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April 2010

Volume 17, Issue 9

SMART Boards placed in all elementary classrooms By Tom Larson Staff Writer


ndependent School District 15 is once again ahead of the curve and proceeding rapidly in pursuing its goal of increased technology for the 21st century learner. SMART Board projectors and document cameras are now in every K-5 classroom in the three elementary schools. Staff members are being trained on its use and capabilities. St. Francis Middle School and St. Francis High School may soon obtain SMART Board technology. This interactive classroom technology will increase student engagement in the learning process as staff accumulates new practices along the way. Better use of Internet curriculum will take place. “We are on the brink of a technological breakthrough for teachers preparing lessons for students to engage and learn,” said Superintendent Ed Saxton. “Today’s students come to school expecting more technology. They are technologically savvy and ready to advance.” Linda Ericson, a fourth grade teacher at St. Francis Elementary, has been enthusiastically using the new technol-

ogy since it was placed in her classroom in February. “SMART Board technology has revolutionized the way I teach,” said Ericson. “Lessons that used to be taught using only textbooks now come alive for students.” According to Ericson, the use of the interactive SMART Board and the Internet brings up new and fresh material at the stroke of a key. “What once used to be a three-day lesson can now be handled in a day, and the learning is exciting for the student. This new classroom teaching tool encourages student engagement. Subjects come alive!” SMART Boards are connected to a teacher’s computer and a vast array of new curriculum and lesson plans are available through the Internet. The large screen, the ability for students to step up and move material around, and the ability to further uncover more data is revolutionizing the classroom. “Teachers are discovering that there are many online resources to support SMART Board instruction,” explained Ericson.

Students celebrate I Love to Read month in February at St. Francis Elementary. They also celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 with many fun activities. See page 36 for more I Love to Read photos.  Submitted Photo

The boards will be used for everything from mapping concepts—where students

According to some teachers, “You could almost hear the intake of breath when students were watching the graph on the SMART Board as it shot up.” The teacher then can ask questions about graphing and students can

fill an on-screen matrix with their ideas—to viewing past lessons, where students unscramble letters to discover words. It’s all about presentation and delivery in a way that promotes engaged learning. The interactive SMART Board is also a great tool for saving information and recalling it at a later day. A math lesson, for instance, can be reviewed over and over, to show all the steps that were taken in class to achieve the solution. Audio can also be saved with the lesson. One goal is to have these recorded lessons available online. If students miss a day or need extra help with home-

ISD 15 Community Education presents: Summer Camps & Activities Linda Ericson, a teacher at St. Francis Elementary, demonstrates the use of SMART Boards in the classroom.  The courier Photo

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work, they can access the lesson online at home. What has really taken off is the ability for logging data in real time. For example, in a science lesson, students measure phenomena such as their own heartbeat, before and after eating chocolate. The ongoing results register simultaneously on the SMART Board screen.

circle the appropriate parts of the graph on the interactive board.” It’s hands-on and students can label, move, change, and discuss all, with the SMART Board as the focal point. The newly installed SMART Boards change the way things happen in classrooms. Teachers and students experience a more natural way of teaching and learning. SMART Boards create a more collaborative engagement between staff. The long-range intent is to increase student achievement in math, science, and other disciplines. |

Inside School Board Meetings ISD 15 school board meetings: Monday, April 12 and Monday, April 26, 7:00 p.m., Central Services Center, 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. The public is also invited to “Dialogue with the School Board” at 6:30 p.m.

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Schools in Action Edward Saxton The Superintendent’s Corner In my early days, I used to try to convince my mom that bedtime was a long way off by stating, “But Mom, it’s not even dark yet.” What I thought was my most powerful statement of fact was diminished with one phrase: “Not according to the clock, young man.” The length of day changed and so did the weather. In 1962, the weather was anybody’s best guess. In 2010, the Minnesota weather pattern continues to be a mystery. In February, if someone were to have said, “I bet we won’t have any snow in March,” replies may have varied, but most reasonable people would have wagered against that statement without a second thought. March did come and go this year without a trace of snow, and we are welcoming the early spring weather. The spring season brings the 2009-10 school year one step closer to being part of history. There is no need to predict the obvious, but it is prudent to note some important mile markers in our students’ educational journey.

chart the best possible course for the 2010-11 school year. We learn from each lesson taught; from some lessons we learn what to do, and from others we learn what not to do. Educators are using skills garnered though professional development and collegial interaction. Several avenues are available to help students learn and grow. Because evaluation of students is important, our instructors use both formative and summative assessment throughout the school year to ensure that students attain the knowledge necessary to advance academically. In a perfect world, I would predict that all parents know

how to guide their students through the spring testing season. Rather than predict, it might be wise to review some helpful hints for school and home. Even though longer spells of daylight make the day seem longer, the clock still regulates the amount of sleep our students have the opportunity to harvest. Be consistent and insistent, if necessary, about the most strategic time to hit the sack or call it a day.

coming assessment season? Look for dedicated instructors working with engaged students, combined with concerned parents, to turn in test scores reflecting positive growth. It should make for a fine finish to 2009-10 and provide us the data required to make the 2010-11 school year a quality sequel. Although in 1962, I may have

had many good reasons (or excuses) to stay out and play, I was bright enough to only try one or two. After all, my mom was right. The clock would be the first to remind me that morning comes sooner than you might think. Let’s work together to promote student achievement, with or without the weather.

Be sure to follow school newsletters and calendars to help your student focus on those important test-taking days. Breakfast is always a good idea, and it is particularly important on test days. A growling stomach can distract even the sharpest minds, especially when it is your own. A spring slogan might be: sleep tight, eat right, and write right. The recent weather patterns seem confusing and difficult to predict. However, what’s the prediction regarding student preparation for the up-

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A walk for a great cause

Crossroads School & Vocational Center Students in physical education at Crossroads School & Vocational Center finished the winter season by cross-country skiing. For most, this was the first time they had ever been on skis. Students learned how to size up equipment and properly put it on. They also learned how to fall and get back up. The course taught them how to move, turn, and negotiate obstacles, such as small hills. By the end of the unit each student found their own individual success. Some students skied close to two miles in one class period. The students learned that cross-country skiing can be a great lifelong physical activity to make the winter months more enjoyable.

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n February 27, students and health professionals from Independent School District 15 met at the Mall of America to participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) walk to show support for those who have diabetes. The role of JDRF is to provide research funds to find a cure for this disease. This year an estimated 18,000 people came to the mall to offer their support for someone they know who has this disease. Many walkers have organized their own groups and have raised money to find a cure. This year over $1.8 million was raised for this cause.

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Crossroads School students collected pennies during a three-week period in February for “Pennies for Patients,” sponsored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Youth Programs. The cause is to find a cure for blood cancers. School kids across the country have raised more than $100 million over the past 14 years for this cause. The three-week total at Crossroads was $70.49. Submitted by Sherrie Witte

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The ISD 15 team was organized by St. Francis Middle School’s Licensed School Nurse (LSN) Jane Benjamin. East Bethel Community School and Cedar Creek Community School also had LSN and health professionals in attendance. Students with diabetes represented ISD 15 elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school. Several of the diabetics also had individual teams of supporters who came to walk with the school district as well. Many activities were also offered during the walk. The Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders were present as was Radio Disney, providing many fun contests and dances. Bands and jugglers also accompanied the walkers and provided entertainment. Snacks, juice, and water were provided for all walkers, and there was a separate area where vendors displayed products. We would like to invite anyone who is interested to join us for next year’s walk. Please contact any ISD 15 health office for information or visit Donations are also welcome if you would like to contribute to the walk.  |

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Afghanistan veteran has ties to St. Francis Elementary By Scott Kruger SFE Social Worker


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Sergeant Kruger high-fives first and second grade students at St. Francis Elementary. Submitted photos ger told the students that he was working hard to keep them safe, so in return he expected them to work hard in school to make him proud. Last spring, SFE participated in the Coins for Comrades event and was able to send Sergeant Kruger and his group of soldiers several boxes of necessities. Ms. Score’s students wrote letters to Sergeant Kruger and he wrote back. In the main office at SFE, you can see an American flag and a picture of Sergeant Kruger

The morning ended with Sergeant Kruger walking through the hallways filled with students, staff, and waving American flags. Sergeant Kruger was high-fiving the students and talking with staff along the way. There were tears and hugs and many thanks for Sergeant Kruger’s service. Sergeant Kruger is a brother to Scott Kruger, school social worker at SFE. |

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St. Francis Elementary

Students participate in Jump Rope for Heart By Scott Kruger, School Social Worker and Yvonne Hanzlik, Physical Education teacher

In February, several St. Francis Elementary (SFE) staff kicked off the Jump Rope for Heart month by jumping rope themselves in the gymnasium. It was videotaped and shown to the school to encourage everyone to be “heart healthy.” All SFE students participated in the American Heart Association (AHA) Jump Rope for Heart program in physical education class. Each student received a bookmark and a sticker for their participation. Kindergarten through fifth grade students collected donations that totaled $1,775 which will help the AHA save lives through research and education. The top three classrooms to collect money were Mrs. Sheerin’s 5th grade class, Mrs. Ericson’s 4th grade class, and Mrs. Prowizor’s kindergarten class. Each classroom will receive a popcorn party during an upcoming event. All students received thank you gifts and some students received additional prizes by raising at least $25 online. A special thank you goes to Mrs. Hanzlik, physical education teacher, who planned the jump | rope activities throughout the month of February.

The gift of reading celebrated Submitted by Diane Krocak-Peterson SFE Community relations Coordinator


alk down the hallways at St. Francis Elementary during the month of February, I Love to Read Month, and you will be amazed by the activities and outward signs of reading occurring everywhere in the building! The month began with a video of the staff reading their favorite books in unusual places, which the students enjoyed immensely, especially Mrs. Berger reading in the recycling bin. Each week during February also featured ongoing special reading activities such as spotlight reading using a flashlight in the dark; special DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) times for the entire school; Get Caught Reading! certificates and prizes for students found reading at unusual times and/or places; decorating classroom doors with book titles; and students reading tons of pages and minutes to earn reading hearts for their lockers. A special thank you goes to community businesses who donated prizes all month for our students: East Bethel Theatres, McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Mansetti’s, and Subway.

ebrated with games, “Cat in the Hat” cookies, and wonderful renditions of many famous Dr. Seuss books. Read Across America Day on March 2 was a very special way to end this wonderful month of reading. Students from St. Francis Middle School rehearsed their books and plays all month in order to be chosen as readers at SFE for the day. The students came bearing interactive games and other activities to share with their elementary peers along with a fantastic job of reading their chosen books. Thank you

Students show off their Cat in the Hat bookmarks. 

The month ended with a wonderful Book Bingo game sponsored by APT (Association of Parents and Teachers). Every student in each classroom received either a new book to read, a bookmark, or a pencil. Family Reading Night on February 22 was also a celebration of reading. Dr. Seuss’s birthday was cel-

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to all of the teachers and students at the middle school that worked so hard on their performances! Many members of the community visited classrooms to read their favorite children’s books as well. Please continue reading about our Read Across America Day and our schoolwide celebration of Cat in the Hat on page 36. |

Boys from Ms. Jensen’s fifth grade class jumped rope for the American Heart Association. Kindergarten through fifth grade students at St. Francis Elementary raised $1,775 during the Jump Rope for Heart program.  Submitted photo

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(Left) Math students Dennis and Ryan at St. Francis Elementary celebrated the 100th day of school by counting and building with 100 manipulatives. (Right) In celebration of the 100th day of school, all first graders at SFE participated in a fun-filled day of activities. Each class spent 20 minutes with a different first grade teacher doing math games, reading stories, and creating art projects all having to do with the number 100. Students also collected, created, and displayed 100 of their favorite things as a homework assignment. These projects are on display in the first grade hallway at SFE. Submitted by Diane Krocak-Peterson and Julie Wieczorek, SFE Math Specialist

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Linda Ericson, fourth grade teacher, and Diane Peterson, technology teacher, collaborated on a cross-curricular project at St. Francis Elementary. They brought several aspects of technology into the project. Discovery Education videos and PowerPoint skills learned were used to create a presentation on geographical regions. Students had to research answers to questions and design a PowerPoint presentation to show what they learned. The unit concluded with presentations to the class and SFE Principal, Kathleen Kohnen, using the recently installed SMART Boards. This integration of technology into social studies made

Students use different methods of technology to create a presentation on geographical regions. Submitted Photo learning come alive and encouraged independent student learning. “My favorite part was creating a PowerPoint presentation because you got to work with a partner to learn about different regions and you got to pres-

ent your project,” said Vanessa Saarela, a fourth grade student. Another student, Nolan Garaghty, said, “It was really fun. You got to type about things you wanted to learn about.” |

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Schools in Action


Cedar Creek Community School

Jessica Bosma’s first grade students and their families enjoyed snowshoeing through the school forest at Cedar Creek Community School on February 12. First graders from Cedar Creek Community School played tug-of-war as part of their reading celebration on February 26. Submitted by Jessica Bosma, CCCS First Grade Teacher

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(Above) Mrs. Ogren’s first grade class spent a day on the story, My Robot making their own inventions and robots. They used household items to create these spectacular masterpieces. Submitted by Kelly Ogren, CCCS First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Klein’s first grade class at Cedar Creek Community School have been sharpening their skills on their new SMART Board. The “Star of the Week” is leading the class in the daily calendar math procedures. Students also enjoyed many math, reading, and health activities using the SMART Board. 

Submitted by Keri Klein, CCCS First Grade Teacher

The Cedar Creek Community School Student Wellness Committee is sponsoring a school cookbook. Entries are from students and staff. Axel Amundson, a third grader in Mrs. Perkins’ class, won a free cookbook as his picture was chosen by the committee for the cover. Inside the front cover are substitutions that can be used with the recipes to make them more health conscious. Cookbooks will be sold for $5 at the carnival and at CCCS. Submitted by Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Earth science was introduced to Cedar Creek Community School second grade students in Mrs. Ackerson’s class by integrating reading, writing, and math concepts. After reading Joanna’s Cole’s book, The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth, our investigations helped develop an understanding of the properties of earth materials. A primary focus has been on observing, describing, and sorting rocks, as well as comparing the ingredients in different soils. Students learned that there are powerful forces that shape our earth!

CCCS Administrative Assistants Rhonda Wiebusch (left) and Annie Mickelburg (right) are truly appreciative of everything that Wanda Saukkola (center), a volunteer, does around the office. 

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We are very pleased to have such a wonderful volunteer from our community. Wanda Saukkola volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Cedar Creek Community School. She helps out with various projects in the office as well as a lot of copy work, laminating, and keeps our supply room in order. We don’t know what we would do without her. She comes in bright and early and just digs right in, always eager to assist with whatever we need. Wanda is also on the district substitute list for office professionals. Every once in a while, you might see her working at the front desk. Thank you, Wanda! We truly appreciate you!  |

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Schools in Action

The Courier | April 2010

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Family dance event – a fun night for all SubmittEd by anniE miCKElburG CCCS ADminiSTrATiVe SupporT ASSiSTAnT/ebCS pArenT

First grade students at East bethel Community School spent February 17 celebrating their 100th day of school. Students read stories, made glasses to look like the number 100, made hats that tallied to 100, and skip-counted to 100 in various ways. they also sang a song about the 100th day, wrote about “if i had 100 dollars,” and worked on books about 100 different kinds of objects. after a day filled with activities revolving around the number 100, the entire first grade culminated their special day in the lunchroom to take 100 licks of a lollipop. SubmiTTeD by ebCS firST grADe TeACherS

dancing to the beat.

St. Francis high School seniors.

The East Bethel Community School PTO sponsored its annual family dance on January 29. This year’s theme was Art After Dark. To help prepare for the event, students decorated the school with artwork they created after studying a particular artist. At the event, students and family members had the opportunity to try their hand at embossing tiles, creating face masks, and testing their talent as record-

ing artists at the karaoke booth. All the while, they were able to dance the night away with a rockin’ DJ. A fun night was had by all! This event would not have been successful without the help of numerous volunteers and area businesses that stepped up and pitched in. A special thanks to the St. Francis High School seniors, Twin City DJ’s, J&M Tile, and the Kohl’s A Team. |

on February 11, second grade students at East bethel Community School spent the morning celebrating and learning about the Chinese new year. Each teacher contributed to the learning experience as the students traveled through the classrooms embarking upon different activities. Some of the activities consisted of exploring the Chinese calendar, creating Chinese lanterns, practicing with chopsticks, Chinese writing, and defining the significance of the color red in the Chinese culture as it is a symbol of good luck. (Left) mrs. hennig’s second grade class learns to use chopsticks. (Right) mrs. arnold’s class learns about the Chinese lunar Calendar. SubmiTTeD by ebCS SeConD grADe TeACherS

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Schools in Action


St. Francis High School

Choir and band have been very busy

Another day of successful mock interviews By Dawn Abraham SFHS Career Planning Advisor


hirty local business professionals and community members generously volunteered their time to St. Francis High School (SFHS) students to give them a very worthwhile learning experience. Each volunteer donated from one to five hours of their time during the school day on February 25 to conduct mock interviews for 126 SFHS Futures Prep Finale students. Futures Prep Finale is an elective class that is offered to juniors and seniors and is designed to help students work on making a plan for life after high school. This class has grown in popularity each year because of such great feedback from past students. Some of the topics covered in the class are taking assessments and exploring different career areas, researching post-secondary education and training programs, scholarships, financial aid, money management, as well as resume writing and interviewing skills.

