in 8th-11th grade), parents of youth football players and any other interested community members are welcome. President and Secretary positions will be up for nomination. Anyone interested in running for either position should fill out an application form. Forms can be found on our website or requested through Coach Lindquist. Please turn in/mail completed forms to Coach Lindquist no later than Sunday, December 11. St. Francis Grid Club, PO Box 387 St. Francis, MN 55070





St. Francis High School soccer ends season with banquet and awards MELISSA VOJTA SAINTS FOR SOCCER BOOSTERS

St. Francis High School soccer held their year-end banquet on November 7 at Spectacular Events in Isanti. Congratulations to all of the players that participated this season with another great year. Saints for Soccer members donated more than 400 pounds of food to NACE, an emergency food shelf in Anoka County. They also contributed new and slightly used soccer shoes and soccer gear to the Tony Sanneh Foundation. These items were donated at every home varsity game through-out the season. Thanks to all players and families for participating and giving back to those in need. Awards for Girls Teams Varsity: All-Conference, senior Kate Burley and sophomore Makenna Sullivan. All-Conference honorable mention, senior Mikayla Anderson. Most Valuable player, Kate Burley. Hardest worker, Katie Neumann and Team Spirit, Randie Antczak. Many of the graduating seniors received an Academic All-Conference award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.4, Kate Burley, Randie Antczak, Kyla Schultz, Heather Rickbeil, Katie Neumann and Jes Pelkey. Congratulations to all the girls varsity players and the awards they received.

Captains for the 2012 girls soccer season were announced Sonja Homan, Monica Pelkey and Makenna Sullivan. Junior Varsity: Most Valuable Player, Amber Aho. Most Improved Player Laura Scott and Most Dedicated Player, Jenny Kost. Congratulations to all the girls on their awards and to the team for a great season. C-Squad: Most Improved Player, Sophia Bitzan. Best Team Spirit, Megan Grandstrand and Most Dedicated Player Savhanna Berger. Congratulations to all the girls on their awards and to the team for a great season.

St. Francis High School Varsity Boys Soccer Team, 2011

Awards for Boys Teams Varsity: All-Conference, senior Steve Kauffmann and sophomore Danny Daniels. All-Conference honorable mention, senior Kong Xib Vue, senior Kyle Tollefson and senior Tyler Dustmand. Most Valuable player, Danny Daneils. Most improved Phillip Kauffman and Team Spirit, Steve Kauffmann. Many of the graduating seniors also received Academic AllConference Awards: Tyler Dustman, Jacob Wiita, Jacob Sharpe, Kong Xib Vue and Joe Atkinson. Congratulations to all the boys varsity players and the awards they received. Captains for the 2012 boys soccer season were an-

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nounced: Blake McReavy, Griffin Dunn and Danny Daniels. Junior Varsity: Most Valuable Player, Brandon Schwanbeck. Most Improved, Sade Sunderland. It was decided the entire team received the award for Team Spirit. Congratulations to all the players for their awards and to the team for a great season. 2011 Girls Soccer Recap

St. Francis High School Varsity Girls Soccer Team, 2011

Attention Hunters! Send in your game photo and see it in the January 2012 edition of The Courier. Send the original, unedited photo and write a caption of no more than 75 words describing who, what, when and where. Email: Mail to: The Courier 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070

The 2011 St. Francis girls soccer team completed the soccer season with an overall record of 5 wins, 10 losses and 1 tie. Their conference record was 4-5-1 which put them in 7th place for the season. The team was led offensively by sophomore Makenna Sullivan with 19 points, 16 goals and 3 assists, junior Sonja Homan with 7 points, 3 goals and 4 assists, and eighth grader Sammie Zgutowicz with 5 points, 4 goals and 1 assist. The team was held together in defense by seniors Kate Burley, Mikayla Anderson and Randie Antczak. The team had a good year with the most memorable game against St. Louis Park in which they ended up losing 6-5 in over-time this was a hard fought battle both offensively and defensively by the Saints. The Saints will graduate eight seniors this year. We wish them all the best of luck in the future. 2011 Boys Soccer Recap

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The 2011 St. Francis boys team completed the soccer season with an overall record of 5 wins and 11 losses. Their conference record was 3-7, which put them in seventh place for the season. The team was led offensively by sophomores Grant Olson, Blake McReavy and senior Kong Xib Vue. The team was held together in defense by sophomore Danny Daniels, seniors Brett McReavy and Jacob Sharpe. The Saints will graduate ten seniors this year. We wish them all the best of luck in the future.  




