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March 2010

Volume 17, Issue 8

District 15 chosen to participate in nationwide teacher study By Steven J. Fetzik ISD 15 Community Relations Coordinator

retaining young professionals.


ISD 15 was selected to participate because of its focus on young teachers in its alternative compensation program funded through the state of Minnesota’s Q Comp program. District 15’s innovative Teacher Academy and mentoring programs attract state and national attention for success in training teachers and improving student test scores.

ndependent School District 15 was recently included as one of three districts nationwide to participate in a Ford Foundation project. A study will be done on younger teachers (those from Generation Y between ages 22 and 32) to find out how to get them more involved in the their profession. The goal of the work is twofold:


The Ford Foundation is using a research institute, Learning Point Associates, to do the research.

} To provide information for policy makers, unions, and school leaders so they can work together to support the next generation of teachers to advance teaching and learning.

The study will focus on the impact of Q Comp career ladder and performance pay. The other districts selected are from Austin, Texas, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

} To develop a toolkit for local leaders to use to engage more young, Generation Y teachers in activities to advance teaching and learning.

For more information about the study, contact Randy Keillor, director of the Office of Teaching and Learning at 763-753-1516 or email

The study’s primary focus is to analyze educational programs that are successful in

Lydia Scheiber, left, St. Francis High School Spanish teacher, responds to questions from Ellen Behrstock of Learning Points Associates. The interview is part of the nationwide study being conducting in District 15. Submitted Photo

Kelly Ogren’s first grade students and their families enjoy a February afternoon of snowshoeing through the school forest at Cedar Creek Community School.  Submitted Photo

St. Francis Middle School students take part in leadership program By Tom Larson Staff Writer

The leaders of tomorrow are in our classrooms today. The skills needed to problem solve, connect, share, build trust, be a team player, and develop life and career skills are being taught right now at St. Francis Middle School (SFMS). The “Y” Start program, designed for 7th and 8th grade students at SFMS, is a collaborative effort between Independent School District 15 Community Education and the Andover YMCA. The program is free for students chosen to participate. There have been two sessions so far—one last September and one in January. Each session enrolled 20 students who applied and were evaluated by the YMCA and Community Ed counseling staff.

The youth leadership program, “Y” Start, is the result of the community education strategic planning process. The planning committee, consisting of 26 community and staff individuals, created a working road map for addressing community education needs and wants. Developing our students to be leaders ranked high on the list.

Jordan Carlson led the winter session students through a specific curriculum designed by the YMCA to build and enhance leadership qualities for students. “We start with the four core values of the YMCA which are respect, caring, honesty, and responsibility,” said continued on page 2 » Leadership

Counselors Ken Mayer and


School Board Meetings ISD 15 school board meetings: Monday, March 8 and Monday, March 22, 7:00 p.m., Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. The public is also invited to “Dialogue with the School Board” at 6:30 p.m. |

2 Schools in Action 9 School Board 10 Community Education 12 Home Improvement 14 Easter Happenings & Services 18 Community & Business 25 Sports & Outdoors 28 Life 29 Classified

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From page 1 Leadership Mayer. “The curriculum is designed around a number of different qualities and skills. Right now we are working in groups around the topics of

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respect and self control. There will be tours of businesses and student driven projects that strive to help others as part of the learning.” Carlson was quick to add that “often times, I get as much

out of working with these students as they do. I learn a lot from them in the process.” The Tuesday and Thursday after school program includes group work that is designed to provide opportunities to use a core leadership curriculum of working as a team, problem solving techniques, critical thinking around designed themes, and respecting other points of view. Program participant Sierra Johnson felt that one has to be “respectful to be a leader.” Student Blaine Nordin was quick to point out that being a leader is “not just telling people what to do; it’s about teamwork.” Student Devon Brown Kriesel felt that to be able to lead, you need to be “honest, responsible, and reliable.”

St. Francis Middle School students prepare to be the leaders of the future in the “Y” Start program, a collaboration between ISD 15 Community Education and the YMCA.  The Courier Photo At the start of the fall and winter sessions, a school administrator spoke to students to describe how important it was for them to gain these leadership life skills. It was

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expressed that the students involved could use them now as they work through issues at the middle school, but also would be useful as they entered high school and later in their field of work. Student Sam Wahlstrom stated that his reason for wanting to be involved was to be able to make “good decisions and be independent.” Student Sadie Stewart felt that she could take the skills being learned “into everyday life and into a job.”

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Schools in Action before the mud slides in Peru.)

Edward Saxton The Superintendent’s Corner People in Minnesota have been known to take trips during the late winter to serve as a sort of preview to the warmer season that is just ahead. I was intrigued with this concept but was never able to participate. As a hockey player, and later as a hockey parent, I was never in a position to just pick up and head south in the final stretch of winter. However, I heard tremendous stories and enthusiastic narratives of what others experienced on their retreats. Just when I thought a visit to a warmer climate was out of the question, I spent some time with fifth grade students at Cedar Creek Community School. Last week, students in class with Ms. Edblad traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru. It was an extended trip that lasted three days, was rich with new experiences, and was available to every student.

I was able to experience only one day, but it was a special opportunity. Obviously, it wasn’t an international field trip in the literal sense; however, it was an excellent learning opportunity brought to life by an innovative instructor and fully engaged students. Our district uses a video streaming service through Discovery Education. Having this resource allows for a short video clip that instantly transports the students to their educational destination. With the interest of her students enhanced, Ms. Edblad began to implement instructional strategies that drove depth of understanding. Earlier in the educational adventure, a parent visited the class to add a first-hand perspective. His chronological recap enriched the lesson because he had recently toured Machu Picchu. (Fortunately, he finished his visit one day

On the day I attended, the students did some additional reading, highlighted main points, worked in groups to construct a written summary, gave a brief oral statement about the group project, and more. At one point, the students were asked to stand up, one at a time, and add an interesting fact about Machu Picchu. Every single student added to the experience. From a superintendent perspective, what did I learn? Certainly, I learned about Machu Picchu, Peru. More importantly, I learned that technology in the hands of teaching professionals can be an incredible tool. The interactive SMART Board combined with Discovery Education video streaming can ignite the pilot light for learners. The teacher can continue to refine delivery and engage learners of all abilities. It became even clearer; students of today have a deep desire to learn. They are incredibly curious and have little or no fear of technology. They are willing to teach the adults who are assigned to teach them. This sets up a collaborative learning environment that is new. The desire to work together is not new,

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but the degree of involvement shared by teachers and students is definitely new. In our school system, students are learning, teachers are learning, educational assistants are learning, principals are learning, and the list goes on. Parents, community members, and extended family are all involved in this educational enhancement through the integration of technology. It is an exciting time to be in education and to help shape the learning environment for students. My mother once told me, “It makes sense to spend time and energy on the good things that happen to youngsters.” I have often

revisited that statement and firmly believe that she was spot-on, as they say. She was not a “school” teacher, but she certainly was a teacher. Our students today would have given my mother much on which to spend time and energy. As we continue to search for ways to shorten the winter season, if a global trip is not a possibility, find a student and together, take a virtual visit to the destination of your choice. Remember, it is affordable and a great way to enter the world of the digital native who lives in your home. Spend some time together, learn something new, and above all, enjoy your trip. |

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Vandalism at high school update

Independent School District 15— excellence in finance and programs By Mae Hawkins ISD 15 Business Services Director

Excellence in finance School finance award Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) received its fifth Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Award in February 2010 in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in financial management, including compliance with state statutes. There are few districts who have received five awards. No audit findings On top of this accomplishment, ISD 15 has not had any audit findings in its annual audit by independent certified public accountants for seven years. Each year, less than 20 percent of districts in the state have no audit findings. Improved credit rating Moody’s, a national credit rating agency, has upgraded ISD 15’s credit rating. These accomplishments are a group effort, including all Business Services staff, principals, supervisors, and the outstanding administrative assistants in all ISD 15 buildings and programs. What does this mean to the community? It means that these independent agencies have affirmed that the financial management of ISD 15 is outstanding and that the financial statements of the school district fairly represent the revenues and expenditures of

the school district. Those financial statements continue to show the district’s dedication to putting dollars in the classroom. The district ranks among the highest in the percent of funds that go to the classroom. ISD 15 is effective and efficient.

Excellence in programming Early childhood ISD 15’s Early Childhood Family Education is among the best in the state. When other districts are looking at how to reconfigure their early childhood programming to be more effective, the Minnesota Department of Education sends them to ISD 15 to look at our integrated programming and teaching models. Elementary classrooms— interactive teaching and learning Currently, all third through fifth grade classrooms have interactive SMART Boards. It has been stated that interactive SMART Boards are the most innovative educational tool of the last century. The teachers who have used them are amazed at how much more efficiently they can cover curriculum and the increased rates in student retention of the information. By April 6, all elementary classrooms in ISD 15 will have interactive SMART Boards. Discovery Education ISD 15 has been using Discovery Education for the last several years at all grade levels. These video clips are used to

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enhance learning. State of the art vocational programs Recently, the Minnesota Department of Education recommended to a school district to visit St. Francis High School vocational programs to see what a state-of-the-art program should look like. Students in our vocational programs are using products used in industry. Students from our Skills USA and HOSA (Health Occupation Services Association) score among the top in state and national competitions. College on campus St. Francis High School offers college classes at the high school. Students can earn credits toward their college education while still in high school. Teacher Academy/ professional development ISD 15 has one of the top teacher education programs in the nation. The Ford Foundation is studying our program along with two other school districts in the nation. State legislators have visited ISD 15 to get an overview of what we are doing here. Deputy Commissioner of Education Chas Anderson has visited our district many times. Other school districts continue to visit and work to duplicate our outstanding programs. The district’s integrated approach links and applies the best practices of staff development to performance evaluation and growth in student achievement for teaching staff.


he investigation into the spray painting at entrances to St. Francis High School which resulted in the closing of classes on January 25 is now complete. The investigation led to three high school students, ages 16, 17 and 18, and two former high school students, both age 18. When questioned by detectives, all five female suspects admitted to their involvement. No information led detectives to conclude the actual threat of a bomb existed. A criminal case of terroristic threats and criminal damage to property will be presented to the Anoka County Attorney’s Office in the upcoming days for their review. At this time, none of the five suspects are in custody.  |

Why is physical education or movement essential for life? Submitted by Marty Hennesy, SFMS; Yvonne Hanzlik, SFE; Ann Merkouris, DAPE; Rowena Angell, CCCS/SFHS District 15 Physical Education Specialists

Spring and St. Patrick’s Day are just around the corner. Daylight is increasing and getting outside is easier as the days get longer. Find a way to keep your body healthy. Boost your immune system Diseases result from a weakened immune system. Exercise helps people recover sooner. Stress and depression are reduced when exercise becomes part of a daily routine. Exercise strengthens the immune system in two ways: 1) Moderate activity rallies the immune system, antibodies and lymphocytes; 2) Exercise activates cells which fix damaged tissue. Fitness programs also decrease health care costs. Exercise allows the body to relax, heal itself, reduces the number of sick days a person takes, decreases the number of visits to the doctor’s office, and lowers out-of-pocket expenses. As little as 30 minutes of activity, two times a week, with exercises such as yoga, Pilates, exercise ball, dance or simple strength building activities would be beneficial. Topic for next month: fortify your bones. 

Cedar Creek Community School

Winter Carnival

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Deadline information Deadline for the April 7 issue of The Courier is March 19, unless other arrangements are made. Information about advertising—call Janice Audette at 763-753-7032. Information on story or photo submissions—call 763-753-7031. Check out The Courier online at The Courier is a monthly publication distributed by Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. The publication is delivered at no charge to all residents in Independent School District 15 the first Wednesday of each month. An annual subscription is available for $18 (12 issues). The Courier will be mailed to any address. Please direct comments, questions, and inquiries to: The Courier 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis, MN 55070-9368 Telephone:











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East Bethel Community School

Schools in Action


Cedar Creek Community School

As part of East Bethel Community School’s new math pilot, fifth grade students have been working with kindergartners to develop targeted math skills. Four to five days a week, students get together to practice a new skill. Everyone involved in this partnership has benefited. The fifth graders really enjoy working with and watching their young buddies learn and grow. The kindergartners look forward to the time they spend with the fifth graders, and they get excited about their own learning as they see their scores increase. This truly has been a successful collaboration.  Submitted by Diane Lerdall, EBCS Teacher

Positive behavior celebrated By Lillian DeRung EBCS Second Grade Teacher

On February 10, students at East Bethel Community School gather in the gymnasium to celebrate their accomplishments in positive behavior. Students in our school earn eagle feathers when they show respectful behavior by demonstrating respect for themselves, others and the community. Eagle feathers earned throughout each trimester are displayed on a large eagle in the main hall. As students, teachers, and parents walk by, we are reminded of the core values in our school. Students who earn feathers throughout the month are entered into a drawing for lunch with our principal. At the end of each trimester, all feathers are tallied and those with the most are presented with an Eagle Pride T-shirt that was designed by fifth grade student, Rebecka Maniak. Walking down the main hall at EBCS, it’s hard to miss the large eagle with hundreds of paper feathers attached to it. To promote Eagle Pride and reward the students who consistently display the core values, the School Climate Committee held a T-shirt design contest. Each grade level chose

Cedar Creek Community School students celebrated “I Love to Read Month” with special appreciation to Aileen Smith, who manages the media center. Now that the media center is no longer housed in one of the gyms due to overcrowding, Aileen has done an amazing job this year of organizing all the books and resources in the beautiful light-filled space at the heart of CCCS. She is there to greet classes and share her expertise as they come to browse, find that special title, and check out books. She does all this in addition to keeping track of a substantial inventory. From all of us at CCCS—thank you Aileen—for creating such a warm and welcoming place for us to enjoy books! 

