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

May 2013 | Volume 20, Issue 10


Flipped classroom model gains support By Collin Minshull ISD 15 integration technology specialist

For the past year, St. Francis High School teachers Steve Sebald and Lee Graves have been “flipping” their classroom instruction with a great deal of success. They have seen such positive results that the duo was asked to share their stories at the Minnesota Educational Media Organization’s “The Flipped Classroom & You” Conference April 12 at the TIES Conference Center in St. Paul. Sebald and Graves presented their session, “Flipping the High School Classroom,” to a standing room only audience. Part of the draw to their presentation was that each has been using the flipped model to teach very different content— Sebald teaches German and Graves physics and astronomy. Flipping a classroom has nothing to do with gymnastics, physical education or standing on one’s head. In its most basic form, it requires students to do at home what traditionally had been done in the classroom (lectures, note-taking, etc.), and to use classroom time for what had typically been done at home (working out problems, writing, etc.). The teacher creates or links to concise, online video content (typically between 10-20 minutes) that explains the material for the upcoming class sessions—what would have traditionally been the classroom lecture. This is now what students are required to watch for homework. Both Sebald and Graves have added a variety of short activities to the videos to assess student understanding or create discussion for the upcoming class. “I flipped my classroom because I was disheartened by watching my physics kids get so disinterested and bored with my class lectures they were falling asleep—not taking responsibility for their own learning,” reflects Graves. “I wanted to find a way to put it back on them and get them self-motivated. I came upon flipping sort of accidentally, but it worked!” Face-to-face time in the flipped classroom is where students ask questions about the online video content and then work through exercises based on that video. Students come to class with a foundational understanding of concepts, and they learn to identify and form questions they need to ask to check or confirm their understanding. During class, both Sebald and Graves are now able to help students with their work, quickly identifying and teaching students through difficulties which traditionally had been the burden of parents trying to help students with homework.

A family enjoys an educational app on an iPad at the Independent School District 15 booth at the April 6 St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo. Several iPads were available for children, parents and community members to experience what kindergarten through grade 5 students work on in the classroom. iPads are used district-wide to enhance learning and engage students.  Photo: Janice Audette, The Courier

The last day of school for Independent School District 15 students is Friday, May 31. St. Francis High School commencement is May 31.

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Schools in Action Superintendent’s Corner Edward Saxton

Community pride has been on display for years in the cities and townships served by Independent School District 15. Our students and staff are fortunate to have a multitude of citizens excited to be involved in a positive manner. To find evidence of this relationship, please spend some time in and around our schools, and be sure to read

The Courier each month. Some recent events have helped us all make positive connections. Many of our local businesses had display booths at the recent Community Expo organized by the St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce. Our high school commons and gymnasium were alive with activity and conversations. As people of all ages streamed through, connections were made and ideas were shared. It is an annual event that brings us together. Each of our elementary schools have annual carnivals attended by hundreds of community members. Children of all ages, parents, grandparents, school board members, and school employees from every department imaginable all gather to support our schools.

School Board Highlights Community Education Our local businesses, many of which supported the expo, made donations of time, money, prizes, and more. Positive connections can mean participating in a golf putting contest, a dunk tank, and everything in between. Fun, fun, and more fun. This is the time of year for our scholarship gala hosted by our Foundation 15 board members—a team that has successfully raised money year after year to award scholarships to students graduating from St. Francis High School. Foundation 15 continues to grow and do great things for our students. Again, these annual functions are supported by our citizens and our local businesses. Last week, we were able to share some exciting new technology with members of

our local Lions Clubs. Troy Ferguson, assistant director of Community Education, organized a visit to Cedar Creek Community School to experience a 3D viewing of educational content. Holli Hillman, 4th grade instructor, led the demonstration and fielded questions. The quote of the night from one of the Lions was, “I wish I were back in school!” Please feel free to schedule visits with our principals, and thank you for your continued support in and around our community. The Commissioner from the Minnesota Department of Education, Dr. Brenda Cassellius, visited our school system for two specific reasons last week. She too, shared the 3D experience with our 4th grade students. Following that successful visit, the


commissioner spent some quality time with teachers discussing our Q Comp observation process and our professional development model. On Monday, April 29, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann is scheduled to visit a kindergarten class and a 5th grade class at East Bethel Community School. She will then make one more stop at Cedar Creek Community School to visit the 4th grade 3D classroom. She is looking forward to experiencing some of the cutting-edge technology in our system. If you’re setting your calendar for summer, Community Education and the Lions, along with a group of high school students, are Continued, Page 3

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As part of an injury prevention and recognition initiative, ISD 15 promoted a process this year within the Nutrition Services program to support employee participation for safety awareness. Congratulations to St. Francis High School Nutrition Services for their outstanding commitment to injury prevention second trimester 2012-13 school year! Your personal dedication to the recognition and prevention of accidents and injuries has made a difference in creating a safe environment for all. Team members are: Cheryl Trout, Joan Buhman, Chris Johnson, Shareen Biggins, Pat Watson, Alexis Carlson, Kathy Mendoza-Gonzales, Nancy Welton, Shirley Fjerstad, Andrea Erickson, Paulette Lang, Christine Rowe, Paula Scheller, Joy Ehrenberg, Sharon Justin, Anna Green, Therese Cathers and Carmen Rossi. Joyce Froh, Worker Compensation/Safety Coordinator

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St. Francis High School 21st Century has come to symbolize the globalization of economies, the ever-growing use of social media, and the explosion of new technologies and information that were not available even as few as three years ago. In light of these radical shifts in how we live, interact and communicate, many corporate and educational leaders have questioned whether public education is providing its students an education relevant to this new 21st Century world. After a year of flipped classroom implementation, however, it appears that Steve Sebald, Lee Graves, and some of their colleagues in ISD 15, have struck 21st Century “instructional gold”—relevant, rigorous, individualized, engaging and mobile instruction.

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Flipped classroom Sebald’s motivation for flipping his classroom was similar to Graves.’ “I noticed there were kids off task, they were messing around, they weren’t paying attention,” muses Sebald. “This wasn’t fair to the other 30 students in class who were on task and wanted to learn and get better in the language. I wanted to find something that would fix this problem, and it turned out that flipping was the answer.” One advantage to the flipped model is that students can access the lecture or note-taking material (typically as a video) anywhere they have Internet access and as often as they want, need or are able. If a student needs something repeated, he or she simply watches some or all of the teacher’s video again. With the flipped model, there are no more parents struggling to recall 8th grade algebra from 20 years ago (or more!) to help a son or daughter with homework. Parents need to provide students with Internet access (at home, the library or an early dropoff/late pick-up at school) to watch the teacher’s instructional content and let the teacher actually teach—not simply lecture—in class. It’s taken some work to re-train students in this non-traditional model. Many students and some parents were initially resistant to the change. Students thought it was too much work and did not like being challenged to think about the content outside of class and then come to class prepared to ask questions. Some parents thought Sebald and Graves were trying to take a lazy way out of teaching. However, when the two teachers had a chance to explain the flipped model to parents, every single parent was not only satisfied with the flipped classroom, but each was impressed with the learning potential of the model and excited to

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Steve Sebald, SFHS German teacher, answers a question during his “Flipping the High School Classroom” presentation at the “The Flipped Classroom & You” Conference.  Submitted Photo have their students participate. “You will meet resistance from kids because they’ve had nine, ten, eleven years of education delivered in the same way. When you change it, they’re teenagers and they will express that they don’t like it,” Graves says. Sebald echoed this sentiment. “You need to teach them [students]. I have to have conversations with all my kids, ‘I’m teaching you with the videos. You have me in class time to help you and not

Food Locker open at high school Heidi Robinson SFHS Work Experience Coordinator

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Students use iPads to study poetry conventions Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

St. Francis Elementary School 4th and 5th grade students used new technology to study an ancient art form— poetry. Technology teacher Diane Peterson taught the children poetry conventions using iPads as part of a unit in her technology class. Students are required to master poetry conventions as part of the Minnesota State language arts standards. The conventions include concepts such as rhyme, personification, simile, metaphor, alliteration

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and hyperbole. The 4th and 5th grade students will be tested on poetry during the upcoming Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) reading tests, and must demonstrate comprehension of poetry and figurative language. Peterson had students choose a theme and write an original poem. Students selected four of the conventions and incorporated them into their poetry. Students used an iPad app, Doodlecast Pro, to demonstrate understanding and animate their poetry conventions. The students imported pictures to the iPads to use as illustrations. They were able to superimpose text over the pictures to

label the particular poetry 4th grader Alexis Baltus, “We language. It is really fun and I convention being used. Finally, used Doodlecast Pro to show hope we get to use it again!” students recorded themselves what we know about figurative reading the poems over their pictures and animated text. Children showed great enthusiasm for the project, which allowed them to incorporate creative writing, oral reading and technology Tyson Berwald, Alexis Baltus and Bjorn Hallberg enjoyed writing and studying skills into poetry through the use of an app on iPads. All 4th and 5th grade students had one project. the opportunity to create, illustrate and narrate poems using figurative language. According to  Andrea Klinsing

Kindergarten students study plants Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Despite a late spring snowstorm on April 11, the kindergarten students at St. Francis Elementary School enjoyed green grass in their classrooms. All kindergarten classes planted grass seed inside pantyhose filled with dirt and enjoyed watching them transform into fuzzy caterpillars. This project was one of many that the kindergarten classes undertook as part of a unit on plants. Each of the five classrooms planted a variety of different plants, from sunflowers to marigolds and beans to corn. Students have been reading books and doing projects to enrich their learning about the plant life cycle.

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Annual carnival draws a crowd Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

The halls of St. Francis Elementary School were filled with bustle and laughter on March 23 as children and adults flocked to the school carnival. The annual event, hosted by the SFES Association of Parents and Teachers, drew scores of carnival-goers and generated about $7,000 to be used for the school and its

students. Booths and games lined the hallways, run by parents, staff and several National Honor Society volunteers from St. Francis High School. Eager children lined up to play the games and amass tickets, which were redeemed for prizes. Concessions were available in the lunchroom, including hot dogs, candy and crowd-pleasing walking tacos. As in the past, students

The king’s M&M’S Angie Hylen SFES Community Relations Coordinator

Fifth grade students in Holly Bergstrom’s class vicariously experienced some of the stresses of the early colonists in the times leading up to the Revolutionary War. They took part in a simulation of the Stamp Act, using M&M’S as currency. The goal of the activity was to help students understand some of the causes and effects of the Revolutionary War. Students were given roles to play as the class reenacted tax collection without representation. Students were chosen to be tax collectors, while others served as members of parliament and one lucky student reigned as king. The majority of the class remained ordinary citizens. Bergstrom began the activity by helping students review what they had learned about the Stamp Act. Then the class generated a list of items that are important to 5th graders, including possessions such as; iPods, video game systems, kendamas, jewelry and name brand shoes. Each item was assigned a value, listed in M&M’S. Tax collectors made the rounds and gathered candy into the royal coffers. The tax collectors were allowed to keep a small percentage of the taxes and parliament received a slightly larger cut, but the vast majority of the collection went to the king. At the culmination of the activity, colonists, tax collectors and parliament members were allowed to eat or save their meager piles of M&M’S, while the king took home a large pot of candy. All students received a reflection sheet to record what they learned through the simulation and how they felt about it. The class concluded the activity with a group discussion. Kali Olson, a student who participated in the role of an ordinary colonist reflected, “I felt like I didn’t deserve an extra tax on the things I owned. It helped me understand what the colonists felt during this time period. I think the king should have had some tax to help pay for the French and Indian War, but we should have had a voice in the amount.”

Students in Holly Bergstrom’s 5th grade class participated in a simulation to help them understand the causes and effects of the Stamp Act before the Revolutionary War. Above, Josiah Lewerenz and Steven Waddell played the role of parliament members during the activity, while Krysten Vang (center) reigned as the King of Submitted Photo England.  The Courier | May 2013 |

donated items to classroom gift baskets, which were on display and sold for profit. Each classroom basket was centered around a theme such as pet care, gardening, baking or movie night. Baskets were attractively displayed in the lunchroom and awarded to a lucky winner via a drawing. In addition to its fundraising, the carnival is important because it is an annual event that builds community at the school. Students anticipate the carnival and proudly usher parents, grandparents and younger siblings around their school. Children love seeing their parents and school staff involved and helping at the event. According to SFES Administrative Assistant Nancy Hass, “Our APT goes above and beyond every year. The carnival is very organized, well attended and great fun!”