Life & Classified Winter is coming—dress for it LILLIAN LEVINE, RN, LSN, AE-C ISD 15 HEALTH SERVICES COORDINATOR

With the unseasonably warm fall, many of us may not be prepared for cold weather. How will you dress your child to walk to school or to wait for the bus during cold weather? There are certain articles of clothing which are necessary that can make the cold weather easier to bear. Children need the same protection as adults when it comes to clothing. Some children get cold and do not tell anyone. They may be too busy playing to realize they are getting cold. A good idea is to dress your child in layers. Clothing layers should be lightweight and made out of synthetics and are much better than wearing a really heavy coat. Wear what is comfortable. It is easier to take a layer off than to take an entire jacket off; it is also easier to put on a layer when you get chilled. Good layers of clothing are a T-shirt/shirt and sweater/sweatshirt. If your child gets too warm, the outer layer can be removed easily and then put back on before going home. One piece snow suits are easy for young children to put on and take off. They also give a good layer of protection against the cold. Choose a jacket with a hood for extra neck warmth and one with cuffed wrists to keep the cold and snow out. Your child’s ears, cheeks, nose, chin, fingers and toes are very susceptible to cold and frostbite. Protect your child by having them wear a hat or hood plus a scarf around the neck. A neck warmer is a good alternative


to a scarf. Hands should be protected with gloves or mittens. Children do better with mittens as they allow air to circulate around the fingers, keeping them warmer. Mittens should be waterproof; wet mittens cause hands to get cold faster. It is always good to pack an extra pair. Warm stockings and boots are vital during cold weather. Wear two pairs of stockings if you will be in the cold for an extended period of time. Boots should not fit too tight-

Treating Frostbite When skin is exposed to very cold temperatures, it may freeze (frostbite). The areas most likely to be affected are the hands, feet, nose and ears. If an area of skin is exposed to the cold, it will change in colorfrom flushed to white or grayish. There initially will be pain, but the pain will subside as the area affected becomes numb. For severe frostbite, blistering may occur.

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If your child develops frostbite, handle the affected area very gently. Do not rub the area or break any blisters that may be forming. If you FILE PHOTO are outdoors, warm the affected area slowly by holding it under clothing and ly. Air will need to circulate close to the body. Get indoors to keep feet dry and warm. as soon as possible. As the If possible, choose a boot area thaws, it will become red that is waterproof with good and painful. Seek medical attraction. Check the size for tention for any blistering or if a good fit as children’s feet numbness does not go away. grow quickly. If you are indoors, it is okay Dressing for the weather is to warm hands and feet in also very important for teens. warm (not hot) water for 20 There are ways to dress for to 30 minutes until sensation warmth and still be fashionreturns. An adult needs to able. The wicking layer, the check the temperature of the layer that is worn next to the water because numb hands skin, should be made from or feet will not feel the heat a fiber that wicks (moves) and can burn easily. Wrap a moisture away from the skin cold child in a blanket. Never and passes it through the fabuse direct heat such as a heatric so it will evaporate. This ing pad. keeps you dry and comfortAdvise your child to go to the able. Silk and polyester are Health Office at school if he/ good wicking fabrics. Cotshe feels they may have frostton is not because it traps the bite. | moisture and causes your skin to stay wet and draw