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Winners of the T-shirt design were (L-R): second grader Audrey Moen, third grader Sarah Olmschenk, fourth grader Sylver Athey, first grader Allie Frank, and fifth grader Rebecka Maniak who was the overall winner. Not pictured: kindergartner Madison Detenancour. Submitted photos one design that was posted on our Eagle Pride bulletin board and subjected to a school wide vote. The School Climate Committee will continue to hold an assembly ev-

ery trimester to honor these students. Congratulations to fifth grader Rebecka Maniak, whose beautiful design was chosen to represent Eagle Pride at EBCS. |

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763-753-8724 23671 St. Francis Boulevard NW • Suite 104 • St. Francis East Bethel Community School students gathered in the gymnasium to congratulate the trimester’s eagle feather winners. Students who collected the most eagle feathers for positive behavior were given a T-shirt.  Submitted photos

Free Dollars into Sense Class Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free Dollars into Sense class on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd, Andover) and 7:00 p.m. at the Blaine Human Services Center (1201 89th Ave, Blaine). To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to get help.

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Cedar Creek Community School The second grade students in Mrs. Van Gilder’s class were learning about rocks and fossils. This is part of the Pebbles, Sand and Silt science unit. The students were curious about how animals and plants become fossils. Mrs. Van Gilder brought in fossils for them to look at, touch and lift. These fossils are heavy! Students pictured (L-R) are: Erin J., Dylan P., Jacob M., Jack R., and Easton O.  Submitted by Holly Van Gilder, CCCS Teacher

Cassie Sauer, kindergartner at Cedar Creek Community School, uses blocks during independent learning time to build a building that uses 3-D shapes. She has been exploring 3-D shapes in math. Kindergartners are expected to recognize two and three dimensional shapes.  Submitted by Sandra Benson,

The third grade classes at CCCS enjoyed a program on river otters presented by Wargo Nature Center and sponsored by Connexus Energy and the Anoka County Parks. Students learned about attributes of otters by role playing. They saw a short video demonstrating otters in the wild, and enjoyed seeing an otter and feeling a real otter pelt. 

Submitted by Jo Ann Heule, CCCS Teacher

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CCCS Winter Carnival scheduled for March 20 Submitted by Cedar Creek Community School PTO

Kindergarten students at Cedar Creek Community School took their knowledge from Models and Maps to find the hidden treasure at CCCS. The unit integrated many curriculum areas within kindergarten. Students looked at maps and models, made maps and learned different vocabulary words that they could use when reading a map. Kindergartners had the opportunity to make their own tabletop community. They traveled through the community using all the different words that they learned and applied their mapping skills. As the students followed along on their maps, they were Submitted by Sandy Benson, CCCS Kindergarten Plus Teacher able to find their treasure.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Saturday, March 20 as Cedar Creek Community School PTO will hold its annual winter carnival. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There are many fun carnival games for kids to play such as fish pond,

Food will be sold during the carnival including pizza, taco in a bag, nachos, cotton candy, slushies and popcorn. Game/food tickets and raffle tickets are available for purchase the day of the carnival at the door.

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ring toss, bingo, goody walk, basketball shoot-out, mystery box, sucker pull, moon walk, etc. There are typically 15 to 18 games, depending on the number of volunteers. A silent auction for themed baskets collected by each classroom and raffle drawings will be held throughout the carnival.

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Volunteers are needed. If you’re 14 years or older and interested in volunteering, please call Michele Brese at 763-213-8860 or Patricia Norberg at 612-747-0129. We need approximately 8590 volunteers the day of the carnival and 10-15 volunteers on Friday, March 19 for setup which is scheduled for 6:00-8:00 p.m. A great group of students from St. Francis High School volunteered last year and the PTO hopes to see a similar group of students volunteer the day of the carnival. Volunteers can select from two shifts: 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 12:45-3:30 p.m. Thank you. |

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Schools in Action

Cedar Creek Community School

First graders in Mrs. Kellerman’s class at Cedar Creek Community School toured the school forest on snowshoes on February 1. The fresh snow and warm temperatures made for a fun afternoon. The students made snow angels in the field and had hot chocolate at the end of the day.  Submitted by Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations coordinator

Student Updates

Water is the most common substance on earth. Kindergarten students at Cedar Creek Community School explored the properties of water. They added many big words to their vocabulary. The students were able to observe the three states of water during this unit. Above, students look at objects to see which ones would sink or float. Submitted by Sandra Benson,

The fall semester Dean’s List was released by Dr. Nancy Erickson, interim vice president for academic affairs at Bemidji State University (BSU), and included a number of students from this area. Bemidji State students carrying 12 or more semester hours during any one term and earning at least a 3.25 (Bplus) grade point average are listed on the Dean’s List. Area students on the BSU Dean’s List include: Justin Poppens, East Bethel, Jacelyn Anderson, St. Francis, and Kathryn Benson, Andover. |

CCCS Community Relations coordinator

The kindergarten classes of Mrs. Benson and Mrs. Allard at Cedar Creek Community School had a visit from Police Chief Lynne. She is the chief of the White Bear Police Department. She made a visit to the kindergarten classrooms to discuss her job and how to be safe. Chief Lynne also talked about rules and laws and how they relate to a kindergartner’s life. Submitted by Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations coordinator

St. Francis high School

Ever After Gowns create memorable prom experiences Submitted by Amy Peterson SFHS Staff

Ever After Gowns is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories to Twin Cities’ high school students in need. As a volunteer-run organization, Ever After Gowns relies solely on public donations. Each year formal gowns, shoes, jewelry and handbags are donated by the public and used in the annual Ever After Gowns Boutique where deserving young women receive a prom ensemble free of charge. Students are selected by high

school counselors based on need and merit. Each student is formally invited to the Ever After Gowns Boutique event where she is greeted by a personal shopper to assist with the selection of one gown and accessories.

confidence and create memorable experiences. Due to community need, program success and increased donations, Ever After Gowns looks forward to helping more than 400 young women attend their proms in 2010.

Professional hair stylists and make-up artists are on site to complete each young woman’s look. Door prizes and gift certificates are also provided for floral arrangements, updos, beauty products, tuxedo rentals and more.

Please consider donating new or gently used formal gowns, shoes, or accessories to add to the Ever After Gowns experience this year. All donations are tax-deductible. Your generosity can help Ever After Gowns create memories for deserving young women.

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Driver’s Education at St. Francis High School Classroom Education

Registration for classroom driver’s education is being accepted for the 2009-10 school year. If you are 15 years of age or approaching 15, you may register to participate in a 30-hour classroom driver’s education course offered during the school day. Fee $110.

Behind-the-Wheel Driving Instruction Six hours of required behind-the-wheel instruction Flexible Scheduling New Vehicles State of MN Certified Instructors Fee $225 The January students of the month at St. Francis High School were back row (L-R): Danielle Swanson, Matt Larson, Mai Xee Vang, Emily Meyer, and David Kolesar; front row: Kyle Johnson, Laura Velasco, Brittany Luesse, Panyapa Tangsirirat, and Jared Hill. Not pictured are Tyler Anderson and Kongxib Vue. Submitted by Steven Fetzik

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Middle school students show parents SMART Board bY sue robinette SFMS SoCial STuDieS TeaCher


uring recent conferences at St. Francis Middle School, Mrs. Robinette’s students had the opportunity to show their parents how the SMART Board works. The SMART Board is a new technology that allows students to move things around with just a touch. In social studies, we use it for vocabulary development and to review major concepts related to what the student is studying. Students have been heard to say, “This is fun, when do we have to study?” or “Social Studies isn’t so hard.” Technology is a thing our students un-

derstand and really like to use. We encourage student engagement and to make learning fun! Just ask the stu-

dents in Mrs. Robinette’s 6th grade social studies class at St. Francis Middle School. 

students play show-and-tell as parents were able to see first hand how the new sMart board technology adds to the educational experience. sMart boards have added a new level of learning excitement for students and teachers. SuBMiTTeD phoTo

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andre koen sends encouraging and positive message to students

andre koen, diversity coordinator for anoka County, spoke to students recently at Crossroads school about behavioral choices. SuBMiTTeD phoTo

on January 29, 46 students from st. Francis Middle school took a journey to the Young authors Conference at bethel university. students had the opportunity to attend sessions and craft writing with published authors. we returned with a new spark of enthusiasm to turn our memories into stories. SuBMiTTeD By MS. SChulTz, MS. CaDy, anD MS. CalverT, SFMS TeaCherS

st. Francis Middle school 8th grade band students were nominated to participate in the northeast Minnesota band director’s association honor band. the students are: adam everhart (clarinet), baylee May (clarinet), Camden ophus (clarinet), dylan dykstra (trumpet), and John oldenborg (percussion). the five students spent January 30 in duluth, rehearsing with band students from all around the northeast region. the students participated in sectionals and ended their experience with a performance. Fun was had by all!

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Andre Koen provided Crossroads and Harbor students with a presentation on values, life lessons, learning, and respecting others. He encouraged students to open their minds to the idea that others have had different life experiences which have created certain beliefs or prejudices. Andre Koen is the diversity coordinator for Anoka County in which he has a number of obligations. He also speaks to a variety of groups and organizations, including youth placed at Bar None Residential Treatment Center, where a large portion of Crossroads students reside. Many of the students have been working with Koen and it was evident that they respect his insights and are benefiting from his discussions. One Crossroads student who is currently placed at Bar None stated, “Andre is a good guy, he is very respectful. You can just tell that he is into his mes-

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sage and he really wants us to learn.” His presentation was very energetic and filled with valuable lessons, which caused students to be engaged in discussion, eager to learn, and open to sharing ideas. Koen asked students to identify and discuss their values and interests. It was apparent that students have similar interests and values among one another. He asked students to define what learning is. With regards to behavioral choices, Koen stated that “learning is a change in behavior and that if you don’t change your behavior, then you haven’t learned.” One of the Crossroads students stated, “Andre tells us that if you do negative things, make sure that you learn from it. The behavior is not going to change on its own so you need to do something different.” The students watched a video clip that portrayed peoples’ prejudices based on past life experiences, which led to an in-depth discussion about stereotypes and misperceptions. A discussion on what is reality and what is truth followed the video clip. Koen defined reality as a combination of what you know and what you know you don’t know. He explained that one person’s reality may be completely different from the next person’s. He encouraged students to remember this idea when they strongly believe their reality is the truth. Andre introduced the word “paradigm” to the students. He defined paradigm as “the way a person sees the world based on previous experiences or beliefs.” His message was delivered in an enthusiastic and knowledgeable way. Staff and students were extremely pleased with the presentation and Crossroads School hopes to have him visit again in the future.  

The Courier | March 2010


School Board Highlights School Board Highlights

February 8, 2010 By Pat Johnson Staff Writer

By Mark Vogel School Board Perspective The state of Minnesota is financially speaking, broke. I don’t make this simple statement to belabor the obvious or induce additional pain or stress. I offer this statement to promote creative problem solving and to get busy with the task at hand, which is to pay down the debt and balance the budget. The state, cities, towns, and yes, even school districts, need to work together to accomplish this task. The finger-pointing and dreaming at the proverbial wishing well or money tree is not going to solve our financial woes. This notion that everyone else should be cut except me is unrealistic. The old adage, “the squeaky wheel gets fixed,” is overused and abused. Every governmental entity is overly familiar with this adage and is creating so much “squeaking” that nothing is getting accomplished. Every entity funded by government has realized that hiring lawyers and lobbyists and alerting the media garners them the attention they feel they deserve. I’m still trying to enroll in the government class where they teach you to cut first the budget items that will create the largest uproar and generate the most press. I cast no judgment or opinions on these entities, but I question the media circus they create while the state of Minnesota coffers are empty before and after their protests. Enough already!

School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, March 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Education holds a large piece of the pie in regard to state funding. It is true that funding for education remains flat while costs increase and harmful games are played with state payments to districts. Education funding as a whole, however, should be thankful that cuts are not predicted to be as deep as other areas will experience. District 15 is facing some very tough and challenging times in regard to finances, but we are not financially broke and we will be here today and tomorrow, and we will survive on what we have. We are all familiar with the villains: greedy investors, corrupt politicians, greedy business owners, etc.—but the money is gone. Our lesson to learn is to not repeat the mistakes of the past. It is time to withdraw all our hired lobbyists and lawyers and play the hand in front of us. We need to move on. Whenever we fall into the self-pity mode, we need to remind ourselves of our nation’s troops in harm’s way, or the citizens of Haiti, as to how well off we are. In conclusion, I am still waiting for the day on national or even local television to hear an elected official or government bureaucrat make the statement, “These cuts will affect us but we will make do…” Oops, you’re right; you caught me dreaming at the wishing well. God bless America. |

School Board Members Amy Kelly, Chair 763-753-4282 Harry Grams, Vice Chair 763-856-4350 Joe Haag, Clerk 763-753-6298 David Anderson, Director 763-434-9457 Sandy Grams, Director 763-434-7564 Marsha Van Denburgh, Director, 763-753-6653 Mark Vogel, Treasurer 763-213-1237 Email schoolboard@

All school board members were present for this meeting. Cedar Creek Community School Site Report Cedar Creek Community School Principal Darin Hahn and Assistant Principal Jill Kelly presented a PowerPoint to show what is occurring at the school. After a three-year stint of moving to various places within the school, the media center has returned to its original location. Students now have three computer labs to use and all three gyms are functioning for physical education classes, community ed, and after-school activities. All of the achievement goals that were set for the 2008-09 school year were met or exceeded. School board member Harry Grams asked Hahn what he believed contributing factors were for better test scores. Hahn sited teachers implementing new techniques and parent influence on student learning. Kelly and Hahn touched on the technology that has been introduced into classrooms such as document cameras, projectors, and coming soon, SMART Boards. Kelly showed video of students using the document camera and Discovery Education curriculum. Part of the CCCS outreach program is to encourage parents to volunteer at the school. There has been positive feedback from articles in The Courier. Sandra Benson, CCCS community relations coordinator, encourages staff to submit new and exciting events happening at CCCS to get published in The Courier. Presently, licensed staff are working on classroom web sites at www.stfrancis. under CCCS. The hope is all classrooms will have a web site by the beginning of the next school year.

the month of February. Both the wrestling and gymnastics teams are North Suburban Conference Champions. Teachers Mr. McLean and Mrs. Cuscaden are focusing on a Black History/Minority History project in one of the hallways.

