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

March 2013 | Volume 20, Issue 8


Parents advocate for schools at the Capitol Deb Griffiths Director of Communications, Schools for Equity in Education

On February 19, a group of parents from Independent School District 15 (ISD 15) and Centennial and Forest Lake school districts traveled to the Minnesota State Capitol to meet with area legislators. Deb Griffiths from Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) hosted the day, arming the delegation with buttons, posters and education funding details. SEE is an association of 62 Minnesota school districts that represents nearly 250,000 students including those from ISD 15. SEE works to advocate for equity and adequacy in K-12 education funding and policy. The parents asked legislators to fund schools fairly for all students no matter the zip code. With the heavy reliance on school levies to make up for inadequate state funding, the emphasis was on making school levies more affordable in low property wealth districts. The cost to the taxpayer for a levy dollar is based on the individual property wealth of the district. Without significant commercial and industrial development to broaden the tax base, taxpayers in low property wealth districts, such as ISD 15, pay over twice as much as their peers in high property wealth districts for identical revenue for their schools. Because of the disparities in the cost of a levy dollar with

Parents from Independent School District 15 and neighboring school districts visited the state capitol to talk about school funding issues. Pictured (L-R) Deb Griffiths, from ISD 15 Angela Leners, Valerie Vee, Sara Stream and David Roberts, and Kurt Schrader, Senator Karin Housley, Jill Olson, Kathy Osterberg, Kathy Timm and Julie Peterson  Deb Griffiths, Schools for Equity in Education

Saturdays in January, the St. Francis High School boys basketball coaching staff and several players from both the boys and girls basketball programs offered a free clinic to ISD 15 youth, kindergarten to grade 3. The clinic was an opportunity for youth to interact with high school players and learn basic skills of the game. The clinic, sponsored by the ISD 15 Community Education Rec Department and St. Francis Basketball Association, required no registration and simply allowed young aspiring basketball players to show up and have fun. Participation at each clinic exceeded expectations with between 75-95 participants depending on the Saturday morning. High school athletes enjoyed the opportunity to pass on what they love about the sport of basketball and realized the impact they have as role models to young athletes in the community. By Ryan Hauge, St. Francis High School Head Boys Basketball Coach low property wealth have substantially less school levy dollars to support the needs of their students. The widening educational opportunity gap puts students in these districts at a distinct disadvantage, as they will compete for college placement and jobs with all students across the state. The parents urged the legislators to support several bills that would lower the school levy cost for taxpayers in SEE school districts. These school advocates also urged the legislators to provide inflationary increases to basic school funding. The group wants their schools to be able to maintain class sizes

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and program offerings for students. Without additional funding to keep up with rising costs, cuts to school district budgets are likely. The group met with area Representatives Tom Hackbarth and Linda Runbeck and Senators Michelle Benson, Roger Chamberlain, Karin Housley and Alice Johnson. As part of its efforts, SEE has put together a three-minute video to help inform and educate the public on the equity issue. To view the video, go to watch?v=Thailal4iZs. For more information, visit

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March What’s Inside Schools in Action..........................................2 School Board Highlights.........................13 Community Education............................14 Community & Business...........................17 Easter Events...............................................20 Sports & Outdoors....................................30 Life..................................................................34 Classified.......................................................36

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about achievement. It is an opportune time to discuss blended strategies. An example, “We will work on this at school, and at home, it will be helpful if you support learning in this manner.” It may be an old-school agreement that includes a phone call or it may be a digital bridge put into place by utilization of texting, Facebook, push notices and more. It is all about “opening doors” or creating avenues for communicating. During these conferences, the topic of reading will be at hand. It could be the main theme or a subtle side skill working for the achievement of our students. Recently, I spent about three hours in a book store. The

customers in the store were of no particular demographic. A few babies, some toddlers and adults of all ages were gathered in this incredible pool of information. They weren’t all in pursuit of books in print nor were they “all in” on digital. Actually, they were only “all in” toward one goal: opening doors. The store had about 20 tables available near a coffee shop where people gathered to converse about any number of topics. Some parents relaxed and enjoyed a book while their students shopped for books of their own. Some had computers open and read, researched or browsed. Everyone appeared to be enjoying the process of “opening doors.”

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The store was vibrant and relaxed at the same time. I remember wondering, “How could those two words coexist in one sentence?” The answer circles back to parent-teacher conferences. The skills we learn at any age revolve around the ability to read. Although alternative methods of acquiring knowledge exist, few are as liberating as the ability to read. Reading opens doors for virtually every endeavor (no digital pun intended). Well-read citizens tend to have more avenues available to them. For example, successful writing is a byproduct of the ability to read well. The ability to explore all subject areas through the written word gives unlimited access to possibilities. Learning, gaining knowledge, adventure and fun are all possibilities when the door to literacy is opened. Assuming literacy is a critical element that leads to success, it would follow that parents, teachers and students need to work as teams to develop reading skills and positive reading habits. Reading to someone is always worth the time invested. It is the conversation starter that leads to a discussion and consequently increases comprehension. Reading to young students helps them develop vocabulary. Reading to toddlers generates questions. Reading to elementary students helps them develop a

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Years ago, my mother encouraged me to spend a good deal of time opening doors. I was never sure if she was being literal or figurative. Perhaps connecting that concept to teaching and learning could clarify her message, to a degree. Most schools invite parents to conferences around this time of year to engage in conversations

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High school DECA students to compete at state conference Lisa-Marie Schrag SFHS Business & Marketing Instructor

Thirty-two students from St. Francis High School competed at the District DECA competition in February. Twenty-two students will be advancing to the state competition in March which has an annual attendance of over 1,600 students and advisors. Competitions range from employment interview to public speaking and role plays range from management, marketing, tourism and finance. These students are vying to advance to the national competition in Anaheim, California. The following students have placed at the district DECA competition: Amber Aho - hospitality services, Kyler Alvarez - principles of marketing event, Judd Bruner - sports and entertainment marketing, Kallie Domogalla - travel and tourism marketing, Ben Falk - buying and merchandising management, Anna Fosse - employment interview advanced and travel and tourism marketing, Hope Frants - employment interview advanced and buying and merchandising management, Samantha Frenier employment interview advanced and travel and tourism marketing, Ashley Gengler - public speaking and travel and tourism marketing, Emily Hanson - travel and tourism marketing, Kaitlyn Hiebert - hotel and lodging management series, Haylie McClung - employment interview advanced and hospitality services, Blake McReavy - sports and entertainment marketing, Kailey Meyer - hospitality services, Mackenzie Nelson - soft lines and travel and tourism marketing, Jayde Nordstrom - human resources management series, Rebecca Olson - employment interview advanced and apparel and accessories marketing, Tiera Salitros St. Francis High School sent 32 students to compete at the District DECA competition in - hospitality services, Shelby Schuhmacher - hospitality services, Jordan February. The competition determined which students would advance to the state conference Westling - hospitality services, Alysha Johnson - principles of hospitality Lisa- Marie Schrag and tourism event, and Mac Pederson - principles of marketing event. held in early March.

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St. Francis Elementary School

Second graders celebrate Penguin Day Kindergartners enjoy Pirate Day Angie Hylen

Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Second graders in Shelly Score and Nicole Anderlie’s second grade classes couldn’t have picked a better day to celebrate Penguin Day than January 31, when the mercury barely climbed above zero. Both classes recognized Penguin Day as the fun and educational culmination of their study of penguins. Students donned handmade penguin visors and had the option of coming to school suited up in full penguin attire. As part of the unit, students read books and learned about the mighty Emperor penguins of Antarctica and their long annual trek to find a safe breeding ground where they can lay and take care of their eggs. They also did research and compiled information to write reports on these Antarctic birds. Students were instructed to design their own individual egg protector case, with enough padding to keep a fragile egg safely cushioned. On Penguin Day, each student was given an egg to guard for the day, to be kept in their specially designed egg-holding device. Second graders were responsible for tending to their egg all day, keeping it within reach, lest it be snatched by a predatory leopard seal. This activity gave students a chance to role play, work cooperatively, and have some fun at the same time.

Kindergarten teachers and educational assistants got into the spirit to help their students celebrate Pirate Day at St. Francis Elementary School. Students also came to school dressed in pirate attire and enjoyed theme-based activities throughout the day. They enhanced their knowledge about pirates by reading fun books and creating art projects. Students also enjoyed an obstacle course in the gym where they walked the plank, threw foam cannon balls, tossed plastic life preservers and filled a treasure chest with alphabet letters. The capstone of the day was a treasure hunt throughout the school. Pirate Day served as an end to their unit on mapping and three-dimensional shapes. As part of the unit, each class constructed their own 3-D community, with individual students contributing houses, buildings, and businesses. Classes completed a variety of hands-on twodimensional mapping activities, as well. These activities help fulfill the Minnesota Social Studies standards on mapping and communities and the Math Standards on 3-D shapes. Teachers and educational assistants got into the Pirate Day spirit by dressing up for the occasion.  Submitted Photo

Second grade students in Shelly Score and Nicole Anderlie’s classrooms celebrated Penguin Day, culminating a fun and educational unit on penguins.  Submitted Photo

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Students at St. Francis Elementary School combated the winter blues by celebrating I Love to Read month in style. Throughout the month of February, all grade levels took part in a host of activities to promote and enjoy books. All classrooms participated in the One Book, One School Taylor Bender, from Andrea Klinsing’s 4th program by reading the grade class, read a favorite picture book to her chapter book Utterly Me, kindergarten buddy, Lila Samkus, from Julie Clarice Bean or the picture Wieczorek’s class to celebrate I Love to Read month. book What Planet Are You From, This activity is part of an ongoing relationship that Clarice Bean? both by author the two classes have developed throughout the Lauren Child. The books year. Andrea Klinsing, SFES 4th grade teacher served as a common reference point for schoolwide activities. During Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) times everyone Courier Contacts was encouraged to read for 20 minutes. Telephone�������������������������������763-753-7031 A very popular activity was Spotlight on Fax�������������������������������������������������763-753-4693 Reading, where students found a comfortable Advertising�����������������������������763-753-7032 spot in the room and read with a flashlight. Billing������������������������������������������763-753-7031 Other classroom activities included book swaps Editor������������������������������������������763-753-7042 or guest readers. Website�������������������� The SFES Association of Parents and Deadline Information Teachers sponsored a book fair during the Deadline for the April 2013 issue of week of parent-teacher conferences. Students The Courier is March 15. visited the book fair during the school day and purchased books or added them to their Address favorites list they shared with their parents. 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW The fair was also open during the nights of St. Francis, MN 55070-9368 conferences and was a popular destination for Publisher Troy Ferguson������������������������763-753-7041 families. All proceeds from the book fair go to purchasing books for classroom use. On February 25, SFES hosted a Family Editor Reading Night, Celebrate Seuss, which offered Kathleen Miller����������������������763-753-7042 Dr. Seuss-themed books and activities. The month culminated with Read Across America Day on March 1 and a schoolwide game of book bingo. Advertising Sales Janice Audette����������������������763-753-7032 Graphic Designers Pat Johnson�����������������������������763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein�����������������������763-753-7033 Billing Alicia Loehlein�����������������������763-753-7033 Amy Lindfors��������������������������763-213-1588 Production Binie Bertils

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Fifth grade students in Jodi Sheerin’s St. Francis Elementary School STEM room have been investigating the three classes of levers. This is one of the four types of simple machines they have been exploring for the past month. Students designed catapults as part of their lever exploration. They competed in a catapult contest by determining which design could shoot a mini-marshmallow the greatest distance. The design and redesign of their catapults allowed students to work on the 5th grade science engineering standards and is part of our STEM model of instruction. Jody Sheerin, SFES 5th Grade teacher 

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St. Francis Elementary School recognized February as Heart Health Month in a variety of ways. Students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in conjunction with a jump rope unit in physical education. Staff at the school recognized Heart Health month by wearing red on designated days to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease and by purchasing T-shirts to raise money for the American Heart Association. First through 5th grade students were treated to a special program showcasing impressive feats of jump roping skill as a kick-off for their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. A group of 6th grade students from a metro school performed in the SFES gym, demonstrating fancy jump rope footwork. Students who participated in Jump Rope for Heart raised money for the American Heart Association. Students were invited to collect pledges from

sponsors. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the American Heart Association. All students participated in a fun session of jump roping during their regular physical education class. Physical education teacher Stacey Nelson set up different jumping activities and had students rotate through stations as they recorded their steps on pedometers and monitored their heart rates.