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Crossroads School and Vocational Center (CSVC) staff would like to commemorate the life of Ruth Lily Wassather, 64, Elk River. Ruth passed away October 20 due to complications of Amyloidosis, a rare medical condition she was diagnosed with in August. Ruth was born on March 23, 1947, in St. Paul. She graduated from Coon Rapids High FILE PHOTO School, then from the Univer- Ruth Wassather sity of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in journalism. She obtained her master’s degree in education creative arts from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ruth started her teaching career at Coon Rapids High School, where she remembered her students fondly and often spoke of them to the staff here. When Ruth began a family of her own, she made a career change and became a real estate broker at a company in Monticello and maintained her teaching licenses. When her children were grown, she returned to her love of teaching. She taught in many schools and states, including California and Florida, as well as Minnesota. Ruth was a national board certified teacher as well as earning licenses in 7-12 grade language arts, 7-12 grade journalism (half time), 7-12 grade speech and theater arts, and K-12 grade reading. She was the media specialist in a district in Florida. Ruth also was a mentor in the state-wide mentoring program. When she returned to Minnesota, she took a position at CSVC as the Title One reading Instructor. Within the year, Ruth became active in the district’s different committees. She was a mentor, was a member of the reading/writing Learning Area Committee, and part of the Professional Standards Committee. Ruth was passionate about reading and shared that passion with students and staff. She would carry her Kindle everywhere with her and read whenever she had the chance. She even organized her floor to ceiling home library according to the Dewey Decimal system. She was passionate about teaching literacy to struggling readers. She always wanted people to be able to read and enjoy it as much as she did. Crossroads teacher Cindy Thurston remembers that “she was so confident in her ability to teach students to read, her attitude was infectious.” Dave Berger and many other staff members at Crossroads remember Ruth as the “go to” person. She took her role as a mentor beyond the basic expectations and truly mentored everyone who went to her for help with her knowledge and wisdom. Many teachers say she was a great resource for understanding the reading needs of students. “She always had an idea of what CONTINUED ON PAGE 35


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AREA MEETINGS & EVENTS UPCOMING ISD 15 SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS: December 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; January 9 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. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. downstairs in Elim Baptist Church, but is not affiliated with any religious organization, 114 Dahlin Ave., Isanti, MN 55040. For more information contact Maggie at 612-390-0747 or Chris at 763441-3918. ST. FRANCIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Breakfast with the Chamber is on December 14 at Billy’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next scheduled board meeting is at Billy’s on December 14 at 9:30 a.m. after the Breakfast with the Chamber. Visit www. for more information or call 763-438-5163. TOPS CHAPTER MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit www.

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. 165 Main St. • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:30 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. 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 District Office 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

BNI – REFERRALS UNLIMITED meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, check OAK GROVE SENIORS meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a catered meal and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Dick Tuott at 763-434-8215. 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 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; 2nd Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/potluck noon-1:00 p.m. celebrate birthdays of the month; 4th Wed. of the month crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held 2nd Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the 1st 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 763-434-6179 for day and time. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent contact Dennis at 763-4349244. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-4346599 for more information. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763434-7893. OAK GROVE LIONS meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at

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LIONESS CLUB— ST. FRANCIS meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. LIONS CLUB— ST. FRANCIS meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763753-4415. AA MEETS at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 3921 277th Avenue NW in Isanti, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. AMERICAN LEGION POST 622—St. Francis General membership meets monthly the 2nd 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 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763753-4234. ST. FRANCIS AREA WOMEN OF TODAY meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street, 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. ST. FRANCIS JAYCEES meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. For info, visit our website at www. Walk-ins welcome. ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY planning committee will meet monthly in the SFHS Multi-Purpose Room on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Dates are: January 12, February 9, March 15, April 12, May 10, and May 24. For more information contact Michelle Wenker, volunteer coordinator, at

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LICENSED CHILDCARE has openings for all ages! Weekly music lady! Food program! Preschool program! Located behind St. Francis High School. Call Sara at 763753-0021. ST. FRANCIS LICENSED DAYCARE has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282. IN-HOME LICENSED DAYCARE has opening for ages 6 weeks-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.

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BIRTHS Aiden Benjamin Vilina was born on August 14 at Unity Hospital. He was 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 21 inches long. Proud parents are Benjamin and Chelsea Vilina-Kolflat of East Bethel. Proud grandparents are Sally and Robert Kolflat and Pam and Gary Vilina. Ben wasn’t able to be here for the birth of his first child, as he is currently serving overseas in the United States Army. Ben and Chelsea were fortunate as Ben was able to watch the birth via internet video chat. Ben met his son for the first time in November.

