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Health & Wellness

The Courier


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

January 2013 | Volume 20, Issue 6


Update on ISD 15 NeoPath Health clinic David Lindberg Human Resources Director, ISD 15

Independent School District 15 embarked on an ambitious project over a year ago by setting aside seed money to open a physician staffed clinic for benefit eligible employees. The clinic, administered by NeoPath Health, has brought many opportunities to ISD 15 staff since opening in January of 2012. The city of St. Francis had previously denied a conditional use permit to locate the clinic in St. Francis High School. This created a tremendous opportunity for a local business partnership with St. Francis Physical Therapy, which now leases office space to the district, thus strengthening an already great partnership and providing opportunities for needed services. Settling the location of the clinic was punctuated by a lighted Neopath/Independent School District 15 sign on the St. Francis Mall exterior. The sign is not the only beacon for healthcare in the district. A new wellness program, “Staying Healthy 15,” is aiding in keeping healthcare at the forefront of employees’ minds. The committee seeks to engage ISD 15 staff in healthy choices for mind, body and spirit. The district is seeing encouraging use of the NeoPath Health Clinic. ISD 15 employees are using the service to help control chronic conditions and seek preventive care. From January 2012 to October 2012, 306 employees made 540 office visits. Over half of the employees eligible to use the clinic have been seen at the facility at least once. This is the fastest clinic adoption of all schools partnering with NeoPath Health. The 306 employees that have used the clinic avoided spending over $60,000 in prescription, lab, and office deductible expenses. It is very exciting to see the adoption rate of the clinic and how much employees are saving on services. Employees in the district have spent $360,000 toward their annual deductible for health insurance just in outside office visits and lab services. This indicates that extending NeoPath Health physician time would result in higher savings for employees. The district published an employee survey exploring adding dependent care to the service, saving more for families and the district. Employees favored the option for the addition of dependent care. District leadership will review the survey feedback and make a determination on the results in the next month.

Cedar Creek Community School fifth graders had a great time celebrating 12/12/12 by snowshoeing through the pine forest located on school property. sandy benson, CCCS Community Relations coordinator

Candidates sought to fill vacant school board seat The Independent School District 15 School Board will appoint a community member for service in the vacant school board seat until the 2013 November election. A tentative procedure pending board approval at the January 14 meeting is as follows: Any community member interested in serving on the ISD 15 School Board for the remainder of 2013 may submit a resume or personal information by Friday, January 18 to ISD 15 Central Services Center. A letter of interest from the candidate may also be requested. The school

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board will determine how to narrow the field of candidates also at the January 14 meeting. Minnesota Statute indicates that a school board will appoint a person to serve in a vacant position only until the next election. In November of 2013, ISD 15 will hold an election for four school board positions. Three of the seats will be fouryear terms; one seat will be a two-year term. The two-year term is the unexpired portion of the vacant seat.

January What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................14 Community Education............................15 Community & Business...........................17 Health & Wellness......................................21 Money Matters...........................................28 Sports & Outdoors....................................30 Life..................................................................34

Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

Years ago, a principal for whom I once worked told me, “In my opinion, it’s what you do that is not in your job description that makes the real difference.” This December, I had the opportunity to observe this concept in action on two separate occasions. At our school board meeting on December 10, all of our elementary principals came to support the fourth-grade

School Board Highlights Community Education teachers who were presenting an update on our STEM initiative. It was a delightful presentation featuring a short video clip highlighting several of the activities our fourth grade students had experienced during the first half of this school year. Presentations at board meetings are always more impressive when teachers are able to include our students. We heard from two of our fourth grade students, Abrielle and Natalie, who described several activities to the board

and the community at large. Their willingness to present with their instructors was impressive. Cooperative parents were willing to bring the students to the meeting. On this particular Monday, the meeting was the tail end of an emergency school closing day tied to the snowstorm from the weekend prior. When students, teachers and principals follow through on a presentation after a lessthan-normal educational day, it speaks to dedication and commitment. The quality

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relationship these students had with the instructors was evident and heartwarming. It would also illustrate, “It’s what you do that is not in your job description that makes the real difference.” The second example comes from a recent visit to East Bethel Community School (EBCS). I had the opportunity to read to some of our students at EBCS. It is a great time of year to visit schools and observe the interactions taking place as we educate our students. Experts in education continue to emphasize the importance of building relationships with students. Here are a few of the exciting things I witnessed. During a quick stop in the office to drop off my coat and put on my conductor hat, I saw the building principal seated with an office professional cutting paper placemats to be used during the Elegant Dining lunch periods. Students report to the lunchroom as they would on any other school day. However, on this particular day, some interesting changes had taken place. The lights were dimmed, and the placemats on every table were festive. Students, dressed in a variety of elegant attire, proceeded through the lunch line where festively dressed Nutrition Services staff served them. At the end of the line, staff members, crisply dressed in white shirts and black pants, greeted students. These staff members, from EBCS and the district office, even donned seasonal head ornaments as they carried lunch trays to the table for the each student. When they were finished eating, students simply raised a hand and the servers cleared the tray as well. It was extraordinary. Did I mention the tables were candlelit? (Battery-powered flicker lights, of course!) Not only a display of fine dining but also another example of, “It’s what you do that is not in your job description that makes the real difference.” To return to the earlier office stop, I journeyed to the kindergarten wing of the building. About halfway to my destination, I noticed a kindergarten student seated Continued, Page 4


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Schollman recognized as a 2012 TIES Exceptional Teacher Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis Elementary School second grade teacher Stephanie Schollman has received state-wide recognition as a leader in the implementation of technology in the classroom. Schollman and other exceptional Minnesota teachers were honored at the 2012 TIES Educational Technology Conference December 11. In order to receive the award, recipients must be selected by their superintendent and demonstrate “outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve education.” TIES is a joint powers cooperative, owned by 47 school districts across the state of Minnesota, which strives to connect education and technology. TIES provides software, technological support, and professional development to

educators and school district personnel. According to the TIES website, 82 teachers from 43 school districts were selected as TIES Exceptional Teachers. The honored teachers were featured in the TIES Exceptional Teachers publication and received

Second grade teacher Stephanie Schollman was recently honored as a TIES Exceptional Teacher for her integration of technology in the classroom. Submitted Photo

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real difference.” I spent the balance of the morning reading to the kindergarten classes and to a group of special needs students. I learned that when the announcements start, it is proper to stand. As I stood up with the students, one of my little friends said to me, “You need to face the flag.” So I did. “You need to put your hand on your heart.” So I did. “You need to look at the flag.” And so I did. He had me completely ready for the pledge, which we recited four minutes later after the announcements were complete. As far as job descriptions are concerned, they are important; but I believe I agree with my principal, Nick Miller. “In my opinion, it’s what you do that is not in your job description that makes the real difference.”

Lucky James Ogren, a Cedar Creek Community School student, won an autographed book by author Gordon Fredrickson. Fredrickson was a guest author at CCCS’s Family Reading Night in December. This event was sponsored by the CCCS Parent Teacher Organization. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

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Math in the 4th Grade STEM Pilot Kurt Becker ISD 15 Associate Director of Curriculum and Assessment

This is the final installment of a four-part series on the 4th grade STEM Education pilot in Independent School District 15 (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) According to Nobel Prize winner Dr. Michael Brown, “If America is to maintain our high standard of living, we must continue to innovate. We are competing with nations many times our size. We don’t have a single brain to waste. Math and science are the engines of innovation. With these engines we can lead the world. We must demystify math and science so that all students feel the joy that follows understanding.” So, how do we demystify math and science? This is a question that educators have struggled with for generations. I can’t imagine how many times, in the course of a school day across this country, math students ask the ageold question, “When will I ever use this information?” In a STEM program, this question is answered almost as quickly as it could be asked. In the ISD 15 STEM pilot program, math skills and concepts are applied to solve real-world problems. These skills and concepts are learned in the students’ regular math class, but they are given the opportunity to use many of those skills over and over again in the STEM lab as they work together to design solutions to problems in an authentic learning environment. By doing so, math is no longer a mysterious concept that is learned in isolation. Instead, students see how their math skills can be used in everyday life. In other words, a STEM program can help to demystify math, and, according to Dr. Brown, help our students compete with students from nations across the world. Within a STEM program, students are given numerous opportunities to practice and apply many of their math skills. Two of the most common skills you might see students using in a STEM classroom include measuring and calculating. Students are often required to measure distance, weight, volume and mass, and they also get a great deal of practice calculating speed, area, angles, statistics and many additional pieces of information. Another area of math that is addressed extensively in a STEM classroom is computation. Students quickly see why it is important for them to know the steps of long division or how to multiply fractions as they use these and many other computation skills to complete tasks and solve problems. This is where the connection is made between math and students’ everyday lives. When you put the four areas of STEM together, it is easy to see why STEM education is gaining momentum in our country. When students are asked to use what they know about science and math as they employ existing technology to access and organize information in an attempt to design and engineer their own technologies to solve real world problems, we are asking them to do much more than we ever have asked them to do before. In so doing, we are helping them develop the skills that they will need in order to compete in a global economy. As I read somewhere recently, today’s students will not be competing for jobs against the best in their class, they will be competing against the best in the world. It is up to use to give them the best possible chance, and STEM education is a great step in that direction.

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Schollman and her students regularly communicate with parents through email, her website and e-postcards. Schollman is not only a technology teacher for students, but an educator for her peers as well. She serves the district as a peer leader, technology mentor and a member of the technology committee. In her capacity as technology mentor, she coaches other teachers to implement technology in ways that improve student learning. According to Principal Kohnen, “Stephanie is very patient helping children and staff learn new applications. She models the use of technology for anyone who would like to come and visit her classroom and she finds the time to go to other classrooms and team with other teachers to help them learn. Schollman is a technology teacher extraordinaire.”

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District 15 launches Google Apps for Education On December 3, Independent School District 15 joined over 20 million other teachers, staff and students worldwide, including 72 of the top 100 United States universities, who are using Google Apps for Education online productivity suite. The Google Apps suite of tools is a free offering from Google for schools to provide access to Google’s top web-based productivity tools such as Google Drive, Calendar and Gmail. These Google tools are critical in helping teachers provide a more innovative, engaging, collaborative and

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accounts is changing how information is created and shared among staff, students and parents. For example, if a Word document needs a group of contributors, it must be emailed to all participants and then the sender waits to receive multiple versions of the original document. This person then attempts to merge everyone’s changes accurately into one final document that represents the group’s effort. In Google, a document gets created and contributors are invited to edit the document (up to 25 editors simultaneously!) online. There is only one version of the document—the most up-todate one. Additionally, the free Google Apps tools may save the district literally tens of thousands of dollars in direct and associated costs for desktop applications, email services, support personnel and technology infrastructure. Google Apps for Education are a combination of Google’s computing power and technical support combined with the district’s control and supervision to implement the Google tools in ways that support local policies, plans and initiatives. This also allows the district to customize the Google productivity tools provided, offer easier access to district Google accounts and be able to administer accounts as needed by staff and students.

As part of an injury prevention and recognition initiative, Independent School District 15 promoted the Nutrition Services program to support employee participation for safety awareness. Congratulations to East Bethel Community School Nutrition Services staff for their outstanding commitment to injury prevention for the first trimester. Their personal dedication to the recognition and prevention of accidents and injuries has made a difference in creating a safe environment for all. Joyce Froh, ISD 15 Worker Compensation/Safety Coordinator

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East Bethel Community School

Cedar Creek Community School

Students model positive character traits Character building in our school Sandra Benson

Cassie Schmoll

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EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

East Bethel Community School not only focuses on the development of the academic skills, but also on the development our positive character traits. One way we recognize those who are able to display and model characteristics such as responsibility, citizenship and respect is with our Golden Eagle Feathers. When a staff member sees an entire class modeling a positive character trait, they give the class a Golden Eagle Feather. At the end of our 24-day specialist cycle, each classroom’s Golden Eagle Feathers are counted and the class that has earned the most gets to house our giant eagle. The count from our latest rotation found that Nancy Zak’s fourth grade class was the top earner. We only have one giant eagle, but all a person needs to do is visit our building to see and hear our positive character traits. The following are poems written by two of Zak’s students.

Respectfulness Respectfulness is helping others. Respectfulness is not hurting others. Respectfulness is leading. Respectfulness is not bullying. Respectfulness is showing pride. Respectfulness is not blurting. Respectfulness is waiting for a friend. Respectfulness is not laughing at someone. Respectfulness is saying, “Nice job.” Respectfulness is not saying “Fail.”  — Ryan Lloyd

Nancy Zak’s entire fourth grade classroom received Golden Eagle Feather recognition for displaying positive character traits. 

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Respectfulness Respectfulness is playing with a friend that has no friend. Respectfulness is not talking to someone when they are working. Respectfulness is helping someone. Respectfulness is not laughing when someone falls down. Respectfulness is being quiet. Respectfulness is not bullying This is what we do. — Joey Carlson

The Cedar Creek Community School Discipline Staff Committee has taken our new school song, This is Where I Live, This is My Community and developed a plan for monthly allschool assemblies to further support character building among students. We will be focusing on one character trait a month, which is featured in the school song. This has been the theme that CCCS Principal Darin Hahn focuses on for our monthly all-school assembly. The committee has come up with activities and classroom ideas for teachers to use throughout the month to inspire learning and application of the particular character trait. November was our first month, and the trait that was featured was respect. At our November all-school assembly, Hahn read The Story of Ferdinand, which is a classic tale of self-respect about a bull who would rather sit and smell the roses than fight. Hahn had students volunteer to show examples of how they can be respectful at school. Pamela Edblad’s fifth grade class also presented a poster they had made about respect. It showed examples of people respecting themselves, their teachers, people from other cultures, their elders, animals and the environment. This will be displayed in the halls of our school. In December, our character trait featured was caring and for January we are focusing on trustworthiness.