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Classrooms collaborate to learn about American Revolution Cassie Schmoll EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Students in Lillian DeRung and Cassie Schmoll’s 5th grade classes have been studying the American Revolution and the events that led up to the war that gave American colonists freedom from Britain. While studying timelines and creating biography cards in Google Docs for key players in the American Revolution, students have been reading about events such as the Stamp Act and the Boston Massacre. Students have also taken an active role in the American Revolution (albeit 240 years later). Students took on the roles of the British or the Colonists. A situation was presented that DeRung’s students should have to pay some sort of tax for use of classroom space and materials. It was decided by Schmoll’s class that DeRung’s students would spend eight minutes of their recess every day to clean Schmoll’s classroom as payment for the use of the space and materials. DeRung’s students did not have a representative in this decision and there was no discussion when they were told what was going to happen. However, that didn’t stop them from coming back to Schmoll’s class a few hours later with a petition and a peace treaty. From there, it was amazing to watch the personalities come out and the debate that ensued. While students in both classes defended their side to the teeth, there were a few students originally on the side of the British who stood against many and stated that the ‘clean room’ tax was wrong. It didn’t take long for the students in both classes to make the connection of their situation to the situation between the British and the Colonists! You will have to ask one of DeRung or Schmoll’s 5th graders to see who won their skirmish. After friendships were reinstated, students had the opportunity to chat with a Loyalist Colonist who had to relocate to Canada after the American Revolution (portrayed by an actor from The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life in Ontario, Canada) via

a video conference. He gave them a little background on himself and then left the rest of the conference open for the students to ask questions. The students had great questions; asking anything from what they did for enjoyment to defending the crown’s decision to send in British soldiers when negotiations were supposedly still in process. Much was learned on both

sides. The Loyalist commented how impressed he was with the students knowledge and passion for the American Revolution. A big thank you to Collin Minshull, Mrs. Peterson and Mr. Larson for their technical and financial support with this experience. History has come alive in the classrooms at EBCS! Come in and see what era we are visiting today!

Students are becoming amazing readers in kindergarten. The students in Michelle Roy and Leslee Yseth’s kindergarten classes work hard at centers every day to become better and more fluent Leslee Yseth, EBCS kindergarten teacher readers. East Bethel Community School 1st graders have been busy working and anxiously waiting for their 100th day of school. It arrived on February 8. Many brought in a hundreds day project that is displayed in our building. At the end of the day all of the first graders met in the cafeteria to see if 100 licks could get them to the center of the lollipop. We had a great 100th day of school!Kari Anderson, EBCS 1st Grade Teacher

Students in Lillian DeRung and Cassie Schmoll’s 5th grade classes have been studying the American Revolution. They were able to learn about the time period through a video chat with an actor from The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life in Sheffield, Ontario, Canada.  Submitted Photo

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Students from Michelle Roy’s and Leslee Yseth’s kindergarten class celebrated Valentines Day by reading and sharing valentines with their flash math buddies from Cassie Schmoll’s 5th grade class. Thank you flash math buddies! 

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East Bethel Community School reading teacher Chris Carrigan helps Leslee Yseth’s kindergartners with their reading skills as they work through daily centers. The kindergartners love having Carrigan come to their classroom and lead them through reading activities. 

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Susan Olsen’s first grade students wish to thank parents for collecting $321.50 in Box Tops for Education and Cedar Creek Community School Parent Teacher Organization for passing the money on to our classroom. We decided to purchase new Curious George dictionaries and are thoroughly enjoying them as we learn all kinds of new words! Thank you so much!  Susan Olsen, CCCS 1st Grade Teacher

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Cedar Creek Community School

Learning information through cultural comparisons Shirley Meyers CCCS 5th grade teacher

Fifth graders at Cedar Creek Community School have been busy throughout the month of January completing a cultural study. Students compared the way they live in our community to the way the earliest Americans lived. After taking a look at themselves in different categories such as food, technology, customs, homes, weaponry and clothing, students researched early American groups. The 5th graders searched for the same informational categories to complete their comparisons. The final project was for students to put together an informational picture book which highlighted those comparisons. It was amazing to learn how alike our lives are in some ways and how different they are in other ways.

Pictured are Savanna Hanle, Jack Russum, Jacob Strobeen and Katherine Pipp, proudly holding the finished picture books that their groups created. Submitted Photo

Some of the 2nd grade classes at Cedar Creek Community School watched a DVD of scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Suzette Larson’s daughter, Rose, brought in her diving video and showed the students different sea creatures including jellyfish. The class was reading the story, Jellies, from the Journeys reading book. 

Suzette Larson, CCCS 2nd grade teacher

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Cedar Creek Community School teacher Jessica Marsolek read a selection from Always in Trouble to students who attended Family Reading Night on February 12. Educational assistant Mary Henderson read Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers to attendees. The CCCS Parent Teacher Organization held random drawings for a free book and Accelerated Reader testing was also available.  Patty Norberg, CCCS Parent Teacher Organization President

Student Updates Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, has released the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Students who have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester are eligible for the dean’s list. Among the full-time students earning a 4.00 GPA was Kelsey Gale of St. Francis.

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Amanda Luby, daughter of Doug Luby of Ramsey and Jennifer Luby of Ramsey, was inducted into the Omega Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES) February 10 at the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph. Luby is one of 14 CSB students selected. DES is a national Catholic Honor Society for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the U.S. The applicants must maintain a 3.9 grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale. The purpose of DES is to recognize academic accomplishments, dedication to intellectual activity and service to others. CSB has been a member of DES since its beginning in 1940. Luby is a junior mathematics major at CSB. The Courier | March 2013 |

On campus, Luby participates in the MapCores Scholarship Program, the Joint Events Council, human trafficking awareness week and is a calculus teaching assistant for the mathematics department. This past summer, she participated in a seven-week learning experience at the Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics at the University of Iowa. Luby is considering attending graduate school to pursue a degree in mathematics or statistics. “Amanda is respectful, thoughtful, driven and still maintains a keen sense of humor in the face of being challenged intellectually. I think it is her dedication to intellectual activity and her maturity that enables her to continually succeed and enjoy what she is doing while she is doing it,” said Kris Nairn, associate professor of mathematics at CSB/SJU.

Suzette Larson’s 2nd grade class at CCCS had a visitor. Her son, Ben, came in and played music on the harmonica and guitar. The class was reading the story, Violet’s Music, from our curriculum. They listened as Ben played and then moved their bodies to different kinds of music. Suzette Larson, CCCS 2nd grade teacher

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On January 24 and 25, 6th grade students in Julie Stitt’s science classes at St. Francis Middle School were exploring Newton’s First Law with Lego crash test sets. The students made Lego cars to run down ramps with a Lego® Minifigure sitting in each one. Students had to measure how far the figurine flew when the car crashed. This was related to the importance of seat belts. Students were asked to design a seat belt that would prevent the Lego® person from flying out. Pictured with their crash object is Anna Gillespie (left) and Cameron Nelson. Submitted Photo

Knowledge Bowl participants pictured (L-R) Sylvia Blonigen, Austin Fields, Chase Severin, Seth Gillson, Tess Gessner, Kelsey Fahland, Conor Sullivan, Angelina Bausworth, Natalie Beauto, August Frey, Shelby Roering, April Mengelkoch, Blake Cipperly, Carly Teppo, advisor Ted Gehring, Haley Dorumsgaard, Karl LeTourneau, Tyler Edstrom, Melissa Munson and John Bauer dressed, as the Saints mascot.  Submitted Photo

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In November, students at St. Francis Middle School had an opportunity to participate in a new academic extra-curricular activity, Knowledge Bowl. SFMS teacher and Knowledge Bowl coach Ted Gehring stated, “Knowledge Bowl is an interdisciplinary academic competition involving teams of up to six students trying to answer questions in a written round and up to five students in an oral round.” Team groupings are rearranged after each round on the basis of total points accumulated. Our middle school is now one of 28 middle schools in the state competing in the Knowledge Bowl program coordinated by Metro Educational Cooperative Services Unit (ECSU)/Success Beyond the Classroom. Knowledge Bowl offers students an avenue to exercise their scholastic aptitudes and abilities. The program acknowledges students for their academic excellence, promotes participation from all students involved at each practice and competitive meet, helps students work together in a group or as a team and lets students know and feel that knowledge is power; it’s cool to be smart! Middle schooler Haley Dorumsgaard stated, “I participate because I can use my brain for something fun and challenging. You have fun and get to work together with great friends. It is tons of fun! I

will do it next year!” While some students may think Knowledge Bowl is only for those who excel in math and language arts, those who participated quickly learned that all subjects are fair game. In addition to math and English, typical questions come from several categories: National and World Affairs, Health and Psychology, Art and Music, Literature, Biology, Current Events, Earth and Physical Science, Economics and Law, World History, World Languages, Geography, Minnesota History, Government and American History. “This year, we were able to field three teams and competed in three middle school tournaments and one high school tournament,” said Gehring. In each middle school tournament, SFMS had a team place in the upper echelon of the teams present. While competing in the high school tournament, the middle schoolers were able to successfully knock off a number of varsity and junior varsity teams. When student Shelby Roering was asked about this year’s experience, she stated, “I participated in Knowledge Bowl because it’s fun and gives you a chance to hang out with your friends while still competing. Knowledge Bowl helps me in other subjects and to learn new things. It was really fun and I’ll most likely continue Knowledge Bowl next year in high school.”

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St. Francis Middle School

Music to my ears Emmy Blackburn SFMS 6th Grade Bands

Were you lucky enough to be in the audience at the All-District Band Concert on January 27? If you were, you probably heard the sound of joyful music coming to your ears. This was a chance for band students from grades 6-12 to come together and make music for their families. Everyone played well and all audience members were proud. I was one of the lucky students to feel Emmy Blackburn was one of the the love while playing in the many talented 6th graders who concert as a 6th grader. performed at the all-district When we played our first band concert on January 27. piece titled Oxford Overture, I  Submitted Photo was pretty nervous, but as the sixth grade band continued to play, we gained confidence and the crowds were fantastic! Everyone was cheering for us when we finished our first piece. I knew we did a great job when Mrs. Trebesch said, “Fantastic job, guys, you did amazing!” She also gave us a huge thumbs up as our percussionists were jumping up and down in the back because they could not contain their excitement for the music they had just created. The concert was played in a round-robin style; we had to wait patiently for the other grades to play their pieces. We had to pay close attention to what was going on. Mrs. Trebesch would stand up and tell us to get ready, then all of us would hold up our instruments in playing position and BAM! We were off on our next piece. There was a joyful excitement in the crowds as we played Hymn of Faith, and when we finished, it took a moment for the applause because all were so intently listening to us. Finally, we played Celebration March. This was our big finale and everyone loved it. The next day, Mrs. Trebesch congratulated everyone on a fantastic concert. I could see that everyone was proud because we all had smiles on our faces. Congratulations to Mrs. Ukaegbu’s 7th and 8th grade bands along with Mr. Armbruster’s high school bands. We were all a huge success. “Emmy plays flute in the 6th grade band. She is a very good flute player who practices often and her efforts show! Congrats! You can see Emmy play along with her colleagues on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Middle School,” Mrs. Trebesch commented.

Sixth grade pop art Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Daniel Buettner, 6th grade art teacher at St. Francis Middle School, conducted a lesson on Pop Art the week of February 11. Students studied the artist Claes Oldenburg, a pop sculptor who makes large replicas of everyday objects. He helped create the Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Back in the 1960s and 70s, Oldenburg did a soft sculpture series, where he made large replicas of food items out of vinyl and other soft materials. Students in Buettner’s class made their own soft sculptures of smaller food items. Students drew their designs, cut out the shapes in felt, sewed them together and stuffed them Shaketa Freeman created the to make them 3-D. For most can of Coca Cola as her pop art students, this was their first time piece. Submitted Photo sewing. The Courier | March 2013 |

Teacher Spotlight: Jacqueline Davis Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Jacqueline Davis began teaching in Independent School District 15 at Cedar Creek Community School as the research and writing specialist. She taught 3rd through 6th grade for two years and then moved to 6th grade full time. Davis has taught math, social studies, language arts and reading. Davis said, “I have a passion for social studies, but have grown to love language arts, although students occasionally accuse me of slipping social studies into our lessons!” Davis has a bachelor of science degree in education with a minor in social studies. “Teaching is a second career for me. I started working at Honeywell, Inc. where I was a product data management supervisor in the industrial services division for 12 years. I also worked as a parent liaison

in the Elk River School District for approximately five years, where parent involvement was my number one priority. That job led to my teaching licensure. I realized I loved the atmosphere and energy in school.” Davis has two sons ages 22 and 24. One is an information technology major finishing up his senior year of college, while the other son has degrees in sociology and anthropology. “I love to travel, above all else, with my husband of 29 years. He is from California, so we spend lots of time there every year and plan to retire to the southern California coast some day. Our favorite trip thus far was to Turkey—the ancient ruins were spectacular and Cappadocia is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places I have ever seen,” said Davis. Davis certainly has a love for working with children. When asked what her favorite part about her job was,

Jacqueline Davis  Submitted Photo she said, “Interacting with students is the best part of my day. The energy and sense of humor they bring into my classroom makes every day different. Life is never boring with 120 teenagers coming and going. Their insights and experiences are part of learning, which never fails to inspire me. I can honestly say I love teaching!”

Student evaluation Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

School psychologist Lisa Kastenbauer and intern Jessica Bean spoke to Lisa Erickson’s 8th grade language arts class at St. Francis Middle School on January 25 about testing and evaluating students with learning disabilities. Students just completed the short story, Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, regarding a man named Charlie Gordon, who is the first human to undergo scientific surgery for increasing intelligence by artificial means. The story touches on many ethical and moral themes

School psychologist Lisa Kastenbauer (left) and intern Jessica Bean spoke about how students with learning disabilities are evaluated. 

