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Local wildlife artist and musician will be missed BY TOM LARSON STAFF WRITER


nce in a while, a unique person comes along who has been more than inspirational to hundreds if not thousands of community residents through his generous gift of time and commitment. Jim Perleberg Sr. of Andover, a local icon for the promotion of the visual arts and music, passed away of cancer on December 16. He was a giant among local wildlife artists and musicians. Perleberg was well-known for his wildlife art, banjopicking, teaching painting to students young and old, sharing his passions, and giving of his time. He was ambitious and saw beauty in everything. He looked to the out-of-doors for inspiration for his paintings and pen and ink sketches of deer, ducks, and other wildlife. Many of his pieces are on display at the Sandhill Center for the Arts located in Bethel. Readers of The Courier may remember his Pen & Palette column that appeared from 1996 to 2003.

He was also a man of many musical talents. He shared his musical abilities freely— always playing, sometimes composing, jammin’ with friends, performing when asked, forever teaching, and always the eternal optimist. Perleberg was the founder of the Thursday night Ramble that was held monthly at Sandhill. He organized, arranged, and opened and closed the center on the fourth Thursday of the month for musicians to come and jam. The jamming at the Ramble was a tremendous outlet, not only for him, but for fellow musicians and for the audience that filled the Bethel Cabaret to listen to good music and enjoy refreshments and great company. Perleberg was one of the founders of the Sandhill Center for the Arts. As a matter of record, the name of the center was inspired and memorialized with his mural that adorns the conference room. Perleberg was one of a dozen Sandhill Center advisory council members that spearheaded the CONTINUED ON PAGE 11  LOCAL ARTIST

Jim Perleberg Sr. stands with a mural he painted on a wall at the Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel. Perleberg passed away December 16, 2009. He will be missed by many. THE COURIER PHOTO

The St. Francis City Council and Minnesota Department of Transportation authorized the reopening of the snowmobile trail through St. Francis along Highway 47. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held December 29. Pictured (L-R) are Chad Johnson of the St. Francis Sno-Ghosts Snowmobile Club, Gary Zimmerman of Sno-Ghosts and the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President David Johnson, and St. Francis Mayor Jerry Tveit. The trail runs north/south along the west side of Highway 47 only—for safety purposes due to the elementary and middle schools on the east side. There is also designated parking for snowmobiles near Billy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Snowmobiles are permitted on the east side of town only up to County Road 9. PHOTO BY DEANNA BAHR, HIGHLAND MONEY MANAGEMENT


St. Francis High School DECA (a business-marketing student organization) members held their sixth annual dodgeball tournament on November 20 to raise funds for fellow student Mike Maroney who was injured in a car accident over the summer. The games opened with an explanation of everything Maroney went through and then the teams dispersed to their courts and started getting pumped for their first game of the night. Chapter members got business sponsorships or donations to help raise money for this cause. In addition, there were two different T-shirt designs with sponsoring businesses listed on the back.

“It was super stressful putting everything together and getting all the sponsors, as well as setting everything up, but the week before the tournament, everything started coming together. It was really nice to see all of our hard work come together as a whole,” said DECA Special Events Coordinator Axel Rosar.

est profit since the tournament started six years ago. The previous high was achieved two years ago when DECA raised $2,000 and 16 teams participated. This year’s tournament generated $4,500 in revenue and had a full roster of 23 teams. After covering expenses, DECA

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On the front page of the December 2009 Courier, the word soldier was misspelled. The article was written by Rebecka Maniac, a fifth grade student at East Bethel Community School. The typo was introduced while the December issue was in production and was not the fault of the writer. Our sincere apology to Rebecka and a thank you to all our readers who found the error and let us know about it. 

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edwArd SAXtOn the Superintendent’S cOrner One of the great lessons we learn in Minnesota is delivered by the ever-changing daily weather. Toward the end of December, multiple snowflakes arrived incrementally and most certainly, the accumulation caused many of us to change or alter family plans. Now we are in the frigid grip of a cold front, and by the time this paper is published, it may well be warmer—or at least moderately warmer. How does this relate to our school system? Good question. School systems, much like the weather, affect all members of our community, our state, and even our nation. The strength of any educational system reflects the priorities of those who live and work in the school district. One of the priorities for the 2009-10 school year was to embrace technology as an instructional tool. People moved Online in '09—teacher web sites, online work orders for maintenance, electronic routing in transportation, electronic payments for school lunches, and more. We have electronic deposits for payroll, and most insurance issues can be handled online. We are increasingly becoming more and more efficient as an organization. Being an efficient organization is noteworthy, but the true test of our ingenuity will be our ability to enhance the educational opportunities offered to our students. Technology is rapidly changing the educational environment. Our teachers have better tools available for instructional enrichment. The SMART Boards installed in our K-5 classrooms will improve student engagement. We have used these boards, and the piloting teachers are extremely excited about the potential for increased learning opportunities. The electronic document cameras and projectors have allowed teachers at the middle school

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and the high school to harness the Internet as a teaching tool. Visiting a classroom in 2010 is considerably different from the 1970s, 80s, 90s, or even the first several years of this century. District 15’s Teacher Academy is grounded in the concept of researched-based instruction. These researchbased strategies, combined with innovative technology,

A friend of mine once told me, “Students understand technology. Teachers understand instruction. As soon as someone figures out how to blend generational talent, we’re in for one of the most exciting educational revolutions in history.”

As for technology:  we know it is going to change,  we know we can’t control the speed at which it will change,  we know we CAN control how we engage with the change at hand.

To sum it up, change is not on the way—it is here. Our entire staff understands and embraces the opportunity. Educationally speaking, the 2010 forecast calls for an excellent growing season. Together, let’s anticipate a bountiful harvest. 

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East Bethel Community School

Donated items create Thanksgiving baskets for area families Submitted by Katie Arnold EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

During the month of November, East Bethel Community School and Community Involvement PAC sponsored a Thanksgiving basket food collection and distribution for families in need. The St. Francis American Legion Post 622 generously donated turkeys for the baskets and the students and staff at EBCS donated over 700 pounds of food. Boy Scout and St. Francis High School student Vincent Blonigen spearheaded a toy collection at the high school to earn his Eagle Award. He collected over 100 games and donated them to all three District 15 elementary schools to add to their Thanksgiving baskets. Other boy scouts from Blonigen’s troop joined him in volunteering their time to help distribute Thanksgiving baskets the week of Thanksgiving. Along with the Boy Scouts, the A Team from the Blaine Kohl’s donated their time to our delivery efforts, as well a preparing Flash Math materials for a school wide

math initiative. Thank you to all of our volunteers who donated their time and those of you who donated food.

You truly made a difference with those families who received a basket. 

The week of Thanksgiving, Miss Olson’s second grade class put on a performance of Arthur’s Thanksgiving for their parents and relatives, as well as the first and second grade students at East Bethel Community School. The students also recited poems and sang songs between scenes of the play. 

Students loading boxes with food that was collected for Thanksgiving baskets. Submitted photo

Submitted by Miss Olson, EBCS 2nd Grade Teacher

A guest for lunch Submitted by Vicki Lawry, Jenny Darling, and April Larsen EBCS Teachers

Boy Scouts helped with pickup and delivery of Thanksgiving baskets. Vincent Blonigen, second from right, organized a toy drive at the high school and distributed them to the district’s elementary schools for their baskets. Submitted photo

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The East Bethel Community School and Community Involvement PAC sponsored our annual Caring and Sharing Tree where students and staff donated new hats and mittens. We collected several boxes during the month of December. Students who were in need were given the opportunity to choose a hat and pair of mittens. The rest of the items were donated to the North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf in East Bethel. Pictured (left) is Lillian Whitney, Corbin Brunn, and Tommy Carls adding their donations to the caring tree.

Students at East Bethel Community School love to cook. Before Thanksgiving break, they prepared lunch and dessert for Principal Angie Scardigli. Students worked on table manners and proper etiquette when having a guest over for a meal. Students prepared spaghetti, tossed salad, bread, and a whipped chocolate dessert. The room had an Italian flair with opera music playing in the background. One student escorted Mrs. Scardigli to her chair and seated her. She was asked many questions about herself, ranging from are you married, do you have any children, to do you like cars and football. She taught the students about Napkin In Lap (NIP), a term she uses with her own children at the dinner table. It was a big hit. Students are already talking about the next meal they would like to prepare for Mrs. Scardigli. Students are reading Strega Nona, a children’s book written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola, which is about an elderly lady who helps her fellow villagers and learned about not listening and eating too much food. They also worked on measuring and proportioning skills in math. Students are able to cook bi-weekly at East Bethel Community School and always look forward to the next adventure. This project is funded by the school’s very generous PTO.  

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Students prepared and sat down for a meal with their guest, East Bethel Community School Principal Angie Scardigli. They practiced table manners and etiquette. Submitted photo

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St. Francis High School

High school students practice job hunting skills with mock interviews By Dawn Abraham SFHS Counseling Center

A big thank you goes out to the St. Francis area businesses and community members for conducting a day of mock interviewing for some St. Francis High School students. Over 100 Future’s Prep Finale (FPF) students participated in a 15-minute mock interview. The interview is an excellent learning opportunity for students and for many, it was their first interview experience. “I was so nervous my hands were shaking, but once it was over it made me realize I could do this again. Mr. Forbort prepared us for the interview!” said one FPF student. The Future’s Prep Finale class is offered to juniors and seniors, and helps students prepare for life after graduation. It covers everything from post secondary education to

money management skills, as well as inventory assessments, interviewing skills, resume writing, financial aid, and more. The amount of students requesting this class almost doubled from last year due to the positive feedback from previous students. We could not have offered this great opportunity to students without the time that was donated by local volunteers. The following businesses participated in the mock interview on November 24: Laura Carlson, St. Francis Mansetti’s Pizza and Pasta; Steve Davis, SFHS assistant principal; Alysa Erickson, SFHS career advisor; Lori Gerhardson, Advanced Automotive Care, Inc.; Joe Haag, Community Pride Bank; Jennifer Helgeson, SFHS counselor; Jaymie Helle, SFHS counselor; Dana Henjum, North

Country Exteriors; Dana Hoenigschmidt, Kid’s County Childcare; John Huninghake, Nowthen Nursery; Matt Hylen, City of St. Francis; Patty Jentsch, St. Francis Veterinary Clinic; Amy Kelly, ISD 15 school board chair; Justine Larson, Bridge Street Coffee Box & Sweet Shoppe; Matt Lasiuta, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union; Chase Lenz, Edward Jones Financial; John LeTourneau, Market Forward/CO2 Partners; Heidi Olsen, Kid’s Country Childcare; Dr. Cindy Opp, Opp Family Chiropractic; Bobbie Rink, Anoka Hennepin Credit Union; Sara D. Sauer, CPA; Edward Saxton, superintendent of Independent School District 15; Tammy Sworsky, SFHS counselor; Jeff Rosseau, Village Bank; Mary Trembley, First National Investors Services, a subsidiary of

the First National Bank of Elk River; Luanne Wagner, SFHS assistant principal; and Crystal Ziebarth, Anoka

Hennepin Credit Union. Thanks again to everyone that participated. 

Area business professionals generously donated their time to the Career Center’s mock interview day. High school students had the opportunity to experience what a job interview would be like. 

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Kindergarten registration is just around the corner The November St. Francis High School students of the month were back row (L-R): Tom Hackbarth, Lindsey Rodin, Bincent Blonigen, Elizabeth Hicks, Nicole Bathke; front row: Michelle Archer, Anastasia Picha, Jared Goldeman, Kalli Haapoja, and Karlie Huebner. Not pictured were Zian Cross and Jordan Plath. Submitted by Steven Fetzik

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District-wide registration will be held at the following locations: • Lifelong Learning Center on February 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. • Lifelong Learning Center on February 24, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. • Central Service Center on February 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m. If you do not have Internet access, you may pick up the registration forms at any of the following sites: • St. Francis Elementary������������������������������� 22919 St. Francis Blvd. • Cedar Creek Community School������������������������21108 Polk St. NE • East Bethel Community School��������������������������21210 Polk St. NE • Lifelong Learning Center�������������������������������18900 Cedar Dr. NW • ISD 15 Central Services Center�����������������4115 Ambassador Blvd.

Holiday shopping helps teach math

Please come to registration with as much of the following information as possible!

Submitted by Miriam Flysjo Crossroads Special Education Teacher

Miriam Flysjo’s resource math class used newspaper ads to learn about percentages. Flysjo taught students how to figure sales tax using a calculator. Each student was given copies of the advertisements from the Thanksgiving paper. They looked through the ads to find what they would buy. Then they filled out a worksheet listing the item and sales price. Using a calculator they determined the sales tax and final price. The students enjoyed dreaming about what they would get. They did a good job calculating the sales tax and final prices.  

• If you are going to register in a private school, home school, enroll in another school district or hold back your child, please contact 763-753-7049. As of February 1, 2010 you may access kindergarten registration forms online at If you do not receive a postcard by February 5, please contact 763-753-7049.

Elementary students at Crossroads School made fleece blankets for the Adopt a Family Project sponsored by the student council. Students were able to participate in the project by making the blankets from donated fleece. Pictured is a student with educational assistant Sharon Hohn. 