By Tonya M.S. Barnes SFHS Choral Director

Each student was given the opportunity to complete a 15 minute interview, after which they were given feedback regarding their strengths and weaknesses, as well as an overall grade. Students were well-prepared and presented a resume, cover letter, an application, and were dressed to impress! For many students, it was their first time interviewing and they were very nervous beforehand. Most of the students had good feedback and felt it was a great experience. “This experience has prepared me in a way that will benefit me in my future job search,” said student Jennifer Giddings. Student Lauren Deans stated, “It was totally worth it. I was really scared but once the interview started, I felt confident and relaxed.” A big thank you goes out to the interviewers and businesses that helped during the day. For a complete list of participants, please visit our web site at www.stfrancis. |

The music department at St. Francis High School has been busy. Choir and band students have performed in a variety of concerts, ensembles, and solos. On January 5, several choir students attended the Dorian Festival at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Made up of about 1300 select students, this is the largest honor choir in the Midwest. A number of students were chosen to participate in the North Suburban Conference All Conference Honor Band, Honor Choir, and Honor Jazz Band held February 8 at Spring Lake Park High School. Choir students performing were Nicole Bogdanowicz, Sarah Bruggenthies, Jordyn Williams, Tori Henry, Brittany Mingo, Dani Schwartz, Brian Larsen, Justin Linder, Jake Williams, Tommy Marcio, Sam Muonio, and Jon Perkins. Band students performing were Kilynn Sandberg, Yvonne Comtois-Peterson, Anasta-

sia Picha, Matt Paulus, Alex Everhart, Alli Blake, Zoey Olson, and Kyle Simonson. Jazz band performers were Rob Masloski and Cole Dippon. On February 24, the Bel Canto Choir participated in the North Suburban Conference Treble Festival. Two clinicians were on hand to listen to the choirs. The clinicians sang praises for the Bel Canto Choir’s rich sound and stated that the choir was doing “incredible things with great repertoire.” Choir students competed at the solo and ensemble contest on February 25. Every St. Francis student that competed earned an excellent or superior rating. The Madrigal Choir competed as a chamber choir and received a perfect score of 40 out of 40 and were named best in site! The Madrigal Choir was one of two high school choirs invited to perform at Augsburg College at their Mardi Gras Madrigal Dinner. Band students competed in the Region 7AA Instrumental Solo-Ensemble Contest on

March 20 at Andover High School. For a list of results please visit the web site at During spring break, band students traveled to St. Louis. While there, the students and their director participated in an exchange concert with another high school, a public performance, and a clinic at one of the local colleges. They also got the chance to experience the culture and see some sites. Choir and band students would love to see you at their upcoming concerts. Monday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. is the high school band concert. The choir concert is Monday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. The district all-band concert, featuring grades 6-12 band students is Sunday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m. The final musical event of the season on Wednesday, June 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m. is the annual Ice Cream Social Scholarship Fundraiser where students perform in a talent show format. All events take place in the Performing Arts Center at St. Francis High School. |

St. Francis High School February Students of the Month

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

Fortify your bones Strength? Repetition? Bone loss? Bone loss is a natural occurrence. In youth, the body develops bone. As the body ages, bone development turns into bone loss (especially for women). To prevent bone loss, weight training and resistance training will counteract the natural loss of bone density. Walking is one common way to build bone mass. Other ways are jumping rope, tennis, basketball, dance, or jogging. An easy way to remember the process of lifting weights should be three sets (times) of 10–15 repetitions (lifts) two times a week. 

The February students of the month at St. Francis High School were, back row (L-R): Stephanie Solberg, Hailey Meshefski-Perkins, Kaeli Melin, Keenan Gunderson, Logan Fennell, Kory Eik, Katelyn Perleberg; front row: Tara Doe, Tonya Huhtala, Ann Hunt, Heidi Nisbet, and Paige Gardas. 

Student Updates Hannah Aase, Oak Grove, was named to the dean’s list for the winter 2009 semester at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Aase is a first-year student at St. Kate’s. Aase is the daughter of Connie and Randy Aase of Oak Grove, and a 2009 graduate of St. Francis High School. St. Catherine University dean’s list recognizes students achieving a semester grade point average of 3.667 or higher. Jake Bruggenthies of Isanti is among those Anoka-Ramsey Community College students who have been named to the dean’s list for fall semester 2009 by earning at least a 3.5 (B+) grade point average while carrying 12 or more credits. 

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The Courier | April 2010

St. Francis High School

Students compete at Skills-USA

Freezing for Haitian earthquake relief

Submitted by Chris Neises SFHS Skills-USA Advisor

By Tim McLean SFHS Social Studies Teacher

Eleven St. Francis High School students were selected to compete in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Regional SkillsUSA competition in Menomonie, Wisconsin, February 25-26. Seven students competed in opening and closing ceremonies contest and placed second. Senior Madeline Johnson was awarded second place in the digital photography competition. Senior Ryan Gangl was awarded third place in the automotive technology competition. Students competed with participants from Wisconsin.

On March 5, students and staff at St. Francis High School held two fundraisers for Haitian relief. The first effort was a sleep-out in the school parking lot. Students in Mr. McLean’s college American history classes, in conjunction with the student council, secured pledges of support, and then shivered their way through a long cold night under the stars. The students reported no ill effects from either the cold or sleeplessness. However, more than one of the participants reported that suffering through McLean’s rendition of Puff the Magic Dragon was really cruel and unusual punishment. Katrina Filek, a survivor of the evening, described the night as “really a lot of fun; it was almost a Breakfast Club-like experience,” referencing the 80’s hit movie. Pat Trumann, well-known laser tag impresario, also saw the experience as worthwhile. Special thanks are offered to the Arnold family, Mr. Gehring, and Mr. Hackbarth for volunteering to chaperone the event. Also, to Mr. Lorenzen, who donated a wagon load of hay and provided the students with a warm, dry place to set up sleeping bags.

St. Francis High School students compete in the Regional SkillsUSA competition in Wisconsin. Ryan Gangl (back row, second from left), Madeline Johnson (back row, fifth from left) and Austin Kadlec (front row, left) placed in the competition. 

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Competitions are based on industry driven occupational skill standards. Business partners plan these contests and industry experts judge student skills. Skills-USA (formerly VocationalIndustrial-Clubs of America) is a national organization for students who are interested in trade, industrial, technical, and health occupations. Skills-USA has more than 285,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in technical, skilled, service, and health occupations. Members are organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands). |

Summer 2010

Kids Connection

Kids Connection is a school age childcare program for children who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade. Locations: Lifelong Learning Center (air conditioned) For EBCS & CCCS students only St. Francis Middle School For SFE students only Dates:

Monday-Friday, June 14-August 27 (Closed July 2 & 5)


6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Program Fees

One Child One Day.........................................................$27.00 Two Days....................................................... $54.00 Three Days.................................................... $81.00 Four Days.................................................... $108.00 Five Days.................................................... $108.00 Field Trips................................................ $10.00/trip Registration Fee....................................$25.00/child $45.00/family Rates include one Kids Connection T-shirt Registration Fee (must be paid to be registered) Campers provide their own lunch daily

Registration begins on Tuesday, April 6 until the summer program is full. Weekly Themes • Gym Time Nature Activities • Field Trips • Arts & Crafts

Register at Kids Connection sites, call 763-213-1641 or visit us at Kids Connection is a division of ISD 15 Community Education & Services

The second fundraiser was held in the freezer and gym of St. Francis High School. Before the start of the last home boys basketball game, ten faculty members and a student representative agreed to sit in the high school freezer until the crowd contributed $1,000 for the earthquake victims of Haiti. For each $100 contributed, one of the frozen faculty members was allowed to leave the freezer. While the temperature hovered around zero degrees, the faculty involved generally enjoyed the sense that they were doing something worthwhile. Mr. Thul, one of the participants, likened the experience to a group of penguins huddled on an ice flow. Thul also noted that it was “nice being part of something that was larger than yourself.” Ms. Sworski viewed her freezer time as a good way “to become a really cool teacher.” Thanks to the generosity of fans, money was quickly raised. Between the two efforts $2,504 was donated to the Haiti fund of Feed My Starving Children. That organization will now convert the generosity of this school community into 14,500 sorely needed meals. Thank you to all who participated and contributed to this fantastic cause.  |

Lowe’s grants $5,000 to SFHS Library By Steve Fetzik SFHS Media Director


he library at St. Francis High School just got $5,000 better, thanks to a Toolbox for Education grant from Lowe’s, the home improvement store. “This is a wonderful opportunity to improve our collection of books and to improve our facilities,” stated Steven Fetzik, the Media Center Director at SFHS.

average age of a book in our library is 1976,” commented Fetzik. “It’s hard to provide relevant information when it comes from books that are older than some student’s parents.” A second use for the grant will be to improve the appearance of the library. “We are looking at adding new

furniture and maybe doing a little painting,” he added. “We are really thankful to have Lowe’s as a community partner,” Fetzik reflected. “The improvements that we are going to make with this grant will have a positive impact on the students and the school.” |

In its notification letter, Kelly Persons, community relations manager for Lowe’s, noted that the purpose for the grant is to “improve communities we serve, and we are committed to having a positive impact on the lives of our customers, neighbors, and employees.” The grant will help the high school in several ways. Primarily, it will be used to purchase new books and update materials for students. “The

Steven Fetzik, SFHS Media Center Director, holds a check for $5000 that the high school library received as part of the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Fetzik is flanked by Ryan Hansen and Lance Wetzel, managers at the Coon Rapids store. 

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High school offers automotive program By Kyle Linton SFHS Industrial Technology Teacher

Five years ago, St. Francis High School reintroduced its automotive program after being absent from the school’s registration packet for many years. The program currently offers four courses: Power Mechanics, Automotive Maintenance, Automotive Technology, and Automotive Technology II. The auto shop includes a large variety of equipment available for the students to use, including tire changing and balancing equipment, three car hoists, multiple instructional trainers, many hand tools, and a large array of specialized tools/ equipment. The automotive maintenance course is possibly the most valuable for the students in the program. It gives students knowledge of how automobiles operate and specifically how and when to perform maintenance on the automobile. The automotive technology courses focus on diagnosing and repairing vehicles; students are provided more in-depth knowledge about automotive system operation, and power me-

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chanics is designed for students to learn small engine theory, construction, troubleshooting, and repair. All courses within the automotive program are designed for two purposes—for students to have a hands-on learning experience that teaches about maintaining and repairing their own vehicles or small engines, and for students to delve into different career opportunities in the automotive field. All students in the high school are welcome to enroll in any of these courses; absolutely no prior mechanical knowledge is necessary! | 

The Courier | April 2010


School Board Highlights School Board Highlights

MArch 8, 2010

By Kathleen Miller Staff Writer

All school board members were present at this meeting. Consideration of visitors speak out on one issue Several St. Francis High School choir students, parents and choir assistants addressed the school board about the non-renewal of Tonya Barnes’ contract. Barnes has been the choir director at St. Francis High School for three years. In response to the number of individuals that addressed the board, SFHS Principal Paul Neubauer suggested the item be pulled from the agenda. Foundation 15 The foundation provides scholarships for graduating seniors from St. Francis High School. This year’s Foundation 15 will have a Roaring twenties theme. A donation of $100 per couple includes dinner and more. A silent auction will also be held. The event will be held at the Refuge Golf Course in Oak Grove on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. Board members, administrator participate  in fundraisers St. Francis High School raised funds for the Haiti relief effort. High school staff, board members, and a student agreed to stay in the freezer until enough money was raised to release them. The event was held in conjunction with the final home boys basketball game. Over $2,300 was raised. Human Resources Director Jay Reker represented ISD 15 at the

Arctic Plunge held in Isanti. Wearing a tuxedo, Reker jumped in the lake for higher education. Funds from the event will support local fire departments, food shelves and others. The Diversity Outreach Team is sponsoring a clothing drive to be held March 18 in the County Market Parking lot in St. Francis. The donations will be given to the North Anoka Community Action Program. |

School Board Highlights

MArch 22, 2010

By Alicia Loehlein Staff Writer

All school board members were present at this meeting. Crossroads School & Vocational Center Site Report Principal Keri Collins presented an overview of Crossroads programs and services. Currently the site serves approximately 75 students. Many students are from Bar-None Residential Treatment Center, in addition to ISD 15 students unable to be successful at their regular school. Crossroads School also provides education for students from surrounding districts, such as Forest Lake and Monticello, who cannot have their needs met in their own district. In June, Bar-None will be adding a girls facility. Staff at Crossroads uses technology such as interactive whiteboards to keep students interested, and in the past year has focused on reading and diversity. The Harbor Program is shortterm placement for ISD 15 students who are unable to be successful due to a variety of reasons such as academic,

truancy, and behavioral issues; however, the ultimate goal is to transition these students back to the high school. Consideration of Visitors and High School Teacher Contract Discussion A high school choir student was on hand prior to the evening’s choir concert to present a petition signed by students to keep teacher Tonya Barnes. The board discussed at length whether or not to include the non-renewal of Ms. Barnes’ contract in the consent agenda under routine personnel items. The argument was made that public perception was very skeptical of action being taken on the same night as a choir concert, disallowing students and parents to voice their opinion. Other arguments were made that the school board is a policy-making board, not an administrative board. The board voted 4-3 to table this particular case until the April 12 board meeting. Superintendent’s Report Staff is working to obtain and renew grants. Superintendent Ed Saxton met with Apple representatives about the new iPad which he hopes to see the district use as an educational tool. June 8 will be the last day of school for students in grades 6-12, Transition 15 and Crossroads due to the January 25 cancelation of classes. Saxton and high school Principal Paul Neubauer have been discussing webcasting the school board meetings online, as students now do for city council meetings. Neubauer will look into Saxton’s concerns of video tampering and finding a reliable student, especially over the summer. |

St. Francis Middle School

Middle school students and staff raise money for Haiti by Jennifer Norstrem SFMS School Social Worker

Mrs. Loerzel’s sixth grade students had the opportunity to explore the concept of static electricity. In order to demonstrate this, the Van de Graaff generator is used. Students get a “hair raising” experience from it, as you can tell. Payton Hearn is trying out a new hairstyle. Submitted by Jean A. Loerzel, SFMS 6th Grade Science Teacher

On March 5, St. Francis Middle School Student Council and the Y Start group sponsored a Hats for Haiti Day. Students and staff who wished to wear a hat during the school day donated a minimum of $2 each for the opportunity. Many students and staff participated and over $640 was raised to donate to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. It was a fun and easy way to raise money for those in need. |

Joe Haag School Board Perspective You know spring is here when the birds are becoming more active, geese and ducks are flying, and March madness is winding down. The snow has gone and the start of summer is close. I really like this time of year for the spring tournaments. I have been a basketball nut for a number of years, and this time of year is really great. It’s not uncommon around my house to be watching two or more games at one time, switching between the girls high school tourney, the boys high school tourney, and the NCAA men’s tourney. Life can’t get any better. I would like to congratulate the St. Francis High School girls varsity basketball team on their recent trip to the state tourney. They played very well in a tournament that brings the best of the state together in one place. We did not match up well against the Chaska team, but our team did not give up and showed that they can be a “class” team even when they did not win. There was no complaining or disgruntled actions by our team. I was also impressed with our student section at the tourney. They represented our community and our school very well. There are times that the student body section can get a little rowdy and chants can be a little cruel. This may have happened, but I did not hear any from our section. It is my feeling that our students as a whole are a very good group. The majority are not out to bring a negative light to the school district they represent. This brings up some things that have happened in the past few months, one being the graffiti that occurred at the high school. This was done by a very small number of individuals. The majority of the students did not approve and were upset that the actions of a few caused distress for many. There were also a number of students present at the last school board meeting to voice their concerns over the non-renewal of a teacher’s contract. They presented themselves in a positive light and spoke very well. There were no outbursts or other drama. They wanted their voice and their opinions to be heard. The outcome may or may not be what they want or desire, but their opinions have been heard. As a board member, I receive letters, phone calls, and emails that are read or listened to or discussed with the person calling. These individuals have also expressed their opinions and concerns. It is my belief that as a board member, my duty is to look at the big picture and not to micro-manage the buildings or the operation of the district. What the person feels is in their best interest, may not be in the best interest for the group as a whole. There are times when we do need to get involved, and when this need arises, I try to speak to that individual to make my opinion noted. There are times that I may or may not get the desired outcome, but my voice has been heard and my opinion has been expressed.  |

School Board Meeting Schedule School board meetings are held at the Community Room in the Central Services Center located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW, St. Francis. Monday, April 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 26 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 10 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

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


Community Education


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 •

Thinking about preschool for your child in the 2010-11 school year ? Preschool Place 15 registration is now taking pl ace The mission of Pre

school Place 15 is to provid e a safe environment where your chi ldren of all abilities can gro w and experience success and the ir parents can be partners in learning.

Programming is Septe mber through May • Morning and afternoo n sessions available • One, two or three tim es per week • Several age specific class options • Sliding fee scale is ava ilable based on family size an d income • Busing available for some classes

These preschoolers welcomed spring to ISD 15 at the Early Childhood Advisory Council’s Spring Fling on March 19. Children and parents enjoyed ice-cream and toppings. They then listed to Mr. Jim perform a variety of songs with help from the children. A special thanks to St. Francis foods for their generous donation of ice-cream.