James and Cheryl Collins of Isanti proudly announce the marriage of their daughter Amanda to David White, son of Patricia and Daniel White of Flushing, Michigan. Amanda and David were married April 24, 2011 at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Sunken Garden in St. Paul. The couple now resides in St. Croix Falls. SUBMITTED BY CHERYL COLLINS

Logan Garrett Ebeling was born October 23 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21½ inches long. Proud parents are Ian and Janna (Lutzka) Ebeling of Isanti. Grandparents are John and Kathy Lutzka of Maple Grove and Polly and Jack Hayes of St. Francis.


3 and Savannah, 1. Lily Ann Ritchie was born on November 11 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 7.7 ounces and 20¾ inches long. Proud parents are Matthew and Amanda Ritchie of Braham. Lincoln Michael Falz was born November 22 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Brindy and Michael Falz of Otsego. Lincoln is welcomed by Shelby, 3. Great-grandparents include Bill Gallagher of Cedar.  |

Jayden John Lopez was born October 26, at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Joe and Stacy Lopez of Isanti. Jayden is welcomed by siblings Dylan, 10, Sierra,

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After lusting for an Abies koreana (Korean fir) Horstmann’s Silberlocke for several years, I did breakdown and buy this beautiful tree this summer. But alas, this tree is Zone 5! I’m rarely willing to push the zone envelope but after conferring with some fellow gardeners, I took the plunge knowing I would need to protect this tree—especially since it is not in a protected location. I watered

• Small animal medicine, surgery and dentistry • Free initial puppy and kitten exams • Early morning drop off available by appointment • Evening appointments • Heartworm and Lyme testing • Microchip pet ID

Two miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47 Visit us on the web at

“We’re not the biggest…just the best!”

May your Holidays be warm and cozy.

Fall is when our garden starts to shut down and when some of us forget we even have gardens or trees and shrubs that still need our attention. Some of us have taken advantage of the fall markdowns on ornamental trees and shrubs recognizing we do need to baby these plants their first couple of years. Winter will come and if we don’t properly prepare this year’s plantings the plants will get stressed and may die. Probably, the biggest error we make is quitting watering our plants too early: water once or twice a week through the fall—until the ground stays frozen. Isanti County is notorious for having drought-type conditions in the autumn season.

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic 763-444-9359


6560 Norris Lake Road Elk River, MN 55330 (Nowthen)



Protecting small trees and shrubs through the winter

“We treat your pets like our own”

Call us

at Gold Star Kennels

Add ons, matt charges, etc., still apply, ask for details. Limit one per family. Not good with any other offers or discounts. 763-753-5450 Expires 1/1/12

The most common is the Swedish massage. This type is used to promote relaxation, increase blood flow and decrease muscle tension. This technique uses long gentle gliding strokes on the top layer of the skin to promote blood flow to the heart. The therapist may also knead the muscles to decrease muscle tension. The second type is deep tissue massage, which is more active and intense. The therapist will use shorter strokes with more pressure. This style is used to work the deeper tissue. When you have any type of massage, let your therapist know if there is discomfort during the massage. |

1/2 PRICE GROOMING WITH 2 NIGHT STAY Based on base prices, add ons, matting etc., are at normal price. Some exceptions apply. Limit one per family. Not good with any other offers or discounts. 763-753-5450 Expires 1/1/12

There are 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle and some are aggressive with a high intensity. Here are two types that physical therapy can use.



Temperature Specialist Inc. in St. Francis

diligently and I have now wrapped the tree to protect it from sun scald and the drying out of its needles during the harsh winter. A teepee of sorts was made out of fence posts and positioned over the tree. Then, the teepee was covered with burlap. With the help of bungee cords and ties, the tree should be snug as a bug. Another protection method is to make a small fence or barrier around the tree or shrub and fill the space with leaves. I will let you know next spring how my beautiful tree survived the winter. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. You can also find the Isanti County Master Gardeners on Facebook. |

From the staff at the

City of appy Holidays! H St. Francis May the holidays be especially sacred and peaceful for you and yours this season. And may the joy and contentment of the season remain throughout the New Year.