All school board members were present for this meeting.

Superintendent Report

District Earns Financial Award

Superintendent Ed Saxton and Technology Coordinator Corey Tramm are meeting to brainstorm on how social networking can help the district contact students and parents in case of emergency closings.

Independent School District 15 was awarded, for the fifth time, the Department of Education Excellence in Finance Award, including compliance with state statutes. In addition to earning this award, the financial department in ISD 15 has had no audit finding in the last seven years. Each year, less than 20 percent of districts have no audit findings.

Saxton gave the board the latest information on the January 25 vandalism incident at the high school. The perpetrators have been identified. Punishment for them could include expulsion and charges may also be leveled through the police investigation. High school students have told board members and staff how sad and disappointed they are at the vandalism. School Board Member Report School board member Dave Anderson briefly mentioned that District 15 was one of three schools in the nation to be chosen by the Ford Foundation as part of a project to study younger teachers from Generation Y. The project’s goal is to find out how to get younger teachers involved in their union and professions. A representative from Learning Point Associates, Ellen Behrstock, is visiting the district and will be conducting interviews to collect case study data. School board chair Amy Kelly, who is also a member of the Diversity Outreach Team (DOT), mentioned that the group will conduct a clothing drive on March 18 with the location as yet to be determined. The clothing collected will go to an Anoka County organization for distribution. |

School Board Highlights

February 22, 2010

By Janice Audette Staff Writer

Superintendent Report Superintendent Ed Saxton reported on ISD 15’s Ford Foundation funded project with two other school districts nationwide to study younger teachers and how to retain them and get more involved in their profession. ISD 15 Teacher Academy and Q Comp programs have attracted state and national attention for success in training and mentoring teachers. He also provided a report on requested information of Special Education to the board. The staffing meeting will be held March 2. Also reported that the all day, every day kindergarten will be offered for a fee to anyone interested for the 2010-11 school year. School Board Member Report Board members spoke about Web Cast 50 web site and possible filming of board meetings in the future. The board also wanted to congratulate Director of Business Services Mae Hawkins and her department for receiving the financial award again this year, for the fifth time. Amy Kelly, school board chair, attended and reported on the Oak Land Cooperative and Schools for Equity in Education legislative kickoff. |

Harry Grams noticed that CCCS is transitioning away from their cougar mascot towards the Saints name. That was confirmed by Hahn. The goal is that all district schools will be Saints. Student Report St. Francis High School students Jakki Thompson and Dylan Sowers reviewed events at the school. The high school is still working on what their mission statement should reflect. Andy Benik and Melissa Borstner were crowned Snow Week king and queen. Cancer Awareness will continue through

District 15 earned its 5th Minnesota Department of Education financial management award. Pictured (L-R): Judy Harding, Accounts Receivable, Suzanne Murray, District Accountant, Vicki Guzik, Accounts Payable, and Mae Hawkins, Director of Business Services, are being presented the award by Amy Kelly, ISD 15 The Courier Photo School Board Chair.


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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 Volunteers assist two youngsters with their fishing poles at the “Fishing Pond” during the Early Childhood Family Carnival at the LLC.


The ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council would like to thank the following businesses for their donations and contributions to the 2010 Family Carnival. Their generosity was greatly appreciated— St. Francis Mansetti’s, Billy’s Bar & Grill, St. Francis McDonald’s, Taco John’s, All Seasons Discount Store, Bridge Street Coffee Box, St. Francis Subway, East Bethel Movie Theatres, The Chip Shoppe, Anoka County Sheriff ’s Department, and Pizza Hut in Anoka. We greatly appreciate the volunteers who donated their time. A very special thank you to St. Francis High School National Honor Society students Kateri, PK, Jenny, and Megan for their time and service. A huge thank you to all who attended. Your donations of non-perishable food items for the local food shelf amounted to a record 318 pounds!

St. Francis High School students work with children who attend preschool in the Preschool Place 15 program at the Lifelong Learning Center. The high school students are part of the Exploring Childhood through Child Psychology class. They have spent the last month visiting multiple preschool classes at the Lifelong Learning Center, observing and interacting with preschoolers ages 3-5. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Children’s Used Clothing & Toy Sale Tags go on sale March 15 until gone! Here is your opportunity to clean out those closets and make some extra cash and support the early childhood programs in your community. The Early Childhood Advisory Council will keep 15 percent of sales. Shop early by volunteering at the sale. Sign up to volunteer when you purchase your sale tags. Questions? Call Lisa at 763-413-3351 or Cynthia at 763-753-7178

Garage Sale will be held Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m.-noon at St. Francis Elementary

Thinking about preschool for your child in the 2010-11 school year? Preschool Place 15 registration is now taking place The mission of Preschool Place 15 is to provide a safe environment where your children of all abilities can grow and experience success and their parents can be partners in learning.

Programming is September through May • Morning and afternoon sessions available • One, two or three times per week • Several age specific class options • Sliding fee scale is available based on family size and income • Busing available for some classes

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Fun ECFE Happenings! Family Times

Birth to Kindergarten Time: 6:15-8:00 p.m. Course: EC 5506 Dates: March 9-April 20 Location: Lifelong Learning Center Fee: C scale:(see class fee scale) Play together and learn together. Discussion will focus on topics of interest to families with children of all ages.

Family Fun Morning and Night

Children’s Museum Friday, March 12 Bus leaves LLC at 9:15 a.m.; returns by 1:45 p.m. Fee: $7 per person Deadline: March 5 Two hours of exploration in six play-filled, hands-on galleries! After a brief orientation, you and your child(ren) may explore the museum on your own. Bring a bag lunch which you will eat before getting back on the bus. Fee includes admission and transportation. Date: Time:

Early Childhood Family Education has a variety of times you and your young children can come and play with us! Fee for each event: $4 per child per time; maximum $12 or three punches per family (limit 4 children/adult) Location: Lifelong Learning Center Pop In and Play Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Days: Now through March 23 Dates and Themes: March 9: Slippery Fish March 16: Everything is Green! March 23: Go Fly a Kite

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Marvelous Mondays Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Dates: Mondays, March 8 and April 12

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Make Way for Learning: Circus Shapes Dates: Wednesdays, March 17 & 24 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child or two punches Welcome to the big top! Explore all the different shapes needed to create the most amazing circus that you’ve ever seen. This class is for children three to five years of age and is for children only. This class is designed to reinforce early skills that are the building blocks for budding readers, math whizzes and scientists.

Date: Friday, April 23 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Center Fee: $5 per child Deadline: April 19 Come on an adventure through exercise with Fit 4 U with Twirly Sue and the Crew. They will get you moving and grooving with wiggles and giggles. Be fit and have fun through movement and play. Most appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers with their parents.

Date: Thursday, March 18 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Location: Lifelong Learning Center Wendy Wessel Executive Director for the Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota is the speaker. There is no fee, but you must register ahead of time by calling Cynthia Behling at 763-753-7178 before March 15. Presented by Early Childhood Programs and the Early childhood Programs Advisory Council.

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The Courier | March 2010

Family first By Sandy Farder Adult Basic Education Coordinator/Instructor

The privilege of teaching adults from all over the world is a wonderful part of my job, and it certainly makes for interesting and enriching encounters at work. We have students in our Adult Basic Education (ABE) program who have lived in Independent School District 15 all their lives, along with students from China, Laos, Thailand, Brazil, and Mexico. While they may represent a variety of cultures, they all share a dedication and commitment to family. A perfect example of such dedication is my student, Cecilia Becerra. She was born in

Cecilia Becerra balances family life with the desire to continue advancing her English language skills. Her desire is to become a criminal attorney.  Submitted photo San Miguel Emenguaro Gto, Mexico, 29 years ago. She enjoyed a typically happy childhood and was an excellent student in school with big plans for her future. Unfortunately, Cecilia ’s family’s business failed which altered her dream of attending college.

Cecilia decided, at the tender age of 17, to seek greater opportunity in America so she could help support her family. She intended to remain in the USA for a year, but fell in love with the man who is now her husband and father of their three sons. The boys, Adan Sanchez – 9, Ulice Sanchez – 6, and Julian Sanchez – 4, all attend ISD 15 schools and keep Cecilia very busy. Adan loves reading and swimming, while his two younger brothers are quite active in wrestling. Although Cecilia works fulltime, ten hour days, Friday through Sunday, in a factory, she can now make some time to fulfill her academic dreams. Ultimately, she would like to become a criminal attorney, but she knows it will take time and perseverance. Right now, she is working diligently to improve her English so she can pass the

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college entrance exam. Cecilia comes to ABE every day and is one of the most persistent students I have had the pleasure to teach. She will not be satisfied with anything less than perfection when it comes to her performance in school. She is a great example for her sons! Perhaps what impresses me most about Cecilia is her perpetually positive attitude. Despite the demands of work, school, and family, she is always smiling and optimistic about the future. Though finances are tight, whenever possible she continues to provide financial support to her family in Mexico. She has not forgotten the reason she originally moved to America, and though she has a family of her own, she still feels a deep-seated obligation and love for her parents and siblings.


Most of us can only try to imagine the sacrifice it must require to leave all we know and love behind in order to create better lives for ourselves and our families in an entirely new and different country. I admire Cecilia for her devotion to family, her marvelously joyous personality, and her unwavering confidence. If she feels a headache coming on, she stops herself and says, “No, I feel fine.” When she is feeling momentarily frustrated over the nuances of our challenging English language, she always catches herself and says, with a big smile, “No, it’s okay. I’m doing great. I won’t be discouraged.” With an attitude like that, I see nothing but success in Cecilia’s future, and I know she will have a marvelous time along the journey.  |

Arts and sciences to be offered in summer program By Tom Larson Staff Writer


ndependent School District 15 Community Education & Services will offer exciting new summer programs for elementary students in grades 2-5 who love arts and sciences. Classes are being planned for June at the Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel. Students will be encouraged to learn and grow by participating in acting classes facilitated by Climb Theater, exciting science through Mad Science, as well as art classes that include drawing, painting, an art sampler class, recycled materials class, stained glass, jewelry making, and scrapbooking. “The discussion about expanding the arts and science opportunities for District 15 students was started last fall, especially with this

school year’s reductions in elementary art programs.” said Theresa Antinozzi, Community Education Manager for the Sandhill Center for the Arts. “For a long time Sandhill has focused on adult learning opportunities in the fine arts, literary arts, and theater. Now we want to turn our attention to the needs of younger learners. This summer pilot program should be something that parents and elementary age students can get their creative teeth into.” Plans are for the summer programs to run Monday through Thursday the week of June 21. Two morning sessions will be offered, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-noon. The program will be tuition based. Look for more details coming soon in The Courier, on the district web site, and through printed material going home with students. |

Lunch Bunch

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Join Lunch Bunch at Sandhill Center in the Bethel Cabaret for the monthly catered luncheon with entertainment from popular artists. Showtime: 11:00 a.m. Cost: $12

Mary Hall Tuesday, March 9

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

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

Sandhill gift shop Artwork is displayed on a rotating basis, so you never know what you may find. Open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Join Mary Hall as she takes you on a musical journey through the life and times of one of America’s most popular entertainers. You won’t want to miss Remember Patsy, Hall’s unforgettable tribute to Patsy Cline. Next Shows: Tuesday, April 13 Tuesday, May 11

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

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When spring finally arrives, many families partake in the annual tradition of spring cleaning. A chance to clear out the clutter, spring cleaning often finds families dumbfounded as to just how much clutter they’ve accrued.


he University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County Master Gardener Program is sponsoring the Home Landscaping and Garden Fair on Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. The public is invited to this one-day horticulture/gardening event where there is something for everyone, including an exhibitor fair featuring many local garden centers, garden art objects, and plant materials. Seventeen classes and workshops are offered in this one-day event. Learn gardening secrets from keynote speaker Don Engebretson, author of The Renegade Gardener. Harvey Buchite, from Hidden Springs Flower Farm, will present The Wonderful World of Peonies.