Do you have a child who is off to kindergarten in the fall? Activities and events sponsored by ISD 15 Early Childhood Family Education in cooperation with kindergarten staff. Questions? Call 763-753-7170

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EC4504 LLC 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesdays, April 27May 11 $7.50 for all three evenings per child Through ECFE; at the Early Childhood office or at Kindergarten Registration* April 20

Moving On To Kindergarten A great way to help your soonto-be kindergartner learn the ins and outs of their new school. Meet school staff, tour the school, and listen to a story. Limited space – registration required

Cedar Creek Community School Course: EC9409 Date/Time: Friday, April 30 10:45-11:30 a.m. Course: EC9410 Date/Time: Tuesday, May 11 1:45-2:30 p.m. Location:

St. Francis Elementary School Course: EC9412 Date/Time: Friday, May 7 10:45-11:30 a.m. Course: EC9413 Date/Time: Wednesday, April 28 1:45-2:30 p.m. Fee: FREE, but you need to register through ECFE; at the Early Childhood office or at Kindergarten Registration* * This event is for soon-to-be kindergartners and their parents. Please find alternative care for other children.

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East Bethel Community School Course: EC9407 Date/Time: Tuesday, May 4 10:45-11:30 a.m. Course: EC9408 Date/Time: Monday, May 10 1:45-2:30 p.m.

Three special evenings for soon-to-be kindergartners and their parents. Spend time with your child focusing on math and pre-reading skills as they enter kindergarten. There will be parent discussion time each evening to learn more about the transition. Kindergarten teachers, early childhood staff and other district staff will participate in discussion time. Each week will have a different presenter. We’ll even have a school bus ride! Help your child be “ready to go!”

Submitted by Nancy L. Wallace, ECFE Program Supervisor

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Fun ECFE Happenings! Marvelous Mondays A time you and your young children can come and play with us! Dates: April 12 Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fee: $4 per child; maximum $12 or three punches per family (limit 4 children/adult)

Make Way for Learning: The Book That I Wrote Become an author of your own wonderful story! Draw, write, dictate, and create your own story that you can assemble and bring home

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at the end. This class is for children three to five years of age and is for children only. This class is designed to reinforce early skills that are the building blocks for budding readers, math whizzes and scientists. Dates: Wednesdays, April 21 & 28 Time: 12:45-2:45 p.m. Fee: $8 per child or two punches

Fit 4 U with Twirly Sue Come on an adventure through exercise with Fit 4 U with Twirly Sue and the Crew. They will get you moving and grooving with wiggles and giggles. Be fit and have fun through movement and play. Most appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers

with their parents. Date: Friday, April 23 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Fee: $5 per child Deadline: April 19

Celebrating Baby Enjoy songs and games together and meet others who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising a baby. Don’t forget to pick up your fee gift! Your baby must be nine months of age or younger when you attend the event. Dates: Wednesdays, April 7 & 14 Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. Fee: FREE

Early Childhood Advisory Council Vehicle Day Young children and parents can explore vehicles of many types, shapes and sizes. Bring a toy vehicle to compare to the real things. Remember to dress for the weather as this event will be outdoors. Date: Saturday, May 1 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE, but please pre-register

The Courier | April 2010

The gift of time

Our program is so fortunate to have wonderful individuals who volunteer their time to help these forward-looking students meet their goals. We recently acquired a new volunteer who is making a real difference in the lives of our students. Nancy Crowley brings a special down-toearth demeanor with her every Tuesday night that makes her a natural tutor. Her ease with students is no accident; she taught everything from preschool to transitioning high school students for twenty-two years in the Minneapolis School District. Her area of expertise was in


Don’t be bored during the summer—find an activity!

By Sandy Farder Adult Basic Education Coordinator/Instructor

Teaching in the ISD 15 Adult Basic Education program brings me in contact with many people who have been negatively impacted by these difficult economic times. While many of us might focus our attention on the things we’ve lost, lack, need or just want, I don’t see that attitude in our students. The reason, I believe, is that they are taking steps to improve their situations.

Community Education

By Tom Larson Staff Writer


et’s face it—summer is all about finding adventure and something to do for kids. How many times have you heard, “I’m bored!” ISD 15 Community Education & Services is here to help.

Pictured (L-R) are Her Xiong, Nancy Crowley, and Neng Lor. 

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dealing with emotional and/ or behavioral disorders, so she is not easily ruffled. After retiring, Nancy found herself less productive than she liked, so she sought some ways to bring more fulfillment to her life. Fortunately for us, she found our ABE program at the Lifelong Learning Center. Based on her comments, I do believe she has found the fulfillment she was seeking. She insists that our ESL students teach her as much as she teaches them, which is something I often hear from our volunteers. I, myself, have long felt that way about all our students. Nancy especially enjoys the variety of individuals she encounters here, but is also

amazed by how much they all have in common. She recognizes that they all share goals for acquiring more education along with determination and willingness to work hard in order to reach those goals. Nancy has also been inspired by our students’ ability to overcome the hardships that nearly all of them seem to have endured. We are very grateful for Nancy’s desire to share her time and talents with our program and she still has time to devote to her three children, six grandchildren, traveling, reading and participating in water aerobics at the YMCA. Retirement obviously isn’t slowing her down, but I get the feeling she is thrilled about that. |

Cedar Creek Community School teachers Chris Tauer and Carol Krupke worked with over 45 students in their after school class of drama/choir during the winter session. The drama production, Around the World, included acting scenes, narration, and songs from around the globe as well as world geography and languages. The production was attended by parents and friends in March. The after school activity is part of ISD 15 Community Education & Services Submitted By Tom Larson

Lunch Bunch

23820 Dewey Street Bethel, MN 55005 The Sandhill Center Lunch Bunch has a new line-up for spring. Take a peek at what is coming up next. Most shows sell out quickly. Reservations must be made prior to the event. Reserve your seat early by calling 763-213-1641 and use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Reservations can also be made on the web site at

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

Red Johnson April 13 SOLD OUT Angie Senger Tuesday, May 11

Or mail your registration to: Lunch Bunch c/o Sandhill Center for the Arts 4115 Ambassador Blvd. St. Francis, MN 55070

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

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

Singer/songwriter Angie Senger has been wowing audiences since she began singing professionally at age 15. This local gal from Ham Lake appears frequently at the Midwest Country Music Theater in Sandstone. You will be in for a real treat with the wide variety of music she plays in the traditional country style.

This summer, there is an array of activities to explore. You’ll find them by looking in the Summer Activities and Camps pullout section of this edition of The Courier. Some of the opportunities offered are theater and acting though CLIMB Theater, art classes, sports camps and clinics, and Mad Science classes. If it’s summer childcare you desire…check out Camp Kids Connection held at the Lifelong Learning Center or St. Francis Middle School where every day there is activity and a field trip once a week. Early Childhood Family Education is also offering classes for preschoolers and birth to kindergartners. Can you hear the dialogue in your home? “There’s nothing to do,” and “I’m bored.” Now is the time to look at what is being offered this summer; some classes fill fast. There are new adventures to be had, new friends to be made and activities to learn and grow from. Get your children “unbored!” Join the fun…check out the middle Activities and Camps pullout section. |

Early Childhood Advisory Council

16th Annual

Children’s Used Clothing & Toy Sale Saturday, April 10 9:00 a.m.-noon at St. Francis Elementary Come and shop for a variety of children’s gear, toys and clothing!

Check out what is being offered this summer through Early Childhood Family Education in the Activities and Camps pullout in the center of this Courier.

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



Community & Business Anoka County Library takes the stage Submitted by mary OLiver AnoKAcountylibrAry


ant to add a little drama to your life? Anoka County Library is working in partnership with Lyric Arts Theater of Anoka to present free theater programs in March and April for kids, teens and adults. Fractured Fairy Tale and Poetry workshops for children ages 8-12 will have students learning theater games, acting skills, and character development. There will be a short presentation at the end of each session. The workshops will be held at different Anoka County libraries during March and April. Students attending the Fractured Fairy Tale workshop will receive a free ticket to the Lyric Arts production, Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective. According to Anoka County Commissioner Jim Kordiak, who is the board’s library liaison, “The arts help children grow and thrive and develop resources they never knew they had. The process and practice of bringing words to life on the stage imparts discipline and can awaken the individual gifts children have and build confidence to dream and pursue careers that would have otherwise seemed out of reach.” Teens and adults will enjoy William Shakespeare’s play, As You Like It at the Page and Stage series offered at the Lyric Arts Theater. The Page and Stage series has three parts: a group discussion before the play, attending the As You Like It: Director’s Notes with Stephen O’Toole who will share insight into the production process, and attending a perfor-

mance of As You Like It. The adult series will be on Sunday, April 25. The teen series will be on Saturday, April 17 for teens ages 13-17. These programs are funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. Space is limited for these free programs and registration is required. For more information about these programs and the Anoka County Library please go to www.anoka.lib. For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, please go to |

isanti county Fair Submitted by ruth paSchKe iSAnticountyFAirboArd

The Isanti County Fair is currently accepting applications for Commercial Exhibitor Space at the 2010 fair. Commercial spaces are available both, inside and outside, including space in the Kennel Club Shelter. All spaces inside are 8' x 10' and come with electrical outlets, curtains, and backdrops for $150. These two buildings are secured at night and are open 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily. The addition of entertainment to the Kennel Shelter Building make this roofed building with open sides a busy and well-traveled area. Exhibitor space in the shelter is available with electrical outlets, lighting, and asphalt floor and start at $10 per running foot with sizes and prices negotiable.

Outside spaces for commercial exhibitors start at $100-$150 and are available throughout the grounds. Visit our Electrical outlets are available for most outside spaces and web site at the majority are equipped with water hook-ups and 50 for info amp service.

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Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Food can be purchased along with baked and canned goods. There will be an area set up for children’s activities and entertainment will be provided by our school students.

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Exhibitor spaces are limited and after April 15, all unreserved spaces will be available to new inquiries. Vendors are reminded to get their reservation in as soon as possible. Information and applications are available at the fair office, located at 3101 Hwy 95 NE in Cambridge or online at If you would like an application mailed to you, contact Ruth Paschke rp6236@msn. com. or 763-444-9418. |

passport fees to increase Submitted by martha Weaver publicinFormAtionmAnAger

Anoka County License Center Locations/Hours

If you anticipate needing a passport for upcoming travel, apply now. The U.S. State Department is proposing increases in the cost of passport books and cards, effective as early as next month.

Anoka License Center 6111 Highway 10, #500 Ramsey, MN 55303 Tel: 763-576-5777 Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sat and Sun

Passport fees will increase by as much as 35 percent under the new proposal. New applications for a passport book for adults will go from $100 to $135; renewing a passport book will rise from $75 to $110; and obtaining a passport book for a minor child under age 16 will jump from $85 to $105. Fees for passport cards, a travel document used to ent e r the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry, will increase as well. Fees for expedited service will remain at $60.

Blaine License Center 10995 Club West Parkway, Suite 700 Blaine MN 55449 Tel: 763-767-3888 Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sat and Sun

You can apply for a passport at any Anoka County License Center. Passport applications are accepted until 30 minutes before the end of business hours.

Columbia Heights License Center 3982 Central Ave NE Columbia Heights MN 55421 Tel: 763-789-7202 Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue.: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sat and Sun Coon Rapids License Center 455 99th Ave NW, Suite 100 Coon Rapids MN 55433 Tel: 763-785-5999 Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue.: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sat and Sun Ham Lake License Center 17565 Central Ave NE, #330 Ham Lake MN 55304 Tel: 763-413-9717 Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sat and Sun Go to passports for more information. |

health snacks for every day Submitted by LiLLiaN LeviNe rN, LSN, ae-c iSd15heAlthSerViceS

I am hungry. What is there to eat? Try one of the following healthy(ier) snacks. Remember to read labels and watch serving sizes. Fresh fruit with yogurt dipping sauce Quesadilla with salsa Cereal

Are you ready to… Lose Weight? Stop Smoking or Chewing? ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL THROUGH HYPNOSIS! Tuesday, April 20 St. Francis High School 6:15-9:00 p.m.

With Dr. Mary Fischer, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy For more information or to register, contact ISD 15 Adult Community Ed at 763-213-1640. $ $

48/person, 96 both sessions

With a lifetime guarantee card and free reinforcement CD. Private therapy is available at higher cost, call 1-877-255-9680. New Way Hypnosis Clinic, Inc. 320-255-9680 (Office)

Angel food cake with fruit toppings Nuts, seeds Graham or animal crackers Low fat pretzels (served with sweet mustard dip) or popcorn 100% fruit snacks Fruit and cheese kabobs Fruit with whipped topping 100% juice Low fat milk-plain, chocolate, strawberry, vanilla Dried fruits-raisins Vegetables (zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, pea pods, etc.) Ants on a log Trail mix Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Vanilla wafers Water Popsicles made with 1005 fruit juice Fruit bread, skip the butter or margarine Hard boiled eggs Whole grain crackers Gingersnaps with pumpkin dip Fig bars Flavored rice cakes


The Courier | April 2010

New this summer: tennis for ages 16+ Submitted by Nancy Messerschmidt adult enrichment & Rec isd 15 community ed


t. Francis High School has a beautiful tennis facility, and this summer, anyone ages 16 and older will have the opportunity to brush up on their game. Independent School District 15 Community Education is offering beginner and intermediate tennis classes along with a league. Online registration is available by visiting or by calling 763-213-1640. Beginning Tennis This beginner class is for those who want to learn the proper technique for basic tennis strokes including forehands, backhands, volleys, and serve. The class is designed for those who have very limited or no playing experience. Students will also learn how to keep score in a tennis match. A relaxed atmosphere and fun tennis games will make learning tennis fun! Ages 16 and older may register. Course: AE1101426 Sessions Days: Tuesday/Thursday Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Tennis Courts Dates: June 15-July 1 Instructor: Scott Schmidt Fee: $40 Intermediate Tennis This intermediate class is for those who have played tennis before (competitively or recreationally) who want to further develop their skills. These players generally want to be more competitive in their matches whether formally or recreationally. Emphasis will be placed on fine-tuning technique and strategy. A relaxed atmosphere and fun tennis games will keep it fresh and fun! Ages 16 and older may register. Course: AE1101436 Sessions Days: Tuesday/Thursday Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Tennis Courts Dates: June 15-July 1 Instructor: Scott Schmidt Fee: $40 Adult Summer Tennis League Want to compete against other players but don’t know many others who are willing and able? This beginner

or intermediate league will give you that opportunity. You will play one match per week, scheduled by you and your opponent at a time convenient for you. Champions will be awarded a prize at the end of the match schedule. Tennis balls will be provided! See descriptions below to determine your appropriate level. Ages 16 and older may register.

Red-headed woodpecker day at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve By Mary A. Spivey Education Coordinator, CCESR

Course: AE1101448 Sessions Days: Varied Time: Varied Location: St. Francis High School Tennis Courts Dates: June 26-August 22 Scheduler: Scott Schmidt Fee: $40 |

Spring bird tour submitted By Nancy Haugen sherburne national wildlife refuge

The early spring migrating birds will be the focus of a bird tour scheduled for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m. Participants will meet at the Old School House and drive from there to nearby woodland trails and wetland areas to look for birds. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and a field guide to birds. Spotting scopes will also be helpful in exploring the wetlands. The program will be led by experienced birders familiar with the refuge. This program is free and open to the public. For more information call the refuge at 763-389-3323. TTY users may access the refuge through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800877-8339.  |

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International Migratory Bird Day and Friends Plant Sale at refuge submitted By Nancy Haugen sherburne national wildlife refuge

International Migratory Bird Day, a celebration of the return of millions of migratory birds to their breeding areas, will be observed at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 8 with guided bird programs free to the public and a plant sale held by the Friends of Sherburne.

Come spend an afternoon observing the Cedar Creek redheaded woodpeckers on Saturday, May 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Members of the Redhead Recovery Organization will guide you on a walk into Cedar Creek’s interior to view the birds as they feed and prepare for nesting. Come and hear the different calls used by these birds, understand the special habitat the birds require, see the brilliant red head and the flash of black-and-white as they fly, learn to identify them by sight and sound, and enjoy an hour or two outdoors. The event is suitable for families, special interest groups, and the general public. We ask that if your group is larger than five people to please call in advance and let us know. Binoculars and cameras are encouraged. Expect an easy walk on sand paths to the sites. A van is provided to transport up to six people requiring assistance walking to the bird locations. Please call ahead to request this service. Meet at the Lindeman Research and Discovery Center at 1:00 p.m. on May 8. From there we will carpool to the sites. For information, call Mary Spivey or LuAnn Marotte at 763-434-5131. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve is located at 2660 Fawn Lake Drive in East Bethel. Web site: www.cedarcreek.

The second program, “Birds in the Wetlands,” begins at 8:30 a.m. After meeting at the Old School House, participants will travel to the Wildlife Drive to look for birds using the wetlands, grasslands and woodland edges. Bald eagles, great blue herons, sandhill cranes, ducks and geese may be seen as well as the red-winged blackbird, yellow warbler, and other songbirds. Beginning birders and families will enjoy this program. Bring binoculars if you have them. The Friends of Sherburne will hold a plant sale at the school house from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Native wildSubmitted photo flowers as well as domestic perennials donated by Friends members will be available. A Nature Crafts for Kids activity will be offered and hot beverages and cookies will be for sale. Proceeds support projects on the refuge. Advance registration for the guided bird tours is requested by calling the refuge at 763-389-3323. TTY users may access the Refuge through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800877-8339. All programs begin at the Old School House located on Sherburne County Road 9, 5.5 miles west of U. S. Highway 169.|

Attention All Area Businesses

Let’s get ready to kick-off the annual Pioneer Days celebration! This is your chance to be a part of the coupon book received when a Pioneer Days Button is purchased. If you would like to advertise your business, include a coupon in this year’s book or have questions, contact City Hall at 763-753-2630 or email Please respond by April 16. A copy of last year’s coupon is available upon request.