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Academic Stretch uses Study Island curriculum to enhance reading and math skills fresh look this year with a new schedule and an engaging online curriculum called Study Island. Study Island is based on the Minnesota Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades had the State standards in reading and math and opportunity to strengthen reading and math offers instruction and assessment tailored to skills this year at Academic Stretch, an aftereach student’s individual needs. The program school program offered at all three elementary automatically sends reports of each student’s schools in Independent School District 15. The progress to classroom teachers and parents program has been offered in the past but had a at the end of each week. Participants are also encouraged to access the program at home to continue their individualized learning. Students are eligible for the Academic Stretch program through teacher recommendation and parent permission in either reading or math. Academic Stretch was offered Monday through Thursday for one hour after school. Classes met in the computer labs where students could work at their own pace with assistance and feedback from trained teachers. Transportation was available to students at Enthusiastic students celebrated the last day of Academic Stretch, an after- the end of each day. school program designed to enhance reading and math skills. Pictured Both sessions of above are fourth and fifth grade students in the math program, taught Academic Stretch have by Diane Peterson and Pam Johnson. Since the class used the online been completed for the curriculum Study Island, instructors told students they were on the island 2012-13 school year, but to study math. Appropriately, the class culminated with a festive “getting a summer session is in the works. off the island” celebration!  Kristine Peterson Angie Hylen

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Leonardo da Vinci was called a Renaissance man. How would you like to be a Renaissance kid? Students will have an opportunity to explore, create, discover and play at this unique summer enrichment camp. Throughout the week, we will ask, “What would Leonardo do?” Eight qualified instructors that include a mix of licensed teachers and other professionals will lead students through this exciting experience. Students will participate in three, two-hour sessions daily. We will use scientific clues to solve mysteries, discover numerous critters in pond water, create “living” creatures through art, solve problems through engineering and math. Students won’t even realize they are learning because it will be so much fun. Don’t miss the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)! The camp will culminate with a day of pageantry and a field trip. Camp runs July 8-12 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Cedar Creek Community School. For students in grades 2-6 during the 2013-14 school year The cost is $225 which includes all materials. Students will need to bring a bag lunch and snack each day. Morning transportation is available from designated bus stops that will be used for other Independent School District 15 summer programs. If parents are interested in transportation in the morning, please indicate this on your registration form and additional information will be sent to you. If this option is not selected, it will be assumed your child is not riding the bus. No transportation options are available for the end of the day. Don’t miss the fun! Sign-up online today at www. Registration deadline is Friday, June 7. The Community Education course number is DWSUM13B. For more information, contact Christine Tauer at 763-213-8872, preferably before or after the school day.

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Stars were shining bright at East Bethel Community School on March 28 during the school’s annual talent show. Students from kindergarten through 5th grade showcased talents such as singing, comedy and the martial arts. This was the first year that the EBCS talent show also performed in the evening. Over 150 parents, grandparents, teachers and friends came to support the amazing talents walking the halls of EBCS. After the evening show, coffee and cookies were served in the cafeteria providing social time with the performers! Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

Pizza Night at East Bethel Community School was a huge success again this year. Young and old alike enjoyed an evening of food, friends, games and art. The minnow races added a bit of a competitive thrill to the night while the dunk tank was used to cool off some EBCS staff members; big round of applause to physical education teacher Jamie Studnicka and his techniques for aiming. Many enjoyed getting their faces painted and/or their hair sculpted in creative ways. When people needed a break, there were delicious pizzas and Dilly Bars to be consumed. A fantastic night was had by all. A big thank you to EBCS Parent Teacher Organization and all of the many volunteers who made this night possible. Cassie Schmoll, EBCS Community Relations Coordinator

There were scientists, engineers, mathematicians and biologists in 5th grade classrooms at East Bethel Community School April 5. Students in Judy Carda, Lillian DeRung, Diane Lerdall and Cassie Schmoll’s classes showed creativity and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) intelligence by solving problems and improving everyday life activities. Have you ever wondered which of your favorite beverages causes the most damage to your teeth? I bet you didn’t think it was your favorite sports drink! Or maybe you have wondered if wearing football gloves would improve your catch completion stats? Do you know the cleanest part of our school? These questions and many more were answered in the 5th grade classrooms of EBCS. If you missed it this year, ask an EBCS 5th grader; their STEM knowledge will knock your socks off! 

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Cedar Creek Community School Michele Mozzetti and Suzette Larson’s 2nd grade classes teamed up and dissected owl pellets. With the help of Gail Gessner and Rose Larson, all students dissected a pellet. The students’ eyes widened as they discovered what their owl had eaten as they reassembled the prey. All students wrote a story about their owl adventure. It was an outstanding day to be a 2nd grade scientist. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

The Cedar Creek Community School Student Council officers, (L-R) Hunter Dustman, president; Emma Kopet, vicepresident; Jocelynn Stewart, secretary and Avery Benson, treasurer, would like to thank everyone who made a donation to the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. CCCS sent a check to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for $1,134.02. Congratulations to Shirley Meyers’ class for collecting the most money.  Carol Krupke, CCCS student council adviser

Mackenzie Nelmark and her mom presented information on Second Harvest Heartland, a hunger relief organization. They made a poster and played a game with students about the variety of food that they provide. Second Harvest gave each student a pizza cutter and a wristband. What a wonderful organization! 

Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

St. Patrick Catholic Church

Youth Plant Sale

Hanging baskets and gift certificates available on May 11 and 12, Mother’s Day Weekend after each Mass

Thursday, May 16 • 8:30 am-5 pm Friday, May 17 • 8:30 am-5 pm Saturday, May 18 • 8:30 am-6:30 pm Sunday, May 19 • 10 am-1 pm Call 763-753-2011 with questions 19921 Nightingale Street, Oak Grove All proceeds from this sale go directly toward youth activities in our parish. We look forward to your support.

Annuals • Perennials • Herbs • Hanging Baskets

St. Patrick Catholic Church Suzette Larson’s 2nd grade class had many guest readers. Chase Peterka’s dad read a book that he had as a child. Dr. Seuss hats were worn and donated by a friend. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Be kind to our Earth! is a message from Kelly Ogren and Amy Baar’s 1st grade class at Cedar Creek Community School. 

Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Let us make cupcakes for your graduation party. We also have cakes and bars for any special occasion weddings, Confirmations, showers, birthdays or reunions. Call today to make an appointment. Cherise Foley 763-753-9696

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Middle school’s Watson honored by state for volunteerism Jessie Rowles SFMS Community Relations Coordinator

Julie Watson, a custodian at St. Francis Middle School and her husband, Chaplain George Watson, were awarded an “Aging Services of Minnesota 2013 District D Volunteers of the Year” award for their spiritual guidance to the senior residents of Elim Care and Rehab Center in Princeton. The purpose of the award is to honor volunteers who enhance the quality of life for seniors and their communities. George and Julie had to be nominated with written recommendations for eligibility based on the following criteria: } Demonstrates exceptional commitment to elderly } Specific actions that enhance and enrich lives of aging persons } Outstanding in promoting the mission and goals of the

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organization they serve } Why this person is being nominated over others This award was given to the Watsons in February 2013 by Aging Services of Minnesota, the largest association of organizations serving Minnesota seniors. The organization serves “to improve the lives of Minnesota senior citizens by leading change in adult services.” Julie and George attended a dinner and awards banquet to honor their service. “It was a great surprise and honor. I still can’t get over it,” said Julie. The Watsons have been volunteering with Elim for over six years, leading worship with George and with Julie bringing small gifts to residents as well as sharing a Bible story for two weekends each month. Julie commented, “George needed another person to help out volunteering one day at Elim since his partner was gone,

Julie Watson, a SFMS custodian, along with her husband Chaplain George Watson, were honored as the Aging Services of Minnesota 2013 District D Volunteers of the Year.  Submitted Photo

and I’ve been volunteering ever since.” George and Julie have also helped out with chapel services, special events, and Sunday services. Todd Lundeen, the campus administrator for Elim Care, stated in his recommendation letter to the state, “Because of the thought and care put into their chapel planning and their personal touch, it’s no wonder that our elder attendance at our church services are up when George and Julie are leading!” Dan Osborn, chaplain at the senior community, stated in his nomination letter, “They receive no monetary

reimbursement for their generous gifts and have built meaningful relationships with the residents. Gift giving, consistent service, remembering the elders’ names and creativity are the hallmark of their service.” Martha Pec, a resident of Elim Care and Rehab Center wrote in her recommendation, “I can’t tell you how much I love George and Julie! They are absolutely fantastic. They come to our Sunday Chapel every month and put on a program. Julie has her Bible story and George plays guitar. They have really good themes each month. There is hardly

any room because everybody knows their services are so good.” Jeremy Palmer, a recreation staff member at Elim wrote in his nomination, “Great care and preparation obviously goes into each and every facet of their time with us. It seems that when one is on the payroll, it is perhaps an expectation that we find the time to learn every name and a bit of background about each resident. Yet as volunteers, Mr. and Mrs. Watson gain this information not out of obligation, but rather an honest love, one born of a truly Christ-like attitude.”

The St. Francis Middle School student council sponsored its 33rd Annual Food Drive March 25-28. In past years, the school’s food drive has taken place in November. This year they decided to have it in March to support the Minnesota Food Share’s March Campaign. This campaign helps restock the almost 300 foodshelves in the state. Middle school students and staff were challenged to bring in non-perishable food items and money to donate to the North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf (NACE). In total, they were able to donate nearly 700 food items and $272. This was a great opportunity for middle school students to give back to their community. Jennifer Norstrem, SFMS School Social Worker

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Jessica Rowles’ 7th grade Enriched Language Arts class read to first grade students at St. Francis Elementary School for Read Across America Day in March. Student groups paired with groups and whole classes to read several children’s books. Both middle school students and 1st graders enjoyed the event thoroughly. 

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School Board Highlights School Board Perspective David Roberts

When I stand before my maker and he asks me what I’ve done to deserve entry into his kingdom, I will smile. But once upon a time it may not have been that way. You see, there was a time in my life when I wasn’t an ideal citizen. You may even say I wasn’t a good person. It’s a hard pill to swallow. But there is always a point in our lives when we have to open our eyes and take a look in the mirror. I think back to my days in school. To say I was a challenging student is to say that this winter was chilly; it doesn’t even scratch the surface. I was a kid that just couldn’t figure “it” out. My troubles started in middle school; 6th grade to be exact. I can’t tell you what the catalyst was; I was just suddenly and instantly out of control. I was given all sorts of labels for my behavioral problems. Some thought I’d just grow out of it. But it turns out, that wasn’t meant to be. I was destined to figure things out the hard way, for years to come. In spite of all my troubles, there were those who could reach me. Teachers. Not all

of them, but a few patient, determined teachers who could see past the disruptive kid in class, to the child that simply was afraid to succeed. I never really understood why those teachers cared, what was in it for them. I even conceded that their job, dealing with me, had to be terrible. But they kept with me. I was far too young to fully understand the gift that those teachers had bestowed upon me. It would be years before I would understand the depth of their kindness. High school was more of the same. If you were a parent, you hoped that your child didn’t associate with me. By this point I was on an even more self-destructive path. I had begun the downward spiral that so many wayward youth get trapped in. All of the cliches applied—from the parties to the drinking and substance abuse and eventually trouble with the law. I’m not sure at what point things went from bad to worse, but eventually they did. My life had become a problem much bigger than a kid who simply couldn’t figure “it” out. I was trapped in a vicious cycle. They say there comes a point where something has to give. Eventually that day came for me. I remember thinking that I wasn’t prepared to enter the adult world. Mind you this came after I was technically an adult. But spending so much time watching life pass you by, you forget what’s really important in life. Over the past many years, I

School Board Meeting Schedule

School Board Members

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

Amy Kelly, Chairwoman 763-744-8458

Monday, May 13 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.

David Anderson, Clerk 763-434-9457

Monday, May 28 Retiree Recognition Program 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Monday, June 10 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. Live streaming and video archives of school board meetings are available at

Janet Glover, Vice Chairwoman 763-221-5341

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

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have found that working with troubled youth has opened my eyes to what those special teachers really taught me. They weren’t just teaching me algebra or social studies. They were teaching me the lessons and giving me the tools, that I would need one day when I finally get “it.” They saw their jobs as far more than helping me get to the next grade level. I speak about where life has taken me, not as a story for pity. Likewise I do not share to spin a tale of bad boy makes good. I share only because this

is who I am. There are those who may be able to relate to my life. Some have been there. Some are still there. It is my goal to repay those teachers who showed me a light, by sharing with others the kindness that they gave to me. It’s amazing how life brings you full circle. Today I sit as a member of the Independent School District 15 School Board. For all the years that I wished I had lived my life differently, I know that no other path that I could have chosen would have prepared

me for this role. It is only through the hard lessons I’ve learned that I am truly able to understand the impact that teachers have on our children and the values that they instill. I believe that a quality education is one of the most important things that we offer to our children. I also believe in being of service to my community. It is these and so many more core values that I carry with me today, because somewhere along the path that is my life, I met a teacher who cared.

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this year is the number of students that enroll in post secondary education. A focus in the coming years will be to prepare students so they do not have to take (and pay for) a developmental credit in college, an indicator that the student is not prepared for college. The high school’s strategic plan is for continuous improvement in educating every student every day. SFHS mission statements focus on diversity, leadership, academics, positive school climate, teaching and learning, and technology. Administrative Reports Director of Special Services Tim Finn reported program changes with special education service delivery at the elementary level for next fall. The two programs will be held at Cedar Creek Community School. These changes will provide students with more behavior and educational support by reallocating resources and staff without additional spending. Troy Ferguson, assistant director of Community Education, reported that the St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo was held April 6 at St. Francis High School. The well-attended event featured 57 vendors, including ISD 15 and Community Ed. Several iPads, configured for kindergarten through grade 5 students, were available for community members for a hands-on experience. New School Board Policy School Board Policy 434, Early Entry into Kindergarten, was approved 7-0. The policy provides an option for parents/guardians of children

who turn 5 years old between September 2 and October 31 to submit application materials on or before March 1 of the prior school year to have students considered for the fall kindergarten class. Early admission is not encouraged, but an application will be considered for those who meet the requirements found in the policy. Visit to view the policy. Budget Revision Scott Nelson, associate director of Business Services, presented revised general fund budget 2012-13 information to the board. General Fund Revenues: $48,352,441; General Fund Expenses: $49,088,919. Nelson explained the $984,035 increase to the General Fund Revenue and the $1,720,513 increase to the General Fund Expenditures.