Another common theme of spring cleaning is a family’s unwillingness to part with many items that are cluttering up a household. What’s clutter to one family member might be a keepsake to another. Fortunately, there are ways to conceal household clutter: A hands-on demonstration on pruning trees and shrubs is one of the many activities for visitors to the Home Landscaping and Garden Fair April 10 at the Bunker Hills Activity Center. FILE PHOTO

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Information, fun, prizes—you won’t want to miss this great family event! Start planning to attend or be an exhibitor at the 3rd Annual St. Francis Area Community Expo, cosponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce and Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. The expo will be held at St. Francis High School on Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Everybody is welcome and admission is free. Donations to the North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf will be accepted. New this year is BOB-FM broadcasting live from the expo. Be sure to visit their booth for giveaways for kids and prize drawings including Twins tickets, music fest tickets, theatre tickets and more. The St. Francis Chamber will also be holding hourly prize drawings for many great items including a Grand Casino package, Wild Mountain Super Day passes for a family of four, a one month single membership to Anytime Fitness, $50 Mansetti’s “Pizza Party” gift certificate, and much more. Winners must be present to win the hourly prize drawings. Be sure to register for a chance to win the $500 CASH Grand Prize. Many exhibitors


Homeowners wanting to better understand, operate, and maintain their septic systems will want to attend a Homeowner Education for Septic Systems program being presented by the University of Minnesota Extension. Hear about water saving ideas, find out if you should be using additives, and get your questions answered. This two-hour program will be held March 30, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW in Andover. The cost to attend is $10. You will receive the University of Minnesota Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide at the class. Pre-registration is required. You can get the flyer and registration form online at www. anoka and look under Hot Topics in Anoka County or you can call the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County at 763-755-1280 to request the flyer and registration form. Presentation of this program is partially covered by an Anoka County Ag Preserves Grant. 

will also have giveaways and prizes at their booths. The food court will be back this year, featuring local restaurants with lunch and snack choices to purchase. Kids can try their luck at winning a girl’s or boy’s bicycle, spend time in the Bounce House, have fun with face painting, crazy hair colors, meeting mascots, and dressing up in kid-sized firefighter suits. Mom and Dad, bring your camera and take advantage of these photo



Cambridge to host Burst Into Spring event

Save the day! This is your chance to meet 80-100 area business owners, organizations and school booster clubs, all in one day. See what your own community has to offer and have a really good time. You might even win a great prize!

he Isanti County Master Gardeners are hosting their 7th annual Burst Into Spring gardening event on Saturday, March 6, 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the North Isanti Baptist Church, 2248 313th Avenue NE in Cambridge.

Exhibitors sign up now. Go to our web site at or see our ad on page 3. 

Join the Isanti County Master Gardeners for a day of fun and learning! There will be a keynote presentation by Jean Larson, University of Minnesota Program Manager for the Center of Therapeutic Horticulture.

Medical clinic reopens



The theme for this year’s event is Back To The Basics. Cost is $20 at the door.

There is plenty to do for gardeners with spring fever, classes on various gardening topics, vendors, information booths, lunch, door prizes, and silent auction. For more information, contact the Isanti County Extension Office. Call 763-689-8253, email, or visit 


The St. Francis Medical Clinic & Laser Treatment Center, LTD reopened January 11 to serve St. Francis and the surrounding community. Dr. Deidre Daniels has joined the clinic after many years of experience in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Mark Shoemaker PA-C/SA-C, owner of the clinic, is excited to have Daniels join the already fantastic clinic staff. The St. Francis Medical Clinic provides complete family practice care, from pediatrics to geriatrics, fracture care to surgical services. Additional services span from treatment of lacerations to the removal of malignant skin lesions.


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21461 Aberdeen Street NE 763-413-4665 Fax East Bethel, MN 55011

The stated goal of St. Francis Medical Clinic & Laser Treatment Center is to become the Shoemaker premier provider of primary care medical services in St. Francis and surrounding areas. They strive to be recognized for delivering quality, innovative, and cost effective health care. SFMC knows that busy schedules can sometimes make it hard to get to the clinic. The Urgent Care Clinic provides after-hours medical services to patients while maintaining the quality of care for which SFMC is known. It is part of the SFMC commitment to bringing you the care you need when you need it. See the SFMC ad on page 5 for more information. 

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Easter Happenings


The Courier | March 2010

Playing Easter Bunny doesn’t have to break the bank By Barb Webb Writer, Associated Content


f your Easter celebrations include putting together baskets from the Easter

Bunny, here’s a few frugal tips for you to consider this year: Easter Grass—Instead of buying Easter grass at the store,

Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by the Nowthen Lions At Nowthen Park 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW in Nowthen

Saturday, March 27 10:15 a.m.

consider recycling paper you already have at hand. Use an electronic shredder or a pair of scissors to cut up scraps of old wrapping paper, comic sections from the newspaper, or even printer paper you no longer have a need for. If you are partial to purchasing Easter grass as a basket filler, watch for special deepdiscount sales (most often held five to two weeks prior to the holiday) and pick up a few extra bags for next year. Candy—Consider making homemade chocolate suck-

See the Easter Bunny from 9:00-11:00 a.m., don’t forget to bring your camera. The Easter Bunny will lead children on the Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m. sharp! There are several age groups. Bring a basket for your eggs! This event will take place rain or shine. For more information contact Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or

Hwy 47 & Pederson Drive St. Francis, MN

at St. Francis American Legion Serving pancakes, sausage and more. Cost: $5.00 12 and over $4.00 Kids 4-11 Free 3 and under

Log on to

1 Off Any Pasta Dinner Featuring Valid on Dine-In St. Francis Mansetti’s Only

Valid on Dine-In St. Francis Mansetti’s Only

Lasagna, Chicken Alfredo, Rigatoni or Spaghetti

Not valid with any other specials or coupons. 763-753-4577 Expires 4/6/10.


3 Off

$ 00

Long Lake Lutheran congregation’s Lenten Journey,  is themed Sources of Spiritual Strength, Soup suppers at 5:30 p.m. and Lenten Worship at 7:00  on Wednesdays, March 10, 17, 24 until Holy Week. March 28 at 9:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Cantata Service April 1 at 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion April 2 at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service

Easter Celebration of the Resurrection

Any X-Large Pizza 2 or more toppings

Not valid with any other specials or coupons. 763-753-4577 Expires 4/6/10.

St. Francis Mansetti’s Only

Not valid with any other specials or coupons. 763-753-4577 Expires 4/6/10.

Located on Hwy. 47 south of CR 5, six miles north of St. Francis Call church office at 763-444-5315 for more info.

Graduation is just around the corner. Ask our deli staff for suggestions.

All Varieties

Oak Grove Milk


Ham, potatoes, vegetables, dessert—we have everything you need to make this Easter dinner memorable.

Happy Easter from the staff at St. Francis Foods.

St. Francis Mall • Bridge Street in St. Francis



Limit one item per coupon. Coupon good only at St. Francis Foods. Coupon expires 3/31/10.

Everyone is welcome!


St. Francis Foods

Coupon Special

With Additional $1500 Purchase


with purchase of lunch buffet

We have fresh homemade salads, soups, deli chicken and more. Eat-in or take-out.

1 Sunday Worship 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:15 a.m.

April 4 7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast 9:30 a.m. Celebration Service

Stop at our Deli Department check out our daily specials.


Long Lake Lutheran Church



$ 50

You may also want to consider buying multi-purpose containers instead of the traditional Easter baskets such as sand buckets, flower pots, storage containers, and so forth. This way you will be giving the Easter basket recipient an extra gift. For example, sand buckets will come in handy for play in the summertime, flower pots will be great for teaching the children to grow a spring garden, and storage containers can be used to keep Easter goodies tidy and then later used for snacks or toys. |

Saturday, March 27 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Online ordering now available!

We Deliver Premium Pizza to You!

Eggs—Be crafty and creative with your egg decorating, rather than purchasing ex-

Hosted by the St. Francis Jaycees Sponsored by County Market & All Seasons Discount Store


Crafting the bunnies, suckers, and other chocolate treats by hand also adds a nice personal, home-made touch to your baskets.


Large thin crust 2 topping pizza, basket of toast and 2 liter pop nly O Hours 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Baskets—Instead of purchasing special Easter baskets, look around your house for alternatives. Do you already have a few suitable baskets to “borrow” for a day? Also consider using Tupperware, disposable containers, bowls, or save your empty ice cream tubs to be used in place of a traditional basket.

Easter Bunny

Family Special  $1999 Sun Mon-Th Fri Sat

pensive store kits. Use stickers, papers, markers, crayons, and other craft items you have on hand to decorate unique Easter eggs.

ers, bunnies, and so on. Kits with candy molds can be obtained at your local craft or department store. Not only will the cost of the chocolate be cheaper per ounce to make, but you will be able to use the kits for many years to come.

Old Fashioned Service We bag & carry out your grocery order Hours 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. • 7 Days a Week

Hidden Haven 20520 NE Polk Street • East Bethel, MN 55011 Sunday, April 4 Buffet served 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Call for reservations 763-434-4626 Adults $14.95 • Children 5-10 years old $6.95 Children under 5 free


Join us on Easter Sunday for our buffet serving Prime Rib, Ham, Fish, Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Salads, Soup, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, French Toast Sticks, and Dessert Price includes choice of Coffee, Juice or Milk Regular menu available 2:00-10:00 p.m.

Golf League information is available at our web site:

The Courier | MarCh 2010

Easter Happenings


The origins of Lent for 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai while waiting to receive the ten commandments (Ex 24:18, Deut 9:9-25). Elijah traveled 40 days and 40 nights to the mountain of the Lord, Mt. Horeb (1Kings 19:8). Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert

By SaMantHa GLUCK wriTer, assoCiaTed ConTenT

The word lent originates from the Teutonic word lencten, meaning ‘lengthen’ in reference to the lengthening of days in the season of spring. Later, during the early church, the word ‘lent’ became the common English translation for the Latin word quadragesima, meaning ‘forty days.’ There is historical evidence that some Lenten preparation took place prior to Easter in these early days; however, there was no regularity as to the requirements for Lenten preparation. The churches in various regions had widely different practices during the Lenten season. Some observed the Lenten sacrificial fasting and preparation for 24 hours, some for one week, and still others for the entire 40 days.

(Mat 4:2). Jesus appears for 40 days to his disciples after his resurrection (Acts 1:3). These are but a few of the times the number 40 appears in scripture. ConTined on page 17 » Lent

Holy Week Services Maundy Thursday

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(the week directly before Easter) and more strenuous fasting should occur during Holy Week. The number 40 has always had powerful symbolic significance regarding prepa-

Good Friday April 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday April 4 at 9:00 a.m.

Come join us and invite a friend!

Living Hope Evangelical Free Church

Lent became more regularized throughout the church once Christianity was legalized in 313 A.D. The Council of Nicea, which met in 325 A.D., pronounced that Lent should be observed for the 40 days before Easter in preparation for the Easter festival. The observance should include prayer and fasting for 40 days prior to Holy Week

April 1 at 7:00 p.m.

ration and occurs multiple times throughout the scripture of both the Old and New Testaments. Noah was in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights of the flood (Gen 7:4,12,17 8:6) Moses stayed with the Lord 763.753.1718 Sundays at 10:00 a.m. St. Francis High School Auditorium

18975 Lake George Boulevard 1/4 mile south of Cty. Rd. 22 on Cty. Rd. 9

Sunday Worship Services


10:30 a.m.

Nursery Provided

9:00 a.m.

Sunday School and Adult Study

We are called to Invite, Ignite, and Excite others about Jesus!

He is Risen!

Every Friday night during Lent March 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:00-6:45 p.m. Choice of all-you-can-eat fish and potato -OR- pasta dish with vegetable, dessert, beverage Adults $8 (16 and up); Kids $3 (ages 7-15); 6 and under Free

Stations of the Cross, Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Churchof of St. Patrick Cedar Creek 19921 Nightingale Street NW • Oak Grove 763-753-2011 •

Celebrate Easter with us!

Come join the celebration! Palm Sunday, March 28

Worship at 10:30 a.m. • Love Feast Service 5:15 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 1

Communion Service at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2 Service at 7:00 p.m.

Easter Worship Services, April 4 Sunrise Worship at 8:00 a.m. Worship at 10:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue • St. Francis, MN

Maundy Thursday Communion Service 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service

“Seven last words of Christ from the cross” 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Schedule Sunrise Worship Service 7:00 a.m. Easter breakfast 8:00-9:45 a.m. Easter worship 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

Hwy. 65 & 237th Avenue NE, East Bethel (Cooper’s Corner)


(Across from the elementary school and right by the hockey rink)


FaiTh LisTings abundant Life alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Catholic Church of St. Patrick 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 Family of Christ Lutheran Church & Christian Pre-School 16345 Polk Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7337

First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Hope evangelical Lutheran Church 16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-421-8434 Living Hope evangelical Free Church St. Francis High School PO Box 264 St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315

nowthen alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. andrew Lutheran Church 1450 237th Avenue NE (Hwy. 65 & 237th Avenue) East Bethel • 763-434-7146 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273

Meadow Creek Church 3037 Bunker Lake Boulevard Andover • 763-427-4543

trinity Lutheran Church, School and Latchkey/Childcare 3812 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-1234

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

West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451


Easter Happenings

the origin of some easter traditions By rHetta aKaMatSU wriTer, assoCiaTed ConTenT

The Courier | MarCh 2010

Easter, of course, is a religious holiday that celebrates the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ in Christian belief. But, what do eggs and rabbits have to do with the Christian belief? Where did these traditions originate?

Wednesday Evening Lent Services March 3, 10, 17, & 23

Meal Served .............................. 5:30 p.m. Worship Service ........................ 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 1

Worship Service .........................................................7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2

Worship Service .........................................................7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 4

Worship Service ............................................. 6:00 & 9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast ......................................................... 7:00 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church & School of Crown


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

For that matter, why do we call the holiday, “Easter?” The answer is that, as with many Christian holidays, the holiday incorporated many traditions from celebrations far older than Christianity. The word, “Easter,” for instance, comes from the name of the Norse earth goddess, Oestre, who was celebrated in the Spring, the time of rebirth and renewal. Hot cross buns were originally used in her celebration, with the four quarters of the cross representing the phases of the moon. This was an obvious symbol for the Christians to adopt to symbolize the cross.

The Egyptians and Persians exchanged eggs decorated in pastel colors in the Spring. Many of them believed that the Earth hatched from an egg, and the egg is an obvious symbol for fertility and rebirth. Early Christians adapted this tradition, using red eggs to symbolize the Resurrection.The ancient Greeks and Romans used eggs as fertility symbols, as well. Eggs have been decorated in the spring for thousands of years, and as Easter gifts, for at least five hundred years. According to, for instance, Edward I of England spent “eighteen pence for 450 eggs to be gold-leafed

Easter Services Palm Sunday, March 28 Easter Sunday, April 4

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Contemporary Worship in the Lower Worship Center 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship in the Lower Worship Center

Good Friday, April 2

Communion Service • 7:00 p.m. Lower Level Worship Center

Regular Worship Schedule

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary 9:45 a.m. Sunday School and Contemporary Worship in the Lower Worship Center 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship in the Lower Worship Center

Sunday, April 4 at 10:15 a.m. Come join us as we worship in music, reading, scripture, and praise for the gift of Jesus Christ, God’s Son.