We hope to see you on May 8! | Photo credit: Jim Williams

Pioneer Days • June 11-13

Spring is here! Crafters Wanted

The St. Francis Pioneer Days Committee is looking for crafters to participate in this year’s celebration.

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The first program, “Songbird Search,” begins at 7:00 a.m. The group will meet at the Old School House then car pool to the Wildlife Drive and nearby trails to look for migrating songbirds. Warblers heading north to breeding grounds are likely to be seen. Intermediate and experienced birders will find enjoyment and challenge with this program. Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide to birds.

Beginner: These players have trouble consistently keeping the ball in the court and have limited serving abilities. They typically don’t demonstrate strategy in their play, focusing more on keeping the ball in play. Intermediate: These players can consistently maintain a 5-7 ball groundstroke rally. They strive for power and placement but struggle with consistency. Serving is typically not a strong point in the intermediate player’s game. Strategy is evident in their play.


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The Courier | April 2010

2010 marks 40th anniversary of Earth Day While tens of millions of people from Poughkeepsie, New York to Papua New Guinea will take part in events to mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this April 22nd, the story behind the first Earth Day begins with a single individual. In the early 1960s, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, first hatched the idea that began the modern environmental movement. The nation’s roads were filled with cars sporting massive, leaded-gas-guzzling V8 engines, and its factories were spewing smoke and sludge into the air and water with little regard for environmental consequences. Nelson had been working to

Nelson continued to press the issue during his own speaking tours.

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bring national attention to a wide range of environmental issues for several years before launching the first Earth Day in 1970. His early efforts included persuading President John F. Kennedy to embark on a five-day, 11-state conservation tour in 1963. While the president’s trip failed to generate interest on Capitol Hill,

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It was during one such tour in 1969 that Nelson formed the idea that would become Earth Day. Inspired by the anti-Vietnam War protests, he began to organize a day of protest to express concern about the state of the environment. The idea took off, and on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans representing groups and communities from every corner of the country joined in what Nelson called “a nationwide environmental ‘teach-in.’” Earth Day 1970 not only ushered in a new era of support for the environment, but brought about the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of key legislation, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. In 1995, Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest honor given to U.S. civilians—in recognition of his role as the founder of Earth Day.  |

St. Francis Elementary held their school carnival March 20. The theme was the Olympics with a track race, obstacle course and bronze toss and was a great time for all. Children also had an opportunity to dunk ISD 15 School Board Members Dave Anderson (above, left) and Harry Grams (above, in the tank), St. Francis Firefighter Chris Robinette, and ISD 15 Nutrition Food Services Amy Duckworth-Linder. St. Francis Elementary teachers created baskets to bid on in the silent auction, which was a big hit along with all the food that was available. With the help of many volunteers and donations from local businesses, the carnival was a success. The St. Francis Elementary Association of Parents & Teachers thanks everyone for making it a great day for all. submitted by ann pesch, sfe Apt

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Area Recycling/Spring Home Improvement Warm weather hours at household hazardous waste facility Submitted by Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager


he Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste Facility switched to warm weather hours of operation April 1 and will run through October 31. Warm weather hours are Wednesday 2:00-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. The facility will be closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The household hazardous waste facility is located at 3230 101st Avenue NE in Blaine, off Radisson Road. Household hazardous wastes

that are accepted include acids, aerosol cans with product remaining, drain cleaner, driveway sealer, liquid paint, liquid mercury, mercury thermometers, motor oil, oven cleaner, paint thinner, paint stripper, pool chemicals, and wood preservatives. Residents dropping materials off at the site must provide proof of county residency, such as a driver’s license. Businesses, organizations, and schools may not bring hazardous waste to the facility.

medical wastes, radioactive wastes, railroad ties, and tires. For disposal options for unacceptable materials, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management, 763323-5730, or email recycle@ For more information or directions to the site, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763-323-5730

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No Hazardous Waste No furniture accepted call ACCAP at 763-783-4735. East Bethel Cub Scout Pack #167 will be collecting worn and torn flags for proper disposal.

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The Courier | April 2010

New compostable bag law for curbside yard waste pickup Use of compostable bags not required at county compost sites Submitted by Anoka County

Residents who bag their yard waste for curbside pickup are required to use compostable bags—either plastic or paper—under a new state law that went into effect January 1, 2010. The legislation was put into place to reduce the amount of plastic that gets mixed in with yard waste, resulting in higher quality finished compost. Compostable bags include paper Kraft bags or

compostable plastic. Compostable plastic bags are usually clear or tinted a translucent shade of green, white, or pink; however the color is not the sure way of determining the compostability of a plastic bag. Compostable plastic bags should be clearly labeled “compostable” and include the U.S. Composting Council’s logo. Bags marked “biodegradable” or “degradable” do not meet the requirements of the state law. For more information, visit www.anoka  |

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Importance of fire drills Submitted by the Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

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. Most deaths in fires aren’t from the flames, but from smoke inhalation. 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. } Identify two safe exits in 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 every room in 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. Resources: |

St. Francis Spring Recycling Day • Saturday, May 8 St. Francis City Hall 23340 Cree Street NW St. Francis, MN 55070 Phone: 763-753-2630 Fax: 763-753-9881 E-mail:

The City of St. Francis Spring Recycling Day will be held Saturday, May 8, 8:00 a.m. to Noon. This one day only event will be held in the St. Francis Middle School parking lot, 23026 Ambassador Boulevard. The following items will be accepted at NO CHARGE

CURBSIDE PICKUP FOR APPLIANCES: The city will pick up your appliances for $20 and water softeners or air conditioners for $40. Curbside recycling is scheduled for May 5 and 6. Prepayment is required at city hall. If you have any questions regarding this service, please call city hall at 763-753-2630, Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ITEMS WITH SPRINGS: ACE Solid Waste will accept couches, chairs, recliners, hide-a-beds or other items with springs for a recycling fee of $15 per item. Mattresses and box springs will be accepted for a recycling fee of $35 per item.

BATTERIES: Automotive batteries only SCRAP METAL: Rubber, plastic, glass, and wood parts must be removed from the item. Fuel tanks and crank cases must be drained. SHREDDING: Shredding will be offered this day FREE of charge. Only shred paper with personal data such as your social security number, charge account numbers, and customer number. No need to remove staples or paperclips from documents. Keep it dry and clean. Do not place shredded paper in plastic bags. Do not shred any paper contaminated with food, grease or paint, carbon or carbonless paper, plastic or metal. The following items will be accepted for a CHARGE: APPLIANCES: JR’s Advanced Recyclers will be here to accept refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, microwave ovens, residential furnaces, hot water heaters, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, garbage disposals and trash burners for a recycling fee of $10 per item. Water softeners and air conditioners will be accepted for a recycling fee of $15 per item. Industrial units will be charged extra.

WASTE ITEMS (for St. Francis residents only): The city will be accepting household waste at a cost of $25 per load. A load is any amount equal to or less than a level pickup box or equivalent sized trailer. Oversized trucks or trailers will be charged extra. Household waste includes such items as old carpet, broken toys, plastics and general trash. These items fall under the same restrictions as your local refuse hauler. NO HAZARDOUS WASTE WILL BE ACCEPTED! Hazardous waste includes such items as oil filters, herbicides, pesticides, paints, solvents, fuel, and any undefined liquids, powders or solids. The containers these items are stored in are considered hazardous waste as well. Any load with hazardous waste will be refused. For hazardous waste drop off sites or further information, please call Anoka County at 763-323-5730.

ELECTRONICS: E-Cycling Solutions will accept: Computer towers (CPU)....................$3 Notebook computers.........................$5 Computer monitors..........................$10 Televisions 22" and smaller.............$10 Televisions 23" to 32".....................$20 Televisions larger than 32"..............$30 Small printers, scanners, fax, typewriters, VCR’s, DVD players, satellite receivers, stereo components (each), boom boxes........................... $5 Home and small office all-in-one printers & faxes...............$10 Computer keyboards, speakers (pair), home phones............$2 Wires, cords, cables, cell phones................................... FREE Electric motors............................ FREE Fluorescent bulbs: Straight four foot and under..... $.50 ea. Over four foot.............................. $1 ea. Round, U-tube, plug-in................ $1 ea. Screw in (CFL)............................ $2 ea. HID lamps................................... $4 ea. Pay E-Cycling Solutions directly. TIRES: Lehne’s Tire Service will be accepting tires at the following prices for each tire: Car tires (with or without rims)............$3 Truck tires without rims...................$7.50 Truck tires with rims...........................$10 Tractor tires small..............................$15 medium..........................$25 large...............................$35 Prices will be determined by the attendant. Hydrant Flushing City hydrant flushing will be done the last week of April.

CURBSIDE PICK UP FOR BRUSH The city will pick up brush at the curb in the water and sewer district on May 3 and 4. The brush must be piled with the cut ends towards the street. Branches cannot be more than 4” in diameter and 8’ in length. Only piles 3’ high and 4’ wide will be taken. If you exceed this limit, please call city hall at 763-753-2630. Medication Collection Goodrich Pharmacy will collect old and used medicine bottles on Recycling Day. Drop off is at the Pharmacy inside County Market. Donations of Household Goods The Salvation Army will be at St. Francis Foods parking lot, the corner of Bridge Street and County Road 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to take donations. Recycle Items Recycling items that are accepted by your curbside recycling vendor will also be accepted during this event. Annual Pet Clinic The St. Francis Pet Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. until noon at the St. Francis Fire Station located at 3740 Bridge Street. Once again, veterinarian Dr. Stanley Fagerness will be there to offer a variety of vaccinations for your pets. City dog licenses will be given out this day for NO CHARGE. The City of St. Francis City Code Section 8.05 prohibits any dog from leaving the property limits of the owner while unleashed. Any dog six months of age or older must have a city dog license. Dog licenses may be obtained at city hall at a cost of $5. You must show proof of rabies vaccination < from a certified veterinarian.

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Summer Camps & Activities Summer 2010 opportunities offered by the Rec Department, Early Childhood Family Education and Sandhill Center for the Arts

All camps are held at St. Francis High School unless otherwise noted. Questions? Call 763–213–1823.

Parent/Son Basketball Skills Camp

Baseball Camp Camp open to all boys interested in developing the fundamentals of baseball. Instruction will focus on hitting, fielding, pitching, catching, and running bases.

Boys Varsity Basketball Offensive Skills Camp

Course: SC-710002 Ages: 6–10 Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m.

Camp designed for returning Saints basketball players going into grades 10–12. The camp will focus on offensive skills including shooting and attacking the basket. Any player interested in signing up who did not participate within the Saints basketball program last year should see Coach Hauge prior to signing up. Players should sign up for the 9:30 a.m. weight training session separately.




June 14-17 (June 18 rain day)8

Course: SC-710001 Ages: 11–14 Time: 8:00–9:30 a.m.

$50 (T-shirt included)

Dance Camp An introduction to stretching, leaps and kicks. Have fun working on coordination and flexibility. Dates:

Monday–Thursday July 12-15 Course: SC-710003 Grades: K–8 Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Fee: $50 (T-shirt included)

Boys Basketball Skills Camp Basketball camp for in–house and young aspiring basketball players. Players will receive an introduction to the fundamentals of basketball. Dates:

Monday–Thursday June 21–24 Course: SC-710004 Grades: 1–6 Time: 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Fee: $50 (T-shirt included)

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday June 15–July 29 (No camp July 1-7; camp July 20, 22, 27 and 29 at SFMS) Course: SC-710005 Grades: 10–12 Time: 7:30–9:30 a.m. Fee: $90 (T-shirt included)

Boys Traveling Basketball Offensive Skills Camp Camp designed for basketball players who participated in Traveling Basketball last year going into grades 5–9. Camp will focus on the fundamentals of shooting and individual offensive skills. Dates:

Tuesday/Thursday June 15, 17, 22, 24; July 8, 13,15 Course: SC-710006 Grades: 5–9 Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m. Fee: $70 (T-shirt included)

This camp is designed for parents interested in having a basketball experience with their son. The camp will focus on helping parents guide their aspiring players by introducing basketball skills that a parent and son can work on beyond the camp. Campers and parents will receive drills and information on the necessary skills to help your son develop his skills to his fullest potential. Dates:

Wednesday & Thursday June 23&24 Course: SC-710007 Grades: 3–7 Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Fee: $50 for parent and son (T-shirt included)

Boys Basketball Competitive Camp Competitive basketball camp for boys in grades 4–9. Camp will consist of daily emphasis on fundamentals as well as individual & team competitions. Campers are asked to bring a lunch each day, camp administered by St. Francis High School assistant varsity basketball Coach Andy Forbort. Dates: Course: Grades: Time:


July 19-23 SC-710008 4-9 Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m.–noon Awards Ceremony at noon on Friday $80 (T-shirt included, ribbons, and prizes)

Register for Rec Dept camps online starting Monday, April 12

Girls Skills Basketball Camp This is a fundamental skill camp designed for in–house and aspiring young athletes. Girls will work on offensive and defensive skills each day. Dates:

Monday–Thursday June 21-24 Course: SC-710009 Grades: 2–8 Time: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Fee: $50 (T-shirt included)

Girls Travel Camp Basketball camp designed for girls that have played travel basketball. Focus on fundamentals and team building. Dates:

Monday–Thursday June 21–24 Course: SC-710013 Grades: 4-7 Time: 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $55 (T-shirt included)

Girls Basketball Camp Fundamental camp for travel level girls in grades 4-8. Coached by Danye Guinn. Dates:

Monday– Wednesday August 9-11 Course: SC-710010 Grades: 4-8 Time: 7:45-9 p.m. Fee: $40 (T-shirt included) Location: Middle School

Basketball for Beginners Co-ed camp for youth to get started on the right track. Includes dribbling, ball handling and passing. Coached by Danye Guinn. Dates:

Monday– Wednesday August 9-11 Course: SC-710011 Grades: K-3 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $35 (T-shirt included) Location: Middle School

Girls High School Basketball Camp This camp is designed for traveling and high school players. Athletes will work on individual skills, goal setting, and teamwork throughout the summer. The summer session will include offensive, defensive, and team skill work. Dates:

Monday, Wednesday June 21–July 28 (No camp July 5 & 7) Course: SC-710012 Grades: 8–12 Time: 9:15–10:30 a.m. Fee: $85 (T-shirt included)

High School Football Team Camp This camp is for high school football players in grades 9–12. It will focus on position specific techniques and scheme implementation. T-shirts handed out in July. Dates: Course: Grades: Time: Fee: Dates: Course: Grades: Time: Fee:

Tuesday–Friday, June 1-4 SC-710014 10–12 2:35-5:30 p.m. $40 – and – Monday-Thursday, July 26-29 SC-710015 9–12 2:45-5:30 p.m. $40

If registering for both sessions: Course: SC-710016 Fee: $65

Quarterback Camp This camp is designed to specifically teach the complex skills needed to successfully play the quarterback position. Athletes will train in the classroom and on the field. Dates:

MondayWednesday June 21–23

Course: Grades: Time: Fee:

SC-710017 9-12 1:00-3:00 p.m. $30

Course: Grade: Time: Fee:

SC-710018 5-8 3:00-5:00 p.m. $30

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All camps are held at St. Francis High School unless otherwise noted • Questions? Call 763–213–1823. Rec Camps Continued from Page CE 1

Football Fundamentals Camp

Tennis Camp

This camp will focus on football fundamentals including blocking, tackling, throwing, and catching. This is an excellent opportunity for youth level players in preparation for the upcoming season.

Grades: 4–12 Dates: Tuesday & Thursday June 10-July 20 Fee: $80 (T-shirt included) Location: St. Francis High School Tennis Courts

Day 1—Individual Work Day 2—Individual Work Day 3—Team/Group Day Dates:

Tuesday-Thursday June 1–3 Course: SC-710019 Grades: 2–8 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $55 (T-shirt included) Location: Soccer complex north of high school

Golf Camp This camp will focus on golf fundamentals including stance, posture, and grip, as well as putting, chipping, rules, and etiquette. Golfers will utilize the driving range, putting green, and chipping green at Viking Meadows and also get a chance to experience some course play. This is an excellent opportunity for novice and intermediate golfers. Must bring own clubs. Dates:

Tuesdays & Thursdays June 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, July 1 Course: SC-710020 Ages: 7–14 Time: 1:30–3:00 p.m. Players are responsible for their rides; must be picked up promptly at 3:00 p.m. Location: Viking Meadows Fee: $90 (T-shirt included) Rain out date: June 23 Note: All players are asked to show up at the course; rain outs will be called by the coach. Do not call Viking Meadows.

Registration deadline is the Thursday before camp starts. Questions? Call 763–213–1823.

Youth Soccer Camp

For boys and girls grades 4–12. Students are divided by skill level.

5. Complete all auxiliary lifts for each day present

A general overview of folk style wrestling will be offered. Open to all students who are interested in the sport of wrestling.

6. Complete all pre–tests and post–tests

All levels of interest welcome! Skills are incorporated into fun drills and games. Bring soccer ball, shin guards, and water bottle.