April 8, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All school board members present. Happening Around the District – Transition 15 (T15) Julie Williams, program supervisor, presented a short video spotlighting students and their work experiences. T15 is a secondary educational program provided by Independent School District 15 that connects special education, vocational education, and community agencies to provide services to assist students with disabilities in the transition to adult life. One onsite experience is Biz World, a program offering the opportunity for active participation, teaching students the basics of business and money management as they learn to start and run their own company. Students participate in community outreach programs including Meals On Wheels and Feed My Starving Children. Currently, 22 students are in the program with 28 students slated for the fall. Anoka County works closely with T15 to provide services for students beyond the T15 program. Site Report – St. Francis High School Principal Paul Neubauer presented data showing the number of students that took the ACT, Basic Standards Test (BST), Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA), and showed graduation and drop-out rates. New information captured

School Board Highlights April 22, 2013 Kathleen Miller Staff writer

All school board members present. Happening Around the District St. Francis Middle School The St. Francis Middle School student council sponsored its 33rd Annual Food Drive in March. This is a change from past years when the food drive had taken place in November. This year, the food drive supported the Minnesota Food Share’s March Campaign, which helps to restock the almost 300 foodshelves in the state. SFMS students and staff were Continued, Page 12 11

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Board Highlights challenged to bring in non-perishable food items and money to donate to the North Anoka County Emergency Foodshelf (NACE). In total, nearly 700 food items and $272 were donated. Another event planned by the SFMS student council for a Walk-A-Thon in May to support Pedaling for Pennies, a cause founded after James Rienstra lost his father to pancreatic cancer. Rienstra is about to embark on his second major trip, riding his bicycle 15,000 miles from Zimmerman to Argentina via the Pan-American Highway. Student Report All high school spring sports have been delayed due to the weather. Teams have been doing their best trying to stay motivated by practicing indoors. The high school drama department will present the musical, Grease, April 2528, at the Performing Arts Center at St. Francis High School.

Superintendent/School Board Members Report The superintendent and several school board members reported participating in East Bethel Community School’s Carnival & Pizza Night held April 12, the Spring Carnival at Cedar Creek Community School and the Early Childhood Advisory Council’s Children’s Used Clothing & Toy Sale, both on April 13, and the Foundation 15 Scholarship Annual Fundraising event. The Foundation 15 event was very successful and this year, thirteen $500 scholarships will be award to graduating SFHS students. Coming up is ISD 15’s 5K Run/Walk on May 4. All staff and the community are invited to participate. Also in the planning stages is a pancake breakfast at Sandhill Center on June 15. The St. Francis Lions and Community Education will sponsor the event aimed at bringing together senior citizens and high school students.

Student update Katie Neumann, East Bethel, has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2012 semester, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Neumann is a first-year student at St. Kate’s. Neumann is the daughter of Jon Neumann of East Bethel and is a 2012 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.

Juanita Reed-Boniface was a volunteer reader for 4 and 5 year old students in Preschool Place 15. The featured story, Beef Cattle, An A-to-Z Book, was followed by vocabulary building activities using cowboy/cowgirl clothing items. Reed-Boniface was a consultant to the book’s authors. Copies of Beef Cattle, An A-to-Z Book were donated to the preschool classes by Minnesota CattleWomen and Anoka County Farm Bureau.  Submitted Photo

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Children’s 3 1 0 2 r e m m u S nts Theater prese

Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Music by Alan Menken Book by Doug Wright Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story

Bringing some light into 1st grade reading, Kelly Ogren and Amy Baar’s students enjoy reading their textbooks in the dark. Using flashlights brightened their reading time.  Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator

Directed by Glenn Morehouse Olson Course: DWSUM13A Grades: Students completing first grade through graduating seniors Fee: $100 Auditions: Monday, May 13 • 6:30 p.m. St. Francis High School PAC Registration Deadline: Friday, May 10 Rehearsals: Monday-Thursday • 6:00-9:00 p.m. Performances: June 27-28 at 7:00 p.m. • June 29 at 2:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Performing Arts Center Parent volunteers are absolutely necessary in order to have a successful run.

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Give a hoot, don’t pollute! was the message students from Kelly Ogren and Amy Baar’s 1st grade class promoted. Sandra Benson, CCCS Community Relations Coordinator The Courier | May 2013 |

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Master gardener gives advice on lazy landscaping Juanita Reed-Boniface Lunch & Learn Coordinator

Pam Hartley, University of Minnesota Anoka County Master Gardener, was the guest speaker at the April Lunch & Learn program held at the Sandhill Center for the Arts in Bethel. Her topic, Lazy Landscaping, addressed ways gardeners can do less work to care for lawns and gardens. Her comments centered around three areas: cultural practices, plant selection and plant placement. Cultural practices involve enhancing the soil, watering, mulching, mowing, pesticides, fertilizers and pruning. Some of the key points emphasized were: Learn to compost and add compost to your soil for moisture retention and soil fertility. Remember to water early in the morning to prevent fungus and mold on your plants. If using a watering system, be sure it has a timer and moisture indicator. Water thoroughly but less often. Mulch suppresses weed growth, helps maintain soil moisture, and prevents compaction and spread of soil-borne diseases. Mulching around trees can improve landscape appearance and reduce bark injuries on trunks, especially from mowing. A variety of mulches are available. There are organic mulches such as wood chips, shredded bark and cocoa beans, inorganic mulches such as rock, plastic and shredded tires and living mulches or ground cover such as hen and chicks, variegated bishop’s weed, creeping thyme and others. When mowing grass, have a sharp blade and keep grass about three inches tall. This is especially important for the grass to remain healthy during hot, dry days. Pesticides should be used only when necessary and then use chemicals specific for the weed or insect being treated. Fertilizers, too, should be used judiciously. Routine chemicals aren’t necessary. It is important to know the right time to apply any fertilizer in relation to the growth stage and nutritional needs of the plant.

Selecting the right plant helps you to do less. Recently our area has been classified as Zone 4B by the United States Department of Agriculture. Minneapolis and St. Paul are Zone 5. Hartley warned gardeners to be sure to check the zone hardiness of plants before purchasing them. Often plants sold by vendors closer to the Twin Cities are not hardy for our zone. Pay attention to plant height and space them accordingly. Selecting plants with deeper roots Pam Hartley, University of Minnesota will assure good growth Anoka County Master Gardener.  Juanita Reed-Boniface through the current challenges of climate buds; others are cleaner trees. change and drought. Native If you want to save work, plants and grasses are easier consider planting cleaner and cheaper to maintain plus trees such as fir, spruce, honey they tend to be more drought locust or cottonwood. resistant and require less Other ways to be a watering. successful lazy landscaper Trees and shrubs can is to group plants according improve air, thermal and to water needs that prevent acoustic environment and moving the hose as often or contribute to the overall far. Group plants by their quality of life. When selecting maintenance needs. If plants trees, know the mature size, need to be deadheaded soil preferences and particular (removal of faded or dead habits. Some trees are messy, flowers) plant those in the dropping leaves, nuts, flowers,

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same area. To really make things easy, plant only what you can maintain. Think about what the garden needs when you are on vacation. Invest in tools that are designed to lessen stress on the body (ergonomic tools) and something to carry them in. A good wagon or wheelbarrow can save steps and limit bending and lifting. Hartley recommended visiting the University of Minnesota Extension website at gardininfo that has links to numerous other websites. For answers to questions, call the University of Minnesota Yard and Garden Line—763-755-1280 or 952-

443-1426. For additional information about services and programs provided by Anoka County Master Gardeners visit www.anokamastergardener. org. The next Lunch & Learn program will be held May 21. Debra Botzek-Linn, Extension Educator in Food Safety, University of Minnesota, will present the topic, Preserve Your Harvest. Learn how to preserve foods safely and the most current ways by canning, freezing, pickling and preserving salsa. Register today by calling 763-2131641, or online at www. Please register at least one week prior to the program.

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Community Education Contacts Troy Ferguson, Assistant Director............................................................ 763-753-7041 Adult Basic Education (GED)...................................................................... 763-753-7190 Sandy Farder, Coordinator/Teacher Adult Education & Services......................................................................... 763-213-1640 Driver’s Education/Behind the Wheel Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor Communications & District Website Kathleen Miller, Program Supervisor................................................. 763-753-7042 The Courier Newspaper................................................................................ 763-753-7031 Kathleen Miller, Editor................................................................................ 763-753-7042 Pat Johnson, Graphics................................................................................ 763-753-7025 Alicia Loehlein, Staff Writer, Billing...................................................... 763-753-7033 Janice Audette, Advertising.................................................................... 763-753-7032 Facility Scheduling Nancy Messerschmidt, Program Supervisor................................ 763-213-1589 Family Education & Services....................................................................... 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Kids Connection Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 Kids Connection Lifelong Learning Center Site......................... 763-753-7160 Kids Connection St. Francis Middle School Site........................ 763-213-8674 Preschool Place 15............................................................................................ 763-753-7170 Nancy Wallace, Program Supervisor Rec Department Diane Guinn, Program Supervisor...................................................... 763-213-1823 Amy Lindfors, Rec Assistant.................................................................... 763-213-1588 Sandhill Center for the Arts Theresa Antinozzi, Program Supervisor.......................................... 763-213-1616 • • 13

New student Sandy Farder ISD 15 Adult Basic Education Coordinator

Allow me to introduce you to Sundas Sajjad. She is relatively new to our Adult Basic Education classroom as well as to our community. Her

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English skills are improving so quickly that soon she will be able to relate her story herself; for now, it is my pleasure to share it with you. I first heard of Sundas from her husband, Naveed, who works for Head Start at the Lifelong Learning Center. A few months before Christmas of 2011, Naveed told me that

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Behind-the-Wheel Driving Instruction Six hours of required behind-the-wheel instruction Flexible scheduling State of Minnesota certified instructors Fee $250 Applications available at or call 763-213-1640 for more information. Sponsored by ISD 15 Community Education

he was returning to Pakistan for a month to visit his family and marry his fiancée. He was obviously quite excited about his upcoming nuptials, though he knew he would have to leave Sundas behind for about a year so she could secure a visa to come to the United States. Sundas was born and raised in the small town of Toba Tek Singh, which is in the State of Punjab in Pakistan. This town is about seven hours from the capital city of Islamabad. She attended St. Peter High School and the Government Women College where she majored in economics. Sundas met Naveed through her acquaintance with one of his cousins. They were both invited to a dinner at her house, became friends and ultimately decided to marry. There is a perception that marriages are arranged in that part of the world, but that was not the case with Sundas and Naveed. This young married couple differs from most of the population in Pakistan because they are Christians. Unfortunately, Christians, especially in small towns, often lead difficult lives in Pakistan because they are not afforded the same opportunities as those who are Muslim. Christians are a small minority and sometimes suffer

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

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

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discrimination and even persecution. Sundas’s home town of Toba Tek Singh is quite poor and many of its families suffer from a lack of nutrition, clean water and basic supplies. As a result, Naveed and Sundas run an organization called the Meet Foundation. This foundation is committed to creating stability Sundas and Naveed Sajjad’s wedding photo.  Submitted Photo and even growth during and love. I never flew before this time of extreme poverty, and travelling a long 17 hours while seeking to eliminate on the plane and then the joy persecution. They strive to of coming to America was serve as effective advocates amazing. I had never seen and positive role models for snow before and we don’t have Pakistani Christian people. our own car in Pakistan. It is so Meanwhile, Sundas is easy for us now to go out and adjusting to this very different deal with our day. Thank you life in Minnesota. I must quote so much for letting me share her directly regarding her this all with you. God bless thoughts and impressions of you. Sundas Sajjad.” her new home, because she As you can see from their expresses herself so beautifully. wedding photo, Sundas is as “America is always known beautiful on the outside as she as the land of opportunities is inside. She is a delightful and I, as an individual, feel person and an excellent very safe as I am practicing student. I feel honored to know Christianity and working to her and privileged to teach her. become a resource of peace

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

Preserve Your Harvest Debra Botzek-Linn Tuesday, May 21 Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving for years, plan to join us for Preserve Your Harvest. Learn the safest and most current ways to preserve foods by canning, freezing, pickling and preserving salsa. Deb Botzek-Linn is an Extension Educator in Food Safety with University of Minnesota Extension located in St. Cloud. She focuses on safe home food preservation and leading workshops on pickled dill products, jams and jellies for farmers’ markets. She enjoys preserving pickled beets, beans, sauerkraut, salsa and drying tomatoes.