Submitted by Kelly Scofield, Crossroads teacher

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These items must be completed before entering kindergarten: Student Information form – found online at Legal birth certificate from courthouse Early Childhood Screening – call 763.753.7187 for an appointment Required immunizations – 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 3 Hepatitis B, Varicella (chicken pox) – Submit immunization dates at Kindergarten registration Kindergarten physical – not required, but highly recommended

Kindergarten Entrance Age The entrance age for kindergarten students is five years on or before September 1. Early admission is not encouraged. To have your child considered for early entrance requires a specific process which takes 60 to 90 days to complete. For further information, contact the elementary principal of your child’s school. Independent School District 15 • St. Francis

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St. Francis High School

Counseling Department Highlights Submitted by Tammy Sworsky SFHS Counselor

2010-11 Registration Registration for the next school year is approaching fast for St. Francis High School students. Students want to be thinking about classes that interest them and those that may guide them in

their plans for the future. Students will be registering online January 25 though February 5. Counselors will be visiting 8th grade students at the middle school to answer any questions they may have regarding their 9th grade registration. 8th grade registration nights this year will be held at 7:00 p.m. on January 26 and 28 at the high school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration or graduation requirements, call the SFHS counseling office at 763.213.1590.

Financial Aid Night The Counseling Department and Career Center at St. Francis High School (SFHS)would like to invite all juniors and seniors and their families to our annual Financial Aid Night on Thursday, February 4. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at SFHS. This is an informational meeting focused on the financial aid application process. Our guest speaker Valerie Knopp, as-

sistant director of St. Cloud State University’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, will lead you through the entire FAFSA application and answer any questions you may have related to financing for college.

State Testing The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) have already begun at the high school. During first trimester, we administered

math, reading, and writing MCA re-take tests, and will continue to offer remediation and re-take opportunities throughout the school year for those who have not yet passed the state tests. Students taking the MCA tests for the first time will be tested in April 2010 with their grade level. Grade 9: Writing MCA Grade 10: Reading MCA Grade 11: Math MCA

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will be donating $4,000 to Mike Maroney and his family.

Maroney and his mom Deb made a special appearance and DJ Mike Starr donated his time to play music that pumped up the players and got them ready for a long night of intense dodgeball.

out through my long journey of recovery. It was also nice to see people who I didn’t even know there and supporting me,” he said. There were approximately 100 spectators who came to watch the tournament and support their friends. During the tournament, there was also a contest to see who could throw the fastest time, as well as a raffle drawing

Winter Wonderland Activity Night Submitted by Joe Fredrickson SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis Middle School held its second Activity Night on December 11. The recent snow and frosty temperatures were right in line for the theme of the evening, “Winter Wonderland.” The 6th grade portion was held from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m. and the 7th and 8th grade students were 5:30-8:00 p.m. Activities were held throughout the school. Basketball, dodgeball, and pin guard were going on in the gym. Other areas had a place to get a picture taken with friends, watch a movie, and dance to some music. A large bingo game took place in the cafeteria where prizes were on display and snacks sold. The next Activity Night will be held on Friday, February 19 with the theme of “Luau,” so find your Hawaiian shirt and get ready for fun! 

DECA held their sixth annual dodgeball tournament in November with most of this year’s proceeds going to Mike Maroney and his family. Maroney was injured in a car accident last summer. 

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“It was good to know that we are making a difference in a classmate’s life,” said DECA President Katie Mueller. When the dodgeball committee introduced Maroney to the crowd, everyone stood and applauded. Even though Maroney was disappointed he couldn’t participate, he still had a smile on his face. “It was amazing to see everyone there having a good time, as well as helping me

that included over 50 prizes,” said Maroney In the end the junior boys’ team, led by Jon Lucas, came out on top. “It was very gratifying to see a number of students step up and make the tournament a huge success. This year’s DECA members have really set the standard of excellence high,” said DECA Advisor Mr. Schleper. |

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Activity Night at St. Francis Middle School gives students an opportunity to have fun with friends. Submitted Photo

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EAT. TALK. CONNECT! Submitted by Jane Benjamin SFMS Licensed School Nurse

Anoka County Public Health department has invited St. Francis Middle School to participate in this family program. The school nurse, health teachers, and 6th grade science teachers are eager to become part of this initiative from the state health improvement plan. Parents of middle school students will have an opportunity to sign-up for EAT. TALK. CONNECT! at parent/teacher conferences on February 4 and 9, 3:30-7:00 p.m. This is an online program. Eat. Talk. Connect! is a three-month program that encourages families to develop strong connections and share their values by eating at least three meals together each week with the television turned off. The goal of three meals a week is set intentionally low to encourage participation. Please look for your school nurse at parent/teacher conferences to sign-up. It is simple—your consent and your email address is all we need to get you on board. Benefits of family meal time Personal connections are important to one’s health and success. We are all “hardwired” with a need for deep and meaningful connections with each other. Eating meals together is one of the best ways to get connected. Research shows that kids who eat five or more meals with their family each week:  are 40-60 percent less likely to smoke, use drugs or alcohol, or engage in sexual activity.  have greater academic success.  eat more nutritiously and have a reduced risk for developing disordered eating behaviors.  experience less stress and are significantly less likely to be depressed. Contact Jane Benjamin with questions at 763-213-8510. 

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St. Francis Middle School

Core 82 toy drive

Theatre productions give food for thought

Submitted by Carol Saba SFMS Math Teacher Core 82

Submitted by Brenda Langseth-Perrault SFMS Counselor

Eighth grade student cores at St. Francis Middle School have made it a tradition to give time to help others in need. For the past several years, one of the cores has collected toys and food for the Toys for Joy program. This year, Core 82 students organized the collection and donated time at the armory to help sort and pack food and gifts. In order to participate students and their parents filled out applications stating their reasons for wanting to be part of the program. Students who went to the armory said they had fun and it felt good to do something for others. 


hanks to the continued support of our SMC, 6th and 8th grade students attended peformances by CLIMB Theatre at St. Francis Middle School. CLIMB Theatre’s artists write, produce, and present plays and drama classes on topics such as bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, methamphetamine-use prevention, and the environment. On November 18, 6th grade students saw a play entitled, A*Part which focused on the importance of accepting differences. Actors expanded in

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Students collect food for North Anoka County Food Shelf Submitted by Jennifer Norstrem SFMS School Social Worker

In November, St. Francis Middle School held its annual Canned Food Drive and collected nearly 2,000 food items and over $250. All of the food and money was donated to the North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf in East Bethel. As a way to celebrate the students’ efforts and the community in which we live, work, and go to school, the school held a Community Celebration on November 19. This is a school-wide assembly where some students read essays that they had written about what they like in their community, the band and choirs performed for their classmates, a food shelf representative came to thank the students for all that was collected and donated and learned how it was benefiting our community, and the students got to be involved in seeing how they are an important part of our community as well. The celebration ended with a grocery packing relay race which involved teachers and students racing on scooters to pack a bag of groceries. It was another fun and successful event for all that were involved. 

the classrooms on this topic as well and facilitated activities which focused on under-

standing prejudice and the importance of treating each other with mutual respect. The 8th grade students started the second trimester by seeing the play, Lockdown. In this performance, students saw how bullying, harassment, and prejudice can affect not only the target, but the bystander as well. Students observed ways to stand up to such harassment whether they are the target or the bystander. The performers exemplified how difficult, yet rewarding, it can be to stand up against such behavior. 

Eighth grade students traveled to the Anoka Armory to help sort and pack food and gifts for the Toys for Joy program. 

CLIMB Theatre performers (shown above and below left) entertained and educated middle school students. CLIMB’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel young people toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community. Submitted Photo

The eighth graders from the St. Francis Middle School Jazz Band and Pop Choir took a field trip to Northtown Mall on December 16. They were very excited to perform for holiday shoppers during a morning concert. Submitted by Lora Ukaegbu, SFMS Jazz Band Director and Sandra Manglos, SFMS Pop Choir Director

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The Courier | January 2010

Cedar CreeK CommuniTy SChool

brightening a senior citizen’s day with decorated lunch bags Submitted by SAndrA benSOn CCCS CommuniTy relaTionS CoordinaTor

graders at Cedar Community School

thanksgiving food drive Submitted by cArOL wiLSOn CCCS liCenSed SChool nurSe

For 14 years, staff at Cedar Creek Community School have coordinated a Thanksgiving basket food drive. Students collect food for less fortunate families from our school community for the week prior to the Thanksgiving school break. We traditionally serve 18-24 families. Each family receives a turkey donated by the St. Francis American Legion Post 622 and games donated by Vince Blonigan and the Boy Scouts from East Bethel. The boxes are donated by St. Francis County Market. Two parent volunteers helped to box up the food—Andrea Bode and Kari Dimuzio—thank you to them. This is truly a community effort and it teaches our young people how to serve and be of service to others. 

through August. Each student will make three bags for a total of 750 bags. The bags will go to the Northeast Dinner Bell Program and will be used with their Meals on Wheels program. Each person getting Meals on Wheels will receive the cold part of their lunch in a colorful lunch bag along with a message like, “Have a Great Day” or, “Happy Lunch!”

Pictured are students in Mrs. Peterson’s classroom

working at brightening the days for our senior citizens. 

First grade students at cedar creek community School learned about the early settlers by helping to plan and participate a thanksgiving mini-feast. the menu included apple juice, trail mix, pumpkin bread and butter made by the first graders. Students also made pilgrim hats and woven placemats. thank you to the many parents and volunteers who helped to make our mini-feast at cccS a great success! Students pictured are Aubrey burns and paige Lee. SuBmiTTed By Sandra BenSon, CCCS CommuniTy relaTionS CoordinaTor

On november 20, cedar creek community School principal darin hahn (left) and Assistant principal Jill kelly (right) helped out in the lunchroom. they served lunch to the students and even helped out with the dishes. the principals do this a couple of times a year and everyone seems to enjoy it. SuBmiTTed By rhonda wieBuSCh CCCS adminiSTraTive aSSiSTanT

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are decorating lunch bags throughout the year. The bags delivered to our senior citizens along with their hot meal from November

On December 3 and 10, fourth grade students from Cedar Creek Community School went on their annual field trip. The students went downtown Minneapolis to Macy’s where they enjoyed the 8th floor display of A Day in the Life of an Elf. It was amazing to see all the animated characters and what the inside of Santa’s workshop looks like! After Macy’s, the group traveled down the street to the Howard Conn Theater to see a production of The Shoemaker and the Elves. The cast was fantastic! The play was filled with singing, dancing, and great acting. It was a great field trip for everyone. 

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Cedar Creek Community School

Schools in Action


Trinity Lutheran School

Trinity students use new classroom technology Submitted by Trinity School Staff

The Neo2 is a type of laptop for classrooms. The students can write, edit, and store text on the Neo2s. They are a battery operated keyboard that runs off the teacher’s classroom computer. These units can be used for classroom discussions, quizzes or tests where the teacher asks a yes/no, true/false, or multiple choice question. The students type their answers on the keyboard. The answers are shown on the teacher’s computer. The teacher can choose a graph to share the number of correct answers and the graph can be projected for the students to see. Recently Mrs. Koch’s second grade class enjoyed this activity. The students like using a keyboard at their own desks, and seeing the graphs showing how well they did. Cedar Creek Community School second grade students recently studied author/illustrator Eric Carle. After reading several of Carle’s books and learning how he created his amazing illustrations, they got a chance to design and create their own works of art. They practiced using Carle’s techniques, which included crayon texture rubbings, stamp and sponge printing, wet-in-wet watercolor, and tissue paper painting. The CCCS art room provided ample space for them to enjoy exploring the different materials.

The students can also do their accelerated reading quizzes and practice keyboarding without having to go to the computer lab. The teacher just has to wheel the cart that easily carries the Neo2s into the room and the fun begins!  

Submitted by Gwen Ackerson, CCCS 2nd Grade teacher

Elevate your stress threshold Submitted by Marty Hennesy, SFMS; Yvonne Hanzlik, SFE; Ann Merkouris, DAPE; Rowena Angell, CCCS/SFHS District 15 Physical Education Specialists

The holidays have come and gone so quickly. Did you remember to take a little time for yourself and relax? In the book, Spark, John Ratey, M.D. says, “As far as your brain is concerned, stress is stress—the difference is in degree.” There are many kinds of stress such as social stress, physical stress, and metabolic stress. Not all stress is a bad thing. Stress in small doses helps people learn to cope and solve problems, but in large doses, the brain tries to decide whether it should stay or run away. Actively coping with stress through exercise can be healthy. Get out and exercise at least once a day to help eliminate stress and inactivity. Ratey also says, “The paradox is that our wonderful ability to adapt and grow doesn’t happen without stress—we can’t have the good without a bit of the bad.” 

Handling the stress of being a student


n light of the country’s economic downturn, few topics are as prevalent as stress. In the course of the last year, many families have suffered the loss of their income, and many more have even lost their homes.

The reality of a recession always illustrates the problem of stress. But for the nation’s students, stress is a reality that, unlike economic woes, is more permanent than it is temporary. Handling stress is a large part of being successful in the classroom, particularly as students advance through high school and into higher education. But handling stress is different for everyone, and there are a myriad of healthy ways in which students can cope with stress.

