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

December 2013 | Volume 21, Issue 5


St. Francis Elementary School designated as a Reward School for second consecutive year Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis Elementary School received the prestigious designation of Reward School from the Minnesota Department of Education for the second year in a row. The state has created a method to recognize high performing schools by designating the top schools as Reward Schools or Celebration Schools. Reward School is the highest possible designation and is bestowed upon the top 15 percent of schools compared to their grade level grouping. Celebration School is the second highest classification and is given to the next 25 percent of schools. In turn, lower performing schools are classified as Continuous Improvement Schools, Focus Schools or Priority Schools. In 2011, Minnesota received a waiver from the No Child Left Behind plan, and now holds schools accountable through a more comprehensive system. The waiver has transitioned from a punitive, compliance-based system to one that recognizes high performing schools and offers support to lower performing ones. The focus of the new plan is on cutting the achievement gap in half by the year 2017, rather than expecting all schools to reach 100 percent proficiency by 2014. To become a Reward School, the state looks at data in two different areas; the Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR) and Focus Rating (FR). According to the Minnesota Department of Education website, the MMR uses data from the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) tests in reading and math and looks at proficiency, growth, individual achievement, gap reduction, and graduation rates for secondary schools. The Focus Rating pertains to the proficiency and growth of specific subgroups including students of color, special education students, students in poverty and English learners. The data posted on the MDE website lists St. Francis Elementary School as scoring 94.48 percent on the Multiple Measurement Rating system and earning a 94.60 percent Focus Rating. Principal Kathy Kohnen is justifiably proud. In a congratulatory letter she commended her staff saying, “Thank you for all your dedication to the teaching and learning that happens every day for our students within every facet of the building. Everyone plays a part in this reward. You make SFES and SFES-North the best.”

Sara Prekker, cake decorator for King’s County Market in St. Francis and Andover and a St. Francis resident, recently won first place in a cake decorating contest held by the Upper Midwest Bakery Association October 27 at the Mall of America. Prekker competed against 11 other decorators in the zombie birthday cake category during the Ultimate Cake Decorating Competition. Prekker is pictured with her winning zombie cake. She has been employed at County Market for nine years and won a number of other awards for her decorating skills. She has been in six competitions, winning first place four times, earning trophies and cash prizes. Submitted Photo

New school board members elected Alicia Loehlein Staff Writer

The Independent School District 15 election for school board members was held November 5. The school board approved the resolutions for the canvassing return of the general election and authorizing certificates of election at the November 11 school board meeting. Marsha Van Denburgh was re-elected to a four-year term and David Roberts and Barbara Jahnke were elected to four-year terms as well. Roberts was appointed by the school board to fill a vacancy last February. Betsy Roed was elected to a two-year term to complete the remainder of the vacant position. Terms begin the first Monday in January. Outgoing board members are Harry Grams (8 years) and David Anderson

(12 years). Totals are as follows: 4-Year Term Candidates Total Votes David Roberts 879 Barbara Jahnke 688 Marsha Van Denburgh 615 Juanita Reed-Boniface 577 Malcolm T Vinger II 521 Shannon Collier 267 2-Year Term Candidates Total Votes Betsy Roed 751 Scott Schwarz 621 As of November 5, there were 19,092 registered voters in three precincts. Forty-two people registered on Election Day and 26 absentee ballots were cast. Total persons voting were 1,412, or 7.4 percent of registered voters. The next election for ISD 15 school board will be held November 2015 when the term of Amy Kelly, Janet Glover and

Suzanne Erkel will end. Voters saw new tabulator machines when casting their ballots this year. The basic voting process was the same, with voters completing a paper ballot to insert into the vote tabulator. However, advanced technology and improved features in the equipment enhanced the voting and tabulating process. New equipment was purchased by Anoka County to replace obsolete optical scanners. The new equipment combined the familiar paper-based balloting system with the flexibility and efficiency of the most advanced digital image technology and included a 12-inch LCD display and a modem that transmitted vote totals directly from the polling place for faster and more accurate results.

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Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

When in doubt, talk it out By the time this article is printed and delivered, our students and their families will have completed the first third of their school year. Our community has had the

opportunity to be involved and engaged with students progressing through the 2013-14 school year educational journey. Opportunities to observe academic growth, athletic and arts achievement, and personal growth have been abundant. Community dialogue is important. My 5th grade teacher had a sign in his room that read, “When in doubt, talk it out.” This phrase is anchored in my memory and has surfaced periodically over the years. The action sounds simple; the task, however, is considerably more challenging. Many discussions are engaging and people share topics with enthusiasm. Positive student progress is exciting; it is easy to talk about and fun to recall. However, not all topics fit the

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School Board Highlights Community Education prior description. Topics tend to vary in community interest and community engagement. For example, on November 21, I attended a meeting of the St. Francis Community for Drug Awareness (SFCDA) committee in the Performing Arts Center at St. Francis High School. There was a concentrated interest and a possibility of engagement. The several hundred people who attended heard a clear message. The statement on the front of the program read, “Our group is dedicated to educating both parents and their children on the danger of drugs!” Parent and SFCDA committee chairwoman Michelle Anderson opened the program with information about the group and its mission. It was clear from the start that this organization is focused on education. Several speakers articulated the need for additional education as the

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primary focus. It was not an event most reporters would have covered. Even it they had, it may not have been printed or aired. There was no finger-pointing. There was no attempt to establish blame. There was simply a concentrated, united attempt to heighten awareness, educate concerned citizens, and engage all of us in a process of becoming more in tune with our community. Topics included social media, parenting tips, signs that send up red flags, and a plan of action to help all of us engage. The speakers did an excellent job educating. One of the most useful ideas discussed was the anonymous tiplines. Our high school has had a tipline for three years, and recently, tiplines were added at the middle school and at the St. Francis Police Department. Why the tiplines? Great question. Tiplines have been used in several settings, and

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people use them every day. If you notice a fire in your neighborhood, you call 911. You don’t think about it. You don’t analyze it. You don’t wonder about it. You make the call. Some might say “That’s a little extreme. It is an emergency.” True enough. Let’s assume you saw a field fire heading toward a neighborhood. Yes, once again, call 911 because it could get to the level of an emergency if action is not taken. You feel a certain amount of responsibility to help take care of our community. Let’s not spend too much time talking about apps on your phone designed to give you tips on restaurants, travel directions, cars, shopping and who knows what else. Let’s not talk too much about the oldest tipline known to human kind: word of mouth. We get the word out because we believe the message is important. We now have three tiplines. How tough are they to use? The action is simple because it is a phone call; however, the decision to make the call is where people struggle. “I don’t want to tell on my brother. He might get in trouble.” If you are contemplating making a tipline call, chances are, your brother is already in trouble. Calling to report a fire that is about to destroy property is the right thing to do and is done promptly without a second thought. As a community, I believe we can be equally diligent for each other. Make the call. Please choose to engage. As a community, we need each other. Report suspicious activity anonymously: St. Francis High School Tipline......................763-213-1665 Continued, Page 3

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St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) will be hosting a holiday all school sing-along and become a drop-off site for KARE 11 Toys for Tots. The sing-a-long will be

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held December 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Toys will be welcome any time throughout the school day. SFES students will be encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be placed in the KARE 11 Toys for Tots drop box as they enter the gymnasium for the sing-along. The sing-a-long will be directed by Meri Humphrey, music teacher at SFES. The drop-off site at SFES will be open to all residents of

St. Francis, Isanti, Oak Grove and surrounding communities. The KARE 11 Toys for Tots will be observed by Staff Sergeant Joseph Grove, a St. Francis High School graduate. Grove is a member of Marine Wing Support Squadron 471. SFES will also be in communication with local Marines interested in attending this event. If you are a Marine, please contact Scott Kruger at 763-213-8758.

Paraprofessional retires after more than 35 years in ISD 15 Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

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Micki Knode, a paraprofessional at St. Francis Middle School, is retiring after working for more than 35 years in Independent School District 15. Knode started in 1978 and spent two years at St. Francis Elementary School in Title I, 14 years at East Bethel Community School, 9 years at Cedar Creek Community School and 10 years at SFMS in special education. Knode was a graduate of St. Francis High School, having attended school in ISD 15 from grade 3 through 12. Knode stated, “When I attended elementary school, the present middle school housed first through 12th grade.”

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Knode was a stay-at-home mom until her children were in first and third grade. “I wanted to be involved with the school, so being a para and having the same school schedule as my children was the right fit for

our family life,” stated Knode. After being asked what Knode’s most memorable and enjoyable parts were of her time with District 15, she replied, “I have worked with several special education teachers who were great mentors for me. Getting support and feedback from my fellow paras make District 15 a great place to work. I want to say thank you to all the staff, students and parents who have made my years at ISD 15 such a memorable journey.” Knode’s plans after retirement are to volunteer at East Bethel Community School in first grade, spend more time with her grandsons, Collin and Cayden, and getting ready for her daughter’s upcoming wedding.

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On October 25, fourth graders at Cedar Creek Community School (CCCS) participated in a high-energy day filled with communitybuilding activities that promote kindness and empathy. Each year CCCS welcomes Youth Frontier leaders to inspire students to be respectful, kind and create a positive school climate. High school student leaders spent the day at CCCS leading small group discussions and building connections with younger students while exemplifying outstanding

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The hallways of St. Francis Elementary School were filled with pink on Wednesdays during the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The building Sunshine Club asked staff members to wear pink In honor and memory of all the family and friends who have been struck with the disease. Staff members participating in Wear Pink Wednesdays had the opportunity to enter their names into a drawing for prizes each week. Donations were collected throughout the month for the Jane Brattain Breast Center. In addition, a bulletin board was placed outside the health office for staff members to add names of loved ones affected by breast cancer.  Scott Kruger, SFES Dean of Students

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(Right) All 135 of Ted Gehring’s students pose with the new St. Francis Middle School sign along Highway 47. The old sign was frequently vandalized and students played a role in meeting with principals and calling for the sign to be replaced. Ted Gehring, SFMS Teacher (Below) East Bethel Community School’s Hike-A-Thon was held October 4. Thank you to all those who made the event such a success. EBCS’s PTO organized the event and it earned $9,595.61! All proceeds will stay in the school and support the students. Nancy Zak, EBCS 4th grade teacher

(Right) On November 1, St. Francis Elementary School third graders met with Cedar Creek Community School kindergarten teacher, author and illustrator Kathi Greene. Greene showed the third graders how she illustrates her Betty Gets Ready books. Students learned how to illustrate Betty and even created portraits of themselves using the techniques they learned. Previously that week, third graders had read the story, What do Illustrators Do? by Eileen Christelow. This story focuses on the methods illustrators use to make their books come alive. Having Greene, a “real-life” author and illustrator, present to the children as a culminating activity truly enhanced their learning experience. Kate Hermann, SFES 3rd Grade Teacher

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Midwest Google Summit Fifteen years ago, who would have thought superintendents, administrators and teachers would be attending a two-day “summit,” learning how to innovatively leverage Google tools for teaching and learning? The third-annual Midwest Google in Education Summit (#mwgs on Twitter) in Wisconsin Dells was that very thing. Since the conference was completely booked within five days of opening registration, the school district was fortunate to send five representative teachers: Amy Worden, Joe Fredrickson, Linda Ericson, Brock Libby and Collin Minshull. With the official implementation of Google’s free suite of enterprise-level tools (Mail, Calendar, Drive, and more), it is imperative the Independent School District 15 send representatives to such rich, education-specific conferences. Over 675 educators and administrators from 6 states (as far away as Kansas), representing 275 schools, educational service agencies and universities, descended on the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center for three days of workshops and breakout sessions focusing on leveraging the power, availability and flexibility for education. More than 80 separate sessions shed light on topics such as using the creative, sharing and collaborative power of Google Drive, increasing efficiency with the tools in Gmail, making the

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Cedar Creek community School Cedar Creek Community School 5th graders earned a little extra “cash” in their individual checkbooks on November 6 when they came dressed for the snowy weather. Students make deposits or subtract fines in their checkbooks all trimester for homework completion, behavior and for having the appropriate supplies. This “cash” is spent at a class auction the end of each trimester on donated prizes. This is a friendly reminder that your child should have the appropriate outdoor gear to enjoy their recess outdoors. 