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such as the treatment of the mentally disabled. Students were given information about intelligence testing such as the Rorschach Inkblot Activity and Multiple Intelligence Scoring and were able to experience the testing themselves. A

question and answer time was provided at the end of each class.

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St. Francis High School

Allies in Action Valentine activities

Counselor’s Corner

Kristine Vogtlin

Thank you to all of the teachers, counselors and administrators at St. Francis Middle School for providing the time, support and encouragement to the 8th graders as they registered for next year’s classes at St. Francis High School. Also, thanks to the parents of all of the eighth grade students for helping support your son or daughter as they picked out their classes and for coming to eighth grade registration night at SFHS. We had a record number of parents come with their students and it was exciting to meet so many of our incoming first-year

SFHS Allies in Action Advisor

Allies in Action is an organization at SFHS that pairs students with disabilities with those students without disabilities. The goal is to create a greater sense of belonging, friendship and community within the high school setting. We currently have 38 participants. This year the organization received a grant from the Huested Foundation which has allowed students to participate in after school activities. The first activity was on December 18. Students created holiday gifts for SFHS staff. The activity offered reinforced socialization, academic and work skills. Once the students finished making 150 staff gifts, they participated in games and a pizza dinner. The second activity was on January 31. Students created 300 Valentines for SFHS, the Lifelong Learning Center, Central Service Center, Village Bank and Rum River Square Apartments. Students worked in teams to assemble the Valentines. Once the Valentines were completed, students played games and built rapport over snacks. Students who participated on January 31 included: Ryan Perkins, Kim Miles, Lisa Bernhagen, Sydney Huffman, Rachael Schumacher, Adam VanHoorik, Christa Norrgard, Eli Blumb, Morgan Hall, Stephanie Sibert, Camden Held and Aly Carlson. Allies in Action is in its third year at SFHS. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kristine Vogtlin or Heidi Robinson. Three hundred crayon Valentines were made by the Allies in Action group at St. Francis High School and distributed to school district and community buildings. Submitted Photo

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students and their parents. Financial aid night was also very popular for students who plan to attend a postsecondary institution and their parents. All senior students who are interested in seeking scholarship opportunities should contact their counselor and career advisor for assistance. It is possible for parents and students to predict what types of funding they might be eligible to receive when they attend college. Students and parents who are interested in information about financial aid forecaster websites should contact the counselor assigned to their student. As always, students are reminded to get the best

grades they can in order to receive the most opportunities available to them after high school. We are available to assist students and parents as they work through the obstacles that sometimes come up during high school. Please feel free to make an appointment at 763-213-1590. Please take note of the following activities of our clubs and organizations: LINK LINK students were involved in the registration process by helping the counselors present the information to the middle school students. Red-out week was developed to raise awareness and funding for the American Heart Association.

Crossroads School & Vocational Center

African drumming and dance presentation at Crossroads School Cindy Thurston CSVC math teacher

The Duniya Drum & Dance Group of Minneapolis conducted a presentation and residency that culminated in a student presentation at Crossroads School & Vocational Center in St. Francis. The purpose of Duniya is to spread West African culture through drumming and dance in the Twin Cities. Its founder, Whitney McCluskey, is the lead dancer. She is assisted by Fodé Bangoura on the drums. Bangoura has taught and performed throughout the world, most notably as the lead drummer with the acclaimed ensemble, Les Merveilles de Guinee and with the national ballet of Guinea, Les Ballet

Africains. In the United States he has appeared on MTV and played with Damian Marley in a tribute to Bob Marley at the Apollo Theater in New York among many other events. Students and staff at Crossroads were very enthusiastic about the program. While the school has special programming in art, technology, woodworking and landscaping, there is none in music, which makes the residency very much appreciated. It’s a great combination of music and diversity that is very energizing. Two teachers, Cindy Thurston and Edie Menges, are using the program as the basis for their action research this year. They are investigating questions such

as, Does a student do better at school if they see him or herself (or more cultural diversity) represented? Does having an event to look forward to affect one’s attitude and/ or attendance at school? They received a grant from Education Minnesota, the teacher’s union, which made the program possible. For more information about Duniya Drum & Dance Group; visit www. duniyadrumanddance. org or contact: whitney@

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Duniya Drum & Dance Group of Minneapolis, with guest artist Fodé Bangoura (center), a master Guinean drummer/dancer, gave a presentation at Crossroads School. Submitted Photo

The Courier | March 2013 |

School Board Highlights School Board Perspective

Marsha Van Denburgh

As I gazed across the boardroom a few weeks ago, I suddenly realized that our Cabinet had become fully male. While I do not believe that gender indicates quality, I do find this change troubling. Education is a female dominated profession. Our administration should reflect that as well. The glass ceiling terminology refers to the difficulty that women have advancing to top leadership roles. Although often used in the corporate world, it certainly applies to our school district as well. It is interesting to me to look at the research of why women do not fare well with advancing to leadership positions. An article Empowering Women In Business1 states, “In short, when deciding who to promote into management, male corporate leaders tend to select people as much like themselves as possible — so it is no surprise that women are frequently not even considered at promotion time.” I hope that each applicant is reviewed solely on their merits as an employee and not on their sex and being like the others in the hierarchy.

I am not picking on any particular employees. This is merely an observation of how our district has chosen to hire. Additionally, I have never sat on any interview committee to help with hiring administration. When I look at some of the recent hires, it is astounding to me. Our website shows that all of the community education, human resources and business services employees are women — except for the department head or Cabinet member. Another article, Gender Issues in K-12 Educational Leadership,2 highlights the lack of women superintendents and principals. The research in this paper is superb and would provide insightful reading to those of you interested in this subject. All of this said to encourage our district to be a leader in change. We can lead by making the workplace friendly for our excellent women employees to advance to the Cabinet position. Empowering Women in Business, The Glass Ceiling: How women are blocked from getting to the top, Copyright 2013, business/ewb_glass.html, Feminist Majority Foundation 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801 Arlington, VA 2 Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, College of Education, Sam Houston State University, Volume 30, Number 13 2010 ISSN 10937099, Gender Issues in K-12 Educational Leadership, by Dr. Jafeth E. Sanchez and Dr. Bill Thornton 1

School Board Meeting Schedule

School Board Members

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

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458

Monday, March 11 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Clerk 763-434-9457

Monday, March 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 8 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341

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

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School Board Highlights February 11, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Happening Around the District: Early Childhood Family Education Program Supervisor Nancy Wallace introduced Melissa Denning, preschool teacher at Lifelong Learning Center. Denning demonstrated how ECFE uses social media to communicate to parents. Wallace outlined all the programs at the Lifelong Learning Center and illustrated how ECFE incorporates current technology in the curriculum. Site Report: Crossroads School & Vocational Center Principal Keri Neubauer reported that enrollment has been steady. This year’s focus has been to strengthen vocational opportunities and encourage students to explore post secondary options. Anti-bullying and character building are themes supported throughout the building along with volunteering and community service. Future goals are to develop the elementary program and continue to implement programming for anti-bullying and diversity, help students with enhanced learning and improve school climate Discussion to Replace School Board Member Seven candidates have submitted applications to the board to be considered for the open seat. The board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, February 20, to interview candidates and make a selection. A round robin format with an opportunity for candidates to provide a summary was agreed upon. A representative from the district’s auditing firm will be asked to preside over the tally of the votes. The candidate selected will be sworn in and attend the closed session that evening. School Safety Superintendent Ed Saxton reported that several discussions have been held recently with school district leaders, community members and local law enforcement regarding safety and security

of ISD 15 schools. Sergeant Jake Rehling from the St. Francis Police Department reviewed the nation-wide plan that is in place. Rehling has observed lockdown drills in ISD 15 schools and shared how students know exactly what to do, starting with kindergarten students all the way to grade 12. Knowing that all emergency responders continually train under the same plan provides a wellorchestrated response to any incident.

Special School Board Meeting February 20, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Seven candidates submitted information indicating interest to fill the vacant school board seat. The candidate selected will serve on the board for the remainder of 2013. On the November 2013 ballot, there will be three seats to be filled, each for a four-year term. The fourth seat open will be for a two-year term. Six candidates attended the special meeting; the seventh candidate withdrew. Candidates in attendance were Valerie Holthus, Renee Lipinski, Juanita ReedBoniface, David Roberts, Betsy Roed and Darrel Untereker. A round-robin format was used to ask each candidate the following questions: What motivated you to apply for this position? What do you see as the biggest challenge the school board faces? How do you envision the interaction between the school board and the community? How would you strengthen community relations? Why do you feel you are qualified to be a school board member? Tell us of your current involvement (4-6 years) in either your local community or within your school district. Each candidate was given time for a short summary. School board members voted by ranking the choices from one to six. A representative from the district’s accounting firm collected and tallied the votes. The candidate selected to fill the vacant seat was David Roberts of Oak Grove.

Roberts was sworn in by Chairwoman Amy Kelly.

School Board Highlights February 25, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All board members present. Site Report: Cedar Creek Community School Principal Darin Hahn provided an overview of Cedar Creek Community School. A new school song has been added this year that promotes school spirit and a renewed sense of community. Concepts such as honesty, compassion and trustworthiness are reinforced throughout the building. A student favorite—compliment collecting—is changing behavior and attitudes. The building’s themes for the remainder of the school year are responsibility (March), courtesy (April) and fairness (May). Budget Discussion for 2013-14 Superintendent Ed Saxton shared that discussions regarding next year’s budget have been held in cabinet, District Leadership Team (DLT) and the Financial Planning Action Committee (FPAC). District leadership has determined that a $2.6 million cut is needed to build a balanced budget for 2013-14. Administration is committed to completing the staffing process by the end of March and are exploring all available options to address the budget reduction in the most effective manner. Community Connections Community Education Assistant Director Troy Ferguson presented a short video and a slideshow that provides an overview of Independent School District 15. Ferguson will be meeting with local city councils and city leaders in the district to strengthen partnerships and provide support to area businesses. Other Items Approved by a unanimous vote: the teacher seniority list, school board committee assignments, the employment agreement with the office professionals group and the employment agreement with program supervisors. 13

Community Education

Sports & Outdoors


Lunch & Learn February topic…Alternative Medicine Juanita Reed-Boniface Lunch & Learn Coordinator

Tony Macioce, Doctor of Chiropractic, was the featured speaker at February 19 Lunch & Learn at Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel. His topic was “45 Minutes to Freedom” with an emphasis on issues and alternatives in medicine today. “Chiropractic is a very old profession, which initially focused on the mind/body connection,” he stated. “The goal is to keep the body in balance. One of the trends we see in medicine today is an acceptance of some of the older, natural practices in medicine.” “What are questions that you would like answered today?” Macioce asked. That led to several inquiries by participants—magnetic treatments, healing touch, use of herbs and theories surrounding pH levels. A lively discussion followed about changes seen in citizen health today such as obesity in children and adults, lack of exercise/movement, concerns about food choices, environmental toxicity and

immunity in children. Other issues faced in health/wellness today are the increased cost of medical care, increase in chronic diseases, and increased drug use, especially in pediatrics. Macioce stressed the importance of paying attention to the messages we get from advertising, especially by food and drug companies. Read and understand labels, know that foods labeled low fat may be higher in sugar to enhance flavor. Be attentive to side effects or potential addictions of drugs. “The bottom line, you are responsible for your health,” he stated. You have the right to know the cause of any diseases you have, the risks and side effects of any treatments and about nontraditional (natural or alternative medicine) products and practices.” Natural alternatives include chiropractic, naturopath, acupuncture, and a holistic or whole body approach that includes nutrition, hydration, exercise, sleep and psychological stress. According to the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative

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Medicine, second models of good habits. Ask edition,” the questions, keep up to date on term integrative developments in the health medicine is often fields, and strive to be a good used to describe consumer of health resources this evolving form by understanding their of health care in strengths and limitations. which alternative Rachel Nudd, therapies acupuncturist, owner of proved effective White Oak Acupuncture in St. in scientific Francis, was a special guest studies are being and explained her work in integrated with acupuncture. conventional care. The March Lunch & Learn Community member June Anderson (left) These are slowly program will give a glimpse spoke with acupuncturist Rachel Nudd at being blended into family history with Cathi the February Lunch & Learn program about into conventional Weber presenting the topic, alternative medicine. Submitted Photo care.” Beginning Genealogy. Join Change comes slowly “Your goals us on Tuesday, March 19 at and many health habits are for optimal health should 11:00 a.m. for this introductory established early in life. include less or no pain, program and consider Helping children and youth to less medication, less stress participating in the Genealogy develop good habits including and more energy,” Macioce Series at the Sandhill Center growing and preparing food, said. “Each person needs April 11, 18, 25 and May 2. getting adequate sleep and to determine the balance To register call 763-213exercising is a responsibility for themselves in using 1641 or online at www. of all of us. As adults we conventional and integrative need to reinforce and be role medicine. “ Traditional or conventional medicine From the Rec Department is appropriately used for emergency medical needs, trauma services, diagnostic Registration T-Ball, Baseball services, antibiotics and and Softball leagues. surgery. Class descriptions will be in the “Is integration effective?“ Ages: 4-6 for T-Ball April Courier. Registration starts Macioce says yes. Current 6-8 for Baseball/ the middle of April. research shows there are 60 Softball Register Online percent less hospitalizations, Registration: March 18 – April 9 62 percent fewer outpatient Season: May 6 – end of June Contact Diane Guinn, surgeries and 85 percent Days: T-Ball Rec Department manager lower pharmaceutical costs Monday/Wednesday for more info 763-213-1823 when there is a blending of Baseball/Softball a division of practices.” Tuesday/Thursday

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Summer Camp Information

ISD 15 Community Education

Before & After School Childcare Program Kids Connection provides a safe, structured, nurturing and fun atmosphere for Independent School District 15 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The program is offered before and after school and on some non-school days.


and After School Childcare

Locations Lifelong Learning Center

Serving East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School students

St. Francis Elementary School

St. Francis Elementary School students

Activities range from reading, art, sports, crafts and more.