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Kindergarten students in Leslee Yseth’s and Michelle Roy’s classrooms are taking a trip around the world learning about celebrations and traditions through food, special projects and stories. Latkes were on the menu and enjoyed by all. Leslee Yseth, CCCS Kindergarten Teacher

NASA Field Trip Third graders at East Bethel Community School participated in a NASA virtual field trip. They were able to discuss their knowledge of the moon and stars by interacting with an expert in the field. They also learned more about astronauts, craters, planets, and our galaxy. Classroom helpers Classroom helpers are an important and welcome part of Leslee Yseth’s kindergarten classroom everyday. Moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas are encouraged to volunteer!

Caring was Cedar Creek Community School’s featured character trait for the month of December. Submitted Photo

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Meet Cedar Creek’s social workers Jessica Marsolek CCCS Social Worker

Cindi Johnson has been working at Cedar Creek Community School for four years. Her first year was spent working as an intern. Following a six month internship, Johnson was hired and has been at CCCS ever since. Johnson’s role at CCCS is to support the staff and students and work closely with students who have diverse learning needs and unique life situations. Johnson works together with the special education team to evaluate, create and implement Individualized Education Plans for these students. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from St. Catherine University in elementary education in 1999. She chose to utilize her degree as a returning long-term substitute teacher for several years. After working in the classroom, Johnson felt drawn to the students with unique

learning needs. She returned to school and received her master’s degree in social work in 2010. Johnson stated, “I feel that I am doing the exact work that I was meant to do. I can’t think of another place I would rather be than here at Cedar Creek Community School.” Johnson enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their dog Cooper. Jessica Marsolek started working at CCCS in February 2012. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 2004. Marsolek’s field experience was at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, which is where she found that school social work is what she wanted to do as a career. Marsolek’s role as school social worker includes supporting the staff and students through individual and group meetings. She works with students to teach skills and how to problem solve in areas so that they can

be successful with friendships, social skills and family life, and dealing with the loss of a loved one or struggling at school. This school year, she also began assisting CCCS Principal Darin Hahn by participating in the disciplinary process. She assists Hahn by meeting with some of the students who are sent to the office for a behavior issue. Marsolek states “I absolutely love my job. It is so rewarding to feel I am making a difference for students every day. The students, families and staff have been so welcoming and are such a warm community to be a part of.” Marsolek comes to CCCS after nine years of experience working in child protection, job development for adults with developmental disabilities and health care social work settings. Marsolek

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of the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota Board of Directors and chairs its governance committee. Her family contributed in starting the organization when her brother Adam was born with Down Syndrome in 1983. Marsolek loves to spend time with friends and family, traveling with her husband, and enjoys cooking and eating good food.

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Kindergarten students in Kathi Greene’s class worked collaboratively with Cathy Perkins’ third graders writing recipes for a holiday cookbook. Kindergartners practiced and memorized the ingredients, measurements and step-by-step directions needed to make their favorite food, while the third graders wrote them down. Sequencing steps, answering questions and retelling information are just a few of the skills and standards addressed in this activity. Kathi Greene, CCCS Teacher

I’m Jocelynn Stewart (student) and I am the Cedar Creek Community School Student Council secretary. I’m writing a newspaper article about Student Council’s upcoming fun school events, so let’s get started. The 15th of every month is a School Spirit day at CCCS so be prepared to have fun! We also organized a Pie in the Eye on December 21. The tickets bought allowed that person to have fun smooshing whipped cream in a volunteer’s face! Also we’re collecting “Pennies for Patients” in January so get ready and have fun helping people in need. Here’s a little secret: I can tell you right now that we’re going to have an awesome school year! The rest of our Spirit Days are: January – hat day; February – mismatch day; March – green day; April – Minnesota Twins day; May – St. Francis Saints day. We are planning for next fall, too.

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St. Francis Elementary School

Third grade students share original folktales with kindergarten buddies Sue Hoefs SFES 3rd Grade Teacher

Sue Hoefs’ third grade class shared some traditional Japanese folktales with their kindergarten buddies November 30. The students had been learning about the jobs of authors and illustrators and then followed up with a story called The Kamishibai Man by Allen Say. A Kamishibai is a Japanese storyteller who would travel around the city on a bicycle and tell stories to children. He would use picture cards that were held in the box that was attached to his bicycle. He clapped two wooden blocks together to announce his arrival. All the children would come and gather around the Kamishibai to hear the story. He would stop at the climax of the story and sell candy to the children. He would return the following day to finish the story and sell more candy. This was a very popular way of storytelling in Japanese history. After the invention on the television, the popularity of the Kamishibai declined.

Third graders in Sue Hoef’s class share Japanese folktales with Lisa Prowizor’s kindergarten students. The stories and illustrations were based on the traveling Kamishibai storytellers of Japan.  Submitted Photo The students read some of the popular folktales, got into groups, made the illustration to match their portion of the reading, rehearsed their parts and then invited Lisa Prowizor’s kindergarten class to come and hear the stories. They are very imaginative stories that may have left the kindergartners a bit bewildered!

Kate Herman’s third grade class and Darin Bourasa’s fourth grade class from St. Francis Elementary School worked together in December to support local families. More than 36 gifts were purchased and wrapped by students and their families to give away at Christmas time. Darin Bourasa, SFES 4th Grade Teacher

Third grade students demonstrate leadership Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Since the St. Francis Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students are housed in a wing at St. Francis Middle School this year, the third graders are the oldest students at the SFES South campus. They take the responsibility of being the top grade level very seriously and demonstrate leadership in multiple ways. One tangible way that the third grade students carry out their role as leaders is by serving as buddies to the kindergarten students. Each third grade classroom at SFES is paired up with one of the kindergarten classes and students assist their younger peers in a myriad of ways.

One of the major ways the two grade level groups have worked together this year is during Flash Math time. Flash Math is a supplemental math program adopted by the district to promote automaticity in recall of math facts. Each student is timed by a partner as they work through a series of age-appropriate math facts. Students work on concepts such as number recognition, counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, decimals and fractions. Third grade students have helped to time, teach and tutor their kindergarten buddies on Flash Math skills. At the beginning of the year, the third grade students assisted the kindergarten teachers by helping their

Kindergarten students in Lisa Prowizor’s kindergarten class receive a helping hand on a Thanksgiving turkey project from their third grade buddies. Submitted Photo The Courier | January 2013 |

young charges find the correct bus at the end of the school day. In addition, some third graders have served as reading buddies, sharing library books with their younger peers. As the kindergartners gradually expand their literary skills, the roles will reverse and they will become the readers. Third grade students have also assisted their kindergarten buddies with art projects. One popular collaborative activity was the “How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey” project. Third graders interviewed their younger partners, asking them the ingredients, temperature and technique for preparing a Thanksgiving turkey. They served as scribes, recording the kindergartners’ often humorous answers. The joint projects were posted along the kindergarten hallway, providing entertaining reading material for passersby. Dean of Students Scott Kruger lauds the third graders for stepping up to the plate and becoming the role models for the SFES South building this year. “All of these leadership opportunities build positive characteristics that will grow and strengthen as the students get into the upper grades. These students are the role models for our younger students because they help others learn, they do their best in the classroom, they are nice, caring and patient, and they are honestly concerned about the well-being of others.”

During their study of the Midwest region in social studies, students in Darin Bourasa’s fourth grade class at St. Francis Elementary School researched traditions, especially those from Swedish families. Students studied the Swedish Santa Lucia Day on December 13 and what it means to the Swedes. The picture shows girls dressed in Lucia crowns ready to wake up families with their singing and ginger cookies called pepparkakor, and the boys in their Starboy hats as Lucia’s attendants. The traditional Christmas season in Sweden lasts from December 13 through January 13.  Darin Bourasa, SFES 4th Grade Teacher

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On December 7 and 8 the St. Francis Elementary School Association of Parents and Teachers held its Secret Santa Shop. The Secret Santa Shop is a fun shopping experience for children to purchase gifts ranging from $1 to $5 for parents, grandparents or siblings. Volunteer elves helped more than 300 children shop. The shop is not a fundraiser for SFES; it is a community event sponsored by the APT to make the season special for children. Refreshments were served, each child received a free craft and could have a photo with Santa. Pictured is Santa and his many elves who made the shopping experience fun. Ann Pesch, SFES APT Co-Chair

St. Francis Elementary School 4th graders are sitting on new rug in Diane Krocak-Peterson’s technology classroom. The rug was purchased with money received from the Labels for Education program. The SFES Association of Parents and Teachers facilitates the Labels program. There are two Label collection boxes, one at the SFES office and one at St. Francis County Market.

Google “Asian Century” and you’ll find hundreds of websites analyzing Asia’s growing cultural and economic presence in the world. As a language arts teacher at the high school, I was accepted to a seminar sponsored by Indiana University and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). The 33-hour course, funded by the Freeman Foundation, provides opportunities for educators to learn more about the history and culture of a region containing over half the world’s population. “The Freeman family, who founded AIG Insurance in Shanghai, is convinced that the only way America will be able to compete globally is to understand and collaborate with its Asian partners,” said Professor P. Richard Bohr who led the seminar and is a professor of history and director of Asian Studies at St. Catherine University and Saint John’s University. Several Minnesota high school were represented in the 2012 seminar including St. Francis, Red Wing, BenildeSt. Margaret’s, Osseo and Elk River. Teachers taking the course were from several content areas including language arts, social studies and art. “Across the nation, NCTA seminars have reached tens

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of thousands K-12 teachers. Here in Minnesota, the number is well over one hundred teachers who have inspired hundreds of students to study aspects of Asia,” said Bohr. During a recent session, University of Minnesota biophysicist Dr. Joseph Lin taught seminar participants to draw Chinese characters. Lin is a professor by day, but the art of Chinese calligraphy is his passion and he enjoys sharing his appreciation of a writing style that dates back more than 4,000 years. “I’ve been practicing Chinese calligraphy since I was a young child in China. To do calligraphy, you must clear your mind and quiet your heart. Calligraphy is just like yoga—it’s good for meditation and requires a lot of mental and physical activity,” said Lin. Benilde-St. Margaret’s social studies teacher Megan Kern applied for the seminar to broaden her understanding of Asian people and their culture. Kern plans to incorporate information and strategies from the seminar in her teaching at Benilde-St. Margaret’s. “I’ve spoken with our art teacher and we’re planning some cross-curricular lessons regarding calligraphy. She’ll teach the form and provide the materials, and I have had the

Chinese character app installed on the school’s iPads,” said Kern. At St. Francis High School, twelfth grade students study world literature as part of the language arts curriculum. The course focuses on literature of non-English speaking cultures including China and Japan, among others. For example, students read the Chinese writings of Confucius, Lao Tzu and the Tang Dynasty poets. The NCTA seminar has provided context for these readings and introduced ideas for making the literature more understandable and interesting to students. More importantly, perhaps, the NCTA seminar reminds teachers that course content should be made relevant to the demands of our changing world. In a recent class meeting, for example, the group discussed the interconnected nature of the American and Asian marketplace. According to Bohr, students need teachers to provide tools that will enable them to work with their Asian counterparts as they move into the workforce. He tells his students in Collegeville, “It’s up to you guys—you students—to figure out how we’ll run, how we’ll operate this global economy.”

Student Update Benjamin Gerjets, a 2008 St. Francis Senior High School graduate, was recently recognized as the Outstanding Student majoring in Composite Materials Engineering by the Miller Brothers School of Engineering at Winona State University. Benjamin was selected by the faculty of the engineering department for this honor and was recognized at an Evening of Distinction Ceremony at the university prior Benjamin Gerjets Submitted to commencement December 14. Benjamin plans on remaining in the Winona area at this time and has accepted a full-time position as a product development engineer at RPT Company located in Winona.

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Middle School Teacher Spotlight: Sarah Compton

Middle school toy drive a huge success

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During the month of December, 30 eighth grade middle school student council members and students in Paula Jo Davis’ Focused Learning class organized the 2012 St. Francis Middle School Toy Drive. Students were led by energetic Student Council President Camille Zupfer. The items collected were donated to the

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This is Sarah Compton’s ninth year teaching and her eighth year in Independent School District 15 teaching middle school science. Compton taught one year in Farmington before coming to ISD 15. Compton grew up in rural Minnesota and graduated from Glencoe-Silver Lake High School. She attended college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ecology, behavior and Sarah Compton Submitted evolution. Compton received her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota as well. She returned to the U of M to complete her masters of education and science curriculum development, graduating in 2010. Compton currently teaches both seventh grade life science (ecology) and eighth grade earth science. She stated, “I love getting kids involved in science and seeing how they develop critical thinking and scientific deductive skills. It’s exciting to see how they grow to be better problem solvers and young scientists. I enjoy seeing students interested and intrigued about what they are learning while relating it to their own lives. My hope is that they transfer their experiences to their lives outside of school with which they will become better at questioning and investigating information they encounter.”

Paula Jo Davis SFMS 8th grade Algebra Teacher

Students from St. Francis Middle School Student Council and Paula Jo Davis’ Focused Learning class are proud to announce that this year’s toy drive was a huge success with over 180 toys collected. 

Sixth grade band and choir holiday concert Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

On December 13, St. Francis Middle School hosted its first combined sixth grade choir and band concert that the school has done in years. Danielle Trebesch, music teacher, stated, “We have not had a sixth grade choir for several years and it will be fun to have them sing again. This is the first time the sixth grade band has played full band pieces this early in the year!” The sixth grade choir has approximately 100 members and band has around 145 this year. The choir performed the songs: Holidays, Carol from an Irish Cabin, Mele Kilikimaka, Rudolph, Winter Fantasy and Silent Night and band performed: Bugler’s Dream, Beethoven’s Ninth, Dreidel Song #39 and Jing-a-Ling Bells for family and friends. Seventh and eighth grade students were also stationed around the school prior to the concert singing Christmas carols so when families came to attend the sixth grade concert, they walked about the school and enjoyed small

Toys for Tots organization. The toy drive took place December 3-14. The week before the drive began, students were busy preparing by making posters, decorating collection boxes and writing and rehearsing morning announcements. Students chose to focus on gifts for middle school-age recipients since that is the group most often overlooked when it comes to donations. Although the focus was on this age group, all toys were accepted.