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

Groups are welcome!

Boxcar Bob & Friends Tuesday, May 14 Boxcar Bob Selby has been singing in a variety of bands and even some light opera since junior high school. For the past seven years he’s been with The Cowboy and Hobo Show, with Cactus Willie and The Drifter (Wil Kelly). For this performance, Boxcar Bob will team up with JoAnne Lee and Wil Kelly. It promises to be a great show.

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

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

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These children enjoyed April 11, making snowmen on the playground during their preschool class.

2013-14 School Year

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

For more information on classes and to register,visit or call 763-753-7170.

Vehicle Day

Young children and parents can explore vehicles of many types, shapes, and sizes. Remember to dress for the weather as this event will be outdoors. Date: Saturday, May 4 Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Place: Lifelong Learning Center Fee: Free! Bring a food item for the local foodshelf. Register: Pre-registration is requested by Wednesday, May 1 Walk-in registrations will be accepted This event is sponsored by the ISD 15 Early Childhood Advisory Council. Call Early Childhood Family Education at 763-753-7170 for more information.

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Como Zoo


This family favorite trip will take us to the St. Paul Como Zoo where we will find wild animals. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food there. Shelters are available in case of rain. Date: Wednesday, May 29 Time: Bus leaves Lifelong Learning Center at 9:00 a.m.; returns by 2:00 p.m. Fee: $5 per person

Looking for special events and trips? Register for them NOW! The Places to Go, Things to Do brochure features special events and field trips for families. Call 763-753-7170 or visit us online at to register.

Down on the Farm

Celebrating Baby

Embrace spring with fun activities provided at Pinehaven Farm. Visit exotic and new baby animals: ducks, chickens, emus, peacocks, goats, deer and more. You may bring a picnic lunch to eat after the tour. Directions to Pinehaven Farm: go east on County Road 22 until Kettle River Blvd. (just west of I-35). Take Kettle River Blvd. left until the dead end. Date: Friday, May 17 Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m. Location: Pinehaven Farm, Wyoming Fee: $6 per person

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! Your baby must be nine months of age or younger when you attend the event. Dates: Tuesdays, May 14 and 21 Time: 9:45-11:15 a.m. Fee: Free but please pre-register

Bill the Juggler entertains children and their families at the Spring Fling event at the Lifelong Learning Center. The free event was sponsored by the Early Childhood Advisory Council.

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Have a concern about your child? Are you concerned about your child’s development, speech or behavior? If your child is under three years of age, contact Kristine Vogtlin at: kristine.vogtlin@isd15. org or 763-753-7172 to reach ISD 15 Help Me Grow services. If your child is at least three years of age and not yet in kindergarten , ISD 15 Early Childhood Screening is the first step in confirming any concerns you have. Call for an appointment at 763-753-7187 and mention your concerns.


From the Rec Department

2013 Summer Preschool & ECFE

Youth Track Camp

Preschool Camps

ECFE Camps

Classes for preschoolers are centered on a theme. Choose from classes that are one morning a week for three weeks or classes that are three consecutive days. All classes will include stories, music, art, literacy and math activities, and time for playing with others. Sliding fee scale available.

Fostering the Creativity in Your Child

Time: Fee: Ages:

9:15-11:30 a.m. $39 for each 3-meeting session, sliding fee scale available Children must be at least 3 by 6/1/2013 and not yet attending kindergarten

Digging for Dinosaurs Learn about the animals from long-ago. Dig, poke, explore! Course: PP2110 Dates: Tuesdays, July 9-23

Let’s Go Camping! Fun and learning at the campsite. Nurture the young naturalist at your house. Course: PP1112 Dates: Wednesdays, July 10-24

Going on a Bug Hunt Discover what bug, caterpillars and other crawly creatures do through stories, art, and exploration. Course: PP2108 Dates: Thursdays, July 11-25

Bookworms Explore the wonderful places books can bring you. Focus on early literacy with lots of art, creativity, and games. Course: PP2114 Dates: Thursdays, July 11-25

Awesome Art Lots of hands-on creative fun! Be prepared to get messy. Course: PP2112 Dates: T/W/Th, July 9-11

Birth to Kindergarten and their parents Come with your child for creative (and sometimes messy) fun. What is meant by “product vs. process” when it comes to art and how can you encourage the budding artist in your home? This group will separate for parent discussion. Course: EC5701 Dates: Wednesdays, July 10-24 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $36 for 3 week session, sliding fee scale available

Celebrating Baby 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! Course: EC0701 Dates: Thursdays, July 11-25 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: FREE No Sibling Care available; try a Preschool Camp for your preschooler.

Positive Parenting Tool Box Birth to Kindergarten and their parents What is in your parenting tool box this summer? Discover tools to help you be effective in guiding your children’s behavior and provide a strong foundation that will bring you into fall. This group will not separate to a different room for parent education. Course: EC5702 Dates: Tuesdays, July 9-23 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $36 for 3 week session, sliding fee scale available

Math Masters Numbers, sorting, shapes, patterns and more! Learn about math through stories, puzzles, games and art. Course: PP2111 Dates: T/W/Th, July 16-18

Annual Income 0-$40,000 $40,00-$90,000

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Preschool $19.00 $29.00

$90,000+ $36.00 $39.00 *No one will be denied participation in ECFE parent/child sessions due to inability to pay.

Space Journey Be the astronaut you dreamed of. Explore the stars and planets through stories, creative play, art and more! Course: PP2113 Dates: T/W/Th, July 23-25

Sliding Fee Scale ECFE $17.00

All classes take place at the Lifelong Learning Center 18900 Cedar Drive, NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011

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.

Space is limited!

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All Comers Track Meet St. Francis Track Boosters and ISD 15 Community Ed will be sponsoring a track meet for anyone interested in a fun experience and the challenge of competing in a track and field event. Visit for details and registration form. Date: Thursday, June 13 Course: SC-713030 Ages: Open Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Track Fee: $15 (T-shirt if pre-registered)

Summer Camps 2013 Register and find out more about the summer camp lineup at Watch for additional camp opportunities also. There are camps for: Strength & Conditioning Baseball Tennis Basketball Volleyball Football Wrestling Golf Soccer When registering for summer camps online, please make sure you select the 2013-14 school year.

Youth Football Fall 2013 Watch for registration information in your June and July Courier.

Tobler Gymnastics

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Enjoy running or competing against your friends? Come take part in our camp to improve your track and field skills. Coaching will be offered for running and field events for those wanting to learn about track and field. Visit for details and registration form. Dates: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 11-12 Course: SC-713034 Grades: 1-8 Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: St. Francis High School Track Fee: $25 (T-shirt and entry to All Comers Track Meet included)

Family Special! Register for any combination of two Preschool or ECFE Camps and take a third FREE! Offer does not apply to Celebrating Baby and those registered in all three classes must reside at same address. Not available with online registration. Least expensive class will be the free class. For information about ECFE or Summer Preschool, call 763-753-7170.

Learn gymnastics from expert instructors trained by John Tobler, former three-time National Gymnastics champion and three-time All-American gymnast. From beginner to intermediate, coaches work with all students to assist them in improving skills and working with others to ensure that students not only become better gymnasts, but along the way, increase self-esteem and self-confidence. Ages: 3 to 12 years old Location: Cedar Creek Community School gym Cost: $52 per session NO reduced fees available Dates: May 16, 23, 30; June 6 Day: Thursday Times: 6:45-7:40 p.m. Class # YR-913036 7:45-8:40 p.m. Class # YR-913037

Register Online Contact Diane Guinn, Rec Department manager for more info 763-213-1823 The Rec Department is a division of ISD 15 Community Education The Courier | May 2013 |

Mother’s Day Worker celebrates 85th birthday Kelly Martinson Northland Screw Products, Inc.

Roy Kettelhodt celebrated his 85th birthday March 26 with a birthday party given by his employers Rob and James Martinson at Northland Screw Products, Inc. Not only is Roy still working at the age of 85, he has a very unique work history. Roy has worked for the Martinson family for four generations. He began working in construction for Rob and James’ great grandfather, Oscar Martinson, in 1949. Together they built houses and commercial buildings in Anoka and Princeton. Arnie Martinson, Rob and James’ grandfather, was Roy’s next employer. They continued with the construction business until Arnie retired in the late 1990s. After he helped construct the office portion of the new Northland Screw Products building in 1996, he began working for owner Dan Martinson, Rob and James’ father. In 2010, Rob and James became the owners of Northland Screw Products and the fourth generation of Martinsons for Roy to work for. Roy also works with Rob’s three sons, Alex, Joe and Zach, which are the fifth generation of Martinsons he has known. Roy is excited to be meeting his sixth generation of Martinsons in 2013. The Martinsons are grateful for Roy and all he has done for the family throughout the years.

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Flowers every year…automatically. Mom will love them! Flowering crab trees Roy Kettelhodt, center, is pictured with Northland Screw Products, Inc., owners James and Rob Martinson. Roy recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Not only does Roy still work for Northland Screw, but he has also worked for the Martinson family for more than 60 years. Submitted Photo

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Oak Grove, Bethel Fire Departments hold training burn Jeaninne Engler Oak Grove Fire Auxiliary

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2265 212th Avenue NW. Different rooms were set on fire in this condemned house to simulate a live burn. Teams of firefighters took turns entering the home and extinguishing wood pallets, cardboard and hay bales that coworkers set aflame. “We’re trying to simulate that environment,” said Chief Curt Hallermann. “It’s a great tool to educate new firefighters, gather more hands-on experience with heat, smoke, fire and everything else, but it’s controlled.” Assistant Fire Chief Rob Engler has participated in many controlled burns throughout his career as a leader and instructor. Engler stated it’s an important experience to a firefighter’s education that gives hands-on opportunities that cannot be given in a classroom setting. It takes months of

preparation to acquire and prep the property, but many precautions are taken in today’s controlled burns to ensure the safety of the crew and surrounding community during and after the burn. The Oak Grove Fire Department would like

to thank the following organizations for making this training burn successful: F.I.R.E. Inc., Allina Medical for ambulance staff, Oak Grove Fire Department, Bethel Fire Department, Soderquist Market and Chris and Chalcye Bolte.

Oak Grove and Bethel firefighters held a training burn at a condemned house April 6. Controlled burns allow firefighters to gain valuable hands-on experience outside of the classroom.  Submitted Photo

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Free screening of Civil War documentary Todd S. Mahon Anoka County Historical Society

Join the Anoka County Historical Society, Coon Rapids Historical Commission and Hennepin Technical College (HTC) for a free screening of the Civil War documentary From Wasioja to Washington. The screening takes place on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Senior Center, 11155 Robinson Drive in Coon Rapids. The film tells the story of the men and boys from Wasioja and Dodge County that joined up with the Union Army and left their small, southeastern Minnesota community to muster at Fort Snelling as Company C of the Second Minnesota. Most of these men were recruited from Northwestern Seminary College. The film follows the

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men and boys through the Battle of Mill Springs, The Battle of Chickamauga, the march to Atlanta and the march to the sea with General Sherman, the routing of South Carolina to the Grand March at war’s end. Executive Producer Richard Oxley will be on hand to answer questions at the conclusion of the 56 minute film. Some background on the project: } The documentary is under the direction of HTC video student Samuel Henderson. Henderson brought this idea to the Media Storm Video Club and the response has been amazing. } Why Wasioja? This historic little town had one of the first colleges in Minnesota —Northwestern Baptist Seminary. } The headmaster from the college recruited many of the

boys from the college and Dodge County. The town today has the ruins of the college and the only stillstanding recruiting station west of the Mississippi River. } Even though only two boys died in battle, many boys did not return, which devastated the town. More information on the film can be found at the following links: From Wasioja to Washington trailer: IMDB: title/tt2258359/ Facebook: www.facebook. com/mediastormhtc Seating is limited for the event. Free tickets are available at the Anoka County History Center at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka or by calling 763-421-0600. If the event sells out, arrangements will be made for a second screening in June.