Student Council met in October and elected officers. Congratulations to the following CCCS students: President: Alana Grove, Vice President: Avery Benson, Secretary: Anthony Esboldt and Treasurer: Benji McArton. The CCCS store has officially opened for the 2013-14 school year and sells pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners and lots of other fun things. Cedar Creek Community School’s annual Piein-the-Eye fundraiser is coming soon. Students will be selling tickets for a chance to throw a pie in the faces of student council members and Principal Darin Hahn. The money collected will be used to purchase gift items for CCCS families who need assistance during the holiday season. If you would like to donate to our fundraiser, there will be a donation bucket in the main office at Cedar Creek Community School. This fundraiser continues until December 18.

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Kindergarten students at Cedar Creek Community School “adopted” a tree as part of their study of trees and seasons. Each season Kathi Greene’s class will visit this tree and observe the changes that are happening. The tree was planted in memory of Nickolas Engler, a CCCS student who tragically passed away in 2012. Nickolas was a former student of Greene’s and the brother of Andrew Engler, who is in currently her class this year. Sandy Benson,

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Students enjoyed snacking on delicious homegrown apples in Susan Olsen’s CCCS first grade class. While they were munching, they learned about how an apple tree produces a healthy snack and brainstormed all the different uses of this well-known fruit. 

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Third grade students at Cedar Creek Community School recently learned about fire safety from the East Bethel and Oak Grove Fire Departments. Students learned about the fire truck and all the equipment. They enjoyed going into the truck and imagining themselves in this important role. A highlight of the day was going in the Smoke House. The accumulation of smoke demonstrated the importance of getting low before leaving a smoky room. Teachers from East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School would like to thank the fire departments for not only teaching students about fire safety but making it interesting. 

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St. Francis Elementary School St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) students celebrate Halloween in grand style, complete with a costume parade consisting of students and staff members decked out in friendly, creative costumes. The parade snakes throughout the school building so students can view each others’ costumes, and then spills out into the parking lot to entertain parents and community members. As in years past, the 2013 parade’s grand marshal was Principal Kathy Kohnen, wearing a carved pumpkin atop her head, and Dean of Students Scott Kruger, resplendent in a duct tape suit. (Upper Right) Third grade teachers at (SFES) got into the spirit as the team dressed as the host and contestants on the classic television game show, The Price Is Right. Teacher Reis Beeler impersonated the illustrious host, Drew Carey, while his colleagues posed as enthusiastic contestants. Pictured (L-R) are Beeler, Candi Blosberg, Kate Hermann, Sue Hoefs and Karen Holsten. (Lower Right) Four SFES teachers donned creative, homemade costumes to join the school’s Halloween parade. Lisa Prowizor, Diane Peterson, Briana Anderson and Meri Humphrey posed as minions, the lovable, google-eyed characters from the popular Despicable Me movie series.

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St. Francis Police Sergeant Jake Rehling recently spoke from Crossroads School students regarding his career and how he got where he is today.

Fundraiser was a sticky situation Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

The Association of Parents and Teachers at St. Francis Elementary School sponsored a fundraiser with a most unusual incentive for the top sellers. Students who met individual sales goals were invited to turn Dean of Students Scott Kruger into a sundae. Students gleefully applied chocolate and strawberry toppings, whipped cream and sprinkles to a very tolerant Kruger, who dressed in old clothes and protective goggles for the occasion. The annual fundraiser generates money, which will be applied toward classroom materials and projects approved by the organization. Kruger, who last year was duct taped to a wall as a sales incentive, takes his role as a fundraising guinea pig in stride. “The students put me in a sticky situation with all the chocolate and strawberry sauces, whipped cream and sprinkles, but we all had fun. There were many laughs and smiles. Several people have asked me what I can do next year to one-up the last two years, and I am sure the group will come up with something just as interesting and fun.” The Courier | December 2013 |

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Youth Frontiers: Building positive school communities Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

All students in seventh grade at St. Francis Middle School (SFMS) went on a field trip the last week of October called The Courage Retreat put on by a company called Youth Frontiers to promote standing up for oneself, having courage to do the right thing, anti-bullying, confidence, school pride and social inclusiveness. Youth Frontiers presented a number of skits and activities for students to participate in to help promote a positive, healthy school environment. Students from St. Francis High School also helped lead small group discussions and activities during the day, creating a link between the middle and high school buildings. Youth Frontier’s mission states, “Inspiring character by empowering students to act with moral courage and identify the social fears and peer pressures that impede responsible decisionmaking. The retreat encourages them to take positive risks that make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and your school. Participation in the retreat results in cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral shifts that decrease students’ distractions to learning and build a positive school community.” Mackenzie Svihel, a seventh grade student who went on the retreat, stated, “I really liked the end of the retreat where we got to hear what other students are going through in their lives at the ‘pebble in the pond’ activity.” The middle school has participated in the retreat for a number of years. Bobbi Hume, SFMS assistant principal said, “It is an extremely valuable experience for our students to help them understand how their behavior impacts others around them.” For more information about The Courage Retreat, visit www.

St. Francis Middle School students take part in an activity during The Submitted Photo Courage Retreat in October. 

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Making a difference – 7th grade students take civic learning to new heights Ted Gehring SFMS 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

This school year, the new Minnesota State Social Studies Standards adopted last spring are being implemented in classrooms around our state. With these new standards in place, teachers across the district are finding new and creative lessons to address these changes. At the seventh grade level, the new social studies standards added civic, economic and geography requirements to the American history survey course parents may faintly remember taking during their pre-teen years. These changes have allowed teachers to offer more handson learning experiences in our communities. When I introduced the idea of responsible citizenship and told students, “We will make a difference in our community

Teacher Spotlight Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Mandy Littlefield is a new physical education teacher at St. Francis Middle School. She has been teaching for six years in the White Bear Lake and South Washington County school districts. Littlefield attended Bethel College and after graduating worked at a youth sports organization coaching and scheduling sports for eight years. She is married and has three girls, Payton (12), Avery (9), and Macey (8). Littlefield commented, “I love everything about my job. I love introducing new physical activities to kids and showing them how to incorporate fun with fitness. I am looking forward to getting to know more students and being a part of the St. Francis community.”

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parents/volunteers to step this year!” the room was up! electric. Students have begun Students brainstormed working on the civic action the largest issues affecting plan outlined. To date, they kids in our district. Although have created a list of items bike breaking potholes and which have been vandalized homeless pets were discussed, or broken at the middle the vandalized St. Francis school, held a student led Middle School sign and meeting with middle school lingering safety concerns principals where these associated with crossing items were discussed and Highway 47 were at the top of every list. From these concerns, traveled to the St. Francis Elementary School during students were challenged to their study hall to remove write a goal and civic action litter from the playground. plan. The adopted goal by In the weeks to come, they the seventh grade class is to, will be finishing their list of “make St. Francis (ISD 15) more kid-friendly by removing community vandalism and begin preparing to attend a vandalism/litter and making civic meeting to ask for the Highway 47 safer to cross community’s help in making before and after school.” From ISD 15 more kid-friendly. this goal, students created the following civic action plan: Vandalism/Litter } Take pictures of vandalism/litter and write down the location of where it exists. } Organize information into a report for school officials and a report for city officials. } Ask school and city to act! School Crosswalk St. Francis Middle School students } Find out if we have clean up St. Francis Elementary School’s safety patrol vests, playground prior to the start of the sticks, etc. school day as part of their 7th grade } Write open letter to public asking civics requirements.  Submitted Photo

Fiction inspires T-shirts Jessica Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

On October 15, 7th grade students in Jessica Rowles’ language arts classes designed T-shirts based on a character from their class historical fiction novel titled, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. The book is about kids growing up on Alcatraz Island in the 1930s while their fathers worked as guards for the prison. Students worked on characterization while designing their T-shirts based on one of the major characters from the book. Students were encouraged to wear their shirts to class at the end of the unit. Rowles stated, “Great T-shirt designs can be found in the display case near my classroom. Students St. Francis Middle School student Emily had a great time W. designs a T-shirt based on a character wearing their character from her language arts class historical for the day.” fiction novel.  Submitted Photo The Courier | December 2013 |

St. Francis High School

SFHS speech and debate update Steve Fetzik SFHS Debate Team advisor

The speech and debate teams at St. Francis High School (SFHS) have been ranked among the top five percent of programs in the nation, according to the National Forensic League (NFL). As a result, the school has been named a member to the league’s exclusive 200 Club. The NFL oversees the forensic activities for speech, debate and student congress. Schools earn ranking based upon the number of individuals on the team, their success in competition and the accumulation of career points and degrees. Last year, the SFHS program achieved 200 or more degrees, allowing it to rank as one of the best in the nation. “We are thrilled to be named one of the elite programs in the nation,” commented Steven Fetzik, debate coach at SFHS. “Our students are enthusiastic and committed to excellence in competition, and the results speak for themselves.” “This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills including communication, research, listening, writing and organization,” commented J. Scott Wunn, NFL executive director. “Our students are outstanding students and competitors,” noted Mark Thul, head speech coach at the SFHS. “We have strong student leaders who model the hard work that it takes

to succeed on a state and national level. Our younger members see this effort and make their own commitment to personal and team success.” “The proof is in the results,” noted Lee Graves, the team’s assistant speech and debate coach. “We have some of the best kids in the nation. This is an honor that we have earned and will cherish for years to come.” The SFHS Debate team is off to one of its strongest starts in a decade, according to Fetzik. The team has had competitors place at every tournament this year. “We are experiencing success on all levels of debate this year—varsity, junior varsity and novice. And it is not just one or two teams, either. At every tournament, it seems like a different group of competitors comes home with an award.” This year’s team is lead by the varsity duo of Lauren Handzel and Megan Houle. Recently, the duo took fourth place at the Brainerd Invitational. Not to be outdone, the junior varsity duo of Cassy Stierns and Joe Blom has stepped up their game. They took second place at the Brainerd Invitational and are setting their sights on more success down the road. “We really work well together,” noted Stierns. “We’re able to position our skills to gain the maximum results from our partnership.” Perhaps the strongest part of the team are the novices—or beginning debaters. Novices Continued, Page 12

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge Cody Wald and Haylie McClung SFHS DECA students

If you weren’t at the DECA dodgeball tournament on November 7 at St. Francis High School, you were missing out! DECA is an acronym for Distributive Educational Clubs of America. Its members consist of 25-30 aspiring students who want to further their communication, business, and marketing skills. DECA dodgeball is the club’s annual fundraising event that helps raise money to lower the costs associated with being a member as well as contribute to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), DECA’s charity partner. This year was one of a kind. One new addition to the tournament included an exciting glow-in-the-dark activity that players and spectators loved. In a pitch-black room, players could throw glow-in-the-dark dodgeballs while wearing glow sticks on their wrists and neck. This gave competitors something to do while waiting for their next round of play and spectators a fun diversion while waiting for their favorite team. Also, a speed ball round was added determining who could throw a dodgeball the fastest. Both spectators and competitors had fun with that as well. Lastly, DJ Johnny Castillo made the tournament a lot of fun by playing great songs the entire evening. This was a very exciting tournament as 13 teams competed for T-shirts, chocolate chip cookies and the title of Dodgeball Champions. According to SFHS senior Jake Johnson, member of the Dream Team, “It was very fun and had a competitive atmosphere.” In addition, Alex Bauermeister, dodgeball competitor said, “The tournament was epic.” Plans are underway to hold another dodgeball tournament in the spring of 2014. More improvements are being discussed to make it even more fun for everyone. We hope to see you there!