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Noelle Meyers and Monica Sauer, two sixth grade students from Kyle Waterworth’s social studies class, worked with iPads on an app called Animoto to create a short video showing how a government bill is passed. Kyle Waterworth, SFMS Teacher

St. Francis Middle School held its sixth grade band and choir concert December 13. Submitted Photos ensembles of choral and band students playing or singing. The next concert for sixth grade band is Sunday, January 27, 3:00 p.m. at the St. Francis High School gym. This event will be an alldistrict band concert.

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Eighth grade students from Lisa Erickson’s language arts class created a PowerPoint presentation on Nazi Germany after reading The Diary of Anne Frank. The students needed to cite their sources and orally convey to the class what they learned about events and background information related to the book. Jessie Rowles, SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

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What TRiO Upward Bound means to students KellyAnn Ebner SFHS TRIO Upward Bound Advisor

This year, TRiO Upward Bound was started at St. Francis High School as part of a new grant awarded to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Cambridge. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from a postsecondary institution with a two- or four-year degree. The TRiO Upward Bound program and the services provided are free to all participants. Upward Bound is part of the TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The TRiO Upward Bound program at AnokaRamsey Community College serves five additional area high schools: Braham Area High School, Cambridge-Isanti High School, Mora High School, North Branch High School and Princeton High School, for a total student population of 123 high school students in grades nine to 12. TRiO Upward Bound provides additional support for qualifying students who are motivated and committed to attending a postsecondary institution upon high school graduation. Throughout the school year, students meet twice a week after school for additional tutoring, homework help and skill building. Upward Bound participants have the opportunity to improve valuable skills such as study skills, reducing test anxiety, goal setting, relationships, and leadership qualities to be successful in high school and beyond. In addition, students research careers, colleges and financial aid opportunities to be prepared for college. During the school year, students from all six area high schools get

together once a month to take part in educational field trips, cultural events and social activities. For this school year, students have the opportunity to go snow tubing at Eko Bakken, attend an overnight retreat at Audubon Center in Sandstone, learn about financial aid and paying for college, take practice college entrance exams and volunteer in their local communities. Advisors also schedule college campus visits for the juniors and seniors in the program based on their interest in schools in Minnesota and to help students have an understanding of different college campuses. The TRiO Upward Bound program also consists of a six-week summer program combining enrichment courses and educational and fun field trips for all students. Students in grades 9-11 from all six high schools will take classes together in math, science, English and a foreign language taught by local high school teachers. Recent high school graduates are able to participate in a summer bridge component which includes taking a college course at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Each week students are able to attend a field trip and a college campus tour. In past years, TRiO students have been to the Minnesota State Capitol, Minnesota Science Museum and Minnesota Art Institute. In the final week of the summer program, TRiO advisors take students on a cultural overnight trip. One group of students traveled to Chicago and were able to explore a variety of sites including Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Navy Pier, National Museum of Mexican Art and the Museum of Science and Industry. Students are eligible for the program by meeting federal income guidelines and/or come from a family where

neither parent has earned a four-year degree. Students are selected to join the program base on having a need for the services and potential to attend

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Pictured are students in the TRiO Upward Bound program. St. Francis High School is one of six area schools that participates in the Anoka-Ramsey Community College program. Upward Bound provides support to qualifying students committed to obtaining a post-secondary degree. Kimberly DiLauro Rief, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator

Henry Herrera is a foreign exchange student attending St. Francis High School. Herrera’s home country is Ecuador and he is attending SFHS this school year. Herrera loves the outdoors and wants to be an environmentalist. He is currently enrolled in environmental science at SFHS. He is pictured here with The Lorax, which started as a Dr. Seuss book, then a short film and now a movie. The Lorax demonstrates three main environmental problems: resource depletion, pollution and loss of biodiversity. Kimberly DiLauro Rief, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator

iPads are allowing teachers to easily implement technology every day! Students in Steven Sebald’s German class used iPads to research and write papers in German. Some of the apps included Edmodo and Google Docs. Pictured are students Courtney Fahland, Tarra Edstrom, Sam Burville and Samantha Smith.

Students from Lee Graves’ high school astronomy class used their names to create their own constellations in December. Students were able to go inside the planetarium that Graves constructed. The entire class fit inside the inflated black dome, where they poked holes in the dome to make their constellations glow!

Kimberly DiLauro Rief, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator

Kimberly DiLauro Rief, SFHS Community Relations Coordinator


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St. Francis High School

Youth Teaching Youth Layne Tralle Anoka County 4-H

Once a month, 60 teens from St. Francis High School are teaching the 4-H It’s Your Choice program to sixth grade students at St. Francis Middle School. The teens are members of 4-H Youth Teaching Youth in Anoka County. 4-H Youth Teaching Youth is a program taught by high school students to elementary and middle school students. To teach the 4-H It’s Your Choice program, teens attend a full day training where they learn teaching methods, classroom management and lesson delivery. The teens must also sign a pledge promising to not use alcohol, drugs or any similar substances. Beth Nikolic, the SFHS nurse,

works to recruit teens and communicate with teachers and administration regarding 4-H Youth Teaching Youth. Through the program, 363 students are taught lessons about group development and respect, peer pressure, stress, tobacco and relationships. The sixth grade students are taught during their language arts class, taught by Jacqueline Davis, Nancy Larson, Jean Loerzel and Trina Schultz. The program is funded by the SFMS Site Management Council. The program benefits both the sixth grade and high school students in many ways. Research shows that older students teaching younger students is an effective way to communicate messages

about the dangers and possible consequences of a person’s decisions. 4-H Youth Teaching Youth provides positive role models and helps students to think about making healthy living choices and taking responsibility for their actions. 4-H Youth Teaching Youth teens in Anoka, Dakota, Scott, and Washington Counties completed a survey this past spring to determine the impact of the program on their healthy living choices. Teen teachers were asked how important the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth experience was to their decision making around healthy lifestyle choices, and 41.3 percent said it was important and 44.2 percent said it was extremely important. One teen said, “Every time I make a decision, I think about what my kids (in my classes) would think

of me. If it’s something that I would never tell my kids to do, I don’t do it.” 4-H Youth Teaching Youth and the 4-H It’s Your Choice program is offered through

University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County 4-H. If you have questions about 4-H Youth Teaching Youth, please call 763-755-1280.

Scholars at SFHS take on the world Bo Stevens SFHS Knowledge Bowl Coach

The St. Francis High School Knowledge Bowl teams combined to compete with tens of thousands of students in the U.S. and several foreign lands in the Knowledge Master Open (KMO) academic competition on December 5. More than 1,100 middle school, junior high and high school teams faced their computers to answer 200 challenging questions in the event, earning points for the speed and accuracy of their answers. The 31 students on the Saints team scored 1,165 of 2,000 possible points to place eighth in the state and 274th overall in a field of 551 high schools in the contest. Academic coach Bo Stevens described the event as “an opportunity for our students to see how they match up with other schools and not just themselves. Just as in sports, competing against oneself in practice is helpful, but only to a point. Given that many of our members are new to Knowledge Bowl this year, I think we did very well! There were only 17 high schools from Minnesota in the KMO, but they are among the elite academic teams in the state and we finished eighth.” Students by grade on the Saints team are: ninth graders Michelle Arnold, Joe Blom, Nick Gunstrom, Rebekah Hall, Haley Hoefer, Connor Keech, Kendra Kresbach, Jeremy Lashinski, Mike Madsen, Michael Odell, Cole Sivula; tenth graders Sam Burville, Ryan Carda, Courtney Fahland, Laura Morgan, Eric Sturdevant, Tiffany Woolcott; 11th graders Justin Bergstrom, Aaron Boelter, Nick Carrigan, Breana Ladd, Baylee May, Austin Schmidt; and 12th graders Lorenzo Castanon, Reed Harmon, Megan Henry, Sery Johnson, Mason Oberleitner, Samantha VanKemper, and David Weigelt. Designed to stimulate learning and recognition for academic achievement, the Knowledge Master Open runs on classroom computers to allow all students the opportunity to compete in a large academic event without the expense of traveling to a central site. The competition is presented each school year by Academic Hallmarks, a Colorado software publisher.

Approximately 60 St. Francis High School students participate in the Anoka County 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program. The teens have undergone training and teach St. Francis Middle School students on such topics as respect, stress and relationships. Photo By Allie Miller

High school participates in Minnesota College Application Week Dawn Abraham SFHS Career Advisor

Governor Mark Dayton declared the week of November 12-16 as Minnesota College Application Week. The week was designed to encourage students to take steps toward college by providing assistance with the college application process. This year 108 high schools across the state hosted a College Application Week (CAW) event to help foster a college-going culture at their schools. By participating in this event, St. Francis High School administration allowed students to come to the Career Center computer lab for one hour during school to apply to the college(s) of their choice. Staff provided help as needed during the process, such as how to complete online applications, how to submit transcripts and recommendation letters, and also gave them information on things to do after their application has been sent. Advisors also provided students with financial aid information which is an important element of the process for most seniors applying The Courier | January 2013 |

to college. During this week, all of the colleges and universities in the Minnesota State College system, as well as some of the private colleges and two of the five University of Minnesota campuses, waived their applications fee for students applying. This was very beneficial to many students as college application fees can run, on average, from $20 to $50 each. Teachers were asked to help promote the week by putting posters in their classrooms letting students know where he/she attended college, wearing college spirit clothing and talking to students about their college experience. More than 65 students participate in CAW during school hours and many others applied from home. Of the 65 students that applied during school, 30 of them stated that they were first generation college students, which is a very encouraging number. The high school’s guidance office also had a record number of requests to send transcripts; over 155 transcripts were sent during the week.

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All board members present. Site Report The elementary schools gave an update on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program for fourth grade students. Kara Lofgren of Cedar Creek Community School showed a video of students participating in STEM activities. Two students described some of their STEM projects to the board. Truth in Taxation ISD 15 Associate Director of Business Services Scott Nelson presented Truth in Taxation information and hearing. The district’s finances are divided into 10 separate funds. For the 2012-13 budget, there is a total the fund balance of $7,280,825. The proposed property tax levy for 2012 payable 2013 will decrease by $201,155 or 1.83 percent from the previous year due to several factors including a decrease in pupil units. Public comments and questions were

heard and later in the meeting the final school tax levy payable 2013 was approved by the board unanimously. Board Member Removal A hearing was held November 14 to give board member Matthew Rustad a chance to defend his act of plagiarism of an article he submitted for the September issue of The Courier, the district’s monthly publication. An independent hearing officer reviewed the evidence from the hearing and recommended that the board remove Rustad for cause as defined in school district policy. According to the hearing officer, the act of plagiarism and subsequent attempts to cover it up, which violated school board ethics policy, served as proper cause for removal. Prior to the vote, Rustad made a motion to remove the agenda item regarding his removal. Rustad shared an opinion he received from Spencer Cronk of the Information Policy Analysis Division (IPAD) of the Minnesota Department of Administration. The opinion states that Rustad’s data privacy rights were violated

by the district. The motion to remove Rustad’s item from the agenda based on new information failed by a vote of 3-4. Each board member discussed reasons for and against Rustad’s removal. Rustad said the November 14 hearing was not impartial and he was not given district resources to defend himself. He claimed everything he has said has been discredited. Board member Dave Anderson said Rustad’s actions were more than just a mistake and they reflect poorly on everyone. He acknowledged the financial concerns of the matter but said there was a need to take a stand. Board member Suzanne Erkel called the situation a witch hunt and waste of taxpayer money. Board member Harry Grams said his concern is that Rustad was not forthright with his admission of plagiarism. Grams said teachers and staff have told him this is an embarrassment and as a role model to students, Rustad must be held accountable for serious violations in a school system. Board chairwoman Marsha Van Denburgh said Rustad had not received equal

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representation and was denied legal representation by district attorneys. Van Denburgh said that while Rustad did make a mistake, she does not see proper cause for his removal from the board and the board’s censure of him at the September 24 board meeting was the appropriate action and should have ended the matter. She also questioned the constitutionality of school boards being the only publicly elected board that can remove a member by just four votes. She also argued that the November 14 hearing was not impartial because Rustad was not given a say in the selection of the hearing officer, who was paid by the district. Board member Amy Kelly said that at the time of Rustad’s censure, the board was not aware that Rustad had not been honest about his act of plagiarism. She said this is not just about plagiarism, but character, and board members should be held to a higher standard because they are role models to students. Board member Janet Glover said she felt the process had been done correctly and it was time to move on. The board voted for removal 4-2, with Rustad abstaining.

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Alternative Medicine February 19 Tanya L. Cook, CMT CHC Explore ways to improve or maintain your health with the help of complementary and alternative therapies—treatments once considered fringe that are available and being used with mainstream medicine to improve wellness. This program will feature up-to-date information on how therapists use massage, acupuncture, yoga, exercise and wise food choices to help us stay healthy. Tanya Cook is a clinical massage therapist and integrative health counselor at St. Francis Physical Therapy Wellness Center.

School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, January 14 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 28 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

School Board Members Marsha Van Denburgh, Chairwoman, 763-753-6653 Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341 Suzanne Erkel, Clerk 763-413-1195 Harry Grams, Treasurer 763-856-4350 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Amy Kelly, Director 763-744-8458 Email: The board will next appoint a community member to serve in the vacant position until the 2013 November election, where a special election will be held to fill out the remainder of Rustad’s term, which expires in 2015.

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

Groups are welcome!

Remembering the King Tuesday, February 12 Remembering The King features the father/son team of Steve and Tommy Marcio. The two started performing in 2005 and pride themselves on being a family-friendly show. They enjoy entertaining people with their respectful and authentic tribute to Elvis Presley.