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Budgeting class LED beacons installed to make Highway 47 crossing safer to be held May 21 Jared Voge near the pedestrian ramps at either the west or east side of the intersection (one each) The City of St. Francis or the push button located University of Minnesota Extension recently installed a Rectangular near the pedestrian refuge Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) in the median between the Anoka County Extension System at the intersection of northbound and southbound Staff and Dollar Works Pederson Drive and Trunk lanes. The system is connected Volunteers will present a free Highway 47. The system was wirelessly so no conduits Dollars into Sense class on placed in operation in January. beneath the roadway surface Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. The system consists of high are required for its operation. at the Bunker Hills Activities intensity LED rectangular This saved both time and Center (550 Bunker Lake Blvd., beacons. Unique to the system money during the construction Andover) and again at 7:00 is the fact that the RRFBs are process. p.m. at the Anoka County mounted to mast arms over Although a study has not Human Services Center (1201 Highway 47. Mast arms were been completed, it appears 89th Ave., Blaine). selected due to the speed as though motorists are To register, call University limit along Highway 47 at complying more frequently of Minnesota Extension, Anoka the crossing as well as the with the state law requiring County, at 763-755-1280 at least four-lane divided highway motorists to stop for three days prior to the class configuration. The system is pedestrians in a crosswalk than you wish to attend. solar powered with battery they did with the traditional Classes will cover back-up. pedestrian crosswalk flasher budgeting and address credit For the system to be system which previously issues, tracking expenses, activated, a pedestrian must existed at the intersection. making a spending plan, goal push one of the three total This was a cooperative setting and how to get help. push buttons which are located project between the City of St. Francis and Independent School District r fo s Join u ’s b 15 to make this lu C 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. aven Golf intersection Hidden H Call for reservations 763-434-4626 safer for all Adults $17.95 • Children ages 5-10 $6.95 pedestrians, Serving buffet favorites especially including Prime Rib! students from Full menu will be available 2:00-10:00 p.m. the nearby Hidden Haven Golf Club middle and 20520 NE Polk Street • East Bethel, MN 55011 elementary Check out our website at schools. City of St. Francis Engineer

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St. Francis Middle School students use the new Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon at the intersection of Pederson Drive and Highway 47. Installed in January, the new lights and masts will help to make the crossing safer for pedestrians.  THE COURIEr PHOTO

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Community & Business Exhibit to honor county’s Civil War ancestors Elaine Koehn Anoka County Historical Society Volunteer Coordinator

Congratulations to Shannon Anderson of St. Francis, winner of $500 in Chamber Cash at the April 6 St. Francis Area Business & Community Expo. Anderson, left, is pictured with St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member Lori Gerhardson of Get Fit by Lori. Expo sponsors, the Chamber and ISD 15 Community Education would like to thank the 57 vendors and over 400 visitors who made this year’s Expo another great community event.  The Courier Photo

Do you have a Civil War ancestor? If so, the Anoka County Historical Society would like to honor you and your ancestor at the opening of our Civil War exhibit, All for the Union: Anoka County Faces the Civil War, on May 30 and again during the summer Riverfest celebration July 13. Anyone with a Civil War ancestor will receive a button to wear the day of the event. All that is asked is that a short form be filled out stating the soldier’s name, the unit he fought with and

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contact information for the descendant. The soldiers do not need to have been from Minnesota or Anoka County, and it does not matter if they fought for the Union or Confederacy. If anyone has more information about their soldier, especially if that soldier enlisted from or moved to Anoka County during or after the war, the Anoka County Historical Society would be happy to add it to the research currently being done to record all Civil War soldiers in the county. To obtain the form or for further questions, please contact the Anoka County Historical Society at 2135 3rd Avenue North in Anoka, 763-421-0600 or email vickie@ The Anoka County Historical Society, organized


in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library at 2135 Third Avenue North in Anoka. For more information on its programs and activities, please visit or look for us on Facebook.

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A Tribute to Our Soldiers on Memorial Day

For all that you are and all that you’ve given to our country, we salute you, veterans. Thank you for protecting our freedom at home and overseas. Your service and your sacrifice will always be remembered. With gratitude, we honor America’s veterans and military personnel.


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City of Oak Grove releases water monitoring report

New landscaping business in Nowthen offers wide variety of outdoor specialities ray junge owner, element landscaping

Sherry Fiskewold city of oak grove City Clerk

Notice of Consumer Confidence Report, City of Oak Grove, County of Anoka, State of Minnesota City of Oak Grove – The Ponds City of Oak Grove – Lake George The City of Oak Grove – the Ponds and the City of Oak Grove – Lake George are issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1, to December 31, 2012. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. A copy of the Consumer Confidence Report is posted and available for review at the City Hall, 19900 Nightingale Street NW, during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and is also posted on the city website: Call 763-404-7000 if you have questions about the City of Oak Grove – The Ponds drinking water or the City of Oak Grove – Lake George drinking water. A copy of the CCR for either is available upon request by calling Sherry at 763-404-7006. Published in The Courier, May 2013 Posted at City Hall, April 8, 2013 – April, 2014 Posted on city website:

CITY BRIEFS Nowthen The City of Nowthen Recycling Center will now be staffed the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to noon to assist with unloading recyclable items and to collect applicable fees from the public.

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Isanti County Fair grandstand events announced will race around the track pulling boats, campers and utility trailers of all shapes and sizes. The last vehicle that still has its trailer attached at the end wins. Friday night brings the return of the Annual Isanti County Fair Tractor Pull starting at 6:30 p.m. See the best drivers and the biggest tractors from all around Minnesota and western Wisconsin come with their best to compete on one of the best tracks around. On Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m., there will be the Isanti County Fair Demo-Derby featuring two Best Looking Car competitions with heats, consolations and features for compact and full size cars, compact trucks and minivans, along with full-size trucks and Suburbans. Make plans to attend this year’s fair and celebrate the Best Five Days of July at the 136th Annual Isanti County Fair which runs July 24-28. Special advance sale gate, grandstand and carnival ticket prices are available on the fair’s website and must be purchased prior to the start of the fair. Entry information for any of the grandstand shows and other Fair entertainment can be obtained at www. or by calling fairgrounds at 763-6892555.

Ruth Paschke Isanti County Fair Board

Beginning July 24, the Isanti County Fair will be providing plenty of action and thrills in the grandstand with the Motocross. There will be classes for 50cc cycles to the 250cc and larger pro classes with warm-ups starting at 6:00 p.m. with the races starting at 7:00 p.m. Last year’s Night of Destruction was so well received that on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m, the Isanti County Fair will once again be providing this exciting motorized event. The Spectator Drag Race which will be a one-on-one race, one lap around the track is open to any driver over the age of 16 with a street legal car, truck or van. The winner of each race will advance for $100 and a trophy for the top driver in each class. New this year will be the addition of Appliance Races. Drivers will have to transport three kitchen appliances on their car across the finish line without losing them. Prize money will be awarded and all entrants in this class will receive something just for finishing. Back by popular demand, Wildman Clay Gallagher will be performing death-defying stunts including car jumps and rollovers. Don’t miss the Trailer Races where cars, vans, and pickup trucks

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Tom Hackbarth State representative, District 31B

I have authored a bill to provide our state with more revenue, create jobs and make up for inaccurate projections regarding Vikings stadium funding along the way. My legislation would allow slot machines at both of our state’s horse tracks, Running Aces in Columbus and Canterbury Park in Shakopee. A statewide poll conducted in November 2010 showed racino implementation was the most popular gaming option to help balance the state budget. Some legislators in St. Paul propose raising taxes by approximately $2 billion to pay for extra spending. Electronic pulltabs are failing miserably as a funding source for the Vikings stadium. In both cases, the state is looking for money. My plan would provide it on a volunteer basis. I had serious doubts e-pulltabs would generate enough revenue to support the stadium project and that is proving to be the case. There were no successful models to follow. The only place e-pulltabs have been tried is Iowa and it flopped. In Minnesota, e-pulltabs are approximately 95 percent short of projections we received during the stadium push.

Residents encouraged to test safety of well water Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

The Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services (CHES) Department, in cooperation with 13 municipalities, is sponsoring the 14th annual “Well Water Wise” (3W) promotion May 6-10 to encourage residents to check the safety of their private well water. Learn how to test your well at www.KnowTheFlow. us or call the Anoka County Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-6985. County residents may pick up a well water test kit at participating city and township offices (listed below) or in the Environmental Services Unit, Suite 360, of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd 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 includes details about water collection and submission. A laboratory fee of $30 will be charged for bacteria and nitrate nitrogen analysis. Residents are encouraged to perform an annual sanitary analysis to determine the concentration of nitratenitrogen and the presence of coliform bacteria in their drinking water supply. Unlike public water utilities, private well water is not treated with chlorine to prevent bacteria growth. Simply looking at the appearance of drinking water is not a reliable indicator of whether it is safe to drink. An annual coliform

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Conversely, successful racinos operate throughout the country, giving us a real basis for projections. Previous estimates have said slots at Minnesota tracks would generate $150 million per year in Minnesota and create another $400 million in economic impact for the state. My bill takes a conservative approach and uses a $100 million estimate. Even if just one horse track implements slot machines, that is $50 million to the General Fund. That more than compensates for the hole left by the e-pulltab debacle and also mitigates the call for tax increases. I have authored racino bills a number of times. Last year was the closest we have come to passage. It was the right thing to do then and it remains viable today as a proven revenue alternative, bolstering the General Fund without tax increases or underperforming e-pulltabs. Racino revenue would make setting the state budget for the next biennium easier. I encourage other legislators to take their time and be open to ideas like mine as a viable, popular alternative to tax increases in their goal of obtaining additional state revenue.

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763-444-5897 Hwy. 47 to 277th Avenue, East to Long Lake and left to Captain’s, 27821 Bayshore Drive NW Hours: Sun-Th 11a.m.-11p.m.; Fri & Sat 11a.m.-1a.m.

bacteria test is a good way to ensure that your drinking water continues to be free of bacteria. 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. 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. For more information about well water testing, call the Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-7063. Area Well Water Wise participating communities and agencies: } City of Andover Andover City Hall 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW } City of Bethel Bethel City Hall 23820 Dewey Street } City of East Bethel East Bethel City Hall 2241 221st Avenue NE } City of Nowthen Nowthen City Hall 8188 199th Avenue NW } City of Oak Grove Oak Grove City Hall 19900 Nightingale Street NW } City of St. Francis St. Francis City Hall 23340 Cree Street NW } Anoka Conservation District 1318 McKay Drive NW, Suite 300, Ham Lake

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LetterS to the Editor

Fundraisers, Benefits, Events

We wish to take this opportunity to thank the community and let you know that your thoughts and prayers during the difficult time of the loss of our son, brother, boyfriend and father, Dale Behnke. The Behnke family greatly appreciated the kind words from everyone. A special thank you to the American Legion Post #622, the Legion Riders and Auxiliary for their generous offer of food, flowers Dale Behnke Submitted PHOTO and the monetary gifts from each. With our sincere thanks, Rae, Darlene and Bob Nelson and the Behnke Family. Darlene Nelson ISD 15 Resident

Thursday, May 2 Long Lake Lutheran Church will hold a garage sale, one day only, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the church, Highway 47 and 277th Avenue, Isanti. Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4 Skate into slick bargains at the Cedar/East Bethel Lions and Lioness 3rd Annual Garage Sale at the East Bethel Ice Arena. Seller space is available for $10 per individual or organization, provide your own stand or table. Setup begins Thursday at 8:00 a.m. The sale is open Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information contact Lion Jim Kappelhoff at 763-434-6599. Saturday, May 4 St. Francis Fire & Rescue will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a spaghetti dinner, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the fire station, 3740 Bridge Street in St. Francis. Free will donation. Children can get their picture taken with Sparky.

Thank you so much, Mr. Mike Starr! You’ve always worked so hard for our community! The “Polar Plunge” is one item of a very long list of activities that you’ve either “chaired” or have been instrumental in the function! Thank you so much to you and your family for all the selfless sacrifices that you make to do so many wonderful things for our community! Your honor, loyalty and patriotism is second to none! God bless you and keep you close! Keep up the great work, Mike! You are truly a prince. Another thank you to the Anoka Highway Department! You folks have always done such a great job of “snow control” as always! I’ve lived in Anoka County 33 years and I always know when I’m back to the county because of the driving conditions! (and I’m sure I’m not alone!) Keep up the great job and God bless you and keep you close! Have a safe and happy day! Remember, you’re 2nd to none! Including the State Highway Department! Cindy Jones ISD 15 Resident

Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11 The Women’s Group Annual Used Book, Bake and Brat Sale at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1326 Fourth Street NW, Elk River, will be held on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This is an opportunity to share the gift of reading by purchasing books from all categories of reading. Hard covered books $1 each, paperback books 50¢ each. There will also be baked goods to tempt your sweet tooth,

as well as grilled hot dogs and brats. On site drawings will also be held including Mother’s Day gifts. You need not be present to win. For more information call 763.441.5482. Friday, May 17 Long Lake Lutheran Church, Highway 47 and 277th Ave., Isanti, will hold a spaghetti dinner, 4:00-7:00 p.m. Adults are $5, ages 6-12 are $3 and ages 6 and under are free. The menu includes spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert and beverage.


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Ghost tours now offered in summer Elaine Koehn Anoka County Historical Society

The very popular Ghosts of Anoka Tours will be available for the first time this season on Thursdays, May 9 and 23 and Saturdays, May 11 and 25. Additional tours will be held the first and third Thursday and Saturday of each month through October. This walking tour of downtown Anoka is offered by the Anoka County

Historical Society. The tour will begin and end at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 Third Avenue North and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is required at the History Center, or by calling 763-421-0600. The tour is limited to 24 people. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for ACHS members (must show membership card) and $5 for children.

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Treat Mom to a delicious brunch with the ones she loves. Reservations Requested

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Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 12

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I hate when that happens Randy Gerdin ASE certified technician

When was your last physical? I recently visited my regular doctor for an annual physical. I go in each year with the hope of catching any problems early. So far it has worked pretty well. He found my blood pressure was creeping up, he had me lose some weight (I hate when that happens) and take a BP pill each day. At our shop, we have a number of customers who bring their vehicles in every 1-2 years for a “complete physical.” We actually call it a comprehensive vehicle inspection (CVI). It is a way to get a good picture of your vehicle’s condition. In many cases you will find things that are okay right now, but they may need attention in a couple of months. You also get a good handle on the condition of your vehicle’s fluids. Compare that to your vehicle repair history and to the factory maintenance schedule. It also is a way to make sure things are inspected that normally may go unnoticed. In many cases, it is less expensive to get numerous items inspected that you may be wondering about. We have had people come in and ask to have a variety of things checked out, so we usually suggest a CVI. That way, they get a complete picture of what is going on.