2013 HOSA Fall Delegation Conference Kyle Keehr SFHS HOSA student

St. Francis High School Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) students attended the Minnesota Fall Delegation Leadership Conference November 7-8 in St. Paul. A total of 18 schools from around Minnesota gathered to elect their state representatives and learn about the medical field. On November 7, students toured United Hospital in St. Paul and saw the pharmacy center, emergency entrance and the inside of an ambulance. A conference room was set up with nurses and doctors available to help students learn about various occupations in the medical field. After the hospital tour, 10 student delegates from SFHS and about 40 other student delegates from other schools gathered in a conference room to elect their state officers for the 2013-14 year. SFHS students Cassy Stierns, Tiana Pederson, Lucas Niemeyer and Kylie Almendinger all ran for an officer position. Stierns was appointed the state secretary, Niemeyer was appointed MCR

representative for Minnesota HOSA and Pederson was appointed state president. On November 8, HOSA offered speakers, exhibits and workshops for students. One speaker, Val Overton, RN DNP, from Fairview Medical Group, talked about the long winding journey to getting a career in the medical field. Angie Champange, a victim of a horrible attack, told her story of recovery and about the importance of fighting back and not letting something even worse happen. She started the organization, Fight Like A Girl, Angie’s Story, to help raise awareness of these situations and how to fight off attackers. Workshops included: Inside the Operating Room by the Abbott OR team; Career Exploration – medical

assisting, germ experiment and career exploration discipline specific MLT lab exploration, blood typing, microbiology by Rasmussen College; Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics by Century College; Polymer Production – SLIME by Argosy University; Top 5 – Crisis Intervention and De-escalation by Argosy University; Mission Trips Self Defense by Bill Neiss; Spring Lake OEC, and Orthoptics by St. Katherine’s University. The HOSA project for the next two years was announced. It will focus on raising money for cystic fibrosis research. Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease that makes a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and pancreas. DECA students hope to see you at their cystic fibrosis fundraisers.

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St. Francis High School

Senior Day preps students for life after graduation Steven Fetzik SFHS Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis High School seniors took their first steps beyond high school recently during the school’s Senior Day. During the day, seniors came to the school Instructional Media Center (IMC) to meet with counselors, apply for colleges and meet with recruiters from the armed forces. David Banks studios also donated free photographs of the seniors and their career choices. “Senior Day was awesome! It was great to see so many seniors participate and be excited to apply to college. We had a great turnout,

lots of great questions and a very good vibe from all the students. I think they appreciated being able to attend during school hours when they had so many great resources available,” observed Dawn Abraham, Career Center Director. The idea originated in the school’s Career and Counseling Center as a way to encourage seniors to think and act on possible post-graduation plans. Representatives from AnokaRamsey Community College, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, North Hennepin Community College, Concordia University and the University of St. Thomas were

on hand to help students apply for college. During October, all of Minnesota’s public colleges and universities allowed students to apply at no cost. “Senior year is an emotional time of change. Students are making life decisions and to have school and community support provides them with resources to make positive choices toward their future,” said SFHS school counselor Jaymie Helle. High school counselors were on hand to visit students and make sure they were on track for graduation. “This year’s senior class seems to really be ahead of the game with regards to their future plans,” noted Guidance Counselor Jill Engquist.

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Speech and debate winning awards this year include Maddysen Belden and Cullen Hahn. The duo finished third at the Chanhassen Jubilee, the top early season tournament in the state. This success was subsequently followed with awards by other members of the team including Bailey Wilson, Brady Johnson, Mary Udomah, Austin Fields, Rebekah Hall and Haley Dorumsgaard.

St. Francis High School counselor Jaymie Helle (right) meets with a student during Senior Day held October 30.  Submitted Photo “It was very impressive to learn that many of them had already applied to college, while others finished up their applications during Senior Day. Some students are set in their decision to join the military or enter the workforce and have their career plan well mapped out. Senior Day was a nice chance for the counselors

to ensure that our seniors are on track with their progress toward graduation with regards to credit status and graduation requirements.” Overall, the event was a success. Students were able to check transcripts, solidify the process for college admissions, focus on career choice and have a fun time.

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Cassy Stierns and Joe Blom show off the fruit of their debate efforts after finishing 2nd in the Varsity Public Forum division of the Brainerd High School debate tournament.

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Student Council is up and running at East Bethel Community School. The student council representatives will be helping in many areas to keep our school a great place to learn and grow. They will be helping with the creation of Thanksgiving baskets and continuing their work with Eagle Pride and Golden Eagle Feather counting. They played a roll in EBCS’s first RESPECT assembly of the year and are starting to plan the annual talent show. It is a packed agenda, but these students are up to the task! Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

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Grandparent’s Day was held October 11 at East Bethel Community School. Students invited their grandparents to school for a meal, program and tour.  Nancy Zak, EBCS 4th grade teacher The Courier | December 2013 |

School Board Highlights

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School Board Highlights October 28, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

Director Harry Grams was absent. St. Francis High School Bleacher Update A concerned parent addressed the school board regarding the lack of hand railings on the high school bleachers. Human Resources Director David Lindberg reported that administrators are aware of the bleacher issue. Action taken so far includes requesting quotes to improve the safety of the bleachers, which were built in 1990. Accessibility mandates came in 1996, allowing bleachers built prior to be grandfathered. If any changes were to be made, bleachers would have to meet current accessibility specifications. Options discussed include adding rails to existing bleachers, expanding current bleachers and/or building new bleachers. Information will be presented to the school board at a later date. The hope is that a decision can be made and construction completed in time for the spring athletic season, but that remains uncertain at this time. St. Francis High School Food Locker High school students will hold a food drive November 4-15. Food Locker is a service to provide supplemental food and household supplies to students and families in the ISD 15 community. The foodshelf offers basic, non-perishable items as well as hygiene, household and school supplies. The program is intended to

the point. Thank you to the community for allowing me to be one of your board members. Although sometimes trying, I think the experience was a great one. I think that one of my failing attributes as a board member is to learn what all the district acronyms pertain to. I remember one of my first board meetings and listening to Mr. Saxton talk about DLT committee, SEE, LMC and other groups. I just remember looking at him as if he was speaking his own language. Eventually, I did catch on to

almost all of them. But seriously, I have been fortunate to meet and work with many ISD 15 staff and administration personnel, along with getting to know your families. It is you folks that I will miss the most. It has been an honor to serve on several of the committees that I have been involved with, working with many talented district employees. One of my favorite Bob Seger songs is Like a Rock. One of the verses states “Twenty years, where’d they go… twenty years, I don’t know...”

That’s kind of the way that I feel about the past eight years…where did they go? When I started as a board member, I was a 42-yearold married man with three daughters in college and/ or high school. Today I’m a 50-year-old married man that has three college graduates, two sons-in-law and one baby granddaughter. I hope everyone’s next eight years have been as fulfilling as my last eight. Have a Merry Christmas and an even better New Year. Go Big Blue!

be discreet and students can take items home in a backpack. Donations to stock shelves with food and supply items are also very much appreciated. Contact staff members Heidi Robinson (heidi.robinson@ or Beth Widell (beth. for more information. Emergency Action Plan The ISD 15 Safety Committee recently reviewed and updated the district’s Emergency Action Plan, which was presented to the School Board by Human Resources Director David Lindberg. Emergency procedures are designed to provide guidance to those having responsibility for the safety of students, staff and users of school facilities. Continuing and meaningful efforts to prevent incidents that lead to emergency situations are the areas of greatest concern. District administrators and program supervisors have the primary responsibility for dissemination of emergency procedures to staff members. The Emergency Action Plan defines a chain of command

so that safety procedures are carried out in a coordinated manner. The plan, which will continue to be updated annually, was approved, 7-0.

Site Report Lifelong Learning Center Early Childhood Family Education Program Supervisor Nancy Wallace and Early Childhood Special Education Program Supervisor Kristine Vogtlin presented an overview of programs housed at the Lifelong Learning Center. Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is funded by state dollars and fees. ECFE is for children birth to age five and their parents. It is important for young children to have a variety of experiences for growth. The program works with local childcare centers and home daycares to help children prepare for kindergarten. Vogtlin described special education services available. There are birth to age three home-based services that provide speech, language, physical and occupational therapy to approximately 40

children. Once those children reach the age of three, they transition into a classroom setting. The program also facilitates early childhood screening, which may detect a condition that could affect a child’s learning. The LLC provides an optimal learning environment and serve as a model for other districts. LLC staff are involved in ongoing professional development. The program is working with two different grants through the Anoka County Children and Family Council. One grant’s goal is to reduce the number of children that need screening six months or less before kindergarten. They have worked with childcare providers and conducted onsite screenings. The other grant is a mental health initiative which helps manage children who

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

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Monday, December 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Clerk 763-434-9457

Monday, January 13 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 27 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

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School Board Highlights November 11, 2013 Pat Johnson Staff writer

All school board members were present. Happenings Around the District St. Francis High School (SFHS) Madrigal singers performed the National Anthem. SFHS interim Principal Rick Toso acknowledged the talents of the Madrigal singers and instructor Lucas Warren. Warren mentioned that the Madrigal singers performed at the Veterans Breakfast at the St. Francis American Legion the morning of November 11. They have been practicing for the Madrigal Dinners that run November 14-17. Students also sang a lighthearted song in Portuguese.

Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341

Harry Grams, Treasurer 763-856-4350 Suzanne Erkel, Director 763-413-1195 David Roberts, Director 763-843-0013 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director 763-753-6653 Email:

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Multicultural group to celebrate Hmong New Year Carline Sargent ISD 15 Multicultural/Diversity Liaison

The Independent School District 15 Multicultural/ Diversity program is planning on celebrating the Hmong New Year on Friday, December 13, 6:00-900 p.m. at St. Francis High School. A potluck supper (please bring a dish to share), entertainment and Hmong fashion show are planned. Please contact Carline Sargent by email carline.sargent@isd15.

org or call 763-213-1575 for more information. The Hmong New Year celebration is an annual tradition where Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy food, dance, music and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November or December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.

Historically, the celebration was created to give thanks to ancestors and spirits as well as to welcome in a new beginning. Traditionally, the celebration lasts for 10 days, but has been shortened to three days in America due to the difference between the traditional Hmong farming schedule and that of the American 40-hour work week. It has also served the double purpose of a convenient meeting time for Hmong leadership, from the early days of China until now. The Hmong New Year

celebration, based on both religious and cultural beliefs, takes place annually in every Hmong household. The celebration is to acknowledge the completion of the riceharvesting season and the beginning of a new year so that new life can begin as the cycle continues. During this celebration, “wandering” souls of family members are called back to unite with the family. The young honor the old or in-laws, in a ritual of asking for blessings from elders of the clan.

During the Hmong New Year celebration, house spirits are honored. In addition, if a shaman is in the house, the healing spirits of She-Yee are honored and released to wander the land. With 10 dishes of food for each of the three days, the Hmong say “Eat 30.” For more information on Hmong history and culture visit the Hmong Studies Internet Resource Center website at: Source: Information in this article was found on Wikipedia.

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response to the problem. Two years ago, SFHS created an anonymous tip line. There were eight tips last year of which three were serious. In the past a canine unit was at the high school. School board meetings are video streamed on the district website. During the last few meetings, there have been technical difficulties with the streaming process. The board discussed streaming options and decided to use Google+. Consideration of Visitors segment will be muted due to data privacy concerns. Administrative Report Business Services Director Scott Nelson gave the school board a timeline for the 2014-15 school year budget development. He reviewed the district’s preliminary unaudited general fund balance. The district has balances in three categories: assigned, which are district discretion monies; reserved, which are required by the state; unappropriated. The total assigned amount is $615,000, of that $240,000 is carry over, $75,000 is for bus purchase and $300,000 is for retirement. The reserved balance is $246,337. The unappropriated (some fiscal year 2012 funds are from excess special education funds)

is $1,314,806 which gives the district a total estimated balance of $2,176,143. Human Resources Director David Lindberg has been working on estimating student count for the 2014-15 school year. He prepared a video on the model he implemented for attendance projections. Projected enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is down by 139 students. Factors include the declining birth rate in Anoka County, the number of possible students, students enrolled in private school, home school students and students attending other districts. Of the 1,700 open enrollment forms reviewed, three predominate factors surfaced: the location of the school building, better schools in other districts and families moving out of the district. Other Matters School board election results were reviewed and authorized. (See results on page 1.)