 Combine regular exercise with a healthy diet. Studies abound as to the mental benefits of exercise. Exercise not only improves a person’s physical health, but also has a positive impact on mood, oftentimes making it easier to cope with stress. Part of that is because exercise relieves muscle tension, which can build up greatly in individuals suffering from significant stress. In addition, the negative effects of stress can be weight gain and other damaging physical effects, making exercise especially important for those under constant stress. While a healthy diet can be difficult for the nation’s continued on page 30 » Handling Stress

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Students in Mrs. Koch’s second grade class use the new Neo2, a type of laptop for classrooms at Trinity School. Submitted Photo

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For children ages birth-kindergarten and their parents Lifelong Learning Center Saturday January 30 • 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Cost is $1.00 per child; max. of $3.00 per family AND a non-perishable food item for local food shelves. Bring the family and enjoy some fun activities, games, crafts, face-painting, and much more. Try out the inflatable jumper! Shop at the Scholastic Book Fair and yes, the “Basket Raffle” will be back, with tickets on sale at the event only. Hope to see you there! Sponsored by the Early Childhood Advisory Council* For more information, call 763-753-7170 *The Advisory Council will accept donations such as gift certificates to local businesses or items for the baskets. If you have a home-based business and would like to donate complete baskets or products, your business will be acknowledged at the carnival. If you are interested in making any donations for this event, contact Lorrie Martin at 763-753-7173 or

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Celebrating Baby Dates: Fridays, January 29 & February 5 Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Fee: FREE Your baby must be nine months of age or younger when you attend this event. Enjoy songs and games together and meet others who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising a baby. Don’t forget to pick up your free gift!

Events Family Fun Morning and Night Early Childhood Family Education has a variety of times you and your young children can come and play with us! Fee for each event: $4 per child per time; maximum $12 or three punches per family (limit 4 children/adult) Location: Lifelong Learning Center Pop In and Play Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Days: Thursdays now-January 21 Tuesdays, January 26- March 23 Dates and Themes: January 7: Winter Fun January 14: Pizza Pie January 21: Let’s Go Shopping January 26: Polar Bears & Penguins February 2: Red, Red Everywhere February 9: Messy Moments Marvelous Mondays Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Dates: Mondays, January 11 February 8 March 8 April 12

Make Way for Learning: Ooey Gooey Dates: Wednesdays, January 13 & 20 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child or two punches

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For Parents Only! Kids, Money & Values Thursday, January 21 6:30-8:00 p.m. $3 per person/$5 per couple In these economic times, children need to understand, learn to use and value money. The messages parents convey through their own use of money influence those habits from the earliest years. Learn how to teach children about money, how to avoid overindulgence and examine how your values and examples will influence children, now and in the future. Presenters: Kathy Solem and Janine Atwell, licensed parent educators from Rescue Parenting. Deadline to register for this workshop is January 19.

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The Courier | January 2010

Resolutions By Sandy Farder Adult Basic Education Coordinator

I am definitely going to start working out after the holidays. I am going to quit smoking right after the holidays. I am going to start my diet after the New Year. Starting in January, I am going to get myself organized. Does any of this sound familiar? While these are all noble ambitions, I have a suggestion for another resolution: why not prepare yourself for a Jim Perleberg Sr. was a great patron of the arts. Whether it was teaching students how to paint and draw or involving community members to have fun and jam at the Sandhill Ramble, his presence will be missed. The Courier Photo

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building conversion project, spoke with community members, addressed the ISD 15 School Board, and worked tirelessly to make the center a viable location for people to learn, play, and gather—all with an eye on promoting the arts. Perleberg’s inspiration will continue in his art, some of which is on display at the Sandhill Center. His name will live on at the center’s conference room that holds the sandhill crane mural he painted. The room will be renamed in his honor as the Jim Perleberg Sr. Conference Room. Above all else, everyone who knew him, know that he was most proud of being a husband, father, and grandfather. |

Offerings through the Rec Department

Girls Softball Clinic Skills that will be covered include throwing, fielding, hitting, base running, and pitching. Who: Girls grades K-6 Dates: Sundays, February 21 and 28 Times: 1:00-3:00 p.m. Pitching/Catching at 3:00-3:30 p.m. (included in clinic fee) Location: St. Francis High School Gym Instructors: SFHS Softball Coaches Carolyn Thompson and Al Schlomann Fee:

$25 includes T-shirt. To receive T-shirt player must be registered by February 17, 2010.

Youth Baseball Camp Winter baseball camp is designed to cover skills including pitching, catching, throwing, hitting, and defensive fundamentals. Players should bring a glove, tennis shoes, and youth bat (if available). Who: Location: Dates: Times:

Boys grades 3-8 St. Francis High School Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21 Grades 3-5 12:00-1:30 p.m. Grades 6-8 2:00-3:30 p.m. Instructors: Brian Julson, SFHS head baseball coach SFHS assistant baseball coaches and current SFHS baseball players Fee: $25 for one day (includes T-Shirt) $40 for both days (includes T-Shirt) To receive a T-shirt player must be registered by March 11, 2010. Register now at

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Most shows sell out quickly. Reservations must be made prior to the event. Reserve your seat early by calling 763-213-1641 and use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Reservations can also be made on the web site at Or mail your registration to: Lunch Bunch c/o Sandhill Center for the Arts 4115 Ambassador Blvd. St. Francis, MN 55070

Groups are welcome! For more information about Sandhill Center for the Arts, call 763-213-1616. Sandhill Center for the Arts is a division of ISD 15 Community Education & Services

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brighter future? If you have been thinking about pursuing a better job, preparing for college, finally taking the GED exam, or finishing up the credits to earn your high school diploma, I encourage you to take that step now. At Independent School District 15 Adult Basic Education, which is located at the Lifelong Learning Center, we can help you accomplish all of those goals and more. We have a range of hours to accommodate most schedules, and we have a proficient, warm and understanding staff of teachers and volunteers to help guide you towards that future you desire. We offer in-class and on-line curriculum, and we can tailor your study plan to suit your needs. Our services are free and so is our encouragement. Every-


one who works or volunteers here is committed to education and the advancement of our students. I truly believe anyone walking into our program will find themselves warmly greeted and kindly treated by a professional and friendly staff. We make no judgments other than great respect for those making a decision to improve their lives through education. If you are interested or know anyone who could benefit from our program, please call Sandy at 763-753-7190 or find our information in the Community Education link on the District 15 web site. If you take this step, my staff and I will do everything possible to help you realize your resolutions. All you need to bring with you is a willing spirit and the determination to succeed. 

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.

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


The Courier | January 2010

School Board Highlights School Board Highlights

December 14, 2009 By Pat Johnson Staff Writer

Lifelong Learning Center Site Report Program Supervisors Nancy Wallace, Early Childhood Family Education and Tim Finn, Early Childhood Special Education, briefed the school board on what is happening at the Lifelong Leaning Center. After giving a short introduction on Preschool Place 15, a video was played. This school year is significant for the PP 15 program because the regular and special education programs have been meshed together. It is a giant step to integrate special services, that once was separate, into regular classes for both staff, students, and parents. The center’s goal is to create classrooms that are accessible to all students. PP 15 serves 285 students; 74 of those students are receiving Early Childhood Special Services for either developmental disabilities or speech/language needs. PP 15 curriculum focuses on learning, readiness, and growth. Both students and parents receive education and support. During the school year, approximately 1,300 children and families will participate in events and classes held at the Lifelong Learning Center. The Crier field trip to Washington, D.C. Advisor Glenn MorehouseOlson and students Alexan-

dra Schwalbe, Zoey Olson, and Zachary Knudson from the St. Francis High School student newspaper The Crier, thanked school board members for allowing them to take a trip to National Scholastic Press/Journalism Educators Association Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. in November. Morehouse-Olson presented the board with a certificate. Each student described what they liked best about the trip and what new techniques they can implement to improve the newspaper. Schwalbe, co-editorin-chief, earned a ranking of excellence in news writing at the conference. Olson, copy editor, staff writer, and editorial cartoonist, earned an honorable mention in editorial cartooning. Morehouse-Olson informed the board that in two years, the conference will be held in Minneapolis and her students were asked to help in the planning of the event. Student Report St. Francis High School students Dylan Sowers and Jakki Thompson highlighted events happening at the high school. During the December 5 girls basketball game against Duluth East, Melissa Borstner scored 37 points during the game, a personal best. The StarTribune named her Athlete of the Week. The Saints boys hockey game against East Ridge on December 3 was televised on Fox Sports North. During the game, Joey Benik scored a hat

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trick. He was named KARE 11 Athlete of the Week. A spaghetti dinner benefit was held December 18 to help Alex Baluff’s family. Baluff was involved in a serious accident this past fall. There was Bowling for Baluff held after the dinner at Patriot Lanes. Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton presented board member Renee Lipinski with a plaque commending her four years of service to the district. Lipinski reflected on her tenure and sited mixed emotions about leaving the board. She is glad her children are students in the district. The Minnesota Department of Education requested SFHS be a site for a meeting about Race to the Top, a federally funded program. Awards in Race to the Top will go to states that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling, and comprehensive education reform. Each state must apply by January 13, 2010 and will be notified in April if they were awarded dollars. Truth in Taxation Director of the ISD 15 Business Office Mae Hawkins presented the Truth in Taxation information during the board meeting. A PowerPoint presentation analyzed the 2009-10 budget information and the 2008-09 audited financial information. Technology Integration

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Board Member Harry Grams School Board Perspective Happy New Year everyone! The first of the year always seems a time to reflect on the year gone by, and even though I don’t consider myself to be a “reflective person,” there is one thing that stood out in 2009. If you look up the meaning of “community” in Webster’s Dictionary, you’ll find one of the definitions as, “A group of people living in a particular local area.” That doesn’t even scratch the surface as it relates to our school district and community.

Collin Minshull, Technology Integration Specialist, spoke about helping teachers blend technology into their classroom lessons. Minshull is the go-to-guy for teachers who need help with technology. Students are excited to have it in the classroom and truly benefit from the experience. 

In the last few months, we’ve had members of our district experience life changing challenges. Instead of shaking our heads and offering condolences, people (friends and community members) stepped up to help out. I watched as friends and family members reached out to help the families of two of our high school students, injured

School Board Meeting Schedule

School Board Members

School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, January 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

23615 Highway 47 in St. Francis

Out-going District 15 school board member Renee Lipinski (left) received a recognition plaque for her four-year service from Superintendent Ed Saxton at her last official board meeting on December 14.  The Courier Photo

Monday, February 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Vice Chair 763-434-9457

in separate traffic-related accidents. I’ve watched district employees help co-workers and their families, whose lives were affected by health issues or lost property due to fire. I have also watched people taking it upon themselves to help others less fortunate during the holiday season. This is beside what other local organized groups such as the Lions Club and Jaycees already donate to our community. A quote from writer Robert Allen states, “In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, isolated, and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.” As 2010 progresses, I hope you have time to take an active role in your community. If you’re a parent of a student, please take time to be active with the school district and your child’s education. I hope all of you have a good 2010.  

Independent School District 15

Sandy Grams, Director 763-434-7564 Harry Grams, Treasurer 763-856-4350 Joe Haag, Clerk 763-753-6298 Amy Kelly, Chair 763-753-4282 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director, 763-444-9996

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Community & Business Finding opportunities in challenging times

Family matched to the first Habitat for Humanity home built in St. Francis Submitted by Cristen Porter Homeowner Training & Engagement, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity


obert and Amy Chavez and their family have recently been matched and begun their partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) through the Habitat Homeownership Program. The home they will be purchasing is the first Twin Cities Habitat home built in St. Francis.

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he Anoka County Board of Commissioners is proposing a 2010 budget of $257.8 million, a decrease of nearly 4.4 percent from the 2009 adopted budget. The resulting county property tax levy will be $122.17 million, a reduction of $406,000 from the proposed levy adopted in September. The process of preparing the 2010 budget began more than a year ago when Board Chair Dennis Berg directed departments to begin identifying areas where cuts could be made while keeping core services intact. More than $4 million worth of cuts were identified and adopted by the Board of Commissioners for 2009 to offset $3.6 million in reduced state aid due to unallotment. There were several challenges in the process of streamlining services for 2010, including the addition of operating costs for the new Public Safety Center, the likelihood that an additional $3.2 million in state aid will be unallotted, and a new state mandate requiring metro counties to bear the cost of medical transportation services.

“I have been energized by this entire process and the opportunity it has presented to reshape county government and focus on our core responsibilities,” said Board Chair Dennis Berg. “The lagging economy has caused contractors and vendors to roll back prices, which, coupled with the County’s AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, has provided us with tremendous opportunities for savings on some of our biggest projects, including technology upgrades at our libraries and road projects.” 2010 will be a big year for rehabilitation of existing roadways, with more than $5 million targeted for the

Robert works for Target Corporation in Minneapolis and Amy is working part-time with New Life Church. And as a family they will spend time working on homes that have been matched to other families in the Homeownership program, and they will hopefully have an opportunity to work on the second TCHFH home that will begin in St. Francis.

The Chavez family are looking forward to moving into their new home, the first Twin Cities Habitat home built in St. Francis. Submitted photo

annual overlay program and $450,000 for bridge maintenance, crack sealing, signal painting, and rail crossing repairs. With the assistance of federal stimulus monies, projects that were delayed in 2009 will be built in 2010, including upgrading the bridge and interchange at Main Street (CSAH 14) and I-35E in Lino Lakes. This project includes safety, as well as capacity improvements for the entire interchange and ramps. The Anoka County Regional Railroad Authority levy decreased by nearly 10 percent and Northstar, the state’s first commuter rail line, began operation November 16, 2009. Combining the county and

rail levy, and assuming a market value decrease of 7.8 percent, an Anoka County home, now valued at $209,300, down from $227,010 last year, will experience a property tax increase of 1.53 percent, or less than one dollar per month. On average, residential home values in Anoka County decreased 7.8 percent. Commercial and industrial property values decreased an average of 3.2 percent. In the midst of the recession, Anoka County has maintained its excellent Moody’s rating and earned a AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s. The AAA rating is given to less than 1 percent of rated entities. 