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Community Education

Winter Activities


After the holidays Sandy Farder ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

The large majority of my students in the Adult Basic Education program are struggling. They are young adults, trying to guide their lives in a positive direction. They are immigrants to this country, working hard to establish success in a foreign land where jobs are scarce. They are single moms, seeking better lives for themselves and their children through education and training. They are displaced workers, forced to begin new careers and terrified they will remain unemployed long after their savings are depleted. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of stress, poverty and troubles I see on a daily basis. Instead, I more often find myself inspired by the generosity and thoughtfulness exhibited by my students, my volunteers, District 15 staff and our community, in general. It seems that people want to give. They understand the fulfillment and satisfaction that contributing to another’s happiness and comfort can bring. Especially at this time of year, when we are inundated with touching stories of human kindness and heavenly miracles, we feel compelled to demonstrate our compassion

toward others. Normally, I share stories about noteworthy students in our program. This month, I just want to thank all of those who have chosen to share what they have with someone in need. Regardless of how little or how much, it is always appreciated. I only hope that this kindness and support is not confined to the holiday season, but lingers long after. Winter can be hard on us Minnesotans, but hardship knows no season; it lives with many in our community all year long. I encourage us all to keep our eyes open for opportunities to help where we can. If you have tried it, you know—it truly does feel better to give than to receive.

Watch for the Winter/Spring Independent School District 15 Community Education brochure in your mailbox. New classes include: 3D Inspirational Wall Art Mosaic Birdbath Trips: Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash City of Lakes Tour

From the Rec Department Several St. Francis Elementary School students participated in a Community Education Painting Fun class instructed by Cathy Thunberg. These students created projects using several different mediums. Students displayed their art work to family and friends at art shows November 26-27. Cathy Thunberg, Instructor

Community Education Contacts Troy Ferguson, Assistant Director............................................................ 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Driver’s Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt................................................................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Heidi Antinozzi, Rec Assistant............................................................... 763-213-1508 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 • • The Courier | January 2013 |

Coming Soon !

Youth Baseball Camp

Registration for Rec Department T-Ball, Baseball and Softball leagues. Ages:

4-6 for T-Ball 6-8 for Baseball/Softball Registration: March 18 through April 9 Season: May 6 through the end of June Days: T-Ball • Monday/Wednesday Baseball/Softball • Tuesday/ Thursday.

Saturday, February 23 Grades 2-5 8:30-10:30 a.m. Grades 6-9 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Sunday, February 24 Grades 2-5 1:30-3:30 p.m. Grades 6-9 3:45-5:45 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Fee: 1 day $25 (includes T-shirt) Both days $50 (includes T-shirt)

For more information, contact Diane Guinn, Rec manager for more info 763-213-1823 Rec Department a division of ISD 15 Community Education

Register Online

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

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

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

Calling ALL babies! Celebrating Baby

Your baby must be nine months of age or younger when you attend the 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. Free Sisters and Brothers Care is available for Celebrating Baby, but you must pre-register. Date: Tuesdays, February 5, 12 Time: 9:45-11:15 a.m. Fee: FREE

Early Childhood Family Education A division of ISD 15Community Education & Services 763-753-7170

2012 Birth-Day Bash

A special day for all those babies born in 2012! If you missed Celebrating Baby when your child was tiny or if you’ve wondered about ECFE, here’s a special bash just for you. Enjoy songs, get helpful hints and meet others who are parenting a baby. Free sibling care is available for children up to age 8, but you must pre-register. Date: Saturday, February 9 Time: 9:45-11:15 a.m. Fee: FREE Deadline: February 6

Babies and Parents Class

A new session of Babies and Parents Class is beginning soon! Enjoy time with your baby to play and time to talk with other parents and a parent educator. Ages: Birth-13 months Dates: Tuesdays, February 19-May 7 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE

Family Carnival Saturday, February 2 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Lifelong Learning Center

Fee: $1 per child, max of $3 per family and a non-perishable food item for the local food shelf. Bring the family and enjoy a fun-filled morning of games, crafts, play-dough walk, face painting and much more. Tickets for the “Basket Raffle” will be on sale the day of the carnival only.

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

Do you have a child who is three or four years old? Have they been through Early Childhood Screening? Early Childhood Screening should be done soon after the child’s third birthday. Screening is a FREE, simple check of a young child’s health and development; it does not determine kindergarten readiness. Screening includes: a development assessment, vision and hearing checks, and an immunization and health review. Call 763-753-7187 if you currently have a 3- or 4-year-old child who has not been screened. 16


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

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

Parent Ed on Your Time

Pop in and Play

Online parent education at times that work for you! Explore resources you didn’t know were at your fingertips in an interactive virtual classroom with a licensed parent educator and other parents like you. Each of the six week sessions will include a variety of interactions including forums that you can access at any time, live online discussions around topics that you want to know about, and opportunities to view and discuss presentations by parenting experts. It’s easy and quick and you get the support and parenting information you want. Time: On your time (there may also be designated times for live chats) Date: Weeks of January 21-February 25 Fee: FREE—Register as you would for a regular class or event. Use the registration form including your email address or go online to (Departments/ Early Childhood) Deadline: January 10 (you will receive an email the week of January 14 with login directions)

Dates: Time: Dates: Time: Fee:

Splish, Splash Field Trip Pretend you’ve gone to a warm beach as you and your child visit the Maple Grove Community Center. Enjoy the zero-depth area with two sprays and a tot slide or swim in the leisure pool. Date: Friday, February 22 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:00 a.m.; returns by 1:00 p.m. Fee: $7.50 per person Deadline: February 8

Dads ’N Me Saturday Calling all dads and kids! Come ready for activities chosen especially for dads and children to spend quality time together. Date: Saturday, February 9 Time: 9:45-11:15 a.m. Fee: $4 per child; max $12 per family (limit 4 children/adult) Deadline: February 6

Fridays, through January 25 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, through April 24 12:45-2:45 p.m. $4 per child, max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult)

Upcoming Pop in and Play Themes: January 9: January 11: January 16: January 18: January 23:

Favorite Animals Messy Moments Time to Paint Color Around Us Moving Bodies in the Gym January 25: Snowy Day January 30: Arctic Fun

Preschool Place 15 Preview A time for preschoolers (as of 9/1/13) and parents to get a taste of Preschool Place 15. Play a bit, experience typical classroom activities, talk to teachers, learn about the curriculum…then you’ll have the information to decide about registration for the 2013-14 school year. No sibling care available for younger/older children. No need to preregister. Date: Saturday, February 9 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE

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

Pajamarama Come dressed in your pajamas for this daytime pajama party. Play games, read bedtime stories, sing songs and enjoy making bedtime snacks…a fun way to mix it up! Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 & 22 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child

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Community & Business

Sports & Outdoors


Peoples Bank strengthens commitment to college education with endowment Tina Perpich Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Officials of Peoples Bank of Cambridge presented AnokaRamsey Community College with $52,500 to create the Peoples Bank of Commerce Endowed Scholarship Fund. “Committed investments, such as this by Peoples Bank, are testimonials to the importance of education to a community,“ says AnokaRamsey Foundation Executive Director Marc Johnson. “Partnerships between business and education are vital to the success of students who become valued employees.“ Endowment means the principal is not spent; only the annual earned income (interest) is spent. Depending on how the market performs, the amount of earned income will vary from year to year. The minimum scholarship award will be $500 and the maximum will be $1,000. The Peoples Bank endowment will fund college scholarships for single, female parents enrolled at the Cambridge campus and who

Members of the Cedar-East Bethel Lions prepare to serve a pancake breakfast featuring a visit from Santa at Cedar Creek Community School in December. Pictured are Al Ancheta, Dallas Jelmberg, Jennifer Regan, Jack Kugel and Glenn Coop.  Submitted photo

Peoples Bank of Cambridge President/CEO Scott Laugen and Senior Vice President/Market President Clyde Bloyer met with Anoka-Ramsey Community College President Jessica M. Stumpf in November to fulfill the bank’s pledge to create the Peoples Bank of Commerce Endowed Scholarship Fund. Submitted photo maintain a minimum of nine credits per semester. Recipients must also have a high school GPA of at least 3.0, an AnokaRamsey GPA of at least 2.5, and be residents of Isanti County. For more information about supporting education in the Cambridge community, contact Anoka-Ramsey Community College Foundation Executive Director Marc Johnson at 763-422-6112 or Marc.

Classes will not be in session Monday, January 21 for students in Independent School District 15.

Walt and Deb Robb’s world has been turned upside down since Walt was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004. Three years ago, doctors gave him one to three years to live and he surpassed that. Now his heart is 90 percent blocked and he has a 4.5 cm aneurysm in his stomach. Please come help a friend in need by joining us for a $15 spaghetti/ beverage dinner. DJ entertainment by BC Boyz and a ton of silent auction items to bid on.

Most Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Helmets and gloves are required. Andover Community Center Ice Arena 15200 Hanson Blvd. NW Andover, MN 55304 763-767-5100 Schedules available at $5 Per Skater Goalies Skate Free

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Benefit for

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Adult Open Hockey

Mon-Sat: Sun:

Try Our Delicious Broasted Chicken

An account has also been established at Wells Fargo under “Walt and Deb’s Benefit,” number 80-0871151.

Kim Brokl, Debbie and Walt Robb.

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11:00 am-9:00 pm 11:00 am-10:00 pm

Upcoming Events Comedy Night

Saturday, January 12 • 9:00 p.m. With comedians Matt Born, Marj Rowan, David Christison, Chad Filley and the Kung Fu Comic Thursday, January 10 & 31 Dan Dryden, Wally Joseph and George Marich

Moonlight Music DJ

Weekly Specials Sunday & Slow cooked roast beef Monday dinners Tuesday All-U-Can-Eat

Broasted Chicken $10.99

For more information, please call Stacie The family of Walt Robb L-R: Ryan Larson, at 612-708-7455 or Kim at 952-220-4364. Stacie Larson, Taylor Larson, Katie King,

Sun-Thurs: Fri & Sat:

My Famous Friends Acoustic Band

Saturday, February 2 • 2:00-7:00 p.m. Mac & Chester’s SRO 18919 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove

Winter Kitchen Hours

11:00 am-1:00 am 11:00 am-Midnight

Wednesday Thursday Thursday thru Sunday Friday Saturday

Mexican Night All-U-Can-Eat Ribs $14.99 Prime Rib Dinners All-U-Can-Eat Fish $11 Steak Night

Friday, January 18 • 9:00 p.m.

Military Mondays

10% discount on all meals for Veterans and Active Duty Soldiers (please show your ID Card to your server)

Monday Senior Citizen Day 10% off all meals

Bingo Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. Texas Hold ’Em

Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. (Free to play, prizes)

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Winter Activities Anoka County Libraries to offer free eBook classes in January you like to borrow free eBooks from the Library but aren’t sure how? Did you give or get an eReader this holiday season? Anoka County Library is offering several programs in

Jill Smith Anoka County Library

Did you know you can access free eBooks from the Anoka County Library? Would

Long Lake

Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, February 2, 2013 on Long Lake in Isanti Fundraiser for the Long Lake Improvement Association Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at Captain’s on Long Lake Contest starts at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m. Contest rules are supplied and all fishing is held inside a roped-off area on Long Lake. $10 cost per pre-drilled hole

Cash Prizes Largest Game Fish... $300 Most Game Fish....... $200 (minimum 3)

There will be a raffle for additional prizes—cost of ticket is $1 each—need not be present to win raffle drawing prizes.

Smallest Game Fish....$50 First Bullhead.............$50 All cash prizes will be issued.

January to help people learn how to download free library eBooks. eBooks are available to Anoka County Library and Columbia Heights Public Library card holders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the Anoka County Library website at Three types of programs will be offered: one for Kindle users, one for Nook or other eReader devices, and one for iPad or other mobile devices. Be sure to attend a class that is tailored to your device: Kindle classes } Thursday, January 10 at 3:00 p.m., North Central Library } Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m., Johnsville Library

For all your winter supplies and needs!

50% Off

Ice Fishing & Fishing Supplies

We have snowblowers and do repairs!

Excluding Augers

There will also be a Silent Auction at Captain’s on Long Lake during and after the ice fishing contest. Prizes will be awarded at Captain’s at 3:00 p.m. Drive 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy 47, turn right on 277th to Long Lake.

} Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m., Centennial Library } Thursday, January 17 at 2:00 pm, Crooked Lake Library } Wednesday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m., Northtown Library Nook or other eReader devices } Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 p.m., Crooked Lake Library } Thursday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m., North Central Library } Monday, January 14 at 6:00 p.m., St. Francis Library *Registration is required for the class at St. Francis Library. Register online at or call 763-753-2131

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} Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m., Centennial Library iPads or other mobile devices: } Saturday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m., Northtown Library Seating may be limited, so plan to arrive early to ensure a place. If room capacity is reached, you will be referred to a future session. In the classes, you will learn how to browse the eBook collection, check out items, and download eBooks to devices. Staff will also talk about the kinds of eBooks available and the lending policies for this collection. Finally, the necessary steps to use the eBook service, including required software and where to download it for free, along with other registration requirements are covered. Anoka County Library offers a wide variety of eBooks for adults, teens, and children—both fiction and nonfiction. We’re adding more titles every month, so visit the library website often to find the latest eBook additions. For library locations or more information about these programs please call 763-7122322 or visit the website at

Ham Lake Snowbowl 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 9

7th Annual

Medallion Hunt

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Snow Sculpture Contest

With $600 in PRIZES! Snow sculpture teams apply now! There is a limited number of snow blocks available.

Friday, February 8

Snow Sculpting contest begins — come watch them in action!

The Snowbowl is located at NE Corner of Hwy 65 and 153rd Ave. Ham Lake, MN 18

Clues will be posted on the Ham Lake Chamber of Commerce website.

New this year! Ham Lake Area Chamber

Arctic Challenge Inaugural Family 5K Run/Walk Obstacle Course

Registration starts 9 a.m. First wave departs at 11:30 a.m. Registration $10 per person First 300 people to register receive a free gift.

Ice Fishing Contest Saturday, February 9 February 9 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Adult tickets $15 in advance ($20 day of event) Child under 12 $10 Prizes include an ice auger, fish locator and many more. VFW Men’s Auxiliary will have pork chops for sale. Win $500 by guessing the date/ time the sculpture will break through the ice.

Sculpture Break Through Contest

Sponsorship or questions contact • 763-434-3011 • 763-434-4678

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Bunker Hills Compost Site open January 13 for holiday waste

Wildlife refuge to host Winterfest Betsy Beneke Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

The Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Sherburne will hold its annual Winterfest celebration Saturday, February 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will be free activities for the entire family including horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, bonfire, live bird programs, children’s nature crafts and much more. For more information call 763-389-3323.