Monday–Thursday July 26–29 Course: SC-710024 Ages: 5–12 Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Fee: $50 (T-shirt included) Location: St. Francis High School Soccer Complex (½ mile north of high school)

Group A Beginners Course: SC-710021 Time: 8:00–9:00 a.m. Students who are new to tennis or have very limited experience. Introduction to forehand, backhand, volley, and serve instruction as well as scoring, rules, and game play. Incorporating “Quick Start” tennis components.

Wrestling Camp

Monday–Thursday July 12–15

Course: SC-710027 Grades: 6–12 Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m. $65 (T-shirt included) Location: St. Francis High School Wrestling Room

High School Summer Strength & Conditioning Limit 50 participants per session

Group B Intermediate Course: SC-710022 Time: 9:00–10:00 a.m. Students who are able to have some success with the basic strokes and are beyond the beginner stage. Scoring, rules, and game play will be further explored. Incorporating “Quick Start” tennis components. Group C High School Varsity & Junior Varsity Course: SC-710023 Time: 10:00–11:45 a.m. Students who are ready to focus more on skills and strategies of singles and doubles play. Should be able to consistently execute the basic shots and maintain a several shot rally to participate at this level. Competitive drills and games will be used. Incorporating match play.

Volleyball Camp The purpose of this camp is to help players improve their skills and knowledge of the game of volleyball. This camp is for volleyball players who wish to improve their overall level of play and to have fun. Dates:

Monday–Thursday July 19–22

Course: SC-710025 Grades: 4–8 Time: 10:00 a.m.–noon Course: Grades: Time: Fee:

SC-710026 9–12 8:00–10:00 a.m. $60 (T-shirt included)

Register for Rec Dept camps online starting Monday, April 12 Or use the registration form on page CE 3

Students undergo a 7-week strength and conditioning program designed to develop and enhance overall athletic ability. The program involves strength/explosive training, agility, plyometrics, speed development and flexibility. Grades: 9–12 Dates: Monday–Thursday June 14–July 29 Course Time SC-710028 6:30–8:00 a.m. SC-710029 7:30–9:00 a.m. SC-710030 8:30–10:00 a.m. SC-710031 9:30–11:00 a.m. Fee:

$90 (T-shirt included at end of session)

Varsity Lettering Requirements 1. Complete 90% of the workouts or 24 out of 28 dates 2. Score at the BFS “GREAT” level on lifts 3. Be a 9–12 grade student 4. Complete all core lifts for each day present

Questions? Call Coach Lindquist at 763–213–1543

Middle School Summer Strength & Conditioning Students undergo a 6-week strength and conditioning program designed to develop and enhance overall athletic ability. The program involves strength/explosive training, agility training, plyometrics, speed development, flexibility. Location: St. Francis Middle School Grades: 5–8 Dates: Monday–Thursday June 14–July 29 (No session June 30–July 6) Course: SC-710032 Time: 8:00–9:30 a.m. Fee: $80 (T-shirt included at end of session)

Beginning Gymnastics Introduction to the basics of gymnastics. Focus on flexibility and coordination. Dates:

Mondays & Wednesdays, June 21, 23, 28 & 30 Course: SC-710034 Grades: K-3 Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fee: $45 (T-shirt included) Location: East Bethel Community School gym

Important Notes to Parents & Participants: The Rec Department has coordinated with St. Francis High School coaches and community members to offer activities for the summer. • Registration begins Monday, April 12

School, 3325 Bridge Street in St. Francis) on the Thursday prior to the start of camp. • If individual sessions do not fill, sessions may be combined or cancelled.

• Register online or use the registration form on page CE 3. For online, go to: Look in Available Courses and change the program year to 2010-11.

• The Rec Department will not call participants before camp starts; if you are registered, you are in the camp.

• Registrations accepted starting April 12 on a first–come, first–served basis. All registrations are due in the Community Ed office (St. Francis High

• No family rate or scholarships available for summer camps.

• Grade listed is the grade your child will be entering fall 2010.

• Participants should wear appropriate clothing and footwear; bring a water

Questions? Call 763–213–1823

bottle and be ready to go at the start of the session! • Camps are held at St. Francis High School unless noted otherwise. • If not registered by the activity deadline, you may attend the activity but will not receive a T-shirt. • 10% cancellation fee will apply if Community Ed office is not notified the Thursday prior to the activity starting. NEW: Please register carefully. Once you have registered, a $10 cancellation fee will be charged to cancel.

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Summer 2010 Rec Dept Registration

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Register online!

1. Student’s name _ ____________________________________________________________

2. Student’s name_____________________________________________________________

Course #_ ___________________________________________ Fee: $___________________

Course #_ ___________________________________________ Fee: $___________________

Birth date__________________________________ Grade (2010–11)___________________

Birth date___________________________________Grade (2010–11)___________________

T-shirt size_ __________________________________________________________________

T-shirt size_ _________________________________________________________________

Parent’s name_________________________________________________________________

Email Address________________________________________________________________

Address_ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Zip__________________________________ Home phone _ ________________________________________________________________

Emergency phone _____________________________________________________________

Special needs we need to know about:_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Charge:




Exp Date _ _____________________

Total charge amount: $_ ________________________________________________________

Acct. #______________________________________________________________________

Signature_ __________________________________________________________________

Total fee enclosed: $_ __________________ Make checks payable to Community Ed

Check number_ ______________________________________________________________

Mail or drop off form to Rec Department, 3325 Bridge Street, St. Francis, MN 55070

Celebrating Baby

Early Childhood Preschool & ECFE

Preschool Camps Classes for p re s c h o o l ers that are centered on a theme. Two choices: classes that are one morning a week for three weeks or classes that are three consecutive days. Lots of learning and fun to break up summer! Time: Fee:

9:30-11:30 am $30 for each 3-meeting session, sliding fee scale available

Bugs and Crawly Creatures Children must be at least 3 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP2110 Dates: Tuesdays July 13-27


Children must be at least 4 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP1114 Dates: Wednesdays July 14-28

Math Buddies

Children must be at least 4 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP2111 Dates: Thursdays July 15-28

Camping Adventures

Children must be at least 3 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP2112 Dates: Tue, Wed, Thur July 13-15

Preschool Picassos

Children must be at least 3 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP2113 Dates: T/W/Th July 20-22

The Farm

Children must be at least 3 by 9/1/2010 Course: PP2114 Dates: T/W/Th July 27-29

ECFE Camps Siblings Getting Along

Birth to Kindergarten and their parents The foundation for decades of sibling relationships is being formed now. Discover the building blocks to positive relationships amongst your children. This class will separate for discussion time. Course: EC5701 Dates: Wednesdays July 14-28 Time: 9:45-11:30 am

Your baby must be 12 months of age or younger when you attend the event. Enjoy songs and games together and meet others who are experiencing the joys and challenges of raising a baby. Don’t forget to pick up your free gift!

Register Online!

2010 Summer Preschool & ECFE Limited space.

Separate checks for Preschool and ECFE, please. If you charge your fees, the entire amount will be charged to your account when your child is registered.

Course: EC0701 Dates: Thursdays July 15 & 22 Time: 9:45-11:30 am Fee: FREE Free Sibling Care available, but you must pre-register

Parent’s Name _ ____________________________________________

Family Times Last Forever

Birth to Kindergarten and their parents How do you want your children to remember their growing up years? Create the family memories we treasure and learn ways to have family time even when life is hectic. The plan is that this class will not separate for discussion time. Course: EC5702 Dates: Thursdays July 15-29 Time: 9:45-11:30 am

Phone (day) __________________ Phone (evening)________________ Address ___________________________________________________ City _ _______________________________ Zip__________________ ECFE



EC5702 Total ECFE Fee:______________

Child’s Name(s)______________________________________________ Date(s) of Birth______________________________________________ Attending Parent:_ ___________________________________________ Sibling Care:


Preschool Camp

EC1701 Name/DOB:______________







Total Preschool Fee:___________

Child’s Name________________________________________________ Date of Birth________________________________________________ Check(s) enclosed




Card number: __________________________ Exp Date____________

Family Special! Register for any combination of two Camps or ECFE classes and take a third FREE! Offer does not apply to Celebrating Baby and those registered in all three classes must reside at same address. For information about ECFE or Summer Preschool, call 763-753-7170.

Print Name:_________________________________________________ Signature:___________________________________________________ Any special needs of you or your child we need to plan for?_________ __________________________________________________________ Mail your registration and payment to the Lifelong Learning Center, 18900 Cedar Drive, Oak Grove, MN 55011. Registrations will be processed as they are received.

Sliding Fee Scale for ECFE* & Preschool Annual Income 0-$40,000






*No one will be denied participation in ECFE parent/child sessions due to inability to pay.

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Sandhill Center Art & Science Camps

Join us for a variety of exciting art and science classes the week of June 21. These classes are for children who have completed grades 2 through 5. Choose a class from session one and session two OR choose a class from our special offerings of Mad Science or Climb Theatre. All classes held at Sandhill Center for the Arts, 23820 Dewey St., Bethel. For more information call 763-213-1616

Session 1 Fun with Jewelry Do you like to wear jewelry? Have you ever thought about making your own? If so, this class is for you! We will be working with a variety of materials to make our own necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins. Come to learn techniques for beading, and much more! Dates: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 110 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 Instructor: Peggy Peterson

Art Expedition Sampler Join us as we take a trip through the many ways to create fun art! Try painting, drawing, pastels, and bookmaking. Explore Japanese paste paint, handmade paper, and construct a small journal. With each activity you’ll learn a new art technique

and create a fun work of art. Each day will be a new and exciting adventure! Dates: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 112 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 Instructor: Cherene Bebeau

Mosaic Workshop There’s no limit as to what you can create with your imagination to come up with a one of a kind design. Create projects such as a stepping stone, flower pots, wooden statues, pictures, and more using everything from glass and nuggets to stones and shells. Students will create and grout two projects. Also available in Session 2. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 114 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 Instructor: Lynn Masso

Questions? Call 763-213-1616 or email

Masters Sampler

Experience painting a ceiling like Michelangelo, the pointillism method Georges Seurat, the surrealistic style of Henri Rousseau and collage technique of Pablo Picasso as we learn about the masters and then create our own works of art in their style. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 116 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 Instructor: Alexandra Blonigen

Create in your Sketchbook Practice drawing and develop your skills. Use fun approaches to improving your skills, including perspective and self portraits. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 118 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m. Cost: $35 Instructor: Jeanette Offerdahl

Special Class Offerings and rocket flight. Learn performing in front of an Mad Science about model rocket design, audience. You’ll work with Summer Camp building, aerodynamics, other children and CLIMB Crazy Chemworks Try your hand with some super solutions and explore the chemistry of everyday life. Camp is bubbling over with classic experiments and crazy concoctions with spectacular hands-on activities. The camp includes real chemistry tools, stunning demonstrations and your own set of labware to take home. Date: M-Th June 21-24 Course: 301 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon Cost: $95

Rocket Blast Off This action packed week focuses solely on rockets

propulsion, launching, safety, recovery, and repair. Daily building projects and launches. This camp is a blast for boys and girls alike. Date: M-Th June 21-24 Course: 302 Grades: 2-5 Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Cost: $100

Making It Up As You Go: The CLIMB Theatre Camp Let’s face it - nobody likes learning lines. With the CLIMB Theatre Camp, you don’t have to! Games and activities will help you to feel more comfortable

actor-educators to make up your own performance - all while learning about the basics of acting. On the last day of camp, you’ll take part in a sharing event that will give your family a chance to see what you’ve been making. Please wear shoes that won’t fall off your feet, clothes you can move around in, and bring a water bottle and a snack. If this is your first acting class, that’s fine! If you’ve taken hundreds of acting classes, that’s fine too! Date: M-Fri June 21-25 Course: 303 Grades: 2-5 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $75

Session 2 Scrapbook Mania Think back to your favorite memories…birthdays, Halloween, sleepovers, vacations! Do you want to hold unto these memories until you are 100 years old? Students will learn how to create pages using matting, journaling, and embellishments. Bring your favorite photos and leave each class with beautiful scrapbook pages. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 211 Grades: 2-5 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $35 Instructor: Peggy Peterson

Painting Pizzazz Use watercolor, tempera, and acrylics to paint in many different styles. We’ll paint some realistic subjects such as animals and people, and also have fun with abstracts. You’ll experience making monoprints by painting on a surface and then printing it onto your paper. Add some mixed media collage elements to give your paintings extra pizzazz. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 213 Grades: 2-5 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $35 Instructor: Cherene Bebeau

Mixed Media Collages Being creative is all about using your imagination to make new things. Create a

number of collage projects using paint, paper, pictures and other materials. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 215 Grades: 2-5 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $35 Instructor: Alexandra Blonigen

Recycle/ Reclaimed Art Use your imagination to create one of a kind pieces of art and funky storage containers. You’ll be surprised at all the things you can make from everyday items. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 217 Grades: 2-5 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $35 Instructor: Jeanette Offerdahl

Mosaic Workshop There’s no limit as to what you can create with your imagination! Create projects such as a stepping stone, flower pots, wooden statutes, pictures, and more using everything from glass, and nuggets to stones and shells. Students will create and grout 2 projects. Also available in Session 1. Date: Mon-Thur June 21-24 Course: 219 Grades: 2-5 Time: 10:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $35 Instructor: Lynn Masso

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The University of Minnesota Extension – Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program offers Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics for Anoka County residents beginning in May. These free clinics are designed to help homeowners identify problems and develop appropriate solutions for their landscapes by using research-based information. Clinics are held on Wednesday evenings at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 6:00-8:00 p.m. from May 26 to September 8 (clinic closed July 7). A traveling Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic will be held at the Nowthen Threshing Show, 7415 Old Viking Boulevard in Nowthen August 20-22. Samples can also be brought to the Master Gardener’s booth during the Anoka County Fair (July 27–August 1). Master Gardeners are available at each clinic to answer questions about lawns, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and pests. Bring substantial samples of damaged plant material, turf, weeds, or insects. Insects need to be in a screw-top jar and can be frozen to preserve them. Please limit three samples per visit. Call 763-755-1280 for more information. |

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The city of Nowthen will hold its Spring Clean Up Saturday, May 1 behind city hall in Nowthen, 19800 Nowthen Boulevard NW from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fire extinguisher maintenance and purchase will be available. For more information, call city hall at 763-441-1347. |

The Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services (CHES) department, in cooperation with 13 municipalities, is sponsoring its 11th annual Well Water Wise (3W) promotion May 3-7 to encourage residents to check the safety of their private well water. County residents may pick up a well water test kit at participating city and township

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offices (listed below), or in the county’s Environmental Services Unit, Suite 360 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 Third Avenue in Anoka. Water samples can be submitted to the county’s Environmental Services Unit for analysis every Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to noon. During 3W week, samples can be submitted Monday through Thursday (8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) and Friday (before noon). The well water testing kit will include details about water collection and submission. A laboratory fee of $30 will be charged for bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen analysis. Anoka County’s 3W promotion coincides with National Drinking Water Week. The purpose of 3W is to raise awareness of the need to test and maintain the safety of household wells. Residents are encouraged to perform an annual sanitary analysis to determine the concentration of nitrate-nitrogen and the presence of coliform bacteria in their drinking water supply. Unlike public water utilities, private well water is not treated with chlorine to kill bacteria. Simply looking at the appearance of drinking

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water is not a reliable indicator of whether it is safe to drink. An annual coliform bacteria test is a good way to ensure that water continues to be free of bacteria. Nitrate-nitrogen occurs naturally in groundwater and in wells at concentrations below one milligram per liter (mg/L). The Minnesota Department of Health has established a health risk limit (HRL) for nitrate-nitrogen at 10 mg/L. Levels above that point may pose an immediate risk to infants and pregnant women. Nitrogen can seep into private wells from a variety of sources including septic systems, nitrogen fertilizers, animal feedlots, and landfills.

ing communities and agencies: City of Andover City Hall 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW City of Bethel City Hall 165 Main Street

The testing of private wells used for drinking water is the responsibility of individual owners. There are an estimated 25,000 private wells in service throughout Anoka County. Only a small percentage of them are tested annually.

City of East Bethel City Hall 2241 221st Avenue NE

In addition to testing for nitrate-nitrogen and the presence of coliform bacteria, the CHES department also can provide analyses for arsenic, lead, fluoride, iron, chloride, and total hardness (contact the department for sampling instructions).

City of Oak Grove City Hall 19900 Nightingale St. NW

For more information about well water testing, call the Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-7063. Well Water Wise participat-

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3rd annual St. Francis Community expo to be held Saturday, april 17

Pictured above are some of the 2009 St. Francis Community expo attendees and exhibitors. This year’s expo will again take place at St. Francis High School on Saturday, april 17. By JaniCe audeTTe sfAcoccommunityeXpocommitteememBer

Plan to attend or be an exhibitor at the 3rd Annual St. Francis Community Expo, co-sponsored by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce (SFACOC) and Independent School District 15 Community Education & Services. The expo will be held at St. Francis High School on Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Be sure to enter the FREE drawing for a $500 cash prize and a girl’s and boy’s bicycle that is donated by the SFACOC. New this year is BOB-FM, broadcasting live from the expo. They will be giving away prizes including Twins tickets, music and theatre tickets and much more! Hourly drawings will also be held for many great items including: a Grand Casino prize package, Wild Mountain passes, one-month membership to Anytime Fitness, gift certificates to Opp Chiropractic, restaurants, County Market and more, along with many vendor drawings.