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Some departments such as the medical examiner, libraries, and license centers have reduced hours, but continue to provide service. The sagging economy, combined with the unallotment of state aid, has increased pressure on staff. However, leaving vacant positions open longer has helped minimize the number of layoffs. The number of full time employees (FTE) at Anoka County in 2010 will be nearly identical to the number of FTEs in 2001, although the County’s population has grown by more than 10 percent in that same time frame according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Events, Fundraisers, Benefits NOWTHEN LIONS

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Nowthen Lions announces their 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast. Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 23. Pancakes will be served from 8:00 a.m. until noon at Nowthen Alliance Church, 19653 Nowthen Boulevard in Nowthen. The cost of the event is a free-will donation. All of the money raised during this fundraiser will be used for projects within the city of Nowthen. There will also be free health screening (9:00 a.m.-noon) and free activities for kids. For more information, please call Brad at 612-290-3594 or Larry at 763257-4967. For information about joining the Nowthen Lions, please call George at 763-350-8513.

Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd, Andover) and again at 7:00 p.m. at the Blaine Human Services Center (1201 89th Ave, Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help.

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Long Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring an ice fishing contest on Saturday, February 6 on Long Lake in Isanti. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at Captain’s on Long Lake. See ad on page 17 for more details.

Food will be distributed to anyone who shows up on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Food will be distributed from the Isanti Community Center, 121 Norelius Street in Isanti. Sponsored by Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors— the people of the United Methodist Church. For more information, call 763-4136896 or 763-269-1548.

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Land of Lakes Choirboys are holding auditions for boys ages 5-12 now. Call 763-2138105 for more information.

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Anoka Tech College Anoka February 17 –OR– March 24 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church St. Francis January 26 & 28 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Andover Senior Center Anoka/Andover January 27 • 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Anoka Tech College Anoka January 20 • 5:00-9:00 p.m. & January 23 • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Nowthen Alliance Church Anoka January 27 –OR– February 24 –OR– March 29 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Anoka Senior Center Anoka March 24 & 26 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Anoka Senior Center Anoka February 26 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Connexus Energy Anoka/Ramsey February 10 & 11 Noon-4:00 p.m.

National Sports Center/ SCHWAN Center Blaine January 18 –OR– February 15 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Andover Senior Center Anoka/Andover February 23 & 24 • 5:30-9:30 p.m. –OR– March 30 & 31 • 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church St. Francis February 25 –OR– March 29 5:30-9:30 p.m.

National Sports Center/ SCHWAN Center Blaine February 13 • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Driver Improvement course is open to the public; however, preregistration is requested. A MN Highway Safety & Research Center certified instructor teaches this class. Driver safety, confidence and comfort are enhanced by utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field, including the latest visual scanning and steering techniques, anti-lock braking (ABS) skills, airbag information, driver distraction, road rage and new vehicle technology. Persons age 55 and older who complete the course qualify for a 10% discount on their auto insurance premiums for three years, according to Minnesota law. First time participants must complete an eighthour course. Repeat persons are required to take a four hour refresher course. Approximate savings of $300.

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Senate district 48 dfl precinct caucuses

Tuesday, February 2 7:00 p.m. At the caucuses, DFLers will cast a gubernatorial-preference ballot that will determine how Minnesota’s delegates to the state convention in April are allocated among the gubernatorial candidates. They will also debate resolutions that any caucus attendee may introduce for possible inclusion into the Minnesota DFL Party’s platform, elect precinct chairs for the next two years, and select delegates for the upcoming district convention on March 16, 2010 at 7:00 at Anoka High School. Anyone who will be eligible to vote in Minnesota by November 2, 2010 may vote at the caucus. For more information, contact Dolores Voorhees at 763-753-8611.

St. Francis Lioness, Lions, and friends celebrated another successful year. This holiday season, the group gave gifts to needy families, fruit boxes and a cheerful “we care” to area senior citizens, and hosted Breakfast with Santa. The St. Francis Lioness and Lions thank all who came to enjoy the day and help, especially relatives and friends and the St. Francis Ambassadors, a very special group of young ladies. The St. Francis Lioness and Lions wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year. Submitted photo

Locations East Bethel Community Ctr 2241 221st Street NE Bethel, MN 55011 Oak Grove City Hall 19900 NW Nightingale Oak Grove, MN 55011 Nowthen City Hall 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Nowthen, MN 55303 Anoka High School 3939 North 7th Avenue Anoka, MN 55303 Ramsey Elementary School 15000 Nowthen Blvd. Anoka, MN 55303 Elk River High School 900 School Street Elk River, MN 55330

On December 6, the Coon Rapids VFW hall was crowded with families of eager children for the annual Children’s Christmas Party. The event targets the children and grandchildren of VFW members and the families of deployed troops. There were games, contests, and lots of food, but the highlight was the visit from Santa (Mike King of Andover). Accompanied by Mrs. Claus (Maria King), Santa took requests for everything from cheese to a jet airplane. Each child went home with a stuffed animal and a gift bag from Santa, courtesy of the Coon Rapids VFW. Sienna VanBellinger, granddaughter of Roger and Mary Kay Kath of Coon Rapids, gives Santa a big hug.  Submitted photo

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Resolution ideas to consider Each and every New Year, millions of people resolve to make positive changes in their life. Known as New Year’s resolutions, these ideas or commitments can fall by the wayside or prove to be a positive lifechanging experience. Some of the more popular resolution ideas include:  Lose weight  Save more and spend less  Visit a foreign country  Volunteer to help the less fortunate  Start (or finish) writing that novel  Quit smoking tobacco  Be more environmentallyfriendly  Reduce stress  Spend more time with the family  Read more, watch less television What’s on your list?

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Winter Fun January Programs in anoka County Parks Submitted by JenniFer FinK markeTing & CommuniCaTions manager, anoka CounTy parks & reCreaTion deparTmenT

Indoors or out, there are plenty of fun activities to try in Anoka County parks, ranging from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to indoor astronomy and birding classes. Ski by the Light of the Moon Enjoy the beautiful crosscountry ski trails at Chomonix Golf Course under a full moon. After skiing we will gather for dinner around the fireplace. This event is open to skiers of all ages and abilities. A limited supply of skis is available for rental. The program includes skiing and dinner. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $12/adult and $8/child (plus tax). Saturday, January 30; 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Chomonix Golf Course in Lino Lakes. Learn to Cross-Country Ski Learn how to cross-country ski in one of Anoka County’s most beautiful parks. Crosscountry skiing is a lifelong activity for people of all ages and abilities. The activity fee includes ski rental, instruction, and cross-country skiing. No experience necessary. Maximum of 10 participants. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $15/adult and $10/ youth ages 8-12 years old (plus tax). Times and locations offered: Saturday, January 16; 10:00 a.m.-noon, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids Saturday, January 16; 2:004:00 p.m., Bunker Hills Campground Visitor Center, Coon Rapids

10th Annual Snow Day The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with the Lino Lakes and Blaine Parks and Recreation Departments, is pleased to present the 10th annual Snow Day event. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to partake in a variety of activities including snow shoeing, ice fishing, kick-sledding, cross-country skiing, winter crafts, live animal displays, and more. This is a free event, open to the public. Come and play in the snow! For more information call the Wargo Nature Center at 651-429-8007. Saturday, January 30; 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes. Searching for the Stars Join us for this family astronomy series to learn about the night sky in all its splendor! We will use telescopes and hands-on activities outside to learn about the stars, sun, moon, planets, and dark sky objects. Class will take place regardless of weather. Class is appropriate for ages 7 and older accompanied by an adult. Each family will receive a FREE Galileoscope telescope by attending two out of the three sessions. Pre-registration is required. Register online at or call 651-429-8007. Fee: Each session: $4/adult, $2/youth (plus tax).

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Join us for tracking instruction before heading out on snowshoes to explore the habitat and wildlife found in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve in the north metro area. We’ll look for otters, red fox, deer, mink, and all of our feathered winter friends before warming up around the fire with a hot beverage and some goodies at the Wargo Nature Center. Pre-registration is required through the Department of Natural Resources by calling 218-833-8628. Fee: $15/person. Sunday, January 17; 1:004:00 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes.

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Winter Bird Walk It is time to begin your 2010 bird list. January birding does not produce the longest bird lists but it does provide an opportunity to spot our visiting winter birds. We will explore two sites near the Wargo Nature Center. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. Register online at or call 651-429-8007. Fee: $4/person (plus tax). Saturday, January 9; 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes. 

A rink building day was held and over 20 association volunteers showed up to assemble the boards around the rink. The volunteers were supplied with coffee from Caribou Coffee in Ramsey and donuts from St. Francis County Market. Wolfe has spent numerous hours putting on the finishing touches. Outdoor recreation is a part of our community. The well-maintained outdoor rink in St. Francis is busy every day of the week. The rink in Oak Grove will provide another great opportunity for the community to enjoy skating. The rink officially opened on December 16 and is located on the south side of the Oak Grove City Hall. 

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The outdoor rink is a collaboration between the city and the youth hockey association. The hockey association is responsible for the building and maintenance of the rink. The St. Francis Youth Hockey Association (SFYHA) raised $5000 for building the rink. The youth hockey teams will have scheduled practices at the rink and there will also be many hours available for open hockey.

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aul Wolfe, a St. Francis Youth Hockey Association board member and city of Oak Grove resident, proposed an outdoor skating rink to the city months ago. Wolfe spent many hours researching and gathering information to present to the city.

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St. John Lutheran Church welcomes you to our monthly dinner

AT THE GAME Delicious homemade tailgate foods Saturday, January 30 • 4:00-8:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., serving from 4:30-7:00 p.m. DJ until 8:00 p.m. by JT Entertainment Tickets for the dinner are available at the church or at the door. Adults $8 ($10 at door) Children 6-12 $4 ($5 at door) 5 and under FREE Questions, please call the church office at 763-441-3646

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Who sticks around in winter?

How can a mammal count be made?

By Mary A. Spivey Community Education Coordinator, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Enter Dawn Tanner, a PhD student in the University of Minnesota Conservation Biology Program. Part of her thesis involves the use of remote cameras and baits to attract animals. She can get a picture snapped and develop an inventory of mammals present in the area.

When warm temperatures go south along with the sandhill cranes, some animals remain to continue a life-asusual routine even though the ground is covered in snow. Which animals remain, which head out, and why? The answers to these questions are found in the study of ecology, or how living organisms interact with their surroundings, as well as with a handful of remote cameras and lots of eyes! First, it is necessary to determine which organisms stick around in winter. A pair of eyes and time outdoors are good choices for this project. The annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is one way to observe resident birds. The oldest citizen science endeavor in the world, the Christmas Count involves people simply observing the birds present in a given area on a given day and reporting their findings to Audubon. The result is an extensive database used by scientists the world over to gain insight into the distribution, behavior, and status of winter bird populations. Results for the 2009 count are still under analysis, but reports from the 2008 Cedar Creek count showed 36 species sighted, including record numbers of wild turkey and cardinals, many chickadees and juncos, and five sightings of red-headed woodpeckers. Birds that remain in northern climes have adapted physical, physiological, and behavioral ways to endure the season. As an example, resident red-headed woodpeckers feed on acorns and insects

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Two birds that migrate, common loons and sandhill cranes, eat fish and other insects that are not available in winter when lakes and marshes are covered in ice. Their bodies cannot tolerate the downward shift in temperatures and they are forced to relocate to warmer areas to survive. All animals survive within a certain range of temperatures; if an area becomes hotter or colder than the normal range, the animal must find an area with compatible conditions to ensure survival. Birds in the wild are fairly easy to observe when compared with mammals. Elusive by instinct, mammals are usually wary of man. Also, as warm-blooded creatures, mammals require a lot of food to keep a constant internal temperature and therefore need a larger chunk of land to find this food. Mammals tend to be more spread out than birds—and that makes them more challenging to count.

A raccoon and deer wandered into the camera’s range. Photos by dawn tanner

Mammals survive in winter because their bodies maintain a stable inner temperature. As long as they find enough food to fuel the internal combustion process, they will survive. Adaptations to help survival include thick fur coats, dens in trees or underground, and the ability to concentrate blood flow to the chest and abdomen while limiting it to the legs, ears, and tail. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is a 5400 acre ecological research site in central Minnesota with natural habitats that represent the entire state. Cedar Creek is owned and operated by the University of Minnesota in cooperation with the Minnesota Academy of Science. Through research, conservation, and education, Cedar Creek will continue to bridge the gaps between science, community, and government. 

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they stashed in tree cavities before the snows fell. Like woodpeckers, seed-eating chickadees and nuthatches also cache seeds and supplement their winter foraging by frequent visits to area bird feeders. To stay warm, they fluff their feathers to trap more air that, in turn, acts as an insulator. Birds can also develop a layer of fat as a food store, concentrate their blood supply around the body core, shiver to stay warm, and reduce their physical activity which in turn reduces their metabolic needs.

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Door Prizes throughout the event • Kids Prizes Same Day Raffle • Hot Food and Drinks Tickets are $10 per hole and available presale and on the lake. No portable ice houses, coolers or glass containers please. Complete set of rules available at the weigh-in table. Contact Randy or Josie Bettinger at 763-753-4962 or at for more information. This event is a fundraiser for the Nowthen Lions Club. Look for parking signs at the lake. Special assistance available for those in need.