19653 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Anoka Intersection of CR 5 & 22 in Nowthen For more information call 763-441-1600

First Baptist Church

and colored for Easter gifts.”

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Rabbits also symbolized rebirth to the Egyptians, who associated rabbits with the moon. Since the moon determines the date of Easter, the Christians soon made that connection, too. The tradition of the Easter Bunny, who brings colored eggs, originated in Germany and was brought to America by German immigrants. And so we see that like most holidays, our Easter celebration has roots that go back much further and reach out much farther than most of us ever realize. It was the Christian church’s ability to adapt the customs that people knew and loved that allowed it to spread in the way that it did. Today, children delight in decorating and hunting eggs, getting stuffed bunnies in baskets, and celebrating the return of Spring. For Christians, Easter has deeper meaning today. But for everyone, in any culture, time or belief season, it only feels right to celebrate Spring and, thus, celebrate life anew every year. |


Call 763.753.1230 for more information. 22940 St. Francis Boulevard NW St. Francis, MN 55070

He is Risen Indeed!

Join us at Trinity Lutheran Church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday, March 28 - 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Praise Worship at 10:45 a.m. Maundy Thursday, April 1 - 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 2 - 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Easter Services

Saturday, April 3 - 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 4 - 7:00, 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

13th Annual Free Indoor Easter Egg Hunt

Trinity Lutheran Church, School, and Latchkey/Childcare 229th & Ambassador Boulevard St. Francis, MN 763-753-1234 •

Saturday, March 27 - 9:30 a.m. until Noon (Registration -9:15 a.m.) in addition to the egg hunt there will be: • Carnival games • police and Fire departments • Face painting • easter Bunny • inflatables • Lots of prizes and Candy • Magician

Holy Week Services March 28 – Palm Sunday

Worship Services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. April 1 – Maundy Thursday with Holy Communion Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. April 2 – Good Friday Worship Service at 7:00 p.m.

April 4

Regular Services Sunday Worship 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School and Bible Study 9:15 a.m.

Easter Celebration Services with Holy Communion at 6:30, 8:00, and 10:30 a.m. Breakfast served by our senior high youth beginning at 7:00 a.m. in our Family Center.

from page 15 Lent The next rule of preparation for Lent to be decided was the nature of the fasting. Should it be total fast drinking only water, should it be abstaining from meat and fish, should observers abstain from all animal products? Most churches of the time encouraged abstinence from all foods that come from flesh such as meat, cheese, milk, and eggs. Fish was not considered flesh and could be consumed and still be in accordance with the fast. Additionally, observers were allowed one modest meal per day, preferably in the late afternoon. As the church evolved, these rules also evolved, ostensibly to help workers have enough strength to participate in manual labor while observing Lent. The newer rules require fasting involving abstention from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent, except for Good Friday wherein a total fast is required. As a further sacrifice, people are encouraged to give up some personal pleasure in addition to the requirements above for all the days of Lent. In modern days, this could be not watching television for the 40 days or not indulging in candy or dessert during the 40 days. Technically, observers can partake in whatever they have given up for Lent

The Courier | March 2010 during the 40 days on Sundays because it is a regular ‘feast day’ for the church and supposed to be looked upon with joy. However, it is my thought, and the way I raise my children, that if one is going to participate at all in a sacrificial rite to God, one should do it for the entire time, not finding loopholes to weasel out of the sacrifice. Other activities encouraged during Lent in addition to

fasting and prayer include: regular personal inventory of one’s sins and subsequent confession, additional devotion to the Word, additional time for fervent prayer, the stations of the cross, and other spiritual enrichments. Lent is a time of sacrifice and preparation wherein we prepare our souls for the joyous and glorious celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. |

Easter Happenings

Fun Easter facts } When taking a bite into a chocolate bunny, 76 percent of Americans prefer to bite off the ears first; 5 percent eat the feet first and 4 percent eat the tail first. } During the Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Peeps—making Peeps the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy. } Each day throughout the year, 5 million marshmal-


low chicks and bunnies are produced in preparation for Easter. } 16 billion jelly beans are made specifically for Easter which is enough to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine-story building. } After Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy consuming holiday. } The Easter egg roll on the White House lawn has been a tradition since 1878. |

12th Annual

Fish Fry

Palm Sunday – Common Call Assisting In Worship March 28 • 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday Services – Last Supper Drama

Fridays, February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 4:30-7:00 p.m.

April 1 • 6:00 & 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday – Tenebrae Service April 2 • 7:00 p.m.

Easter Prayer Vigil

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

April 3 • 7:00 p.m.

Corner of County Roads 5 and 23 in Isanti

Easter Morning Services

The Isanti Knights of Columbus will be serving their All You Care To Eat Fish Fry Dinner.

April 4 • 6:00, 7:30, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Regular Sunday Services 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 8:50 a.m.

On the menu: Alaskan Pollock, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, dessert, and coffee/milk Cost: Adults $8; Children 6-12 years $4; Children 5 and under FREE

5730 179th Lane NW (Highway 47 and County Road 27) Ramsey, MN

Come join us for fish and fellowship.


Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

All are welcome to worship with us… Thursday, April 1

Maundy Thursday

7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 2

Good Friday

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 4

Breakfast Easter Festival Service

7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

County Roads 5 & 23, Isanti

Check out our “Resources” If your questions aren’t answered email us at

Hope Hope Evangelical Evangelical Lutheran Lutheran Church Church

763-444-4035 •

Sunday, March 28 7:00 p.m. Penance Service Thursday, April 1 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8-10 p.m. Adoration Friday, April 2 7:00 p.m. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Saturday, April 3 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil Service Sunday, April 4 9:00 a.m. Easter Mass

You’ll love our web site that changes daily

Sunday Services Sunday Morning Services Signed for the deaf

Sunday School Adult Bible Study

9:00 a.m.

16180 Round Lake Boulevard Andover, MN 55304 763-421-8434 • Fax 763-576-1884 Member of Wisconsin Synod (WELS)

10:15 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

Good Friday

Worship With Us

April 1, 7:00 p.m. April 2, 7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday April 4 6:30 a.m. “Son Rise” 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. “Easter Celebration”

Easter Breakfast

hosted by church youth 7:30-9:30 a.m.

St. John Lutheran Church & School

9231 Viking Blvd. Elk River, Minnesota 55330 763-441-3646 • Pastor Bill Pieper

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

Holy Week Maundy Thursday, April 1 Worship at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 2 Worship services at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the church & 12:00 p.m. at the Chapel in Ham Lake. Saturday, April 3 Children’s Easter Party at 10:00 a.m., Worship at 6:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 4 Worship at 6:30, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:15 a.m. 19001 Jackson Street NE in East Bethel West County Road 22, south on Jackson Street 763-434-6117 email: •


The Courier | March 2010

Community & Business Oak Grove Fire Department honors members Submitted by Ann Johnson Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

The Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary hosted an appreciation dinner for the Oak Grove Fire Department at Hidden Haven Country Club in January. Chief Milo Bennett provided a year-in-review summary, noting that the department has responded to 154 emergency calls in 2009. This number is down slightly from past years. In 2008, the department responded to 176 calls and in 2007, it responded to 190 calls. Bennett also recognized new upcoming officers which took place February 1: Chief Curt Hallermann, Assistant Chief Rob Engler, Captains Wayne McNally and Steve Pelton and Lieutenants Chris Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Shawn Johnson, Steve Leider and Jimmy Rogers.

Recognition was also given to firefighters reaching a service milestone. Curt Hallermann presented the following firefighters with service pins: Robert Bauer, Brad Clough, Jake Collins, Shawn Johnson, Matt Powers and Chuck Swirtz for 5 years, John LeSage for 10 years, Wayne McNally for 15 years, Jimmy Rogers for 20 years and Mike Dropps and Ron Lohse for 30 years.

Oak Grove Fire Department. Throughout his years of service, Mike held the ranks of fire marshal and firefighter. Thank you Mike, for your 30 years of service and all that you have done for the Oak Grove Fire Department. Thank you to the Andover Fire Department for covering Oak Grove fire calls that evening so the entire department could attend the dinner. 

Chief Bennett and Assistant Chief Hallermann presented Brad Clough with the Firefighter of the Year award. This award is given for a year of outstanding service, effort and time dedicated to the department.

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Viola & Violin Studio

Brad Clough is presented with the Firefighter of the Year award at the Oak Grove Fire Department appreciation dinner in January.  Submitted Photo

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Mike Dropps is recognized for his 30 years of service to the fire department.  Submitted Photo

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During Census 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent as of the April 2000 cut-off. About $85 million is saved for every one percent increase in mail participation. For these and many other reasons, we must work to encourage everyone’s participation in the census.

It’s important. Census data are used to reapportion seats in Congress and ensure proper district representation in state and local governments. Information from the census helps determine locations for child-care and senior centers, new roads, hospitals, schools and community centers. It’s safe. By law, the U.S. Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities. All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to five years, or both.

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St. Francis Boy Scout troop celebrates 40th anniversary Submitted by Nancy Graham Rich Boy Scouts


ongratulations to St. Francis Boy Scout Troop 511 who celebrated its 40 year anniversary on January 10 with a dinner, recognition program and open house. Current troop members and their families as well as all Scoutmasters, past and present, and all 31 of the troop’s Eagle Scouts were invited to a pasta dinner catered by Mansetti’s of St. Francis. Following a short recognition program, the troop hosted a community open house with cake and coffee, inviting many of the area Cub Scouts and city leaders. The reunion/party was well attended and enjoyed by all. St. Francis BSA Troop 511 wants to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have given of their time and talents over the past 40 years to build a strong Scouting program in this community. St. Francis BSA Troop 511 is chartered by the St. Francis Lions, who have supported us in many ways over the 40 years. The Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 100th anniversary on February 8 and has year-long activities planned in celebration. For information about joining BSA Troop 511 please contact Committee Chair Diane Racette at 763-444-4192. 

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Boniface recognized at industry convention By Judy Malone ASI Director of Information

Outstanding U.S. sheep industry members were honored for their contributions to the industry at an awards luncheon held January 22 at the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Richard ‘Dick’ Boniface of Oak Grove received the Camptender Award. This award is given to a professional in the sheep and wool industry who has shown a strong commitment and made significant positive and longlasting contributions to the industry above and beyond what is called for in his/her professional capacity. Boniface began and finished his wool-marketing career at the North Central Wool Marketing Corporation, a regional co-op. He started working on a grading crew in the warehouse, became a wool buyer, supervisor of field staff, and director of public relations. During his time there, he originated the grade and yield method of marketing wool. This made it possible to sell an individual producer’s wool on the current market based on its quality and yield. In addition, he implemented and helped operate the wooltesting lab. He traveled and spoke to grower meetings and events in many states, organized and led buyer-training sessions throughout the fleece wool states. As public relations director, he arranged annual meetings, and edited the company paper, The Wool Sack. Boniface worked with universities across the region teaching livestock classes the basics of wool grades and proper

American Sheep Industry Camptender award winner, Dick Boniface, pictured with his wife, Juanita Reed-Boniface. Submitted Photo wool preparation with a lecture or warehouse tours. He was also a wool show judge including over 20 years at the Wisconsin State Fair. Boniface helped organize the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association (MLWP) and continues to support the organization’s events at the Minnesota State Fair. He is a donor of 4-H State Fair awards in Lamb Lead and the wool show. Dick and Juanita have been long time contributing buyers at the Minnesota 4-H Livestock Auction in sheep. The Dick Boniface and Juanita Reed-Boniface 4-H Endowment was established to assure support of these awards for the future. Acknowledging he had been given a great honor, Boniface said while accepting his award, “It’s been a privilege to spend my career working in this industry. It’s not a job that has made me a millionaire, but I am rich in another way. Getting to know and work with hundreds of the greatest people in the world— the farmers and ranchers in the north central and western parts of the United States— has been truly rewarding. The friends I gained through my work are among my life’s prized possessions.” 

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St. Francis Lioness and Lions will be held at the St. Francis American Legion at 11:00 a.m. All proceeds go toward St. Francis High School scholarships. St. Francis Elementary Carnival will be held 11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. Join the fun with games, prizes, raffle, silent auction and more. See ad on page 4 for more information. Cedar Creek Community School PTO Winter Carnival will be held 11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. Activities include games, silent auction and raffle drawings. Call 763-2138860 to volunteer. A fundraiser for Breast Cancer 3-Day will be held at the Champlin American Legion. Activities will include a silent auction and live entertainment provided by MLX. All proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure. Items to be auctioned include furniture, electronics, jewelry, clothing, household items, fishing gear and many other items. Visit w w w. t h e 3 d a y. o rg / g o t o / beesons.boobettes. Call 763913-1313 for more information. Northside Mother’s of Multiples (M.O.P.) Super kids sale, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Master in Coon Rapids. Saturday, March 27 Easter Bunny Breakfast, hosted by the St. Francis Jaycees and sponsored by County Market and All Seasons Discount Store will be held at St. Francis American Legion, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Go to for more information.

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He led and assisted in constructing a project which involved building two wooden arches and planting flowers around them which now are located on the path to the church cemetery. Schultz also painted the gazebo in St. Francis for a service project. A United States flag was flown at the. Nation’s capital honoring Schultz on the day of his Eagle ceremony which was January 27. 