Martha Weaver Anoka County

Anoka County’s two compost sites located in Bunker Hills Regional Park and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park closed for the season in November. However, the Bunker Hills compost site, located one mile north of Main Street on Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids, will re-open briefly in January to receive Christmas trees and evergreen garland (not heavily bound with wire), as well as other types of yard and tree waste. Examples of acceptable yard and tree waste include leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, weeds, brush, logs, and stumps. Bunker Hills Compost site special January 2013 winter hours are: Sunday, January 13, noon-4:30 p.m. The Bunker Hills and Rice Creek Chain of Lakes compost sites will re-open on April 1, 2013, weather permitting. Residents are asked to remove all wire from evergreen boughs and garland before bringing them to the compost site. Christmas trees should be free of tinsel and any ornaments, wire and stands. There is a $1.50 charge per Christmas tree. There is a fee of $4 per vehicle for debagged leaves, grass clippings and garden waste up to four cubic yards. An additional 50 cents per yard will be charged in excess of four cubic yards. There is a variable fee for tree waste disposal, depending on the size and amount of the material. Residents are asked to keep yard waste separate from tree waste. Note: Most garbage haulers offer Christmas tree collection as part of their service. Some municipalities collect and chip Christmas trees for mulch. Contact your hauler or municipality to obtain specific pickup information for your area.

The Cedar-East Bethel Lions recently held a Christmas dinner for area seniors. There was music by Tony Jambor and a visit from Santa. Pictured are Lions Al Ancheta, Jennifer Regan, Greg Ricke, Guy Johnson, Gary Larson, Ruth Larson, Dennis Priem and Mike Gaynor. 

Submitted photo




Ice Castle grows and glows at Mall of America Explore Minnesota

This winter Mall of America is presenting a unique Ice Castle, a large ice structure with towers, archways, tunnels and walkways, illuminated at night by thousands of multi-colored lights in the ice. The first to be created in the Midwest, the Ice Castle is built by a unique, patent-pending construction process using icicles that are fused together, rather than blocks of ice typically used for ice structures. Water from sprinklers freezes over the icicles creating spires, walls, tunnels and cascades. The ice sparkles in the sunlight and glows in rainbow shades at night. Visitors can stroll through the hallways and even sit in the “throne room.” There will also be a children’s snow park. The Ice Castle is expected to be open through the end of February, if the weather cooperates. It will be open from noon to 10:00 p.m. weekdays, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Saturday and 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for teens and adults and $5 for kids ages 3-12; family packages are also available. Mall of America is located at 60 E. Broadway in Bloomington.

ATTENTION! There will be a meeting to form committees for the 2013 Pioneer Days.

Tuesday, January 15 • 7:00 p.m. St. Francis Community Center 23340 Cree Street in St. Francis


All businesses, organizational groups and interested volunteers/residents are invited to attend this meeting.



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School holds successful holiday food drive Carol Wilson Cedar Creek Community School Nurse

The Friends of the Isanti Area Library read to children at the Santa Day Breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus December 16. Pictured are JJ, Sam, Seth, Gabe, June, Wyatt, Greta, Tryg and reader Sue Larson. Anyone interested in joining the Friends of the Isanti Area Library can call Susi at 763-444-4585 for more information. Donations of children’s books and DVDs are sought and can be dropped off at Junction Bowl, 123 Cajima Street, Isanti. 

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Nowthen Lions Club th

4 Annual Ice Fishing Contest

Once again Cedar Creek Community School has had a successful Thanksgiving food drive as our students learned the art of giving. This year 21 families were served with boxes full of food for the holiday season. The 50 boxes were donated by the St. Francis County Market and the St. Francis Legion donated 25 turkeys. Thank you for your continued support in our efforts to serve our community. CCCS had a huge turkey on the wall. Students who donated food were able to place a feather on our gobbler to signify the good feeling of service to others. The staff and students at CCCS are grateful to the families who donated and those who shared their Thanksgiving with us by receiving a box. We, as a community, will strive to continue in our service to others as we teach our students the spirit of giving.

Each feather of the turkey signifies a student who donated items to the Cedar Creek Community School food drive. 

Submitted photo

Fifth graders at Cedar Creek Community School ended the first trimester with a class auction. The students earned fake money throughout the trimester by being responsible in class, turning in homework, being good citizens in the classrooms and hallways and having good behavior. They also had to pay fines for late work, inappropriate behavior, behavior alerts and not respecting property. Each student has an individual checkbook that they balanced periodically and have learned how to write checks appropriately. During the auction, students bid on items donated by parents. Some students even purchased Christmas gifts for their family members. They will have an auction at the end of each trimester. It was fun to see who the spenders and the savers were!

Saturday, February 2 East Twin Lake, Nowthen Registration at 9:00 a.m. Contest starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp! Final weigh-in is 2:00 p.m. Prizes for 3 largest fish caught $250, $100 & $50

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. Complete set of rules available at the weigh-in table. For more information, call Jeff at 763-238-0596, email to –or– Judy at 763-753-6962, email to This event is a fundraiser for the Nowthen Lions Club. Look for parking signs at the lake. Special assistance available for those in need.

St. Francis Lions Club Proudly Presents

Remembering The King

Bryant Factory Rebates


$ up to

Valentine’s Day Event Saturday, February 9 Tickets $25 Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. Show 7:00-9:00 p.m. St. Francis American Legion Post 622 3073 Bridge Street

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100 Off


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

Utility Rebates


$ up to


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

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Buffet with chicken, BBQ pork ribs, potatoes and gravy, corn, buns and coffee. A dessert will be served during intermission. This event is a St. Francis Lions Club fundraiser Remembering The King is family run featuring Tommy and Steve Marcio. Visit for information. 20

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Health & Wellness Fitness Matters

Melissa Enzler St. Francis Anytime Fitness, Owner

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Question I have a very serious weight problem and have been told that I’m a candidate for surgery. What are your thoughts on this? Answer Weight loss surgery is certainly an option if you are morbidly obese, but in my opinion, it should always be seen as a last resort. In fact, most physicians have certain requirements that must be met in order to proceed with surgery and these include documented efforts to lose weight through behavior modification. If these attempts fail, then surgery may be considered as an alternative. But it’s important to recognize that, despite the success stories people often hear, there are significant risks inherent in all surgical procedures. Make no mistake; this is NOT minor surgery. I’ve seen patients that required months-long stays in the hospital after repeated surgeries to repair leaks and other problems encountered post-operation. And, even if the surgery goes well, there are significant challenges that you must overcome when you’re getting back into your daily routine at home.

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

For example, the types and amounts of food that you consume at meals will be fundamentally altered after the procedure. And, there can be serious repercussions for not changing your eating habits. If surgery is deemed to be the best option for you, then it’s important to choose the appropriate procedure in consultation with your physician. Bottom line—educate yourself on the benefits and risks so that you can make an informed decision. While considering all the information to make an informed decision remember that after the surgery you will need to exercise and practice portion control or there may be complications. Without doing so you may gain all the weight back. You should start doing both of those things now. Make a real commitment to yourself—both for you and your family’s sake. You may find that you won’t need to have the surgery because you were successful reaching your goals without it. Set a great example for others and give your family the best gift you can. You are here for a very long time. If you need help with motivation, find a gym in your area. They can help you stay motivated and accountable along your new journey to health and fitness! Choose to be happy and healthy today.

Meet the neighbors! We had to lower our cost of living, but I feel like we gained in our living. I use the woodworking room here. I made clocks for the Craft and Bake sale in our community room here at the Oaks. When we had to downsize, I thought we would lose our backyard scenery. Our view is still pretty, but no work and we have heated parking too. — Perry When we downsized, I thought I would lose the involvement I had in our community. I am able to be involved here too. There are games going on at night in our community room. Monday night is Bingo. We have a get-together once a month. We all decorated the Christmas tree and had a potluck dinner. Our neighbors are friendly and caring. Wished we downsized sooner. — Debbie

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oneself to take action toward a desired goal. Keeping yourself motivated to stay on track is the hard part. Following a few simple steps will help to maintain your goals. Accountability Find a friend and track your progress. Having someone to workout with, feeding off of each other’s energy is a good way to keep going. Make a chart or journal your activities so you can make adjustments as you go and challenge yourself each time. Be prepared and plan ahead Whether you are working out at home or going to a gym, get your exercise clothes ready the night before. It is easy to miss a workout because you “forgot your clothes.” Having your gear ready is one less obstacle in the way of keeping

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When starting a fitness routine, it’s sometimes easier for people to have a friend begin with them. File Photo you motivated. Nutrition plays an important role in your journey. Keeping healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables and nuts at your finger tips will give you the energy to stay on track. Mix it up and keep it reasonable When starting a workout don’t feel you need to run a marathon each time. Pick activities that will get your heart rate pumping but not burn you out. Mix it up during the week. One day you may be biking or walking and the next taking a Zumba class or home DVD. Changing the type

of exercise will keep it fun and you’ll be less likely to get bored. Routine Last but not least find the time of day that works best for you. You may be a morning person and can start your day with a workout or maybe you can go during your lunch break or after work. Finding that time will help you stay on course. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting to make sure your body is ready for the new regimen.

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Nominations sought for county public health awards Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

Nominations are being accepted now through February 1 for the 2013 Anoka County Public Health Recognition Awards to be presented by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners. The awards recognize and honor citizens in Anoka County who devote their time, energy, and talent to improving public health in their community. There are two categories for the award Youth-Focused: individual or group. The award recognizes an individual who is 18 years or younger at the time of nomination or an organization that is led by youth. Adult: individual or group. The award is presented to an individual who is 18 years or older at the time of nomination or to a group (partnerships, community coalitions, organizations). The selection committee is looking for award nominees who demonstrate leadership and success in creating solutions to public health problems. Past award winners have been advocates for healthy behaviors or have helped protect the

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Make your favorite recipes healthier A healthy diet plays a significant role in a person’s overall health. Without a healthy diet, people are more susceptible to disease and other potentially harmful ailments. But when many people think of a healthy diet, a lack of flavor is often one of the first things to come to mind. That’s a common misconception, as a diet that’s healthy and full of nutrients can simultaneously be flavorful. In fact, it’s easy to enjoy many of your favorite dishes in a way that makes them much healthier. Oftentimes, a few minor alterations to a recipe is all it takes to turn the dish from high-risk to healthy. Trim the fat No one wants to eat fat, but fat isn’t entirely bad for you. Fat can help your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K, and replacing fat with something like carbohydrates decreases how much these valuable vitamins are absorbed. In addition, dietary fat releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel full, reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. Those are just a few of the benefits of dietary fat, which is an essential element of a healthy diet. But overconsumption of dietary fat can be dangerous, and many people simply need to trim some fat from their diets. One way to do that is to reduce how much butter, shortening or oil you use when cooking. For some recipes, you may be able to cut suggested portions of such ingredients by half without replacing them; however, for others, especially those for baked goods, these items may have to be replaced. In the case of the latter, find a suggested alternative to high-fat items, and only use half of the high-fat item listed in the original recipe. Chances are you won’t taste the difference, but your body will be better for it. Substitute healthier fare Substituting items is another way to turn a favorite dish into a healthier dish without altering the flavor dramatically, if at all. For example, instead of cooking with enriched pasta, purchase whole-wheat or whole-grain pastas, which are higher in fiber and lower in calories. If a recipe calls for using milk, choose fat-free milk instead of whole milk. Doing so reduces your fat intake by nearly 8 grams per cup. Recipes can even be made healthier by simply cutting back on

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the main dish and adding more vegetables. Instead of using the recommended amount of meat or chicken, scale back and make up for it with additional vegetables, which reduces your caloric and fat intake while adding more vitamins and minerals to your diet. Change your methods Certain cooking techniques are healthier than others. Frying foods or cooking with fat, oil or salt is not the healthiest way to prepare a meal. Some of your favorite dishes that call for frying or cooking in oil can be just as flavorful if you opt for healthier methods like braising, broiling, grilling, or steaming. When recipes call for basting foods in oil or drippings, forgo these unhealthy options and baste foods in vegetable juice or fat-free broth instead. What you use to cook can also be healthy or unhealthy. Nonstick cookware won’t require you to use oil or butter to keep foods from sticking to the pan. This reduces the amount of fat and calories you will consume, and you likely won’t notice a difference with regards to flavor. People who enjoy food and cooking their own meals can take several steps to make those meals healthier without sacrificing flavor.

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A new study in the journal Neurology suggests that working out is the most effective way to protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers studied roughly 700 study participants from Scotland, all of whom were born in 1936. Each participant reported their levels of leisure and physical activity at age 70, rating their physical activity on a scale from moving only to perform household chores to participating in heavy exercise or competitive sport several times per week. Participants were also asked to rate how often they engaged in social or intellectual activities. At age 73, participants received an MRI to measure certain biomarkers in their brains. Those who participated in more physical activity showed less brain shrinkage and fewer white matter lesions, both of which can be signs of Alzheimer’s disease. And while social and intellectual activities can be beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, the study found that social and intellectual engagement weren’t as helpful to the brain as physical exercise. The types of physical exercise most beneficial to the brain are still being studied, though information presented at the 2012 Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference suggested that strength training is perhaps the most effective form of exercise.