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Women’s outdoor adventure series offered Submitted by JenniFer FinK anoka CounTy parks & reCreaTion deparTmenT

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undle up for winter and spend some cold dark nights with a good book or two! Winter Jackets, Anoka County Library’s winter reading program for adults, runs through February 28. Celebrate reading this winter by participating in Winter Jackets and add even more enjoyment to your reading! Participants in Winter Jackets receive a bookmark and a short review form to complete about a book they’ve read during the program. When submitted, the review form serves as an entry into a prize drawing for Barnes & Noble gift cards. All library users ages 17 and older are encouraged to participate. In celebration of reading this winter, Anoka County Library will have visits from must-read local authors Jim Bruton, Mary Janice Davidson, Brian Freeman, and Julie Kramer. These events are free and open to the public. Join in the Winter Jackets fun and meet some of Minnesota’s talented authors. “We take so little time for ourselves these days that the simple act of reading a book can be both tranquil and refreshing,” said Anoka County Commissioner and Library Liaison Jim Kordiak. “We need to recognize the importance of taking care of ourselves, and reading a book is not only educational, but also refreshing and rewarding.”

Join other women in experiencing the great outdoors by participating in one or more of the following activities. This series of programs is designed for women and is in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” Program. Each session includes light refreshments, the use of topof-the-line equipment, expert instruction, and the chance to experience the beauty of several Anoka County Parks in the north metro area. Space is limited to allow for hands-on instruction and is geared for women 15 years and older. Pre-registration is required. Register online at or call 651-429-8007.


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We’ll explore the night sky and all its wonders. Each participant will receive a FREE high quality Galileoscope telescope. Fee: $15/person

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Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, February 6 on Long Lake in Isanti

Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at Captain’s on Long Lake $10 cost per pre-drilled hole

The fishing contest will be held inside a roped-off area on Long Lake. Contest begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m. Largest game fish: $300 (must be Minnesota DNR game fish) Most fish caught: $200 (minimum 3 fish of any species) Smallest game fish: $50 (must be Minnesota DNR game fish) First bullhead: $50 Ice fishing prizes awarded at Captain’s at approximately 3:00 p.m. All money prizes will be issued.

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First Prize: New Eskimo ice auger Second Prize: Eskimo Portable Fish House Third Prize: 4 tickets to Minnesota Twins home game Fourth Prize: $50 gift certificate at Captain’s on Long Lake The raffle drawing to be held at Captain’s at 3:30 p.m. (Need not be present to win)

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from page 17 adventure SerieS Winter Sampler This is a great opportunity to sample a variety of winter recreation activities. All equipment is provided. Try your hand at cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Norwegian kick-sledding and ice fishing. Fee: $15/person (plus tax). Sunday, February 21; 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes. Making Maple Syrup Learn how to turn maple sap into delicious maple syrup. We will cover identifying which tree to tap, and all the steps involved in tapping, evaporating, cooking, and tasting the final product. Fee: $15/person (plus tax). Sunday, March 14; 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes.

Birding and Brunch We’ll spend the morning in the beautiful Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area watching for spring migrants and then enjoy a gourmet brunch. Binoculars provided. Fee: $15/person (plus tax). Sunday, April 25; 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Carlos Avery Wildlife Refuge, Forest Lake. 

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In 1886, Saint Paul was America’s fastest growing city. Growing to 120,000 residents in 1886, Saint Paul had also become America’s third largest rail center. To celebrate their city’s success, Saint Paul business leaders produced the inaugural Saint Paul Winter Carnival, which was held during the first two weeks of February in 1886. In addition to showcasing Saint Paul, the business leaders wanted to disprove a New York newspaper reporter who had described their beloved city as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in the winter.” Patterned after Montreal’s Winter Carnival, the first Saint Paul Winter Carnival included parades, skiing, snowshoeing, a blanket tossing contest, and push ball, a game played with giant balls. The most successful attractions were its ice castle and six large toboggan slides.

erik James Stitt received the rank of eagle Scout from troop 418 on august 17, 2009 after completing a baseball field and backstop project for Cedar united methodist Church. erik and many volunteers spent more than 400 work hours on his project. He raised more than $1700 through fundraising and donations to be able to complete the project. erik was honored at a Court of Honor Ceremony on december 19. Pictured with him are his parents, don and Julie Stitt from oak grove. submiTTed pHoTo

Congratulations to matthew billings on achieving his eagle Scout rank. billings is a senior at St. Francis High School and a member of St. Francis boy Scout troop 511 which is chartered by the St. Francis Lions. in addition to the boy Scouts of america required rank advancements and merit badges, billings raised funds and coordinated the construction of over 135 blankets for the Linus Project. to join troop 511, please contact Committee Chair diane racette at 763-444-4192. submiTTed pHoTo Paramedic Paul nei (left) demonstrates the Heimlich maneuver to the Webelos of Pack 521 to help them earn their readyman badge. if your son is interested in joining the fun and education of Cub Scout Pack 521, contact Simone Cole at 763-753-8661. submiTTed pHoTo

Throughout its 122-year history, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has been an integral part of the social fabric of Saint Paul. This year, the 2010 Winter Carnival, the Coolest Celebration on Earth, will take place January 21-31 at locations all around downtown Saint Paul and surrounding areas. Visit for details on some great family winter fun. 

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Letters to the editor We would like to thank everyone who showed their kindness, love, and support in this time of need. Whether it was planning the benefit, making a donation, attending or offering your much needed support and prayers, it was greatly appreciated. To those of you who don’t even know us, your kindness has been very overwhelming. Because of all of you, the benefit was a great success. We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. We are very blessed to have all of you in our lives to help us through this difficult time. We hope that someday, your kindness can be repaid. In the end, I just want to make sure that people do understand that it did mean a lot. It really did. All of your support, thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated. Mark & Michelle Shultz and family

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Holiday coloring contest winners announced Submitted by Alicia Loehlein St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce

The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce held its second annual children’s holiday coloring contest in December. The contest was open to children ages 4-12. Prizes were awarded for first, second and third place in three age categories. Entries were posted at McDonald’s and County Market in St. Francis. Below are names of the winners: Ages 4-6  Arthur Negus, age 4  Brady Deibeit, age 5  McKenna Littlewolf, age 6 Ages 7-9  Maruka Padillor, age 7  Jacob Deibeit, age 8  Ashley Brooks, age 9 Ages 10-12  Kimika Padilla, age 10  Dana Neumann, age 11  Anthony Norman, age 12 Thank you to the many area businesses who donated prizes: Village Bank, McDonald’s, Subway, Mansetti’s, Almost Anything, East Bethel Theatres, and Hong Kong Delight. 

Name the Lazy River and win season passes This year, Bunker Beach Water Park will feature six towering water slides, a 900-foot lazy river, an activity pool with climbing wall, a zeroentry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and, of course, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool!

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Some of the newest attractions have already received suitable monikers: Twisted Towers (four water slides); Splash Cove (two new water slides that empty into the lazy river); The Sand Box (interactive sand play areas); Rocky Bay (new activity pool with water basketball and 10-

foot climbing wall); and the Tidal Wave Café and Breakers Snack Shack (concessions areas). However, the new lazy river feature still needs a name! So get creative. The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department invites you to submit your ideas for the Name the Lazy River contest by January 30. If your idea is selected, you will win two season passes to Bunker Beach. The winning name will be chosen by a panel of Parks Department employees. Winners will be notified by February 28. Enter to win by emailing your name, address, and lazy river name idea to anokacountyparks@co.anoka. You also may send your ideas to Anoka County Parks Department, attention: Lazy River Contest, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW, Andover, MN 55304. 

Sno-Ghost member Earl Collins raffled off his 12 ponytails to be cut by members of the Sno-Ghosts Snowmobile Club to raise money for Locks of Love on November 10. Not only did he donate 13" of hair to be made into wigs for those in need, he A 55+ rental housing community offering was able to raise over $200 to comfort and convenience at an affordable rate donate as well. For more information about Locks of Love, 21202 Old Lake George Blvd., visit Oak Grove, MN 55303 For information regarding the Less than 5 minutes from St. Francis and Sno-Ghosts, visit www.sno15 minutes to Riverdale in Coon Rapids. Pictured above is Earl Collins and Jennifer JenCall sen, cutting off one of Collins’ for more information ponytails. Submitted photo


Helping out in the community has many rewards as the staff of The Courier experienced in December. Pictured (L-R) Kathleen Miller, Alicia Loehlein, and Pat Johnson spent an afternoon helping set up the Salvation Army’s Toy Shop at the Minneapolis Armory. The giant red kettle in the parking lot was custom-made and donated to the Salvation Army. the courier photo Submitted by Dave Johnson, MSW Assistant Twin Cities Social Services Director

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped out this holiday season. Here are some final numbers as a result of our Twin Cities Toy Shops in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Dakota County, Scott County, and our Roseville locations.  Children served: 32,240  Households served: 12,102  Total persons served: 44,342  Number of volunteers who assisted: 1,708  Number of volunteer hours given: 7,061 The Salvation Army is a world-wide Christian organization that serves people’s needs in 118 countries. In Minnesota, the Salvation Army has 25 locations in the ten-county metro area that includes churches, corps, social services, thrift stores, etc. For more information, visit  

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Business & Realty THe Courier | January 2010 Foreclosure home rehab program offers zero interest loans 20

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A new program administered by the Anoka County Community Development Office offers deferred payment home improvement loans with zero percent interest to purchasers of vacant, foreclosed homes in Anoka County, excluding the city of Coon Rapids. This “Foreclosure Home Rehab Program” is funded by federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

placement or repair of decks or patios, and other repairs needed to comply with state, county, city, health, housing, building, fire prevention, and housing maintenance codes and minimum energy standards.

resident in the home. After 10 years, the loan is forgiven. If within 10 years, the home is sold or refinanced, the full loan amount is due immediately. The minimum loan amount is $1,000; the maximum loan is $24,999.

“The goal of this program is to rebuild the housing stock in Anoka County,” said Anoka County Board Chair Dennis Berg. “With this program, we can help alleviate the foreclosure housing problem in our communities and also help families with low to moderate incomes achieve their dream of home ownership.”

A home inspection must be completed prior to final loan approval to determine the condition of the home and what repairs are needed. Applicants must have or be able to qualify for a prime or fixed rate mortgage loan (HUD, VA, conventional). There is no first-time homebuyer requirement. Borrowers will be required to complete a Homebuyer Education Course. (Go to the Housing and Urban Development web site for information on where to take the course:

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he University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a free Financial Fitness class in St. Francis as part of an impact study. Those who participate in the study will receive gifts cards to County Market worth $50. The series of four classes will be held Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the St. Francis United Methodist Church. Dates are January 26, February 2, 9, and 16. The class is open to St. Francis area individuals and families, ages 18 and older, who can attend all four class sessions and complete the written surveys. “The classes will cover basic financial management and will be helpful to anyone, no matter what their current financial situation is,” says Tiffany McDonald, pastor of St. Francis United Methodist Church. Topics for the class include making money decisions, building money management skills, spending and saving, and understanding credit and debt. This impact study is being conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension Services and the Department of Family Social Science. “Participants will complete the same survey three times,” says Rosemary Heins, Extension Educator. “The first night of class, participants will complete the survey and receive a $10 gift card. The last night of class, they will complete the survey again and receive a $15 gift card. The final survey will come in the mail following the class. Upon its return, the last gift card for $25 will be given.” Each individual will complete his own survey and receive a gift card. “The surveys are confidential,” says Heins. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Interested people can sign up or get questions answered by calling Rosi at 763-767-3879, Mary at 763-767-3836, or Pastor Tiffany McDonald at 763-753-2273, or by emailing Rosi at The church will provide limited childcare by a licensed professional to those who request it during pre-registration. 

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The whole truth and nothing but the truth They say that knowledge is power. This is certainly true in the car repair business. We have and use various sources of technical information every day. I remember when a customer brought in an old, rusty Subaru one day a few years ago. Their complaint was each time they stepped on the brakes, the car stalled. We drove the car and verified the condition, did some basic checking, and ended up going to one of our online resources. We found a bulletin describing the symptoms we were encountering. The article said to raise the vehicle in the air and inspect for damaged wiring back by the gas tank. We did what was recommended and there it was—the wires for the rear brake lights had shorted out to the wires that feed the electric fuel pump. Every time you stepped on the brake pedal, it shorted out the fuel pump, shutting it down and causing the vehicle to stall. This was invaluable and really very technical information. There is another kind of information that is also invaluable to an automotive service tech. This is the information that you, the driver, can relay to the shop that is working on your vehicle. Often a vehicle is brought in and a symptom given. The tech drives the vehicle, but does not experience the problem. So now what? Usually a call has to be made and further investigating needs to be done. This takes a lot of time, especially if the driver is unavailable or does not call back. A good tip is, before you bring in your vehicle for repair, stop and write down exactly what the problems are. When does the problem happen? Is the vehicle warm or cold? Does the vehicle act up when turning or going over a bump? What is the recent repair history? Is there anything else unusual going on, even if you think it is unrelated? The more information, the better. A case in point: We recently had a car dropped off that had a problem with the battery going dead overnight. The customer could not tell us anything else. We began our procedure for locating a drain on the system. It brought us to a circuit with three computer modules on it. The dash needed to be removed to access these modules. The customer was called to update them on our progress and we were told to continue, saying, “It needed to be fixed.” We happened to notice that a light would stay on by the driver’s feet even

with the door closed. And we found that the light would go out when we unplugged certain modules. We again called the customer to update them, this time they mentioned that the dome light was staying on all the time, so they took the bulb out. Now it all became clear. We hooked up a special tester to monitor the door switches and found the driver’s door ajar switch in the open position. We cleaned and lubed this switch and everything worked fine. The point is, if we had known from the beginning about the dome light, it would have saved us considerable time and saved the customer money. Knowledge is power; lack of information can be costly. So next time you’re in for service, please be ready with all the information you can think of. It may save you some cash! 