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

Call 763-213-1641 for information and registration. Or register online at

Children must be preregistered to attend. The Courier | March 2013 |

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

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

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

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NEW! Baby Playtime If you have a baby or young toddler and a busy, busy schedule, then this is for you! No need to register ahead of time; come to one, some, or all. We’ll prepare the room and a parent educator will be on hand; you come with your baby or young toddler. Spend one hour a week totally focused on your little one and meet other parents. No child care for older children. Dates: Tuesdays, March 19-April 23 Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Fee: FREE

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Do you have a child who will be a kindergartner this fall? Early Childhood Screening is required for kindergarten registration. Last appointment before fall is in March Call 763-753-7187 NOW for an appointment! Early childhood screening should be done soon after the child’s third birthday. Screening is a FREE, simple check of a young child’s health and development; it does not determine kindergarten readiness. Screening includes: • a developmental assessment • vision and hearing checks • immunization and health review

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

Walk, Crawl, Jiggle, Jump Dates: Tuesdays, March 12 & 19 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child Come move your body in all different ways in this class. Be ready to move!

Children’s Museum Field Trip

Two hours of exploration in six playfilled, 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: Friday, March 15 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:00 a.m.; returns by 2:00 p.m. Fee: $7.50 per person Deadline: Wednesday, February 27

Parent Ed on Your Time Online parent education at times that work for you! Explore resources you didn’t know were at your fingertips in an interactive virtual classroom with a licensed parent educator and other parents like you. Each of the six week sessions will include a variety of interactions including forums that you can access at any time, live online discussions around topics that you want to know about, and opportunities to view and discuss presentations by parenting experts. It’s easy and quick and you get the support and parenting information you want. Time: On your time (there may also be designated times for live chats) Date: Weeks of March 18-April 22 You will receive an email the week of March 11 with login directions Fee: FREE Register as you would for a regular class or event. Use the registration form including your email address or go online to (Departments/Early Childhood)

Have a concern about your child?

Are you concerned about your chil d’s development, speech or behavior? If your child is under three years of age, contact Kristine Vogtlin at: kristine.vogtlin@ or 763-753-7172 to reach ISD 15 Help Me Grow serv ices. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten, ISD 15 Early Childho od Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you hav e. Call for an appointment at 763-753 -7187 and mention your concerns.

50¢ 19th Annual Early Childhood Advisory Council

Pop in and Play No need to preregister—just come to the Lifelong Learning Center. Dates: Wednesdays through April 24 (No session March 6) 12:45-2:45 p.m. –and– Thursdays through April 25 (No session March 7) 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $4 per child, max $12 or three punches per family (limit of 4 children/adult) Wednesdays, MARCH 13 Under the Big Top 20 All in the Family 27 Little Investigators APRIL 3 Rabbits in Spring 10 Dinosaurs Roar 17 Farmyard Friends 24 Wild Wheels Thursdays, MARCH 14 Colors of the Rainbow 21 Mother Goose on the Loose 28 Music Man APRIL 4 Dr. Seuss 11 Windy Weather 18 Under the Sea 25 Pond Life

Garage Sale

The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, April 13 9:00 a.m.-noon St. Francis Elementary School Here’s your opportunity to clean out those closets and make some extra cash, plus support Early Childhood Programs in your community. Start collecting your items now because garage sale tags will be on sale March 11 until they are gone. Tags are on sale at the Early Childhood office at the Lifelong Learning Center. Shop early by volunteering at the sale. Sign up to volunteer when you purchase your sale tags. The Early Childhood Advisory Council will keep 15 percent of the total sale.


Our international St. Francis Sandy Farder ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

I have become accustomed to welcoming students to our district from all around this marvelous world of ours. This year, though, our student population has been particularly fascinating. In addition to other interesting families I have introduced to you this year, we now have three incredible young people from Brazil. They are all here as part of an organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Igor and Camila Kawanishi have been married for six years and they have been working with YWAM for about nine years. Because this is an international organization, Igor and Camila have traveled to several countries, such as Canada, where they lived for five months in 2009. Their ministry is focused on working with children, youth and families. Their main purpose is to help these different age groups develop healthy, connected relationships in order to create united communities. Especially in reaching the younger generation, there is an emphasis on song, dance,

sports and the arts. Alison (Al) Sadoyama met Camila and Igor about seven years ago and has been a part of YWAM ever since. He is an accomplished break dancer and choreographer—skills he uses to help connect with young people. He works primarily with King’s Kids International, which is part of the YWAM program. All three of these remarkable individuals are staying in Cambridge with their host family, Jeff and Kathy Boyum. They are here to improve their knowledge of English so they can be more effective in their work as international missionaries. All three of them exude gratitude for the instruction they receive in our program and are working very hard to perfect their English. They are wonderful representatives of their organization and their desire to bring positivity and unity to global communities is quite evident. They are warm, gracious and kind, and a pleasure to have in class. Despite the cold weather— so much different from that of Brazil—they are enjoying their time in Minnesota. In fact, they have embraced the winter and have even been snowboarding. Primarily, though, they have

all expressed amazement at the kindness of the people here and they are thrilled with the opportunity to receive English instruction at our site. All of us who work with them are equally amazed at their selflessness and nobility of their life goals. They are a wonderful example to us and to other students who attend our program. Pictured (L-R) are Alison (Al) Sadoyama and Igor and Camila Kawanishi. They visited Time Square in New York on their way from Brazil to Minnesota. Submitted Photo 

Families enjoyed the ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council Family Carnival held February 2 at the Lifelong Submitted Photo Learning Center.

The Sandhill Center for the Arts is operated under the auspices of Independent School District 15 Community Education. Its purpose is to provide arts opportunities for the residents served by the school district. Sandhill Center for the Arts is located at 23820 Dewey Street, Bethel, MN 55005. For more information about the center, please call 763-213-1616.

SilverSneakers® Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Handheld weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: Free to SilverSneakers® members; $2.00 per class for non-members.

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

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Lunch & Learn is a program at the Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel that features interesting topics with dynamic speakers and a delicious lunch. Lunch: 11:00 a.m. Program: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Cost: $11 For registration, call 763-213-1641, online

Beginning Genealogy March 19 Cathi Weber Want to get started in genealogy research? In this session learn about the basic forms, computer software options, what types of information to look for and where you might find it. Cathi Weber has been researching her family for over 30 years and has recently started a business called NorthStar Genealogy to help others with their research. She is president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society. Weber’s genealogy quest has led her to libraries, archives and cemeteries in 10 states as she has researched and compiled a number of books.

The ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council would like to thank the following for their donations to the 2013 Family Carnival. Their generosity is greatly appreciated: Mansetti’s Pizza, Christian Dollar Store, Great Clips, Jam Hops Gymnastics, Perpetual Motion Gymnastics, Subway, Ham Lake Lanes, Patriot Lanes, McDonald’s, Minnesota Zoo, Dairy Queen, YMCA Andover, East Bethel Theatres, Chip Shoppe, Rapid Sport Marine Center, Dave’s Heating and Air, Opp Family Chiropractic, Art Inspired Photography, Gail Gessner, Teresa Orpen 31 Bags and UMA Martial Arts We would also like to thank the many volunteers who donated their time. A special thank you to the Anoka County Sheriff Reserves and St. Francis High School National Honor Society students.

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

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Jerry & Shirley Spanhanks Tuesday, March 12 A Sandhill favorite! The husband/ wife duo of Jerry and Shirley Spanhanks entertain you with banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar and accordion. They sing original songs and old favorites. Hear them perform their original song about being raised near the Red River (one from the Minnesota/North Dakota border and the other from the Red River between Texas and Arkansas). The Courier | March 2013 |

Community & Business

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St. Francis Expo set for April 6 Janice Audette Expo Committee Member

The 6th Annual 2013 St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo will be held Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. (new hours) at St. Francis High School. There is still time to sign up to be a vendor by March 22. It is a great opportunity to promote your business to hundreds of potential

customers and network with other business owners. Help make the Expo another great community event everyone will be talking about! Sign up and promote your business to local consumers and consider doing a demonstration or donating an item for a prize drawing. Last year more than 700 people attended the Expo, and it is growing every year. Register now for the 2013

St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo. Become a member of the St. Francis Area Chamber and save on your Expo registration fee. For your convenience, register and pay online at www. Attendees to this year’s Expo can enter to win the grand prize of $500 in Chamber Cash, redeemable at participating St. Francis Area Chamber businesses. There will be other great prizes along with vendor contests, games and a food court. Admission is free, but donations for local food shelves are encouraged. Visit www. to learn more or call 763-438-5163.


New online advertising. Advertise your business online with a banner ad or sponsor an eSection. Have your print ad drive customers to your online ad where you can offer a unique coupon and your business website address. Call Janice for more information.

Jump into Spring in the April Courier The April issue will feature Home & Garden and a Small Business Showcase. Let readers know about your business. Write a short article and submit a photo to highlight what is special about your business! Tell readers to visit you at the St. Francis Business Expo, April 6! Reach nearly 15,000 readers through The Courier each month.

April deadline is by the week of March 11. Call Janice at 763-753-7032 or email to

Summer is just around the corner, The St. Francis Business & Community Expo will be held April 6 at St. Francis High School. Last year’s event drew more than 700 area residents and showcased 60 vendors. The Courier Photo

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Importance of fire drills and escape plans Jeaninne Engler Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

Friends of the Isanti Area Library helped out at the Isanti Intermediate School Book Exchange January 29. Pictured (L-R) are Sue, Penny, Victori and Kari. Students were able to exchange their books for other books. Submitted Photo

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Do you know the importance of fire drills and escape plans? If it’s 3:00 a.m. and your smoke detector goes off, will you know what to do? Will the rest of your family know what to do? When a fire starts, experts say you’ve got one to two minutes to get out of the house to safety. Could you and all your family members do that, especially considering that the house is likely to be filled with thick, black, unbearable smoke? Most deaths in fires aren’t from the flames, but from smoke inhalation. Having an escape plan is a fundamental part of home fire safety along with regular fire drills. Once you have a plan, explain the escape routes to your family and exactly what they should do in case of a fire. Then practice it on a regular basis, at least once or twice a year. Some of the drills should be scheduled; others should be a surprise drill when your family is sleeping because that’s when the majority of fatal house fires occur. You can never be too prepared for a fire. Have an

escape plan, teach it to your family and then practice it regularly. } Identify two safe ways out of every room in the house, especially upstairs. Draw these exits on a map and place a copy in every room. } If your secondary exit out of an upstairs room is a window, have an easy to deploy escape ladder nearby. Permanent escape ladders are an excellent alternative. Unlike portable ladders, they are right where you need them, when you need them and are easy enough for a child to deploy. } Practice fire escape drills twice a year. Have everyone practice escaping from every room in

The U.S. Department of State presents Passport Day in the USA, Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Passport Agency, 212 3rd Avenue S, Suite 100. At this event you can apply for your passport book and/or passport card. No appointment is necessary. Routine and

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the house and practice crawling low under smoke. Pick an outside meeting place where everyone can gather after they’ve escaped. Remember to mark this spot on your fire escape map. Keep doors, stairways and other exits clear of toys, furniture and other clutter. Remind everyone that they should get out first, and then call for help from outside or at a neighbor’s home. Never go back into a burning building for any reason. Teach children not to hide from firefighters. If someone is missing, tell the firefighters. Source:

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East Bethel Royalty members sought Jean Johnson Volunteer for East Bethel Scholarship Program

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Easter Happenings Explaining the Christian holy season About one-third of the planet, or roughly 2.1 billion people, are Christians. Each spring, this large subset of the population celebrates the religious miracle that is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lenten season is one of the holiest times of the year on the Christian calendar. This is a period of 40 days and nights that begins with Ash

Wednesday at the beginning of Lent and lasts through Easter Sunday. Many Christians celebrate Easter but may not know the significance or meaning behind certain days on the Lenten calendar. Here is a primer on the Lenten season for Christians and nonChristians alike. Ash Wednesday In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday

marks the first day of Lent, the season when one prepares for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ash Wednesday always falls 46 days before Easter and will vary according to the calendar. Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means parishioners are expected to attend mass to mark the beginning of the holy season. During the mass, Continued, Page 21

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Christian holy season celebrants receive ashes in the form of a cross on their foreheads. The ashes are made from burning the blessed palm fronds from last year’s Palm Sunday mass. In ancient times ashes were worn as a symbol of sorrow, repentance and acknowledgment of sins. Nowadays, ashes allow Christians to humbly display an outward sign that they are aware of their shortcomings and are cleansing their souls in the preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Palm Sunday Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and it is a day of obligation when Christians attend mass and receive fronds of blessed palms. Occurring a week before Easter, Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor Him as their long-awaited Messiah and King. Holy Thursday Holy Thursday is the Thursday preceding Easter Sunday. It marks Jesus Christ’s last supper with his disciples. His act of breaking bread and offering it as His “body” and sharing wine as His "blood" has become an integral part of the Christian mass. It is

representative of Christ giving up His life in place of our sins. Good Friday Good Friday is also known as Black Friday but should not be mistaken with the postThanksgiving Black Friday. It is the day that Jesus had to march to his crucifixion site while carrying an extremely heavy wooden cross. Jesus was mocked, spit on, tortured, and forced to wear a crown of thorns during His journey after being arrested by Judas and then suffering at the hands of Pontius Pilate. After being nailed to the cross at His palms

and ankles, Jesus suffered for six hours before He died. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the people. Easter Sunday The holiest day of the season is Easter Sunday. On this day, Jesus rose from His tomb. Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found Jesus missing. Jesus then approached her and showed how he was again alive. His disciples were shocked at the appearance of his resurrected self, furthering their faith in him as the Son of God. File Photo

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Maundy Thursday 7:00 p.m. Service

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16th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt - Free Saturday, March 23 - 9:30 a.m. until Noon (Registration - 9:15 a.m.) Program at 9:30 a.m. featuring the Teddy Bear Band

Easter Worship

Plus: Magician Kenny Dew-it. Bring your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Palm Sunday, March 24

Worship at 10:30 a.m. with our choir leading the children in as they wave palm branches, Alleluia!