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Easy ways to improve memory Everyone forgets things from time to time. Periodically forgetting where you left your keys is likely not indicative of a bad memory. But some people find themselves forgetting things more frequently, a troubling development for those who can’t explain their sudden loss of memory. Memory loss is often considered to go hand-in-hand with aging. As a person ages, conventional wisdom suggests memory will begin to fade. But sometimes memory loss has nothing to do with aging, and a lot to do with a brain that isn’t sharp because of an unhealthy lifestyle. The following are a few ways men and women can improve their memory. Get some sleep Those who aren’t getting enough sleep can almost certainly blame that lack of shut-eye for at least some of their memory loss. When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain’s ability to think critically, solve problems and even be creative is compromised considerably. In addition, research has shown that memoryenhancing activities occur during the deepest stages of sleep, further highlighting the importance of getting a full night of interruption-free rest. Hit the gym Exercise is another activity that can improve Prioritizing a good night’s sleep is one way to memory. Daily physical exercise increases the improve memory. File Photo amount of oxygen that gets to your brain while your brain cells from damage, which can have reducing the risk for certain disorders, including a positive impact on your memory. Leafy green diabetes and cardiovascular disease, both of vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce which can lead to memory loss. and arugula as well as fruits such as apricots, Manage stress effectively mangoes and cantaloupe are good sources of Stress has a host of negative side effects, antioxidants. not the least of which is its impact on your A diet high in saturated fat, which is found memory. Chronic stress that goes untreated in red meat, whole milk, butter and cheese, can destroy brain cells and damage the region has been found to have a negative impact on of the brain that deals with the formation of memory. Research has shown that such a diet new memories as well as the retrieval of older increases a person’s risk of developing dementia memories. Numerous studies have shown that while impairing an individual’s ability to people cite their career as their primary source concentrate and remember things. of stress. Since quitting your job is likely not an Loss of memory is often a momentary lapse, option, find ways to manage your stress more but those who find themselves becoming more effectively. This may mean finding a way to and more forgetful can take steps to improve make the most of your time, be it working more their memory and their quality of life. efficiently, emphasizing planning ahead or even vowing to stop procrastinating. Other ways to manage stress include making time to relax and recognizing that you have limits while seeking the help of others. Main Street at First Avenue Make some dietary changes kitty-corner from The Creamery Diet can also have an Isanti, Minnesota 55040 impact on memory. What you eat is fuel for both your Se Habla Español body and your brain, and a Aqui – Poco. poor diet can have a negative impact on your memory. Be Telephone sure to include omega-3 fatty acids, sources of which include salmon, tuna and other cold water fatty fish, in your diet. Research has shown that 13855 Round Lake Blvd. NW omega-3 fatty acids, which Andover, MN 55304 can also be found in walnuts, can boost brain power and VSP Provider possibly reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Foods with antioxidants, including fruits and Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:30-5:30 vegetables, can also protect Tues, Wed 8:30-8:00

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Fundraisers, Benefits, Events

House Briefs

Peggy Scott (r) State Representative District 35B

Monday, January 21 The Minnesota Lyme Association (East Bethel Chapter) will meet at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and coffee will be served. For more information contact Mike Keenan at 763-753-6037. Saturday, January 26 A benefit for Leah Medenwaldt will begin at 4:00 p.m. at JR’s Outpost, 6141 Hwy. 10, Ramsey. There will be a silent auction, food specials, games and live music by Dr. Bellows. On September 13, Leah Medenwaldt was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphona. She halfway through chemotherapy treatments. She works at Cedar Creek Community School, although she is currently only working a couple hours a day while she completes her chemotherapy. Leah lives in St. Francis with husband Dave and daughters Courtney (10th grade) and Kayla (8th grade). The Medenwaldts are active in the school district, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and surrounding community. Donations can be made at Village Bank under the account of Leah Medenwaldt Benefit or by contacting Lisa at leahsbenefit@ Thursday, January 31 St. Francis High School Basketball Coaches Versus Cancer event to support the Leah Medenwaldt family during the varsity games; boys 5:30 p.m., girls at 7:15 p.m. There will be multiple raffles during each game with proceeds going to the Medenwaldt family.

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The third consecutive positive budget forecast was released by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) last month. The report showed an increased $1.3 billion state surplus for the current biennium. When added to the $1.2 billion surplus reported in the last two MMB budget forecasts, it gives the state a total of $2.5 billion in surplus funds for the current biennium. This is a truly remarkable increase! The report listed lower spending and betterthan-expected revenues as the reason for the increased surplus. Considering where the state was two years ago and how quickly we dug out of a $6.2 billion hole, there’s no way to deny that our fiscally conservative policies had a hand in this turn around. The report shows that for the 2012-13 biennium, contributions from taxpayers totaled about $34.9 billion. Meanwhile, spending for the biennium totaled about $33.9 billion, which when broken down to a family of four equals about $27,100 (based on a rounded population of 5 million). In contrast, the projected numbers for the 2014-15

biennium show taxpayer contributions rising slightly to about $35.8 billion while spending is slated to increase significantly to around $36.9 billion. For the same family of four, this increases the spending amount to about $29,500. This change from the current biennium represents a built-in spending increase of almost nine percent. If spending levels are not addressed, these numbers add up to a $1.1 billion dollar deficit waiting in the next biennium. State economists say our budget is in much better shape than two years ago. If we look back at the MMB November forecast from 2010, the report projected a $6.2 billion deficit after a nearly 28 percent spending increase. The state’s current budget surpluses have already added $900 million to the state government’s budget reserves, refilling them to the $1 billion statutorily prescribed balance. It has now also paid off $1.6 billion in the money owed to schools, fully paying off the amount that was borrowed in 2011 and over half of the amount that the legislature borrowed in 2010. This is a full $2.5 billion of improvement

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in the state’s structural fiscal balance, placing the state education shift within 7.5 percentage points of the 90-10 normal arrangement—the best position in years. While we can feel good about the strides we have taken to get this state back on track, we cannot let complacency set in. We need to continue to cut wasteful spending and re-think how state government services are delivered. Minnesota families cannot afford unbridled spending and taxation. The 2013 legislative session begins on January 8. I encourage constituents to contact me regarding any issue of importance to them and their family at or 651-296-7322.

Planning Commission Members Needed The City of St. Francis is looking for residents to serve on the Planning Commission. If you are interested in the quality of life in your city and would like to be a part of seeing that happen, the City of St. Francis would like to hear from you. Commission members will be involved with planning and making recommendations on planning matters to the City Council. The Planning Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in being a Planning Commission member, contact city hall at 763-753-2630 or go to the City’s website for an application. EOE 

Anoka County 4-H is holding a sale of gently-used or new prom/formal dresses and accessories March 2 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. Over 200 beautiful garments of all sizes and colors will be sold for under $30! All proceeds of the sale will support Anoka County 4-H Youth Development Programs and scholarships. Anoka County 4-H is collecting gently used formal dresses for the sale. If you are interested in donating dresses, they will be accepted until March 1 at the Anoka County 4-H Office during office hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW, Andover. For more information, contact or call 763-755-1280.

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Greetings from the capitol

I hate when that happens

Our new legislative biennium is underway and I want to provide some information to help citizens keep track of what is happening at the Capitol. For starters, I send periodic email updates throughout the year, especially during the legislative session. These emails allow people to get the latest news, along with my personal thoughts on the issues. You can sign up by visiting my official legislative website at Just click on the sign-up link near my photo to start receiving my free emails. A number of nonpartisan websites and resources are also available to help keep citizens informed of the latest news at the Capitol. Here are some I hope you will find helpful: House of Representatives Information about the legislative process and the Minnesota House of Representatives can be accessed through the House website: Session Weekly Session Weekly is a nonpartisan publication of Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services. News items are updated Fridays during the legislative session: Side note: Session Weekly recently ceased publishing its paper version after 29 years. The main reason Session Weekly shifted to Internet-only production is the public’s shift to accessing information online left its printed circulation down 79 percent since 2000. New Laws A New Laws page also is compiled by the Minnesota House of Representatives Public Information Services. TV Coverage If you want to watch live or taped video, the Minnesota House of Representatives produces hundreds of hours of nonpartisan, unedited, coverage of floor sessions, committee hearings, issueoriented press conferences, member interviews and other special events. This coverage is broadcast statewide, along with Minnesota Senate television coverage, on your local PBS station’s digital Minnesota Channel. Streaming Video The Minnesota House of Representatives provides live Internet video streaming of all television productions. Internet viewers can watch additional coverage not provided on the broadcast channel, including evening, weekend and interim coverage. Idea To Law Capitol Steps: From Idea to Law is a 16-page booklet explaining, in a simple, straightforward manner, how a bill moves from an idea to law. Capitol Steps is intended as a resource for junior high school students. leginfo/How_a_bill.pdf On a couple of personal notes, the new legislative district lines are now in place and I represent District 31B after previously representing District 48A. Also, new rosters have formed for legislative committees. I will continue serving in areas pertaining to energy and the environment, including as the minority lead with the Environment Policy Committee. As always, I welcome your input as we address important issues in the House. The best way to reach me is by emailing rep.

The catalytic converter

Tom Hackbarth (r) State Representative District 31B

Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

I remember in 1979 my Dad and I bought a brand new 1979 Ford F-150 pickup. I had it for years and just sold it a couple years ago. My Dad brought it back from the dealership and immediately put it on our hoist and removed the catalytic converter. He said we don’t need all the emission junk on our truck. He then removed the fuel filler restriction nozzle and we started to burn regular leaded gasoline (it was cheaper). Those were the days when we were just changing over to unleaded fuel. We drove it for many years until the state of Minnesota enacted the seven-metro county emissions testing in the late 1980s and early 1990s. So in order to be in compliance with the test and get my license tabs, I reinstalled the converter (we saved it) and put in a new fuel filler nozzle and started to burn unleaded gas. Boy, have things changed. There is no way we would even consider doing something like that these days. My Dad was “old school.” In those days we routinely used a 4-gas analyzer to measure emissions, so we could tell if a vehicle would pass the state test before we sent a vehicle to be tested. It is absolutely amazing the difference in tailpipe emissions when a catalytic converter is working properly. Once the converters were standard equipment on

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vehicles, the state became in compliance with air quality in the metro area and the testing was discontinued. Primarily due to catalytic converters on vehicles, our air quality improved so much that testing was no longer needed. We continue to have these devices on our vehicles. They are made differently and use a computer to monitor their effectiveness, but they work better and really clean up our tailpipes. They are part of the exhaust system and are generally located close to the engine because they require the engine heat to become efficient. Under normal circumstances they last over 150,000 miles. Some vehicles seem to be harder on them than others. Their useful life can be determined by how we take care of our vehicles and other factors. The enemy of a “cat” is raw or unburned fuel. Raw gas causes the units to overheat and meltdown. If the source of the problem is not corrected, the cat can become unusable and plugged up. When plugged up, the exhaust cannot get out of the exhaust system and will back up, causing a low power condition. This is another reason to pay close attention to the yellow check engine light on your vehicle. If the light is on, this is an indication that the vehicle is out of emission compliance. If left unattended,

the results may damage the converter. If the check engine light starts to flash, the driver should pull over and not drive the vehicle as this most certainly can damage the converter. Usually when the light is flashing, the engine is misfiring and the fuel that enters the cylinder is not being burned but goes directly into the exhaust system and the catalytic converter. We have already mentioned the negative results to the cat. Again, if the yellow check engine light is on, there is a problem. The problem may be minor at this point; however, if the initial problem is not addressed and the light stays on, the driver will not know if any additional problems occur because the light is already on. Please remember that this one light is turned on for hundreds of reasons, some more serious than others. In any case, the engine/emission system is not functioning properly and at peak efficiency. Left unattended, even a minor issue can slowly degrade the catalytic converter and slowly cause the unit to become ineffective, which will increase your vehicle’s emissions and slowly plug the unit up. If the unit plugs up, you may need to be towed, and it can be costly to get repaired. And as always, I hate when that happens.

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Make some New Year’s (financial) resolutions for 2013 Once again, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. This year, in addition to promising yourself that you’ll hit the gym more often, learn a new language or take up a musical instrument—all worthy goals. Why not set some financial resolutions? Consider these suggestions: } Boost your retirement account contributions. If your income will rise this year, consider putting more money into your employersponsored retirement plan,

such as a 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b). You typically contribute pre-tax dollars to your plan, so the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. Plus, your money can have taxdeferred growth potential. } Don’t over-react to the headlines. Lately, you’ve heard a lot about the “fiscal cliff,” political paralysis, the debt ceiling and other Really Scary Topics. These issues are not insignificant —but should they keep you from investing? After all, in any given year, you won’t have to look hard to find warnings and negative news events—

and many people do use these ominous-sounding headlines as a reason to head to the investment “sidelines” for a while. But if you’re not investing, you’re unquestionably missing out on opportunities to make progress toward your financial goals. Instead of focusing on the news of the day, make your investment decisions based on the fundamentals of those investments you may be considering, along with your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. } Keep whittling away your debt. Over the past few years, Americans have done a good job of lowering their debt burdens. The economy is still tough, and it can be challenging to avoid taking on new debts. But the less debt you have, the more you can invest for your retirement and other important objectives. } Rebalance your portfolio

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Library receives grant Marlene Moulton Janssen Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library, in conjunction with community partners, is the proud recipient of a Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) $117,389 grant for a project called “Anoka County Library on the Go.” The grant will allow Anoka County Library to place a variety of kiosk services throughout Anoka County. Services will include a discovery station for e-books, e-book readers for students, a tablet dispenser, a locker system to pick-up and return reserved library materials, and a book vending machine. For more information, call 763-785-3695 or visit your local library or the website at Retirement Investments

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The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon cutting during an open house for the City of St. Francis’new public works and police department facility December 13. Pictured are (L-R): Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, St. Francis City Councilmember Chris McClish, St. Francis Mayor Jerry Tveit, Councilmembers Steve Kane and Tim Brown and the St. Francis Ambassador representatives. The new building enables public works and police staff to work more efficiently in a centralized location. Vehicles and equipment also now be housed indoors, which protects them from unnecessary wear and tear from the elements. The 45,000 squarefoot building allows the police department to move from its inadequate space on Bridge Street that was shared with the fire department. The COURIER Photo

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Sports & Outdoors Year-round curling facility to be led by Olympic curler Jill Brown Public Information Consultant, Fogerty Arena

Soderville Athletic Association Registration Registration for the 2013 season for all in-house baseball leagues and all in-house and traveling fastpitch softball leagues will be in February.