In one case where a person was wondering about a few items, we did a CVI and discovered that the vehicle had numerous problems. The customer decided to get rid of the car. We have people who want a CVI completed before they buy a vehicle. Sometimes they decide not to purchase it or use the information to get a better price on the purchase. Some people have us do a CVI before giving the vehicle to a son or daughter who is going off to college so they have peace of mind that their student will not have an unforeseen issue. Some people do a CVI after they get the car back from their student (for obvious reasons). Sometimes a CVI is done because they are thinking about selling or trading in their vehicle and want to get the most out of it. Some people want to know for budgeting reasons what they can expect in upcoming repairs or maintenance. In some cases, we have had people say that they really can’t remember what has been done, so they want a baseline report on just what is going on with their vehicle. There is nothing worse than having an unexpected and unplanned vehicle breakdown. For many people who rely on their vehicle every day, if the car breaks down, it is a major hassle. A breakdown can really

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throw a wrench (no pun intended) into their week. By knowing what is going on, they can schedule their repair and maintenance work rather than having their car mess up their schedule. In many cases, it is less expensive to catch things early than to let them go. For example, if your brake pads are getting worn, you can replace them before they start grinding into the brake rotor and ruining them.

Many shops do routine inspections each time a vehicle is in for regular oil services. I am talking about something different. A CVI is a thorough, indepth inspection. This indepth inspection should take a certified/qualified technician over an hour to perform. Maintenance schedules should also be checked and verified. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Don’t find yourself stuck on the side of the road when you could have known, prepared and planned for this event. I hate when that happens.


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Gerdin Auto Service, Inc., located at 3128 Bridge Street NW, St. Francis, has earned the prestigious Approved Auto Repair (AAR) designation from AAA. In doing so, it joins a national network of nearly 8,000 automotive repair facilities who proudly display the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign. To qualify, a repair facility must meet AAA’s strict criteria for technician certification and customer satisfaction. The shop must be certified in four categories of expertise including engine performance, minor engine repair, brakes, and electrical systems. In addition, the shop must employ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians; maintain an excellent performance record and a good community reputation. Although AAR benefits all motorists by identifying superior auto repair shops, AAA members receive additional benefits from AAR facilities including a 12-month/12,000 mile warranty. In addition, AAA auto repair experts investigate and resolve any dispute involving an AAR facility and an AAA member. AAA continuously monitors the performance of AAR facilities to insure that standards are maintained.

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Anoka County compost sites now open Martha Weaver Anoka County public information manager

Anoka County’s two compost sites are now open. The sites are located in Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids and in Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Lino Lakes. The fee to drop off yard waste has increased one dollar to $5 per vehicle for up to four cubic yards of yard waste (e.g., leaves, grass clippings, garden waste, weeds, pumpkins, pine cones). There is an additional 50 cents per cubic yard charge for yard waste in excess of four yards. (One yard equals about eight lawn bags.) The compost sites will remain open through November, weather permitting. Proof of residency is required to use these sites. All yard waste must be debagged. Residents are asked to unload yard waste and take bags and containers with them. Keep leaves and grass separate from tree waste since the fees are assessed separately. Brush, evergreen boughs, logs, and stumps are charged by the cubic yard, depending on the size and amount of the material. Tree waste may be loose or bundled. The more compact the load, the lower the fee. Compost sites hours of operation Bunker Hills Compost Site, 13285 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids, 763-767-7964. Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (or sunset if earlier); Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m. Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Compost Site, 7701 Main Street, Lino Lakes, 651-429-3723. Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: closed; Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (or sunset if earlier); Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m. Sites are closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day. For general information about the compost sites, call Anoka County Integrated Waste Management at 763-323-5730 or visit

Study shows how much local college contributes to regional economy Tina Perpich Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Anoka-Ramsey Community College released the results of a Wilder Research study that estimates the economic impact of Anoka-Ramsey on the regional economy to be $327 million and 3,235 jobs. The study further estimates that for every $1,000 produced in the Twin Cities, $17 are directly or indirectly related to Anoka-Ramsey Community College. The sources of these direct and indirect impacts are the institution’s operations ($93 million), students’ expenditures ($233 million), and AnokaRamsey Community College investments ($266,308). On a statewide level, the Wilder study shows the seven state universities and 24 community and technical colleges that comprise the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system: } Represent a return of $13.53 for each $1 of state appropriation. } Generate an annual economic impact of $8.3 billion.

} Generate an estimated 80,856 jobs in the state. } Generate approximately $490 million in tax revenues for Minnesota state and local governments. For more information about Anoka-Ramsey Community College, visit AnokaRamsey. edu.


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Nourish the “roots” of your investment strategy On Arbor Day, which was celebrated April 26, people across the country plant trees. Of course, trees provide us with many benefits, including beauty, fruit and oxygen, as well as protection against land erosion. But the act of planting and nurturing trees can also guide our behavior in other areas of life—such as investing. First of all, consider the vision and patience exhibited by tree growers when they plant their saplings. As an investor, you, too, need this type of perseverance and long-term outlook. When you invest, you should be focused on the long term yet be prepared for the inevitable short-term market downturns. How long is “long term”? Many investors hold quality investments for decades. It’s a long process, but the potential growth you seek will need this time. What else can you, as an investor, learn from tree planters? For one thing, be aware of how they keep their orchards healthy. By providing proper irrigation and disease prevention measures, they help their trees stay on the long path toward maturity. Similarly, you need to nurture your investment portfolio by continually providing it with the financial resources it needs to stay “healthy.” During periods of market volatility, it can be tempting to take a “time

out” from investing—but if you do, you’ll miss out on the potential growth opportunities that may follow. Since no one can really predict the beginnings and endings of either “up” or “down” markets, you’re better off by staying invested. Also, just as horticulturists take steps to keep their trees from being subject to disease, you can keep your portfolio in good shape by periodically “pruning” it of investments that no longer meet your needs. Here’s something else that tree planters can teach us: diversification. Consider an orchard that contains several different fruit trees; its commercial benefits may be greater than a comparable orchard that only grows apples. Plus, the presence of a variety of trees can prove beneficial if disease strikes one type. In some areas of the country, for example, Dutch Elm disease wiped out thousands of trees, leaving

entire streets treeless. If some other species had also been planted, these streets would still have had the benefits provided by mature trees, even if the elms were gone. As an investor, you don’t want to own just one type of financial asset, such as growth stocks, because if a downturn hits this segment, your entire portfolio could take a big hit. A better strategy would be to populate your “financial orchard” with a variety of investments—such as stocks, bonds and government securities—that are suitable for your situation. (Keep in mind, though, that while diversification can help reduce the effects of volatility, it can’t guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) As an investor, you can learn some lessons from Arbor Day that could prove “tree-mendously” helpful to you as you chart your course for the future—and you won’t even have to “go out on a limb” to put these strategies in place.

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St. Francis based Dig It Junior Olympic Volleyball Club 13’s team had a successful winter season. They worked hard all season to become better volleyball players and ended with a second and third place title. Pictured above, front (L-R) Renee Blucher, Summer Olson, Makenzie Iacono, Kristie Isakson, Nadiah LeBlanc; back (L-R) Kailey Levin, Joanna Hallfielder, Annika Rzeszutek, Josie Boyum, Gracie Zieroth, Lindsey Pavey and Coach Deidre Held. Not pictured: Catie Dahlberg, Grace Pogorelec. deidre held

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The 41st Annual Minneapolis Athena Awards will be presented May 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The awards luncheon offers an opportunity to encourage and recognize the achievements of young female athletes from public and private high schools in the greater Minneapolis area. Maggie Ewen of St. Francis High School has been selected as one of this year’s honorees. Schools select recipients because of excellence in individual or team sports. The Minneapolis Athena Awards committee will honor 52 senior women this year. Allie Cronk, Minnesota State High School League Girls Athletic Announcer, will be the Awards presenter. For more information regarding the luncheon, email Pam Lindberg at In March, Ewen competed in the New Balance National Indoor meet in New York City and set the second best ever throw by a high school female shot putter. She eclipsed her own personal best mark by nearly 6 feet.  Ewen has participated in volleyball and track & field at SFHS and earned many awards including national discus and shot put champion, three-time state discus champion, two-time shot put champion and third place in Junior World Trials. She will be defending those titles again this year. Ewen is also a member of the National

Maggie Ewen, St. Francis High School Senior. submitted photo Honor Society and has been named academic all-state in volleyball and serves as a youth volleyball coach. After completing high school, Ewen plans to attend Arizona State University on a track scholarship.

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Memorial Day services Anne Steffen Anoka County Veterans Council

On behalf of the Anoka County Veteran’s Council, the community is invited to Memorial Day services Saturday, May 25. The first ceremony will be held at the Field of Honor, Morningside Memorial Gardens, 11800 University Avenue NW in Coon

Rapids at 10:00 a.m. with the second ceremony being held at the Veteran’s Memorial at Bunker Hills Regional Park, Foley Boulevard and Main Street, also in Coon Rapids, at 11:30 a.m. A family picnic will be after the ceremony at the Bunker Hills War Memorial Park, provided by the nine Veteran of Foreign Wars

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Pledge to take the bus or train, carpool, vanpool, telework, bike or walk on trips to work, school or for errands—as little as one day—between now and June 30, and you’ll be eligible to win great prizes including tablets, Kindles, Wii U’s and more! Take part in this year’s Commuter Challenge and see how easy it is to ride the bus, carpool, bike, or walk instead of driving alone. Why should I take the Commuter Challenge? • Save money: A 15 mile commute in an average car costs at least $100 per month in gas alone. Leaving your car at home, even if it’s just one day a week, can save you money! • Win great prizes: Pledge to leave your car at home at least one day between now and June 30 and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win great prizes! • Better your community and the economy: Traffic congestion costs time and money when people, goods, and services are idled on the road. • Get more exercise and improve your health: When you walk or bike to work, you naturally incorporate regular exercise into your day. A recent study showed that walking or biking to and from a transit stop or riding your bike to work can help people attain the recommended level of daily activity. How do I sign up? Complete a pledge form online at or contact Anoka County Commute Solutions at 763-862-4260.

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Joey Benik, a former St. Francis High School hockey standout and freshman at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), scored 2 goals in each game as SCSU won the Midwest regional and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four hockey tournament. Benik was named the regional MVP. This is the first time SCSU has reached the Frozen Four. For the complete story, visit http:// gophers/200821711.html. 3220 Bridge Street, Suite 107 in the St. Francis Mall



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Summer camps and outdoor adventures are being offered through the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County 4-H. These programs are held at 4-H Camp Salie located in Linwood Township. Camps are open to 4-H and non-4-H youth. These camps encourage learning about nature and the environment, making new friends and indoor and outdoor recreation! Campers will participate in a variety of crafts and special projects. Check out our camp program by attending our free Family 4-H Day Camp on Sunday, May 5, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This is a free opportunity to experience the excitement of 4-H Camp Salie. 4-H camp staff will take families through a mini-camp experience

complete with exciting games, a hands-on craft, engaging nature program, delicious lunch and more! You will be able to tour the facility and meet the experienced 4-H Camp Staff and learn more about upcoming summer camps. Our 4-H Camps are designed for K-grade 6; however, families are welcome to bring siblings of any age to the Family Camp. The Family 4-H Day Camp is free, but you must pre-register by calling 763755-1280. Visit our website at www. anoka or call us at 763-7551280 for more information and registration forms for our upcoming summer camp opportunities. Overnight Camps 2013: June 25-28 (grades 2-6) July 1-2 (grades 1-6) Day Camps 2013: June 20 (grades K-5) July 1 (grades K-5)

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A winterized spring puts fishing opener in jeopardy I realize by the time our local fisher people read this article, the weather probably has cleared the snow from our lawns and roofs, but the damage to northern lakes still puts a big question mark in, “Will my favorite northern lake be free of ice on May 11?” In my 45 years of opening up on a northern Minnesota lake, I can never remember a time where we were iced out. I remember cold, wind, snow and driving cold rain and maybe a small bay glazed over in ice or slush, but never a layer of ice that put a stop to boating and fishing, at least where I have opened up. I was in Grand Rapids the week of April 15, when another winter storm dumped 19 inches in Duluth, 23 inches in Babbitt, and a cool 10+ inches in the Grand Rapids area. All of this fell upon an already level foot of existing

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snow in the woods and yards of the people of northern Minnesota. In conversation with people in Grand Rapids, particularly those who live in the area, a deep concern and depression was already evident. The reason… 36+ inches of ice on any of the big four lakes of the area and little hope that it will disappear by May 11, a mere 3 weeks to opener. Without the surge of sportsmen and women, the economy of the area takes a big hit as well as the mental well-being of a million fisher people. With that said, the tide will turn in terms of temperature and spring will arrive, albeit…late. I’m hoping that we all get on the water. Let’s take a quick look at the traditional northern destinations. Mille Lacs should be a parking lot of boats as the number one destination of many Minnesotans. Mille Lacs is also slower to warm than many of the lakes and anglers should be cognizant of water temperatures when looking for walleyes. While many will be dragging rigs on gravel and going deep, my bet is shallow

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if the water temp is less than 45 degrees. If surface temperatures get to upper 40s, use a jig and a leech and approach sand and shallow rock piles. The warmer it gets, in the 50-degree-plus area, it’s best to go deeper as walleyes head for the eating fields. My favorite long time destination has always been Winnie (Lake Winnibigoshish). While each year has had its ups and downs in terms of boated fish in my group, it does produce well overall. Fishing the west side of Raven Lake, Sugar Lake and Mallard Point always attracts a flotilla of anglers, all trolling jigs with minnows in 10-15 feet of water. Opener is a lot about dodging in and out of other boats unless you decide to go shallow, 4-6 feet, or take a chance at locating fish in the 20+ range. Big name guides in the area will tell you to fish shallow, working the edges of emerging vegetation and go slow. Head to Leech Lake and you will find the same mentality of fishing with the crowds off of favorite points on this bay-filled expanse of 100,000 acres. Walleyes, during an opener on Leech and in early May, can be found almost anywhere since the lake itself is fairly shallow, with the exception of Walker Bay. Using good electronics to find humps and break areas should lead you to bait balls of fish. Where there is bait fish and forage, one will find hungry walleyes on the prowl. Again, live bait early in May, with a slow speed, should provide fishing entertainment. All of this may go for naught if the ice is still clinging to life on May 11. Whatever happens, it’s just a reminder that we live in Minnesota. Happy fishing and be safe!