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Just as the door was about to slam shut on the First Time Home Buyer Credit, Congress not only extended the deadline to April 30, but also expanded it to include those who are not first-time home buyers (includes homes, trailers, RVs, boats and structures). The new law—Work, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009—extends the previously available $8,000 credit to first time home buyers until April 30. Home buyers who have secured binding contracts by the April 30 deadline will still qualify if the purchase is complete by July 1, 2010. In addition, the new law adds a credit that will be available to those who qualify as “long-term residents of the same principal residence.” Homeowners who have owned their residence for at least five of the past eight

years are eligible under the new law for a $6,500 credit on the purchase of a new home. This allows current homeowners a credit if they choose to up-size or down-size to another home. More can qualify by increasing the income limits. Couples earning up to $225,000 a year and individuals earning up to $125,000 are now eligible for the credit. This credit applies only to homes used as a taxpayer’s principal residence. Vacation homes and homes worth $800,000 or more do not qualify for the credit. 

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Sports & Outdoors Fighting Saints girls hockey program earns 100th win Submitted By Joe Fredrickson SFHS Girls Hockey


n December 19, the St. Francis/North Branch High School girls hockey team reached a milestone by reaching their 100th win in program history. With juniors Kelly Kotowicz (ankle sprain), Mikayla Schwartz (broken radial bone), and Brandi Usher (concussion) injured from the previous game against Irondale, the Fighting Saints defeated St. Louis Park 5-0. Starting the scoring for the Saints was senior winger Jessica Kula. Kula netted the first goal as a result of the rush up ice started by 8th grade defender Maddi Kaehler who sent the puck over to 8th grade wing Taylor Rosati. Rosati forechecked aggressively after her shot was steered wide, stripped the puck from the Oriole defender and centered

it to Kula who netted the goal. Junior captain Nicole Miller scored the next two goals on separate power play opportunities. The first Miller goal was assisted by sophomore Emily Swanson and senior captain Kara Barton. The second goal started with Miller displaying tremendous puck skills on the attack. She made her way around the offensive zone before sending it to the point to Barton to use her formidable shot. Barton unloaded a thunderous slapshot from the blueline that stunned the goalie, and Miller slammed the rebound past the Oriole net minder. For the next goal, Kula passed to Miller going up ice where she drove wide pulling the defender with her. Rosati broke down the middle into open ice and broke in on the goalie and zipped a wrist shot beating the goalie glove side for her first varsity goal.

The St. Francis/North Branch High School girls hockey team earned its 100th win in program history December 19.  Submitted photo The final tally had Kula passing to Emily Swanson as she broke into the offensive zone. Swanson dangled the puck around the defenders and zipped a wrist shot under the crossbar for her first varsity goal. Saints netmider fresh-

Girls basketball team hitting its stride Submitted By Lee Graves SFHS girls basketball

The St. Francis High School girls basketball team enters the new year looking to continue the hard work and effort they displayed in 2009.

man Dakotah Bullen was a human wall as she turned aside 24 shots to preserve the shutout. Miller ended the day with two goals and one assist, Kula one goal two assists, Barton with two assists, Emily Swanson one goal

Grid club seeks board members Submitted By Bruce Riebe St. Francis Grid Club

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Community Ed offers middle school strength and conditioning program Submitted By Tracy Torson St. Francis middle school

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Ages 4-11 (as of 8/1/2009) Monday/Wednesday ages 4 & 5 (U6 co-ed division) and 8 & 9 (U10 division) Tuesday/Thursday ages 6-7 (U8 division) and 10 & 11 (U12 division)

one assist, and Rosati with one goal and one assist. The Fighting Saints girls hockey team began competing a partial varsity schedule during the 1997-98 season and began full varsity competition in 1998-99. 

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It is that time of year again after a well deserved break to get the bodies moving. Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services is offering a strength and conditioning program again this winter to interested students in grades 6-8. The students will participate in an 11-week program that has been extended an extra two weeks to give the students a better experience. You may register online at Sessions are limited to the first 50 students in each session. This program is not limited to athletes; all students are encouraged to join. The first day was January 11 and the program will run until March 25. There is still time to register. 

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Sports & Outdoors


Fighting Saints wrestling looks to continue last year’s success Submitted By Steve Sworsky SFHS wrestling

The temperature has dropped below freezing and the snow has fallen. This only means one thing—St. Francis wrestling has begun. The Saints are looking to continue off of last year’s Section 7AAA runner-up finish and a North Suburban Conference title. The Fighting Saints kicked off the 2009-10 season December 3 with an impressive win over North Suburban Conference rival North Branch 57–15. The Saints then traveled to Monticello for the Magic Duals, finishing the day 2–2. In the first round, the Saints defeated New Ulm 54–10, and then dropped a close dual to Annandale/Maple Lake 31–30 in the second round. In the third round, injuries ravaged the young lineup as St. Francis gave up 12 points to injury default as they lost to St. Cloud Apollo, ranked #8 in AAA by The Guillotine, 39–30. In the final dual of the day, St. Francis was able to bounce back from

The 2009-10 St. Francis High School wrestling team is looking toward its goal of a North Suburban Conference title.  the two disappointing losses and looked strong in a 60–16 victory over Orono. Going 4–0 on the day were Austin Leibel at 119, Travis Kapol at 171, and Cody Raze at 215. The Saints resumed NSC competition with a dual at Irondale December 11. The dual was a close battle up through the 145 pound weight class. Trailing 18–24, the Fighting Saints rattled off five consecutive pins

from Kyle Allen at 152, Tyler Whaley at 160, Travis Kapol at 171, Nate Lipinski at 189 and Cody Raze at 215. With the strong finish, the Saints finished off the Knights with a final score of 55–22, and improved to 2–0 in the conference and 4–2 overall. The next day the Saints hosted the St. Francis Invite. The Fighting Saints had 11 place finishers, including five in the top three. Austin Lei-

bel improved to 8–0 on the season as he took home the championship at 119. Joining him was Ryan O’Connell, who also took home the gold at 125 and improved to 9–1 for the season. Kolton Oie at 103, Tyler Kunshier at 112 and Cody Raze at 215 all bounced back from earlier defeats to claim third in their respective weight classes and helped the Saints to a fifth place finish.

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The Fighting Saints then traveled to the Minnesota Christmas Tournament on December 18 and 19 in Rochester. Placing for the Saints was Austin Leibel third at 103 and Cody Raze third at 215. Both of these wrestlers had an excellent tournament. In 2010, the Saints will continue their goal of winning their second consecutive NSC title, and improving upon their early success. 

Hockey team honors parent/soldier Saints gymnastics preview Submitted By Calli Sigfrinius U12 Team Manager

The St. Francis girls U12 hockey team dedicated their third place win in the All American Women’s and Girls tournament to soldier Chad Smith. Smith has a daughter on the team playing her first year of hockey. Being her first year on the team Lexi, Smith’s daughter, got to know her team quickly as they spent almost every day together only missing six in the month of October when the hockey season began. When she overheard her parents talking about some of her father’s group being deployed in January or February, she was afraid he would be going again. Smith has been deployed twice already. Lexi shared this fear with her team mates. The girls told their parents and as a team wanted to do something to honor him. A team jersey was donated that all the girls signed. At the end of the tournament they gave the signed jersey to Smith and dedicated their win in his honor. He proudly wears his jersey to games and

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has become an avid hockey dad. Luckily, Smith will not be going out with the current group being deployed but may have to return in 2011. The U12 girls and their fami-

lies want to thank soldier Smith for his service to our country as well as the entire military service personnel and their families. 

Submitted By Michelle Keenan SFHS gymnastics

St. Francis High School gymnasts head to the gym for another season. Practice started November 16 for the Saints. It looks as though they will have another promising year with the leadership of captains Alex Dziuk and Lindsey Schultz. The Saints return three varsity starters and have added a wealth of new talent with the addition of eight new gymnasts. The season began with a win against Buffalo High School on December 4 with a score of 127.325. Senior Amanda Pett won the all-around with a score of 33.575. The Saints began their conquest for another North Suburban Conference Championship on December 11 against Columbia Heights; they won the meet with a score of 132.70. At the same meet, St. Francis High School competed against top ranked Cambridge-Isanti, who defeated the Saints. On December 17, the Saints took on the Fridley Tigers and defeated them with a score of 128.60 resulting in a 2-0 record in the North Suburban Conference. The Saints have had some injuries and hope that with rest, their top performers will be back. Two home meets were held January 7 and 11.  

Members of the U12 girls hockey team pictured front row (L-R): Caroline B, Dakota L., Alexa D., Jessica S., Chad Smith, Kendra B., Katie S.; back row (L-R): Danielle F., Heather M., Kalley B., Kelley W., Lexi S., Natalie S., and Afton D.  Submitted photo

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Try-Outs Sunday, February 21 Sunday, February 28 at St. Francis Middle School Watch the web site for age groups and times. Open gyms being held at the St. Francis Middle School on Sunday’s from 6:00-9:00 p.m. beginning January 10. Get yourself warmed up for try-outs!


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Ralph Boehlke of East Bethel and Tim Bruner (son-in-law and guide) of Ham Lake scored these mature Tom turkeys on April 29 at 6:45 am while hunting in Columbus Township. It was a beautiful sight and a great hunt, one that I will never forget.  Submitted photo

Mitch Schake (above) shot his first deer on November 8, a 170-pound doe in the Blackduck, Minn. area. Three days later Schake (below) shot a nice seven point buck while hunting with his grandfather, who also bagged a nice buck. Submitted photo

Tom Kirpach caught and released this very nice 50-inch muskie. Tom was fishing on an area lake with Mike Castellano.  Submitted photo

Nate Weigel, St. Francis Middle School 8th grader, shot his first pheasant in Chamberlin, South Dakota.  Submitted photo Melissa Lemke, 14, of Oak Grove, daughter of Tammy and Mark Lemke, shot her first deer November 7 at the family’s land at Cloverdale, Minn. Her sister Sarah was the spotter. After a long wait to get a good shot, which was over 200 yards away, Melissa dropped the deer in its tracks.  Submitted photo

Soderville athletic association Registration for the 2010 season for all in-house baseball leagues and all in-house and traveling fastpitch softball leagues will be in February.

The Waterworths had a successful 2009 deer hunt. Pictured (L-R): Matt, Marcus, Kyle, and Tim. All four bucks were taken in Marshall County during the 2009 rifle season.  Submitted photo

Buy a ticket from the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce and you may win a

2010 Polaris 550 IQ Shift snowmobile! Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling Stephanie at 612-202-0754 or visiting one of the following St. Francis businesses: McDonald’s Village Bank Subway County Market The Courier

SAA has programs available for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Register online February 1-28 at using a credit card.

The following walk in registration dates are available at the SAA Building at 15633 Highway 65 NE, Ham Lake: Saturday, February 20 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon Thursday, February 25 • 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 27 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon If you have any questions please call us at 763-413-3555 or send an email to

Paul Hanson of St. Francis shot this 12 point, 200-pound buck this season on his property in St. Francis. Hunting with him were his three sons, Jeff, Tim and Steve Hanson, and his grandsons, Jeremy and Justin Hanson.  Submitted photo

Freestyle Wrestling Registration St. Francis Gladiator Wrestling Registration and sign-up is on Thursday, February 4 6:30 p.m. St. Francis Middle School Multi-Purpose Room Practice starts March 2 at St. Francis Middle School. Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Freestyle wrestling is open to all children K-12. All first year wrestlers must show proof of age (a copy of birth certificate).

For more information, call Tom at 763-434-9330.

Maxwell Spitzer, hunting with his dad Dwight on November 8, harvested this eight point whitetail deer on his first hunt opening weekend with one well placed shot from a 30-30 rifle. They were hunting near Kettle River, Minn. 

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masTer gardener

 Prune watersprouts (upright shoots on branches) and suckers (upright shoots at the base of the trunk) as close to their bases as possible.

BY CAROL BRAY isanTi CounTy masTer gardener

winter’s the time of year to prune fruit trees One of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received as a Master Gardener is, “When should I prune my fruit (apple) trees?” The answer is now—January, February or March. You should prune with a plan. The goal is to maintain the plant’s natural shape and to obtain a premium fruit and harvest. Here are some helpful hints:  Wait two or three years after planting to start pruning. The more branches and leaves on the top, the faster the trees will recover from transplanting.  Make the pruning cut flush with the branch bark collar.

Pruning cuts flush with the trunk are not good because these cuts are slow to close and make a great entryway for disease and pest problems.

 Prune only the lower branches that are necessary for safety and clearance. The lower limbs are the tree’s best defense against

 Remove dead or damaged branches.  Remove any branches that are crossed, rubbing or parallel.

 Remove any branches that are growing straight up. Branches that are trying to be “leaders”—branches that are competing with the main

Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. They will be serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, and coffee. Cost for breakfast is $4 for adults and $2 for children age 10 and under. All events are held at the East Bethel Senior Community Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel for the dance or pancake breakfast.

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terry and Karen bush of andover along with marc and Kim Starr of Oak grove are happy to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their children Katherine bush and matthew Starr. the couple was engaged on February 18, 2009 and will be married in march 2010. Katie is a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School and is currently employed by meridian Services of golden Valley. matt is a 2003 graduate of St. Francis High School and is currently working for aldi Supermarkets in brooklyn Park. the couple will reside in ramsey. suBmiTTed PhoTo

Come dance with us, we know how to have fun! Dances are from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Music for the Friday, February 1 dance will be played by Gary Martens. Tony Jambor will be the musical entertainment on Monday, February 15. The cost is $5 and lunch is included.