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St. Francis High School students attended the 2013 Fall Leadership Conference in Minneapolis. Students are shown making the DECA diamond symbol. At the conference, which was held October 26-27, students learned about the competitive events that will be offered throughout the year, strategies on how to do well in each event and information about various topics related to business and marketing.  Rebecca Allard, SFHS DECA Advisor

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show significant behavioral problems. The LLC was granted approximately $10,000 in ECFE scholarships from the Minnesota legislature. The program plans to use the money for preschool scholarships and focus on literacy and language. Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton commented on the heroin issue and the parent committee (St. Francis Community Drug Awareness) meeting taking place at the same time as the school board meeting. Assistant St. Francis Middle School Principal Bobbi Hume and Assistant SFHS Principal Susan Hagerty were the district’s representatives at that meeting. The group is also holding another meeting open to the public on November 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the SFHS Performing Arts Center. Saxton, St. Francis Police Chief Jeff Harapat and Interim Director of Curriculum Paul Neubauer will meet and discuss how they can work together on this problem. Neubauer, former SFHS principal, gave the board a synopsis of what the high school has been doing in


Ted Gehring, a seventh grade social studies teacher at the middle school dressed up as Abraham Lincoln October 24 to recite two speeches for his classes for their Civil War unit. Many students were thrilled to see Abe in the hallways and in person in class. It really brought excitement to learning for the Jessica Rowles, SFMS day.  Community Relations Coordinator

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Community & Business Bridge Street reconstruction project public information meeting held Alicia Loehlein Staff Writer

Anoka County hosted a public information session November 6 at St. Francis High School regarding proposed roundabouts on Bridge Street. More than 40 residents and business owners attended to learn more about the project and voice concerns. Anoka County Highway Department officials and consultants from WSB & Associates, Inc. gave a presentation and answered questions. Anoka County applied for and received federal funding in 2011 for the construction of two roundabouts on Bridge Street at Poppy Street/CR 72 and County Road 9. Total cost of the project is $2.5 million, with $1.35 million federally funded. The county and city will share the remainder of the cost. According to Anoka County Highway Department officials, the project will improve safety and traffic flow. The roundabouts will be single lane and traffic will flow counterclockwise. The proposed project will reduce access along the corridor and provide school buses, parents, teachers,

students, business owners and patrons with a safer way to get in and out of their buildings. Consultants Andrew Plowman and Derek Schmidt showed examples of buses and trucks easily maneuvering through roundabouts. They explained that roundabouts in other cities in Minnesota, including those near schools, have been successful. There are more than 120 roundabouts throughout the state. Studies have shown that there are fewer and less severe crashes in roundabouts. The reconstruction project, scheduled for the summer of 2015, would include a center median and walking trail on the north side of Bridge Street. Bridge Street would remain open during the construction. Many questions were asked at the open house about alternatives such as four-way stops or stoplights. Anoka County Engineering Project Manager Curt Kobilarcsik said four-way stops and stoplights would create traffic backups and would not be covered by the federal grant, which is specifically for two roundabouts for safety and improved high-volume traffic flow.

In the current proposal, access to Kerry Street from Bridge Street would be closed. Officials explained that an intersection there would be a safety issue, but a right in right out option would be researched. Pedestrian safety is another concern of residents. Input from the open house included looking into adding a walking path on the south side of Bridge Street and a pedestrian

tunnel. Suggestions from the open house will be researched and a second project open house will be held next summer. Several residents and business owners voiced their opposition to the project and asked what could be done to stop it. The St. Francis City Council must still approve the project. For more information about the project visit v3_highway/CSAH24/ BridgeStreetRoundabouts.aspx or contact Curt Kobilarcsik, Anoka County engineering project manager, at Curt. or 763-862-4223. The presentation and informational boards from the open house are also available on the county’s website.

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Saints soccer teams end season with banquet and awards Melissa Vojta Saints Soccer Booster Club

After a successful inaugural season in the Mississippi 8 conference, all St. Francis High School (SFHS) soccer teams ended the season with winning records. At the end of the season many players were rewarded for their hard work and dedication. The Saints for Soccer members donated more than 425 pounds of food and personal products to NACE, an emergency foodshelf in Anoka County. Thank you to

all players and families for participating and giving back to those in need. Awards given for Girls Teams Varsity awards – AllConference to senior Makenna Sullivan, junior Jordyn Maas, sophomore Cassidy Day and freshman Justyne Schake; All-Conference Honorable Mention to sophomore Sammi Zgutowitz; Most Valuable Player to senior Makenna Sullivan; Leadership Award to sophomore Cassidy Day; Most Improved to freshman Emily Hewitt; Most Consistent to

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sophomore Sammi Zgutowitz. The team received an Academic All-Conference Silver Award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. Captains for the 2014 girls soccer season were announced: Cassidy Day and Sammie Zgutowicz will lead the team. The Junior Varsity team finished the year with a record of 11-3-2. Awards included: Most Valuable Player to Mariah Adams; Most Improved to Savhannah Berger; Most Dedicated to Megan Larson. The B-Squad finished the season with a winning record of 10-3-1. Awards included: Leadership to Maddie Dreshar; Most Improved to Katie Sigfrinius and Hustle Award to Tori Pelkey. The C Squad finished the season with a winning record of 6-3-4. Awards included: Improved Player to Autumn Schwintek; Spark Award to Hannah Bartell and She is Everywhere Award to Hailey Raze.

2013 Varsity Girls Soccer Recap The 2013 SFHS girls varsity soccer team completed the season with a record of 9 wins, 6 losses and 3 ties. Their conference record, in the new Mississippi 8 Conference, was 6-2-0, which put them in third place for the season. The girls lost to Coon Rapids in a shootout in the section semifinal game. The team was led offensively by senior Makenna Sullivan with 17 points, 15 goals and 2 assists, freshman Emily Hewitt with 8 points

2 goals and 6 assists, eighth grader Sydney Zygotic with 4 points, 4 goals and sophomore Sammie Zgutowicz with 4 points, 3 goals and 1 assist. The team was held together in defense by junior Tiera Solitros, sophomore Cassidy Day and freshmen Justyne Schake and Emma Street. The Saints girls team will graduate two seniors this year. Awards given for Boys Teams Varsity awards – All Conference to seniors Blake Continued, Page 17

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Soccer McReavy, Philip Kauffmann and Loshi Vue. All-Conference Honorable Mention to senior John Dreshar, junior Sam Wiita, junior Max Meyers and junior Christian Stenbak. Most Valuable Player to senior Phillip Kauffmann. Most Improved to freshman Jahred George; Fighting Saint Award to junior Sam Wiita and Most Dedicated to senior Blake McReavy. The team received the Academic All-Conference Silver Award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. Captains for the 2014 boys soccer season were announced: Sam Wiita and Max Meyers will lead the team. 2013 Boys Varsity Soccer Recap The 2013 SFHS boys varsity soccer team completed the season with a record of 7 wins, 9 losses and 1 tie. Their conference record, in the new Mississippi 8 Conference, was 4-4-1, which put them in 5th place for the season. The boys lost to Andover in the quarterfinal sections game. The team was led offensively by senior Loshi Vue, senior Philip Kauffmann, freshman Logan Daniels and sophomore Sade Sunderland. The team was held together in defense by senior Blake McReavy, senior Anthony Cole and junior Max Meyers. The Saints boys team will graduate 7 seniors this year. Congratulations on a great season to all Saints soccer players.

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Christmas Bird Count will be held December 21, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Coffee, hot chocolate and a breakfast snack will be served beginning at 7:00 a.m. at refuge headquarters, 17076 293rd Avenue (County Road 9) Zimmerman. Participants will receive route maps and can team up with other birders to carpool for the count. Refuge headquarters will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where a light lunch of chicken wild rice soup will be served. Please bring your own beverage, water and/or

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Anoka County Veteran Services holding food drive Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager,

The staff of Anoka County’s Veteran Services Office is hosting a food drive for needy veterans during the holidays. Our heroes shouldn’t go hungry. The office, on the 2nd floor of the Anoka County Government Center, will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items. Our veterans have served us. Now it’s our turn to

serve them! Anoka County Veteran Services will be accepting donations through the holidays. Veterans in need should visit the Anoka County Veteran Services Office to get food items as well. Any veteran who donates a non-perishable food item to our office will receive up to two tickets to the Veterans Game Day Army vs.. Navy viewing party on Saturday, December 14, at Bunker Hills Golf Course.

Blaine Passport Center now open For the past few months, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing (SSEH) family (guests, staff and Board) has been raising money for homeless youth in Anoka County. On October 25, Julie Jeppson, (right) SSEH’s Development Director, presented over $300 to Hope4Youth volunteers Skip Hassman and Deb Lande. Hope4Youth is much more than a youth drop-in site. They provide one meal per day, showers, computers and a central location where youth can feel safe, valued and supported. Submitted Photo

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Anoka Technical College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College continue to strive to enhance access to higher education by no longer requiring a $20 application effective October 25. The free application announcement and the twoyear tuition freeze are part of the colleges’ continued effort to keep college costs to a minimum. Anoka-Ramsey and Anoka Tech will continue to waive the application fee indefinitely.

On November 11, Saint Francis Christian School presented a Veterans Day program titled “Veterans, We Thank You.” With over 100 in attendance, including 19 veterans, the students of SFCS performed a variety of patriotic songs and speeches. The program was the school’s way of expressing their thanks to the veterans who served our country. The program also featured a special challenge from Captain John Shay (Squadron Chaplain; 1-94CAV, Army National Guard). Captain Shay explained what true service looks like as explained in the Bible. The program finished with all students singing God Bless America. We thank our veterans for their sacrificial service. Submitted Photo

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Fundraisers, Benefits, Events Saturday, December 7 Light it Up Elk River, a community tree lighting ceremony in Rivers Edge Commons Park in Downtown Elk River will be held December 7, activities beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Land of Lakes Choir Boys will be caroling, Mayor John Dietz will make remarks and then light the tree. Unwrapped toys and donations will be collected for Gifts Anonymous. The event is sponsored by Rivers Edge Downtown Business Association. Monday, December 9 Tasty Pizza is having their 26th annual customer appreciation spaghetti dinner on Monday, December 9, 4:00 p.m. until gone. Tasty Pizza is located at 3220 Bridge Street NW in St. Francis (across from St. Francis High School). Tuesday, December 10 The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 19921 Nightingale Street in Oak Grove, 1:30-7:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call Caron at 612-2825372 or Sue at 612-845-8459. Walk-ins are also

welcome after 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 14 Celebrate the Season in downtown Elk River at The Rivers Edge Downtown Holiday Celebration December 14 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Take Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Live Reindeer will be frolicking in Rivers Edge Commons Park. Mail letters to Santa in his special downtown mailbox. Bring an unwrapped toy so we can fill Santa’s Sleigh with gifts for Gifts Anonymous. Santa will have gift bags for the first 300 children. The event is sponsored by Rivers Edge Downtown Business Association, city of Elk River Park and Rec, First National Bank of Elk River and The Bank of Elk River. For more information contact Wendy Simenson, Kemper Drug at 763-441-1353. Friday, December 27 The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Francis United Methodist Church, 1:30-6:30 p.m. Call 763-753-2273 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Kindergartners at Cedar Creek and East Bethel Community Schools had a visit from the East Bethel and Oak Grove Fire Departments on October 10. Firefighters shared many fire safety rules with students and showed the equipment they wear during a fire. The kindergartners also had a chance to see a fire truck up close. They were able to see all of the interesting tools used to put out fires and students even had a chance to sit inside the fire truck. The children learned a lot from the firefighters and were appointed Junior Firefighters with a fire hat. A big thanks goes out to the East Bethel and Oak Grove Fire Departments for their great work!

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Major Mike Starr, United States Army (retired) presents Lt. Col. Walt Hiller, United States Air Force (retired) with a commemorative photograph as a thank you for serving as the guest speaker at the St. Francis Lions Club’s Veterans Breakfast November 11 at St. Francis American Legion. Hiller gave the crowd of 48 veterans and 28 guests a descriptive presentation of what it was like to be a pilot in the 1960s. Hiller flew 285 transport missions in and out of Vietnam. A select group of St. Francis High School band and choir members entertained the crowd with patriotic songs at the annual free breakfast for veterans. The Courier

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See items in person at the school store at St. Francis High School. For online options visit minnesota/saint-francis/saintfrancis-high-school or www., access code is saints6JZ. BSN Sports offerings change every three weeks. MyLocker is offering a $10 coupon by using promo code FL13ML at checkout. Offer expires December 15, 2013. Profits from the school store go to the DECA club to help cover the cost of student travel to competitions. A portion of sales also goes toward the Muscular Dystrophy Association, DECA’s charity partner. For more information about the school store and its offerings contact, Rebecca Allard at 763-213-1661 or email

Pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, coffee No reservations needed. Sponsored by Cedar/East Bethel Lions and Lioness Bring your camera for pictures with Santa.

The Girl Scouts will have a Santa Shop!

For a minimal charge, children can shop for parents, grandparents, etc. Donations of used eyeglasses and items for the food shelf would be appreciated.