School district to hold garage sale in June Over the years, Independent School District 15 has packed away equipment, chairs, desks, lockers, filing cabinets, shop equipment, motors, vintage maps, books and other learning materials, as well as a myriad of odds and ends. With a shortage of storage space, the need to clean out these areas is imperative. As a result, ISD 15 will be holding a community garage sale: Wednesday, June 23 Noon-6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24 4:00-8:00 p.m. The sale will be held at St. Francis Elementary in the gymnasium. Items sold must be taken from the premises on the day of the sale. For more information, contact Tom Larson at 763-7537041. |

For more information on how to sign up your business or organization for the Expo, visit the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce web site,, or see our ad on page 2. |

Independent School District 15 Human Resources Director Jay Reker (above) is about to experience the icy water of Long Lake in Isanti. The Arctic Plunge was held March 6. Reker, wearing a tuxedo, represented public schools and “formal education.” The Arctic Plunge is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers Herb Knutson, Warren Lysdahl, Sue Lysdahl, Jim Lundeen, Duke Dutkiewicz, and Brad Olson. Knutson took the first plunge following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The first plunge, held February 2002 at Long Lake, raised $5,500 to benefit the Red Cross. Over the past eight years, the Arctic Plunge has raised over $119,000 for community needs. This year’s beneficiaries include the fire departments of Cambridge, St. Francis, Oak Grove, and Dalbo along with the Braham Food Shelf, Cambridge Food Shelf, Spirit River Church Food Shelf, Children Come First, Isanti Senior Dining, and Isanti County Safety Rescue. |

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A benefit for Danny Ortel from noon to closing will be held at Route 65 Pub in East Bethel. Live music, food, auction and more. Route 65 Pub is located at 18407 Hwy 65 NE. For information, call 763413-3550.

Nowthen Lions Spaghetti Dinner will be held at Nowthen City Hall, 19800 Nowthen Boulevard, 4:008:00 p.m. Free will donation.

A Home Landscaping & Garden Fair will be held 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover. The event will feature local garden centers, art objects and plant materials, classes and workshops. Registration is required. The fee is $25 per person, $45 for two, and $30 for walk-in, if space permits. Visit http://blog.lib.umn. edu/mgweb/anoka/ or call 763-755-1280. The North Artist Studio Crawl will be held 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m. (also Sunday, april 11). The event brings together over 40 north suburban artists. Enjoy a wealth of talent as they open their studios for a free self-guided tour and sale. For more information, visit thursday, april 15 Michael Monroe in Concert will be held at Zabee Theater at Elk River High School, 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at http://elkriverart. or at the Arts Alliance Gallery/Office, 716 Main Street in Elk River.

Saturday, april 17 The St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce and ISD 15 Community Education & Services presents the 3rd Annual Spring Community Expo, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School, 3325 Bridge Street in St. Francis. A day of fun and prizes for all. See the ad on page 2 in this issue of The Courier. Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser begins at 6:00 p.m. at Spectacular Events, at 1001 County Road 5 NE in Isanti. Join us for dinner, silent auction, raffles, door prizes and more. Tickets are $45 at the door or $40 prior to event by calling the chamber office at 763-4448515. Vaccination Clinic at Animal & Exotic Wellness Center in Elk River at 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. visit for more details. Kids Country has a heart for Haiti and is sponsoring an Arts & Crafts fundraiser for Haiti. The event will be held at St. Francis United Methodist Church, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information or to donate, visit www.InGreat or

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call Kids Country Childcare at 763-753-5010. A benefit for Shelly Geronsin Lockwood, 1:00-5:00 p.m. will be held at Route 65 Pub in East Bethel. A contribution will buy a wristband for the event and includes food and beverages. All contributions will go toward Shelly’s medical costs. Raffles and prizes will be drawn throughout the day. Shelly was diagnosed with cancer in February 2010. She is a graduate of Blaine High School and a resident of this area. A benefit for Linda (Novak) Weber will be held at Ham Lake Lanes & Lounge, 1:005:00 p.m. A $5 donation at the door comes with a chance to win a great prize, including a TomTom GPS, hand-crafted cedar chest, or a 32" Emerson LCD flat screen TV. A silent auction and bake sale with random drawings throughout the day, plus a live band. For Linda’s story, visit www. c a r i n g b r i d g e . o rg / v i s i t / lindaweber. Questions can be directed to Lori Dobbs at 763-691-1550 or dobbs.lori@ Friday, april 23 Trinity Lutheran School’s 7th Annual Silent Auction Fundraising Event—Back to the 70s. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Foundation 15 Annual Gala supports the graduating seniors of St. Francis High School. Dinner for two is a $100 donation. There will be many silent auction items and baskets to bid on. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the Refuge

Golf Course in Oak Grove. For more information, contact Dawn Nordin at 763-2138518. Saturday, april 25 5th Annual French Toast Brunch will be held at the Oak Grove Senior Center, 19900 Nightingale Street NW, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This is sponsored by the Oak Grove Lions. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to helping area youth groups, adults $4, children (12 & under) $3, family rate $15. Let us know if you are interested in finding out more about the Lions or becoming a member. thursday, april 29 Want to become a Cub Scout? Plan on attending Cub Scouts Night at Cedar Creek Community School, 6:30-8:00

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Eastlund not seeking reelection By Rob Eastlund State representative, district 17a

This letter is my official announcement that I will not be seeking reelection this November. When my term ends this year I will have enjoyed the unparalleled privilege of serving the residents of District 17A in the Minnesota House of Representatives for a decade. Ten years ago when running for election to this office, my wife and I had one son still in high school and two daughters in college. Today all three of our children have graduated from college, are happily married and to date we have been blessed with six grandchildren. I was first elected as a conservative and a Republican and still hold fast to those values. I continue to support individual liberty and freedom, limited government, free markets, a fair tax system, private property rights, the second amendment, eliminating wasteful spending and excessive government regulation, family values and life from conception to the grave. These values, coupled with what is in the best interest of my constituents, have always been my guide for the bills I have authored and the thousands of votes I have cast. Many conversations with constituents over the years have resulted in some very interesting, spirited discussions in person or through email exchanges—sometimes changing my mind—sometimes changing theirs and

sometimes just agreeing to disagree. My constituents have always, however, treated me fairly with dignity and respect and for that I am very grateful. Making this decision has not been easy but it was never my intention to become a career politician. My passion for political activism has not changed but my life priorities have. I thank my wife and family for the support they have given me during these ten years. The relentless schedule of the legislative session, special sessions, phone calls and family interruptions and the neverending campaigning has left little time for my family or anything else. Serving as a state representative in the Minnesota House has been the most challenging, the most difficult and demanding and at the same time one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have gained the utmost respect for the institution and all the wonderful people who serve there. Even though it is difficult to leave, looking back, there is really nothing I would change, but I am looking forward to returning to a more normal life outside of politics. Our state, our country and our world are facing unprecedented challenges, but it is important to remember that behind every challenge is new opportunity. Every problem is begging for a solution. When facing difficulties in life there is great wis-

dom to be found in the book of Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Acting on this truth in Proverbs by looking to God for wisdom and understanding, as an individual or as a government, gives us another great promise to claim in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Minnesota is facing some very difficult times. God is not a Republican nor is He a Democrat. More than ever before, we need principled leaders that look to God for the wisdom to work past partisan differences to make the right decisions for our state and our nation so we can have the prosperous bright future filled with hope that we are promised. I look forward to working with my successor and doing whatever I can to assist in the transition. Thanks again for placing your confidence in me by allowing me to serve as your state representative. You have given me ten of the best years of my life. Thanks for your continued prayers and support! God bless you.



Memorial service for Signe Olivia (Tranberg) Buck Submitted by Bonnie Swedeen Bethel Community Church

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 1 at the Bethel Community Church in Bethel for Signe Olivia (Tranberg) Buck, who passed away on February 17 at the age of 92 years. Signe and her husband, Raymond, and their three children moved to Bethel in 1955 from Barron, Wisconsin. She worked for Sears Roebuck & Co. in Minneapolis, Luck Game Farm of Isanti, and Sylvester Sal- Photo of Signe and Ray Buck taken in Submitted Photo vage in Cedar. She 1996. was very involved with Bethel Community Church with Sunday school classes, Bible classes, ladies groups, Release Time classes, and choir, along with local PTA and 4-H. Signe enjoyed gardening, flowers, raising rabbits, crafts, friends and family, and submitted many of her items over the years to the Anoka County Fair. Signe and Ray enjoyed 17 years of being snowbirds in Apache Junction, Arizona. They moved from Bethel in 1993 to Cambridge, where they lived at Pine Village Mobile Home Park, then to Mill Ridge Senior Apartments and finally GracePointe Crossing in 2007. Signe was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray in 2008, a sister, and two brothers. She is survived by children Wayne (Pat) Buck of Bethel, Dean (Carlene) Buck of St. Paul, and Bonnie (Stan) Swedeen of Bethel, sister Betty (Russ) Kallstrom of Bloomington, and 7 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff and volunteers at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge for the excellent care given to Ray and Signe while living there. Blessings to you! |


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The Courier | April 2010

Legislative update

Capitol Update

BY rob Eastlund State rep. District 17A

BY rick olseen State sen. District 17

Green Acres Update

Bonding bill signed into law will mean quick Minnesota jobs

Earlier this year I wrote about the changes to the Green Acres program and the challenges to area farmers. Land reclassifications chopped up family farms into multiple taxable parcels, while confusing back-tax payment policies made the passing-on of farm land to future generations nearly impossible—exactly the opposite of Green Acres’ original purpose. This year, area residents saw property tax increases as much as 300 percent, while confusion over the program continued. I proposed a bill in the legislature to repeal the 2008 changes, and another to extend the property tax reclassification deadline for land currently in Green Acres. During the beginning of March, the issue was addressed in committee. The committee hearing featured discussion of many issues related to Green Acres. There was considerable agreement on all sides that rising agricultural property taxes is a cause for concern. I was also pleased that several residents from our area were able to testify at the hearing.

hearing had both positives and negatives. The down side is that the only bills heard in the house related to the property tax classification date change from May 1 to August 15. The upside is that we had the hearing. By having it before the committee deadlines, we increased the likelihood of some action on Green Acres this session. I appreciate area residents’ interest and feedback, and I encourage you to continue sending the committee chairs your concerns. With sustained community involvement, we can keep this issue on the table. Alongside rural legislators from both parties, I will continue to do everything I can to protect our farmers and family farms in these difficult economic times.  | Rob Eastlund represents District 17A which includes the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and North Branch. You may contact him at his office, located at 243 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155, by phone at 651296-5364, or by email at rep.rob.

The result of the committee

The capital investment package was recently signed into law, making real progress in the legislature’s goal to promote economic recovery and grow jobs in our state during the 2010 session. The final package, after the governor used his line-item veto power, is worth $680 million and is estimated to create 16,000 jobs across Minnesota. This is a great time to complete construction projects and save taxpayers money, with material and labor costs low in this struggling economy. The package originally passed by both bodies of the legislature with strong bipartisan votes was worth $999.6 million, and would have created 23,500 Minnesota jobs. The governor cut $319 million, about a third of the projects, and signed the remainder of the bill into law. Though I would have liked to have done more to stimulate the economy, this investment in our state’s roads, bridges, college campuses, parks and trails, and public utilities will still get thousands of Minnesotans back to work. This is the earliest we’ve had a capital investment package signed into law in recent history, which is vitally important in these tough economic times. By doing so, we can get these shovel-ready projects underway quickly for the spring and summer construction seasons and get folks back to work in just a matter of weeks. I’m also happy that an important local project was included in the new capital investment law. Minnesota will provide $1 million to the city of North Branch to construct a water main loop in the ESSBY business park. Building up

the infrastructure of this development will help our region attract new businesses and jobs. This is exactly the type of project that should be accomplished through bonding – creating immediate construction jobs now and the foundation for long-term economic growth. I’d also like to mention an opportunity for folks to help out our friends and neighbors who’ve come across tough times. New Pathways, Inc. in Cambridge provides transitional housing and support for local families who are experiencing homelessness. You may be familiar with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, where churches provide housing and meals for homeless families; this program is administered through New Pathways. There are lots of ways for you to help out, such as hosting or cooking at one of the churches, donating personal care supplies, household goods, or furniture, or making a monetary contribution. I recently donated our couch to New Pathways to help a family transitioning into a home. They do not have the capacity to store furniture at their facility, so they accept furniture (in good condition) as they learn of a family in need. You can call 612-819-3171 with questions about the donation of any item, or visit for more information on the program. I encourage you to contact me with your questions or comments on any issue. You may call me at 651-296-5419, send an email to sen.rick., or write to G-24 State Capitol, St. Paul, MN 55155. |

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The Courier | April 2010

My legislative efforts

BY tom Hackbarth State rep. District 48A

Everyone has an agenda

Record lottery sales

The legislative session is particularly intense and divisive this term. This is largely because all 201 legislative seats are up for election in November, including several legislators running for governor. Hence, everyone has an agenda. This divisive environment affects numerous pieces of legislation, among them the bonding bill, deficit reduction, and General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC). The bonding bill proved partisan, as Governor Pawlenty struggled with the house and senate. The Governor clearly identified what he required to sign a bill into law, and these requirements were not met to his standards. For example, he stipulated the bill should not exceed $725 million, and the initial proposal was $1 billion. The governor also told the house and senate that funding first needed to go to core functions such as veterans, military, and public safety. While the final bonding bill did include funding for prison security and sex offender programs, it was well below the governor’s recommendations. Hence, what legislative leaders thought would have taken a week to pass, took over a month. Even with the extra time, the governor still line-item vetoed over $300 million, including higher education, state trail acquisition, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, cultural, and civic centers. The budget is experiencing the same sort of funding crisis. All supplemental budget appropriations are made based on forecasts of the state’s income and now require cuts because the 201011 revenue of the state will be about $1 billion less than projected. While K-12 education funding makes up about 40 percent of the budget, this money has been deemed too important to cut. Therefore, cuts must be made from other areas, such as higher education, the environment, local governments, and likely,

health and human services. These health and human services cuts are truly contentious right now, with General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) at the forefront of this issue. The GAMC bill was vetoed initially, and after some attempts to override the governor, the bill was sent back to conference committee for negotiations with the governor and legislative leaders. They have come to an agreement to continue the program using a new method of payment. GAMC will use a reformed method of providing care called Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) that will manage healthcare and provide medically necessary services. Capped block grants to CCO will be funded with $71 million from the state’s general fund in fiscal year 201011, and $131 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Providers will lose a considerable amount of money because they will no longer be reimbursed using the fee-for-service method; all funding will be from capped block grants. All dollars need to be stretched in this economic climate. In November, forecasts indicated a $1.2 billion deficit for the remainder of this biennium. Most recently, the March forecast shows that the deficit has shrunk by $200 million (currently standing at $994 million until the end of the biennium) due to an unexpected increase in corporate tax and motor vehicle sales tax collection. Happily, gross domestic product growth is expected at 1.8 percent annually, which means Minnesota can expect a return to pre-recession levels in late 2011.  | Mike Jungbauer is serving his second term in the Minnesota State Senate. He encourages and appreciates constituent input, and can be reached at 651-2963733; by mail to 121 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55115; email sen.mike.

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This month, the Minnesota State Lottery celebrates its 20th anniversary. I am pleased to report that during 2009 the lottery contributed more than $1.8 billion to the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, the state general fund and other state programs. When citizens participate in the Minnesota State Lottery, they are helping to preserve, restore, and enhance our state’s environment and natural resources. Each year, the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund receives 40 percent of lottery net proceeds, or about 6.6 cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets. These proceeds fund projects including state and local parks and trails operations and maintenance, and programs to enhance fishing and hunting. Since the inception of the lottery in 1990, sales in District 48A totaled over $58 million, with area retailers earning over $3.5 million in commissions and incentives. These sales produced $3.9 million for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, $8.4 million for

the state’s general fund and $834,000 each for the game and fish fund and the natural resources fund. The past year saw record lottery participation in District 48A, with sales totaling $481 million in fiscal year 2009. This resulted in $119 million for the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and other state programs, as well as $249,914 in commissions and incentives for 26 local retailers. In this 20th anniversary of the Minnesota State Lottery, it is great to see our area’s continued participation. Each ticket and scratch game is a win for area businesses, the environment, and our outdoors experiences.  | Rep. Tom Hackbarth is the state representative for House District 48A which includes Elk River, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Bethel and East Bethel. You may contact him at his office located at 309 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in St. Paul, MN 55155, by phone at 651-296-2439, or by email at rep.tom.hackbarth@

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BY mike Jungbauer State sen. District 48


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was established in 1934, part of a bevy of financial reforms passed as a result of the Great Depression. When money is deposited into an account with an FDIC-protected bank, the FDIC guarantees the amount of money up to $100,000 per depositor, and some retirement accounts are covered up to $250,000 per deposit. Any deposit into an FDIC-insured bank is protected regardless of the depositor’s citizenship status or country of residence. In light of the economic downturn of 2009, many FDIC-insured banks failed. In such instances, a formal notice of failure is issued to the FDIC by a government agency. That notice decrees the bank is no longer able to meet its obligations. Once that has been issued, the FDIC can then either take over the bank or it can be purchased by another bank. In 2009, numerous failed banks were purchased by other banks. Oftentimes, account holders find little immediate impact when their bank is purchased, as direct deposits are still made and even branches remain open, only now with different names on the doors.


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The Courier | April 2010

Curt Strandlund appointed to Village Bank Board

I hate when that happens

BY randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

Realtors & other business professionals:

What you don’t know can hurt you, or don’t ask, don’t tell

Please join us for breakfast hosted by Independent School District 15

I don’t know if you have noticed this or not, but it seems that things happen in threes. It seems that if something breaks in the house, three things break. Anyhow, the other day I was talking to one of our service advisors regarding a certain topic. A few hours later, a great longtime customer came in and asked a question on the same topic. A few hours after that, another guy was in and asked about the very same topic. I thought I should address it.