St. Francis High School girls varsity hockey hosted youth night December 11. The high school team faced Princeton and between periods, the U8 players got a chance to skate (pictured with SFHS girls varsity team) along with two U10 teams. The SFHS girls hockey team has seen an increase in the number of girls playing hockey this year. The youth programs are expanding as well. Calli Sigfrinius

The country’s first year-round curling facility has an Olympian at the helm. The new director of curling operations for Fogerty Arena in Blaine is John Benton, a member of the 2010 USA Olympic curling team. Benton started on the job in November. But, his curling roots go back 40 years. Curling was a family affair for Benton and his 11 siblings. Benton has been on the ice since he was six. In his curling career, he has earned top honors in World Championships, U.S. National Championships, Minnesota State Junior Men’s Championships, U.S. Junior Nationals, and many more. He is past president of the Minnesota Curling Association, past director for USA Curling, and creator and board member of Great Lakes Curling Tour. “My favorite aspect of the game is the team concept,” Benton said. “When four players learn to communicate and trust each other, great things can happen.” Benton says the same idea applies to growing a new venture. “We have a great group of volunteers in the new Four Seasons Curling Club, some curling pros, some brand new to the sport. And, we have Fogerty Arena staff and board members who’ve been in the ice business for 30 years,” Benton said. Assisting Benton with curling instruction will be Todd Birr, the new head ice maker. Birr joined the facility in November as well. Birr also grew up curling and followed in the footsteps of his father, who was an ice maker in Mankato. Birr is a competitor who won the 2007 U.S. National Championship and earned a bronze medal in the World Championship. For information visit www. or call 763-780-3328.

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Saturday, February 23 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, February 27 • 5:00-8:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 763-413-3555 or send an email to Umpires Wanted! If you are 14 years old or older and are interested in being an umpire for baseball, please register online using the website above. We will train you and pay you based on your experience level. 30

The St. Francis girls seventh/eighth grade basketball team took first place in the Centennial tournament in November and third place in the Andover tournament in December. Pictured above, Ashlin Peterson, Elsie Johnson, Sydney Zgutowicz, Alex Calametti, Lauren Tracy, Carissa Artz, Natalie Monnier, Hayley Raze, Payton Tradewell and Sarah Willner. Coaches for the team are Dan Tracy, John Zgutowicz and Cassie Calametti. Good job, Saints! Charlene Johnson The Courier | January 2013 |

Not protecting your noggin? Get your head in gear! Learn to cross-country ski Christine Hill Media Relations Specialist Hennepin County Medical Center

Before you hit the slopes this winter, the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) reminds skiers and snowboarders to “Get Your Head in Gear!” Getting in gear means putting helmets on those heads to reduce the risk for brain injury. Starting this Saturday and continuing throughout the winter, HCMC will be at various Twin Cities ski slopes providing information to skiers and snowboarders about the importance of wearing a helmet. You can find details about these special events, and information about the best winter head protection, at “Maybe you’re the best skier or snowboarder in the world, but there are others on the hill who might run into you at high speeds—so you should always wear a helmet,” explains Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist Dr. Brionn Tonkin. And besides, who doesn’t look good in a helmet? Competitive snowboarder Dylan Ludovissie is very much aware of the value of a helmet after not wearing one and suffering several hits to the head. Dylan will be making appearances at the weekend events at area ski slopes. “The risk factors scared me into wearing one,” he said. “Like if you experience a head injury, you might not be the same afterward.” You can read more about Dylan’s story at “A lot of people think that you have to be knocked out to have a brain injury or head injury and that’s not true,” explains Dr. Tonkin. “They fall down and hit their head, feel a little dizzy—or even say that they ‘saw stars.’ These can certainly be signs of a mild head injury. One of the most common symptoms, however, is headaches right after the fall—or even days, weeks or months after the fall.” Dr. Tonkin also says that changes in sleep patterns, such as not being able to sleep or sleeping too much, or mood changes or anxiety can indicate that you may have experienced a brain injury. Other symptoms can include memory loss or word-finding issues. In addition to its protective qualities, wearing a helmet

this winter can also help skiers and snowboarders win prizes at HCMCsponsored events at various local ski destinations. Representatives from HCMC’s Traumatic Brain Injury program and other sponsors will be at each Snow Jam with games and prizes including Timberwolves tickets and ski helmet giveaways. Skiers and snowboarders “caught” wearing a helmet by the ski patrol will get a coupon for Dairy Queen. Ski patrol will also have information to provide to skiers who fall, explaining the signs and symptoms of a brain injury. Register for any of the Snow Jam rail events through the link at Get your head in gear—because safety has never been ‘snow’ much fun!

The temperature is dropping and snow is falling—perfect conditions for enjoying the great outdoors! Check out this and other great winter programs offered by the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit or call 651-429-8007. Learn how to cross-country ski in one of Anoka County’s beautiful parks. Cross-country skiing is great exercise and appropriate for all ages and abilities. The activity fee includes ski rental, instruction, and cross-country skiing through our scenic Anoka County Parks. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is required. Register online at or for more information call 651-429-8007. Fee: $15/adult and $10/youth (plus tax) Saturday, January 12 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday January 27 10:00 a.m.-Noon Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids Sunday, January 27 2:00-4:00 p.m. Bunker Hills Campground Visitor Center, Coon Rapids Protecting your head while enjoying winter activities is important. To learn more, visit  Submitted photo

Sunday, January 13 10:00 a.m.-Noon Chomonix Golf Course (Ski Area), Lino Lakes

North Metro Soccer Association

Recreational Program Spring/Summer 2013 Registration Begins January 7 Traditional Recreational Program

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

Monday/Wednesday ages 4 & 5 (U6 co-ed) ages 8 & 9 (U10 girls) ages 10 & 11 (U12 girls) Tuesday/Thursday ages 6 & 7 (U8 boys and girls) ages 8 & 9 (U10 boys) ages 10 & 11 (U12 boys) ages 12-17 (U13-U18 co-ed)


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The Recreational Program will stress basic soccer fundamentals. Practices will be held on one night and games on the other. Each team consists of one or two volunteer coaches and 10-14 players. Fields are located in Andover and Oak Grove and teams will be organized into north and south divisions. The season begins April 22 and ends on June 29 with the Jamboree.

$110 Includes Uniform

Online registration preferred Walk-In Registration & Questions Answered Saturday, February 9 9:00-11:00 a.m. Adrenaline Sports Center 11521 Eagle Street NW Coon Rapids, 55448 Mail-In Registration (Online preferred) North Metro Soccer Assoc. PO Box 250 Cedar, MN 55011-0250 Registration forms are available at all city halls in the area. The registration fee will increase by $35 beginning March 1. Registration closes March 15.


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

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Stalking Canadian Geese Missouri River, South Dakota Tom Larson Outdoor Writer

I don’t know how many times I have been frustrated trying to lure hungry honkers into a well laid out field decoy set or tried getting at them by pass shooting through observed air highways to the feeding grounds. Waterfowl hunting is usually not our primary target when heading to the prairie grasslands, but on this day in November, I decided to break from the group of five pheasant hunters and stalk the noisy and prolific Canadian honker that by pattern, lifted off the river by the thousands at about the same time each day. According to the South Dakota DNR waterfowl report, there were an outrageous number of mallards and geese totalling 300,000 staged on the Missouri River between Pierre and Chamberlain and we were in the thick of it with swarms of mallards and strings of geese exiting the river each night to feed in the cut corn fields of the area. On previous warm weekends of pheasant hunting, we had observed these flocks after flocks of ducks and geese making their way down the river and out to feed in late afternoon and evening. On this trip I was bound and determined to

outfox the geese. It wasn’t pretty, but I was able to accomplish and follow through on a plan that I concocted through observation, patience and sheer determination. Let it be known and agreed upon by hunting buddies Steve Hamm, Les Suomela, Steve Thorud, Bob Lynch and my son Jamison, that none of these three characteristics are really part of my regular makeup. Here is how it went… I said to Hamm, “That’s it, let me out at the gate at 3:30. I have been watching those geese for weeks and I just can’t get under ’em. I have a plan!” Basically the boys were glad to boost me out thinking it would be a wasted afternoon for me and free time from my whining for them. Clad in camo from head to foot and carrying my Benelli 12 gauge, I was released a good quarter mile from the river in a cut alfalfa field. Even that far away from the Missouri, my presence made the geese noisier and restless. If they get too restless, up they go and usually in a path far away from the reason why they got nervous in the first place. I decide to hug a fence line that was pretty furry which aided breaking my silhouette. There were two small groves of trees that were roughly 100 yards apart and I wanted to Local one stop auto parts store with over 100,000 in stock parts and nationwide parts locating.

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get there as quickly as I could and hopefully unseen. Luck be it, two extremely large flocks were hidden behind the scrubby tree grove. The plan was to take a walking path directly to the trees after leaving the fence line, keeping those trees, as best I could, between myself and the geese. I made my way to the farthest south tree line with each flock numbering well into the two to three hundred range. I sat down in the small grove and decided to sit quietly for half an hour, just to get them settled down. The plan worked as I quietly observed the calming, resting geese. At about 4:15 I started a belly crawl through the tall grass to get closer to the cliffs of the shoreline. I would crawl 10-15 yards at a time and lay prone and still for several minutes and then do it again and again until I felt I was in position. As I laid prone in my last resting spot, I heard the noise of rising geese on schedule to get off to their feeding fields. As I peered through the grass, I realized the first string was on the deck and heading right for me. The excitement was overwhelming and the racket of honking rising geese was deafening. The time had come, I stood up and as usual, flock shot the first shell. The second shell found its target as the bird crumpled and fell, the third shot found no target. Excitedly shaking, I reached for one more shell to shove in the chamber realizing the wave was still continuing even with me standing in plain view. This shell found it’s target and I dropped the biggest bird of my hunting life within 10 feet of where I was standing. With two down, I watched in awe as several thousand geese proceeded to noisily fly overhead making so much noise that it was deafening. I stood there looking into the skies and thought that this migration and sound and view of strings of birds against a setting sun was more than stunning. I felt honored and thankful for the experience. It was something few people

Tom Larson displays the biggest goose he ever bagged, a 22-pound Eastern Prairie population Canada goose, while hunting in South Dakota near the Missouri River. Submitted photo are able to take part in. At that moment, I knew I was a very lucky man to having had this hunt and to view this autumnal experience, not to mention that the plan of stalking and waiting had worked. Gathering up my heavy load of birds, gun and shedding my camo, I trudged with two of the biggest birds I had ever taken, back up the hill to share my bounty and experience with my dismayed compadres. The group shared in the experience and were

surprised of the size of the birds. At the weigh station back in town, we were surprised to learn that one bird went 15 pounds, and the biggest of the two, an Eastern Prairie Canadian Honker, went to a total of 22 pounds . The biggest stalk of my life and the biggest prize of my life. I now will try two new recipes for two different birds. Taking a quote from my dad, “If you hunt it and shoot it, you eat it.” Trust me I will. Be safe and happy hunting!

4-H offers winter camps for kids! Anna Gilbertson 4-H Program Coordinator University of Minnesota Extension

Winter camps and outdoor adventures are being offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County 4-H. These programs are held at 4-H Camp Salie located in Linwood Township. Camps are open to 4-H and non-4-H youth. These camps encourage learning about nature and the environment,

making new friends and indoor and outdoor recreation! Campers will participate in a variety of crafts and special projects. Overnight camps scheduled are February 1516 for grades 2-5 and February 22-23 for grades 6 and up. Day camp is set for February 16 for grades K-5. For more information visit our website at, or call 763-755-1280. The Courier | January 2013 |

Luke Gibson (a graduate of St. Francis High School), shot this deer with a bow in a stand near his family home, north of St. Francis on December 1. It was Gibson’s first deer with a bow and only the second time out for the season. Submitted

Victor Moyer (10) shown with a grouse (below) while hunting with his bow September 28 in Nashwauk. He also bagged a 145-pound doe (above) with a .223 Remington November 18, also in Nashwauk.  Submitted Photos

A 10-point, 232 pound buck was taken by Scott Peterson of Bethel. The buck was taken the second day of firearms season near Deer River. Submitted

Kadie Richner, a 2006 graduate of St. Francis High School now residing in Eau Claire, bagged this 10-point buck November 23 during the Wisconsin season. Hunting with Richner was her fiancé, friends and proud father, Dennis Richner. Submitted

Robb Antolak, Oak Grove, shot this 10-point buck in Oak Grove on the third day of hunting. The buck weighed 271 pounds after being dressed.submitted Sandy Grams, Cedar, bagged this 8-point buck on November 9 in McGrath. Submitted

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Meetings & Classified

Jill Smith Anoka County Library

Are you fascinated by the intricate geometric patterns that create quilts? What is really known about the history and traditions of quilt making? Come to the Rum River Library, located at 4201 6th Avenue in Anoka on January 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a historical look at quilts and their design and construction. “Quilts are like a storybook stitched together with needle and thread,” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “Learn how to read them

at this informative workshop.” So many stories about quilting have been handed down, but they don’t always hold up under a close look at history. Find out the real stories behind the history of quilt design and construction. The many color photos of antique quilts included are sure to delight even nonquilters. “Quilts are so much more than just blankets and bedspreads,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain. “They often represent family history and are full of memories.”

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This historical look at quilts is sponsored by the Anoka County Library and is presented by the Anoka County Historical Society. This program is free and open to the public and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Seating may be limited. For more information about this and other library programs, call 763-576-4695 or visit your local Anoka County Library or the website at

Births Gabriel Peter Lauseng was born on November 26 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Brandon and Teresa Lauseng of Isanti. Gabriel is welcomed by siblings Eva (3) and Noah (2). Kyla Louise Terhell was born on November 30 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19½ inches long. Proud parents are Jayd and Kari Terhell of Cambridge. Kyla is welcomed by siblings Seth and Weston. Grandparents are John and Kathy Terhell of Ham Lake and Jim and Karen Steele of Oak Grove. Adnana Zaira Basile was born on December 2 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Matt Basile and Kyne Simon of Bethel. Adnana is welcomed by sibling Aiden. Grandparents are Kristi and Larry Bottema of Bethel and Wesley and Julie Brunk of Bethel. Ethan Josiah Schaar was born on December 17 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 1.7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Jacob and Heidi Schaar of Isanti. Ethan is welcomed by big sister Naomi. Grandparents are Darrell and Beth Vosika of Cambridge and Scott and Megan Schaar of Cedar. Makayla Shuree Johnson was born on December 20 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 18¼ inches long. Proud parents are Kenneth and Aenal Johnson of Isanti. Makayla is welcomed by sibling Wyatte. Jameson Paul Colleen was born on December 20 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Ashley Wellman and Noah Colleen of Nowthen. Jameson is welcomed by big sister Chasity. Olivia Rae Duncan was born on December 25 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21½ inches long. Proud parents are Jeff Duncan and Amber Williams of Isanti. Olivia is welcomed by step-siblings Chloe and Noah.