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Monday Kids Eat FREE 4-8 pm, (12 & under) with adult purchase

We can cater your party! We will be closed Christmas Day.

Tuesday All-You-Can-Eat Boneless Wings $12.99 Traditional Wings $13.99 Wednesday Burger Basket $5.99 Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m.


in our party room

Kids are accompanied by Santa’s elves who will help them shop for moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, and siblings.


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Bingo every Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Gifts range in price from $1 to $5, are all pre-wrapped and ready to give. There will be free refreshments and craft vendors.

Join us Saturday, December 7 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. St. Francis Elementary School

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St. Francis High School teacher wins state award Kathy Berkness Administrative Assistant, Anoka Conservation District

St. Francis High School science teacher DC Randle has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Teacher Award. The MASWCD recognizes outstanding teachers of natural resource conservation. The Anoka Conservation District nominated Randle for the award, which he will receive at the MASWCD Awards Luncheon at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington on December 2. According to Anoka Conservation District Water Resource Specialist Jamie Schurbon, “Mr. Randle strives to teach beyond the textbook and get students involved hands-on. While a trip into his creature-filled classroom is a field trip in itself, his students also don waders, paddle canoes, and even fly to the rain forest. Combined with his energy and passion, the experiences in Mr. Randle’s classroom are not soon forgotten by students. His curriculum has not only taught students about natural resources, but also motivated them outside the classroom. Some have even pursued natural resources careers. Therefore, the Anoka Conservation

District staff and supervisors believe Mr. Randle is deserving of the MASWCD Teacher Award.” Outlined below are a few of Randle’s programs that illustrate his teaching approach: } Rum River Biomonitoring – For the last 15 years, Randle has taken 1,224 students wading in the Rum River to monitor river health. The work is done with and for the Anoka Conservation District, which benefits from having “many hands” to capture and identify aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates. The students gain from working with professionals on a project that will be applied beyond the classroom. } Rum River Float Trip – The Rum River is one of Randle’s favorite classrooms, perhaps because it is one of Minnesota’s seven wild, scenic and recreational rivers. Annually he takes classes on float trips down the river. Curriculum is integrated into the trip. On one recent trip, the students inventoried non-point source pollutant sources. } Peruvian Rainforest Research – Randle takes students to participate in a long-term research project in the rainforests of Peru. This international travel for select students is the opportunity of a

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lifetime. While it may not seem directly applicable to Minnesota, collecting and analyzing data in some of the most threatened ecosystems of the world is motivation for conservation in our own backyard. Some students use it as a resume builder for a planned natural resources career.

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} Wildlife Science Center – For a more local look at wildlife research, Randle’s classes visit the Wildlife Science Center in nearby Forest Lake. Here, in the largest metro wildlife management area, they see wolves and other wildlife, and learn directly from managers and researchers. } Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve – Randle’s classes visit the University of Minnesota’s worldclass, nine-square mile, ecological research facility in northern Anoka County to peer into the state’s plant communities. Students see Minnesota’s three major biomes and learn why they are important. In response to this honor, Randle replies, “I just want to share about Minnesota’s natural history and help students ensure that we have these intact environments for many generations in the future.”

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New Life! Lutheran Church to present live nativity

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Pastor Jeffrey Bergman New Life! Lutheran Church

New Life! Lutheran will hold a live nativity December 14. Visitors are also invited to a chili dinner inside the church.  Submitted Photo

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a small, imperfect, beautiful church community in St. Francis, MN

New Life! Lutheran is celebrating the sixth year of our annual drive-through Live Nativity. The church is excited to offer this special experience again and this year we will be offering a chili dinner to all who attend. The live nativity will run from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. 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 wise men, there will be live animals and carolers. Visitors are welcome to drive through and see the nativity, or there will be an option for parking and an area to take your time and walk past the live scene. Please come with your family and friends and join us for chili, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider and Christmas cookies inside the church building after your visit to 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. Visit our website www.newlifeoakgrove. org for service times and Sunday School and adult study information. Merry Christmas and remember the reason for this season is Jesus.

Alumni Variety Show St. Francis High School alumni, with the help of the local chapter of the International Thespian Society, will present a variety show, with a holiday theme. Proceeds will benefit St. Francis High School Drama productions and scholarships.

Tuesday, December 17 7:00 p.m. St. Francis High School

Performing Arts Center 3325 Bridge Street NW • St. Francis $10 Adults $8 Senior Citizens/Students/Children Bring items to donate to the Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf or Toys for Tots and save $2 per ticket. For more information, call 763-213-1527.

Long Lake Lutheran Church ELCA All are welcome to the 18th Annual

Live Nativity

“One Night in Bethlehem” Saturday, December 7 4:00-7:30 p.m. Join us in Bethlehem to meet the characters and animals who participated in the Savior’s birth. Chicken Wild Rice Soup and Chili will be served. Grandma’s Attic will be open with crafts and gently used treasures.

Live Nativity Worship Service One Service Only Sunday, December 8 • 9:30 a.m. Join us for breakfast following the worship service.

Advent Worship Services Wednesdays, December 4, 11, 18 Soup Suppers 5:30-6:45 p.m. Service 7:17 p.m.

Christmas Worship Services Christmas Eve 4:00 p.m. Cantata Service “From the Heart of God” 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Worship Service

Christmas Day

9:30 a.m. Pastor Matt Flom and Pastor Bryan Taffe

Children’s Christmas Program

“Angel Alert” Sunday, December 15 • 9:30 a.m.

Long Lake Lutheran Church hosted a Trunk ’N Treat October 31. It was one of the biggest events to date with 21 trunks handing out candy to more than 150 children during the three-hour event. Thanks to County Market of St. Francis and Riverside Market for the generous gift cards. Isanti Rental donated a bounce house that was a hit with all the kids. There was also a costume parade and games to play. Food was collected for the Family Pathways Food Shelf. Submitted

Saturday, December 21

Free Christmas Concert open to the public 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Services 4:00 p.m. Rainbow Choir Singing 10:30 p.m. Candlelight Service with Choir & Orchestra

Pastor Brian Mundt

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Doors replaced at historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford Ralph Sheppard President, Friends of Historic St. John’s, Inc.

The Friends of Historic St. John’s, Inc., has had as its primary purpose the restoration, preservation and maintenance of one of Isanti County’s nine National Register of Historic Places, St. John’s (German) Lutheran Church of Bradford. Among several St. John’s restoration projects, one that has proved to be the most difficult from the standpoint of approval and fundraising efforts to final

purchase and installation, has been the prolonged effort to replace the rotting and damaged front entryway doors. Following expansive discussions with the preservation program specialists at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (part of the Minnesota Historical Society), combined with an energetic fundraising program, new doors were purchased and final installation took place during the week of September 22. The custom-made natural Douglas

fir doors, protected by longlasting and durable marine spar varnish, together with period matching hardware, now provide a spectacular addition to the entry of the historic church. The first public viewing of the new doors was at the annual Das Beste OktoberFest fundraiser, successfully held September 28. The next public viewing will be January 12, during the annual Lessons and Carols programs: Candlelight in English at 5:00 p.m. and German Lessons and Carols in the German language, of course, at 2:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now and check out this spectacular restoration. Since organizing the Friends of Historic St. John’s back in 2004, Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford

has been resurrected from the point of near fatal decay to where the historic church has now become one of the most treasured historical sites in all of Isanti County.

Historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford is located at 900 County Road 5 NW, just 2½ miles west of Isanti. Follow Historic St. John’s on Facebook.

The Christmas Star Christmas Eve Worship Services 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24

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

Faith Listings Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230

New doors were installed in September at historic St. John’s Lutheran Church of Bradford. The public is invited to see the restoration January 12 during the Lessons and Carols programs.  Submitted ELCA

Our Saviour’s

Lutheran Church & Preschool

Hope Found Here! You Will Be Welcomed! Worship With Us

Sunday Services at 8:00, 9:15 &10:45 a.m. Wednesday Power Up Services at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Worship 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 9:00 & 10:30 p.m. Communion at all Services

Christmas Day

at the Chapel in Ham Lake, 8:30 a.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West County Road 22 south on Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 Visit Email to

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Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Nowthen • 763-441-1600 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge 6443 Norris Lake Road Nowthen • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

19653 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Nowthen, MN Intersection of CR 5 & 22 763-441-1600 •

“Christmas Classics” sermon series

Sunday, December 1 Hanging of the Greens • 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 8 Christmas Classics: It’s A Wonderful Life • 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 15 Children’s Program • 10:30 a.m. Sunday, December 22 Christmas Classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas • 10:30 a.m. Blue Christmas Service • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24 Christmas Eve Soup Supper Open to all 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Service: A Charlie Brown Christmas 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 29 Christmas Classics: A Christmas Story • 10:30 a.m. Continue sharing gifts with others. The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be here Friday, December 27 • 1:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. • 6th grade – adult Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. • 5th grade and under Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. • Adult small groups

St. Francis United Methodist Church A Community Dedicated to Seeking Christ and Serving Others Pastor Kevin Coder 3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis 763-753-2273


I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

washer fluid low, fuel light, oil light, door ajar, fuel cap, air bag and I am sure there are many others I cannot think of right now. Each light does indeed mean something specific; however, there are some lights

The light is on again! Vehicles these days have a lot of different warning lights. There are check engine, anti-lock brake, tire pressure monitor, lamp out, charging system engine temperature,

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Christmas Eve Services 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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Journey To Bethlehem

that may mean many different things. We had a customer drop in the other day to have the air pressure checked in the tires. Our tech was surprised to find one tire with more than 75 pounds of air. Most cars normally have around 32 pounds, so this seemed very curious. Well, we adjusted the air pressure and informed the customer that the correct air pressure for the vehicle is located on the tire placard in the driver’s side door jamb, which we pointed out. It still was a curiosity as to why one tire had so much air. We forgot about it and the other morning, one of our service advisors was at a gas station and noticed someone adding air to one of the tires. He added air then went and looked at the dash, then added more air, looked at the dash and repeated this a couple more times. As the service advisor traveled to work, he started thinking about what that person was doing and why. Then it occurred to him that the low tire light must have come on and he was adding air until the light went out. Then the service advisor remembered the person that came in with the 75 pounds of air in the tire.

December, 6, 7, 8 Indoor Setting Free Admission

Experience The bustling market place The pageantry of King Herod’s Palace

Friday & Saturday 5:00–8:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00–5:00 p.m. 1 hour tours depart every 6 minutes Plan to arrive 1 hour before closing Optional donations to NACE Food Pantry

Simple shepherds tending their flocks Angel voices piercing the silent sky Wise men seeking answers The Miracle in the stable!

famil ¼ mile west of Highway 65 on Constance Boulevard, (CR 20/60) 16345 Polk St. NE Ham Lake, MN 55304


Blended Worship

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¼ mile west of Highway 65 on Constance Boulevard, (CR 20/60) 16345 Polk St. NE Ham Lake, MN 55304 Funded in part by:

CHRISTMAS SERMON SERIES “JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM” Wednesday Advent Worship 5:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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Unfortunately, the system does not work like that. The system not only can tell if the air is low, but also if the air pressure is too high, which causes the light to be on. In some cases, driving the vehicle for a certain distance with the correct air pressure will turn the light off. In other cases, there is a certain procedure that must be done in order for the light to be reset. Sometimes a special computer is required to interface with the vehicle’s computer and reset the tire light that way. Another reason the light could be on is if the internal battery that is in the sensor in the tire/wheel assembly goes dead. So again, this is one of those lights that can have numerous reasons to be on. The check engine light can come on for hundreds of reasons. You may have the vehicle repaired to turn the check engine light off and then in another week, the light may turn on again, but this time for a completely different cause.

Each vehicle is somewhat different and it may take slightly different circumstances to illuminate a particular light. We frequently hear, “Don’t worry about the (whatever) light, it has been on for months.” Any light that is on may be the key to diagnosing a problem. Sometimes we have a vehicle brought in with 5-8 different codes stored in the computer memory, no telling how long the light has been on and which problem triggered the symptom the driver is concerned with. If the antilock brake light is on or the airbag light is on, these critical systems will not work at all. I had a gentleman in the other day telling me that the airbag light was on in his daughter’s vehicle and he had not gotten around to getting it repaired. In the meantime, she was involved in a significant accident that totaled her vehicle. Fortunately, she had her seat belt on and was not hurt, but she could have been. All these lights do come on for a reason. If the light is on, there is a problem. It is our recommendation to not ignore any light that is on. You never know if a serious problem would occur in the same system and you would not know it because the light is already on. I hate when that happens.