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The question is, when you bring in your vehicle to some shops, why is it they seem to regularly have other recommendations for you? Some shops never have other recommendations for the driver.

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I found out that this is not unique to the automotive world. Another longtime customer came in who is a doctor. He was annoyed that some of his colleagues are not always upfront with their patients. Recently, he had to tell an elderly lady that her husband of many years was going to die. He told her that all of us are going to die someday, but for now, the plan is to face the facts. A plan was made so that her husband could have the best quality of life in the remaining time. The wife was expecting this, but was extremely grateful that the doctor leveled with her and could now make plans for the future. He said some doctors (who are just people, by the way) have trouble giving bad news. His belief was to be upfront with people and let them be part of the decision-making process.

The Courier announces winners Submitted by Janice Audette Advertising sales, the courier

The Courier is happy to announce the winners of the first advertising drawing of 2010. They are: Gerdin Auto & Tire, winner of free one color added to an existing ad (a value of $80), St. Francis Insurance, winner of one free 2 column x 6 inch ad (value of $93), and Marianne Roesner E.A. Income Tax, winner of one free 2 column x 3 inch ad with one color (value of $73).

The same thing happens in the car world. There are those who want to be upfront with people and let them know of potential problems. Then there are those who just don’t say anything in fear that the customer may think they are just trying to get more business. It is a sticky situation. My personal feeling is to properly inspect a vehicle and inform the driver of any problems, along with the manufacturer’s regular maintenance schedule. I feel it is always better to be proactive than to be caught unaware.

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Submitted by Karen Moehring Village Bank, St. Francis

Village Bank is pleased to announce that Curt Strandlund of East Bethel has been appointed to the Village Bank Board of Directors. “Curt’s success has come from his highly respected style of business. He is a stickler for quality while listening closely to his customer’s needs. He will bring honesty, integrity and confidentiality to the board, values our business is built on,” said Village Bank owner and Chairman of the Board Don Kveton. Curt owns Classic Construction, Inc. of East Bethel. He will bring to Village Bank an understanding from both the customer side and now the bank point of view. “I am glad to have this opportunity to serve and help make the best decisions for both sides.” “Our business started with a pickup truck and wheelbarrow 26 years ago. At that time our focus was primarily on cement work,” shared Curt. Today Classic Construction, Inc. also does general contracting and has built a number of local commercial buildings, including the construction of the Village Bank in East Bethel. Other projects include Blaine Bros. Maintenance, Forest Lake Hockey Arena, Foundation Hill Montessori & Childcare, Blue Fin Pool & Spa, Princeton Hockey Arena, the St. Francis County Market addition and adjacent malls to name a few. Curt runs a hands-on business with a close connection to the customers. He is actively involved in all jobs to keep quality at the highest level. Curt’s hobbies include snowmobiling, spending time with his family at the cabin on Big Sandy Lake and recently trying his hand at a bit of crop farming. He and his wife, Diane, have lived in East Bethel together for 28 years and have three children. They are waiting the arrival of their first grandchild early this spring. |

The Courier | April 2010

Business/Income Tax Tips


Tax Tip for April 2010 File your tax return…even if you cannot pay the amount due or you have a loss Submitted by Tracy Slepica Sannerud, Savarese & Associates, P.A.

The year 2009 has been financially challenging for most, both individuals and businesses alike. With that, some may worry, will I owe taxes and if I do, how will I pay them? Rule #1: file your tax returns by the due dates. By doing this, if you owe taxes you will avoid the costly failure to file penalties and some of the interest charges. If you do owe and are unable to pay the full amount, making partial payments will help reduce the amount of penalties and interest. If you are due a refund, there is no penalty for failure to file; however, you cannot receive your refund without filing your tax return—wait too long to file, and you may lose the refund altogether. The St. Francis Lionesses and Lions would like to thank Cub Scout Pack 511, St. Francis County Market, and St. Francis Foods for their help with the North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf food drive. Thanks to the community for your support. Pictured above, Scout leader Mark Radzwill with McCabe and Isabella. Submitted photo

If you have a loss (or negative income), you should still file your tax return—purely to close the statue of limitations on audits. If you have securities sales or small businesses with profits over $400, you need to file a tax return. If you are wondering about your own situation, please feel free to give us a call; we are happy to help! |

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St. Francis Women of Today’s nominee receives award By Dana Hoenigschmidt Public Relations Manager, Minnesota Women of Today


anna Maslowski, daughter of Tom and Lisa Maslowski of Blaine, has been chosen as an Outstanding Person with Developmental Challenges by the Minnesota Women of Today. She was one of the finalists chosen from entries from across the state. The St. Francis Area Women of Today nominated Hanna for this award. The Outstanding Person with Developmental Challenges Award is designed to recognize people who have made valuable contributions and who make a positive impact on their community. Hanna is in seventh grade and is a student ambassador at Westwood Middle School. In addition to raising money for multiple charities and volunteering her time at events, and as 2009 Minnesota Junior Miss You Can Do It, Hanna is very excited about her latest project. Hanna is the inspiration behind “Pageant of Hope,” a pageant to provide a magical evening of hopes and dreams for girls ages 6-18 with special needs. The pageant was a sellout held at the Season’s of Bunker Hills on March 13. For more information on the pageant, visit Hanna was presented with this award at the Minnesota Women of Today Convention at the Double Tree Hotel in St. Louis Park on January 30. The St. Francis Area Chapter of the Minnesota Women of Today is a community service and leadership training organization. Membership is open to those 18 years of age and over. If you would like more information please contact the Chapter Service Center at 763.421.4718 or www. |

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The Courier | April 2010

Sports & Outdoors Girls basketball season ends successful season with trip to state Submitted By SFHS Girls Varsity Coaching Staff

The 2009-10 St. Francis High School (SFHS) girls basketball season has come to a close, and what a successful season it was. The 39 girls in the program worked hard every day and the improvement showed on the court with both the 9th grade and varsity teams claiming conference championships.

47 in front of a very energetic crowd at North Branch High School. The victory gave the Saints their second state tournament appearance in three years and set up a battle against Chaska. For five players, this marked a return to the state tournament—a rare feat for any team in SFHS sport history.

The winning didn’t stop once the varsity team reached the playoffs as the Saints began the 7AAAA playoffs with a 72-42 defeat of Anoka at home. For the second round of playoffs, the team drew a tough Forest Lake team and defeated them by a score of 63-57.

The team came out ready to play against Chaska, jumping out to a 10-4 lead early on. The hot shooting and strong defense led to a halftime score of 35-31. Unfortunately the team ran out of steam and the shooting percentage dropped in the second half. This led to Chaska pulling away and beating the Saints by a final score of 76-57.

This set up a rematch of a game played during an eventful alumni/youth parents night with CambridgeIsanti. The first game between these two teams was hard fought with Cambridge winning 63-60. The second time around, however, belonged to the Saints. The girls took control from the beginning and kept it, winning 70-

The Saints were led in scoring by Jordan Falk with 16 points, Taylor Morrell with 14, and Melissa Borstner with 13. It marked the last game for the five seniors: Melissa Borstner, Kelsey Lipinski, Taylor Morrell, Jill Morrison, and Courtney Wenker. These girls gave an amazing four years to the high school basketball program and the

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coaching staff wishes them nothing but the best in their future endeavors. The coaching staff and the team would also like to thank all the community members for their support during this wonderful season.

St. Francis girls basketball holds end of year banquet The St. Francis High School girls basketball season officially ended with the banquet on March 25 at high school. The banquet consisted of great food and recognition for the students’ achievements. The 15 members of the varsity team were each given state tournament participation certificates. Individual awards were handed out as well. Kelsey Lipinski earned the Top Rebounder Award as well as the Most Improved Player Award. The Offensive Player Award was shared by Melissa Borstner and Taylor Morrell. Jordan Falk won the Defensive Player award. Melissa Borstner also won the Team

The 2009-10 St. Francis High School girls basketball team finished the season at the state tournament.  Submitted photo MVP award. The Team Spirit Award went to Sam Salo. Jill Morrison and Jordan Falk tied for the team’s highest free throw percentage award. The North Suburban Conference also gave awards to some of the athletes. Kelsey Lipinski, Jill Morrison, and Joy Mikkelson won all-conference honorable mention awards. Melissa Borstner, Jordan Falk, and Taylor Morrell won all-conference awards. Melissa Borstner won the North Suburban Conference Most Valuable Player Award.

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The banquet was a great way to end a wonderful season. The coaching staff would like to thank all of the players, parents and fans for a wonderful season, and we hope you continue to support the St. Francis High School girls basketball program. 

Saints softball set for success Sumbitted By Doug Luby Saints softball

The St. Francis Saints softball team is anticipating a strong season this year at all levels. Saints varsity coaches Alan Schlomann and Carolyn Thompson look to build on their reputation for fielding a strong defensive team, led this year by senior captains Julia Dugas, Amanda Luby, and Shauny Moen. Both starting varsity pitchers from last year, junior Lindsay Schultz and sophomore Debby Evans, return again this year to lead a strong young pitching staff. The Saints will look for defensive support from returning players Madison Hill and Kelsey Gale, and from a number of other sophomores and juniors. The junior varsity squad, with new coach Beth Spurrier, will be traveling quite a bit to seek out the best competition, including tournaments in North St. Paul and Lakeville. The B squad will once again be directed by Jen Close, and will attempt to continue its dominance in the conference. Coach Marty DeKanick will be taking over at the freshman level, with one of the largest influx of young players in recent history. Coach Mikki Hanson will again be working with the pitchers. Visit to view team schedules.  

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Local player on top-ranked college baseball team

Wrestlers earn honors at state tournament

Sumbitted By Julie Thomas Bethany Lutheran College

The 2009–10 wrestling season is in the books, and a pair of St. Francis wrestlers are able to add their names to the list of Saints wrestlers who have earned all-state honors at the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament.

Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, the second-place finisher in the 2009 conference race and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up, was the overwhelming pick to win the league in 2010. Bethany Lutheran, who received 48 points and six first place votes in the coaches’ poll, are coming off a great year that brought national attention to the program. The Vikings were well-represented in numerous NCAA national statistics categories in both hitting and pitching in 2009. Bethany returns

Travis Fisher all but two starters from last year’s team that went 17-3 in UMAC play. Among the players is sophomore Travis Fisher, a St. Francis High School graduate from Cedar. 

Summer field use being scheduled By Tom Larson Staff Writer

All 22 outdoor playing fields, which are part of Independent School District 15’s outdoor facilities, are currently being scheduled through the Community Education Department. Fields will be open to the public through a permit process only, with the first day of availability starting April 12. Users must be registered and scheduled as part of the summer permit process. Field and building use of school district facilities is governed by ISD 15’s Facility Use Policy 700 that outlines the permit process, rules and regulations, and fees related to use, be it practice, games or tournaments. The ISD 15 School Board reviews the policies and procedures periodically. The policy can be found on the district’s web site at www.stfrancis.k12., Resources>Community Resources>Facility Scheduling. Use of outdoor fields are usually requested through local athletic associations serving the area youth. The associations currently scheduled include St. Francis Baseball Association, St. Francis Fast Pitch Association, North Metro Soccer, Community Educa-

tion Recreation Department (for T-ball, baseball, softball), St. Francis Legion Baseball, and several local town baseball teams. All users pay a fee of $9 per three-hour units of time for each use scheduled. Fees cover summer grounds staff, fertilizer, irrigation systems, and general upkeep and maintenance of the facilities. The high school varsity and junior varsity programs have priority for field use and are scheduled first, April through the first week in June, generally in the afternoon hours. All other associations are scheduled evenings and weekends. For scheduling and permits, please contact Tom Larson, Director of Community Education and Maintenance Services, by phone at 763-7537041 or by email at tomlar@  

Sumbitted By Keith Lipinski SFHS Wrestling

To get there, however, they had to get through what was considered to be a sort of mini state tournament, the Section 7AAA Individual Tournament. Sophomore Austin Leibel, rated second in the state, won his third consecutive Section 7AAA championship at 119 pounds. Senior Cody Raze, rated 7th in the state at 215 pounds, came away with a victory, and the Section 7AAA title. Even though Leibel and Raze were the only Saints wrestlers able to punch their tickets to the Excel Center for the state tournament, several other Saints had an impressive performance at the Section 7AAA tournament. Senior Ryan O’Connell at 125 pounds was able to bounce back and earn third place. Kyle Allen at 145 pounds, and Jayce Oie at 112 pounds came away with fourth place finishes. Cole Ostendorf at 140 pounds and Justin Hartzberg at 152 pounds both finished fifth. Colton Oie at 103 pounds, Alex Eastman at 135 pounds, Travis Kapol at 171 pounds, and Nate Lipinski at 189 pounds all ended their seasons with sixth place finishes. At the state tournament, Leibel and Raze proved that they were two of the best wrestlers at their weight class. Leibel battled to the finals against number one ranked Dakota Trom of Apple Valley.

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(Left) Austin Leibel placed second in his weight division at the state wrestling tournament and Cody Raze (right) took third place.  Submitted photo This was one of the few finals Raze found himself paired that saw the top two ranks against the third ranked wrescompete. The momentum of tler and was able to completely the match kept swinging back dominate the match. In his and forth. Leibel fell for only quarterfinal match, he faced the second time this season by off against the only individual a score of 9–4. Leibel finished who had beaten him this year. the season with a record of Despite his best efforts, Raze 42–2, a third place finish at the lost and dropped down to the Minnesota Christmas Tournawrestlebacks, where he would ment, and a second place finish go on to win two matches to at the Minnesota State Tournaplace third. Raze had to wresment. tle a rated wrestler in every match and was able to defeat Senior Cody Raze was in a difall but one. ferent position. Even though he was the 7AAA champion, his road to placing at state could arguably be one of the toughest. For his first round match,

Thanks go out to all the wrestlers, parents and coaches on a great season. We will see you next year. 

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Peewee hockey ends season

St. Francis U12 girls hockey ranked sixth in state

Sumbitted By Deb Humann PeeWee Hockey

Sumbitted By Calli Sigfrinius St. Francis Hockey

Thank you to coaches, managers, and parents of the Peewee C hockey team for a great season. The team took third place in the Dodge County Shootout and were contenders for the T-bowl in the South St. Paul Tournament, taking seventh place. The boys placed second in their league and competed in the District 10 tournament in February. They won most of their games but did not make it to the championship round. They ended the season with a 9-1 win over Rogers and a season record of 7-2-1.

The U12 girls hockey team finished their regular season play with a 14-2-2 record and advanced to district play. District 10, which the girls play in, is noted as one of the toughest districts in the state. Heading into districts the team played the second and seventh ranked teams in the state and won the championship. After taking first place at districts, they were ranked 6th in the state. From there they advanced to regional play in Richfield.

Team members include Briar Mishler, Trent Lobeck, Andrew Humann, Mason Abraham, Preston Carlson, Conner Denny, Gunner Dupont, Ronnie Gall, Jacob Lohman, Kevin Reed, Mitchel Schultz, Elliot Stanaway; coaches Mitch Carlson, Barry Bourgoin, Dan Lohman, Justin Dupont; managers Sallie Mishler and Jodi Rasche. 

The girls won all three of the games in their bracket, one game going into four over-

The St. Francis U12 girls hockey team finished the season 14-2-2.  Submitted photo times. The team was exhausted but gave it everything they had and defeated North Metro 2-1. The team took second place at regions after a loss to Tartan, the number

The Peewee C hockey team took third place in the Dodge County Shootout.  Submitted photo

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The Trinity Kings’ 7th and 8th grade boys basketball team of Trinity Lutheran School in St. Francis took 6th place at the Lutheran Schools State Basketball Tournament February 26-28 at Concordia University in St. Paul. The Kings won their first game over Immanuel Courtland, lost the second game to number one seed Trinity Waconia, and won the third game over Trinity First of Minneapolis, finishing with a win over King of Kings of Roseville. In the final game against Bloomington Lutheran, the Kings lost by three points in overtime and finished their season with an overall record of 18-4. The boys were coached by Aaron DeLong, Matt Submitted By Trinity School DeLong, and Todd Johnson.

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Dance team to hold tryouts Sumbitted By Jill Salo SFHS Dance Team

Tryouts for the 2010-11 St. Francis High School Competitive Dance Team (varsity and junior varsity) will take place at St. Francis High School’s back gym on May 17, 18, and 19, from 3:00-5:30 p.m. All young ladies who will be in grades 9-12 during the 201011 school year are eligible to try-out. Middle school students will be considered if they feel they possess a skill level consistent with a varsity level team. Athletes should come to tryouts wearing T-shirts, athletic shorts or shorts with tights under them, tennis shoes and/ or technique shoes. Information packets are available in the SFHS athletic office. Call Coach Jill Salo at 763-213-1574 with questions. 

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Life & Classified Family mealtime—has it gone by the way of the dinosaur?