Would you like to save branches from flowering trees such as crab-apples for indoor bloom? Here’s how.

 Mist the branches several times a day if possible— until the stems start to bloom.

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If you’re planning on purchasing a fruit tree in 2010, I would strongly recommend a ‘dwarf’ cultivar. The huge advantage is, of course, that you will be able to harvest your fruit and prune your tree without struggling with a ladder. Ladders always cause safety concerns.

 Recut the stems and place in a bucket of water in a cool (about 60 degrees F.), brightly lit location.

 Ideally the branches should be horizontal and well spaced from top to bottom and around the tree.


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A piano recital was held on December 6 at the Bethel Community Church. Students played a variety of music with skill levels ranging from Primer to 7th+. Each student played one Christmas song and one of their choice. Two instrumental songs were performed by a flutist and a violinist, accompanied by the piano, and two songs were done as duets. Parents, relatives and friends enjoyed the wonderful performance from the students.

Students participating in the christmas recital were, front row (l-r): Sydney Wicklund, Keely Wicklund; second row: donavon miles, Katrina Johnson, deveny miles (piano and violin), grace bell (guest violin), rose Hermanson; back row: elena Klasons, Heather Jones, thomas Oberg, Josh Wicklund, allie Wicklund, and instructor bonnie Swedeen.

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Ava Angelina Marie Immediato was born on November 24 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21¾ inches long. Proud parents are Tony and Heather Immediato of Coon Rapids. Ava is welcomed by brother, Anthony. Sophia Marie Bausworth

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Zach and Stephanie Bausworth of St. Francis are proud to announce their new addition to the family, Sophia Marie, born at Mercy Hospital on November 25. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Sophia is welcomed by proud big sister, Angelina, 8 and big brother Jr., who is 4. Also welcomed by grandparents Robin and Lawrence Kreger of Milaca, Tom Matter of Elk River, Cheri Bausworth

Kaitlyn Lily Beaman was born December 7 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Gordo and Stephanie Beaman of Braham. Kaitlyn is welcomed by sister Madison and grandparents, Gordie and Suzie Beaman of Mora and Steve and Gerri Rombach of Isanti. Iris Kathryn Falconer was born on December 14 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Thomas and Rachel Falconer of Isanti.

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Iris is welcomed by siblings Briana, 12, Dena, 5, and Lola, 18 months. Gradden Lawrence Higgins and Austan Paul Higgins were born December 14 at Cambridge Medical Center. Gradden weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and Austan weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and both were 17½ inches long. Proud parent is Tanya Higgins of Mora. Gradden and Austan are welcomed by sibling Daunite. Kennedy Jo Marshall was born on December 17 at Cambridge Medical Center and weighed 10 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21½ inches long. Proud parents are John and Kellie Marshall of St. Francis. Kennedy is welcomed by brother, Caden Wyatt Marshall. Christopher Thomas Merrifield was born on December 17 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21½ inches long. Proud parents are Jason and Kara Merrifield of Isanti. Christopher is welcomed by siblings Allison and Andrew. Savannah Elizabeth Lopez was born on December 18 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19½ inches long. Proud parents are Stacy and Joseph of Isanti. 

Yoga for injury prevention—and a relaxed state of mind to boot Submitted by Vivian Plummer, PTA Physical Therapist Assistant, Andover Physical Therapy


oga has been in practice for thousands of years. It is an ancient system of meditation. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word meaning yoke or bind. In western views it is the union of the body, mind and soul. Yoga is not a religion, but has been incorporated by many religions to help one become more spiritual in their own religious practices. Yoga is therapeutic as well as a preventive science. In the United States many practice what is known as asana, performing a routine of physical poses. These are used to help with stretching and strengthening of muscles. Muscles become toned without the bulked-up look. Hatha yoga, which stresses physical movement, is highly practiced today. It is a series of coordinated exercises that balance both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems that leads to improved health and relaxation. Yoga has many benefits including toning muscles, enhancing balance and coordination and posture, lowering blood pressure, relaxing the body and mind, reducing stress and anxiety. It also has been known to help with emotional concerns including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and impulse problems. There are a lot of books and videos about yoga out there and to decide which one to choose can be overwhelming. The best way to see if yoga is right for you is to take a class. Most gyms or yoga studios offer a free week of yoga to try it out. There are classes for beginners. The most important thing is that when you perform the poses you shouldn’t feel intimidated by the instructor or others in the class. Poses can be modified in many ways including doing the poses seated or with props. Yoga should be practiced regularly to experience all of the benefits. Practicing 20 to 30 minutes three times per week is ideal to make a difference physically as well as mentally. Uniting the body and mind is the essence of yoga. Remember the experience is found through practice and the benefits are the many rewards. 

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Winter is here—dress for it!

Submitted by Spencer Blaw Pathways Program Coordinator,HealthEast Care System

Submitted by Lillian Levine, RN, LSN District 15 Health Services Supervisor


ith our unseasonably warm November, many of us were not prepared when the cold weather came. How are you dressing your child to walk to school or to wait for the bus during cold weather? There are certain articles of clothing which are necessary and can make the cold weather easier to bear. Children need the same protection as adults when it comes to clothing. Some children get cold and do not tell anyone. They may also be too busy playing to realize they are getting cold. A good idea is to dress your child in layers. Layers are like blankets on a bed. Layers should be light weight clothing instead of heavy clothing made out of synthetics. Layers are much better than wearing a really heavy coat. Wear what is comfortable. It is easier to take a layer off than to take an entire jacket off, as it is also easier to put on a layer when you get chilled. A good layer of clothing is a T-shirt, shirt and sweater/sweatshirt. If your child gets too warm during the day, an outer layer can be removed easily and then put back on before going home. One piece snow suits are easy for young children to put on and take off. They also give a good layer of protection against the cold. Choose a jacket with a hood for extra neck warmth and one with cuffed wrists to keep the cold and snow out. Your child’s ears, cheeks, nose, chin, fingers and toes are very susceptible to frost bite. Protect your child from cold weather by having your child wear a hat or hood plus a scarf around the neck. A neck warmer is a good alternative to a scarf. Hands should be protected with gloves or mittens. Children do better with mittens as the mittens allow air to circulate around the fingers, keeping them warmer. Mittens should be water proof when there is snow. Wet mittens will cause your hands to get cold faster. It is always good to pack an extra pair. Warm stockings and shoes/ boots are vital during cold weather. Toes and fingers are easily forgotten as other areas are protected. Wear two pairs of stockings if you will be in the cold for an extended period of time. Winter shoes/ boots should not fit too tightly. Air will need to circulate to keep your feet drier and warmer. If possible, choose a boot/shoe that is water proof with good traction. Check the size for a good fit, children’s feet grow quickly. Even if you drive your child to school, prepare for cold

weather. Your car could break down (flat tire) and you and your child can become chilled if the proper clothing is not worn. Keep a blanket in the car for warmth as help arrives. Dressing for the weather is also very important for the adolescent. There are ways to dress for warmth and still be fashionable. The wicking layer, the layer that is worn next to your skin, should be made from a fiber that wick (move) moisture away from your skin and pass it through the fabric so it will evaporate. This keeps you dry and comfortable. Silk and polyester are good wicking fabrics. Cotton is not because it traps the moisture and causes your skin to stay wet and then draws heat away from the body.

and ears. If an area is exposed to the cold weather, it will change in color from flushed to white or grayish in color. There initially will be pain, but the pain will subside as the area affected becomes numb. For severe frostbite, blistering may occur. If your child or you develop frostbite, handle the affected area very gently. Do not rub the affected area or break any blisters that may be forming. If you are outdoors, warm the affected area slowly by holding it under clothing and close to the body. Cover your face or head/ears with mittens or gloved hands. Get indoors as soon as possible. As the area thaws, it will become red and painful. Seek medical attention for any blistering or if numbness does not go away.

HealthEast Care Systems has a unique and powerful program to offer the community; it is called Pathways to Better Health: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions. It is a training program for people who are living with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, obesity, cancer, to name just a few. The program is a series of six weekly workshops that run for 2 to 2.5 hours. Participants will receive the 380 page reference book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions. A workshop series is scheduled at: The Pines/Epiphany Catholic Church Dining Hall at 1800 – 111th Avenue NW in Coon Rapids. Classes are on Fridays, January 29, and February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, 1:00-3:30 p.m. For more information about the Pathways program visit www. and click on Classes and Wellness. 

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Head bands are an alternative to hats and will keep your ears protected from the cold and not mess up your hair. Thinsulate gloves will keep your hands warmer and prevent frostbite in cold weather. Adolescents can also wear two pair of stockings in cold weather. One pair is very easy to remove once in school.

If you are indoors it is okay to warm hands and feet in warm (not hot) water for 20 to 30 minutes until sensation returns. An adult needs to check the temperature of the water because numb hands or feet will not feel the heat and can burn easily. Wrap a cold child in a blanket. Never use direct heat such as a heating pad.

When skin is exposed to very cold temperatures, the skin may freeze (frostbite). The areas most likely to be affected are your hands, feet, nose

Advise your child to go to the Health Office at their school if he/she feels they may have frostbite. 

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From Page 26 HealtHy WeigHt and each lifestyle. Initially, you should work your way up to regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging or swimming, since it is a key factor in achieving permanent weight loss

and improving health. For maximum benefits, most health experts recommend exercising 30 minutes or more on most, and preferably all, days of the week.  Be aware of your eating habits. Negative eating habits can include over-

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indulging, eating when bored or looking to food for comfort. Many times people don't even realize they are routinely treating food in these ways. Keeping a food diary, in which you write down when you eat, what you're eating and why you're eating is a good means to discovering just what your eating habits are and determining if they are healthy or not.  Remember the value of balance when planning a diet. Mom, Dad and no doubt school teachers extolled the virtues of a balanced diet, and for good reason. Don't forget the five good groups (milk, meat, fruit, vegetable, bread) when planning a diet. If you have a specialty diet, due to an existing condition or lifestyle, consult with a physician as to how to best balance your diet, as there will no doubt be certain foods that are off limits. 

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Osteoarthritis: are knee braces beneficial? Submitted by SuSel garcia PhysiCal TheraPisT, isanTi PhysiCal TheraPy


steoarthritis (OA) in the knees can be very debilitating and may lead to decreased quality of life depending on its severity. Knee braces are one way people try to cope with their pain, but do they really work? First, finding the correct type of brace is vital. Braces typically assist with improving stability and swelling, but can also make mechanical advantages to the knee joint for more functional movement. There are many knee braces including prophylactic braces which assist in preventing injuries, functional braces which provide stability, rehabilitative braces which limit motion after surgery, and unloader braces which decrease stress on one compartment of the knee joint. Because of its unloading and weight shifting capabilities, some studies have shown that unloader braces provide the best pain relief for people suffering from OA in only one part of their knee, but not both. Current evidence has also shown a decrease in pain during weight bearing activities and improved walking distances with the use of unloader braces. Other factors affecting the potential benefits of knee braces for OA is correct fitting, age, severity of cartilage damage, and length of wearing time. After knee braces are prescribed and properly fitted by a professional, it is typically recommended people not constantly depend on the brace, to allow for natural strengthening during functional activities like walking and stair climbing. Although knee braces may provide temporary pain relief for some, it is not the entire answer for everyone suffering from OA. Participating in complementary treatments like well designed physical therapy programs, regular exercise, dietary changes, and activity modifications, all assist in improving pain, swelling, stiffness, and overall function. 

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ST. FRANCIS CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE Kendall W. Goodian, D.C. 3220 Bridge street • suite 107 • st. Francis

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Trinity Lutheran Church, School, and Latchkey/Childcare


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FaiTh lisTings abundant life alliance church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 bethel community church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 catholic church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 cedar united methodist church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 email: cross of Hope lutheran church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 Family of christ lutheran church & christian Pre-School 16345 Polk Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7337

First baptist church & christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 living Hope evangelical Free church St. Francis High School PO Box 264 St. Francis • 763-753-1718 long lake lutheran church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315

Our Saviour’s lutheran church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. andrew lutheran church 1450 237th Avenue NE (Hwy. 65 & 237th Avenue) East Bethel • 763-434-7146 St. Francis united methodist church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273

meadow creek church 3037 Bunker Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-427-4543

trinity lutheran church, School and latchkey/childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234

new life church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

West bethel united methodist church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

nowthen alliance church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600

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Childcare Preschool Care for children 3+ only. Daily schedule with preschool curriculum and activities. Associates degree in early childhood. Call 763-213-1028. Openings for school age kids and preschoolers 1/2 off first week. St. Francis Elementary and Trinity School. Food program provided. Very fun and loving environment. For more information call Lisa: 763-434-8090 or 763-458-1948. 1st and 2nd shift openings! References are available. St. Francis Licensed Daycare All ages welcome, daily activities and crafts, fenced yard, food program, East Bethel Community School, Sara 763-753-0021.


St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce next board of directors monthly meeting is January 20 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. The Annual Chamber Dinner will be held on January 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove. Visit the web site for ticket information or see the ad on page 32. Go to for more information on any event. St. Francis Jaycees will meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, located on 23340 Cree Street. For info, visit our web site at www. Walk-ins welcome. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center next to city hall. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis City Hall. 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. Oak Grove Seniors meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a kitchen help’s choice and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Harry Bearl at 763-753-2973. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meet monthly, the 2nd Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 St. Francis General membership meets monthly, on the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-753-4234. ST. FRANCIS DFL COUNTY UNIT 17 meets on the 3rd Thurs. of each month at St. Francis High School at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871.


Oak Grove licensed daycare, full or part time openings, Jen 763-7531026.