Zion’s Advent & Christmas Schedule Advent Services Wednesdays, December 4, 11 and 18��������������������������7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 15��������������������������������������������������� 9:00 a.m. Brunch will be served after the Service Crown Christian School Christmas Program Thursday, December 19������������������������������������������������7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candle Light Service Tuesday, December 24..............................7:00 p.m. Christmas Day Worship Service Wednesday, December 25.......9:00 a.m.

(Meal provided from 5:45–6:45 p.m.) December 11 - “King Herod” December 18 - “The Shepherds”

Christmas Eve Worship

Rev. Jacob Dandy

Zion Lutheran Church & School of Crown

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

“The Family”

Christmas Day Worship 10:00 a.m.

“With a Flesh and Blood Savior”

The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

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Financial focus

Blake Cheeley Edward Jones financial advisor

Assumptions can be dangerous to investors Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life—such as investing— assumptions can prove dangerous. Of course, not all investment-related assumptions are bad. But here are a few that, at the least, may prove to be counter-productive: } “Real estate will always increase in value.” Up until the 2008 financial crisis, which was caused, at least partially, by the housing bubble, most people would probably have said that real estate is always a good investment. But since then, we’re all more painfully aware that housing prices can rise and fall. That isn’t to say that real estate is always a bad investment—as a relatively small part of a diversified portfolio, it can be appropriate, depending on your goals and risk tolerance. But don’t expect endless gains, with no setbacks. } “Gold will always glitter.” During periods of market volatility, investors often flee to gold, thereby driving its price up. But gold prices will fluctuate, sometimes greatly, and there are risks in all types of gold ownership, whether you’re investing in actual bars of gold or gold futures or the stocks of goldmining companies. } “I can avoid all risks by sticking with CDs.” It’s true that Certificates of Deposit (CDs) offer a degree of preservation of principal. But they’re not risk-free; their rates of return may be so low that they don’t even keep up with inflation, which means you could incur purchasingpower risk. } "The price of my investment has gone up — I must have made the right decision.” This assumption could also be made in reverse — that is, you might think that, since the price of your investment has dropped, you must have made the wrong choice. This type of thinking causes

investors to hold on to some investments too long, in the hopes of recapturing early gains or selling promising investments too soon, just to “cut their losses.” Don’t judge investments based on short-term performance; instead, look at fundamentals and long-term potential. } “If I need long-term care, Medicare will cover it.” You may never need any type of long-term care, but if you do, be prepared for some big expenses. The national average per year for a private room in a nursing home is nearly $84,000, according to a recent survey by Genworth, a financial security company. This cost, repeated over a period of years, could prove catastrophic to your financial security during your retirement. And, contrary to many people’s assumptions, Medicare may only pay a small percentage of longterm care costs. You can help yourself by consulting with a financial professional, who can provide you with strategies designed to help cope with long-term care costs. You can’t avoid all assumptions when you’re investing. But by staying away from questionable ones, you may avoid being tripped up on the road toward your financial goals.

Integrated Anoka County Public Safety Data System moves forward Amanda Vickstrom Anoka County Attorney’s Office

The Anoka County Board of Commissioners approved a purchase of service agreement with TriTech Systems for the first and largest of three contracts needed to build a new integrated public safety data system. The Anoka County Joint Law Enforcement Council (JLEC), in partnership with the Anoka County Fire Protection Council, and the Board’s Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the contract on October 30. The new public safety data

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system replaces an outdated 30-year-old computer aided dispatch (CAD) and a 14-yearold police records system, into one integrated and allencompassing system that combines Anoka County’s 11 law enforcement agencies, 15 fire departments, jail, and 911 Center that assists all 21 Anoka County communities. With fire, law enforcement, jail and 911 staff all using the same system, public safety personnel are able to drastically improve citizen and officer safety in responding to crimes or emergency situations. Three separate vendors

have been selected to create the one integrated system, to a full estimated cost of $7.6 million. TriTech Systems of San Diego, a world-recognized leader in public safety information systems, is estimated to receive a $6.2 million contract. Negotiations are ongoing with two additional vendors for the fire records system and to upgrade and interface the jail management system, with those contracts expected to be finalized in the next few months. Full implementation of all the components is expected to occur within 18-24 months.

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Community Education Following her heart Melody Panek ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

Finding the right person to love and spend your life with can be a daunting task. Online dating can be pretty tricky these days; you just never know who you’re going to meet and what they’ll be like. Sometimes people even perform an official background check to find out more about someone they are dating. If you think going out with someone you meet through eHarmony or other popular dating sites is a little intimidating, think about how brave and courageous our new student Oksana Bauer is! Oksana lived in a small town called Berdaynsk, by the Sea of Azov in Ukraine, near Russia. She went to college,

studied hard and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She became employed as an accountant, but the company she worked for went bankrupt and Oksana lost her job. By this time, Oksana had a baby girl and was determined to provide for her, so she became a laundress and worked extremely hard. However, Oksana was able to support herself and her daughter with the help of her parents and beloved family. Sometime after this, Oksana decided that she wanted to meet a man with whom she could spend her life. She was looking for someone who would not only love her, but would love her precious daughter as well, so after trying unsuccessfully to meet someone nice close to home,

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she decided to try an internet dating service. That’s where she met James. James, an American living in the United States—was halfway around the world. Although he seemed like a wonderful man on the internet, how would she really get to know him and find out what he was really like while living so far apart? Thank heavens for the miracle of modern technology, specifically Skype. Oksana and James were able to communicate through this website. After Skyping for about a year, it was time for the pair to meet in person. James flew to Ukraine and met Oksana face-to-face for the very first time. Oksana says that she was very nervous and excited to meet James in person!

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However, she knew that he was probably just as nervous and excited as she was. During the meeting, they both felt as though they really connected with each other and truly began to fall in love. They continued their long-distance romance for another year after which James asked Oksana to be his bride. They decided that Oksana should come to the United States with her beautiful little girl, get married and live happily ever after— which is exactly what they are doing! Oksana and her daughter, Liya, have been in the United States for seven months. Oksana began attending classes at ISD 15 Adult Basic Education because she wants to improve her English proficiency and possibly go back to college to continue her studies. She isn’t sure that she will study economics again, but has plenty of time to make decisions about her future without rushing into anything. She loves many things about America, but one of them is the people. Oksana thinks that Americans are very nice and polite and that we exhibit very good manners. Perhaps the “Minnesota Nice” reputation is true! She says

we often smile and seem to be very happy people. In addition, Oksana thinks that America appears to be exceptionally clean. She marvels at how unsoiled and tidy the roadsides are when she is out driving with her family. One thing that Oksana misses is living near the sea. I wish we could help her to feel more at home in this respect, but there’s not much seawater near Minnesota. Oksana has hopes of visiting Ukraine again, especially her hometown near the Sea of Azov—which sounds like a beautiful place to take a holiday! I commend Oksana on her bravery and courage because she was able to move around the globe to a new country in order to follow her heart. Some of us would find it too scary to even move to Iowa, let alone to a country that was completely foreign and unknown. Oksana has an adventurous spirit and a loving heart and we at ABE are privileged to know her and are thrilled that she has chosen to study with us. Of course, we wish her and her new family lots of love and all the best for many happy years to come.

Community Education Contacts

Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education

Cedar Creek Community School Site 763-753-7160 for East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School students


Before School Care Begins at 6:30 a.m. until school starts����������$9/day After School Care Begins end of school day until 6:00 p.m.������$9/day Non-School Care 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.������������������������������������$30/day Other fees Registration fee����������������������������������������$25/child  $45/family (2 or more children)

Troy Ferguson, Director................................................................................. 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Melody Panek, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Driver’s Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Christine Spindler-Schlottman, Program Supervisor.............. 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Cedar Creek Community School Site........ 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Elementary School Site.............. 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Amy Lindfors, Rec Assistant.................................................................... 763-213-1588 Sandhill Center Christine Spindler-Schlottman, Program Supervisor.............. 763-213-1616 • • The Courier | December 2013 |

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

Looking for special events and field trips?

Check out the Places to Go, Things to Do brochure featuring special events and field trips for families

Upcoming ECFE Events Minneapolis Adventure @ Macy’s

Hop on the bus for a fun-filled day in the city! We will visit Macy’s holiday display on the 8th floor. Then you can sit, see, shop and browse on your own. We will provide handouts to help you plan your time. Date: Friday, December 13 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:15 a.m. and will return by 2:00 p.m. Fee: $5 per person Deadline: December 6

Tot Shop

Children aged birth to kindergarten can purchase gifts for moms and dads and siblings, plus have them wrapped. Gifts are reasonably priced. Date: Friday, December 6 Time: 5:00-7:30 p.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Center

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend

Join us and your Sesame Street friends, including Chamki, Grover’s new friend from India, at Target Center in Minneapolis. You may bring a light lunch to eat on the bus or purchase lunch at the event. Date: Friday, January 24 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:00 a.m.; returns by 2:00 p.m. Fee: $15 per person Deadline: December 18

Have a concern about your child?

Are you concerne d about your child ’s development, spee ch or behavior? If your child is unde r three years of ag e, contact Kristine Vo gtlin at: kristine.vogtlin@ or 763-753-7172 to re ach ISD 15 Help Me Grow se rvices. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Early Chi ldhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have . Call for an appoin tment at 763-753-7187 and mention your concerns.

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Parent Ed at Your Time Online parent education at times that work for you! Explore resources you didn’t know were at your fingertips in an interactive virtual classroom with a licensed parent educator and other parents like you. The seven-week session will include a variety of interactions including forums that you can access at any time, live online discussions around topics that you want to know about, and opportunities to view and discuss presentations by parenting experts. It’s an easy and quick way to get support and parenting information. Time: At your time (there may also be designated times for live chats) Fee: FREE but you must pre-register for the class by calling the Lifelong Learning Center at 763-753-7170 or register online at Dates: Weeks of January 13– February 28 Deadline: January 3 (you will receive an email the week of January 6 with login directions)

Come join us at ECFE Classes going on NOW!

Daytime and evening classes offered.

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

a division of ISD 15 Community Education

Check out the Learn & Thrive brochure for ECFE parent/child classes for the 2013-14 school year Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at to register.

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Do you and your child need a place to go play for awhile? Check out Pop In and Play! Pop in and do activities, meet other families and build relationships. No pre-registration necessary. Dates: Wednesdays, November 6–January 29 (no class December 25 or January 1) Time: 9:15-11:15 a.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Center Fee: $4 per child; max 12 per family (limit 4 children/adult) December 4: Messy Moments December 11: Moving in the Gym December 18: Reindeer Games Dates: Tuesdays, November 5–April 22 (no class December 24 or 31) Time: 12:45-3:00 p.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Center Fee: $4 per child; max 12 per family (limit 4 children/adult) December 3: Gymtime Fun December 10: Lions, Tigers & Bears December 17: Jewels & Gems

Looking for preschool for your child?

Preschool Place 15 is the place to be! Classes offered at Lifelong Learning Center in Oak Grove • Programming takes place September through May • Morning, afternoon and evening sessions available • One, two, three or four times per week • Two hour, two hour-fifteen minute, two-and-a-half hour and two hour-forty-five minute sessions • Most classes are age specific • Classes also available for two-year-olds and very young three-year-olds • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for all full-year morning and afternoon classes The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where young children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning.

For more information on classes and to register visit or call 763-753-7170.


Picture Day is Coming!

Preschoolers at the Lifelong Learning Center make the most of the first snowfall of the season.  Submitted Photo

Have photos of children ages 6 months to five years taken. Photos taken by the same photographer that takes Preschool Place 15 school photos. Various packages are available on a prepaid basis. No appointment necessary. Location: Lifelong Learning Center 18900 Cedar Drive NW Oak Grove Date: Tuesday, Open December 3 to the Time: 10:00 until public! 11:30 a.m.

FITNESS for all! We offer plenty of ways for you to get in shape, so you’ll never be bored with working out. We have two treadmills, two elliptical trainers, two stationary bikes and a Nautilus four station weight machine.