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Tree selection The many different ways to buy a tree This time of year I start checking the opening dates for my favorite nurseries. I really enjoy looking (and usually buying) some of the bare root plants that are offered for sale at the beginning of the gardening season. Last year, I bought a Contender peach tree. According to the Bailey’s representative, the tree should be fine for my garden in southwestern Isanti County. I’ll let you know if it survives the winter and if and when it starts producing yummy peaches. Bare root is the least expensive type of tree to purchase for planting. These plants have been dug up and there is no soil protecting the roots. Bare root plants are only offered at the beginning of the gardening season. It is imperative to keep the roots wet (don’t drown them though) and plant as soon as possible. You can also buy shrubs, asparagus plants, strawberry plants, and other bare root—generally with much luck. You may also choose to purchase a containerized plant. Some trees are container grown and some are transplanted into a container. You don’t need to be in such a rush to plant in containers, but you must keep them

watered. These plants are susceptible to becoming potbound or to have their roots circling the container. If I notice my container plant has roots circling the container I will slice off the bottom inch and cut away the outer edge of the plant. I do this to enable the roots to spread out and for smaller roots to grow

have to remove some of the soil. For all trees—the root flare should be at or slightly above the surface of the soil. Several things to remember:  Because roots need oxygen, they don’t normally grow in compacted oxygen-poor soil.  The major roots usually lie less than eight to twelve inches below the surface.  Roots often grow outward to beyond the canopy of the tree or one to two times the height of the tree.  Water newly planted trees thoroughly and often for the first two or three years of the planting. Don’t forget to water late into the autumn.  Mulch around your tree so the tree doesn’t have to compete for water with grass (or weeds). The mulch shouldn’t come in contact with the tree, but should be in a donut shape about two feet out from the tree. The mulch should be about three to four inches deep.

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What is dinnertime like in your home? Is it convenient for family members to heat up their own meal in the microwave at different times and retreat to their own corners of the house? Are you all eating on the run? For many families, eating dinner together has become a lost art—but it proves to be a simple, efFile phoTo fective way to reduce the risk of youth substance abuse and to raise healthier children. Before family dinners are extinct, let’s make the effort to preserve family mealtime. The facts are on the table: eating dinner together every night keeps the doors of communication open. It’s the perfect time and place to reconnect and to show your kids that they are your priority. Sitting across the table is where and when you can find out more about your children’s likes, dislikes, and daily life. Having this information can help you direct your children toward positive activities and behavior, reducing the likelihood that they will get involved with alcohol, tobacco, and/or illegal drugs. Why are family meal times important? By eating with your children, it is more likely that meals will be healthier and nutritionally balanced. ConTinued on pAge 35 » MEAL TIME

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Land of Lakes Choirboys appoints new executive director the Land of Lakes Choirboys stands for with its motto, ‘Music, Respect and Honor’. He understands the organization and what we are about—developing boys into fine young men.”

Aaron Carpenter Associate Director of Land Of Lakes Choirboys

The Land of Lakes Choirboys is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul (PJ) Fanberg as only the third executive director in its 34-year history. Although new to the position of executive director, Fanberg’s tenure began as a choirboy in 1994 and developed further when he was employed by the organization as a Prefect in 2000. In 2008, Fanberg was appointed General Prefect, where he assumed the duties of working with all of the boys in the organization as well as overseeing the training and coordinating of all the Prefects with the Land of Lakes Choirboys.

Fanberg says of his appointment, “Being handed the reins of this organization is an incredible honor for me.” As a former choirboy, PJ grew up learning the very same lessons the organization continues teaching today. He speaks of his hope that the choir will be able to continue to offer to every boy the opportunity to sing. Sharing of his own story, he says, “If it wasn’t for the choirboys’ financial assistance, my family would not have been able to afford even the minimal cost of the program when I was a boy.” He also acknowledges that worrying about the finances at home and the family’s ability to pay is a lot of unnecessary worry for a nine-year-old. “They really just need to worry about singing and being boys.”

Upon the announcement of Fanberg’s promotion to the position of executive director, Craig Carmody-Anderson, Founder of the Land of Lakes Choirboys, stated that he is “proud to have an alumnus in this position.” Anderson continued, “PJ exemplifies all that

Diane Kelly and Christie Gordon, co-presidents of the Choir Service Organization (CSO) believe that, as a former choirboy who has worked with the organization for many years, Fanberg intimately understands the benefits of the Land of Lakes Choirboys. They are confident that he can work to ensure that the time-honored traditions of excellence in music and leadership will not be forgotten but will be built upon in the future. “Parents look forward to working with PJ, keeping in sight that com-

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Bittner of East Bethel. Connor is welcomed by grandparents David and Cheryl Anderson of East Bethel and Dick and Julie Bittner of Isanti.

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Nolan Ryan Ingebritson was born January 30 at Unity Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. Proud parents are Trevor and Clarissa Ingebritson of Nowthen. Grandparents are Ken and Nancy Henrikson of East Bethel, Gary Ingebritson of Oak Grove, and Rhonda Ingebritson of Wyoming. Nolan is welcomed by big sister Heidi, (16 months).

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Childcare Openings for school age kids and preschoolers 1/2 off first week. St. Francis Elementary and Trinity School. Food program provided. Very fun and loving environment. For more information call Lisa: 763-434-8090 or 763-458-1948. Hours are 6:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. All ages welcome. References are available. St. Francis Licensed Daycare has openings with reasonable rates. I provide the one-on-one attention that your child deserves, Christina, 763-258-7282. Kids Country Childcare Center, St. Francis, has openings for all ages. Tour today, earn FREE care, 763-753-5010.

Childcare St. Francis licensed daycare has openings 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. First week 1/2 off with enrollment. Please call Ann for more information: 763-213-8467. St. Francis Licensed Daycare All ages welcome, daily activities and crafts, fenced yard, food program, East Bethel Community School, Sara 763-753-0021. Precious Times Learning Center in St. Francis–call today, enrolling all ages, 763-753-4656.

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

Area meetings & events

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For Sale

Pet nail trims by Cleo’s C&C, $4, 763-434-8997. Let classified ads work for you! The next issue of The Courier will be delivered on April 7. Deadline for classified ads is March 29. The first ten words are FREE! A classified form is available online at or in our office. Call 763-753-7031 for more information.

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

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

Next ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meetings are: April 12 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; April 26 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Organizational Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Blvd., St. Francis.

St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at St. Francis City Hall. 6:30 p.m. is social time with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www.m age sale or call Dana at 763-753-5010.

St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce next board of directors monthly meeting is April 21 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. The St. Francis Community Expo will be held on April 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at St. Francis High School. Visit for more information.

ST. FRANCIS DFL COUNTY UNIT 17 meets on the 3rd Thurs. of each month at St. Francis High School at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871.

Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100

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

Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 165 Main St. • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366

BNI – Referrals Unlimited Meets every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, next to St. Francis City Hall. For more information check St. Francis Jaycees will meet on the third Friday of every month during the fall, winter and spring months at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Francis City Community Center, located on 23340 Cree Street. For info, visit our web site at Walk-ins welcome. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center next to city hall. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Come check us out on Wed. mornings or visit Oak Grove Seniors meet the 2nd Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting, 4th Wed. of the month at noon for a kitchen help’s choice and short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Harry Bearl at 763-753-2973. St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come join us for some fun at the St. Francis American Legion. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month, from noon to 3:00 p.m. For more information call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meet monthly, the 2nd Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-7534234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 St. Francis General membership meets monthly, on the 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call 763-753-4234.

NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB board meeting is 1st Thurs. of month at 6:30 p.m.; general meeting 3rd Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. both at Nowthen City Hall. For more information please call Lion Judy at 763-753-6962. Lioness Club-St. Francis meets monthly. 1st Wed., administrative board, and 3rd Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall. For more information call Jean Schuldt at 763-753-1205 or Illa Torgerson at 763-753-2002. Lions Club - St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. 1st Wed. board meeting; 2nd Wed. regular business meeting; 4th Wed. social & program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Brian Heichel for more information at 763-753-4415. Oak Grove Lions meet every 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-7534492 after 6:30 p.m. LIONS CLUB-CEDAR/EAST BETHEL meets bimonthly, 1st and 3rd Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Gary Larson at 763-434-9423.

Council & Township Meetings

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

Pool Sand Filter, pump and timer, was for 18,000 gallon pool. All in good shape, $50 for the entire set-up. Call 763-753-1838 after 5.

Garage Sales School District Garage Sale—Technical, custodial equipment etc., chairs, desks, lockers, metal filing cabinets, outdated shop equipment, motors, various vintage maps, books, other older learning materials and much, much more. Sale dates June 23, noon-6 p.m.; June 24, 4-8 p.m. at St. Francis Elementary. All items on display must be taken from the premises on the day of the sale. Multiply Blessed Mothers of Multiples Annual Garage Sale, Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.- noon at Parker Elementary on School Street in Elk River. Thousands of quality items; clothes of all sizes, preemies to teens and maternity; gently used items including cribs, strollers, car seats, toys, books, movies and so much more!

It’s Garage Sale Time! Advertise here to spread the word to 14,000 readers about your sale. The next issue of The Courier will be delivered on May 5. Deadline for classified ads is April 23.

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CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meet every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Lioness Yvonne Johnson’s. Phone 763-434-6985.


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The Courier | April 2010

What are superfoods and how can they help your body? SUBMITTED BY LILLIAN LEVINE rn, lsn, Ae-C, isd 15 heAlTh serviCe depArTMenT

Recent dietary research has uncovered different nutrientdense foods that time and again promote good overall health. Coined superfoods, they tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants. Some well-known superfoods are: Dark green vegetables—broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, asparagus, green beans, and kale are loaded with plant chemicals called indoles, which help reduce the risk of some cancers. They are also packed with vitamin A and C, iron, calcium and phytonutrients. Broccoli also boosts the immune system. Salmon is a perfect substitute for meats. It is a good source of protein and Omega-3 fatty

acids. Wild salmon gets its red color from a powerful antioxidant called astaxathin. The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish may help prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the body’s rate of blood clotting. Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, high in vitamin C and loaded with plant compounds that improve memory. Berries are high in antioxidants, which fight cancer. Blueberries are high in potassium as well as vitamin C. When selecting berries, the darker they are, the more antioxidants they have. Nuts—studies have consistently shown that nut eaters have lower rates of heart disease. Walnuts are an excellent source of protein, B vitamins, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, a special type of fat that is essential for our bodies, but that the body cannot pro-

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duce. Almonds are known for their ability to help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Beans are notorious for their high fiber content and are a part of the diet of people-from almost every corner of the globe—who live long and well. Beans are loaded with insoluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, as well as soluble fiber, which fills you up and helps rid your body of waste. They’re also a good, low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium.

and aid in the metabolism of our thyroid hormone.

the calories you can save over that loaded baked potato.

Sweet potatoes are a delicious member of the dark orange vegetable family, which lead the pack in vitamin A content. Substitute a baked sweet potato (also loaded with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium) for a baked white potato. And before you add butter or sugar, taste the sweetness that develops when a sweet potato is cooked—and think of all

garlic/Onions—Finally, let’s not forget members of the Alliaceae family of plants—onion, garlic and shallots. Garlic decreases bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol. Garlic has been shown to lower blood pressure. A number of studies have shown an inverse relationship between onion consumption and certain types of cancer. |

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Oats also help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that one bowl of oatmeal per day can reduce cholesterol by up to 23 percent. Oats are also considered an excellent grain for diabetics as they have less impact on blood sugar levels than some other grains.

got a charley horse? The other day someone asked me where the term charley horse came from. I didn’t have an answer for him. Where did that term come from? Well, I Googled/Binged/Yahooed and searched it and found its etymology. Although not 100 percent confirmed, the story goes like this: a Boston baseball player named Charley “The Hoss” Radbourne was running the bases and came up lame and fell to the ground. His teammate ran over to him and asked him (think Boston accent) “What’s da matta, Charley Hoss?” The birth of the phrase charley horse derived from that. Of course, the story has never been confirmed and there are others out there.

Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, and as such helps to protect the cells in our bodies from damage. Turkey is one of the leanest protein foods and is low in calories, making it an excellent healthy food choice. Turkey also contains selenium which has been shown to inhibit cancer development, improve the immune system,

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causes of muscle cramps can be dehydration, lack of calcium and magnesium, vigorous activity, and injury. Other common occurrences of muscle cramps happen while we are sleeping. Although there is no real known cause of night cramps, most are initiated with a sudden shortening of a muscle. Muscle cramps can be prevented or happen less frequently. Staying active is one way to prevent muscle cramps. Stretching before and after any activity is important. Hydration is also important. We should be drinking half of our body’s weight in ounces of water per day. Increasing our water intake during increased activity will help replenish lost electrolytes. Making sure you are getting enough calcium and magnesium in your diet is also important. Some sources of magnesium are present in greens, grains nuts and soybeans. A magnesium supplement can also be taken. However, added magnesium can be hazardous for those who have difficulty eliminating magnesium (common in people with kidney insufficiency). Some very simple steps can be taken to prevent and lessen the affects of muscle cramps. See your doctor if the frequency in muscle cramping increases. |


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From page 31 Meal time

nect with them and be involved with what is happening in their lives.

Here are some interesting statistics:

The importance of regular family activities to share ideas and find out what’s happening is a great way for a parent to be involved, discuss rules, monitor activities

Compared to teens that have frequent family dinners, those who rarely have family dinners are 3-1/2 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs or an illegal drug other than marijuana.

and friends, and be a good role model. The benefits of eating together will last long after your meal ends, especially if you make family mealtimes a regular activity. Take the family meal off the endangered species list and move it back to the VIP list! |


Girls who have five or more meals a week with their families are 1/3 less likely to develop unhealthy eating habits, which can range from skipping meals to fullfledged anorexia or abusing diet pills. Parental influence and involvement is an important tool in preventing substance abuse. Regularly sitting down for a meal with your children is one way to con-

Happy Birthday Theresia

Ray and Mary Carlson of Oak Grove and Dr. Michael and Betsy Berglund of Henning are pleased to announce the marriage of their children, Zandra Rae Carlson and John Michael Berglund. Zandra is a 2003 graduate of St. Francis High School and a 2008 graduate of Northwest Technical College in Bemidji. She is employed as a nurse at the Big Fork Valley Hospital in Big Fork. John is a 1999 graduate of Henning High School and a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota. He is employed with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division in Effie. The wedding was held September 12, 2009. The couple resides in Big Fork. Submitted Photo



Engagements Russ and Barb Peterson of Isanti are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ranae Erin Peterson, to Micah Joel Tanis, son of Randy and Laurel Tanis of Chetek, Wisconsin The brideto-be is a 2005 graduate of St. Francis Christian School and received her associate of arts degree in office technology in 2009 from Maranatha Baptist Bible College of Watertown, Wisconsin. The groom-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Maranatha Baptist Academy and received his bachelor of arts degree in Biblical studies from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 2006. He is currently pursuing a master of divinity degree from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth. The wedding is planned for May 29 at First Baptist Church of St. Francis. After honeymooning, the couple will reside in St. Francis. Submitted Photo

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The Courier | April 2010

District 15 elementary schools celebrate I Love To Read Month Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday

I Love to Read Month at Cedar Creek Community School

Submitted by Diane Krocak-Peterson SFE Community relations Coordinator

On March 2, the students at St. Francis Elementary wrapped up a month of special reading incentives and activities for “I Love To Read Month” by participating in a school-wide musical assembly. The assembly focused on Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joy of reading. Each grade level shared a song that somehow related to the skill of reading. Kindergartners demonstrated their acquisition of letter sounds, a key component in reading. First and second graders sang from a song book that they illustrated demonstrating the ability to read the words. The cover page was designed in their technology class. Third graders sang and used signlanguage to the song, Colors of the Wind. Fourth graders sang a song from the Broadway hit, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Even fifth graders still enjoy being read to. In music class, Mrs. Humphrey read the book, Follow Submitted photo the Drinking Gourd, which is also a song. Through the story and discussion, fifth graders learned that it was a crime in the 1800s to teach a slave to read. Fifth graders performed the song using two soloists to sing the verses: Dilan Miemetz and Kyle Waite. This song was written in 1830 and conceals a map to freedom for the black slaves. Other fifth graders who were featured were Natalie Beauto main narrator, James Benvie, Lucas Huseby, Carmen Kivisto, Tyler Merrifield, Sean Miller, Shelby Roering, Will Sitts, and Scott Steiner. The celebration was graced by a cameo appearance of the Cat in the Hat who jumped out of his own birthday cake! |

Submitted by Becky Rock-Zutz CCCS Teacher

The Cat In The Hat made a surprise visit to Cedar Creek Community School. While there, the cat read to students. This was a great way to celebrate I Love To Read Month. Submitted by Sandy Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

You could have heard a pin drop if you were traveling the halls of East Bethel Community School on March 2. All students and teachers lined the halls of the school and spent time reading together in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. Everyone read comfortably in their pajamas, while some students wore hats representing the famous Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat. It was a wonderful sight to see!

Cedar Creek Community School students celebrated I Love to Read Month during the month of February. A variety of activities centered around the I Think I Can train theme. Students “D(ropped) E(verything) A(nd) R(ead)” at least twice each week. They wore T-shirts which had messages to read each Friday. There was a book walk one evening, where most students participating went home with a new book. A special Dr. Seuss-themed lunch was planned on the last day of the month. The classes were treated to a variety of guest readers, including Mr. Hahn, Mrs. Kelly and the St. Francis Ambassador Royalty. The culminating activity, a tug of war rope pull between classes, was earned by the students after they read enough books to collectively encircle the school. A great time was had by all! |

Submitted by EBCS School Climate Committee

Your child deserves a school that is state and nationally recognized. Find out more… 763-753-7041 Independent School District 15 St. Francis, Minnesota Independent School District 15 will provide a quality educational system for all, one that supports and prepares students to succeed.

The Courier - April 2010  

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

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