There is much anticipation that lakes will be ice-free for this year’s opener. On May 11, a million+ Minnesota anglers will hit the lakes in search of walleye. Tom Larson had success on the water during the fishing opener last year.  Tom Larson

What’s with Mille Lacs reports? For the avid outdoors people who read up on what’s happening in the world of angling on Mille Lacs, the constant barrage of articles is discouraging. Walleye numbers are down, limits and slot changed to a two-fish limit and the slot now 17-20 inches, of which one can be over 28. Resorters and the millions that visit the lake each year are more than concerned; in many cases they are outraged. According to the DNR, the most popular fishing destination in Minnesota is at a 40-year low in terms of walleyes. The question keeps coming up…why? Early reports last summer indicated a shortage of generally smaller male walleyes and the question always goes to… why?

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Some reports stated that there were too many large walleyes. The increase in invasive species such as zebra mussels has been cited as well. A growing population of other predators including the larger northern pike, smallmouth bass and muskie is another factor. In fact that issue was taken up by the Department of Natural Resources for 2013 by increasing the smallmouth limit from one to six and encouraging more fishing pressure for the big predators mentioned. Release mortality has also been cited with estimates of 100,000 pounds of lost and dead fish. I want all of us to think through that number. Catch and release has been on the books for years and is widely practiced. In my opinion, those numbers are really suspect. What seems tenuous to discuss is the spring netting of walleyes. Eight Chippewa tribes net each year in the early spring. The DNR knows what happened on Red Lake from netting and what had to be done financially and over time to bring that walleye population back. Spring netting by the tribes seems to be an area that needs to be brought into the discussion of cause and effect.

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Master Gardener plant sale fundraiser Lynne Hagen Master Gardener Program Coordinator, University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County

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Help support summer programs for 4-H youth. Profits from this fundraiser will go to offset the cost of our County 4-H Arts-In program, a 30 minute musical show performed all week at the Anoka County Fair. Plants may be purchased at: Anoka County Fairgrounds 4-H Exhibit Building, Friday, May 17, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. A large selection and variety of plants will be available: annual bedding plants, hanging plants, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Waldoch Farm and Garden Center in Lino Lakes furnishes the plants. They have offered 4-H the

East Bethel Senior Events Senior Dance Have fun dancing with us! Dances are 1:00-4:00 p.m. Old time music will be played by Mr. Morgan on Friday, May 3. Entertainment for the June 7 dance is Michael Elsenpeter. The cost is $5 and includes lunch. Pancake Breakfast Due to Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12 the pancake breakfast will not be held in the month of May. Events are held at the East Bethel Senior Center located one mile east of Highway 65 on 221st Avenue in East Bethel.

opportunity to sell plants for fundraising purposes. Please go to www.extension.umn. edu/county/Anoka/news/ PlantSaleFlyerandOrderForm. pdf for more information on the sale. Any questions, please contact the University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County at 763-755-1280. Anoka County 4-H is a non-profit organization.

Start your spring gardening shopping early! The University of Minnesota Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteers will have their annual fundraising plant sale on Wednesday, May 22, from 7:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the spacious Anoka Armory, 408 East Main Street, Anoka. Featured plants this year include select specialty annuals such as sunny Coleus, Calibrachoa, Sweet Potato Vine, Sunpatiens, and many more. Other popular plants available include perennials for sun, perennials for shade, tomatoes, herbs, vegetables, daylilies, dahlias, hostas and houseplants. It is recommended to come early, as some selections are limited. Proceeds from this plant sale help to support the University of Minnesota

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Extension - Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program and their efforts in delivering education through a variety of programs including: the Walk in the Garden classes, Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, Ask A Master Gardener booths, the Home Landscaping and Garden Fair, and many youth projects. Master Gardeners will be on hand and available to

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controlled by humans. Currently, GMO seeds are not available to the general public. GMOs are developed through direct genetic modification in a lab usually using DNA insertion or deletion. You may find these seeds in commodity crops such as field corn. Open-pollinated plants have stable genetics and plants grown from these seeds will grow up to look like their “mother.” However, there might be slight variations due to the variability of the natural pollination process. Collecting seeds from an open-pollinated plant can sound simple but it is desirable and sometimes necessary to isolate the plants to ensure that there is no cross pollination from other varieties in the garden, in the neighbor’s garden and sometimes as far as miles away. Finally, heirlooms. Heirlooms are simply open-pollinated varieties that have developed outside of the commercial plant trade and have a historical or cultural significance. Not all open-pollinated seeds are heirlooms. Generally to be classified as “heirloom” the common age of the plant is usually 50 years or more. The seeds have been passed from generation-to-generation. Many gardeners grow hybrid and open-pollinated and heirloom plants. How about you? For more gardening information, visit the University of Minnesota Extension website at www.extension. or call the Isanti County Master Gardeners at 763-689-1810. Visit us on Facebook at Isanti County Master Gardeners.

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Question What are your thoughts on cheat meals, especially for those that are diligent with their daily eating? Answer The answer really depends on how you define diligent. For those that follow consistent patterns of clean eating— meaning they follow a regimented diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats, I have no problem with a cheat meal here and there. Again, it just comes down to frequency. I happen to think that having a cheat meal or splurging a bit is just part of living a healthy and happy life. But you also have to realize that it doesn’t take much to throw you off track if your focus is on attaining or maintaining a healthy weight. Therefore, it may be wise to increase your physical activity for a day or two before and after the meal. This will help to compensate for the calorie load and may make you more at ease with your decision. And be mindful of your other meals as well, so that your one cheat meal doesn’t turn into two or three. Rule of thumb is eat perfect for six days and take that seventh day to have a cheat meal-not a cheat day. If you are seriously training for an event, contest or on a weight loss quest, have a cheat meal, not a cheat day. Overeating for the day can throw you off track and it can spin into multiple days. If you have any questions, contact a fitness pro at your local health club. They can direct and coach you for your individual needs. Enjoy, in moderation!

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Gary Knafla, PTA, CKTP Physical Therapist Assistant, Andover Physical Therapy

Myofascial release When someone goes to physical therapy, they may hear “You will be receiving myofascial release as part of your therapy today.” Myofascial release is more than a massage. Fascia is a connective tissue compound of a dense elastocollagenous system. This system is mobile and has the ability to stretch when placed under slow gentle pressure. Fascia is three dimensional, elastic in nature and plays an important role in the support and tension system of the body. When fascia becomes bound, it can affect the lymph system and the muscular system. The lymph system helps with the movement of fluid through the body. Fascia allows the skin to move over muscle and groups of muscle move next to each other. Myofascial release is performed with slow gentle File Photo pressure as to release the bound fascia. A person may feel a gentle relaxation from the 60 to 120 second stretching process. This stretching process may need to be performed several times in one area to return the fascia to its original length. By releasing the bound fascia, physical therapy can help normalize fluid flow, muscle function and decrease stress on tissue around the fascia and in other parts of the body. The Courier | May 2013 |

Child hearing and speech screening Carrie Jerylo, M.S., CCC-SLP Family Speech & Therapy Services

Do you struggle to understand your child’s speech? Is she able to follow verbal directions? Is he able to express his thoughts and ideas? Do you have concerns about your child’s voice quality or speech fluency? If so, there are professionals to help—speech-language pathologists are dedicated to helping children improve their speech production, receptive

The Bridge Church located in St. Francis held its annual Easter Egg Hunt March 30 and had over 400 people attend at St. Francis Elementary School. It was a fun day with prizes and drawing. Thank you to everyone for coming.

Parkway NW in Andover. No appointment necessary; first come, first served. If you feel that your child needs help or struggles in one or more of the areas mentioned, this screening will determine if your child is a candidate for a complete evaluation.

God always loves you

And we would love to grow in God’s love with you.

Sunday School • 9:15 a.m. for 6th grade-adult; 10:30 a.m. preschool-5th grade

Abundant Life Alliance Church 3840 197th Avenue NW Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 Bethel Community Church 23860 Dewey Street NW Bethel • 763-434-9834 Cedar United Methodist Church 17541 Jefferson Street NE Ham Lake • 763-434-7463 email:


13855 Round Lake Blvd. NW Andover, MN 55304 VSP Provider

Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri 8:30-5:30 Tues, Wed 8:30-8:00


Saturday, May 18 7th Annual



blessing of the Bikes Join us for breakfast starting at 9:00 a.m. then a time of sharing followed by the blessing and a group ride!

Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. 3840 197th Ave • Oak Grove • 763-753-0284 A community ministry of The Alliance

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

19653 Nowthen Boulevard NW, Anoka, MN 55303 Intersection of CR 5 & 22 in Nowthen For more information call 763-441-1600

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Cross of Hope Lutheran Church 5730-179th Lane NW Ramsey • 763-753-2057 First Baptist Church & Christian School K–12 22940 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1230 Living Hope Evangelical Free Church 23038 Rum River Boulevard St. Francis • 763-753-1718 Long Lake Lutheran Church 3921 277th Avenue NW Isanti • 763-444-5315 New Life Church 17261 St. Francis Boulevard NW Ramsey • 763-421-0166

Worship 10:30 a.m.

Summer worship hours begin on Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 a.m.

St. Francis United Methodist Church (Across from St. Francis Elementary and right by the hockey rink)

3914-229th Avenue • St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2273

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and expressive language, voice, and speech fluency skills. In recognition of May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), Family Speech & Therapy Services is offering free speech-language screenings for children ages 3-5, on Wednesday, May 22, 1:00-3:30 p.m. at 1891 Station

Lutheran Church & Preschool

Hope Found Here! Worship with us on

Sundays at 8:00, 9:15 & 10:45 a.m. Wednesday evening Power Up at 6:30 p.m. Summer Worship Schedule begins on May 26, 8:30 & 10:00 a.m. Monday Night at the Chapel in Ham Lake, 7:00 p.m. begins June 3.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School June 10-14

19001 Jackson Street NE • East Bethel West County Road 22 south on Jackson Street For information call 763-434-6117 or visit our website at • email to:

Welcome to New Life Church

Nowthen Alliance Church 19653 Nowthen Boulevard Anoka • 763-441-1600 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 19001 Jackson Street NE East Bethel • 763-434-6117 St. Francis United Methodist Church 3914 229th Avenue NW St. Francis • 763-753-2273 St. Patrick Catholic Church 19921 Nightingale Street NW Oak Grove • 763-753-2011 The Bridge Meets at St. Francis Elementary 22919 St. Francis Boulevard St. Francis • 763-516-5995 West Bethel United Methodist Church 1233 221st Avenue NE Cedar • 763-434-6451

Sunday Schedule • 9:00 a.m. Worship 10:30 a.m. Sunday School & Adult Study Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite all people about Jesus Christ! 18975 Lake George Boulevard, Oak Grove 1/4 mile south of Cty. Rd. 22 on Cty. Rd. 9 763-753-5717 •