Relaxed atmosphere – senior citizens are encouraged to attend! Socialize after your workout in our conference room. Only $2 per visit and no membership fees. Call Chris today for more information or email to Fitness 15 • Sandhill Center 23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005

Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m.–Noon

A great group of 37 students from St. Francis Middle School recently participated in an after school 3-on3 basketball league. Community Ed Rec Department and parent Mark Svihel hosted four afternoons of competition and skill building. Several St. Francis High School basketball players worked with the students to help build skills and officiate games. Another session will be held in the spring.  Mark Svihel

The Sandhill Center is operated under the auspices of Independent School District 15 Community Education. Its purpose is to provide arts and recreation opportunities for the residents served by the school district.

Sandhill Center 23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005

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SilverSneakers® Yoga

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2 per class for non-members.

SilverSneakers Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity. Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2 per class for non-members.

For more information on the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program or the Sandhill Center, please call 763-213-1616. 30

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 sell out ahead of time. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open: 10:40 a.m. Lunch served: 11:00 a.m. Showtime: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $13 For reservations, call 763-213-1641. Reservations can also be made on the website at

Remembering the King

Limited Tickets Tuesday, December 10 Available! Remembering The King features the father/son team of Steve and Tommy Marcio. Remembering The King is a family run organization that started in 2005. They pride themselves on being a family friendly show, and enjoy entertaining people with their respectful and authentic tribute to Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll.” Steve and Tommy have traveled all over the country, competed in and won various Elvis Tribute Artist Contests. Kick off your Christmas season with a special concert.

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Sports & Outdoors County baseball team wins section championship, regional tournament Kevin Bertels Minnesota Titans

A club baseball program serving northern Anoka County opened with great success this fall. The Minnesota Titans, formed by two Oak Grove men and made up of 11 players from St. Francis High School and two from Anoka High School, won their Gopher State Fall Baseball League section championship in the Majors division and also won a high school varsity tournament in the Kansas City area the first weekend of November. The Titans roster formed last summer when Jerry Jorgensen and Scott Benson determined there was interest in offseason baseball among their sons’ St. Francis teammates. The idea had been in place for at least a year before, Jorgensen said. He and Benson both had experience with other club programs in the Twin Cities and believed it could be done less expensively and closer to home. They received sponsorship from BoyceBall Baseball Training based at Adrenaline Sports Center in Coon Rapids, where they will practice indoors this winter. The Titans’ overall record is 13-4-1. Their first experience as a team was a 2-2 finish in the ScoutStop Labor Day Tournament in the Twin Cities, but they gained confidence from a 2-1 quarterfinal loss to a team made up mostly of Midwestern players committed to play for Division I colleges. That team dominated other games on the way to the championship. “Now I know we can compete with anybody,” Jorgensen said. As the team was shaped, Jorgensen and Benson were pleased to find more than enough interest from St. Francis High School players. Jorgensen said that made him believe the program can grow in future seasons, adding teams and tournaments and branching into other age groups. “My goal is to have teams that compete well and also are respectful and represent our area well,” Jorgensen said.

The Titans from St. Francis High School are Alex Bauermeister, Mitch Benson, Shane Benson, George Bertels, Andrew Bode, Jeff Bowman, Trent Carlson, Dom DeJarlais, David Jorgensen, Ben Servais and Brent Tholen. Brendan Ehlers and Austin Gaspard of Anoka High School round out the roster. Julie Bowman, whose son plays for the Titans, said she has enjoyed the team’s success and sees benefits in the future. “The opportunity to play baseball in Kansas City was a great experience for these boys to see their competition around the country as they consider future opportunities to play baseball in college,” she said. “The commitment that the Titan baseball players have put into building their game offseason was evident.”

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The Minnesota Titans show off their trophies after winning the high school varsity division of a tournament the first weekend of November in Oak Grove, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City. Front row (L-R) Dom DeJarlais, Austin Gaspard, David Jorgensen, Jeff Bowman, Mitch Benson, George Bertels; back row (L-R) Coach Jerry Jorgensen, Trent Carlson, Shane Benson, Brent Tholen, Ben Servais, Andrew Bode, Alex Bauermeister, Brendan Ehlers and Coach Scott Benson. Submitted Photo

North Metro Soccer Association

Recreational Program Spring/Summer 2014 Registration Begins January 6 Traditional Recreational Program

Comp Prep Program

$90 Includes Uniform (ages as of 8/1/2013)

Monday/Wednesday Ages 7 & 8 (U8 boys and girls) The Comp Prep Program is devised for Rec players that have some experience playing U8 Rec soccer and already exhibit strong soccer skills. It is also for players who want an increased level of training and more playing time 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.

Monday/Wednesday ages 4 & 5 (U6 co-ed) ages 8 & 9 (U10 girls) ages 10 & 11 (U12 girls) Tuesday/Thursday ages 6 & 7 (U8 boys and girls) ages 8 & 9 (U10 boys) ages 10 & 11 (U12 boys) ages 12-17 (U13-U18 co-ed) The Recreational Program will stress basic soccer fundamentals. Practices will be held on one night and games on the other. Each team consists of one or two volunteer coaches and 10-14 players. Fields are located in Andover and Oak Grove. The season begins April 28 and ends on June 28 with the Jamboree.

$110 Includes Uniform

Online registration preferred Walk-In Registration & Questions Answered Saturday, February 15 9:00-11:30 a.m. Andover Community Center 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW Andover, 55304 Mail-In Registration (Online preferred) North Metro Soccer Assoc. PO Box 250 Cedar, MN 55011-0250 Registration forms are available at all city halls in the area. The registration fee will increase by $35 beginning March 1. Registration closes March 15.


Please consider volunteering as 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 a NMSA sponsored trainer who will visit practices and games throughout the season. Please check the volunteer box to coach when you register your player. Thank you for making a difference.

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Senior runner represents Saints at state meet Grant Sparstad SFHS Student, Cross Country Runner

The 2013 cross country season recently came to an end, and it brought good results. First, the Saints hosted the Mississippi 8 Conference Championship at The Ponds Golf Course. Both girls and boys teams took 9th in a very talented field of teams. The girls were lead by senior Becca O’Hotto, who took 40th, and the boys top

runner was Grant Olsen with 19th place. He was awarded all-conference honors for his performance. Next up was the section meet in Cloquet. The girls took 14th out of the 16 teams and were led by junior Madison Berwald with her 60th place finish. The boys took 11th in the 16-team field and were again lead by senior Grant Olsen. Olsen’s 7th place finish qualified him for the state meet held at St. Olaf College

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in Northfield November 2. With a large crowd of fans cheering him on, Olsen placed 86th out of the 174 runners that qualified. It was a great end to a great season. The season also ended with a team banquet, recognizing all the runners for their hard work. Senior captains Ajay Breen, Grant Olsen, Becca O’Hotto and junior Madison Berwald were honored for leading the 2013 team. Team awards MVP: Becca O’Hotto and Grant Olsen Most Improved: Rachel Puff (senior), Connor Sullivan (freshman), and Alex Fuchs (middle school) Rookie of the Year: Cassidy Disrud (middle school) Bergley award: Ajay Breen (senior) Great season everyone, let’s make next year even better.

St. Francis High School cross country runner Grant Olsen competed in the state meet November 2 in Northfield. Vikki Olsen

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Setting limits for kids on TV, video games, phone use Local pediatrician advises parents to create a “media use plan” Christine Hill Senior Media Relations Specialist, Hennepin County Medical Center

Dr. Marjorie Hogan, pediatrician at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), is one of thousands of members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) who is concerned about the amount of time kids are spending on the phone, watching TV, and playing video games. Excessive media use has been associated with obesity, lack of sleep, school problems, aggression and other behavior issues. A recent study shows that the average 8 to 10 year old spends nearly 8 hours a day with different media, and older children and teens spend more than 11 hours per day. Kids who have a TV in their bedroom spend more time with media. About 75 percent of 12 to 17 year olds own cell phones, and nearly all teenagers use text messaging. “This new technology is very interesting and exciting, but it shouldn’t replace healthy activities,” explains Dr. Hogan. “Sleep, for example, is so important to growing children. But many kids are keeping their cell phones next to them while they are in bed so that they don’t miss a text or a Facebook post. These things can wait until morning—after they’ve gotten a good night’s sleep.” Dr. Hogan was one of the co-authors of the AAP policy, Children, Adolescents and the Media, which explains the importance of having a healthy “media diet.” “A healthy approach to children’s media use should both minimize potential health risks and

Salsabrosa at Northtown Library Jill Smith Anoka County Library

foster appropriate and positive media use—in other words, it should promote a healthy ‘media diet’,” said Dr. Hogan. “Parents, educators and pediatricians should participate in media education, which means teaching children and adolescents how to make good choices in their media consumption.” While media by itself is not the leading cause of any health problem in the U.S., it can contribute to numerous health risks. At the same time, kids can learn many positive things from pro-social media. The AAP policy statement offers recommendations for parents: } Parents can model effective “media diets” to help their children learn to be selective and healthy in what they consume. Take an active role in children’s media education by coviewing programs with them and discussing values. } Make a media use plan, including mealtime and bedtime curfews for media devices. Screens should be kept out of kids’ bedrooms. } Limit entertainment screen time to less than one or two hours per day; in children under 2, discourage screen media exposure. Dr. Hogan also recommends that parents monitor what their children are communicating on their social media sites. “And if you have a concern, talk to your child about it and explain what your family’s boundaries—and values— are when it comes to sharing information,” said Dr. Hogan. More information for parents on creating a family media use plan is available on To see Dr. Hogan’s statements on creating a media use plan, go to aap-press-room/aap-press-room-media-center/ Pages/Family-Media-Use-Plan.aspx

Celebrate the holidays with a new hairstyle!

Live at the Library presents Salsabrosa at Northtown Library, Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Musicians from the Latin music and dance group, Salsabrosa, will share incredible music and stories. This interactive experience will allow you to sing, play, and dance along with the band. “Song and dance are languages of their own,” said Anoka County Commissioner Carol LeDoux. “Come experience this energizing genre that speaks to the soul.” Learn more about authentic Latin music and hear the unique instruments and rhythms associated with Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, and more. This program is a powerful celebration of the marvelously diverse communities within Minnesota. “Salsa music makes you want to dance,” said Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister. “Learn more about the roots of salsa music and learn a few moves in this high energy performance.” Salsabrosa is presented by G.L. Berg in partnership with MELSA. The program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Northtown Library is located at 711 County Road 10 in Blaine. For more information call 763-717-3267 or visit

East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Frank Gust on Friday, December 6. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Bringing local history to life: A Civil War Christmas

Anoka County to conduct Community Health Assessment Survey

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Martha Weaver

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Public Information Manager, Anoka County

Get a jump start on your holiday celebrations by hearing about a Civil War Christmas at the Mississippi Library Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. A fashionable woman of the 1860s would have worn her very best to celebrate the season and that is just what this living history presentation brings! A spirited talk from a presenter (in full 1860s fashion), will share stories from an Anoka area perspective; how a tree might have been decorated, what Christmas treats would have been prepared, what gifts would have been exchanged and more. Guests will listen to the music of the season and get a peek at how Christmas in 1860s Anoka County would have celebrated during the hard years of the American Civil War. “Learn more about how the early settlers of Anoka County celebrated the holiday season,” said Library Board President Bob Thistle. “Some of the traditions may even still exist today.” “Considering how elaborate many holiday celebrations have become, it will be an eye opening experience to see how our ancestors celebrated the season!” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. Mississippi Library is located at 410 Mississippi Street in Fridley. This program is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. A Civil War Christmas is sponsored by the Anoka County Library, presented by the Anoka County Historical Society, and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-712-2322 or visit your local Anoka County Library or the website at

Minnesota law requires that local health agencies regularly collect citizen input about current community health standards and status. The law includes the development of a community health assessment and plan so leaders can prioritize public health services. Local agencies are required to complete this process every five years. Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services (CHES) is currently developing the 2015-19 assessment and plan. As part of the plan’s development, CHES is conducting a community health opinion survey to identify the 10 most important community health issues. The Community Health Survey can be completed either online in English or Spanish at or by filling out a paper copy. Paper copies can be found at Anoka County license centers, service centers, and libraries, as well as city offices and senior centers. Copies are also available in Arabic, Russian and Somali as well as English and Spanish. People interested in copies in these languages may contact Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services at 763-422-7427. “We appreciate the time residents take to complete the survey. While we understand time is precious, the answers provided give us an important community perspective of what citizens think should be addressed in terms of the entire community and its health,” said Carol LeDoux, Anoka County Commissioner. The survey will follow up on key issues raised during the last health assessment cycle done in 2009, and will also address issues and concerns that have emerged since then. In addition to the survey, CHES will conduct focus groups and key information interviews with representatives from other county programs and key community groups. *All responses are anonymous and cannot be associated with an individual. For questions or more information, contact Anoka County Community Health at 763-422-7030.