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My legislative efforts


Legislative update

Greetings from the capital

BY mike Jungbauer State sen. District 48

BY rob Eastlund State rep. District 17A

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In the coming months, the legislature will be faced with numerous issues, most notably, balancing the state’s $1.2 billion budget deficit for the remainder of the 2010-11 biennium. The most important issues in the 2010 legislative session include balancing the budget, creating a business friendly climate to encourage private sector employment, and passing a reasonable bonding bill that focuses on long term transportation and infrastructure needs.

Responsibilities, priorities, and direction

BY tom Hackbarth State rep. District 48A

The legislative session began last month with Minnesota government facing a $1.2 billion deficit. Top priorities include solving that deficit—second to promoting quality job growth and economic opportunity. Governor Pawlenty indicated that he would veto a borrowing bill of the scope proposed by the majority party, and concerns with the bill extend beyond its amount of debt. The bill funded millions to gorilla housing at the zoo, but left out funding to house serious sex offenders. It included projects that fail to meet the “project of statewide significance” standard. It also contained projects that are fiscally imprudent at the same time other areas of the budget, including our schools, are facing potential cuts.

Currently, balancing the budget is at the forefront of legislators’ minds. The government of Minnesota, like most of its people, is struggling to balance its budget. Deciding which programs to cut and which are truly necessary creates lots of tension and disagreement. It is worth mentioning in such high-stress times that we all have the same end in mind: a better Minnesota. Indeed, better serving Minnesota requires the legislature to focus on financing those programs that are constitutionally required. Such programs include education, public safety, and transportation; those things needed for society to operate properly. Thus, the legislature should concentrate on distinguishing wants from needs. Funding for things like entertainment, while important and vital to maintain a high quality of life, are not vital to everyday activities. The state does not have the money to support them at this time. If everything is made a priority, nothing is a priority. The second issue being presented to the legislature concerns the formation of jobs. While government cannot create a job out of thin air, it can alleviate some of the pressures surrounding business owners, making it easier for them to employ people. Tax incentives for small business owners and other policies, like reducing onerous mandates, will help Minnesota get through these troubling economic times. We need to consolidate agencies so when one applies for a permit, the application goes to one agency, not five. It will greatly reduce the time it takes to get a permit approved. This alone would make Minnesota more competitive, reduce bureaucratic red tape, and increase efficiency in government.

The reality is that the majority party wants a borrowing bill and has the votes to pass one. If we are going to borrow, it must be for critical infrastructure projects and those with an identified return on investment. The bill should reflect the priorities of Minnesota citizens and the realities of our fiscal situation.

The final main concern of the legislature this term centers on bonding. The bonding bill passed recently has good projects in it; however, it was sorely lacking in many areas. The legislature should work to pass a reasonable bonding bill that centers on transportation and general infrastructure projects.

We must empower our job providers and free market. If government would get out of the way of businesses doing good business, they will innovate and create—and grow. With an open door to expansion and investment, hard-working Minnesota job providers and families can bring renewed opportunity and prosperity to Minnesota.

Sen. Jungbauer is serving his second term in the Minnesota State Senate, serving Anoka, Bethel, Nowthen, Cedar, East Bethel, Elk River, Oak Grove, and Ramsey. He encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached by phone at 651-296-3733; by mail to 121 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55115; by email to 

This session, I will promote practical reforms to promote opportunity and growth. Tax and regulatory relief, investment incentives and research credits are just three examples of the steps we can take to liberate our businesses and families, and bring long-term recovery to our state. Let economic freedom in the door, and Minnesotans will find the solutions that lead to prosperity! Rep. Hackbarth is the state representative for House District 48A which includes Elk River, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Bethel and East Bethel. He can be reached by calling 651296-2439; email:; write: 309 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155 

Again, these are two areas government cannot ignore. Such a bonding bill would better position Minnesota with the resources to deliver products and services when we come out of this recession. It is a great time to buy, and due to the state of our economy, estimated costs for these projects will be 20-40 percent cheaper than a few years ago. That coupled with low interest rates makes these investments right for Minnesota’s taxpayers.

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The priorities of the people of Minnesota are very clear: promote economic recovery and job growth, and solve the budget shortfall. Government needs to reduce spending, regulations and tax burdens on employers so the private sector once again becomes the economic engine driving an economic recovery. The first few days of session have clearly identified the legislative priorities and some of the political differences that must be resolved. The majority party’s priority seems a government borrowing bill. This bill would add a billion dollars of state debt at the same time we face a billion dollar budget deficit. The solution promoted by the majority

is a borrowing and spending approach that does nothing more than expand the reach of government. Raising taxes on hard-working Minnesotans would only feed the growth of government, and it will not bring economic recovery. The total overhaul of our “Green Acres” law is another example of misguided effort that expands government regulation over our family farms and increases property taxes for our already struggling farm economy. We had a green acres program that worked great for over 40 years. Instead of incremental reforms, massive changes were passed. The result is more government oversight over our privatelyowned farm land and higher property taxes for farmers by as much as 50-400 percent in one year. continued on page 22 » Eastlund

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when the private sector farmers and businesses on main streets all across the state begin to invest, create jobs and grow.

from page 21 Eastlund My minority party colleagues focus on reducing government and freeing local job providers to have the resources and incentives to expand. We recognize that true and lasting economic recovery will come from the free market and our dynamic Minnesota workforce.

The success of this legislative session will be measured by how well we reduce spending and streamline government so the private sector is free to do what it does the best: invest, create jobs, and ultimately produce the wealth necessary to turn our economy around.

Bigger government will not put us on the road to prosperity. Instead, we must look for positive solutions that decrease regulations and make government leaner. We must empower Minnesota taxpayers and job providers to achieve renewed opportunity and growth. Minnesota’s economy will turn around

Rep. Eastlund represents District 17A which includes the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and North Branch. He can be reached by calling 651-296-5364; writing 243 State Office Building, 100 MLK Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155; emailing rep.rob.eastlund@ 

Zoomobile to visit Library Submitted by Mary Oliver Anoka County Library

The Minnesota Zoomobile will be making a visit to Anoka County’s Rum River Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 27. Zoomobile naturalists use live animals as well as biological artifacts to create a fun and memorable program for people of all ages. Zoomobile staff hopes the visit will help foster a sense of stewardship and an understanding of the diversity and complexity of life on earth. The program is free and open to all, though seating is limited. Rum River Library is located at 4201 6th Ave. in Anoka. The program is sponsored by MELSA and the Anoka County Library. For more information about the Zoomobile’s visit to Rum River Library, visit |

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If already in the foreclosure process, homeowners can stop it at any time by making the required payments. Lenders first contact a borrower 30 days after they miss a payment in order to inform them that they must pay what they owe within 30 days or the lender will begin foreclosure proceedings.

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Our part of the state has been hit especially hard in this economic downturn, both in terms of job loss and foreclosures. In Chisago County, 1,146 families entered foreclosure in 2009, and in Isanti County, 956 did likewise.

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In recent years, home foreclosures in Minnesota have been on steady incline. The number of families facing this devastating situation more than quadrupled from 2005 to 2008. Foreclosures were once expected to slow down in 2009, but continued increases in Minnesota’s unemployment rate and an underperforming economy just saw more families fall into this problem. Now experts are not predicting a peak in foreclosures until 2011.

your lender as soon as possible. Many lenders are willing to work with their borrowers in order to help them avoid foreclosure, and they have a variety of options to offer. It is important for you to ask for the Loss Mitigation Department when calling your lender and ask to see any proposed plan in writing before agreeing to it.

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their mortgage current. If the homeowner chooses this option but does not bring their payments, their redemption period will be shortened to five weeks. The homeowner may also stop the foreclosure and reinstate their loan at any point prior to the sheriff’s sale by paying all of their missed payments and any late fees charged by the lender. However, lenders do have the right to refuse partial payments. After the sheriff’s sale occurs, the homeowner can stop the foreclosure by paying the lender or whoever won the auction, the entire amount paid at the sheriff’s sale plus other fees. In these tough economic times, many families are struggling to make ends meet. If you are facing foreclosure, do not hesitate to reach out for help and advice. There is assistance available that can help you make the best of a troubling situation. Sen. Olseen is the state senator for Senate District 17, which includes the cities of St. Francis, Isanti and Cambridge. He encourages questions and comments and can be reached by calling 651-296-5419, email to, or write to G-24 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155. 

Foodshelf helps those in need Submitted by Joanne Yackel NACE Director

The mission of the North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf and Clothing Closet is to provide food and clothing for people in need through the generosity of our community. Those in need are welcome to visit NACE up to eight times a year. Bring an I.D. and a piece of mail with the current address for each adult in the household. Hours/days of distribution are: Mondays 9:00 a.m.-noon, Wednesdays, 1:00-4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. by appointment only. Food donations are accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays. Clothing donations are accepted as needed. Please call to schedule drop-off times. There are many ways to serve your community through NACE: work with clients during distribution days, pick up food donations and deliver them to the NACE office, weigh and sort food and/or clothing donations, restock the food shelf and organize food drives and fundraisers. NACE is located at 18511 Highway 65 NE, #200 in East Bethel. For more information ,call 763-434-7685 or email 

The Courier | March 2010

BY randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Have you ever noticed that things come in spurts? I have wondered about this for years. When I was in the gasoline business over 20 years ago, we would go for an hour and have no customers and then all at once we would have five people show up at the same time. It seems that if the phone rings once, it will ring three or four times in a row. I have noted that car repairs happen that way. All of a sudden everyone needs a brake job, or so it seems. Lately we have had a run on vehicles with head gasket problems. I suppose this could be explained by a number of factors. For instance, more and more people are keeping their cars longer; manufacturers are extending cooling system maintenance out longer and longer. One unique factor to us is our climate. We have hot, humid summers and we also have long, bitter cold winters. This combination is really hard on our vehicles. Engines have aluminum heads and aluminum or cast iron blocks (for the most part) and with extreme temperature swings, this can cause the heads to warp and leak. Most vehicles use long-life coolant and people forget to have it checked and serviced. Sometimes it is needed before the manufacturers’ schedule recommends. There are different tests that can be done to evaluate the coolant (antifreeze). One is the freeze point. This will tell at what temperature the coolant will freeze. There are combination test strips that can measure the pH of the coolant and other chemicals that can be harmful to the system. Cooling systems are made up of numerous metals. As time and miles pass by, the coolant in the system can break down. This can change the pH in the system. It will generally get acidic, and before long our cooling system can act as a battery.

A recent trade journal article recommends using a DC voltmeter to see if the system is producing voltage like a battery. The test has you take the positive probe and put it into the coolant and touch the negative probe to battery ground. If voltage is present, then flushing out the coolant is recommended. The job of the coolant is not only to protect against freeze ups or boil overs, but to protect the internal components from deterioration. If the coolant becomes compromised, it will begin to damage many internal components from the inside out, such as head gaskets, water pump seals, intake manifolds, gaskets, radiators and heater cores, to name a few. The best response is to have your system tested and flushed as needed. Vehicle maintenance schedules are made for the average driver in the average climate, driving the average number of miles in average driving conditions. In Minnesota, we face a lot of things that the rest of the country does not. (That’s what makes us special!) All these conditions (don’t forget road salt and potholes) really take a toll. Again, prevention is key. Change the needed fluids on a regular basis, have your vehicle inspected periodically ,and notice when something just does not feel, smell or sound right. Usually there is a problem waiting to strand you. Vehicles are mechanical devices and periodically break down. Even new vehicles can fail and some even get recalled. I hate when that happens.  

A popular resolution in the New Year is to lose weight. A new Oak Grove business is striving to show people how to accomplish their goals. WMD Wellness Center opened January 14 at the corner of County Roads 9 and 22 with its first official weight loss challenge. Owner Wanda Donovan stated that Village Bank, previously in the Wellness Center site, has been helpful in working with her in the transition. The Wellness Center currently focuses on weight loss support. In the near future, walk-in traffic can pick up a protein smoothie or a herbal tea concentrate. Guidance will also be available to those seeking to trim their waistline. Donovan was part of the Thrive for Wellness Center located in Andover prior to opening her site in Oak Grove. Deciding on a location was easy since Donovan has lived in the area since 1982 and loves the people that live here. She wanted to have a wellness center in the same community that has been such a wonderful place to live. All three of her sons graduated from St. Francis High School and now her grandchildren are going to school in the district. Donovan’s husband raised his family in Wisconsin, but when they married, four years ago, he realized what a great place the St. Francis area was and they decided to live here. The location has offered weight loss challenges, wellness tips and healthy products since opening in January. Customers wanting a VIP weight loss plan can sign up for 12 weigh-in visits each month at a total cost of $36. Each customer’s body mass

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College reaches out to educators, business leaders Submitted by Tina Perpich Anoka-Ramsey Community college

Anoka-Ramsey Community College invites area educators and business leaders to a Breakfast with the President, March 9, 7:30 a.m. at the AmericInn, 38675 14th Ave., North Branch. “This event, among others, allows the college president, Dr. Patrick M. Johns, Cambridge Campus Foundation board members and college administrators to learn firsthand about the needs and trends of schools, businesses and the community,” said

the college’s Institutional Advancement Director, Evelyn Gedde. “It also fosters collaborations that help keep our economy and communities thriving.”

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The breakfast is free and attendees can also learn more about the college’s enrollment growth, academic programs, financial picture and facilities.

The American Opportunity Credit is a new version of the Hope Credit for tax years beginning in 2009 or 2010. It covers the first four years of postsecondary education and is allowed for four taxable years for each student. The maximum credit is $2,500 (100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified expenses plus 25% of the next $2,000).