Good Friday, March 29

Carry the cross with us—meet at St. Francis Mall at 6:00 p.m. followed by service at church at 7:00 p.m.

He is Risen!!

Worship with us on Easter Sunday, March 31

Easter Sunday, March 31

Resurrection Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. followed by fellowship time Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

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7:00, 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.

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New twist on spring and Easter decorating Eggs are symbolic of Easter. They’re colored, decorated, hidden, and used in decorative items for the home. The one caveat to eggs is that they are quite fragile, and even hardboiled eggs can be rendered useless with one accidental drop or blow. Instead of relying on breakable eggs for Easter fun, consider making stronger ones instead. Symbolic of rebirth and renewal, eggs are an integral part of setting the scene come

early spring. Selecting a less fragile material to create the looks of real eggs can increase the potential for using them in many different applications. One of the easiest ways to create harder-to-break eggs is to make them out of clay. Modeling clay is a versatile medium that can be used to make everything from clay eggs to bunny figurines to religious items synonymous with Easter. A visit to the local craft

Easter Services

Good Friday, March 29 7:00 p.m. Communion Service

Easter Sunday, March 31

Create durable clay eggs instead of using real eggs. File Photo

store or even a chain retailer will likely turn up different clay products, which come in a variety of colors. You can create pastelcolored clay by mixing primary colors with white clay if you cannot find pastel colors in the store. There are two main ways to create egg shapes out of a ball of clay. One way is to roll a ball out of the clay and then roll it vertically between your hands to make the smaller end of the egg. Another is to use a

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8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship Regular Worship Schedule

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

Eggs in a nest Wednesday Evening Lent Services, March 6, 13, 20

Here’s a creative way to show off clay eggs. Materials: 2 to 3 eggs depending on size Moss or raffia Ribbon Florist wire Weave or shape the raffia or moss into a nest shape large enough to fit the clay eggs. Secure as necessary with the wire. Decorate with bows made out of ribbon. Place the eggs into the nest and display where desired.

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Our Saviour’s Wednesday, March 6, 13, 20 – 7:00 p.m. Soup Supper starting at 5:30 p.m.

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, March 28 – 7:00 p.m. Good Friday, March 29 – 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31 Service – 8:00, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Breakfast served – 8:45-10:45 a.m.

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Sunday at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday evening special Lenten Worship at 5:30 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. • Power Up at 6:30 p.m.

Easter Week

Join us each Sunday for worship, fellowship and education.

Maundy Thursday March 28 Worship at 7:00 p.m. Good Friday March 29 Worship noon at the Chapel in Ham Lake and 7:00 p.m. at church in East Bethel. Saturday, March 30 Family Worship at 9:30 a.m. • Easter Eggstravaganza for the kids at 10:00 a.m. • Easter Vigil Worship at 6:00 p.m.

Worship Service – 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. Education/Sunday School Hour – 9:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday, March 31 Worship at 6:30, 8:00, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m.

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plastic egg as a mold and stuff the clay inside. Pop open the top of the plastic egg and then gently tap the clay out. You don’t even have to color your clay if you don’t feel up to it. You may also use white clay, allow to dry, and then paint them using acrylic paints. Mix two clay colors together before forming into an egg to achieve a marbled effect. Also think about adding embellishments like stickers, ribbon, bows, and flowers to the eggs, much in the same way you would decorate real eggs. To display clay eggs in a vase or to attach to a spring wreath, thread a dowel or piece of florist’s wire into the egg before allowing to harden completely. Then attach them as needed. Clay eggs can be used in place of regular eggs in just about every traditional egg use­—except of course for making egg salad! Plus, making clay eggs is a fun and safe craft for all ages.

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Too cute to eat? Almost! This five-ingredient Easter cookie dough can be made up to three days ahead, making it the perfect addition to your Easter recipe collection. Yield: Makes about 2 dozen (3½-inch) cookies Recipe Time Cook time: 14 minutes Prep time: 25 minutes Other time: 3 hours, 50 minutes Ingredients 1½ cups butter, softened 1 cup powdered sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted Preparation 1. Beat butter, sugar, and salt at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. (Dough will be very soft.) 2. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each with plastic wrap, and flatten into a disc. Chill 2 to 24 hours. 3. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap 1 dough disc on a well-floured surface. Cover with a large piece of plastic wrap, and roll to ¼-inch thickness; cut into desired

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shapes with 3½-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Chill 15 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disc. 4. Bake at 350° for 14 to 17 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Decorate cookies with Simple Icing. Let stand 1 hour or until icing is firm.

Simple Icing Yield: Makes about 2¼ cups Recipe Time Prep Time: 10 Minutes Ingredients 6 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons meringue powder ½ teaspoon lemon juice Food coloring paste or drops Preparation Whisk together first 3 ingredients and 6 to 8 Tbsp. water until smooth. Divide mixture into 5 to 6 small bowls; tint icing in each bowl with desired food coloring paste or drops, stirring until blended.

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Not sure what to do with all the colored Easter eggs? Here’s the filling for Southernstyle basic deviled eggs is nothing more than egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard and sweet pickle relish. Yield: 6 servings Ingredients 6 large eggs 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1½ tablespoons sweet pickle relish 1 teaspoon prepared mustard ¹/8 teaspoon salt Dash of pepper Garnish: paprika Preparation Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add water to depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.

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

Sunday Schedule

9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study

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

Good Friday Service

Friday, March 29 • 6:30 p.m.

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March 31 Worship Service • 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt • 10:15 a.m. 18975 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of County Road 22 on County Road 9 763-753-5717 • Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ! The Courier | March 2013 |

Church of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

County Roads 5 & 23, Isanti

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Sunday, March 24 7:00 pm Penance Service Thursday, March 28 7:00 pm Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8-10 pm Adoration to Follow Friday, March 29 7:00 pm Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion Saturday, March 30 8:00 pm Easter Vigil Service Sunday, March 31 9:00 am Easter Mass

First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718

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Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water. Slice eggs in half lengthwise, Photo: Lee Harrelson; and carefully Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski remove yolks. Mash yolks well. Spoon yolk mixture into with mayonnaise. Add relish, egg whites. Garnish, if desired. mustard, salt, and pepper; stir

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

JOY in the morning Within everyone’s day, there are dark hours. Times when the light has gone out. Moments of need. But Easter reminds us there can be joy in the morning. Thank you for trusting us in your moments of need. Now let us share together the hope that this season brings. Happy Easter.

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 The Bridge Meets at St. Francis Elementary 22919 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

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Twin City Landscape owner talks to students about career choices Margaret Eickhoff CSVC Due Process Facilitator

Small business owner Debbie Petschl speaks to Crossroads School students about careers in landscaping. Submitted Photo

On February 6, Debbie Petschl, small business owner of Twin City Landscape, came to speak to Crossroads School students about the vocation of landscape design, training needed and character traits of a good employee. Twin City Landscape is a fullservice landscape design and

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Donation $7.00. Tickets at the door. All proceeds will be used for St. Francis High School scholarships. 11:00 a.m. Social Noon Luncheon 12:30 p.m. Fashion Show For more information, please contact Lioness Marolyn Baumann at 763-753-2041 or Lioness Sandi Hanson at 763-753-2848. 24

with a crew doing the manual labor to get an understanding of the foundation needed to support designs. Petschl discussed pros and cons of owning your own business. She commented when you work for someone, you have one boss. When you own your own business, you have several bosses—the customers. Thank you, Debbie, for volunteering your time and sharing your expertise with our students.

Seldom-heard St. Patrick’s Day facts Here are some facts that might surprise even the most devoted of Patty’s Day revelers. } Despite Saint Patrick being alive centuries earlier, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations didn’t begin until 1737. } Blue is actually the official color affiliated with Saint Patrick. However, green became a familiar hue during the nineteenth century more for being associated with the magic of Irish legends than Saint Patrick himself. } The three-leaf shamrock has more historical significance with regards to St. Patrick’s day than a four-leaf clover. That’s because the three leaves were believed to be used by Saint Patrick to explain the Christian doctrine of the Holy Trinity, where God exists as three persons.

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High school senior all night party needs parent and community support can help by making donations of prizes and/or money. Time has shown that the greater the number of prizes offered, the better the chance of having a strong turnout. This allows more students to have a safe celebration on the night of graduation. We’ve got a great entertainment lineup including henna tattooists, palm reader, Tarot card reader, massage chairs, salon services, our own St. Francis casino with play money, unlimited bowling, free arcade games, a photo booth and a wonderful end to the night with a hypnotist and scholarship awards. There will be unlimited food, fun and entertainment with prizes awarded throughout the night. The senior party is coordinated by parent volunteers and receives no funding from the school or school district. On average, the party costs $20,000-$23,000 per year. We want to thank all of you who have responded so generously in the past. The support of our community is greatly appreciated as the success of this party is largely dependant on donations from local businesses and organizations.

Melissa French SFHS 2013 Senior All Night Party Committee Chairperson

On Friday, May 31, the senior class of 2013 will be graduating from St. Francis High School. The SFHS Senior Party Committee is busy making plans for the annual “Senior All Night Lock In” which will be held immediately following graduation. This year’s party will be held at Blainbrook Bowl & Hall. This rite of passage allows seniors to spend one last night with their classmates and gives the parents of those seniors the peace of mind knowing that their graduates are “locked in” and having a great time. Pulling off an event of this magnitude take a village. We need the help of many people in order to provide a safe and memorable event for the seniors. We need more parent volunteers and especially want to encourage the parents of current freshmen, sophomore and juniors to get involved as well. Due to the recent downturn in the economy, donations that help defray the cost of this event are down. You

If you and/or your business haven’t been contacted but are interested in making a donation, please contact Melissa French, committee chairperson, at 763-226-3794 or email: melissa9. We are asking for donations of commercial food items (snacks, candy, chips, etc.) and prize donations such as gift cards and cash donations to help defray costs (and to purchase prizes). Any donations, regardless of quantity or value amount, will help. All businesses and individuals who contribute will be recognized at the party and will be publicly thanked in local newspapers. Help make this a safe and memorable event for the SFHS graduating Class of 2013.

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Greetings from the capitol

Tom Hackbarth State Representative, District 31B

Gun debate makes headlines at Capitol This year, there were more than 10 gun control bills introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives. These bills would redefine what firearms you could possess and describe under what conditions you could keep them. If you own a “disqualified“ firearm, your only option would be to render it inoperable, turn it over to law enforcement or sell it in another state. You also could register it and agree to let police come to your house to see if you are compliant. If you pass away, the firearm would be turned over to the government as you are not allowed to pass it on or sell it. Huge crowds showed up to rally against these measures. Hundreds of people showed up at the hearings. The people who were supporting these bills were outnumbered by at least 100-1.

These gun control bills were offered under the guise that they would bring down the crime rate and save lives. To the contrary, more people were murdered in Chicago—which has the most stringent gun laws in the nation—than were killed in Afghanistan in 2012. One item of concern is that the bill that offered a ban on the so-called “assault rifle” contained a definition so broad that it included sporting and target rifles. The AR-15 is one of the most popular sporting rifles in the nation with over 10 million in ownership and have proven to be a high-demand rifle here in Minnesota for predators, prairie dogs and competition shooting. Even what is called the “Universal Background Check“ or “Gun Show Loophole“ could not survive the scrutiny. It has only been tried in three jurisdictions and one of those has the highest crime rate in the nation. The only way that this method can be enforced is through a statewide registry.