Johnson Family Chiropractic in St. Francis

Warmest Holiday Greetings


from all of us at the

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic

from the staff at the

City of East Bethel Here’s hoping all of your wishes come true this holiday season! Merry Christmas to all!


Wishing you the best New Year of all!

Round Lake Dental in Andover



Anoka County History Center Events Dolly and Me Christmas Tea

A Civil War Christmas

Anoka County History Center, Anoka Thursday, December 15 6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Cost is $7 for girls; $10 for adults Come to the History Center for a tea party! We will explore the 1930s through the eyes of a young girl growing up at a time when the Great Depression was bearing down on all. Little girls will decorate an angel ornament for the holidays. Girls, their dolls, and the grown ups will then share in a tea party to wrap up the event. Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the History Center, or by calling 763-421-0600.  |

Rum River Library, Anoka Saturday, December 10 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost is FREE Experience the Christmas season the way it may have been celebrated by Civil War soldiers and their families at home. Take a look at the historical traditions of the season—from decorating a tree, to discussing gifts and favorite holiday foods. This hands-on approach features family friendly learning stations, activities, and the chance to interact with costumed interpreters from the Second Battery of Light Artillery as they share stories and talk about life in the 1860s. This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. |

The Independent School District 15 Employee Wellness Committee’s mission statement is to encourage and assist Independent School District 15 employees, our most important resource, to enhance physical, emotional, and social well being. Wellness can be defined as free from disease or illness. However, there are many characteristics of wellness. They include: social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, financial, mental and medical wellness.

we could do and the materials or sites to go to find things,” Glenda Kimpling recalls. When asked about memories of Ruth, Paula Jesberg said, “In addition to losing a good friend, losing her was like losing a trusted website; she could answer every question and provide links to a variety of resources.” Ruth was known for her quick wit and good sense of humor. She never Minnesota Gardening 2012 failed to make people laugh and make them feel more at ease. When is available at the Anoka asked about her, Miriam Flysjo says, “When I think of Ruth, I always County Extension office. think of her smile and sense of humor.” Overall, Ruth was a caring, givThe price is $15 per calening and compassionate teacher and friend. Sharon Hohn recalls a time dar (extra charge for mailwhen Ruth bought her a fancy magnetic Scrabble board that she could ing the calendar). Individutake on a trip she was taking with her mom and sisters so she could enals interested in purchasing joy it on the airplane. the calendar can stop by the In Ruth’s spare time, she loved riding her motorcycle with her husband Extension office at 550 BunTerry. She would go on long rides with him whenever possible. When ker Lake Boulevard NW, they lived in Florida, she and Terry would ride their bikes up to Walt Andover or call the office at Disney World for the afternoon and take in some food and rides before 763-755-1280. Office hours heading home for the day. She truly loved the outdoors and going on are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. camping trips. Ruth also loved to knit and would make beautiBoarding Day Care Mid Day Walks Training ful baby blankets for fellow colleagues’ new arrivals. Amanda Treat your pet to professional Ness remembers when Ruth was pampering by Carol & Chris Cornelius. there to lend her one of her knitted sweaters. 763.434.8997 Ruth was a woman of many ents, passionate about reading, and lived life to the fullest. Ruth will truly be missed by staff and Oak Grove, MN 55011 students. |


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Educational material was distributed. Coming this month is holiday bingo, a fun event sure to get staff in the holiday mood.

Nail Trims always


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These are just a few of the events planned for this school year to promote health and wellness in ISD 15.  |


The employee Wellness Committee sponsors events yearly to promote wellness. In September, apples from Pine Tree Apple Orchard were available for all staff. Minnesota Visiting Nurse Association was on site at St. Francis Middle School and Cedar Creek Community School in September to administer over 140 flu shots. October’s focus was cancer awareness.

Now offering dog and cat grooming. Ask about our same day appointments.


ound R Lake

DENTAL Dr. Thomas Swenson

Open Evenings Nitrous Oxide 13841 Round Lake Blvd. NW • Andover Available 2 minutes north of Highway 10 on Cosmetic Round Lake Boulevard Dentistry


3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall


25% Off Grooming

New customers only. Cleo’s C and C Pet Grooming Expires 1-10-2011

20% Off Holiday Boarding New customers only. Cleo’s C and C Pet Grooming Expires 1-10-2011

Bryant Factory Rebates up to $550* Federal Tax Credit up to $500* Utility Rebates up to $805*

100 Off


(Or A Free Filter) Furnace, Heat Pump or A/C Installation

*On qualifying furnace, A/C & heat pump purchases.