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St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with the Chamber is Wednesday, May 8 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, 8:00-9:00 a.m., $3 for breakfast. The next Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street. Meetings are open to all. Visit for more info or call 763-438-5163. Tops Chapter MN #1774 meets every Wed. morning at 9:30 a.m. at the St. Francis Community Center, 23340 Cree Street N. TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and is a weight loss support group. Check us out on Wed. mornings or visit St. Francis Area Women of Today meet the first Tuesday of the month at the Anoka Hennepin Credit Union, 23280 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Social time is 6:30 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Women of Today, visit us at www. or call Dana at 763-753-5010. BNI – Referrals Unlimited meets every Tuesday, 7:30 a.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson Street NE, East Bethel. For more information, check St. Francis Seniors If you are 55 or older, come enjoy some companionship. We play cards and bingo, go on trips, have picnics and potlucks. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at the St. Francis Legion. Social time noon, meeting at 1:00 p.m., games until 3:00. Some play Scrabble in the afternoon on the third Friday and cribbage on the fourth Friday. Come check us out or call President Ray Steinke at 763-753-1871. Have a meeting or event you would like to advertise? Call 763-753-7033 for more information. 36

Pioneer Days Planning Meetings – May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s meeting room, 23212 St. Francis Blvd. NW in St. Francis. Take pride in your community and be part of the success. Pioneer Days will be June 7, 8 and 9. Oak Grove Seniors meet the second and fourth Wed. of the month at noon for potluck and a short business meeting. BINGO follows each business meeting. For information about the club and events, call Marion Schulz at 763-444-5652. EAST BETHEL SENIORS meet third Thurs. of the month at 2241 221st Avenue NE in East Bethel for business meeting and noon lunch; second Wed. of each month is crafts, 9:00 a.m.-noon w/ potluck at noon; fourth Wed. is crafts 9:00 a.m.-noon; Pancake Breakfast is held second Sun. of each month, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Dance the first Fri. of every month, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; each Thurs. is 500 Cards 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Cribbage held once a month; call for date/time 763-434-6179. The East Bethel Senior Center is available for rent, call Barb 763-434-6179. All seniors are welcome to join for only $7 per year. American Legion Post 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly the second Thurs. at 7:00 p.m. All members of the post are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 622 – St. Francis General membership meets monthly on the third Thurs. of the month at 7:00 p.m. All members of the auxiliary are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call 763-753-4234. NOWTHEN LIONS CLUB Are you looking to serve in your community of Nowthen? Meet new friends? Have a lot of fun? Come join the Nowthen Lions Club! The Nowthen Lions meet on the first Thursday of the month for the Board Meeting and on the third Thursday of the month for the Membership Meeting. Please call Patty Wirz at 763-241-1341 or email at

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Area Meetings & Events ISD 15 SCHOOL Board Meeting: May 13 Dialogue with School Board 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.; May 28 Retiree Recognition Program 6:00 p.m., Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m. at Central Services Center, Community Room, 4115 Ambassador Boulevard NW, St. Francis.

In Person

Oak Grove Lions meet every second and fourth Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lion Tim Newell at 763-753-4492 after 6:30 p.m. CEDAR/EAST BETHEL LIONS CLUB meets bimonthly, first and third Tues., 7:00 p.m., at the Ham Lake VFW. Call Greg Ricki at 763-434-7893. CEDAR/ EAST BETHEL LIONESS CLUB meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Ham Lake VFW. Call Marilyn at 763-434-6599 for more information. Lions Club—St. Francis meets three times during the month at the St. Francis American Legion. First Wed. board meeting; second Wed. regular business meeting; fourth Wed. social and program. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and adjourn at 8:15 p.m. Call Lion Kevin Schuldt for more information at 763-753-1205 or visit www. Lioness Club — St. Francis meets monthly. First Wed., administrative board, and third Wed., general membership meeting at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at St. Francis City Hall, 23340 Cree Street. For more information, call Jean Schuldt at 763-7531205 or Illa Torgerson at 763753-2002.

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Garden-Aged Cow Manure compost, $25 for 1st Bobcat bucket load (3/4 yd). $20 for return customers. Jones Farm 763-291-8734 or 763-441-2437. Meade Telescope—4.5" adjustable tripod, $300 new, asking $100, Brian 612-810-1483. 20% of Silpada Jewelry sales donated to North Anoka County Foodshelf, kristin.genser, 763-441-9197.

Garage Sale East Bethel Ambassador Program is having a garage sale fundraiser, May 3-4 at East Bethel Ice Arena, Friday 8-5 and Saturday 8-3.

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

Professional Lawn Care— reliable experienced: Larry’s Lawn Care, 763-360-3227. Insurance—Get a free insurance quote today, 612-849-5028, www. PIANO LESSONS—Keep kids busy making music this summer! Carmel 612-220-0235.

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Kettlebell, yoga-fit, RIPPED, personal fitness training and mature adult classes. Call 763-2672198 or visit our website at www.

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wanted Vendors, Volunteers, Musicians for the Nowthen Farmers Market, call Lynda 612-751-9995. St. Francis High School Drama Department would like to receive donations of vintage clothing, wooden suit hangers, 66-gallon see-through plastic storage bins, latex paint, lumber and other building materials. Contact Glenn at 763-213-1633 or email to Glenn.

Council & Township Meetings Andover City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 1685 Crosstown Blvd. NW Andover, MN • 763-755-5100 Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Thursday 7:00 p.m. 23820 Dewey Street • P.O. Box 64 Bethel, MN • 763-434-4366 Nowthen City Council Meets 2nd Tuesday 7:00 p.m. 19800 Nowthen Blvd. NW Anoka, MN • 763-441-1347


Handyman Services— Call Butch at 763-300-9869 for plumbing, electrical, masonry and remodeling.

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Office Space, Conference Room located across from St. Francis High School. Call 763-753-3593.

Employment Total Look Salon & Spa station rental now available. $150/wk. Start your own business today. Call Shirley, 763-427-0550.

AA Meets at Long Lake Lutheran Church, 5 miles north of St. Francis on Hwy. 47, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

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East Bethel City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday 7:30 p.m. 2241 • 221st Ave. NE East Bethel, MN • 763-367-7840 Oak Grove City Council Meets 2nd Monday 7:00 p.m. & last Monday 7:00 p.m. 19900 Nightingale St. NW Oak Grove, MN • 763-404-7000 St. Francis City Council Meets 1st & 3rd Monday 6:00 p.m. ISD 15 Central Services Center St. Francis, MN • 763-753-2630

Real Estate Need help buying or selling your home? Call today 612-849-4489.

Stanford Town Board Meets 1st Monday 7:00 p.m. Co. Rd. 8 (261st Ave NW) Isanti, MN • 763-444-6370

Have an engagement, wedding or birth announcement or an article you would like published in The Courier? Use the convenient online submission form at Questions? Call 763-753-7031 for more information. The Courier | May 2013 |

2013 Anoka County Adult Health Survey to approximately 3,300 households the third week of April and asks questions about residents’ access to health care, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use, and other social, physical, and mental health-related issues. Results from the survey will provide county-specific data on health risk behaviors and the overall health status of adult residents in Anoka County. All households have an equal chance of being sampled for the study and those households receiving the survey were chosen randomly. All of the information gathered from individuals will be confidential. Wilder Research, based in St. Paul, will be conducting the survey on behalf of Anoka County

Martha Weaver Anoka County Public Information Manager

Residents of Anoka County will be asked to complete the 2013 Anoka County Adult Health Survey. The survey is made possible through funding from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) through the Minnesota Department of Health. SHIP aims to improve the health of Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use and exposure and obesity through policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. SHIP has awarded grants to local community health boards to implement these strategies designed to create sustainable, population-based changes. The survey was mailed

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Community Health and Environmental Services. Findings from the Adult Health Survey will be used to: } Identify priorities and opportunities for new and on-going initiatives to support health. } Provide evidence to support policy recommendations and positive environmental and system changes to enable physical activity and healthy eating and to reduce tobacco use and exposure. } Increase public awareness of ways communities, organizations, and employers can be involved in supporting healthy lifestyles of adults. The results will also be

compared to baseline data collected in a 2010 Adult Health Survey conducted in Anoka County funded by an earlier SHIP grant. It is very important to complete and return the survey so that public health and health care professionals can get a clear picture of the health care needs of the county. Background All metro area public health departments share a common mission: to create a healthy future for their residents through public health assessment, policy development, and assurance. Local Public Health agencies are required by state law to

conduct a community health assessment and develop action plans every five years. The Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) also emphasizes the need for assessment and requires that at least 10 percent of the local public health funding be allocated for assessment/ evaluation and data collection regarding physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use in Minnesota communities. This type of local level county data, including data on health behaviors, has been identified as a critical gap in community health assessments by agency staff, community members, and organizational leaders.

An Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) Study for Children Volunteers, ages three months to 17 years of age, are needed for a research study of an investigational topical medication being conducted at the Minnesota Clinical Study Center located in Fridley. If your child has been diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) we have a four week, four visit study.

 All participants will be seen by a board certified Dermatologist  No cost clinic evaluations  Qualified participants will be compensated for their time and travel

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7205 University Avenue NE Fridley, MN 55432 Steven Kempers, M.D. For more information, please call 763-502-2941 37

School will not be in session for students of Independent School District 15 on Memorial Day Monday, May 27. Due to two snow days taken throughout the 2012-13 school year the last day of school is now Friday, May 31.



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Dr. Francis S. Ryan, Dentist Main Street at First Avenue kitty-corner from The Creamery Isanti, Minnesota 55040

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Births Oliver John Zarnke was born on April 19, 2013 at Cambridge Medical Center. He weighed 9 pounds and was 20½ inches long. Proud parents are Rebecca and Matthew Zarnke of East Bethel. Oliver is welcomed by his sister Gabriella.

Emmett Thomas Rajkowski was born on March 23, 2013 at Unity Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 22¾ inches long. Proud parents are Jordan and Amanda Rajkowski of Bethel. Emmett Thomas Rajkowski  Submitted Photo

Is your pet protected from heartworm disease? Dennis and Carline Sargent, along with Mike and Terry Petersen, are happy to announce the engagement of their children Christine and Eric. Christine Sargent is a 2007 graduate of St. Francis High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota. Eric Petersen is a 2008 graduate of St. Francis High School and is currently in a commercial carpenter apprenticeship and training program. The couple will be married in Princeton on September 14, 2013.  Carline Sargent

We can help you make sure they are! We offer dog and cat boarding and grooming. Amy Morgan, D.V.M. Lisa Johnson, D.V.M. Kaija Youngner, D.V.M. Dawn Price, D.V.M.

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When my grandson was sick > Fairview took great care of us

Acupuncture Available with Rachel Nudd, L.Ac., D.O.M.


All major insurance accepted 23624 St. Francis Blvd. (Hwy. 47) Suite 1 St. Francis, MN

2013 Goal 572


37 Tons

Recycled in March

We waited in the ER for four hours at a nearby hospital. It was scary watching Jaxon get sicker and sicker, so we left and went to Fairview Northland Medical Center. They took care of him immediately. Everyone was so caring. My family drives to Princeton now when we need emergency care. + Theresa and her grandson Jaxon

> Visit to read more of Jaxon’s story.

St. Francis has recycled 118 tons in 2013 so far.

Recycling is now easier with simple sort recycling. You no longer need to sort items. Just place them all in the large roll-off container provided by your hauler. If you have any questions about what is acceptable or would like to start a new service, call your hauler: Ace Solid Waste 763-427-3110 Allied Waste 763-784-2104 East Central Sanitation 763-689-2171 The Courier | May 2013 |



Save the Dates! June 7-9, 2013 Businesses – Be a Sponsor

Medallion Hunt is On!

Sponsorship levels are $1,000, $500 and $250 Visit the City of St. Francis or St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce website for more details and benefits of becoming a sponsor.

Watch for clues at Kings County Market and St. Francis Foods.

Donate at Area Businesses

St. Francis Has Got Talent Show

$5 RAFFLE Ticket To Win $200, $100, $50 Plus receive a 50th Anniversary St. Francis Fire Department Button AND Coupon I support Pioneer Days! Book valued at Name: over $1,000 in goods & services. June 7-9, 2013

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Casey’s General Store City of St. Francis Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill Restyle & Consignment Rum River Inn St. Francis Fire Dept. St. Francis Foods St. Francis True Value St. Francis Bottle Shop Subway, St. Francis Village Bank

Thank you to all sponsors to date:

City of St. Francis, St. Francis Bottle Shop, St. Francis Area Chamber of Commerce, King’s County Market, Patriot Lanes Bar & Grill, Dave’s Heating & Cooling, McDonald’s, Village Bank, Mickman Brothers, Inc., Opp Family Chiropractic and Gerdin Auto & Tire.

New this Year!

June 7-9, 2013 Wanted Vendors & Crafters

Open to ages 5-17. Acts up to 4 performers Prizes awarded. Forms and more info at St. Francis City office, city website or St. Francis Area Chamber website.

Showcase what you have to offer in a booth in Community Park during Pioneer Days.

5K Walk/Run

Participate in the Pioneer Days parade on Saturday.

Download all forms at —or—

Saturday, June 8 w 8:00 a.m.

Sponsored by St. Francis Lions & Killebrew Root Beer Registration fee $20 by May 25, $25 day of race (includes T-shirt). Forms available at St. Francis True Value Hardware, 763-753-1265.

Volunteers are needed. Be a part of the 2013 St. Francis Pioneer Days. Call St. Francis City Hall 763-753-2630/St. Francis Area Chamber 763-438-5163. Planning meetings Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, St. Francis.

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The Courier - May 2013  
The Courier - May 2013  

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