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East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Dick Szyplinski on Friday, February 1. Michael Elsenpeter will be the entertainment for March 1. There will also be a St. Patrick’s Day Dance with Tony Jambor on March 15. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Featuring Kookie’s pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Minnesota sacrifices in World War II

St. Francis High School sponsors Angel Tree Steven J. Fetzik

Tammy Eischens

ISD 15 Community Relations Coordinator

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Brandon Eischens, a sixth grade student at St. Francis Middle School, recently brought in his grandfather’s World War II uniform to show classmates in Gail Dahl’s social studies class while they were studying Minnesotans in WWII and the sacrifices they made. Brandon’s grandfather, Curtis O. Larson, is 92 years old and lives in Park Rapids. Both Brandon and his mom, Tammy Eischens, say he does very well for his age and still lives on his own. P.F.C. Curtis O. Larson trained at Camp Hood, now Fort Hood, in Waco, Texas. He entered the army in 1942. Larson was in a TDRTC unit, (Tank Destroyer Replacement Continued, Page 37

There were more than 50 happy children this Christmas, thanks to the wonderful spirit of the St. Francis High School students and staff. As part of its annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program, the school collectively adopted 50 rural Minnesota children and bought them gifts from each child’s wish list. While there is a name of a child attached to all of the presents, the giver remains anonymous. The presents are given to the parents of the kids, unwrapped, so the mothers and fathers can give the gifts to their own children. “The outpouring of gifts is astounding,” said Steven Fetzik, the school’s Angel Tree organizer. “Every year I am amazed how quickly our students, staff and organizations adopt these kids.”

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Fetzik noted the outstanding effort by one group in particular—the lunch ladies. “They are the first to pick names and they bring some of the finest gifts,” he added. “Usually they account for eight to 10 names and keep coming back to ask for more.” Other staff members, like Nick and Michelle Keenan, adopt children who are the same age as their own. “It makes it a fun family affair to bring our children shopping. It teaches them about charity and it also helps us pick out presents we know the Angels will like,” commented Michelle Keenan. But the giving isn’t limited to just the school; in one case, the Historic State Theatre in Jackson donated a $50 gift card to a teenager who wanted to bring his friends and family to the movie theater. “The sponsor was more than willing to pay for it,” Fetzik noted, “but Mike Schwartz—the theater owner—wouldn’t have any part of it. He freely gave

Cathy Sullivan of the Salvation Army loads gifts that were purchased by St. Francis High School’s students, staff, and organizations to help over 50 children through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Submitted Photo

so someone in his community could have a Merry Christmas.” Cathy Sullivan of the Salvation Army picked up the gifts and delivered them to the Army’s headquarters, where they were transferred to the local unit. From there, they went to the parents and finally to the children. “I’ve always known we have great people in this school,” Fetzik concluded. “And every year I am more and more amazed how willingly they give of themselves for the sake of others.”

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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

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434 • 763-753-2273

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Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166 New Life Lutheran Church LCMC 18975 Lake George Boulevard NW Oak Grove • 763-753-5717

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Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. 36

St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, January 9 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. The annual dinner—Jimmy “Buffet” is set for Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m., at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove. Join us for this special fundraising event which will feature a tropical buffet, games, prizes live and silent auctions, and more! Admission gives you a chance to win the $500 grand prize! Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the first & third Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Barb 763-434-6179. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234.

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. Pioneer Days Meeting! There will be a meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. to form committees for the 2013 Pioneer Days. It will be held at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street in St. Francis. All businesses, organizational groups and interested volunteers/residents are invited to attend this meeting. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check

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St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282. Kids Country Childcare Center in St. Francis now enrolling. Call 763-753-5010 for more information.

Employment Therapy Associates is seeking a Speech Language Pathologist to work in an SLP owned and operated outpatient pediatric clinic, PT/FT available. Flexible in office schedule. Masters degree/CCC preferred, but strong CF candidate considered. 2 Enterprise Ave. NW Ste. C1, Isanti, MN 55040, 763-444-8700. Fax 763434-0192, Attn: Lonnie, Lonnie.

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Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366

20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf, kristin.genser, 763-441-9197.

Services Snow Plowing—Sign up today, monthly or per time, 612-750-2289. Mr. Fixit—Light home repair, painting, clean-up. If it’s broke or needs repair, call Tom at 612-490-1010. PIANO LESSONS—Casual, fun, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Carmel 612-220-0235. Handyman Services—Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-300-9869. Insurance—Get a free insurance quote today, 612-849-5028, www. Real Estate—Need help buying or selling your home call today 612849-4489.

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

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A new season of Page & Stage programs from Anoka County Library and Lyrics Arts Theater: Becky’s New Car Jill Smith Anoka County Library

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, is pleased to offer a Page & Stage experience Sunday, January 20, beginning at noon at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage. Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main Street in Anoka. Participants will take a closer look at the comedy Becky’s New Car, written by Steven Dietz and directed by Robert Neu. Becky is a mid-American housewife who is fed up with her mundane and predictable life. She doesn’t have it half bad, but she feels there has to be more to life. Things quickly change when her daily routine of working at a car dealership is flipped upside down. Enter a socially inept millionaire and the next thing you know, Becky has stumbled into an affair and a double life. “We are fortunate to have a community asset such as Lyric Arts Theater and we are grateful for their willingness to work with Anoka County Library to give patrons this

unique perspective of this quirky comedy,” said Anoka County Commissioner Dan Erhart. Come and ride shotgun with Becky as she faces her own fork in the road in this wickedly funny, inventive, and touching trip through the hazards of being a “woman of a certain age.” “Comedy, while enjoyable for the audience, can often be challenging for performers,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain. “Learn more about comedy straight from the actors and the director.” The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library Becky’s New Car, Page & Stage program. Participants must register by Friday, January 11 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions. Once registered, participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-

show discussion. Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters, and what to look for in the performance. Tibbetts has directed Miracle on 34th Street and Visitor from Hollywood at Lyric Arts, and has worked as a director, actor, playwright, and performance teacher at theaters and schools across the country.

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World War II sacrifices Training Center) where he was a gun commander on a half track with a 75mm gun. His unit, the 129th Tank Destroyers, went out to see active service in North Africa under General Patton facing the “Desert Fox,” General Rommel, the German general. Larson was injured by an exploding shell on the half track and spent the rest of his service stateside on guard duty both in Texas and then in Minnesota at Fort Snelling. He guarded B-24 Bombers that were damaged in the war and sent stateside for repairs. Both Tammy and Brandon said they were proud of grandpa’s service. Tammy stated, “I grew up listening to my dad’s stories and credit my dad with sparking my love of history. It is by far my favorite historic era to study. I hope to instill a love of history my dad gave me to all my sons: Eric, Devon, Brandon, and Alex of which three attend District 15 schools.”

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“Becky’s New Car takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret.” -Variety

Participants will enjoy the performance of Becky’s New Car and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience. To register for this free event, call 763-433-2510, extension 101. This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit

Custom Signs & Graphics St. Francis Middle School student Brandon Eischens (upper left) brought his grandfather’s World War II uniform to his social studies class. Pictured (lower left) is a Half-Tank with a 75mm gun. Eischens’ grandfather P.F.C. Curtis O. Larson, pictured (above) standing on the right. Submitted Photos

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Anoka County Library’s Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles Maggie Snow Anoka County Library

What do baseballs, spacesuits, and mittens have in common? They are all textiles. Every day we use textiles. We wear them, dry dishes with

them, hang them on our walls. Through Spinning Yarns: Telling Tales about Textiles we’ll explore how they’re made, the materials they’re made with, and the stories they tell.

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“With the resurgence of knitting and handcrafts over the past decade, textiles are still a vital part of our culture,” said Library Board Vice President Cathy Montain. “Learn about yarn from fleece to finished object.” Anoka County Library will host several programs as part of the Spinning Yarns series: Spinning Yarns Join us for a demonstration and discussion of spinning techniques. Saturday, January 19 2:00-3:30 p.m. Johnsville Library 12461 Oak Park Boulevard Blaine 763-767-3853 Knitting Crash Course Learn to cast on, start your first knitting project and information about yarn from fleece to finished project! Bring size 8 needles and worsted weight yarn in your favorite color. Saturday, February 9 2:00-3:30 p.m. Northtown Library 711 County Road 10 NE Blaine 763-717-3267

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Narratives: Knitting History with Minnesota Stories From necessity to hobby, knitting is a rich and storied craft. Learn how it is part of Minnesota’s cultural fabric and see artifacts from historic collections. Monday, February 11 6:30-7:30 p.m. Crooked Lake Library 11440 Crooked Lake Boulevard Coon Rapids 763-576-4695 “When you start thinking of the way textiles weave through our everyday lives, it’ll make your head spin, pardon the pun!” said Anoka County Commissioner Robyn West. “This class will definitely give anyone a new appreciation for this art.” The programs

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Master Gardener

Carol bray Isanti county master gardener

If houseplants could talk Ideally, we should be fussing with our houseplants when they grow the most vigorously—in the same season that we’re busy with our outdoor gardens and plants. However, the winter months are when we actually have time to give our houseplants some welldeserved attention. Houseplants like and need sun. Weekly, give your houseplants a quarter-turn so the plants have a nice shape and to avoid leggy plants growing in one direction, toward the sun. If possible, group your houseplants together so they can give each other a little bit of moisture. Our homes get awfully dry in the winter months. At the same time, make sure the plants get good air circulation in order to thrive year-round. Fertilize your houseplants one-half the recommended strength in the spring and summer and cut back to one- eighth strength in the fall and winter. Use a water-soluble fertilizer of 15-30-15 N-P-K (N, nitrogen; P, phosphorous; K, potassium). Houseplants go into a semidormancy in the winter months.

Water when needed. Different plants will need watering at different times. Some of the details that cause variable watering times for houseplants include soil type, plant type, container type, type of heat in home, amount of sun, etc. Feel the surface of the potting soil. If the surface feels dry, water. If the surface feels cool or moist, don’t water. A word of caution: most houseplants die of too much water which causes root rot. Don’t water daily. If you have water pooling on the soil at the top of the container—add some newspaper to soak up the excess water. Your plant will thank you. Pests (bugs) don’t go dormant in the winter. Isolate a plant if it has bugs. Always start with the least toxic cure. For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. Save the date of March 16 for the Isanti County Master Gardeners’ 10th annual Burst into Spring horticultural event. The Courier Photo

Kindergarten Registration is just around the corner!

Independent School District 15 will be mailing registration postcards to kindergarten parents during the first week of February. This postcard will advise you where to enroll your upcoming kindergartner. If you do not receive a postcard or if your child will not be attending kindergarten in ISD 15 during the 2013-14 school year, please contact Sandy Bodick, ISD 15 Central Services Center, at 763-753-7049 with questions. Your child’s elementary school is determined by your home address. If your child will be riding the bus from a different address due to childcare, please call the Transportation Department at 763-753-7080 to determine if there will be an elementary school placement change. Registrations will take place at the school your child will attend on these evenings: East Bethel Community School February 19 or 21 • 5:00-6:30 p.m. Cedar Creek Community School St. Francis Elementary School February 26 or 28 • 5:00-6:30 p.m. The registration packet will be available online after Friday, February 1 at If you do not have Internet access, you may pick up the registration forms at any of the following sites: • St. Francis Elementary School�������22919 St. Francis Blvd. NW • 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. NW

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Local airman honored Muonio Family St. Francis residents

“This gate has been named after Airman First Class Noah D. Muonio to ensure he is never forgotten. ” These words, spoken at the changing of the guard, mark the dedication by the U.S. Air Force of Gate 1A at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in memory of St. Francis native, Noah David Muonio. Noah was a proud member of the US Air Force and worked as a radar systems analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at WPAFB in Fairborn, Ohio. His abilities and accomplishments were highly honored and respected by those he worked with and served. He died August 4 after being struck by a distracted driver while biking to his post. He was 22 years old. The November 19 dedication of the gate was the culmination of an improvement project to increase base security at WPAFB by rerouting Ohio SR 444 around the base. The new gate stands guard at the base entrance to

the section of the road where Noah was killed, and will be known as the Airman First Class Noah D. Muonio Gate. The improvements also included the addition of bicycle lanes and the isolation of traffic along that route to base personnel. The dedication ceremony was attended by WPAFB leaders, including Colonel Cassie Barlow, Lieutenant General C.D. Moore, and NASIC leadership. Also in attendance were many of Noah’s fellow Airmen, Ohio Senator Chris

Student Congress and numerous drama productions. He graduated in 2008. In his words during the ceremony, Michael Muonio, spoke about the values that his son cherished and lived. “We went to the Air Force Museum after the memorial service for Noah. There written on the wall in letters Airman First Class Noah D. Muonio, a St. Francis native, of stone were the died August 4 after being struck by a distracted driver. Air Force Core On November 19 the Air Force dedicated a gate at Wright Values: ‘Integrity first. Service before Patterson Air Force Base in his honor. Submitted Photos self. Excellence in Widener, many leaders from the local all we do.’ Those words left me deep in community, and A1C Muonio’s family, thought. Noah embodied those values. including his parents, Michael and He honored them and he lived them.” Anita Muonio and most of his siblings. Muonio continued, “Naming this gate While a student at SFHS, Noah after Noah is truly a great honor. It is was active in the Concert and a gift that gives power to his name to Madrigal Choirs, advanced to the live on after his death and a power that state tournament while a member of keeps those values he honored alive.” the Speech team, and participated in

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The Courier | January 2013 |

The Courier - January 2013  

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

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