Call Heating & Cooling Solutions for details at 763-434-8893 Offer valid on Bryant efficiency heat pumps, furnaces & AC install. Must be present at time of quote. Cannot be combined with any other offers or cash back rebates. Call for details.

“MEETING YOUR COMFORT NEEDS” Contact us today at 763-434-8893 Heating & Cooling Solutions proudly accepts:


Financing options are available Contact us for details

for an Appointment

Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. Chiropractic Orthopedist

Specializing in Sports, Industrial and Auto Accident Injuries


Holiday Deals for your best friend!


Ask Fido:

More personal care boarding perks:

Your pet’s home away from home for the holidays.

19035 Lake George Blvd. NW Oak Grove, MN 55303 763-753-6336

What makes Fido’s your favorite home away from home? “Easy, four free walks a day, every day I’m here!”

When you can’t take them with you…bring them here for good times and great care!


Amy Morgan, D.V.M. Lisa Johnson, D.V.M. Kaija Youngner, D.V.M.






• $18 per day plus a multi dog discount • Pick-up/drop-off 365 days a year • 24 hour on-site care • Maintaining Fido’s routine of pottying outside­—we’re not in the business of starting bad habits • Free medication administration

Fido’s Barber Shop 19847 Orchid St. NW, Oak Grove

Pay for six continuous days of boarding for your dog or cat and receive the SEVENTH DAY FREE. Not valid with any other offer. Good at Oak Grove Animal Hospital.

All Breed Professional Dog Grooming and Personal Care Boarding Day and Evening Appointments





23122 St. Francis Blvd. • St. Francis 763-753-3334

OPEN SEVEN DAYS Monday-Saturday 5:00 a.m.-Midnight Sunday 6:00 a.m.- Midnight

You Create The Occasion…

ATM • Goodrich Pharmacy Gift Cards Floral • Bakery Full Service Deli • Service Meat Case COUPON

We’ll make the celebration special with Specialty Roasts.


Top quality Seasonal Meat Favorites are available for special order, just give our Meat Dept. a call!

Buy any car wash get a gallon of WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID


Tantalizing Party Trays From Our Deli! Make it easy on yourself this holiday season.

Expires 1/11/12. Limit one coupon per family. Valid only at St. Francis County Market.






Per Gallon All Grades of Gas

EXPRESS GASOLINES Cash transactions only, must pay inside store.

Expires 1/11/12. Not good with other offers. Limit one per visit. Valid only at St. Francis County Market.




Per Gallon All Grades of Gas

EXPRESS GASOLINES Cash transactions only, must pay inside store.

Expires 1/11/12. Not good with other offers. Limit one per visit. Valid only at St. Francis County Market.

Place your order with our Deli Dept. early for a fabulous party tray.

Make your holiday gift giving easy with King’s Gift Card. HOLIDAY HOURS

Christmas Eve 5:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Christmas Day Closed New Year’s Eve 5:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. New Year’s Day 8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Make this season one to remember…

Give a Luscious Fruit Basket.

Spectacular fresh fruit baskets are gifts that say “you’re special” naturally! Call our Produce Dept. for ideas.

Season’s Greetings from all of us at County Market!

The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce presents . . .


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Gala $50

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St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Dinner • Public Welcome!

Friday, January 27 • 5:30 p.m. Social Hour • 6:30 p.m. Dinner • The Refuge Golf Club, Oak Grove $35 per person includes a delicious meal and a raffle ticket for a chance to win the $500 cash grand prize! The fun evening will feature a live and silent auction, games and everyone will go home with a prize! Promote your business and support The Chamber by sponsoring or donating to the Annual Dinner. Call 763-438-5163 for details.

Everyone will win something! Reserve your tickets today! Call 763-438-5163 or visit to pay online with PayPal.

The Courier - December 2011  
The Courier - December 2011  

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