Piano Tuning - violin, piano, and guitar lessons - Michael, 763-2194883,

St. Francis licensed daycare has openings 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. First week 1/2 off with enrollment. Please call Ann for more information: 763-213-8467.

Pet nail trims by Cleo’s C&C, $4, 763-434-8997.

Precious Times Learning Center in St. Francis–call today, enrolling all ages, 763-753-4656.

Fitness Kettlebell, yoga-fit and personal fitness training classes starting soon. Call 763-267-2198 or visit our web site at

Area meetings & events Next ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings are: January 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; February 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Organizational Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Blvd., St. Francis.

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EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10:30 a.m. for business meeting and noon for lunch. 2nd Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.noon w/potluck at noon, cards and games until 2:45 p.m., celebrate birthdays of the month at 3:00 p.m. 4th Wed. crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon, cards and games from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by coffee and treats. Pancake Breakfast is held 2nd Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the 1st Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the center. Center is available for rent. For information, contact Mary Henrickson at 763-434-5274. All seniors are welcome to join; only $7 per year. BNI – Referrals Unlimited Meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis city hall. For more information check St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB board meeting is 1st Thurs. of month at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:30 p.m. both at Nowthen City Hall. For more information please call Lion Judy at 763-753-6962. Lioness Club-St. Francis meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. Lions Club - St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763-753-4415. Oak Grove Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-7534492 after 6:30 p.m. LIONS CLUB-CEDAR/EAST BETHEL meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Gary Larson at 763-4349423. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Lioness Yvonne Johnson’s. Phone 763-434-6985. Have a meeting or event you would like listed? Call 763-753-7031 or visit for more info

For Lease SPACE FOR LEASE 5,238 square foot office/warehouse space with Hwy. 47 frontage in St. Francis, 763-753-6116.

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Planning & Zoning Volunteers Wanted The City of St. Francis is in need of volunteers for Planning & Zoning. These positions are very important to the future of our city and will require a commitment of one night per month to meet and process city business. Requirements are that the candidate live in the City of St. Francis and have a desire to serve the citizens for the betterment of the city. Interested parties can contact St. Francis City Hall at 763-753-2630 for more information EOE and/or an application.

Granny’s Christmas Closet Granny’s Christmas Closet is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Christmas gifts and new clothing to seniors in need. If you’d like to help, call us at 763-792-6408 or email to: For more information on how to contribute to, volunteer for or find drop boxes for Granny’s Christmas Closet, please visit

Council &  Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 165 Main St. • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:30 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347 East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 District Office St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630 Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370

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Snow lends to Wonders of Winter By Sandy Morgan St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Committee Member


he beautiful snow this holiday season is creating the perfect setting for the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, “Wonders of Winter”, to be held on January 22. The red carpet event will include a steak or chicken dinner, a live auction featuring world famous Betty’s Pies, and will conclude with the mayor of St. Francis drawing the winning ticket for a brand new 2010 Polaris 550IQ snowmobile. The public is welcome to join area businesses, and the SnoGhosts snowmobile club, as they honor outgoing chamber board members, welcome the newly elected board of directors, and raise money to support and serve the community. The mission statement of the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve the needs of the membership in working toward the common goal of a growing, healthy business environment and community as a whole. The chamber sponsors community events such as Lighting of the Park, Business Expo, Nite to Unite, a golf tournament, Pioneer Days, holiday coloring contest and scholarships. Held at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove, the Wonders of Winter program will be a festive way to celebrate our Minnesota winter, enjoy a delicious almond chicken or flat iron steak dinner including Betty’s Pies for dessert, and have an opportunity to bid on the famous pies as well as dozens of fantastic prizes donated by area businesses. Raffle tickets for the snowmobile are limited to 500 and dinner tickets must be purchased by January 15. Contact Stephanie Wallin with chamber today at 612-202-0754 to be part of this fun event. You may also visit for more about the event and see our ad on page 32. 

Winterfest scheduled for February 6 at wildlife refuge

Anoka County’s Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office receives full accreditation Submitted by Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager


he Anoka County Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Ramsey has received full accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). Representatives from NAME recently toured the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Offices and reviewed equipment, procedures, annual reports, and files with facility staff. NAME inspectors concluded that the facility is “well run and progressive and the staff is motivated and works efficiently together to achieve goals.” NAME accredited facilities represent the highest quality of death investigation systems, ac-

cording to Anoka County Board Chair Dennis Berg. “The NAME accreditation affirms that this facility is second to none,” Berg said. “Our citizens can be assured that they are receiving the highest quality medical examiner services at a top notch facility.” The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office serves more than 600,000 people in nine counties: Anoka, Isanti, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Sibley, Todd, and Wright. In addition, facility staff performs autopsies on a consultation basis for three counties in Wisconsin and also private autopsies for families and attorneys. Hamline University in St. Paul leases space in the building to house its extensive bone collection and provide on-site training for anthropology students. 

Are you a belated holiday gifter? If you’re a chronic belated gifter or a friend or family member simply slipped your mind this holiday season, it’s never too late to make up for this temporary memory loss. In fact, belated gifting is so common it even has its own protocol. When sending a gift after the holiday season, it’s best not male too big a deal out of your memory lapse. Overdoing it with repeated apologies will only emphasize the fact that you forgot,

and will even come off as somewhat insincere. When sending a belated gift, simply include a gracious note along with the gift. This will show the recipient you’re truly sorry without belaboring the fact that you forgot. With respect to timing, it’s best to send a belated gift as soon as you re-

alize your momentary lapse. For example sending a gift within a month of the holiday season is perfectly common. However, if you don’t realize your mistake until the month of June, it’s probably best to wait until next holiday season. Just don’t forget next year as well. 

Submitted by Nancy Haugen Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Bring the entire family to Winterfest, an exciting day of outdoor activities celebrating winter, to be held at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event includes a full day of activities that focus on how wildlife and people deal with the winter snow and cold. Snowshoes will be available for visitors to try at no charge. Outdoor activities include a horse-drawn sleigh ride, scavenger hunt, guided nature walk, and exhibits on wildlife, animal tracks, winter survival and winter bird feeding. Inside the Old School House you will find face painting, nature crafts and the Friends of Sherburne Gift Shop. Silent Hunters, a program with three live owls, will be presented by the Audubon Center of the North Woods at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Hot chocolate, hot cider and coffee will be available for purchase all day in the hospitality tent and a brat and hot dog lunch will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Friends of Sherburne will hold a silent auction fundraiser with over 15 items. Winterfest celebrates the 107th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Sherburne Refuge is one of over 545 refuges that span 93 million acres across the United States and its territories. The National Wildlife Refuge System is America’s only network of federal lands dedicated specifically to wildlife conservation. Winterfest participants can enjoy a free piece of anniversary cake to be served at 12:30 p.m. All activities begin at the Old School House located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of Highway 169. For additional information check the refuge web site at midwest/sherburne or contact the refuge at 763-389-3323 or toll free at 877-721-4295. TTY users may access the refuge through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.   “We treat your pets like our own”

St. Francis Veterinary Clinic 763-444-9359 Doctors on staff Dr. Tracey Thomas Dr. Jill Hergenrader Dr. Kelly Pawlenty Dr. Steve Kivisto

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The AJAX of the North Metro Soccer Association is the 2010 Boys U15 Holiday Classic Champion. The indoor soccer tournament was held at the National Sports Center in Blaine. Submitted photo  from page 9

daily grind, and students should make note and follow suit. Studying for too long without taking a break can be counterproductive, as concentration will begin to wane after too long, making it increasingly difficult to soak in studies. Schedule breaks into each study session, whether it’s to go for a walk, jog or simply fit in a healthy meal. But don’t allow break time to become too big a distraction.

Handling Stress college students, that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Recognizing that, many of the nation’s universities have increased their efforts to provide students with healthier fare at dining halls or other campus eateries. Students should take advantage of this whenever and wherever possible. Eating well can also help reduce stress, as a balanced diet will provide both the energy and nutrients necessary to handle a full load.

 Learn to take a breather. Adults often take breaks when going through the

 Determine the root cause of the stress. Work is typically the root cause of adult stress, and school is often the cause for students. Many students stretch

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themselves too thin, hoping to gain as much as they can from their high school or college experience and therefore filling their schedules. But students who feel as though they’re being pulled in too many directions should drop an activity or two. For instance, playing a varsity sport while holding down a part-time job and having a full course load is simply doing too much. If a class is getting to be too much to handle, students should consult a teacher and explain the situation.  Don’t be afraid to speak about stress. Many students find it healthy and rejuvenating to simply speak about their levels of stress. This helps to get things off their chest, and it also inadvertently gives them time away from studies. Be it sharing experiences with stress among fellow students or simply talking to Mom and Dad, students should speak about stress in an effort to combat its ill effects.  




Help Me Grow/Early intervention Services provides free screenings for infants and young children SuBMiTTEd By ruTH BEdOr anokacounTypuBlic inForMaTioncoorDinaTor

As parents watch their child grow and develop, they notice when their child smiles, rolls over, sits up, walks, plays, coos, cries, and talks. While children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in development. Parents concerned about their child’s development may call Anoka Area Help Me Grow/ Early Intervention to schedule a developmental screening for their child. As part of the developmental screening, children may be observed in their own home or other comfortable setting by a child development professional. Anoka Area Help Me Grow/ Early Intervention may be helpful if a child has:

 Hearing or vision concerns  Trouble talking or communicating  Trouble with coordination, walking, or crawling  Difficulty calming down when upset  Difficulty playing with toys  Behavior concerns or difficulty playing with other children  Medical conditions, concerns, or syndromes that can affect development  Low birth weight or prematurity During the developmental screening visit, parents have the opportunity to ask questions about their child’s development and are given ideas on how to help their child learn new skills and grow. Parents also will re-

ceive information about resources to help their child and family. If developmental delays are identified, free educational and support services may be provided for children from birth to age three who live in Anoka County and the portion of northern Hennepin County that is in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11. With parent permission, anyone may call to request a screening including relatives, childcare providers, public health nurses, early childhood professionals, medical providers, foster parents, and social workers. To make a referral or for more information, call the Anoka Area Help Me Grow/Early Intervention Office at 763-323-KIDS (5437) or visit 

Anoka County Library presents History Center with books SuBMiTTEd By MONiCA CAMPBEll anokacounTyliBrary

the Library was able to identify and provide additional resources to supplement the History Center’s current collection. More than 300 titles were added, which means improved researching of Anoka County history and genealogy,” said Dennis Berg, Anoka County Board Chair. “This is one more way the county is working to be cost effective.”


n a wonderful example of partnership between two county organizations, Anoka County Library recently presented Anoka County Historical Society with a permanent collection of reference books relating to local and state history. The books will be enjoyed by visitors to the History Center and are included in the Anoka County Library online catalog, helping to inform Anoka County citizens of these new resources.

Historical Society Executive Director Todd Mahon accepted the books presented by Library Board president Cathy Montain at the December 1 dedication ceremony. 

“By working together with the History Center,

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SAVE THE DATE April 17, 2010

HERE COMES THE GUIDE! The Wedding and Valentine’s section will be in featured in the February issue of The Courier. RSVP your business ad and let readers know what you have to offer for the romantic or the soon-to-be bride and groom. Contact Janice at 763-753-7032 or and she’ll help you help your business.

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Watch for more details in the February Courier or go to the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce web site for registration information



The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Presents Win a brand new 2010 Polaris 550 IQ Shift snowmobile! Raffle tickets: $20 each – only 500 tickets will be sold! The evening will include: • Steak or chicken dinner

6:00 until 9:30 p.m. • $30 per person Reservations are required, call 763.444.5897. On Saturday, February 6 join us for the Hwy. 47 to 277th Avenue, East to Long Lake and left to Captain’s, 27821 Bayshore Drive NW


Hours: M-F 11 am-1 am; Sat & Sun 7 am-1 am Sunday, February 21

Bridal Fair 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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Drawings, Discounts and Prizes Food and Beverage Tasting Music Brides who book with Captain’s during the Bridal Fair day will receive a room discount and complimentary dinner for two.

Vendors interested in participating, please email: For Banquet Hall information call 612.554.3512.


Registration at 9:00 a.m. Contest begins at 11:00 a.m. Info, call Dave at 763.444.5077 Saturday & Sunday, January 16 &17 SNOWMOBILE


2-DAY RACE EVENT! Saturday, January 16


For more info, call Pete at 763.286.3283 or visit

Music at Captain’s

Karaoke/DJ Every Friday with a contest January 29-March 19 • Grand Prize is $250! Saturday, January 16 8:30 p.m. Country Creek Friday, January 22 8:30 p.m. Mirror Image Sunday, February 7 3-6 p.m. Tony Jambor Band Old Tyme Music

Happenings Tuesdays:

Texas Hold-Em 7&9 p.m. Wednesdays: Cribbage 7 p.m. Thursdays: BINGO 7 p.m.

r e t n i W f o s r e d n Wo Dinner & Live Auction Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00-9:00 p.m. The Refuge Golf Club, Oak Grove Dinner tickets: $15 for Chamber members $20 for non-members Tickets must be purchased in advance by January 16. Public welcome.

• Live auction featuring world famous homemade Join us as we roll out the red carpet in honor of our outgoing chamber board members, welcome the new board of directors, Betty’s Pies and celebrate our annual fundraising dinner which allows us to • Drawing for snowmobile raffle

provide a growing, healthy business environment and serve the community as a whole.

For raffle and dinner tickets, call Stephanie: 612-202-0754 or visit to pay online with PayPal.

The Courier - January 2010  

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