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A 2006 FBI study of criminals who attacked law enforcement officers found that within their sample, “None of the [attackers’] rifles, shotguns, or handguns were obtained from gun shows or related activities.“ Ninetyseven percent of guns in the study were obtained illegally, and the assailants interviewed had nothing but contempt for gun laws. A Bureau of Justice Statistics report on “Firearms Use by Offenders” found that less than one percent of U.S. “crime guns“ came from gun shows, with repeat offenders even less likely than firsttimers to buy guns from any retail source. This 2001 study was based on interviews with 18,000 state prison inmates and is the largest such study ever conducted by the government. When the hearings were all done, there was no appetite in the committee on either side for a ban of anything. Members indicated that it would really be tough to get any type of universal background check for private sales. There is a willingness to discuss and bring forward a bill that would keep bad guys or people with mental illness from obtaining guns. Add to this, the increase of penalties to crimes involving guns and the classification of some crimes that make it more difficult to get guns once convicted. These are areas that we can work on together. As always, I welcome your input as we address important issues in the House. The best way to reach me is by emailing

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Anoka County receives award for transparency Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

Anoka County has received the Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review, a national organization working to promote transparency in state and local government. The Sunny Award is only given to those entities with perfect scores on the Sunshine Review’s rigorous website checklist. Anoka County is the only Minnesota county to receive the perfect A+ rating and one of only 113 government entities nationwide to do so. The Sunshine Review uses a 10-point transparency checklist to evaluate the content of every state and more than 6,000 local government websites. Anoka County was lauded for posting a wide range of content to the county website including a detailed breakdown of the annual budget, audit reports, contact information for elected officials, meeting agendas and minutes, lobbying expenditures and information about property taxes, permits and licenses, contract bids and other public records. It can all be found at Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit, pro-transparency organization released the following statement regarding how Anoka County received an A+ transparency grade: “Sunshine Review applauds Anoka County for their excellent transparency score of an A+. By enhancing their website and increasing access to information, Anoka County is proactively championing government openness and transparency. Taxpayers in Anoka County should be proud that their government learned from Sunshine Review’s transparency checklist and made rapid improvements to allow more light into their government.“

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Our Saviour ’s Preschool An Educational Christian Preschool helping children to know Jesus.

We are registering for the 2013-14 school year!

Come for a tour and meet our teachers. Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel For more information, call 763-434-6117 or visit The Courier | March 2013 |

I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

What? I heard a saying somewhere a long time ago that I have enjoyed and have often quoted, “Sometime we don’t know what we don’t know.” And sometimes, what we don’t know is what can get us. We have been working with vehicles so long that sometimes I think we take for granted things that we feel are common knowledge and perhaps are not. We had a customer bring in his wife’s daily driver for some routine maintenance. When the car was done we called to let him know that the vehicle was ready. It is our policy to let drivers know of things that we may have noticed while we were servicing their car. The technician made a note that the air bag light was illuminated on the dash, so we made mention of it. The guy told us that he knew it was on and it had been on for a year or so and he was not concerned about it. Our service advisor felt he should explain to him

that when the air bag light is illuminated and the vehicle is involved in a crash, the air bags would not deploy. There was a silence on the phone for a bit while that information sunk in. “So if my wife or daughter were in an accident, they would not have the air bags to protect them?” he asked. That is correct. He then asked us to find out what the problem was. It ended up needing two front crash sensors. We installed the sensors and the light went off and he was good to go. Sometimes I feel that drivers get desensitized by the numerous indicator lights that come on. We hear a similar story often concerning many of the different warning lights. The most common light that we find on is the check engine light. When this light comes on it can be very complex because it will come on for hundreds of reasons—anything from the gas cap being loose to an engine misfire. In many cases the vehicle will not perform any differently, but there is a

problem that really should be addressed. We hear all the time that yes, the light is on and the problem is with the gas cap. That may be true. However, if the light is already illuminated, you will not know if a more serious problem would occur. One thing to remember is if the check engine light is flashing the vehicle should not be driven as serious damage may occur. One must also pay attention to the color of the light; remember red means stop and yellow means caution. So if your red oil light comes on or a red coolant temp light comes on, you should stop as soon as you can and turn off the engine. Remember, safety first. There are a few other lights that may come on and they are usually yellow. The antilock brake system or ABS light means that there is a problem with the ABS system which also means that the ABS system is inactive. In a panic stop situation, you will not have the ABS system active to aid in stopping your vehicle. The same is true if your traction

Friday, March 15 A benefit for Don and Therese Meyenburg will be held at Majestic Oaks Golf Club, 701 Bunker Lake Blvd., Ham Lake, 6:00-9:00 p.m. The evening will feature a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $15, children under age 5 are free. Donations for a silent auction would be greatly appreciated. Don and Therese were on a motorcycle ride when a car swerved into their lane, forcing the motorcycle off the road. Don suffered a broken shoulder and Therese was airlifted to North Memorial with brain injuries. After more than three months in the hospital, Therese’s fight is ongoing and the extent of her brain injury is still unknown. For more information, contact Jessica Meyenburg at 763-772-3115 or email jemeyenburg@mail. com. Donations can be sent to The Meyenburg Benefit, 21350 Lithium Street NW, Anoka, MN 55303. Monetary gifts to the Meyenburg Benefit can be made at any local Wells Fargo Bank. Thursday, March 21 Area Lions Clubs will host the Empty Bowls 2013 Program, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 19921 Nightingale Street

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get into an accident or never need to make a panic stop and swerve to miss someone, but if you do, I just want you to be forewarned. We all can find ourselves in unanticipated driving situations and we can take our high tech vehicles and their safety systems for granted. However, if they are inoperable when you need them, it could be a big problem. I hate when that happens

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Fundraisers, Benefits, Events Monday, March 11 The St. Francis Area Women of Today will sponsor a free workshop: Family Budgeting Basics, 7:00 p.m. at Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Does a budget really make a difference? How do you plan for the unexpected? What if your expenses are always more than your income? You will be shown how to get started on your own budget. You will receive answers to basic budgeting questions. Join the discussion on how to start an emergency fund and stay on target. Tax issues will not be discussed. Although the event is free, there will be a $1 fee for the class workbook. For more information, contact Dana at 763-753-5010. Thursday, March 14 Take pride in your community and be part of the success of Pioneer Days by attending the next planning meeting, 6:00 p.m., at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 23212 St. Francis Blvd. NW. Pioneer Days will be held June 7-9. Your support this year is critical as the event undergoes a transition from being organized by the city to a planning committee of residents and community organizations.

control light would be on and stays on—the traction control feature would be inoperative. If you drive a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle and the Service 4WD light is on, your four wheel drive system will not work. As with many of these warning lights, if they are on, there is a problem. And if any are on, certain systems may not be functional. It is not a problem if you never

NW, Oak Grove. This event is hosted by the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Ham Lake, Cedar-East Bethel, Oak Grove and St. Francis. There will be a chili and soup supper, along with ice cream, cookies, brownies and cakes. There will be announcements and acknowledgements at 6:00 p.m., live auction at 6:30 p.m., and a silent auction which runs 5:00-7:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call Shana Schmitz at 763-434-7685. Save the date for the Cedar-East Bethel Lions and Lioness 3rd annual garage sale at the East Bethel ice arena. You can rent your own space for $10 per individual or organization and provide your own stand or table. Set up will be Thursday, May 2, sale on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. Contact Lion Jim Kappelhoff at 763-434-6599 for more information. Saturday, March 23 The Northside Mothers of Multiples will hold a Super Kids Sale 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Master, 789 Northdale Blvd., Coon Rapids. For more information visit or contact Sarah Lenshek at 763-427-6273.

Nowthen Lions

Fish Fry Friday, March 15 5:00–7:30 p.m.

Nowthen Alliance Church Dining Room 19653 Nowthen Blvd. NW

On the menu is breaded Alaskan Pollock, boiled red potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, bread, cookies and beverages.

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Pancake Easter Egg Breakfast Hunt Saturday, March 23 8:00–11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 23 9:30 a.m. rain or shine

Nowthen Heritage Festival Fundraiser Sponsored by the Nowthen Lions

At Nowthen Park 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW

Nowthen Alliance Church Dining Room 19653 Nowthen Blvd. NW Pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage and beverages Questions? Call Mary Rainville 763-753-6919 Breakfast proceeds will fund the 6th Annual Heritage Festival on September 28, 2013. • Free Will Offering • Kids Gift Bags • Drawings

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Anoka County Parks seeks photos Martha Weaver

To our advertising drawing winners! The Courier staff would like to thank all our loyal customers for their continued business. Those that advertised in January, February and March were entered in a drawing for free advertising on The Courier website and in the publication. The winners are: Kid’s Country Childcare Center, St. Francis; American Legion Post 622, St. Francis and Elaine’s Flowers & Gifts II, Isanti. Congratulations. And to all our readers, we encourage you to shop our Courier advertisers.

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Help Anoka County Parks celebrate its 50th birthday by sharing your favorite photo of fun times in Anoka County Parks. Perhaps your memorable shot came while picnicking with friends at Lake George Beach, or learning to kayak at Peltier Lake? Maybe you captured a beautiful sunset during a stroll at Rum River North or caught your first wave at Bunker Beach. Whatever the occasion and whichever county park, we’d love to share your memories on a special Parks Department 50th Anniversary page of Anoka County’s website. Email your photos to Photos@ Photos will be accepted and displayed now through Labor Day. Please include information about where the photo was taken, approximate date, and any other details you wish to include. For more information about Anoka County Parks 50th Anniversary activities, go to Note: Participants grant Anoka County permission to use submitted photos for educational or promotional purposes with credit given. You are responsible for obtaining written permission and/or consent if photo contains another person’s likeness or copyrighted material or elements.


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What do new tax laws mean to you? As you know, the United States Congress has adopted some measures to help avoid the much-feared “fiscal cliff.” At this point, important spending decisions have been put off, but new tax laws are in place and, as an investor, you’ll want to know just how this legislation will affect you. Let’s look at the impact of the tax laws on three different income levels: } Up to $200,000/$250,000 — If you earn less than $200,000 (if you’re single) or $250,000 (if you’re married and file jointly), your income tax bracket will not change, nor will the tax rates assessed on dividends you receive from stocks or long-term capital gains you receive from selling investments that have appreciated in value. However, a 3.8 percent Medicare tax will apply to the lesser of your net investment income or your modified adjusted gross income in excess of the $200,000 or $250,000 levels, respectively. } $250,000-$400,000 — If your adjusted gross income is at or more than $250,000 (for single filers) or $300,000 (for married couples), your itemized deductions will begin to phase out, as will your personal exemption deductions, possibly resulting in higher effective tax rates. And the 3.8 percent Medicare tax will apply to part, or all, of your investment income. But your tax bracket stays the same, as do the tax rates on dividends and capital gains. } $400,000/$450,000 — If you earn at least $400,000 (if you’re single) or $450,000 (if you’re married), you will be subject to the phase-out of deductions described above. More importantly, however, your marginal tax rate will rise from 35-39.6 percent. Plus, taxes on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains will rise from 15-20 percent — or, actually, 23.8 percent, when the 3.8 percent Medicare tax is added in. Consequently, you may have some decisions to make; at a minimum, you’ll need to know how the new rates might (or might not) affect your investment choices. For example, if you

rely on bonds to provide a source of income, be aware that your interest payments—taxed at your marginal tax rate—will now be taxed more heavily. As for capital gains, the slightly higher rates now give you even more incentive to be a “buy-and-hold” investor, which is usually a good strategy for most people. And the increase in dividend taxes doesn’t detract from the key benefit of dividends, namely the ability to provide a potential source of rising income that can help keep you ahead of inflation. Keep in mind that dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at anytime without notice. Overall, the changes in investment-related taxes are probably less substantial than many people had anticipated. And in any case, taxes are but a single component of investment decisions and usually not the most important

one. Rather than let taxes drive your investment choices, focus instead on whether a particular investment is appropriate for your individual situation, and if it fits your risk tolerance, and if it helps you diversify your portfolio. Diversification can help you reduce the effects of market volatility, though it can’t guarantee profits or protect against loss. Still, the new tax legislation is significant, so you should consult with your financial advisor and tax professional to determine what moves, if any, you may want to make. It’s always wise to be up-todate on what’s happening in Washington—especially when lawmakers’ decisions can affect your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Pine Technical College to host business fair March 16 Amanda McLain Pine Technical College

The Pine Technical College Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) will be hosting its first Business Fair on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Pine Technical College in Pine City. This event will showcase local businesses throughout the Pine County and surrounding areas. This Business Fair is open to individuals and businesses who wish to promote their product or service. To receive your registration or to request further details, email the Pine Technical College CEO at We look forward to helping showcase your business and promote your product or service. Pine Technical College CEO prides itself on helping local businesses attain the networking needed to succeed. This event is open to the general public and is free to attend.