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Village Bank is pleased to announce that President Larry Schminski has accepted a promotion to President of Village Bancshares, the bank’s holding company. Owner Don Kveton indicated that the move will allow Schminski to position the organization for continued growth and expansion. “Securing Larry in this new long-term role makes us well-poised for the future,” commented Kveton. “I’m honored to accept this amazing opportunity,” Schminski said. “This move will allow Village Bank to capitalize on unique opportunities created by the economic recession.” Schminski has served as president for the past eight years. In that time the bank has more than tripled in size, with assets now over $275 million. Schminski brought 12 years of experience working at the FDIC prior to starting with Village Bank. “Larry has done an excellent job for Village Bank over the past 12 years. He will continue his presidential duties until a successor is ready to transition, most likely near the end of 2010,” shared Kveton. Schminski will remain on the Board of Directors with his move to the Holding Company. The bank has retained an executive search firm to find a new president.  

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Maud Hart Lovelace is brought to life by a costumed actor at a very special Anoka County Library program. The actress will talk about Maud’s life in Mankato 100 years ago and give insight into how this popular author began her writing career. The Minnesota Historical Society History Players have created this program aimed at students in grades 1–8. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Anoka County Library is proud to present this glimpse into the lives of one of Minnesota’s most famous authors. The free performance will be March 20, 10:30 a.m., at the Crooked Lake Branch Library, 11440 Crooked Lake Blvd in Coon Rapids. For more information about this program and the Anoka County Library please go to 


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Sports & Outdoors St. Francis wrestlers capture third straight conference title SubmiTTed by STeVe SWORSKy SFhS WRESTLIng CoACh


t has been a bittersweet season for the Fighting Saints. The Saints finished the regular season 1612, with ten of those losses coming to teams rated in the top 12 in the state. In the North Suburban Conference, however, the Saints finished with a perfect 9-0 record and a third consecutive conference title. After the Christmas break, the Saints started the new year with a pair of conference wins against Benilde-St. Margaret’s 57-23, and Columbia Heights 74-6. They traveled north to the Mora invite, placing fourth out of ten teams. Individual champions Austin Leibel at 119 and Travis Kapol at 171 led the Saints, while Nathan Lipinski took third at 189, Jayce Oie at 112, Everett Roberts at 140, Kyle Allen at 145, Justin Hartzberg at 152, and Casper Christianson at 215 all took fourth. The Saints traveled to Forest Lake for a Section 7AAA preview against CambridgeIsanti, Coon Rapids, and Forest Lake. The Saints lost to

SPoRTS bRIEFS The Minnesota Minute Men announced the top ten candidates for the 26th Annual Mr. Hockey Award. Among the candidates is St. Francis High School senior Joey Benik. The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts, division one coaches and selected media members from around the state. The 26th Annual Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held at noon, Sunday, March 14 at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul. Congratulations to Kayla Johnson and Kelly Worthington. They have signed national letters of intent to continue their running careers at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD). Johnson will run both cross country and track at UMD and Worthington will run track for the Bulldogs. Both are excited to meet new teammates, but also said it will be nice to be teammates for four more years. St. Francis will host the first round of girls basketball sections March 4. Boys basketball will begin section 7AAAA play on March 11. 

Forest Lake 45-17 in the first dual of the night, but were eager to get back a win over long-time rival CambridgeIsanti. The dual brought out the best in the Saints, but it was not enough. Cambridge came away with a 44-26 victory. The Saints were not able to find their rhythm and dropped their third dual of a long night to Coon Rapids 34-22. The long night at Forest Lake had taken its toll on the Saints as they traveled to Centennial the next morning for another three dual day. The Saints dropped their first dual to Wabasha-Kellogg 43-30, and then lost to host Centennial 39-21. The Saints were able to recover for the last dual of the day and were able to unleash their frustration onto St. Paul Humboldt, winning 66-5. The Saints tried to extend their winning ways against Owatonna and Chisago Lakes. Owatonna was first up on the night. The Saints battled hard and put on an impressive showing, but the depth of Owatonna came into play in the middle and upper weights and pulled away at the end, with the dual going to Owatonna 47-20. Putting the loss to Owatonna behind them, the Saints refocused their efforts on a conference title and a win over conference rival Chisago Lakes. In a hard fought dual that came down to the last three weights, the Saints were able to pull off the victory 32-26. On the same night, three Saints wrestlers hit career milestones. Sophomore Austin Leibel won his 100th career match, and seniors Cody Raze and Jim Lambeth both won their 75th career match. Coming off of the victory over Chisago Lakes, the Saints were able to carry over the momentum into the Champlin Park Duals. The

The St. Francis High School varsity wrestling squad won its third consecutive north Suburban conference title. SubMITTEd PhoTo Saints knocked off a highly regarded Hibbing team 3330 in one of the most exciting duals of the day. The dual was tied 30-30 going into heavyweight when senior captain Cody Raze, bumping up from his usual 215 spot, came away with a 6-1 decision victory that sealed the dual. In the semifinals, the Saints overpowered White Bear Lake 42-29, and found themselves in the finals against seventh ranked Albert Lea. The Saints gave all they could, but came away a bit short, falling 34-28, but holding their heads high with a second place finish. The Saints then began their push to lock up the conference title with an impressive win over Fridley 60-8. Next up was a showdown between the two unbeaten conference teams—St. Francis and Totino-Grace. The dual lived up to the expectations as #8 in AA Totino-Grace brought the fight to St. Francis and tried to knock off the defending champs. But the Saints fought back and were able to pull away in the last three matches, winning 3126. The last two teams on the schedule were Spring Lake Park and Cooper. The Saints easily handled the Spring

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Junior varsity wrestlers finish season strong

Saints gymnasts win conference title

Submitted By Keith Lipinski SFHS Wrestling

The Saints Junior Varsity Wrestling team capped off another successful season with an impressive showing at the junior varsity conference meet in Fridley on February 13.

Submitted By Michelle Keenan SFHS Gymnastics Coach

The St. Francis gymnastics team won its fifth straight North Suburban Conference title with a perfect 7-0 record. The Saints won all their regular season varsity meets and culminated the season at the varsity conference meet with a score of 138.375. In the conference meet, senior Amanda Pett took first on uneven bars, second on vault and all-around, and third on floor. Freshman Autumn Lefever had a season best meet placing second on floor and beam, and third on uneven bars and all-around. Junior captain Lindsey Schultz placed fourth on vault. Pett and Schultz were named to the North Suburban AllConference team. Freshmen Lefever and Mackenzie Walsh were named to the North Suburban All-Conference Honorable Mention team. The Junior Varsity became North Suburban champions after a strong showing at the Junior Varsity Conference meet with a score of 129.15 and an undefeated conference record of 7-0. On vault, Jade Lefever took first and Lindsey Langer took second. Alex Dziuk won the uneven bars while teammate Christina Brand took third. On the balance beam, the Saints swept the top three spots with Kassie Ratke, Langer, and Dziuk. Lefever also won the floor event. Dziuk was crowned all-round champion with her teammates Lefever and Langer finishing second

and third respectively.

The following wrestlers finished as Junior Varsity champions in their respective weight classes: Jayce Oie (112), Taylor Charles (130), Cody Bromen (135), Alex Olson (140), Dion Kriz (145), Jared Goldeman (152), Sam Wellman (160), and Dalton Winkleman (HWT).

The Minnesota Gymnastics Coaches Association recognizes athletes who have achieved success throughout the season. The All-State team and the All-State Honorable Mention teams are determined by an average score of six meets in each event and the all-around. The following gymnasts were named to the teams:

The 2009-10 Fighting Saints Junior Varsity Wrestling team, front row (L-R): Tyler Kunshier, Cole Ostendorf, Jayde Nordstrom (manager), Cody Bromen, Danielle Mooney (manager), CJ Leibel, Jared Goldeman, Dion Kriz, Taylor Charles, Alex Olson, Jayce Oie, Sam Wellman, and Dalton Winkleman; back row: Coach Andy Robinson, Emma Nordin (manager), London Mahle (manager), Sam Gerlach, Austin Ziemer, Dylan Norenberg, Brandon Carty, Tanner Aho, Cody Shockley, Alec Simoneau, Zach Eich, Conan Sandberg, Cody Whiteford, Coach Steve Sworsky, and Coach Jason Maurer. Not pictured is Jordan O’Connell. Submitted photo

All State—Amanda Pett, uneven bars All-State Honorable Mention—Amanda Pett, vault, beam, floor, all-around; Autumn Lefever, vault, uneven bars, beam, and all-around; Lindsey Schultz, vault, uneven bars, floor, and allaround; Kassie Ratke, vault.

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The gym will be holding tryouts for the 2010-11 season. They have All-Star cheerleading teams from ages 3 to 18. Check out their web site at for more information. 

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The Junior Varsity finished with a season record of 20-9, and went 9-0 in North Suburban Conference matches.  

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Other placers include: CJ Leibel-fourth (103) Jordan O’Connell-third (112), Sam Gerlachthird (189), Brandon Carty-fourth (189), Alec Simoneau-sixth (160), Conan Sandberg-fourth (130), Cody Whiteford-fifth (HWT).

The Saints ended the regular season with a record of 9-4 and were ranked 23 in the state. They headed to a tough Section 7AA tournament on February 19 at Forest Lake High School. The Saints had to compete against three other top teams in the state: Elk River/Zimmerman (first), Cambridge-Isanti (third), and Forest Lake (eleventh). The Saints finished a respectable fourth place with a score of 139.175. The top four individuals on each event and in the all-around advanced to the state tournament. Pett was the top Saints finisher with a fifth place finish on vault and a seventh place finish on floor and in the all-around.

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Anoka County Parks and Recreation opens Summer Camp Registration Submitted by Jennifer Fink Marketing and Communications Manager, Parks and Recreation Department

Want to get your kids outside and active this summer? Sign them up for one or more summer camps offered by the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department. Check out the perennial favorites, along with several new offerings this year. Camps are for children aged 4 through those finishing 7th grade. Secure your child’s spot by registering online at www.anokacountyparks. com or by calling 651-4298007. Register before May 1 to receive your early bird discount. Camps fill quickly so call today! Detailed class descriptions are also available on the web site.

Bookworms Camp For campers ages 4 and 5 at time of registration. July 26-29, 9 a.m.-12 noon Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $70; after May 1: $75 Let’s Get Dirty Camp For campers ages 4 and 5 at time of registration. August 16-19, 9 a.m.-noon Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $70; after May 1: $75 Bugging Out Camp For campers finishing grades K-2. June 21-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $115; after May 1: $125 Continued on page 27 » Summer Camps

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from page 27 Summer Camps

Extended hours: $120 (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

Saints baseball camps, tryouts coming soon

Feathery Friends Grandparents Camp This is a special program for children over the age of 5 accompanied by grandparent(s) or other special guest. June 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $20; after May 1: $25 Additional camper: $10

Nature Super Sleuths Camp For campers finishing grades K-2. August 2-5, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $115; after May 1: $125

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Gardening Wonders Grandparents Camp This is a special program for children over the age of 5 accompanied by grandparent(s) or other special guest. August 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $20; after May 1: $25 Additional camper: $10 Slimy, Sloppy Nature Camp For campers finishing grades 2-4. July 12-15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $115; after May 1: $125 Tom and Huck Camp For campers finishing grades K-2. July 19-22, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Riedel Farm Estate, Fridley Regular hours: $110 (9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

Art and Nature Camp For campers finishing grades 2-4. August 9-11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley Before May 1: $110; after May 1: $120 Canoe Camp For campers finishing grades 3-5. June 29-July 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $120; after May 1: $130 Kayak Camp For campers finishing grades 5-7. July 20-22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Before May 1: $135; after May 1: $145 Outdoor Adventures Camp For campers finishing grades 4-6. August 9-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids/ Bunker Hills Activity Center, Andover Before May 1: $115; after May 1: $125. 

The St. Francis Baseball Program has a saying, “Playing our way to a championship, one pitch at a time.” The saying could be especially true in 2010. The Saints did some good things during the 2009 season and are looking to build off last year with many returning players. Three returning starters are back: Jerry Pittman at shortstop, Alec French at second base, and Matt Polis in centerfield. You win with good defense up the middle and these three will play a big role in the 2010 season. Along with these three seniors are 12 others who will compete with a strong junior class to round-out the line-up and compete for playing time. During the 2009 season, the Saints took their lumps and learned from five onerun loss games to finish 5-9 in the North Suburban Conference and 3-3 in out of conference play, with an overall record of 8-12. One positive from last season was that the Saints played hard in every game and were very competitive throughout the season. The same can be said for the lower levels coming through the program. The junior varsity program (made up of 14 juniors) went 5-11, the sophomore team went 119, and the freshman team went 11-8. The Saints look to continue to compete and work hard this upcoming season to make a run at a conference championship and getting back to the state tournament. Even though the Saints baseball program combined for a 35-40 overall record, this record is not the end all when it comes to a successful season. The Saints applied their hard-working efforts and positive attitudes to win the conference and section academic awards, and became a silver finalist in 3AAA baseball for the state of Minnesota with a team grade point average of 3.48. The season gets underway March 22 with our first game April 8 at the Metrodome versus Champlin Park.

Not only is the varsity program and the Home Run Club (HRC) booster club strong, but our youth program is also outstanding. St. Francis Youth Baseball Association (SFYBA) is committed to providing an opportunity for young boys to play competitive baseball, learn the fundamentals of the game, and represent the St. Francis community throughout Minnesota and the United States in state and national tournaments. The HRC and SFYBA boards have always put the interest of the kids playing baseball first. These boards function because of many volunteers serving in roles such as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, clothing coordinators, tournament directors, age-group coordinators, fundraising coordinators, and many other jobs without titles. If you are interested in getting involved and helping, please go to our web sites: for the varsity program or www.stfrancisbaseball. org for the youth program. SFYBA and the varsity program are teaming up to sponsor baseball fundamental camps for our youth (grades 3-9). The dates are March 20-21 and you can register with ISD 15 Community Education Rec Department at These camps are an excellent way to get ready for tryouts. Tryouts will be taking place on Saturday, April 10 on the varsity baseball field. Varsity coaches who will be at these camps and tryouts include: Varsity Assistant Coach Stevens, SFHS; Junior Varsity Coach Schaff, SFHS; 10th Grade Coach Schmidt, SFMS; 9th Grade Coach Waterworth, SFMS. If you have any questions or are looking for ways to get involved, please feel free to contact any of the coaches. A special thanks to our community for its support this year and in the past. We look forward to working with the community and representing the community well. 