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Project Bookshelf at Anoka County Libraries Ava Larsen Anoka County Library

Would you like to share the magic of books with an Anoka County child who might not otherwise receive a book during the holidays? Anoka County libraries are now accepting books as gifts for children in need as part of their annual Project Bookshelf. “When kids own books, they have a sense of “I’m a Reader,” said Bob Thistle, Library Board President. “Kids love to have books they can call their own.” To participate, simply bring new, unwrapped books for children and young adults to any branch of Anoka County Library or Columbia Heights Public Library during the month of November. Books will then be distributed through Anoka County foodshelves, including ACBD, CEAP, Centennial Community Food Shelf, NACE and SACA. For more information, please visit your local Anoka County library, call Ava Larsen at 763-576-4695, or visit the library website at

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Fitness Matters


Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner

Question I really enjoy walking, but does it provide any real health benefits? Answer If walking works for you, it works for me! Truly, fitness all starts with finding something you won’t mind doing. Walking has many hidden benefits that most people overlook because it’s low impact and so easy to get started. Most people falsely assume that in order to be healthy and prevent disease, they need to perform rigorous cardio activity, but this is not always the case. Recent studies indicate that frequent walkers have lower rates of heart attacks and strokes than those who don’t walk as often, as well as lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Walking is also is great for keeping the weight off. Most people would never think taking a 30-minute walk during their lunch break or after work could do much

good, but that walk can slice off anywhere from 100-200 calories, depending on the pace and how much the person weighs. An extra 100200 calories burned each day can go a long way to prevent weight gain and keep you staying slim, especially if it’s more than you’ve done before. Another benefit of this simple exercise is that it keeps your bones strong and dense as you age, helping to prevent osteoporosis. Keep in mind that you still need to do weight-bearing exercises as the best defense against osteoporosis. Although it has many physical benefits, walking can do wonders for mental health as well. Going for a walk can be very relaxing and can easily lighten your mood when you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Even better, walking has shown to improve mental clarity and cognition. As you can see, adding a brisk, 30-minute walk to your daily routine can do wonders

for your health in the long run. But, if you can’t find a stretch of 30 minutes, go smaller and move whenever you can. Stringing three 10-minute bouts together throughout the day can be equally impactful. You simply can’t go wrong with this easy, enjoyable exercise that you can do anywhere at anytime! Don’t use weather as an excuse. When the weather gets too cold, too hot or rainy for those outdoor walks, head to your local gym. Many will allow a free pass so you can try walking indoors (and other exercises) before you buy a membership.

Aidan Thomas Potter was born on October 16 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21¼ inches long. Proud parents are Kyle Carner and Nikki Potter of Brainerd and Isanti. Bentley Joseph Eakman was born on October 28 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Keshia Helmbrecht and Ryan Eakman of Milaca. Bentley is welcomed by siblings Lillia Ann (6), Aleah Marie (5), and Mason Allen (1). Ryder Lawrence Anderson was born on November 2 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Ryan and Amanda Anderson of East Bethel. Annalise Elaine Geving was born on November 2 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 19½ inches long. Proud parents are Aaron and Jackie Geving of Cambridge. Annalise is welcomed by siblings Aston (5) and Avery (4). Oliver Liam Kooiman was born on November 11 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21½ inches long. Proud parents are David and Jennifer Kooiman of Cambridge.

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Employment Tow truck driver Wanted – Apply in person at Gerdin Auto & Tire, 3158 Bridge Street, St. Francis. MUST live within 10 minutes of the shop. No experience needed, will train. Must pass background check, have excellent driving record. No special license needed. Start your own business today. Total Look Salon & Spa station rental now available. $150/ wk. Call Shirley, 763-427-0550.

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Services Trustworthy, thorough, detailed person desiring to clean your home or do odd jobs. Call Michelle 763-571-4454. Handyman Services—call Butch at 763-300-9869 for plumbing, electrical, masonry and remodeling. Overby Painting—experienced, insured, interior, exterior, decks. Call Shawn 612-363-5108. PIANO LESSONS—Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates! Carmel 612-220-0235.

The St. Francis High School drama department could use donations of wooden suit hangers, costumes, lumber, latex paint and other building materials and plastic storage bins. Call Glenn at 763-213-1633 or email to: glenn.morehouseolson@isd15. org

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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meeting: December 9 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; January 13 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. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, December 11 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. Meetings are open to all. Visit for more info 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. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. Does your organization have a meeting or event to advertise? Contact The Courier office at 763-753-7031. We have a circulation of over 14,000.

EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Dennis 763-434-9244. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time at noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. 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

Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Hunters Inn. Call Ruth Larson at 763434-9423. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets the first Thursday of the month at the 6:00 p.m. Ham Lake VFW. For membership information call Marilyn Kappelhoff, 763-434-6599. We Serve!

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

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Carol bray Isanti county master gardener

Houseplants with health benefits One of my standby gifts is a houseplant. Houseplants not only brighten up a room with color, they give energy and many plants give health benefits. I might add, green (as in money and plants) is my favorite color. Oftentimes, health issues such as headaches, stress, heart and circulation symptoms and colds decrease when indoor plants are present. The good news is that a classic National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study found that common house-plants could improve air quality. Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethylene. The top nine air purifying plants that are most effective in removing potentially harmful chemicals, including those in paints, varnish, dry cleaning fluids, car exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke are: dragon tree, ivy, ficus, philodendrons, spider plants, peace lilies, ferns, chrysanthemums and palms.

Another reason for having houseplants is, “Houseplants make people feel calmer and more optimistic,” says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he also states studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view

recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall. Finally, plants fight fatigue and colds. According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other coldrelated illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by

increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust. Remember the healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be. So, if you’re stumped on what to give the person on your Christmas list that seems to have everything, consider giving a houseplant. A houseplant is a gift of beauty, always in style, has no calories and shows the recipient you want the best health for them and to share many future holidays with them. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www. extension. umn. edu or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. Source:

Jeff and Lisa Gardas and Nick and Carmen Anderson are excited to announce the engagement of their children, Paige Gardas to Tyler Anderson. Both are 2011 graduates of St. Francis High School. Paige attends North Dakota State University for pre-veterinary medicine and microbiology. Tyler also attends North Dakota State University for landscape architecture. The wedding will be August 2, 2014. 

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Some of you remember Rosalyn from Animal Planet’s television series, Growing Up Wolf, she was the lightcolored wolf who was fiercely protective of her power and place in the pack. Or perhaps you saw her when visiting the Wildlife Science Center in Columbus, Minnesota? Born at the Center in 1998, Rosalyn had a long life. She was one of seven wolf pups born and raised that year by the Center’s animal care specialists. Through the years, she rose through the ranks, led her pack and raised another wolf’s pups. She was large, powerful and charismatic, commanding attention from humans and wolves alike. She got her size and probably her attitude from her grandmother, a wolf from the wilds of Alaska. Rosalyn was best known for her starring role as the young alpha wolf, featured in the Animal Planet’s television

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series. People from all over the world watched her rule the pack and gradually accept the litter of pups born that spring. Over the last year, Rosayln’s age was catching up with her and she needed to be removed from her once loyal pack to a pen of her own. Still within site of other packs, she patrolled the perimeter of her pen, making sure that the other wolves didn’t approach her territory. But her favorite time of day seemed to be when the Center’s director, biologist Peggy Callahan, came to feed her and clean her pen. She was that rare kind of wolf—one

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that didn’t fear the approach or company of humans. In fact, she made every effort to get up and greet them. On Halloween, Rosalyn lost interest. The next morning, when Rosalyn failed to get up, Peggy called Dave, the Center’s veterinarian. Peggy knew it was Rosalyn’s time. As the fire slowly died from her eyes, Ros laid her head on her lifelong friend’s lap and died. Rosalyn’s life, her behavior and interactions with other wolves enriched our understanding of wolves and wolf packs. The Wildlife Science Center receives no money or aid from state or federal governments. Rosalyn survived only because of the public’s generosity. The Center established the “Rosalyn Legacy Fund” to help ensure that the remaining 52 wolves and 43 other animals who live at the Center survive and thrive. To donate, please visit www.wildlifesciencecenter. org where you can find more information about Rosalyn and the Wildlife Science Center.

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Local filmmaker creates uplifting movie filmed on the Rum River Andrea Herman Friend of Writer & Producer

Hollywood has many things coming out of it, but wholesome entertainment isn’t typically one of them. iiFilms, LLC of Minnesota understands the need for quality, familyfriendly entertainment, and has delivered, with their recent film, The Current. The Dove Foundation has given The Current their seal as a “familyapproved” and “faith-friendly” film (for ages 12+), as well as its highest rating of five Doves. The production company iiFilms is not only Minnesotabased, but Scott A. Peterson, who wrote and produced The Current, is a resident of Oak Grove. Peterson was a finalist for the Kairos Prize competition for spirituallyuplifting screenplays in 2011.

Peterson says the movie is largely a response to the script’s recognition in the competition combined with a challenge from his pastor to a group of church members to do “something impossible” for God. The Current is the story of 13-year-old Jake Larson, who is living in Chicago and loving everything about his life there when his parents decide that city violence is hitting too close to home. Wanting to raise their children in a better environment, Jake’s parents make the life-changing decision to move the family from Chicago to a campground in rural Minnesota. At the campground, a rebellious young Jake meets Peter, the boy from the farm across the river. Calling The Current an “inspirational”

Civil War Christmas at Anoka History Center Elaine Koehn ACHS Volunteer Coordinator

The Anoka County Historical Society proudly invites the public to visit the History Center for a Civil War Christmas. This spirited talk by costumed interpreter, Vickie Wendel, explores and explains the holiday traditions of the 1860s. This free presentation is offered at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5 at the History Center located at 2135 Third Avenue North in downtown Anoka. Participants will learn how to decorate a tree in a time before strings of electric lights. They will sample traditional treats that 1860 housewives would have prepared. Gifts that were exchanged were very different too, especially during the hard years of the Civil War. Join us for a memorable evening of music and laughter. The History Center is located at 2135 Third Avenue North in downtown Anoka. Please call for additional information at 763-421-0600 or visit the website at

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and “remarkable” film, The Dove Foundation’s review states, “For anyone who has struggled in life, this movie offers hope!” Peterson and an allvolunteer cast and crew filmed The Current during the summer of 2012 in various locations around Minnesota and Chicago. Much of the movie was filmed in and on the Rum River and various spots in Ramsey, Anoka, Cambridge, North Branch and Maple Grove. All together, there are more than 300 people involved in the project, including five bands whose music is a part of the film. iiFilms is partnering with individuals, churches and other groups to host one-night showings in theaters around the country. The Current will be playing in theaters around the

Free Dollars Into Sense Class Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard, Andover and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Avenue, 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 additional help.

Twin Cities; showtimes and locations are on the website. iiFilms plans to release The Current on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2014. You can see the

movie trailer at www.iifilms. com. Contact iiFilms through the website if you would like to host a showing in a theater near you.

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There was a great turnout for the Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead Celebration field trip to the Minnesota History Center in October. The Multicultural/Diversity program of Independent School District 15 coordinated the field trip with the help of Community Ed and School Board Director Dave Roberts, who collected a donation to help with the transportation expense. Dia de los Muertos is a joyful remembrance with feasts and festivities in which death is recognized as part of the natural process of living. During this important event, families gather and visit a cemetery to clean graves, paint and redecorate them. In homes, altars (ofrendas) are created with special foods, candles, marigolds, and items that had meaning to the loved one who passed away. At the event at the Minnesota History Center, participants were able to make a nicho (shadow box), clay skull and experience posada printmaking. They also saw Mexican folk dance, an Aztec dance troupe, stilt-walkers and a puppet show. A great family-friendly outing was had by all. The next multicultural event coming up is a Hmong New Year Celebration on December 13, 6:00-9:00 pm at St. Francis High School. Everyone is invited. Carline Sargent ISD 15 Multicultural/Diversity Liaison

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