PTC to host financial aid workshop Danielle Chandonnet Pine Technical College

To assist students in preparing and applying for financial aid, Pine Technical College will host a workshop March 27, 3:30 p.m. PTC financial aid staff members will provide professional assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as well as information about additional methods for paying for college such as loans, scholarships and more. New and returning students and their families are welcome to attend PTC’s free workshop. For more information call 320-6295100. Retirement Investments

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Family Speech & Therapy Services of Andover is pleased to announce that Melissa Lonsky, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and owner, was recently elected Vice President of Communications for the Minnesota-Speech-Hearing-Language Association. Founded in 1936, the Minnesota Speech-LanguageHearing Association (MSHA) is a nonprofit professional organization of speech-language pathologists and audiologists that promotes the welfare of individuals with communication disorders and represents the professionals who serve them. Lonsky’s two year term began January 1, 2013 and will extend through December 31, 2014.

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Sports & Outdoors Sled dog team visits middle school

High school baseball outlook promising with returning catcher Cole Duncan. Other juniors that should help the Saints on the hill are Alex Bauermeister and Brady Blowers. Some sophomores that look to contribute on the hill are Matt Heagerty and Josh Niemeyer. Games are won with good pitching and defense up the middle and these players will play a big role in the 2013 season. Team depth will also play a huge factor in the team’s success. Along with the players mentioned above, there are a number of younger players looking to make an impact and contribute at the varsity level after having much success at the lower levels. This group includes juniors Charlie Barette, Mitch Benson, Jeff Bowman, Laine Carlberg, Trent Carlson, Taylor Koep, Kolton Oie, Brent Tholen and Mitch Wenker. The Saints look to continue to compete and work hard this season to make a run at a conference and section championship and getting back to the state tournament. With this group of seniors and some very promising talent, this could be the season where the Saints play themselves to a championship, one pitch at a time. The season begins March 18 with the first game Thursday, April 4, at Irondale.

Brian Julson St. Francis high school Head Baseball Coach

The St. Francis High School baseball program has a saying, “Playing our way to a championship, one pitch at a time.” This saying could be especially true in 2013. The Fighting Saints have been to the final four the past two years, finishing second and third. The team hopes this is the year to get over the hump and back to the state tournament. To do this, they are going to have to rely heavily on their returning players and get contributions from a deep and talented class of juniors. The Saints return a number of guys with playing experience including seniors Blake Carlson, IF/OF/P; Ryan Holritz, IF/C/P; Lucas Huss, OF/IF; Jimmy Mayer OF; and Ryan Ratke OF. The Saints get back Trent Sagedahl, IF/P, who missed all of the 2012 season due to a back injury. Other seniors who are in the mix for playing time are Jordan Forbord OF/P and Caymen Salitros OF. The Saints also return some experienced players at the junior level. The Saints’ battery is back as ace Lucas Niemeyer is back for his third year on the varsity pitching staff, along

St. Francis Youth Travel baseball 2013

Tr yo Tryouts at St. Francis High School Gymnasium

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Saturday, March 16 9 & 10 year olds: 8:00-10:15 a.m.

11 & 12 year olds: 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. 13 & 14 year olds: 1:30-3:45 p.m.

Open to any player in Independent School District 15.

St. Francis Middle School Language Arts teacher Jessica Rowles invited Stoffel (pictured above, left) and Sandra Reitsma of Big Lake to come with their sled dogs to provide a hands-on demonstration for students. The Courier photo Brianna Herting & Paige Ehresmann


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On February 7, Stoffel and Sandra Reitsma of Big Lake came to St. Francis Middle School to visit and talk with Jessica Rowles’ 7th grade language arts classes. Stoffel and Sandra came with some of their Siberian husky sled dogs. Rowles’ class had just finished reading the book, Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen, which is about Paulsen’s experiences with his sled dogs and running the Iditarod race in Alaska. Stoffel said that he’s never run the Iditarod and he didn’t plan to, but he has run shorter races, such as the Beargrease race. He said that the snow lately hasn’t been the right condition for sledding because it’s too soft and wet; it gets packed in between the dogs’ pads on their feet. After he explained a bit about the dogs, like the fact that the females are always in charge (“Just like real life?” Stoffel said), he let us meet the dogs. Students got to put harnesses and booties on the dogs with a little help from Stoffel and Sandra. The two The Courier photos answered questions from students and then it was time for students to say goodbye. “It was a very creative and 23428 Hwy. 65 NE valuable lesson—an experience 2 Blks. S of CR 24 on Hwy. 65 that will stick with me for a 763-434-4772 long time,” said SFMS student 763-434-7373 Autumn Doerr. Plenty of students were Collision Specialists fascinated by the experience Recommended by insurance companies of being with the sled dogs. It Ask about a free loaner car • Owners John and Lori Buchta was an extraordinary time!

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The Strikers girls basketball team, grades 4-5, had an undefeated season and won the championship this year. Team members are Anna Waldock, Clair Thomsen, Ruby Schroeder, Alexis Goldeman, Maria Laudenbach, Lindsey Peterson, Emma Kopet, Emma Goldeman, Coach Les Goldeman and Sydney Goldeman. Independent School District 15 Community Ed Rec Department offered the girls basketball league which began the season in November. 

The St. Francis girls grades 7-8 basketball team took first place in the St. Francis tournament in February. Pictured are Carissa Artz, Sydney Zgutowicz, Alex Calametti, Ashlin Peterson, Natalie Monnier, Hayley Raze, Lauren Tracy, Payton Tradewell, Elsie Johnson and Sarah Willner. Coaches for the team are Dan Tracy, John Zgutowicz and Cassie Calametti. Good job, Saints!

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Anoka County Parks March Programs Martha Weaver Public Information Manager Anoka County Parks

Register online at or for more information call 651-429-8007. Hire a Naturalist Excited to use one of the group activity offerings at the Coon Rapids Dam or another county park? Most recreational and naturalist activities are available. Examples include a tour of the dam, geocaching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and many more. Set up a time, activity, and place by calling 651-429-8007. Fee: $5/person (+tax) unless otherwise noted Virtual Geocaching If you’re interested in expanding your experience at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park by: } Becoming more aware of history, nature, and stewardship activities } Learning how to use a GPS receiver and improving your orientation skills } Test driving your own GPS in a safe, well-marked area Then, the virtual geocaching program at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park or the Wargo Nature Center is for you! Rent a hand-held GPS (global positioning system) or bring your own. Practice locating waypoints as you travel around the park following clue sheets. Virtual geocaching involves finding a natural feature or fixed structure using GPS coordinates.

Learn to Cross-Country Ski Learn how to cross-country ski in one of Anoka County’s beautiful parks. Cross-country skiing is great exercise and appropriate for all ages and abilities. The activity fee includes ski rental, instruction, and cross-country skiing through our scenic Anoka County Parks. No experience necessary. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $15/adult, $10/youth (+tax) Date/Time: Saturday, March 9; 10:00 a.m.-noon Place: Chomonix Golf Course (Ski Area) Maple Syrup Celebration Learn about the ancient craft of gathering maple sap and cooking it down to make maple syrup and sugar.

We’ll go through the syrup process, do some maple crafts, participate in a spring scavenger hunt and taste some maple-y treats. Fun for the whole family! Pre-registration is required. Fee: $4/person (+tax) Date/Time: Sunday, March 10; 2:00-4:00 p.m. Place: Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes Natural Living Series: Food Preservation Discover the possibilities of freezing, dehydrating, and canning your own food! There will be an emphasis on canning safety, preparation and selection of ingredients, and preservation methods. Explore and sample recipes. Very popular class! Sign up early! Pre-registration is required. Fee: $8/person (+tax) Date/Time: Wednesday, March 27; 6:00-8:00 p.m. Place: Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes

Dumpster Rental • We Haul Junk Cars • 6 • 10 • 15 • 20 • 30 Besides hauling junk cars we also yard dumpsters remove metal. Ask about snow plowing. • Household junk • Construction debris • We also load junk for you

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How to Make Bird Feeders & Nest Boxes Attract birds to your area with simple feeders and seed. Get the birds to stay for the nesting season by supplying nest structures. Many examples will be on hand and questions answered. Meet at the visitor center. Free. Date/Time: Saturday, March 23; 1:00-2:00 p.m. Place: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids

Raptors Up Close Come learn something you did not know about birds of prey. There will be a live falcon and many stuffed specimens, from most of the families of raptors, to help us learn about the different adaptations each has. Meet at the visitor center. Pre-registration is required. Fee: $3/person (plus tax) Date/Time: Saturday, March 23; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Place: Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Coon Rapids

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Indoor walking track open to public at Anoka-Ramsey Mary Jacobson Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Fishing for “dinosaurs” on Rainy River last March, Cade and Mark Collins of Cedar landed a couple of notable catches on the same day. Cade (above) with a 59" sturgeon estimated between 70 and 80 pounds, and Mark (left) with a 28.5" walleye. Both fish were set free after the photos were taken.

Third graders from Cedar Creek Community School attended a program about moose presented by Wargo Nature Center. Students learned about the habitat and characteristics of the moose. This was especially meaningful because of the dwindling population of the moose in Minnesota. Students watched a video about moose, saw a life-size canvas of a moose and were able to ask many questions.

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North Metro Soccer Association

Recreational Program Spring/Summer 2013 Registration is now open Traditional Recreational Program

Comp Prep Program

$125 Includes Uniform (ages as of 8/1/2012)

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

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


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

$145 Includes Uniform

Registration closes on March 15! Online registration preferred Mail-In Registration (Online preferred) North Metro Soccer Assoc. PO Box 250 Cedar, MN 55011-0250 Registration forms are available at all city halls in the area.


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

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Community members enjoy the new indoor walking track at Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Coon Rapids Campus. The track opened to the public January 14. Submitted photo Anoka-Ramsey Community College welcomes the community to enjoy walking indoors on the new indoor track. This three-lane, suspended track opened to the public, students and employees in January. The track is part of the new Health and Wellness Center that was recently constructed at the Coon Rapids Campus. Anyone interested in using the indoor track is invited to come to the Health and Wellness Center to complete a membership profile and pay the community membership fee. Daily........................$2 Semester..................$50 Annual.....................$100 Summer...................$25 The walking track is open and ready for use. Hours of operation vary each semester, and the track is closed when the college is closed (i.e. Sundays and holidays). Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00-8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.10:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-noon For more information about the Anoka-Ramsey Community College walking track and the Health and Wellness Center, call 763-433-1460 or visit http:// lifeoutside/HlthWellCtr.aspx.

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Coaches vs. Cancer event supports local family Leah Medenwaldt ISD 15 resident

Pro fisherman as a career path… meet Michaela Anderson By Tom Larson Outdoor Writer

One of my winter pastimes on Saturday mornings is to tune into a number of fishing shows. A couple of my favorites include Due North, Midwest Outdoors, Backroads with Ron & Raven, Minnesota Bound and Water & Woods. There are a number of other well-known shows, but the majority of those tend to focus on bass fishing, which is not my first open water choice. Nevertheless, if it’s open water, I am all in, as I gaze out to my snow-filled backyard and daydream of cranking up the Lund.

A couple of winters ago, I was watching a segment of Minnesota Bound with Ron Schara that included a local pro fisherman, who had taken a young lady by the name of Michaela Anderson (14), under his wing to teach and coach her on the ways of fishing for bass and training for competitive bass fishing. When you think of a young person looking to the future for an avocation that one can begin to focus on, such as professional fishing, a 14-yearold girl doesn’t immediately come to mind. That segment on Minnesota Bound, however, convinced me this young woman knew exactly what she wanted to do. It was on Gull Lake that Michaela was fishing in a competition at a very young age and, as always, she hoped she would run into people who could help her on her career path. It just so happened that she had a number of questions about very specific lures and who was the person providing some answers? None other than Mark Fisher, a local professional fisherman and a principal with Rapala Lure Company. While chatting with Mark one day last

year, I brought up the Minnesota Bound program and we talked about Michaela. According to Fisher, “She was focused and already knew a good deal about her craft.” From that moment on, Michaela and Mark became friends. By the time she turned 16, her friendship with Mark had led to a sponsorship by Rapala and by Kruger Farms, an artificial bait online company anchored out of Starbuck. While most kids look forward to getting a car or the use of a car when they turn 16, Michaela was rewarded with her first boat from her parents. By happenstance, I recently ran across the now 19-yearold Michaela at a February indoor fishing show at the Blaine Sports Center. She was repping fishing product, rods, reels and talking fishing with anyone who wanted to engage her. She was working the floor area for one of her sponsors, Kruger Farms, and enjoying every minute of it. Currently in college and working on her degree, she is also in the collegiate competitive fishing tournaments, which takes focus and organization. Competing on a college level team has its challenges, according to Michaela. “I get

Michaela Anderson, a junior at St. Thomas University working on a marketing degree, has always loved to fish. She competes at the collegiate level and in many tournaments, fishing for bass. Submitted photo

some inquisitive questions from professors when I ask for a leave from class to compete with our St. Thomas fishing team, but they have been very supportive.” A junior at St. Thomas University heading toward a degree in marketing, Michaela is in the St. Thomas Fishing Club and is one of only a handful of women who fish competitively in the collegiate league of competitive bass fishing. That recognition also caught the eye of Bassmaster magazine, a publication of the BASS Federation, one of the biggest competitive bass fishing circuits in the United States. Michaela was the subject of the few women fishing competitors in the circuit. In that article she mentioned the pressure to do well and be a role model. While attending Centennial High School, she was named the Inaugural Sports Person of the Year at the 2011 Minnesota Tournament of

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Champions. With more time on the water, her travels led her to tournaments outside of Minnesota. In 2012 she traveled to 10 tournaments. Fishing competitively requires a lot of work, strategy and sponsorship. According to the St. Thomas University promotional magazine and the article titled, “Hooked,” this college student dedicates herself to her studies and understands that being successful in the fishing industry means she needs to know how to market herself. According to that same publication and an interview with Ron Schara on Minnesota Bound, Michaela said “she doesn’t get caught up in labels, but I’ve just always wanted to be a fisherman.“

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer event at St. Francis High School. It was very overwhelming and emotional to see so many people wearing a T-shirt with my name on it. Many did not know me personally, but wore the shirt in my honor. Thank you to everyone who has supported me through my journey. It means the world to know that so many people care and will do anything to help. I live in a great community. I also would like to thank all that were involved in the alumni gathering at The Pond’s February 9. I appreciate all that everyone has done for me and my family.