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Saturday, April 10 9 & 10 year olds: 9:00-11:30 a.m. 11 & 12 year olds: 12:30-3:00 p.m. 13 & 14 year olds: 3:30-6:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 6 • 9:00 a.m.-Noon Wednesday, March 10 • 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 20 • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Player must be present at registration


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Life & Classified BY Gary Knafla, LPTA, Andover physical therapy

Spinal column

Type 2 diabetes

Is it a muscle spasm or cramp?

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

When we use muscles that we can voluntarily control, the muscles contract and relax as we need them to move. The neck muscles are used to support our head along with the trunk and work together for our posture.

iabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

When a muscle or muscle fibers involuntarily contract, it becomes a spasm. When that spasm becomes forceful and sustained, it becomes a cramp. Spasms can involve the whole muscle, part of the muscle, or adjacent muscles. This can be caused by multiple factors such as overuse, muscle fatigue, and/or dehydration. These factors cause the muscle to become hyperexcitable and then it spasms. Muscle cramps are a prolonged spasm and can cause intense pain with the inability to use those muscles temporarily. We see what happens with athletes when they become dehydrated and overuse their muscles during activities. Another example is writer’s cramp where the small muscles of the hand have prolonged use. Proper nutrition and fluid intake can help reduce the possibility of spasms and cramps. Health conditions can also be a factor in spasms and cramps. Some examples are diabetes, anemia, kidney disease, thyroid, and hormone issues. These factors can reduce fluid and mineral distribution to the muscles for proper muscle function.


There are 23.6 million people in the United States, or 7.8 percent of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people are unaware that they have the disease, and 57 million have pre-diabetes.

Gentle stretching of the extremity muscles such as calf muscles and the hands and arms can help relieve the spasms or cramps. There are medications available to help relieve spasms and cramps. Please see your doctor if symptoms are persistent.  |

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Major types of diabetes Type 1 diabetes results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that unlocks the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that three million Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes affects women between weeks 24 to 28 of pregnancy. We don’t know what causes gestational diabetes but it starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be converted to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. There are 57 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 23.6 million with diabetes. Often diabetes goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless. Recent studies indicate that the early detection and treatment of diabetes symptoms can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes. Diabetes symptoms include: } Frequent urination } Excessive thirst } Extreme hunger } Unusual weight loss } Increased fatigue } Irritability } Blurry vision

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We invite you to have fun with spring fashions at the St. Francis American Legion Saturday, March 20 Donation $7.00. Tickets at the door. 11:00 a.m. Social Noon Luncheon 12:30 p.m. Fashion Show We promise fun and many door prizes. All proceeds will be used for St. Francis High School scholarships. For more information, call Lioness Marolyn Baumann at 763-753-2041 or Lioness Sandi Hanson at 763-753-2848.

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If you have one or more of these diabetes symptoms, see your doctor right away. Pre-diabetes Pre-diabetes is a serious medical condition that can be treated. The good news is that a recently completed Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) study conclusively showed that people with prediabetes can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes by making changes in their diet and increasing their level of physical activity. They may even be able to return their blood glucose levels to the normal range. While the DPP also showed that some medications may delay the development of diabetes, diet and exercise worked better. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10 percent reduction in body weight, produced a 58 percent reduction in diabetes. A healthy diet A healthy diet is a way of eating that reduces risk for complications such as heart disease and stroke. Healthy eating includes eating a wide variety of foods such as vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non–fat dairy products, beans, and lean meats, poultry and fish. No food is perfect so including a variety of foods and watching portion sizes is key to a healthy diet.  Also, make sure your choices from each food group provide the highest quality nutrients you can find. In other words, pick foods rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber over those that are processed. People with diabetes can eat the same foods the family enjoys. Everyone benefits from healthy eating so the whole family can participate. It takes some planning but you can fit your favorite foods into your meal plan and still manage your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Exercise

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Therapeutic Massage by LuAnn Smith C.M.T. Hours by appointment • Gift certificates available

Exercise is also known as physical activity and includes anything that gets you moving. Exercise can make you feel better physically and mentally. Not only does exercise get you moving, it can also make a difference in your blood glucose. Exercise can mean the difference between “medical management” and “lifestyle management” of Type 2 diabetes. | Sources: American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Childcare Angie’s Wiggles-n-Giggles Licensed Family Child Care on St. Francis Elementary bus route. Flexible, affordable, late pick-up available. Fun, loving, family environment. For more information please check out my web site at www.wigglesngiggleschildcare. To schedule a tour please call Angie at 612-810-7511. Openings for school age kids and preschoolers 1/2 off first week. St. Francis Elementary and Trinity School. Food program provided. Very fun and loving environment. For more information call Lisa: 763-434-8090 or 763-458-1948. Hours are 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. References are available.

Childcare St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings with reasonable rates. I provide the one-on-one attention that your child deserves, Christina, 763-258-7282. Kids Country Childcare Center, St. Francis, has openings for all ages. Tour today, earn FREE care, 763-753-5010. St. Francis licensed daycare has openings 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. First week 1/2 off with enrollment. Please call Ann for more information: 763-213-8467. St. Francis Licensed Daycare All ages welcome, daily activities and crafts, fenced yard, food program, East Bethel Community School, Sara 763-753-0021.

St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce next board of directors monthly meeting is March 17 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. Visit www. for more information. St. Francis Jaycees will meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, located on 23340 Cree Street. For info, visit our web site at Walk-ins welcome. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center next to city hall. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis City Hall. 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at or call Dana at 763-753-5010. Oak Grove Seniors meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a kitchen help’s choice and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Harry Bearl at 763-753-2973. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meet monthly, the 2nd Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-7534234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 St. Francis General membership meets monthly, on the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-753-4234.


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

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

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

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

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

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

East Bethel Senior Events

Area meetings & events Next ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings are: March 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; March 22 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Organizational Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Blvd., St. Francis.


ST. FRANCIS DFL COUNTY UNIT 17 meets on the 3rd Thurs. of each month at St. Francis High School at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet 3rd Thurs. of the month, 10:30 a.m. for business meeting and noon for lunch. 2nd Wed. is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/potluck at noon, cards and games until 2:45 p.m., celebrate birthdays of the month at 3:00 p.m. 4th Wed. crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon, cards and games from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by coffee and treats. Pancake Breakfast is held 2nd Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the 1st Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the center. Center is available for rent. For information, contact Mary Henrickson at 763-434-5274. All seniors are welcome to join; only $7 per year.

Senior Dance Come dance with us, we know how to have fun! Dances are from 1:00-4:00 p.m. David Kaspszak will be the musical entertainment on Wednesday, March 17. No dance is scheduled for April 2. The cost is $5 and which includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast

BNI – Referrals Unlimited Meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. For more information check

All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Kookie’s pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $4 for adults and $2 for children age 10 and under.

NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB board meeting is 1st Thurs. of month at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. both at Nowthen City Hall. For more information please call Lion Judy at 763-753-6962.

All events are held at the East Bethel Senior Community Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel for the dance or pancake breakfast.|

Lioness Club-St. Francis meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. Lions Club - St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763-753-4415. Oak Grove Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-7534492 after 6:30 p.m. LIONS CLUB-CEDAR/EAST BETHEL meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Gary Larson at 763-434-9423. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Lioness Yvonne Johnson’s. Phone 763-434-6985. Have a meeting or event you would like listed? Call 763-753-7031 or visit for more info.

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

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H1N1 flu vaccination efforts ongoing It’s not too late to protect against H1N1 flu. The Anoka County Community Health

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

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and Environmental Services Department is continuing to offer free H1N1 flu vaccinations by appointment during normal business hours at the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite 600, in Anoka. Call 763-422-6965 to make an appointment.


For additional information, call the Anoka County Immunization Hotline at 763323-6100 or visit |

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Wyatt Joeseph Peterson was born January 2 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces and was 17¾ inches long. Proud parents are Julie and Shane Peterson of St. Francis. Wyatt is welcomed by big brother Anthony.

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Logan Nathan Johnson was born on January 30 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 10½ ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Tina and Ethan Johnson of Cambridge.

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Kim King and Dan Brokl of Montgomery, Minnesota, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding. Kim is the daughter of Walt and Debbie Robb of St. Francis. She graduated from St. Francis High School in 1992 and is currently a human resources manager with Chard Tiling and Excavating in Belle Plaine. Dan is the son of Don and Donna Brokl of Montgomery. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1988 and is currently a carpenter with Brokl Construction in Montgomery. A May 22 wedding is planned in St. Peter and a reception will follow in Lexington. 

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Denae Rosa Trost was born on February 11 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Jared and Erica of East Bethel. Denae is welcomed by siblings Josiah and Micah. Brooke Karen Marie Sorensen was born on February 14 at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Johanna Chopp and Chris Sorensen of Blaine. |

Family and friends are invited to join Clint and Marlene Heckenlaible, formerly of East Bethel, in the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. An open house in their honor will be held Sunday, March 28 at the Abundant Life Alliance Church at 3840-197th Avenue NW, in Oak Grove, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Please join us. Your presence is your gift!  Submitted Photos

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MaSTer gardener

BY CarOl BraY iSanTi CounTy MaSTer gardener

Top ten performing annuals for Minnesota It’s hard not to get spring fever when you start getting the seed and plant catalogs. I find myself wishing we lived in a Zone 4 because I really do want to plant that Pink Lady apple tree that I saw in a catalog. However, I must face the facts: I live in Zone 3 country and my husband and I already harvest bushels more apples than we can personally use each year. Good planning now allows you to avoid some impulse purchases later. it is time to shop for seeds


Petunia – Supertunia Vista Bubblegum 3. Ipomoea – Illusion Midnight Lace 4. Delphinium – Diamonds Blue 5. Lobularia – Snow Princess 6. Cyperus – Graceful Grasses King Tut 7. Verbena – Lanai Royal Purple 8. Colocasia – Heart of the Jungle 9. Cleome – Senorita Rosalita 10. Rudbeckia – Denver Daisy

Remember to read your seed packet to determine when to start your seeds. Count backwards from Memorial Day to play it safe for our frost-free date and transplanting outdoors. Whether you start your annual flowers from seed or buy your annuals at a nursery, you might want to consider the annuals that the University of Minnesota’s North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) in Grand Rapids, Minnesota determined were the top performing flowers. NCROC is one of the three annual flower trial sites at the University of Minnesota. Each year, they evaluate over 400 different cultivars of annual flowers in the field, shade area, hanging baskets or containers. Many of these cultivars are the newest cultivars available and represent unusual flower types. At the end of each season, the top 10 performing annual flowers are selected. Gardeners can use this flower evaluation information to guide their own gardening and selection of flower cultivars. Here are the top ten performers for 2009: 1. Petunia – Pretty Much Picasso

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I encourage you to visit Horticulture.html and look at the top performers for recent years to help you plan for your gardens and containers. The pictures are great! Questions? Contact the Isanti County Master Gardeners at the Extension Office by calling 763-689-1810 or visit the University of Minnesota web site at www.extension.umn. edu. The collectable 2010 Minnesota Gardening Calendar is now available. Stop by the extension office to pick one up. |

Our Saviour’s Preschool escapes the cold in Minnesota as they experience beach day at preschool. SuBMiTTed By Terry FiSCher, direCTor our Saviour’S preSChool

below is the Petunia—Supertunia vista bubblegum is a good choice every year. phoTo By u oF M, grand rapidS

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

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

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Don’t lose any game time this spring due to injury. Get your athlete ready to play now, prevention is key, call now to schedule their appointment.


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Andover Physical Therapy Andover Downtown Center


St. Francis Physical Therapy St. Francis Mall


Ham Lake Physical Therapy

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SUNDAY NASCAR Central - drink specials and prizes MONDAY Texas Hold ’Em w/ Chippy Poker ........ 7 pm TUESDAY Bar Bingo and Cribbage Tournament... 7 pm WEDNESDAY Luck of the Draw Darts.................... 8:30 pm Karaoke ...................................9 pm to 1 am THURSDAY Live Trivia ............................................. 7 pm THURSDAY THRU SATURDAY DJ Troy ....................................9 pm to 1 am MONDAY THRU FRIDAY Daily Drink Specials ......................3 to 6 pm SUNDAY THRU THURSDAY Late Night Drink Specials ............9 to 11 pm


rsday Wednesday-Thu & Sunday rd Friday, Satu ay n oo -N 6 am



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ISANTI HOME SHOW Saturday, March 27 • 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28 • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.



in cash will be given away each hour* Cold Hard Cash is brought to you by these businesses: 411 Realty • Community Pride Bank Culligan • Eagle Elevator Embroidery & Ink $ Isanti County Equipment TM Home & Lawn Care

David C. Johnson Civic Arena in Isanti

Vendor give-aways every hour!

For more information about the Isanti Home Show visit or call 763.444.8303

*Need to be present to win, photo ID required.

From Hwy. 65 in Isanti, take Co. Rd. 5 west to 1st Avenue, then go north to Arena

Over 3,000 in prizes!

Home Show 2010 is produced by Lionshare Enterprises LLC®

The Courier - March 2010  
The Courier - March 2010  

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