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College invites public to attend science night Tina Perpich Anoka-Ramsey Community College

The public is invited to join AnokaRamsey Community College faculty, staff and students as biosecurity expert Dr. Michael T. Osterholm will present Anti-Science: A Challenge to Modern Science at the college’s 26th Annual Science Night: “This is a great opportunity for members of the community to hear and present questions to an internationallyknown epidemiologist,” notes event organizer and biology faculty member, Brad Wold. Dr. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a prominent public health scientist, nationally recognized biosecurity expert, director of the Center for

Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, professor in the School of Public Health, and adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School. His work has received countless honors including an honorary doctorate from Luther College; the Pump Handle Award, CSTE; the Charles C. Shepard Science Award, CDC; the Harvey W. Wiley Medal, FDA; the Squibb Award, IDSA; and the Wade Hampton Frost Leadership Award, American Public Health Association. Anti-Science: A Challenge to Modern Science, Education and Policy will be held on Thursday, March 7, 7:008:00 p.m. at the Cambridge Campus Room G202. The event is free and open

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to the public. For more information about this and other events at AnokaRamsey Community College, visit Anoka-Ramsey Community College, with campuses in Cambridge and Coon Rapids, is a member of the Minnesota Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and has been a leading provider of higher education and training in East Central Minnesota since 1978 and the north suburban area of Minneapolis/ St. Paul since 1965. Annually, the college serves more than 12,500 learners of all ages as they pursue associate degrees that transfer as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree or certificate programs that lead immediately to rewarding careers

Births Jackson Corey Nelson was born on December, 28, 2012 at Fairview Northland in Princeton. He weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Jason and Ashley Nelson of East Bethel. Audrey Arabelle McLean was born January 29, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Nathan and Hannah McLean of Cambridge. Audrey is welcomed by sibling Myla, 2. Evelyn Michelle Herting was born February 5, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Anthony and Chelsea Herting of Isanti. Kaustin James Reynolds was born February 6, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 6 pounds, 14.4 ounces



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Cambridge Medical Center. Mason weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20¼ inches long. Proud parents are David and Elizabeth Fry of Isanti. Charles Allen Powley was born February 20, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. Charles weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Michelle and Robert Powley of Cambridge.

Inventor’s workshop Anoka County Library The Anoka County Library will hold an inventor’s workshop for students grades 1-5 on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Northtown Library Meeting Room. Kids will explore structure, scale, and design of buildings, bridges and invent something new. This program is offered as part of our Kids Build ARTchitecture series. This free program was funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Please visit www. or call 763-712-2342 for more information.

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and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Amanda Golden and Derek Reynolds of Mora. Kaustin is welcomed by sibling Korvin, 1½. Darwin Hawk Duerr was born February 9, 2013, at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Proud parent is Jeannine Duerr of Isanti. Mason Joseph Fry was born February 11, 2013, at

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Proper golf warm-ups As spring approaches in Minnesota and the snow begins to melt, leaves and flowers are budding and grass is turning green. Many of us are getting ready to spend our spring and summer outside. At the same time many of the area’s local golf courses are preparing their tee boxes, fairways and greens for the golf season. Just as the golf courses prepare for us to arrive, we also need to provide time to warm up before starting our round of golf. Many golfers neglect to arrive early to the course to provide time for a proper warm up including stretching and practice time on the greens and driving range. Many experienced golfers arrive for their tee time 30 to 45 minutes early and spend ample time warming up. Warm up should include a variety of golf activities to prepare you for your day on the course. Most golf professional and instructors will tell you to start on the putting green with the slow and smooth putting stroke. Starting here will allow you to work up to the full golf stroke used at the tee box. After working through the

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putting green and chip shots, golfers will move to the driving range. Golfers should begin here with warm up stretching. It is best to get everything in the body moving before starting full body swings and stretching is a great place to start. Stretching should include neck, shoulder, back and legs—these stretches help to promote a full, fluid golf swing. After going through a full stretching warm up, golfers can start hitting shots. One should start with their short irons and work up to their long irons, woods and finally to their driver. The last five warm up shots should be slow and help promote a controlled rhythm and balance used throughout the day on the golf course. The most important aspect of the warm up is getting in a good set of stretching to loosen and get the whole body moving. Shots should promote confidence, a controlled rhythm and balance throughout the warm up. Remember to provide ample time for a proper warm up before hitting the first tee box to so you do not spend the first five holes getting the body warmed up and perfecting your golf swing.

Question I have taken some time off from the gym and gained some extra weight, not to mention the fact that I feel a bit weaker. Did all my muscle just turn to fat? Answer This is a great question and all too often it may seem like this is actually happening when people stop working out. However, muscle and fat are two completely different types of body tissue. Neither can simply turn into the other. When people stop working out for long periods, food intake should decrease since you’re not expending as many calories; you certainly don’t need to consume as many calories. It’s important to File Photo remember that the muscles in your body are active tissues that are constantly using energy even when you’re sedentary. This means the more muscle you have, the more calories you need. The opposite is true as well. Unfortunately, when workouts decline, people often consume the same amounts of food that they had been when they were working out. These extra calories are stored in your body as adipose tissue (body fat). If you make a conscious effort to consume fewer calories when you stop working out, then you should be able to avoid the added pounds. Best idea however…get back to your local gym! Everyone takes some time off here and there but getting back to your fitness routine quickly is the answer to be able get that extra weight off. You’ll also start to feel stronger, leaner and more confident. Swimsuit season is quickly upon us—don’t wait until the last minute!

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Childcare Little Angels Childcare licensed daycare in St. Francis. Call Angie 763-753-4363. St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings, reasonable rates, Christina 763-258-7282. Kids Country Childcare Center in St. Francis now enrolling. Call 763-753-5010 for more information.


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Services Insurance—Get a free insurance quote today, 612-849-5028, www. Mr. Fixit—Light home repair, painting, clean-up. If it’s broke or needs repair, call Tom at 612-490-1010. PIANO LESSONS—Casual, fun for all ages, licensed/experienced, competitive rates. Carmel 612-2200235. House Cleaning/organizer, 13 years experience. Call of details, 763-355-8294. Handyman Services—Plumbing, electrical, masonry, remodeling. Call Butch at 763-300-9869.

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wanted St. Francis High School Drama Department would like to receive donations of vintage clothing, wooden suit hangers, 66-gallon see-through plastic storage bins, latex paint, lumber and other building materials. Contact Glenn at 763-213-1633 or email to Glenn.

Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meeting: March 11 and March 25 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis. St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, March 13 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. The 2013 St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo is set for Saturday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. 36

BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Barb 763-434-6179. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year.

Pioneer Days Planning Meeting – Thursday, March 14, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s meeting room, 23212 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Take pride in your community and be part of the success. Pioneer Days will be June 7, 8 and 9. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. Have a meeting or event you would like to advertise? Call 763-753-7033 for more information. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m.

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CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information. Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002.

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

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Anoka County Historical Society events calls, signals and martial aires that were an essential part of the daily life of all Minnesota’s volunteer soldiers 150 years ago. John Guthmann and Jim Moffet will recount how one book in the collection of the Anoka County Historical Society has proven to be instrumental in the ongoing musicology of this nearforgotten segment of American folk music. Reservations are required, call 763-421-0600. Majestic Oaks Golf Club 701 Bunker Lake Blvd. Ham Lake Sunday, March 24, 1:00 p.m. Cost: $17 for ACHS members, $20 for non-members

Women of the Civil War March is Women in History Month. The War Between the States may have been fought by great armies of men, but women filled many vital roles in society and even in the military. Women such as Clara Barton and Dorthea Dix immediately come to mind, but what about Minnesota’s women? This program highlights the incredible stories of Minnesota women who protected their homes, supported their soldiers, served the army in different ways, and kept the home fires burning throughout the four years of the Civil War. Some were dedicated enough to continue working for veterans after the war. Their stories, long overlooked and forgotten, bring a new perspective to America’s most bloody war. This program is made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Northtown Library 711 Count Road 10 NE Blaine Saturday, March 9, 2:00 p.m. Cost: FREE

History of Oak Grove Oak Grove is one of the eight original townships established in 1857 when Anoka County was organized. It did not incorporate as a city until 1993. This slide show of photographs and stories from Oak Grove’s past takes guests on a tour through this township turned city. This program is made possible with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Rum River North Shelter Building 23100 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis Saturday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. Cost: FREE

ACHS Annual Meeting: Civil War Music History Experience the stirring sounds of the traditional fife and drum music as it was played in the United States Army during the American Civil War. Two longtime members of the states premier Civil War reenacting unit, the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, will explain and demonstrate the instruments and various

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Gaylen and Kristine Raze of St. Francis are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Breanna Raze, a 2004 St. Francis High School graduate, to Landon Marshall, a 2001 St. Francis High School graduate, son of Lou and Cathy Marshall of Oak Grove. Breanna graduated from Anoka Technical College and is employed as a pediatric medical assistant with Allina. Landon graduated from Anoka Technical College and is employed as an electrician with Electric Resource Contractors. An August 2013 wedding is planned and the couple will reside in Andover. Submitted Photo

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Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. A St. Patrick’s dance will be held on Friday, March 15, music will be performed by Tony Jambor. Old time music will be played by Jerry Bierschbach on Friday, April 5. The cost is $5 and includes lunch.

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Pancake Breakfast All are welcome to the East Bethel Seniors Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Serving pancakes, French toast, sausage, juice, coffee, and scrambled eggs, additional 50¢ per egg. Cost for breakfast is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

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Dale and Vickie Johnson of St. Francis, together with Brian and Julie Baird of Wauwautosa, Wisconsin and Ed and Ann Foley, of Cleveland, Ohio, wish to announce the marriage of Hannah Johnson and Ryan Foley on October 20, 2012 in Minneapolis. Hannah is a 2005 graduate of St. Francis High School and 2009 graduate of Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a degree in marketing and design. She is currently employed at Confluence Marketing in Red Wing. Ryan is a 2004 graduate of Wauwautosa High School and 2009 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee. The couple resides in Cookeville. Submitted Photo

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Carol bray Isanti county master gardener

What I learned, for free, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum One perk Master Gardeners get is an annual invitation to sit in as observers at classes given to each year’s “crop” of Minnesota Master Gardener intern classes. The instructors for these classes have various horticulturaltype degrees. And, since science and experimentation is ongoing, yearly, we are given updates or changes in horticulture recommendations. New information for 2013: Prune your fruit trees in February, March or April—as close to end of dormancy as possible. Previous years recommendations for best time to prune fruit trees was January or February. Another tip I learned at the Arboretum is that if you’re going to invest in an apple or other fruit tree, taste the fruit before you buy the tree and check to see where it was grown. Who knew a particular fruit cultivar will taste differently depending on where

it was grown? For example, a Honeycrisp apple grown in Michigan or Washington will taste completely different than one grown in Minnesota. Did you know that? I’m going to share another inexpensive way to learn more about horticulture— attend Isanti County Master Gardeners’ 10th Burst into Spring horticultural event on Saturday, March 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at The National Guard Armory in Cambridge, 505 Spirit River Drive South. Same day registration/lunch cost is $25. The keynote speaker is Don Breneman whose topic is, More Than Meets the Eye—Lessons Learned in 22 Years of Professional Garden Photography. There are many other speakers on varied topics, a silent auction, drawings, vendors and more. For more information on the event, contact Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-6898254 or Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners. A real bargain. For more gardening

information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www. or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners.

Karen Koch Red Cross Coordinator

The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive on Monday, March 18, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3812 229th Avenue NW, St. Francis. Walk-ins are welcome, but it is helpful to make an appointment. You may do so by calling 763-753-1234 or sign up online at

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After a night at the race track, I thought I had heart burn. When my symptoms worsened, I went to the ER. Tests results were normal, but my doctor knew better. He ordered an angiogram that led to open heart surgery to fix four blocked arteries. I‘m lucky my doctor at Fairview Northland Medical Center kept looking for answers. + Ray, Fairview Northland Medical Center patient

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Saturday, April 6 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (new hours) St. Francis High School Bring the whole family to this great community event! $500 Grand Prize drawing Grand prize awarded in Chamber Cash— redeemable at participating St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce businesses.


Admission is free, but donations to the North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf and Clothing Closet (NACE) are encouraged.

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